So much of our recent focus has been on famous men (and a few famous women) who use their power, wealth, and influence to act as sexual predators and get away with it.
But the vast majority of sexual predators work normal jobs. And yes, some of them are women. And some of their victims are minors.
Like this 28-year-old teacher who’s been arrested after allegedly having sex with an underage student and sending him lewd Snapchats. Gross.
A woman named Alyssia Reddy has been fired from her job teaching at a girls’ school in Maryland based upon allegations that she had sex with a student at a previous job.
Earlier this year, Reddy was employed as an English teacher at Pennington School, a private Methodist-based college-preparatory institution that is located in New Jersey.
(A lot of us are more used to hearing about these kinds of things happening at public schools. Keep in mind that there are fewer public schools, and that private institutions have a much easier time quietly covering up the story)
It is alleged that, during the spring of this year, she engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old boy that resulted in the two of them having sex outdoors.
According to the allegations, Reddy first gave this student her phone number.
On its own, that’s not so outlandish — some students need contact information to get in touch with their teachers. Though email is more common and considered more appropriate, sometimes it’s a phone number.
(I once had a teacher call my house right before report cards to let me know that if I did a short online extra credit assignment, I was already close enough that it would boost me up to an A)
In this case, though, Reddy’s interest was apparently anything but professional.
She’s said to have given him her number in December of 2016.
According to investigators, this eventually led to Reddy adding the student on Snapchat and beginning to send him inappropriate messages, expressing a sexual interest in him.
According to the affidavit, one message read: “I want your hands on me.”
Some time during the spring, it’s alleged that Reddy showed up “unexpectedly” while the minor student was at a friend’s house, drove him to a Pennsylvania nature preserve, where she climbed on top of him, pulled down her pants, and proceeded to have sex with him.
It is not clear whether she actively took him across state lines at any point (for obvious reasons, the student and the student’s friend and their home addresses have not been disclosed).
If so, we imagine that the FBI could be involved.
It appears that the minor student is cooperating with investigators in his own statutory rape.
While it doesn’t ultimately matter, because it’s always the adult’s responsibility to turn down a minor’s advances, it also appears — based upon these reports — that the teacher imitated things at every step of the way.
Alyssia Reddy has been arrested by the Solebury Township Police Department in Pennsylvania and fired by the Maryland school that was employing her.
Many statutory rape cases end in plea bargains, simply because few are eager to force a minor to recount their own sex abuse in court.
That said, we don’t know how this one will turn out, but we don’t expect to see Alyssia Reddy back in the classroom. Ever again.
Can people please stop being creeps?
BuzzFeed CEO Says He Once Heard Ivanka Trump Talk About ‘A Mulatto C*ck’ Amid Her Criticism Of Donald Trump’s Lewd Language!
Ugh. Right when we thought Ivanka Trump had a moment of clarity…
However, it turns out the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
On Wednesday, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti took to Twitter to share a controversial conversation he heard straight from the blonde’s mouth!
The media mogul confessed he was shocked to learn the 34-year-old condemned the GOP nominee’s gross remarks, saying that he’s heard Miz Trump talk about “a mulatto c*ck” in a past encounter:
Surprised Ivanka would be shocked by lewd language. I met her once & she casually said: “I’ve never seen a mulatto cock, but I’d like to!” https://t.co/WrgCoM0MGK
— Jonah Peretti (@peretti) October 19, 2016
The 42-year-old told BuzzFeed News that the offensive quip happened in a Manhattan dive bar about eight to ten years ago, explaining that Ivanka made the racist remark in front of about five other people.
“She was saying how she first said she had never seen an uncircumcised c*ck and then she said, ‘I’ve never seen a mulatto c*ck. There’s lots of c*cks I’ve never seen,’ or something like that.”
Come on, Ivanka. That’s just not okay.
Jonah admitted that he wasn’t sure how to interpret the offensive comment at the time:
“Of course, it was memorable just because of the use of the lewd language and racist language. It was also memorable being in the environment of being… in New York, sometimes liberal and progressive people make comments meant as jokes and not necessarily earnest. I didn’t know how to take it.”
And his wife, Andrea Hammer, corroborated his story:
“I was there and did hear it but have no comment beyond that.”
BuzzFeed‘s head honcho confessed that he doesn’t usually share private stories, but felt the hypocrisy needed to be brought to light:
“I have conversations with people all the time and I never share things said in private. I only shared this because I read the article and it felt like that experience was relevant.”
