Russia denies claim it meddled in NATO war games

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Chinese Billionaire Denies Wrongdoing in Sex Misconduct Arrest, His Lawyers Say

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Alec Baldwin Denies He’s Been Cast in Joker Movie

UPDATED, August 29: Alec Baldwin denies that he’s been cast in the Joker movie.

Baldwin tweeted Wednesday: “Let me state, for the record, that I have NOT been hired to play a role in Todd Phillips’ JOKER as some Donald Trump manque. That is not happening. Not. Happening.”

Baldwin informed USA Today that “scheduling” issues were the big reason why he was dropping out of the movie. “I’m no longer doing that movie,” Baldwin told the outlet. “I’m sure there are 25 guys who can play that part.”

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Liam Gallagher denies ‘grabbing girlfriend by throat’

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Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon denies sex assault claim

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Walking Dead after-show host denies sex assault claims

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Mavs’ Cuban denies sexual assault allegation

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Concord Completes Acquisition of Razor & Tie, Denies Label Is Shutting Down

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T.J. Miller Denies Allegations of Sexual Assault and Violence

T.J. MillerT.J. Miller is denying allegations of sexual assault and violence published in The Daily Beast.
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Canali Denies Sale Rumors

MILAN – Italian men’s wear company Canali SpA denied on Saturday it was negotiating to sell shares in the company.
The fashion house responded to a rumor reported on Saturday by Italy’s daily paper La Repubblica. According to the article, the third-generation of the family-run business has charged Goldman Sachs with the task of testing the interest of potential investors.
In its report, La Repubblica also stated the French private equity firm  Chequers Capital and Andrea C. Bonomi‘s Investindustrial investment house were eyeing the Italian company.
Recently, Bonomi has said he is targeting fashion brands and design companies to add to his firm’s portfolio, which includes the full control of the Sergio Rossi firm – acquired from Kering in 2015 – in addition to stakes in Aston Martin, Perfume Holding, B&B Italia and luxury lighting firm Flos, among others.
In October, Canali began the dismissal procedure of 134 of its employees, all working in the brand’s factory in Carate Brianza, a one-hour drive from Milan. Dedicated to the manufacturing of jackets, the plant is one of the company’s seven production centers.
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Backstreet Boy Nick Carter denies rape claim

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Dreyfuss denies exposing himself to woman

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Star Trek actor Takei denies groping model

Star Trek actor George Takei has denied a former model’s claim that he was groped by the celebrity more than 35 years ago.
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Sheen ‘categorically denies’ raping Corey Haim

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Transparent’s Jeffrey Tambor ‘Vehemently’ Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations

Jeffrey Tambor “adamantly and vehemently” denies the sexual harassment claims brought against him by a former assistant.

In a statement to Deadline on Wednesday, the Transparent star said, “I am aware that a former disgruntled assistant of mine has made a private post implying that I had acted in an improper manner toward her.”

“I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behavior toward this person or any other person I have ever worked with,” Tambor, 73, continued. “I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation.”

The Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actor’s denial is in response to claims Tambor’s former assistant, Van Barnes, reportedly made this week in a private Facebook post. Barnes accused the actor “of implied inappropriate behavior,” according to Deadline.

A spokesperson for Amazon Studios, the production company behind the Jill Soloway-created dramedy, confirmed to the outlet that they have launched an investigation.

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The allegations against Tambor come more than a month after the former head of Amazon Studios, Roy Price, resigned following a sexual harassment claim that was brought against him.

In mid-October, The Hollywood Reporter published an interview with Isa Hackett — daughter of author Philip K. Dick and executive producer of Amazon series Man in the High Castle — in which she alleged Price propositioned her at San Diego Comic-Con in 2015.

Hackett said she was “inspired” to go public with the incident following the “braver” women who came forward with accusations against disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein.


