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Kate Upton Details Horrifying Accusations Against Guess Cofounder

These days, the world knows who Kate Upton is. She’s beautiful. She was in that commercial for a phone game that looks more interesting than it probably is. And she just got married in November.

Sadly, she also has a #MeToo story, accusing Guess co-founder Paul Marciano of sexual harassment.

Now, Kate Upton is sharing the details of her accusations from her time as a Guess model, early in her career. 

Kate Upton dropped her bombshell of a #MeToo story, starting with a single tweet.

“It’s disappointing that such an iconic women’s brand @Guess is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director #metoo.”

She followed that up on Instagram, sharing that tweet and adding:

“He shouldn’t be allowed to use his position within the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women. #metoo.”

So, in case it wasn’t immediately clear from her use of the #MeToo hashtag, she’s accusing Paul Marciano of being one of the various sex monsters who uses his power to get away with his misdeeds.

For his part, Paul Marciano denies everything.

“I have never been alone with Kate Upton,” he says, though that doesn’t necessarily mean much on its own in light of Kate’s description that you’ll read below.

“I have never touched her inappropriately. Nor would I ever refer to a Guess model in such a derogatory manner.”

You’ll see what he allegedly said about her below, also.

“I fully support the #metoo movement. At the same time, I will not allow others to defame me and tarnish my reputation.”

Well, at least he’s not using that absurd “has #metoo gone too far” rhetoric that some people keep spouting.

“I have pledged to Guess and its Board of Directors my full support and cooperation with a fair and impartial investigation.”

Photographer Yu Tsai, however, has confirmed Kate Upton’s descriptions of harassment.

Speaking to Time, Kate Upton talks about alleged sexual harassment she faced at the very beginning of her career.

“After the first day of shooting the Guess Lingerie campaign [on July 25, 2010], Paul Marciano said he wanted to meet with me.”

That seems normal. The rest does not.

“As soon as I walked in with photographer Yu Tsai, Paul came straight up to me, forcibly grabbed my breasts and started feeling them — playing with them actually. After I pushed him away, he said, ‘I’m making sure they’re real.'”

Needless to say, that is unacceptable. (This is beside the point, but if he couldn’t visually determine if they were real or not, how would that matter for the photoshoot?)

“Despite doing everything I could physically do to avoid his touch throughout the meeting, he continued to touch me in a very dominating and aggressive way, grabbing my thighs, my arms to pull me closer, my shoulders to pull me closer, my neck, my breasts, and smelling me.”

Ewww! And, obviously, horrible.

“He then told Yu Tsai to leave us alone. I was able to send a quick text to Yu Tsai asking him to stay. He did, but that did not stop Paul’s constant grabbing. I was extremely shaken, surprised and scared.”

“At one point he forcibly grabbed the back of my head so that I could not move and started kissing my face and my neck.”

That sounds so gross.

“I remember not wanting to say ‘Get off of me’ because I didn’t want to open my mouth to say anything because I didn’t want him to be able to put his tongue in my mouth.”

A horrifying situation to contemplate. And I’d bet that there are people who read Upton’s words and can relate.

“I had two options: do everything I could to wiggle away and avoid his pursuit, or punch the CEO of Guess. So I decided to just wiggle away.”

She says that Paul Marciano tried to insist that he walk her to her hotel room, but that Yu Tsai stepped in and volunteered to walk her to her room.

Upton says that she was afraid of what Marciano might do if the two of them were truly alone. She also says that he tried again.

“The next Guess shoot I worked on was about a month later. As soon as I went up to my hotel room, Paul started calling me asking to come up and see how my room is.”

That is not as subtle as it must have sounded in his mind.

“I politely declined several times. He continued to insist. He said he was already in the hotel lobby. He even called my room from the hotel lobby desk.”

She says that she finally turned off her phone, locked her door, and went to sleep. Unfortunately, she also says that her denials had immediate consequences.

“The next day, I learned that I had been fired from the shoot. Someone had called my agency to say I had gotten fat and would not be needed on set [that day]. I was devastated, especially because at this point no one from Guess had even seen me.”

That was not, obviously, the end of her career. But Upton says that she felt that, at any given moment, it could be. 

“It made me feel that if I cut off communication with him, I wouldn’t be booked again. Paul’s texting increased, telling me how excited he was to see me.”

The content of those text messages was pretty horrifying, too.

“He wanted me to change in front of him so he could see my naked body getting into his clothes. He asked if I thought of him when I was posing sexy on set.”

She also says that Yu Tsai was fired, perhaps in retaliation for shielding her with his presence. Upton says that photographer Ellen von Unwerth also interceded on her behalf to help her avoid being forced into an unwanted dinner.

It seems that her refusing to have dinner with him was the last straw for Marciano.

“After that he was extremely upset. I had a final shoot [in May of 2011], and he was outwardly rude and degrading the entire time.”

That alone would be unprofessional of him and unacceptable.

“He said I was ‘disgusting’ and started telling people how unprofessional I was by spreading rumors that I was drunk on set and partying every night, which of course I wasn’t. I was then told to leave because Paul had said, ‘Get that fat pig off my set.'”

