A woman has accused Ansel Elgort, star of Disney’s upcoming Steven Spielberg movie “West Side Story,” of sexually assaulting her in 2014 when she was 17.The woman named Gabby, who did not reveal her last name, tweeted a statement on Friday and made an unverified claim that the actor, now 26, sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager. Gabby described sobbing and being in pain and said, “I didn’t want to do it the only words that came out of his mouth were ‘we need to break you in.'”Gabby said that in 2014, she direct messaged Elgort letting him know that it would soon be her 17th birthday and said Elgort then gave her his private Snapchat account and asked for nude photos. She also posted a photo of what appeared to be her sitting with Elgort as well as what she said was a screenshot of their direct message exchange in which he provided his private Snapchat account. Gabby said she was coming forward now “so I can finally heal.”The woman added, “Years later, I have PTSD, I have panic attacks I go to therapy.”Representatives and managers for Elgort did not reply to multiple emails and calls from TheWrap seeking comment. TheWrap was unable to reach Gabby to corroborate her story. Her Twitter account has been in existence since 2014.TwitterUPDATE: Since this story has been published, the woman — who received both praise and criticism for coming forward — has deleted her social media accounts.“West Side Story,” in which Elgort plays the starring role of Tony and Rachel Zegler as Maria, is one of Disney’s major planned releases for the holiday season and is slated for a Dec. 18 wide release. Representatives for Disney have not responded to TheWrap’s multiple requests for comment.Also Read: Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' Offers First Look at Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler and the Rival GangsGabby further described Elgort requesting a threesome with herself and one of her “dance friends,” who she said were also underage. Gabby said she did not tell anyone because he told her it would “ruin his career.” She added there is “much more” to her story.Twitter“He made me think this is how sex was supposed to be. I WAS SO YOUNG AND HE KNEW THAT. He as well said stuff like, ‘you’re going to be such a beautiful young lady when you’re older.” I was f—ing 17,” she said in her statement.Elgort most recently starred in “The Goldfinch” and is meant to appear in the series “Tokyo Vice” for HBO Max and the 20th Century Studios and Disney film from Steven Spielberg “West Side Story,” scheduled to be released in December. HBO Max declined to comment.Read original story Ansel Elgort Accused of Sexually Assaulting 17-Year-Old Girl in 2014 At TheWrap
New York prosecutors filed new charges against disgraced singer R. Kelly on Friday, claiming that Kelly “knowingly and intentionally” had unprotected sex with a woman and young girl without telling them that he had herpes in 2015 and 2017.The new criminal charges filed in the Eastern District of New York are related to “reckless endangerment” and “knowing exposure of infectious venereal disease,” according to the filing.The indictment did not disclose the exact age of the young girl, identified as Jane Doe 5, but prosecutors did indicate that she was under 18 years old and had contracted the venereal disease.Also Read: R Kelly Faces New Federal Charges for Sexual Abuse of a MinorAccording to earlier government filings, as reported by the New York Times, a woman identified as Jane Doe 6 first met Kelly at a concert when she was 19 years old in 2017. She had ended her relationship with Kelly after discovering she had contracted an “infectious venereal disease” from the singer, the filing said.One of Kelly’s attorneys, Steve Greenberg, responded to the new charges on Twitter: “Having now had the opportunity to review the latest superseding indictment against @rkelly, we do not believe it fundamentally changes anything.”Douglas Anton, another Kelly attorney, did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment regarding the latest charges.A grand jury in Brooklyn indicted Kelly last July on five counts, including for racketeering and transporting people across state lines to commit sex crimes. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to accusations that he led a criminal enterprise to recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity. He is scheduled to appear in a Brooklyn courtroom in July.Read original story R. Kelly ‘Knowingly and Intentionally’ Gave Women Herpes Through Nonconsensual, Unprotected Sex, Prosecutors Say At TheWrap
Charlie Sheen is once again denying an accusation that he raped Corey Haim back in 1986 — a claim repeated by Corey Feldman Monday night at the premiere of Feldman’s new documentary “(My) Truth: The Rape of Two Coreys.”