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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.
Remember a few months ago when the only things that were really going on with Jenelle Evans were her upcoming wedding and all her cool new landscaping projects?
Man, what happened?
For the past several months, many, many people truly believed that this girl had finally gotten her life together.
She hadn’t been arrested in such a long time, she had that precious little baby girl.
Things were good.
But, as we’re now learning, people only thought things were good because Jenelle went to such great lengths to hide the truth.
The truth, sad as it may be, is that she smoked weed during her pregnancy, resulting in a positive drug test for little Ensley.
And yeah, it would have been worse if she’d been drinking or doing her former favorite, heroin, but she doesn’t get a medal for doing the least dangerous drug while growing a child inside her body.
If nothing else, smoking is always bad during pregnancy, right?
So Jenelle couldn’t put down the bong for nine months, North Carolina found out about it, and an investigation was launched.
And now, thanks to some court documents obtained by The Ashley’s Reality Roundup, we know even more details about that investigation.
According to those documents, a DSS rep stated in March that “Mother and father tested positive for substances during the investigation.”
Meaning that at some point during the time DSS was involved with Jenelle and her family, both she and David tested positive for something — probably marijuana again, but the substance wasn’t specified.
After that, social services “visited the home and smelled THC and the child was present in the room at the time.”
The child in this scenario being Ensley, who, as we’re learning, has probably spent much of her eight-month-old life with a contact high.
“Neither parent cooperated in testing additionally when requested to do so,” the documents revealed.
So even after Ensley’s positive drug test, and after a couple of months of investigating, they still didn’t feel the need to just stop smoking for a while?
We also know now that Jenelle and David were assigned a social worker who visited them once a week, and they were given goals “to ensure parents do not use illegal substances in the presence of their children or while pending care.”
The rules were also set in place so that they could “make appropriate supervisions for child care” and “to be more responsible.”
Since the investigation was closed in May, we assume that they were finally able to follow those rules.
But according to another report, the investigation was closed because they were able to obtain medical marijuana cards in California.
Apparently the cards proved that they had a medical need for marijuana, and since they both work out in L.A. often enough, the case was dropped.
Which seems a little silly — regardless of “work,” Jenelle lives in North Carolina, where smoking weed is still all the way illegal, and she didn’t have a medical card when the investigation began.
Unfortunately, we don’t make the rules.
But hey, wouldn’t it be fun if we did?
Back in 2015, Taylor Swift alleged that she was groped by David Mueller, a radio DJ whom she met at an event in Denver.
Swift filed suit against Mueller last year, and this week, and this week, the case finally went to trial.
Today, the singer took the stand and offered a shocking account of the alleged assault she endured.
“It was a definite grab, [a] very long grab,” Swift said in court, according to ABC’s Denver affiliate.
“It was long enough for me to be completely sure it was intentional.”
“He stayed on my bare ass cheek as I lurched away from him uncomfortably,” Swift explained. “The first couple of milliseconds, I thought it must be a mistake. I moved to the side very quickly.”
Swift says that in the moments following the incident, she was too stunned to shove Mueller away or call for help.
“After this happened, a light switched off in my personality,” she said.
“I just said in a monotone voice, ‘Thank you for coming.’”
It’s a phenomenon described by many victims, yet lawyers for Mueller attempted to use Swift’s lack of an outward reaction to their advantage.
Pressed by Mueller’s attorney about why she didn’t reveal what had happened until later, a reportedly stunned Swift replied:
“Your client could have taken a normal photo with me.”
The lawyer then switched focus to Taylor’s bodyguard at the time, Greg Dent, suggesting that he may have been somehow to blame for the incident.
“[Mueller’s] hand was under my skirt,” Taylor emphasized, adding, “[My] bare ass.”
The attorney proceeded to ask Taylor why Dent was no longer under her employ, and she revealed that he declined a position during an unrelated “restructuring” that took place after the incident.
Refocusing the cross-examination on the severity of the allegations against Mueller, Swift said:
“What Mr. Mueller did was, like I said, very intentional, and the location was very intentional.”
“And I wasn’t going to blame [my bodyguard] Greg Dent…none of us expected this to happened. It had never happened before.”
Swift went on to reveal that she believes Mueller and his girlfriend were intoxicated at the time of the incident:
“It appeared to me that the two of them had both had a couple of drinks beforehand,” she said.
Taylor’s mother, Andrea Swift, also took the stand, telling the court that she wanted to “vomit and cry” after learning of the incident.
She also stated that she knew something terrible had taken place when she saw the photos from that night.
“I knew there was something horribly wrong in that picture,” Andrea said.
“I know those eyes better than anybody. She was pulling away. She has that smile frozen on her face, but there’s something going on in her eyes. I just looked at it and I was sickened.”
Bizarrely, it was Mueller who kicked off all the legal wrangling when he sued Swift in 2015, accusing her of getting him fired from his job at Denver radio station KYGO.
Mueller claimed that it was a former colleague of his, Eddie Haskell, who had groped Swift.
He dropped the allegation after being sued by Haskell.
We’ll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
Are you familiar with the DaddyOFive Youtube account and all of the insane drama surrounding it?
If not, then sit back and prepare to be infuriated.
DaddyOFive is a YouTube account belonging to Mike and Heather Martin, a Maryland couple who enjoys pranking their five children.
Which sounds fine, right? Some good old-fashioned family fun, readily available for us to enjoy.
But if you watch the videos — Mike’s deleted them all from his account, but other users have reposted them — you’ll see that the kids are not having fun. Far from it.
