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    Here is another one. The bald guy on the right is Zucker the former head of NBC who said he had no idea Lauer was a sexual predator last week. Except he was at the roast in 2008 with dozens of raunchy jokes about Lauer's sexual escapades. The link is below also.

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    Former NBC exec Jeff Zucker who had 'never heard about of Matt Lauer's sexual misconduct' joked about him masturbating and 'rolled with laughter' about the 'C**k of the Rock's' sexcapades at explicit 2008 roast

    Jeff Zucker took part in the 2008 comedy roast of Matt Lauer at The Friar's Club
    He joked about Lauer, 59, using hand sanitizer before and after masturbating
    Others joked in graphic detail about him having sex with colleagues Katie Couric and Ann Curry
    Martha Stewart told the room: 'NBC executives call Matt the C**k of the Rock
    Joe Scarborough, who was also there, said there were other remarks about Lauer 'pushing himself on people'
    Zucker last week claimed he had 'never heard a whisper' about Lauer being 'deviant or predatory'
    He says he never received a complaint about Lauer, a claim current Today staffers undermine
    His claim not to have known has been undermined by claims by current NBC staffers that he 'got complaints' but protected Lauer
    It is not known how many other NBC executives were in the 1,900 person audience at the roast

    By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com

    Published: 13:04 EST, 6 December 2017 | Updated: 16:56 EST, 6 December 2017

    Former NBC executive Jeff Zucker who claimed to have never heard 'a whisper' of Matt Lauer's sexual misconduct joked about his in-office antics at an explicit comedy roast in 2008 which was described at the time as 'three hours of d*** jokes'.

    Zucker, who worked with Lauer on Today between 1992 and 2000, was among several guest speakers at the event.

    Earlier this week, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said he had to leave it because it was full of jokes about Lauer 'pushing himself on people' and 'having sex with employees'.

    While Zucker's jokes were by no means the most graphic and none centered on harassment or assault, he won laughs from the room by discussing Lauer's quirky sexual habits.

    'I don’t want to say Matt is a germophobe, but he’s the only guy I know who uses Purell both before and after he masturbates,' was one remark.

    In another crude inference, he told the room: 'It's good to see Matt up here and not under my desk.'

    The jokes were part of the Friar's Club Roast at the Hilton Midtown in New York City.

    Martha Stewart, one of the other guest speakers, declared to applause: 'I hear NBC executives call Matt the C**k of the Rock,' a reference to the network's Manhattan headquarters.

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    Dayumn Doctor Oz really went to town today, and the show included the sexual assaults that occurred at a nationwide chain called Massage Envy.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buick Electra View Post
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    Something big is going to break re: Frank Guistra/Lionsgate/Gary Goddard/Jeff Epstein. Read the Blind Item from Crazy Days & Nights, then the comment posts.
    Gary Goddard got taken down today on Doctor Oz... hopefully he's arrested and soon. Apparently he raped the gay boys and molested the straight boys.
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    This may be the "big one" predicted to happen.

    The link is here.

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    ‘X-Men’ film director Bryan Singer sued for alleged sexual assault

    December 8, 2017

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Brian Singer, the director of the film series “X-Men”, has been sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in 2003, according to a lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court in Washington state.

    Singer has denied the accusation.

    The lawsuit, filed on Thursday on behalf of a man named Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, said the alleged assault took place in the Seattle area at a party aboard a private yacht at which alcohol was served, according to court documents.

    In the lawsuit, Sanchez-Guzman alleged that Singer was a guest at the party and took him on a tour of the yacht and sexually assaulted him. The lawsuit charges Singer with sexual assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and sexual exploitation of children.

    Singer’s spokesman, Andrew Brettler, said the allegations were false, and this case would fail like another case brought against Singer in 2014 did.

    “Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end,” Brettler said in an email.

    Reuters was unable to independently confirm any of the allegations made in the lawsuit.

    The lawsuit asks for damages to be determined at a trial.

    The accusation against Singer is one of a number against prominent American men in politics, media and entertainment who have been accused in recent months of sexual harassment and misconduct.

    The lawsuit comes days after Singer, 52, was dropped as the director of 20th Century Fox film “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

    Entertainment trade publications including “Variety” and “The Hollywood Reporter”, citing unnamed sources, said Singer had clashed with the film’s lead actor and failed to turn up on the movie set.

    Singer was previously sued for sexual misconduct in 2014 by a man named Michael Egan, who accused the director of abusing him as a minor. Singer called the claims “completely false” and a “sick, twisted shakedown” at the time. The lawsuit was later dismissed.

    (Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; editing by Clive McKeef)
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    Why is that I think there is a reason behind the Dems throwing their own under the bus. I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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    Corey Feldman will be on Doctor Oz again next week, IIRC on Monday. The police that he reported his crimes to the first time, that said they had no record of his statements, have miraculously found the audio/video tapes and the documentation.

    Surprise, surprise!
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    Bad storage techniques!

    Now, now Packy, I'm sure the police didn't actually bury the files in the basement deliberately. Nope, just bad storage techniques.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer Doug View Post
    Now, now Packy, I'm sure the police didn't actually bury the files in the basement deliberately. Nope, just bad storage techniques.
    Someone finally remembered where they placed the misplaced files.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    BREAKING: Trent Franks Resigns, Effective Immediately

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    Yesterday, Lauretta and I reported on how Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) was going to resign from Congress. On Thursday afternoon, Roll Call wrote about how his resignation was "coming," and later that evening, he announced that he would be stepping down from Congress on January 31 after admitting that he acted inappropriately with some of his staffers.

    Now, the timetable has changed: Franks announced on Friday that he would be resigning that day, rather than waiting until the end of January. Franks said that his wife was in the hospital for an "ongoing ailment," and that this sped up the timetable.

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    Rep Trent Franks R-AZ says he is resigning effective today, instead of January 31, as announced Thursday night


    “Last night, my wife was admitted to the hospital in Washington, D.C. due to an ongoing ailment. After discussing options with my family, we came to the conclusion that the best thing for our family now would be for tender my previous resignation effective today, December 8th, 2017.”

    Franks has served in Congress since 2002. He was last reelected in 2016 by a 37-point margin.

    However, there may be more to this. Shortly after news of Franks' resignation broke, POLITICO's Jake Sherman announced that there would be a story dropping on Franks "shortly."

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    we have a new story on Trent Franks coming out shortly.
    12:27 PM - Dec 8, 2017

    Stay tuned...and best wishes for a speedy recovery to Franks' wife.


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    Trent Franks resigns immediately from Congress after his wife is hospitalized

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/tr...rticle/2642995

    Dec 08, 2017 | Al Weaver
    Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., announced Friday that he is resigning from Congress effective immediately instead of waiting until the end of January.

    Franks said Thursday he would leave next month after it emerged that he discussed surrogate parenthood with two female staffers — some reports said he asked them directly to be a surrogate mother. But in a Friday a statement, Franks said his wife was admitted to a hospital Thursday night due to a recurring health issue, and that Friday would be his last day as a sitting member of Congress.

    "Last night, my wife was admitted to the hospital in Washington, D.C. due to an ongoing ailment," Franks said. "After discussing options with my family, we came to the conclusion that the best thing for our family now would be for me to tender my previous resignation effective today, December 8th, 2017."

    Franks said he discussed surrogacy with his staff because he and his wife have suffered from infertility, and were looking to have a third child.

    "Due to my familiarity and experience with the process of surrogacy, I clearly became insensitive as to how the discussion of such an intensely personal topic might affect others," Franks said. "I have recently learned that the Ethics Committee is reviewing an inquiry regarding my discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates, making each feel uncomfortable. I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress."

    "But in the midst of this current cultural and media climate, I am deeply convinced I would be unable to complete a fair House Ethics investigation before distorted and sensationalized versions of this story would put me, my family, my staff, and my noble colleagues in the House of Representatives through hyperbolized public excoriation," Franks said, saying then that he would remain in Congress for most of the next two months. "It is with the greatest sadness, that for the sake of the causes I deeply love, I must now step back from the battle I have spent over three decades fighting."

    Franks had served in Congress since 2003 and was a member of the House Freedom Caucus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer Doug View Post
    Now, now Packy, I'm sure the police didn't actually bury the files in the basement deliberately. Nope, just bad storage techniques.
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    Someone finally remembered where they placed the misplaced files.
    Ahhhh . . . taking lessons from Hillary, I see . . .

    Well LOOK! THERE those missing 800 FBI file folders are, laying RIGHT ON THAT DESK for the last six months - the WHOLE TIME we've been looking for them . . . golly-gee . . .


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    Louie Freeh gave them to POTUS Bill Clinton so he could use them to blackmail the Republicans who wanted to impeach him. The 900 FBI files have never been "missing." They are in the possession of the Clinton Crime Cabal.

    If you want to know why Newt Gingrich didn't actually vote to have Clinton impeached, and instead engaged in a lot of theater, it is because Bill Clinton knew, courtesy of the 900 FBI files, that Newt was literally screwing around with the choir lady. And if you want to know why Livingston resigned, it was because he was listed in the FBI files.

    DC, or Sodom on the Potomac, has been a cesspool of sleaze, sexual perversion, blackmail, child porn and molestation for the last three decades at a minimum.

