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Nev Schulman Accuser Files Police Report Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Back in may, Catfish host Nev Schulman was accused of sexual misconduct.

The woman who brought forward her #MeToo story had appeared on the show, and says that she worried that he might do the same with other women.

Now, she has revealed that she filed her report about the alleged incident with the police.

Ayissha Morgan

Ayissha Morgan tells The Blast that she officially filed two police reports related to her allegations of sexual misconduct that she leveled towards Nev Schulman.

She says that both reports were filed on May 25.

The reports, filed with the Houston Police Department, were made “for what happened during my participation on the show.”

She accuses a production assistant of having plied her with alcohol in order to take advantage of her.

She also accuses Schulman, the host of Catfish, of having sexually harassed her.

(Though sexual harassment is never okay, it is important to note that Ayissha is openly gay, which adds another upsetting layer to the alleged harassment)

Speaking to The Blast, Ayissha explains what that process of speaking to the police was like.

“I have provided them with my statement and detailed accounts of what I went through.”

She has a general message for readers who are curious about her life — from her appearance on Catfish a few years ago and from her new accusations.

“I ask that you please respect my privacy moving forward.”

Of course.

She does not want to answer any more particular questions, in case it interfere with the police as they look into the matter.

“And allow those who are handling the investigation do so without interference.”

Of course. Investigators prefer to be the only ones asking questions.

When Ayissha published her accusations, she did so with a great deal of thought, and included a note, writing:

“I don’t want attention or money.”

So many accuse the accusers of hoping to somehow turn their accusations into fame and fortune, even though most of what accusers face is ridicule.

“Help me spread awareness.”

She admits that she feels tormented by the idea that Schulman may have harassed other women while she has remained silent.

“This is a serious topic that I would never lie about.”

Allegations of sexual misconduct is about as serious as it gets.

“That would be disgusting for me to lie about something as serious as this. Please understand.”

Schulman is said to have repeatedly verbally harassed Ayissha while the two were not on camera.

At one point, he allegedly told her:

“I have a big d–k. I would tear your a– up.”

There are situations in which that is an okay thing to say to a person. When you are a TV host and your guest is very much not interested is not one of those times.

Nev Schulman has denied the allegations.

MTV is making sure that Catfish does not have any further incidents by suspending production on the current season.

It is always smart to play it safe for many reasons, in terms of ethics, public image, and even potential liability issues.

Unfortunately, sexual misconduct is both extremely difficult to prove or disprove.

Ayissha Morgan may need to find a corroborating witness — perhaps she already has one — or at least an outcry witness in order for police to be able to build a case from her report.

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Demi Lovato Facing Backlash After Admitting To Directing Prank That Led To Apparent Sexual Assault

This is not cool…

Demi Lovato is taking a lot of heat right now, hours after admitting to directing what appears to be a poorly-chosen prank gone wrong that apparently led to an alleged sexual assault in her camp.

Related: Demi Keeps Dropping Friends!

It all started late last night when Demi took to Twitter to answer questions from her fans. Amid her dozens of answers was this one — which she later deleted (below):

Whoa…

A funny prank to some, but maybe, ya know, sexual assault to another?!

Related: Demi Promises To Tell Her ‘Truth’ Soon

Fans immediately took sides, with thousands jumping in both in support of Lovato and against her — and the backlash and conversation got so loud, that she logged back on to Twitter later in the evening to address it herself in another series of tweets that included an apology (below):

Intense!!

Thoughts, Perezcious readers?!

Let us know in the comments (below)!!!

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Morgan Freeman Issues Strong Statement: I Have Never Committed Sexual Assault!

No, Morgan Freeman, insists in a new statement:

NOT me too.

In a disturbing new CNN report that came out this week, the veteran actor was accused by eight different women of sexual misconduct and/or harassment.

The authors behind this report said they spoke to the eight women, along with eight separate witnesses, all of whom offered similar descriptions of Morgan’s behavior over the years.

