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AMBI Distribution CEO Andrea Iervolino “Vehemently Denies All Claims” In Sexual Battery Lawsuit – Update

UPDATED, 9:45 AM: AMBI Distribution CEO Andrea Iervolino’s attorney has issued a statement to Deadline about the lawsuit: "Mr. Iervolino vehemently denies all claims made by this woman in her lawsuit. Mr. Iervolino wants it to be known that these allegations are completely and categorically fabricated and that he intends to immediately file a claim against this woman for defamation." PREVIOUSLY, April 20: A woman is suing AMBI Distribution founder and CEO Andrea Iervolino… Read

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Harvey Weinstein Seeks Access To Old Emails And Papers To Defend Himself

Disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein has asked for access to his old e-mails and files as he attempts to defend himself amid ongoing federal and state criminal investigations in New York, Los Angeles and London. The co-founder of The Weinstein Co. filed a petition with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware today seeking access to his old correspondence — access he says he has been denied, impairing his ability to “exonerate himself.” “The debtors’ continued refusal to permit… Read

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The Weinstein Co.’s A Hot Property In Bankruptcy Court, Attracting 60 Potential Bidders

The Weinstein Co., which tumbled into bankruptcy after failing to close an eleventh-hour sale to rescue the troubled company, is suddenly a hot property on the auction block. An attorney representing the studio told the U.S. bankruptcy court judge today that some 60 potential buyers have emerged for the Weinstein Co.’s film and television assets, 48 of whom already have inspected the company’s books in a data room ahead of the court’s April 30 auction deadline. The… Read

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Russell Simmons Argues Jane Doe Complaint Should Be Dismissed For Falling Outside Statute Of Limitations

Def Jam founder Russell Simmons is asking a court to throw out a complaint filed by a woman identified as Jane Doe, who claims he raped her after a concert she attended in Sacramento with her elementary-school-age son. Simmons calls the allegations “a work of pure fiction,” saying his accuser used “two of the most vile allegations possible” — threatening to molest her son before raping her — as a ploy to extract a large settlement. In a response filed today in Los Angeles… Read

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Morgan Spurlock Argues His Tweeted #MeToo Admissions Didn’t Violate Agreement On TNT Series

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Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock continues to deal with fallout from his tweeted #MeToo admissions last December in which he described himself as “part of the problem,” and detailed a history of sexual misconduct that reached back to his college days. Turner Entertainment Network quickly moved to distance itself from Spurlock and his production company, Warrior Poets, which had been working on a TNT documentary series Who Rules The World?, focused on women’s issues… Read

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New York Times, New Yorker Wins Pulitzer Prizes For Weinstein Reporting; Kendrick Lamar Honored For ‘Damn’

Out of the many in-depth stories covering Harvey Weinstein and his alleged sexual misconduct, New York Times and The New Yorker have proven to deliver excellence when it comes to reporting on the scandal. The two publications have won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for their Weinstein stories that served as a catalyst for the #MeToo movement. The awards were announced today at Columbia University. Investigative reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor wrote the story… Read

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Bill Cosby Accuser Gives Graphic Testimony, Gets Grilled About Contradictions On Cross-Examination – Update

UPDATED, 2:50 PM: Bill Cosby attorney Tom Mesereau kept repeating the same phrase over and over Friday afternoon as accuser Andrea Constand looked on from the witness stand with a blank stare: "Your honor," he said. "I'd like to approach the witness with sworn testimony." And many of those times he was able to show Constand had told a different story regarding an aspect of her relationship with Cosby either in a police report from 2005 or the deposition she took as part… Read

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Disney Fails In Attempt To Keep Harvey Weinstein’s Employment Agreements Secret

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A Canadian court today denied the Walt Disney Co.’s request to keep a series of employment agreements with Harvey Weinstein confidential. The decision comes in a lawsuit initiated in October by an unidentified Toronto actress who is suing the disgraced Hollywood mogul for $4 million, claiming that he sexually assaulted her twice in 2000, when she was working on a Miramax teen film. As Jane Doe, the woman is pursuing negligence claims against Miramax, saying it facilitated… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Bans Auditions In Hotel Rooms And Residences

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UPDATED with Anita Hill statement: SAG-AFTRA has called for a ban on auditions in hotel rooms and residences, where many reported incidents of sexual harassment and assault have occurred. “We are committed to addressing the scenario that has allowed predators to exploit performers behind closed doors under the guise of a professional meeting,” SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said in announcing the movie today. The ban on such meetings – called Guideline No. 1 – is… Read

Film

Cannes: Thierry Frémaux Addresses Harvey Weinstein, Female Filmmakers

Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux was queried this morning over 2018 being the first edition in recent memory that wouldn’t feature Harvey Weinstein in person. Frémaux admitted that the "earthquake" that hit back in October when allegations of sexual harassment began to pour out meant "the world will never be the same again, the Cannes Film Festival either." The earthquake described by Frémaux has led the festival to do some self-examining of its own he said, “We… Read

International

Film & TV Support Hotline Launches In UK Following Harassment Scandals

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UK industry bodies have teamed up to launch a support line for film and TV professionals following the wave of international harassment and bullying scandals. The Film & Television Charity is behind the Film & TV Support Line, which will provide confidential and independent support 24/7 and will be free at the point of contact. The service is backed by the BFI and partners include The Production Guild, Women in Film and TV, Film Distributors' Association, Pact and UK… Read

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Veteran Talent Agent Jeff Berg Advising The Weinstein Co.’s Stalking Horse Bidder, Lantern

Veteran talent agent Jeff Berg is among a group of entertainment industry executives who’ve been quietly advising Lantern Capital on a plan to move forward, should the stalking horse bidder emerge with The Weinstein Co.’s film and television assets. The Dallas-based private equity firm, whose diverse holdings include luxury hotels, automotive dealerships and zinc recycling operations, is seeking industry expertise as it prepares to make its initial investment in the… Read