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lobo316 wrote: So far no wrestler has been accused of rape or sexual assault.98.4% of all professional wrestlers have too much pride in themselves and their sport to ever want to bring it down to such a base level. Professional wrestlers are the role models in which we should teach our children to emulate. Wrestlers and police officers...and Leona Helmsley....and Hermann Goering.



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(CNN)New York's Metropolitan Opera suspended former music director James Levine on Sunday pending an internal investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the famed conductor.

The New York Times reported that three men had come forward to accuse Levine, now 74, of sexually abusing them decades ago, including during the early period of his conducting career at the Met.CNN has attempted to reach Levine and his manager, Tim Fox, but has not yet heard back. The New York Times says that when, "told of the accusations, a spokesman for Mr. Levine did not comment on Sunday night."The Met said on Saturday that it had engaged outside resources to determine if allegations are true. In the meantime, the prestigious performing arts center said it had canceled Levine's scheduled performances, including a highly anticipated new production of Puccini's "Tosca" starting New Year's Eve.
    "While we await the results of the investigation, based on these new news reports, the Met has made the decision to act now," said Peter Gelb, Met General Manager. "This is a tragedy for anyone whose life has been affected."The news drew the rarified world of classical music into the ongoing national conversation over sexual violence.

    Levine stepped down as the Met's music director in 2016 due to health problems. But, starting New Year's Eve, he was scheduled to lead a new production of the opera with which he made his Met debut in 1971, Puccini's "Tosca." Since his debut, he has conducted nearly 2,500 performances of 85 different operas with the company, in addition to performing and holding positions with other companies and musical organizations.

    His achievements made him the subject of a Time magazine cover story in 1983 and Musical America's "Musician of the Year" in 1984. He was featured in two documentaries in 1986 and 2011 on PBS's American Masters series, according to his biography on his talent agency's website.From 1973 to 1993, he was music director of the Ravinia Festival, summer home to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where one of his accusers told the New York Times he met Levine in 1985. The man said he was 15 and Levine was 40 when the abuse began, according to the paper. 

    CNN has not been able to independently confirm the allegations.Gelb told the New York Times that the allegations first came to the company's attention in 2016, when police in Illinois opened an investigation into one of the men's claims after he filed a police report. "At the time Jim said that the charges were completely false, and we didn't hear anything further from the police," Gelb said.The Boston Symphony Orchestra, where Levine was music director from 2004 to 2011, said on Sunday that its management "was never approached by anyone in connection with inappropriate behavior" from Levine. The company said it followed a due diligence process, including a "personal and professional review" of all aspects of his candidacy, before moving ahead with his appointment."The Boston Symphony Orchestra is committed to a zero tolerance policy towards anyone who exhibits sexual harassment behavior in the workplace. All of us at BSO remain vigilant in our commitment to fight against all types of inappropriate and offensive behavior, and to continue the essential work of creating a safe and supportive environment," according to a statement."Behavior by any employee of the BSO that runs counter to these core values and beliefs would not be tolerated and would be met with the most serious consequences."

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    I watch Mozart in the Jungle. Lots of shit going on there.

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    KGB wrote: Jesus, I wish I'd listened to the sanctimonious SJW's on the FAN590 yesterday to hear how chastened they are over the news that one of their coworkers could be such a cad!  I'm sure there was the requisite hand wringing and concern expressed for, well not just the women involved because that wouldn't White Knight enough, but all human beings everywhere who did, do, or may in the future identify as a female.
    Anything that gets Zaun off my TV I'm all for it.  guy single handedly made sportsnet coverage unwatchable.
    Should also add I know a news runner at TSN.   Zaun has/had a rep.  A really bad one.  Think Louis CK.  

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    broke wrote: KGB wrote: Jesus, I wish I'd listened to the sanctimonious SJW's on the FAN590 yesterday to hear how chastened they are over the news that one of their coworkers could be such a cad!  I'm sure there was the requisite hand wringing and concern expressed for, well not just the women involved because that wouldn't White Knight enough, but all human beings everywhere who did, do, or may in the future identify as a female.
    Anything that gets Zaun off my TV I'm all for it.  guy single handedly made sportsnet coverage unwatchable.
    Should also add I know a news runner at TSN.   Zaun has/had a rep.  A really bad one.  Think Louis CK.  

    Reports were circulated that David Cone wanted to interview for the Yankees managerial job but they wouldn't even let him.  I wonder if his own Louie CK past had anything to do with that.  Even though he put all that behind him decades ago, it certainly might've been brought up again given the timing of everything going on. 



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    Trump officially endorsed Moore today. And his reasoning was that Moore was needed to vote for the new tax bill.