For example, one production assistant on the 2017 movie Going In Style told CNN that Morgan “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear.”

He did until a co-star told him to stop.

Then there was a senior production staff member on the set of the 2013 film Now You See Me who told CNN that Morgan made so many inappropriate comments about her attire that she stopped wearing tight articles of clothing around him.

A CNN reporter named Chloe Melas even went on record with the charge that Morgan frequently looked her up and down and referred to as “ripe” when she interviewed the star last year.

Oh, and she was six months pregnant at the time.

In response to these accusations, Morgan said the following on Thursday:

Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy.

I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected – that was never my intent.

Not exactly the most effective apology ever, right?

He’s basically saying he did all this stuff, he just didn’t mean to offend anyone via his actions.

Now, with his name being associated with others who have been brought down by the #MeToo movement, the 80-year old has issued a far more strongly-worded statement.

He wants to make a few things clear.

“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports,” he opened, adding:

“All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.

“I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try to make women – and men – feel appreciated and at ease around me.

“As a part of that, I would often try to joke with and compliment women, in what I thought was a light-hearted and humorous way.”

In conclusion:

Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended. And that is why I apologized Thursday and will continue to apologize to anyone I might have upset, however unintentionally.

But I also want to be clear: I did not create unsafe work environments. I did not assault women. I did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex.

Any suggestion that I did so is completely false.

This is all well and good and likely true.

But no one has accused Morgan of assault.

They’ve said he treated women on set with extreme disrespect, basically viewing them as nothing but sex objects.

Is this as bad as actually assaulting them? Of course not.

However, the behavior is still part of a significant issue in society that is thankfully being addressed more and more often these days. It’s simply the issue of treating both men and women with equaly amounts of respect.

Morgan is an Oscar winner who is best known for a handful of iconic movie roles.

His most notable films include: Million Dollar Baby, The Shawshank Redemption and Batman Begins.

Let’s hope he has learned some valuable lessons from the allegations leveled against him here.

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Morgan Freeman Releases Second Statement Denying Sexual Misconduct, Addresses New Claims As Visa Suspends His Marketing Campaign

After allegations surfaced days ago that Morgan Freeman allegedly harassed female journalists and staffers at his production company, the actor continues to defend himself while also apologizing — and he’s now released a second statement addressing the reports against him.

In the second statement, Freeman further addressed allegations from more than half a dozen women, and at the very least, made it seem as though he was starting to take the reports more seriously than he previously had shown.

Related: Jason Bateman Apologizes For Tone Deaf Jeffrey Tambor Defense

Here’s Morgan Freeman’s full (second) statement (below):

“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports.

All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.

I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try to make women—and men—feel appreciated and at ease around me. As a part of that, I would often try to joke with and compliment women, in what I thought was a light-hearted and humorous way.

Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended. And that is why I apologized Thursday and will continue to apologize to anyone I might have upset, however unintentionally.

But I also want to be clear: I did not create unsafe work environments. I did not assault women. I did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex. Any suggestion that I did so is completely false.”

Well OK then.

Related: Freeman Allegedly Had “Inappropriate Relationship” With Step-Granddaughter

Meanwhile, Visa is suspending its marketing campaign with Freeman, as well.

The company announced in a statement this week via a spokesperson that they won’t be continuing its current ad campaign with Freeman for the foreseeable future (below):

“We are aware of the allegations that have been made against Mr. Freeman. At this point, Visa will be suspending our marketing in which the actor is featured.”

And the city of Vancouver, Canada’s public transit system TransLink also announced on Thursday that it was pausing its current ad campaign with Freeman’s voice promoting mobile payments on the transit system.

A spokesperson for the Vancouver transit system said (below):

“In light of information we learned Thursday morning of allegations regarding actor Morgan Freeman, TransLink has decided to pause his voice announcements as part of a Visa ad campaign on our transit system. We will be reaching out to Visa to discuss further.”

