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Eric Rasmusen: Indiana University professor get to keep job despite posts school calls “racist, sexist and homophobic”

Eric Rasmusen: Indiana University professor get to keep job despite posts school calls “racist, sexist and homophobic”

Bloomington, Indiana — A professor at Indiana University who defended “racist, sexist, and homophobic” comments that he posted on his social media accounts will keep his job because his views are protected under the Constitution, university officials announced after they were bombarded with demands to fire him.

Indiana University  professor of business economics and public policy Eric Rasmusen


Eric Rasmusen, a professor of business economics and public policy at the university, tweeted this month a quote from an article that said, “geniuses are overwhelmingly male because they combine outlier IQ with moderately low Agreeableness and Moderately low Conscientiousness.” The article, titled, “Are Women Destroying Academia? Probably” was published by The Unz Review, which describes itself as a publication that presents “controversial perspectives largely excluded from the American mainstream media.”

“Professor Eric Rasmusen has, for many years, used his private social media accounts to disseminate his racist, sexist, and homophobic views,” said university Executive Vice President and Provost Lauren Robel in a letter.

“I condemn, in the strongest terms, Professor Rasmusen’s views on race, gender, and sexuality, and I think others should condemn them,” adding his views are “stunningly ignorant” and “bigoted.”

But Robel said the university can’t and won’t fire Rasmusen, employed at the university since 1992, for the posts “as vile and stupid as they are, because the First Amendment of the United States Constitution forbids us to do so.”

A Twitter account with a large following tweeted the professor’s post, which garnered 4,000 retweets and nearly 30,000 likes — capturing the university’s attention.

But this isn’t the first time the tenured professor posted such rhetoric on his private social media accounts.

Robel said Rasmusen has “slurred” women and said they don’t belong in academia. Rasmusen posted that gay men don’t belong in academia, either, because they’re “promiscuous” and abuse students, according to Robel’s letter.

Robel said Rasmusen posted that black students are unqualified to attend elite institutions and are inferior academically to white students.

Rasmusen responded to the university’s letter Thursday, doubling down on his views.

He defended his use of the word “slut,” stood by his position that gay men shouldn’t teach because they prey on students and called affirmative action corrupt.

“The whole idea of affirmative action is that too few black students (would) get in without racial preferences, so we need to lower the standard for them and accept that they will do worse academically,” he said.

“Academic freedom should protect me even if I believed all the things the provost attributed to me,” he added, according to CBS Indianapolis affiliate WTTV.

Rasmusen told the station he doesn’t believe students should be concerned about bias.

“Not at all. I think less in mine, than in most. I try to bend over backwards if students disagree with me politically,” he said.

Rasmusen added that he supports women in academia, and pointed out to WTTV that his wife has a doctorate and his daughter might become a philosophy professor.

Robel noted that Rasmusen would be in violation of the university’s nondiscrimination policy if he acts upon his views in the workplace.

The university is allowing students to transfer out of his classes and implemented a blind grading system where students can anonymously submit assignments to him. It will also review Rasmusen’s courses for influences of bias.

Rasmusen said the university is encouraging bias by cracking down on his opinions and “condemning a dissident professor.”


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Rechtsextremismus: Polizei verbietet NPD-Demonstration gegen Journalisten

Rechtsextremismus: Polizei verbietet NPD-Demonstration gegen Journalisten

Rechtsextreme dürfen in Hannover wegen Sicherheitsbedenken nicht gegen mehrere kritische Journalisten protestieren. Die NPD hat dagegen Klage eingereicht.

Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer einer NPD-Demonstration in Dresden im Mai
© Matthias Rietschel/​Reuters

Die Polizeidirektion Hannover hat eine für Samstag geplante Demonstration der rechtsextremen NPD gegen mehrere Journalisten verboten. In einer Mitteilung begründete die Polizei das Verbot damit, dass die öffentliche Sicherheit gefährdet sei. Das niedersächsische Innenministerium teilte mit: “Neue Erkenntnisse über Aktivitäten in sozialen
Medien zeichnen ein aggressives Bild, das erwarten lässt, dass die
Versammlung über eine legitime Auseinandersetzung mit Personen und deren
Positionen weit hinausgehen soll.”

Die NPD reichte beim Verwaltungsgericht eine Klage und einen Eilantrag gegen das Verbot der in der Innenstadt geplanten Demonstration ein. Die zuständige Kammer des Gerichts beabsichtige, noch im Laufe des Tages zu entscheiden, teilte ein Gerichtssprecher mit. Die geplante Protestaktion der NPD richtet sich gegen die kritische Berichterstattung mehrerer Journalisten, die regelmäßig über das rechtsextreme Milieu in Deutschland schreiben.

