What’s Current: Canadian pop band Hedley accused of sexually assaulting young fans

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • Members of the Canadian pop band Hedley stand accused of sexual harassment and assault. Many of the band’s accusers are young teens.
  • Trump’s lawyer finally confirms rumours that he paid $130,000 to a porn star to secure her silence around a sexual encounter in 2006.
  • Defence lawyers for a sexual predator in France argue that his 11-year-old victim is “not a child.”
  • Olympic snowboarder Shaun White dismisses allegations of sexual misconduct, calling them “gossip.”
  • Paul Ryan, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, addresses the fact that a known domestic abuser made his way into the White House. He said:

“Clearly we should all be condemning domestic violence…

… And if a person who commits domestic violence gets in the government then there is a breakdown in the system,” the speaker added. “There’s a breakdown in the vetting system and then that breakdown needs to be addressed.”

Jess Martin
Jess Martin

Jess Martin is a public relations professional, an aspiring writer, and an assistant editor at Feminist Current. She prefers to write about feminist topics, disability, or environmental issues, but could be persuaded to broaden her horizons in exchange for payment and/or food. In her spare time Jess can be found knitting, gardening, or lying in the fetal position, mulling over political theory that no one in their right mind cares about.

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