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Kevin Spacey has claimed that the 18-year-old man which accused him of groping told Spacey he was older and welcomed flirting.

The notorious Hollywood actor pleaded NOT guilty to sexually assaulting the young man in 2016.

The plea was entered on the actor's behalf, which happens automatically under Massachusetts law.


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The incident happened in Nantucket, and Spacey has been ordered to have zero contact with his accuser following the sexual assault charges.

The Daily Mail are reporting that the former House of Cards actor claims the teenager; "said he was a 23-year-old student studying business at Wake Forest University."

He also maintains the young restaurant worker "sought out a friend for the specific purpose of introducing him" to Spacey.


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In court yesterday, (Spacey also was caught speeding before appearing) the motion claims the teen "welcomed drinks" from the famous actor and allowed him to; "put his arm around around him near the piano while they did sing-a-longs and even left the bar to smoke."

It's alleged that the young man gave his phone number to Spacey, which the motion states suggested "mutual and consensual flirting".

Spacey doesn't actually deny groping the teen, but it does state that the teenager "did not object to the alleged touching, he did not ask Spacey to stop and he did not remove himself from the situation".

The young woman who was in contact with the accuser was never told about the alleged assault, it is purported.

A number of accusations have emerged about the veteran movie star, such as Anthony Rapp's explosive claims;


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CNN reported yesterday that Spacey gave a nod of acknowledgement following the judge's order for him to refrain from contacting his accuser.

A spokeman lawyer said: "The commonwealth is requesting that Mr Spacey be ordered to stay away and no contact with the named victim and his family."

Judge Thomas Barrett said; "Certainly the court will impose those conditions."

The 59-year-old actor was seen arriving at court surrounded by paparazzi, less than a five-minute walk from the place where the alleged assault took place; Club Car lounge.

Spacey was silent on the claim and refused to comment as he left the courtroom and headed to his car. The next hearing date is March 4, but the actor is not obliged to attend.

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The R&B and soul singer was one of few celebrities to appear in the Surviving R Kelly documentary, with stars such as Jay Z, Mary J Blige and Lady Gaga declining to appear.

While John Legend was applauded for speaking out against notorious sex predator Kelly in the Lifetime docu-series, which recounts the multiple abuse claims the musician has faced over the last three decades.

While appearing in the documentary was of monumental importance, Legend has now landed himself in hot water.

Fans were surprised to see a resurfaced photo of the 40-year-old and his wife happily posing for a photo with Harvey at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, only a few months before the #MeToo movement took off.

The infamous 66-year-old movie mogul at the heart of the #MeToo movement is currently awaiting trial in New York on a number of related sexual assault and rape charges.

The All Of Me singer was forced to defend himself, writing a response to his Twitter followers;

"I took a photo with and worked with Harvey on several occasions before his abuse was known to me and the rest of the world."

"Since his being exposed, his company and career have rightfully been destroyed and he's been indicted. Sounds like something that should happen to R. Kelly."

 He continued in a follow-up tweet, saying "If y'all wanna cape for R and discount all these women's stories, just say it. Don't bring up some old pics of me and somebody else."

That being said, allegedly Harvey Weinstein's abuse was widely known throughout the entire entertainment industry for decades, so we find it difficult to believe that he had no clue what the movie producer was capable of.

What's your stance, do you think the image is important, or should the focus be on listening to the voices of R Kelly's victims and speaking out against enablers? 


Tasmanian comedienne Hannah Gadsby has called out "good men" during her acceptance speech at the The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment Gala.

She voiced her opposition to the way in which certain men discuss their 'bad' male counterparts, and essentially still have the power over women.

"All men believe they are good", she stated, explaining the unbalanced narrative surrounding misogynistic behaviour.

She elaborated on the issue of good men speaking on behalf of all women, therefore having the power to draw boundaries;

“I want to speak about the very big problem I have with the good men, especially the good men who take it upon themselves to talk about the bad men,” she said.

“I find good men talking about bad men incredibly irritating, and this is something the good men are doing a lot of at the moment.”

A line which especially caught the media's attention was regarding the "Jimmy's and the David's and the other Jimmy's" of the world.

Her references to infamous talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, are in relation to their previous comments surrounding the #MeToo era.

Gadsby believes the duo can only regard bad men in two ways: either as extreme perpetrators of sexual violence such as Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby, or as friends who have taken a misstep but are well-meaning, such as Aziz Ansari.

