Showing posts with label SEXUAL HARASSMENT. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SEXUAL HARASSMENT. Show all posts

Monday, April 30, 2018

ASHLEY JUDD SLAPS LAWSUIT ON HARVEY WEINSTEIN

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DIRTY HARVEY WEINSTEIN
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Ashley Judd On ABC News




ABC News’ “World News Tonight” featured an exclusive interview with actress Ashley Judd.



ABC NEWS STORY BY: ENJOLI FRANCIS -- Actress Ashley Judd and her lawyers have filed a lawsuit today against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, claiming that he damaged her career by blocking her from getting major movie roles in retaliation for turning down his advances.



"I lost career opportunity. I lost money. I lost status and prestige and power in my career as a direct result of having been sexually harassed and rebuffing the sexual harassment," Judd told ABC News today. "My career opportunities, after having been defamed by Harvey Weinstein, were significantly diminished. ... My career was damaged because I rebuffed Mr. Weinstein's sexual advances. I know it for a fact."



In October, Judd sat down with ABC News' Diane Sawyer in her first television interview about her Weinstein allegations.



Nearly seven months since then, Judd said her experiences have been really positive.



Judd, who said she had not heard from Weinstein, said she would donate any monetary damages from the lawsuit to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund.



Ashley Judd on post-Weinstein Hollywood: 'I’m more connected to this community again'


How Ashley Judd fought off Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment


In December, "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson spoke to the New Zealand publication Stuff and said that Weinstein made him blacklist certain female stars, including Judd.



Judd said today that learning of that had made her feel "very sad." She told ABC News that she was up for a role in the film and then "radio silence."



"It's very upsetting, you know," she said. "It was a special time to be invited into their offices. ... Then all of a sudden, mysteriously, we never heard back."



Weinstein has denied all allegations of sexual assault and has not commented on Judd's lawsuit. Last year, Weinstein's spokesperson said that while Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of Jackson's film, they had no input on the casting whatsoever.



A spokesperson for the movie executive told The New Yorker in a prior statement: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."



"Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual," according to the full statement from Weinstein's spokesperson. "Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance."


Courtesy Of ABC News / Disney


Thursday, March 01, 2018

DOLLY PARTON TELLS NIGHTLINE NEW 9 TO 5 REBOOT

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Dolly Parton


Tonight on “Nightline,” ABC News correspondent David Wright sits down with Dolly Parton to discuss being an advocate for literacy, sexual harassment, the ‘9 to 5’ reboot, of which she says her and her co-stars decided they “are going to do another one,” and more.


The full interview airs tonight on “Nightline” at 12:35 am ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

DIRTY HARVEY WEINSTEIN GETS SLAPPED IN HIS FACE



Dirty Harvey Weinstein Gets Slapped




TMZ -- Disgraced filmmaker Harvey Weinstein got slapped in the face and cursed out by a restaurant patron as he left an Arizona eatery Tuesday, new video reveals.



Weinstein — who is accused of sexual harassment, assault or rape by dozens of women — was walking out of Elements in Scottsdale after dinner when a man, only identified as Steve, hit him twice in the face with his backhand, according to TMZ, which published the footage.


"Get the f--k out of here," the man says in the video. "Get your f--ing a-- out of here. You're a f---ing piece of s--t."


Weinstein stumbled a bit after Steve slapped his face before quickly leaving. Weinstein opted not to call the police following the incident.



Steve had gone up to Weinstein, 65, earlier in the evening and asked him to take a photo, but Weinstein declined, a restaurant manager told TMZ. The manager said Weinstein was "sweet" about saying no, and that Steve appeared to be drunk when he approached Weinstein again later that evening.



Steve also informed the celebrity gossip website that he had "quite a bit to drink" before he went up to Weinstein.



Weinstein went to Scottsdale in October and took part in a therapy program there after sexual misconduct allegations against him rapidly began to emerge. He has kept a mostly low-profile amid the scandal and but has been photographed several times since the accusations first surfaced.



Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lupita N'yongo and Ashley Judd are among the women to accuse Weinstein of making an unwanted sexual advance toward them early in their careers. Rose McGowan is one of several women to accuse Weinstein of rape.

 Video VIA TMZ

Monday, December 18, 2017

TAVIS SMILEY FIRES BACK: PBS MADE A HUGE MISTAKE


Tavis Smiley On GMA



ABC NEWS -- Tavis Smiley fires back at sexual harassment allegations: 'PBS made a huge mistake'.



Talk-show host Tavis Smiley defended himself again against sexual harassment allegations today on "Good Morning America," saying, "PBS made a huge mistake here."



PBS suspended the distribution of his eponymous talk show earlier this month after an investigation, noting "multiple, credible allegations," the network confirmed to ABC News in a statement.



During a live sit-down interview, Smiley, 53, reiterated that "I've never groped, I've never coerced" women into sexual relations on his staff "in 30 years over six different networks."



He added, "I celebrate and applaud these women who had the courage to come out," but he's concerned that because of the recent climate, "people end up being guilty simply by accusations."



A PBS spokesperson added, "PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today's decision."



Smiley previously denied the allegations and criticized the investigation in a video posted to Facebook.



"If having a consensual relationship with a colleague years ago is the stuff that leads to this kind of public humiliation and personal destruction, heaven help us," he said. "This has gone too far. And I, for one, intend to fight back."



"To be clear, I have never groped, coerced, or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career, covering 6 networks over 30 years. Never. Ever. Never," he said.



 "The PBS investigators refused to review any of my personal documentation, refused to provide me the names of any accusers, refused to speak to my current staff, and refused to provide me any semblance of due process to defend myself against allegations from unknown sources," Smiley added. "Their mind was made up."



But in a separate statement, PBS defended their investigation.




A sponsor for his talk show, Walmart, paused their relationship with him in light of the investigation.



"We take these issues very seriously and are troubled by the recent allegations," the company said in a statement obtained by ABC News. "As a result, we are suspending our relationship with Mr. Smiley, pending the outcome of the PBS investigation."



Walmart was also backing Smiley's upcoming tour, titled "Death of a King: A Live Theatrical Experience," based on his 2014 book of the same name. The show, centered on the life of Martin Luther King Jr., was expected to reach 40 cities nationwide until it was cancelled by its production company, according to a statement obtained by ABC News.



A statement from Mills Entertainment read, "In light of the recent allegations concerning Tavis Smiley, Mills Entertainment will not be moving forward with the 'Death of a King' project at this time. We believe deeply in the message of this production and the importance of commemorating Dr. King in this crucial moment; however, we take seriously the allegations and will be suspending our relationship with Tavis Smiley and T.S. Productions."



"The Tavis Smiley Show" has aired on PBS for 14 seasons.


Video Courtesy Of: ABC / Disney

 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

POPCORN WITH PETER TRAVERS & MATT DAMON


Matt Damon On Popcorn With Peter Travers





During a taping of ABC News’ “Popcorn With Peter Travers,” Matt Damon opened up in a wide-ranging discussion about Harvey Weinstein and others inside and outside the entertainment world who have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct this year. His full interview will be available to watch beginning Wednesday, December 27, on ABCNews.com/popcorn, the ABC News apps and on streaming platforms including AppleTV, Roku, Xbox One and Hulu.






Matt Damon opens up about Harvey Weinstein, sexual harassment and confidentiality agreements.



Matt Damon addressed the sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein, saying, “I knew I wouldn’t want him married to anyone close to me.”



“But that was the extent of what we knew. I mean, and that wasn’t a surprise to anybody. So when you hear Harvey this, Harvey that — I mean, look at the guy. Of course he’s a womanizer,” Damon continued in an interview for ABC News’ “Popcorn With Peter Travers.”



