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Emily Ratajkowski Slams $25M Weinstein Settlement

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  • Supermodel Emily Ratajkowski posted a photo Wednesday night expressing her disappointment with the tentative settlement that Harvey Weinstein and his alleged sexual misconduct victims reached.
  • The tentative settlement would pay out $25 million to Weinstein’s alleged victims.
  • If finalized, Weinstein would not have to pay any of his own money and would not have to admit to any wrongdoing. 

Tentative Settlement

Emily Ratajkowski is outraged over Harvey Weinstein’s tentative $25 million settlement with his alleged victims and is not afraid of showing it.

The settlement, announced Wednesday, totals to about $47 million and was agreed upon between Weinstein, his company board members, and dozens of women who have accused the movie producer of sexual misconduct, according to The New York Times.

Of that total sum, about $25 million would be paid out to Weinstein’s alleged victims. If the deal goes through, Weinstein would not have to admit to any of his alleged wrongdoings or pay any of the money out of his own pocket. Instead, insurance companies that represented the former movie mogul’s studio, the Weinstein Co., would cover the costs.    

Ratajkowski posted a photo of herself on her Twitter and Instagram accounts on Wednesday with the words “fuck harvey.” written on her left arm. She wore the same message on her body to the “Uncut Gems” movie premiere later that night.

“Today Harvey Weinstein and his former studio made a $25 million deal with his victims,” Ratajkowski wrote online. “Weinstein, accused of offenses ranging from sexual harassment to rape, won’t have to admit wrongdoing or pay his own money. #nojusticenopeace.”

Further Details of the Deal

Weinstein has been in legal battles ever since The New York Times broke a story in 2017 detailing decades of his alleged sexual abuse and misconduct, catapulting the #MeToo movement and carving a path for victims to come forward. The former Hollywood head has maintained his innocence throughout the two years since. 

The settlement requires court approval and a final signoff from all involved parties to be finalized, but even if it is, its terms are uncertain. Out of the settlement payout, $6.2 million would be split between 18 of Weinstein’s alleged victims, with no individual receiving more than $500,000.

A separate sum of money, $18.6 million, would be set aside for those involved in a class-action case, the New York attorney general’s suit and any future claimants, according to The New York Times.      

The deal also allocates about $12 million of the settlement to legal costs for Weinstein, his brother Robert, and other former members of the company’s board. The remaining funds will go to unsecured creditors and former Weinstein Co. employees, according to The Los Angeles Times. 

The deal, if approved, would settle multiple civil claims. However, Weinstein is still scheduled to go to trial in January on criminal charges of sexual assault. 

Deal Sparks Backlash

Emily Ratajkowski is not the only one upset by the tentative settlement. Some of Weinstein’s alleged victims are not on board as well, and their lawyers have already publicly rejected it.

Attorneys Douglas Wigdor and Kevin Mintzer represent Wedil David, who alleges that Weinstein raped her in a hotel room in 2015. Earlier this year, when a $44 million settlement was announced, Wigdor and Mintzer rejected it. They reiterated their dissatisfaction with the legal process on Wednesday after the new tentative settlement was reached. 

“It is shameful that $12 million of the settlement is going to the lawyers for the directors who we alleged enabled Harvey Weinstein, and it is even more outrageous that the proposed settlement will seek to bind non-participating members by providing a release to the insurance companies and the directors of the Weinstein Co. itself,” Wigdor and Mintzer said in a statement. 

“While we don’t begrudge victims who want to settle, we plan to vigorously object to any provision that tries to bind victims who want to proceed with holding Harvey Weinstein accountable for his actions, which is exactly what we intend to do,” they added.  

Over 30 actresses and former Weinstein employees agreed to the settlement, according to The New York Times, but even some of those individuals are not very happy with it. 

Actress Katherine Kendall, who accused Weinstein of chasing her around a hotel room naked in 1993, expressed her frustration. 

“I don’t love it, but I don’t know how to go after him,” she told The Times. “I don’t know what I can really do.”

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TikTok Star Accused of Killing Estranged Wife and Her Friend After Spying on Them With Daughter’s iPad

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The influencer, known online as JinnKid, faces a life sentence without parole, though prosecutors can push for the death penalty.


Mother and Friend Murdered

Ali Abulaban, a TikToker with nearly 1 million followers, pleaded not guilty on Monday to two counts of first-degree murder over the fatal shooting of his estranged wife and her friend. 

The 29-year-old influencer, who goes by JinnKid online, is known for his comedy skits and impersonations of people like Tony Montana from “Scarface.” He also has a pretty large following on Instagram and YouTube, with his most popular content being his “Skyrim in Real Life” series, which pokes fun at the video game’s mechanics and bugs.

According to prosecutors, he had been living in a hotel and stalking his 28-year-old wife Ana since she asked him to move out of their San Diego, California, apartment on Oct. 18. Three days after she kicked him out, Abulaban allegedly snuck back in while she was gone, trashed the apartment, and installed a listening device on their 5-year-old daughter’s iPad.

He was reportedly listening in last Thursday when he heard his wife talking and laughing with her friend, 29-year-old Rayburn Barron.

Investigators said Abulaban then rushed over in a fit of rage and shot Barron three times before shooting his wife in the head. Authorities added that he was spotted leaving the apartment on security cameras, and he allegedly called his mother to confess to the crimes before picking up his daughter from school.

He later called the police himself while driving on the highway and was arrested about 45 minutes later.

Investigators said Abulaban confessed when speaking to detectives and accused his wife of cheating, though prosecutors believe Barron was only a friend.

