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Deborah Ramirez: Second Woman Accuses Brett Kavanaugh of Sexual Misconduct

Deborah Ramirez, a former Yale classmate of Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has come out and accused the embattled judge of sexual misconduct.

She’s the second woman in about a week to have done so.

In an explosive article penned by Ronan Farrow (the reporter who exposed allegedly heinous sex-related crimes by Harvey Weinstein and Les Moonves) and investigative journalist Jane Mayer, Ramirez says Kavanaugh exposed his penis to her during a party their freshman year of college.

The 53-year old admits to having been very drunk at this dorm gathering, but that Kavanaugh “caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.”

She says he then laughed at the incident, which allegedly took place at some point in 1983 or 1984.

Farrow and Mayer write that Ramirez was initially hesitant to come forward due to “gaps in her memory” as a result of the alcohol consumption that night. However…

“After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.”

This is what Ramirez says about what transpired:

“I wasn’t going to touch a penis until I was married [because] I was raised a devout Catholic in Connecticut… I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated.”

Describing her memory of Kavanaugh’s act and subequent reaction, Ramirez told the magazine:

“I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants.”

The aspiring Supreme Court Justice, who is currently scheduled to testify in from of Senators on Thursday morning in response to an attempted rape allegation by Christine Blasey Ford, has issued the following statement:

This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen.

The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple.

I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name — and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building — against these last-minute allegations.

And then there’s this from White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec:

This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down a good man.

This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say.

The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh.

Sources say President Donald Trump has no intention on asking Kavanaugh to withdraw his name from consideration, while Senator Diane Feinstein has called for a delay of all hearings and testimonies until the FBI can investigate both allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

According to The New Yorker article, “Senior Republican staffers also learned of the allegation last week and, in conversations with The New Yorker, expressed concern about its potential impact on Kavanaugh’s nomination.

“Soon after, Senate Republicans issued renewed calls to accelerate the timing of a committee vote.”

A roommate of Kavanaugh’s in college tells the publication that he may not have been present at this Yale party in question — but that he is “100 percent” sure that Kavanaugh would have done something like this during his time at Yale.

The judge was part of a fraternity (Delta Kappa Epsilon)back then that whose members waved a flag made of women’s underwear around campus during his time as a brother.

The Yale Daily News has also noted that Kavanaugh became a member of Truth and Courage, one of Yale’s secret societies for seniors that was nicknamed “Tit and Clit.”

In 2015, referring to his high school, he said in a speech that “what happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep and that’s been a good thing for all of us, I think.”

This may not be the case after all, however.

“I would think an FBI investigation would be warranted,” Ramirez told The New Yorker of her claims.

Ford has also encouraged the FBI to look into her allegations against Kavanaugh.

Neither Republican Senators nor President Trump have given the agency a green light to do so, however.

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Louis C.K. Makes Surprise Return to Standup Following Sexual Misconduct Revelations

In November of 2017, the #MeToo movement was still in its infancy, and many had yet to fully grasp the severity of the abuses of power that led so many women in Hollywood to band together.

These days, Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby — both of whom had reputations for predatory behavior long before they were finally held responsible for their actions — are both facing jail time while perpetrators of less appalling misconduct are prematurely seeking a path to redemption.

Louis C.K. falls into the latter category.

While whispers about the comic’s predatory behavior were not as widespread as in the cases of Weinstein or Cosby, many within the industry were sadly not surprised to learn that C.K. was in the habit of masturbating in front of female comics.

Often, the women accompanied C.K. to a private location after an industry event, under the impression that he intended to offer them career advice — a tactic that’s not unfamiliar to many of Weinstein’s victims.

On at least one occasion, C.K. blocked the exit to prevent his victim from escaping.

We can discuss C.K.’s behavior without using the “alleged” qualifier, as the comic has confessed the accounts of the five women who came forward are accurate.

Needless to say, that’s the sort of conduct that typically brings an end to one’s career in the public eye — which is why so many were stunned to learn that C.K. made a surprise return to the world of standup last night.

C.K. took the stage at New York’s famed Comedy Cellar last night, performing a short set that focused on observations on day-to-day life and kept a safe distance from social commentary.

In an interview with the New York Times, club owner Noan Dworman defended his decision to spring C.K. on the audience with a surprise performance:

“It sounded just like he was trying to work out some new material, almost like any time of the last 10 years he would come in at the beginning of a new act,” Dworman.

He added that the unannounced show was “typical Louis CK stuff” with jokes about racism, waitresses’ tips and the absurdity parades.