Wow!

We’ll see for how much longer the fallout continues…

[Image via Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.]

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Morgan Freeman Says He’s ‘Devastated’ Over Sexual Harassment Claims

Morgan Freeman released a second statement denying the sexual harassment allegations made against him on Friday, May 25. The actor shared the apology through his publicist, Stan Rosenfield, after eight women came forward with accusations against him on Thursday, May 24.

“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports,” the Just Getting Started actor, 80, said in his statement.

“All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor,” he continued. “I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try to make women—and men—feel appreciated and at ease around me. As a part of that, I would often try to joke with and compliment women, in what I thought was a light-hearted and humorous way.”

“Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended. And that is why I apologized Thursday and will continue to apologize to anyone I might have upset, however unintentionally,” the Oscar winner added. “But I also want to be clear: I did not create unsafe work environments. I did not assault women. I did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex. Any suggestion that I did so is completely false.”

The statement comes after CNN published an investigative report on Thursday, in which 16 people claimed to have experienced or witnessed the Bruce Almighty actor’s alleged misconduct. Freeman denied the allegations in a statement to Us Weekly later that day. “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy,” he said at the time. “I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”

In the CNN report, a production assistant for the movie Going in Style claimed she endured unwanted touching and inappropriate comments from the actor. A senior member of the production staff for Now You See Me claimed that Freeman made comments about her and her female assistant’s bodies, and three entertainment reporters claimed he also made inappropriate remarks toward them at press events.

In light of the controversy, SAG-AFTRA is reconsidering Freeman’s Lifetime Achievement Award. “These are compelling and devastating allegations which are absolutely contrary to all the steps that we are taking to ensure a safe work environment for the professions in this industry,” a SAG-AFTRA spokesperson said in a statement to Us on Thursday. “Any accused person has the right to due process, but it is our starting point to believe the courageous voices who come forward to report incidents of harassment. Given Mr. Freeman recently received one of our union’s most prestigious honors recognizing his body of work, we are therefore reviewing what corrective actions may be warranted at this time.”

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Bebe Rexha Reveals Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Music Producer After Two Women Come Forward With Rape Claims!

Time’s up for music producer Noel “Detail” Fisher.

This week, new allegations came out against the recording artist (who has worked with the likes of Beyoncé, JAY-Z, and Drake) from two women who claim Fisher treated them like “sex slaves”.

According to court docs obtained by TMZ, singers Kristina Buch and Peyton Ackley have been granted restraining orders against Fisher after they came forward with alleged incidents of sexual assault.

Related: Rita Ora Explores Bisexuality With Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, & Charli XCX

Buch’s allegations (as recent as earlier this month) claimed Fished “forcibly grabbed her by the hair, hit and choked her” and “left with bruises on her arms, head, back and legs.” She also says he raped her in Miami where he “forced her to have sex with him in front of others” after a recording session.

Ackley had similar claims, alleging Fisher slammed her head into a wall and dragged her up a flight of stairs back in March. She also said Fisher forced her to have sex with him in front of another producer and to take nude photos as he masturbated. Another incident detailed Ackley being forced to record Fisher having sex with Buch. Just terrible.

The two women are receiving an outpouring of support — namely from Bebe Rexha and Jessie Reyez, who both said they had similar experiences with Fisher.

The 28-year-old singer shared:

Reyez added:

Yes this is who gatekeeper is about. My experience didn’t get this awful. I hope these women find justice.A post shared by Jessie Reyez (@jessiereyez) on May 10, 2018 at 11:00am PDT

Wow. We’ll certainly keep you updated and hopefully justice will be served.

[Image via Judy Eddy/WENN.]

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Thomas Ravenel Sexual Assault Allegations Are Being Investigated

Bravo and Haymaker, the production company for Southern Charm, have broken their silence on the sexual assault allegations made against Thomas Ravenel.

