(CNN)The former Hacienda HealthCare nurse accused of impregnating a severely disabled woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a Maricopa County, Arizona, court.
(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.
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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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
“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!”
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?”
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.
“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.
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 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.”
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.
“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.
(CNN)A Kentucky teen is under arrest after being accused of vandalizing a Hindu temple in Louisville earlier this week, police said.
Doors broken down and a knife stabbed into a chair
‘This wasn’t an attack by a religion’
The community is rallying around the Swaminarayan Temple
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.”
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.
He quit the show last year after the rape allegations emerged.