Mira Sorvino & Richard Dreyfuss To Star In ‘Reckoning’ From Dark Castle Entertainment

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#MeToo Starts 2019 With Milestones, From ‘Surviving R Kelly’ to Kevin Spacey’s Charges

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After suffering a few setbacks in 2018, the #MeToo movement is starting 2019 with a run of milestones, from the new attention paid to R Kelly to the criminal charges against Kevin Spacey.

This year has already seen Kevin Spacey going to court to face a criminal charge; CBS choosing veteran producer Susan Zirinsky to be first the woman to lead the its news division; prosecutors in Chicago and Atlanta investigating accusations raised in Lifetime’s “Surviving R Kelly” documentary, and new sexual harassment protection laws, inspired by #MeToo, taking effect in 11 states.

The victories provide new inspiration to activists who suffered through Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court in the fall, despite accusations of sexual misconduct. (He denied them.) Activists were also disappointed and angry after The New York Times reported that Asia Argento, one of #MeToo’s most prominent voices, paid $380,000 to a young man who accused her of sexually assaulting him when he was 17. (She also denied any wrongdoing.)

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“There have been moments that have not been helpful to the movement, and I have no doubt there will be more,” Alyssa Milano, who helped popularize #MeToo, told TheWrap. “There is not going to be a perfect movement. S— is going to get broke and I think there will some small moments that we see as setback.”

“Surviving R Kelly” detailed accusations of abuse and sexual misconduct against the singer starting in the ’90s. It also looked into the circumstances surrounding his acquittal on 2002 child pornography charges. Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but denied the accusations in an interview with The Associated Press.

Some radio stations have stopped playing R Kelly’s music, and an Illinois concert was canceled.

“Lifetime took a risk that was brilliant and brave,” said #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, who was featured in the docuseries. “It was exactly what we need to bring this to the attention of the masses.”

The year began with a huge, systemic victory for the #MeToo movement, but also a sign that activists still  have differences to iron out.

Besides the new anti-harassment laws that took effect Jan. 1, California has passed a new law requiring women to be on corporate boards by the end of this year.

“What we’re seeing is a sisterhood forming all around the world,” actress Rosanna Arquette, who was one of the first to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, told TheWrap. “We have #MeToo in India now.”

But some #MeToo activists were puzzled by a video released by TimesUp on New Year’s Day. Hollywood activists started TimesUp in part to respond to the issues raised by the #MeToo movement, which caught fire in 2017 after numerous women accused Weinstein of offenses ranging from harassment to rape. (He has denied any non-consensual sex.)

The TimesUp video raised eyebrows because it failed to include a single Weinstein accuser. A TimesUp statement said in a statement: “The cultural reckoning we’re experiencing today would not be possible without the brave survivors who came forward and told their stories through the #MeToo movement.”

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Some news has contained positive and negative elements for #MeToo. Last week, former Pixar boss John Lasseter, who was ousted over accusations of inappropriate touching and kissing, scored a high-profile job with Skydance Animation. (Lasseter admitted to “missteps” that made employees feeling “disrespected and uncomfortable”).

TimesUp said in a statement that the hiring “endorses and perpetuates a broken system that allows powerful men to act without consequence.”

Women in Animation president Marge Dean said on the group’s Facebook page: “The single biggest effect of the events last year is that we saw men experiencing consequences for their bad behavior. The Lasseter decision seems to have weakened that giant step forward, and I felt panic that our progress was being undermined.”

But Skydance’s handling of the situation indicated it was at least aware of the problems raised by Lassiter’s hiring. The company held town halls to address it, and Skydance CEO David Ellison released a statement that promised, in part, that Lassiter had “given his assurance that he will comport himself in a wholly professional manner.”

Spacey also attempted something of a comeback near the start of the New Year: On Christmas Eve, on the same day Massachusetts officials announced he would face a felony assault charge — he is accused of groping an 18-year-old’s genitals in a restaurant — Spacey released a video of himself as his “House of Cards” character, Frank Underwood.

He chided viewers not to believe he was guilty of anything, adding: “You want me back.”

But the video was widely condemned, and Spacey’s next public appearance was at a Massachusetts courthouse on Jan. 7. Spacey entered a plea of not guilty.

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Mira Sorvino Threw Out Half of Her Belongings Damaged by Woolsey Fire

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Actress Mira Sorvino tweeted Saturday that she had to dispose of half of her belongings that were smoke damaged as a result of the Woolsey Fire that affected Malibu, Thousand Oaks and other Southern California regions in November.

