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Harvey Weinstein in 2015.
Harvey Weinstein in 2015. (Michael Sohn / Associated Press)

A woman who worked in the film industry has filed the first civil claim in Britain against Harvey Weinstein, alleging a series of sexual assaults by the producer and seeking personal injury damages to exceed $400,000. 

The Weinstein Co. in the U.S. and the U.K. are also named as  “vicariously liable” for the alleged assaults and subsequent psychological damage, which are said to have occurred in the course of the woman’s employment. 

Through a representative, Weinstein has repeatedly denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex.


Let the royal wedding planning begin!

Britain’s once-eligible bachelor Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle are engaged. As part of their official duties, the couple posed for a engagement photocall on Monday to give the world new images of their coupledom and a peek at the “Suits” actress’s engagement ring. The event and corresponding interview will also be featured in a television broadcast due to air Monday evening.

The official photocall took place at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Gardens, which is said to have been a favorite place of Harry’s mother, Princess Diana. That’s where Markle debuted her sparkly new accessory, which also paid tribute to Harry’s mum.

A closeup of Meghan Markle's engagement ring.
A closeup of Meghan Markle's engagement ring. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)
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Talent comes in many guises, but all original talents share the same quality: They're unique, one of a kind. Totally unlike the rest of the crowd.

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I didn't like it, but I got to be known as a sex symbol. The short dresses and being wild onstage had a lot to contribute to that sexiness. But it wasn't me so much trying to be a Madonna or what Sharon Stone is doing. It was just work, you know.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: 'The Lesson Is Don't Give Up'

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Ron Howard, left, and father Rance Howard, right, during the filming of "Gung Ho" in 1985.
Ron Howard, left, and father Rance Howard, right, during the filming of "Gung Ho" in 1985. (AP Photo/Keith B. Srakocic)

Rance Howard, father of director Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard, died on Saturday. He was 89.

Ron Howard took to Twitter to announce his father’s death Saturday afternoon. Details were not immediately disclosed. 

“Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons,” he wrote. “He stood especially tall [for] his ability to balance ambition [with] great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad.”

The elder Howard appeared in more than a dozen films his son directed, including “Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Parenthood” and “Grand Theft Auto,” which he co-wrote with his son.

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I think people put limits on you. As long as you don't believe in those limits, you're OK. I'm sure there were doors I couldn't get in to. I'm sure there are doors I still can't get into. And that's OK.

Russell Simmons at Tantris Yoga Center in West Hollywood in November 2016.
Russell Simmons at Tantris Yoga Center in West Hollywood in November 2016. (Francine Orr)

In response to allegations of sexual misconduct, music mogul Russell Simmons said a 1991 encounter with then-17-year-old model Keri Claussen Khalighi was “consensual.”

Khalighi told The Times that Simmons made aggressive sexual advances toward her in 1991 at his apartment and tried to force her to have intercourse. Simmons eventually relented and coerced her to perform oral sex as his protege at the time, Brett Ratner, “just sat there and watched,” Khalighi alleged to The Times.

Simmons, the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, said in a letter published Wednesday in the Hollywood Reporter that Khalighi, in subsequent conversations and in a meeting many years later, “never accused me of what she has said publicly.”

Tommy Keene
Tommy Keene (Mariela T. Huerta)

The  guitar pop singer and songwriter Tommy Keene, whose death was announced on Thursday, wasn’t a household name. Among masters of the craft, however, he was considered one of the best songwriters of his generation, and many of them lined up to celebrate an artist whose knack for melody and hook propelled his cult-classic albums, including “Songs From the Film,” “Based on Happy Times” and “Isolation Party.”

Keene’s death was confirmed by his publicist, Cary Baker, who wrote that “the 59 year-old Keene passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his sleep at his Los Angeles area home on Wednesday.” 

A major figure in the so-called “power pop” movement that sprouted in the 1970s and ‘80s, Keene worked alongside or inspired kindred spirits including the dBs, Matthew Sweet, Guided by Voices, the Replacements and Ted Leo. Like those he affected, Keene focused on three- and four-minute songs that adhered to — and thrived within — the strictures of classic American popular song structure.


Actress Uma Thurman posted a Thanksgiving message on Thursday that further illuminated her recent statement expressing anger at revelations of sexual misconduct in the film industry. 

In a mid-October red carpet video interview, Thurman indicated she was hesitant to address the issue because “I’m not a child and I’ve learned that when I’ve spoken in anger, I usually regret the way I express myself.”

The actress is perhaps best known for her work with director Quentin Tarantino, whose films including “Pulp Fiction” and the “Kill Bill” series were financed by film mogul Harvey Weinstein. The executive has been the subject of dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Going through a difficult chapter of your life is hard enough. To then have a camera in your face while you're doing it? I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy's dog.