Ita Buttrose defends ‘harmless flirting’ amid MeToo movements

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Documents show USA Gymnastics covered for former doctor Larry Nassar during sex abuse investigation

It’s widely known that USA Gymnastics kept information about concerns of its disgraced former doctor, Larry Nassar, but a new report from the Indianapolis Star uncovered the extent of its attempts to silence those involved, including his victims.

The news outlet combed through more than 900 pages of documents and conducted interviews with several gymnasts, including Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, who is one of many survivors suing the organization for its role in the abuse.

The Star uncovered damning details about the organization’s governing officials who not only withheld concerns from athletes and their parents but played along with his deception after being alerted to the allegations of sexual abuse against him.

What happened?

USA Gymnastics said it first became aware of “athlete concerns” on June 17, 2015, when a coach overheard Raisman and Maggie Nichols talking about Nassar.

The coach contacted the organization immediately, but it wasn’t until July 22, 2015, that attorney Scott D. Himsel emailed Nassar to tell him that his “therapy techniques” were under investigation.

Himsel advised Nassar that USA Olympics decided “it is in everyone’s best interest” that the doctor not attend an event that weekend.

“I am sure you can appreciate as a medical professional that in today’s atmosphere, we need to address these concerns thoroughly and discreetly,” Himsel wrote in an email to Nassar.

“Can we just say that i am sick?” Nassar replied. “That would make more sense to everyone. Would that be ok?”

“We’ll let [USA Gymnastics COO] Ron [Galimore] know to advise people that you weren’t feeling well and decided to stay home,” Himsel responded.

The excuses continued even after Olympic officials reported the allegations to the FBI on July 28, 2015.

Nassar emailed Hemsil that same day and the following day, July 29, 2015, asking to resolve the situation so that he could attend events leading to the 2016 Olympics.

“Because the review is on-going, USA Gymnastics has determined it is in everyone’s best interest that you not attend USA Gymnastics events or communicate with USA Gymnastics athletes and personnel until further notice,” Himsel responded. “In addition, we suggest that prior to Championships that Ron Galimore will once again advise the medical staff (the Athlete Care Coordinator) that you cannot attend for personal reasons, unless you prefer a different approach that we are prepared to discuss. Please advise whether Ron may do so.”

“If I am not going to be at Championships,” Nassar wrote back, “then it is due to financial reasons with my clinical practice, which is an accurate statement.”

“Understood,” Himsel wrote. “Ron will proceed accordingly. USAG will be back in touch when it reaches the appropriate point in its review.”

The organization claimed it relieved Nassar of his duties on July 29, 2015, but it wasn’t until Sept. 27, 2015, that Nassar announced his “retirement” on his Facebook page.

What did Raisman say?

Fran Sepler, the investigator for USA Olympics, texted Raisman during the investigation. Sepler told her “remember that there are risks in sharing information at this point.”

Raisman told the Star that she interpreted the text as a threat to remain silent, which Sepler said was a misunderstanding.

USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny also texted Raisman in mid-July before the investigation was complete and told her to keep it “quiet and confidential and very few people in the loop.”

“I don’t think that they cared at all. I think at first it was to ‘get him away,’ Nassar away from the Olympians, but when it was about a 10-year-old, or a 15-year-old, or 20-year-old in Michigan they didn’t care,” Raisman said.

Are there consequences for USA Gymnastics?

Dozens of Nassar’s victims, including Raisman, have filed lawsuits against the USA Gymnastics.

Survivors have accused the organization of “negligence, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress and failing to warn, train or protect athletes from Nassar’s abuse,” the Star reported.

USA Gymnastics has reportedly refuted the allegations and filed motions to dismiss the suits.

How many years did Nassar get?

In January, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced the disgraced doctor to 40 to 175 years for seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Last year, Nassar also received 60 years for a separate case involving child pornography charges.

