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Following scandal and investigation, Cinefamily to shut down permanently - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesFollowing scandal and investigation, Cinefamily to shut down permanentlyLos Angeles TimesThis year should have been a celebratory one for the Cinefamily, marking the 10th anniversary of an organization founded in 2007 that had grown to become one of the best known spaces for repertory and independent film exhibition in the city. Instead ...Cinefamily to Permanently Shut Down Following Sexual Harassment ScandalVarietyCinefamily Shuts Down Following Sexual Harassment ScandalHollywood ReporterCinefamily Permanently Shuts Down After Sexual Harassment AllegationsDeadlineTIME -IndieWire -KABC-TV -Columbia Missourianall 11 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsNov 14th, 2017

Cinefamily to Permanently Shut Down Following Sexual Harassment Scandal

Los Angeles independent film venue Cinefamily will permanently shut down and dissolve the board following allegations of sexual misconduct made against some of Cinefamily’s executives in August that led to two resignations from the company. Silent Movie Theater, Cinefamily’s longtime home, will be closed and renovated by the landlord, while the board will establish a transition team […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyNov 14th, 2017

Brie Larson Speaks Out on ‘Upsetting’ Cinefamily Sexual Harassment Allegations

After two top employees of Los Angeles independent film venue the Cinefamily resigned on Tuesday, actress Brie Larson posted a response to allegations of sexual harassment that led to their departure. Larson co-founded the Women of Cinefamily support group with Tina Poppy and Alia Penner. Poppy previously left the organization, and both Larson and Penner... Read more ».....»»

Category: topSource: varietyAug 24th, 2017

Cinefamily Suspends All Activities Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Los Angeles independent film venue Cinefamily will “temporarily suspend” all activities, following allegations of sexual harassment that led to two high profile exits from the organization. The suspension is intended to “allow for the investigation and necessary restructure of management and the board,” according to an announcement, which was written in a letter and posted... Read more ».....»»

Category: topSource: varietyAug 27th, 2017

Kathy Griffin Is No Longer Under Federal Investigation After Controversial Photo Shoot

Kathy Griffin just announced that she is longer under federal investigation following her controversial Donald Trump photo shoot. The 56-year-old comedian took to her Twitter to share the news that the investigation has been concluded. “TODAY. The @AP has to clarify. I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed, I have been [...] Kathy Griffin just announced that she is longer under federal investigation following her controversial Donald Trump photo shoot. The 56-year-old comedian took to her Twitter to share the news that the investigation has been concluded. “TODAY. The @AP has to clarify. I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed, I have been completely exonerated. Finally,” Kathy wrote. She also included an AP article that debunked a rumor that Kathy was headed to jail following the incident. Kathy previously apologized for sharing the controversial and bloody photos of Donald. TODAY. The @AP has to clarify. I am no longer under federal investigation. The case is closed, I have been completely exonerated. Finally. pic.twitter.com/1AGZ0dCMDN — Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 28, 2017.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredJul 28th, 2017

Jeffrey Donovan, Emmanuelle Chriqui & KaDee Strickland Celebrate "Shut Eye" Season 2 - Watch Trailer!

Jeffrey Donovan is dapper in a suit while hitting the carpet at the season two premiere of his series Shut Eye held at The Magic Castle on Tuesday (November 28) in Los Angeles. The 49-year-old actor was joined at the event by his co-stars Emmanuelle Chriqui and KaDee Strickland, as well as producer Mark Johnson, [...] Jeffrey Donovan is dapper in a suit while hitting the carpet at the season two premiere of his series Shut Eye held at The Magic Castle on Tuesday (November 28) in Los Angeles. The 49-year-old actor was joined at the event by his co-stars Emmanuelle Chriqui and KaDee Strickland, as well as producer Mark Johnson, writer John Shiban and executive producer Melissa Bernstein. Shut Eye takes a darkly comedic look at the world of Los Angeles storefront psychics and the organized crime syndicate that runs them. Former magician Charlie Haverford (Jeffrey) oversees a number of fortune telling parlors on behalf of his violent and domineering Romani kingpin boss, until a blow to the head jars him into a new mindset, making him question everything he has ever believed. Season two of Shut Eye debuts only on Hulu on December 6 – Watch trailer below! ‘Shut Eye’ Season 2 Official Trailer.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredNov 29th, 2017

Here"s Everything We Know So Far About Matt Lauer"s Sexual Misconduct Scandal!

