Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte slammed for kissing married woman before huge audience

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was slammed on Monday for kissing a married woman in front of thousands of cheering Filipino workers, with some calling it  “disgusting theatrics" and him a misogynist president. The controversy began when Duterte, during his visit to South Korea, called a woman on stage Sunday to give her a copy of … Continue reading “Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte slammed for kissing married woman before huge audience”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was slammed on Monday for kissing a married woman in front of thousands of cheering Filipino workers, with some calling it  “disgusting theatrics" and him a misogynist president.

The controversy began when Duterte, during his visit to South Korea, called a woman on stage Sunday to give her a copy of a book at a town hall-style meeting in Seoul. Duterte managed to convince the woman to allow him to kiss her in front of overseas Filipino workers.

Duterte asked if she can explain to her husband that the antic was just a joke, and she said yes. As the Philippine president leaned in for the kiss, the crowd enthusiastically cheered.

Though the woman, identified as Bea Kim, later said the kiss was “no malice,” many people were outraged by the kiss, the BBC reported.

Duterte was criticized for kissing a Filipino worker at the podium. (AP)

Filipino senator Risa Hontiveros called the kiss "a despicable display of sexism and grave abuse of authority,” while women’s rights group Gabriela called it “disgusting theatrics.”

"His repeated acts of machismo are meant as entertainment to hide the reality of his rapidly slipping popularity due to the issues of extrajudicial killings, the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law and big-time corruption scandals now plaguing his rule," Gabriela said in a statement on Monday.

“That kiss Duterte ‘asked’ from that OFW [overseas Filipino worker]? Typical harassment. He basically used his power/authority to forcibly get consent from the poor girl,” one woman tweeted.

“Kissing an ofw in front of a public event in another country is so unethical, the line between ethical and unethical, moral and immoral are blurred to Duterte as long it serves his personal interests,” another woman wrote.


Kim insisted to the Philippine New Agency the kiss didn’t “mean anything except to entertain and make other Filipinos in the gathering happy.”

Duterte has previously been accused of making misogynistic comments. He was caught telling Filipino soldiers earlier this year to shoot female communist rebels in the vagina, the BBC reported.

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When Duterte was a mayor in Davao, he was heard saying he was angry that a female Australian missionary was raped and murdered in 1989.

However, he followed the comment by saying: "That's one thing. But she was so beautiful, the mayor should have been first, what a waste."

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Priest suspended after viral video shows him slapping baby during baptism

A French priest has been suspended from “all baptism and marriage celebrations” after a viral video showed him slapping a baby on the face during a baptism ceremony, the diocese said.

Father Jacque Lacroix, 89, a priest who belonged to the Meaux Diocese, became a viral sensation after a YouTube video showed him giving a baby a slap on the cheek. The video, which has been viewed more than 5 million times, sparked backlash from viewers.

The diocese released a statement on Friday regarding the viral video, saying that Lacroix has been suspended.


“This short video is an excerpt from the celebration during which the baby cries a lot. The elderly priest loses his temper and slaps the child. Aware of this inappropriate gesture, the priest apologized to the family at the end of the baptism,” the statement read.

The diocese then announced that Lacroix was “suspended from all baptism and marriage celebrations.”

“On Friday, June 22, Bishop Nahmias, Bishop of Meaux, took provisional measures to ensure that the priest was suspended from all baptism and marriage celebrations. These measures also require him not to intervene on the Collegiate Church of Champeaux now and to celebrate masses only at the express request of the parish priest,” the statement concluded.


Lacroix spoke to France Info radio about the video, referring to the hit as “something between a caress and a little slap,” AFP reported.

“The child was bawling and I needed to turn his head so I could pour the water. I was saying ‘be quiet’ but he wouldn’t calm down,” Lacroix said. “It was something between a caress and a little slap. I was trying to calm him down, I didn’t really know what to do.”

The video made the rounds on Reddit, YouTube and Twitter. It was not immediately clear when the video was recorded.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

Indian couple, including one nun, accused of selling baby at Mother Teresa’s charity for unwed mothers

A nun and another worker at a shelter for unwed mothers run by Mother Teresa’s charity in eastern India have been arrested for allegedly selling a baby, police said.

