1. Deepika-Ranveer to get married in November
  2. Over 400 theatres shut to protest against MP entertainment tax
  3. ‘Harold & Kumar’ director Danny Leiner dies at 57
  4. Anu Malik takes break from ‘Indian Idol’ amid sexual harassment allegations
  5. Selma Blair reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis
  6. Harassment stories anger me: Raveena Tandon on #MeToo
  7. ‘Death on the Nile’ release date pushed to October 2020
  8. Hit Sui Dhaaga crosses 125 crore worldwide GBO!
  9. I know I’ve become a star but don’t want to believe it: Ayushmann
  10. Drishyam Films’ award-winning-short-film Rammat Gammat (My Best Friend Shoes) to have its India Premiere at the 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star in the International Competition in Half Ticket
  11. First Chhota Bheem theatrical in 3d digital, trailer wows audiences on Dussera
  12. Shweta Pandit accuses Anu Malik of harassment
  13. Idris Elba in talks for ‘Cats’ movie
  14. add add ‘Orange Is the New Black’ to end with season 7
  15. We were all aware of casting couch in Hollywood: Micheal Caine
  16. Javier Bardem defends Woody Allen over sexual assault allegations
  17. ‘New Amsterdam’ an opportunity to challenge myself: Anupam Kher
  18. Making men priority was a big mistake: Neena Gupta
  19. #MeToo being used for character assassination: Anu Malik’s lawyer
  20. Raghu Rai and Manoj Bajpayee to attend 7th edition of DIFF with their respective films, Raghu Rai: An Unfinished Potrait and Bhonsle, Full line up announced today
  21. Asha Bhosle records puja song after over two decades
  22. Kit Harington will be done with Jon Snow after ‘Game of Thrones’ finale
  23. Chris Evans walk backs on his Captain America goodbye post
  24. Need closure to maintain my sanity: Grover on harassment accusation
  25. Bryan Adams makes it a night to remember in Gurgaon
  26. Tough to call sequels a safe bet: Arjun Kapoor
  27. Neha Dhupia wants to be unstoppable
  28. Russo Brothers wrap ‘Avengers 4’
  29. I don’t miss acting: Gwyneth Paltrow
  30. Atif Aslam performed and Mayurakshi won the best feature film award at the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival (Sg.Saiff)
  31. It is important to handle the #MeToo movement responsibly: Kriti Sanon
  32. #MeToo changed my definition of abuse: Natalie Portman
  33. Acting an emotionally draining, insecure profession: Parineeti
  34. Actor- files molestation complaint against Subhash Ghai
  35. Nushrat Bharucha defends director Luv Ranjan amid harassment claims
  36. Australian films will be screened in Indian film fests: Sidhu
  37. ‘Iron Fist’ canceled after two seasons at Netflix
  38. Film academy honors 19 student filmmakers
  39. Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh to star in thriller ‘Honest Thief’
  40. Women should be taken seriously and believed: Vicky Kaushal on #MeToo movement
  41. The Singapore South Asian Film Festival 2018 (Sg.SAIFF) launches the first edition of the South Asian Film Market (SAFM)
  42. Johnny Depp opens about ‘Fantastic Beasts’ casting row
  43. Hailee Steinfeld to host 2018 MTV EMA
  44. Ryan Coogler to write and direct ‘Black Panther 2’
  45. Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra appears in court in copyright case
  46. Pakistan Film Producers Association calls for ban on Indian films
  47. Selena Gomez seeking treatment after suffering emotional breakdown
  48. It was his general attitude towards women that would disturb me: Bipasha on Sajid Khan
  49. ‘True Detective’ season three to premiere on January 13, 2019
  50. Aditi Mittal renders unconditional apology to Kaneez Surka, says intentions were not sexual
  51. Understand, respect Aamir’s decision: Subhash Kapoor
  52. Sona Mohapatra claims Kailash Kher sexually harassed her
  53. Harassment of women not limited to cinema: Gulzar
  54. It has been nucleus of my every situation: Vinta Nanda on allegations against Alok Nath
