Barbra Streisand Clarifies: ‘I Feel Nothing but Sympathy’ for Michael Jackson’s Accusers

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Barbra Streisand has clarified her comments about Michael Jackson’s accusers for which she has received backlash, saying Saturday that she feels “nothing but sympathy for them.”

“To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone,” her statement obtained by TheWrap said. “The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them. The single most important role of being a parent is to protect their children.  It’s clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy.”

In a wide-ranging Times of London interview published Friday, Streisand said of Jackson: “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.” She also said that on the few occasions they met, Jackson, who died at age 50 in 2009, was “very sweet, very childlike.”

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Streisand told The Times that she “absolutely” believes the accounts of Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck that were documented in “Leaving Neverland,” but said that watching the film was “too painful.”

She added: “You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck] say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

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In the documentary, Robson and Safechuck said Jackson spent years grooming their careers when they were children and gaining their trust, while also molesting them. Jackson’s estate has denied the accusations and is suing HBO for more than $100 million, saying the cable outlet violated a 1992 non-disparagement agreement.

Jackson also denied child molestation accusations for years, and was acquitted in a child molestation case in 2005.

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Nat Geo Wraps Neil DeGrasse Tyson Investigation, Is ‘Moving Forward’ With ‘StarTalk’ and ‘Cosmos’

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Nat Geo’s investigation into sexual misconduct accusations against Neil DeGrasse Tyson is “complete,” the cable channel said Friday, and it is “moving forward with both ‘StarTalk’ and ‘Cosmos.’”

Talk show “StarTalk” will return next month with its remaining 13 episodes. We do not yet have an air date for Season 2 of shared Fox and Nat Geo series “Cosmos.”

“The investigation is complete, and we are moving forward with both ‘StarTalk’ and ‘Cosmos,’” National Geographic Channel said in a statement. “‘StarTalk’ will return to the air with the remaining 13 episodes in April on National Geographic, and both Fox and National Geographic are committed to finding an air date for ‘Cosmos.’ There will be no further comment.”

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Season 2 of “Cosmos” was originally supposed to premiere on March 3. That was scrubbed from the schedule when it became clear that the investigation would not wrap in time.

The investigation began last November, after the website Patheos published accusations by three different women: a former classmate who said Tyson sexually assaulted her in 1984 when they were both grad students; a Bucknell University professor who said Tyson sexually harassed her in 2009; and Tyson’s former assistant, who said he harassed her in 2018. In December, an anonymous woman told Buzzfeed that Tyson harassed her in 2010.

In a statement posted to his Facebook account on Dec. 1, Tyson denied the accusation of sexual assault, and said that his behavior in 2009 and 2018 had been misinterpreted, though he apologized for any misunderstanding. Tyson also said that he welcomed the investigation. He has not commented on the fourth accusation.

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‘SNL’: Pete Davidson Booed for Comparing R Kelly, Catholic Church (Video)

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Pete Davidson stopped by the Weekend Update desk on “Saturday Night Live,” where he called R. Kelly a “monster” who “should go to jail forever”… and then compared the disgraced R&B singer to the Catholic Church.

Davidson was prepped to talk about listening to R. Kelly and Michael Jackson’s music despite numerous sexual assault accusations surrounding each of them, prefacing the bit about Kelly with, “Before I continue, this guy is a monster and he should go to jail forever.”

He continued: “But if you support the Catholic Church, isn’t that like the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan?”

The spattering of laughter was over overpowered by groans and boos, and Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost looked a tad uncomfortable as he glanced into the crowd.

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Davidson went on. “I don’t really see the difference… only one’s music is significantly better. Just the other day my mom was like, ‘I’m going to Mass.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to go listen to the “Ignition” remix.’

“Look, I’m not saying it’s an easy decision,” Davidson continued. “I’m just saying you don’t know how good someone’s music really is until you find out they’re a pedophile. You know? The reason everybody is so upset is R. Kelly and Michael Jackson made great music, you know. But if I found out Macklemore did some weird stuff, I’d be happy to free up some space on my iPhone.”

Davidson said if you want to listen to music by artists like R. Kelly, “you just have to admit that they’re bad people.” He added, “All I’m saying is pretending these people never existed is maybe not the solution.”

You can watch the whole segment in the clip above.

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Ian McKellen Apologizes for Bryan Singer, Kevin Spacey Remarks

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Ian McKellen apologized on Friday for remarks he made about abuse accusations towards Bryan Singer and Kevin Spacey, implying that the director and actor became abusers because of their closeted homosexuality.

“As part of an extended podcast recently, I suggested that if closeted people were instead open about their sexuality they wouldn’t abuse others. That, of course, is wrong,” read a statement posted by McKellen on his Twitter page.

“My intention was to encourage the LGBT audience I was addressing to be proud and open about their sexuality. In doing so, my point was clumsily expressed. I would never, ever trivialise or condone abuse of any kind. I deeply regret my careless remarks and apologise unreservedly for any distress I caused.”

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McKellen’s remarks came during an interview on the podcast #QueerAF while discussing sexual misconduct accusations made by underage males about Singer and Spacey.

“Most of them were in the closet. Hence, all their problems as people and their relationship with other people,” McKellen said. “If they had been able to be open about themselves and their desires, they wouldn’t have started abusing people in the way they’ve been accused.”

McKellen also joked about possibly being a #MeToo target in the future.