“Haymaker, the production company for Southern Charm, and Bravo take allegations like these very seriously,” the network said in a statement to Us Weekly Friday, May 4. “Haymaker is conducting an investigation, and once all the information is gathered and carefully reviewed, appropriate action will be taken.”

As previously reported, the 55-year-old Bravo star made headlines on Thursday, May 3, for sexual assault allegations made by Ashley Perkins, who claimed Ravenel sexual assaulted her mother, Debbie Holloway Perkins, after they matched on Tinder in October 2015.

Ashley opened up to Us about the allegations on Thursday.

“Thomas comes to pick her up, but I was concerned he might be inebriated because he was slurring his words on a voicemail he left for my mom because he was having trouble finding our house. I brushed it aside, because at this point I didn’t know anything about his past convictions involving cocaine,” Ashley claimed to Us, referencing Ravenel’s 2007 federal cocaine distribution charges. “He takes her into the house, and gives her a tour of the main house, very clinical, in a non-sexual way.”

“He takes her into the nanny’s room … My mom says, he goes into a trance, and shoves her on the nanny’s bed,” the former model alleged. “He is pulling her pants down, he digitally penetrates my mom in her vagina and butt with his fingers, and my mom is screaming at him to get off of her, and no. He is holding her wrists above her head, which explains the injuries she suffered, and the bruising. My mom screams at him, ‘You are a rapist.’”

Ashley also claimed that her mother had marks on her wrists after her alleged encounter with Ravenel. The real estate agent told Us that the former politician paid her mom $ 200,000 for a settlement in June 2016 after the mother-daughter duo hired a lawyer.

Ravenel has starred on Southern Charm since its premiere in 2014. The series is currently airing its fifth season. His lawyer released a statement regarding Ashley’s allegations Us on Thursday: “My client enjoys a certain degree of fame and unfortunately has become — unfairly — a target for an individual who has, in my opinion, dubious motivations.”

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Thomas Ravenel, Southern Charm Star, Accused of Sexual Assault

Thomas Ravenel, the lead cast member on Bravo’s Southern Charm, is under investigation for sexual assault.

According to People Magazine, which broke this disturbing story, real estate Ashley Perkins alleges that the reality star took advantage of her mother back when she went on a date with Ravenel in 2015.

Parker says her mother and Ravenel met on the dating app Tinder in October of the aforementioned year and then went out on Christmas Day, about two months later.

“We lived in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He was going to pick her up and they were going to go out for drinks. She agreed to that.” Parker tells People, adding that she did not witness the alleged incident.

She continues as follows:

“I helped her get ready – she wore a diamond tennis bracelet on her wrist. Her wrist was fine when she left the house.

“He left her voicemail saying he got lost on the way to pick her up. I thought he sounded a little inebriated.”

Parker, pictured below with her mother, says Ravenel “changed plans” from the original date agreement as soon as her mom got into his car.

He suggested they go see a home he had just had renovated and she agreed.

perk mom

(We should note at this point that Southern Charm airs on Bravo and follows a bunch of rich and spoiled people around. It premiered in March of 2014.)

Once inside the home, Ravenel reportedly poured his date a small glass of wine.

Upon entering the nanny’s room in the residence, Ravenel “he turned on” my mom, Parker says,detailing her allegations this way:

“He pushes my mom onto the nanny’s bed, grabs her wrist with one hand, then he starts trying to pull her pants off. And she’s like ‘No, no, no, stop.’

“He stuck his fingers inside of her vagina as well as her anus.

“She told me that he held her hands back with one arm and then pulled his penis out and shoved it in her face.”

After her mother screamed “YOU’RE A RAPIST,” Ravenel leaped out, “out of his trance,” Parker says, and left the room.

After the alleged attack, Ashley claims Ravenel told Debbie “to get yourself an Uber.”

