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Harvey Weinstein Reaches Tentative $44 Million Deal With Accusers

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  • Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 80 women, and his former studio have reached a tentative $44 million deal to settle lawsuits with his accusers and other parties.
  • About $30 million would go to the accusers, studio creditors, and former employees of Weinstein Co.
  • The remaining $14 million would cover legal fees that Weinstein’s associates faced, including board members who were named as defendants in lawsuits.
  • The settlement would be paid by insurance policies and will not affect ongoing criminal lawsuits against him.

Tentative Settlement

Harvey Weinstein and his former studio board have reached a tentative multi-million dollar deal with women who have accused him of sexual misconduct.

Adam Harris, a lawyer for Weinstein Co. co-founder Bob Weinstein, told a bankruptcy court judge on Thursday, “For the first time, as of yesterday…we now have an economic agreement in principle that is supported by the plaintiffs, the [New York attorney general’s] office, the defendants and all of the insurers.”

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times both reported that a $44 million deal was proposed. Of the proposed sum, about $30 million would be distributed to the accusers, studio creditors, and former employees of Weinstein’s company. The remaining $14 would pay for legal fees that Weinstein’s associates faced, including board members who were named as defendants in lawsuits.

The money to settle the civil suits won’t come from Weinstein himself but instead will come from insurance policies.

The tentative deal came about a year of mediation hearing. However, according to the Times, the proposed sum is less than half of what was initially discussed as a victims’ fund last year between an investor group that was interested in buying assets of the Weinstein Co. and then New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

The deal must still be approved by advisors who now run Weinstein Co. in bankruptcy proceedings. The outcome of this settlement will be especially significant because lawsuits are one of the main ways that Weinstein can be held responsible for his alleged actions.

“It’s been a long complex process and we do feel this settlement provides a measure of justice though it’s not everything one might hope for and it reflects a long effort to reach a compromise between different parties that have claims to some of the money from the whole Weinstein enterprise,” Aaron Filler, an attorney representing actress Paz de la Huerta, one of the plaintiffs, told the Times.

Background

Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 80 women, was one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood until 2017 when investigations from The New York Times and The New Yorker laid out numerous allegations of sexual harassment, abuse, and other forms of misconduct. Weinstein’s list of accusers includes high profile actresses like Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Cara Delevigne.

The accusations against Weinstein inspired more and more victims of abuse to speak out, sparking the massive #MeToo movement that has even reached industries outside of Hollywood.

Weinstein has denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to rape and other sex crimes. However, since the settlement relates to civil lawsuits, it will not impact any pending criminal investigations against him.

He still faces a criminal case involving two accusers in New York, where he faces charges for rape and other crimes. Motions have been filed in that case to allow for other women to testify, which could help build a stronger case for prosecutors against the movie mogul.

In January of this year, a federal judge in California dismissed a sexual harassment claim filed by Ashley Judd. The judge sided with the defense lawyers who argued that the law cited in the lawsuit at the time of the alleged offense, did not cover movie producers like Weinstein. That marked the second instance where a judge dismissed the claims in Judd’s lawsuit.

The Weinstein Company filed for bankruptcy last year feeling the burden of the lawsuits brought forth by accusers, who say that Weinstein Co. had also engaged in and allowed for misconduct.

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Katy Perry Accused of Pulling Down Man’s Pants, Trying to Forcibly Kiss Woman

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  • Model Josh Kloss accused singer Katy Perry of pulling down his pants and exposing him at a party after filming with Perry for her “Teenage Dream” music video.
  • After Kloss came forward, Russian TV host Tina Kandelaki said Perry drunkenly tried to kiss her at a party.
  • Some associated with Perry have jumped to her defense, calling Kloss’ accusation a smear job, while others online say it shows a double standard between men and women facing misconduct allegations.

Josh Kloss Accuses Perry

Pop Singer Katy Perry faced two accusations of sexual misconduct this week, with one man saying she pulled his pants down at a party and another woman claiming she forcibly tried to kiss her.

