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Ed Westwick has once again been accused of rape.
The former Gossip Girl star, who was first alleged to have committed this heinous act back in November, now faces allegations from a woman named Haley Camille Freedman.
Per TMZ, Freedman writes in a new lawsuit that she attended a gathering at Westwick’s home in 2014.
She was among a large group of people at the time, but remained behind after everyone else left for the evening.
Freedman acknowledges that she and the actor started having consensual sex, but that she grew hesitant when he asked her to strangle him, spit on him and slap him.
After she refused to do so, Freeman says Westwick did these things to her.
And that’s not all…
Freedman goes on to explain that she fell asleep after this awkward encounter and spent the night at Westwick’s residence.
She was taking a shower in the morning when Westwick entered the bathroom and forced himself upon her sexually.
The legal documents detail how Freedman was groggy and out of it for two days, stranded at Westwick’s house and unsure where she was.
She says she did not have cell phone service.
Westwick allegedly promised to drive Freedman to her car, but then kept delaying this favor so that he could keep having sex with her, resulting in bruising and bleeding, according to the lawsuit.
But here’s where things get even weirder…
Freedman is NOT suing Westwick.
Her legal beef is with ex-business partner who she says cut her off as an aspiring stylist because she wanted to make these allegations public three years ago.
Freedman claims she even gave an interview to a media outlet, but Westwick’s team managed to stop it from being published.
By painting her, via a series of text messages as “unstable, disturbed, jealous and promiscuous.”
She adds in the lawsuit that Westwick threatened to sue her, alleging he had proof she was lying because he had loved ones in town visiting his house at the time she claims she was being held captive.
It’s a weird story, to be sure.
But it’s actually the third time now that a woman has come out with sexual assault allegations against the actor.
He is under investigation for at least one of these incidents and said the following after the second charge was leveled, by an actress named Aurélie Wynn:
“I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on a woman. I certainly have never committed rape.”
We’ll update this story when/if more news breaks.
With all the talk surrounding Meghan Markle and the family into which she’s about to become a member, a certain someone would like to remind folks about Meghan Markle’s actual family.
And that certain someone is her half-sister, Samantha Grant.
Grant has become somewhat of a celebrity herself ever since Markle entered the mainstream conversation early last year.
She has been granting interviews and trying to get her name out there on a frequent basis for several months now.
In the latest case of Grant attempting to capitalize off her sibling’s fame, Grant sat down and spoke to Fox News about various rumors surrounding the soon-to-be Mrs. Prince Harry.
“Don’t believe anything you read in tabloids,” Grant says. “Those stories are written to create controversy and sell magazines.”
In this initial case, the topic at hand was chatter that Markle would be walked down the aisle by her mother, NOT her father, because she isn’t especially close to her dad.
(The former actress’ parents have been divorced for years.)
“My father, when we see these tabloids, and it’s every day, we just roll our eyes,” Grant explains, adding:
“There are so many rumors, like Meghan doesn’t get along with her dad or he’s reclusive. He’s not.
“They talk regularly… Her relationship growing up with him was great. It’s still great now.”
Thomas Markle lives a quiet life in Mexico and is on record as saying he would love to walk Markle down the aisle on her wedding day, which is scheduled for May 19.
“My father is very close to Meg,” continued Grant, elaborating:
“All of that perception created by the press is a horrible, despicable lie… It’s really unfortunate and it has caused the family a lot of pain… It’s atrocious.
“And if I’ve had billions of dollars, there are about 50 publications I would go after and sue… But I’m in a wheelchair. I don’t have time or energy to be doing all of that.”
Grant has been offered a TLC special and has claimed in the past that she plans to write a tell-all about Markle.
Many quickly assumed this memoir (titled “The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister”) would be a hatchet job, but Grant now insists she’s been misunderstood.
And so has the relationship between her and Markle, who did not grow up in the same house because they are 17 years apart in age.
“My relationship with my sister for a while was really hurt because of the perceptions out there,” says Grant.
“And I have to say, my book’s not what all of these people are saying it is… Just because it has the word ‘pushy’ doesn’t mean it’s a slamming tell-all… I was making fun of the tabloids…
“My goal is really to show how lovely and amazing she is. I look forward to the both of us hopefully laughing over this.”
What about the rumor that Grant and Markle have not spoken in a decade?
“We spoke in 2014,” Samantha swears.
“That doesn’t make us estranged by a decade… When you got someone in the family who is famous, just because they jet-set and have a busy, distracting life, it doesn’t mean anyone in the family is estranged…
“Our families have always been very much in touch. And certainly growing up, we were very close.”
