Megyn Kelly wants the Miss America swimsuit competition reinstated, and she wants it reinstated now.
The NBC talk show host had a lot to say on her show Monday about the organization doing away with its traditional swimsuit competition, questioning whether Miss America's leadership would be able to survive the backlash for the controversial decision. "The reality is, no one is going to want to watch the pageant [without the swimsuit portion]," Kelly said.
Zerlina Maxwell, a guest panelist for the segment, staunchly disagreed with her host, arguing that doing away with pageants altogether may be the best option. Beauty pageants are "antiquated," Maxwell said, and people should be more concerned with what's inside women's "brains, not whether or not they have abs."
Kelly agreed that a woman's character is important, but argued that one's conduct and one's beauty need not be "mutually exclusive." She added that she finds it inspirational to see fit women, and disagreed that the swimsuit portion of the competition is mere objectification "if the woman wants it." When Maxwell pointed out that no one's obituary lauds their "great abs," Kelly joked, "I hope mine does!"
In June, the Miss America Organization announced it would eliminate the swimsuit competition for the first time in its 96-year history. Miss America chairwoman and Kelly's former Fox News colleague Gretchen Carlson spearheaded the initiative, saying that in order to move forward with our current "cultural revolution," the competition must step away from its origins as a swimsuit pageant to focus on the talent and interview portions.
Watch the discussion on Kelly's show below. Amari Pollard
Kevin Spacey's House of Cards co-star Robin Wright publicly commented on the sexual misconduct allegations against him for the first time Monday in a Today appearance discussing the show's upcoming season.
"I think we were all surprised of course, and ultimately saddened" by the accusations against Spacey, Wright said, but she added that she was not personally close to Spacey outside of work. "We were coworkers, really. Never socialized outside of work. Respectful, professional relationship," Wright explained. "I didn't know the man," she continued. "I knew the incredible craftsman that he is."
Wright said her own experience with Spacey was always professional, and that is all she feels she has "the right to talk about." Spacey has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple men, and eight House of Cards staffers said Spacey exhibited sexually "predatory" behavior on set. The sixth and final season of the show, filmed without Spacey, is due this fall. Bonnie Kristian
A.J. Baker, the adult son of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R), has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who shared a flight with him Wednesday.
"On June 20, the crew of flight 1354 were notified of an incident between customers shortly before landing in Boston," said the airline, JetBlue. "The aircraft landed at approximately 11 p.m. local time where it was met by local authorities."
The "matter is being handled by the U.S. Attorney's Office," said Massachusetts State Police. Baker's attorneys said he "is fully cooperating and looks forward to a resolution of this matter." Bonnie Kristian
Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual assault Tuesday, CNN reports.
Weinstein was previously indicted on two charges of rape and one charge of a criminal sex act. His prosecution has been highly scrutinized, after dozens of women came forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct and harassment. Weinstein has continually denied all allegations, saying any sexual contact was consensual.
The former movie mogul was released on $1 million bail and has been monitored by authorities. He is now facing felony charges stemming from two women's allegations — one who said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in his Manhattan office in 2004, and another who said Weinstein raped her in 2013 at a Manhattan hotel. The grand jury that indicted Weinstein is still considering additional evidence and could add charges, reports The New York Times. Summer Meza
Women who have accused former movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse and harassment reacted strongly to his surrender to New York police on Friday. A few of the more than 50 women who have alleged misconduct took to social media to address his arrest.
Rose McGowan, who alleges that Weinstein raped her in 1997, appeared on Megyn Kelly Today and Good Morning America and described how his criminal charges made her feel. "We got you," she said in a message to Weinstein. "I have to admit I didn't think I would see the day that he would have handcuffs on him. I have a visceral need for him to have handcuffs on."
— Megyn Kelly TODAY (@MegynTODAY) May 25, 2018
Asia Argento, an actress who also alleges that Weinstein raped her in 1997, tweeted that Weinstein was taking "his first step on his inevitable descent to hell," additionally asking what took so long. In response to a photo of Weinstein smiling as he walked out of the NYPD station in handcuffs, Argento wrote, "wipe that smile off your face you f--king monster."
Today Harvey Weinstein will take his first step on his inevitable descent to hell. We, the women, finally have real hope for justice. https://t.co/or8qGaNO93
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) May 25, 2018
Mira Sorvino, who alleges that Weinstein sexually harassed her and tried to pressure her into sex, had a simple message for the former mogul ahead of his criminal charges: "#Justice" Summer Meza
— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) May 25, 2018
Former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein will surrender to authorities and face charges of sexual abuse on Friday, NBC News reports.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are in the final stages of an investigation into allegations of sexual assault from actresses Paz de la Huerta and Lucia Evans. Weinstein has been accused of wide-ranging abuse by more than 50 women.
Weinstein has denied ever engaging in nonconsensual sex acts, but the New York Daily News reports that he will turn himself in to New York City police. The charges are expected to be brought in state court in Manhattan. A lawyer for Weinstein declined to comment. Summer Meza
Eight women have accused actor Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment, reports CNN.
People who worked with Freeman on film sets or during press tours said that the actor would ogle women, try and lift their skirts, engage in inappropriate touching, and make suggestive comments. Freeman did not comment on the allegations. Former employees and coworkers told CNN that Freeman acted like a "creepy uncle" who would make "vulgar" comments about women, often remarking on their bodies and the way they dressed.
"He would be verbally inappropriate and it was just shocking," one former employee of Freeman's production company told CNN. Freeman would allegedly make approving comments when women wore revealing clothing, and one former production assistant said that he repeatedly tried to lift her skirt, asking whether she was wearing underwear.
Eight women said they had been harassed, and eight other people said they had witnessed Freeman's alleged misconduct. The women say they didn't report Freeman's behavior out of fear that it would negatively affect their careers. Some women said they would dress differently when they knew Freeman would be on set, in an attempt to avoid unwanted comments or touching. Read more at CNN. Summer Meza
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating allegations of sexual assault against former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
The investigation is "in an advanced stage," a Manhattan DA representative said. The probe is looking into allegations of sexual abuse made by actresses Paz de la Huerta and Lucia Evans. Prosecutors are examining claims that Weinstein "lured or induced any women to travel across state lines for the purpose of committing a sex crime."
Weinstein has denied ever engaging in nonconsensual sex acts. The movie mogul has been accused of wide-ranging abuse by more than 50 women. The allegations range from sexual harassment to rape, and many women in the entertainment industry say they felt coerced or manipulated by him.
Weinstein's attorney has met with prosecutors "in an attempt to dissuade them from proceeding," reports NBC News. New York Police Department officials are reportedly ready to arrest Weinstein if they receive approval from Manhattan DA Cy Vance. Read more at The Wall Street Journal. Summer Meza