Lena Dunham, who’s been vocal in the movement to believe sexual assault accusers, now defends Girls writer Murray Miller after actress Aurora Perrineau accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 17. Perrineau alleges that after a night of drinking at the Standard Hotel, she was driven to Miller’s home and woke up in his bed, when, she said in a statement, “he was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me,” The Wrap reports.
On Friday night, Dunham and co-showrunner Jenni Konner issued a joint statement to the Hollywood Reporter saying not that they doubt, but that they flat-out reject, the claim. They write that she and Jenni Konner are “confident” that “sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year.” For this is the political tenet of Lena Dunham:
Lively merkin Gene Simmons returns to relevance as he is banned from Fox News, now persona non grata amongst the rotating coterie of nutbags. Amazing.
After consecutive appearances on Fox & Friends and Fox Business, primary news sources for all things Gene Simmons, he was apparently running to his third Fox News interview on Wednesday morning (to supplement Gene Simmons content on Harvey Weinstein, his tales of sixth-grade teaching, the weather, literally, he did the weather) when in between he burst into a staff meeting, ripped open his shirt, and yelled “Hey chicks, sue me!” a source told the Daily Beast. He then allegedly schooled chicks in mind-science when he “bopped” two female staffers on the head with his book “making derisive comments about their comparative intelligence according to the sound their heads made when struck.”
So, you asked for Gene Simmons, you get Gene Simmons. According to the Daily Beast, his photograph is now posted on the security entrance on a “do-not-admit” sign.
Simmons has issued an apology for “unintentionally offend[ing] members of the Fox Team.”
But who now will espouse Republican self-help while rocking your world?
Famed editor Tina Brown claims that Harvey Weinstein gave her PTSD from their stint as business partners on a short-lived magazine Talk, according to the Times of London. Brown, former editor for Vanity Fair, New Yorker, and the Daily Beast, claims not to have heard any sexual assault rumors, but that he was a hailstorm of “profanity, shouting, humiliating, lying” (via Page Six).
She also told CBS that Trump had Hitler’s speeches in his office. By the way.
- How many arbitrary measurements are possible to demonstrate that Taylor Swift is selling a ton of records? She broke her personal record of record sales and is the now the first artist to have sold over 1 million copies on an album four times during the first week. [TMZ]
- AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died. [ABC News]
- Wendy Pepper, designer known for stints on Project Runway Season 1 and Season 2 of Project Runway All Stars, has died. [The Wrap]
- One of four people who have filed lawsuits against Usher for giving them herpes has dropped her case, as she’d told someone on a recorded phone call that they’d only had protected sex, TMZ reports. Laura Helm was suing for $20 million. [TMZ]