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Harvey Weinstein has stepped down from his company’s board amid multiple allegations of assault and harassment, according to media reports.

The 65-year-old Hollywood producer was fired as chairman of The Weinstein Company last week when the allegations were first reported.

Harvey Weinstein stayed on the company’s board but has now resigned from that post, it was widely reported on October 17.

He insists all contacts he had were consensual.

According to Variety magazine, Harvey Weinstein, who has been expelled from the body behind the Oscar awards, still owns 22% of his company’s stock,.

The Weinstein Company, which was behind movies including The King’s Speech and The Artist, has come under intense pressure over the scandal.

The production company – co-founded by Harvey Weinstein – is in talks over a possible sale to private equity firm Canyon Capital.

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Lexus is the latest business to distance itself from The Weinstein Company, saying on October 17 that it was evaluating their partnership.

Harvey Weinstein has been accused of rape, assault and harassment, but has “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual relationships.

Amid the fallout over the scandal, Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios, also resigned on October 17 over allegations of harassment.

Roy Price took a “leave of absence” on October 12 after Isa Hackett, a producer on the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle, told the Hollywood Reporter he allegedly harassed her in 2015.


Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones, has accused Harvey Weinstein of harassment.

According to the Game of Thrones star, Harvey Weinstein was “furious” after she resisted his advances. She made the revelation in a series of Twitter posts.

Lena Headey joins a list of over 40 women who have accused the Hollywood producer of misconduct.

Also on October 17, Harvey Weinstein, 65, resigned from the board of directors of his eponymous film production company.

He has been accused of rape, assault and harassment, but has “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual relationships.

Despite being fired as chairman of The Weinstein Company studio on October 8, Harvey Weinstein had continued until October 17 to hold a position on the company’s board.

According to Variety magazine, Harvey Weinstein – who has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that present the Oscar awards – still owns 22% of his company’s stock.

Amid the fallout over the Weinstein accusations, Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios, also resigned on October 17 over allegations of harassment.

Roy Price took a “leave of absence” on October 12 after Isa Hackett, a producer on the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle, told the Hollywood Reporter he allegedly harassed her in 2015.

In her Twitter posts, Lena Headey described sharing an elevator with Harvey Weinstein after he had invited her to his room to show her a script.

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The Game of Thrones actress recalled: “The lift was going up and I said to Harvey, <<I’m not interested in anything other than work, please don’t think I got in here with you for any other reason, nothing is going to happen>>.

“I don’t know what possessed me to speak out at that moment, only that I had such a strong sense of don’t come near me.

“He was silent after I spoke, furious.”

“He walked me back to the lift by grabbing and holding tightly to the back of my arm,” she said, adding that she felt “completely powerless”.

After Harvey Weinstein allegedly “whispered” that she should not tell anyone about the encounter, Lena Headey writes: “I got into my car and cried.”

Her story comes as other Hollywood actresses shared their stories of harassment and impropriety in show business.

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On October 16, Reese Witherspoon said she had been harassed by an unnamed film director when she was just 16, during a speech to the Elle Women in Hollywood event.

Jennifer Lawrence, who has won a Best Actress Oscar, spoke at the same event and described a casting call where she was made to stand in front of producers who criticized her weight.

DreamWorks film studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg meanwhile told a Wall Street Journal conference of Harvey Weinstein: “Make no mistake about it: he is a monster.”

Jeffrey Katzenberg added Harvey Weinstein had been protected by other men around him, who he described as “a pack of wolves”.

Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg also got involved by writing a Facebook post about his early days at Miramax Films.

He wrote the movies Beautiful Girls and Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead at the time Harvey Weinstein’s profile was rising in the film industry.

In his Facebook post, Scott Rosenberg said that while he never heard any rape allegations, he was aware of Harvey Weinstein’s “dreadful” behavior – and said “everybody” else knew, too.

“I was there. And I saw you. And I talked about it with you,” the screenwriter wrote.

“You, the big producers; you, the big directors; you, the big agents; you, the big financiers.

“And you, the big rival studio chiefs; you, the big actors; you, the big actresses; you, the big models.

“You, the big journalists; you, the big screenwriters; you, the big rock stars; you, the big restaurateurs; you, the big politicians.”

Scott Rosenberg said others chose to ignore what was going on because they were enjoying themselves and because women were told it would ruin their careers if they said anything.

At the end of his post, Scott Rosenberg apologized for not doing anything.

“I reaped the rewards and I kept my mouth shut,” he said.

“And for that, once again, I am sorry.”

Lauren Holly has also come forward, sharing her story of harassment, describing an encounter she had with Harvey Weinstein.

The pair arranged a meeting in a hotel, which the Beautiful Girls actress didn’t find “abnormal at all” because she had routinely met producers, writers and directors in their suites.

Lauren Holly described the early stages of the meeting as normal, but said things turned sour when Harvey Weinstein walked into the hotel suite “wearing a hotel bathrobe”.

“He said, <<OK, let’s get to it, this is what we’ve got going on at my company, these are the scripts we have in the pipeline, this is what I think might be right for you>>, and he gestured for me to follow him.”

Lauren Holly recounted that she followed him into the bedroom part of the suite as he continued talking.

