Olympic swimmer files sexual abuse lawsuit, claims USA Swimming ignored matter

Smith alleges Hutchison began ‘grooming’ her when she was just 13 before molesting her when she was 16. She contends that USA Swimming was aware of the allegations in 2010 yet did nothing when confronted with the claims, per the New York Times.

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Last February, USA Swimming stated that they investigated the alleged abuse in 2010 but dropped the matter when Smith and Hutchison “unequivocally denied the existence of a romantic or physical relationship” – an investigation which her lawyer has since referred to as a “sham”.

By doing nothing, it enabled Sean to abuse me for a decade,” Smith said in a statement released Monday.

USA Swimming swiftly responded, saying: “As expressed earlier this year, we respect Ariana Kukors’ bravery in stepping forward and sharing her story. We have been in regular contact with her legal team over the last several months and will continue to work with them and Ariana through this process.”

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Hutchison, via his lawyer Brad Meryhew, acknowledged the accusations on Monday but said that he had no comment on the matter.

However, in February Meryhew said that his client had been involved in a “committed relationship” with Smith, adding that they had lived together for more than a year following the 2012 Olympics.

Smith’s lawsuit also names USA Swimming coach Mark Schubert, claiming that he was aware of rumors surrounding Smith and Hutchison but made no attempt to report the inappropriate relationship.

At a press conference on Monday, Smith said that she had not been fully able to process what had happened between her and Hutchison until this year.

The entire time that we were in a ‘relationship,’ I was 15. It was a man who held my Olympic dream in the palm of his hand. He programmed me,” she said.

The allegations against USA Swimming come in the wake of the conviction of Larry Nassar, a doctor who was found to have engaged in a wide-ranging series of abuses of young gymnasts. He has been sentenced to between 40 and 175 years in prison.

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Leg wax lawsuit: Muslim beautician refuses to serve transgender woman

The Mad Wax beauty parlour in Windsor, Ontario has been hit with a legal complaint over the incident, which happened in March.

According to CTV Windsor News, the owners of business could now be hauled in front of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

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The provincial court of Canada handles claims of discrimination. According to the filing, seen by the local news channel, a female employee refused to provide the unnamed woman with a leg-wax treatment.

The transgender woman alleges the waxing was denied “because I am a transgender woman, and their disclosing my gender identity and personal information to various media outlets has left me feeling threatened, with my rights violated.” She is reportedly seeking up to $50,000 in damages.

Mad Wax Manager Jason Carruthers has denied the company displayed discrimination, adding that the woman who refused the waxing did so because of her Muslim beliefs.

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“I once again reiterate and state my position of Mad Wax Windsor Inc. that all clients regardless of sex, gender identity or sexual orientation are welcome,” he told the Windsor Star.

“However, we also welcome staff members and respect their religious beliefs and feelings of safety and dignity in regards to the right not to perform waxing services on males or male genitals.”

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Trump team responds to ridiculous DNC lawsuit – Warns of "aggressive discovery phase – everything will be on the table"

On Friday afternoon, WikiLeaks responded to the lawsuit on Twitter.

Comment on DNC lawsuit: “DNC is suing WikiLeaks for spectacularly revealing that the DNC rigged its primaries on behalf of Hillary Clinton. The DNC was so corrupt that five of its officers, including its president, were forced to resign.” https://t.co/xHDB85FdEw

– WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 20, 2018

The lawsuit claims that the Trump campaign worked with Russia and WikiLeaks to bring down Clinton.

“DNC already has a moribund publicity lawsuit which the press has became bored of-hence the need to refile it as a “new” suit before mid-terms. As an accurate publisher of newsworthy information WikiLeaks is constitutionally protected from such suits,” the official WikiLeaks account tweeted.

In a second tweet, they added that the “DNC is suing WikiLeaks for spectacularly revealing that the DNC rigged its primaries on behalf of Hillary Clinton. The DNC was so corrupt that five of its officers, including its president, were forced to resign.”

WikiLeaks also posted the full text of the lawsuit and linked to a Gateway Pundit article in which we covered a previous filing by Trump’s campaign lawyers that explained the publications are protected under the First Amendment – even if they came from Russia. WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has long maintained that they did not.

In a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed last year against the Trump campaign, Trump’s lawyers argued that WikiLeaks publications meet the requirements for the Bartnicki First Amendment test and are thus protected free speech.

The first part of the case law is that a defendant may not be held liable for a disclosure of stolen information if it deals with “a matter of public concern.” The second portion requires that the publisher cannot have been involved in the theft.

Addressing this portion, Carvin’s filing asserts that there can be “no serious doubt” that the disclosures from WikiLeaks satisfied the “newsworthy” and “public concern” portion of the test. There have not been any credible allegations that WikiLeaks themselves stole or hacked the emails.