Unter anderem ging es um die freien Journalisten Julian Feldmann, David Janzen und André Aden. Neben der angekündigten Protestaktion waren die Journalisten im Vorfeld bereits von Rechtsextremen bedroht worden und hatten Morddrohungen erhalten. Ein hochrangiger Neonazikader sprach etwa auf mehreren Veranstaltungen über Julian Feldmann und erwähnte dabei einen Revolver, der schon bereitliege.

Der Journalist David Janzen war ebenfalls von einem Braunschweiger Neonazi mit den Worten “Heute Walter [Lübcke, Anm. d. V.], morgen Janzen” bedroht worden, zudem wurden in diesem Jahr mehrere Anschläge auf Janzens Privatwohnung verübt.

Pistorius unterstützt Demonstrationsverbot

Niedersachsens Innenminister Boris Pistorius (SPD) begrüßte das Demonstrationsverbot. “Ich sage bei aller gebotenen Neutralität ehrlich, dass ich persönlich über diese Entscheidung froh bin und hoffe, dass sie vor Gericht hält”, teilte Pistorius mit. Angesichts der neuen Gefährdungsbewertung durch die Polizeidirektion sei die Entscheidung für ein Verbot richtig und angemessen.

Am vergangenen Freitag hatten Journalisten, Medienhäuser und Verbände als Reaktion auf die geplante NPD-Aktion den Aufruf “Schützt die Pressefreiheit!” veröffentlicht. Darin forderten sie Presserat, Verleger und Redaktionen auf, sich mit bedrohten Kollegen solidarisch zu zeigen. Die Politik sei gefragt, Journalisten besser zu schützen. Unterzeichnet wurde der Aufruf unter anderem auch von den Chefredaktionen von ZEIT ONLINE und der ZEIT.


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RCMP officer’s career in the North remembered years after he lost his job for being gay | CBC News

RCMP officer’s career in the North remembered years after he lost his job for being gay  | CBC News

Her family doesn’t like the moustache — it’s thin and separated by a tiny gap just below the nose —  but Cpl. Elenore Sturko loves the photograph of her great uncle that’s on display in her living room.

Sturko, a spokesperson for the Surrey RCMP, located just east of Vancouver, gets a kick out of the fur collar that swallows up the neck of Sgt. R.A. Van Norman, whom she always knew as uncle Dave.

“He looks like an explorer,” she said.

“It’s like something out of the 1800s.”

Van Norman, the eldest of four brothers from Manitoba who all became Mounties, joined the RCMP in 1947.

He was forced to resign 17 years later when he was spotted at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa, which was a known hangout for homosexuals.

Van Norman was one many police officers, military personnel and public service employees who lost their jobs due to their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

He died of AIDS in 1988 at the age of 60.

Photos of Sgt. R.A. Van Norman are displayed in his great niece Cpl. Elenore Sturko’s living room. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

The apology

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized in 2017 for the so-called LGBT purge, Sturko travelled to Ottawa to hear it in person.

Dressed in her red serge, seated next to her wife, Melissa, Sturko grew inspired to learn more about her great uncle’s history.

“It affected me,” she said.

“It really got me thinking about how my uncle had been impacted and how my entire family had been impacted.”

Then she learned that her great uncle Jack had kept his brother’s journal in his basement.

The book changed her life and now she hopes it will also change the way her uncle’s life is remembered.

Van Norman was a gifted photographer who took portraits of the people he met while he was stationed in Canada’s North. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Sgt. R.A. Van Norman

Van Norman learned to speak Inuktitut and immersed himself in the local culture when he was stationed in the northern communities of Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Iqaluit, Fort Smith, N.W.T., and Yellowknife during the 1950s.

Sturko says some of the language Van Norman uses in the book is outdated, but it’s clear that he had a deep admiration for the local people and their culture.

His pictures capture everyday life of the time.

He received the Queen’s Coronation Medal for his work on on the Distant Early Warning Line (DEW line), which was a radar defence system designed in the early 1950s to detect Soviet bombers.

It was the relationships he built doing community police work, however, that Sturko says he seemed to enjoy the most.

He would occasionally hitch rides from locals on their dog sleds to do patrols.

“Although he was working as an agent of the government at a time that deeply impacted the Inuit, the colonization of the North, he was also a protector of the people he was serving,” she said.