“We need to talk about how men will draw a different line for a different occasion,” she said.

“They have a line for the locker room; a line for when their wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters are watching; another line for when they’re drunk and fratting; another line for nondisclosure; a line for friends; and a line for foes.

“You know why we need to talk about this line between good men and bad men? Because it’s only good men who get to draw that line.

“And guess what? All men believe they are good.”


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The comedienne's candour has been applauded by numerous people, who appreciate her honesty in the face of such a difficult audience.

Her Netflix stand-up show Nanette was released earlier in the year to widespread critical acclaim, and faced tough issues such as rape, sexual assault and homophobia.

We have SO much respect for this badass lady, what a woman.



Dr Christine Blasey Ford has been praised for her strength and bravery as she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Women have been showering her with praise after she accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her in the 1980s.

Dr Christine Blasey Ford’s story is sadly one experienced by millions of women around the world.


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Victims have been sharing their stories as a mark of support, including one Hollywood actress.

Busy Philipps took to Instagram to share her personal story. The Dawson’s Creek star posted a throwback photo from her teenage years, but the message beside it was harrowing.


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The author revealed she was raped at the age of 14 in the emotional post.

“This is me at 14. The age I was raped. It's taken me 25 years to say those words,” she wrote.

Busy explained she has written about this experience in her book, but only recently told her family: “I finally told my parents and sister about it 4 months ago.”


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She thanked Dr. Ford for her courage: “Today is the day we are silent no more. All of us. I'm scared to post this. I can't imagine what Dr. Ford is feeling right now.”

Friends and fans were quick to thank Busy for sharing her story. Mindy Kaling wrote: “Busy, you are the best. Thank you for posting this, it shows such bravery. You are a role model.”

“I love you. Deeply grateful for your vulnerability. And your strength,” said Michelle Monaghan.

One user shared: “Thank you for sharing. There are millions of us and we’re all hugging you at the same time right now. Here’s hoping you can feel all that love coming your way.”

Opening up about such a traumatising time takes so much courage. We can’t even imagine just how hard sharing this story was for Busy.


Opening up about being sexually assaulted takes an overwhelming amount of strength. Thousands of women have come forward and shared their own stories since the wake of the #MeToo movement. Their courage is admirable and their experiences are harrowing, but most notably, they’re real.

Influential actresses and singers have shared their stories of sexual assault, including Lady Gaga.

Regardless of their success and status, these women are just like us. They’ve been through a traumatising ordeal and no amount of fame or money makes it any easier, something we all need to remember.

At the mere age of 19, Gaga was raped by a music producer. The Born This Way singer may have been one of the biggest names to come forward in the #MeToo narrative, but she is also a victim who continues to be affected by that assault every day.


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She told Teen Vogue: “I feel stunned. Or stunted. You know that feeling when you’re on a roller coaster and you’re just about to go down the really steep slope?”

“That fear and the drop in your stomach? My diaphragm seizes up. Then I have a hard time breathing, and my whole body goes into a spasm. And I begin to cry. That’s what it feels like for trauma victims every day, and it’s miserable,” the A Star Is Born actress shared.

“I always say that trauma has a brain. And it works its way into everything that you do.”


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She continued to explain that sharing her story was her own personal choice, but it is different for every victim: “I feel like I’ve been an advocate but also a shocked audience member, watching #MeToo happen.”

Gaga explained that speaking out about being raped was like facing a monster: “It took years. No one else knew. It was almost like I tried to erase it from my brain. And when it finally came out, it was like a big, ugly monster. And you have to face the monster to heal.”


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It is important for us to remember that the celebrities who come forward and share their personal experiences are human too.

They may be Oscar winners or Grammy nominees, but we need to remember, more than anything, they are victims and the courage it took for them to publicly open up makes them fearless heroes.


I’ve been a Taylor Swift fan since my early teens so when I found out I was going to her Dublin show on the Reputation tour I was overjoyed. I couldn’t help but shed a few happy tears.

I know she isn’t everyone's cup of tea, some people find her fake, others think her music is cringey, but one thing you must applaud her for is how she opened up about being a victim of sexual assault.

August 14 marked the one year anniversary of the day the jury sided in the singer’s favour in her case against former radio host David Mueller.


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As she looked out at a crowd of loving fans, Taylor opened up about the trial: “A year ago I was not playing in a stadium in Tampa, I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado. This is the day the jury sided in my favor and said that they believed me.”