Harvey Weinstein then showered and, when he emerged, started to approach her.

Lauren Holly said she started to run away, but that Harvey Weinstein began to threaten her, saying she needed to “keep him as [her] ally” and that it would be a “bad decision” if she left the room.

At that point, Lauren Holly said, she “pushed him and ran”.


Reese Witherspoon has revealed she was assaulted by an unnamed film director when she was 16.

In a speech at an Elle Women in Hollywood event on October 16, the Oscar-winning actress said she felt “true disgust at the director”.

She also said she felt “anger… at the agents and producers who made me feel silence was a condition of my employment”.

Reese Witherspoon said she had suffered multiple other “experiences of harassment and s**ual assault” during her career.

The actress didn’t go into detail about her experiences as a 16-year-old, but added: “I wish I could tell you that that was an isolated incident in my career, but sadly, it wasn’t.”

Reese Witherspoon said she didn’t speak about those experiences “very often”.

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However, she went on: “After hearing all the stories these past few days… the things that we’re kind of told to sweep under the rug and not talk about, it’s made me want to speak up and speak up loudly because I felt less alone this week than I’ve ever felt in my entire career.

“And I’ve just spoken to so many actresses and writers, and particularly women who’ve had similar experiences, and many of them have bravely gone public with their stories.

“And that truth is very encouraging to me and to everyone out there in the world because you can only heal by telling the truth.”

Reese Witherspoon said she didn’t sleep before giving her speech because of “the feelings I’ve been having about anxiety, about being honest, the guilt for not speaking up earlier or taking action”.

The actress referred to the fact it had “been a hard week for women in Hollywood” following the Harvey Weinstein allegations.

However, she said she believed there was a new attitude towards harassment, which would address “the abuse of power in this business and every business”.

Reese Witherspoon added: “I feel really, really encouraged that there will be a new normal.”


Bob Weinstein has denied media reports that the film production company he and his brother Harvey co-founded could be closed or sold.

He said in a statement: “Our banks, partners and shareholders are fully supportive of our company.

“Business is continuing as usual.”

On October 8, the company fired Harvey Weinstein amid a slew of harassment allegations.

The claims have prompted police investigations in both the US and UK.

On October 13, the scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein – who produced movies including Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – deepened when he was accused of rape by Rose McGowan.

The Hollywood producer was already facing claims of rape, assault, groping and harassment.

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Harvey Weinstein, who is believed to be in Europe seeking therapy, has insisted through a spokeswoman that any contacts he had were consensual.

According to recent reports, since the avalanche of claims began, the company has been trying to disassociate itself from its co-founder and save the business with efforts made to buy Harvey Weinstein out, rebrand and keep creative partners on board.

However, the Los Angeles Times said that financers had begun to pressure the company to sell and potential buyers were circling.

The Wall Street Journal also reported the company was “exploring a sale or shutdown” and was “unlikely to continue as an independent entity”.

The company is thought to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars but before the recent allegations had already faced questions about its future prospects amid increasing competition from media streaming services.

On October 13, Goldman Sachs said it was investigating options to sell the small stake it holds, citing the reported “inexcusable behavior”.


Rose McGowan has publicly accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of raping her.

In a series of tweets, the actress also accused Amazon Studio chief Roy Price of having ignored her when she made the allegation earlier.

Amazon has put Roy Price – himself accused on October 12 of harassing a female producer – on leave of absence.

Harvey Weinstein, 65, denies any assaults. There was no comment from Roy Price.

Meanwhile, the NYPD and UK police have launched investigations into assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The NYPD is looking into an allegation dating from 2004 and reviewing whether there are any additional complaints. London’s Met Police has received an allegation of assault in the London area in the 1980s.

Addressing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Twitter, Rose McGowan – who has appeared in Scream, The Black Dahlia and TV series Charmed – criticized the company for doing business with Harvey Weinstein.

“I told the head of your studio that HW raped me,” the actress tweeted.

“Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof.”

Twitter briefly suspended McGowan for violating its terms and policies after she included a personal phone number in tweets about abuse allegations.

Some prominent figures, notably from the entertainment world, said they would boycott the platform on October 13 in protest, using the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter.

Roy Price was separately accused by Isa Hackett, a producer of one of Amazon’s shows, of inappropriate behavior in a taxi and at a corporate dinner in 2015, the Hollywood Reporter writes.

Isa Hackett reported the incident to Amazon executives immediately, she was quoted as saying, and an outside investigator was brought in.

She was not told the outcome of the investigation but did not see Roy Price again at any events involving her shows, she added.

In a statement, Amazon said: “Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately. We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co.”

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Three women earlier accused Harvey Weinstein of rape in an investigative article in The New Yorker magazine.

They are Italian actress and director Asia Argento, former aspiring actress Lucia Evans and a third woman who was anonymous.

The same article says 10 other women told the author that Harvey Weinstein had either harassed or assaulted them between the 1990s and 2015.

The New York Times broke the story on October 5, when it detailed decades of allegations of l harassment against Harvey Weinstein.

The producer has insisted through a spokeswoman that any contacts he had were consensual.

Director Oliver Stone has said he believes that Harvey Weinstein should not be judged prematurely.

