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Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
Lucy Hale reveals she was the victim of sexual assault
"I've experienced stuff on the small side, but assault is assault," the former Pretty Little Liars star tells Haute Living magazine. "I think there are a lot of people who have been intoxicated and taken advantage of. It's happened to me and people I know. It's very common."
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
BET apologizes after sending a tweet mocking Kesha's new allegation that Dr. Luke raped Katy Perry
“Hide ya wife, hide ya kids, they raping er’body here! ALLEGEDLY!” BET's account tweeted. The network later released a statement of apology, telling Variety: “BET Networks does not condone language that makes light of sexual assault. This post should never have been written and we apologize for the post. We have deleted the tweet and are conducting an internal investigation of this serious matter.”
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 12:35PM EDT
Danny Masterson's rape accusers slam Netflix for releasing his remaining episodes of The Ranch
The final batch of Masterson's episodes were released early today on the streaming service, angering his rape accusers who point to Netflix quickly cut ties to Kevin Spacey, Louis CK and Ed Westwick in wake of their sexual misconduct scandals. “We get it, Netflix,” accuser Chrissie Carnell Bixler wrote in a statement. “You don’t believe us. You rub salt in our wounds. Is Danny Masterson still co-executive producer of The Ranch? You knew you had to fire him, but you do a bunch of reshoots so you can finish our rapist’s storyline up and give him a respectable send off. And there he is on TV in the new season. Kevin Spacey? Fired on the spot. Production halted. Ed Westwick? Louis C.K.? Are there active investigations into these accused men?" ALSO: Here is how The Ranch wrote out Masterson's character.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 12:35PM EDT
Did Chris Hardwick's ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra accuse him of "long-term abuse" and career blacklisting?
Dykstra, an actress and former Nerdist host, released a Medium essay early this morning titled “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession" that didn't name her ex-boyfriend, but strongly suggested that she was in an emotionally and sexually abusive relationship with Hardwick. In the essay, Dykstra recalled "falling for a man almost 20 years my senior" (Hardwick is 46, she's 29). "I watched and supported him as he grew from a mildly successful podcaster to a powerhouse CEO of his own company," she wrote. "He was obsessed with celebrity, being famous, famous people." She wrote that she took an on-camera role at his company and made her stay in her hotel room at San Diego Comic-Con. Dykstra, whose relationship with Hardwick ended in 2014, wrote that “after three years of being snapped/yelled at constantly, very rarely being shown any affection- I finally left him.” She added that after the breakup, the man “made calls to several companies I received regular work from to get me fired by threatening to never work with them. He succeeded. I was blacklisted.” Hardwick, Dykstra and AMC, where he hosts Talking Dead, have yet to formally respond to the essay when The Wrap reached out for comment.
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 10:21PM EDT
Matt Lauer was photographed one block from NBC's Today studio on Tuesday
Did Lauer visit NBC this week? The disgraced former Today anchor was spotted wearing a Yankees cap on Tuesday, going into the entrance to an underground concourse that provides direct access to his former place of employment.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 7:04PM EDT
Sophia Bush says "I hit him f*cking hard" when One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn "grabbed by a**"
Bush detailed her sexual harassment experience on One Tree Hill in an interview with Andy Cohen on his radio show. She also discussed her Chicago P.D. departure. "It was very clear to him to stay away from me," she said of Schwahn. "You heard comments you knew about things he said to people, we knew about the late night texts. We knew when he was super obsessed with one girl on our show that he would try to bang down her hotel room door in the middle of the night." ALSO: Bush says she never really wanted to marry co-star Chad Michael Murray.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
Bachelorette contestant Lincoln Adim was convicted of indecent assault and battery last month after groping a woman on a cruise
Reality Steve and Bachelor alum Ashley Spivey first reported that Adim, who is still on the current season of The Bachelorette through four episodes, was convicted of a serious crime in Boston that may result in him having to register as a sex offender. Spivey received the following statement from the Suffolk County District Attorney's office: "Mr. Adim was convicted on May 21, 2018 of indecent assault and battery for groping and assaulting an adult female on a harbor cruise ship early on May 30, 2016. He was sentenced to one year in a house of correction, with that term suspended for a two-year probationary period. The judge ordered him to stay away from the victim and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week during those two years. If he complies with the judge's orders, he will not have to serve out his term, but if he fails to comply with those orders or re-offends, he could be ordered to serve out the year behind bars."
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 6:33PM EDT
Gayle King thinks the #MeToo movement needs due process
The New York Times Magazine asked the CBS This Morning anchor, who is still friends with Charlie Rose following his firing, whether there's a potential for a #MeToo backlash. "I do worry about that, because I think when a woman makes an accusation, the man instantly gets the death penalty," she says. "There has to be some sort of due process here. All of these inappropriate behaviors are not all the same."
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
Comedian Cameron Esposito is releasing her Rape Jokes comedy special for free on the web
Viewers of her self-released special can make a $10 donation, or watch for free. By releasing the special for free, Esposito is hoping to make her Rape Jokes special the No. 1 result on Google search to educate people about sexual misconduct. “I guess I was trying to figure out what is a way that this can be out in the world that really removes any barriers for folks who might need to see it or folks who might want it,” she says.
