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Weinstein Co. Hires Top Attorney to Fight Sexual Harassment Suits

The Weinstein Co. has hired a top employment practices attorney to defend it from sexual harassment suits, including one brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Gerald Maatman, a partner at Seyfarth Shaw, filed a motion on Tuesday defending the company from a proposed class-action case. Maatman is a go-to attorney for companies facing discrimination suits from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In the motion, Maatman argued for the dismissal of a proposed class-action racketeering suit brought by six actresses in December. He contends that Harvey Weinstein’s alleged misconduct is barred by the statute of limitations, and that the plaintiffs failed to establish that the company as a whole was responsible for Weinstein’s behavior.

“Virtually all of the alleged conduct about which Plaintiffs complain in the Complaint was committed by H. Weinstein, acting alone, between 10 and 25 years ago,” Maatman argues.

Maatman will also be handling the company’s defense to the discrimination suit filed
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Ex-ny Gov. Eliot Spitzer Recording of Death Threats Against Ex-gf Released

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[[tmz:video id="0_y7m5491m"]] Ex-ny Governor Eliot Spitzer threatened an ex-girlfriend and her family ... and unfortunately for him, she recorded the violent rant. Svetlana Zakharova Travis says she recorded the phone conversation shortly after a February 2016 incident where the disgraced politician allegedly choked her at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. Spitzer barked at her, "Go to Siberia and f**king die, a**hole!" He continued, "F**king bitch. Get out of my life. If I ever hear from you again,
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'Get Me Roger Stone' Filmmakers Compare the "Dirty Trickster" to Donald Trump

'Get Me Roger Stone' Filmmakers Compare the
His enemies have numerous names for him, but "dirty trickster" is what right-wing political consultant Roger Stone proudly calls himself. A former advisor to President Trump, Stone's influence in Republican politics dates to the campaign of Barry Goldwater, for whom he was a volunteer at the tender age of 12.

He has played major and minor roles in every Republican administration since then, whether it was tearing down liberal opponents (he claims to have been instrumental in the demise of disgraced New York governor Eliot Spitzer) or profanely attacking members of the media he deems unfriendly (Twitter suspended him last...
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Molly’s Game’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Molly’s Game’
Aaron Sorkin talks a good game, so it should come as no surprise that his directorial debut — surprisingly cinematic for someone so voluble, in which Jessica Chastain plays self-made gambling madam Molly Bloom, who built a multi-million-dollar poker empire that managed to attract a lot of unwanted attention (much of it on account of her memoir, “Molly’s Game”) — amounts to a series of mile-a-minute monologues, stacked back-to-back for the better part of 140 minutes. Still, for a writer accused of misogyny in the past, “Molly’s Game” delivers one of the screen’s great female parts — a dense, dynamic, compulsively entertaining affair, whose central role makes stunning use of Chastain’s stratospheric talent.

Whereas most Hollywood directors aspire to the show-don’t-tell school of screenwriting, Sorkin clearly subscribes to a different philosophy: tell more, tell it faster, and then re-tell it in different words for added effect. And guess what? That
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Watch: Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon All But Confirms She’s Planning to Run for Governor of New York

Watch: Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon All But Confirms She’s Planning to Run for Governor of New York
Would Cynthia Nixon run for office? @AlRoker asks! https://t.co/xi9Es5qAvy

— Today (@TODAYshow) August 8, 2017

Cynthia Nixon has “heard those rumors” that she’s running for New York State governor — and it sounds like she’s almost ready to officially respond.

The 51-year-old Sex and the City alum and native New Yorker stopped by Today on Tuesday to discuss her new movie, The Only Living Boy in New York, and although she said she couldn’t make an announcement about a potential gubernatorial run just yet, she spoke passionately about the topics she would address if she were elected.
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People v Oj Simpson: 11 TV Personalities Who Got Their Big Break Covering the Case (Photos)

People v Oj Simpson: 11 TV Personalities Who Got Their Big Break Covering the Case (Photos)
Eliot Spitzer When Spitzer was elected New York State Attorney General in 1999, he credited the win to his appearances on CNBC’s “Rivera Live.” Hosted by Geraldo Rivera, the show focused mostly on the Oj Simpson trial. Spitzer then went on to become Governor of the Empire State in 2007, a term that ended a year later when he found himself embroiled in a prostitution scandal. In 2010, Spitzer joined CNN where he anchored a short-lived talk show with journalist Kathleen Parker. Nancy Grace The host of Hln’s “Nancy Grace” got her big break doing commentary on legal shows just as the Oj Simpson trial.
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Review: ‘Get Me Roger Stone’ Is An Essential, Infuriating Portrait Of The Political Supervillain Behind Donald Trump — Tribeca 2017

Review: ‘Get Me Roger Stone’ Is An Essential, Infuriating Portrait Of The Political Supervillain Behind Donald Trump — Tribeca 2017
You may not know Roger Stone’s name, but I absolutely guarantee that you’re familiar with his work. A self-described “agent provocateur” who’s dedicated his entire life to becoming (and remaining) the Machiavellian puppet-master of American politics, Stone is the closest thing that Washington D.C. has ever had to a genuine supervillain. Transformed by a chance encounter with a radioactive Barry Goldwater book when he was just a kid, Stone immediately began fashioning himself into a destructive force of nature. It would take a while before the body-building dandy started dressing like the Riddler, but in first grade he was already feeding his classmates disinformation about how a certain presidential candidate was in favor of school on Saturdays, and at 19 he became the youngest person named in the Watergate scandal (and he was proud of it).

