Lara Trump Blasts CNN in Fundraising Email 2 Hours After Bomb Scare

Just two hours after CNN’s New York headquarters were forced to evacuate after an explosive device was found mailed to the building, President Donald Trump’s campaign sent out a fundraising email slamming the network.

“It’s time for us to give the media another wake-up call from the American people,” the email, which was signed by Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump, said.

Lara Trump serves as a campaign advisor to the president.

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The email, obtained by TheWrap, also included a “Media Accountability Survey” with questions like, “Do you trust the mainstream media to put the interests of Americans first?”

Reporter Yashar Ali noted on Twitter that these types of fundraising emails are usually set up in advance, though campaigns are known to hold off on them during sensitive breaking news stories.

Almost 2 hours after CNN was evacuated, the Trump campaign sent this email, signed by Lara Trump. The email attacks CNN and includes a “media accountability survey.” These emails are always setup in advance, but most campaigns put a hold on emails when there is breaking news pic.twitter.com/Cf1zSC49Tw

— Yashar Ali ???? (@yashar) October 24, 2018

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A live explosive device was sent to CNN’s New York office on Wednesday, and suspicious packages were found at the residences of the Clintons, the Obamas and billionaire philanthropist and political activist George Soros — all of whom are political opponents of Trump.

Lara Trump’s email was sent just as President Trump vowed Wednesday to “get to the bottom” of the mysterious packages, saying political violence has no place in the United States.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Just two hours after CNN’s New York headquarters were forced to evacuate after an explosive device was found mailed to the building, President Donald Trump’s campaign sent out a fundraising email slamming the network.

“It’s time for us to give the media another wake-up call from the American people,” the email, which was signed by Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump, said.

Lara Trump serves as a campaign advisor to the president.

The email, obtained by TheWrap, also included a “Media Accountability Survey” with questions like, “Do you trust the mainstream media to put the interests of Americans first?”

Reporter Yashar Ali noted on Twitter that these types of fundraising emails are usually set up in advance, though campaigns are known to hold off on them during sensitive breaking news stories.

A live explosive device was sent to CNN’s New York office on Wednesday, and suspicious packages were found at the residences of the Clintons, the Obamas and billionaire philanthropist and political activist George Soros — all of whom are political opponents of Trump.

Lara Trump’s email was sent just as President Trump vowed Wednesday to “get to the bottom” of the mysterious packages, saying political violence has no place in the United States.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Asia Argento Scandal: 5 Things We Still Need to Know

Two days after the New York Times reported that Asia Argento paid $380,000 to a young actor who had accused her of sexual assault when he was just 17, the actress issued a denial that raises almost as many questions as it answers.

“I strongly deny and oppose the contents of the New York Times article,” she said in a statement on Tuesday after the Times reported on a payment to Jimmy Bennett, a now-22-year-old actor-musician who had accused her of assault in 2013.

“I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false,” wrote Argento, who had directed Bennett and played his mother in the 2004 film “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.” “I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”

Also Read: Asia Argento Strongly Denies ‘Absolutely False’ Sexual Assault Accusation

Argento, who has become a leading figure in the #MeToo movement since accusing disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, also said that her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain “personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life.”

But her response, coming so long after the story was published, has raised a host of new questions.

1. Why didn’t Asia Argento or her representatives issue a denial before the New York Times published its story?

In her article late Sunday, Times reporter Kim Severson noted that the Times had tried to contact Argento and her representatives for more than three days before publication.

“The Times has tried repeatedly since Thursday to get a response to the matter from Ms. Argento and her representatives,” the article read. “She did not reply to messages left on her phone, sent by email and sent to two of her agents, who agreed to forward it to her. Carrie Goldberg, her lawyer who handled the matter, read email messages from The Times, according to two people familiar with the case, but she has not responded. A woman who answered the phone at Ms. Goldberg’s office on Friday said the lawyer would not be available to discuss this article.”

Argento’s representatives didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment from TheWrap in the days after the Times published the story — until the statement issued early Tuesday.

Argento’s reps have not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Also Read: Asia Argento’s #MeToo Curveball Met With Disbelief, Confusion and Anger

2. How can Argento claim she had no sexual contact with Bennett when the New York Times reported photos of the two of them in bed together with “their unclothed torsos exposed”?

In Argento’s statement, the actress said she “never had any sexual relationship with Bennett” and was only “linked to him during several years by friendship only.”

But the Times report, based on documents sent by lawyers for Argento and Bennett, said the two reunited in 2013 at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina Del Rey. According to an intent-to-sue letter sent last November, Bennett said that Argento forcibly kissed him, performed oral sex and then “climbed on top of him and the two had intercourse…she then asked him to take a number of photos.”

The Times also reported that the intent-to-sue included “three photos apparently taken by Mr. Bennett that depict him and Ms. Argento in bed, their unclothed torsos exposed. (Only one of the photos taken in bed shows both their faces.)”

Also Read: Asia Argento Silent Over Sexual Assault Accusation

3. What exactly was Anthony Bourdain’s actual role in this?

In Tuesday’s statement, Argento said her late boyfriend “personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life” when he “unexpectedly made an exorbitant request of money” from Argento.

Bourdain died by suicide in June, making it difficult to determine how direct a role he might have played in either arranging for or underwriting the payment to Bennett; his reps did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

4. How did the Times obtain these documents and photos?

The New York Times said it received these documents and photos detailing the monetary settlement “through encrypted email by an unidentified party, include a selfie dated May 9, 2013, of the two lying in bed.”

Additionally, the Times wrote, “three people familiar with the case said the documents were authentic.”

A rep for the Times did not respond to a request for comment on any efforts it took to identify who might have leaked the documents.

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5. Why didn’t Argento insist that Bennett sign a nondisclosure agreement?

In Argento’s statement, she suggested that Bennett was motivated by “severe economic problems” to make “an exorbitant request of money.”

She also wrote that Bourdain “personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life.”

But according to the Times, the agreement between Argento and Bennett didn’t “prevent either party from discussing it.” Which would very much leave open the possibility of further intrusions into Argento’s life should Bennett choose to make his accusations public.

Carrie Goldberg, Argento’s lawyer who handled the matter, said in a letter obtained by the Times that “California law does not allow nondisclosure agreements in civil contracts involving the types of allegations made by Mr. Bennett.”

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According to the Times, Goldberg wrote in one letter to Argento that the actress’ team had considered using New York lawyers who could have pursued an NDA but that the client herself “decided against the non-disclosure language because you felt it was inconsistent with the public messages you’ve conveyed about the societal perils of non-disclosure agreements.”

According to Goldberg’s letter, “Bennett could theoretically tell people his claims against you. However, under this agreement, he cannot sue you for them. Nor can he post the photo of the two of you. At the very least, he is not permitted to bother you for more money, disparage you or sue — so long as you comply with your obligations in the agreement.”

TheWrap has reached out to Argento’s representatives for comment.

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Asia Argento Paid $380,000 to an Underage Sexual Assault Accuser (Report)

Two days after the New York Times reported that Asia Argento paid $380,000 to a young actor who had accused her of sexual assault when he was just 17, the actress issued a denial that raises almost as many questions as it answers.

“I strongly deny and oppose the contents of the New York Times article,” she said in a statement on Tuesday after the Times reported on a payment to Jimmy Bennett, a now-22-year-old actor-musician who had accused her of assault in 2013.

“I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false,” wrote Argento, who had directed Bennett and played his mother in the 2004 film “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.” “I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”

Argento, who has become a leading figure in the #MeToo movement since accusing disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, also said that her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain “personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life.”

But her response, coming so long after the story was published, has raised a host of new questions.

1. Why didn’t Asia Argento or her representatives issue a denial before the New York Times published its story?

In her article late Sunday, Times reporter Kim Severson noted that the Times had tried to contact Argento and her representatives for more than three days before publication.

“The Times has tried repeatedly since Thursday to get a response to the matter from Ms. Argento and her representatives,” the article read. “She did not reply to messages left on her phone, sent by email and sent to two of her agents, who agreed to forward it to her. Carrie Goldberg, her lawyer who handled the matter, read email messages from The Times, according to two people familiar with the case, but she has not responded. A woman who answered the phone at Ms. Goldberg’s office on Friday said the lawyer would not be available to discuss this article.”

Argento’s representatives didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment from TheWrap in the days after the Times published the story — until the statement issued early Tuesday.

Argento’s reps have not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

2. How can Argento claim she had no sexual contact with Bennett when the New York Times reported photos of the two of them in bed together with “their unclothed torsos exposed”?

In Argento’s statement, the actress said she “never had any sexual relationship with Bennett” and was only “linked to him during several years by friendship only.”

But the Times report, based on documents sent by lawyers for Argento and Bennett, said the two reunited in 2013 at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina Del Rey. According to an intent-to-sue letter sent last November, Bennett said that Argento forcibly kissed him, performed oral sex and then “climbed on top of him and the two had intercourse…she then asked him to take a number of photos.”

The Times also reported that the intent-to-sue included “three photos apparently taken by Mr. Bennett that depict him and Ms. Argento in bed, their unclothed torsos exposed. (Only one of the photos taken in bed shows both their faces.)”

3. What exactly was Anthony Bourdain’s actual role in this?

In Tuesday’s statement, Argento said her late boyfriend “personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life” when he “unexpectedly made an exorbitant request of money” from Argento.

Bourdain died by suicide in June, making it difficult to determine how direct a role he might have played in either arranging for or underwriting the payment to Bennett; his reps did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

4. How did the Times obtain these documents and photos?

The New York Times said it received these documents and photos detailing the monetary settlement “through encrypted email by an unidentified party, include a selfie dated May 9, 2013, of the two lying in bed.”

Additionally, the Times wrote, “three people familiar with the case said the documents were authentic.”

A rep for the Times did not respond to a request for comment on any efforts it took to identify who might have leaked the documents.

5. Why didn’t Argento insist that Bennett sign a nondisclosure agreement?

In Argento’s statement, she suggested that Bennett was motivated by “severe economic problems” to make “an exorbitant request of money.”

