Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock delivered a super-sized confession on Twitter Wednesday night.
Among other things, Spurlock admitted to being accused of rape in college, settling a sexual harassment claim and being unfaithful to "every wife and girlfriend" he has ever had.
- While many hailed his "bravery" at coming forward on social media, many others slammed him. One user pointed out that "he’s just controlling the narrative" while another told everyone to "stop praising white males for doing what they have to do … he should not be applauded."
- "I am part of the problem" he wrote in a post on Twitter, which linked to a much longer statement detailing what he described as his misconduct.
- "As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next?’ I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?’" Spurlock wrote.
- While he was never charged with rape after the incident in college, he says his accuser mentioned him by name in an essay she read in front of her class.
- "In my mind, we’d been drinking all night and went back to my room," he wrote. "We began fooling around, she pushed me off, then we laid in the bed and talked and laughed some more, and then began fooling around again. We took off our clothes. She said she didn’t want to have sex, so we laid together, and talked, and kissed, and laughed, and then we started having sex."
- When the woman then started to cry Spurlock said that he "didn’t know what to do. We stopped having sex and I rolled beside her. I tried to comfort her. To make her feel better. I thought I was doing ok, I believed she was feeling better. She believed she was raped."
- Spurlock says that he was charged with harassment by an office assistant in 2009 and paid her a sum to settle the claim.
- "I would call my female assistant ‘hot pants’ or ‘sex pants’ when I was yelling to her from the other side of the office. Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realized I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence.
- "So, when she decided to quit, she came to me and said if I didn’t pay her a settlement, she would tell everyone. Being who I was, it was the last thing I wanted, so of course, I paid. I paid for peace of mind. I paid for her silence and cooperation. Most of all, I paid so I could remain who I was," he said.
- Spurlock said that some of his problems may stem from sexual abuse he suffered as a child, and admits to having a drinking problem.
- He concluded the letter promising to "do better."
- Spurlock’s confession comes amid a wave of accusations against powerful men in Hollywood, media and politics.
Salma Hayek recently shared her personal story about Harvey Weinstein in an op-ed for The New York Times, alleging that he sexually harassed her, stalked her, forced her to do a full-frontal nude sex scene in Frida and even threatened to "kill" her.
Weinstein responded in a strongly-worded statement that denied all of her allegations, point-by-point.
- "Mr. Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female costar and he was not there for the filming," read part of his statement.
- Weinstein also stated through a spokesperson: "All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Hayek are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired."
- Some on social media have noted that the only accusers (of the 90 plus people who have accused him of harassing, assaulting or raping them) he has personally responded to are Hayek and Lupita Nyong’o, both actresses of color.
- Her costar (Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico) and friend, Antonio Banderas, spoke out on Hayek’s behalf.
- He tweeted: "I'm deeply saddened by the terrible events that my dear friend Salma Hayek has made public about Harvey #Weinstein. Her integrity and honesty as a woman and as an actress make me firmly trust her words."
ROSE MCGOWAN ACCUSES TMZ HEAD OF HARASSING HER: On Wednesday night, Rose McGowan sent out a series of tweets accusing Harvey Levin, the founder of the gossip publication TMZ, of harassing her. She wrote that Levin is "hanging something over" her head and that he is on Harvey Weinstein’s "payroll." McGowan has been one of the most outspoken critics of Weinstein, leading what she calls a Rose Army of detractors against the movie mogul, who has been accused of harassing, assaulting or raping more than 90 women.
RYAN REYNOLDS MAKES DIRTY JOKE AFTER DISNEY DEAL: Ryan Reynolds has something to say about the news that Disney is acquiring 21st Century Fox. The actor, who stars in Fox’s hit (but very naughty) Deadpool films, shared a photo of him in character getting led out of Disney by a police officer with the caption, "Apparently you can't actually blow the Matterhorn." Deadpool 2 is set to be released June 1st and while some are fretting about its R-rated status under Disney, the company is signaling that it will allow Deadpool to remain as gloriously off-color as ever.
