CBS Chairman Les Moonves will likely leave $120 million on the table as he exits the network in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. At issue is whether he was terminated “for cause,” something that the lawyers will have to hash out, but if they do, could open up all kinds of old wounds. The Hollywood Reporter says that for Les, who’s made over a billion dollars while working for The Eye, it might just make sense not to fight for the payout.
Paz de la Huerta is suing Harvey Weinstein for two alleged incidents of sexual assault. The actress has already gone public with the claims, but recently decided to file a lawsuit. Per the report, both incidents occurred inside Paz’s apartment in December of 2010. The 34-year-old also noted that she believes the discredited director got her fired from “Boardwalk Empire” because she turned down his invite to a threesome in his Four Seasons hotel room. According to court documents, the lawsuit states she is suing for assault, sexual battery and emotional distress.
A new anonymous accuser has made claims against Harvey Weinstein, joining the class action lawsuit leveled against him last December. She says the first assault happened in 2002, when she was only 16 years old. They met for lunch, he took her back to his room, where he allegedly exposed himself to her. The accuser says the same thing happened again at his office in 2008. The unnamed complainant says Weinstein says he made women like Gwyenth Paltrow and Penelope Cruz, and he’d do the same for the aspiring actress if she let him force himself on her. Weinstein’s lawyers call the claim “preposterous.”
Rape charges leveled against Sylvester Stallone have been dismissed. His accuser said he assaulted her in 1987 and again in 1990 — charges he vigorously denied. But Los Angeles prosecutors say there’s not enough evidence to pursue the case.
Johnny Depp is asserting the accusations of domestic abuse leveled by ex-wife Amber Heard are unfounded — and he’s thanked authjor JK Rowling for standing by him in the media. When accusations surfaced that Depp had gotten violent with Heard, there were calls to kick him out of the “Fantastic Beasts” movie series, but Rowling stood by him. Depp says it’s because she knows he had been “falsely accused” and that he feels bad she was thrust into the middle of the controversy.
Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway appeared on CNN this weekend and told Jake Tapper that she, too, is a survivor of sexual assault. The comment was almost offhand, and took Tapper by surprise. When he followed up, she pivoted to talking about hearing everyone who comes forward, but prosecuting perpetrators in legal court, not the mob-like court of public opinion. “We do treat people differently who are either the victims or the perpetrators of this based on their politics, now, and based on their gender,” Conway said. “That is a huge mistake.”
Kevin Spacey is in trouble again. Now he’s being sued for sexual battery AND false imprisonment. A multi-claim complaint filed in Los Angeles alleges the actor forced an unnamed victim to touch him inappropriately during a hotel room encounter in October 2016. The victim is a massage therapist who had been performing professional services for spacey in a hotel room. When he tried to leave, the document alleges, Spacey stood in the doorway to prevent the exit. A previous alleged attack against actor Anthony Rapp is currently under investigation by authorities in the UK and Los Angeles.
The NYPD says that emails to HARVEY WEINSTEIN from one of his accusers expressing affection for him aren’t nearly enough to get Harvey off the hook. Legally speaking a rape victim can still write a love note to her attacker — doesn’t change what happened to her. Still, Harvey’s legal team is pushing for a full dismissal.
60 Minutes Executive Producer JEFF FAGER is extending his summer vacation, indefinitely, while CBS officials investigate six accusations of inappropriate conduct toward female employees. He was exposed earlier this year by Ronan Farrow’s reporting, but the news has just been buried under higher-profile names. He’s accused of touching employees “in ways that made them feel uncomfortable,” usually while drunk at corporate functions. Fager is not currently scheduled to return for the fall season until the investigation continues.