At least 35 employees at Disney World in Florida have been arrested for charges related to sexual abuse against children over the past eight years, including four within the past month, CNN reported on Monday.
The employees, who ranged from maintenance workers to tour guides to security guards, were arrested on charges including possession of child pornography and trying to meet a minor for sex. Thirty-two of them have already been convicted, with the other cases still pending. Over the same time period, CNN reported, two Sea World employees and five Universal Studios workers were charged with similar offenses. None of the arrests involved minors at any of the theme parks.
“The numbers reported by CNN represent one one-hundredth of one percent of the 300,000 people we have employed during this time period,” Disney said in a statement. “We continue to work closely with law enforcement and organizations like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as we constantly strengthen our efforts.”
Universal Studios and Sea World issued separate statements touting their own background checks.
“We have zero tolerance for this kind of activity,” Universal’s statement read. “We deal with situations such as this immediately and permanently.”
After being informed of CNN’s findings, Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) introduced a bill that would grant an exemption to the Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988 allowing employers to use a polygraph test on workers whose activities “would involve the care or supervision of children or regular access to children.”
“We owe it to ourselves, we owe it to our children,” Ross told CNN. “We owe it to our future to make sure we don’t let the next predator find a victim.”
However, critics of polygraph exams have argued that they can be inconclusive, which can lead to a pre-supposition of guilt.
Watch CNN’s report, as aired on Monday, below.
Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.
The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.
"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."
"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."
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President Donald Trump received harsh criticism from a former top Middle East advisor for the ethnic cleansing campaign Turkey is waging against the Kurds in Syria.
MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.
"The truth of the matter is when President Trump announced to the world last December that we were leaving Syria and he arbitrarily cut our force reportedly in half, which is already a small force, we lost all of our leverage and influence," McGurk argued. "And he really threw it out the window on this call on October 6th."
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Like prominent GOP attorney George Conway, Hitchcock believes Trump suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).
"There are nine diagnostic criteria of NPD in the DSM-5, and a diagnosis is valid if only five are present. Narcissists have a grandiose sense of self-importance, i.e. they exaggerate their achievements and talents; they are preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power or brilliance; they believe that they are special, unique and should associate only with other high-status or special people; they require excessive admiration; they feel a sense of entitlement; they exploit others for their own gain; they lack empathy; they are envious of others or believe that others envy them; they are arrogant or haughty," Hitchcock wrote.