Mimi Haleyi, one of the woman former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is charged with sexually assaulting, told a jury on Monday he “lunged” at her in his New York City home in 2006, backing her into a bedroom and forcing oral sex on her.
Haleyi, a former production assistant, began crying as she testified in a Manhattan courtroom while Weinstein watched from the defense table.
Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting Haleyi and Jessica Mann.
One of Weinstein’s lawyers, Damon Cheronis, on cross-examination pressed Haleyi about her continued contact with Weinstein for several years after the alleged assault, showing her messages she sent him signed “lots of love” and “peace and love.”
Since 2017, more than 80 women, including many famous actresses, have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
Weinstein, who reshaped the independent film industry with critically acclaimed pictures such as “The English Patient” and “Shakespeare in Love,” has denied the allegations and said any sexual encounters were consensual.
The trial is widely seen as a watershed moment for the #MeToo movement, in which women have accused powerful men in business, entertainment, media and politics of sexual misconduct.
Haleyi, 42, said Weinstein invited her to his SoHo home after she had worked on one of his television productions.
“At some point, fairly soon into meeting him there, he kind of came towards me and lunged at me,” she said. “I got up from the sofa and said, ‘Oh, no, no, no.’”
Haleyi said Weinstein backed her into a bedroom, held her down on the bed and forced himself on her orally.
She testified that she told Weinstein she had a tampon in, but that he pulled it out.
Haleyi said she subsequently accepted an invitation from Weinstein to meet him at a Tribeca hotel.
“I believe I was trying to regain some sort of power or something,” she said.
When she met him, Haleyi said, Weinstein immediately pulled her onto the bed and had sex with her, calling her a “whore” and a “bitch.” She said that she did not fight back, but did not want to have sex with him.
Haleyi said that she blamed herself for that encounter.
Weinstein has not been criminally charged over Haleyi’s second allegation.
On cross-examination, Cheronis asked Haleyi whether she had accepted trips to Los Angeles and London paid for by Weinstein shortly after the alleged attack, and questioned her decision to meet him again in London.
Cheronis presented Haleyi with several messages in which she asked Weinstein about possible jobs or, in one instance, feedback on a television concept.
Haleyi said she stayed in touch with Weinstein because he was powerful in her industry, and she needed work.
“I asked for jobs from many people, including Harvey Weinstein,” she said.
Under follow-up questioning by a prosecutor, Haleyi said she had “buried” memories of the alleged assault during the time she was in contact with Weinstein.
“Because I felt trapped and not really able to do anything about it … I decided to just almost pretend it didn’t happen and just put it aside and carry on as usual,” she said.
Weinstein’s lawyers have said that messages from his accusers would show that their relationships with him were consensual.
Last week actress Annabella Sciorra testified that Weinstein violently raped her in her Manhattan apartment in the early 1990s.
While Sciorra’s allegation is too old to support a separate rape charge against Weinstein, prosecutors hope it will show he is a repeat sexual predator – a charge that could put him in prison for life.
What’s better than Bachelor Monday? Bachelor Monday AND Wednesday!
The ABC dating series will air two episodes next week, during its regularly-scheduled time at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Monday, Feb. 3, and then another episode at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
The news was revealed after Monday night’s dramatic episode, during which Bachelor Peter Weber accepted former contestant Alayah back into the competition — and she spilled the tea on Victoria F.’s history with Chase Rice. Next week’s episodes will take the drama to a new locale, with production heading to South America.
Weber suffered a freak accident in Costa Rica in October, when his head collided with a golf cart. “He did get stitches but he’s 100 percent OK and production is already back underway,” host Chris Harrison told ET at the time. “He’s still the dashing, handsome pilot we’ve all dreamed of.”
“There was a ton of blood. It looked like a murder scene when it happened,” Weber told ET ahead of his season. “It just started pouring out.”
“My forehead was literally split open,” he recalled.
Weber said his injury “didn’t slow anything down” — but had a definite effect on the women. “I walk up and I see them for the first time and they were just like, ‘Oh. OMG, what happened?’ I told them some crazy story like I fought a puma off in the jungle to kind of like make it sound better,” he joked.
By the time production moved to Chile, Weber had his stitches removed. “It kind of does play a role in a little bit later on in the season. I’m not gonna spoil it, but it’s actually kind of cool. The girls took care of me. They definitely kind of felt bad about it, but I wasn’t gonna let this slow down my journey to find what I really wanted and it’s all good,” he shared. “I got a battle scar now.”