“I was so proud.”

She says Van Norman’s career was impressive and should have been celebrated, but because of the purge, it was swept under the rug and forgotten.

RCMP Cpl. Sturko looks at old newspaper clippings in her South Surrey home. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

‘A quantum leap’

To spread her great uncle’s story, Sturko transcribed his words, copied his photographs and made them into a book of her own that is now almost ready to publish.

Sturko found a translator through the Qikiqtani Inuit Association so that her uncle’s words will appear in Inuktitut next to the English text.

She plans to give free copies to people in the communities where Van Norman was stationed.

To pay for the translation and printing, Sturko received a $17,000 grant from the LGBT Purge Fund.

Fund director Wayne Davis says this is exactly the kind of project his organization was created to support.

“The very concept that someone has a great uncle who was fired from the RCMP and she is now the public spokesperson, as an out lesbian, for the Surrey RCMP?” he said.

“That’s a quantum leap.”

Van Norman made the cover for the book out of a tea tin. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Closing the loop

The fact that Sturko is the face of the largest detachment in the country shows how far the RCMP has come since her uncle lost his job for being who he was.

She says there is still work to do, however, and she hopes the book opens people’s eyes to the kind of talented people who lost their livelihoods to the purge.

“It’s not a perfect world by any means,” she said.

“Looking at what happened to my uncle and then seeing where I am today is really, really meaningful,” she said.

There are other goals for the project, too, like inspiring people to learn more about the history of the Indigenous people of Canada’s North.

All proceeds will go toward initiatives laid out by elders in the communities where Van Norman served.

On a personal level, though, publishing the book is also about celebrating the impressive career of an RCMP officer that has largely been lost to history.

Telling that story is important to Sturko, and perhaps even more so to her great uncle Jack.

They both plan to travel to Iqaluit next spring where a plaque will be dedicated to Sgt. R.A. Van Norman.

“He was an exceptional member,” Sturko said.

“I wanted to do something to commemorate his service.”


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Silent No More documentary: Tracey Spicer fallout continues over #MeToo film

Silent No More documentary: Tracey Spicer fallout continues over #MeToo film

The fallout over the upcoming #MeToo documentary starring Tracey Spicer continues, as more women come forward to lash the journalist and the ABC over its mishandling of their sensitive sexual assault complaints.

On the condition of anonymity, a handful of women told they were still waiting for assurances from the ABC, the production company behind the doco or Spicer herself that their sexual assault allegations and identities would remain confidential.

One woman, who wrote to the ABC’s head of disputes and litigation a week ago asking for a guarantee that her identity and disclosure would not be in the film, hasn’t received it.

A former journalist and editor with more than 20 years experience working in the media, the woman spoke with Spicer extensively about being sexually harassed by a “high-profile Australian”.

“This whole episode has made me extremely anxious,” the woman wrote to the ABC in an email, seen by, on November 14.

“I am particularly concerned that anything about my story will signal to my attacker that I have spoken about it — we continue to cross paths professionally and this would have a significant impact on me both professionally and personally.

“I’ve never been so horrified about such a gross breach of ethics and privacy and I certainly didn’t expect to be on the receiving end.

“I hope you can reassure me and the other women who trusted Tracey and your team with our stories so we can all rest easier again, at least about this particularly intrusion.” understands the woman got a confirmation that her email was received by the ABC but is yet to be assured her identity will not be exposed in four days’ time.

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In a statement, the ABC said it and “producer Southern Pictures wish to reiterate that no names or details of anyone who has suffered sexual abuse or harassment will be broadcast in Silent No More without their explicit consent”.

Other women — whose names and faces appeared in an embargoed preview sent to media last month — have already partially lost that confidentiality, after Spicer allowed a camera to shoot her scrolling through thousands of Facebook messages on her computer screen.

Spicer said she expected the production company to blur this.

One woman, whose disclosure about sexual harassment was also included in the preview, said despite her name or face not being shown, she was easy to identify in the footage due to specific details.

She told she’s experienced safety concerns since.

Spicer has since apologised for the massive privacy breach, levelling blame at the ABC in a National Press Club Address last week and apologising to those who trusted her.

That excuse didn’t sit well with some of the women impacted.

“Irrespective of whether or not they did intend to blur my email, the fact of the matter is a privacy breach occurred the moment Spicer allowed a single other person to see that email,” the woman told

“She was the one who invited a camera crew into her house, she was the one who opened her computer and she was the one who facilitated that breach of privacy.

