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James Franco Responds to Sexual Misconduct Accusations on Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’

James Franco had some hand-wringing moments with Stephen Colbert as he tried to address accusations on social media that he sexually assaulted and harassed women. ‘The Late Show’ almost felt like “Dr. Phil” as the actor took issue with several…

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Gene Simmons Denies Accusations of Sexual Harassment

Gene Simmons is known for his on-stage tongue antics (long before Miley was even born), for his band KISS’ absurd and recognizable makeup, and for some surprisingly conservative views for a guy who once seemed rebellious or radical.

And now he’s one of the latest powerful, famous men accused of sexual misconduct. He’s being sued by an anonymous woman.

He’s issued a statement and, to no one’s surprise, he’s denying the whole thing.

Gene Simmons is being sued by an anonymous woman who is a radio personality.

According to the lawsuit, details of which were published by the Orange County Register, Gene Simmons’s misconduct took place in a green room, while this woman was interviewing her.

The lawsuit alleges that Simmons reached over, grabbed the woman’s hand, and “forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee.”

The woman apparently withdrew her hand immediately, but alleges that Simmons continued his “unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances,” reaching again for her hand.

Defendant Simmons turned standard interview questions into sexual innuendos, which made plaintiff Doe extremely uncomfortable

According to the documents, Gene Simmons grabbed her hand again, made a creepy noise, commented about how she must use lotion, and made some sort of gross sexual innuendo.

He apparently also flicked his finger against her throat, which is one of the weirdest things that we’ve read about since reading about Harvey Weinstein ejaculating into a plant.

Oh, and at a photo op after this interview from hell, Simmons allegedly grabbed her butt.

Awful.

Gene Simmons is speaking out against these allegations and against the lawsuit, writing on Facebook:

“Friends, I intend to defend myself against any alleged charges you may have been reading about in the media.”

Again, it is not surprising that he’s denying everything.

“For the record, I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way.”

He’s fighting the allegations in public but also gearing up to fight the actual lawsuit.

“I am conferring with my lawyers with the aim of vigorously countering these allegations.”

And he believes that he’ll be ultimately vindicated.

“And I look forward to my day in court where the evidence will prove my innocence.”

He may be right about the lawsuit’s outcome — sexual misconduct is often difficult or even impossible to prove in court.

Even while remaining anonymous, the woman suing him is taking a big financial risk.

Ultimately, we don’t know what, if any, effect this will have on Gene Simmons.

The more passionate a man’s fanbase, the less likely he is to face real consequences, even in the court of public opinion.

Just look at Johnny Depp — everyone knows what he did and has seen the evidence that his management knew what he’d done, but he still has a career and die-hard fans. Oh, and he’s starring in a Harry Potter movie and even JK Rowling is defending him.

Only time will tell if Gene Simmons’ remaining fans will abandon him.

Though, honestly, anyone who still likes the guy after he said that depressed people should just kill themselves is probably going to stick with him through anything.

We should point out that it’s always possible that other women could come forward.

It’s rare for a man to engage in this sort of behavior with one woman and not with others.

So let’s all keep our ears metaphorically to the ground for other women coming forward about disgusting interactions with Gene Simmons.

There are a lot of factors at play — some women are ashamed of not telling anyone, or blame themselves for the way that someone else treated them, or fear public reactions (especially from someone’s fans).

Only time (and the court) will tell how this pans out for Gene Simmons.

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Sheila Downs and Nate Duhon: Married at First Sight Couple Split Amidst Cheating Accusations

It’s all over for Sheila Downs and Nate Duhon.

The Married at First Sight couple has confirmed via social media that they are getting a divorce.

But they aren’t doing so in amicable fashion.

Having gotten married (at first sight, no less) on Season 5 of this controversial reality show, clear trouble for Downs and Duhon was afoot a few weeks ago when the former Tweeted:

“Just got a call from the woman who’s been sleeping with my husband…the same woman who he called on the honeymoon.”

She later Tweeted a follower:

“He admitted it.”

YIKES, huh?

We’d file for divorce under that circumstance if we were Sheila, too.

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However, Duhon disputes this account.

On Sunday, he denied that his wandering penis played any role in the break-up, while also denying said penis wandered into any other woman’s vagina.