She also wrote that Bourdain “personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life.”

But according to the Times, the agreement between Argento and Bennett didn’t “prevent either party from discussing it.” Which would very much leave open the possibility of further intrusions into Argento’s life should Bennett choose to make his accusations public.

Carrie Goldberg, Argento’s lawyer who handled the matter, said in a letter obtained by the Times that “California law does not allow nondisclosure agreements in civil contracts involving the types of allegations made by Mr. Bennett.”

According to the Times, Goldberg wrote in one letter to Argento that the actress’ team had considered using New York lawyers who could have pursued an NDA but that the client herself “decided against the non-disclosure language because you felt it was inconsistent with the public messages you’ve conveyed about the societal perils of non-disclosure agreements.”

According to Goldberg’s letter, “Bennett could theoretically tell people his claims against you. However, under this agreement, he cannot sue you for them. Nor can he post the photo of the two of you. At the very least, he is not permitted to bother you for more money, disparage you or sue — so long as you comply with your obligations in the agreement.”

TheWrap has reached out to Argento’s representatives for comment.

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Asia Argento Strongly Denies ‘Absolutely False’ Sexual Assault Accusation

Asia Argento strongly denied on Tuesday that she sexually assaulted actor Jimmy Bennett when he was underage.

In a statement, the actress and director also addressed a report that she had paid Bennett $380,000 following his accusation, saying that her boyfriend, deceased celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, “personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life.”

“I strongly deny and oppose the contents of the New York Times article,” she said in a statement to journalist Yashar Ali. “I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false. I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”

Moreover, she said she was “linked to him during several years by friendship only, which ended when, subsequent to my exposure in the Weinstein case, Bennett […] unexpectedly made an exorbitant request of money from me. Anthony Bourdain, was a man of great perceived wealth and had his own reputation as a beloved public figure to protect …. Anthony personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life.”

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Late Sunday, the Times reported that Argento arranged to pay a settlement last November to Jimmy Bennett, a now-22-year-old actor-musician who played Argento’s son in the 2004 film “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.”

Documents obtained by the paper indicated that Bennett met Argento in a California hotel room in May 2013 — just two months after his 17th birthday — where he said she sexually assaulted him.

Bennett’s lawyer, Gordon K. Sattro, had sent Argento an intent to sue her for $3.5 million in damages for infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery, according to the Times.

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“I have therefore no other choice but to oppose such false allegations and will assume in the short term all necessary initiatives for my protection before all my competent venues,” Argento concluded her statement Tuesday.

Since coming forward in November with the allegations about Harvey Weinstein, Argento has become a leading figure in the #MeToo movement and was joined in the fight by her boyfriend Anthony Bourdain, who died in June of an apparent suicide.

Argento’s emergence as an advocate against sexual misconduct in the industry prompted Bennett to come forward, according to his attorney. “Feelings about that day were brought to the forefront recently when Ms. Argento took the spotlight as one of the many victims of Harvey Weinstein,” Sattro wrote in his letter of intent to sue, the Times reported.

A spokesperson for Argento didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Read her full statement below.

I just received this statement from @AsiaArgento in response to the NYT story published late Sunday evening. pic.twitter.com/jAOo7TAULX

— Yashar Ali ???? (@yashar) August 21, 2018

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Asia Argento strongly denied on Tuesday that she sexually assaulted actor Jimmy Bennett when he was underage.

In a statement, the actress and director also addressed a report that she had paid Bennett $380,000 following his accusation, saying that her boyfriend, deceased celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, “personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life.”

“I strongly deny and oppose the contents of the New York Times article,” she said in a statement to journalist Yashar Ali. “I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false. I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”

Moreover, she said she was “linked to him during several years by friendship only, which ended when, subsequent to my exposure in the Weinstein case, Bennett […] unexpectedly made an exorbitant request of money from me. Anthony Bourdain, was a man of great perceived wealth and had his own reputation as a beloved public figure to protect …. Anthony personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life.”

Late Sunday, the Times reported that Argento arranged to pay a settlement last November to Jimmy Bennett, a now-22-year-old actor-musician who played Argento’s son in the 2004 film “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.”

Documents obtained by the paper indicated that Bennett met Argento in a California hotel room in May 2013 — just two months after his 17th birthday — where he said she sexually assaulted him.

Bennett’s lawyer, Gordon K. Sattro, had sent Argento an intent to sue her for $3.5 million in damages for infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery, according to the Times.

“I have therefore no other choice but to oppose such false allegations and will assume in the short term all necessary initiatives for my protection before all my competent venues,” Argento concluded her statement Tuesday.

Since coming forward in November with the allegations about Harvey Weinstein, Argento has become a leading figure in the #MeToo movement and was joined in the fight by her boyfriend Anthony Bourdain, who died in June of an apparent suicide.

Argento’s emergence as an advocate against sexual misconduct in the industry prompted Bennett to come forward, according to his attorney. “Feelings about that day were brought to the forefront recently when Ms. Argento took the spotlight as one of the many victims of Harvey Weinstein,” Sattro wrote in his letter of intent to sue, the Times reported.

A spokesperson for Argento didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Read her full statement below.

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Harvey Weinstein Accuser Lauren Sivan Says Fox 11 Demoted Her After She Spoke Out (Exclusive)

Lauren Sivan, an on-air reporter for Fox’s KTTV in Los Angeles, says the station sidelined her after she came forward last October to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

Sivan told TheWrap in an exclusive interview that she was stunned by her treatment at the station after her bombshell account that Weinstein masturbated into a plant in front of her at a restaurant in New York City in 2007. “I just felt like the station that I put my heart and soul into for seven years just used it as an excuse to get rid of me,” she said.

The veteran broadcaster said she worked three shifts per week for Fox 11, covering a variety of stories — until HuffPost published her account. In the nine months since then, Sivan said she has worked a total of six shifts at Fox 11 — her last time appearing on air was February 20.

She said the station called three more times since then asking her to fill-in last minute, which she was unable to do. She provided a screen grab of a text she said was sent from her assignment manager at 1:21 p.m. on May 15, asking if she could work at 3 p.m. later that day. “I was definitely the last person they called,” Sivan said.

Neither a spokesman for KTTV nor news director Kris Knutsen responded to repeated requests for comment.

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While other news directors in the L.A. market called Sivan to offer support after she made her accusation, she said there was radio silence from her employer and particularly Knutsen.

“She’s the only female news director in this market,” Sivan said about Knutsen, “and that’s what became really sad and disappointing to me.”

Sivan said she tried calling Knutsen both before and after HuffPost published her account but never heard back. (She said Knutsen did leave her a voicemail message two weeks later).

When the New York Times broke its story in which multiple women accused Weinstein of misconduct, Sivan said she told one of the station’s producers that she had her own “crazy Harvey Weinstein story.” She thought KTTV would jump at the chance to broadcast her story.

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But instead, she said the producer told her: “We’re good.” (She declined to name the producer, who still works at the station.)

That day, Sivan said, she got a call from HuffPost reporter Yashar Ali and decided to tell her story publicly for the first time: She said that Weinstein had cornered her at an empty restaurant in New York City and tried to kiss her. When she refused, she said, he masturbated in front of her, eventually ejaculating into a nearby potted plant. “Once he was done, I was allowed to leave,” she said. (Weinstein, who is awaiting trial in New York on multiple felony sexual assault charges, has publicly denied “any allegations of non-consensual sex.”)

Sivan’s story quickly went viral, partly because of its graphic details and partly because she was the first to come forward following the initial Times report. “Megyn Kelly Today” flew her to New York the following Monday to tape a live interview.

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Sivan’s colleagues at Fox 11 were surprised that the station didn’t capitalize on her role in one of the biggest news stories of the year. “Everyone in the newsroom was surprised that we didn’t give her a platform to tell her story,” one station employee who declined to be identified told TheWrap. “There was never a reason given why she didn’t tell her story to us.”

The freeze-out of Sivan by KTTV came almost immediately. “For about two weeks I wasn’t on the air,” she said. “I thought it was just until things calmed down so I didn’t read too much into it.”

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When Sivan was put back on rotation two weeks later, she said it was clear that she had been demoted. Her shifts were “fewer and far between,” and tended to come on weekends and nights and featured less-desirable assignments, she said.

“I was no longer covering the A-block stories,” Sivan said. “I was sent out to cover a kid who got bit by a dog.”

Sivan’s manager, John Ferriter, said he too was surprised by the station’s response. “We kept thinking they were going to do more with her because she was in the middle of the story but the reaction was the opposite,” he told TheWrap. “It was as if she didn’t exist there.”

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These days, Sivan is hosting a daily radio show on KABC with Dr. Drew Pinsky, “Dr. Drew Midday Live With Lauren Sivan,” and an Oxygen crime show, “Abuse of Power.”

Another upcoming Oxygen show is also in the works.

For Sivan, the coup de grace came after Weinstein was arrested in New York City on May 25, when she said Fox 11 finally reached out for her to appear on air — as a source.

They had the nerve to call me after I lost my job,” she said. “They called me to give them a soundbite and that made me so angry.”

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Lauren Sivan, an on-air reporter for Fox’s KTTV in Los Angeles, says the station sidelined her after she came forward last October to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

Sivan told TheWrap in an exclusive interview that she was stunned by her treatment at the station after her bombshell account that Weinstein masturbated into a plant in front of her at a restaurant in New York City in 2007. “I just felt like the station that I put my heart and soul into for seven years just used it as an excuse to get rid of me,” she said.

The veteran broadcaster said she worked three shifts per week for Fox 11, covering a variety of stories — until HuffPost published her account. In the nine months since then, Sivan said she has worked a total of six shifts at Fox 11 — her last time appearing on air was February 20.

She said the station called three more times since then asking her to fill-in last minute, which she was unable to do. She provided a screen grab of a text she said was sent from her assignment manager at 1:21 p.m. on May 15, asking if she could work at 3 p.m. later that day. “I was definitely the last person they called,” Sivan said.

Neither a spokesman for KTTV nor news director Kris Knutsen responded to repeated requests for comment.

