Geoffrey Rush Denies Alleged "Inappropriate Behaviour" In King Lear Production

Australian Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush has denied allegations published by News Corp Australia that he engaged in “inappropriate behaviour” during a Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear.

Geoffrey Rush.

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The 66-year-old actor was the subject of a complaint lodged to the Sydney Theatre Company, a spokeswoman told the Daily Telegraph.

“The complainant has requested that their identity be withheld,” the spokeswoman said.

Rush issued this statement via his lawyers this morning:

“The moment I became aware of rumours of a complaint I immediately phoned and spoke to senior management at the Sydney Theatre Company asking for clarification about the details of the statement. They refused to illuminate me with the details. I also asked why this information was being withheld, and why, according to standard theatre practice the issue had not been raised with me during the production via stage management, the director, my fellow actors or anyone at management level. However, no response was forthcoming.”

The statement, sent to BuzzFeed News, said there had been no provision of “any details, circumstances, allegations or events that can be meaningfully responded to”.

Rush's lawyers at HWL Ebsworth sent a legal letter last night to News Corp Australia stating the actor had never been involved in any “inappropriate behaviour” and that his treatment of everyone he had worked with was “impeccable beyond reproach”.

“Mr Rush has not been approached by the Sydney Theatre Company and the alleged complainant nor any representative of either of them concerning the matter you have raised,” the letter stated.

“Further, he has not been informed by them of the nature of the complaint and what it involves.”

The letter said the accusation did not “warrant comment except that it is false and untrue”.

The local production of the William Shakespeare play ran from November 2015 to January 2016.


T-Pain Just Revealed We've Been Singing "Buy U A Drank" Wrong This Whole Time And People Can't Handle It

Hold on. Fuck you mean he’s not saying “OOOOOOWEEE”?????

You know T-Pain, right? Of course you do. Everyone knows the Auto-Tune king and producer of constant bangers.

You know T-Pain, right? Of course you do. Everyone knows the Auto-Tune king and producer of constant bangers.


And I know damn well that his 10-year-old iconic tune “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” needs NO introduction.

And I know damn well that his 10-year-old iconic tune "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" needs NO introduction.

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NBC News Fires Matt Lauer Over Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct

Update: Hours after the announcement that Matt Lauer had been fired by NBC due to sexual misconduct allegations, The New York Times reports that at least two more women have filed complaints about Lauer with the network. One former employee, who asked to remain anonymous, alleges that the Today show host pressured her into sex in his office in 2001 and she stayed silent for fear of losing her job.

Details of the second woman’s account are not available at this time.

Original story follows.

Morning news anchor Matt Lauer has been fired over allegations of “inappropriate sexual behavior” in the workplace, NBC News announced Wednesday morning.

In a memo sent to staff and read on-air by Lauer’s fellow The Today Show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said the allegations against Lauer were “a clear violation of our company’s standards.”

“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident,” Lack said in the memo.

Guhtrie and co-anchor Hoda Kotb were visibly shaken as they told Today viewers that they didn’t know all the details of Lauer’s departure, but promised to report on the story as more information becomes public. The two were also honest about their heartbreak over the news.

Guthrie said Lauer was “a dear, dear friend.” She continued, “How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly?”

She went to say that she was also “heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story.”

If you have experienced sexual violence and are in need of crisis support, please call the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

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Hollywood's Latest Beauty Trend Is Kinda Extreme, But We Still Love It

It’s highly unlikely that the Grimm brothers were thinking about Hollywood trends when they penned Rapunzel back in the 19th century, but here we are. Granted, the title character was locked in a tower for a whopping 12 years (you miss a lot in over a decade), but she also had a small perk amide the isolation: that hair. Long, glamorous strands is basically a glam cheat code. Who needs to fill in their brows or slap on a red lip when they have all of that up top? Exactly.

It looks like Hollywood gets it, too, as stars like Beyoncé and Ariana Grande are letting their hair down and letting their braids and ponytails spill past their shoulders, too. Long hair does care… or at least we do. See their styles ahead.

Bey’s longtime hairstylist Neal Farinah gave his client a dramatic, derriere-length ponytail for her friend Serena Williams’ wedding.

Photo: Via @beyonce.

And just days before, Williams wore a statement-making updo herself for the Glamour Women of The Year Award s. “Serena’s Versace dress was the inspiration for this hairstyle,” celebrity hairstylist Vernon François told us. “With the gold detail and padded shoulders, the look needed to give face, so I was like, ‘ ponytail it is!’ Snatching her hair up away from the face like this works well because it emphasizes the features.”

Photo: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images.

Jennifer Hudson’s badass braid can be yours with a few packs of hair, bobby pins, and gel for hold. Check out our roundup of tutorials here.