The Delicate singer welled up as she spoke about all of the victims who were ignored and pushed aside. The ones who weren’t taken seriously. The ones who weren’t listened to.


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“I just think about all the people that weren’t believed and the people who haven’t been believed, and the people who are afraid to speak up because they think they won’t be believed,” Taylor said.

“I just wanted to say I’m sorry to anyone who ever wasn’t believed because I don’t know what turn my life would have taken if somebody didn’t believe me when I said something had happened to me.”

The You Belong With Me continued: "I just wanted to say we have so much further to go, and I’m so grateful to you guys for being there for me for what was really a horrible part of my life.”

Taylor thanked her fans for seeing her through all the good times- the number one songs, the sold out tours and the awards- and the bad times- the breakups, the online abuse and the groping trial.

She addressed the crowd: “I wanted to say that I’m so happy to see you and to have you and know you through the ups and the downs in my life.”

The singer struggled to hold back her tears during the moving speech: “Sorry I just haven’t really talked about it, and so I’m just not composed at all.”

Following the Look What You Made Me Do singer's tear-jerking speech, fans held up $1 notes to support Taylor and survivors of sexual abuse. 

Reasons like this remind me of why I have adored the Call It What You Want singer since I was a teenager. Sure, you may not enjoy her music, but her courage is something we should all appreciate.


The Me Too movement broke the lid off a well concealed culture of sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood. 

It came after allegations made against the famed producer, Harvey Weinstein, which sent shock waves through the entertainment industry, prompting men and women all over the world to come forward and tell their stories. 

As the conversation around sexual abuse and harassment remains opened up, actress Alyssa Milano has created a platform for victims to come forward in a show of solidarity. 


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Members of the Hollywood elite got behind the message, but one controversial figure has said that she feels the movement makes women look 'weak.'

Former Hollywood superstar Lindsay Lohan was asked by The Times about the movement, and the 32-year-old actress revealed that she doesn't condone 'attention-seekers.'

When asked about her own negative experiences, she claimed she didn't 'really have anything to say.'

'I can’t speak on something I don’t live, right?' she said. 'Look, I am very supportive of women. Everyone goes through their own experiences in their own ways.'


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Speaking on her opinion of sexual assault reporting, she said: 'If it happens at that moment, you discuss it at that moment.'

'You make it a real thing by making it a police report,' she said.

'I’m going to really hate myself for saying this, but I think by women speaking against these things, it makes them look weak when they are very strong women.'

Lindsay previously defended Weinstein in a series of Instagram story videos. 

'I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now, I don't think it's right what's going on,' Lindsay said in the video. 

The video included Harvey's name typed in pink font beside an angel emoji. 

'I think Georgina needs to take a stand and be there for her husband,' she said, referring to Harvey's wife who announced yesterday that she was leaving the producer. 

'He's never harmed me or did anything to me—we've done several movies together,' she continued. 

'I think everyone needs to stop—I think it's wrong. So stand up.'


If there's one feeling that's overwhelmed me for the past seven-or-odd months since the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations brought legions of powerful men tumbling down, it's exhaustion.

I've found myself tired not because I'm sad about celebrated male heroes crumbling; there are plenty of wonderful women ready to stand in their place. No, it is exhausting because, as singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer puts it so well, it's 'so ridiculously awful'.

However, her song 'Mr Weinstein Will See You Now' gave me a new feeling. It's hard to capture, but something about the swelling storm of strings and her voice mixing with that of Welsh artist Jasmine Power sparked a sense of catharsis within me. 

Palmer and Power tackle the subject of sexual assault head-on, opting for a brutally frank title rather than the working name 'The Hotel Room'. The 42-year-old artist contacted Rose McGowan, who accused Weinstein of rape, and the actress gave them her blessing to call the track 'Mr Weinstein Will See You Now'.

Speaking with Palmer, I asked her if she planned on getting in touch with any of the other women who have spoken out against Weinstein.

"I would love to connect with some of those women and to share the song with them. I don't know any of them apart from Rose," she said.

While the musician would like to reach out to those affected, she is also cautious about doing so over social media as 'It can start looking like really crass self-promotion doing stuff like that'.

Palmer was sensitive of the fact that this isn't necessarily her narrative when she and Power sat down to write the song, but it is also frustratingly an experience all-too universal for women.

