Addie Zinone, a former Today Show production assistant, has given a detailed account to Variety of her affair with Matt Lauer.
In a lengthy interview with the publication, Zinone says she was 24 when she started sleeping with Lauer in 2000.
The host was recently married at the time to his current wife, Annette Roque.
After serving as an intern at the morning program, Zinone tells Variety she was offered an anchor position back in her home state of West Virginia.
Upon learning she was leaving, Lauer began to come on to Zinone.
In June of 2000, Lauer allegedly wrote the staffer a text that read:
“Hey, I hope you won’t drag me to personnel for saying this, but you look fantastic...
"I don’t know what you have done, or what is going on in your life … but it’s agreeing with you.”
Zinone says she thanked him and asked if the two could meet in order for her to gather "a little advice" from the veteran journalist.
Lauer agreed and met Zinone for lunch.
This is how she described the situation to Variety:
"My intentions were purely professional. I thought this was a way to get real-world constructive advice. What that turned into was an opportunity for him to come on to me.
"It was flattering, confusing, overwhelming. I was nervous. I didn’t know what to do with it. He was clearly trying to guide the conversation.
"He was there to hit on me and manipulate the situation, and I fell for it.
"Here’s how I should have known what I was getting myself into. When we left, he told me: ‘You leave first, and I’ll leave after.’
"In no lunch I’d ever had at Today had anyone suggested we leave separately, as if something was up.”
Confused over what was going on and feeling uneasy about how Lauer acted toward her, Zinone says she asked the host to get together for a discussion.
He requested the pair meet in his dressing room above studio 1A.
According to her account, she reminded him he was married, but...
“He opens the door. There you go. It crossed the line. It was a consensual encounter. It happened in his dressing room above studio 1A, which was empty in the afternoons.
"He got in his car and I had to go back to work, and now my life had completely changed."
Lauer, of course, was fired late last month due to accusations of sexual misconduct and harassment.
Follow-up stories claimed he sent co-workers sex toys, demanded sexual favors of underlings and even raped an employee in his office.
In this case, Zinone acknowledges the relationship was consensual and that the two "met several [more] times" after this initial sexual encounter.
There was even one time, she claims, that Lauer used a button under his desk to lock his office door because he wanted them to have sex right then and there.
“It was embarrassing, because his secretary was sitting outside," she says, adding:
"He wanted to do stuff. I was like, ‘No. I’m so in over my head. I’m not a performance artist.'"
The last time that Zinone says she saw Lauer was at the 2000 Democratic National Convention in California, when he supposedly told her to meet him in a nearby bathroom, where they proceeded to have “an encounter."
Of the sexual variety, we assume.
She eventually quit her anchor job and joined the Army.
The former PA concludes that her situation was consensual, yes, but she still felt like a victim because she felt he had abused his power.
“He went after the most vulnerable and the least powerful - and those were the production assistants and the interns," she told Variety.
“I’m putting my name and face out there to squash any doubts about the allegations from other women against Matt Lauer.
"I’m validating their stories because some of our experiences are similar. I want these women to know that I believe them, I want to help empower them and collectively we have a voice to change things.
"I have a 7-year-old daughter. I want to do everything I can to assure this doesn’t happen to her.”
Last we heard, the status of Lauer's marriage was up in the air.
Bryan Singer is once again under investigation for sexual assault.
In troubling news broken by TMZ, the director (The Usual Suspects, many X-Men movies) is accused of forcing a 17-year old boy to perform oral sex...
... prior to raping this same teenager.
The plaintiff is named Cesar Sanchez-Guzman.
According to the lawsuit, obtained by the aforementioned website, Singer was a guest at a party on a yacht owned by tech investor Lester Waters back in 2003.
The party was largely populated by young gay males.
The legal documents allege that Singer offered to take Guzman on a tour of the gigantic boat.
When the two arrived at one of the rooms, Singer is accused of throwing his body on top of Guzman... forced him to the floor... and shoving Guzman's face against his crotch.
The director then, allegedly, demanded Guzman give him a blow job.
It gets worse, per the lawsuit:
Singer reportedly pulled his penis out of Guzman's mouth, smacked him in the face with it, ignored pleas to stop and made Guzman choke when he reinserted his penis into the young man's mouth.
Singer is then accused of forcing oral sex on Guzman before anally penetrating his victim, despite constant protestations for Singer to stop.
The lawsuit was filed by Jeff Herman.
He claims Singer later approached Guzman and used his status in Hollywood to tell Guzman he could get him a job in exchange for his silence.
Guzman also says Singer warned him no one would believe him; and that Singer could hire people to ruin his reputation if he told anyone about what transpired.
Guzman says he suffered emotional distress, mental anguish, and physical and mental pain.
This isn't the first time Singer has been accused of acting horribly inappropriately around young men.
In May of 2014, he was accused of assaulting a British teenager named Michael Egan.
In August of that same year, a similar allegation was leveled against the director and producer.
A rep for Singer tells TMZ the following in defense of his client:
"The lawsuit was filed by the same lawyer who represented Michael Egan. Those claims were dismissed by Egan himself, and he later went to Federal prison for lying in a fraud case."
The rep adds that Herman was sued by other defendants related to the Egan case for malicious prosecution and that he settled those suits, acknowledging in the process that Egan's claims were false.
Fans questioned earlier this month whether Uma Thurman was keeping tight-lipped about having story of her own to tell about Harvey Weinstein, and it looks like she does.
The Kill Bill actress took to Instagram to wish her fans a happy Thanksgiving and threw a whole lot of shade towards the disgraced movie mogul.
She shared a picture of her character, Beatrix Kiddo, from Kill Bill: Volume II.
It was not just any picture she shared.
In fact, it was a still from the scene in which her character decided it was time to go on a mission of revenge against those who had wronged her.
The caption that accompanied the picture was just as scary.
Thurman wrote: "H A P P Y T H A N K S G I V I N G. I am grateful today, to be alive, for all those I love, and for all those who have the courage to stand up for others.
"I said I was angry recently, and I have a few reasons, #metoo, in case you couldn't tell by the look on my face.
"I feel it's important to take your time, be fair, be exact, so... Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! (Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators - I'm glad it's going slowly - you don't deserve a bullet) -stay tuned."
Harvey should probably be scared because it sure sounds like Thurman is ready to dole out some truths about him.
Uma previously spoke to Access Hollywood about a Broadway show she is starring in earlier this month and opened up about her thoughts on the scandal.
"I think it's commendable," Uma began her statement on the matter.
"I have learned ... I am not a child, and I have learned that when I've spoken in anger, I usually regret the way I express myself," she said.
"So I've been waiting to feel less angry. And when I'm ready, I'll say what I have to say."
While the statement sounds a little subdued, the video went viral across the internet because of the way Uma acted during the interview.
You could tell she was outraged, and it made viewers think she had some stories of her own to tell about Weinstein.
At the time, fans made it clear they would be with Thurman every step of the way if she decided to open up about what really happened.
"God once spoke through the burning bush," one person wrote.
"This time it's through Uma Thurman." Another speculated that "If you haven't seen this yet it seems Uma Thurman not only knows where the bodies are buried but has neatly organized all the shovels."
"Ok let's be real that Uma Thurman video -- she's getting a Hanzo sword made and is going to cut up the perverts isn't she," one person said.
What do you think about all of this?
Sound off below.
Kendra Wilkinson is the outspoken star of We TV's Kendra on Top.
We say outspoken because, well, she has no filter. Whether she's posting a sultry selfie on social media, or just appearing on her reality TV show, she's always stirring up some sort of controversy.
We're not even sure she knows she's doing it, and that's likely why she's such a draw with viewers.
The 32-year-old was on a road trip with her husband, Hank Bassett, and thought it would be fun to stop by a cotton field in Texas because "she always wanted to pick cotton."