In a Sunday Instagram post, model Josh Kloss — who worked with Perry for her 2010 “Teenage Dream” music video — accused the singer of pulling down his sweat pants and underwear while at a party for director Johny Wujek’s birthday.

Kloss said he had approached Perry to introduce her to his friend, who had been excited to meet her. He alleges she then exposed him in front of a crowd and his friend.

But as I turned to introduce my friend, she pulled my Adidas sweats and underwear out as far as she could to show a couple of her guy friends and the crowd around us, my penis,” Kloss said in the post. “Can you imagine how pathetic and embarrassed i felt?”

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You know. After I met Katy, we sang a worship song, “open the eyes of my heart” She was cool and kind. When other people were around she was cold as ice even called the act of kissing me “gross” to the entire set while filming. Now I was pretty embarrassed but kept giving my all, as my ex was busy cheating on me and my daughter was just a toddler, I knew I had to endure for her sake. After the first day of shooting, Katy invited me to a strip club in Santa Barbara. I declined and told her “I have to go back to hotel and rest, because this job is all I have right now” So I saw Katy a couple times after her break up with Russel. This one time I brought a friend who was dying to meet her. It was Johny Wujek’s birthday party at moonlight roller way. And when I saw her, we hugged and she was still my crush. But as I turned to introduce my friend, she pulled my Adidas sweats and underwear out as far as she could to show a couple of her guy friends and the crowd around us, my penis. Can you imagine how pathetic and embarrassed i felt? I just say this now because our culture is set on proving men of power are perverse. But females with power are just as disgusting. So for all her good she is an amazing leader, hers songs are mainly great empowering anthems. And that is it. I continued to watch her use clips of her music videos for her world tour and then her dvd, only highlighting one of her male co-stars, and it was me. I made around 650 in total off of teenage dream. I was lorded over by her reps, about not discussing a single thing about anything regarding Katy publicly. And a couple interviews they edited and answered for me. So, happy anniversary to one of the most confusing, assaulting, and belittling jobs I’ve ever done. Yay #teenagedream I was actually gonna play the song and sing it on ukele for the anniversary, but then as I was tuning I thought, fuck this, I’m not helping her bs image another second.

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Prior to the alleged incident, Kloss said he had a crush on Perry, saying when he first met her, she was “cool and kind.” He said the two once sang the contemporary Christain song “Open the Eyes of My Heart” together.

Soon after, however, he said Perry became “cold as ice” and claimed Perry described kissing him as “gross” in front of the entire set crew. Kloss also said he felt embarrassed during that incident, but he said he continued with the video because his daughter was a toddler at the time and he was struggling with his marriage.

“I just say this now because our culture is set on proving men of power are perverse,” Kloss said in the post. “But females with power are just as disgusting.”

Following the filming, Kloss said Katy’s reps forbid him from publicly talking about Perry, going so far as to edit his answers in interviews — sometimes answering for him, he claimed.

Kloss then made another post where he listed a series of example interview questions and how he had to respond, one of those questions being, “How was kissing Katy?”

In the post, Kloss said he had to shy away from specifics, instead making comments about the positivity on the set, how proud he was of the video, and the good atmosphere of working with Perry and director Yoann Lemione.

“I was supposed to minimize myself and stay PC to protect her ‘image,he said. “I listened and was a good boy. The fear sticks with you, when you are censored to protect someone else’s image. But in return treated like a prostitute and exposed in front of a group of her friends and other random people.”

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I was supposed to minimize myself and stay PC to protect her “image” I listened and was a good boy. The fear sticks with you, when you are censored to protect someone else’s image. But in return treated like a prostitute and exposed in front of a group of her friends and other random people. Then you are shocked and you block it out, because you watch the face of children being uplifted by positive music she sang. And your mind is stuck trying to do your job and protect her bs image or be honest and help the global dialogue about power and abuse. And you hear over and over a million times that Males are the great evil on this planet. Meanwhile you know the truth POWER empowers what is corrupt in people, regardless of their gender. Folks I am putting us both out on display to increase and enlighten everyone. I don’t want money for this, Many of you project your own ambitions. I don’t want fame from this, that is why I stomached it and kept working, and kept supporting the “teenage dream” image. And this anniversary, and time elapse made me realize hey now is the time to let it out and let it go. Not one more day of hearing “How was Katy Perry?”

