Victoria Bekiempis is a New York City journalist whose work focuses on courts and crime. Bekiempis's Vulture coverage has included high-profile trials, including the New York City proceedings against Harvey Weinstein and R. Kelly. She received a Newswomen's Club of New York Front Page Award for her Guardian coverage of Ghislaine Maxwell's arrest. In her spare time, Bekiempis co-runs a photo lab.

  1. the law
    Jonathan Majors Sentenced to a Program in Domestic-Violence Case“He is not sorry, he has not accepted responsibility, and he will do this again and he will hurt other women,” Grace Jabbari said at the sentencing.
  2. the law
    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Expensive Lawsuit Over Cheap Rosé, ExplainedJolie’s lawyers claim Pitt wouldn’t let her sell her shares of the winery if she didn’t sign a “more onerous” NDA on their relationship.
  3. rust trial
    Rust Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed Found Guilty of Involuntary ManslaughterHannah Gutierrez-Reed was taken into custody after the verdict.
  4. rust trial
    Rust Trial Enters Jury DeliberationsThe fate of armorer Hannah-Gutierrez Reed will be decided after nearly two weeks of testimony.
  5. rust shooting
    When Is Alec Baldwin’s Rust Trial?Rust’s armorer faces a jury ahead of a summer trial for Baldwin. “If I were defending Baldwin, it would be a gift from God,” an attorney said.
  6. the law
    All Your Questions About the Jam Master Jay Murder Trial, AnsweredJury deliberations have begun for Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr.
  7. the law
    Harvey Weinstein Asks New York’s Highest Court to Throw Out ConvictionTalk about long shots.
  8. the law
    Jonathan Majors’s Sentencing Postponed Until AprilThe Marvel actor appeared via video for the under-five-minute court proceeding.
  9. the law
    Jam Master Jay’s Death Was ‘an Execution’“It was motivated by greed and revenge,” prosecutor Miranda Gonzalez told jurors in her 20-minute opening statement in the murder trial.
  10. mess
    What Happens Next in Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s Custody Battle?The two have agreed to resolve Turner’s child-abduction lawsuit.
  11. explainers
    What Happened at Jonathan Majors’s Domestic-Violence Trial?After a three-week trial, the former Marvel star was found guilty of two misdemeanor charges.
  12. the law
    Jonathan Majors Found Guilty of Assault and HarassmentFollowing a three-week trial.
  13. the law
    Jonathan Majors’s Closing Argument Blames His Accuser for ‘Revenge Partying’Meanwhile, prosecutors focused on facts.
  14. testimonies
    Jonathan Majors’s Ex-Girlfriend Said She Feared Him Getting Arrested“I was just really scared, but I just desperately needed help from someone just to get me out.”
  15. opening statements
    Jonathan Majors Allegedly Assaulted Ex to Hide His Cheating“A cruel and manipulative pattern.”
  16. the law
    What’s Going on With Robert De Niro’s Wild Workplace-Misconduct Case?De Niro’s production company — not the actor himself — was found liable for gender discrimination to the tune of $1.2 million in damages.
  17. the boss
    What It’s Like to Be Robert De Niro’s AssistantAccording to the heated testimonies from De Niro and his former assistant Graham Chase Robinson.
  18. explainers
    Everything We Know About PnB Rock’s Murder So FarPolice charged two more people in the shooting.
  19. the law
    The Uncharted Territory of Pras Michél’s AI Courtroom ClaimsThe Fugees singer is claiming his defense attorney botched his closing argument by using a proprietary prototype AI program.
  20. the law
    Could Russell Brand Be Charged Over Sexual-Assault Allegations?Technically, yes.
  21. the law
    Everything We Know About the Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez ShootingLanez is officially heading to prison to start serving his ten-year-sentence.
  22. the law
    Nick Carter Sexual-Assault Allegations Get LouderAdding to the legal drama: Carter has sued Ruth and Schuman alleging conspiracy.
  23. the law
    Disney’s Many Court Battles, ExplainedIt’s a legal mess in Bob Iger’s Mouse House.