Have a look at the picture in question below. It shows Wilkinson posing with some cotton and a whole field of cotton behind her.
People took offense to the post and immediately started slamming the star in the comments section of the snap.
“Racist piece of s–t,” one user wrote. Added another: “People are upset because you are joking about history that you are just simply ignorant about. Some things just keep to yourself.”
While some chose to go on the offensive, the star's legion of fans also came to her defense.
“Been watching Kendra from day one, she’s a free spirit,” one fan commented. “You are just combing through social media praying for anything to pound on and rip it to shreds… Hello her husband and children are part black.”
“Don’t give the haters the benefit of explaining what ur doing like picking cotton,” said another.
One final fan wanted the haters to disappear: “Keep your head up. Ignore the ignorance. I have always liked you and your real fans know you are not a racist and you love everyone equally. Live! Laugh! Love!”
The hatred did not go unnoticed by Kendra who returned to social media to clap back at the people assassinating her character.
“Lol. I just wanted to pick cotton from a plant cuz I’ve always wondered how it really felt. Never in my life thought of color or race at the time,” she wrote on Wednesday.
“I was trespassing n ran up to grab some cotton. I am not racist. Was just having fun n wanted to feel n wondered how it felt. Hahahahah. I can’t believe I’m getting accused of being racist when I’m sitting here with my black father in law rt now baffled at the accusations.
"F–k off to anyone who don’t know me n know what I’m about. Just cuz I picked some f–king cotton. It’s a f–king plant. Omg I can’t.”
Like we said, Kendra is not afraid to hit back at people throwing shade her way. The star was very likely on the trip while she recovered from a mysterious hospital visit. And, no, it had nothing to do with handjobs this time around ... we hope.
The star has been acting in Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man, and disaster struck when some of the shows had to be canceled after she found herself in hospital.
"Super sick. Going to have to cancel the late show tonight. My heart couldn’t cancel both. Sorry late show," she said at the time.
"Sooooo sorry guys gotta cancel both shows tonight. Going to ER. Hurtin bad. I’ll make it up to you."
What do you think about all of this?!
Sound off below.
This just in:
Not all famous people are loyal.
Some cheat. Many cheat, in fact.
And, in turn, the people with whom they cheat become famous themselves.
Below, for example, is a rundown of well-known men and women who allegedly slept with celebrities while those celebrities were in relationships...
1. Sara Leal
2. Rachel Roy
3. Rachel Uchitel
4. Ava London
5. Cady Groves
6. Chloe Bartoli
The long and heretofore illustrious career of Charlie Rose may be over.
The veteran journalist has been suspended by PBS and CBS amidst accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct.
The accusations have been made by eight different women.
In a bombshell report published on Monday by The Washington Post, these alleged victims shared eerily similar stories about how the reporter would act in horribly inappropriate ways toward them.
There are accusations that Rose would place sexually explicit phone calls... expose his genitalia... and grope the women without their permission.
Three of the women spoke on the record, while five spoke on the condition of anonymity.
But all expressed stories that detailed how Rose would either walk out of a shower, naked, in their presence; and/or would grope their buttocks at company parties; and/or place his hand on their upper thigh, awaiting a reaction.
Said Reah Bravo, who worked as an intern and then associate producer for Rose’s PBS show beginning in 2007:
“It has taken 10 years and a fierce moment of cultural reckoning for me to understand these moments for what they were.
"He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim.”
The women were employees or aspired to work for Rose at The Charlie Rose Show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011.
They ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the reported encounters.
Rose is 75 years old and his one-on-one interview program airs on PBS and Bloomberg TV.
He also co-hosts CBS This Morning and is a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes.
“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked,” Rose said in a statement to the Washington Post, adding:
“Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.”
He continued as follows:
It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior.
I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate.
I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.
I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too.
All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.
Shortly after news of Rose’s allegations broke, PBS announced it is stopping production on the anchor’s self-titled program.
Meanwhile, CBS News has also suspended him from his regular duties.
Rose is the latest major name to be accused of sexual harassment or misconduct.
Several weeks ago, allegations of assault were leveled by countless women against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
Since then, women around the country have been empowered to speak up, with stories popping up nearly everyday about allegedly heinous acts committed by such stars as Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and Jeffrey Tambor.
We salute these victims for coming forward.
It's only been one week since actor Anthony Rapp went public with accusations that he was sexually assaulted by Kevin Spacey at the age of 14.
But in that short time, the former House of Cards star has watched his career and public reputation come tumbling down in dramatic fashion.
Earlier this week, Spacey was fired by Netflix over allegations of misconduct, and as with Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby before him, Spacey's list of accusers just keeps getting longer.
The latest to level charges against the 58-year-old actor is a former Boston news anchor named Heather Unruh.
Baco on October 13, Unruh tweeted that "a loved one" had once been assaulted by Spacey.
“The #weinsteinscandal has emboldened me,” she wrote.
“I was a Kevin Spacey fan until he assaulted a loved one. Time the dominoes fell.”
Today, Unruh went into shocking specifics.
At a press conference held this afternoon, Unruh revealed that her then-18-year-old son was groped by Spacey last year:
"[Spacey] stuck his hand inside my son’s pants and grabbed his genitals,” Unruh told reporters.
"Nothing could have prepared my son for how that sexual assault would make him feel as a man,” she added.
“It harmed him and it cannot be undone.”
Forced to answer the usual questions about why her son didn't immediately file a police report, Unruh responded:
"He knew the kind of attention that would result from making an accusation about such a public person. I can assure you that this is not the kind of attention anyone wants.”
Unruh says Spacey plied her son with “drink after drink" prior to assaulting him.
She says her son falsely told the actor that he was of legal age to consume, but adds, “whether he was over 21 or not, Kevin Spacey had no right to sexually assault him. There was no consent.”
According to Unruh, the molestation continued for over an hour and ended only when Spacey went to the restroom and a stranger advised her son to flee.
Unruh says she would like to see Spacey put behind bars for his crimes, and notes that she and her son have filed a police report in Nantucket, where the alleged incident took place.
We will have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
Miley Cyrus is not one to withhold her opinion.
This is true about marijuana. This is true about her boobs.
And this is also true about mass shootings in America.
On Sunday morning, 26 people were killed inside a church in Texas after an assailant opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon.
In response, Cyrus expressed shock, anger and outrage.
The artist took to Instagram to emphasize that the "terrorist act" was performed by a "WHITE AMERICAN MAN."
Here is what the singer wrote in full after learning about this horrible attack:
My dreams have become nightmares & those nightmares , reality ... This isn't fair , this isn't right , this isn't just , this isn't human!
This is a TERRORIST act by a WHITE AMERICAN MAN! I am heartbroken & embarrassed.
Mortified by our country & its shitty system , lack of control/laws! This does NOT HAVE or NEED to happen! It's devastatingly disgusting!
This is exactly why the lyrics of Bad Mood were so important for me to share on a major platform. I wanted to bring awareness to the fact that everyday we are waking up to more terrifyingly painful information that makes it nearly impossible to feel optimistic that things are going to change!
They say it gets worst before it gets better in some cases & I wish on every star that this is the worst of it!
I continue to be hopeful that enough is enough and the eyes of the ignorant will open and realize that (gun) VIOLENCE has to stop! This assholes Facebook profile photo was a fucking riffle !
"I don't know how much more it can take!" #FuckGuns #FuckViolence
Cyrus quickly came under fire for these comments, specifically for highlighting that the shooter was a "WHITE AMERICAN MALE."
Her point, as it should have been clear to any level-headed individual, is that white people are very much capable of committing terrorist acts.
In fact, a majority of terrorist acts in America are committed by white males with guns. This is simply a fact.
