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Shonda Rhimes Slams ‘Racist’ Leaked Sony Emails

Emails from the Sony hack revealed executives' racist comments about President Barack Obama and actor Kevin Hart

Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, took to Twitter on Thursday to condemn an email exchange between a Sony Pictures executive and an Oscar-winning producer that was leaked during the recent hack.

In the emails, Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal and the producer, Scott Rudin, jokingly posited what President Barack Obama’s favorite movies might be, picking films that featured black characters like Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave, BuzzFeed reports. The two were said to conclude, “I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”

Though many media outlets have called the exchange, for which both Pascal and Rudin have since apologized, “racially insensitive,” Rhimes argues that the media should use stronger language:

Hart surfaced in a second set of leaked emails in which Sony executive Clint Culpepper calls the actor a “whore” for asking for more money to promote Think Like a Man Too on Twitter. Hart replied in a Instagram post:

Both email exchanges bolster an argument that comedian Chris Rock made in a recent op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter that Hollywood is still “a White industry.”

The leaked emails were part of a massive hack of confidential Sony documents, film budgets, executive salaries and personal information of stars. A group that calls itself the Guardians of Peace have taken credit for the breach.

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Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin Apologize for ‘Inappropriate’ Emails Leaked in Sony Hack

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Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group Amy Pascal attends the 14th annual AFI Awards Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills on Jan. 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills. Jason Merritt—Getty Images

Emails leaked in major hack attack against Sony

A Sony executive and Oscar-winning producer have apologized after a large hack against the production company leaked their email exchange that included race jokes about President Barack Obama.

“The content of my emails to Scott were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am,” Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I made a series of remarks that were meant only to be funny, but in the cold light of day, they are in fact thoughtless and insensitive — and not funny at all,” explained the producer, Scott Rudin.

The emails, which speculated about Obama’s interest in movies featuring narratives like 12 Years a Slave, Django Unchained and The Butler, were released alongside many other documents in a hacking attack against Sony.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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Supermodel Beverly Johnson Says Bill Cosby Drugged Her

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Portrait of American fashion model and actress Beverly Johnson in the 1980s. Anthony Barboza—Getty Images

She writes in Vanity Fair that she tried to confront Cosby about the alleged incident

Supermodel Beverly Johnson added her name Thursday to a growing list of women who have accused comedian and actor Bill Cosby of either drugging or sexually assaulting them in the past.

Writing for Vanity Fair, Johnson details how she met with Cosby several times in the 1980s to discuss and prepare for a possible role on The Cosby Show. During one visit at his home, she alleges, Cosby insisted she have a cappuccino from the espresso machine in his personal bar. Johnson says that because of her experimentation with drugs in the 70s, she “knew by the second sip of the drink Cosby had given me that [she’d] been drugged.” When she shouted at him and tried to fight him off, she claims, Cosby put her in a cab.

She later tried to call Cosby and confront him, but gave up after reaching his wife: “I didn’t call back the next day or any other day after that,” she adds. “At a certain moment it became clear that I would be fighting a losing battle with a powerful man so callous he not only drugged me, but he also gave me the number to the bedroom he shared with his wife.”

Johnson explains that she decided to break her silence following the many women, including her friend and fellow model Janice Dickinson, who have come forward to similarly accuse Cosby. The actor’s attorneys did not respond to Vanity Fair‘s requests for comment on Johnson’s accusations; Cosby has repeatedly denied or declined to comment on the allegations.

Read more at Vanity Fair

Read next: Bill Cosby Accuser Tamara Green Files Defamation Lawsuit

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Watch Pippa Middleton Country Dance in a Wyoming Bar

"It's easy to get carried away with the whole free-riding atmosphere," she said.

While Prince William and Kate toured New York and Washington D.C. on their royal visit to the U.S., the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister blogged for The Spectator this week about truffle hunting, wine exams and western dancing.

Back in November, Pippa Middleton had donned a plaid shirt, jeans and boots for a spin on the dancefloor in a bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, an area she calls “real cowboy country.” In excitement, people in the bar captured Pippa on camera and shared videos and photos on social media.

