Harvey Weinstein sued for rape under anti-trafficking law

An aspiring actress sued Harvey Weinstein in federal court on Friday, claiming that he repeatedly sexually assaulted her over the span of nine years. The plaintiff, identified only as Jane Doe, joins dozens of other women who have pursued litigation against the incarcerated producer. She filed the suit under the federal law against sex trafficking,

The Simpsons’ Harry Shearer appears critical of decision to stop white actors voicing non-white characters

Harry Shearer voices multiple characters on The Simpsons — including a Black doctor — and has some thoughts about white actors voicing non-white characters on the long-running animated series. “I have a very simple belief about acting,” Shearer said during an interview Monday with Matt Chorley on Times Radio. “The job of the actor is

Tamar Braxton calls out ‘exploitation of reality TV’ in first statement since her hospitalisation

Tamar Braxton has called out what she describes as the “systemic bondage” of reality television in her first post since being hospitalised following an attempt to take her own life. Braxton was taken to hospital on July 16, after LAPD responded to an emergency call from her Ritz-Carlton Residences in downtown Los Angeles. In a

Ciara welcomes a baby boy with US footballer Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

Pop star Ciara and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson are now parents to a baby boy. The couple announced the birth of their son named Win Harrison Wilson on Instagram on Friday, July 24. They both shared from their accounts that their son was born Thursday, July 23, and weighed 3.7 kilos. Ciara, 34, posted

Nick Cannon dropped by US network CBS after making anti-Semitic comments

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) — ViacomCBS is ending its long-running relationship with Nick Cannon after he made anti-Semitic comments on his podcast. In the June 30 episode of Cannon’s Class, the actor and TV host interviewed Professor Griff, a rapper who was a part of Public Enemy before leaving the group after making anti-Semitic remarks. On

US judge rejects Harvey Weinstein settlement: ‘I can’t subscribe to that’

A federal judge has rejected an US$46.8 million ($67.1m) settlement of the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct cases, saying some of its terms are “obnoxious” and it is not suitable for a class action. In a 20-minute hearing on Tuesday, US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein said the settlement improperly nullifies claims of non-participating parties, and delegates

Johnny Depp says Amber Heard relationship was ‘tailspin’ on day three of UK libel case

Johnny Depp denied assaulting ex-wife Amber Heard on a private Caribbean island and during a furious rampage in Australia in a third day of evidence Thursday in the actor’s libel suit against a UK tabloid newspaper that called him a “wife-beater”. Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper’s executive

Country stars Chase Rice, Chris Janson spark outrage with videos of packed concert crowds

Country singer Chase Rice is taking heat after sharing video footage of a concert he played in east Tennessee Saturday night, with footage showing large, packed outdoor crowds rocking out shoulder-to-shoulder with no sign of social distancing or masks (watch above). Rice, 34, posted the video of his riled-up audience in east Tennessee, taken from

Vera Wang rings in 71st birthday while commemorating the legalisation of gay marriage in the US

If there’s one thing Vera Wang knows, it’s style. Ahead of her 71st birthday, the fashion designer chose to also honour the LGBTQI+ community with a flashy rainbow-coloured manicure while showing off her incredibly toned figure. Decked out in athleisure wear with her very own designer sunnies, Wang commemorated the anniversary of the legalisation of

US rapper Huey killed in shooting aged 32

St. Louis rapper Huey, known for his 2006 hit ‘Pop, Lock & Drop It’, was killed in a double shooting, St. Louis County police said Friday. The shooting took place Thursday in Kinloch, Missouri, a city about 15 miles north of St. Louis, when police were notified that the 32-year-old victim — whose real name

The Black Eyed Peas reveal why Fergie is no longer performing with them

Fergie hasn’t performed with The Black Eyed Peas for quite some time, though there is certainly no bad blood between them. The hip hop hit-makers just released their new album, Translation, on June 19, 2020. The album was recorded and produced without their famous female band member. READ MORE: Fergie sexes up US national anthem

Demi Moore wishes Bruce Willis Happy Father’s Day in blended family photo: ‘Your kids are so lucky’

Bruce Willis was showered with love as the US and other parts of the world celebrated Father’s Day on June 21. Even his ex-wife, Demi Moore, who he was married to from 1987 to 2000, paid tribute on Instagram. To mark the occasion, the former couple appeared to celebrate with their three daughters, Rumer, 31,

Spike Lee apologises for Woody Allen comments: ‘My words were wrong’

Spike Lee has issued an apology for his comments defending Woody Allen against cancel culture in Hollywood. “I deeply apologize. My words were wrong. I do not and will not tolerate sexual harassment, assault or violence. Such treatment causes real damage that can’t be minimized,” Lee posted on Twitter on June 14 (US time). https://twitter.com/SpikeLeeJoint/status/1271913863529639936

Iggy Azalea announces the birth of her son with rapper Playboi Carti

Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea has excitedly announced that she is a mother.  The 30-year-old shared the news that she and her boyfriend, 23-year-old rapper Playboi Carti, are the proud parents of a baby boy. “I have a son,” she wrote on Instagram Stories on June 11 (US time). “I kept waiting for the right time

Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian shut down claims she ‘forced’ him to resign from Reddit

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian have opened up about racial inequality as well as his shock Reddit resignation in an interview, shutting down claims that she “forced” her husband to donate his Reddit stock gains to the black community. The couple took to Instagram Live on Saturday to discuss Ohanian’s decision to resign from Reddit

