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Aziz Ansari Tells Comedy Club Audience He Feared For His Career Following Misconduct Allegations

In a pre-tour “pop-up” set at Manhattan’s Comedy Cellar last night, comic Aziz Ansari addressed last year’s sexual misconduct allegations that the Netflix Master of None creator says left him “really upset and humiliated and embarrassed.” In an account of the show posted today on Vulture, Ansari broached the topic seemingly for the first time on stage. "There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible this person… Read

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‘Extra’ Host A.J. Calloway Suspended By Warner Bros. As Sex Misconduct Investigation Expands

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A.J. Calloway, the Extra host who has been accused of sexual assault and other misconduct by several women, has been suspended by Warner Bros. pending further investigation of the allegations. “Upon becoming aware of allegations of sexual misconduct against AJ Calloway, we began an internal review to determine whether there had been any misconduct by Mr. Calloway on Extra and whether any employee of the show had been the victim of any such misconduct,” said a company… Read

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Monica Potter Claims Resisting Harvey Weinstein Seduction Barred Her From ‘Cider House Rules’ Role

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Actress Monica Potter claims that she lost a chance to appear in the 1999 film The Cider House Rules because she rejected Harvey Weinstein’s advances. Speaking to her hometown Cleveland television station WKYC on its Let’s Be Clear show, Potter said Weinstein had tried to bed her three times, “twice in New York and once was in London.” On two occasions, Weinstein made advances while wearing a bathrobe, she claimed. She rejected him physically, she said, taking advantage… Read

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Kevin Spacey Lawyers Argue Against Accuser’s Anonymity In Alleged Malibu Groping

Actor Kevin Spacey is telling a federal court that a lawsuit against him will be prejudiced unless his accuser is named in an alleged Malibu sexual touching case he faces. Spacey has been accused by a massage therapist of forced sexual touching during a rub-down session at a private residence in Malibu. The therapist, who has so far remained anonymous, alleged in a lawsuit that Spacey twice forced the therapist to grab the actor’s genitals. The Malibu incident allegedly… Read

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‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ Author Jay Asher Sues Children’s Book Society Over Sex Allegations

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the group’s executive director are being sued by Thirteen Reasons Why author Jay Asher, alleging they never properly investigated sexual harassment complaints against him and torpedoed his career with false and defamatory statements. The lawsuit, first reported by the New York Times, was filed in California State Court in Los Angeles and contends that exonerating evidence was ignored by the organization. Thirteen… Read

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Harvey Weinstein Docu Sundance Debut Draws “Technical Difficulties” & A-Listers

The world premiere tonight at the Sundance Film Festival of the Harvey Weinstein documentary Untouchable didn't mention the Park City gathering itself where the now disgraced producer held court for years but some drama of its own. Initially delayed by “technical difficulties,” as one Sundance staff told the line of hundreds waiting to get in, the MARC Theatre screening itself was actually interrupted three times on Friday to the obvious irritation of attendees. On each… Read

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Harvey Weinstein’s New Defense Team Officially Approved By NY Court – Update

UPDATE, 7:23 AM: Harvey Weinstein officially has a new defense team today, according to the New York Supreme Court. “Welcome to the New York State Supreme Court,” Justice James Burke told attorneys Ronald Sullivan Jose Baez and Duncan Levin this morning in a hearing in lower Manhattan with the disgraced producer in attendance. Along with Pam Mackey, the Harvard professor, his long time Florida-based associate and Levin were formally approved by the court to take over… Read

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Anthony Rapp Feared Kevin Spacey Sex Assaults Would “Keep Happening” If He Didn’t Speak Out

Anthony Rapp claimed during a red carpet interview that he came forward with sex assault accusations against Kevin Spacey because he feared such incidents would keep happening if he remained silent. Speaking out during a red carpet interview at the premiere for the second season of Star Trek Discovery, Rapp (who plays Lt. Paul Stamets on the show) said he had no regrets about his sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey. He accused the veteran actor of making an… Read

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Harvey Weinstein And Main Defense Lawyer Officially Split – Update

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UPDATED with official statement of split: After days of speculation, Harvey Weinstein and his primary defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman have officially parted ways. The anticipated move comes less than five months before a criminal trial involving multiple rape claims against the disgraced producer is expected to begin. If found guilty, Weinstein could face the rest of his life behind bars in a New York state prison. Both parties said in a statement (read it in full below)… Read

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CBS Confirms Les Moonves Will Fight For His $120M Exit Package

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In a terse regulatory filing, CBS has confirmed that its former CEO, Les Moonves, isn’t going away without a fight. In December, the company’s board cited the findings of its internal investigation in declaring that Moonves had been fired for cause and would therefore not be eligible for the $120 million exit package included in his contract. CBS noted in an 8K filed with the SEC that the separation agreement it reached with Moonves last September included a provision… Read

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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

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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