While other news directors in the L.A. market called Sivan to offer support after she made her accusation, she said there was radio silence from her employer and particularly Knutsen.

“She’s the only female news director in this market,” Sivan said about Knutsen, “and that’s what became really sad and disappointing to me.”

Sivan said she tried calling Knutsen both before and after HuffPost published her account but never heard back. (She said Knutsen did leave her a voicemail message two weeks later).

When the New York Times broke its story in which multiple women accused Weinstein of misconduct, Sivan said she told one of the station’s producers that she had her own “crazy Harvey Weinstein story.” She thought KTTV would jump at the chance to broadcast her story.

But instead, she said the producer told her: “We’re good.” (She declined to name the producer, who still works at the station.)

That day, Sivan said, she got a call from HuffPost reporter Yashar Ali and decided to tell her story publicly for the first time: She said that Weinstein had cornered her at an empty restaurant in New York City and tried to kiss her. When she refused, she said, he masturbated in front of her, eventually ejaculating into a nearby potted plant. “Once he was done, I was allowed to leave,” she said. (Weinstein, who is awaiting trial in New York on multiple felony sexual assault charges, has publicly denied “any allegations of non-consensual sex.”)

Sivan’s story quickly went viral, partly because of its graphic details and partly because she was the first to come forward following the initial Times report. “Megyn Kelly Today” flew her to New York the following Monday to tape a live interview.

Sivan’s colleagues at Fox 11 were surprised that the station didn’t capitalize on her role in one of the biggest news stories of the year. “Everyone in the newsroom was surprised that we didn’t give her a platform to tell her story,” one station employee who declined to be identified told TheWrap. “There was never a reason given why she didn’t tell her story to us.”

The freeze-out of Sivan by KTTV came almost immediately. “For about two weeks I wasn’t on the air,” she said. “I thought it was just until things calmed down so I didn’t read too much into it.”

When Sivan was put back on rotation two weeks later, she said it was clear that she had been demoted. Her shifts were “fewer and far between,” and tended to come on weekends and nights and featured less-desirable assignments, she said.

“I was no longer covering the A-block stories,” Sivan said. “I was sent out to cover a kid who got bit by a dog.”

Sivan’s manager, John Ferriter, said he too was surprised by the station’s response. “We kept thinking they were going to do more with her because she was in the middle of the story but the reaction was the opposite,” he told TheWrap. “It was as if she didn’t exist there.”

These days, Sivan is hosting a daily radio show on KABC with Dr. Drew Pinsky, “Dr. Drew Midday Live With Lauren Sivan,” and an Oxygen crime show, “Abuse of Power.”

Another upcoming Oxygen show is also in the works.

For Sivan, the coup de grace came after Weinstein was arrested in New York City on May 25, when she said Fox 11 finally reached out for her to appear on air — as a source.

They had the nerve to call me after I lost my job,” she said. “They called me to give them a soundbite and that made me so angry.”

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Fox News Contributor Apologizes for ‘Offensive’ On-Air Comment to Black Panelist

Fox News contributor David Bossie offered a full apology on Sunday after he told an African-American guest on “Fox & Friends” that he was out of his “cotton picking” mind.

“During a heated segment on Fox & Friends today, I should have chosen my words more carefully and never used the offensive phrase that I did,” said Bossie in a tweet. “I apologize to Joel Payne, Fox News and its viewers.”

During a heated segment on Fox & Friends today, I should have chosen my words more carefully and never used the offensive phrase that I did. I apologize to Joel Payne, Fox News and its viewers.

— David Bossie (@David_Bossie) June 24, 2018

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The moment took place on “Fox & Friends” on Sunday. The guest, Democratic strategist Joel Payne, reacted with immediate outrage.

“Cotton-picking mind? Brother, let me tell you something,” he said. “I got some relatives who pick cotton and I’m not going to sit here and allow you to attack me like that on TV. I’m not out of my cotton-picking mind”

You can watch the moment, first captured by journalist Yashar Ali, below.

On Fox News, David Bossie, former Trump Deputy Campaign Manager, telling a black panelist that he’s “out of his cotton-picking mind.” pic.twitter.com/wpoqHKbINw

— Yashar Ali ???? (@yashar) June 24, 2018

While Fox News sometimes ignores racial remarks on their airwaves — like contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy’s observations about black people and housing projects — it swiftly moved to distance itself from Bossie.

“David Bossie’s comments today were deeply offensive and wholly inappropriate. His remarks do not reflect the sentiments of FOX News and we do not in any way condone them,” a spokesperson told TheWrap. The network declined to say whether Bossie would face any on-air consequences.

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Fox News contributor David Bossie offered a full apology on Sunday after he told an African-American guest on “Fox & Friends” that he was out of his “cotton picking” mind.

“During a heated segment on Fox & Friends today, I should have chosen my words more carefully and never used the offensive phrase that I did,” said Bossie in a tweet. “I apologize to Joel Payne, Fox News and its viewers.”

The moment took place on “Fox & Friends” on Sunday. The guest, Democratic strategist Joel Payne, reacted with immediate outrage.

“Cotton-picking mind? Brother, let me tell you something,” he said. “I got some relatives who pick cotton and I’m not going to sit here and allow you to attack me like that on TV. I’m not out of my cotton-picking mind”

You can watch the moment, first captured by journalist Yashar Ali, below.

While Fox News sometimes ignores racial remarks on their airwaves — like contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy’s observations about black people and housing projects — it swiftly moved to distance itself from Bossie.

“David Bossie’s comments today were deeply offensive and wholly inappropriate. His remarks do not reflect the sentiments of FOX News and we do not in any way condone them,” a spokesperson told TheWrap. The network declined to say whether Bossie would face any on-air consequences.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Fox News Contributor: Black People Say Detention Centers Better Than 'the Projects That I Grew up In'

Joe Scarborough Drags Fox News: 'Swallowed the President's Lies Whole'

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Fox TV vs Fox News: Seth MacFarlane and Steve Levitan Lead a Family Feud Over Immigrant Separations

Laura Ingraham Vacation Follows Familiar Fox News Playbook: ‘Don’t Poke the Tiger’

Laura Ingraham’s auspiciously timed vacation in the midst of a firestorm over her tweet about school shooting survivor David Hogg follows a familiar pattern for Fox News personalities on the hot seat, according to multiple industry insiders.

As the number of sponsors who have pulled ads from “The Ingraham Angle” has swelled, media journalsit Yashar Ali told TheWrap that the network is responding according to a time-worn strategy: “Take a break, don’t poke the tiger, let things calm down.”

The official line is that Ingraham is off the air this week for some “pre-planned” Easter-season R&R, and that she will return to the air. But critics noted the corporate value in giving an off-air break to talent under such heavy fire.

Also Read: Geraldo Rivera: ‘I Don’t Know’ If Laura Ingraham Will Survive ‘Indefensible’ Attack on David Hogg (Exclusive)

“Fox News uses this vacation tactic to buy time so they can evaluate the long-term prospects of the advertiser actions, as well as viewer sentiment,” former Fox News president Joe Peyronnin told TheWrap on Tuesday.

A Fox News spokesperson said the vacation suggestion “is entirely false” and added: “Joe Peyronnin never ran any part of Fox News Channel, nor was he its president – he failed in every attempt to get a version of Fox News off the ground in the 90’s, yet still embarrassingly claims to be an authority on the network.”

Ingraham’s vacation follows well-timed breaks for network luminaries as Sean Hannity, Jesse Watters and Bill O’Reilly after they riled up heavy opposition — and in several cases, faced down sponsor boycotts of their own.

“It’s very basic crisis communications: Remove the lighting rod from the situation,” Angelo Carusone, president of the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America, said. “At Fox, they’re almost essential because their prime time hosts can’t do a show without saying something inflammatory; it’s their business model.”

Hogg, the Parkland, Florida, high school senior, called for a boycott of Ingraham sponsors after she tweeted last Wednesday that he “whines” about his college rejections, urging his online followers to contact her 100-plus recent advertisers from a list published by Media Matters.

Also Read: Piers Morgan Rips ‘Absurd Over-Reaction’ to Laura Ingraham’s David Hogg Tweet

So far at least 19 brands have pulled ads from “The Ingraham Angle” despite her tweeted apology to the high schooler-turned-activist.

Fox News’ current co-president Jack Abernethy issued a strong statement of support for Ingraham to the Los Angeles Times, promising her return to the air this Monday.

This is not the first time a Fox News star has stepped off air for a vacations that was announced as planned but conveniently fell when he was in the midst of controversy.

“Uh oh My ANNUAL Memorial Day long weekend starts NOW. Destroy Trump/Conservative media breathless coverage starts! Did Hannity do last show?,” host Sean Hannity joked last May after leaving for his annual Memorial Day vacation — two days early, in the midst of an advertiser revolt following his unfounded speculation about the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.

Uh oh My ANNUAL Memorial Day long weekend starts NOW. Destroy Trump/Conservative media breathless coverage starts! Did Hannity do last show?

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 25, 2017

Also Read: Laura Ingraham Will Return Next Monday Despite Ad Boycott, Fox News Says

Fox News is currently facing a lawsuit from Rich’s parents over this now retracted article that suggested, without substantiation, that Rich was killed in retaliation for providing DNC emails to WikiLeaks. (Reps for Fox News have not commented on the suit.)

As with Ingraham, the channel vowed at the time that Hannity would return.

“Like the rest of the country, Sean Hannity is taking a vacation for Memorial Day weekend and will be back on Tuesday. Those who suggest otherwise are going to look foolish,” a Fox News spokesperson told TheWrap at the time.

And Hannity did return — as did his colleague Jesse Watters after a sexually charged joke about Ivanka Trump briefly forced him off the air.

Also Read: Bill O’Reilly Slams ‘Powerful, Shadowy, Radical’ Boycott Against Laura Ingraham

But it doesn’t always work that way: Former network ratings king Bill O’Reilly went on vacation last April in the midst of reports about multiple monetary settlements with women who had accused him of sexual harassment as well as the flight of advertisers over the issue — and he was ousted from the network before he could go back on air.

