Judge Lets Ghislaine Maxwell (Jeffrey Epstein’s associate) Call Elizabeth Loftus to testify https://ritualabuse.us/smart/elizabeth-loftus/ 

November 23, 2021 Comments Off on Judge Lets Ghislaine Maxwell (Jeffrey Epstein’s associate) Call Elizabeth Loftus to testify https://ritualabuse.us/smart/elizabeth-loftus/ 

Judge Lets Ghislaine Maxwell (Jeffrey Epstein’s associate) Call Elizabeth Loftus to testify https://ritualabuse.us/smart/elizabeth-loftus/ 

 

Judge Lets Ghislaine Maxwell Call ‘False Memory’ Expert Involved in Robert Durst, O.J. Simpson, and Harvey Weinstein Cases   Adam Klasfeld Nov 22nd, 2021

(Information on Elizabeth Loftushttps://ritualabuse.us/smart/elizabeth-loftus/  – A Brief History of the False Memory Research of Elizabeth Loftus

Ethics Complaints Filed Against FMSF Board Member Elizabeth Loftus
– “Lost in a Shopping Mall” A Breach of Professional Ethics
– Quotes: Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D.
– The Alleged Ethical Violations of Elizabeth Loftus in the Case of Jane Doe

Information on Paul Shanleyhttps://ritualabuse.us/research/memory-fms/shanley-recovered-memory-case/   “Shanley was accused of sexual abuse in the 1960’s, the 1970’s, the 1980’s and the 1990’s. His church personnel records indicated he was transferred from parish to parish despite allegations of abuse. The Boston Herald (4/9/02) printed that Shanley “spoke in favor of sex between men and boys at a formative 1978 meeting in Boston of the “Man Boy Lovers of North America” and that he “admitted openly to raping and sodomizing minors when confronted by church investigators under Boston’s two past archbishops, Humberto Cardinal Medeiros and Law.”)  

Elizabeth Loftus, an expert in false memories, testifies in Paul Shanley child abuse trial

Exactly a week before the anticipated start of her sex trafficking trial, Ghislaine Maxwell received permission to call a “false memory” expert relied upon by Harvey Weinstein, Robert Durst, O.J. Simpson and hundreds of other criminal defendants seeking to undermine the credibility of their accusers.

In the words of a New Yorker profile on the controversy surrounding her expertise, Elizabeth Loftus has “Changed the Meaning of Memory,” and her life’s work has collided with the #MeToo movement’s moment of cultural reckoning. In particular, Loftus has questioned the reliability of memory and how she believes suggestion can mold it. She also has testified about her research during the trials of Jerry Sandusky, Ted Bundy, and Paul Shanley, a now-deceased priest who served 12 years in prison following his conviction for raping a child.

In a two page order on Monday morning, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan granted Maxwell permission to call Loftus—subject to certain limitations that are currently under seal. The threadbare order states only that the government’s motion to block her testimony is denied in part and granted in part.

A fuller explanation of the order may be released if the prosecutors and defense team propose redactions agreed upon by the judge….

Maxwell has been accused of grooming minor girls for Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual predation and participating in the abuse herself. Epstein’s scheme allegedly operated through what a Palm Beach detective described as a “sexual Pyramid scheme,” built upon recruiting minor girls to give him massages for money, and prosecutors claim Maxwell was a top procuress of victims. She has pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking, multiple violations of the Mann Act, and other offenses. Though her latest indictment lists four minor victims, she has noted that one of them attained the age of consent during the time of the alleged conspiracy.https://lawandcrime.com/live-trials/ghislaine-maxwell/judge-lets-ghislaine-maxwell-call-false-memory-expert-who-testified-as-defense-psychologist-for-robert-durst-o-j-simpson-harvey-weinstein/

 

Marilyn Manson: His satanic majesty, Mind Control,Torture, Rape, Love Bombing-

February 2, 2021 Comments Off on Marilyn Manson: His satanic majesty, Mind Control,Torture, Rape, Love Bombing-

Marilyn Manson: His satanic majesty, Mind Control,Torture, Rape, Love Bombing

– Ashley Walters Accuses Marilyn Manson Of Using Mind Control And Torture Tactics To Control Her

Artist Gabriella Says Marilyn Manson Sliced Their Hands To Make A Blood Pact, Tied Her Up, And Raped Her- Model Sarah McNeilly Says Marilyn Manson Love Bombed Her Then Tortured And Terrorized Her

– Model Ashley Lindsay Morgan Says Marilyn Manson Would Cut And Burn Her, Was Obsessed With Nazi Memorabilia


Friday 07 February 2014
….Manson would further stir up the fury of his adversaries by gleefully declaring himself a Satanist, despite the fact that in his book he states: “I’m not, and never have been, a spokesperson for Satanism. It’s simply part of what I believe in, along with Dr Seuss, Dr Hook, Nietzsche and the Bible…”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/marilyn-manson-his-satanic-majesty-116023.html

Ashley Walters Accuses Marilyn Manson Of Using Mind Control And Torture Tactics To Control Her
Charisse Van Horn Feb 1, 2021
Photographer Ashley Walters has joined Evan Rachel Woods in coming forward with allegations of abuse against rocker Marilyn Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner. Turning to her official Instagram account, Ashley shared a slideshow where she posted a four-part statement where she accused Marilyn Manson of using mind control and torture tactics to bring her under his control. She explained how she met Manson and came to work for him as his assistant after he reached out to her in 2010. She then describes her time with Marilyn Manson as one where he isolated her from her friends and family members and then used extreme, manipulative tactics to control her. She described Marilyn Manson as exhibiting horrifying and deranged behavior. The allegations are very similar to those made by others over the past decade, including Evan Rachel Wood’s claims….


