In a significant development, ex-Barcelona footballer Dani Alves is set to stand trial in Spain on charges of sexual assault, as confirmed on Tuesday.
American singer Lizzo is currently facing a social media backlash after allegations of sexual harassment and body-shaming emerged against her. Three of her former backing dancers have filed a lawsuit, accusing her of sexual harassment, discrimination, and creating a hostile work environment.
American singer Trey Songz is vigorously seeking the dismissal of a sexual assault case against him, amidst serious claims of bribery. Court documents obtained by Radar Online reveal that the alleged victim, Jauhara Jeffries, accused Songz of offering her a staggering $200,000 to falsify the assault allegations, which she claims occurred at a Miami nightclub in 2021. In response, Jeffries is suing the “Bottoms Up” singer for $20 million.
Yomi Fabiyi, an actor and producer, has written an open letter to Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, urging authorities to arrest comedian Damilola Adekoya, popularly known as Princess, for her alleged involvement in the Baba Ijesha’s sexual assault case.
Katie Holmes, the famous American actress, has spoken out about sexual assault and its prevalence among women, calling it an “understood secret“. In an interview with Glamour, Holmes discussed her new film Rare Objects. She directed the movie and addressed the sensitive topic of sexual assault.
American singer and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old in 1973 and forced her to have an abortion. In response to the claims made in a lawsuit filed in December 2022, Tyler argued that the plaintiff had consented to their sexual relationship. Tyler also claimed he had legal immunity as her guardian at the time. He also asked for the case to be dismissed, citing 24 affirmative defenses denying the allegations.
The response comes three months after the plaintiff, Julia Misley, accused the Aerosmith frontman of sexual assault and sexual battery in the 1970s. Misley also alleged that Steven Tyler forced her to have an abortion during their relationship. She also claimed that Tyler “coerced and persuaded” her into believing they had a romantic relationship. The relationship allegedly started when she was 16, and he was 25. Misley also accused Tyler of sexual abuse during their relationship.
Tyler, who admitted in his memoir to having a relationship with a then-unnamed 16-year-old girl, claimed that Misley ,
has not suffered any injury or damage as a result of any action by Defendant.” He also stated that “if it is determined that Plaintiff has been damaged, then any such damages were not caused by Defendant.”
Misley’s attorney, Jeff Anderson, criticized the Aerosmith frontman’s defense. Anderson stated that Tyler was using “a sham legal guardianship to avoid prosecution for sex crimes”. He also criticized Tyler’s lawyers for launching an “obnoxious and potentially dangerous” legal defense. The defense claimed that legal guardianship was consent and permission for sexual abuse.