Nov 13
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'I was a child'

Another woman has come forward with groping allegations against former President George H.W. Bush. Roslyn Corrigan told TIME magazine that at a photo op in 2003, the former commander in chief “dropped his hands from my waist down to my buttocks and gave it a nice, ripe squeeze, which would account for the fact that in the photograph my mouth is hanging wide open.” The photo can be seen here. “I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, what just happened?’” Corrigan recalled. She was 16 at the time and Bush was 79, some nine years before he became confined to a wheelchair.

Corrigan is the sixth woman in recent weeks to make groping allegations against the former president. Other women have told similar stories, though the common thread in all of those is that Bush was in a wheelchair when the alleged groping occurred. In a statement given to TIME, a spokesperson for Bush said, “George Bush simply does not have it in his heart to knowingly cause anyone harm or distress, and he again apologizes to anyone he may have offended during a photo op.” Previous statements from the Bush camp have admitted that “On occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner.”

Corrigan said the groping occurred at a CIA event where Bush had delivered remarks — her father was a  CIA employee at the time. She said she told her mother, Sari Young, about the groping moments after it occurred, but they were unsure of what to do given that it was the president who had made such an audacious move.

Earlier this month, Laura Bush, the former first lady and the daughter-in-law of the former president, addressed the mounting allegations in an interview with CNN. “I’m just sad that we’ve come to this,” she said. “That was something that was very, very innocent that he’s been accused of. But I know he would feel terrible.”

One person who felt terrible about it all was Corrigan, though she grasped at reasons for why others didn’t seem to share in her dismay. “I don’t know, maybe it never really hit people that I was a child at the time and that goes beyond a guy being inappropriate in the workplace to a peer or somebody in his age range,” she said. “I was a child.” For more, watch the video below.

Read the full story at TIME.


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Horror story

“He had a gun in his holster … and he took that gun out, and he put it to my temple and he told me, ‘Do you want to die?'” That is the chilling recollection of Tessa Brennaman, the first wife of Devin Patrick Kelley, the gunman who killed 26 worshipers last Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas. Brennaman spoke out in her first TV interview to Inside Edition and recalled the sheer terror she experienced while living with Kelley, 26, who police say took his own life after carrying out the worst mass shooting in the state’s history.

“He just had a lot of demons or hatred inside of him,” Brennaman, who married Kelley in 2011, said. The marriage lasted for just a little more than a year. In addition to the death threats, Brennaman said Kelley routinely subjected her to brutal physical abuse. “There would be times where I would be on the floor curled up and having to protect my organs because he would be violently kicking me on my side.” She also talked about the physical assault he subjected her young son to, including one attack that left the toddler with a fractured skull. In an attempt to silence her, he threatened Brennaman with death, she said. “He’s like, ‘I could just bury you somewhere in the desert and no one would ever find you.'”

Kelley was in the Air Force at the time, and Brennaman, now 25, said she alerted the Air Force to his behavior. In November 2012, Kelley pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife and stepson, and was sentenced to 12 months in a military prison. He was then given a “bad discharge” from the Air Force.

Despite the horror, Brennaman said, she never thought he would carry out a mass shooting that would leave dozens of innocent people dead. Watch a clip from the interview below.

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Vital resource

Women in Film, an advocacy group for women in Hollywood, plans to launch a sexual harassment hotline to help combat what appears to be a rampant problem in the industry.

The hotline, which also includes pro bono legal services, will refer men and women who have been subjected to sexual harassment to other survivors, mental health professionals, law enforcements, and lawyers, Variety reports.

In recent weeks, a tidal wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations have been levelled against a number of high-profile players in Hollywood — among them Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner, Kevin Spacey, James Toback and Louis C.K.

“Our phones have been ringing off the hook since these harassment stories began to break,” Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of Women in Film, told Variety. “We are hearing that victims feel isolated, that there is nowhere safe to go to tell their stories, that they believe they must keep their experiences silent or they will be sued or black-balled and that they feel helpless, fearing the legal costs of trying to do anything about what has happened to them. The Help Line will be staffed by trained experts to address these concerns, and all information will be kept strictly confidential.”

Read the full story at Variety.


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Taking a stand

Gal Gadot has reportedly said that she will not appear in the Wonder Woman sequel if Brett Ratner remains attached to the film.

Ratner, whose production company RatPac-Dune Entertainment helped Warner Bros. finance Wonder Woman, has been accused by a number of women of sexual harassment and assault. Ellen Page has also said that Ratner humiliated her at a gathering of the X-Men cast and crew, outing her as gay before she was publicly identifying as such.