I’d witness him inflict this psychological abuse on everyone he employed, everyone he dated. He would dictate the perimiters of our reality. Horrifying, deranged behavior and insane scenarios became normalized. He was extremely interested in mind control, torture tactics [ie. different sound frequencies that would shift your mood, or make you nauseous], and spy devices to gather information for blackmailing and manipulation.
https://celebrityinsider.org/ashley-walters-accuses-marilyn-manson-of-using-mind-control-and-torture-tactics-to-control-her-473565/


Artist Gabriella Says Marilyn Manson Sliced Their Hands To Make A Blood Pact, Tied Her Up, And Raped Her
Charisse Van Horn Feb 1, 2021


An artist known as Gabriella, joined with other women including actress Evan Rachel Wood, on February 1, 2021, to make her allegations of abuse against rocker Marilyn Manson public. Choosing her Instagram platform to make her allegations, Gabriella stated that she met Marilyn Manson (real name Brian Warner) backstage at one of his concerts in 2015. She echoed allegations made by model Sarah McNeilly who alleged that Marilyn Manson love bombed her before devolving into depraved and terrorizing behavior. According to Gabriella’s statement, Manson quickly wooed her, fed her drugs, and on their second meeting, broke a wine glass, and cut both of their hands so the two would enter a blood pact. She then described their six-month romantic relationship as one where Manson exhibited control over her through tactics of manipulation, intimidation, fear, and sexual violence.   She alleged that Manson repeatedly tied her up and raped her. When she would respond in tears, he stated that was a symbol of her love for him. In addition to Gabriella’s and Evan Rachel Wood‘s public statements, three other women went public on February 1, 2021, to allege that they too were abused by Marilyn Manson. They are Ashley Walters, Ashley Lindsay Morgan, and Sarah McNeilly.
https://celebrityinsider.org/artist-gabriella-says-marilyn-manson-sliced-their-hands-to-make-a-blood-pact-tied-her-up-and-raped-her-473619/

Model Sarah McNeilly Says Marilyn Manson Love Bombed Her Then Tortured And Terrorized Her
Charisse Van Horn Feb 1, 2021


Model Sarah McNeilly made her allegations of abuse against rocker Marilyn Manson (real name Brian Warner) known on social media. Turning to her Instagram account on February 1, 2021, Sarah McNeilly joined Evan Rachel Wood, Ashley Walters, Ashley Lindsay Morgan, and artist Gabriella by sharing her own encounters with Manson. Like many of the others, she stated that Marilyn Manson lured her in, love bombed her, and then after gaining her trust, quickly revealed his dark persona.   It’s unclear why the women chose February 1, 2021, to make their allegations public nor is it known if any of the women have spoken to the police. Evan Rachel Wood has told her story of abuse for years, but though she alleged a former romantic partner had sexually, physically, and emotionally brutalized her, she never stated his name. Now, Sarah McNeilly has added her voice to the other women’s allegations as they collectively state they want Brian Warner to stop abusing women.


Sarah’s story is similar to the other women’s tales of terror as she alleges that she would be punished for bad behavior. According to Ashley Lindsay Morgan, Marilyn Manson would punish her by locking her out of the home with little to no clothing on. Ashley Walters described punishments as including holding her hostage in his home and refusing to allow her to leave. This coincides with Sarah McNeilly’s allegations that Marilyn Manson would lock her in a room when he felt she was being ‘bad.’
https://celebrityinsider.org/model-sarah-mcneilly-says-marilyn-manson-love-bombed-her-then-tortured-and-terrorized-her-473609/

Model Ashley Lindsay Morgan Says Marilyn Manson Would Cut And Burn Her, Was Obsessed With Nazi Memorabilia
Charisse Van Horn Feb 1, 2021


Model Ashley Lindsay Morgan has joined forces with actress Rachel Evan Wood, Ashley Walters, Gabriella, and Sarah McNeilly by choosing on February 1, 2021, to publicly bring allegations against rockstar Marilyn Manson. Each woman shared a statement on their personal Instagram accounts with many sharing each other’s messages in their Instastories accusing the Grammy-nominated artist of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. At this time, Marilyn Manson hasn’t responded to the recent allegations, but he has categorically denied past allegations of abuse.
….Ashley says that Manson lured her in, flew her to Los Angeles, then after her arrival, eventually had her move into his home with him. It was while she was living in his house, that Ashley says his behavior quickly changed and he began to show his dark side.   Like the other statements, Ashley alleged that Marilyn Manson established a controlling environment where she was expected to follow rules and would be punished if she disobeyed. She stated that she would be punished for any behavior that Manson disapproved of. She alleged that she experienced sexual violence, coercion, physical violence, and abuse. It’s unclear if Ashley Lindsay Morgan has filed a police report against Manson. She described some of the punishments that she experience and said that he would lock her out of the house with little to no clothing on if she fell asleep. The other women also alleged that Marilyn Manson used sleep deprivation as a form of control. https://celebrityinsider.org/model-ashley-lindsay-morgan-says-marilyn-manson-would-cut-and-burn-her-was-obsessed-with-nazi-memorabilia-473592/

Lawsuit accuses ex-Fox News reporter Ed Henry of rape, says Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson harassed other woman

July 21, 2020 § Leave a comment

Lawsuit accuses ex-Fox News reporter Ed Henry of rape, says Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson harassed other woman Mon, Jul 20 2020 Dan Mangan

A bombshell lawsuit accuses former Fox News chief national correspondent Ed Henry of raping one woman, and says that the network’s star anchor Sean Hannity once offered $100 to staffers to “date” a second woman who also accuses Henry of sexual harassment.

The suit says that in addition to Henry, plaintiff Cathy Areu was sexually harrassed by multiple other men at Fox News, including Hannity, the host Tucker Carlson, journalist Howard Kurtz and network political analyst Gianno Caldwell.

The other plaintiff, Areu’s fellow former Fox News employee Jennifer Eckhart, claims that Henry raped her, in addition to committing other sexual misconduct against her.

A bombshell lawsuit filed by two women Monday accused former Fox News chief national correspondent Ed Henry of raping one of them and says that the network’s star anchor Sean Hannity once offered $100 to staffers to “date” another woman who also accuses Henry of sexual harassment.

The federal suit says that one of the plaintiffs, Cathy Areu, also was sexually harassed by other high-profile men at Fox News, including Hannity, host Tucker Carlson, journalist Howard Kurtz and contributor Gianno Caldwell.

The other plaintiff, former Fox Business associate producer Jennifer Eckhart, claims that Henry raped her, in addition to committing other sexual misconduct against her.

Areu had been a frequent guest on Fox News, but the network says she was neither an employee nor a contributor. However, the lawsuit identifies her as meeting the definition of an employee, albeit not a full-time one.

The Manhattan federal court lawsuit comes three weeks after Fox News fired Henry for what the network said was sexual misconduct.

