And, the cleaning entertainment house moves up to opera box:
“In a statement released Sunday, the opera company said Levine will not be involved in any Met activities, ‘including conducting scheduled performances at the Met this season.’ The Met also says it’s hiring a former U.S. attorney to lead a ‘full and complete investigation.’”
And, back in Hollywood more tales, although with less assault, watching of chaps wanking in shower, and what could be some sort of edgy Fifty Shades of contemporary bodice-ripper in some other context:
“The Oscar-winning actress says: ‘I was like, yeah, why wouldn’t I accept a flight on a private plane with a big group of people? And I showed up and it was just the two of us and then one bed was made on the plane.’ Thankfully, the producer took ‘No’ for an answer, so this story did not end like so many others that have recently come to light in Hollywood and elsewhere. ‘Nothing happened,’she says. ‘I was not assaulted. I said, ‘This doesn’t make me feel comfortable’ and that was respected.’”
But although seemingly brushing it of at the time as “just one of those things that happens when you are a pretty young actress in Hollywood” the sea change that has sunk seemingly sunk the casting couch has had Portman view “this and other episodes in a stark new light”:
“‘That was super not OK,’ she says. ‘That was really unacceptable and manipulative. I was scared.’”
Updated 8th December 2017
And back to where the whole mess started, with the producer that allegedly often did not take “no” for an answer, and finally taking it to where it needs to be took—being a court with less kangaroo than social media:
6 women file lawsuit alleging “Weinstein Sexual Enterprise” (msn.com/Assoc. Press).
“NEW YORK—Six women sued Harvey Weinstein and men who served on the board of his film company Wednesday, accusing them of functioning like an organized crime group that used agents, producers and others to prey on young women seeking a break in a breakneck industry. The racketeering lawsuit in federal court in New York sought to represent ‘dozens, if not hundreds’ of women who say they were assaulted by Weinstein after being isolated in close quarters such as a hotel room after bystanders were sent away.”
His company, The Weinstein Company (TWC), either tacitly supplying him with a “steady stream of victims or at least turning a blind eye and covering up his misbehavior—an effort they dubbed the ‘Weinstein Sexual Enterprise’”.
While Time got a different take on its person of the year this year:
“Time magazine has named ‘the Silence Breakers’—women and men who spoke out against sexual abuse and harassment—as its ‘Person of the Year’.”
And undeniably marking it as:
“‘This is the fastest-moving social change we’ve seen in decades,’ editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said.”
But while “the magazine illustrates the ubiquitous nature of sexual harassment by showcasing women from markedly different backgrounds on its cover”, some took issue:
“Swift does have grounds to appear on the cover: She was at the center of a sexual assault trial this summer that in retrospect seems like a precursor to our current post-Weinstein moment. But that was several news cycles ago. And given the fact that the most recent Taylor Swift news cycle was devoted to furiously debating whether her new album Reputation represented an effective switch to pop culture villainy on her part, some were confused: What makes Swift a Silence Breaker? What’s she doing there?”
Well, she did have her “boney buns” groped and had to endure it going through the courts (Latest Picks 10th Aug. 2017); as to what she does after with her “Look What You Made Me Do” vindictive serpentine Lamia or luminous crack, vagina dentata armed naked sex robot (Latest Picks 4th Dec. 2017), that’s rightly up to her perhaps, but could perhaps be evident that “several news cycles ago” is far too long in internet dog years for some to recall.
But while it may have already exposed a “dirty dossier” of Brit MPs in the in the House of Commons, there is of course as much muck to be dug up in stateside senate; was it mentioned that it could even lead right up to the top “pussy grabbin’” chair?
Al Franken to resign from senate amid harassment allegations (nytimes.com).
“WASHINGTON—Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, in an emotional speech on the Senate floor, announced on Thursday that he would resign from Congress, the most prominent figure in a growing list of lawmakers felled by charges of sexual harassment or indiscretions.”
But for those in alt-right armchair who may be sneering that “well, that’s dem dirty Democrat liberals for ya”:
“Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks announced in a statement Thursday night he will resign from Congress at the end of January, after the House Ethics Committee said it would investigate allegations against him of sexual harassment.”
Updated 11th December 2017
Even celebrity chefs seem to have had their hand on more than dough that was not there’s to touch and roll:
“One of Batali’s accusers called him ‘creepy’ and said he gave ‘me this provocative, icky feeling.’ Other claims are he groped a woman’s breasts, grabbed someone from behind and compelled her to straddle him. The allegations, spanning at least two decades, surfaced in an Eater NY article published Monday. Batali responded to the article, saying he’s stepping away from day-to-day operations of his business. ABC has also asked ‘The Chew’ co-host to step away from the show while it reviews the allegations.”
The American chef, writer, restaurateur, and media personality saying “I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt.” But similarly to Weinstein, some like fellow chef and media personality have stepped forward to suggest they knew and suggest they felt sorry they had not been able to say earlier.
And with the scandal on the political greasy pole causing some to resign it has caused others to refocus on an orange elephant in the room—or Oval Office chair
In Franken’s wake, three senators call on President Trump to resign (washingtonpost.com).
“Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and two of his Democratic colleagues have suggested that President Trump should consider resigning, after a run of sexual-harassment scandals has driven out some members of Congress.”
And in reference to Franken’s resignation:
“Here you have a president who has been accused by many women of assault, who says on a tape that he assaulted women. He might want to think about doing the same.”
Next page: Former Page 3 girl and singer Samantha Fox claims the late David Cassidy assaulted her; Bella Thorne seemingly reveals she was molested in response to a Twitter troll; Roy Moore defeated in Alabama election, by was it the #MeToo or racism?; Salma Hayek tells of Weinstein as her “monster”; fresh allegations that Dustin Hoffman likes to be seen getting out of the shower too.