Lady Gaga reveals she got pregnant after being raped by music producer

Lady Gaga reveals she got pregnant after being raped by music producer

Lady Gaga got pregnant after being raped. The 35-year-old singer has recalled how she was sexually assaulted by a music producer when she was just 19 years old and "froze" through the moment, but she'll never name her attacker because she doesn't want to face him again. Speaking in the first episode of Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry's new Apple TV+ series, The Me You Can't See, she said: "I was 19 years old, and I was working in the business, and a producer said to me, 'Take your clothes off.' "And I said no. And I left, and they…
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Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein found guilty of sexual assault and rape

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein found guilty of sexual assault and rape

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of sexual assault and rape at his trial in New York. But he has been cleared of other charges, including predatory sexual assault and rape in the first degree. Sky News reports that the trial has been seen as a watershed for the #MeToo movement. Harvey Weinstein was once the king of Hollywood, a man with the power to make and break careers in the movies. via Sky News 
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Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination, Brexit, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the migrant crisis amongst the 10 events which shaped Europe in the past decade

Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination, Brexit, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the migrant crisis amongst the 10 events which shaped Europe in the past decade

Daphne Caruana Galizia's assassination, Brexit, the Paris Climate Change agreement, Russia's annexation of Crimea and the migrant crisis are amongst the ten main events which shaped Europe in the past decade according to Euronews. While refugees and migrants have always attempted the sea crossing between Turkey and Greece and Libya and Italy in an attempt to reach Europe, during the first three months of 2015 the number of drownings in the Mediterranean rose to 1,687 from 60 a year earlier, the report says. The Times of Malta editor Herman Grech is reported by Euronews saying that the assassination of Caruana…
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Placido Domingo gets standing ovation in Salzburg

Placido Domingo gets standing ovation in Salzburg

Opera legend Placido Domingo on Sunday evening received a standing ovation at the Salzburg Festival, his first performance since he was accused of sexually harassing women. Domingo gave his performance in the Giuseppe Verdi opera "Luisa Miller" at the annual music and drama festival in Austria. Domingo received an ovation alone at the start of the show, and shared in another with his cast-mates at the end. Eight singers and a dancer told the Associated Press earlier this month they were sexually harassed by the former member of the much lauded "Three Tenors", in incidents going back to the 1980s…
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Investigation into sexual harassment claims against Placido Domingo gather pace

Investigation into sexual harassment claims against Placido Domingo gather pace

    Los Angeles Opera announced it will immediately open a “thorough and independent investigation” into allegations of sexual harassment against the opera star Placido Domingo, the company’s general director. In a brief statement, the opera company said it has hired Debra Wong Yang from the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to lead the investigation. It gave no information how the investigation would be carried out and its expected duration. The investigation into Domingo’s behaviour follows an Associated Press report last week detailing multiple accusations against the 78-year-old opera star. Three of the nine women who accused the…
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French police rape verdict comes as sexual violence complaints rise

French police rape verdict comes as sexual violence complaints rise

On the day elite policemen in Paris were convicted of raping a Canadian tourist – a verdict activists hail as a watershed – an official French report noted a jump in sexual violence complaints for 2018 with a nod to the Weinstein scandal and #MeToo. The coincidence of the two pieces of good news for women’s rights proponents and victims’ rights advocates in France is, to be clear, fortuitous. The Interior Ministry’s crime statistics are released annually. The guilty verdict in the Emily Spanton case was five years’ in the making, stretching back to the night in April 2014 when…
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Allegedly sexually harassed or bullied employees of Sir Philip Green claim they were paid seven-figure secret payouts for their silence or settlement

Several employees of Sir Philip Green who alleged the tycoon had sexually harassed or bullied them were given enormous seven-figure secret payouts to settle their claims, the Guardian has learned. The huge settlements were part of a widespread culture of silence at Green’s Arcadia Group, an insider said, where the billionaire owner allegedly harassed female staff but few felt able to speak up, and where senior managers frequently ignored his behaviour. The Guardian understands there are at least seven cases in which former staff members have received substantial payouts to settle complaints of sexual harassment, bullying or racist abuse against Green. In…
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Five rules for the office in the #MeToo era

