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Miley Cyrus announces she will perform for healthcare workers at Super Bowl

Miley Cyrus will be making an appearance at this year’s Super Bowl!

The ‘Plastic Hearts’ singer, announced she would be performing at the Super Bowl’s first-ever TikTok Tailgate on February 7.

“I’ll be there for TIKTOK TAILGATE!!! I can’t wait to put on a show for the NFL’s honoured guests before the game…. Health care workers from Tampa and around the country! Join the tailgate at 2:30 PM ET FEBRUARY 7 on @TikTok & @cbstv,” Cyrus wrote on her social media channels.

Earlier in the week, it was revealed the NFL would have 22,000 attend the game. More than 7,500 health care workers have been granted free admission.

Many other artists are getting involved in the Superbowl this year. Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church will perform the National Anthem, and H.E.R. is slated to sing ‘America the Beautiful.’ The Weeknd is set to perform the highly coveted half time show.

“We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position. I’m humbled, honoured and ecstatic to be the centre of that infamous stage this year,” The Weeknd said in a statement at the time.

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said of the event, “These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude. We hope in a small way that this initiative will inspire our country and recognize these true American heroes. This is also an opportunity to promote the importance of vaccination and appropriate health practices, including wearing masks in public settings.”

Reality star Madison LeCroy shares text messages from Kristin Cavallari’s ex Jay Culter amid Instagram drama

There seems to be tension brewing between reality star Kristin Cavallari, her estranged husband Jay Cutler and his rumoured fling Madison LeCroy.

Over the weekend, Cavallari, 34, and Culter, 37, reunited for a sweet snap almost one year on from ending their 10-year relationship, seven of which they were married.

In the photo, the exes stood by side-by-side with the caption, “The world is full of users. 10 years. Can’t break that.”

Fans speculated online that the message was directed at LeCroy, who stars in the reality TV series Southern Charm. Apparently, Cutler was not happy with LeCroy for discussing him in a recent interview on Andy Cohen‘s Watch What Happens Live in early January.

Although she told Cohen in the episode that she would not “kiss and tell”, dating rumours intensified which seemingly upset the former Chicago Bears quarterback. 

The cosy photograph quickly caught LeCroy’s attention after her friend commented on the pic, “I’m confused”, to which the reality star replied, “Call me sis and I’ll tell you. Can’t wait to clear this up.”

And clear it up she did. To prove she wasn’t using Culter to elevate her profile, LeCroy shared some screenshots of their text messages to each other, which appeared to show Cutler was the one who pursued her months after his split from Cavallari — the mother of his three children: Camden, eight, Jaxon, six, and Saylor, five.

“Morning. Yes, so, it looks to me like I’m going to have to drop some receipts. Hate to do that,” LeCroy said on Instagram Stories before sharing the screenshots.

In the first message, LeCroy asked Cutler why he was willing to fly from Nashville, Tennessee, to visit her at her home in Charleston, South Carolina.

“What are you coming here for? Cause you didn’t tell me anything,” she asked.

When he replied, “To hang out with you,” LeCroy said, “Well, you’ve got to ask me.”

In a second screenshot, the single mum shared an exchange with Cutler which appeared to be about her WWHL interview.

“It was insinuated and my name was also brought into it which I don’t appreciate,” he said, seemingly referring to the dating rumours. 

LeCroy hit back with, “I am disgusted by this whole situation. You reached out to me… Your intentions may have not been pure but that may be you projecting. I’ve never said anything about Kristin nor would I. I came into this honestly with good intentions.

“I want no part of being involved in a payback or drama. But you initiated and pursued. If you weren’t interested in something real you shouldn’t have … with me.”

The star strategically covered a word with a caption box, which read, “Kept my mouth shut until I got called a liar…” She then shared a photo of them together with the caption, “Too bad it didn’t work out.”

In an interesting twist, around the same time they were rumoured to be dating, Cavallari was linked to LeCroy’s Southern Charm co-star and ex-boyfriend Austen Kroll. 

David Arquette believes he owes daughter Coco an apology since his split from Courteney Cox

David Arquette has some regrets about how his divorce impacted his daughter Coco Arquette.

The actor, 49, revealed his divorce from ex Courteney Cox, 56, took its toll on Coco, 16, and feels that he owes her an apology.

Arquette was asked in an interview for The Guardian, “To whom would you most like to say sorry and why?” Arquette responded, “My daughter, Coco, because divorce is so difficult.”

Arquette has been previously vocal about the challenges involved in co-parenting his daughter with the Friends star.