However, some people (such as the President of the United States) only connect terrorism with Muslims, as evidenced by the fact that President Trump barely even denounced the man who killed 26 people in Texas.
He cited "mental health" as the basis for the act and made it clear he won't move to enact any kind of gun control.
Following the backlash against her emotional Instagram message, Miley shared ANOTHER emotional Instagram message.
It was included as a caption to this photo.
And it read as follows:
I’d like to believe that EVERY person who takes the life of another being is " mentally ill " .... it's hard to conceptualize that a sane human could commit such a hideous crime.
BUT I am sorry Donald Trump this absolutely is a " GUNS SITUATION"
I am aghast by the reaction of my latest post , it is completely amazing to me how defensive and in denial this country really is!
You are not focused on the horrific tragedy I addressed but more angered that I am putting a BIG bright spotlight on the fact it was a "WHITE AMERICAN MALE" terrorist that walked in & killed 26 people (including children) leaving 20 severely injured !
All of a sudden .... " we are all equal " "human is human" "skin color doesn't matter " (NOW neither does gender) "makes no difference if they were male or female" ......
BUT those things absolutely matter when ... someone completely legitimate is running for president (versus someone who isn't) , when a car runs over innocent people while professing their love to a GOD different from yours , it sure matters to the cops when they beat or even kill innocent people of color.
it even matters at the airport/on an airplane or in immigration when folks are completely profiled & judged for their background . NOW it doesn't matter if someone is a man or woman?
Well that's news to me and the HH foundation because it's been years of fighting for gender equality and the right to be the sex you identify with or marry the one you love!
There has ALWAYS been an issue with these subjects until NOW. So since this tragedy has occurred (coming off the cusp of Vegas, another terroristic act by a white American male) DONT START to be all innocent!
Gender , race , & religion HAS and continues to matter for all the wrong reasons & that's only the beginning of how backwards this country is!
All of you are so focused on protecting yourself, you've completely forgotten that you're not the only one that has to live in this country or on this planet!
Aren't you exhausted?
Because to be honest I am fucking sick and tired of starting everyday with tears and in mourning!
Let's unite! Trump never needed to build a wall for us , we've done it ourselves! Love!
In conclusion, Cyrus shared photos of "a few of [her] favorite white American males," including her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, and her brothers, Braison Cyrus and Trace Cyrus.
"I do NOT & refuse to generalize or stereotype! Facts are Facts," she wrote as a caption to the image above, adding:
"You are all correct to believe every human deserves the same respect .... but please keep that in mind when you're judging others.
"NOT just with the race , religion , gender , or sexuality which YOU identify with. Deal?"
It's a deal, Miley.
You tell 'em.
Jeremy Piven has issued a statement in response to sexual harassment allegations leveled at him by former reality star Ariane Bellamar.
Earlier today, we reported on a number of disturbing Tweets posted by Bellamar, who guest-starred many years ago on an episode of Entourage.
Piven, of course, is best known for having portrayed super agent Ari Gold throughout the duration of that long-running comedy.
In her barrage of social media messages, Bellamar tagged Piven and reminded him of two alleged times in which he groped her private body parts.
"Hey @jeremypiven! ‘Member when you cornered me in your trailer on the #Entourage set? ‘Member grabbing my boobies on the without asking??" she wrote, later adding a pair of texts that read:
Member when I tried to leave; you grabbed me by the ass, looked at yourself in the mirror, & said what a ‘beautiful couple’ we made?
Jeremy Piven, on two occasions, cornered me & forcefully fondled my breasts & bum. Once at the mansion & once on set.
Bellamar - who appeared as herself on installments of Beverly Hills Nannies and The Millionaire Matchmaker and who has had bit parts in various movies - also referenced "explicit" texts she supposedly received from Piven.
In response to these allegations, the Emmy-winning actor has now said the following:
"I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen."
Recognizing in general how difficult it is for victims of sexual harassment and assault to come forward, Piven concluded:
"It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories, and my hope is that the allegations about me that didn’t happen, do not detract from stories that should be heard."
Piven was in New York City on Tuesday to promote his awful CBS drama, Wisdom of the Crowd.
In a statement of its own, the network says it is "aware of the media reports and [is] looking into the matter."
Over the past few weeks, the topic of sexual harassment in Hollywood has been especially prominent after countless women accused producer Harvey Weinstein of misconduct or even flat out rape.
The courage of the alleged victims who have called Weinstein out for his abhorrent behavior has inspired others to do the same.
Actor Anthony Rapp, for instance, says that Kevin Spacey attempted to sexually assault him at a party back in 1986, a charge Spacey did not deny.
Andy Dick, meanwhile, has been dropped from the independent feature film Raising Buchanan following accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct on set.
"I might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them," Dick said as a defense of his actions, adding:
"That's my thing."
Yeah. Maybe it shouldn't be.
Back in 1996, when NFL legend Peyton Manning was just a 19-year-old phenom at the University of Tennessee, he was involved in a sexual assault scandal that could have ended his career before it got off the ground.
The alleged incident occurred while Manning was being examined by UT athletic trainer Jaime Naughright.
At the time, Manning maintained that he never made physical contact with Naughright, and simply pulled his pants down in order to "moon" a nearby teammate.
Speaking with Inside Edition today, Naughright claimed the former Colts and Broncos quarterback was lying in his statement to authorities:
“I felt something on my face and Peyton had pulled his shorts down and sat his anus and his testicles on my face,” she said in her first TV interview.
“So I pushed him up and out. He turned around, pulled his shorts back up.”
“I was repulsed. I was scared. I was intimidated. … It was definitely a predator — intimidating, anger, violent eyes that he had.”
The Inside Edition segment also features footage from a deposition in which a young Manning offers his version of events.
“I briefly pulled down my pants to so-called ‘moon’ him,” Manning said.
“One second, one-and-a-half seconds. Pulled my pants back up and continued with Jamie’s examination of the bottom of my foot.”
Naughright settled with the university for $300,000 in 1998.
She says she felt compelled to speak out in the wake of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and other influential men.
You can watch her first interview in its entirety below:
There's a fine line between paying respect and being offensive.
And many Internet users think Kim Kardashian just crossed it.
The reality star has always embraced Halloween nearly as much as Heidi Klum, often dressed up in multiple costumes every year.
Just consider ALL THESE PHOTOS of the A-Lister as a mermaid, as Anna Wintour and even as a version of herself.
This year, Kardashian appears to have chosen a theme for her various looks: music.
She was spotted out at a party all decked out as Cher on Friday, for example, with best friend Jonathan Cheban doing his best Sonny Bono impression.
Sort of random, but definitely harmless, right?
Folks are not saying the same about Kim's latest ensemble.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians mainstay posted a picture of herself dressed as the late artist Aaliyah in a glimmering bra and large rhinestone choker Sunday, captioning the sexy video as follows:
"Baby Girl Aaliyah."
The beloved R&B singer was killed at the age of 22 in a plane crash and it's certainly a bit strange for Kim to actually base a costume around this dead star.
As far as we know, Kim was not especially close to Aaliyah, who passed away in 2001, and, what else can we say... it's just odd to dress up like a late celebrity, isn't it?
Especially when you try to be all sexy and seductive in the costume, as Kim is clearly attempting here.
We're not alone in this assessment, either.
Considering Aaliyah was also African-American, critics have jumped all over Kardashian for what they consider to be cultural appropriation.
This is a charge that has been leveled in the past against Kendall and Kylie Jenner and it means that someone isn't respecting another culture...
... he or she instead is exploiting it for his or her own selfish purposes.
"Legend or not Aaliyah is a black woman and you’re not. It’s offensive and you shouldn’t push this limit," wrote one Twitter user in response to this outfit.
Others were equally direct and harsh:
To be fair, however, Kardashian does have her defenders.
