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Ben Affleck Only Held Me Because I Wanted Him to Do It, Says Canadian TV Host

Ben Affleck did NOTHING wrong by holding and caressing a TV host in 2004, 'cause it was nothing but a gag for cameras ... according to the woman herself. We spoke to Anne-Marie Losique -- who was aggressively snuggled by Ben in the interview that….....»»

Category: topSource: tmzOct 12th, 2017

Jennifer Garner & Casey Affleck Helped Ben Affleck Check Into Rehab During His Struggle With Alcohol Addiction

Ben Affleck's loved ones helped him get a handle on his addiction to alcohol. According to Us Weekly, the actor turned to his ex Jennifer Garner and brother Casey Affleck after realizing he was "spiraling" and "unhappy" before entering rehab months ago. The insider told the mag: "Ben reached a breaking point. He knew he was spiraling and [...] Ben Affleck's loved ones helped him get a handle on his addiction to alcohol. According to Us Weekly, the actor turned to his ex Jennifer Garner and brother Casey Affleck after realizing he was "spiraling" and "unhappy" before entering rehab months ago. The insider told the mag: "Ben reached a breaking point. He knew he was spiraling and was unhappy." Related: Ben Is Donating Residuals From His Harvey Weinstein Films Before things got worse, the 44-year-old confided in the mother of his three children: "Ben told her everything that was going on with his life. He was devastated but knew he had to change." Along with Casey (who is sober), Garner found a rehab facility in northern Los Angeles: "After everything they've been through, she is going to continue to be there for him when he needs her, no matter what the circumstances." Another source added of Jen's loyalty: "From the smoking to drinking and gambling, Jen has always been the person who can get through to him. She keeps Ben in line as much as she can ... No one ever told her she needs to stick around to help Ben, but she always will. They are both good parents and good people." The big step to get help came after a specific incident where Ben could feel himself slipping back into his old habits: "There wasn't a specific instance that made him check into a facility. It was more of a prevention. People in his life knew he needed a treatment that was more serious than what he was currently getting." Now, he's in "a great headspace": "He has learned that dealing with his addiction is an ongoing battle. He understands he cannot just wake up one morning and say, ‘OK, we're all done.' Treatment is like a job." The Justice League star is now participating in an outpatient program to help keep him on the straight and narrow: "He knows he can't get through this all alone. His slip-ups have affected his loved ones, but the good thing is that he's making strides toward recovery. Friends and family have never seen Ben so proactive and serious about wanting to get better. Ben will do whatever it takes to be a great ­parent." We're hoping he sticks with it! [Image via Ivan Nikolov/Guillermo Proano/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonNov 8th, 2017

Ben Affleck & Girlfriend Lindsay Shookus Spend the Day Together in NYC

Ben Affleck makes his way back into his hotel on Sunday afternoon (August 20) in New York City. The 45-year-old actor was joined by girlfriend SNL producer Lindsay Shookus, who showed off her killer legs in a pair of super-short denim shorts. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck Ben and Lindsay were [...] Ben Affleck makes his way back into his hotel on Sunday afternoon (August 20) in New York City. The 45-year-old actor was joined by girlfriend SNL producer Lindsay Shookus, who showed off her killer legs in a pair of super-short denim shorts. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck Ben and Lindsay were spotted earlier in the day doing some shopping together at the Barneys New York store after Ben signed autographs and snapped selfies with fans. In case you missed it, Ben‘s younger brother Casey Affleck recently revealed if he thinks Ben will star in an upcoming Batman movie......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredAug 20th, 2017

Ben Affleck And Casey Affleck Reps Address Batman Comments - Comicbook.com

Zee NewsBen Affleck And Casey Affleck Reps Address Batman CommentsComicbook.comRumors of Ben Affleck leaving the DCEU have been rampant lately, and the actor's reps decided to clear those up. For context, rumors flared up again after Ben Affleck's brother Casey Affleck spoke with the Dale & Holley with Keefe radio show. He said ...Ben Affleck Might Not Be Returning as Batman After All, According to Brother CaseyEntertainment TonightBen Affleck Will Continue To Play Batman, Says Casey Affleck Was “Having Fun”Bleeding Cool NewsStep Up, DC Fans! Here's Everything You Need To Know About 'Justice League' Villain Steppenwolfmoviepilot.comScreen Rant -ComingSoon.net -UPI.com -MovieWeball 116 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsAug 17th, 2017

