In the wake of controversial abortion bills that restrict access to almost all abortions in Georgia, Alabama and Missouri, more and more celebrities are sharing their personal stories of abortions. Busy Philipps, Minka Kelly, Amber Tamblyn and Milla Jovovich are just a handful of those who have spoken out.
Many are accompanying their stories with the hashtag #YouKnowMe. Philipps came up with the hashtag while discussing her abortion on Busy Tonight and on Twitter.
"The statistic is that one in four women will have an abortion before age 45. That statistic sometimes surprises people, and maybe you're sitting there thinking, 'I don't know a woman who would have an abortion,'" Philipps said. "Well, you know me."
Philipps then encouraged others to join her in speaking out.
Kelly, 38, took to social media Thursday to share her abortion story, calling it "the smartest decision I could've made, not only for myself & my boyfriend at the time, but also for this unborn fetus."
"For a baby to’ve been born to two people -- too young and completely ill equipped -- with no means or help from family, would have resulted in a child born into an unnecessary world of struggle," Kelly wrote alongside a photo collage of some of the white, male politicians who have voted for the bills. "Having a baby at that time would have only perpetuated the cycle of poverty, chaos and dysfunction I was born into."
"Forcing a child to be born to a mother who isn’t ready, isn’t financially stable, was raped, a victim of incest (!!), isn’t doing that theoretical child any favors," she continued. "For those of you insisting abortion is murder, and to Rep. Terri Collins who said 'an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and attention' -- forget bringing up the mother might be in need of some 'love and attention.'"
"What do you think happens to these kids who end up bouncing around in foster care, live on government assistance because the mother has no help, can’t afford childcare while she works a minimum wage job, and is trapped in a cycle of trying to survive on the meager government assistance so many of you same pro-lifers are determined to also take away," she questioned. "If you insist on forcing women to carry to term, why do you refuse to talk about comprehensive sex-ed, the maternal mortality rate, free daycare, paid maternity leave? Our lives, traumas & family planning is for no one to decide but us. Certainly not a group of old white men."
She concluded her note, asking whether, if the men who were pushing the bill could get pregnant themselves, it would have ever gone through.
"With all this punishment for women I wonder where all the punishment is for the men in this scenario. By looking at the photo of all the men who are making this mess, I find it hard to believe that if it were the autonomy of a man's body, health and life in question, I can't help but be certain we wouldn’t be having this conversation in the first place," she wrote. "I appreciate seeing men speak up on this issue - women do not get pregnant alone. Lest we forget, outlawing abortion has never stopped women from attempting it."
Tamblyn joined her, opening up about her abortion in 2012, calling it "one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make."
"I still think about it to this day," she tweeted. "But these truths do not make me regret my decision. It was the right choice for me, at that time in my life. I have not a single doubt about this. #YouKnowMe".
Cynthia Nixon, Ashley Judd, Alia Shawkat, Jameela Jamil, Keke Palmer, Tess Holliday, Cecile Richards, Trishelle, Amanda Abbington and others also shared their stories.
Kevin Spacey’s legal strategy has been shut down. His legal team’s attempt to make his sexual battery accusers name public has been dismissed by a judge.
According to court docs obtained by The Blast, an L.A. judge is siding with his accuser, and his name will remain John Doe. The accuser claimed in documents that he feared for his life following threats from Spacey’s fans.
The judge ruled: "Plaintiff’s vulnerability to humiliation, harassment, and threats, is further exacerbated by the nature of Defendant’s status as a high-profile celebrity and the media attention that comes with it. The Court finds that anonymity is necessary to protect Plaintiff’s privacy and to protect against any further trauma."
The plaintiff is suing Spacey for sexual battery, gender violence, battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment.
He claims that the assault occurred in October of 2016, while giving him a massage at his home in Malibu. He is seeking unspecified damages.
RIC FLAIR HOSPITALIZED AFTER ‘VERY SERIOUS’ MEDICAL EMERGENCY: Ric Flair was rushed to the hospital Thursday after a "very serious" medical emergency, TMZ reports. The 70-year-old WWE star is in serious condition, but the specifics are unclear. In 2017, Flair was placed in a medically induced coma for 11 days after his intestine ruptured.
PRINCE HARRY WINS ‘SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGES’ FROM NEWS AGENCY: Prince Harry has won "substantial damages" from a news agency, and received their apology, after employees took aerial photos of the country home he and Meghan Markle shared until their move to Frogmore Cottage. In a statement, Buckingham Palace said that Harry "acknowledges and welcomes the formal apology from Splash News and Picture Agency as referenced in the Statement in Open Court today." The pictures, which are said to have looked "into the living area and dining area of the home and directly into the bedroom," were published in The Times.
HEATHER LOCKLEAR’S DAUGHTER ‘DEVASTATED’: Heather Locklear is back in rehab, and her daughter Ava, whom she shares with Richie Sambora, is reportedly devastated. A source tells ET: "This process has felt never-ending and Ava just wants her mother to dedicate herself to a sober life. She’s just heartbroken because she was really hopeful the last rehab her mother completed would finally be the last. Ava is a huge support to her mother." Locklear is now in an "inpatient facility and her family desperately hopes she will finally get sober once and for all," the source tells ET. "Heather is in a very dangerous place and her family and loved ones are once again scared for her life."