The suit names as defendants Fox News, Hannity, Carlson and Kurtz and was filed on behalf of Eckhart and Areu by lawyers Douglas Wigdor and Michael Willemin.

Fox News in a statement said that an investigation had found that all of Areu’s claims against the men, other than Henry, were “false” and that it intended to fight her allegations.

The network added that Areu and Eckhart can pursue their legal claims “against Ed Henry directly with him, as FOX News already took swift action as soon as it learned of Ms. Eckhart’s claims on June 25 and Mr. Henry is no longer employed by the network.”….

“Ed Henry looks forward to presenting actual facts and evidence, which will contradict the fictional accounts contained in the complaint. That evidence includes graphic photos and other aggressively suggestive communications that Ms. Eckhart sent to Mr. Henry.”

The women’s lawsuit says that in late June, Eckhart’s lawyer put Fox News on notice of legal claims against the network and Henry, and informed Fox “in graphic and specific detail, how Mr. Henry groomed, psychologically manipulated and coerced Ms. Eckhart into having a sexual relationship with him.”….

Eckhart’s lawyers said that when Fox News terminated Henry, the network “purported to take credit for acting appropriately.”

“However, nothing could be further from the truth,” the suit says.

It says Fox knew that Henry “had engaged in sexual misconduct as far back as early 2017,” when “multiple women came forward to complain that Mr. Henry had engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct towards them.”

But Henry was not fired or even disciplined after those earlier accusations, the suit says….

The suit also says, “It is widely documented in the public record that Fox News has not only cultivated and fostered sexual harassment and misconduct, but has consistently accepted and rewarded it. Nevertheless, Fox News would have the public believe that it is a different place from the Fox News that was run by former disgraced Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.”

“Unfortunately, it is actually worse,” the suit says.

Fox News said in its statement, “Based on the findings of a comprehensive independent investigation conducted by an outside law firm, including interviews with numerous eyewitnesses, we have determined that all of Cathy Areu’s claims against FOX News, including its management as well as its hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity & Howard Kurtz and its contributor Gianno Caldwell, are false, patently frivolous and utterly devoid of any merit.”….

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/20/lawsuit-accuses-former-fox-news-reporter-ed-henry-of-rape.html

Lambeth Council: Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Jeffrey Epstein Confidante Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges

July 3, 2020 § Leave a comment

Lambeth Council: Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
By Grainne Cuffe 30th June 2020

Lambeth Council officials previously dismissed reports of child abuse as “fantasy” and described the children who spoke up as “sexual deviants”, an inquiry into historical abuse cases heard.

Over the course of several decades, from the 1930s to the 1990s, hundreds of children in Lambeth’s care were subjected to prolonged sexual, racial, and physical abuse.

An inquiry into the “horrifying national scandal” heard that already vulnerable children were targeted by paedophiles working at children’s homes controlled by the council.

It heard that prominent politicians, police officers and businessmen are alleged to have been involved in the filming of sexual abuse against children.

Some of the abuse is alleged to have been filmed in council buildings, including the town hall.

Despite the widespread abuse, the authorities failed to look into allegations at the time.

The inquiry heard that convicted sex offender Michael John Carroll was allowed to continue working with children even after his record was brought to light. He was dismissed years later for “financial irregularities”.

The four-week public hearing, which began on Monday (June 29), is part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

It will investigate the scale and nature of sexual abuse experienced by children in Lambeth over many decades, and examine the extent of any institutional failures to protect children.

It will look at five of Lambeth’s children’s homes, including the notorious Shirley Oaks, the council’s oldest and largest residential care home, with up to 350 children aged two to 17 living there until its closure in 1983…..

Iain O’Donnell, representing seven complainants, said the inquiry will hear evidence of how a paedophile ring “effectively infiltrated” Lambeth’s children’s homes from the 1960s, “if not earlier”, where they preyed upon children for decades.

He said: “You will hear equally serious evidence suggesting those in positions of power in Lambeth Borough Council were aware of the horrific sexual assaults being inflicted on the children in its care.

“They either turned a blind eye or took back-handed payments to bury documentary evidence and ship many of those children off to far flung locations across the country so Lambeth could forget what it had done to them.”

Mr O’Donnell said Lambeth was “corrupt to its core”, with many employees aware of how the abuse had continued.

The inquiry heard that an assistant director at the council continuously overruled an investigation into a foster carer who was abusing very young children, including a baby….

https://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/news/18552086.lambeth-council-independent-inquiry-child-sexual-abuse/

Jeffrey Epstein Confidante Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges

Prosecutors allege Maxwell helped Epstein traffic and abuse underage girls; he died by suicide awaiting trial last year

By Jonathan Dienst, Joe Valiquette, Tom Winter and Sarah Fitzpatrick • Published July 2, 2020….

The six-count indictment in Manhattan federal court alleges that Maxwell helped Epstein groom girls as young as 14 years old, going back as far as 1994. Prosecutors say she was in the room during — and took part in — the sexual abuse of three underage girls at Epstein’s Upper East Side townhouse, his Florida estate and his ranch in New Mexico. She faces up to 35 years in prison….

But she was also alleged to have helped Epstein groom teen girls for sex with the rich and powerful. One of those teens, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, leveled that charge against Maxwell in a 2015 defamation suit, as have a number of other women since.

“In some instances, Maxwell was present for and participated in the sexual abuse of minor victims,” the indictment says.

Epstein, a registered sex offender who nonetheless kept company with presidents and captains of industry, was arrested last summer on new federal charges of exploiting dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s….

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/ghislaine-maxwell-arrested-jeffrey-epstein-aide/2495762/

Rape case involving children and satanic rituals, bestiality, Tech giants plan to stop child abuse content     

June 17, 2020 Comments Off on Rape case involving children and satanic rituals, bestiality, Tech giants plan to stop child abuse content     

Second man sentenced in child sex abuse case police called the worst they’d ever seen

By Mike Schell | May 22, 2020

CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) – The second of two men charged in a child sex abuse case police called the worst they’d ever seen was sentenced Friday.

Joseph Suder, 36, was arrested in January on child rape and child porn charges.

Suder pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual acts involving children, down from 51, on January 29.

He was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

The other man involved in the case, William Bustillos, 25, pleaded guilty to two counts of rape in Clermont County Court on March 30. He is now serving a 20-year prison sentence….

