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Post by Skeeve » Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:29 pm

Kavanaugh's Not the Only Accused Man Getting Grilled by Congress on Thursday
Much of Washington will be consumed Thursday with Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate hearing, but across Capitol Hill the House of Representatives will be hosting its own #MeToo showdown.

Mel Watt, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, is set to testify to the House Financial Services Committee, his first appearance since it became public that he’s under investigation for the alleged sexual harassment of a female subordinate. He’s denied wrongdoing. His accuser, Simone Grimes, also plans to testify.

Politicians from both sides of the aisle have been reluctant to speak about Watt, a 73-year-old former Democratic congressman from North Carolina who has a big role in overseeing the $5 trillion U.S. mortgage market. The hearing will show how serious Congress is about addressing allegations of sexual misconduct and abuses of power -- particularly when it’s politically inconvenient.
Indeed!

I suspect the Clinton News Network will be too busy elsewhere to cover this....much.
Really too bad, this accuser apparently has audio tapes to back up their claim....
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Post by Skeeve » Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:17 pm

Thursday’s other #MeToo hearing on Capitol Hill
Watt, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and Simone Grimes, an employee who has accused him of repeated sexual harassment, will both testify Thursday at a session of the House Financial Services Committee. Grimes, whose complaints and tapes of Watt’s overtures were first reported by POLITICO in July, is expected to say that he repeatedly turned their conversations to sexual topics when she tried to discuss a pay raise.
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Watt, a former North Carolina congressman, sat on the financial services panel and many of its members encouraged former President Barack Obama to appoint him to his current job overseeing mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But Grimes is appearing on Thursday after one those supporters, California Democrat Maxine Waters, pushed for her to be given a chance to testify.
Thanks Obama..

Update: Mel Watt and Accuser Address Charges in Hearing
WASHINGTON—Housing-finance official Mel Watt and a senior federal worker who has accused him of sexual harassment testified before a congressional panel Thursday in a tense hearing where both addressed the charges.

Simone Grimes, an employee at the Federal Housing Finance Agency working under Mr. Watt, said in her first public appearance that his behavior left her feeling “extraordinarily uncomfortable and unsafe.”
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Ms. Grimes’s appearance was backed by the panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.), a former colleague of Mr. Watt in Congress. Ms. Waters called Mr. Watt a longtime friend. “I have visited with his son in California and presented his grandchildren with gifts,” she said. But “Ms. Grimes should be able to testify here today,” she added.
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In May, Ms. Grimes filed a harassment complaint against Mr. Watt with the FHFA office that handles Equal Employment Opportunity commission matters.

This led to the investigations, including one led by the FHFA’s inspector general, Laura Wertheimer, who also testified before the committee following Ms. Grimes. A second investigation is being conducted by the inspector general for the U.S. Postal Service because the FHFA watchdog reports to Mr. Watt.

A summary report on the Postal Service investigation detailed allegations that Mr. Watt over a period of three years repeatedly made sexual advances to Ms. Grimes when she attempted to talk to him about her job advancement.
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Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:12 pm

Meanwhile in Las Vegas:

Rape charges against 4 California dentists dismissed after video contradicts woman's story
Prosecutors dropped all charges during a very brief hearing today before Las Vegas Justice Court Judge Eric Goodman.

"After a review of the facts of the case, it was clear that the allegations were completely fabricated," lawyer Robert Draskovich, who represented Badkoobehi, said in a prepared statement. "The (video) evidence confirmed the men's innocence, and the state has cleared them of all charges."

The unnamed woman alleged that the four men raped her repeatedly in a room at the Wynn early July 28 after she met one of the men at a Wynn bar.
Completely fabricated. Of course the four innocent men who were accused are all named in the story, mugshots too, whereas the woman who falsely accused them is not named or identified in any way.
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Post by Giz » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:37 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:12 pm
Meanwhile in Las Vegas:

Rape charges against 4 California dentists dismissed after video contradicts woman's story
Prosecutors dropped all charges during a very brief hearing today before Las Vegas Justice Court Judge Eric Goodman.