However, Debbie convinced Ravenel to drive her home because she had never taken an Uber before, and he proceeded to berate her on the way there.

Parker explains that her mom was acting very “withdrawn” until finally confessing to her daughter what had transpired.

According to Ashley, Debbie contacted a friend who was an attorney and described the alleged situation. He advised her to get legal help, she says.

Parker says they hired Gloria Allred (who has declined comment) and agreed with Ravenal in “mediation” for a settlement of $ 200,000.

Parker and her mom now live in Florida.

She says she has come forward to serve as an inspiration for other victims of sexual assault.

“This is bigger than my mom. This is bigger than me. I would like to let… other women know that Thomas is not invincible,” Ashley concludes to People.

“Or even just women who are against powerful men and think they can’t do anything. I want them to know, you can. I would like to see him off of Bravo.

“I would like for my mom not to have to worry about flipping on the television and seeing his smug mug, flaunting his lifestyle around. It’s bigger than us now.

“I’d like to see some good come out of the ugly.”

In response to these charges, a lawyer for Ravenel says:

My client enjoys a certain degree of fame and unfortunately has become – unfairly – a target for an individual who has, in my opinion, dubious motivations.

Ravenel, who was sentenced to 10 months in jail on federal cocaine distribution charges in 2007, has starred on Southern Charm since its premiere in 2014.

He shares four-year-old daughter Kensie and two-year-old son Saint with ex-girlfriend Kathryn Dennis.

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Tom Brokaw Blasts Sexual Misconduct Accuser: This Is An Ambush!

Former NBC staffers have accused Tom Brokaw of sexual misconduct, and he has admitted that he acted inappropriately, but says that it did not rise to the level described.

Now, he sent out a mass email to a number of colleagues, in which he takes a much harsher tone towards the accusations and one of the women who made them.

That email has been obtained and published for all to see.

In a lengthy email to his colleagues that has been obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Brokaw denounces the allegations against him.

“It is 4:00 am on the first day of my new life as an accused predator in the universe of American journalism.”

It’s off to a very melodramatic start.

“I was ambushed and then perp walked across the pages of The Washington Post and Variety as an avatar of male misogyny.”

If you think that this hyperbole is a bit much, just wait for this next line.

“Taken to the guillotine and stripped of any honor and achievement I had earned in more than a half century of journalism and citizenship.”

After the hyperbole train comes to a near-stop, he suggests that he knows the motives of Linda Vester, the woman identified by name in the article.

“I am facing a long list of grievances from a former colleague who left NBC News angry that she had failed in her pursuit of stardom.”

He then drops that he’s responsible for her career.

“She has unleashed a torrent of unsubstantiated criticism and attacks on me more than twenty years after I opened the door for her and a new job at Fox news.”

Brokaw seems bewildered that these accusations against him were in print.

“Linda Vester was given the run of the Washington Post and Variety to vent her grievances.”

He then characterizes the accusations against him:

“To complain that I tickled her without permission (you read that right), that I invaded her hotel room, accepted an invitation to her apartment under false pretenses. …”

He sees these accusations as a personal attack.

“And in general was given a free hand to try to destroy all that I have achieved with my family, my NBC career, my writing and my citizenship.”

He says that, essentially, everyone is on his side.

“My NBC colleagues are bewildered that Vester, who had limited success at NBC News, a modest career at Fox and a reputation as a colleague who had trouble with the truth, was suddenly the keeper of the flame of journalistic integrity.”

It sounds like he’s trying to say that she is not trustworthy or truthful. One wonders if he will also say the same about his other accuser if she is named, and about any others who might speak up.

“Her big charge: that on two occasions more than 20 years ago I made inappropriate and uninvited appearances in her apartment and in a hotel room.”

“As an eager beginner, Vester, like others in that category, was eager for advice and camaraderie with senior colleagues. She often sought me out for informal meetings, including the one she describes in her New York hotel room.”

