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Pharrell Williams Sends Donald Trump Cease and Desist After Rally Plays ‘Happy’ Following Shooting

Pharrell Williams does not want his music played at President Donald Trump‘s rallies.

On Saturday, after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that killed 11 people and injured six others, a rally that Trump spoke at played Williams’ upbeat hit “Happy.” The musician and producer sent him a cease and desist letter as a result, USA Today reported.

“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana,” wrote Howard King, Williams’ lawyer, according to USA Today.

“There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose,” the letter continued. “Demand is hereby made that you cease and desist from any further unauthorized use of Pharrell Williams’ music.”

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In August, Steven Tyler sent Trump his own cease and desist letter after Trump used Aerosmith’s “Livin’ on the Edge” at a campaign event in Charleston, West Virginia. “I do not let anyone use my songs without my permission,” Tyler said in a statement. “My music is for causes not political campaigns or rallies.”

Adelethe Rolling Stones, Neil Young and REM’s Michael Stipe are among the musicians who have also told Trump not to use their music.

At the Future Farmers of America convention on Saturday, Trump joked that he had considered canceling that appearance because of his hair.

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“By the way, somebody just said, ‘Your hair looks different today,'” Trump said. “I said, ‘Well, I was standing under the wing of Air Force One doing a news conference early this morning, a very unfortunate news conference. And the wind was blowing and the rain, and I was soaking wet, and that’s what I ended up with today.'”

“I said, ‘Maybe I should cancel this arrangement because I have a bad hair day,’” Trump continued.

PEOPLE Now: All the Latest Details on the Suspicious Package Delivered to Robert De Niro — Watch the Full Episode

Your latest celebrity news and top headlines for October 25th on PEOPLE Now. 

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Everything to Know About the Pipe Bombs Targeting Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, CNN and More

The country has been left on high alert after numerous bombs and suspicious objects were sent to political and high profile figures as well as media outlets across the country.

On Wednesday afternoon, explosive devices were targeted at former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Attorney General Eric Holder. The device addressed to former CIA chief John Brennan was delivered to CNN’s New York headquarters and prompted an evacuation.

Officials said the devices addressed to Obama, Clinton and CNN appear to have been sent by the same person, The Washington Post reported.

In addition, PEOPLE confirms the Los Angeles Times building in Southern California received a suspicious box of envelopes on Wednesday. The El Segundo Police Department said there was no threat of a bomb and the building was not evacuated.

Days earlier, an explosive device was found in the mailbox of liberal philanthropist George Soros.

Motives of the would-be bombers remain unclear and there has been no claim of responsibility. No injuries have been reported as a result of any of the attempted bombings.

Here are all the things to know about the bomb threats across the country:

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s Offices

One device was found on Wednesday morning by a technician who screens mail at Clinton’s office and a similar device was sent to Obama’s office.

In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, the Secret Service said it had “intercepted two suspicious packages addressed to Secret Service protectees.

“Late on October 23, 2018, the Secret Service recovered a single package addressed to former First Lady Hillary Clinton in Westchester County, New York. Early this morning, October 24, 2018, a second package addressed to former President Barack Obama was intercepted by Secret Service personnel in Washington, D.C.,” the statement said.

“The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them. The Secret Service has initiated a full scope criminal investigation that will leverage all available federal, state, and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible,” the statement said.

Clinton, 70, addressed the bomb threats made against her. “It is a troubling time, isn’t it? And it’s a time of deep divisions, and we have to do everything we can do to bring our country together,” she said, according to The Hill.

George Soros

An official told the New York Times that the devices sent to Clinton and Obama were similar to one found on Monday at the New York suburb home of Soros, who was not home at the time. A caretaker called police about the suspicious package.

The device, which was likely hand-delivered and not sent by the Postal Service, was constructed from a length of pipe about six inches long filled with explosive powder. It was “proactively detonated” by bomb squad technicians, according to another law enforcement official who was also briefed on the investigation.

Soros’ home is north of Manhattan and is located near the residences of Martha Stewart, Glenn Close and Ralph Lauren.



On Wednesday morning, the New York Police Department responded to a suspicious device discovered in Time Warner Center, where CNN is based, the outlet reported, citing a law enforcement source.

The device, which was reportedly made from a pipe and wires, was discovered in the mailroom of Time Warner Center, according to CNN, which also reported that law enforcement authorities are treating the device as a real explosive.

CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto were forced to abruptly end their live broadcast due to the discovery of a possible explosive device. The exact moment was caught on camera and showed how the lights began to blare and a loud sound filled the offices. Sciutto appeared caught off guard by the sudden alarm as people in the background can be seen evacuating.

The Time Warner Center offices reopened around 3:30 p.m. ET and employees were returning to the building, NY1’s Van Tieu reported.

Eric Holder

Another suspicious package arrived at the Sunrise, Florida, offices of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic rep for Florida’s 23 congressional district. According to a local NBC affiliate, a Broward Sheriff’s Office bomb squad unit and firefighters responded to the threat and FBI agents also investigated the scene.

The package in question was actually intended for Holder, but the address was incorrect so it was sent to Wasserman Schultz. Her Florida office address was the return address on all the packages, NBC News reported.

Andrew Cuomo

New York Gov. Cuomo‘s Manhattan offices were also targeted.

“This is the world we live in. Terrorism, the attempt to spread fear is the world that we live in,” he stated during a press conference. “In some ways, this is nothing new. We have lived with this for a long time. … Terrorism only works if you let it work. What they are trying to do is scare us and destabilize us. We will not allow that to happen… We will not allow these terrorist thugs to change the way we live our lives.”

Cuomo added, “There’s a number of devices and there’s a pattern, apparently, to the number of devices. We wouldn’t be at all surprised if more devices show up.”

The package turned out not to be related to the series of bombs sent to Obama, Clinton and CNN. Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said it was a computer thumb drive on the right wing radical group the Proud Boys.

“A preliminary investigation on the package at @NYGovCuomo’s office shows it is computer files on the hate group, The Proud Boys, who recently appeared in New York,” Azzopardi tweeted.

Maxine Waters

The Congresswoman, 80, said she was told by police her “office was the target of a suspicious package” that was intercepted and then referred to the FBI, according to the Washington Post.

It was unclear if the package contained an explosive device, and it was not among the packages listed by the FBI in a statement regarding the investigation.

Trump’s Reaction

After asserting that “the safety of the American people is my highest and absolute priority,” and that “the full weight of our government is being deployed” to investigate the “despicable acts,” the president called for togetherness.

“I just want to tell you that in these times we have to unify,” he said during an opioids event at the White House on Wednesday. “We have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.”

Trump continued, “This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans… We are extremely angry upset… We will get to the bottom of it.”

At the same event, First Lady Melania Trump told the crowd: “We cannot tolerate these cowardly attacks, and I strongly condemn all who choose violence. I’m grateful to the Secret Service as well as the local and federal law enforcement for all they do on a daily basis to keep us safe and encourage people across the country to choose kindness over hatred.”

Earlier that day, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted about the bomb threats, calling them “cowardly” and despicable.” The president retweeted Pence’s remarks and simply responded, “I agree wholeheartedly!”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also spoke out the attacks. “These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” she said in a statement. “The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.”

PEOPLE Now: Get an Exclusive Inside Look at Camille Grammer’s Hawaiian Wedding — Watch the Full Episode

Your latest celebrity news and top headlines for October 24th on PEOPLE Now. 

PEOPLE Now airs live, Monday through Friday, from the Meredith offices in New York City.

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Trump Tells Reporter ‘Don’t Be a Baby’ When She Asked About ‘Hardened Criminals’ Entering the U.S.

President Donald Trump is back to making baby references.

On Friday, the president, 72, sat down for a roundtable discussion in Arizona, where he claimed that a group of migrants that were headed towards the United States border were “hardened criminals.”

“Some of these people are hard criminals. Hardened criminals — not good people,” Trump said. “These are some bad people coming through. These aren’t babies, these aren’t little angels coming into our country.”

However, when Trump was asked by a reporter to defend why those migrants were considered to be so dangerous, he brushed off the question. Instead, he told New York Times reporter Emily Cochrane: “Oh, please. Please. Don’t be a baby. Okay?”

Trump added, “Take a look, just take a look at what’s happened. Look at the Mexican soldiers that are laying on the ground.”


“I didn’t say in all cases. But in many cases, these are hardened criminals,” he continued. “These are tough, tough people, and I don’t want them in our country and neither does our country.”

The group of migrants were traveling in a caravan towards the U.S. when they were stopped and allegedly attacked with tear gas by Mexican authorities, USA Today reported.

Trump has been using the issue as a tactic to threaten to cut off aid to countries in Central America, including Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

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This is not the first time that Trump has referenced a baby.

On Sunday, during a 60 Minutes interview— which marked his first time on the program since taking office — the president addressed claims that there were people in the White House he did and did not trust, noting that he was “not a baby.”

“I don’t trust everybody in the White House, I’ll be honest with you,” Trump said. “I’m usually guarded. And I think I’m guarded anyway. But I’m not saying I trust everybody in the White House. I’m not a baby.”

He continued: “This is a tough business. This is a vicious place. Washington, D.C. is a vicious place. The attacks, the bad-mouthing, the speaking behind your back. But you know, in my way I feel very comfortable here.”

And the connection extends well into the summer too. A 20-foot balloon of an angry, orange, diaper-clad baby resembling him soared over the British Parliament Square on July 13 — the same day as the U.S. president’s visit to the U.K.’s capital.

The blimp, dubbed “Trump Baby,” was approved by none other than London Mayor Sadiq Khan himself after a crowdsourcing campaign amassed over $20,000 and 10,000 signatures in favor of the stunt.