Ivanka, however, is SLAMMING Mr. Peretti’s claim, telling the outlet in a statement:
“I am not sure if this was meant to be a joke, but in case there is any ambiguity, this is a complete and total lie.”
A spokesman for her famous father also bashed the story, and wants an apology:
“What a little man and a disgraceful liar to smear Ivanka Trump like this. It shows just how far the media will go to tear down Mr. Trump’s family, and we demand an apology.”
What do U make of all this, Perezcious readers?![Image via WENN.]
This is what we in the business call “rich.”
But not in the sense with which Donald Trump and Melania Trump are familiar with that word.
The aspiring First Lady sat down this week for her first pair of interviews since a certain scandalous video was made public by The Washington Post a couple weeks ago.
First, in a discussion with Anderson Cooper that will air on CNN tonight, Trump acknowledged that her husband said some terrible things on that 2005 video.
But she also pointed the finger of blame at the other person featured in the footage: Billy Bush.
“As you can see from the tape, the cameras were not on – it was only a mic. And I wonder if they even knew that the mic was on,” Melania Trump told Cooper, which is an odd comment.
Of course neither Bush nor Trump knew the microphones were on.
From there, Melania referred to the the conversation between Donald and Bush as “boy talk,” adding that Trump was “egged on” by Bush “to say dirty and bad stuff.”
Does she really believe that, Cooper asked?
Yes, Trump replied.
Does Bush egg Trump on? Absolutely.
Is that the reason Trump says nasty comments about how a “star” can do “anything” to a woman, such as “grab” her” pussy? Of course not.
Not to sound like a third-grader, but Donald most definitely started it.
“That’s why I was surprised, because I said like I don’t know that person that would talk that way, and that he would say that kind of stuff in private,” Melania said, adding:
“I heard many different stuff – boys talk.
“The boys, the way they talk when they grow up and they want to sometimes show each other, ‘Oh, this and that’ and talking about the girls. But yes, I was surprised, of course.”
Sources said that Melania refused to make a public appearance with Trump the night this video went viral.
That’s what led to the following apology by The Donald, who was sitting by himself at the time:
In the notorious video, Donald Trump tells Bush that he tried to “f-ck” former Access Hollywood cohost Nancy O’Dell, while also bragging that he can grab women “by the pussyy” because of his fame.
He had been married to Melania for several months when the tape was recorded.
During an interview with Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt, which will air Tuesday morning, Melania said the Presidential candidate had apologized to her for the incident.
“I accept his apology. And we are moving on,” she said.
“This is not the man that I know…. we could see, as I always said, as my husband said, as well, for a successful businessman, entrepreneur, entertainer to achieving so much in his life, being in so many shows, so many tapes, it’s very hard to run for public office.
“And he did this anyway. He said, I want to help American people. I want to keep America safe.”
As for her husband and his team now digging into Bill Clinton’s history of womanizing and alleged sexual assault?
Melania is cool with it.
“Well, if they bring up my past, why not?” She said.
“They’re asking for it. They started. They started from the – from the beginning of the campaign putting my – my picture from modeling days. That was my modeling days and I’m proud what I did. I worked very hard.”
Melania Trump’s interview with Cooper airs at 8/7c on CNN.
Her Fox & Friends interview will air on Tuesday’s show, which begins at 6/5c on Fox News.
This article originally appeared on www.usmagazine.com: Michelle Obama Calls Donald Trump’s Lewd Comments Below ‘Basic Standards of Human Decency’
A day after Donald Trump’s vulgar boasts of groping women surfaced in a stunning video, Republican officials privately urged candidates to sever ties with the party’s presidential nominee to limit damage down the ballot, while a cascade of congressmen and women asked him to end his campaign and let running mate Mike Pence carry the party’s tattered flag into November.
The chorus of calls for the presidential nominee to take the unprecedented step of dropping out a month before Election Day reflected a growing sense that the GOP’s best hope of maintaining its congressional majorities was to cut Trump loose. But if distance was the new decree, Trump was having none of it. In multiple phone interviews, the beleaguered businessman insisted he would not quit the race. “The media and establishment want me out of the race so badly,” he tweeted Saturday afternoon. “I WILL NEVER DROP OUT OF THE RACE, WILL NEVER LET MY SUPPORTERS DOWN!”