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“Frankly, I’m waiting for someone to accuse me of something,” McKellen said. “And me wondering if they’re not telling the truth and me having forgotten.”

Spacey has been arraigned in a Massachusetts court on a charge of indecent assault and battery related to an incident in which he reportedly inappropriately touched a teenage boy at a Nantucket bar. This past January, The Atlantic published an investigative report in which four men accused Singer of sexually assaulting them when they were underage. The report led to GLAAD withdrawing Singer’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” as a nominee for their Media Award for Outstanding Film, while the BAFTAs removed Singer’s name from the film’s nomination for Best Film.

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R. Kelly Fails to Post $100,000 Bail, Remains in Jail for 2nd Night

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R. Kelly failed to post the $100,000 bail Sunday, which means he’s spending a second night behind bars.

Following his surrender to Chicago police Friday night, Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. set Kelly’s bond at $1 million during a Saturday afternoon court appearance. Kelly was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four accusers — three of whom said prosecutors were underage — between 1998 and 2010. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s attorney, told reporters Saturday that his client “really doesn’t have any money at this point” due to “mismanagement,” “hangers-on” and “bad deals.” He added, however, that Kelly would ultimately be able to come up with the $100,000 bail. That proved untrue.

But according to CNN, Kelly owes upwards of $169,000 in child support – which the court ordered him to pay by March 3 – and faces eviction from his Chicago studio for unpaid rent of more than $166,000.

Kelly’s legal representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

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Although Kelly was acquitted on child pornography charges in 2008, sexual misconduct accusations involving the singer have continued to surface. The recent documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” has led to renewed scrutiny.

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Former Fox News Medical Contributor Keith Ablow Accused of Sexually Exploiting 3 Patients

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Keith Ablow, a prominent Boston-area psychiatrist, best-selling self-help author and former Fox News contributor, has been accused of sexually exploiting three patients, according to a report Thursday from the Boston Globe.

The Globe cited lawsuits filed by three separate women over the span of one year. According to the women’s suits, Ablow abused his position while treating them for depression by engaging in physically harmful and manipulative sexual relationships.

Ablow denied the allegations of the three women in a tweet posted Thursday afternoon. “Categorically, completely deny the allegations lodged against me. I look forward to the court proceedings and will continue to offer excellent care to any patient who needs my help,” he wrote.

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“He began to hit me when we engaged in sexual activities,” one plaintiff wrote in a sworn affidavit filed with her lawsuit. “He would have me on my knees and begin to beat me with his hands on my breasts, occasionally saying, ‘I own you,’ or ‘You are my slave.’”

According to The Globe, Albow used a controversial treatment for depression on the women which relied heavily on infusions of Ketamine, an anesthetic that can induce a trance-like state, memory loss and hallucinations.

The Globe cited one expert who said it appeared Ablow was using Ketamine in conjunction with talk therapy to gain control over a third patient, a woman from Ohio. “The patient appears to have become very dependent on this medication and dependent on Dr. Ablow to supply it,” wrote chairman of the psychiatry department at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Jeffrey Lieberman in an expert testimony filed with the lawsuits.

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Lexington psychoanalyst, Andrea Celenza, who was hired by the plaintiffs as an expert witness, said that Ablow’s behavior in the case of one of the women “was sadomasochistic, anti-therapeutic, and constitutes a perverse use of his status and power,” she wrote in a letter filed with the lawsuits.

Persuaded by Albow, each of the three women moved away from their home state to be closer to the doctor’s office. The Ohio woman, in her affidavit, said he offered discounts for the Ketamine infusions and promised to arrange job interviews if she agreed to relocate.

Three women who worked for Albow also wrote affidavits that were included in the lawsuits. The affidavits said that Ablow often came off as threatening and would display his handgun or give subtle hints that he would take action if they provided anyone with negative information about his practice.

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“Dr. Ablow has been a respected and highly regarded psychiatrist who has for decades helped countless patients,” Ablow’s attorney A. Bernard Guekguezian told The Globe. “He denies any and all allegations of improper behavior or substandard care in their entirety.”

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Pete Holmes on Louis CK: ‘It Would Be Wonderful if He Would Evolve’ (Video)

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“Crashing” star Pete Holmes believes Louis CK is mishandling his return to the stand-up comedy scene, and would like to see the disgraced FX star “evolve” alongside the rest of us.

“It would be wonderful if he would evolve and grow and share in a funny and interesting way — but he’s not,” Holmes, a fellow comic, told Busy Philipps on her late-night talk show Thursday.

“It seems like he’s doubling down,” the “Busy Tonight” host said.

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“I’m still pulling for him. I know he’s not great — I’m with you,” Holmes said. “And I’m still kind of optimistic that maybe he will take this platform and this opportunity to say, like, ‘I messed up, here’s how I messed up, and here’s how I’ve grown.’”

“Like it or not, he’s a symbol of something now,” Holmes continued. “And if that symbol chooses to work with the feedback he’s receiving, a lot of people that love and respect him can evolve alongside him. And that’s a powerful opportunity. And I’m hopeful that he’ll still do it.”

Watch the video above.

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CK has been slowly returning to the stand-up stage over the past few months. During a January set in San Jose, the “Louie” star joked about his past sexual misconduct, which became very public in late 2017.

“I like to jerk off, and I don’t like being alone,” The Daily Beast reported CK as saying early on in his routine.

It wasn’t CK’s only punchline of the night that raised some eyebrows. Read more from that gig here.