"After a review of the facts of the case, it was clear that the allegations were completely fabricated," lawyer Robert Draskovich, who represented Badkoobehi, said in a prepared statement. "The (video) evidence confirmed the men's innocence, and the state has cleared them of all charges."

The unnamed woman alleged that the four men raped her repeatedly in a room at the Wynn early July 28 after she met one of the men at a Wynn bar.
Completely fabricated. Of course the four innocent men who were accused are all named in the story, mugshots too, whereas the woman who falsely accused them is not named or identified in any way.
Given the (proved) complete fabrication, will she face any charges?

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No.

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Post by shuize » Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:53 pm

Giz wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:37 pm
Given the (proved) complete fabrication, will she face any charges?
Hopefully charges and a civil suit for defamation.

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Post by ed » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:12 pm

The Minnesota DFL on Monday referred an internal report on a domestic abuse claim against Keith Ellison to local authorities for further investigation, after an attorney hired by the party found the claim could not be substantiated.

The decision promises to keep alive lingering allegations against the DFL candidate for attorney general, who has denied that he tried to drag a former girlfriend, Karen Monahan, off a bed during a fight in 2016.

“For the purpose of objectivity and getting all of the facts regarding these allegations, we have decided to forward the information in the investigation to local authorities in order to let them review the contents and determine whether further investigation is warranted,” read a statement released Monday afternoon by Ken Martin, the chairman of the DFL.

The party declined to release the report produced by Susan Ellingstad, a Minneapolis attorney it hired to conduct the investigation. Martin through a party spokesman declined a follow-up interview request, and Ellingstad did not return a call seeking comment.

Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal said she received an e-mail late Monday afternoon from the firm tasked with carrying out the investigation. Because Ellison’s son, Jeremiah Ellison, is a Minneapolis City Council member, Segal said she would not be reviewing any materials provided.
http://www.startribune.com/dfl-will-ref ... 494828181/

soooooooo ... for the democrats an accusation isn't enough to burn one at the stake convict.
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Post by Skeeve » Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:46 pm

Giz wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:37 pm
Anaxagoras wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:12 pm
Meanwhile in Las Vegas:

Rape charges against 4 California dentists dismissed after video contradicts woman's story
Prosecutors dropped all charges during a very brief hearing today before Las Vegas Justice Court Judge Eric Goodman.

"After a review of the facts of the case, it was clear that the allegations were completely fabricated," lawyer Robert Draskovich, who represented Badkoobehi, said in a prepared statement. "The (video) evidence confirmed the men's innocence, and the state has cleared them of all charges."

The unnamed woman alleged that the four men raped her repeatedly in a room at the Wynn early July 28 after she met one of the men at a Wynn bar.
Completely fabricated. Of course the four innocent men who were accused are all named in the story, mugshots too, whereas the woman who falsely accused them is not named or identified in any way.
Given the (proved) complete fabrication, will she face any charges?
Filing a false police report, perjury if she gave any testimony....
But considering the gender of the complainant probably just a slap on the wrist...because Vagina reasons.

Good quote:
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"At this sensitive moment in our history, we believe that [women' should be respected and heard and believed. But as this case shows, it is also important to keep a critical eye on those willing to use the (#MeToo) movement for their own selfish motives and remember that innocent until proven guilty is one of our country's bedrock principles."
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Post by Skeeve » Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:05 pm

Brett Kavanaugh accusations: Are young men in America scared?
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that it was a "difficult" and "scary" time for young men in the US and mocked a woman who says she was assaulted by his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Mr Trump was expressing support for Mr Kavanaugh as the FBI investigates claims of sexual misconduct by several women, including Christine Blasey Ford, against the judge.

The remarks come a year after the #MeToo movement toppled prominent Hollywood figures and thousands of women shared their experiences of sexual harassment.
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"When the #MeToo movement started a year ago, I thought it could only be a net gain. But too many mess-ups have happened. I think it's wrong that it has moved away from a legal court and into a court of public opinion," says Drake King.