“Prior to any statements made about me, we were no longer living together and I already filed for divorce,” he wrote, adding:

“This was known to both parties, my lawyer, and the lawyer for the show.

“The reason that led me to file for divorce from Ms. Downs was thoroughly understood by all parties as well.”

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Simply put, he claims:

Infidelity was not a reason, nor did I ever admit such a thing. Thank you to those of you who have shown support throughout this tough time.

On the fifth season finale of this Lifetime series, Duhon expressed his doubts about the romance, while the newlyweds got into an explosive fight.

As you can see, not much has changed between them over time.

Sheila Downs and Nate Duhon kiss

Following Duhon’s denial, Downs tried to get the last word late on Sunday.

“I see that instead of finally operating in integrity, [Nate] chose to continue to lie,” she wrote on Instagram.

But this wasn’t all.

Buckle in for a lengthy post in her own defense…

My husband & I had problems. Yes. He was dishonest and there were women throughout our ENTIRE marriage.

Admittedly, I didn’t know how to handle that; and as you saw on the show, I handled it poorly at times.

I’m not proud of that, but I am extremely proud of the woman who acknowledges that and has made a conscious effort to change the things I didn’t like. When I got married, I meant FOREVER.

I unfortunately was the only one. If you watch the show back, my meltdown on the balcony was because Nathan said that he wanted a divorce.

That was the first of probably 40+ times.

And then came the women and the nights he would ignore my calls, block my number, engage in illicit activities, or not come home at all. On the cruise, we were intimate.

We admittedly had problems, but I was fighting for my marriage only to have a woman who had reached out to me before call me AGAIN with receipts..

Now had my husband already begun living a single life?? Absolutely!

On Twitter, meanwhile, Downs had even more to say about the situation:

It’s really pathetic how far Nate is going to try to save face.

I’m many things, but I am NOT a liar.

I stayed in my marriage BC of my COVENANT WITH GOD. Nate cried & told me he wasn’t ready & I deserved better almost a year ago.

I should’ve let him go then..& for real the worst thing you can say is that we had 4 counselors??

That is correct we went to 1 ONCE who just wasn’t a fit, 1 was a hardcore fan of the show (kinda a problem), one was nice as can be but a space cadet, & then we found the one!

Neeeext!

We aren’t taking sides here.

And cheating is always wrong.

But we are curious how God feels about His covenant with you when it gets finalized on a reality TV show after you literally just met the man you’re marrying.

We. Are. Just. Sayin.

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Minka Kelly Hits Back at Homewrecker Accusations: F–k Off!

When nasty rumors surface — and they can happen to any of us, not just to celebrities — a lot of people hold their heads high and ignore it. A lot of the time, that’s the right call.

But what do you do when someone goes on your own social media account and accuses you of being a homewrecker?

If you’re Minka Kelly, you call them out. And you don’t mince words.

The stunningly gorgeous Minka Kelly is dating the shockingly handsome Jesse Williams.

Minka Kelly is perhaps best known for her role on the hit series Friday Night Lights.

Jesse Williams, in turn, is best known either for his role on Grey’s Anatomy or perhaps for using his fame as a platform for Black Lives Matter, advocating to bring an end to police killings of unarmed, nonviolent black people across the US.

Also, Jesse Williams has piercing blue eyes that make him very distinctively recognizable.

These two very quietly began to date over this past summer (yes, summer is over, even though it still feels like the endless hellscape of early August).

The thing is that this was just a few months after Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee divorced after five years of marriage.

Some people wondered if Jesse Williams had put the cart before the horse and begun dating Minka Kelly before things fell apart between him and Aryn Drake-Lee.

In other words, they wondered if Jesse Williams had performed some Kevin Hart shenanigans. Not the part about being blackmailed with a sex tape — just starting a new relationship before the old one actually ended.

While it’s true that many marriages fall apart due to cheating, that’s not always the case.

And just because someone manages to find a new relationship quickly doesn’t mean that they and their new datemate were cheating during the old one.

Still, people wonder. We suppose that they couldn’t help it.

What someone certainly could have helped, however, was doing the social media equivalent of accusing Minka Kelly, to her face, of being a homewrecker.

Because one Instagram user commented:

“I hope the cheating rumors aren’t true. It would be disappointing.”

That’s about as polite a way of phrasing a very rude accusation as we can think of.

