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R Kelly: Singer charged with sexual offences in Chicago

R Kelly: Singer charged with sexual offences in Chicago

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Singer R Kelly has been charged on Friday with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, some involving underage victims, US media report.The R&B star, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has faced claims of sexual abuse against women and teenage girls for decades.He has never been convicted and has previously denied all the allegations.The 52-year-old is expected in court in Chicago, where he lives, on 8 March, which is International Women's Day.Prosecutors allege the abuse of four victims took place between 1998 and 2010 - three of the victims were aged 13 to 16 at the time of their reported assaults. On Thursday, two new women brought forward fresh allegations of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers in th...
UK film age rating rules get stricter for scenes of sexual violence

UK film age rating rules get stricter for scenes of sexual violence

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Under-15s will no longer be able to go to see films that depict rape and other sexual violence under new rules set by Britain's film ratings body.The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) surveyed more than 10,000 people and found it to be among parents' main concerns.Any film showing sexual violence will now get at least a 15 rating rather than a 12 or a 12A.The BBFC also wants its ratings to appear on all streaming services.BBFC chief executive David Austin said a film like Keira Knightley's 2008 drama The Duchess, which was classed as a 12 at the time, would be made a 15 today because it included a rape scene."What parents told us was, that's too much for 12-year-olds," he told BBC News. "It's enough that a 12-year-old k...
Kevin Spacey: Actor charged with sexual assault in Massachusetts

Kevin Spacey: Actor charged with sexual assault in Massachusetts

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US actor Kevin Spacey has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenager at a bar in Massachusetts.He will appear in court on 7 January over the incident, which allegedly occurred in Nantucket in July 2016.On Monday, Mr Spacey posted a video in which he appears to deny any wrongdoing while in character as Frank Underwood from House of Cards."I'm certainly not going to pay the price for the things I didn't do," he says in the clip."You wouldn't believe the worst without evidence, would you?" he asks. "You wouldn't rush to judgements without facts." How the Kevin Spacey story unfolded What has #MeToo actually changed? The alleged victim is the son of former television news presenter Heather Unruh, who spoke publicly about the inc...
Kevin Spacey charged with sexual assault as he posts cryptic 'darkest secrets' video

Kevin Spacey charged with sexual assault as he posts cryptic 'darkest secrets' video

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The Oscar-Winning actor has been charged with sexual assault after an alleged incident that occurred back in 2016.The Academy Award winner is alleged to have assaulted a teenage boy at a bar in Boston in Massachusetts.Michael O’Keefe, the Cape and Island district attorney in Massachusetts, said that the actor will appear at Nantucket District Court on January 7 on the charge of indecent assault and battery.Heather Unruh, the alleged victim’s mum claimed that Kevin repeatedly stuck his hand down the pants of her 18-year-old son. Related Articles The allegations were first made during a press conference in November 2017.As reports emerged, the 59-year-old took to Twitter sharing a video with his 4.51million followers called Let Me Be Frank.It is his first social media pos...
Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse

Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse

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Two mental health chatbot apps have required updates after struggling to handle reports of child sexual abuse.In tests, neither Wysa nor Woebot told an apparent victim to seek emergency help.The BBC also found the apps had problems dealing with eating disorders and drug use.The Children's Commissioner for England said the flaws meant the chatbots were not currently "fit for purpose" for use by youngsters."They should be able to recognise and flag for human intervention a clear breach of law or safeguarding of children," said Anne Longfield.Both apps had been rated suitable for children.Wysa had previously been recommended as a tool to help youngsters by an NHS Trust.Its developers have now promised an update will soon improve the...