Bill Cosby Is to Blame for ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Ban, Says Songwriter’s Daughter

The banning of the holiday classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside” because critics suggest it alludes to date rape is ruffling the songwriter’s daughter, who blames the turn of events on Bill Cosby.

“Bill Cosby ruined it for everybody,” Susan Loesser — whose father is legendary songwriter Frank Loesser — told NBC News on Thursday.

“Way before #MeToo, I would hear from time to time people call it a date rape song. I would get annoyed because it’s a song my father wrote for him and my mother to sing at parties. But ever since Cosby was accused of drugging women, I hear the date rape thing all the time.”

Cleveland’s Star 102.1 radio station pulled the song last week as show of support for the #MeToo movement, with disc jockey Glenn Anderson calling the lyrics to the song “manipulative and wrong.”

Cosby was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault of Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004, and accused of doing the same to dozens of more women. In September, he was sentenced to three- to 10-years in prison. He has maintained that his interaction with Constand was consensual and that he had given her Benadryl to help her relax.

Loesser understands the sensitivity of the times and why some might flinch at the lyrics, which include “Say, what’s in this drink?” and “I ought to say no, no, no… At least I’m gonna say that I tried.”

“Absolutely I get it,” Loesser told NBC. “But I think it would be good if people looked at the song in the context of the time. … People used to say ‘what’s in this drink’ as a joke. You know, this drink is going straight to my head so what’s in this drink? Back then it didn’t mean you drugged me.”

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” was sung by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban, as well as Betty Garrett and Red Skelton in the 1949 MGM film “Neptune’s Daughter.” It won the Academy Award that year for Best Original Song.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Accused of Misconduct by Fourth Woman

Neil DeGrasse Tyson has been accused of sexual misconduct by a fourth woman, who says the star scientist sexually harassed her at a party in 2010.

The woman, who remains anonymous, described the incident in a Buzzfeed News report published on Wednesday, that also includes accounts by Tyson’s three previous accusers.

According to Buzzfeed, the unnamed woman said Tyson drunkenly approached her at a holiday part for the American Museum of Natural History and made sexually charged jokes, asking her to join him alone in his office. Buzzfeed reports that the woman also shared a 2014 email she wrote to her employer describing the incident in order to discourage the employer from inviting Tyson to speak at an event.

The new accusation follows a statement from Fox and National Geographic, which jointly air “Cosmos,” and the show’s producers, pledging to investigate the previous accusations against Tyson.

“We have only just become aware of the recent allegations regarding Neil deGrasse Tyson. We take these matters very seriously and we are reviewing the recent reports,” Fox and Nat Geo said last week. The two networks declined to comment regarding the new accusation.

As first reported by the website Patheos last month and detailed further by Buzzfeed on Wednesday, the previous accusations against Tyson came from Tchiya Amet, who says Tyson drugged and raped her in 1984 when they were both grad students; Dr. Katelyn N. Allers, an associate professor of physics and astronomy at Bucknell University who says she was “felt up” by Tyson at a party in 2009; and his former assistant Ashley Watson, who said she quit her job because of Tyson’s sexual advances.

Tyson responded to those accusations in a lengthy Facebook post over the weekend. In the post, he offered his account of all three incidents, suggesting that his interactions with Allers and Watson were misinterpreted and never intended to be sexual in nature.

With regards to Amet’s accusation that he drugged and raped her, Tyson wrote, “It is as though a false memory had been implanted, which, because it never actually happened, had to be remembered as an evening she doesn’t remember.”

Representatives for American Museum of Natural History, where Tyson serves as director of the Hayden Planetarium, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap. However, in a statement provided to Buzzfeed, spokesperson Anne Canty said the museum will investigate the matter “to the extent we are able to ascertain the facts.”

Tyson and his representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

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New Les Moonves Accuser Recalls ‘Revolting’ 1985 Pitch Meeting: He Stuck ‘His Tongue Down My Throat’

A new accuser has come forward with an accusation of sexual misconduct against Les Moonves, claiming the former CBS chairman and CEO stuck his tongue down her throat during a movie pitch meeting in 1985.

June Seley Kimmel recounted her experience with Moonves — and the ongoing CBS investigation into accusations made against him — in a story published by The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, less than a day after a report from investigators alleging Moonves engaged in “multiple acts of serious nonconsensual sexual misconduct in and outside of the workplace” was leaked to the New York Times.

Kimmel told The Hollywood Reporter she met with Moonves — who was ousted from CBS in September after multiple accusations of misconduct — to pitch him a movie when he was still head of development at 20th Century Fox in the ’80s.

She told THR he said he was going to make her film and then he became physical: “He came over and hugged me, I thought he was just being genuine. And he held me super close and proceeded to stick his tongue down my throat. It was revolting. He didn’t even kiss me! Just the tongue down the throat.”

Kimmel told THR she was aware of “old casting couch” that actresses faced — but “never expected that to happen in the capacity of pitching a movie.”

“I said, ‘What are you doing?’ He said, ‘I got a little carried away. That was so amazing. You’re so amazing.’ He acted a little bit contrite. He didn’t treat me like a laughing prick. He acted a little deferential to my remark so I recovered pretty quickly. Because he was nice, I didn’t storm out.”

She told THR that Moonves said he’d call her and she wasn’t “initially devastated” but hoped “he was going to f–ing make my movie so I could forget that it happened.”

Kimmel said Moonves called her a few days later and asked when he could see her again, and she took a page from her “friend’s playbook” when trying to bring it back around to the movie: So I said, ‘You’re a very sexy guy.’ I wasn’t good at it but I gave it my level best. And he was sexy and handsome. I wasn’t lying. I said, ‘If there weren’t pictures of your beautiful wife all over your office … and I’m very vulnerable … and I can’t. I hope you’re still going to do the movie.’ He kept me on the phone a little longer and then he said, ‘Oh, someone’s here.’ And I never heard from him again. “

Kimmel — who THR says first tweeted about this incident with Moonves in December 2017 — told THR she has been involved in the CBS investigation into Moonves, and has been “annoyed at the pushiness” and thought it was “strange when they were asking for all of this verification.”

