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Day: November 12, 2017

JENNIFER HUDSON: HOW WINNING AN OSCAR FOR BEING A DREAMGIRL ALMOST RUINED THE AMERICAN IDOL’S CAREER

Jennifer Hudson, the lovable girl-next-door with a powerhouse voice, was enjoying a sensational rise to fame a little more than 10 years ago. However, the American Idol alum’s fame has faded in recent years, leading some to wonder how such a talented performer has fallen off the radar. Here are some reasons why her career stalled.

Hudson reportedly beat out nearly 800 girls to land the coveted role of Effie White in Hollywood’s long-awaited movie adaptation of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls (2006).

Anyone who saw the musical in 1982, or simply the YouTube video of Jennifer Holliday performing the iconic song “And I’m Telling You” at the Tony Awards, knows that role has the potential to make a star out of those who play the part, and that’s exactly what happened to Hudson in Dreamgirls. Critics raved about her debut performance, declaring a star had been born. Awards followed, including critics prizes, a Golden Globe, and the coveted Academy Award for best supporting actress.

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Suddenly, Hudson went from an American Idol reject with no acting experience to the most sought-after woman in Hollywood.

Winning an Academy Award for your first movie role is a spectacular way to kick off one’s career. It’s also a very, very tough way to maintain longevity in Hollywood. Just ask actors Timothy Hutton, Tatum O’Neal, and Marlee Matlin, who’ve spent the many decades following their respective Oscar wins trying to live up to their golden moment.

Hudson currently appears to be in the same boat. Forever linked to White and her signature song, the singer-actress has struggled to find a role that showcases her multitude of talents and proves she is more than just a one-trick pony. Hollywood also appears to be struggling to figure out if Hudson is a dramatic or comedic actress, or both (or neither). For Hudson, success may simply have come too fast, too soon.

One sign that your movie career isn’t going that well is when your filmography becomes littered with titles nobody has seen or even heard.

Hudson has appeared in a number of non-starters that would give any Hollywood agent a touch of heartburn. There was Fragments, which came and went without much fanfare in 2009; The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (2013), which made less than $500,000 at the U.S. box office; and Lullaby (2014), which apparently did not make a dent in Tinseltown, despite having a notable cast that included Garrett Hedlund and Amy Adams.

To be fair, all of this can easily be chalked up to Hollywood growing pains. Nobody’s resume is perfect, but we really hope Hudson’s next project aims for a nationwide release rather than straight to video on demand.
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It’s not like Hudson hasn’t tried to prove herself as a legitimate actress. In November 2009, it was confirmed that she would play Winnie Mandela in a biopic, a role that had the potential to earn her high marks from critics and maybe even an afterglow Oscar nomination.

Unfortunately, the film was marred by controversy throughout production, including complaints from the real-life Mandela, who was annoyed she wasn’t consulted on the project. By the time it opened in 2013, critics and audiences collectively decided that Winnie Mandela was simply not worth seeing. Subsequently, the chances of Hudson landing another major Hollywood biopic felt slim.

Hudson was wise to test her strengths on the small screen. Every major actress in Hollywood appears to be doing that these days, from Emma Stone to Nicole Kidman and even Julia Roberts. However, the two major projects Hudson chose either had too small of an audience—Smash (2012-13)—or were past their prime—Empire (2015-)—for her to really make a splash.

That said, we still think television is a good path for Hudson, especially as Ryan Murphy continues to revive the careers of so many major movie actresses. Seriously, why hasn’t he cast her on American Horror Story (2011-) yet?

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On paper, Black Nativity (2013) seemed like it would be an inevitable success. A holiday musical drama starring Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige, Forest Whitaker, and Hudson? Sure, why not?

Sadly, the movie elicited a mediocre response from critics, and the box office returns just weren’t there. For Hudson, especially, the chance to really make her mark during one of the busiest movie-going seasons fell completely flat.

One of the smartest things Hudson has done so far was land a role in the long-awaited Sex and the City movie (2008). Sure, some argued that the film, in which she played an up-and-coming assistant to a rich, depressed white lady, felt like shades of Gone with the Wind (1939), but from a career perspective, Sex and the City did wonders for Hudson, exposing her to an even wider audience with a built-in, die-hard fanbase, while setting her up for the chance to return to a major movie franchise.

While Hudson dropped hints about a possible third Sex and the City movie as recently as 2014, we find it hard to believe that will ever come to fruition. Let’s remember that the 2010 sequel earned scathing reviews, three Razzie Awards, and weak returns at the box office. At this point, we think Hudson would have better luck pitching a sequel to Dreamgirls than another Sex and the City flick.

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In April 2017, Hudson appeared in the comedy Sandy Wexler, one of the four films to come out of Adam Sandler’s multi-million-dollar deal with Netflix. Though it’s unclear exactly how many people streamed the movie (do we really want to know?), one thing is certain: critics did not like it.

Yes, one could argue that Netflix is an insanely successful company, and appearing in a movie people probably watch while hungover on a weekend afternoon is good-enough exposure, but, come on. Co-starring in a movie with the same dude who co-wrote The Ridiculous 6 (2015) probably isn’t the best way to return to the Academy Awards.