Writes one person:
"Kimberly Kardashian West looks great dressed as Aaliyah. THAT is how you pay respect without doing Blackface. Great job @KimKardashian!"
"The people mad that Kim K. dressed up as Aaliyah only know the chorus to One In A Million. Shut Up. Stop Being Bitter."
Where do you stand?
Is Kardashian honoring Aaliyah? Offending her memory? Or just being very strange with this costume choices?
Mayim Bialik has stirred up some MAJOR controversy via an op-ed she wrote this weekend for The New York Times.
The inspiration behind it? Numerous allegations of rape and sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein.
Bialik's apparent stance on this topic? It's largely the fault of victims in these situations because they care too much about how they look.
In a piece titled “Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein's World," The Big Bang Theory star wrote that she has "experienced the upside of not being a "perfect ten" and then went on to explain why.
"As a proud feminist with little desire to diet, get plastic surgery or hire a personal trainer, I have almost no personal experience with men asking me to meetings in their hotel rooms," Bialik said, adding:
"Those of us in Hollywood who don't represent an impossible standard of beauty have the 'luxury' of being overlooked and, in many cases, ignored by men in power unless we can make them money."
Over the past several days, a multitude of actresses have come forward and said Weinstein either made an inappropriate pass at them…
Or, in the worst cases, the movie producer actually raped them.
"Women should be able to wear whatever they want," Bialik continued.
"They should be able to flirt however they want with whomever they want. Why are we the ones who have to police our behavior?
In a perfect world, women should be free to act however they want. But our world isn't perfect.
Nothing - absolutely nothing - excuses men for assaulting or abusing women. But we can't be naïve about the culture we live in."
This is the main part of her post about which so many people have taken issue.
She's basically saying this is the way in which the world works - men are simply going to prey on attractive females - and it's up to the women to accept it and adjust accordingly.
"I plan to continue to work hard to encourage young women to cultivate the parts of themselves that may not garner them money and fame," the actress wrote.
"If you are beautiful and sexy, terrific. But having others celebrate your physical beauty is not the way to lead a meaningful life.
"And if - like me - you're not a perfect 10, know that there are people out there who will find you stunning, irresistible and worthy of attention, respect and love.
"The best part is you don't have to go to a hotel room or a casting couch to find them."
This is all really horrible and ridiculous.
If Bialik's only point is that superficial beauty shouldn't be the most important thing in life... well, she'd be right and there would be little to quibble with.
Instead, however, she's somehow making a connection between women wanting to look good and MEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTING THEM.
Qualify her point however she wants to try, this is 100% victim blaming.
And we obviously aren't alone in thinking as much.
"@missmayim229 I have to say I was dressed non provocatively as a 12 year old when men on the street masturbated at me," actress Patricia Arquette tweeted on Saturday in response.
"It's not clothing."
"It is also not outrageous for anyone to expected to be treated in a professional manner by anyone in a professional relationship," Arquette added.
Said another well-informed and well-spoken Twitter user, quoting Bialik and then using her words against her:
"I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly."
This is disgusting. @missmayim is placing blame on victims and forgetting that rape and assault are about power, not about desire.
Bialik has not yet responded to the backlash.
It's quite possible that there's no more tragic story in the history of professional football than that of Aaron Hernandez.
Back in 2015, Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Odin Lloyd.
In April, the world was shocked by the news that Hernandez had taken his own life inside his cell at the Souza-Barankowski Correctional Facility in Lancaster, Massachusetts.
Today, Hernandez's autopsy results have been made public, and they confirm what many who followed his case closely have long suspected.
Doctors have revealed to The New York Times that the 27-year-old was suffering from CTE, a brain injury that's shockingly common to football players.
According to the Times a team of neurologists stated that their examination revealed “the most severe case they had ever seen in someone of Aaron’s age.”
Sadly, the news does not come as much of a surprise.
CTE has had devastating effects on innumerable football players, both professional and otherwise.
The condition has been linked to the suicides of Junior Seau and Tyler Sash, the decline of late New York Giants legend Frank Gifford, and countless other NFL stars.
It seems impossible that we'll ever understand the full impact of the disease on America's best-loved sport.
But today, we know a little bit more about the devastating impact it's had on Aaron Hernandez, Odin Lloyd, and their loved ones.
Now, Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, is suing the NFL and the New England Patriots as a result of the diagnosis.
Lawyers for Jenkins claim "Aaron had stage 3 CTE usually seen in players with a median age of death of 67 years."
The suit filed this afternoon claims that the Patriots "were fully aware of the damage that could be inflicted from repetitive impact injuries and failed to disclose, treat or protect him from the dangers of such damage."
Attorneys say that Jenkins, who has a 4-year-old daughter with Hernandez, is seeking "redress for the loss of parental consortium she has experienced based on the negligent conduct of Defendants that deprived her of the companionship and society of her father, Aaron Hernandez."
The suit concludes by stating bluntly:
"On April 19, 2017, Aaron succumbed to the symptoms of CTE and committed suicide."
We'll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
The Audrina Patridge-Corey Bohan divorce has quickly taken a turn for the very ugly.
Earlier today, we reported that the former Hills stars were splitting after nearly a year of marriage and nearly nine years of being together overall.
We weren't sure why.
We thought maybe becoming parents to a little girl naked Kirra last June had placed a strain on their marriage.
It turns out, however, that the reason is far more troubling and insidious.
On Monday, September 18, Patridge was granted a restraining order against Bohan for what a source describes to People Magazine as ongoing instances of “emotional abuse.”
More specifically and most troubling, there was an incident in mid-April, legal documents claim, during which Audrina says Corey shoved her while she was holding Kirra in her arms.
The couple was arguing about Bohan’s alleged infidelity when he proceeded to empty out her purse and punch himself in the head, threatening to do even more damage if she left him.
This was the second time in a few weeks, Patridge claims, that Bohan had talked of suicide.
She also references an incident on September 6, saying Bohan started calling her names and harassing her after she returned home.
"Grow some balls and pull the trigger and file for divorce,” Bohan supposedly yelled at her at the time, prompting Patridge to call the police and file a report.
Just over a week later, child protective services came to the residence to meet with her.
This past weekend, Bohan showed up for a panel discussion Patridge was taking part in… followed her on stage ... and demanded to know their daughter’s whereabouts.
"I was shaking at this point," Audrina says in her legal documents.
She asked for a restraining order the next day.
HOWEVER, Bohan allegedly showed up on September 19 and refused to leave Audrina's home.
He installed five video cameras around the premises to keep tabs on her and called her a "f-cking cunt."
"I am fearful of [Corey’s] temper because he cannot control his swearing and personal attacks on me, even when in the presence of our young daughter," writes Audrina.
The restraining order requires Bohan to remain at least 100 feet away from his estranged wife, his daughter and even his dog.
As for the divorce, Patridge is demanding primary physical and legal custody of 15-month-old Kirra.
She is asking a judge to shut Bohan down if he asks for spousal support.
And, finally, she wants an order specifically prohibiting Bohan from taking Kirra to his native land of Australia.
Talk about a terrible ending to what had appeared to have been a stable love story.
Patridge and Bohan had been together since 2008, remaining close even throughout filming of The Hills, an unusual development for couples that appear on reality television.
Alas, the relationship has ended on the most sour of notes.
For the sake of their young daughter, let's hope Audrina and Corey find a way to work this out as amicably as possible.
Cheaters never win and winners never cheat.
But cheaters do make good celebrity gossip fodder, which is the reason we've covered so many of them in depth on our website.
Below, we rundown a number of known bad boyfriends and husbands (from golfers to Presidents; actors to reporters) and we send one simple message to them all, courtesy of their significant others:
1. Kevin Hart
2. Scott Disick
3. Tiger Woods
4. Jesse James
5. Dean McDermott
6. Ryan Phillippe
HGTV is the small screen destination for shows about flipping, flopping and many different kinds of home renovations.
