Stacia Robitaille, wife of hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille, claimed Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump once made "aggressive" advances toward her in an elevator at Madison Square Garden. Robitaille tweeted that the encounter with Trump occurred while her husband was playing for the New York Rangers during the mid-1990s. She said Trump was with another man when the alleged incident took place. Her husband is the current president of business operations for the Los Angeles Kings, the franchise he starred with and where he played 14 of his 19 NHL seasons. Robitaille's claim of the unwanted advances come a day after three women who had previously accused Trump of sexual harassment reiterated their allegations on NBC's Megyn Kelly Today. On Tuesday, Trump tweeted he was being targeted with "false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met." read more
A forged document accusing the top Democrat in the Senate of sexual harassment copied language verbatim from a real sexual-harassment complaint filed against Rep. John Conyers. On Tuesday afternoon, right-wing social media personalities Charles Johnson and Mike Cernovich boasted of obtaining a document that would put a senator out of a job. "Michael Cernovich & I are going to end the career of a U.S. Senator," Johnson posted on Facebook on Monday. The senator was Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York, Axios first reported. But the document was fake. A copy of the document, obtained by The Daily Beast, purports to be draft lawsuit complaint against Schumer by a former staffer. It accuses him of sexual harassment. Schumer's office told The Daily Beast the document and her signature are forgeries. Schumer's office said the senator was not in Washington, D.C. or the United States during several dates in the document when he is said to have harassed the staffer. read more
In the final days before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, members of his inner circle pleaded with him to acknowledge publicly what U.S. intelligence agencies had already concluded -- that Russia's interference in the 2016 election was real. Holding impromptu interventions in Trump's 26th-floor corner office at Trump Tower, advisers -- including Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and designated chief of staff, Reince Priebus -- prodded the president-elect to accept the findings that the nation's spy chiefs had personally presented to him on Jan. 6. They sought to convince Trump that he could affirm the validity of the intelligence without diminishing his electoral win, according to three officials involved in the sessions. More important, they said that doing so was the only way to put the matter behind him politically and free him to pursue his goal of closer ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. read more
Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the state's governor said at a news conference. Governor Mark Dayton said that Smith will serve a one-year term in the Senate, concluding in January 2019. Smith, 59, will run in a special election for the seat next year. Smith became lieutenant governor in January 2015. The Star Tribune said she previously worked as Dayton's chief of staff and held position at General Mills and Planned Parenthood.
A former clerk for Judge Alex Kozinski said the powerful and well-known jurist, who for many years served as chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, called her into his office several times and pulled up pornography on his computer, asking if she thought it was photoshopped or if it aroused her sexually. Heidi Bond, who clerked for Kozinski from 2006 to 2007, said the porn was not related to any case. One set of images she remembered was of college-age students at a party where "some people were inexplicably naked while everyone else was clothed." Another was a sort of digital flip book that allowed users to mix and match heads, torsos and legs to create an image of a naked woman. read more