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Sexual assault victims in New York are getting a one-time opportunity to sue their abusers under a new law expected to bring a wave of litigation against prison guards, middle managers, doctors and prominent figures including former President Donald Trump. Starting Thursday, New York will waive the normal deadlines for lawsuits over sex crimes for one year. That will enable survivors to seek compensation for assaults that happened decades ago. A lawsuit against Trump is expected from E. Jean Carroll, a writer who says the Republican raped her in a department store dressing room in the mid-1990s. Trump denies the allegation.

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The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from a Virginia school board that says it shouldn’t be held liable for the alleged sexual assault of a student by a classmate on a band trip. The court without comment on Monday rejected the appeal from the Fairfax County School Board. The case will now go to trial in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. The case turned on whether a school system can be held liable for a single alleged assault when there had been no prior notice of a problem. The girl was a student at Oakton High School in 2017 when she said a male classmate assaulted her on a school bus during an out-of-state band trip.

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Jurors at the Los Angeles rape trial of “That ’70s Show” star Danny Masterson say they're deadlocked. But a judge has told them they have not deliberated long enough for her to declare a mistrial. After nearly three days of deliberations, the jurors emerged Friday afternoon and told Judge Charlaine Olmedo that they could not reach a unanimous verdict on any counts. She told them to resume deliberating on Nov. 28 after taking Thanksgiving week off. The 46-year-old Masterson is charged with the rape of three women in his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003. He has pleaded not guilty. The defense says the acts were consensual.

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Jurors at the Los Angeles rape trial of “That ’70s Show” star Danny Masterson say they're deadlocked. But a judge has told them they have not deliberated long enough for her to declare a mistrial. After nearly three days of deliberations, the jurors emerged Friday afternoon and told Judge Charlaine Olmedo that they could not reach a unanimous verdict on any counts. She told them to resume deliberating on Nov. 28 after taking Thanksgiving week off. The 46-year-old Masterson is charged with the rape of three women in his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003. He has pleaded not guilty. The defense says the acts were consensual.

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Prosecutors in Los Angeles have rested their case in the trial of Harvey Weinstein. The move came Thursday after nearly four weeks of testimony involving 44 witnesses. Weinstein is charged with the rape of two women who testified at the trial and the sexual assault of two others. The accusers included a documentary filmmaker who is married to California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Missing from the prosecution's case without explanation was actor Mel Gibson, who had been on the witness list to talk about a friend who is among Weinstein's accusers. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty and denied engaging in any non-consensual sex.

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Prosecutors in Los Angeles have rested their case in the trial of Harvey Weinstein. The move came Thursday after nearly four weeks of testimony involving 44 witnesses. Weinstein is charged with the rape of two women who testified at the trial and the sexual assault of two others. The accusers included a documentary filmmaker who is married to California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Missing from the prosecution's case without explanation was actor Mel Gibson, who had been on the witness list to talk about a friend who is among Weinstein's accusers. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty and denied engaging in any non-consensual sex.

Several SpaceX employees who were fired after circulating an open letter calling out CEO Elon Musk’s behavior have filed a complaint accusing the company of violating labor laws. The complaint, made Wednesday to the National Labor Relations Board, says five employees who participated in organizing the June letter were fired a day after it was sent to company executives. The complaint also says the company interrogated dozens of others in private meetings, and that four additional employees who helped draft or share the letter were fired in July and August. The letter had called on executives to condemn Musk’s public behavior on Twitter and hold everyone accountable for misconduct.

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Several SpaceX employees who were fired after circulating an open letter calling out CEO Elon Musk’s behavior have filed a complaint accusing the company of violating labor laws. The complaint, made Wednesday to the National Labor Relations Board, says five employees who participated in organizing the June letter were fired a day after it was sent to company executives. The complaint also says the company interrogated dozens of others in private meetings, and that four additional employees who helped draft or share the letter were fired in July and August. The letter had called on executives to condemn Musk’s public behavior on Twitter and hold everyone accountable for misconduct.