“We’re co-parents to our daughter who’s 16, so we have a really great relationship,” Arquette told Yahoo! Entertainment. “We’re friends, and we’ve communicated a lot because of Coco.

“We’ve just had — not an easy time with it. We’ve been really open and supportive of each other. We never went head-to-head [or] battled each other through the process of divorce and through the process of raising our kid, so it’s made for a friendship and relationship that is out of respect.”

The exes are also expected to partner on a new project. Arquette has signed on to return to his role as Sheriff Dewey Riley in the upcoming Scream reboot. Cox will reprise her role as news reporter Gale Weathers.

READ MORE: David Arquette on co-parenting daughter Coco with ex Courteney Cox: ‘We have a really great relationship’

Arquette and Cougar Town actress met on the set of Scream in 1996. Three years later, they got married but split up in 2010.

Arquette has since married Christina McLarty. The couple wed in 2015, and share two children, Charlie, six, and Augustus, three. Meanwhile, Cox is in a relationship with Snow Patrol lead singer Johnny McDaid.

Larry King’s best celebrity interviews: From Marlon Brando’s kiss to Jerry Seinfeld’s fit

With a career spanning 63 years, Larry King had many memorable moments behind the mic.

The veteran broadcaster, who died on Saturday at the age of 87, became a household name as the host of CNN’s Larry King Live, which logged a record-setting run of hours from 1985 to 2010.

When King signed off of CNN for the last time on December 16. 2010, he had clocked in more than 6,000 shows. His on-air trademarks included his vintage RCA microphone, his sense of humour and his ever-present suspenders.

Here’s a sampling of classic King interviews:

Marlon Brando

In 1994, King interviewed the famously iconoclastic actor who was promoting his book, Songs My Mother Taught Me. King conducted the interview at Brando’s home, and the two-time Oscar winner answered every question about his childhood and career. The interview famously ended with Brando giving King a kiss.

The Beatles Reunion

The year 2007 saw the Beatles reunite for King when they appeared on the show to promote the new Cirque du Soleil show Love, which was based on the legendary band’s music. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison — Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison — all made appearances. During the interview, King asked Ono what Lennon would have thought of the show. Ono replied, “I was a little bit worried about what John would have thought. And now I really know that John would be very happy with this, yes.”

He asked Harrison’s widow, Olivia, the same question. She answered, “I think he would have loved it. I just know he would have. I know that he — he loved Cirque. You know, Cirque is a very romantic thing. He was a very romantic person. And I know he would have enjoyed it.”

During one moment, King accidentally referred to Ringo as “George.”

Jerry Seinfeld

Also in 2007, Jerry Seinfeld appeared on the show. As the two discussed Seinfeld’s classic NBC series Seinfeld, which ran from 1989 to 1998. King at one point asked Seinfeld if the series was cancelled, and Seinfeld went on a tirade responding that he was the one who had called it quits and not the other way around. At one point, Seinfeld asks King, “I was the No. 1 show on television, Larry. Do you know who I am?!” and asked for someone to get King a copy of his resume.

Liza Minnelli

In an unforgettable moment during King’s interview with Liza Minnelli in 2010, the screen legend burst into song. Minnelli, who made headlines with the breakup of her marriage to David Guest, was asked by King, who was married eight times if she would consider another trip down the aisle. “Are you nuts? No, I would not,” she said. She went on to say, “I have the best taste in my career and the worst taste in men. I think it may be because I grew up in the land of dreams. I don’t know. I’ve always tried to figure it out. Where everything ended, when the white horse came in, off they went. I remember asking my mom once what happens after happily ever after? And there was this pause, and she said, ‘You’ll find out.'”

Lady Gaga

Also in 2010, Lady Gaga appeared on the show. The style icon and superstar, who is renowned for her eye-opening outfits, wore a silk shirt, a tie and suspenders copying King’s style. Gaga asked him, “Should I call you Larry or should I call you King Larry?”

During the conversation, King talked about her fanbase, but he also discussed Lupus as her aunt died of the disease. King asked if she had tested for it, to which she answered, “Lupus is in my family and it is genetic. The truth is, I don’t show any signs, any symptoms of lupus. But I have tested borderline positive for the disease. So, as of right now, I do not have it, but I have to take good care of myself.”

Celine Dion

In one iconic moment from 2005, Celine Dion broke down during an appearance with King. After the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, Dion came on and poured out all her emotions. In tears, the singer mentioned she had donated US$1 million (approx. $1.2 million) to the American Red Cross, but it was her “take a kayak” quote that was most memorable.