“If he broke the law it will come out,” he told reporters on a visit to South Korea for a film festival.

“I believe that a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system.”

In a subsequent social media post, however, Oliver Stone expressed a wish to “recuse” himself from a TV series about Guantanamo Bay “as long as The Weinstein Company is involved”.

Oliver Stone wrote on Facebook that he was “appalled” by the allegations made against Harvey Weinstein and “commend[ed] the courage of the women who’ve stepped forward”.


The US and UK police are conducting investigations into assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

The NYPD is looking into an allegation dating from 2004 and is reviewing whether there are any additional complaints.

Meanwhile, London’s Metropolitan Police has received an allegation of assault in the London area in the 1980s.

Harvey Weinstein, 65, has “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual intercourse.

The NYPD said it was “looking to speak” to an individual who had made an allegation dating from 2004.

Assistant Commissioner J. Peter Donald said: “Based on information referenced in published news reports, the NYPD is conducting a review to determine if there are any additional complaints relating to the Harvey Weinstein matter.

“No filed complaints have been identified as of this time.”

The force also appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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London’s Met Police, meanwhile, said it had been passed the allegation of assault by Merseyside Police.

A Merseyside Police statement said it “can confirm a report was received at 8.40 am on Wednesday (October 11, 2017) of an alleged s**ual assault in the London area in the 1980s”.

The investigations come as more women publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of inappropriate behavior, harassment or assault.

Kate Beckinsale is one of the latest, saying she had an encounter with the film producer at the age of 17, at the Savoy Hotel in London.

The actress said on Instagram she was told to go to Harvey Weinstein’s room, where he “opened the door in his bathrobe”.

“After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed.

“A few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting. I realized he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not,” the British actress said.

Cara Delevingne also said Harvey Weinstein tried to kiss her as she tried to leave a hotel room.

Emma Thompson also said sh4 found him to be a “bully” when his company Miramax owned the rights to her film Nanny McPhee.

According to The New Yorker, three women have accused Harvey Weinstein of rape.

His spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister has said the producer “obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.

“Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path.”

Speaking on October 11, Harvey Weinstein said: “We all make mistakes – second chance I hope.”

The movie mogul told TMZ: “Guys I’m not doing OK but I’m trying; I’ve got to get help. I’m hanging in – I’m trying my best.”

TMZ reported Harvey Weinstein was heading to Arizona to a treatment facility.

As he departed in a car, the producer made a plea for fair treatment from reporters, saying: “I’ve always been loyal to you guys… I’ve been a good guy.”

Meanwhile, the hosts of the Oscars are to hold emergency talks this weekend to consider Harvey Weinstein’s future role.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said the allegations of assault against him were “repugnant”.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has already suspended Harvey Weinstein’s membership.

A statement has also been issued by Cannes Film Festival, which Harvey Weinstein attended many times.

President Pierre Lescure said the festival had been “dismayed to learn of the accusations”.


Matt Damon has denied trying to “kill” a story about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior when it was investigated by journalist Sharon Waxman thirteen years ago.

Sharon Waxman has said she looked into rumors that an employee of Harvey Weinstein in Italy was procuring women for him.

The journalist said Matt Damon and Russell Crowe called her to vouch for the employee.

However, Matt Damon has said he did not know the detail of the allegations.

“I would never, ever, ever try to kill a story like that,” the actor told Deadline.

“I just wouldn’t do that. It’s not something I would do, for anybody.”

Sharon Waxman, who then worked for the New York Times, was ultimately unable to publish any allegations relating to Harvey Weinstein’s behavior.

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Matt Damon said Harvey Weinstein told him the New York Times story would be claiming the Italian executive “had no professional experience”. He said the producer asked him to “tell her that he was a professional and you had a good experience, and that was it”.

He said: “I was never conscripted to do anything. We vouch for each other, all the time.”

The actor added: “I’m sure I mentioned to her that I didn’t know anything about the rest of her piece, because I didn’t.”

Matt Damon said that he had never seen inappropriate behavior during time spent making films with Harvey Weinstein.

“I think a lot of actors have come out and said, <<everybody’s saying we all knew>>. That’s not true,” the actor said.

“This type of predation happens behind closed doors, and out of public view. If there was ever an event that I was at and Harvey was doing this kind of thing and I didn’t see it, then I am so deeply sorry, because I would have stopped it.”

Russell Crowe hasn’t commented.

Sharon Waxman claimed the 2004 New York Times story was “gutted” after “intense pressure” from Harvey Weinstein. The paper went on to break the story of the latest allegations at the weekend.

The New York Times’ executive editor Dean Baquet, who wasn’t working for the paper in 2004, said: “It is unimaginable to me that The Times killed a story because of pressure from Harvey Weinstein, who was and is an advertiser.”


Harvey Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman, says she is leaving the Hollywood producer following allegations of harassment against him from a string of actresses.

Georgina Chapman, 41, said Harvey Weinstein’s actions were “unforgivable”.

Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow are the latest actresses to come forward with accusations of harassment. Both said the incidents happened early in their careers.

On October 10, Harvey Weinstein also denied allegations of rape made in The New Yorker magazine.