In a motion filed in October, lawyer Michael A. Carvin also argued that under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (47 U.S.C. § 230), “a website that provides a forum where ‘third parties can post information’ is not liable for the third party’s posted information.”

“That is so even when even when the website performs ‘editorial functions’ ‘such as deciding whether to publish,'” the filing contends. “Since WikiLeaks provided a forum for a third party (the unnamed ‘Russian actors’) to publish content developed by that third party (the hacked emails), it cannot be held liable for the publication.”

Carvin went on to argue that this defeats any claim of conspiracy, as a conspiracy is an agreement to commit “an unlawful act.”

“Since WikiLeaks’ posting of emails was not an unlawful act, an alleged agreement that it should publish those emails could not have been a conspiracy,” the filing asserts.

The First Amendment is even more strictly guarded during a political campaign, when it has “its fullest and most urgent application.” According to Citizens United, the First Amendment leaves voters “free to obtain information from diverse sources in order to determine how to cast their votes.”

Following the lawsuit news, WikiLeaks also hurled a dig at Rep. Keith Ellison, the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee .

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Alex Jones, backtracking in the face of crippling lawsuit now says Sandy Hook shooting did happen

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Meritless Lawsuit Claims Conspiracy Undermined Hillary’s Campaign

Meritless Lawsuit Claims Conspiracy Undermined Hillary’s Campaign



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



On Friday, the undemocratic DNC filed suit in Manhattan federal district court, alleging a conspiracy involving Trump’s campaign team, Russia and Julian Assange aimed to undermine Hillary’s presidential run.



It also alleged violations of federal copyright laws and the Trade Secrets Act.



The 66-page suit names Donald J. Trump for president, Inc. (not him personally), Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law Jared Kushner, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, former campaign staffers George Papadopoulos, Rick Gates, and “John Does 1-10,” along with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.



The suit is as absurd as suing Iran, the Saudis, or anyone else for the state-sponsored 9/11 mother of all false flags – CIA dirty hands surely involved, maybe along with Israel’s Mossad.



Any legitimate tribunal would throw the DNC suit out of court straightaway – with strong admonishment never to try pulling a similar stunt again, the suit clearly without merit, disgracefully filed for political reasons. 



On Friday, undemocratic DNC chairman Tom Perez explained the (meritless) suit as follows, saying:



“During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy (sic), and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign,” adding:



“This constituted an act of unprecedented treachery: the campaign of a nominee for president of the United States in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency.”



The suit alleges (nonexistent) Russian hackers, Kremlin officials, and members of Trump’s team conspired to alter results of the 2016 presidential election.



All of the above is pure rubbish. No credible evidence supports clearly spurious accusations.



Plaintiffs should have virtually no chance of prevailing – provided proceedings follow rule of law principles, requiring proof beyond a reasonable doubt.



There is none. Defense lawyers will demand what doesn’t exist, just baseless accusations with nothing corroborating them.



The meritless suit should be dismissed straightaway. Cold hard facts are needed to justify it. None exist.



The suit is more political stunt than an attempt to be awarded a judgment. Yet anything is possible in notorious unjust US courts, especially federal ones stacked with right-wing judges.



Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary was her own worst enemy – the most widely despised presidential aspirant in US history, the most ruthlessly dangerous, the most recklessly lawless.



US intelligence community accusations of Russian election meddling were fabricated. Not a shred of evidence proved them.



Hillary undermined her own campaign, not Russia, Trump’s team, Assange or anyone else.



She and the DNC financed former UK MI6 operative Christopher Steele’s doggy dossier.



It contained spurious accusations without evidence, unverified rubbish alleging misconduct and collusion between Trump, his team, and Russia during the presidential campaign – including falsely claiming Kremlin US election meddling.



It was fake news to delegitimize Trump and vilify Russia more than already. The official narrative unravelled long ago for everyone paying attention.



Yet it’s kept alive by scoundrel media disinformation and fake news. 



Dirty tricks and character assassination are commonplace in America, other Western societies, and elsewhere.



America’s political class is ideologically extremist, lawless and soulless – undemocratic Dems as vile as Republicans.



Their permanent war agenda threatens everyone everywhere. Intensified Russia bashing risks potentially devastating East/West confrontation.



Extremist lunatics in Washington make the unthinkable possible.



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DNC Just Filed a Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks and Russia for Causing Hillary to Lose 2016 Election

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Washington, DC — (ZH) The Washington Post reports that The Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization alleging a far-reaching conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election to Donald Trump.

The lawsuit alleges that in addition to the Russian Federation, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Wikileaks and Guccifer 2.0, top Trump campaign officials, including Donald Trump Jr, Roger Stone, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and pretty much everyone else who has been mentioned in the same paragraph as Trump….

… conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and help Trump by hacking the computer networks of the Democratic Party and disseminating stolen material found there.

DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement…

“During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign,”

“This constituted an act of unprecedented treachery: the campaign of a nominee for President of the United Statesin league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency,”

The lawsuit asserts that the Russian hacking campaign – combined with Trump associates’ contacts with Russia and the campaign’s public cheerleading of the hacks – amounted to an illegal conspiracy to interfere in the election that caused serious damage to the Democratic Party.

We look forward to Trump’s tweeted response to this farce; we also look forward to the Democrats collecting millions of dollars in damages from Putin.

As a reminder, the president has repeatedly rejected any collusion or improper activity by his campaign. This week, he referred again in a tweet to the “phony Russia investigation where, by the way, there was NO COLLUSION (except by the Dems).”

The Washington Post  notes that the lawsuit echoes a similar legal tactic that the Democratic Party used during the Watergate scandal.

In 1972, the DNC filed suit against then President Richard Nixon’s reelection committee seeking $1 million in damages for the break-in at Democratic headquarters in the Watergate building.

The suit was denounced at the time by Nixon’s attorney general, John Mitchell, who called it a case of “sheer demagoguery” by the DNC. But the civil action brought by former DNC chair Lawrence F. O’Brien was ultimately successful, yielding a $750,000 settlement from the Nixon campaign that was reached on the day in 1974 that Nixon left office.

The suit filed today seeks millions of dollars in compensation to offset damage it claims the party suffered from the hacks. The DNC argues that the cyberattack undermined its ability to communicate with voters, collect donations and operate effectively as its employees faced personal harassment and, in some cases, death threats.

As a reminder, Senate investigators and prosecutors for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III are still investigating whether Trump associates coordinated with the Russian efforts. Last month, House Intelligence Committee Republicans said they found no evidence that President Trump and his affiliates colluded with Russian officials to sway the election or that the Kremlin sought to help him — a conclusion rejected by the panel’s Democrats.

On Thursday, Bloomberg reported that Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein told Trump that he wasn’t the target of the Mueller probe.

Meanwhile, as Glenn Greenwald summarized it:

18 months after their crushing defeat at the hands of a game show host, the Democrats have still published no public autopsy about why they lost or have collapsed at all levels. They did, though, just file a lawsuit blaming Russia & WL for their loss

Another hot take makes sense in the context of the the Dems’ growing fundraising gap:

And if someone still thinks this is some elaborate prank, here is the actual lawsuit:

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ABC, NBC Refuse to Highlight Democratic Opposition to DNC Lawsuit Over 2016 Election

CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor
April 20, 2018
6:30 p.m. Eastern [TEASE]

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: DNC Suit]

JEFF GLOR: Also tonight, Democrats file suit against the Trump campaign, Wikileaks, and Russia for allegedly conspiring to steal the 2016 election. 

(….)

6:36 p.m. Eastern

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Election Lawsuit]

GLOR: Democrats are hoping to refight the 2016 presidential election in a courtroom. They have filed a one-size-fits-all lawsuit against a string of defendants accused of conspiring to fix the election. Here’s Nancy Cordes. 

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Democrats Sue Russia, Trump Campaign & WikiLeaks

NANCY CORDES: The defendants are a who’s who of the Trump campaign: Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner, along with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and the Russian Federation itself. All are accused by the Democratic National Committee of previously unimaginable treachery. DNC Chairman Tom Perez: 

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Democrats’ Lawsuit Alleges Trump-Russia Conspiracy]

TOM PEREZ: We’re seeking justice, and we’re seeking deterrence. 

CORDES: His 66-page suit accuses Russian hackers of stealing “tens of thousands of documents and emails” from the DNC. It outlines all the known contacts between Russians and the Trump campaign. In April of 2016, for instance, Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos “met with a Kremlin-tied agent,” who told him about the DNC breach just four days after it happened. The embarrassing e-mail leak rocked the Democratic convention. 

OHIO DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSWOMAN MARCIA FUDGE [on 07/25/16]: I’m going to be respectful of you and I want you to be respectful of me. 

CORDES: The Trump campaign dismissed the lawsuit today as “frivolous, a last-ditch effort to substantiate the baseless Russian collusion allegations by a nearly-bankrupt Democratic Party.” [TO PEREZ] You critics say this is just a stunt to try to raise money.

PEREZ: Protecting democracy is not a publicity stunt. We had employees, Nancy, whose lives were threatened. If you threaten one of my colleagues, current or former, yeah, I’m going to fight back. I’m going to fight like heck. 

GLOR: Nancy is on Capitol Hill tonight. Um, Nancy, the election was a year and a half ago. Why is the DNC doing this now? 

CORDES: Well, Jeff, they say the evidence has been piling up, and Russia has yet to pay much of a price for its election but some Democrats don’t think that this is a great idea or great timing. They worry that it’s only going to further politicize the criminal investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. 

GLOR: Nancy Cordes, thank you very much.

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