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Ashley Judd Wins Appeal in Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Suit

Ashley Judd Wins Appeal in Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Suit

An appeals court on Wednesday ruled that can pursue a sexual harassment claim against , finding that he held power over her career when he invited her to his room at the Peninsula Hotel in the mid-1990s.The three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court, which had the claim on the grounds that Judd was not Weinstein’s employee at the time of the meeting.“(T)heir relationship consisted of an inherent power imbalance wherein Weinstein was uniquely situated to exercise coercion or leverage over Judd by virtue of his professional position and influence as a top...

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'Upstream Color' Director Shane Carruth Accused of Abusing Ex-Girlfriend

'Upstream Color' Director Shane Carruth Accused of Abusing Ex-Girlfriend

Actress and director has obtained a temporary restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, director , accusing him of years of mental, emotional and physical abuse.On one occasion in 2016, Seimetz alleges that Carruth jumped on her in a hotel room and strangled her until she struggled to breathe, according to filings attached to her application for the order. She also alleges that Carruth has continued to harass and abuse her since she broke up with him in 2018.Both directors are prominent in the independent film world. Carruth’s first feature film, “Primer,” won the grand jury prize at the...

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Jul 27
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Jeremy Roenick Claims NBC Firing Was Anti-Straight Discrimination

Jeremy Roenick Claims NBC Firing Was Anti-Straight Discrimination

Hockey star sued Sports for wrongful termination on Friday, claiming the network discriminated against him as a straight man after he made off-color remarks on a Barstool Sports podcast.Roenick also alleges that the network retaliated against him because he was an outspoken supporter of President Trump in 2016.Roenick after joking on the “Spittin’ Chiclets” podcast about having a threesome with his wife and Kathryn Tappen, a coworker, in a discussion about a vacation in Portugal.“I’m swimming with my wife and Kathryn, and they’ve got their bikinis on, and they look f—in’ smokin’,” he said...

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Jul 17
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Judge Rejects Harvey Weinstein Settlement: 'I Can't Subscribe to That'

Judge Rejects Harvey Weinstein Settlement: 'I Can't Subscribe to That'

A federal judge has rejected an $46.8 million settlement of the sexual misconduct cases, saying some of its terms are “obnoxious” and it is not suitable for a class action.In a 20-minute hearing on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein said the settlement improperly nullifies claims of non-participating parties, and delegates his responsibilities as a judge to a special master. He also objected that Weinstein and other directors and officers of the Weinstein Co. will get millions in attorneys’ fees.“The idea that Harvey Weinstein can get a defense fund ahead of the claimants is...

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Jul 14
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Naya Rivera Search Scaled Down Amid Difficult Diving Conditions

Naya Rivera Search Scaled Down Amid Difficult Diving Conditions

The search for “Glee” star continues on Lake Piru in Ventura County, Calif., but searchers have scaled back operations amid difficult conditions underwater.Rivera with her 4-year-old son on Wednesday afternoon. After she did not return to the rental stand on time, workers found her boat on the north end of the lake. Her son was asleep on board, and her life jacket and purse were on the boat, but Rivera was nowhere to be found.Based on an interview with the boy, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office believes that she accidentally drowned in the lake. The search shifted on Thursday morning from...

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Jul 10
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David Guillod Hit With 11 Felony Charges Including Rape and Kidnapping

David Guillod Hit With 11 Felony Charges Including Rape and Kidnapping

Film producer has been hit with 11 felony charges including rape, kidnapping to commit rape, and rape of a drugged victim.The charges, filed by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office, stem from three incidents in May 2012, December 2014 and January 2015, involving four women. A $1 million warrant was issued for Guillod’s arrest on June 12.Guillod surrendered to Santa Barbara authorities on Monday morning, and was expected to be released on bond, according to a source. Bail was set at $3 million, and Guillod was still in custody in the Santa Barbara County Jail late Monday...

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Jun 22
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The Reporter Who Broke the Danny Masterson Story on What It Means for Scientology

The Reporter Who Broke the Danny Masterson Story on What It Means for Scientology

“That ’70s Show” star was on Wednesday, the culmination of an investigation that lasted more than three years.No one has covered the story more closely than , the former editor of the Village Voice who has been writing about since 1995. Since 2012, Ortega has been posting about the church on his blog .In an interview with Variety on Thursday morning, Ortega talked about how the case unfolded, the role of Scientology, and what a trial would mean for the church. Masterson has denied the allegations, and the church issued a response which is posted below.You broke this story in the first...

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Jun 19
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Danny Masterson Charged With Raping Three Women

Danny Masterson Charged With Raping Three Women

Actor has been charged with raping three women between 2001 and 2003, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office announced on Wednesday.Masterson, 44, was charged with three counts of rape, and faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted. He was arrested by the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division on Wednesday morning, and was released in the afternoon on $3.3 million bail.An arraignment has been set for Sept. 18.The former “That ’70s Show” actor is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman sometime between January and December of 2001. He allegedly raped a 28-year-old woman in April 2003. And the...

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Hulu Accused in Class Action Suit of Throttling Service on PCs

Hulu Accused in Class Action Suit of Throttling Service on PCs

has been hit with a class action lawsuit that claims it deliberately throttles its service on web browsers.The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on April 16, contends that Hulu is trying to force subscribers to use its app, so that it can more easily collect and sell their data.The suit claims that Hulu engaged in false advertising and fraud when it claimed that high-quality streams would be available “on all your favorite devices.”“Defendants prefer that users use the Hulu applications because, compared to computer browsers, applications provide more direct access to consumers’...