Safe to say Matt Lauer is NOT enjoying the holidays! As we reported, on Wednesday, it was announced that the morning host was fired from NBC News after a colleague filed a detailed complaint on Monday about an alleged incident that happened at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Additionally, per a report from Variety, the [...] Safe to say Matt Lauer is NOT enjoying the holidays! As we reported, on Wednesday, it was announced that the morning host was fired from NBC News after a colleague filed a detailed complaint on Monday about an alleged incident that happened at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Additionally, per a report from Variety, the journalist allegedly gave a sex toy to a coworker, and flashed his penis to another. Needless to say, the scandal has absolutely rattled both the public and the news world. Here is what we know so far: NBC Will NOT Be Sending Off Matt Lauer With A $30M Payout, Despite What His Lawyers Are Saying! [CLICK HERE] Conan O'Brien Actually Had A Segment Called 'Creepy Matt Lauer' During The Sochi Olympics — Watch! [CLICK HERE] NBC News Boss Promises Matt Lauer Investigation Will Reveal Everything, 'No Matter How Painful' [CLICK HERE] Sandra Bullock Was NOT Having Matt Lauer's Creepiness In This 2009 Today Interview! [CLICK HERE] Matt Lauer Is 'Shocked,' 'Dumbfounded,' & 'Totally Devastated' Over These Sexual Harassment Allegations [CLICK HERE] Matt Lauer's Ex-Wife Comes To The Newsman's Defense Amid His Sexual Misconduct Scandal [CLICK HERE] Meredith Vieira's Husband & Matt Lauer's Former Boss Weigh In On The Journalist's Sexual Misconduct Allegations [CLICK HERE] WTF? Female Today Staffers Not Interested In Flirting With Matt Lauer Reportedly Weren't Considered 'Good Colleagues' [CLICK HERE] Padma Lakshmi Says It 'Felt Like Someone Had Died' At TodayFollowing Matt Lauer's Firing [CLICK HERE] Meredith Vieira Once Called Out Matt Lauer For Having A 'Huge Bag Of Sex Toys' In His Office — WATCH [CLICK HERE] Today Staffers Shade The FUCK Out Of 'Terrible' Megyn Kelly For Making Matt Lauer's Firing 'All About Her' — Get The Scoop! [CLICK HERE] Matt Lauer & Today Reportedly Ignored NBC Execs & ‘Did What They Wanted To Do' [CLICK HERE] Matt Who? Al Roker Shares A Sweet Selfie With His 'Pals' & NBC Cohosts From The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony! [CLICK HERE] Former NBC Staffer Claims Matt Lauer Summoned Her To His Office, Bent Her Over A Chair For Sex, Left Her Unconscious & In Need Of Medical Attention [CLICK HERE] Matt Lauer Addresses His NBC News Termination With A Somber Statement: 'I Am Truly Sorry' [CLICK HERE] Ann Curry 'Isn't Relishing' In Matt Lauer's Sexual Misconduct Scandal [CLICK HERE] Today Staffers Reportedly Knew Matt Lauer 'Regularly Cheated' On Wife But Are Shocked About Sexual Misconduct Allegations [CLICK HERE] Geraldo Rivera Defends Matt Lauer — But Bette Midler Says Geraldo Is A Groper Too!!! [CLICK HERE] GROSS! Matt Lauer Once Told Meredith Vieira To 'Keep Bending Over' On Camera — Watch The Creepiness [CLICK HERE] Natalie Morales Says She's 'Just In Shock' Over Former Today Cohost Matt Lauer's Firing — Watch! [CLICK HERE] More Female NBC Employees Come Forward With Stories Of Matt Lauer's Sexual Misconduct — From Exposing Himself To Gifting Sex Toys With Explicit Notes! [CLICK HERE] Ann Curry Speaks! Says She's 'Still Really Processing' Matt Lauer's Firing Over Sexual Misconduct Scandal! [CLICK HERE] VOTE: Who Should Replace Matt Lauer On The Today Show?? [CLICK HERE] Remember That Creepy Matt Lauer Interview With Anne Hathaway From 2012? [CLICK HERE] The View Panel Is NOT Surprised By Matt Lauer's Firing & Sexual Misconduct Scandal: 'Karma's A Bitch!' [CLICK HERE] Matt Lauer's Sexual Misconduct Scandal Has Ann Curry Trending On Twitter — See The Best Reactions! [CLICK HERE] Matt Lauer Reportedly Takes Off From His New York City Home Amid Sexual Misconduct Scandal! [CLICK HERE] Katie Couric Admitted Matt Lauer Pinched Her 'On The Ass A Lot' — BACK IN 2012! WATCH! [CLICK HERE] Megyn Kelly, Kathie Lee Gifford, & Al Roker Speak Out As Details Emerge That Matt Lauer Allegedly Sexually Assaulted NBC Staffer During Sochi Winter Olympics [CLICK HERE] Today Show Team Shocked By Matt Lauer's Firing — 'It's Like A Death In The Family' [CLICK HERE] Donald Trump Can't Hide His Glee Following Matt Lauer's Firing & Sexual Misconduct Scandal [CLICK HERE] Matt Lauer FIRED From NBC News Following A 'Detailed Complaint' About Alleged 'Inappropriate Sexual Behavior' [CLICK HERE] [Image via Patricia Schlein/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonDec 1st, 2017

Officials Drop Child Abuse Investigation Into Tyrese Gibson — But His Court Battle Is Far From Over

