Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon confirmed her long-rumored run for the governorship of New York. Nixon made the announcement on Twitter Monday via a campaign video.
"I love New York, and today I'm announcing my candidacy for governor. Join us," Nixon tweeted.
- "New York is my home, I've never lived anywhere else," Nixon says in a video showing her spending time with her family. "When I grew up here, it was just my mom and me in a one-bedroom, fifth floor walk-up. New York is where I was raised and where I'm raising my kids. I'm a proud public school graduate and a prouder public school parent."
- "I was given chances I just don't see for most of New York's kids today," she continues. "Our leaders are letting us down. We are now the most unequal state in the entire country, with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty. Half the kids in our upstate cities live below the poverty line. How did we let this happen? I love New York. I've never wanted to live anywhere else, but something has to change."
- Nixon goes on: "We want our government to work again, on health care, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us."
- Nixon has long been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights, public school education, unions and health care. She is running against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat.
Time’s Up is demanding an investigation into allegations that the Manhattan District Attorney mishandled the criminal case against Harvey Weinstein. The disgraced movie mogul has been accused of sexual misconduct, including rape, by several dozen women.
Time’s Up, an advocacy campaign created in the wake of widespread Hollywood sex abuse scandals, is calling for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to launch an investigation of D.A. Cyrus Vance and his office’s handling of a 2015 case involving model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez.
- "Reports that District Attorney Cyrus Vance could have been improperly influenced by Mr. Weinstein and/or his representatives, and that senior officials within the DA’s office may have sought to intimidate Battilana are particularly disturbing and merit investigation," the letter reads. "Similarly, reports that the New York Police Department chose to isolate Battilana from Vance’s staff because they feared his office was actively working to discredit her story demand immediate scrutiny."
- "We are concerned that what appears to be the negative relationship between the sex crimes unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the Special Victims Unit of the NYPD makes it even less likely that victims who have been assaulted by rich or powerful men will be willing to come forward and that their assailants will be prosecuted and convicted," the letter continues. "Given the multitude of credible reports of Mr. Weinstein’s behaviors after the DA’s decision not to prosecute in this case, arguably his continued victimization of others could have been avoided."
- Weinstein’s lawyer David Boies reportedly donated $10,000 to Vance after his office declined to press charges against Weinstein.
DISNEY ASKS TORONTO COURT TO SEAL WEINSTEIN PAPERS
- Meanwhile, Disney is asking a Toronto court to seal documents in a sex assault lawsuit filed by an actress known in court as Jane Doe. She is suing for $14 million and claims he assaulted her in 2000.
- In the lawsuit, she claims Disney (which owned Weinstein’s Miramax film company) should be held partially responsible for two separate assaults.
- On Monday, Disney asked the court to seal details of its employment relationship with Weinstein.
- Weinstein denies allegations of nonconsensual sex.
Wendy Williams returned to her daytime talk show Monday after a doctor-ordered hiatus. And she’s fine and ready to prioritize her health, so stop asking her about it, okay?
"If there’s anything I can request from my Wendy watchers, please don’t ask me how I feel," Williams, 53, said on Good Morning America. "When I see you in the grocery store, when I see you in the streets, please don’t ask me how I feel with the woo woo woo and the puppy eyes. Because I’m gonna snap. How do you feel?"
- Instead, she requests they just repeat her trademark, "How you doin’? So I can say, ‘All right.'"
- "We, as women, particularly if — we have families, you know, we’re taking care of children, we’re taking care of, you know, home, our husbands, we take care of everybody but ourselves," the talk show host said.
- "And it’s really unfortunate," she added. "And that – that is something that has no socioeconomic thing to it. No matter what – no matter what the woman’s status is, it seems like we’re all in the same boat. I’m not doing that anymore … Wendy first."
- In this week’s issue of People, she revealed that she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease 19 years ago.
- "I feel a hundred percent better than I was a few months ago. I had a storm going in my body is the best way I can explain it," says Williams.
- "It came from me neglecting my six month endocrinology appointment. I have Graves disease and hyperthyroid. If you have one you don’t necessarily have to have the other, but I have both," she said.
