Actor Kevin Spacey Pleads Not Guilty In Sex Harassment Case

Kevin Spacey is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old boy.


Kevin Spacey pleaded not guilty Monday to indecently assaulting a teenager who alleged that the Oscar-winning US actor groped him in a bar in Massachusetts in 2016.

The “House of Cards” star, who faces five years in prison if convicted, is accused of repeatedly reaching down into the pants of a man identified as William Little, who was 18 at the time of the alleged attack at a Nantucket restaurant.

Spacey, dressed in a gray coat over a dark blazer and tie, was not asked for his plea during the brief arraignment in a crowded Nantucket courtroom, but his lawyer entered the denial on Spacey’s behalf.

A follow-on hearing was scheduled for March 4, but Spacey is not required to attend.

The 59-year-old actor stood quietly with his hands clasped as the clerk read out the charge “that in the town of Nantucket on July 18, 2016 (the defendant) did commit indecent assault and battery on someone 14 and over.”

The case marks the first time Spacey has faced sexual misconduct charges, although there are dozens of claims against him.

They come more than 13 months after the complaint was filed, the latest chapter in Hollywood’s reckoning over sexual assault and harassment that has already seen television icon Bill Cosby jailed and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein indicted.

Forced out

Spacey’s alleged victim was working as a bus boy for the summer in Nantucket and had remained in the bar after his shift finished to see his hero.

After meeting the actor and telling him he was 23 years old — the legal drinking age is 21 in Massachusetts — he said he started drinking first beer and then whiskey at Spacey’s urging.

The actor then allegedly invited him back to his place, along with some other friends. The young man declined, suspecting the actor was trying to seduce him.

But he stayed at the bar in the hopes of getting a picture with Spacey. It was then that the actor began sexually molesting the young man, according to court filings.

The two-time Oscar winner — recognized for his supporting role in “Usual Suspects” in 1996 and his lead role in “American Beauty” in 2000 — was considered one of the finest actors of his generation.

His career nosedived following allegations of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen men in the United States and Britain.

Forced out of public life, Spacey posted a video online in December in which he discussed allegations of sexual abuse in character as Frank Underwood, the scheming politician he played in “House of Cards” before the show dropped him.

‘Never that simple’

“You wouldn’t believe the worst without evidence, would you? You wouldn’t rush to judgments without facts, would you? Did you? No, not you. You’re smarter than that,” Spacey said in the video.

“Of course, some believed everything and have been just waiting with bated breath to hear me confess it all. They’re just dying to have me declare that everything said is true and that I got what I deserved.

“Only you and I both know it’s never that simple, not in politics and not in life.”

In addition to the Nantucket case, two other investigations are underway in Los Angeles and London, where Spacey served as artistic director of the prestigious Old Vic theater from 2004 to 2015.

Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos, who performed in several Old Vic productions, said it seemed that “it only took a male under 30 to make Mr Spacey feel free to touch us.”

The first public allegation of abuse came from actor Anthony Rapp, who claimed that Spacey sexually assaulted him when Rapp was 14, in 1986.

Spacey has not appeared on the screen or on stage since Rapp came forward.

Director Ridley Scott even removed Spacey from his film “All the Money in the World” (2017) by shooting all scenes in which the actor appeared again with another star, Christopher Plummer.

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Dancing FBI Agent Pleads Guilty To Accidentally Shooting Bar Patron

Chase Bishop will serve two years of unsupervised probation, the district attorney said


An ex-FBI agent who accidentally shot and wounded a Denver bar patron in June after performing a dance-floor back flip pleaded guilty on Friday to misdemeanor assault under a plea deal that spares him from serving jail time, prosecutors said.

Chase Bishop, 30, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in Denver District Court for shooting Thomas Reddington in the leg at the Mile High Spirits and Distillery, prosecutors said in a statement.

“We believe that this agreement strikes an appropriate balance of seeking justice for the victim and ensuring that this type of incident does not happen again,” District Attorney Beth McCann said.

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The FBI agent was off duty at the time of the incident, police said

Bishop, an FBI agent who was off duty at the time, was among the patrons at the nightclub in downtown Denver in the early morning hours of June 2. Video footage of the incident, captured by another customer and widely circulated online, showed Bishop breakdancing, then performing a backward somersault in the air.