And it is Trump’s call to make. There is no established procedure under which the Republican National Committee can revoke a nomination. After Trump steamrolled through the Republican primaries, the feckless and fractured party that grudgingly embraced him has few tools at its disposal to distance itself from the scandalous behavior of its standard-bearer.
For Republicans across the country, the path to Nov. 8 is now a perilous tightrope. Denounce Trump, and risk rupturing their frayed bonds with a grassroots base energized by his brand of right-wing populism. Stand behind him and risk alienating many voters for good.
One of the few men with cards left to play is Pence. Since being tapped to join the ticket in July, the Indiana governor has been one of Trump’s staunchest defenders, cleaning up Trump’s messes and vouching for his values and leadership skills. Now Pence—an ambitious social conservative who agreed to a shotgun marriage with a brash former reality TV star—has to decide whether to ditch Trump too.
When Trump was disinvited from a Saturday campaign event in Milwaukee by House Speaker Paul Ryan, the businessman asked Pence to attend in his stead. But Pence decided he could not defend Trump and chose not to go. Holed up with his own political advisers on Saturday, he issued a harsh rebuke of his running mate. “I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them,” Pence said in a statement that was not written on campaign letterhead. “I am grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized to the American people. We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation tomorrow night.”
Ryan, the highest-ranking Republican official and the man regarded as its intellectual lodestar, is among the few party leaders with the leverage to shape its response to a deepening disaster. The House Speaker was among the first Republicans to condemn Trump’s behavior when the video surfaced Friday. But he did not rescind his grudging endorsement. And he steered clear of the mess during his remarks in Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon.
Party officials have their own choices to make. According to two sources, the RNC has at least temporarily halted new investments in its coordinated campaign with Trump. The decision was driven as much by concerns about putting good money after bad, as it was to give the party time to devise a path through the maelstrom. But the RNC is torn between its desire to save the Senate and vulnerable House candidates, and its efforts to maintain unity in a balkanized party. It is reminiscent of 1996, when party boss Haley Barbour cut off Bob Dole’s presidential campaign in the name of saving congress. As early as this spring, party strategists were reviewing Barbour’s blueprint for clues.
While he joined the chorus of critics blasting Trump on Friday night, GOP boss Reince Priebus has been one of the nominee’s chief advocates, working to marshal support for Trump and threatening former rivals who have declined to honor their early pledge to back the eventual nominee.
But the avalanche of elected officials breaking with Trump on Saturday suggested that down the ticket, the party has made its choice. Most prominent was the decision of Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 nominee, who wrote in a statement, “I will not vote for Donald Trump,” adding that he had decided to write in the name of an unnamed conservative for President. Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, another Republican running for reelection, followed by announcing that he could not support Trump, and would be voting for Pence, who is not now on the ballot alone. To add to the injury, South Dakota’s John Thune, the third highest ranking Senate Republican, called for Trump to withdraw. And Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State for George W. Bush, made the same announcement in a posting on Facebook.
“Distancing is no longer a calculation,” says one major fundraiser for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “It is the official Republican policy.”
It was no accident that vulnerable Senate Republican incumbents like New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte and Senate hopefuls like Nevada’s Joe Heck were among the first to say they could no longer support Trump. GOP strategists said Saturday that the party’s Senate majority could still be saved. “The presidential race is operating in an alternate universe this cycle,” says Scott Reed, chief strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is spending heavily to re-elect Senate Republicans.
Within that alternate universe, a remarkable 24-hour period left Clinton’s campaign glowing and senior aides to the Trump campaign reconsidering their choices. One of Trump’s most loyal advisers couldn’t promise this was the last they’d see of crass comments. “Once you flush the toilet, you can’t really stop the water,” this adviser said. It suddenly seemed like the whole party might be headed down the tubes with Trump.
There were other signs of problems to come. At Republican headquarters across the country, volunteers were hard to come by on Saturday morning. Donald Trump Jr. canceled a planned visit to Ohio State University to build support among young voters ahead of the state’s Tuesday deadline to register to vote. Trump’s typical cheerleaders found themselves calling the statements indefensible and there were signs that Trump may spend the next 30 days as a lone man screaming into the abyss.
Politics and pragmatism overlapped in the moment late Friday and early Saturday. Trump has been fading in some state polls, and his campaign has struggled to match Clinton’s machinery. An NBC News analysis of FEC reports found Clinton and her allies enjoyed a 5-to-1 staffing advantage over Team Trump, and Trump’s own ad spending took a cut last week. A Trump victory was already increasingly out of reach, and the Friday night implosion made the odds that much longer. It’s much easier to dump a loser who seems more likely to return to reality TV than someone who retains a plausible pathway to the presidency.