Casey Affleck Joined Ben & Lindsay Shookus For Their Night Out

Casey Affleck joined older brother Ben Affleck on his night out with girlfriend Lindsay Shookus at the comedy showcase at iO West comedy club earlier this week! The 37-year-old SNL producer was there to scout talent, so Ben brought along his younger brother to also come watch. “She was more in a work role, being [...] Casey Affleck joined older brother Ben Affleck on his night out with girlfriend Lindsay Shookus at the comedy showcase at iO West comedy club earlier this week! The 37-year-old SNL producer was there to scout talent, so Ben brought along his younger brother to also come watch. “She was more in a work role, being a talent scout for SNL, rather than having a romantic date night,” a witness told Us Weekly. “Casey and Lindsay said hello to each other and then Casey and Ben chatted for a while.” “Ben and Lindsay were very kind to all the staff there, talking with the host, manager and those sitting around them,” the witness continued. “The comedians were definitely excited when they heard Ben was there, but Lindsay was the one they were trying to impress. Ben, Lindsay and Casey were laughing throughout a lot of the performances.” See photos of Ben and Lindsay after the comedy showcase….....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredAug 3rd, 2017

Ben Affleck Responds to Colbert"s Questions About Accusations Against Him, Talks Male Privilege

Ben Affleck is speaking out about sexual harassment in Hollywood and what men like himself can do to help make the situation better. The 45-year-old actor responded to Stephen Colbert‘s questions on The Late Show on Thursday night (November 16) in New York City. Ben was asked about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which he called [...] Ben Affleck is speaking out about sexual harassment in Hollywood and what men like himself can do to help make the situation better. The 45-year-old actor responded to Stephen Colbert‘s questions on The Late Show on Thursday night (November 16) in New York City. Ben was asked about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which he called “hideous,” and then he was asked about the allegations made about him. “What I was accused of by a woman [Hilarie Burton] was of touching her breast while giving her a hug. I don’t remember it, but I absolutely apologized for it. I certainly don’t think she’s lying or making it up,” Ben said. “It’s just the kind of thing we have to as men, as we become more aware of this, be more mindful of our behavior and hold ourselves accountable and say, ‘If I was ever part of the problem, I want to change. I want to be part of the solution.’ And to not shy away from these awkward or strange encounters we might have have had.” Ben then brought up an interview he just did in which he felt uncomfortable and laughed awkwardly. “I think the most important thing to do is to support the voices coming forward, believe them, and create a business where more women are empowered and in place so less of this happens. And so that there is a way of reporting this stuff so that people can feel safe doing it,” Ben added. Ben also addressed the issue of male privilege. Click inside for the rest of what Ben Affleck had to say… “I thought I had a sense of the scope of the problem and I thought I understood it and the truth is I really didn’t,” Ben said. “I didn’t understand what it’s like to be groped, to be harassed, to be interrupted, talked over, paid less, you know, pushed around, belittled: all the things that women deal with, for me as a man, I have the privilege of not having to deal with. Part of this for me has been listening to people I really care about and love as they tell me stories of stuff that has happened to them, this is men and women, and recognizing it’s a real thing. I’m not spokesman, I’m not a superhero, I can’t change it by myself. I can just be accountable for myself and my actions.”.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredNov 17th, 2017

Ben Affleck Gives Lindsay Shookus an After-Work Smooch

Ben Affleck gave his girlfriend Lindsay Shookus a sweet kiss while out and about in the Big Apple! The 45-year-old Live by Night actor and the 37-year-old Saturday Night Live producer met up after she finished work on Monday (September 11) in New York City. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck Ben [...] Ben Affleck gave his girlfriend Lindsay Shookus a sweet kiss while out and about in the Big Apple! The 45-year-old Live by Night actor and the 37-year-old Saturday Night Live producer met up after she finished work on Monday (September 11) in New York City. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck Ben planted a kiss on her cheek in a rare PDA moment before they headed home. He was also seen munching on an apple as he walked around and signed an autograph for a fan. The night before, the couple stepped out for a dinner date. They have been spotted on dates in both LA and NYC over the past few weeks. Late last month, Ben took his kids to a Sunday church service with his ex Jennifer Garner. 10+ pictures inside of Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus showing some PDA….....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredSep 12th, 2017

