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McKayla Maroney Claims She Was Sexually Abused by Olympic Gymnastics Team Doctor

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McKayla Maroney - Reuters

Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney joined the “Me Too” movement and opened up about being sexually abused for years by Larry Nassar, the doctor for the U.S. Women’s National Gymnastics team.

The gymnast shared her own story to show that sexual abuse and harassment is not only a Hollywood problem. “People should know that this is not just happening in Hollywood. This is happening everywhere,” she wrote. “Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be potential for abuse.”

“Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving ‘medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years.’ It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn’t end until I left the sport,” Maroney wrote. “It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was ‘treated.”

Nassar is currently facing 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct from 125 women and he has already pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges in July. Nassar also faces sexual assault charges in state court in Michigan.

The former Olympian detailed one particularly terrifying moment with Nassar. “For me, the scariest night of my life happened when I was 15 years old,” she wrote. “I had flown all day and night with the team to get to Tokyo. He’d given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a ‘treatment.’ I thought I was going to die that night.”

Maroney became a beloved viral sensation at the Olympics, thanks to a photo that showed her being “not impressed” after coming in second place and winning the silver medal. The alleged abuse that she suffered occurred during the sports event.

In an official statement, USA Gymnastics praised Maroney for speaking out about the alleged abuse. “USA Gymnastics admires the courage of those, like McKayla Maroney, who have come forward to share their personal experiences with sexual abuse. Because of their strength in coming forward, predators can be held accountable for their actions. We, like so many others, are outraged and disgusted by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused,” the organization said. “We are sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career.”

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Alyssa Milano Starts “Me Too” movement to Spread Awareness of Sexual Abuse and Harassment

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After many users took part of the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest, actress Alyssa Milano returned to the plataform with a simple phrase to show the grand scale of sexual abuse and harassment.

The Charmed actress tweeted a card asking people to speak out about being sexually harassed or abused by replying or quoting her tweet with the sentence “Me Too.”

“Me Too,” the Project Runway judge shared on her official account. “Suggested by a friend: ‘If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”

The movement happened amid the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the infamous Hollywood producer who has been accused of sexual misconduct and rape by multiple women.

Milano’s tweet has already been retweeted at least 12,000 times and had received at least 34,000 replies. Many actresses, writers, journalist, hosts and many more users of the social plataform have shared their own experiences and responded to Milano’s tweet, including Debra Messing, Anna Paquin, Sophia Bush.

Although her Charmed co-star Rose McGowan was mentioned in the investigative report done by The New York Times detailing all the allegations and she has accused Weinstein of rape, Milano didn’t initially release a statement because of her close relationship with Weinstein’s now ex Georgina Chapman.

Nevertheles, the actress did finally speak out with an article about her thoughts on the Weinstein scandal, published on her website.

“While I am sickened and angered over the disturbing accusations of Weinstein’s sexual predation and abuse of power, I’m happy – ecstatic even – that it has opened up a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification and degradation of women,” the actress wrote. “To the women who have suffered any form of abuse of power, I stand beside you. To the women who have come forward against a system that is designed to keep you silent, I stand in awe of you and appreciate you and your fortitude. It is not easy to disclose such experiences, especially in the public eye. Your strength will inspire others. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for fighting this battle so hopefully my daughter won’t have to.”

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Patricia Arquette Details Uncomfortable Experience With Oliver Stone

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Oscar winner, Patricia Arquette took to Twitter to share an uncomfortable past experience she had with director Oliver Stone.

“Years ago Oliver Stone wanted me to do a movie. We talked about the Material which was very sexual. The meeting was professional.” Arquette, 49, wrote. “Then I received from him long stem jungle roses. It’s not uncommon to receive flowers but something about them felt weird. I ignored it.”

“Then his assistant called to make sure it got them. I thanked them. He then invited me to a screening of Natual [sic] Born Killers,” she continued. “Something felt weird so I asked my boyfriend to go with me. The room was packed. Oliver stopped me coming out of the bathroom. He said ‘Why did you bring him?’ I said ‘Why is it a problem I brought him? It shouldn’t be a problem. Think about THAT Oliver.’”

 

The actress added: “Anyway never heard about the movie again & didn’t care to.”