  55. Rishi Kapoor dismisses rumours about his grey hair
  56. Anurag Kashyap steps down as MAMI’s board member
  57. Jackie Chan to voice star in ‘Once Upon a Zodiac’
  58. Vikas Bahl sends legal notices to Kashyap, Motwan
  59. Cameron Monaghan announces departure from ‘Shameless’
  60. ‘Pahuna’ film I believed in from the word go: Priyanka Chopra
  61. Jessica Biel to feature in and produce ‘Limetown’ series
  62. Netflix series ‘Selection Day’ to premiere on December 28
  63. Impossible to work with any person guilty of such grave misconduct: Hrithik Roshan on Vikas Bahl
  64. Ready to reinvestigate case if Tanushree desires: CINTAA
  65. Dilip Kumar stable
  66. Katt Williams arrested on assault charges
  67. Nana Patekar cancels press conference
  68. Lena Dunham suffering from fibromyalgia
  69. Sincere efforts to provide media entertainment will only work (By: Kavita Meer)
  70. Box Office Disasters…. When will we learn? (By Kavita Meer)
  71. Billions earned, Producer gets none…. Where is the revenue going? (By: Kavita Meer)
  72. Humaramovie’s next Jaaon Kahan Bata Ae Dil to World Premiere in MAMI’s India Gold Competition
  73. Instead of #MeToo, it should be #YouToo for men: Shilpa
  74. Vikramaditya Motwane apologises for inaction in Vikas Bahl sexual harassment case
  75. There will never be a female 007, says Bond producer Barbara Broccoli
  76. I was ill-advised: Anurag Kashyap on allegations of sexual harassment against Vikas Behl
  77. Simon Pegg boards cast of Amazon’s ‘The Boys’
  78. Keira Knightley says she had mental breakdown and PTSD at 22
  79. Nandita and Rima Das bond at the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival 2018 (SGSAIFF)
  80. Manoj Bajpayee’s next feature BHONSLE’s World Premiere at 23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018 received an outstanding reception from the audience
  81. Rani Mukerji to promote ‘Hichki’ in China
  82. #MeToo is about right vs wrong: Deepika Padukone
  83. Govt not biased towards Patekar, police will probe if plaint is filed: Minister
  84. One year of #MeToo: Time to break the silence, say women
  85. add add Ben Affleck thanks family after completing rehab stint
  86. Amy Schumer, Emily Ratajkowski arrested in Kavanaugh protests
  87. Justin Simien to direct Sylvia Robinson biopic
  88. Deepika Padukone to star in, produce film on acid attack survivor
  89. Maha police files case against Tanushree for comments against MNS chief
  90. UFO Moviez to releaseUnited Nations World Food Programme & SAWA cinema campaign #FeedOurFuture in 6500 screens
  91. Krishna Raj Kapoor kept vast family of celebrated individuals together: Bachchan
  92. Sam Claflin to star in ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot
  93. Pankaj Tripathi brings everyone together on sets: Shraddha Kapoor
  94. add add John Legend to release Christmas album
  95. Gandhi’s favourite ‘bhajan’ goes global, artists from 124 nations pay musical homage
  96. Michael Jackson wanted to play James Bond
  97. Hope fame won’t be short-lived, says Radhika Apte
  98. Gusto Worldwide Media Announces Sale of Original Series to ACCION
  99. Krishna Raj Kapoor, wife of Raj Kapoor, dies at 87
  100. We were really close to official ‘Friends’ reunion: Kevin S Bright
  101. Desire to make movies had withered in me, says Mahesh Bhatt
  102. Kit Harington calls out toxic masculinity
  103. Posthumous Leonard Cohen LP in the works
  104. Can relate to Saina Nehwal’s journey, says Shraddha Kapoor
  105. Bradley Cooper won’t direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’
  106. I’m a calmer person today: Anushka on 10 years in Bollywood
  107. Gal Gadot in talks for ‘Death on the Nile’
  108. Kevin Spacey sued by masseur over alleged sexual assault in 2016
  109. Salma Hayek joins comedy film ‘Limited Partners’
  110. I haven’t received any legal notice from Nana Patekar: Tanushree Dutta