"In my own circle of friends, those who are single feel extremely apprehensive about dating - especially if a bad date may have the potential of being interpreted as assault."
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One 2010 study found that 2-10% of rape accusations in the past 20 years were proven to be fake. That does not include unsubstantiated accusations where an investigation was unable to prove a sexual assault occurred, so an accurate figure for the total remains unknown.

"I was pretty sure sexual assault was more common than society was willing to admit, but I also am fairly certain that false accusations are more common than most of the #MeToo activists would like to think," suggests Aiden, a 23-year-old student in Arizona.
Ya think?
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If society has the duty to protect women from the extreme minority of men who are offenders (and it does have that duty), shouldn't society also protect men from the extreme minority of false-accusers?" he adds.

"I'm hearing, 'if you don't believe her claim, you are re-victimising her'. Since scepticism of a claim is heterodoxy, people will accept a claim either blindly or just to avoid being ostracised."
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"Guilty until proven innocent is a scary precedent for anyone not just young men, and publicly saying so is a good thing."
Hopefully the whole Bret Kavanaugh debacle will slow down the pound-me-too crazy train...maybe just a bit.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:52 pm

Young men being scared is not caused by the Kavanagh hearings, those are just an example of why.
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Post by Skeeve » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:57 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:52 pm
Young men being scared is not caused by the Kavanagh hearings, those are just an example of why.
Speaking of which...
Henry Cavill is facing backlash over comments he made about dating in the post #MeToo era
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In the interview, Cavill spoke about what he loves about dating and relationships.

"There's something wonderful about a man chasing a woman," he said. "There's a traditional approach to that, which is nice. I think a woman should be wooed and chased, but maybe I'm old-fashioned for thinking that."
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According to Cavill, there really isn't a "chase" in 2018.

"Now? Now you really can't pursue someone further than, 'No'. It's like, 'OK, cool'. But then there's the, 'Oh why'd you give up?' And it's like, 'Well, because I didn't want to go to jail?'" he told the magazine.
An older article, but worth a re-quote in our current environment....
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Post by Anaxagoras » Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:47 am

Woman accusing Murphy staffer of rape says she 'received no justice' (nj.com)
The woman who accused a senior staffer in [New Jersey (D)] Gov. Phil Murphy's administration of sexually assaulting her while he worked for Murphy's campaign last year is a state official who says she is now telling her story because she has "received no justice."

Katie Brennan, who later volunteered for the campaign and is now the chief of staff at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, detailed her allegations against Albert J. Alvarez publicly for the first time in a story published by the Wall Street Journal on Sunday afternoon.

"I have pursued every form of justice available," Brennan, 31, of Jersey City told The Journal. "But it has become clear that this system is not built for survivors."

After the report was published Sunday afternoon, Brennan said in a statement: "On April 8th, 2017, Al Alvarez raped me. On April 9th, 2017 I learned that the system is broken."

"I decided to come forward because I know that Al Alvarez, and all perpetrators, must be held accountable, must never rape again, and the justice system needs a complete change with regard to sexual violence," Brennan said.

Her statement added: "It is clear that leadership from the Murphy administration is needed to create meaningful policy change on several levels to make sure future victims do not have to endure what I have."
So this is one member of the Governor's administration accusing another member or former member (he resigned immediately 2 weeks ago upon being contacted by reporters) of the same administration. Both Democrats of course. She kept it quiet for more than a year, I assume so as not to cause a scandal for the governor, but apparently her patience has run out.
Multiple media outlets -- including NJ Advance Media -- published reports this week citing anonymous sources saying Alvarez faced allegations of sexual assault while he worked as director of Latin and Muslim outreach for Murphy's campaign in April 2017. Alvarez, 44, of Wood-Ridge, was never charged with a crime.

Alvarez, a fellow Democrat, later worked as deputy of personnel for Murphy's transition team and then as chief of staff of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority under Murphy's administration. He resigned Oct. 2, the same day the Journal contacted him seeking comment.

