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NANTUCKET, Mass. — A judge said on Monday that a sexual assault case against the actor Kevin Spacey could be dismissed after the young man who accused Mr. Spacey of fondling him invoked the Fifth Amendment during a hearing over his missing phone.


The man was asked to testify on Monday regarding text messages he sent and received on the night in July 2016 that he encountered Mr. Spacey at a Nantucket restaurant. Mr. Spacey’s lawyer contends that the young man had deleted text messages that could back up Mr. Spacey’s assertion that whatever happened that night was consensual flirtation.


After the lawyer, Alan Jackson, told the man that he could be charged with a felony for deleting evidence, the man invoked his constitutional right to protect himself from self-incrimination.


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I chose this thread to post an analogy of what men might feel the same as women regarding sexual harassment, assault, and rape - it's getting "kicked in the nuts" . Very interesting article that follows this description of what he was positing. The description follows, then the article link.



Author A.R. Moxon has recently invited all men to participate in an exercise of empathy. He reframed women’s experiences with violence and sexual assault and presented it in a way that most guys should comprehend… getting kicked in the nuts. At first, it sounds silly, but it doesn’t after you read the whole thing.

“Speaking on the societally-macro level, empathy has been largely a one-way street when it comes to gender roles and dynamics,” Moxon told Bored Panda. “In my experience, women are empathetic toward men, while men tend not to be particularly empathetic toward women.”

“Put another way, women have to think about what men are feeling as a matter of survival. Men aren’t in a similar situation, and so, if they don’t want to, they don’t. And, by and large, we don’t want to.”

“When women tell their stories of living with danger and vulnerability in abusive relationships and of survival from assault, our first instinct appears to be to protect ourselves from personal culpability and accountability; we certainly saw that dynamic play out as the Kavanaugh story developed.”

Moxon said that his analogy – like any other – is imperfect, and he has received a lot of feedback since he hit “send.” Positive and negative. “I chose nut-kicking because there isn’t a man alive that doesn’t understand exactly what a nut-shot is, and, with very few exceptions, none who would ever want it or seek it out or go out ‘asking’ for it,” he explained. “Most importantly, no man confuses getting kicked in the nuts with sex. It’s very clearly violence, even though it involves sex organs. The idea of growing up in a society where getting hoofed in the balls is normalized behavior, systematically if tacitly allowed by a complicit society, and frequently confused with a pleasurable activity like sex, would rightfully be horrifying to any guy.”

And he couldn’t have come up with it at a better time. As Judge Brett Kavanaugh has just been confirmed to the US Supreme Court, the world has been hit by a huge wave of anger and protest, highlighting the problems that surround sexual abuse, assault and other social issues around it.

“I can’t imagine women’s rage today,” Moxon wrote. “But this exercise, while abstract, helped me get nearer to it than I’d been.”

“The Kavanaugh confirmation proves once again that one of the primary drivers of our society right now is normalized abuse and enablement of abuse,” Moxon added. “In such a society, the telling of wrong is itself seen as the wrong. It’s unutterably sad. It’s why the country has a bully with the mind of a cruel child as president, supported by power, cheered by crowds.”

“I think you can see, if you want to, that there is a powerful political party that doesn’t care about women at all, and thinks not caring is good. I dare hope more of us see this clearly now than we did before.”




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Mr. Spacey, 59, had been accused of fondling an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket restaurant three years ago. In recent weeks, there had been signs that the case against Mr. Spacey was in jeopardy. Last month, the accuser’s lawyer said that a smartphone at the center of the case had gone missing, and this month, the accuser dropped a lawsuit against Mr. Spacey only six days after filing it.

Problems for the prosecution came to a head last week when Mr. Spacey’s accuser invoked the Fifth Amendment during a hearing over his missing phone. After the young man refused to continue his testimony, a Nantucket District Court judge speculated about whether the prosecution was still viable.

Sounds hella shady.

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AP: Women accuse opera legend Domingo of sexual harassment


For decades, Placido Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera, has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances, numerous accusers told The Associated Press.


Regarded as one of the greatest opera singers of all time, Domingo also is a prolific conductor and the director of the Los Angeles Opera. The multiple Grammy winner is an immensely respected figure in his rarefied world, described by colleagues as a man of prodigious charm and energy who works tirelessly to promote his art form.


At 78, Domingo still attracts sellout crowds around the globe and continues adding to the 150 roles he has sung in 4,000-plus performances, more than any opera singer in history.

But his accusers and others in the industry say there is a troubling side to Domingo — one they say has long been an open secret in the opera world.