Hudson took it easy after the birth of her first child, and rightly so. However, her failure to land movie roles or release music didn’t go unnoticed by Hollywood, and her fame began to decline rapidly. She catapulted herself back into the limelight by becoming the face of Weight Watchers in 2010, and she told Oprah Winfrey on her chat show that she’d lost 56 pounds and didn’t plan on losing more. However, fans were reportedly concerned for her well-being after she debuted a very slim figure in February 2011, revealing she had lost a total of 80 pounds.

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Hudson released her second album, I Remember Me, in 2011, and it debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at No. 2. However, only one single, “Where You At,” was a hit.

Hudson reinvented herself for her next studio release. With a new haircut and edgier style, she enlisted the help of Timbaland and Pharrell Williams for JHUD in 2014. Alas, it was a flop, selling a mere 24,000 copies in the first week of its release. Billboard even suggested her Oscar win in 2009 was potentially damaging her music career.

Shaking off her music career failures, Hudson focused on acting. With her powerful voice and focused determination, it was no surprise when she made her Broadway debut with a role in the hugely successful revival of A Color Purple in 2015. However, she later accused the production of casting her just because she was a celebrity, seemingly affecting her chances of being cast again in a Broadway show.

Hudson has maintained one of Hollywood’s longest and most enduring relationships, and yet, despite getting engaged in 2008, she has yet to actually marry her fiancé and baby daddy, former pro wrestler David Otunga. Hudson said she isn’t feeling any pressure to tie the knot. “I’m not in a rush,” she told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in 2017 (via People). “He ain’t going nowhere.”

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She has one of the most powerful voices in Hollywood, and yet, if you can believe it, Hudson was once afraid to share her gift with the rest of the world.

“I used to beg for a solo, and then when they gave it to me, I would be too afraid to sing,” she told Glamour magazine, recalling her days singing at church in Chicago. “I didn’t start singing with my eyes open until I was 19 years old.”

In October 2008, while celebrating her debut solo album success, Hudson was rocked by news that her 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donnerson, and 29-year-old brother, Jason, had been murdered at their home in Chicago. Local and national news outlets reported that her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was missing, but he was later found dead in an abandoned vehicle.

William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister, Julia, and father of Julian, was charged with the murders and sentenced in 2012 to life behind bars.

Despite the horrific tragedy, Hudson told Oprah in 2012 that she had learned to forgive her family’s killer. “For the most part, it’s not his fault,” she said (via Today). “It’s what he was taught, how he was brought up.” She added. “[He] never had a chance. Had you had the love my mother gave us, or the background, you know, that some have, then [he] would’ve stood a chance.”

The grief Hudson faced after her family members were murdered was immense, yet she somehow carried on and forged a future with Otunga and their son.

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“I went from being an aunt, having a mom, and being a child to not having a mom, becoming a mom, and raising my own child,” she told Glamour in 2015. “I tell [my son] David [now 8] all the time, ‘You saved my life.'”

During the interview, she also spoke about the challenge of discussing her family’s tragedy with other people. “It’s frustrating as hell to me to have somebody who ain’t lost nothing try to talk to me about it,” she said. “I want to say, ‘Don’t even bother, because you know nothing.’ But you never know how much you can get through until you’re going through it.”

Hard as it may be to believe, some of Hollywood’s richest and most famous stars have worked crappy day-to-day jobs, just like the rest of us. For Hudson, it was the drive-thru window at Burger King, a gig that helped her test out her incredible vocals. The job would later provide the best perk ever: in 2007, Burger King showed its support for the recent Oscar-winner by “giving her a pre-paid BK Crown Card that will be automatically reloaded for life,” reported MTV News.

It seems Hudson can overcome any adversity, and her career is once again looking strong. She signed to Epic Records in 2016, home to R&B stars Jennifer Lopez, Puff Daddy and Fifth Harmony. The former American Idol star has also returned to her talent show roots, becoming a judge on the U.K. version of The Voice, alongside will.i.am, Tom Jones and Gavin Rossdale before becoming a judge on the uber-popular U.S. version of The Voice in 2017.

In other words: J-Hud is here to stay, and we couldn’t be happier.

 

Culled from nickiswift.com

 

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“PASTOR” PRAYS FOR MAN TO REGAIN LIBIDO THEN ORDERS HIM TO MAKE LOVE TO HIS WIFE ON LIVE TV

Controversial South African “pastor” and leader of the Church of Incredible Happenings, Mboro appeared in a viral video on social media,  praying for a man to regain his libido, at the couple’s home in Zonke, Ekurhuleni last month.

Afterwards, he is seen on the video,  ordering the couple to have intercourse on live TV,

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The “pastor” became notorious  earlier this year  after he claimed he visited Heaven and hell, where he conquered the world of its evils by killing Lucifer.

 

If you really believe this man is a pastor, you’ll believe anything!


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THIS MAN’S REASON FOR SEEKING TO DIVORCE HIS WIFE WILL LEAVE YOU AMUSED

A 66 -year old Lagos man is seeking to divorce his wife for a rather strange reason.

Michael Adesanya Agboola, has said that he fell out with his ex-wife, Funke Alasiri because of her incessant demand for oral sex.

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Agboola, whose 11-year old marriage to Funke was dissolved by the Agege Grade ‘A’ Customary Court, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, added that he could not comprehend why she would would want him to “lick her private part” but she told him it was the vogue among couples and that he must do it to satisfy her.