But it's also been the destination for quite a few scandals over the years.
From huge brawls to questions over the treatment of gay individuals, we run down controversial incidents that have plagued HGTV executives and stars below...
1. A Stunning Separation
2. A Feud with Fixer Upper?
3. More LGBT Trouble
4. House Hunters is STAGED!
5. A Property Brothers BRAWL!
6. Flip or Flop Stars Flop
In a court of law, you are innocent until proven guilty.
But the Internet isn't a court of law.
And Joss Whedon is feeling the brunt of some damning accusations from his ex-wife right about now.
The beloved writer, producer and directed was raked over the bitter coals by ex-wife Kai Cole on Monday, who was married to Whedon for 16 years.
The couple separated in 2012 and their divorce was finalized in 2016.
In a guest post for The Wrap, Cole said Whedon cheated on her multiple times throughout the course of their marriage, beginning with an affair back when he first created Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
She alleged that Whedon even came clean about his infidelity once the relationship was over.
Obviously angry and upset over Whedon's actions, Cole also focused on the reputation of Whedon as a pro-woman, strongly feminist member of Hollywood.
She says it's all a lie.
She says it's all a front.
Cole said she wrote her blog entry “to let women know that he is not who he pretends to be.”
In the piece, she claimed the following:
He never conceded the hypocrisy of being out in the world preaching feminist ideals, while at the same time, taking away my right to make choices for my life and my body based on the truth.
He deceived me for 15 years, so he could have everything he wanted.
I believed, everyone believed, that he was one of the good guys, committed to fighting for women’s rights, committed to our marriage, and to the women he worked with.
But I now see how he used his relationship with me as a shield, both during and after our marriage, so no one would question his relationships with other women or scrutinize his writing as anything other than feminist.
In response to these allegations, Whedonesque said today it is shutting down.
The popular Whedon fan website announced it is “closing down” and will become a read-only site “at some stage” in the future.
The online destination was a discussion board hub for all things related to The Avengers director and Firefly showrunner.
As much as anyone in his position over the years, Whedon has inspired a passionate and loyal fan community, especially among comic book fans and fans of supernatural storytelling.
He issued a statement saying Cole's article “includes inaccuracies and misrepresentations,” but also that he would not comment “out of concern for his children and out of respect for his ex-wife.”
The owners of Whedonesque were asked by readers if the website was ending due to “the issue” or for another reason.
And while no precise reason was given for the decision, one owner, Caroline van Oosten de Boer, came out and said:
“I have been toying with closing down the site for various reasons for the last five years or so.”
She added via Twitter:
'Trust the art, not the artist,' is a thing I stopped saying when I copped on it was probably an artist who coined the phrase.
Whedon should be heard from in a professional capacity often toward the end of the year.
He took over directing Justice League from Zack Snyder. It comes out on November 17.
It took Jeffrey Lord outing himself as a possible Nazi sympathizer for him to finally be fired by CNN.
The contributor, who was hired by the cable network to defend Donald Trump at all times and through all tribulations, was let go by the company on Thursday after he Tweeted the Nazi salute "Sieg Heil!"
Despite protestations that he did so in order to make fun of fascism, Lord is now out of a job.
“Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said simply. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”
The back-and-forth that landed Lord in hot water took place between him and Angelo Carusone, the president of Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog organization.
It has been supporting an advertising boycott of Sean Hannity's program on Fox News, which prompted Lord to pen a column in the American Spectator Thursday scolding the group as “anti-free speech bigots who, in typical fascist style, make it their mission to shut down speech they don’t like.”
He had previously this week compared MMFA to the propaganda machines in Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy.
After Carusone replied to Lord and mentioned that name was misspelled in the headline of Lord’s piece... Lord responded, “Sieg Heil!”
Seems like a bit of an overreaction, no?
In a multitude of follow-up message, Lord argued that invoking the Nazi salute was a way of “mocking” Carusone and the organization.
Shockingly, this contention did not sway his bosses at CNN.
Following the controversial “Sieg Heil!” tweet, Carusone issued a statement on Twitter asking for Lord to be fired.
It read as follows:
To many CNN viewers and media critics, the only surprising development here is that it took so long for CNN to give Lord his walking papers.
The pro-Trump pundit has said many things over the past several months that many people thought would get him fired.
On Super Tuesday in 2016, he described the Ku Klux Klan as “the military arm, the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party, according to historians.”
In reference to Democratic congressman Bakari Sellers, an African-American, he once asked:
"When is Bakari going to get around to apologizing for slavery? I’m still waiting on that."
With a serious face, he said at one point:
"Think of President Trump as the Martin Luther King of health care."
More recently, Lord brushed off Trump's encouragement of police brutality by saying that was simply a "New Yorker" having a "sense of humor" and he had gone on record by defending the President against talk of collusion with a foreign adversary.
"I don’t care what he says to the Russians," Lord says of Trump.
The only positive to the existence of Jeffrey Lord is that he got into an on-air tiff with Anderson Cooper a few months ago, which led to Cooper saying to the biased non-journalist:
“If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it.”
We're almost glad CNN hired Jeffrey Lord just for that one exchange.
But he's a horrible human being.
UPDATE: Said Lord to Entertainment Weekly after he was let go:
“Caving to bullies, caving to people who use fascist and Nazi-style tactics to try and remove people from the air is unacceptable.
"I mocked this guy. Mocking Nazis is okay. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing. A writer has only a handful of tools in his writer’s box, and mockery is one of them.
"To suggest that this is anything other than that, to my way of thinking, is caving in. And I’m not going to cave...
"I have absolutely zero regrets for mocking people who use Nazi tactics and fascists tactics to silence people in the media. None.”
Three new people have come out and accused Usher of having sexual contact with them while he was infected with Herpes.
These three people allege that the singer never informed them of his condition.
And one of them is a man.
Late last month, court documents surfaced that detailed how an unnamed sexual partner sued Usher back in 2012 after the pair engaged in "rigorous unprotected sex," without the artist informing this woman of his Herpes diagnosis.
After she developed her own symptoms and doctors diagnosed the victim with the same sexually transmitted disease. Usher finally admitted that he had acquired Herpes a few years prior.
(It is possible for one to carry Herpes and pass it along, even after one's own symptoms are cured; it's an infection that never truly goes away once you have it.)
Usher eventually settled this lawsuit for $1.1 million.
After news of this lawsuit hit the Internet, another woman sued Usher for $10 million.
She says she also slept with the star after he contracted Herpes, yet was never told by the singer that he had this disease.
She only learned of it after reading about the first lawsuit.
Now, the scandal has exploded even further.
According to TMZ, two women and one man are set to file new legal documents that claim Usher exposed them to his STD.
Lisa Bloom, the same lawyer who represented Blac Chyna amidst her revenge porn case against Rob Kardashian, says she'll file a lawsuit on Monday in California.
She will then hold a new conference in New York City to correspond with the filing.
One of the accusers will appear at the news conference.
The two others will remain anonymous, appear in the lawsuits as Jane Doe and John Doe.
The attorney says all three individuals allege to have had sexual contact with Usher after 2012, adding that he failed to warn them he allegedly had Herpes.
Naturally, rumors of Usher's sexuality has been circulating online ever since users discovered that a man was joining other women in this sort of lawsuit.
Usher is yet to respond to any of these accusations.
He was once married to Tameka Foster, who has denied ever being diagnosed with Herpes and who says she is perfectly healthy; and is now married to Grace Miguel.
Sources have said Miguel is sticking by her husband throughout this scandal.
She has no plans to leave him.
You'd be shocked at how controversial articles of clothing can be.
