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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Oct 10, 2019. 13 comments

The Queasy Power of Shamelessness

The Queasy Power of Shamelessness

Noah Levine, the influential punk rock Buddhist teacher whose meditation society, Against the Stream, collapsed after he was accused of sexual misconduct , never spoke to me for two stories I wrote about the allegations against him , despite my best efforts to contact him. But he did sit down this summer with Los Angeles magazine, for an interview published in July. In it, he indicated that...

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Esther Wang Esther Wang Oct 03, 2019. 12 comments

Bob Woodward Is Part of the Problem

Bob Woodward Is Part of the Problem

On Wednesday night, veteran journalist Bob Woodward moderated an event in Washington, D.C., featuring New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey on their new book She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement. Their thorough and remarkable reporting on Harvey Weinstein and the women who came forward about his abuse and harassment
are widely credited...

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Ashley Reese Ashley Reese Sep 30, 2019. 6 comments

Another Woman Has Accused Al Franken of Groping

Another Woman Has Accused Al Franken of Groping

Another woman has come forward accusing former Al Franken of groping her, bringing the number of women who have alleged misconduct against the comedian and former senator up to nine. The news of the allegation comes just days after a doting interview with Conan O’Brien and the announcement that Franken will be hosting a SiriusXM radio program.

The woman told New York magazine that Franken...

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Emily Alford Emily Alford Sep 27, 2019. 16 comments

A Hollow Play of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing

A Hollow Play of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing

“How may I live without my name?” John Proctor asks in the climactic scene from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. The play, which centers the 1692 Salem witch trial narrative on Proctor, is more concerned with how accusations will affect his name rather than the fact that they might end his life.

“I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” he cries. In the play, Proctor has been accused of...

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Ashley Reese Ashley Reese Sep 27, 2019. 17 comments

Al Franken Still Thinks He's the Victim

Al Franken Still Thinks He's the Victim

In case anyone needed another reminder that “cancel culture” is a
paranoid fantasy that only exists only in the minds of powerful men and people who are too online, let’s go ahead and check in with Al Franken and his redemption arc . Nearly two years after the comedian turned politician resigned from the Senate in response to sexual harassment allegations, Franken has returned with a podcast,...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Sep 20, 2019. 11 comments

Prince Andrew's Accuser Isn't Going Away

Prince Andrew's Accuser Isn't Going Away

Despite denial after denial, Prince Andrew just can’t quite manage to slither his way out of the Jeffrey Epstein story—because Virginia Roberts Giuffre refuses to go away quietly.

The Daily Beast reported that on a Friday night Dateline NBC special on Jeffrey Epstein, accuser Giuffre “will allege that she was forced to have sex with Andrew and other powerful men in Epstein’s orbit in her...

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Emily Alford Emily Alford Sep 16, 2019. 17 comments

Russell Simmons Is Banned From a West Village Yoga Studio

Russell Simmons Is Banned From a West Village Yoga Studio

Russel Simmons, music producer, fashion titan, aspiring yogi, and man who has faced over a dozen allegations of rape and sexual misconduct, has been banned from a yoga studio in New York City’s West Village.

After trying and failing to launch the #NotMe movement in response to Me Too, Simmons retreated to Bali in 2018 amid allegations and lawsuits. But as of August, he was back in New York...

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Alexis Sobel Fitts Alexis Sobel Fitts Sep 06, 2019.

The Celebrations for Placido Domingo, Opera Star and Alleged Sexual Harasser, Are Extremely, Uncomfortably Elaborate

The Celebrations for Placido Domingo, Opera Star and Alleged Sexual Harasser, Are Extremely, Uncomfortably Elaborate

In the summer of 1969, a young singer made his debut at the Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheater in Verona, Italy known for housing elaborate opera productions. Though the singer, a 28-year-old Spanish tenor named Placido Domingo, had been growing in stature—he’d sung lead roles with the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago—the performance provided a convenient...

Esther Wang Esther Wang Sep 06, 2019. 17 comments

Woody Allen Says He's 'Done Everything The Me Too Movement Would Love To Achieve'

Woody Allen Says He's 'Done Everything The Me Too Movement Would Love To Achieve'

Woody Allen has again tried to paint himself as some sort of poster boy for good men in Hollywood, claiming in an interview that he has “done everything the Me Too movement would love to achieve.”

More from the Guardian:

Speaking ahead of the French premiere of A Rainy Day in New York, Allen was asked if he regretted comments made in 2018, in which he said he “should be the poster boy for the...

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Rich Juzwiak Rich Juzwiak Sep 04, 2019. 9 comments

Scarlett Johansson, Back at It Again

Scarlett Johansson, Back at It Again

Aspiring tree Scarlett Johansson frequently goes against the grain of progressive discourse about her industry (who could forget her misadventures in casting ?), and here she goes again. “I love Woody,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview. She was referring, of course, to Woody Allen, a director that she worked with several times in the past and who is essentially a pariah...

