(New York, NY) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is resigning just hours after four women said he physically assaulted them. In a statement, Schneiderman noted that he “strongly” contests the allegations made in “The New Yorker” magazine.
Two of the women claim Schneiderman choked and slapped them. They reportedly had to get medical attention for their injuries. All four women said the abuse happened while they were romantically involved with Schneiderman.
Schneiderman denied the accusations, saying he’s never assaulted anyone. But, he said he has “engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity.”
(SL) – Actress Halle Berry says she’s livid after learning the details of sexual harassment allegations against her former manager. The “Washington Post” reported this week on claims made by nine women against Vincent Cirrincione.
She took to social media Friday evening to respond. Berry said she was saddened when she first learned of the accusations, and became sick after reading the detailed accounts.
Most of the women involved say Cirrincione would name-drop clients like Berry and Taraji P. Henson while pressuring the up and coming actresses for sexual favors.
Berry said “I’m livid that he used me, and the role model he helped me become, to lure and manipulate innocent, vulnerable women of color for his predatory actions.”
(Santa Monica, CA) – Actor James Franco is laying low amid several sexual misconduct allegations. He’s the latest star to have a number of women come forward accusing him of abusing his power.
Franco skipped the Critics Choice Awards on Thursday where he won Best Actor for his role in “The Disaster Artist.” According to PEOPLE, “he’s in a really bad place” and is “only talking to a select group of people.” The accusations came to light during Franco’s win at the Golden Globes last week. “The Breakfast Club” star Ally Sheedy, actress Violet Paley and several students of Franco’s came forward with their stories after he was seen at the Globes wearing a “Times Up” pin.
He has denied all allegations. But that didn’t stop him getting grilled again on late night television about the allegations. Franco defended himself on “The Late Show” Tuesday, saying the accusations were “not accurate.” On Wednesday night, he repeated the claim on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” saying the tweets he read were not accurate but that it’s still a conversation that needs to be had. Franco said he has his own side of the story, but added, “I believe in these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say.”
(SL) – Recy Taylor died December 28th, 2017, 3 days before her 98th birthday but her story will forever live on as a staple example of the sexual abuse, rape and overall injustice that transcends as Oprah Winfrey said, every culture, geography, race, religion, politics or workplace.
In 1944, 24-year-old Recy Taylor and two friends were walking back from a late-night church service in Abbeville, Ala., when seven young white men in a car stopped them and threatened them with a gun. Taylor was abducted, blindfolded forced to enter the car, and the men drove off with her into the woods where they raped on her . They kept her for 4-5 hours and no one knows exactly what all they did to her, but it was horrific.
They warned her that if she said anything about it they would kill her.
(Washington, DC) — Former Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is being sued for defamation. The suit comes from the woman who accused Moore of sexually abusing her when she was 14 years old.
Leigh Corfman says she has been victimized by harsh personal attacks since she went public with the accusation. The “Washington Post” says Corfman is not seeking monetary relief. She wants a public apology from Moore and a legally-binding agreement that he will not criticize her again.
Some other women also accused Moore of past sexual misconduct during the recent Senate runoff campaign, which was won by Democrat Doug Jones. Moore aggressively denied the allegations.
(SL) – I think for the bulk of the population the sexual harassment allegations have been pretty exhausting. Mostly, in part, because not all of them are with merit. If you examine some of these stories carefully, you’ll find that some of these women simply sold themselves short in an effort to get ahead or for personal satisfaction, over exaggerated a man’s attempt to make a pass at her or simply just lied.I have no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has had some questionable behavior but when Salma Hayek voiced her disgust and accused him of forcing her into a lesbian love scene for ‘Frida’ it really made me think about just how many women possibly played themselves with this man to get what they want. Reading Salma’s story, I never once read ‘he held me down and forced me to engage in this behavior on screen’.
I read accusations that claimed the only way she could get the movie made was if she ‘added’ the lesbian scene which at any given time she could’ve said ‘ no thanks’. BUT she was so eager to complete the project that she added the scene. Fast forward, and now years later, she wants to say ‘He forced me to do it’. NO, he didn’t. You agreed to add the scene to get your movie made. I’ve also been paying attention to the accusations made against Russell Simmons. Keri Claussen Khaligi said she ‘acquiesced’ and performed oral sex on him. That is not rape.