For an example of the kind of people we’re talking about here, check out this video in which Heather decides to “prank” nine-year-old Cody by spilling disappearing ink all over some carpet.
The idea is that she’ll blame Cody for the spill, freak him out a little, then reveal that it’s all a joke. But the execution … it’s actually pretty hard to watch.
She and Mike scream and curse at poor Cody and one of their other sons for four straight minutes, so much that the boys are left hysterical before learning that it was all meant to be a joke.
Pretty twisted joke, really.
In other videos, Mike destroys Cody’s X-Box with a sledgehammer as the boy cries, he pushes Cody down, and he follows Cody around with a camera as the poor little boy screams and begs him to leave him alone.
In recent weeks, people have started paying a lot of attention to the family, even going so far as to create an online petition urging Maryland authorities to investigate Mike and Heather for child abuse.
When the controversy first began, the Martins shrugged it off, making a since-deleted video about it all in which Mike said “This is how we run our house. This is our family.”
Heather added that they’ve already been investigated for child abuse because of their YouTube channel, but nothing came of it.
But once they saw that the outrage wasn’t going away, they changed their tune a bit, releasing a tearful public apology for their behavior.
“This has been the absolute worst week of our life,” Heather says in the video, “and we realized that we have made some terrible parenting decisions.”
It’s a little alarming that they made all these videos, that they were able to laugh as their kids screamed and cried, and that they’re just now realizing how terrible they are, but OK.
They explained that when their videos started getting views, they decided to get crazier and crazier with their pranks to get more and more viewers.
And though they seem to regret the things they’ve done to the kids (or at least like they’re willing to admit they’re wrong to save face), it’s too little, too late.
On Friday, Rose Hall, the biological mother of Cody and 12-year-old Emma, received emergency custody of the two children.
“They’re doing good,” Rose, who lost custody of the kids in 2014 after Mike and Heather allegedly forged her signature on some custody paperwork, said in a statement. “They’re getting back to their playful selves.”
She added that it’s “very heartbreaking and disturbing to see my kids abused.”
It’s unclear at this point how long she’ll keep custody, but the Martins are currently being investigated for any possible crimes related to their videos.
Here’s hoping that, whatever way it happens, they’ll actually learn how completely and unforgivably horrible they’ve been to those poor, poor children.
A mother of four named Jennifer Williamson has shared a video on Facebook that was filmed last Sunday at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
It has been viewed over 5.7 million times and we wish we could say this was due to its hilarious nature.
Instead, however, it's due to the very disturbing action depicted, as a TSA agent spends over two minutes closely patting down a child with special needs.
“Let me make something crystal clear. He set off NO alarms,” Williamson wrote of her son, Aaron, who suffers from Sensory Processing Disorder and was traumatized by the experience.
“He physically did not alarm at all during screening, he passed through the detector just fine.”
So the young man passed through the main detector, yet was still pulled aside for an extra screening.
That does happen sometimes.
The detector occasionally picks something up in a specific area of one's clothing and a TSA agent then conducts a quick pat-down to make sure there's nothing to worry about.
But that's not what takes place in the following video.
In the following video, this TSA agent runs his hands over and around Aaron's body, again and again and again.
Williamson went on to say Aaron was detained for “well over an hour,” causing her family to miss its flight and leaving the child confused, even though she requested an alternate screening for her son due to his condition.
“He is still several hours later saying ‘I don’t know what I did. What did I do?’ I am livid,” Williamson shared online.
“I wish I had taped the entire interchange because it was horrifying. We had two DFW police officers that were called and flanking him on each side.
"Somehow these power-tripping TSA agents who are traumatizing children and doing whatever they feel like without any cause, need to be reined in.”
You may judge the incident for yourself below, but here is what the TSA had to say about the viral footage:
“The video shows a male TSA officer explaining the procedure to the passenger, who fully cooperates. Afterward, the TSA officer was instructed by his supervisor, who was observing, to complete the final step of the screening process.
"In total, the pat-down took approximately two minutes, and was observed by the mother and two police officers who were called to mitigate the concerns of the mother.”
Do not look at the following photos while eating.
We don’t mean to be crass. We’re just concerned about the physical well-being of our readers.
On Friday night, though, Mama June Shannon underwent the skin removal procedure that she thought she had wanted for so long, as part of her ongoing mission to shed many pounds.
But you know what they say, don’t you?
Be careful what you wish for!
Shannon said goodbye to her kids on the episode in order to travel to Los Angeles for three weeks and go under the knife, with “From Not to Hot” giving viewers plenty of footage from the actual surgery.
And this is where that warning about not eating comes into play…
First, doctors drew on to June’s skin where they’d be making incisions…
Then, it was time to get to work…
Shannon was put under and placed on the operating table, with physicians slicing away at her body in order to help her lose weight.
Is that too graphic of a description? Sorry.
But that’s what transpired.
The problem, however, is that Shannon was unhappy with the results.
“My body looks like Frankenstein and I hate that I did this,” she said as her doctor removed her bandages. “At this point, I can’t imagine going through another surgery.”
Weeks after this procedure, the mother of four still wasn’t feeling ready for round two, which would remove her “bat wings” and “turkey neck.”
She appeared to be having second thoughts in general about her weight loss journey.
Mama June: From Not to Hot airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on WE tv.
You’ll need to keep tuning in if you wish to find out where June Shannon goes from here.
Why would you actually care or take the time to do this?
Those are very good questions.