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Alyssa Milano Responds to Les Moonves’ Attempted Comeback: ‘We Can’t Expect That Not to Happen’

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Actress and activist Alyssa Milano responded to the news that toppled executive CBS Les Moonves had begun to make an attempted comeback in Hollywood with a new company by calling on others in the industry to protect the women around them.

“That’s gonna happen. We can’t expect that not to happen,” Milano told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday. “We can’t put all these men on an island and say, ‘Eh, they’ll figure it out. Let them eat themselves.’”

The key, Milano said, is to implement systemic protections for women that won’t allow offenders to go on unaccountable for bad behavior.

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“They’re going to get jobs again,” she said. “So I think it’s our responsibility to figure out what that re-entering into the workplace looks like, and how women will feel comfortable within that space. What we can do is set down policy so women — and men — feel safe working around Les Moonves.”

Milano has been an outspoken leader in Hollywood’s #MeToo movement, up to and including the ouster of Moonves as CBS chief executive amid a multitude of sexual misconduct allegations last fall. The movement has seen a number of accused abusers lose work, but a few, including Moonves and comedian Louis C.K., have already begun to make an attempt to revive their careers.

But Milano, and the other actresses and directors appearing alongside her on a panel to discuss women at the helm of movies and series for Lifetime, said they wouldn’t allow Hollywood to regress back to a point where people look the other way in the face of abusive or harassing behavior.

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“I don’t think we can go back,” said “Jane Green’s To Have and To Hold” star, Erika Christensen.

“I won’t allow anybody to go back,” added Milano.

“Holding people accountable … that can be contractual, as well,” she said. “If you’re funding Les Moonves, or planning on working with him, you have to have an ironclad contract that enables full due process … There’s a lot of things that can go into place.”

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Monika Mitchell, who directed Christensen in “To Have and To Hold,” cautioned not to underestimate the collective pull of women in decision-making positions in the industry.

“What I have felt much more strongly since 2016 is the ability to say ‘I won’t work with that person,’” Mitchell said. “I think if the 10 of us went, ‘I won’t work with that person,’ it actually means something now.”

“I think a statement has been made that everyone is aware of. We are saying that we are not going to take this anymore,” said actress Tiffany Hines, who stars in Lifetime’s “Pride & Prejudice in Atlanta.”

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The women all agreed, the #MeToo movement is here to stay and its lasting effects on the industry will surely be felt going forward.

“I always joke that when animals are on set, the Humane Society is everywhere and yet women are made to get totally naked with not one protection mechanism anywhere,” Milano said. “I think all of that is totally going to change.”

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‘Extra’ Co-Host AJ Calloway Suspended After Multiple Sexual Misconduct Accusations

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“Extra” co-host A.J. Calloway has been suspended by Warner Bros. Television following multiple accusations of sexual assault, the studio confirms on Saturday.

Calloway’s suspension was first reported Saturday by The Hollywood Reporter and preempted an upcoming report from the outlet in which several women accused him of sexual misconduct.

Calloway did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

“Upon becoming aware of allegations of sexual misconduct against A.J. Calloway, we began an internal review to determine whether there had been any misconduct by Mr. Calloway on ‘Extra’ and whether any employee of the show had been the victim of any such misconduct,” a Warner Bros. representative said in a statement Saturday. “To date, we have found nothing to suggest that Mr. Calloway has ever engaged in workplace misconduct.”

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The rep added: “In light of additional allegations brought to our attention, we are expanding our ongoing inquiries, and Mr. Calloway has been suspended pending further review. We take such allegations very seriously and are committed to doing everything we can to ensure a safe and inclusive workplace for all of our employees.”

The decision comes after multiple women have accused Calloway of sexual misconduct in the last year. Last month, two anonymous women told The Daily Beast the TV personality had forced himself on them in separate incidents.

Neither woman was named in the report, though the first of the two accusers filed an “aggravated sexual assault” complaint with the West Orange Police Department in New Jersey in December, according to TDB. No further details were provided regarding the reported assault.

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The other woman, identified in the story under the pseudonym Talia, said she first came into contact with Calloway in 2011 and was sexually assaulted by the “Extra” co-host at his house after giving in to his repeated advances.

“I just remember trying to push him off of me, and this went on for 40 minutes straight,” she told the Daily Beast, saying that she was insistent throughout that she would not have sex with him. “Me attempting to push him off of me and fighting to keep him from taking my clothes off. Eventually he got tired, and I think it’s because he was so intoxicated-it was wearing him out.”

The woman said Calloway then began to masturbate and “kept trying to put my hand on his penis and eventually he ejaculated on my hands.”

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In a statement to the Daily Beast at the time, Calloway’s lawyer said, “We cannot comment on vague secondhand allegations beyond that Mr. Calloway firmly denies any claim that he assaulted someone.”

Calloway was previously accused of sexual assault by activist Sil Lai Abrams in a report published by THR last June. Recounting a story first published in her 2007 memoir in which she identified her abuser only as a “B-list celebrity,” Abrams said Calloway forced her to touch his genitals and attempted to force himself on her when they met in 2006.

He was arrested, but the case was dismissed on procedural grounds. Calloway maintained that the allegations were not true.

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Terry Crews Asks DL Hughley If He Should ‘Slap the S— Out of’ Him for Mocking His Sexual Assault Story

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In August 2018, D.L. Hughley gave an interview which included his take on Terry Crews’ sexual assault by now-former WME agent Adam Venit. On Sunday, Crews gave his opinion on the comedian’s criticism of his accusation that Venit touched his genitals at a party, asking if he should “slap the s— out of” him for mocking him.

