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Ex-nurse accused of impregnating a severely disabled Arizona woman pleads not guilty

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(CNN)The former Hacienda HealthCare nurse accused of impregnating a severely disabled woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a Maricopa County, Arizona, court.

Appearing with his attorney, Nathan Sutherland, 36, wore a sheriff’s-issue orange prison jumpsuit. He spoke only to deliver his name and birth date to the court.
Sutherland, who is being held on a $ 500,000 bail, will make his next court appearance during a March 19 pre-trial conference, Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman Bryan Bouchard said.
The alleged victim, who CNN is not naming because police are investigating the case as a sexual assault, has been at the long-term-care facility since 1992.
    Now 29, her family says she suffers significant intellectual disabilities as a result of seizures during her childhood. Though the bedridden woman is nonverbal, she has some ability to move her extremities, responds to sound and can make facial gestures, her family says.
    She also has breathing and feeding tubes. Her mother was appointed her legal guardian in 2009.

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    The woman gave birth December 29, much to the shock of her caregivers, one of whom told a 911 dispatcher, “We had no idea she was pregnant.”
    A doctor who gave her a yearly checkup about 37 weeks before she gave birth wrote that there were no major changes in her health, according to medical records sent to the court. During an April 16 external exam, a doctor noted her “firm belly.”
    After obtaining DNA samples from male staff members last month, authorities arrested Sutherland, a licensed practical nurse who was caring for the woman. He was charged with sexual assault and vulnerable adult abuse.
    Sutherland voluntarily surrendered his nursing license, which he obtained in 2011, according to paperwork filed with the Arizona Board of Nursing. He had been with Hacienda HealthCare since 2012.
      Sutherland has “invoked his Fifth Amendment rights” and has not participated in an interview with police, Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said.
      Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement last month he’s “sickened” by the sexual assault and called for the company’s leaders, including its board of directors, to be replaced. State agencies are reviewing courses of action to take against the facility, he said.

      Man accused of exploiting girl by demanding video of alleged sex abuse at home

      Bryan Rogers, 31, of Madison, Wisconsin, is charged in federal court with sexually exploiting a child.

      Bryan Rogers, 31, of Madison, Wisconsin, is charged in federal court with sexually exploiting a child.

      (CNN)A Tennessee girl found alive after a two-week disappearance was with a stranger who picked her up after she told him she was being raped at home — and he asked for and kept video of the alleged abuse before he acted, authorities said.

      Bryan Rogers, a Wisconsin man who said he’d been messaging the 14-year-old through online gaming, drove to Tennessee in mid-January, picked the girl up and took her to his home, federal authorities allege in court.
      Investigators found the girl in Rogers’ home in Madison on Thursday night, days after her family reported her missing. She was discovered hiding in a closet after Rogers claimed she wasn’t there, authorities said.
      Rogers is now among at least two men criminally charged in the case:
        • The girl’s adoptive father, Randall Pruitt, was arrested last week and charged in Tennessee with raping her.
        • Rogers, 31, is charged in federal court with sexual exploiting a child, accused of persuading her to record video of her abuse.
        The girl's adoptive father, Randall Pruitt, is charged with rape.

        The girl's adoptive father, Randall Pruitt, is charged with rape.

        CNN is not naming the girl because she is the alleged victim of sexual assault.
        The girl sent Rogers a video, and he picked her up without alerting authorities about the alleged abuse, an affidavit filed in court on Monday said.
        “Rogers stated he did not ever send the video to any law enforcement because he thought it would not stand up in court,” the affidavit said.
        The FBI and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee declined to comment on how investigators learned the girl was at Rogers’ home.
        Attorneys for Rogers and Pruitt didn’t immediately respond to CNN’s requests for comment.

        Rogers and the girl connected through an online game, feds say

        The court document doesn’t say exactly how or when Rogers and the girl first contacted each other.