Ben Affleck Steps Out Solo in LA After Spending Time with Girlfriend Lindsay Shookus in NYC

Ben Affleck grabs an iced coffee to go from Starbucks on Thursday afternoon (August 24) in Los Angeles. The 45-year-old actor and director put his buff biceps on display as he stepped out to run some errands around town. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck Earlier this week, Ben was seen spending [...] Ben Affleck grabs an iced coffee to go from Starbucks on Thursday afternoon (August 24) in Los Angeles. The 45-year-old actor and director put his buff biceps on display as he stepped out to run some errands around town. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck Earlier this week, Ben was seen spending time with girlfriend Lindsay Shookus in New York City. While he was on the east coast, Ben and Lindsay were spotted on a couple lowkey dinner dates around NYC. 10+ pictures inside of Ben Affleck out in LA….....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredAug 25th, 2017

Ben Affleck & Brother Casey Take Their Mom Out for Dinner

Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck leave a restaurant after having dinner with family members, including their mom Christine, on Friday night (December 1) in Los Angeles. The brothers, who are both Oscar winners, dressed casual in sweaters and khaki pants for the family outing. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck Ben‘s new [...] Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck leave a restaurant after having dinner with family members, including their mom Christine, on Friday night (December 1) in Los Angeles. The brothers, who are both Oscar winners, dressed casual in sweaters and khaki pants for the family outing. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck Ben‘s new movie Justice League is beginning its third weekend in theaters and it has grossed over $180 million so far domestically. It is expected to battle for the number two spot this weekend with surprise hit Wonder......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredDec 2nd, 2017

Ben Affleck Will Spend Thanksgiving with Jennifer Garner & Family

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner will be spending Thanksgiving together. The 45-year-old Justice League star revealed his holiday plans while on the red carpet at the movie’s premiere. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck Ben told E! News that brother Casey Affleck, his best friend Matt Damon, his mom, and his ex-wife [...] Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner will be spending Thanksgiving together. The 45-year-old Justice League star revealed his holiday plans while on the red carpet at the movie’s premiere. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck Ben told E! News that brother Casey Affleck, his best friend Matt Damon, his mom, and his ex-wife Jennifer Garner and their kids will all be around for the holiday. “My mom’s coming out, and I think my brother will come over. We’ll go down the street and see Matt’s family. Thanksgiving’s a nice holiday,” he said......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredNov 14th, 2017

Ben Affleck Is All Smiles After Adopting a New Puppy!

Ben Affleck has a reason to smile – he’s got an adorable new pup! The 45-year-old actor and director was spotted heading out of a meeting on Friday morning (October 20) in Los Angeles. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Ben recently adopted a [...] Ben Affleck has a reason to smile – he’s got an adorable new pup! The 45-year-old actor and director was spotted heading out of a meeting on Friday morning (October 20) in Los Angeles. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Ben recently adopted a super cute husky. Ben reportedly found the stray pup earlier this month and now it’s an official member of his family. “He fell in love with a stray dog a month ago and he’s now a member of the Affleck clan. Ben’s an animal fan,” a source told ET......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredOct 20th, 2017

ANOTHER Woman Is Accusing Ben Affleck Of Sexual Misconduct!