According to a report by The New York Post, Wonder Woman grossed $400 million internationally, and Ratner’s company is entitled to a share of the profits. But Gadot has said that she won’t sign on for the sequel unless Warner Bros. buys Brett out [of his financing deal] and gets rid of him,” a Warner Bros. source told the Post.

Last month, Gadot backed out of a dinner honoring Ratner, during which she was supposed to present him with an award. And the source told Page Six that Warner Bros. will likely comply with her demands.

“They can’t have a movie rooted in women’s empowerment being part-financed by a man ­accused of sexual misconduct against women,” the source said.

A representative for Warner Brothers gave a terse response to this reported exchange, saying only that the details are “false.”

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Last week, a woman told the The Washington Post that Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore initiated sexual contact with her in 1979, when she was just 14 years old. Moore, now 70, has said that the allegations are “completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and The Washington Post on this campaign.” But on Twitter, as Yahoo reports, women are standing in solidarity with Leigh Corfman, Roy’s accuser, by posting photos of themselves at the age of 14.

The movement began when Catherine Lawson, a North Carolina lawyer, shared an image from her childhood and wrote: “Can’t consent at 14. Not in Alabama. Not anywhere.” She concluded the post with the hashtag #MeAt14, which quickly caught on across Twitter.

Then Alyssa Milano and Katie Couric also expressed their support.

Corfman told the Post that she first met Moore, who at the time was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney, at a courthouse in Etowah County, Alabama. Moore reportedly offered to watch Corfman while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing. Corfman said Moore asked for her phone number. Within days, she said, he picked her up, drove her to his home, and touched her sexually.

The #MeAt14 hashtag comes on the heels of another major Twitter campaign to rally against sexual predators. After dozens of women accused disgraced producer Harvery Weinstein of sexual misconduct, thousands of women shared their own stories of sexual harassment and assault under the hashtag #MeToo.

Read the full story at Yahoo.


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Mounting claims

On Monday, a fifth woman came forward and accused Roy Moore, the Republican candidate in the race for Alabama’s Senate seat, of sexual misconduct. Appearing alongside attorney Gloria Allred at a press conference in New York City, Beverly Young Nelson told reporters that she was assaulted by Moore as a 16-year-old high school student in the late 1970s.

Nelson, breaking into tears, said Moore was a frequent patron at a restaurant she worked in at the time. One evening, she said, Moore gave her a ride home from the restaurant and, while in the car, fondled her and touched her breasts. Nelson said Moore locked the car door when she tried to escape. “I tried fighting him off, while yelling at him to stop, but instead of stopping, he began squeezing my neck attempting to force my head onto his crotch,” Nelson told reporters. At the time, Moore was working as an assistant district in the Etowah County district attorney’s office.

She is the fifth woman to accuse Moore of sexual misconduct dating back decades. All of the women say their encounters with Moore took place when they were teenagers. Last week, Leigh Corfman told The Washington Post that Moore, then 32, had initiated sexual contact with her during a 1979 encounter. She was 14 at the time of the alleged misconduct. Moore has denied all of the allegations and in a statement on Monday accused Allred of being “a sensationalist leading a witch hunt.”

The allegations have rocked the race to fill the Senate seat left open when Jeff Sessions joined the Trump administration as the country’s attorney general. Many prominent Republicans, including John McCain and Mitt Romney, have called for Moore to leave the race. On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined the growing chorus urging Moore to step aside. “I believe the women,” McConnell said of Moore’s accusers. In response, Moore fired back on Twitter saying McConnell should be the one to “step aside.” For more on the Moore developments, watch the video below.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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‘It’s my honor’

While visiting the Great Wall of China — the final stop on her official trip to Asia — Melania Trump spoke to CNN about the visit, and reflected on her first year in the White House.

Throughout her tour of Asia, Trump spent time with Akie Abe, Madam Kim Jung-sook and Madam Peng Liyuan — the first ladies of Japan, South Korea and China, respectively. Trump told CNN that she spoke about improving children’s lives, part of her budding platform, with all three women.

“We did exchange what they’re working on and what I will work on and what my passion is,” she said.

When asked how she was feeling one year into her tenure as first lady, a role that she likely did not anticipate for herself, Trump acknowledged that it has been “a very busy year.” But, she added, that is “all part of being the first lady.”

“It’s my honor to be a first lady of the United States,” she said. “We love to live in Washington, we have a very busy life. It’s exciting, as well.”

Watch the entire interview below:

Read the full story at CNN.


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