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After causing a sensation overseas, it was announced that the Trump Baby blimp would be making an appearance in the States. It has since made stops in California and Florida, with plans to fly outside of the president’s golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Following Trump’s roundtable comment on Friday — and Cochrane’s subsequent tweet — the Internet couldn’t resist posting memes, gifs, and tweets dedicated to the one and only Trump Baby.




Some tweeted their support to Cochrane, writing: “What the hell does that mean? Did you press him on it. Can’t you say, ‘Answer the question, Sir!'”

“He’s the baby. He has absolutely no evidence,” added another user.

“Thank you for asking this question. We can only hope your reporting can make a difference. Don’t give up, don’t get discouraged!” one person wrote.

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Meanwhile, others accused him of being sexist towards a female reporter — which he was previously criticized for earlier this month.

“Heard it. Saw it. Completely sexist and patronizing,” one user tweeted. “Thought he was the one who wasnt the baby?”

“He has such a way with women, Doesn’t he?” joked another user.

Melania Trump’s Spokesperson Calls for Boycott Against T.I. Over ‘Disgusting’ Stripper Video

A spokesperson for the first lady is firing back after rapper T.I. posted a video of himself watching a Melania Trump lookalike strip in the Oval Office.

Stephanie Grisham, Mrs. Trump’s director of communications, posted on Twitter Saturday calling the video “disgusting.” She added, “How is this acceptable? … #BoycottT.I.” and tagged the rapper, 38, in the tweet.

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Asked for further comment, Grisham told PEOPLE on Tuesday: “Like it or not, she is the first lady and this is the White House. It’s disrespectful and disgusting to portray her this way simply because of politics. These kinds of vulgar attacks only further the divisiveness and bias in our country — it needs to stop.”

T.I., who is an outspoken critic of Melania’s husband, President Donald Trump, dropped an NSFW clip on Friday on his social media accounts, which mocks Kanye West‘s meeting last week with the commander in chief, 72.


After watching the president fly away on his helicopter, T.I. then stands behind POTUS’ desk watching a woman enter the room.

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Soon she strips off her green jacket — a replica of the real Mrs. Trump’s “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” trench — and stands naked on the desk, stroking T.I.’s tie. They later leave together and are seen spray painting over Trump’s portrait and trashing the White House.


“Dear 45, I ain’t Kanye,” T.I. captioned the minute-long video, which is a promo for his new album, Dime Trap.

Friday’s post came a day after T.I. shared a long rant against West following the 41-year-old Yeezy owner’s bizarre meeting with the president.

All I can say is… I’ve reached my limits,” T.I. wrote. “This is my stop, I’m officially DONE!!!! Trump & his Lil Cookie Boy.”

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“At one time it was a pleasure to work alongside you…” T.I. added of his former collaborator, who is a vocal Trump supporter. “Now, I’m ashamed to have ever been associated with you.”

“Don’t follow this puppet,” T.I. continued. “Because as long as I’ve lived I’ve learned that it benefits a man nothing at all to gain the world, if to do so he must lose his soul. We just saw Mr. West’s Soul on auction. If you listen closely you can hear the tears of our ancestors hit the floor.”

Since West’s visit with Trump, other celebrities have spoken out about West — including Diddy50 CentAva DuVernay, and Jeffrey Wright.

Stormy Daniels Loses Her Defamation Suit Against Trump — and Has to Pay His Legal Fees

Donald Trump has defeated the defamation suit brought against him by Stormy Daniels.

The adult film actress, whose birth name is Stephanie Clifford, sued him in April for suggesting on Twitter that she lied about a man allegedly threatening her to keep her quiet about a sexual encounter she claims to have had with the president.

At the time, Trump tweeted about Daniels’ claims, calling the allegation “a total con job” and “playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”

On Monday, Federal District Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles dismissed Daniels’ lawsuit against Trump, calling his tweet “rhetorical hyperbole normally associated with politics and public discourse in the United States,” according to the ruling obtained by CNN.

“Mr. Trump’s tweet is a non-actionable opinion that cannot be the subject of a defamation claim,” the ruling states, later explaining, “The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement.” (Judge Otero previously indicated in September during arguments that he believed the tweet by Trump that named her appeared to be protected by the First Amendment.)

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Otero also wrote that Daniels “sought to publicly present herself as a political adversary” to Trump.

In addition, Monday’s ruling ordered Daniels to pay Trump’s legal fees.

“No amount of spin or commentary by Stormy Daniels or her lawyer, Mr. Avenatti, can truthfully characterize today’s ruling in any way other than total victory for President Trump and total defeat for Stormy Daniels,” Trump attorney Charles Harder said in an emailed statement as reported by multiple outlets.

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Meanwhile, Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti filed an appeal to the dismissal, according to USA Today.

“Re Judge’s limited ruling: Daniels’ other claims against Trump and Cohen proceed unaffected. Trump’s contrary claims are as deceptive as his claims about the inauguration attendance,” Avenatti tweeted following news of the ruling. “We are confident in a reversal.”

Daniels filed a separate suit against the president and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, seeking to invalidate a non-disclosure agreement in which Cohen paid her $130,000 to remain silent about the alleged affair between Daniels and Trump before the 2016 presidential election.

Trump and a White House spokesperson have denied having an affair with Daniels.

See Barbara Bush and Husband Craig Coyne on the Cringey Blind Date Where They First Met

Sometimes an awkward blind date is just the beginning of a beautiful love story!

To celebrate the recent marriage of her friend Barbara Bush, 36, author Emily Giffin decided to share a photo from Barbara’s first date last year with now-husband Craig Coyne, 36.

“Congratulations to @barbaritabush and Craig!!!! So giddy that I have a photo from the night they met!!!” Giffin wrote on Instagram, before noting that she was the one who thought it’d be a good idea to document the moment.

“I told them they needed to get a quick snapshot ‘just in case you end up getting married.’ And they DID!!! Ahhhh!!!” she added. “Here’s to forever!!!!”

While there’s often a discomfort factor to blind dates, the photo hinted at just how awkward Barbara and Coyne’s first meeting really was, as the now-couple were joined in the snapshot by Giffin and the bride’s twin sister, Jenna Bush Hager, 36.

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Congratulations to @barbaritabush and Craig!!!! So giddy that I have a photo from the night they met!!! I told them they needed to get a quick snapshot “just in case you end up getting married.” And they DID!!! Ahhhh!!! Here’s to forever!!!!💕🥂💕🥂💕

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In an interview for the latest issue of PEOPLE, the former first daughter opened up about how their blind date went “hilariously” awry.

At first, Barbara, who lives in New York, and Coyne, who was based in Los Angeles at the time, had trouble connecting, in part because Barbara was busy promoting her book with Jenna, Sisters First.

However, as luck would have it, Coyne happened to be in town visiting family when their book tour stopped in Atlanta, so Barbara invited him to the hotel where she was staying for drinks — and they were joined by her sister, her publicist, and two other friends.

“It was a group first date, and they tried to give us our space but we were all seated at the same table,” Barbara said, adding that before the date even began, she actually approached two different men in the lobby to ask if they were Coyne, as she had no idea what he looked like.

“Luckily, a really handsome guy walked in, and I thought, ‘Please, maybe this one will be him.’ And it was him,” she said. “And so that was our first date, and he rolled with it.”

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Then, at the last minute, Jenna ended up inviting Coyne to the book event, where she and Giffin, who was moderating the event, proceeded to tell the crowd that Barbara wasn’t just there promoting her book that night, she was also on a blind date.

“I thought it was hilarious,” Barbara said of the unusual date, adding that while she and Coyne ended the night with a hug, she was convinced they weren’t going to see each other again.

“I said to Jenna in the car, I was like, ‘I’m never going to hear from him again, but regardless, that’s a fun story to tell,’ “ she remarked.

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Of course, that wasn’t the end to the couple’s romance. The two ended up going on a “real date” a couple weeks later, when Coyne traveled to New York for work, and the rest is history.

Though the couple had just five short weeks to plan their wedding — they rushed to wed so Barbara’s 94-year-old grandfather, George H.W. Bush, could be there “while he’s still feeling good” — Jenna told her colleagues at the Today show that the ceremony was “beautiful.”

She described the intimate wedding, which took place at Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, as “just family in a place that means family love.”

“It was beautiful,” she continued. “I’m crying 24 hours later…there were so many happy tears.”

Grey’s Anatomy and HTGAWM Stars Debunk ‘Common Excuses Not to Vote’ in Campaign with theSkimm

Taylor Swift isn’t the only major celebrity encouraging people to vote!

On Tuesday, Shondaland and theSkimm will release the first video of their ‘No Excuses’ campaign, designed at inspiring millennial women to vote.

The 60-second videos — to be released every Tuesday until the election — will feature Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder actors Justin Chambers, Kelly McCreary, Karla Souza, Conrad Ricamora, Kevin McKidd and Aja Naomi King debunking “common excuses'” people use to not vote.

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“Millennial women are the demographic most unhappy with the state of our government but, compared to all other demographic groups, they’re also telling us they’re least certain to vote this November,” the companies say in a statement.

Shondaland is the television production company founded by Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes. In May, Rhimes invested in theSkimm, a media company designed to “make it easier” to “live smarter.”

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No Excuses, a campaign launched by theSkimm in 2016, hopes to inspire 100K people to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. The first episode of this campaign will feature Conrad Ricamora and Kevin McKidd discussing absentee ballots.

For the excuse, I’ll be out of town, McKidd notes that absentee ballots are “the voting equivalent of working from home.”

