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The Smollett hate crime case -- and why it won't go to trial

Washington - A television actor claims to be the victim of a racist, homophobic hate crime. Chicago police say he staged the whole thing. The chief prosecutor says she believes he is guilty.So why isn't the matter going to trial?

Convicted French cardinal expected to resign at meeting with pope

Vatican City - Pope Francis met Monday with Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, France's highest-ranking Catholic official, who was expected to tender his resignation after receiving a six-month suspended jail sentence for failing to report sex abuse by a priest under his au...

How abused boy scouts made the French church tremble

Lyon - The conviction of the archbishop of Lyon for covering up paedophilia in his diocese is a victory for victim and campaigner Francois Devaux, whose dogged efforts to publicise the abuse have made him a hero -- and a reluctant cinema star.

French cardinal convicted over sex abuse cover-up

Lyon - The archbishop of Lyon Thursday announced he was resigning just hours after being handed a six-month suspended jail sentence for failing to report sex abuse in a case that has rocked the French Catholic Church and added to the Vatican's woes.

R. Kelly speaks up to deny sex abuse charges

New York - R&B superstar R. Kelly denied allegations he sexually abused women and girls in his first public comments since being indicted last month."I didn't do this stuff.

'Radicalised' inmate detained after slashing guards in French prison

Caen - A "radicalised" inmate at a prison in northwest France, who seriously wounded two guards in a knife attack on Tuesday, was shot and injured in a police raid that also left his visiting partner fatally wounded, sources told AFP.

French court to rule on cardinal accused of sex abuse cover-up

Lyon - A French court on Thursday will deliver its verdict in the case of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, accused of covering up sexual abuse of minors by one of his priests.

Actress refuses to work with ex-Disney animation chief over harassment accusations

Los Angeles - British actress Emma Thompson has quit an anticipated film produced by California's Skydance studios because it hired former Disney creative director John Lasseter, who is accused of sexual harassment, her publicist told AFP Tuesday.

Group sees 'disconnect' between pope's words, actions on sex abuse

Paris - A US-based group that compiles data on sexual abuse by Catholic clerics and bishops accused of covering it up fears that a bid by Pope Francis to tackle the scandals is a case of too little, too late.

French 'yellow vest' boxer given one-year sentence

Paris - An ex-boxer who became a hero to some of France's "yellow vest" protesters after beating up police officers during a demonstration was convicted on Wednesday and given a one-year prison term.

French police get seven years for raping Canadian tourist

Paris - A French court on Thursday sentenced two police officers to seven years in prison for the rape of a Canadian tourist at the Paris police headquarters.

Police investigate after US woman in coma gives birth at care facility

Los Angeles - Arizona police said Wednesday they have opened a sex assault investigation after a woman who has been in a coma for more than a decade gave birth to a baby boy at a nursing facility in Phoenix.

Prosecutor presents no charges, but trial of French cardinal still on

Lyon - A state prosecutor on Wednesday declined to press charges against a French cardinal accused of covering up sex abuse of minors by a priest in his diocese, but the court case rolled on.

French cardinal denies covering up for paedophile priest

Lyon - The most senior French Catholic cleric to stand trial over one of the paedophilia scandals that have rocked the church denied in court Monday covering up for a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s.

French cardinal to go on trial over child abuse cover up

Lyon - The highest-profile Catholic cleric to be caught up in a paedophile scandal in France goes on trial on Monday charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s.

One year on, Time's Up movement has taken shape, but more to do

New York - The Time's Up movement against sexual harassment, founded a year ago, has made tangible progress in the world of showbiz and beyond -- by fostering solidarity and encouraging women to speak out -- but the road ahead is indeed long.

French cardinal to go on trial over child abuse cover up

Lyon - The highest-profile Catholic cleric to be caught up in a paedophile scandal in France is to go on trial on Monday charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s.

Alleged victim of Spacey sexual assault filmed part of incident

New York - A young man who accused Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him at a seaside restaurant near Boston in 2016 filmed part of the incident, according to court filings obtained by AFP.

Weinstein back in court seeking dismissal of sex assault case

New York - Could Harvey Weinstein, public enemy number one of the #MeToo movement. end up walking away a free man?

Macron's ex-bodyguard faces fresh charges in 'Benallagate' scandal

Paris - A former top security aide to French President Emmanuel Macron who caused a political storm after it emerged he had roughed up protesters at a May Day demonstration is facing further charges over the affair.

Paris riot suspects appear in court

Paris - The first of dozens of people charged over rioting at the weekend in Paris appeared in court on Monday in fast-tracked proceedings.Fifty-seven suspects face a range of public order charges over the violence.

'Last Tango': the tainted 'masterpiece' that dogged Bertolucci

Paris - It was a scene that scarred the life of a young actress and left a stain on the career of Bernardo Bertolucci, one of cinema's most talented directors, who died Monday of cancer aged 77.

Thousands protest in 'feminist tidal wave' against sexist violence

Paris - Tens of thousands of people rallied across Europe on Saturday against sexist violence, with more than 30,000 turning out in Paris.

Thousands answer call to march against sexist violence

Paris - Tens of thousands of people rallied across Europe on Saturday against sexist violence, with more than 30,000 turning out in Paris, where a separate protest against rising fuel prices brought clashes.

Pope reveals team picked to organise anti-paedophilia summit

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday revealed the organising team for a special meeting on the protection of children to be held in February, in response to the paedophilia scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church worldwide.

French ex-minister cleared of raping two former employees

Bobigny - A French court on Thursday acquitted former government minister Georges Tron of raping two employees during foot-massaging sessions in his office.

Moroccan teen in gang-rape case urges other girls to be brave

Beni Mellal - A Moroccan teenager allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by men from her village called Wednesday on other girls "to be brave" after meeting with the judge investigating her case, which has shaken the nation.

#Metoo in Europe: New laws on consent and catcalling

Paris - From France, where seduction is treated as a high art, to Sweden, a trailblazer for gender equality, the #MeToo movement has had a mixed impact in Europe, stirring debate about consent and the banality of street harassment.

Prosecutor wants Frenchman jailed for rape in Nobel scandal

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors on Monday called for a minimum three-year sentence against a Frenchman accused of two counts of rape, in one of the first big trials to come out of the #MeToo movement.

Man arrested over viral assault on Paris woman

Paris - A man has been detained on suspicion of assaulting a 22-year-old student who released a shocking video of the attack last month outside a Paris cafe which went viral online.
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