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        But Rogers, after his arrest Thursday, told investigators that they’d been in contact through the Roblox online gaming platform as well as through Facebook and an encrypted messaging system, the document said.
        According to the affidavit:
        • Rogers said the girl told him that she was being molested, and he said he instructed her to get video of the rape.
        • Investigators found a phone that shows chats between Rogers and the girl, starting on December 24.
        “I know you don’t want to do it but … we need clear video evidence,” reads one of the messages — which the affidavit said Rogers sent to the girl. The messages urge her to make a recording with a phone.
        • Rogers told investigators the girl emailed him such a video.
        “He saw the video and said it was blurry,” and claims he couldn’t give it to law enforcement because he didn’t think it would be useful in court, the affidavit said.

        After she recorded video of her abuse, he picked her up, feds allege

        After receiving the video, Rogers drove to Tennessee and picked her up, authorities allege. She was reported missing January 14, a day after last being seen at her home in Madisonville, in eastern Tennessee between Chattanooga and Knoxville.
        Rogers told investigators he “avoided tollways and gas stations with surveillance, and smashed (the girl’s) phone, so that he would not be traced,” the court document said.
        By Thursday, investigators came to believe the girl was with Rogers in Wisconsin, some 700 miles to the north of her home.
        On Thursday afternoon, FBI agents went to Rogers’ home, where he told them that he’d been in contact with girl online and that she’d given him video showing her being sexually assaulted, the affidavit said.
        But he told them that he had never met the girl in person, and that she was not in his home, the document said.
        Four hours later, investigators went back to the home, and found the girl hiding in a closet in Rogers’ living area in a basement, the affidavit said.
          Investigators found the video on Rogers’ computer, authorities said.
          Rogers is due in court Thursday afternoon for a detention hearing.

          Former President of Costa Rice and Nobel Prize winner Óscar Arias Sánchez accused of sexual assault

          Óscar Arias Sánchez, former president of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize winner, has been accused of sexual assault.

          The shocking claims against one of the most prominent figures in Costa Rica have been levied by psychiatrist and anti-nuclear activist Dr. Alexandra Arce von Herold, who sat with federal prosecutors for nearly three hours to file a criminal complaint on Monday, the New York Times reports.

          Von Herold claims that Arias, now 78, assaulted her in his home in 2014 while she was there to discuss an important upcoming event in Vienna related to her activism in nuclear disarmament. While there, she alleges he approached her from behind, touched her breasts, put his hands up her skirt and penetrated her vaginally with his fingers.

          “I just froze, and I didn’t know what to do,” she said in an interview. “I was so much in shock. That had never happened to me before.”

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          Arias was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for designing a plan to end civil war in Costa Rica, which aimed for “free elections, safeguards for human rights, and an end to foreign interference in the countries’ internal affairs,” according to their website. He served two terms as President of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990 and 2006 to 2010. Today, he reportedly continues his activism through a foundation promoting peace and democracy.

          Through his lawyer, Rodolfo Brenes, Arias issued a short statement proclaiming his innocence.

          “I deny categorically the accusations made against me,” he said. “I have never acted in a way that disrespected the will of any woman.”

          At the moment, Arias is facing unrelated allegations of criminal malfeasance for his connection with the approval of a gold mining project by a Canadian company in 2008 before the necessary environmental analyses had been conducted.

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          Von Herold, who is the daughter of a legislator with Arias’s party, reportedly visited his home many times with her mother before returning to discuss the event in Vienna. She claims to have told at least 15 people about the alleged assault, including her boyfriend, mother, father and brother. In an interview, her brother said that for a week after his sister told him about the incident, “it was like she had PTSD,” he said. “She didn’t feel safe.”

          At one point last year, she reportedly wrote lengthy posts on Facebook and Instagram detailing her allegations against Arias, but later deleted them at the suggestion of a Costa Rican journalist who warned her that they might have “negative repercussions.”

