August 4, 2019

Actress Afton Williamson announced on Sunday she is not returning to The Rookie next season, saying she was sexually harassed, assaulted, and bullied on the set.

Williamson played LAPD officer Talia Bishop opposite star and executive producer Nathan Fillion. In an Instagram post, Williamson said the incidents took place while shooting episodes throughout the show's first season. Williamson alleged she was bullied by the executive producers and experienced "racial discrimination/racially charged inappropriate comments from the hair department." She also accused a "recurring guest star" of sexually harassing her and said the "racist commentary and bullying from the hair department head escalated into sexual assault at our wrap party."

Williamson said she told showrunner Alexi Hawley about the sexual harassment, but "it remained undocumented and was not reported to HR as promised." She decided to leave the show for good after learning that a promised investigation had never been launched, she said, adding, "Now is the best time in the world to be a woman and I have a platform, so it's time to use my voice." Representatives for Fillion and ABC did not respond to USA Today's request for comment. Catherine Garcia

April 23, 2019

Luke Walton, the former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and brand new head coach of the Sacramento Kings, has been accused of sexual assault, ABC 7 Los Angeles reports.

The news station obtained court documents showing that sports reporter Kelli Tennant is suing Walton, accusing him of sexual battery, sexual assault, and gender violence. Tennant said the incident took place in Walton's hotel room while he was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors. Tennant said she wanted to show him her new book, and once in the room, Walton allegedly forced himself on her twice before she was able to escape.

The Kings released a statement saying the team is "aware of the report" about Walton and "gathering additional information." The Lakers said the alleged incident took place before he became coach, and "at no time before or during his employment here was this allegation reported to the Lakers. If it had been, we would have immediately commenced an investigation and notified the NBA." Catherine Garcia

January 29, 2019

A German United Nations judge named Christoph Flügge has resigned from his role at The Hague, alleging "shocking" meddling in the United Nations' judicial integrity by the United States and Turkey.

Flügge referenced a September speech in which National Security Adviser John Bolton threatened sanctions against the International Criminal Court (ICC) should it move forward with a proposed investigation of alleged American war crimes in Afghanistan. For "all intents and purposes," Bolton said at the time, "the ICC is already dead to us."

These "American threats against international judges clearly show the new political climate," Flügge said. "It is shocking. I had never heard such a threat. ... It is consistent with the new American line: 'We are number one, and we stand above the law.'"

Flügge also cited actions by Turkey to end the tenure of a Turkish U.N. judge as part of his resignation rationale, describing it as a source of permanent damage to the United Nations' judicial legitimacy. "Every incident in which judicial independence is breached is one too many," he said. "Now there is this case, and everyone can invoke it in the future. Everyone can say: 'But you let Turkey get its way.' This is an original sin. It can't be fixed." Bonnie Kristian

November 28, 2018

Over the last decade, Eric Bauman, the chairman of the California Democratic Party, has routinely made crude sexual remarks, touched people without their consent, and acted physically intimidating, 10 party staffers and political activists told the Los Angeles Times.

Last week, Vice Chairman Daraka Larimore-Hall wrote a letter calling on Bauman to resign due to his "horrific and dehumanizing behavior," and he took a leave of absence. Bauman, a former nurse turned union organizer, is known for being brash, the people who spoke to the Times said, and his inappropriate behavior often took place during work hours. Eight current staffers said he made sexually explicit comments to both men and women, talked about their genitalia, and brought up sexual acts. Bauman, who is gay, also allegedly spoke about being sexually attracted to staffers.

One gay male party official told the Times Bauman asked him during a professional event about his sex life, and he witnessed him taunt staff members over their looks and sexual orientation. Grace Leekley, 21, a temporary staffer, said earlier this month Bauman asked her and digital director Kate Early, 21, if they were having an affair; when they said they weren't, he pushed the issue and said he would be fine with them having a sexual relationship as long as it didn't affect their work. Leekley told the Times she was "really embarrassed, almost ashamed, and uncomfortable."

In a statement, Bauman said he "deeply regrets" if his behavior "has caused pain to any to any of the outstanding individuals with whom I've had the privilege to work. I appreciate the courage it took for these individuals to come forward to tell their stories." He added that he is "immediately" seeking "medical intervention to address serious, ongoing health issues and to begin treatment for what I now realize is an issue with alcohol." Read more about the allegations against Bauman at the Los Angeles Times. Catherine Garcia

November 14, 2018

After being arrested Wednesday on suspicion of domestic violence, lawyer Michael Avenatti called the allegations "completely bogus."

Avenatti, who represents adult film star Stormy Daniels, has been a cable news mainstay for the last year. After being arrested in West Los Angeles, Avenatti was booked into jail and released on a $50,000 bond. In a statement, Avenatti thanked Los Angeles Police Department officers for "their professionalism," and denied the "completely bogus" allegations. "I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night," he said. "Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated."

Avenatti also spoke to reporters, saying he's "not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing. I am a father to two beautiful, smart daughters. I would never disrespect them by touching a woman inappropriately or striking a woman." When the news first broke about his arrest, TMZ reported that a law enforcement official said Avenatti's estranged wife, Lisa Storie-Avenatti, filed the report on Tuesday night. Storie-Avenatti's lawyer released a statement saying she was not the woman involved, and "states that there has never been domestic violence in her relationship with Michael and that she has never known Michael to be physically violent toward anyone." Catherine Garcia

October 8, 2018

In her new memoir This Will Only Hurt a Little, actress Busy Philipps says her Freaks and Geeks co-star James Franco physically assaulted her while they were filming a scene.

The book is out Oct. 16, and Yahoo Entertainment reports that in it, Philipps writes that Franco was a "f—ing bully" on the set. Philipps says she was directed to gently hit Franco on the chest while delivering a line, which set him off. "He grabbed both my arms and screamed in my face, 'DON'T EVER TOUCH ME AGAIN!'" she said. "And he threw me to the ground. Flat on my back. Wind knocked out of me."

Philipps said the cast and crew members who saw this were shocked, and co-star Linda Cardellini told her to call her manager. Franco apologized the next day, but Philipps said it was only because he was told to by producers, and he was not reprimanded. Over the last year, Franco has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, and denies the allegations. He did not respond to Yahoo's request for comment. Catherine Garcia

September 26, 2018

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) says an investigation into domestic abuse allegations would find him innocent.

Ellison's ex-girlfriend accused him of physical and emotional abuse in August, which the Democrat flatly denied. BuzzFeed News reports that Ellison on Wednesday joined his Democratic colleagues in calling for a House investigation of the allegations.

"I will submit a request for a House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations against me raised by a former partner," said Ellison. "I am taking this step now because I am innocent and eager to see this entire matter resolved."

He won the Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney general just days after his ex-girlfriend, Karen Monahan, said he verbally berated her and once tried to drag her off a bed. Calling the allegations "unsubstantiated," Ellison said a formal probe would "allow us to move on." Other lawmakers, like Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), have said that Ellison's conduct should be investigated.

An independent attorney has already completed a probe of the allegations, and Ellison said the results "should be made public soon." Read more at BuzzFeed News. Summer Meza

September 17, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he is "willing to talk" to the Senate Judiciary Committee to "refute" the "false allegation" of sexual misconduct, CNN reported Monday.

Christine Ford came forward Sunday to allege that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. Her attorney said Ford is ready to testify publicly. In a new statement, Kavanaugh reiterated his denial of the accusation, saying "this never happened," and said he would be willing to testify before the committee as well. Read his full statement below. Summer Meza

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