“The fact that Southern Pictures (the production company) has signed confidentiality agreements is entirely unsatisfactory, they should never have any knowledge of my disclosure.

“It is an outrageous breach of privacy that Spicer allowed them that access.”

Another woman, who made a complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), earlier this week, claimed the ABC “fobbed her off” when she asked for assurances.

She requested “urgent intervention” from the OAIC “due to the highly sensitive nature of the data”.

“I assume I was not identified in the documentary. However, I have genuine concerns regarding the storage and use of my data by the parties during the documentary production process and at all other times. This has caused me genuine distress,” she wrote in her November 19 complaint.

Immediately after hearing about the breach, the woman contacted the ABC.

“The documentary production staff refused to take my call and a bizarrely belligerent receptionist refused to take a message,” she wrote.

“The receptionist said the ABC had received a substantial number of complaints and advised that I was required to write down my concerns and send them to the ABC’s general editorial complaints email address.

“That, however, would have required me to identify myself as a victim of sexual assault via an insecure online method to an organisation that has breached the data privacy of sexual assault victims.

“I am disappointed that one week since the stories broke, the ABC has not enacted a process for contacting the women whose data has been breached.

“Nor has it instituted a process for appropriately handling contact from women who are concerned their data has been breached. Sensitively, transparently and securely dealing with all women affected should be of paramount importance to the ABC.”

In response to those claims, a spokesperson for the ABC said anyone with concerns should contact “Entertainment & Specialist spokesperson Peter Munro, who will offer such personal reassurance or connect them with someone in the program’s production team, if they prefer”.

“His contact details are at the bottom of the statement on our Media Site. Alternatively, the ABC can also be contacted via or our national switchboard on 139 994. Any such contacts will be treated with care and sensitivity.

“We have already given specific reassurances to several women who have contacted us directly and will continue to do so.”

Silent No More is a three-part documentary about the #MeToo movement in Australia produced by Southern Pictures for the ABC.

It stars the former newsreader turned “accidental advocate” Spicer, who received more than 2000 disclosures of sexual violence and harassment, after publicly calling for women’s stories in the wake of the #MeToo hashtag going viral in October 2017.

A preview version of the documentary was distributed by the ABC’s marketing department to media outlets in early October, in anticipation of the November 25 televised launch.

“Due to human error, an early version of Silent No More was provided to a small number of accredited media under embargo,” the ABC said in the wake of the revelation.

“This early version had not yet had names and details of three women blurred in shots of a computer screen. Significant steps were taken to de-identify names and details in the broadcast version and it has always been our intention that these names and details be blurred before broadcast.

“The ABC sincerely apologises for any harm or upset this has caused them or their families.”

Despite the preview only being sent to a handful of journalists and media organisations, some of the complaints made to Spicer were from people in the media world.

Last week, a joint investigation conducted by and BuzzFeed News found that the already circulating documentary included disclosures received by Spicer regarding rape, harassment and domestic violence, without the women’s consent.

The victims — whose names and faces also appear — had no knowledge of the documentary’s existence, or that Spicer had shared their confidential disclosures with a film crew, until contacted.

One of those women, who revealed to Spicer she was gang-raped as a teenager, had her full name and story included in the documentary without her knowledge or consent.

Spicer also read out parts of the woman’s story, including naming the suburb, details of the gang rape and the name of the industry she worked in.

A further seven women have either had their disclosures published without their consent or expressed grave concerns over the documentary’s impending release.

The second of the eight women, who spoke to Spicer about living with domestic violence, had her full name and picture shown on the documentary.

Fearing potential repercussions, the woman said the documentary “would not be safe” to air.

Dhanya Mani, who was allegedly sexually harassed and assaulted while working for the Liberal Party, has called for the documentary to be axed.

The 26-year-old claims Spicer shared messages the two had exchanged with Ms Mani’s former boss, the one she had accused of sexual assault.

“Tracey claims she saw my former employer was a mutual friend on Facebook so just took it upon herself to decide it was ­all right to do that,” Ms Mani told The Australian.

“Why would anyone think that doing something like that is even remotely appropriate in any circumstance?”

Spicer denies sending screenshots of their conversation to Ms Mani’s former boss.

The ABC earlier issued an apology “for any harm or upset” caused to the women or their families, adding that “it has always been our intention that these names and details be blurred before broadcast”.

Despite the missteps, Spicer said the #MeToo movement in Australia needed to move forward.

In a statement, the ABC said it would go ahead with the documentary — ensuring anonymity for the women involved.


