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Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer placed on administrative leave following sexual assault allegations

Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer placed on administrative leave
Umpires check the hat and glove of Trevor Bauer #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers for foreign substances after the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on June 28, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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Los Angeles Dodgers superstar pitcher Trevor Bauer on Friday was placed on a week-long administrative leave by Major League Baseball amid a criminal investigation of claims by a woman that Bauer sexually assaulted her in a brutal incident.

Bauer’s forced leave was announced on the same day President Joe Biden hosted the Dodgers at the White House to mark their World Series win last fall.

Bauer, who won the 2020 National League Cy Young Award, in February agreed to a three-year contract with the Dodgers that will could pay him $ 102 million, making him one of the highest-paid baseball players. He was next to due pitch on Sunday.

“MLB’s investigation into the allegations made against Trevor Bauer is ongoing. While no determination in the case has been made, we have made the decision to place Mr. Bauer on seven-day administrative leave effective immediately,” MLB said in a statement.

“MLB continues to collect information in our ongoing investigation concurrent with the Pasadena Police Department’s active criminal investigation. We will comment further at the appropriate time.”

This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

Author: Dan Mangan
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Edouardo Jordan's Restaurant Staff Quits After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Most of the staff at two restaurants run by Edouardo Jordan, an acclaimed chef in Seattle who has been celebrated with some of the industry’s top awards, quit on Sunday after an investigation by The Seattle Times surfaced 15 allegations against him of sexual misconduct or unwanted touching.

The two restaurants, JuneBaby and Salare, were closed on Sunday after the staff departures, according to The Seattle Times. A representative of Mr. Jordan confirmed on Monday that nearly all of the employees at both restaurants had resigned.

Attempts to reach Mr. Jordan by phone and email on Monday were unsuccessful. The representative said in an email that Mr. Jordan was “taking a step back” and “in a deep state of remorse for the pain he has caused former coworkers and restaurant staff.”

The Times investigation included five women who said that Mr. Jordan had groped or given them unwanted kisses from 2012 and 2017, and 10 women who described sexual comments or unwanted touching as recently as 2019. Four of the women said he had groped them at work.

In an Instagram post after the article was published, Mr. Jordan denied “many of the reported allegations” but said “each woman who shared her experience working with me has a voice that deserves to be heard.”

“I hold myself accountable if my actions ever made anyone feel disrespected, devalued or uncomfortable,” he said.

After stints at some of the United States’ top restaurants, including French Laundry, Per Se and the Herbfarm, Mr. Jordan received extensive praise for his restaurants in Seattle. JuneBaby, focused on foods of the American South, was named 2018’s Best New Restaurant at the James Beard Foundation awards, making Mr. Jordan the first African-American to win the prize.

At the same awards ceremony, he won Best Chef in the Northwest for Salare.

A week before The Seattle Times investigation was published, Mr. Jordan announced that Salare would be closing and that his two other restaurants, JuneBaby and Lucinda Grain Bar, would be merging, citing the economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Mr. Jordan’s representative said that there were plans for JuneBaby to reopen at some point.

Author: Daniel Victor and Jacey Fortin
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Boston Police Commissioner Is Fired After Domestic Violence Allegations Emerge

BOSTON — Kim Janey, Boston’s acting mayor, announced on Monday that she had terminated the city’s police commissioner, Dennis White, over allegations of domestic abuse that emerged in February, shortly after he was appointed to the job.

Ms. Janey has been trying to remove Mr. White since May, when an independent investigation detailed accusations by his former wife that he had hit and threatened to shoot her in 1999 when they were married. Another woman alleged that he had hit her.

Mr. White, who was placed on leave when the allegations emerged, has denied wrongdoing and vigorously fought his removal in court.

The standoff has pitted Ms. Janey, Boston’s first Black and female mayor, against its second Black police commissioner, who dismissed the allegations against him as false and tainted by racism.

