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Russell Simmons Accused of Sexual Assault While Brett Ratner Allegedly Watched

Russell Simmons Accused of Sexual Assault While Brett Ratner Allegedly Watched
Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons has been accused of committing sexual assault while director Brett Ratner allegedly watched, according to an article by The Los Angeles Times.

Model Keri Claussen Khalighi claims that in 1991, Simmons and Ratner took her out for dinner in New York, and then they returned to Simmons' apartment to watch a music video the pair were working on. There, she alleges that Simmons made unwanted advances on her, and claims that when she asked Ratner for help, he "just sat there and watched."

“I fought it wildly,” Khalighi tells the newspaper about Simmons' alleged attempt to have intercourse with her.

She claims to the L.A. Times that Simmons eventually coerced her to perform oral sex, and also alleges that he briefly penetrated her without her consent after she went to take a shower.

Simmons vehemently denied the allegations in a statement on his website.

"I am a supporter of the #MeToo campaign and the victims
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Massive Fire at Senior Living Center Near Philadelphia Leaves at Least 27 Injured

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On Thursday, a massive fire broke out at a senior living center outside of Philadelphia, leaving at least 27 people injured, according to multiple reports.

The five-alarm fire at Barclay Friends Senior Living Community started after 11 p.m. on Thursday. It took hours before firefighters were able to get control over the blaze, according to ABC News.

The Associated Press reported that after the fire started, dozens of neighbors helped staff with rescuing residents, carrying some of them to the ambulances on makeshift gurneys. Some of the residents were taken to a shelter set up at a nearby college, according to USA Today.
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New to Streaming: ‘Logan Lucky,’ ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me,’ ‘Mudbound,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Allied (Robert Zemeckis)

That thing we can’t take for granted: a film whose many parts – period piece, war picture, blood-spattered actioner, deception-fueled espionage thriller, sexy romance, and, at certain turns, comedy – can gracefully move in conjunction and separate from each other, just as its labyrinthine-but-not-quite plot jumps from one setpiece to the next with little trouble in maintaining a consistency of overall pleasure. Another late-career triumph for Robert Zemeckis,
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Feuding Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company Named Co-Defendants in Lawsuits Filed by Two Actresses

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Feuding Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company Named Co-Defendants in Lawsuits Filed by Two Actresses
The Weinstein Company and its fired co-chairman, Harvey Weinstein, have been served two new California civil lawsuits in the past 24 hours. Each plaintiff is an actress listed as Jane Doe, but the second case is a class action suit that could amass many more accusers.

On November 14, TMZ first reported a lawsuit in which a woman claims Weinstein raped her at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel in 2016 after she was falsely told that she’d been cast in the now-cancelled Netflix series “Marco Polo,” which he executive produced. She said that the assault began with Weinstein performing unwanted oral sex on her, then penetrating her without a condom as she attempted to fight him off. At the same hotel in 2015, she was allegedly forced to watch the studio chief masturbate while he clutched her wrists with his free hand.

Read More:Harvey Weinstein’s Firing: What Happens to TWC, the Movies,
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The evolution of handheld videogaming in 17 consoles

Ryan Lambie Nov 16, 2017

There's more to handhelds than the Game Boy. We take a look at how mobile gaming has changed over the decades...

It goes without saying that handheld games have come a long way over the past 35 or-so years. From electronic bleepy things that were little more than glorified calculators, portable technology is now almost unrecognisable in 2017.

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Back in 1989, the world collectively shrieked with excitement at the thought of playing Tetris on a bus. By the early years of the 21st century, we were finally able to type angry messages on Twitter from the top deck of the number 45 from Wellingborough without a second thought.

Yes, mobile phones and tablets have changed the way we do just about everything, from navigating around cities to connecting with friends. But while those
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J.K. Simmons and Ben Affleck discuss Justice League’s “badass” Commissioner Gordon

In just a few days time, we’ll be introduced to the newest take on Gotham City’s Police Commissioner James Gordon, as Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons makes his DC Extended Universe debut in the DC blockbuster Justice League, and Simmons has been chatting about his “badass” take on the iconic character.