Kate Upton would later go on to see fame and success after her Sports Illustrated cover.

She says that Guess asked her back … but that Paul Marciano’s texting her that he would be on set and insisting that she not bring her boyfriend drove her to turn down $ 400,000.

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Stassi Schroeder-Ariana Madix Feud Heats Up Amidst Bigotry Accusations

On last night’s Vanderpump Rules, sh-t got real.

And we don’t mean “drunk people yelled at each other about pasta” real – we’re talking “actual social issues of consequence were discussed on a Bravo reality show” real.

It all started when Stassi Schroeder asked the show’s newest cast member, Billie Lee, to appear on her podcast.

Prior to the interview, Billie – who is transgender – was cautioned by Ariana Madix that Stassi is sometimes insufficiently woke.

The accusation stems from remarks Stassi made on her podcast last year.

It seems Schroeder is one of the very few people who was upset when Moonlight beat out La La Land for Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Yes, ironically, Stassi was in the minority – and it seems she didn’t relish the feeling.

“Everyone giving their impassioned speeches about race and all that stuff — I’m like, why is it always just about African Americans?” Stassi asked, causing her audience to cringe themselves into oblivion.

“Why aren’t the Asians being like, ‘We’re not represented’? Why aren’t Native Americans and Latinos being like, ‘We’re not represented’? Why is it that it’s always just that?”

To be fair, Schroeder apologized for her comments and says she now understands the extent of how ignorant they were.

Obviously, a public “whoopsie” doesn’t erase all wrongdoing, and Stassi’s record in the months since is far from spotless.

But she’s trying – and she seemed genuinely upset about being derided as a bigot behind her back.

“She did an episode on her podcast, and she was like, ‘Well, I don’t know why those people always make award shows into a thing about politics and race,” Ariana told Billie prior to her interview with Stassi.

“I hope you school Stassi’s ass on her f-cking privilege because this bitch actually takes pride in being ignorant.”

“F-ck this,” Stassi said in response to Ariana’s warning.

“You know what? Saying that I’m racist — it’s a whole other level of vindictiveness. I didn’t articulate it properly, and I would actually just like you to go listen to it so you can make your own opinion.”

She added:

“To sh-t on my podcast, to sh-t on my values, to sh-t on all of that makes me really upset.”

Now, we’re in complicated territory here.

What Stassi said was beyond foolish, but was Ariana really concerned that Billie Lee would be triggered by another round of ignorant comments, or was she simply using a past slip-up to slander her rival?

Because if so, she’s being petty and exploitative, and she’s the one who owes her fans and friends an apology.

On one matter, Stassi is inarguably correct – an allegation of bigotry is a serious thing, and such charges should only be leveled out of genuine concern about someone’s beliefs, not to settle a personal score.

See? We told you this situation is way more thought-provoking than what you’re used to seeing on Bravo.

Watch Vanderpump Rules online to get caught up in time for next week’s episode, in which the cast will presumably debate the virtues of nuclear disarmament.

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Nicole Eggert Laid Out Scott Baio Accusations to Dr. Oz in Shelved Episode

We’ve heard Nicole Eggert’s accusations that Scott Baio molested her for years during her teens.

it turns out that Twitter wasn’t Nicole’s first choice as a platform to air her accusations — because she apparently told it all to Dr. Oz earlier this month.

There’s just one problem: Scott Baio is trying to shut down the episode, so it might never air.

Over the weekend, Nicole Eggert aired her accusation by quoting a tweet mentioning Scott Baio.

In it, she called him a “creep” and implied that he had in some way sexually mistreated her.

In subsequent tweets, as (obviously) people tweeted to her to ask exactly what she was accusing Scott Baio of doing, she accused him of having molested her, starting at the age of 14, when he digitally penetrated her.

This allegedly went on until she was 17. She says that it was at 17 when Scott Baio had sex with her.

(While 17 is a fine time for most folks to have sex, let us remind you that Scott Baio is a decade older than she is and also that we’re talking about, based upon her allegations, a situation in which he groomed and molested her for years leading up to that)

Scott Baio denies those allegations, and claims that his sexual relationship with her was consensual and happened only when she was 18. He also claims that she “seduced” him.

Part of Scott Baio’s denial itself was kind of creepy, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

It turns out that it wasn’t just some social media whim that caused Nicole Eggert, the former Baywatch actress, to share her #MeToo story with the world.

TMZ reports that Nicole Eggert told Dr. Oz everything about Scott Baio earlier this month. During that session, she revealed more details about what Scott said to her during her alleged years of molestation.

So why didn’t that episode, which was filmed on January 10th, air?

Scott Baio’s team sent threatening letters to Dr. Oz, denying the accusations and claiming that Nicole’s timeline doesn’t add up. We’re sure that it was all in legalese, but that was the gist of it.

It seems like Nicole felt like she had to take matters into her own hands — specifically, her thumbs, with which she presumably types her tweets — if she wanted to get her story out there.

As for the new, grim details?