On Monday, Ms. Janey said she rejected that argument.

“The disparate treatment of Black people in our country is a genuine concern, but let’s be clear: Racism is a burden carried by both men and women of color, and I will not turn a blind eye to domestic violence against Black women, or any women, for that matter,” she said.

She condemned Mr. White for failing to express remorse, and said that while he was on leave, he had tried to obstruct the investigation by lingering around Police Headquarters, which she said “fostered a climate of intimidation.”

To allow him to remain, she said, “would send a chilling message to victims of domestic violence, and reinforce a culture of fear and a blue wall of silence in our Police Department.”

Mr. White’s lawyer, Nick Carter, blasted the mayor’s decision, describing his client in a statement as “a Black man, falsely accused of crimes, not given a fair trial or hearing, and then convicted, or terminated which is the equivalent here.”

“This reflects an ugly pattern in our country,” Mr. Carter said, adding that Mr. White planned to file a civil rights claim against the city “to send a message that this kind of unlawful and harmful treatment must not be allowed to happen again to anyone.”

Friction with the city’s Police Department has dominated Ms. Janey’s first months as acting mayor, a high-profile tenure that she hopes will position her to win the office this fall. Mr. White was appointed by her predecessor, Martin J. Walsh, who left his seat to become secretary of labor.

Immediately after Mr. Walsh swore Mr. White in as police commissioner, The Boston Globe reported on a restraining order granted by a judge in 1999, after his wife at the time, also a Boston police officer, said he threatened to shoot her. The two divorced in 2001. Though the claims were the subject of an internal affairs investigation, he was neither disciplined nor charged with a crime.

Mr. Walsh abruptly placed Mr. White on leave, adding that “these disturbing issues were not known to me or my staff, but should have been at the forefront.” Mr. White has contradicted that claim, saying in a sworn affidavit that he told the former mayor about the restraining order.

The city’s investigation described widespread obstruction of the inquiry within the Police Department. Of 21 officials approached by the investigating lawyer, only seven agreed to talk. One retired officer said he got five phone calls from colleagues discouraging him from cooperating.

Ms. Janey said on Monday that she would impose new requirements on candidates for police leadership positions, requiring thorough vetting and background checks.

“The residents of Boston must have confidence the officers charged with enforcing laws are themselves people of integrity,” she said.

Policing is shaping up as a central issue in the race for mayor, in which three of the front-runners — Ms. Janey and City Councilors Michelle Wu and Andrea Campbell — have called for deeper cuts to the police budget. Another top candidate, City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George, has said she would increase police staffing and funding.

Author: Ellen Barry
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

Texas Capitol staffer drugging allegations likely fabricated

Texas Capitol staffer drugging allegations likely fabricated

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Department of Public Safety is revealing details behind its April investigation into claims made by a female Capitol staffer that she and another colleague were drugged by a lobbyist while out at an Austin club.

While the investigation ultimately concluded no crime had occurred, the DPS investigation file behind the claim is being released — and details include a web of missing memories, differing recollections and COVID-19 vaccinations.

KXAN is not naming those involved in the investigation, because no one was charged. Charges for the staffers weren’t mentioned by DPS either.

According to the investigation, Staffer #1 says on April 1, she [Staffer #1] and another female staffer [Staffer #2] went out with lobbyists from HillCo Partners to The Austin Club downtown. Staffer #1 says after being served drinks she and Staffer #2 hadn’t ordered, she (Staffer #1) began to feel intoxicated and eventually blacked out.

Staffer #1 told police she believed one of the lobbyists —or the club bartender in collaboration with the lobbyists — drugged her and Staffer #2’s drinks. She reported she made it home with the help of a different coworker and woke up the next morning extremely ill and believed herself to have been drugged. The hospital she says she went to, however, didn’t have the ability to test for these drugs.