Suder reportedly supplied a child to Bustillos to sexually assault at an apartment in Lockland.

Lockland police say they found pornographic images, including child bestiality, on phones belonging to Bustillos and Suder during rape investigations in Clermont and Hamilton counties….

“His apartment was basically set up as a sex room. His bedroom included a bed with nets to mount cameras to record sex acts and a little satanic ritual set up with cameras satanic totems. He had dildos in the showers and these pictures of these kids in the shower with the dildos.”

Reports indicate there are multiple victims.

The relative of one victim told FOX19 NOW Suder had been selling pictures of the children and that police have photo albums full of pictures, some depicting children they have not yet identified.

https://www.fox19.com/2020/05/22/second-man-sentenced-child-sex-abuse-case-police-called-worst-theyd-ever-seen/

Man indicted in rape case involving children and satanic rituals, bestiality police call ‘the absolute worst I’ve ever seen’

By Sarah Hager | September 5, 2019

CINCINNATI (FOX19) – Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced Thursday the indictment of man in a case involving rape, child pornography, satanic rituals and bestiality Lockland police called ‘the absolute worst [they’ve] ever seen.’

William Joseph Bustillos III, 26, is indicted on charges of three counts of rape, one count of gross sexual imposition, two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a child, and one count of illegal use of a minor in a nudity oriented material.

The prosecutor’s office says if Bustillos is convicted of all charges, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Bustillos is now charged with raping and photographing a 5-year-old boy between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018, officials say.

“These cases are some of the worst that we prosecute. No matter how many years I do this work, I will never understand abusing a child like this. These are serious charges and I want to make sure that Bustillos spends the rest of his life in prison,” Deters said.

Lockland police say they found the pornographic images, including child bestiality, on the suspects’ phones during rape investigations in Clermont and Hamilton counties….

https://www.wave3.com/2019/09/06/man-indicted-rape-case-involving-children-satanic-rituals-bestiality-police-call-absolute-worst-ive-ever-seen/

Tech giants including Facebook and Google launch new plan to stop child abuse content
‘Project Protect’ aims to bring tech companies together to make social networks safer

Andrew Griffin 6/12/2020

The world’s biggest technology companies have joined together in an attempt to fight against chld sexual abuse content online.

The tech giants – which includes Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter – have committed to work with each other to keep the content off social networks and other distribution platforms, they claim.

The firms, speaking as part of the existing Technology Coalition of digital firms, have announced Project Protect – which it says will improve the cross-industry approach to stopping child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA) content appearing online.

The project includes a “five pillar’ plan consisting of pushing innovation in technology to detect and stop such content, encouraging more collective action, funding more independent research, increased information sharing and greater transparency and accountability.

Last week, industry experts told MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee that social media firms were still not doing enough to stop the spread of online child abuse.

Robert Jones, from the National Crime Agency (NCA), and Susie Hargreaves, from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), called on the sector to do more and argued there was no excuse why more was not already being done given the detection technology available to the major platforms….

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/facebook-google-microsoft-twitter-child-abuse-content-project-protect-a9560126.html

Weinstein gets 23 years in sentence hailed by accusers, Stop Misinformation Against Survivors of Trauma

March 13, 2020 Comments Off on Weinstein gets 23 years in sentence hailed by accusers, Stop Misinformation Against Survivors of Trauma

Weinstein gets 23 years in sentence hailed by accusers
By MICHAEL R. SISAK, TOM HAYS and JENNIFER PELTZ March 11, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison after breaking his courtroom silence with a rambling plea for mercy in which he professed to be “totally confused” by the #MeToo movement that spelled the Hollywood producer’s downfall.

His accusers — those who testified against him and many others who have spoken out elsewhere against the former Hollywood mogul — hailed the near-maximum punishment for his rape and criminal sex act convictions as long overdue.

The 67-year-old Weinstein, who arrived at the courthouse Wednesday in a wheelchair and was taken to a hospital after complaining of chest pains hours after the court hearing, could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

He was convicted last month of raping a once-aspiring actress in a New York City hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on former TV and film production assistant Mimi Haleyi at his apartment in 2006. He faced a minimum of five years and a maximum of 29 years in prison.

The conviction marked the first criminal fallout from a raft of allegations that the Oscar-winning movie producer used his clout to lure women, sexually assault or harass them and then silence them.
“Although this is a first conviction, this is not a first offense,” Judge James Burke said in imposing the sentence….

Both of the women Weinstein was convicted of assaulting told the court about the damage he did to them, and the empowerment they felt when testifying against him.

“Rape is not just one moment of penetration. It is forever,” said the 2013 rape accuser, who recalled a moment during the trial when she left the witness stand in tears and then could be heard screaming from an adjacent room.
It was, she said, “the day my voice came back to its full power,” she said.
Asked later about her reaction after the sentence, she wiped her eyes, raised her arm and nodded her head.
Haleyi broke down in tears as she told the court the 2006 attack scarred her deeply and “stripped me of my dignity as a woman.” The encounter made her rethink her career in the entertainment business and left her feeling afraid of retaliation, she said….

Years of whispers about Weinstein’s alleged behavior burst into public view in The New York Times and The New Yorker in 2017. In the aftermath, more than 90 women, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek and other actresses, publicly accused Weinstein of sexual assault and sexual harassment. The takedown energized the #MeToo movement for speaking up about sexual assault….

Weinstein was convicted on two counts: criminal sex act and rape in the third degree. He was acquitted of the more serious charges against him of first-degree rape and two counts of predatory sexual assault.

Now that Weinstein has been sentenced, his lawyers can move forward with a promised appeal. He also faces rape and sexual assault charges in California, where Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey tweeted Wednesday that her office was working on extraditing him. No arraignment date has yet been set.
https://apnews.com/310554f06f644d41e1c0513600099ce1

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Harvey Weinstein found guilty on 2 counts, not guilty on more serious charges

February 24, 2020 § Leave a comment

Harvey Weinstein found guilty on 2 counts, not guilty on more serious charges
Harvey Weinstein was on trial for rape in Manhattan.
By Chris Francescani and Alexandra Svokos February 24, 2020

The jury reached a verdict in the New York rape trial of Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced former Hollywood mega-producer.