  111. 7th Dharamshala International Film Festival McLeod Ganj, 1 – 4 November 2018 announces its programming highlights
  112. Why Bill Cosby sentencing marks watershed moment for #MeToo
  113. Indian-American Padma Laksmi says she was raped at 16
  114. Anupam Kher-starrer “New Amsterdam” premiers Tuesday
  115. ‘Merey Pyare Prime Minister’ to release on December 14
  116. Sonu Sood honoured with Doctorate Degree of Taekwondo
  117. Salman Khan is my real-life hero: Warina Hussain
  118. I like to live on the edge: Radhika
  119. As an actor, you can’t keep concentrating on film’s business: Varun Dhawan
  120. Queen Latifah teases ‘Girls Trip’ sequel
  121. Richard Madden eyes Bond role
  122. Tone can’t change with preference to colour: Shilpa on facing racism at Sydney airport
  123. Kalpana Lajmi passes away at 64, friends remember the filmmaker
  124. ‘Kingsman 3’ to release in 2019 with Matthew Vaughn attach to write, direct
  125. ‘Village Rockstars’ is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019
  126. Gemma Chan happy with success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’
  127. ‘Mohalla Assi’ motion poster: The Sunny Deol and Sakshi Tanwar starrer to release on November 16
  128. add add I’m a bad cop, Ajay’s good cop: Kajol on parenting
  129. Shahid Kapoor on getting boxed as ‘chocolate boy’: There were no options
  130. Netflix orders second season of ‘Insatiable’
  131. Jon Hamm wants to play Batman if story is good
  132. Halle Berry to make directorial debut with ‘Bruised’
  133. Amitabh Bachchan sends handwritten notes to Vicky Kaushal, Taapsee Pannu
  134. Never thought Nawazuddin would become such a huge star: Rajkumar Hirani
  135. Gusto TV to Launch on Free OTT Service XUMO
  136. Toronto premiere of National Award-winning filmmaker Rima Das’ BULBUL CAN SING screened to a packed house of audience
  137. French TV exports on the rise
  138. Ryan makes me feel strong and independent: Blake Lively
  139. Noel Gallagher turned down chance to feature on ‘Trainspotting’ soundtrack
  140. Dilip Kumar in ICU, doing fine
  141. Never felt I have failed: Govinda
  142. Michael Caine joins Czech historical biopic ‘Medieval’
  143. Rapper Mac Miller dead at 26
  144. Academy postpones plans for new popular film Oscar category
  145. Don’t think I’ll get married again: Kalki Koechlin
  146. Venice premiere of Ivan Ayr’s debut feature SONI gets a standing ovation at the festival
  147. ‘Loveratri’ not demeaning any culture: Salman Khan
  148. Morgan Freeman will keep SAG Life Achievement Award after investigation
  149. I thank Shah Rukh for giving me Bigg Boss: Salman Khan
  150. Casting room was my training ground, says ‘Stree’ actor Abhishek Banerjee
  151. Govinda-starrer ‘Fryday’ to release on October 12
  152. Manoj Bajpayee’s next feature ‘Bhonsle’ to have its World Premiere at 23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018 in ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ section
  153. I won’t retire, says Paul McCartney
  154. Kangana best to take ‘Manikarnika’ forward: Kamal Jain
  155. Nandita Das’ MANTO starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui to open the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival 2018 (Sg.SAIFF)
  156. Anil Kapoor and Shabana Azmi at the special screening of Once Again
  157. Film Fest Gent to close 45th edition with ‘Beautiful Boy’ by Felix van Groeningen
  158. I get scared easily, says Shraddha Kapoor
  159. Hrithik one of the most dignified people I have met: Disha Patani
  160. Alec Baldwin to play Bruce Wayne’s father in ‘Joker’
  161. Jackson Odell died of accidental drug overdose
  162. UK box office summer report: surprising success despite hot weather and football
  163. Asia Argento denies sexual assault, says Anthony Bourdain paid off accuser
Why Bill Cosby sentencing marks watershed moment for #MeToo