“I had to throw out more than 1/2 my belongings, clothes, furniture, books & old photos yesterday due to smoke damage,” Sorvino said on Twitter. “I sat there in mourning for a past me that I saw in those pics. It’s been a hard year & a half! Not good at letting go. But I’m trying to see it as a new beginning.”

Sorvino posted in November that she was astonished at how close she was to losing her home in Malibu, sharing a picture of the charred hillside once she was able to return to her home.

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“It was hard to even understand how the fire did not sweep the house, though the air inside is acrid with smoke damage,” the #MeToo activist said on Instagram at the time. “Others were tragically not so lucky.”

Nearly 300,000 people were evacuated when the Woolsey Fire ravaged the Southern California region that began on Nov. 8 and was not fully contained until Nov. 21. The fire burned 97,000 acres, destroyed or damaged more than 2,000 structures, and is believed to have killed three people.

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See Sorvino’s posts below:

I had to throw out more than 1/2 my belongings, clothes, furniture, books & old photos yesterday due to smoke damage.I sat there in mourning for a past me that I saw in those pics. It’s been a hard year & a half! Not good at letting go.But I’m trying to see it as a new beginning.

— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) December 22, 2018

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Power Women Summit 2018 Portraits, From Barbara Boxer to Zoe Saldana (Photos)

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TheWrap’s Inaugural ‘Power Women Summit’ Broadcasts Exclusively on SiriusXM

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 SiriusXM announced that it will exclusively broadcast TheWrap’s first-ever Power Women Summit, which aims to raise awareness and have frank conversations about gender equity in entertainment and media. The week-long special series will premiere on November 12 at 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET on Stars channel 109.

The “Power Women Summit on Stars” kicked off on Monday with highlights from the summit, including “Activism and Empowering the Next Generation” with Dolores Huerta, Katie Hill, and Zoe Saldana; “On the Basis of Sex,” with Felicity Jones; and “Leading by Example: A Conversation,” with Jill Soloway and Rebecca Sugar. The trailblazing lineup of speakers that will be featured throughout the week also includes actress and activist Alyssa Milano, former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, attorney Anita Hill, actresses Mira Sorvino and Olivia Wilde, #MeToo Movement Founder Tarana Burke, and more.

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“The Wrap put together a remarkable lineup of women, and we are excited to share their powerful, thought-provoking conversations with the national SiriusXM audience,” said Megan Liberman, Senior Vice President of News, Talk, and Entertainment at SiriusXM.

“Right now is a crucial time to discuss equality and women’s rights,” said Sharon Waxman, CEO and Editor in Chief, The Wrap. “There was an air of excitement and momentum at our inaugural Power Women Summit, and I’m grateful to SiriusXM for helping further the message to a national audience.”

The Wrap’s 2018 Power Women Summit took place in Los Angeles on November 1 and 2 before a gathering of more than 1,500 women from across the media and entertainment industry. More information can be found at http://wrapwomen.thewrap.com.

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SiriusXM subscribers can hear highlights from the 2018 Power Women Summit beginning on Stars channel 109, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to www.SiriusXM.com/AtHome to learn more.

Women of #MeToo Gather for Much-Needed Moment of Healing

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For the past year, actress Rosanna Arquette has been a leading voice in the #MeToo movement, headlining events, giving interviews and lending her star power to the fight against sexual misconduct in the workplace.

But even though she’s no stranger to the stage, she said being applauded for her activism by 1,500 women from across the media and entertainment industry at the “Power Women Summit” in downtown Los Angeles late last week was so overwhelming, she completely blanked out.

“I had a little shutdown,” she told TheWrap, almost apologetically. “I kind of went out of my body for minute. I felt really emotional being with the girls.”

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Arquette, who was among the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct last year, was one of more than two dozen activists honored at the event, aimed at achieving gender equity in entertainment and media. For many, it was their first time receiving a thunderous ovation for their activism.

“You could feel this energy, like going to your first day of school or something,” Arquette said. “I was so nervous. Are the girls going to be mean? Is everything going to be OK?”

Coming forward has taken a toll on many #MeToo accusers. For some, the last year has been marked with a barrage of attacks from internet trolls. Others have lost their jobs. Almost all have experienced what experts call “secondary traumatization.”

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Being recognized for their role in the grassroots movement along with fellow activists served as a moment of catharsis for many.