Due to human error, an early version of Silent No More was provided to a small number of accredited media under embargo.

This early version had not yet had names and details of three women blurred in shots of a computer screen.

Significant steps were taken to de-identify names and details in the broadcast version and it has always been our intention that these names and details be blurred before broadcast.

The ABC sincerely apologises for any harm or upset this has caused them or their families.

We removed the program from our media portal as soon as we became aware of the error. The welfare of those who have suffered sexual abuse or harassment is of utmost importance to the ABC and we wish to assure them that Silent No More will treat these issues with respect and care while shining a light on the need for positive change in this area.


We are devastated by this error and apologise for any distress this has caused.

An interim version of the program provided to the ABC blurred most but not all the names and details of people who shared their stories with Tracey.

We wish to assure everyone that the final version of the program will not identify anyone without their explicit consent, which was always our intention.

Our first priority is our duty of care to those impacted by sexual harassment and #MeToo, along with supporting the work that is being done to address the issue of sexual harassment.


As a participant in this documentary, I was assured survivors’ identities would be fully protected.

I am utterly gutted about what has occurred. I apologise deeply and unreservedly to those whose names were visible in that initial version of the program.

I’m relieved that the ABC has swiftly moved to take it down and that no one is identified in the broadcast version.


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Grace Millane interacted with others on BDSM websites

Grace Millane interacted with others on BDSM websites

Warning: The Grace Millane murder trial is hearing evidence of a graphic and sexual nature.

The defence has now closed its case in the trial of the man accused of murdering Grace Millane, with the jury now having heard all of the evidence, the New Zealand Herald reports.

The case of the man accused of murdering the British backpacker on the night of December 1 last year in Auckland, New Zealand, is now into its third week.

RELATED: Friends of Millane give evidence of BDSM interests

The 27-year-old man, whose name is suppressed, is accused of strangling Millane to death in his hotel room after meeting the 21-year-old on Tinder.

The defence said the death was accidental and occurred during consensual sex.


In a statement of agreed facts, the court was told of some material which had been extracted from Millane’s laptop by a computer forensic expert.

Three chats were recovered from the BDSM online app Whiplr, which Millane was a member of.

The messages from the chats, which totalled 412 in August and September 2017, were between Millane and two unidentified men.

Some of the messages appeared to propose a casual sexual encounter, the court heard.

There is no evidence Millane met with the second man. However there is evidence she met with the first male on September 2.

Millane, who said she was new to the practice at the time, also talked of role play and discussed her desire to be fully restrained and blindfolded.

The messages were some of 72,000 individual messages found on Millane’s computer, the court heard.

A user of the app Whiplr, an online BDSM community, had his police statement read to the court.

He said he connected with Millane on the app and the pair exchanged messages and photos.

In one messaging platform, he said Millane used her full name and outlined her interest in BDSM and other forms of kinky sex.

“Most people use the apps in a discreet manner,” he said.

Millane, he said, appeared to be “at an explorative stage and quite open to suggestions” but was “quite open to it and wanted to try it”.

“I felt like Grace was more naive and trusting in the BDSM area. The users could be any undesirable person online, and Grace had a naivety.”

The court heard Millane had last accessed Whiplr at 3.43am on December 1.

The man, who lives in London, first saw Millane was reported missing in a BBC broadcast.

Richard Middleton, a private investigator hired by the accused’s legal team, has also given evidence.

He said FetLife, which Millane was a member on, was “quite explicit”.

Middleton, a retired detective inspector, told the court he went to the UK – in an attempt to ask Millane’s friends to testify for the defence.

But he said witnesses outside New Zealand cannot be summonsed to court and, instead, those who knew Millane have had their statements read to the court.


A man who spent the night of November 30 last year with Millane has given evidence to the court for the defence.

The following day – December 1 – Millane met the accused.

The man, who has name suppression, said he had met Millane at the Base Backpackers where she was staying in Auckland.

He recalled being attracted to the “outgoing” Millane who talked of future travels to Fiji.

The pair, he told the court, began messaging each other on Facebook about meeting up socially, before returning to the man’s apartment in downtown Auckland on the evening of November 30.

The man said the two went back to his place to watch a film.

“We started kissing during the film,” he said, which led to the couple having sex.

During this, he said he placed a hand “potentially on her neck” but “can’t remember 100 per cent”.

The man said this was “common”.

“I usually do it,” he said.

“Because girls usually enjoy it.”

During cross-examination, Crown Solicitor Brian Dickey asked if sex between the pair was rough.

