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Woody Allen calls the HBO documentary “Allen v. Farrow” a “hatchet job,” and his memoir publisher is threatening to sue the network.

It’s been a longstanding and ongoing allegation in Hollywood that film director Woody Allen sexually abused his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, whose claims are highlighted in an HBO documentary series. Allen isn’t too happy about it. The HBO four-part series made its debut on Sunday, and it includes interviews with Allen’s former partner and Dylan’s adoptive mother, Mia Farrow. 

Both Farrows have accused Allen of sexually assaulting Dylan repeatedly throughout her childhood, beginning at age 7 in 1992. The series also consists of interviews with people who knew the family.

Immediately after the first episode aired, Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn, who also is Farrow’s adopted child and grew up with Dylan, issued a statement denying and dismissing the documentary. They called the series a “hatchet job” and said the series’ makers have “no interest in the truth.” 

“Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods,” the statement said. “As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false.”

While these allegations have lasted for years, Allen has never been arrested or prosecuted. Allen has continuously claimed Mia Farrow has made up the allegations and fed them to Dylan. The first time the allegations were made, in 1993, police in Connecticut launched an investigation. According to Yahoo! News, a new statement from Allen and Previn’s spokesperson said “multiple agencies” had investigated the allegation at the time “and found that, whatever Dylan Farrow may have been led to believe, absolutely no abuse had ever taken place.” 

The statement added that it was “sadly unsurprising that the network to air this is HBO – which has a standing production deal and business relationship with Ronan Farrow.” Ronan is Dylan’s brother, and he has supported his sister’s story. “While this shoddy hit piece may gain attention, it does not change the facts,” the statement said.

In the meantime, Allen’s memoir publisher Skyhorse Publishing is considering a copyright infringement lawsuit against HBO and the series filmmakers for allegedly using audio from Allen’s 2020 memoir Apropos of Nothing. “Neither the producers nor HBO ever approached Skyhorse to request permission to use excerpts from the audiobook,” the publishing company told Deadline on Monday. “Skyhorse received information second-hand only at the very end of last week that each of the documentary’s four episodes makes extensive use of audiobook excerpts,” Skyhorse added. 

“Promptly on Friday, February 19, our attorney notified HBO’s in-house counsel by letter that if the use of the audiobook were anywhere near what we were hearing, it would constitute copyright infringement. HBO has not responded to our letter.”

 




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Oklahoma Teacher Who Called Student’s “Black King” T-Shirt Racist Placed On Leave

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An Oklahoma teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave after chastising a 7th-grade student for wearing a “Black King” t-shirt, calling it racist.

According to KFOR, Edmond Public School District officials in Oklahoma met with the teacher on February 25 about the incident, but they have not shared whether or not any disciplinary action will be taken against the educator.

“Edmond Public Schools district administrators met this afternoon… with a Heartland Middle School teacher at the center of a complaint,” Susan Parks-Schlepp, the director of communications for the school district, said in a statement.

“The district recognizes the public’s desire for a quick resolution to this issue. However, it’s important to note that employees have fundamental rights to ensure fairness when they are the subject of a complaint. Those rights include an option for the teacher to respond to and contest any recommended disciplinary action,” Park-Schlepp continued.

The 7th grader, Latrell Taft, claims his teacher abruptly stopped teaching the class to chastise his “Black King” t-shirt, which he was given as a birthday present. The t-shirt included an outline of Africa and allegedly offended the teacher who called it “racist.”




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FAA Proposes $27,500 Fine For Passenger Accused Of Hitting Flight Attendants

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants a civil penalty of nearly $27,500 against a passenger accused of physically striking a flight attendant in the face after being asked to leave the plane.

During an October 2020 flight from Miami to Atlanta, the incident occurred when a verbal altercation turned violent after the flight attendant asked the passenger to disembark because her traveling companion refused to wear his mask.

The agency said the man also refused to follow any direction given to him during the flight, including wearing his seatbelt or returning his tray in the upright position during takeoff.

Once the aircraft returned to its gate in order for the pair to exit, the woman allegedly became belligerent, yelling at passengers and the flight attendant, and eventually struck the attendant in the face, under her left eye.

Federal law prohibits passengers from interfering with aircraft crew or physically assaulting them, or threatening to physically assault anyone on an aircraft.

Any passengers who violate this law are subject to civil penalties for such misconduct, which can threaten the flight’s safety by disrupting or distracting the cabin crew from their responsibilities.

“The FAA is strictly enforcing a zero-tolerance policy toward passengers who cause disturbances on flights or fail to obey flight crew instructions in violation of the FAA’s regulations or engage in conduct proscribed by federal law,” their press release stated.

The FAA did not identify the passengers involved in this incident, but the agency did state that the woman has 30 days to respond to the penalty.




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Deb Antney Talks Safaree and Nicki Minaj’s Relationship, “I Thought Safaree Was A Gay Guy That She Hung Out With”

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Deb Antney and the cast of FX’s limited docu-series “Hip Hop Uncovered” sat down with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN for the latest episode of “Drink Champs” and discussed all things Hip Hop.

The docu-series is an in-depth look at some of the OG’s who have been able to use their street experience to influence and cultivate Hip Hop Culture and make serious power moves in the music industry.

The series, which was conceptualized by L.A. street legend and manager Eugene “Big U” Henley, features in-depth interviews with Detroit gatekeeper Christian “Trick Trick” Mathis, Queens legend James “Bimmy” Antney, and his sister and Debra (Deb) Antney, as well as Brooklyn’s infamous Jacques “Haitian Jack” Agnant.

During the interview, Deb, who helped launch the careers of rap superstars like Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, and French Montana, shared her first impression of Nicki’s relationship with her former boyfriend, Safaree.

“I never knew her and Safaree was going together,” Antney explains to the panel. “I thought Safaree was a gay guy that she hung out with, and he was her helper. She never showed [affection].”

Deb explained that when she would book shows for Nicki, she would always book two rooms for her.

“When I was booking her out, she was like, ‘Deb, I need two rooms,’ but the two rooms wasn’t for him because she would get dressed in the other room, but I didn’t know that they went together. I never knew until he took my car from her, and she called me to lock him up. And then he called me, and that’s when he broke down everything.”

Deb also revealed that Safaree put his career on hold to help Nicki achieve her dreams.

“He put his career back for her, you know. He told me that. They put everything into her- to let her go,” Atney explained of the former couple’s relationship.

Deb also talked about how Gucci Mane allegedly stole $5,000 from French Montana back when she was managing him. 

“Gucci didn’t like French,” she added, “Because the first time he went in the studio to do a song with him, he paid Gucci $5,000 to get on a feature. And he was just sitting in the studio, but Gucci was gone out the back door. Gucci took the money and left.”

She continued, “Then, he called me, and French was like, ‘Yo, Gucci left,’ and I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ And I called him, and I said, ‘Gucc, where the hell you at? Why you take that boy got d–n money?’ And then he was like, ‘Man, f–k that p—y a—n—-a, he wasn’t doing nothing.’ I said, ‘Gucc, you can’t do no s–t like that.’ So, then French called me, he was like, “Yo aunty, that’s all the money I had. I didn’t have no more money.’”

Check out the full interview below.




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