Protesters in West Bank, Gaza, Mideast and Asia rail against Trump’s Jerusalem gambit

At least two are dead and a dozen injured during clashes with police Friday, as the protests extended into a second day. Thousands more protested across the Muslim world in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Westjordanland Proteste gegen die Verlegung der US Botschaft nach Jerusalem (Reuters/M. Torokman)

At least two Palestinian protesters were killed during clashes with Israeli security forces in Gaza on Friday as protests over Jerusalem intensified.

Palestinian protesters also clashed with Israeli police across the West Bank after Friday prayers, as Muslims across the Middle East and elsewhere joined in condemning US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In what has been dubbed a “day of rage,” protesters in cities and towns threw stones at Israeli forces, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Smoke was seen rising over Bethlehem.

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Heated protests rock Middle East

Trump’s announcement this week upended decades of US diplomatic efforts to maintain a semblance of objectivity while leaving the status of a contested Jerusalem to peace negotiations between the two sides. Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital for their future state, but Israel has refused that claim. Much of the international community considers East Jerusalem occupied territory.

Jerusalem is home to key holy sites for Jews, Muslims and Christians, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem.

More than a dozen Palestinians were hurt during Friday’s clashes with police, according to Erab Fukaha, a spokeswoman for the Red Crescent paramedics. She said 12 Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets and one by live fire. More than 30 Palestinians were injured on Thursday in clashes with police.

Kashmiri Muslims burn an Israeli flag.Kashmiri Muslims burn an Israeli flag

A call for holy war

Palestinian political groups had called for a day of rage in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem on Friday, to protest Trump’s decision.

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Palestinian group Hamas calls for an uprising

Separately, in Gaza, the leader of Hamas, a militant Islamic group, is pushing for a third intifada, or uprising, against Israel. The first intifada erupted in December 1987and ended in 1993. The second intifada began in September 2000 and ended about five years later. Thousands of Palestinians were killed in the two uprisings.

“Whoever moves his embassy to occupied Jerusalem will become an enemy of the Palestinians and a target of Palestinian factions,” said Hamas leader Fathy Hammad as protesters in Gaza burnt posters of Trump. “We declare an intifada until the liberation of Jerusalem and all of Palestine.”

Meanwhile, militant al-Qaida leaders urged their followers around the world to target the strategic interests of the US and Israel.

Demonstrators in Turkey hold a mass prayer to protest Trump's Jerusalem gambit.Demonstrators in Turkey hold a mass prayer to protest Trump’s Jerusalem gambit

Muslims also took to the streets in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Somalia.

More than 3,000 people protested outside a mosque in Istanbul, carrying Palestinian flags and chanting anti-US and anti-Israeli slogans. There were also protests in the capital, Ankara, and at least three other cities in Turkey.

Across the street from the embassy in Ankara, protesters chanted: “USA, take your bloodied hands off Jerusalem.”

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Steven Seagal accused of telling actress to sit on his face in 1991

Former action star Steven Seagal is being accused by an unnamed Hollywood executive for sexually harassing her on the set of his 1991 movie, “Out for Justice,” Page Six reported Friday.

The executive was reportedly a young actress at the time and said Seagal lured her into his trailer for a “costume change” and later propositioned her over the phone, saying, “You are not comfortable sitting on my face for an hour?”

The allegations join a growing list of industry leaders in Hollywood being accused of sexual harassment, most notably Kevin Spacey and former super-producer Harvey Weinstein. This is not the first time Seagal has been accused of inappropriate behavior, the report said.

Marty Singer, a lawyer for Seagal, denied the allegation, saying it is “totally false.”

“It is interesting this person doesn’t give her name to give her claims legitimacy,” he said.

The woman alleges that Seagal, who was married at the time, would check out new actresses.

“Moments later, a wardrobe assistant led me to Steven’s personal trailer, to his bedroom, and asked me to change into a corset. Then, Steven opened the door [and] tried to barge in. I said, ‘Excuse me, I am changing in here,’ but he insisted, ‘I need to see what you look like.’ I told him that I wasn’t comfortable and began screaming for the wardrobe person. He just smirked and said, ‘It’s OK, I like nice girls, too,’” she said.

Page Six report that the actress said, “I told him, ‘You’re married,’ and he just said, ‘Ah, you are no fun.’ I worked for two weeks, then they let me go. If I’d gone to the hotel room and slept with him I would have had a much better role.”