Arquette’s comments come right after former Playboy model Carrie Stevens disclose that she was allegedly sexually harassed in the past by Stone. After Stone declined to condemn Harvey Weinstein’s behavior amid allegations that the former studio head sexually harassed and assaulted several women, the model shared her experience. Responding to a Hollywood Reporter story titled “Oliver Stone on Harvey Weinstein: ‘It’s Not Easy What He’s Going Through,’” Stevens revealed her alleged past interaction with Stone.

“When I heard about Harvey, I recalled Oliver walking past me & grabbing my boob as he walked out the front door of a party,” she wrote. “Two of a kind!”

The model added: “First person I thought of…and here he is. Figures.”

Stone commented on the allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein at the Busan Film Festival. “I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial,” he said. “I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through either.”

But later on, the JFK director clarified his remarks regarding the accusations against the producer in a statement. “I’ve been travelling for the last couple of days and wasn’t aware of all the women who came out to support the original story in the New York Times. After looking at what has been reported in many publications over the last couple of days, I’m appalled and commend the courage of the women who’ve stepped forward to report sexual abuse or rape.”

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Makeup Artist Annamarie Tendler Accuses Ben Affleck of Past Misconduct

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Makeup artist Annamarie Tendler claims that Ben Affleck inappropriately touched her at a Hollywood party three years ago.

“I would also love to get an apology from Ben Affleck who grabbed my ass at a Golden Globes party in 2014,” Tendler wrote on Twitter, referencing Affleck’s apology for inappropriately groping actress Hilarie Burton in 2003 during a taping of MTV’s TRL. “He walked by me, cupped my butt and pressed his finger into my crack. I guess he tried to play it like he was politely moving me out of the way and oops touched my butt instead of my lower back?”

Tendler, who is the author of the book The Daily Face, and is married to comedian John Mulaney, added, “Like most women in these situations I didn’t say anything but I have thought a lot about what I’d say if I ever saw him again.”

TV writer Jen Statsky, who has written for huge network comedies like Broad City and Parks and Recreation, seemed to support the artist’s claims in a tweet.

“I was also at this party and *multiple* friends had this same exact experience,” she tweeted in response to Tendler’s claim.

This comes right after Affleck tweeted a simple apology to Burton after the former One Tree Hill star, opened up via twitter about the 2003 incident with the Academy Award winner, which occurred during a Total Request Live back when Burton was a host and Affleck a guest.

“I didn’t forget … I was a kid,” Burton wrote in response to a twitter user who accused the actor and director of being hypocritical after he released an statement against Harvey Weinstein amid the sexual abuse and harassment allegations against the former Miramax founder.

Burton shared outtakes from the TRL episode, in which she talked about the incident with Affleck at the time. “He comes over and tweaks my left boob,” she explained in the clip.

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Twitter Temporarily Locks Rose McGowan’s Account

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Actress and director Rose McGowan‘s twitter account was temporarily locked after an alleged violation of the plataform’s terms of service.

The actress, who was among the women named in a New York Times investigative report alleging sexual misconduct by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, has been tweeting about the scandal since it broke.

“TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY,” the Charmed actress posted on Instagram along with a picture of the notification she received from Twitter, saying that it was “determined that this account had violated the Twitter Rules, so we temporarily limited some of your account features.”

TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY #whywomendontreport

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Weinstein was fired from the company after several women came forward alleging he had harassed them. More accusations, including alleged rape and abuse, have since came to light.

The suspension left McGowan unable to tweet for 12 hours but it was later unlocked by twitter. Later on, the company released a statement explaining the reasons behind the measure.

“We have been in touch with Ms. McGowan’s team,” Twitter said in a tweet. “We want to explain that her account was temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates of our Terms of Service.”

“Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power,” the social media site said. “We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices.”

Ever since the reports were published, McGowan has been explicitly calling for the resignation of the Weinstein Company board members and called out Matt Damon and Ben Affleck specifically for their close relation with Weinstein.

Both actors released statements explaining that they didn’t know about any of the claims of sexual abuse, but the actress alleged that the Oscar winners -along with major figures in entertainment- were without a doubt aware of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged crimes and behavior.

Many actors and directors, including Jessica Chastain and Paul Feig, addressed Twitter for the actions taken against McGowen, calling the harsh measure a double standard, given that Donald Trump’s account has threatened with nuclear war and other incendiary messages and it has never been suspended or temporarily locked.

