Harvey Weinstein is attempting to have Ashley Judd’s lawsuit against him dismissed. The disgraced movie mogul has been accused by 80 women of sexual misconduct, including rape. He denies allegations of nonconsensual sex.
Judd is one of many women who have filed suit against him. In April, she sued Weinstein for allegedly sexually harassing her and then systematically destroying her career when she spurned him. Her suit formally charges him with defamation, sexual harassment, interference with prospective economic interference and unfair competition.
Weinstein’s lawyer Phyllis Kupferstein, argues that Judd waited to long to file suit and that the allegations "fall far short of meeting the ‘pervasive or severe’ required element."
Judd will be permitted to reply to the arguments. If the case moves forward, observers say that Weinstein and other directors may be forced to testify in the case.
Meghan Markle just can’t catch a break. Her half-sister Samantha Grant, who has gone on the record several times slamming Meghan (including famously warning Prince Harry not to marry her before their May 19thnuptials), is now claiming that her coldness to her father is killing him.
This news comes on the heels of reports that the Royal Family is horrified by Thomas Markle’s penchant for blabby interviews with members of the tabloid press.
"My father is not an embarrassment for loving his daughter!" she wrote, according to screenshots of her tweets. "The Royals are an embarrassment for being so cold. You should be ashamed of yourselves @KensingtonRoyal."
She saved her harshest criticism for Meghan: "How about you pay tribute to your own father?! Enough is enough. Act like a humanitarian act like a woman!" she continued. "If our father dies I’m holding you responsible, Meg!"
DOUBT THROWN ON THOMAS MARKLE’S HEART ATTACK
Meanwhile, a new report in The Daily Mail is claiming that Thomas faked his alleged heart attack before the wedding to get out of showing up and in a bid for sympathy.
A source close to the Duchess allegedly told the Mail: "'He had to come up with a good enough reason not to attend her wedding and avoid any further embarrassment after those staged photos went public. …He brought this upon himself and if he were truly sick Meghan would have made an effort to visit him. Don't feel sorry for him. If anything, feel sorry for Meghan."
The Mail continues, claiming they reached out to the Sharp Chula Medical Center, which he said he stayed at, and that the clinic denied treating him.
CORY MONTEITH’S MOTHER SPEAKS ON HIS DEATH: Five years after dying from a heroin overdose, Cory Monteith’s mother is saying that dental work may have caused him to fall off the wagon. "Cory had a massive amount of dental work," Ann McGregor told People in a new interview. "He had little teeth and they were all capped. He had a lot of medication in his system, which was not good for his body coming out of rehab." The Glee star was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver on July 13, 2013. Traces of morphine and codeine were found in his system along with heroin and alcohol. "Cory didn’t want to die," McGregor said.
JESSICA ALBA APOLOGIZES TO LESLIE JONES: Leslie Jones is hoppin’ mad about her late order from Jessica Alba’s Honest Company. The Saturday Night Live star first tweeted out her frustration at Alba and her Honest Company Tuesday. While Alba apologized via Twitter, Jones has yet to acknowledge her comment. "Omg! I’m so so sorry you haven’t had a great experience," Alba replied to the initial tweet. "We are all over this issue and will make it right. I am so appreciative and grateful to you for being a loyal Honest fan over the years, especially as we go through these growing pains. I’m a huge fan of yours." Alba launched The Honest Company in 2012; in June, it announced a $200 million round of funding from a private equity firm.
ROYAL MINT TO RELEASE SPECIAL COIN FOR PRINCE GEORGE: Happy birthday! The Royal Mint is releasing a limited edition £5 in honor of Prince George’s fifth birthday. The sterling silver coin features an image of St. George, England’s patron saint and the prince’s namesake, doing battle with a dragon. (Legend has it, he killed a dragon that had tormented villagers). "The story has been linked with royal coins for centuries, symbolizing courage and the triumph of good over evil. This design, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil, is a fitting tribute to the prince," according to the mint’s website. The coin can be had for £82.50 (or $107.79). Prince George is third in line for the throne.
ALICE WETTERLUND SAYS SILICON VALLEY CAST ENABLED T.J. MILLER: Alice Wetterlund played engineer Carla Walton on seasons two and three of HBO’s Silicon Valley, and she was not a happy camper. Responding to online rumblings about how accused sexual assaulter (and former costar) T.J. Miller still gets booked on comedy shows like Hot Tub, she tweeted that working alongside him was a "nightmare," and adding that "everyone who had any power on that (almost all male) set, including the male cast members," enabled him and were "complicit in his unprofessionalism.
JAMIE FOXX AND KATIE HOLMES STEP OUT FOR DATE NIGHT: All good! Following rumors of their rumored romance’s termination, Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes were spotted out and about in NYC. They dined at Tao. The private couple was first linked in 2013.
David Spade is still shocked and devastated by the suicide of his sister-in-law Kate Spade.
"We’re doing as good as we can," David, 53, told Robin Roberts on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday. "It’s been very tough, obviously. It is very sweet that everyone came out of the woodwork, that she made an impact."
