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#MeToo prosecutors deploy experts early to thwart defense

#MeToo prosecutors deploy experts early to thwart defenseWhen his trial opens in the coming days, Harvey Weinstein’s defense team is expected to go on the offensive against the women who have accused him of rape and sexual assault, in part by questioning if they acted like victims afterward. New York City prosecutors intend to counter with a strategy that’s taken hold since the 2018 retrial of comedian Bill Cosby: calling a sex crimes expert as a witness to dispel assumptions about how rape and sexual assault victims behave after an attack. In fact, Weinstein’s prosecutors are using the very same expert, Dr. Barbara Ziv.



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Sanders-Warren spat ignites debate on lessons of the #MeToo movement

Sanders-Warren spat ignites debate on lessons of the #MeToo movementAt Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders engaged in a “he said, she said” battle regarding a conversation the two progressive candidates had in 2018.



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Bill Maher Ignores Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Disturbing #MeToo Allegations

Bill Maher Ignores Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Disturbing #MeToo AllegationsPhoto Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty & HBONeil deGrasse Tyson, the fun-lovin’ astrophysicist and TV personality, has been credibly accused of sexual misconduct by four women—one of whom, Thchiya Amet El Maat, alleged that he drugged and raped her while the two were graduate students at the University of Texas in 1984.  Bill Maher, the boundary-pushing comedian, has branded the MeToo movement “scary” and aspects of  it “MeCarthyism” whilst downplaying women’s accounts of inappropriate touching at the hands of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and the allegations against former congressman Al Franken. On Friday night, Maher welcomed pal Tyson to his long-running HBO program Real Time. Tyson, who’s managed to weather any professional ramifications from the sexual-misconduct allegations—keeping his gigs with National Geographic’s StarTalk, Fox’s Cosmos and Hayden Planetarium—joined Maher and his panel, which included The Daily Beast’s politics editor Sam Stein, for an interview toward the end of the program. And sure enough, Maher joked about Tyson’s planets tie; let him hawk his new book of published letters to and from his fans; debated the scientific evidence (or lack thereof) supporting the existence of God, as is the outspoken atheist’s wont; talked flat-earthers; and acted generally chummy with one another. Bill Maher Fails to Challenge The Federalist Publisher (and Mr. Meghan McCain) Ben DomenechJohn Oliver Thinks Rudy Giuliani Is Totally Screwed: ‘Trump Will Abandon Him’What Maher failed to do was even remotely probe the disturbing allegations against Tyson—something that most interviewers of Tyson have failed to properly reckon with during his recent book tour (CBS This Morning sort of did, albeit via a soft line of questioning, asking what he’s “learned” since the allegations surfaced.) In addition to soft-pedaling the allegations against Biden, Maher voiced objections to the public outrage surrounding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual-assault allegation against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee (now justice), Brett Kavanaugh. “There are social justice warriors who are crazy enough in this country, I fight with them all the time, who… they lend enough credence to this to make people think, ‘Oh, you know what? They’re going to go after my high school record. That’s fair game now.’ And it becomes sort of a privacy thing,” offered Maher. Later on, the comedian added, “It does seem like things morphed from ‘listen to any woman who says she’s been wronged,’ which is the right thing to do, to ‘automatically believe.’ That’s what’s scary.” What’s frustrating about Maher’s attitude toward MeToo is that he appears to consistently downplay allegations of inappropriate touching or attempted sexual assault levied against certain men of power (usually Democrats), while regularly railing against those said to have been committed by President Trump, who’s been accused of varying acts of sexual misconduct by over 22 women. While the attitude shouldn’t be to “automatically believe” women, it shouldn’t take nearly two dozen accusers—or hating the man’s politics—to either. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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MeToo founder Tarana Burke condemns Joe Biden’s ‘inexcusable’ responses to unwanted touching allegations