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Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker and the wife of California governor Gavin Newsom, faced cross-examination from an attorney for Harvey Weinstein at his sexual assault trial. Weinstein attorney Mark Werksman asked Siebel Newsom why some elements of her allegations of rape by Weinstein in 2005 she had described under oath for the first time during the trial. Siebel Newsom says she has been able to speak more of her truth as time has passed. Werksman says the two had consensual sex. Earlier Tuesday, a judge dismissed four of the 11 sexual assault charges against Weinstein at the request of prosecutors. He has pleaded not guilty to all of them.

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Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker and the wife of California governor Gavin Newsom, faced cross-examination from an attorney for Harvey Weinstein at his sexual assault trial. Weinstein attorney Mark Werksman asked Siebel Newsom why some elements of her allegations of rape by Weinstein in 2005 she had described under oath for the first time during the trial. Siebel Newsom says she has been able to speak more of her truth as time has passed. Werksman says the two had consensual sex. Earlier Tuesday, a judge dismissed four of the 11 sexual assault charges against Weinstein at the request of prosecutors. He has pleaded not guilty to all of them.

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A defense lawyer for actor Danny Masterson says a jury should acquit him because testimony by his accusers was riddled with inconsistencies and contradictions. Attorney Phillip Cohen said Tuesday during closing arguments in Los Angeles Superior Court that prosecutors failed to prove the former star of the sitcom “That '70s Show” was guilty of three counts of rape. Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller says that if the statements by the women were all consistent then it would have indicated they were scripted. Mueller says the victims put themselves through painful interrogations about their trauma and had no motive to lie.

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A defense lawyer for actor Danny Masterson says a jury should acquit him because testimony by his accusers was riddled with inconsistencies and contradictions. Attorney Phillip Cohen said Tuesday during closing arguments in Los Angeles Superior Court that prosecutors failed to prove the former star of the sitcom “That '70s Show” was guilty of three counts of rape. Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller says that if the statements by the women were all consistent then it would have indicated they were scripted. Mueller says the victims put themselves through painful interrogations about their trauma and had no motive to lie.

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Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker and the wife of California governor Gavin Newsom, took the stand at the Los Angeles trial of Harvey Weinstein and in tearful and dramatic testimony described the movie mogul raping her in 2005. Siebel Newsom said she was a young actor and he among Hollywood's most powerful men during the assault at what she thought was going to be a business meeting at a Beverly Hills hotel. She said she was filled with horror then, and felt severe shame in the ensuing years. Weinstein's attorneys say she had consensual sex with him to advance her career. He has denied engaging in any non-consensual sex.

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Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker and the wife of California governor Gavin Newsom, took the stand at the Los Angeles trial of Harvey Weinstein and in tearful and dramatic testimony described the movie mogul raping her in 2005. Siebel Newsom said she was a young actor and he among Hollywood's most powerful men during the assault at what she thought was going to be a business meeting at a Beverly Hills hotel. She said she was filled with horror then, and felt severe shame in the ensuing years. Weinstein's attorneys say she had consensual sex with him to advance her career. He has denied engaging in any non-consensual sex.

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Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis has been ordered to pay an additional $2.5 million in damages in a rape lawsuit. The jury award Monday brought the total to $10 million for a woman who said he sexually assaulted her nearly a decade ago. Haggis says the 2013 encounter was consensual. He's vowing to appeal and clear his name. His accuser's lawyers say the jury did the right thing. Last week, the jury awarded the woman $7.5 million in compensatory damages for suffering. The punitive damages are additional. Haggis wasn’t criminally charged in the matter.

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy’s next superintendent will be the first woman appointed to the position in the institution’s nearly 80-year history. The U.S. Transportation Department announced Saturday that retired U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Joanna Nunan will take the helm at the 1,000-person academy in Kings Point, Long Island in a few weeks. She is succeeding Jack Buono, who resigned in June. Nunan retired this year as the Coast Guard’s Deputy for Personnel Readiness. She will take over a Merchant Marine Academy that’s been racked by sexual misconduct allegations in recent years. The academy trains graduates to work in the commercial shipping industry.

