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Harassment in Hollywood

Civil Jury Finds Bill Cosby Sexually Abused Judy Huth in 1975

Jurors at a civil trial found Tuesday that Bill Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. The Los Angeles County jury delivered the verdict in favor of Judy Huth, who is now 64, and awarded her $500,000. Jurors found that Cosby intentionally caused harmful sexual contact with Huth, that he […]

Selma Blair Opens Up About Decades-Long Alcohol Addiction Starting at Age 7 and Multiple Rapes

Selma Blair hasn’t been shy about sharing details of her personal struggles, speaking publicly about her battle with multiple sclerosis since she was diagnosed in 2018, but she reveals new, shocking experiences from her past in her new memoir, Mean Baby. In the book, excerpts of which were published in People magazine on Wednesday, Blair […]

Mario Batali Acquitted of Sexual Misconduct

Mario Batali was found not guilty of indecent assault and battery on Tuesday, following a swift trial in which the celebrity chef waived his right to have a jury decide his fate in a criminal case that arose from the global #MeToo movement against sexual abuse and harassment. The 61-year-old former Food Network personality quickly […]

‘Dr. Phil’ Set Alleged to Be a “Toxic Workplace” in New Report

A dozen current and former employees have alleged that the Dr. Phil set is a “toxic workplace” in a report published Thursday in BuzzFeed News. Workers say senior-level employees frequently verbally abused them on the set and guests were mistreated on the show, both of which detrimentally affected workers’ mental health, in the story by […]

Fox News Fined $1M By New York City Human Rights Commission

Fox News Channel will pay a $1 million fine to the New York City Human Rights Commission as part of a settlement related to its previous handling of sexual harassment and retaliation claims. The fine is the largest in the Commission’s history, it said Tuesday. “With this settlement, the Commission not only ordered the largest […]

Industry Psychologist Explains Why Hollywood Bosses Are So Mean

Jeff Blume, a licensed psychologist based in Beverly Hills who has worked with creative talent in Hollywood for 30 years, spoke with THR about bullying in the entertainment world, how to address it, the culture that has encouraged it and coping mechanisms for people caught in abusive situations. How often do you see clients who […]

German Producer Dieter Wedel Indicted on Suspicion of Rape 

Dieter Wedel, one of Germany's most successful television directors, has been indicted on suspicion of rape connected to allegations dating back to 1996.

More Work Needed to Tackle Racism, Sexual Harassment, Says Anita Hill-Led Hollywood Commission Report

Releasing the final report of The Hollywood Survey, the Hollywood Commission — chaired by Anita Hill — has grimly warned that far more work by the entertainment industry is required to convince workers that systemic racism can be tackled and sexual harassers and other power abusers, especially in the executive suite, will be held accountable.

Charlotte Kirk Fiance: “All I Could Do Was Try and Get Through It”

'Hellboy' director Neil Marshall fell in love with Charlotte Kirk, the actress at the center of the scandal that brought down Ron Meyer and Kevin Tsujihara. Now he says his career is "being targeted for disintegration by powerful men" who accuse him of extortion.

Nobel Prize #MeToo Scandal Getting Film Treatment

A film adaptation of the Nobel Prize #MeToo scandal is in the works. Nordisk Film has acquired the rights to Matilda Voss Gustavsson's investigative book 'The Club,' which exposed sexual harassment at the Swedish academy behind the award.

Harvey Weinstein, Russell Simmons Accusers Call for Industry Support for Survivors

Days after Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape in a landmark verdict for the #MeToo movement, women who accused the former movie mogul and Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct joined forces in New York to talk about what's next for the entertainment industry, including the need for the business to support and hire survivors.

Aspiring Actress Testifies That Harvey Weinstein Assaulted Her, Pressed for Threesome in 2004: “I Was Shocked”

Onetime aspiring actress Dawn Dunning testified Wednesday morning that Harvey Weinstein sexually penetrated her without her consent in 2004 and pressed her for a threesome with his assistant, screaming at her that it was “how the industry worked” when she protested.