Medical staff, according to the investigation, told Staffer #1 if she’d been slipped the drug, her signs would be indicative of an overdose. Investigators cite parts of the victim’s story were inconsistent and “much, if not all” of her account of the night was reconstructed to her by others.

When Staffer #1 contacted her colleague, she claims Staffer #2 said she’d gone to the hospital and tested positive for gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), a date-rape drug. However, during the investigation, a nurse manager at the emergency center Staffer #2 had gone to told investigators she couldn’t have tested positive for GHB, because they don’t test for it there. Staffer #2’s boyfriend also told investigators he drove her to a clinic to get a drug test, where she later sent a text message saying she’d tested positive for GHB. Investigators saw a screenshot of this text.

When she was interviewed, Staffer #2 said she’d been drugged, but elsewhere, she reportedly contradicted “most” information from Staffer #1 — including saying they’d gone to the hospital together. The interviewer also says he found her to be trying to allude to the lobbyist having a bad reputation. The interviewer said he ultimately found Staffer #2 to be “very deceptive.”

During the investigation, the bartender from The Austin Club was interviewed. While the bartender remembered the day and the two women, she told investigators nothing had been put in, and she did not have any prior relationship with the lobbyists.

Additionally, investigators say surveillance footage from a parking garage did not indicate abnormal behavior from either of the women. Witnesses of the night’s events also said nothing seemed suspicious about the night.

Infidelity?

What did come to light, investigators say, was that Staffer #2 had gone home with a male colleagues and stayed the night. She says she woke up fully clothed, and no allegations of any sort of sexual assault were ever made, however, investigators say she kept trying to divert them away from questioning her boyfriend about the incident, and they believe this is why.

Next, when investigators informed Staffer #1 about Staffer #2’s contradictory comments, Staffer #1 agreed the whole thing had likely been a cover by Staffer #2 — to cover up a possible infidelity, investigators write.

When investigators followed up with the Male Colleague, the man also gave a surprising answer about whether or not he and Staffer #2 had had sexual relations — not only had they had consensual sex, he said the two had been in a relationship for about a month. He said he was led to believe her previous relationship was “over and done with.”

Staffer #1 recanted all allegations and reportedly said, “I feel like she [Staffer #2] made up a story… there’s a dude suffering right now and how she [Staffer #2] doesn’t feel guilty about that, I have no idea… I’ve still been a victim in this and I’ve still felt bad for that man, my heart breaks for him and his family and to make up a story like that and let this happen… I don’t think I would have filed anything if I would’ve known from the beginning it wasn’t what I thought it was.”

Staffer #1 then told the investigator she didn’t think there was any reason to continue investigating.

The investigation concluded Staffer #2 went home with the Male Colleague, and the two had consensual sex — which investigators say is proven with digital evidence, as the next morning Staffer #2 texted #1 and asked for helping “with a cover story.”

COVID-19 vaccination symptoms?

During the investigation, it was discovered both Staffer #1 and #2 had received their first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Then, investigators say both staffers consumed a minimum of two mixed drinks, which would include three vodka shots. This would have happened in a three-hour window. According to investigators, Staffer #1 is 5’0″ and weighs 120 pounds, which would have made it easy for her to become very intoxicated.

Staffer #2 also reportedly texted #1 to ask: “Do you think drinking on the vaccine f—-d us?”

The Male Colleague told investigators Staffer #2 had also chalked up her condition the next morning to mixing alcohol with getting a vaccine. “She never insinuated to anything for me to think that something nefarious was going on,” he said.

Investigators and medical services professionals who were consulted say none of the symptoms described by Staffer #1 are consistent with date-rape drug.

While there is no standard recommendation on if you should drink alcohol after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, medical professionals say if you happen to develop symptoms from the COVID-19 vaccine, it could make getting intoxicated or a hangover more extreme.

The Lobbyist responds

Investigators spoke to the Lobbyist during the investigation, where he gave his account of the evening. The Lobbyist’s attorneys identified him to KXAN as Rick Dennis on Wednesday.