His handgun fell from its holster onto the dance floor and discharged as Bishop picked it up, striking Reddington, 25, in the leg. A muzzle flash can be seen on the video.

The Denver Post reported that Bishop told the judge that he “never expected the result of my actions to lead to something like this.”

“My whole goal in life is to care, protect and serve people,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.

Reddington’s lawyer, Bill Marlin, told Reuters in a phone interview that his client is still recovering from a severed artery in his lower leg. He said Reddington was satisfied with the plea agreement that included no jail time.

“His (Reddington’s) concern was about Bishop’s conduct and his behaviour after the shooting,” Marlin said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Marlin said a prosecutor told him the FBI fired Bishop sometime after the incident.

Bishop was initially charged with second-degree assault, a felony. In exchange for his guilty plea, Bishop will serve two years of unsupervised probation, the district attorney said.

Marlin said Reddington has not committed to filing a lawsuit, but is “exploring civil remedies.”

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Alleged Russian Agent Maria Butina Pleads Guilty In US To Conspiracy

Prosecutors dropped one other charge against Maria Butina as part of the plea deal.


A Russian woman pleaded guilty in a U.S. court on Thursday to a single conspiracy charge in a deal with prosecutors and admitted to working with a top Russian official to infiltrate a powerful gun rights group and make inroads with American conservative activists and the Republican Party as an agent for Moscow.

Maria Butina, a former graduate student at American University in Washington who publicly advocated for gun rights, entered the plea to a charge of conspiracy to act as a foreign agent at a hearing in Washington. She became the first Russian to be convicted of working to influence U.S. policy during the 2016 presidential race and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Butina admitted to conspiring with a Russian official and two Americans from 2015 until her July arrest to infiltrate the National Rifle Association, a group closely aligned with U.S. conservatives and Republican politicians including President Donald Trump, and create unofficial lines of communication to try to make Washington’s policy toward Moscow more friendly.

Alexander Torshin, who was a deputy governor of Russia’s central bank, has been identified by Butina’s lawyers as the Russian official. Torshin was hit with U.S. Treasury Department sanctions in April. Paul Erickson, a conservative U.S. political activist with deep Republican ties who was romantically linked to Butina, was one of the two Americans to whom prosecutors referred.

Butina, a 30-year-old native of Siberia, agreed to cooperate “fully, truthfully, completely and forthrightly” with any and all U.S. law enforcement agencies and could provide interviews, sworn statements and lie-detector tests and participate in under cover law enforcement stings.

She was jailed after being charged in July and initially pleaded not guilty. Other Russian individuals and entities have been charged in a separate investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller regarding Moscow’s role in the 2016 election.

Clad in a green jumpsuit with her red hair pulled back in a long braid, Butina replied “absolutely” when asked by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan if her mind was clear as she prepared to plead guilty. Prosecutors dropped one other charge as part of the plea deal.

The actions Butina acknowledged taking occurred during the same time period that U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia engaged in a campaign of propaganda and hacking to sow discord in the United States during the 2016 race and boost Republican candidate Trump’s chances against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

In a statement of offence read aloud in court, a prosecutor said Butina drafted a March 2015 “Diplomacy Project” calling for establishing unofficial back channels of communication with high-ranking American politicians to help advance Russia’s interests.

Although there are no U.S. sentencing guidelines for her specific crime, her lawyer, Robert Driscoll, estimated that under guidelines for similar crimes Butina could face up to six months in prison. Butina faces possible deportation to Russia after finishing her sentence.

Because of Butina’s ongoing cooperation, the judge did not set a sentencing date but scheduled a status hearing for February 12.


Robert Driscoll, the lawyer for Maria Butina, estimated that under guidelines for similar crimes Butina could face up to six months in prison

Leonid Slutsky, head of the lower house of the Russian parliament’s foreign affairs committee, reacted to Butina’s case by calling it a “modern political inquisition,” in comments quoted by the RIA news agency.

Erickson’s description appears to match “Person 1” mentioned in the prosecution’s statement of offence. Person 1 helped advise Butina on which American politicians she should target for meetings, and her plan was carried out on behalf of the Russian official, the statement said.


“Butina opined that the circumstances were favourable for building relations with a certain U.S. political party,” the statement added, in an apparent reference to the Republican Party. “Butina predicted that the candidate nominated by Political Party #1 would likely win the upcoming U.S. presidential election,” as Trump did.