At some point someone called me and said, “There’s a dispute. Would you mind speaking to someone at CBS?” There were two women on the line. I told them the story and it got strange when they were asking for all of this verification. My sister wasn’t good enough for them. I asked a friend and she said, “I remember every detail,” but that wasn’t good enough, either. I was annoyed at the pushiness. What did they think — I was looking for publicity? But when I think about it, it seems to me that what he did should be grounds for firing. I know he liked my idea and thought it could be a really good movie. But if a woman won’t fuck you, you’re going to screw your company.

Both a representative for CBS and one for the investigation into Moonves declined TheWrap’s request for comment Wednesday on Kimmel’s accusation against Moonves and her comments about the investigation.

A report by lawyers for CBS found that the network would be justified in denying former CEO Les Moonves a $120 million severance payout because he destroyed evidence and misled investigators looking into accusations of sexual misconduct, the New York Times reported Tuesday, citing a draft of a report prepared for the company’s board.

According to the Times, the report said Moonves “engaged in multiple acts of serious nonconsensual sexual misconduct in and outside of the workplace, both before and after he came to CBS in 1995.”

Andrew J. Levander, Moonves’ lawyer, said Moonves “denies having any nonconsensual sexual relation” and “cooperated extensively and fully with investigators.”

Levander did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap on Tuesday. CBS declined to comment.

The Times said the report was drafted late in November and could change before it is presented to CBS’ full board in advance of the company’s annual meeting next week.

The newspaper said lawyers who conducted the inquiry said they had spoken with Moonves four times, and found him to be “evasive and untruthful at times” and to have “deliberately lied about and minimized the extent of his sexual misconduct.”

Two firms, Debevoise & Plimpton and Covington & Burling, investigated in part to determine if Moonves violated his employment agreement, which would allow the company to fire him for cause and not pay his severance.

“Based on the facts developed to date, we believe that the board would have multiple bases upon which to conclude that the company was entitled to terminate Moonves for cause,” the report reads, according to the Times.

Last week, the Times reported on a new accusation against Moonves: That he conspired with the former manager of actress Bobbie Phillips to keep her from coming forward to accuse him of sexual assault. Moonves said last week that the encounter was consensual.

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

The report also includes previously undisclosed accusations of sexual misconduct, the Times said.

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Alan Dershowitz Says He Has Proof Sexual Misconduct Accuser Lied

Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz repeated denials that he engaged in sexual relations with an underage woman, writing in a new Op-Ed for the Miami Herald that he had proof his accuser, Virginia Roberts, had lied.

“I have a tape recording of a conversation with Roberts’ closest friend in which she says that Roberts told her she ‘felt pressure to go after [Dershowitz]’ in order to obtain money from a wealthy businessman,” wrote Dershowitz on Sunday. “The evidence of my innocence is indisputable: I never met Roberts; I never had sex with her; she simply made up the entire story for money.”

Roberts made her accusation against Dershowitz in court documents in January 2015, claiming that she and the lawyer had sex on a ranch, plane and private island all owned by billionaire and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Dershowitz had been serving as Epstein’s lawyer at the time — and confirmed to Axios that he remains so today.

The details of Roberts’ accusation came to broad public attention last week as part of a series from the Miami Herald into the Epstein case — which quoted directly from a sworn affidavit from Roberts.

“I had sexual intercourse with Dershowitz at least six times,” she said, the paper reported. “The first time was when I was about 16, early on in my servitude to Epstein and it continued until I was 19.”

Dershowitz said the nature of the accusation made it impossible for him to bring legal action, but urged Roberts to repeat her claims outside of court so he could sue her.

“I challenge her to repeat her false accusations out of court, so that I can sue her for defamation and let a jury decide — after seeing all the evidence, including the suppressed emails and book manuscript — who is telling the truth and who is lying,” he said.

Dershowitz, a prominent criminal defense attorney for decades, has seen his profile rise in recent years with his staunch defenses of President Trump on television and his critical positions on the Special Counsel. That contrarian streak has not always sat well with many of his liberal friends. This summer, he faced ostracism from his neighbors’ on the island of Martha’s Vineyard — resulting in a curious news cycle which persisted for several days.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Denies Sexual Misconduct Accusations: ‘I Welcome’ Fox-Nat Geo Investigation

Neil deGrasse Tyson has responded to the three sexual misconduct accusations against him, denying each one in a lengthy Facebook post.

The astrophysicist and “Cosmos” host also said that Fox and Nat Geo’s investigation into the matter is a “welcome” one.

“Accusations can damage a reputation and a marriage. Sometimes irreversibly. I see myself as loving husband and as a public servant – a scientist and educator who serves at the will of the public,” he eventually signed off. “I am grateful for the support I’ve received from those who continue to respect and value me and my work.”

He also posed this question: “I’m the accused, so why believe anything I say? Why believe me at all?”

Here is his full Facebook post, in which Tyson tells his side of each accuser’s story:

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‘Black Lightning’ Showrunner Salim Akil Accused of Domestic Violence in Lawsuit

“Black Lightning” and “Love Is” executive producer Salim Akil has been accused of domestic violence and copyright infringement in a pair of lawsuits filed against the writer-producer.

Actress and screenwriter Amber Dixon Brenner said in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last week that she had engaged in a decade-long sexual relationship with Akil, during which time he abused her on multiple occasions.

In the suit, Brenner accused Akil of committing physical abuse, verbally threatening her and forcing her to perform oral sex on him.