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Rebecca Fishbein Rebecca Fishbein Aug 21, 2019. 3 comments

Harvey Weinstein Wants to Move His Trial Out of Manhattan

Harvey Weinstein Wants to Move His Trial Out of Manhattan

Harvey Weinstein is set to (finally ) stand trial for rape and sexual assault charges in Manhattan next month, but his attorneys are still trying to net him some sort of Hail Mary pass. Their current maneuver: arguing the trial should be moved out of New York, citing juror bias.

Deadline reports:

“It is safe to say that New York City is the least likely place on earth where Mr. Weinstein could...

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Emily Alford Emily Alford Aug 21, 2019. 13 comments

Kirsten Gillibrand Is Wondering About the Other Seven Women Who Accused Al Franken

Kirsten Gillibrand Is Wondering About the Other Seven Women Who Accused Al Franken

Earlier this summer, a New Yorker piece cast doubt on conservative talk show host Leeann Tweeden’s allegations of misconduct against former senator Al Franken. In its wake, some of the colleagues who originally called for Franken’s resignation have expressed remorse, Franken has publicly wished he hadn’t been so quick to resign, and somehow this has all become Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s

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Maria Sherman Maria Sherman Aug 07, 2019. 15 comments

Casey Affleck Is an Ally Now?

Casey Affleck Is an Ally Now?

Casey Affleck, alleged sexual harasser, all around creep and Hollywood person, has been slowly but surely making his way back into a comeback nearly a decade after two women filed sexual harassment lawsuits against him in 2010. (In case you’ve forgotten: the suits were settled out of court for undisclosed amounts.)

Affleck paid a visit to Dax Shepard‘s Armchair Expert podcast to talk about...

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Rebecca Fishbein Rebecca Fishbein May 23, 2019. 10 comments

Mario Batali Has Been Charged With Assault and Battery in Boston

Mario Batali Has Been Charged With Assault and Battery in Boston

Mario Batali has been criminally charged with indecent assault and battery, stemming from a 2017 incident in which he allegedly kissed and groped a woman without her consent in Boston in 2017. Though Batali has been the subject of a multiple assault and harassment accusations , this is the first time he has faced criminal charges.

According to the Boston Globe, the celebrity chef and former ...

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Frida Garza Frida Garza May 08, 2019. 7 comments

The Pain Isn't Over When the Story of Your Abuser Is Published

The Pain Isn't Over When the Story of Your Abuser Is Published

On Tuesday, the Washington Post published a story about Tanya Selvaratnam, a former partner of Eric Schneiderman who, last year, accused the New York attorney general of intimate partner violence in a story for the New Yorker. Her story, along with the accounts of three other women, came out exactly one year ago, one in a string of MeToo stories, and led to Schneiderman’s resignation.

The...

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Emily Alford Emily Alford May 06, 2019. 19 comments

Mark Halperin Would Very Much Like to Be Famous Again

Mark Halperin Would Very Much Like to Be Famous Again

Eighteen months after being accused of sexual harassment and assault by nine women, Game Change author Mark Halperin thinks its probably time we all start letting him be famous again.

Many former colleagues have accused Halperin of unwanted sexual advances, which Halperin acknowledged at the time as pursuing “relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,” adding...

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Diana Moskovitz Diana Moskovitz Apr 26, 2019. 21 comments

Just Let People Do Their Jobs

Just Let People Do Their Jobs

Lately, I have started every single draft of every single blog with some version of the same first sentence: I am very tired. I am very tired of violence against women. I am very tired of men using our suffering for their (and only their) political gain . I am tired of men telling me what I should be doing. I am tired of watching Congress do nothing on issues I care about . And in those...

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Frida Garza Frida Garza Apr 23, 2019. 14 comments

New York City Ballet's MeToo Moment Didn't Last Long

New York City Ballet's MeToo Moment Didn't Last Long

Last September, the New York City Ballet fired two male dancers who were accused of participating in “inappropriate communications” after a dancer, Alexandra Waterbury, accused her ex-boyfriend, a dancer named Chase Finlay, of sharing a sexually explicit photo of her without her consent. Last Friday, the two men were offered back their olds jobs.

According to the New York Times, one of the...

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Emily Alford Emily Alford Apr 20, 2019. 10 comments

Jane Doe Accuser in Russell Simmons Case Will Not Have to Pay Him $10 Million

Jane Doe Accuser in Russell Simmons Case Will Not Have to Pay Him $10 Million

Russell Simmons’s request that the woman who accused him of rape pay $10 million in sanctions has been denied by a judge and the lawsuit against Simmons will continue.

In March 2018, a Jane Doe filed a lawsuit against Simmons, alleging he raped her after a concert. Simmons claimed the statute of limitations was up and asked that his accuser pay millions in sanctions. But a judge has ruled...

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Rebecca Fishbein Rebecca Fishbein Apr 17, 2019. 6 comments

Women in Media Are Reportedly Getting Blacklisted for Filing Sexual Harassment Suits

Women in Media Are Reportedly Getting Blacklisted for Filing Sexual Harassment Suits

It’s been nearly three years since Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit against then-CEO Roger Ailes, prompting a slew of similar high-profile suits and executive oustings both at Fox and at other major networks. Media’s MeToo moment is as visible as Hollywood’s, toppling giants like CBS’s Les Moonves , NBC’s Matt Lauer , and Charlie Rose . But the women who filed...

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