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Charlie Rose is set to hang out with billionaires in Sun Valley -- is this the beginning of his comeback?
The disgraced former CBS and PBS host is said to be one of the invitees to the annual Allen & Company retreat that features some of the most powerful powerful moguls, including Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Bob Iger and Les Moonves. As Joe Pompeo points out, the "invite suggests that, in certain quarters, he still very much exists, and raises the still unanswered question of what the afterlife of #MeToo men should be. Can they mingle in gated communities like the Allen & Company gathering but not in public? And how large is the gap between the public discussion of #MeToo and private ones?"
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 2:52PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain offered a refreshing alternative to the way TV showed Americans abroad
"This may sound like a grandiose claim for a guy best known for stuffing his face and making wisecracks, but Bourdain presented a model of how Americans could act in the world: open-minded, always curious, and unafraid to sometimes look ridiculous," says Joshua Keating, in tribute to the late Parts Unknown star, who died today from an apparent suicide. "His persona was a refreshing alternative to the familiar archetypes of Americans abroad—flak-jacketed war correspondent, selfless aid worker, pampered tourist, blissed-out enlightenment-seeking backpacker. Bourdain showed how you could be radically open to new experiences while still being basically yourself. While profoundly aware, particularly on his CNN show, of past U.S. misdeeds and how his country is perceived in the world, he was undeniably American too. Bourdain could serve up food porn with the best of them, but also deserves credit for smuggling in-depth features on countries that rarely rate for TV-news coverage, like Congo, Myanmar, and Ethiopia, onto prime-time television."
- CNN plans multiple tribute specials this weekend, starting with tonight's Remembering Anthony Bourdain at 10 p.m.
- Bourdain rewrote the rules of food and travel shows: "Anthony Bourdain made it clear throughout his published and televised career that he was a learner and a listener rather than an educator, that that to be open to new experiences and new people was the key," says Chris Fuhrmeister, adding: "Bourdain wanted to know the world, and thanks to his voice and the hundreds of hours of television he made, he convinced a legion of fans that they wanted to know the world, too. Through Bourdain’s on-air travels, his viewers came to know people and cultures they otherwise may have never met."
- "I mean, honestly, WHAT A GODDAMN LIFE, MAN!" says Drew Magary, who admits to wanting Bourdain's life. "He lived a scant 61 years, but my god, were those years densely packed. Watching him trot around the globe week to week engendered only the warmest of envies. And, in death, Bourdain takes with him a collection of memories and experiences so immeasurable, and so vast, that they dwarf any book or TV episode he leaves behind. It is that life, more than his work, that millions of people (myself included) seek to emulate: a life that is hungry, thirsty, curious, honest, compassionate, rowdy, horny, all of it."
- Bourdain told the truth and became perhaps the best-known celebrity in America: "Bourdain’s fame wasn’t the distant, lacquered type of an actor or a musician, bundled and sold with a life-style newsletter," says Helen Rosner. "Bourdain felt like your brother, your rad uncle, your impossibly cool dad—your realest, smartest friend, who wandered outside after beers at the local one night and ended up in front of some TV cameras and decided to stay there."
- Bourdain stood up for women without making it about him: "'Right now, nothing else matters but women’s stories,' he wrote in a gut-punch of a Medium essay in December," says Megan Greenwell. "That such a seemingly obvious line from a male celebrity feels so extraordinary is dismaying; that Bourdain was willing to scream it just as loudly as he once told sous chefs to suck his dick gives me hope."
- Bourdain's show increasingly became less about him: "Over the years, Bourdain’s approach to his shows became less about what he was going to eat and more about who he was going to meet," says Caroline Framke. "He made a concerted effort to resist the idea that his breadth of experience made him an expert in any given cuisine
- Bourdain's appreciation of Waffle House tells you all you need to know: "It would be easy to say that Anthony Bourdain 'got' places, but I hate that term," says Spencer Hall. "I kind of hate the term 'understood,' too, because the word implies a kind of authority. 'Understood' can make experience a mandatory training webinar to be completed, with certificates, stages, merit badges, and flair earned along the way. To the observer who gets and understands and frames places, there is only acquisition, and process, and then a new target. That’s not what Bourdain’s work felt like."
- Bourdain was the rare celebrity who appealed to the common man: "#AnthonyBourdain was everything I hoped he'd be in real life: smart AF but humble, kind and even goofy. And a man with a huge heart," tweets Gustavo Arellano, who appeared with Bourdain on Parts Unknown's 2017 Los Angeles episode. He adds that Bourdain "spoke against pretentious idiots, against exploitation and harassment. But for me, his greatest achievement was his full-throttled defense of the food industry's most exploited class: Latinos."
- New Yorker writer Patrick Radden Keefe recalled his 2017 profile of Bourdain: "Looking back over my notebooks this morning, I recognized dark threads running through our conversations. Bourdain freely acknowledged that part of the reason he continued to work at such a frantic pace might have been a fear about where his mind might go if he ever sat still. Any facile notion I might have entertained about writing a light-hearted portrait of a man with a dream job was, upon meeting Tony, quickly overtaken by a sense that he wasn’t content—that, in all that globe-trotting, he was chasing something that would forever elude him."