“These sick, twisted and outlandish allegations never occurred. Period,” Sheen’s spokesperson said Tuesday. “I would urge everyone to consider the source and read what his mother Judy Haim has to say.”In emails sent last month to Sheen’s publicist from the late Corey Haim’s mother and obtained by TheWrap, Judy Haim wrote, “I feel that this is a huge accusation without any proof and without my kid being here to defend himself.” Corey Haim, a teen star who appeared in many movies with Feldman in the late 1980s and early ’90s, died of pneumonia on March 10, 2010, at age 38.Judy Haim also said the alleged rape “never happened or else I would have known about it.” She added that she felt Feldman “lost his mind” and “the horrible thing is he thinks this is a great way to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of my son’s death.”Also Read: Corey Feldman Documentary Screening Marred by Technical Issues, Offers Up No New InformationSheen’s rep said that “no decision has been made at this time” on whether the former “Two and a Half Men” star would pursue legal action against Feldman.During his new documentary, Feldman said that Haim “went into great detail” when describing the incident that allegedly took place on the set of the movie “Lucas” in 1986. Sheen would have been 19 at the time while Haim would have been 13.Feldman’s ex-wife, Susie Sprague, and Jamison Newlander, an actor who appeared in “The Lost Boys,” reiterated the claim in “(My) Truth,” saying either Haim told them about the incident at the time or that they heard of it years later.Also Read: Corey Feldman Says His New Doc Will Identify Hollywood Men Who Sexually Abused Him as Child StarHaim’s mother has previously said she does not believe Sheen ever molested her son. “My son never mentioned Charlie. We never talked about Charlie. It was all made up,” she told “Entertainment Tonight” in 2017 following a National Enquirer story making the accusation. “If my son was here to hear all of this he would throw up.”At the time the accusation was first made, Charlie Sheen’s publicist said the actor “categorically denies these allegations.”Read original story Charlie Sheen Again Denies Corey Feldman’s ‘Outlandish’ Accusation of Raping Corey Haim At TheWrap
Tina Tchen, president and CEO of the Time’s Up Foundation, on Monday hailed the criminal conviction of disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein, who was found guilty by a New York jury of third-degree rape and a first-degree criminal sexual act.“This trial — and the jury’s decision today — marks a new era of justice, not just for the Silence Breakers, who spoke out at great personal risk, but for all survivors of harassment, abuse, and assault at work,” she said.She went on to credit individual women, including several who testified in the case for speaking out: “We owe a debt of gratitude to Mimi Haleyi, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorra, Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff,and Lauren Young and all the Silence Breakers for their bravery and resolve as they faced this man in court. We continue to believe them — all of them — and continue to be in solidarity with them.”Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty of Rape, Criminal Sexual ActIn a statement released late Monday, the acknowledged leaders of the MeToo movement said they are “grateful” to the women who came forward.“They undertook immense sacrifices and suffered many hardships in order to share their truths,” Tarana Burke of the MeToo Movement, Fatima Goss Graves of National Women’s Law Center, Ai-jen Poo of National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Mónica Ramírez of Justice for Migrant Women said in a joint statement.“This verdict sends a resounding message to survivors, to perpetrators and to allies. To survivors, this verdict reflects the fact that the jury, like millions of other people, believed them and understand the importance of holding perpetrators accountable for their actions. To perpetrators, it is proof that no one is above the law, not even those with power, money or visibility. To allies, it is a reminder of how important it is to stand with and by survivors when they come forward to share some of the deepest, most painful experiences.”“The MeToo Movement and this moment of reckoning was never about one man. It was about the many lives that he devastated and the countless people across the globe who have been afflicted with similar pain,” they continued.“While we are clear that our work is far from over, today’s verdict is an incredibly important step in the MeToo Movement and in the greater fight to end gender-based violence. It provides an opportunity to push for necessary reforms to the legal system, as well as for additional support for victims and survivors. Further, it bolsters the possibility for a societal rewiring to definitively shift culture, norms and behavior necessary to eliminate sexual violence all together.”“Though a jury has spoken today, we must remember that for the survivors who brought charges and testified at Weinstein’s trial, this verdict is not the end of the road. It is another step in their healing journey. They will continue to need support from all of us, just like all survivors do, as they move forward with their lives.”“We can not understate the importance of believing survivors, from the most visible to the least visible. May this be an opportunity for all of us to recommit to fighting for survivors of all backgrounds and to ensuring that they have the support that they need in order to pick up the pieces to put their lives back together.”After the jury announced its verdict on Monday following four days of deliverations, Weinstein was immediately taken into custody and could face up to 25 years in prison for the crimes when he is sentenced on March 11. An appeal is expected.The jury found Weinstein guilty of third-degree rape of Jessica Mann and a criminal sexual act of Miriam Haley (née Mimi Haleyi). However, the panel found him not guilty of two of the most serious charges — predatory sexual assault against Haley, Mann and “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra — and the first-degree rape of Mann.Read original story Time’s Up, MeToo Movement Hail Harvey Weinstein’s Guilty Verdict: ‘New Era of Justice’ At TheWrap
