"Lyft was hit with five more lawsuits on Tuesday by women who allege they were sexually assaulted or raped by drivers on its platform.
Their allegations echo those of other women who've recently sued the company: That Lyft has been aware that its drivers were sexually assaulting and raping female passengers for years but has failed to take adequate steps to protect passengers and warn them of the issue. Four of the lawsuits are filed on behalf of named women; one is filed on behalf of a Jane Doe.
The allegations in the new lawsuits range from unwanted sexual advances, to breaking into a rider's home after a drop-off and groping her, to being kidnapped and gang raped. The alleged incidents occurred between 2017 and 2018."
"Less than two weeks ago, 14 other unnamed women sued Lyft, alleging that the company "chooses to stonewall" law enforcement investigating assaults and that it fails to inform victims about the status of the drivers they've accused of sexual assault or rape."
"Several Democratic presidential candidates called for the impeachment of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh on Sunday after The New York Times published new information about allegations of sexual misconduct against him, while Republican leaders condemned the reporting as irresponsible and defended him."
"The reporters wrote that they spent 10 months investigating the allegations of sexual misconduct and assault at the center of the hearings, including one by a former Yale classmate, Deborah Ramirez. She recalled being at a dorm party where participants were drinking heavily and said that Mr. Kavanaugh had thrust his penis in her face, prompting her to swat it away and inadvertently touch it."
"While Senate investigators concluded at the time that Ms. Ramirez’s account lacked corroboration, the authors said at least seven people “heard about the Yale incident long before Mr. Kavanaugh was a federal judge,” including Ms. Ramirez’s mother and two classmates who learned of it just days after the party.
The book also reports that Ms. Ramirez’s lawyers gave the F.B.I. a list of at least 25 people who may have had corroborating evidence, but that the bureau interviewed none of them. The two agents who interviewed Ms. Ramirez told her they found her “credible,” the excerpt said."
"Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on Thursday filed a lawsuit against CBS, alleging the network defamed him when it aired interviews earlier this year with two women who accused him of sexual assault.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia, demands $400 million for alleged defamation and "severe emotional distress" caused by the reporting."
"Fairfax has denied their claims and said the encounters he had with the two women were consensual. Hours after CBS began promoting King's interviews, Fairfax's office issued a statement saying that Fairfax had been "steadfast from the start in saying that serious, fair, and impartial investigation and examination of the facts would demonstrate that these allegations are false and that he engaged in no wrongdoing whatsoever."
"New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of raping his former trainer, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida.The lawsuit says that Brown — in three separate incidents, two in June 2017 and another in May 2018 — sexually assaulted a woman named Britney Taylor, a gymnast whom he met while they were attending Central Michigan together and whom he later hired as a trainer."
"In the statement, Taylor also said she would cooperate with the N.F.L. in an investigation.
It was not clear whether Taylor reported her accusations to the police."
"The statement from Brown’s lawyer acknowledged at least one instance when the two engaged in consensual sex and said that “any sexual interaction with Mr. Brown was entirely consensual.”
A spokesman for the Patriots said in an email that the team had not heard about the allegations or the lawsuit."
"The woman who read a searing statement at the sentencing of the college swimmer who sexually assaulted her at Stanford University— causing a public outcry that led to the judge in the case being recalled— has revealed her identity."
"For years, Chanel Miller was known in legal proceedings as "Emily Doe," the woman assaulted while unconscious by Brock Turner outside an on-campus fraternity house. She identifies herself in a memoir, "Know My Name," scheduled to be released Sept. 24."
"A jury found Turner guilty of assaulting Miller while she was incapacitated by alcohol in January 2015. The emotional victim impact statement Miller read at his sentencing went viral, serving as a rallying cry for victims of sexual abuse."
"At least two sexual assaults have been reported on Miami University's campus this semester. "
"Miami University Police said a female student was sexually assaulted by a male she did not know on Monday. The incident occurred between 11:30 and 11:40 p.m in an outdoor area in the northern part of Central Quad. The suspect is described as a college-age male, 6'2'', 200 lbs with brown hair, blue eyes and a noticeable gap in his front teeth. "
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"A North Texas woman is suing American Airlines for $6 million claiming flight attendants over-served alcohol to an intoxicated passenger who sexually assaulted her during an international flight last fall."
"'If I don't speak up, if I don't pursue all the channels available, then that means it's OK and it's not.'"
"The woman returned to her seat and attempted to watch a movie, but her seatmate was undeterred. When she pretended to be asleep, a tactic advised by a flight attendant, the man took a blanket from his bag and placed it over her. The woman said she then felt "extremely uncomfortable."The man then placed his head on her chest and she nudged him away. He then pretended to awaken and asked the woman, "Have we had sex yet?" and 'Is it time to do it?'"
"A Colombian Instagram model moonlighted as an international underage sex trafficking madame who recruited vulnerable girls to service celebrity clients, according to authorities.The high-profile trial for Liliana del Carmen Campos Puello is now underway in Cartagena, where prosecutors say she headquartered the child prostitution ring along with 17 others, The Times of London reported."
"Among the horrors the child sex slaves were allegedly forced to endure, were tattoo brandings by their “owners” and sex parties on luxury yachts and hotels.
The 48-year-old buxom brunette, nicknamed “La Madame,” reportedly recruited up to 400 girls, many from poor backgrounds, to service glamorous clients, including celebrities and politicians."
"Campos Puello, who was convicted of federal heroin trafficking in New York in 2002 — and also goes by “La Ronca” aka “the husky-voiced woman”— claims all the women were over 18. Prostitution is legal in Colombia."
"The judge in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault case will allow three additional accusers to testify as "prior bad acts" witnesses against him, according to court documents filed Monday by prosecutors.The sexual assault charges against Weinstein relate to two women -- one on July 10, 2006, and another on March 18, 2013. But the three additional witnesses would testify about other uncharged acts as prosecutors try to show Weinstein had a similar pattern of behavior.
In general, "prior bad acts" witnesses strengthen the prosecution's case, particularly in a he said-she said sexual assault trial with limited physical evidence. In Bill Cosby's trial, for example, five "prior bad acts" witnesses testified that the comedian had previously drugged and assaulted them, and the jury found him guilty."
"The court documents were filed on the same day that Weinstein pleaded not guilty to two new predatory sexual assault charges in a Manhattan criminal court."
"Weinstein's trial is now expected to begin January 6. During a scheduling conversation the judge asked him, "do you want to go to trial?""Not really, not with this weak case," he replied."
"A former Yale psychiatry professor sexually assaulted five students and engaged in other sexual misconduct, according to an independent report released by the university.
Eugene Redmond, who was on the faculty for 44 years, is accused of misconduct and sexual assault primarily by interns in a program he ran that included undergraduate students at Yale, among others."
"New Haven, Connecticut, and Yale police have contacted St. Kitts police to inform them of Redmond's alleged actions, according to a university statement. CNN has reached out to those law enforcement agencies for comment.
CNN also could not determine if any criminal charges have been filed in relation to Redmond."
"Yale is making several changes after the report was released, including new protocols to oversee internship and other overnight programs. The university is also considering additional actions based on recommendations from the report."