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Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande, and Other Stars Respond to Misconduct Claims Against Celebrity Photographer Marcus Hyde

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  • Model Sunnaya Nash called out celebrity photographer Marcus Hyde after he offered her a free photoshoot, but only if she would send him nude photographs of herself first.
  • This prompted many other models who have interacted with Hyde to share their stories, with many accusing Hyde of asking for nude photos, inappropriately touching clients during shoots, and in some cases sexual assaulting them.
  • Big names who have worked with Hyde in the past, like Ariana Grande and Kim Kardashian, have condemned Hyde’s behavior and supported the women who have spoken out. 

Sunnaya Nash Calls out Marcus Hyde

Ariana Grande and Kim Kardashian condemned photographer Marcus Hyde after several models claimed he displayed predatory behavior towards them.

Hyde is a well-known photographer who has worked with Grande and Kardashian in the past, but the first to openly speak out against him was model Sunnaya Nash.

On Monday, Nash posted screenshots on Twitter of a conversation she had with Hyde in Instagram direct messages. The two talked about potentially doing a photo shoot free of charge when Hyde asked for Nash to send him nude images of herself.

When Nash refused, Hyde said the shoot would cost $2,000. “Gotta see if your [sic] worth it,” he later added. 

She also posted the messages to Instagram, however, the site took the post down saying that it violated their guidelines against harassment and bullying. Instagram also told Nash her account could be removed because of this violation.

The messages were later uploaded to Instagram by Diet Prada, a popular fashion Instagram account. They remain posted there, with the account calling Hyde “gross” and encouraging Grande and Kardashian to address the incident. 

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Gross @marcushyde . @kimkardashian @arianagrande , come get your boy and teach him some decency. Last night, Los Angeles model and interior design student @sunnnaya replied to the celebrity photographer’s Instagram story seeking models for a shoot. What transpired in their DM was nothing short of the typical predatory douchebaggery you’d expect via shady Instagram “castings” by slimy dudes. With her followers backing her up and sharing her post, Hyde had a simple reply: “suck a fat big dick”. That’s sure to get you points with the ladies, Marcus. • #marcushyde #kimkardashian #kendalljenner #khloekardashian #arianagrande #photographer #celebrity #casting #model #shady #gross #kuwtk #wiwt #ootd #film #digital #camera #celeb #behindthescenes #dietprada

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More Models Speak Out

Nash’s story ended up gaining a lot of traction, which resulted in numerous models reaching out to her to share their own experiences with Hyde. Nash posted a thread to Twitter with several allegations, including Hyde allegedly asking for nude photos, inappropriately touching clients during shoots, and in some cases sexual assaulting them.

One girl claimed that during a shoot, Hyde stuck his fingers in her mouth, which made her uncomfortable. After the shoot, he bought her shots at a bar. He then allegedly took her to her apartment where she went to the bathroom to vomit.

“Finally he came in to check on me and I wouldn’t even open the door,” she wrote. “I felt terrified. I just yelled at him to leave through the door. I also left some of my wardrobe in his car and he wouldn’t give it back to me unless I would go on a date with him. Never saw him or my clothes again.”

Another girl shared a story saying the two met when she was 18. She said Hyde asked her if she was okay with mild nudity in the shoot, and she said yes because she feared he would not do the shoot otherwise. 

“When I got to his place, he immediately started pouring shots for us to drink,” she said. “One after another. Eventually he told me to get into lingerie, and we would start shouting [sic]. This was after I had waaay too much to drink. He began shooting me and then wanted to get some POV shots. Him covering my nipples with his hands, him shooting my ass with his hand on it. He stuck a finger in my vagina, and I told him to stop and that I was uncomfortable with it.” 

She then adds that it only progressed from there. 

“He told me I was being vain, and poured me another shot,” she continued. “Next thing I know, I’m behind [sic] wasted. We shot some more, he tried to finger me again, and I was too drunk to say stop. He had sex with me and photographed the entire thing.”

After this incident, he told her she could only get the photos he took if she went to his place again. 

Another girl also accused Hyde of sexual assault and said it occurred right before he became popular. 

Reactions to Accusations

On Monday night, Ariana Grande posted to her Instagram story addressing the incident, though she didn’t call out Hyde by name.

“I have just read some shocking and really heartbreaking stories,” she said. “I hate that this is a conversation. but. please do not shoot with photographers who make you uncomfortable or make you feel like you need to take your clothing off if you don’t want to. if you want to, sick. but if you don’t, please don’t. if they tell you you have to pay more money if you’re clothed that’s fucked and i’m sorry that has happened to you.”

Photo via Instagram: @ArianaGrande

Grande also encouraged models and other artists to look out for one another and to keep each other connected to photographers they personally trust.

On Tuesday, Kim Kardashian responded to the news, also not referring to Hyde by name. 