          Leveraging such a severe claim against a man of Arias’ legacy was incomprehensible before the wave of the #MeToo movement spread through the United States, Von Herald said. After watching the allegations against prominent American figures like Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein unfold, she says she was finally motivated to come forward with her story when she watched gymnasts testify against Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar.

          “All the other women, that did, that helped me,” she said. “So I thought maybe, maybe, I can help other people too.”

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          She remains fearful of the response from Arias and the rest of her country, but said that she knew other young woman working around Arias were at risk.

          “It’s the right thing to do,” she said, “even if it destroys me.”

          Indiana superintendent accused of committing insurance fraud to help student resigns

          The Indiana school superintendent who was arrested for allegedly using her own insurance to help a sick student resigned on Friday.

          Casey Smitherman, superintendent of Elwood Community Schools, reportedly resigned at a school board meeting and said she was “embarrassed” by the situation.

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          “I have dedicated my entire professional career to children and ensuring they have the best possible chance of success,” Smitherman said in a statement obtained by Fox 59. “My record of accomplishments clearly shows I have been successful in doing that. Unfortunately, my recent lapse in judgment has brought negative attention to the community and myself.”

          On Jan. 9, Smitherman allegedly took a 15-year-old student to the doctor after he didn’t show up to school because of a sore throat, the news station reported, citing court documents.

          She allegedly signed in the student under her son’s name — and filled a prescription for Amoxicillin at a pharmacy under the son’s name, too.

          Days later, investigators reportedly received a tip about the situation. Smitherman told police she was worried about the student and had helped him in the past, but never reported his situation to state officials out of fear he’d be placed in foster care.

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          Records reportedly stated that the student’s treatment cost $ 233. Smitherman previously told Fox 59 that the first clinic where she went with the student refused him service, so she pretended the boy was her son afterwards.

          “I knew he did not have insurance, and I wanted to do all I could to help him get well. I know this action was wrong. In the moment, my only concern was for this child’s health,” Smitherman said.

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          In her resignation statement, she said she hoped “this single lapse in judgment does not tarnish all of the good work I’ve done for students over the span of my career.”

          Smitherman was charged with official misconduct, insurance fraud, insurance-application fraud and identity deception.

          ‘El Chapo’ accused of drugging, raping girls as young as 13, according to court documents

          The accusations against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman grow more disturbing by the day, as recently unsealed documents reveal that the drug lord had sex with girls as young as 13, often after drugging them, and referred to the pills as the “vitamins” that give him “life.”

          The new and disturbing details were made during Guzman’s trial at the U.S. Federal Court in Brooklyn, New York on Friday. The witness, his former personal secretary Alex Cifuentes Villa, said that he would sometimes help Guzman incapacitate the girls by placing a “powdery substance” in their drinks, the New York Times reports.

          Guzman’s lawyer said in a statement that the drug lord denied the allegations, which he called “extremely salacious.”

          “Joaquin denies the allegations,” his lawyer, Eduardo Balarezo, said. He added that the claims “lack any corroboration and were deemed too prejudicial and unreliable to be admitted at trial.”

          Balarezo also questioned the timing of the documents. “It is unfortunate that the material was publicly released just prior to the jury beginning deliberations,” he continued. The documents were unsealed by Judge Brian Cogan in response to a request by Vice Media and the New York Times.

          ‘EL CHAPO’ DEFENSE ASKS JURY NOT TO ‘GIVE IN’ TO DRUG LORD’S ‘MYTH’

          In this courtroom sketch, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, center, listens as a prosecutor delivers closing arguments during his trial, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in New York. Guzman was portrayed Wednesday in closing arguments at his U.S. trial as a ruthless Mexican drug lord who also became skilled at evading capture and escaping prison because he feared facing justice on American soil. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

          In this courtroom sketch, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, center, listens as a prosecutor delivers closing arguments during his trial, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in New York. Guzman was portrayed Wednesday in closing arguments at his U.S. trial as a ruthless Mexican drug lord who also became skilled at evading capture and escaping prison because he feared facing justice on American soil. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

          Guzman’s former secretary Cifuentes alleged that the young girls were brought to the drug lord by a woman named only as “Comadre Maria.” She “regularly” sent photos of girls for Guzman to choose from, and would allegedly send his selections to his home in the mountains to engage in sexual activity for a fee of $ 5,000.

