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Ryan Seacrest Has Now Been Accused of Sexual Harassment

Ryan Seacrest is the latest famous name to face allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ubiquitous TV and radio personality has been accused of acting inappropriately with a former stylist.

This same publication reports that the the alleged victim made a substantial financial request of Seacrest in exchange for her silence.

The American Idol emcee and Kelly Ripa co-host refused said request.

The unnamed woman worked as a wardrobe stylist for E! and says the incident took place about 10 years ago.

No details about her claims against Seacrest have been made public.

A spokesperson for E!, however, has confirmed that the cable network is conducting an investigation into the matter.

And Seacrest has released a lengthy statement in his own defense.

It reads as follows:

Recently, someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News, came forward with a complaint suggesting I behaved inappropriately toward her.

If I made her feel anything but respected, I am truly sorry.

I dispute these reckless allegations and I plan to cooperate with any corporate inquiries that may result.

I treat all my colleagues with kindness, dignity, and understanding, as this is a principle that’s core to who I am.

Throughout my 25 years in the entertainment industry, the majority of my co-workers have been women, and I’ve endeavored to foster a positive work environment of mutual respect and courtesy, as that’s how I believe it should be.

I’m distraught that anyone or any situation would call that into question.

I’m proud of my workplace reputation, and believe my track record will speak for itself. I’m an advocate for women.

I will continue to support their voices.

Seacrest, of course, is a very busy and successful producer and host.

He currently sits each morning opposite Ripa on Live With Kelly and Ryan” weekday mornings on ABC; is scheduled to serve as host of that network’s upcoming revival of American Idol next spring.

This news comes amid a wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations that have rocked Hollywood over the pastfew weeks, starting with back-to-back bombshell reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker that detailed allegations of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein.

Since then, accusations of misconduct have been leveled against such significant stars as Kevin Spacey, Lous C.K. and Jeffrey Tambor, just to name a few.

We’ll update this story with more details as news breaks.

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Sylvester Stallone Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teen

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandals, it seems not a day goes by without a Hollywood or D.C. power player being accused of some appalling act of sexual misconduct.

Today alone, two universally recognized and widely beloved men have faced allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

First, Senator Al Franken was accused of groping a female colleague and now, film icon Sylvester Stallone is 

According to a police report uncovered by CBS’ Los Angeles affiliate, a 16-year-old girl claimed that she was forced into sex with both Stallone and his now-deceased bodyguard, Michael DeLuca, back in 1986.

The girl says she was staying at the same hotel as Stallone, who was traveling in promotion of his film Over the Top.

DeLuca reportedly gave the girl a key to Stallone’s room and instructed her to visit the actor that evening.

When the girl arrived at Stallone’s suite, DeLuca reportedly “took her into a bedroom, where they had sex, while De Luca waited in the bathroom.”

The victim claims that Stallone then asked her if she’d ever had a threesome and invited DeLuca into the room.

Stallone, who would have been 40 at the time, then allegedly forced the girl to perform oral sex on both men.

The victim says Stallone then told her that he would “beat her head in” if she told anyone about the attack.

According to the police report, the girl elected not to press charges for fear of retribution.

“She indicated that if the sexual encounter had only been with Stallone, she would not pursue this matter,” the report states, “but due to the fact that (De Luca) became involved in the sexual incident, she didn’t know what she wanted to do.” 

The victim says Stallone, who was married at the time, was aware of her age, as he remarked on her youth one day prior while flirting with her in the hotel lobby.

She says she informed him that she was only 16, and the actor replied by asking “how she got such a build.”

The victim claims she laughed off the question and was surprised when Stallone proceeded to kiss her.

“He replied that he would give her a kiss at a later date that she would not forget,” the report reads.

Stallone has not yet commented on these allegations.

We will have further updates on this story as more information becomes available.

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Jeffrey Tambor Accused of Sexual Harassment by Fellow ‘Transparent’ Actor Trace Lysette

Jeffrey Tambor is once again facing allegations of sexual harassment … and once again by a person who happens to be transgender. Fellow “Transparent” actor Trace Lysette — who plays Shea on the Amazon TV series — claims Tambor made lewd,…

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Mark Schwahn, One Tree Hill Creator, Accused of Rampant Sexual Misconduct

Over the past few weeks, accusations of sexual harassment have been leveled against numerous powerful men in Hollywood.