The final broadcast of “O’Reilly Factor,” which ran almost commercial free, promised a full report on the host’s trip to Italy. (At least he got to meet the pope.)

It remains to be seen whether Ingraham — who has only had her own primetime show since last October but has consistently performed well in the ratings — can survive the current firestorm.

Also Read: Laura Ingraham’s Fox News Show Lost More Than Half Its Ad Time Last Week

Even Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera said Monday that he couldn’t say for sure how the Ingraham situation would shake out. “It’s not going to be an easy road,” he told TheWrap.

Peyronnin thinks that the response of both the network and the host has been lacking so far. “Regretfully, Fox News executives are trying to change the subject to censorship and ‘agenda driven-intimidation’ in order to appeal to Ingraham supporters,” he said, adding that the host would be better served by offering a fuller mea culpa than the one she gave last week.

“An appropriate and heartfelt apology by Ingraham is the responsible course of action,” he said.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Piers Morgan Rips ‘Absurd Over-Reaction’ to Laura Ingraham’s David Hogg Tweet

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Laura Ingraham Will Return Next Monday Despite Ad Boycott, Fox News Says

Laura Ingraham’s Fox News Show Lost More Than Half Its Ad Time Last Week

Laura Ingraham’s auspiciously timed vacation in the midst of a firestorm over her tweet about school shooting survivor David Hogg follows a familiar pattern for Fox News personalities on the hot seat, according to multiple industry insiders.

As the number of sponsors who have pulled ads from “The Ingraham Angle” has swelled, media journalsit Yashar Ali told TheWrap that the network is responding according to a time-worn strategy: “Take a break, don’t poke the tiger, let things calm down.”

The official line is that Ingraham is off the air this week for some “pre-planned” Easter-season R&R, and that she will return to the air. But critics noted the corporate value in giving an off-air break to talent under such heavy fire.

“Fox News uses this vacation tactic to buy time so they can evaluate the long-term prospects of the advertiser actions, as well as viewer sentiment,” former Fox News president Joe Peyronnin told TheWrap on Tuesday.

A Fox News spokesperson said the vacation suggestion “is entirely false” and added: “Joe Peyronnin never ran any part of Fox News Channel, nor was he its president – he failed in every attempt to get a version of Fox News off the ground in the 90’s, yet still embarrassingly claims to be an authority on the network.”

Ingraham’s vacation follows well-timed breaks for network luminaries as Sean Hannity, Jesse Watters and Bill O’Reilly after they riled up heavy opposition — and in several cases, faced down sponsor boycotts of their own.

“It’s very basic crisis communications: Remove the lighting rod from the situation,” Angelo Carusone, president of the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America, said. “At Fox, they’re almost essential because their prime time hosts can’t do a show without saying something inflammatory; it’s their business model.”

Hogg, the Parkland, Florida, high school senior, called for a boycott of Ingraham sponsors after she tweeted last Wednesday that he “whines” about his college rejections, urging his online followers to contact her 100-plus recent advertisers from a list published by Media Matters.

So far at least 19 brands have pulled ads from “The Ingraham Angle” despite her tweeted apology to the high schooler-turned-activist.

Fox News’ current co-president Jack Abernethy issued a strong statement of support for Ingraham to the Los Angeles Times, promising her return to the air this Monday.

This is not the first time a Fox News star has stepped off air for a vacations that was announced as planned but conveniently fell when he was in the midst of controversy.

“Uh oh My ANNUAL Memorial Day long weekend starts NOW. Destroy Trump/Conservative media breathless coverage starts! Did Hannity do last show?,” host Sean Hannity joked last May after leaving for his annual Memorial Day vacation — two days early, in the midst of an advertiser revolt following his unfounded speculation about the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.

Fox News is currently facing a lawsuit from Rich’s parents over this now retracted article that suggested, without substantiation, that Rich was killed in retaliation for providing DNC emails to WikiLeaks. (Reps for Fox News have not commented on the suit.)

As with Ingraham, the channel vowed at the time that Hannity would return.

“Like the rest of the country, Sean Hannity is taking a vacation for Memorial Day weekend and will be back on Tuesday. Those who suggest otherwise are going to look foolish,” a Fox News spokesperson told TheWrap at the time.

And Hannity did return — as did his colleague Jesse Watters after a sexually charged joke about Ivanka Trump briefly forced him off the air.

But it doesn’t always work that way: Former network ratings king Bill O’Reilly went on vacation last April in the midst of reports about multiple monetary settlements with women who had accused him of sexual harassment as well as the flight of advertisers over the issue — and he was ousted from the network before he could go back on air.

The final broadcast of “O’Reilly Factor,” which ran almost commercial free, promised a full report on the host’s trip to Italy. (At least he got to meet the pope.)

It remains to be seen whether Ingraham — who has only had her own primetime show since last October but has consistently performed well in the ratings — can survive the current firestorm.

Even Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera said Monday that he couldn’t say for sure how the Ingraham situation would shake out. “It’s not going to be an easy road,” he told TheWrap.

Peyronnin thinks that the response of both the network and the host has been lacking so far. “Regretfully, Fox News executives are trying to change the subject to censorship and ‘agenda driven-intimidation’ in order to appeal to Ingraham supporters,” he said, adding that the host would be better served by offering a fuller mea culpa than the one she gave last week.

“An appropriate and heartfelt apology by Ingraham is the responsible course of action,” he said.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Piers Morgan Rips 'Absurd Over-Reaction' to Laura Ingraham's David Hogg Tweet

Geraldo Rivera: 'I Don't Know' If Laura Ingraham Will Survive 'Indefensible' Attack on David Hogg (Exclusive)

Laura Ingraham Will Return Next Monday Despite Ad Boycott, Fox News Says

Laura Ingraham's Fox News Show Lost More Than Half Its Ad Time Last Week

Rachel Dolezal Slammed for ‘Coolest Prince on the Planet’ Sweatshirt After H&M Gaffe

Rachel Dolezal is being slammed on social media for creating her own sweatshirt after H&M drew substantial criticism for an ad featuring a black child wearing a hoodie bearing the message, “Coolest monkey in the jungle.”

Dolezal took to Instagram to debut her “final version” of the frock, which relays a more positive message: “Coolest Prince on the Planet.” Her first version of the sweater, according to journalist Yashar Ali, read, “Coolest Prince in the Hood.”

“Final version. (World just sounded kind of corny, so I changed it to Planet)… Sent to printer’s. Facts: 1) Printed at local woman-of-color-owned shop. 2) Pre-order price is $1 less than cost. 3) I’m doing this for the Cause, so if you don’t like it then do your own thing (& let me know what you’re doing so I can support!) Link in bio. #goodvibesonly #hoodieseason#forthekids,” Dolezal wrote.

Also Read: H&M Apologizes, Again, for ‘Coolest Monkey’ Ad: We ‘Got This Wrong and We Are Deeply Sorry’

 

Rachel Dolezal, of all people, trying to co-opt the whole H&M debate is just…..I’ve had enough. pic.twitter.com/c2zeg6vb7f

— Yashar Ali ???? (@yashar) January 11, 2018

Many commented on her post asking where the proceeds were going to, and accused Dolezal, the white woman infamous for identifying herself as a black person for decades and running a chapter of the NAACP, for trying to profit of H&M’s controversial sweatshirt.

“So you’re trying to profit off of this?? Shameful,” commented one user, while another said, “Where are the proceeds going to?”

“Take a f—ing seat all you’re tryin to do is capitolize [sic] on a sensitive situation by putting your bulls— product out ‘protesting’ the controversy surrounding h&m and what they did to your son,” wrote another user, referring to what Dolezal’s claim that her son has was called a “monkey” when he was in the second grade.

“Are you trying to exploit our pain?” said another.

However, some rushed to Dolezal’s defense. One user wrote, “I guess she could just sit around and b— and moan like 99 percent of everyone else… but instead she has taken initiative to provide a positive response.”

Also Read: The Weeknd Cuts Ties With H&M Over ‘Coolest Monkey’ Hoodie

Several reimagined versions of the sweatshirt popped up on social media in the wake of H&M’s gaffe, likely inspiring Dolezal’s version:

Over the past months I was genuinely excited about launching my upcoming line and collaboration with @HM… Unfortunately, after seeing the disturbing image yesterday, my excitement over our global campaign quickly evaporated, and I’ve decided at this time our partnership needs to end. Whether an oblivious oversight or not, it’s truly sad and disturbing that in 2018, something so racially and culturally insensitive could pass by the eyes of so many (stylist, photographer, creative and marketing teams) and be deemed acceptable. I can’t allow for my name and brand to be associated with a company that could let this happen. I hope that this situation will serve as the wake up call that H&M and other companies need to get on track and become racially and culturally aware, as well as more diverse at every level.

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H&M drew fire for the ad early in the week. Initially, the company reacted by removing the image, ultimately choosing to remove the garment from sale altogether. It then issued an apology: “Our position is simple and unequivocal – we have got this wrong and we are deeply sorry.”

Prominent critics of the ad included the musician The Weeknd, who had a partnership with H&M but signaled his intention to cut ties with the company on Monday after being made aware of the ad. NBA player LeBron James and rapper/mogul Sean Combs were also among the high-profile critics of the ad.

Dolezal’s life began to unravel two years ago when a TV reporter asked her, “Are you African-American?” and she turned from the camera and fled. After the incident went viral, her Caucasian parents came forward with photos of her childhood as a freckle-faced blonde and claims that her roots are German and Czech, with traces of Native American ancestry.

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Rachel Dolezal is being slammed on social media for creating her own sweatshirt after H&M drew substantial criticism for an ad featuring a black child wearing a hoodie bearing the message, “Coolest monkey in the jungle.”

Dolezal took to Instagram to debut her “final version” of the frock, which relays a more positive message: “Coolest Prince on the Planet.” Her first version of the sweater, according to journalist Yashar Ali, read, “Coolest Prince in the Hood.”