 

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Serena Williams Shares First Photo of Her Newborn Daughter

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A bundle of joy for a sport’s living legend! Serena Williams shares the first photo of her newborn daughter and welcomed fans to watch a lovely video diary of her pregnancy.

“Meet Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.,” Williams wrote with a beautiful photo of the mother and daughter together. The baby is named after the baby’s father, Reddit co-founder and Tech mogul Alexis Ohanian.

Meet Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. You have to check out link in bio for her amazing journey. Also check out my IG stories 😍😍❤️❤️

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In a series of Instagram stories, tennis undisputed champion shared her diary which included some special moments such as baby’s first ultrasound, photos of Serena’s baby bump and the couples’ 50’s themed baby shower.

The video also includes Serena’s victory at the Australian Open, which she won while pregnant. The 23-time grand slam champ talked about that moment, last month. “Two weeks after we found out, I played the Australian Open,” she said at the time. “I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way.” And she was right!

The series closes with a video of the glowing mom and precious baby, where she revealed that she had complications after giving birth.

“So we’re leaving the hospital after 6 days, it’s been a long time,” the new mother says in the final instastory. ”We had a lot of complications but look who we got! We got a baby girl.” The video closes with a title card that gives more info about the newborn: “Hello, world. Baby girl Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. Born: September 1, 2017. Weight: 6 lb 14 oz. Grand slam titles: 1”.

The series of stories was also turned into a single video and shared via Serena’s website and the proud dad’ social media accounts. “Welcome, Olympia, we’re so happy to meet you. We made you a video of our adventure together so far,” read Ohanian’s caption on his Instagram page.

Welcome, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr., we're so happy to meet you. We made you a video of our adventure together so far (see bio). Our little girl is already mama's perfect sidekick.

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Williams and Ohanian got engaged in December 2016. The new parents have yet to announce a wedding date.

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Jennifer Garner Finally Joins Instagram – Check her first post!

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Instagram has another star! Jennifer Garner received a verified account and made her first post on the photo sharing platform. The actress made it official with a Hyperlapse video.

The actress posted a time lapse video that shows her writing the phrase ““Summer is almost over. Don’t be sad because sad is DAS backward and DAS not good,” which she eventually changes to read, “I am officially on Instagram so please follow me because isn’t that how this works…”

I am officially on Instagram! So, please follow me because isn't that how this works…? Xx, Jen

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“Xx, Jen,” she added in the caption. Right now, Garner has more than 129,000 thousand followers. Her account doesn’t have an official bio and her profile pic is a photo of her from the 2016 Hollywood premiere of Patricia Miracles From Heaven.

Garner included on her profile a link to the Save the Children’s charity’s Hurricane Harvey Children’s Relief Fund crowdfunding page, that is dedicated to raise money for all of those affected by the catastrophic storm that has cause devastation in Houston. The actress has been a trustee and ambassador for the Save the Children organization since 2014, and back in March she delivered a speech on their behalf to explain the importance of children education programs.

Garner joins the list of the celebrities that have taken action to help to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Before joining Instagram, Garner only had a public Facebook page.  “I have an official Facebook page. I’m not on Twitter, Instagram,” she said in 2014.

“I have a couple of reasons,” Garner said at the time. “One, I don’t want any more guilt coming from my phone or computer. I have the hardest time answering emails, anyway, so the last thing I want to feel is indebted to my phone or computer. So it’s time…And the other is, what would I Instagram that people would want to see. There is nothing I would put out that people would want to see. It’s probably best to stay away. They don’t want to see me and my mom friends after kindergarten drop-off.”

 

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Selena Gomez’s Hacked Instagram Shares Nude Photos of Justin Bieber

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Another celebrity hacked! This time it was Selena Gomez’s instagram account. The singer, who ranks at the top as the most followed person on instagram (125 million followers!), got hacked and the usurpers immediately posted nude paparazzi photos of the singer’s ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber, taken from a previous vacation back in 2015.

The account was briefly taken down but now it’s back online, and the posts were deleted. The hackers included their handles in the caption and said that the “run da scene”. They also changed her account name to “islah Gomez”. The account was deactivated within hours and reactivated minutes later.

The NSFW pics of the Canadian pop star are the same images that were published after the singer’s trip to Bora Bora with beauty blogger Jayde Pierce two years ago.

The censored images were from a leak and originally posted in the New York Daily News back in 2015, without Bieber’s authorization. Eventually, the uncensored images also made the Internet rounds.