According to the investigation, Dennis said the two staffers were drinking heavily and quickly at the bar, “finishing a round every 10-12 minutes.” He also said he noticed throughout the night Staffer #2 and Male Colleague were “very comfortable” with each other, and he saw the man give her a “peck” on the forehead and cheek.

Dennis said given how comfortable the two seemed together, he saw no issue with Male Colleague helping get Staffer #2 home. He said while everyone, including himself, had been intoxicated that night, he’d seen no behavior that was alarming. Investigators say Dennis’ accounts and receipts from that night corroborate other media evidence collected.

Texas DPS and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office released a joint statement April 29 at the conclusion of the investigation, which the District Attorney’s Office said still stands now: “DPS has conducted a thorough investigation following allegations of drugging of a Capitol staffer by a lobbyist. Together, we have concluded that there is not enough evidence to support these allegations and that criminal charges are not appropriate. No crime occurred in this instance.”

Dennis’ attorneys, David and Perry Minton, told KXAN Wednesday they want their client’s name released, to show he was not charged for a crime.

“The Department of Public Safety’s Official Offense Report makes clear that Rick Dennis was falsely accused by a Texas Capitol staffer that lied to DPS Investigators. This Capitol staffer’s scheme to deliberately deceive law enforcement clearly meets the elements of False Report under the Texas Penal Code,” their statement read, in part.

Additionally, the attorneys asked the Travis County DA to revise its joint statement from April 29, saying it casted doubt on Dennis’ innocence by mentioning “women’s issues.”

After explaining no crime had occurred, the original joint statement from the DA and DPS said, in part, “recent events have amplified the conversation in our community that women should have the right to feel safe at all times. We are committed to continuing this conversation with the firm belief that women should be safe at home, at the workplace, and anywhere else they choose to be.”

“That discussion had no place in the Press Release and, in fact, was further misleading as to the facts and outcome of the investigation,” the attorneys’ statement went on to read in response.

Dennis’ attorneys say they support movements surrounding race, gender and religion, and that not opening an investigation into the staffers’ alleged lies to law enforcement degrades those movements.

“Failing to protect anyone — is a threat to everyone,” they said.

Other accusations

Although DPS found no crime had occurred in this incident, Julie Young, who is the committee director for the House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee, issued a statement about Dennis, accusing him of sexual harassment in 2015.

“I want to be absolutely clear – Mr. Dennis was a predator to staffers during his time in Rep. Tan Parker’s office and continued to be during his time at HillCo,” the statement read in part.

“Any call of concern for him only falls on deaf ears to those of us in the Capitol community who have been made victims of his abusive and harassing behavior for years. If we continue to ignore his behavior, we are condoning him and dismissing the staffers who have suffered,” the statement went on to read.

In response, Dennis’ attorneys called the accusations “false, defamatory, hearsay statements — of unsourced and alleged inappropriate comments from his past,” and a ploy to “justify the story that he deserves this somehow.”

Author: Russell Falcon
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Stephen Bear charged in connection with revenge porn allegations

Stephen Bear has been charged in connection with revenge porn allegations.

It follows an investigation into the disclosure of intimate photographs without consent.

The 31-year-old reality star has now been charged with voyeurism – disclosing private, sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress, and harassment without violence.

Bear is due to appear at court on a date yet to be set, The Mirror reports.

The former Celebrity Big Brother winner was stopped by police when he landed in the UK following a trip to Dubai in January 21 – on the same day he turned 31.

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Stephen Bear

Bear was arrested at Heathrow Airport and taken into custody before being released on bail.

He dismissed the allegations at the time as ‘so silly.’

Bear has since quit Instagram and launched a YouTube channel giving followers financial advice about cryptocurrencies.

Since his arrest, Bear caused further controversy by sharing a bizarre prank that suggested he was about to become a father to twins.

He posted a scan of two babies with the message: “Wasn’t expecting 2. Think it’s time I should I grow up.”

