Lena Dunham Apologizes After Defending Girls Writer Accused of Sexual Assault

Lena Dunham has issued an apology after she came under intense scrutiny online after she publicly defended a former Girls writer who has been accused of sexual assault.

“As feminists, we live and die by our politics, and believing women is the first choice we make every single day when we wake up,” Dunham wrote on Twitter. “Therefore I never thought I would issue a statement publicly supporting someone accused to sexual assault but I naively believed it was important to share my perspective on my friend’s situation as it has transpired being the scenes over the last few months.

“I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry,” she said. “We have been given the gift of powerful voices and by speaking out we were putting our thing on the scale and it was wrong. We regret this decision with every fiber to our being.

“Ever woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely, and our relationship to the accused should not be part of the calculation anyone makes when examining her case,” Dunham wrote. “Every person and every feminist should be required to hear her. Under patriarchy, ‘I believe you’ is essential. Until we are all believed, none of us will be believed. We apologize to any woman who have been disappointed.”


On Friday, actress Aurora Perrineau accused writer Murray Miller of allegedly sexually assaulting her in 2012 when she was only 17. Later that day, Dunham and Girls co-creator Jenni Konner issued a statement voicing their support of Miller and insinuating that Perrineau “misreporteted” her alleged rape.

“While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year,” the pair said at the time. “It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.”

Dunham was almost immediately criticized by feminists online for her response, which they saw as hypocritical given her outspoken feminist stance and support for victims of sexual assault.

Many called back to a tweet of hers in August when she made the claim that women don’t lie about rape. “‘Believe women, unless they say something about a friend of mine, in which case they are liars,’ ” one user wrote.

Never call yourself an advocate for women again because you’ve just proven that you are NOT,” another critic said.

Reps for Dunham, Miller and Perrineau did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment about the initial statement and accusations.

Perrineau, daughter of Lost star Harold Perrineau, filed a complaint Friday about the alleged attack with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, according to The Wrap, which first reported the news. The 23-year-old claimed that she was 17 when she met Miller at L.A.’s Standard Hotel with friends. Admitting she “consumed some alcoholic beverages,” she alleged Miller, then 35, asked them for a ride home, where they all went inside, reluctantly on her part, after arriving.

In her statement for a polygraph test taken in September, she claimed she awoke naked in his bed where he was “having sexual intercourse with me,” against her consent.

Miller’s attorney, Matthew Walerstein, told The Wrap he “categorically and vehemently denies Ms. Perrineau’s outrageous claims,” adding that his legal team had “gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims” and that Perrineau “sought substantial monetary damages” from Murray before going to police.

Perrineau’s mother Brittany Perrineau said that no one had asked Miller for money.

“At no time have we ever asked Murray Miller for one dollar. There was never a demand for money ever made from anyone on behalf of Aurora or our family,” she said.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/tv/lena-dunham-apologizes-girls-writer-alleged-sexual-assault/


Three’s Company Acress Ann Wedgeworth Dead at 83: Reports

On Thursday, Ann Wedgeworth — who was best known for her role on Three’s Company — died at the age of 83, according to multiple reports.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Diánna Martin — one of Wedgeworth’s daughter — said her mother passed away in a nursing home close to New York City following a long illness. Variety also reported that she died peacefully and surrounded by her family.

Before making a name for herself in TV and film, Wedgeworth performed on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for best performance by a featured actress in a play for her work in Neil Simon’s Chapter Two in 1978.

One year later, she joined the cast of Three’s Company as Lana Shields, but was written off after nine episodes.

In 1980, Wedgeworth told PEOPLE that she was abruptly dropped from the show two weeks before the holiday hiatus. “It was horrifying,” she said. “I had no warning or explanation. Suddenly everyone was very cold to me. I went to tell John goodbye, and he was shocked — no one had told him. Joyce DeWitt, at least, called to say something to me about it.”

Deadline reported that Wedgeworth is survived by her husband Ernie Martin and daughters Danae Torn and Diánna. Previously, Wedgeworth was married to actor Rip Torn.

In 1980, Wedgeworth briefly told PEOPLE about the differences between her two husbands.

“We both had violent tempers; two Aquariuses, you know. There was no way,” she said about her five-year marriage to Torn.  But she revealed that her second husband, director and acting coach Ernie Martin — who asked her to marry him on their first date — was the perfect match for her. “He’s so good to me. He’s a Sagittarius — fire — and I’m air.”


from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/tv/threes-company-actress-ann-wedgeworth-dead-83/

The Look of Love! Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Share 70th Anniversary Photo

Royally in love!

