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Former “Little House on the Prairie” actress Melissa Gilbert called out director Oliver Stone on Monday accusing him of humiliating her during an audition to settle a personal gripe.
Gilbert appeared on Andy Cohen’s SirusXM channel, Radio Andy, where the topic of sexual misconduct in Hollywood came up.
“There were moments where there were men in more powerful positions,” she revealed. “One in particular, who humiliated me at one point in an audition… and unnecessarily, because I had embarrassed him in a social situation. He got back at me and I ran out of the room crying. I’m actually sitting here telling you this story, afraid to say his name, because I’m worried about backlash.”
As she continued to speak, she eventually said “f— it” and named Stone and that the audition was for his 1991 film “The Doors.”
“He had me read a scene,” she said. “I had auditioned, and then he said: ‘I’ve written this special scene for you, I’d like you to do it with the actor. I want to see the chemistry with the two of you.’ And the whole scene was just my character on her hands and knees saying, ‘Do me, baby.’ Really dirty, horrible.”
Gilbert alleged that she was then asked to stage the scene, but she refused and left the room crying.
“I never really talked about it. And it was all because I had said something and embarrassed him publicly… He wrote this special scene that he wanted me to do for him physically in the casting room, and it was humiliating and horrid. He got me. I had embarrassed him and he got me back and it hurt.”
The slight in question reportedly came from a momenty in a nightclub prior to the incident. Stone was being boisterous and talking about the superiority of movies to television. Allegedly, in the middle of his tirade, young girls approached Gilbert because they were fans of “Little House on the Prairie.”
“I said: ‘You see a–hold, that’s television. That’s what television does,’” she said. “I guess he never forgot about it.”
Stone, in a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday, said that those auditioning were told that the scenes from the “raunchy” movie would be rehearsed and in the presence of the casting director.
“We auditioned dozens of actors for roles in The Doors and it was made clear from the outset that our film was going to be a raunchy, no-holds-barred rock ‘n’ roll movie,” Stone said. “Anyone auditioning was told the scenes would be rehearsed and performed from a script, with my casting director, Risa Bramon Garcia, present throughout the process to ensure a safe environment for all actors who auditioned.”
Garcia, also in a statement, added that “no actor was forced or expected to do anything” during their audition.
“However, every actor who auditioned came in voluntarily and was aware of the provocative material prior to engaging in their scenes,” Garcia said. “No actor was forced or expected to do anything that might have been uncomfortable, and most actors embraced the challenge, recognizing Oliver Stone’s vision and the creative process.”
“In my experience, there was no attempt to personally offend any particular actor. I always have and still do go out of my way to create a safe and creative space for actors in the audition room. It was no different on The Doors,” the statement continued.
As People notes, Stone was among the first to defend Harvey Weinstein when allegations of sexual misconduct about him broke and, arguably, began the current unprecedented conversation about sexual harassment in showbusiness. Stone initially said that it wasn’t easy what Weinstein was going through, but later posted a defense of Weinstein’s alleged victims on social media.
However, before he issued a follow up statement, he too was accused of misconduct by former Playboy model Carrie Stevens.
SALISBURY, Zimbabwe – On April 17, 1980, Robert Mugabe was sworn in as prime minister of the new and independent Zimbabwe. Thirty-seven years later, he is resigning after a week of immense pressure from the military, the ruling party and the people.
The Associated Press is republishing its original report about the handover, using the dateline for the capital at the time, Salisbury. It is now Harare.
Rhodesia, Britain’s last African colony, became the independent black-ruled nation of Zimbabwe at midnight Thursday, born in the blood of civil war and the hope of a hard-won peace.
Under the brilliant floodlights of the Rufaro soccer stadium, the British Union Jack, first planted in the territory nine decades ago at the height of Victorian expansion, was ceremoniously lowered for the last time.
In its place, Comrade Kambeu, a former black nationalist guerrilla, raised the new Zimbabwean flag, a multi-colored banner representing the land’s races and riches.
