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James Franco Accused of Sexual Misconduct By 5 Women; Actor Continues to Make Media Rounds

At this point, we’re sadly unsurprised when one of Hollywood’s most influential men is accused of some form of sexual misconduct.

The cycle of accusation, apology, and fallout has become all too familiar and, for the most part, fairly easy to predict.

But as award season kicks into high gear, James Franco is defying convention by refusing to step away from the spotlight or even apologize for his alleged past behavior.

On Sunday night, Franco won a Golden Globe for his performance in The Disaster Artist, a film that he also wrote and directed.

His celebration was short-lived, however, due number of tweets posted by actress Ally Sheedy that hinted at sexual misconduct on Franco’s part.

Shortly thereafter, a woman named Violet Paley came forward with allegations that Franco had sexually assaulted her when she was just 17 years old.

In the 48 hours that followed, four other women came forward 

“I was talking to him, all of a sudden his penis was out,” Paley said. 

“I got really nervous, and I said, ‘Can we do this later?’ He was kind of nudging my head down, and I just didn’t want him to hate me, so I did it.”

Paley went on to date Franco, but says when she reflects on the incident, she feels she was coerced into performing oral sex despite feeling uncomfortable about it.

“I would say, ‘No, stop, get out of my car.’ The power dynamic was really off,” she tells the

Paley says she emailed Franco after the Harvey Weinstein sex scandals surfaced to make him aware that she felt she had been mistreated.

She says he didn’t respond right away, but eventually called to try and make amends.

Sarah Tither-Kaplan, an acting student at Franco’s Studio 4 film school, also elaborated on allegations against the 39-year-old today.

Tither-Kaplan claims that whle shooting the 2014 film The Long Home, Franco removed protective plastic guards that covered actresses’ vaginas while he simulated oral sex.

“I got it in my head pretty quickly that, okay, you don’t say ‘no’ to this guy,” Tither-Kaplan said.

Hilary Dusome and Natalie Chmiel, two other students of Franco’s, detailed an incident in which the actor allegedly got angry when no actresses would agree to go topless while filming a scene in a strip club.

“I felt like I was selected for something based on my hard work and my merit, and when I realized it was because I have nice [breasts], it was pretty clear that was not the case,” Dusome said.

“I don’t think he started teaching with bad intentions, but he went down a bad path and damaged a lot of people in the process.”

In the wake of the allegations, Franco has continued to make talk show and other media appearances in hopes of improving his film’s chances of securing several possible Oscar nominations.

On Tuesday night, Franco denied responsibility in an interview with Stephen Colbert.

Wednesday, he appeared on Seth Meyers’ show, where he again declined to admit to any wrongdoing, but stated that he supports the rights of women to come forward with such accusations.

“This is a conversation that obviously needs to be had,” he told Meyers.

“There are people, women and others, who have not been a part of this conversation and I truly believe that they need to be. So I support that.”

Asked if he had contacted Sheedy to ask why she felt compelled to publicly call him out, Franco became visibly uncomfortable.

“I don’t know. I … It was so shocking. I don’t know. I just … I guess I’m just letting it be,” he said.

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

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Meghan Markle Deletes Social Media Accounts, World Wonders Why

Meghan Markle has gone radio silent.

Or, to be more specific to the year 2018, Meghan Markle has gone Twitter, Instagram and Facebook silent.

The question this has prompted from the public is a simple one…

WHY?!?

The former USA Network actress surprised her social media followers on Tuesday afternoon when she deactivated all three of her aforementioned accounts.

She did so after attending her first royal engagement of the year with Prince Harry.

Moreover, this social media blackout comes about nine months after she closed her lifestyle blog, The Tig, along with its corresponding social media pages.

What is the line of thinking here?

It may be that Markle is sick of trolls harassing her about every little thing, but it also may just be due to how significant her life has already changed.

Come May 19, Markle will officially be a member of The Royal Family.

She can’t just share random photos or even inspirational messages at that point.

Those are a part of this unique clan are basically always spoken for by Kensington Palace, which does have a Twitter account and which shares such pertinent information as Markle and Harry’s wedding date.

Wrote Markle upon ending The Tig:

“After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it’s time to say goodbye.

“What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity.

“You’ve made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy.”

The beautiful star founded the website in 2014, with her favorite red wine inspiring its name: Tignanello.

