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TOP DIRECTOR QUENTIN TARANTINO KNEW BUT KEEP QUIET FOR OVER A DECADE ABOUT WEINSTEIN’S ABUSE OF WOMEN

Latest to speak up is top Hollywood film director  Quentin Tarantino who has admitted he should have spoken out against his long-time collaborator sooner.

In an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, Tarantino confessed that he was totally aware of  Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct long before the allegations were disclosed in articles published by The New York Times and The New Yorker earlier this month.

Over the last few weeks, Weinstein has been accused of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment by multiple actresses, models and tv anchor women but vehemently denies the accusations.

“I knew enough to do more than I did,” Tarantino admitted. “There was more to it than just the normal rumours, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”

He continued, “I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard. If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”

Tarantino also confessed in the interview that his former girlfriend, Mira Sorvino, informed him of unwanted sexual advances and unwanted touching by Weinstein when they started dating.

He was also aware of Weinstein’s out-of-court settlement with Rose McGowan who had alleged that she was raped by the producer in the 1990s.

“What I did was marginalise the incidents,” said Tarantino. “Anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse.”

He then called on other men to take responsibility for not speaking out sooner. “I’m calling on the other guys who knew more to not be scared,” he said, continuing,  “Don’t just give out statements. Acknowledge that there was something rotten in Denmark. Vow to do better by our sisters.”

Tarantino has collaborated with Weinstein’s production companies on countless films, including Pulp FictionKill Bill and Django Unchained.

Yesterday, Lupita Nyong’o became the latest actress to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment in an emotional essay for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed they were investigating an allegation of rape involving a model in 2013.

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Lupita Nyong’o

The alleged victim was an unnamed Italian model-actress who said Weinstein “forcibly raped” her at the Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles after the 8th annual Los Angeles, Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest in February of 2013, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“He … bullied his way into my hotel room, saying, ‘I’m not going to [have sex with] you, I just want to talk,'” the woman told the newspaper. “Once inside, he asked me questions about myself, but soon became very aggressive and demanding and kept asking to see me naked.”

Then, she said, “He grabbed me by the hair and forced me to do something I did not want to do. He then dragged me to the bathroom and forcibly raped me.”

Afterward, she said, “he acted like nothing happened.”

Meanwhile, Hollywood leading man Tom Hanks said in an interview with the BBC this morning, that there is “no way back” for Weinstein after the multiple incidents of sexual assault, harassment and rape.

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Oscar Winner Tom Hanks

He said that Hollywood is at a “watershed moment” in history amid the developing scandal of the disgraced film mogul.  The Oscar-winning actor said he did not feel complicit with an industry which ignored the allegations for decades but said Hollywood needed to listen to ‘everyone who has been a victim’

 

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NETFLIX GROWING NICELY ACROSS THE WORLD AS STREAMING COMPANY EXCEEDS $11BILLION IN REVENUE

Netflix is on track to exceed $11 billion in revenue this year, according to the streaming giant’s Q3 earning report, which was just released. A statement from the company claims it’s “growing nicely across the world” and that “internet entertainment is delighting consumers”.

Despite a recent price hike in subscription rates, Netflix has over 109 million subscribers and remains at the helm of streaming sites. According to eMarketer, which estimates roughly 2.5 viewers for each paid Netflix subscription, there are an approximate 128 million current users in the U.S., representing a 6.6% jump from last year. 

Netflix added 5.3 million new subscribers globally (up 49% year-over-year) this quarter, beating its own projections of 4.4 million new subscribers. The company states that it under-forecasted both U.S. and international acquisition. In addition, year-to-date net adds of 15.5 million are up 29% versus last year. “We continued to benefit from a strong appetite for our original series and films, as well as the adoption of internet entertainment across the world,” the report read in part.

“Netflix hasn’t added as many subscribers in Q3 ever before, so the quarter can be considered a record-breaking one,” said Ville Salminen, owner of streaming news site Cordcutting.com and Netflix tracking site Allflicks. “Of course, we don’t know what kind of an impact Netflix’s recently announced price increase will have on current and potential subscribers. Personally, I’m not too worried. The market isn’t, for sure, since Netflix’s stock has never been higher.”

Eyebrows raised when Netflix upped the cost of its subscriptions last week, but the move didn’t backfire as the company’s shares hit an all-time high on Friday, briefly surpassing $200 for the first time ever. In fact, Netflix is up 60% this year compared with Disney’s 7% decline, Time Warner’s 5% gain, CBS’s 11% drop and the S&P 500’s 14% return.