But it’s still super freaking rude.

We have to imagine that the commenter didn’t imagine that Minka Kelly herself would respond.

Minka Kelly replied, addressing the rumors that she was a homewrecker:

“They’re not. Hate for you to be disappointed. Glad I could clear that up for you. Now f–k off.”

You know, that’s a hostile reply, but it’s pretty warranted, right?

We should note that Jesse Williams also addressed these rumors.

Jesse Williams had a cameo in Jay-Z’s Footnotes for 4:44, in which he was also extremely blunt about his feelings about the rumors.

“I was in a relationship 13 years.13 real years, not 5 years, not 7 years, 13 years and all of a sudden mother f–kers are writing think-pieces that I somehow threw a 13-year relationship — like the most painful experience I’ve had in my life like with a person I’ve loved with all of my heart — that I threw a person and my family in the trash because a girl I work with is cute.”

Remember, no matter how Jesse and Minka might feel about each other now, the “homewrecker” narrative would boil down to him finding her cute and the two of them hooking up because of it.

So we don’t think that he’s insulting his actual, real-life relationship with Minka Kelly, here.

Instead, he’s just insulting the theories about the two of them.

That’s pretty fair, right?

And you know what? Even if the two of them had started dating while Jesse was still married, that would be Jesse’s wrongdoing — not Minka’s. We need to stop pretending that a third party can “steal” a partner from their spouse.

That’s not how this works.


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90 Day Fiance: Aleksandra Responds to Cheating Accusations Over Daughter’s Skin Tone!

90 Day Fiance: What Now? delivered an update on Aleksandra and Josh, their life together, and their adorable young daughter.

Things are going okay between the couple, but Aleksandra’s social media experience took a turn for the worst over the summer — with “fans” accusing her of having had Kaya with a man other than Josh. She quit Instagram over it.

But now Aleksandra is finally responding to the discourse over why her daughter’s skin looks so different from hers or her husband’s. Will this lay matters to rest?

A refresher on Aleksandra and Josh:

Aleksandra was a Russian party girl. She loved to go clubbing and she loved to dance.

Josh was a Mormon missionary on his mission trip at the time. They met and really hit it off.

Though Josh was not thrilled that Aleksandra was surrounded by the club world and such scandalous substances as caffeine (okay, he didn’t call her out on that specifically, but he isn’t allowed to consume caffeine), the two developed a bond.

Their bond was so powerful, in fact, that though Josh was forbidden to date while acting as a missionary, he was able to come back a year later and ask out Aleksandra. She said yes.

Eventually, they got engaged and began the K-1 Visa process on 90 Day Fiance.

Obviously, the couple didn’t just come from different continents but from different worlds.

Which is what made them such entertaining stars for 90 Day Fiance.

Over the summer, as Aleksandra and Josh shared photos of Kaya (which they are no longer doing), Aleksandra was barraged by accusations that she had cheated on Josh and that another man had fathered Kaya.

Those are, of course, hurtful things to say to anyone.

The reason for the accusations was that Kaya has a darker skin tone than either of her parents.

Kaya also has curly hair, unlike either Aleksandra or Josh.

To the “sleuths” who followed Aleksandra (not all of them; just a very vocal minority), this was evidence of cheating.

People like for things to fit narratives, even if it isn’t true.

So they imagine a party girl who fell in love with an American man, but suddenly she’s living a boring life in the American midwest. She feels frustrated or maybe even lonely, and then, say, her dance instructor, provides a little comfort.

That’s not true, but that’s basically what people accused her of.

Others were willing to offer up “alternatives,” like that maybe she and Josh had been unable to conceive and so they’d adopted or gotten a sperm donor.

Honestly, the degree to which people were eager to jump to conclusions about something that isn’t their business … is human nature.

Commenting with those theories under her posts, however? That’s inexcusable.

Now, English isn’t Aleksandra’s first language, so bear with her.

On Facebook, she finally delved into some comments and started replying to people who were spinning these “theories” about Kaya’s parentage.

For the most part, she reminded people that it’s not their business.

Aleksandra also shot down the idea that she’d cheated on Josh, saying that she felt sorry for those people’s spouses.