    The FBI is corrupt. They are all corrupt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer Doug View Post
    Is it just me, or does it seem the majority of the sexual harassers are Jewish men?
    It sure seems that way

    Statistics show 74% Of #Metoo Perpetrators Are Jewish Men; Why Isn’t The Media Talking About This?

    December 8, 2017

    #Metoo has been a trending topic for a while now and alarmingly, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

    The media has been using this as a breeding ground to further their own personal agendas, claiming that #metoo victims are a very diverse group of people, which doesn’t seem to be the case. Though the founder of the #metoo movement is a woman of color, white women are more likely than any other ethnicity to find themselves a victim of sexual assault. Studies have shown that 98% of #metoo women are white, this includes people like Taylor Swift.

    Taylor Swift was actually one of the first to speak out in the major domino effect. Taking David Mueller to court and suing him for only a dollar, she made good use of her time by exposing him entirely, leaving nothing out.
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    “I had already been in court all week and had to watch this man’s attorney bully, badger and harass my team including my mother over inane details and ridiculous minutiae, accusing them, and me, of lying. I was angry. In that moment, I decided to forego any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened. This man hadn’t considered any formalities when he assaulted me, and his lawyer didn’t hold back on my mom — why should I be polite? I’m told it was the most amount of times the word ‘ass’ has ever been said in Colorado Federal Court.”







    But Bryan Singer is not white, he is Jewish.

    It seems that the anger may be misplaced, most of the perpetrators are Jewish men, and most of the victims are non-Semitic white women. When races other than the white race come into play, the media are quick to feed us incorrect facts. James Levine is another example of this. Not only is this story sort of being swept under the rug, we are all being led to believe that Levine is a white male using his white male privilege to once again gain the upper hand and return to life as normal. So are they telling us that it’s okay to hate white people, but it’s not okay to hate anyone else? What happened not being discriminated of because of race?

    Woody Allen is yet another example. In an article with The Washington Post, Dylan Farrow, (Allan’s adopted daughter) asks the question that many other’s have been asking for quite some time now.

    “Why is it that Harvey Weinstein and other accused celebrities have been cast out by Hollywood, while Allen recently secured a multimillion-dollar distribution deal with Amazon, greenlit by former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price before he was suspended over sexual misconduct allegations?”

    She also added that,

    “It is a testament to Allen’s public relations team and his lawyers that few know these simple facts. It also speaks to the forces that have historically protected men like Allen: the money and power deployed to make the simple complicated, to massage the story.”

    We also can’t forget about Former Senate President Stan Rosenberg, who’s husband Bryon Hefner has several allegations of sexual assault against barley legal boys to his name. Though Rosenberg claims he never knew about these instances, a Senate investigation is underway to determine if he in fact did know, and supported his husband the entire time. This could spell big trouble for Rosenberg.

    MSNBC initially terminated his contract, but after pressure from the Washington Post, they resumed a partnership with him.

    Again the question must be asked; why isn’t the media talking about this? A problem cannot be solved if all we are fed is lies. If there is an agenda here, it needs to be pushed aside. #Metoo shouldn’t still be trending on Twitter or Facebook, it should be nipped in the bud by people who are not afraid to speak every inch of the truth. There’s no denying that this is an issue, and it’s time to stop using it as a means to bring people into supporting a certain agenda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Be Well View Post
    Well, men at last. Davis, Scarborough, and other names aren't Jewish, nor is Conyers. What about the 79 pedos? We don't know their names now. You'd have to look through a huge database of pervs and see, and even then it wouldn't be precise.

    The idea that Jews have a corner on perversion is beyond silly.
    On the Franken thread I put together a list-

    "Some Jewish icons that have fallen in the very recent past- Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Andrew Kramer, Elie Wiesel, Leon Wieseltier, Ethan Kath, Jeremy Piven, Brett Ratner, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Oreskes, Matthew Weiner, Anthony Weiner, Richard Dreyfuss, Andrew Kreisberg, Jeffrey Tambor, Matt Lauer, Israel Horovitz, James Levine, Leonard Lopate, Jonathan Schwartz, Bruce Weber, Glenn Thrush, Mark Schwahn, Jann Wenner, James Toback, Mark Halperin, Leon Wieseltier, Bryan Singer....and certainly there are more than a few that I missed. Add a few if you know of any. "

    Another list;


    I would suspect that as more and more perverts come to light it will become increasingly more difficult for even the most obtuse to continue to ignore reality.

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    New Dustin Hoffman Accuser Claims Harassment and Physical Violation on Broadway

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    Rossetter writes that Hoffman would take photos with her and "grab my breast just before they snapped the picture and then remove it." She often didn't notice in time, which she says made it seem like she was "complicit with the gesture. I was not. Not ever."

    Kathryn Rossetter performed eight times a week with the star in 'Death of a Salesman' — but, she writes, a dream job soon became "a horrific, demoralizing and abusive experience at the hands (literally) of one of my acting idols."

    On Nov. 1, The Hollywood Reporter published a guest column by writer Anna Graham Hunter in which she alleged that actor Dustin Hoffman groped and sexually harassed her when she was a 17-year-old production assistant on the set of Death of a Salesman TV movie in 1985. In response, Hoffman, now 80, apologized and said the allegations were “not reflective of who I am." Then on Dec. 4, comic John Oliver confronted Hoffman about Hunter’s claims at a film panel, during which Hoffman said, "I still don't know who this woman is. I never met her; if I met her it was in concert with other people." Since THR published Hunter’s account, several other women have approached the publication with similar stories about Hoffman’s conduct at various times and places dating back to the 1970s. One of those women, Kathryn Rossetter, who co-starred with Hoffman in Death of a Salesman on Broadway and in the TV movie, has written the following account of her experience. (She has related this story to numerous people over the years.) As explained in the editor’s note below her story, Hoffman’s representatives declined to comment but have put forth other individuals who worked on Death of a Salesman and did not witness the conduct described in this column….

    In 1983, I was an aspiring actress in New York City. I did not have the privilege of going to Yale or Juilliard. I studied privately and pounded the pavement trying to get work. I had little-to-no real experience (other than one show) when I submitted my picture and resume in the hopes of securing an audition for a Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, starring Dustin Hoffman. I had played Maggie in After the Fall, also written by Arthur Miller. Miller had come to see it and was highly complimentary of my work, so I took a chance that he might take notice of my submission.

    A miracle! I was being called in to read for Willy Loman’s mistress, "the Woman In Boston." I was much too young but felt the opportunity alone was the reward so I prepared and went. To my surprise, Dustin was reading with everyone. I was the last actress to read. He was silly and fun, and we did the scene and I laughed and he went crazy. “I love that laugh. I want her, I want her!” I couldn’t believe my ears. The director felt I was far too young and wanted another actress. Final callbacks were four days later. Dustin told me to get a wig and age makeup and to look older when I came back. The night before my final audition, he called me and said he and his makeup artist were coming to my apartment to get me ready. I was astounded. It was a little bizarre. She stuffed towels into a body stocking so I would look fatter, did my wig and aged me. Frankly, I looked like Tootsie. Thus, I went to the callback the next day.

    After my turn, I was released. A half-hour later I got a call saying I needed to hurry back to the theater. I did, wig in hand. All the other actresses were gone. I had to read again. They openly argued about me in front of me. They made me take off my dress so the producer and director could see me stuffed with towels in my body stocking. Then there was another hushed meeting of the men and they offered me the job — if I would gain 12 pounds. I was dumbstruck. I was going to be on Broadway in one of the most iconic revivals of the time. Dustin took me to his home for dinner to meet his wife and called my mother to tell her I was going to be on Broadway. The whole experience was overwhelming. He was my hero.

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    Three days later, during the first week of rehearsals, he took me to lunch. Walking back to rehearsal, he said he had to stop by his hotel room to pick up something he forgot. I asked, "Why a hotel room?" He only lived a little over a mile away. He said so he could take naps at lunch, if needed, and when they were working on scenes he wasn’t in he could go there and relax and study his lines.

    When we stepped into the room, he jumped on the bed and said, "Give me a back rub." He pulled off his shirt. I didn’t know what to do. I said we had to be back at rehearsal in 15 minutes. He said, "Just a quickie." I was a nervous wreck, but sat on the bed and gave a very lame rub. The maid walked in and I almost fainted. He laughed. As we prepared to leave, he looked at me and said, “Now we have our 'hotel room.'” Ah, I thought — Method Acting! I was his mistress and our scenes were set in a hotel room and Biff walks in. He told me to return to rehearsal a few minutes after he did and left me there.

    That was the beginning of what was to become a horrific, demoralizing and abusive experience at the hands (literally) of one of my acting idols.

    Since they loved my laugh, it was decided that I would stand in the wings on stage left at a mic and laugh on cue in a memory scene being played out on the stage. My laugh had to be choreographed and timed. That scene led directly into the scene in the second act with Dustin and me in the hotel room and Biff walking in on us. My costume was a vintage slip, no bra, garter belt and stockings. The wing space was limited, so directly behind me was a chair where Dustin would sit, with his dresser in attendance, to take water and a short rest before our final scene together.