“I think that now everybody’s so into this notion that, ‘It happened to me too,’” Hughley said in the interview, which you can view above. “Hey, motherf—er. God gave you muscles so you could say no and mean it.”

Crews tweeted the video Sunday, and tagged Hughley, asking him, “You told the world ‘God Gave Me Muscles So I Could Say No…’ Are you implying I ‘wanted’ to be sexually assaulted? I’m listening, sir…”

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Hughley replied with a simple “You saw the video!” and Crews followed up with, “Sir you said I should have pushed him back, or restrained him and I DID ALL THOSE THINGS… but you act like I didn’t. Were you there?”

The comedian responded: “That’s different than slapping the s–t outa him.”

Crews then asked, “So sir… If you truly feel that is a correct way to deal with toxic behavior… Should I slap the shit out of you?”

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Crews told his sexual assault story in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last summer, with Venit eventually resigning from WME.

See their full Twitter exchange below and watch Hughley’s interview above.

You saw the video!

— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) January 27, 2019

Sir you said I should have pushed him back, or restrained him and I DID ALL THOSE THINGS… but you act like I didn’t.

Were you there?

— terry crews (@terrycrews) January 27, 2019

So sir…

If you truly feel that is a correct way to deal with toxic behavior…

Should I slap the shit out of you? https://t.co/GmePqluEIX

— terry crews (@terrycrews) January 27, 2019

That’s different than slapping the shit outa him

— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) January 27, 2019

Thank u

— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) January 27, 2019

You @50cent @unclerush and @tariqnasheed have decided my sexual assault was hilarious, whereas there are a whole generation of black women and men who don’t think it’s funny.

ABUSERS PROTECT ABUSERS but they MOCK SURVIVORS as well.

When you see me, keep it moving.

— terry crews (@terrycrews) January 27, 2019

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Les Moonves to Pursue Arbitration for $120 Million Severance Denied by CBS

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Former CBS chief Les Moonves will be pursuing arbitration to fight CBS for the $120 million severance pay he was denied last month when he was fired by the board of directors for cause.

In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Thursday, CBS stated that Moonves has informed the company of his plan: “On January 16, 2019, Mr. Moonves notified the Company of his election to demand binding arbitration with respect to this matter. The Company does not intend to comment further on this matter during the pendency of the arbitration proceedings.”

The investigation into Moonves — who was ousted in September, after multiple women came forward with sexual misconduct accusations — concluded Dec. 17, with the CBS board announcing at that time the former chairman and CEO “will not receive any severance payment.”

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“We have determined that there are grounds to terminate for cause,” the board said in a statement, citing what they categorized as Moonves’ “willful and material misfeasance, violation of company policies and breach of his employment contract, as well as his willful failure to cooperate fully with the company’s investigation.”

Moonves stood to receive a $120 million golden parachute, pending the now-closed investigation, which is what he’s fighting for now.

In a statement given by Andrew Levander, an attorney for Moonves, at the time of CBS’ ruling last month, the broadcaster’s former chief maintained his innocence. “The conclusions of the CBS board were foreordained and are without merit,” Levander said. “Consistent with the pattern of leaks that have permeated this ‘process,’ the press was informed of these baseless conclusions before Mr. Moonves, further damaging his name, reputation, career and legacy. Mr. Moonves vehemently denies any non-consensual sexual relations and cooperated extensively and fully with investigators.”

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Levander did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on this story and CBS Corp declined to comment.

Beyond Moonves’ monetary fate, investigators also determined that “harassment and retaliation are not pervasive at CBS,” but that the company’s historical policies didn’t make “preventing harassment and retaliation” a “high institutional priority.”

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Moonves was accused of sexual misconduct by six women in a New Yorker article written by Ronan Farrow last July. Six more women came forward in September. Moonves resigned as CEO of CBS in September, following a two-month investigation but has denied all accusations.

Last month, CBS president and acting CEO Joseph Ianniello told employees that the investigation into the culture at CBS that was sparked by the multiple sexual misconduct accusations made against Moonves was nearing its end, noting that it was “frustrating” multiple leaks from the probe have been published in the New York Times.

In one of those stories, a report by lawyers for CBS found that the network would be justified in denying Moonves an otherwise-owed $120 million severance payout because he destroyed evidence and misled investigators looking into accusations of sexual misconduct, according to the Times, which cited a draft of a report prepared for the company’s board.

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‘Extra’ Co-Host AJ Calloway Accused of Sexual Assault by Two More Women (Report)

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“Extra” co-host A.J. Calloway became the subject of another set of sexual assault accusations on Friday when the Daily Beast published the accounts of two anonymous women who said the TV personality forced himself on them in separate incidents.

Neither woman is named in the report, though the first of the two accusers filed an “aggravated sexual assault” complaint with the West Orange Police Department in New Jersey last month, according to the Daily Beast. No further details were provided regarding the reported assault.

The other woman, identified in the story under the pseudonym Talia, said she first came into contact with Calloway in 2011 and was sexually assaulted by the “Extra” co-host at his house after giving in to his repeated advances.

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“I just remember trying to push him off of me, and this went on for 40 minutes straight,” she told the Daily Beast, saying that she was insistent throughout that she would not have sex with him. “Me attempting to push him off of me and fighting to keep him from taking my clothes off. Eventually he got tired, and I think it’s because he was so intoxicated–it was wearing him out.”