Wild cheers erupted at midnight, 5 p.m. EST, from the 40,000 mainly black guests at the stadium. Four presidents, seven prime ministers and envoys from some 100 countries were also on hand.
Prince Charles of Britain handed over power — in the form of a scrolled act of the British Parliament granting independence — to the titular president of the southern African country, Canaan Banana.
Banana, as constitutional head of state, then swore in Robert Mugabe as prime minister.
Mugabe, the former black guerrilla chief who is now Zimbabwe’s top political leader, paid tribute to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in replying to a pledge of aid to Zimbabwe read by British Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington.
“It is universally acknowledged that the initiative which led to the achievement of our final goal was made possible through her determined efforts,” Mugabe said amid cheers.
He welcomed offers of British aid, saying: “We … will strive for the closest possible ties.”
In a national broadcast on independence eve, Mugabe reached out to his white countrymen: “If yesterday you hated me, today you cannot avoid the love that binds you to me and me to you.”
Mugabe faces a daunting task: patching up an economy and a society shattered by a seven-year war that cost 20,000 lives and left hundreds of thousands homeless. Keeping the 250,000-member white minority from abandoning the effort and leaving Zimbabwe will be a key to his success.
The ceremony was a striking blend of British pomp and African tradition — a 21-gun salute from weapons used in the long and bitter bush war, tribal dancing by young women who had fought as guerrillas, brass bands and talking drums.
The delegation representing the United States included elder statesman W. Averell Harriman, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young and Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson.
Absent was Ian Smith, the former prime minister who led Rhodesia’s whites to their unilateral declaration of independence in 1965 and symbolized their defiant stand against black-majority rule for 14 years. He was in South Africa on what aides said was a speaking tour.
Guerrillas loyal to the 56-year-old Mugabe and to black nationalist Joshua Nkomo waged their war first against Smith’s white government and then against an interim administration headed by Bishop Abel Muzorewa, the country’s first black prime minister. Muzorewa watched the ceremony on television at home, friends said.
The guerrilla leaders signed a peace treaty and constitutional agreement with Muzorewa last year, restoring British rule Dec. 12 and climaxing years of failed attempts at negotiation. Mugabe then won a landslide victory in British-supervised elections last February.
Lord Christopher Soames, the burly 59-year-old governor who brought back British control of the mutinous colony for four months, returns to England Friday, leaving the country independent and fully in the hands of its 7 million blacks for the first time.
“I was one of those who originally never trusted him,” Mugabe said of Soames in his radio-television talk. “And yet I have now ended up not only implicitly trusting but fondly loving him as well.”
Addressing the white minority that held power in Rhodesia for nine decades, Mugabe struck a chord of conciliation:
“If yesterday I fought you as an enemy, today you have become a friend and ally with the same national interest, loyalty, rights and duties as myself. If yesterday you hated me, today you cannot avoid the love that binds you to me and me to you.”
He asserted that the “wrongs of the past now stand forgiven and forgotten” and vowed that past white oppression must not be replaced black oppression.
“An evil remains an evil whether practiced by white against black or by black against white,” he said.
Mugabe has played down the Marxist image that won him arms from communist nations in the war, and is pursuing a policy mixing socialism with capitalism in a bid to prevent a flight of moneyed, skilled whites.
He has sought to establish a national-unity government, taking two whites and several opposition blacks into his Cabinet. Nkomo, his ally and rival in the nationalist movement, is the home affairs minister, in charge of police,
The new administration must re-settle up to a million victims of the conflict and follow through on pre-election promises of free health care and education, more jobs and better homes. Mugabe has said one of his first goals is to help blacks achieve greater parity with whites in pay and job opportunities, but he has said private ownership of land, homes and businesses is guaranteed.
The economy was badly damaged by the costs of war and by more than a decade of punitive trade sanctions imposed by the United Nations.
Mugabe has already won pledges of more than $200 million in aid, mostly from Britain, the United States, Europe and the United Nations.
The new nation’s name, Zimbabwe, stems from an ancient African kingdom that flourished in the region. The green of its flag represents the land, the yellow its mineral riches, the red the blood spilled in the war, the black its native people and the white its onetime colonists.
