Sexual Assault

July 26, 2019 - 6:19 am
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors set to defend Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction in appeals court next month say the accusations from other women are no coincidence, but "the culmination of a decades-long pattern of behavior." The 82-year-old comic actor is the first celebrity convicted and...
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FILE - In this 2018 file photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office shows Chinese billionaire Liu Qiangdong, also known as Richard Liu, the founder of the Beijing-based e-commerce site JD.com. The Minneapolis Police Department has released public data relating to its investigation into a rape allegation against Liu. Liu was arrested Aug. 31, 2018, on suspicion of felony rape. But prosecutors declined to file charges due to evidentiary problems. The data released Wednesday, July 24, 2019, includes police reports, a recorded interview with Liu, text messages and video. The data shows conflicting stories about what happened that night. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
July 24, 2019 - 7:02 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police who were called to a report of an alleged rape by Chinese billionaire and JD.com founder Richard Liu last August initially decided to release him because it was unclear to them if a crime had occurred, according to investigative files released Wednesday that include...
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July 24, 2019 - 2:08 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A 15-year-old "special needs" Chicago girl who was beaten by a group of people in a video posted online may also have been sexually assaulted off camera at some other point in time, police said Wednesday. Detectives are trying to piece together basic facts about the "sick and...
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July 24, 2019 - 7:30 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More former football players and other ex-athletes are suing Ohio State over allegations that they were sexual assaulted by a university doctor during exams decades ago. Like at least a six other pending federal lawsuits , the case filed Monday says school officials knew about...
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In this courtroom sketch, defendant Jeffrey Epstein, second from right, listens along with defense attorneys, from left, Marc Fernich, Michael Miller, and Martin Weinberg as Judge Richard M. Berman denies him bail during a hearing in federal court, Thursday, July 18, 2019 in New York. Judge Berman denied bail for the jailed financier on sex trafficking charges, saying the danger to the community that would result if the jet-setting defendant was free formed the "heart of this decision." (Aggie Kenny via AP)
July 23, 2019 - 8:52 am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida lawmaker known as a champion for child sexual abuse victims asked Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday to authorize a state investigation into the circumstances of wealthy convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's freedom to leave jail on work release a decade ago...
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July 22, 2019 - 12:26 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo won't face criminal charges after a woman accused him of raping her at a Las Vegas Strip resort in 2009. Prosecutor Steve Wolfson said in a statement Monday that after reviewing a new police investigation, he determined that sexual assault claims can't...
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FILE - This 2016 selfie provided by her family shows Yingying Zhang in a cap and gown for her graduate degree in environmental engineering from Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School in China. Brendt Christensen's will serve a sentence of life in prison because a federal jury said Thursday, July 18, 2019, it could not unanimously agree he should receive the death penalty in the 2017 abduction, rape and killing of 26-year-old Yingying Zhang. (Zhang Family Photo via AP, File)
July 18, 2019 - 3:22 pm
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A former University of Illinois doctoral student will serve life in prison without parole for the rape and murder of a 26-year-old scholar from China whom he abducted near campus in 2017, after a federal jury said Thursday that it failed to agree on sentencing him to death. The...
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019 file photo, actor Kevin Spacey arrives at district court in Nantucket, Mass. On Wednesday, July 17, prosecutors dropped the sexual assault case against Oscar-winning actor, who had been accused of groping 18-year-old man in 2016 in the crowded bar at the Club Car in Nantucket. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
July 18, 2019 - 11:11 am
BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Spacey's legal woes are not over, despite the collapse of the only criminal case brought against the two-time Oscar winner since he became mired in sexual misconduct allegations. The former "House of Cards" star is still being investigated in London and Los Angeles over several...
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July 18, 2019 - 10:28 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have identified a suspect accused of the brutal killing and rape of American scientist Suzanne Eaton. In a statement Thursday, police identified the man as 27-year-old Yiannis Paraskakis, from the port of Chania on the island of Crete. Police have...
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Tourist enjoy their drinks in a pub as other walk in southeast resort of Ayia Napa in the east Mediterranean island of Cyprus late Wednesday, July 17, 2019. A Cyprus police official says 12 Israelis have been detained after a 19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped in the resort town of Ayia Napa. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
July 18, 2019 - 4:28 am
PARALIMNI, Cyprus (AP) — A Cyprus court has ordered 12 Israelis vacationing on the east Mediterranean island nation to remain in police custody for eight days after a 19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped. Judge Tonia Nicolaou removed reporters from Thursday's hearing because some of...
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