The Osun State-born driver claims  “We started having problems because of her violent attitude and regular demand for sex. She was making sickening requests, asking me to lick her private part, which I did on several occasions just to please her but I think she applied juju on her private part to hypnotise me, because no sooner did I start licking her private part that I completely abandoned my first wife and four children”

(Or maybe he just enjoyed it too much….)

“At a point, I warned her never to ask me for oral sex again. But one day, I was dressed for work when she rushed at me as she usually did, begging me to come and suck her private part.

I obliged her but I told her it was the last time.

After that, I left her to marry another woman who now has a child for me.”

Asked how he met  Funke, he explained ”I met her in 1997 during a visit to my dry cleaner in the neighbourhood. I saw her hawking clothes and bought two T-shirts from her. On getting home, my twin sons said they wanted the shirts too so the same day, I went back to my dry cleaner, who took me to Funke’s house but instead of the t-shirts, I had sex with her and kept going back for more.”

Agboola alleged that a few months later, he bought for her a plot of land for N650,000 on which she built a bungalow consisting of seven mini-flats and a shop.

Baba has also accused his  wife of  wanting  to take over his properties while he is still alive and forcing him to divorce his first wife.

 

However,  Mrs. Funke Alasiri dismissed her ex-husband’s allegations describing them as rubbish and unfounded.

Her words:”When we went to Agege Customary Court where he  filed for a divorce suit, he mentioned the same thing, that I demanded for oral sex by asking him to lick my private part. He was rebuked by the President of the court.”

ARCTIC WINDS TO BRING BIG FREEZE TO LONDON AND KENT THIS WEEK

Winter is here and with it comes an Arctic chill that is set to drop temperatures below freezing.

The Met Office are warning of “widespread frost” tonight (November 12), with temeratures hitting as low as -3 °C.

In north Kent and south east London, chilly winds will hit the area overnight, with winds blowing in from the north west.

Snow could also be on its way next week, as northerly winds continue to bring freezing weather to the UK.

Over the next five days The Met Office is warning people to expect strong winds, rain, hail and snow in hilly regions.

“As we head into the following week there is an increasing chance of seeing generally colder, drier weather with a risk of snow in places, especially the north.”

 

INSIDE BEYONCE AND JAY Z’S MARRIAGE: FACT, FICTION AND RUMOURS

Beyoncé and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter are the very definition of a power couple. The married music legends are each incredibly talented and influential on their own, so together, they’re virtually unstoppable. But much of the public’s perception about this notoriously private pair is shaped by what little Bey and Jay do share about themselves: her captionless Instagram snaps of the family enjoying a picture-perfect vacation, pointed song lyrics with perplexing references to one another, that rare interview where they might actually suffer a question or two about their romance. Over the years, thanks to so many mixed signals, tantalizing mysteries about Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s relationship have taken shape. Here are some of the strangest of those stories.

 

 

No one knows when they met

it this point, it seems pretty on-brand for Beyoncé and Jay-Z to keep the steamiest details of their romantic highs and lows under wraps (well, except for in their lyrics). That shrug-off approach to personal attention has been consistent from the start. These two kept their relationship a secret so long even they don’t seem to agree on when they actually got together. Putting together a timeline of their romantic history is something only they can truly do, but they have shelled out some contradictory numbers over the years.

For example, Beyoncé told Seventeen in 2008 (via PopSugar) that she was 18 when they met, and that they started dating when she was 19 (circa 2000), but Jay-Z indicated they’d known each other since she first started recording—specifically, when Wyclef Jean worked with her in Destiny’s Child for “No, No, No Part 2” around 1997. This could be a bit of revisionist history, since Beyoncé’s ex-boyfriend, Lyndall Locke, claimed she was with him until she began touring with her girl group in her twenties. Maybe they’ve innocently mixed signals over the specifics of their first encounters, but their crossed wires continue to fuel conspiracies.

 

They claimed to be just friends for years

In a 2013 Vanity Fair interview with Jay-Z, he admitted that he and Beyoncé were at the early “wine and dine” phase of courtship when they appeared together in the magazine’s 2001 music issue. However, despite multiple collaborations, including “Bonnie and Clyde” in 2002 and “Crazy in Love” in 2003, and numerous sightings of the duo out and about, the musicians insisted their pairing was platonic. They’d brush off inquiries about their then-rumored romance with sayings like “we’re friends for now,” and their songs walked the line as well. Her Dangerously in Love single “Signs,” for example, includes the lyric that she “was in love with a Sagittarius,” which could have been a reference to either Jay-Z or ex-boyfriend Locke, who allegedly share the same zodiac sign.

However, Jay-Z all but confirmed their romance in his Black Album single “Public Service Announcement,” which contains the line, “got the hottest chick in the game wearin’ my chain.” The couple finally made its public debut by showing up arm in arm at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.

 

They still don’t like to talk about their relationship

According to Beyoncé’s 2005 interview with Essence, she and Jay-Z have made it a point to keep their relationship off the table for interviews because she prefers to let the music do all the talking. “I never talked about relationships… I only talk about them in my songwriting; otherwise things get too messy. It has worked out because now nobody expects me to talk about them. But it’s hard too. You fall in love and you want to tell everybody. But that’s a place I just don’t go,” she said. She reiterated that stance to the magazine in 2008, following their intimate wedding. “What Jay and I have is real. It’s not about interviews or getting the right photo op. It’s real,” she said.