In the ’80s, he practically invented the SuperPAC, supported dictators, and
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John Oates Felt Like He Was Going to Die After Learning He Lost Millions — and How He Won It Back

John Oates Felt Like He Was Going to Die After Learning He Lost Millions — and How He Won It Back
John Oates — part of the Hall and Oates hit-making duo — had a panic attack so severe after he learned he was broke that he thought he was dying. The scene is highlighted in his new memoir, Change of Seasons, in which he also reveals how he eventually recouped some of that well-earned money.

“Daryl and I were always isolated from all that,” Oates writes of his knowledge of his band’s finances. “In a sense, the situation was not dissimilar to that of a dysfunctional family. We were the kids, encouraged to enjoy the wild, crazy, protracted-adolescence life of a rock star.
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Real Time recap: Democrats need to tap into their pervert candidates says Bill Maher

Last night’s Real Time with Bill Maher had no Hollywood celebrities, but Maher’s panel of pundits, reporters and environmentalist activists touched on major issues of substance that people are concerned about such as climate change. Yet it was Maher’s closing argument in his New Rules segment that made a point of urging Democrats to elevate some flawed but effective candidates to compete with the “pussy grabber” currently in office. Using some notable Democratic sexual scallywags like Eliot Spitzer, John Edwards, and Anthony Weiner, Maher lauded some of their “alpha male” qualities and urged people to overlook their scandalous personal lives....read more
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Bill Maher Pitches Anthony Weiner to Liberals: ‘We Need Our Loudmouth Kick Ass New Yorker’ (Video)

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Bill Maher Pitches Anthony Weiner to Liberals: ‘We Need Our Loudmouth Kick Ass New Yorker’ (Video)
Bill Maher rallied the liberal troops Friday night, hoping to generate a little excitement on the left by summoning their own “loudmouth, kick ass New Yorker who is up all night on social media”… aka Anthony Weiner or Eliot Spitzer. “If the new normal is a president who has bragged about sexual assault and walking in on naked teenage beauty pageant contestants and who has spoken lustfully about his own daughter and once said of a fifth grader, ‘I’m going to date her in 10 years,’ tell me again why someone like Eliot Spitzer is so terrible,” Maher said on.
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The People Review: Goodbye to Julianna Margulies' The Good Wife

The People Review: Goodbye to Julianna Margulies' The Good Wife
Sex and politics are both immensely complicated topics. Combine the two into sexual politics, and you have something approaching psychological string theory. For seven solid seasons, The Good Wife, CBS's now-concluding dramatic series starring Julianna Margulies, 49, was the best series ever to tackle this tangled, inflammatory, of-the-moment topic. When the series premiered in 2009, its premise - the wife of a philandering Chicago politician decides to rebuild her life while negotiating with all the fallout - drew comparisons both to the sex scandal that had forced New York Governor Eliot Spitzer out of office and, of course, to the endless triumphs
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The People Review: Goodbye to Julianna Margulies' The Good Wife

The People Review: Goodbye to Julianna Margulies' The Good Wife
Sex and politics are both immensely complicated topics. Combine the two into sexual politics, and you have something approaching psychological string theory. For seven solid seasons, The Good Wife, CBS's now-concluding dramatic series starring Julianna Margulies, 49, was the best series ever to tackle this tangled, inflammatory, of-the-moment topic. When the series premiered in 2009, its premise - the wife of a philandering Chicago politician decides to rebuild her life while negotiating with all the fallout - drew comparisons both to the sex scandal that had forced New York Governor Eliot Spitzer out of office and, of course, to the endless triumphs
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Ted Cruz Bombs in the Bronx as Hillary Clinton Takes 5 Tries to Get Through the Subway Turnstiles

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Ted Cruz Bombs in the Bronx as Hillary Clinton Takes 5 Tries to Get Through the Subway Turnstiles
Ted Cruz is not in Wisconsin anymore. Fresh off his Tuesday victory in the Midwestern state, the Gop hopeful held a campaign event in the Bronx on Wednesday, where he got the cold shoulder from voters still sore over his mocking of "New York values" in a January attack ad about rival Donald Trump. "Residents and leaders derided him for insulting the city and the borough, only to come crawling back for votes," The Daily News reports. Adds The Washington Post, Bronx voters still "haven't gotten over" Cruz's criticism of the borough during a 2014 lecture on immigration: "I understand Manhattan
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Zero Days’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Zero Days’
Whereas nearly all forms of 20th-century combat go boom, the next frontier of cyberwarfare goes beep — or scarier still, it makes no sound at all as hyper-targeted malware disables or destroys its adversaries’ infrastructure. It is this silent threat, made all the more intimidating by a muzzle of secrecy in which those involved are forbidden even to speak about computer network attacks, that Alex Gibney not just exposes but almost miraculously manages to explain in “Zero Days,” a white-knuckle nonfiction thriller whose geek-speak title effectively announces that this new threat is already here and the world is now playing catch-up to contain it.

