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Model Emily Ratajkowski Accuses Photog of Sexual Assault in Open Essay





*Model Emily Ratajkowski penned an essay for The Cut in which she alleges that photographer Jonathan Leder assaulted her during a photoshoot in 2012. 

Her allegations coincide with the release of Ledger’s new book of never-before-seen nude and semi-nude pictures from the shoot. Ratajkowski claims it was published without her permission. Leder denies her accusations. 

In a new essay for New York magazine entitled “Buying Myself Back When does a model own her own image?” published on Tuesday morning, she recounts the photoshoot with Leder at his home when she was 20 years old and trying to build her portfolio. 

Ratajkowski, 29, explains that her agent at the time wanted her to stay overnight after the shoot. She claims it was only after she arrived did she learn she would be modeling lingerie.

“I’d been taught that it was important to earn a reputation as hardworking and easygoing,” Ratajkowski said about why she accepted the red wine Leder offered her. “You never know who they’ll be shooting with next!’ my agent would remind me.”

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After the lingerie shoot, Leder allegedly suggested they “try naked” pictures. 

“The second I dropped my clothes, a part of me disassociated,” she recalled. “I began to float outside of myself, watching as I climbed back onto the bed. I arched my back and pursed my lips, fixating on the idea of how I might look through his camera lens. Its flash was so bright and I’d had so much wine that giant black spots were expanding and floating in front of my eyes.”

She went on to say that she had become “very, very drunk” from the wine and the situation escalated when the female photographer went to sleep, leaving Ratajkowski alone with Leder. 

“Most of what came next was a blur except for the feeling. I don’t remember kissing, but I do remember his fingers suddenly being inside of me,” she continued. “Harder and harder and pushing and pushing like no one had touched me before or has touched me since. I could feel the shape of myself and my ridges, and it really, really hurt. I brought my hand instinctively to his wrist and pulled his fingers out of me with force. I didn’t say a word. He stood up abruptly and scurried silently into the darkness up the stairs.”

Ratajkowski said the incident left her feeling “sore and fragile.” 

“I stood up carefully, pressing my bare feet against the floorboards. I climbed up the wooden stairs and into the room where we’d shot at the beginning of the night, then lay down on the thin, flowery sheets. I shivered uncontrollably. I was both confused as to why Jonathan had left without a word and terrified that he would come back. I listened for a sign of him as I watched the blue light of dawn peek in through the window,” she writes in The Cut.

A rep for the photographer denied her accusations. 

“We are all deeply disturbed to read Ms. Ratajkowski’s latest (false) statements to NY Mag in her never-ending search for press and publicity,” the rep said to Page Six. “Of course Mr. Leder totally denies her outrageous allegations of being ‘assaulted.’  It is grotesque and sad that she is so vindictive to lie in such a way to the press routinely.”

Read Emily’s full essay here

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Lawsuit Accuses Ed Sheeran of Copyright Infringement of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’



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*British pop star Ed Sheeran is being sued for copyright infringement for lifting parts of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” for his track “Thinking Out Loud.” 

The 1973 song was co-written by Ed Townsend, whose family filed a lawsuit against Sheeran in 2016, accusing him of lifting the “melody, harmony and rhythmic components” from Gaye’s track, per ABC News

Sheeran initially responded to the suit by claiming public domain gave him permission to use the chord progressions and drum patterns for “Let’s Get It On.”

During a hearing on Tuesday in front of Sony Records, Townsend’s daughter was joined by music icon George Clinton to fight for Black artists.

READ MORE: Jane Fonda Regrets Not Sleeping with Marvin Gaye: ‘I Was Married’

“These offenses aren’t just taking place in the streets against black individuals in this country. They’re taking place in the boardrooms. They’re taking place in meetings where there’s no representation,” said Keisha Rice, the attorney for Kathryn Townsend.