“In the early summer of 2017, which was the last time defendant Akil and [Brenner] had sexual relations, he backhanded her in the face during sex with a closed hand,” the complaint reads. “These acts were all committed without the consent of [Brenner].”

Representatives for Akil and his production company did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Brenner said the relationship ended in 2017, approximately 10 years after she first began “dating” Akil, who has been married to “Love Is” co-creator and “Black Lighting” executive producer Mara Brock Akil for nearly 20 years.

“The reasons why [Brenner] did not leave Akil after the very first of these instances occurred are complicated and the subject of significant resulting therapy for [Brenner]. [She] believed she loved Akil,” the complaint states, also citing Akil’s position as a powerful television producer.

Also named in the lawsuit are Brock Akil and OWN, which airs “Love Is.” Brenner said that she allowed Akil to read her screenplay titled “Luv & Perversity in the East Village,” which he then used as the basis for “Love Is.”

“After years of being involved in this abusive boyfriend/girlfriend dating sexual relationship, [Brenner] wrote about loving a person who is detrimental to her own life and takes the readers on a journey that explores love in the context of such an abusive relationship, as told from the perspective of the young female protagonist,” the complaint reads.

Brenner gave Akil the script to gauge his interest in potentially collaborating on the project, to which he allegedly replied that he was “really enjoying” reading it. The complaint says that Akil then began work on a project “based upon many of the same characters, themes, etc… that existed in LPEV,” which eventually become “Love Is” on OWN.

The accusation is mirrored in a separate copyright infringement lawsuit Brenner filed in U.S. District Court last month.

Brenner is suing for unspecified damages for emotional distress and to cover lost profits from the use of her ideas.

Spokespersons for OWN and “Love Is” producers Warner Bros. Television also did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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New Les Moonves Accuser Says He Forced Oral Sex During Meeting

A New York Times story Wednesday detailed actress Bobbie Phillips accusation that former CBS CEO Les Moonves forced her to perform oral sex on him during a 1995 business meeting, then conspired with her former manager to keep her silent when he knew he was being investigated for sexual misconduct.

Moonves said in a statement to the Times: “I strongly believe that the sexual encounter with Ms. Phillips more than 20 years ago was consensual.”

The Times wrote regarding this incident: “Whether Mr. Moonves was honest with CBS’s investigators could determine whether he collects a $120 million severance payment. If he was fired for cause, CBS doesn’t have to pay him anything. Under his contract, failing to cooperate fully in a company investigation constitutes ’cause.'”

Representatives for CBS’s investigation into the accusations of sexual misconduct against Moonves declined TheWrap’s request for comment, and CBS did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Phillips’ former manager, Marv Dauer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Phillips told the New York Times that she met with Moonves on March 7, 1995, at the Warner Bros. studio in Burbank. She said that while he showed her an easel with various Warner Bros. productions, he said, “Look how hard you make me.” She said she “saw that he had undone his trousers, exposing his erect penis.”

She said Moonves told her, “Be my girlfriend and I’ll put you on any show,” then grabbed her by the neck, pushed her down and forced his penis into her mouth.

It ended only when Moonves’ intercom buzzed, she said, because a casting director Moonves had promised to introduce her to called him back. She said Moonves told the director: “I have this great actress.”

She said she thought of a baseball bat near his desk: “I wanted to use the baseball bat to knock his head off.”

Dauer said he called Phillips that day to ask how the meeting had gone: “Not very well,” he recalled her saying. “I don’t want to talk about it.” She also told Dauer that she would never speak to or work with Mr. Moonves again and started crying.

The Times story includes quotes attributed to text messages between Moonves and Dauer, detailing Moonves’ requests for help from Dauer in keeping Phillips quiet.

The Times said CBS lawyers recently discovered that Moonves deleted many text messages with Dauer, but that Dauer still has them.

More to come…

Mike Schur Says He’d Still Work With Aziz Ansari: We Have to ‘All Keep Trying’

Mike Schur collaborated with actor Aziz Ansari for the full seven-season run of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” And following an accusation of sexual misconduct posed against Ansari last year, “The Good Place” creator says he’d still work with him, noting “the important thing to me is that we all keep trying.”

Last year, Schur apologized for having comedian Louis C.K. — who has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women — guest star on “Parks and Rec,” after having heard rumors about his behavior. The case is not the same with Ansari.

“Well, you know. (Laughs) The answer is yes, I would,” Schur told the Daily Beast, in an interview published Friday, when asked if he’d reteam with Ansari.

“And the tricky thing about all of this stuff is this kind of national reckoning that the entertainment industry has finally had with itself — or at least has begun to have, I would say — we’re far from actually having the complete, sort of thought process and emotional processing that is required. There was a lot of dust and a lot of that dust has now settled a little bit, and now it’s time for everybody to really think hard and reflect and change and grow and do all of that stuff that is required to heal,” he said.

“And I’m not talking about any one person or group of people. The initial revelation of how prevalent all of these things are is over. And now it’s phase two. Phase two is going to be equally tough and hard and it’s going to require a lot of emotional turmoil and thought processes and investigations and all that stuff. And I am happy that it’s happening. I’m excited for it to happen.”

Schur added that his “personal feelings about all of these people are not really super relevant” or at least “way lower on the ladder of importance than a lot of other people’s feelings and thoughts about them.”

“But it’s weird, this question brings us all the way back to the beginning,” Schur continued. “Because the important thing to me is that we all keep trying. Like, so much of this stuff happened in part because no one wanted to confront it or think about it or deal with it or raise their hand and say, this is happening and this is real. And that part of the problem and that sort of calcified system is over, which is good. Now we get to start saying, ‘OK, now that we know about this, let’s talk about it.’ And the only thing you can do is to keep trying to sort through it and figure it out.”