An Indian couple claimed they paid 120,000 rupees, or $1,760, to Anima Indwar, who worked at the shelter run by the Missionaries of Charity in Ranchi, police said.

Police were also investigating three other complaints against Indwar for allegedly selling children from the shelter. The head nun, Sister Concilia, was arrested on Wednesday, The New York Times reported.

Twelve pregnant women who were at the charity were moved to a government-run home for care to avoid any similar situation after their babies were born, Officer Aman Kumar said.


The arrests earlier this week followed the couple's complaint the charity worker had taken back the baby boy and kept their money. Kumar said 100,000 rupees, or $1,470, were allegedly recovered from the two people arrested.

Mother Teresa started the Missionaries of Charity order in Kolkata in 1950 and it later set up hundreds of shelters that care for some of the world’s neediest, people she described as "the poorest of the poor." (AP)

The baby was born May 1 to a resident of the shelter, who reportedly did not want the baby, and it was allegedly handed to an Indian couple by Indwar on May 14 in Ranchi.

The couple told police Indwar called them July 1 and asked them to visit the shelter with the baby to complete some formalities.

Rupa Verma, chairperson of state-run Child Welfare Committee, an organization for children's welfare, said Indwar took the child away when the couple arrived. Verma said the organization alerted police last month following an inspection that showed “the number of children registered on the books did not reflect how many were actually there,” she told The New York Times.

“I had a very good image of Missionaries of Charity, but this case came to us with hard evidence,” Verma said. “Now we are wondering what was going on there.”

Verma said the organization took custody of the child but the couple, who were not identified, was reportedly appealing for custody.


Spokeswoman Sunita Kumar said the Missionaries of Charity was investigating.

"There was no question of selling any child as the Missionaries of Charity had stopped giving children for adoption three years ago," she said, adding that the charity had never taken money from parents while arranging adoptions in the past.

Mother Teresa started the Missionaries of Charity order in Kolkata in 1950 and it later set up hundreds of shelters that care for some of the world's neediest, people she described as "the poorest of the poor."

She received the Nobel Peace Prize for her charitable work in 1979 and Pope Francis declared her a saint last year, two decades after her death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

Robin Wright led charge to save ‘House of Cards’ after Kevin Spacey scandal, Patricia Clarkson says

When Netflix was on the verge on impeaching “House of Cards” amid the Kevin Spacey scandal last year, it was the new president who rallied the base to save it.

So says Patricia Clarkson, who was on CBS’ “The Talk” on Friday. She told the panel that Robin Wright — who plays Veep-turned-President Claire Underwood on the veteran D.C. drama — lobbied hard to keep it going. “Robin led all of this charge so that people would save their livelihoods, because when the show goes away, some people don’t get paid,” said Clarkson, who joined “House of Cards” for Season 5 last year.

Patricia Clarkson joined “House of Cards” midway through Season 5. (AP)

“We have beautiful showrunners, Frank [Pugliese] and Melissa [Gibson], and they killed themselves to rethink the whole show,” Clarkson said of the efforts after Spacey was fired from the show amid a wide-ranging sexual harassment scandal. “It’s only eight episodes. … I think it’s going to be a stunning, stunning new season and I’m thankful for it.”

Clarkson debuted on the series midway through Season 5 as Jane Davis, Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade and a veteran of the D.C. wars. Her character becomes a valuable source of information — and support — for the second President Underwood and returns for the sixth and final season. Netflix has yet to set a premiere date.

This article originally appeared in Deadline. 

Former Ohio State coaches defend Rep. Jim Jordan against claims he ignored sexual abuse

A group of former Ohio State wrestling coaches is defending embattled Republican Rep. Jim Jordan amid reports that he failed to report sexual abuse against students by a team doctor when the lawmaker coached at the university more than two decades ago.

“What has been said about Jim Jordan is absolutely wrong,” the coaches, which include former OSU wrestling head coach Russ Hellickson, said in a joint statement Monday.

“We all worked on the wrestling coaching staff during Jim’s tenure at The Ohio State University. None of us saw or heard of abuse of OSU wrestlers. The well-being of student-athletes was all of our concern. If we had heard of any abuse, we would have spoken up.”

