CALIFORNIA SUES “CRIMINAL MINDS” IN SEX-HARASSMENT CASE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Criminal Minds” is facing a sexual harassment lawsuit by the state of California. The suit, filed in Los Angeles yesterday, alleges the CBS show’s cinematographer Gregory St. Johns hit on men who worked with him. And it says those who resisted or complained were fired. The suit names St. Johns, CBS, Disney and others as defendants, saying they knew what was going on – and did nothing to stop it. The suit seeks back pay and other damages for the fired men. St. Johns was fired in 2018 after Variety reported on the complaints against him.
RUSSELL SIMMONS ACCUSERS’ FEATURED IN FILM COMING OUT TODAY
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) – Some of the women who accuse music producer Russell Simmons of sexual assault and rape say women of color, especially in the music industry, aren’t being heard as much as others in the (hash)MeToo movement. Their stories are in the documentary “On the Record,” which debuts on HBO Max tonight. One Simmons accuser, ex music executive Drew Dixon, says what made it hard to go public – is how powerful Simmons is in the music world. Simmons denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.
BENEFIT ON TAP FOR PUBLIC THEATER
NEW YORK (AP) – Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alicia Keys, Glenn Close, Audra McDonald, Sandra Oh and Sting. They are among the stars taking part in an upcoming benefit for New York City’s Public Theater. The virtual event is set for June 1 and will be hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The event will replace the theater’s annual gala and will be livestreamed on The Public’s website, YouTube channel – and its Facebook page.
WALT DISNEY WORLD TO SUBMIT REOPENING PLANS
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – We’ll learn today how two big theme parks in Orlando plan to reopen – after shutting down in March because of the coronavirus. Walt Disney World and Sea World will lay out proposals for a phased ramp up. If county officials sign off on the reopening plans, they will be forwarded to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his approval. It’s more than just fun and games; with 77,000 workers, Disney World is the biggest employer in central Florida.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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