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are celebrating their milestone 70th wedding anniversary with a stunning new portrait.

The gorgeous photo, shot by British photographer Matt Holyoak, was taken in the White Drawing Room at their home of Windsor Castle in early November.

And the Queen, who looks lovely in a cream day dress by Angela Kelly, made sure to wear an accessory close to her heart: a brooch given to her by Philip. The “Scarab” brooch in yellow gold, carved ruby and diamond, was a personal gift from Philip to the Queen in 1966.

Their long-lasting union isn’t the only royal marriage to be honored in the photo. They are framed by Thomas Gainsborough’s 1781 portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte, who were married for 57 years.

“I feel very honored and privileged to have been asked to contribute to this very special occasion,” Holyoak said. “My vision for the image was to capture an intimate and natural portrait of the Queen and Duke to celebrate their landmark anniversary. The Queen and the Duke were very happy and relaxed which made it a pleasure. I feel the images showcase their strength and unity.”

RELATED VIDEO: English Couple Married Same Year as Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip Shares Secret to 70-Year Marriage

The royal couple wed in a stunning ceremony on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey – the same place where Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot in 2011.

And just like Will and Kate, a young, pretty Princess Elizabeth and a tall, handsome Prince Philip brought smiles and celebrations to the nation – something that was certainly needed in November 1947, just two years after the end of WWII.

Elizabeth, who was brought to the famous Abbey by her father, King George VI, wore an elegant Norman Hartnell gown. And Philip was every bit an officer and a gentleman in his ceremonial naval uniform (he had served in WWII).

The couple’s 70th anniversary on Nov. 20 — which they plan to celebrate privately with family dinner at Windsor Castle — is yet another major milestone for the Queen, who in 2015 surpassed Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning British monarch in history. By her side since their wedding in 1947 has been Philip, whose confidence and unscripted humor have long balanced Elizabeth’s shy nature.

“He’s someone who can be frank and someone she can have a laugh with,” says royal biographer Robert Hardman, author of Our Queen at Ninety.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/royals/queen-elizabeth-prince-philip-70th-anniversary-photo/

Miley Cyrus Gushes Over How ‘Hunky’ Liam Hemsworth Is in Heart-Filled Tweet

Miley Cyrus can’t stop gushing over Liam Hemsworth.

On Friday, the “Younger Now” singer expressed her adoration for her Australian fiancé with a strategically heart-filled tweet.

“Damn. My man lookin hunky as f❤ck! ❤💕❤💕,” she wrote alongside a photo of Hemsworth clad in black and leaning against a car.

And she’s not the only member of the Cyrus clan who can’t get enough of Hemsworth — her father Billy Ray Cyrus just borrowed his future son-in-law’s shirt for an appearance on Harry.

“He didn’t know though and he doesn’t know. I happened to be getting ready to come up and do this show and there was a clean shirt there,” Billy Ray told host Harry Connick Jr. “I sweat through four layers of clothes and Liam’s t-shirt was the last thing I had left. So I’ve got to finish this show, fly back home and go put it in his closet so he doesn’t know it’s gone.”

RELATED VIDEO: Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth Make Rare Red Carpet Appearance to Support His Brother Chris at Thor: Ragnarok Premiere

And later on Friday, The Voice judge also shared a first-look at her brand new — and very sparkly — Converse collection.

“Look what I got!!!!!! The very 1st sample of my collection with @converse !!!! 💕💕💕💕 I’m in loooooooooooooooove!!!!!!!!! They r even cuter in person BTW! BB pink glitter staxxxx!” she wrote alongside of a picture of herself holing up a pink shoe with sparkly laces and a matching rubber sole.

Cyrus, 24, and Hemsworth, 27, recently sparked marriage rumors after they were spotted taking a stroll in Savannah, Georgia, wearing matching bands on their ring fingers.

But the longtime loves have yet to tie the knot — and they’ve been wearing these bands for a while now. Back in August, TMZ reported that Hemsworth was seen wearing a gold band while spending time with Cyrus’ mother, Tish, in Kentucky. And Cyrus has been spotted wearing a sparkly band on her ring finger since July 2016.

And even though Cyrus openly adores Hemsworth, it doesn’t seem like she’s ready to walk down the aisle anytime soon. During an interview in June, Tish revealed that her daughter was too happy with the way her relationship was to tie the knot right away.

