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    • REESE WITHERSPOON AND AMERICA FERRERA DETAIL EXPERIENCES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

      Reese Witherspoon and American Ferrera are speaking out about their experiences with sexual assault.

      Witherspoon was sexually assaulted by a Hollywood director when was 16 years old, she told the audience at the Elle Women in Hollywood Event Monday night.

      • What’s worse, it wasn’t the only time.
      • "I wish I could tell you that was an isolated incident in my career, but sadly it wasn’t," she continued. "I’ve had multiple experiences of harassment and sexual assault and I don’t speak about them very often."
      • Witherspoon says she was prompted to share because of all of the other women doing so following the revelations in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
      • "This has been a really hard week for women in Hollywood, for women all over the world, and a lot of situations and a lot of industries are forced to remember and relive a lot of ugly truths," Witherspoon, 41, said.
      • She is still struggling with the fallout, explaining that she has sleep issues and grapples with feelings of guilt.
      • "I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate a lot of the feelings that I’ve been having about anxiety, honest, the guilt for not speaking up earlier."
      • But now, she says she doesn’t feel alone. She added, "I actually felt less alone this week than I have ever felt in my entire career."

      FERRERA SHARES HER STORY

      Ferrera shared her story on Instagram.

      • "First time I can remember being sexually assaulted I was 9-years-old," Ferrera, 33, posted Monday evening on Instagram, in response to the #MeToo campaign that Alyssa Milano started to encourage women to speak out.
      • "I told no one and lived with the shame and guilt thinking all along that I, a 9-year-old child, was somehow responsible for the actions of a grown man," she continued. "I had to see this man on a daily basis for years to come. He would smile at me and wave, and I would hurry past him, my blood running cold, my guts carrying the burden of what only he & I knew — that he expected me to shut my mouth and smile back."
      • She encouraged other women to speak up too. "Ladies, let’s break the silence so the next generation of girls won’t have to live with this bulls–t."
      • Weinstein was fired by the company’s board on October 8th, three days after a bombshell New York Times story detailing decades of harassment landed.
      • Since the story broke, Courtney Love, Eva Green, Minka Kelly, Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale, Heather Graham, Cara Delevingne, Mira Sorvino, Angelina Jolie, Lysette Anthony, Angie Everhart and several other famous actresses and lesser-known celebs have come forward accusing him of everything from predatory behavior to rape.
      • In all, more than 30 women have accused him of misconduct and three have accused him of rape.
    • HARVEY WEINSTEIN RESIGNS FROM COMPANY BOARD AS BROTHER ACCUSED OF IMPROPRIETY

      It seems that the reverberations from the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal will be felt for years to come. And the revelations just keep coming.

      On Tuesday, during a meeting convened by the board to confirm his dismissal from the company, Harvey resigned from the company’s board. At the meeting, the board "ratified its decision to terminate" his employment.

      • He phoned into the meeting from his sex rehabilitation center in Arizona and resigned. Since the allegations became public, most of the board has resigned, leaving just Tarak Ben Ammar, Lance Maerov and Bob Weinstein.
      • Harvey owns 23% of the company.

      BOB WEINSTEIN ACCUSED

      • Several more actresses have come forward recently accusing him of harassment and now his younger brother, Bob, who was leading the charge to oust Harvey from their company, is also being accused of misconduct.
      • Amanda Segel, executive producer on Weinstein Co. drama The Mist, told Variety that Bob "repeatedly made romantic overtures" to her and asked her join him for dinners.
      • Segel’s lawyers told the Weinstein Co. that she would leave the show if Bob didn’t stop hitting on her.
      • " ‘No’ should be enough," she told Variety. "After ‘no,’ anybody who has asked you out should just move on. Bob kept referring to me that he wanted to have a friendship. He didn’t want a friendship. He wanted more than that. My hope is that ‘no’ is enough from now on."
      • A rep for Bob denies the charge. His attorney Bert Fields told People: "Variety’s story about Bob Weinstein is riddled with false and misleading assertions by Ms. Segel and we have the emails to prove it, but even if you believe what she says it contains not a hint of any inappropriate touching or even any request for such touching," Fields says. "There is no way in the world that Bob Weinstein is guilty of sexual harassment, and even if you believed what this person asserts there is no way it would amount to that."
      • Spike, which aired The Mist, is reportedly investigating.
      • Harvey was fired by the Weinstein Co.’s board on October 8th, three days after a bombshell New York Times story detailing decades of harassment landed. The industry is now formulating a formal response, according to a report in Variety.
      • Since the story broke, Courtney Love, Eva Green, Minka Kelly, Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale, Heather Graham, Cara Delevingne, Mira Sorvino, Angelina Jolie, Lysette Anthony, Angie Everhart and several other famous actresses and lesser-known celebs have come forward accusing him of everything from predatory behavior to rape.
      • In all, more than 30 women have accused him of misconduct and three have accused him of rape.