An alleged victim is coming forward! As we reported, on Tuesday, Ben Affleck publicly apologized to One Tree Hill alum Hilarie Burton after he "inappropriately" groped her while she was an MTV VJ. Related: Rose McGowan Is Calling Ben Affleck The Fuck Out! That same day, makeup artist Annamarie Tendler Mulaney — who is married to comedian John [...] An alleged victim is coming forward! As we reported, on Tuesday, Ben Affleck publicly apologized to One Tree Hill alum Hilarie Burton after he "inappropriately" groped her while she was an MTV VJ. Related: Rose McGowan Is Calling Ben Affleck The Fuck Out! That same day, makeup artist Annamarie Tendler Mulaney -- who is married to comedian John Mulaney -- went on Twitter and said the Argo star "grabbed" her ass at a Golden Globes party in 2014. She wrote: I would also love to get an apology from Ben Affleck who grabbed my ass at a Golden Globes party in 2014. — Annamarie Tendler (@amtendler) October 11, 2017 He walked by me, cupped my butt and pressed his finger into my crack. — Annamarie Tendler (@amtendler) October 11, 2017 I guess he tried to play it like he was politely moving me out of the way and oops touched my butt instead of my lower back? — Annamarie Tendler (@amtendler) October 11, 2017 Like most women in these situations I didn't say anything but I have thought a lot about what I'd say if I ever saw him again. — Annamarie Tendler (@amtendler) October 11, 2017 YIKES! Things aren't looking good for Affleck... [Image via Annamarie Tendler Mulaney/Instagram/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonOct 12th, 2017

Ben Affleck Steps Out After Jennifer Garner Church Reunion

Ben Affleck kept it casual for an afternoon outing. The 45-year-old actor was spotted out and about with a female friend on Monday afternoon (October 16) in Los Angeles. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck Over the weekend, Ben reunited with his ex Jennifer Garner to attend a church service with their [...] Ben Affleck kept it casual for an afternoon outing. The 45-year-old actor was spotted out and about with a female friend on Monday afternoon (October 16) in Los Angeles. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck Over the weekend, Ben reunited with his ex Jennifer Garner to attend a church service with their children. In the midst of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Ben has also faced some controversy this month after Hilarie Burton said he groped her back in 2003. After the story became widespread, Ben issued an apology to Hilarie......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredOct 16th, 2017

Ben Affleck Runs Errands with Girlfriend Lindsay Shookus in Santa Monica

Ben Affleck is all smiles as he steps out on Wednesday afternoon (August 2) in Santa Monica, Calif. The 44-year-old actor was spotted out with his 11-year-old daughter Violet (not pictured) as they spent the afternoon checking out a movie together. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck Earlier that morning, Ben and [...] Ben Affleck is all smiles as he steps out on Wednesday afternoon (August 2) in Santa Monica, Calif. The 44-year-old actor was spotted out with his 11-year-old daughter Violet (not pictured) as they spent the afternoon checking out a movie together. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck Earlier that morning, Ben and girlfriend Lindsay Shookus tried to keep a low profile as they arrived at Ben’s office for a quick meeting. Ben and Lindsay have been enjoying a lot of time together out in public. The night before, the cute couple was spotted grabbing dinner together......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredAug 3rd, 2017

Hilarie Burton Alleges Ben Affleck Groped Her While She Was a Host on 'TRL' - Entertainment Tonight

Entertainment TonightHilarie Burton Alleges Ben Affleck Groped Her While She Was a Host on 'TRL'Entertainment TonightJust moments after Ben Affleck tweeted out a statement condemning Harvey Weinstein for allegations of indecent behavior towards women, Hilarie Burton took to Twitter claiming she was sexually harassed by the actor. Burton responded to a fan who tweeted ...TV Host Says Her Wild Ben Affleck Interview Is Being Taken Out of ContextHollywood ReporterSEE IT: Ben Affleck seen groping TV anchor, asking for more cleavage in 2004 interviewNew York Daily NewsBen Affleck Condemns Harvey Weinstein, and His Own History of Alleged Sexual Harassment Comes Under FireSlate Magazine (blog)Los Angeles Times -Daily Beast -Washington Post -CBS Newsall 266 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsOct 11th, 2017

Jennifer Garner Is "Not Interested In Dating" — See What She Said About Her Love Life, Hollywood"s Misconduct Scandals, & More!

