Harvey Weinstein has been accused by more than 40 women of sexual harassment, assault and rape.
Since the New York Times published the first in a series of exposes on the movie mogul, he lost his job at the Weinstein Company, kicked off the board, ousted from the Academy, his Georgina Chapman wife left him and he entered sex rehab.
- But for at least one of his accusers, the consequences have seemed just as dramatic. Actress Asia Argento told Italy’s RAI network on Wednesday that she had been shamed by the Italian press, notably by the newspaper Libero, which wrote that "sexual blackmail is a rite of passage for actresses," and that her relationship with Weinstein was "prostitution, not rape."
- She said that she feels "doubly crucified." One headline about the scandal reads: "First I give it away, then I whine and pretend to repent."
- Argento has fled the country to escape the media. "I am being shamed by the Italian media, which is medieval," Argento told Variety. "Until the ‘60s in Italy you could kill your wife and it was called murder of honor, if she had cheated … Until 1996 rape was considered a crime against morals, not against a person."
- She tweeted that she plans to sue Libero, Radio 24 and other media outlets for defamation.
- Meanwhile, in other developments in the case, Marisa Coughlan came forward with her own story about Weinstein, telling The Hollywood Reporter: "What happened to me, even though it was uncomfortable, was much more of a transactional situation. He wanted to barter sex for movie roles. In other cases, he was forcing himself on them. It's so shocking that he got away with it for as long as he did. I never realized the scope of it. I felt like an island and naively didn't know how pervasive it was."
- Channing Tatum also ended his professional relationship with him. He announced that he and producing partner Reid Carolin, who were developing a film adaptation of the book Forgive Me Leonard Peacock for The Weinstein Co., will no longer work on the project with the company.
- "The brave women who had the courage to stand up and speak their truth about Harvey Weinstein are true heroes to us. They are lifting the heavy bricks to build the equitable world we all deserve to live in," the two said in a joint statement. "While we will no longer develop it or anything else that is property of TWC, we are reminded of its powerful message of healing in the wake of tragedy. This is a giant opportunity for real positive change that we proudly commit ourselves to. The truth is out— let’s finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture once and for all."
ERINN HAYES ‘LIKING’ TWEETS CALLING FOR KEVIN CAN WAIT BOYCOTT: Perhaps fans of CBS’ Kevin Can Wait aren’t the only ones who are upset by Erinn Hayes’ departure. Hayes’ character Donna was killed off and essentially replaced by Leah Remini, who swooped into co-lead the show with Kevin James, as his new buddy at work. (Donna was James’ wife on the show). "My family and I have tuned out," wrote one Twitter user who received a like from the 41-year-old actress. "If Kevin Can Wait, so can we – for you to have a bigger career than him!!!" When news broke that she was leaving, Hayes confirmed the news in a diplomatic tweet. "True, I’ve been let go from the show. Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans." Later, she asked them to not blame Remini: "So I’ve been silent on this and have enjoyed the support of all the fans that have reached out to say something positive. But please can we stop the personal attacks on @LeahRemini in my name? It’s ugly, I never asked for it and let’s be above it."
NEVER-SEEN JOAN RIVERS FOOTAGE TO AIR AS FASHION POLICE ENDS: The Fashion Police are issuing their final arrests. On November 27th, the last episode of Fashion Police will air on E! The show was created in 1995 by the late Joan Rivers. After her death in 2014, Fashion Police was helmed by her daughter Melissa. On the final show, Melissa will be joined by Giuliana Rancic, Brad Goreski, Margaret Cho and NeNe Leakes. Viewers will get a look at the show’s most memorable moments, plus see behind-the-scenes and never-before-seen footage from the show’s archives. "If I wanted to see something old and pink with fur around it, I’d just get naked and look down," Joan says about Joan Collins in one never-before-seen clip. The finale of Fashion Police will air on E! Monday, November 27, at 8 p.m.
FACTS OF LIFE STAR MINDY COHN OPENS UP ABOUT HER FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER: It’s hard to separate Mindy Cohn from the adorably, bubbly teenager she played on The Facts of Life. But in an interview with People, Cohn, 51, shared the story of a darker period in her life. In 2012, she discovered that she had breast cancer and would need a double mastectomy, chemo and radiation. "I've always been an optimist," she told the magazine. "But the cancer metastasized. It kept spreading and coming back. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, and then it would. And then I'd wait for another shoe to drop, and it would. I was frustrated and enraged. I couldn't control any of this. I couldn't fix it." But she persevered and leaned on friends, and is now cancer-free and planning a trip to Machu Picchu.