Still… they haven’t talked in four years?!?
Grant simply chalks this up to Markle being “busy” with her career, which took off thanks to her role on the USA Network hit Suits.
In conclusion, Grant thinks she’ll be invited to Markle and Harry’s wedding.
“I would be honored and to the best of my knowledge, I’m going [to the wedding],” she says.
“That’s all I will say… I [still] see her as my little Meggie. She’s a woman now, but I still see her as my baby sister.”
We think Samantha may be in for a major disappointment.
We finally have an answer to this ongoing pressing question:
Where in the world is Kylie Jenner?
And the answer is this:
Someplace with a giant plate of food in front of her!
Indeed, according to a pretty mean new report by Radar Online, the 20-year old is not sharing new photos on Instagram and not appearing in public because she’s embarrassed.
And it’s not just because she’s pregnant.
“Kylie’s been eating non-stop and has gained a tremendous amount of weight,” an insider claims to Radar, adding:
“She is not eating healthy, either, so it is not making her situation any better.”
This is common for any woman that is expecting, of course.
How many times have you heard a pregnant person joke that she is “eating for two?”
Kylie, however, has made a living from posing in scantily-clad outfits and in sharing every detail of her personal life with her fans.
For this reason, those same fans are growing irritated over the lack of Jenner’s baby bump.
They’re sick of the games and just want Kylie to come out and admit she’s expecting a child with semi-serious boyfriend Travis Scott.
But Radar writes that Jenner has gained 60 pounds in just a few months and it’s all because she has a “big breakfast, big lunch, big dinner and tons of snacks in between.”
As a result, she can’t bear to show off her figure to, well, pretty much anyone.
This is actually pretty sad, if true.
Kylie has created a life for herself in which she can’t be her true self… unless that true self is svelte and sexy and all of that.
“She gorges on food and blames it on being pregnant, but says that she is always hungry,” Radar alleges, writing that the star “hides her [body] in oversized clothes” these days.
Because Jenner has not issued any sort of statement regarding her pregnancy, we don’t know for sure when she’s due or whether she’s having a boy or a girl.
But we hear the baby will arrive early this spring and be a female.
We’ve also heard disturbing reports that Kylie will try to get emergency weight loss surgery as soon as she gives birth.
She’s that desperate to shed this baby weight.
Her sisters and other loved ones are against this dangerous idea, but Jenner simply isn’t thinking clearly at the moment.
“She thinks she is morbidly obese right now,” the Radar insider says.
“After she gives birth, she is planning on checking into a fat farm for six weeks.
“If that doesn’t work, she will resort to using a procedure like limo or cool sculpting to shed the pounds.”
Again, we can’t verify the accuracy of this allegation.
But even in the Keeping Up with the Kardashians clip where Kylie seemingly tells her family that she’s pregnant (above), we do NOT see Kylie’s body.
We simply see her face over the phone.
This has to lend at least some credence to the possibility that Kylie really has gained a great deal of weight and really does feel awful about it.
The truth, however, is that we’ll never know for certain. We have no way of shooting down this claim until Jenner herself comes out and does what she is apparently afraid to do:
She has to make herself visible to the world.
New details have emerged regarding the biggest entertainment news story of the day.
Of the week, really.
Perhaps of the year, even.
As previously reported, Matt Lauer was fired as co-host of The Today Show this morning, following a “complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,” according to NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack.
After reading a statement from Lack on air this morning, a visibly shaken Savannah Guthrie said she didn’t have any more information on the stunning scandal.
“I will tell you right now we do not know more than what I just shared with you, but we will be covering this story as reporters, as journalists,” Lauer’s long-time co-host said, adding:
“We are heartbroken. I’m heartbroken for Matt…
“And I’m heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story, and any other women who have their own stories to tell.”
This really is a crazy and sad time in Hollywood.
But it’s hopefully a positive development for the long-term.
Let’s hope that having men such as Lauer, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. exposed as sexual predators and/or harassers will inspire victims everywhere to speak out… perpetrators to be punished… and the prevalence of these types of situations to drastically decrease.
But back to Lauer…
Sources have told The New York Post that he’s accused of sexually assaulting a female NBC staffer during the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.
Various outlets, such as The New York Times, were reportedly working on a story about this allegation.
When NBC executives learned the accusation would be made public, they attempted to get in front of the articles by proactively letting Lauer go.
An NBC insider tells Page Six that Lauer’s alleged victim complained to HR on Monday.
“This happened so quickly. She didn’t go to the media, she made a complaint to NBC’s human resources, and her evidence was so compelling that Matt was fired on Tuesday night.
