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Chris Hardwick Chokes Up on ‘Talking Dead’ About Sexual Harassment Investigation

Chris Hardwick is still reeling from the sexual harassment claims made by his ex-girlfriend … that much is clear after he made an emotional statement to his ‘Talking Dead’ fans. Chris was back hosting the show Sunday night, and choked back tears…

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Chris Hardwick Chokes Up on ‘Talking Dead’ About Sexual Harassment Investigation

Chris Hardwick is still reeling from the sexual harassment claims made by his ex-girlfriend … that much is clear after he made an emotional statement to his ‘Talking Dead’ fans. Chris was back hosting the show Sunday night, and choked back tears…

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Universal Studios Investigating ‘Bachelorette’ Contestant For Sexual Harassment

‘Bachelorette’ contestant Leo Dottavio is being accused of sexual harassment when he worked as a stuntman at Universal Studios … and TMZ’s learned the studio is investigating. Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ … a complaint…

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Les Moonves Responds to Sexual Harassment Charges, Admits to Making “Women Feel Uncomfortable”

Les Moones has responded to charges of sexual harassment and misconduct outlined by Ronan Farrow in an explosive New Yorker article relased on Friday.

In the damning expose, Farrow cites six women, all of whom allege that the CBS CEO made unwanted advances toward them in the form of kissing or touching.

If they refused said advances, the women were punished.

Each also said she was afraid to speak out back when the incidents happened, out of fear over how Moonves could ruin their careers.

This same piece delves deeply into CBS itself, with Farrow writing that it maintains a testosterone-fueled culture where “everything feels old, the people, the furniture, the culture, the mores.”

(Moonves has served as the chairman of CBS for about two and a half years; the network has been the most-watched network on television in 15 of the last 16 seasons.)

One of the accusers is actress Illeana Douglas, perhaps best known for her role on Six Feet Under.

She claims to have been fired from a 1997 pilot after refusing Moonves’ advances, which included “violent kissing” and holding her down on his office couch.

“The physicality of it was horrendous,” she alleges of Moonves, who was the CBS Entertainment President at the time.

Douglas says she was promptly let from the unanmed sitcom and denied payment, although she was later offered compensation and the opportunity to appear in a CBS miniseries after she retained an attorney.

In response to the scathing allegations against him, Moonves has said the following:

Throughout my time at CBS, we have promoted a culture of respect and opportunity for all employees, and have consistently found success elevating women to top executive positions across our Company.

I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances.

Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely.

But I always understood and respected – and abided by the principle – that ‘no’ means ‘no,’ and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone’s career.

This is a time when we all are appropriately focused on how we help improve our society, and we at CBS are committed to being part of the solution.

Even before various details from the article were made public on Friday, CBS vows to investigate Moonves and this entire situation.

It said in a lengthy statement of its own:

CBS is very mindful of all workplace issues and takes each report of misconduct very seriously.

We do not believe, however, that the picture of our Company created in The New Yorker represents a larger organization that does its best to treat its tens of thousands of employees with dignity and respect.

We are seeing vigorous discourse in our country about equality, inclusion and safety in the workplace, and CBS is committed to being part of the solution to those important issues.

Moonves is one of the most powerful men in Hollywood.

He earned close to $ 70 million last year and is married to CBS on-air personality Julie Chen.

The Big Brother host said the following in the wake of these accusations against her husband:

I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late ’90s, and I have been married to him for almost 14 years.

Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader.

He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand behind him and his statement.

That’s all well and good and parts of it may be true.

But it’s very safe to assume at least one thing in all of this:

There’s no way Les Moonves remains CEO of CBS for very much longer.

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Ariel Winter: Driven Off of Twitter by Hateful Harassment

While Instagram is still happily showing Ariel Winter getting her butt grabbed, the Modern Family star has taken a step back from Twitter.

She is, at least, explaining her absence, but it’s not good news.

Ariel has been driven off of the social media platform because she is absolutely exhausted by the constant harassment. And she might drop Instagram next.

In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, Ariel Winter’s rep explains why the Modern Family star has suddenly vanished from Twitter.

“Ariel has taken a break from Twitter,” the statement explains. “And engaging with commenters on her other platforms.”

You can engage with fans on just about any platform, but Twitter sometimes feels like nothing but that — and it can wear you out.

Ariel is stepping back “because of the constant negativity she experiences,” the statement says.

People on the internet can be cruel — especially if you are famous and especially if you are a woman.

“She needs a moment to breathe and enjoy herself,” the statement continues.

Of course. Everyone, no matter how famous, deserves that.

And the statement makes clear that Ariel wants to be able to live her life “without judgement.”

Good for her.

Ariel did not only speak up through her rep.

In her Instagram story, Ariel warned fans that she is “in the process of deleting all social media.”

Fortunately, her Instagram remains up — for now.

Back in 2016, Ariel was singing a different tune when she spoke to Entertainment Tonight about her use of social media.

“I don’t really think I’m telling myself, ‘You should post this, you shouldn’t post that,’ I feel like I’m just having fun,” Ariel said at the time.

She explained why she offered so many glimpses into her life, saying: “I like my fans to see what I’m doing.”

“I’m not going to fight with someone on my Instagram that tells me they don’t like my outfit or I should put my butt away,” Ariel said.

That’s good. It’s her body and, within Instagram’s rules of use (which totally allow butts), she can share whatever photos of it she likes.

“I’m sorry you think I should put my butt away,” Ariel said in 2016. “But just unfollow me.”

That is good advice. Unfortunately, not advice that many people take.

Instead, there are certain trolls who thrive off of eliciting a reaction — especially a negative one — from famous women on the internet.

These trolls are drawn to beautiful women, but for some reason seem determined to shame these women for showing (or even having) the bodies that these trolls often admire.

Of course, these trolls may also tell beautiful women that they’re ugly, or say anything else to hurt that person’s self esteem.

It doesn’t make sense, but vicious cruelty on the internet doesn’t have to be logical to drive people from the internet.

Look at how Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran was driven from Instagram by harassment. And now, Ariel Winter’s been driven away from Twitter.

We imagine that what’s changed for Ariel Winter since 2016 is that trolls are more emboldened than ever before. It’s also that she probably got tired of the hate.

What seems like a bracing difference of opinion at one point can get really old two years later.

Additionally, Ariel is happily in a relationship with Levi Meaden. A lot of hateful comments have been directed at their romance, at him, and his career.

It can be a lot harder to weather comments about someone you love than it is to see hate directed at you.

We hope that this well-deserved rest does Ariel a lot of good. We’ll certainly miss her tweets.

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