The event, which was organized by TheWrap, featured some of the most recognizable names within the fledgeling movement, including actresses Mira Sorvino and Jessica Barth, both Weinstein accusers, and Illeana Douglas, who accused Les Moonves of sexual misconduct in July. Other speakers included women’s rights icons Anita Hill, who became a national figure in 1991 when she accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, and Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement.

Like many women activists and accusers in attendance, Arquette said she had communicated with several of them over email and Twitter, but that in many cases, this was the first time they had met in person.

“It makes me cry,” she said choking back tears. “I feel very emotional about it.”

As Arquette spoke, a steady stream of women politely interrupted our chat to thank her for her “courage” and to ask for a selfie. Arquette, best-known for her iconic roles in “Pulp Fiction” and “Desperately Seeking Susan,” graciously obliged.

“It’s just been a really inspirational day and it makes me feel happy to be a woman right now more than ever,” she said.

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The day was emotional for Barth, too.

Barth, known for playing Tami-Lynn McCaferty in the “Ted” films, said meeting the women and getting such a vocal recognition from the crowd caught her off guard.

“It was just really powerful to be in the same room with everybody who’s kind of been through this in the past year,” she said. “I didn’t expect to get choked up at all.”

For Barth, like Arquette, seeing the sea of faces cheering her on was “monumental.”

“To hear this movement being talked about is a shift of how we’re looking at sexual abuse in our culture,” she said. “It’s just really freeing to come together as a community of survivors.”

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As part of the event’s programming, the women were invited to a special closed training session on how to cope with trauma, conducted by trauma specialist and Weinstein accuser Louise Godbold.

Godbold said the training session was attended by roughly 100 women, including #MeToo founder Burke and actress Mira Sorvino — who accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct last October.

“It was quite an extraordinary experience,” Godbold told TheWrap. “I do these training all the time and I’ve never felt such unity and support.”

“I presented the information the way that I usually do because I’m very familiar with it and yet the underlying thing was a sense of, we’re all in this together,” Godbold said, adding that she had a difficult time holding back tears throughout the day.

Chantal Cousineau, who last year was one of nearly 400 women to accuse director James Toback of sexual misconduct, said being in a room full of supportive women was “moving” but that the real reward was the chance to show others her ability “to stand up” for herself.

“It’s amazing to finally be heard and seen from a survivor’s perspective,” she said.

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Arquette said the event served as “a safe space for everybody to swap stories and ideas and to connect with filmmakers and artists and politicians.”

“It’s just really a great vibe,” she said. “Women should rule the world.”

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Anita Hill Vows to Do What the Government Won’t: ‘The Down and Dirty Work of Changing Culture’

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Anita Hill vowed Friday to do what she says the government won’t: to embrace the “down an dirty work of changing culture” by fighting for gender equality and the end of sexual harassment.

Hill’s lack of faith in lawmakers is understandable: The Senate approved Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the Supreme Court in 1991 despite her testimony that he sexually harassed her. She was disgusted to see another nominee accused of sexual misconduct, Brett Kavanaugh, confirmed to the court in September.

“We at the commission, which is what I’m chairing this year, are about changing the cultures and environments that the entertainment industry works in,” Hill said at TheWrap’s Power Women Summit in Los Angeles on Friday. She leads the  Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, which is funded by some of the most powerful women in Hollywood.

“We are about putting into place policies that will actually bring about changes immediately, that will allow opportunities for people to hear, set up systems where we can report complaints and know they were thoroughly vetted and investigated, not only in an impartial way but also in a way that’s informed about knowledge of trauma… What we are trying to do is to create the kind of cultures where everybody takes responsibility for what’s going on and ending sexual misconduct,” she said.

Hill added: “It can’t all be placed upon the lapse of the people who are the most vulnerable and who are the targets of the misconduct. We must understand that everyone has a responsibility to end the awful and heinous behavior that so many people describe and we know exist.”

The summit gathered together 1,500 women in the entertainment and media industries. Hill said the commission includes studios, agencies, guilds, unions and academies, and that the commission’s goal is to make sure employers understand the burden us on them to improve.

“They need to understand that the problem isn’t that we complain about sexual harassment, the problem is that sexual harassment and abuse exists. We have started with information gathering,” she said. “We are not talking about that is going to make a lot of headlines. This is the down and dirty work of changing culture and putting in place rules and policies and practices that will last for generations — we hope.”

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Hill became a national figure in 1991 when she accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, who was her supervisor at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of sexual harassment.

Hill said 27 years ago that Thomas sexually harassed her repeatedly when he was her supervisor at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She felt a kinship with Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her when they were in high school.