JIM CARREY SPARKS CONTROVERSY WITH TRUMP PORTRAIT: A day after getting blasted for his purported portrait of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Jim Carrey shared an equally unflattering portrait of what most assume is President Donald Trump. (Carrey and his reps will not confirm who he is portraying, but observers widely concur that the likenesses, while highly unflattering, are apparent). "If you liked my last cartoon you may also enjoy…THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST WING AND PUTIN’S FLYING MONKEYS," he captioned the portrait of Trump as the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz. Critics were quick to speak out. Wrote one, "And this is one more reason that I’m done with Hollywood. It’s ok to be mean and hurtful as long as it’s to someone you disagree with, right? Btw, this is a classic example of bullying. But again, it’s ok as long as it’s someone you disagree with, right?"
CHARLIE SHEEN SETTLES WITH NATIONAL ENQUIRER: Charlie Sheen sued the National Enquirer last year over a story it published alleging that he raped Corey Haim on the set of Lucas when he was 13. Sheen and the late Haim’s mother denied the story. TMZ reports that Sheen’s lawyers have filed papers to dismiss the lawsuit, which they also say probably means they settled the case. Sources tell the gossip site no money changed hands.
NICK AND VANESSA LACHEY TO HOST MISS USA: Double trouble! Nick and Vanessa Lachey are teaming up to co-host the Miss USA pageant on May 21st. Actress and former Dancing With the Stars contestant Vanessa has plenty of experience on the pageant circuit, having nabbed the tiara herself as Miss Teen USA in 1998. She also worked as backstage correspondent for Miss USA in 2001 and co-hosted Miss Universe in 2007. The ceremony will take place in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana and will air May 21st at 8 p.m. on Fox.
NEW MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY TELL-ALL SPILLS DEETS ON ROYAL ROMANCE: In a new excerpt from the upcoming book Harry: Life, Loss and Love by Katie Nicholl, the secrets of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s budding romance were revealed for the first time. The excerpt was published in Vanity Fair and shows the great lengths they went to to avoid the paparazzi when their relationship became public knowledge. "A story was leaked that Harry had canceled a flight to Toronto to try and make it look like he was in the U.K., but photographers and reporters descended on Meghan’s home regardless," Nicholl writes. The lovebirds decamped to her pal Jessica and Ben Mulroney’s luxe home (spread over 3 floors with 14-foot-high ceilings in Toronto). According to the book: "When Harry came to visit the family he brought a bag filled with gifts. He won the kids over in an instant. He was brilliant with them and I think what swung it for Meghan was how good Harry was with them," says a source. "I actually think that might have been the moment Meghan really fell for Harry. He got to know the Mulroneys quite well, and they liked Harry from the beginning."
ANGELINA JOLIE TAKES KIDS TO TOMB RAIDER REBOOT: Angelina Jolie took a few of her kids to see the new Tomb Raider reboot Sunday, 15 years after she took on the role of Lara Croft herself. The 42-year-old attended an afternoon showing in L.A. with Zaraha, 13, Shiloh, 11, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 9, People reports. In the new Tomb Raider, Alicia Vikander takes on the Croft role. Do you like the Jolie or Vikander version better?
SHIA LABEOUF TO STAR AS HIS OWN FATHER IN FILM ABOUT HIS LIFE: Deep. Shia LaBeouf will appear in Honey Boy, a film about his troubled childhood, but not as himself. Rather, he will portray his father, while Lucas Hedges will play him. Fans can next see LaBeouf in Borg Vs. McEnroe, out next month. Hedges recently appeared in Lady Bird and Manchester by the Sea. No word yet on when Honey Boy will be released.
REPORT: SCARJO & COLIN JOST GOING STRONG: Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost’s romance is going strong, according to Page Six. Sources tell the gossip sheet that Johansson showed up to a Saturday Night Live after-party over the weekend to hang with him, Bill Hader, members of Arcade Fire, Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd and Lorne Michaels.
Two women who say Steven Seagal sexually assaulted them when they were teenagers came forward with details of their allegations Monday.
Actress Regina Simons and Dutch model Faviola Dadis were joined by their lawyer Lisa Bloom, who has made a name for herself representing famous women in high-profile sexual assault cases, including Blac Chyna and Mischa Barton. (She also temporarily took Harvey Weinstein on as a client, which she later said was a "colossal mistake").
