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“Talking Dead” Host And Nerdist Founder Chris Hardwick Denies Sexually Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend Chloe Dykstra

Actress Chloe Dykstra described in a viral post that an ex-boyfriend became emotionally abusive and allegedly sexually assaulted her in the three years they dated. While she didn’t name the subject of her essay, it was widely assumed to be Chris Hardwick; who was widely known as an ex-boyfriend. Now Hardwick — the founder of Nerdist and “Talking Dead” host — has issued a statement seemingly confirming his identity in the essay, but denying that the abuse took place. During the relationship, Dykstra was “terrified” of upsetting Hardwick, she said, and allowed the alleged assault to continue because he “expected” her “to be ready for him when he came home from work.” Hardwick said in a statement that Dykstra’s accusations were “very serious” and “not to be taken lightly.” Hardwick denied all of Dykstra’s claims in his statement. “l was blindsided by her post and always wanted the best for her,” he wrote. “As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women.” ...Read more

Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Says U.S. Will Not Ease Sanctions Until North Korea Denuclearizes

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the United States will not ease sanctions against North Korea until it denuclearizes. Pompeo, meeting in Seoul with top South Korean and Japanese diplomats, said Trump’s claim that the North’s nuclear threat was over was issued with “eyes wide open,” and brushed off a North Korean state media report suggesting Trump would grant concessions even before the North fully rids itself of nuclear weapons. “We’re going to get denuclearization,” Pompeo said in the South Korean capital. “Only then will there be relief from the sanctions.” Pompeo emphasized that the drills, which North Korea claims to be preparation for a northward invasion, could still be resumed if Kim Jong Un stops negotiating in good faith. ...Read more

Trump Foundation Is Sued By New York Attorney General Over “Misuse Of Charitable Assets”

The New York attorney general has asked a judge to close down the Trump Foundation, accusing the charity of fraudulent dealings and campaign funding violations. Mr. Trump is accused of using charity money to buy a $10,000 painting of himself, to hang at one of his golf clubs, and of resolving a row about Mar-a-Lago with a donation to charity, made with foundation funds. He is also accused of using a foundation fundraiser to drum up political support for his presidential campaign. US law forbids using a charity to support “private interests” or political campaigns. Barbara Underwood, the attorney general, submitted the documents before the state supreme court in Manhattan on Thursday, at the end of a two-year investigation into the charity. ...Read more

Women’s Basketball Legend Anne Donovan Passes Away At 56

Anne Donovan, a legendary figure in women’s basketball who won Olympic gold as a player and as a coach for the United States, died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 56. Donovan, a native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 and also was part of the inaugural class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. She was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015. Donovan played collegiately for Old Dominion from 1979 to 1983, helping the Lady Monarchs win the 1980 AIAW national championship. Donovan made the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, and helped lead the Americans to gold in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. After she retired as a player, Donovan became a coach. She began her pro coaching career with Philadelphia of the American Basketball League, a short-lived women’s league. She then went on to coach in the WNBA for several years, including the Seattle Storm, for whom she was head coach from 2003 to 2007 and won a league championship in 2004. ...Read more

Gennady Golovkin And Canelo Alvarez Set To Fight Sept. 15 In Las Vegas

Canelo Alvarez and unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin have agreed to a rematch bout Sept. 15 in Las Vegas. Oscar De La Hoya, Alvarez’s promoter, tweeted on Wednesday.“I’m happy to inform that we have a fight September 15!!!! #CaneloGGG2” The agreement was struck hours after a noon deadline that Alvarez’s handlers had given Golovkin to accept their offer. The terms were not immediately revealed. Their first bout, which was judged a draw in September, generated a $27-million live gate at T-Mobile Arena and 1.3-million pay-per-view buys. De La Hoya declined to discuss the rematch agreement beyond announcing it had been reached.  Golovkin and Alvarez were set to fight May 5 in Las Vegas until Alvarez was suspended for six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission after submitting two positive samples for the banned substance clenbuterol.   ...Read more

‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ Remaining Episodes Will Air On CNN

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown will finish out its current season after the death of Anthony Bourdain. The network’s award-winning original series is currently airing its 11th cycle, and the remaining two episodes will air as scheduled this Sunday and the following week on June 24, both at 9 p.m.  CNN will also re-air its “Remembering Anthony Bourdain” tribute on Sunday at 8 p.m. The eight-episode season has followed Bourdain as he traveled the globe on food tours in Newfoundland, Uruguay, Armenia, Bhutan, Berlin, U.S. Cajun country and Hong Kong. The final two episodes feature Cajun Mardi Gras and Bhutan. Netflix also announced that it would continue to stream Parts Unknown, extending the series beyond its June 16 deadline. Bourdain took his own life in France last week. The chef and best-selling author was filming an upcoming episode of Parts Unknown when he was found unresponsive in his hotel room by friend and chef Eric Ripert. He was 61.

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Sylvester Stallone Under Investigation By Los Angeles Sex Crimes Task Force

A sex crime allegation involving Sylvester Stallone dating back to the 1990s is being reviewed by the Los Angeles County prosecutors’ sex crimes task force. The case was forwarded by Santa Monica police, but they would not comment on whether it would be disqualified for filing because the statute of limitations has passed. Stallone through his lawyer has publicly denied committing any sex crime. Martin Singer, an attorney for the 71-year-old actor, first confirmed in December that a woman had filed a police report alleging a rape that occurred 27 years ago. “My client categorically disputes the claim,” Singer said in a statement at the time. Santa Monica police said in December that they were investigating a complaint against Stallone that was made in November 2017 of alleged sexual misconduct in the 1990s. ...Read more

Ex-Fraternity Member At Penn State Is First To Plead Guilty In Hazing Death

A former Penn State fraternity brother has entered the first guilty plea in connection with the death of pledge Tim Piazza, who died after falling down fraternity house stairs during an alcohol-fueled hazing ritual, prosecutors said. Ryan Burke, who was accused of forcing Piazza to drink from a bottle of vodka the night of his fall, pleaded guilty Wednesday to four counts of hazing and five counts relating to unlawful acts involving liquor. Burke, now 21, admitted to his role in the hazing and will be sentenced on July 31, according to prosecutors. ...Read more

Incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford Loses In South Carolina Primary

Rep. Mark Sanford, one of President Trump’s sharpest Republican critics in Congress, was ousted by a primary challenger on Tuesday after Trump waged a last-minute effort to defeat him. The South Carolina representative lost to state legislator Katie Arrington, who won Trump’s support just hours before the polls closed on Tuesday. Trump lashed out against Sanford, declaring him “nothing but trouble” in a tweet and referencing his 2009 extramarital affair. Sanford becomes just the second House Republican to lose in a primary this year. “Based on the numbers I see, I think I’ll end up losing this election,” a resigned Sanford told supporters Tuesday night. With nearly all the vote tallied, Arrington had slightly more than half the vote — enough to clinch the nomination and avoid a runoff. ...Read more

Jamie Foxx Denies Sexual Assault Accusation From 16 Years Ago

Jamie Foxx is the latest Hollywood star to be accused of sexual assault, and he is calling the allegation “absurd.” A woman filed a report with the Las Vegas Police Department, claiming the Oscar-winning actor struck her in the face with his penis after she refused to perform oral sex on him at a party he was hosting in 2002. A statement was issued through his lawyer, Allison Hart, saying “Jamie emphatically denies that this incident ever occurred, and he will be filing a report with the Las Vegas Police Department against the woman for filing a false police report against him.  The first time [Jamie] became aware of this woman’s absurd claims about an incident that supposedly occurred 16 years ago was when TMZ contacted his representatives [Tuesday] about this story. The alleged incident was not reported to law enforcement in 2002, or at any other time in the last 16 years until last Friday because the incident never happened.”  ...Read more