The “Diplomacy Project” document was crafted by Butina with help from Person 1, prosecutors said. To carry out the plan, Butina requested $125,000 from a Russian billionaire to attend conferences and set up “separate meetings with interested parties” such as other Russian businessmen or people with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they added.

Erickson is a well-known figure in Republican and conservative circles and was a senior official in Pat Buchanan’s 1992 Republican presidential campaign. Erickson’s lawyer William Hurd said in an email, “Paul Erickson is a good American. He has done nothing to harm our country and never would.”

In April 2015, prosecutors said, Butina travelled to the United States to attend a gun rights event whose description appears to match the NRA’s annual meeting. At that event, she was “introduced to influential members of Political Party #1,” they added.

The prosecutors said Butina invited “powerful members” of the NRA for a visit to Moscow where they met with high-level Russian officials. Apparent photos of the NRA Moscow trip are posted on her social media accounts.

After the visit, according to court records, she sent a Russian official a message apparently referencing the NRA saying, “We should let them express their gratitude now, we will put pressure on them quietly later.”

Butina also hosted “friendship dinners” in the hope of establishing ties with people who “would have the ear of the next U.S. presidential administration,” prosecutors said.

After the 2016 election, she proposed creating a dialogue with Trump’s advisors, but the Russian official told her he did not think the foreign affairs ministry would “go for it,” prosecutors said.

Butina even asked then-candidate Trump a question at a gathering of U.S. conservatives in 2015 about relations with Russia and economic sanctions imposed by his predecessor, Barack Obama. Trump responded that as president he would “get along very nicely” with President Vladimir Putin and “I don’t think you’d need the sanctions.”

Mueller is investigating whether Trump’s campaign conspired with Moscow to help him win the 2016 election. Trump has denied collusion with Moscow. Russia has denied interfering in American politics.

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नई दिल्ली: बुलंदशहर हिंसा मामले में इंस्पेक्टर सुबोध कुमार सिंह की हत्या का शक जिस आर्मी जवान जीतू पर लग रहा है, उसकी मां इस आरोप से इनकार कर रही हैं. जम्मू-कश्मीर में तैनात बीएसएफ जवान जीतू उर्फ फौजी के उपर इंस्पेक्टर सुबोध सिंह की हत्या का आरोप लगने की खबरों के बाद उसकी मां ने कहा एनडीटीवी से कहा कि घटना के दिन उनका बेटा जीतू गांव में मौजूद नहीं था, अगर जीतू दोषी पाया जाता है तो वह खुद उसे गोली मार देंगी. उनका यह भी कहना है कि उनके पति से पुलिस ने जबरदस्ती दबाव डालकर ये बातें उगलवाई हैं. 

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एनडीटीवी से बातचीत में आरोपी जीतू की मां ने कहा कि – अगर जीतू दोषी पाया जाता है तो मैं उसे गोली मार दूंगी. मेरे पति पर दबाव डालकर कबूल करवाया गया है. मेरा बेटा वहां मौजूद नहीं था. पुलिस ने मेरे परिवार से बदसलूकी की . घर के सारे सामान को तहस-नहस कर दिया. मेरे पति को जबरन उठाकल पुलिस ले गई.’ हालांकि, बताया जा रहा है कि जीतू के पिता ने पुलिस पूछताछ में बताया है कि घटना के समय जीतू घटनास्थल पर ही था. पुलिस ने जीतू के आसपास के गांव वालों से भी कंफर्म किया है. वीडियो को 13 लोगों को दिखाने के बाद ही यह पक्का हुआ कि घटना के समय जीतू फौजू मौके पर था. 

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दरअसल, यूपी पुलिस के एक बड़े अधिकारी के मुताबिक, स्थानीय, आरोपी और मौके पर मौजूद रहे लोगों से पूछताछ पर जीतू उर्फ फौजी का नाम सामने आया है. उसे पकड़ने के लिए दो टीमें निकल चुकी हैं, लेकिन हम लोकेशन इसलिए नहीं बता सकते क्योंकि इससे जांच प्रभावित हो सकती है. जब हम जीतू को पकड़ लेंगे और पूछताछ कर लेंगे तब बता पाएंगे कि क्या वाकई में इंस्पेक्टर सुबोध सिंह की हत्या जीतू फौजी ने ही की है. हालांकि, यह हमारी शुरुआती लीड है. हालांकि, सूत्रों से मिली जानकारी के मुताबिक, जीतू को पकड़ने के लिए पुलिस की दो टीमें जम्मू-कश्मीर गई हैं. एक टीम यूपी एसटीएफ की है और दूसरी यूपी पुलिस की. बताया जा रहा है कि आरोपी जीती फौजी बीएसएफ का जवान है. 

