Meryl Streep slams Harvey Weinstein, calling sexual assault allegations ‘disgraceful’

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 12:12 PM

Actress Meryl streep and producer Harvey Weinstein 
attend BAFTA Los Angeles' 18th annual Awards Season Tea Party held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles on January 14, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  
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Actress Meryl streep and producer Harvey Weinstein attend BAFTA Los Angeles' 18th annual Awards Season Tea Party held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles on January 14, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For BAFTA Los Angel)

Actress Meryl Streep is speaking out about sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

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The actress slammed Weinstein in a statement to the Huffington Post on Monday.

“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported,” she told the publication. “The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.”

She continued, “One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally.”

“I didn’t know about these other offenses: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts,” she said. “And if everybody knew, I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it.”

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“The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar,” the actress stated. “Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game.”

Ashley Judd is among the accusers and claims that Weinstein invited her to the Peninsula beverly Hills Hotel 20 years ago for what she thought was a breakfast meeting. When she arrived, she claimed that he invited her to his room, where he opened the door wearing a bathrobe, offered her a massage and asked her to watch him shower.

I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask. It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining,” Judd said.

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Weinstein was fired from his film studio on Sunday, in one of the latest developments in the case alleging he engaged in sexual misconduct and sexual harassment against women for decades.

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Charges could be announced in Prince opioid investigation two years after his death

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 11:33 PM

Performer Prince through the years.

Authorities in Carver County, Minnesota, could announce charges Thursday in the investigation into the opioid-related death of legendary entertainer Prince two years after he died, according to news outlets.

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Prince was found unresponsive at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen on April 21, 2016, and was later pronounced dead.

An autopsy report by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office was released two months later and called Prince’s death “accidental.” The cause was listed as “fentanyl toxicity,” according to Entertainment Tonight, and the drug was “self-administered.”

According to news reports at the time, prescription drugs were found at the musician’s Paisley Park home and in his possession when he died.

Some of the bottles of prescription painkillers found at Paisley Park were in the name of a longtime friend of Prince and were prescribed by a doctor the “Purple Rain” singer saw before he died.

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It’s unclear if anyone is facing charges at this point.

Carver County Attorney Mark Metz is holding a press conference Thursday at 11:30 a.m. to further discuss whether investigators are charging anyone in connection with the musician’s death.

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Billboard Music Awards: Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar top nomination list

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 4:27 PM

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The nominations for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards were announced Tuesday, and Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar lead the nominations with 15 each. In the top artist award category the three are up against Drake, with nine nominations, and Taylor Swift, who snagged five BBMA nods.

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Here’s a list of the nominees in the top categories:

Top Artist: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift

Top New Artist: 21 Savage, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Khalid, Kodak Black

 Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Drake, Sam Hunt, Ed Sheeran

Top Male Artist: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Post Malone, Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist: Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Halsey, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group: The Chainsmokers, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Migos, U2

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The Billboard Music Awards air at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, on NBC.

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Longtime NPR broadcaster Carl Kasell has died from Alzheimer’s disease at 84

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 6:03 PM

National Public Radio's Carl Kasell delivers one of his last newscasts during the ‘Morning Edition’ program at NPR on December 30, 2009 in Washington, DC, after more than 30 years with NPR. He continued to work on the weekend quiz show ‘Wait Wait ... Don’t tell Me!’ until 2014.
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National Public Radio's Carl Kasell delivers one of his last newscasts during the ‘Morning Edition’ program at NPR on December 30, 2009 in Washington, DC, after more than 30 years with NPR. He continued to work on the weekend quiz show ‘Wait Wait ... Don’t tell Me!’ until 2014.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Longtime NPR broadcaster Carl Kasell has died at the age of 84 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, NPR announced Tuesday.

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The unflappable Kasell with his reassuring baritone voice, delivered the news at the top of the hour for both for the network’s flagship news magazines “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” during his long career, before diving into a new role in the late 1990s as the comedic judge and scorekeeper of NPR’s satirical news quiz show “Wait, Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!

Kasell started with NPR in 1975 as a part-time employee  and contributor for “Weekend All Things Considered,” and four years later announced the news for the first broadcast of “Morning Edition,” a new morning show at the time, according to the network. He went on to become one of NPR’s most recognizable voices.

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The prize for winning on “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!” was a custom-made voice recording of Kasell for answering machines or cellphone voice mails, and over the 16 years he was part of the show, he provided more than 2,200 recordings for contestants, according to NPR.

Quiz show co-host Peter Sagal called Kasell a “dear friend” in a Twitter post Tuesday.

“He was, and remains, the heart and soul of our show,” Sagal said. 

Kassel retired from “Morning Edition” in 2009, but continued on “Wait Wait” for another five years.      

Kasell, who was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, in 1934, started in radio when he was 16 at a local radio station hosting a music program and continued his career in college at the school radio station at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His broadcasting career spanned more than 50 years in radio.

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He was married for 37 years to Clara de Zorzi, who died in 1997, according to The Washington Post, and married Mary Ann Foster in 2003.

He leaves behind a son from his first marriage and a stepson.

Kasell is also survived by a sister and four grandchildren.

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Actor comedian Harry Anderson of 'Night Court' fame dead at 65

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 7:55 PM

Remembering Harry Anderson

Actor and comedian Harry Anderson, of “Night Court” fame, has died at the age of 65 at his home in Asheville, North Carolina, police confirmed.

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"This morning at 6:41 a.m., the Asheville Police Department responded to the home of actor Harry Anderson, where he was found deceased," the police department’s public affairs officer Christina Hallingse told THR.

"No foul play is suspected."

Anderson, who was also a magician, was probably best known as Judge Harry Stone on the 1980s sitcom "Night Court."

He also appeared on “Cheers,” “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” among other shows.

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Anderson was born in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1952 and leaves behind two children.

WSOCTV.com contributed to this report.

Actor and magician Harry Anderson performs on ‘Saaturday Night Live’ on October 17, 1981.NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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