Murphy and his wife, First Lady Tammy Murphy, released their first statement on the matter after the Journal's story appeared, which both defended how the administration handled Brennan's allegations, and expressed regret that Alvarez was given a job by the transition team in January.
So the buck stops with "the transition team"?
The Murphys said they are "confident" the governor's administration handled the allegations "appropriately." But, the couple added, the way Murphy's transition team handled the matter before he took office "was inconsistent with our values," and that Alvarez should not have been hired for a state position.
What a shame that the "transition team" didn't handle the matter according to the governor and First Lady's values. :roll:
In a separate statement, Mahen Gunaratna, a Murphy spokesman, said Murphy and his wife were not informed of the allegations until Oct. 2 of this year, when Alvarez resigned from his $140,000-a-year job.
Hmm, that would be the same day that Alvarez resigned. The governor and his wife were completely unaware of any of this until that time? :notsure:
Meanwhile, Gunaratna confirmed that Murphy's office on Oct. 11 received a separate accusation against Alvarez that was "promptly referred" to the state attorney general. That alleged incident occurred in either 1999 or 2000, Gunaratna said.

Alvarez's attorney, John Hogan, told the Journal that his client "absolutely, positively denies these allegations of sexual assault" and declined further comment. Alvarez and Hogan did not return messages from NJ Advance Media on Sunday.

The alleged incident occurred in April of last year after a gathering of campaign staffers in Jersey City, according to the Journal report.
Brennan told the newspaper than Alvarez offered to drive her home and asked to use her bathroom and have a drink of water before heading to his home.

Once inside, Brennan told the newspaper, Alvarez forced himself on her. She told him to stop, saying this is "not consensual." She managed to kick him off her and locked herself in the bathroom. Alvarez left, according to Brennan's account to the Journal.

Brennan shared records with the Journal demonstrating she had reported the attack to local police the next day and went to the Jersey City Medical Center emergency room for an examination. Brennan's husband, Travis Miles, and her close friend, also confirmed Brennan told them about the sexual assault right after it happened.
The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office, in a statement last week, confirmed it had looked into the matter, according to the Journal report.

Brennan said she waited for months and was shocked no charges were filed. The hospital examination found DNA and saliva, Brennan told the Journal. Assistant Prosecutor Jane Weiner told her Alvarez claimed the encounter was consensual sex, according to the report.

Brennan brought her allegations to the Murphy camp three times. The first time was when she contacted the transition team after Murphy won the election in November.

In March, Brennan said, she also told Matt Platkin, chief counsel to the governor, that Alvarez had sexually assaulted her. Platkin, who was policy director during the campaign and a senior staffer during the transition, recused himself because he knew both the accused and the accuser.

Platkin referred the matter to an ethics official in the governor's office and the official referred it to the state Attorney General's Office that day, according to Gunaratna, Murphy's spokesman.

Brennan eventually emailed Murphy and his wife on June 1, saying she wanted to discuss a "sensitive matter." The e-mail did not mention a sexual assault.
"Hang in," Murphy wrote back, according to the Journal. "We are on it."

A meeting with the governor never happened, but Brennan said a campaign attorney told her Alvarez would no longer have a state government job. Alvarez didn't resign for about four months after that.

Brennan said in her statement Sunday that "sexual predators like Al Alvarez are only able to stay in power when those around them do nothing."

"Several senior level members of the Murphy administration were aware of my assault and failed to take meaningful action," she said. "Al Alvarez remained employed at a senior level in the Murphy administration until just a few weeks ago, when he knew the Wall Street Journal article was coming out and opted to resign. The failure of members of Gov. Murphy's staff to respond in an aggressive, proactive fashion is unacceptable."

Gunaratna, Murphy's spokesman, confirmed in a statement Sunday that transition officials learned law enforcement "actively investigated" the allegations against Alvarez and that they "closed the case" and decided not to pursue charges.

"Following a clear background check, Mr. Alvarez received an offer of employment in state government," Gunaratna said.

He added that when Brennan contacted the governor's office in March, "the matter was immediately and properly referred" to the office's chief ethics officer, "in accordance with state policies and procedures."
Strange story. Sounds like the governor and everyone else in his administration wanted to pretend that none of this was happening. They didn't want to know about it. Or they hid behind "policies and procedures" which never seemed to lead to any concrete action.
Then, when Brennan emailed the Murphys, the governor "properly referred the matter to his campaign counsel" because "of the time period" referenced in the email, Gunaratna said. The counsel then spoke with Brennan and her attorney multiple times, Gunaratna said.