“They are so freaking happy and living in Malibu,” she said. “She’s so happy, and she’s always like. ‘I don’t know why everybody wants us to get married. It’s so perfect.’ ”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/music/miley-cyrus-gushes-over-hunky-liam-hemsworth/

Chrissy Teigen Jokes About Joining the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show: ‘I’m Gonna Kill It’

A handful of models including Gigi Hadid and Julia Belyakova were reportedly denied visas to the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai. But Chrissy Teigen? She’ll be there, closing out the show… at least, in her mind.

The 31-year-old model and cookbook author spent Saturday telling fans that she was in China for Sunday’s big show — a joke, considering she’s not one of the confirmed participants at the event and was sharing videos of herself cooking dinner for hubby John Legend and friends at their Los Angeles home Friday night.

“Hey guys, I’m in Shanghai, getting ready for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show,” Teigen said in an Instagram Stories video posted early Saturday morning, while wearing pajamas and a matching robe, playing with her 1-year-old daughter Luna, and sitting on her couch with her with mom Vilailuck and bulldog Puddy. “I’m nervous, but I think I’m gonna kill it.”

“Going to try to get one last gym session in,” she said, showing a collection of syrup bottles she had used for breakfast. “Gotta look sick! Closing the show!”

She continued the gag later, zooming in on flower arrangements she had around the house.

“Hey guys, here in Shanghai. Thank you so much for the flowers. VS baby, for life!” she said showing one, later adding  of another: “Gisele Bündchen and Justin Bieber  just sent me these to congratulate me on the show. All they’re doing is making me nervous though. I’m so nervous!”

Later, after a shower, she joked that she had “just finished” a “workout sesh” and was “doing a lot of ab work.”

“I’m sweating as you can see from it. I go hard,” she said.

Fans took notice, one user tweeting, “@chrissyteigen’s troll level of the VS fashion show this morning is giving me life #mostlyabwork #VSFS2017.”

But Teigen wasn’t giving up the gag, writing, “No one is answering my phone calls or emails but I am here in Shanghai and ready for my fitting !!!!!!”


The Lip Sync Battle host then asked fans to Photoshop her into a photo of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2017 models in Shanghai that was shared on the company’s Instagram page, which they were happy to do. Teigen retweeted some of her favorites.




While Teigen won’t make it to the big show, 55 models including Karlie Kloss, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Stella Maxwell, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, and Taylor Hill will be.

This year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is set to be bigger than ever before. And that’s why the lingerie giant has cast four musical performers to hit the stage in Shanghai, China, alongside some of the world’s most famous models.

“We started booking our musical guests months ago when Harry Styles, international superstar, signed on,” Ed Razek, executive producer of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and chief creative officer at Victoria’s Secret, told PEOPLE.

“Also appearing are Grammy award-winning artist Miguel, Tony award-winning star of Hamilton Leslie Odom Jr., and Chinese sensation Jane Zhang. We are incredibly thrilled to have them with us.”

RELATED VIDEO: Lais Ribeiro Wears Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra This Year

As for those reports about Gigi, Razek said the road to Shanghai and the welcome in China has been a harmonious one.

“The news reports I’ve been reading from the US here in Shanghai regarding this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show are not an accurate reflection of what I’m seeing and experiencing on site,” he says. “The Chinese have been wonderful and enthusiastic hosts and partners. From granting more than 700 visas, collaborating with us on every detail and introducing us to local experts who have helped us elevate our event in this renowned fashion city. We appreciate their efforts and all they have done to make this event a success. We look forward to the live show Monday night and the international broadcast a week later.”

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs Tuesday, November 28, at 10 p.m. on CBS.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/style/chrissy-teigen-jokes-about-joining-the-2017-victorias-secret-fashion-show-im-gonna-kill-it/

Former Top Advisers to President Obama and the Clintons Voice Support for Monica Lewinsky

Following multiple sexual misconduct allegations made against high-profile politicians like Roy Moore and Al Franken, former top advisers to President Obama and the Clintons have voiced their support for Monica Lewinsky.

During an interview with MSNBC, Jennifer Palmieri — the communications director for Hillary Clinton who also worked for Bill Clinton‘s administration — said that she was sorry for everything Lewinsky had gone through.

“Monica Lewinsky was my intern and the relationship the president had with her was very inappropriate,” she said. “It was a consensual relationship, but he was the President of the United States and she was a 24-year-old intern — that is taking advantage of a power dynamic on a historic scale.”

