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15 Craziest Urban Legends of Rock and Roll
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. As we celebrate Jim Morrison's December 8th birthday, join us in dissecting some of rock and roll's most notorious urban legends.
Urban Legend: It's just a hoax. To pull a disappearing act and escape the limelight, the Doors frontman faked his death—as did Elvis Presley several years later—and some other guy is buried in his grave in Paris.
Urban Legend: Paul McCartney was killed in a car crash in 1966, but the Beatles kept it secret, replacing him with the winner of a Paul look-alike contest.
Kernel of Truth: McCartney's Mini Cooper was involved in a collision, but Paul wasn't in it. Yet fans found many clues of his demise, from the "funeral procession" on "Abbey Road" to John Lennon saying "I buried Paul" in "Strawberry Fields Forever." Lennon's actual words: "Cranberry sauce."
Urban Legend: In the early '70s, the future Blondie singer accepted a ride from a stranger in New York, but became alarmed when she saw his car had been stripped of inside door and window handles. She managed to escape and realized later that the driver was serial killer Ted Bundy.
Kernel of Truth: Harry, the source of the story, remembers the ride in terrifying detail. But Bundy was nowhere near New York at the time.
Gene Simmons's Tongue Was Surgically Enhanced
Urban Legend: The Kiss frontman had the tongue of a cow grafted onto his own tongue to extend its length.
Kernel of Truth: Simmons' trademark tongue is indeed unusually long—about seven inches, according to one report. In the band's heyday, he had it insured for $1 million.
Urban Legend: Frank Zappa's father was Hugh Brannum, the singer-actor better known as Captain Kangaroo's sidekick Mr. Green Jeans.
Kernel of Truth: "Hot Rats," Zappa's 1969 solo album, includes a song called "Son of Mr. Green Genes." Its lyrics ("Eat your greens / Don't forget your beans and celery") appear not to be autobiographical.
The Night Rod Stewart Had His Stomach Pumped
Urban Legend: After an evening at a San Diego gay bar packed with sailors, Rod Stewart landed in an emergency room, where doctors pumped quarts of semen out of his stomach.
Kernel of Truth: None. The story was invented by publicist Tony Toon after Stewart fired him. In Stewart's 2013 autobiography, the singer called it an "absolutely inspired" act of revenge.
Urban Legend: When British police raided Keith Richards' home in 1967, they found Mick Jagger eating a Mars bar out of Marianne Faithfull.
Kernel of Truth: Faithfull, who'd just taken a bath, was draped in a fur bed cover but otherwise naked when the cops showed up. In her 2012 autobiography she dismissed the persistent Mars bar rumor as "a cop's idea of what people do on acid!"
Urban Legend: The scream in Ohio Players' 1976 hit "Love Rollercoaster" is the sound of the model on the album cover being murdered.
Kernel of Truth: There is a piercing scream in the middle of the song—made by keyboard player Billy Beck. A DJ noted sardonically that it sounded like the band killed the cover model (Playboy Playmate Ester Cordet), and the story grew from there.
Urban Legend: Notorious cult leader Charles Manson auditioned for "The Monkees" a few years before the Manson Family went on their killing spree.
Kernel of Truth: An aspiring singer-songwriter, Manson did a failed audition for record producer Terry Melcher. Much later, the Monkees' Micky Dolenz noted that "everybody auditioned for the Monkees—Stephen Stills, Paul Williams and Charlie Manson!" It was a joke.
Urban Legend: The legendary guitarist wore an LSD-laced headband so the drug would seep into his pores. Some say he made cuts in his forehead to facilitate the process.
Kernel of Truth: Hendrix did take a lot of acid but ingested it in the conventional way.
Urban Legend: In 1969, at Seattle's Edgewater Inn—a hotel where guests can fish from their rooms—Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham caught a shark, which he used as an impromptu sex toy in an encounter with a groupie.
Kernel of Truth: Something involving a fish (not a shark) and a groupie went down at the Edgewater, but road manager Richard Cole later admitted that he (not Bonham) was at the center of the incident.