That’s not to say Trump’s woes guarantee sweeping down-ballot losses for the party. Three senior Democrats told TIME that there remains almost no chance of the balance of power to switch in the House. Two other senior party officials said winning the Senate—which requires flipping four seats—is a 50-50 proposition, at best.
On a miserable weekend, the GOP can at least give thanks for gerrymandering. The borders of House districts were redrawn with baked-in advantages for Republicans after the 2010 Census, thanks to the party’s stranglehold on state legislatures. While Trump is a drag on Republican candidates, it’s not enough for Democrats to imagine a case where they could poach enough specific races to tilt power. The gerrymandered districts were designed to withstand exactly the type of electoral wave that Trump seems intent on creating.
That’s not to say Democrats are standing down. They have long enjoyed strong fundraising for their House campaign committee, rooted more in Nancy Pelosi’s deep ties to donors than any realistic expectation that they’d stand a shot at a majority before the next redistricting effort is undertaken after 2020. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has raised almost $ 145 million this cycle for an almost impossible task, compared to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s $ 128 million.
The stunning—but hardly shocking—Trump meltdown gives Democrats what might be their best chance this decade of returning to power in the House. Down-ballot Democrats typically fare better when there is a presidential race to motivate on-the-margin voters; Republican faithful traditionally have the upper hand during midterm years when only the reliable older voters show up in November. “This is our one shot until the ‘20s. Think about that and tell us we’re foolish for trying,” says a Democratic aide who is helping to manage the ad spending among outside groups.
The Senate had slightly better odds for Democrats—and better candidates for Republicans. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio has been running a textbook campaign against a former Democratic Governor, and Portman has kept a wide berth from his party’s nominee. Others, such as Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri and Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois have been equally as distant from Trump and focused on their home race.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire finally said what her advisers had long known: She had no interest in being linked to Trump, but she didn’t want to go to war with the leader of her party’s ticket. During the summer, she said she’d vote for him but not endorse him. Asked during a recent debate about Trump, she said he was a role model—before asking for a mulligan on that comment a day later. When tape of Trump talking about groping and trying to seduce women arrived on Friday, it might have even been a relief, of sorts, for a Republican like Ayotte. She no longer had to pretend that she was fine with Trump as her party’s nominee.
Meanwhile, at Clinton headquarters in Brooklyn, the order went out quickly: get out of Trump’s way. He was his own worst enemy, his instincts were those of a neophyte, and he would only make this worse if left to his own ideas. The campaign mobilized its social team to show Trump’s egregious statements and urged people—especially women—to register to vote. But the goal was to make Sunday night’s debate the first time Americans heard Clinton react to the tape herself, in her own words as the first female nominee of a major political party. Clinton’s aides knew they had one shot at a devastating response and went to work to assemble it to perfection. They had no imagination that it alone would force Trump from the race, but they also knew Trump was going to be on defense—a crouch that has never served him well.
Some Clinton advisers were also preparing for the unlikely event that they would be facing someone other than Trump. The team tasked with focusing on Pence suddenly found themselves looped into senior aides’ email chains, just in case.
Until then, there will be no escape from the all-encompassing controversy. Ryan got a peek at the challenge he’s facing on Saturday afternoon, when Wisconsin Republicans held their annual Fall Fest. Hosted by Ryan, the event was at one time billed as a unity rally. Instead, it highlighted the divisions in the GOP. Among the hay bales, pumpkins, and tractors on display, a parade of elected Republicans took the stage and conspicuously avoided mentioning their presidential nominee. Instead, Ryan, Gov. Scott Walker and other local leaders plugged the state’s incumbent Senator, Ron Johnson, whose fragile candidacy Trump has further imperiled. Ryan offered only a passing reference to the “troubling situation” Saturday.
The House Speaker was heckled by Trump supporters in his own congressional district. As he spoke before a home-state crowd, shouts of “Donald Trump” rang out. As Ryan finished his abbreviated remarks, one Trump supporter, who held a “Hillary for Prison” sign, moved to the front of the stage to make his opinion heard.
“Shame on you,” he told Ryan.
With reporting by David Von Drehle
Nancy O’Dell Reacts To Donald Trump’s Lewd Words: ‘I’m Saddened That These Comments Still Exist In Our Society’
Everybody is reacting to Donald Trump today — and none of it is positive.