CAMILLE GRAMMER DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER AGAIN: Camille Grammer has been diagnosed with skin cancer, four years after battling endometrial cancer. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and ex-wife of Kelsey Grammer announced the diagnosis on Instagram. "Camille didn’t feel ‘right,’" her rep told Page Six on Thursday. "She went to her oncologist immediately and had a procedure to remove a small malignancy." Camille became engaged to lawyer David C. Meyer just over a month ago.
ZOE SALDANA SHARES SWEET SNAP ON SON ZEN’S BIRTHDAY: Zoe Saldana is celebrating her youngest child Zen Anton Hilario’s first birthday. She took to Instagram to share a sweet message for Zen: "Happy Birthday Zen Anton Hilario. You came into our lives in the most ‘zen’ way, and today you still continue to be our little Yogi baby." She and husband Marco Perego-Saldana are also parents to twin 3-year-old boys Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio. "Your Joie de Vie keeps all of us wrapped around your little finger. Your brothers are the most blessed big brothers in the world," Saldana wrote.
MINDY KALING BATTLES ‘FERAL CAT’ IN PURSUIT OF PURRFECT CHRISTMAS TREE: Mindy Kaling knows how to pick ‘em! The mom-to-be documented her grueling quest for the perfect Christmas tree and shared it on Instagram stories. Dubbing it "the saga of the Christmas tree topper," she says it began when she needed to trim the top of her chosen tree to fit an angel on top and went to her "scary garage with @asekar95 and she battled a feral cat who was in love with her." Emergency averted, she declared the evergreen complete."She pretty. I love her," she writes.
3 ADDITIONAL WOMEN ACCUSE DUSTIN HOFFMAN OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: Three women have come forward to accuse Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including one who said he exposed himself to her when she was in high school. One woman said in 1980, when she was 16, Hoffman exposed himself to her in a hotel room. She was friends with his daughter, and had the spent the afternoon with them. Two other women said Hoffman sexually assaulted them while filming 1987’s Ishtar. Hoffman’s attorney called the accusations "defamatory falsehoods." Earlier this year, Anna Graham Hunter accused Hoffman of groping her in 1985, while she was a teenager.
Andrew Garfield smokes grass sometimes, OK? The 34-year-old sat down with the Evening Standard and chatted about his take on drugs.
Drugs, he argues, still have such a "stigma." Which is too bad for him, he contends, as he enjoys the occasional indulgence. For example, he spent an enjoyable day last year eating hash brownies at Disneyland, he explains.
- But he saves the harder stuff for special occasions.
- "I can only really take substances if it’s a ritual," he said. "I mean, weed, I can smoke because it’s just nice. But with hallucinogens, I have to do it in a very conscious way in a place where I feel free and safe and can have a freak out if I want to. I want to be able to express my insights."
- He likened the experience of acting to drug use. "That’s what makes it so beguiling and so addictive," he said. "You get to be bigger than what you are. You get to hold more than you. You get this divine dissatisfaction."
Will Smith thinks the future is going to be a "a f---ing mess."
Smith was sharing his vision at a press event for Netflix’s Bright. Without naming names, he addressed the political events that have rocked the nation in recent months. While he didn’t name names, he alluded to President Donald Trump several times.
- "This is the purge, right?" Smith asked. "This is the cleanse, this is what happens. This is the natural reaction to the amount of light that came into the world when Barack Obama was the president."
- He went on, saying: "We had to expect that the pendulum was going to go the other way. As a cleanse — this is the darkness before the dawn."
- Smith continued: "I feel very, very strongly that we are shifting into what the next age of humanity is going to be right now. It’s just the s—t has to get stirred up, in a way. We’re seeing it all. … It’s going to be really interesting to see how humanity reacts to it, and it’s going to be a f—king mess. It’s going to be a mess, but it’s the mess in the cleanup. It’s the mess and the purge before that new, real light shows up."