“Keep finding those Tig moments of discovery, keep laughing and taking risks, and keep being ‘the change you wish to see in the world,” Meghan wrote at the time, concluding:

“Above all, don’t ever forget your worth. As I’ve told you time and time again: you, my sweet friend, you are enough.”

Since agreeing to be Mrs. Prince Harry in a few months, Markle has retired from acting and talked excitedly about her next step in life.

Not just as Harry’s wife, but as a very public figure on a mission.

Meghan has said she plans to focus her attention on charitable initiatives, even if acting will always have a place in her heart.

“I don’t see it as giving anything up. I just see it as a change,” she said in a BBC interview after announcing her engagement.

She added:

“It’s a new chapter, right? And also, keep in mind, I’ve been working on [Suits] for seven years. We were very, very fortunate to have that sort of longevity on a series…

“I’ve ticked this box, and I feel very proud of the work I’ve done there, and now it’s time to work with [Harry] as a team.”

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Alaskan Bush People: Gabe Brown Breaks Social Media Silence!

Back in late November, we were all warned of an Alaskan Bush People imposter catfishing people as Gabe Brown.

That warning came via his little sister, Rain Brown, who has been acting as the unofficial spokesperson for the Brown family thanks to her powerful social media presence.

Well, after a long absence, Gabe Brown appears to be back on Instagram, folks. The real Gabe. And he has a new photo to prove it.

This selfie was the last that we saw on social media of Alaskan Bush People star Gabe Brown.

Posted back in August of 2017, it was followed by an absence of several months. To be fair, though, his hiatus didn’t come out of nowhere.

In a series of now-deleted Instagram videos, Gabe suggested that he was considering stepping back from the internet while he battled a broken heart.

“I might quit social media altogether the only friend I wanted to follow me in the first place I guess blocked me I do appreciate all the friends I’ve made trying to regain my best one I lost.”

That sounds devastating.

“But after FB it’s just not very fun anymore not good bey just see y’all later keep up the cool posts God bless you all have fun and laugh often your Instagram friend Gabe. Lots of love to everyone.”

In the past, as in this photo, Gabe had made light of romantic misfortune.

This particular image, posted only weeks before his final selfie, was captioned:

“My romantic evening for one I have these too often lol.”

Clearly, though, he found it hard to move on after rejection and we guess that being on social media either no longer held any interest or was simply too painful.

Or, perhaps, both.

Gabe Brown shared this blurry selfie out of nowhere on January 2nd.

He captioned his triumphant return to social media:

“I’m back [grinning emoji] moohaha”

(We think that the bit at the end was supposed to be a gregarious or even playfully sinister laugh, like muahaha or mwahaha, rather than sounding like the laughter of a nefarious cow)

That’s great news!

Fans and followers were quick to welcome Gabe back with open arms, commenting:

“Welcome back I’ve missed talking with you.”

“Nice to see you back on IG we all have hard times but you have the strongest family bond there is.”

Welcome back I would love to chat with you.

“So glad. I’m so sorry about your mom. My mom passed in 2002. I no how hard it can be. Love the show and you.”

Some kept it short, sweet, and purely positive:

“Hi Gabe!! Happy New Year!”

Considering that Rain had clarified that Gabe was going through some tough times when she warned of the imposter, this is good news.

Good news for fans, sure, because they’re happy to get updates on Gabe’s well-being.

But also good news, in that it may be a sign that Gabe’s emotional health is in a better place.

He’s putting himself out there again, and that can only be a good thing, right?

We think so.

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Matt Lauer Mostly Scrubbed from ‘Today’ Show Social Media After Firing

Matt Lauer, formerly the face of NBC, is already a ghost as far as the network’s online presence is concerned. Lauer’s been replaced on the “Today” cover photos for the show’s social media — specifically Facebook and Twitter. They used to feature…

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Joy-Anna Duggar: Here’s Why I Disappeared From Social Media

Back in August, we learned that Joy-Anna Duggar is pregnant with her first child.

Many fans assumed that like her older sisters, Joy-Anna would be offering regular updates on her pregnancy in the form of baby bump selfies and lengthy Instagram posts.

Thus far, however, that hasn’t happened.

Joy-Anna has been silent on social media for over a month now, and many fans are taking her silence as confirmation of a popular theory.

Many Duggar obsessives believe that Joy-Anna got pregnant before her wedding and is currently engaged in an effort to hide that fact from the public.

The Duggars are vehemently opposed to premarital sex, to the point that they oppose just about all forms of physical contact between non-married couples.

