Rapper & actor Kaalan Walker sentenced to 50 years in prison for rape
Authorities say Walker has sexually assaulted aspiring models.
Kaalan Walker was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for sexual assault. The 'Superfly' actor was convicted in April of three counts of forcible rape, one count of assault to commit oral copulation, two counts of statutory rape, and two counts of rape by intoxication, as per Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Walker, 27, appeared in the 2018 remake of the 1970s film "Superfly," as well as the 2017 drama "Kings," alongside Halle Berry and Daniel Craig.
He was arrested in September 2018 in Los Angeles and accused of a series of sexual assaults on aspiring models whom he contacted via social media and promised work opportunities, according to police. The allegations date back to 2016, as per authorities.
It is worth noting that Walker was charged with nine felony sexual assaults a month later and was held on more than $1 million bail.
Survivors of sexual assault in US face medical bills over $3,000
Sexual violence survivors who don't have insurance are often facing medical bills that can reach far beyond $3,000 for healthcare, according to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Out of trauma, social stigma and fear, many sexual assault survivors do not declare or come forward about the experiences they had endured; getting charged with high health care costs can be quite "disincentivizing", according to Samuel Dickman, a co-author of the study and physician in Planned Parenthood of Montana.
According to the study, in 2019, over 112,000 sexual assault survivors set out for emergency care; however, more than 17,000 were uninsured and were slabbed with bills averaging $3,673. Pregnant victims had the highest average charges: $4,553.