Jennifer Aniston: ‘Harvey Weinstein tried to make me wear Marchesa’

Jennifer Aniston has claimed Harvey Weinstein once tried to “bully” her into wearing a dress from his wife’s Marchesa line.The disgraced movie boss has been accused of harassing and assaulting a number of women, allegations he denies, but in a new inte…

Jennifer Aniston has claimed Harvey Weinstein once tried to “bully” her into wearing a dress from his wife’s Marchesa line.

The disgraced movie boss has been accused of harassing and assaulting a number of women, allegations he denies, but in a new interview with Variety, Aniston revealed that the only run-in she ever had with the producer was over a red carpet outfit.

Recalling how Weinstein visited the Friends actress in London, she shared that during one conversation, he insisted she wear a gown to a premiere from his now-estranged wife Georgina Chapman’s label.

“(It was) right when Georgina’s clothing line Marchesa was starting,” she told the publication. “That’s when he came to visit me… while we were shooting. He’d be like, ‘OK, so I’d like you to wear one of these to the premiere.’

“I went through the book (of choices), and at the time, it wasn’t what it is today. It was not for me. He was like, ‘You have to wear the dress.’

“That was my only bullying. And I was like, ‘No, I will not wear the dress.'”

Aniston remained defiant and Weinstein eventually realised there was no use forcing the star to don something she didn’t want to wear.

“What was he going to do? Come over here and make me wear it? He knew better,” the 50-year-old commented.

Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault trial is scheduled to begin in Manhattan in January. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Chapman announced she was divorcing Weinstein in October 2017. The fashion designer co-founded her brand with Keren Craig in 2004, with the pair known for outfitting celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, and Cate Blanchett.

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Rose McGowan to make feature directorial debut with animated film

Rose McGowan is planning to make her feature-length directorial debut with animated movie Pomerania. The Charmed actress has previously directed short films like Dawn in 2014 and Woman’s Womb in 2017, and she is now planning to helm a feature-length …

Rose McGowan is planning to make her feature-length directorial debut with animated movie Pomerania.

The Charmed actress has previously directed short films like Dawn in 2014 and Woman’s Womb in 2017, and she is now planning to helm a feature-length animated project about a dog.

“It’s about a little dog who hides in the closet, and once she comes out of the closet, she becomes the queen of a land called Pomerania,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “And she’s at war with Muttlandia, where all the mutts are. So, it’s all about race, breed, classism – and it’s very funny.”

McGowan is developing a psychological horror project called Sleepwalk, in collaboration with Joshua Miller and Mark Fortin, too.

“It’s a very haunting story about a young girl who sleepwalks a lot, and she blurs what is reality and what is false. It’s about how we all do that in our own lives,” the 45-year-old explained, adding that she hopes to begin shooting Sleepwalk next year.

The Planet Terror star, an outspoken #MeToo movement campaigner, has turned her back on acting, claiming that she was blacklisted from good roles after she spoke out about Harvey Weinstein allegedly raping her in the ’90s. He denies the allegation, which she made publicly in late 2017.

McGowan also insisted she hasn’t changed her mind about quitting acting, even though she misses performing.

“People in Hollywood have not been brave enough to step up for me as I stepped up for them. Because I helped to clean out the system and they haven’t been brave in return. So, I do miss performing but I feel like acting is in the past, mostly because of the lack of support,” she said.

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Disney deletes Toy Story 2 ‘casting couch’ joke

Officials at Disney have made the decision to remove a casting couch gag from the closing credits of Toy Story 2, in light of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.The Disney Pixar classic was released on 4K Blu-ray earlier this year, and viewers have not…

Officials at Disney have made the decision to remove a casting couch gag from the closing credits of Toy Story 2, in light of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

The Disney Pixar classic was released on 4K Blu-ray earlier this year, and viewers have noticed that the outtake-style scene has been wiped from the movie’s credits on the new edition.

The scene shows leading character Woody (Tom Hanks) observing Stinky Pete the Prospector (Kelsey Grammer), sleazily stroking two Barbies’ hands and suggesting he could help their careers.

“So you two are absolutely identical? You know, I’m sure I could get you a part in Toy Story 3…” he told the characters, before denying any wrongdoing upon being caught, adding, “Alright girls, lovely talking with you, any time you’d like some tips on acting, I’d be glad to chat with you.”

The release does, however, include other scenes from the original edit, including popular characters messing up their lines, as well as special behind the scenes features. And fans have speculated the move has come as a result of several similar, real-life cases of movie stars being coerced into offering sex in exchange for roles in “casting couch” scenarios.

