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One of two men suspected of rape at Chelsea house party arrested

One of two men suspected of rape at Chelsea house party arrested

Police said that George Ballo acted with an accomplice in the Feb. 3 rape of a 25-year-old woman. Cops have nabbed a man they say raped a woman after following her into a bathroom at a Chelsea house party, officials said Sunday.

George Ballo, 26, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday for the rape of the 25-year-old victim, police said.

Ballo and another man still on the loose followed the woman into a bathroom during a party at an apartment in the Fulton Houses on W. 17th St. and Ninth Ave. early on Feb. 3, according to authorities.

Inside the bathroom, Ballo and his accomplice allegedly raped the woman and left her on the floor. The victim went to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. The woman was raped at a party at an apartment in the Fulton Houses on W. 17th St. and Ninth Ave. early on Feb. 3. Ballo was charged with rape and committing a criminal sex act, cops said. He was initially ordered held on $10,000 bond but then released without bail a day later.

Ballo, who lives on the Upper East Side, has 26 prior arrests on charges including criminal obstruction of breathing, obstructing a government official and sale of […]

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Patrick Demarchelier, Princess Diana’s personal photographer, accused of sexual assault

Patrick Demarchelier, Princess Diana’s personal photographer, accused of sexual assault

Patrick Demarchelier has been accused of sexual misconduct by six models and his former photo assistant. Patrick Demarchelier, the photographer best known for the famous photo of Princess Diana in a strapless gown and tiara, has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women.

Demarchelier was named by six models and a former assistant in a Boston Globe exposé about the fashion industry, which also named sylists, directors and agents.

The 74-year-old photographer’s former assistant claims he began harassing her when she was 19. Eventually, she told the Globe, she submitted to him, fearing professional repercussions. Stars accused of sexual harassment and assault “It hurts my heart so much to think of how many girls, many my own daughter’s age who have had to fend off or give in to his advances because I didn’t speak up at the time,” she wrote in an email to a modeling group.

“I remember many test shoots with teenage girls where Patrick’s team of assistants (including me) was dismissed for the day only to find naked photos of the girl in the darkroom the next day.”

Six other women accused him of assault and harassment, including groping. One claimed her offered to make her famous if […]

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Suspect charged in woman’s rape, second man sought

Suspect charged in woman’s rape, second man sought

The suspects Police arrested one man and are looking for the second person who raped a woman in the bathroom of a Manhattan apartment party.

George Ballo, 26, was busted on Wednesday night for sexually assaulting the 25-year-old woman at a party at the Fulton Houses on West 17th Street near Ninth Avenue in Chelsea, cops said.

Ballo, of Manhattan, was one of two men who allegedly followed the woman into the bathroom around 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 3 and raped her, police said. The pair then left the apartment together, with their victim still lying on the bathroom floor.

Ballo was charged with rape and criminal sex act. Police are still searching for the woman’s second attacker.

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Somerset County court for Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2017

SKOWHEGAN — Closed cases for Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2017, in Skowhegan District Court and Somerset County Superior Court.

Christopher J. Martin, 42, of Pittsfield, was found not guilty of domestic violence assault and two counts violating condition of release, March 14, 2017, in Pittsfield.

Dennis M. Bare, 55, of Kingfield, driving to endanger June 23, 2016, in Fairfield; $575 fine, 30-day license suspension; operating under the influence, same date and town, dismissed.

Anthony Bevans, 52, of North Anson, operating ATV on public way Oct. 7, 2017, in Pleasant Ridge Plantation; $100 fine.

Kassandra Brown, 23, of Fairfield, violating condition of release Sept. 12, 2017, in Fairfield, dismissed.

Jose M. Burgos, 39, of Skowhegan, unlawful possession of heroin and two counts unlawful possession of scheduled drug May 9, 2017, in Skowhegan, dismissed.James R. Collins, 37, of Moscow, Tennessee, negotiating a worthless instrument June 20, 2017, in Bingham; $150 fine; negotiating a worthless instrument June 20, 2017, in Bingham; $150 fine; negotiating a worthless instrument Aug. 26, 2017, in Bingham; $150 fine; negotiating a worthless instrument Aug. 27, 2017, in Bingham; $150 fine.Kaylee J. Cowan, 24, of Skowhegan, disorderly conduct, loud unreasonable noise Nov. 26, 2017, in Fairfield; 12-hour jail sentence.John Currier, 64, of Embden, attaching […]

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Man arrested after exchange of gunfire with Perth Amboy police

Man arrested after exchange of gunfire with Perth Amboy police

Facebook PERTH AMBOY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey man was arrested after an exchange of gunfire with police officers in which no one was injured.

The Middlesex County prosecutor’s office says police in Perth Amboy were trying to arrest a 21-year-old suspect Thursday night in a shooting earlier in the day.

Perth Amboy police reported that as four city detectives approached, the suspect opened fire. Officers exited the vehicle and identified themselves as police officers, and some returned fire. No one was struck in the exchange of gunfire.

The prosecutor’s office says 21-year-old Isaiah Peralta is charged with four counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault, firearms and drug charges as well as charges in the earlier shooting.

It’s unclear whether Peralta has an attorney; a listed number for him couldn’t be found Saturday.

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A&E’s biography of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs confuses FLDS with LDS

A&E’s biography of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs confuses FLDS with LDS

(Trent Nelson | Tribune file photo) Handcuffed and flanked by Las Vegas Metro PD SWAT officers, FLDS leader Warren Jeffs appears before Judge James M. Bixler in the Clark County Regional Justice Center on Aug. 31, 2006. Jeffs is the head of the FLDS Church. He was convicted of child sexual assault and is serving a life-plus-20-years sentence in a Texas prison. And the hourlong show includes information about his family life as he was growing up.