In her accusations, he called her and informed her that she was coming over — after having been turned down when he asked her out for a drink.

“I should not have gone but I emphatically did not verbally and physically attack her and suggest an affair in language right out of pulp fiction.”

She said that he tried to kiss her against her will, which is something that clearly has stuck with her for a long time.

“She was coy, not frightened, filled with office gossip, including a recent rumor of an affair.”

So … they were talking.

“As that discussion advanced she often reminded me she was a Catholic and that she was uncomfortable with my presence. So I left,”

He says that he’s now shocked that she was upset by the visit.

“23 years later, to be stunned by her melodramatic description of the meeting.”

Interesting to hear the guy who just described being guillotined accuse someone else of being melodramatic.

“As I got up to leave I may have leaned over for a perfunctory goodnight kiss, but my memory is that it happened at the door – on the cheek.”

Brokaw says that her description of that kiss was not as she described.

“No clenching her neck. That move she so vividly describes is NOT WHO I AM. Not in high school, college or thereafter.”

Brokaw also says that she left out some details.

“Here is a part of her story she somehow left out. I think I saw her in the hallways and asked how it was going.”

He says that he offered her career advice.

“She was interested in cable start up [sic] and I said I didn’t think that was going anywhere. What about Fox, which was just building up?”

He says that he then made that connection happen.

“She was interested and followed me to my office where, while she listened in, I called Roger Ailes. He said, ‘send her over.'”

He then accuses her of hypocrisy by having never said anything publicly about Ailes after he was accused of sexual harassment and forced to resign.

Again, he reiterates that he does not like that the accusations against him were published, as she believes that this woman is biased.

“I am stunned by the free ride given a woman with a grudge against NBC News, no distinctive credentials or issue passions while at FOX.”

He believes that she was accusing him out of a desire for attention, which is a fairly common deflection from people accused of misdeeds.

“Strip away all of the hyperbole and what has she achieved? What was her goal? Hard to believe it wasn’t much more Look At Me than Me:Too.”

Sometimes, it’s difficult to know a person’s true character until you see how they respond to adversity.

And this scathing letter is how Brokaw has responded.

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Congressman Pat Meehan Resigns Effective Immediately After Sexual Harassment Settlement

Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.), who came under scrutiny after it was revealed he used taxpayer dollars to settle a sexual harassment case, announced his resignation Friday from the House of Representatives, effective immediately.

“Though I wish my time in Congress would have finished in a more satisfying manner, I am proud of our accomplishments and thank the residents of my District for their confidence in me over the last eight years,” he said in a statement. “I recognize that there are constituents who are disappointed in the manner in which I handled the situation that lead to my decision not to seek re-election and wish I had done better by them.”

The New York Times reported in January that the congressman used thousands of taxpayer dollars to settle a claim of sexual misconduct. Meehan’s accuser, a former aide, alleged that he had professed romantic feelings for her, the Times reported, and he grew hostile when she did not respond in kind.

Following that report, Meehan, who is currently serving his fourth term in Congress for Pennsylvania’s 7th district had announced he would not seek reelection. “With the knowledge I would not be standing for another term, I have decided that stepping down now is in the interest of the constituents I have been honored to serve,” he said Friday.

At the time of the Times report, Meehan was on the House ethics committee, investigating other allegations of sexual misconduct in the chamber. House Speaker Paul Ryan promptly removed him from his position.

Meehan said Friday that he would give $ 39,000 to the U.S. treasury as reimbursement to tax payers for the severance payment, a payment he said would be made within a month his resignation.”I did not want to leave with any question of violating the trust of taxpayers,” he said.

Under Pennsylvania law, Governor Tom Wolfe will announce the date for a special election within ten days after Meehan’s resignation. In February, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court reworked the Congressional map following a gerrymandering lawsuit which experts say favor Democrats, rendering it unlikely that Meehan’s seat will remain in Republican hands.


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