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Matt Lauer is Fired from the Today Show After Allegations of Sexual Harassment

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Matt Lauer fired from The Today Show over Sexual harassment allegationsIt seems like every day there is some depressing news about another high-powered celeb and a sexual harassment scandal. This time, it’s Matt Lauer’s name in the news and he has been fired from his position as host from The Today Show. The news was released this morning that NBC has decided to let the long time host go. The news came a shock to fans of the show and the details of his firing are scandalous. Over the course of today, the details have started to emerge. Variety conducted a two month long investigation into the sexual harassment allegations.

Three women have come forward to talk with Variety about their accusations and several of their friends, family members and coworkers have backed up their stories. The women wished to remain unnamed in fear of potential professional repercussions. Lauer, boasting a $25 million a year annual salary, was let go due to a very detailed and very graphic complaint from a current NBC employee about inappropriate sexual conduct from Lauer that started on a trip at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and then continued on for several months.

NBC said in a statement that this the first complaint about his behavior in over 20 years and acknowledged that it may not be the last. NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said, “We were also presented with reason to believe that this may not have been an isolated incident.”

This statement has been contradicted by the women interviewed by Variety. The woman claimed that they complained to the network but that the complaints fell on deaf ears. The claim it was to keep Lauer happy thanks to the advertising money that he brought to the network.

The accusations against him are pretty salacious. According to the article, Lauer gave a colleague a sex toy as a present. It included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her, which humiliated and embarrassed the woman. Another accusation is that he would ask different female employees to come to his office and then show him his penis. He would also ask female employees detailed questions about their sexual partners. He would make lewd comments to women or would text them sexually explicit messages.

It was reported that Lauer had a pattern of becoming intensely interested in a young, female producer and then show interest in her career. He would typically engage in this pattern usually at the Olympics. He would invite a female colleague over to his hotel room late at night while covering the Olympics in various countries over the years.

He behavior was no secret over the years. Some of the people interviewed for the article said that the management was well aware of his behavior but kept it under wraps. Rumors have circulated that even his wife was aware of his lewd behavior.

The article states that the employees were town on what to do about it. They all felt like if they complained about Lauer, they would that would face the wrath of Lauer and potential unemployment. Lauer would also pass on stories about cheating husbands or infidelities and it was reported that the situation around the studio became tense around the time of the Roger Ailes and Harvey Weinstein scandals because he had to keep up the conversation about sexual harassment even though he had a reputation for sexually harassing women.

The co-anchors of the show have been making their own statements about the situation and everyone of them appear to be shocked by the allegations. Savannah Gunthrie looked shaken as she announced the news this morning. Multiple celebrities have also tweeted out condemning Lauer and his actions. So far, he has not made his own statement regarding the firing and allegations.

Meghan Markle Says Yes! The ex-Suits Star Engaged to Prince Harry

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prince-harry-meghan-markle-engagementAfter a lot of speculation for the last few months, it has finally been formally announced that Prince Harry will wed Meghan Markle in Spring of 2018. The announcement came today much to the delight of royal watchers everywhere. Since the beginning of their rumored relationship, fans were waiting to see whether a royal engagement was in the future for this couple. Prince Harry proposed earlier this month after getting permission from the Queen.

The couple made their first public appearance since the announcement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace. It was noted that the Sunken Garden was a favorite of the later Princess Diana. Reporters were on hand to ask questions and when asked “When did you know she was the one?” and he replied: “From the very first time we met”. Both of them expressed their happiness and said they were both thrilled about the engagement.

Meghan Markle also showed off a gorgeous engagement ring. The center diamond was a 2.5 caret beauty from Botswana. The country is special to Prince Harry because he visited it multiple times as a child and he went on a safari with Meghan Markle in September. The main diamond is  flanked by two diamonds that belonged to his mother, Princess Diana. The band is made of gold and the ring was made by Cleave and Company, the Court Jewellers and Medallists to The Queen.

The Queen and Prince Philip said that they are, “delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness”. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said in a joint statement, “We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together”.

The couple will move into Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace next door to his brother William and sister-in-law Kate. Meghan has resigned from her show Suits and has already been making the preparations to move to London long before the engagement was announced.

There are no further details about the wedding but we will report once the details are announced!

 

Elon Musk gets Super Candid about Love and Life in New Rolling Stone Interview

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Elon-Musk opens up in a Rolling Stone Interview Elon Musk opened up like never before in his latest interview with Rolling Stone. The SpaceX and Tesla CEO sat down with the publication to discuss Musk’s latest ambitions and the future of his company and the future of the world. The ever ambitious inventor and entrepreneur opened up about his personal life that caught his fans by surprise. The billionaire is also so cool, calm and collected and this very personal side of him that came out in this interview showed a softer side of him.

The interview began by him explaining his frustrations over those who want him to fail. Musk was looking at short losses and explained to the Rolling Stone journalist how much it really bothers him that people are betting against him and his companies. “They’re jerks who want us to die,” Musk says. “They’re constantly trying to make up false rumors and amplify any negative rumors. It’s a really big incentive to lie and attack my integrity. It’s really awful. It’s…” the journalist then tried to fill in the gap by saying that it was unethical but Musk answered that it was actually hurtful. The interview then opened the door to showing a different side of Musk. It showed Musk as a man and not just the billionaire inventor looking to save the world.

Most interviews or editorials about Musk talk about his successes and his companies. The New York Times has referred to him as “arguably the most successful and important entrepreneur in the world”, a heavy title for any person but Musk wears it well. He has an ability to shake off his failures and see them as lessons learned rather than let them destroy him. He seems almost unshakeable and his sense of humor in the face of adversity is on of the reasons that he has become so successful.