“If I called it vanilla would you agree?” Dickey said.

“Yes,” the man replied.

When re-examined by defence lawyer Ron Mansfield he asked the man if he knew by December 10 what had happened to Millane.

“I knew she had died, yes,” the man said, who had volunteered to speak to police about his night with the backpacker.


A British expert in sexual culture told the court that attitudes towards sex have changed drastically in the past three decades.

Professor Clarissa Smith, from the University of Sunderland, testified for the defence in the High Court at Auckland this morning.

Under cross-examination by Crown prosecutor Robin McCoubrey, Smith said some people will practise erotic asphyxiation “to the point of unconsciousness”.

She said some high-profile cases of celebrities engaging in erotic asphyxiation have increased its popularity.

However, while safety should be of primary concern during erotic asphyxiation, “in the heat of the moment that might not happen”.

“Sometimes the desire for something might override [safety concerns],” Smith said.

She added that when alcohol or drugs were involved “safety may not be someone’s first priority”.

Erotic asphyxiation, which the court has heard Millane practised, heightened the sensations of the person being asphyxiated during sex, Smith said.

FetLife, an online BDSM community which Millane was a member of, has about eight million users worldwide, she added.

Smith, whose studies have included taboo media, sexually explicit media, sexuality and sexual ethics said attitudes towards sex have drastically changed in the past three decades.

“It’s not just reserved for maybe one’s life partner or maybe marriage,” she said.

“There are also expectations that one’s sex and sexuality may change over one’s lifespan as well.”

Smith said people now talked about sex as entertainment and it is “an incredibly important part of youth cultures”.

“Sex has became an incredibly important part of everyday life,” she said of younger people.

This article originally appeared on the NZ Herald and is republished with permission.


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Man accused of sexually assaulting women on Melbourne trams

Man accused of sexually assaulting women on Melbourne trams

Police are hunting for a man accused of sexually assaulting multiple women travelling on packed trams throughout Melbourne.

The man allegedly committed the sexual assaults, which involved him rubbing his erect penis on his victims, on three separate occasions throughout the year.

The first incident occurred just after 7pm on February 28 while the victim Sophie*, 46, was travelling on the route 19A tram in Parkville.

“I was just on the tram and this guy got on and from the minute he got on he just clocked me,” Sophie said.

She said her initial thought was he was just “another sleazy guy” but looking back she realised he knew exactly what he was doing.

“He just moved in [behind me] and I felt this weird tapping and it was just like, that’s actually not happening,” she said.

The Brunswick woman said she initially went into flight mode and pushed her way to the other end of the tram.

“Then I kind of went into a fight mode and thought this happens to women all the time who don’t say anything,” Sophie said.

“I pushed my way back up. I think I just stared at him with this angry face. In my mind I was thinking what am I going to say and he looked back at me quite cocky actually.”

She said when other people started to notice that something was wrong, the man looked away “shamefully” before getting off at the next stop.

“As he was getting off the tram I took a photo then I thought he can’t get away without me saying ‘You’re a piece of f**king shit’. So I yelled that at him,” Sophie said.

“I just stood there completely shaking in shock. I felt quite shameful and vulnerable. I felt really angry and then the days following that I was a total mess.”

The second incident occurred just after 3.30pm on June 6 as a 22-year-old woman was travelling on the number 96 tram on Bourke St towards Southern Cross Station.

The same thing happened with the man allegedly rubbing his gentians on the victim as they were standing in the packed tram.

The third incident occurred at about 5.30pm on August 18, when Mary*, 31, was travelling on the number 96 tram to meet up with her partner and children.

At one point Mary had to get off the tram to let people off and when she got back on that is when the assault allegedly occurred.

“I thought there was a bag being pressed up against my bottom. Then I felt it again and I turned and realised it wasn’t a bag,” she said.

“He kept repeating the motion against my bottom over and over.

“Once I realised what was happening I said quite loudly ‘Can you stop f**king doing that f**king hell’ and tried to make it obvious that there was an issue.”

She said the tram was so packed that she couldn’t even turn her body to look at his face.

When it came to the next stop she quickly pushed through everyone and told the driver what was happened, who then called the police.

While this was happening it is understood the man left the tram and walked away.

“I made a report straight away because I thought if he is going to do this on a packed tram what is he going to do if it’s an old lady on her own one day,” Mary said.

“My kids were asking why I was upset and I why I was with police. I shouldn’t have to explain that stuff to kids.”

