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S. Korean religious leader who claims to be the messiah arrested on sexual assault charges

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  • Jung Myung-seok, the 77-year-old leader of the controversial religious group Providence, was arrested on Tuesday over rape and molestation allegations.
  • The self-proclaimed messiah, who founded Providence in 1978, is accused of sexually assaulting multiple women and is currently on remand in jail.
  • Jung has been convicted of rape in the past and served a 10-year prison sentence for raping several female members of his sect.
  • Recent victims alleged that the cult leader returned to abusing women just months after his release in 2018.
  • Jung’s cult made headlines in 2016 after several members from Australia came forward to accuse the group of using modeling classes and bible studies as fronts to recruit young women in Australia to be his “spiritual wives.”

South Korean authorities arrested a cult leader over rape and molestation allegations on Tuesday.

Jung Myung-seok, the 77-year-old leader of the controversial religious group Christian Gospel Mission (CGM), is accused of sexually assaulting a Hong Kong woman and an Australian woman by “quasi-rape” from 2018 to 2021.

NYPD asks for help after man follows woman into Chinatown apartment building and sexually assaults her

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  • Surveillance footage showed a man sexually assaulting a woman in her New York City Chinatown apartment building.
  • The attacker followed the 27-year-old woman into her building near Market Street and Madison Street on Sept. 24, the New York Police Department said.
  • In the video, the woman is seen being pinned against the wall in her vestibule before the culprit tries to kiss her and forcibly gropes her buttocks, breasts and groin.
  • The man, who police described as an adult male, approximately 160 pounds, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a medium build, medium complexion and bald, fled eastbound on Madison Street towards Catherine Street.
  • He was last seen wearing a beige New York Yankees baseball cap, a plaid collared shirt, light colored sweater, blue jeans and black sneakers.

The New York Police Department is asking the public for help in finding a man sexually assaulted a woman in her Chinatown apartment building.

The attacker followed the 27-year-old woman into her building near Market Street and Madison Street on Sept. 24, police said.

Constance Wu reveals alleged sexual assault in memoir excerpt

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  • Constance Wu shared an excerpt from her new memoir “Making a Scene” with Vanity Fair on Monday in which she recalls an alleged sexual assault she experienced in her 20s.
  • Wu says she was raped during a second date with a man named “Ty” and forgot about the sexual assault for about 10 years until she finished filming “Crazy Rich Asians.”
  • “I think that’s why the memory decided to resurface then. Because it was finally safe. I was financially and professionally secure. I’d reached a place in my life where people actually listened to me” Wu wrote.
  • “Making a Scene” is scheduled for release on Oct. 4.

In an excerpt from her forthcoming memoir “Making a Scene” shared with Vanity Fair, Constance Wu details an alleged sexual assault she experienced in her 20s.

The incident allegedly occurred when Wu was on a second date with a man she calls “Ty,” a 36-year-old aspiring novelist. Ty told Wu he had a gift for her back at his place, which he did: a box the size of a throw pillow wrapped in brown paper with a red silk ribbon. 

Viral video of 15-year-old girl walking home naked after alleged sexual assault in India sparks outrage

  • A 15-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by five men who took her to a forest in Moradabad, India, on Sept. 1.
  • The girl walked home naked for more than a mile on a busy road, where she was reportedly filmed by passers-by and pelted with stones. Surveillance footage of the girl has since been circulating online.
  • The incident has sparked outrage on social media, with the Moradabad police receiving backlash for their inactivity and “laid back” investigation of the case.
  • The teen’s parents claimed that their daughter has had mental disabilities since her childhood, and have since denied her allegations.
  • According to the police, rape was not confirmed in the medical examination of the girl.

A video circulating online of a 15-year-old girl in India walking home naked after being allegedly gang-raped has sparked online outrage towards the police’s “laid back” investigation.

The teen was reportedly returning home at around 8 p.m. on Sept. 1 after having gone to a fair with a friend when five men on bikes allegedly kidnapped her and took her to a forest in Saidpur Khadar, Moradabad. 