“I have been reading all of the messages and stories from women regarding inappropriate and inexcusable behavior of a photographer that I have worked with in the past,” the reality star said on her Instagram story. 

Photo via Instagram: @KimKardashain

“My own experiences have always been professional and I am deeply shocked, saddened and disappointed to learn that other women have had different experiences,” Kardashian added. “I stand in full support of every woman’s right to not be harassed, asked or pressured to do anything they are not comfortable with. We cannot allow this type of behavior to go unnoticed and I applaud those who speak out.”

On Tuesday, Nash posted about how far her story had stretched and thanked people for speaking out.

“I just want to say thank you for all the love and support I’ve received these last two days,” the model said. “I’m getting a lot of attention and thank yous for this, but the real credit deserves to be given to the girls who were brave enough to come forward and share their stories with me.”

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Hi everyone, I just want to say thank you for all the love and support I’ve received these last two days. I’m getting a lot of attention and thank yous for this, but the real credit deserves to be given to the girls who were brave enough to come forward and share their stories with me. Additionally, I’ve received some consistent information about a few other male photographers that have acted inappropriately and I am sorting out how to bring that to attention as well. I’m so thankful for all of you who shared this story and made it so big, you guys did this!! I also want to make a point clear- Marcus Hyde did not assault ME personally, but the screenshots I posted of our messages led others to come forward that he DID sexually assault them. Their written accounts of assault are still up on my twitter @/thedevilsoftly Thank you for giving me this platform to share these stories and keep girls safe❤️ I’m still going through my DMs but a better way to contact me is by email.

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“Additionally, I’ve received some consistent information about a few other male photographers that have acted inappropriately and I am sorting out how to bring that to attention as well,” she added.

Hyde has not yet addressed the allegations and has deleted his Instagram account.

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Netflix Launches “Fast Laughs,” a TikTok-Like Feed of Funny Clips

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  • Netflix has created a TikTok-style feature it calls “Fast Laughs,” which is currently only available on its iOS mobile app in select countries.
  • Executives described it as a “new full-screen feed of funny clips from a wide variety of Netflix titles, ranging from films and series to our deep bench of stand-up specials.”
  • The clips can be shared on social media, and if users stumble across something they want to see more of, they can save that title to watch later or play it immediately. 

Netflix Announces “Fast Laughs”

Netflix is now the latest platform to introduce its own TikTok-like feature.

On Thursday, the company announced “Fast Laughs,” which is currently only available on its iOS mobile app in select countries.

It essentially looks like TikTok, but Patrick Flemming, director of product innovation at Netflix, told The Verge it is a “new full-screen feed of funny clips from a wide variety of Netflix titles, ranging from films and series to our deep bench of stand-up specials.”

In its announcement blog post, Netflix said, “You access the feed through your bottom navigation menu by clicking on the Fast Laughs tab. Clips will start playing – when one ends another begins, to keep the laughs coming.

If a user stumbles across a scene they want to see more of, they can save that title to watch later or play it immediately if they’d like. They can also share the clips individually on Whatsapp, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.

Could It Really Rival TikTok?

Adding this TikTok-style feature may seem surprising since Netflix is a streaming service rather than a social media platform.

However, Netflix’s last few earnings reports have actually referenced TikTok as a major competitor. It’s not because they make the same style of content but instead because people are spending more time on TikTok – which for some means less time on Netflix.

While “Fast Laughs” might not compete with TikTok the way some other copycats hope to, some believe it’s an interesting way to highlight the huge library of content the site offers.

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Court Sides With Sofia Vergara, Says Ex Cannot Use Embryos Without Permission

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  • A Los Angeles court sided with actress Sofia Vergara on Tuesday, ruling that her ex-fiance Nick Loeb cannot use their embryos without her consent. 
  • The court cited a document the former couple had signed agreeing that both parties needed to approve the use of the embryos, arguing that the document could not be void. 
  • In a response, Loeb appeared to plug his new movie, saying the judge was “clearly influenced by Hollywood, which is a pattern I expose in my upcoming film Roe v. Wade.”
  • Loeb had been trying to obtain custody of the embryos for many years and even argued in a Louisiana court that they should be treated as humans with rights, though the case was dismissed. 

Court Sides With Sofia Vergara 

Los Angeles County Superior Court sided with actress Sofia Vergara Tuesday, ruling that her ex-fiance could not use their embryos without her permission. 

Vergara has been involved in a court battle with her ex, Nick Loeb, for several years. The two split in 2014 and had reportedly undergone in vitro fertilization within a year before their break up. 

Loeb had been fighting to use those embryos on his own via a surrogate. According to TMZ, he at one point tried to take custody of them through a trust and named the embryos in a lawsuit. He also argued in a Louisiana court that the embryos should be recognized as humans with rights. The court dismissed that case in January and said Loeb was “forum shopping” for a court that might agree with his argument. At the time, his team said he would appeal their decision.