The Murphys said in their statement that "any allegation of sexual harassment, misconduct, or assault must be treated with the utmost seriousness to ensure that survivors come forward and justice is served."

"Society must no longer allow a culture of silence to flourish, and we are committed to ensuring a culture where everyone feels comfortable reporting any instance of sexual misconduct," the couple continued.

The Murphys also said the governor has asked state officials to review New Jersey's policies on how sexual misconduct allegations are handled to see if they are "ways to improve our system."

"We must now ask: how can we hold ourselves to a higher standard moving forward?" the couple said.
Sounds like a bunch of shite to me.
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Post by Doctor X » Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:03 am

Should have claimed it was Kavanaugh. . . .




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Post by Skeeve » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:46 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:47 am
Woman accusing Murphy staffer of rape says she 'received no justice' (nj.com)
The woman who accused a senior staffer in [New Jersey (D)] Gov. Phil Murphy's administration of sexually assaulting her while he worked for Murphy's campaign last year is a state official who says she is now telling her story because she has "received no justice."

...Yuuuge snip...
Another POV.

A Sexual-Assault Accusation in New Jersey Spotlights a National Dilemma
JERSEY CITY, N.J.—Katie Brennan spent more than a year trying to get authorities to take action against the man she accuses of sexually assaulting her. Finally, she emailed New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

Ms. Brennan, chief of staff at the state’s housing agency and a former volunteer for the governor’s campaign, first called the police in April 2017, one day, she said, after a campaign staffer allegedly forced himself on her. After months of investigation, the county prosecutor’s office declined to file charges against her alleged attacker, saying it didn’t think a jury would convict him. She turned to state law enforcement and high-ranking members of the Murphy administration. Nothing changed.

Finally, the 31-year-old Jersey City resident, who said she turned down a $15,000 settlement offer from her alleged assailant if she signed a nondisclosure agreement, emailed Mr. Murphy and first lady Tammy Murphy directly.
So, the DA passed on it for what ever reason(s) and she tried to get the governor to do...what exactly?

She should have hired ole Gloria Allred and sued the crap out of him...I mean $15k to shut up?
That is insulting...perhaps she can now sue the lot of them for big dollars....

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Post by Skeeve » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:34 pm

Hypocritical politically motivated feminism is killing #MeToo. Just ask Keith Ellison.
Feminism, Maureen Dowd once explained, died in 1998. That was when the leading lights of the feminist movement decided to give Bill Clinton a pass because they liked his politics:
Feminism Died in 1998 when Hillary allowed henchlings and Democrats to demonize Monica as an unbalanced stalker, and when Gloria Steinem defended Mr. Clinton against Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones by saying he had merely made clumsy passes, then accepted rejection, so there was no sexual harassment involved. As to his dallying with an emotionally immature 21-year-old, Ms. Steinem noted, ''Welcome sexual behavior is about as relevant to sexual harassment as borrowing a car is to stealing one.''
Journalist Nina Burleigh even offered to perform oral sex on President Clinton as a thank-you for his stance on abortion. After that, the anti-sexual-harassment movement, choking on this hypocrisy, ran out of steam, and feminism itself, in Dowd’s words, died.
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But in politics, movements pronounced dead are always clawing their way out of the grave and roaming the land once more. So it was with feminism, and in particular the campaign against sexual harassment, which — once Hillary’s 2016 defeat got the embarrassing Clintonian contradictions out of the way — started back up under the banner of the #MeToo movement.
Indeed, it followed hard upon.
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But now it seems the Democrats have decided to rebury the movement as inconvenient. Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Keith Ellison, currently running for Minnesota Attorney General, stands accused by more than one woman of sexual misconduct and domestic violence.
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John Sexton asks have Democrats abandoned #MeToo for Keith Ellison’s sake? The answer, I think, has got to be “yes.”
Well, Kieth is no Slick Willie, and an AG is not a POTUS so, we'll see...
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