British actress Olivia Cooke takes on the patriarchy and Alec Baldwin’s gangster priest in new heist movie Pixie

Without giving too much away, Olivia Cooke and Alec Baldwin face-off in the new heist movie, Pixie. 

The British actress plays the title character who sticks it to the patriarchy and the priesthood in the crime-comedy in which Baldwin plays a drug-smuggling, gangster priest — with an Irish accent. 

But while it’s all guns blazing on set, behind the scenes Baldwin, Cooke and her onscreen dad, beloved Irish actor Colm Meaney, got along like old friends.

“They were brilliant. It was so much fun,” Cooke, 27, tells 9Honey Celebrity while promoting the movie from the UK. “Obviously, they can regale you with stories like old veterans of the entertainment industry and tell you all these sparkly bits of gossip from sets gone by, which are really fun and which I really love more than filming sometimes. Just getting these actors aside between takes and asking me to tell them gossip.  

“It was just brilliant, and they were really lovely people and just very lovely humans to act opposite.”

Cooke — who was born and raised in Greater Manchester — had to adopt an Irish accent for the film, as did Baldwin. So, who did it better?

“Oh, God. Well, we did very different Irish accents, I would think. So I don’t really know if it’s comparable. And that’s my diplomatic answer for that,” laughs Cooke, who in 2018 found success in the Steven Spielberg-directed blockbuster Ready Player One.

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Pixie was filmed in 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, before the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the globe. In the film, Cooke’s character, Pixie O’Brien, is on a mission to avenge her mother’s death. 

But instead, she gets caught up with Frank (played by Bohemian Rhapsody star Ben Hardy) and Harland (played by Peaky Blinders star Daryl McCormack), two regular blokes who try to strike a deal with local gangsters. 

The rookies suddenly find themselves way above their heads as thugs chase them across the Irish countryside, with the street-smart and savvy Pixie forced to call the shots.

But if you think her character exists solely to play sidekick to Frank and Harland, you’re sorely mistaken. Calling Cooke’s character ‘Pixie’ was a deliberate move by director Barnaby Thompson and writer Preston Thompson, who wanted to take on the ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’ trope, whereby a female actress often plays the quirky fantasy woman who saves male protagonists from themselves. 

“Even naming her Pixie is a wink, wink, nudge, nudge to this Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope that I think a lot of people when watching this movie have said, ‘Oh, you’re just playing the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.’ Well, it’s really not,” Cooke explains. “Just the mere fact she’s called Pixie doesn’t mean she is this archetype of a sidekick or a girlfriend or a conjuring of males’ darkest fantasies.

“Pixie is just really naughty, and I got to exercise that part of myself in a safe environment where I’m not really hurting anyone in real life and it was just so much fun. To be manipulative and cheeky and to be really powerful and play a character where I wasn’t really sure if she was going to be liked or not. I think playing her as this Irish woman as well just brings a whole different side to that personality. It was just really sparkly and quite tongue-in-cheek to play her.”

And Cooke had just as much fun with her co-stars Hardy and McCormack as she did with Baldwin, 62, and Colm Meaney, 67. 

I think we ended up having more fun off-camera than we did on,” she reveals. “And that says a lot because we were laughing a lot and being quite naughty on set. We really used and abused the pubs and clubs in Belfast. 

“We were away from home and we were all staying in a hotel and there were about 17 million pubs opposite the hotel! You wanna break bread and talk about the filming of the day and what you thought of the scene, and just get to know your co-stars. It was all really lovely. I miss it — pubs!” 

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Cooke — who has starred in hit series such as Vanity Fair and Bates Motel, and will play Alicent Hightower in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon — will also look back fondly on her time filming Pixie because the film allowed her one last adventure before the pandemic.

“In a way, it kind of satisfied that wanderlust we had before we knew everything was going to change,” she says. “And also, Ireland as a country is so gorgeous. I’ve never really explored it before — I’ve only been to Dublin, so I was really lucky to have that experience.”

PIxie is in cinemas on January 28.

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Keira Knightley reveals she will no longer appear in sex scenes directed by men

Keira Knightley has revealed she will no longer participate in sex scenes if a male director is behind the camera.

The 35-year-old actress shared her views this week on the Chanel Connects podcast, outlining her new policy when it comes to onscreen sex scenes.

