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Hundreds join #MeToo march against sexual abuse

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Hundreds of people marched in the heart of Hollywood on Sunday to support victims of sexual assault and harassment, inspired by a social media campaign that has portrayed such abuse as a pervasive feature of American life.

The #MeToo march and rally followed a relentless series of accusations by men and women who said they were victimized by high-powered figures in the entertainment industry. But marchers said they also represented men and women who had been sexually abused as children and in other situations.

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“I’ve been sexually assaulted multiple times throughout my life,” said marcher Tara McNamarra, 21, of Los Angeles. “It’s affected me in every aspect of my life.”

She said the march was cleansing after years of not being taken seriously about having been abused.

Women made up a majority of the crowd, although men made a strong showing of support.

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Steven Murphy, 51, of Los Angeles, said he regularly witnessed sexual harassment while working as an accountant in the healthcare industry.

“I’ve had personal experiences of friends, of co-workers who were harassed, and nothing ever came of it,” Murphy said. “They were made out to be the guilty ones. They were pressured and harassed by the company for speaking out against assault and sexual harassment in the workplace.”

The marchers started at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, walking along the noted “Walk of Fame” until they reached the Los Angeles headquarters of news network CNN at Sunset and Cahuenga Boulevards.

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Along the way, participants noted the stars of actors and producers accused of sexual harassment.

The allegations have inspired an online campaign, tagged #MeToo, that has encouraged men and women in all walks of life to reveal their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault, often years after they occurred.

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Among the most recent allegations, five women detailed sexual misconduct accusations against Emmy-winning comedian Louis C.K. in The New York Times on Thursday. He admitted to the misconduct alleged against him in a statement on Friday and apologized for his actions.

More than 50 women have said that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them over the past three decades. Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone. Reuters has been unable to independently confirm any of the allegations.

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Earlier this month, actor Kevin Spacey apologized to actor Anthony Rapp, who had accused him of trying to seduce him in 1986 when Rapp was 14. Spacey’s representatives said later he was seeking treatment.

Eight current and former employees of the Netflix TV show “House of Cards,” who were not identified, also have accused Spacey, the star of the show, of sexual misconduct, CNN has reported.

 

(Additional reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles and Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, Calif.; Editing by Peter Cooney

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Kim Kardashian Faces Backlash for ‘Homophobic’ Clapback

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Kim Kardashian West stepped into the shade room. Now the internet is accusing her of making a homophobic jab.

Model Tyson Beckford started the beef when he commented on one of Kim’s Instagram photos. “Sorry I don’t care for it personally,” he wrote of the photo that highlighted her body shape. “She is not real, doctor f–ked up on her right hip.”

Kim replied to the model, saying: “Sis we all know why you don’t care for it.”

The internet went wild, believing her comment was homophobic. One Instagram account made this comment:

So far, KKW hasn’t remarked on the homophobia accusations

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Watch the Teaser for Lindsay Lohan’s New MTV Show

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MTV announced July 30 that “Lohan Beach Club” (working title) with Lindsay Lohan is coming to TV. The docuseries, executive produced by Lohan in partnership with MTV and Bunim/Murray Productions, began shooting this week in Mykonos, Greece. As Lindsay says: Pack your bags!

The series follows Lohan as she works to expand her business empire with the launch of Lohan Beach House. The exclusive seaside destination will serve as a backdrop for the series, and features luxury spa amenities, a renowned restaurant and a transformative day and nightclub poised to redefine the Mykonos experience. The debut of Lohan Beach House marks the star’s third business venture in the Greek Islands, following the opening of Lohan Nightclub in Athens, Greece and Lohan Beach House Rhodes in Rhodes, Greece.

Lohan will lead a team of handpicked brand ambassadors to make her mark on the vacation capital of the world. Over the course of the season, Lohan’s team must prove their expertise, ambition and charm while helping bring Lohan’s vision to life. The stakes are high as the team establishes new friendships and alliances while striving to rise above the temptations the Mykonos nightlife scene has to offer.

The show is slated to premiere in 2019.

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Demi Lovato Found Unconscious After Possible Heroin Overdose

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Demi Lovato was been rushed to an L.A. hospital Tuesday afternoon after suffering from what appears to be a heroin overdose, TMZ reports.

Audio of the emergency call obtained by TMZ reveals the pop star was unconscious upon arriving to her Hollywood Hills home and revived with Narcan — an emergency medication to reverse the effects of a narcotic overdose. While TMZ reports the overdose is heroin related, a source claims to PEOPLE those claims are fake news.

Last March, Lovato revealed she celebrated six years of sobriety, but in June she released a new song, “Sober” on which she revealed that she had relapsed.

The National Center for Health Statistics reports the number of overdose deaths in the U.S. involving heroin has risen every year since 2010. Perhaps even more disturbingly, more Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 than the number of American lives lost in the entirety of the Vietnam War, which totaled 58,200.

Celebrities are starting to send love to the singer and her family.

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