Five rules for the office in the #MeToo era

What a difference a year makes. Since the #MeToo campaign started and spread globally, things changed in the way women got empowered to speak up. Although typically, social norms change slowly — or used to. Today social media may mean that we see more of these sharp shifts. Where have we landed? Many businesses now make risk assessments differently than they did a year ago. Until #MeToo, a well-run business faced with a sexual harassment complaint typically kept things quiet even if they fired someone after an investigation into the complaint. This was felt the best defence against a defamation…
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European Parliament staff to launch their #MeToo blog to break culture of silence

Staff at the European Parliament will on Tuesday launch a blog on which stories of sexual harassment within the institution will be published, in order to break a “culture of silence.” Those behind the MeTooEP blog, including parliamentary assistants but no MEPs, said they will start by publishing five anonymous testimonies from “victims of sexism, sexual harassment and sexual assaults within the European Parliament.” Politico 
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Kavanaugh, Ronaldo … how many more male victims must there be? – The Guardian

Kavanaugh, Ronaldo … how many more male victims must there be? – The Guardian

Until sexual assault becomes something that someone’s base – be it Juve fans, be it Republicans – believes their own side capable of, we really haven’t inched meaningfully along this road at all. Not through want of trying, you understand. But until people stop placing team loyalty over everything, sexual assault will continue to be treated about as seriously as diving in the penalty box. Which is to say, only a big deal when your opponents do it. Read more from Guardian Columnist Marina Hyde     
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The Legal perspective on Cristiano Ronaldo alleged rape – Der Spiegel

The Legal perspective on Cristiano Ronaldo alleged rape – Der Spiegel

How Ronaldo's Legal Team Dealt with Disaster Readers discretion required After Kathryn Mayorga claimed she was raped by soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo on June 13, 2009, a phalanx of high-profile lawyers were tasked with fixing the problem. In the wake of a DER SPIEGEL report, authorities have reopened their investigation. DER SPIEGEL reported last week about Mayorga's rape allegations against Ronaldo. It is the story of a woman who long stayed silent -- because she had to. Because nine years ago, she signed an agreement that had been hashed out by Ronaldo's team of experts and her own lawyer. In the…
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Las Vegas police opened investigation into rape allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo could be facing a difficult winter. Der Spiegel reports that following the civil complaint filed on behalf of Kathryn Mayorga with the district attorney's office in the U.S. state of Nevada on September 27, police in Las Vegas have also now opened an investigation into the American woman's allegations that the Portuguese player raped her in June 2009. The complaint filed late last week seeks to declare the out-of-court settlement signed by Mayorga and Ronaldo's legal representatives in 2010 invalid. Mayorga's lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, argues that due to the trauma of the alleged sexual assault, Mayorga was too…
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Nike deeply concerned with allegations against Ronaldo

Nike says it is "deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations" facing footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. The sportswear company issued a statement after a woman filed a lawsuit claiming she was raped by the Portugal star in Las Vegas in 2009. Nike has had a contract since 2003 with Ronaldo, who vehemently denies the rape allegation against him. In a statement, Nike said: "We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation." The firm's comments come hours after Ronaldo was left out of Portugal's squad for two upcoming matches. Teacher Kathryn Mayorga, 34, has claimed the former…
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Why Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing matters in the context of #MeToo – The Guardian

Why Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing matters in the context of #MeToo – The Guardian

The #MeToo movement has landed on the doorstep of one of the most venerated American institutions, the supreme court. In doing so, it has given women even more fuel for the fight. On Thursday, in offices, bars and classrooms, Americans paused to watch Dr Christine Blasey Ford describe an alleged attempted rape to a Senate committee of 17 men and four women. They watched the man who denies the allegation, Brett Kavanaugh, respond with bristling anger. Read more here    
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Penelope Cruz recalls ‘strange’ Harvey Weinstein – #MeToo

In 2009, actress Penelope Cruz won an Oscar for her role in a film produced by Harvey Weinstein and directed by Woody Allen -- two men now in the crosshairs of the #MeToo movement taking a stand against sexual abuse. "Thank you, Harvey Weinstein," the Spanish actress said that night as she accepted her golden best supporting actress statuette for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." Since then, Weinstein has gone from Hollywood mogul to international pariah. He is the subject of sexual harassment and assault accusations from scores of women and is facing sex crimes charges in New York. He flatly denies…
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Tuesday Morning Briefing