The woman said Calloway then began to masturbate and “kept trying to put my hand on his penis and eventually he ejaculated on my hands.”

In a statement to the Daily Beast, Calloway’s lawyer said, “We cannot comment on vague secondhand allegations beyond that Mr. Calloway firmly denies any claim that he assaulted someone.”

A spokesperson for “Extra” declined TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Calloway was previously accused of sexual assault by activist Sil Lai Abrams in a report published by The Hollywood Reporter last June. Recounting a story first published in her 2007 memoir, which identified her abuser only as a “B-list celebrity,” Abrams said Calloway forced her to touch his penis and attempted to force himself on her when they met in 2006.

Abrams reported the incident to the police, but the case was dismissed on procedural grounds. “The Assistant District Attorney handling my case asked for one too many continuances and as a result violated [Calloway’s] right to a fair and speedy trial,” she told the Daily Beast.

At the time, Calloway called the allegations “false” and said he “fully cooperated” with the investigation.

“I was disappointed to read the false allegations about me in The Hollywood Reporter. As I have maintained from the beginning, these allegations are not true,” he said in a statement.

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Jim Carrey Takes a Whack at Louis CK Over Parkland Shooting Joke in Latest Artwork

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Did Jim Carrey just deliver a low blow at Louis C.K.? It depends on one’s perspective — and you’re certainly going to need a sense of perspective to decipher his latest artwork.

Carrey weighed in on Louis C.K. with his latest artwork on Thursday, taking aim at the comedian — who’s been working his way back toward the spotlight after suffering career blows due to a sexual misconduct scandal — for a recent joke the comedian made about survivors of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting.

In leaked audio of Louis C.K.’s performance at New York City’s Comedy Cellar, the comedian groused about the survivors of the school shooting.

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“They testify in front of Congress, these kids? What are they doing?” C.K. said of the Parkland students. “Because you went to a high school where kids got shot? Why does that mean I have to listen to you?… You didn’t get shot, you pushed some fat kid in the way, and now I’ve gotta listen to you talking?”

Carrey’s cartoon in response aimed to show just how small a man he thinks C.K. is.

“Louie can’t C. K?” Carrey wrote of the artwork, which depicts Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez.

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“Kidding” star Carrey noted that the cartoon was “drawn to scale,” providing a clue regarding the artwork’s punchline.

While many people in the comments section struggled to detect the joke in Carrey’s latest artwork, keen-eyed observers noted a tiny depiction of Louis C.K. in silhouette, standing in front of a microphone. Even keener-eyed observers noted a protrusion sprouting from the comedian’s crotch — a seeming nod to Louis C.K.’s 2017 admission that he had masturbated in front of or asking to masturbate in front of multiple women.

Sure, it may take a while to unearth Carrey’s joke — but the payoff is worth it.

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Carrey should feel free to give himself a hand on this one — just not like, you know…

Behold Carrey’s latest artwork below.

Louie can’t C. K? pic.twitter.com/8Ii0GVIotK

– Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) January 3, 2019

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Steven Seagal Sexual Assault Case Declined by Los Angeles DA

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Steven Seagal will not face charges stemming from a sexual assault accusation made against him.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Friday that it has declined to pursue a case against the actor.

Paperwork from the D.A.’s office cited the statute of limitations.

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“The reporting party alleged that on or between May 1, 2002, and August 31, 2002, she was sexually assaulted by the suspect,” the paperwork reads.

According to the paperwork, the case was previously declined for further investigation, and a subsequent investigation “did not yield evidence sufficient to meet the requirements of P.C. 803(f).”

“Therefore, the case is declined due to the expiration of the statute of limitations,” the paperwork states.

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In a statement issued Friday, Lisa Bloom, attorney for Seagal accuser Faviola Dadis — who alleged that the actor fondled her breasts and grabbed her crotch during an audition for a movie in a Beverly Hills hotel when she was a 17-year-old model — said that the district attorney’s office had its hands “tied” by the law in declining the case.

“The Los Angeles D.A.’s office recently notified my client Faviola Dadis and me that it would not prosecute Steven Seagal, who has been multiply accused of sexual assault, for her claim that he sexually assaulted her when she was seventeen years old. The sole reason for its refusal is the statute of limitations, and California law’s requirement that the victim in this situation (reporting child sexual assault after the age of 21) have independent evidence that clearly and independently corroborates her claims,” Bloom said in a statement provided to TheWrap.

“We appreciate the DA’s office’s careful review of this case. Its hands are tied by this unfair law which bars the courthouse door even to young women like my client, Faviola Dadis, who is highly credible. The law fails to recognize that few minors are emotionally ready to seek justice against their rapists until many years later,” the statement continued. “Instead, it offers rapists a ‘get out of jail free’ card if they simply pass an arbitrary time deadline. And the law seems to presume that victims are lying, creating an unfairly high evidentiary standard not required in other criminal cases. Few rapists commit their crimes in the presence of witnesses.”

A second case against Seagal, presented by the Beverly Hills Police Department, was declined by the D.A.’s office in September. There are no cases pending against Seagal with the office.

More than a dozen women have accused Seagal of sexual misconduct. The actor has previously denied the accusations made against him, saying that his accusers had “lied and been paid to lie about me without any evidence, any proof, any witnesses.”

