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Steve Harvey: Accused of Harassing, Stalking, Bullying Essie Berry

Family Feud host Steve Harvey’s ex-wife is suing him for a slew of things including torture and “soul murdering.”

He is also being sued by the widow of a famous actress.

She accuses Harvey of harassing, bullying, and stalking her — among other things.

Essie Berry is the widow of the late Fred “Rerun” Berry, an actor and street dancer best known for his role as Rerun on What’s Happening?

RadarOnline reports that, in March, Essie filed a lawsuit against Steve Harvey. She is seeking $ 5 million.

She is suing him for damage to her reputation, harassment, witness intimidation, and infliction of mental anguish and emotional distress.

Harvey is denying it all.

In fact, he is alleging that Essie and his ex-wife, Mary Vaughn, are conspiring together in a “quixotic campaign” to take him down.

“From 2013 to August 2018,” the affidavit reads. “The Defendant and known affiliates have harassed, bullied, stalked, silenced, threatened, and intimidated Ms. Berry.”

This has included Harvey allegedly having people post threats against her on YouTube and other sites, resulting in a loss of potential income.

“Furthermore,” the affidavit continues. “The Defendant went at great lengths to make Ms. Berry’s life a living hell.”

“The Defendant manipulated media and entertainment outlets with his mistruths,” the suit alleges. “And caused intentional harm to Ms. Berry’s health and likeness without any apparent justification.”

In other words, it sounds like he allegedly badmouthed her and, also allegedly, sabotaged her career and livelihood.

The suit says: “She lost contracts and wages as a result of the defendant’s actions.”

Steve Harvey’s team hit back: “Mr. Harvey promptly filed a demurrer to Ms. Berry’s rambling and incoherent original complaint.”

“That challenge was mooted,” Harvey’s team asserts. “Days before a hearing when Ms. Berry amended her pleading to assert new claims and theories.”

“Through the present demurrer, Mr. Harvey seeks to end Ms. Berry’s continued misuse and abuse of the judicial system,” Harvey’s team claims.

“Her operative pleading remains woefully deficient under even the most relaxed pleading standard,” the rebuttal continues. “It purports to plead claims that do not exist.”

Essie Berry’s team, however, asserts that this is definitely not something that she’s making up.

“Ms. Berry filed numerous reports to local enforcement and other reporting agencies to restrain the Defendant from constant harassment,” Berry’s team replies.

Of those filings, there was one “which was granted in the State of Arizona in 2013 prior to his retaliating attempt at a restraining order that was in direct violation of the protective order granted to the Plaintiff.”

“On two occasions in 2017,” Berry’s team says. “The Defendant sent an unidentified male to Ms. Berry’s family members home after business hours.”

If that was intended as a threat, it sounds absolutely chilling.

So it looks like two different women are accusing Steve Harvey of being life-ruiningly awful, and they are each suing him to the tune of millions of dollars.

This comes on the heels of the revelation that Steve Harvey does not like to interact with his own coworkers unless he has to, after a memo that he posted went viral.

Sometimes, public figures who appear to be very congenial and admirable turn out to be very different people behind closed doors.

That said, we do not yet know if either woman will be able to prove her accusations in court.

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Mackenzie Standifer: Quit Bullying Me Over Ryan Edwards and KISS MY ASS!

It’s been nearly a week now since Ryan Edwards was arrested, which means he’s spent nearly a week in jail.

It’s been a weird, sad time, right?

There have been conflicting reports about the reason for the arrest, with many reports claiming that he’d been caught with heroin again.

Other reports say that he was taken to jail for violating his probation by missing a court date back in May.

Either way, Ryan violated probation, which isn’t great, considering it’s the second time he’s done so.

Remember, the original arrest for possession of heroin happened last year, and he was placed on probation for a year.

When he was nearly done with that, he was arrested for failing a drug test with heroin in his system, and he was given six more months of probation.

So at this point, it seems pretty clear that probation isn’t working so great, which is probably why he’s being held without bond this time around.

His court date is set for August 6th, so he’ll be hanging out in jail for at least a little while longer.

So what’s his pregnant wife, Mackenzie Standifer, doing until then?

Doing photo shoots and telling off haters, apparently.

Remember earlier this year when she gave her Instagram account to her photographer friend?

She took it back recently, and she’s been sharing some photos of her baby bump, which is getting pretty big now, considering she’s due in October.

It seems like sometime in the past few days, she posed for some photos with her friend.