"It's a really empowering moment to be a female artist right now, especially when it feels like I managed to capture something and put words and music to something that's really hard to put words and music to. Like, writing about this stuff is so weird," she explained.

"Cause it's not my exact story, but at the same time it's kind of all of our stories. So trying to figure out how to not usurp somebody else's truth while also saying something really real and important is a tricky tightrope to walk, but I feel like we managed to do it with the song."

She and Power crafted the song when the sexual harassment and abuse allegations were 'just hitting fever pitch' in the media, so it feels fitting that the single was released this week, when Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape and sexual misconduct.


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It's been a long seven months since his accusers were first given a platform in October 2017 (and not to mention longer for the women who have lived with such trauma for years), and I asked Palmer how she dealt with the exhaustion of it all, of reckoning with rape culture in the headlines day in and day out.

When she spoke I honestly couldn't ever imagine her being exhausted a day in her life; every time she says 'fucking' the word punches the air like a boxer delivering a knockout right hook.

"I think it is exhausting, but it's also… it's critical. It's exhausting because it's so ridiculously awful. It's exhausting because it is happening everywhere to women all the time. It's exhausting because it actually is exhausting to be a woman in this culture constantly dealing with a system that's stacked against us," she told me. "So the fact that it's exhausting to deal with isn't surprising.

"Racism is also really exhausting because it's fucking everywhere and it's inescapable. But part of what we have to deal with is the exhaustion of how gigantic the mountain looks as we stand at the bottom trying to climb it. It's just part and parcel of tackling some gigantic thousands of years old systemic shitty system."  

And as far as reckoning with the beast that is sexism and racism and every other -ism that keeps us down, the cabaret musician says that we need an array of approaches.


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"It's important that we have different tools and ways of dealing with and approaching and discussing and coping with this stuff. You know, we can't all just be hanging out on Facebook chatting about feminism. That's important sometimes, but it's not going to fix the problem. Political action is also important but it's not the only way to address this," she says.

"Making art about it is really important but it's also not the only thing that's going to fix it. What's going to fix it is an all-hands-on-deck, every possible tool, every possible angle, relentless approach… and also the self-care and the self-knowledge to know that it's not your fucking job to spend all day fighting the patriarchy. It's going to be there when you get back."

Palmer, who is also one-half of the Dresden Dolls, says that we have to 'be a human being about it' and stay in touch with our humanity and sense of humour, 'otherwise you can get lost in the struggle'.

One of those ways of coping, art, has been made much securer for Palmer now that she relies on crowdfunding for her music. Her fans can pledge to her on Patreon so that 'I can make whatever art I want and not worry about whether or not I can sell it to somebody'.

The singer describes herself as 'a complete pariah' in the music business because of her slightly unorthodox approach.

"There's a part of me that really likes that, because in my teenage way I can thumb my nose at everyone and go 'Na na na na, I don't have to play by your rules'," the artist says.


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She acknowledges, though, that she may miss out on some opportunities that more conventional artists enjoy.

"Every artist, you know, every indie artist, has to cope with the paradox of wanting to maintain control and maintain their composure and maintain their integrity while still getting your shit out there so people can find out about you," she shared.

"And it's… it's weird. I like what I've created. You know, I've created a real family and a community of people who are tuned into my writing and my process and my channel."

The crowdfunding platform has opened up her ability to collaborate with artists like Power, since she knows that no matter what they'll be getting a paycheck.

"Because I have an automatic budget to work with these people and it's a risk-free endeavour to sit down in the room with any songwriter and say, 'You know, the worst thing that's going to happen is we're going to get paid to write a bad song. It'll be embarrassing, but we won't not get paid'. It's pretty wonderful," she says.

As well, knowing she already made her profit enabled her to donate digital proceeds from the song to Times Up.

Her social concern extends beyond the #MeToo movement, to include, of course, the referendum on the Eighth Amendment. I interviewed the singer before the overwhelming Repeal vote, and her support for the Yes side was evident.

She said that the number of women internationally who have been sharing their stories 'really lit a fire under my own ass'.

"I have been much more frank in my songwriting, I've been much more frank at my shows about the abortions that I've had, multiple abortions that I've had, the fact that I've had a miscarriage. I've been talking about this stuff on stage, in part inspired by the other women who are egging me on and inspiring me to say 'Fuck it. I don't have anything to lose by telling the truth and we have everything to gain'," Palmer said.