MeToo founder Tarana Burke condemns Joe Biden’s ‘inexcusable’ responses to unwanted touching allegationsThe founder of the MeToo movement has hit out at Joe Biden for jokingly referring to complaints made against him by women about unwanted physical contact. Tarana Burke, who founded the movement against sexual harassment and assault, said the former vice president’s light-hearted response was “disrespectful and inexcusable”.Ms Burke, who first started using the phrase “MeToo” to raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual misconduct in 2006, said the women were right to speak out against the veteran Democrat. But she Mr Biden appeared to be misconstruing the point they were attempting to make.“So now he’s making jokes? This is disrespectful and inexcusable,” she wrote on Twitter. She added: “It’s not that people become more ‘sensitive’ over time as Biden suggested. And it’s not just about personal space or intention – it’s about bodily autonomy, it’s about power and leadership, and it’s about living into who we say we are and who we want to be.”“He has *not* been accused of sexual assault. No one is calling for him to be incarcerated or sent away. He has been called to task for deeply problematic behaviour that many folks, particularly men, engage in regularly – and that’s a GOOD thing.”Society could not only be angry when it is a “Weinstein situation”, Ms Burke said, referring to disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein who has been accused by more than 80 women – including some of the most famous actors in Hollywood – of varying degrees of sexual misconduct going back decades.He is currently facing criminal charges on five counts of sexual abuse, including rape, relating to two accusers – charges he denies.Ms Burke said that “lesser talked about, often ignored violations and indignities” serve to intensify a “culture of silence around all sexual harassment and violence”.Mr Biden did not directly address the accusations in his first public appearance since several women came forward with allegations of unwanted physical contact.> Yes, Biden has been instrumental in work to support women. No, that doesn’t mean he’s above reproach or can’t course correct – but FIRST – he has to do some personal work and not just ‘being mindful’ but apologizing and using the tons of resources available to him.> > — Tarana (@TaranaBurke) > > April 5, 2019The 76-year-old, who is widely expected to enter the 2020 presidential race, was introduced by the president of the union, Lonnie Stephenson, as he took the stage in Washington at a gathering of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on Friday.“I just want you to know – I had permission to hug Lonnie,” Mr Biden quipped.The crowd, which was largely male, burst into laughter. The politician later made a similar joke after inviting a group of children onstage and putting his arm around a young boy.“By the way, he gave me permission to touch him,” he said, again sparking laughter.Mr Biden said: “Everybody knows I like kids more than people”.The politician, who has been jointly elected twice as the running mate of former president Barack Obama, has not been accused of sexual assault or harassment but the women have said they felt he violated their personal space.Before his appearance Mr Biden, who is likely to be among Democratic favourites if he were to launch his third run for the White House, promised to change his behaviour in a video.He said: “Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful of personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it.”Speaking to reporters after Friday’s event, Mr Biden was asked if he would apologise to the women directly.He said: “I’m sorry I didn’t understand. I’m not sorry for any of my intentions.”He added: “I literally think it is incumbent upon me and I think everybody else to make sure that if you embrace someone, if you touch someone, it’s with their consent, regardless of your intention.”At least four women have recently come forward to accuse Mr Biden of unwanted physical contact.Lucy Flores, a Democrat who served in the Nevada state assembly, former congressional aide Amy Lappos, Caitlyn Caruso and DJ Hill. All said he either touched them or hugged them in a way that made them uncomfortable.Donald Trump, who was accused of sexual harassment or assault by two-dozen women when he ran in 2016, has capitalised on the allegations to mock Mr Biden and tweeted a doctored video showing Mr Biden appearing to put his hands on his own shoulders.Pressed about whether he deemed Mr Biden a threat on Friday, the president replied: “No, I don’t see Joe Biden as a threat. No. I don’t see him as a threat. I think he’s only a threat to himself.”



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'Is this the best a man can get?' Gillette issues #MeToo challenge to cut toxic behavior

'Is this the best a man can get?' Gillette issues #MeToo challenge to cut toxic behaviorThe new campaign, called "We Believe," is Procter & Gamble's latest foray into brand messaging that takes aim at "toxic masculinity" in the #MeToo era.



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Ex-NY prosecutor outed by #MeToo won't be charged

Ex-NY prosecutor outed by #MeToo won't be chargedProsecutors announced Thursday that they would not file charges against a New York former attorney general, forced to resign this year after being accused of physically assaulting four women. Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas said she had personally interviewed the women who accused Eric Schneiderman and that while she believed them, legal obstacles prevented the ex-state attorney general from being charged. If adopted, the new bill would allow a prosecutor to charge someone who slaps, punches, shoves, or kicks another person without consent for sexual gratification, and relax the current legal definitions of physical injury.



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Google walkout marks new direction for #MeToo, #TimesUp

Google walkout marks new direction for #MeToo, #TimesUpIn the past year, a growing outcry against harassment and abuse has toppled dozens of men from power, but less attention has been paid to the institutional scaffolding that allowed those men to gain and keep power in the first place.



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A U.K. Billionaire Stopped the Press From Reporting Allegations of Harassment – Raising Questions of #MeToo in Britain

A U.K. Billionaire Stopped the Press From Reporting Allegations of Harassment – Raising Questions of #MeToo in BritainTopshop owner Sir Philip Green denies the allegations



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Sexual Misconduct Allegations Hit a Beijing Monastery as #MeToo Movement Grows in China

Sexual Misconduct Allegations Hit a Beijing Monastery as #MeToo Movement Grows in ChinaHe allegedly told nuns having sex with him was part of their study of Buddhist doctrine



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#MeToo crisis jolts Southern Baptists ahead of key gathering

#MeToo crisis jolts Southern Baptists ahead of key gatheringThe Southern Baptists are facing their own #MeToo crisis as the biggest Protestant denomination in the U.S. heads into its annual meeting next week.



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