Time heals all wounds, but not enough time has passed for Jennifer Garner to start dating again. The actress revealed she has not been on a date since separating from Ben Affleck in June 2015, and has no interest in jumping back in the dating pool anytime soon! Related: Jennifer & Casey Affleck Helped Ben Check Into [...] Time heals all wounds, but not enough time has passed for Jennifer Garner to start dating again. The actress revealed she has not been on a date since separating from Ben Affleck in June 2015, and has no interest in jumping back in the dating pool anytime soon! Related: Jennifer & Casey Affleck Helped Ben Check Into Rehab In an interview with News.com.au, the Alias star spoke on co-parenting her three kids with her estranged husband. Although raising kids while being single isn't ideal, Garner isn't exactly jonesing for a new romance either. She explained: "I would not have chosen this life for myself or for my kids. I would not choose to be single or be in this position. It's something that we are working through. I haven't been on a date and I am not interested in dating. People want to set me up and I am just like, ‘No thank you!'" Yeah, we don't blame her. While her partner of over 10 years has been publicly chastised for his treatment of women, Garner explained how we must be careful not to assume every man is guilty of Afflecking. She continued: "We can't lump all men into [the same category]. We can't just assume that every man has done something awful or that every man is guilty; due process is important and has to take place." Just because she wants to exercise caution, however, doesn't mean Garner isn't loving the conversations being sparked by the recent wave of sexual abuse and harassment allegations in Hollywood. On whether or not we are at a tipping-point in society, she explained: "Things have to come out in the open in order to be dealt with, and this is definitely one of those times. It's messy, it's not pretty, but a wound when it's healing is a horrible thing to look at and to be around. That is where we are. There are a lot of really smart people asking tough questions, and I feel excited to see what the outcome will be." What most excites Garner about these Hollywood oustings is how conversations of abuse are trickling into other industries. She added: "Did you read about the agricultural women workers? They said, ‘We stand in solidarity with our sisters in Hollywood.' That really touched me because it felt, ‘Okay, it's not just a bunch of solipsistic navel-gazing actresses.' It's really important conversation to be had." Hear! Hear! Video: Ben Donating Residuals From His Harvey Weinstein Films To Charity! Film-wise, Garner's next conversation will hit very close to home. In her next role in The Tribes of Palos Verdes, the 45-year-old plays a woman whose husband is unfaithful, a character Garner says was easy to slip into given her own history. She explained: "Was it cathartic [to play this role]? Yes it was, actually. I didn't know that it would be, but it was. I know I need to work through some things. Of course, it was a really emotional performance and that made me nervous because I felt like people would say, ‘Oh, she's just playing out [her feelings]. But you can believe what you want to believe." Despite what happened with her marriage, Garner said her family comes first -- which means Benny Claus has an open invite for the holidays: "We will all be together for Thanksgiving. I love Ben, I wouldn't want him to… [she trails off] We will be together with our kids and give them a special Christmas. We get along really well and it's not an issue. We are friends; we can manage it." But can Jennifer manage if Ben brings new girlfriend Lindsay Shookus to Thanksgiving with him? We wouldn't bet on it. [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonNov 21st, 2017

Ben Affleck Apologizes To Hilarie Burton For Groping Incident — Read His Statement!

Unfortunately, this apology sucks. On Tuesday, One Tree Hill alum Hilarie Burton rehashed a terrible incident from her MTV days where Ben Affleck "tweaked" her left breast. Related: Rose McGowan Is Calling Ben Affleck The Fuck Out! This comes in the wake of the actor's scrambling statement about Harvey Weinstein after he was put on blast for staying [...] Unfortunately, this apology sucks. On Tuesday, One Tree Hill alum Hilarie Burton rehashed a terrible incident from her MTV days where Ben Affleck "tweaked" her left breast. Related: Rose McGowan Is Calling Ben Affleck The Fuck Out! This comes in the wake of the actor's scrambling statement about Harvey Weinstein after he was put on blast for staying silent on the movie mogul's sexual misconduct scandal. Now the star is cleaning up his latest mess with Burton by releasing a short statement via his Twitter. Ben shared: I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize — Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 11, 2017 These words seem terse and emotionless. What are your thoughts?? SOUND OFF in the comments (below)! [Image via MTV.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonOct 11th, 2017