    One night in Chicago, I felt his hand up under my slip on the inside of my thighs. I was completely surprised and tried to bat him away while watching the stage for my cues. After the show he was busy with the producer and director so I had no access to him to address it. It then happened almost every show. Six to eight shows a week. I couldn’t speak to him in the moment because I was on a live mic. He kept it up and got more and more aggressive. One night he actually started to stick his fingers inside me. Night after night I went home and cried. I withdrew and got depressed and did not have any good interpersonal relationships with the cast. How could the same man who fought to get me the job, who complimented my work, who essentially launched my career, who gave me the benefit of his wisdom as an actor, how could he also be this sexual power abuser? Was I doing something? Was it my fault?

    The groping continued. After the shows at parties, whenever he had a picture taken with me, he would put his arm around my rib cage and then grab my breast just before they snapped the picture and then remove it. He was very skilled at dropping his hand just as the picture snapped to avoid it being recorded. But it was pre-digital. You didn’t know what was there until they were developed. Only by luck do I have one such picture — where the camera caught him in the act. A picture I had taken with hopes of sending it to my family. A millisecond in time. There I am — big smile and my arm moving toward his with the intention to push it away. But caught as it is, it seems I’m complicit with the gesture. I was not. Not ever.

    Everyone around always laughed when he did this. Does that make him just a jokester? Or is he extremely smart choosing when and how to pursue his actions? Everyone standing around laughing worked for him. He gave us gifts, paid for parties. Bait and switch.

    I have a quick wit and my humor is my first line of defense. It’s how I survive. I tried everything to get him to stop. I tried to laugh it off, smack him and say witty, pointed things. I begged him nicely with tears in my eyes to please stop it. To no avail.

    His dresser came to me during the show one night. Dustin wanted to see me in an offstage dressing room where he rested while the scene in the kitchen with mom and the boys took place. I thought he wanted to give me a note on our first scene. But he wanted me to rub his feet. Get on my knees and rub his feet. I froze. I gave a little foot rub and ran out. His dresser would then continue to come get me whenever Dustin felt like it. Whenever possible, I hid and tried not to be found. But the boss was relentless. Dustin would whisper, “higher, higher,” trying to get me to move up his pants legs toward his genitals. I didn’t do it. I would stop at his calves. I understand how women say they just go inside themselves to another place as a form of protection, to distance themselves from the abuse. I felt trapped. We were just a few feet from the stage and I couldn’t say anything for fear it would be heard on stage or in the audience. His dresser stood guard outside the door.

    Then one night I was in my position at the mic preparing for my laughing scene. Dustin arrived and took his seat behind me. There was an unusual number of the crew backstage that night — men who were not needed until intermission or the end of the show. Dustin started his grope. I started my batting him away and laughing on cue. Suddenly he grabs the bottom of my slip and pulls it up over my head, exposing my breasts and body to the crew and covering my face. I missed one of my laugh cues. Dustin had spread the word to the crew to come backstage at that time for a surprise. What a jokester. Mr. Fun. It was sickening.

    After the show, one of the actors in the stage scene screamed at me and accused me of being totally unprofessional because I missed my cue. I tried to tell him what happened and he said it was my fault and walked away.

    When at last I found an opportunity, I pushed Dustin up against the wall screaming, "**** you! How would you like it if someone did that to you before you walked out on stage every night, Mr. Method Actor? Leave me alone!" He did... for three days. And then it was back to groping as usual.

    By the time we got to the Kennedy Center, I considered reporting him to Actors Equity. But I was cautioned by some respected theatre professionals that if I did, I would probably lose my job and, because he was such a powerful star, any hope of a career. It was Dustin's playpen. He controlled the purse strings. I now knew I was alone and didn’t know what to do to survive.

    I returned to acting by day and crying by night. I hardened. The play closed. We reunited to film the television movie a month later. My work shot out in three days so I had no knowledge of his treatment of interns or any other women. Nothing I hear surprises me. My experience filming was fine. I loved working with director Volker Schlondorff. (I was horrified and saddened when I saw his defense of Dustin. He uses his public forum to discredit a woman — a girl at the time — and discuss something without any of the facts. Disrespectful to everyone involved. Seems like Dustin is Teflon.)

    In the fall of 1985, we screened the film. I was very proud of my work and secretly sighed with relief that I would never see anyone involved in this project again. As Dustin was leaving, a photographer stopped him and asked for a picture with me and another actress from the film. He stood between us and put his arms around our rib cages. On cue, he grabbed our breasts. Without thinking, a knee-jerk response built up over two years, I grabbed his crotch. How would he like some of his own medicine? In that moment I understood how women abused for many years by husbands or boyfriends will pick up a gun or a knife and suddenly attack back. I also knew I had snapped and what I had done was awful. I was terrified and humiliated. My pathetic attempt at fighting back could have horrible repercussions. After all, I was not a jokester, or famous or powerful. I went home and cried for hours.

    The dust settled and I did another show with wonderful actors who were healthy and professional. Three months after the party I was in a restaurant with fellow actors when another friend came racing in with a Playboy magazine. There in the back was a picture of me and Dustin and the other actress and I am apparently, gleefully grabbing his genitals. Yes, the millisecond had caught the act. But it hadn’t captured the story. The caption was to indicate how fun-loving we serious theater people are. And it read, “Reviving a dead Salesman." All my friends could say was, "Oh my God, your career is over." How ironic. Abused women who fight back usually go to jail.

    The next day I got a call from my mother in Florida. “Kathy, what are you doing in Playboy?” “Mom, what are you doing reading it?” Someone in her bridge club had brought it to her. I had never said a word to my family about the abuse. My mother was a very, very reserved, proper woman. I felt sick. I told her a condensed version of the story. After what seemed like an interminable pause, she said, “Good for you. But don’t tell your father." She died four years later. My father is 91 and neither he nor my three brothers know this story.

    I wrote a one-woman show in the early 2000s looking at themes from my life and my relationship with my mother. I included the story about the Playboy picture because it was hugely relevant to my show and my life. I was presenting readings of my piece around New York as I developed it and it was getting a very good response.

    Two days after a reading I got a call from my agent that Dustin’s office had heard of a reading of a film script I had written and were very interested in seeing it. My agent was excited. I paused. Then it dawned on me. Did he want to see the script so his lawyers could issue an injunction? Sue me? Who knows what. All those years later, was he still manipulating his power? I said, "Tell them I have no film" (as indeed I didn’t). I stopped working on my show. So he got what he wanted.

    I’ve always wondered if he prevented other women from coming forward through similar intimidation. After all, I have no money and no power.

    Now it’s 2017. Harvey has opened a floodgate. But as I write this, Dustin still seems immune.

    It was a long time ago. This is not the red badge of courage I have worn for 32 years. I buried it deep. I am a tough dame... now. I continue to read the accolades pouring forth for him: Generous to a fault, kind, best man to work with. Women are overly sensitive to dirty jokes. Toughen up, ladies, etc. There is no denying I learned an enormous amount from him about acting. He was generous in the many presents he gave us and the many parties he threw. He can do all that and still be a man who manipulates, abuses his power and is a pig to women. They are not mutually exclusive.

    My issue isn’t what he said, it’s what he did. Along with the nightly sexual harassment, he eroded my confidence, my dignity. He humiliated and demeaned me. He robbed me of my joy in the experience and he left dirty fingerprints on my soul.

    I guess those were lessons, too.

    Editor’s note: When asked for a denial or a comment on Rossetter’s claims, Hoffman’s representatives declined to offer one. But his attorneys put THR in touch with several other people who worked on Death of a Salesman, did not recall witnessing any of the conduct described by Rossetter and questioned her account. Those people include Hoffman’s brother-in-law Lee Gottsegen, actresses Anne McIntosh, Debra Mooney and Linda Hogan, actors Michael Quinlan and Andrew Bloch, and production stage manager Tom Kelly. “It just doesn’t ring true,” says Kelly. “Given my position, it’s insulting to say this kind of activity would go on to the extent of sexual violation.”

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    It looks like Singer is also going down hard.

    The link is here. Warning: this is graphic stuff and confirms just how squalid Hollyweird truly is.
    Interesting the story comes out about the same time the Hollyweird elite is being burnt to the ground isn't it?

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    Sex, Drugs, Glamour, Emptiness: Bryan Singer’s Teen Ex-Lover Bares All About Life In Director’s Orbit



    EXCLUSIVE: When Bret Tyer Skopek first met director Bryan Singer at a Halloween party in 2013 shortly after the aspiring songwriter arrived from Arizona, the 18-year-old had no idea who the guy wearing the Catholic priest costume was — though he realized it obviously was someone famous, since a friend urged him to pose for a photograph.

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    Skopek soon became intimately involved with Singer — one of Hollywood’s top film and TV directors whose credits include The Usual Suspects and four movies in the X-Men franchise — and shares, for the first time, how he found himself pulled into the director’s orbit of on-set visits, expensive private dinners, ready access to drugs and alcohol and sexual encounters with an ever-revolving cast of multiple participants.

    “It was a never-ending supply of cute young men,” Skopek recalled.