- Simons claims she worked with Seagal as an extra in 1993’s On Deadly Ground and was invited to a wrap party at his home, only to find him alone.
- "Seagal was more than twice my size, and twice my age," Simons said. "I was not sexually active, nor had I ever been naked in front of a man before. I froze."
- She says he took his clothes off and began to have sex with her. "There was nothing consensual about this," Simons said. "I could not move and felt as if I was watching my body from above. I felt tears coming down my face, and I looked away from his face."
- Afterwards, he asked her if she needed money, she claimed.
- "I cried the entire way home," she said.
- Davis said she was 17 when she met Seagal in 2002 at a hotel.
- "Steven approached me and said he would like to act out a romantic scene...I felt uncomfortable because I was in my bikini and I expressed this... Steven slipped his hand under my bikini top and simultaneously slid his hand over my vaginal area… I quickly yelled that this audition is over, and I began gathering my things. Steven sat there calmly as if nothing had happened while I was noticeably upset and terrified by the experience. Steven's security guard stood blocking the doorway and only moved when Steven motioned to him."
- Simons and Davis are among several women, including Jenny McCarthy and Portia de Rossi, who have accused Seagal of assault.
Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges has been delayed to allow both sides more time to sort out pretrial issues, according to The Washington Post.
Judge Steven O’Neill issued an order Monday to move up the start of jury selection to April 2nd. It was previously scheduled for March 29th.
- O’Neill said he will hold final pretrial hearings on March 29th and 30th. He has not ruled on whether jurors can hear about Cosby’s multi-million dollar settlement with his accuser Andrea Constand, who claims he drugged and assaulted her at his home in 2004.
- He has also not yet said whether Cosby's lawyers can mention another accuser by name in their opening statement. O’Neill did previously rule that five other accusers can testify in the case. Several dozen women dating back decades have accused Cosby of assault, but in many cases, the statute of limitations has expired.
- Cosby has denied allegations of nonconsensual sex. His first trial ended in a hung jury.
FIRST LOOK AT RENEE ZELLWEGER AS JUDY GARLAND: Fans are getting their first glimpse of Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in the new BBC-backed biopic Judy. The film will follow the story of Garland and her last concerts in 1968 London. Jessie Buckley (War And Peace), Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter), Rufus Sewell (The Man In The High Castle) and Bella Ramsey (Game Of Thrones) also star.
CHADWICK BOSEMAN AND CARDI B HEAD TO SNL NEXT MONTH: Ahead of Chadwick Boseman’s appearance in Avengers: Infinity War (out April 27th) and the release of Cardi B’s new album, the pair are set to take the stage for Saturday Night Live on April 7th. Here’s hoping for a Black Panther sketch!
PETITION CALLS ON MATT SMITH TO DONATE TO TIME’S UP: A petition is calling for The Crown star Matt Smith to donate part of his salary to Time’s Up after it came to light that he was paid more than his co-star Claire Foy, even though his role is smaller. "You know gender pay gaps are a problem when even the Queen isn’t paid fairly," the organizers wrote. "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen," said Suzanne Mackie, creative director for Left Bank, which makes the series, when news of the pay gap was revealed. Foy and Smith have not yet publicly commented.
STEVEN SPIELBERG SPEAKS OUT ON TIME’S UP: Iconic director Steven Spielberg addressed the Time’s Up movement at the Empire Awards in London Sunday night. "It's been a rich and diverse year for film and for gender and for race, and for speaking out," he said on collecting the Legend of Our Lifetime award. "Thank you, Time's Up. We were very much on board from the very beginning, my wife Kate and I. This is more important than any of us can ever really realize." Spielberg, who said that he would start shooting the fifth installation of Indiana Jones in the U.K. starting in April 2019, added that he hoped Time’s Up would end "the way things were."
WILL & GRACE RENEWED THROUGH SEASON 3: Season 1 isn’t over yet, but the third season of Will & Grace is already on tap. NBC gave a third season of the revival a green light with 18 episodes. The second season order has also been upped from 13 to 18 episodes. The series reunites stars Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally with creators/showrunners Max Mutchnick and David Kohan. The show averages 9.8 million viewers in adults 18-49 in its Thursday 9 p.m. time slot. The original aired on NBC from 1998-2006.