Rosanna Arquette Has a Warning for Senators Voting to Confirm Kavanaugh: ‘Karma Is a Bitch’

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Actress and #MeToo activist Rosanna Arquette had stern words for Republicans eager to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

“Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned and we will take our fury to the polls!” Arquette told TheWrap, adding that, “karma is a bitch.”

On Friday, Kavanaugh was all but guaranteed a seat on the Supreme Court after two wavering senators, Republican Susan Collins and Democrat Joe Manchin, announced that they would back his confirmation.

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Maine senator Susan Collins announced in a lengthy 42-minute speech in front of the Senate that she would vote “yes” on appointing Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

“I can’t watch this anymore,” actress Padma Lakshmi said on Twitter Friday. “This is such a letdown for women everywhere.”

Stephen King tweeted: “Susan Collins says she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh, partially because the man who lied repeatedly in his confirmation hearings told her he considered Roe “settled law.” Senator Collins, there is still time to change your mind and do the right thing.”

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Ironically, Friday also marked the first anniversary since The New York Times first reported decades-long accusations of serial misconduct and assault by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Many #MeToo activists were already on edge. The looming confirmation didn’t help.

“I’m not surprised by anything the Trump administration does,” Arquette said. “The administration has proven themselves over and over to have zero respect for women, the Earth people of color, LGBTQ community,murdered or trafficked children.”

Susan Collins says she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh, partially because the man who lied repeatedly in his confirmation hearings told her he considered Roe “settled law.” Senator Collins, there is still time to change your mind and do the right thing.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 5, 2018

I can’t watch this anymore. This is such a letdown for women everywhere @SenatorCollins.

— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins turns her back on women who have been traumatized by sexual assault. Elections have consequences. To start turning the ship of state back towards the rule of law, decency, truth, and the preservation of Democracy, Nov.6 has to be a lot more than a blue wave. VOTE!!!

— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) October 5, 2018

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Hollywood Slams Susan Collins’ Yes on Kavanaugh: ‘I Can’t Watch This Anymore’

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Maine senator Susan Collins announced in a lengthy 42-minute speech in front of the Senate Friday that she would vote “yes” on appointing Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court… and Hollywood has something to say about it.

Reaction came swiftly to the Republican senator’s announcement, with many frustrated at how long she spoke in criticizing the nomination process and praising Kavanaugh’s background before revealing her ultimate vote.

“I can’t watch this anymore,” actress Padma Lakshmi said on Twitter Friday. “This is such a letdown for women everywhere.”

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Earlier in the day, activists and protestors flooded the hallway in front of Sen. Collins’ office. She was one of the few remaining swing votes in a tight race in which Republicans have a 51-49 majority over the Democrats. Friday, Collins had supported limiting debate on the Senate floor and advancing Kavanaugh’s appointment to a vote on Saturday.

Arizona senator Jeff Flake announced earlier Friday that he planned to vote “yes,” while Alaskan Republican Lisa Murkowski broke with party lines and voted against advancing Kavanaugh’s nomination to a vote on Saturday. Democratic senator Joe Manchin also supported advancing Kavanaugh’s appointment to a vote Saturday, but it is unclear how he’ll ultimately vote.

Collins argued in her speech that Kavanaugh will be a check on Presidential power and is more of a centrist than he has been given credit for. She also called Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony “sincere” and “painful.”

Here’s how some other voices in Hollywood reacted to the news:

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Susan Collins says she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh, partially because the man who lied repeatedly in his confirmation hearings told her he considered Roe “settled law.” Senator Collins, there is still time to change your mind and do the right thing.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 5, 2018

I can’t watch this anymore. This is such a letdown for women everywhere @SenatorCollins.

— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) October 5, 2018

You refused to meet wit Merrick Garland @SenatorCollins. Don’t lecture us about polarization. You stand for nothing.

— Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins turns her back on women who have been traumatized by sexual assault. Elections have consequences. To start turning the ship of state back towards the rule of law, decency, truth, and the preservation of Democracy, Nov.6 has to be a lot more than a blue wave. VOTE!!!

— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins gets to go on and on about Kavanaugh on the Senate Floor but Senators are limited to 5 mins of questions during a hearing for a lifetime appointment….

— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins you are a betrayer of women.

— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins about to bring out Louis CK for a quick set

— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 5, 2018

If anything good comes from the negative after the 2016 election it’s Feminine Solidarity… Thanks TRUMP Thank You Biggots, Thank You morally deficient Senators, Thank You Slimy wealthy Power abusing entitled men, & Thank You spineless sheep, So grateful for the Last Straw. https://t.co/g99MkwH1ZC

— Michelle Rodriguez (@MRodOfficial) October 5, 2018

Keep away from Reacharound Sue.

— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) October 5, 2018

Senator Collins says she is worried about public faith in the judiciary system diminishing if they vote NO on Kavanaugh. Well, whatever faith I had in the judiciary system is fading with every YES. Vote her out.

— ????????Scary Shannon???? ???? (@shannonpurser) October 5, 2018

It’s nice of Susan Collins to become the face of the generation I can’t wait to die.

— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) October 5, 2018

.@SenatorCollins you should be ashamed of yourself

— Best Coast (@BestCoast) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins giving Kavanaugh all the passes. The double standards that conservatives build into their thinking and into our institutions are sickening.

— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) October 5, 2018

So all of that time senator Collins said she spent talking to Kavanaugh I guess they were just planning what she was going to wear

— Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins & the rest of ‘em teaching us how they look at one of their own and see only the good, but when they turn eyes on you, duck. And then fight like hellfire. November 6, come on here.

— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) October 5, 2018

Those in the media similarly shared their thoughts on Collins. Fox News host Laura Ingraham praised Collins’s “substantive and in-depth” speech, while Michael Avenatti chided Collins as being “entirely disingenuous and shameful.”

.@SenatorCollins is channeling Donald Trump. Entirely disingenuous and shameful. Where was she when Judge Garland could not even get an up or down vote? This is all about her post-office job opportunities on K street. We shall never forget. Not in Nov. Not in 2020. Not ever.

— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) October 5, 2018

Thank you @SenatorCollins — for not giving into the mob.

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) October 5, 2018

Susan Collins castigating everyone for opposing the nominee before he was even named, which is, of course what McConnell did immediately after Scalia’s death.

— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 5, 2018

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Padma Lakshmi Says She Was Raped at 16: ‘I Began to Feel That it Was My Fault’

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“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi says she was raped when she was 17 and sexually abused by her stepfather’s relative when she was seven years old, and that she understands “why a woman would wait years to disclose a sexual assault.”

In an op-ed for the New York Times, Lakshmi explained that she worked at a high-end men’s store in Los Angeles when she started dating a “charming and handsome” man who was 23. He knew she was a virgin, but she says he raped her on New Year’s Eve, just a few months after they started dating.

Lakshmi, now 48, said that she has “been turning that incident over in my head throughout the past week,” and shared her story after two women came forward with accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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“Christine Blasey Ford said he climbed on her and covered her mouth during an attempted rape when they were both in high school, and Deborah Ramirez said he exposed himself to her when they were in college,” Lakshmi said.

“On Friday, President Trump tweeted that if what Dr. Blasey said was true, she would have filed a police report years ago,” she continued. “But I understand why both women would keep this information to themselves for so many years, without involving the police. For years, I did the same thing. On Friday, I tweeted about what had happened to me so many years ago.”

As for her personal story, Lakshmi wrote: “The two of us had gone to a couple of parties. Afterward, we went to his apartment. While we were talking, I was so tired that I lay on the bed and fell asleep. The next thing I remember is waking up to a very sharp stabbing pain like a knife blade between my legs. He was on top of me. I asked, ‘What are you doing?’ He said, ‘It will only hurt for a while.’ ‘Please don’t do this,’ I screamed.”

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Afterward, she said, he drove her home and said, “I thought it would hurt less if you were asleep.”

Lakshmi said she didn’t report it to anyone, not even her mother or her friends.

“Soon I began to feel that it was my fault,” she wrote. “We had no language in the 1980s for date rape. I imagined that adults would say: ‘What the hell were you doing in his apartment? Why were you dating someone so much older?’”

Lakshmi initially didn’t classify the incident as rape, “or even sex,” and thinking about it now, she realizes that by then, she “had already absorbed certain lessons.” That’s because, she says, when she was seven, her “stepfather’s relative touched me between my legs and put my hand on his erect penis.”