“It’s partly vanity and also it’s the male gaze,” she said. “If I was making a story that was about that journey of motherhood and body [acceptance] I feel like, I’m sorry, but that would have to be with a female filmmaker. I don’t have an absolute ban, but I kind of do with men.” 

The actress has starred in several sex scenes on films before, including Atonement in 2007 and Colette in 2018, but in recent times she’s had a change of heart. Case in point, in her 2019 movie Aftermath, a body double was used to film her sex scenes with co-star Alexander Skarsgård.

“I don’t want it to be those horrible sex scenes where you’re all greased up and everybody is grunting. I’m not interested in doing that,” she explained on the podcast. “I feel very uncomfortable now trying to portray the male gaze. Saying that, there’s times where I go, ‘Yeah, I completely see where this sex would be really good in this film and you basically just need somebody to look hot’.”

Back in 2019, Knightley also revealed to Body + Soul that she strengthened the nudity clauses in her contracts to reflect her new stance. 

“I think I am in a position where I can be quite dictatorial about what I am comfortable with and what I am not. I am in a position where I can say yes and no,” she told the outlet. “I have a contract that is very clear about what I am prepared to do and with sex scenes, in particular, I have approval over the final edit.”

Larry King’s grief-stricken sons pay tribute to their late father in heartfelt message

The sons of Larry King have spoken out following the iconic broadcaster’s death over the weekend.

Larry Jr., 59, Chance, 21, and Cannon King, 20 released a statement via Facebook on January 24, expressing their grief over their dad’s passing at the age of 87. 

“We are heartbroken over our father’s death, and together with our extended family mourn his passing,” reads the statement posted to the social media platform.

“The world knew Larry King as a great broadcaster and interviewer, but to us he was ‘dad.’ He was the man who lovingly obsessed over our daily schedules and our well-being, and who took such immense pride in our accomplishments — large, small, or imagined.”

They added that despite their father’s career and successes, his family remained his top priority. 

“And, through it all, we knew without a doubt in the world that he loved us more than life itself,” the statement continued. “He was an amazing father, and he was fiercely loyal to those lucky enough to call him a friend. We will miss him every single day of our lives.”

They ended their heartfelt tribute by asking fans to donate to the American Heart Association or the Beverly Hills Fire Department EMS, both of which they felt “a debt of gratitude is owed for the wonderful care they provided to our dad in his final years”.

King sadly died on Saturday in LA. While his official cause of death has not been announced, the broadcaster had been hospitalised in ICU with COVID-19 just weeks ago.

King was married eight times to seven women (one of which he wed twice) and he produced five children from his unions: sons Andy, Larry Jr., Chance, and Cannon, and daughter Chaia. Tragically, Andy and Chaia — died last year, within a month of each other.

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Proud dad Richard Wilkins announces son Christian Wilkins is the new ambassador for Pantene

Richard Wilkins is one proud dad.

The Weekend Today host announced that his son, Christian Wilkins, has been named the Australia and New Zealand ambassador for haircare label Pantene — and the 25-year-old is the first-ever male to front the brand locally.

“Very proud of my boy @theprincewilkins — the new face and hair of @panteneanz! The first male ambassador ever in Aus…#itdidnthappenovernight…. but it did happen! X” the Nine personality shared on Instagram while referencing the label’s once-famous slogan.

Christian, who is currently signed to Chadwick Models, is understandably stoked with his new gig.

“as @panteneanz’s newest ambassador (!!) it’s my duty and honour to declare 2021 the year of bigger, better, bolder hair. 💕✨,” he wrote on Instagram alongside his first photoshoot for the brand.

“beyond excited to be joining this iconic brand as their very first Aussie male face (and hair) — shooting this was genuinely one of the best days of my life, truly a dream come true 😍 so shout out to Pantene and my parents for keeping me in good hair 😹😘.”

Indeed, Richard has been his son’s biggest supporter. In an interview with the Australian Women’s Weekly last year, the 66-year-old said that Christian has worked hard for this own success because the family name can only get you so far. 

“I’ve always said to Christian, ‘You are going to work twice as hard to get half as far’. Because people assume — incorrectly — that I’ve said, ‘Hey, can you put my kid in this thing?’ and it just doesn’t happen that way. You can open the door but once it’s half open it’s all up to him,” Richard said.

Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller supports JoJo Siwa after coming out as LGBTQIA+

Abby Lee Miller has shown her support for Dance Moms alum JoJo Siwa after she announced she is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

The dance instructor, 55, posted throwback photos of her and the performer via her Instagram page on Saturday, January 23.

