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NC cop coerced domestic violence survivor into an affair — and threatened to drop the charges against her abuser

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A police officer in Apex, North Carolina has been accused of coercing a domestic violence survivor into an affair while working on her case — a claim that led to his recent suspension and subsequent resignation.

Raleigh’s WRAL reported that Apex Police Detective Worth Brown kissed Julia Allgrove against her will after she called police after her estranged and abusive husband repeatedly violated a restraining order she’d taken out to protect herself and their two small children. A relationship between the victim and the detective developed, but Allgrove now says Brown took advantage of her.

“I was very, very vulnerable,” she said. “I was very broken and felt very alone.”

She told WRAL that she began to feel uncomfortable with Brown after he said her husband’s case would be dropped if the relationship was ever revealed.

“‘This is against our ethics policy,” Brown reportedly told Allgrove. “I’m not supposed to be doing this.”

In a secret recording that Allgrove said is of her and Brown, a male voice is heard telling the victim that she could lose custody of her children if the relationship ever came to light.

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Because of the turn in their relationship, the woman was compelled to speak to police out of fear other women may fall victim to Brown’s “predator behavior.” After her report, APD opened an investigation into the detective’s behavior that ultimately led to his suspension. Brown resigned Monday, though as Allgrove told WRAL, her worries about him are far from over now that she’s five weeks pregnant with a child she claims is his.

“It makes me sad,” the woman said. “And it makes me feel betrayed.”

You can watch Allgrove discuss her “uncomfortable” relationship with the ex-detective below, via WRAL:

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Mexican Senate opens debate on N.American trade deal

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Mexico's Senate began debating the new North American trade agreement Wednesday, putting the country on track to be the first to ratify it despite recent tension with the US.

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is expected to pass easily in Mexico, given that the deal it aims to replace, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), has helped turn the country into an exporting powerhouse over the past 25 years -- with nearly 80 percent of those exports going to the US.

Opening debate on the deal, Senator Veronica Martinez, secretary of the upper house's economic committee, called it "an important agreement for all Mexicans."

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She ‘has some legal exposure’: Here is why Hope Hicks ‘may want to invoke the 5th Amendment’ in talks with Congress

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The Trump White House is claiming that former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is under no obligation to cooperate with House Democrats in their probe of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and that she enjoys “absolute immunity.” But attorney Julian Epstein, former Democratic chief counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, stressed during an appearance on CNN on Wednesday that there is no such thing as “absolute immunity” where Hicks is concerned — and that Hicks, having likely waved executive privilege, might want to invoke the U.S. Constitution’s 5th Amendment to protect herself.

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Fox News host’s insane anti-LGBT screed: Activists are trying to make kids transgender by ‘eliminating gays’

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Fox News host Greg Gutfeld went on a lengthy deep-dive into what he claims are the motivations of LGBT activists, falsely accusing them of trying to increase the number of transgender children by "eliminating gays."

There is exactly zero truth to Gutfeld's claims, which he made on Fox News' "The Five" on Monday, as Media Maters reports.

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