“Final version. (World just sounded kind of corny, so I changed it to Planet)… Sent to printer’s. Facts: 1) Printed at local woman-of-color-owned shop. 2) Pre-order price is $1 less than cost. 3) I’m doing this for the Cause, so if you don’t like it then do your own thing (& let me know what you’re doing so I can support!) Link in bio. #goodvibesonly #hoodieseason#forthekids,” Dolezal wrote.

 

Many commented on her post asking where the proceeds were going to, and accused Dolezal, the white woman infamous for identifying herself as a black person for decades and running a chapter of the NAACP, for trying to profit of H&M’s controversial sweatshirt.

“So you’re trying to profit off of this?? Shameful,” commented one user, while another said, “Where are the proceeds going to?”

“Take a f—ing seat all you’re tryin to do is capitolize [sic] on a sensitive situation by putting your bulls— product out ‘protesting’ the controversy surrounding h&m and what they did to your son,” wrote another user, referring to what Dolezal’s claim that her son has was called a “monkey” when he was in the second grade.

“Are you trying to exploit our pain?” said another.

However, some rushed to Dolezal’s defense. One user wrote, “I guess she could just sit around and b— and moan like 99 percent of everyone else… but instead she has taken initiative to provide a positive response.”

Several reimagined versions of the sweatshirt popped up on social media in the wake of H&M’s gaffe, likely inspiring Dolezal’s version:

H&M drew fire for the ad early in the week. Initially, the company reacted by removing the image, ultimately choosing to remove the garment from sale altogether. It then issued an apology: “Our position is simple and unequivocal – we have got this wrong and we are deeply sorry.”

Prominent critics of the ad included the musician The Weeknd, who had a partnership with H&M but signaled his intention to cut ties with the company on Monday after being made aware of the ad. NBA player LeBron James and rapper/mogul Sean Combs were also among the high-profile critics of the ad.

Dolezal’s life began to unravel two years ago when a TV reporter asked her, “Are you African-American?” and she turned from the camera and fled. After the incident went viral, her Caucasian parents came forward with photos of her childhood as a freckle-faced blonde and claims that her roots are German and Czech, with traces of Native American ancestry.

Related stories from TheWrap:

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Kirstie Alley Calls Journalist “Hateful” & Bigoted For Scientology Posts

Kirstie Alley, actress and Scientologist, called writer Yashar Ali “hateful” after the Huffington Post writer pointed out her seemingly contradictory responses to rape allegations against Danny Masterson and Paul Haggis.
“Man, you really hate this religion,” Alley tweeted today. “What religion are you Sir? Just curious if you write bigoted sh*t about all religions or just this one? I think it’s YOU who is really enjoying this downfall [of Haggis] as it gives you another…

Kirstie Alley, actress and Scientologist, called writer Yashar Ali “hateful” after the Huffington Post writer pointed out her seemingly contradictory responses to rape allegations against Danny Masterson and Paul Haggis. “Man, you really hate this religion,” Alley tweeted today. “What religion are you Sir? Just curious if you write bigoted sh*t about all religions or just this one? I think it’s YOU who is really enjoying this downfall [of Haggis] as it gives you another…

UTA Drops Danny Masterson Amid Rape Accusations

Danny Masterson has been dropped by UTA following a series of sexual assault allegations lobbed against the actor, TheWrap has confirmed.

In March, three women told the Los Angeles Police Department that they were sexually assaulted by Masterson in the early 2000s. The accusers say they came into contact with Masterson through the Church of Scientology, and were pressured into keeping the allegations quiet by the Church, according to a report from Tony Ortega, a journalist who runs an anti-Scientology website called The Underground Bunker.

A fourth accuser came forward later, though by then the LAPD investigation into Masterson had “stalled,” per Huffington Post reporter Yashar Ali. The cops would not approve that complaint, Ali wrote. Actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini suggested the falling apart of the police probe could have something to do with the Church’s regular donations to local law enforcement.

Also Read: Netflix Exec Out After Telling Danny Masterson Accuser ‘We Don’t Believe’ Misconduct Claims

In a statement, the Church of Scientology said: “The Church adamantly denies that it ever ignores any allegations of criminal behavior, especially at the expense of alleged victims. What is being stated is utterly untrue. This has nothing to do with religion. This story is being manipulated to push a bigoted agenda. The Church follows all laws and cooperates with law enforcement. Any statement or implication to the contrary is false.”

Masterson has denied the rape charges, having previously called the accounts “false allegations.”

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Danny Masterson has been dropped by UTA following a series of sexual assault allegations lobbed against the actor, TheWrap has confirmed.

In March, three women told the Los Angeles Police Department that they were sexually assaulted by Masterson in the early 2000s. The accusers say they came into contact with Masterson through the Church of Scientology, and were pressured into keeping the allegations quiet by the Church, according to a report from Tony Ortega, a journalist who runs an anti-Scientology website called The Underground Bunker.

A fourth accuser came forward later, though by then the LAPD investigation into Masterson had “stalled,” per Huffington Post reporter Yashar Ali. The cops would not approve that complaint, Ali wrote. Actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini suggested the falling apart of the police probe could have something to do with the Church’s regular donations to local law enforcement.

In a statement, the Church of Scientology said: “The Church adamantly denies that it ever ignores any allegations of criminal behavior, especially at the expense of alleged victims. What is being stated is utterly untrue. This has nothing to do with religion. This story is being manipulated to push a bigoted agenda. The Church follows all laws and cooperates with law enforcement. Any statement or implication to the contrary is false.”

Masterson has denied the rape charges, having previously called the accounts “false allegations.”

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Mira Sorvino Praises Her Father After He Threatens to Kill Harvey Weinstein

As far as Mira Sorvino is concerned, her father is a stand-up guy, even if — or perhaps especially if — he wants to lay Harvey Weinstein out flat.

Sorvino took to Twitter on Wednesday to heap praise on her dad, “Goodfellas” actor Paul Sorvino, after the elder Sorvino threatened to kill scandal-plagued producer Harvey Weinstein.

On Wednesday, TMZ published video of the elder Sorvino railing against Weinstein, who Sorvino has accused of damaging her career after she refused his advances.

Also Read: Paul Sorvino on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Will Kill the Motherf–er’ (Video)

“He’s gonna go to jail. Oh, yeah. That son of a bitch,” Sorvino said. “Good for him that he goes, because if not, he has to meet me, and I will kill the motherf–er. Real simple.”

Sorvino’s praise for her protective papa came in a response to writer Yashar Ali’s recounting on Twitter of Paul Sorvino’s comments to TMZ, as well as Mira Sorvino’s words of admiration about her father when she won an Oscar for “Mighty Aphrodite.”

The younger Sorvino chose to focus on her Oscars speech, but made it clear that her love for her father “has only continued to grow” since then.

Also Read: ‘Bad Santa’ Director: The Weinsteins Blacklisted Mira Sorvino From My Movie Too

“My love for my father has only continued to grow since this moment. All the love in my heart!” Sorvino wrote. “He is the most loving father, the most brilliant actor, the most beautiful operatic tenor, the most talented visual artist- the wisest and most human advice giver, & best Grandpa ever!!”

In a December New Yorker article, the younger Sorvino said that she felt “iced out” after rejecting Weinstein’s advances.

“There may have been other factors, but I definitely felt iced out and that my rejection of Harvey had something to do with it,” Sorvino said.

“Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson seemed to confirm Sorvino’s suspicion in an interview with New Zealand’s Stuff, saying that Weinstein told him that Sorvino and Ashley Judd were a “nightmare” to work with.

Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Fires Back at Peter Jackson Over Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino Blacklisting (Update)

“At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing,” he said. “I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women — and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.”

Weinstein denied the accusation in a statement from his spokesperson that read, in part, “There was no indication that Mira Sorvino had any issues until Mr. Weinstein read about the complaints in the news … As recently as this year, Mira Sorvino called Mr. Weinstein and asked if her husband could be part of the SEAL television series [Six] he was producing and Mr. Weinstein cast him; when Christopher Backus received a better offer, Mr. Weinstein allowed him to amicably break his contact to pursue the opportunity.”

What’s less deniable? Sorvino’s admiration for her father.

My love for my father has only continued to grow since this moment. All the love in my heart! He is the most loving father, the most brilliant actor, the most beautiful operatic tenor, the most talented visual artist- the wisest and most human advice giver, & best Grandpa ever!! https://t.co/H1u1IYj6f8

– Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) January 3, 2018

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Paul Sorvino on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Will Kill the Motherf—er’ (Video)

As far as Mira Sorvino is concerned, her father is a stand-up guy, even if — or perhaps especially if — he wants to lay Harvey Weinstein out flat.

Sorvino took to Twitter on Wednesday to heap praise on her dad, “Goodfellas” actor Paul Sorvino, after the elder Sorvino threatened to kill scandal-plagued producer Harvey Weinstein.

On Wednesday, TMZ published video of the elder Sorvino railing against Weinstein, who Sorvino has accused of damaging her career after she refused his advances.

“He’s gonna go to jail. Oh, yeah. That son of a bitch,” Sorvino said. “Good for him that he goes, because if not, he has to meet me, and I will kill the motherf–er. Real simple.”

Sorvino’s praise for her protective papa came in a response to writer Yashar Ali’s recounting on Twitter of Paul Sorvino’s comments to TMZ, as well as Mira Sorvino’s words of admiration about her father when she won an Oscar for “Mighty Aphrodite.”

The younger Sorvino chose to focus on her Oscars speech, but made it clear that her love for her father “has only continued to grow” since then.

“My love for my father has only continued to grow since this moment. All the love in my heart!” Sorvino wrote. “He is the most loving father, the most brilliant actor, the most beautiful operatic tenor, the most talented visual artist- the wisest and most human advice giver, & best Grandpa ever!!”

In a December New Yorker article, the younger Sorvino said that she felt “iced out” after rejecting Weinstein’s advances.

“There may have been other factors, but I definitely felt iced out and that my rejection of Harvey had something to do with it,” Sorvino said.

“Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson seemed to confirm Sorvino’s suspicion in an interview with New Zealand’s Stuff, saying that Weinstein told him that Sorvino and Ashley Judd were a “nightmare” to work with.