Clear, urgent and positively terrifying at times, the latest bombshell from one of America’s most prolific and unapologetically probing docu directors should do well for Magnolia Pictures, which acquired the film in advance of its Berlin Film Festival premiere, having previously backed Gibney’s no-punches-pulled films about Steve Jobs,
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TV Review: ‘Join or Die With Craig Ferguson’

TV Review: ‘Join or Die With Craig Ferguson’
Craig Ferguson appears to miss his late-night talk platform, and for the sake of his newest venture, he had better hope some viewers do too. Because other than the few minutes the host spends doing standup to open the half-hour, there’s precious little to recommend “Join or Die With Craig Ferguson,” a History series so loose as to feel not just under-produced, but virtually un-produced. Consisting of Ferguson and a trio of guests batting around the most arbitrary of topics, it might be the cheapest-looking program of its kind since “Square Off.” And that’s saying something.

“Join or Die” (a title derived from a Benjamin Franklin cartoon) is predicated on a simple if half-baked premise: Ferguson comes out and introduces that week’s subject, a la “Biggest Political Blunder” or “Worst Medical Advice,” tells a few jokes, and then brings out a trio of guests to discuss it.
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Eliot Spitzer Accuser Recants Assault Story, Lawyer Says

Eliot Spitzer Accuser Recants Assault Story, Lawyer Says
The woman who accused Eliot Spitzer of choking her at The Plaza Hotel in New York City on Saturday recanted and apologized in an email before flying back to her native Russia, according to the former governor’s lawyer. “There is no case here,” Spitzer’s attorney, Adam S. Kaufmann, told The New York Times on Monday. “There was no assault.” The former New York governor is accused of attacking Svetlana Travis on Saturday night after she apparently told him she was going back home. According to the Times, Spitzer was in the room when detectives arrived. The incident is
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Eliot Spitzer Accused Of Assaulting 25-Year-Old Woman

Eliot Spitzer is under investigation for allegedly assaulting a woman, who claims that she was the former New York governor’s girlfriend. Eliot Spitzer Assault Allegations Svetlana Zakharova Travis, 25, began seeing Spitzer a couple of years ago, according to the New York Post. Travis reportedly met with Spitzer on Saturday at The Plaza hotel, where […]

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Ex-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer Denies He Choked Woman at The Plaza Hotel

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Ex-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer Denies He Choked Woman at The Plaza Hotel
The NYPD is investigating former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer after a 25-year-old woman alleged that he choked her inside the Plaza Hotel on Saturday. “The victim has indicated that the subject is Eliot Spitzer,” the New York Police Department said in a statement released on Sunday. “Through an ongoing investigation, we are attempting to further establish the identity of the subject and the nature of the incident.” Spitzer, who has also held TV gigs at MSNBC, CNN and Current, denied the allegation through spokeswoman Lisa Linden. Also Read: Alec Baldwin Calls TMZ's Harvey Levin a 'Festering Boil' on 'Anus of American.
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Eliot Spitzer's Rep Says There Is 'No Truth' to Allegation of Assault in a New York City Hotel

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Eliot Spitzer's Rep Says There Is 'No Truth' to Allegation of Assault in a New York City Hotel
Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has been accused of assaulting an unidentified victim in a New York City hotel, a source confirms to People. The source says that Manhattan detectives are currently investigating allegations of an assault that took place in a hotel in the Midtown neighborhood of NYC. The victim has identified Spitzer, 56, as the assailant, but authorities are still investigating the the incident and trying to establish the identity of the assailant. The New York Post was the first to report the news. No charges have been filed against Spitzer. In a statement to People, Spitzer's spokeswoman
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Eliot Spitzer Under Investigation for Alleged Assault in New York City Hotel

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Eliot Spitzer Under Investigation for Alleged Assault in New York City Hotel
Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has been accused of assaulting an unidentified victim in a New York City hotel, a source confirms to People. The source says that Manhattan detectives are currently investigating allegations of an assault that took place in a hotel in the Midtown neighborhood of NYC. The victim has identified Spitzer, 56, as the assailant, but authorities are still investigating the the incident and trying to establish the identity of the assailant. The New York Post was the first to report the news. No charges have been filed against Spitzer. The former governor's rep did not immediately
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