“She spoke so eloquently and movingly not only for herself but for so many of us and especially for the 1 of 6 women — those statistics don’t cover all of us — who have already been sexually assaulted or the 1 in 3 women age 18 to 24 who will become victims of assault,” Hill said. “Unfortunately, she was met with the same kind of resistance and indifference that all of us feel when we step forward and tell the truth of our experience. It is discouraging and depressing, but rest assured I have been on this path for 27 years and I will not retreat now.”

Hill also spoke about equality in the workplace and in education, and said it is important that women can “live free of sexual violence.”

“We must make unequivocally clear, even if the government isn’t prepared to protect women from sexual violence, we are,” she told the crowd. “We will do it ourselves. We deserve to work in harassment-free workplaces, and we deserve to have an equal chance to display our very talents throughout these industries, and throughout workplaces all over. These are not privileges that should be limited to men — these are rights we all have.”

She added: “Gender equality can’t be parsed out, and people can’t be partially equal. It’s all or nothing. It has to be whole, it has to be complete, it had to be radical.”

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Before Hill took the stage, civil rights activist and founder of the #MeToo movement Tarana Burke took part in a tribute to sexual harassment and assault survivors alongside actress Mira Sorvino, who has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and derailing her career.

“The world needs to understand the life cycle of a survivor,” Burke said. “I still cry uncomfortably at things, I’m still triggered, and that’s just the reality. When the Dr. Ford testimony happened, people don’t talk enough about what survival looks like. I have to get up every day to decide to survive. There are some days where I say, I can’t do it today.”

She added, “It’s not about being bold and brave — it’s about resilience. This is what we’re doing — we’re bouncing back, every day.”

Sorvino, who said she wants to work with programs that focus on the youth so that young men growing up will not “engage in this misconduct,” explained that “harassment is the gateway drug to sexual violence.”

Sorvino and Burke then welcomed women to the stage who have come forward about their abuse and harassment experiences. Jessica Barth, Melissa Schuman and Rosanna Arquette were among the women to step onto the stage.

Just a few days before the historic midterm election, the focus of the summit is to achieve gender equity in Hollywood, with the theme, “The Road to 50/50 By 2020.”

The summit is the largest gathering ever assembled of the most influential women in entertainment and media, attended and supported by studios, news organizations and non-profits across the entertainment industry landscape. It is presented by the WrapWomen Foundation, a division of TheWrap News.

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16 Explosive Moments From the Brett Kavanaugh-Christine Blasey Ford Hearing

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All eyes were on Washington, D.C. Thursday for the dramatic testimonies of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused him of assaulting her sexually when they attended high school in the early 1980s.

Dr. Ford gave a chilling account of what she said happened to her, choking back tears as the told the Senate Judiciary Committee she was “terrified.” Meanwhile, appearing at turns angry and emotional during the hours-long hearing, Brett Kavanaugh said that his reputation and family “have been totally and permanently destroyed” by the accusations.

The highly-anticipated hearing had the country transfixed. At one point all 1o of Twitter’s U.S. trending topics were related to the hearing. Hollywood was also watching, sending messages of support for Dr. Ford.

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If you weren’t able to watch, don’t worry. Here are the 16 most gripping moments from the hearing.

1. Grassley and Feinstein exchange barbs 
The hearing opened with a tense exchange between Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the committee’s chairman, and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee’s top-ranking Democrat.

Grassley criticized Feinstein for waiting to report Ford’s claim after receiving her initial letter detailing her accusations.

“Every step of the way, the Democratic side refused to participate in what should have been a bipartisan investigation,” Grassley said.

Feinstein clapped back at Grassley, telling Ford that “the chairman chose not to do this — but I think it’s appropriate that you’re properly introduced,” before going through Ford’s resume.

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2. Ford chokes back tears as she recounts the alleged assault

Dr. Ford gave emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary, detailing her accusation that Judge Kavanaugh tried to rape her while he was drunk at a party during the early 1980s.

“Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes. He had a hard time because he was so drunk,” Ford told senators in her opening statement. “I believed he was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming. This was what terrified me the most,” she said.

As she recounted the most specific details, Ford became visibly emotional and choked up tears on several occasions.

3. Twitter transfixed
Potentially for the first time in the platform’s history, all of the top 10 trending topics in the United States were dedicated to the same topic during the hearing.

A Twitter spokesperson told TheWrap the company doesn’t keep records going all the way back to its 2006 launch on trending topics. But that “anecdotally, I can say I don’t remember this ever happening before around a single live event.”

