The #MeToo Movement and False Accusations
We recently covered the case of T.F., a boy whose parents filed a federal lawsuit after he was falsely accused of sexual assault on two different occasions. The lawsuit is culturally salient for several reasons, one of which is the #MeToo. This movement, which felled dozens of seemingly infallible public figures and encouraged everyone to believe victims, has also highlighted the rare occasions when an accusation is not justifiable.
Seneca Valley School District, District Attorney Richard Goldinger, Parents of Students Named in Federal Lawsuit for False Sexual Assault Claims
Michael J. and Alecia Flood of Zelienople, Pennsylvania have filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of their son, who was accused of sexual assault by girls who “didn’t like him,” according to news reports. The lawsuit has been brought against the Seneca Valley school district, Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger’s office, and the parents of the five girls who allegedly made the false accusations. It is now being referred to as the "Mean Girls" lawsuit in national press.
Adrian Gilbert Cardenas Arrested for Indecent Exposure
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a popular theme park in Virginia developed by Anhauser-Busch, the famed beer company, and owned by SeaWorld Entertainment. Normally, the main attractions at the park include its European-themed sections, distinctive landscaping, and award-winning roller coasters. It does not usually include nude men traversing its parking lots, but on Friday night, that did seem to be the center of attention.
Former American Idol Contestant Antonella Barba Charged with Heroin Distribution
Antonella Barba, of “American Idol” fame, was arrested for heroin distribution of more than 100 grams on Thursday morning in Virginia, sources say. The 31-year-old was booked into the Norfolk City Jail without bond; she will appear in court Monday morning. It is not yet known whether Ms. Barba has retained legal representation.
CANDIDA KEVORKIAN, ANAND SINGH, WEI-LING HUBER, 38 OTHERS ARRESTED AT MARRIOTT HOTEL STRIKE IN SAN FRANCISCO
Strikers outside of the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco spilled off the sidewalk and into the street on Friday, turning their legal demonstration into cause for arrest, sources say. Among the 41 arrested parties are Wei-Ling Huber and Anand Singh, the presidents of two local chapters of Unite Here, the labor union responsible for organizing the strike. Candida Kevorkian, an employee of the Marriott Marquis, is also known to have been arrested at the scene. It is not currently known whether any of the arrested strikers have hired criminal defense attorneys.
The strike in San Francisco is just one part of a huge strike organized by labor union Unite Here against Marriott International, involving eight cities and 7,700 Marriott workers. The employees are spread out the US from Maui to Boston, but they are all looking for the same thing: improved workplace safety, job security, and monetary compensation.
On Friday, strikers apparently migrated from the sidewalk into the road, where they stopped traffic and refused to move when asked to by law enforcement. No one was reported injured during the arrests. It is not currently publicly known whether all of the arrested parties have been released.
The Marriott Marquis, where rooms typically cost over $200 per night, was the scene of the arrests. “I took arrest for the same reason I’ve been on strike for nine days: one job should be enough for hotel workers like me,” Candida Kevorkian, who cleans rooms at the Marriott Westin St. Francis, reportedly told the press. “My job at Marriott is not enough to pay the rent. Three generations of my family have to share one apartment.”
Anand Singh seemed to echo Kevorkian’s sentiment. “Months of bargaining with Marriott got us nowhere close to a livable income, safe workloads, or job security, and we’re not backing down,” Singh said in a prepared statement. Only time will tell whether more arrests will follow as the strike continues.
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