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Refusing Weinstein’s Hush Money, Rose McGowan Calls Out Hollywood

She said she told her lawyer to pull the offer within a day of The New York Times publishing an article that detailed decades of Mr. Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment, aggression and misconduct toward women, as well as at least seven other settlements he had reached with accusers. After that, the dam burst, with The New Yorker, The Times and other news outlets reporting on dozens of other women’s experiences with Mr. Weinstein.PhotoMs. McGowan in “Scream” in 1996. She has said that the producer Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her the next year.Credit Dimension Films, via PhotofestMr. Weinstein, his accusers say, built his long history of abusing women on a risky gamble that worked for him over and over — the assumption that money or threats could buy women’s silence on a subject so intimate and painful that most would prefer not to go public anyway. While Ms. McGowan was the rare voice suggesting that the cover-up was not fail-safe, even she considered not naming him, having already, she believes, paid a career price for that long-ago episode and its aftermath.A Weinstein spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister, said that “Mr. Weinstein unequivocally denies any allegations of nonconsensual sex.” Ms. […]

Bill O’Reilly, Japan, Justin Timberlake: Your Monday Briefing

• Quotation of the day. “Clearly, we can’t leave things of value inside the church because there will always be scoundrels around.” — The Rev. Paolo Paulin, on a 16th-century statue of the archangel Michael in Monteroduni, Italy, that is locked up at night now after it was recovered from thieves. Back Story “They’re two inches tall and very German. They’re blue and live deep in the forest.” That’s how The Times eventually introduced its readers to the Smurfs, a cartoon and merchandising series that first appeared in a European comic magazine on this day in 1958. Photo A Smurf balloon during the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York in 2008. Credit Jeff Christensen/Associated Press The Smurfs were the work of the Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford, who worked under the pseudonym Peyo. Continue reading the main story At first, the gnomelike characters played a secondary role as “Schtroumpfs” in another comic series, but they soon had their own albums and movies. (Here’s a detailed history.) In the U.S., they gained popularity under their Dutch name, the “Smurfs,” becoming a perennial pop culture reference after a Saturday morning TV show began airing in 1981. Now, there’s the concept of “smurfing” among computer gamers, referring to skilled practitioners who play anonymously […]

Roman concrete lasts a long time, but it won’t stop rising seas

New research sheds new light on why Roman concrete is so strong and water resistant, but let’s not get carried away here. […]

Europe Edition: France, G-20, Charlie Gard: Your Tuesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Nicolas Armer/DPA, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images • Summer highway construction in Germany set the stage for a tour bus’s collision with a tractor-trailer that killed at least 18. […]

All the ways to eat kiwi fruit

Did you know that you don’t have to peel kiwi fruit before eating? […]

Eating fried potatoes twice a week associated with increased risk of early death

Excuse us while we cry in our plate of boiled potatoes. […]

With Italy No Longer in U.S. Focus, Russia Swoops to Fill the Void

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