    Skopek left Los Angeles two years ago. But the story he tells — documented with text message exchanges and photographs with Singer, and verified in phone and email interviews with seven others — is reminiscent of the accounts of boy-toy-fueled excess depicted in Amy Berg’s 2014 documentary film An Open Secret. As the industry grapples with an ever-widening sexual abuse scandal, Skopek’s story is a painfully familiar one in which an eager newcomer arrives in Hollywood, dazzled by the klieg lights and celebrity, only to be exploited by powerful men.

    Here is the tale of a youthful-looking, barely legal-aged man who came to Hollywood with big dreams and left feeling chewed up, spat out and exploited by an older, wealthy man.

    “I’ve seen wannabe YouTubers come. I’ve seen actors. I’ve seen singers. I’ve seen people like me that don’t know what they want to do,” Skopek told Deadline over several interviews. “You come (to LA) with dreams of being whatever. You’re still going to be caught up into this mess.”
    Bret Tyler Skopek with Bryan Singer
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    In Skopek’s telling, Singer dangled the lure of a minor role in an X-Men movie, but the promised audition never happened. Disillusioned and exhausted by Singer’s sexual demands over the course of their year-long relationship, the young man eventually moved to Fort Worth, Texas, to live with his father.

    “I just, I wasn’t happy with myself,” said Skopek, who’s now 22, and is going public for the first time in telling his story to Deadline, with the help of an introduction from Gabe Hoffman, one of the documentary’s producers. “I couldn’t go on anymore.”

    “If Mr. Skopek had a problem with Bryan, he never mentioned it before today,” a spokesperson for the director told Deadline on Friday. “He is someone who has repeatedly asked Bryan for money over the years, and did so as recently as last month,” they added. “He also is the one who asked Bryan for a role in Apocalypse, which Bryan declined to offer to him. The timing of Mr. Skopek coming forward now with these allegations is questionable.”

    With that in mind, Skopek’s tale is consistent with rumors that have long dogged the mutant franchise, Superman Returns and Valkyrie director. Singer was just fired by Fox as director of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody after a series of unexplained absences and clashes with the film’s star, Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury. The director’s name began trending on social media in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein disclosures, as men, swept up by the #MeToo movement, recycled old allegations of sexual misconduct. New but unverified claims that circulated on Twitter and Facebook quickly disappeared.

    Right after Singer’s removal from Bohemian Rhapsody — the director claimed he hadn’t returned to the London set after the Thanksgiving holiday because of a life-threatening health crisis involving a family member — a lawsuit was filed this week in which Singer was accused of raping and sodomizing Cesar Sanchez-Guzman in 2003. The man claimed Singer assaulted him on a yacht when he was 17 years old.

    Representatives for Singer responded to the lawsuit by saying that the director “categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end.”

    In the wake of the new allegations, USC’s School of Cinematic Arts said today it will remove Singer’s name from its Division of Cinema & Media Studies program, fueled in part by a Change.org petition from a student. It said the name would be removed at Singer’s request “until the allegations against him are resolved.”

    Meanwhile, others associated with Singer are in trouble all their own. Longtime Singer friend Gary Goddard took a leave of absence from his own entertainment design company after actor Anthony Edwards claimed the former Broadway producer molested him when he was a child. Another associate, former APA talent agent Tyler Grasham, who once credited Singer with helping launch his carer, was fired amid allegations of sexual assault.

    London-based director Duncan Roy, who said he has known Singer for more than 20 years, described the director’s “boy obsessions and sex tourism,” his use of prescription drugs, and his drinking in a 2014 blog post. Some twentysomethings viewed a trip to Singer’s hot tub as a short-cut to the red carpet, he said.

    “In Hollywood, the question you get asked a million times is, ‘What wouldn’t you do to succeed?’ And your hunger is part of the deal with the devil,” said Roy in an interview with Deadline. “The horrible thing is that there’s an unwritten rule, an unspoken agreement, between anybody who arrives. Every single high school king and queen that arrives in L.A. knows what to expect. You do anything to get on because the riches, when they’re delivered to you, are profound.”

    Skopek didn’t necessarily have stars in his eyes when he arrived in Southern California in September 2013. He was looking to escape small-town America, and Los Angeles seemed an inviting destination for a young bisexual man experimenting with his first taste of freedom.
    Bryan Singer, in priest costume, with Bret Tyler Skopek
    Courtesy Bret Skopek

    After the Halloween party, Skopek began receiving text messages from a middle-aged computer technician inviting the newcomer to lunch in downtown L.A. The man seemed friendly enough, and interested in Skopek. At the time, Skopek was unaware the man had been arrested in 2000 on charges of sexual exploitation of a child in Georgia, though never prosecuted.

    The man invited Skopek back to his Flower Street apartment — a place with an arcade-like setting, with a pool table, Xbox game console and boxes of unopened iPhone accessories, Skopek said. Other young men begin arriving, music started playing, a neighbor dropped by, and the man began furnishing Skopek with the party drug Molly.

    At some point, Skopek says, he found himself passed out on a bed and awakened to the man raping him. “I felt so dirty,” Skopek recalled. “I just wanted to go home and take a shower.”

    Skopek never went to the police, he said, because he feels investigators don’t take male-on-male sex crimes seriously. But his alleged assailant provided entree to prominent entertainment figures. Within weeks, Skopek said he found himself chatting via FaceTime with one prominent comedic actor, and soaking in a hot tub in the Hollywood Hills home of an award-winning director. Eventually, he would find himself at a birthday party for the computer technician that Singer hosted on Dec. 7, 2013, at the Nobu Restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard.

    In a recording shared with Deadline, the man seeks to coach Skopek in how to curry favor with these powerful men, saying, “There are things that you could do to make them nuts.”

    Skopek recalls Singer boasting about the amount of the dinner tab — it approached $1,000 — and inviting him and two other young men to his house above the Sunset Strip. The director offered a grand tour of the theater room, the garage filled with sports cars and the basement with its leather couches, Skopek said. Then, the party started.

    “We’re in the basement, me and the other two kids, we’re kind of chilling. Bryan takes us up, one by one, and gives us all a Molly,” Skopek said. “He’s splitting it with us. ‘I’ll do half if you do half.’ In the meantime, [the computer specialist] has another [young man] come over. He’s very dirty. He’s off the streets.”

    Skopek says he and two others wound up in the bedroom, having sex with Singer. A 23-year-old who requested anonymity because he is still pursuing an acting career corroborated Skopek’s account of the evening of dinner, drug use and group sex — and the computer technician’s role in introducing him and Skopek to Singer.

    The following morning, everyone was gone except Skopek.

    “Bryan offers to take me to breakfast and the X-Men special effects floor where they’re doing all the editing,” Skopek recalls of his December 2013 visit to the Bad Hat Harry Productions studio then on the Fox lot in Century City. “We maybe spend almost the whole day together at the studio until I take a Snapchat … Bryan gets mad at me and says he’ll have his assistant drive me home.”

    Skopek said he’d go on dinner dates with Singer, and get invited to participate in libidinous encounters, sometimes involving as many as 10 people having sex in a night.

    “Watching the amount of people come in through the night,” Skopek said of the orchestrated sexual encounters. “The sad fact is this is how they think they have to live their lives. This is the only way to make it out there.”

    Skopek said the director had the power to lure almost anyone into his bedroom. Singer would watch a television show, see a hot guy, and ask his friends to contact the actor — as if casting the lead for his next big-budget film production.

    “It was like, ‘Let’s get on a roll. I want this guy in my room,'” Skopek said. “It’s shocking to me how easy it was.”

    Occasionally, Skopek saw the perquisites of being associated with a Hollywood A-lister, like joining Singer on the set of the CBS show Battle Creek in Manhattan Beach — even though he felt like an object on display.

    “I was looking over my shoulder while [Singer] was texting another person, ‘Hey, I have little Bret here. I want you to come over and do him,’ ” Skopek recalled.
    Bret Skopek joins Bryan Singer on a visit to “The Gifted” set in Dallas
    Courtesy Bret Skopek

    Skopek, who worked as a host and cashier at Tender Greens in West Hollywood, and continued writing songs inspired by his life in Southern California, said his big-break had not come and he found it increasingly difficult to afford the cost of living in Los Angeles. When he broached the idea of leaving in the spring of 2014, Singer offered money — a gesture that tightened the teen’s financial dependence on the director.

    “I didn’t want to go back to my parents,” Skopek said. “I wanted to make it for myself, as far as I could, until I couldn’t do it anymore.”

    When Michael Egan III filed a civil suit against Singer in 2014, alleging the director had drugged him and forced him to have sex at parties at a mansion in Encino and in Hawaii, Singer talked about going to Israel to avoid the paparazzi. The director instructed an assistant to hand Skopek $10,000 in cash to find a place to live.

    Egan would later admit, in a deposition, that he’d never left the mainland and withdrew his civil suits. His subsequent conviction for fraud seemingly lent credence to Singer’s claims that Egan was a lying shake-down artist.

    The Egan case took a toll on Singer, though, Skopek said.

    “So many times, I’d come over and Bryan would cry himself to sleep, ‘I’m so depressed. I’m spending so much money on lawyers for the Michael Egan case,’ ” Skopek said.

    Over time, Skopek became disillusioned with a relationship that he saw as one-sided and emotionally vacant. He described himself as the “after-hours kid” who lived in service to director’s desires, awaiting Singer’s 2 AM text messages to come over. He lacked self-confidence, and barely recognized himself.

