Camille Cosby broke her silence on Monday in light of the many sexual assault allegations brought against her husband.
Hackers have leaked dozens of documents and emails from Sony Pictures that include information about salaries, budgets, and behind-the-scenes gossip—and now Sony is demanding that publications not publish any of that leaked information.
According to the New York Times, lawyer David Boies sent a letter to media outlets on behalf of Sony saying that the studio “does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use” of the “stolen information.” READ FULL STORY
Samuel L. Jackson has a message to any and every celebrity who participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge over the summer: There’s a new challenge waiting for you.
Over the weekend, while many people around the nation protested the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, Jackson posted a video on his Facebook page that asked celebrities to join in by singing the “‘We ain’t gonna stop till people are free’ song.” He then kicked off the challenge himself:
Over the past four weeks, multiple women have come forward claiming Bill Cosby drugged and/or sexually assaulted them. But the comedian hasn’t issued any sort of response to these claims—because, predictably, his lawyers don’t want him to. “They don’t want me talking to the media,” Cosby said in a brief phone interview with Page Six Friday.
In that interview, the comedian did briefly touch on the accusations, albeit vaguely: “Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism, and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,” he told Page Six. READ FULL STORY
On Thursday, Buzzfeed posted a story revealing the contents of a leaked email conversation between Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin. In the emails, the two joked about President Barack Obama’s favorite movies and how they would star African-Americans—such as Kevin Hart—or likely include The Butler.
Shonda Rhimes tweeted her thoughts on the remarks.
Calling Sony comments”racially insensitive remarks” instead of “racist”? U can put a cherry on a pile of sh*t but it don’t make it a sundae.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) December 11, 2014
Al Sharpton also joined the conversation; he told Variety, “These emails nominate Amy Pascal to be considered by some of us in the same light that we concluded and moved on the ownership of Donald Sterling of the L.A. Clippers.” He then added, “The statements clearly show how comfortable major studio powers are with racial language and marginalization. Her apology is not enough; there must be moves by her studio and others to respect the African-American community and reflect that respect in their hiring and business practices.”
Both Pascal and Rudin have issued apologies regarding the emails, but for Kevin Hart, his focus remains on an email sent to Sony from Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper. Culpepper reportedly called Hart a “whore” for wanting additional compensation to tweet to support one of his films.
Hart posted his response on Instagram:
Former Fox News correspondent Dominic Di-Natale has died. He was 43.
According to Fox, Di-Natale’s body was found on Wednesday after a friend alerted officials that they were worried about his state of mind regarding some health issues. The coroner in Jefferson County, Colorado then determined that Di-Natale took his own life.
Di-Natale began working at Fox News in 2007, where he covered international news, from the aftermath of the raid at Usama bin Laden’s compound to the more recent riots in Ferguson, Mo. He was a freelance reporter up until the end of last month when he resigned. His last appearance occurred on November 30.
Fox News’ spokesperson released a statement: “We were extremely saddened to learn of Dominic’s passing and send our deepest condolences to his family and friends. He was an esteemed journalist and an integral part of our news coverage throughout the Middle East.”
Model Beverly Johnson wrote a Vanity Fair essay about getting drugged by Bill Cosby, who has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 20 women.
In the essay, Johnson says she was chosen to audition for a small role on The Cosby Show in the ’80s and went over to Cosby’s house to read for the part. She describes how lovely the visits to Cosby’s house were at first—until they weren’t. At one point, Cosby pressured Johnson into drinking some cappuccino, she claims, that soon caused her to experience a strange reaction. READ FULL STORY
Angelea Preston, who competed in Cycle 14 of America’s Next Top Model before going on to win Cycle 17, has filed a lawsuit against Tyra Banks and The CW, among others.
In the suit, Preston claims that she never received her grand prize after winning the contest because she was disqualified for having been an escort. As a result, she’s suing for breach of oral agreement and breach of written contract. In addition to that, Preston is suing for intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress, claiming the show withheld medical treatment for at least 10 minutes during an anxiety attack in order to make for better television. READ FULL STORY
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