More Weinstein allegations

Another influential entertainment organization said Friday it would consider booting disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein as another woman accused the Oscar winner of sexual abuse.

The Television Academy, which bestows the Emmy awards, said a disciplinary hearing set for November could lead to termination of his membership.

Weinstein, accused of sexually harassing and abusing numerous women over decades, has been fired from The Weinstein Co., a TV and movie film production company he co-founded with his brother Bob. He has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

He now faces criminal inquiries in three cities after an Italian actress told Los Angeles detectives that Weinstein raped her in a hotel room in 2013.

Attorney David Ring, who represents the 38-year-old actress, said Friday that she provided graphic details to police about the incident that occurred while she was in the city for the Los Angeles, Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest.

The actress, who has not been named, met Weinstein in Rome previously and spoke with him briefly at the film festival before he arrived uninvited at her hotel room.

Weinstein bullied his way in and raped her, Ring said.

"Her greatest regret is opening that door," Ring said. "She had no idea what was coming."

Police confirmed Thursday they are looking into the woman's allegations.

Ring said the rape has had a "humongous impact on her life." While she's relieved to have reported it to police, she is also "extremely scared," he said.

The actress has had no interaction with Weinstein since the night in 2013, Ring said.

He said his client had not received a settlement and wasn't sure yet if she would sue Weinstein.

Sallie Hofmeister, a representative for Weinstein, said in a statement that Weinstein "unequivocally denies allegations of non-consensual sex."



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Aguilera 'swung' at Pink

Christina Aguilera took a swing at Pink in a nightclub when they were embroiled in their feud, the So What singer has revealed.

The pair collaborated on the tune Lady Marmalade in 2001, but fell out over the Beautiful singer's move to work with Pink's mentor, the songwriter Linda Perry.

Pink, real name Alecia Moore, revealed she'd buried the hatchet with Christina earlier this year, but opened up about the rivalry during an appearance on U.S. TV show Watch What Happens Live on Thursday night.

"We were super young and super new at the whole thing. I think I'm an alpha and she's an alpha. And I'm used to taking my altercations physical and she's used to having them verbal. We're just very different," Pink explained of their feud. "Women have to learn how to support each other. It's not taught to us on the playground."

Asked by host Andy Cohen if things had ever got physical between the pair, Pink laughed: "Actually, she swung on me in a club, which was hilarious (sic). I was like, 'What's happening right now. What's happening?'"

But things between the pair are all good now, with Pink adding: "We're fine. Look, she's so talented and deep down, I've had bad days too, she's a really sweet person. I mean, it was funny, I laughed.

"We made up on The Voice. I hadn't seen her in years and years and years and we became moms. We grew up and we hugged it out. It's that simple and I feel so good about that. And also, we did a song together."

A fan then called in to ask Pink if she'd ever collaborate with Christina again, to which she teased: "We may or may not have already collaborated. So, I don't know if I'm allowed to say that, but I just did!"



Petty had hairline hip fracture

Late rock icon Tom Petty completed his final tour with a hairline fracture in his left hip.

The I Won't Back Down hitmaker's longtime manager, Tony Dimitriades, reveals he advised the singer against embarking on his massive 40th anniversary tour of North America with his band Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers until he had the injury fixed, but the star refused to listen.

"I don't know how it happened - I don't think he even knew when it happened," Dimitriades tells Rolling Stone magazine, recalling Petty's response to his word of warning as, "Why not? I'll do it (tour) in a chair if I have to."

Petty, 66, had planned to visit medics about the fracture once he finished the trek in late September, just a week before his death on 2 October.

Meanwhile, the rocker had also been in the midst of organizing a tour to celebrate his 1994 solo album Wildflowers, with the idea of expanding the project to include all of the tracks originally recorded for the disc and performing it in its entirety onstage.

Petty initially wanted to stage the shows this year, but put them on hold in favor of marking his anniversary with The Heartbreakers first.

"That would have been smaller-scale, away from the hits, (but) plans for that somehow evolved into, 'It's the 40th year. Let's do this tour first,'" recalls Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell.

Petty even had his manager reach out to singer Norah Jones to join him for the Wildflowers sets.

"He asked me to call some people and see if they would come on the road and perform it with him," Dimitriades explains. "One - and she said yes immediately - was Norah Jones."

Jones had been among the artists to perform in tribute to Petty at the MusiCares Person of the Year event in February, and following the sad news of his death, she issued a statement detailing how much he had inspired her own career, praising the "sheer beauty of his songwriting", and remembering her "hero" as "so cool" and "so disarmingly sweet".