Wow. 10 out of 10 US Twitter trends right now are about the #KavanaughHearings

— Nick Pacilio (@NickPacilio) September 27, 2018

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4. Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell apologizes to Blasey Ford

Rachel Mitchell, an Arizona sex crimes prosecutor hired by Republicans to represent them during Blasey Ford’s questioning, started her comments by apologizing to her.

“I just wanted to let you know, I’m very sorry,” she told Blasey Ford, referring to her opening statement, in which Blasey Ford said she was “terrified” during the alleged attack.”That’s not right.”

5. “100 Percent”

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, referenced the release by Republicans on Wednesday night of materials that showed they interviewed two other men who claimed they were the ones who assaulted Blasey Ford.

Durbin then asked her to address “this new defense of mistaken identity directly.”

“Dr. Ford, with what degree of certainly, do you believe Brett Kavanaugh assaulted you?” he asked

Blasey Ford leaned into the mic and, without hesitation, said: “100 percent.”

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6. “Boys will be boys” 

“If you would, I’d appreciate your reaction to the excuse that ‘boys will be boys,’” Delaware Sen. Chris Coons asked Dr. Ford.

“I can only speak for how this has impacted me greatly for the last 36 years even though I was 15 years old at the time,” Ford replied. “I think the younger you are when these things happen, it can possibly have worse impacts than when your brain is fully developed and you have better coping skills than what you’ve developed.”



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7. Hollywood stands with Blasey Ford 

Hollywood — like almost everyone else on Twitter on Thursday morning — were glued to their screens, and the reaction from celebrities was by and large in support of Ford.

“Dr. Ford, I am in awe of your bravery,” Ellen Degeneres tweeted.

Mira Sorvino — who is one of the many women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct — said she found Ford to be “extremely credible and sympathetic,” and added that “her responses echo many of the feelings and reactions I have had over the years connected to my own sexual violence trauma.”

Meanwhile, actress and #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano attended the hearings as a guest of Sen. Feinstein, and tweeted in support of Ford.

Dr. Ford, I am in awe of your bravery.

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 27, 2018

I find Dr. Blasey Ford extremely credible and sympathetic. I find her responses echo many of the feelings and reactions I have had over the years connected to my own sexual violence trauma and the aftermath of speaking out. I applaud her courage. https://t.co/K7HmLJL22l

— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) September 27, 2018

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8. Sen. Orrin Hatch calls Dr. Ford an “attractive, good witness”

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch raised eyebrows during a break in testimony by the way he described Ford.

Asked if he found Ford credible, Hatch replied: “Well, it’s too early to say. I don’t think she’s un-credible. I think she’s an attractive, good witness. But it’s way early -“

“What do you mean by attractive, sir?” he was asked

“Oh,” he said, pausing. “In other words, she’s pleasing.”

A rep for Hatch told TheWrap: “Hatch uses “attractive” to describe personalities, not appearances. If you search his past quotes you’ll see he’s used it consistently for years for men and women he believed has compelling personalities.”

9. Who paid for the polygraph?

Mitchell asked Ford who paid for her polygraph test?

According to a report by The Washington Post, Ford took a polygraph in August at the recommendation of her lawyers. The results found that she was being truthful.

One of Ford’s lawyers, Debra Katz, interjected: “Let me put an end to this mystery. Her lawyers paid for this polygraph.”

“As is routine,” added another one of her attorneys, Michael Bromwich.

Two attorneys representing Dr. Ford said they’re working for her pro bono.

10. Kavanaugh tears up

Kavanaugh began his statement in a defiant tone, but began crying when he talked about his daughter.

“The other night, Ashley and my daughter, Liza, said their prayers,” Kavanaugh said. “And little Liza, all of 10-years-old, said to Ashley, ‘We should pray for the woman.’”

“It’s a lot of wisdom from a 10-year-old,” Kavanaugh said.

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11. Kavanaugh really likes beer

Kavanaugh made frequent mention of his drinking habits in his effort to address Dr. Ford’s accusation that he was “stumbling drunk” when she said he assaulted her.

“I drank beer with my friends, almost everyone did. Sometimes I had too many beers, sometimes others did,” he said at one point. “I liked beer, I still like beer, but I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out and I never sexually assaulted anyone.”

Kavanaugh declined to say how many beers constituted “too much,” but he mentioned enjoying it around least 30 times by one count.

“He talked so much beer,” NBC News anchor Nicole Wallace said during the following break. “I think ‘Cheers’ was the last time I heard anyone talk about beer that much.”