The Beatles Toked Up at Buckingham Palace
Urban Legend: When they received M.B.E. medals in 1965, the Fab Four smoked weed in Buckingham Palace, where strict rules govern every bow and curtsy.
Kernel of Truth: Although John Lennon said it happened, George Harrison called this a fantasy: "Because what's the worst thing you could do before you meet the Queen? Smoking a reefer! But we never did."
Urban Legend: After the 2004 death of his father, Keith Richards blended his dad's ashes with cocaine and then snorted them.
Kernel of Truth: Richards planted an oak tree and spread the ashes around it. When he opened the box that contained them, a bit of powder fell to the table. "I couldn't just brush him off," Richards wrote, so he wiped up the residue and sniffed it. "Ashes to ashes, father to son. He is now growing oak trees and would love me for it."
Pete Townsend Smacked Abbie Hoffman With a Guitar
Urban Legend: At Woodstock, the Who guitarist smashed a Gibson SG over the head of '60s activist Abbie Hoffman.
Kernel of Truth: Hoffman did take over the microphone while the Who were on stage, and denounced the idea of holding a festival while fellow radical John Sinclair "rots in prison." Townsend shouted at Hoffman to get off the stage. Maybe there was some shoving.
Urban Legend: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison had a white Bic lighter in their pocket when they died, at age 27.
Kernel of Truth: That age is correct, but when Joplin's body was found, she was wearing a short nightgown, and Morrison died in the bathtub of his Paris apartment (or did he? See the next legend). Bic introduced its disposable lighter in 1973, by which time all three rockers were dead.
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Richard Dreyfuss Accused of Exposing Himself to TV Writer
“I emphatically deny ever ‘exposing’ myself to Jessica Teich, whom I have considered a friend for 30 years,” actor responds
A former co-worker of Richard Dreyfuss’ has accused the actor of exposing himself to her in the 1980s, which Dreyfuss denies.
Los Angeles-based writer Jessica Teich told Vulture that she decided to offer her story because she was “bothered” when the Oscar winner came forward with support last month for son Harry Dreyfuss, who said Kevin Spacey groped him when he was 18.
“When I read about his support for his son, which I would never question, I remember thinking, ‘But wait a minute, this guy harassed me for months,'” Teich said. “He was in a position of so much power over me, and I didn’t feel I could tell anyone about it. It just seemed so hypocritical.”
Teich said that the two were working together on the October 1987 TV special “Funny, You Don’t Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville,” with Dreyfuss enlisiting Teich to work on the script.
Teich said that Dreyfuss asked to meet her in his trailer one day and, when she arrived, he exposed himself to her.
“I remember walking up the steps into the trailer and turning towards my left … and he was at the back of the trailer, and just — his penis was out, and he sort of tried to draw me close to it,” she said. “He was hard. I remember my face being brought close to his penis.”
“I can’t remember how my face got close to his penis, but I do remember that the idea was that I was going to give him a blow job,” she said. “I didn’t, and I left.”
She added that he made numerous advances over their years of working together, and that he “created a very hostile work environment, where I felt sexualized, objectified and unsafe.”
In a statement to Vulture, Dreyfuss “emphatically” denied exposing himself. But he said he “became an a–hole” in the late 1970s and that he “flirted with all the women.”
“I emphatically deny ever ‘exposing’ myself to Jessica Teich, whom I have considered a friend for 30 years,” the “Mr. Holland’s Opus” star said. “I did flirt with her, and I remember trying to kiss Jessica as part of what I thought was a consensual seduction ritual that went on and on for many years.”
“I am horrified and bewildered to discover that it wasn’t consensual,” he continued. “I didn’t get it. It makes me reassess every relationship I have ever thought was playful and mutual.”
Numerous Hollywood figures have been accused of sexual misconduct in recent weeks, including Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K. and Ed Westwick.
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment scandal, women and men alike have been more vocal about speaking out against sexual harassment. The accusations have been many, and the reaction and fallout has been swift across the industry.
Six women have accused the director and producer of sexual misconduct, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge. Ratner’s lawyer says no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from Ratner.