“At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing,” he said. “I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women — and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.”

Weinstein denied the accusation in a statement from his spokesperson that read, in part, “There was no indication that Mira Sorvino had any issues until Mr. Weinstein read about the complaints in the news … As recently as this year, Mira Sorvino called Mr. Weinstein and asked if her husband could be part of the SEAL television series [Six] he was producing and Mr. Weinstein cast him; when Christopher Backus received a better offer, Mr. Weinstein allowed him to amicably break his contact to pursue the opportunity.”

What’s less deniable? Sorvino’s admiration for her father.

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Leah Remini on Danny Masterson Rape Probe: Scientology ‘Aligned Itself’ With LAPD

The Church of Scientology has a strategic alliance with law enforcement, former believer Leah Remini said, one that potentially diverts scrutiny over matters like the multiple rape accusations made against church member Danny Masterson.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Beast, Remini said Scientology had “aligned itself” with the Hollywood division of the Los Angeles Police Department and its Captain Cory Palka through activities like fundraising.

“Every year around Christmastime [Scientology’s] Celebrity Centre International … presents the Hollywood Police Department with a check for this Police Activities League, which gives back to children,” Remini told writer Marlow Stern.

“What it’s done is it’s aligned itself as per its policies, because there are Scientology policies that say, ‘Safe-point yourself to the area police department because then nobody will attack your good works,’ so it’s all very pointed and calculated,” Remini said.

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A Scientology spokesperson contacted by TheWrap said Remini is “attacking the Church and now the LAPD as part of her self-promotion and anti-religious hate campaign.”

The spokesperson, Karin Pouw, added that “giving Leah Remini a forum to spew more lies about Scientology is the same as providing a forum to the KKK to spread their racial and religious hatred.”

The ties between the LAPD and Scientology were touched on in the Daily Beast report when discussing the renewed interest in multiple accusations of rape against Masterson, star of the Netflix Original “The Ranch.” The actor denies the charges, having previously called the accounts “false allegations.”

The accusations were first reported in March by ex-church member Tony Ortega, who had evidence of three women approaching police saying they were assaulted by Masterson (they all met through the Church of Scientology, the report said, and all made the church aware of the assaults). In early November, Yashar Ali of the Huffington Post reported a fourth accuser had come forward but the LAPD investigation had “stalled,” and the police would not approve the filing of charges.

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An LAPD spokesperson did not return TheWrap’s request for comment, though the Daily Beast received an email from the police saying “captain is not making any comments.” A rep for Masterson did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

In the context of Masterson, Remni resurfaced her frustration with the LAPD in investigating the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige. She made international news in 2013 when Remini filed a missing persons report concerning her well-being, saying Shelly had not been seen in public since 2007.

“The Los Angeles Police Department investigated Remini’s fraudulent missing person report regarding Mrs. Miscavige and concluded it was unfounded. Repeating bogus allegations is irresponsible,” Shelly Miscavige’s lawyer Jeffrey Riffer wrote TheWrap on Saturday.

A friend of Remini’s and LAPD Detective Kevin Becker told The Daily Beast that many in his department were unsatisfied into the investigation of Shelly Miscavige’s whereabouts.

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“I and many other detectives believe that the ‘investigation’ was VERY poorly handled and LAPD fell way short on this one,” Becker said.

The Masterson accusations are still under police investigation. The case reentered the spotlight over heightened awareness of sexual misconduct accusations in Hollywood following the implosion of Harvey Weinstein.

Masterson’s accusers, one named Chrissie Carnell Bixler who was revealed as a former lover of Masterson’s by his publicist, banded together to criticize the streaming giant for not disciplining the actor.

“For me, what Netflix has done feels like a continuation of how the Church of Scientology made me feel when I reported my rape to them, as well as how Danny Masterson made me feel when I would beg him for an apology, an explanation, anything,” Bixler told the Daily Beast in a previous story.

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“I was made to feel unimportant. I was made to feel like I didn’t matter,” she added.

Netflix took swift action with accused abusers like Kevin Spacey, shelving a Gore Vidal biopic it planned to release and refusing to air their flagship series “House of Cards” if production continued with him in the lead role.

“We are aware of the allegations and the subsequent investigation, and will respond if developments occur,” Netflix said of the Masterson accusations.

A fourth season of “The Ranch,” co-starring Ashton Kutcher and Debra Winger, is slated to air in December. A fifth season is already in production.

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The Church of Scientology has a strategic alliance with law enforcement, former believer Leah Remini said, one that potentially diverts scrutiny over matters like the multiple rape accusations made against church member Danny Masterson.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Beast, Remini said Scientology had “aligned itself” with the Hollywood division of the Los Angeles Police Department and its Captain Cory Palka through activities like fundraising.

“Every year around Christmastime [Scientology’s] Celebrity Centre International … presents the Hollywood Police Department with a check for this Police Activities League, which gives back to children,” Remini told writer Marlow Stern.

“What it’s done is it’s aligned itself as per its policies, because there are Scientology policies that say, ‘Safe-point yourself to the area police department because then nobody will attack your good works,’ so it’s all very pointed and calculated,” Remini said.

A Scientology spokesperson contacted by TheWrap said Remini is “attacking the Church and now the LAPD as part of her self-promotion and anti-religious hate campaign.”

The spokesperson, Karin Pouw, added that “giving Leah Remini a forum to spew more lies about Scientology is the same as providing a forum to the KKK to spread their racial and religious hatred.”

The ties between the LAPD and Scientology were touched on in the Daily Beast report when discussing the renewed interest in multiple accusations of rape against Masterson, star of the Netflix Original “The Ranch.” The actor denies the charges, having previously called the accounts “false allegations.”

The accusations were first reported in March by ex-church member Tony Ortega, who had evidence of three women approaching police saying they were assaulted by Masterson (they all met through the Church of Scientology, the report said, and all made the church aware of the assaults). In early November, Yashar Ali of the Huffington Post reported a fourth accuser had come forward but the LAPD investigation had “stalled,” and the police would not approve the filing of charges.

An LAPD spokesperson did not return TheWrap’s request for comment, though the Daily Beast received an email from the police saying “captain is not making any comments.” A rep for Masterson did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

In the context of Masterson, Remni resurfaced her frustration with the LAPD in investigating the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige. She made international news in 2013 when Remini filed a missing persons report concerning her well-being, saying Shelly had not been seen in public since 2007.

“The Los Angeles Police Department investigated Remini’s fraudulent missing person report regarding Mrs. Miscavige and concluded it was unfounded. Repeating bogus allegations is irresponsible,” Shelly Miscavige’s lawyer Jeffrey Riffer wrote TheWrap on Saturday.

A friend of Remini’s and LAPD Detective Kevin Becker told The Daily Beast that many in his department were unsatisfied into the investigation of Shelly Miscavige’s whereabouts.

“I and many other detectives believe that the ‘investigation’ was VERY poorly handled and LAPD fell way short on this one,” Becker said.

The Masterson accusations are still under police investigation. The case reentered the spotlight over heightened awareness of sexual misconduct accusations in Hollywood following the implosion of Harvey Weinstein.

Masterson’s accusers, one named Chrissie Carnell Bixler who was revealed as a former lover of Masterson’s by his publicist, banded together to criticize the streaming giant for not disciplining the actor.

“For me, what Netflix has done feels like a continuation of how the Church of Scientology made me feel when I reported my rape to them, as well as how Danny Masterson made me feel when I would beg him for an apology, an explanation, anything,” Bixler told the Daily Beast in a previous story.

“I was made to feel unimportant. I was made to feel like I didn’t matter,” she added.

Netflix took swift action with accused abusers like Kevin Spacey, shelving a Gore Vidal biopic it planned to release and refusing to air their flagship series “House of Cards” if production continued with him in the lead role.

“We are aware of the allegations and the subsequent investigation, and will respond if developments occur,” Netflix said of the Masterson accusations.

A fourth season of “The Ranch,” co-starring Ashton Kutcher and Debra Winger, is slated to air in December. A fifth season is already in production.

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NBC Spiked Harvey Weinstein Story Despite Passing Network’s Fact-Checking, Legal Hurdles (Report)

NBC News spiked Ronan Farrow’s explosive story about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct despite the fact that his reporting passed the network’s fact-checking and legal hurdles, the Huffington Post reported Wednesday evening.

The piece, co-authored by freelancer Yashar Ali and HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen, quoted 12 sources “with direct knowledge of the reporting behind Farrow’s story” all of whom were only willing to speak anonymously.

According to Ali and Polgreen, Farrow was ordered to abandon the project, paid camera crews out of his own pocket and ultimately won permission to take it to another outlet — which is how The New Yorker wound up publishing his incendiary story on Tuesday.

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While the HuffPost piece avoids making any specific accusations about NBC’s motivation, Ali and Polgreen ultimately conclude that “it became difficult to tell where the Weinstein team’s attempts to discredit the story left off and NBC News’ editorial forbearance began.”

Representatives for NBC News did not immediately respond to email’s from The Wrap.

The new reporting backs up Farrow’s account — first offered on the Rachel Maddow show Tuesday — that his original story had repeatedly been found “reportable” by NBC before it was dropped, meaning that it met the network’s fact-checking and legal standards.

“I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier and immediately, obviously The New Yorker recognized that,” Farrow told the MSNBC host. “And it is not accurate to say it was not reportable and there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC.”

During a Wednesday company town hall, NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim directly refuted Farrow and reiterated the company line that the story was not “reportable” — a determination that seems increasingly tenuous after Ali and Polgreen’s reporting.

“We reached a point over the summer, where as an organization, we didn’t feel that we had all the elements that we needed to air it,” Oppenheim said. “Ronan very understandably wanted to keep forging ahead, so, we didn’t want to stand in his way and he took it to the New Yorker and did a ton more extraordinary work.”

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NBC News spiked Ronan Farrow’s explosive story about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct despite the fact that his reporting passed the network’s fact-checking and legal hurdles, the Huffington Post reported Wednesday evening.

