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Aziz Ansari Is ‘Feeling The Love’ From Female Defenders After He’s Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Aziz Ansari feared the worst when a woman he went on a date with accused him of sexual misconduct, but he’s feeling more ‘hopeful’ now. Find out why!

Aziz [Ansari] is feeling the love from all the women rushing to his defense. What his accuser described as the worst night of her life is now quickly becoming the worst night of his life too,” a source close to the comedian tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “He feels horrible that a woman he dated had such a bad experience with him and he was shocked when she decided to discuss his private life publicly. But now that so many women, like Wendy Williams and Ashleigh Banfield, are publicly defending him, Aziz is starting to feel a little bit better. Aziz feels his accuser has taught him a valuable lesson about trust and relationships and he will be more careful in the future. While Aziz had been fearing how this woman’s story may affect his career, he is now hopeful, thanks to all the women publicly supporting him, that people will realize he did little wrong.”

As we previously shared with you, an anonymous woman accused Aziz of sexual misconduct after having a “bad date” with the comedian. The 23-year-old Brooklyn-based photographer came forward on January 14 with allegations that she had an “uncomfortable” sexual encounter with him. But the woman’s allegations ended up being just a bit of a miscommunication between her and the actor, as opposed to him acting inappropriately. They both engaged in sexual acts with each other — he just wasn’t aware that she wasn’t as into it as he was. He quickly apologized for any miscommunication, and women like Wendy Williams and Ashleigh Banfield quickly came to his defense.

“Then why didn’t [she] just bite it and leave?… “Why didn’t [she] just grab [her] coat and leave?” Wendy Williams wondered on her talk show, Jan. 16, after hearing about the news. She then called the woman a “dummy”. “Girl, this was not the #MeToo movement; This is what you call a bad date,” Wendy said. “Now, everybody’s after her. I don’t even like her and I don’t even know her…I’m with Aziz, for now!”

HLN host Ashleigh Banfield, 50, also used a portion of her segment on Crime & Justice on Jan. 15 to call out the anonymous woman. “You’re 23. What a gift. Yet you look that gift horse in the mouth and chiseled away at that powerful movement with your public accusation. You had an unpleasant date. And you did not leave. That is on you. And all the gains that have been achieved on your behalf and mine are now being compromised by the allegations that you threw out there, and I’m gonna call them reckless and hollow,” she said.

Mwbuzzers, do YOU think Aziz Ansari did anything wrong? Tell us how you feel below!

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Aziz Ansari Responds To Accusations of s3x Misconduct: It ‘Did Seem Okay To Me — I Was Surprised’

Aziz Ansari just released a heartfelt statement responding claims of sexual assault. Here’s what he had to say!

Master of None star and creator Aziz Ansari, 34, was accused of sexual misconduct on Sunday, Jan. 4, by an unnamed 23-year-old woman. Now, the comedian has released a statement telling his side of the story. “In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date. We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual.” Head here to look back at the women who have come forward alleging sexual harassment and assault in recent months.

He went on to explain the aftermath of the of the night in question. “The next day, I got a text from her saying that although ‘it may have seemed okay,’ upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said. I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.”

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Aziz Ansari Accused Of Allegedly Forcing Date To Touch His Penis & More In Sexual Misconduct Claims

Aziz Ansari has been accused by an anonymous woman of pressuring her to perform oral sex on him. Read the new claims here.

An anonymous woman has come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against Master of None star Aziz Ansari, 34. HollywoodLife.com has reached out to Aziz’s reps for comment on these claims, but we have not received a response at this time.

While speaking to babe, a 23-year-old Brooklyn-based photographer claims that after meeting the actor at the 2017 Emmy Awards after-party, he asked her for her phone number and promptly set up a date in New York on Sept. 25, 2017. The woman, referred to under the alias “Grace” as a means to protect her identity, says that after getting dinner at an Oyster bar, Aziz and her went back to his TriBeCa apartment on Franklin St. After walking into his kitchen, the woman says she complimented his marble countertops. “He said something along the lines of, ‘How about you hop up and take a seat?’” She then says he began kissing her. “In a second, his hand was on my breast.” He then allegedly undressed them both, and she says she recalls feeling uncomfortable. She claims that he performed oral sex on her and asked for the same. “It was really quick. Everything was pretty much touched and done within ten minutes of hooking up, except for actual sex.”

The anonymous woman says she kept trying to give verbal and non-verbal cues that she wasn’t enjoying the alleged experience. “Most of my discomfort was expressed in me pulling away and mumbling. I know that my hand stopped moving at some points,” she said. “I stopped moving my lips and turned cold… I know I was physically giving off cues that I wasn’t interested. I don’t think that was noticed at all, or if it was, it was ignored.”