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Louis C.K. Issues Statement On Sexual Harassment: “There Is Nothing About This That I Forgive Myself For”

Anthony D’Alessandro

Here is Louis C.K’s response in full to yesterday’s New York Times piece in which five women accused him of sexual misconduct:

I want to address the stories told to the New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not.

These stories are true.  At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them.   The power I had over these women is that they admired me.  And I wielded that power irresponsibly.

I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position.

I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it.

There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for.  And I have to reconcile it with who I am.  Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with.

I wish I had reacted to their admiration of me by being a good example to them as a man and given them some guidance as a comedian, including because I admired their work.

The hardest regret to live with is what you’ve done to hurt someone else.  And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them. I’d be remiss to exclude the hurt that I’ve brought on people who I work with and have worked with who’s professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects currently in production: the cast and crew of Better Things, Baskets, The Cops, One Mississippi, and I Love You Daddy. I deeply regret that this has brought negative attention to my manager Dave Becky who only tried to mediate a situation that I caused. I’ve brought anguish and hardship to the people at FX who have given me so much The Orchard who took a chance on my movie and every other entity that has bet on me through the years.

I’ve brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother.

I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want.  I will now step back and take a long time to listen.

Thank you for reading.

In the wake of The New York Times expose yesterday, The Orchard pulled the release of C.K.’s film I Love You, Daddy which premiered at TIFF and which they spent a reported $5M to acquire. The pic’s premiere was, of course, cancelled yesterday as well. HBO pull C.K. from their Nov. 18 Night of Too Many Stars special and the pay TV network also pulled all of the comedian’s content from their HBO On-Demand service. Netflix opted not to move ahead with a second C.K. stand-up special they were producing, however, the comedian’s existing specials on Netflix, 2017 as well as  the 2015 Live at the Comedy Store, which Netflix picked up last August, will remain on the streaming service. FX, C.K.’s home for the last eight years, released a statement yesterday that his situation was “under review”. C.K. is a six-time Emmy winner across his FX series Louie as well as a number of stand-up specials and writing on The Chris Rock Show. 

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Weinstein allegedly paid ‘army’ of investigators, ex-Mossad agents to keep actresses, journalists from revealing predatory behavior

Journalist Ronan Farrow, who wrote the initial exposé on now-disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein for The New Yorker, has published a new piece with some shocking allegations. According to his report, Weinstein spent more than a year using private investigators to track actresses and journalists in an effort to stop his predatory behavior from going public.

The New Yorker article alleges that Weinstein hired firms like Black Cube, which is largely made up of former officers from Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies, to look into women who could potentially go on the record about his sexual harassment and assault — and to look into journalists working on similar stories, including Farrow himself.

The goal: to “target” and suppress anyone who might come forward to ruin Weinstein’s reputation, according to the report.

A representative for Weinstein denied to the outlet that anyone was targeted or suppressed at any time. Reps for Weinstein did not respond to Fox News when reached for comment.

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Reporter Ronan Farrow published an article alleging that Harvey Weinstein tried to suppress actresses and journalists from writing about him.  (Reuters)

Two private investigators from Black Cube reportedly got information from actress Rose McGowan, who has been an outspoken critic of Weinstein and has publicly accused him of rape since exposés from The New York Times and The New Yorker were published in which many women came forward to tell their respective stories about Weinstein’s predatory nature.

In addition, Farrow’s new report revealed that Dylan Howard, the chief content officer of American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer among other magazines, offered to share material a reporter had dug up which could have disproven McGowan’s rape allegations. He later reportedly told Weinstein, “I have something AMAZING,” referring to audio from an off-the-record phone call between the reporter and Elizabeth Avellan, the ex-wife of director Robert Rodriguez, who had a relationship with McGowan.

Avellan told The New Yorker she never would have approved of trying to discredit McGowan. “I don’t want to shame people.”

Howard responded to the magazine by saying his work for Weinstein was separate from his work as a journalist. “I always separated those two roles carefully and completely—and resisted Mr. Weinstein’s repeated efforts to have AMI titles publish favorable stories about him or negative articles about his accusers.” He also said AMI had a now-terminated TV production agreement with Weinstein.

American Media Inc. did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

McGowan also reportedly was approached by an operative using a false name and credentials to talk with her about women’s rights issues in the workplace. In reality, she wanted to know if McGowan had spoken with any journalists and whether the actress would go on the record about her experience with Weinstein, according to the report. Not realizing that she was speaking to an operative, the “Scream” star reportedly met with the woman, and another operative who approached her at a later date, many times.

