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.
Special accommodations are reportedly being made for Connor Neurauter, a 21-year-old Canadian who has pleaded guilty to soliciting nude photos from a 13-year-old girl. Neurauter was sentenced to 90 days in jail, but he won’t have to serve until May — so as not to disrupt his semester at school.
According to Newsweek, Neurauter has also already received special treatment during the trial: A 2016 court date for an additional charge of child pornography had been adjourned so he could participate in a hockey camp with his team.
A Vice report explained that Neurauter had allegedly been abusive toward the girl. At one point, he reportedly choked her and then intimidated her into sending nude photos over text and Snapchat. A friend of the victim attempted to appease him by sending him pictures of herself instead. Eventually, the friend told her mother, who reported the situation to the police.
“I was very scared because he knew
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According to The New York Times, a group of 300 women in the entertainment industry have created a large-scale initiative in the hopes of improving upon the working conditions of women in Hollywood. Providing concerete steps towards action, the project hopes to address the pervasive culture of sexual harassment present in the business.
The collective of women, which includes female actors, agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives, have created a plan described by the Times as “ambitious [and] sprawling.”
Some of the steps being taken includes the formation of a multi-million dollar legal defense fund for marginalized individuals who do not have the resources to take action against abusers and plans for symbolic protests against abuse.
The movement has been dubbed “Times Up” and was announced in an open letter that ran on a full-page ad in the Times on Monday.
“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to
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Miguel is denying sexual assault allegations from a female fan. As New York Magazine shares, the singer was accused of groping the fan’s breast at a club in March. “I felt I had already addressed how bizarre and twisted this accusation was when I was asked about it in March,” he said in a statement. “Her story of what transpired is not accurate and the accusation is unfair and unwarranted.”
Spin shared the story of the victim, Xian Bass. On March 14, the University of New Mexico student recounted on social media that she took a selfie with Miguel. “He reaches his hand down my shirt and takes my breast out of my top.”
Dear Miguel, I used to be a fan of your music. I was a fan of your music until you blatantly disrespected my body in a public place. There is nothing I
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A new poll from Quinnipiac University suggests that a majority of Americans believe that President Donald Trump should be investigated by Congress over the bevy of sexual harassment allegations he has faced in the past.
70% of Americans are reportedly in favor of an investigation of the President, while 25% believe that is not necessary. The breakdown of that statistic along party lines is somewhat unsurprising: 86% of Democrats would be in favor of an investigation; only 39% of Republicans would be interested in such an inquiry. Indepedents were more evenly divided: 66% of them wanted the situation looked in to. 94% of Democrats, 46% of Republicans and 71% of Independents found it hypocrtical of the President to be criticizing other men accused of harassment.
The poll also revealed a handful of other shocking statistics: 17 percent of men and 47 percent of women say they have been a victim of sexual
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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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