Schur concluded: “The cure for any bad behavior, any systematic bad behavior, any calcified bad behavior, is to be like, ‘sorry’! We just gotta keep talking about it. I know it’s exhausting. But think about how exhausting it was for people when no one would talk about it. That’s how I feel about all of this stuff.”

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Paz de la Huerta Files Sexual Battery Lawsuit Against Harvey Weinstein

Actress Paz de la Huerta has filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, saying that the disgraced producer sexually assaulted her twice and sought to destroy her career in retaliation against her.

In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, de la Huerta said that she encountered Weinstein in December 2010 at a Manhattan lounge, where they were both attending a party for the film “Blue Valentine.” The suit says that Weinstein, the actress’ naeighbor at the time, offered her a ride home, and “insisted on” coming up to her apartment to avoid discussing business and personal matters in her public lobby.

“Once inside of de la Huerta’s apartment, Weinstein made warnings to de la Huerta about harm to her career if she did not submit to sex, then forced himself on de la Huerta and raped de la Huerta,” the suit reads. “Defendant Weinstein taunted Plaintiff by relaying that he would be calling her.”

The suit goes on to allege that, later in December, de la Huerta decide\ed to confront Weinstein, and “consumed a very large quantity of alcohol out of fear and depression, thereby rendering herself unable to consent to any disputed sexual encounter.”

“Plaintiff, by then barely able to stand, did confront Weinstein, again waiting at the lobby of her home when she returned home. Plaintiff told Weinstein to leave, to which Weinstein ‘hushed’ her and insisted that they speak in a private place, promising that they would be able to resolve this discussion in her apartment,” the suit reads. “Weinstein then forcibly entered the apartment without consent and again forced himself on Plaintiff by performing unconsented vaginal intercourse through overpowering physical force. Weinstein left immediately after he raped Plaintiff, leaving Plaintiff in a state of absolute shock, humiliation, embarrassment, and pain, as well as losing consciousness because of progressive absorption of the ingested alcohol.”

According to the suit de la Huerta confronted Weinstein in 2011 in an encounter at the Four Seasons hotel during which Weinstein wore “an opened bathrobe thereby prominently exposing his penis to Plaintiff in a taunting manner.”

“Plaintiff told Defendant Weinstein to stop stalking and harassing her and quickly left the vicinity of Weinstein’s room feeling embarrassed, scared, shocked and humiliated,” the suit reads. “She noted that Weinstein appeared angered by her rejection and denunciation.”

De la Huerta goes on to say that she was terminated from the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” and says that “retaliatory action by Weinstein played a critical role in the termination.”

In a statement to TheWrap, Weinstein’s attorney Benjamin Brafman said Tuesday, “It is our understanding that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office carefully reviewed Ms. De la Huerta’s claims of sexual assault by Mr. Weinstein many months ago and made a conscious decision to reject her as a complainant for obvious reasons. We also believe that her newly minted version of events including her new California claims are equally preposterous and unfortunately, the product of an unstable personality with a vivid imagination.”

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women, and has denied the accusations. He’s currently the subject of a criminal case in New York.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Emily Ratajkowski Talks Getting Arrested With Amy Schumer (Video)

Early last month, Emily Ratajkowski and Amy Schumer were detained by Washington, D.C. police while protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. On Wednesday, a Halloweened-up Ratajkowski recalled the experience for Jimmy Kimmel.

“I had just landed from Europe and … I got this text message [that] was like, ‘Hey, want to get arrested with me this week?'” Ratajkowski recalled. “I knew, obviously, what she was referring to because [she] had been updating us on the Kavanaugh hearings.”

Ratajskowski was in.

Though the duo planned to get arrested, they didn’t prepare for it — and it was HOT in D.C. that day.

“Amy is pregnant, which is amazing, but no one knew at that point,” Ratajkowski said. “We were detained for four hours, sitting outside on the ground. And she keeps going to the bathroom and everyone’s kind of looking at her — the guys, the police, the Capital Police — were like, ‘Why does this lady need to keep going to the bathroom?'”

Watch the video above.

Ratajkowski’s and Schumer’s misdemeanor crime, unlawfully demonstrating in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building, carried just a $50 fine. A Capitol Police spokeswoman told TheWrap that 293 individuals were arrested for the offense.

Another nine were arrested for “unlawful demonstration activities” on the fourth floor of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. All were charged with “Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding.”

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Vice Media President Andrew Creighton Steps Down After Sexual Harassment Accusation

Andrew Creighton has resigned from his position as president of Vice Media following accusations of sexual harassment, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Creighton, who had been with Vice for 16 years both in London and New York City, was placed on suspension on Jan. 2 after The New York Times reported that Vice paid a $135,000 settlement in 2016 to a woman who said she was fired after rejecting an intimate relationship with Creighton.

An internal investigation earlier this year cleared Creighton of misconduct in the 2016 case despite the monetary settlement, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation, but he subsequently decided not to return. A rep for Vice Media declined to comment; Creighton did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In March, former A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc replaced co-founder Shane Smith as Vice Media’s CEO, signaling the company’s eagerness to address a reputation for a bro-like culture.

The company, which missed its 2017 earnings target by $100 million, has been racked by a series of #MeToo scandals.

In January, Vice’s chief digital officer, Mike Germano, exited the company after the New York Times reported two accusations of sexual misconduct against him (he apologized for “inappropriate” behavior in a statement to the Times). Germano had been with Vice Media since 2013, when Vice acquired his digital agency Carrot Creative, which he founded in 2004.

The Germano news was delivered to Vice Media employees in the form of a terse internal memo from company COO and CFO Sarah Broderick in January, 2018. “As you are aware, Mike Germano has been on leave and I want to let you know that he will not be returning to the company,” she said.