Kelly Marie Tran to star in biopic about Nobel-nominated activist Amanda Nguyen

Kelly Tran and Amanda Nguyen
  • Kelly Marie Tran will produce and star in a biopic about civil rights activist Amanda Nguyen.
  • The film will cover Nguyen’s story as a sexual assault survivor during her time at Harvard University and her path to becoming a champion of survior rights.
  • Nguyen’s work culminated as the Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act, which become U.S. federal law in 2016 and led to her Nobel Peace Prize nomination.
  • Tang Yi is in talks to direct and write the biopic, while Nina Yang Bongiovi and Nguyen herself are set to produce alongside Tran.

Kelly Marie Tran will be juggling acting and producing in a biopic about her friend: civil rights activist Amanda Nguyen.

Tran, who is best known for her work in the “Star Wars” franchise and “Raya and the Last Dragon, will star as Nguyen in a story about her journey as a survivor of sexual assualt while attending Harvard University and then a civil rights activist for survivor’s rights, according to The Hollywood Reporter

VP of Boston bank arrested in connection with series of stabbings, sexual assaults dating back to 2003

  • Ivan Cheung, 42, of Quincy, Massachusetts, is facing multiple charges related to a series of sexual assaults involving two young girls and two women in Boston between 2003 and 2006.
  • The victims include a 13-year-old girl, a 14-year-old girl, a 23-year-old woman and an 18-year-old woman, according to prosecutors.
  • Cheung allegedly picked up his victims, drove them elsewhere and raped them at knifepoint before stabbing them.
  • In June, Boston police collected a cigarette he had discarded and linked its DNA content to genetic material recovered from the last two attacks.
  • Cheung worked at Boston-based financial services firm State Street, which terminated his employment following his arrest.

A man from Quincy, Massachusetts, has been hit with multiple charges in connection with a string of sexual assaults involving women and children in Boston nearly 20 years ago.

Ivan Cheung, 42, is accused of raping two young girls and two women in separate incidents in 2003, 2005 and 2006. He worked for State Street, a financial services firm in Boston.

Babysitter sentenced to 20 years in prison in Japan for sexually assaulting 20 children

  • Hashimoto Akinori, 31, was found guilty of sexually assaulting 20 boys, aged 5 to 11, between August 2015 and December 2019. 
  • He was sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment by the Tokyo District Court on Aug. 30.
  • One of the ways Akinori, who was qualified as a child care worker, found his jobs was via an app that connects parents with babysitters, according to reports. 
  • The incident has prompted the Japanese government to review the guidelines on babysitting matching sites to help prevent similar crimes from occurring in the future.

A former babysitter in Japan was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting 20 children.

Hashimoto Akinori, 31, was found guilty of sexually assaulting 20 boys aged 5 to 11. He was sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment by the Tokyo District Court on Aug. 30.

India frees 11 Hindu men who sexually assaulted pregnant Muslim woman, killed 7 of her family members in 2002

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  • The 11 Hindu men who gang-raped a pregnant Muslim woman in 2002 and killed seven of her family members were freed on remission on Monday from Gujarat’s Godhra town jail.
  • The men were previously convicted in early 2008 and given life sentences for the rape of Bilkis Bano, a then-21-year-old woman who was five months pregnant at the time, amid the Hindu-Muslim riots in 2002.
  • The decision sparked outrage from the victim’s family, lawyers and politicians.
  • On Monday, media footage showed the 11 men being welcomed with confectioneries outside the jail upon their release.
  • The release has also sparked criticism regarding the government’s stance on violence against women.

A court in India ordered the release of 11 Hindu men who gang-raped a pregnant Muslim woman in 2002 and killed seven of her family members.

Themen involved in the Bilkis Bano case were freed on remission on Monday from Gujarat’s Godhra town jail as India celebrated the 75th anniversary of the end of British rule. 