      HOLLYWOOD EXECUTIVES REPOND

      Variety polled executives about what they plan to do in response. Many cited the lack of equality between genders as being an ongoing problem that must be resolved.

      • "The treatment of women in the workplace — like the issue of diversity and representation — will only improve when businesses provide equal access and opportunity," Twentieth Century Fox Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider told Variety. "Men can only harass, threaten and intimidate in professional situations when they are the gatekeepers to jobs, raises and projects."
      • Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley said: "We need to stay in this uncomfortable state and make it uncomfortable for anyone who thinks this type of behavior, in any form, is acceptable. Together we must make an intentional move to end the culture of silence and replace it with one of zero tolerance."
      • Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy is calling for a movie-industry commission to fight abuse. The Lucasfilm honcho shared her idea during Elle’s Women in Hollywood event Monday. "I reject the idea that misogyny is the true heart of this industry," she said.
      • Kennedy is calling for studios and agencies to "immediately convene a commission charged with the task of developing new, industry-wide protections against sexual harassment and abuse."

      MORE ALLEGATONS AND STORIES EMERGE

      Meanwhile, more horrifying details about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior are emerging.

      • Molly Ringwald shared her story in an essay "All the Other Harveys" for the New Yorker. While she wasn’t sexually harassed, she said they had a disagreement over money, ultimately leading to a lawsuit and her refusal to ever work with him again.
      • Ringwald adds that she has been harassed in Hollywood, though. She describes an encounter in which a director asked an actor to put her in a dog collar.
      • "I don’t even know if the collar ever made it on me, because that’s the closest I’ve had to an out-of-body experience," she says. "I’d like to think that I just walked out, but, more than likely, there’s an old VHS tape, disintegrating in a drawer somewhere … I sobbed in the parking lot, and when I got home and called my agent to tell him what happened, he laughed and said, ‘Well, I guess that’s one for the memoirs…’"
      • Beautiful Girls actress Lauren Holly describes an encounter she had in a hotel room on the talk show The Social.
      • "This happened in the late 1990s; I was in my 30s. I was not a young ingenue, and I was certainly not new to Hollywood; I was a seasoned, Hollywood person."
      • Holly says she knew him, having collaborated with him on Beautiful Girls. She says she didn’t think a meeting at a hotel room was "abnormal at all" because she’d met with other producers, writers and directors in hotel suites.
      • She says he changed into a bathrobe, went to the bathroom in front of her and got in the shower, talking to her the whole time.
      • "The adrenaline rush I felt, I wanted to flee, I was scared. He told me that I looked stressed and he thought maybe I could use a massage, maybe I could give him a massage. I began just sort of babbling like I was a child, I think it was just the fear."
      • He told her that she needed to "keep him as her ally" and that it would be a "bad decision" if she left the room. Holly says that at that point, she "pushed him and ran."
      • Skeet Ulrich, who worked on the Weinstein production Scream, says his behavior was an open secret.
      • "I knew. Most people knew," the actor told Cosmopolitan in an interview. "I had dinner with someone who is one of the most famous women on the planet — I won’t say who it is — who has not come out, who told me similar things. … There is nothing you can do. I mean, what am I gonna do? I can’t step up, certainly then, on allegations. Honestly, and I think it’s what most people faced: How do you cut your livelihood from a very powerful corporation on something that you don’t know what the facts are?"
      • Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey is also sharing her experience on Twitter. She says they met at the 2005 Venice Film Festival.
      • "At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water, I walked down with him and he stopped and made some suggestive comment, a gesture," she writes. She laughed it off. "I was never in any other Miramax film."
      • Headey says several years went by and she "always carried the thought that he’d never try anything with me again, not after I’d laughed and said never in a million years." When he scheduled a meeting with her, she says she assumed he would keep it professional.But then he asked her up to his room. "The lift was going up and I said to Harvey, 'I’m not interested in anything other than work, please don’t think I got in here with you for any other reason, nothing is going to happen,'" she recalled, explaining, "I don’t know what possessed me to speak out at that moment, only that I had such a strong sense of don’t come near me."
      • She continues, "We got out of the lift and walked to his room. His hand was on my back, he was marching me forward, not a word. I felt completely powerless, he tried his key card and it didn’t work, then he got really angry. He walked me back to the lift, through the hotel to the valet, by grabbing and holding tightly to the back of my arm, he paid for my car and whispered in my ear, 'Don’t tell anyone about this, not your manager, not your agent.'"
    • BLAC CHYNA SUES ENTIRE KARDASHIAN FAMILY

