I’ve always been a self-avowed history nerd. When I was young, the Middle Ages held special fascination for me, particularly the fashion, which my best friend and I tried to recreate on our mothers’ sewing machines. (Told you: history nerd.) However, I always wanted to know things that didn’t seem to be in history books, which was basically anything having to do with women’s lives. Rather than just who they married and who their children grew up to be, I wanted to know what their day-to-day lives were like. What did they discuss with each other? What did they do when they got their periods, for God’s sake? There was a frustrating lack of any information of this sort that was available to me in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., in the late 1980s and early ’90s.

I went off to college hoping to learn more about women in history, and not just the “famous” ones. I was all set to become a history major until I took my first art history class—history with pictures, even better! Although I got a “D” on my first exam (I mean, really, who can keep all of those Egyptian dynasties straight?), I fell in love with the field.

That first semester, I didn’t see Dutch Golden Age artist ’s Man Offering Money to a Young Woman (1631) (sometimes also called The Proposition) in class. In fact, I’m pretty sure I didn’t see any art by women in that class, but I was lucky enough to see the painting in person at the Mauritshuis in The Hague during my first winter break. That’s because, after I graduated from high school in the aforementioned D.C. suburbs, my family packed up and moved to the Netherlands.

When I first saw Man Offering Money to a

(Bloomberg) — Nikola Corp. founder Trevor Milton has been accused by a second woman of sexual assault.

a sign on the side of a road: Signage is displayed outside Nikola Corp. headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.

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Signage is displayed outside Nikola Corp. headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.

The woman used to be Milton’s work assistant and was 15-years-old at the time of the alleged attack, which she says occurred in Utah, according to a statement from the law firm representing both victims.


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A spokesperson for Milton said he “strongly denies these false allegations.”

“At no point in his life has Mr. Milton ever engaged in any inappropriate physical contact with anyone,” the spokesperson said. Nikola shares fell as much as 5.4% to $18.25 before the start of regular trading.

Milton has had a tumultuous few weeks. He stepped down from his executive chairman position at the electric-truck maker after claims of deception leveled by short seller Hindenburg Research sent Nikola’s stock spiraling. He’s also been accused by his first cousin, Aubrey Smith, of sexual assault in 1999 when she was 15 and he was 17 — allegations he has also denied.

Both women are cooperating with law enforcement as their allegations are investigated, Provo, Utah-based firm Craig Johnson Law said in the statement. The second woman’s allegations were first reported by CNBC.

Hindenburg Research, a firm that owns a short position in Nikola’s stock and stands to gain from a decline in the share price, said Sept. 10 that Milton and Nikola deceived investors about its business prospects — claims that are now the subject of inquiries by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and, reportedly, the Justice Department.

(Updates with Nikola shares trading in the fourth paragraph.)

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