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Tennessee executes man for 1985 rape, murder of seven-year-old girl

Tennessee executes man for 1985 rape, murder of seven-year-old girlBilly Irick, 59, who had spent more than three decades on death row, was put to death at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Tylee Tracer said. Pronounced dead at 7:48 p.m. Central time, he became the 15th inmate executed this year in the United States and the first in Tennessee since 2009. Irick had been a boarder in the home where the girl lived with her mother, stepfather and siblings.



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Texas executes 'ice pick killer' for 1979 rape and murder

Texas executes 'ice pick killer' for 1979 rape and murderBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas on Wednesday executed a man dubbed the “ice pick killer” for the weapon he used to murder a woman in 1979, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal from his lawyers, who argued his veins were too compromised for a lethal injection. Danny Bible, 66, was put to death at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville. Bible made no last statement, a prisons official said.



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Movie Mogul Harvey Weinstein Surrenders to Authorities on Rape Charges

Movie Mogul Harvey Weinstein Surrenders to Authorities on Rape ChargesHollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein surrendered to authorities Friday morning at a police precinct in New York.



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Harvey Weinstein freed on $1 million bail after being charged with rape and sex crimes against two women

Harvey Weinstein freed on $  1 million bail after being charged with rape and sex crimes against two womenA smiling Harvey Weinstein has left a New York police department precinct in handcuffs, having been charged with rape and sexual crimes against two women. Almost eight months after the scandal surrounding his behaviour first broke, Weinstein, 66, was led out of a Manhattan police station on Friday morning in handcuffs and in disgrace. He had arrived for the scheduled appearance at the NYPD 1st precinct, in the TriBeCa district of Manhattan, at 7:20am, walking through a thick crowd of photographers and reporters held back by metal barriers. Wearing a black suit jacked over a blue jumper and white shirt, Weinstein looked composed and calm, refusing to answer yelled out questions from the throng of reporters. He evidently expected the proceedings to last some time, and had brought reading material with him: a copy of Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution. After 90 minutes he was led out of the police station, smirking to the cameras. "Today, at the NYPD's 1st Precinct, Harvey Weinstein was arrested, processed and charged with Rape, Criminal Sex Act, Sex Abuse and Sexual Misconduct for incidents involving two separate women," said the NYPD in a statement. "The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for the courage to come forward and seek justice." It was unclear who had filed the rape charges. He is believed to have been fingerprinted and then charged.  Harvey Weinstein is led out of the police precinct in handcuffs, after a 90 minute session in which he was charged and fingerprinted Credit: Reuters Weinstein was then taken to Manhattan Supreme Court and was released on $ 1 million bail and fitted with an ankle tag. He will “vigorously defend himself”,  his lawyer said, arguing that his interactions with women were always consensual and that Weinstein “did not invent the casting couch”. Benjamin Brafman said that Weinstein should not be tried for the prevailing Hollywood culture, and insisted that he had not acted criminally. “My job is not to defend behaviour,” he said. “My job is to defend against accusations that something was criminal. “Mr Weinstein did not invent the casting couch. That’s not what this is about. It’s whether you committed a criminal act, and Mr Weinstein vigorously denies that.” Weinstein, he said, was coping “as well as can be expected when accused of a crime that you have not committed.” Mr Brafman, one of the most experienced and aggressive trial lawyers in New York, said he intended to cross-examine the women who had accused Weinstein and that a 12-person jury would find him not guilty – if a “fair-minded” jury could be assembled. Shortly before a grim-faced Weinstein appeared before the judge to face charges against two women, in a momentous day for the more than 70 who have accused him. Flanked inside the courtroom by Mr Brafman, Weinstein, 66, did not speak as he was granted bail of $ 10 million including property, or $ 1 million in cash. He opted to pay $ 1 million in cash. He was ordered to surrender his passport, fitted with an electronic tag, and told he could not leave New York or Connecticut. His next court hearing was set for July 30, and he left the courtroom by a side exit, avoiding the media. Some of the charges are believed to relate to accusations made by Lucia Evans, the former actress, who claimed that the studio boss forced her into oral sex during a business meeting in 2004. Evans confirmed to The New Yorker that she was pressing charges against Weinstein. “At a certain point, you have to think about the greater good of humanity, of womankind,” she said.   Harvey Weinstein timeline: Key moments in Hollywood scandal Evans told the magazine that she had been informed by NYPD officers that they might not be able to bring charges without her cooperation. “They said that if I do nothing, Harvey would walk,” Evans said. “I think the significance hit all at once.” She said that she initially felt “proud to be a part of this movement, just knowing I could do this for everybody.” But she then became frightened, realising the impact it could have on her of being involved in such a high profile case. “I think everyone’s self-preservation mechanism kicks in when they make a big life decision such as this,” she said. “What is it going to mean to you? How is it going to affect your life, your family, your friends?” Lucia Evans, who has decided to press charges against Harvey Weinstein over an incident she claims took place in 2004 She decided to proceed, and contracted Carrie Goldberg a lawyer who specialises in sexual-violence, “revenge porn,” and stalking cases, and who was already representing actress Paz de la Huerta. “I know how this has changed my life for the worse," Evans said. "How he took away my self-esteem and personal power. And knowing I can take it back, and stop him from doing that to another woman, I couldn’t let that go.” More than 70 women have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault in recent months. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. "It's a great day," said Lauren Silva, one of the first women to come forward and accuse Weinstein. She spoke out shortly after Ashley Judd's story was published in The New York Times, in October 2017. "I came out to validate their stories, based on what happened to me, and Harvey was calling them liars. Never in a million years did I think we'd all be believed." Weinstein — who was once worth as much as $ 300 million — also faces an avalanche of lawsuits and financial ruin. A former Netflix associate producer filed a $ 10 million lawsuit against Weinstein in December. An unidentified actress filed a separate $ 14 million case against him in Toronto. The latest development followed an investigation by the Manhattan district attorney's office, headed by Cyrus Vance, and New York police department.  Harvey Weinstein with his wife Georgina Chapman – who has now filed for divorce – in August 2017, two months before the scandal broke Mr Vance has come under huge pressure to charge Weinstein, and in March Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, opened an investigation into whether Mr Vance acted properly in 2015 when he decided not to prosecute Weinstein over a previous allegation of unwanted groping, made by an Italian model. Some of the NYPD officers who worked on Ambra Battilana's case also assisted on the current investigation. Mr Vance, however, objected to Mr Cuomo's "intrusion", and both he and and then-NYPD chief of detectives Robert Boyce suggested the investigations were bearing fruit. "We have a lot of information that we handed over to the grand jury," said Mr Boyce at the time. Mr Vance added: "I've spoken with the police, and I can tell you we are working very hard with them to complete the investigation."  Actress Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of raping her 20 years ago, said was gratified but "still in shock" at the news that he was expected to surrender. "I still have very guarded hopes," McGowan told The Associated Press on Thursday night. "The justice system has been something very elusive. I hope in this case it works. Because it's all true. None of this was consensual. 33 Hollywood stars who have spoken out about Harvey Weinstein "I hope this gives hope to victims and survivors everywhere, that we are one step closer to justice. Because one win is a win for all of us," McGowan said. "It shows that it can be done." The allegations gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment of sexual misconduct. Ashley Judd, the actress, last month sued Weinstein, saying that he cost her a part The Lord of the Rings in 1998 after she rejected his sexual advances, allegations that Weinstein has denied. Other prominent actresses who have made public accusations include Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek. Salma Hayek is one actress who has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct  Credit: Stefania M. D'Alessandro/Getty The twice-married father-of-five is being investigated by police in New York, Los Angeles and London. In a previous statement, a representative for Weinstein said: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein. Mr Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances." Earlier this week federal US prosecutors opened their own criminal investigation into sexual assault accusations. Mr Brafman said he had met with them "in an attempt to dissuade them from proceeding" and would continue to meet with them in coming weeks. He is one of America's most celebrated criminal defence lawyers and his previous clients include Michael Jackson; Martin Shkreli, the former drug company executive; and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund. Weinstein has recently spent time at a rehabilitation centre in Arizona.