Fallout: Ratner chose to personally step away from all Warner Bros. related activities, and Playboy put Ratner’s biopic about Hugh Hefner on hold. Ratner has filed a libel lawsuit against one of his accusers, Melanie Kohler.
Hundreds of women contacted an LA Times reporter to accuse Toback of sexual harassment and assault, including Selma Blair, Rachel McAdams, Julianne Moore and Caterina Scorsone.
Fallout: Just before the LA Times story broke, Toback told Rolling Stone that anyone who has accused him, “is a lying c---sucker or c--- or both.” Toback and Harvey Weinstein are both under investigation by the Beverly Hills police department.
Halperin sexually harassed five women while political director at ABC News over a decade ago. A sixth woman, journalist Emily Miller, said she was “attacked” by him.
Fallout: NBC News terminated Halperin’s contract as a special contributor, Showtime, which airs Halperin’s show “The Circus,” cut ties with the journalist, and CAA dropped him from their client list. Halperin issued a lengthy public apology.
Actor Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed that Spacey made a sexual advance on him three decades ago when Rapp was 14. More than a dozen other individuals subsequently came forward with claims of sexual harassment or assault, including an anonymous former actor who said Spacey tried to rape him when he was 14.
Fallout: Spacey apologized to Rapp and also came out as gay, which was widely criticized. Netflix since announced that "House of Cards" would end and halted production on the sixth and final season. The Old Vic theater in London, where Spacey was artistic director, also opened a confidential tip line.
Five women accused C.K. of masturbating in front of them or requesting to in a New York Times report. The comedian later admitted the allegations were true in a statement, stopping short of apologizing for the behavior.
Fallout: HBO, Netflix, FX and TBS all cut ties with the comedian, dropping his projects from their networks. The premiere of his film "I Love You, Daddy" was canceled, and he was cut from "The Secret Life of Pets 2." His publicist, manager and touring agent all dropped him as a client.
Anna Graham Hunter, who worked with Hoffman as a production assistant, said Hoffman attempted to grope her four times and made a lewd comment while on set.
Fallout: Hoffman issued an apology, saying it was “not reflective of who I am.” Later that same day, a second woman accused him of sexual harassment.
Two women told The Washington Post Oreskes made unwanted sexual contact towards them while he was Washington bureau chief of The New York Times.
Fallout: Oreskes was forced to resign as Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director at NPR.
Actress Ariane Bellamar, a former Playboy Playmate, tweeted that Piven groped her on the set of “Entourage” and at the Playboy Mansion, twice cornering and fondling her. Actress Cassidy Freeman later accused Piven of "predatory behavior."
Fallout: CBS is looking into the situation, and Piven has “unequivocally” denied the allegations and offered to take a polygraph test to prove his innocence.
The "Gossip Girl" star has been accused of sexual assault by two women, including actress Kristina Cohen, who said Westwick forced himself on her while she was napping at his house. Westwick denied the allegations, calling them "provably untrue."
Fallout: Westwick said he was "cooperating with the authorities" on an investigation to clear his name. The BBC announced that it pulled his drama series “Ordeal by Innocence” from its schedule, and the production company behind the series "White Gold" said he had "paused" filming in light of the allegations.
Sources close to the production “Raising Buchanan” told The Hollywood Reporter Dick’s misconduct on set included kissing, licking, groping and making lewd propositions toward at least four members of the production.
Fallout: Dick was fired from the production of “Raising Buchanan” and from the film "Vampire Dad." Dick denied the groping claims but said it was “possible” he licked people.
Amazon Studios head Price allegedly told “The Man in the High Castle” producer Isa Hackett, “You’ll love my dick,” during a cab ride.
Fallout: Amazon placed Price on a leave of absence.
Several female employees at Nickelodeon accused “The Loud House” showrunner of sexual assault, with 12 other women accusing him of sexual misconduct and threats of being blacklisted.
Fallout: Nickelodeon fired Savino, but will continue to air and produce the show. Savino has since apologized.
Lionsgate international COO Kramer was investigated for an accusation of inappropriate behavior toward a female assistant.
Fallout: Kramer left Lionsgate, but the company’s internal investigation was ruled “inconclusive.”