More than 330 girls and women have come forward with claims of sexual abuse by Nassar and spanning more than two decades.

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After outcry that ‘Show Dogs’ scenes endorse ‘unwanted sexual touching,’ movie is getting recut

“Show Dogs” — a new “family comedy” that’s rated PG — has seen a growing wave of attention of late; but for all the wrong reasons.

What’s the issue?

The comedic flick about — what else? — show dogs features lead undercover police dog Max (voiced by rapper/actor Ludacris) learning to get comfortable with strangers touching his genitals for the dog show inspection. Critics have said such a plot line sends a dangerous message to kids.

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The National Center on Sexual Exploitation released a statement saying as much, noting that the movie “sends a troubling message that grooms children for sexual abuse … It contains multiple scenes where a dog character must have its private parts inspected, in the course of which the dog is uncomfortable and wants to stop but is told to go to a ‘zen place.’ The dog is rewarded with advancing to the final round of the dog show after passing this barrier. Disturbingly, these are similar tactics child abusers use when grooming children — telling them to pretend they are somewhere else, and that they will get a reward for withstanding their discomfort. Children’s movies must be held to a higher standard, and must teach children bodily autonomy, the ability to say ‘no’ and safety, not confusing messages endorsing unwanted genital touching,” Deadline reported.

Cineplex Australia pulled “Show Dogs” from its theaters, the outlet noted, and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation also asked the likes of AMC and Regal to do the same.

What’s being done about the scenes in question?

The movie’s distributor Global Road Entertainment on Thursday told Deadline in an exclusive statement that it’s recutting “Show Dogs” by removing two scenes:

“Responding to concerns raised by moviegoers and some specific organizations, Global Road Entertainment has decided to remove two scenes from the film ‘Show Dogs’ that some have deemed not appropriate for children. The company takes these matters very seriously and remains committed to providing quality entertainment for the intended audiences based on the film’s rating. We apologize to anybody who feels the original version of ‘Show Dogs’ sent an inappropriate message. The revised version of the film will be available for viewing nationwide starting this weekend.”

Global Road released a statement Tuesday regarding viewers’ concerns about the scenes, Deadline reported — but it defended the scenes’ inclusion and said they contain “no hidden or ulterior meanings.”

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“It has come to our attention that there have been online discussion and concern about a particular scene in ‘Show Dogs,’ a family comedy that is rated PG,” the statement read, according to the outlet. “The dog show judging in this film is depicted completely accurately as done at shows around the world; and was performed by professional and highly respected dog show judges. Global Road Entertainment and the filmmakers are saddened and apologize to any parent who feels the scene sends a message other than a comedic moment in the film, with no hidden or ulterior meaning, but respect their right to react to any piece of content.”

How one writer reacted to the original “Show Dogs” version

A writer whose piece appeared on Kirk Cameron’s faith-based website, The Courage, described taking her family to see “Show Dogs,” noting she was disturbed by the genital-touching plot line. Her daughter, however, said “her favorite part of the movie was when Max got his privates touched and the funny reaction he had.”

Terina Maldonado, the author of the piece, shared that she “decided to use that moment to help reinforce what we have taught our children since they were little, private parts are just that, private.”

“We talked about how I didn’t feel that part needed to be in the movie. We talked about how we never let anyone touch our private parts, and what they should do if anyone tries,” she added. “We reinforced that if anyone tries to touch their private parts or asks them to touch their private parts they should talk to us about that. We talked about different ways children can feel pressured to participate in those types of behaviors.”

You can read Maldonado’s entire piece here.

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Russia’s new ‘unlimited range’ missile flew only 22 miles before crashing, report says

Russia’s newest nuclear-power missile – touted as having “unlimited range” by President Vladimir Putin earlier this year – flew just 22 miles before crashing during its most successful test.

The failed test aligns with the view of many in the intelligence community who doubt Russia’s current military capabilities, CNBC reported this week.