The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements gained prominence following the allegations, including those involving studio boss Harvey Weinstein who is facing criminal charges for sexual assault. He has denied all allegations.

Pixar Animation Studios co-founder and Walt Disney Company animation chief John Lasseter also stepped down from his post in 2018 amid allegations of sexual misconduct towards employees.

In a memo issued to staff, he described the misconduct as “missteps” and “deeply apologised” for any untoward gestures.

“No matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected,” he added.

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Marchesa co-founder Keren Craig exiting fashion house

Marchesa co-founder Keren Craig is leaving the luxury fashion house.The designer, who co-founded the company with Georgina Chapman in 2004, announced her resignation via a statement released by her representative on Tuesday. “While I have made the dif…

Marchesa co-founder Keren Craig is leaving the luxury fashion house.

The designer, who co-founded the company with Georgina Chapman in 2004, announced her resignation via a statement released by her representative on Tuesday.

“While I have made the difficult decision to part ways with Marchesa, I have tremendous pride in the company, the team, and the many successes achieved,” Craig said. “Marchesa will always be the realisation of a dream. Over the last 16 years, it has been the most incredible and fulfilling professional journey. I am excited to now begin exploring additional creative opportunities and to push my potential as a designer in new directions.”

It’s been a rough 18 months for the New York-based fashion house, after Chapman’s estranged husband Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault, abuse and rape by a number of women in a series of exposes in U.S. newspapers, allegations he has denied.

The 43-year-old, who shares daughter India and son Dashiell with the disgraced movie producer, was forced to cancel the Marchesa fall 2018 runway show in the wake of the scandal, and the label has not appeared on the fashion calendar since.

Some Hollywood stars began boycotting the brand, but Scarlett Johansson braved the critics in May last year as she stepped out in a Marchesa gown at the Met Gala.

Priyanka Chopra was then spotted wearing a sleeveless gown by the fashion house at her bridal shower before her wedding to Nick Jonas in December, and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour even threw her support behind the company, urging people to have compassion for Chapman.

“I believe that one should not hold a person responsible for the actions of his or her partner,” the 69-year-old insisted in an interview last year.

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Rose McGowan’s infamous VMAs dress was a response to sexual assault

Rose McGowan’s iconic VMAs dress was her way of responding to an alleged sexual assault. The former Charmed actress hit headlines around the world when she walked the red carpet with her then-partner Marilyn Manson at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards p…

Rose McGowan’s iconic VMAs dress was her way of responding to an alleged sexual assault.

The former Charmed actress hit headlines around the world when she walked the red carpet with her then-partner Marilyn Manson at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards practically naked in a sheer black beaded dress which exposed her bare breasts and her animal-print thong.

Speaking about the provocative outfit to actress Jameela Jamil on her I Weight interview series, the 45-year-old explained that it was her first red carpet since she was allegedly sexually assaulted by disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein in 1997 and it was her way of responding to it.

“I did that for a reason. It was my first public appearance after being raped,” she said. “And I thought, it was kind of like Russell Crowe and Gladiator when it comes out in the ring and he’s like, ‘Are you not entertained?’ And that was why I did that. That was my response to being assaulted.”

The prominent figure in #MeToo movement accused Weinstein of raping her in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, allegations he has strenuously denied.

Rose explained the dress during an appearance on The Dr. Oz Show last year, saying, “I’ve never worn something like that before or since. That was a political statement. … Of course, there was no Twitter at the time or Instagram, no way to speak for yourself.”

In the past, she has also revealed she had to kneel in the car on the way to the red carpet to avoid getting “griddle butt” from the intricate beading.

“I had to sit on my knees with the dress hiked up around me, because I knew I’d end up in the Enquirer like ‘Rose McGowan’s mystery disease of the week!'” she told chat show host Jay Leno in 1999.

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James Cameron: ‘I almost swiped Harvey Weinstein with my Oscar’

Moviemaker James Cameron almost hit Harvey Weinstein with his Oscar statuette during an altercation at the 1998 Academy Awards. The Titanic director insists that if Oscars bosses were not begging him to return to his seat after a commercial break, he …

Moviemaker James Cameron almost hit Harvey Weinstein with his Oscar statuette during an altercation at the 1998 Academy Awards.

The Titanic director insists that if Oscars bosses were not begging him to return to his seat after a commercial break, he would have lashed out at the disgraced movie mogul over the way he and his production company partners at Miramax treated his friend Guillermo del Toro during the making of his film Mimic.

