Bob Weinstein slams disgraced brother Harvey, calls him a ‘predator’

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Bob Weinstein dubbed his brother, Harvey, a “predator” and said he hoped the disgraced Hollywood producer “gets the justice that he deserves.”

Bob Weinstein, 62, who founded Weinstein Co. with his brother Harvey, 65, told The Hollywood Reporter in an intense interview released Saturday morning the situation was “a waking nightmare.”

“I find myself in a waking nightmare. My brother has caused unconscionable suffering. As a father of three girls I say this with every bone in my body — I am heartbroken for the women that he has harmed. I’m a fighter,” Weinstein told The Hollywood Reporter.

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“This hurts, but I don’t feel an ounce of remorse coming from him, and that kills me too,” he continued. “When I heard his written, lame excuse. Not an excuse. When I heard his admission of feeling remorse for the victims and then him cavalierly, almost crazily saying he was going to go out and take on the NRA, it was so disturbing to me. It was utter insanity. My daughters all felt sick hearing this because we understood he felt nothing. I don’t feel he feels anything to this day. I don’t.”           

Harvey Weinstein came under fire after The New York Times released an expose on Oct. 5 that detailed decades of sexual harassment allegations made against the Hollywood producer by actresses and employees. On Tuesday, the New Yorker reported the movie mogul had sexually assaulted three women.

This combination photo shows Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2016, left, and his brother Bob Weinstein at the premiere of "Sin City," in Los Angeles on March 28, 2005. Harvey Weinstein was fired Sunday by the Weinstein Co., the studio he co-founded with his brother Bob, after a bombshell New York Times expose alleged decades of crude sexual behavior on his part toward female employees and actresses. (AP Photo/File)

Bob Weinstein (left) said he and his brother Harvey have not had a relationship for years.

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Following the bombshell allegations, a number of A-list stars came out to condemn the producer and some, such as Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, told their own uncomfortable experiences with Weinstein.

When The Hollywood Reporter asked Bob how he did not know of his brother’s misconduct, Weinstein said he had spoken to Harvey only a few times “on any personal level” in the last five years. However, Bob said he was aware of Harvey “philandering with every woman he could meet.”

“I was sick and disgusted by his actions. But that’s the extent of what [I knew]. I said, “Harvey, you’re just cheating. Why do you constantly cheat?” I could see it. But I wasn’t in the room with him,” Bob Weinstein said.

“For me, I thought he was literally just going out there cheating in a pervasive way,” Bob said. “It wasn’t like he even had a mistress. It was one after another and that I was aware of. But as far as being in a room and hearing the description in “The New York Times?” No way. No f—–g way was I aware that that was the type of predator that he was. And the way he convinced people to do things? I thought they were all consensual situations.”

“I have a brother that’s indefensible and crazy,” Bob said. “I want him to get the justice that he deserves.”

Bob went on to say his brother was a “bully,” “arrogant” and “treated people like s—t all the time.”

Bob said employees would come into his office in tears due to something Harvey said to them.

On Sunday, Harvey was fired from the Weinstein Company. Bob confirmed he was on the board that fired his brother. Harvey planned to fight the firing.

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“Anybody can do what they want to do. I cannot control other people’s actions. But he was fired by the board, okay? I was on that board. I fired him. He can fight. It will be a losing fight,” Weinstein said.

Weinstein said he was going to change the company’s name and he was still planning on the future of the studio’s shares.

Bob Weinstein told the media outlet he was personally going to write a letter to the Academy to get Harvey booted and would be cooperating with police in their investigation.

Weinstein concluded that he felt “mortified” and “disgusted” by Harvey’s actions and he was “sick” for the victims.

“I’m mortified and disgusted by my brother’s actions. And I am sick for the victims. And I feel for them. I feel for them.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Minka Kelly Slams Allegations She Ended Jesse Williams’ Marriage: ”F–k Off”

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If you ask Minka Kelly, she had nothing to do with Jesse Williams‘ divorce. 

The actress quietly began dating the Grey’s Anatomy star over the summer, months after it was revealed that his 5-year marriage to Aryn Drake-Lee had dissolved. Rumors quickly began circulating that Jesse cheated on the mother of his two children with Minka, until today when she shut them down once and for all. 

An Instagram follower wrote on the Friday Night Light alum’s social media, “I hope the cheating rumors aren’t true. It would be disappointing.”

Kelly fired back, “They’re not. Hate for you to be disappointed. Glad I could clear that up for you. Now f–k off.”

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A source described Minka and Jesse as “dating exclusively” in July, noting, “Jesse is really private with everything, especially his relationships, but feels open with Minka and she has been supportive and that’s what he needs now.”

Our insider continued, “They were extra careful after all the media attention they got to be out together but now feel more comfortable to go out in public.”

Just weeks ago, Williams and his estranged wife reached a temporary settlement agreement over their custody case. The actor was ordered to pay Drake-Lee an advance of $160,000, a majority of which will serve as spousal and child support. The remaining $60,000 will finance her attorney fees. 