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Stanford rape case judge breaks silence ahead of recall vote

Stanford rape case judge breaks silence ahead of recall voteAaron Persky, the judge who faced intense criticism for sentencing ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to a short jail term for sexual assault, broke his silence Tuesday ahead of next month's vote to recall him from the bench.



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Twenty two arrested in eastern India in three separate rape cases

Twenty two arrested in eastern India in three separate rape casesPolice have arrested 22 people in eastern India in three separate rape cases involving teenage girls, officials said on Sunday, as grisly new attacks against women come to light despite tougher penalties. Police arrested 14 men and a woman in one of the latest cases after a 16-year-old girl, who had been raped, was attacked and burned to death after her parents complained to a village council. The village elders had levied a fine of 50,000 rupees ($ 749) on her two alleged assailants and asked them to do 100 sit-ups, said Ram Awadh Singh, chief of the local police station.



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Twenty two arrested in eastern India in three separate rape cases

Twenty two arrested in eastern India in three separate rape casesPolice have arrested 22 people in eastern India in three separate rape cases involving teenage girls, officials said on Sunday, as grisly new attacks against women come to light despite tougher penalties. Police arrested 14 men and a woman in one of the latest cases after a 16-year-old girl, who had been raped, was attacked and burned to death after her parents complained to a village council. The village elders had levied a fine of 50,000 rupees ($ 749) on her two alleged assailants and asked them to do 100 sit-ups, said Ram Awadh Singh, chief of the local police station.



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Indian police arrest 14 in rape, killing of girl

Indian police arrest 14 in rape, killing of girlPATNA, India (AP) — Indian police on Saturday arrested 14 people suspected of kidnapping, raping and burning to death a teenage girl, the latest in rising crimes against women in India despite toughening of laws.



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Thousands Protest Across Spain After 5 Men Are Cleared Of Gang Rape

Thousands Protest Across Spain After 5 Men Are Cleared Of Gang RapeThousands of protesters flooded the streets in cities across Spain after a



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Gang rape acquittal fires up Spain's feminist movement

Gang rape acquittal fires up Spain's feminist movementSpain’s feminist movement is pushing for changes to the law after a court acquitted five men of gang raping an 18-year-old woman at Pamplona’s bull-running festival. Protesters have filled streets across the country in response to appeals from women’s groups, leading Spain’s conservative government to announce it will consider changing rape laws. The issue also hogged the headlines of newspapers all around the country and an order of Carmelite nuns added their voices to the wave of condemnation of the court judgement.



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