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Lydia Hearst Defends Husband Chris Hardwick In Wake Of Sexual Assault Claims

Lydia Hearst has come forward to support her husband Chris Hardwick after Chloe Dykstra claimed the Talking Dead host sexually assaulted her while they were in a relationship. Hearst posted a photo of Hardwick and herself on Instagram with a long caption saying, “This is not a statement in defense, this is a statement of defense. Defense for all the women who have been sexually abused, raped, trafficked, and tortured; defense of all the people who this movement was… Read

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‘Catfish’ Resumes Production After Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Host Nev Schulman Found “Not Credible”

After halting production in May after Catfish host and executive producer Nev Schulman was accused of sexual misconduct, MTV has resumed production of the reality show after an investigation found the claims to be “not credible and without merit.” "Although we never received a formal complaint, MTV and Critical Content immediately engaged an independent third party investigator,” said MTV in a statement given to Deadline. “The independent investigator found the… Read

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The Weinstein Co. Drops Purchase Price, “Creditors Feel Thrown Under The Bus”

The Weinstein Co. has dropped its price by 7% to complete the sale to Lantern Capital, provoking howls of protest from the unsecured creditors who said they feel “thrown under the bus.” The lead attorney for the Dallas-based private equity firm said The Weinstein Co.’s board agreed this morning to reduce the price from $310 million to $287 million in order to close the sale, according to a recording of today’s hearing. The 7% price cut reflects the number of claims… Read

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ABC Pulls ‘The Proposal’ Episode After Contestant Accused Of Facilitating Sexual Assault

ABC has pulled next week’s Episode #2 of The Proposal after one of the male contestants was accused by a Milwaukee woman of facilitating a sexual assault against her last November. "An allegation has been made against a contestant on next week's episode of ‘The Proposal,’ said a joint statement from ABC and Warner Horizon. “While the accusation was not related to the contestant's appearance on the program, we take it very seriously. ABC and the producers of ‘The Proposal… Read

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WGA East Survey Finds “Significant Barriers” To Reporting Sexual Harassment; Many Cite Inadequate Employer Training

A survey about sexual harassment conducted by the WGA East has found that there are "significant barriers to people reporting when they have experienced sexual harassment," according to Lowell Peterson, the guild's executive director. Among those obstacles to reporting, he wrote in a recent letter the guild's members and council, are "fear of career damage, lack of confidence that the employer would take real action, and fear of the perpetrator." The survey asked a series… Read

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Patty Hearst Defends Son-In-Law Chris Hardwick In Wake Of Assault Allegations

As the story of Chloe Dykstra’s sexual assault allegations against Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick continues to unravel, his mother-in-law Patty Hearst — the famed granddaughter of publishing giant William Hearst and kidnapping victim/socialite  — has tweeted her support for her son-in-law in her own special, ambiguous way. “Beware the person who stabs you and then tells the world they're the one who's bleeding,” Hearst tweeted on Friday after Hardwick, who is married to… Read

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AMC Silences Chris Hardwick Talk Show & Comic-Con Panels After Abuse Claims

A day after allegations of emotional abuse and sexual assault were leveled against Chris Hardwick by an ex-girlfriend, AMC has decided today to officially pull the plug on their long time host’s talk show and appearances at San Diego Comic-Con next month. "We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years,” said the home of The Walking Dead in a statement on Saturday, one day before Season 2 of Talking With Chris Hardwick was set to debut… Read

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Samuel L. Jackson Under Fire For Alleged Homophobic Tweet

Samuel L. Jackson

Tough-talking actor Samuel L. Jackson wished President Donald Trump a happy birthday on Friday, but the Twitterverse took exception to the perceived anti-gay slurs in the message and laid their vengeance upon him. Jackson’s tweet: "Must have been a party at The White House, Mitch, Paul, Rudy & others were spotted wearing knee pads & carrying these lined up outside. Happy Birthday." The tweet included an image of a product called "After Dick Mints" with the tagline "Going… Read

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Chris Hardwick Says “At No Time” Did He Sexually Assault Ex-Girlfriend

Hours and hours after Chloe Dykstra implied that Chris Hardwick sexually assaulted her while they were involved, the Talking Dead host has strongly denied the claims of his former girlfriend. “These are very serious allegations and not to be taken lightly which is why I've taken the day to consider how to respond,” said Hardwick in a statement Friday night. “I was heartbroken to read Chloe's post. Our three year relationship was not perfect—we were ultimately not a good… Read

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BET Apologizes For Insensitive Tweet Regarding Alleged Rape

BET has apologized for an insensitive tweet sent in response to recent allegations by singer Kesha that her former producer, Dr. Luke, raped Katy Perry. The BET tweet in question was attached to a BET Breaks video giving a roundup of the news. The tweet said, "Hide ya wife, hide ya kids, they raping er'body here! ALLEGEDLY!"  The Twitterverse erupted in condemnation and BET later deleted the tweet. The network later issued an apology. “BET Networks does not condone… Read

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AMC Under Pressure To Pull Chris Hardwick Show Over Abuse Allegations

AMC Talking With Chris Hardwick

Hours after an ex-girlfriend accused Chris Hardwick of emotional and sexual abuse, AMC is now feeling Hollywood heat to pull the plug on the debut of Season 2 of the host's talk show. The AMC and Embassy Row produced Talking With Chris Hardwick is set to have its second cycle premiere air at 11:02 PM ET on June 17. We hear that guests’ reps are telling the cabler that they are now “very uncomfortable” with the association with Hardwick in the #MeToo and Time’s Up era of… Read

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New Weinstein Company Owners Settle ‘Hotel Mumbai’ Rights Dust-Up

Lantern Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai

If and when Lantern Capital's acquisition of The Weinstein Company is totally complete in the next few weeks, one thing the private-equity firm will not own is Hotel Mumbai. Just under two months after producers of the Dev Patel and Armie Hammer starring film about the 2008 attacks on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel went after TWC in bankruptcy court to have the pic removed as an asset, all sides have come to a deal. 'The Parties have since entered into the Stipulation… Read