 

 

They’re obsessed with the number four

It’s probably just a coincidence that both Beyoncé and Jay-Z were born on the fourth of the month—she in September 1981; he in December, 1969—but they’ve since adopted that shared digit as something sacred. They were married on April 4th (that’s 4/4) and each got tattoos of the Roman numeral four (IV) on their fourth fingers to commemorate their union. They gave their daughter the middle name Ivy, which is pronounced like the Roman numeral four when spelled out as letters.

There are other, less obvious, examples of their devotion to the digit, like Jay-Z’s decision to accept a vegan challenge. “There’s something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4),” he wrote on his website when announcing his dietary decision in 2013.

 

People think they’re part of the Illuminati

One of the downsides of this pair playing its cards close to the chest means that sometimes the rumor mill spins out of control. One widely-disseminated theory claims Beyoncé and Jay-Z are part of the Illuminati secret society, since they often throw up the triangle hand symbol, which also stands for Roc-A-Fella Records, Jay-Z’s former record label. Some theorists even suggest daughter Blue Ivy’s name is an acronym for “Born Living Under Evil, Illuminati’s Very Youngest.” Beyoncé actually attempted to shut down that chatter in the lyrics to her 2016 single “Formation,” spitting, “Ya’ll haters corny with that Illuminati mess.”

 

They kept people guessing about that elevator incident

By 2014, Beyoncé and Jay-Z had fully laid claim to the pop culture throne, with an heir apparent to boot. Though still not verbose about their relationship in public, the couple presented a solid front. However, after making the rounds at that year’s prestigious Met Gala in New York, a leaked elevator video showed Beyoncé’s sister, Solange Knowles, physically assaulting Jay-Z in a hotel elevator as Beyoncé looked on.

Rumors swirled about the cause of the incident, but the family simply released a shared public statement dismissing the issue as private. Beyoncé and Jay-Z commenced with their On the Run tour as planned the following summer. However, some subtle lyric shifts during Beyoncé’s performances on tour kept tongues wagging. She later released a “Flawless” remix with a lyric that may have attempted to put the incident on ice: “Of course sometimes s**t goes down when there’s a billion dollars on an elevator.” Hmm…

 

 

They tried to patent Blue Ivy’s name

There’s no doubt Beyoncé and Jay-Z have got the entrepreneurial spirit coursing through their veins. Consider their seemingly endless dedication to promoting his Tidal streaming service or her release of Ivy Park sportswear, but when they tried to actually trademark their daughter’s name with the hopes of marketing it as a baby products line, the public (and the courts) drew a line in the sand.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z reportedly applied for trademark protection for “Blue Ivy” after their daughter was born in January 2012, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office declined their plea. According to CNN, If they had won the rights to the name, the trademark reportedly would have put a local wedding planner, who’d been using the name for years, in a lurch. Even without the trademark protection, the proud parents are still free to use the name as they see fit for merchandising opportunities.

 

Their gift-giving game is outrageous

When it comes to special occasions, the Carters go all out. Among their most lavish gifts of all time: a $40 million private jet known as a Bombardier Challenger 850 that Beyoncé bought Jay-Z for Father’s Day; an island the rapper allegedly bought his bey in Florida for her 29th birthday; a $2 million Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport that she picked out for his 41st birthday; and a $5 million Hublot watch with diamonds galore that the wifey reportedly gave her hubby for his 43rd. Talk about big pimpin’ and spendin’ cheese.

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They often hint at personal trouble in their lyrics

When Beyoncé dropped her visual album Lemonade on HBO in 2016, it triggered a firestorm of gossip about the status of her marriage with Jay-Z. Her legion of fans, the “Bey Hive,” went on the hunt to discover who the “other woman” known as “Becky with the good hair” was in her “Sorry” track. Many wondered if the Carters were still together, given the revenge anthem tones of the album, but Jay-Z showed up in the second act for the reconciliation phase. The album was big news, but it wasn’t the first time the pair shared tough times through music.

Jay-Z’s 2006 Kingdom Come track “Lost One” includes the buzzed about lines, “I don’t think it’s meant to be, B / But she loves her work more than she does me / And honestly, at 23 / I would probably love my work more than I did she. So we ain’t we.” Carter later revealed in his 2010 biopic, Decoded, that he meant for the song to be a reflection on “how difficult it is to respect a lover as an autonomous human being, with separate needs and goals and timelines than yours…one of the hardest things about a real relationship of equals.” He added, “It’s worth it.”

And if appearing in the Lemonade reconciliation number wasn’t enough, Jay-Z also offered his own apology tour by way of the lyrics to the titular track on his album 4:44, in which he made no bones about his bad behavior. His heart was definitely on his sleeve when he wrote the lines, “Look, I apologize, often womanize/ Took for my child to be born/ See through a woman’s eyes/ Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles/ Took me too long for this song.”

It seems what the tabloids don’t confirm or deny in interviews can definitely be ascertained from this power couple’s music.

 

 

Do they fuel rumors to make money?

Given the timing of some of their biggest gossip feeding frenzies—the Solange vs Jay-Z brawl certainly elevated the interest level in the husband-and-wife tour, and those Lemonade lyrics certainly didn’t hurt her subsequent tour sales—there are those who speculate that Beyoncé and Jay-Z time their apparent troubles around money-grabbing opportunities.

In Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s “All the Way Up (Remix),”Jay-Z raps, “You know you made it when the fact / Your marriage made it is worth millions / Lemonade is a popular drink and it still is / Survival of the littest.” It’s hard to deny that the cultural impact of this couple’s supposed troubles does include a certain financial windfall, so who’s to know if they don’t purposefully tip the scales of intrigue every now and again?

 

 

Beyoncé’s dad didn’t know she was pregnant again until he saw it on Instagram

Her marriage with Jay-Z wasn’t the only relationship Beyoncé may have addressed in her Lemonade album. She also supposedly documented the ups and downs she’s had with her father, Mathew Knowles, who’s made headlines in the past for allegedly cheating on Beyoncé’s mom and fathering a love child.

Beyoncé’s album special on HBO includes a spoken recitation of a Warsan Shire poem: “You remind me of my father, a magician / Able to exist in two places at once / In the tradition of men in my blood, you come home at 3 a.m. and lie to me.” Although father and daughter appeared together after the album’s drop to quell any suspicion of a fallout, Mathew is clearly not in the loop when it comes to his daughter’s life because he revealed that he didn’t find out about her second pregnancy until she announced it to the world, via Instagram.

He told The Insider, “I was shocked. I got a first text, and I was like, ”Why is this person saying congratulations?’ Then I get a second text from one of my students at Texas Southern, and I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ He was like, ‘Go to the web.’ I didn’t know myself.” Mathew added that he thought the surprise reveal was a strategic business decision on the Carters’ part and that he and Beyoncé later engaged in a “wonderful daughter-dad conversation” on the subject. Even so, a little heads up might’ve been nice, no?

 

 

One of the twins’ names was planned; the other was spontaneous

While the name of their first child, Blue Ivy, seemed like a tribute to their favorite color and a play on the Roman numerical version of their favorite number (four), respectively, the titles given to their twins, Rumi and Sir, were also symbolic for the pair.

Jay-Z told Rap Radar (via People) that they chose the names for two very different reasons. Rumi was a tribute to their favorite poet, a Persian philosopher named Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, but Sir didn’t earn his regal title until he arrived. Jay-Z said, “Sir was like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir.”

The twins’ first official portrait, released by Beyoncé on Instagram when they reached a month old, certainly lived up to the epic nature of the names.

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN HOLLYWOOD: THE GROWING LIST OF “A LIST” PERPETRATORS

In early October, reports surfaced that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually harassed or assaulted multiple women over decades.

The public condemnation of Weinstein has seemingly emboldened others to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against celebrities — with studios, networks and major companies responding — in what some have dubbed the “Weinstein ripple effect.”

Here’s a list of high-profile men who have been accused of sexual harassment, assault or both in the wake of the Weinstein scandal as published by NBC:

Harvey Weinstein

Number of accusers: More than 80

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Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was fired from the studio he co-foundedafter a wave of employees and actresses, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, alleged sexual harassment and assault in explosive back-to-back reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker.

Asia Argento, an Italian actress who told The New Yorker she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein in 1997, tweeted a list of names of more than 80 women who had allegedly been sexually harassed, assaulted, raped or molested by Weinstein dating back to the late 1970s. Argento said she compiled the list with help from other Weinstein accusers.

Actress Paz de la Huerta accused the disgraced mogul of raping her in 2010, Vanity Fair reported.

Weinstein has denied all allegations that he engaged in non-consensual sex with women, and no criminal charges have been brought against him. “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” Weinstein’s spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister, said in a statement.

 

Ben Affleck

Number of accusers: 2

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Hours after actor Ben Affleck released a statement condemning Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct, Affleck was accused of groping Hilarie Burton, an actress and former host of MTV’s “Total Request Live,” in the early 2000s.

“I was a kid,” Burton, now 35, said on Twitter. In a follow-up post, she included a video showing the uncensored “TRL” cold open in which she says, in apparent reference to Affleck, “He comes over and tweaks my left boob.”

“I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize,” Affleck said on Twitter.

Makeup artist Annamarie Tendler also accused Affleck of inappropriately grabbing her during a 2014 party. “I would also love to get an apology from Ben Affleck who grabbed my ass at a Golden Globes party in 2014,” she said on Twitter, further describing the incident in follow-up posts.

Affleck told The Associated Press on Nov. 5 that he is “looking at my own behavior and addressing that and making sure I’m part of the solution.”

His spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Roy Price

Number of accusers: 1

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Roy Price, the Amazon Studios chief, resigned from his job after reports surfaced of his alleged sexual misconduct toward an Amazon TV producer, CNBC reported.

“The Man in the High Castle” producer Isa Hackett said she and Price had been promoting the show in 2015 at Comic-Con in San Diego when they wound up in a taxi together with another former Amazon executive, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“We take seriously any questions about the conduct of our employees,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “We encourage people to raise any concerns and we make it a priority to investigate and address them. Accordingly, we looked closely at this specific concern and addressed it directly with those involved.”

A spokesperson for Price declined to comment to The Hollywood Reporter.