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दरअसल, पुलिस ये पुख़्ता तौर पर कह रही है कि जीतू फौजी घटना में शामिल था. इसलिए उसे नामजद किया गया है. सुबोध कुमार को गोली जीतू फ़ौजी ने मारी या नहीं इस पर सवाल है. जीतू फ़ौजी घटना के तुरंत बाद भागकर अपना बटालियन चला गया. जीतू का भाई धरमेंद्र भी आर्मी में है और वह पूणे में तैनात है. पुलिस ने जीतू के पिता राजपाल से पूंछताछ की, जिसमें से पता चला कि घटना के दिन जीतू गांव में ही था. 

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पुलिस का कहना है कि बिलकुल महाव गांव के ही खेत में गाय का मांस मिला था. पुलिस ने जो एफआईआर दर्ज कराया है, उसमें जीतू फौजी का भी नाम है. घटना के वक्त जीतू दिखा भी था, मगर उसके बाद वह तुरंत जम्मू-कश्मीर फरार हो गया.

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जीतू घटना के वक्त मौके पर था. कई वीडियो में इसे देखा गया है. घटना के बाद जम्मू कश्मीर भाग गया था. यूपी पुलिस बीएसएफ़ के संपर्क में है और आज जीतू की गिरफ्तारी भी हो सकती है. हालांकि, सुमित नामक लड़के की मौत किसकी गोली से हुई है, अभी तक इसका पता नहीं चल पाया है. इससे पहले मेरठ जोन के आईजी राम कुमार ने एनडीटीवी से कहा था कि उन्हें अभी तक इंस्पेक्टर सुबोध सिंह पर गोली चलाने वाले शख्स के बारे में जानकारी नहीं मिली है, जैसे ही सूचना मिलेगी पुलिस कार्रवाई करेगी. 

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बता दें कि बीते दिनों बुलंदशहर में गोकशी के शक में हिंसा भड़क गई थी, जिसमें इंस्पेक्टर सुबोध कुमार सिंह और एक आम नागरिक सुमित की मौत हो गई थी. बुलंदशहर हिंसा मामले में पुलिस की एफआईआर में बजरंग दल के जिला संयोजक योगेश राज को मुख्य आरोपी बनाया गया है. हालांकि, अभी तक योगेश राज भी फरार है. मगर सुबोध कुमार सिंह की मौत का आरोप अब जीतू फौजी पर लगा है. बताया जा रहा है कि इसकी गिरफ्तारी से कई सारी बातें सामने आ सकती हैं. 

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वहीं पुलिस में एक और एफआईआर दर्ज कराई गई है. यह एफआईआर गोकशी मामले में है. बजरंग दल के योगेश राज ने यह एफआईआर दर्ज कराई है. इसमें सात मुस्लिमों के नाम हैं, जिनमें से एक नाबालिग है. यूपी पुलिस योगेश राज की तलाश कर रही है. हालांकि, योगेश राज ने एक वीडियो जारी कर कहा कि वह घटना के वक्त घटनास्थल पर नहीं था और उसने गोली नहीं चलाई है.

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US Billionaire Who Molested Dozens Of Teens Found Guilty After A Decade

Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to felony solicitation of underage girls in 2008. (File)


Moments before jury selection was set to begin yesterday in a trial that was expected to feature testimony about billionaire sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged abuse of underage women, the case settled, ending nearly a decade of legal wrangling between Epstein and a lawyer who represents the women.

Epstein, 65, who has connections to President Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton, was at the center of the case here in Florida, where he is alleged to have molested dozens of girls at his Palm Beach mansion when they were teenagers. Epstein had been suing attorney Bradley Edwards, alleging that Edwards helped gin up false accusations as part of a fundraising scheme.

Yesterday, Epstein apologized for “false and hurtful allegations” he made against Edwards. Epstein was not present in court, and he didn’t directly apologize to the women Edwards represents.

But Edwards said the women, now in their late 20s and early 30s, can take solace in the outcome of the case.