Just consider the following examples...
1. Teens Do It Better
2. Eat Less Shirt
3. Yoga Pants and/or Leggings
4. American Apparel Vagina Shirt
5. Vintage Kent State Shirt
6. Zara Nazi Shirt
R. Kelly would like to address talk that he's keeping women hostage in two major American cities as part of an attempt to run some sort of evil cult.
Early Monday morning, a disturbing Buzzfeed report claimed the controversial artist was holding six victims against their will in properties he owns in Chicago and Atlanta.
The explosive article was based on testimony from three of these women's parents, along with three of R. Kelly's ex-associates.
In various quotes, the sources allege that R. Kelly “controls every aspect of [the women's] lives" and that he has sole discretion over "what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records.”
The piece further asserts that Kelly “abuses them physically and verbally."
Kelly has reportedly been holding at least one of the women hostage since 2015.
Last year, multiple outlets reported that Kelly was dating a 19-year old, with many of these same outlets now wondering whether she's a member of this disgusting harem.
In response to this Buzzfeed article - which says that the young ladies were brought to Kelly by their parents in an attempt to further their music careers, only for the star to “brainwash” them into subservience - a lawyer for Kelly has issued a statement.
It reads as follows:
Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed at the recent revelations attributed to him.
Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.
Police had previously looked into these allegations, coming across one woman living in a home owned by Kelly at one point who said she was "fine and did not want to be bothered."
The charges seem so extreme and even outlandish that they'd typically be dismissed out of hand...
... but Kelly has been accused of sexual misconduct on many occasions over the years.
Most infamously, he was somehow found not guilty after videos surfaced of him urinating in bed on an underage girl.
“I really want to know what is the clinical term for whatever Psychological condition R Kelly has,” Charlamagne Tha God Tweeted on Monday in response to this report.
Many other Twitters users appear to believe at least some aspect of this rumor due to Kelly's incredibly shady past.
"We can only wonder why folks would persist in defaming a great artist who loves his fans, works 24/7, and takes care of all of the people in his life," the singer's attorney had said previously, adding yesterday:
"He works hard to become the best person and artist he can be.
"It is interesting that stories and tales debunked many years ago turn up when his goal is to stop the violence; put down the guns; and embrace peace and love.
"I suppose that is the price of fame. Like all of us, Mr. Kelly deserves a personal life. Please respect that."
As some folks noted, this original story didn't technically deny the talk that Kelly has a bunch of women under his control.
We have an update on the grisly Wife Swap-related murder that took place last week.
As previously reported, Jacob Stockdale is believed to have killed his mother and his brother last week in Ohio, prior to turning a gun on himself and attempting suicide.
However, the 25-year old has reportedly survived the blast and is in critical condition.
Stockdale and his family members took part in a 2008 episode of this controversial ABC reality show, which has since been canceled.
Jacob stood out at the time due to his fiddle playing, along with the quirks he and his siblings displayed during their time on the series.
According to Laurie Tonkovic - the woman who swapped places nine years ago with Jacob’s now-deceased mom, Kathryn - she allowed Jacob and his three brothers to enjoy a lot of freedom while they lived under her roof.
A lot more than they were used to when living with their parents, that is.
Tonkovic tells TMZ that Jacob freaked out as a result.
He was petrified that his religious mom and dad would be angry and that he would “burn in Hell” due to lessened restrictions on his daily activities.
“I was gonna let them have fun… television, video games. You know, [let them] experience life a little bit," Tonkovic says in an interview with TMZ.
But Jacob "went outside crying" after Laurie explained this temporary situation to him, fearful of the repercussions because of what his parents had drilled into him over the years.
"He lived in a very controlled environment… his mom and dad told him what to do," Tonkovic says, adding:
"He wasn’t really allowed to do anything. He got up and worked and worked and worked."
Jacob and his brothers were home-schooled and "not allowed to go out among the society," she tells the website.
A police spokesperson says that Jacob shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt just as deputies arrived on the scene last week.
His mother and brother, James, were found dead at the scene and Jacob was taken to a local hospital; he’s expected to survive.
It's unknown at this time where Jacob's father, Tim, and two other brothers were at the time of the killings.
But Tim issued a statement shortly after this horrible news went public on Friday.
"Kathy [pictured, above] has been my beloved wife of 32 years and a wonderful mother to our four sons," he told local media outlets, adding:
"She loved nothing more than being a mother and grandmother.
"She had a strong love of learning and was passionate about her Christian faith, natural health, and organic farming."
On Wife Swap, cameras followed two women from different backgrounds as they traded homes and families for two weeks.
The Stockdales made their living traveling throughout the Midwest and performing as a family bluegrass band.
They actually performed as recently as last Tuesday and had other concert dates sprinkled throughout the summer.
This is an older photo, but it's a look at Jacob, James and Tim performing on stage:
"This is a tragedy for the family. It is a tragedy for the community," Stark County Sheriff George T. Maier said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.
We certainly agree.
May Kathryn and James rest in peace.
Tragic news out of Ohio today, as TMZ is reporting that 25-year-old Jacob Stockdale has murdered his mother and brother at the family's home in Stark County.
Stockdale then turned the gun on himself, but reportedly survived the blast.
The renowned fiddler, who appeared in a memorable episode of the ABC reality series Wife Swap, is currently in critical condition.
A police spokesperson says Jacob shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt just as deputies arrived on the scene.
There is no official word on what led to the murders.
Jacob's 54-year-old mother, Katherine, and his 21-year-old brother James were pronounced dead on the scene.
Jacob was trasported to a nearby hospital via helicopter and is expected to survive.
The Stockdales made their living traveling throughout the Midwest, performing as a family bluegrass band.
When they were at home, however, they pursued a lifestyle of rural isolation and self-sufficiency, homeschooling their children on a secluded farm where television, Internet, and other modern conveniences were banned for religious reasons.
Jacob Stockdale was found at the door of the home, where he had apparently been on the lookout for police.
Stark County Sheriff George T. Maier declined to comment on where the other bodies were found.
Stockdale also did not comment on whether or not the remaining members of the Stockdale family - a father and two sons - were at home at the time of the murders.
The father, Tim Stockdale, issued a statement about his late wife moments ago:
"Kathy has been my beloved wife of 32 years and a wonderful mother to our four sons," he told local media outlets.
"She loved nothing more than being a mother and grandmother. She had a strong love of learning and was passionate about her Christian faith, natural health, and organic farming.”
Since 2004, the Stockdales had been traveling and performing as a band that, according to their website, "prides itself on sharing bluegrass north of the Mason-Dixon line."
They performed as recently as Tuesday, and had concerts scheduled throughout the summer.
Friends of the family say Jacob never gave any indication of having any hostility toward his parents or a tendency toward violence.
We will have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
What started as a seemingly humorous situation on Bachelor in Paradise has devolved into something far more serious.
On Sunday night, word spread around the Internet that producers had halted production on Season 4 of this ABC series, with a network spokesperson referencing "allegations of misconduct" between cast members.
Not much was known at the time of this original report.
But an insider then told TMZ that the cast members in question were Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson, probably the two most notorious former Bachelor and Bachelorette stars to sign on for this spinoff.
Olympios was eliminated by Nick Viall after taking off her top on many occasions and making endless sexual advances in an attempt to win Viall over.
Jackson, meanwhile, was just sent packing by Rachel Lindsay a couple weeks ago after she learned he still had a girlfriend.
According to this insider, producers told Olympios and Jackson to hook up because they believe it would be good for ratings.
Okay, sure, the reality show villains allegedly said, proceeding to go off and get very drunk together.
Soon enough, Olympios and Jackson were reportedly making out (hard!) prior to making their way over to a pool.
At this point, clothes came off and a source close to DeMario says there was "rubbing, touching and fingering," most of which was initiated by Corinne.