According to sources familiar with a U.S. intelligence report on Russia’s weapons program, the supposedly state-of-the-art cruise missile has been tested four times between November 2017 and February of this year.

Each test has resulted in a crash.

Its longest test flight lasted more than two minutes and covered 22 miles before losing control and impacting the ground. The shortest of the test flights lasted four seconds with a total flight path of five miles.

Russia has reportedly been developing the weapon since the early 2000s. The missile is believed to be gasoline-powered for take-off before switching to nuclear power for flight.

The tests show that the nuclear power fails to initiate, which causes the missile to achieve a flight path that falls short of Putin’s estimates.

Sources told CNBC that the tests were ordered by senior Kremlin officials and went against the suggestion of the program’s engineers who voiced concerns about the system. One of the biggest issues in failed nuclear missile tests is the environmental and health impact of radiation following a major crash.

The report outlining Russia’s failed missile tests showcases a weapons program that does not match up to the words spoken by Putin during his state of the union address earlier this year.

Putin bragged that Russia had missiles capable of delivering warheads to any location in the world while evading defense systems.

He even played a mock video of a Russian missile striking Florida.

Putin went as far as to say that Russia’s new arsenal of hypersonic weapons was “invincible.”

Russia has successfully tested a myriad of other weapons technology.

This month, Russia unveiled a new hypersonic glide missile that is rumored to be ready for war by 2020. The hypersonic missile was developed to conquer air defense and anti-ballistic missile defense systems, and is designed to be launched by a MiG-31. It is a type of weapon the U.S. cannot currently defend against.

“We don’t have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon against us, so our response would be our deterrent force, which would be the triad and the nuclear capabilities that we have to respond to such a threat,” Gen. John Hyten told the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this month.

 

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FBI agents ready to blow whistle, stick it to bosses; ‘sickened’ by Comey, McCabe, Holder, Lynch …

Joe DiGenova, the former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, said this week there are many agents in the FBI waiting on Congress to subpoena them so they tell them what they know about the actions of former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

In an interview with the Daily Caller, DeGenova said the agents are “sickened” by all the charges of corruption being leveled against the FBI.

 

“There are agents all over this country who love the bureau and are sickened by Comey’s behavior, and McCabe, and [Eric] Holder and [Loretta] Lynch and the thugs like [John] Brennan – who despise the fact that the bureau was used as a tool of political intelligence by the Obama administration thugs,” DiGenova said.

“They are just waiting for a chance to come forward and testify,” he added.

The DC cited an anonymous counter-intelligence consultant who interviewed an active special agent of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and the agent confirmed what Digenova said.

“Every special agent I have spoken to in the Washington Field Office wants to see McCabe prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” the agent said, according to the transcripts of the interview. “They feel the same way about Comey.”

The source said agents can only safely blow the whistle on their former bosses if they are subpoenaed.

“All Congress needs to do is subpoena involved personnel and they will tell you what they know. These are honest people,” the agent said. “Leadership cannot stop anyone from responding to a subpoena. Those subpoenaed also get legal counsel provided by the government to represent them.”

The agent expressed concerns about harsh retributions and the consultant noted that “on their own as whistleblowers, they get no legal protection and there will be organizational retaliation against them.”

“The administrations are so politicized that any time a special agent comes forward as a whistleblower,” the agent explained, “they can expect to be thrown under the bus by leadership. Go against the Muslim Brotherhood, you’re crushed. Go against the Clintons, you’re crushed. The FBI has long been politicized to the detriment of national security and law enforcement.”

DiGenova, who said last week that former CIA director John Brennan needs to “get himself a good lawyer,” told DC he doesn’t blame them for being concerned.

“I don’t blame the agents one bit. I think that the FBI is in a freefall,” he said. “James Comey has destroyed the institution he claims to love. And it is beyond a doubt that it is going to take a decade to restore public confidence because of Comey and Clapper and Brennan and Obama and Lynch.”

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