The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
R&B singer Lizzo kicked off the Grammy Awards show on Sunday, dedicating the night to basketball star Kobe Bryant, whose death in a helicopter accident earlier in the day threw a cloud over music’s biggest night.
“Tonight is for Kobe” said Lizzo, going into a medley of the title song from her album “Cuz I Love You” and hit single “Truth Hurts.”
The Grammy Awards show was taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the home of Bryant’s team the Los Angeles Lakers
“We are literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” said Alicia Keys. “We never imagined in a million years wed have to start the show like this.”
R&B newcomer Lizzo started the night by winning three of her leading eight nominations, including best urban contemporary album for “Cuz I Love You,” and pop solo performance for “Truth Hurts,” beating established artists like Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift.
Teen sensation Billie Eilish, 18, won the first of six potential awards for her pop album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” beating Swift’s “Lover,” while her older brother Finneas was named producer of the year.
Eilish, Lizzo and black country rapper Lil Nas X are going head to head for the top prizes – album, record, song of the year and best new artist – presented at the end of the 3-1/2-hour live telecast.
Lil Nas X and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus were named best pop duo for their viral collaboration “Old Town Road,” which also won the best music video Grammy.
The song, which spent 17 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts last year, is to get a special tribute performance on Sunday from K-Pop stars BTS, making their debut performance at the Grammys, and other musicians.
Slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, 33, who was gunned down in his Los Angeles neighborhood last year, won best rap performance for “Racks in the Middle,” and will also get a separate tribute.
Blake Shelton and his fiancee Gwen Stefani held hands as they debuted their new romantic duet “Nobody But You,” while the Jonas Brothers, Tyler the Creator and Boyz II Men were among the other performers.
The Grammy winners are chosen by members of the Recording Academy, which is currently embroiled in a dispute over the departure of its new chief executive Deborah Dugan and her allegations of conflicts of interest in the nominations process. The Recording Academy has denied the allegations.
STX’s “The Gentlemen” proved no match for Sony’s “Bad Boys for Life,” which again left box office competitors in the dust after collecting $34 million in its sophomore outing.
Those ticket sales, pushing the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence-led sequel past the $100 million mark, were easily enough to claim the No. 1 spot for the second consecutive weekend. The movie continues to impress and has generated $130 million in the U.S. to date.
Though “The Gentlemen” had a respectable opening weekend, it’s likely that “Bad Boys for Life” infringed upon the core demographic for “The Gentlemen,” another action comedy aimed at male audiences. It debuted in fourth place, pocketing $11 million from 2,165 venues. STX bought U.S. rights from Miramax for $7 million; VVS Films is distributing in Canada.
“The Gentlemen” has made $22.5 million at the international box office, where Entertainment Film, Roadshow and Miramax are handling its rollout.
The star-studded action comedy — directed by Guy Ritchie and featuring Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam and Henry Golding — follows an American expat looking to cash out of his London-based marijuana empire. But expectedly, that plan doesn’t go off without a hitch. “The Gentlemen” has earned decent reviews and landed a “B+” CinemaScore from moviegoers, a majority of which were males over the age of 35.
Another new movie, Universal’s thriller “The Turning,” debuted in sixth place with $7.3 million, in line with expectations. Surprisingly, even with an “F” CinemaScore from audiences, “The Turning” had a bigger opening weekend than “Cats,” the studio’s recent big-budget flop that lost the studio around $100 million. “The Turning, based on a 1989 haunted ghost tale, centers on a nanny (Mackenzie Davis) tasked with taking care of two disturbed orphans (Finn Wolfhard and Brooklynn Prince).
In second place, Universal’s “1917” impresses again in theaters after adding a strong $15.8 million in its third weekend of wide release. Director Sam Mendes’ World War I epic, widely seen as this year’s Oscars frontrunner, hit triple digits this weekend with its domestic haul sitting at $104.2 million. Overseas, “1917” amassed $23.71 million from 50 foreign territories, bringing ticket sales to $96.6 million internationally and $200 million worldwide.
Another awards darling, Sony’s “Little Women,” is approaching a similar milestone in the U.S. Greta Gerwig’s take on the classic tale has made a sizable $93.75 million to date. The A-list adaptation placed at No. 8, bringing in another $4.7 million.
Universal’s “Dolittle,” the latest take on the vet who can speak to animals, landed at No. 3, pulling in $12.5 million for a domestic tally of $44 million. The family friendly adventure starring Robert Downey Jr. cost $180 million to produce, meaning it’ll need to play in theaters for a significant amount of time to avoid losing money.
