Melissa Gilbert is joining the chorus of voices telling their alleged stories of harassment, assault and / or rape in Hollywood.
The Little House on the Prairie star described her alleged encounter with the Snowden and JFK director Oliver Stone on SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live Monday.
- Gilbert claims that while auditioning for the role of Pamela Courson in 1991’s The Doors, Stone purposefully humiliated her.
- At first, she shied away from naming names, saying: "There were moments where there were men in more powerful positions, one in particular, who humiliated me at one point in an audition, and unnecessarily, because I had embarrassed him in a social situation. He got back at me, and I ran out of the room crying. I’m actually sitting here telling you this story afraid to say his name 'cause I’m worried about backlash."
- Cohen asked her if the unnamed director demeaned her "in a provocative way."
- "He had me read a scene," Gilbert said. "I had auditioned, and then he said: ‘I’ve written this special scene for you. I’d like you to do it with the actor. I want to see the chemistry with the two of you.’
- "The whole scene was just my character on her hands and knees saying, ‘Do me, baby.’ Really dirty, horrible," Gilbert said. "Then he said, 'I'd like you to stage it for me.'"
- She said she declined and left. "I left crying, and I never really talked about it," she told Cohen. "It was all because I had said something and embarrassed him publicly."
- Then she relented and named the director. "It was Oliver Stone. And it was The Doors movie."
- The role eventually went to Meg Ryan.
- This is the second actress who has come forward with a story about The Doors auditions. Last month, former actress Caitlin O’Heaney accused Val Kilmer of punching her during the auditions, and said that Stone’s response was to walk her out afterwards and simply say that things got "kind of wild."
Behzad Mesri, an Iranian hacker who went by the alias Skote Vahshat, has been indicted and charged with stealing information about unreleased Game of Thrones episodes and then threatening to release it online unless HBO paid him $6 million.
Mesri, 29, is reportedly in hiding in Iran. The country does not cooperate with U.S. law enforcement, so the feds’ only hope of arresting him is if he leaves the country.
- According to documents released by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mesri is a "self-professed expert in computer hacking techniques" who worked with Iranian armed forces to attack military and nuclear software systems.
- Mesri allegedly infiltrated HBO via legitimate user accounts and proceeded to steal Game of Thrones scripts and summaries, un-aired episodes of Ballers, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Deuce.
- On July 30th, seven days after he allegedly stole the material, he uploaded the data to websites he ran. He also alerted media to the leak and launched a Twitter profile to share it as well.
Bob Weinstein paid two women accusing his brother Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, according to a new Ronan Farrow expose in the New Yorker. Bob allegedly tapped his own back account for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Bob, who previously denied being aware of Harvey’s egregious alleged behavior, gave two women 250,000 pounds (roughly $600,000 today) as part of a sexual assault settlement.
- One of the women, Zelda Perkins, served as Harvey’s assistant, and reports being repeatedly harassed by him.
- "From my very first time left alone with Harvey, I had to deal with him being present either in his underpants or totally naked," Perkins said.
- Perkins said that her personal assistant accused Harvey of sexually assaulting her in 1998, shortly after she was hired. The unnamed woman quit her job and threatened legal action. They settled and they both signed non-disclosure agreements.
- Bob told the New Yorker that he did make the payment, but he maintained he had no idea what it was for.
- "Regarding that payment, I only know what Harvey told me, and basically what he said was he was fooling around with two women and they were asking for money," Bob told the New Yorker. "And he didn't want his wife to find out, so he asked me if I could write a check, and so I did, but there was nothing to indicate any kind of sexual harassment."
- A former Miramax (Miramax is owned by the Weinsteins) exec told the pub that Bob’s story is "implausible."
- Dozens of women, including Rose McGowan, Mira Sorvino, Asia Argento, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, have accused Harvey of harassment, assault and / or rape.
Cue the conscious coupling jokes! Actress and Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow is engaged to her producer boyfriend Brad Falchuk, according to multiple reports.
The couple has been engaged for a year, ET reports. The pair have been together for more than three. Paltrow and Falchuk went public with their romance in April of 2015 at Robert Downey Jr.’s 50th birthday party.
- Paltrow, 45, was previously married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin for 11 years. Together, they share daughter Apple, 13, and son, Moses, 11. They appear to be on very good terms with each other and frequently pop up in each other’s social media feeds.
- Falchuk, 46, was previously married to Suzanne Bukinik for 10 years. Together, they share two children, Brody and Isabella.
David Cassidy, best known for his role on The Partridge Family, has died. He was 67. The actor and musician entered a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hospital for liver and kidney failure last week.
