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Harvey Weinstein’s Main Defense Lawyer To Exit As Rape Trial Looms

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Less than four months before a criminal trial is set to start that could see Harvey Weinstein behind bars for life, the much accused producer’s primary and very public defense lawyer is stepping down. Benjamin Brafman will move to have New York Supreme Court Justice Jame Burke give the green light to his exit, I’ve learned. Certain to throw a spanner in the works, this departure plan comes less than two months before another scheduled hearing in March on the rape… Read


Rajkumar Hirani, Acclaimed Indian Film Director, Faces Sex Harassment Accusation

Bollywood fans reacted in shock today at a report that Rajkumar Hirani, one of India’s most successful and acclaimed filmmakers, has been accused by an actress of sexual harassment. Hirani has denied the allegations and no lawsuit has been filed. He is best known as the director of Hindi language films Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., Lage Raho Munnabhai, 3 Idiots, PK, and Sanju. The films have won multiple awards in India and are regarding as groundbreaking. The allegation arises… Read


Oprah Sets Bradley Cooper, Michael B. Jordan & Beto O’Rourke Q&A For NYC

EXCLUSIVE: By next month, Oscar nominations will be out and 2020 Presidential ambitions will be crystalizing and Oprah Winfrey is bringing some of the biggest names in both categories to Times Square for a chat. A Star Is Born star and director Bradley Cooper, Black Panther's Michael B. Jordan, and Texas Senate candidate and potentially high office seeker Beto O'Rourke will join the Queen of Talk live one-on-one in NYC on February 5, I've learned. Melinda Gates and Time's… Read


Harvey Weinstein Gets Ashley Judd’s Sexual Harassment Claim Dismissed

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(UPDATED with Weinstein lawyer statement) Harvey Weinstein is still facing potential life behind bars in a multi-claim rape case in New York City, but the disgraced producer succeeded today in having Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment claim against him in another case tossed to the legal curb. However, with a trial penciled in for 2020 before U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez, Judd’s allegations against the much accused Weinstein for defamation and intentional… Read


John Lasseter’s Skydance Hire Is “Condoning Abuse,” Says Time’s Up; More Hollywood Groups Join Criticism

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UPDATED with more industry reaction: Skydance CEO David Ellison had to know there would be critics of his hiring of John Lasseter to run the company’s animation division, but he might not have expected it to be so denounced as what Time’s Up said today. “Hiring decisions have consequence,” the high-profile organization said in a statement Wednesday after the ex-Pixar chief and much accused Lasseter’s new role was made public. “And offering a high-profile position to an… Read


Showtime Hit Again By Right-Wing Lawyer; Seeks $750M For Roger Ailes Series

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First it was Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? late last year, and now Judicial Watch founder Larry Klayman is going after Showtime for $750 million and an injunction to shut down the premium cabler's upcoming Roger Ailes series starring Russell Crowe as the now deceased Fox News Channel boss. Representing ex-FNC booker and alleged victim of Ailes's pervading sexual misconduct Laura Luhn, the conservative attorney is utilizing many of the arguments that failed Olivia de… Read


‘StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson’ Still Benched At Nat Geo Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson continues to be kept off National Geographic’s schedule amid an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Tyson. The most recent fifth season premiered November 12 and was pulled from the schedule after three weeks when new claims of inappropriate behavior against Tyson triggered an investigation by Nat Geo and Fox, which share the Tyson-hosted Cosmos. Nat Geo will be holding the rest of the StarTalk season until the… Read


Kevin Spacey Ordered To Appear In Court On Felony Groping Charge

Three days after Kevin Spacey’s lawyers moved to have him excused from appearing in court to face allegations of groping a teenage busboy, the judge in the case has made a ruling: Show up. That’s the decision made today by Nantucket District Court Judge Thomas Barrett, meaning that the disgraced actor will be present for his January 7 arraignment on the felony sexual assault charge. Prosecutors had opposed the motion, citing Massachusetts state rules of procedure for… Read


Kevin Spacey Attorneys Ask Judge If Their Client Can Skip Sex Assault Arraignment

Kevin Spacey wants to skip his upcoming arraignment next month on sex assault charges. Lawyers for Spacey have filed a motion asking that his presence at a scheduled Jan. 7 hearing in Nantucket District Court be excused. No reason was disclosed. The motion was opposed by prosecutors. The judge did not immediately rule. Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Michael Giardino has written that Spacey’s appearance is required under Massachusetts state rules for… Read


William Shatner Says #MeToo Movement Not Considering Context

Star Trek’s William Shatner is going where few men have gone before, criticizing the #MeToo movement. In an interview with DailyMailTV, the 87-year-old Shatner said he felt that the #MeToo movement is taking some things out of context. "But if you look back at things that were written and said 20, 30 years ago, it’s a different context,” Shatner said. “And you’ve got to judge it by that context. Rape and pillage, absolutely not, those are crimes against humanity. But… Read


Steven Seagal No Longer Under Siege By LA DA For Sex Abuse Claims

For the second time this year, Vladimir Putin's favorite action star has evaded a sex crimes probe by the Los Angeles County District Attorney. Jackie Lacey's office today revealed that they have "declined" possible charges against Steven Seagal for an alleged 2002 sexual assault due to the statute of limitations having expired. "The reporting party alleged that on or between May 1, 2002 and August 31, 2002, she was sexually assaulted by the suspect (redacted)," says the… Read


Salim Akil Abuse Accuser Calls OWN’s ‘Love Is’ Cancellation “The Right Thing”

EXCLUSIVE: "I got to a point where I could no longer live with myself and be the mother I wanted to be, be the Amber I always dreamed of being if I tolerated the history of the abuse," says Amber Dixon Brenner of why she recently filed domestic abuse and copyright infringement lawsuits against Love Is _ and Black Lightning executive producer Salim Akil. "I could not walk with my head up," the Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps actor adds. First in a now voluntary without… Read