The story revealed that countless documents and audio recordings were provided to the 65-year-old studio head with information not only on actresses he allegedly assaulted, but journalists as well. The outlet cites seven people directly involved with the effort as well as “dozens of pages” of documents it unearthed as its sources for the new allegations against Weinstein.

Psychological profiles allegedly were created including information of past relationships, sexual histories and evidence of positive encounters between Weinstein and his potential accusers that could later be used to discredit the women if they came forward, which many did.

Also named in the story is Weinstein’s lawyer, David Boies, who admitted to working with Weinstein and these agencies to stop the New York Times story from being published, despite his law firm representing the Times in a libel case at the time. In October 2016, he allegedly wired Black Cube the first hundred thousand dollars of an alleged $600,000 invoice. It’s unclear how much of that total invoice was paid, but bonuses reportedly were offered if the company could stop any article from being published.

“Although he vigorously denies using physical force, Mr. Weinstein has himself recognized that his contact with women was indefensible and incredibly hurtful,” Boies told Farrow. “In retrospect, I knew enough in 2015 that I believe I should have been on notice of a problem, and done something about it. I don’t know what, if anything, happened after 2015, but to the extent it did, I think I have some responsibility. I also think that if people had taken action earlier it would have been better for Mr. Weinstein.”

Boies also did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

After a fan told McGowan that the latest New Yorker piece should be made into a film, the actress responded: “I do not need to do a film. I am the film.”

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NYPD finds Weinstein rape allegation ‘credible’, seeks warrant – reports

NYPD finds Weinstein rape allegation ‘credible’, seeks warrant – reports
New York City Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce has said that a 2010 rape allegation against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is “credible.”

Paz de la Huerta, an actress best known for her role in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” was interviewed by detectives who corroborated parts of her allegations, Boyce said Friday, WABC reported.

NYPD detectives are reportedly putting evidence together for a criminal case.

De la Huerta has accused disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein of two rapes, one in October 2010 and another two months later, in December 2010.

Boyce said that her “ability to articulate each and every minute of the crime, where she was, where they met, where this happened and what he did,” made her case believable, the Associated Press reported.

Boyce told reporters Friday that because this impending case dates back seven years, an arrest of Weinstein couldn’t be made immediately.

“If this person was still in new York, and it was recent, we’d go right away and make the arrest. No doubt,” he said, according to AP.

Evidence against Weinstein may be delivered to a judge, for police to obtain an arrest warrant, or the evidence could go to a grand jury, if police decide to pursue an indictment.

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The Manhattan district attorney’s office has a senior prosecutor assigned to investigate de la Huerta’s rape claims, AP reported.

Weinstein has been in Arizona for several weeks receiving sexual rehabilitation treatment, following a New York Times story last month that uncovered three decades of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault allegations against him.

Thursday night, Weinstein was reportedly dining out in disguise at Chestnut Fine Food & Provisions restaurant in Phoenix, according to TMZ. Photos allegedly depicted Weinstein wearing a blond wig and sitting at a private table.

Weinstein has been fired from the production company he co-founded, and he has been removed from multiple guilds and associations in the entertainment industry. His scandal has led to other celebrities and media figures also being accused of sexual harassment or assault, as more alleged victims feel emboldened to speak out.

Jennifer Lawrence recalls time she got drunk with Kris Jenner and stripped naked

Jennifer Lawrence had a blast filling in for Jimmy Kimmel on his late-night show Thursday.

Lawrence’s guest, Kim Kardashian West, was happy to answer all of the Oscar-winning actress’ questions.

While talking with Kardashian, Lawrence revealed to the audience of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that she had dinner with the reality star’s mom, Kris Jenner, and the two had a few too many.


“I drank five martinis and wound up naked in her closet, I’m dead serious,” Lawrence told the audience.

“I’ve never seen my mom more drunk in our lives,” Kardashian said. “It was so funny.”

Kardashian said the “mother!” star asked the reality diva and her rapper husband Kanye West to dress her.

“You said, ‘I’m not joking, I really want Kanye to style me and so I said, ‘OK.’ I come back in and you’re fully butt naked,” Kardashian said.


After the two reminisced about the evening, Lawrence asked the mother of two if she had talked to O.J. Simpson since he was freed from prison.

Lawrence also asked if Kardashian thought it was a coincidence her ex-boyfriend Reggie Bush’s wife “looked like you.” The reality star laughed the question off.