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Pippa writes: “Everyone wore cowboy boots and the men had big, non-ironic moustaches that curled upwards….My dancing partner was about 80, and I did my best to keep up. But it turns out I have two left feet, as least as far as moving to rhythm is concerned.”

The 31-year-old worries her “cringe-inducing moves” may have scuppered her chances of appearing in Strictly Come Dancing, the British version of TV show Dancing with the Stars.

Read more: Pippa Middleton weighs in on the matter of Kim Kardashian’s butt

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Sony Pictures Chief Amy Pascal Joked About Obama’s Race

She and producer Scott Rudin joked about what the president's favorite movies might be

Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Amy Pascal joked with Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin about President Obama’s race, according to leaked emails.

Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, emailed Rudin, who produced movies such as The Social Network and No Country for Old Men, to ask what she should say to Obama at a fundraising breakfast, Buzzfeed reports. “Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?”

“12 YEARS” Rudin replied.

Pascal went on to suggest other prominent films starring African Americans: “Or the butler. Or think like a man? [sic]”

“Ride-along,” wrote Rudin. “I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”

The emails were the latest in a series of leaks following a high-profile hacking attack by a group calling itself Guardians of Peace.

The leaks have revealed myriad squabbles Pascal has had with various Hollywood bigwigs, as well as precious nuggets regarding a slew of Hollywood stars, including Jonah Hill, George Clooney and Angelina Jolie.

[Buzzfeed]

Correction: The original version of this story was accompanied by a photograph which incorrectly identified its subject as the co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Amy Pascal. The post has since been updated.

Read next: The 7 Most Outrageous Things We Learned From the Sony Hack

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Italy’s Singing Nun Gives Pope Francis Her ‘Like a Virgin’ Cover

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In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L' Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis greets Sister Cristina Scuccia as she presents him with her CD at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Dec. 10, 2014 AP

This nun feels "touched for the very first time" (by God)

Italy’s famed singing nun met Pope Francis this week and brought him a gift: a copy of her first album.

Sister Cristina Scuccia, who won the Italian version of The Voice in June, presented the Pontiff with her debut CD during his general audience on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. The album’s tracks include her ballad-like take on Madonna’s pop classic “Like a Virgin.”

Though some members of the Catholic establishment have criticized the nun for the saucy track, Scuccia told the Guardian last month that she saw her version as a religious interpretation of the 1984 hit. In the original, Madonna croons that someone — ostensibly a new lover, but who knows, since Madonna never clarifies that it isn’t God — makes her feel “touched for the very first time.”

“I’m giving it a new interpretation from a faith standpoint,” Scuccia said. “We can all feel incomplete. I felt that when I was touched by God, then I felt loved like I’ve never been loved before.”

Scuccia also told the Guardian that her next big goal was to speak with, and perhaps even sing for, the Pope.

“I’d love to give him a copy of my album,” she said presciently.

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Melissa Rivers Speaks Publicly for the First Time Since Joan Rivers’ Death

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Television personality Melissa Rivers arrives at The Hollywood Reporter's 23rd annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, in Los Angeles, California Dec. 10, 2014 Jonathan Alcorn—Reuters

Melissa Rivers gave a speech at The Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment breakfast to honor her mother

Joan Rivers wasn’t the only one in her family who was good for a laugh. During her first public speech since the death of her mother, Melissa Rivers joked that she’s now an orphan.

The 46-year-old actress said that when she was approached to speak at the Hollywood Reporter‘s annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, which celebrated the release of the magazine’s power 100 list, she was “overwhelmed.”

“Not just because it is the first time I’m speaking in tribute to my mother, but because every single person in this room could hire me, and a few have actually fired me. You know who you are but I don’t want you to feel bad … but technically I am now an orphan,” Rivers said Wednesday.

The past three months have been “different,” she said, adding that she’ll remember her mother as being “fearless.”

“I don’t mean she didn’t have any fears,” said Rivers. “I mean that although she was only 5’2″, she stood tall and walked through them,” she said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “She was willing to say what others were thinking and too frightened to admit. She never apologized for a joke and no topic was taboo and she was fine with that.”