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Mr Selfridge star Jeremy Piven has denied twice groping an actress, calling the allegations “appalling”.
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Facebook denies ‘listening’ to conversations

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Harvey Weinstein denies rape accusations

US magazine The New Yorker publishes rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein, which he denies.
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Kylie denies ‘Photoshop fail’ in calendar pic

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La Perla Denies Negotiations With Mittal

NO CAN DO: La Perla is firmly denying the existence of any negotiations to sell the Italian lingerie brand to Megha Mittal, the daughter-in-law of billionaire steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal and representative of the Mittal family. This follows speculation initiated by a Mergermarket report that Mittal, who bought Escada in 2009, was targeting La Perla.
Pacific Global Management, helmed by Italian entrepreneur Silvio Scaglia, bought La Perla in 2013 at an auction. A Milan-based market source said Scaglia is “focused on the development of the label, and is not looking to cash out.” Pacific Global Management is also parent to model agency Elite World.
Scaglia has been on a mission to grow La Perla’s lifestyle offering and expand its retail footprint. Last year, for example, the company reopened its Madison Avenue store, which was redesigned by architect Roberto Baciocchi to accommodate newer categories including men’s sleepwear, underwear and women’s sunglasses.
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Madame Tussauds denies ‘whitewashing’ Beyonce

Madame Tussauds in New York has rejected claims of “whitewashing” over its latest Beyonce waxwork.
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Singer R Kelly denies holding women in ‘cult’

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Bitcoin exchange boss denies embezzlement

The CEO of a Bitcoin exchange which lost millions of dollars worth of the cryptocurrency has pleaded not guilty to charges relating to the loss.
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Bolshoi Denies Gay Theme Forced Postponing of Nureyev Ballet

The Bolshoi said the show needed work, but the cancellation prompted immediate accusations that the theater was bowing to Kremlin pressure.
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Teresa Giudice Denies Cheating Rumors

The "RHONJ" star claps back at claims she's romancing a businessman while her husband Joe Giudice serves time in prison.
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Trump analytics firm denies aiding Leave campaign

The chief executive of Cambridge Analytica (CA), the controversial data analytics firm which worked for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, has denied his company helped the Leave.EU campaign, saying it had been the subject of politically motivated attacks.
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Mel B’s husband denies ‘outrageous’ abuse claims

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Russia denies Yahoo hack involvement

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Mama June Denies Wearing a Fat Suit on From Not to Hot and Details Her Plastic Surgery

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San Francisco denies permit for ‘Summer of Love’ concert

FILE - In this June 21, 1967, file photo, a crowd of hippies keep a large ball, painted to represent a world globe, in the air during a gathering at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, to celebrate the summer solstice on June 21, day one of "Summer of Love." City officials have rejected a permit for a planned free concert intended to mark the 50th anniversary of the famed Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park that had been planned for June 2017. (AP Photo, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A war of words has erupted over a concert planned to mark the Summer of Love in San Francisco.



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Madonna denies Malawian children adoption plan

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Ex-49er Stubblefield denies sexually assaulting woman (Yahoo Sports)

San Francisco 49ers right tackle Dana Stubblefield poses on the practice field at the 49ers training camp in Stockton, Calif., Monday, July 29, 2002. Stubblefield, released by San Francisco last month in a salary cap move, moved across the Bay on Wednesday, March 12, 2003,signing with the Oakland Raiders. Stubblefield, a 10-year veteran, had two terms with the 49ers, seven years in total. He spent the other three seasons with Washington. Stubblefield appeared before a grand jury probing a nutritional supplements lab in San Francisco, Nov. 13, 2003. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Dana Stubblefield is accused of raping the woman in his home in Morgan Hill, California, south of San Jose. The woman, who was then 31, traveled to Stubblefield’s home on April 9, 2015, to interview for a job babysitting his children. Investigators say she left after 20 minutes, but she returned when Stubblefield texted her that he wanted to pay for her time.



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Amy Schumer Denies Stealing Material From Three Comedians

Amy Schumer has been accused of lifting material from three comedians after a tweet on Monday night set off a string of allegations against the star, according to The Interrobang.

In a series of tweets, Wendy Liebman, Tammy Pescatelli and Kathleen Madigan all commiserated about Schumer allegedly lifting material from each of them. 

“Between Amy Schumer doing 1 of my best jokes on her HBO special and this meme of my joke, I’m done with social media,” Liebman wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted (the jokes in question can be seen here). 

Comedian and “Arrested Development” writer Chuck Martin got in on the action and directed Liebman to speak with fellow comedian Kathleen Madigan. 

Tammy Pescatelli also answered Liebman’s tweet about Schumer. Though her reply has since been deleted, Refinery29 was able to snap screenshots before they were taken down. 

