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‘Transparent’ co star alleges impropriety by Jeffrey Tambor

LOS ANGELES — An actress on “Transparent” says the show’s star Jeffrey Tambor pressed his body against hers in a sexually aggressive manner and made inappropriate and unwanted sexual statements on the set of the show. Tambor denies the allegations saying in a statement that he has “never been a predator — ever.” Tambor, 73, …

Canadian ‘Arrow’ star Stephen Amell speaks out amid allegations against producer

VANCOUVER — Canadian “Arrow” star Stephen Amell is offering to help “in any way, shape or form” as Warner Bros. Television Group investigates allegations of sexual harassment against an executive producer for a number of Vancouver-shot superhero shows. Andrew Kreisberg has been suspended from his work on “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow” …

Meek Mill’s lawyers ask judge to step down before appeal

PHILADELPHIA — A lawyer for Meek Mill is asking a Philadelphia judge to recuse herself before he appeals the rapper’s sentence of two to four years in prison. Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced Mill last week for violating probation in a nearly decade-old gun and drug case. On Tuesday, his lawyers asked Brinkley to …

Stars sign on to support UNICEF World Children’s Day

NEW YORK — David Beckham, Millie Bobby Brown and Hugh Jackman are among celebrities and world leaders announced Tuesday as participants and official supporters of the UNICEF initiative World Children’s Day. The organization said events around the globe will focus on child takeovers to mark the day Monday, including a gathering at the United Nations …

Rose McGowan surrenders to Virginia police on drug charge

WASHINGTON — Actress Rose McGowan, a leading voice against sexual harassment in Hollywood, has accepted an arrest warrant on a drug charge in a Washington suburb. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokesman Andrew Trull says in an email Tuesday night that McGowan has surrendered to Airports Authority Police. She is charged with possession of a controlled …

David Chariandy wins Writers’ Trust fiction prize for ‘Brother’

TORONTO — David Chariandy’s novel “Brother” has won the $50,000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. “Brother” (McClelland & Stewart) is a coming-of-age story about two siblings, the sons of Trinidadian immigrants, who confront violence and prejudice in a Toronto housing complex. In a video introducing the book that was shown during the ceremony, Chariandy said …

People names Blake Shelton its Sexiest Man Alive 2017

NEW YORK — People magazine named Blake Shelton its Sexiest Man Alive for 2017 on Tuesday, but it took some convincing by his girlfriend Gwen Stefani to get her guy on board. The country music superstar and coach on NBC’s “The Voice” hates being the centre of attention, the magazine said. “She goes, ‘Listen to …

Harvey Weinstein sued for sexual battery by actress

LOS ANGELES — An unnamed actress has sued Harvey Weinstein alleging he committed sexual battery against her in Beverly Hills hotel rooms in 2015 and 2016 after she agreed to meet the producer to discuss a television role. The actress is identified only as Jane Doe in the sexual battery lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los …

Residente feels freer after first solo album success

NEW YORK — Whatever happens at Thursday’s Latin Grammys, Residente can relax. The Puerto Rican rapper, who has a leading nine nominations including album, song, and record of the year, admits that he felt pressured to do “something huge and great” after spending a decade with Calle 13, the most decorated act in the history …

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney to co host Spirit Awards again

LOS ANGELES — Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are set to co-host the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards. Film Independent said Tuesday that “Oh, Hello on Broadway” duo will return for the second year in a row. Kroll and Mulaney were well-received as the emcees of the 2017 awards. The Independent Spirit Awards will be broadcast …