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Netflix suspends ‘House of Cards’ production following Kevin Spacey sexual assault allegation

Published: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 2:24 PM

‘House of Cards’ Production Suspended Amid Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Allegations

Following an allegation that Kevin Spacey made a sexual advance on actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was 14 years old, Netflix has suspended production of “House of Cards,” according to CNBC.

Rapp made the allegation in an interview with BuzzFeed News that was published Sunday. 

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“MRC (Media Rights Capital) and Netflix have decided to suspend production on ‘House of Cards’ season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew,” Netflix and production company Media Rights Capital said in a joint statement Tuesday.

Related: Kevin Spacey’s Netflix show ‘House of Cards’ to end with sixth season

In the wake of the report, Spacey issued a statement in which he said he didn’t remember the incident, which, according to Rapp, happened when Spacey was 26 and he was 14.

Kevin Spacey Responds to Sexual Misconduct Allegations

“I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate, drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years,” Spacey said in a statement early Monday. Spacey also came out as gay in the statement, which was criticized by many as an attempt to deflect from the allegation.

Related: Kevin Spacey accused of past sexual misconduct with then-14-year-old actor

Netflix and MRC announced Monday that “House of Cards” would end with season six in 2018. Discussions about the end of the series were reportedly in the works since the summer, before Rapp’s allegation.

Wendy Williams said she was groped on live TV, fans named names

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 3:04 PM

What You Need To Know About Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams has her own story about workplace sexual harassment, but the talk show host is trying to keep mum about who it involves.

While discussing the recent slew of sexual assault allegations against veteran journalist, Charlie Rose, Williams, 53, revealed that her least favorite guest on her show was one who had groped her on live television, Inside Edition reported.

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“My worst guest, I’m not gonna name, but I can tell you this -- it had to do with some groping and you all saw it, but didn’t say a word,” Williams  told viewers on her live show Tuesday. “And I felt it and I didn’t say a word. My staff saw it, and, you know, that guest will never be here anymore. He’s not relevant anymore anyway.” 

The television host said that when the individual went further than a quick embrace, she didn’t know how to react.

Wendy Williams says one of her guests on her talk show touched her inappropriately.(Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Wilhelmina Models/Getty Images for Wilhelmina Mode)

“He hugs me, but lays in my breast inappropriately and I didn’t know what to do because I’m brand new on TV, whereas now, I would definitely push somebody through a glass coffee table. I didn’t know what to do,” she said.

She continued, saying that guest looked up at her, saying, “Oh! You’re not Oprah!” 

“I’m two seconds away from saying his name but it’s not worth it. However, if I see you in the mall, I’ll tell you,” she told viewers.

Williams maintained that she wouldn’t be revealing who she was referring to, but viewers pulled out their own receipts. Photos of comedian Gilbert Gottfried resting his face on Williams’s chest during a 2011 appearance quickly spread. Wendy can be seen grimacing in the photo while Gottfried grabs her tightly around the waist.

Gottfried, 62, denied having any recollection of the incident when contacted by Inside Edition. When asked about being banned from her show, he said wasn’t aware if he had. 

As of now, Williams has neither confirmed nor denied that Gottfried was whom she referred to.

Meghan McCain secretly marries conservative analyst Ben Domenech

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 1:55 PM

Meghan McCain Announces Engagement On 'The View'

Meghan McCain has tied the knot.

The co-host of ABC’s “The View” exchanged nuptials on Tuesday with conservative analyst Ben Domenech, 35, in a secret Sedona, Arizona, ceremony on her family’s ranch Tuesday. 

“Meghan McCain and Ben Domenech were married at the McCain family lodge in Sedona, Arizona,” a representative  for McCain told People in a statement Wednesday. “The bride’s father, Senator John McCain, gave her away, and they were married by John Dickerson. Following the ceremony, McCain and Domenech celebrated with dinner and dancing surrounded by their family and close friends.” 

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Until recently, few people knew exactly who had won the heart of the Arizona Senator’s daughter. She had referenced her “boyfriend” multiple times on social media, but did not disclose his name until early November, when news of her engagement broke. McCain, 33, told her co-hosts, “We’ve been together for years, and we have been engaged for a while, and it was a secret. I was hoping to get married and people wouldn’t find out, but people talk sometimes.” 

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Meghan McCain attends the 2015 Trevor Project NextGen Fall Fete on November 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)(Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

She revealed that the couple became engaged in July at Mayo Clinic, where her father was battling brain cancer. 

