CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — When former Assemblyman Michael Sprinkle unexpectedly resigned his seat last week over sexual harassment allegations, he was quickly condemned by the governor and...
NEW YORK (AP) — The girls, a dozen of them 15 to 18 years old, file into a conference room in a downtown Brooklyn office building, taking seats in chairs carefully arranged in a circle. On the...
NEW YORK (AP) — In an unusual team effort to broaden the #MeToo movement, a group of prominent U.S. foundations is launching a new fund aimed at combating sexual violence and harassment in the...
House passes ethics bill on legislative harassment
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Following a year in which four state lawmakers either lost an election or resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations, the Washington House unanimously passed a measure...
BRUS, Serbia (AP) — It started at the job interview when Marija Lukic's boss locked the office door and tried to kiss her. He later promised it won't happen again. But it did, over and over, until...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature will pay $1.1 million to eight victims of sexual harassment and hostile workplace behavior at the state Capitol under a settlement announced Tuesday by...
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An elderly Sioux Falls man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for having sexual contact with a young girl at his wife's home daycare.
Analysis: Sexual harassment policies draw legislative focus
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As they work on policies to combat sexual harassment, Louisiana state lawmakers are grappling with questions of what's appropriate in a state where people regularly greet...
‘Surviving R. Kelly’ makers, others react to charges
CHICAGO (AP) — Reaction to R. Kelly being charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse:
"Today, an unrepentant R. Kelly will have to account for the harm he committed against...
Independent investigator proposed for Statehouse harassment
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An independent human resources employee would investigate sexual harassment complaints against New Hampshire lawmakers under a bill before a Senate committee...
2 former interns sue in Oregon sexual harassment case
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two former interns for a former Oregon state senator who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment have sued him, the Legislature, the Senate president and others,...
Brazil’s #metoo moment: Spiritual guru accused of sex abuse
ABADIANIA, Brazil (AP) — For over 40 years, spiritual healer Joao Teixeira de Faria drew people from all over the world to this small city in central Brazil, offering treatment for everything from depression to cancer.
His work was both praised — Oprah Winfrey called de Faria "inspiring" while visiting in 2012 — and heavily scrutinized. Now, de Faria, who goes by the name "Joao de Deus," or "John of God," is in trouble with the law.
Legislature passes discrimination, harassment policy
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Legislature has passed a policy to report and investigate harassment, discrimination and retaliation involving lawmakers and legislative employees.
A conference committee's agreement that the policy would not apply to lobbyists, media or members of the public passed the House 59-38 and the Senate 30-20 on Thursday. The policy takes effect immediately.
It allows for confidential reporting and investigation of claims and sets penalties for violators.
Politician’s accuser speaks about issue of sexual assault
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — On Tuesday night, college professor Vanessa Tyson avoided talking directly about her accusation that Virginia's lieutenant governor sexually assaulted her, but she wasn't shy about publicly discussing her research and thoughts on the growing number of women reporting abuse.
Virginia sex allegations are latest against state officials
Virginia's lieutenant governor has denied newly publicized allegations that he sexually assaulted two women years ago and has vowed to continue serving in office. It's a scenario that already has played out in several other states, with differing conclusions.
Activist who coined the phrase #MeToo coming to Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The activist who coined the phrase #MeToo more than a decade before it exploded as a global hashtag will speak this month at the University of Notre Dame.
Tarana Burke is scheduled to speak on Feb. 25 about the #MeToo movement as part of the university's Black History Month events. The event at the campus' DeBartolo Classroom Building is free and open to the public.
France: Witnesses back women in post-MeToo defamation trial
PARIS (AP) — Former officials of France's Green Party said Thursday they should have acted earlier on reports of sexual misconduct by a lawmaker accused by six women of harassment and abuse. They stressed that the #MeToo movement since then has raised their awareness on the issue.
The ex-politicians were testifying Thursday at a Paris trial prompted by Denis Baupin, a former Green Party politician and Paris city official who has brought a defamation case against the women.
Woman accuses elected Virginia official of sexual assault
WASHINGTON (AP) — A California woman went public with her sexual assault accusation against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on Wednesday, saying in a statement that she suppressed the memory for years but came forward in part because of the possibility that the Democrat could succeed a scandal-mired governor .