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Georgina Chapman told People magazine: “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions.”

The London-born designer and Harvey Weinstein, 65, have two children together.

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Meanwhile former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have joined the growing public condemnation.

In a statement the Obamas said they were “disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein” and added that they “celebrate the courage of women who have come forward”.

Harvey Weinstein was a big donor to the Democratic Party under Barack Obama’s leadership. The Obamas’ eldest daughter Malia worked as an intern at The Weinstein Company in New York earlier this year.

Harvey Weinstein also donated to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Hilalry Clinton said she was “shocked and appalled” by the revelations.

Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow both sent statements about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior to the New York Times, which first reported allegations against him last week.


Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow are the latest actresses to allege they were victims of harassment by Harvey Weinstein.

Both actresses said the incidents happened early in their careers.

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On October 10, the producer denied allegations of rape made in The New Yorker magazine.

His wife, designer Georgina Chapman, said on the same day that she was leaving him.

Georgina Chapman, 41, told People magazine: “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions.”

London-born Georgina Chapman, co-founder of fashion label Marchesa, and Harvey Weinstein, 65, have two children together.

The mogul has also been fired over the allegations by his Hollywood studio The Weinstein Company.

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Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have added their voice to growing demonstrations of public outrage. Their eldest daughter Malia worked as an intern at The Weinstein Company in New York earlier this year.

A statement released by the Obamas says they “have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein”.

It adds they “celebrate the courage of women who have come forward”.

Also on October 10, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie both sent statements to the New York Times, which first reported allegations against him last week.

Angelina Jolie said in an email: “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did.

“This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”

In a statement, Gwyneth Paltrow alleged that, after Harvey Weinstein cast her in the leading role in Emma, he summoned her to his hotel suite, where he placed his hands on her and suggested massages in his bedroom.

“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” the actress told the NYT.

Gwyneth Paltrow said she told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt about the incident, and said he confronted Harvey Weinstein.

“I thought he was going to fire me,” she said.

The separate New Yorker report says that 16 former and current employees at Harvey Weinstein’s companies told the magazine “they witnessed or had knowledge of unwanted advances and touching at events associated with Weinstein’s films and in the workplace”.

The magazine quotes actress and director Asia Argento and Lucia Stoller, now Lucia Evans – who says she was an aspiring actress when Harvey Weinstein allegedly approached her in 2004. Both say they were forced into s**ual acts by the producer.

A third woman, who did not want to be named, said Harvey Weinstein had “forced himself on me s**ually”.

Asia Argento said she has not spoken until now because she feared it would ruin her career to do so.

“That’s why this story – in my case, it’s 20 years old, some of them are old – has never come out,” she told the New Yorker.

Other allegations in the piece came from Mira Sorvino, who won an Oscar in 1996 for her role in Mighty Aphrodite for Miramax, a studio headed by Harvey Weinstein at the time. She told the magazine that Harvey Weinstein had tried to pressure her into a relationship.

Roseanna Arquette also said that she rejected Harvey Weinstein’s advances and that she believes her acting career suffered as a result.

Harvey Weinstein’s spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister issued a statement in response to the article.

“Any allegations of non-consensual s** are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” she said.

“Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.

“Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path.”

Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shared a statement saying that she was “shocked and appalled” by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein, who donated to her 2016 presidential campaign and has been a major donor to the Democratic Party.

First Lady Melania Trump has responded through a spokeswoman to the president’s ex-wife Ivana, who claimed during an ABC’s Good Morning America interview that she is the actually the first lady.

Melania Trump’s spokeswoman described comments made by Ivana Trump as “attention seeking and self-serving noise”.

Ivana Trump told GMA she was “basically first Trump wife, I’m first lady”.

Donald Trump’s ex-wife said she had a direct line to the White House but did not want to “cause any kind of jealousy”.

Ivana Trump is promoting her book Raising Trump, to be released on October 10.

She was married to Donald Trump in 1977 but they divorced in the 1990s over his affair with Marla Maples, who became his second wife.

Ivana and Donald Trump had three children – Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump.

She described President Trump as a dad: “He was not the father which would take a stroller and go to Central Park.”

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Ivana Trump also told GMA she spoke to her former husband about once a fortnight.

“I have the direct number to White House, but I no [sic] really want to call him there because Melania is there,” she said.

“I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that because I’m basically first Trump wife. I’m first lady, OK?”

First Lady Melania Trump responded with a barbed statement through her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.

The statement read: “Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for [their son] Barron and The President.

“She loves living in Washington, DC and is honored by her role as First Lady of the United States. She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books.

“There is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex. Unfortunately only attention seeking and self-serving noise.”

The exchange is thought to be the only public row between a first lady and a president’s former wife.

Before Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan was the only divorcee president.


Nelly has been arrested in Auburn after a woman accused him of raping her on his tour bus following a concert near Seattle.

Auburn police said they arrested the rapper after a woman called emergency services at 03:48 to report an assault.

Nelly strongly denies the allegations and has now been released.

The artist tweeted: “I have not been charged… therefore no bail was required.

“I was released, pending further investigation.”

Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., tweeted that he was “beyond shocked that I have been targeted with this false allegation”.