Both women were deeply affected by the attacks and now struggle to catch public transport.

Mary said she had to take time off work after the incident.

Police have released images of the alleged offender and are urging anyone who recognises him to come forward.

The man, believed to be aged in his 40s, is perceived as being Southern European in appearance, medium build with receding dark hair.

Victoria Police Senior Constable, Hannah Smith, said it was important these kind of offenders were stopped.

“This kind of behaviour it’s unacceptable, it’s abhorrent and we are doing everything we can to stamp it out.

“It’s very brazen to be continually committing offences, especially on what is quite packed trams at the time. It feels like he is quite arrogant about his offending.”

Senior Constable Smith also said there may be other victims and urged anyone who has experienced something similar to come forward.

Anyone who recognises the man should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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With RIL at 52-week high, Sensex touches new high

With RIL at 52-week high, Sensex touches new high


The Sensex pack saw notable gains in constituents like IndusInd Bank, Sun Pharmaceutical, HDFC Bank, Maruti Suzuki and L&T.

The benchmark Sensex touched a new high of 40,816.38 during the morning session on Wednesday, primarily led by strong gains in index heavyweight Reliance Industries (RIL).

At 1.30 p.m., the 30-share Sensex was trading at 40,698.25, up 228.55 points or 0.56%. The broader Nifty was also trading above the psychological 12,000-mark at 12,002.65, up 62.55 points or 0.52%.

The gains were primarily on the back of the RIL, which touched a 52-week high of ₹1,571.85 during the morning session on reports that the telecom arm Reliance Jio will increase tariffs.

Incidentally, foreign brokerages like Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse have a very bullish view on the stock post the tariff hike.

Apart from the RIL, the Sensex pack saw notable gains in constituents like IndusInd Bank, Sun Pharmaceutical, HDFC Bank, Maruti Suzuki and L&T.

Interestingly, investor sentiment has received a boost after reports that the government is actively looking at divestment in public sector undertakings in the coming months.

Further, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) turning bullish on Indian equities has also acted as a catalyst in lifting investor sentiments. In November, FPIs are currently net buyers at nearly ₹13,000 crore.

In October, FPIs were net buyers at ₹12,368 crore.

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’Verdachte moord Grace Millane probeerde eerder vrouw te wurgen’

’Verdachte moord Grace Millane probeerde eerder vrouw te wurgen’

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De vrouw had hem, net als Grace, leren kennen via datingapp Tinder. In november vorig jaar spraken de twee af in het appartement waar de miljardairsdochter een maand later de dood zou vinden.

De vrouw vertelde dat ze seks hadden, totdat hij opeens haar probeerde te verstikken door met zijn lichaamsgewicht op haar te gaan liggen. „Ik kon niet ademen. Hij ging zo zitten dat hij zijn lichaam niet ondersteunde.”

De studente was doodsbang en vocht terug. „Ik begon te schoppen om hem te laten weten dat ik geen adem meer kreeg. Hij zat daar mee, hij deed helemaal niets. Toen besloot ik om compleet stil te gaan liggen. (…) Ik deed alsof ik bewusteloos was en nog steeds ging hij niet van me af. Er gingen zoveel gedachtes door m’n hoofd heen. Ik dacht: dit kan niet de manier zijn waarop ik doodga.”

Eerder verscheen er al een vrouw voor de rechtbank in Nieuw-Zeeland met wie de verdachte ook seks had gehad. Ook deze vrouw verklaarde over zijn voorkeur voor ruige seks, maar aangezien zij zijn voorkeuren deelde, had hun samenzijn een andere afloop. „Hij verstikte me een beetje, maar dat heeft mijn voorkeur, één hand om mijn hals heen. Het was fijn, het was met wederzijdse instemming.”

Grace Millane werd eind vorig jaar dood gevonden in de buurt van Auckland.

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Andrew urged to ‘come forward’ by Epstein accuser

Andrew urged to ‘come forward’ by Epstein accuser

An alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein has appealed directly to Britain’s Duke of York to “come forward” and give a statement about the convicted sex offender.

The woman, only identified as Jane Doe 15, urged Prince Andrew to speak to the US authorities during a press conference in Los Angeles where lawyer Gloria Allred announced her client had filed a civil lawsuit against the disgraced financier’s estate.

The 31-year-old, speaking after her lawyer reiterated earlier appeals for the duke to provide a statement, said: “I would also like to say I agree with Gloria that Prince Andrew, and any others that are close to Epstein, should come forward and give a statement under oath on what information they have.”