“What has always been amazing to me is that she purports to be a feminist and yet only steals from other female comedians. If we call her on it we are ‘jealous’ or career shamed. Be successful. WE want you to do well, just do it will your own material,” Pescatelli tweeted on Tuesday. 

Pescatelli also highlighted the “Slap Chef” sketch that appeared on the first season of “Inside Amy Schumer” as one of the jokes Schumer allegedly stole from Madigan:

Schumer denied the allegations on Jim Norton’s SiriusXM radio show on Wednesday. 

“I’m being accused of stealing jokes and I wanted to come and talk to you about it and clear my name,” said Schumer. “Because I would never, ever do that and I never have. And I’m literally going to take a polygraph test and put it on my show this season.” 

Schumer also took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to again deny she had stolen any material. 

And while Liebman’s tweets set off the controversy in the first place, she has since gone on to deny that she ever accused Schumer in the first place.

Schumer was previously accused of lifting a joke from her friend, the late comedian Patrice O’Neal, in October 2015. When approached by TMZ about the lifted material, Schumer denied she’d ever done anything

“The thing you’re talking about is — Patrice is my really good friend I never saw him do that [the jokes in question],”Schumer told TMZ. “The thought that I would maybe see those jokes and then go, ‘Ooh, I like those, I’m going to close my HBO special with them’ is crazy.”

Below is a video with examples of Liebman and O’Neal jokes and Schumer’s material: 

 

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Nick Jonas Denies Dating Kendall Jenner

Nick Jonas and Kendall Jenner’s relationship has officially been downgraded from taking it “very slowly” to a figment of our imaginations. 

Earlier this month, sources told Us Weekly that the 19-year-old model began dating the 22-year-old singer after she was introduced to him by mutual pal Gigi Hadid, who is dating Jonas’ brother Joe. And just this week, sources told E! News that the pair were keeping things “pretty light as of now.”

Awww, cute, but that’s a not how Jonas sees it. In a story published Friday, he told E! News, “We’re not dating,” 

He added, “Kendall is great and naturally with her being good friends with Gigi and with Joe and Gigi dating, there are times we’ll be in the same place and we all hang out.” 

As for Jenner, she’s been way too busy soaking up the sun in St Barts to clear up dating rumors: 

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Amy Schumer Denies She Has A ‘Blind Spot’ About Race On Twitter

Amy Schumer took to Twitter Sunday morning to defend the way she treats race in her comedy.

“I am a comic,” Schumer wrote. “I will joke about things you like and I will joke about things you aren’t comfortable with.”

The post appears to be a response to a Guardian article published early Sunday morning that said Schumer has “a shockingly large blind spot around race” despite her large body of feminist work.

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“Schumer’s stand-up repeatedly delves into racial territory tactlessly and with no apparent larger point. Her standup special features jokes like “Nothing works 100% of the time, except Mexicans” and much of her character’s dumb slut persona is predicated on the fact that the men she sleeps with are people of colour. “I used to date Latino guys,” she says in an older stand-up routine. “Now I prefer consensual.”

Schumer’s response didn’t mention the Guardian article directly, but said: “You can call it a ‘blind spot for racism’ or ‘lazy’ but you are wrong.”

The Guardian isn’t the first to take issue with the way the comic approaches race. A Daily Dot article published last week made similar claims. Schumer also drew criticism for a joke she made about “Gone Girl” and Latinas while hosting the 2015 MTV Movie Awards in April.

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Westbrook does it again; denies lobbying

Russell Westbrook recorded his sixth triple-double in eight games Friday night, a feat sealed after a quick conference at the scorer’s table awarded him a 10th rebound.
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Carroll denies play-calling conspiracy reports

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Miley Cyrus Denies Drug Overdose Put Her In The Hospital

With Miley Cyrus about to restart her Bangerz tour on May 6, she’s speaking out against rumors that it was a drug overdose that put her in the hospital, forcing her to cancel several shows.

“I’m the poster child for good health,” the 21-year-old said at a press conference at the O2 arena in London on Tuesday. “You have no idea how ready I am. There is nothing I would rather not do than lay in a bed for two weeks. It was the most miserable two weeks of my life.”

Cyrus has repeatedly vocalized how “devastated” she was to cancel shows, and took the opportunity to clear the air amid rumors as to what really sent her to the hospital on April 15.

