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GOP Congressman Makes 'Inappropriate' Joke About RBG, Lincoln

SC rep Ralph Norman's 'groping' humor isn't going over well

(Newser) - "Scattered nervous laughter" was the first response to a joke a GOP congressman made during an election debate in South Carolina on Thursday, notes Roll Call . But disgust and "condemnation" took over afterward toward what some called an "inappropriate" reference to sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court... More »

Anita Hill Offers Advice to Senators

Have a neutral investigation done, and don't rush

(Newser) - The Senate Judiciary Committee has invited Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, to testify on Monday . Too soon, writes Anita Hill in the New York Times . In an op-ed offering senators advice on how to proceed from her unique perspective, Hill suggests that senators first employ a neutral,... More »

Kavanaugh: My Accuser Is Wrong

Kellyanne Conway says the woman should not be ignored or insulted

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh doubled down Monday on his denial of a sexual misconduct allegation going back to his high school days. "This is a completely false allegation," Kavanaugh said in a statement cited by CNN . "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or... More »

After Decades of Silence, Soon-Yi Previn Speaks

Woody Allen's wife blasts Mia Farrow in controversial 'New York' interview

(Newser) - One person we haven't heard from in decades "as controversies tumbled around her": Soon-Yi Previn, wife of Woody Allen and adopted daughter of Mia Farrow. "No more," writes Daphne Merkin in a piece in New York that's attracting plenty of attention—and backlash. Previn details... More »

Terry Crews Gets 'Accountability' From Alleged Assaulter

Actor posts apology from agent Adam Venit after announcement of Venit stepping down from WME

(Newser) - Terry Crews long ago got his apology from the Hollywood agent he says groped him at a 2016 party. Now he's sharing Adam Venit's atonement letter, which Crews says he received in March, with the world. On Twitter Friday, Crews posted the full letter , in which Venit notes... More »

Norm Macdonald Slammed for Down Syndrome Remark

In explaining #MeToo remarks, he suggests people with condition lack empathy

(Newser) - Norm Macdonald attempted to explain his controversial #MeToo comments in an interview with Howard Stern Wednesday—and managed to make things worse. The comedian landed himself in a fresh controversy after insulting people with Down syndrome in an effort to express empathy for victims of sexual misconduct, Yahoo reports. "... More »

Tonight Show Nixes Norm Macdonald After #MeToo Comments

Comic defended Louis CK, Roseanne Barr, said he's glad Me Too has 'slowed down a bit' to 'THR'

(Newser) - A Hollywood Reporter interview with comic Norm Macdonald broke Tuesday, and it ended up getting him pulled from the Tonight Show. Among the criticisms of Macdonald's THR sit-down: he criticized Hannah Gadsby's Nanette special without seeing it, and he didn't realize how bad racism was until he... More »

Olivia Munn: Co-Stars Iced Me Out After Sex Offender Reveal

'Predator' actress says she's been snubbed by other actors in the movie

(Newser) - An actor in the Predator reboot was a registered sex offender, and it was one of his famous colleagues who turned him in to the studio . Olivia Munn discovered Steven Wilder Striegel, a friend of The Predator director Shane Black who'd acted in one of the film's scenes... More »

Asia Argento: Let's Talk About 'Phase 2' of #MeToo

Actress's lawyer says it was Jimmy Bennett who sexually assaulted his client, not other way around

(Newser) - Asia Argento has already strongly denied the story of Jimmy Bennett, the man who says she sexually abused him when he was a teen—and now she says Bennett was the abuser, not the victim. Mark Jay Heller, the #MeToo advocate's lawyer, tells TMZ it was Bennett who sexually... More »

Louis CK Made a Joke About Rape Whistles in Return

Comedian's surprise set isn't sitting well with his critics

(Newser) - Earlier this week, the New York Times provided a scoop from the world of comedy, reporting that Louis CK had returned to the stage for the first time since his sexual harassment scandal . The story said the comic got a rousing ovation when he made his surprise appearance at the... More »

