Tavis Smiley Files Racially Charged Lawsuit Against PBS Over His Firing After Sexual Misconduct Investigation
It’s been more than two months since PBS fired Tavis Smiley after an investigation into “multiple, credible allegations” allegations of sexual misconduct made against him. Today, the veteran talk-show host hit back.
Smiley filed a lawsuit against the pubcaster today, claiming that the axing breached his contract and damaged his company — and that PBS executives used the case as “a pretext to finally rid themselves of Mr. Smiley, who was not the ‘team player’ type of… Read
New Survey Reveals 94% Of Women In Hollywood Say They’ve Experienced Sexual Harassment or Assault
A new survey reveals just how pervasive the problem of sexual harassment and assault is in Hollywood. Virtually every woman working in the entertainment industry who was contacted for the poll has a #MeToo story.
Ninety-four percent of the 843 women surveyed by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center said they’d been subjected to some type of harassment or abuse by an older individual in a position of power.
The women reported a range of unwanted behavior — sexual… Read
Guess Co-Founder Paul Marciano Steps Aside Amid Investigation
Paul Marciano, the influential co-founder of Guess, has stepped away from his day-to-day duties on unpaid leave while the company investigates recent allegations of improper conduct made by model-actress Kate Upton. She came forward earlier this month to accuse Marciano of assaulting and harassing her when she was 18, saying that on the first day of a Guess Lingerie shoot in July 2010, he accosted and groped her. Marciano has denied the claims.
"I have pledged my full… Read
Women In Animation’s Margaret Dean Urges Major Studios To Pledge To End Harassment
Women in Animation is urging the cartoon industry to take the pledge — to stamp out sexual harassment in the workplace. In a recent letter to her members, WIA co-president Margaret Dean wrote that the heads of many indie animation houses already have taken the pledge, and she’s asking the major studios to take it too.
“WIA has also been instrumental in bringing together the heads of the independent studios in LA to talk about what can be done on their end,” she wrote… Read
David Parfitt Accuses Harvey Weinstein Of Assaulting Him On ‘My Week With Marilyn’
UPDATED with response from Harvey Weinstein: My Week With Marilyn producer David Parfitt has accused Harvey Weinstein of physically assaulting him during production of the Michelle Williams-fronted feature that was released in 2011.
Parfitt made the claim in Channel 4's Working With Weinstein documentary, which airs Tuesday night in the UK.
“When we actually got through the main shoot and into the test, he decided it wasn't enough Marilyn's film and that he wanted more… Read
BAFTAs: Actresses & Activists To Support Time’s Up On Red Carpet; UK Fund Launches With £1M From Emma Watson
A few weeks ago, we reported that a campaign was afoot to have women wear all black at tonight's BAFTA Film Awards in solidarity with the Time's Up movement in the U.S. This weekend, two letters have gone out in support of Time’s Up, and some British actresses will be walking the BAFTA red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall in a few hours alongside activists. Actors and activists have also collaborated this weekend to support the UK Justice and Equality Fund, the Observer… Read
Jeffrey Tambor Lashes Out At Jill Soloway, “Flawed” Amazon Investigation After ‘Transparent’ Exit
Hours after being pink-slipped from Amazon’s Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor today took aim at series creator Jill Soloway and the Jeff Bezos-run streaming service for its handling of investigating sexual harassment claims against him last year.
"I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon's handling of these false accusations against me,” the Emmy-winning actor said Thursday. “I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway's unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever… Read
‘Maze Runner’ Author James Dashner Tweets Apology Amid Harassment Allegations, Vows To “Seek Counseling”
Maze Runner author James Dashner, dropped earlier this week by his agent after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced, has tweeted an apology “to those affected” by his behavior and pledges to “seek counseling and guidance.”
“I have spent the recent days reexamining my actions and searching my soul,” Dashner writes (see the tweet below), adding he now believes he has been “part of the problem” with regard to sexual harassment and discrimination in the publishing… Read
Jeffrey Tambor Officially Out At ‘Transparent’ After Harassment Claims
EXCLUSIVE, UPDATED with Jill Soloway statement: More than three months after first being accused of sexual harassment on the set of Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor is now officially off the Amazon series. While it remains unclear whether the upcoming fifth season of the Emmy-winning Jill Soloway-created show will be its last, it is clear that Tambor will not be part of the new season, I’ve learned.
With the investigation by Amazon into multiple allegations of misconduct by… Read
Berlin Rejects #MeToo Call To Swap Red Carpet For Black At Tonight’s Fest Opening
The organizers of the Berlin Film Festival are resisting pressure to turn the focus of this evening's premiere to the #MeToo campaign and have rejected a call to replace the red carpet with a black one. Chief Dieter Kosslick said he wanted the festival's activities to "delve deeper into the #MeToo discourse, deeper than our carpet allows… So laying out a black carpet at the Berlinale is not the path we have chosen.”
Separately, although there were rumblings of a movement… Read
Scott Baio Denies Harassment Allegations, Threatens Legal Action
Scott Baio this afternoon denied all allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment made by two of his Charles in Charge co-stars earlier in the day, and says he will pursue all legal options against “anyone who has knowingly made false claims.”
Baio’s denials and legal threats were made by his civil attorney and a spokesman in his absence — Baio did not attend the press conference, his attorney Jennifer McGrath said, so that he could accompany his young daughter to a… Read
‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ Author Demands Retraction Of “False And Defamatory Statements” Of Harassment — Update
UPDATE 12:45 PM, Feb. 14: Tamara Taylor, a spokesperson for Thirteen Reasons Why author Jay Asher, has come forward denying the sexual allegations made by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Earlier this week, the SCBWI expelled Asher as well as illustration David Diaz after claims they violated the society’s harassment code.
In a statement obtained by Deadline, Taylor says that there was “no allegation, investigation or finding of sexual… Read