But few allegations have been like this:

On Monday night, the female cast and many crew members from One Tree Hill came together to write an open letter that called out series creator Mark Schwahn for years of unchecked sexual misconduct.

The actresses were inspired to take this unusual step after writer Audrey Wauchope (who currently works on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) Tweeted on Saturday that she and a colleague were sexually harassed years ago during their time writing for an unnamed series.

Wauchope did not cite Schwahn by name in her barrage of Tweets, either.

But she did write the following:

“Female writers would try to get the spot where the showrunner wouldn’t sit as to not be touched. Often men would help out by sitting next to him, thus protecting the women.

“Sometimes we wouldn’t luck out and he’d just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning.

“He pet hair. He massaged shoulders. I know he did more but not to me so they’re not my stories to share.”

Wauchope went on to say that the showrunner passed around naked photos of an actress he had slept with, unbeknownst to the actress, and that he tried talking a writer out of getting married because he wanted a chance to have sex with her.

It’s now clear that Wauchope was referring to Mark Schwahn.

In a joint statement – signed by One Tree Hill stars such as Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz – the female cast members of this former CW hit backed up Wauchope’s claims and alleged Schwahn manipulated many of them “psychologically and emotionally.”

Here is what the powerful letter says:

All of the female cast members of One Tree Hill have chosen this forum to stand together in support of Audrey Wauchope and one another.

To use terminology that has become familiar as the systemic reality of sexual harassment and assault has come more and more to light, Mark Schwahn’s behavior over the duration of the filming of One Tree Hill was something of an “open secret.”

Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally. More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress.

Many of us were put in uncomfortable positions and had to swiftly learn to fight back, sometimes physically, because it was made clear to us that the supervisors in the room were not the protectors they were supposed to be.

Many of us were spoken to in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal. And a few of us were put in positions where we felt physically unsafe.

More than one woman on our show had her career trajectory threatened.

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It continues:

The through line in all of this was, and still is, our unwavering support of and faith in one another. We confided in each other.

We set up safe spaces to talk about his behavior and how to handle it. To warn new women who joined our ranks.

We understood that a lot of it was orchestrated in ways that kept it out of sight for the studio back home. We also understood that no one was fully unaware.

The lack of action that has been routine, the turning of the other cheek, is intolerable.

We collectively want to echo the calls of women everywhere that vehemently demand change, in all industries.

Many of us were told, during filming, that coming forward to talk about this culture would result in our show being canceled and hundreds of lovely, qualified, hard-working, and talented people losing their jobs.

This is not an appropriate amount of pressure to put on young girls.

Many of us since have stayed silent publicly but had very open channels of communication in our friend group and in our industry, because we want Tree Hill to remain the place “where everything’s better and everything’s safe” for our fans; some of whom have said that the show quite literally saved their lives.

But the reality is, no space is safe when it has an underlying and infectious cancer. We have worked at taking our power back, making the conventions our own, and relishing in the good memories.

But there is more work to be done.

And it concludes:

We are all deeply grateful for Audrey’s courage. For one another. And for every male cast mate and crew member who has reached out to our group of women to offer their support these last few days.

They echo the greater rallying cry that must lead us to change: Believe Women. We are all in this together.

The message is signed “With Love and Courage” by:

  • Sophia Bush
  • Hilarie Burton
  • Bethany Joy Lenz
  • Danneel Harris
  • Michaela McManus
  • Kate Voegele
  • Daphne Zuniga
  • India de Beaufort
  • Bevin Prince
  • Jana Kramer
  • Shantel Van Santen
  • Allison Munn

It is also signed by the “Brave Crew And All the rest of the Women We Worked With Who Are Finding Their Voices as We Speak.”

Schwahn currently runs The Royals on E!.

In a statement Monday, the network said it is “monitoring the information carefully” and is “committed to providing a safe working environment in which everyone is treated respectfully and professionally.”

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Tom Sizemore Was Accused of Molesting an 11-Year-Old Girl

It’s been a long, long time since hearing about Tom Sizemore being awful raised any degree of surprise. How many times have we heard about Tom Sizemore being charged with domestic violence?

He pleaded no contest to two domestic violence charges earlier this year.

But this is a new, horrible low, even for him. It’s now been revealed that Sizemore was once kicked off of a set. And his alleged victim was an 11-year-old girl.