Bear later admitted he was just joking and is not going to become a dad this year.

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Noel Clarke: Police receive report of sex offence claim amid allegations against actor

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Following the initial revelations, in a statement made to the PA News Agency, Mr Clarke said: “I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing.

“Recent reports however have made it clear to me that some of my actions have affected people in ways I did not intend or realise.

“To those individuals, I am deeply sorry. I will be seeking professional help to educate myself and change for the better.”

Express.co.uk has approached The Met for further comment.

More to follow…

Noel Clarke 'deeply sorry' as he says he will seek 'professional help' after allegations

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Noel Clarke has issued a statement following allegations against him between 2004 and 2019. The actor said he was “deeply sorry” and would seek professional help, while denying the allegations of sexual misconduct.

A statement from Noel Clarke to the PA news agency said: “I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing.

“Recent reports however have made it clear to me that some of my actions have affected people in ways I did not intend or realise.

“To those individuals, I am deeply sorry.

“I will be seeking professional help to educate myself and change for the better.”

READ MORE: Noel Clarke suspended by Bafta following sexual harassment allegations

This comes after 20 women came forward with allegations of groping, harassment and bullying in an investigation by the Guardian.

Clarke “vehemently” denies “any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing”.

Following its publication, Bafta suspended his membership on April 29.

They also took away his Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema prize, which he was given on April 10.

“If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologise.”

“Sexual harassment, abuse and bullying have no place in our industry. Every woman has the right to a safe workplace and moving forward I pledge my dedication to this.”

Clarke is well known as an actor and producer since he first broke into the industry in 1999.

He is familiar as Mickey Smith in Doctor Who as well as for roles in several films like Star Trek Into Darkness.

Clarke also wrote and starred in the film trilogy Kidulthood, Adulthood and Brotherhood.

His frequent collaborator Walters also issued a statement earlier today.

This read: “My thoughts are with the women who have come forward and told their awful stories.

“I’m in shock and deeply saddened by what I have heard on a multitude of levels.

“I could never condone behaviour of this nature neither in nor out of the workplace, and whilst Noel has been a friend and colleague for several years, I cannot stand by and ignore these allegations.

“Sexual harassment, abuse and bullying have no place in our industry. Every woman has the right to a safe workplace and moving forward I pledge my dedication to this.”

Noel Clarke suspended by Bafta following sexual harassment allegations

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Just weeks after he collected his Bafta for Outstanding Contribution, Noel Clarke has been suspended by the organisation. This comes after allegations of sexual misconduct against the Bulletproof actor between 2004 and 2019.

Clarke was presented the award for outstanding British contribution to cinema on April 10.

In a statement, Bafta said: “In light of the allegations of serious misconduct regarding Noel Clarke in The Guardian, BAFTA has taken the decision to suspend his membership and the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award immediately and until further notice.”

This follows an investigation by the Guardian which saw Clarke accused of groping, harassment and bullying by 20 women.

Clarke has categorically denied the allegations from all 20 women.

READ MORE: Viewpoint star Noel Clarke admits filming new ITV drama was ‘lonely’

He said in a statement: “In a 20-year career, I have put inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of my work and never had a complaint made against me.

“If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologise.

“I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself against these false allegations.”

Express.co.uk has reached out to Clarke’s reps for a comment on the allegations and his Bafta suspension.

He then starred as Sam in the popular film Kidulthood, and its sequels Adulthood and Brotherhood, which he wrote and directed.

Alongside his producing partner Ashley Walters, he also plays Aaron Bishop in the Sky series Bulletproof.

He wrote this with Top Boy star Walters and it recently returned for its latest series at the start of the year.

Other projects Clarke has appeared in include Star Trek Into Darkness, I Kill Giants, Mute and SAS: Red Notice.