“I am completely innocent,” the artist said.

“I am confident that once the facts are looked at, it will be very clear that I am the victim of a false allegation.”

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According to TMZ, Nelly was taken into custody on a second degree rape charge.

In a statement, the artist’s lawyer also described the allegation as “completely fabricated”.

Scott Rosenblum said in a statement: “Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness.”

Nelly, 42, is best known for his No 1 hits Hot in herre and Dilemma, but has not released new music for a number of years.

In 2015, the rapper was arrested on felony charges after police found drugs and guns on board his tour bus.

He is currently on tour with the Backstreet Boys and Florida Georgia Line, and performed in Auburn on October 6.

The bus was parked near a local Walmart at the time of the alleged incident. A police statement said they were continuing to investigate.

Nelly was due to perform on the Smooth Stadium Tour in Ridgefield near Portland on October 7.


Hugh Hefner, who died on September 27 at the age of 91, will be buried next to Marilyn Monroe’s crypt in the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.

The Playboy magazine founder bought a crypt next to Marilyn Monroe’s in 1992, for $75,000.

Now, the situation has divided public opinion, with some seeing a touching gesture and others a sleazy intrusion.

Hugh Hefner fans on social media praised him for appreciating the iconic actress – his first cover girl, who died in 1962.

However, others pointed out that while Hugh Hefner launched his brand and his lifestyle off the back of that first Playboy issue in December 1953, Marilyn Monroe was embarrassed by the shoot that appeared in it – and feared for her future career.

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In 1949, Marilyn Monroe had agreed to pose as a young woman, short on acting work and desperate for money. She received $50 in modeling fees.

Four years later, Hugh Hefner paid a Chicago calendar company $500 so he could show Marilyn Monroe with “nothing but the radio on” – and sold 50,000 magazines almost overnight.

In Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words, the actress wrote: “I never even received a thank-you from all those who made millions off a n**e Marilyn photograph. I even had to buy a copy of the magazine to see myself in it.”

Hugh Hefner never met Marilyn Monroe – though he said they had talked once by phone.

“I’m a sucker for blondes, and she is the ultimate blonde,” he said.

Speaking of his post-mortem plans, Hugh Hefner told the LA Times he had many friends buried in the Westwood Village Memorial Park. Screen favorites Natalie Wood, Dean Martin, and Farrah Fawcett are among its celebrity residents.

“I’m a believer in things symbolic,” he told the paper.

“Spending eternity next to Marilyn is too sweet to pass up.”

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner has died at the age of 91.

According to Playboy Enterprises Inc, Hugh Hefner passed away peacefully at home in Los Angeles, from natural causes.

Hugh Hefner began publishing Playboy in his kitchen in 1953. It became the largest-selling men’s magazine in the world, shifting 7 million copies a month at its peak.

His son, Cooper Hefner, said he would be “greatly missed by many”.

Cooper Hefner paid tribute to his father’s “exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer,” and called him an advocate for free speech and civil rights.

Playboy magazine made Hugh Hefner a multi-millionaire, spawning a business empire that included casinos and nightclubs.

The first edition featured a set of photographs of Marilyn Monroe that Hugh Hefner had bought for $200. They had originally been shot for a 1949 calendar.

The silk pyjama-clad mogul became famous for his hedonism, dating and marrying Playboy models. In his later years he threw decadent parties at the luxurious Playboy mansion in Los Angeles.

“I am a kid in a candy store,” Hugh Hefner famously said.

“I dreamed impossible dreams, and the dreams turned out beyond anything I could possibly imagine. I’m the luckiest cat on the planet.”

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From 2005-2010, a reality TV show called “The Girls Next Door” showcased Hugh Hefner’s lifestyle – and the harem of young blonde women who shared it.

In 2012, aged 86, Hugh Hefner married his third wife Crystal Harris – who was 60 years his junior.

Announcing its founder’s death, Playboy tweeted on September 28: “American Icon and Playboy Founder, Hugh M. Hefner passed away today. He was 91. #RIPHef

The magazine’s most significant interviewees included civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., John Lennon, and Fidel Castro.

Its huge sales were certainly driven by glossy color pictures of “playmates”, but it also developed a reputation for fine writing, with Norman Mailer, Kingsley Amis, Kurt Vonnegut, James Baldwin, Vladimir Nabokov and Ray Bradbury among its contributors.

Their contributions allowed men to say they did not buy the magazine only for the pictures.

President Donald Trump appeared on the cover in March 1990, with the tag-line: “Nice magazine, want to sell it?”

In the 1980s, Playboy‘s circulation decline, and Hugh Hefner himself suffered a stroke in 1985.

His daughter Christie took over Playboy Enterprises four years later, and Hugh Hefner retreated to his mansion, living with a bevy of women. Cooper Hefner took on a major role in the company in 2014 after Christie stepped down in 2009.

Last year, a neighbor of Hugh Hefner bought the Playboy mansion for $100 million, but agreed Hefner could continue to live there until he died.


Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle made their first appearance together at the Invictus Games in Toronto.

It is the first time they have appeared holding hands in public.

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Meghan Markle is an American actress who has been dating Prince Harry for over a year.

