ALYSSA MILANO ATTENDS KAVANAUGH HEARING
WASHINGTON (AP) – Like everybody, celebrities have been weighing in on what they saw and heard at the Brett Kavanaugh hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday. And one actress involved in the (hash) MeToo movement was on hand to witness the dramatic events. Alyssa Milano was on hand as a guest of Senator Dianne Feinstein (FYN’-styn), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The actress says she felt like she “needed to be” there to show solidarity for Christine Blasey (BLAY’-zee) Ford, Kavanaugh’s accuser. Milano said she figured the day “will be very difficult” for Ford – so she wanted to be on hand for moral support.
THIRD KAVANAUGH ACCUSER DOES INTERVIEW
ATLANTA (AP) – The third woman to make a sexual assault allegation Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has done a TV interview. Julie Swetnick wasn’t invited to testify at the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. But she did appear in an interview with John Heilman on the Showtime show “The Circus.” Swetnick says she doesn’t believe Kavanaugh should be on the Supreme Court because of the sexual assault allegations against him. As for the claim Kavanaugh could be excused because the incident with accuser Christine Blasey (BLAY’-zee) Ford occurred decades ago – Swetnick said “that’s not the kind of behavior that anybody at any age should do.”
KAVANAUGH HEARING CELEBRITY REACTION
UNDATED (AP) – Celebrity reaction to the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee:
– “These men are wholly uninterested and unmoved by this woman’s words…Dr. Ford has to talk about the worst trauma of her life in front of them. This is the reality of being survivor of sexual assault in this country. (hash)WeBelieveDrFord (hash)WeBelieveSurvivors (hash)metooMVMT” – founder of the MeToo movement, Tarana Burke, via Twitter.
– “I do NOT know how I got home after I was raped at 15. No memory of it. Neither does she. (hash)ChristinaBlaseyFord” – actress Ashley Judd, via Twitter.
– “(hash)IfOnly I could save you. (hash)IfOnly I could help you remove that weight from your tired shoulders and become the joy of an unburdened you. My prayer for all survivors of sexual assault. (hash)MeToo” – actress Alyssa Milano, later tweeting from inside the hearing: “I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.”
– “The Democrats will do anything in their power to win no matter what, this time you’ve lost and will keep losing, the American people are a lot smarter than you are, we can see the truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God. (hash)ConfirmJudgeKavanaughNow.”- actor and Congressional candidate Antonio Sabato Jr.
– “Guess when you have everything to lose, you gotta cry your way thru your testimony for effect. Funny, if (hash)DrFord had done that, they’d call her extremely emotional. But (hash)Kavanagh’s tears are cuz he’s passionate. ????(hash)TeamDl (hash)KanavaughHearings” – comedian DL Hughley, via Twitter.
– “Today’s hearing reminds us that to really tell a woman’s story, one must begin with a 15-minute preamble from an elderly man about why her story is suspicious. (hash)KavanaughHearings” – TV personality-comedian Samantha Bee, via Twitter.
– “Who coached him to sound like a complete (expletive)?” – Singer John Legend, via Twitter.
– “Dr. Ford, I am in awe of your bravery.” – TV personality Ellen DeGeneres, via Twitter.
– “Deepest gratitude to you (hash)DrChristineBlaseyFord You told us that you are ‘terrified’ – but today you embody courage.” – actress Mia Farrow, via Twitter.
– “I’m no psychology professor but it does seem weird to me that someone could have a selective fear of flying. Can’t do it to testify but for vacation, well it’s not a problem at all.” – Donald Trump Jr., via Twitter.
– “Anger over accusations is not evidence of truthfulness.” – filmmaker Alex Gibney, via Twitter.
– “Been following the hearings on the radio. I don’t know how Brett Kavanaugh looks, but he sounds like a boy who didn’t get the PlayStation Santa promised him for Christmas.” – writer Jennifer Weiner, via Twitter.
– “Sending strength and courage and self-care to survivors today, as I carry you and your stories in my heart.” – actress Mariska Hargitay, whose character on “Law and Order: SVU” investigates sex crimes, via Twitter.
– “Sickened that our current political environment is so toxic and partisan, that (hash)DrChristineBlaseyFord received death threats for doing, what she believes, is her civic duty.” – Chaz Bono, via Twitter.
– “Bravery. Dignity. Integrity. Thank you (hash)DrChristineBlaseyFord for your courage today.” – actor Josh Gad, via Twitter.
– “(hash)tbt This is me at 14. The age I was raped. It’s taken me 25 years to say those words. I wrote about it in my book. I finally told my parents and sister about it 4 months ago. Today is the day we are silent no more. All of us. I’m scared to post this. I can’t imagine what Dr. Ford is feeling right now.” – actress Busy Philipps, accompanied by an old photo of herself, on Instagram.
– “Out of the blue, a hero steps up and I’m in awe. I know the pain of these kinds of memories, Dr. Ford. Memories that are indelibly imprinted on your brain no matter how many years go by. I, like millions of women across America, are behind you and thank you profoundly.” – actress Sally Field, via Twitter.
– “I find Dr. Blasey Ford extremely credible and sympathetic. I find her responses echo many of the feelings and reactions I have had over the years connected to my own sexual violence trauma and the aftermath of speaking out. I applaud her courage.” – actress and sexual violence survivor Mira Sorvino, via Twitter.
JUDI DENCH ON KEVIN SPACEY
SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) – Judi Dench is offering an interesting take on one of the people whose career has fallen apart because of sexual misconduct. The British actress says she doesn’t condone any of the inappropriate conduct that Kevin Spacey was involved in. But she says she disagrees with the idea of scrubbing him from movies he has made, saying that sets a bad precedent. Dench tells a film festival in Spain that Spacey “is and was a most wonderful actor.” Spacey had all his scenes cut from “All the Money in the World” late last year after allegations of sexual harassment against him took hold.
DUSTIN HOFFMAN BACKED BY BILL MURRAY
NEW YORK (AP) – Dustin Hoffman is getting some backup from Bill Murray – who has faced some recent allegations of sexual misconduct. During an event last December at the 92nd Street Y in New York, John Oliver asked Hoffman about allegations that he groped an intern while making the 1980s TV movie “Death of a Salesman.” Hoffman denied any wrongdoing. And last night Murray – at the same Y location – said Hoffman was “a recent decent person.” He calls Hoffman “a ‘Borscht Belt’ flirt” – but says he is otherwise a “really sweet man.”
JON STEWART – CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
RED BANK, N.J. (AP) – Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? There was the other day when Jon Stewart visited with construction workers in New Jersey. The comedian and former “Daily Show” host showed up with a food truck outside the Count Basie Center of the Arts in Red Bank, New Jersey. He doled out sandwiches and cookies for the workers. The theater is under a $26 million expansion project. Stewart performed at the theater in June and helped raise $50,000 for the rebuilding effort. He says schools are having a hard time exposing kids to the arts, so having the expanded center available locally is “really important.” Construction on the project is to be done by next year.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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