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Oprah’s barnstormer tops Golden Globes most notable

What president? A year after politics — and the newly elected occupant of the White House — dominated the conversation and tone of the Golden Globes, there was barely a mention of such things at Sunday’s ceremony. This year, it was all gender politics, and of course the #MeToo movement that has engulfed Hollywood and …

The Year of #MeToo: A scoop, a tweet, and then a reckoning

NEW YORK— It began with a news story, and then a tweet, and suddenly it seemed like everything had changed overnight. 2017 will forever be known as the Year of the Reckoning. Or, more precisely, the year of the beginning of the reckoning. Because at year’s end, the phenomenon of powerful men being knocked off …

In sex assault laws, definition of consent varies widely

For two months now, as accusations of sexual misconduct have piled up against Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced mogul has responded over and over again: “Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied.” Consent is a concept central to law on sexual assault, and will likely be an issue in potential legal cases against Weinstein, who …

At Yayoi Kusama show, a long wait to experience infinity

NEW YORK — If you want to experience infinity, you’re going to have to wait a long time. On a recent Saturday, the line to see Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s new Infinity Mirror Rooms stretched all the way around a Manhattan city block, the end of the line even meeting up with the beginning at …

NYC Ballet chief accused of harassment takes leave from job

NEW YORK— Peter Martins, the influential leader of New York City Ballet for three decades, has taken a leave of absence pending an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. The company confirmed late Thursday that 71-year-old Martins had requested and was granted a temporary leave from both the company and the affiliated School of American …

After erroneous Flynn report, ABC News suspends Brian Ross

NEW YORK —  ABC News on Saturday suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross for four weeks without pay for his erroneous report on Michael Flynn, which it called a “serious error.” Ross, citing an unnamed confidant of Flynn, the former national security adviser, had reported Friday that then-candidate Donald Trump had directed Flynn to make contact with the …

Steinem tries her hand at stand up at Ms. foundation benefit

NEW YORK — Feminist leader Gloria Steinem tried her hand at a little stand-up comedy, taking the mic at a Manhattan club in the spirit of “laughing our way to the revolution.” Steinem joined a group of female comics performing at a high-spirited fundraiser Wednesday evening at Carolines on Broadway for the non-profit Ms. Foundation …

Shock, anger over Weinstein at NY women filmmakers event

NEW YORK — Anger, shock, unity and solidarity: Those were the prevailing emotions on Tuesday at a Manhattan event for women filmmakers, writers and actors, where the Harvey Weinstein scandal wasn’t far from anyone’s mind. “I’m mad as hell!” Jane Rosenthal, executive chair of Tribeca Enterprises, said to the crowd. She was channeling the famous …

Nearly 3 decades later, Anita Hill sees the needle moving

It’s been 26 years since Anita Hill, soft-spoken and deliberate in her bright blue suit, sat before a Senate panel and detailed the lurid sexual harassment charges that would transfix a nation. Clarence Thomas went on to the Supreme Court, but Hill’s testimony was a watershed moment that raised awareness in incalculable ways. Will the …

Some weird and wonderful moments of NY Fashion Week

NEW YORK — What, really, is a fashion show? Discuss. Of course, there’s the well-worn formula: People wait in line for ages, sit down, wait some more, look at clothes for about 10 minutes, spend another half-hour greeting and double-cheek kissing, then go do the same thing somewhere else. But lately, fashion shows have been …

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