Three women anonymously spoke with TheWrap claiming Baker, an E! News correspondent, sent inappropriate text messages and in one instance groped a woman at a party.
Fallout: E! is investigating the accusations and Baker will not appear on air during the investigation. Baker said in a statement to TheWrap that the “anonymous allegations are simply not true, and, frankly, are heartbreaking to hear.”
Affleck grabbed actress Hilarie Burton’s left breast while on air during an appearance together on MTV’s “Total Request Live.”
Fallout: Affleck wrote on Twitter, “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize.”
Several women alleged sexual misconduct against Signore, the creator of the YouTube series “Honest Trailers.” Signore was accused of sexual assault, sending inappropriate messages and making lewd comments to employees.
Fallout: His employers at Defy Media and Screen Junkies fired Signore following an investigation.
After being fired from Fox News earlier in April, it was reported in October by the New York Times that O’Reilly paid $32 million to settle sexual harassment claims from a coworker.
Fallout: O’Reilly told Matt Lauer he’d done “absolutely nothing wrong” and that this was “a political and financial hit job.”
Actor Blaise Godbe Lipman said APA agent Grasham fed him alcohol and sexually assaulted him when the actor was in his late teens. Actor Tyler Cornell filed a police report claiming the agent sodomized him. And teen Brady Lindsey described predatory behavior by Grasham.
Fallout: Actors Finn Wolfhard and Cameron Boyce left the agency, and Grasham was fired.
Najera, director of the CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, made inappropriate and lewd comments to coworkers in multiple instances. Actress Rachel Bloom sent an email to participants warning of his behavior.
Fallout: Najera resigned from his role and issued a statement saying he was “heartbroken and confounded by deliberate and cruel defamations.”
Mother Jones' Washington Bureau Chief was investigated for the second time in three years for claims of inappropriate physical conduct and "rape jokes" in light of two emails from former staffers in 2014 and 2015, according to Politico.
Fallout: Mother Jones' CEO said that in the initial investigation, they determined there was "no misconduct." Corn denied the allegations but said it was possible his past actions had been misinterpreted.
Former country singer Austin Rick accused Webster, a veteran Nashville publicist, of repeatedly sexually assaulting, drugging and violating him in 2008 when Rick was 18.
Fallout: Webster will step down from his company Webster Public Relations and the company's name will be changed.
Actress Jessica Barth told TheWrap she was drugged and sexually assaulted by Guillod, the co-CEO of talent and literary management company Primary Wave Entertainment, back in 2012. Three additional women later accused Guillod of rape.
Fallout: Guillod announced he would take an immediate leave of absence from the company. Barth also approached the LAPD to revive her attempt to bring criminal charges.
Several female employees at The New Republic, where Fish is president and publisher, came forward about workplace interactions that have made "an uncomfortable environment," according to the New York Times.
Fallout: The magazine's owner Win McCormack asked Fish to remain on a leave of absence, pending an investigation.
Actor Terry Crews disclosed on Twitter that a Hollywood executive "groped his privates," and he named Venit and described in detail to Good Morning America his accusation.
Fallout: Crews departed WME and has filed a lawsuit against Venit. The agency stripped him of his position as head of the motion picture group but has kept him as an agent.
The legendary former New Republic editor responded to multiple allegations of sexual harassment with a statement saying, "For my offenses against some of my colleagues in the past I offer a shaken apology and ask for their forgiveness.”
Fallout: The financial backer of a culture magazine Wieseltier had planned to launch announced that the magazine was suspended.
Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner was accused of offering to trade sex for work by freelance journalist Ben Ryan. Wenner acknowledged the incident but denied any instance of quid pro quo.
NBC Universal Senior Vice President for Booking, News & Entertainment Matt Zimmerman "engaged in inappropriate conduct with more than one woman at NBCU," a company spokesperson told TheWrap.
Fallout: Zimmerman has been fired for sexual misconduct from NBCU.
Kreisberg, the co-creator and executive producer of "Arrow," "The Flash" and "Supergirl," is accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact with 15 women and four men over a number of years, many of whom worked on shows Kreisberg produced, according to Variety.