“The victim says she has evidence that this has also happened to other women, but so far we don’t have evidence of that.”
Even with this new piece of intel, it remains unclear just what Lauer is accused of doing with this employee.
Based on NBC’s decision, however, it is not something anyone should take lightly.
In response to the news, celebrities from across television, music and movies have spoken out on Lauer and the ongoing issue of sexual misconduct in Hollywood in general.
Tweeted Corey Feldman:
“HMMMMM INTERESTING…..THIS MIGHT EXPLAIN THE HOSTILE INTERVIEW WHILE I WAS TRYING 2 EXPOSE THE #TRUTH….EH MATT?”
And Rose McGowan:
“Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Matt Lauer.”
And Kathy Griffin:
“Matt Lauer has been on my list for a while. It’s really too bad more Americans don’t come to my shows. I pretty much recite the list in every show. Haha. I told you, my memory is long, my friends. I’ve been around a long time.”
And Bette Midler:
“Matt? Lauer? You’re joking? Right? Men have dropped their…oh, what’s the use.”
Hoda Kotb, meanwhile, sat in Lauer’s chair alongside Guthrie today and said the following:
“It’s hard to reconcile with what we are hearing with the man who we know, who walks in this building every single day.
“We were both woken up with the news, kind of pre-dawn, and we’re trying to process it and trying to make sense of it – and it’ll take some time for that.”
We’ll continue to update this story as more and more news breaks.
According to a new report, Lamar Odom did not collapse at a nightclub last week simply because he was very tired from working out.
Shocking, we know.
This is what a spokesperson for the former reality and NBA star actually alleged, however, after Odom fell to the floor early Sunday morning at Bootsy Bellows in Los Angeles.
Due to Odom’s history of drug and alcohol abuse, it was questionable why he was even in the establishment.
But Lamar’s rep downplayed the incident shortly afterward, saying Odom is doing “well” and adding by way of explanation:
“He was dehydrated and had been in an intense workout earlier in the day. It was also very hot in the club.”
No one really believed this at the time.
Most celebrity gossip followers figured Odom had, unfortunately, fallen off the wagon once again.
And now a People Magazine report appears to back up this assumption.
“Lamar is spiraling again. He’s out of control,” an insider tells this publication of Odom, adding in further disturbing detail:
“He was better this spring, but things got worse over the summer and everyone is worried things are going to get even worse and they’re scared for him.”
We can’t verify these claims outside of relaying them to our readers, but it wouldn’t come as a shock that this would be a challenging time for Odom.
Ex-wife Khloe Kardashian is pregnant with her first child; she’s expecting a baby in early spring.
Moreover, she’s expecting this baby with Tristan Thompson, who is also a professional basketball player and who also mostly plays power forward.
This is the same position Odom played throughout his career.
So it really is if Khloe has directly replaced her ex-husband with a new and less hurtful version.
Lamar has admitted to cheating on Khloe during their marriage.
He’s also confessed that he was addicted to drugs at various points in their relationship.
The couple split in 2013 after a few turbulent months, although the divorce was not finalized until many years later.
Then, in October of 2015, the troubled star was rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel.
He was only given a 50 percent chance of survival at the time, spending four days in a coma, with Khloe by his side nearly the entire time.
Upon his recovery, Odom completed a 30-day drug rehab program.
Friends and loved ones hoped it would signal a reversal of fortunes for Odom, a turning point in a life full of tragedy (see below).
We still hope that’s the case.
Sadly, though, it seems very unlikely to have been.
Remember when Jessica Simpson appeared on Ellen this past May?
And she rambled about her marriage and her hobbies and even her sexual past with women and everyone thought it was oh so very funny?
But what if it were very serious? What if it were indicative of a substance abuse problem for which Simpson needs professional help?
This is the assertion being made by an In Touch Weekly insider, who tells the tabloid that, as straightforwardly as possible, that the star “has a problem” with alcohol.
The magazine cites an incident that took place on September 19 when Simpson could barely stand up straight upon leaving the Los Angeles restaurant Craig’s.
Photographers captured the 37-year old losing her balance on the sidewalk that evening, literally held up by husband Eric Johnson.
We’ve all been here, of course. We’ve all thrown back one too many drinks on occasion and wondered what the heck we were thinking as we reached for the Advil the following morning.
But this wasn’t a one-time, harmless occurrence, according to anonymous friend of the singer’s.
“It’s been occurring on a frequent basis lately,” this friend tells In Touch of Simpson, alleging that Jessica mixes booze with anti-anxiety pills and adding:
“The combination [of alcohol and medication] makes her loopy and disoriented.