“Vote while on a conference call with The Price Is Right on mute,” Ricamora adds.

The first episode will be available tomorrow on Shondaland.com and delivered in theSkimm’s daily newsletter.

Donald Trump Says He ‘Doesn’t Trust’ Everyone in the White House: ‘I’m Not a Baby’

President Donald Trump appeared on 60 Minutes on Sunday, marking his first time on the program since taking office.

Trump, 72, taped the interview with Lesley Stahl on Thursday at the White House, according to CNN’s Reliable Sources, which cited people familiar with the matter.

During their discussion, Stahl asked Trump about comments First Lady Melania Trump made in her recent interview with ABC News. “Melania has said that there are still people in the White House that she doesn’t trust, and that you shouldn’t trust either,” said Stahl.

“I don’t trust everybody in the White House, I‘ll be honest with you,” Trump responded. “I’m usually guarded. And I think I’m guarded anyway. But I’m not saying I trust everybody in the White House. I’m not a baby.”

He continued: “This is a tough business. This is a vicious place. Washington, D.C. is a vicious place. The attacks, the bad-mouthing, the speaking behind your back. But you know, in my way I feel very comfortable here.”

The president revealed he wasn’t happy with everyone in his cabinet and departures could be coming, but he did not name names.

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Trump had previously turned down requests to appear on 60 Minutes, the most-watched news program in the country, CNN reported.

The interview comes as Trump faces criticism for failing to confront Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi journalist who had been living in the United States. “We are going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment,” he told Stahl.

Trump has said that U.S. investigators are looking into how Khashoggi disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul but made clear that he does not plan to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia because of the incident, according to The Guardian.

“At this moment they deny it. Could it be them? Yes. In the not to distant future I think we’ll know.”

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The 60 Minutes sit-down comes on the heels of Melania Trump‘s interview with ABC on Friday night.

Among other topics, the first lady discussed her influence with her husband.

Asked about rumors that she has “100 percent” control over President Trump, she said: “I wish! I give him my honest advice and honest opinions and then he does what he wants to do.”

Barbara Bush Celebrates Nuptials to Craig Coyne with Glitzy Post-Wedding Party in New York City

Party time!

Less than a week after tying the knot with screenwriter Craig Coyne during a private family ceremony in Maine, Barbara Bush invited some of her closest friends to celebrate her nuptials in New York City.

“Most amazing couple in all the land,” wrote one of her friends on Instagram Stories, alongside an image of the pair cuddled up close during the festive bash.

“Congrats @barbaritabush and Craig!!! Xoxoxo” she added.

Alongside another image, which appeared to be taken while Barbara was giving a speech that night, another one of her friend’s wrote, “Congratulations @barbaritabush + #CRAIG.”

In the image, the newlyweds are standing together while gazing into each other’s eyes. Sweetly, her pal also added a giant heart around the couple’s bodies.

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In addition to featuring a pair of indoor swings and two fortune-telling oracles, the swinging soiree featured plenty of dancing underneath a giant disco ball.

In one video from the night, Barbara, 36, can be seen grooving with her pals on the dance floor.

“Sweden reunion to celebrate our favorite bride @barbaritabush,” one of her friends wrote alongside the short clip.

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Following the celebration, Barbara’s twin sister Jenna Bush Hager went on to share a sweet shot of the duo getting photobombed by their father, former President George W. Bush.

“Thought this was just a simple picture of a sisterly hug,” she wrote alongside the image, adding the hashtag “popsiclephotobomb.”

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Thought this was just a simple picture of a sisterly hug. #popsiclephotobomb

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The bride chose a custom ivory silk crepe Vera Wang gown featuring a spaghetti strap detail and a cowl draped neckline. She paired it with a nude sandal, an elegant, translucent shawl, which draped over her shoulders and grazed the ground, and a sentimental reminder of her grandmother (and namesake), who died at age 92 in April.

“It’s really sweet. The ‘something borrowed’ that I’m wearing is this bracelet that my grandfather gave to my grandmother on their 70th anniversary,” Barbara told PEOPLE. Her “something blue” was a pair of earrings from Jenna.

During a phone call to her colleagues at the Today show, Jenna also revealed that she ended her wedding speech by reading a love letter her grandfather wrote to the former first lady.

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Barbara told PEOPLE that her father “got so excited” when Coyne asked for her hand in marriage that he almost ended up ruining the proposal!

“Craig asked my dad for my hand in marriage, and my dad got so excited that he told everybody we were engaged, but we actually had not gotten engaged yet,” the former first daughter explained.

“They had a really long, wonderful talk for 45 minutes,” she added. “I started receiving text messages from people congratulating me on the engagement. Then, in slow motion, 20 minutes later, I would receive a text message from that person saying, ‘Oops, sorry! I meant to send that to somebody else.’ And so I had a suspicion we would get engaged.”

Coyne ended up popping the question in the exact spot — on oceanside rocks behind the Bush family’s Maine house — where her grandfather proposed to an 18-year-old Barbara Pierce 75 years earlier.

“I didn’t know Craig had found out the history. Of course, I cried — and our cousins were spying from the windows taking pictures,” Barbara remarked.

T.I. Takes Aim at Trump and Kanye West in New Music Video Featuring Melania Lookalike Stripper

T.I. has made his feelings about President Donald Trump and Kanye West well known, but in case there was any doubt, the Atlanta-based rapper’s latest video made things very clear.

On Friday, T.I. dropped an NSFW clip on his social media accounts that showed him posing as a secret service agent hanging in the Oval Office. After watching the president fly away on his helicopter, T.I. then stands behind POTUS’ desk watching a woman seemingly meant to be First Lady Melania Trump enter the room.

Soon she strips off her green jacket — a mock of FLOTUS’ “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” trench — and stands naked on the desk, stroking T.I.’s tie. They later leave together and are seen wrecking the White House, spray painting over Mr. Trump’s portrait and more.

“Dear 45, I ain’t Kanye,” T.I. wrote of the minute-long video acting as a promo for his new album, Dime Trap

RELATED: T.I. ‘Ashamed to Be Associated’ with Kanye West After Bizarre White House Meeting: ‘I’m Done’


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Friday’s clip came a day after T.I. posted a long rant against West following the 41-year-old Yeezy owner’s bizarre meeting with the president.

All I can say is… I’ve reached my limits,” T.I., 38, wrote. “This is my stop, I’m officially DONE!!!! Trump & his Lil Cookie Boy.”

“At one time it was a pleasure to work alongside you…” T.I. added of his former collaborator. “Now, I’m ashamed to have ever been associated with you.”

RELATED: Kanye West Meets with President Trump in the Oval Office

Coming to the decision wasn’t easy for T.I. (né Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.). But West’s meeting with Trump — and the rapper’s controversial statements there about racism — pushed him over the edge.

“This is the most repulsive, disgraceful, embarrassing act of desperation & auctioning off of one’s soul to gain power I’ve ever seen,” T.I. wrote. “You ass kissing and boot licking on a whole new level & I refuse to associate myself with something so vile, weak, & inconsiderate to the effect this has on the greater good of ALL OUR PEOPLE!!!!”

“Don’t follow this puppet,” T.I. continued. “Because as long as I’ve lived I’ve learned that it benefits a man nothing at all to gain the world, if to do so he must lose his soul. We just saw Mr. West’s Soul on auction. If you listen closely you can hear the tears of our ancestors hit the floor.”

Since West’s visit with Trump, other celebrities have spoken out about West — including Diddy50 CentAva DuVernay, and Jeffrey Wright.

Amal Clooney Slams Trump for Mocking Christine Blasey Ford: ‘A President Shouldn’t Ridicule’ Her

Amal Clooney had a good reason for not attending Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Friday.

Serving as one of the keynote speakers at the 2018 Pennsylvania Conference for Women that morning, the renowned human rights lawyer, 40, spoke out against President Donald Trump for mocking Christine Blasey Ford‘s testimony that Brett Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers — which Kavanaugh has denied.

“A president shouldn’t ridicule a woman who courageously comes forward to allege abuse,” Clooney said during the conference, according to Philadelphia Magazine.

Earlier this month, Trump sarcastically mimicked Ford’s testimony against Kavanaugh at a rally in Mississippi, riling a crowd that applauded and laughed along.

“How did you get home? ‘I don’t remember.’ How did you get there? ‘I don’t remember.’ Where is the place? ‘I don’t remember.’ How many years ago was it? ‘I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know,’ ” Trump said, acting out a misrepresentation of Ford’s testimony during the hearing.

“Survivors in any country deserve the chance to look their abusers in the eye and for history to record what has happened to them,” Clooney added during the speech, reported the Daily Mail.


RELATED: Trump’s Attack on Christine Blasey Ford Recalls How He’s Mocked His Own Sexual Assault Accusers

The mother of two also opened up about the importance of the #MeToo movement during her speech.

“We are living through a moment of reckoning and a rebalancing of power,” she said, according to Philadelphia Magazine, calling the movement “a defining moment in the struggle for women’s rights.”

“There is still much for us to do. Still, I am optimistic,” she added.

Following her speech, Clooney received a standing ovation.

Clooney previously spoke out against Trump in 2016, arguing that his public beliefs didn’t represent true “U.S. values.”

“I’m probably as perplexed as you are as somebody viewing these things,” she told the BBC. “There’s an ad on the TV in the U.S. where they went through all these statements he made against women and you watch that and you think ‘Gosh.’ ”

Clooney, whose parents are Muslim, also said Trump should be more challenged about his views on Muslims.

“When you listen to what the leading candidate on the Republican side has been saying about building walls, about excluding Mexicans and a complete shutdown of all Muslims entering in, and if you actually look at what he specifically said in that now infamous speech about Muslims, he kept saying, ‘They only want jihad. They don’t believe in our way of life. They don’t respect our system.’

“And when he says ‘they’ and you watch the media coverage afterwards, people, I think, should have been saying ‘Do you mean the 1.5 billion people around the world who fit that description? Do you mean the people who are U.S. citizens who are members of your military who are, the vast majority of whom are not violent or extremists in any way?’ ”

RELATED VIDEO: Amal Clooney Is Helping Meghan Markle Settle into London Life: They Have a ‘Natural Friendship’

Amal’s husband, actor George Clooney, also wasn’t in attendance at the royal wedding on Friday, but luckily his tequila did make it to the celebration.

George, who co-founded the tequila company Casamigos (and sold it last year), has a surprising connection to the newlyweds: Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank is the U.K. brand ambassador for the business.

According to Business Insider, Jack will be “in charge of choosing drinks” throughout the weekend, which will includes a selection of Casamigos cocktails.

The Clooneys made an appearance at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s wedding in May.

Nikki Haley Reportedly Resigns as UN Ambassador

Nikki Haley has reportedly resigned as UN Ambassador.

President Donald Trump accepted her resignation after the controversial former governor of South Carolina, 46, visited him at the White House last week, Axios reported Tuesday morning, citing two sources briefed on their conversation.

CNN is also reporting that Haley has resigned, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Haley told her staff this morning, CNN said, citing a senior State Department official.

The reason for Haley’s reported resignation was not immediately clear. The White House did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

According to a pool report, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “President Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley will meet in the Oval Office at 10:30 a.m. this morning. This event will be open to the pool.”

Trump tweeted that he would be making a “big announcement” with his “friend” Haley at that time.


The reported move was a shock to many senior foreign policy officials in the Trump administration, according to Axios.

The news comes as a watchdog organization, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (“CREW”), is calling for the State Department’s inspector general to open an investigation into Haley over private flights she took that were paid for by South Carolina business executives, Huffington Post reports. CREW said the flights, which Haley listed on her public financial disclosure report this year, were likely worth about $24,000.

RELATED VIDEO: U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Blasts Russia in Emotional Speech After Syrian Chemical Attack

“By accepting gifts of luxury private flights, Ambassador Haley seems to be falling in line with other Trump administration officials who are reaping personal benefits from their public positions,” Noah Bookbinder, executive director of the group, said in a statement to Huffington Post. “Our ethics laws are clearly written to prevent even the appearance of corruption and improper influence.”




5 Things You Need to Know About Craig Coyne, Who Just Married George W. Bush’s Daughter Barbara

Craig Coyne just married into one of America’s most famous political dynasties, and now everybody wants to know a little more about him.

Barbara Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, tied the knot with the screenwriter on Sunday during an intimate ceremony held at the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Describing the event, which occurred in the backyard overlooking the ocean, Baraba, 36, told PEOPLE it was “a very short, sweet ceremony.”

Also present for the happy day was former President Bush, 72, Mrs. Bush, 71, Barbara’s twin sister Jenna Bush Hager, as well as Barbara’s grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush, 94.

Here’s everything you need to know about the newest member of the Bush family.

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Throughout his career, Coyne — who hails from Atlanta, Georgia — has acted in several films, such as the 2005 hit Jarhead, as well as independent films such as Look at Me and The Showtown Murders

Coyner, who now focuses more on writing, has sold a live-action half-hour program to Comedy Central called Doin’ Good, according to his agent’s website. He also created, wrote and directed an original Funny or Die series, Ask Play, that’s in post-production.

However, in a nod to his future wife, before moving to Los Angeles, Coyne briefly worked in politics.

After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Coyne served as a Page in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to his agent’s website.

Blind Date Beginnings

The duo was set up by friends on a blind date last November.

About a month after being set up by friends, the pair decided to make things official in time for New Year’s Eve.

RELATED: Jenna Bush Hager Gushes About Twin Sister Barbara’s Secret Wedding: ‘I’m Crying 24 Hours Later’

Long distance Lovers

Up until very recently, the couple lived on opposite sides of the country!

“It’s just been a very sweet romance,” Barbara told PEOPLE. “And we’ve been long-distance for most of it — he’s been in LA and I’ve been in New York — but we’ve gotten to spend a lot of time together.”

Although the pair clearly found a way to make things work, on the same week the couple tied the knot, Coyne moved to Manhattan to begin his new life with Barbara.

RELATED VIDEO: Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush Share The Books That Changed Their Lives

Honoring Tradition

In what might just be the sweetest detail of the couple’s love story, Coyne popped the question in the exact same spot where Barbara’s grandparents got engaged!

During a family gathering at Kennebunkport this summer, the pair were walking together on the rocks when Coyne got down on one knee.

Family Values

Of course, Barbara wasn’t the only one to want her family by her on their big day!

The groom’s brother, Edward Coyne III, served as the best man during the wedding. Additionally, his mother, Darlene and his sister Katie each gave a reading during the private ceremony.

While his niece, Emma, 5, joined Bush Hager’s daughters, Margaret, 5, and Poppy, 3, as flower girls.

Rage and Tears: Celebrities React to Kavanaugh’s Controversial Supreme Court Confirmation

Celebrities are sharing their outrage after the U.S. Senate’s 50-48 vote on Saturday to place Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court for a lifetime appointment.

“I’ve been on a plane all morning. Just landed. Trying to make it home. Feel like I want to scream. And rage. And cry,” Ava DuVernay wrote on Twitter before explaining she came across three different people at the airport who shared her same sentiments.

“First was a white man. Early 30s…,” DuVernay, 46, continued. “Both reaching for our bags in the overhead he said: ‘I’m not usually this guy, but please keep doing what you do. We need to hear voices like yours. And I need to listen.’ I could feel his heart. Grappling with the moment in his own skin. We spoke for a bit and then deplaned.”

“The second person was Latina,” DuVernay added. I’m walking through the terminal. She was young. Early 20s. She just walked right in front of me. And stopped. With tears in her eyes. All I could do was hug her and try to hold in my own. She just whispered thank you. I thanked her too. We parted.”

“Last was a white woman with an accent from somewhere far away,” she wrote. “Early 40s. She said I’m sorry to disturb you on a day like this. I said something I’ve never said to a stranger. I said: I want to cry. She looked back at me and said: ‘Me too.’ Our eyes both welled up. And we did,” DuVernay concluded.

Kathy Griffin, 57, also expressed her frustration on Twitter, simply writing, “What a terrible day in American history.”

Fellow comedian Chelsea Handler, who has been vocal about pursuing political activism, was equally disturbed by Kavanaugh’s confirmation but encouraged her followers to exercise their right to vote.

“Another gross day in the history of our country, but the midterms are coming. We are stronger than this bulls—. We can fight and fight and we may not see the results right away, but we will see them. Our daughters will see them. Don’t give up. Fight harder,” Handler, 43, tweeted.




In addition, Lauren Jauregui and Alyssa Milano spoke out against the Senate’s decision. “I’m so sick,” the former Fifth Harmony singer, 22, wrote.

Meanwhile, Milano — who has helped popularize the #MeToo Movement and supported Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford during her emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in late September — tweeted, “People should be f—— terrified and outraged. I sure as hell am.”

“We need to take back our power by taking back the Senate and the House in November,” wrote Milano, 45. “It is the only way out of this mess.”





While several other celebrities flooded social media with their frustrations, President Donald Trump celebrated the news.

“I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court. Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in. Very exciting!” Trump tweeted.

Kavanaugh’s confirmation comes just over a week after he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee following a three-hour testimony from Ford, the 51-year-old research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University who claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s.


RELATED: Brett Kavanaugh Admits ‘I Said a Few Things I Should Not Have’ During Heated Senate Testimony

Ford claims Kavanaugh, 53, allegedly pinned her down to a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothes during a high school party in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has also been accused of sexual misconduct by Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick. Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations brought against him.

Following Kavanaugh’s hearing, the FBI conducted a week-long investigation into the allegations, which further delayed his vote.

While many Republicans said they were satisfied with the FBI report, critics have pointed out that it’s far from a complete investigation.

Democrats say the White House put numerous restrictions on who the FBI could interview, and the agency reportedly did not speak with multiple witnesses who say they could corroborate sexual abuse and other allegations made by Ford, Ramirez and Swetnick.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, said Friday that “the available (FBI) documents contradict statements Mr. Kavanaugh made under oath.”

The confirmation vote came as Trump, himself accused by well over a dozen women of sexual assault and misconduct, mocked Ford at a political rally. (Trump has denied the allegations against him.)

“My heart breaks for all those who will continue to live in fear and shame that their stories, their pain, their lives are less important than male privilege and power,” a friend of Ford’s told PEOPLE. “Justice has not been served, in the service of the latest Justice of the Supreme Court, and all those like him.”

Minnesota Reporter Fired for Wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ Hat While Covering Trump Rally

A Minnesota news station has fired one of its television reporters after he was seen wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat while covering President Donald Trump’s rally in Rochester.

James Bunner was let go from his job at KTTC-TV, news director Noel Sederstrom told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, for exhibiting political bias while on the job.

He violated our policy so he’s no longer with us,” Sederstrom told BuzzFeed News on Friday. “We don’t allow our people to wear campaign clothing while on assignment.”

Reps for KTTC-TV and Bunner did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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Bunner first joined KTTC in December 2017, BuzzFeed reported.

The reporter’s trouble first started on Thursday when Mark VanCleave, a journalist with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, tweeted a photo of him standing outside the Mayo Civic Center wearing his KTTC-branded red jacket and matching red MAGA hat.

“Whyyyyy?” he wrote in the photo’s caption.

From there, users noticed that Bunner had uploaded many pro-Trump things to his social media pages. Sederstrom told BuzzFeed, however, that none of those uploads had anything to do with KTTC’s decision and that the MAGA hat was solely to blame.

“It’s not something we allow,” he explained of campaign gear.

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Critics on Twitter have slammed the news station for their decision.

“You fired your reporter James Bunner a journalist for KTTC-TV in Austin?? Really?” one wrote. “He wore the hat Thursday while covering President Donald Trump’s appearance in Rochester and images of him wearing the hat began appearing on Twitter. SHAMEFUL!! You should allow pride! Rehire him!

“This is employment discrimination and if you pick up a book…firing an employee for their political values is illegal,” said another. “I hope James Bunner takes you to court.”

As BuzzFeed noted, “Prohibiting reporters from wearing campaign clothing or pins, especially while on the job, is standard practice across the news industry. Many news outlets also recommend or warn their staff against making public political displays or statements in order to maintain objectivity.”

Melania Trump Slammed for Visiting Kenya Wearing a Hat Commonly Associated with Colonialism

First Lady Melania Trump is catching heat yet again over her clothing choice.

On Friday, while visiting a safari in Nairobi National Park in Kenya — a stop on her first solo trip to Africa — FLOTUS was photographed wearing a white pith helmet, a hat most commonly associated with colonialists.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, European military personnel often wore pith helmets as they sought out colonies in Africa and Asia. The hats remained popular with those who moved to colonized countries and are seen by many as symbolic of the oppression of colonization.

Shortly after the sighting, several people called Melania out on Twitter. “Melania Trump wearing a pith helmet on her trip to ‘Africa’ is more than a silly sartorial choice. It’s a reflection of her outdated understanding of Africa,” Kim Yi Dionne, a political-science professor who specializes in African politics at the University of California, Riverside wrote.

“Also, she was photographed in safari attire multiple times on this trip,” Dionne added.

Matt Carotenuto, a historian and coordinator of African Studies at St. Lawrence University wrote, “Melania completes the stereotype trifecta– elephants, orphans and even the pith helmet.”

FLOTUS’ accessory of choice came just one day after she was greeted in Malawi with a crowd of protestors, including two carrying a sign that read: “Welcome to Malawi #NOTAS—HOLE!,” according to the Associated Press.

The hashtag was a reference to her husband Donald Trump’s remarks in January in which he reportedly referred to some African nations, along with Haiti and El Salvador, as “s—hole countries.”

Malawi was the first lady’s second stop on her four-nation tour of Africa.

While there, she reportedly toured outdoor classrooms at Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe, before giving remarks as the U.S. ambassador passed out 1.4 million books paid for through a national reading program funded by the U.S.



“I wanted to be here to see the successful programs that United States is providing the children and thank you for everything you’ve done,” Melania said.

The first lady arrived in Ghana on Tuesday and stayed in the capital city of Accra, where she met over tea with Ghana’s first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, at the presidential palace.

On Wednesday, she visited Cape Coast Castle, a former slave holding fort on Ghana’s coast.

After Kenya, FLOTUS will travel to Egypt before returning to Washington, D.C., on Sunday.

In June, Melania ruffled feathers once more when she visited McAllen, Texas, to visit migrant children who were separated from their parents as they were held at detention centers on the Mexico-U.S. border.

RELATED: First Lady Melania Trump to Speak Out in Rare ‘Wide-Ranging’ Sit-Down Interview with ABC News

For the trip, FLOTUS wore a green Zara jacket featuring the words “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?”

After many slammed the First Lady for being insensitive, her communications director, Stephanie Grisham came to her defense.

“It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message,” Grisham said in a statement. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe (Much like her high heels last year).”

Monica Lewinsky Launches Anti-Bullying Campaign — and Reveals Worst Name She’s Ever Been Called

When it came time to pick the worst name she’d ever been called, as part of a new anti-bullying campaign, Monica Lewinsky says, “I had a long list of things from which to chose. Where I landed, given the 50 characters you could have for your display name, is ‘Monica Chunky Slut Stalker That Woman Lewinsky.’ And that just scratches the surface.”

It’s all part of a new anti-bullying campaign, #DefyTheName, which Lewinsky is spearheading and which is being launched with a new PSA — produced by ad agency BBDO New York and Dini von Mueffling Communications — debuting Friday for National Bullying Prevention Month. The PSA, which Lewinsky helped produce, asks people to change their display names on Twitter and Instagram for the month of October, or part of the month, to a name they’ve been bullied with.

“Name-calling is one of the most common instances of bullying behavior,” says Lewinsky, 45. “The core message is, don’t let the names that other people choose to call you, define you. And don’t let being bullied define your future either.”

“It’s scary,” she says of her name choice, which includes a reference to then-President Bill Clinton’s infamous remarks at a 1998 press event: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky.”

But, in the end, she says, “I felt very connected to the concept of the campaign.” And, she adds, “You’ve gotta walk the talk.”

“I felt comfortable in the idea of what we’d be doing and asking of people,” she says. “And then I started to think about my names, and I tried to laugh about them, to make myself feel better, but when I actually had to say them out loud, on the record, and own them in a different way, even though it’s about empowering, there was still a small echo of hurt. There’s still a pain that’s there.”

Yet what’s important, she stresses, “Is to show people that you can still feel something around the names and reclaim that power and move beyond it, to defy all those names.”

The PSA features some other well-known names, such as Lena Dunham, Sarah Silverman, Olivia Munn, Maysoon Zayid and John Oliver, who are changing their display names to insults they were bullied with, often as kids. “For Alan Cumming, who’s been a dear friend for over 20 years, his new name comes from being bullied by his father,” notes Lewinsky. “It’s ‘Alan Useless Cumming.’ ”

Lewinsky hopes the idea will spur an online community of support. “We’re hoping the whole campaign will create a counter wave of empathy and community online,” she says. “The idea is to take back the power from the name and reclaim that power for ourselves.”

For Lewinsky, it’s the latest step in retelling her story, her way.

It’s been 20 years since prosecutor Kenneth Starr broadened the investigation of Bill Clinton to include their affair, and she became the target of a federal investigation, as well as the target of widespread ridicule and insults online.

As she described in her 2015 TED Talk, now seen over 13 million times, she was “patient zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.”

Now a passionate and outspoken anti-bullying activist, she says she was moved by Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27.

Monica Lewinsky on How the #MeToo Movement Has Redefined the Clinton Scandal

“Dr. Blasey was bullied but didn’t let that stop her from being brave,” says Lewinsky. “I was thrilled to see the huge strides we’ve made in terms of how we support women.”

“What Dr. Blasey Ford did was incredibly brave,” she adds. “She also experienced some of the worst name-calling imaginable for doing the right thing.”

And that, in a way, is what the new campaign is all about. “You can be called every name under the sun but it doesn’t have to break you,” says Lewinsky. “It doesn’t have to define you forever.”

It’s something she’s learned in the last year, through the power and solidarity of the #MeToo movement, which has given her a “new lens,” as she wrote in Vanity Fair earlier this year, through which to see her own story.

“To see the #MeToo movement has been both heartbreaking and heartwarming,” says Lewinsky. “To see millions of women from around the world speak out and stand up. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Tarana Burke in starting the movement, and all those who are fighting and sharing their stories. I feel like I was gaslit for many years, and the movement has helped me to continue to emerge from that and see my situation more clearly.”

Lewinsky is participating in an upcoming A&E documentary series, The Impeachment of Bill Clinton, produced by Alex Gibney, debuting on Nov. 18. It’s the most extensive interview she’s given on the subject in 15 years.

There was a “dove tailing,” she says, “preparing for the last interview, while we were starting to work on the #DefyTheName campaign and preparing and going through the process.”

“It was bad enough to live it the first time,” she says. “And reliving it was less than ideal.”

It’s another step towards her desire to “find a purpose to her past,” as she wrote in her 2014 Vanity Fair essay.

Now, it’s about reclaiming her story and helping others do the same, this time with #DefyTheName. “My hope is that people will be inspired and emboldened to join,” she says, “because the more people who join, the more it’s going to help. It will be a collective experience, helping each other.”

Sarah Palin’s Son Track Will Spend a Year in Custody After Being Charged with Domestic Violence

Track Palin will spend a year in custody regardless of the outcome of his most recent arrest.

On Wednesday, a judge ruled that his domestic violence arrest last month violated the terms of an agreement stemming from a previous case in which he was accused of assaulting his father.

As a result of the most recent arrest, the 29-year-old son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is no longer eligible to participate in a therapeutic program for veterans, according to the Associated Press. Instead, he will either serve time in a halfway house or in jail.

However, Anchorage District Attorney Richard Allen said he will most likely serve time at halfway house, the Associated Press reported.

On Sept. 28, Track, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, was arrested by the Alaska State Troopers after they responded to a “report of a disturbance,” according to an online dispatch report.

After responding to the scene, an “investigation revealed” that Track allegedly assaulted a woman at his home and that “when the acquaintance attempted to call authorities, he prevented her by taking away her phone.”

Track was then charged with domestic violence, interfering with a report of domestic violence, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Following his arrest, Track appeared in court on Sept. 29 in Palmer, Alaska, where he pled “not guilty, for sure” to all four charges, reported local news outlet KTUU.

Track “faces three Class A misdemeanors that allow for up to a year behind bars and a $25,000 fine” and a “Class B misdemeanor that allows up to one day in jail and $2,000 fine,” according to the outlet.

In June, Track pled guilty to first-degree criminal trespass as part of a plea deal related to an alleged assault of his father Todd Palin last year— the case he violated with his Sept. 28 arrest.

By pleading guilty, Track avoided an assault charge and a year-long jail sentence, as he would be attending the therapeutic program offered in Alaska in Veterans Court— a court in which U.S. veterans are tried if charged with crimes, his attorney Patrick Bergt told PEOPLE at the time.

RELATED: Sarah Palin’s Son Track Pleads Guilty to Criminal Trespass After Allegedly Assaulting His Father

Bergt explained the nine-month program is “intensive.” If he successfully completes the program, his charge could be changed from first degree to second degree, which would mean only 10 days in jail.

Track was also arrested in December 2017 on charges of domestic violence after an incident at the Wasilla home of his parents.

At the time of his arrest, Track was serving two years of probation on a plea deal stemming from a domestic violence arrest in January 2016, when he allegedly assaulted his then-girlfriend and pointed a gun at her.

A representative for Track did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Rihanna, Christina Milian and Other Celebrities Allegedly Targeted by a Teenage Burglary Ring

Authorities have arrested four people who allegedly targeted the homes of Hollywood celebrities and high profile sports stars in a spate of burglaries over the past few months, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed.

Three teenage boys and the mother of one of the suspects are accused of robbing a number of mansions and also having a burglary wish list featuring a who’s who of the A-List.

The celebrities and pro athletes were allegedly targeted by the burglars who studied their social media and tour schedule, Lillian L. Carranza, Commanding Officer of Commercial Crimes Division for the Los Angeles Police Department said during a press conference held Tuesday.

“The burglars believed no one would be home, and the homes would contain sought-after valuables that they might be interested in,” she said.

Police arrested Jshawne Lamon Daniels, 19, Tyress Lavon Williams, 19, and Damaji Corey Hall, 18, after they were pulled over on Sept. 27 in South Los Angeles after allegedly robbing Los Angeles Rams receiver Robert Woods’ home in Woodland Hills.


Carranza said three suspects were detained and later arrested after officers allegedly found property, including a firearm, which they identified as belonging to Woods.

LAPD alleges that the suspects were also responsible for the recent burglaries of homes belonging to Rihanna and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Christina Milian as well as her boyfriend French singer Matthieu “M. Pokora” Tota.

After obtaining a search warrant, authorities allegedly recovered more than $50,000 in cash, designer handbags, watches and jewelry, as well as a stolen vehicle at one of the suspects’ homes.

While searching the suspects’ homes, LAPD came across a list of future celebrity targets, which included homes of Viola Davis, LeBron James and Matt Damon, Carranza alleged.

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Daniels, Williams and Hall were all charged with burglary. In addition Hall’s mother, 34-year-old Ashle Jennifer Hall, was charged with grand theft in association with stolen property and a firearm recovered from the vehicle.

At this time, the investigation is still ongoing and police believe the suspects may be involved in a number of other burglaries.

Police believed there are more people involved in the alleged burglary ring. Authorities allege the ring steal by doing what they have dubbed “flocking,” where by the group would allegedly all drive around the area in luxury cars and clothing.

“They flock like birds to areas where the rich and famous resided,” Carranza said.

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“Once a potential target home was selected, a larger vehicle would be utilized to give the suspects the opportunity to change into more comfortable clothing and hoodies to avoid being recognized and cart away the stolen goods,” Carranza added.

Carranza said the suspects would grab cash, guns, jewelry and designer goods within minutes, taking “flight” before alarm companies could respond or notify the owners.

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The four remain in police custody and have yet to make pleas. It is not clear if the group have engaged legal representation at this time.

The spate of robberies has been compared to those carried out by the infamous Bling Ring, a five-person Los Angeles gang that burgled the homes of celebrities such as Paris HiltonLindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom in 2008 and 2009, when most of its members were teenagers.

Those involved and their crimes later inspired the 2013 film starring Emma Watson, The Bling Ring.

Trump Mocks Christine Blasey Ford After Her Sexual Assault Testimony: ‘A Man’s Life Is in Tatters’

Six days after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave an emotional testimony detailing how Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her at a party in the 1980s, President Donald Trump mocked her at a rally in Mississippi.

While Dr. Ford, 51, has been praised by many for her courage, Trump, 72, ridiculed her for the details she couldn’t remember.

“How did you get home? I don’t remember,” Trump said Tuesday acting out the hearing. “How did you get there? I don’t remember. Where is the place? I don’t remember. How many years ago was it? I don’t know,” Trump continued as the crowd erupted with applause.

“What neighborhood was it? I don’t know. Where’s the house? I don’t know. Upstairs? Downstairs? Where was it? I don’t know. But I only had one beer. That’s all I remember,” Trump continued.

“A man’s life is in tatters. A man’s life is shattered. His wife is shattered. His daughters, who are beautiful incredible young kids — they destroy people. They want to destroy people. These are really evil people,” Trump added.


Dr. Ford’s lawyer Michael R. Bromwich responded to Trump’s rant calling it “a vicious, vile and soulless attack on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.” “Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well? She is a remarkable profile in courage. He is a profile in cowardice.”

In addition to mocking Dr. Ford’s testimony, Trump told reporters in a video obtained by CNN, also on Tuesday, that the sexual allegations against Kavanaugh, 53, highlight what a “scary time” it is for men.

“It’s a very scary time for young men in America, when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of,” Trump told the outlet. “This is a very difficult time. What’s happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court justice. It really does.”

Trump then defended Kavanaugh saying he’s “an outstanding man.” “You can be somebody that was perfect your entire life, and somebody could accuse you of something. Doesn’t necessarily have to be a woman, as everybody says. But somebody could accuse you of something, and you’re automatically guilty.”

“But in this realm, you are truly guilty until proven innocent. That’s one of the very, very bad things that’s taking place right now,” Trump added.

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When a reporter asked what he would say to young women, Trump reportedly replied, “Women are doing great.”

Dr. Ford, a research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University, claims Kavanaugh allegedly pinned her down to a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothes, all of which Kavanaugh denies.

On Sept. 27, Dr. Ford testified about the allegations in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee saying “Brett’s assault on me drastically altered my life.”

At this time, Kavanaugh’s fate remains uncertain as the FBI conducts a week-long investigation into the allegations, further delaying his confirmation vote.

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In his testimony, Kavanaugh continued to deny the allegations, saying, “This is a circus,” and “This confirmation process has become a national disgrace.”

He concluded his testimony with the declaration: “I ask you to judge me by the standard that you would want applied to your father, your husband, your brother or your son. My family and I intend no ill will toward Dr. Ford or her family. But I swear today under oath, before the Senate and the nation, before my family and God, I am innocent of this charge.”

If you or someone you care about is affected by sexual violence, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

Brett Kavanaugh Questioned by Police About a Bloody Bar Fight After a UB40 Concert in 1985: Report

Brett Kavanaugh was reportedly questioned by local authorities after he and some of his Yale classmates were involved in a bar fight in 1985.

On Monday, the New York Times published a 1985 police report that showed the Supreme Court nominee was spoken to by New Haven Police after an altercation at a college bar.

According to the Times, the report alleges a 21-year-old man was hit by a glass thrown by Kavanaugh’s friend Chris Dudley — a Yale basketball player — which caused “bleeding from the right ear” that required hospital treatment.

Kavanaugh was accused of playing a role in the fight as he allegedly threw ice on the man, the police report says according to the Times.

Although the document indicates that it was classified as an “assault,” Kavanaugh, now 53, was not arrested from the incident and it does not appear that anyone else was charged. Dudley later denied the accusation of throwing a glass while Kavanaugh did not want to specify “if he threw the ice or not,” the publication reports.

Representatives for the White House did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Kavanaugh’s former Yale classmate, Charles “Chad” Ludington — who recently released a statement accusing Kavanaugh of lying about his drinking habits — said he was at the bar that night and told the Times that the altercation happened after a UB40 concert on Sept. 25.

Ludington told the publication he and the judge were with a group of friends at the bar when they spotted a man they thought resembled Ali Campbell, the lead singer of UB40. While trying to determine whether or not it was him, the man noticed and took offense, Lundington added.

Kavanaugh responded by cursing at the bar patron and then “threw his beer at the guy,” Ludington told the Times. A physical altercation broke out.

“I then tried to pull Chris back, and a bunch of other guys tried to pull the other guy back,” he said to the publication. “I don’t know what Brett was doing in the melee, but there was blood, there was glass, there was beer and there was some shouting, and the police showed up.”

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Ludington’s recollection of the events come just a day after his piece refuting Kavanaugh’s description of drinking was published by The New York Times.

“In recent days I have become deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterization by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale,” Ludington wrote. 

“For the fact is, at Yale, and I can speak to no other times, Brett was a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker,” Ludington continued. “I know, because, especially in our first two years of college, I often drank with him. On many occasions, I heard Brett slur his words and saw him staggering from alcohol consumption, not all of which was beer.”

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At his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, Kavanaugh denied that he ever blacked out from alcohol.

“I drank beer with my friends. Almost everyone did,” he said in his opening testimony. “Sometimes I had too many beers. Sometimes others did. I liked beer. I still like beer. But I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone.”

FBI is currently conducting a week-long investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. The investigation began after Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona dramatically asked Senate leadership to delay the full vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination for an FBI probe.

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Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University, claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s, where he allegedly pinned her down to a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothes.

A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, accused Kavanaugh of committing sexual misconduct when they were freshmen at Yale. Ramirez, 53, said that Kavanaugh “exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away,” The New Yorker reported.

A third accuser, Julie Swetnick, also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations.

Donald Trump Jr. Says ‘Scary’ #MeToo Movement Makes Him More Worried for His Sons Than Daughters

Donald Trump Jr. says that the #MeToo movement worries him — for his sons’ sake.

Alongside his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump Jr., 40, stated in a DailyMailTV interview that he fears for his sons — Donald III, 9, Tristan, 6, and Spencer, 5 — more than his daughters — Kai, 11, and Chloe, 4 — with ex Vanessa Trump, 40. 

“I mean, right now, I’d say my sons,” he told the outlet. “I’ve got boys, and I’ve got girls. And when I see what’s going on right now, it’s scary.”

In the interview, Guilfoyle, 49, commented on the sexual assault allegations brought against President Donald Trump‘s embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, 53.

“I think it’s important, in terms of doing an investigation, to get the facts out there and find out,” said the former Fox News host. “It’s very tough 35 years later, but it doesn’t mean it should be ignored.”

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Guilfoyle told DailyMailTV, “People need to be careful to understand the politics involved as well, and what motivations people may have.”

Trump Jr. previously criticized Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, during her Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday.

Ford’s fear of flying was cited as the reason she could not grant the committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley’s request that she testify on Sept. 17. At the hearing, she told outside prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, “It’s easier to travel going that direction when it’s a vacation.”

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Trump Jr. tweeted on Thursday, “I’m no psychology professor but it does seem weird to me that someone could have a selective fear of flying. Can’t do it to testify but for vacation, well it’s not a problem at all.”


Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University, claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s, where he allegedly pinned her down to a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothes.

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A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, accused Kavanaugh of committing sexual misconduct when they were freshmen at Yale. Ramirez, 53, said that Kavanaugh “exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away,” The New Yorker reported.

A third accuser, Julie Swetnick, accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations and a one-week FBI investigation ordered by President Trump is underway, though the scope of the probe — which CNN reports the White House has determined — remains unclear.

Chris Evans Slams Kanye West’s ‘Maddening’ Call for Abolition of Amendment That Outlawed Slavery

Chris Evans is criticizing Kanye West‘s call for the abolition of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, saying the rapper’s tweet is “maddening.”

It all started Sunday as West, 41, captioned a Twitter photo of himself wearing a pro-Donald Trump Make America Great Again hat on a private plane, “This represents good and America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love.”

A rep for West did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Ratified in 1865 after the Civil War, the 13th Amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, but also “allowed for prisoners to be used as slave labor,” tweeted writer Yashar Ali, who tried to make sense of West’s message. “But he doesn’t articulate that in his tweet, leaving people confused and others delighted.”

Evans was not one of those delighted people. “There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue,” tweeted the Captain America actor, 37.

“The level of unapologetic conjecture I’ve encountered lately isn’t just frustrating, it’s retrogressive, unprecedented and absolutely terrifying,” Evans concluded.


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It’s been a political weekend for West, whose lengthy off-air, pro-Trump rant at Saturday Night Live was met with some boos from the audience while making the show’s stars “uncomfortable,” a source told PEOPLE.

Responding to West’s support, Trump tweeted on Sunday, “Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) – no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told ‘no’), was great. He’s leading the charge!”


West began the controversial performance by singing, “I wanna cry right now. Black man in America, you’re supposed to keep what you feel inside right now. And the liberals bully you and tell you what you can and cannot wear, where you and they can’t not stare. And they look at me and say, ‘It’s not fair. How the hell did you get here?’ Well…”

Wearing a Make America Great Again hat, he then delivered an unexpected speech in front of SNL performers like Colin Jost and host Adam Driver. “Actually, blacks weren’t always Democrats,” he started. “It’s like a plan they did to take the fathers out the homes and promote welfare. Does anybody know about that? That’s the Democratic plan.”



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After receiving sparse claps, West continued, “And what this shows is we can’t be controlled by monolithic thought. You can’t always have when you have a black subject matter like Cosby that you have to have a black comedian talk about it.”

Motioning to SNL funnyman Michael Che, West said, “You know what I mean?”

West, who replaced Ariana Grande as the musical guest after she had to drop out, said, “It’s so many times that I talk to a white person about this, and they say, ‘How could you support Trump? He’s racist.’ Well if I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago. We don’t just make our decisions off of racism. I’ma break it down to you right now: If someone inspires me and I connect with them, I don’t have to believe in all they policies.”

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The Kardashian crew was out in full force to show support for the performance: West’s wife Kim Kardashian West, 37, and daughter North, 5, danced along to his performances during the show, and Kourtney Kardashian, 39, and Scott Disick, 35, were also in attendance for the spectacle.

Chris Rock recorded West’s speech on his Instagram Story and seemed to whisper at one point, “My God.”

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“But this man is a builder,” West said of Trump. “And when I said I’m running in 2020, all my smart friends talked so much s— about me. And when I saw that man win, I said, ‘See, I told you. I could have been there.’”

In response, an audience member yelled, “F— Trump.” West added, “Now you got a situation where we need to have a dialogue and not a diatribe because if you want something to change, it’s not going to change by saying, ‘F— that person.’ Try love. Try love. Try love. Try love.”

Some audience members laughed. “You see they laughing at me. You heard ’em, they scream at me, they bully me,” said West. They bullied me backstage they said, ‘Don’t go out there with that hat on.’ They bullied me backstage. They bullied me. And then they say I’m in a sunken place. You want to see the sunken place? Okay, I’ma listen to y’all now.”

He removed his MAGA hat before putting it back on. “Or I’ma put my Superman cape on, which means you can’t tell me what to do,” he said. “Follow your heart and stop following your mind. That’s how we’re controlled. That how we’re programmed. If you want the world to move forward, try love.”

“No one bullied him about wearing the MAGA hat,” a source told PEOPLE. “He wore it in promos and all week before the show even aired and was asking everyone if they thought he should wear the hat, interns, anyone walking by who would listen.”

Kellyanne Conway Reveals She’s a ‘Victim of Sexual Assault’ While Defending Brett Kavanaugh

Kellyanne Conway doesn’t believe experiencing sexual assault automatically means a person can’t support President Donald Trump‘s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“I feel very empathetic frankly for victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape,” Conway, 51, remarked during CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper on Sunday morning.

The White House adviser then stopped to clear her throat before adding that she is “a victim of sexual assault.”

Conway went on to say that despite her personal experience — the details of which she did not share — she doesn’t believe that Kavanaugh should become a target of the #MeToo movement.

“I’ve just had it with it all being the same,” she remarked.

Following her admission, Tapper sympathetically said, “This is the first time I’ve ever heard you talk about something personal like that, and I’m really sorry.”


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Conway went on to specifically address the two women who said they were survivors of sexual assault and confronted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s contentious session on Friday, after which he reversed his guarantee of a “yes” vote for Kavanaugh, 53, and called for an FBI investigation into the allegations against the Supreme Court nominee.

“I want those women who were sexually assaulted the other day who were confronting Jeff Flake, God bless them, but go blame the perpetrator,” said Conway. “That’s who’s responsible for our sexual assaults, the people who commit them.”

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Tapper went on to ask how, “as a survivor of this ― and again I’m deeply, personally very sorry about whatever pain you’ve gone through,” Conway could “work for a president” who has publicly claimed that every woman who’s accused him of sexual misconduct is lying.

After asking that Tapper not “conflate that with this” or “with what happened to me,” she later explained, “I work for President Trump because he’s so good to the women who work for him.” 

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In a dramatic turn of events, Trump said on Friday that he has ordered the FBI to look into the allegations but that he would restrict the investigation to one week.

“I’ve ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file. As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week,” he said in a statement.

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The news came shortly after Sen. Flake called for the Senate leadership to delay the full Senate vote for up to one week in order to make time for an FBI investigation into Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, which he has denied.

“This country’s being ripped apart here,” said Flake, who later received support from Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III.

2 Women Who Confronted Jeff Flake About Kavanaugh Vote in an Elevator Credited for 1 Week Delay

Before Sen. Jeff Flake reversed his guarantee of a “yes” vote for Brett Kavanaugh and demanded an FBI investigation into the allegations, he was confronted by two women who said they were survivors of sexual assault.

“Don’t look away from me. Look at me and tell me that it doesn’t matter what happened to me, that you will let people like that go into the highest court of the land and tell everyone what they can do to their bodies,” Maria Gallagher angrily told Flake.

Gallagher, 23, was accompanied by activist Ana Maria Archila, who broke through a group of reporters to speak with him in an elevator.

“On Monday, I stood in your office. I told you of my story of my sexual assault,” Archila told Flake. “I told it because I recognized in Dr. Ford’s story that she is telling the truth. What are you doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit on the Supreme Court. This is not tolerable. You have children in your family. Think about them.”

Their confrontation occurred before Flake said he would vote in favor of Kavanaugh’s nomination going forward to the Senate floor. But after Gallagher and Archila’s encounter, Flake made a motion to ask the Senate leadership to delay the full Senate vote for up to one week to make time for an FBI investigation into Dr. Christine Blasey Ford‘s sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, effectively siding with Democrats.

Flake has yet to publicly address the elevator confrontation or his reason for requesting the one-week delay.

Flake spoke to CNN about his last-minute change of heart, saying: “I cannot pinpoint the reason why” but “close friends did call” him with concerns. “He was concerned the nomination battle was tearing the country apart,” Sen. Chris Coons told CNN, after speaking with Flake.

“I feel relieved that @JeffFlake seems to have heard my and @AnaMariaArchil2’s voices in the Senate elevator today. We absolutely need an FBI investigation and for him and all Senators to vote NO. #StopKavanaugh,” Gallagher tweeted along with a photo of her and Archila in a happy embrace.