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Sheeran: 'No more cycling'

Ed Sheeran is racking his bicycle after a clumsy fall left him with a fractured wrist and elbow.

The Shape of You singer is also nursing a smashed rib after taking a tumble while pedaling down a steep hill on his way to a favorite pub in his native Suffolk.

And now he's keen to garage his bike because he doesn't want to miss any more tour dates.

In a pre-taped interview for Saturday's Jonathan Ross Show in the U.K., he says, "I don't think I'm going to cycle for a while. I've got quite a big tour next year."

Ed has cancelled all dates up until 7 November, as he continues to recover from his injuries, and he admits he wishes he wasn't so clumsy.

"It's (clumsiness) come more since I've found success," he told Ross. "I remember before a show in 2013 I had to have 12 stitches in my hand because I was playing drums with two beer bottles at about four o'clock in the morning and smashed my hand. But I did a show after that and, it wasn't fine, but I did a show.

"Then I put my foot in a boiling geyser in Iceland, I had my face cut open, I'm a very clumsy person."

He can still recall every moment of his recent bike fall, adding, "I went home, went to sleep and then woke up at five o'clock in the morning in a lot of pain. And then went to the hospital."

Ed claims the real ale he drank at the pub probably muted the pain he was in.

"I was with a few people," he recalled. "They didn't even see the fall, they were really far in front of me. It wasn't my bike and it was brand new brakes. I was borrowing the bike."

He's upset because he's never had to cancel a show because of something he did.

"Sometimes a show has been cancelled because a promoter has done something but it's the first time that I've ever actually cancelled a show," he told the talk show host.



Tom Hanks speaks out

Tom Hanks has described the scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein as a "watershed moment" in Hollywood.

The movie producer has been accused of sexual assault and harassment by a number of high-profile women including Gwyneth Paltrow and Lupita Nyong'o, many of whom starred in films produced by his former workplace The Weinstein Company.

Countless men have voiced their outrage at Weinstein's actions and his behavior in general, and Hanks is the latest star to share his thoughts on the topic.

"We're at a watershed moment, this is a sea change," he sighed to the BBC.

"His last name will become a noun and a verb. It will become an identifying moniker for a state of being for which there was a before and an after... Everybody has stories about some aspect of the 'casting couch'."

Asked whether he felt complicit due to being part of a business that allowed such behaviour to go on, the Cast Away actor insisted he didn't as Hollywood isn't the only industry in which sexual harassment occurs.

He continued to point out that anywhere with men in power, including the likes of advertisement agencies and governmental offices, will potentially have "sexual predators" taking advantage of women working underneath them.

"I've been in rooms with 40 women discussing the subject and the percentage of women who had experienced that kind of predatory sexual nature from a superior was 100 per cent," the Academy Award-winner added.

"There is going to be, righteously, a pause in the discussion for the women to be heard. Perhaps all men, myself included, should pipe down and not try to explain it or comment on it or certainly not try to defend it or even prosecute it because every one of those women, those 40 women I was in the room with, 100 per cent of them need to be listened to."

As for how people can work towards finding a solution, Hanks advised everyone to listen to victims of such actions and allow them to speak as freely as they wish. He also urged companies around the globe to issue a code of ethics warning against such behavior.



Dolly supporting relief efforts

Country superstar Dolly Parton is donating money and books to aid people living in areas affected by the recent hurricanes.

The 9 to 5 icon has chosen to give an undisclosed amount to the One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief, a charity established last month by all five living former U.S. presidents - Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush and his son, George W. Bush - to aid the recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Announcing her donation, Dolly explained she wanted to give back to others in need after members of the public heeded her call for funds to help residents affected by the devastating wildfires in her native Sevier County, Tennessee in November, 2016.

"After the tremendous outpouring of support my hometown received last winter after the wildfires raged through the area, I want to do my part to help other areas affected by natural disasters," Dolly shared in a statement. "I admire and respect this effort led by our Presidents so it is an honor for me to contribute to their work."

The singer is also using her book foundation, the Imagination Library, to provide free reading materials to educators living in hurricane-hit neighborhoods as part of a new campaign with publishers at Penguin Young Readers and officials at non-profit social enterprise First Book.

The aim is to deliver 500,000 titles to affected areas via the First Book National Book Bank, and Dolly has kicked off the initiative by donating the first 165,000 works from the Imagination Library and covering the shipping and handling fees, totaling just under $91,000.