Lawrence has previously said she is a fan of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and even introduced the show to her “mother!” co-star Javier Bardem, People reported.

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Brett Ratner accused of sexual harassment by Olivia Munn, 5 others

Olivia Munn and five other women have come forward with sexual harassment and misconduct allegations against “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner.

In an exposé released by the Los Angeles Times, Munn, 37, said in 2004 she visited the set of Ratner’s movie “After the Sunset” and he exposed himself and masturbated in front of her during a short encounter in his trailer.

In 2010, the “X-Men: Apocalypse” actress wrote of the experience in her book “Suck It, Wonder Woman!” without naming Ratner. However, the director came forward and claimed he had sex with her.

“I used to date Olivia Munn, I will be honest with everybody here,” Ratner said. “I banged her a few times … but I forgot her.”

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Brett Ratner claimed he and Olivia Munn had a sexual relationship.  (Reuters)

Later, Ratner told Howard Stern that he lied about him and Munn having a sexual relationship.

Munn denied she and Ratner had a sexual relationship.


“I’ve made specific, conscientious choices not to work with Brett Ratner,” Munn told The Los Angeles Times.

“It feels as if I keep going up against the same bully at school who just won’t quit,” she said. “You just hope that enough people believe the truth and for enough time to pass so that you can’t be connected to him anymore.”

Other women spoke to The Los Angeles Times and said they were sexually harassed by Ratner. Actresses Jamie Ray Newman, Katharine Towne, Jorina King, Natasha Henstridge and model Eri Sasaki all spoke to the newspaper about Ratner.

Henstridge, 43, accused Ratner of forcing her to give him oral sex when she was 19 years old.

“He strong-armed me in a real way. He physically forced himself on me,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “At some point, I gave in and he did his thing.”

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Natasha Henstridge accused Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct.  (Reuters)

Newman, 39, said while she was on a plane with the “X-Men: The Last Stand” director in 2005, Ratner began explicitly describing “sexual acts he wanted to perform on her.”

“He was graphically describing giving me oral sex and how he was addicted to it,” Newman said.

“The Punisher” actress said the incident left her “shaken.”

Towne, 39, told the Times Ratner was “aggressive” toward her in 2005 at a party in an unnamed Hollywood star’s home.

Towne said Ratner followed her into the bathroom after she tried to escape his advances.

“He started to come on to me in a way that was so extreme,” Towne said. “I think it’s pretty aggressive to go in the bathroom with someone you don’t know and close the door.”

The “What Lies Beneath” actress said Ratner’s assistant contacted her for six months to try and set up a date. She declined the offers.

Sasaki said the director approached her while she was an extra on Ratner’s film “Rush Hour 2.” She said she was wearing a barely-there outfit for her part in the film when Ratner came by and “ran his index finger down her exposed midriff and asked her, “don’t you want to be famous?”

Sasaki said Ratner asked her later to go to the bathroom with him, offering her to be a star. She turned down his advances.

King, who also worked as extra on “Rush Hour 2,” said Ratner asked to see her breasts. The woman said she went to the bathroom to hide after rejecting his question.


“I figured if I could stay out of his eyesight, if I could stay away from him, he will forget about me and he will choose someone else, and that is exactly what happened,” King told the Los Angeles Times.

Kent Richards, who worked as a production assistant on “Rush Hour 2” confirmed Sasaki and King told him about their discomfort around Ratner. He said at least two more women complained to him about the director.

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. With thousands of women embracing the "Me Too" movement to own their histories of sexual harassment and abuse, and those issues swirling at high volume in the culture overall, parents are reaching for teachable moments in the post-Weinstein world. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

The bombshell allegations against Harvey Weinstein opened the discussion of sexual misconduct in Hollywood.  (AP)

Ratner’s attorney, Martin Singer, denied the allegations made by the women. Singer said Henstridge was “upset after learning my client had a girlfriend who he would not leave for her.” The attorney dubbed King’s claims “absurd” and said Munn and Ratner “had an intimate relationship” despite Munn’s denial.

The Times reported Ratner was a friend of director James Toback, who has been accused by more than 300 women of sexual misconduct, and Roman Polanski, who fled the U.S. after he pled guilty to having sex with a 13 year-old girl in the 1970s, whom he plied with champagne and Quaaludes.

The Ratner accusations come after the bombshell allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Following the reports, a number of A-list Hollywood actors have spoken out about the sexual misconduct they experienced from stars including Weinstein, Toback and actors Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Piven.

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