    He did this so that the child molester could support a Republican tax plan which takes money from cops, firemen, and nurses...and gives it to Goldman Sachs. He calls this "draining the swamp."

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    Netflix has fired actor Danny Masterson, accused of rape by several women, from its original sitcom The Ranch. But when the second half of season two drops on Netflix on December 15, Masterson will still be present in all 10 of those episodes, sources at Netflix have confirmed.

    What’s more, he’ll likely be in at least some of the episodes airing in 2018, when the show’s third season will drop in two chunks. (The Ranch tends to debut its 20-episode seasons in two parts, with one part airing in the first half of the year and the second part airing six months later.) Despite the high-profile firing of Masterson, actually replacing or removing him from the series at this point would be all but impossible, especially for the episodes airing December 15, which have been completed for some time.

    But even above and beyond the time element, The Ranch is a multi-camera sitcom, which means it would be essentially impossible to do reshoots with a new actor, as has happened with Christopher Plummer taking over a role from Kevin Spacey in the film All the Money in the World — reshoots completed in a matter of weeks.
    Multi-camera sitcoms are presented like tiny stage plays, in front of an audience, with multiple angles to capture as many different shots at the same time as possible. (ThinkThe Big Bang Theory.) Thus, reshooting Masterson’s scenes would essentially mean reshooting the episodes very nearly in their entirety, something no production company, not even one with pockets as deep as Netflix, would do.

    What’s more, the fact that the show has already been renewed for an in-production third season makes it harder for Netflix to simply walk away from The Ranch. It was easier for the streaming service to announce it would no longer have anything to do with Kevin Spacey on House of Cards because that show had just begun production of its sixth season when accusations against Spacey became public. The Ranch is deep into production on its 20-episode third season.

    Netflix hasn’t yet revealed how it plans to move forward with The Ranch without Masterson, though it still has more of the show’s third season to produce. But because of the show’s staggered release schedule and a variety of other factors, Masterson’s firing won’t be noticeable to viewers until well into 2018.

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    (NEW YORK) — The top editor for the National Enquirer, Us Weekly and other major gossip publications openly described his sexual partners in the newsroom, discussed female employees’ sex lives and forced women to watch or listen to pornographic material, former employees told The Associated Press.
    The behavior by Dylan Howard, currently the chief content officer of American Media Inc., occurred while he was running the company’s Los Angeles office, according to men and women who worked there. Howard’s self-proclaimed nickname was “Dildo,” a phallus-shaped sex toy, the former employees said. His conduct led to an internal inquiry in 2012 by an outside consultant, and former employees said he stopped working out of the L.A. office after the inquiry.
    Howard quit soon after the report was completed, but the company rehired him one year later with a promotion that landed him in the company’s main office in New York. It was not clear whether Howard faced any discipline over the accusations. AP is not aware of any sexual harassment allegations involving Howard since he was rehired.


    The AP spoke with 12 former employees who knew about the investigation into Howard’s behavior, though not all were aware of every detail. The outside investigator hired to examine complaints about Howard’s behavior also confirmed to AP that he completed a report.
    In a brief phone interview with the AP, Howard characterized the ex-employees’ claims as “baseless.”
    A lawyer for American Media confirmed Tuesday that an outside investigator was hired to look into two employees’ claims about Howard’s behavior.
    The lawyer, Cam Stracher, said the investigation did not show serious wrongdoing. Stracher confirmed that one employee had complained that Howard said he wanted to create a Facebook account for her vagina, but Stracher said Howard said that never happened.
    “It was determined that there was some what you would call as horsing around outside the office, going to bars and things that are not uncommon in the media business,” Stracher said, “but none of it rose to the level of harassment that would require termination.”


    American Media publishes the National Enquirer, RadarOnline, Star and other gossip publications and websites. In March the company purchased the glossy Us Weekly magazine for a reported $100 million, significantly boosting its readership among women.
    In his job, Howard oversees those newsrooms.
    AMI spokesman Jon Hammond described the two employees who had formally complained about Howard’s alleged behavior as “disgruntled.”
    “The investigation described an environment where employees mixed socially outside the office — sometimes at bars — but found no direct support for the allegations of harassment made by the two complainants,” Hammond said in an email.
    Most of the former employees spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they had signed nondisclosure agreements, sometimes as part of severance packages.


    Two former employees, one a senior manager and another a reporter in the L.A. office, agreed to be publicly identified to discuss Howard’s behavior.
    “The behavior that Dylan displayed and the way he was and the way the company dealt with it — I just think that it has to be made public because it’s completely unacceptable,” said Maxine “Max” Page, a former senior editor at RadarOnline. She complained to the human resources department about Howard’s behavior on behalf of two female reporters.
    Howard made inappropriate comments to and about one of those women, Page and six other ex-employees said. Howard told employees in the newsroom he wanted to create a Facebook account on behalf of the woman’s vagina, commented on her sex life and forced her and other female employees to either watch or listen to graphic recordings of sex involving celebrities despite there being no professional rationale for doing so, they said.


