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James Franco Becomes the Next Man in Hollywood to be Accused of Sexual Harassment

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Well James Franco has become the latest man to be accused of sexual harassment and there are now 5 women total that have come forward with allegations about Franco’s lewd behavior. Each of the female accusers attended Franco’s acting school, Studio 4. The women’s stories have been collaborated by multiple sources but Franco denies the women’s allegations.

The first allegations came out on Twitter after Franco won Best Actor for his portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in the The Disaster Artist. As the actor came up to accept his speech, eagle-eyed viewers noticed that Franco was wearing a Time’s Up pin in solidarity of the movement to help end sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood. For some women, this caused some anger. Sarah Tither-Kaplan was one of those women.

Tither-Kaplan was a student of Franco’s at the acting school and is one of the 5 women who are accusing Franco of sexual harassment. She took to her Twitter account and blasted out tweets that expressed her disgust with Franco.

James Franco is being accused of Sexual Assault

Tither-Kaplan then did an interview with The LA Times where she elaborated her claims. She told the publication that, “I feel there was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable.” She said that there was a particular incident that really upset her among other women at the acting school. She recounted a time where she was filming an on-screenorgy scene with both Franco and other women. She said that he removed protective plastic guards covering other actresses’ vaginas while simulating oral sex on them. The experience scarred Tither-Kaplan.

A second woman, Violet Paley, also used her Twitter account to express her disgust with Franco wearing the Time’s Up pin. She tweeted, “Cute pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?”

Paley said told The LA Times that she and Franco has a consensual relationship but that there was a particular incident that happened that made her very uncomfortable. She said, “I was talking to him, all of a sudden his penis was out. I got really nervous, and I said, ‘Can we do this later?’ He was kind of nudging my head down, and I just didn’t want him to hate me, so I did it.” She then got out of the situation by telling Franco that she saw someone watching from another car.

Franco’s attorney, Michael Plonsker, has disputed the women’s claims. Franco appeared on the Late Night with Seth Meyers and when asked about the tweets he said, “The [tweets] I read were not accurate. But one of the things I’ve learned is that this is a conversation that obviously needs to be had. There are people, women and others, who have not been a part of this conversation. And I truly believe they need to be part of this conversation. So that’s why I was wearing the pin and I support that.”

 

Tonya Harding Threatens to Walk out of Interview with Piers Morgan

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Tonya Harding threatens to walk out of interview with Piers Morgan The recent resurgence of Tonya Harding has angered some people based on her history and Piers Morgan seems to be one of those people. In a recent interview, Tonya Harding threatened to walk out of an interview with Good Morning Britain over some pointed questions Piers Morgan asked in regards to the claim that she had some prior knowledge of the attack on Nancy Kerrigan.

It was revealed a month ago that the 48 year-old former Olympic figure skater said that she had an idea that her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, and his co-conspirator, Shawn Eckhardt had hired a hitman to critically injure her biggest rival, Nancy Kerrigan.

Tonya Harding has recently enjoyed a renewed 15 minutes of fame thanks to the Golden Globes. Harding attended the Golden Globes because the movie based on her life I, Tonya was nominated for the categories of Best Supporting Actress in a Musical or a Comedy, Best Actress in a Musical or a Comedy, and Best Movie or Comedy.

Morgan first opened the interview by asking Harding how she felt about the movie and being able to attend the award show. She told Morgan that the experience was amazing. “It was absolutely wonderful, everyone was just fabulous, it was such an honour to be there with fantastic people, that have made me feel like my life is truly worth something and that my son can grow up knowing his mom is not a cheater.”

Morgan jumped on the opportunity to ask her about the previous statement that she had some kind of knowledge about the attack. Harding denied knowing about the attack and Morgan was incredulous. He then made a comment about Shawn Eckhardt being her bodyguard and Harding got upset. She denied that Eckhardt was her body guard and then told Morgan, “I respect you for trying to ask these questions, I’m here to talk about the future and what it means, my movie is going to help so many people, that it is OK to ask for help. So that’s why I’m here.”