Netflix bumped up subscription costs on two if its three streaming video plans in the U.S. and kept its basic plan, which allows standard-definition video streaming on one device at a time, at $7.99 a month. The price on its mid-range plan, which allows high-definition video streaming on two devices at a time, went up 10% to $10.99 a month from $9.99. Its top-tier plan, which allows for ultra-high-definition video streaming on up to four screens at the same time, was bumped up 17%, from $11.99 to $13.99 a month.

The up in price will, in part, help fund the company’s massive original content budget of $6 billion this year, up from $5 billion in 2016, and expected growth to $7-8 billion next year. Netflix stands strong behind its goal to self-develop, produce and own outright as many high-quality original shows and movies as possible in lieu of licensing content from networks and studios. The streamer’s formula of putting a lot of money upfront for its own content, then seeing a high return on investment over many years has worked.

Per eMarketer, the streaming behemoth will capture 66.2% of U.S. OTT video users. To put this into perspective, Amazon will have 85.3 million viewers this year, or 44.1% of OTT users.

“We see Netflix continuing to lead the way among digital streaming services and we’re holding to our forecast for growth in the connected TV sector,” said Principal Analyst, Video at eMarketer, Paul Verna. “These trends bode well for Netflix, but the company will face increasingly strong competition from established rivals such as Amazon and Hulu, and from new initiatives from the likes of Apple and Facebook. Those competitors are more broadly diversified than Netflix, which relies almost exclusively on content subscriptions. That means the only lever Netflix can pull is price increases, and with its most recent hike this month, it will not have much margin to squeeze additional revenue out of its users.”

According to eMarketer, this year a total of 222.7 million people in the U.S. will watch digital video content on any device, up 3.2% over 2016. Adults in the U.S. will spend an average 76 minutes per day watching digital video this year, which is up 9.3% over last year. And, for comparison, U.S. adults will spend an average of three hours and 58 minutes a day watching traditional television this year, which reflects a 3.1% drop from last year.  

Price hikes tend to unnerve investors and Wall Street, but as a leader in the world of streaming, it’s obvious that Netflix’s price increase was strategically announced before the release of the second season of Stranger Things and other popular offerings.

“The company has surely learned from last year’s very unpopular price increase. Even with the price increase, Netflix’s value proposition is unrivaled in comparison to other streaming services, and especially so for TV show lovers. Netflix is raising the price of its most popular plan by 10%, but the number of TV shows has already risen by 25% from last year,” explained Salminen. Original content, he added, is the best way to attract and retain subscribers. “This is understandable since Netflix’s original content is exclusive to the service and can’t be watched elsewhere. If you want to watch the second season of Stranger Things, you must subscribe to Netflix.”

Netflix has continued for years to up the number of TV shows offered. In October 2015, Netflix offered an approximate 1,100 TV shows in the U.S. and a year later the number was around 1,200. Currently, it’s around 1,500 according to Salminen’s research.  

In Q3, the streamer cites a 33% global streaming revenue rise year-over-year, driven by a 24% increase in average paid memberships and 7% growth in ASP. The company’s operating income nearly doubled year-over-year to $209 million with its Q3 global operating margin of 7% putting the streamer right on track to achieve its full year target of 7%.

Netflix also saw a pre-tax $51 million non-cash loss from F/X re-measurement on its Euro bond, or $39 million after tax based on a 24% tax rate, and a higher than expected excess tax benefit from stock based compensation that benefited its tax rate by $5 million versus its forecast.

The foreign currency impact was up $13 million and Q3 international revenue grew 54% year-over-year, excluding currency and the international contribution profit margin of 4.7% exceeded the 2.3% guidance, also due to the timing of content deals.  

Forecasts for Q4 include global net adds of 6.3 million (1.25 million stateside and more than 5 million internationally) versus 7 million last year, which was the streamer’s all-time high for quarterly net adds. “We recently announced price adjustments in many markets to our HD and 4K video plans while keeping our SD plan mostly unchanged. Existing members will be notified and their prices will be adjusted on a rolling basis over the next few months. Increased revenue over time will help us grow our content offering and continue our global operating margin growth.”

Netflix has been focused on a growing global operating margin as its primary profitability metric since hitting its 2020 U.S. contribution margin goal of 40% this past Q1. “This allows us to avoid near-term optimization for specific domestic or international contribution margin targets which could impede our long-term growth.”