Tyrese Gibson is off the hook. The Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services has closed its investigation into the claims that the Fast & Furious star had beaten his 10-year-old daughter Shayla. Sources close to the actor told The Blast that the department will not be seeking any criminal charges against Tyrese, who has been [...] Tyrese Gibson is off the hook. The Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services has closed its investigation into the claims that the Fast & Furious star had beaten his 10-year-old daughter Shayla. Sources close to the actor told The Blast that the department will not be seeking any criminal charges against Tyrese, who has been entangled in a contentious legal battle with his ex-wife Norma Gibson. Related: Tyrese Blasts The Rock For Interfering In His Child's 'Survival'! Over the past few weeks, the actor shared the struggles of not being able to see his daughter amid the months-long investigation, even breaking down in tears when discussing the drama to his social media following. The investigation was launched after Norma claimed in court docs that Tyrese had struck their daughter so hard she was unable to sit. She also claimed the Transformers actor punched her in the stomach when she was pregnant with Shayla. While the child abuse investigation comes to a close, the battle is far from over -- the exes will continue to fight over their custody agreement and Norma's permanent restraining order against Tyrese. We'll keep you posted as the two continue to hash things out in court. [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonNov 3rd, 2017

Hoda Kotb Tapped As Matt Lauer"s Permanent Replacement On Today!

We are HERE for this decision. On Tuesday, it was revealed that Hoda Kotb has been tapped to permanently fill the spot left vacant by Matt Lauer's scandalous ousting. As you surely know, the newsman was fired from NBC News after it was revealed that he demonstrated "inappropriate sexual behavior" in the workplace. Related: Matt Lauer's Wife [...] We are HERE for this decision. On Tuesday, it was revealed that Hoda Kotb has been tapped to permanently fill the spot left vacant by Matt Lauer's scandalous ousting. As you surely know, the newsman was fired from NBC News after it was revealed that he demonstrated "inappropriate sexual behavior" in the workplace. Related: Matt Lauer's Wife Has Lawyered Up Amid Divorce Rumors Following Lauer's shocking scandal and subsequent firing, NBC placed the seasoned Today vet on camera next to co-anchor with Savannah Guthrie as a temporary fix. Well, it seems the on screen chemistry between Guthrie and Kotb tested well, because Hoda is now Savannah's co-anchor FULL TIME. On her deep bond with Savannah, the 53-year-old told People: "When you click with someone, man, woman, it doesn't matter. If it works, it works. We're sort of like sisters, and everybody wants a sister." Awwwwww. Understandably, as the two TV personalities were close friends with Matt, the Today ladies have been leaning on each other during this hard time. In regards to how they handle Lauer's controversy, Guthrie noted: "That morning was so hard, but Hoda and I were in it together. We are family, and families do go through hard times, and when that happens in good families, you just get closer." Well said. It also helps that Hoda is such a delight to be around, as Savannah added: "It was such a shock to wake up one day and not have Matt, but it was the most natural and comforting thing in the world to have Hoda right there. No one wanted that to stop." Hear! Hear! Ironically, while covering for Lauer, Hoda never thought about permanently taking the spot as she simply wanted to make sure the show went on. The single mom relayed: "We were just trying to make it through those days together. Sometimes when you go through something with someone, you see something special. I think that's what happened. I didn't think about whether it would be me." AH-Mazing. And NBC seems pretty jazzed about their decision, as NBC News Group chairman Andy Lack shared: "We're very fortunate to have someone like Hoda who brings immense talent and tremendous positive energy, and then on top of that happens to have wonderful chemistry with Savannah. It makes this a decision that everyone can embrace and feel terrific about." Apparently, the executives at the network offered Hoda the job JUST before the holidays -- talk about a Christmas bonus, right?? However, for the time being, Kotb will continue hosting the show's 10 a.m. hour alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. Oh, and if you are wondering what Matt's up to these days, Savannah concluded: "We know he's working on his family, we know that for sure. Of course our hearts go out to the brave women who have told their stories. What we are experiencing and processing now is how to honor and remain a true friend to someone even in spite of learning things that are deeply disturbing. And we are trying to navigate that path with integrity." We guess you gotta do what you gotta do. Congrats, Hoda!! You SO deserve this!! [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonJan 2nd, 2018

One Of Danny Masterson"s Rape Accusers Calls Out Netflix For Renewing The Ranch — "Our Pain Means Nothing"