Piers Morgan, not one to back down, responded with, “Maybe it suits you to play the victim, the victim was Nancy Kerrigan.”

Hardning at that point threatened to walk out of the interview. She said, “Thank you so much but I think I’m going to have to say have a good night.”

Morgan, acting shocked, asked if she was really going to leave and Harding pushed back saying that, “You weren’t letting me finish. I think many people are victims every day, people need to stand up for themselves, that abuse shouldn’t be happening anymore.”

Morgan then reiterated his point that Kerrigan is the real victim and once again started to push Harding about her prior knowledge of the attack. Harding once again said that she did not know anything about it. The interview ended with Harding once again saying that she didn’t know about the attack to which Morgan and his co-host Susanna bid Harding goodbye.

The movie I, Tonya details the disgraced skater’s life growing up with an abusive mother, played by Allison Janney, and her life with an abusive husband. The movie also covers the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan which ultimately led to Harding being stripped of her 1994 US Championship title and banned from participating in US Figure Skating Association events as either a skater or a coach for the rest of her life. Margot Robbie plays the role of Tonya Harding.

The List of Danny Masterson’s Accusers Grows Longer, 5th Woman Comes Forward

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5Th accuser steps forward with sexual assault allegationsDanny Masterson now has a 5th accuser that has come forward with more allegations against the That 70’s Show actor. The latest accuser is an ex-girlfriend of Masterson who alleges that he sexually assaulted her numerous times.

On Wednesday, actress Bobette Riales, tweeted out, “I stayed quiet long enough. Danny Masterson repeatedly raped me. All I seek is justice and to prevent this from ever happening to anyone else as it has for some time. My truth will be heard. I applaud her strength as well.”

Riales tagged another one of Masterson’s accusers in it along with the hashtags #metoo and #sisters. Chrissie Carnell-Bixler was the fourth accuser to come forward stating that Masterson had raped her. Bixler responded on Twitter saying, “Hey, my Twitter buddies, I just wanted to introduce and ask you to follow and show support to this incredibly brave and strong woman who I’ve recently come to know and is now forevermore my sister for life. Bobette Riales I’m in awe of you and strength,” Bixler wrote in response.”

Bixler also stated that the Church of Scientology helped to cover up her claim. She went to the church to tell them what happened and they ignored her. The LAPD has been investigating Masterson since the accusers started to come forward.

Masterson has hired Hollywood litigator Marty Singer and power lawyer Thomas Mesereau to serve as his criminal defense attorney. He released a statement saying, “From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit,” Masterson said in a statement. “I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused.”

Sarah Palin’s Son Arrested Again for Domestic Violence

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track-palin-arrested Track Palin is at it again. He was arrested over the weekend for charges of domestic violence, this would be his second arrest in two years for those keeping count at home.

Details are still a little sparse but he was reportedly arrested on Saturday in Wasilla, Alaska. He was arraigned on 3 separate charges of felony burglary, misdemeanor reckless assault, and misdemeanor criminal mischief. The criminal mischief charge was for causing about $500 in property damage.

The oldest son of former Alaska Governor is no stranger to the law. This is his second arrest and both times involved incidents of domestic violence.

The family attorney, John Tiemessen, said that Sarah and Todd Palin did not want to make a comment on the arrest but he did say that, “They ask that the family’s privacy is respected during this challenging situation just as others dealing with a struggling family member would also request.” Tiemessen said in a statement.

As reported in 2016, Track Palin was arrested for drunkenly assaulting a woman while carrying a firearm. He was charged with three misdemeanors: assault, interfering with reporting of a domestic violence crime, and a weapons charge. A 911 call was placed to police the night of the incident by both himself and his girlfriend after an argument that they had after a night out that turned violent. The girlfriend said that Track has punched her in the face and kicked her in the knee. He plead guilty to being intoxicated while possessing a firearm.

This appears to be a pattern with this individual. Details are still forth coming about this latest incident. In the past, his mother Sarah Palin alluded to the fact that Track suffers from PTSD. At the time of his first arrest she blamed the year-long military deployment in Iraq, “My son, like so many others, they come back a bit different, they come back hardened, they come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country.”

 

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.

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