Kurt Thomas, world champion gymnast and Gymkata star, dies at 64

Kurt Thomas, the first US male to win a gold medal at the Gymnastic World Championships, died Friday after suffering a stroke. He was 64. His stroke on May 24 was caused by a tear in the basilar artery in his brain stem, according to the Associated Press. “Yesterday I lost my universe, my best

Fantastic Four director Josh Trank pitched a black Sue Storm but got ‘heavy pushback’

Josh Trank, director of the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four, has revealed that he wanted to cast a black actress as the superhero Sue Storm, but got “heavy pushback”. Kate Mara was cast as Sue Storm, aka the Invisible Woman, one of the founding members of the Fantastic Four along with her brother Johnny Storm,

Are Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey still friends?

When Ellen Pompeo‘s character Meredith Grey told Patrick Dempsey‘s Derek (aka McDreamy) in Grey’s Anatomy to “Pick me. Choose me. Love me”, fans strapped in for a TV romance that was guaranteed to endure many ups and downs. Their characters shared on-screen chemistry that lasted 11 Seasons of Grey’s. However, it all came to an

Nick Cordero’s wife praying for a miracle despite being ‘told to say goodbye’ to Broadway star

The wife of Broadway star Nick Cordero is holding onto faith as her husband’s health crisis hits an all-time low. In a heartfelt Instagram post on June 4 (US time), Amanda Kloots said she is still praying for a miracle despite doctors telling her to say goodbye to Cordero, who is losing his battle against

Riverdale actress Vanessa Morgan says she’s tired of being a ‘sidekick’ to the show’s white leads

Riverdale actress Vanessa Morgan is sick and tired of the way black people are being treated both on camera and in real life. The 28-year-old, who plays Toni Topaz in the teen drama, took a strong stance on Twitter this week, posting a powerful statement about inequality. https://www.instagram.com/p/B9XnYMRn-KP/ “Tired of how black people are portrayed

Celebrities slam Trump over US protests that have swept the country in wake of George Floyd’s death

Celebrities are speaking out as protests that have swept the US in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody show no signs of stopping. Floyd, who was African-American, died in Minneapolis last week, with a bystander’s video showing a white officer putting his knee on his neck for several minutes. His death sparked

Lady Gaga calls Donald Trump ‘a fool and a racist,’ urges support for black community

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Lady Gaga took to her social media platforms to express her anger over the senseless killing of George Floyd while calling Donald Trump “a fool, and a racist.” Gaga joins Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Billie Ellish who have also called on fans to make a change. In her statement, posted late

YouTuber Jake Paul gets backlash for filming looting at Arizona mall

YouTuber Jake Paul came under fire after a video emerged on Twitter of him being around looters in an Arizona mall on Saturday night (US time.) The YouTuber posted videos to his Instagram story showing him protesting outside and facing police officers who threw tear gas toward him. He captioned the video “america is in

Kylie Jenner and Forbes spar over story on billionaire status

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forbes magazine, which once declared Kylie Jenner a billionaire on its cover, says she no longer deserves the title, but Jenner is pushing back. Forbes said in a story posted Friday that an examination of financial filings after the reality star and beauty mogul sold a majority share in her cosmetics

Bachelor US couple Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph split after two years of dating

The Bachelor US couple Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph have parted ways after dating for two years. Breakup rumours first sparked after Underwood, 28, returned home to Colorado after he spent time in quarantine while recovering from coronavirus at the 25-year-old’s family home in Huntington Beach, California. Randolph confirmed news of the split on Instagram

What happened to Katherine Heigl?

Katherine Heigl‘s meteoric rise in Hollywood started with her breakout role in Grey’s Anatomy. Heigl, now 41 years old, played medical intern Dr. Isobel Stevenson in the medical drama for six seasons. Her acting in the series cemented her place amongst Hollywood’s A-listers and transformed her into a bankable movie star. In 2007, Heigl was

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are ‘disappointed’ as they await sentencing for college admissions scandal

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli will have to wait until August before a judge can approve their plea deal in the college admissions scandal. The married couple, who share daughters Bella, 21, and Olivia Jade, 20, paid US$500,000 (approx. $779,440) to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as rowing recruits. “They’re disappointed,”

Andrea Bocelli confirms he tested positive for COVID-19

Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli has confirmed he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in March, but had a “swift and full recovery” before his hugely successful Easter Sunday webcast. In a Facebook post shared on May 27 (US time), the opera singer explained he did not reveal his diagnosis earlier because he wanted to protect his

Chrissy Teigen recalls being ‘gently replaced’ as briefcase model on game show Deal or No Deal

Chrissy Teigen has reflected on her time modelling on US game show Deal or No Deal. The 34-year-old shared a throwback photo from when she appeared on the program as a briefcase model back in 2007. Teigen was part of the show in the pilot and first season before she said she was booted for

Hilary Duff slams baseless paedophilia and child trafficking rumours as ‘disgusting’

After a bizarre and baseless conspiracy theory against Hilary Duff went viral on Twitter, the 32-year-old decided enough was enough. Speaking out, the mum-of-two slammed the wild and untrue rumours, labelling the accusations as “disgusting” while telling the instigator they should “get a hobby.” “Everyone bored af right now I know..but this is actually disgusting…..