She shared this one on Instagram:

In her caption, she wrote “She has a kind soul, but a cold [heart emoji].”

Later, she edited it to add “This isn’t a new revelation, I’ve always been the ice queen.”

It’s not hard to figure out why she’s talking like this: a whole, whole lot of Teen Mom OG fans hate her.

A lot.

Some fans hate her so much that they blame her for Ryan’s drug use, because she’s an enabler, see?

She’s also been seen talking trash about Maci Bookout several times on the show, which hasn’t done anything for her popularity, either.

And that’s why the vast majority of the comments on her new post are so negative.

“You know it’s harder to be a bitch than it is to be nice and loving,” someone told her. “It’s nothing to be proud of.”

“Ice queen mom and drug addict convict dad,” another person wrote. “That poor baby.”

One person told her “I hope the father of your child sobers the hell up!”, and another pointed out “your husband is in jail and u taking pictures.”

One of her followers got super direct, telling her “Girl, get your f-cking head out of your ass and grow the f-ck up.”

Finally, Mackenzie’s photographer jumped into the fray to defend her friend, writing “I’d like to meet a single troll on this post who has a job, isn’t an addict themselves, isn’t miserable, and isn’t completely insecure.”

“You all have some major soul/hobby searching to do if putting down a hurting mom to be makes you feel satisfied or content.”

“She might have had TV time,” she continued, “but she is still human trying to figure sh-t out.”

“If you don’t know her personally your comments are baseless and a way to compensate for the sh-t in your own life.”

The friend actually made several comments on the post, and in one she wrote “Mack is one of the most selfless people I know.”

“She sees the best in people and is SO freaking loyal it’s blinding. You don’t know her, and you don’t want to.”

She went on and on about how wonderful Mackenzie is, and how nobody knows the kind of person she truly is, but before too long, Mackenzie herself stepped in to call her off.

“Lol these little phone bullies who have nothing better to do than comment ignorance on a picture can kiss my ass,” she began.

She suggested that the people “drilling me with facts you think you know about myself and my husband” take some time from doing that to “go volunteer your services at your local clinic/hospital/medical school research team.”

“I’m sure they’d be happy to have you and the breadth of your knowledge.”

So much sass in one little comment, right?

We imagine that she’s been hearing and seeing lots and lots of negativity since Ryan’s arrest — and also, you know, for almost the entire time she’s been with Ryan.

It’s understandable that she’d snap after a point.

Hopefully in addition to going off on strangers on social media, she’s also dealing with everything that’s happening in a healthier way.

After all, if Ryan’s going to be staying in jail for a while, she’s going to need to pull everything together to have that baby of theirs.

Best of luck, Mack.

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Patrick J. Adams Apologizes for Perceived Bullying Attempt

Patrick J. Adams is typically a social media superstar.

The former Suits star is usually applauded for his sweet and/or funny messages, such as what he wrote to/about Meghan Markle the day before her Royal Wedding to Prince Harry.

This is what he said:

Going to bed now and thinking a lot about the strange surreal and wonderful day my friend Meghan is going to have tomorrow.

Meghan – wherever you are – we are so grateful to be here to watch you both take this monumental step together. Love deeply and live well.

Like we said: totally sweet, right?

(Adams starred for seven seasons on Suits opposite Markle; he played her love interest, Mike Ross, and his character married her character on the latest season finale.)

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Now, however, Adams has been forced to issue an apology after an unusual incident that took place while he was in England for his good friend’s nuptials.

It’s a bit confusing, but follow along below…

Over the weekend, following the lovely ceremony and reception, Adams and his his wife, Pretty Little Liars alum Troian Bellisario, headed to the airport to catch a flight out of London.

While there, the actor shared a photo on Instagram of a sleeping woman who he says body shamed him and Bellisario, including with it the following caption:

“She reads her paper. See’s picture of me and Troian from wedding. ‘My God. What a terrible photo of you.’ I look over. ‘Really. I kind of like that photo. What do you think is wrong with it?’

“She pauses. ‘Well, you’re just so….chunky.'”

“She laughs and falls asleep. I photograph her sleeping. And….scene. #royalwedding.”

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Sort of a weird exchange, but the woman is the one who body-shamed Adams and Bellisario, right?

We suppose Adams could have taken the highest road and simply ignored the insult, or at least not made it public, but we didn’t interpret this caption as an attempt to bully the woman.

Others, however, did.