12.Kavanaugh apologizes for “Renate Alumnius,” insists it was innocently intended

During the hearing, Kavanaugh apologized to Renate Schroeder Dolphin for an oblique reference he and several of his friends made to her in his old high school yearbook.

As reported in the New York Times, the phrase “Renate Alumnius” appears in the blurb under his photo. But her name is mentioned at least 14 times in the Georgetown Prep 1983 yearbook, including in a group photo featuring Kavanaugh and eight other football players, where she’s referenced in the phrase “Renate Alumni.”

Two of Kavanaugh’s former classmates have said that the references was a sexual joke at Dolphin’s expense. And another former Georgetown Prep classmate told the times that Kavanaugh and his friends “were very disrespectful, at least verbally, with Renate.”

Dolphin, who attended a nearby girls school and was among the 65 people that signed a letter attesting to Kavanaugh’s good character, said Monday that she had never known about the reference before it was made public. “I learned about these yearbook pages only a few days ago. I don’t know what ‘Renate Alumnus’ actually means. I can’t begin to comprehend what goes through the minds of 17-year-old boys who write such things, but the insinuation is horrible, hurtful and simply untrue,” she told the Times. “I pray their daughters are never treated this way. I will have no further comment.”

After the yearbook reference was made public, Kavanaugh said through his lawyer that he and Dolphin had gone out on one date while in high school, and “shared a brief kiss good night,” and that the phrase “refers to the fact that he and Ms. Dolphin attended that one high school event together and nothing else.” Kavanaugh’s statement did not explain why his friends also referred to her.

Dolphin denied any such encounter, telling the Times that “I think Brett must have me confused with someone else, because I never kissed him.”

During his hearing Thursday, Kavanaugh repeated his assertion that the reference was innocent. This time, he did not say that he and Dolphin kissed, but he did offer an explanation as to why his friends also referred to her.

“One of our good female friends who we admire and went to dances with had her name used on the yearbook page with the term alumnus,” he said. “That yearbook reference was clumsily intended to show affection that she was one of us. But in this circus, the media interpreted that the term was related to sex. It was not related to sex.”

“I am so sorry to her for that yearbook reference,” he added.

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13. Kavanaugh loses his cool over Mark Judge questions

Things got heated when Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, pushed Kavanaugh on why his friend refused to testify before the committee.

“Would you want him to be here as a witness?” Leahy asked about Judge.

“He’s already provided sworn testimony, this allegation has been hidden by the committee,” Kavanaugh shot back.

Kavanaugh then said Judge — who according to Ford was in the room when Kavanaugh assaulted her — struggled with alcoholism. “We can sit here and make fun of some guy who has an addiction,” Kavanaugh said.

Leahy also asked Kavanaugh whether he was “Bart O’Kavanaugh” ― a character from Judge’s memoir, which frequently uses pseudonyms for people he knew, who vomits in a car after a party.

Kavanaugh replied: “You’d have to ask him.”

14. Graham explodes: ‘The most despicable thing I’ve ever seen”

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham then launched into a forceful tirade. Branding the hearing: “The most despicable thing I’ve ever seen in politics.”

“I would never to do to them what you’ve done to this guy,” he said. “I hope the American people see through this sham. When it comes to this, you’re looking for a fair process, you’ve come to the wrong place.”

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15. Kavanaugh snaps at Klobuchar

Kavanaugh had a terse exchange with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, who asked whether or not he had ever blacked out from drinking.

“You’re asking about blackout, I don’t know, have you? Kavanaugh replied.

“Could you answer the question, judge? So that has not happened, is that your answer?” Klobuchar pressed.

Kavanaugh quipped: “Yeah, and I’m curious if you have.”

After returning from a break, Kavanaugh apologized for the way he answered the senator’s questions.

“I’m sorry I did that,” he said.

Klobuchar accepted his apology, noting she was sensitive to the topic because her father was an alcoholic.

16. “I swear to God”

Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony ended dramatically, with the Supreme Court nominee taking an oath before the Senate Judiciary and God that the accusations against him are untrue: “I swear to God,” he said.

“I want you to look me in the eye. Are Dr Ford’s allegations true?”

“They are not accurate as to me,” the judge responded. “I’ve never done this … to her or anyone else.”

“None of these allegations are true? No doubt in your mind?” asked Kennedy.

“Zero,” Kavanaugh responded.

The final question of the day: “Do you swear to God?”

“I swear to God,” Kavanaugh responded.