She also revealed that in April she ran into Lewinsky for the first time in 20 years and “I told her that I was really sorry for everything that she had been through.”

“Her whole life was defined by this one mistake and her life was — I don’t want to say it was ruined because I hope it’s not,” she added.

Palmieri was also asked to respond to a comment that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) made during an interview with The New York Times, in which she said she thought Bill should have stepped down from the presidency during the scandal. Gillibrand had previously endorsed Hillary during the 2016 election and entered the Senate in 2009 after she was elected into Hillary’s former seat after she became Secretary of State under Obama.

“The Clintons have done a enormous amount of good in this country and despite that, they’ve got friends who are not always going to be there for them, and it’s something I’ve seen happen to them quite a bit, but they’ll survive,” Palmieri said of Gillibrand’s comments.

Earlier in the interview with MSNBC, Palmieri explicitly said that she didn’t think Bill should have resigned or been impeached.

Rev. Al Sharpton, who was also present for the interview with MSNBC, went on to voice his support for Lewinsky. He also added that he saw a difference in the sexual misconduct allegations being made today and what happened between Lewinsky and the former President.

“Monica Lewinsky was not charging Bill Clinton with something,” he said. “Whereas you’re talking about women here who said that ‘I against my will — against any consent — was treated in a certain way.’ So we’ve got to decide, yes, what Bill Clinton did was wrong, yes it was inappropriate…but we’ve got to decide where we draw the line here.”

RELATED VIDEO: Monica Lewinsky’s Fight Against Cyber-Bulling

Former Obama staffer Alyssa Mastromonaco also offered up her support for Lewinsky on Twitter, using the hashtag “#IStandWithMonica.”

The former deputy chief of staff for operations wrote that: “This is one of those days I think the public discourse is embarrassing and I just want to say @MonicaLewinsky is brilliant and kind and an anti-bullyinng activist. Let’s not rewrite history and diminish her experience as ‘just a consensual blow job’ #IStandWithMonica.”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/politics/former-top-advisers-to-president-obama-and-the-clintons-voice-support-for-monica-lewinsky/

Busy Philipps Calls Out Fan Who Told Her ‘You’ve Lost Some of Your Plumpness’

Busy Philipps has a tip for fans who want to approach female celebrities and comment on their weight: don’t.

The 38-year-old actress told her Instagram Story followers about an awkward encounter she had at a Rite Aid Friday night with a female fan who recognized Philipps from her time on the ABC/TBS series Cougar Town and made an uncomfortable comment about Philipps’ body.

“She was so sweet and had such a calming manner and in a loveliest way, she said, ‘You’ve lost some of your plumpness from Cougar Town. You look nice still, but you’ve lost some of your plumpness.’ ”

While Philipps said she thought the fan had the best intentions, she couldn’t help but be bothered by the woman’s words.

“It was a compliment. She was very sweet when she said it. It just was an interesting choice of ,” Philipps said. “I don’t think I was plump.

“There’s no way to really handle it in the moment without coming off like an a——,” she added. “So you just have to say, ‘Oh, I’m glad you liked the show’ and moved on.”

RELATED: Busy Philipps Says Exercise Helps Her Anxiety and Stops Her from Binge Eating: ‘I Feel Better’

Sadly, this isn’t the first time Philipps has experience this sort of a comment from a stranger.

“You know how when you’re a woman, sometimes people feel like they should be able to comment about your body all the time or make laws about your body? Well when you’re an actress, or any female in the public eye, everyone feels that they can comment on your body all the f—— time. Always,” she said. “The amount of people in my long 20-year career in this industry who’ve come up to me in grocery stores and Bed Bath and Beyonds to talk with people about my weight … I think it’s a good thing to err on the side of ‘Let’s not talk to people about their bodies unless they bring it up first and they want to talk about their bodies.’ ”

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The mother of two, who has been open with her followers about her recent Whole30 journey and often shares videos of her LEKfit workouts, went on to say that there’s a way fans could say something about her weight without being offensive. “There’s a difference between saying to someone, ‘You look amazing!’ You look great,’ ” she said. “There are ways.”

Later, Philipps wondered whether the woman had been watching the season of Cougar Town when she had gone back to work five weeks after giving birth to her daughter Cricket. “This is how my brain works,” Philipps said of the “plumpness” comment. “I’m going to be thinking about this for the next … whatever.”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/bodies/busy-philipps-calls-out-fan-who-told-her-youve-lost-some-of-your-plumpness/