The USA Network star has therefore deleted the post and issued a lengthy Mea Culpa.

“Yesterday I posted a photo of a woman who did some casual body shaming of my wife and I in the airport,” Adams began his caption, which went along with the following image.

“My intention was solely to put a face to the people who think that sort of glancing commentary is necessary, helpful or funny. Some of the comments on the post instead said I was being a bully and should have taken the ‘high road’ (some also doubled down on the body shaming. Thumbs up guys!)

“I thought it over and agreed and took it down, not because I felt the woman was right or fair or undeserving of being called out but because any sense of being a bully or lashing out felt wrong.”

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Adams had A LOT more to say on the topic.

He was understandably upset about the way he was being labeled and felt a need to respond in detail.

So we’ll hand the floor over to the actor…

I’m no bully. What that woman said to us was offensive and unnecessary but I should have told her she was rude and out of line and left it at that. I’m sorry I didn’t.

I was too shocked and annoyed and Canadian – so I avoided the confrontation. Again, I’m sorry. Now if you see the original post on any media outlet just know that they are choosing to take a relatively small indiscretion and make it worse. Not for me.

Because I promise you once I hit post on this message it will be out of my mind forever. But it will make whatever bullying or embarrassment I might have caused for that woman far worse for a far wider audience.

Now -this has obviously taken up far too much of our time and of the precious internet space that we need so much. Sorry about that. But let’s just finish with a quick summary.

1. Don’t talk shit about the way people look. You have no idea what’s going on with them and your commentary will always make their day worse not better.

2. If someone does. Don’t use the internet to settle scores. Tell them right to their face and in public that they’re part of the problem and not the solution.

3. Believe pretty much nothing you read in magazines. Good or bad. The machinery runs on misfortune and oversimplification.

4. Be cool to yourself and others at every opportunity. Life is too short for all of this. Thx for reading. Now back to our lives…

Pretty much the perfect reply, right?

Aside from not understanding this woman’s “chunky” comment (just look at the lovely couple above), we don’t really understand why Adams received grief for his post on the matter.

But he likely made the right choice here to just end the debate and be the bigger man.

Kudos to you, Patrick.

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Derick Dillard: The View is BULLYING Me For Being Christian!

Recently, Derick Dillard went on a homophobic rant about one of TLC's home improvement shows that features a gay couple and their family.

His controversial remarks were discussed so much that they were addressed on The View, which you can see in the video below.

Now, Derick is responding … and accusing the talk show hosts of bullying him.

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Derick Dillard is known for his trolling tweets and sometimes comes across as desperate for attention now that he and Jill are no longer on Counting On.

This time, instead of bashing trans reality star Jazz Jennings, he is taking aim at Nate & Jeremiah By Design, a home improvement show on TLC.

"What a travesty of family. It’s sad how blatant the liberal agenda is, such that it both highlights and celebrates a lifestyle so degrading to children on public television as if it should be normal."

Hard to see how a child being in a loving home is degrading.

"They affect this poor child, as well as what perversions are celebrated. If it were adultery, I doubt a network would be so quick to focus on the reality of it as if it were ok."

Equating same-sex marriage to adultery is, of course, quite a reach.

But he says that he's not being hateful.

"I’m not bashing the people, I’m just calling out the public agenda at play and how a network chooses what they highlight. Christians should love all as Christ loved all. Take advantage of capitalism: boycott what you don’t believe in, but don’t boycott relationships."

So he's not being hateful … but he doesn't think that these people should be on television because they're gay parents.

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Whoopi speaks up first, saying:

"You don't have to agree with anybody's lifestyle. But you don't live in their house. Just like we don't live in a house where there are 900 kids."

Basically, she's saying that Derick doesn't have much room to talk about unusual lifestyles, giving the family into which he married.

Sara Haines chimes in, saying:

"Some of my idols as parents are gay." She provides an example of a gay couple and their child (and adorable bulldog).

Sunny Hostin then says that she thinks that stances like Derick's come from "people that lack empathy."

She also says that "people that haven't been around gay couples."

One by one, each of the hosts on The View talks about same-sex parents, from personal anecdotes and from statistics, being healthy and loving.

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Derick responded to this, decrying the segment as bullying:

"Really?! Are my friends on The View really going to be our standard & champion for open-mindedness?"

One, they're not your friends, dude. Two, they're not the standard, but they are meeting the minimum requirements for human decency.

"Conviction doesn’t equal lack of open mindedness."

That is technically true.