In box office milestones, Disney’s “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” surpassed the $500 million mark, one of 15 films to ever reach that benchmark. Globally, the final film in the sequel trilogy has made $1.046 billion.
Through the last week in January, overall domestic box office sales remain up over 12% from 2019. Theaters are expected to get another jolt in February when Warner Bros. comic-book adventure “Birds of Prey” graces the big screen.
Actor Johnny Depp and musician Alice Cooper joined Aerosmith on Friday at a gala dinner and performance in Los Angeles to celebrate the band’s 50-year career as one of the best-selling American hard rock bands of all times.
Cooper and Depp – who play with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry in rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires – were among more than a dozen artists including the Foo Fighters, Sammy Hagar and John Legend who sang the band’s biggest hits as it was named the MusiCares person of the year.
Organized by the Recording Academy, the annual MusiCares event raised some $6 million on Friday for health services to members of the music industry.
Hosted by British comedian Russell Brand, the night was marked by jokes about the band’s drug-fueled past and the advancing age of frontman Steven Tyler, Perry, and guitarists Brad Whitford and Tom Hamilton.
“It’s a miracle he’s still alive!” Brand said of Tyler, 71, calling him the “the sexiest septuagenarian in history.”
Aerosmith, formed in 1970 in Boston, rose to fame when the band broke through as America’s answer to the Rolling Stones with its fusion of hard rock and blues.
Tyler and Perry quickly earned the nickname “the Toxic Twins” due to their heavy use of drugs, a moniker cemented later in the band’s career by their numerous feuds and multiple trips to rehab.
Internal conflicts boiled over in 2009 after Tyler fell off the stage and his band mates threatened to hire a new singer to replace him.
“Should I, which I won’t, fall again, y’all might help me back up again, and I love you so much for that,” Tyler told the audience on Friday, praising the work of MusiCares.
Feuding flared again this week when drummer Joey Kramer lost a legal bid to play at the dinner after a period out through injury last year.
Kramer did, however, join his band mates on stage as they accepted their MusiCares awards, which also recognized Tyler’s Janie’s Fund charity for abused and neglected girls.
On Friday, R&B singer Legend got a standing ovation for his version of power ballad “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” while pop star Kesha gave an emotional rendition of the band’s song about child abuse, “Janie’s Got a Gun.”
Country singer LeAnn Rimes showed off her inner rock star on “Livin’ On the Edge,” while boy band the Jonas Brothers took on “Crazy,”
Previous MusiCares persons of the year include Dolly Parton, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Carole King and Elton John.
Angela Simmons breaks down on Thursday’s episode of the WE tv series after having to explain her ex-fiance’s death to his son. ET has an exclusive sneak peek at the episode, during which Simmons tearfully recalls the conversation with her 3-year-old son, Sutton. His father, Sutton Tennyson, was shot and killed in Atlanta, Georgia, in November 2018.
“I was with my son, and super emotional right, even to talk about it. He was looking out the window and he’s like, ‘Daddy, white car,'” Simmons emotionally recalls. “I question him, ‘Where do you see him?’ or ‘Who is Daddy? What does he look like?’ I’m asking him. I’m like, ‘Do you want to see your dad?’ and he’s like, ‘Yes.’ So he comes over and I start showing him videos and pictures and stuff, and he stopped. It’s not like he’s full conversational yet, so this is what kind of makes it emotional. He was like, ‘Is he alive?'”
As Simmons explains, the word “alive” isn’t a normal part of her young son’s vocabulary. “So, for him ask that is like — whoa. Did you really just say, ‘Is he alive?'” she says. “I was just like, ‘No. He’s not.'”
“This is the first time I’m having to explain it to him, which is, like, super sad, because he’s three. How do you explain to a 3-year-old that they’re never going to see them again? Other than my own way, which is like, ‘He’s in Heaven, he’s with God.’ [I say] all of the great things, then he kind of laid his head in my chest–” Simmons says, bursting into tears, “and told me he was sad.”
Simmons says her son is “never” emotional, but things changed after their difficult conversation. “He’s a happy kid, and that whole day, he was just kind of, like, mopey and sad,” she tearfully says. “And I told him, ‘I got you. You’re OK. You’re good.’ … It was that conversation, but it was super hard to have that conversation with him.”
“[The fact that I’m still grieving is] definitely one of the biggest things that I’m dealing with,” Simmons adds.
Simmons and Tennyson split in 2017. She paid tribute to her ex-fiance in a heartbreaking Instagram post following his 2018 death.