Earlier in the year, Cassidy revealed that he was battling the early stages of dementia, an illness both his mother and grandfather suffered from. Cassidy’s admission came after video emerged of the singer struggling to remember lyrics and stumbling around the stage during a California concert.
"David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long," a statement from his family said. "Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years."
Cassidy became a teenage heartthrob with his role as Keith Partridge in the ‘70s sitcom The Partridge Family. He would go on to have a career as a musician with hit songs such as "I Think I Love You," and "Daydreamer."
After appearing in a short-lived Broadway show, a 19-year-old Cassidy moved to Los Angeles where, after guest spots on shows like Bonanza and Adam-12, he was cast as Keith Partridge, lead singer and guitarist of the fictional family band at the center of the musical sitcom The Partridge Family. Cassidy’s real-life stepmother Shirley Jones played the Partridges’ matriarch.
David Cassidy’s father was famed actor and singer Jack Cassidy, and his mother was actress Evelyn Ward. After his parents split in 1956, the elder Cassidy married Jones the same year. Cassidy moved in with his father, Jones and his three half-brothers after getting his high school diploma in 1968. His father helped him launch his career as an actor and musician.
Dancing with the Stars has crowned its season 25 winner. Last night, Jordan Fisher, Lindsey Stirling and Frankie Muniz went head-to-head on the season finale of the reality dancing competition series, and it was Fisher who was victorious and took home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy after earning overall perfect scores for his final two dances. Stirling was runner-up and Muniz was second runner-up.
It is also the first Mirrorball Trophy win for Fisher’s partner Lindsay Arnold, who has competed as a pro dancer since Season 16.
"Your skills are just ridiculously out of this world. But what’s amazing is you’re an incredible dancer, an incredible performer, but what I’ve noticed the most that makes you stand out to me is what you’ve done with Lindsay," judge Carrie Ann Inaba said after Fisher’s final number. "Lindsay has actually grown as a pro with you and that is a testament to you. You are spectacular. And Lindsay, you made him spectacular."
Head judge Len Goodman also praised Fisher’s talent and dancing skills: "I think you are the most complete male celebrity ever on Dancing with the Stars."
Although 23-year-old Fisher, who suffered a scratched cornea two weeks ago, was the front-runner all season, Goodman admitted ahead of the finale that he had "no clue" who would be named champion.
Fisher, who previously starred in Hamilton and Grease Live!, said earlier in the season that he credits actor Corbin Bleu for inspiring him to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Bleu, who was the runner-up on Season 17 of the ABC show, was paired with Fisher and Arnold for their Trio Night salsa number.
Also on the show, country star Kelsea Ballerini sang her latest hit, "Legends," while Season-25 cast member Nick Lachey sang a new ballad called "Someone to Dance With." Stirling and Becky G performed their current holiday hit "Christmas C’mon," from Stirling’s current album Warmer in the Winter. Cast member Debbie Gibson sang the holiday favorite "Sleigh Ride," while Jordan belted out Stevie Wonder’s "What Christmas Means to Me."
Fisher and Muniz will both be headlining the upcoming "Dancing with the Stars: Light Up the Night" tour, which kicks off December 30th in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Meanwhile, the celebrity roster of ABC’s next edition of Dancing With the Stars will include all athletes. Ten athletes yet to be named from a variety of sports will compete for the coveted Mirrorball trophy in spring 2018.
In past seasons, numerous sports stars have competed on the ballroom floor and triumphed: Former NFL stars Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward, Donald Driver, and Rashad Jennings each won their seasons; Olympic gold medalists Apolo Anton Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson, Meryl Davis, and Laurie Hernandez all danced away victorious; and auto racing driver Hélio Castroneves has also taken the top spot.
Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will return to host the special all-athletes edition of DWTS; a premiere date has not yet been announced.
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS CARRIE ANN ON LINDSEY STERLINGS FUSION PERFORMANCE
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS DEBBIE GIBSON PERFORMS SLEIGH RIDE
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS JORDAN FISHER PERFORMS WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS JORDAN FISHER WINS THE COMPETITION
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS KELSEA BALLERINI PERFORMS LEGENDS
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS LEN ON FRANKIE MUNIZ FUSION PERFORMANCE
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS LINDSEY STERLING PERFORMS WITH BECKY G
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS NICK LACHEY PERFORMS SOMEONE TO DANCE WITH
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS THE JUDGES ON JORDAN FISHERS FUSION PERFORMANCE
In a statement released Tuesday morning, 36 former female staffers on Saturday Night Live spoke out on behalf of Democratic Senator Al Franken, who has been accused of sexual harassment. (He allegedly forced himself on journalist Leeann Tweeden in 2006 and inappropriately grabbed a woman named Lindsay Menz in 2010.)