"We need to love all people & promote what’s best for everyone."

See, Derick isn't a kill-all-gay-people sort of bigot, he's a all-gay-people-should-just-not-be-gay bigot. He believes that his views are compassionate.

"Most Americans believe this, but are fearful of bullying like this."

If he's saying that most Americans oppose marriage equality, that is false. Just under two-thirds of Americans support same-sex marriage.

And then, of course, there's his accusation that what these hosts have to say is bullying.

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First of all, they don't really seem to talk about Derick enough for this to qualify as bullying.

As you'll see in the clip below, they mostly talk about same-sex couples who are parents whom they know and love.

Meghan McCain shares that her mother came around on marriage equality when she realized that so many children could be adopted into loving homes.

They also talk about how, for both adults and for children, knowing families with same-sex parents makes it clear that the sort of gay bogeyman that anti-gay activists describe doesn't at all match up with the real thing.

Derick does say that he has been exposed to people who aren't like him, tweeting:

"I have friends who are homosexual and was in public school for 17 years, including university band, fraternity life, and spirit squad. I think I’ve more than opened my mind and eyes to experience all kinds of people very different than myself."

That's … sad.

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But we have to remember that Derick Dillard comes from the far-right fringes of American Christianity.

We don't doubt that, among the people with whom he associates, the majority do oppose marriage equality and same-sex parents adopting and a host of other things.

There is a narrative among extreme conservatives that Christianity is being oppressed in the United States, even though Christians are of course the majority.

The narrative has been very popular recently among conservative politicians, who believe that Trump and politicians like him are "hitting back" at their oppressors.

It is also a popular narrative with Derick and those who support his less-than-kind tweets.

Watch this video for yourself and decide if this is bullying … or some heartfelt discussion of a topic near and dear to the hearts of the hosts.

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Alec Baldwin Admits to “Bullying” Women, Engaging In “Sexist” Behavior

Over the past several weeks, a number of Hollywood’s most powerful men have been exposed as serial sexual predators.

The string of scandals began with accusations against Harvey Weinstein that would eventually bring an end to one of the industry’s most esteemed film studios.

In the month that followed, allegations against Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Piven, Brett Ratner, Ben Affleck and many more pulled back the curtain on a culture of abuse and misogyny in the movie industry.

Most of the accused have feigned shock or issued timid confessions in the wake of being called out for their behavior.

Now, actor Alec Baldwin–himself no stranger to allegations of abusive behavior–is attempting to change how Hollywood addresses its ongoing misogyny issues by admitting to mistreating women before he becomes the subject of another scandal.

“I certainly have treated women in a very sexist way. I’ve bullied women. I’ve overlooked women. I’ve underestimated women,” Baldwin told Tonight Show announcer Steve Higgins at a Paley Center event on Thursday night.

“Not as a rule, [but] from time to time, I’ve done what a lot of men do, which is … when you don’t treat women the same way you treat men.”

Baldwin added:

“I’m from a generation where you really don’t, and I’d like that to change. I really would like that to change.”

Though he’s taken some flak for attributing his behavior to his age, Baldwin has mostly been applauded for his comments.

“I think it’s important for us to try to make the workplace and beyond not only comfortable and right and fair and appropriate, but as productive as well,” he explained.

“A lot of what we’re dealing with within this issue is hurting our business. It’s making it less productive.”

A father of four, Baldwin was widely castigated for an abusive voicemail he left for daughter Ireland in 2007 when she was just 11 years old.

Asked if he was aware of abusive behavior from 

“I knew of certain things, that there were rumors of things happening to people, but I didn’t necessarily know the scope, when you hear the hundreds and hundreds of women who are complaining about this… It’s been a very eye-opening experience for me personally,” Baldwin said last night.

“We’ve got to be vigilant in a new way to make sure that everybody is comfortable and that we get the job done together that we’re there to do.”

Baldwin did not go into detail about the more shameful behavior of his past, but says that going forward, he will be more conscientious in his interactions with female colleagues.

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Selena Gomez: Justin Bieber Fans Are Bullying My Assistant!

It’s been over a year since the last time Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber broke up.

We’ve lost count of just how many times Justin and Selena split over the years, and frankly, we imagine they have, as well.

These days, Selena is dating The Weeknd, and it looks as though Jelena is well and truly a thing of the past.

But don’t tell that to the millions of Justin fans who are still holding out hope for a reconciliation.