Fallout: Warner Bros. Television fired Kreisberg. "Supergirl" star Melissa Benoist along with other co-stars called for change in Hollywood following the allegations.
"Mad Men" writer Kater Gordon told The Information that Weiner once said to her “that [she] owed it to him to let him see [her] naked” while they were working alone together late at night.
Fallout: Weiner denied the accusation through a spokesperson, saying, “He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague.”
Van Barnes, a transgender actress and former assistant to Tambor, posted a private accusation to her social media but had no additional comment for the media. Trace Lysette, another "Transparent" actress, also came forward claiming Tambor sexually harassed her.
Fallout: Amazon is conducting an investigation. Following reports that the show was exploring options to write Tambor's character out of the show, Tambor issued a statement stepping away from the show, though Amazon and Tambor have not come to an official decision to part ways.
Following Dreyfuss coming out in support of his son Harry's accusations against Kevin Spacey, writer Jessica Teich told Vulture that while working together, Dreyfuss exposed himself to her, made numerous advances over months and created an unsafe work environment.
Fallout: Dreyfuss "emphatically" denied exposing himself but said he "became an a--hole" in the late '70s and “flirted with all the women.”
Actor Anthony Edwards said producer and director Goddard molested him when he was a child and raped his friend over the course of several years. In 2014, Goddard was named in a lawsuit that was later dropped by Michael Egan, alongside “X-Men” director Bryan Singer and two other executives, accusing them of sexually abusing him as a teenager.
Fallout: Goddard has taken a leave of absence amid the allegations. Goddard's publicist Sam Singer "unequivocally" denied the accusation and said Goddard was a "mentor, teacher and a friend" to Edwards.
Model Scott R. Brunton told THR that after two drinks with Takei, he passed out and awoke with his pants down around his ankles and Takei was "groping my crotch and trying to get my underwear off."
Fallout: Takei said he was "shocked and bewildered" by the claims. A recent clip from the Howard Stern Show in which the host and Takei talk about grabbing men's genitals has since gone viral.
Former intern Amy Rose Spiegel accused Blackwell, Billboard's Chief Strategy Officer, of sexually harassing her when she was 19, along with other women who reported directly to him.
Fallout: Blackwell resigned from his position with Billboard.
New York Times political reporter Glenn Thrush was accused of sexual misconduct by several female journalists. Vox had obtained text messages between Thrush and a 23-year-old journalist in a larger report alleging unwanted groping and kissing.
Fallout: The Times suspended Thrush, but he will for now remain an MSNBC correspondent as they await the outcome of the Times investigation. Thrush issued a full statement he's never offered mentorship or advice with an expectation of something in return.
Radio host Leeann Tweeden said sitting U.S. Senator Al Franken groped and kissed her without her consent during a 2006 USO tour. A second woman also came forward accusing Franken of inappropriately grabbing her. Six women in all came forward.
Fallout: Franken resigned from the Senate on December 7 after Democratic senators called on him to step down after a sixth accuser stepped forward to accuse him of an unwanted kiss. Franken also apologized to Tweeden though he denied the specifics of some of the accusations against him.
Actress Aurora Perrinaeu filed a police report accusing "Girls" writer and executive producer Murray Miller of raping her when she was underage.
Fallout: Miller’s attorney said he “categorically and vehemently denies Ms. Perrineau’s outrageous claims." "Girls" creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner initially defended Miller, saying this was "one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year." She has retracted that statement.
Ryan Seacrest was accused by an "E! News" wardrobe stylist of inappropriate behavior. The accusations have not been made public.
Fallout: E! opened an investigation and Seacrest denied the allegations.
The CAA agent was accused of sexual harassment and assault by actress Demi Mann.
Fallout: CAA fired Mitchell following an internal investigation. Mitchell “emphatically” denied Mann’s accusations in a press statement.
"One Tree Hill" star Hilarie Burton said showrunner Mark Schwahn forced himself on her on multiple occasions and issued a joint statement with the other women of the cast and crew.
Fallout: Schwahn was suspended by E! as the showrunner for "The Royals."