Weinstein, 67, was found guilty of criminal sexual assault and of rape in the third degree. He was found not guilty of the more serious charges of predatory sexual assault and of rape in the first degree….

The criminal sexual assault charge came from Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi, who was a production assistant and said that he assaulted her in 2006. That charge came with sentencing guidelines of five to 25 years.

The charge of rape in the third degree came from another, unnamed accuser, and came with sentencing guidelines of probation up to four years….

Weinstein was charged with raping one woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman, who has since identified herself as Haleyi, in 2006. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and claims any sexual encounters were cosensual.

In addition to the two women behind those charges, four others testified in support of prosecutors’ efforts to demonstrate a pattern of sexual predation….

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/jury-reaches-verdict-harvey-weinstein-case/story?id=69175544

SMART Newsletter Celebrates Twenty-Five Years of Publishing – Neil Brick Editor

February 21, 2020 § Leave a comment

SMART Newsletter Celebrates Twenty-Five Years of Publishing – Neil Brick Editor
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/smart-newsletter-celebrates-twenty-five-years-of-publishing–neil-brick-editor-301009002.html

SMART Newsletter Celebrates Twenty-Five Years of Publishing – Neil Brick Editor

Feb 21, 2020

EASTHAMPTON, Mass., Feb. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In 1995, the SMART (Stop Mind control And Ritual abuse Today) newsletter started publishing a small newsletter in Northampton, Massachusetts (now in Easthampton, Mass). In 1996, SMART began publishing on the Internet for the first time. SMART developed a website for survivors of ritual abuse and their helpers. SMART was one of the early educational resources for survivors of severe trauma, rape and abuse. In 1998, SMART began having weekend conferences for survivors and their helpers in Connecticut.

SMART has become one of the largest information and scientific resources on ritual abuse, cults, mind control, repressed memory, dissociation and dissociative identity disorder (formerly multiple personality disorder) on the Internet.https://ritualabuse.us/

SMART’s newsletter has provided informational resources about many child abuse cases over the years. Their newsletter has covered major events about ritual abuse and mind control. Articles have included information on Claudia Mullen, Valerie Wolf, the Extreme Abuse Surveys, MK-ULTRA, Satanic Ritual Abuse, clergy abuse including the Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis, day care cases, propaganda, sex trafficking, high profile serial child abuse and rape cases, including those of Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein and Jimmy Savile.

Speakers at SMART’s conferences have included Lynne Moss-Sharman, Hal Pepinsky, Neil Brick, Adah Sachs, Alison Miller, Randy Noblitt, Wendy Hoffman, Carol Rutz, Wanda Karriker, Thorsten Becker, deJoly LaBrier, Laurie Matthews and many others. https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/

SMART has worked with other organizations including Survivorship to help educate the general public about ritual abuse and mind control crimes.https://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/

SMART continues to have yearly conferences in Connecticut. The newsletter recently published its 150th edition online at https://ritualabuse.us/newsletter/

 Neil Brick continues to publish research and research articles on child abuse, ritual abuse, mind control and dissociation. He continues to speak at conferences about ritual abuse and mind control. http://neilbrick.com

SMART’s goal is to continue publishing educational resources to help survivors of child abuse, ritual abuse, their helpers and the general public learn more about the prevalence of ritual abuse and mind control in the United States and around the world. SMART hopes that child and ritual abuse will someday be eliminated in the world and children will be safe.

Amish “culture of incest, rape, and abuse,” Epstein database “subjecting underage girls to unlawful sexual conduct, sex trafficking and forced labor,” Survivorship announces the speakers at their Ritual Abuse and Mind Control 2020 Conference – Dr. Randy Noblitt, Pamela Perskin Noblitt, Dr. Karol Darsa, Neil Brick and Cristina Mardirossian LMFT

January 16, 2020 Comments Off on Amish “culture of incest, rape, and abuse,” Epstein database “subjecting underage girls to unlawful sexual conduct, sex trafficking and forced labor,” Survivorship announces the speakers at their Ritual Abuse and Mind Control 2020 Conference – Dr. Randy Noblitt, Pamela Perskin Noblitt, Dr. Karol Darsa, Neil Brick and Cristina Mardirossian LMFT

– The Amish Keep to Themselves. And They’re Hiding a Horrifying Secret 52 official cases of Amish child sexual assault in seven states over the past two decades.

– Jeffrey Epstein used database to keep track of his ‘numerous’ victims

“Epstein used his wealth and power to create the Epstein Enterprise which engaged in a pattern of criminal activity in the Virgin Islands by repeatedly procuring and subjecting underage girls and young women to unlawful sexual conduct, sex trafficking and forced labor”

Survivorship announces the speakers at their Survivorship Ritual Abuse and Mind Control 2020 Conference – Dr. Randy Noblitt and Pamela Perskin Noblitt, Dr. Karol Darsa, Neil Brick and Cristina Mardirossian, LMFT  “regular conference will be on Saturday and Sunday May 16 – 17, 2020, Clinician’s Conference is Friday May 15, 2020, conference is at the Reconnect Integrative Trauma Treatment Center in Pacific Palisades, California.

The Amish Keep to Themselves. And They’re Hiding a Horrifying Secret

A year of reporting by Cosmo and Type Investigations reveals a culture of incest, rape, and abuse.
By Sarah McClure Jan 14, 2020

….By age 9, she says, she’d been raped by one of her older brothers. By 12, she’d been abused by her father, Abner*, a chiropractor who penetrated her with his fingers on the same table where he saw patients, telling her he was “flipping her uterus” to ensure her fertility. By 14, she says, three more brothers had raped her and she was being attacked in the hayloft or in her own bed multiple times a week. She would roll over afterward, ashamed and confused. The sisters who shared Sadie’s room (and even her bed) never woke up—or if they did, never said anything, although some later confided that they were being raped too.

Sadie’s small world was built around adherence to rules—and keeping quiet was one of them. “There was no love or support,” she says. “We didn’t feel that we had anywhere to go to say anything.”

….It wasn’t until now that Sadie decided to speak up, to reveal the darkness beneath the bucolic surface of her childhood. She’s tired of keeping quiet.

Over the past year, I’ve interviewed nearly three dozen Amish people, in addition to law enforcement, judges, attorneys, outreach workers, and scholars. I’ve learned that sexual abuse in their communities is an open secret spanning generations. Victims told me stories of inappropriate touching, groping, fondling, exposure to genitals, digital penetration, coerced oral sex, anal sex, and rape, all at the hands of their own family members, neighbors, and church leaders.