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Ariana Grande’s signature ‘do has long been her thing — and we’re so here for it.

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Uber’s chief brand officer, Bozoma Saint John, proves that box braids can work from the boardroom to the red carpet.

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Try spritzing Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Dry Oil Finishing Spray on for a wonderfully-slick sheen like Kourtney Kardashian’s.

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Paris Hilton Is Launching A Skin-Care Product — & It's SO Paris

You might’ve thought Paris Hilton peaked in the early 2000s in the era of dangly belly button rings and fashionable Uggs — but you’d be mistaken. The reality TV star/heiress/model/musician has been quietly building up her empire — with a massively successful fragrance and makeup business as well as a DJ schedule that finds her in a different club every night.

And it looks like Hilton is ready to add one more line to her long resume: skin-care entrepreneur. But if you think she’s about to push out a clinical line of retinol creams or glass jars filled with essential oils, remember this is Paris Hilton we’re talking about. No, the L.A. princess is hitting the scene with — wait for it — Unicorn Mist, a “magical” rosewater spray that comes in a holographic pink-and-blue bottle that would tuck perfectly into the pocket of your Juicy sweatpants. It even has its own Instagram page, naturally.

“I am so excited to be able to bring such an amazing product to the market,” she gushed in a press release. “I have always had a passion for taking care of my skin, and I only use products that actually work without harmful chemicals that are only a temporary fix. With this new company, I can stand behind my own products and promote a brand that is focused on making products that truly work and can help everyone look and feel their best.”

Although the official launch date is still unknown, we do know that the face mist, along with a full line of Paris Hilton “natural” skin-care products will be coming to her website, as well as select retail stores in Australia, in early 2018.

But if you’re really hankering for a spritz of Hilton’s newest mystical project, you can pre-order the $29.99 Unicorn Mist today (limit 2 per customer). Get ’em while they’re still, you know, hot.

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Is Our Unicorn Obsession Destroying The Planet?

Although humans have been infatuated with these mythical creatures since the earliest civilizations, what caused the recent millennial obsession with all things unicorn remains a mystery. Perhaps it’s down to kids that were raised on My Little Pony and The Last Unicorn magically reaching adulthood. Perhaps it’s Tumblr’s pastel-goth subculture entering the mainstream. Maybe it all just boils down to looking for the rainbow at the end of the dark tunnel; an escape from the modern-day political and economic climate.

In Scottish heraldry, the unicorn was lauded for its supposedly proud and haughty nature, and its willingness to choose death over being captured. Nowadays, anybody can grab a piece for themselves, with brands using unicorn symbolism as a major selling point. Influencers incorporate the trend into everything from holographic makeup brushes shaped like spiraled horns to pastel-swirled toast with a gold leaf topping. Typing “unicorn” into Amazon yields over 350,000 results, with a version of just about every object imaginable featuring a stylized one-horned horse. The color-changing Unicorn Frappuccino that was available at Starbucks for a mere five days in April was so popular that it caused a major share increase of 1.8% and sent overworked baristas into meltdown from trying to keep up with demand, as streets filled with long lines. The once rare and gentle beast is now virtually inescapable.

Illustration by Hatti Rex

Aside from finding it mildly infuriating to see everything you love being stamped with a glorified horse’s face across every social-media platform available, there are actually real-life disastrous consequences tied to the unicorn phenomenon.

Of course, there’s nothing inherently wrong with bright colors or equine faces. But the vast majority of unicorn products contain glitter, which is pretty bad news for the environment. The problem is that glitter doesn’t biodegrade, as it’s usually made from tiny pieces of reflective plastic, or “microplastics.” You may be looking cute at the festival with glitter smeared all over your face, but once it’s washed away, it will last a whole lot longer swimming around in our oceans, where it can cause major harm to marine life.

Earlier this year, the UK banned microbeads from cosmetics, amid warnings that the minuscule plastic particles were being ingested by aquatic life, causing poisoning, infertility, and genetic disruption in species ranging from the tiniest plankton to the most massive and majestic whales. The US currently has a partial ban on microbeads in place. A recent study out of Plymouth University found that more than a third of all fish now contain plastic, with one study estimating that there are more than 5 trillion plastic pieces, weighing over 250,000 tons, scattered across the world’s oceans. What’s more, it was reported in September that plastic fibers have been found in 83% of tap-water samples worldwide, leading to calls for scientists to figure out how this directly impacts human health.

OK, so no glitter then. But what about other shiny things? Sadly, the main natural alternative to glitter isn’t always that golden, either. Mica is a non-toxic mineral that’s organically found deep underground and is used in makeup, nail varnish, body, and hair glitter for its pearlescent properties. However, it must be laboriously mined from deforested land, and brought to the surface in order to be used.