[THR]

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Taylor Swift: I’m Happily Single

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Singer Taylor Swift performs onstage during KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2014 Jason Merritt—Getty Images

And she's tired of having her friends accused of dating her

Songstress Taylor Swift has been romantically linked to everyone from Harry Styles to guitarist Matthew Healy of English rockers the 1975. But, her spokesperson tells PEOPLE, Swift is “happily single.”

Swift had asked the media as a favor for her upcoming birthday to “stop accusing all my friends of dating me” — and her representative said that the star was disappointed “that her one birthday request was ignored.”

The pop phenomenon turns 25 on Dec. 13, so there’s still time for the gossip columnists to grant her request.

Read more at PEOPLE

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People Names 2014’s 25 ‘Most Intriguing People’

Including Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pratt

What do Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pratt and Laverne Cox have in common? They were all named to People’s 2014 list of 25 most intriguing people.

The full list will appear in the latest issue, but a preview available online gives a glimpse into the star power.

People’s Most Beautiful Person of 2014 Lupita Nyong’o is among the newsmakers the magazine highlights, along with Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence and Dallas Buyers Club‘s Matthew McConaughey.

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Bill Cosby Accuser Tamara Green Files Defamation Lawsuit

Tamara Green, the plaintiff in a defamation lawsuit claiming that she was "sexually assaulted by comedian Bill Cosby in the 1970s" watches by video link from California as her attorney Joseph Cammarata (L) speaks about the suit that they have filed to a news conference in Washington on Dec. 10, 2014.
Tamara Green, the plaintiff in a defamation lawsuit claiming that she was "sexually assaulted by comedian Bill Cosby in the 1970s" watches by video link from California as her attorney Joseph Cammarata (L) speaks about the suit that they have filed to a news conference in Washington on Dec. 10, 2014. Jim Bourg—Reuters

The retired attorney says the comedian damaged her reputation after she accused him of drugging and groping her more than 40 years ago

Tamara Green, a retired California attorney who says Bill Cosby drugged and groped her in 1969 or 1970, filed a defamation lawsuit against the entertainer Wednesday.

In the suit, filed in Springfield, Massachusetts, not far from where Cosby has a home, Green says comments made by Cosby’s representatives to The Washington Post and Newsweek this year “impugned” her reputation and exposed her to “public contempt, ridicule, aversion or disgrace.”

She filed the suit to “restore her good name and reputation” her attorney, Joseph Cammarata, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“That’s all we’ve got in life at the end of the day,” he says. “It’s the most important thing we have.”

Other women Cosby has made public comments about are welcome to join the lawsuit, he says.

Representatives for Cosby could not immediately be reached for comment, but have repeatedly denied Green’s accusations through the years.

Walter Phillips Jr., one of Cosby’s attorneys, told the Post Cosby didn’t know Green and the allegations were untrue.

A person identified only as Cosby’s publicist, who is named in the court papers as David Brokaw, told Newsweek in February, “This is a 10-year discredited accusation that proved to be nothing at the time, and is still nothing.”

Her Lawyer Speaks Out

Because the statute of limitations is one year for defamation, Green is only suing him for those statements to those two publications, Cammarata says.

“She says that because of their pubic branding of her as a liar, it’s called into question her good name and reputation,” Cammarata says.

“At the core of whether or not she’s a liar is if what she says happened, happened,” he says. “If it happened and Bill Cosby said she was a liar, then my client wins. If it’s the other way around, Mr. Cosby wins.”

Green, 66, first came forward in February 2005, after former Temple employee Andrea Constand, 32, went to authorities saying Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion.

Green, who now lives in southern California, recently told PEOPLE coming forward ten years ago had repercussions for her.

“People I knew looked me right in the face and told me they didn’t believe me,” she says. “It’s crushing to be dismissed like that.”

“It has ended some relationships for me,” she says. “When the smoke cleared and the blood dried, I moved to a piece of land that had about an acre between me and the front gate. No bell either.”

“In their opinion, you’re a liar and it doesn’t bother them at all that they have no idea what they’re talking about,” she added.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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