    “I was so depressed,” Skopek said. “They would lead me on that I could get an audition. But all you’re good for is sex.”

    Skopek ended the relationship with Singer in December 2014, though he would occasionally hear from the director — like when Singer received a Christmas card from one of Skopek’s favorite performers, Fergie Duhamel, and the director texted, “It made me think of you.” Skopek also was invited, by one of Singer’s current companions, to visit the set of The Gifted last summer.

    While Skopek’s dreams of becoming a songwriter never materialized, despite his proximity to fame, the compositions he wrote about life in L.A. provided inspiration for his current project. He’s writing a fictionalized account of his time in Hollywood — a novel titled The Prince of Darkness, which he describes in his Kickstarter campaign as a coming-of-age story set in the City of Angels arrayed with “all kinds of colorful monsters.”

    “My book’s all about redemption,” Skopeck said. “It’s about having that voice and being able to use it.”

    The novel would bring Skopek back to Los Angeles in June of 2016 for one last encounter with a Hollywood power player.

    Grasham contacted Skopek, expressing interest in representing the young author. The agent sent a round-trip plane ticket and treated him to dinner — where he plied the young man with alcohol, an account similar to that provided by other accusers who have come forward to allege misconduct against the former APA agent.

    The two men returned to Grasham’s place, Skopek said, where Skopek locked himself in the bathroom for two hours, feeling violently ill. When the young man emerged from the locked room and passed out on the agent’s bed, he claimed the agent sexually assaulted him, despite Skopek’s efforts to fight him off.

    “In the morning [Grasham] asks why there’s blood on the sheets. He said, ‘I guess I fingered you too hard. I’m sorry I was drunk.’ I was bleeding for a week,” Skopek recalled, adding. “It makes me realize these people don’t know what they’re doing sometimes. They are out to enjoy themselves. If they hurt someone in the process, they don’t even remember.”

    Grasham did not respond to requests for comment. The talent agency issued a statement, saying it takes such allegations seriously.

    “Our hearts go out to anyone who may have been affected,” an APA spokesperson said. “The safety and security of our clients and employees is of paramount importance to us. An independent investigation is ongoing, and we will take the appropriate action based on those findings.”

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    On the Franken thread I put together a list-

    "Some Jewish icons that have fallen in the very recent past- Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Andrew Kramer, Elie Wiesel, Leon Wieseltier, Ethan Kath, Jeremy Piven, Brett Ratner, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Oreskes, Matthew Weiner, Anthony Weiner, Richard Dreyfuss, Andrew Kreisberg, Jeffrey Tambor, Matt Lauer, Israel Horovitz, James Levine, Leonard Lopate, Jonathan Schwartz, Bruce Weber, Glenn Thrush, Mark Schwahn, Jann Wenner, James Toback, Mark Halperin, Leon Wieseltier, Bryan Singer....and certainly there are more than a few that I missed. Add a few if you know of any. "
    Lets be sure to include Judge Alex Kozinski

    Prominent appeals court Judge Alex Kozinski accused of sexual misconduct


    December 8


    Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, pictured in 2003. Six women — all former clerks or externs in the 9th Circuit — alleged to The Washington Post in recent weeks that Kozinski, now 67, subjected them to a range of inappropriate sexual conduct or comments. (Paul Sakuma/AP)

    A former clerk for Judge Alex Kozinski said the powerful and well-known jurist, who for many years served as chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, called her into his office several times and pulled up pornography on his computer, asking if she thought it was photoshopped or if it aroused her sexually.

    Heidi Bond, who clerked for Kozinski from 2006 to 2007, said the porn was not related to any case. One set of images she remembered was of college-age students at a party where “some people were inexplicably naked while everyone else was clothed.” Another was a sort of digital flip book that allowed users to mix and match heads, torsos and legs to create an image of a naked woman.

    Bond is one of six women — all former clerks or more junior staffers known as externs in the 9th Circuit — who alleged to The Washington Post in recent weeks that Kozinski, now 67 and still serving as a judge on the court, subjected them to a range of inappropriate sexual conduct or comments. She is one of two former clerks who said Kozinski asked them to view porn in his chambers.

    In a statement, Kozinski said: “I have been a judge for 35 years and during that time have had over 500 employees in my chambers. I treat all of my employees as family and work very closely with most of them. I would never intentionally do anything to offend anyone and it is regrettable that a handful have been offended by something I may have said or done.”

    Kozinski provided the statement after The Post called and emailed a spokesman with a detailed list of the allegations this story would include. After the story posted online, the judge told the Los Angeles Times, “I don’t remember ever showing pornographic material to my clerks” and, “If this is all they are able to dredge up after 35 years, I am not too worried.”

    When Bond was clerking, Kozinski was on the precipice of becoming chief judge for the 9th Circuit — the largest federal appeals court circuit in the country, handling cases for a large swath of the western United States as well as Hawaii and Alaska. The other people who alleged that Kozinski behaved inappropriately toward them worked in the 9th Circuit both before and after her, up to 2012.

    Bond said she knew that she was to come to the judge’s office when her phone beeped twice. She said she tried to answer Kozinski’s inquiries as succinctly and matter-of-factly as possible. Bond was then in her early 30s and is now 41.

    If the question was about photoshopping, Bond said, she would focus on minor details of the images. If Kozinski asked whether the images aroused her, Bond said, she would respond: “No, this kind of stuff doesn’t do anything for me. Is there anything else you need?” She said she recalled three instances when the judge showed her porn in his office.

    “I was in a state of emotional shock, and what I really wanted to do was be as small as possible and make as few movements as possible and to say as little as possible to get out,” Bond said.
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    Damn, it looks like Hollyweird is just getting exposed for what it really is. I mean Disney, the kid friendly corporation?

    The link is here.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-1...hild-sex-abuse

    Veteran Disney Executive Arrested On Child Sex Abuse Charges
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    Dec 9, 2017 10:20 AM

    In the latest case of Hollywood's spiralling sexual abuse scandal, Variety reports that a veteran 58-year-old Disney executive has been charged with three felony counts of child sexual abuse. Jon Heely, the longtime director of music publishing at Disney, was arrested nearly a month ago and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child. One of the reported victims was 15. The other was abused for four years starting at the age of 11, according to the charges.

    His attorney Robert Helfend said Heely “vehemently denies these allegations.”

    Heely, who oversees the licensing of music from Disney films, pleaded not guilty on Thursday. If convicted, he faces up to nine years and three months in prison according to The Daily News.
    Oddly, the House of Mouse waited until yesterday to suspend the alleged pedophile. A spokesperson claimed the company had only just learned of Heely's arrest:

    “Immediately upon learning of this situation tonight, he has been suspended without pay until the matter is resolved by the courts."

    Heely’s attorney, Robert Helfend, denied the charges: “He vehemently denies these allegations and we will be fighting until the end to clear his name,” Helfend said. “It’s a shame, that’s all I’ve got to say."

    Heely has been with Disney since 1981. He oversees licensing of the company's massive catalogue of film music. He also produced a series of Disney concerts around the world, including “Fantasia Live in Concert,” that feature orchestral performances and film clips.

    The punchline: Heely's Twitter bio reads, “Disney Concerts and living to glorify God in all things.
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    But Bryan Singer is not white, he is Jewish.
    Define white please. I thought that the majority of the jews were of caucasian extraction with the minority being of negroid extraction. Is this a matter of semantics that ONLY blond hair blue eyed people are white and everyone else that is not blond hair and blue eyed are not white? Explain please.
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    Neither being a Muslim, or a Jew, or a Christian is based on race. Race is white, black, Asian etc. A member of any race can be any of the above.

    It is simply true a significant, and noticeable, number of the sexual harassers, child porn, child molesting SCUM are of the Jewish religion, whatever their race is. Obviously, being a sex pervert is not a Jewish, or a Christian "thing." Perverts come in all sexes and religion. The only "religion" that, in my opinion, embraces child abuse is Islam, which has some very perverted ideals related to child marriage for example.

    It will be unfortunate if the fact that some of the sexual predators in Hollyweird are Jewish leads to blanket condemnations of Jews for being pedophiles. Like I said, being a pedophile is not based on sex, or race, or religion: IT IS BASED ON A SEXUAL PERVERSION THAT ISN'T ABLE TO CLASSIFIED BY RACE OR SEX.

    It's about being a pervert who desires sex with children. Actually, it's about being SCUM!
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    Famed Met conductor avoids criminal charges for alleged sex abuse

    December 8, 2017


    Legendary Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine dodged a bullet Friday as prosecutors in Illinois declined to bring criminal charges against him for allegedly molesting a teenager in the 1980s.

    The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office said they had to follow the law in place at the time of the alleged abuse in 1986 and 1987 when the age of consent was 16. It has since been raised to 17.

    “There is now a provision in Illinois law raising the age of consent to 18 in cases where the suspect is in a position of trust, authority, or supervision in relation to the victim,” the prosecutor’s office added. “No similar legal protection existed during the time frame in which these acts are alleged to have occurred.”