Apparently, allegations of assaults are not being treated equally. While Netflix has cut ties with the likes of Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., one of Danny Masterson's accusers is wondering why nothing has been done to address The Ranch actor. As we reported, there is an ongoing investigation into four sexual assaults including rape stemming from incidents [...] Apparently, allegations of assaults are not being treated equally. While Netflix has cut ties with the likes of Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., one of Danny Masterson's accusers is wondering why nothing has been done to address The Ranch actor. As we reported, there is an ongoing investigation into four sexual assaults including rape stemming from incidents that happened in the early '00s. Even after Masterson was exposed, Netflix renewed the show starring Ashton Kutcher for a fourth season. As the streaming company remains silent, alleged victim Chrissie Carnell Bixler told The Daily Beast that she "can no longer be silent." Related: Daniel Franzese Accuses Bijou Phillips Of Mocking His Sexuality She said in a statement: "I was sick when I read Netflix's statement on continuing with The Ranch and continuing their working relationship with a man who has violently raped and abused so many women. Four months after the story broke, and the LAPD confirmed a criminal investigation, Netflix ordered another season of The Ranch. After the HuffPost piece, and the journalist reaching out 15 times to get a statement from Netflix, [they] ultimately said they will continue to work with Masterson until something develops. (Not the actual quote obviously.)" Bixler went on: "For me, what Netflix has done, feels like a continuation of how the Church of Scientology made me feel when I reported my rape to them, as well as how Danny Masterson made me feel when I would beg him for an apology, an explanation, anything. I was made to feel unimportant. I was made to feel like I didn't matter. Like what Danny Masterson did to me didn't matter. My body doesn't matter, because it doesn't belong to me. The trauma and emotional pain doesn't matter, because I just don't matter. ‘Danny Masterson is a celebrity. He flourishes and prospers in life. You protect that and reward that.' -direct quote from the Church of Scientology. I don't matter. The other women don't matter. Our pain means nothing, and we should be good little girls and shut our mouths. No! I'm going to be an amazing woman who will NOT shut my mouth when I find out my rapist raped countless other women. I will NOT shut my mouth when Netflix tries to make us feel like we don't matter. We DO matter. We ARE important. We will see justice for what was done to us, and is continuing to be done to us...and for all those who knew/know and are either actively helping this serial rapist or are choosing to stay silent...YOU don't matter. Victims are taking back the power that was stolen from us, and things are going to change. Netflix should write that down." So far, no word from Masterson -- but he was spotted out to dinner in Los Angeles last night with an unidentified woman. Why do U think Netflix seems to be dragging its feet?? SOUND OFF in the comments (below)! [Image via FayesVision/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonNov 16th, 2017

Russell Simmons Faces NINE New Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct

Things aren't looking good for Russell Simmons… On Wednesday, two reports — one from the New York Times, the other from the Los Angeles Times — were published, where a total of nine new woman are accusing the Def Jam co-founder of sexual assault or harassment. As we previously reported, the CEO of Rush Communications was previously [...] Things aren't looking good for Russell Simmons... On Wednesday, two reports -- one from the New York Times, the other from the Los Angeles Times -- were published, where a total of nine new woman are accusing the Def Jam co-founder of sexual assault or harassment. As we previously reported, the CEO of Rush Communications was previously accused of sexual misconduct by model Keri Claussen Khalighi and screenwriter Jenny Lumet. On record, he denies ever being "violent" with both women, though he did step down from business following Lumet's guest column for The Hollywood Reporter. In the New York Times piece, four women go on record, with three accusing Simmons of rape. Related: Louis C.K. Breaks His Silence: 'These Stories Are True' Former Def Jam exec Drew Dixon says Simmons raped her in 1995 at his downtown Manhattan apartment, and quit the label soon after. "I was broken." Singer Tina Baker says the now-60-year-old raped her in the early '90s when he was her manager. "I didn't sing for almost a year." Music journalist Toni Sallie dated Kimora Lee Simmons' ex in 1987, but realized they weren't compatible. In 1988, after being invited to a party at his Manhattan apartment, Sallie arrived and was the only person there with Simmons. "He pushed me on the bed and jumped on top of me, and physically attacked me... We were fighting. I said no." While Sallie contacted the Manhattan district attorney's office this year, the case fell outside the statute of limitations. Christina Moore and a friend met Simmons in 2014 in the elevator of Miami's Soho Beach House. After allegedly leading them to a room, Simmons began running a bath, pushed Moore against a column, and had his "hands all over my body, up and down... I felt assaulted." She was 26 at the time of the alleged incident. In the Los Angeles Times piece, five additional women accuse Simmons of sexual misconduct. After taking her to a hot yoga class in 1996, How to Be a Player actress Natashia Williams-Blach says the entrepreneur tried to force her to perform oral sex on him. "He pushes the crown of my head swiftly down while he's got his hand on his zipper. It was just a few seconds." Seattle massage therapist Erin Beattie says the mogul exposed himself and asked her to touch his penis during a treatment in 1995. "He was like, 'Do you want to work this out?'... He just expected that that was what was going to happen... He couldn't believe I would say no."' Sherri Hines, who was in the all-female hip-hop group Mercedes Ladies, says the author raped her in his office in 1983. "The next thing I knew, he was pinning me down and I was trying to fight him and he had his way... I left crying." In 1988, Lisa Kirk says Simmons pushed her into a stall at a New York nightclub. "I smashed into the wall... It tore my clothes." He allegedly tried to take out his penis until she caught his eye. "He looked mortified and literally ran out of the bathroom." In September 2016, comedian and Insecure star Amanda Seales says Simmons used vulgar language with her during a meeting. She first spoke about the alleged incident in an Instagram video posted December 1. Additionally, according to former general manager Karen Russell -- who worked at Simmons' yoga studio Tantris in Los Angeles -- the mogul used his position of power to pursue women. She says a teacher once complained that Simmons was aggressively courting her despite the fact she had a boyfriend. Reportedly, another instructor -- who did not want to be named -- ended up leaving earlier this year because of Simmons' controlling nature, and the way Tantris sexualized women. Manager Karen ended up quitting in February due to Simmons' harsh demands. In a statement sent to USA TODAY and the NYT, Simmons says: "I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual." Additionally, he will "relentlessly fight against any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a man of violence" and says he has "already apologized for the instances of thoughtlessness in my consensual relations." [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonDec 13th, 2017