Damon, who stars in the upcoming film “Downsizing,” worked with Weinstein on his Oscar-winning film “Good Will Hunting,” which was produced by Weinstein’s production company Miramax.



In the past year, several women have publicly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Weinstein has acknowledged inappropriate behavior but has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.



“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances,” his spokesman previously said.



In a wide-ranging discussion with Travers on Tuesday, Damon opened up about Weinstein and others inside and outside the entertainment world who have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct this year.



Read part of Damon’s conversation with Travers below.



Peter Travers: We live now in a different age, in a political age. There’s a lot of dissidence that goes on in the world that could affect you as an actor. We’re also in the age of people charged with sexual misconduct. This is everywhere. How do you react to that? Especially you, as the father of four girls.



Matt Damon: I think we’re in this watershed moment. I think it’s great. I think it’s wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories, and it’s totally necessary … I do believe that there’s a spectrum of behavior, right? And we’re going to have to figure — you know, there’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right? Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right? You know, we see somebody like Al Franken, right? — I personally would have preferred if they had an Ethics Committee investigation, you know what I mean? It’s like at what point — you know, we’re so energized to kind of get retribution, I think.



And we live in this culture of outrage and injury, and, you know, that we’re going to have to correct enough to kind of go, “Wait a minute. None of us came here perfect.” You know what I mean? … The Louis C.K. thing, I don’t know all the details. I don’t do deep dives on this, but I did see his statement, which kind of, which [was] arresting to me. When he came out and said, “I did this. I did these things. These women are all telling the truth.” And I just remember thinking, “Well, that’s the sign of somebody who — well, we can work with that” … Like, when I’m raising my kids, this constant personal responsibility is as important as anything else they learn before they go off in the world.



And the fear for me is that right now, we’re in this moment where at the moment — and I hope it doesn’t stay this way — the clearer signal to men and to younger people is, deny it. Because if you take responsibility for what you did, your life’s going to get ruined …



I mean, look, as I said, all of that behavior needs to be confronted, but there is a continuum. And on this end of the continuum where you have rape and child molestation or whatever, you know, that’s prison. Right? And that’s what needs to happen. OK? And then we can talk about rehabilitation and everything else. That’s criminal behavior, and it needs to be dealt with that way. The other stuff is just kind of shameful and gross, and I just think … I don’t know Louis C.K.. I’ve never met him. I’m a fan of his, but I don’t imagine he’s going to do those things again. You know what I mean? I imagine the price that he’s paid at this point is so beyond anything that he — I just think that we have to kind of start delineating between what these behaviors are.



PT: It’s harder, isn’t it, though, when you actually know someone who gets accused? We both know Harvey Weinstein. I’ve worked with him. But I didn’t see any of this.



MD: When you see Al Franken taking a picture putting his hands on that woman’s flak jacket and mugging for the camera, going like that, you know, that is just like a terrible joke, and it’s not funny. It’s wrong, and he shouldn’t have done that … But when you talk about Harvey and what he’s accused of, there are no pictures of that. He knew he was up to no good. There’s no witnesses. There’s no pictures. There’s no braggadocio … So they don’t belong in the same category.



PT: I think it becomes for all of us, too, that are in any way around it, even though we’re not seeing it, is, what’s our responsibility to make sure it doesn’t happen?



MD: A lot of people said, ‘Well, Harvey — everybody knew.’ As you were saying, that’s not true. Everybody knew what kind of guy he was in the sense that if you took a meeting with him, you knew that he was tough and he was a bully, and that was his reputation. And he enjoyed that reputation, because he was making the best movies out there …



[With regard to the rape allegations,] nobody who made movies for him knew … Any human being would have put a stop to that, no matter who he was. They would’ve said absolutely no. You know what I mean? … I knew I wouldn’t want him married to anyone close to me. But that was the extent of what we knew, you know? And that wasn’t a surprise to anybody. So when you hear Harvey this, Harvey that — I mean, look at the guy. Of course he’s a womanizer … I mean, I don’t hang out with him.