    Ashok Pai, now 48 and living in New York City, filed a report with the Lake Forest Police Department alleging that Levine, 74, started to come on to him when he was 15, holding his hand in “a sensual way” and telling him “you can use me any way you want to.”

    Pai alleged the conductor invited him to his hotel the following summer when he was 16 and fondled his penis and masturbated in front of him. He told the police that this pattern of behavior occurred “hundreds” of times.

    After The Post first broke the news of the alleged abuse Saturday, three other alleged victims have came forward. The Met has suspended Levine and launched an internal investigation.

    Pai declined to comment.

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    Bristol Palin SLAMS #MeToo: These Celebs Sexually Harassed My Family, And The Media Stayed Silent


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    December 4, 2017

    Bristol Palin, the eldest daughter of former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, is calling out the doubled standard in the #MeToo campaign. Bristol smacked the Left in a blog post published on Friday for being perfectly comfortable with celebrities and media personalities sexually harassing her mother and sisters, yet seemingly outraged when lesser attacks are launched at those on the other side of the political aisle.

    And Bristol named names.

    “What we need to look at is a real TRUE standard that needs to be set. But here’s a question. How do we pick and choose whom to hold accountable? Why aren’t we looking at all of the sexual harassment?” asked the 27-year-old.


    “Why are some things 'just a joke' for some, and serious offenses for others? The solution is to come together and treat sexual harassment the same, no matter what side of the aisle you may be on," she continued.

    Bristol went on to call-out those who made inappropriate sexual comments about her mother and sisters by name, starting with Fox News' Chris Wallace.

    “When Chris Wallace was asked if my Mom would be sitting in his lap for an interview, he responded, 'One can only hope.' Did Wallace receive any consequences for this kind of sexual harassment? None. No one at Fox radio batted an eye with his violent misogynist rant — in fact, he’s still celebrated,” she wrote.

    Next, she slammed David Letterman for his vile sexually-charged comments about her then-14-year-old sister:

    Then, there was this. David Letterman “joked” about my 14-year-old sister getting knocked up by Alex Rodriguez at a Yankees game in 2009 — also saying the biggest problem my parents would have in New York would be keeping Elliot Spitzer away from my sister. Elliot Spitzer, if you don’t recall, was New York’s governor in 2008, a man who had to resign in the midst of a scandal concerning his solicitation of prostitutes.


    "[W]hat consequence did Letterman receive for joking about the rape of an underage girl?" she asked rhetorically.

    Bristol also noted of Twitter seemingly being onboard with rapper Azeala Banks' reprehensible comments about her mother.

    “Then, there’s Azeala Banks. This rapper’s Twitter account remained OPEN after these tweets about my mom just in 2016: 'Sarah Palin needs to have her hair shaved off to a buzz cut, get headf**ked by a big veiny, ashy, black dick then be locked in a cupboard,'" she wrote.

    Mike Tyson, too, said vulgar things about Mrs. Palin:

    Tyson was asked if he’d vote for my mom for allegedly being “open to having sex with black men.” He can’t vote, of course, being a felon, but he said my mom “could always get boned out by a black person, a vote to bang her. Other than a vote to run office, the only thing she can do … she’s not a bad person because she likes black people at least in her.”


    “This isn’t a 'Poor Palin Pity Party,' I’m trying to point out a very real issue — as a society, we cannot have double standards on sexual issues," wrote Bristol. "We won’t fix it until victims of all political stripes are treated with respect and dignity!”

    H/T Independent Journal Review

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    Exclusive: Taxpayers Paid $220K to Settle Case Involving Rep. Alcee Hastings


    The Treasury Department paid $220,000 in a previously undisclosed agreement to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment that involved Florida Democrat Alcee L. Hastings, according to documents obtained by Roll Call.

    Winsome Packer, a former staff member of a congressional commission that promotes international human rights, said in documents that the congressman touched her, made unwanted sexual advances, and threatened her job. At the time, Hastings was the chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, where Packer worked.

    Hastings has called Packer’s charges “ludicrous” and in documents said he never sexually harassed her.

    “Until this evening, I had not seen the settlement agreement between the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) and Ms. Packer,” the congressman said in a statement Friday night. “This matter was handled solely by the Senate Chief Counsel for Employment. At no time was I consulted, nor did I know until after the fact that such a settlement was made.”

    Hastings said that the lawsuit that Packer filed against him and an investigation by the House Ethics Committee were ultimately dismissed.

    “I am outraged that any taxpayer dollars were needlessly paid to Ms. Packer,” he said.

    The 2014 payment to settle the case involving Hastings was not apparently included in a breakdown of payouts to settle discrimination complaints against House lawmakers from the past five years released last month by the Office of Compliance, which approves the payouts. That total included only one payment to resolve a sexual harassment claim — $84,000 paid to settle a complaint against Texas GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold.

    The Senate hasn’t released similar numbers.
    Tortuous process

    The settlement involving the accusations against Hastings raises new questions about the secretive and convoluted way Congress handles employee complaints of sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination.

    Lawmakers, inspired in part by recent allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and President Donald Trump, have launched an effort to revise the 1995 Congressional Accountability Act that lays out the process of reporting and responding to such complaints.

    A wave of harassment complaints has felled powerful figures in other industries in recent months and resulted in the resignations this week of two senior lawmakers, Reps. John Conyers Jr. , a Michigan Democrat, and Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican. Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken also announced he will be resigning “in the coming weeks.”

    But lawmakers seeking to determine the extent of the problem in Congress have been unable to obtain basic information from the administrative offices that oversee House and Senate employees, including who among current members of Congress have been named in complaints.

    Recent reports have indicated that lawmakers can bypass official congressional offices to resolve disputes. Conyers resigned this week after revelations that he had paid a staff member who had accused him of harassment $27,000 out of his office account.

    Packer was considered a congressional employee under the law that established the commission where she worked.

    Also called the Helsinki Commission, the body is made up of 21 members, 18 of whom are members of the House and Senate appointed by the leaders of their respective chambers. The other members represent the departments of State, Defense and Commerce and are appointed by the president.

    Documents obtained by Roll Call indicate the OOC approved a $220,000 settlement to be paid to Packer by the Treasury Department, which issues payments to settle disputes involving lawmakers, according to documents obtained by Roll Call. Packer appears to have received a payment of that amount from the Treasury Department in May 2014, according to documents.

    A spokeswoman for Maryland Democratic Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, who was the chairman of the Helsinki Commission in 2014, referred a request for comment to the House and Senate employment offices.

    Officials from the OOC did not immediately return requests for comment Friday. Nor did officials with the Senate Chief Counsel for Employment, which apparently handled the settlement for the Helsinki commission.

    House lawmakers have said they are working on legislation that would ensure victims of harassment will not be barred from future employment in Congress and can discuss their cases if they want to. Lawmakers also want to ensure that future settlements are not paid by taxpayers.

    “One case of sexual harassment is one case too many,” a spokeswoman for House Administration Chairman Gregg Harper said. “This is why it is so important for the Committee to conduct its extensive review of harassment and discrimination in the congressional workplace.”
    Idealism dashed

    Packer told Roll Call that she felt “blackballed” after her ordeal and has since struggled to find other employment.

    “As an immigrant who came here with all these ideals, it is like someone just removed all the foundations that I stood on in this country for all these years,” said Packer, who was born in Jamaica.

    Packer was a former Republican Hill staffer who had lost her job when Democrats took control of Congress in 2006. She said in her lawsuit that Hastings, whom she knew through a friend, invited her to apply to the Helsinki Commission.

    She was stationed in Vienna and was required to travel with Hastings to other foreign countries. She said in her lawsuit that Hastings repeatedly asked to stay at her apartment or to visit her hotel room. Packer also said he frequently hugged her, and once asked her what kind of underwear she was wearing.

    She filed a complaint with the OOC in 2010 and sued Hastings and the commission in federal court in 2011.

    Initially, she had been told that laws protecting congressional workers did not apply to commission staffers like her, according to court records and media reports.

    Packer sued under a federal statute that allows individuals to seek damages against federal officials for violations of civil rights. But Hastings was dropped from the lawsuit in 2012, after he argued that the law didn’t apply to a member of Congress. The suit continued against the commission.

    The House Ethics Committee closed its investigation in December 2014. It interviewed eight witnesses and concluded that the most serious allegations against Hastings were “not supported by evidence” although he “did admit to certain conduct that was less than professional.”

    https://www.rollcall.com/news/politi...ual-harassment

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    On the Franken thread I put together a list-

    "Some Jewish icons that have fallen in the very recent past- Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Andrew Kramer, Elie Wiesel, Leon Wieseltier, Ethan Kath, Jeremy Piven, Brett Ratner, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Oreskes, Matthew Weiner, Anthony Weiner, Richard Dreyfuss, Andrew Kreisberg, Jeffrey Tambor, Matt Lauer, Israel Horovitz, James Levine, Leonard Lopate, Jonathan Schwartz, Bruce Weber, Glenn Thrush, Mark Schwahn, Jann Wenner, James Toback, Mark Halperin, Leon Wieseltier, Bryan Singer....and certainly there are more than a few that I missed. Add a few if you know of any. "
    Now we can add Judge Alex Kozinski & Larry King (real name Lawrence Harvey Zeiger)

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    Ken Friedman, Power Restaurateur, Is Accused of Sexual Harassment



    Natalie Saibel, a longtime server at the Spotted Pig, a West Village restaurant with celebrity investors, didn’t quit in 2015 after the owner, Ken Friedman, ran his hands over her buttocks and then her groin in a room crowded with customers, joking that he was searching her pockets for a forbidden cellphone.

