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Kevin Spacey sued by masseur over alleged sexual assault

A masseur in California filed suit on Friday against Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey, the latest in a series of sex allegations faced by the actor. The complainant, identified only as John Doe in the Los Angeles Superior Court file, alleges that Spacey groped him during a massage session in Malibu, California, two years ago. A representative of Spacey allegedly contacted the plaintiff requesting a massage for the actor at a private home. The complainant said that after he went to the home and began performing a massage on…

Weinstein Company files for bankruptcy in ‘new beginning’

NEW YORK: Harvey Weinstein's former production company announced late Monday it had filed for bankruptcy, less than six months after the Hollywood mogul was beset by avalanching sexual assault allegations. The studio also said it was immediately releasing accusers from non-disclosure agreements which Weinstein had used to silence them, allowing women to speak up without fear of retaliation. "Even as the company heads into bankruptcy, the company remains committed to doing whatever it can to maximize value for its…

Weinstein Company inches toward bankruptcy after #MeToo storm

NEW YORK: Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's former studio appeared to inch closer toward bankruptcy Monday over complaints that talks to buy the troubled production house had collapsed, leaving it with "no choice" but to go to the wall. The Weinstein Company said that it had failed to reach a deal with an investor group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, who served in Barack Obama's administration, for a reported $500 million despite battling to make it palatable to prosecutors. Contreras-Sweet, a Mexican…

Weinstein Company told to include more funds for victims

NEW YORK: New York’s attorney general said on Monday a deal for the Weinstein Company should include a bigger compensation fund for victims of ex-chairman Harvey Weinstein, speaking a day after the state’s lawsuit scuttled a deal. The film and TV studio was close to inking a deal on Sunday to sell itself for more than $500 million (£361.4 million) to an investor group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, a former official in President Barack Obama’s administration, when New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a civil…

Cate Blanchett to head Cannes festival jury

PARIS: Cate Blanchett, the double Oscar-winning actress leading a Hollywood campaign to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace, will head the jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival, organisers said on Thursday. Australian Blanchett, 48, who helped launch the "Time's Up" initiative this week following a string of sexual assault accusations against prominent men in the film industry, will become the 12th woman to lead the prestigious panel at Cannes, which kicks off on May 8. "We're very pleased to welcome a rare…

Key global events in 2017: A year of shocks and surprises

From the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, to the escalation of the North Korea crisis, and Brexit negotiations, 2017 has been a rather eventful year. The Middle East witnesses several key events such as Qatar diplomatic crisis, Muhammad Bin Salman becoming Crown Prince, and Yemen's war further worsened. Europe saw Macron as youngest president of France, and  German chancellor Merkel receives fourth term. Both leaders attempt to take reigns of world leadership. In Africa, Zimbabwe saw the reign of dictator…

Country star and Kidman husband releases feminist anthem

Country star Keith Urban, also known as husband of Hollywood A-lister Nicole Kidman, has unveiled a feminist empowerment anthem inspired by the abuse scandal that brought down Harvey Weinstein. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO Urban unveiled the song "Female" at the Country Music Association Awards broadcast Wednesday night. It marked one of the highest profile statements yet from a male celebrity in the aftermath of the controversy that has engulfed the entertainment industry. "When somebody laughs and implies that she asked…

Hollywood producers kick out disgraced Weinstein

LOS ANGELES: The Producers Guild of America banned disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein for life on Monday, vowing that sexual harassment would no longer be tolerated within its ranks. New accusations of sexual assault have continued to pour in since investigations in the New York Times and New Yorker three weeks ago exposed the tycoon as a relentless, bullying sexual predator. More than 50 women including stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Mira Sorvino have accused 65-year-old Weinstein of sexual abuse and…

Workplace harassment not just a Hollywood problem

LOS ANGELES: The Weinstein revelations have once again shone a light on Hollywood's seedy underbelly - but rampant sexual harassment in the workplace is hardly confined to the glamorous world of show business. From the cleaning industry to the corporate world, a common thread is bosses or colleagues who abuse positions of authority to coerce their victims, often safe in the knowledge their behaviour can remain hidden. Show business is particularly vulnerable because of its highly competitive nature and a traditional…