After major Republican party powers have jumped ship from the GOP Presidential candidate, and Trump’s own wife was clearly very, very disappointed in him, now the big one has come in: Nancy O’Dell.
O’Dell, you’ll remember, is the women about whom The Donald was speaking in those 2005 comments that surfaced yesterday afternoon.
And it was O’Dell who was married at the time as Trump tried to hit on her and “f*ck her,” as he said.
Now, O’Dell has released a statement to Entertainment Tonight — where she hosts for TV — saying in full:
“Politics aside, I’m saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all. When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women. The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling. Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender. As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better.”
Now, it’s time for all of us to push back HARD against The Donald.
After all, Billy Bush is certainly feeling the heat from all this — shouldn’t Trump, too??
He says he’s absolutely not going to quit the race, but is this a bridge too far, even for him?!
What do U think, Perezcious readers?? Let us know in the comments (below)![Image via Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/FayesVision/WENN.]
No matter how many people want him to drop out, Donald Trump does NOT want to quit the race for the White House.
The horribly-flawed Republican presidential candidate spoke to the Washington Post on Saturday and reiterated that, even despite the horrifying recent controversy surrounding old remarks, he will NOT quit the race and is going to see it through until the bitter end.
The Donald told Robert Costa, a Post reporter who has been relentlessly covering him, that:
“I’d never withdraw. I’ve never withdrawn in my life. No, I’m not quitting this race. I have tremendous support. People are calling and saying, ‘Don’t even think about doing anything else but running.’ You have to see what’s going on. The real story is that people have no idea about the support. I don’t know how that’s going to boil down, but people have no idea about the support.”
Republican Party mainstays are openly leaving The Donald, and yet he believe he has “tremendous support.”
Suuuuuuuuuure you do, Donald.
The Donald claims he met with advisers and family members on Friday night at Trump Tower, and reiterated that no matter what, he is going to stay in the presidential race — and he still intends to do the debate on Sunday night.
“They’re not going to make me quit, and they can’t make me quit. The Republicans, you’ve got to remember, have been running for a long time. The reason they don’t win is because they don’t stick together.”
He’s even considering speaking tonight, a day ahead of the debate, to get ahead of the story:
“That’s what I’m thinking about. We’ll see. Forget [about quitting]. That’s not my deal. Zero chance. I’ve never quit in my life. . . . I can give you my word that I’m never leaving.”
Looks like another few weeks of this and he might just take down the whole Republican Party with him!![Image via Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENN.]
This is big!!!
Billy Bush may not survive the Donald Trump 2005 lewd comment scandal that is currently dominating headlines, because the TODAY Show host is in REALLY hot water on his own set!
According to a source at the show, reported first by People, Bush’s role in enabling, encouraging, and backing The Donald’s disgusting anti-woman comments is NOT going over well with staff and crew.
The source says:
“Lots of texts and emails floating around. Everybody has an opinion about this, and there’s a lot of talk about what to do with Billy.”
As far as “what to do with Billy,” though, the topic has been broached about him losing his job — because co-workers and friends are apparently disgusted that he would fall in line so radically and grossly with Trump’s way out-of-line comments.
The source continued:
“This was personal. He was turning on his co-workers and friends to suck up to Donald Trump. So it’s like, ‘what does he say about me when I’m not in the room?'”
So is Billy going to be booted from TODAY, or what?! Well, the source has some ideas about it:
“I don’t want to see him again and I think there are a lot of women who feel the same way. I don’t know what the decision will be, but I know this will have to be addressed by the producers and NBC. It has to be, or else they’ll have a mutiny on their hands.”
What do U think, Perezcious readers?? Is Billy Bush out of a job?! Let us know in the comments (below)![Image via Macguyver/WENN.]
A caller had a lewd tape of Donald Trump. Then the race to break the story was on. – Washington Post
A caller had a lewd tape of Donald Trump. Then the race to break the story was on.
Reporter David Fahrenthold got a phone call around 11 a.m. Friday from a source with a tip about Donald Trump. The source asked: Would Fahrenthold be interested in seeing some previously unaired video of Trump? Fahrenthold didn't hesitate. Within a few …
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This article originally appeared on www.usmagazine.com: Cher and More Celebrities Slam Donald Trump for Lewd Remarks: Women Are ‘Not Disposable Blow Up Dolls’