“Thank you for leaving behind my greatest gift,” she captioned the post. “I’m hurting. I’m numb. Thank you for the out pouring of love everyone. I can’t believe I’m even saying Rest In Peace Sutton. I promise to hold SJ down in every way I promise.”
As we know, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are both single now.
Following the pair’s recent reunion at the 2020 SAG Awards, which ignited speculation that the exes could rekindle their romance, a source tells ET that “right now they just love and adore each other.” Pitt and Aniston, who hadn’t been photographed together in more than a decade prior to their backstage run-in, were married from 2000 to 2005.
“[They] have been much closer friends since their divorces,” the source says of Pitt’s 2016 split from Angelina Jolie and Aniston’s 2018 breakup with Justin Theroux. “They have a very mature relationship that has evolved over time because they both have experienced marriages that didn’t work out.”
As for Pitt and Aniston’s current dating habits, the source says that “Brad has been dating, but nothing serious at the moment and Jen has truly been focusing on her career.”
“Brad and Jen are very good friends. Neither of them are seeing anyone else seriously but as of right now they’re just friends,” the source adds. “Brad has grown so much in his life since he and Jen broke up.”
While there may not currently be anything romantic going on with the former couple, a second source tells ET that Pitt and Aniston — who both won SAG Awards on Sunday — have “occasionally and casually” seen each other since their split. In fact, Pitt attended Aniston’s birthday and holiday parties last year.
A third source also tells ET that the exes “work on their friendship,” adding that their “fun run-ins” are “very genuine.”
At the SAG Awards, Aniston told ET that she was maintaining a sense of humor about all the commentary regarding her and Pitt’s current relationship. “It’s hysterical,” she said. “But what else are they going to talk about?”
Pitt shared similar sentiments while speaking with ET’s Keltie Knight at the 35th Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Wednesday about the fanfare surrounding his and Aniston’s reunion. “I don’t know. I’m blissfully naïve and I’m gonna stay that way,” he quipped.
After reports that NeNe Leakes is departing Real Housewives of Atlanta, shw decided to give an answer.
Shortly after Wendy Williams claimed that her 52-year-old reality star pal would be exiting the Bravo reality series, a representative for Leakes tells ET that nothing has been decided just yet. Leakes was an original housewife on RHOA, before departing the series in 2015. She returned to the reality show full time for season 10 in 2017.
“It’s been an especially difficult couple of weeks for NeNe, and she was venting to her friend in private correspondence,” the rep says. “Nothing has been confirmed or officially decided for next season.”
Leakes’ statement comes after Tuesday’s episode of The Wendy Williams Show, when the host told guest Jerry O’Connell that she received a text from Leakes that Williams claimed confirmed Leakes’ departure.
“I took a break between commercials, my office is right there behind the set. And I had to go to the bathroom and so I looked at my phone between commercials. And NeNe texts, ‘I’m quitting,'” Williams said. “9:08 this morning! I’m surprised I got it, because I have no service in my office, but I got it.”
As for the reason for Leakes’ potential exit, Williams cited a big secret that Leakes is harboring.
“I know something about NeNe that you all will cry, be sad, feel bad for her. She’s carrying the weight of a huge thing on her shoulders,” Williams said. “… I’m not going to say it, she’s got to say it. But in my opinion, NeNe… you need this platform to explain the other part of your life.”
“Forget hair pieces and arguing with them broads. You know, you’ve got that secret, and that secret is going to melt their hearts,” she continued. “Because when she shared it with me, I cried with her… NeNe, you need that platform to explain. That’s all. I’m telling you. NeNe, don’t quit.”
Back in November, Leakes told ET’s Kevin Frazier that she didn’t plan to depart the show any time soon.
“This is my baby,”she said of the series. “I feel like I birthed this baby, and I need to see it all the way through. [Though], there are times when I get frustrated with it, and I wanna give the baby up for adoption.”
“After talking to my family, talking to my friends, and my team, you know, they encouraged me to go pick my baby up and rock my baby,” she added. “So, Housewives is my baby. And I really do wanna see it stay around for 10, 15, 20 years if we can.”
Season 12 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.
The cause of death of TobyMac’s son, Truett Foster McKeehan, has been revealed only after three months.
A rep for TobyMac confirms to ET that McKeehan died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl and amphetamines.
McKeehan died on Oct. 23, after paramedics responded to a cardiac arrest call at the family’s Tennessee home, the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed to People. He was 21.