- His decepitively optimistic outlook will be missed the most: "Bourdain may have had a snarl," says Linda Holmes, "a cutting tongue and closets full of demons he was often fairly open about. But he treated the world as if he had not given up on it. He treated it as if, at any moment, it might open itself wider, reveal a crack into which he hadn't ever slipped, with pen and paper, with a flashlight and a fork. And he might be able to help other people understand what was inside."
- Bourdain was an inspiration to many: "For those who struggled with addiction like himself, he showed that you could burst forth from that suffocating cocoon and lead a life of wonderment and adventure, traveling across the world, indulging in its myriad pleasures," says Marlow Stern. "For those who felt walled off from the rest, he presented a glorious escape."
- Bourdain was deeply moral and deeply compassionate: "His character sketches of his fellow cooks showed a humility and curiosity about the lives of others that made his television series stand far, far above anyone else’s. He had been through fire, literal and spiritual," says Corby Kummer. "That left him alive to not just the pain of the cooks who had practiced their trade until they were good enough to attract his attention. It also left him alive to joy: the joy of a burrito or spring roll or soup dumpling or churrascaria or squid skewer. Of living in a new landscape, spectacularly beautiful or spectacularly simple."
- Barack Obama's Bourdain tribute to their Parts Unknown Hanoi noodles-and-beer meal captures exactly why he was beloved
- Asia Argento, Bourdain's girlfriend, says: "His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds"
- Bourdain took responsibility for toxic masculinity and called out his friends
- Why Bourdain was a #MeToo champion: "In these current circumstances, one must pick a side," Bourdain wrote in Medium in December. "I stand unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women."
- Bourdain discussed his depression on a 2016 Parts Unknown episode in Argentina: "I find myself in a spiral of depression that can last for days"
- Food Network's Sandra Lee, whom Bourdain mocked, paid tribute to him as "a really gifted, smart, articulate man and his humor will be missed"
- Somebody Feed Phil's Phil Rosenthal said Bourdain "invetned an entire genre"
- A reminder: Parts Unknown Seasons 1 through 8 are leaving Netflix on June 16
- Bourdain's book imprint will be discontinued
- New Yorker editor David Remnick recalled the Bourdain's 1999 essay that propelled him to fame
- Remembering Bourdain's tremendous literary talent
- Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential tops Amazon's best-seller list
- Bourdain had been working on a "more personal" new book
- Newsweek under fire for trying to capitalize on Bourdain's death with a flood of "clickbait" articles
- Val Kilmer criticized for calling Bourdain's apparent suicide "so selfish"
- Here are the most memorable moments from Bourdain's shows
- Bourdain reportedly gave everything to his work: "His travel schedule was grueling and he often seemed quite beat-up from it, as anyone would be," a source tells People. "He’d put everything into the shoots and then go back to his room to isolate."
- Travel Channel announces a 12-hour Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations marathon for Sunday
- Check out Bourdain's life in photos
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Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 8:49AM EDT
Matt Lauer will be allowed to keep his New Zealand ranch following a government inquiry into his conduct
New Zealand has a "good-character test" for foreign property buyers, and his alleged Today show sexual misconduct had raised concerns that he was in violation of the rule. But the country's Overseas Investment Office said it found insufficient evidence that he he breached the test, so it will continue to “monitor the matter” and could revisit the case “should further information come to light.”
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 10:08PM EDT
The Good Doctor and Jane the Virgin are among the shows that added #MeToo-themed storylines
The Good Doctor creator David Shore says the ABC drama will continue tackling sexual harassment after incorporating the issue in a storyline this season. “The challenges and the difficulties and the frustrations — we wanted to embrace it and we wanted it to carry forward,” Shore says. “We didn’t want it to be something that happens and then it’s just forgotten about. We wanted it to play out over a few episodes. We didn’t want it to be what the show is completely all about, but we wanted to deal with it honestly, and that means for more than just a moment. This is something that carries on and that people live with.” For Jane the Virgin, the #MeToo movement prompted the show to revisit a consensual affair Jane had with a graduate school adviser years earlier. Now, a mature Jane looked back at the affair with more scrutiny, especially with regard to its power dynamics.
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Jon Hamm: Mad Men's Don Draper would've been "excoriated" in the #MeToo era
“He would’ve been excoriated, I think, probably,” Hamm told the New York Daily News. "His behavior in many ways is deplorable, and in other ways is admirable,” Hamm added. “And it’s even both of those things with the same characters. He was both terrible and great to Pete. He was both terrible and great to Roger. He was both terrible and great to Peggy. He was both terrible and great to Betty. He’s a complicated guy, and I’ve said this before about him in many capacities, he’s damaged goods.”
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Brendan Fraser's says his accusation that former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president groped him was dismissed as "a joke"
According to Fraser, the organization behind the Golden Globes found after an internal investigation that former HFPA president Philip Berk groping of him in 2003 was intended as "a joke."