In a public note to employees after the Times story was published, Vice co-founders Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi apologized on behalf of the company.

“We understand that this had an impact on current and former employees at Vice, and we want to express our deepest apologies to them, as well as our extreme regret for our role in perpetuating sexism in the media industry and society in general,” they wrote.

A third co-founder, Gavin McInnes, left the company several years ago and later went on to found the right wing fraternal organization “The Proud Boys.”

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Sylvester Stallone Won’t Face Charges Over Sexual Assault Accusation

Prosecutors have declined to pursue charges against Sylvester Stallone stemming from a sexual abuse accusation made against him, according to paperwork from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

According to the paperwork, Stallone and his accuser, unnamed in the paperwork, had a consensual relationship in 1987. The accuser alleged sexual assaults by Stallone in 1987 and 1990, and provided fresh complaint witnesses, the D.A.’s paperwork said.

“However, none of the fresh complaint witnesses corroborated victim’s allegations,” the paperwork reads.

“Additional investigation did not provide any further corroboration,” the D.A.’s office noted. “As such, there is insufficient evidence to support a filing in addition to the allegations being outside the statute of limitations.”

While the name of the accuser was not disclosed, the D.A.’s office said it was reviewing a sexual assault accusation against the “Rocky” star in June, noting that the accusation was first reported to Santa Monica police in 2017, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Speaking to the Times, Stallone’s attorney Martin Singer said that the “Creed” and “Rocky” star previously had a consensual relationship with the accuser, and that he denies any misconduct. Singer told the paper that the accusations are “a false claim” and “a complete fabrication,” and said that the accuser “filed a police report to get a story published.”

Singer also told the Times that the accuser made her report to Santa Monica police after first attempting to give the story to an entertainment news site. The Times reports also that one of Stallone’s attorneys filed a complaint with the Santa Monica investigators at the time, stating that the accuser had essentially filed a false police report.

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

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‘Runaways’ Star Kip Pardue Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Co-Star on Indie TV Set

“Marvel’s Runaways” star Kip Pardue has been accused of sexual misconduct by actress Sarah Scott.

In a story published by the Los Angeles Times Sunday, Scott says Pardue assaulted her in May while they were filming, “Mogulettes,” an independent television pilot. According to the Times, Scott first recounted her story to the outlet that same month, saying Pardue became aroused when they were shooting a sex scene together and proceeded to place her hand on his erect penis.

Scott told the Times that Pardue asked her to come to his dressing room, where he masturbated in front of her. Scott says, “I literally froze. I said, ‘What are you doing?'” saying Pardue responded, “This isn’t a #MeToo thing. I’m not your employer. It’s not like I can fire you.”

Per the LA Times, “Pardue apologized for placing Scott’s hand on his penis during their scene together. But he denied everything the actress alleges that happened after the scene was completed.”

“I clearly misread the situation during a sex scene on set and have apologized to Sarah,” Pardue said in a statement obtained by TheWrap. “I never intended to offend her in any way and deeply regret my actions and have learned from my behavior.”

According to the Times, Scott reported the incident to “Mogulettes” director Dave Fraunces and producer Mandy Henderson, as well as the Screen Actors Guild, sought advice from the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, and filed a police report with the Hermosa Beach Police Department.

“Sarah is a fellow producer on the show with us,” Fraunces said in a statement to TheWrap Monday. “She told us the next morning after the incident occurred. She was visibly upset. We took her lead in how it was handled (who else was told and when they were told). And please know, we (the entire producer group and the cast/crew) believe Sarah 100 percent. She recounted in specific detail the order of events surrounding the incident.”

“We knew Kip would not be back to set (his scenes were completed) and Sarah did not want to negatively impact the show,” he continued. “So with her guidance, we continued and finished the shoot. Sarah was the first person to agree to do the pilot with us. We previously worked together on a feature doc and a smaller web series.”

Despite her actions to report and seek help regarding the incident, Scott told the Times she has not seen any development in the last five months.

“In Hollywood terms, I am not a name, but I am a working actress,” Scott told the Times. “This is how I make my money, and help support my family. I’ve been out in Los Angeles pounding the pavement as a proud union member for 15 years. I was sexually violated while at work, and even though I had the courage to tell anyone and everyone who’d listen, as time went on it seemed like I had very little control in truly preventing this from happening to anyone else.”

Jonathan Steinsapir, Pardue’s attorney, said in a statement to TheWrap that his client “would welcome a SAG hearing or any other fair process to resolve this matter.”

Pardue had no additional comment on the Times story when reached by TheWrap.

The Hermosa Beach Police Department did not immediately respond to TheWrap‘s request for confirmation on Scott’s police report. SAG-AFTRA and the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund did not respond to requests for comment regarding the details of their involvement in Scott’s accusations against Pardue, which were laid out in the LA Time’s story.

Scott did not respond to TheWrap‘s request for additional comment.

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Louis CK’s Comeback: Jerry Seinfeld Says ‘Court of Public Opinion’ Wants Him to ‘Show a Lot of Pain’

Jerry Seinfeld thinks fellow comedian Louis C.K.’s recent return to the stand-up stage wasn’t premature, but it was “the way he did it” that people didn’t agree with. Actually, no, “some people didn’t like that he’s doing it at all.” But Seinfeld seems to think that’s to be expected when a star falls from grace.

Last fall, C.K. faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.

“We know the routine: The person does something wrong,” Seinfeld said in an interview with the New York Times published on Friday. “The person’s humiliated. They’re exiled. They suffer, we want them to suffer. We love the tumble, we love the crash and bang of the fall. And then we love the crawl-back. The grovel. Are you going to grovel? How long are you going to grovel? Are you going to cry? Are you going to Jimmy Swaggart?”