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Miley Cyrus Updates ‘Santa Baby’ for the #MeToo Era (Video)

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While you’re all busy debating the merits of playing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” in 2018, Miley Cyrus went to work revising the lyrics of another outdated Christmas classic: “Santa Baby,” which she debuted on the “Tonight Show” Thursday.

Her version includes solid lines, like: “Listen Santa to what I say/A girl’s best friend is equal pay.”

And these closing bars:

Santa baby, I’d love to know my ass won’t get grabbed
At work
By some ignorant jerk
Tell the dirtbags, to put away their chimneys tonight

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Watch the video above.

Fellow “Tonight Show” guest Mark Ronson and host Jimmy Fallon didn’t quite know how to participate in this one.

The skit’s full lyrics are below.

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Santa, baby, I hear you’ve got some presents
For me, Miley
I’ve been an awfully good girl,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa, baby, I don’t fancy any fancy jewelry, not me
I’ve got something else in mind
Santa baby, and I don’t need your presents tonight

Don’t want diamonds, cash or stocks
Nothing that comes in a box
No more fluff, I’ve had enough
And I can buy my own damn stuff

Santa baby, I’ve got a baller car of my own,
No loans,
And I bought it myself
Santa baby, with zero help from Elf on the Shelf

Listen Santa to what I say
A girl’s best friend is equal pay
Stop interrupting me when I talk
And don’t text me pictures of your –

Santa baby, I’d love to know my ass won’t get grabbed
At work
By some ignorant jerk
Tell the dirtbags, to put away their chimneys tonight

Sorry, Santa
Just put away your chimney tonight!

Just put away your chimney tonight!

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13 TV Winners and Losers of 2018: From Henry Winkler to ‘Heathers’

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As they say every year, it has been one hell of a year — and that idiom even applies to the idiot box. Take “Roseanne” for example: In 2018 alone, ABC revived its old sitcom, made it the top show on TV, canceled it, ordered a spinoff, premiered that spinoff by killing off its former star AND went on hiatus with Dan Conner (John Goodman) already having a new love interest.

Mm-hmm, it’s been a looooooong 12 months.

Read below to see who we think had the best and worst year across the television industry.

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Winner: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” came out of nowhere (OK, it was out of Amazon’s Prime Video) and has cleaned up at awards ceremonies since. In 2018, both the show and its star Rachel Brosnahan won top Golden Globe honors — both are renominated for 2019, plus Alex Borstein as supporting actress. “Maisel” also scored eight of the 12 Emmy chances it had, including trophies for the show, Brosnahan and Borstein.

So yeah, it’s been a good year.

Loser: Megyn Kelly
Never defend blackface. Never, ever, ever. Megyn Kelly learned that lesson the hard way in the lead-up to Halloween 2018.

Kelly’s NBC News morning show “Megyn Kelly Today” host was unceremoniously canceled in October after the former Fox News Channel primetime personality said she didn’t see the problem with wearing blackface on Halloween. We invite readers who don’t remember that snafu to just imagine how well it went over.

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Winner: 21st Century Fox Shareholders
Twenty-First Century Fox shareholders better be giving Comcast CEO Brian Roberts a nice gift basket or two this holiday season. After all, his attempts to out-flank Disney in their eventual acquisition of Fox’s film and TV assets tacked on an additional $20 billion to the initial $54.8 billion price tag, which ended up north of $71 billion. Though Disney CEO Bob Iger probably had that much just laying in between his couch cushions.

Loser: Les Moonves
Oh, you haven’t heard? Perhaps no entertainment executive had a further fall from grace in 2018 than the (former) longtime chief of CBS. First, he was engaged in a nasty legal battle with Shari Redstone, before being the subject of a never-ending string of sexual misconduct allegations, which led to his resignation from CBS after 23 years.

Oh yeah, and on Monday he lost $120 million.

Yes, it was all bad. It was all really bad — but you definitely have heard about Moonves ad nauseam and could probably use another “Winner” right about now.

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Winner: Ryan Murphy
If we needed to crown one person 2018’s overall TV winner, the list would begin and end with Ryan Murphy: the prolific producer who inked a reported $300 million deal with Netflix last February. (Yes, that’s bigger than Shonda Rhimes’ reported $150 million in 2017.)

While Murphy’s slate of streaming originals is still to come, he’s had his hands more than full with projects at his former home studio, 20th Century Fox TV, which he officially said farewell to in July.

In 2018, Murphy launched new dramas “9-1-1” on Fox and “Pose” on FX, along with the eighth installment of “American Horror Story” (which was renewed through Season 10 this summer) and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” the second chapter in his “American Crime Story” saga. “Versace” and “Pose” are both critical darlings that have kept Murphy on his toes — heading up to accept awards all season long, that is.

Oh, and he finally got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last month. Well-deserved.

Loser: Marvel Shows on Netflix
They all gone — with the exception of “Jessica Jones” and “The Punisher.” This year, Netflix axed “Iron Fist,” “Luke Cage” and “Daredevil” (and to a lesser extent, “The Defenders”). Thank goodness for upcoming SVOD service Disney+.

Marvel series aren’t exactly killing it on Disney’s ABC though: “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is still on the air, but it’s now a summer show. That box office thing still seems to be working out though.

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Winner: Live Sports
The year 2018 was a good one to be a sports league. The UFC signed a $1.5 billion deal with ESPN, WWE signed about a $1 billion deal to move “SmackDown Live” from USA Network to Fox broadcast channel.

