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Aziz Ansari is the Latest to be Accused, but is it the Same?

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aziz_ansari_accused of sexual assault Over the weekend, there was a report published by Babe about an incident involving a woman and the famous comedian, Anziz Ansari. There were allegations that after a date with the actor she felt uncomfortable with certain events that transpired on the date. She claims that she used verbal and non verbal clues to let him know that she was not comfortable in the direction things were moving but that he ignored her. She claims that what happened was sexual assault but her story however feels a little suspicious.

Normally, here at CelebVoice, we want to give the victim’s a voice. We want to spread the stories of the powerful men who hurt and take advantage of woman in vulnerable positions.  This story about Ansari does seems seem to be the same.

The woman, given the pseudonym Grace to protect her identity, said that she met Anasir at the 2017 Emmy Awards After party. They bonded over the photography and later he asked for her number. She was excited that she was meeting a celebrity and that he was texting her. He asked her to hang out and she was over the moon. She carefully picked out an outfit and spend time texting friends asking their advice.

The date started off by her going to his apartment in TriBeCa and drinking wine before the date. She gives details about the dinner conversation but she felt like he was eager to leave. He got the check and then they headed back to his apartment. When they got back, this is where the story seems to be less like sexual assault and more like a terrible one night stand.

She says that he moved too fast when they got into the apartment. According to the article in Babehe started kissing and groping her immediately. She said, “When Ansari told her he was going to grab a condom within minutes of their first kiss, Grace voiced her hesitation explicitly. “I said something like, ‘Whoa, let’s relax for a sec, let’s chill.’” She says he then resumed kissing her, briefly performed oral sex on her, and asked her to do the same thing to him. She did, but not for long. “It was really quick. Everything was pretty much touched and done within ten minutes of hooking up, except for actual sex.”

She then talks about how she keeps telling him to slow down and give him clues that she wasn’t interested but she stayed at the apartment. There reached a point where she felt so uncomfortable that she went to the bathroom to collect herself and when she reemerged, he asked if she was ok. She said, “I said I don’t want to feel forced because then I’ll hate you, and I’d rather not hate you.”

This prompted Ansari to say, “Oh, of course, it’s only fun if we’re both having fun.” Which Grace found to be sweet. He then recognized that things needed to slow down. Things did indeed slow down but then according to her, he tried to have sex again. Ultimately, after many attempts, Grace then decided she had had enough and told him she was leaving. He then called her a cab and let her go. It was after the date that she started texting with friends and she decided that it was sexual assault.

Aziz Anasir accused of sexual assault

The next day she texted him and told him that their encore made her feel uncomfortable and then he apologized. He gave her a heart felt apology and she still decided to go public with her story. The article is scathing and paints Ansari as a sexual predator on the same level as Harvey Weinstein.

This seems to a misjudgment on part of both Grace and the author of the Babe article. I believe that it muddies the waters and takes away from those women who have suffered from terrible violations. It makes women who have come forward seem like their are just trying to get revenge. This strikes me more of a really bad hook up. I think that Ansari was not able to read these cues that Grace says were so obvious, it sounds like those cues were not as obvious as she makes it sound. He apologized in such  heart felt way that it is hard to believe that he is a sexual predator. Does he suck at reading signs, most likely but to paint him with the same brush that has been used to paint men like Kevin Spacey is irresponsible. We need to focus on the sexual predators who are hurting and actually violating women.

Ansari has since released his own statement. In his statement he said:

“In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date. We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual.

The next day, I got a text from her saying that although ‘it may have seemed okay,’ upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said.

I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.”

 

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!

 

Popular lifestyle hospitality company, sbe Entertainment Group, Expanding into the Middle East

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For anyone familiar with the entertainment industry in California, there is one company that is considered the premier hospitality company. sbe Entertainment Group is well known in the city for their nightclubs, hotels and restaurants. Anyone who spends a lot of time out in the LA night scene has most likely patronized sbe’s trendy clubs and venues. Create, a personal favorite, has been one of the unique and well-known clubs in the city and people from around the world come to experience this once in a lifetime venue. sbe offers a wide variety of venues that cater to the rich, hip and fun. Recently, sbe has been in the news more recently for their expansion into the hotel industry. wanting to capitalize on their success that they have already experienced with their hotels located in the United States, the company is now expanding into the Middle East.

With successful hotels already located in London and Istanbul, and one opening in the Middle East later this year, sbe has appointed Chadi Farhat, as the new chief operating officer for the Middle East & Europe region. He will be transitioning out of his current role at the company as chief commercial officer into this new role in order to oversee sbe’s hotel portfolio expansion, overseeing the operations of current and future hotels as well as strengthening owner relationships. Farhat’s executive position plays a critical role within the recently assembled leadership team at sbe.

CEO of sbe, Sam Nazarian, believes that Farhat is the perfect addition to the executive team. The Middle East and Europe are core to the future of sbe. We’re planning to grow our hotel footprint significantly in this market over the next few years,” said Nazarian. “Not only does Chadi have extensive experience and knowledge of the region, but his passion for the brands is equally as strong.”

sbe’s hotel properties, restaurants and nightclubs have become the most sought after venues in the area and it will be interesting to watch the overseas success of this company as it grows.

 

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