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Russell Simmons Steps Down from Companies After Second Sexual Assault Accusation

Russell Simmons is stepping down from his companies, including hip-hop label Def Jam and his clothing brands, after screenwriter Jenny Lumet accused him of sexual assault in a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.  In a statement obtained in an email by Vanity Fair, Simmons apologized to Lumet and announced that he plans to “step aside and commit myself to continuing my personal growth, spiritual learning, and, above all to listening.” ...Read more

Jim Nabors, Singer and ‘Gomer Pyle’ Star, Dead at 87

Jim Nabors, the actor known for his role as the beloved “Gomer Pyle” on television comedies and for his booming operatic voice, has died. He was 87. Nabors, who starred as Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” in the early 1960s and went on to have his own spinoff show, died Thursday,  Husband Stan Cadwallader, who was by his side, told The Associated Press that Nabors died peacefully in his home in Hawaii.  ...Read more

Matt Lauer Releases Statment, Apologizes After Firing for Sexual Misconduct: ‘I Am Truly Sorry’

Former “Today” anchor Matt Lauer on Thursday morning released a statement acknowledging his wrongdoings with women over the years and apologized — but also said some of the charges against him were untrue.  “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry,” he said in a statement read on the NBC morning show Thursday by his former colleague Savannah Guthrie . Lauer, however, disputed some of the claims that have been raised since his sudden termination was announced on Wednesday. ...Read more

Ann Curry Addresses Matt Lauer Firing News: ‘I’m Still Really Processing It’

Ann Curry, Matt Lauer’s former Today co-anchor, briefly broke her silence on his firing. While declining to comment specifically on Lauer’s firing, she told People, “I’m still really processing it.”  Curry went on to share, “The women’s movement got us into the workplace, but it didn’t make us safe once we got there. And the battle lines are now clear. We need to move this revolution forward and make our workplaces safe. Corporate America is quite clearly failing to do so, and unless it does something to change that, we need to keep doing more ourselves.” ...Read more

Former “Top Chef” Judge Johnny Iuzzini Accused of Sexual Harassment by Four Former Employees

James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and former judge of Top Chef: Just DessertsJohnny Iuzzini has been accused of sexual harassment by four former employees. Two pastry chefs and two unpaid externs who directly reported to Iuzzini at the famed Jean-Georges restaurant in New York City between 2009 and 2011 alleged a culture of sexual harassment perpetuated by the now 43-year-old chef. All four former female employees also alleged that Iuzzini — a judge on upcoming series The Great American Baking Show — could be verbally abusive.  ...Read more

Erik Jones Becomes The First NASCAR Driver To Win Rookie of the Year In All Three National Series

Erik Jones has made NASCAR history by becoming the first driver to win Rookie of the Year for all three national touring series: 2015 – Truck Series Rookie of the Year, 2016 – Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year, and 2017 – Cup Series Rookie of the Year.  Jones will return to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017 to drive the No. 20 Toyota previously driven by Matt Kenseth. ...Read more

Carlos Beltran Interviews To Become New York Yankees Manager

Carlos Beltran as interviewed to become manager of the New York Yankees, four weeks after the final game of his 20-year major league career. Beltran, 40,  played for the Yankees from 2014-16. Though he does not have managerial experience, he mentored young teammates during his final seasons as a player, when he often was a designated hitter. Beltran won his first World Series title this season with Houston, and Astros manager A.J. Hinch credited Beltran’s clubhouse presence with steadying the team during the series. Beltran met with team officials Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. ...Read more

White House Responds To President Trump Retweets Of Far-Right Group’s Anti-Muslim Videos

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that it doesn’t matter whether the anti-Muslim videos retweeted by President Trump are real or not, because “the threat is real.”  Trump shared three videos on Twitter early Wednesday from the deputy leader of an ultranationalist, far-right fringe group in Britain.  The group, Britain First, claims to be fighting the “Islamization” of England, and the graphic videos purported to show Muslims committing violent crimes. ...Read more

New Reports Detail More Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Against Matt Lauer

New reports are surfacing accusing Matt Lauer of inappropriate sexual behavior toward multiple women, hours after NBC News announced he had been fired after a detailed complaint from a colleague. Variety reporters tweeted they had been investigating Lauer for months and interviewed dozens of current and former employees, and reported Wednesday that they had spoken to three women who said they were victims of sexual harassment by Lauer. Several women claimed that they had complained to network executives about his behavior in the past. ...Read more

NBC News Fires ‘Today’ Show Host Matt Lauer For Sexual Misconduct

NBC News fired “Today” show host Matt Lauer after receiving a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace, the network announced on Wednesday. “While it is the first complain about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident,” NBC said in a statement. Lauer’s co-anchor Savannah Guthrie was joined by Hoda Kotb to announce the news Wednesday morning on “Today.” ...Read more