Updated: Some of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers are balking at a proposed $30 million settlement of their harassment claims, which could scuttle the deal, Variety has learned.
Attorneys in the Weinstein Co. bankruptcy case told Judge Mary Walrath on Thursday that they are close to a global resolution of the civil litigation. The accusers, their lawyers and various trade creditors of the Weinstein Co. would get $30 million, while another $14 million would go to attorneys for the Weinstein Co. board members, who were defendants in several of the lawsuits. The amounts — first reported by the Wall Street Journal and confirmed by Variety — would be paid by the company’s insurers.
However, Variety has learned that other plaintiffs who were part of the negotiations are not satisfied with the proposed settlement amount. That could undercut the entire deal, if the Weinstein Co. insurers are unwilling to reach a resolution that carves out some of the lawsuits and leaves them exposed to further liability.
In a statement on Friday afternoon, attorneys Douglas Wigdor and Kevin Mintzer blasted the proposed settlement, saying it would provide millions to the Weinstein Co. board members and allow Harvey and Bob Weinstein to evade accountability. Wigdor and Mintzer represent Wedil David, who alleges that Weinstein raped her in 2016.
It started with a single tweet that actress and political activist Alyssa Milano sent into the world.
She wrote, “I don’t recognize my country anymore,” above the link to a story on a Ku Klux Klan rally planned for this weekend in Dayton, Ohio.
It didn’t take long for other Twitter users to point out to Milano, who became a TV star at 11 on Who’s the Boss?, that racism in America is nothing new.
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The Facebook account of an artist who turns MAGA hats into hate symbols has been disabled for violating the social media site’s “community guidelines.”
In her “MAGA Hat Collection” Maryland-based artist Kate Kretz refashions the red “Make America Great Again” hats promoted by President Donald Trump and worn by many of his supporters. She has turned them into a swastika armband and a KKK hood ( entitled “Hate Hood”) as a comment on how she views Trump’s message.
“I have been ordering MAGA hats … and then sewing them back together into traditional symbols of hatred,” Kretz wrote recently on Medium. “The works are meant to both call out wearers who claim the hats to be innocuous, and to sound the alarm that history is repeating itself.”
John Cusack is rolling his eyes at critics, many of whom are apparent Trump supporters, who called him unpatriotic for seemingly staying seated during a military salute.
Cusack, 52, was at a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field when those around him stood for the 7th-inning recognition of U.S. armed forces. Although a photo tweeted by a local news outlet shows him staying put, Cusack says he did rise — it just took him a minute.
“I stood up, just not on [cue] like an obedient pet,” he tweeted.
To another commenter, he replied, “Bulls–t. You don’t support troops more than me. I want them to come home. A–hole.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., joined the legion of “Game of Thrones” fans disappointed by the show’s finale.
“I’m sad,” said Ocasio-Cortez in a video of the two legislators posted to Warren’s Twitter account Tuesday. “Disappointed about it.”
“I was just really… meh,” said Warren.
The pair bemoaned the arcs of the female characters who seemed prime to rule at the end of the series. Instead, one “went crazy” and the other settled for ruling only part of the continent. The lawmakers were not alone in their distaste for the series’ treatment of its female characters, which was discussed at length throughout the show’s final season.
Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro exclaimed that the ‘Deep State’ is about to be exposed, citing recent comments from Attorney General Bill Barr about investigating the origins of the investigation into Russian election interference.
“We are not going quietly into the night. Grab your popcorn, Junior Mints or whatever makes you happy,” she said at the top of her open Saturday night.
“The real show is about to begin. This will be true reality TV. No scripts, no rehearsals, just a gang of criminals pointing fingers at each other to save their own hides. A version of true crime and reality show Survivor. The deep state exposed.”
“I told you more than a year ago, for the director James Comey was the head of his own crime family,” Pirro continued on. “He ran the upper echelon of the FBI like an organized criminal enterprise.”
The CW announced Tuesday it was picking up the “Batwoman” series and promptly released a moody teaser.
Batwoman, played by Ruby Rose, stands sentry over Gotham City as the moon glows and her cape flutters in the wind.
It’s dark ― not just the vibe but the actual clip. The network wasn’t about to give up too much because curiosity is already high.
“Batwoman” will make history as the first superhero live-action TV series to feature a gay or lesbian title character, according to reports.
As more states pass new laws that restrict abortions, Evan Rachel Wood has a suggestion for limiting unwanted pregnancies in the first place.
The Westworld actress circulated the idea of “mandatory vasectomies” for all men until they are ready to have children. “They can be reversed,” she wrote. “Come on guys. Let’s save lives.”
The tweet was in jest, of course. “What’s that?,” it continued. “A hard no? Why? Cause it’s your body and we don’t get to make that choice for you? Ooooohhhhh!!!”
Wood later made it clear her post was sarcastic, writing, “I don’t think we should legislate peoples bodies. Period.”
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Sitting with Yahoo Entertainment, McKagan recalls the Parkland school shooting that occurred on Feb. 14 last year. He was in his basement recording studio at the time when his engineer came downstairs to break the horrific news, and McKagan was immediately inspired to write the song. “He said, ‘Oh, s***, have you heard about Parkland? It happened again.’ And I have this TV; we turned it on, and we just sat there and watched this fallout again. And I had a guitar, and I was just playing these two chords…”
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