Tom Sizemore is no stranger to run-ins with the law.

Part of the time, it’s been from substance abuse. We’re talking about him being busted with meth, folks.

And, again, Sizemore’s domestic violence arrests go back years and years.

That’s a crime immeasurably worse and more frightening than what unsavory substances he decides to put into his body.

At one point, he spent six months in prison for an assault on Heidi Fleiss (the TV personality and famous former madam).

So yeah, the world already knew that Sizemore was the absolute worst.

(And yet he continues to get work — even this year. He’s appeared in multiple films and TV shows in 2017)

Perhaps this new information, in light of the Harvey Weinstein rape accusations and all of the revelations that have followed, will finally cross that invisible line of Hollywood standards.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Sizemore was kicked off of a set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress complained that he had touched her genitals. 

The film was Born Killers.

A dozen members of the film’s cast and crew confirmed the story to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 11-year-old actress, who had a small role in the film, was apparently asked to sit on Sizemore’s lap for a photography session for one scene in the film.

(This next part is upsettingly detailed)

Allegedly, Tom Sizemore either rubbed his finger against her genitals or inserted his finger in such a way that no one, including the cameras, could see that it was happening.

Production assistant Roi Maufas shared how he remembers Sizemore and this disturbing news:

“He was this guy who was already known for making inappropriate comments, being drunk, being high.”

That sounds in keeping with Sizemore’s criminal record and general reputation.

Maufas continues:

“We’re talking about consistent behavior, just being ‘Tom Sizemore’ on set every day. Then this happens. Guys reached for hammers.”

As heartwarming as that image is, a story of Sizemore getting attacked by crew members might have resulted in Sizemore getting portrayed as the victim. So perhaps it’s best that they were talked out of it:

“[Late Producer James R. Rosenthal] had to stop a group of us from going to visit Mr. Sizemore to kick the guy’s ass.”

It is nice to be reminded that there are a lot of people in Hollywood whose hearts are in the right place.

Now, Sizemore denied the claim at the time. He was fired from the set.

The girl’s parents went to police … but ultimately declined to press charges. (Maybe this was to spare their 11-year-old from having to testify, maybe it was something else; it’s unclear)

The casting director who sought to have Sizemore fired in the first place and other crew members decided to come forward specifically because Hollywood’s culture of silence is diminished after the Weinstein rape allegations and so many others.

That 11-year-old girl is now a 26-year-old woman who (very understandably) asked to not be identified, and told The Hollywood Reporter that she is exploring legal action against Sizemore … and her parents.

An 11-year-old has almost no power to seek justice on her own; an adult woman who now knows that there are people willing to attest might feel differently. 

As for the parents … well, there may be a lot that we don’t know about why they chose to not press charges.

When The Hollywood Reporter reached out to Sizemore, Sizemore’s current agent replied: “Our position is ‘no comment.'” Yikes.

That’s a horrible story, one of so many that have come to light after years buried in the darkness.

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Weinstein Scandal: Which Powerful Men Are Accused of Sexual Misconduct?

Following accusations of sexual harassment and rape, Harvey Weinstein has lost his job and his family. Given that the LAPD is investigating him, he may even lose his freedom.

What began as a scandal over one mega-producer's alleged sexual misconduct has taken on a powerful life of its own.

Countless women — and men — came forward and shared their #MeToo stories, talking about incidents in childhood or adulthood in which they were sexually harassed or assaulted. In many cases, these individuals had held onto stories, afraid or ashamed to share them, for years or even decades.

The average #MeToo story comes from everyday people and often don't name the people who wronged them. Many don't even know the men's names.

However, a number of celebrities and non-celebrities alike have come forward and their #MeToo stories are naming the names of powerful men.

Directors, producers, and actors who have for years used social pressure, Hollywood culture, wealth, and celebrity status to remain above reproach are suddenly being called out so loudly that even they cannot ignore it.

It's not fun to wonder if someone you once admired might be next, but surely we would all rather know the truth than to live in blissful ignorance.

Some of these powerful men have admitted to having done wrong. Others are fiercely denying the allegations against them, even when it's their word against dozens — or more.

It seems that more accused sexual predators are named every day, so here's a running list of the powerful figures who have been called out for alleged sexual misconduct.