Speaking about the convicted sex offender, who took his own life in jail while facing sex trafficking charges, she added: “Just because Epstein is dead does not mean others around him don’t deserve their day in court as well.”

The 31-year-old, who claims she was raped by Epstein when aged 15, said she did not come into contact with Andrew.

She had been invited to Epstein’s island where the royal would be staying but did not go.

She said: “I was contacted by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s assistants and invited to Epstein’s island where I was told Prince Andrew, among others, would be a guest – I declined the invitation out of fear.”

During her testimony, she described how she was first targeted by one of Epstein’s assistants when on a school trip to New York, and later invited to his New Mexico Zorro ranch where she says she was sexually assaulted – only knowing him for five days in total.

She said the disgraced financier had a foam mattress floor around one bed in the ranch as he like girls to sleep on the floor around him.

She went on to say: “It was clear from the time I spent with Epstein that something was very wrong with his lifestyle.”

In his interview with the BBC’s Newsnight programme, the duke said: “The other aspect of this is that … I live in an institution at Buckingham Palace which has members of staff walking around all the time and I don’t wish to appear grand, but there were a lot of people who were walking around Jeffrey Epstein’s house.”

Asked if he would give a statement under oath, the duke replied: “If push came to shove and the legal advice was to do so, then I would be duty bound to do so.”


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Professor aus Florida: Korruptionsexperte wegen Geldwäsche in Millionenhöhe angeklagt

Professor aus Florida: Korruptionsexperte wegen Geldwäsche in Millionenhöhe angeklagt

Professor aus Florida
Korruptionsexperte wegen Geldwäsche in Millionenhöhe angeklagt

Bruce Bagley ist ein Fachmann auf dem Gebiet der organisierten Kriminalität, beriet das FBI und die Vereinten Nationen. Nun ist der Professor seinem Untersuchungsgegenstand offenbar gefährlich nahe gekommen.

Bruce Bagley in Mexiko im Jahr 2012: Prof. Geldwäsche?

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Bruce Bagley in Mexiko im Jahr 2012: Prof. Geldwäsche?

Die Staatsanwaltschaft von Manhattan hat einen Professor wegen Geldwäsche angeklagt. Bruce Bagley soll 2,5 Millionen US-Dollar gewaschen haben. Es soll sich um Erträge aus Bestechung und Korruption bei öffentlichen Bauvorhaben in Venezuela handeln, wie die “New York Times” aus der Anklageschrift zitiert. Bagley behielt demnach zehn Prozent der Erträge als eine Art Provision für sich.

Bagley lehrt an der Universität von Miami und forschte zu den Themen Geldwäsche, Korruption und organisierte Kriminalität in Südamerika. Laut “NYT” beriet er die US- Bundespolizei FBI, die Vereinten Nationen, das Justizministerium und mehrere Regierungen von Ländern in Südamerika. Im Jahr 2015 gab er ein Buch zu dem Thema heraus, im Mai dieses Jahres ein weiteres.

Laut den Ermittlern gab er allerdings jegliche akademische Distanz zu seinem Thema spätestens 2016 auf: Damals habe er ein Konto eröffnet, auf dem es zunächst kaum Aktivität gegeben habe. Ein Jahr später habe er große Summen von Konten aus den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten und der Schweiz bekommen.

“Den Venezolanern gestohlen”

Die Konten gehörten demnach nur scheinbar einem Lebensmittelunternehmen und einer Vermögensberatungsfirma. Tatsächlich, so vermuten es die Ermittler laut “NYT”, wurden sie von einem Kolumbianer kontrolliert. Das Geld auf den Konten stamme aus Bestechung und Unterschlagung in Venezuela. “Es wurde den Venezolanern gestohlen”, sagte der Oberstaatsanwalt von Manhattan, Geoffrey Berman.

Bagley habe um die Herkunft des Geldes gewusst und Scheinverträge geschlossen, um es zu waschen. Nach jeder Überweisung auf das Konto habe er sich von seiner Bank einen Scheck über 90 Prozent der Summe ausstellen lassen und diesen einem Unbekannten gegeben. Der Rest sei auf ein Konto des Professors überwiesen worden. Auf diesem Wege habe er mindestens 14 Überweisungen erhalten.

Bei einer Verurteilung drohen Bagley laut der “NYT” 20 Jahre Gefängnis. Sein Verteidiger sagte demnach, es sei zu früh, die Vorwürfe zu kommentieren. Er müsse sich noch näher mit der Anklageschrift befassen.



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