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Josh Duggar Resigns From Christian Group After Child-Molestation Allegations

Duggar says he "regrets" the "negative attention"

Reality-television star Josh Duggar, the eldest son in TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, resigned from Christian lobbying group the Family Research Council (FRC) on Thursday in the wake of serious child-molestation allegations.

“Today Josh Duggar made the decision to resign his position as a result of previously unknown information becoming public concerning events that occurred during his teenage years,” the FRC said in a statement, reports PEOPLE.

“I deeply regret that recent media reports about my long ago past has brought negative attention to FRC Action and its work to preserve and advance the interests of family, faith, and freedom in the political arena,” said Duggar.

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Josh Duggar Responds to Child Molestation Claims: ‘I Acted Inexcusably’

19 Kids and Counting star responds to accusations

Josh Duggar, the eldest son in the family chronicled in TLC’s series 19 Kids and Counting, has spoken out after it emerged he had been accused of child molestation in the past.

“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” Duggar, who was accused as a teenager of molesting five underage girls, told PEOPLE in a statement. “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation.”

Duggar, 27, who has since resigned from his role at the Family Research Council, said his parents took him to the authorities and later arranged for him and his victims to receive counseling. In a statement to PEOPLE, his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, reaffirmed their support for their son and called the events “one of the most difficult times of our lives.”

“I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions,” Duggar added. “I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.”

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It’s Been 10 Years Since Tom Cruise Made Oprah’s Couch Famous

The "brouhaha" lives on even after a decade

Tom Cruise’s infamous Oprah interview turns 10 on May 23. And while the episode of the show has been exaggerated in the popular consciousness (Cruise never really jumped up and down on the couch, merely stood on it briefly and then did a lot of kneeling), the Internet never forgets.

That’s thanks largely to videos like “Tom Cruise Kills Oprah” and an endless succession of GIFs and memes that cemented Cruise’s appearance on the show in the zeitgeist.

“Certainly, I did not think it would turn into the brouhaha that it did,” Oprah told TV Guide later. She has since refused to re-air the footage, calling the wave of viral clips that have sprung up around it “unfair.”

But it continues to live on, particularly in situations like the one above, in which Wayfair PR placed a couch in Boston’s Copley Square and asked people what would make them happy enough to jump up on it, à la Cruise, complete with Oprah and Cruise masks.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Rapper Flavor Flav Arrested for DUI and Marijuana Possession

Flavor Flav attends the Centric Celebrates Selma event on March 8, 2015 in Selma, Alabama.
Johnny Nunez—Getty Images Flavor Flav attends the Centric Celebrates Selma event on March 8, 2015 in Selma, Alabama.

He was arrested for similar charges last year

Flavor Flav was arrested Thursday morning for DUI and possession of marijuana, Nevada Highway Patrol confirmed to EW. The entertainer was also booked for open container of alcohol in a vehicle, speeding, suspended registration, and driving on a suspended license. All charges are misdemeanors. He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center. The total bail for the 56-year-old was set at $7,000, according to the center’s website.

This isn’t the first traffic-related incident for the Public Enemy rapper in the last couple years. He was arrested for speeding, driving on a suspended license, and possession of marijuana in 2014.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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YouTube Star Tyler Oakley Helped Ricky Martin Come Out

Through a YouTube video, of course

Tyler Oakley could hardly contain his excitement about being on Ellen.

The YouTube star with nearly seven million subscribers talked about his meteoric rise as a YouTube celebrity, his visit to the White House, and helping Ricky Martin come out of the closet.

“Back in 2008 I made a video about the importance of being authentic to yourself and about coming out and how you should wait till you’re ready,” Oakley told Ellen Degeneres. “A few years later I got a tweet one morning on National Coming Out Day and it was from Ricky Martin and he said that video was part of the reason he felt ready to share his story. It was like ‘Oh my god. I used to watch TRL and have a crush on him.'”

Oakley also talked about his two-word compliment to Barack Obama in the Oval Office: “Cute desk!”