“I always knew the world would be a more colourful, positive, sparkly place with a kind, loving, dazzling triple threat like you in it — a shining example for the kids out there to live their BEST lives each and every day.

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“You put your heart on the platter! (If you know you know) Love you kiddo!!! Keep making me proud.”

Siwa came out on social media over the weekend, after dropping hints for a few days.

“Personally, I have never, ever, ever been this happy before and it feels really awesome. I’ve been happy for a little bit now. It’s just so, so, so awesome,” she said in an Instagram Live. “You guys probably haven’t seen me this happy since I was on tour.”

One person asked, “How long have you been a part of the [LGBTQIA+] community? How long have you been whatever you are?”

“I don’t know,” JoJo answered. “I think my whole life. Because my whole life, I’ve really really been, I just liked people, but I have never fallen in love before. But I always believed that my person was just going to be my person. If that person happened to be a boy, great! And if that person happened to be a girl, great! I think I’m just really happy. I think in life you know when you meet your person, I really do.”

When a user asked about how she labelled herself, Siwa declined to specify how she identified.

“The reason I’m not going to say this answer is because I don’t really know this answer,” she said. “I think humans are awesome, I think humans are really incredible people. Right now, I’m super duper happy and I want to share everything with the world but I also want to keep things in my life private until they are ready to be public.”

Eagle-eyed Bridgerton fans spot modern-day fixture in scenes of hit Netflix Regency drama

Move over Game of Thrones coffee cup-gate, there’s a new TV blunder in town.

Fans of the Netflix Regency series Bridgerton have noticed a modern-day fixture that features in the period drama: a painted yellow line which surely did not exist in the 1800s when the show is set.

Turns out, the yellow lines indicate parking restrictions in the UK and weren’t introduced until 1947. However, the line could be seen in the first episode of the series when a horse-drawn carriage turns a corner on a cobbled road. Oh, dear readers, whatever would Lady Whistledown say?

“Really enjoying Bridgerton, but with the technology available to filmmakers these days, a yellow line?” one person tweeted.

Another Twitter user said they also noticed manhole in one scene featuring stars Nicole Coughlan (who plays Penelope Featherington) and Claudia Jessie (who plays Eloise Bridgerton) walking down the street.

“Two episodes into #Bridgerton and I’ve so far spotted a single yellow line and a telecoms manhole cover,” the user tweeted. “I didn’t realise the 19th Century Brits were such pioneers…” 

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Blunders aside, the series is projected to be the fifth largest Netflix original series launch of all time (behind The Witcher Season 1, Stranger Things Season 3, Money Heist Part 4 and Tiger King).

Released on Christmas Day, Bridgerton has reached the number-one spot on Netflix’s top 10 rankings in 76 countries and has been streamed by more than 63 million households.

READ MORE: Bridgerton stars Nicola Coughlan and Jonathan Bailey reveal details about Season 2

No surprises then that the show — which is based on a series of romance novels by Julia Quinn — has been renewed for a second season.

“I would love to do it because there are eight books in the Bridgerton series so there’s a lot more stories to go,” Coughlan recently told 9Honey Celebrity. “And the second series would be about Anthony [played by Jonathan Bailey], which would be really fascinating.”

Set in 1813, Bridgerton follows a high-class family and all the ups-and-downs of their high society lives and romances all narrated in a Gossip Girl vibe by Julie Andrews, who provides the voiceover for the anonymous Lady Whistledown. 

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Gregory Sierra, Barney Miller and Sanford and Son actor, dies at 83

Gregory Sierra, best known for his roles as Sgt. Miguel “Chano” Amanguale on Barney Miller and Julio Fuentes on Sanford and Son, died on January 4 in Laguna Woods, California, according to Orange County Health Dept. records. He was 83.

The New York-born-and-raised actor, of Puerto Rican descent, found success in his recurring role as Fred G. Sanford’s neighbour. His career remained steady through the end of the ’90s, often finding Sierra playing law enforcement roles. He appeared on Miami Vice, Murder, She Wrote, Hill Street Blues and MacGyver. His TV roles included guest spots on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The X-Files.

Before making it to Sanford and Son, Sierra had ties to Norman Lear. He appeared in one episode of the beloved sitcom All in the Family as Paul Benjamin, a Jewish extremist. Paul and Archie Bunker strike up a friendship after someone paints a swastika on the family’s front door. Paul offers the Bunkers protection, but is ultimately killed in a car bomb. It’s the only episode with no audience applause to close out the show.

