Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney and Ben Affleck are the latest high-profile celebrities to speak out against ousted producer Harvey Weinstein and the sexual misconduct allegations lobbied against him that span three decades.
Lawrence, the young actress who won her first Oscar with the Weinstein Co.'s "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012) and thanked Weinstein in her Golden Globes acceptance speech, said in a statement Tuesday that she was "deeply disturbed" to hear the news of the extended allegations against Weinstein.
"I worked with Harvey five years ago, and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting," she said.
Jones was being treated for pancreatic cancer as she and her longtime band were working on the 11-track collection, which, according to Tuesday’s announcement, is “a lush, orchestral affair [featuring] both their rawest and most sophisticated recordings to date.”
“The last couple of years, Sharon was battling,” Dap-Kings bassist and album producer Bosco Mann said in the statement. “When she was strongest, that’s when we’d go into the studio. Sharon couldn’t phone it in, so we would only work when she was really feeling it.
Five days after the New York Times' bombshell report on Harvey Weinstein, the New Yorker has published an exhaustive investigation by Ronan Farrow that includes even more jaw-dropping allegations of systematic intimidation and serial sexual harassment and assault by the film studio co-founder.
Accusers who share their stories in the piece, reported over a 10-month period, include well-known actresses such as Rosanna Arquette, Mira Sorvino and Asia Argento, as well as a number of aspiring actresses and producers. The report also features an audio recording apparently of Weinstein pressuring one of his accusers, an Italian model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez.
Some of the key claims in the article:
Actress Lucia Stoller, then a college student, says Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him during what was billed as a casting meeting at the Miramax offices in 2004.
Actress-director Argento alleged that Weinstein invited her to what was supposed to be a party at a hotel on the French Riviera in 1997. When she arrived, only Weinstein was there. After changing into a bathrobe, he forcibly performed oral sex on her. Argento entered into what she describes as a years-long coercive sexual relationship with him. "After the rape, he won," she told Farrow.
Actress Sorvino says that Weinstein tried to give her a massage and "chas[ed] her around" in a hotel room at the Toronto Film Festival in 1995, and later showed up at her New York apartment in the middle of the night. She believes her rebuff of his advances damaged her career.
Gutierrez, an Italian model and beauty pageant contestant, says she was groped by Weinstein during a meeting in 2015. She reported the assault to the New York Police Department, and the next day, wearing a wire, met with Weinstein at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. In audio footage obtained by the New Yorker, Gutierrez objects to Weinstein's behavior the day before and an agitated Weinstein can be heard telling Gutierrez, "I'm a famous guy ... I'm used to that," and repeatedly urges her not to "embarrass" him. Despite the recording, the Manhattan district attorney declined to pursue criminal charges, possibly because Gutierrez had once attended a party thrown by Silvio Berlusconi and was not considered "credible."
French actress Emma de Caunes alleges that in 2010, Weinstein invited her to his hotel room in Paris to discuss a book he wanted to adapt. He emerged from the bathroom naked and with an erection. She fled the room.
Actress Arquette says she went to the Beverly Hills Hotel in the early '90s to get a script from Weinstein. He showed up at the door in a bathrobe and asked for a massage, then placed her hand on his erect penis. She says her career suffered after she rejected Weinstein.
According to employees, Weinstein often enlisted female executives as "honeypots" to attend meetings with actresses and models in order to make them feel safe, but then would be dismissed.
Assistants kept track of these young women, who were filed under the label "F.O.H." -- "friend of Harvey."
Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan are ready to get back in the ring.
Stallone announced via Instagram late Monday that he will be directing and producing a sequel to the 2015 boxing hit "Creed," which revitalized the venerable "Rocky" franchise, grossing $174 million worldwide.
“Looking forward to directing and Producing The incredibly talented Michael B Jordan in CREED 2 next year," Stallone wrote. "One more Round!"
“Late Night” host Seth Meyers invited writers Amber Ruffin, Ally Hord and Jenny Hagel to comment on the “stunning” allegations that Weinstein has been paying off his accusers for decades, as well as the producer’s “equally stunning” apology.
The debut of a new "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" trailer is here, and the fanfare is so big ESPN used the evocative movie text crawl to promote Monday Night Football.
Lucasfilm premiered their latest "Star Wars" trailer during the Minnesota Vikings-Chicago Bears. Get a glimpse of the further adventures of Rey, Luke, Finn, Leia, Poe and Kylo Ren.
In the initial teaser trailer, we saw Rey (Daisy Ridley) studying with Luke (Mark Hamill) and using the Force to reach out as images and quick-cut action sequences flowed by. This time, we get a bit more plot as the last Jedi -- seemingly Luke Skywalker and Rey -- continue to be hunted.
Syndicated radio host and patron saint of the lovelorn Delilah Rene Luke will take a leave of absence after the death of her teenage son from suicide.
"My dear friends, I need to share some devastating news with you," Delilah said Saturday on Facebook. "In the early morning hours, Tuesday, October 3, my son, Zachariah, took his life."
The iHeartMedia host, heard locally on KFSH 95.9-FM, said her son was being "treated, counseled, and embraced fiercely by family and friends" during an ongoing battle with depression and that her heart was broken by his death.
Country rock pioneer Chris Hillman’s album release show that had been scheduled for Oct. 16 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood has been postponed following the death last week of Tom Petty, who produced the album.
The show will now take place Oct. 23 at the Troudabour.
The founding member of the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band said through a spokeswoman that the show will be rescheduled out of respect for Petty’s family.