A New York jury on Monday found Harvey Weinstein guilty of third-degree rape and a first-degree criminal sexual act, ending a months-long criminal trial in Manhattan that focused on the testimonies of six women who accused him of sexual assault.The disgraced Hollywood mogul was immediately taken into custody and could face up to 29 years in prison for the crimes when he is sentenced on March 11. An appeal is expected.The jury found Weinstein guilty of third-degree rape of Jessica Mann and a criminal sexual act of Miriam Haley (née Mimi Haleyi). However, the panel found him not guilty of two of the most serious charges — predatory sexual assault against Haley, Mann and “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra — and the first-degree rape of Mann.Also Read: 6 Harvey Weinstein Accusers Have Testified at His Trial - Here's What They SaidDonna Rotunno, Weinstein’s lead attorney, said she was “disappointed” by the verdict and vowed to appeal. “We knew we came in and we were down 35-0 on the day that we started this trial,” she said. “Harvey is unbelievably strong. He took it like a man. He knows that we will continue to fight for him and knows that this is not over.”“I hope women will understand the significance of the jury verdict today,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said outside the courtroom, praising Weinstein’s accusers for coming forward. “These survivors weren’t just brave, they were heroic. Weinstein did everything he could … to silence the survivors. They refused to be silenced. The spoke from their hearts and were heard. To them I would say: You broke silence to hold him accountable. A generation of sexual assault survivors have heard every word.”Haley, a former production assistant for the Weinstein-produced TV show “Project Runway,” testified that Weinstein had orally sexually assaulted her at his SoHo apartment in 2006 — an account that formed the basis of the first-degree criminal sexual act charge and half of the first predatory sexual assault charge.Mann, a former aspiring actress and hairdresser, said she had been raped by Weinstein at the DoubleTree hotel in Manhattan in 2013, making up the fourth and fifth charges — first- and third-degree rape — as well as half of the second predatory sexual assault charge.To fulfill the requirements of the predatory sexual assault charge, which requires that the prosecution prove the defendant forcibly raped at least two people, Sciorra’s account was paired with Haley’s and Mann’s for the two separate predatory sexual assault charges. Sciorra testified that Weinstein barged into her Gramercy Park home around 1993, raped her and then orally sexually assaulted her.Also Read: Inside the Harvey Weinstein Jury's Tricky Task and Why They Can't Find Him Guilty on All 5 CountsThroughout the trial, Weinstein’s defense — led by attorneys Donna Rotunno, Damon Cheronis, and Arthur Aidala — argued that these encounters were all consensual and that the women were only relabeling the incidents as assault years after the fact. Weinstein’s attorneys also pointed to several friendly emails that Haley and Mann had sent to Weinstein after the alleged assaults to attack the credibility of the women.But the prosecution, led by assistant district attorneys Joan Illuzzi and Meghan Hast, portrayed Weinstein as a Hollywood titan who used his power to take advantage of and manipulate young women seeking entry into the entertainment industry.It is not immediately clear how the verdict will impact the Los Angeles district attorney’s office, which is pursuing its own case against Weinstein. The mogul faces L.A.-based charges of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force, and sexual battery by restraint. A representative for the L.A. D.A.’s office declined to comment.Read original story Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty of Rape, Criminal Sexual Act At TheWrap
Amie Harwick, a Hollywood family and sex therapist and the former fiancee of Drew Carey, was killed Saturday at her Hollywood Hills home, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.The suspect has been identified as 41-year-old Gareth Pursehouse, a former boyfriend of Harwick’s and a resident of Playa Del Rey. He was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder with bail set at $2 million.“On Saturday, February 15, 2020, around 1:16 a.m. Hollywood patrol officers responded to a radio call of a, ‘Woman Screaming,’ in the 2000 block of Mound Street in Hollywood Hills,” LAPD said in a statement to TheWrap Monday. “When officers arrived, they were met by a roommate who was in the street. He informed officers that the victim was being assaulted inside of her residence. The roommate had jumped a wall and went to neighboring residences to call for help.”Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2020 (Photos)“When officers went to make entry, they found the victim on the ground beneath a third story balcony. The victim was gravely injured. She suffered significant injuries consistent with a fall. The victim was unresponsive. The Los Angeles Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries. The investigation revealed possible evidence of a struggle in the upstairs as well as forced entry to the residence. A canvass of the area located further evidence of an intruder (suspect) entering the property and leaving after the murder.”Authorities say they learned that Harwick had recently “expressed fear about a former boyfriend and had previously filed a restraining order against this person.” That restraining order was expired at the time of her death and Harwick had seen Pursehouse two weeks ago.The investigation is ongoing and the case will be presented to the District Attorney for filing consideration on Wednesday, according to LAPD.Harwick, well-known as a Hollywood-based family and sex therapist, appeared in the 2015 documentary “Addicted to Sexting.” She was previously engaged to “The Price Is Right” host Carey, though it is unclear when that engagement ended.Read original story Amie Harwick, Sex Therapist and Drew Carey’s Ex-Fiancee, Murdered in Hollywood Hills Home At TheWrap
