Famous figures accused of sexual misconduct
Bill Cosby found guilty of sexually assaulting minor at Playboy mansion
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The era of #MeToo has brought waves of fresh sexual misconduct allegations against some prominent and powerful figures. It might seem like all of these accusations are new, but the fact is that victims are only just starting to feel more comfortable in sharing their experiences, and these acts of sexual misconduct and abuse have been going on for many, many years. The difference is that, now, people are paying attention.
Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby was found guilty of sexual assault again in a civil trial from yet another accuser. Judy Huth testified that Cosby invited her and a high school friend to a party at the Playboy mansion in 1975, when she was 16 years old, where he forced himself on her in a private room. Cosby's lawyers tried to accuse Huth of fabricating the story, but Huth said she decided to come forward after seeing dozens of other women come forward with similar allegations. Cosby didn't appear in court during the trial but his 2015 video deposition was used, in which he said he did not remember Huth. The jury ruled that Cosby must pay Ms Huth, who is now 64, US$500,000 in damages.
The public is still learning how to deal with figures accused of sexual crimes, but by putting these stories in the spotlight, a discussion can be had about the power structures that enable these patterns, the faults our society has had in the past in dealing with them, and the steps we can take to do better.
Read through this gallery to discover defamed faces who have been accused of sexual misconduct.
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