      Blac Chyna is taking on Rob Kardashian – and the rest of his family. The 29-year-old reality star is suing the entire Kardashian family, claiming they were responsible for the demise of her show with Rob, Rob & Chyna.

      Chyna is claiming that the family interfered with shooting the show to the point that E! finally pulled the plug on the production, despite the fact that they were set to go for a second season.

      However, sources at the network say that a second season was doubtful given the couple’s split during the first season – and that it was Chyna making it impossible to film with Rob.

      Chyna is also suing the family for battery over claims that Rob "brutalized during an April domestic violence incident."

      The lawsuit also details Rob’s Instagram rant in July, in which he posted several nude photos of Chyna without her consent and alleged that she cheated on him and that he paid for her cosmetic surgeries.

      On September 27th, Rob filed a lawsuit against Chyna for alleged assault, battery and vandalism. He claimed that she punched him in the face and attempted to strangle him with an iPhone charging cable in December 2016. He also alleged that she was playing with his gun during a FaceTime call with his friends before chasing after him and repeatedly hitting him in the head and face.

      Chyna has retained high-profile lawyer Lisa Bloom.

      The couple, who began dating in January 2016 before ultimately splitting in December 2016, share 11-month-old daughter Dream. They reached a custody agreement in September over their only child together.

    • JENNIFER LAWRENCE SHARES STORY OF BODY-SHAMING AND ABUSE

      Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is speaking out about the body shaming and harassment she has endured in Hollywood. Lawrence shared her story at the Elle Women in Hollywood Event Monday night.

      "When I was much younger and starting out, I was told by the producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks," she recalled. "One girl before me had already been fired for not losing enough weight fast enough, and during this time a female producer had me do a nude lineup with about five women who were much, much thinner than me. And we all stood side by side with only paste-ons covering our privates."

      • Believe it or not, it got worse. "After that degrading and humiliating lineup, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet," Lawrence said. "I can laugh now, it's OK."
      • The director made things worse still. "He asked me to star in a porno as the character, among many other things that are too inappropriate to repeat here in this dress," she said.
      • "I was trapped, and I can see that now. I didn’t want to be a whistleblower, I didn’t want these embarrassing stories talked about in a magazine, I just wanted a career," she said.
      • "In a dream world, everyone is treated with the same amount of respect. But until we reach that goal, I will lend my ear, I will lend my voice to any boy, girl, man or woman who does not feel like they can protect themselves."
    • KERRY WASHINGTON OPENS UP ABOUT BEAUTY STANDARDS, POLITICS

      Kerry Washington has been playing the world’s best fixer, Olivia Pope, on ABC’s Scandal for five years, and now she is ready to cut loose. The actress graces the latest issue of Allure, and inside, she talks race, politics, beauty standards and work.

      Washington admits that the character, as a powerful, political black woman, has helped push racial and gender boundaries. "For her to be three-dimensional and complex and fully human and not anybody’s stereotype or caricature is a big deal," she says.