Jesse has never publicly discussed his budding romance with Minka, but did touch on his marital struggles and cheating rumors in a cameo for Jay-Z‘s Footnotes for 4:44

“I was in a relationship 13 years,” he shared, “13 real years, not 5 years, not 7 years, 13 years and all of a sudden mother f–kers are writing think-pieces that I somehow threw a 13-year relationship—like the most painful experience I’ve had in my life like with a person I’ve loved with all of my heart—that I threw a person and my family in the trash because a girl I work with is cute.”

Williams has not commented on Kelly’s response to her fan.

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George Clooney slams Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign: ‘I never saw her elevate her game’

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Hollywood superstar George Clooney, who was an avid supporter and major campaign donor for Hillary Clinton, had some stinging words for the former presidential candidate.

Clooney said while he thought Clinton was qualified for the job, the way she ran her campaign infuriated him.

In this June 5, 2017 photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a fundraiser for the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel in Baltimore. The FBI’s Hillary Clinton email investigation that ended without charges remains a lingering grievance for President Donald Trump, who holds it up as an example of a “rigged” system. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

George Clooney was an avid supporter and major campaign donor for Hillary Clinton. But he had some stinging words for the former presidential candidate.

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“It was frustrating because I never saw her elevate her game,” Clooney told the Daily Beast. “I never saw it.”

Even his liberal friends, he said, weren’t impressed.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center in New York, Thursday, April 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The Hollywood actor and director said he understood his friends who said Hillary Clinton was “not good at this.”

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“I had a lot of liberal friends who were like: ‘She not good at this,’” the Oscar-winning actor and director told the Beast. “And I see that, and I understand it.”

He said her speeches “didn’t soar.” But Clooney also suggested that her gender was the reason her presidential aspirations sputtered.

“I think the fact that she’s a woman made it a much harder uphill battle,” he said.

Clooney and his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, hosted a fundraiser for Clinton during her presidential campaign where tickets fetched from $33,400 to $353,400. Supporters of her primary challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders, showed up to protest the event.

He later acknowledged on NBC’s Meet the Press that the ticket prices were “obscene.”

“I think, you know, that we had some protesters last night when we pulled up in San Francisco and they’re right to protest,” he said during the interview. “They’re absolutely right. It is an obscene amount of money.”

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Trump slams Obama and Clinton for their clemency decisions, stands by Arpaio pardon

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President Trump fired back Monday at critics of his decision to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, claiming the clemency decisions made by his two most recent Democratic predecessors were far more problematic.

“I stand by my pardon of Sheriff Joe,” Trump said at a White House press conference.

Clearly anticipating a question about the pardon, Trump read from prepared notes as he countered the bipartisan criticism by rattling off the controversial commutations and pardons issued by former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

“President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who leaked countless sensitive and classified documents,” Trump said, calling Manning a “criminal leaker.”

He also criticized Obama for commuting the sentence of Oscar Lopez Rivera, who had been serving a 55-year federal prison sentence for being a leader of the Puerto Rican terrorist group FALN. 

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Trump also reached back to the Clinton administration, invoking the infamous pardon of the late financier Marc Rich, “who was charged with crimes going back decades,” and Clinton’s clemency for Susan Rosenberg, a far-left radical and member of the Weather Underground.

He sought to draw a distinction between their histories and Arpaio’s.

“Sheriff Joe is a patriot. Sheriff Joe loves our country. Sheriff Joe protected our borders,” Trump said, alleging the Obama administration treated him “unbelievably unfairly” and the case cost him an election in Maricopa County, Ariz.

Arpaio had been found guilty of criminal contempt for defying a judge’s order to stop his controversial immigration patrols. Arpaio has long been accused of profiling and using inhumane tactics, and the decision to pardon him drew bipartisan criticism, including from Arizona’s two Republican senators.

“Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge’s orders,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said in a statement. “The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.”

Trump addressed the pardon controversy during a joint press conference with the visiting president of Finland. Asked about the backlash by Fox News’ John Roberts, Trump also seemed to defend the timing of the announcement – and push back on claims that he was trying to bury the news late Friday during coverage of Hurricane Harvey.

To the contrary, Trump said, “in the middle of a hurricane, even though it was a Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally.”

 

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Paris Jackson Slams ‘White Supremacist Jerks’ In VMA Rallying Cry

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When Paris Jackson took the stage Sunday (August 27) as the first presenter at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, she had something important to say before getting to the Best Pop nominees.

“I’m seeing a lot of love and light here tonight already,” she announced. “A lot of diversity, and a lot of potential power. You know, if we were to all put our voices together, do you realize the difference we would make, if we were all stand up united as one? Our impact, it would be ‘uge.”

Hmm, where have we heard that word before?

Jackson’s rousing speech was one of several strong political statements at this year’s VMAs, including Kendrick Lamar‘s powerful performance, host Katy Perry‘s opening sequence, and P!nk‘s Video Vanguard acceptance speech, among many more.