Bachelor in Paradise"s DeMario Jackson Wears "Show the Tape" Shirt

Bachelor in Paradise‘s DeMario Jackson wears a “Show the Tape!!!” t-shirt while out at the Doheny Room on Friday (August 11) in West Hollywood, Calif. The shirt is a reference to his sexual encounter with Bachelor in Paradise contestant Corinne Olympios. The encounter caused a shut-down in production and lead to a sexual assault investigation. [...] Bachelor in Paradise‘s DeMario Jackson wears a “Show the Tape!!!” t-shirt while out at the Doheny Room on Friday (August 11) in West Hollywood, Calif. The shirt is a reference to his sexual encounter with Bachelor in Paradise contestant Corinne Olympios. The encounter caused a shut-down in production and lead to a sexual assault investigation. Ultimately, no wrong-doing was found in the investigation and production resumed. One can assume from DeMario‘s t-shirt that he wants to full tape of the encounter shown. The shut down will be addressed on tomorrow’s season premiere. If you missed it, check out the full cast list for this season’s Bachelor in Paradise......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredAug 13th, 2017

Supergirl & The Flash Exec Producer Andrew Kreisberg Fired Following Investigation Into Sexual Harassment Claims!

Another one bites the dust. Andrew Kreisberg has been fired from his role as executive producer on The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow weeks after allegations of sexual harassment came out against him. Video: The View Is NOT Surprised By Matt Lauer's Misconduct Scandal Warner Bros. Television, which produces the DC Comics-inspired dramas for the [...] Another one bites the dust. Andrew Kreisberg has been fired from his role as executive producer on The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow weeks after allegations of sexual harassment came out against him. Video: The View Is NOT Surprised By Matt Lauer's Misconduct Scandal Warner Bros. Television, which produces the DC Comics-inspired dramas for the CW, said producer Greg Berlanti will take over Kreisberg's roles following his ousting, explaining in a statement: "After a thorough investigation, Warner Bros. Television Group has terminated Andrew Kreisberg's employment, effective immediately. Greg Berlanti will assume additional responsibilities on both The Flash, where he will work closely with executive producer/co-showrunner Todd Helbing, and Supergirl, where he will work closely with executive producers/co-showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. We remain committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions." Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, whose Berlanti Productions produces the shows alongside the studio, met with the casts and crews of the Arrow-verse days after the allegations against Kreisberg first came out on November 10. On Wednesday, the producing duo released a statement saying they believe the individuals who came forward and support the studio for terminating the disgraced exec producer. They shared: "Warner Bros. Television Group recently concluded its investigation into the allegations against Andrew Kreisberg. We encouraged and supported this investigation, we believe and support the individuals who came forward, and we agree with the studio's decision. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of all our colleagues — coworkers, crew and staff alike." WBTV suspended Kreisberg immediately after the allegations surfaced. According to witnesses, Kreisberg frequently asked for massages, kissed women without consent, and regularly made sexualized comments about women. After a thorough investigation, the studio kicked home boy outta there at Barry Allen-speed. Good job, WB. [Image via FayesVision/WENN.].....»»

Category: break-upsSource: tmzNov 29th, 2017

Rowan Blanchard & Brie Larson Support Women of Cinefamily

Rowan Blanchard and Kiernan Shipka catch up while attending the Women of Cinefamily weekend closing party at The Standard Hollywood on Sunday (August 21) in West Hollywood, Calif. Also in attendance at the event was Oscar winner Brie Larson. “Thank .....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredAug 23rd, 2016

Chris Harrison on "Bachelor in Paradise" After Scandal: "You"re Not Going to Notice Major Changes"

Not much is going to be different on Bachelor in Paradise after the major scandal where Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson‘s hookup led to a sexual assault investigation and a production shut down. “When this plays out and you see it all happening, you’ll understand what I’m saying,” host Chris Harrison told THR of the [...] Not much is going to be different on Bachelor in Paradise after the major scandal where Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson‘s hookup led to a sexual assault investigation and a production shut down. “When this plays out and you see it all happening, you’ll understand what I’m saying,” host Chris Harrison told THR of the show, which will debut on August 14. “I think publicly everyone is going to want us to come out and say, ‘We’ve changed everything!’ and that it will be earth-shattering. We’ve really learned from our mistakes, but there really weren’t any major mistakes made.” “Yes, we’ve made some changes, but if you talk to the cast, they’ve always been the most important thing to us — taking care of them and their safety,” Chris continued. “And as far as alcohol goes, that’s never been a big thing for us. That’s a big misconception of the show — that we push it, and that we need it and we want it. But that really doesn’t help us. Someone being sloppy drunk and being out of it does not give us good television… On the contrary, we want people to be of their right mind and give us a better story to show. So while we’re going to talk about rules and talk about certain things and have a dialogue, you’re not going to notice major changes.”.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredJul 27th, 2017