Eight singers and a dancer have told the AP that they were sexually harassed by the long-married, Spanish-born superstar in encounters that took place over three decades beginning in the late 1980s, at venues that included opera companies where he held top managerial positions.


One accuser said Domingo stuck his hand down her skirt and three others said he forced wet kisses on their lips — in a dressing room, a hotel room and at a lunch meeting.


“A business lunch is not strange,” said one of the singers. “Somebody trying to hold your hand during a business lunch is strange — or putting their hand on your knee is a little strange. He was always touching you in some way, and always kissing you.”


In addition to the nine accusers, a half-dozen other women told the AP that suggestive overtures by Domingo made them uncomfortable, including one singer who said he repeatedly asked her out on dates after hiring her to sing a series of concerts with him in the 1990s.


The AP also spoke to almost three dozen other singers, dancers, orchestra musicians, members of backstage staff, voice teachers and an administrator who said they witnessed inappropriate sexually tinged behavior by Domingo and that he pursued younger women with impunity.


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On 12/4/2017 at 12:34 PM, visionary said:



4 Women Sue Actor Danny Masterson, Church of Scientology And Its Leader


Four women who have accused Danny Masterson of raping them filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court against the actor; the Church of Scientology, to which he belongs; and the church’s controversial leader, David Miscavige. 


The suit accuses Scientology, which has long been accused of illegal and unethical conduct, and Masterson of engaging in stalking, physical invasion of privacy and a conspiracy to obstruct justice, among other allegations detailed in the complaint that HuffPost obtained from a source who provided a copy on the condition that they not be identified. 


“This is beyond ridiculous,” Masterson said through his attorney. “I’m not going to fight my ex-girlfriend in the media like she’s been baiting me to do for more than two years. I will beat her in court— and look forward to it because the public will finally be able to learn the truth and see how I’ve been railroaded by this woman. And once her lawsuit is thrown out, I intend to sue her, and the others who jumped on the bandwagon, for the damage they caused me and my family.”


For nearly three years, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office have investigated multiple allegations of rape against Masterson. Four women ― three are former Scientologists and two used to date Masterson ― have accused him of drugging them and violently raping them in the early 2000s.

HuffPost has spoken to the women multiple times for several stories over the past three years. Only two of the women, Masterson’s ex-girlfriends Chrissie Carnell Bixler and Marie Bobette Riales, have been identified in the complaint. The other two, both of whom, like Carnell Bixler, were former Scientologists, are identified as Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2. HuffPost is aware of the identities of the two women but has chosen not to name them as they are alleged rape victims who have asked to remain anonymous. Carnell Bixler’s husband, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, is also suing Masterson and Scientology, saying he has been targeted for harassment.


A litigation counsel for the Church of Scientology told HuffPost:


“From everything we have read in the press, this baseless lawsuit will go nowhere because the claims are ludicrous and a sham. It’s a dishonest and hallucinatory publicity stunt. Leah Remini is taking advantage of these people as pawns in her moneymaking scam.” 


Remini, an actress and television host, has angered the organization in recent years with a candid memoir about her time as a Scientologist and an investigative docuseries on A&E that outlines the Church’s history of abuse and retaliation against current and former members. 


Though Remini knows and has spoken to the women accusing Masterson of rape, including in an interview that has not yet aired, the women told law enforcement, church officials and church members about the alleged rapes before they met Remini and before she left the Church of Scientology.


The investigation of those rape reports, the four women say, has dragged on with no results so far. In the last three years, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has faced criticism for not completing the investigation, despite what critics of hers have referred to as “overwhelming evidence.”


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On 1/25/2018 at 11:28 AM, PleaseBlitz said:

Seeing people (not on here) complain that the judge for Nassar was too harsh with her words makes me laugh.  She would not make the top 5 of judges I've seen in sentencing hearings in terms of harshness (which I define as making me blurt out "Oh, ****!").  I've seen judges call people monsters and I've seen one call a person "an unfortunate existence."  It's a sentencing hearing, the person being sentenced has, for the court's purpose, actually done all of the horrible **** that he is standing there getting sentenced for.  And the thing judges hate the most are people that show no contrition for what they did and refuse to accept responsibility.  Nassar did all of those things by attempting to paint himself as the victim.  


