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Russell Simmons, Brett Ratner Face Sexual Assault Allegations

A woman says the music mogul raped her in 1991 when she was 17

(Newser) - A woman has accused music mogul Russell Simmons of sexually assaulting her in 1991, and she says movie producer Brett Ratner watched the incident happen and didn't try to stop it. In a bombshell Los Angeles Times report, Keri Claussen Khalighi says she met Simmons and Ratner at a... More »

Gal Gadot Might Walk Away From Wonder Woman 2

Sources say she won't tolerate Brett Ratner connection

(Newser) - Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is ready to walk away from the role that made her famous if Brett Ratner remains involved in any way, insiders tell Page Six . Multiple women have accused Ratner of sexual misconduct , and Hollywood sources say Gadot is refusing to sign up for Wonder Woman ... More »

19 People Allege Sexual Misconduct Against CW Showrunner

And more on the latest accusations in Hollywood

(Newser) - Supergirl and Arrow showrunner Andrew Kreisberg has been suspended amid accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching from 19 former and current employees, the AP reports. Warner Bros. Television Group confirmed the suspension and investigation Saturday. The company says in a statement it "takes all allegations of misconduct... More »

Writer: Rolling Stone Publisher Offered Me Work for Sex

And more allegations in the Hollywood sexual misconduct scandal

(Newser) - In 2005, Rolling Stone co-founder and publisher Jann Wenner invited writer Ben Ryan, then 27, to his office and offered him an assignment for Men's Journal. Later, Ryan tells BuzzFeed, Wenner invited him to his townhouse, made him a drink—and abruptly stuck his tongue in Ryan's mouth.... More »

2nd Woman Recounts Pickup Line by Hoffman

'Wendy, have you ever been intimate with a man over 40?' she recalls him saying at meeting

(Newser) - The harassment accusations set off by the Harvey Weinstein scandal continue to reverberate in Hollywood and beyond. A rep for one of the big new targets, Kevin Spacey, announced he was seeking "evaluation and treatment," but Spacey's was far from the only name making headlines. Here's... More »

Brett Ratner Sues, Kevin Spacey Gets Help

As more Spacey accusers come forward

(Newser) - Brett Ratner is responding to at least one of his accusers … with a libel lawsuit. In the suit filed Wednesday in Hawaii, the director says an Oct. 20 Facebook post in which a Hawaii woman claimed Ratner raped her is "entirely false, fabricated, and fictional." He says... More »

Olivia Munn on Director Ratner: He Masturbated in Front of Me

5 other actresses are also accusing film director of sexual misconduct

(Newser) - Another domino of sexual misconduct allegations stretching from Hollywood to the media has tumbled. This time it involves film director Brett Ratner, with six women telling the Los Angeles Times of incidents they say happened in private homes, at Hollywood events, and on movie sets. Actress Olivia Munn is one... More »

Internet Not Getting Behind Jared Leto as Hugh Hefner

Nor is the internet a fan of Brett Ratner directing the whole thing

(Newser) - Jared Leto will be playing Hugh Hefner in a biopic directed by Brett Ratner, according to the Hollywood Reporter . And let's just say that's not exactly a sentence making the internet happy right now. Ratner, who is also planning to reboot the talk show Playboy After Dark, which... More »

FarmVille Coming to TV

Brett Ratner to produce half-hour cartoon

(Newser) - FarmVille might be ready for its overalls-clad close-up. Director Brett Ratner, of Rush Hour and Prison Break fame, has signed on to produce a half-hour animated show based on Zynga's popular game, the Wall Street Journal reports. The series will be produced with Canadian production company Six Eleven Media.... More »

2011's Least Fascinating People

Hey, not everybody can be interesting: Seth Abramovitch

(Newser) - Needless to say, Gawker isn’t all that impressed with Barbara Walters’ annual list of the year’s 10 most fascinating people . The good news is, that didn’t stop blogger Seth Abramovitch from offering up his own list, of the year’s 10 least fascinating people, in response:
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Billy Crystal: I'm Hosting the Oscars

Familiar face tweets that he's replacing Eddie Murphy

(Newser) - Who else? Billy Crystal will be the new Oscars host. Crystal himself tweeted the news in joke form, notes the Huffington Post : "Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions," he wrote . "Looking... More »

Oscars' New Producer: Brian Grazer

Oscar winner will replace Brett Ratner

(Newser) - The Oscars has quickly filled one of two gaping holes in its telecast: Big-time producer Brian Grazer will produce the show, reports TMZ . He takes over for Brett Ratner, who stepped down after uttering a gay slur . Still no word on who will host following Eddie Murphy's decision to... More »

Eddie Murphy Drops Out of Oscars Hosting Gig

He steps aside after his pal, Brett Ratner, steps down over slur

(Newser) - Eddie Murphy won't be hosting the Oscars after all. One day after buddy Brett Ratner stepped down as producer for using a gay slur , Murphy announced that he would not be part of the show. Murphy is one of the stars of director Ratner's new flick, Tower Heist.... More »

Oscar Producer Quits After Gay Slur

Brett Ratner apologizes for saying 'rehearsing is for fags'

(Newser) - Using anti-gay language can do serious harm to your Hollywood career, Brett Ratner has discovered. The film director, facing a firestorm of criticism over his use of a gay slur, has resigned as producer of the Oscars telecast, according to the Hollywood Reporter . During a Q&A session at a... More »

Murphy In for Beverly Hills Cop 4

Paramount wants director Ratner to revive franchise after Indy -like 14 years

(Newser) - Fans of the old Eddie Murphy (you know, before the fat suits and prostheses), rejoice: A third sequel to 1984’s Beverly Hills Cop will start production next year, Variety reports. Murphy approached Paramount about the project, and the studio eagerly agreed after successfully disinterring Indiana Jones. Murphy is attached,... More »

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