  24. the law
    Jonathan Majors’s Domestic-Abuse Trial Delayed Once AgainThe new trial date will be set on September 15.
  25. lawsuits
    Can Sarah Silverman’s AI Lawsuit Save Us From Robot Overlords?“That’s part of what these cases are about: Let’s open the black box. Let’s see what’s inside.”
  26. the law
    The Elvis Estate’s Trust Issues Are OverAfter a months-long dispute, Riley Keough has been named the sole trustee.
  27. labor struggles
    L.A. Hotel Workers Don’t Want Taylor Swift to Be the Anti-HeroAs the Eras Tour hits L.A., striking hotel workers are asking Swift to show some solidarity.
  28. the law
    Of Course Kevin Spacey Thinks He’s a Victim“I never thought that [the man] I knew would … 20 years later stab me in the back,” the accused predator told a courtroom.
  29. the law
    What’s Happening at Kevin Spacey’s Sexual-Misconduct Trial?The disgraced actor is back on the stand, but this time, it’s a criminal case.
  30. settlements
    Cuba Gooding Jr. Settles Civil Rape CaseThe actor settled moments before jury selection.
  31. the law
    Cuba Gooding Jr. Headed Back to Court for Civil Rape TrialMore than 30 women have accused him of groping.
  32. the law
    Danny Masterson Found Guilty in Rape RetrialThe That 70’s Show actor has been convicted of two counts of forcible rape.
  33. vulture investigates
    The Honking Wars of the 2023 Writers’ StrikeHow seriously should anyone be taking those electronic signs?
  34. the law
    Ed Sheeran’s Copyright Trial, ExplainedAnother similar suit has been dismissed following his victory.
  35. lawsuits
    Lawsuit Alleges Lee Strasberg Institute Covered Up a Sexual AssaultA former student alleges the then–artistic director “raped and sexually assaulted” her in the early 1970s.
  36. not shah-mazing
    Will Jen Shah’s Lawyers Ever Get Paid?An investigation.
  37. rust tragedy
    The Manslaughter Case Against Alec Baldwin Is Not Going Well at AllWith the lead prosecutor out and the position being deemed a “career killer,” the Rust case has taken a turn.
  38. ask an expert
    What Happened to the Gun From the Rust Shooting?The gun Alec Baldwin shot was apparently damaged and perhaps even destroyed. This is not a good look for prosecutors.
  39. the law
    What’s Next for Convicted Sex Criminals Harvey Weinstein and R. Kelly?The two disgraced men have both been sentenced for sex crimes. Again.
  40. rap music on trial
    All the Weirdness Around the YSL Trial, ExplainedJust how out of the ordinary is the slow-moving jury selection?
  41. not shah-mazing
    What Will Jen Shah’s Life Be Like in Prison?“Every woman is going to try to get pictures of her so they can sell them.”
  42. ask an expert
    Alec Baldwin Is Officially Charged in Rust Shooting. Now What?“There’s just a huge disparity in the charges.”
  43. not shah-mazing
    Jen Shah Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Telemarketing ScamShe was also sentenced to five years of supervised release.
  44. the law
    Happy New Year to Everyone Except Jen ShahHer New Year’s resolution? Making jumpsuits her new thing!
  45. the law
    Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty on 3 Counts in Los Angeles Rape TrialHowever, he was found not guilty of sexual battery on one count.
  46. the law
    Megan Thee Stallion’s Former Friend Testifies in Tory Lanez TrialKelsey Harris, who was there the night of the shooting, backtracked key details during her testimony.
  47. the law
    Backstreet Boys Holiday Special Canceled After Nick Carter Rape AllegationA woman has sued the Backstreet Boy for alleged rape.
  48. explainers
    The Biggest Questions Ahead of Tory Lanez’s TrialHere’s what could happen at the high-profile trial, where Megan thee Stallion has accused Lanez of shooting her in the foot.
  49. the law
    Bill Cosby Sued by 5 Women for Alleged Sexual AssaultNBC Universal is also a defendant.
  50. the law
    Judge Declared Mistrial in Danny Masterson Rape CaseJurors said they couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict.
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