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ACCUSER. One who makes an accusation.

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After the 1997 trial of sportscaster Marv Albert, defending the judge's decision to admit compromising information about Albert's sexual past but not about his accuser's, feminist attorney Gloria Mired decried "the notion that there's some sort of moral equivalency between the defendant and the victim"
An independent investigation conducted by Judge Alec Southwell, a retired judge of Victoria's Supreme Court, concluded: "I am not satisfied that the complaint has been established." The accuser had failed to denounce the archbishop to the civil authorities; so the Church called upon Judge Southwell to investigate the charges.
Both Archbishop Pell and his accuser claimed vindication from the findings.
SEX assault charges against Kevin Spacey in the US were dropped after his accuser refused to testify.
This comes after former 'House of Cards' star's defense attorneys claimed that they require the accuser's phone in order to recover text messages for they would bolster Spacey's case.
The civil case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning Spacey's accuser cannot refile the case later.
The actor's lawyer told the judge at a hearing Monday that they need the accuser's phone so an expert can try to recover text messages his lawyer says support Spacey's claims of innocence.
The accuser in the reopened investigation said Ramos-Mendoza sexually abused her in November 2013 when she was 8 or 9 years old, prosecutors said.
Accuser Neil Parry, 48, the design director of builders Persimmon Homes, claimed Suneer Ookayal went berserk and called him a "f*** white c***" when he said his chips were too hard and asked for a refund.
Two days after he was linked in the ongoing crisis in Marawi City, Senator Bam Aquino is still waiting for public apology from his accuser, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.
The website published a story Monday night saying an unnamed source with several ties to the accuser says her friends are already talking settlement numbers because nobody, including the accuser, wants this to go to trial.
That is why justice systems -- at least in democracies -- typically demand that the accused be able to face his or her accuser. Why, for example, in a case that is so dependent on public opinion -- and on which so much depends -- must Assange face allegations that may have grave consequences for him, while his accusers remain hidden?