She added, "I just have really strong feelings about choice and I think women have to have it. It's such a key component in unlocking the shackles of the patriarchy."

Amanda Palmer is playing at the National Concert Hall tomorrow night, and you can be sure that she 'will not be able to shut up' about Repeal.



Over the weekend, the hashtag MeToo began circulating on various social media platforms.

Its purpose? To demonstrate the scale and severity with which sexual harassment and assault occurs, as well as giving women a platform to share their experiences.

While the campaign has been met with support from millions including a number of high-profile female stars, there's no doubt that such a poignant campaign has the capacity to impact negatively on survivors of sexual violence.

Reaching out to Slate's column, Dear Prudence, one woman highlighted the effect the campaign has had on her since its creation in recent days.

"I don’t know how to deal with #MeToo as a rape survivor. I’m feeling triggered and angry," she wrote.

"Social media is a big part of my job, so I can’t just turn it off all day, but I’m not sure what to do. I keep finding myself going to the bathroom and sobbing."

Tapping into a concern many women felt when deciding whether to contribute to the conversation, the woman admitted that she feels a pressure to come forward with her own story of assault.

"My boss posted on our Facebook page about how “proud” he was of all the women who’ve been sharing their stories and I almost lost it. I haven’t talked to many people about what happened to me, including several members of my family, and I don’t want to “come out” as a survivor through a hashtag."

"At the same time, I really want to respond. I want to tell people that survivors don’t owe them their stories. I don’t want people to come away from this display of mutual pain and think that by posting a hashtag, they’ve done enough," she reasoned.

While acknowledging the motivation behind the campaign, she says she can't help but feel her experience has become part of little more than a trendy viral fad.

"I understand why people would want to post, but it just makes me furious. It makes me feel like everything I’ve gone through has been reduced down to a hashtag so that it can trend on social media."

Responding to the woman, Mallory Ortberg, aka Dear Prudence, insisted she was under no pressure to tell her story nor was she obliged to contribute to the campaign.

"You are not obligated to share your own trauma simply because there is a social media campaign going on. If absolutely nothing else, I hope you know that you do not ever have to share your story unless you feel safe and comfortable doing so, and you want to share your story," she advised.

Indeed, Irish author, Louise O'Neill touched on the same issue in her latest Instagram post earlier today.


I’ve been a little wary about #MeToo because it feels like it’s asking women, once again, to share our most traumatizing experiences in order to convince the world that our humanity deserves to be respected too. But…it’s still important, despite my reservations. The #MeToo movement shows how devastatingly common sexual assault and harassment is. I don’t know any woman who hasn’t experienced it to some degree, whether it’s been followed home late at night, being groped in a bar, getting screamed at on the streets, or someone simply not believing that your “no, no, I don’t want to” was worthy of being heard. It’s everywhere and it’s happening to every woman in some capacity, regardless of age, race, religion. It doesn’t matter how attractive or ‘unattractive’ she is deemed to be, or what she was wearing. Rape has nothing to do with sex. It is about power. It is about dominance. It’s about taking what you want from another person without their consent, simply because you can. #MeToo

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"I’ve been a little wary about #MeToo because it feels like it’s asking women, once again, to share our most traumatizing experiences in order to convince the world that our humanity deserves to be respected too. But…it’s still important, despite my reservations," she wrote as part of a lengthy assessment of the campaign.

Reaching out to anyone who feels pressure to contribute to the conversation, Louise wrote: "You don’t owe anyone your story and I don’t think any woman who has shared theirs would expect you to do the same. We’re all in this together."

If you have been the victim of sexual violence, you can contact the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre for support right here.



Victims of sexual abuse have taken to Twitter today in a campaign that hopes to demonstrate the scale and severity of the issue at hand. 

It comes after allegations made against the famed producer, Harvey Weinstein, sent shock waves through the entertainment industry, prompting men and women all over the world to come forward and tell their stories. 

As the conversation around sexual abuse and harassment remains more open than ever, actress Alyssa Milano has created a platform for victims to come forward in a show of solidarity. 

Tweeting yesterday, the star asked any of her followers who had experienced sexual harassment or assault to tweet out two simple words – 'Me too'.

Responses came flooding in almost immediately, with big names such as Lady GaGa and Debra Messing showing support. 

Here are just some of the stories from brave victims who have spoken out today: