Roy Moore’s Senate campaign on Wednesday night released a nearly five-minute video of the candidate giving a campaign-style address to supporters in which he again refuses to concede to Doug Jones. “In this race, we have not received the final count to include military and provisional ballots,” Moore says in the video. “This has been a very close race and we are awaiting certification by the secretary of state.” Alabama state law requires a recount if the final results are within 0.5 percent, but Jones defeated Moore by 1.5 percentage points.
A Kentucky lawmaker who was being investigated for allegedly molesting a 17-year-old in 2012 committed suicide on Wednesday, WDRB reports. State Rep. Dan Johnson, who strenuously denied the allegations Tuesday, shot himself on a bridge in Mt. Washington, according to Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell. Johnson had posted to his Facebook page just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday: “The accusations from NPR are false GOD and only GOD knows the truth, nothing is the way they make it out to be. AMERICA will not survive this type of judge and jury fake news.” Gov. Matt Bevin tweeted condolences to Johnson’s family: “Saddened to hear of tonight’s death of KY Representative Dan Johnson...My heart breaks for his family tonight...These are heavy days in Frankfort and in America...May God indeed shed His grace on us all...We sure need it.”
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock revealed on Wednesday that he was once accused of rape. In a long social media post, Spurlock said he had a “one-night stand” in college: “She said she didn’t want to have sex, so we laid together, and talked, and kissed, and laughed, and then we started having sex.” Spurlock said the woman began crying, at which point he stopped. “She believed she was raped,” he said, adding: “I am part of the problem. We all are. But I am also part of the solution. By recognizing and openly admitting what I’ve done to further this terrible situation, I hope to empower the change within myself.”
Three women have come forward alleging that rap mogul Russell Simmons raped them. One of the women, Drew Dixon, says Simmons sexually harassed and eventually raped her in the 1990s when she was working under Simmons as an executive at Def Jam Recordings, causing her to quit her job. Simmons told The New York Times, which revealed the allegations, that he “vehemently” denies the women’s accounts. “These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual,” he said. Screenwriter Jenny Lumet has also accused Simmons of sexual assault, causing the 60-year-old to step aside from his companies.
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Actress and activist Rose McGowan, who has accused disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape, tweeted Wednesday afternoon that she is being harassed by TMZ founder Harvey Levin, who is “hanging something over my head.” She also accused Levin of being on Weinstein’s payroll. “I’m trying to stop an international rapist. WTF have you done with your scumbag life? Back the fuck up,” she tweeted.
Bermuda’s Senate voted on Wednesday to re-ban same-sex marriage, five days after the House of Assembly did the same. The legislation, the Domestic Partnership Act, would permit domestic partnerships and outlaw same-sex marriage. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk. The legislature’s actions come just seven months after a court ruling legalized gay marriage there. If the Domestic Partnership Act becomes law, Bermuda would be the first jurisdiction in the world to revert after legalizing same-sex marriage.
PBS has suspended Tavis Smiley’s eponymous talk show after learning of sexual misconduct allegations against the host. The network hired an outside law firm to investigate the matter. “The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today’s decision,” PBS said in a statement. Variety reports that 10 witnesses, men and women of different races, were interviewed, and that the investigation concluded that Smiley “engaged in sexual relationships with multiple subordinates.”
A former aide to Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) came forward on Wednesday to allege serial verbal abuse and sexual harassment on the part of the Texas congressman. According to Michael Rekola, who served as Farenthold’s communications director in 2015, Farenthold would often make sex-related jokes and berate his staffers, something that caused Rekola to “vomit daily” and seek counseling, according to CNN. In one instance, Farenthold allegedly told Rekola before his wedding: “Better have your fiancée blow you before she walks down the aisle—it will be the last time.” Rekola also alleges that Farenthold regularly called staffers “fucktards” and lashed out at them. Farenthold denied making the remark about Rekola’s wedding but admitted to calling his aides “fucktards” in a joking manner.
Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will on Thursday give “irrefutable evidence” that Iran “deliberately violated its international obligations and has tried and failed to cover up these violations,” Haley’s office said in a statement. President Donald Trump is required to certify Iran’s compliance in the nuclear agreement again by Jan. 13. It is unclear what action the administration may take, if any, on the matter.