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Kloss said he struggled to come forward with his accusations because he has seen the impact Perry’s music has on kids. 

“Then you are shocked and you block it out, because you watch the face of children being uplifted by positive music she sang,” Kloss said. 

Ultimately, he said part of why he chose to respond was because he is continually faced with the question, “How was Katy Perry?” 

Russian TV Host Throws Another Accusation Against Perry 

Following Kloss’ accusations, Russian TV host Tina Kandelaki claimed Wednesday that Perry tried to drunkenly kiss her at a party.

“Once, I was invited to a private party with Katy Perry, where she, being pretty tipsy, chose me as an object for the manifestation of her passions,” she wrote on the social media platform Telegram. “I managed to fight back strength training was not in vain and Katy instantly found a new victim (how awful, a female again) for kisses, hugs and dirty dances.”

“From what I can recall, there didn’t seem to be victims at the party,” she continued, “but I won’t be surprised by the flow of memories from unhappy fans who have had to carry this with them, and now suddenly remembered this vicious dignity.”

Kandelaki did not mention when or where the incident reportedly took place.

Response

While Perry has remained quiet on both accusations, others have jumped to her defense. 

Wujek, whose party was where the first accusation allegedly occurred, condemned Kloss in his original post about Perry.

“Oh hell no,” Wujek said. “I’m not about to let you make accusations against my friend like this. This is such bullshit. Katy would never do something like that. We all know about your ongoing obsession with her since the day of filming that video…. You were….planning an imaginary future with her….move on josh.”

Jewelry designer Markus Molinari — who has worked with Perry — also claimed Kloss had an “obsession” with Perry and told him to “move on.”

Another model who starred in Perry’s “Thinking of You” music video defended the singer in a separate post and called the accusation a “smear job.”

“What I can tell you is my personal experience and it was nothing but positive,” model Anderson Davis said. “Katy was extremely inspiring, sweet, darling, professional on set and off the few times that we ran into each other.”

“ Simply put…it sounds like a smear job to me,” he continued. “Maybe it’s always been this way, but moreso today, everyone seems so needy for attention no matter how they can get it , even at the cost of someone else’s reputation. We have a responsibility as a society as individuals not to be careless with our accusations or words.”

He also said none of Katy’s reps ever told him what to say when answering questions in interviews.

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I’d be 100% happy to defend Katy. After being contacted regarding my thoughts on this from numerous entertainment outlets, I’ve decided to give my own words here so that they couldn’t be twisted! I read an article regarding the male model’s thoughts and what he had claimed Katy Perry had done to him. What I can tell you is my personal experience and it was nothing but positive. Katy was extremely inspiring, sweet, darling, professional on set and off the few times that we ran into each other. I personally didn’t have anyone on Katy’s team lording over me to answer interview questions in any certain way. We made a beautiful music video , I worked with some very talented but more importantly great people, and made some friends that I’ve enjoyed drinks and dinner with over the years. Simply put…it sounds like a smear job to me. Maybe it’s always been this way, but moreso today, everyone seems so needy for attention no matter how they can get it , even at the cost of someone else’s reputation. We have a responsibility as a society as individuals not to be careless with our accusations or words. #katyperry

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Others online have noted the similarities the allegations share with the many accusations of sexual assault against prominent men as part of the #MeToo movement. They also express concern that Perry is being treated differently in regard to cancel culture, primarily because few prominent women have been accused of sexual misconduct.

Others have referenced an incident where the singer kissed a 19-year-old man on American Idol without his consent. In 2017, Perry kissed contestant Benjamin Glazer during the audition round after he said he had had yet to have his first kiss. Glazer described the kiss as “uncomfortable” but stopped short of calling it harassment.