Ironically, the 1997 film featured Mira Sorvino, one of the many actresses who accused Weinstein of assault and/or harassment following the publication of a New York Times expose detailing his bad behaviour over decades.

In a new Vanity Fair interview Cameron recalled “almost getting in a fight” and hitting the producer “with my Oscar”, adding, “Harvey came up glad-handing me, talking about how great they (Oscars) were for the artist, and I just read him chapter and verse about how great I thought he was for the artist, based on my friend’s experience, and that led to an altercation.

“The music had started to play to get back in our seats (and) the people around us were saying, ‘Not here! Not here!’ Like it was OK to fight in the parking lot, you know, but it was not OK there when the music was playing – and they were about to go live.”

Looking back, Cameron often thinks he should have taken a swipe at Weinstein, joking there are many people in Hollywood “that would’ve preferred I had played through on that one”.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and/or assault by more than 50 women and is currently under investigation by multiple police departments. He has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.

The producer was expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences last year (18).

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Harvey Weinstein’s top attorney to exit sex assault case – report

Harvey Weinstein is reportedly set to part ways with his high-powered attorney Benjamin Brafman as he prepares to stand trial in New York on sex assault charges. The disgraced movie mogul stands accused of raping an unidentified woman in his hotel roo…

Harvey Weinstein is reportedly set to part ways with his high-powered attorney Benjamin Brafman as he prepares to stand trial in New York on sex assault charges.

The disgraced movie mogul stands accused of raping an unidentified woman in his hotel room in 2013 and forcing another into a sex act in 2006, but he has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex, and Brafman has been fighting to have the criminal counts dismissed due to a lack of evidence.

However, as the case moves forward, it appears Brafman will no longer be representing Weinstein.

According to ABC News, the top attorney is set to withdraw from the producer’s team of legal representatives after purportedly clashing with his client over defence tactics.

A spokesperson for Weinstein did not deny the claims of Brafman’s exit from the case, but insisted there was nothing to address just yet.

Prior to the split, Brafman was successful in having charges relating to one of the three sexual assault incidents filed against Weinstein dropped.

He then claimed to have obtained email evidence suggesting many of the statements made about Weinstein’s supposed bad behaviour by his two alleged victims were fabricated, and also attacked prosecutors for putting forth a “deeply flawed indictment,” accusing them of seeking to try the case in the press.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to five counts of felony sexual assault and is free on $1 million (£760,000) bail.

A pre-trial conference is set to take place on 7 March, ahead of his trial in May (19).

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Bryan Singer ‘honoured’ after Globes win despite backlash surrounding sexual misconduct scandal

Director Bryan Singer ignored the speculation about his sexual misconduct scandal as he expressed his delight over his movie Bohemian Rhapsody’s wins at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night (06Jan19)The film, which tells the story of Queen’s start i…

Director Bryan Singer ignored the speculation about his sexual misconduct scandal as he expressed his delight over his movie Bohemian Rhapsody’s wins at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night (06Jan19)

The film, which tells the story of Queen’s start in the music industry, took home gongs for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury in the movie.

While he was absent from the Los Angeles ceremony himself, Singer, who quit the movie during production and was replaced by Dexter Fletcher, took to his Instagram to share a behind the scenes snap of filming, and wrote: “What an honour. Thank you #HollywoodForeignPress.”

The moviemaker hit headlines in 2017, when it emerged that a Washington man had filed a lawsuit against him, alleging the star sexually assaulted him in 2003 – when he was 17 years old. Singer has denied the accusations.

He was also accused of assault by Michael Egan in 2014, but Egan later confessed his claims were not true and apologised.

While Singer has yet to be arrested or charged with any crimes, it seems many of his peers are struggling to move on from the scandal. Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood likened the situation to that of Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein – both of whom have been accused of sexual misconduct and assault.

“So we just… we are all still supposed to be pretending we dont know about Bryan Singer? Cause it worked out really well with #Spacey and #Weinstein,” she tweeted.

Meanwhile, Eighth Grade star Elsie Fisher, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her performance in the breakout movie, found herself under fire after tweeting her delight over Bohemian Rhapsody’s victories.

“IM SO HAPPY RAMI MALEK AND BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY WON GOLDEN GLOBES IM THRILLED TONIGHT IS THE BEST NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” she wrote.

After facing backlash from her followers, Elsie wrote: “Why is everyone being so mean about this? I’m genuinely sorry if I did something wrong.”

The 15-year-old later added: “My thoughts on this – please educate me in the future if I do something problematic. I want to better myself and grow! I was also vaguely aware the director of said film was bad but had no other information as to why he was considered such or what he had done. I know now.