Probably my top "oh ****" moment was a federal judge in the Eastern District of VA (in Alexandria) who was sentencing a guy who robbed 4 bank branches.  In federal court, sentences of "life" are pretty rare, but they have specific guidelines in terms of years for each offense.  If you use a gun to commit certain crimes, that adds either 10 or 20 years each (I forget what it is exactly), and when you commit 4 federal crimes and use a gun in all 4, the years stack up quickly.  So this guy got sentenced to like 180 years, all of it mandatory, and he was already 50.


In federal court, the judge is also required, in all cases, to inform you of your right to parole after your mandatory sentence is complete.  


So after the judge sentences the guy and informs him about parole, she asks "do you have any questions?"  The guy was like "Yea, you just sentenced me to 180 years in prison, why are you telling me about parole."  She looks dude right in the eye and said "You don't need to worry about it."


And that is the story of when PB muttered "OH ****!" in a federal courtroom. 


He is scum and still trying to fight his sentencing.  I think if I were the judge here I'd say sure you can have the contact with minors if supervised release is granted, however the sentence is now being modified to add an additional 10 years with no chance for parole, so there will be no supervised release.  And you can have a computer, a TRS-80 with no internet access.


Child porn sentence unfair, Nassar argues in handwritten appeal


Former Michigan State University doctor and convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar is trying another appeal of his federal child pornography sentence, arguing parts of his sentence - including a lifetime ban on contact with minors - are unconstitutional and deprive him of “more liberty than is reasonably necessary."


In a handwritten motion dated Aug. 20 and filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Nassar alleged his conviction on counts of both receipt and possession of child pornography violates the double jeopardy clause of the Fifth Amendment.


He also claimed lifetime bans on access or possession of computers and other electronic devices, contact with minors without written approval from a probation officer and entry into areas where children frequently congregate are “draconian” and violate his First Amendment rights.


“These stated bans sweep too broadly," Nassar wrote in a four-page attachment to the motion filing. “They are the antithesis of the required narrowly tailored sanctions required for conditions of supervised release.”


This month’s motion isn’t Nassar’s first appeal effort - he’s challenged his sentences at both the state and federal level.


Last year, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati denied Nassar’s initial appeal and upheld his federal sentence after he’d disputed the consecutive sentencing and argued the judge wrongly increased his sentence due to sexual assault convictions in state courts, according to the Associated Press.


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He's not wrong, not in the least about the path of least resistance, etc...but a big eyeroll in regards "to stand up this way against his bosses," and "remarkable," and "stepping out here."


Pay attention to the story he just told about Ronan Farrow and the type of journalism he wishes he could do.  First of all, it's not uncommon for someone like Hayes to land on his feet quickly somewhere else.  Farrow did it, it's part of his closing statement.  How many times over the years have we seen a news personality get fired or leave from one network only to pop up a week later at another outlet?  


Either he's in talks to have something else lined up and doesn't mind going out in a blaze of glory or he's confident that he can find another position.  At any rate, this isn't a guy who's clinging to his job because if he doesn't have it he's not sure if he can make rent next month.  

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Women At Ernst & Young Instructed On How To Dress, Act Nicely Around Men


When women speak, they shouldn’t be shrill. Clothing must flatter, but short skirts are a no-no. After all, “sexuality scrambles the mind.” Women should look healthy and fit, with a “good haircut” and “manicured nails.” 


These were just a few pieces of advice that around 30 female executives at Ernst & Young received at a training held in the accounting giant’s gleaming new office in Hoboken, New Jersey, in June 2018.




The 55-page presentation, used during the day-and-a-half seminar on leadership and empowerment, was given to HuffPost by an attendee who was appalled by its contents. Full of out-of-touch advice, the presentation focused on how women need to fix themselves to fit into a male-dominated workplace.


The training, called Power-Presence-Purpose or PPP, took place during the height of the Me Too movement when sexual misconduct accusations dominated the news. In response, large corporations, including EY, shored up their sexual harassment policies and training. A few companies banned forced arbitration over allegations of sex discrimination and assault. Some men were fired. 



Women’s brains absorb information like pancakes soak up syrup so it’s hard for them to focus, the attendees were told. Men’s brains are more like waffles. They’re better able to focus because the information collects in each little waffle square.


EY, one of the largest accounting firms in the world with $36.4 billion in global revenue and 270,000 employees, was still recovering from a public Me Too accusation. A few months before the seminar, the company was in the news for settling a discrimination complaint filed by Jessica Casucci, a partner at the firm who said she was sexually assaulted by a male partner. The incident happened years before and Casucci complained internally. EY fired the man only after she went public.


The June 2018 event did not touch on any of these topics, however. The focus was on self-improvement. For women.


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