She revealed in an interview that she and the Prince are madly in love, and there are rumors that the fifth in line to the throne might have popped the question already.

The couple arrived hand-in-hand to cheer on players from Australia and New Zealand in wheelchair tennis.
Meghan Markle was casually dressed in white shirt and blue ripped jeans.


Lady Gaga has been hospitalized as she is suffering from “severe physical pain”.

She has canceled her performance at the festival Rock In Rio in Brazil because of it.

Lady Gaga, 31, wrote to fans on Instagram: “Brazil, I’m devastated that I’m not well enough to come to Rock In Rio. I would do anything 4 u but I have to take care of my body right now. I ask for your grace and understanding, and promise that I will come back and perform for you soon. I’m so sorry, and I love you so much.”

She recently revealed she’s suffering with fibromyalgia, a condition that causes intense discomfort all over the body.

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A statement on her Instagram page said: “Lady Gaga is suffering from severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform.

“As a result, she sadly must withdraw from this Friday’s Rock In Rio performance.

“Lady Gaga is under the care of expert medical professionals.

“She sends her love to all her fans in Rio and thanks them for their support and understanding.”

Lady Gaga also posted a picture of her arm with a drip in it.

After one hour she announced she has been hospitalized: “I was taken to the hospital, it is not simply hip pain or wear and tear from the road, I am in severe pain. But am in good hands w/ the very best doctors. Please don’t forget my love for you. 🙏 Remember years ago when I tattooed Rio on my neck, the tattoo was written by children in the favelas. 🇧🇷R️O You hold a special place in my heart I love you.”

Lady Gaga also canceled a show in Montreal, Canada, earlier this month after falling ill.



Selena Gomez has revealed that she had a secret kidney transplant linked to her lupus.

In an Instagram post, Selena Gomez says that her friend Francia Raisa donated an organ to her and says she wanted to explain why fans hadn’t heard much from her despite having new music out.

She wrote: “So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering.

“It was what I needed to do for my overall health.”

Selena Gomez also thanked Francia Raisa: “There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa.

“She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”

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Selena Gomez released the first single from her new untitled album, It Ain’t Me featuring Kygo, in March.

Since then Bad Liar and Fetish have come out but she hasn’t been out promoting the tracks because of her operation.

Her first public appearance after recovering from the surgery was in New York with boyfriend The Weeknd last Friday night.

She also took time off social media last year to deal with panic attacks, anxiety and depression.

The 25-year-old says her ongoing mental health problems are a side-effect of her lupus diagnosis last year.

Lupus affects the body’s immune system.

The symptoms of the disease include extreme tiredness, rashes (especially on the face, wrists and hands), joint pain and swelling.

In her post, Selena Gomez says not enough is known about the condition: “Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made.”


Serena Williams has shared the first photo of her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on social media, almost two weeks after her birth.

The tennis star and her fiancée, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, welcomed their first baby together on September 1 at a clinic in Florida.

Serena Williams shared a video clip on her Instagram Stories, Facebook and her official website.

She announced the name of her baby daughter on her Instagram Stories profile. She also shared a montage of memorable moments from her pregnancy, including winning the Australian Open while pregnant and her first ultrasound.

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Serena Williams’ Instagram post has attracted more than 270,000 likes within an hour of posting and her tweet was re-tweeted more than 1,300 times.

Earlier this year, Serena Williams won her 23rd grand slam tournament at the Australian Open while pregnant.

According to her coach, the tennis star hopes to return to court in time for 2018 Australian Open.

In December 2016, Serena Williams used Reddit to announce that she is engaged to its co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.


Kate Middleton missed Prince George’s first day at school as she was not well enough to take him.

Prince William dropped the 4-year-old son off as Kensington Palace said Kate Middleton, who is suffering from severe morning sickness, was still unwell.

Prince George is attending Thomas’s Battersea, a $23,500-a-year preparatory school in London.

His uniform includes navy shorts and jacket, long red socks and black shoes.

The milestone for Prince George comes after Kate Middleton and Prince William this week announced they are expecting their third child.

Kate Middleton had to pull out of public engagements on September 4 and 5 because she is suffering from hypremesis gravidarum, as with her previous two pregnancies.

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Prince William drove the little prince through the school gates before helping him out of the car.

The father carried the son’s bag and held his hand as the pair walked up to the entrance.

They were then greeted by Helen Haslem, head of lower school, and Prince George shook her hand before being accompanied to his first class.

Prince William told Helen Haslem that Prince George had been eagerly watching and he had “noticed” the other boys going into the school in their uniforms.

The royal has joined a class of 20 other pupils and has his own desk and peg with his name on. He will begin by doing half days as a “gentle” introduction to school life.

Ben Thomas, principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools, said there would be no special treatment for Prince George.

“We are going to try and make this a really happy, safe and secure time,” the principal said.

“I hope he will have the confidence to be himself with all his quirks and his idiosyncrasies and characteristics – that’s what I would want for all of our children.”

The uniform for Thomas’s Battersea is only available at the Peter Jones department store in Sloane Square or from the second-hand uniform shop at the school.

For boys in reception class, the outfit consists of a navy jacket, a v-neck jersey and navy Bermuda shorts.

