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June 23, 2020

Porn star Ron Jeremy has been hit with sexual assault charges.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office on Tuesday announced that Jeremy has been charged with sexually assaulting four women in incidents from 2014 through 2019, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Prosecutors accused Jeremy of forcibly raping a woman at a West Hollywood home in 2014, sexually assaulting two women at a West Hollywood bar in 2017, and forcibly raping a woman at that West Hollywood bar in 2019. He was charged with three counts each of forcible rape and forcible penetration by a foreign object, as well as one count each of forcible oral copulation and sexual battery, prosecutors said.

Jeremy had previously been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women, per Rolling Stone. He has denied the allegations, telling Rolling Stone in 2017, "These allegations are pure lies or buyers remorse. I have never and would never rape anyone." Jeremy faces up to 90 years in prison if convicted on the charges. Brendan Morrow

June 6, 2020

Two Buffalo police officers, Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski, were both charged with one count of second-degree assault Saturday, prosecutors said, after they were seen on video Thursday shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground during a protest against police brutality. The officers have pleaded not guilty and were released without bail, The Associated Press reports.

The video sparked outrage across the country, and criticism intensified when the Buffalo Police Department said the protester, Martin Gugino, tripped and fell. Gugino, described as a longtime peace activist, was hospitalized with a head injury resulting from the fall. He is now in "serious, but stable condition" and is "progressing in his recovery."

McCabe and Torgalski were suspended without pay Friday, prompting all 57 of their colleagues on the Buffalo Police Department's emergency response team to resign from the unit — but not the police force altogether — in their defense.

The charges are the latest examples of swift action being taken against police officers in the wake of George Floyd's death. In Minneapolis, the officer who pressed his knee against Floyd's neck has been fired and charged with second-degree murder, while three other ex-officers who watched the scene unfold and did not intervene were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. And two officers in Atlanta were fired this week after footage captured them using excessive force against two African-American college students who were out after a citywide curfew. Read more at The Associated Press and NPR. Tim O'Donnell

June 3, 2020

Three former police officers are reportedly being hit with charges in connection with the death of George Floyd, and another ex-cop's charges have been upgraded.

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd said he couldn't breathe, last week was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. On Wednesday, the Star Tribune reported that Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will elevate the charges to second-degree murder.

Additionally, the three other officers who were are at the scene, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane, are being charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, according to the Star Tribune.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) heralded the news in a tweet, writing, "This is another important step for justice." CNN on Wednesday afternoon cited court records confirming the other officers have been charged.

This development comes after attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing the Floyd family, said he expected the other three officers seen in videos of Floyd's death to be arrested "before we have the memorial here in Minneapolis tomorrow," calling them "just as guilty for the death of George Floyd as Officer Chauvin." Crump released a statement to the Star Tribune on Wednesday saying "this is a significant step forward on the road to justice, and we are gratified that this important action was brought before George Floyd's body was laid to rest." Brendan Morrow

May 29, 2020

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was arrested in connection with the death of George Floyd, has now been charged with murder.

Prosecutors on Friday announced that Chauvin, who was fired after he was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck for almost 10 minutes while Floyd said that he couldn't breathe, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. The charges were unveiled shortly after Chauvin's arrest was announced and four days after Floyd's death, which has sparked nationwide outrage and protests.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman in a press conference said this is "by far the fastest we've ever charged a police officer."

"We can only charge a case when he have sufficient, admissible evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt," he said. "As of right now, we have that."

An investigation into the other officers involved in the incident is ongoing, Freeman said, adding that "I anticipate charges." A complaint is being processed and will be released later today.

Shortly after the charges were announced, Attorney General William Barr said in a statement that the Department of Justice is "conducting an independent investigation to determine whether any federal civil rights laws were violated," saying "I am confident justice will be served." Brendan Morrow

June 13, 2019

Cuba Gooding Jr. has just been charged with a misdemeanor in New York as he faces two groping allegations.

The actor on Thursday surrendered to the NYPD for questioning and was charged with forcible touching, CNN reports. This comes after a woman told police that Gooding Jr. grabbed her breast at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar in New York on Sunday.

The NYPD has confirmed that a second woman also filed a police report on Monday accusing Gooding Jr. of groping her in a Manhattan club in 2008, NBC News reports.

Gooding Jr.'s attorney, Mark Heller, said Thursday that his client "has not acted inappropriately in any shape or form" and that video from Sunday shows "nothing that could even be considered ambiguous."

"He did absolutely nothing wrong," Heller also said, per CBS News. "I am completely confident that he will be totally exonerated." The New York Times reports that detectives "were able to corroborate the woman's account using security camera footage from the bar." Brendan Morrow

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