“My take on Commissioner Gordon is that he’s a badass,” said Simmons. “But that’s an under-appreciated part of who he is, because he’s eclipsed by the ultimate badass, Batman. But Gordon is a tough ex-Marine, who worked his way up and can handle himself in the turf of bad guys. Compared to Batman, he’s just a regular guy, but compared to most people, he’s a champion.”

“I did another movie with J.K. called The Accountant, and he’s a fine actor,” added Ben Affleck, who could reunite with Simmons on The Batman, assuming
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Stranger Things Chief Hopper Figure Photos & Details Revealed by McFarlane Toys

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Chief Hopper, the protector of Hawkins and investigator of the Upside Down is coming to life in figure form from McFarlane Toys, and we have photos and details on the collectible that just wants coffee and contemplation in the morning.

An exact release date for the Chief Hopper figure has yet to be announced, but we have official details and photos below and be sure to keep an eye on McFarlane Toys' website for further updates.

From McFarlane Toys: "As Chief of Police in small Hawkins, Indiana Jim Hopper’s days are usually pretty quiet, however, the disappearance of Will Byers turned the Chief’s life upside down, forcing him to utilize resources and conduct an investigation unlike any he has ever encountered before.

Chief Hopper

Spectacular likeness for Chief Hopper sculpted from images of actor David Harbour Figure comes with pistol and coffee mug Figure is featured in sheriff
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Police Probed Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons for Alleged Sexual Battery in 2001 (Exclusive)

Police Probed Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons for Alleged Sexual Battery in 2001 (Exclusive)
Updated With Simmons Statement: The Beverly Hills Police Department investigated producers Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons for alleged sexual battery in 2001, according to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office and the producers’ criminal defense attorney.

Prosecutors declined to press charges in the case, citing insufficient evidence.

The alleged victim has not been identified. According to police records, the 29-year-old woman came into the department to file a report at 4:45 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 3, 2001. She alleged that two men held her against her will and that both touched her unlawfully, according to police.

She contended that the incident occurred between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. that morning at a home in the 1200 block of Benedict Canyon Drive. Ratner’s home, known as Hilhaven Lodge, is on the same block. At the time of the incident, Ratner was coming off the biggest hit of his career with “Rush Hour 2.”

Simmons has responded
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Corey Haim's Mom Denies Allegation That Her Son Was Sexually Abused by Charlie Sheen (Exclusive)

Corey Haim's Mom Denies Allegation That Her Son Was Sexually Abused by Charlie Sheen (Exclusive)
Judy Haim is speaking out after an allegation surfaced that her late son, Corey Haim, was sexually assaulted by Charlie Sheen.

In a National Enquirer report released earlier this week, the Two and a Half Men star was accused by one of Corey's longtime friends of sexually assaulting the then 13-year-old actor on the set of the 1986 film Lucas.

"My son never mentioned Charlie. We never talked about Charlie. It was all made up," Judy tells Et exclusively following the publication of the report. "If my son was here to hear all of this he would throw up."

Corey, who starred in a number of popular films in the '80s, died on March 10, 2010 at the age of 38 of pneumonia.

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"I lived with [Corey] in Canada half the time. I knew exactly where this kid was at all times," Judy continues. "I’m fed up
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Former Boston TV News Anchor Claims Kevin Spacey Sexually Assaulted Her Son

Former Boston TV News Anchor Claims Kevin Spacey Sexually Assaulted Her Son
Former television news anchor Heather Unruh claims actor Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted her teenage son, CBS Boston reports.

During a news conference on Wednesday morning, with attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Unruh alleged the assault happened in July 2016 on Nantucket when her son was drunk at the Club Car restaurant.

Fighting back tears, she said her son was a "starstruck, straight, 18-year-old young man who had no idea that the famous actor was an alleged sexual predator, or that he was about to become his next victim."