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Hong Kong Protesters Call for Mulan Boycott After Star Publically Supports Police

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  • Supporters of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are calling for a boycott of Disney’s live-action Mulan remake after the movie’s star, Lui Yifei, posted in support of police in the city.
  • Hong Kong police have been criticized for their use of excessive force and violence during protests that began over a controversial extradition bill in June.

Lui Yifei Posts in Support of Hong Kong Police

After the star of Disney’s upcoming live-action Mulan spoke in support of Hong Kong police, #BoycottMulan began trending on Twitter. 

Liu Yifei, who will play the titular role in the remake of the 1998 animated classic, is a Chinese-born actress who moved to the United States at the age of ten and later received citizenship. She has since made a name for herself in China’s film industry. Liu publically backed the police on Weibo, a popular social media site in China, where she has 65 million followers.

“I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now,” she said on Wednesday. “What a shame for Hong Kong.”

Since June, pro-democracy protesters have been taking to the streets of Hong Kong, originally to fight a now-suspended extradition bill. Police and demonstrators have been clashing on a regular basis, and officers have been accused of using excessive force, including pepper spray and tear gas, in multiple cases. The United Nations, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International have all condemned the behavior of Hong Kong police. Protesters are now calling for an investigation into the police’s conduct.

Users Call for Boycott of Mulan

After the Mulan actress posted her statement, supporters of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement called for a boycott of the film, which is slated to come out in March 2020. The hashtag #BoycottMulan trended on Twitter, which is not accessible in China. 

“If she wanted to, she could be a powerful voice for justice,” one user said of Liu. “But instead, she supports this brutality.”

In addition to boycotting the film, others are also encouraging boycotting Disney as a whole.

Others, however, saw more nuance to the situation. Some believed that it is not easy for prominent Chinese celebrities to speak out against the police, as it could be viewed as speaking against China. 

Right now, Disney has not made a statement in reference to the boycott.

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Video Shows UFC’s Conor McGregor Punching Man in Dublin Bar

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  • Footage obtained by TMZ shows UFC fighter Conor McGregor punching a man in the face at a bar in Ireland this past April. 
  • TMZ reported that the violence was over a whiskey dispute, however, an April report from the Irish Mirror said the assault was prompted by a verbal exchange. 
  • There is no audio of the incident that reveals what words were said leading up to the punch, but police in Dublin confirmed they are still investigating and have not made any arrests.

Footage Released 

Surveillance footage has emerged that shows UFC star Conor McGregor punching a man at a bar in Dublin, Ireland.

The CCTV footage, which was published by TMZ Sports Thursday, shows McGregor inside of The Marble Arch Pub on April 6 pouring drinks for patrons. 

“Conor walked in and lined up cups for bar patrons, looking to buy a round of his Proper Twelve for everyone,” TMZ reported. “The problems started when the guy opted out. Conor placed a cup in front of him not once, but twice, and he still refused.”

It’s unclear what words were said between the two men, but the video shows McGregor punching the man in the face with his left hand before two others at the bar pull him away 

The Irish Mirror reported in April that police were investigating an assault claim against McGregor, saying the violence was preceded by a verbal exchange. Their report cited an unnamed source who said: “McGregor was being a show off in the pub and one man didn’t like it and went up to have a word with him.”

A second source said that before the altercation, someone approached McGregor, saying: “The Russian battered you,”  a reference to his rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, the Russian fighter who beat McGregor in a fight for the UFC lightweight title last October.

Police in Ireland have since told TMZ “no arrests have been made to date,” but added that they are still investigating.

History of Violence 

This is just the latest incident of violence caught on tape involving the UFC fighter. In March, McGregor was charged with criminal mischief and robbery after knocking a man’s phone out of his hand in Miami and smashing it. McGregor eventually settled a civil suit with the victim and charges were dropped.

In April of last year, McGregor was arrested for his involvement in an incident at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. He was caught on camera throwing a metal dolly at the window of a bus carrying other fighters and served five days of community service as part of a plea agreement. 

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