“People just want to watch people live their authentic lives and share the good and the bad,” Oakley tells Degeneres. “You can have fun and be a positive influence and have a good impact. And it can still be entertaining.” Watch the full clip of Oakley on Ellen below.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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6 Things to Know About Plus-Size Fashion Star Tess Holliday

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Tess isn't her real name

Tess Holliday has had an incredible year – she signed with a major modeling agency and booked gigs she’s only dreamed about, including a campaign with plus-size clothing brand Torrid.

However, the size-22 model, 29, is way more than just a gorgeous face with a boundary-shattering body.

Here are six things to know about the Mississippi-born social media star:

1. Tess isn’t her real name.

Holliday was born Ryann Hoven but changed her name to Tess when she started doing alternative modeling.

“I chose Tess Typhoon because it sounded good, and then I chose Tess Munster because I like TV show The Munsters,” she told PEOPLE of her former alter egos.

She began using Holliday, her fiancé’s last name, when she signed with MILK Model Management in January.

2. She met her fiancé Nick on Tumblr.

“He messaged me on Tumblr in 2012 and he said, ‘I love how you inspire other women,’ ” Holliday says. “I just remember thinking how cute he was, so we started talking and it quickly turned into a relationship.”

Three years after they initially met, Nick moved to be with her in Los Angeles.

“I already knew I wanted to marry him before I met him,” she says.

3. She has a 9-year-old son, Rylee.

Despite an incredibly busy work schedule, Holliday does her best to make motherhood her priority.

“I pick my son up from school every day, [do] homework [with him], ” she says. “I just want him to grow up loving himself, to just be free to be himself. That would be the greatest goal in my life. My career’s amazing, but it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have pushed myself as hard as I have.”

4. She used to work as a makeup artist.

Holliday was working behind the scenes of the fashion industry as a makeup artist before her own big break.

“I had been interested in makeup forever,” she says. “My mom had bought me Kevyn Aucoin books when I was 13 and it changed my life. I still do makeup – but not as much because I’m busy!”

5. Miss Piggy is one of her body inspirations.

She counts the Muppet character and Beth Ditto among the women she admires – and even has a tattoo of the famous pig.

“I’m inspired by a lot of people,” Holliday says. “I’m inspired by basically all women and men.”

6. She doesn’t care what people think about her weight.

Holliday has never been persuaded to lose weight by people who criticize her for her size.

“When people are telling you, ‘You’re fat and gross,’ it does the complete opposite,” she says. “At the end of the day, they’re not paying my bills.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Rebel Wilson’s Real Age Is 35, Records Confirm

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Kristy Sparow—Getty Images Rebel Wilson arrives to the Pitch Perfect 2 Paris premiere at UGC Cine Cite in Paris on April 28, 2015

After much controversy, Rebel Wilson’s age has been confirmed to be 35.

The Pitch Perfect 2 actress became the center of a media firestorm earlier this week after an Australian tabloid published a report that Wilson had taken liberties with her age – and more, including her name and where she grew up.

Business records filed with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission show that Wilson, who has previously said she was 29, was in fact born on March 2, 1980, making her 35 years old, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Wilson also fudged the truth about her name. The Australian Electoral Roll lists her real name as Melanie Elizabeth Bownds, though she later changed her last name to Wilson, as has been previously reported. Last year, however, she told The Australian Women’s Weekly that her real name was in fact Rebel, and that Melanie and Elizabeth were middle names she went by at school to avoid being teased.

Wilson’s colorful backstory is where things get a bit murkier. She has said that her parents gave all their children eccentric names; and indeed, records show that her brother is named Ryot, while her sisters are named Liberty (a.k.a. Libby) and Annachi (Anna).

The actress has also spoken of growing up as the child of professional dog breeders. This, too, has been confirmed: Wilson’s mother, Sue Bownds, is a fourth-generation breeder who has been judging dog shows for more than 30 years and has bred and exhibited many Best in Show winners.

Together with her daughter Libby, Sue runs a small kennel in Sydney called Nangunyah. The kennel, which specializes in beagles, has bred more than 75 champions.

As for Wilson’s upbringing, she told Ellen DeGeneres in 2013 that she grew up in “the ghetto.” Records show that she attended the upper-crust Tara Anglican School and lived in the comfortable Castle Hill area from 2000 to 2003. Her parents are listed as living at this address from 1995 to 2005.

Wilson responded to the age controversy on Monday with a tongue-in-cheek Tweet, writing that she’s actually a 100-year-old mermaid.