After allegedly asking her to have sex repeatedly, the woman says she went to the bathroom to collect herself, and once she re-entered the room, Aziz asked if she was ok. “I said I don’t want to feel forced because then I’ll hate you, and I’d rather not hate you,” she said. “He said, ‘Oh, of course, it’s only fun if we’re both having fun.’ The response was technically very sweet and acknowledging the fact that I was very uncomfortable. Verbally, in that moment, he acknowledged that I needed to take it slow. Then he said, ‘Let’s just chill over here on the couch.’”

After going to the couch, the woman alleges Aziz tried to reinitiate oral sex. “He sat back and pointed to his penis and motioned for me to go down on him. And I did. I think I just felt really pressured. It was literally the most unexpected thing I thought would happen at that moment because I told him I was uncomfortable.”

The following evening after the alleged encounter, Aziz sent a text message to the woman. “It was fun meeting you last night,” he allegedly wrote. “Last night might’ve been fun for you, but it wasn’t for me,” the woman responded. “You ignored clear non-verbal clues; you kept going with advances… I want to make sure you’re aware so maybe the next girl doesn’t have to cry on the ride home.” After her response, he wrote back, “I’m so sad to hear this. Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I’m truly sorry.”

HollywoodLife.com has reached out to Aziz’s rep for comment. Babe has also asked Aziz’s representatives for comment on this woman’s account, but did not receive one.

Mwbuzzers, what do you think of these claims?

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Liam Neeson slammed for defending Dustin Hoffman's alleged sexual misconduct

Liam Neeson is under fire for defending several high-profile men accused of inappropriate behavior and sexual misconduct and suggesting that there’s “a bit of a witch-hunt happening.”

Appearing on the Irish talk show The Late Late Show, the action star addressed the recent deluge of sexual misconduct allegations against famous men. “There is a bit of a witch hunt happening, too,” the actor said. “There’s some people, famous people, being suddenly accused of touching some girl’s knee or something, and suddenly they’re being dropped from their program or something.”

Neeson went on to speak specifically about the allegations against Garrison Keillor and Dustin Hoffman. Keillor was fired in November from Minnesota Public Radio for “inappropriate behavior,” while Hoffman has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. Among them is actress Kathryn Rossetter, who alleges Hoffman repeatedly groped her during their 1983 Broadway production of Death of a Salesman.

“The Dustin Hoffman thing, I’m on the fence about that,” Neeson told host Ryan Tubridy. “Because when you’re doing a play and you’re with your family, other actors, technicians, you do silly things. You do silly things and it becomes kind of superstitious; if you don’t do it every night you think it’s going to jinx the show. I think Dustin Hoffman was… I’m not saying I’ve done similar things like what he did. Apparently, he touched another girl’s breast and stuff. But it’s childhood stuff what he was doing.”

Neeson was then cut off by Tubridy, who pointed out that it’s important to have conversations about these issues. Neeson agreed, adding, “There is a movement happening. It’s healthy and it’s across every industry. The focus seems to be on Hollywood at the minute. But it’s across every industry. I’m a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, and a very proud one. And I get sent facts and figures and stuff. And if you read the stuff I’ve read about how female laborers are being treated in farms, ranches, and all the rest of it, it’s chilling.”

The actor’s comments drew criticism on social media:

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James Franco: Won’t Clap Back Sexual Misconduct Claims But Says ‘I Have My Own Story’

James Franco made yet another a late night appearance to discuss sexual misconduct allegations against him. We’ve got the reason why he’s not clapping back at the claims.

Well that was super uncomfortable! James Franco, 39, is continuing his press tour for The Disaster Artist despite facing several sexual misconduct allegations and for the second night in a row he gave a super awkward interview. He made the bold proclamation on The Late Show on Jan. 9 that the claims against him were “not accurate” and on Late Night with Seth Meyers just 24 hours later he doubled down that message. Seth, 44, asked him right out of the gate about the issue unlike waiting until the very end of the interview like Stephen Colbert, 53, did.  So the interview started on a really somber note and James looked like he’d be anywhere else than talking about the issue again so soon.

Seth asked about the angry tweets that followed James wearing a Time’s Up pin at the Golden Globes. He revealed that, “I was sent a couple of the tweets. I haven’t responded. The ones I read were not accurate. But one of the things that I’ve learned is this is a conversation that obviously needs to be had and there are people, women and others who have not been part of the conversation and I truly believe in why I was wearing the pin is that they need to be part of the conversation. So I support that.”