Oliver Stone

Number of accusers: 1

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Director Oliver Stone 

Actress and former Playboy model Carrie Stevens accused writer and director Oliver Stone of groping her at a party during the 1990s in a tweet responding to Stone’s remarks about the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

“He was really cocky, had this big grin on his face like he was going to get away with something,” Stevens later told The New York Daily News, adding:

Stone has not responded publicly to Stevens’ allegation, but Stone’s initial response to the sexual misconduct accusations against Harvey Weinstein also caused controversy.

“It’s not easy what he’s going through,” Stone said. “I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial. I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system.”

Bob Weinstein

Number of accusers: 1

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Miramax co-founder and brother of Harvey Weinstein – Bob Weinstein 

Five days after blasting his brother, Harvey Weinstein, as a “very sick man” and a “world class liar,” Bob Weinstein was accused of making repeated romantic advances to a showrunner and refusing to take no for an answer. It was first reported by Variety.

Amanda Segel, an executive producer of “The Mist,” a Weinstein Co. drama that aired on Spike TV, said Bob Weinstein began harassing her in the summer of 2016 by repeatedly asking her to join him for private dinners.

The harassment allegedly occurred on and off for about three months, until Segel’s lawyer informed Weinstein Co. executives that she would leave the show if Bob Weinstein continued to contact her for personal matters.

“Variety’s story about Bob Weinstein is riddled with false and misleading assertions by Ms. Segel and we have the emails to prove it,” Bert Fields, Bob Weinstein’s lawyer, said in part, adding: “There is no way in the world that Bob Weinstein is guilty of sexual harassment.”

John Besh

Number of accusers: Multiple

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Celebrity Chef John Besh 

Celebrity chef John Besh, a prominent fixture of the New Orleans culinary scene, stepped down from the company he founded after more than two dozen current and former members of the restaurant group alleged they were sexually harassed by various employees, including Besh, while working for the company.

Twenty-five women described a hostile work environment where female employees faced unwanted advances, sexually inappropriate comments and, in some cases, superiors attempting to leverage their authority in return for sex, according to an investigation by NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune. The accusers also said that women who complained about being harassed were punished or ignored.

Besh has been credited with helping to make New Orleans a culinary destination after Hurricane Katrina. He said in a statement that he had a “consensual relationship” with a member of his team two years ago.

“Since then I have been seeking to rebuild my marriage and come to terms with my reckless actions given the profound love I have for my wife, my boys and my Catholic faith,” he said in the statement. “I also regret any harm this may have caused to my second family at the restaurant group, and sincerely apologize to anyone past and present who has worked for me who found my behavior as unacceptable as I do.”

James Toback

Number of accusers: At least 238

Image: James Toback attends the New York premiere of the HBO documentary film "Night Will Fall"
James Toback 

More than 200 additional women contacted The Los Angeles Times in response to its initial investigation, in which 38 women described similar instances of sexual harassment from veteran Hollywood writer and director James Toback.

Toback has written or directed more than a dozen films, including “Tyson,” “The Pick-Up Artist” and “Bugsy,” for which he received an Oscar nomination.

Toback denied the allegations to The Times, saying that he had either never met his accusers or only did “for five minutes and have no recollection” of them. He also claimed it would have been “biologically impossible” for him to engage in the behavior the women described throughout the last 22 years, citing diabetes and a heart condition requiring medication.

Leon Wieseltier

Number of accusers: Multiple

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Leon Wieseltier 

The benefactors of a new magazine set to be edited by Leon Wieseltier — a literary critic, former contributing editor for The Atlantic and a former New Republic editor — ended their business relationship with him after sexual harassment allegations surfaced, The New York Times reported. The Atlantic severed its ties with him on Oct. 27.

“For my offenses against some of my colleagues in the past I offer a shaken apology and ask for their forgiveness,” Wieseltier told The Times in an email. “The women with whom I worked are smart and good people. I am ashamed to know that I made any of them feel demeaned and disrespected. I assure them I will not waste this reckoning.”

Terry Richardson

Number of accusers: Multiple

Photographer Terry Richardson 

Celebrity photographer Terry Richardson was banned from working with Condé Nast — the publisher of glossy magazines like Vogue, Glamour, GQ and Vanity Fair — after allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct during photo shoots.

“[Richardson] is an artist who has been known for his sexually explicit work so many of his professional interactions with subjects were sexual and explicit in nature, but all of the subjects of his work participated consensually,” a representative for Richardson said in a statement to E! News.

George H.W. Bush

Number of accusers: 4

Image: Former President George H.W. Bush poses for a photo with the cast of AMC's series TURN
Former President George H.W. Bush 

Four women from separate incidents came forward to accuse former President George H.W. Bush of touching them from behind while he told a dirty joke as they posed beside him for photos.

Television actress Heather Lind was first to accuse the former president, and said in a now-deleted Instagram post that Bush inappropriately touched her during a 2014 screening of her AMC series, “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” in Houston. Lind appears alongside Bush, who’s seated in a wheelchair, while his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, was also present.

“At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures,” Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. “To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke — and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured joke.”

New York actress Jordana Grolnick also accused the former president of inappropriate touching, followed by author Christina Baker Kline and Amanda Staples, a Republican candidate for Maine’s Senate. McGrath said the former president apologizes to anyone he has offended.

