In what has become an almost daily headline in the news, movie producer Harvey Weinstein finds himself facing another lawsuit from a woman accusing him of sexual misconduct. In New York federal court, British actress Kadian Noble filed a lawsuit against Weinstein accusing him of sex trafficking. In the lawsuit, Noble stated the allegations resulted from a meeting she had with Weinstein while in France in February 2014. According to Noble, in that meeting, which was held in Weinstein’s hotel room, he violated United States federal sex trafficking laws by sexually assaulting her in his hotel room.
According to the lawsuit, Weinstein used his influence in the film industry to force or coerce Noble into sexual activity due to his promising to use influence to help her land a role in one of his upcoming films. However, Weinstein has stated he has never had non-consensual sex with Noble or anyone else, and his spokespeople have also stated he has denied any and all allegations of non-consensual sex. Because of this, it’s important to note that the allegations have not been independently confirmed as of this time.
Considered a civil lawsuit, it seeks unspecified damages for Noble. And for those who wonder about the statute of limitations regarding these charges, federal law allows for a 10-year statute of limitations on sex trafficking charges. Also important to remember is that in this lawsuit, Harvey Weinstein is not the only party named. Noble named the Weinstein Company itself as well as Harvey’s brother Bob, whom Noble alleges was aware of Harvey’s activities in regards to forcing women into having non-consensual sex with him in exchange for movie roles. As of now, neither officials of the Weinstein Company nor Bob Weinstein himself have provided comments on the allegations nor the lawsuit.
As of now, more than 50 women around the world involved in various aspects of the entertainment industry have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, and police in London, Los Angeles, New York, and Beverly Hills are conducting investigations into allegations of sex trafficking, rape, and other related acts that could result in the filing of criminal charges against Weinstein. Due to the allegations, Harvey Weinstein has been fired from the Weinstein Company, resigned from the Directors Guild of America, and was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For additional information on this developing story, visit Reuters.
Allegations now exist from six former clerks for the 9th United States Circuit Court of Appeals regarding sexual harassment from judge Alex Kozinski.
The six accusers say that while performing duties for the San Francisco based court that sexual comments and behaviors resulting in feelings of discomfort were directed towards them by Judge Kozinski. Four of them women also requested to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation.
Judge Kozinski has denied the allegations and stated that he would never ‘do anything’ offensive to any employees. The judge expressed regret for any remarks made that may have offended anyone.
One accuser who did go on record in accusing Kozinski is Heidi Bond. Bond clerked for Kozinski for approximately a year beginning in 2006 and now authors romance novels under a pen name. The allegations made by Bond are that on three separate occasions she was summoned by Kozinski to his office and was shown pornography by the judge. Bond says the judge would then ask her questions such as did she think the videos were ‘digitally manipulated’ and if she was aroused by videos.
Emily Murphy clerked for another judge with the 9th circuit court and met Judge Kozinski in 2012. Murphy alleges that Kozinski overheard her making remarks about the gym in the courthouse being rarely used. In response to Murphy’s remarks, Kozinski suggested that she work on in the gym naked. Murphy says that she and two others taking part in the conversation attempted to redirect the conversation but Kozinski would not be deterred.
Another former clerk of Kozinski who wished to remain anonymous said that the judge had also shown her pornography and that he had also shown her a chart detailing the totality of the judge’s sexual conquests.
A former extern told media sources that while sitting at a table with Kozinski that the judge lifted a tablecloth to look at her legs.
Judge Kozinski received backlash in the past for what many believed to be a cavalier attitude toward issues pertaining to sexuality and humor. It was determined in 2008 that the judge had posted sexual materials to his personal website.
More about the allegations against Judge Alex Kozinski can be seen at the abajournal.
Tom Wolf, governor of Pennsylvania, signed a bill a few months back to allow ten mini-casinos to be established in Pennsylvania. This project is almost underway. Governor Wolf believes opening these casinos will help add money to the state budget. In one interview, Governor Wolf discussed using some of this money to assist veterans with their daily needs and to renovate inner-city housing establishments. Governor Tom Wolf hopes these ten gaming facilities will be up and running within the next 12 months.
There are currently 12 casinos in the state of Pennsylvania. The mini-casinos must be built at a minimum of 25+ miles from any of the 12 casinos. Investors do not see this as a problem because Pennsylvania is one of the Largest states in America. Each mini-casino will be allowed to have approximately 25 slot machines and several card tables. These mini-casinos are also expected to have a game room for children in order to make these establishments family-friendly.
In addition to investors, restaurant owners are happy about these new casinos. Several restaurant owners have already signed deals to have their food sold at these establishments. Many restaurant owners are expected to do the same thing over the next few months.
In addition to restaurant owners, entertainers are also signing contract deals with these new gaming establishments. Each establishment is expected to have live entertainment every night of the week.
The citizens of Pennsylvania are also thrilled about these establishments being built. The main reason for this is due to transportation. Though there are a number of casinos in Pennsylvania, most of these casinos are hours from busy Pennsylvania cities, and Pennsylvania has one of the highest rates of people who do not drive. Citizens will be able to take their local buses to the new gaming establishments, and Pennsylvania bus companies are expected to run daily specials to these facilities.