She even thrust her crotch in Jackson's face, at which point he started to lick.
Again, this is all according to a third party, anonymous source who spoke to TMZ.
At some point, the physical action came to a halt, largely because Jackson was unable to perform sexually due to the amount of alcohol he had consumed.
And this is where the controversy kicked in.
A producer who had been assigned to remain by Corinne's side reported what she saw to executives.
She said it appeared as if Olympios was too drunk to control herself and questioned whether some kind of sexual assault took place in the pool.
In response, the network shut down production and sent the entire cast home.
Everyone except for Corinne and DeMario were spotted late last week at the Houston airport.
An investigation is underway to determine just what transpired and who is responsible, although various outlets insist that Olympios is NOT directing blame at DeMario.
He was also wasted during the hook-up.
The stars have supposedly been in touch since this incident went down and are on solid terms.
But Corinne has lawyered up, believes producers should have stepped in when it was clear she did not give consent and is considering a lawsuit of some kind.
As for the future of Bachelor in Paradise?
Noted franchise expert and Bachelorette spoilers guru Reality Steve says with 100% certainty that this season will not air.
(It had been scheduled to premiere on August 8.)
Speaking to People Magazine on the condition of anonymity, one Season 4 cast member said the following on Monday afternoon:
“We were told to stay in a certain part of the [resort] while they figured out what the hell had happened.
"We knew something bad had happened; there was a dark energy that came around the house.
"You have to understand that we weren’t even there a week. The game hadn’t even really begun yet.”
This same contestant went on to explain how no one really knew what was happening for two days after the drunken hook-up took place:
“They stopped taping anything, and we were just kind of there, waiting in limbo.
"We couldn’t talk to each other about what we knew. On Thursday, one of the camera guys told me that they were probably going to shut down production. I didn’t realize that it was that serious until then.
"I was like, ‘wait, they’re thinking of canceling the show?’ It hadn’t even crossed my mind that they’d do that."
The contestants are paid a stipend to appear on Bachelor in Paradise; it's contingent on how many episodes they last, meaning this abrupt cancelation will cost each person a decent chunk of change.
That's unimportant in the big picture if any kind of assault or non-consensual act did take place, but it's just another tidbit to consider.
"We’re pissed that this whole thing happened,” says the contestant. “They could have stopped this before it got this far.”
And that's at the heart of the issue here.
What did producers see? What did they do? What did they not do? What responsibility do they have to make their presence felt during filming?
At least one witness tells Entertainment Tonight that Corinne and DeMario didn't do anything that doesn't happen all the time on this series.
They didn't do anything that isn't basically encouraged on the series.
"In the moment, they were both drinking," this source says. "He's a much bigger guy, but they were drinking all day. ... They were all drunk.
"It's the nature of the show."
Nick Gordon, the ex-boyfriend of Whitney Houston's late daughter, is once again in major trouble with the law.
According to multiple outlets, Gordon was arrested on Saturday afternoon in Sanford, Florida and charged with beating up his girlfriend.
TMZ reports the incident in question sent Gordon's unnamed lover to the hospital and that it took place on Friday night.
Law enforcement officials say the girlfriend filed a report at the police station hours after being released from the care of doctors, alleging that she'd been battered and not permitted to leave her residence.
When officers arrived at Gordon's home, they found Nick at the pool area.
Prison records from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office illustrate that Gordon was booked for felony domestic violence and false imprisonment of an adult.
Gordon has a checkered history.
He was taken in by Houston when he was young after his parents fell out of the picture.
Although the singer never formally adopted Gordon, she raised the young man as her own child.
He grew especially close to Whitney and Bobby Brown's only biological child as a result and started to date Bobbi Kristina when both were teenagers.
At one point, it was believed they were married.
In January of 2015, Bobbi fell into a coma from which she never awoke, finally passing away in July of that year.
The cause of death was originally sealed due to a criminal investigation, but later revealed to be the result of pneumonia caused by water immersion and drug intoxication.
Many pointed a singer in Gordon's direction at the time, with insiders saying he often supplied Bobbi with drugs and was reportedly even present at the time of her death.
In a subsequent wrongful death lawsuit, a conservator for Brown’s estate accused Gordon of physically and emotionally abusing Bobbi prior to allegedly dragging her to the bathtub, where she was later found face-down and unconscious.
In September, Gordon was found legally responsible for Bobbi's death and ordered to pay $36 million as a result of this ruling.
This $36 million judgment included $15 million for present value of life... $13.8 million for pain and suffering ... and $1.37 million for assault and battery.
The lawsuit had alleged Brown "died due to a violent altercation" with Gordon, "after which he placed her in a bathtub, unconscious, after he injected her with a toxic mixture."
Said an attorney for Brown's estate soon after Gordon failed to show up in front of a judge and was found to, basically, have killed Bobbi Kristina:
“In court today, we finally finished a long journey for justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown."
Added Bobbi's aunt at the time:
"It’s been a long time. They should have been gotten him. He should have been arrested. He's ignorant; he's arrogant. He thinks he's above the law.
And now Gordon may very well learn this lesson once again.
UPDATE: We've learned the girlfriend's name is Laura and TMZ has posted photos of her badly bruised arm, allegedly a result of Gordon's actions.
Gordon, who has always maintained his innocence when it comes to Bobbi's passing, is yet to comment on his latest legal troubles.
We'll update this story with more news as it breaks.
Several weeks ago, ABC cast Rachel Lindsay as The Bachelorette, making her the first-ever African-American star of this beloved franchise.
But while the network was praised for taking this progressive step, it now faces a new, race-related controversy just two weeks into Season 13.
And it all centers on a suitor named Lee Garrett.
On Wednesday evening, a multitude of disturbing tweets allegedly sent from Garrett’s account were leaked on social media.
These messages would be considered ignorant at generous best, and extremely racist at more honest worst. To wit:
“What’s the difference between the NAACP and the KKK? Wait for it…One has the sense of shame to cover their racist a– faces.”
“America is becoming an urban Vietnam,” reads another Tweet, from June 2016. “Practice your second amendment. It’s there for a reason.”
Is it inherently racist to encourage gun ownership or gun use? Of course not.
But Garrett also linked to an article last year that labeled the Black Lives Matter movement as a terrorist organization.
Aside from making controversial remarks on race, Garrett also makes it very clear on many occasions that he doesn't believe in the concept of feminism.
"When is the last time YOU saw a pretty feminist? There’s a reason for this,” he Tweeted just over a year ago.
ABC has yet to comment on these offensive Tweets, which certainly appear to have been sent by Garrett.
But we cannot verify with absolute certainty whether or not this is the case.
Garrett is a 30-year-old singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee.
His Twitter account is set to private, but he describes himself as “pleasantly offensive" in his bio.
How far does Garrett go this season? You can visit our section of The Bachelorette spoilers to find out, but there's where things get tricky for ABC.
This season has already taped. All episodes are "in the can" to use television jargon.
Producers can't just go ahead and fire Garrett, no matter what sort of backlash ensues from this discovery.
And make no mistake: there WILL be backlash.
Just consider the Tweets above and below, one of which reads "Hillary is the millennial’s version of O.J.”
Yes, he's comparing a Presidential candidate to a very likely murderer.
No one associated with The Bachelorette has spoken out yet on Garrett's various viewpoints.
But a journalist also landed in hot water last week after writing an article that praised Lindsay as The Bachelorette, yet also pointed to research that said black women rarely date outside their race.
No one ever said making history would be easy we guess, huh?
It will be interesting to watch The Bachelorette online or on television each week going forward in order to analyze how Garrett interacts with Rachel.
What do you think of these Tweets?
Just someone expressing some opinions and no big deal?
