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Oklahoma teen charged with rape following student walkout supporting alleged victim

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Police arrested a former Norman High School student on Tuesday on charges of raping a classmate, accusations that led to a mass walk-out in November at the suburban Oklahoma City school in support of the alleged victim.

Tristen Kole Killman-Hardin, 18, was charged in Cleveland County District Court with two counts of first-degree rape of an unconscious 16-year-old victim, police said.

A lawyer for Killman-Hardin was not immediately available for comment.

Two other girls have also accused him of sexual assault, according to activist group YES All Daughters, which organized the school protest. A prosecutor told local media more charges may be filed.

In an affidavit signed by Norman Police Detective Ronald Collett, Killman-Hardin said he admitted to having intercourse with the girl when he knew she was intoxicated. Norman police are in possession of audio and video related to the incident, the arrest affidavit said.

The victim reported that a video of the attack appeared on her cell phone and on social media. She reported the assault that she said took place in September to the Norman Police Department, which has been investigating the case for months.

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Nearly 1,000 students at Norman High School walked out of classes on Nov. 24 to protest what they said was a failure by school administrators to protect three girls who have accused the male classmate of sexually assaulting them.

One of the girls said that on the day she came back to the Norman school after the alleged rape, she was verbally assaulted by a group of students who bullied her about the incident. She has not returned to the school since then.

Officials for Norman High School said Killman-Hardin was suspended for the school year for cyberbullying prior to the November protest and they have helped law enforcement investigate the allegations.

The protest at the Norman school came after several major U.S. colleges, including the University of Virginia, began investigating high-profile accusations of sexual assault on their campuses.

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(Reporting by Heide Brandes; Editing by Jon Herskovitz and Eric Beech)

Watch a report on the arrest, as aired on KOCO-TV on Tuesday, below.

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Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns

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Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.

In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.

The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.

"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."

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Trump jumped to Speaker Pelosi’s defense in marathon Fox News interview

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In a strange twist, President Donald Trump appeared to defend House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity Wednesday.

Hannity began by saying to Trump that he believes Pelosi has lost control of her own party, as officials like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) continue to call for impeachment.

"I say Nancy Pelosi is the speaker in name only," Hannity told Trump, calling Ocasio-Cortez the real start.

But what Trump said was the unusual point.

"I think Nancy Pelosi probably has control of it, I hear different things, but I think she does," Trump said, appearing to defend the Speaker. "She knows what she's doing. We will see how it all comes out."

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Trump spokesperson goes down in flames up against progressive reporter: ‘All you do is lie!’

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President Donald Trump's spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany went down in flames up against Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks during a CNN panel Wednesday.

McEnany went on to try and spin the president as some sort of great leader for Black Americans. She said that the campaign is very "proud" of the president's record on issues involving people of color.

"He also just said he wouldn't change his position on the Central Park Five," cut in Cuomo.

McEnany tried to cut in, but Cuomo cut in. "Now, he said we'll leave it at that. Come on."

"Chris, you come — come on, you," McEnany shot back. "We've been talking about the Central Park Five and racism and all of these things going back to the 2016 election, problem -- American people didn't believe it."

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