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Aziz Ansari Reflects On Misconduct Allegation: ‘I Hope I’ve Become A Better Person’

Aziz Ansari performed Monday at a pop-up comedy show in New York City where he spoke about the highly publicized sexual misconduct allegation made against him last year. Vulture reports that the comedian and actor was trying out new material at the Village Underground as preparation for his upcoming international comedy tour. During the set, Ansari reportedly turned serious and addressed the accusation that he pressured a woman into a sexual situation and blurred the lines of consent during a night out in 2017. “There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible this person felt this way,” Ansari said, according to Vulture, adding that the incident was a “terrifying thing to talk about.” “But you know, after a year, how I feel about it ...

Aziz Ansari Reflects On Misconduct Allegation: ‘I Hope I’ve Become A Better Person’

Aziz Ansari performed Monday at a pop-up comedy show in New York City where he spoke about the highly publicized sexual misconduct allegation made against him last year. Vulture reports that the comedian and actor was trying out new material at the Village Underground as preparation for his upcoming international comedy tour. During the set, Ansari reportedly turned serious and addressed the accusation that he pressured a woman into a sexual situation and blurred the lines of consent during a night out in 2017. “There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible this person felt this way,” Ansari said, according to Vulture, adding that the incident was a “terrifying thing to talk about.” “But you know, after a year, how I feel about it ...

‘Extra’ Host A.J. Calloway Suspended Amid New Sexual Misconduct Allegations

“Extra” host A.J. Calloway has been suspended following multiple claims of sexual misconduct.  Warner Bros. Television, which produces the show, said in a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter that the decision was made amid fresh allegations against the 44-year-old.  “Upon becoming aware of allegations of sexual misconduct against A.J. Calloway, we began an internal review to determine whether there had been any misconduct by Mr. Calloway on ’Extra‘ and whether any employee of the show had been the victim of any such misconduct,” the statement read. “To date, we have found nothing to suggest that Mr. Calloway has ever engaged in workplace misconduct.” Diego Corredor/MediaPunch/IPx Last year, author and activist Sil Lai Abrams accused Calloway of sexual assault. Though Abrams ...

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Director Bryan Singer Faces New Sexual Abuse Allegations

Four more accusers have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against movie director Bryan Singer in an investigation published in The Atlantic on Wednesday.  Singer, who directed the “X-Men” franchise, “The Usual Suspects” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” has in the past been accused of abusing or raping teenage boys, and creating toxic work environments on his movie sets. Victor Valdovinos told The Atlantic that Singer molested him while he was an extra on Singer’s movie “Apt Pupil” in 1997. Valdovinos, who was 13 years old at the time, said Singer “grabbed my genitals and started masturbating it” and “rubbed his front part on me,” while telling him: “You’re so good-looking … I really want to work with you … I have a nice Ferrari … I’m going to take care of you.” Three other men who use...

Erykah Badu Clarifies Call For R. Kelly ‘Prayer’ After Backlash

Erykah Badu is doing damage control after making a series of controversial remarks about R. Kelly during a Chicago concert over the weekend.  The Grammy-winning R&B singer reportedly told fans at her Saturday performance at the Aragon Ballroom that she was “putting up a prayer” for Kelly.  “I hope he sees the light of day if he’s done all those things that we’ve seen on TV and heard those ladies talk about,” she said on videos of the concert that quickly made the rounds on social media. “What if one of the people that was assaulted by R. Kelly grows up to be an offender? Are we gonna crucify them? I mean, how do we do this? It’s just something to think about.” Many fans interpreted the remarks as a defense of Kelly, who faces allegations of sexual abuse by multiple women.  On Sunday ni...

R. Kelly Accuser Faith Rodgers Says He Tried To Silence Her With Threats

R&B singer R. Kelly, accused of serial sexual predation and abuse, tried to silence one of his accusers, Faith Rodgers, by making threats against her reputation and character, she said. “It just validates the monster that he is,” Rodgers said in an interview on “CBS This Morning” that aired Tuesday. “I realize that’s his defense. But his defense is only revealing his true colors.” One of R. Kelly’s accusers said she has proof the Grammy-winning singer tried to intimidate her into staying silent about his alleged abuse. 21-year-old Faith Rodgers unveiled a threatening letter allegedly written by Kelly last October: https://t.co/R2Um9khFOP pic.twitter.com/TKM8cLi9W9 — CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) January 15, 2019 Rodgers said Kelly sent her a letter in October that threatened...

