Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Martha Stewart hints that she may write about her time at “Camp Cupcake,” the Cosby jury is deadlocked, and Uber ends the week on a low note. Have a relaxing weekend.
• Jane Doe vs. Uber. Uber ended a disastrous week with a final piece of damning news: The woman who was raped by her Uber driver in New Delhi in 2014 has filed a lawsuit against the company over allegations that its executives wrongfully obtained her medical records. Named Jane Doe in the case, she is suing for defamation, intrusion into private affairs, and public disclosure of private facts.
Doe alleges that CEO Travis Kalanick and ex-Uber execs Emil Michael and Eric Alexander bought her into the “narrative of rape denialism” by questioning whether the attack actually occurred and instead contriving a “fictitious story” about the incident being concocted by rival ride-sharing company Ola Cabs.
Uber responded in a statement, saying: “No one should have to go through a horrific experience like this, and we’re truly sorry that she’s had to relive it over the last few weeks.”
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Girl, interrupted. With two high-profile cases of manterrupting in the news this week (Sen. Kamala Harris by AG Jeff Sessions and Arianna Huffington by David Bonderman), The New York Times talked to everyday women about their experiences with being talked over and looked at data that proves this phenomenon is not a figment of our imaginations.
New York Times
• More Martha, please. In this video interview, Martha Stewart frets about the time-wasting powers of the internet, shares her best career advice (“Don’t cry, don’t whine, and don’t kvetch”), and teases plans to write something “soon” about her stay in prison.
• 0 to 50. This analysis finds that four of the five biggest U.S. banks now have two women in roles that put them in contention for the CEO job. That’s particularly significant given research that when there’s a single female candidate among four finalists, the odds are statistically zero that she’ll get the job—but when there are two women in the group, the odds jump to 50%.
• Deadlocked...for now. Jurors in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial told a judge they’re deadlocked on charges the comedian drugged and molested a woman in 2004. They were ordered to keep trying to reach a unanimous decision and are back for the fifth day of deliberations today.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Jane Moran, global CIO at Unilever, has been appointed to Brown University’s Executive Master in Science and Technology Leadership Advisory Committee. Lata Reddy has been promoted to chair of The Prudential Foundation.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• #SquadGoals. This Hollywood Reporter comedy actress roundtable is a great Friday read. The group—which includes Issa Rae, America Ferrera, and Kathryn Hahn—cracks jokes, talks smack about the industry boys’ club and compares notes on fighting for equal pay.
The Hollywood Reporter
• Being Brnabic. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has named Ana Brnabic, an independent politician with experience in local government, to replace him as prime minister. Brnabic is the first openly gay woman to be picked to lead a government in southeastern Europe.
• A golf gap. Bloomberg looks into the pro golf pay gap, finding that, since 1947, prize money for U.S. Open women has averaged 37% that of men. This year, the men will compete for a total of $12 million, while the women’s purse is $5 million.
• Alba’s Primetime. Jessica Alba’s Honest Company will start to sell the company’s diapers, body wash, and other consumer products on Amazon.com for the first time this month. The move is part of a larger expansion push; the company also aims to double the number of physical stores that stock its products.
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