Yes, like the Robsten obsessives who refused to accept that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart had broken up, there are thousands of social media users who maintain that Justin and Selena will find their way back to one another someday.

And for some reason, they’ve decided to target their frustrations at Selena’s personal assistant, Teresa Mingus.

Teresa posted a photo of Selena and The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) with a caption that drove Beliebers up a wall.

“In an industry that’s so hard to be loyal and love, these two made it happen,” Mingus wrote on the photo below:

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We waded into the swamp of foolishness that is the comments section on the photo to share with you the most ridiculous pleas from the Jelena faithful:

“JELENAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!”

“True Love always finds its way.”

“Love over promo. REAL love always wins.”

And of course, this gem which appears to have been posted by about a dozen different users:

“Never Say Never @SelenaGomez @JustinBieber”

There were many variations on the theme that Selena and Abel’s relationship is some kind of promotional stunt (as though either party needs the added press, or would stand to benefit from a fake relationship).

Most of these read along the lines of “Abelena is PR” or “Abelena is promo.”

You get the point. It’s basically the Jelena fan equivalent of calling everything you don’t like “fake news.”

And it’s equally dumb.

Look, folks, we live in the world of celebrity gossip.

We eat, sleep, and breathe this stuff, so we’re the last people to dismiss your emotional attachment to your favorite celebrity couples.

But to paraphrase Selena’s BFF, Bieber and Gomez are never, ever, ever getting back together – and that’s a good thing.

By all appearances and based on the accounts of those who knew them best, this was not healthy for either party.

Both Selena and Justin seem happier and more stable these days, so maybe just let that relationship rest in peace?

No? Gonna continue to obsess over a on-again, off-again romance that started when they were both in their teens?

You go ahead with that.

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Aleksandra Iarovikova: 90 Day Fiance Star Quits Social Media Over Bullying

Aleksandra Iarovikova of 90 Day Fiance fame has peaced out of social media, citing the relentless bullying and harassment she’s received.

The final straw was a photo she posted of her infant daughter online and fans hatching the theory that her husband Josh is not the father.

I just wanted to say sorry to all those people who support and understand me,” Aleksandra, who hails from Russia, captioned her final post.

A photo of herself and Josh, a Mormon missionary from Idaho, on Instagram is apparently her last; Aleksandra has disabled all comments.

“Without you I’m nothing and I love you all,” she added.

Aleksandra then explained her decision as such:

“And I want to say to all the haters and those who tried to humiliate me under every post, God bless you and your families.”

“I don’t know what makes you so unhappy that you put all your negative to other people, but I know that getting your own life will make you feel better.”

“Just what makes you think that you know me and my life? Did you live in my apartment? Was you there when I was dating & getting married to Josh?”

She continued calling out her critics, incredulous at the idea that people online could say these things (which clearly hurt her deeply):

“Was you there when we did the first ultrasound?”

“Was you there when we were suffering during my labor? Did you cry with us when our girl was fighting for life in the NICU?”

“Was you there when we finally got to hold her for the first time? No? Then how dare you say something about me or Josh or our daughter?”

“I’m so done with reading the same negative comments over and over again. I’m so done with all this negative. Hope one day you’ll understand.”

“But for now, I’m so done with you and this account.”

“Thanks for everything. Bye.”

On Facebook, she changed her profile picture to one of herself and Josh, removing one in which you could see her daughter’s face.

Many speculated that the child is biracial, based at least in part on the fact that her best friend and travel companion is a black man.

She has posted lots of photos of the two together through the years, though Aleksandra has adamantly denied that Josh is not the father.

“Of course Josh is the father,” she said.

“I’d do a DNA test, but I don’t want to prove something to somebody who I don’t know. That’s sad that people don’t think and make up such silly things.”

As far as the little girl looking nothing like Josh, Aleksandra said “kids may look like their grandparents and nothing like their own parents.”

“I don’t look like my mom or dad, I look more like my grandma. My daughter looks like my mom. Seriously, they have the same face.

“They look absolutely the same, it’s crazy.”

Regarding the online chatter that her close friend might be the father of her child, the 90 Day Fiance star shot that down as well.

“He is like my brother,” she said.

“That’s even disgusting to think about possible feelings between us. He promised him to protect me in Prague while Josh is far away.”

If her relationship with Josh is suffering, you wouldn’t know it based on photos online. The couple appears to still be married and happy.

We are “still together” and “still love each other,” she said this spring, and by all accounts, Iarovikova’s Instagram pics tell a similar story.

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