The granddaddy of them all was Fox’s acquisition of “Thursday Night Football” — the network paid $3.3 billion for the privilege. So far so good, as NFL ratings are actually up this year season-to-date. That’s the exact opposite of non-live-sports viewing trends.

Loser: “The Walking Dead”
Not only did Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) leave “The Walking Dead” in 2018, so did a whole bunch of viewers.

The audience for AMC’s big hit series is down like 35 percent this year, per Nielsen. Fortunately, “The Walking Dead” was once big enough to absorb such a hit — but it can’t take many more losses.

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Winner: Henry Winkler
Everyone loves Henry Winkler — it just took quite a while for the Television Academy to catch up. Winkler had been nominated for five Emmys before finally winning on his sixth chance. (Yes, those date back to his [Happy] days as “The Fonz.”)

Thank goodness for HBO’s “Barry.” Not only did it get the nicest man in Hollywood his due, it also introduced the world to NoHo Hank (Anthony Carrigan), who deserves all the awards.

Loser: “Heathers”
Where do we even begin? Paramount Network was set to debut its loose adaptation of the 1988 Wynona Rider-Christian Slater film in March, but the Viacom-owned cable channel delayed the series — which included scenes with guns in schools — until July following the tragic Parkland, Florida school-shooting. That re-slated premiere never happened either, and Paramount said it would shop the show instead.

Or maybe not. Because in October, Paramount Network reversed course again, saying that it would air the series after all — just not its “controversial” finale.

Or also maybe not. “Heathers” saw its episodes pulled (yes, again) after the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. Some things are just not meant to be.

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Winner: NBC
NBC has clinched a No. 1 finish among adults 18-49 for the fifth calendar year in a row and sixth time in seven years. The network’s current +38 percent lead over its closest competitor is the biggest margin to this point in the year in Nielsen people-meter history. And yes, even excluding sports, NBC wins 2018 in ratings. The broadcaster is also going to win 2018 in total viewers for the first time in 16 years.

In 2018, NBC boasted the No. 1 show (“Sunday Night Football”), the No. 1 drama (“This Is Us”), the No. 1 new series (“Manifest”), the No. 1 alternative series (“America’s Got Talent”) and the No. 1 new alternative series (“Ellen’s Game of Games”).

Loser/Winner: Shows Saved After Cancellation
2018 was a banner year for TV series that got the ax at their home network and were quickly resuscitated by another platform. The most famous cases here are obviously Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which was rescued by NBC just over 24 hours after cancellation, and ABC’s “Last Man Standing,” which went to Fox a year after it was axed on ABC. Then there was “Lucifer” (another Fox casualty), which was revived by Netflix, a streamer that also picked up ABC’s “Designated Survivor.”

Broadcast networks weren’t the only ones to see their leftovers reheated, with Syfy’s “The Expanse” moving to Amazon after some serious fan outcry. Honorable mention goes to NBC’s “Timeless,” which did not get a save after being canceled for the second time, but was handed a 2-hour series finale as a conciliation for its cancellation. That airs Thursday.

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Winner/Loser: “Roseanne”
“Roseanne” somewhat fits the bill for our previous bullet-point, but the fate and state of the ABC hit sitcom’s universe is certainly worthy of its own breakout. “Roseanne” returned in Spring 2018 as No. 1 entertainment show on television. By late May, the series was canceled after some erratic behavior and offensive tweets by star Roseanne Barr.

Less than one month later, every Conner not named “Roseanne” had a job again, as ABC ordered spinoff “The Conners.” That version has done well, but nowhere near “Roseanne”-well. To be fair, nothing has.

Tim Baysinger and Jennifer Maas contributed to this story.

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Former CBS Chief Les Moonves Will ‘Not Receive Any’ of $120 Million Severance Payment

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The investigation into former CBS chief Les Moonves has concluded, and the company’s board of directors says he “will not receive any severance payment.”

“We have determined that there are grounds to terminate for cause,” the board said in a statement on Monday, citing what they categorized as Moonves’ “willful and material misfeasance, violation of company policies and breach of his employment contract, as well as his willful failure to cooperate fully with the company’s investigation.”

Moonves stood to receive a $120 million golden parachute, pending this investigation. That’s not happening now.

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Beyond Moonves’ monetary fate, investigators also determined that “harassment and retaliation are not pervasive at CBS,” but that the company’s historical policies didn’t make “preventing harassment and retaliation” a “high institutional priority.”

That’s going to change, the board vowed.

Below is its statement in full.

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The Board of Directors of CBS has completed its investigation of former Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, CBS News, and cultural issues at CBS.

With regard to Mr. Moonves, we have determined that there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance, violation of Company policies and breach of his employment contract, as well as his willful failure to cooperate fully with the Company’s investigation. Mr. Moonves will not receive any severance payment from the Company.

As a result of their work, the investigators also concluded that harassment and retaliation are not pervasive at CBS. However, the investigators learned of past incidents of improper and unprofessional conduct, and concluded that the Company’s historical policies, practices and structures have not reflected a high institutional priority on preventing harassment and retaliation. The investigation determined that the resources devoted to the Company’s Human Resources function, to training and development, and to diversity and inclusion initiatives have been inadequate, given the size and complexity of CBS’ businesses. Employees also cited past incidents in which HR and the Company did not hold high performers accountable for their conduct and protect employees from retaliation.