Calling the alleged behavior "stupid and foolish," the 36 production assistants, writers, producers and cast members (including, reportedly, Jane Curtain) say that the comedian-turned-politician was nothing but a pleasure to work with on the show.
- "What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms. Tweeden, and to the public," the statement reads.
- "In our experience, we know Al as a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic performer, and an honorable public servant. That is why we are moved to quickly and directly affirm that after years of working with him, we would like to acknowledge that not one of us ever experienced any inappropriate behavior; and mention our sincere appreciation that he treated each of us with the utmost respect and regard.
- "We send our support and gratitude to Al and his family this Thanksgiving and holiday season," the statement concludes.
MEL GIBSON PREDICTS HOLLYWOOD SEX SCANDALS WILL LEAD TO CHANGE: Mel Gibson, who has faced more than his share of bad press over allegedly racist and misogynistic behavior, says that he predicts the current scandals in Hollywood will lead to real change. He told The Guardian: "Things got shaken up a little bit and there is a lot of light being thrown into places where there were shadows and that is kind of healthy. It’s painful, but I think pain is a precursor to change." Gibson is currently promoting Daddy’s Home 2. The actor took an extended break from Hollywood after going on an anti-Semitic rant while being arrested for drunk-driving in 2006. Four years later, he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery against his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.
BEN STILLER, JUSTIN LONG AND TODAY HOSTS COMPETE IN DODGEBALL GAME: Ben Stiller stopped by Today on Tuesday to challenge the anchors to a game of dodgeball. Stiller is partnering with Omaze to raise money for people affected by natural disasters in Puerto Rico, and managed to recruit a few donors to be part of his Globo Gym Purple Cobras team. As in Stiller’s hilarious Dodgeball film, the Cobras faced off against the Average Joes, which consisted of Today anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Sheinelle Jones. Justin Long joined the Joes. Al Roker played ref. "You're not technically in your White Goodman character," Lauer said to Stiller before the game. "No, I'm not. But I feel like I have White Goodman's spirit inside of me right now," the actor replied, later instructing Lauer to "wipe that glib little smile off your face. You're going down like a sweet muffin." Kotb was the star of the show in terms of athleticism and pure glee, but the Cobras ultimately won.
DID KRIS JENNER CONFIRM HER DAUGHTERS’ PREGNANCIES ON INSTAGRAM? No one in the Kardashian-Jenner clan has confirmed or denied Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian’s alleged pregnancies, which has just encouraged social media sleuths' speculations. Momager Kris Jenner recently posted a picture of various pajama bundles from Bert’s Bees Baby, and fans point out that there are nine PJ sets with names: Dream, 1, Saint, almost 2, Reign, almost 3, Penelope 5, Mason, 8. While 4-year-old North’s name isn’t visible it’s likely on one of the other visible sets. But that still leaves three in the pile, which users speculate belongs to Kim Kardashian West’s publicly confirmed baby and the other unconfirmed babes. What say you?
TRUE BLOOD STAR RUTINA WESLEY ANNOUNCES ENGAGEMENT: True Blood alum Rutina Wesley announced her engagement to New Orleans-based Chef Shonda on Instagram. She shared a series of photos, ending with a snap of a sparkler on her finger, with the quote: "Overthinking is the biggest cause of our unhappiness. Keep yourself occupied. Keep your mind off things that don’t help you." Wesley stars as Nova Bordelon on the Oprah Winfrey-produced Queen Sugar.
ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO CONFIRMS RUMORS SHE’S RETIRING: For 17 years, Alessandra Ambrosio has never missed a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. But now, the iconic angel is ready to hang up here wings. She shared the news on Instagram, writing: "Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have been working for this amazing brand that inspires me and women all over the world. In my wildest dreams I would have never imagined doing 17 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows. Thank you Ed, and all my Victoria’s Secret family for making these memories unforgettable. Last night was so emotional to say goodbye to my #angel sisters but we put on the biggest and best show ever. I could not have done this without all the love and support from my fans. It gives me great pride to be part the Victoria’s Secret movement! I will always be cheering for you! Love you forever".
CHRISSY TEIGEN AND JOHN LEGEND ANNOUNCE SECOND PREGNANCY: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have announced that they’re expected a second child, and made the big reveal with an adorable Instagram video. In the clip, the couple’s toddler daughter, Luna, is asked "What’s in there?," in reference to Teigen’s stomach. Luna’s precious response is simply, "baby."