A standard traffic stop over a broken headlight turned into sexual abuse in Florida when a Lakeland police officer asked Zoe Brugger to lift up her shirt, pull her bra away from her chest, and shake it. He then decided that the first time had not been sufficient, so she was made to do it again. The best part?
He had literally no reason to have her do this. Keep reading »
The two iconic Italian fashion designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, were both found guilty this week of evading taxes on $1.3 billion in income. The case dates back to 2004 when the pair sold Dolce & Gabbana’s main two brands to a Luxembourg-based holding company. Prosecutors claimed that this was done to avoid paying taxes on the profit from the brands. It makes a lot of sense considering that corporate tax rates in Luxembourg are basically zero. Dolce and Gabbana have been sentenced pay a hefty fine and one year and eight months of jail time each, but this means essentially nothing in Italy. The two are allowed to appeal this verdict twice, which could take years. Even if they are forced to serve time, sentences that are less than two years are served under house arrest or community service. Keep reading »
An 18-year-old female student claims she was suspended from Bishop Burton College in the UK after she reported a sexual assault to the administration because her behavior had brought the college into “disrepute.”
The victim claimed that fellow students Stephen Johnson, 21; William Robinson, 22; and Thomas Price spoke to her outside a residence hall late one evening while she was drunk, then took her cell phone and keys and pushed her into a room where they allegedly sexually assaulted her. (CCTV shows that she was walking with her arm around Robinson.) Nevertheless, her roommate told Hull Crown Court, which is currently hearing the case, that the victim was heard shouting “Get off! Get out of my room!” After the alleged incident, the three men left the room laughing; Johnson and Robinson allegedly came to her later to apologize for hurting her.
The victim said when she reported the rape to Bishop Burton College, they told her she had brought the school “into disrepute by having sexual actions with a group of people.” Several days later, she was informed the school had “excluded” (suspended) her, as well as the three young men, over the incident. The school also sent her a letter saying she was suspended for “demeaning sexual action.” Forced by her family to explain why she was suspended from college, she told them about the sexual assault ; they urged her to report it to police (note: the school booted her out before she even reported it to police!). A police nurse found a bruise on the woman’s groin a full week later. Now, the three young men are facing a mix of charges including sexual assault by penetration, sexual assault, and rape. Keep reading »
I’ve written candidly about Mother’s Day and all the ways I think the commercialization of it fucks up our relationships with our moms. My own relationship with my mom has been easy because … well, she’s awesome. But my complex relationship to fatherhood makes both talking and writing about it difficult.
There are two people in my life that I call Dad – my biological father and my stepfather. I have very different relationships with each of them and writing about one without mentioning the other feels like a weird act of disloyalty. But this Father’s Day, I’m letting go of that and writing about redemption and it’s relationship to fatherhood.
My biological father has a colorful past; he talks openly and nostalgically about his time as a drug dealer and his stint in prison. I remember bits and pieces of it. One time when I was small, my mother took my sister and me and my brother to the prison to see him. We pressed our dirty, little hands against the impassable glass partition that separated us and talked over a black phone that connected the two sides of the glass. When my dad was released, my parents were separated and we were shuffled back and forth between them every other weekend. My parents were young when they had my twin sister and me — just 21 and 22. Now, having a brother who is 25 and a father, it puts into perspective what it must have been like for my dad to have kids at that age. Keep reading »
Early on Sunday morning, University of Houston Research Professor Alf Stefan Andersson was found dead on an apartment floor. The culprit was his girlfriend, Ana Trujillo, but this murder occurred in no ordinary fashion: he was bludgeoned to death with the heel of a stiletto. Keep reading »
After finding flirtatious texts that her boyfriend sent to another woman, Shena Moore took the all too familiar route of blaming the other woman and not her boyfriend for the transgression. Although this reaction is typical, Shena’s revenge plan, thankfully, is not. In something described by the victim Brittany Rager as “like being in a ‘Saw’ movie,” the alleged attack involved Shena; her father, Gerald Moore; her boyfriend, John Gulley (yeah, the one who sent the texts in the first place); and a pair of gardening shears.
The kicker? The two women have been friends since childhood and are so close that Brittany Rager referred to Shena’s father as “dad,” too. Keep reading »
It’s prank season and a student at Highland Park High School in the suburbs of Chicago pulled off a doozy. Last month, a kid allegedly poured hot sauce into the marinara sauce in the school’s cafeteria. Sounds standard enough, but this particularly brilliant specimen happened to use hot sauce so hot that it sent three staff members to the hospital after inhaling the potent fumes. According to the school’s representative, students and staff that had eaten the marinara or inhaled the fumes from the sauce reported symptoms including “coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and skin rashes.” Keep reading »
On Christmas Eve 2009, an escort named Lenora Ivie Frago refused to have sex with a client who hired her via Craigslist, so he pulled out a gun and shot her. Ezekiel Gilbert of Texas injured Frago in the neck, paralyzing her for seven months until she died.
Yesterday, a jury acquitted Gilbert of murder, because he said he was only trying to get back the $150 he had paid her. He didn’t intend to kill the 23-year-old escort when he shot her in the neck, you see. He was just trying to reclaim his stolen property! Keep reading »
Mark Carson, a 32-year-old gay man, was murdered on Friday night in a hate crime that has rocked New York City’s famously gay-friendly West Village.
Carson was shot in the head with a .38-caliber revolver by ex-con Elliot Morales, 33, who yelled numerous gay slurs before the shooting. He’s been charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime, menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon, according to NY1, and is being held without bail. Keep reading »