Ben Affleck Enjoys a Solo Outing in Brentwood

Ben Affleck makes his way out of a medical building after an appointment on Tuesday afternoon (August 8) in Brentwood, Calif. The 44-year-old Justice League star kept things cool in sunglasses and a bomber jacket as he continued his day running errands town. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck For the past [...] Ben Affleck makes his way out of a medical building after an appointment on Tuesday afternoon (August 8) in Brentwood, Calif. The 44-year-old Justice League star kept things cool in sunglasses and a bomber jacket as he continued his day running errands town. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck For the past few weeks, Ben has been spotted spending lots of time with new girlfriend Lindsay Shookus. Late last week, Ben and Lindsay were joined by his younger brother Casey Affleck for dinner after it was announced that Casey‘s estranged wife officially filed for divorce......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredAug 9th, 2017

Lupita Nyong"o Reveals Her Own Harvey Weinstein Massage Incident — That Happened With His Kids Nearby!

We knew the Harvey Weinstein stories weren't over. Sadly, now we're hearing one from Lupita Nyong'o. Related: All 45+ Women Who Have Accused Harvey Weinstein So Far The Black Panther actress opened up in a lengthy New York Times op-ed on Thursday, in which she says she felt "a flare of rage" in learning how many women had [...] We knew the Harvey Weinstein stories weren't over. Sadly, now we're hearing one from Lupita Nyong'o. Related: All 45+ Women Who Have Accused Harvey Weinstein So Far The Black Panther actress opened up in a lengthy New York Times op-ed on Thursday, in which she says she felt "a flare of rage" in learning how many women had been through what she had: "I had shelved my experience with Harvey far in the recesses of my mind, joining in the conspiracy of silence that has allowed this predator to prowl for so many years. I had felt very much alone when these things happened, and I had blamed myself for a lot of it, quite like many of the other women who have shared their stories. But now that this is being discussed openly, I have not been able to avoid the memories resurfacing. I have felt sick in the pit of my stomach." Here is her story: "I met Harvey Weinstein in 2011 at an awards ceremony in Berlin, while I was still a student at the Yale School of Drama. An intermediary introduced him to me as "the most powerful producer in Hollywood." As an aspiring actress, I was of course eager to meet people in the industry but cautious about strangers, and the intentions of men in general." She asked her dinner companions about Harvey and was given the typical response that he could be "a bully" -- which meant it was better to have him in her corner than against her. Ultimately she says he was somewhat "charming" despite his directness, and that "he didn't alarm" her at first. So when he invited her to watch a screening of a film with his family at his home in Connecticut -- near where she was living in New Haven -- she accepted. Related: Channing Tatum Cuts All Ties With The Weinstein Company His family was actually there, at least. But when they all gathered to watch the film, that's when Harvey pounced: "I settled in for the film, but about 15 minutes in, Harvey came for me, saying he wanted to show me something. I protested that I wanted to finish the film first, but he insisted I go with him, laying down the law as though I too was one of his children." In his home with his children there. Ick. "Harvey led me into a bedroom — his bedroom — and announced that he wanted to give me a massage. I thought he was joking at first. He was not. For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe. I panicked a little and thought quickly to offer to give him one instead: It would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times... He agreed to this and lay on the bed. I began to massage his back to buy myself time to figure out how to extricate myself from this undesirable situation. Before long he said he wanted to take off his pants. I told him not to do that and informed him that it would make me extremely uncomfortable. He got up anyway to do so and I headed for the door, saying that I was not at all comfortable with that. 