Texas lawmakers, lobby firm react to allegations that a lobbyist gave date rape drug to Capitol aide

Author: Cassandra Pollock
This post originally appeared on The Texas Tribune: Main Feed

Texas investigating allegations that unaccompanied migrant children

Gov. Greg Abbott[2] on Wednesday called for the federal government to close a San Antonio facility housing unaccompanied migrant children after he became aware of allegations of sexual assault.

“In short, this facility is a health and safety nightmare,” Abbott said at a press conference outside the Freeman Coliseum, which is reportedly housing[3] more than 1,300 teens who recently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without a parent or guardian.

The announcement came as Texas and the federal government are locked in battle over a recent increase in the number of migrants crossing the state’s southern border.

Abbott said complaints about sexual assault were reported early Wednesday to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as well as the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The governor did not know the identities of those who alleged assault, nor did he provide many details. He said he was concerned more than one child may have been assaulted. He also said that DPS will investigate the allegations.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did not immediately respond to questions after Abbott’s announcement.

The press conference, Abbott said, was to alert President Joe Biden’s administration and push them to move the children housed in the coliseum to other federally run facilities with more “space, personnel and resources to ensure safety.” He also said the facility was short on staff, some kids were not eating enough food and those infected with the coronavirus were not separated from healthy teens.

A spokesperson for Abbott said the governor told federal officials about the allegations before the press conference.

Rebeca Clay-Flores, a Bexar County commissioner, painted a different picture of the conditions than the governor described, however. She said, having been in the facility many times, she saw children being well cared for. The Freeman Expo Center in San Antonio, which KSAT-TV reported held 1,370 teens on Monday[4], has the ability to house up to 2,500 children, according to the federal health department.

“What I saw when I went in there on several occasions, it was well-staffed, the children are very happy and very excited to be here,” she told reporters after Abbott left. “This is not a political issue. This is about children who deserve protection from adults.”

Abbott acknowledged to reporters that he had not been inside the coliseum.

Vulnerable children are often victims of sexual assault. In Texas, children kept in foster care[5] and state-run juvenile lockups often report sexual assault, as well, without the governor’s immediate intervention. Last fall, juvenile justice advocates pleaded for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate[6] sexual abuse in Texas’ youth lockups, which have been plagued by scandal for more than a decade.

Abbott and many other Texas Republicans have repeatedly criticized the Biden administration as it struggles to address an increase in migrants being apprehended near the U.S.-Mexico border. Almost all single adults are being immediately expelled under a pandemic health order issued by Trump that Biden has kept in place, although the current administration is allowing in unaccompanied minors and some families to await their immigration court hearings in the U.S. But Democrats are also loudly questioning where the conservative compassion was less than two years ago under President Trump’s watch, when apprehensions hit near-record figures despite his crackdown on the border.

The number of people crossing the border illegally increases nearly every spring thanks to the weather getting warmer. The past three presidents have struggled at times during their tenures with surges in border crossings. But the number of children being apprehended has been particularly high in recent months, straining federal facilities.

As of Tuesday, the Biden administration had more than 4,200 unaccompanied migrant children in Border Patrol custody and roughly 16,000 in the care of federal shelters run by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. By law, unaccompanied children are not supposed to be held in Border Patrol custody for more than 72 hours except for in emergencies. Since Feb. 22, the White House has opened at least eight emergency influx sites of unaccompanied migrant children in Texas, including Freeman, with a total capacity of about 14,000 beds.

Lomi Kriel, Shawn Mulcahy and Patrick Svitek contributed to this report.

References

  1. ^ Sign up for The Brief (www.texastribune.org)
  2. ^ Greg Abbott (www.texastribune.org)
  3. ^ reportedly housing (www.ksat.com)
  4. ^ KSAT-TV reported held 1,370 teens on Monday (www.ksat.com)
  5. ^ children kept in foster care (www.houstonchronicle.com)
  6. ^ pleaded for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate (www.texastribune.org)

Jolie McCullough