Aziz Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct from a 23-year-old woman with whom he went on a date. According to Babe, the woman, who anonymously shared her encounter under the name of “Grace,” gave a detailed account of the September 2017 date that she summed up as: “I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life.”
In the article, “Grace” says that she and the 34-year-old Golden Globe winner went to dinner on their first date. They then went back to his New York City apartment and he began to pressure her for sex. “He said something along the lines of, ‘How about you hop up and take a seat?’” He began to kiss her and ‘in a second, his hand was on my breast.'” He undressed her and then himself and she says that’s when she became uncomfortable.
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Five women have come forward with more details on the sexual misconduct allegations against actor James Franco. Just days after he won a Golden Globe Award, the women—four of whom say they were students at his film school—claim that Franco demonstrated sexually exploitative or inappropriate behavior against them while serving as their teacher or mentor.
“I feel there was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable,” said 39-year-old Sarah Tither-Kaplan to the Los Angeles Times. The women say some believed that working with Franco could lead them to career advancement in Hollywood. They describe uncomfortable working environments, including sex scenes that made them uneasy. Tither-Kaplan said she was in a nude orgy scene with Franco years ago and he removed protective plastic safeguards covering the actresses’ vaginas while simulating oral sex on them.
In addition to incidents alleged at Franco’s school, Studio
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James Franco has denied sexual misconduct allegations during a tense Tuesday appearance on “The Late Show.” Over the weekend, multiple women expressed outrage on Twitter after witnessing Franco sporting a “Time’s Up” pin at the Golden Globe awards.
Actors Ally Sheedy, Violet Paley and Sarah Tither-Kaplan tweeted out that Franco should not be wearing that pin, a symbol to combat gender inequality, because of his alleged mistreatment of women.
Former “Breakfast Club” star Sheedy even tweeted that people like Franco were “why I left the film/tv business.” She later deleted that tweet. According to the New York Times, Tither-Kaplan accused Franco of pressuring her to be naked in shoots for 100 dollars a day.
Former “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer put out a statement Thursday morning apologizing for the pain that the sexual harassment allegations about him have caused. A day earlier, he was fired by NBC, where he worked for 20 years.
His entire statement was read in full on the “Today” show:
“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.
“Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.
“Repairing the damage will take a lot of
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Actor Jeffrey Tambor, who played transgender mother Maura Pfefferman on the Amazon’s critically acclaimed television show Transparent, is facing a round of allegations pertaining to sexual misconduct. Tambor denies that any wrongdoing occurred but will be leaving the program, citing the show’s “politicized atmosphere” in the wake of the growing scandal.
Deadline released Tambor’s statement on the matter: “Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” he said. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago … I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can
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Comedian Louis C.K. has admitted that the sexual misconduct allegations against him outlined in Thursday’s New York Times report are true.
“These stories are true,” he said in a statement published on Friday. The report published by The New York Times cited five women who stated Louis C.K. engaged in sexual misconduct, which included the comedian masturbating in front of them.
“At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true,” C.K. said in his statement. “But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”
He goes on to say
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The scandal around the currently-filming season of Bachelor In Paradise continues to grow as lawyers for Corinne Olympios, a cast-member who claimed she was too intoxicated to consent to a sexual encounter that occurred during the show’s production, are now offering an official statement on the situation. Warner Bros. had previously conducted their own investigation and found no wrongdoing. Olympios’ team now seems satisfied with certain conclusions and reforms made to the show’s policies going forward.
Olympios offered her statement on the issue over social media:
“In light of the overwhelming amount of misinformation that has been spread in the media, I want to clarify a few things,” reads the statement. “My intent over the past few weeks has been to learn and understand what happened on June 4. While I never filed complaints or accusations against anyone associated with Bachelor in Paradise, my team and I felt it was very
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Production was halted on this season’s Bachelor In Paradise following accusations of misconduct, which alleged that one contestant had been too intoxicated during a sexual encounter to properly offer consent. Warner Bros. investigated the situation and found no wrongdoing, but lawyers for Corinne Olympios, the alleged victim, have since asked to review footage of the situation themselves. Now, DeMario Jackson (who claims his character was assassinated by accusations) is reaching out to Olympios in the hopes of solving the situation in private.
According to TMZ, sources say that DeMario doesn’t hold a grudge, especially after Warner Bros. said nothing bad went down. The source added that DeMario was “blindsided and confused” by the accusations against him, especially because it was originally told to him that a third party had reported the incident and not Corinne herself.
DeMario had assumed that he and Corinne were going to be friends. He
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