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'She Said' Tracks The Remarkable Reporting Leading To The Arrest Of Harvey Weinstein

Many women who worked with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein say that they waged desperate tactical battles to escape his alleged sexual predation without upending their own lives.

In 2017, New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the story that ended Weinstein's alleged reign of terror and helped to ignite the #MeToo movement. Their new book, She Said, tells the inside story of their remarkable reporting, from the first exploratory phone calls to a mounting trail of evidence to a final faceoff with a belligerent Weinstein at The New York Times headquarters. They wanted, they wrote, to leave "a lasting record of Weinstein's legacy: his exploitation of the workplace to manipulate, pressure, and terrorize women." read more »

What awaits doctors who knew about Strauss abuse but failed to report it?

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine didn’t mince words: Years of sexual abuse by now-deceased Ohio State University physician Richard Strauss represent “a failure of people to do what’s right.”

“Doctors who heard the rumors or saw something suspicious had a legal duty to report it to the board,” DeWine said on Aug. 30, when he announced the findings of a working group he convened to review the State Medical Board’s 1996 investigation into the late Strauss. “We need to know if they did.”

The governor called for reviews of closed medical board complaints involving sexual assault, and of physicians who knew or suspected Strauss’ misconduct and didn’t report it. read more »

How an Élite University Research Center Concealed Its Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

New documents show that the M.I.T. Media Lab was aware of Epstein’s status as a convicted sex offender, and that Epstein directed contributions to the lab far exceeding the amounts M.I.T. has publicly admitted. read more »

A School for Scandal Is a Haven for Student Journalists

Students at the University of Southern California got a crash course in investigative journalism this summer by reporting on a powerful, scandal-ridden institution: their own school.

The undergraduates were part of an unusual program that paid them to look into the university where, in recent years, a gynecologist was accused of sexually abusing hundreds of women at a campus clinic and a former medical school dean was reported to have done methamphetamine and was in a hotel room with a woman who overdosed in his presence.

Those episodes were reported in depth by The Los Angeles Times and occurred before U.S.C. made news yet again, when it figured prominently in last spring’s college admissions scandal, with federal prosecutors charging that the school had accepted children of wealthy parents who had cheated the system. read more »