1. Harvey Weinstein

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We of course could not make this list without including the titular figure in the Weinstein scandal. This mega-producer has lost his job and his wife over accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Multiple famous actresses have shared their Weinstein stories. He’s also under investigation by the LAPD. His public downfall has encouraged countless others to come forward.

2. Brett Ratner

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Though not the only X-Men director to have been accused of sexual misconduct, Brett Ratner has been accused of sexual harassment and sexual assaults going back decades, and well-known actresses have spoken out and accused him of some very upsetting things.

3. Louis C.K.

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Years ago, rumors sprouted up about an unnamed big-name comedian who seemed to enjoy masturbating in front of women he worked with. Several of those women came forward and named Louis C.K. … and though he didn’t quite say the word “sorry,” Louis did acknowledge that their stories were true.

4. Ed Westwick

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Former Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick has been accused by two different actresses with frighteningly similar stories. Both allege that they were at his house and invited to sleep in guest beds, only to awaken to Westwick allegedly sexually assaulting them. Both women say that people they considered friends urged them to keep quiet. It’s heartbreaking.

5. Steven Seagal

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Jenny McCarthy says that Steven Seagal encouraged her to disrobe during a casting call … when she was acting out a courtroom scene. Former actress Lisa Guerrero (who is now a journalist) says that Seagal had her audition at his home while he appeared to be wearing only a robe, and that she’s glad that she brought along someone else. And now Portia de Rossi says that Steven Seagal once “unzipped” in front of her. These are very disturbing allegations.

6. Andy Dick

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Andy Dick was fired from a project over allegations of sexual harassment, including genital groping and … licking people. Andy Dick’s defense, a claim that licking people on the face after kissing them is “his thing,” isn’t helping. If “your thing” is making people uncomfortable, you probably should find a new thing.

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George Takei Accused of Sexual Assault

For the past few weeks now, more and more people have been coming forward with horror stories about sexual assault and/or sexual harassment committed by various Hollywood figures.

Needless to say, it’s been an overwhelmingly depressing time.

Harvey Weinstein’s accusers opened the floodgates — so, so many women have shared their horror stories about him, and a few of the stories have been about rape.

From there, everything just kind of fell apart.

Several men claimed that Kevin Spacey assaulted them, including actor Anthony Rapp, who was only 14 at the time of the alleged incident.

Writer/director James Toback has been accused of assault by literally hundreds of women, and Louis C.K. was accused of (and admitted to) abusing his position of power in the comedy world to masturbate in front of female comedians and coworkers.

Two women have accused Ed Westwick of rape, and Ben Affleck is facing a sex scandal of his own.

And now we have one more name to add to the list of the accused: George Takei.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, a former actor and model named Scott R. Brunton recounts a tale that took place in 1981, when he was living in L.A. and trying to get his career going.

He says that he met George at a bar, and that they exchanged phone numbers and struck up a friendship.

When Scott went through a bad breakup, he says George reached out to him and offered to take him out to dinner and a show.

“He was very good at consoling me and understanding that I was upset and still in love with my boyfriend,” he recalls. “He was a great ear. He was very good about me spilling my heart on my sleeve.”

When the evening was over, the two went back to George’s home for a drink, but Scott claims that when he had had his second drink, “I begin feeling very disoriented and dizzy, and I thought I was going to pass out.”

He says that he did end up passing out, and “The next thing I remember I was coming to and he had my pants down around my ankles and he was groping my crotch and trying to get my underwear off and feeling me up at the same time, trying to get his hands down my underwear.”

“I came to and said, ‘What are you doing?!’ I said ‘I don’t want to do this.’ He goes ‘You need to relax. I am just trying to make you comfortable. Get comfortable.'”

Scott claims that he told him “I don’t want to do this,” and then he left.

It’s a horrible story — all of them are.

But for what it’s worth, George has already strongly denied the story.

“Friends,” he began a series of tweets, “I’m writing to respond to the accusations made by Scott R. Brunton. I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at this claims as you must feel reading them.”

It’s true — people are especially shocked at these claims, because unlike Weinstein and Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., there have never been any rumors about anything like this.

George continued with “The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now.”

“I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I cannot say I do.”

“But I do take these claims very seriously,” he added, “and I wanted to provide my response thoughtfully and not out of the moment.”

“Right now it is a he said / he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 years ago. But those that know me understand that non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful.”