Believe it or not, James isn’t going to go after any of his accusers, including actress Violet Paley and filmmaker Sarah Tither-Kaplan  who both tweeted out sexual misconduct allegations against against the actor/director on Jan. 8. He says he has his side of the story to tell, but clap back of respect for the Time’s Up movement.

In one very long rambling response, he revealed that, “What I really learned is there are stories that need to get out. There are people that need to be heard. I have my own side of this story. But I believe in these people who have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say because I believe in it that much that I have to take a knock because I’m not going to try to actively refute things then I will, because I believe in it that much.” Hmm…we wonder when he’s ever going to get his side of the story out.

Seth grilled him about actress Ally Sheedy, 55, who made cryptic tweets about him during the Globes ceremony on Jan. 8. She hinted that he’d done something untoward to her and even using the #metoo hashtag. The two worked together when he directed her in a 2014 Off-Broadway play and James told Colbert that he had no idea no idea what Ally’s beef with him was. He said that he had a great time working with her and has total respect for the actress.

Seth wanted to know if he’s since reached out to Ally to see why she’s so upset and things got super uncomfortable and cringeworthy. He said he hasn’t reached out to her while stumbling for words. “I had a great relationship with her. She took the tweet down. I don’t know,” he said in a faint voice. Seth pressed on, asking “You’re not curious enough to reach out to her, as someone that you’ve had a good relationship with before to try to understand why she would have done that?” James sat silent for a bit before saying, “I don’t know. It was so shocking. I guess I’m just letting it be.” SO cringeworthy.

Mwbuzzers, what did you think of James’ appearance on Seth’s show? Did it make you uncomfortable?

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'Crash' director Paul Haggis denies sexual misconduct allegations by four women



Paul Haggis, the Academy Award-winning writer and director of Crash, has been accused of sexual misconduct by four women, according to a new Associated Press report. Three of the women decided to come forward after a civil lawsuit was filed alleging that Haggis raped a publicist, identified in court papers as Haleigh Breest.

The original lawsuit was filed on Dec. 15, after which the filing attorney was reportedly contacted by the three other women. According to the AP, a second women has come forward also claiming that Haggis raped her, after forcing her to perform oral sex; a third alleges Haggis held her down and forcibly kissed her on a street corner before following her into a taxi. The AP says that one of the alleged encounters took place as recent as 2015 and that the allegations overall span 20 years.

The AP reports that Haggis denied the original rape allegation and filed a counter-claim alleging that Breest and her lawyer had demanded a $9 million payment to avoid legal action.

Haggis’ attorney Christine Lespera said in a statement Friday obtained by Mwbuzz that Haggis “denies these anonymous claims in whole.”

“In a society where one of a person’s fundamental rights is the ability to confront an accuser, that right has now been eviscerated when it comes to anyone being charged in the press with any sort of sexual misconduct,” the statement continued. “Notably, no one has reached out to anyone on Mr. Haggis’ team other than the press to report this.”

 

Breest’s lawyers responded to Haggis’ counter-claim in a statement obtained Thursday by the AP. “We view Mr. Haggis’s claims against Haleigh Breest as ludicrous, and a further act of aggression. In our system of justice, those who have been wronged have the clear right to seek redress and hold those responsible accountable for their misconduct,” said Jonathan Abady. “In an act of remarkable hubris, Mr. Haggis has the temerity to claim that he, not her, was the victim. It is a preposterous and transparent PR stunt that will not succeed. Ms. Breest will not be intimidated or deterred from seeking justice.”

Haggis has long been a Hollywood heavyweight. He wrote and directed Crash, which controversially won the Academy Award for best picture in 2006, and also received Oscar nominations for writing screenplays for Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby and Letters from Iwo Jima. Haggis is also an Emmy-winning TV producer; most recently, he directed and executive-produced every episode of David Simon’s Show Me a Hero, which starred Oscar Isaac in a Golden Globe-winning role.

The allegations against Haggis come as Hollywood continues to be swept up by a wave of sexual misconduct claims. The trend began with Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced mogul who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 60 women. (Weinstein denies any allegation of non-consensual sex.) Haggis, in October, weighed in on the Weinstein news in an interview with The Guardian. “A lot of people are compromised by Harvey’s alleged actions,” he said. “Although everyone thinks it is vile behavior, you have got to focus on those who may have colluded and protected him. For me, they are as guilty as he is and in some cases more so, if I can say that. I mean, he was a predator and a predator is a predator. But what about those who would rather look the other way?”

