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Asia Argento 'accused of sexual assault'

Asia Argento 'accused of sexual assault'

Entertainment
One of the leading figures in the #MeToo movement has reportedly been accused of sexual assault herself.Italian actress Asia Argento was one of the first to speak out against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.The New York Times reports that legal documents, which the BBC has not seen, show she paid a former co-star $ 380,000 after he alleged she had assaulted him in a California hotel room in 2013.A lawyer for Ms Argento declined to comment on the allegations.Her accuser, Jimmy Bennett was just 17 at the time. The age of consent in California is 18.Ms Argento would have been 37 at the time of the encounter. What has #MeToo actually changed? Has #MeToo divided women? Mr Bennett says in the documents that the encounter traumatised h...
'Shocking' level of sexual harassment at music festivals

'Shocking' level of sexual harassment at music festivals

Entertainment
Nearly half of female festival goers (43%) under 40 say they have faced unwanted sexual behaviour at a music festival, a new survey suggests.Overall, 22% of all festival goers have faced assault or harassment, rising to 30% of women overall.The most common forms were unwelcome and forceful dancing and verbal sexualised harassment.YouGov surveyed 1,188 festival goers. The poll also suggested only 2% of such incidents were reported to police.Earlier this year, separate data released in the Crime Survey for England and Wales in February showed more than 80% of victims of sexual assault did not report it to police.Those statistics also revealed that one in five women had experienced some form of sexual assault since they turned 16.Th...
The sexual harassment of flight attendants is a massive problem

The sexual harassment of flight attendants is a massive problem

Finance
OVER the past year, there have been myriad stories in the press about airlines mistreating passengers. Last April David Dao, a passenger on a domestic United Airlines flight from Chicago to Louisville, was violently dragged off the plane to accommodate crew for another flight. This month United hit the headlines again when a Nigerian passenger accused it of racial discrimination after she was thrown off a flight. But among the sea of shocking headlines about how flight crews abuse passengers, it is easy to forget that the reverse occurs far more frequently.A new study published earlier this month shows just how common the harassment of flight attendants by flyers is. The Association of Flight Attendants, the union representing American cabin crew, asked more than 3,500 flight attendants fr...
Coutts star banker in sexual harassment claims

Coutts star banker in sexual harassment claims

Business
A star banker at Coutts, the private bank used by the Queen, is at the centre of a series of complaints about sexual harassment. Harry Keogh was accused of lewd comments, heavy drinking and unwanted physical contact.According to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report, following an internal investigation, the chief executive recommended that he leave the bank.Although he received a final written warning, Mr Keogh is still at Coutts.A Coutts spokesperson said: "When allegations of inappropriate behaviour were made in relation to a particular team within the bank in 2015, an investigation was conducted into those concerns. "The investigation found that within that team, standards had fallen below what we regarded as acceptable. Decisive disciplinary action was taken as a result. "According to th...
Hoffman faces more sexual misconduct allegations

Hoffman faces more sexual misconduct allegations

Entertainment
US actor Dustin Hoffman is facing more claims of sexual misconduct as two women make new allegations.Playwright Cori Thomas claims the now 80-year-old star exposed himself to her when she was 16, dropping his towel in front of her after she had dinner with him and his daughter.She told Variety she came to know Mr Hoffman as a classmate of his daughter, and was invited into a hotel room with him after the three of them had dinner.Ms Thomas explained he had a shower after his daughter left, and came out wearing a towel, which he dropped in front of her, exposing himself.He then put on a dressing gown and asked her to massage his feet.He is accused of repeatedly asking Ms Thomas if she wanted to see him naked again.Variety also spoke to a woman called Melissa Kester, who claims the veteran Ho...