….In my reporting, I identified 52 official cases of Amish child sexual assault in seven states over the past two decades. Chillingly, this number doesn’t begin to capture the full picture. Virtually every Amish victim I spoke to—mostly women but also several men—told me they were dissuaded by their family or church leaders from reporting their abuse to police or had been conditioned not to seek outside help (as Sadie put it, she knew she’d just be “mocked or blamed”). Some victims said they were intimidated and threatened with excommunication. Their stories describe a widespread, decentralized cover-up of child sexual abuse by Amish clergy.

“We’re told that it’s not Christlike to report,” explains Esther*, an Amish woman who says she was abused by her brother and a neighbor boy at age 9. “It’s so ingrained. There are so many people who go to church and just endure.”

….There’s no one reason for the sexual abuse crisis in Amish Country. Instead, there’s a perfect storm of factors: a patriarchal and isolated lifestyle in which victims have little exposure to police, coaches, or anyone else who might help them; an education system that ends at eighth grade and fails to teach children about sex or their bodies; a culture of victim shaming and blaming; little access to the technology that enables communication or broader social awareness; and a religion that prioritizes repentance and forgiveness over actual punishment or rehabilitation. Amish leaders also tend to be wary of law enforcement, preferring to handle disputes on their own.

….When the police and social workers later showed up on her doorstep, most likely after being tipped off by a local non-Amish person, Abner told authorities that “things which we were speaking about had been brought up and dealt with in the church,” according to a police detective’s notes. He also silenced his daughters. “You say nothing,” Sadie and another relative remember him demanding.

….It’s common for Amish victims to be viewed by the community as just as guilty as the abuser—as consenting partners committing adultery, even if they’re children. Victims are expected to share responsibility and, after the church has punished their abuser, to quickly forgive. If they fail to do so, they’re the problem.

When the rare case does end up in court, the Amish overwhelmingly support the abusers, who tend to appear with nearly their entire congregations behind them, survivors and law enforcement sources say. This can compound the trauma of speaking out. “We’ve had cases where there’ll be 50 Amish people standing up for the offender and no one speaks for the victim,” says Stedman.

….Lizzie’s is not the only account of an Amish victim being taken to an alleged “mental health” facility staffed by Amish or Mennonites (a similar, although typically less strict, group) that provides Bible-based counseling—and, in many cases, is not state licensed. Several years ago, Esther was sent to a facility for “counseling” after she tried to seek help for another Amish woman who was being sexually assaulted. When she protested, church leaders threatened to excommunicate her permanently.

No one would tell her why she was there. Instead, she was pressured to sign papers that would allow staff to communicate directly with her ministers, she says (she eventually gave in and signed). “From the first evening, they wanted to put me on medication,” she recalls. She said no, since “a lot of these people who get stuck in these facilities come home drugged and no longer have a life. They’re zombies.” (She’s aware of about 30 other Amish sexual assault victims, including two of her sisters, who have been sent away to such facilities.)

….Still, as more and more women start to come forward, an ecosystem has also risen up to help them. Two years ago, Lizzie, who has long since left the Amish, and another former Amish woman named Dena Schrock launched Voices of Hope, a group for abused women. Lizzie met Sadie at one such gathering, and they’re now friends.

Others find solidarity in The Plain People’s Podcast, a show launched in 2018 that features stories of Amish and Mennonite sexual abuse. Jasper Hoffman, a former Mennonite and the podcast’s cohost, says she receives “hundreds of messages” from people wanting to share stories or get help reporting an abuser.

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a30284631/amish-sexual-abuse-incest-me-too/

Jeffrey Epstein used database to keep track of his ‘numerous’ victims
By Priscilla DeGregory and Gabrielle Fonrouge January 15, 2020

Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein kept a harem of abused and trafficked girls as young as 11 that was so large he needed a computer system to keep track of them, according to a new lawsuit filed Wednesday against his estate.

The civil lawsuit, filed by Virgin Islands’ Attorney General Denise George, also alleges Epstein abused victims on his private Caribbean islands, Little Saint James and Great St. James, as recently as 2019 — expanding the scope of his abuse by 14 years.

“Epstein used his wealth and power to create the Epstein Enterprise which engaged in a pattern of criminal activity in the Virgin Islands by repeatedly procuring and subjecting underage girls and young women to unlawful sexual conduct, sex trafficking and forced labor,” the lawsuit reads. “This complaint describes intentional conduct so egregious, persistent, and injurious that it shocks the conscience and offends a civilized society.”

The lawsuit reiterates much of what’s already known about Epstein’s alleged decades of abuse but brings to light a new detail on how he used computer databases to keep track of his victims, and how his private islands were the “perfect hideaway and haven” for trafficking and abusing young women and underage girls….

“As recent as 2018, air traffic controllers and other airport personnel reported seeing Epstein leave his plane with young girls, some of whom appeared to be between the age of 11 and 18 years,” the papers say.

The suit argues Epstein ran a decades-long sex trafficking scheme from his private Caribbean estates where minors were “lured and recruited” to travel by helicopter, plane and boat to the islands under fradulent promises and were then raped and abused by Epstein and his associates, the papers say.

Epstein promised the girls modeling contracts or told them they’d be paid “substantially” to provide massages — a ruse that brought the victims close to Epstein, who’d then pressure and coerce them into engaging in sex acts, the suit states.

https://nypost.com/2020/01/15/jeffrey-epstein-used-database-to-keep-track-of-his-numerous-victims/

Survivorship announces the speakers at their Survivorship Ritual Abuse and Mind Control 2020 Conference – Dr. Randy Noblitt and Pamela Perskin Noblitt, Dr. Karol Darsa, Neil Brick and Cristina Mardirossian, LMFT

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif., Jan. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The regular conference will be on Saturday and Sunday May 16 – 17, 2020 and the Clinician’s Conference is Friday May 15, 2020.

https://survivorship.org/ritual-abuse-and-mind-control-2020-conference/

The conference will be at the Reconnect Integrative Trauma Treatment Center in Pacific Palisades, California.

This conference provides attendees the opportunities to learn about severe abuse research and resources.