'If we're not going to watch the film, I really should head back to school,' I said. I opened the door and stood by the frame. He put his shirt on and again mentioned how stubborn I was. I agreed with an easy laugh, trying to get myself out of the situation safely. I was after all on his premises, and the members of his household, the potential witnesses, were all (strategically, it seems to me now) in a soundproof room." That time, Lupita was able to leave somewhat easily enough. She says she even justified the massage request to herself, though it helped that Harvey had enticed her with the possibility of a job (on an HBO show she later found out was already off the air). But she was still uneasy with Harvey, so when he invited her to a reading of the play version of Finding Neverland, she politely refused -- until he told her she could bring anyone she wanted. She attended with two male friends. Related: Quentin Tarantino Knew Harvey 'Did A Couple Of These Things'! Nothing untoward happened the entire evening, including when a large group went out for dinner and drinks. So the next time he invited her to a screening -- this time of Madonna's film W.E. -- she accepted. "Feeling more confident about the new sense of boundaries that we had established in our last meeting, I attended the screening on my own this time. Afterward, as planned, his male assistant arranged for me to get to the Tribeca Grill, where Harvey would be joining us. I met a female assistant when I arrived there. I was expecting that it would be a group of us, as it had been for the reading, but she informed me it would just be Mr. Weinstein. She would sit with me until he arrived. She seemed on edge, but I could only imagine how stressful it was to work for a man who had so much going on." As with other stories we've heard, the assistant "immediately disappeared" after Harvey arrived. And this time he was direct: "Before the starters arrived, he announced: 'Let's cut to the chase. I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal.' I was stunned. I told him I preferred to eat in the restaurant. He told me not to be so naïve. If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to do this sort of thing. He said he had dated Famous Actress X and Y and look where that had gotten them. I was silent for a while before I mustered up the courage to politely decline his offer. 'You have no idea what you are passing up,' he said. 'With all due respect, I would not be able to sleep at night if I did what you are asking, so I must pass,' I replied." That's when Lupita knew Harvey was through with her; she asked him if they were good and recalls his chilling response: "'I don't know about your career, but you'll be fine,' he said. It felt like both a threat and a reassurance at the same time; of what, I couldn't be sure." Lupita made a vow to herself never to work with Weinstein, a vow she kept when he tried to entice her following her Oscar win for 12 Years A Slave. Related: LAPD Opens Harvey Weinstein Rape Investigation She explains why she's telling her story now -- for all the women who are like she was: "I share all of this now because I know now what I did not know then. I was part of a growing community of women who were secretly dealing with harassment by Harvey Weinstein. But I also did not know that there was a world in which anybody would care about my experience with him. You see, I was entering into a community that Harvey Weinstein had been in, and even shaped, long before I got there. He was one of the first people I met in the industry, and he told me, "This is the way it is." And wherever I looked, everyone seemed to be bracing themselves and dealing with him, unchallenged. I did not know that things could change. I did not know that anybody wanted things to change. So my survival plan was to avoid Harvey and men like him at all costs, and I did not know that I had allies in this." She concludes: "Now that we are speaking, let us never shut up about this kind of thing. I speak up to make certain that this is not the kind of misconduct that deserves a second chance. I speak up to contribute to the end of the conspiracy of silence. Amen, sister. You can read her full op-ed HERE. [Image via Apega/Michael Wright/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonOct 19th, 2017

