Sexual assault

Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to LA sexual assault charges

He appeared in court in a wheelchair after being extradited from New York, where he is serving a 23-year jail sentence for similar crimes.

The 69-year-old faces 11 counts of sexual assault in California relating to alleged incidents with five women.

He maintains his innocence and has said any sexual activity was consensual.

The incidents are said to have occurred in hotels in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles between 2004 and 2013.

The charges include forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint, and sexual penetration by use of force.

Bill Cosby to be freed from prison after court throws out sexual assault conviction

The decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court came after Cosby had served more than two years of a potential three- to 10-year sentence in a state prison following his 2018 conviction.

The 83-year-old comedian and actor was best known for his role as the lovable husband and father in the 1980s television comedy series The Cosby Show, earning him the nickname "America's Dad."

But his family-friendly reputation was shattered after dozens of women accused him of sexual assault over a period of decades.

Jarryd Hayne jailed for five years nine months for sexual assault

A jury in March found Hayne guilty of two counts of aggravated sexual assault which the victim said left her feeling "dirty, scared and ashamed".

Hayne must serve a minimum of three years and eight months.

In handing down her sentence, District Court Judge Helen Syme said she found that Hayne was fully aware that the victim was not consenting and went ahead anyway.

"The reliability and honesty of the victim's evidence was tested at length and in my view, her reliability was not in doubt. She said no several times," Judge Syme said.

Ex-NRL star Jarryd Hayne GUILTY of sexual assault, faces 14 years in jail

After three days of deliberating a jury on Monday afternoon found Hayne, 33, guilty of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

He was found not guilty of the more serious charges of aggravated sexual intercourse without consent, recklessly inflicting actual bodily harm.

Following a seven-day trial in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court, the jury of seven men and five women found the two-time Dally M winner and ex-NFL convert guilty of the two alternative charges of sex assault.

R Kelly pleads not guilty to sexual assault

The new counts, unveiled last week in an indictment by a Cook County grand jury, involve alleged abuse of a victim between the ages of 13-16, according to documents posted on the Chicago Sun-Times' website.

The allegations centre on someone identified only as J.P., with no other details provided. The alleged crimes allegedly took place between May 2009 and January 2010.

Kelly, 52, could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted on the new charges.

Ellen DeGeneres opens up about sexual abuse

DeGeneres said the abuse took place when she was 15 or 16, after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"He told me... he'd felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts," she told interviewer David Letterman.

DeGeneres first spoke about the abuse in 2005, but said she was now going into more detail "because I want other girls to not ever let someone do that".

LA prosecutors drop sexual assault charge against Kevin Spacey

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said the alleged incident was outside California's statute of limitations.

Officials confirmed in April that an allegation involving Mr Spacey and an incident with a man in West Hollywood in 1992 was being investigated.

Another case concerning an alleged incident in 2016 remains under review.

A number of allegations of sexual misconduct have been made against the Oscar-winning actor since last November, when he was accused by actor Anthony Rapp of making a sexual advance in 1986.

US Olympic team doctor sentenced to 175 years in prison

The disgraced long-time team doctor, Larry Nassar, apologised to his victims on Wednesday ahead of his sentencing for molesting young female gymnasts but a judge dismissed his words as insincere.

Following days of testimony from more than 160 of his victims, Nassar stood before the court in a dark blue jailhouse jumpsuit and addressed the dozens of women in the Michigan courtroom.

"Your words have had a significant emotional effect to myself and shaken me to my core ... an acceptable apology to all of you is impossible to write or say," he said.

Former Shortland Street actor sentenced to a year's home detention

The 47‑year‑old was sentenced in the Auckland District Court today.

In September last year, he pleaded guilty to six charges of indecent assault against six women in his acting classes.

Seventeen other charges were dropped including indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection.

His lawyer Ron Mansfield said the more serious charges had been dropped.

Judge Ronayne said Naufahu minimised his offending and shifted responsibility.

What it's like to be a victim of 'stealthing'

Stealthing is a term given to the act of removing a condom in the middle of sex, without asking your partner's permission.

A recent report from the US suggests that cases are on the rise, and that it is a hugely under-reported issue.

Twenty-two-year-old Louise (not her real name) has been telling Newsbeat it happened to her.

I thought 'that's me'