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A jury has ordered Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis to pay at least $7.5 million to a woman who accused him of rape. The jury also plans to award additional punitive damages. The verdict in the civil case came Thursday in one of several #MeToo-era cases that have put Hollywood notables’ behavior on trial this fall. The lawsuit pitted the screenwriter-director against a publicist who met him while working at movie premieres in the early 2010s. Haggis said the January 2013 encounter in his New York apartment was consensual. He is known for writing best picture Oscar winners “Million Dollar Baby” and “Crash.”

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A former California police officer is being charged with sexual assault and other crimes after misconduct allegations by multiple women spurred an internal affairs investigation at the Stockton Police Department. Former Stockton Police Sgt. Nicholas Bloed was hired by the department in 2008. He was placed on administrative leave in May and hasn't been employed at the department since October. The charges mark yet another example of law enforcement officials facing accusations of sexual misconduct. Bloed's lawyer says sexual activity Bloed engaged in with people he met as an officer was consensual.

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A former California police officer is being charged with sexual assault and other crimes after misconduct allegations by multiple women spurred an internal affairs investigation at the Stockton Police Department. Former Stockton Police Sgt. Nicholas Bloed was hired by the department in 2008. He was placed on administrative leave in May and hasn't been employed at the department since October. The charges mark yet another example of law enforcement officials facing accusations of sexual misconduct. Bloed's lawyer says sexual activity Bloed engaged in with people he met as an officer was consensual.

Jurors have begun deliberating in a civil trial involving Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis and a publicist who accused him of rape. The jury's discussions began Thursday after three weeks of testimony. Haggis and his accuser gave divergent accounts of what happened between them after he invited her to his New York apartment for a drink on Jan. 31, 2013. The 36-year-old woman says Haggis quickly became sexually aggressive, though she told him she wasn’t willing, and forced her to perform oral sex and raped her. The 69-year-old screenwriter and director says the encounter was consensual and the woman initiated parts of it. She is seeking unspecified damages.

Jurors have begun deliberating in a civil trial involving Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis and a publicist who accused him of rape. The jury's discussions began Thursday after three weeks of testimony. Haggis and his accuser gave divergent accounts of what happened between them after he invited her to his New York apartment for a drink on Jan. 31, 2013. The 36-year-old woman says Haggis quickly became sexually aggressive, though she told him she wasn’t willing, and forced her to perform oral sex and raped her. The 69-year-old screenwriter and director says the encounter was consensual and the woman initiated parts of it. She is seeking unspecified damages.

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Jurors are expected to start deliberating Thursday in a rape lawsuit against filmmaker Paul Haggis. Closing arguments Wednesday framed dueling narratives about what happened between him and a publicist on a night in 2013. His accuser says she reluctantly agreed to a drink at the Oscar-winning screenwriter’s apartment, then was subjected to unwelcome kisses, forced to perform oral sex and raped as she repeatedly refused. Haggis says he’s fighting a false claim by a show-business publicist who flirted  with him for months and was a partner in a consensual encounter, though he says she was hesitant at times.

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Jurors are expected to start deliberating Thursday in a rape lawsuit against filmmaker Paul Haggis. Closing arguments Wednesday framed dueling narratives about what happened between him and a publicist on a night in 2013. His accuser says she reluctantly agreed to a drink at the Oscar-winning screenwriter’s apartment, then was subjected to unwelcome kisses, forced to perform oral sex and raped as she repeatedly refused. Haggis says he’s fighting a false claim by a show-business publicist who flirted  with him for months and was a partner in a consensual encounter, though he says she was hesitant at times.

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The only Harvey Weinstein accuser to testify at both his New York and California trials has taken the stand in a Los Angeles courtroom to repeat her account of what she says was a sexual assault by the former movie mogul in 2013. Lauren Young testified Monday that she was supposed to be showing Weinstein a script at a Beverly Hills hotel when he trapped her in a bathroom, groped her and masturbated in front of her. A Weinstein attorney pointed out that that in initial interviews with police, she had said the attack happened nearly a year earlier. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty. He was convicted at the New York trial and is serving a 23-year prison sentence.

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