With reporting by Emma Martin

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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Model Janice Dickinson Sues Bill Cosby for Defamation

Janice Dickinson on September 20, 2012, in Hollywood.
Giulio Marcocchi—AP Janice Dickinson on September 20, 2012, in Hollywood.

She seeks unspecified damages on defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims

(LOS ANGELES) — Model Janice Dickinson sued Bill Cosby for defamation on Wednesday over denials made by the comedian’s representatives after she accused him last year of raping her in 1982.

Dickinson’s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages on defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims. The suit states Dickinson has been re-victimized and her reputation has suffered because of pointed denials by Cosby’s attorney that the comedian drugged and raped her in a Lake Tahoe, California, hotel room more than 30 years ago.

The allegations were first made in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight” after numerous other women accused Cosby of drugging them and inappropriate sexual conduct dating back several decades.

The lawsuit states Dickinson, 60, sought a retraction of the denials from Cosby, but the request was denied.

An email sent to Cosby’s attorney Martin Singer was not immediately returned. Singer called Dickinson’s rape allegations “false and outlandish” in a letter to The Associated Press last year.

The lawsuit details Dickinson’s allegations that Cosby raped her after giving her wine and a pill in the hotel room, and how she wanted to go public with her story in a 2002 autobiography but was prevented from doing so by the book’s publisher.

She did not report the incident to police in the early 1980s out of fear of retaliation by Cosby, her lawsuit states. The statute of limitations to criminally prosecute the actor-comedian has long since passed, as has the statute on civil claims directly related to the incident.

“This is Janice Dickinson’s chance for justice,” her attorney Lisa Bloom said Wednesday.

Three women who have accused Cosby of abuse have sued him for defamation in a Massachusetts federal court.

One of the women, Therese Serignese, said after a court hearing earlier this month that she wanted her reputation restored after Cosby’s camp branded her a liar.

Dickinson’s lawsuit is seeking a similar outcome.

“Cosby knows that he drugged and raped Ms. Dickinson,” the lawsuit states. “He knew that calling her rape disclosure a lie was a false statement.”

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Watch Vin Diesel Sing ‘Habits’ in Honor of Paul Walker

As a tribute to Walker, who died in November 2013

Vin Diesel can count singing tributes among his talents.

In a Wednesday post on Facebook, the Fast & Furious star sings over Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)” in an honor of late actor Paul Walker, who died in car crash in November 2013. Diesel was close friends with Walker, and much of the recent Furious 7 film is a tribute in memory of the fellow star.

In the background of the video, footage and photos of him Walker are projected on a screen.

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Here’s What Bradley Cooper Would Write in Emma Stone’s Tinder Profile

U.S actress Emma Stone and U.S actor Bradley Cooper pose for photographers at a photocall for Aloha at a central London venue
Jonathan Short—Invision/AP U.S actress Emma Stone and U.S actor Bradley Cooper pose for photographers at a photocall for Aloha at a central London venue, on May 16, 2015.

It's all about the eyes

Bradley Cooper‘s character falls for Emma Stone‘s in the upcoming romantic comedy Aloha – and the pair’s chemistry translates offscreen, as well.

PEOPLE caught up with the pals in London for a story in this week’s issue and asked what their most marketable assets would be if they were to craft Tinder profiles for one another. Apparently, it’s all about the eyes!

Cooper, 40, got downright poetic talking about his costar’s peepers: “[Her] reptilian eyes take you into a kind place, soft and lovely and full of grace.”

For her part, Stone, 26, playfully reads even more into Cooper’s baby blues – including takeout preferences – telling PEOPLE: “Look at those blue [eyes]. He’s into Chinese food, but he’s equally into making you smile.”

While they had some fun joking about it, both say they aren’t on the dating app – though Easy A alum Stone has done some swiping of her own.

“My friend is [on Tinder], and I’ve swiped for her,” she says. “That was a good time.”

As for their love lives, Stone and boyfriend Andrew Garfield are on a break due to busy schedules, while Cooper was spotted kissing model Irina Shayk in London last week.

Aloha – in which Cooper and Stone appear alongside a starry cast including Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray – hits theaters May 29.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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