“It was very ordinary for him,” Dworman added.

He also noted that C.K. received “sustained applause” from the audience.

“It was a good reception. He went through an everyday list of jokes.”

On social media, the consensus is that it’s much too soon for C.K. to attempt a comeback and it was in poor taste to make his return in front of an audience that wasn’t expecting him.

However, a handful of comics who regard C.K. as a mentor have defended the decision:

“Will take heat for this, but people have to be allowed to serve their time and move on with their lives,” tweeted Michael Ian Black.

“I don’t know if it’s been long enough, or his career will recover, or if people will have him back, but I’m happy to see him try.”

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Les Moonves, CBS CEO, Accused of Sexual Misconduct

One of the most powerful men in the entire entertainment industry is facing accusations of sexual misconduct.

According to an article in The New Yorker by Ronan Farrow, the 68-year-old allegedly kissed and touched women without their consent, on multiple occasions.

The damaging expose touches on incidents that go back 20 years in some cases, while also delving into broader cultural issues at CBS.

Moonves has worked as the chairman of this network since February of 2016.

Said the company in a statement shortly after news of Moonves’ alleged misdeeds went public:

All allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously.

The Independent Directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the Company’s clear policies in that regard.

Upon the conclusion of that investigation, which involves recently reported allegations that go back several decades, the Board will promptly review the findings and take appropriate action.

It added in this statement:

The timing of this report comes in the midst of the Company’s very public legal dispute. While that litigation process continues, the CBS management team has the full support of the independent board members.

Along with that team, we will continue to focus on creating value for our shareowners.

Moonves has been married to CBS talk show host Julie Chen since 2004.

After filling a number of executive positions at CBS beginning in 1995, he served as co-president and co-CEO of CBS Corporation predecessor Viacom, Inc., from 2004 until the company split at the end of 2005. 

Just over two years ago, he replaced Sumner M. Redstone as the head of the network.

Farrow, meanwhile, is the same reporter who recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his scathing story on Harvey Weinstein.

He wrote in extreme detail about how the veteran movie producer would allegedly abuse and assault an endless array of women over the many decades he worked in Hollywood.

As chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation, Moonves oversees all operations, including the CBS Television Network, Showtime, The CW, CBS Television Studios and CBS Interactive.

As part of his legacy, the network has been the most-watched network for 10 straight seasons and 15 out of the past 16 years.

He is yet to comment on these allegations.

But Moonves is merely the latest major name in this industry to be accused of sexual misconduct, as women across the nation respond to the #MeToo movement by gaining the confidence needed to speak out against their abusers.

Good for them, we say.

And if any of the allegations against Moonves are true, then very very very very bad for him.

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CBS CEO Les Moonves Sexual Misconduct Allegation ‘Taken Seriously’ Says Network

The CEO of CBS is being accused of sexual misconduct … and the network says it’s investigating and the allegations are being taken seriously. Les Moonves is being accused of unwanted kissing and touching 20 years ago in an article — written by…

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Ex-‘Bachelorette’ Villain Chad Johnson Sues Producer Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Chad Johnson — best known as the villain on JoJo’s season of “The Bachelorette” — was on his way to breaking into the movie biz, but got screwed over by a producer because he wouldn’t screw her … so he says in a new suit. Chad — who’s also a…

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Chris Hardwick: Ousted from Nerdist Amist Sexual Misconduct Charges

We hate to say it, but…

Yep, him too.

In the wake of horrifying accusations against Chris Hardwick, Nerdist Industries – the content company founded this television host and personality – has severed all ties with the comedian.

The breaking news comes about one day after actress Chloe Dykstra accused an ex-boyfriend (who she did not name, yet who everyone assumed to be Hardwick) of abhorrent behavior during her time dating him.

“Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017,” said the company via statement on Friday, adding:

“He no longer has any affiliation with Legendary Digital Networks.

“The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation.”

Nerdist also posted the following message on Twitter, which aims to assist those who have been a victim of abuse.

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In an essay written on Medium titled “Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession,” Chloe Dykstra, a 29-year old actress who is the daughter of an ex-baseball player, outlined an allegedly abusive relationship with an unnamed ex-boyfriend that she endured in her early ’20s.

During this romance, Dykstra claims she suffered “long-term abuse,” sexual assault and career blacklisting.

Early in this relationship, Dykstra (pictured below) alleged that there were “rules” established by her lover that she had to follow, including reserving her nights for him… not having close male friends… not drinking alcohol … and not talking in public places out of fear people were listening due to his celebrity.

She wrote in this essay that, after the two started dating, she once turned down sex because she wasn’t feeling well.

Simple and understandable, right?

Not to this man. 

“He responded, ‘I just want to remind you, the reason my last relationship didn’t work out was because of the lack of sex.’ It was a veiled threat. I succumbed,” she wrote, expounding:

“Every night, I laid there for him, occasionally in tears. He called it ‘starfishing.’ He thought the whole idea was funny.”

Totally and completely disgusting.

Again, Dykstra did not name Hardwick.

However, she Liked the Tweet of an Internet user who linked to her her story with the caption, “Chris Hardwick is trash.”

In her essay, the actress also explains that she was referring to a man nearly 20 years older who went from “a podcaster to a powerhouse CEO of his own company.”

This is a picture of Hardwick with Dykstra:

I made the choice to accept his controlling behavior, as he’d just left his long-term girlfriend and I assumed that he was going through some serious emotional discomfort,” she wrote.

“This was a huge mistake.”

Dykstra wrote about that she pondered suicide multiple times and had reached the lowest point in her life when she was looking over the 101 freeway while standing on an overpass.

After three years, she ultimately left Hardwick for someone else.

In response, she claimed this boyfriend contacted companies she worked with to get her fired by threatening to never work with them.

Moreover, she said an unnamed woman she had trusted helped destroy her friendships.

At 25 years old, Dykstra said she was blacklisted.

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Chloe ended her post by saying she is now in a “much better place” and:

“This story, post, whatever this is, serves as both closure for me as I say farewell to my twenties and stumble my way into my thirties, and it serves as a warning for every single one of you, regardless of gender…

“Please, please, keep an eye out for those red flags.”

Hardwick has not yet responded to this story.

He’s the latest in a long line of celebrities to be accused of sexual harassment, assault or misconduct.

We’ve listed many of them below:

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Nev Schulman Accuser Files Police Report Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Back in may, Catfish host Nev Schulman was accused of sexual misconduct.

The woman who brought forward her #MeToo story had appeared on the show, and says that she worried that he might do the same with other women.

Now, she has revealed that she filed her report about the alleged incident with the police.

Ayissha Morgan

Ayissha Morgan tells The Blast that she officially filed two police reports related to her allegations of sexual misconduct that she leveled towards Nev Schulman.

She says that both reports were filed on May 25.

The reports, filed with the Houston Police Department, were made “for what happened during my participation on the show.”

She accuses a production assistant of having plied her with alcohol in order to take advantage of her.

She also accuses Schulman, the host of Catfish, of having sexually harassed her.

(Though sexual harassment is never okay, it is important to note that Ayissha is openly gay, which adds another upsetting layer to the alleged harassment)

Speaking to The Blast, Ayissha explains what that process of speaking to the police was like.

“I have provided them with my statement and detailed accounts of what I went through.”

She has a general message for readers who are curious about her life — from her appearance on Catfish a few years ago and from her new accusations.

“I ask that you please respect my privacy moving forward.”

Of course.

She does not want to answer any more particular questions, in case it interfere with the police as they look into the matter.

“And allow those who are handling the investigation do so without interference.”

Of course. Investigators prefer to be the only ones asking questions.

When Ayissha published her accusations, she did so with a great deal of thought, and included a note, writing:

“I don’t want attention or money.”

So many accuse the accusers of hoping to somehow turn their accusations into fame and fortune, even though most of what accusers face is ridicule.

“Help me spread awareness.”

She admits that she feels tormented by the idea that Schulman may have harassed other women while she has remained silent.

“This is a serious topic that I would never lie about.”

Allegations of sexual misconduct is about as serious as it gets.

“That would be disgusting for me to lie about something as serious as this. Please understand.”

Schulman is said to have repeatedly verbally harassed Ayissha while the two were not on camera.

At one point, he allegedly told her:

“I have a big d–k. I would tear your a– up.”

There are situations in which that is an okay thing to say to a person. When you are a TV host and your guest is very much not interested is not one of those times.

Nev Schulman has denied the allegations.

MTV is making sure that Catfish does not have any further incidents by suspending production on the current season.

It is always smart to play it safe for many reasons, in terms of ethics, public image, and even potential liability issues.

Unfortunately, sexual misconduct is both extremely difficult to prove or disprove.

Ayissha Morgan may need to find a corroborating witness — perhaps she already has one — or at least an outcry witness in order for police to be able to build a case from her report.

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