New bill requires sexual harassment complaint data
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Several lawmakers have signed on to a new bill that would require all three branches of state government to track and submit data regarding sexual harassment of employees.
6 French women on trial for alleging lawmaker harassed them
PARIS (AP) — Six French women stood trial Monday in a defamation lawsuit brought by a former lawmaker they accused of sexual misconduct 1½ years before the #MeToo movement.
Four journalists who published allegations from the women and eight others in May 2016 also are defendants in the case filed by Denis Baupin, who resigned his leadership post in parliament's lower house when the media reports came out.
French women put on defense in post-#MeToo defamation trial
PARIS (AP) — A former French lawmaker's defamation lawsuit against six women who accused him of sexual misconduct and four journalists who reported the allegations goes to trial Monday in what some fear illustrates a backlash against the #MeToo movement.
#MeToo movement was not 1-year phenomenon in state capitols
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the first week of 2019, an investigation by Oregon's labor agency deemed the state Capitol to be a hostile workplace because of an unchecked pattern of sexual harassment among lawmakers.
90 state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct since 2017
Since the start of 2017, The Associated Press has tallied at least 90 state lawmakers who have faced public allegations or repercussions over sexual misconduct claims. Most of those cases became public since the #MeToo movement gained momentum in October 2017, although some of the incidents allegedly occurred several years ago.
Kihuen runs for office again despite harassment allegations
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Ruben Kihuen, whose rise in the Democratic Party was derailed by sexual harassment allegations, has launched a campaign for elected office in Las Vegas despite opposition from some former supporters who say he doesn't deserve the job.
The one-term congressman on Wednesday filed to run for an open Las Vegas city council seat, a quick return to public life coming weeks after he quietly finished his only term in Congress.
Former South Korean governor convicted of sexual abuse
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean appeals court sentenced a former provincial governor to 3½ years in prison on Friday on charges of sexually abusing his secretary, in the highest profile conviction yet from investigations triggered by the country's growing #MeToo movement.
A Seoul High Court official said Ahn Hee-jung was found guilty on most counts after being accused of molestation, sexual assault and abuse of authority. The official did not want to be named, citing office rules.
Kentucky lawmakers seek return of sexual harassment payment
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After paying a woman $110,000 in a secret sexual harassment settlement, three current and former Republican lawmakers in Kentucky are now demanding she give the money back — plus interest — for violating a confidentiality agreement.
France defends women’s rights as conductor to return onstage
PARIS (AP) — The French government is defending its feminist credentials after the announcement that a renowned conductor accused of sexual assault is taking the stage in Paris.
Ex-Arizona legislator Don Shooter suing state over expulsion
PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona legislator who was expelled for alleged sexual misconduct has filed a lawsuit against the state.
Don Shooter alleges he was denied due process because the case regarding his expulsion wasn't heard by the House Ethics Committee.
The Arizona Republic reports Shooter's suit filed Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court seeks an unspecified amount in monetary damages to be determined at trial.
Campaign cash paid Trump foe’s legal bills after #MeToo fall
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman used nearly $340,000 in political campaign funds to pay the law firm that represented him during an investigation of allegations that he physically abused several women, according to campaign finance reports reviewed by The Associated Press.
The practice is legal, but reform activists say Schneiderman and other politicians are exploiting lax campaign finance rules.
Indiana lawmakers approve policies banning sexual harassment
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana legislators are now covered by new policies prohibiting sexual harassment.
House members approved the policy in a unanimous voice vote Thursday after the Senate adopted a similar policy two weeks ago.
Senate committee moves to criminalize groping
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Senate committee has approved a measure to criminalize groping someone's buttocks.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a proposal Tuesday that would eliminate a more than 30-year-old exemption that allowed the behavior in the state's sexual misconduct laws. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the exception was originally added because lawmakers thought criminal penalties were too severe.
Louisiana lawmakers tracking new anti-sexual harassment law
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana legislative and state agencies have updated sexual harassment policies to conform to a new law, and lawmakers said Tuesday they intend to track compliance and search for any gaps in the provisions.