    A former senior editor recalled Howard wrongly claimed during a newsroom meeting that the woman had had sex with a journalism source and praised her for it, saying she needed to “do what you need” to get a story.
    The editor said: “He encouraged her to have sex with people for information.”
    The woman Howard was discussing confirmed these and other incidents to the AP but declined to be identified.
    Page and four other employees recounted instances in which Howard talked about his own sexual exploits, including descriptions of his partners’ physical attributes.
    Stracher, the company lawyer, said no one interviewed by the outside investigator complained about Howard’s handling of pornographic material. Stracher said there was nothing inherently inappropriate about that in the celebrity news business.


    Stracher also said no one complained to the investigator about Howard’s alleged encouragement of a reporter to sleep with news sources.
    Another former reporter, Liz Crokin, said she was also harassed by Howard, including once when he asked whether she was “going to be walking the streets tonight” on a day she wore heels to work.
    Page and Crokin, like many of the other former employees who spoke to AP, were laid off by the company during waves of downsizing at AMI. The others who left the company said they did so by choice.
    American Media regularly asked exiting employees to sign nondisclosure agreements that prohibit them from disclosing confidential information or disparaging company executives.
    Many of the former employees who described Howard’s behavior said they decided to do so after the New Yorker and other news organizations published emails in recent weeks showing that Howard had worked with movie producer Harvey Weinstein to undermine allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein.


    The emails showed that Howard had dispatched a reporter to uncover derogatory information about an actress who had accused Weinstein of rape, and then shared that information with Weinstein. Howard has said he pursued the information as part of due diligence before entering into a business relationship with Weinstein. Weinstein, who has denied allegations of non-consensual sex, has maintained he was passing along a news tip to Howard that was never published.
    After the 2012 investigation into Howard’s conduct in Los Angeles, two of the ex-employees said they were told by a manager that Howard was barred from the Los Angeles office. The employees said he worked from home after that. Stracher, the company lawyer, said Howard was given no such order to stay away from the office.


    Shortly after the report was issued, Howard took a new job with another company.
    It’s unclear what the report concluded or whether Howard faced any disciplinary action.
    The AP was unable to obtain a copy of the report. Its author, Philip Deming, confirmed he wrote a report but said he could not talk about what he found or the recommendations he made.
    Page, the manager whose complaint prompted the company to hire Deming, said she was skeptical the company properly investigated Howard’s behavior.
    Deming said he produced a 25- to 35-page report with 18 exhibits, and interviewed between 15 and 20 employees. He declined to describe his findings without AMI’s authorization. Stracher, the company lawyer, declined to release the report.
    Deming said he was not aware that American Media re-hired Howard a year after his report.


    “I did have recommendations and I don’t know what happened after those recommendations were made,” he said.
    Stracher said Howard was “cautioned when he returned that what I would characterize as horsing around was not appropriate.”
    Howard openly discussed the investigation with some reporters and editors, one former employee said. A January 2012, email provided to the AP by another former employee said, “There is an investigation going on of my boss right now and it’s made everyone awkward and uncomfortable. You could cut the tension with a knife.”
    Crokin, the former reporter, said she believed Howard retaliated against her after Deming interviewed her, taking away serious work and assigning her menial tasks. She was laid off a short time later.


    The company lawyer, Stracher, said any employees who witnessed or had concerns about Howard’s behavior should have raised them at that time.
    Another ex-employee who was interviewed by Deming recalled being anxious about speaking with the HR consultant.
    “I told the investigator I didn’t know anything,” said the former employee, acknowledging that answer was not true. “It’s almost like I had Stockholm syndrome.”
    Yet another former employee, who said she was present when Howard showed a handful of reporters pornography that was not newsworthy, said Deming never interviewed her.
    Howard, 35, came to the U.S. in 2009, months after being fired from a sports reporting job in Australian television news, following a police investigation about how he had obtained athletes’ medical records. Police did not bring charges against him. He was then hired by Australian broadcaster Craig Hutchison’s CrocMedia to report in the United States.