Mark Halperin

Number of accusers: 12

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Author and producer Mark Halperin 

NBC News ended its relationship with senior political analyst Mark Halperin after multiple reports surfaced that he sexually harassed at least a dozen women while serving as political director for ABC News.

“I am profoundly sorry for the pain and anguish I have caused by my past actions,” Halperin said in a statement on Twitter. “I apologize sincerely to the women I mistreated.”

Halperin, a veteran political journalist with multiple book deals and projects, has also seen HBO, Showtime and Penguin Press have ended their associations with him.

Kevin Spacey

Number of accusers: Multiple

Image: Kevin Spacey attends the Build Series to discuss his new play "Clarence Darrow"
Kevin Spacey 

Broadway veteran Anthony Rapp accused “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey of climbing on top of him in a sexual manner when he was 14 years old and Spacey was 26 or 27 at a party in Spacey’s New York apartment.

“I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago,” Spacey wrote in a statement on Twitter. “But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”

Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos also accused Spacey of inappropriate touching during an encounter at the Old Vic theater in London, where Spacey served as artistic director from 2004 until 2015.

Spacey was later accused by eight people who currently or previously worked on the “House of Cards” set of creating a “toxic” work environment, CNN reported. Among those eight unnamed accusers, some also claimed the actor sexually harassed or assaulted them.

Harry Dreyfuss, an actor and son of Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss, has accused Spacey of groping him in 2008. The younger Dreyfuss claimed in a Buzzfeed article that Spacey put his hand on his thigh and later groped his crotch when Dreyfuss was 18. Spacey “absolutely denies the allegations” from Dreyfuss, his lawyer Bryan Freedman told Buzzfeed.

Heather Unruh, a former television anchor, told reporters that Spacey bought her then 18-year-old son “drink after drink after drink” at a crowded restaurant in Nantucket, Massachusetts, in July 2016, and then “stuck his hand inside my son’s pants and grabbed his genitals.”

NBC News has not verified the allegations. Spacey’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

Earlier, his representatives said in a statement that “Kevin Spacey is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment.”

Michael Oreskes

Number of accusers: 8

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Former Associated Press Vice President and Senior Managing Editor Mike Oreskes 

NPR news chief Michael Oreskes was ousted from his post on Nov. 1 after two women alleged he suddenly kissed them while discussing job prospects when he was The New York Times’ Washington bureau chief in the 1990s.

Since the original allegations were made public, 5 women at NPR have filed a formal harassment complaint against Oreskes, according to the Washington Post, bringing the number of accusers up to eight. The Post reported that the latest allegations occurred during the past three years.

Oreskes, who was placed on leave by NPR after The Post’s report, said he was deeply sorry to the people he hurt.

“My behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility,” he said.

Jeremy Piven

Number of accusers: 3

Image: Jeremy Piven attends the Emmy Awards
Jeremy Piven 

On Twitter, actress and reality television star Ariane Bellamar accused “Entourage” actor Jeremy Piven of groping her once on set, and again at the Playboy Mansion.

Bellamar claims that Piven grabbed her breasts without her consent after cornering her in his trailer on the “Entourage” set. Addressing the actor directly, Bellamar tweeted, “I tried to leave; you grabbed me by the ass, looked at yourself in the mirror [and] said what a ‘beautiful couple’ we made.” It is unclear whether she was referring to the set of the “Entourage” television series or its movie sequel.

Days later, actress Cassidy Freeman said in an Instagram post that Piven of making unwanted sexual advances toward her.

“I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen,” Piven said in a statement. “It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories, and my hope is that the allegations about me that didn’t happen, do not detract from stories that should be heard.”

About a week later, Tiffany Bacon Scourby told People that Piven exposed himself, rubbed his genitals against her and ejaculated on her clothing in October 2003 in New York City. She said she told a longtime friend immediately after the alleged incident and People said the friend corroborated the allegation.

Piven did not immediately return a request for comment about Scourby’s allegation.

Dustin Hoffman

Number of accusers: 2

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Dustin Hoffman 

Anna Graham Hunter was a 17-year-old production assistant for the 1985 film adaptation of “Death of a Salesman” when actor Dustin Hoffman grabbed her and used sexually explicit language with her, she said in a first-person account published by The Hollywood Reporter.

Playwright Wendy Riss Gatsiounis also said Hoffman sexually harassed her in 1991 and allegedly propositioned her and attempted to persuade her to accompany him to a store in a nearby hotel.

“I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable position,” Hoffman told The Hollywood Reporter. “I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”

Brett Ratner

Number of accusers: 7

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Brett Ratner 

Actresses Olivia Munn, Katharine Towne, Jamie Ray Newman, Natasha Henstridge, Jorina King and model and singer Eri Sasaki all alleged varying accounts of inappropriate behavior from director Brett Ratner, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Munn and Henstridge both told The Times they experienced separate incidents early in their careers in which Ratner masturbated in front of them. Munn said she was delivering food as a favor in 2004 to what she believed was Ratner’s empty trailer, and was frightened to find him inside.

Ratner’s attorney, Martin Singer, staunchly denied each woman’s allegations and claimed Munn’s account was “a complete lie.”

“I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment,” Singer said in a letter to The Times. “Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.”

In light of the allegations, Ratner said in a statement that he is choosing to “step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities.”

“I don’t want to have any possible negative impact to the studio until these personal issues are resolved,” Ratner said in the statement.