“And people, I think, figured they had that coming with Louie — he owes us that,” he continued. “We, the court of public opinion, decided if he’s going to come back, he’d better show a lot of pain. Because he denied them that.”

As for whether or not he thinks C.K. needs to back off for now, Seinfeld added: “I can’t say what he should do. You do whatever you want. If he does it wrong, he’s going to suffer. And that’s his deal.”

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Sarah Silverman Says Louis CK Sometimes Masturbated in Front of Her, With Her Consent

Sarah Silverman says Louis C.K. used to ask permission to masturbate in front of her when they were young comics in New York, behavior similar to the sexual harassment that nearly derailed his career last year.

During an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” on Monday, Silverman was asked about her relationship to C.K., whom she describes as a “brother,” in the months since he was accused of abusing his position in the comedy community to harass women comics.

“It’s all very black and white until it comes to your front door and the bad guy is someone you love,” Silverman said, adding that she hasn’t spoken to C.K. in about three months.

Silverman, who was promoting her Hulu talk show “I Love You, America,” said C.K. used to behave in a similar manner before either of them became famous.

“When we were kids, and he asked if he could masturbate in front of me, sometimes I’d go, ‘F— yeah I want to see that!'” she said. “It was like science … Sometimes, yeah, I wanted to see it. It was amazing. Sometimes I would say, ‘F—ing no, gross,’ and we got pizza.”

The difference, Silverman noted, between what she was describing and the harassment C.K. admitted to last year is the “Louie” creator’s relative power and career influence.

“It’s not analogous to the other women that are talking about what he did to them. He could offer me nothing,” she said. “Once he became powerful — even within just his community — he felt like he was the same person, but the dynamic was different and it was not OK.”

One of C.K.’s victims, comedian Rebecca Corry, disputed Silverman’s characterizations of his behavior in a tweet later on Monday.

“To be real clear, CK had ‘nothing to offer me’ as I too was his equal on the set the day he decided to sexually harass me. He took away a day I worked years for and still has no remorse. He’s a predator who victimized women for decades and lied about it,” she wrote.

In an apologetic response, Silverman admitted she fumbled her meaning in response to Stern’s questioning and said she can’t participate in media interviews without being asked about C.K. “But you’re right- you were equals and he fucked with you and it’s not ok. I’m sorry, friend,” she wrote to Corry. “You are so talented and so kind.”

“I’m sorry your friend created this situation. We deserve to do our art without having to deal with this shit,” said Corry.

About one year since his C.K.’s career nearly imploded entirely in the wake of the harassment accusations, the comedian has begun reappearing at New York comedy clubs to workshop new material.

“I believe he has remorse,” said Silverman. “I just want him to talk about it on stage. He’s going to have to find his way or not find his way.”

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Louis CK Says He Lost ‘$35 Million in an Hour’ Over His Sexual Misconduct (Report)

Louis CK is back to performing stand-up comedy, and the former FX star is now addressing, while on stage, the elephant that exists in every room he enters.

CK, who last year admitted to masturbating in front of or asking to masturbate in front of multiple women, performed earlier this month at the West Side Comedy Club, Caroline’s, and the Comedy Cellar, according to comedy news website LaughSpin. During a recent Wednesday set at the West Side Comedy Club, CK said he “lost $35 million in an hour” due to revelations of his sexual misconduct, LaughSpin reported.

While it’s always hard to tell if a comic on stage is joking or exaggerating a point for comedic effect, a person with knowledge of CK’s pre-scandal earnings told TheWrap the $35 million figure is probably “very real.”

TheWrap attempted to reach CK through a variety of avenues for this piece, but his publicist and agents dumped him last fall over his deviant behavior (to which he admitted publicly). His last-known attorney did not immediately respond to our request for comment on this story. We also tried to contact CK through his website’s bookings email, but did not immediately receive a response.

CK is not active on social media, nor does he have any active television or film projects.

Though he did not address his sexual misconduct scandal earlier in the week at Caroline’s, CK opened that particular set by saying, “Good to be here, even though some of you might not like me,” LaughSpin reported.

Days later, at the West Side Comedy Club, host AMarie Castillo said CK opened with, “It’s been a weird year,” and that he kept saying he’s been to “Hell and back,” according to LaughSpin.

“It’s like he didn’t even skip a beat with the year he had,” Castillo recalled, per LaughSpin. “He was so genuine and reflected on how weird his year was, tried out some new dark and dirty material… Sounds to me he is owning up, acknowledging, and trying to figure it out.”

Read the full LaughSpin story here.

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Bryan Singer Preemptively Denies Accusations About Him in Upcoming Esquire Article

Director Bryan Singer is getting out in front of an Esquire magazine article about him that he believes will be published in time for the “Bohemian Rhapsody” release on Nov. 2.

Singer says the upcoming magazine story will “rehash false accusations and bogus lawsuits.”

“In today’s climate where people’s careers are harmed by mere accusations, what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible,” he wrote Monday morning on Instagram.

Esquire did not immediately return TheWrap‘s request for comment on the article. We also reached out to Singer’s attorney and publicist to seek additional information for this post. TheWrap will update this story if and when we hear back.

In December, Singer was accused of sexual assault by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman. Sanchez-Guzman says Singer forced oral sex and anal penetration while aboard a yacht in Seattle, Washington, in 2003. Sanchez-Guzman says he was 17 years old at the time. Singer denies the charge.

In April 2014, Michael Egan claimed in a lawsuit that he was raped by Singer and that the director also made him take cocaine, and provided him with drugs and alcohol. Egan later withdrew his lawsuit. Sanchez-Guzman and Egan shared the same lawyer for their respective suits.

Below is what Singer wrote Monday on Instagram.