The piece, co-authored by freelancer Yashar Ali and HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen, quoted 12 sources “with direct knowledge of the reporting behind Farrow’s story” all of whom were only willing to speak anonymously.

According to Ali and Polgreen, Farrow was ordered to abandon the project, paid camera crews out of his own pocket and ultimately won permission to take it to another outlet — which is how The New Yorker wound up publishing his incendiary story on Tuesday.

While the HuffPost piece avoids making any specific accusations about NBC’s motivation, Ali and Polgreen ultimately conclude that “it became difficult to tell where the Weinstein team’s attempts to discredit the story left off and NBC News’ editorial forbearance began.”

Representatives for NBC News did not immediately respond to email’s from The Wrap.

The new reporting backs up Farrow’s account — first offered on the Rachel Maddow show Tuesday — that his original story had repeatedly been found “reportable” by NBC before it was dropped, meaning that it met the network’s fact-checking and legal standards.

“I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier and immediately, obviously The New Yorker recognized that,” Farrow told the MSNBC host. “And it is not accurate to say it was not reportable and there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC.”

During a Wednesday company town hall, NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim directly refuted Farrow and reiterated the company line that the story was not “reportable” — a determination that seems increasingly tenuous after Ali and Polgreen’s reporting.

“We reached a point over the summer, where as an organization, we didn’t feel that we had all the elements that we needed to air it,” Oppenheim said. “Ronan very understandably wanted to keep forging ahead, so, we didn’t want to stand in his way and he took it to the New Yorker and did a ton more extraordinary work.”

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Harvey Weinstein Accuser Describes ‘Disgusting’ Encounter: He ‘Began Pleasuring Himself’ (Video)

Megyn Kelly opened her show Monday with a tour-de-force interview with Lauren Sivan, a television reporter who came forward on Friday to accuse Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

“He immediately exposed himself, and began pleasuring himself and I just stood there dumbfounded,” Sivan told Kelly after breaking her silence to journalist Yashar Ali over the weekend. “I was so shocked. I could not believe what I was witnessing. It was disgusting and kind of pathetic really.”

In a tense retelling of an encounter she said happened a decade ago, Sivan described how Weinstein had lured her into the kitchen of Cafe Socialista, a restaurant he owned in New York, blocked the door, and masturbated in front of her.

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“He cornered me in this vestibule. He leaned in and tried to kiss me, which I immediately rebuffed, and said, ‘Wow wow wow, I had no idea what this was. I’m sorry, I have a very serious boyfriend and I am not interested,’ and I thought it would end there,” she said. “But that’s when he blocked the entrance, or exit for me. and said, ‘Well then just stand there and be quiet.’ And that’s when I realized.”

Kelly is no stranger to the subject. While a star anchor at Fox News, she reported to investigators that then-CEO Roger Ailes had sexually harassed her and helped put an end to his career at the network.

According to a bombshell report from the New York Times last Thursday, Weinstein has settled sexual harassment suits with at least eight different women over the course of his decades-long career.

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“More than the disgusting act itself, which, of course, was gross, the demeaning part of it all, that just 20 minutes earlier he was having this great conversation with me,” said Sivan. “He finished and I said, ‘Can I go now?’ And he said, ‘Yes, let’s go let’s both go.’”

 

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Megyn Kelly opened her show Monday with a tour-de-force interview with Lauren Sivan, a television reporter who came forward on Friday to accuse Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

“He immediately exposed himself, and began pleasuring himself and I just stood there dumbfounded,” Sivan told Kelly after breaking her silence to journalist Yashar Ali over the weekend. “I was so shocked. I could not believe what I was witnessing. It was disgusting and kind of pathetic really.”

In a tense retelling of an encounter she said happened a decade ago, Sivan described how Weinstein had lured her into the kitchen of Cafe Socialista, a restaurant he owned in New York, blocked the door, and masturbated in front of her.

“He cornered me in this vestibule. He leaned in and tried to kiss me, which I immediately rebuffed, and said, ‘Wow wow wow, I had no idea what this was. I’m sorry, I have a very serious boyfriend and I am not interested,’ and I thought it would end there,” she said. “But that’s when he blocked the entrance, or exit for me. and said, ‘Well then just stand there and be quiet.’ And that’s when I realized.”

Kelly is no stranger to the subject. While a star anchor at Fox News, she reported to investigators that then-CEO Roger Ailes had sexually harassed her and helped put an end to his career at the network.

According to a bombshell report from the New York Times last Thursday, Weinstein has settled sexual harassment suits with at least eight different women over the course of his decades-long career.

“More than the disgusting act itself, which, of course, was gross, the demeaning part of it all, that just 20 minutes earlier he was having this great conversation with me,” said Sivan. “He finished and I said, ‘Can I go now?’ And he said, ‘Yes, let’s go let’s both go.'”

 

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Eric Bolling Out at Fox News After Sexual Harassment Investigation

Eric Bolling, host of Fox News’ “The Specialists,” has agreed to leave Fox News following an investigation into claims of sexual harassment, TheWrap has confirmed.

“Fox News Channel is canceling “The Specialists,” and Eric Bolling and Fox have agreed to part ways amicably. We thank Eric for his ten years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck,” a Fox spokesperson told TheWrap.

The network began an investigation after a HuffPost report said Bolling had sent unsolicited, lewd text messages to his female colleagues. The rising Fox News host was suspended during the investigation, and will now leave the network he has been part of for 10 years.

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In August, Bolling threatened to sue freelance journalist Yashar Ali, who broke the story on HuffPost.

Ali received a summons from Michael Bowe, Bolling’s lawyer, on Aug. 9, five days after he published a story accusing Bolling of sending at least three female colleagues an unsolicited photo of male genitalia. The outlet cited “a dozen sources” who said that the messages were sent several years ago and the women found them “deeply upsetting and offensive.”

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Ali answered the summons on time, but told TheWrap that Bolling has yet to take the next step in the lawsuit.

Bolling’s exit comes after a string of sexual harassment accusations and lawsuits since the Roger Ailes scandal initially surfaced.

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Eric Bolling, host of Fox News’ “The Specialists,” has agreed to leave Fox News following an investigation into claims of sexual harassment, TheWrap has confirmed.

“Fox News Channel is canceling “The Specialists,” and Eric Bolling and Fox have agreed to part ways amicably. We thank Eric for his ten years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck,” a Fox spokesperson told TheWrap.

The network began an investigation after a HuffPost report said Bolling had sent unsolicited, lewd text messages to his female colleagues. The rising Fox News host was suspended during the investigation, and will now leave the network he has been part of for 10 years.

In August, Bolling threatened to sue freelance journalist Yashar Ali, who broke the story on HuffPost.

Ali received a summons from Michael Bowe, Bolling’s lawyer, on Aug. 9, five days after he published a story accusing Bolling of sending at least three female colleagues an unsolicited photo of male genitalia. The outlet cited “a dozen sources” who said that the messages were sent several years ago and the women found them “deeply upsetting and offensive.”

Ali answered the summons on time, but told TheWrap that Bolling has yet to take the next step in the lawsuit.

Bolling’s exit comes after a string of sexual harassment accusations and lawsuits since the Roger Ailes scandal initially surfaced.

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Reporter Dismisses Fox News Host Eric Bolling’s $50 Million Lawsuit Threat: ‘I Enjoy the Challenge’

Yashar Ali, the journalist under threat of a $50 million defamation lawsuit from “The Specialists” host Eric Bolling, is nothing if not ready for the man he described on CNN as “trying to intimidate me.”

“I enjoy the challenge,” Ali told TheWrap in a phone interview.

“I think Eric assumed that I was some young reporter that would get scared off by some big number, but when you deal with what I’ve dealt with and what my family has dealt with, this is nothing.”

Just received a summons. Eric Bolling is suing me for defamation, $50 million in damages. I stand by my reporting and will protect my sources. Here’s the story that led to his lawsuit.

Posted by Yashar Ali on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ali grew up in suburban Chicago, but visited family in Iran during the summers, and he says that he’s had several family members imprisoned there. “When I had been in Iran, I had my car pulled over and secret police interrogate me and my family, you know this was years and years and years ago, this didn’t happen yesterday,” Ali points out. “When things like that happen in your childhood, it just makes things like this very minor in comparison.”

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Ali received a summons from Michael Bowe, Bolling’s lawyer, on Aug. 9, five days after he published a story accusing Bolling of sending at least three female colleagues an unsolicited photo of male genitalia. The outlet cited “a dozen sources” who said that the messages were sent several years ago and the women found them “deeply upsetting and offensive.”

It’s important to note that neither the HuffPost, where Ali’s story is published, nor Fox News is named on the summons. Ali thinks this “shows that [Bolling is] very unserious, frankly. You want 50 million bucks, you go after Verizon which owns HuffPost, not me.”

The “summons with notice” accuses Ali of “efforts to injure the plaintiff’s reputation through the intentional and/or highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff’s conduct and character.”

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Ali’s lawyer Patty Glaser responded to the summons within the required 20 days, but Ali has not received any further official word from Bolling’s camp. TheWrap reached out to Bowe, but has not heard back and will update this post accordingly.

My attorney just sent this letter to Eric Bolling’s lawyer. I look forward to her taking his deposition and the discovery process. I should note that my lawyer Patty Glaser is also Rush Limbaugh’s lawyer.

Posted by Yashar Ali on Friday, August 11, 2017

While Ali said HuffPost offered to pay his legal fees, he turned the outlet down in order to maintain control. He’s nonchalant about the threat of going to court for such a steep sum, and said he’s received support from other reporters.

“I’m not surprised by the initial reaction to the story. I was surprised by the reaction to the lawsuit, which has been pretty positive. I guess I just didn’t realize how rarely this happens, where a public figure sues a reporter,” he told TheWrap.

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“I think the positive reaction I’ve gotten from other reporters has to do with [the Hulk Hogan/Gawker case] because of fear that somebody, because they don’t like your story, will come after you. But the thing about this, and I said this on CNN, was like, what’s pretty incredible is … seeing [Bolling] come after me directly [and not HuffPost].”