In winter, this is accompanied by a red polo neck and long red and navy socks.

In summer, short-sleeved light blue shirts are required – which Prince George was sporting on his first day – along with navy ankle socks.

Notable alumni at Thomas’s Battersea include Florence Welch – from Florence and the Machine – model and actress Cara Delevingne and Fresh Meat star Charlotte Ritchie.

The school was described by the Good Schools Guide as: “A big, busy, slightly chaotic school for cosmopolitan parents who want their children to have the best English education money can buy.”

One cameraman and one photographer were at the school to capture Prince George’s first day, as Princes William and Harry went to Wetherby School in Kensington, before both going on to Eton College, in Berkshire.

Their father, Prince Charles, was initially educated at home by a governess, but later attended the Cheam Preparatory School, in Berkshire.

Prince William has previously pleaded for the press to respect his son’s privacy.

Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, are expecting their third child, Kensington Palace has announced.

According to the palace statement, Queen Elizabeth II and both families are said to be “delighted with the news”.

As with her previous two pregnancies, Kate Middleton, 35, is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness.

The duchess will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children’s Center in London on September 4.

She is being cared for at Kensington Palace, the statement said.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton have one son, George, and one daughter, Charlotte, aged 4 and 2.

With the previous two pregnancies, the royal couple was forced to announce them before the 12-week mark because of the duchess being unwell with hyperemesis gravidarum.

Kate Middleton’s first pregnancy was revealed when she was just a few weeks pregnant with Prince George after she was admitted to hospital in December 2012.

Her second pregnancy with Princess Charlotte was announced in September 2014, when she was treated at the palace for the condition.

Hyperemesis gravidarum affects about one in every 200 pregnancies and results in severe nausea and vomiting – with one of the main dangers being dehydration.


Princess Mako of Japan has formally announced her engagement to commoner Kei Komuro after receiving the emperor’s approval.

The engagement announcement kicks off a lengthy marriage process, and it also means the princess will lose her royal status.

Under a controversial Japanese law female imperial family members forfeit their status upon marriage to a commoner, whereas male members do not.

In a press conference on September 3, Princess Mako said she was first attracted to Kei Komuro’s “smile like the sun”.

She said: “I was aware since my childhood that I’ll leave a royal status once I marry.

“While I worked to help the emperor and fulfill duties as a royal family member as much as I can, I’ve been cherishing my own life.”

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The formal announcement came from Japan’s Imperial Household Agency on September 3, after local media reported news of the planned engagement in May.

Kei Komuro is a 25-year-old law firm employee. The couple met five years ago while studying at the same university.

In a TV conference, Kei Komuro described Princess Mako as someone who quietly watched over him “like the moon”.

Princess Mako, 25, is the eldest child of Prince Fumihito, whose official title is Prince Akishino. She is pursuing a doctorate and works as a museum researcher.

The engagement announcement was originally expected in July, but was postponed after a rain disaster hit western Japan.

According to the public broadcaster NHK, the wedding is expected to take place in 2018.


Serena Williams has welcomed a baby girl at a clinic in Florida on September 1.

The 35-year-old tennis star, whose partner is Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was admitted to the St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach on August 30.

Serena Williams said last month she was planning to return to tennis for the Australian Open in January.

Congratulations have been pouring in from sports stars and celebrities.

News of the birth came as her sister Venus Williams  prepared to go out on court at the US Open.

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“Obviously I’m super-excited,” Venus Williams said.

“Words can’t describe it.”

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian are yet to confirm the birth themselves but Serena’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, tweeted: “I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion.”

He added: “Btw … I wish you a speedy recovery… we have a lot of work ahead of us.”

Serena Williams admitted she had revealed her pregnancy to the world in April by accident, after mistakenly uploading a photograph on Snapchat.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner confirmed she won the Australian Open title this January while newly pregnant, and in an article in Vogue last month she said she wanted to defend her title.

She said: “It’s the most outrageous plan.

“I just want to put that out there. That’s, like, three months after I give birth.”

In June, Serena Williams appeared in a cover photo for Vanity Fair, saying: “I don’t know what to do with a baby.”

The news has delighted the tennis world, with Rafael Nadal among the first to tweet his congratulations.

At a news conference Garbine Muguruza joked: “A baby girl? Well, I hope she doesn’t play tennis,” Reuters reported.

Beyonce also posted a portrait of a pregnant Serena Williams on Instagram, with the message: “Congratulations Serena!”


Mark Zuckerberg has announced the birth of his second child with Priscilla Chan – a baby girl named August – in a new letter published on August 28.

The Facebook’s co-founder has urged his young daughter to play outside and enjoy the wonders of being a kid, in the heartfelt letter posted on his social media site.

In the gushing missive, Mark Zuckerberg and Pricilla Chan speak about the magic of childhood and the importance of play.

He wrote on his Facebook page: “Priscilla and I are so happy to welcome our daughter August! We wrote her a letter about the world we hope she grows up in, and also hoping she doesn’t grow up too fast.”

The couple posted a similar letter to daughter Max in 2015.

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The post, which appears alongside a family photo on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page, encourages the new baby not to “grow up too fast”.

