Raped and left on the road, she said #MeToo. Jurors said ‘No, not you.’
Shawana Hall was celebrating her 31st birthday on a cold, rainy night in April 2008, when she met a middle-aged man who asked her to accompany him to a party store to buy her a celebratory drink. She was reluctant to get into his car alone. He insisted.
Once on US 131 near Kalamazoo, he pulled the car to the curb, held a knife to Hall’s neck and ordered her into the back seat, she said. She accused him of raping her three times in one terrifying hour.
The jury of eight women and four men, all but two of whom are white, sided with the defense, who argued the victim could not be trusted and the encounter was consensual. They found Kelly not guilty.
Tavis Smiley Announces New TV Deal and 5-City Tour on ‘What Is Acceptable’ in the Workplace
After being unceremoniously canceled by PBS in December amid sexual-misconduct allegations, author and talk show host Tavis Smiley announced in a video and press release on Facebook Monday that he is going to debut a new inspirational show online and on the Word Network, which also features programs by Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer and others.