"It’s funny, ’cause every girl I was with or anyone that knew they would see Katie would dress differently," he recalled. "They would bring their A-game. It was very sweet. They would be like, ‘Is Katie coming? Is Katie gonna be there?’ And if she was, it was a whole new wardrobe."
He added, "Katie was very sweet. She knew that they were doing that, and then she would … compliment them. And when I’d say, ‘You don’t dress up for me!’ they’d go, ‘Yeah, that’s her and you’re you.’ She was such a beautiful, lovely, great spirit that obviously will be missed … I’m going to start bawling."
Game on! Paris Hilton has revived an old feud with frenemy Lindsay Lohan on Instagram.
Their spat has spanned more than a decade and has spawned countless slap-backs, snarky sub-tweets and think-pieces, but ICYMI, the pair hung out in the early 2000’s, and were recorded saying not-nice things about each other (phrases like "fire crotch," "c##t," etc. were thrown around with abandon).
Flash forward to a Paris fan account sharing a montage of Lohan paparazzi shots and videos, including one from November of 2006 when she said Hilton hit her in the arm with a drink the night before. Then another where she backtracked and yet another showing Lohan referring to Hilton as the c-word, yet again backtracking and denying she ever said it.
It seems the montage came to the engaged heiress’ attention as Hilton left a comment: "#PathologicalLiar." Your move, Lohan!
If you’ve been within shouting distance of a toddler lately, you’re familiar with the hysteria around "screen time." In case you’ve been living under a rock, doctors and concerned parents are obsessed with limiting children’s access to TV, movies, video games, computers, etc., fearing that kids who are glued to too much media too young end up less intelligent, more violent and less empathetic than other children.
How much time is too much time? No one knows exactly, but everyone has an opinion. Katherine Heigl (now a Suits regular for the forthcoming eighth season BTW), recently shared her refreshingly sane views on the subject with People.
Heigl shares three kids—Joshua Bishop, 18 months, Adalaide Marie Hope, 6, and Naleigh Mi-Eun, 9—with her husband Joshua Kelley.
"The girls are really into iPads. It’s not good. I need to curtail it, though I have to say, so much of that use is reading," says Heigl, 39. "They’re reading, they’re playing educational games. I don’t allow them to scroll through YouTube videos and stuff; I put some limits on that."
"But it’s not as mind-numbing as we all are afraid it is," she insists.
She adds that recently, she and her daughters, her niece and her husband were all sitting together, engrossed in their various devices and games, but adding that some of the games were interactive, just between screens, not on a board. "It’s okay. It’s not the end of civilization, I promise."
SEE HELENA BONHAM CARTER AS PRINCESS MARGARET: The queen is the star of The Crown, but the supporting cast is just as fun to watch. Netflix revealed the first shot of Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth earlier this week, and on Wednesday, it unveiled Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret. In the shot, which was captioned "Hope" on Twitter, Carter can be seen gazing thoughtfully at a cigarette. The third season will premiere in 2019, with the action beginning in 1963.
25-FOOT STATUE OF BARE-CHESTED JEFF GOLDBLUM ERECTED: A 25-foot recreation of an open-shirted Jeff Goldblum has been erected to honor the original Jurassic Park film in London. Now TV erected the statue in Potters Fields, in front of London’s Tower Bridge, to commemorate the 25thanniversary of the film’s release. Jurassic Jeff has already become a tourist attraction.
THE DARK KNIGHT TO BE RELEASED IN IMAX FOR 10THANNIVERSARY: Ten years ago Wednesday, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was released. Warner Bros. is celebrating with a one-week limited release of the movie in Imax 70MM starting August 24. The Dark Knight will play in four Imax locations: AMC Citywalk in Universal City, CA; AMC Lincoln Square in New York; AMC Metreon in San Francisco; and the Ontario Place Cinesphere in Toronto. The movie raked in $1 billion worldwide and has became a fan favorite, albeit with a dark underbelly, especially as star Heath Ledger unexpectedly died seven months before its release.
NATALIE DORMER KNOWS HOW GOT ENDS: Someone get Natalie Dormer in the witness protection program, STAT! The Game of Thrones star confessed that she knows how the HBO megahit ends (but she isn’t quite sure how it gets to that point). She tells The Hollywood Reporter: "I know A to B. I know what B is, but I don’t know how they get B. But I do know B." Dormer also discussed her new film, In the Darkness, which she co-wrote, produced and stars in. "I wanted to explore the idea about a human being defined by their pain, and that their entire identity has been amassed around a particular want or need and anger, and then what that does to an individual," she said. "The script is kind of about revenge, forgiveness, redemption, facing your inner self and ultimately letting go." She can also be seen in Picnic at Hanging Rock, streaming on Amazon now.
STAN DRAGOTI DIES AT 85: Stan Dragoti, the director of Love at First Bite and Mr. Mom, died July 13th in L.A., at age 85. His wife Yolanda says he died from complications of pneumonia. He also directed She’s Out of Control and Necessary Roughness. He was previously married to Cheryl Tiegs. He married Yolanda in 2014, but they have been together for more than 30 years. He has no children.