Former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato discusses abuse he says he suffered at the hands of a late Ohio State team doctor in the 1990s, on Monday, July 2, 2018, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

Jordan, who worked as an assistant wrestling coach at the school between 1986 and 1994, was accused by former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato of having known about alleged abuse of athletes by Dr. Richard Strauss, who worked as the team doctor from the mid-1970s to late 1990s.

DiSabato, who was one of the first victims to report the alleged abuse that prompted Ohio State to open its own investigation, said he was disappointed by Jordan’s response since and charged that the lawmaker was more interested in his own personal gain than the safety of the athletes.

“He knew, did know, and it’s very disappointing that he has now denied knowledge, not once, but twice,” DiSabato said, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Jordan has vehemently denied the claims by DiSabato and other former athletes that he knew of Strauss’ sexual misconduct, calling the allegations “bogus” during an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier last Friday.

“I never saw, never heard of, never told of any kind of abuse," Jordan said. "We would’ve dealt with it if we knew of anything that happened.”

Several former wrestling coaches at OSU and other schools released their own statements backing Jordan on Monday.

“I fully believe that Jim did not know of any allegations of sexual abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss at the Ohio State University. Jim is a leader that was very protective of his athletes,” Rex Holman, a former OSU assistant coach, said in a statement.

But Jordan’s denial has been met with incredulity from some former wrestlers at Ohio State.

“I remember I had a thumb injury and went into Strauss’ office and he started pulling down my wrestling shorts,” Dunyasha Yetts, who wrestled at Ohio State in 1993 and 1994, told NBC News. “I’m like, what the f— are you doing? And I went out and told Russ and Jim what happened. I was not having it. They went in and talked to Strauss.”

Dr. Richard Strauss, who worked as the team doctor from the mid-1970s to late 1990s, is accused of abusing student-athletes at Ohio State University. (The Associated Press)

Yetts added that the student athletes approached Jordan numerous times about Strauss.

“For God’s sake, Strauss’s locker was right next to Jordan’s and Jordan even said he’d kill him if he tried anything with him,” Yetts said.

Male athletes from 14 sports at Ohio State have reported alleged sexual misconduct by Strauss, who was on the faculty and medical staff and published a variety of research.

Ohio State has not released details about the claims but said more than 150 former students and witnesses have been interviewed so far. The school has urged anyone with information about Strauss to contact the independent investigators from Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie.

A statement from the school said it is "deeply concerned for everyone who may have been affected by his actions" and remains "steadfastly committed to uncovering the truth."

Strauss died in 2005, and his death was ruled a suicide.

Fox News' Matt Richardson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Elon Musk calls diver who helped save Thailand boys a ‘pedo’ for slamming his rescue idea

Tech billionaire Elon Musk sent a viral shockwave Sunday in a tweet apparently accusing a British diver who helped rescue the 12 boys from a Thailand cave of being a pedophile.

Musk later reportedly doubled down on the unfounded claim, telling another Twitter user he'd bet money it was “true.”

The war of words began after Vern Unsworth told CNN that he thought Musk’s attempts to help out with the rescue of the youth soccer team represented nothing but a show for attention.

“It just had absolutely no chance of working. He had no conception of what the cave passage was like. The submarine I believe was about 5 feet, 6 inches long, rigid, so it wouldn’t have gone round corners or round any obstacles,” Unsworth said. “It wouldn’t have made the first 50 meters into the cave from the dive start point. It was just a PR stunt.”

In a series of tweets, since deleted, Musk unloaded on Unsworth.

“Never saw this British expat guy who lives in Thailand (sus) at any point when we were in the caves.

“Only people in sight were the Thai navy/army guys, who were great. Thai navy seals escorted us in — total opposite of wanting us to leave.

“Water level was actually very low & still (not flowing) — you could literally have swum to Cave 5 with no gear, which is obv how the kids got in. If not true, then I challenge this dude to show final rescue video.

Tech billionaire Elon Musk deleted a tweet calling a rescuer of the 12 boys from a Thailand cave a pedophile. (Twitter)

“Huge credit to pump & generator team. Unsung heroes here,” Musk tweeted.

“You know what, don’t bother showing the video,” Musk tweeted. “We will make one of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo. Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.”

When a Twitter user pointed out that Musk was “calling the guy who found the children a pedo,” as The Guardian reported, the tech entrepreneur responded: “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true.”