RHOC STAR MEGHAN KING EDMONDS SAYS DAUGHTER SUFFERING PTSD AFTER VEGAS ATTACK: Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds has revealed that her stepdaughter Hayley is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The 20-year-old was in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on October 1st when Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd, killing 58 people and wounding more than 500. "She’s (Hayley) not good, as you can imagine," the reality star told Entertainment Tonight. "She has some PTSD and I think probably everybody (who was) there does… It’s horrible." She adds that she is in group therapy and is "trucking ahead in life."
ALI FEDOTOWSKY EXPLAINS HOW SHE GAINED 10 POUNDS IN 2 WEEKS: Oh baby! Bachelorette alum Ali Fedotowsky lost all of her pregnancy weight without much effort… but then Molly’s first birthday rolled around. "I feel like the biggest jerk saying this, but losing weight was easy for me," the mom of 15-month-old Molly told Us Weekly. Until: "I stopped breast-feeding and gained ten pounds within two weeks." Moms producing breast milk burn an extra 500 calories a day, so when the breast-feeding stops, the weight can pile on, nutritionists tell the mag. Fedotwosky says she is watching what she’s eating and trying to squeeze in an extra hike and yoga session when she can. Do you know anyone who gained weight after weaning their baby?
Fighting words. Blac Chyna’s lawyer Lisa Bloom tells Us Weekly that despite sharing 11-month-old Dream with Rob Kardashian, his and his entire family’s actions have compelled her to file suit against them.
"They decided to start a war by trashing her online repeatedly, so it’s on … and we are going to vigorously fight for Chyna in this case," Bloom tells Us. Rob, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner are all being sued by Chyna.
- She blames the family on the cancellation of her and Rob’s E! reality series, Rob & Chyna.
- Bloom says: "Even though Chyna left Rob at the end of 2016, the network was still interested in doing season two of the show. How would these two live separate lives and co-parent a baby? Would they get back together? This is classic reality show material, but the show was killed. Chyna’s rep was told it was because the Kardashian family would not allow it to go forward."
- Bloom adds that Chyna is not only losing out on income from the show, she is losing out on endorsement deals and appearance fees.
- A number has not been disclosed but Bloom hinted that the lawsuit is seeking damages in the "millions of dollars."
- Chyna is also suing Rob for battery. The former couple began dating in January of 2016 and broke up in December of 2016.
- Meanwhile, Kardashian sources tell TMZ that she was the aggressor in their physical fights, and went after him in a rage that was fueled by both cocaine and alcohol.
- Shawn Holley, the Kardashian lawyer, tells TMZ, "We have witness statements and other evidence which will demonstrate conclusively that it is Chyna -- not Rob -- who is the violent and aggressive abuser."
A day after former Amazon Studios head Roy Price resigned amid sexual harassment claims, more scurrilous stories are emerging.
The latest tale arises from when Amazon was offered a chance to snap up the Emmy-winning Big Little Lies, the drama starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, which ended up landing at HBO.
While considering it, Price asked a group of Amazon staffers if the stars would "show their t—s," according to The Hollywood Reporter. He also made three Amazon execs feel "uncomfortable" at a dinner following a table-read for Good Girls Revolt in 2015.
- TriStar exec Suzanne Patmore Gibbs told THR that the women left after he began asking them about their sexual history and drug use.
- Price, 51, announced his resignation on Tuesday, five days after he was put on notice by Amazon. He was in charge of a $4.5 billion content budget this year alone. He joined Amazon in 2004.
- He was suspended due to sexual harassment claims filed by Isa Hackett, exec producer of Man in the High Castle. She said that Price propositioned her in a cab, telling her "You will love my d-k," and after she rejected him coming up to her and shouting "anal sex!" in her ear at a party.
- Price’s fiancée, Lila Feinberg, ended their engagement on Sunday.
- Amazon Studios COO Albert Cheng is acting as interim content head.
David Cross is responding to actress Charlyne Yi’s accusation that he made racist comments to her a decade ago by saying he doesn’t remember making the remarks, and that moreover, he is not a racist.