    Amy Dee Richardson, a bar manager there, didn’t quit in 2004, when she says Mr. Friedman bit her on the waist as he bent down to duck under the bar. Neither did Trish Nelson, a longtime server who said he grabbed her head and pulled it toward his crotch in front of Amy Poehler in 2007 as Ms. Nelson knelt to collect glasses from a low shelf.

    But one night in 2012, Mr. Friedman pushed Ms. Nelson too far, she said: He invited her into his car to smoke marijuana and almost immediately lunged forward and pushed his tongue into her mouth.

    “I was scared,” she recalled. “I couldn’t believe it. I had worked for him for six years.”

    Ms. Nelson, 40, said she was pinned against the car door, but managed to open it and scramble out. She gave notice within days. “I was terrified to tell anyone why,” she said. “Ken bragged about blacklisting people all the time. And we saw it happen.”

    From almost the day in 2004 that it opened on West 11th Street with the backing of investors like Jay-Z, Michael Stipe and the celebrity chef Mario Batali, the Spotted Pig shot to the top of the list of New York City’s hottest restaurants and stayed there. A clubby place whose third floor is a renowned private playroom for handpicked V.I.P.s, the Spotted Pig has racked up Michelin stars and accolades for its chef, April Bloomfield. In 2016, the James Beard Foundation named Mr. Friedman, known for his charisma and business acumen, its outstanding restaurateur of the year.
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    But in more than two dozen interviews with former employees of the Spotted Pig and other restaurants owned by Mr. Friedman and Ms. Bloomfield, a dark behind-the-scenes portrait emerged of the owner and the workplaces he runs.

    Even by the loose standards of the hospitality business, where rowdy drinking sessions after shifts and playful sexual banter are part of the culture, employees described Mr. Friedman’s restaurants as unusually sexualized and coercive.

    Ten women said that Mr. Friedman, 56, had subjected them to unwanted sexual advances: groping them in public, demanding sex or making text requests for nude pictures or group sex. Many others also said that working for him required tolerating daily kisses and touches, pulling all-night shifts at private parties that included public sex and nudity, and enduring catcalls and gropes from guests who are Mr. Friedman’s friends.

    The Spotted Pig has been a regular late-night stop for Mr. Batali, who this week said he was stepping away from day-to-day operations at his own restaurants and other businesses after reports of inappropriate sexual behavior. Employees of the Spotted Pig said they regularly experienced or witnessed sexual aggression by Mr. Batali there, often with Mr. Friedman’s knowledge.

    In a response to questions from The New York Times on Monday, Mr. Friedman said his personal and professional lives are intertwined with his restaurants and staff. (His wife is a former host at the Spotted Pig.) “Some incidents were not as described, but context and content are not today’s discussion,” he said. “I apologize now publicly for my actions.”

    His behavior, he said, “can accurately be described at times as abrasive, rude and frankly wrong.” He said the women who work at his restaurants “are among the best in the business and putting any of them in humiliating situations is unjustifiable.”

    On Tuesday, after this article was published, his company announced that Mr. Friedman had decided to take an indefinite leave of absence from the management of the restaurants, effective immediately.

    Mr. Friedman is one of the nation’s top restaurateurs, in large part because of his partnership with Ms. Bloomfield, who is among the highest-profile chefs. They own five restaurants in New York — the Spotted Pig, the Breslin Bar & Dining Room, the John Dory Oyster Bar, Salvation Taco and White Gold Butchers — as well as Tosca Cafe in San Francisco and the Hearth & Hound, which opened just last Friday in Los Angeles.

    Many employees said that they, like Mr. Friedman, sometimes blurred the lines between their professional and personal lives.

    “We are not people who can live in cubicles,” said Carla Rza Betts, 39, who was wine director at the Spotted Pig, the Breslin and the John Dory from 2009 until 2013, when she left the company after experiencing what she said were multiple incidents of sexual harassment by Mr. Friedman. “There is a grab-ass, superfun late-night culture — I love that part of the industry. But there is a difference between fun and sexualized camaraderie and predation. When you are made to feel unsafe or dirty or embarrassed, that is a different thing.”

    All the employees interviewed said that for many women, Mr. Friedman’s unwelcome sexual overtures, verbal and physical, were part of the daily routine at his New York restaurants, especially the small, intimate Spotted Pig. They said Mr. Friedman had frequent consensual sexual relationships with employees; openly hired, promoted or fired people based on their physical attractiveness; was often intoxicated at work; and pressured staff members to drink and take drugs with him and guests.

    Many said they had come to fear Mr. Friedman, a burly man well over six feet tall, because of his volatile temper and verbal bullying.

    “We had to brace ourselves every time Ken arrived,” said Ms. Saibel, 40, the server who was groped by Mr. Friedman in the dining room of the Spotted Pig. (Her account was corroborated by two other employees who were present.) “When he wasn’t coming on to us, he was screaming at us.”

    They also said that their fear was motivated by the knowledge that Mr. Friedman had retaliated against employees who stood up to him by firing them, blacklisting them or harassing them via phone, text or email.

    Ms. Saibel wrote up a formal complaint about Mr. Friedman and sent it to the restaurant’s managers and Ms. Bloomfield. Soon afterward, she and her husband, both longtime employees, were fired for minor infractions.

    Several other employees say they also brought their complaints and concerns about Mr. Friedman to Ms. Bloomfield. “Her response was always the same.” said Ms. Nelson, who did not bring her complaints to the chef but was close to others who did. “‘That’s who he is. Get used to it. Or go work for someone else.’”

    Allegations of sexual harassment may seem surprising given Mr. Friedman’s longtime collaboration with Ms. Bloomfield, 43. The two have clearly divided their domains: the dining room and bar are headed by Mr. Friedman, and the kitchens by Ms. Bloomfield. “My energies are directed to the kitchen, food preparation and menu development,” Ms. Bloomfield said in a statement.

    But staff members said they turned to her for relief. “I went to April directly multiple times about Ken’s inappropriate and abusive behavior, because among other problems it generated huge turnover among the staff,” said Natalie Freihon, a former food and beverage director for the group’s ventures at the Ace Hotel New York, including the Breslin and the John Dory. “She really didn’t want the turnover to continue. But she completely backed off from getting involved with the behavior.”

    Ms. Bloomfield denied that. “In the two matters involving uninvited approaches that were brought to my attention over the years, I immediately referred both to our outside labor counsel and they were addressed internally,” she said in her statement. “I have spoken to Ken about professional boundaries and relied on him to uphold our policies. Nonetheless I feel we have let down our employees and for that I sincerely apologize.”

    Kelly Berg, who was hired in May as director of human resources for the restaurant company, Friedfield Breslin L.L.C., said in a statement that no employees had been dismissed or retaliated against for filing a complaint.

    “All employees are encouraged to report any concerns about the workplace, and I am saddened to learn some hesitated or chose to not do so,” she wrote. She would not answer questions about specific complaints or discuss how long those policies had been in place.
    Perks, at a Price

    Many employees said Mr. Friedman was often genuinely warm and professionally supportive of women, as long as they tolerated his flirtatious behavior. In retrospect, several women said, his bursts of good-natured playfulness and generosity made it possible for them to ignore the fear, chaos and power imbalance in the relationship — sometimes, for years.

    “He can be charismatic and fun,” said Jamie Seet, who worked for Mr. Friedman from 2006 to 2014, including three years as general manager of the Spotted Pig. “But everyone goes on the chopping block eventually.”

    And the rewards of a job at a Friedman-Bloomfield restaurant can be great. Servers at the top of their game can earn six figures in a year. Working with Ms. Bloomfield confers prestige in restaurants around the world. Mr. Friedman has treated favored employees to after-work drinks, field trips to his beach house and top-tier concert tickets.

    Ms. Rza Betts, the former wine director, said working at the Breslin while Ms. Bloomfield’s star was rising was so rewarding that she simply shrugged off Mr. Friedman’s hugs that went on too long, and his occasional slaps on her buttocks.

    But one night in the fall of 2009, she recalls, Mr. Friedman took her out for drinks at a new rooftop bar near the Breslin, ostensibly to check out the competition. He leaned over, Ms. Rza Betts said, and planted a sloppy kiss on her mouth.

    “In the moment you are not thinking at all,” she said. “He’s your boss. You don’t punch him. You just don’t kiss back, and pull away and try to shake it off.”

    She left and was in a cab home when the texts started. “G’nite gorgeous. Send me a sexy picture,” he wrote.

    She politely brushed him off, but they kept coming. “Cone on. One sexy pic.”

    “Nope,” she texted. “No kisses. No pix. I’m a straight shooting career woman.”

    “Just 1. Your body,” he responded.

    He gave up only after sending eight separate texts, which she shared with The Times. “I was embarrassed, felt taken advantage of and emotionally manipulated,” Ms. Rza Betts said.

