A Look at Entertainment
by T.J. Moore –
Actor Terry Crews, who has been one of the most fearless voices of the #MeToo movement ever since revealing his own sexual assault, continues to defy myths regarding victims of sexual assault.
A common excuse for not believing sexual assault victims and survivors is a bizarre misconception that speaking out benefits survivors. Crews recently put that misconception to rest when he testified to a Senate committee in support of the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights that his lawsuit against his assaulter was the reason why Crews couldn’t be in Expendables 4.
When asked about whether he faced retaliations for filing the lawsuit, Crews said that a different producer used his power to try to intimidate the 6’-3”, 250-lb. action star into dropping the suit.
“I’d done three movies called the Expendables with Sylvester Stallone,” Crews said. “The producer of that film called my manager and asked him to drop my case in order for me to be in the fourth installment of the movie. And if I didn’t, there would be trouble.”
Losing a role in Expendables 4 wasn’t the only price Crews paid for not backing down. According to Buzzfeed, he talked about how fellow cast members of the franchise have remained entirely silent throughout the experience.
Crews’ lawsuit was ultimately dismissed because the assault happened after the Statute of Limitations for misdemeanors had expired. The purpose of Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights is to protect the rights of assault survivors on a federal level.
Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash is certainly a man of his word and, Oscar-winning director Lee Daniels is learning, a man about his money.
Recently, Dash approached Daniels at a Diana Ross Hollywood Bowl concert. The confrontation, caught on camera, shows Dash berating Daniels for allegedly failing to repay $2 million. According to Dash, he gave Daniels the start-up money to launch his film career nearly 10 years ago, and has privately sued Daniels in the past for it.
“As a black man, I gave you the money that you needed, so how you not gonna give me my money?” Dash shouted on video. “How? $2 million dollars, bro! That’s like working capital.”
According to Deadline, Dash and Daniels have appeared to settle the beef.
“He believed in me when nobody else would. And for that, he (Dash) deserves it. It’s personal to me. I’m happy to be in a position for me to give him his money back,” Daniels said in an interview.
In a recent interview with Variety, Queen Latifah revealed that she’s partnered with Electus to create a travel docu-series that will feature female comics traveling with their famous friends. The tentative title for the project is “Friends in Strange Places”
“There are so many funny, brilliant women in this industry and, with plenty of successful male-driven travel series out there-a comedic docu-series about sisterhood and adventure is the type of uncharted territory we want to plant our flag in,” Latifah said in a statement. “I’m so excited to develop a show that not only elevates and highlights female comedians, but also brings them together for an amazing time that will be a trip for viewers.”
Latifah will executive produce the series through her company, Flavor Unit Entertainment.
Russell Simmons is facing another rape allegation. Author and activist Sil Lai Abrams is accusing the entertainment mogul of raping her back in 1994. In addition to Simmons, Abrams has also accused Extra host A.J. Calloway of sexually assaulting her in 2006.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, after a night of partying, Abrams asked Simmons to take her home. She said that he took her to his penthouse, where she passed out. Abrams said once she opened her eyes, she saw Simmons approaching her with nothing but a condom on. She claims that no matter how much she told him no, he continued to rape her.
Simmons denied the allegation.
Twelve years later, Abrams claims that Calloway assaulted her. She said that the Extra host was very flirty towards her while taking her home. While in his car, she said he exposed himself to her saying “Do you see what you do to me?” After telling him to tuck his penis back in his pants, Abrams alleged that Calloway pulled up to her building and he forcibly kissed her and fondled her and forced her hand to fondle him.
Calloway denied the allegations and responded via his attorney to the Huffington Post.
“I was disappointed to read the false allegations about me in The Hollywood Reporter. As I have maintained from the beginning these allegations are not true. When I was first notified about these allegations by law enforcement more than a decade ago, I fully cooperated from the beginning and the case was dismissed. THR chose to publish these meritless allegations without a thorough investigation of the facts. I intend to vigorously defend my reputation against these false accusations and will not let this cause further harm to my family.”