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Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan is urging voters to keep “known steroid users” out of Cooperstown.
A day after the Hall revealed its 33-man ballot for the 2018 class, the 74-year-old Morgan argued against the inclusion of players implicated during baseball’s steroid era in a letter to voters with the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The letter from the vice chairman of the Hall’s board of directors was sent Tuesday using a Hall email address.
“Steroid users don’t belong here,” Morgan wrote. “What they did shouldn’t be accepted. Times shouldn’t change for the worse.”
Hall voters have been wrestling with the issue of performance-enhancing drugs for several years. Baseball held a survey drug test in 2003 and the sport began testing for banned steroids the following year with penalties. Accusations connected to some of the candidates for the Hall vary in strength from allegations with no evidence to positive tests that caused suspensions.
About 430 ballots are being sent to voters, who must have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years, and a player needs at least 75 percent for election. Ballots are due by Dec. 31 and results will be announced Jan. 24.
Writers who had not been covering the game for more than a decade were eliminated from the rolls in 2015, creating a younger electorate that has shown more willingness to vote for players tainted by accusations of steroid use. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens each received a majority of votes for the first time in 2017 in their fifth year on the ballot.
Morgan said he isn’t speaking for every Hall of Famer, but many of them feel the same way that he does.
“Players who failed drug tests, admitted using steroids, or were identified as users in Major League Baseball’s investigation into steroid abuse, known as the Mitchell Report, should not get in,” Morgan wrote. “Those are the three criteria that many of the players and I think are right.”
Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were inducted into the Hall of Fame in July. They were joined by former Commissioner Bud Selig and retired Kansas City and Atlanta executive John Schuerholz, who were voted in by a veterans committee.
Some baseball writers said the election of Selig, who presided over the steroids era, influenced their view of whether tainted stars should gain entry to the Hall.
Morgan praised BBWAA voters and acknowledged they are facing a “tricky issue,” but he also warned some Hall of Famers might not make the trip to Cooperstown if steroid users are elected.
“The cheating that tainted an era now risks tainting the Hall of Fame too,” he wrote. “The Hall of Fame means too much to us to ever see that happen. If steroid users get in, it will divide and diminish the Hall, something we couldn’t bear.”
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CHICAGO (AP) — Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in U.S. girls, a 15-year study of emergency room visits found.
It’s unclear why, but some mental health experts think cyberbullying, substance abuse and economic stress from the recent recession might be contributing.
The rising rates “should be of concern to parents, teachers, and pediatricians. One important reason to focus on reducing self-harm is that it is key risk factor for suicide,” said Dr. Mark Olfson, a Columbia University psychiatry professor who was not involved in the study.
The sharpest increase occurred among girls aged 10 to 14, nearly tripling from 2009 to 2015, from about 110 visits per 100,000 to almost 318 per 100,000.
Older teen girls had the highest rates – 633 visits per 100,000 in 2015, but the increase after 2008 was less steep.
Drug overdoses and other self-poisonings were the most common method among girls and boys, followed by intentional cutting with sharp objects. The study doesn’t include information on which methods were most common by age nor on how many injuries were severe or required hospitalization.
Not all were intentional, but the study lacks information on how many were accidental.
The study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The trend parallels rising reports of teen depression and suicide, the researchers noted..
The researchers analyzed 2001-2015 data on nonfatal self-inflicted injuries treated in emergency rooms among ages 10 to 24. Nearly 29,000 girls with self-inflicted injuries and about 14,000 boys were treated in emergency rooms during the study years.
Rates among boys didn’t change much during those years. Rates in girls were also stable until around 2008. ER visits for self-injury among young women aged 20 to 24 also increased but at a slower pace, rising from 228 per 100,000 in 2001 to 346 per 100,000 in 2015.
The results underestimate the problem since they don’t include self-injuries treated in doctors’ offices or elsewhere, said lead author Melissa Mercado.
Researchers said the findings underscore the need to beef up prevention efforts including finding ways to help at-risk kids feel less isolated and more connected to their peers, and teaching coping and problem-solving skills.