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          “Comadre Maria” was brought up another time in the trial, for her alleged role as an intermediary when Guzman reportedly paid a $ 100 million bribe to former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

          Guzman, 61, has been on trial since November, when he was extradited to the United States to face a litany of charges. He is accused of leading the Sinaloa drug cartel, largely considered to be one of the most powerful and ruthless criminal organizations in existence.

          He is facing 10 total charges, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, international distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs, and use of firearms. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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          The jury begins deliberation on Monday after hearing from a total of 57 witnesses: 56 presented by the prosecution and one called by Guzman’s defense team.

          He faces life in prison if found guilty.

          ‘El Chapo’ Guzman accused in court documents of having sex with young girls

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          New York (CNN)Witnesses in the case against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman told authorities the drug lord had sex with young girls he called “vitamins” that gave him “life,” according to court documents unsealed late Friday.

          The allegation comes days before a federal jury begins deliberations on Monday in Guzman’s high-profile drug conspiracy trial in US District Court in Brooklyn.
          A cooperating witness who testified at trial told investigators that around 2007 he helped Guzman drug girls as young as 13 by placing a “powdery substance” in their drinks before the defendant had sex with them, according to the documents.
          Eduardo Balarezo, one of Guzman’s attorneys, said his client denies the “extremely salacious” allegations that “lack any corroboration and were deemed too prejudicial and unreliable to be admitted at trial.”
            “It is unfortunate that the material was publicly released just prior to the jury beginning deliberations,” Balarezo said in a statement, declining further comment.
            The documents were ordered unsealed by US District Judge Brian Cogan at the request of The New York Times and Vice News.
            The documents had been sealed because prosecutors had convinced the court that the allegations were “irrelevant” to the drug conspiracy charges against Guzman.
            The cooperating witness, who lived with Guzman, told investigators that an associate of El Chapo known as “Commadre Maria” regularly sent the defendant photos of girls as young as 13, the documents said.
            For about $ 5,000, the girl of Guzman’s choice was delivered to one of El Chapo’s ranches in his home state of Sinaloa.
            The witness told investigators that Guzman called “the youngest of the girls his ‘vitamins’ because he believed that sexual activity with young girls gave him ‘life,'” according to the document.
            The document said other government witnesses corroborated the allegations.
            The cooperating witness told investigators that he also had sex with minors without drugging them.
              Guzman, 61, faces 10 federal counts, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, international distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs, and use of firearms. He has pleaded not guilty.
              He could be sentenced to life in prison if found guilty on the top charge of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise.

              Bill Maher accused of making fried chicken joke to Black Republican Congressman

              Comedian Bill Maher was accused of racism after making a fried chicken joke to a Black Republican during an interview on Friday’s HBO show of “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

              Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd came on the show to discuss the border wall which he opposes, while the host went on to ask the congressman why he remains a member of the GOP and sides with “traitor” President Trump.

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              “I’m a Republican because I believe in limited government,” Hurd responded, prompting Maher to interject and accuse Republicans of not actually supporting smaller government.

              “I’m just asking why you’re Republican? Because they’re not good at the debt, that was their big thing. You said limited government, they don’t do that.” Maher said. “What’s in it for you? What is in the Republican Party for you? You were in the CIA!”

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              In this Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 photo, first-term Republican Rep. Will Hurd, right, of Texas, talks with a supporter at a campaign office, in San Antonio.

