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Reese Witherspoon alleges sexual assault by director when she was 16

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Actor says that agents and producers told her to remain silent about the incident, which she says was the first of many experiences of sexual assault and harassment throughout her career

Reese Witherspoon has alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a director when she was 16, but was told to remain silent by agents and producers.

The actor made the claims during a speech reflecting on the problems faced by women in the film industry at the Elle Women in Hollywood event on Monday, People reports. Witherspoon did not name the director in question but said that the incident was the first of many experiences of “harassment and sexual assault” throughout her career.

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- Gwilym Mumford

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The Lego Ninjago Movie karate kicks Blade Runner 2049 off top of the UK box office

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The Snowman gets a slightly chilly reception, while arthouse audiences warm to animated biopic Loving Vincent and Sally Potter comedy The Party

Opening in the UK with £3.64m, The Lego Ninjago Movie tops the box-office chart, elbowing aside Blade Runner 2049. It’s the second Lego-themed chart-topper this year, following The Lego Batman Movie in February. It’s also the fifth animated chart-topper, following Sing, The Lego Batman Movie, The Boss Baby and Despicable Me 3.

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- Charles Gant

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Carrie Fisher gave predatory producer a cow's tongue in a box

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Screenwriter Heather Robinson says that after telling Fisher she’d had to fight off a Hollywood executive, the Star Wars actor hand-delivered him the gift with a threatening note

Carrie Fisher once hand-delivered a cow’s tongue wrapped in a Tiffany box to a predatory Hollywood producer, a friend of the late actor has claimed.

Screenwriter Heather Robinson said that Fisher had intervened after the unnamed executive, identified as an Oscar winner, had tried to force himself on Robinson while in his car.

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- Gwilym Mumford

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Back from the dead: is the slasher movie set to make a killing?

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The hit Happy Death Day hints at renewed interest in the masked killer genre, with Jamie Lee Curtis back in the Halloween saga and Scream getting revived

Vampire in Brooklyn, Thinner, The Dentist, Leprechaun 3 … the horror genre in the mid-90s was terrifying for all the wrong reasons. It was barely even a thing, at least outside of the very bottom shelf of Blockbuster, a place where kids would awkwardly hover before begging parents to let them watch some film about an evil laundry-folding machine.

Related: Horrorwood! Will the new golden age of scary movies save cinema?

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- Benjamin Lee

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Ex-Weinstein staffer says assistants were manipulated: ‘We weren’t safe either’

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As stories suggest female staffers helped lure producer’s alleged victims, former assistant says she and her colleagues also faced abusive behavior

The women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse spoke of the same tactic: the movie producer would make young women feel safe with the presence of his female assistants, who would later disappear, leaving the mogul alone to harass and assault his guests, they alleged.

After a week of reading stories casting blame on Weinstein’s female employees, one former assistant said she wanted to speak up and make clear that the situation was much more complicated. She and other women at his company were also victims of Weinstein’s abuse – regularly exploited and manipulated, leaving some severely traumatized, the woman alleged in a recent interview with the Guardian.

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- Sam Levin in San Francisco

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The Secret Actress: in Hollywood, Harvey Weinstein is not an anomaly

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Harvey Weinstein represents a culture in which women are deemed either screen-bait or difficult. If these men are ‘dinosaurs’, bring on the asteroid

The Secret Actress is an Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated actor who lives and works in La today.

I had a thought the other morning. Yet another actress I know was coming forward with her story of a foul encounter with Harvey Weinstein, and this thought swilled around in the grubby impression left by the details.

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- The Secret Actress

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Turning to the dark side: is Luke Skywalker really the villain of Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

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In the new poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mark Hamill’s character looms menacingly in the background – just like his dear old dad Darth Vader used to

When giant Snoke told us last time out that there had been an “awakening”, most Star Wars fans assumed the alien overlord must be referring to Daisy Ridley’s proto-Jedi Rey and her madcap Force visions. But it’s becoming increasingly obvious in the run-up to Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi that disturbances in the Force are more insidious and potentially wide-ranging.

First came last week’s final trailer for the middle part of the new Star Wars trilogy, in which Ridley seems to be cosying up to Adam Driver’s sinister Kylo Ren. And this week there’s been plenty of talk online to the effect that Luke Skywalker himself might finally be set to turn to the dark side, »

- Ben Child

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'Not the case': Lars Von Trier denies sexually harassing Björk

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Danish director rejects singer’s allegation as the producer of Dancer in the Dark claims he and Von Trier ‘were the victims’

Danish film director Lars von Trier has rejected Icelandic pop singer Björk’s allegation that he sexually harassed her during the making of the movie Dancer in the Dark.

“That was not the case. But that we were definitely not friends, that’s a fact,” Von Trier told Danish daily Jyllands-Posten in its online edition.

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- Agence France-Presse

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The Weinstein Company in talks on possible sale

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Film studio to take ‘capital infusion’ and discuss potential sell-off in wake of allegations against Harvey Weinstein

The Weinstein Company is in talks to sell to a private equity company in the wake of the sexual harassment and assault allegations against its co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

The film production business has entered into an agreement with buyout firm Colony Capital to secure an “immediate capital infusion”, as the company fights for its future.

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- Mark Sweney and Dominic Rushe in New York

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Woody Allen forced to clarify comments about 'sad' Harvey Weinstein

16 October 2017 3:28 AM, PDT

Director says his remarks about the sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein were misconstrued and that the producer is ‘a sick man’

Woody Allen has been forced to clarify remarks made about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, after stating that he felt “sad” for the disgraced producer.

Allen was widely criticised for comments made on Saturday in which he expressed sympathy for Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual abuse and harassment by a growing number of women.

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- Gwilym Mumford

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Straight to the heart: Hollywood’s hetero approach to casting gay cinema

16 October 2017 2:00 AM, PDT

Call Me By Your Name is the latest movie to cast straight actors in roles that are not, while the opposite seldom occurs. Is it time for #OscarsSoStraight?

Related: Armie Hammer on gay romance Call Me By Your Name: ‘There were fetishes I didn’t understand’

Every time a new movie about a gay relationship comes out, the question gets asked: “Why did they have to cast straight actors?” White actors playing characters of colour is seen as inappropriate; what about straight actors playing gay characters?

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- Steve Rose

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