R. Kelly"s Sex Cult Scandal Might Spark A Criminal Investigation!

After weeks of being at the center of a major sex scandal, R. Kelly might finally get trapped in a criminal investigation. At least if Atlanta official John Eaves has it his way! The Fulton County Chairman claims that the Johns Creek Police Department has uncovered new evidence against the singer, who has been accused of running [...] After weeks of being at the center of a major sex scandal, R. Kelly might finally get trapped in a criminal investigation. At least if Atlanta official John Eaves has it his way! The Fulton County Chairman claims that the Johns Creek Police Department has uncovered new evidence against the singer, who has been accused of running an abusive sex cult where young women are under his control at his Atlanta and Chicago homes. Related: R. Kelly Denies His Concerts Are Being Canceled Eaves, who is running for mayor of Atlanta, said on Friday that the local police department has "key information" that would be enough evidence for the Fulton County District Attorney's Office to launch a full investigation. But according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Johns Creek police Lt. Chris Byers said on Friday "there is no new evidence in the closed investigation." The R&B singer has denied the allegations, and at least one of the women living with him, Jocelyn Savage, claims she's staying with Kelly of her own free will. We'll see if the D.A.'s office begs to differ... [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonAug 11th, 2017

Watch Attorney General Jeff Sessions Awkwardly Respond To Donald Trump Saying He Wished He Hadn"t Appointed Him!

How can a man be a leader when all he sees are enemies?? On Wednesday night, The New York Times published its most disturbing piece on Donald Trump yet — an interview with him. The POTUS' take on being under investigation shows a terrifying lack of self awareness and accountability. And while that may not be new, [...] How can a man be a leader when all he sees are enemies?? On Wednesday night, The New York Times published its most disturbing piece on Donald Trump yet -- an interview with him. The POTUS' take on being under investigation shows a terrifying lack of self awareness and accountability. And while that may not be new, Drumpf going after his own people is. Related: SNL Writer Responds To Donald Trump's Tweets Like They're Texts In particular Trump revealed he's upset with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the Russia investigation after it came out he had lied in his confirmation hearings about having any contact with members of the Russian government (he had met twice with Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak). The President said of the AG he appointed: "Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president. How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I'm not going to take you.' It's extremely unfair — and that's a mild word — to the president... Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else." Damn! Trump really thought he was going to have the Justice Department in his pocket! As for Sessions, he tried to brush off the POTUS' comments on Thursday morning, but it was clear he was rattled. Ch-ch-check out the moment he's asked about the comments (below)! His little eyes look like they're welling up with tears! We never thought we'd feel bad for Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. ... OK, we're over it. Related: Trump's Son, Son-In-Law, & Former Campaign Manager Will ALL Testify About Russia Meeting The other two key things Trump did in the interview? First, he made it VERY clear he doesn't think his team's interaction with Russian agents or his obstruction of justice charges are a big deal, saying: "I don't think we're under investigation. I'm not under investigation. For what? I didn't do anything wrong." He said his secret second meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit was just 15 minutes of chit chat, mostly about adoption -- even though witnesses say it was a solid hour. Second, he was as obvious as a child holding something behind his back when it came to special counsel Robert Mueller extending his investigation to the Trump family's business dealings, saying that would cross a line: "I would say yes... I think that's a violation. Look, this is about Russia." Not too surprising he doesn't want to be investigated. Remember, there's a reason he won't release his tax returns. We're talking about a family that takes money from children's charities. [Image via NBC News.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonJul 20th, 2017

Harvey Weinstein raped me, actress tells LAPD. Investigation launched - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesHarvey Weinstein raped me, actress tells LAPD. Investigation launchedLos Angeles TimesAn Italian model-actress met with Los Angeles police detectives for more than two hours Thursday morning, providing a detailed account of new allegations that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her at a hotel in 2013. She is the sixth ...Harvey Weinstein Under LAPD Investigation For RapeDeadlineHarvey Weinstein Under LAPD Investigation for Rape After New Accuser Comes ForwardPEOPLE.comHarvey Weinstein being investigated by LAPD after sexual assault allegationCNNVariety -BuzzFeed News -89.3 KPCC -Hollywood Reporterall 96 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsOct 19th, 2017

New Details Emerge About APA Agent Tyler Grasham"s Alleged Predatory Ways As More Accusers Speak Out