    In a recent podcast, Hutchison praised Howard’s talent but said he quickly parted with Howard under rocky circumstances.
    “His methods make me uncomfortable, that’s probably the best way to put it,” Hutchison said.
    Howard then began working for American Media Inc. in Los Angeles.
    During his time there, Howard blurred the lines between his role as a manager and his personal life, throwing parties in Las Vegas and in Malibu, inviting female reporters to accompany him in the evenings and regularly discussing his late-night partying in the newsroom, six former employees said.
    For his 30th birthday party, Howard invited a dozen employees to Las Vegas in January 2012 for an all-expenses-paid, three-day party he dubbed “Dildo’s Dirty 30,” according to a copy of the professionally designed invitation obtained by the AP.
    A week later, ex-employees said, Deming, the HR consultant, began conducting interviews.

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    Singer Melanie Martinez, who rose to fame competing on season three of NBC’s “The Voice,” has been accused by a former friend of sexual assault. The alleged incident was detailed by Timothy Heller, herself an aspiring musician, who, in a four-part tweet, recounted a night during which she “repeatedly said no” to Martinez’s sexual advances. Heller accuses Martinez of forceful penetration with a sex toy, among other acts.
    The Los Angeles-based Heller posted the tweet just before 3 p.m. local time. Within eight hours, it was retweeted more than 50,000 times.
    Martinez and Heller appear to have a friendship that dates back to 2015, judging by images on social media platforms.

    At 11:30 p.m. Martinez posted a response on her own Twitter, writing, “I am horrified and saddened by the statements and story told by Timothy Heller. What she and I shared was a close friendship … We tried to help each other. We both had pain in dealing with our individual demons… She never said no to what we chose to do together. And although we parted ways, I am sending her love and light always.”

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    Peter Martins, the artistic director of New York City Ballet and an instructor at School of American Ballet, has been accused of sexual harassment, and suspended from teaching his weekly class at the school, according to a new report.

    According to an article in the New York Times, Martins has been accused of harassment in an anonymous letter. Both NYCB and the school told that publication that the allegations in the letter had not yet been substantiated but that the “safety and well-being of our students is our absolute priority.” (Variety has contacted both City Ballet and the school for further comment.)

    According to the report, the letter contained no specifics about the accusations against Martins, who has has been the artistic director of City Ballet since 1989. News of the investigation comes soon after the suspension of conductor James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera, another organization that performs on the Lincoln Center campus in New York City.


    The accusations come amidst a wave of investigations and accusations into entertainment industry figures including Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, and Matt Lauer, among many others. On stage in New York, the playwright Israel Horovitz was accused of sexual abuse and harassment by nine women.

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    With American film producer Harvey Weinstein who was slapped with sexual allegations sometime back and, soon afterwards, followed by actor Kavin Spacey and Oscar winning Geoffrey Rush also being accused of ‘inappropriate behavior,' recently - it seems all’s not well with the entertainment industry.

    And now, according to the latest reports by The Guardian, playwright and director Israel Horovitz is another one in the dock, with not one but nine women accusing the American actor of sexual misconduct, leading to his departure from the Gloucester Stage Company.

    This Massachusetts-based theatre has confronted the director, who was also the founding artistic director of the theatre, after the reports were published in one of the leading dailies. The allegations against the playwright include from non-consensual touch to rape.

    In fact, if reports are to be believed, Israel Horovitz was also accused of similar allegations earlier but at that time the theatre, probably, defended him and helped him come through clean. But this time, with almost nine women accusing him of the sexual misconduct, even the actor’s son Adam Horovitz, better known for his band Beastie Boys, decided to side with women who have accused his father of this ‘inappropriate’ behavior.

    To go by the reports, it’s after the revelation about Harvey and other such biggies, lately, that led these nine women, come forefront and file a complaint against a veteran from the industry.

    Surely, time to clean up the act!

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    Time Magazine's Person of the Year has gone to the #MeToo movement, which Time described as “the individuals who set off a national reckoning over the prevalence of sexual harassment".  It's actually the best choice given that this is the biggest and widest-ranging story of the year.

    Time's cover story will highlight the incidents of everyone from Taylor Swift and Ashley Judd to a former engineer at Uber and a Mexican woman who picks strawberries for a living.      

    The #MeToo girls beat out such luminaries as Donald Trump (last year's winner), Kim Jong-un, Robert Mueller, Colin Kaepernick, and Jeff Bezos. 



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    There's mountain pressure for Franken to resign. If the Republicans push this, they'd be absolutely stupid. They need him in the Senate so they can always point to him when Dems get on their high horse about Trump.

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    He's got a press conference scheduled for tomorrow, he's gone..



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    I think he's done:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/us/politics/franken-harrassment-resign.html

    I will say this, Republicans sure are more loyal.  They'll come right out and say that they don't care if you murder and rape a family of 12, they want your vote.  If a Democrat jaywalks, there are internal calls for resignation followed by months of tearful apologies.  I actually thought Franken was going to survive this until today. 

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