The company anticipates this year’s fourth quarter to have a 34.4% U.S. contribution margin, which is a decline both year-on-year and sequentially, as it boosts its marketing investment against a growing content slate. “We spend disproportionately in the U.S. to generate media and influencer awareness for our programming, which we believe, in turn, is an effective way to facilitate word of mouth globally. In our international segment, we are on track to generate positive contribution profit for the full year.”

As Netflix moves into 2018, the streamer aims to achieve steady improvement in international profitability and a growing operating margin as its success in many large markets helps fund investments throughout Asia and the rest of the world.

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MIAMI: 8 YEAR OLD GIRL DIES AFTER FALLING OFF UPPER DECK OF CRUISE SHIP

An eight-year-old girl has died after falling from an upper deck into the lobby of a cruise ship docked in Miami.

The youngster is thought to have fallen between 25ft and 50ft (between 7.5m and 15m) from the interior atrium of the Carnival Glory on Saturday morning.

The ship, operated by Carnival Cruise Lines, had recently arrived in PortMiami, Dodge Island, just off shore from mainland Florida and east of Miami Beach, at the time.

A witness, Raymond Kassim, told Fox News affiliate 7News Miami he heard someone cry out.

“You heard ‘Oh, my baby, oh, my baby’, and when you looked, she was down at the bottom,” he said.

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Image:The embarkation point for cruise ships docked at PortMiami

“It happened so fast. She just fell over.”

Passengers described chaotic scenes as those in the ship’s atrium realised what had happened.

On board emergency responders attended the scene and attempted to save her life.

Emergency medical technician Bob Dorr, who was among the first to try to save the girl, said: “She had severe injuries.

“I started doing CPR until the doctor showed up, and then the doctor took over.”

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Image:Cruise ships docked at PortMiami

The girl was taken in a critical condition to the Ryder Trauma Centre, about three miles away from the port, but she died.

7News interviewed a relative of her family at the hospital, named only as Zion, who said she was only out of sight for a few seconds when the tragedy happened.

The family are understood to be from The Bahamas and had just completed a seven-day cruise.

A statement from Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines, a subsidiary of US-British Carnival Corporation & PLC, to 7News said: “Our most heartfelt condolences are with the family at this very difficult time.”

Police are investigating.

 

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THE CASTING COUCH CULTURE – THE SHAME OF THE MOVIE INDUSTRY

For anyone who is unfamiliar with the term casting couch – it simply means the act where aspiring actresses and starlets are promised role in a movie for sex. Women are propositioned, bullied and in other cases, forced to have sex or raped by top producers or other studio execs all for the probability of a screen test or role in a movie.

This is a behaviour that has been around for years and dates back to  the early days of Hollywood and most big name actresses we know today as well as  many unknown ones have at some point in their careers been subject to the casting couch proposition.

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Recently, the shocking but unsurprising allegations against top Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has thankfully brought what can only be described as the shame of the industry to the forefront and into the news.

When the New York times published a story of disturbing allegations against the producer, many came out in protest of support for him but that can of worms was opened and it gave way to an avalanche of revelations of years, perhaps decades of an history of systematic sexual harassment of several hollywood actresses including some A list starts. More disturbing was the revelation that Weinstein’s behavior over the years was a thing of common knowledge which was covered up and swept under the carpet by execs of the studio that he co-founded with his brother Bob.

Weinstein being a powerful career maker or breaker in Hollywood, enjoyed his reign of terror against female members of the industry in spite of his cinematic brilliance and laudable achievements.

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Top actresses such as Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have reportedly opened up about being propositioned by Weinstein and Oscar Winner Rose McGowan has gone as far as alleging she had been raped by the producer. The actress Tweeted in 2016 that she had been raped by a studio head who then bought the distribution rights to one of her films. She was then shamed while her rapist was adulated despite the rape being an open secret in Hollywood.

A year later, the studio head McGowan accused was revealed to have been Harvey Weinstein.