History of Violence

This incident is not the first time Abulaban has been violent towards his wife, according to police. Just last month, she had filed a police report claiming he had pushed and injured her. Prosecutors even said she had planned to file a restraining order against him.

Abulaban has pleaded not guilty to the murders, as well as special circumstance allegations of multiple killings.

If convicted, he faces a life sentence without parole. The charges and special allegations also allow prosecutors to pursue the death penalty if he’s convicted.

He is currently being held without bail, and a judge has issued a protective order that requires him to stay away from his daughter, who is being cared for by relatives.

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PewDiePie Opens Up About Past Drinking Problem

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To escape the stress of his online controversies, the YouTuber said he turned to alcohol, a strategy he described as “a recipe for disaster.”


PewDiePie Addressed Past Alcohol Issues

YouTuber PewDiePie uploaded a video Wednesday revealing that he previously dealt with a drinking problem.

PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, said that around 2017 and 2018, he used to drink whiskey every single day. When he tried to quit for health reasons, he struggled, which made him realize how attached he was to the substance.

That’s when I realized, oh shit, maybe I do have a problem,” he explained.  “And that’s why I quit drinking for a few months because I thought you know, I need to show I’m the one in control.” 

After quitting the habit for a period of time, he said he convinced himself that it would be okay to re-introduce drinking back into his life. Kjellberg claimed the problem was at its worst when he was struggling with a handful of online controversies, though he did not specify which ones. Kjellberg has faced backlash numerous times throughout his career, including for using racist and anti-Semitic language.

“Drinking to sort of escape emotions is a recipe for disaster,” he said. 

PewDiePie Says YouTube Addiction Fueled His Alcohol Addiction 

“I was still not just addicted to escaping these emotions by drinking, but I think I was also addicted to YouTube, and I was so scared of losing YouTube through all these controversies that I was fueling one addiction out of my fear of losing another one,” Kjellberg continued.  

The YouTuber explained that he was “nowhere near” the point where alcohol could have cost him his job or loved ones and he does not want to “co-opt all that pain” that many people endure. Still, he said he had reached a point where he had to rethink his relationship with drinking and ultimately decided the best thing to do was quit.

“It was really rough, especially because I was having a lot of withdrawals from it,” Kjellberg said. “It took me a long time to be able to sleep properly again, but I did manage it and I was done. And I haven’t touched it since, which I’m really proud about.”

Kjellberg admitted that he used to be embarrassed by the subject, which is why he waited so long to publicly discuss it. For a period of time, he also felt he had merely replaced one addiction with another because he began using nicotine patches. He said he has now quit nicotine twice and feels freer without the substance. 

“That kind of felt like almost losing a friend. I’m not even exaggerating,” he confessed about the process of quitting nicotine. “It’s like something that you used to rely on but will no longer be there.” 

Kjellberg discussed the thoughts many notable philosophers have had on vices and addiction and claimed their beliefs helped guide his choices. Now, he hopes others dealing with similar issues might hear his story and prompt change within their own lives. 

“I’m hoping that talking about it might lead people to open their eyes about their own actions and what they’re also doing,” he explained. “And it’s a tough thing to admit.”

Fellow creators like Anthony Padilla and Jacksepticeye commented on the video to thank Kjellberg for sharing his experience.

“[This] will help so many people and gives such a better look at how strong you are,” Padilla wrote. “Love you dude.”

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Billie Eilish Advocates for Climate Action Ahead of U.N. COP26 Summit

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The singer was joined by “The Office” actor Rainn Wilson and other big-name celebrities and activists in a pitch for world leaders to make substantial progress at the conference.


Billie Eilish Calls for Climate Action

Singer Billie Eilish partnered Tuesday with the environmental group Arctic Basecamp at the University of Exeter to call for meaningful climate action ahead of the U.N. COP26 climate conference. 

“This year our leaders are deciding the global actions required on the environment climate emergency in a critical decade for our planet,” Eilish said in a video. “We must stand together and speak up to save our planet, not just for us, but for our future generations. And we need urgent, urgent action now.” 

Eilish is no stranger to advocating for solutions to climate change. In September, the “Happier Than Ever” singer urged Congress to pass climate legislation as part of the #CodeRedClimate campaign. For her latest pitch with Arctic Basecamp, she was joined by other big names, including “The Office” actor Rainn Wilson, explorer Levison Wood, climate activist Daze Aghaji, and wildlife advocate Robert Irwin, who is the son of the late Steve Irwin.

“Courage. That’s what our world’s leaders need more than anything,” Wilson said in the video message. “The decisions that they make about the climate crisis in the next decade are the most important decisions in our planet’s history.” 

What is COP26?

Arctic Basecamp works with scientists and other high-profile organizations all over the world to call attention to climate issues and encourage effective solutions. It was founded by Gail Whiteman, a professor at the University of Exeter, who released a statement thanking the slew of stars and activists for their involvement in the COP26 initiative. 

“It is amazing to be working with such brave people that not only are using their voice but are using their voice for good,” she said. “This is a crisis and the Arctic is sounding the alarm. It is time that world leaders come together to create real change that ensures a safe future for humanity.”

COP26 will kick off in Glasgow on Oct. 31 and run through Nov. 12. Global leaders will discuss several actions regarding the environment, including pacts like the Paris Agreement and U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. They will also focus on a series of goals, including achieving global net-zero emissions by mid-century and protecting ecosystems, along with other infrastructure threatened by climate change.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pitched the event as a key moment for the world to come together and tackle climate change. This week, he described it as “our best chance to make the changes we need to protect our planet for our children and grandchildren.”

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