“Theft and bullying has been the only priority of the record labels’ agenda. It stops today, Sony, Atlantic and all the rest of them. We’re coming for our 40 acres and a mule plus and interest. And know that we’re not going to be silent. It don’t stop till my casket drop,” said Kathryn Townsend.

“Theft of the music is the new sharecroppers,” said George Clinton. “Not only do they take the music and the land back, they take the 40 acres and the mule back. They get it all from the money that’s being made from IP (intellectual property). So the artists don’t have a chance. I have 20 artists in my band who never got paid for all those samples you heard.”

The hearing for the lawsuit against Sheeran has a trial date set for Nov. 9.

Townsend’s estate is seeking songwriting credit and a portion of the profits from Sheeran’s song.

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Jennifer Lopez and Maluma Tease Upcoming Film with 2-Part Music Video [WATCH]



Jennifer Lopez and Colombian singer, songwriter Maluma

*Jennifer Lopez and Colombian singer/songwriter Maluma have dropped a two-part music video for the songs “Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely.”

The video, which debuted on TikTok Thursday, tells the story of a wealthy woman (Lopez) who falls in love with a man (Maluma) who turns out to be an undercover agent. 

Check out the 8-minute music video via the YouTube player above. 

Lopez and Maluma are set to star in the upcoming “Marry Me” in 2021. The music video is a teaser for the movie. 

“I’m excited too, because this is like the first time people are getting to see Kat and Bastian, our characters from Marry Me, which is the movie that we have coming out in February, where we play a musical couple,” Lopez said, PEOPLE reports. “It’s exciting. It’s like the Marry Me era has started with these two songs.”

“When you know the appetizer is good, wait until the main course,” Maluma added.

READ MORE: Jennifer Lopez Announces Makeup and Skincare Brand, JLo Beauty

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Last month, Lopez announced plans to drop her own makeup and skincare line called JLo Beauty.

The line is in collaboration with Inglot Cosmetics, and the actress/singer posted two selfies on Instagram along with the caption “Sunset glow… #JLoBeauty coming soon.”

She has not revealed much about the her beauty line. As reported by PEOPLE, according to a trademark filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in December 2019, JLo Beauty will offer cosmetics and skincare products.

The Bronx native previously opened up about JLo Beauty in late 2018, when Lopez told Refinery29 about developing her own skincare products.

“I will be coming out with a skincare line. I’ve been working on it for a long time because I don’t want to put [just] anything out,” she said. “It’s going to be something that works. That’s what you can count on when my name is on something.”

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Outrage Over Barkley & Shaq Siding with Cops in Breonna Taylor Case / WATCH



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Breonna Taylor with boyfriend Kenneth Walker (Photo via GoFundMe)

*Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal are catching heat on social media after saying the police killing of Breonna Taylor is different from George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.

“It’s just bad the young lady lost her life, but we do have to take into account that her boyfriend did shoot at the cops and shot a cop,” Barkley said during NBA on TNT, referencing Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who fired a warning shot at people he thought were breaking into the home. 

“So, like I said, even though I’m really sorry she lost her life, I don’t think we can just put this in the same situation as George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.” 

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Barkley is now facing a flood of angry comments from social media users. And so is Shaq, after he agreed with the NBA star’s comments. 

“I have to agree with Charles, this one is sort of lumped in,” O’Neal said. “You have to get a warrant signed and some states do allow no-knock warrants. And everyone was asking for murder charges. When you talk about murder, you have to show intent. A homicide occurred and we’re sorry a homicide occurred. When you have a warrant signed by the judge, you are doing your job, and I would imagine that you would fire back.”

Barkley went on to condemn calls to abolish and defund the police.

“I hear these fools on TV talk about ‘defund the police,’ we need police reform and prison reform and things like that because you know who ain’t gonna defund the cops, white neighborhoods and rich neighborhoods,” he said. “So that notion that they keep saying that,  I’m like wait a minute who are Black people supposed to call? Ghostbusters? We need police reform.”


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