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Did Sean Penn Beat Up Madonna? An Archaeology of Hollywood’s Most Explosive Rumor

Sean Penn goes by a number of honorifics: actor, journalist, philanthropist, activist, humanitarian. At scattered points throughout his career, however, reporters and biographers have branded him with a much less noble title: wife beater. Since the late Eighties, numerous media outlets have alleged, with varying…

Zambian Musician Convicted of Raping a Teen Appointed 'Ambassador Against Gender Violence'

A singer in Zambia convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl in 2014 is serving as an “ambassador in the fight against gender violence.” Clifford Dimba served one year of an 18-year prison sentence for the rape before being pardoned by the President in 2014. Since then, and after being appointed to the ambassador…

Anthony Cumia Charged with Strangling His Girlfriend, So His Fans Call Her a Liar & a Cunt 

On Sunday night, a woman reported to be radio shock jock Anthony Cumia’s girlfriend livestreamed a video from his home in which she said he had just physically assaulted her: “I got my hand broken, I’m waiting for police to come,” she said, showing the camera her bruises. Cumia has been criminally charged, and his…

Complex Editor Lauren Nostro's Ex-Boyfriend Ernest Baker Charged With Assault, Harassment

In May 2015, Ernest Baker, Drake-approved writer and self-appointed internet tastemaker, allegedly assaulted and harassed his ex-girlfriend, Complex Music managing editor Lauren Nostro. The news gained public attention Wednesday night after the pair’s mutual friend, the writer Meaghan Garvey, vaguely tweeted about…

State Senator Troy Brown Charged with Domestic Abuse, Claims Short Term Memory Loss 

A Louisiana State Senator is being charged with domestic abuse battery against a woman who told police that she has been his “side friend” for a decade. In a statement, the senator acknowledged that an “altercation” took place, but said he did not recall the details due in part to brain damage from a 1991 car accident.

Inside The Closed-Door NFL Hearing That Reinstated Greg Hardy

On March 4, the NFL conducted a reinstatement hearing for Greg Hardy, who had spent most of the previous season on the Commissioner’s Exempt List after he was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder. Deadspin has obtained the transcript of that confidential hearing, which you’ll find at the bottom of…

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This Is Why NFL Star Greg Hardy Was Arrested For Assaulting His Ex-Girlfriend

Barefoot and frightened, Nicole Holder walked as fast as she could through the darkness, and the moment she saw the cops she ran. She headed west on Fifth Street toward North Church, away from the Charlotte., N.C., apartment of Greg Hardy, a star defensive end then with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. Minutes earlier he…