She explained, "I know in the immediate aftermath of a disaster books are not the first thing people need or miss. But I also know from our past experience that after some time has passed, families, schools and libraries are eager to replenish their shelves, and their hearts, with books. First Book asked us to join with them to get the right books in the right hands at the right time and we were pleased to do so."



Shia LaBeouf plea deal

Shia LaBeouf has been sentenced to a day in jail and probation after striking a plea deal in his public intoxication case.

The Transformers star was taken into custody early in July and booked for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after police officers in Georgia spotted the actor "losing control of himself" during a night out. He was also booked for obstruction.

On Thursday, Shia appeared in court in Savannah and pleaded guilty to obstruction and no contest to disorderly conduct. The public drunkenness charge was dismissed, according to TMZ.

As part of the plea agreement, the actor has been sentenced to one day in jail, fined $1,000, and he has to attend anger management classes and undergo drug and alcohol counseling. He also has to write an apology letter for racist comments he made to police officers during his arrest, reports GossipCop.com.

In footage from the arrest, the actor hurled abuse at cops, telling an African-American officer he's going to hell for the color of his skin. After the police station video was posted online, LaBeouf apologized.

"I am deeply ashamed of my behavior and make no excuses for it," a statement read. "My outright disrespect for authority is problematic to say the least, and completely destructive to say the worst... It is a new low. A low I hope is a bottom."

"I have been struggling with addiction publicly for too long, and I am actively taking steps toward securing my sobriety and hope I can be forgiven for my mistakes," the troubled star added.



Tom Jones hip replacement

Tom Jones is enjoying his "bionic" new hip after undergoing replacement surgery.

The It's Not Unusual hitmaker went under the knife in September after his doctors discovered his cartilage had disappeared.

"I did a summer tour all over Europe and I was gradually seeing physiotherapists in different countries and they were stretching me out," he tells U.K. newspaper The Mirror. "Years ago my sciatic nerve was giving me trouble in my hip and it felt like the same thing. It was a pain you couldn't get rid of, like a dull ache. I thought it was that.

"So the physiotherapists I was seeing over the summer were all working on it. I was feeling OK, but they said I needed to get it scanned to see what's going on. I said I would once I got back to London. I didn't miss a show because I was leaning more on my right leg. It was getting on and off the stage that was giving me trouble. You can't limp onto the stage, you have to try and make an entrance.

"So I knew I had to do something about it. I got back to London and my surgeon said the cartilage is gone in my left hip, the bones are just crunching together."

Tom, 77, is recovering well following the surgery and is focused on his healing while keeping his body active.

"I'm doing alright," he says, "It's been a month now so I'm doing better each day. You have to keep walking, just two days afterwards and you're up walking, in the pool. I was at the London Clinic and they've got a rehab facility there. I was in the pool everyday (for three weeks), on the bike, they've got all the gear there."

Jones admits his role as a returning judge on British TV singing competition is also helping him rehabilitate.

"When you're stuck in hospital and not feeling good after an operation, you need something and The Voice is perfect for that because it's not like going back to a full blown tour, traveling and all that business," he explains. "I'm coping great, all I need to do is get up and stretch it a little bit.

"Walking these corridors is like rehab, there's a lot of them here (at The Voice studio). There's a long walk from the dressing room to the stage, it's good. It's a new hip, it's bionic, it's like starting again."



Katy Perry prop malfunctions

Katy Perry was left dangling above the audience at a concert in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night after a stage prop malfunctioned.

As part of her set at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, the popstar performed track Thinking of You while sitting on a model of the planet Saturn while suspended above her fans.

However, at the end of the song, a malfunction meant the prop failed to return to the floor, leaving Katy stuck in the sky.

Attempting to make light of the situation, she nervously said, "I'm gonna be stuck here forever!"

Katy then explained that stage crew were talking to her through an earpiece about the situation, and stagehands eventually arrived to lower the prop manually.

The star's ordeal wasn't over, however, as the prop was lowered above fans' seats and she had to tentatively leap into the crowd.

According to a concert reviewer from The Tennessean newspaper, the planet malfunction wasn't the only production difficulty at the gig, as a shooting star prop also failed to appear on cue.

Katy then jokingly sang the title of the Ethel Merman song, There's No Business Like Show Business.

Despite the mishaps, the 32-year-old seemed to enjoy herself, as after the concert she took to Twitter to write, "SMASHVILLE aka Nashville u were an INCREDIBLE time tonight! Thanks for teaching me how 2write (to write) a real song & sticking by me all these years."