Yi, 31, wrote on Twitter that she met Cross 10 years ago and that he initially made fun of her pants. When Yi didn’t respond, he allegedly said: "What’s a matter? You don’t speak English?? Ching-chong-ching-chong."
- When Cross realized she was offended she said "he asked me if I was going to fight with him karate in a southern accent."
- Cross responded on Twitter himself, apologizing if he hurt her, writing that he is "not a racist nor a bully" and wondering if they are both "misremembering" what happened.
NICKELODEON’S THE LOUD HOUSE CREATOR SUSPENDED: The creator of Nickelodeon’s The Loud House, Chris Savino, has been suspended from the show amid claims that he sexually harassed 12 women. "Viacom is committed to the safety and well-being of our employees, and to fostering a workplace free from harassment," the company said in a statement. "As a matter of policy, we do not comment on specific employee matters, but we take all allegations of this nature very seriously, investigate them thoroughly and take any necessary actions as a result." One-dozen women have come forward accusing Savino of harassment, which included unwanted sexual advances and threats of blacklisting. The claims stretch back a decade, according to Deadline.
KARLIE KLOSS SET FOR SHOW ON FREEFORM: Model and Karlie’s Kookies entrepreneur Karlie Kloss will is set to host Movie Night with Karlie Kloss on Freeform. The six-part series will involve interviews, games and movies. The first episode airs December 28th at 6:30 pm, with Canadian actor Burkely Duffield, magician Joel Ward, and Kloss' supermodel pals Jourdan Dunn and Martha Hunt. Other guest appearances throughout the series will include tennis maven and new mom Serena Williams, Hart of Dixie alum Rachel Bilson, ballet dancer Fabrice Calmels, relationship expert Matthew Hussey, Famous in Love's Carter Jenkins, The Outcasts' Victoria Justice, BUNK'D's actress Peyton List, Orange Is the New Black's Ruby Rose and YouTube star Lilly Singh.
NIELSEN TO MEASURE AUDIENCES ON NETFLIX: Nielsen is getting into the streaming game. It announced a new service, Nielsen Subscription Video On Demand Content Ratings, which will measure programs in a way that is comparable to TV. Ratings, reaches, frequency and segmentation will be reported. The offerings will initially only work with Netflix, but Nielsen plans to add Amazon Prime and Hulu by 2018.
GLAMOUR ANNOUNCES WOMEN OF THE YEAR SUMMIT SPEAKERS: Glamour Magazine has announced its roster of speakers for its live summit on November 13th in New York City. Author and advocate Chelsea Clinton, actress and LGBT activist Laverne Cox, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins and model Ashley Graham will be on tap. Judging from this week’s Elle Women in Hollywood event, which was dominated by talk of the sex scandals rocking the industry, there will be a lot of food for thought. "The whole MO of the summit is to dive deep into all the issues women are engaged with now," Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Last year, it was this moment, six days after the election, when many young women were startled and there was a lot of sadness and emotion. Now, we’re in an electric moment of activism. And I don’t just mean political activism, I mean activism in the sense of women wanting to take action, being fed up with observing the ways their world or the world could be different and doing something about it."
THE IRWINS RETURN TO ANIMAL PLANET: Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin are back in business with Discovery Communications. The family is set to return to Animal Planet for a variety of projects across all of their platforms. They will also serve as global ambassadors. The late Steve Irwin helped create a distinctive new style of wildlife documentary featuring himself and wife Terri. Their children, Bindi and Robert, were also sometimes featured. "Steve Irwin was a champion for all wildlife and he and Terri’s excitement and enthusiasm brought viewers from around the world in touch with nature. Their passion for animals, love for their family, and leadership in conservation awareness left a strong legacy that continues today. We are thrilled to have Terri, Bindi and Robert back in the Animal Planet family," said Patrice Andrews, General Manager of Animal Planet. Steve died in 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb.
CW’S RIVERDALE'S TEEN VIEWERSHIP SPIKES AFTER NETFLIX SOJOURN: Riverdale, the CW’s teen noir about Archie comics characters grew its ratings for its October 11 sophomore premiere by an unprecedented 60% from its launch nine months earlier, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The giant jump is being cited as ironclad evidence of the windfall broadcasters enjoy when they make deal with major streamers for the off-season. When Riverale ended its first season, all 13 episodes landed on Netflix where sources tell THR it was a breakout hit. Bonus: the teen audience is up 400%, according to THR.