“This not only vindicates me; it vindicates them and their credibility,” Edwards said.

Epstein, a gifted financier with connections throughout the nation’s power elite, pleaded guilty to felony solicitation of underage girls in 2008 and received a sentence of 13 months in jail that gave him a high level of freedom, he was allowed to leave his jail cell during the day.

Though Epstein was held accountable on the state level, his accusers have long argued that the sentence was light and that federal charges, which were not pursued under then US Attorney Alexander Acosta shouldn’t have fallen by the wayside. Jack Scarola, an attorney for Edwards, on yesterday called the outcome of the criminal case “a backroom sweetheart plea deal” that didn’t bring justice.

The development yesterday stopped what was expected to be a 10-day trial with potentially revealing details about Epstein’s alleged abuse. But the drama isn’t over: Edwards and Scarola are still trying to overturn the non-prosecution agreement that Acosta arranged, and they vow to have the women speak openly about what happened.

“In that case, as many victims as want to testify will be able to testify,” Edwards said. “The number that were identified by the US attorney is 36 to 40 women. There are more. It depends on how far you want to go. The operation was to recruit underage females, then have those underage females recruit others. It’s like a spider web of child molestation.”

Epstein’s apology, read by his attorney, Scott Link, explained that the lawsuit he filed against Edwards was an attempt to thwart Edwards’s effort to continue pursuing cases against him.

“Despite my efforts, he continued to do an excellent job for his clients and, through his relentless pursuit, held me responsible,” Epstein said in the statement. “I am now admitting that I was wrong and that the things I said to try to harm Mr. Edwards’ reputation as a trial lawyer were false.”

Yesterday’s agreement also includes an undisclosed financial settlement.

Epstein’s case also has put a spotlight on Acosta, who was the US attorney in Miami when Epstein was originally charged. The agreement that Acosta, now President Trump’s secretary of labor, arranged halted the earlier federal case and also kept most details of the charges against Epstein sealed from the public for years.

A recent Miami Herald investigation into Epstein’s criminal case sparked some lawmakers, including Democratic congresswoman Lois Frankel of West Palm Beach, to call for an inquiry into whether Acosta violated any practices or procedures when he signed off on the deal. Acosta has been floated as a possible successor to ousted attorney general Jeff Sessions.

“Obviously, a legislative committee has significantly greater investigative power than we do in the context of a lawsuit,” Scarola said. “We hope that will lead to answers about how something like this could possibly have happened.”

Epstein’s attorney could not be reached for comment. Epstein owns an island in the Caribbean and has homes in Palm Beach and New York. During the time he was charged with molesting teenage girls more than a decade ago, he attended parties at Mar-a-Lago, and Trump flew on his private jet at least once.

As part of his 2008 conviction, Epstein is required to register as a sex offender.

Scarola and Edwards said the #MeToo movement helped encourage their clients to speak out. Scarola said what Epstein “did to his child victims is heinous” and that Epstein settled the case because he didn’t want their stories told in open court.

“The worst thing that could have happened to him from his perspective was a prolonged trial, where there would be news stories every day about just how bad his conduct was,” Scarola said.

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Cricketers Guilty For Manipulating Birth Certificate Will Be Banned For Two Years, Says BCCI

Cricketers Guilty Of Age Fraud Will Be Banned For Two Years, Says BCCI

BCCI finally cracks the whip on the malpractice of age-fudging. © File Photo/BCCI

Age-fudging is one complication several sporting federations around the world have struggled with. Now, cracking the whip on the malpractice, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday declared that any cricketer found guilty of tampering with their date of birth will be barred from participating in any BCCI tournament for two years. In an official statement, the cricket board said, “Wish to reiterate that from the 2018-19 season, any cricketer who is found guilty of tampering his/her date of birth will be disqualified and barred from participating in any BCCI tournament for a period of 2 years i.e. 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.”

The release also states: “The BCCI has a zero-tolerance policy for age fraud in sport and has taken strict action against cricketers found guilty of manipulating their date of birth certificates while registering for BCCI tournaments.”