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"To Kevin Spacey, I want to say this," Unruh told reporters. "Shame on you for what you did to my son."

The former anchor claims Spacey bought her son several drinks, and eventually stuck his hand in his pants and grabbed the teen's genitals without consent in the crowded, dimly lit club.

When
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Lapd Begin Investigating Feldman Case, Sean Astin Speaks Out

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Lapd Begin Investigating Feldman Case, Sean Astin Speaks Out
Corey Feldman has confirmed that he officially reported the names of his alleged abusers to the Los Angeles Police Department, and they are now investigating the rumored Hollywood Pedophile ring that he plans to expose in his upcoming Truth movie, which will recount his early life while revealing the men who abused him. Feldman filed the official report with the Lapd on Monday. He then said this on Twitter.

"Important campaign update. I just completed a formal sit down interview with the Lapd special division and gave them all the info I know. This was officially the 1st formal report ever taken on any of my cases, as Sbpd never followed up back in 1993 and has no record of my complaints. The Lapd will begin an official investigation now. Things are heating up, I'm praying for my safety."

Corey Feldman has long worried that either he or his young son
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Illinois Couple Allegedly Let 6-Year-Old Boy ‘Starve to Death’ as Punishment

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Illinois Couple Allegedly Let 6-Year-Old Boy ‘Starve to Death’ as Punishment
Authorities who charged an Illinois couple with murder say their 6-year-old son died last week of malnutrition because they allegedly withheld food to punish him, People confirms.

The boy weighed just 17 lbs. at the time of his death, according to documents from the Jersey County, Illinois, State’s Attorney obtained by People.

Police in Jerseyville, Illinois, said in a statement that they were called to the Jerseyville Community Hospital on Friday after the boy died.

Investigators determined that the child — who lived with three other siblings and two step-siblings — and a 7-year-old were both allegedly “deprived of food by their
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At Least 26 Dead, Including Children, After Shooter Opens Fire on Texas Church Service

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At Least 26 Dead, Including Children, After Shooter Opens Fire on Texas Church Service
At least 26 people are dead and more than 20 are injured after a gunman opened fire at a church in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said during a news conference on Sunday evening, calling the shooting the deadliest in state history.

Freeman Martin, regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the shooter was dressed in all-black tactical gear with a ballistics vest and began firing from outside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs around 11:30 a.m. local time during a service. Sutherland Springs is about 35 miles southeast of San Antonio.

The gunman then entered the church and continued to shoot his weapon.
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Sliff 2017 Interview: Donald Rosenfeld – Producer of Cradle Of Champions

Cradle Of Champions screens Sunday, November 5th at 4:00pm at The .Zack (3224 Locust St.) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Producer Donald Rosenfeld will be in attendance. Ticket information can be found Here

Made with a dream team of documentary talent — the crew’s past films include “Citizenfour,” “Cameraperson,” “Queen of Versailles,” “Racing Dreams,” and “Cartel Land” — “Cradle of Champions” captures the epic story of three young people fighting for their lives in the oldest, biggest, and most important amateur boxing tournament in the world: the New York’s Daily News Golden Gloves. “Cradle of Champions” follows three inspiring individuals on an urban odyssey through the 10-week Golden Gloves. Though boxing has come under increasing criticism in the past few decades, the tournament — which has produced more professional world champions than the Olympic Games — has taken legions of at-risk kids off the streets and given them discipline,
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White Freshman Charged with Alleged Harassment of Black Roommate – and Showrunner Shonda Rhimes Reacts

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White Freshman Charged with Alleged Harassment of Black Roommate – and Showrunner Shonda Rhimes Reacts
A white female college freshman is facing a criminal charge after allegedly boasting on social media about covertly harassing her black roommate to the point that she moved out, People confirms.

The allegations – deemed “deeply disturbing” and “reprehensible” by University of Hartford President Greg Woodward in a statement – have led to the expulsion of the white student, Brianna Brochu, 18, and a flurry of support and concern for the alleged victim, Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe, who made the episode public in a video posted earlier this week that went viral.