(It is true that people who cheat are more likely to suspect others of cheating)

Aleksandra replied to quite a few people, but it sounded like she got fed up:

“The thing is, it’s really not of your business man. I waste so much time on people like you saying the same thing over and over again. Lying is what you are doing to yourself considering that you are right. But man that will not help you in your life. If you don’t care about mine, then why are you still here arguing with me?”

“No matter what I’ll do you will hate me and think that you are right. Which is obviously not true. We did this show to show our religion. Lying is against our religion. And I’m not even talking about adultery. What in the world are you talking about? My dream was to build a happy family.”

“Ruin your happiness, not mine. You can say anything you want, but it will not make you right. As I said before, you have a right to not believe, but you will not change anything. What else are you trying to prove here??”

She makes a good point.

What kind of lives, you wonder, are those haters living that they feel the need to antagonize her on her own Facebook page.

She didn’t rehash an older explanation for why Kaya’s skin is darker, but let’s show you a photo of Aleksandra with her biological father.

Aleksandra’s biological father, pictured here, is Cuban.

As we’ve stated in previous posts, it’s common for traits to skip generations. That’s how genetics work.

We can absolutely understand why Aleksandra didn’t feel like going over her parentage again.

Especially when she’s facing off against people who won’t believe her no matter what.

Honestly, the best part of her whole exchange with commenters was the revelation that she doesn’t know who or what Maury is.

(Which came up when people talked about paternity tests)

And that she doesn’t know who Mohamed Jbali is, even though they were costars.

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Vegas Police Org. Rips Michael Bennett, Offended By ‘False Racist’ Accusations

Nevada’s largest police interest group is calling out Michael Bennett — demanding the NFL take immediate action against the NFL star for “falsely” claiming they racially profiled him.  The president of the Las Vegas Police Protective…

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Vegas Police Org. Rips Michael Bennett, Offended By ‘False Racist’ Accusations

Nevada’s largest police interest group is calling out Michael Bennett — demanding the NFL take immediate action against the NFL star for “falsely” claiming they racially profiled him.  The president of the Las Vegas Police Protective…

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R. Kelly: Alleged Sexual Abuse Victim Comes Forward With Shocking Accusations

Last month, BuzzFeed published a scathing report accusing famed R&B singer R. Kelly of running a “sex cult” that preyed on underage girls.

Attorneys for Kelly denied the accusations, but now the author of the original piece, Jim DeRogatis, has published a follow-up interview with a woman who says she was personally victimized by the singer.

Jerhonda Pace claims she became involved in a sexual relationship with Kelly when she was just 16 years old.

Several years ago, Pace accepted a payout from Kelly’s team in order to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

After reading DeRogatis’ exposé, however, Pace decided that she could no longer remain silent in good conscience.

Pace says she met Kelly at a house party in 2009, and a sexual relationship developed shortly thereafter.

A fan of Kelly’s from childhood, Pace frequently cut class to attend his statutory rape trial the year prior.

She says Kelly was quick to exploit her worshipful fandom and quickly brainwashed her into a veritable sex slave.

In an account consistent with the appalling details in the original Buzzfeed piece, Pace says she was forced to follow a strict set of rules that included wearing baggy clothes so as not to attract other men, and asking permission to shower, eat, and leave the property where she lived with Kelly.

“I had to call him ‘daddy,’ and he would call me ‘baby,’” Pace says.

“He wanted me to have two pigtails, and I had to go out and find little schoolgirl outfits.”

Pace says she’s aware she’ll likely face a lawsuit from Kelly as a result of coming forward with her allegations but considers that a small price to pay if she can prevent others from suffering the way she did.

“If I can speak out and I can help them get out of that situation, that’s what I will do,” she tells Buzzfeed.

“I didn’t have anybody to speak up on my behalf when I was going through what I was going through with him. He’s brainwashed them really bad, and it kind of reminds me of Charles Manson.”

Pace is the fifth member of Kelly’s alleged sex cult to come forward with similar accounts of abuse and predatory behavior from the Grammy winner.

Attorneys for Kelly have already issued a statement denying her allegations:

“The allegations against Mr. Kelly are false, and are being made by individuals known to be dishonest,” reads a press release issued today.

“It is clear these continuing stories are the result of the effort of those with personal agendas who are working in concert to interfere with and damage his career. Mr. Kelly again denies any and all wrong doing and is taking appropriate legal action to protect himself from ongoing defamation.”

We’ll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.

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