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Actress Rose McGowan

Other leading ladies such as Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon, Alison Brie and Emmy Rossum have also spoken out about about the “creepy come-ons from powerful men that they experienced early in their careers”

In 2002, actress Lesley-Anne Down spoke of finding fame in the late 1960s: “The casting couch was in full swing, people expected it… My teen-age years were pretty intense, a lot of pressure and a lot of horrible old men out there”. In a 1977 interview, she had also said: “I was promised lots of lovely big film parts by American producers if I went to bed with them… Believe me, the casting couch is no myth” In 2015, Down discussed her experiences of sexual harassment in the 1970s by an unnamed legendary Hollywood actor and also by producer Sam Spiegel, saying that she had never really enjoyed her acting career: “Partly that was because of all the lecherous men, studio executives, producers and directors. There was so much running away and hiding under tables. Anyway, I started when I was ten and I’ve been doing it for 50 years

Jane Fonda revealed in March that she was once fired “because I wouldn’t sleep with my boss”, while Zoe Kazan recalled one producer describing his inappropriate behaviour towards her as “a joke”..

*Actresses who have all spoken out about the casting-couch culture

 

In a 1996 interview, actor Woody Harrelson declared “every [acting] business I ever entered into in New York seemed to have a casting couch … I’ve seen so many people sleep with people they loathe in order to further their ambition

The casting couch culture was also not unwilling to extend towards child abuse or even peadophilia. In 2011, former child actor Corey Feldman alleged that children were also victims of the casting couch. Paul Petersen said that some of the culprits are “still in the game” and Alison Arngrim claimed that Feldman and Corey Haim were given drugs and “passed around” in the 1980s

According to anti sex abuse campaigner Professor Caroline Heldman, the kind of behaviour Weinstein is accused of is widespread in Hollywood – and the floodgates are now open.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain today, Heldman said: “I think that something is shifting in Hollywood, with enough women coming forward and saying enough is enough.”
It’s certainly true that Weinstein isn’t the only culprit.
Marilyn Monroe once described Hollywood as “an overcrowded brothel, a merry-go-round with beds for horses”.

But one will be grossly misled in believing that the casting coach culture prevailed only in Hollywood. In October 2012, filmmaker Ben Fellows published claims that the casting couch was rife in the worlds of British television, theatre and advertising when he worked as a child actor and model in the 1980s. He claimed “the problem is both institutional and systemic in the entertainment industry.

In 2014, it was claimed that incarcerated former public relations guru Max Clifford’s “casting couch” at his Mayfair office was “his daughter’s specially adapted disabled toilet cubicle”

British TV star Myleene Klass explains: “I don’t think there’s a single person in the entertainment industry that hasn’t, at some point, experienced the casting couch thing – that’s why there is a term for it, the casting couch. So I’m not saying this like it’s the shock of the century.

In Bollywood, Asia’s movie industry, the casting couch culture also gave the world many of the known Bollywood names we know. Many actors both male and female have spoken how they were repeatedly asked to perform sexual acts at every audition. The famous Shashi Kapoor spoke about a famous female producer who propositioned young new male actors who came for movie roles for sexual favours. He alleged that the careers of many Bollywood stars started as a result of their performance on the casting couch.

In Nigeria’s movie industry, Nollywood, the casting couch culture is most prevalent. Many starlets are alleged to have been willing to perform various sexual acts for even minor or movie extra movie roles. In the early days of Nollywood, many wannabe actresses were more than happy just to appear in movie for no pay at all. But also very willing to pay the heavy price usually on the casting couch. Many are also reported to be have had to sleep with anyone from a studio gaffer to cameraman and just about anyone who can introduce them to a director or producer for an audition where they have to encounter the real “casting couch”

 

Historic cases of Casting Couch scandals:

In the first scandal to shake Hollywood, the comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle attended a wild party in San Francisco in 1921 that ended in the death of actress Virginia Rappe. Rappe, writhing in pain from a ruptured bladder, accused Arbuckle of raping her. When she died days later, he was charged with murder, which was downgraded to manslaughter. Arbuckle was acquitted after three trials.

A TORN DRESS

Actor Errol Flynn had a two-year affair with Beverly Aadland, starting when she was 15. At the time of the affair Flynn had already been accused — and found not guilty — of the statutory rape of two underage girls in 1942. “I was scared,” Aadland wrote in People. “He was just too strong for me. I cried. At one point he tore my dress. Then he carried me off to another room, and I was still carrying on. What was going through my head was, what was I going to tell my mother?”

‘BE NICE TO ME’

Joan Collins says she lost out on the lead role in “Cleopatra” because she wouldn’t sleep with the studio head. “I had tested for ‘Cleopatra’ twice and was the front-runner. He took me into his office and said, ‘You really want this part?’ And I said, ‘Yes. I really do.’ ‘Well,’ he said, ‘then all you have to do is be nice to me.’ It was a wonderful euphemism in the Sixties for you know what. But I couldn’t do that. In fact, I was rather wimpish, burst into tears and rushed out of his office.” The role went to Elizabeth Taylor.