Conference Speakers will include:

Dr. Karol Darsa will speak about the 5 Common Mistakes in Trauma Treatment – She will discuss how trauma treatment is becoming one of the top areas to specialize in and how it is important to have proper training to work with unprocessed trauma to achieve good outcomes for clients. Dr. Karol Darsa, licensed psychologist and founder and executive director of Reconnect Integrative Trauma Treatment Center. She has about 20 years of clinical and administrative experience in trauma and mental health disorders.

Dr. Randy Noblitt and Pamela Perskin Noblitt will speak about Extreme Abuse Survivors, Social Security Benefits, and Ethical Practice – They will discuss how many trauma survivors have debilitating psychological and physical symptoms that prevent them from maintaining gainful employment. This workshop is intended to provide an introduction to SSA requirements for healthcare providers and survivors. Randy Noblitt is a clinical psychologist and professor of clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, Los Angeles. Pamela Perskin Noblitt is a non-attorney claimants representative for individuals applying for SSDI and SSI benefits.

Neil Brick will speak about Misinformation Campaigns Against Survivors. He will discuss how child and ritual abuse survivors and their advocates have been attacked by misinformation campaigns the last several years. Neil Brick is a survivor of ritual abuse and mind control. His child abuse and ritual abuse newsletter S.M.A.R.T. https://ritualabuse.us  has been published for over 24 years. http://neilbrick.com

Cristina Mardirossian, LMFT will discuss Identifying the Personality Systems of Mind Control Survivors and Trauma Treatment – She will talk about how therapists are increasingly starting to see that many of their clients have histories of complex and chronic abuse. Cristina Mardirossian is the owner and director of Pasadena Trauma Therapy, Inc. Cristina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Pasadena, CA.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/survivorship-announces-the-speakers-at-their-survivorship-ritual-abuse-and-mind-control-2020-conference—dr-randy-noblitt-and-pamela-perskin-noblitt-dr-karol-darsa-neil-brick-and-cristina-mardirossian-lmft-300988096.html

Did Jeffrey Epstein Kill Himself? , Harvey Weinstein charged with sex crimes – 80 women have accused him

January 7, 2020 § Leave a comment

Jeffrey Epstein
– “There were fractures of the left, the right thyroid cartilage and the left hyoid bone,” Baden said. “I have never seen three fractures like this in a suicidal hanging.”

“So Epstein’s taken off suicide watch, the day before he kills himself, his roommate is removed from the cell. The cameras on his tier are not working. The guards fell asleep. It seems almost impossible to think all of those things could happen in that way”

– Dr. Michael Baden: What I see here is that this noose doesn’t match the ligature furrow mark. It’s wider than this.
Sharyn Alfonsi: To the naked eye, it looks like there’s some blood here. And it doesn’t look like there’s any blood on this noose.

Dr. Michael Baden: That’s right. This looks like a clean noose that was never used to compress anybody’s neck.
Sharyn Alfonsi: There’s also something that’s striking about the photos. It— the wound is down here. You’d think if somebody hung themselves the wound would be maybe up here.
Dr. Michael Baden: Yes. Most hangings— especially free hangings the ligature slides up to beneath the— the jawbone, the mandible. Here it’s in the middle of the neck.

Harvey Weinstein
– Several women who have said they were harassed or assaulted by Weinstein insisted he was undeserving of sympathy, recounting his pattern of alleged serial sexual abuse and decrying the culture they said enabled him for far too long.... In all, more than 80 women have accused him of sexual misconduct going back decades

60 Minutes investigates the death of Jeffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein was a convicted sex offender and a wealthy financier with powerful friends. 60 Minutes examines the circumstances surrounding his death in a Manhattan federal jail cell. Warning: This report contains graphic images.
2020 Jan 05

In July 2019, Jeffrey Epstein, already a convicted sex offender, was arrested and charged with sex trafficking by federal prosecutors. On August 10, Epstein was found dead in his federal jail cell at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC).

The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Epstein’s death a suicide by hanging, but a forensic pathologist who observed the four-hour autopsy on behalf of Epstein’s brother, Mark, tells 60 Minutes the evidence released so far points more to murder than suicide in his view. Dr. Michael Baden’s key reason: the unusual fractures he saw in Epstein’s neck.

“There were fractures of the left, the right thyroid cartilage and the left hyoid bone,” Baden said. “I have never seen three fractures like this in a suicidal hanging.”

“Going over a thousand jail hangings, suicides in the New York City state prisons over the past 40-50 years, no one had three fractures,” Baden said….

Epstein was directing money to be deposited in other inmates’ commissary accounts in exchange for protection, sources say, because he feared for his life. But the government says Epstein was suicidal and made his first, failed suicide attempt weeks after he arrived at MCC….

Epstein was moved back to his old unit and assigned a new cellmate, but the night before his death, Epstein’s cellmate was released. According to court documents, “no new cellmate was assigned” before he died, even though he was required to have one.

That night, federal prosecutors say, “Epstein was escorted into his cell by Tova Noel at approximately 7:49 p.m.” Noel and Michael Thomas, the two guards who were working the overnight shift in Epstein’s unit, allegedly didn’t check on him again until “shortly after 6:30 a.m.” the next morning….

As 60 Minutes correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi told Lindsay in their interview, the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death seem almost unbelievable.

“So Epstein’s taken off suicide watch, the day before he kills himself, his roommate is removed from the cell. The cameras on his tier are not working. The guards fell asleep. It seems almost impossible to think all of those things could happen in that way,” Alfonsi said…..

Dr. Baden, the forensic pathologist hired by Epstein’s family, says the noose that was sketched and included in the autopsy report doesn’t appear to match the wounds on Epstein’s neck. And Baden says, the ligature mark was in the middle of Epstein’s neck, not beneath the jawbone, as one would expect in a hanging. Also puzzling to Baden is that Epstein would make a noose out of a bedsheet when wires and cords were present in his cell, as photographs show.

There are not any photos of Epstein’s body in his cell, Baden says – he was rushed to an emergency room after guard Michael Thomas found him. But Baden believes, based on the autopsy, Epstein had been dead for two hours by then and he says the scene should have been treated as a crime scene, leaving the body alone. Federal Bureau of Prisons protocol mandates a suicide scene should be treated with the “same level of protection as any crime scene in which a death has occurred.”….