So if the rumors about Joy-Anna’s “shotgun wedding” are true, the Duggars would once again be exposed as hypocrites.

Joy-Anna’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, are incredibly meticulous when it comes to managing their public image, so if Joy and Austin Forsyth did violate the “rules of courtship,” we’ll almost certainly never find out about it.

Given the circumstances, it’s not hard to see why fans were suspicious of Joy’s sudden social media hiatus.

Many speculated that she’s hiding a baby bump that would away her actual date of conception.

Only one photo of Joy has surfaced in the past month–a closeup of her face that Austin posted on her birthday and that only added fuel to the fires of speculation.

Perhaps bowing to pressure to address the rumors, Joy kind of emerged from hiding today and refuted claims that she’s several months further along than she claims.

“I’m sorry I haven’t really been that active,” Joy wrote on her family’s website today.

“My life has become busy lately, but I shall try and post more often.”

Fans were quick to point out that Joy still hasn’t been seen by anyone outside of her family in several months.

One insider tells Radar Online that Joy is telling the truth when she says she’s simply been preoccupied with other matters.

“They’re working on their house,” the source says.

“It’s getting close.”

Yes, Joy and Austin are building a house together.

Whish sounds like the sort of thing that would inspire a slew of Instagram posts from most 20-year-olds.

Just sayin’.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.

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Harvey Weinstein Rape Accuser, LAPD Concerned She’s Already Courted Media

Harvey Weinstein’s rape accuser already has the LAPD worried, because she orchestrated an interview with a newspaper immediately after going to the cops with her story. Sources familiar with the investigation tell us, detectives think the almost…

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Jinger Duggar SLAMMED on Social Media: Get a Job!

Jinger Duggar is often credited with being the one member of the Duggar clan who’s willing to rebel against her parents’ draconian rules, and it’s not hard to see why.

Unlike the other women in her family, Jinger wears pants in defiance of her family’s dress code; she married a guy who her father’s not crazy about, and then she really flipped the bird by moving out of state against Jim Bob’s wishes.

It’s only a matter of time before Jinger dyes her hair black and starts listening to The Cure, or whatever rebellious early-20-somethings do nowadays.

But it’s important to remember that for all of her innocuous acts of defiance, Jinger still enjoyed a very privileged and unimaginably sheltered upbringing.

As a result, she’s more than a little out of touch, and despite her best efforts to rebrand herself as a woman of the modern world, the 23-year-old can’t help but occasionally remind viewers that she grew up rich AF and only interacted with her parents and siblings.

Take Jinger’s latest Instagram upload, for example.

Seems innocent enough, right?

It’s just a photo of her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, standing in an empty movie theater.

But it’s the timing and the caption of the pic that have fans up in arms:

“Apparently the theater is not ‘the place to be’ on a Monday afternoon…good thing we got here early????” Jinger wrote.

Yes, Jinger and Jeremy went to the movies on a random non-holiday Monday and were shocked to find they were the only ones in the theater.

That’s like asking for a truffle and goldleaf footlong at Subway and being shocked when your sandwich artist doesn’t immediately offer to pair it with a nice malbec.

Not surprisingly, fans went off on Jinger in the comments.Jinger in the comments.

“Ummm perhaps 95% of people are working???” wrote follower, adding multiple question marks so that you know she’s serious.

“Most people have jobs not tv shows that make them money,” commented a second Bernie Sanders supporter.

We’d like to add our voice to the chorus and proclaim that Jinger’s actions are appalling–but not for the reason everyone else thinks.

Sure, Jinger conveyed exactly how tone deaf and out of touch she is by dropping a “Didja ever notice movie theaters are always empty during the workday?” gag like she’s the forgotten love child of Paris Hilton and Jerry Seinfeld.Jinger conveyed exactly how tone deaf and out of touch she is by dropping a “Didja ever notice movie theaters are always empty during the workday?” gag like she’s the forgotten love child of Paris Hilton and Jerry Seinfeld.

But the real travesty here is that you know Jinger and Jeremy weren’t at the theater to see something cool like Bladerunner 2049, and instead they shelled out for the leatest Kirk Cameron screed about how Jesus thinks all lives matter, or some such BS.

It’s 2017, Jinger.

We know your husband probably wouldn’ty be cool with you staying home to binge-watch The Handmaid’s Tale, but you can still step up your pop culture consumption game.

Watch Counting On online for more from the only most human couple to emerge from the tiny town of Tontitown, Arkansas.

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