      • But she adds that living up her character’s beauty standards is impossible – even for Washington. "There’s someone who follows me around all day long on the set," she says. "Like, literally follows me to make sure there’s not a single hair out of place. This is somebody’s full-time job. Then someone follows me around to add powder so that I never look shinier than I’m supposed to."
      • In real life, Washington likes to keep it natural, especially her hair. "I like to wear my natural texture, especially now because I have children and I want them to know that their hair is perfect as it is. They don’t have to change it or straighten it. They can, but they don’t have to."
      • So what’s next? She says she wants to do comedy.
      • "I’m working now on 24/7, this comedy about three women in the workplace, and Eva Longoria and I are two out of the three," she says. "We basically walked into Universal and acted it out for them, and they were like, ‘OK.’ "
      • She also wants to do more shows like Confirmation, the HBO show on Anita Hill that she exec produced.
      • "It’s kind of like being the Olivia Pope of television. You get to change people’s lives and fix problems and be grounded and assertive and of service. So it really is a lot of things that I felt Olivia has taught me to do in pretend and then to apply those skills when I produce."
      • Facebook has also ordered a 10-episode drama series that she is producing, Variety reports. Dubbed Five Points, it is set on the South Side of Chicago and looks at high school life from five points of view.
      • "We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Indigenous and Facebook in order to tell this important, thought provoking and compelling story," Washington said.
      • It will air on Watch, Facebook’s new platform for originals.
    • REPORT: ROBERT PATTINSON LEANS ON KATY PERRY AS HE AND FIANCE FKA TWIGS SPLIT

      Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs have split, according to E! News. The Twilight star and the "Two Weeks" singer got engaged in April of 2015 after dating for six months. They made their last red carpet appearance in May at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

      Insiders tell E! that the split was over "timing" issues and that they "still have love for each other."

      • Twigs, whose real name is Tahliah Debrett, dealt with racist blowback when news broke of their engagement.
      • "I am genuinely shocked and disgusted at the amount of racism that has been infecting my account the past week," she tweeted at the time. "Racism is unacceptable in the real world and it's unacceptable online."
      • In July, Pattinson alluded to trouble, telling Howard Stern that they were "kind of" engaged.
      • Meanwhile, Pattinson has been seen getting "extremely affectionate" with Katy Perry.
      • The insider tells E!: "No one really understood what he saw in FKA, but they always supported him. As far as Katy goes, they have been good friends for a while. They have many mutual friends and have always kept in touch. They aren't serious as of now, but Rob has always had an interest in Katy."
      • Perry is currently on the road, but they are reportedly still in close contact.
      • Since Katy has been busy on tour, her and Rob will FaceTime and text when possible," the source says. "She wants to make sure he is doing OK. Rob knows how good of a friend she is and he was also there for her when she was going through her divorce. They lean on each other."
    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      BJORK SHARES MORE DETAILS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Performer Bjork is sharing more details of the sexual harassment she says she suffered at the hands of an unnamed Danish director. In a Facebook post, she writes that she is speaking out again as part of the viral #MeToo campaign created by Alyssa Milano to reduce the stigma sexual harassment victims suffer. She named the encounters she found problematic, including "unwanted whispered sexual offers from him with graphic descriptions" as well as a threat to "climb from his room’s balcony over to mine in the middle of the night with a clear sexual intention." In 2000, Bjork starred in Lars Von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark. He is the only Danish director she has worked with. Von Triers has denied the allegations.

      CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES ADMIT RELATIONSHIP WAS ON LINE IN FIXER UPPER: HGTV fans were horrified when Chip and Joanna Gaines revealed that they were ending their monster hit Fixer Upper. Many fans worried that the pair’s marriage was in trouble. In a new interview on Today, Chip admitted that their relationship was part of the reason they stepped back. "I'll give viewers a little credence. There is always ‘What's next?' And for us, the most important thing in the world is Jo and I's relationship, followed very quickly by these four beautiful kids," Chip told Today anchor Savannah Guthrie. "And we didn't want to push it, red line it, for so long that we woke up and realized, we are at a point of no return. So, we wanted to take a step back and focus on the thing that was absolutely the most important thing to us in the world, which is Jo and I's relationship." The couple share four children: Drake, 12; Ella, 11; Duke, 9 and Emmie Kay, 7. And they’re plenty busy with their home improvement business, their magazine The Magnolia Journal, their retail operations and partnership with outlets like Target. The final season of the show debuts November 28th.