Illinois Officials Deny Permit For R. Kelly-Hosted Concert, Citing Security Concerns

In the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations against R. Kelly and ensuing protests that have erupted in Chicago and elsewhere, Illinois officials said they’ve denied a permit for a planned springtime concert that was supposed to be hosted by the embattled R&B singer. A spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Agriculture told the Chicago Tribune on Friday that the organizers of the Spring Break Jam concert, which had been scheduled to take place on April 6, had applied to the department to lease space for the event at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.  The spokeswoman, Denise Albert, said officials had denied the permit application because of security concerns following recent protests outside Kelly’s Chicago studio, Kelly, a Chicago native, has come under renewed sc...

Janeane Garofalo Feels Bad For Louis C.K.: ‘He Has Suffered’

Though Louis C.K. has fallen under scrutiny for sexual misconduct and more recently, his mockery of survivors of the Parkland High School massacre, fellow comedian Janeane Garofalo is telling the public to back off. In an interview released Friday on “Poptarts,” BUST Magazine’s bi-weekly podcast, Garofalo called for sympathy for the disgraced comic. “Leave Louis C.K. alone,” she said. “Enough with that. And again, there are so many issues we gotta be motivated on. He’s been my friend ― and I stand by that ― he’s been my friend since 1985, and I think he has suffered.” Continuing her defense of C.K., Garofalo asked that critics consider his family. “And when he performs at the Comedy Cellar and people get all irate, if nothing else, care about his daughters. If nothing else ― if you can fin...

‘The Daily Show’ Roasts TV Stations Over R. Kelly Coverage With Bill Cosby Clip

On Monday’s broadcast of “The Daily Show,” correspondent Roy Wood Jr. suggested it may be because TV news stations keeping playing Kelly’s hit song “Ignition” immediately after reporting on the misconduct claims, all of which Kelly denies. “That song is irresistible,” said Wood, who joked people were sitting “watching the news all angry” but then forgot about the serious nature of the allegations as soon as the tune came on. “Stop playing his music and just tell us what he did,” Wood urged, before using footage of disgraced comedian Bill Cosby ― who is now serving prison time for a 2004 sexual assault ― to prove his point.

Jada Pinkett Smith Asks What She’s Missing After R. Kelly’s Music Sales Surge

Jada Pinkett Smith has a lot of questions about R. Kelly, especially why sales of his music have surged since a docuseries detailed allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Smith says in a video she tweeted on Sunday that she’s having a “really difficult time understanding why” Kelly’s music sales and streaming have reportedly increased since the docuseries premiered. How is it that R Kelly’s music sales have spiked (substantially) since the release of the docuseries Surviving R Kelly? I need some help in understanding. What am I missing??? pic.twitter.com/pysqVxLzyi — Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) January 6, 2019 She was likely referring to The Blast’s report quoting a Spotify representative who said Kelly’s streams “increased 16% since Lifetime aired part 1 of ‘Surviving R....

Drake Kisses, Caresses 17-Year-Old Fan Onstage In Newly Surfaced Video

A disturbing video of Drake kissing and fondling a 17-year-old female fan at a concert has surfaced on Twitter, sparking criticism and comparisons with R. Kelly.  A video posted last week by Twitter user The Spook God shows Drake inviting a fan from the audience onstage. The clip shows Drake dancing with the woman, then turning her to face away from him. As he stands behind her, he says into the mic: “I told you I like your hair, right? What is it, is it like Herbal Essences? It smells fresh.” Drake adjusts the woman’s T-shirt and kisses her on the back of her neck and ear. He then embraces her from behind, brushing his arms and hands against her breasts. Finally, he asks: “How old are you?” When the fan tells Drake she’s 17, people in the crowd start laughing and yelling. Drake, now 32, j...

Ryan Seacrest Dons Time’s Up Bracelet At Golden Globes 1 Year After Misconduct Allegation

Nearly a year after being accused of sexual misconduct, Ryan Seacrest sported a Time’s Up bracelet on the red carpet of the Golden Globes. While hosting E!’s coverage of the event on Sunday, the TV star was spotted wearing one of the newly designed bands around his left wrist. In February 2018, Variety revealed that his former stylist Suzie Hardy claimed Seacrest touched her inappropriately for years. The abuse reportedly included “grinding his erect penis against her while clad only in his underwear, groping her vagina and at one point slapping her buttock so hard that it left a large welt still visible hours later.” E! performed an internal investigation and said it was unable to turn up sufficient evidence to corroborate Hardy’s story. While Seacrest contended that the investigation’s r...

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