Bieber said in an interview at the time that the leaked nude photos made him feel “super violated” and, “Like, I feel like I can’t step outside and feel like I can go outside naked,”

He also said that, “You should feel comfortable in your own space…especially that far away.”

With this event it seems that fans and the world won’t let the Gomez/Bieber relationship die. The former power couple started when the two ignited romance rumors in 2010. Later on the singers confirmed their relationship in 2011, went the young stars attended the Vanity Fair Oscars party together. However the duo soon broke up. The stars were on-again, off-again for several years but appear to have called it quits for the past year.

Bieber has been connected to several people, but right now the singer is taking a break from touring. Meanwhile, Gomez has moved on to The Weeknd, her current boyfriend.

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Taylor Swift breaks her social media silence with a cryptic video

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A mysterious Taylor Swift is back on social media. Last week, T-Swift sent her fans downward a spiral over her social media blackout.

The “Shake it off” singer surprised the world by leaving her Twitter and IG avatars blank and shut down her official website, which meant that maybe the accounts had been hacked or a new album announcement was coming.

But now the latter appears to be the real reason. Swift posted a brief video on Instagram of what appears to be a snake against a black backdrop. She also tweeted the same video. The pop star share the video with her millions of followers. The 10-second clip featured no audio or context and appeared to show a reptilian tail recoiling.

But why a snake? This may be related to her past feud with Kanye and Kim Kardashian.

Back in 2016, Kanye released the song “Famous”, included in his Life of Pablo album, and it featured the line, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. I made that bitch famous.”

Swift’s lawyers released a statement in response: “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that bitch famous.’”

But last summer, Kim Kardashian West revived the controversy by releasing evidence via Snapchat: a phone recording of Kanye and Swift’s conversation that contained Kanye asking for Swift’s approval, and Swift being in on the joke. After this, Swift haters immediately stormed her social media with snake emojis, implying that she was a sneaky person with a hidden agenda.

Taylor’s last album was released in 2014 and won two Grammy Awards. Her last single, was the Zayn Malik collaboration “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.

Previous to the cryptic message, Swift made headlines with the news of her court victory: a countersuit win against former radio host David Mueller, who the jury found guilty of assaulting Taylor back in 2013. The singer-songwriter has been out of the spotlight since her world tour wrapped, and has yet to comment about the enigmatic message.

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Amber Heard and Elon Musk Confirm Their Split via Instagram

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With social media at their disposal, celebrities no longer need to release big, bombastic statements through a publicist, when just a simple comment on Instagram can get the job done. Or at least, that seems to be the case for tech billionaire Elon Musk, who recently confirmed his split from actress Amber Heard by commenting on one of her Instagram posts.

Last Sunday, news broke that Heard and Musk broke up after one year of dating. According to sources, the reason behind the break up was timing and a busy schedule. “The timing wasn’t good for them. He’s super busy and works all the time. Amber is filming Aquaman in Australia until October. She’s in no position to settle with him. She feels her career is just starting.”

So on Monday, the Aquaman star posted posted a picture of herself sticking a fork into her red hair (dyed for her role in the film) above a still from The Little Mermaid, in which Ariel tries to comb her hair with a fork.

Among the many comments, Musk surprisingly added a comment of his own saying “V cute,” alongside a heart emoji. When the fans asked him about the status of their relationship, the billionaire offered a comment that went into more detail:

“Btw, just to clear up some of the press storm this weekend, although Amber and I did break up, we are still friends, remain close and love one another. Long distance relationships when both partners have intense work obligations are always difficult, but who knows what the future holds.”

Put a fork in it 📸:@jessicakovacevic

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The actress also offered her own statement on the photo sharing plataform.

“Being in the public eye means having to explain yourself to so many people, so much of the time. In this case, I’d like to remain more quiet”, the actress said on an Instagram post. “Although we have broken up, Elon and I care deeply for one another and remain close. Thank you for the continued support, respect, and privacy during these difficult, very human times.”

Being in the public eye means having to explain yourself to so many people, so much of the time. In this case, I'd like to remain more quiet. Although we have broken up, Elon and I care deeply for one another and remain close. Thank you for the continued support, respect, and privacy during these difficult, very human times.

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This was the first high profile relationship for Heard after her divorce from Johnny Depp. Heard and Musk first met in 2013 on set of Machete Kills.