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Rose McGowan Calls Out Hollywood ‘Douchebags,’ ‘Faux Liberals’ Who Treat #MeToo as ‘a Band-Aid Lie’

A year into the #MeToo movement, Rose McGowan has vehemently spoken out against the “douchebags” still running Hollywood despite the fall of Harvey Weinstein.

“I just think they’re douchebags. They’re not champions. I just think they’re losers. I don’t like them,” McGowan said in a lengthy sit-down interview with the U.K.’s Sunday Times.

“How do I explain the fact that I got a GQ Man of the Year award and no women’s magazines and no women’s organizations have supported me?” the “Charmed” actress went on to ask, and added that although she hasn’t been invited to any of the #MeToo campaign lunches or survivors’ brunches, she doesn’t want to go anyway.

“It’s all bulls—. It’s a lie. It’s a Band-Aid lie to make them feel better. I know these people, I know they’re lily-livered, and as long as it looks good on the surface, to them, that’s enough,” she said.

McGowan became a leading figure in the #MeToo movement after she accused Weinstein of raping her at a Sundance Film Festival hotel in the late ’90s. Since coming forward with her story last fall, she has starred in “Citizen Rose,” a four-part docu-series on E! and become the first woman to win the Inspiration prize at the GQ Men Of The Year awards.

While McGowan may not agree with Trump supporters on many issues, “they hate Hollywood for being faux liberals — and they’re 100 percent right about that,” she told the Times. “It’s a bunch of faux liberals. It’s crap, and they know it is deep down, but they’re living an empty life, and to me, that’s their punishment. They get to live the lives they live.”

She went on to reiterate her disbelief over Meryl Streep’s saying she was unaware of any accusations against Weinstein, saying it was “literally impossible.”

“I also think, in my opinion,” McGowan stressed, “that his victims are probably in the thousands. Someone with his appetite, I would predict hundreds wouldn’t cover it. He had places set up everywhere he did business.”

McGowan also doesn’t think Hillary Clinton could have been in the dark about Weinstein either and says she would take back her vote for Clinton if she could. “I would take my years of support back. Vociferous support. Even against Obama, I backed her.”

As for if McGowan would ever run for office herself now that she has vowed never to act again? “Yes!” Seriously? Yes. And I would run as a Republican. Just to f— it up. Just to blow people’s minds,” she told the Times.

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Bill Cosby’s Lawyer Asks Court to Overturn Conviction, Prison Sentence

Attorneys for Bill Cosby are seeking to have the comedian’s conviction of three counts of aggravated indecent assault overturned and his three- to 10-year prison sentence voided, citing what they say are errors made in the case.

According to an AP report Sunday, Cosby’s defense team argues that trial Judge Steven O’Neill was wrong to declare that the actor fit the description of a “sexually violent predator,” which therefore required him to undergo lifetime counseling and report quarterly to authorities. His name will also appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools and victims.

They also added that his three- to 10-year prison sentence was extreme, given that the standard for that crime is two to three years… and that Cosby is a partially blind 81-year-old.

Cosby was convicted in April stemming from an accusation of former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who said that the comedian drugged and molested her at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.

An arrest was made on Dec. 30, 2015, but the initial trial ended in a mistrial on July 2017 after the jury was unable to reach a verdict. During his subsequent retrial in April, jurors heard testimony from Constand, as well as five other Cosby accusers, including model Janice Dickinson, who testified that the comedian raped her in Lake Tahoe, California, in 1982.

Cosby’s team said that Judge O’Neill wrongly considered the testimony of the other accusers when sentencing him.

Cosby has maintained that his interaction with Constand was consensual and that he had given her Benadryl in an effort to help her relax.

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Senate Confirms Brett Kavanaugh to United States Supreme Court

Judge Brett Kavanaugh will become Justice Brett Kavanaugh, so says the Senate, who voted 50 to 48 Saturday to confirm him to fill the ninth seat in the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh’s nomination was split down party lines, with all but one member of the Democratic caucus opposing him and all but one Republican backing him. Alaska’s Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted with the Democrats against Kavanaugh, while West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin split with his party and supported Kavanauagh. The final margin of victory was provided by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who announced her support for the nominee in a lengthy Senate floor speech on Friday.

Saturday’s vote was interrupted multiple times by loud protests from the gallery, as Vice President Mike Pence repeatedly called for the sergeant at arms to restore order. “Shame on you!” one protester was heard yelling at one point as the votes were taken.

Shortly after the confirmation, President Trump tweeted, “Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in.”

In an exclusive Axios poll, 45 percent of Americans approved of Kavanaugh’s nomination, while 50 percent disapproved. From early September to this week, strong disapproval rose from 26 percent to 35 percent, while strong approval rose from 23 percent to 30 percent. The gender gap is significant, with just 36 percent of women approve of Kavanaugh, compared to 55 percent of men.

The vote is a big win for President Trump, who staked much of his political capital backing Kavanaugh. As the vote neared, Trump repeatedly doubled down on the judge, blasting critics and calling the sexual misconduct charges leveled against him a “smear.”

The Senate vote caps weeks of, at times, graphic accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh from his high school days and years at Yale. On Sept. 27, the judge’s most serious accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying Kavanaugh tried to rape her while he was intoxicated during a party in the early 1980s.

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

Later that day, Kavanaugh testified before the committee. With his remarks veering between angry and tearful, he denied misconduct. In what many on the left are calling a show of political bias, he also called the scrutiny he was under “a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about president trump and the 2016 election.”

“Sexual assault is horrific. It is morally wrong. It is illegal. It is contrary to my religious faith. And it contradicts the core promise of this Nation that all people are created equal and entitled to be treated with dignity and respect,” he said. ” I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes.”

Kavanaugh also faced two additional charges, one from Deborah Ramirez, whose told the New Yorker that Kavanaugh thrust his genitals in her face without her consent while at a freshman year party at Yale.