Jessica Mann, an actress whose credits include the 2013 indie comedy “Cavemen,” was named on Wednesday as the second key witness in Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial.Up until this point, Mann had remained unnamed in court proceedings and documents. According to prosecutor Meghan Hast’s opening statement, where the prosecution introduced the jury to the women they’d be hearing from, Weinstein raped Mann multiple times in 2013.Mann, who grew up on a dairy farm in Washington State, had first met Weinstein at an industry party in Los Angeles, where she had moved to become an actress. Because of her naiveté, Hast said, she did not know who Weinstein was and introduced herself to him when she saw him talking to a friend.Not long after, Hast said, Weinstein invited Mann to meet up at a hotel bar for a meeting. While the conversation began about her career aspirations, Hast said Weinstein eventually took the conversation up to his hotel room and asked if he could give Mann a massage. Instead, she offered to massage him instead so that “he wouldn’t have to touch her,” Hast said. “Jesssica Mann will tell you that she thought she had handled the situation.”Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Trial: What the Opening Statements Will Say About Each Side's CaseAfter that interaction, Mann began receiving invitations to industry events and was soon told by Weinstein that he had a movie in mind for her and her friend to play leads in. The three met up once again at a hotel bar, where Weinstein invited them to go up to his hotel room again because that’s where he had the script. But that would be when the first assault would take place, according to Hast.While Mann attempted to demur based on their last interaction, Hast said, she ultimately relented after Weinstein “manipulated her feelings.” Once inside the hotel room, Weinstein told Man’s friend to wait in the room’s living area and “grabbed Jessica” and took her into the bedroom, shutting the door.“Once alone in the bedroom, the defendant, still holding her arms, began kissing her and backing her further into the bedroom. She tried to get away, both physically and verbally. But … the 105-pound Jessica was no match for the close to 300-pound defendant,” Hast said. “He forced her onto the bed, held her down, put his mouth on her vagina and orally sexually assaulted her. Jessica … realizing there was nothing she could do, faked an orgasm, hoping that would end it.”Also Read: Actress and Activist Jessica Barth Urges 'Kindness in the Press' for Harvey Weinstein Trial WitnessesAfter the interaction, Hast said Mann was encouraged by her friend to maintain a relationship with Weinstein. “Maybe I can just grin and bear it,” Hast said Mann thought at the time. “Maybe he really does think I’m talented and special.”The two would continue to have sexual encounters for the next few months, Hast said, but the actress was able to prevent the encounters from escalating to sexual intercourse.The second assault took place in March 2013, when the two had planned to meet with a few of Mann’s friends for a late breakfast meeting at the Doubletree hotel in New York City, according to Hast. He arrived early for the meeting and Mann saw him checking into the same hotel and when Mann confronted him about it, Weinstein became “angry” and told her not to embarrass him, Hast said. But once inside a hotel room, Hast said Weinstein “demanded (Mann) take off her clothes.”“She refused. He became louder, more aggressive. He grabbed her and began to physcially undress her,” Hast said. Realizing the “danger of the situation,” Man “relented” and got undressed.“He ordered her onto the bed and then he disappeared for a moment into the bathroom. He came back out, he got on top of her, and her raped her, forcing his penis into her vagina. Jessica just laid there. When he finished, he got off her and told her to get dressed,” Hast said.Also Read: Jury for Harvey Weinstein's Trial Chosen: 7 Men, 5 WomenThe third assault took place in November 2013, according to Hast. Mann had been working as a hairdresser and was cutting Weinstein’s hair. She had wanted to use that opportunity to tell Weinstein she had a boyfriend to try to discourage any further sexual interactions. But when she refused to tell Weinstein if her boyfriend was an actor or not, Hast said the mogul turned violent.“He grabbed Jessica by the arms, ripped her from the chair, and dragged her into the bedroom, all while screaming at her that she owed him one more time,” Hast said. “He demanded she take off her clothes, and she resisted, crawling up to the top of the bed and curling into a fetal position.”Hast said that Weinstein violently ripped off Mann’s pants.“Jessica will tell you that the moment she curled up into that ball at the top of the bed, she lost her voice. She lost her ability to fight, to resist,” Hast said. “He violently grabbed her ankles, pulled her to the floor, spread her legs, and put his mouth onto her vagina. Jessica remained frozen, staring at a blank TV. The defendant then put his full weight on top of her and forced his penis into her vagina.” After the rape, Hast said Weinstein “wasn’t satisfied” and pulled Mann back into the bathroom and forced her to perform oral sex on him.Opening statements will continue on Wednesday, with the prosecution presenting its case first. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty of five felony counts and denied all accusations of nonconsensual sex.Read original story Actress Jessica Mann Named as Second Witness in Harvey Weinstein Trial At TheWrap