              In this Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 photo, first-term Republican Rep. Will Hurd, right, of Texas, talks with a supporter at a campaign office, in San Antonio. (AP)

              Hurd responded: “I was in the CIA for almost a decade. I was the dude in the back alleys at four o’clock in the morning collecting intelligence on threats to the homeland.”

              That’s when Maher made the joke, causing awkwardness on the set. “That’s where you’d collect it, huh? Wow. By the Popeyes Chicken?”

              “That’s where you’d collect it, huh? Wow. By the Popeyes Chicken?”

              — Bill Maher

              Following the exchange, people on Twitter accused Maher of making a racist joke to the congressman.

              “Here’s Bill Maher lobbing a clearly racist joke to GOP Congressman Will Hurd, asking him if he gathered undercover intel for the CIA out ‘by the Popeye’s Chicken,’” NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck tweeted.

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              “Bill Maher is gonna be Bill Maher. Nobody’s canceling HBO over this, so he’s just gonna keep on being Bill Maher and accusing a black congressman of gathering intelligence behind a Popeyes Chicken,” tweeted Gabriel Malor.

              “Bill Maher insults black CIA vet by suggesting he picked up tips ‘behind the Popeye’s Chicken’ same day as Ralph Northam admits he submitted racist af blackface Klan photo to yearbook – it’s almost like this is all a game to them,” tweeted the Federalist publisher Ben Domenech.

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              Maher has long been criticized for his racially-charged language on his show.

              About two years ago, Maher faced calls to have his show nixed after he said the n-word during an interview with Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse. He apologized for the use of the word that time.

              CBS accused of editing Virginia Gov. Northam’s comments on 3rd-trimester abortion bill

              CBS was accused Thursday of downplaying Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s comments on late-term abortions, in which critics say he indicated a child could be killed after birth.

              “CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor” reportedly broke the media’s silence on Northam’s comments Thursday during a brief newscast in which political correspondent Ed O’Keefe ran a short soundbite that seemed to downplay the Virginia Democrat’s remarks by ignoring the full context of his statement, NewsBusters reported.

              The story was framed as: “Virginia’s governor today responded to critics after a move by Democrats to ease restriction on late-term abortions ignited an intense debate.” Ed O’Keefe said Northam upset “anti-abortion rights activists,” and that the outrage over Northam’s remarks were “unfounded.”

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              The segment began with Glor introducing Northam’s response to intense backlash. A soundbite of him doubling down on his comments played: “Virginia Democrats are on the side of ensuring women have access to the health care they need,” he said.

              After going on to explain the logistics of the bill, O’Keefe played a short clip of Northam’s statement from his interview with WTOP.

              “And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

              But Northam’s full comments on the bill are what sparked outrage from conservatives, who felt he implied a child could be killed after birth.

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              “So in this particular example if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen, the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

              The intent of his comments was not clear. But some conservative commentators and lawmakers took his remarks to mean he was discussing the possibility of letting a newborn die — even “infanticide.”

              CBS did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

              Analysis of Wednesday night’s news coverage from NewsBusters found that CNN, MSNBC and the broadcast networks’ nightly newscasts ignored Northam’s shocking comments.

              NewsBusters analyzed coverage from Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC from 7 p.m. to midnight ET on Wednesday and found that only Fox News included the story in its nightly coverage.

              On Friday, Northam came under more fire, this time over the emergence of his old yearbook page, which included a photo of two people in blackface and KKK garb. As he apologized for the photo and the hurt it had inflicted, there were calls from various lawmakers and social groups for his resignation.

              Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report. 

              A teen is accused of vandalizing a Hindu temple with spray-painted crosses and religious phrases

              (CNN)A Kentucky teen is under arrest after being accused of vandalizing a Hindu temple in Louisville earlier this week, police said.

              The suspect, a 17-year-old white male, is believed to have acted alone. He was arrested and charged with 1st-degree criminal mischief and 3rd-degree burglary after the Louisville Metro Police Department received a tip, authorities said.