He wrote that his husband is “100 percent beside me on this” and that he “stands fully by my side. I cannot tell you how vital it has been to have his unwavering support and love in these difficult times.”

“Thanks to many of you for all the kind words and trust,” he finished. “It means so much to us. Yours in gratitude, George.”

Do you believe him?

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Roy Moore: Alabama Senate Candidate Accused of Child Molestation

Former Alabama Supreme Court judge and current US Senate candidate Roy Moore has always been a controversial figure.

After all, this is a man whose homophobic, racist, and anti-Muslim views earned him a reputation as a bigot even by the standards of Alabama Republicans.

But despite being twice removed from the bench for ethical violations, Moore has risen through this party’s ranks to become a figure of national prominence.

In September, he defeated Trump-backed candidate Luther Strange in a run-off election and became the GOP’s nominee to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

During his campaign, Moore brandished a gun onstage, blamed the Sandy Hook massacre on a lack of school prayer, and called for the impeachment of judges who have 

Astonishingly, it seems these views have only served to increase Moore’s popularity with his base.

But now, the 70-year-old finds himself at the heart of a scandal that may cost him the support of even his most fervent supporters.

The Washington Post has interviewed four women who say they were subjected to unwanted sexual advances by Moore in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when he was in his thirties and they were in their teens.

Leigh Corfman tells the newspaper she was just 14 when Moore groped her and forced her to touch his genitals at his home in rural Alabama.

“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she remembers thinking.

“Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”

Three women have independently claimed that Moore kissed them, inappropriately touched them, and plied them with alcohol when they were between the ages of 15 and 17.

Moore has denied the allegations in a statement issued by his campaign team:

“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” the statement reads.

Adopting the favorite counter-argument of Trump-era Republicans, a rep for Moore added, “This garbage is the very definition of fake news.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other prominent Republicans have stated that Moore should step aside if there’s any  truth to the allegations.

Others, however, have mounted absurd defenses of Moore, including Alabama state auditor Jim Ziegler, who went viral with this asinine argument:

“Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus,” Ziegler told the Washington Examiner.

Currently, Moore has no plans to bring an end to his campaign.

He is set to face off against Democratic challenger Doug Jones in a special election on December 12.

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Louis C.K. Accused of Sexual Harassment By 5 Women

Earlier today, several media outlets reported that a premiere event for Louis C.K.’s controversial new film, I Love You Daddy, had been canceled due to forthcoming allegations against the comic.

Moments ago, The New York Times confirmed the story with a piece detailing accusations against C.K. from five female colleagues.

Rumors about C.K. sexually assaulting female comics have been circulating for years, but now the alleged victims are telling their stories for the first time.

The first reported incident reportedly took place in Aspen in 2002.

Chicago-based comics Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov claim that after they performed at the city’s Comedy Arts festival, they were invited by C.K. to his hotel room to celebrate.

The women say they felt safe, as they knew they would be together at the hotel, and both were longtime fans of C.K.’s work.

Moments after they arrived in his room, however, C.K. allegedly asked if he could take out his penis.

Goodman and Wolov say they thought C.K. was joking at first, and were stunned when he proceeded to expose himself.

“And then he really did it,” Goodman tells the Times.

“He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.”

A woman named Abby Schachner tells a similar tale.

Schachner claims that in 2003, C.K. called to invite her to one of his comedy shows, and she could hear him masturbating as they spoke on the phone.

Another comedian, Rebecca Corry, says that she met C.K. in 2005 while they were filming a TV pilot together.

She claims the comic asked if he could masturbate in front of her, but she declined.

C.K. addressed the allegations against him indirectly in a 2016 interview with Vulture, saying:

“There’s one more thing I want to say about this, and it’s important: If you need your public profile to be all positive, you’re sick in the head,” he told the outlet.

Today, the comic is declining to speak on his own behalf, and has instead issued a terse statement through his PR team.

“Louis is not going to answer any questions,” publicist Lewis Kay tells the Times.

Reaction on social media has been mixed, as despite the fact that the allegations against C.K. have been something of an open secret for years, many fans who weren’t aware of the rumors are expressing shock and confusion today.

This may be partially due to C.K.’s meek, self-deprecating stage persona, which doesn’t seem to fit the standard profile of an abuser.

In this way, the situation serves as a reminder that just as victims of sexual misconduct come in all ages, races, shapes, and sizes, so too do the perpetrators.

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

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