“Shortly after I told my mother and stepfather, they sent me to India for a year to live with my grandparents. The lesson was: If you speak up, you will be cast out,” she wrote. “Some say a man shouldn’t pay a price for an act he committed as a teenager. But the woman pays the price for the rest of her life, and so do the people who love her.”

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Lakshmi’s revelation comes in the midst of many people taking to Twitter to share why they didn’t immediately report sexual misconduct at the time of the abuse. The hashtag “#WhyIDidntReport” trended on the platform Friday after President Trump cast doubt on Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Ford because she did not immediately report the alleged sexual assault at the time of the “attack” she said took place decades ago.

Lakshmi closed her essay out by saying: “I am speaking now because I want us all to fight so that our daughters never know this fear and shame and our sons know that girls’ bodies do not exist for their pleasure and that abuse has grave consequences.

“Those messages should be very clear as we consider whom we appoint to make decisions on the highest court of our land.”

On Wednesday, attorney Michael Avenatti identified a third woman who said she witnessed Brett Kavanaugh participating in sexual misconduct as a teenager, including the drugging and “gang rape” of high school girls.

Read Lakshmi’s entire essay here.

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Laura Dern, Lin-Manuel Miranda, America Ferrera Among Stars at Rallies to Protest Trump Immigration Policy

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“Superstore” star America Ferrera, “Hamilton’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda and R&B star Alicia Keys were among the big-name stars who joined the thousands of protesters who gathered on Saturday to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policy

In dozens of cities across the country, protesters gathered at various “Families Belong Together” marches to protest the administration’s zero-tolerance policy to detain and separate unauthorized migrant parents from their children attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I am here not only as a brand new mother, as the proud child of Honduran immigrants and not only an American who sees it as her duty to be here defending justice,” Ferrera said at the gathering in Washington D.C. “I am here as a human being with a beating heart, who can feel pain, who understands compassion and who can easily imagine what it must feel like to struggle the way families are struggling right now.”

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“This fight does not belong to one group of people, one color of people, one race of people, one gender — it belongs to all of us. What makes humans remarkable is our capacity to imagine. We have an imagination, let’s use it,” she said.

America Ferrera reads a letter from a grandfather fighting to sponsor his granddaughter: “I want you to imagine that this is your child, that you are this grandfather.” (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/Dk0wlGPMjD

— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 30, 2018

Keys also delivered a speech at the rally, accompanied by her 7-year-old son. “Our democracy is at stake. Our humanity is at stake. We are out here to save the soul of our nation,” she said.

Miranda sang a lullaby rendition of the “Hamilton” song “Dear Theodosia,” which he dedicated to the children who were separated from their parents and detained after crossing into the U.S.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is singing a lullaby for children separated from their parents pic.twitter.com/csctFNjR5T

— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) June 30, 2018

We’re not backing down. #familiesbelongtogether

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Other Hollywood notables who showed up in marches across the country included “Big Little Lies” star Laura Dern, “Orange Is the New Black’s” Diane Guerrero and Alysia Reiner, Kerry Washington, Amy Schumer, Padma Lakshmi and Chrissy Teigen.

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Love wins @lauradern #girlpower???? #familiesbelongtogether r

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God bless you, San Francisco. Thank you for turning out, standing up, and speaking out. #FamiliesBelongTogether @MoveOn pic.twitter.com/cyrNwN3Euo

— Kerry O’Malley (@TheKerryOMalley) June 30, 2018

WATCH: Actress @dianeguerrero__ took the stage Saturday at D.C.’s #FamiliesBelongTogether rally to share her own experience of family separation and demand change for the children being “irreversibly damaged” at the border. https://t.co/8pa8893VAT pic.twitter.com/5sizytvHZt

— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) June 30, 2018

???????????????????????????????????????? @kerrywashington @alysiareiner @amyschumer #FamiliesBelongTogether pic.twitter.com/13TGeDlb8L

— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) June 30, 2018

There are 600+ #FamiliesBelongTogether events happening TOMORROW. I’ll be speaking and introducing @johnlegend in downtown LA. Text BELONG to 97779 to join. Find an event near you this weekend: https://t.co/j7ifhy0e1c #FreeFamilies

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 30, 2018

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