A third woman, Julie Swetnick, said in a sworn statement that she attended parties where Kavanaugh along with his high school friend Mark Judge participated in spiking punch at house parties “with drugs and/or grain alcohol so as to cause girls to lose their inhibitions and their ability to say ‘No.'” Swetnick is currently being represented by Michael Avenatti.

Last week Republican Sen. Jeff Flake threw yet another wrench into the nomination after demanding an FBI inquiry into the misconduct allegations. The move, which GOP leadership had strenuously resisted, delayed the final vote by a week.

The final report of the bureau was never made public and was only viewed by members of the Judiciary Committee, whose assessment of the findings broke down along partisan lines. Republicans like Chuck Grassley said it showed nothing new, while Democrats like Bob Menendez call it a “bulls– probe.”

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5 Ways the Entertainment Industry Has Changed In the Wake of Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo, and Time’s Up

Looking back, the headline couldn’t do the story justice. On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the New York Times published what would become a Pulitzer Prize-winning expose from journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey: “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades.” Scores of Weinstein’s misdeeds were recounted in just over 3,500 words, centered around decades of alleged sexual harassment and abuse. Fallout was swift: Within a week, Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company, Ronan Farrow published his own expose in The New Yorker, scores of other victims came forward with their stories of alleged Weinstein sex crimes, and Weinstein became a Hollywood pariah.

A year after the Weinstein story broke, the conversation has extended well into Hollywood and beyond. Countless other powerful and famous men have been felled by accusations, victims and advocates have bonded together in hopes of evolution and healing, and the industry has attempted to keep up with seismic change. But what exactly has changed over the course a single year?

1. The Many Lawsuits of Harvey Weinstein

From Matt Lauer to Louis C.K., Charlie Rose to Les Moonves, most accused perpetrators have only suffered personal and professional upheavals. However, Weinstein’s crimes brought the former TWC head to the courtroom. In May, he turned himself into Manhattan police and was then almost immediately taken to the Manhattan location of the New York State Supreme Court to face charges of rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse, and sexual misconduct before Judge Kevin McGrath. As of this writing, he’s still out on bail and awaiting trial.

The New York case is just one of many facing Weinstein. After being accused by over 100 women of various crimes related to sexual misconduct, Weinstein is the subject of a federal investigation, along with investigations in Los Angeles and London. A frequent criticism of the #MeToo movement is that it’s nothing more than a witch hunt, one that doesn’t include due process or literal justice, so it’s remarkable that the man whose alleged misdeeds helped push that same movement forward is the one who has faced the most visible legal fallout.

2. The Rise of #MeToo and Time’s Up

Tarana Burke launched #MeToo in 2006 to promote “empowerment through empathy” among victims of sexual abuse, particularly women of color. However, the past year saw her profile and her hashtag skyrocket. Burke stepped up to the task of leading a sea change: A fixture at conferences and panels, Burke and her ideas remain steadfast. She just wants people to be heard, she just wants people to talk. When she appeared on “The Daily Show” in May, Burke was clear about what #MeToo means: “I think that we have seen a culture starting to move in a different direction, but a true culture shift won’t happen until we are resocialized about how we think about sexual violence, and how we engage with each other, and how we talk to each other.”

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Tarana Burke (L) and Ashley Judd speak onstage at "Time's Up" during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Tarana Burke and Ashley Judd

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On January 1, Hollywood insiders like Kerry Washington, Natalie Portman, Brie Larson, Ashley Judd, Reese Witherspoon, announced the formation of Time’s Up, an initiative created “to fight sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond.” Aided by major star power and a Golden Globes coming-out party, the Time’s Up movement has, become a crucial part of the conversation. Its legal defense fund has already raised over $22 million to help victims in need of financial support.

3. Inclusion Riders, Pay Equity, Gender Parity, and More

Time’s Up and #MeToo helped proliferate other movements dedicated to pushing forward an industry that is diverse, equality-driven, and rooted in professional behavior. This drew attention to hot-button subjects such as inclusion riders (thanks, Frances McDormand), pay equity, gender parity both in front of and behind the camera, trans representation, and beyond.

Of course, the real work hinges on the actions, initiatives, and directives that create change. “We don’t really want panels about this, we want policy, right?” actress Tessa Thompson said at a Sundance event in January. “This is useful insofar as it gives us a space to get on the same page, to be able to look across the room at our allies who are like-minded… When we talk about the real change that needs to happen on a studio level, to really create some change in our industry, and in the kind of stories that are told and celebrated, that’s kind of what we need to do, right? That’s what these spaces are useful for.”

4. The Fall of So Many Men…

The list of post-Weinstein downfalls also includes Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Jeffrey Tambor, Brett Ratner, John Lasseter, Woody Allen, Aziz Ansari, Ryan Seacrest, Al Franken, Chris Hardwick, James Franco, Matthew Weiner, and more. Stories of Hollywood player-predators are no longer unusual, but that’s a kind of victory in itself: People are less afraid to blow the whistle, and have more faith that they will be heard.

5. … and the Attempted Comeback

In recent months, some of the biggest names have already attempted comebacks, from Louis C.K. and his Comedy Cellar appearances to Charlie Rose stumping for a new television gig. It doesn’t have to be that way. As Jane Fonda memorably said last month: “It doesn’t matter if it’s two weeks or a year or two years, it depends on what kind of changes they’ve gone through. And if they haven’t gone through the changes, then why should they come back? Why not be doing the same things that the guys who’ve lost their union jobs in Pennsylvania do? Work at Starbucks, fuck it! ‘Oh, poor top-paid executive can’t get his job back,’ fuck it! Go work at Starbucks until you’ve learned. If you can’t learn, you don’t belong in the boardroom, there’s plenty of women who do belong in the boardroom.”