              Doors broken down and a knife stabbed into a chair

              The break-in at Swaminarayan Temple was reported Tuesday morning. Temple members found their place of worship desecrated with what police said were hate-filled religious phrases and black crosses. A knife had been stabbed into a chair and several doors were broken down, police said.
                Police arrested a 17-year-old for allegedly vandalizing a Hindu temple.

                Police arrested a 17-year-old for allegedly vandalizing a Hindu temple.

                Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad assured worshipers his department would be providing extra security this coming Sunday to help attendees feel safe.
                “To come into the temple today and to see the words of hate, the paint on the posters, the desecration of this temple is heartbreaking,” Conrad said Wednesday.

                ‘This wasn’t an attack by a religion’

                Temple spokesman Rajesh Patel said Friday that temple members were shaken up by the vandalism, especially when they saw a poster of their deity covered with paint.
                Spray-painted phrases about Jesus covered the walls of the temple.

                Spray-painted phrases about Jesus covered the walls of the temple.

                “When you go and touch what’s sacred to us, that got people shaken up,” Patel said.
                Patel told CNN this was the first incident of its nature for the Hindu community in Louisville and the temple had not been threatened previously.
                “Do we let a hate crime take over our lives or do we move forward? We will be back in service Sunday and we will be even stronger and even closer than before,” said Patel. “And we will educate our children, that this wasn’t an attack by a religion, but an attack by an individual.”
                The Jefferson County office of the Commonwealth Attorney told CNN a judge may consider a hate crime designation when the case comes to court.
                Several state and local officials and representatives expressed their sadness, outrage and support over the incident on social media.

                The community is rallying around the Swaminarayan Temple

                Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called the vandalism a “cowardly and unacceptable act” and urged the Louisville community to show their support for the temple and its worshipers by coming to an event scheduled for Saturday morning to help clean up the “repugnant messages of hate” left behind.
                  Janice Cates, director of the mayor’s Compassion Initiative, said they are expecting at least 100 people to attend the clean-up, including faith leaders from the Muslim and Christian communities of Louisville who have all shown an “outpouring of support.”
                  “This community really comes together in times of strife like this,” Cates added.

                  Woman who accused ‘Southern Charm’ cast member of sexual assault filed false report: police

                  A woman who leveled sexual assault accusations against a cast member of the “Southern Charm” reality TV show was arrested Thursday on suspicion of filing a false police report, reports said.

                  Susan Wall Johnson, 43, claimed J.D. Madison sexually assaulted her in August 2017, but didn’t report the alleged incident until a year later. Police in Mount Pleasant, S.C., cited inconsistencies in her story and evidence that contradicted her claims for her arrest.

                  Johnson’s attorney called the charge against her “unfair” and “unfounded.”

                  “She was severely intoxicated on the night in question and so naturally there are some inconsistencies in her recollection,” her attorney Trey Harrell said in a statement obtained by People magazine. “Such inconsistencies do not make her a liar, and they certainly do not make her a criminal.”

                  "Southern Charm" cast members John David Madison, Thomas Ravenel and Whitney Sudler-Smith. Both Madison and Ravenel have been accused of sexual assault. 

                  “Southern Charm” cast members John David Madison, Thomas Ravenel and Whitney Sudler-Smith. Both Madison and Ravenel have been accused of sexual assault.  (Bravo )

                  A representative for Madison said their client “was never charged or arrested as the Mount Pleasant Police Department did not find any credible evidence to support her claims. We are grateful that the Mount Pleasant Police Department fully investigated this case and determined that these accusations were completely false,” according to the State newspaper in Columbia.

                  Madison was arrested in December on a check fraud charge. He was known on the show, which airs on Bravo TV, as a friend to former cast member Thomas Ravenel. Ravenel is a former South Carolina state treasurer who is facing sexual assault charges and second-degree assault and battery.

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                  He quit the show last year after the rape allegations emerged.