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Dana Delany Replaces Mira Sorvino in CBS’s ‘The Code’ Recasting

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“Body of Proof” star Dana Delany has joined the cast of CBS’s military legal drama “The Code,” stepping into the role played by Mira Sorvino in the original pilot.

She will play Colonel Eisa Turnbull, the Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps’ Judge Advocate Division. Eisa demands excellence of herself and her staff, inspiring fierce loyalty from the attorneys who serve under her command. One of the highest‐ranking female officers in the Corps, Eisa is also the mother of two sons who are serving overseas.

Shortly after the legal drama was picked up to series earlier this year, it was announced that the network would recast the characters played by Mira Sorvino and Dave Annable. A person with knowledge of the project told TheWrap at the time that Annable and Sorvino were simply not a good fit for the show as it emerged.

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Luke Mitchell was cast to replace Annable earlier this month.

From CBS Television Studios, “The Code” follows a group of Marines who are also trained attorneys – prosecutors, defense lawyers and investigators. “The Code” will be helmed by Craig Sweeny and Craig Turk, and directed by Marc Webb.

Anna Wood, Ato Essandoh, Phillipa Soo and Raffi Barsoumian will also star.

Deadline first reported the news of Delany’s casting.

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Mira Sorvino Is “Reeling” From Asia Argento Allegations & Settlement: “I Have Been Heartsick”

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As the story behind Jimmy Bennett’s sexual assault claims against Asia Argento continues to unfold, Mira Sorvino has responded saying that she is “heartsick over the allegations”.
The ardent Time’s Up and #MeToo advocate took to…

#MeToo Silence Breakers Sign Statement of Support for Asia Argento After Anthony Bourdain’s Death

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Dozens of people who spoke out during the #MeToo movement have signed a statement of solidarity in support of Asia Argento, calling out “internet trolls” who have targeted her since the suicide of her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain.

“Asia has now found herself on the receiving end of vicious cyberbullying and repulsive slander at the hands of internet trolls who hold her responsible for Anthony’s death,” the statement reads. “She has been accused of everything from causing her boyfriend’s suicide to trying to use her “survivor status” and the #MeToo movement to advance her career.”

After Argento told The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow that Weinstein had “forcibly performed oral sex on her” in 1997, Bourdain became an fierce advocate for victims of sexual misconduct and the #MeToo movement.

The statement, obtained by TheWrap, was signed by 45 of #MeToo’s most visible names, including Rosanna Arquette, Zoë Brock, Terry Crews, Paz De La Huerta, Lucia Evans, Rose McGowan, Olivia Munn, Anthony Rapp, Johnathon Schaech, Mira Sorvino, Jessica Barth and Lauren Sivan.

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Argento, one of the first women to come forward with her accusations of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein, was dating Bourdain when the famed chef was found unresponsive in a hotel room in France last month.

“We are here to ask those who are angry and grieving the loss of Anthony to find a healthy outlet for their pain. Asia is a survivor, just as we are, and her fame and outward show of strength does not make her any less vulnerable. Asia is not a headline — she is a human being, and she is in horrific pain,” the statement went on to say. “There has long been a traditional narrative of blaming, vilifying and martyring courageous women. We reject that narrative.”

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The letter concludes by saying that, “standing up for [Argento] is standing up to any and all bullies. We implore you to be kind to each other, to believe survivors, to stand up for survivors, to encourage, support and sympathize with them.”

Read the full statement below.

On June 8, we lost a rare, great man. Anthony Bourdain was a lightning rod of cultural connectivity. He brought disparate, marginalized people together and made the unknown accessible — some of the many gifts that made Anthony such a valuable presence in our collective lives, whether we knew him or not. An unwavering supporter of women and the #MeToo movement, Bourdain’s loss was a tragedy on so many levels, to so many people who saw him as a beacon of a new way of being. We share that grief and deepest sadness for his family and those closest to him whose pain must be unimaginable.

One of the most vocal and unwavering figures in the #MeToo movement has been Asia Argento. At the center of our community, Asia has stood, her fist in the air, fighting daily not just for justice for those of us she has come to know, but for abused people the world over.

Asia has now found herself on the receiving end of vicious cyberbullying and repulsive slander at the hands of internet trolls who hold her responsible for Anthony’s death. She has been accused of everything from causing her boyfriend’s suicide to trying to use her “survivor status” and the #MeToo movement to advance her career.