The sexual assault allegations against Tyler Grasham keep rolling in. As we previously reported, The Agency For The Performing Arts (APA) began an independent internal investigation after two men, Blaise Godbe Lipman and Lucas Ozarowski, came forward and accused the Hollywood agent of sexual misconduct. Ever since this upsetting news hit the press, more victims have [...] The sexual assault allegations against Tyler Grasham keep rolling in. As we previously reported, The Agency For The Performing Arts (APA) began an independent internal investigation after two men, Blaise Godbe Lipman and Lucas Ozarowski, came forward and accused the Hollywood agent of sexual misconduct. Ever since this upsetting news hit the press, more victims have come forward to detail their unsavory experiences with the industry vet. Related: Former Grindr Employee Allegedly Drugged & Raped By HR Supervisor At least eight young men have gone on the record to accuse Grasham of sexual harassment and/or assault. Five of the accusers told the Los Angeles Times that Tyler made unwanted sexual advances on them when they were intoxicated -- and not yet at a legal drinking age. Here are some of their accounts... Jack Edwards was 15-years-old when he met Grasham in London back in 2010. Apparently, through mutual friends, Edwards was invited to attend a West End show with Tyler and one of the agent's clients. Things became inappropriate pretty quickly when Tyler, who was in his 40s at the time, allegedly started buying drinks for the youngsters. Somehow Jack ended up back in Tyler's hotel room and took a pill the powerhouse reportedly promised would calm his anxiety. The next day, Jack awoke with the inability to move and, he says, discovered Tyler fondling his genitals. A friend of Jack's, who was in the next bed, has confirmed that he heard his friend struggling. A month later, Grasham reached out to Jack and asked for the young actor's headshot and resume. According to George Todd McLachlan, back when he was an underage actor, the agent had the youth stay with him at his home. During his stay, Tyler allegedly kissed and slept in the same bed as Todd McLachlan. He was only 16 or 17 at the time. Grasham also reached out to actor Brady Lindsey via social media when he was only 16. Apparently, for two years, Tyler asked the Utah teen to be in a relationship with him. When Brady moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18, the agent took him out and ordered him three glasses of wine. At one point in the evening, it's alleged that Tyler made a move on Brady as he kissed and grabbed the crotch of the aspiring star. Michael Podraza, a Lionsgate employee, claims the Hollywood heavyweight offered to get him acting roles if the business and legal affairs manager slept with him. On why he chose to stay quiet about the lewd suggestion, Michael shared: "He wasn't hiding. This guy was untouchable, and I was trying to not be blacklisted." Kellan Rhude, a now 28-year-old Boston University student, says he was assaulted by Grasham back when he was a 19-year-old aspiring actor. Reportedly, Rhude anonymously informed APA about Tyler's inappropriate behavior. Last week, Tyler Cornell filed a complaint against Tyler with the LAPD on sexual assault claims. Per the filing, Tyler allegedly assaulted the 20-year-old earlier this year. A spokeswoman for the police confirmed that there IS an ongoing investigation into a report of criminal sodomy against Grasham. Two former employees anonymously confirmed to The Times that Tyler's misconduct with underage male clients was widely known throughout the agency. The Times has reached out to Tyler for a comment on many platforms, but has yet to receive a response. As for APA, they are looking into the matter and have denied knowing about their employees alleged predatory ways. Be sure to check back for any updates on this scandal. [Image via Instagram/Twitter/YouTube.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonNov 3rd, 2017

Matt Damon & Russell Crowe Allegedly Helped Harvey Weinstein Kill A Different Sexual Harassment Exposé — OVER A DECADE AGO!

Matt Damon and Russell Crowe have some 'splainin' to do! Following The New York Times' explosive exposé on Harvey Weinstein and claims of his decades of sexual harassment, many are left wondering how this was allowed to go on for so long. Well, it appears as though the boys' club in Hollywood enabled the indie movie [...] Matt Damon and Russell Crowe have some 'splainin' to do! Following The New York Times' explosive exposé on Harvey Weinstein and claims of his decades of sexual harassment, many are left wondering how this was allowed to go on for so long. Well, it appears as though the boys' club in Hollywood enabled the indie movie mogul's behavior. Related: Model Zoe Brock Details Being "Harveyed" What do we mean exactly?? Apparently, this isn't the first time a piece about Weinstein's gross conduct has been written, as a similar story was drafted back in 2004. The reason it never saw the light of day is because Damon and Crowe allegedly helped Weinstein gut the investigation into a practically nothing piece. Sharon Waxman, founder of The Wrap, made these bold claims in a new story on Sunday. The longtime journalist revealed: "In 2004, I was still a fairly new reporter at The New York Times when I got the green light to look into oft-repeated allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein. It was believed that many occurred in Europe during festivals and other business trips there. I traveled to Rome and tracked down the man who held the plum position of running Miramax Italy. According to multiple accounts, he had no film experience and his real job was to take care of Weinstein's women needs, among other things." Ew. We're sure that job must've been a literal nightmare. She continued: "As head of Miramax Italy in 2003 and 2004, Fabrizio Lombardo was paid $400,000 for less than a year of employment... I had people on the record telling me Lombardo knew nothing about film, and others citing evenings he organized with Russian escorts." At the time, Lombardo denied the allegations about his job responsibilities AND "declined to comment on the circumstances of his leaving Miramax." Nonetheless, Waxman tracked down a London-based woman who had been paid off following an "unwanted sexual encounter with Weinstein." While the unnamed woman was too scared to comment on the harassment because of the non-disclosure agreement she signed, evidence of a pay off was supplied. Despite all of this evidence, Sharon's initial report of the situation never ran -- and here's where Damon and Crowe come in. Waxman relayed: "After intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call me directly to vouch for Lombardo and unknown discussions well above my head at the Times, the story was gutted. I was told at the time that Weinstein had visited the newsroom in person to make his displeasure known. I knew he was a major advertiser in the Times, and that he was a powerful person overall." Still, the Times had a journalistic responsibility to publish the story, right? Wrong. The businesswoman added: "The story was stripped of any reference to sexual favors or coercion and buried on the inside of the Culture section, an obscure story about Miramax firing an Italian executive. Who cared? The Times' then-culture editor Jon Landman, now an editor-at-large for Bloomberg, thought the story was unimportant, asking me why it mattered." How awful. And shame on anyone who would help enable Harvey's predatory ways. We're just glad that people are speaking out now. [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonOct 9th, 2017