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if jawans guilty then we will be punished them says Bipin Rawat Bomdila case Arunachal Pradesh – अरुणाचल के बोमडिला में सेना-पुलिस टकराव : थलसेना प्रमुख बिपिन रावत बोले

खास बातें

  1. बिपिन रावत बोले- जवान दोषी होंगे तो मिलेगी सजा
  2. अरुणाचल के बोमडिला में सेना-पुलिस टकराव मामले पर उन्होंने कही यह बात
  3. सेना के कर्नल एफ बी फिरदौस का वीडियो वायरल

पठानकोट (पंजाब): अरुणाचल प्रदेश के बोमडिला थाने में हुई सेना और पुलिस के बीच झड़प के संबंध में थलसेना प्रमुख बिपिन रावत ने सोमवार को कहा कि इस घटना की जांच की जा रही है और दोषी जवानों के खिलाफ कार्रवाई की जाएगी. अधिकारियों के अनुसार, दो नवंबर को सैनिकों के एक समूह ने पश्चिम कामेंग जिले के बोमडिला में आयोजित बुद्ध महोत्सव में आम नागरिकों और पुलिसकर्मियों के साथ कथित तौर पर दुर्व्यवहार किया था. उन्होंने कहा था कि इस संबंध में दो सैनिकों को स्थानीय थाने में लाया गया था. इसके बाद कुछ सैनिकों ने बोमडिला थाने में तोड़फोड़ की और पुलिसकर्मियों तथा नागरिकों के साथ दुर्व्यवहार किया था. जवानों के खिलाफ कार्रवाई के बारे में पूछे जाने पर रावत ने यहां कहा, ‘‘ हम इस मामले की जांच कर रहे हैं. अगर कोई जवान दोषी पाया गया तो हम उनके खिलाफ कार्रवाई करेंगे.”

इसका एक वीडियो भी वायरल हुआ था. आरोप है कि सेना के कर्नल फिरदौज ने पश्चिम कामेंग जिले की जिला मजिस्ट्रेट (डीएम) सोनल स्वरूप और एसपी सहित बोमडिला थाने के पुलिस अधिकारियों को धमकी दी. उनके कहने पर जवानों ने थाने में तोड़फोड़ भी की. आईपीएस और आईएएस एसोसिएशन ने एक वीडियो भी ट्वीट किया है, जिसमें दिख रहे कर्नल यह कहते हुए सुनाई दे रहे- यह मेरी तुम्हें डायरेक्ट धमकी है, अगर मेरे लड़कों को फिर टच किया तो फिर देख लेना…. इस घटना के बाद आइपीएस एसोसिएशन ने #ArmyNotAboveLaw हैशटैग के साथ किए ट्वीट में सेना को भी टैग करते हुए कार्रवाई की मांग की है. 

यह भी पढ़ें: थाने में घुस सेना के कर्नल ने धमकाया- दोबारा मेरे लड़कों को पकड़ा तो फिर…, DM-SP को भी नहीं छोड़ा

इंडियन सिविल एंड एडमिनिस्ट्रेशन सर्विसेज़ (सेन्ट्रल) एसोसिएशन के अध्यक्ष राकेश श्रीवास्तव ने रक्षा सचिव संजय मित्रा को लिखे पत्र में कहा था कि भारतीय सेना अपनी बहादुरी और स्त्री-पुरुष के प्रति सम्मान और मानवाधिकारों की रक्षा के लिए जानी जाती है. हमें अपनी सेना पर गर्व है. मगर यह मामला निंदनीय है और कार्रवाई होनी चाहिए. उन्होंने सेना से यह सुनिश्चित करने की मांग किया कि कथित दोषियों को सजा दी जाए ताकि ‘‘ऐसी घटनाएं सशस्त्र बलों की शानदार विरासत में अपवाद रहें.”