It should be noted that Bolling, who was suspended at Fox News August 5, says he has received support after the story, too. “Overwhelmed by all the support I have received. Thank you,” he tweeted two days before sending the summons to Ali. “I look forward to clearing my name asap.” And then on August 9, he tweeted again: “I will continue to fight against these false smear attacks! THANK YOU FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT.”

Overwhelmed by all the support I have received. Thank you

I look forward to clearing my name asap

— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) August 7, 2017

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I will continue to fight against these false smear attacks! THANK YOU FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT

— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) August 9, 2017

The investigation is still ongoing, a Fox spokesperson told TheWrap Friday.

For being under the threat of a lawsuit from a Fox News employee, Ali had good things to say about how the network has turned itself around after a long string of sexual harassment allegations. He said leadership at Fox News was a “cess pool” while under Roger Ailes’ leadership, “and things were swept under the rug.”

Also Read: Fox News Investigating if Eric Bolling Texted Genitalia Pics to Colleagues

“That’s not happening anymore at Fox News, or Fox Business,” Ali said. “I mean, they responded very quickly to this, and went into investigation mode almost immediately. I mean, the next morning they suspended him, and you know, sent it over to Paul Weiss [who is conducting the investigation]. So what it says about Fox News is that they’re taking this very seriously, and they’re not messing around anymore. But the reason all of this happened over the years is because Roger Ailes did not see it as a priority to handle this kind of stuff properly because he was doing it himself.”

“All I know is this: my story is accurate, it has 14 sources, it was vetted by a lawyer before it went out. I stand by my story, I stand by my sources,” Ali said.

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Yashar Ali, the journalist under threat of a $50 million defamation lawsuit from “The Specialists” host Eric Bolling, is nothing if not ready for the man he described on CNN as “trying to intimidate me.”

“I enjoy the challenge,” Ali told TheWrap in a phone interview.

“I think Eric assumed that I was some young reporter that would get scared off by some big number, but when you deal with what I’ve dealt with and what my family has dealt with, this is nothing.”

Just received a summons. Eric Bolling is suing me for defamation, $50 million in damages. I stand by my reporting and will protect my sources. Here's the story that led to his lawsuit.

Posted by Yashar Ali on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ali grew up in suburban Chicago, but visited family in Iran during the summers, and he says that he’s had several family members imprisoned there. “When I had been in Iran, I had my car pulled over and secret police interrogate me and my family, you know this was years and years and years ago, this didn’t happen yesterday,” Ali points out. “When things like that happen in your childhood, it just makes things like this very minor in comparison.”

Ali received a summons from Michael Bowe, Bolling’s lawyer, on Aug. 9, five days after he published a story accusing Bolling of sending at least three female colleagues an unsolicited photo of male genitalia. The outlet cited “a dozen sources” who said that the messages were sent several years ago and the women found them “deeply upsetting and offensive.”

It’s important to note that neither the HuffPost, where Ali’s story is published, nor Fox News is named on the summons. Ali thinks this “shows that [Bolling is] very unserious, frankly. You want 50 million bucks, you go after Verizon which owns HuffPost, not me.”

The “summons with notice” accuses Ali of “efforts to injure the plaintiff’s reputation through the intentional and/or highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff’s conduct and character.”

Ali’s lawyer Patty Glaser responded to the summons within the required 20 days, but Ali has not received any further official word from Bolling’s camp. TheWrap reached out to Bowe, but has not heard back and will update this post accordingly.

My attorney just sent this letter to Eric Bolling's lawyer. I look forward to her taking his deposition and the discovery process. I should note that my lawyer Patty Glaser is also Rush Limbaugh's lawyer.

Posted by Yashar Ali on Friday, August 11, 2017

While Ali said HuffPost offered to pay his legal fees, he turned the outlet down in order to maintain control. He’s nonchalant about the threat of going to court for such a steep sum, and said he’s received support from other reporters.

“I’m not surprised by the initial reaction to the story. I was surprised by the reaction to the lawsuit, which has been pretty positive. I guess I just didn’t realize how rarely this happens, where a public figure sues a reporter,” he told TheWrap.

“I think the positive reaction I’ve gotten from other reporters has to do with [the Hulk Hogan/Gawker case] because of fear that somebody, because they don’t like your story, will come after you. But the thing about this, and I said this on CNN, was like, what’s pretty incredible is … seeing [Bolling] come after me directly [and not HuffPost].”

It should be noted that Bolling, who was suspended at Fox News August 5, says he has received support after the story, too. “Overwhelmed by all the support I have received. Thank you,” he tweeted two days before sending the summons to Ali. “I look forward to clearing my name asap.” And then on August 9, he tweeted again: “I will continue to fight against these false smear attacks! THANK YOU FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT.”

The investigation is still ongoing, a Fox spokesperson told TheWrap Friday.

For being under the threat of a lawsuit from a Fox News employee, Ali had good things to say about how the network has turned itself around after a long string of sexual harassment allegations. He said leadership at Fox News was a “cess pool” while under Roger Ailes’ leadership, “and things were swept under the rug.”

“That’s not happening anymore at Fox News, or Fox Business,” Ali said. “I mean, they responded very quickly to this, and went into investigation mode almost immediately. I mean, the next morning they suspended him, and you know, sent it over to Paul Weiss [who is conducting the investigation]. So what it says about Fox News is that they’re taking this very seriously, and they’re not messing around anymore. But the reason all of this happened over the years is because Roger Ailes did not see it as a priority to handle this kind of stuff properly because he was doing it himself.”

“All I know is this: my story is accurate, it has 14 sources, it was vetted by a lawyer before it went out. I stand by my story, I stand by my sources,” Ali said.

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Eric Bolling’s $50M Defamation Suit Against Journo “Utterly Devoid Of Merit”

Two days after suspended Fox News Channel host Eric Bolling threatened a $50 million defamation lawsuit, the journalist who revealed the former The Five regular’s lewd texts, Yashar Ali today made clear he has one of Hollywood’s heaviest hitters in his corner and is ready to land a punch or two.
“The lawsuit Eric Bolling filed is utterly devoid of merit, and we demand that you dismiss it immediately,” said Patricia Glaser in a blunt letter sent to Bolling’s attorney…

Two days after suspended Fox News Channel host Eric Bolling threatened a $50 million defamation lawsuit, the journalist who revealed the former The Five regular's lewd texts, Yashar Ali today made clear he has one of Hollywood's heaviest hitters in his corner and is ready to land a punch or two. “The lawsuit Eric Bolling filed is utterly devoid of merit, and we demand that you dismiss it immediately," said Patricia Glaser in a blunt letter sent to Bolling's attorney…

Eric Bolling Threatens to Sue HuffPo Reporter for $50 Million Over Sexting Report

Fox News host Eric Bolling took the first legal step toward suing Huffington Post journalist Yashar Ali for $50 million over Ali’s report last week that he was accused of sending unsolicited, lewd text messages to female colleagues.

“Just received a summons. Eric Bolling is suing me for defamation – $50 million in damages. I stand by my reporting + will protect my sources,” Ali tweeted. “It’s important to note that Bolling’s summons does not include HuffPost – he is coming after me personally. I’m a big boy…but very telling.”

The “summons with  notice” means Bolling can file a lawsuit later, and states that Ali must answer the summons within 20 days. It accuses Ali of “efforts to injure the plaintiff’s reputation through the intentional and/or highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff’s conduct and character.”

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It also said Bolling was “substantially harmed” by the report. Fox News suspended Bolling as it investigates the accusations.

Ali’s report said that “a dozen sources” said that the messages were sent several years ago and the women found them “deeply upsetting and offensive.”

“Overwhelmed by all the support I have received,” Bolling tweeted Monday. “Thank you I look forward to clearing my name asap.”

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Bolling’s lawyer, Michael Bowe, said that “The Specialists” host does not recall sending or believe he sent any inappropriate messages.

Bowe told CNNMoney on Saturday that “the anonymous, uncorroborated claims are untrue and terribly unfair. We intend to fully cooperate with the investigation so that it can be concluded and Eric can return to work as quickly as possible.”

Just received a summons. Eric Bolling is suing me for defamation – $50 million in damages. I stand by my reporting + will protect my sources

— Yashar Ali (@yashar) August 9, 2017

It’s important to note that Bolling’s summons does not include HuffPost – he is coming after me personally. I’m a big boy…but very telling https://t.co/nvludsIV87

— Yashar Ali (@yashar) August 9, 2017

 

Here’s the “summons with notice” @ericbolling sent to @yashar pic.twitter.com/ZbXftTjo5r

— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) August 9, 2017

Pamela Chelin contributed to this story.

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Fox News host Eric Bolling took the first legal step toward suing Huffington Post journalist Yashar Ali for $50 million over Ali’s report last week that he was accused of sending unsolicited, lewd text messages to female colleagues.

“Just received a summons. Eric Bolling is suing me for defamation – $50 million in damages. I stand by my reporting + will protect my sources,” Ali tweeted. “It’s important to note that Bolling’s summons does not include HuffPost – he is coming after me personally. I’m a big boy…but very telling.”

The “summons with  notice” means Bolling can file a lawsuit later, and states that Ali must answer the summons within 20 days. It accuses Ali of “efforts to injure the plaintiff’s reputation through the intentional and/or highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff’s conduct and character.”

It also said Bolling was “substantially harmed” by the report. Fox News suspended Bolling as it investigates the accusations.

Ali’s report said that “a dozen sources” said that the messages were sent several years ago and the women found them “deeply upsetting and offensive.”

“Overwhelmed by all the support I have received,” Bolling tweeted Monday. “Thank you I look forward to clearing my name asap.”

Bolling’s lawyer, Michael Bowe, said that “The Specialists” host does not recall sending or believe he sent any inappropriate messages.

Bowe told CNNMoney on Saturday that “the anonymous, uncorroborated claims are untrue and terribly unfair. We intend to fully cooperate with the investigation so that it can be concluded and Eric can return to work as quickly as possible.”

 

Pamela Chelin contributed to this story.

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