“The world can be a serious place. That’s why it’s important to make time to go outside and play,” said the letter, signed “Mom and Dad”.

The call to discover a childhood outdoors is at odds with the aims of Mark Zuckerberg’s social media empire.

“I hope you run as many laps around our living room and yard as you want. And then I hope you take a lot of naps,” the parents wrote.

“Childhood is magical. You only get to be a child once, so don’t spend it worrying too much about the future,” they added.

It marks a lighter tone from the open letter written to welcome baby daughter Max, which reflected on the problems facing younger generations and how technological progress will drive change.

At that time, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan said they would donate their fortune to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to make the world a better place for Max to grow up in.

The organization has pledged billions of dollars to improve life for their children’s generation with goals such as eliminating disease.

However, the parents wanted to shield their latest addition from these kinds of concerns, telling their daughter not to worry about the future, adding: “You’ve got us for that.”

“You will be busy when you’re older, so I hope you take time to smell all the flowers and put all the leaves you want in your bucket now,” Mark Zuckerberg and Pricilla Chan said.


Taylor Swift has won an assault case against ex-radio DJ David Mueller, who she said had groped her at a 2013 concert.

David Mueller assaulted the pop star by grabbing her bottom beneath her skirt during a photo shoot, a jury in Denver, Colorado, found.

Taylor Swift was awarded a symbolic $1 in damages that she had sought.

David Mueller had originally tried to sue Taylor Swift, saying that her claims had cost him his job. However, that lawsuit was thrown out by a judge last week.

On August 15, the jury also rejected similar claims David Mueller had made against the singer’s mother, Andrea Swift, and her radio liaison, Frank Bell.

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In a statement following the verdict, Taylor Swift said: “I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this.

“My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help assault victims defend themselves.”

The assault took place during a Denver stopover on Taylor Swift’s Red tour.

David Mueller, then a host on the radio station KYGO, had been invited to meet the singer before the show.

Taylor Swift complained to KYGO and the station fired David Mueller two days later.

On August 11, Taylor Swift’s former bodyguard, Greg Dent, gave evidence, supporting her assault claims by testifying that he saw the DJ reach under her skirt.

Greg Dent told the Colorado court he “did not see his hand touch her physically”, but “saw his hand under her skirt”.


Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have announced that they are divorcing after eight years of marriage in joint statements shared on Facebook.

The actors, who met in 2007 while filming the romantic comedy Take Me Home Tonight, said attempts to save their relationship had failed.

Chris Pratt wrote in a post on Facebook on August 6: “We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed.”

Anna Faris, 40, and Chris Pratt, 38, got married in 2009. They have a son named Jack.

Their statement added: “Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward.”

It also added that the two had “cherished” their time together and “continue to have the deepest respect for one another”.

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Chris Pratt, who played Andy Dwyer in the comedy series Parks and Recreation, has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men thanks to roles in Jurassic World and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

In April, the actor paid a lengthy tribute to Anna Faris after receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“Without you, none of this would mean anything,” he said.

Anna Faris had earlier praised Chris Pratt at the ceremony, introducing him to the stage with an emotional speech.

“I know that if our circumstances were different, and we weren’t as fortunate to be standing here and leading our Hollywood life, we would be happy in the woods together,” she said.

Anna Faris found fame in 2000 with Scary Movie, the spoof horror movie series in which she played Cindy Campbell in the first four installments.

She later co-starred alongside Sacha Baron Cohen in the controversial 2012 movie The Dictator.

Anna Faris went on to play the role of Christy Plunkett, a single mother who has battled with alcoholism and drug abuse in Chuck Lorre’s sitcom Mom.


Channel 4 has been urged by Princess Diana’s friends not to broadcast controversial video tapes of her talking about her troubled marriage.

The documentary, Diana: In Her Own Words, is due to be aired ahead of the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.

The tapes, recorded by Diana’s speech coach, have never been seen in the UK.

Channel 4 said they “provide a unique insight”. However, Diana’s close friend Rosa Monckton said they were a betrayal of the late princess’s privacy.

Rosa Monckton is writing to Channel 4 to ask them not to air the tapes. She told The Guardian: “This doesn’t belong in the public domain.

“It is a betrayal of her privacy and of the family’s privacy.”

The footage was recorded by Peter Settelen, who was hired by Princess Diana between 1992 and 1993 to help with her public speaking voice.

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The Princess of Wales was filmed at Kensington Palace and is seen talking about her marriage to Prince Charles, their intimate life and how she confronted him about his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.

The tapes were returned to Peter Settelen in 2004 after a dispute with Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer, who said they belonged to him. They had initially been held by Scotland Yard after being seized in 2001 in a raid on the home of former royal butler Paul Burrell.

Excerpts were broadcast in the US later in 2004 after being sold to American broadcaster NBC.

The BBC was reportedly planning to show the tapes as part of a documentary in 2007, the year of the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, but scrapped the project.

Channel 4’s deputy chief creative officer Ralph Lee described the tapes as an “amazing historical document” that “allows us to create a new portrait of Diana”.

A Channel 4 spokesman said the subjects covered in the tapes were “a matter of public record and provide a unique insight into the preparations Diana undertook to gain a public voice and tell her own personal story”.

Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.