QUEEN ELIZABETH IS HIRING: Polish that resume! Queen Elizabeth II is looking for a digital communications officer, per the Royal Household website. The ideal candidate will find "new ways to maintain The Queen's presence in the public eye and on the world stage," reads the listing. "This is what makes working for the Royal Household exceptional."
CHANNING TATUM AND JESSIE J PACK ON PDA: Channing Tatum and Jessie J couldn’t keep their hands to themselves during a date at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on Wednesday. Channing and ex Jenna Dewan’s daughter Everly did not appear to be with them as they rode the Matterhorn coaster and took to the Autopia race track.
Jamie Foxx’s daughter Corinne is spilling the tea of his and Katie Holmes’ hush-hush relationship. While it’s an open secret that the pair have been pretty serious for six years, they have chosen to fly under the radar and rarely appear in public together, much less comment on their status.
But recently, that’s started to change; Foxx and Holmes appeared together at the 2019 Met Gala.
Corinne, 25, told People: "They are so great and Katie is always so chic. They were wonderful."
Holmes, 40, and Foxx, 51, posed for photos … but they didn’t go all the way and walk the carpet.
Keanu Reeves self-identifies as a person of color, but he tells Essence that he does not see himself as a "spokesperson" for Asian actors in the Hollywood community.
However, the Canadian-born Reeves, who grew up around Chinese culture thanks to his grandmother, isn’t disowning his heritage either.
Reeves explained: "I hope that whatever opportunities I’ve had, or the work that I’m doing, in some way can entertain and can also—I don’t want to say teach—but have something of value come out of it."
Reeves has enjoyed considerable success, and currently stars in the franchise John Wick. Director Chad Stahelski, for one, sees the impact Reeves casting has had on the franchise. He had this to say: the series is "fortunate to have the following we do, and have it resonate so well—with not just one demographic of an audience—to have it resonate cross-culturally…as well as internationally."
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, also starring Halle Berry and Laurence Fishburn, lands in theaters Friday.
Teen Mom 2 alums Jenelle Evans and her husband David Eason appeared in court on Thursday, May 16th, after her sons, Jace, 9, and Kaiser, 4, and their daughter, Ensley, 2, were removed from their home. Technically, Jace was removed from their home; he lives with her mother, Barbara; but authorities are preventing Evans from seeing Jace until they complete an investigation.
The trouble began after Eason allegedly abused, then shot and killed her dog Nugget in front of Kaiser and Ensley. In a video posted to social media, Eason claimed Nugget was behaving aggressively toward Ensley.
Almost immediately, the public went into an uproar, calling on MTV to fire her and for authorities to intervene. MTV did in fact fire her (after several high-profile advertisers, including Chiptle and Twix, backed out of their contracts over the incident), and then authorities removed the kids from their care.
The pair were photographed entering and leaving court, reportedly to try to win the kdis back. After they left, children with blankets over their heads—thought to be the three children in question—were placed in a car and driven away.
The pair did not speak with reporters outside of the Columbus County, North Carolina courthouse.
CHRIS ROCK SET TO RELAUNCH SAW FRANCHISE: Comedian Chris Rock is teaming up with producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules on a relaunch of the Saw horror franchise for Lionsgate. A release date of October 23, 2020 has been set. The Saw franchise garnered $1 billion for Lionsgate in a series of movies released between 2004 and 2017. "When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that reimagines and spins-off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in," said Lionsgate motion picture group chairman Joe Drake in a statement. "Saw is one of the highest grossing horror franchises of all-time and it’s one of Lionsgate’s most successful film series. This upcoming film will still be as mind bending and intense as all the previous Saw films. Chris conceived this idea and it will be completely reverential to the legacy of the material while reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative vision and passion for this classic horror franchise."
NANCY DREW BRINGS IN RILEY SMITH: Riley Smith is returning to the CW with a lead role opposite Kennedy McCann in Nancy Drew. The show centers on 18-year-old Nancy Drew (McMann) and follows her as she prepares to leave her hometown for college, but pauses to solve a crime when a socialite is murdered, and she is a prime suspect. Smith plays the victim’s husband.
BRUCE WILLIS BOOED: Harsh! Bruce Willis got booed after throwing out what was perceived as a lame first pitch Wednesday night before the Philadelphia Phillies took on the Milwaukee Brewers. The Glass star is a known Phillies fan. His wife, Emma Heming Willis, weighed in, thanking a user named Kevin who claimed they were not booing, but yelling "Bruceeeee.""Thank you Kevin. Happy someone cleared that up," Heming Willis posted.
DATELINE MOVES INTO PODCASTING: NBC’s longrunning newsmagazine Dateline is launching a podcast today. Dubbed 13 Alibis, it follows the story of Richard Rosario, who served 20 years in prison, despite evidence that showed 13 other people may have committed the crime. It’s told in the first person. NBC News will release 7 episodes, each running about 20 minutes. Are you a podcast listener?