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Meryl Streep Slams Melania & Ivanka Trump For Not Speaking Out Against Sexual Misconduct

Meryl Streep wants Melania and Ivanka Trump ‘to speak now’ about recent sexual harassment scandals. In a new interview she also calls discusses the Weinstein scandal.

Meryl Streep, 68, is dropping names and she doesn’t care who knows it. The Oscar-winning actress is looking to first lady, Melania Trump, 47, and first daughter, Ivanka Trump, 36, to speak out against the sexual harassment scandals that have jolted Hollywood. In the wake of her silence, as well as others, Streep believes it should be the Trump women who need to address the issues, she expressed during a new interview with the New York Times“I don’t want to hear about the silence of me,” Streep said when asked to comment on the backlash she received for not responding to the Harvey Weinstein allegations sooner than she did. “I want to hear about the silence of Melania Trump,” Streep proclaimed. “I want to hear from her. She has so much that’s valuable to say. And so does Ivanka. I want her to speak now.”

The New York Times published its initial article about Weinstein’s alleged misconduct on October 5, where eight women, including actress, Ashley Judd, 49, accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior. Streep, a past collaborator with the Hollywood producer, was targeted and slammed for not speaking out. Streep explained why she didn’t address the issue until days later.

“I found out about [the initial Times report on Weinstein] on a Friday and went home deep into my own life,” Streep said. “And then somebody told me that on Morning Joe they were screaming that I haven’t responded yet.” Streep, who is not on social media, continued, and “I really had to think. Because it really underlined my own sense of cluelessness, and also how evil, deeply evil, and duplicitous, a person he was, yet such a champion of really great work… You make movies. You think you know everything about everybody. So much gossip. You don’t know anything. People are so inscrutable on a certain level. And it’s a shock. Some of my favorite people have been brought down by this, and he’s not one of them.”

On October 9, 2017 — four days after the scandal broke — Streep released the following statement:

“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported,” said Streep in a statement Monday. “The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.”

One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally.”

Streep sat down with the Times, alongside her co-star Tom Hanks, 61, to promote their new film, The Post, which hit theaters on December 22. Her interview came after she revealed in November 2017, that she was once brutally attacked and had to “play dead.”

Mwbuzzers, what do you think about Meryl’s opinions?

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Meryl Streep on sexual misconduct: ‘I don’t want to hear about the silence of me’

Meryl Streep has spoken out again about the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and the growing movement to combat sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond.

Speaking to The New York Times, Streep recalled how the Weinstein news “underlined my own sense of cluelessness” and how she “really had to think” before she responded, even as people were calling on her to do so.

“I found out about this on a Friday and went home deep into my own life,” she told the Times. And then somebody told me that on Morning Joe they were screaming that I haven’t responded yet. I don’t have a Twitter thing or – handle, whatever. And I don’t have Facebook. I really had to think. Because it really underlined my own sense of cluelessness, and also how evil, deeply evil, and duplicitous, a person he was, yet such a champion of really great work.”

“You make movies. You think you know everything about everybody. So much gossip. You don’t know anything,” she added. “People are so inscrutable on a certain level. And it’s a shock. Some of my favorite people have been brought down by this, and he’s not one of them.”

Streep, who worked with Weinstein on films like August: Osage County and The Iron Lady, released a statement on Oct. 9 — four days after the Times‘ first bombshell story about Weinstein was published — calling the allegations against him “inexcusable” and saying that she did not know about the alleged “inappropriate, coercive acts” he was accused of doing. (Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.)

In a subsequent statement released in December after actress Rose McGowan criticized Streep’s reaction to the Weinstein allegations, the actress said she was never “deliberately silent,” and was unaware of any wrongdoing on Weinstein’s part.

When asked by the Times what she thought of the fact that people were waiting for her to speak, Streep referenced the women closest to President Donald Trump, who has been accused by more than a dozen women of sexual harassment and assault. (Trump has denied the allegations.)

“I don’t want to hear about the silence of me,” she said. “I want to hear about the silence of Melania Trump. I want to hear from her. She has so much that’s valuable to say. And so does Ivanka. I want her to speak now.”

“In terms of Harvey, I really didn’t know,” Streep told the Times. “I did think he was having girlfriends. But when I heard rumors about actresses, I thought that that was a way of denigrating the actress and her ability to get the job. That really raised my hackles. I didn’t know that he was in any way abusing people. He never asked me to a hotel room. I don’t know how his life was conducted without people intimately knowing about it.”

Streep currently stars in The Post. Her full interview, which also includes costar Tom Hanks, can be read at The New York Times.

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