AMERICA’S LITTLE DARLING

In her memoir “Child Star,” actress Shirley Temple claimed that an MGM producer known to have an “adventuresome casting couch” unzipped his trousers and exposed himself to her during their first meeting in 1940. She was 12. Being innocent of male anatomy, she responded with nervous laughter, and he threw her out of his office. Fortunately, she had already signed her contract with MGM.

‘OVERCROWDED BROTHEL’

Marilyn Monroe was no stranger to lecherous studio chiefs and filmmakers and in her memoir, “My Story,” she didn’t hold back: “I met them all. Phoniness and failure were all over them. Some were vicious and crooked. But they were as near to the movies as you could get. So you sat with them, listening to their lies and schemes. And you saw Hollywood with their eyes — an overcrowded brothel, a merry-go-round with beds for horses.”

GROPED FOR YEARS

Judy Garland was pawed and propositioned for sex by studio bigwigs at MGM between the ages of 16 and 20, according to author Gerald Clarke, who wrote “Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland.” One of the most notorious harassers was allegedly Louis B. Mayer, the head of the studio. “Mayer would tell her what a wonderful singer she was, and he would say ‘you sing from the heart’ and then he would place his hand on her left breast,” Clarke wrote.

STILL AT LARGE

Filmmaker Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with Samantha Geimer, then a 13-year-old aspiring actress during a photo shoot in Los Angeles in 1977. He gave her champagne and Quaaludes. “I didn’t want to have sex,” Geimer wrote in her memoir, “The Girl.” “But apparently that is what was going to happen.” Polanski fled the United States before final sentencing and is still wanted by judicial authorities. He has since faced more rape allegations.

AMERICA’S DAD

Bill Cosby, the “Cosby Show” star once known as America’s Dad, is facing a retrial on charges he drugged and molested a former Temple University employee, at his home in 2004. He could get 10 years in prison. Cosby has said the encounter was consensual. He is free on $1 million bail. Dozens of additional accusers have come forward, including 13 women whom prosecutors want to call as witnesses to show that they were drugged and violated in similar fashion.

‘GOT THE WRONG GIRL’

Charlize Theron was new in Hollywood but knew the warning signs when she went to an audition. “I thought it was a little odd that the audition was on a Saturday night at his house in Los Angeles, but I thought maybe that was normal,” she told Marie Clarie in 2005. “I go inside and he’s offering me a drink, and I’m thinking, ‘My god, this acting stuff is very relaxed.’ But it soon becomes very clear what the situation was. I was like, ‘Not going to happen! Got the wrong girl, buddy!’”

OSCAR WINNER

Two women who worked on Casey Affleck’s film “I’m Still Here” filed sexual harassment lawsuits against him in 2010. One woman accused him of crawling into her bed without her consent while she was asleep, while the other woman said Affleck pressured her to stay in his hotel room and “violently” grabbed her arm when she refused. Both claims were settled out of court for an undisclosed amount in 2010. Affleck has repeatedly denied the allegations. He went on to win the best actor Oscar for “Manchester by the Sea.”

 

The story coming out at a time like this does not mean it is a new issue. Neither does it mean that the actresses who have been victims are only just coming out now. Reportedly, accusations and allegations have always been covered up and swept under the carpet and perpetrators have always been the top big powerful men whom no -one wants to cross or take on. The issue has now become a news item because a big media house has decided to take up the story and the “scape-goat” is a big name.

But you can be sure that they are many more like him and it is only a matter of time before their names are also made public.

ANGELINA JOLIE, GWYNETH PALTROW AMONG ACTRESSES MOLESTED BY WEINSTEIN

Several reports appeared in The New York Times last Tuesday from several A-list celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rosanna Arquette and more to add to the mounting allegations against top Hollywood film executive Harvey Weinstein.

This new report details stories of Weinstein luring women “to a private place to discuss films, scripts or even Oscar campaigns,” trying “to initiate massages,” touching them inappropriately, taking off his clothes in their presence or offering them “explicit work-for-sex deals.”

Angelina Jolie told the publication that during the late-’90s release of “Playing by Heart,” Weinstein “made unwanted advances on her in a hotel room, which she rejected.”

