Stormy Daniels, Michael Cohen Lawyers Go Sideways on CNN: ‘Thug Thug Thug Thug’ (Video)

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Lawyers for Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen tore up CNN Monday evening just hours after news broke that Daniels would sue Cohen for defamation.

“Let’s talk about Michael Cohen. What kind of man this is?” asked Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti. “The guy doesn’t even know the law. He’s a thug. Your friend is a thug. A thug. Thug. Thug. Thug. Thug.”

Cohen’s lawyer David Schwartz welcomed the barbs saying they were only increasing the final financial judgement they would collect from Daniels.

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“Thank you, that’s a million dollars, a millions dollars, a million dollars,” he said.

Also on hand during the exchange was CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who stayed mostly silent. During an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday, he described the feeling of witnessing the verbal battle as being awash in a certain male hormone.

“All the testosterone was washing over me,” he said to laugher on set. “I had to take a shower after.”

“There is a provision in the contract that suggests each violation is a million dollars, ” said Toobin, adding, “But we were in a silly zone there.”

On Monday Stormy Daniels upped the ante against Team Trump by announcing that she would sue longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen for defamation.

Daniels asserts that she had a consensual affair with Donald Trump back in 2006 and is now fighting to be released from an NDA she signed shortly before the election. Her legal team has argued that the agreement is null because Donald Trump didn’t sign it.

President Trump has denied that any affair ever took place.

Watch Daniels’ and Cohen’s lawyers go at it in the video above.

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Patty Hearst Inspired Drama ‘American Heiress’ Canceled by Fox

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20th Century Fox has canceled its Patty Hearst drama “American Heiress,” the studio announced Thursday.

“Twentieth Century Fox Film and its production partners have decided to cancel the studio’s planned project based on the book “American Heiress,” a studio spokesperson said in a statement obtained by TheWrap.

The project, which would recounted how Hearst was kidnapped by and subsequently forced to join the left wing terrorist group Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), was based on the 2016 book “American Heiress” by Jeffrey Toobin. Elle Fanning was attached to star with “Logan” director James Mangold behind the camera.

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The studio canceled the film after Hearst said in a statement that she was “saddened and appalled” by the project, and by the fact that it was largely headed up by men. She decried Fox, Toobin and CNN, which is producing a documentary also based on the book, for what she called “a one-sided dialogue romanticizing my torture and rape.”

“This project is attempting to rewrite history and directly flies in the face of the present #MeToo movement where so much progress is being made in regard to listening, and providing a voice, to those who have suffered abuse,” Hearst continued.

In 1974, Hearst, granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, was abducted from her Berkeley, Ca. apartment by the SLA and soon began participating in the group’s criminal activities, including a bank robbery. She was captured by law enforcement 19 months after her kidnapping, and her subsequent trial became a media sensation.

Hearst testified during her that she had been subjected to torture, gaslighting, and repeated rapes during her time with SLA, and that she joined the group to save her life. Despite this, she was sentenced to 35 years in prison, but her sentence was commuted by President Carter, and she was later pardoned by Bill Clinton.

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Patricia Hearst Denounces Fox Biopic, CNN Documentary Series

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Patricia Hearst has slammed an upcoming Fox movie biopic and a CNN documentary series about her 1974 kidnapping. Hearst blasted author Jeffrey Toobin, whose unauthorized 2016 biography “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst” is being turned into the feature film and who is an executive producer of CNN’s “The […]

Patricia Hearst Slams Upcoming James Mangold Biopic & CNN Doc Series: “Romanticizing My Torture And Rape”

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Patricia Hearst, the heiress whose kidnapping became one of the most storied crimes of the 1970s, has issued a lengthy statement harshly denouncing upcoming film and TV projects based on her ordeal, and says she was inspired to do so by the MeToo movement and the Time’s Up presence at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony.
She had especially strong words for author Jeffrey Toobin, whose unauthorized biography American Heiress is being turned into the feature film and who is an…

Elle Fanning in Talks to Star as Patty Hearst in Fox Drama, James Mangold to Direct

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James Mangold is set to direct the Patty Hearst drama for Fox, with Elle Fanning in talks to star as the heiress, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The still untitled film will be an adaptation of Jeffrey Toobin’s best-selling “American Heiress,” and is set to delve into Toobin’s reporting on Hearst’s kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Mangold will produce the film with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. The screenplay was written by Larry Karaszewski & Scott Alexander and Mangold.

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In 1974, Hearst, granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, was abducted from her Berkeley, California, apartment by the terrorist group, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA).

The 19-month FBI/police search and the subsequent capture of Hearst, who turned into a SLA sympathizer and changed her name to Tania, captivated the nation and played out on the nightly news through the course of her trial.

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Mangold recently directed “Logan” and “The Wolverine,” and is serving as an executive producer on “The Greatest Showman,” which is hitting theaters this month. He is represented by Management 360, WME and Block-Korenbrot Public Relations.

Fanning’s recent credits include “20th Century Women” and “The Beguiled.” She is represented by WME, Echo Lake Entertainment and Slate PR.

Variety first reported the news.

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Obama Breaks Silence On Harvey Weinstein: “Michelle And I Have Been Disgusted”

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Former President Barack Obama this evening issued a statement about major campaign contributor Harvey Weinstein, who is now the subject of multiple exposés in which women alleged he assaulted, sexually harassed them over decades.
Obama’s statement:
Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports of Harvey Weinstein. Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status. We should celebrate…

Patty Hearst, the Kennedy Family Focus of New CNN Series

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Patty Hearst and the Kennedy family are the subjects of two of the five new original CNN series, network president Jeff Zucker announced Wednesday.

“American Heiress: The Patty Hearst Story,” is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book about one of the most bizarre stories in modern American history.

“Kennedys: An American Dynasty,” is a six-part series that examines how personal relationships within the Kennedys helped shaped national and global events from the Cold War to the Wall Street crash.

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In addition, the network announced “Detroit 1963: Once in a Great City,” a four-part series will aim will examine a period of time when Detroit’s auto industry was booming and Motown ruled the radio. Emmy Award winners Anthony Bourdain and Lydia Tenaglia will executive produce.

“Pope” is a a six-part series that goes inside the Vatican to reveal the true power held by popes throughout the ages.

And “1968: The Year that Changed America” is a four part series that looks back at 1968. Tom Hanks is listed as an executive producer.

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The network also announced new seasons of “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown,” United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell,” “This is Life with Lisa Ling,” “The History of Comedy,” “Believer with Reza Aslan,” “The Wonder List with Bill Weir” and “The Hunt with John Walsh.”

Wednesday’s upfront came at a good time for the network, as CNN’s prime-time ratings rose 53 percent last week to nearly 1.2 million viewers on average over the previous week

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