There has long been a traditional narrative of blaming, vilifying and martyring courageous women. We reject that narrative. If there is one thing we know with unwavering confidence, “sexual violence victim” is not a title anyone wants attached to themselves. Being known as a sexual assault victim isn’t a badge of honor or career booster; it’s a highly difficult, sometimes traumatizing and humiliating experience. All of us who have taken the risk of coming forward — and it is truly a risk to us, our reputations, relationships and mental health — have faced harsh criticism and often outright anger and hatred online, in our respective communities and, for some, within our own families. Yet we come forward in the hope that we can change things for others and end the sexual violence and abuse that has flourished with impunity for millennia.

We are here to ask those who are angry and grieving the loss of Anthony to find a healthy outlet for their pain. Asia is a survivor, just as we are, and her fame and outward show of strength does not make her any less vulnerable. Asia is not a headline — she is a human being, and she is in horrific pain.

We are proud to stand together as silence-breakers. We are so grateful for the foresight and compassion of #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and every member of the community of survivors whose pain deserves equal attention. We are indebted to and linked with every person who has come forward to report their own experiences with sexual harassment, abuse and rape. We are proud of the courage of each and every person who has decided to speak their truth, just as we support those who do not wish to speak. We are proud of the work that is being done, but we are not finished; we have only just begun.

We understand sexual harassment and assault are global epidemics. Our request for Asia is a request for any and all survivors. Our standing up for her is standing up to any and all bullies. We implore you to be kind to each other, to believe survivors, to stand up for survivors, to encourage, support and sympathize with them.

We ask you to stand with us, as we stand with Asia.

Sincerely,

Jessicka Addams
Lysette Anthony
Rosanna Arquette
Jessica Barth
Chantal Cousineau
Terry Crews
Emma de Caunes
Paz de la Huerta
Juliana De Paula
Drew Dixon
Caitlin Dulany
Dawn Dunning
Molly Maeve Eagan
Lucia Evans
Alice Evans
Louisette Geiss
Louise Godbold
Larissa Gomes
Natasha Henstridge
Dominique Huett
Anna Graham Hunter
Melissa Kester
Katherine Kendall
Mia Kirshner
Nannette Klatt
Jasmine Lobe
Sarah Ann Masse
Brittny McCarthy
Rose McGowan
Mary Monahan
Olivia Munn
Samantha Panagrosso
Anthony Rapp
Starr Rinaldi
Tomi-Ann Roberts
Erika Rosenbaum
Kathryn Rossetter
Melissa Sagemiller
Johnathon Schaech
Morgan Shanahan
Lauren Sivan
Mira Sorvino
Cori Thomas
Melissa Thompson
Sarah Tither-Kaplan

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Mira Sorvino Says She Lost Role After Oscar-Winning Director Harassed Her: ‘My Silence Was Deafening’

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As her campaign against sexual harassment in Hollywood continues, Mira Sorvino spoke on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s podcast “HFPA In Conversation,” saying that one of her many sexual harassment encounters involved an unnamed Oscar-winning director.

During the interview, Sorvino described the director as one who is “known for his social justice profile” in several of his films. She said that during the final round of auditions for one of his films, the director told her, “‘You know, as I look at you my mind can’t help but traveling from the artistic possibilities to the sexual.’”

“I think my mouth just opened and my silence was deafening,” Sorvino said of the exchange. The actress said it was just one of several instances in which she was harassed while auditioning for acting parts, and that she was told by friends that “you’re going to absolutely have to have sex with all kinds of people to advance your career.”

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Sorvino has been one of the most prominent faces of the #MeToo movement since she came forward about Harvey Weinstein’s harassment of her in Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker exposé that led to the producer’s downfall. Since then, Peter Jackson said that Sorvino, along with fellow Weinstein accuser Ashley Judd, lost roles in his “Lord of the Rings” films after Weinstein and his studio, Miramax, told him that they were a “nightmare to work with.”

“I burst out crying,” Sorvino tweeted in response to Jackson’s confession. “There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.”

Sorvino also apologized to Dylan Farrow in an open letter published in January for working with Woody Allen, who is accused of abusing Farrow in 1992, on the film “Mighty Aphrodite.” Sorvino’s performance in that film won her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1995.

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“I have since gotten to know Dylan and I believe her. She’s a wonderful person and I think she’s been maligned for a long time,” she said we can’t just wish away with cognitive dissonance the fact that our heroes are capable of doing something heinous, and he was my hero.”

A representative for Sorvino didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for further comment.

Listen to Sorvino’s interview on “HFPA In Conversation” below:

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