Model Keri Claussen Khalighi said in an L.A. Times article that Def Jam co-founder Simmons sexually assaulted her in 1991 when she was 17 and that Brett Ratner watched. Screenwriter Jenny Lumet also came forward with an accusation saying Simmons forced himself into her home and intimidated her.
Fallout: Simmons confirmed that he and Khalighi had met but said everything that happened was "completely consensual." Since the Lumet accusation, Simmons has stepped aside from his companies and his name has been removed from HBO's "All Def Comedy."
Eight women told the Washington Post that veteran newsman Charlie Rose engaged in a variety of unwanted sexual ways, including groping, making unwanted sexual advances and walking in front of them nude.
Fallout: Rose issued an apology; CBS, Bloomberg and PBS have cut ties with him.
Former Pixar employees said in a Hollywood Reporter article that Oscar-winning animation boss John Lasseter made a habit of “grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes” of women at the company.
Fallout: Lasseter announced he would take a six-month sabbatical from Disney and Pixar and apologized for "missteps" with staffers.
Melissa Schuman, a member of the all-girl pop group Dream, wrote in a blog post that Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter raped her in his Santa Monica apartment in 2002. She wrote she was 18 and a virgin at the time.
Crystal Castles singer Alice Glass accused her bandmate Ethan Kath (real name Claudio Palmieri) of physical, emotional, sexual and psychological abuse over many years. Glass detailed her history with Kath in a blog post on her website explaining her decision to leave the band.
Fallout: Kath issued a statement via his attorney to Pitchfork denying the accusations: “I am outraged and hurt by the recent statements made by Alice about me and our prior relationship,” he said. “Her story is pure fiction and I am consulting my lawyers as to my legal options. Fortunately, there are many witnesses who can and will confirm that I was never abusive to Alice.”
Actor Jason Dottley accused manager Benny Medina, whose clients include Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey, of attempting to rape him in 2008 in Medina's Los Angeles home.
Fallout: Medina's attorney's told The Advocate he "categorically denies the allegation of attempted rape."
Jessicka Addams, a singer for band Jack Off Jill, accused the former bandmate of Marilyn Manson, Twiggy Ramirez (real name Jeordie White), of raping her while they were dating.
Fallout: Manson said on Twitter that he would be parting ways with Ramirez.
Celebrity photographer Terry Richardson was accused by model Emma J. Appleton of offering a photo shoot in exchange for sex.
Fallout: Vogue said they will no longer work with Richardson, and he has been blacklisted from Conde Nast International.
Several women -- including Portia de Rossi, Jenny McCarthy, Julianna Marguiles, Eva LaRue and model Faviola Dadis -- accused Steven Seagal of sexual harassment and assault, including exposing himself and asking them to undress, during auditions.
Fallout: Seagal has not responded to the allegations.
A Daily Mail article said a police report had accused Sylvester Stallone of sexual assault against a 16-year-old girl back in 1986. It went on to say that the unnamed teen was "intimidated" into having sex with Stallone and his bodyguard, Michael De Luca.
Fallout: Stallone's publicist said the report was a "ridiculous, categorically false story," and Stallone's spokesperson said, "at no time was Mr. Stallone ever contacted by any authorities or anyone else regarding this matter.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Tom Sizemore was told to leave a film set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress told her mother Sizemore had touched her genitals. He returned to the set for reshoots after the child's parents declined to press charges. A dozen cast and crew members confirmed to THR that Sizemore was sent home.
Fallout: Sizemore denied the allegations at the time and the actress, now 26, declined to comment to THR.
Bob Weinstein, brother to Harvey, was accused of sexual harassment by TV producer Amanda Segel, who said Weinstein repeatedly invited her to his home and hotel room over the course of a three-month period.
Fallout: Spike TV told the Associated Press they are investigating the claims.
Evan Stephens Hall, the singer and songwriter behind the indie rock band Pinegrove, wrote in a statement on the band's Facebook page that he was accused of "sexual coercion." Hall wrote that he "monumentally misread the situation" and "caused someone I care about deep emotional pain and I'm so sorry."
Fallout: Pinegrove has cancelled their upcoming tour.