Or someone expressing some hateful opinions and a very big deal that makes you wonder how the messages were not discovered during basic background checks?
As you've no doubt heard by now, Tiger Woods was arrested on DUI charges over the holiday weekend.
The incident seems to be the culmination of a long and ugly downward spiral for the former golf god, beginning when he was caught cheating on Elin Nordegren with numerous women back in 2010.
Woods hasn't won a major tournament since 2008, and he's been plagued by injuries and rumors of erratic behavior in the years since.
When he posed for that mug shot, Tiger likely believed that he'd reached rock bottom.
Little did he know, it was still possible for him to sink lower.
If you've been following the many trials and tribulations of Mr. Woods, then you'll remember that Woods broke up with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn back in 2015 after two years of dating.
More than just a romance between two dominant athletes, the Vonn relationship represented a chance for Woods to start rebuilding his shattered reputation.
Amazingly, it seems that Woods never cheated on Vonn, but the 32-year-old still seems quite pleased that she and Tiger went their separate ways:
Vonn posted the above photo yesterday just hours after news of Woods' arrest went public.
"Thankful for great friends and fun adventures but keeping my eyes on the horizon," she captioned the photo, adding:
"The future is bright."
Naturally, the pic/caption combo led many fans to the conclusion that this was Vonn's way of throwing shade at her ex.
If that's the case, it's some supremely subtle shade, but it's very possible that this is Lindsey's way of talking trash.
By the time this photo was posted, she would have already caught wind of Tiger's arrest.
(The incident was the talk of social media beginning early Monday morning.)
And she likely would've known how such a post would be interpreted, but she went with it anyway.
So at the very least, Vonn decided she's cool with fans looking at her 'Gram and believing she's flipping the figurative bird to Tiger in the form of an envy-inducing belfie on the Mediterranean.
We would never encourage drunk driving, but if we get a Lindsey bikini pic every time he messes up, we might need him to stumble a couple more times before he gets back up.
J/k, Tiger! We're rooting for ya, buddy!
This morning in Philadelphia, jury selection began in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial.
While more than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, the comedy legend will only face charges in connection with the alleged sexual assault of Andrea Constand.
All of the other accusations fall outside of the statute of limitations, and so, while he may still be liable in civil cases, Cosby will never face criminal charges for any of them.
Constand claims that she was drugged and raped by Cosby in 2004 following an event at Temple University.
While the trial isn't scheduled to begin until June 5, jury selection got underway today, and Cosby was on hand to watch his lawyers try and find 12 people who might be sympathetic to his case.
That certainly won't be an easy feat, and it looks like Cosby might be pulling out all the stops in order to prove that he's worthy of pity.
The video below shows Cosby arriving at the courthouse, and many have noted that he appears to be suffering from impaired vision.
Of course, many have also noted that the 79-year-old easily maneuvered his way around a garbage can that was obstructing his path.
The theory circulating on social media at the moment is that Cosby is merely pretending to be blind, so that jurors will be less hesitant to send him to prison.
That seems unlikely, but it's not surprising that Cosby is doing everything in his power to garner sympathy.
The former sitcom star faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Back in October, footage of Billy Bush talking to Donald Trump about the latter's proclivity for touching and kissing women he barely knows went viral.
In response, Bush was fired by NBC.
And Trump was hired as President of the United States.
The infamous video was filmed in 2005 while Bush was working for Access Hollywood and Trump was being interviewed about his guest-starring role on Days of Our Lives.
Speaking of actress Arianne Zucker, who was meeting the duo on set, Trump said at the time:
"I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her.
"You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful - I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it.
"You can do anything."
In case you somehow forgot about the video, which included Trump saying how he likes to grab women by the pussy, click PLAY below:
Bush egged Trump on during this wildly inappropriate rant, agreeing back then that Zucker was "hot as sh-t" and laughing about how Trump can do "whatever [he] want[s]" to members of the opposite sex.
Within days after this clip hit the Internet, Bush was fired from The Today Show.
And while Trump mostly brushed off the exchange as "locker room banter," Bush did issue an apologetic statement that read as follows:
"Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago - I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along.
"I’m very sorry."
That was the last we heard from him on the topic. Until now.
“I wish I had changed the topic," Bush tells The Hollywood Reporter, adding:
"I wish I had said: ‘Does anyone want water?’ or ‘It looks like it’s gonna rain.’ He liked TV and competition. I could’ve said, ‘Can you believe the ratings on whatever?’
"I didn’t have the strength of character to do it."
In his first extended interview since the scandal that has placed his career on hold, Bush didn't make any excuses.
But he did try to offer an explanation.
"I could not put two thoughts together. Things were happening way too fast.”
What about Trump's description of the back-and-forth? Does Bush agree this is simply how guys talk when by themselves?
“I’m in a lot of locker rooms, I am an athlete, and no, that is not the type of conversation that goes on or that I’ve participated in,” he told THR.
Bush also says he didn't really take Trump seriously at the time.
Many, many women have since come forward and accused Trump of sexual misconduct.
But Bush dismissed those comments in 2005 as mere words, as something Trump said to get a laugh or to garner approval.
“Almost like Andrew Dice Clay, the stand-up comedian: Does he really do the things that he’s saying or is that his act?” Bush said to THR.
“And in Donald’s case, I equated it that way. When he said what he said, I’d like to think if I had thought for a minute that there was a grown man detailing his sexual assault strategy to me, I’d have called the FBI."
Bush says he has not spoken to Trump since the tape went public.
Describing the last seven months as a “roller coaster,” Bush says he’s committed to be being a “better, fuller man.”
He won’t say much about a new series he has in the works, but he does say that he's doing everything in his power to learn from this incident.
"I am not grateful for the moment," he says. "But I'm grateful for what I've gotten out of it. I'm grateful that it hit me all the way to my core."
As for Trump?
He's the most powerful man on the planet and most American citizens long for the days when his main controversies centered around the mere utterance of a few words.
It's been one week since former New England Patriots tight end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his cell at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts.
While certain key questions about Hernandez's suicide have been answered by the ensuing investigation, many more have arisen.
Most of those questions concern Hernandez's mindset in the moments before he decided to hang himself hang himself with a bed sheet.
Curiously, the suicide happened just days after Hernandez was acquitted on double murder charges.
He was already serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole at the time of the verdict, but there was hope amongst Hernandez's attorneys that the acquittal would improve his chances of being found not guilty on appeal.
Much of the speculation about Hernandez's final days has centered around his alleged prison love affair with Kyle Kennedy, a fellow inmate at Souza-Baranowski.
Sources say Hernandez was devastated when his request to share a cell with Kennedy was denied, and in his already-fragile emotional state, the news was more than he could take.
Now, a new factor in the 27-year-old's tragic decision may have emerged thanks to a Newsweek report that claims Hernandez was high on synthetic marijuana at the time of his death.
According to the report, medical investigators found evidence of the drug known as K2 in Hernandez's system during a kidney fluid screen.
It may seem unlikely that marijuana would cause someone to take their own life, but in many cases, synthetic substitutes are marijuana in name only.
It's also been speculated that Hernandez may have experienced highly unusual reactions to THC and other drugs due to the presence of CTE or other brain injuries incurred on the playing field.
At one point, his attorneys planned to argue in court that past violent incidents had been prompted by Hernandez's marijuana use.
Officials suspect that a liquid version of K2 was smuggled into the prison by an associate of Hernandez's.
An investigation has been launched into how the contraband wound up in his cell.
Prison authorities say the drug is notoriously difficult to intercept, as such a small amount is needed to get high that it can be sent undetected through the mail.
Officials may never found out how the drug ended up in Hernandez's possession or whether it played a role in his decision to commit suicide, but the fact that he was under the influence is just one more strange detail in an increasingly macabre case.