Kevin Spacey is facing another serious assault allegation while Hollywood is already in damage control over the rest of the allegations; after being dropped from "House of Cards," the actor has also been cut from a Carol Burnett anniversary special.
In more developments in the entertainment industry's widespread sexual harassment and assault problem, The New York Times fired a prominent lawyer who worked with Harvey Weinstein, a "Prison Break" star is facing sexual assault decades-old allegations, USC students are turning against "X-Men" director Bryan Singer and the LAPD is taking Corey Feldman's allegations of a Hollywood pedophile ring seriously.
Here's the latest:
A former Boston TV news anchor accused Spacey on Wednesday of sexually assaulting her 18-year-old son in July 2016. Heather Unruh said in a press conference that Spacey got her "starstruck," "straight" son drunk at a bar in Nantucket and then shoved his hand down the boy's pants and grabbed his genitals.
The actor allegedly tried to pressure him to go to private, after-hours party for more drinks, but the boy fled after a concerned stranger approached him and urged him to leave while Spacey was in the bathroom. Nantucket police are investigating these claims.
Spacey has also just been cut from the upcoming "Carol Burnett Show" 50th anniversary special, Variety confirmed.
Spacey took part in taping the special in October, but now CBS is removing his footage from the lineup, including his part in a musical number with Burnett, Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters. A spokesperson told Variety that no decision had been made yet on the status of the musical number itself.
CBS' decision is the latest in industry backlash against Spacey, who was also removed from "House of Cards" and saw his Gore Vidal biopic cancelled by Netflix. Actor Anthony Rapp has accused Spacey of making sexual advances toward him when he was just 14, and another anonymous man claims he had a "consensual" sexual relationship with Spacey when he was a teenager. Spacey has denied that relationship and apologized for the encounter with Rapp, which he says he does not remember. A number of other people, including crew members from "House of Cards," have also come forward with similar stories.
The New York Times has fired lawyer David Boies' firm after learning it tried to halt investigations into Harvey Weinstein, the Washington Post reported.
In his latest explosive piece for the New Yorker, Ronan Farrow reported that Weinstein hired an entire network of spies and investigators to target his accusers, including Rose McGowan and Rosanna Arquette, as well as journalists looking into the accusations.
The article said Boies' firm hired and paid an investigative organization for Weinstein to help discredit a rape accusation, at the same time it was representing the Times in a libel case. In a statement, Boies disputed the NYT's view that this was a conflict of interest, but said he no longer works for Weinstein and thinks the task he did for him was a mistake.
Boies is best known for representing Al Gore in the 2000 disputed election against George W. Bush, and teamed up with Ted Olson to challenge California's ban on gay marriage before the Supreme Court.
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating Feldman's allegations that he was sexually abused as a child actor, the LA Times reported.
Feldman has spoken for several years about being a victim of Hollywood pedophiles and recently launched a fundraising campaign for $10 million to produce a film that he says will expose predators in the industry. Now he has made a formal report to police, which he announced on Monday to his Twitter followers. The LAPD confirmed his report this week but is not providing further details so far.
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"Prison Break" actor Robert Knepper has been accused of sexually assaulting costume designer Susan Bertram in 1991, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Bertram alleged that Knepper forced himself on her when they were both working on the film "Gas Food Lodging," which was released in 1992. She said she was taking an armful of clothes to the actor in his trailer when he grabbed her crotch hard enough to draw blood and said "I'm going to f-ck your brains out." She fought him off and ran out of the trailer, but didn't say anything at the time because she was new to the industry and didn't feel empowered to do much about it.
Knepper's representatives have not responded to requests for comment.
USC students are petitioning to have "X-Men" director Bryan Singer's name from their film school.
The film students launched a Change.org petition, that has over 2,300 digital signatures so far, arguing that having his name attached to their Division of Cinema and Media Studies "gives the impression that we ... value his financial contributions over the safety, respect and future of students."
"It is completely unacceptable that this prestigious department within our school still carries the name of Bryan Singer, a man accused multiple times of sexual harassment, assault, and pedophilia," the petition reads.
While it's true Singer has faced several sexual misconduct allegations, all of which he's denied, the biggest claim -- that he sexually abused former model Michael Egan as a teenager -- was proven to be false and the accompanying lawsuit that generated a media firestorm was dropped. Egan was sentenced to two years in prison in 2015 for a previous offense, admitting he conned 14 investors out of tens of thousands of dollars. Egan's lawyers apologized for their part in the fraudulent suit, which also targeted other Hollywood executives.
Actor Jessica Chastain brought Singer's past back into the spotlight on Twitter last week.