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Many on social media, including viewers who watched Gallagher and Archila’s confrontation, applauded their decision to approach Flake and noted the women’s impact that could have led to the one-week delay.





Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University, claims that Kavanaugh, 53, sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s, where he allegedly pinned her down to a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothes. (Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.)

“My motivation in coming forward was to be helpful and to provide the facts about how Mr. Kavanaugh’s actions have damaged my life, so that you can take that into a serious consideration as you make your decision about how to proceed,” Ford said during her emotional three-hour testimony with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Kavanaugh — at times crying — addressed the committee, calling his confirmation process “a circus” and “a national disgrace.”

“I ask you to judge me by the standard that you would want applied to your father, your husband, your brother or your son. My family and I intend no ill will toward Dr. Ford or her family,” he said. “But I swear today under oath, before the Senate and the nation, before my family and God, I am innocent of this charge.”

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On Friday, Donald Trump ordered the FBI to conduct a “supplemental investigation” into the allegations leveled against his Supreme Court nominee.

Kavanaugh also released a statement following the decision. “Throughout this process, I’ve been interviewed by the FBI, I’ve done a number of ‘background’ calls directly with the Senate, and yesterday, I answered questions under oath about every topic the Senators and their counsel asked me. I’ve done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate,” he said in the statement released by the White House.

Jodie Sweetin Speaks Out About Her Own Sexual Assault Amid Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony

Jodie Sweetin has opened about a sexual assault encounter.

On Thursday, in light of Christine Blasey Ford’s emotional testimony at the Supreme Court hearing, Sweetin spoke out in support about her own experience on Instagram.

Wearing a camouflage jacket with the words “What doesn’t kill you f—s you up mentally” written on the back, Sweetin explained to her followers why she supports and identifies with Ford.

“I stand with her. I AM her,” the Fuller House actress wrote. “I was the girl who never reported because I blamed myself. I was the woman who never reported because I didn’t want to go through the pain and ridicule.”

“What we saw today is about a much bigger issue of survivors of sexual assault being persecuted, judged and re-traumatized when they do come forward,” Sweetin, 36, continued. “We are told that if it were “real,” we would have reported it at the time. Often when we were merely children or young girls.”

Giving examples of what these young girls have to endure if they do speak out, Sweetin — who is currently the mother of two daughters Zoie Laurel May, 10, and Beatrix Carlin, 8 — came to a simple conclusion: “It was easier to stay quiet.”

“As we grew older and it happened again, we had been trained to remain silent,” she continued. “We had learned the lesson that no one will believe us. That even if someone DOES, it holds no consequence. We had watched other women come forward, only to be told “there were no witnesses, so it’s your word against his, knowing that “his” story is always more believed than “hers”.”

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She finished her post by encouraging others not to be dismissive of the courageous survivors, like Ford, who have spoken up and shared their stories. Sweetin also promised her followers that she would take action moving forward.

“I will not sit still. I will not stay quiet,” she wrote. “Although I may never be as brave or as unflinching in the face of such an inquisition as she was today, it has given me hope. That maybe, just maybe, female survivors of sexual assault may be heard. Even if our voice is barely above a whisper.”

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Sweetin is among several other prominent female figures who have recently spoken out in light of the Kavanaugh court hearing.

Earlier on Thursday, Patti Murin — who plays the role of Princess Anna in the Broadway version of Frozen — revealed on Twitter that she was date-raped when she was 24. In her tweet, the Broadway star, now 38, explained to her followers why she didn’t report her sexual assault that occurred more than 10 years ago.

“Why didn’t I say anything or report it? Because I was casually dating each of them and I didn’t think anyone would believe me,” she wrote. “I didn’t even believe myself until years later.”


Also on Thursday, Busy Philipps shared an emotional message on Instagram saying that she was raped when she was 14. Philipps, now 39, used a school photo of herself, snapped when she was that same age, to go along with her revelation.

“This is me at 14. The age I was raped,” Philipps wrote. “It’s taken me 25 years to say those words. I wrote about it in my book. I finally told my parents and sister about it 4 months ago.”

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#WhyIDidntReport began trending after President Donald Trump questioned why Ford waited nearly four decades to report her alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations against him.

Supporters including Alyssa Milano, Padma Lakshmi, and Lili Reinhart all slammed Trump’s sentiment on social media using the hashtag.

“Hey, @realDonaldTrump, Listen the f— up,” Milano, 45, wrote. “I was sexually assaulted twice. Once when I was a teenager. I never filed a police report and it took me 30 years to tell my parents.”

The Insatiable actress, who is involved with the #MeToo campaign, then encouraged other sexual assault victims to follow her lead.

“If any survivor of sexual assault would like to add to this please do so in the replies. #MeToo.”

Brett Kavanaugh Claims He ‘Never Sexually Assaulted Anyone,’ Was a Virgin ‘in High School’

Brett Kavanaugh is denying the sexual misconduct claim brought against him.

During an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on Monday, the Supreme Court Nominee Judge spoke out against Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of pinning her down to a bed, groping her and trying to remove her clothes at a high school party in the early 1980s.

Explaining that he was a virgin “in high school or for many years thereafter,” Kavanaugh, 53, recalled: “I never sexually assaulted anyone. I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter. The girls from the schools I went to and I were friends.”

“Through all these years that were in question, you were a virgin?” MacCallum asked before Kavanaugh replied, “That’s correct,” adding that he did not have sex until “many years after.”

“I was never at any such party. The other people who alleged to be present have said they do not remember any such party,” he said. A woman who was present, another woman who was present who was Dr. Ford’s lifelong friend has said she doesn’t know me and never remembers being at a party with me at any time in her life.”

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Kavanaugh has previously denied the allegation, but Ford — a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University — is reportedly negotiating the terms under which she would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.

“The truth is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise. I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place, but what I know is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone,” he told MacCallum.

Kavanaugh also said he’s “not going anywhere” in the confirmation process to become a justice despite facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

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“I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity and I know I’m telling the truth I know my lifelong record and I’m not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process. I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people,” he shared.

“I’m not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process and we’re looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend my integrity my lifelong record. My lifelong record of promoting dignity and equality for women starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old. I’m not going anywhere,” Kavanaugh said.

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Ford first wrote a letter about the alleged incident to Sen. Dianne Feinstein in July.

Ford has claimed that Kavanaugh “held her down” and “attempted to force himself on her” at a party while they were both students in high school. Kavanaugh had been drinking at the time of the incident, she alleged. To drown out the sound of her protests, she claimed that he turned up music in the room they were in.

Kavanaugh has “categorically and unequivocally” denied the woman’s allegations, telling The New Yorker, “I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

The White House went on to claim that the letter was merely an “11th-hour attempt to delay” Kavanaugh’s nomination, according to a statement provided to PEOPLE.

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Meanwhile, on Sunday evening, The New Yorker reported on allegations by Deborah Ramirez, a woman who attended Yale with Kavanaugh and claims he “exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.”

Kavanaugh released a statement in response to Ramirez’s allegations, saying, “This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name — and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building — against these last-minute allegations.”

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Kavanaugh Accused of Sexual Misconduct by a Second Woman, His Yale Classmate in the ’80s: Report

Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by a second woman, a former Yale classmate, according to a bombshell report published Sunday by The New Yorker.

Deborah Ramirez, 53, says Kavanaugh, also 53, exposed his penis, put it in her face, “caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away” and laughed about it during a dorm-room party in Yale’s Lawrance Hall while they were freshmen in the 1983-84 school year, according to the outlet’s story by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer.

“This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen,” Kavanaugh said in a statement to The New Yorker. “The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name — and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building — against these last-minute allegations.”

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“This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down a good man,” White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec told the publication. “This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say. The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh.”

The White House did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

According to The New Yorker story, Senate Democrats are investigating Ramirez’s allegation. “Senior Republican staffers also learned of the allegation last week and, in conversations with The New Yorker, expressed concern about its potential impact on Kavanaugh’s nomination,” the magazine’s story states. “Soon after, Senate Republicans issued renewed calls to accelerate the timing of a committee vote. The Democratic Senate offices reviewing the allegations believe that they merit further investigation.”

After The New Yorker learned about the allegation — which a civil-rights lawyer communicated to Democratic senators — the publication contacted Ramirez, who “was at first hesitant to speak publicly, partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident,” Farrow and Mayer explain.

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“After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away,” the story says.

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“I wasn’t going to touch a penis until I was married,” said Ramirez, who The New Yorker notes “was raised a devout Catholic in Connecticut.”

She continued: “I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated.”

Describing her memory of Kavanaugh laughing and pulling up his pants in front of her, Ramirez told the magazine, “I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants.”

“Somebody yelled down the hall, ‘Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie’s face,'” Ramirez added. “It was his full name. I don’t think it was just ‘Brett.’ And I remember hearing and being mortified that this was out there.”

Now, Ramirez — who has worked for an anti-domestic violence organization — wants the FBI to investigate the incident, which she says involved other unnamed students, one of whom allegedly encouraged Kavanaugh.

“I would think an FBI investigation would be warranted,” she told The New Yorker.

News of Ramirez’s allegation comes as an allegation from Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s former high school classmate, threatens his confirmation to the high court.

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Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University, claimed that Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothes at a high school party in the early 1980s. She’s set to testify about the allegations — which Kavanaugh has denied — in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, her lawyers confirmed to CNN on Sunday.

On Friday, President Donald Trump — who himself denied accusations of sexual harassment or assault by several women during the 2016 presidential campaign — questioned why Ford had remained silent for decades “if the attack…was as bad as she says.”


“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents,” he tweeted that morning. “I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”