PT: But you can’t live his life for him. Or be responsible for his life.



MD: Right. So the question is, at what point does somebody’s behavior that you have a professional relationship with … away from the profession bother enough that you don’t want to work with them? For me, I’ve always kind of, you know, as long as nobody’s committing a crime — well, that’s your life, and you go live it. I don’t need to be spending time with you, away from my professional life, at least.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

THE VIEW TALKS MATT LAUER TODAY SHOW ALLEGATIONS


Matt Lauer Conversation @ The View



Hot Topics @ The View: Matt Lauer fired from NBC over sexual misconduct allegations.


"This was really hard for me to hear because I grew up at the Today show and I worked with Matt for years and years," Sara Haines said of her experience at NBC after the long-time anchor was fired due to "inappropriate sexual behavior."


"He was someone that cheerleaded for me and supported me — and as I know Savannah said, he was extremely beloved there."


"I do commend the person with the bravery who comes out to speak about any of this type of behavior."


"I feel for my friends over there today because I know it's a dark day there at the Today show — it's just hard."


Monday, November 20, 2017

REVEALED HANDWRITTEN NOTE FROM SEN. FRANKEN

Leeann Tweeden On The View



Revealed handwritten note from Sen. Franken




Leeann Tweeden spoke out about sexual misconduct allegations against Sen. Al Franken




Tweeden read the note: "It says, ‘Dear Leeann, I want to apologize to you personally. I don't know what was in my head when I took that picture. But that doesn't matter. There's no excuse. I understand why you can feel violated by that photo. I remember that rehearsal differently. But what's important is the impact on you and you felt violated by my actions, and for that I apologize. I have tremendous respect for your work for the USO. And I am ashamed that my actions ruined that experience for you. I am so sorry. Sincerely, Al Franken.'"



According to Tweeden, Franken also asked to meet with her personally.



Shared her story and why she spoke out



Tweeden discussed the bystanders' role in the now-infamous photo on a USO airplane, and talks about what she wants from Franken going forward.






Reacted to Pres. Trump's tweet



"This whole last 24 hours of my life have been overwhelming and surreal and then to have the president of the United States tweeting about you and this picture is — I almost don't even know what to say," Tweeden said in response to Trump's tweet.



Photo Courtesy of: ABC / Disney


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

ASHLEY JUDD & KRISH VIGNARAJAH HARASSMENT PLAN

Ashley Judd



Yesterday, Ashley Judd helped Krish Vignarajah, formerly First Lady Michelle Obama’s policy director who is now running for Maryland Governor, release a bold plan to combat sexual harassment and violence by taking aim at government, businesses, and schools.



“Sexual predators exploit a culture of silence and impunity driven by differences in power and status,” said Ashley Judd, actor and humanitarian. “Krish’s policy will both help shed light on rampant sexual harassment and create concrete solutions that improve gender norms.”



Under the proposal, for the first time ever, all individuals seeking public office or state funding in Maryland would be required to disclose if they have engaged in sexual harassment or violence. The policy will also address sexual harassment in schools and create the first dedicated Office of Sexual Assault to investigate reports and support survivors.



Ashley is an advisor to Krish and played an integral part in the development of this strategy.



PRESS RELEASE



BALTIMORE, Maryland – Gubernatorial Candidate Krish Vignarajah released a comprehensive, first-in-the-nation plan to combat sexual harassment and sexual violence in Maryland. Committed to ending the culture of misogyny and its toxic effects in business and government and on school and college campuses, Krish announced a bold proposal to (1) create an Office of Sexual Harassment and Violence charged with incentivizing independent audits of harassment in government and business workplaces, certifying gold-standard employers, ensuring wraparound services for survivors, and supporting law enforcement to end the rape kit backlog; (2) require disclosure to confirm those seeking public employment or state business have no history of sexual harassment and violence; and (3) ensure that all college, high school and middle school students—not just men—are educated early and often about robust concepts of consent.