And Baden said, at this point, he doesn’t have all the information needed to make a final conclusion. The Justice Department told the family, they say, that it won’t release the video pertaining to the case and additional forensic testing because of the ongoing criminal case against the two guards on duty the night of Epstein’s death….

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/did-jeffrey-epstein-kill-himself-60-minutes-investigates-2020-01-05/

Graphic Epstein autopsy photos on ’60 Minutes’ show bloodied neck and noose
[Yahoo Entertainment]
Stephen Proctor
January 6, 2020

On Sunday night, 60 Minutes took a deep dive into Jeffrey Epstein’s death, which included pictures from inside his cell after his hanging, and graphic photos from the autopsy.

Epstein’s death last August was ruled a suicide, but his autopsy photos tell a different story according to former New York City Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Baden, who observed the autopsy at the behest of Epstein’s family. The photos from inside Epstein’s cell show bed sheets fashioned into two nooses. Photos from the autopsy show a thin, bloodied line across the middle of Epstein’s throat. It’s these images that don’t add up to suicide in Baden’s mind.

60 Minutes reviewed hundreds of graphic photographs from the autopsy of Jeffrey Epstein and inside his cell. Here are the known facts. **This video contains graphic images that some viewers may find disturbing.**https://t.co/oVeiCRd8A6 pic.twitter.com/QOwq8Eqiah

— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) January 6, 2020

“This noose doesn’t match the ligature furrow mark. It’s wider than this,” Baden said, later adding, “Most hangings, especially free hangings, the ligature slides up to beneath the jawbone, the mandible. Here it’s in the middle of the neck.”

It was also pointed out the noose in the cell appeared to not have any blood on it, and there were electrical wires in the cell that would have worked much better for anyone wanting to commit suicide.

60 Minutes also showed a picture of Epstein’s broken hyoid bone, a small bone in the neck. According to Baden, this is another indicator that Epstein did not kill himself.

“I have never seen three fractures like this in a suicidal hanging,” Baden said, adding, “Going over over a thousand jail hangings, suicides, in the New York state prisons over the past 40, 50 years, no one had three fractures.”

Baden’s conclusion will only fuel the conspiracy theory that Epstein, a convicted sex offender who was associated with some of the world’s most powerful people like President Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton, was murdered. But the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office stands by its ruling, and despite what some may glean from the autopsy photos, others wholeheartedly disagree with Baden…..

But Dr. Baden says that noose, and the wounds on Jeffrey Epstein’s neck, don’t appear to match.

Sharyn Alfonsi: What do you see when you see these two things together?

Dr. Michael Baden: What I see here is that this noose doesn’t match the ligature furrow mark. It’s wider than this.

Sharyn Alfonsi: To the naked eye, it looks like there’s some blood here. And it doesn’t look like there’s any blood on this noose.

Dr. Michael Baden: That’s right. This looks like a clean noose that was never used to compress anybody’s neck.

Sharyn Alfonsi: There’s also something that’s striking about the photos. It— the wound is down here. You’d think if somebody hung themselves the wound would be maybe up here.

Dr. Michael Baden: Yes. Most hangings— especially free hangings the ligature slides up to beneath the— the jawbone, the mandible. Here it’s in the middle of the neck.

Dr. Baden says a wound straight across the neck is more common when a victim is strangled by a wire or cord.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/graphic-epstein-autopsy-photos-on-60-minutes-show-bloodied-neck-and-noose-084433655.html

Harvey Weinstein charged with sex crimes in Los Angeles
The charges come on the eve of jury selection in a criminal trial against Weinstein in New York, where he has been charged with felony sexual assault.
New charges against Harvey Weinstein as trial gets underway
January 6, 2020

By Andrew Blankstein, Diana Dasrath and Daniel Arkin

LOS ANGELES — Harvey Weinstein, the former film mogul whose alleged pattern of sexual abuse fueled the #MeToo movement, was charged in Los Angeles on Monday with sexually assaulting two women, according to the Los Angeles district attorney.

The charges come on the eve of jury selection in a criminal trial against Weinstein in New York, where he has been charged with felony sexual assault.

Weinstein is being charged in Los Angeles with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents on two consecutive days in February 2013, the district attorney’s office said. An attorney for one of the women, only identified as Jane Doe 1, told NBC News in a statement that she has been working with the authorities for two years.

“She is thankful for their collective work that has resulted in these criminal charges against Weinstein,” attorney Dave Ring said. “She values her privacy, but will do what is necessary to obtain justice for what Weinstein did to her in 2013.”

The woman alleges that she attended a film festival on February 17, 2013, in which Weinstein was also in attendance. She claims that Weinstein knocked at her door after she returned to her hotel and spoke to her briefly inside the room.

Weinstein then allegedly forced himself on her and raped her, according to her lawyer’s statement.

“We believe the evidence will show that the defendant used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and then commit violent crimes against them,” District Attorney Jackie Lacey said, adding that prosecutors were recommending bail be set at $5 million.

If convicted as charged, Weinstein faces up to 28 years in state prison. He has denied all accusations of nonconsensual sexual activity.

Weinstein accusers gather outside courthouse: ‘He put #MeToo on the map’

Lacey’s office has been reviewing as many as nine alleged sexual assault cases against him, as NBC News has previously reported. The cases are being reviewed by the office’s entertainment sex crimes task force…..

The news of the charges came just hours after Rose McGowan, Rosanna Arquette and other women who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct rallied near a New York City courthouse as he arrived for the first day of his criminal trial.

Later, Arquette, McGowan and 23 other women who reported Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct to authorities released a statement praising prosecutors….

But across the street, several women who have said they were harassed or assaulted by Weinstein insisted he was undeserving of sympathy, recounting his pattern of alleged serial sexual abuse and decrying the culture they said enabled him for far too long….

Weinstein faces charges that he raped a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on another woman in 2006. The activity in the courtroom Monday was largely procedural before proceedings were adjourned for the day, with jury selection expected to begin Tuesday.

In all, more than 80 women have accused him of sexual misconduct going back decades, but the New York criminal trial centers on allegations from just two women. The allegations first came to light more than two years ago in investigative reports published by The New York Times and The New Yorker….

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/harvey-weinstein-accusers-rally-outside-courthouse-criminal-trial-begins-n1111246

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