Allegations of Sexual Assault

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Actor Armie Hammer accused of sexual assault; police investigation
Armie Hammer at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International
Armie Hammer at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

The LAPD sexual assault division launched an investigation into an allegation of rape made against actor Armie Hammer. A 24-year-old woman, identified only as Effie, has come forward, alleging Hammer violently raped her for over four hours in Los Angeles on April 24, 2017. Effie and Hammer met on Facebook when she was 20 and were in an on-and-off relationship between 2016 and 2020, during which Hammer allegedly abused her "mentally, emotionally and sexually."

"During those four hours, I tried to get away, but he wouldn’t let me. I thought he was going to kill me. Then [he] left with no concern for my well-being," she said Thursday during a press conference.

Hammer has denied the allegations, and his attorney stated that all his relationships "have been completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory" and that Effie's "own correspondence with Mr Hammer undermines and refutes her outrageous allegations."

French actor Gérard Depardieu charged with rape and sexual assault
Gérard Depardieu
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An initial investigation into the rape accusations against Gérard Depardieu was dropped in 2019 for lack of evidence but reopened last summer, leading to criminal charges filed in December. According to a source close to the case, Depardieu is a friend of the woman’s family.

An actor accuses Depardieu of having raped and assaulted her at his Paris home in August 2018. Some reports have suggested Depardieu and the actor were rehearsing a theatre play scene, but the source said "there was nothing professional about the encounter".

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Record label ends cooperation with Marilyn Manson
Record label ends cooperation with Marilyn Manson
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Marilyn Manson's record company has drawn consequences after several women made accusations against the musician. Loma Vista Recordings announced on Twitter on Monday that it would no longer distribute Manson's latest album due to the "disturbing allegations". There will be no new projects.

In addition, the TV shows "Creepshow" and "American Gods" cancel his appearances.

Regional News • Europe • European Union
Mayor of Copenhagen steps down over sexual harassment
Frank Jensen
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Frank Jensen, mayor of Copenhagen since 2010, resigned on Monday following several allegations of sexual harassment. Jensen will also step down from his role as deputy leader of Denmark's governing Social Democratic Party.

Jensen's exit came after two women said they were sexually harassed at social events by Jensen in 2012 and 2017, respectively with both saying he touched them without consent.

Denmark’s Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, called Jensen’s resignation the "right decision" in a Facebook post and told the local news agency Ritzau it is "obvious" there are problems in the Social Democratic Party that must change immediately.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Former model Amy Dorris alleges Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in 1997
Donald Trump at the U.S. Open with Bill Clinton in 2000, Flushing, New York
Donald Trump at the U.S. Open with Bill Clinton in 2000, Flushing, New York Credit: William Vasta, Office of the President / Public domain

Amy Dorris, a former model, has come forward and accused Donald Trump of sexual assault, the Guardian reports. The alleged assault happened during the US Open tennis tournament on 5 September 1997 in Trump's VIP box.

"He just shoved his tongue down my throat and I was pushing him off. And then that’s when his grip became tighter and his hands were very gropey and all over my butt, my breasts, my back, everything," Dorris alleges, adding that "it felt like tentacles."

Trump's lawyers have denied the allegations.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Department of Justice replaces Trump's legal team with government lawyers for defence against lawsuit
Department of Justice replaces Trump's legal team with government lawyers for defence against lawsuit
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The author E. Jean Carroll had previously filed a defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump. She accuses that he has raped her in a department store in Manhattan in the 1990s.

The Department of Justice has now stated in court papers that Trump has been acting in his official capacity as president when he denied that he ever got to know E. Jean Carroll and can therefore be defended by lawyers of the government.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Daisy Coleman has died by suicide at age 23
Daisy Coleman has died by suicide at age 23
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Daisy Coleman, an advocate for sexual abuse victim and subject of a Netflix documentary, has taken her own life at the age of 23. After her mother called the police for a wellness check, Coleman was found dead.

Coleman was allegedly sexually assaulted when she was 14 while being unconscious at a high school party. In 2016, she was featured in the Netflix documentary "Audrie & Daisy" which followed the aftermath of both girls' harassment after the assault.

"She was my best friend and amazing daughter. I think she had to make it seem like I could live without her. I can't. I wish I could have taken the pain from her! She never recovered from what those boys did to her and it's just not fair. My baby girl is gone," so her mother, Melinda Coleman, in a post to Facebook.

Technology • Games
Three executives step down amid Ubisoft sexual harassment investigation
Serge Hascoet
Serge Hascoet Credit: Ecole polytechnique (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Ubisoft announced Sunday significant personnel changes related to the sexual harassment investigation the company is conducting. The CCO Serge Hascoet, Canada's managing director Yannis Mallat are leaving the company. The global head of HR Cécile Cornet would step down from her position.

On a press release, Yves Guillemot, CEO and Co-Founder of Ubisoft, said: "Ubisoft has fallen short in its obligation to guarantee a safe and inclusive workplace environment for its employees. This is unacceptable, as toxic behaviours are in direct contrast to values on which I have never compromised —and never will. I am committed to implementing profound changes across the Company to improve and strengthen our workplace culture,"

Technology • Games
Ubisoft announces internal changes after allegations of sexual misconduct against executives
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot Credit: Jesusbella (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

After female employees accused multiple employees of sexual assault at Ubisoft, the company has placed the alleged perpetrators including two executives on leave and now announced a "structural shift" to change the work environment, make it safer and improve the accountability.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has stated that he is "putting in place a series of initiatives that will serve as a roadmap as we listen, learn, and act". Part of the initiatives will be the appointment of Lidwine Sauer as Head of Workplace Culture, a global survey for all employees, listening sessions, the continuation of the investigation into the allegations of sexual assault and other measures.

Technology • Games
Ubisoft launches investigation into sexual harassment and assault claims
Ubisoft launches investigation into sexual harassment and assault claims
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Video game company Ubisoft has publicly responded to recent allegations of sexual harassment and assault against multiple of the company's employees, including community manager Andrien Gbinigie and creative director Ashraf Ismail.

In its statement, Ubisoft said that it had "started by launching investigations into the allegations with the support of specialised external consultants" and that "based on the outcomes, we are fully committed to taking any and all appropriate disciplinary action."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Justin Bieber accused of sexual assault, denies allegations
Justin Bieber in concert with Soother Braun in Rosemont, Illinois (2015)
Justin Bieber in concert with Soother Braun in Rosemont, Illinois (2015) Credit: Lou Stejskal / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

On Friday, a Twitter user by the name "Danielle" claimed she was "sexually assaulted by Justin Bieber" in Houston, Texas on March 9, 2014. She describes meeting Bieber during an event at a bar in Houston where she and her friends "took some pictures and chatted for about 20 minutes" with the singer who later invited them to the Four Seasons Hotel. In the hotel, she was separated from her friends, who were taken into another room by one of Bieber's friends. Bieber then allegedly kissed her and later "forced himself inside" her after she told him "to get off".

Bieber responded to the allegations on Twitter, stating that "this story is factually impossible" and that he "will be working with twitter and authorities to take legal action". He added that, even though he was at the mentioned event location, he didn't stay at the Four Seasons Hotel on March 9, posting receipts from his stay at an AirBnB and the Westin Hotel on the nights of March 9 and 10, 2014, where he said he had stayed with his then-girlfriend Selena Gomez and their friends.

The Twitter user "Danielle" (handle @danielleglvn) has since deleted both the tweet and her account.