The Board, which includes six new members, and the Company’s new management have already begun to take robust steps to improve the working environment for all employees. Among other things, the Company appointed a new Chief People Officer, is actively engaged in ways to enhance and reimagine the Human Resources function, and has retained outside expert advisors to develop other initiatives for promoting a workplace culture of dignity, transparency, respect and inclusion. These efforts will continue to be a high priority for the Board and the Company’s management, and we will continue to work together to communicate with our workforce in that regard.

We would like to thank everyone who cooperated with the investigation and applaud CBS’ employees for remaining focused on their jobs during this very difficult time. We look forward to the people of CBS returning their full attention to the outstanding work that they do every single day.

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Moonves was accused of sexual misconduct by six women in a New Yorker article written by Ronan Farrow in July. Six more women came forward in September. Moonves resigned as CEO of CBS in September following a two-month investigation but has denied all accusations.

Earlier this month, CBS president and acting CEO Joseph Ianniello told employees that the investigation into the culture at CBS that was sparked by the multiple sexual misconduct accusations made against Moonves was nearing its end, noting it is “frustrating” multiple leaks from the probe have been published in the New York Times.

In one of those stories, a report by lawyers for CBS found that the network would be justified in denying Moonves an otherwise-owed $120 million severance payout because he destroyed evidence and misled investigators looking into accusations of sexual misconduct, according to the Times, which cited a draft of a report prepared for the company’s board.

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Yael Stone Accuses Geoffrey Rush of Sexual Misconduct

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“Orange Is the New Black” star Yael Stone has come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against veteran actor Geoffrey Rush.

In a story published by the New York Times Sunday, Stone, who plays Lorna Morello on the Netflix comedy, detailed incidents between her and Rush she says occurred when they co-starred in a production of “Diary of a Madman” eight years ago. She was 25 years old at the time and Rush was 59.

Stone’s claims that Rush sent her inappropriate text messages, tried to watch her shower, and exposed his penis to her while working on the show, come months after Rush sued an Australian tabloid for defamation over sexual misconduct claims made by an unidentified “King Lear” co-star, who was later revealed to be Eryn Jean Norvill.

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In a statement first given to the Times and then obtained by TheWrap, Rush said “the allegations of inappropriate behavior made by Yael Stone are incorrect and in some instances have been taken completely out of context.”

“However, clearly Yael has been upset on occasion by the spirited enthusiasm I generally bring to my work,” he continued. “I sincerely and deeply regret if I have caused her any distress. This, most certainly, has never been my intention. When we performed in The Diary Of A Madman 8 years ago, I believe we engaged in a journey as artistic comrades. Over the years we have shared correspondence that always contained a mutual respect and admiration. As I have said in the past, I abhor any behavior that might be considered as harassment or intimidation to anyone – whether in the workplace or any other environment.”

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In the article published Sunday, Stone told Times’ Bari Weiss that though she knows “truth” is on her side, “there’s an element of terror” in her communication about the topic. The actress says she’s conflicted about how she “enthusiastically and willingly” bantered back in response to Rush’s texts.

“I was so flattered that someone like that would spend their time texting me into the very early hours of the morning,” she said. “Gradually the text messages became more sexual in nature, but always encased in this very highfalutin intellectual language.”

“I’m embarrassed by the ways I participated,” Stone told the Times. “I certainly wouldn’t engage as the person I am now in the way I did when I was 25.”

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Stone also detailed “strange intimacies in the dressing room” between her and Rush, where she says he would ask her to take out his contact lenses or remove his costume at intermission and that he would join her, uninvited, when she napped between matinee and evening performances.

The actress says one time Rush used a small mirror held over a shower cubicle to view her naked. “I said some words to the effect of, ‘Bugger off, Geoffrey.’ I was walking a very delicate line where I needed to manage these uncomfortable moments but never, never offend him.”

And when she says he exposed himself to her and danced around naked in a “playful, clownish manner,” she told the Times she responded with “an attitude of, ‘Oh, you’re a very naughty boy.’”

“I didn’t want him to think I was no fun, that I was one of those people who couldn’t take a joke,” Stone said.

Stone told the Times, “There was no part of my brain considering speaking to anyone in any official capacity. This was a huge star. What were they going to do? Fire Geoffrey and keep me?”

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Stone told the Times she sent Rush an email last December to address the incidents that occurred during production of “Diary of a Madman,” writing: “In the name of years of friendship I wanted to share with you what I have always been afraid to say. I hope it’s possible for you to receive this in the spirit that it is meant. With a view toward healing.”

Stone says Rush never responded to her, telling the Times: “If Geoffrey had written back and said I’m sorry and offered to work with me to inspire positive change in our industry, it may have transformed both of our lives for the better. I despair that I am now in this situation.”

“The current system is built around the very famous and talented such that there is a lot of yes,” Stone added. “There is not a lot of no. And that can encourage certain behaviors and that can happen incrementally over time to the point where a person may have not heard the word no in a long time. And it might not be their fault. We need compassion for that confusion.”

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Rush began fighting his defamation case earlier last year, with the judge expected to hand down a decision in 2019. Because in Australia the burden is on the publisher to prove accusations are true — rather than on a plaintiff to prove they are false — Stone told the Times she would not have come forward with her accusations if a law firm had not agreed to represent her pro bono, should Rush sue for defamation. However, she will still be personally responsible for damages, should he win.

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A representative for Stone did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for any additional comment.

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