Louis CK Returns to Stage for First Time Since Scandal

He performs unannounced set at Comedy Club, does not address controversy

(Newser) - Louis CK apparently has plans for a comeback from his sexual harassment scandal . The New York Times reports that the comic went back on stage for the first time since last year's controversy, performing an unannounced set at the Comedy Club in New York City about 11pm Sunday. CK... More »

Now LA Cops Are Investigating Asia Argento

Police want to talk to Jimmy Bennett after he said he had sex with the Italian actress when he was 17

(Newser) - Authorities said Monday they're now looking into sexual assault allegations against Italian actress Asia Argento—one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. Darren Harris said investigators want to talk to Jimmy Bennett or his representatives about the alleged incident at... More »

Comic Accused of Harassment During Campus Set

Andy Gross lived up to his name at Purdue with vulgar performance, attendees say

(Newser) - "Accounts differ" as to what happened at Purdue University this weekend, but what's clear is that the Indiana college won't be hiring a certain touring comedian again. Andy Gross performed Saturday night as part of the university's Boiler Gold Rush freshman orientation, a routine that was,... More »

Affleck Apologizes for 'Unprofessional Environment' on Movie Set

'I have to accept responsibility for that,' he says of atmosphere on set of 2010 movie

(Newser) - Casey Affleck has been mostly absent from the public eye for the past year, but in the wake of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements—and with a new film coming out this fall—he is for the first time addressing lingering questions about earlier sexual harassment allegations . The... More »

New Jack in the Box Ad: 'Tone Deaf' or Harmless Fun?

It 'celebrates sexual innuendo in the workplace,' writes one critic

(Newser) - Jack in the Box surely saw the backlash coming. In a controversial new TV ad , mascot Jack is told "the lawyers aren't comfortable" with a pun-filled marketing campaign linking the burger chain's new teriyaki bowls to another term for testicles. "I'm the one with the... More »

Weinstein Accuser's Emails: 'Hate Feeling Like a Booty Call'

Movie producer's lawyers hope emails derail her case by proving a consensual relationship

(Newser) - Before telling authorities Harvey Weinstein had raped her, his accuser sent emails after the alleged attack welcoming plans to get together, seeking advice, and telling him no one "understands me quite like you," per court papers his lawyers filed Friday. The woman, who hasn't been publicly IDed,... More »

A Somber Colbert Does Not Have His Boss' Back

Amid Leslie Moonves scandal, host says accountability must apply to everyone

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert returned from vacation Monday and addressed the sexual misconduct allegations against his boss, CBS exec Leslie Moonves. In this video clip , Colbert says he doesn't know what the fallout will be, because "in a situation like this, I'd normally call Les," per Deadline . In... More »

Opera Singer Blames Husband's Suicide on #MeToo

She hopes death is a 'wake up call' for media

(Newser) - Benny Fredriksson, former head of the Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm, killed himself in March. The 58-year-old's suicide, the Irish Times reports, followed anonymous accusations (later dismissed as unfounded) published in Swedish tabloids that he was a "little Hitler"—forcing women to rehearse naked and pressuring one to... More »

CBS Honcho Leslie Moonves May Be Next 'MeToo' Casualty

'New Yorker' to publish allegations of sexual misconduct regarding the CEO

(Newser) - Ronan Farrow, the journalist whose work helped bring down Harvey Weinstein , has another powerful figure in his sights: Leslie Moonves, the CEO of CBS. To be clear, the story in the New Yorker isn't out yet, but it's expected to be published Friday afternoon, per the Hollywood Reporter... More »

Beauty Queen, 'Betrayed' by #MeToo Joke, Gives Up Crown

'I will stand up for every individual who has ever had the courage to speak out'

(Newser) - Maude Gorman, who was competing as Miss Plymouth County 2018, was backstage at the Miss Massachusetts pageant earlier this month when the joke was made: As a woman pretended to pray onstage as part of a comedy sketch, telling God she wanted to understand why the Miss America pageant did... More »

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