People Magazine obtained court documents from the Los Angeles court’s ruling, which granted Vergara’s request for a permanent injunction preventing Loeb from using the embryos “to create a child without the explicit written permission of the other person.”

Loeb Responds to Ruling

The court cited a document the former couple both signed at a fertility clinic, agreeing that both parties had to approve of any use of the embryos. Loeb tried to argue that he signed it under “duress” but the court still said that their agreement was not voidable based on that defense. 

Loeb also tried to argue that he and the Modern Family actress had an “oral agreement” that would allow him to use the embryos on his own terms, but court said there was no “material fact” to support this.

According to People, Loeb issued a statement that plugged his new movie after the ruling. He said the judge “was clearly influenced by Hollywood, which is a pattern I expose in my upcoming film Roe v. Wade.”

“It’s sad that Sofia, a devout Catholic, would intentionally create babies just to kill them,” he continued. 

Vergara’s team has not yet issued a statement on the case.

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Chris D’Elia Accused of Soliciting Child Pornography in New Lawsuit

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  • Comedian Chris D’Elia was sued in California on Tuesday for sexual exploitation and soliciting nude photos from a minor.
  • The lawsuit alleges that D’Elia “constructed a manipulative, controlling, and abusive dynamic” in order to get dozens of nude photos from a girl he knew was 17 at the time.
  • It also says he invited the minor to his hotel room before one of his shows, where she performed sexual acts at his request.
  • D’Elia’s spokesperson denied the accusations, which come just two weeks after D’Elia addressed months-old claims that he had sexually harassed underage women. He claimed sex “controlled” his life and admitted to having “a problem” but maintained all his relationships had been consensual and legal.

Chris D’Elia Accused of Soliciting Child Pornography

A federal lawsuit filed in the Central District of California on Tuesday accuses comedian Chris D’Elia of sexual exploitation and soliciting nude photos from a minor.

The allegations stem from 2014 when Jane Doe, now 24, was just 17-years-old. The lawsuit says D’Elia, who would have been 34 at the time, “constructed a manipulative, controlling, and abusive dynamic” in order to solicit the photos and pressure Doe into sexual encounters. 

According to Doe, their interactions began in September of that year when she contacted him on Instagram, thinking he would never reply. D’Elia, however, allegedly responded to her message right away and asked her to come to one of his shows. When she agreed to see him perform at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, she says they exchanged information on Snapchat. 

Once the two started communicating on Snapchat, the lawsuit claims that the messages D’Elia sent “became sexual very quickly.” He allegedly started to ask for nude photos of her, and if she did not reply, he would persist. While she tried to avoid sending the photos, the lawsuit claims he was “aggressive.” She eventually sent him 5-10 explicit photos before she met him. 

According to the lawsuit, when D’Elia came to perform in Connecticut in November, he invited Doe to his room before the show. Because she was nervous about the situation, Doe brought a friend with her, but D’Elia allegedly demanded that the friend leave or else he would not let Doe inside. 

Doe’s friend left and the lawsuit claims that D’Elia then began to request sexual favors from Doe within minutes of her arrival. It alleges that the two had sex while D’Elia knew her age. It even adds that during the acts, he repeatedly asked her to tell him she was 17 and still in high school, with him allegedly saying that this was “hot.”

Doe says that he invited her back to his hotel after the show and they had sex again. After this, she says she left feeling “disgusting and defeated.” The lawsuit says this was her first sexual encounter of any kind and she had not even kissed anyone prior to meeting him, leaving her unsure what to think or do in the situation. 

Over the following months, the lawsuit claims that D’Elia would limit his communication with Doe as a tactic to pry more photos out of her. It says he would demand she send explicit photos or he would unfollow her on social media until she compiled. The lawsuit says that over the course of six to seven months, she sent him over 100 explicit photos and videos, roughly half of which were taken while she was a minor. 

The lawsuit says Doe “suffered significant emotional, physical, and psychological harm as a direct result of Defendant D’Elia’s predatory conduct.”

D’Elia Says He “Has A Problem”

These allegations come nearly nine months after several women accused him of sexual harassment and predatory behavior. Many said they were underage at the time he harassed them. 

After months of silence, D’Elia recently addressed those allegations in a 10-minute video on February 19. He apologized and said he had been seeking help. 

“I mean sex, it controlled my life,” he said. “It was the focus, my focus, all the time. And I had a problem. I do have a problem.” 

However, he denied ever breaking the law in his sexual encounters. 

“I stand by the fact that all my relationships have been consensual and legal,” he said. 

A spokesperson for the comedian told the Los Angeles Times that the accusations in the lawsuit are false. 

“Chris denies these allegations and will vigorously defend against them in court,” they said. 

Jane Doe is seeking unspecified damages. 

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