When news of his son’s death first broke, TobyMac paid tribute to his memory in a tribute he shared to Instagram.
“He was a magnetic son and brother and friend. If you met him, you knew him, you remembered him,” he said. “His smile, his laugh, the encouragement he offered with words or even without. He had an untamable grand personality and dreams to match. And he hated being put in a box.”
“He expressed himself through the music he made. And by made I mean, written, recorded, produced, mixed and designed the art. All of it. A true artist,” he continued. “His first show was a week ago, and it was nothing short of electric. Everyone felt it, everyone knew it. He could’ve easily taken the easy route and put music out when he was 12, 14, 16, even 18, but he always said he wanted to live some life and have something to say before he did it. He didn’t want to be a child star, he wanted to be a man with scars and a story to tell. I always admired, respected and encouraged that stand.”
Following in the footsteps of his father, McKeehan was an aspiring rapper. Prior to his death, he had released a number of songs and videos on YouTube and social media under the names TRU, Shiloh and Truett Foster.
Shortly before his death, Truett performed his very first show at the Factory in Franklin, Tennessee.
Earlier this month, TobyMac released a song paying tribute to his son, titled “21 Years.”
“’21 years’ is a song I wrote about the recent passing of my firstborn son, Truett Foster McKeehan. I loved him with all my heart,” the artist wrote in a post on Instagram on Jan. 10.
“Until something in life hits you this hard, you never know how you will handle it. I am thankful that I have been surrounded by love, starting with God’s and extending to community near and far that have walked with us and carried us everyday.”
Robert De Niro, considered one of the finest motion picture performers of his generation, was saluted on Sunday with a lifetime achievement award from his acting peers, and used the occasion to take a veiled jab at U.S. President Donald Trump.
26th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 19, 2020 – Robert De Niro poses backstage with his Lifetime Achievement award. REUTERS/Monica Almeida
The two-time Academy Award winner and star of Oscar-nominated mob film “The Irishman” received the annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) tribute celebrating a 50-year career in films ranging from dramas like “The Deer Hunter,” “Raging Bull” and “The Godfather: Part II” to comedies such as “Meet the Parents” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Stepping onto the stage to a rousing standing ovation and cheers at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday evening, De Niro took another swipe at Trump, without mentioning him by name, as the president faces a Senate trial this week on impeachment charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
“There’s right, and there’s wrong and there’s common sense, and there’s abuse of power, and as a citizen I have as much right as anyone else … to voice my opinion,” the actor said. “And if I have a bigger voice because of my situation, I’m going to use it whenever I see a blatant abuse of power. And that’s all I’m going say about that tonight.”
He then went on to thank his “comrades in arms” for bestowing the life achievement honor, presented by the SAG-AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Actors) union.
A versatile actor with more than 100 films to his credit, De Niro, 76, also is co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, established to help revitalize lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that reduced the World Trade Center to ruins.
Although known for his often-taciturn demeanor in public appearances while strictly guarding his private life, De Niro has emerged as one of Trump’s most vocal critics outside of political circles.
In 2018, he launched an expletive-laden attack on Trump on live television as a presenter on stage of the Tony Awards for Broadway theater. Trump responded on Twitter by calling De Niro “a very low-key individual.”
A frequent collaborator with director Martin Scorsese, De Niro built his career with haunting portrayals of loners and tough guys – a deranged ex-convict in “Cape Fear,” a disturbed vigilante in “Taxi Driver,” a disillusioned Vietnam War veteran in “Deer Hunter,” a ruthless gangster in “Goodfellas.”
A method actor and perfectionist who trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop and with Lee Strasberg, De Niro earned a reputation for intense preparation.
He learned to speak a Sicilian dialect to play the young mobster Vito Corleone in “The Godfather: Part II,” a role that earned him his first Oscar in 1975. And he famously gained 60 pounds (27 kilos) for his second Oscar-winning performance as boxing great Jake LaMotta in 1980’s “Raging Bull.”
He also found success playing his hard-bitten screen image for laughs, in such comedic roles as an insecure mob boss in “Analyze This” and a retired CIA operative in “Meet the Fockers.”
Nevertheless, De Niro has been largely overlooked this awards season for his acting work as hitman Frank Sheeran in “The Irishman,” failing to garner nominations as a performer in the Golden Globes, Oscars, or SAG contests. He did, however, share an Academy Award nomination in this year’s best picture race as one of four named producers of “The Irishman.”
De Niro joins previous SAG lifetime recipients including Alan Alda, Elizabeth Taylor, Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood and Debbie Reynolds.