More than a week after Ratner released his statement, on Nov. 10, actress Ellen Page accused Ratner of making sexual and homophobic comments to her while she was working with him on the 2006 film “X-Men: The Last Stand.” She also alleges that Ratner “outed” her as gay while he was disparaging her.

“I was eighteen years old,” Page, who is now 30, wrote in a Facebook post. “He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: ‘You should f— her to make her realize she’s gay.”

Ed Westwick

Number of accusers: 2

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Ed Westwick 

Actress Kristina Cohen wrote a Facebook post saying that she and a boyfriend had gone to Ed Westwick’s home three years ago.

Cohen said she took a nap in one of the rooms, and that when she woke up, the “Gossip Girl” actor was sexually assaulting her. She said she tried to fight him off, but he was too strong.

“I couldn’t speak, I could no longer move. He held me down and raped me,” she wrote.

Westwick responded the following day on social media to deny the allegations: “I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.”

The Los Angeles Police Department said Cohen filed a police report, which confirms an investigation but not evidence of a crime. There was no police report filed at the time of the alleged incident, sources said.

Following Cohen’s post, former actress Aurélie Wynn shared on Facebook a claim that she was raped by Westwick while taking a nap in July 2014.

Reps for Westwick did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.

Steven Seagal

Number of accusers: 3

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American actor Steven Seagal

At least three actresses have accused Steven Seagal of sexual harassment. Actress Portia de Rossi tweeted that she once auditioned for the former action star in his office, where he “said how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather pants.”

De Rossi said she ran out and told her agent. She didn’t say when the alleged incident occurred.

Actress Rae Dawn Chong told The Hollywood Reporter of a similar story. She said the talent agency that represented her from 1989-90 had her meet Seagal inside of his hotel room at night. She said he exposed himself to her and that after she told her agent what happened, it impacted her career. She later left the agency, she said, “because it was like a pimp situation.”

Actress Jenny McCarthy also recounted an audition with Seagal in 1995 for the film “Under Siege 2,” telling SiriusXM that she was excited to read for the part when he told her to “relax” on a couch. But he then requested that she pull down her dress, she said, which prompted her to run out to her car. But Seagal followed her, she added, and told her not to tell anyone of their encounter.

Other women have claimed Seagal acted inappropriately or strangely with them, but not specifically of sexual misconduct. Julianna Margulies, who co-starred with Seagal in 1991’s “Out for Justice,” said on SiriusXM that when she was 23, she was told by a casting director to go to Seagal’s hotel room at night.

Margulies said that when she got there, she was alone. Seagal “made sure that I saw his gun, which I had never seen a gun in real life,” the actress said. “And I got out of there unscathed.”

Eva LaRue, of “All My Children” and “CSI: Miami,” told Deadline that Seagal locked her in her room, pulled back his kimono and unveiled his underwear. She was 22 and waiting for an audition.

Reps for Seagal did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News. His spokesman previously told the Daily Beast that McCarthy’s “claim is completely false.”

Louis C.K.

Number of accusers: 5

 Comedian and actor Louis C.K. 

Five women have accused Emmy-winning comedian and actor Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct dating back at least 15 years, The New York Times reported.

In the exposé published in The Times, comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov allege Louis CK in 2002 invited them to his hotel room in Colorado, undressed himself, and masturbated in front of them. Abby Schachner, a comedian who says she called Louis C.K. to invite him to one of her performances in 2003, claims she could hear him masturbating during their phone conversation. Rebecca Corry, a writer and actress, alleges Louis C.K. asked if he could masturbate in front of her while they appeared together on a television pilot in 2005.

In a statement a day after the report, Louis C.K. said “these stories are true,” adding that he feels remorseful for his actions.

“I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position,” he said.

Shortly after the report was published, HBO announced that Louis C.K. would no longer be participating in a comedy fundraising special planned for Nov. 18. HBO also said it would be removing the comedian’s past projects from its On Demand services.

A day after The Times published its report, Louis C.K.’s publicist, Lewis Kay, said on Twitter that he dropped the comedian as a client. Netflix also announced that it would not produce a second planned stand-up special after releasing the first, titled “2017,” earlier this year.

FX Networks and FX Productions later ended its relationship with Louis C.K. once he admitted that the allegations were true. FX said in a statement that he would no longer serve as executive producer or receive compensation for the four shows he was involved with.

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Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg 

Andrew Kreisberg

Number of accusers: 19

Andrew Kreisberg, the executive producer of the CW shows “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “The Flash,” was suspended by Warner Bros. TV Group after allegations by 19 people of sexual harassment and inappropriate contact. Warner Bros. said in a statement it is conducting an internal investigation.

“We take all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and are committed to creating a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions,” the group said.

Variety first reported that 15 women and four men who have worked with the producer said he engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact over the years. None of the sources were identified by Variety, which said many of the women are current or former employees and fear retaliation.

Kreisberg, 46, could not immediately be reached by NBC News, but denied the allegations to Variety: “I have made comments on women’s appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized. Like many people, I have given someone a non-sexual hug or kiss on the cheek.”

Berlanti Productions, which produces Kreisberg’s show, said in a statement that it is “aware of some deeply troubling allegations regarding one of our showrunners. We have been encouraging and fully cooperating with the investigation into this by Warner Bros.”

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