“I’ll continue to be proud of Rami and the supporting cast because they are incredible, but otherwise I will hold back. Understand this though; there are many problematic people in Hollywood, and as someone who is busy frequently I don’t always have time to keep up. So tell me.”

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Nicholas Kirkwood: ‘Rose McGowan embodies power’

Nicholas Kirkwood has explained why he chose #MeToo activist Rose McGowan to walk in his debut London Fashion Week show.Rose was among the models showing off the footwear designer’s latest collection in the British capital last month (Sep18), with Nich…

Nicholas Kirkwood has explained why he chose #MeToo activist Rose McGowan to walk in his debut London Fashion Week show.

Rose was among the models showing off the footwear designer’s latest collection in the British capital last month (Sep18), with Nicholas opting for a politically-charged runway which also featured model Winnie Harlow and cyber-hacker CyFi.

“A very important inspiration behind the collection was powerful women, women with personality and drive who stand up for self-expression and what they believe in,” he told The Sunday Times Magazine. “If there’s one person who has definitely stood up for herself and made herself heard, it’s Rose.”

Rose opened the London showcase walking barefoot, holding a pair of boots from the German-born designer’s spring/summer 2019 line high above her head as she made her way down the catwalk.

“We are a lot further along than where we were, but we are still on a razor’s edge. We have to start a new conversation,” she told The Guardian after the show. “It’s been a long haul. I’m really gratified that people are questioning what is acceptable, but it’s been a hell of a year.”

Since rape and sexual harassment allegations about Harvey Weinstein surfaced, including from Rose herself, the 45-year-old actress has become one of the key advocates of the #MeToo movement.

But on Sunday (07Oct18), the Scream star had to clarify comments she made to The Sunday Times, where she seemingly called the movement “bulls**t” and “a lie”.

“I never said #MeToo is a lie. Ever,” she fumed on Twitter. “I was talking about Hollywood and Time’s Up, not #MeToo. Ugh. I’m so tired of erroneous s**tstorms. #MeToo is about survivors and their experiences, that cannot be taken away.”

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Harvey Weinstein denied bid to have Ashley Judd’s lawsuit dismissed

Harvey Weinstein’s request to have Ashley Judd’s defamation lawsuit thrown out of court has been rejected. The Double Jeopardy star launched the legal action in April (18), accusing the disgraced producer of blacklisting her and sabotaging her career …

Harvey Weinstein’s request to have Ashley Judd’s defamation lawsuit thrown out of court has been rejected.

The Double Jeopardy star launched the legal action in April (18), accusing the disgraced producer of blacklisting her and sabotaging her career after she refused his sexual advances.

In her suit, she referred to comments made by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson late last year (17), when he confessed to dropping Judd from casting consideration for his 2001 fantasy blockbuster based on remarks Weinstein had allegedly made about her lack of professionalism.

Weinstein vehemently denied trying to derail Judd’s career, and last month (Aug18), he filed a motion asking for the actress’ case to be dismissed, declaring the accusations are based on unfounded speculation.

His request was heard in a California court on Wednesday (19Sep18), when Judge Philip Gutierrez shot down Weinstein’s bid and allowed Judd to continue with her defamation and interference case, ruling they “are sufficient to give rise to an inference of actual malice such that the common interest privilege cannot bar her claims at the motion to dismiss stage”.

However, the judge also used the opportunity to toss her allegations of workplace sexual harassment against Weinstein, insisting an alleged 1990s incident, during which the producer is accused of trying to force himself upon Judd in a hotel room, did not fit the legal definition for the charge, as they were not involved in a business relationship at the time, reports Deadline.

Instead, Judge Gutierrez allowed Judd’s attorney to amend the complaint for harassment.

“We are very pleased that today the District Court held that Ashley Judd can proceed with her lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and continue her effort to vindicate the wrongs he committed against her among so many other women,” Judd’s attorney, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., shared in a statement celebrating the news.

“We are also pleased that the court gave us an opportunity to amend our complaint and present additional facts related to one of Ms. Judd’s claims.”

The ruling was made a day after Boutrous Jr. revealed he had already reached out to Peter Jackson, who had other information about his reported exchange with Weinstein which could provide “powerful” testimony to back up Judd’s court case.

The lawsuit is just part of Weinstein’s mounting legal problems – he is also facing multiple criminal charges for sex assault in New York and Los Angeles following a series of exposes last year (17), in which he was accused of sexual misconduct from over 50 women, including Judd. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

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