Today’s Lady News: NYPD Cops Deny Raping Drunk Woman

  • The closing argument by the defense in the trial of two NYPD police officers — one who is accused of raping a drunk East Village woman while his partner napped — gives me the skeevies. You can read all about the case here. In the closing arguments, the lawyers for Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata insinuated the alleged victim was a golddigger because she’s seeking a $57 million settlement. “Fifty-seven million — that’s a lot of money,” lawyer Edward Mandery said. “She knows she may never have to work for the rest of her life.” He also called into question the victim’s testimony: she remembers being penetrated from behind, but she was in and out of consciousness while the alleged rape happened. “It’s very dangerous to rely upon the testimony of someone who doesn’t have a clear memory, who doesn’t have an accurate memory,” Mandery said. While I understand the lawyer’s point (and understand his lawyerly reasons for making that point), I friggin’ hate how he is casting doubt on the alleged rape victims story. Rape victims struggle hard enough already to be taken seriously. [Village Voice]

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Cheapskate: 10 Cool Cross-Body Bags Under $50

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It’s biking weather once again (finally!), which means it’s time to break out our handy-for-riding cross-body bags. But even if you’re not a speed cyclist, cross-body bags make a lot of sense: they’re essentially hands-free, if you’ve got other stuff to carry, and especially theft-safe, which is a real plus when you’ve got packed public transportation or manage crowded streets. After the jump, we’ve found 10 cross-body bags, big and small, to make your summer easy-breezy.

January Jones Says Long-Distance Didn’t Work For Her And Jason Sudeikis

“The long distance kind of petered us out. When you date someone else who’s in the industry, someone has to make the sacrifices. And if no one’s willing to, then you just have to be friends.”

January Jones is on the cover of the June issue of Allure, and inside the magazine talks about why her relationship with Jason Sudeikis didn’t work out. We say big boo to that. We were rooting for those two. [Allure]

Then again, January says dating someone out of the industry has complications, too. Her thought on that after the jump. Keep reading »

The Fine Art Of “The Office”

A genius promotional photo for NBC’s “The Office” features Pam, Jim, and the gang channeling Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Do they really all want to hang out on a Sunday afternoon? I’m not buying that. More important question: who will lead them in the office on Monday? I, for one, can’t wait to find out. [The Daily What] Keep reading »

We See Chick Flicks: “Bill Cunningham New York”

Starring Bill Cunningham, Anna Wintour, Annette de la Renta, Iris Apfel, Tom Wolf, Kim Hastreiter, Patrick McDonald, Michael Kors

I know a woman whose life possibly peaked when she was snapped by The Sartorialist. Me? I’m gunning to catch the eye of Bill Cunningham from The New York Times‘s Sunday Style section, who has been photographing street style since Scott Schumann and Garance Doré were but eggs in their mothers’ wombs. Bill Cunningham, who turned 80 while the documentary “Bill Cunningham New York” was being filmed, dropped out of Harvard in the late 1940s and began working as a milliner, making hats for New York City’s elite. Then a friend handed him a camera and Bill’s eye for style bloomed. Now he’s the beloved street style photographer — a cultural anthropologist, really — for the Times. As someone — perhaps Anna Wintour — says in “Bill Cunningham New York,” while everyone else who works in fashion is standing inside the tents during Fashion Week snapping pics of celebrities, Bill Cunningham is outside on the sidewalk taking photographs of the regular people. Keep reading »

All Up In The Upfronts: The Shows We’re Most Excited For, Part 2

Thirteen is technically an unlucky number. But at their upfront presentation this morning, ABC announced that’s the magic number of new shows they will be premiering in the fall and winter. There’s some fun-looking stuff on the lineup, too, from the much hyped reboot of “Charlie’s Angels” to the return of James van der Beek to network television. More after the jump. Keep reading »

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