It’s not like there’s any ill intent. This is one of the oldest tricks in the documentary-maker’s book — you show a famous landmark to establish where you are, such as the Eiffel Tower for Paris, the Colosseum for Rome or the Gateway Arch for St. Louis. (Chris Detrick | Tribune file photo) Temple Square is pictured during the 186th LDS General Conference in Salt Lake City in 2016. This is purely anecdotal, but in my experience there are plenty of people who think that the LDS Church still practices polygamy. Throughout the run of the HBO series “Big Love,” I heard from a lot of people who thought the characters in that series were both polygamists and Mormons, despite the fact that […]

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Porn industry reckons with assault allegations and a string of deaths

Porn industry reckons with assault allegations and a string of deaths

(Amanda Lopez | The Washington Post) Tasha Reign is chairwoman of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee, which is trying to create more guidelines for what’s acceptable in an industry rocked by sexual assault scandals and the recent deaths of five performers. The display is a tolerated tradition that goes back decades. But this year a few things were different at the AVN Awards, held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

Ron Jeremy, one of the biggest names in the industry to be accused of sexual assault, was banned from the proceedings. So the usual assortment of post-party photos featuring his hands placed as human lingerie — he has called himself "a groper" — was absent. Although the trade show’s zero-tolerance policy on harassment landed last year — long before recent sexual harassment scandals rocked Hollywood — this year it required participants to sign the policy, a clear response to the #MeToo movement . Moves like this have some in the industry peacocking, especially as crosstown rival Hollywood has been hammered over its lack of gender equality. "If you look at the recent AVN nominations for director of the year, nearly half of the names were women," says […]

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‘Spin the bottle’ and a kegerator: #MeToo movement lawmaker faces new allegations

‘Spin the bottle’ and a kegerator: #MeToo movement lawmaker faces new allegations

SAN FRANCISCO — New misconduct allegations have been leveled against California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia — the high-profile #MeToo movement activist under investigation herself for alleged sexual harassment — including a claim that Garcia urged staffers to play “spin the bottle” after a political fundraiser.

David John Kernick has filed a formal complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing claiming he was dismissed from his job in Garcia’s district office for questioning the propriety of asking staffers to play the game.

Kernick, 38, who worked for the assemblywoman for five months in 2014, described to POLITICO an evening of heavy drinking in which Garcia ended up sitting on a hotel room floor with about half-dozen people — including her staffers and at least one male friend — and prompted them to play a game that results in participants kissing each other.

“It was definitely uncomfortable,’’ said Kernick, adding that the assemblywoman’s suggestion was met with discomfort and then ignored. “But I realized it’s different for a man than for a woman….you know it’s inappropriate, but at the same time you may wonder, ‘how many women do you work for that act like that?’ You think…’maybe she’s just really cool.’’’

“It muddies […]

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Emma Watson donates £1million to anti-sexual harassment campaign as actresses join forces on BAFTAs red carpet to back ‘Time’s Up’

Emma Watson donates £1million to anti-sexual harassment campaign as actresses join forces on BAFTAs red carpet to back ‘Time’s Up’

ACTRESS Emma Watson donated £1million to victims of sexual harassment.

The sizeable donation coincided with the planned female solidarity against sexism at tonight’s BAFTAs ceremony . Getty Images – Getty Actress Emma Watson has handed £1million to victims of sexual harassment The Harry Potter star’s donation follows the publication of an open letter backed by more than 200 high-profile females in showbusiness published in The Observer .

The open letter read: "More than half of all women, and nearly two-thirds of women aged 18 to 24, say they have experienced sexual harassment at work.

"One in five women in England and wales have experienced some type of sexual assault after the age of 16.

"This should not be tolerated and cannot and should not be our norm. We can do better than this." The actress was one of the first to speak out about sexual harassment in the immediate aftermath of Harvey Weinstein allegations Splash News Emma with the disgraced movie mogul in 2011 leaving Mahiki nightclub in London The sum will be handed to the recently launched Justice and Equality Fund, which aims to provide support and projects across the UK for victims of sexual harassment.

The signatories – who opted to wear […]

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Mum begged French Brady and Hindley to reveal details of daughter’s 1990 murder

Mum begged French Brady and Hindley to reveal details of daughter’s 1990 murder

IT was the hardest letter that Pauline Murrell would ever write.

She was asking France’s Myra Hindley for the truth about how her daughter was murdered. PA:Press Association Joanna Parrish was murdered in 1990 in Burgundy in eastern France Twenty years earlier, a fisherman had found the battered and naked body of Pauline’s daughter, British student Jo Parrish, in a river 100 miles south of Paris .

Local investigators were convinced that language student Jo had been lured and then murdered by a depraved husband and wife, dubbed the French Hindley and Brady, who were jailed for life a decade ago.

Just like Myra Hindley and Ian Brady in the Sixties in Manchester, SHE hunted down young victims for HIM to rape and kill.

But French detectives had lost key DNA evidence against Monique Olivier and Michel Fourniret, and without a confession the evil pair could not be brought to justice for Jo’s killing. Getty Jo’s parents, who split up around the time of Jo’s death, feared they would never learn the truth So, in a three-page letter, Pauline pleaded to evil Olivier — a mother with three children of her own — to reveal what happened to Jo in 1990.

Despite her anguish […]

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