Brochu, 18, appeared but did not comment in Hartford Community Court today following
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Illinois Man Allegedly Killed and Dismembered His Mother After She Complained About His Loud Music

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Illinois Man Allegedly Killed and Dismembered His Mother After She Complained About His Loud Music
Police in Illinois have filed premeditated murder charges against a 55-year-old man accused of killing and then dismembering his mother, whose remains were discovered in duffel bags in a Chicago lagoon, People confirms.

According to the Elgin Police Department, Brian Peck reported his mother, 76-year-old Gail Peck, missing on Friday, allegedly telling detectives she went for a walk and never returned. Peck also allegedly told police that his mother brought her dog on the walk, and the pet found its way home.

For days, Elgin Police and several volunteers searched the area looking for any sign of Gail.

“The search
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Stranger Things 2: complete Easter Egg and reference guide

Michael Ahr Oct 30, 2017

Stranger Things season 2 is filled with pop culture references and other goodies you may have missed. Here's what our Us chums found...

Warning: contains episode-by-episode spoilers.

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With a series like Stranger Things, which places a lot of weight behind its nostalgia for 80s pop culture, any hidden references, allusions, and homages become key for audience enjoyment, especially for those who were the same age back then as the kids are in the show. Whether it be a song choice with particularly appropriate lyrics, a recognisable image meant to invoke an 80s movie or TV show, or a detail harkening back to season 1, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of all the easter eggs and references here.

Did we miss any? Let us know
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Body of Teacher Missing for Five Months Found After Husband Reveals Clues to Her Whereabouts in His Suicide Note

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The body of a missing Michigan teacher was discovered Tuesday, the same day her husband was found dead in their home.

After more than 100 days of searching, police recovered the body of Theresa Lockhart, a 44-year-old high school Spanish teacher from Portage, Michigan, who was reported missing in May.

The mystery of her death was solved after her husband, 47-year-old Christopher Lockhart, was found dead in their home Tuesday shortly before 11 a.m., according to the Portage Department of Public Safety.

Christopher was meant to report to the Corrections Division of the Portage County Sheriff’s Office at 10 a.m.
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Stars Attend 2017 Last Chance For Animals Benefit Gala

Last Chance for Animals (Lca) hosted its star-studded 2017 Benefit Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Scott and Renee Baio

The event brought together more than 300 animal lovers, philanthropists and celebrities for an evening of vegan hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live entertainment and dancing. Actress Katie Cleary and radio personality Mark Thompson emceed the evening.

Celebrity guests included actors Joanna Krupa, Priscilla Presley and Scott Baio, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett, broadcast personality Jane Velez-Mitchell and Congo anti-poaching pilot Anthony Caere

This year’s celebration honored five visionaries who share Lca’s mission to eliminate animal exploitation worldwide. Outspoken animal rights activist and philanthropist, Philip Wollen received the Albert Schweitzer Award for his animal welfare work in over 40 countries. Jane Velez-Mitchell, one of America’s most prominent spokespersons for animal rights, received the prestigious Sam Simon Award, named in honor of Lca’s devoted supporter and The Simpsons co-creator,
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Security Guard Wounded in Las Vegas Shooting Appears on Ellen After Reports He Vanished

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Security Guard Wounded in Las Vegas Shooting Appears on Ellen After Reports He Vanished
The Las Vegas security guard who was wounded while trying to stop shooter Stephen Paddock at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Oct. 1 has spoken out on The Ellen DeGeneres Show — after many had expressed concern over his whereabouts.

Jesus Campos recounted to DeGeneres how he was shot in the leg as he approached the room on the 32nd floor of the hotel on the Las Vegas strip. From that corner room, Paddock fired down onto a crowd of some 22,000 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. According to authorities, the gunfire continued off and on for about nine to 11 minutes. Paddock
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