Tuesday Morning Briefing

Good morning, Your morning briefing for today apart from the regular Malta's newspaper front pages' review also refers to the worrying developments in Libya's capital Tripoli, the Mexico - US preliminary deal, Senator McCain's last message to the Americans, the genocide accusations levied at Myanmar's military  and the riots in Germany. These are amongst the main events which dominate the headlines of the world's leading portals and news agencies. Wishing you a good day.   The Times leads with a story where the Transport Ministry has been ordered to amend a call for a €20 million tender for the provision of…
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The Update – Asia Argento’s “Me Too”

The Update – Asia Argento’s “Me Too”

The Telegraph reports that Asia Argento, the Hollywood actress and "MeToo" activist accused of sexual assault on an underage boy, has privately admitted having sex with the fellow actor despite issuing a public denial. Argento, 42, became a figurehead for the campaign against sexual harassment after she was one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein, the movie mogul, of abuse last October. She herself has been accused by former child actor Jimmy Bennett of sexual assault by having sex with him in 2013, when he was under the age of consent in California, which is 18.  Those allegations, which have sent…
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Wednesday Morning Briefing

Wednesday Morning Briefing

Good morning, The past hours were probably the longest hours for Donald Trump as two court decisions have put him in serious potential legal jeopardy. The earth keeps moving, this time Venezuela being hit by an earthquake, while important announcements about Brexit were made. This is our morning briefing including a review of Malta's newspapers front pages and other stories from around the world.     A strong earthquake preliminarily measured at magnitude 7.3 rocked Venezuela early Tuesday evening, rocking much of northern South America and sending people fleeing from their homes. CD via Euronews,Telesur     Donald Trump has suffered a huge…
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Asia Argento denies accusation of sexual assault saying her partner, the late chef Anthony Bourdain, made the payment to avoid “negative publicity”

Asia Argento denies accusation of sexual assault saying her partner, the late chef Anthony Bourdain, made the payment to avoid “negative publicity”

Two days after a report detailed an accusation of sexual assault against #MeToo activist Asia Argento, the Italian actress and filmmaker said she never had a sexual relationship with the young actor whom she agreed to pay $380,000 in a settlement. The Guardian reports that the claims, which were first published by the New York Times on Monday, concern an alleged incident at a Southern California hotel in 2013, when Bennett was 17. According to the report, Argento had settled the notice of intent to sue filed by Bennett, who is now 22, for $380,000 last October. “I am deeply shocked…
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Asia Argento denies she ever had a sexual relationship with young actor (Updated)

Asia Argento denies she ever had a sexual relationship with young actor (Updated)

Two days after a report detailed an accusation of sexual assault against #MeToo activist Asia Argento, the Italian actress and filmmaker said she never had a sexual relationship with the young actor whom she agreed to pay $380,000 in a settlement. AP Italy’s TV Network SKY has announced that if the recent stories that emerged about Asia Argento are proved true, they will be removing her from the show X-FACTOR. Argento, One of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him…
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Tuesday Morning Briefing

Tuesday Morning Briefing

Good morning Your morning briefing bringing you the latest news developments as reported from around the world, while reviewing Malta's Newspapers, major news agencies and several global and localised newspapers. Wishing you a good day! The Malta Independent follows up on the case of a young German Michael Mansholt who was found dead at the bottom of a cliff in Dingli in 2016. His family say they have now given up hope of getting answers. In another story the newspaper reports that the police are still investigating the case of the 120 immigrants found living on a farm earlier this…
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Monday Morning Briefing

Monday Morning Briefing

Good morning, Today's morning briefing is served.   Latest: In Afghanistan, Taliban took more than 100 people, including women and children hostage in ambush in North. (AP)   The issue of migration and the current situation with Italy is the leading story on today's newspapers in Malta.    Our Malta's Evening Roundup for Malta's news can be accessed here.     London police arrested man with a Maltese surname, Joseph Xuereb, after violent assault in Greenwich leaves two women in critical condition.     Dozens of elderly South Koreans crossed the heavily fortified border into North Korea on Monday for…
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Bill Cosby’s lawyers challenging the legality of the process regards classification of former actor as ‘sexually violent predator’.

Bill Cosby’s lawyers challenging the legality of the process regards classification of former actor as ‘sexually violent predator’.