“Let’s leave here tonight,” Jackson continued, “remembering that we must show these Nazi, white supremacist jerks in Charlottesville and all over the country that as a nation with liberty as our slogan, we have zero tolerance for their violence, their hatred, and their discrimination! We must resist!”

The 2017 VMAs have touched down at the Forum in Inglewood, California, airing live on MTV. See the full list of winners and keep up with all of the night’s biggest VMA moments!

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Jennifer Aniston slams body shamers over pregnancy rumors: ‘It’s just my body’

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Jennifer Aniston has had enough with people assuming she’s pregnant, and now she’s letting people know about it.

Speaking to Glamour, the former “Friends” star was asked what phrase she would ban from the tabloids about herself if she could. In her answer, she had a sharp response for those who have posted false rumors about her having her first child.

“I would say, I think the best one would be a picture of me with a hand over my stomach, saying ‘Finally Pregnant!’” she explained. “I mean, it’s like they take a picture of you and create this story. If your body is in a normal moment of having had a bite or two, or you’re having a moment of bloat, then there’s arrows circled around your stomach, telling you that you’re pregnant. And it’s like, actually no, it’s just my body. Not that it’s any of your business to begin with. Having a child, as we know, is no one’s business except the couple or individual that’s going through it.”

Aniston, who is married to fellow celebrity Justin Theroux, has had to walk back rumors found in tabloids and gossip columns about her body a lot lately. Earlier this month, she was asked to comment on her nipples frequently showing during her time on “Friends.”

“Yeah, I don’t know what to say about that,” she told Vogue. “It’s just one of those things, I guess. I wear a bra, I don’t know what to tell ya! And I don’t know why we’re supposed to be ashamed of them – it’s just the way my breasts are!”

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German challenger Schulz slams Merkel as aloof as campaign heats up

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s centre-left chancellor candidate Martin Schulz sharpened his attack on Angela Merkel on Sunday, calling the incumbent aloof and out of touch with voters.

With exactly four weeks remaining until the Sept. 24 election and a week before their only TV debate, Schulz and Merkel, who is seeking a fourth term, engaged in an indirect TV interview battle on separate networks on Sunday.

Schulz, whose Social Democrats (SPD) trail Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats by 15 percentage points, first told ARD TV that Merkel’s behaviour at the end of her third term reminded him of the way former Chancellor Helmut Kohl had lost touch with voters during his fourth term in the late 1990s.

“There are many areas where people have the feeling that Merkel is lost in reverie,” Schulz said, in particular accusing her of using military aircraft at “dirt cheap” prices to fly around the country for her 50 campaign stops in the final six weeks of the election.

“More and more people are noticing how aloof she is,” said Schulz. “That’s the kind of aloofness that will mobilize my voters.”

A man takes a selfie with Germany’s Social Democratic Party SPD candidate for chancellor Martin Schulz after a TV interview by ARD public broadcaster in Berlin, Germany, August 27, 2017.Hannibal Hanschke

He said the conservatives’ campaign was simple: “We have Angela Merkel and that’s enough for our future.”

“The last four years of the Kohl era was a period of stagnation and political agony,” he added. “I want to spare Germany that again.”

He added that she seemed to “have no plan at all” to deal with the issue of pollution from diesel emissions that exceeds the limits of several cities.

Merkel avoided any kind of jousting match with Schulz in her interview an hour later on Sunday and less than a mile away with ZDF television, saying only that she had sworn an oath of office to serve everyone in Germany.

“I’m really doing everything I can to fulfil that oath,” she said when asked about Schulz’s criticism. “And I am looking forward to the TV debate with Martin Schulz.”

Both Schulz and Merkel announced plans to improve federal investment in infrastructure for schools, which is ordinarily a state issue but has become a hot campaign topic.

Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; editing by Susan Thomas

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Prince Harry slams paparazzi for photos of dying Princess Diana

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Prince Harry slammed the paparazzi in a new documentary for causing his mother Princess Diana’s deadly crash in Paris 20 years ago, then photographing his dying mother instead of helping her. 

Harry spoke openly about her mother’s death in the new BBC documentary, “Diana, 7 Days,” saying the “hardest things to come to terms with” was the photographers’ lack of remorse and help for Diana on the night of the deadly car crash. 

“I think one of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people that chased her through into the tunnel were the same people that were taking photographs of her, while she was still dying on the back seat of the car,” Harry said. 

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“William and I know that. We’ve been told that numerous times by people that know that was the case,” the prince added. 

Harry blamed the paparazzi for the crash and said though his mother had suffered severe head injury after the crash, she was “very much still alive” in the backseat.

“Instead of helping, [they] were taking photographs of her dying on the back seat. And then those photographs …made their way back to news desks in this country,” Harry recalled. 

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The documentary is scheduled to air on BBC1 Sunday night and features both Harry and Prince William opening up about the days following Diana’s death. Harry praised his father, Prince Charles, for his support and said Queen Elizabeth II removed all newspapers to allow them to privately grieve. 

“Our grandmother deliberately removed the newspapers and things like that, so there was nothing in the house at all, so we didn’t know what was going on,” Harry said. 

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