- Bright is a fantasy film about an LAPD officer, played by Smith and his orc partner, portrayed by Joel Edgerton, and their fight over a magic wand. The film premieres on Netflix on December 22nd.
Jamie Foxx threw an epic bash for his 50th birthday, and there were several bold-faced attendees, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Smokey Robinson, Snoop Dogg, Marlon Wayans and Odell Beckham Jr.
Bonus: Ice Cube, Ludacris, Too Short, Doug E. Fresh and Wiz Khalifa reportedly all hopped on the mic at some point during the party at the Paramount Studios lot to perform.
- But for some, the most notable attendee was his rumored girlfriend of several years, Katie Holmes.
- The pair have been linked for a long time, but have always kept a low-profile. She was photographed by paparazzi trying to hide her face as she left The Highlight Room with Foxx.
- His daughters Corinne Foxx and Annalise Bishop were also there to toast their dad.
- Earlier this month, Holmes showed up to Foxx’s Prive Reveaux eyewear event (he helps launch designs for the brand), and was similarly camera-shy.
WALT DISNEY CO. TO ACQUIRE FOX IN $52.4B DEAL: The Walt Disney Co. has signed a $52.4 billion all-stock deal to buy 20th Century Fox and other entertainment and sports assets from Rupert Murdoch’s sprawling empire. The deal between 21st Century Fox and Disney underlines its intention to bolster its core TV and entertainment holdings amid new competition. As part of the deal, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger is extending his contract through 2021 to oversee the integration of assets. Regulatory approval is expected to take up to 18 months.
RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS 3 PREMIERE SET: RuPaul’s Drage Race All Stars 3 will premiere with a 90-minute episode on Thursday, January 25th at 8 p.m. on VH1. "The rumors are 100 percent true, baby," RuPaul said in a press release announcing the premiere date. "The All Stars 3 debut delivers my most legendary queens, and they’re fired up and ready to take over the mother-tucking world. #RealNews #FakeEyelashes." The All Stars lineup includes Aja (season nine), BenDeLaCreme (season six), Chi Chi DeVayne (season eight), Kennedy Davenport (season seven), Milk (season six), Morgan McMichaels (season two), Shangela (seasons two and three), Thorgy Thor (season eight) and Trixie Mattel (season seven).
TWO NEW NETFLIX DOCS TO TAKE ON CORPORATE GREED AND BIG FOOD CORRUPTION: Food expose Rotten is set to premiere January 5th and Alex Gibney’s Dirty Money will take a bow January 26th, Netflix revealed Thursday. Zero Point Zero, the same team that brought viewers Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unkown and The Mind of a Chef, is returning with a documentary that Netflix says "gives food the true crime treatment, diving deep into the food production underworld to expose the corruption, waste and real dangers behind your everyday eating habits. In a world where huge global supply-chains are increasingly intertwined and consolidated, this series starts on your dinner plate… and follows the money to the shocking consequences—intended or not—of regulation, innovation and greed." Dirty Money, meanwhile, is "using first-hand accounts from perpetrators and their victims, combined with rarely-seen video footage" to "keep viewers on the edge of their seats."
ADAM DRIVER TO HIT THE GREAT WHITE WAY IN BURN THIS: Star Wars star Adam Driver is heading back to Broadway in 2019 for the first revival of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This. He will take on the role played by John Malkovich in the original 1987 production. The Tony-Award winning Michael Mayer will direct. Driver is set to play Pale, a dangerous and sexy young man whose life is destroyed when a young dancer accidentally dies.
WARNER BROS. TO FORGE AHEAD WITH iZOMBIE DESPITE ASSAULT CLAIMS AGAINST ROBERT KNEPPER: After an "internal inquiry," Warner Bros. has concluded that allegations of sexual assault against iZombie actor Robert Knepper are unfounded. Several women accused him of assault, but they "found no evidence of wrongdoing on the set of the show," according to Entertainment Weekly. iZombie returns to the The CW in 2018 with Season 4.