    She decided to work harder, knowing that pushing back could put her job in jeopardy. Then, one day in October 2011, she was cleaning up after a sherry-themed dinner at the Spotted Pig. Mr. Friedman, she said, remarked that she had started wearing push-up bras — probably, he added, to conceal the stretch marks on her breasts.

    Ms. Rza Betts recorded the incident in her journal the next day. Still, she kept working for him until 2013. “I made a decision to stay there because I loved the job and I loved April’s food and I believed in it,” she said. “You hike up your bootstraps and you work. That’s how we all survived working for him.”
    On the Third Floor

    Tales of sexual predation at the highest levels of the culinary world have swirled for decades, but have been brought to light only recently. In October, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that more than 25 former and current employees of the chef John Besh said they experienced sexual harassment while working at his popular restaurants in that city. (Mr. Besh did not respond directly to the accusations, but stepped down from his company.)

    Industry veterans say restaurants are especially accommodating to behavior that pushes the boundaries of sexuality in a workplace. Experienced servers accept that flirting is sometimes part of securing a good tip. Shifts are filled with sexual banter that many welcome as playful.

    But the Spotted Pig turned that formula up several notches. In past interviews, Mr. Friedman — a former manager of bands, including the Smiths — has said his goal was to make a restaurant, with exceptional food, that was as sexy as any bar in town.

    His vision was perhaps best expressed on the third floor of the Spotted Pig, an invitation-only space entered through unmarked doors. Decorated with posters, mismatched chairs and British knickknacks, it looks more like the ramshackle studio apartment of a graduate student than a V.I.P. haunt. The scruffy, bohemian ambience and Mr. Friedman’s talent as a host and gatekeeper have made it a place where celebrities feel comfortable.

    In the early days, Beyoncé would be there laughing with friends, while locals like Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin caught up at the next table. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West celebrated Valentine’s Day there in 2015; Charlie Rose, a regular, has held court at birthday dinners.

    But late at night, after the first-floor dining room closed and the party moved upstairs, Mr. Friedman made it clear that normal restaurant rules did not apply, several employees said. In the frequently packed room, guests openly groped female servers, who said Mr. Friedman required them to work until parties ended, often after dawn.

    Ms. Seet, the former manager, said that during a party in 2008, she intervened when she saw on the security camera feed that Mr. Batali, who was drunk, was groping and kissing a woman who appeared to be unconscious.

    “We called him the Red Menace,” said Ms. Nelson, the former server. “He tried to touch my breasts and told me that they were beautiful. He wanted to wrestle. As I was serving drinks to his table, he told me I should sit on his friend’s face.”

    Mr. Batali apologized on Tuesday. “Though I don’t remember these specific accounts, there is no question I have behaved terribly,” he wrote in an email to The Times. “There are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused.”

    Among employees and industry insiders, the third-floor space has earned a nickname: “the rape room.”

    Mr. Friedman has also been intimidating in other parts of his empire, even to men on the staff. “There were definitely times I was scared of him,” said David Rabig, a former manager at several Friedman restaurants. “He’s a very large man. He likes to threaten to fire people. He liked to remind people he was the boss.”

    Mr. Friedman especially likes to show off around celebrities, and “that involved humiliating the staff,” Mr. Rabig said.

    Ms. Nelson, the waiter and aspiring comedian whom Mr. Friedman kissed in his car, recalled the time she met an idol, Ms. Poehler. Ms. Nelson said she was bartending on the third floor and happened to be kneeling down, stacking glasses on a tray. Mr. Friedman was standing next to her when Ms. Poehler walked over. He introduced the two women. Ms. Nelson, still on her knees, reached up to shake Ms. Poehler’s hand.

    As Ms. Nelson recalls it, Mr. Friedman said, “And while you’re down there” as he grabbed the back of her head and pulled it into his crotch.

    “Aside from hanging my head in painful humiliation, I did nothing,” she wrote in a Facebook post in October, when the cascade of revelations about Harvey Weinstein reminded her daily of her time at the Spotted Pig. “I can’t even retell this story now without getting teary. It is one of the many demoralizing experiences that have taken place within my 20+ year waitressing career.”

    Contacted through her agent, Ms. Poehler said, “I have no recollection of this, but it’s horrible.”
    Complaints and Consequences

    Like many restaurants, the Spotted Pig operated for many years with a patchwork approach to human-resources management. Employees were told to bring sexual harassment claims directly to restaurant managers.

    But the managers interviewed by The Times said that they were often promoted because they were close to Mr. Friedman, so that rarely happened. Several employees said that when they did report problems, managers brushed them off or confided that they themselves were too afraid of Mr. Friedman’s verbal abuse to take action.

    “That’s what’s so broken about this industry, and this situation,” said Ms. Nelson, who has worked in restaurants including the Standard in Los Angeles, whose owner, André Balazs, has recently been accused of sexual harassment. “The people you are reporting the abuse to are the abusers.”

    Ms. Berg, the company’s recently hired human resources director, said in a statement that employees now go through anti-harassment training sessions and that personnel policies have been outlined in an employee handbook.

    Employees said harassment took many forms under Mr. Friedman. Jessica Brown, 35, who now oversees food and beverages at JetBlue, took over as the Breslin’s wine director after Ms. Rza Betts left in 2013. When Ms. Brown became pregnant, she feared for her job.

    In 2015, soon after her marriage, she requested a meeting with Mr. Friedman and another manager to discuss her compensation. A worried Mr. Friedman asked her if she was pregnant, she said. She told him she wasn’t. “Could you at least schedule this kind of thing for during the slow season?” she quoted him as saying.

    Later that year, Ms. Brown did become pregnant, and told a supervisor in confidence. Just over a week later, she was terminated; managers told her it was because the organization was downsizing and her position was being eliminated.

    She filed a complaint with the state’s Human Rights Division; the agency found that because the Breslin was indeed reducing its staff at the time, her firing was not a violation — but that Mr. Friedman’s discriminatory comments about her pregnancy could be investigated as a violation. For legal and financial reasons, Ms. Brown chose to not pursue the case further but remains convinced that it was her pregnancy that triggered the firing.

    “The sex factor is important to Ken,” she said. “Having a pregnant woman on the floor is not sexy.”

    Ms. Seet, 37, the former manager of the Spotted Pig, left the company in 2014 after eight years. She said that because she is a lesbian, she was not a sexual target for Mr. Friedman, but the two had a close, tumultuous relationship that she now sees as abusive.

    Ms. Seet said Mr. Friedman subjected her, like other managers, to screaming, profane tirades over minor details like an imperfectly fluffed pillow. He would order employees out of the restaurant in a rage, then rehire them the next day.

    When they quit, Mr. Friedman offered apologies, promises to reform and make-up gifts: in Ms. Seet’s case, tickets to a Lady Gaga concert and dinner for her and her wife at Quince, an elegant restaurant in San Francisco, where she had moved to manage the opening of Tosca Cafe.

    “I told him I felt like a battered wife,” she said.

    Ms. Seet says that when she finally resigned, Mr. Friedman wrote her a long, profanity-filled email threatening to blackball her in the industry.

    Soon afterward, she moved back to New York to take a job as general manager of Santina, a restaurant near the High Line that was being opened by the high-profile Major Food Group. But two days before she was to start, the group abruptly rescinded the offer; Ms. Seet said a senior manager told her that Mr. Friedman had ordered them not to hire her. (Her account was corroborated by the manager and a former assistant to Mr. Friedman.)

    “Ken has tried to blacklist many people,” said Ms. Freihon, formerly of the Breslin. “The restaurant industry is very small and tight knit, and he does know everyone.”

    “‘Everyone’ means the male chefs and the male restaurant owners and the male C.F.O.s,” she said. “Advancement is incredibly hard for women in this industry because you never know what the men are saying about you.”

    Over all, Ms. Seet said, working for Mr. Friedman and Ms. Bloomfield was nearly as thrilling as it was abusive. The constant drama created tight, familial relationships.

    But, she and many others said, in order for the restaurant industry to finally allow women to build long-term careers, chaotic workplaces like the Spotted Pig will have to change.

    “I feel guilty even talking to you,” she said. “But it’s got to stop.”
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/12/d...arassment.html

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    Disney music executive arrested, charged with sexually abusing two underage girls

    A 58-year-old Disney executive has been charged with three felony counts of child sexual abuse.

    Jon Heely, the director of music publishing at Disney, was arrested and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child, Variety reported.

    The 58-year-old, who was arrested on Nov. 16 and released six days later on $150,000 bail, is accused of abusing two underage girls about a decade ago.


    Heely’s Twitter bio reads “Disney Concerts and living to glorify God in all things.” (Jon Heely via Twitter)

    One alleged victim was 15. The other was abused for four years starting at the age of 11, according to the charges.

    His attorney Robert Helfend said Heely “vehemently denies these allegations.”

    Heely, who oversees the licensing of music from Disney films, pleaded not guilty on Thursday. He faces up to nine years and three months in prison if convicted.

    He was suspended from Disney late Friday, with a spokesperson telling Variety, “Immediately upon learning of this situation tonight, he has been suspended without pay until the matter is resolved by the courts.”

    Heely’s Twitter bio reads, “Disney Concerts and living to glorify God in all things.”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crim...icle-1.3686887

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