The R&B singer R. Kelly was released from a Chicago jail Monday, three days after he surrendered to face 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Prosecutors in Chicago say they have identified four victims, including one teenage autograph seeker whom they say Mr. Kelly had sex with for months beginning when she was 16 years old. For years, Mr. Kelly, whose real name is Robert Kelly, seemed largely immune to accusations that he sexually abused minors and kept women in a cultlike environment, shielded by a series of nondisclosure agreements.
The 36-year-old nurse accused of raping an intellectually disabled woman who later gave birth at an Arizona long-term health care facility pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a sexual assault charge. Nathan Sutherland was accused of raping the 29-year-old victim at the Hacienda HealthCare facility after the woman stunned her caregivers and family in December by giving birth to a baby boy. Investigators tested the DNA of all male employees who worked at the facility and later said Sutherland’s DNA matched a sample from the newborn child.
Following the Chilean Catholic Church sex abuse scandal earlier this year, Pope Francis wrote a letter to the bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Chile saying he made ‘grave errors’ in his handling of the problem. Pope Francis invited representatives of victims to Rome and asked for the ‘forgiveness of all those whom I offended.’
The Michigan Police Department issued a public apology, Thursday, to Brianne Randall-Gay, a victim of Larry Nassar, who reported his abuse to the department in 2004, at the age of 17, only to have the assault complaint dismissed upon Nassar’s defense. ‘We wish we had this one back,’ said the Michigan police chief.
A California surgeon and dating star veteran and his girlfriend were charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women. Prosecutors claim there are several thousand images on their phones which suggest there could be ‘hundreds’ more victims. The pair reportedly targets victims at bars. The couple denies the claims and plans to fight the charges.
Philip Wilson, the Archbishop of Adelaide and highest-ranking Catholic official to be found guilty of concealing sexual crimes against children was sentenced to 12 months in detention by an Australian court on Tuesday. Harvey Weinstein was indicted on additional charges on Monday and now faces a potential life sentence if convicted.
Larry Nassar, former United States gymnastics team doctor, pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual assault, Wednesday, and is expected to face up to 25 years in prison. Nassar has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 130 women and girls, including Olympic gymnasts. Sentencing will take place January 12, 2018.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will resign from his position today, after being hit with the 5th sexual allegation against him since the 70s. Murray has stated that none of the allegations against him are true. City Council President Bruce Harrell will step in to serve as mayor and Seattle’s charter gives Harrell 5 days to decide whether he wants to complete the rest of Murray’s term.
Following the flood of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, accusations are surfacing against other Hollywood figures. A second accuser stepped forward against Kevin Spacey while actors Dustin Hoffman and Jeremy Piven and director Brett Ratner face allegations of their own. The accused have issued statements responding to allegations against them as the controversy persists.
After actor Anthony Rapp alleged sexual misconduct as a minor against actor Kevin Spacey the latter claimed no memory of the incident apologizing and coming out as gay. Critics slammed Spacey’s revelation as distraction from sexual allegations. A Netflix representative confirmed the upcoming season of Spacey’s television show ‘House of Cards’ will be the last.