The process can be extremely difficult. In India, one of the world’s largest sources of mica, workers can find themselves clambering across unstable ground that’s prone to collapse. Last year, activists believed there were around 10 deaths a month in India’s mines on average; one month in particular, they say it was as many as 20.

Last year, the problem hit mainstream media with the rising number of premature deaths of children as young as five working illegally in Indian mica mines. It’s estimated that around 20,000 children were found laboring on these dangerous sites, of which a shocking 90% were deemed illegal. And more than 90% of the mica mined in northeast India is thought to have been obtained illegally, making it near-impossible to gauge whether or not your latest shiny new purchase has resulted in a tragic death.

Illustration by Hatti Rex

And yet, even with the threat of tragedy looming over them, entire families’ livelihoods rest on these precarious mines. Last year, journalists from the Thomson Reuters Foundation traveled across the major mica-producing states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, and Andhra Pradesh, only to find many children using their small hands to pick mica from the floor. Others still were seen descending rickety ladders down dark shafts to forage for higher quality silicate.

Lush Cosmetics is one of the only major brands speaking out against both the environmental impact of glitter and the unethical conditions related to mica mining. In the company’s All That Glitters manifesto, they explain that, due to the negative impacts of plastic glitter and mined mica, their sparkly products only contain synthetic mica, which is manufactured in laboratories but still comprises natural minerals. In this refreshingly honest report, Lush reveals that they had dropped their prior supplier as they were not “confident that [their] previous supplier’s audits could guarantee that child labor wasn’t a possibility.” They go on to mention that all mica, whether mined from the ground or created by a dude with a PhD and lab goggles, always requires some form of chemical processing to make it fit for human use.

Although it makes your makeup bag feel a little less gruesome, switching to lab-grown mica doesn’t solve India’s child mining crisis. Fortunately, the good people at Responsible Mica Initiative are working hard — in tandem with some of the world’s biggest beauty brands — to ensure fair and sustainable practice to build a legal and livable work environment.

So, about those unicorns: suddenly not such an alluring trend. Obsessively caring about a fictional creature at the expense of real-life people, animals, and our planet is madness. Either unicorn culture needs a major rebrand, or it’s time for us to step back into reality and say no to the glitter litter — all 268,940 tons of it.

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Kendall Jenner Is The World's Highest Paid Model This Year And This Is How Much She Made

*DM’s Kendall remaining student loan balance*

So we all know that the Kardashian-Jenner clan is rich AF, but Kendall may have just pulled the most boss move of them all.

So we all know that the Kardashian-Jenner clan is rich AF, but Kendall may have just pulled the most boss move of them all.

According to Forbes, the reality star turned model raked in $22 million this year, making her the world’s highest paid model in 2017!!!

According to Forbes, the reality star turned model raked in $22 million this year, making her the world's highest paid model in 2017!!!

“Thanks to an Instagram account that lets her disseminate advertisements to 85 million followers, Jenner tallied a career-best total in the 12 months to June from favorable deals with Estée Lauder, La Perla and Adidas, among others,” according to the outlet. “Paychecks from her family's reality TV show, her Kendall + Kylie clothing line with her sister, Kylie Jenner, and numerous social media endorsements juice her modeling money.”

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And in addition to millions of dollars, the 22-year-old also made history, breaking supermodel vet Gisele Bündchen’s (37), run as the highest paid supermodel for 15 years straight.

And in addition to millions of dollars, the 22-year-old also made history, breaking supermodel vet Gisele Bündchen's (37), run as the highest paid supermodel for 15 years straight.

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Bündchen, who landed campaigns for Carolina Herrera and Arezzo, among others, came in at number two with a $17.5 million. Translation: STILL RICH, BITCH.

Bündchen, who landed campaigns for Carolina Herrera and Arezzo, among others, came in at number two with a $17.5 million. Translation: STILL RICH, BITCH.

This is the first time since 2002 that she's not the highest earning for the year. Forbes describes 2017 as a “quieter” year for the model, whose earnings dropped 43% from 2016's $30.5 million.

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In third, fourth and fifth for the year’s highest-earning models are Chrissy Tiegen ($13.5 m), Adriana Lima ($10.5 m) and Gigi Hadid ($9.5 m).

In third, fourth and fifth for the year's highest-earning models are Chrissy Tiegen ($13.5 m), Adriana Lima ($10.5 m) and Gigi Hadid ($9.5 m).

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You did that, Kendall. Keep getting that moneyyyyy!!!

You did that, Kendall. Keep getting that moneyyyyy!!!