“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Jolie said in an email to the Times. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow told the Times that she was invited to Weinstein’s suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a work meeting shortly after the producer hired her as the lead in the Jane Austen adaptation “Emma” at age 22.

Paltrow claims Weinstein put his hands on her, attempted to massage her, and invited her to his bedroom. Paltrow left immediately and told her boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt, about it. Pitt subsequently went to Weinstein at a movie premiere and “told him never to touch Ms. Paltrow again.”

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Paltrow said Weinstein’s backlash after that episode was “brutal,” adding that Weinstein screamed at her “for a long time.” She feared losing her role in “Emma,” but “insisted that he put the relationship back on professional footing.”

In addition to Jolie and Paltrow, Rosanna Arquette recounted a time when she said Weinstein asked her to “stop by the Beverly Hills Hotel to pick up a script for a role.”

After being “told to head upstairs, which she found odd,” she found Weinstein in a bathrobe, “complaining of neck pain and asking for a massage.”

Arquette said “she tried to recommend a professional masseuse, but Mr. Weinstein grabbed her hand and pulled it toward his crotch.” She immediately withdrew from the interaction, causing Weinstein to boast about “the famous actresses he had supposedly slept with.” He then said, “‘Rosanna, you’re making a big mistake.’”

In response, Arquette said to Weinstein that she wasn’t “that girl.”

“I will never be that girl,” she said as she left the hotel.

She didn’t get the part she went to get the script for.

The New York Times first detailed numerous accusations of sexual assault against the producer late last week.

RAPPER NELLY IN SHOCKING RAPE ALLEGATION CHARGE

NELLY has been arrested in Auburn, Wash., and charged with rape according to celebrity gossip site TMZ

The rapper who is currently on tour with Florida Georgia Line is accused of raping a woman on his tour bus and has been taken into custody.

Allegations of the crime surfaced this morning, on Saturday morning. According to the site, the woman named Nelly specifically as the person who had sex with her against her will. He was charged with second degree rape around 7 a.m.

The rapper was set to perform tonight in Ridgefield, Wash.

A statement released by Nelly’s lawyer vehemently denys the charges levied against his client. It reads: “Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation. Our initial investigation, clearly establishes the allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness. I am confident, once the scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. Nelly is prepared to pursue all all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation.”

Nelly was on a 40-city tour with FGL, which kicked off in June and isn’t set to end until Oct. 21.

This is the second time that a rapper has been hit with rape charges recently. Back in August, Mystikal was charged with rape in Louisiana. Though his alleged accomplice claims that the victim says the rape didn’t happen, the rapper was indicted by a grand jury on charges of rape and kidnapping in September. It’s not looking good.

Mystikal, born Michael Lawrence Tyler, served seven years behind bars after being convicted of sexual assault in 2003.

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DR DRE IN FORMER DEATH ROW RECORDS BOSS SCANDALOUS $20,000 ASSASSINATION CLAIM

Suge Knight is still finding ways to keep his name in the limelight.

Now the former Death Row Records owner has come up with the astonishing allegations about Dr. Dre, claiming the super producer tried to have him killed.

In new legal documents obtained by TMZ, Suge claims a man named Dwayne Johnson showed him a check for $20,000 that was signed by Dre back in July 2016. According to Suge, the payment was for the former record exec’s life and Suge was supposed to be offed the day he ran over Terry Carter at the Straight Outta Compton set, killing him.

Suge claims Johnson was supposed to be in on the hit but flipped. He and Johnson later met with a private investigator. Suge says this is the reason he was scared for his life when he ran over Carter at the Tam’s in Compton, a crime he is currently facing trial for. Dre’s lawyers are refuting the claims.

TUPAC SHAKUR
1993 file photo shows rap musician Tupac Shakur. (AP Photo/FILE)

Suge has been talking a lot while behind bars. Most recently, he claimed that Tupac Shakur might still be alive. “When I left that hospital, me and ‘Pac was laughing and joking. So I don’t see how somebody could turn from doing well to doing bad,” he said during an interview for the new Fox series, Who Shot Biggie & Tupac. “I’ma tell you, with ‘Pac, you never know,” he added.

Earlier this year, he claimed he was the target of the deadly shooting that took the rap icon’s life.

And ironically, before I came across this story, I was watching the documentary about the killing of TuPac and Biggie where the Suge claims he still had a bullet from the Tupac shooting lodged in his skull

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