Nick Carter Accused Of Rape! Melissa Schuman Of Girl Group Dream Tells Her Horrifying Story!

OMFG! The #MeToo movement has seen women outing movie producers, politicians, and more for sexual assault; we never thought it would reach the Backstreet Boys. Melissa Schuman, singer of the 2000s girl group Dream, has now come forward with a claim that Nick Carter raped her in 2002. In a graphic blog post, Melissa tells her entire story, [...] OMFG! The #MeToo movement has seen women outing movie producers, politicians, and more for sexual assault; we never thought it would reach the Backstreet Boys. Melissa Schuman, singer of the 2000s girl group Dream, has now come forward with a claim that Nick Carter raped her in 2002. In a graphic blog post, Melissa tells her entire story, including trying to come forward and being silenced. Related: Ronan Farrow Says Even MORE Harvey Weinstein Stories Are About To Come Out According to Melissa, Nick's people reached out to hers to let her know he showed 'romantic interest' in her, something encouraged by her management for obvious PR reasons. Even though she was "already dating someone steadily at the time" she accepted the call "out of respect and courtesy to my label." Nothing happened at the time, but a few years later they were working on a movie together when it's said he invited her over to his apartment for a "casual hangout" -- in which her roommate and his friend were also present. She says she found him "kind and charismatic" so had no qualms when he invited her to his office to listen to some music he was working on. He turned the lights down, and they started kissing. "After kissing for a moment, he took my hand and brought me into the bathroom adjacent to his office. He shut the door and we continued to kiss. I asked him what we were doing in there. He didn't respond and continued to kiss me. He then pick me up, put me on the bathroom counter and started to unbutton my pants. I told him I didn't want to go any further. He didn't listen. He didn't care. He told me, 'don't worry. I won't tell anybody.' I told him thats not why I didn't want to do it. He took off my pants anyway and then proceeded to perform oral sex on me. I told him to stop, but he didn't. So I turned off the bathroom light so I wouldn't see anything. He kept turning the light back on because he told me he wanted to look at me. I remember thinking at that point that maybe after this he will just stop, but he didn't." That's when Melissa says someone knocked on the door, and Nick pulled her into another bathroom. "He then took off his pants. I will never forget this moment. There was a bathroom nightlight so although it was dark, it was dimly lit enough for me to see myself in the bathroom mirror. He sat himself on the bathroom counter and asked me to perform oral sex on him. I declined, he was upset. He told me, 'I did it for you and it's only right you do it for me.' I felt scared and trapped. He was visually and clearly growing very angry and impatient with me. I couldn't leave. It was evident to me, that i couldn't leave. He was stronger and much bigger than me, and there was no way I would be able to open that door or have anyone help me. My friend couldn't help me, I didn't even know where she was. So when he placed my hand on his penis my thought was the only way to get out was to get him to finish what he had started. That's where I saw myself, my reflection, watching myself do something that I was sicken by. Watching myself be assaulted, forced to engage in an act against my will." She says that wasn't enough. Video: 16 Women Accused Trump Of Sexual Harassment And Assault In her account, he took her to the bedroom next: "He threw me on the bed and climbed on top of me. Again, I told him that I was a virgin and I didn't want to have sex. I told him that I was saving myself for my future husband. I said it over and over again. He whispered in my ear as to entice me, 'I could be your husband.' He was relentless, refusing to take my no's for an answer. He was heavy, too heavy to get out from under him. Then I felt it, he put something inside of me. I asked him what it was and he whispered in my ear once more, 'it's all me baby.' It was done. The one thing I had held as a virtue had been ruined. I went limp, turned my head to my left and decided I would just go to sleep now. I wanted to believe it was some sort of nightmare I was dreaming up." So awful. Later, Melissa writes, she told her manager, Nils Larsen, that she wanted to press charges. She says he told her he would look into it but then came back telling her Nick had the "most powerful litigator in the country" and there was nothing she could do against that: "He was right. I didn't have the money, the clout or access to an attorney who was powerful enough to stand up against my abuser's legal counsel. I was told I would likely be buried in humiliation, accused of being fame hungry, and it would ultimately hurt me professionally as well as publicly." She also says she wasn't even going to come forward after the Harvey Weinstein accusations broke the dam -- until she saw a story about ANOTHER woman Nick had been investigated for assaulting. Until she saw all the horrible comments calling the girl a liar looking for fame. Melissa says: "There is nothing worse than being victimized and having others call you a liar. Or claim you are looking for 15 mins of fame. Let me ask this simple question. Who the hell wants to be famous for being raped? I certainly don't want to be "known" for this. I never wanted anybody to know about my story. I wanted to lock it in a box in my mind and let the memories slowly suffocate as time went on. I feel I have an obligation now to come forward with the hope and intention to inspire and encourage other victims to tell their story. We are stronger in numbers. If you are reading this and you have been assaulted, know you don't have to be silent and you are not alone." Wow. You can read Melissa's entire post HERE. [Image via Twitter.].....»»

Category: topSource: tmzNov 21st, 2017

Ben Affleck & Lindsay Shookus Are Sharing a NYC Apartment Together (Report)

Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are shacking up, according to a new report! The 45-year-old Justice League actor and the 37-year-old TV producer are sharing an Upper West Side apartment which Ben stays in when he’s in town, a source tells People. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck The apartment reportedly includes [...] Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are shacking up, according to a new report! The 45-year-old Justice League actor and the 37-year-old TV producer are sharing an Upper West Side apartment which Ben stays in when he’s in town, a source tells People. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben Affleck The apartment reportedly includes three bedrooms and views of Central Park and the Hudson River – as well as a private movie theater, a pool and 24-hour butler service. The bi-coastal pair were first confirmed as a couple back in July. Pictured below: Ben attends a meeting on Wednesday (November 29) in Los Angeles......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredNov 29th, 2017