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Russell Simmons accused of sexual assault by more women

More women have come forward to accuse music producer Russell Simmons of sexual assault and harassment. The New York Times has reported the stories of three women who have accused him of raping them between 1988-2014. And the Los Angeles Times has posted accounts from a further five women, including one allegation of rape. The Def Jam Records co-founder stepped down from his companies in November. He said he “vehemently denies all these allegations”. He added: “These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations…

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The Sweet Spot: That Age-Old Question: How Much Sexual History Should I Share?

The Sweet Spot By CHERYL STRAYED and STEVE ALMOND The “Dear Sugars” podcast is an advice program hosted by Steve Almond and Cheryl Strayed. The audio contains more letters; submissions are welcome at dearsugars@nytimes.com. If you’re reading this on desktop, click the play button below to listen. Mobile readers can find “Dear Sugars” on the Podcasts app (iPhone and iPad) or Radio Public (Android and tablet). Dear Sugars, When is “not telling” lying? I’m 32 and engaged to a man I’ve been with for nearly three years. I love him…

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Fashion models expose sexual harassment

The fashion industry is failing to deal with the problem of sexual harassment, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told. In the UK, professional agencies represent about 12,000 models. Here are some of their stories. Marissa “One example I can think of was for a jeans brand. I turned up at the shoot, got the clothes on, got my make-up done, and then the make-up artist then left and I was left with the photographer. “And we did the shoot and I went to the bathroom for a break….

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Tracee Ellis Ross uses a children's book to explain sexual harassment

Whenever a celebrity is asked to fill in as host on a major talk show, it’s important they leave their mark. And Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross did just that on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, US time, when she presented a Dr Seuss-style children’s book to explain sexual harassment to viewers. The book, called The Handsy Man uses rhymes and colourful pictures to explain that yes, the bar for harassment isn’t as high as many people think. ‘There is a guy, with ten long fingers …’ actress and comedian Tracee Ellis Ross…

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Paris Hilton on sexual assaults in Hollywood

On her umpteenth visit to Australia this week, Paris Hilton opened up about sexual harassment in Hollywood. Knowing the celebrity scene like the back of her hand having been famous for the best part of two decades, the sunglasses-clad hotel heiress, 36, seemed unfazed by the recent wave of revelations when speaking to Fairfax Media on the pink carpet of her 23rd perfume, Rose Rush, at The Flamingo Lounge in King’s Cross. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Private Sydney: The woman behind Don Burke Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 02:22 More Entertainment News…

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How university colleges are breeding the sexual predators of tomorrow

Continuing this year’s theme of ‘throw all men into the sea’, the results of a review into sexual harassment and assault at the University of Sydney’s residential colleges have been released and the outlook is officially bleak. The review, led by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick and featuring a 69 per cent participation rate across all five colleges, found 32 per cent of women living on college campuses have experienced sexual harassment, with 6 per cent surviving attempted or actual sexual assault. In the vast majority of cases, this harassment…

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