Another woman has come forward accusing record producer Russell Simmons of sexual assault. She adds her name to a roster of about a dozen other women who have accused Simmons of rape over the last year. The woman alleges that in 1990 Simmons invited her up to his new New York City apartment after having been on a date. It was there, she said, that Simmons allegedly pushed her up against a wall and assaulted her even after having told him no several times.
Women are becoming more vocal when it comes to reporting alleged sex crimes. In fact, between May 2017 and May 2018, the number of rape allegations reported to the New York Police department almost doubled. Some are speculating those numbers have to do with the #MeToo movement.
A 21-year-old man with no fixed address had some time in front of a judge recently. The man was charged with the rape of a woman from Queens who had just dropped her child off at school. It is alleged that the accused also allegedly broke the woman's neck in the incident. Prosecutors said the woman was attacked so viciously she was barely recognizable.
A 64-year-old investigator with the Department of Correction is facing time behind bars. The New York resident was recently found guilty of receiving, possessing and transporting child pornography. His minimum prison stay will be five years. Jurors convicted him after he was found to have been in possession of videos of preteen children being sexually abused. The jury didn't buy his explanation that he was downloading the porn so he could better understand minor victims.
A doctor who was once convicted of sexually assaulting patients is in hot water once again -- this time regarding allegations of rape. The rape charges stem from apparent incidents regarding the New York physician and six patients beginning in 2013. The doctor has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
A now 47-year-old man who has spent 30 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit has been exonerated. The New York City resident was identified decades ago in a lineup by a female who suffered a gang rape by three men at a Brooklyn, New York fast food restaurant where she was an employee closing up for the night. The three rapists said the accused was not even at the restaurant that night, but the victim's testimony put the then 17-year-old behind bars.
Police say a 14-year-old Long Island girl was raped by a man she met on Snapchat assaulted her. The 28-year-old man, a resident of Brooklyn has been formally accused of rape. It is alleged that the man met with the girl on a number of occasions.
The New York Police Department has two fewer officers in its ranks. The officers, who are facing charges of the recent alleged rape of an 18-year-old woman, quit their jobs days before an internal trial that usually takes place and the completion of criminal proceedings. The New York department broke with precedent in this instance, choosing to hold an internal trial beforehand.
Jury selection is set to start for the rape trial of Nicki Minaj's brother, Jelani Maraj. The 38-year-old New York rapper is charged with the first-degree rape of a 12-year-old. He is also charged with first-degree sexual conduct. Maraj has pleaded not guilty. He could face life in prison if he is convicted of the highest charge.
A Staten Island native has been charged with a number of sex attacks and is facing charges in another, police say. The 27-year-old facing sex crime accusations has been formally charged with attempted rape, sex abuse, robbery and assault. New York police say the alleged attacks took place in a one-hour timeframe near the man's home.