Neither Musk nor Unsworth responded to Fox News' requests for comment.

Twitter users pointed out how “dangerous” and irresponsible his tweet was to make such a serious unproven allegation to his 22 million followers, as The Guardian stated.

Musk last week said he visited the flooded cave in northern Thailand and left a mini-submarine there for future use.

The billionaire tweeted Tuesday morning he'd "Just returned from Cave 3," referring to the rescuers' command center inside the sprawling cave. He posted photos of the cave interior and a video showing people working their way through chest-high water.

Musk had offered a "kid-sized" submarine, named Wild Boar after the kids' soccer team, to help in the rescue operation. He posted videos of the sub being tested in a swimming pool in California with simulated narrow passages like the cave.

In a news conference on Sunday, as Fox News reported, Public Health Minister Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsattayatorn said the boys and their 25-year-old coach were recovering well and eager to eat their favorite comfort foods after their expected discharge from a hospital on Thursday.

"All of the 13 people, their physical bodies are strong, and fit. Regarding infections, through the medical evaluations in the first days there may be some of them that had minor pneumonia, but now all is cleared, no fever," Piyasakol said.

Piyasakol gave a prognosis for the boys, and said, "Psychologists have been talking to the kids, with the kids, their mental well-being is good today."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Netflix star Israel Broussard apologizes for resurfaced ‘inappropriate and insensitive’ tweets

Israel Broussard, an actor from Netflix’s hit movie “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” has issued an apology Tuesday for past “inappropriate and insensitive” tweets that have recently resurfaced.

Broussard, in a tweet from 2011, allegedly wrote, “Dogs can sense earthquakes. Too bad Japan ate them all,” the Daily Beast reported. The tweet came just days after a massive earthquake caused a tsunami in the country that left at least 15,000 dead.

Social media critics were quick to note that the 24-year-old co-stars along side Lana Condor, the Asian-American female lead in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”


“I am deeply sorry for my inappropriate and insensitive words and likes on social media. I take full responsibility for my actions and I sincerely apologize. This has been a pivotal life lesson for me. I am dedicated to becoming a more informed and educated version of myself,” the actor tweeted.

Other tweets he was criticized for included disparaging remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement and his discomfort with portraying a homosexual character.

The actor has since deleted the controversial tweets.


“I’m not going out for a gay role, thank you though. Haha,” he tweeted according to the Daily Beast.

Broussard is not the first celebrity to be called out for resurfaced tweets.

Garrett Yrigoyen, the latest “Bachelorette” winner, apologized for his past Instagram activity. He was criticized after social media users pointed out posts he “liked” on the social media platform, which included memes that mocked transgender people, immigrants and feminists.

Fox News’ Katherine Lam contributed to this report. 

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

Dylan McDermott has been cleared of 90’s sexual assault allegations

Actor Dylan McDermott has been cleared of sexual assault allegations stemming from 1991 over a technicality in a case that hasn’t been made public until now.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles County said it wouldn’t pursue the case against the “American Horror Story” star because it fell beyond the statute of limitations, according to a memo made public Friday and obtained by TMZ.

“The allegation is outside the statute of limitations, therefore, an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence is not warranted and prosecution is declined,” prosecutors wrote.

The case was handled by the Santa Monica Police Department, according to The Wrap.

Before Friday, the woman’s allegations against the 56-year-old actor hadn’t been publicized.

“Mr. McDermott learned about these allegations last year and trusted that the process would end exactly as it has,” his rep told the gossip site.

This week, LA prosecutors announced they were dropping sexual assault cases against “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey and Steven Seagal because the alleged incidents took place in the 1990s, also outside the statute of limitations.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post. 

Rodrigo Duterte blasted for saying rapes due to city having ‘many beautiful women’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was criticized by women’s rights groups after he allegedly made a joke linking the high rape crime rate in the southern city of Davao to the number of “beautiful women” living there.

Duterte made the quip while delivering a speech Thursday in Davao, the city where he was once mayor, Al Jazeera reported.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte kisses Filipino worker

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte kisses a woman he called up on stage during a meeting with thousands of Filipino workers in Seoul.

“They said there are many rape cases in Davao,” he said. “As long as there are many beautiful women, there will be more rape cases.”