Related: Meghan McCain confirms engagement

Domenech — a conservative blogger and publisher of conservative online magazine “The Federalist” — has definitely earned John McCain’s seal of approval. On an October appearance on “The View,” he shared, “Actually, he’s a very fine man. I’m very proud and very happy that they’re so happy together.” 

“Yesterday I was deeply blessed to give away my little girl at a ceremony with family & friends in #Arizona. Congratulations @MeghanMcCain & @bdomenech – we are so happy for you!” John McCain tweeted Wednesday.

Although no pictures have been published so far, McCain shared a picture on her Instagram referencing her impending Tuesday nuptials, where she would later be surrounded by approximately 100 guests.

“#AlmostTime,” she captioned a photo of slippers that read, “I do!”

⏳👰🏼🌵 #AlmostTime

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“Wait for people who love strong women,” McCain advised earlier in November when talking about relationships on her daytime show. “The men who love strong, independent women, they’re out there. Don’t settle for less.” 

Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter responds to rape allegations made by singer Melissa Schuman

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 11:17 AM

Melissa Schuman (right), a former member of pop group Dream, has accused Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys of rape.
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Melissa Schuman (right), a former member of pop group Dream, has accused Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys of rape.(David Livingston/Getty Images, Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)

Former Dream singer Melissa Schuman accused Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys of raping her in 2002 and alleged that his legal team silenced her in a Sunday blog post, according to a report from Rolling Stone

In the graphic and lengthy post, Schuman explained that her management team set her up with Carter after he took interest in her. However, she had a boyfriend at the time, so they did meet again for a few years when she was 18, he was 22 and they were cast in the same made-for-TV movie. Carter invited her and a friend over to his Santa Monica apartment to hang out with him and his friend, according to Schuman

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After drinking alcohol, he and Schuman kissed in his office. He then brought her into a bathroom where he allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on her and forced her to reciprocate after ignoring her many pleas for him to stop. Afterward, Schuman said Carter took her to a bedroom and raped her even after she told him she wanted to wait until marriage.  

“It was done. The one thing I had held as a virtue had been ruined,” she wrote. “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.” 

The former girl group member said she immediately told her manager and attempted to press charges, but was informed that Carter hired a powerful litigator.

“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 wrote.

Melissa Schuman, a former member of pop group Dream, has accused Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys of rape.(Rich Fury/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Eventually, she lost interest in pursuing a career in music.  

“I was broken. I was tired. I was traumatized,” she wrote. 

Schuman, who didn’t mention who she accused of sexual assault by name until much later in the post, said an Oct. 30 article on RadarOnline prompted her to speak out.

On Tuesday, she tweeted her gratitude to fans for supporting her decision to speak out about the alleged incident, writing, “I just want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support. Thank you for bearing witness to my story. Thank you for providing me a safe place to be open and vulnerable. I love you all. Thank you for aiding me in the healing that I so desperately needed. I am free now.”

Carter, 37, responded to the allegations in a statement to People Wednesday.

“I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations. Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual. We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally.”

“This is the first that I am hearing about these accusations, nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm.”

The Eagles announce 2018 tour with Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Chris Stapleton

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 4:45 PM

The Eagles Announce New Tour

The Eagles are going on tour two years after the death of co-founder Glenn Frey.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the band has announced stadium tour dates for 2018, beginning with a Chicago stop March 14.

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will join The Eagles for four of the eight announced dates so far, Rolling Stone reported. Chris Stapleton will open the band’s June 23 show in Philadelphia. James Taylor and his All-Star Band will open two dates -- July 26 in Washington and July 28 in Minneapolis.

Related: Photos: Glenn Frey through the years

Deacon Frey will fill in his late father’s spot in the band as he joins Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and country music icon Vince Gill on tour. In June, it was announced that Gill and Frey would share vocal duties on songs Glenn Frey once led.

Related: The Eagles to tour despite Glenn Frey’s death

Most tickets go on sale Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. local time. More information on tour dates and ticket options can be found at The Eagles website.

The 2018 tour dates announcced so far can be seen below.

March 14 in Chicago at United Center 

March 23 in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena 

April 14 in Orlando, Florida, at Camping World Stadium with Jimmy Buffett

April 21 in Miami at Hard Rock Stadium with Jimmy Buffett 

May 10 in Vancouver at Rogers Arena 

June 23 in Arlington, Texas, at AT&T Stadium with Chris Stapleton 

June 28 in Denver at Coors Field with Jimmy Buffett 

June 30 in Minneapolis at Target Field with Jimmy Buffett 

July 15 in Toronto at Air Canada Centre 

July 20 in Boston at TD Garden 

July 26 in Washington at Nationals Park with James Taylor) 

July 28 in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park with James Taylor