Monday’s sentencing of the stand-up comic and actor Bill Cosby to three to 10 years for drugging and molesting a woman was a watershed moment for the formidable #MeToo movement.

 

Pennsylvania judge Steven O’Neill delivered the first custodial sentence to a world-renowned entertainer since #MeToo erupted in late 2017 and, legal observers say, it may change the way society views accusers and accused in such cases.

 

“I am hopeful that the #MeToo movement has made a difference in the minds of the public by educating a great number of people, not only with respect to how often these types of crimes are committed, but also with respect to a victim’s genuine reluctance to come forward,” says former federal prosecutor Priya Sopori.

 

“Whether you believe [Cosby’s accuser Andrea Constand] or not, she clearly believes that she is telling the truth. This is her truth and her experience. Someone in this stage of her life and career has nothing to gain and everything to lose by coming forward.”

 

Indeed the fortitude and testimony of the 44-year-old former director of operations of the women’s basketball team at Temple University in Philadelphia could be a game-changer.

 

#MeToo is dispelling the myth that victims are fabricating stories

 

“As a prosecutor one of the things you learn is that when it comes to sexual accusations, human memory is very complex and people will remember incidents differently,” says Sopori, who is now in private practice at law firm Greenberg Glusker. “To me that offers insight into why someone wouldn’t want to subject herself to what Andrea Constand was subjected to. There’s this idea that victims are fabricating stories, and that is for the most part a myth. #MeToo is helping people dispel that myth and come forward.”

 

Dozens of women have come forward in the past year alleging Cosby’s sexual misconduct. Former supermodel Janice Dickinson gave testimony at the trial. Yet the key role went to Constand. The fact that she stuck to her guns in a manner that was credible and persuasive enough to send Cosby to state prison for aggravated indecent assault will give hope to others who claim they have been abused in similar ways by powerful entertainment industry figures.

 

Constand was 30 when Cosby first drugged her then proceeded to sexually assault her at his Philadelphia home in 2004. She had known Cosby through his fundraising activities at the institution and regarded the globally renowned entertainer as a mentor and friend.

 

In court a victim impact statement by Constand described how the man once known as ‘America’s Dad’ had crushed her spirit. “He robbed me of my health and vitality,” Constand wrote, “my open nature, and my trust in myself and others.”

 

Cosby’s own life and the ugly truth behind it will also remind people that sex attackers are not just faceless monsters but in some cases people of distinction who have worked hard, perhaps even performed good deeds, and accomplished much in their lives.

 

The 81-year-old entertainer was for a long time an inspiration to many. He may still be so. Born into a humble family, he became the first African-American man to play the lead in a US TV drama – I Spy – and also portrayed a successful obstetrician at the head of a household in the long-running The Cosby Show.

 

It was a pioneering portrayal of African-Americans in popular culture, and yet Cosby’s self-righteousness in his stand-up shows and his tendency to berate black people for their dress and manner became a source of irritation to some.

 

Stand-up comic Hannibal Buress’ viral joke

 

In 2014 stand-up comic Hannibal Buress told an audience, “Bill Cosby has the fucking smuggest old black man public persona that I hate. He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the ‘80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”

 

Buress claimed his remark was a joke, however it became a joke that went viral. At that point, all the allegations of sexual assault concering Cosby that had been circulating for decades took hold. Women, emboldened, began to come forward in numbers and the rest is history.

 

“This was a serious crime,” Judge O’Neill said as he passed sentenced on Monday, hours after categorising the celebrity defendant a sexually violent predator. “Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The day has come, the time has come.” Cosby will serve the minimum three years before he becomes eligible for parole.

 

“Cosby’s sentencing should serve as a reminder to abusers everywhere that no one operates with impunity,” the Time’s Up movement posted on Twitter after the sentence was handed down. “We remain in solidarity with all of the brave women who came forward and hold them in our hearts today.”

 

’Had the judge not sentenced him to prison there would have been a huge outcry’

 

“Had the judge not sentenced him to prison there would have been a huge outcry,” says Dimitry Gorin, a former prosecutor who is now in private practice at Eisner Gorin LLP as a defence attorney and has seen both sides of the legal fence.

 

“Three to 10 years is on par for sexual assault cases after trial,” says Gorin. “It seems consistent compared to other cases I have seen. I’m seeing many more cases of people coming forward years later making accusations against men and women.

 

“It’s very difficult to prove old cases because you may not have witnesses or [certain] evidence as opposed to going to the police right away. If you have a celebrity case and multiple victims alleging the same thing it becomes much more provable.”

 

Cosby was denied bail pending appeal. Gorin says historically the odds of a sentence being overturned on appeal are slim.

 

Now the #MeToo movement, fired up by Monday’s sentence, marches on. Other famous, wealthy, powerful men of accomplishment in the world of entertainment face allegations of sexual offences. Some are lying low as the authorities build cases against them. Cosby maintained a low profile after his April conviction, when he was released on $1m bail and ordered to stay in his Philadelphia home wearing a GPS tracking device.

 

On Monday he spent his first night in state prison as a convicted sex offender.

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