The judge overseeing the criminal trial of Harvey Weinstein on Monday ruled that an NYPD detective who was removed from the police investigation cannot be called to testify.While Justice James Burke rejected Weinstein’s defense attorneys’ request to have Detective Nicholas DiGaudio take the stand, he said that other witnesses could testify about the cop.DiGaudio was removed from the NYPD investigation into Weinstein in 2018 after he breached protocol by instructing a witness to delete information from her phone and failing to inform prosecutors of evidence that would have been beneficial to the defense — specifically that she had told a friend she had agreed to perform a sex act on Weinstein after he promised her acting jobs.“This is not to say the defense cannot vigorously crossexamine witnesses about their interactions with the detective,” Burke added.Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Trial Judge Tells Defense to 'Leave the Witnesses Alone' in Public StatementsThe unnamed female witness ultimately did not delete anything from her device, according to a letter from Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzi-Orbon, the lead prosecutor on the case. But DiGaudio’s interactions with Lucia Evans, an actress who accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex on him, added further scrutiny to his conduct on the investigation.Evans has denied that she consented to the sex act with Weinstein, and DiGaudio denied withholding exculpatory information about the case, but he was ultimately removed from the case and the prosecution dropped one criminal charge based on Evans’ accusations.Weinstein, who has pleaded not guilty, faces five felony counts from predatory sexual assault and rape. If convicted, he could face a life sentence in prison. The trial continues on Tuesday with the prescreening portion of jury selection.Read original story Harvey Weinstein Trial Judge Rules NYPD Detective Cannot Be Called to Testify At TheWrap
Mollie Fitzgerald, an actress who had a bit part in “Captain America: The First Avenger” was arrested in Olathe, Kansas, on Tuesday for fatally stabbing her mother.According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s department, Fitzgerald was charged with second-degree murder in the Dec. 20 slaying of Patricia “Tee” Fitzgerald.Police had responded to an armed disturbance and found the elder Fitzgerald deceased from stab wounds. Her daughter’s bond was set at $500,000 bond and she is due in court Thursday.Also Read: Disney+ Moves 'WandaVision' From 2021 to 2020According to her IMDb page, Fitzgerald played an unnamed “Stark Girl” in the 2011 Marvel Studios movie. She also has several small producer/director credits to her name, including 2014’s “The Lawful Truth” and 2017’s “The Creeps.”“Captain America: The First Avenger” tells the origin story of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a WWII soldier transformed into a shield-wielding superhero via the Super Solder serum. Captain America played a central role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, finally passing his mantle to Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) at the end of “Avengers: Endgame.”Barnes will be seen in the upcoming Disney+ series “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” alongside Anthony Mackie.Check out the Olathe Police media release detailing Fitzgerald’s arrest below:pic.twitter.com/gbSAwg4B1N— Olathe Police (@OlathePolice) December 31, 2019Read original story ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ Actress Charged With Killing Her Mom At TheWrap
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A Japanese company has created a device that offers a sense of security for women who live alone, by projecting a moving shadow of a man onto a window curtain. In Japan, many working adults move out of their parents’ home and live alone, or relocate from the countryside they grew up in to work in the city. In order to help protect women from creepy stalkers, Leo Palace 21 recently announced a possible solution “Man on the Curtain”.
A low crime rate has always been one of Japan’s plus points. It can be hard to tell what to watch out for in various areas of Japan, especially for transient visitors. The Gaccom Safety Navi is an interactive map that allows you to zoom in on an area, all the way from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south.
“All the Money in the World” may have been plagued with multiple production issues, but that hasn’t stopped it from being an excellent film. Given the reshoot schedules and urgent recasting of Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty (he replaced Kevin Spacey), you’d have thought that it would show in the final product. The film is a crime thriller that’s based on the book “Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty”.