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Sexual Harassment News: Google, Catholics, R. Kelly

by HB Sexual Harassment Legal Team

01/11/2019

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Google shareholder sues company board, senior managers for allegedly covering up sexual misconduct

A Google shareholder sued the company’s board of directors and senior management on Thursday, arguing that the tech giant’s leaders breached their duty to investors when they allegedly covered up sexual misconduct by executives and gave harassers large payouts.

The suit, by shareholder James Martin, stems from revelations last year that the company awarded a $90 million exit package to executive Andy Rubin, the creator of the Android operating system, even as Rubin was being pushed out over sexual misconduct accusations. Google had asked for Rubin’s resignation in 2014 after determining that allegations that he had coerced a woman into performing oral sex in a hotel room the previous year were credible. read more »

Catholics are losing faith in clergy and church after sexual abuse scandal, Gallup survey says

American Catholics' faith in the church and clergy has fallen sharply in the last year, according to a new Gallup survey, as the church struggles to regain credibility amid a damning sexual abuse scandal.

In 2017, nearly half of Catholics in the US (49%) told pollsters they had a "high" or "very high" opinion of the honesty and ethical standards of clergy members. In December of 2018, at the end of the church's "year from hell," that number had dropped to 31%. read more »

R. Kelly: Why So Many Dismissed the Warning Signs

The R&B star has enjoyed fame despite decades of claims that he’s abused teenage girls. Why?

For decades, R. Kelly has enjoyed astronomical fame despite consistent and disturbing claims that he has sexually, mentally and physically abused teenage girls.

Last week, Lifetime aired a six-part documentary series titled “Surviving R. Kelly” to monster ratings. In it, many people who knew him — including numerous women who claimed they were abused by Mr. Kelly as teenagers — gave wrenching accounts of their experiences. read more »