The long-time "Today" show host was accused of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace." A staffer issued NBC News chairman a "detailed complaint."
Three female journalists at NPR filed complaints of sexual harassment against NPR Chief News Editor David Sweeney, including Sweeney attempting to give unexpected and unwanted kisses and gifts.
Fallout: Sweeney departed NPR following an internal review of his conduct.
Bette Midler said that Geraldo Rivera and an unnamed producer once groped her, shoved her into a bathroom and forced poppers under her nose. Midler detailed the account in a 1991 interview with Barbara Walters that has gone viral.
Fallout: Rivera issued an apology to Midler and other women named in his "tawdry" memoir. Fox News issued a statement saying that a series of Rivera's tweets criticizing Matt Lauer "do not reflect the views of Fox News or its management."
Australia's Daily Telegraph published a statement from the Sydney Theatre Company saying it had “received a complaint alleging that Mr. Geoffrey Rush had engaged in inappropriate behavior” during a 2015 production of "King Lear."
Fallout: Rush denied the unspecified accusations. Rush announced he would "step aside" from his duties as President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and sued he Australia newspaper that reported them.
Android creator Andy Rubin was investigated by Google for an “inappropriate relationship with a subordinate” during his time at the tech giant, according to The Information.
Fallout: Rubin is taking a one-month leave of absence from his role as CEO of the smartphone company Essential for "personal reasons." The Google investigation found Rubin's "behavior was improper and showed bad judgement.”
Nine women came forward in a New York Times report to accuse playwright Israel Horovitz of sexual misconduct, including one woman who said Horovitz pressed her against a wall and forcefully kissed her when she was 16. Another woman says she was raped by Horovitz when she was 19.
Fallout: Horovitz said he has a different memory of these events and apologized. His son, Adam Horovitz, said in his own statement: "I believe the allegations against my father are true, and I stand behind the women that made them." The Times adds that the Gloucester Stage Company, where he served as a founding artistic director, has cut ties with Horovitz.
Garrison Keillor, the former host of "A Prairie Home Companion," was accused of "inappropriate behavior."
Fallout: Keillor was fired by Minnesota Public Radio. "A Prairie Home Companion" will continue under a new title and with a new host, and MPR will no longer broadcast old episodes of the show. Keillor says he was fired for touching a "woman's bare back."
Three men accused the Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine of sexually assaulting them as teenagers. The accusations date back to 1968 with claims that Levine masturbated in front of two of the men and sexually abused another.
Fallout: The Met has suspended Levine, canceled his upcoming performance dates and hired an outside law firm to investigate the allegations.
A former costume designer accused "Prison Break" actor Robert Knepper of sexual assault in 1991, telling The Hollywood Reporter he shoved her against the wall, reached under her dress and grabbed her crotch. Four more women have since come forward accusing Knepper of sexual misconduct, including one who says Knepper forced oral sex on him in 2010.
Fallout: Knepper said in a statement to THR the accusations against him are false and that we "have lost 'due process,' and we have lost the ability to review evidence."
Harold Ford Jr., a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and an on-air contributor at MSNBC, was accused of grabbing a female reporter he had a professional relationship with and routinely harassing her.
Fallout: Morgan Stanley fired Ford from his position with the company. Ford said in a statement, "This simply did not happen," adding that he would sue both the accuser and Morgan Stanley.
Jon Heely, Disney's director of music publishing, was charged with three counts of felony sex abuse involving two underage girls from a decade ago.
Fallout: Disney suspended Heely from his position. Heely pleaded not guilty to the charges at an arraignment.
Four women accused celebrity chef Mario Batali of sexual misconduct and groping over two decades.
Fallout: ABC removed Batali from the show "The Chew," and Batali said he would step away from the day-to-day management of his Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group.
The New Yorker found in an investigation that contributor Ryan Lizza had "engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct."
Fallout: The New Yorker fired Lizza and CNN, where he is also an on-air contributor, said Lizza won't be allowed on- air as they look into the matter. Lizza issued a statement saying his firing was "a terrible mistake" and involved a "respectful relationship with a woman" Lizza was dating.
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