      PRINCE WILLIAM AND DUCHESS KATE REVEAL DUE DATE FOR NO. 3: Prince William and Duchess Kate have revealed that their third child is due in April of 2018. The Kensington Palace shared the news on Twitter. They announced in September that Kate was pregnant, revealing the news early in the pregnancy because her severe morning sickness is preventing her from performing some of her royal duties. The Prince or Princess will join George, 4, and Charlotte, 2.

      TRAILER PARK BOYS STAR JOHN DUNSWORTH DIES AT 71: John Dunsworth, best known for his portrayal of Jim Lahey on the cult comedy series Trailer Park Boys, has died at age 71. His daughter, Sarah, who also stars on the show, shared the news on Twitter. She wrote: "With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people know that our amazing husband, father and grandfather John Dunsworth has passed away. John left this world peacefully after a short and unexpected illness." Dunsworth was a Nova Scotia native who was active in the theater community for years. Trailer Park Boys is set to debut its twelfth season on Netflix next year. He also appeared in the Syfy series Haven.

      JOANNA KRUPA SLAMS ‘LAZY’ PEOPLE WHO DON’T EXERCISE: Playboy pinup and Real Housewives of Miami star Joanna Krupa goes to the gym, and she thinks you should too. The 38-year-old unveiled the cover of Be Active, which she graced, on Instagram writing: "There is absolutely no excuse in not staying fit and healthy at any age! Motivation and drive is the key." She goes on to say that her strict diet and workout regimen continues, not matter what. "I don’t get lazy even when tired after work or on a vacation," she explained. "I find time to be active. It’s called being ambitious and dedicated. It’s a choice. For those that don’t follow that please don’t judge those that choose to be fit."

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      WILL RIZ AHMED BRING HAMLET TO NETFLIX? Will it be or not be? Netflix is in negotiations with Rogue One star Riz Ahmed for a contemporary retelling of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. He is collaborating with screenwriter Mike Lesslie, who worked on Justin Kurtzel’s Macbeth and Assassin’s Creed, according to Entertainment Weekly. Ahmed will star if the deal moves forward. This take is set in modern-day London.

      COMEDY CENTRAL ORDERS THE OTHER TWO AND SOUTH SIDE: Comedy Central is greenlighting full seasons for The Other Two, from Saturday Night Live writer alums Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider and South Side, from brothers Bashir Salahuddin (Glow), Sultan Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle (Marlon). The Other Two stars Drew Tarver (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$) as a wannabe actor wondering why he can’t gain traction and his sister, played by Heléne Yorke (Masters of Sex), a former dancer who wants to be anywhere but where she is. Meanwhile, their little brother, played by Case Walker, has achieved overnight fame. Molly Shannon and Ken Marino also star. South Side is based on the Salahuddin brothers’ experience in the working class South Side of Chicago as kids.

      CHER JOINS MERYL STREEP IN MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again has brought Cher in to join the star-studded cast, including Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski and Pierce Brosnan. The film is set to open July 20th, 2018. The sequel will include flashback sequences with younger versions of their characters. Lily James will play the young Meryl.

      GILMORE GIRLS TOP BINGE-RACING LIST: According to Netflix, there are 8.4 million binge racers around the world. (A binge racer finishes a season of a show within 24 hours of its release). The number 1 show? Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, arguably one of the most popular shows of 2016 in general.

      CHRISTOPHER WALKEN AND JULIETTE LEWIS TO BE HONORED AT ANTALYA: Turkey’s Antalya Film Festival is set to present the Oscar-winning actor Christopher Walken with a lifetime achievement award. The Oscar-nominated Juliette Lewis, meanwhile, will be presented with a key to the city. The 54th Antalya Film Festival kicks off this coming Saturday and runs through October 27.