(SL) – NBC “Today” Show host Matt Lauer is the latest high-profile media personality to be fired over allegations of sexual misconduct. NBC News Chief Andrew Lack sent a memo to staff overnight saying the network had received a complaint from a colleague about the long-time morning host and said there was evidence it may not have been an isolated incident.
Lack didn’t provide details but the “New York Post” is reporting that NBC insiders say Lauer is accused of sexually assaulting a network staffer at the Sochi Olympics. The 59-year-old Lauer had hosted “Today” for nearly 20 years.
In the memo, Lack said, “On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer.”
He said the allegation against Mr. Lauer “represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”
“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
Mr. Lauer’s co-host, Savannah Guthrie, announced the news on “Today” on Wednesday morning. Appearing on the verge of tears, Ms. Guthrie said, “All we can say is we are heartbroken; I’m heartbroken.”She described Mr. Lauer as “a dear, dear friend,” and said she was “heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story.”
Calling Mr. Lauer’s resignation part of a national reckoning, she continued, “How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly?”
The “Today” staff learned the news shortly before going live. Giving the weather report, a visibly shaken Al Roker said, “I’m still trying to process the news.”
Matt receives criticism years ago over his treatment of then Co-host Ann Curry.Mr. Lauer’s dismissal was seized upon by President Trump, who went on to ask in a tweet when executives at NBC and Comcast, the network’s parent company, would “be fired for putting out so much fake news.”
CBS and PBS fired Charlie Rose earlier this month and Fox News fired Bill O’Reilly in February. Fox News also axed founder Roger Ailes last year after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit that led to a 20-million dollar settlement.
(SL) – Let’s be honest some of these women just need to accept that you slept with a man who you deemed to be of power and that’s it. It decreases the leverage and validity of real sexual assaults and rapes.
After reading the details of her claims, it’s hard to believe that Russell Simmons, father of two teenage girls raped Keri Claussen Khalighi when she was 17 years old.
The former model, now 43, claims that she met the music mogul and Brett Ratner, who was directing music videos at the time, at a casting call and subsequently met them for dinner one night.
After dinner, Khalighi was invited back to Russell’s apartment to watch a music video the two had been working on and it’s there that she claims the rape took place.
She alleges Simmons began to make ‘aggressive sexual advances’ and took off her clothes, while Ratner did nothing to help.
Khalighi told the L.A. Times, “I looked over at Brett and said ‘help me’ and I’ll never forget the look on his face, she said. In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together.”
Khalighi claims she acquiesced and performed oral sex on Simmons after fighting his attempts to have sex. Ratener, she charges, sat and watched.
After performing oral sex on Simmons, Khalighi claims she went to take a shower and Russell followed her. She alleges that she was briefly penetrated in the shower without her consent.
Simmons, 60, and Ratner, 48, have both denied the allegations. Russell says,
“Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation.”
Ratners says he has ‘no recollection’ of Khalighi asking for his help and didn’t see her ‘protest’.
Couple of points here:
1. If you acquiesced, that’s not rape.
2. If someone is being sexually aggressive around you and you are alone in his apartment, why not just leave?
3. Why did you stick around and take a shower? He never once forced you to stay or held you hostage. Why the shower?
(SL) – Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is calling the allegations of sexual misconduct against him “false, untrue and hurtful.”
Speaking at a Veterans Day event near Birmingham yesterday, Moore said he is not been guilty of sexual misconduct with anyone.
Moore has been under fire since the “Washington Post” reported claims that Moore sexually harassed four teenagers while he was in his 30s.
The Washington Post reports one of the women, Leigh Corfman, says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.
“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’ ” says Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”
Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.
“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she remembers thinking. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.” Corfman says she asked Moore to take her home, and he did.
Moore questioned why the women would have waited 40 years to make their accusations, calling the their stories “absolutely unbelievable.”
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as well as other Republicans have asked Moore to step aside in the Senate race.
(SL) – Former “Fox News” host Bill O’Reilly says he’s mad at God after the latest sexual misconduct claim about him. “The New York Times” reported over the weekend that O’Reilly paid a longtime Fox News colleague 32-million dollars to settle sexual misconduct claims.
O’Reilly said last night on his “No Spin News” web series that he’s mad at God for not giving him more protection against women’s claims that he sexually harassed them. O’Reilly was forced out at Fox last spring after reports came to light that he and the company had paid millions of dollars to settle claims by a number of women.
O’Reilly says he paid the settlements to protect his children.