In The Towering Inferno, he played Carlo the bartender, and appeared as a mutant called Verger in Beneath the Planet of the Apes. His other film roles included Papillon, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid and Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind.

As a resident of Laguna Woods, he starred in a local production of the play See How They Run in 2009. “Any role is demanding if you put yourself through a process,” Sierra told the Orange County Register at the time. “Because you expect something of yourself.”

He is survived by his wife, Helene.

Adele celebrates 10 year anniversary of her album 21: ‘It’s crazy how little I remember of what it was like’

Adele is looking back at a decade of success in the music industry.

The ‘Hello’ singer reflected on the release of her album 21, 10 years after the release turned her into a megastar.

“Well I never! Happy 10 years old friend! It’s crazy how little I remember of what it was like and how I felt a decade ago. But Thank You from the bottom of my heart for letting us into your lives and letting me be a soundtrack to some of it x,” Adele captioned the post.

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The second studio album from Adele featured tracks like ‘Rolling in the Deep’, ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘Set Fire To The Rain’. Those three tracks hit number one in the US, and it quickly became the best-selling album of the 21st century.

The artist, who was 24 years old at the time, scored six Grammy’s for the album.

Last month, it was confirmed that Adele is in the process of recording new music.

“This past week … I just got to work on some new music for Adele,” Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain said on the The Eddie Trunk Podcast.

“To hear that voice in my headphones was getting me chills. It was just so powerful and emotive. You know her voice, but to be across the room from somebody doing that, it’s just insane. You hear it on the radio and whatever and you go, ‘Yeah, it sounds really good,’ but to be in the room with these people and feel that energy, it’s just so heavy.”

Asia Argento accuses Fast And The Furious director Rob Cohen of sexual assault

Asia Argento is making fresh accusations of sexual abuse against The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen.

The Italian actor and director — who has been one of the most outspoken voices against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and is an early accuser of disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein — on Sunday confirmed to Variety allegations that she made over the weekend in an interview with Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera and other Italian media outlets.

“It’s the first time I’m talking about Cohen,” Argento told the Milan daily. “He abused me, making me drink GHB, he had a bottle of it,” she said, referring to the fast-acting anaesthetic with a history of use in date rape.

“At the time, I really didn’t know what it was. I woke up in the morning naked in his bed,” Argento added. She alleged that Cohen’s assault took place while she was filming the 2002 Cohen-directed actioner xXx, alongside Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson.

“I confirm what [was] reported by Corriere,” Argento told Variety in a text message. “I talk about it in my autobiography,” she added.

Argento’s accusations against Cohen are covered in her upcoming autobiography Anatomy of a Wild Heart, which will be out in Italy from January 26.

Speaking Saturday on Mediaset talk show Verissimo to promote the book, Argento specified that she had not previously come out with the accusations against Cohen for various reasons.

On the show, Argento maintained she was initially unsure what had happened to her when she was allegedly drugged and raped. “I discovered later, speaking with a friend who opened my eyes about that substance [GHB],” she said.

Subsequently, once she fully realised, Argento said she “did not want to create another storm.” She noted, however, that “since two women have spoken against [Cohen], including his daughter,” she subsequently decided to come forth with her accusations.

In 2019, Cohen was accused via a Huffington Post report of allegedly sexually assaulting an unnamed victim — given the name “Jane” in the article to protect her anonymity — while she was unconscious. The reported assault occurred in 2015 after Cohen invited “Jane” to a business meeting in Manhattan to discuss collaborating on a TV pilot.

Earlier in 2019, Cohen faced similar charges from his daughter Valkyrie Weather who accused him of molesting her when she was a child. Weather also accused Cohen of taking her to visit sex workers in overseas shooting locations when she was a teen. Cohen has denied the allegations in both cases.

The director did not respond to Variety’s requests for comment by press time. A rep for Cohen denied the allegations to AFP on Friday.

“Mr Cohen categorically denies Asia Argento’s accusation of assault against him as absolutely false,” a spokesperson for Cohen told AFP.

“When they worked together, they had an excellent working relationship and Mr Cohen considered her a friend, so this claim dating back to 2002 is bewildering, especially given what has been reported about her in recent years.”

Argento, who in 2017 became a leading #MeToo figure when she spoke out against Weinstein for Ronan Farrow’s The New Yorker article, was subsequently accused of sexual assault herself in 2018 by US actor Jimmy Bennett, in a case that was settled after her late partner Anthony Bourdain paid Bennett US$380,000 (approx. $482,000) following his accusations, which Argento denied.