People usually see him in this light and have built him up to almost myth-like status. He is many things, an engineer, an inventor, and a “technologist” as Musk refers to himself as. His own brother has described him as a brilliant strategist. “There’s a thing in chess where you can see 12 moves ahead if you’re a grandmaster, his brother Kimbal said. “And in any particular situation, Elon can see things 12 moves ahead.”

But this interview shed some light on Musk’s private life in a way that no interview had done before. And one point during the interview, the journalist tried to ask about the Model 3 launch when Musk asked if he could take a break because he needed to unload some stuff from his mind. When he got back,  Musk offered some information about his personal life to explain why he was struggling. “I just broke up with my girlfriend,” he says hesitantly. “I was really in love, and it hurt bad. Well, she broke up with me more than I broke up with her, I think.”

The Model 3 launch was the highlight of Tesla’s year. The much hyped, affordable electric car is still facing some production line issues but that hasn’t stopped the excitement around the car. Everyone was excited about this event and naturally the journalist wanted a post-mortem about the event but Musk told its something surprising.

Musk then explained that, “I’ve been in severe emotional pain for the last few weeks,” Musk elaborates. “Severe. It took every ounce of will to be able to do the Model 3 event and not look like the most depressed guy around. For most of that day, I was morbid. And then I had to psych myself up: drink a couple of Red Bulls, hang out with positive people and then, like, tell myself: ‘I have all these people depending on me. All right, do it!'”

The revelation was shocking based on the fact that Model 3 launch was a success and Musk appeared as he always did, he was outgoing, energetic, and engaging. It came as a surprise that he was emotionally struggling over the loss of his relationship with Amber Heard.

The interview was highly emotional and it exposed a side to Musk that has never been seen. Musk is a man of many talents and ambitions but it seems like the next big step for Musk is finding love.

 

Kim Kardashian Perfume Made $10 Million in 24 Hours

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Whether you love her or hate her, the woman knows how to sell a product. After a lot of teasers on Instagram, Kim Kardashian West finally released her perfume. Her latest perfume launch netted $10 million in exactly 24 hours. The most interesting part of the perfume release was the newest perfume was only available online. Customers never even had the chance to smell the perfume before purchasing it and they bought it anyway. It has been rumored that the scents are set to sell out by Thursday night.

The reality tv star had three fragrances for sale because she could’t just pick one that she liked. The base of the fragrances is Gardenia which Kim considers her signature scent. The three scents, Crystal Gardenia, Crystal Gardenia Oud and Crystal Gardenia Citrus are all packaged in translucent, crystal-shaped bottles that only lay flat on the surface. All three feature a combination of rose and gardenia but each scent is geared towards a specific part of the world. Crystal Gardenia Citrus is inspired by the Asian market and contains hints of orange, lemon and pomelo and the Crystal Gardenia Oud scent is inspired by the Middle East in mind and contains hints of bergamot, lavender and musk. Only 300,000 bottles were made so this will be a limited run. Once they are gone, they are gone.

Kim Kardashian got the inspiration for the scents and the packaging from her Paris robbery incident of all places. She said that after that horrible experience, she focused on creating a calming and healing environment for herself. After the robbery, friends brought over healing crystals that Kim claims helped her through the difficult time. She channeled that energy into creating a a new line of perfumes. She told People that, “I really loved the idea of being so pure and taking that time to do what makes you happy and heal from everything you have going on in this crazy, chaotic life. I just wanted to create fragrances that made me feel happy and calm.”

So far the reviews have been all over the map. Elle.com editors mostly panned the fragrance describing it as “potpourri mixed with weird brand-less gummy candies”, “It smells like the mall”,and “Seventh grade camp counselor”. However, reviewers at Coveteur.com gave the fragrance more rave reviews. It was described by them as “old school feminine”, “smell like a tropical vacation” and “smells fresh, professional and like a summer in the Hamptons!”.

Let us know if you have had the chance to sample the perfume, we would love to hear your thoughts!

 

Disgraced Former Rep. Anthony Weiner Reports to Prison

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Anthony Weiner reports to prison to serve out his sentenceAfter many years of publicly humiliating himself due to his sordid and illegal extramarital affairs, Anthony Weiner is finally going to prison for sexting and underage girl. He reported to prison this morning at the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts. The facility offers treatment for sex offenders. Weiner will serve a 21- month sentence for sexting a 15- year old girl. There is a potential for early release for good behavior. He would get 15% of the 21 months if he complies by all rules while serving his time.

The New York rep. resigned his U.S.House seat in 2011 admit a sexting controversy and while that was being investigated, it was found that one of the multiple women he was sexting with during that time was a 15 year-old girl.

He was sentenced last September for transferring obscene material to a minor. Th judge said that the crime was a result of a “very strong compulsion”. During his trial, Weiner stated that he was undergoing therapy because he acknowledged that he was a very sick man. At sentencing in Manhattan federal court, his attorney Arlo Devlin-Brown said his client likely exchanged thousands of messages with and estimated hundreds of women over the years. He was communicating with up to 19 women when he begun communication with the teenager.

It was reported that he spent yesterday with his son to be ex-wife, Huma Abedin, and 5 year-old son. She filed for divorce after his guilty plea for sexting the underage girl. During their first divorce hearing, Abedin’s lawyer asked the judge to keep the divorce proceedings private for the sake of their son. The judge did not rule from the bench on that request at the time but said that, “I appreciate the parties’ request to keep this as quiet as possible, but as a practical matter, it does not appear to me that despite your attempt to have this be anonymous, it’s particularly anonymous.”

 

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