क्या है पूरा मामला

अरुणाचल प्रदेश के पश्चिम कामेंग जिले में सेना की एक बटालियन तैनात है. जिसका नाम है अरुणाचल स्काउट्स. घटना दो नवंबर की है. जब बोमडिला में बुद्ध महोत्सव चल रहा था. इस दौरान इस बटालियन के दो जवानों को पुलिस थाने उठा ले आई. आरोप था कि महोत्सव स्थल पर सेना के जवानों के एक गुट ने हंगामा और मारपीट की. नागरिकों की शिकायत पर पुलिस उन्हें थाने ले गई. इसकी खबर जब बटालियन का नेतृत्व कर रहे कर्नल  फिरदौस पी को हुई तो वह मेजर  कौशिक रॉय के साथ थाने पहुंचे. उन्होंने पुलिसकर्मियों को धमकाना शुरू किया. आईएएस एसोसिएशन के मुताबिक कर्नल ने जिले की डिस्ट्रिक्ट मजिस्ट्रेट कम डिप्टी कमिश्नर सोनल स्वरूप और एसपी से भी दुर्व्यवहार किया. जब डीएम ने उन्हें जाने को कहा तो अभद्रता की. अफसरों से हाथापाई की घटना भी हुई. इस दौरान थाने में कर्नल पुलिस अफसरों को धमकाते हुए कैमरे में कैद हुए, जिसमें वह दोबारा लड़कों(जवानों) को पकड़ने पर अंजाम भुगत लेने की धमकी दे रहे हैं. आरोप है कि कर्नल और मेजर के थाने से जाने के बाद सौ से ज्यादा की संख्या में अरुणांचल स्काउट्स बटालियन के जवान पहुंचे और उन्होंने थाने में तोड़फोड़ की.

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US Pain Clinic CEO Pleads Guilty To $150 Million Opioid Scheme

The massive opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic that has killed tens of thousands of Americans


A businessman who operated pain clinics in the US states of Ohio and Michigan pleaded guilty Monday to a $150 million scheme to fraudulently distribute millions of doses of highly-addictive opioid medications.

Mashiyat Rashid, CEO of Tri-County Wellness Group, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, and one count of money laundering, the US Justice Department said.

The 38-year-old allegedly fueled a lavish lifestyle of luxury clothes and exotic automobiles by creating a massive fraud scheme to illegally prescribe 4.2 million doses of opioid medications such as oxycodone to patients, including addicts.

The investigation was part of an initiative by President Donald Trump’s administration to crack down on medical professionals who unscrupulously distribute the dangerous drugs to addicted patients for profit.

Such proliferation of prescription drugs helps fuel a massive opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic that has killed tens of thousands of Americans.

Last week, prosecutors unveiled charges against five New York doctors, a pharmacist and their associates.

“The Department of Justice has made ending the opioid crisis a top priority and taken historic new steps to stop the spread of addiction,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

“Today’s guilty plea helps us bring the defendant to justice and reduce the supply of illegal drugs flowing into our communities.”

Rashid agreed to forfeit more than $51 million, as well as properties prosecutors considered ill-gotten gains, such as various real estate holdings. He is scheduled to be sentenced in April.

The CEO owned and operated numerous pain clinics, laboratories and other health care facilities.

Twelve others, including seven doctors, have also pleaded guilty in the case.

The US opioid epidemic has led to the first drop in life expectancy over two consecutive years since the early 1960s, American statisticians say.

In 2017, a record 71,568 people died from overdose deaths, far more than traffic accidents and gun-related deaths, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The crisis is rooted in decades of overprescription of OxyContin and other addictive painkillers, leading to more than two million people becoming addicted.

In recent years, addicts have been forced to turn to heroin and the cheaper, far more potent fentanyl as authorities have cracked down on prescription painkiller sales.

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Mayawati Demands Stern Action Against Policemen Guilty In UP Man Killing

Vivek Tiwari was shot dead by a policeman when he allegedly refused to stop his car


Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati Monday demanded a high-level inquiry and stern action against guilty policemen in the killing of a tech company executive in the Gomti Nagar area.

The executive, Vivek Tiwari, 38, was shot dead by a policeman on September 29 when he allegedly refused to stop his car.

Expressing solidarity with the bereaved family, the BSP president said “along with the guilty policemen, we demand from the government to also take stern legal action against lax senior officials so that such incidents could be checked in future.”

“Besides, we demand a high-level inquiry into this case,” the BSP president said, adding that the government should not confine itself only to what the members of the bereaved family are demanding.

“The family members, at this point of time, are in shock…If the government thinks it has no hand in this case and want to ensure justice to the bereaved family, it should order a high-level inquiry on its own,” she said.

The former chief minister alleged that Tiwari’s killing was the latest example of how the upper caste people were “also facing harassment” in the BJP government.

She said the BSP is “very sad” over the incident and the party’s national general secretary, Satish Chandra Mishra, has been directed to meet the family and console them and ensure that they get justice.

“If the government fails to deliver justice to the family, S C Mishra will take up the case on the behalf of the party, and help them get justice,” she said.

The aggrieved family members met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday and said that they “have faith” in the state government.