The president’s comments were immediately criticized by women’s rights activists and groups.

"Duterte seems to hate women so much that he comes up with statements that help normalize rape," Elizabeth Angsioco, a women’s rights activist, told Al Jazeera. "This is unacceptable. Not from anyone, especially not from the highest official of the land.”

“Instead of seriously addressing the problem, the misogynist Duterte has added insult to the scars of rape survivors,” women’s rights group #BabaeAko (I Am Woman) said in a statement.

Gabriela, a Philippines women’s rights network, released a statement regarding Duterte’s comments.

"Yet again, President Duterte sends a very dangerous and distorted message in his latest rape remark, that a woman's beauty is a cause of rape," the statement read.


"He toys with Davao pride and misogyny to gloss over a very important detail that women in his hometown of Davao City suffered the most number of rape cases in the country. This latest theatric only confirms one thing: President Duterte is proud to have rolled back whatever gains and legal mechanisms that have been instituted for women's rights in Davao City,” the statement concluded.

Duterte’s spokesman, Harry Roque, released a statement regarding the president’s comments, saying people should not “give too much weight on what the president says by way of a joke.”

“They’re not O.K. with rape jokes but let’s just say that perhaps the standard of what is offensive and what is not offensive is more liberal in the south,” Roque told The New York Times.

This is not the first time Duterte has come under criticism for his comments about women before. He called his daughter a “drama queen” when she revealed she was a victim of sexual assault. In February, he bragged that he ordered troops to shoot female communist fighters in their vaginas, according to multiple reports.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

Roseanne Barr back on Twitter after ‘leaving,’ blames ‘Ambien tweeting’ after ABC cancels hit show

Less than 14 hours after following up a racist tweet by writing, "I apologize. I am now leaving Twitter," Roseanne Barr was back on the social media platform late Tuesday.

In a series of late-night tweets, Barr appeared to blame the prescription sleeping pill Ambien for the racist tweet that led to her show's cancellation Tuesday. She also repeatedly criticized ABC for what she implied is the network's hypocrisy.

"guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me," she wrote in one post and then deleted Tuesday night. "It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn't but…don't defend it please. ty."

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ABC canceled Barr's widely popular reboot of "Roseanne," her hit 1988-1997 comedy series, shortly after the star posted a racist tweet about former President Barack Obama's aide Valerie Jarrett.

The rebooted show became an instant hit March 27, when the first episode attracted more than 18 million viewers.

Barr doubled down on appearing to blame Ambien two hours later: "I think Joe Rogan is right about ambien. Not giving excuses for what I did(tweeted) but I've done weird stuff while on ambien-cracked eggs on the wall at 2am etc -."

"Don't feel sorry for me, guys!!" Barr also tweeted, before discouraging people from boycotting ABC. "I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people,and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet. I will be on Joe Rogan's podcast friday."

Earlier Tuesday evening, Barr also retweeted several posts from a variety of other Twitter users, including some that contained doctored images and incorrect information.

One of the fake images that Barr recirculated depicted Whoopi Goldberg wearing a violently anti-Trump shirt. Barr quickly deleted that retweet.


Barr also retweeted a fake image of Jarrett's Stanford yearbook quote, in which she purportedly says she wants to make the U.S. a more Islamic country. Barr later retweeted corrections from people who pointed out the photo was fake.

The comedian also posted several retweets that highlighted perceived hypocrisy by Disney, the parent company of ABC and ESPN.

"Not repugnant according to @WaltDisneyCo," read one post that Barr retweeted, referring to angry anti-Trump comments by Keith Olbermann, who recently returned to ESPN.

Barr also highlighted anti-Christian comments by Joy Behar, a co-host of ABC's "The View."


"Joy Behar mocked Mike Pence’s faith on The View and said that the way he prayed to Jesus was 'mental illness,'" read another post that Barr retweeted. "She didn’t apologize until a month later. ABC was silent. Roseanne‏"

In other posts, Barr retweeted apparent defenses of her racist comment concerning Jarrett's appearance.

"I look like a monkey. Why?" began one of the posts. "My DNA is 96% similar to a monkey's. It makes scientific sense. But due to emotions, double standards & feelings science is cancelled this year. There are 5,000 genders & if you don't agree with me you're a racist xenophobe."

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.