Per TMZ‘s report, Nicole accuses Scott Baio of having spoken to her as if he were going to “prepare” her to have sex with boys her own age.

Remember that this allegedly started when she was 14, when Scott would have been 24 or 25.

A lot of sexual misconduct acts under a guise of something else. We’ve heard so many #MeToo stories about “massages” and “medical treatments.”

Plenty of consensual, healthy sexual intercourse happens under a guise, too. Euphemisms like Netflix and chill exist for a reason.

But not between a 14-year-old and a man ten years her senior, folks.

Nicole Eggert’s accusations go on:

Some of these alleged conversations happened at her house, while her parents were not home.

She describes what he allegedly said to her in order to convince her to agree to sex:

“How much he loved me and, hopefully one day when I was of age, we could be together, and that he understood I needed to go be with boys my own age and it was sort of like a goodbye action.”

Some sexual predators are obsessed with the build-up to sex and then lose interest. Nicole’s allegations seem to match that description.

Scott Baio strongly denies Nicole’s claims and says that other accusations have surfaced in the past but “gone away.” He seems frustrated that this one will not.

“I remember her calling me and asking me to come over and coming in my house one time, and seducing me,” Baio admitted during a 16-minute video that he made to deny the allegations.

“[For] any normal, heterosexual, red-blooded, American guy, the outcome would have been the same.”

He claims that this was when she was 18, but that denial is so creepy and really speaks to Baio’s cultural mindset.

It seems that he believes that any man who would turn down an invitation of sex (as he claims that Nicole made) must be gay. Or abnormal. Or maybe he just uses those words as synonyms. Oh, and he’d have to be un-American?

It’s always worrisome when even someone’s denial of sexual allegations reveals alarming things about how they view women and sex.

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Bill Cosby Performs, Jokes About Rape Accusations

In 2017, Bill Cosby stood trial for the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand. Ultimately, the Cosby jury deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial.

In a few months, Bill Cosby will face his retrial. We guess that we can hope that, this time, justice will be served.

But … you remember how Bill Cosby threatened to perform again? He’s made good on that promise with a show, just last night.

With less notice than you’d expect, the ad for the show went up on Cosby’s Facebook page.

“Bill Cosby Returns tot he stage for a special performance to honor jazz great Tony Williams.”

Believe it or not, folks, after the dozens of rapes that he’s accused of committing, there are still folks who follow him on social media. And they’re fans.

“Actor & Comedian Bill Cosby returns to the stage for a special performance honoring Jazz Great Tony Williams on Monday, January 22, 2018 at LaRose Jazz Club located 5531 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. This event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the door.”

As for what the appearance is all about:

“Bill Cosby will honor his fans with a historic performance with the Tony Williams Jazz Quartet and he will be performing a special comedy concert that will culminate the evening.”

At the actual show last night, which was extremely last-minute in nature, Bill Cosby didn’t shy away from his recent disgrace.

He joked about how he “used to be a comedian.”

He admitted that he gets a very different reaction when he goes places than he used to.

Worst of all, he joked about his alleged sexual assaults, saying: “There’s a perfectly good word called ‘stop’, Not ‘oh-oh-oh-oh-oh’.” A sickening line, particularly from a man who allegedly drugged his victims first.

(Plenty of women have trouble saying “stop” or “no” when they fear for their safety, but surely it would be next to impossible for someone who’s been drugged)

Afterwards, Bill Cosby was asked if he thinks that his retrial will go differently in the #MeToo era of people, you know, realizing that sexual assault is a real thing.

This was his facial expression:

He replied: “I don’t know.”

We can only hope that jurors are wiser than they were over the summer.

Now, you might be asking yourself who would go to such an event.

You’d think that all but the most aggressive misogynists would give up trying to proclaim Bill Cosby’s “innocence” after his accusers passed two dozen. Or three dozen.

(His accusers now number at approximately 60. He doesn’t have the most accusers, but it’s not a competition and many would question the agenda of someone who disbelieves sixty women in favor of the guy from their childhood Jell-O commercials)

After the deadlocked jury, Bill Cosby’s retrial date was set for this fall.

In September, it was pushed back to April 2018.

Since then, there has been a lot more conversation about sexual assault, victim-blaming, and why women remain silent for years when their careers, families, or even lives may be on the line.

Those who want justice for the approximately five dozen women who accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault are hopeful that the jurors will keep in mind the realities of sex crimes.

Most of those women, due to statute of limitations laws that many feel are harmful, can’t bring Cosby to trial. But Andrea Constand can.

Both sides should agree that it’s good that the prosecutor vowed to try Cosby again.

Those who believe Andrea Constand (and the 59 others) surely want a guilty verdict. Those who believe Cosby want him cleared in court.

Honestly, both sides should also agree that going on stage for performances while he is so reviled and has yet to even be acquitted … is in poor taste.

Especially if he’s going to joke about his alleged sexual assaults.

But some wonder if this is part of one last hurrah. If he might be anticipating a conviction, and wanted to go on stage a couple of times before that happens.

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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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