This dangerous habit has supposedly grown worse in the wake of her father’s cancer diagnosis late last year.
Johnson is concerned about his wife’s behavior and possible addiction and has reportedly tried to discuss the issue with Simpson.
But she hasn’t been receptive to his critiques and/or advice.
“They’ll fight about Jessica’s drinking for a few days and then apologize to each other until it happens again,” this same magazine source explains.
At one point, Johnson allegedly even tried to stage an intervention for Simpson.
Alas, it never materialized.
“Eric just deals with it now,” the insider says, elaborating as follows:
“Of course he’s embarrassed, but there isn’t much he can do. Jessica can be really stubborn and if she doesn’t want to do something, no one can make her.”
This isn’t the first time Simpson’s supposed drinking problem has been raised as an issue.
Two years ago, Johnson urged his wife to check into a rehab facility in order to sober up.
Following an appearance on HSN in which Simpson came across as totally wasted, Johnson put his foot down, sources claimed in September of 2015.
“He is worried sick that Jess’ conduct is going to start affecting their two children and that their oldest is starting to realize there’s something wrong,” we wrote back then.
This is the appearance to which we’re referring:
Said another tabloid insider shortly after this embarrassing incident:
“She can’t be in denial any longer about the toll that her problems have taken on her marriage, her children, and her money.”
Fast forward two years and…well… she apparently can be.
Of course, accusing someone of a drinking problem is a pretty big deal.
We can’t say we have first-hand knowledge of Simpson’s situation here.
All we can say is that she has two kids and IF there really is an issue that has to be dealt with, we sincerely hope she realizes what’s most important as a mother and seeks the assistance she needs.
We’re rooting for you, Jess.
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In a controversial letter to employees that went viral last week, Steve Harvey demanded to be left alone.
But Mary L. Vaughn apparently did not get the memo.
The comedian’s ex-wife is coming strong after the man she says scorned her in nearly every way imaginable, filing a $ 60 million lawsuit against Harvey that paints him in an even worse light than that infamous letter.
Vaughn and Harvey were married from 1996 through 2005.
During their time together, the former was allegedly subjected to “prolonged torture with the infliction of severe mental pain and suffering,” according to court documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight.
These same legal papers also claim that Vaughn “attempted suicide by self-medicating [in] an effort to stop the pain.”
They go on to allege that Harvey and his lawyer caused “severe emotional distress” that led to a litany of medical conditions for not only Vaughn … but her immediate family over the past 15 years or so.
Pretty damning accusations, that’s for certain.
And Vaughn isn’t even finished.
She’s suing the talk show host for child endangerment, torture, kidnapping, breach of contract, conspiracy against rights, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and “soul murdering.”
The lawsuit even cites such terms/actions as harassment, brainwashing and theft by deception.
Harvey and Vaughn share a 10-year old son, Wynton.
This isn’t the first time the latter has aired severe accusations against Harvey, having previously gone off on him via a YouTube video.
She was even jailed for 30 days in 2013 for contempt of court after violating the terms of a gag order in the couple’s divorce.
Harvey has three kids from his first marriage and has been the husband of third wife Marjorie since 2007.
Just a few days ago, Harvey made negative headlines after the Internet learned that he sent a memo to employees last year in which he laid out a series of ground rules.
They all boiled down to Harvey wanting total and complete privacy at work, with excerpts including the following demands:
Do not come to my dressing room unless invited.
Do not approach me while I’m in the makeup chair unless I ask to speak with you directly.
Do not wait in the hallway to speak to me… make an appointment.
The star eventually acknowledged that he sent this letter, but made no apologies for how much of a diva it made him sound like.
“I could not find a way to walk from the stage to my dressing room, to sit in my makeup chair, to walk from my dressing room to the stage or to just sit and have lunch without somebody just walking in,” Harvey explained to ET, adding:
“I’ve always had a policy where, you know, you can come and talk to me – so many people are great around here, but some of them just started taking advantage of it…
“I just didn’t want to be in this prison anymore where I had to be in this little room, scared to go out and take a breath of fresh air without somebody approaching me, so I wrote the letter.”
Vaughn would likely say that she knows a thing or two about being stuck in a prison when it comes to Harvey.
In response to her lawsuit, Steve’s attorney Brandon Williams told TMZ the followingL
“Mr. Harvey vehemently denies any allegations set forth in the lawsuit. The Complaint is meritless, frivolous and the allegations are completely false.
“We will vigorously defend/counterclaim against the Complaint.”
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