“I have said earlier that I have faith in the state government. This faith has been strengthened after meeting the CM. I have lost capacity to take a stand after the unfortunate incident, which should not have happened. It has shaken me. After meeting the CM, I have gained confidence that I will be able to fulfill the responsibilities my husband left on me,” said Kalpana Tiwari, the wife of Vivek Tiwari.

“All my demands have been met. I wanted strict action against the guilty, a job, accommodation, expenses for education of my daughters and my mother-in-law. The CM acceded to all my demands,” she told reporters.

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Donald Trump Says Could Change Mind If US Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh Is Guilty Of Sexual Assault

Democrats had demanded Donald Trump withdraw Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. (File)


US President Donald Trump praised his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday but said he would be open to withdrawing his nomination if he finds sexual assault allegations against him to be credible.

“I can always be convinced,” Trump said on the eve of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring one of Kavanaugh’s accusers.

“If I thought he was guilty of something like this, yes, sure,” Trump said at a press conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. “It’s possible I’ll hear that, and I’ll say, ‘Hey, I’m changing my mind.’

“I want to watch,” Trump said ahead of the hearing featuring Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers.

“I look forward to what she has to say,” Trump said. “I also look forward to what Judge Kavanaugh has to say. I think it’s going to be a very important day in the history of our country.”

In prepared testimony released on Wednesday, the 51-year-old Blasey Ford said she feared Kavanaugh would rape her during the attack, which she said occurred in the summer of 1982.

Blasey Ford said the incident left her “drastically altered,” but it was her “civic duty” to tell lawmakers what happened. 

Kavanaugh has also been accused of exposing himself to a classmate, Deborah Ramirez, during an alcohol-fueled Yale University party a few years later.

On Wednesday a third woman came forward with explosive allegations, saying she witnessed sexually abusive behavior by Kavanaugh when he was a teenager.

Trump described Kavanaugh as a “great gentleman” and a “great intellect” and said he believed the accusations against the conservative judge were “false.”

‘Big, fat con job’

Trump said he was skeptical because he personally had been the target of “false statements” in the past made by various women.

“I’ve had a lot of false charges made against me,” he said. “People want fame, they want money, they want whatever.”

He also slammed his Democratic opponents, accusing them of being “con artists” and destroying the 53-year-old judge’s reputation.

The Kavanaugh nomination has turned into a political firestorm ahead of November congressional elections and is threatening to derail Trump’s push to get a conservative-minded majority on the top court ahead of the vote.

Democrats on Wednesday demanded that Trump withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination or order an FBI investigation.

“He is asking for a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court where he will have the opportunity to rule on matters that will impact Americans for decades,” the 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a letter to the president.

The third woman to come forward, Julie Swetnick, said she saw Kavanaugh engage in sexually abusive behavior as a teenager and claimed she had been drugged and gang-raped at a party he attended in approximately 1982.

Kavanaugh strongly denied the allegations by Swetnick, 55, who has worked extensively for the federal government.

“This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone,” he said in a statement. “I don’t know who this is and this never happened.”

Later, the judiciary committee said it had received a fourth allegation, this time in a letter from an anonymous source who said their daughter and others had witnessed Kavanaugh physically assault a woman while intoxicated in Washington in 1998, shoving her “up against the wall very aggressively and sexually.”

“There were at least four witnesses including my daughter,” the source wrote, adding that the alleged victim was “still traumatized.”

But a spokesman for the committee told AFP the letter lacked credibility and the panel had no way to investigate the matter because the complaint was anonymous.

‘Physically aggressive behavior’

Swetnick said she saw Kavanaugh behave as a “mean drunk” at parties they both attended growing up in suburban Maryland.

“I observed Brett Kavanaugh drink excessively at many of these parties and engage in abusive and physically aggressive behavior towards girls, including pressing girls against him without their consent, ‘grinding’ against girls, and attempting to remove or shift girls’ clothing to expose private body parts,” Swetnick said.

She did not specifically claim Kavanaugh took part or that he was aware of her rape, but said that he and other boys in his circle engaged in similar behavior.

She said she saw efforts by “Kavanaugh and others to cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys.

“I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room,” she said.

“These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh,” she said. Judge is a boyhood friend of Kavanaugh who has written a book describing the debauchery of his high school years.

Kavanaugh, in prepared testimony released on Wednesday, repeated his denial of Blasey Ford’s allegation and said “this effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out.”

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