“I didn’t have a drug overdose. I took some shitty antibiotics that a doctor gave me for a sinus infection and I had a reaction,” Cyrus told the press.

The “We Can’t Stop” singer said she’s now feeling “better than ever,” and that the experience taught her a lot about taking care of herself.

“I’m probably the only one on this tour who doesn’t drink or smoke before a show, as I take this really seriously,” Cyrus said. “It’s almost like being an athlete being up here, because if someone was f–ked up, they definitely couldn’t do my show.”

Cyrus previously opened up about her hospitalization telling Ryan Seacrest, “It was so scary … I had basically been poisoning myself with something I didn’t know I was really scary allergic to. I was on this medicine for five days and everything was all good and on the sixth day, I just woke up … I couldn’t breath and my skin — everything — was going insane.”
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Germany Denies Jewish Heirs While Cologne Returns Art

BERLIN (AP) — Germany says it won’t return two paintings once owned by a Jewish businessman who fled the Nazis, even as the western city of Cologne agreed to hand back almost a dozen other valuable drawings to heirs in two separate cases.

The contrasting decisions were both announced Wednesday. They illustrate the considerable legal leeway that German officials have when it comes to deciding on claims by the descendants of Jewish collectors persecuted by Adolf Hitler’s regime, as they struggle to find a solution for the vast trove of art discovered in a Munich apartment. The Finance Ministry said its refusal to cede two works by 18th-century painter Bernardo Bellotto to the grandchildren of deceased businessman Max Emden was due to the fact that the Jewish collector had managed to take them with him when he emigrated from Germany in 1933 — the year Hitler came to power.

“Both the seller (Emden) and the paintings were in Switzerland at the time of the sale,” the ministry said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. This, it said, meant the paintings couldn’t be considered “looted art” or lost in some other way as a result of Nazi persecution.

Emden’s heirs maintain that their grandfather sold the paintings because he needed money after his businesses in Germany were seized by the Nazis.

“The Zwinger Moat in Dresden” is currently on exhibit at the city’s Museum for Military History, while a panorama that Bellotto painted of Vienna is in storage at the Kunstpalast museum in Duesseldorf.

The federal government’s decision was published within hours of an announcement by the city of Cologne, saying it would return 11 avant-garde and modernist drawings to the heirs of Jewish collectors who sold them before or shortly after fleeing Nazi Germany.

City counselors voted late Tuesday to hand six drawings by Karl Hofer, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Ernst Barlach, Aristide Maillol and Wilhelm Morgner to the heirs of Jewish collector Alfred Flechtheim, who fled to France in 1933.

It also returned five drawings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel and Georges Kars to the heirs of Curt Glaser, another Jewish collector who emigrated in 1933.

Both sets ended up in Cologne’s Museum Ludwig, which has reached an agreement with the new owners to continue exhibiting the drawings.

A spokeswoman for the city of Cologne, Inge Schuermann, said in each case negotiations with the heirs had been marked by “respect and fairness.”

Last month’s revelation that an octogenarian recluse in Munich had for decades hoarded hundreds of valuable works by artists such as Max Liebermann, Otto Dix and Marc Chagall in his Munich apartment has once again put a spotlight on the issue of Nazi-looted art in Germany.

Authorities stumbled across the art almost by chance in 2012, but kept the find secret until it was publicized last month by the German magazine Focus.

The German government subsequently came under intense pressure from Jewish groups to expedite its probe into the case and honor legitimate claims to the works. But progress has been partly hindered by legal difficulties, including a 30-year-statute of limitations.

Officials have said they are examining all options, including appealing to the art’s current owner, Cornelius Gurlitt, to show goodwill toward the heirs.

“All possibilities are being discussed with Mr. Gurlitt,” said Hagen Philipp Wolf, a spokesman for the federal government’s culture office. “This naturally includes the option of handing the works to the state.”

If this were to occur, the heirs of former owners would have to hope the German government takes a more favorable view of their claims than it did to those of the Emden family.

“There’s been zero goodwill by the German government,” Emden’s grandson Juan-Carlos said in an interview from his home in Chile.

His lawyer, Mel Urbach, told the AP last month that he hoped the German government would agree to let the case go before a special expert commission appointed to deal with such disputes.

In its statement Wednesday, the Finance Ministry made clear this wasn’t an option.

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