Harvey Weinstein Gives First Interview Since Times Exposé: "They Told Me Lies"

The man behind the controversy speaks. As we reported, on Thursday, The New York Times published a shocking report accusing Harvey Weinstein of "decades of sexual harassment," which has led him to reaching "at least eight settlements with women." Although the movie producer released a statement to the newspaper saying he is "remorseful about the people I [...] The man behind the controversy speaks. As we reported, on Thursday, The New York Times published a shocking report accusing Harvey Weinstein of "decades of sexual harassment," which has led him to reaching "at least eight settlements with women." Although the movie producer released a statement to the newspaper saying he is "remorseful about the people I hurt and I plan to do right by all of them," his lawyer Charles Harder announced plans for a lawsuit against the Times for publishing "a story that is saturated with false and defamatory statements." Related: These Celebs Have Been Accused Of Sexual Misconduct! So why is The Weinstein Company co-founder apologizing for his bad behavior, yet suing the newspaper for calling him out on it? On the same day, Harvey gave an interview to Page Six where he tries clarify the confusion. He said: "What I am saying is that I bear responsibility for my actions, but the reason I am suing is because of the Times' inability to be honest with me, and their reckless reporting. They told me lies. They made assumptions... The Times had a deal with us that they would tell us about the people they had on the record in the story, so we could respond appropriately, but they didn't live up to the bargain... The Times editors were so fearful they were going to be scooped by New York Magazine and they would lose the story, that they went ahead and posted the story filled with reckless reporting, and without checking all they had with me and my team." In fact, he believes the publication is out to make him look bad. "They never wrote about the documentary I did with JAY-Z about Rikers Island, they never write that I raised $50 million for amfAR, nor my work with Robin Hood – instead they focus on trying to bring me down. This is a vendetta, and the next time I see Dean Baquet [the executive editor of the Times] it will be across a courtroom." Weinstein believes the chunk of their story is predicated on a 2014 memo written by employee and sexual harassment accuser Lauren O'Connor. "The Times used that entire memo as the basis of their story, but in reality it was withdrawn two days after it was written, O'Connor withdrew her complaint, and withdrew her claims made in the memo. The document doesn't stand up." As for Ashley Judd, who went on record accusing him of an inappropriate interaction at the Peninsula Beverly Hills: "They spent six months researching this article then they gave us just 24 hours to answer it. They did tell us that Ashley Judd was on record, but we thought it would be along the lines of what she told Variety." In 2015, the actress told Variety she was sexually harassed by an anonymous movie executive. Harvey continues: "But she changed her story when giving it to the Times. I know Ashley Judd is going through a tough time right now, I read her book [her memoir All That Is Bitter and Sweet], in which she talks about being the victim of sexual abuse and depression as a child. Her life story was brutal, and I have to respect her. In a year from now I am going to reach out to her... I never laid a glove on her." In regards to his alleged eight case settlements: "No company ever talks about settlements, and neither does the recipient, so I don't know how the Times came to this conclusion, but it is pure conjecture, the reporters have made assumptions." However, the studio executive sees the error of his ways, and knows he has "to work on my temper." "I have got to change, I've got to grow, I've got to deal with my personality, I've got to work on my temper, I have got to dig deep. I know a lot of people would like me to go into a facility, and I may well just do that – I will go anywhere I can learn more about myself. I want to be able to look at the people I have hurt and say, 'I am sorry, I have changed and I've progressed.' I am terribly embarrassed for my company, my staff and the only person who could fix this is me. I am going to fix myself, I am going to fix how I deal with women and how I deal with my temper and power."' Despite the drama, wife Georgina Chapman is standing by her man. "She stands 100 percent behind me. Georgina and I have talked about this at length. We went out with Lisa Bloom last night when we knew the article was coming out. Georgina will be with Lisa and others kicking my ass to be a better human being and to apologize to people for my bad behavior, to say I'm sorry, and to absolutely mean it." On the flip side, the New York Times refuses to back down to Harvey's legal threats and is "confident in the accuracy" of its reporting. A spokesperson said: "Mr. Weinstein was aware and able to respond to specific allegations in our story before publication. In fact, we published his response in full." What do U think? [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonOct 5th, 2017