AP reports that Bill Cosby's lawyers are challenging the legality of the process under which a Pennsylvania board recommended he be classified as a sexually violent predator. They also claimed in a court filing last week that the state's recently revised sex offender registry law is unconstitutional and should not be applied retroactively. The 81-year-old Cosby is due to be sentenced Sept. 24 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He was convicted in April of drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago. He plans to appeal. A judge must decide whether to accept the…
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Encouraged by the #MeToo, nuns express their stories of pain and abuse

Encouraged by the #MeToo, nuns express their stories of pain and abuse

CBC/AP: Revelations that a prominent U.S. cardinal sexually abused and harassed his adult seminarians have exposed an egregious abuse of power that has shocked Catholics on both sides of the Atlantic. But the Vatican has long been aware of its heterosexual equivalent — the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and bishops — and done little to stop it, an Associated Press analysis has found. The nun no longer goes to confession regularly, after an Italian priest forced himself on her while she was at her most vulnerable: recounting her sins to him in a university classroom nearly 20 years ago. At the…
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#LetHerWork – #MeToo’s variant for female sports journalists

#LetHerWork – #MeToo’s variant for female sports journalists

AIPS MEDIA: "We are only women. Sport does also belong to us. We only want to work in peace. We only want respect". With these powerful lines, female Brazilian sport journalists founded a movement that has already rocked the country. In times of #MeToo, this is the first serious attempt to address the difficulties that women face when working as sport reporters The movement’s hashtag is simple, but powerful: #DeixaElaTrabalhar (#LetHerWork). The featured characters, more than 100, work in print, radio and TV media outlets. They have all encountered the same difficulties. Fans trying to kissing them on air is one…
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A hug too much leads to the resignation of Walt Disney Co Animation head and Pixar co-founder

A hug too much leads to the resignation of Walt Disney Co Animation head and Pixar co-founder

Walt Disney Co animation head and co-founder of Pixar John Lasseter, regarded as a modern day Walt Disney because of his creativity and commercial success, will leave at the end of the year, the company said on Friday. Reuters report that Friday’s decision, announced in a Disney statement, followed a six month leave of absence by Lasseter after what he called “missteps,” including unwanted hugs that made employees uncomfortable. A pioneer in computer animation, Lasseter was the driving creative force behind Disney’s success in animated films over the past decade such as “Toy Story,” “Frozen,” and “Finding Nemo,” films that…
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Weinstein charged with rape

Harvey Weinstein has been charged in New York with rape and several counts of sexual abuse. Weinstein turned himself in to police in the city earlier in the day. Mr Weinstein has denied the accusations of committing any non-consensual sex acts, by dozens of women who have made allegations against him. These allegations include rape and sexual assault. A statement from the New York Police Department said Mr Weinstein "was arrested, processed and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women". During a brief court appearance prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said that Weinstein…
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Weinstein to surrender to NYPD on charges of rape

Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul, is expected to turn himself in to the NYPD on Friday morning on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN. Manhattan prosecutors will charge Weinstein with first- and third-degree rape in one case and first-degree sex act in a second case, the source said. Weinstein's New York-based attorney, Benjamin Brafman, on Thursday declined to comment on whether his client would turn himself in. The charges follow an avalanche of accusations against him that led women around the world, some of…
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Israel’s song motif – Fun and empowerment, the voice of #MeToo at Eurovision

The winning track, which contained refrains such as "I am not your toy, you stupid boy", summed up the concerns of many women who have adopted the growing global movement against sexual harassment. The singer also said that her victory is a celebration of being different. Netta told BBC News that she came to realise that she was "different" because of her size and found out that "different is often not accepted". The singer - The 25-year-old Israel-born performer Netta Barzilai, worked as a singer in the Israeli Navy Band before tackling Eurovision Song Contest qualification show HaKokhav HaBa, which she won earlier…
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New York Attorney General resigns after being accused of physically abuse four women

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who positioned himself as a combatant of sexual harassment and abuse in the #MeToo era and a major opponent of President Donald Trump, abruptly announced his resignation Monday after four women accused him of physical violence and illicit drug and alcohol use. Schneiderman, a Democrat, stepped down hours after a New Yorker article was published Monday evening detailing allegations that he repeatedly slapped, choked and degraded women with whom he had been romantic with. The New Yorker, which shared a Pulitzer Prize last month with The New York Times for stories about sexual harassment, reports…
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Oscars – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expels Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to expel actor Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from its membership ranks. The decision to remove Cosby and Polanski from the membership was made Tuesday, May 1 at a scheduled board meeting. A statement released by the Academy said: "The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors met on Tuesday night (May 1) and has voted to expel actor Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from its membership in accordance with the organisation’s Standards of Conduct. The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the…
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