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Sexual Harassment News: USC, Epstein, Gymanstics, Equestrianism

by HB Sexual Harassment Legal Team

08/09/2019

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Yet Another USC Doctor Has Been Accused of Sexual Assault

Yet another physician at the University of Southern California has been accused of sexual battery, gender violence, and sexual harassment by multiple former patients.

A student journalism project at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, The Beacon Project, reports that 48 gay and bisexual men have come forward with stories of abuse at the hands of USC student health center’s Dr. Dennis Kelly—allegations that span over 20 years. As you may recall—most likely because the trial is currently underway—that is the same campus health center where disgraced USC gynecologist George Tyndall worked, a man accused of sexually abusing at least 225 women patients during examinations for decades. Some complaints date back to the 1990s. Last month, Tyndall stood trial and pleaded not guilty to abusing 16 patients. read more »

Jeffrey Epstein: large tranche of files released in Ghislaine Maxwell lawsuit

Files made public in case of British socialite may contain extra details of allegations against Epstein and his political connections

A large tranche out of 2,000 pages of potentially explosive documents in a lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell – the British socialite and daughter of former media tycoon Robert Maxwell accused of acting as a recruiter of girls and women for disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein – have been made public.

Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s many accusers, filed a Manhattan federal court lawsuit against Maxwell in 2015, alleging defamation. Giuffre, née Roberts, claimed Maxwell defamed her by calling her a liar over her allegations against Maxwell and Epstein.

Giuffre has alleged that Maxwell recruited her to work as a masseuse for Epstein when she was 15 and had been working as a locker-room attendant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. read more »

'You had one job': tearful Simone Biles attacks USAG over Nassar scandal

Olympic champion angry at lack of protection for gymnasts

Biles revealed she was abused by disgraced gymnastics doctor

Simone Biles was in tears as she spoke about the anger and disappointment she feels about the handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. It is just over 18 months since the Olympic gymnastics champion revealed she was among the hundreds of athletes abused by Nassar, the USA Gymnastics’ disgraced sports doctor, who abused dozens of athletes in his care.

While Nassar is now behind bars for the rest of his life and USA Gymnastics has undergone a massive overhaul in leadership, the mental scars remain fresh for Biles. She became emotional as she was asked about the scandal on Wednesday. read more »

Whispers of Sexual Abuse Tailed an Equestrian Legend for Decades. At 81, He Was Barred for Life.

George H. Morris’s stature in the sport was nearly unrivaled, even though some in the horse world said they had long been aware of his relationships with minorsread more »