Producer and DJ William Bensussen, who performs under the stage name the Gaslamp Killer, has filed a defamation lawsuit against two women who last month accused him of rape. In addition, the suit names one of the accuser's boyfriends and claims that he also knowingly spread defamatory information.
The suit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, claims that the women, named in the court papers as Chelsea Tadros and RaeAn Medina, as well as Tadros' boyfriend, Jack Wagner, spread "malicious and fabricated rape allegations against William Bensussen on the internet based on a consensual sexual encounter" that occurred on July 5, 2013.
The court action follows an Oct. 12 allegation, reprinted in the lawsuit, that Tadros posted to her Twitter account. After posting her story, her boyfriend, Wagner, posted numerous tweets slamming Bensussen.
The fallout continues for Louis C.K. as several foreign distributors have opted not to move forward with the release of "I Love You, Daddy" in the wake of C.K.'s sexual misconduct.
"As much as we acknowledge Louis C.K.’s creative and performing talent, releasing the film in the Middle East and North Africa would mean condoning this type of behavior and forgetting the damage it has caused and still causes to the victims regardless of gender," Front Row Filmed Entertainment representative Gianluca Chakra said in a Tuesday statement to The Times.
"We at Front Row have decided not to release the film. This is the type of message we must send to the whole system which needs to drastically reexamine its core ethical and professional values," Chakra added.
Elizabeth Perkins called out James Woods by name on a "#MeToo" sign at the Take Back the Workplace protest march Sunday in Hollywood.
Whether the comment referred to her own experience or someone else's was unclear, and a rep for the "Weeds" actress did not immediately respond Tuesday to a request for comment. Perkins and Woods' movie and TV acting resumes, as listed on IMDb, do not appear to overlap.
Woods, who just hit 1 million Twitter followers Monday, did not comment on social media regarding the sign, and a rep for the two-time Oscar nominee didn't immediately answer a request for comment.
The CW's Arrowverse stars have teamed up again — and this time it isn't for a super-crossover. The front-of-the-camera talent from several of producer Andrew Kreisberg's superhero TV shows banded together to support the women and men accusing him of misconduct.
Following "Supergirl" star Melissa Benoist's post about the scandal on Sunday, her costar Chyler Leigh, "Arrow's" Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards, "The Flash's" Grant Gustin and "Legends of Tomorrow" star Caity Lotz took to social media to champion women and condemn those who were complicit in alleged wrongdoing. None of them accused Kreisberg by name.
"To the men who committed harassment, who perpetuated rape culture, who turn a 'blind eye,' and complain about 'reverse sexism': you are weak and complicit," Rickards wrote on Twitter. "To the women who found the strength to speak up. To the women who supported one another and to the women finding their voice: You can. You are Heroines."
To the brave women and men who are coming forward to condemn their abusers... I add my voice to the choir of support. You are the ones ushering in change that would allow all of us to work in an environment where we are respected and safe
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