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Quincy Jones Loses $6.9 Million on Michael Jackson Verdict Appeal

Quincy Jones Loses $6.9 Million on Michael Jackson Verdict Appeal

An appellate court ruled on Tuesday that the estate does not have to pay $6.9 million in royalties and fees to .The three-judge panel of the 2nd Appellate District the bulk of a , finding that the trial judge had allowed the jury to misinterpret Jones’ contract.Jones’ attorneys had argued that the producer was entitled to some $30 million in royalties and other income derived from the “This Is It” concert film, two Cirque du Soleil shows and other revenue streams that followed Jackson’s death in 2009. After a two-week trial, the jurors awarded Jones $9.4 million.But on Tuesday, the appeals...

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AMC Theatres Sued by Florida Landlord for Not Paying Rent

AMC Theatres Sued by Florida Landlord for Not Paying Rent

was sued on Wednesday for failing to pay the April rent to the owners of a shopping mall in Hialeah, Fla.AMC informed landlords last month that it would not be paying rent because all of its theaters are closed due to the outbreak.Palm Springs Mile Associates, Ltd., filed suit in federal court in Miami, alleging that AMC had failed to pay the $52,153.87 monthly rent on the AMC Hialeah 12. The suit contends that the breach of contract has triggered a requirement for immediate payment of the balance of the lease.The suit seeks in excess of $7.5 million in damages.“The Landlord recognizes the...

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Apr 22
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Trump Campaign Sues Wisconsin TV Station Over Pandemic Response Ad

Trump Campaign Sues Wisconsin TV Station Over Pandemic Response Ad

The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit Monday against an NBC affiliate in rural Wisconsin, arguing that the president had been defamed by a political attack ad about his response to the pandemic.Priorities USA Action, a pro-Democratic Super PAC, produced the ad, which In it, audio clips of are played over an rising curve depicting the spread of the virus.“The coronavirus… this is their new hoax,” Trump says in the ad.The lawsuit, , Wis., argues that Trump’s words were taken out of context to distort their meaning.“Absent the deceitful alteration of the audio, it is clear that ‘this’ does not...

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Apr 13
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Harvey Weinstein Charged With Additional Sexual Assault Count

Harvey Weinstein Charged With Additional Sexual Assault Count

Los Angeles prosecutors on Friday filed a new charge against , stemming from an alleged assault at a Beverly Hills hotel room in 2010.Weinstein is already awaiting extradition to Los Angeles to face four other charges, stemming from two incidents in hotels in February 2013. The former producer is serving a 23-year sentence in a prison near Buffalo, N.Y., for rape and sexual assault.In the new case, Weinstein is accused of “sexual battery by restraint” against a woman at a hotel room on May 11, 2010. The woman was first interviewed by detectives in October 2019, and was later able to provide...

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Los Angeles Prosecutors Take First Step to Extradite Harvey Weinstein

Los Angeles Prosecutors Take First Step to Extradite Harvey Weinstein

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has filed a detainer on the New York prison holding , the first step in bringing him to Los Angeles for a second trial on rape and sexual assault charges.Weinstein arrived at Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison outside Buffalo, N.Y., on Wednesday from Rikers Island. Prison officials are still evaluating his case to determine where he should be permanently assigned to serve his 23-year sentence.On the first day of his New York trial in January, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey filed four additional charges accusing...

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Led Zeppelin Scores Big Win in 'Stairway to Heaven' Copyright Case

Led Zeppelin Scores Big Win in 'Stairway to Heaven' Copyright Case

scored a major win on Monday in the copyright battle over “Stairway to Heaven,” as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a jury verdict finding the song did not infringe on the 1968 song “Taurus.”The ruling is also a significant win for the music industry, which has felt itself fighting a losing battle against frivolous copyright suits since the “Blurred Lines” trial in 2015. The court overturned the so-called “inverse ratio rule,” a precedent that has governed copyright cases in the 9th Circuit for the last 43 years.To prove copyright infringement, a plaintiff must show that the alleged...

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Harvey Weinstein Is Being Moved to Rikers Island

Harvey Weinstein Is Being Moved to Rikers Island

is being transferred to the jail on Rikers Island, following a 10-day stay at Bellevue Hospital.His spokesman said he had a heart procedure at Bellevue on Wednesday to remove a blockage, and is now in sufficient health to be transferred to Rikers. He will be held at the North Infirmary Command, the jail’s medical facility.“The procedure was a success and he will be carefully watched at the infirmary,” said the spokesman, Juda Engelmayer.Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault on Feb. 24, and faces up to 29 years in prison at his sentencing next Wednesday.Justice James Burke...

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'Walking Dead' Stuntman Wrongful Death Trial to Begin in Georgia

'Walking Dead' Stuntman Wrongful Death Trial to Begin in Georgia

A trial will get underway Tuesday in a Georgia courtroom to determine whether AMC Networks was at fault in the death of “Walking Dead” stuntman .Bernecker’s parents, Susan and Hagen Bernecker, accuse the network of cutting corners and ignoring its own safety standards, leading to their son’s death. Bernecker died in July 2017, after falling 22 feet from a balcony and landing on his head and neck on a concrete floor. AMC has denied responsibility, saying that Bernecker’s death was an “unforeseeable accident” caused by his own negligence.Susan Bernecker will be represented by Jeffrey Harris,...

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