The U.S. leg of her Witness: The Tour continues in St Louis, Missouri on Sunday, she is set to trek across North America before heading to Europe next May.



McGowan cancels appearance

Rose McGowan will no longer collect a film festival award in person due to "compounding factors" surrounding the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal.

The former Charmed actress has accused the Hollywood producer of sexual assault alongside a number of other stars, who have come forward with their own stories about Harvey following an expose in The New York Times.

Rose had been set to receive the Ad Astra Award at the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, Arkansas on Thursday night but the organizers announced on their website that in light of the scandal, the Planet Terror star will no longer be attending.

"We are sorry to announce that Rose McGowan has cancelled all upcoming public appearances due to compounding factors surrounding recent revelations in the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case," they wrote.

Tallgrass Creative Director Lela Meadow-Conner added, "While we're disappointed that Rose cannot be here with us in person, we understand that her wellbeing is the priority. We support her and our thoughts are with her."

To honor Rose, the organizers have decided to hold a panel discussion with women filmmakers instead to help "amplify her message" and have a frank conversation about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry ahead of a screening of Planet Terror.

"Tallgrass has sought to honor Rose McGowan for three years now as we have always felt she epitomizes our motto: Stubbornly independent," Tallgrass's Program Director Nick Pope added. "It was our goal to shine a light on her career and her talent and put that part of the Rose McGowan equation front and center for a very special evening. We will still honor her achievements from afar."

In the New York Times expose, it was reported that the 44-year-old had reached a settlement with Weinstein when she was 23, over "an episode in a hotel room" during a film festival.

She publicly alleged he had raped her on Twitter last week. She wrote to Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, "I told the head of your studio that HW raped me... Over & over I said it. He said it hadn't been proven. I said I was the proof."

Amazon Studio chief Roy Price, who was also accused of sexual harassment by producer Isa Hackett, resigned from his post earlier this week.



Anna Faris dating

Anna Faris has reportedly moved on from her split with Chris Pratt and is in the early stages of dating cinematographer Michael Barrett.

According to TMZ.com, Anna and 47-year-old Michael first met on the set of the Overboard remake, and were seen on their first date at a seafood restaurant in Malibu, California, in September. Later that month, they were seen at a carnival with Anna and Chris' five-year-old son Jack.

The 40-year-old actress has also been spotted out with Michael twice this week at the same restaurant in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades area, the outlet reports.

Michael's other cinematographer credits include the comedies Ted, About Last Night and Zookeeper.

Reports of Anna's apparent new romance came just hours after she opened up to People magazine about her split from Jurassic World star Chris and fans' reactions following the former couple's August announcement of the end of their marriage.

"It's understandable that people seemed so invested in our happiness together," she explained. "All I can say about that is, it's all true, that we truly adore each other, and we love each other, I think it still comes through."

She also added that she believes their relationship as friends will continue to evolve as they co-parent Jack.

"We'll always have each other and be incredible friends," she said. "There is still so much laughter in our lives together, and he is so proud of me, still. We watched each other grow, and he still cracks me up all the time. And I think I crack him up - unless he's a really good actor and great at faking laughter."

Anna is preparing to release her memoir Unqualified, which features a foreword penned by Chris, later this month.



Prince Harry engagement?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have fuelled rumors of an impending engagement by meeting Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II for afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace.

The British royal and his Suits star girlfriend have been at the centre of claims they will soon announce an engagement for the past few months. And now Britain's Daily Mail newspaper has added fuel to the fire by reporting that the couple attended a private meeting with the British monarch last Thursday.

According to the publication, the pair arrived at the palace at around 5pm in a car with blacked out windows, and were then whisked up to the Queen's private sitting room, where they spent the next hour talking to the royal matriarch.

"Everything about the teatime meeting was deliberately informal, I am told," Daily Mail journalist Richard Kay reported. "In part it was to settle any nerves Meghan might have felt but also to ensure it was not widely publicized within the palace."

Harry had reportedly asked his grandmother for a meeting over the summer, as his relationship with Meghan became more serious. It was recently claimed that the 36-year-old actress has quit her role as lawyer Rachel Zane in hit U.S. TV show Suits in preparation for a royal engagement.

Meghan and Harry first started dating 18 months ago, with Britain's Kensington Palace making the unconventional move of issuing a statement confirming their romance just months into their relationship.

Meghan recently opened up about the relationship during an interview with Vanity Fair magazine, in which she gushed about her love for her prince.

"We're a couple," she told the publication. "We're in love. I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us. It's part of what makes it so special, that it's just ours. But we're happy. Personally, I love a great love story."



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