#MeToo trailblazer in China vows to fight on after losing appeal in landmark sexual harassment case

  • China’s leading #MeToo figure Zhou Xiaoxuan, better known in the country as Xianzi, lost her appeal in her trial on Wednesday against CCTV anchor Zhu Jun, whom she accused of forcibly kissing and groping her when she worked as an intern on his show in 2014.
  • “The court held that the evidence submitted by the appellant Zhou was not sufficient to prove that Zhu had sexually harassed her, and that the appeal could not be substantiated," the Beijing Municipal No.1 Intermediate People's Court said in a statement posted on Weibo.
  • “We will talk to our lawyer and fight for a retrial. There may be basically no chance of re-starting it. But we also want to tell the justice system that we are making one last-ditch effort,” Zhou told Reuters.
  • “We've faced so many blows already, and what you can see is that this blow didn't overwhelm Chinese women, didn't make people give up their claims and make their demands," Zhou added.
  • China’s #MeToo movement gained traction in 2018 after a student accused her college professor of sexual harassment.

China’s leading #MeToo figure Zhou Xiaoxuan lost her appeal in her trial against CCTV anchor Zhu Jun earlier this week due to a lack of evidence.

The Beijing Municipal No.1 Intermediate People’s Court rejected the Beijing-based screenwriter’s appeal on Wednesday on the grounds of “insufficient evidence,” the same ruling a Beijing court issued in September.

University student in South Korea arrested for sexual assault and falling death of classmate

  • A 20-year-old freshman at Inha University in Incheon, South Korea, has been arrested for allegedly raping a female classmate and causing her to fall to her death.
  • The suspect was taken into emergency custody on Friday after the victim was found dead at 3:49 a.m. with no clothes and blood on her head, mouth and ears.
  • Police speculate that the suspect raped the victim in the school building and caused her to fall to her death from the third floor.
  • The suspect denied pushing the victim off the building during police questioning.

Police in Incheon, South Korea, have arrested a 20-year-old freshman at Inha University for allegedly raping a female classmate and causing her to fall to her death.

The suspect was detained on Friday around 2 p.m. after the 20-year-old victim was found dead at 3:49 a.m. She was reportedly found naked with blood on her head, mouth and ears. The Incheon District Court issued an arrest warrant on Sunday due to the “risk of destroying evidence or escaping” and the suspect was brought in for questioning.

NYC Little Tokyo restaurateur accused of sexually assaulting company exec in $95 million lawsuit

  • Shuji Bon Yagi, the 73-year-old New York City restaurateur dubbed the “Mayor of Little Tokyo,” faces a $95 million lawsuit for allegedly sexually assaulting Nozomi Horikoshi, the 51-year-old vice president of operations at his company.
  • Horikoshi, a married mother, filed the lawsuit at the Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday.
  • She claims Yagi had sex with her in his West 58th Street apartment without consent while she was passed out after a night of drinking with co-workers on Dec. 10.
  • When Horikoshi confronted Yagi, he allegedly told her that he had always been interested in her and that he thought there was mutual consent. Yagi also allegedly told the mother that others would find his behavior “acceptable due his role as [her] boss.”
  • Louis Pechman, Yagi’s attorney, reportedly denied the allegations on his behalf.

A New York City restaurateur dubbed the “Mayor of Little Tokyo” has been accused of sexually assaulting an executive at his company. 

Shuji Bon Yagi, the 73-year-old magnate behind several East Village Japanese restaurants, faces  a $95 million lawsuit for allegedly sexually assaulting Nozomi Horikoshi, the 51-year-old vice president of operations his company, T.I.C. Restaurant Group.

Indian police station officer arrested for sexually assaulting teen girl who was reporting sexual assault

  • A 13-year-old girl, who was allegedly gang raped by four people, was allegedly sexually assaulted again at the police station where she was left by her rapists in India. 
  • The teen reached out to an NGO to narrate her ordeal, who then approached the superintendent of police and registered a first information report on Tuesday. 
  • The Uttar Pradesh police in India arrested Station House Officer Tilakdhari Saroj of Pali police station on charges of sexual assault.
  • The survivor was admitted to a hospital for treatment.

The Uttar Pradesh police in India have arrested the station house officer (SHO) of Pali police station on charges of sexually assaulting a teenage rape survivor. 

A 13-year-old girl, who was allegedly gang raped by four men, was allegedly sexually assaulted again at the police station where she was left by her rapists.