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. explainers
    Everything We Know About PnB Rock’s Murder So FarPolice have arrested three people in relation to the fatal shooting.
  2. growth
    Cardi B. Pleads Guilty in Strip-Club Fight“Part of growing up and maturing is being accountable for your actions.”
  3. guilty
    R. Kelly Found Guilty in Child-Pornography CaseGuilty man found guilty once again.
  4. lawsuits
    Nicki Minaj Sues Social-Media Commentator for Defamation“Anyone else who spreads lies about Nicki will suffer a similar fate.”
  5. closing arguments
    The Prosecution’s Final Words in R. Kelly’s Child-Pornography Trial“Who uses a 14-year-old child to film a video like this?”
  6. r kelly
    What R. Kelly’s Accusers Said in His Chicago Trial“I became exhausted living with his lies.”
  7. she’s so lucky she’s a star
    Did Erika Jayne Just Luck Out in Court?Yes, but …
  8. book wars
    So Who Won the Antitrust Trial?Will it be the Big Five or the Big Four?
  9. rightful convictions
    New York State Court Will Hear Harvey Weinstein’s AppealWeinstein claimed his defense was in a “stranglehold.”
  10. the law
    Fetty Wap Pleads Guilty in Federal Drug CaseHe is facing a minimum of five years in prison.
  11. lawsuits
    Vanessa Bryant Gets Emotional During Her Testimony in Invasion-of-Privacy TrialShe said she lives “in fear” of seeing the crash photos.
  12. ask an expert
    Could Amber Heard Really Win Her Appeal Against Johnny Depp?The never-ending case continues — with a new twist.
  13. so random
    The Biggest Plot Twists in the Simon & Schuster Antitrust TrialThe publishing world’s inner workings come to light.
  14. r. kelly
    R. Kelly Chicago-Trial Opening Statements Began With Harrowing Abuse AllegationsProsecution warned the jury that the videos in evidence will be “difficult to watch.”
  15. the law
    What Happens When Drill and the Justice System Clash in the Courtroom?Lawyers and lawmakers share their experiences.
  16. trial run
    All Your Questions About R. Kelly’s Chicago Federal Trial, AnsweredThe convicted sex abuser continues to face justice after being sentenced to 30 years in his Brooklyn federal trial.
  17. the law
    Fetty Wap Arrested for Allegedly Violating Release ConditionsHe has been accused of threatening someone’s life via FaceTime.
  18. johnny depp
    6,000 Pages of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Case Files Reportedly RevealedWill this ever end?
  19. renaissance
    Kelis Probably Can’t Sue the Neptunes Over Beyoncé’s ‘Milkshake’ InterpolationThe 2003 track can be heard in “Energy” on Beyoncé’s album, Renaissance.
  20. on-set drama
    All Your Questions About Johnny Depp’s Assault Lawsuit, ExplainedAlas, no trial.
  21. sha-guilty
    The Scene at Jen Shah’s Guilty Plea Was Not Made for TVWe didn’t even get one outburst.
  22. not shah-mazing
    Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’s Jen Shah Pleads Guilty Ahead of Fraud TrialAs the reality star once said: “The only thing I’m guilty of is being Shah-mazing.”
  23. deppositions
    Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard, the Shitshow Trial of the CenturyIt could have been a watershed moment for free speech. It wasn’t.
  24. it’s complicated
    Why Did Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Both Win Money in Their Defamation Trial?A million here, a million there.
  25. verdicts
    Johnny Depp Won His Defamation Trial Against Amber HeardShe was awarded $2 million for one of her competing defamation claims.
  26. courthouse chaos
    Johnny Depp Fans Are Out in Full Force As Trial Nears EndWhen the clock hit 12:50 a.m. Friday, bedlam unfolded outside the Fairfax, Virginia, court parking garage.
  27. nihilism
    Does the Johnny Depp Trial Have a Point?Experts weigh in on the great nihilistic trial of 2022.
  28. under oath
    Kate Moss Denies Ex Johnny Depp Pushed Her Down the StairsThe trial is nearing its end.
  29. chemistry tests
    The Great Debate Over Amber Heard and Jason Momoa’s ChemistryIs this even a thing in superhero movies?
  30. exes
    Kate Moss Will Testify Wednesday in Johnny Depp’s TrialDepp’s team is also planning on calling him back to the stand later this week as a rebuttal witness.
  31. jealousy jealousy
    Ellen Barkin Calls Ex Johnny Depp a ‘Jealous Man’“I never heard from him again after that.”
  32. unravelings
    Johnny Depp Couldn’t Get His Shit Together, Ex-Agent TestifiesAmber Heard’s witnesses describe her ex-husband’s apparent unraveling.
  33. astroworld tragedy
    Astroworld Lawsuits Claim Almost 5,000 People Were Injured at Deadly FestivalHere are the major legal battles Travis Scott faces.
  34. under oath
    Amber Heard’s Ex–Best Friend Testified ‘Hair Was Ripped Out of Her Head’Amber Heard’s sister also took the stand.
  35. toxic love notes
    Amber Heard Addresses James Franco Elevator Video in CourtAmber Heard’s cross-examination ended today after back-and-forth about entries in Heard and Depp’s love journal.
  36. under oath
     Johnny Depp’s Lawyer Starts to Cross-Examine Amber Heard Things are going to get even uglier.
  37. the lost kingdom
    Amber Heard Says Her Aquaman 2 Role Was ‘Pared Down’She claims Johnny Depp damaged her reputation by calling her abuse allegations a “hoax.”
  38. allegations
    How Amber Heard ‘Figured Out’ Johnny Depp Lost His FingerAmber Heard sobbed at points during her second day of testimony.
  39. under oath
    Amber Heard Testifies ‘Cocaine Johnny’ Is ‘Different From Quaaludes Johnny’Alleging a pattern of Johnny Depp’s drug use and abuse.
  40. pirates 6
    Johnny Depp’s $22.5 Million Debate Over Pirates of the Caribbean 6Meanwhile, Depp rested his case.
  41. charitable questions
    What Happened to Amber Heard’s ACLU Donations?She promised to donate divorce-settlement money from Johnny Depp.
  42. lovegame
    Even Lady Gaga’s Ex Says Amber Heard Didn’t Love Elon MuskOne of the richest rebounds in the world.
  43. deppositions
    Johnny Depp Ends Testimony With Claims That He Is a Victim of Domestic AbuseJohnny Depp has finally left the stand.
  44. trials
    Johnny Depp Keeps Making Jokes During TestimonyCross-examination takes a turn for the weird — mentioning Marilyn Manson, Paul Bettany, and a severed finger.
  45. testimonies
    Johnny Depp Says He Lost ‘Nothing Less of Everything’ Over Allegations“I just sat in the back of the bus and cried.”
  46. testimonies
    Johnny Depp Takes the Stand in Defamation Trial Against Amber HeardJohnny Depp talks drug use, Pirates, and his early days with Amber Heard during day one of his testimony in defamation trial.
  47. crime
    Cuba Gooding Jr. Pleads Guilty to Forcible Touching, Won’t Get JailHe’ll be allowed to replead after six months of good behavior.
  48. trials
    Amber Heard Accuses Johnny Depp of Sexual Assault, Acting Like a ‘Monster’Both sides detailed abuse allegations during opening statements in Depp’s defamation case.
  49. stans
    Johnny Depp Fans Are Really Into His Defamation Trial Against Amber HeardA jury has been selected and it doesn’t include a Johnny Depp lover’s husband.
  50. the law
    R. Kelly’s Lawyer Invokes Matt Lauer to Argue for AcquittalAnother banger from Bill Cosby’s appeals lawyer.
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