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Tavis Smiley Vows To “Fight” PBS “Sloppy Investigation,” Suggests Press Plant By Pubcaster

Tavis Smiley said he intends to “fight back” after PBS canceled his talk show distribution deal, and says PBS “investigators”  only agreed to talk to him about the accusations “after  being threatened with a lawsuit.” PBS announced Wednesday night it had suspended its longtime late-night talker after looking into allegations of sexual misconduct against its host. But, he claims, PBS reps withheld information during his three-hour meeting with them, which, he says, meant… Read


Warner Bros Settles $1B ‘Conjuring’ Suit; “Mastermind” Producer Unmasked

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After looking like it was careening towards a trial next year, Warner Bros' copyright battle with Demonologist author Gerald Brittle for nearly $1 billion over The Conjuring franchise has come to an end. Though the parties have reached a settlement in this matter, it seems that long time disgruntled producer Tony DeRosa-Grund has also been unveiled as the secret "mastermind" behind this latest legal attempt to grab ahold of the Conjuring ATM and the profits it seems to… Read


BET & Viacom Settle Discrimination Suit With Ex-Original Programming Head

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Just more than two months after it looked like all sides were solidly locked in a legal battle, Viacom and BET today announced they've come to a settlement with Zola Mashariki in the former executive's discrimination suit. "As Head of Original Programming, Zola Mashariki brought fresh new content and top-notch talent to BET Networks,” BET said in a statement to Deadline on Tuesday. “We thank Ms. Mashariki for her many valuable contributions, and our thoughts are with her… Read


Charlie Sheen Sues National Enquirer Over Corey Haim Rape Story

Charlie Sheen is suing the National Enquirer over the publication of a story claiming the then-19-year-old actor raped a 13-year-old Corey Haim when the two were filming 1986’s Lucas. Sheen’s lawsuit, filed Friday in Los Angeles, accuses American Media’s tabloid of an "egregious, hurtful and disgusting campaign of defamations" and “calculated malice.” The Enquirer story was built around claims made by Dominick Brascia, a former actor, that Haim had told him of the… Read


Appeals Court Ruling Keeps Netflix “Making A Murderer’ Killer In Prison

A Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix Making a Murderer series will stay in prison after a federal appeals court overturned a ruling that could have freed him. Brendan Dassey had claimed that he was tricked into confessing that he helped his uncle rape and kill photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. However, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 4-3 ruling that the findings by a Wisconsin state court that he participated were “reasonable,” even though one… Read


The Real-Life ‘Bada Bing’ From HBO’s ‘The Sopranos’ Is Closing In NJ – You Gotta Problem With That?

Nobody knew nuttin’ today at a Lodi, NJ strip club made famous by The Sopranos, as media inquiries poured in following word from the state attorney general that the club must close. Satin Dolls, the strip club that served as the fictional “Bada Bing” in the HBO series that ran from 1999-2007, is one of two North Jersey go-go bars that have until December 17 to cease their live entertainment, according to an report. The clubs must close for alleged… Read


Bryan Singer Sued For Alleged 2003 Sexual Assault Of Teen; Promised Acting Roles In Exchange For Silence

Bryan Singer

Just days after Bryan Singer was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody, the director is now facing a lawsuit for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year old boy in Washington State back in 2003. "As a result of the misconduct and unlawful acts described herein, Plaintiff has suffered, and continues to suffer, general and special damages," the Pacific Northwest filing on behalf of Cesar Sanchez-Guzman says. "These damages include, but are not limited to, emotional distress, mental… Read


“Predator” Harvey Weinstein Faces New Class Action; Sexual Harassment Suit From Ex-Assistant Looms

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The same day that Time magazine named the #MeToo Movement sexual harassment and sexual assault revealing Silence Breakers its Person of the Year, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and The Weinstein Company has been hit with a new potential class action. This latest legal action also comes as a former personal assistant to the much accused and disgraced producer says she is planning a sexual harassment lawsuit of her own. "Harvey Weinstein is a predator," said Louisette… Read


Terry Crews Sues WME & “Rabid Dog” Adam Venit For Sexual Assault

A week after Adam Venit went back to work as an agent at WME, Terry Crews is taking the uber-agency and the former head of its Motion Picture Group to court for sexual assault and sexual battery. The nine-claim complaint also claims this isn't the first time Venit has acted in such an inappropriate manner, and the company run by Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell knows it. "It is now time to hold Venit accountable for his sexual predatory behavior and to hold WME… Read


Broadway Producers To Casting Directors: See You In Court; Union Responds – Update

UPDATED, 10 AM: Here is the response to the Broadway League’s lawsuit against casting directors and their union from Tom O’Donnell, President of Teamsters Local 817, which also represents casting directors in the film and television industry. "We've asked for voluntary union recognition of casting directors, but the Broadway League said no. When casting directors ask for health and pension benefits, the League threatens and sues them. To be clear, the casting directors… Read


Weinstein Company Hit With $2M Suit Over Scandal That Killed Amazon Series

The nuclear cloud that has enveloped the Weinstein Company after the explosive revelations of decades of alleged sexual harassment and sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein just got thicker by more than $2 million in a fraud and breach of contract lawsuit. "TWC had lured Plaintiffs into a trap," producers Scott Lambert and Alexandra Milchan say of the company's role in the now-shuttered David O. Russell series that was set to be played by Amazon Studios on its streaming… Read