Former lawmaker ousted amid #MeToo registers as lobbyist
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Former Democratic Rep. David Sawyer has registered as a lobbyist months after he lost his primary election following an investigation that found he violated the House's policies on harassment, decorum and ethics.
California Legislature to open office for misconduct reports
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature's new office to handle sexual misconduct and other workplace complaints will open Feb. 1, more than year after the #MeToo movement rocked the Capitol and prompted several lawmakers to resign.
Georgia Senate weakens internal harassment investigations
ATLANTA (AP) — As one of his first acts after being sworn in as Georgia governor, Republican Brian Kemp issued an executive order Monday strengthening and standardizing sexual harassment reporting processes across state agencies and implementing mandatory sexual harassment training for agency employees.
The Latest: R. Kelly risks eviction from Chicago studio
CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on legal action against R. Kelly (all times local):
R. Kelly risks being evicted from his Chicago recording studio unless he pays some $174,000 in back rent and other costs by Jan. 21.
Women strive for larger roles in male-dominated religions
Women have been elected heads of national governments on six continents. They have flown into space, served in elite combat units and won every category of Nobel Prize. The global #MeToo movement, in 15 months, has toppled a multitude of powerful men linked to sexual misconduct.
Bernie Sanders faces questions about political future
NEW YORK (AP) — Allies of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are rallying behind the embattled presidential prospect even as they reluctantly begin to ponder the painful possibility of a 2020 campaign without him.
An awards show crossroads 1 year after the Time’s Up Globes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — To misquote "A Star Is Born," awards shows were far from shallow in 2018. Many confronted sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry head on, but as a new year kicks off with the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday one question lingers: Will it continue for another year?
Sanders contrite as 2016 aides face harassment allegations
NEW YORK (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his chief lieutenants are offering contrition as some of his 2016 campaign staffers face allegations of sexual harassment that threaten to derail a second White House bid before it begins.
Despite #MeToo, rape cases still confound police
NEW YORK (AP) — The #MeToo movement is empowering victims of sexual assault to speak up like never before, but what should be a watershed moment for holding assailants accountable has coincided with a troubling trend: Police departments in the U.S. are becoming less and less likely to successfully close rape investigations.
Despite #MeToo, rape cases still confound police
Panel: No ethics violation by Rep. Esty in harassment case
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic congresswoman forced to abandon her re-election campaign amid criticism over her handling of an alleged incident of sexual harassment could have done more to protect her staff but didn't violate congressional rules, according to an ethics report released Thursday.
Judge: ‘No basis’ to throw out Weinstein’s sex assault case
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge declined to dismiss sexual assault charges against Harvey Weinstein Thursday, rejecting the disgraced Hollywood titan's fierce push to have his indictment thrown out.
Judge James Burke's ruling buoyed a prosecution that appeared on rocky ground in recent months amid a prolonged defense effort to raise doubts about the case and the police investigation.
Will Harvey Weinstein charges stick? Judge to rule
NEW YORK (AP) — If Harvey Weinstein were in charge of the script, he'd be walking out of a court hearing Thursday free of the criminal charges threatening to put him behind bars.
The Hollywood producer-turned-#MeToo pariah is putting on his fiercest campaign yet to convince a New York judge to throw out his sexual assault case, seizing on allegations of unscrupulous police work and putting forth a witness who says his rape accuser pressured her to corroborate her story.
Senate Democrats see role for Congress in curbing harassment
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats said in a report Wednesday that Congress should take an active role in addressing harassment and discrimination in the American workplace, and cited fear of retaliation as the leading cause for claims going unreported.
A journey through 2018′s top pop culture moments
And the top pop culture moments of 2018 are ... Wait. WAS there any pop culture this year? Of course there was, but you could be forgiven for forgetting, because more than ever it was politics, politics, and more politics occupying the zeitgeist and sucking the proverbial air out of the room. Still, if you wanted a break from that, there was a royal wedding with something for everyone, some groundbreaking movies, the return of Mary Poppins (to the screen) and Harry Potter (to Broadway), a goodbye to some favorite celebrities, a tale of two coats that were more than just coats, and more. Join us on a highly selective chronological journey through a year in pop culture: