Ryan Thomas ‘burst into tears’ after seeing THAT footage of Lucy Mecklenburgh and mystery man in Dubai

Lucy has dispelled the claims…

Yesterday, a video concerning Ryan Thomas and Lucy Mecklenburgh’s relationship catapulted to the forefront of headlines.

The footage, obtained during 27-year-old Lucy’s sunny stay in Dubai earlier this month, shows the former TOWIE star bidding a farewell to a mystery male whilst enjoying a night out.

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With the Essex lady pulling her pal close for a warm goodbye during the clip, the video has sparked suspicions that the duo may have been caught being a little more than just friendly…

However, Lucy was quick to rubbish the claims and issued a statement dispelling the allegations that she had been unfaithful to 34-year-old Ryan.

‘Since when has saying goodbye to a friend turned into a cosy night out?! #ridiculous,’ she posted on social media.

However, despite Lucy’s defiant message, it is now being claimed that Ryan has been left unsettled by the media storm.

An insider claiming to be close to the Coronation Street actor has told the MailOnline that Ryan is ‘in pieces’ over the clip.

‘He is in pieces over the video – really upset,’ said the source.

‘He’s a pretty forgiving guy and knows how tactile Lucy can be but this footage seems a little more than someone saying goodbye.’

With the couple taking to the front cover of the latest edition of OK! magazine, discussing their forthcoming plans to tie the knot, the source then added that Ryan is upset with the timings of the drama.

‘Ryan is also pretty embarrassed that the footage emerged the same week as they appeared on the cover of OK! mag gushing about how much they love one another,’ they added.

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Danced & laughed all night 💛

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In a conversation with The Sun, another source added: ‘Ryan burst into tears when he watched the video of Lucy with the mystery man and feared the worst.

‘He is convinced that there’s more to it than the video shows, but Lucy insists she has nothing to apologise for…

‘At best it is very poor judgment on her part and he doesn’t want to think about what the worst case scenario is.’

CelebsNow has contacted a representative for Ryan asking for comment.

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Kim Kardashian gives followers a festive treat as she shows off famous cleavage in tiny bikini

Merry Christmas Kimmy!

Wow! Is this Kim’s most daring look to date?

Kim Kardashian is the queen of many things… with her business mogul status, social media reign and failsafe selfie skills.

And so, as the mother-of-three celebrates the end of another fruitful year of success, 38-year-old Kimmy marked the occasion with one of her hugely popular Instagram snaps.

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Ditching the winter clobber, Kim stripped down to some rather seasonal inappropriate attire – posing for a sizzlin’ mirror snap in just a teeny tiny pink bikini.

Showcasing her world famous curves, the mother of five-year-old North, three-year-old Saint and baby Chicago, 11-months, pouted for the smoking hot photo in her luxe walk-in wardrobe

‘I need a spray tan’, Mrs Kardashian-West captioned the post.

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Whilst Kim might appear to be shunning the festive season in favour of some summertime attire, Kanye West‘s wife delighted fans after hinting that the notorious Kardashian-Jenner family Christmas card might be happening after all!

Every year, the world-famous family have an annual photoshoot for their festive ‘card’ to followers.

Earlier in the month, however, Kim revealed plans for a 2018 shoot had been trashed by the brood – as momager Kris had ‘given up’ trying to co-ordinate the schedules of her extensive showbiz family.

Kim told E! News that because last year’s card ‘was so dramatic’, Kris had ‘given up’ trying to ‘wrangle’ her kids and grandkids.

However, despite Kimmy’s disappointing statement, she later suggested the annual family tradition would be going ahead after all…

Speaking on her Instagram story, Kim shared: ‘I’m here with all my sisters and my mom. Do you think I should pop up on them with a photographer and shoot our family Christmas card?’

She then appeared to hint again at the festive project, after sharing a backstage snap from a mysterious ‘fitting’.

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Fittings🧚🏼‍♂️

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Feeling festive after all, Kimmy?!

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David Beckham ‘cuts company wages by £7million’ after wife Victoria’s firm loses £30million

But we reckon brand Beckham will be okay…

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David Beckham might be one of the richest celebs we know, but it looks like he’s taken a big pay cut.

In fact, the 43-year-old is set to lose out on over £6million as it’s now been claimed he’s slashed the pay he gets from one of his firms from £12.7million to £5.8million.

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Football star David got the cash from Footwork Productions, a company which he set up all the way back in 1996 and channels the money he gets from endorsements.

And considering he has lucrative deals with multi-national sportswear brands such as Adidas as well as Pepsi and Haig Club, that’s a lot of money.

According to The Sun, documents filed with Companies House yesterday show that Becks paid himself the £5.8million for 2017.

He also took an additional £1.1m after the original balance sheet had been compiled.

This comes after The Sun also reported last week that Victoria Beckham’s fashion firm has lost a whopping £30million in five years. Eek!

According to The Times, the upmarket retailer ‘made a full year operating loss of £10.2 million in the year to December 31, compared to a loss of £8.2 million the year before’.

However, shareholders are allegedly ‘committed to reducing the loss and expect to break even in the medium term’.

Meanwhile, David and Victoria put on a very loved up display at the British Fashion Awards last week.

Fashion designer Vic – who was nominated for British Designer of the Year Womenswear – was just as glamorous as ever in an incredible black jumpsuit.

Obviously choosing one of her own creations, the outfit had a wrap front detail along with chunky pockets and a high neckline with plunging back.

And despite Posh and Becks usually choosing to keep their relationship private, they put on a very affectionate display in front of the cameras and were even seen holding hands and gazing into each other’s eyes at one point.

Cute, or what?

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Cheryl candidly reveals she got tested for STDs after Ashley Cole’s ‘affairs’

Chez got very honest in her autobiography

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Cheryl might be a mum-of-one, solo artist and business owner now, but flashback 10 years and she was one fifth of Girls Aloud and married to footballer Ashley Cole.

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Unfortunately, Chez’s life was turned upside down when it was alleged her husband had cheated on her with multiple women.

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And in her 2012 autobiography, the former X Factor judge candidly spoke out about going to the clinic for an STD check after fearing she was ‘at risk’ following Ashley’s infidelity.

In a chapter of My Story, obtained by The Mirror, the 35-year-old wrote: ‘I had to face the fact that Ashley’s infidelity had been putting me at risk for a long time, and I had to put my mind at rest.

‘I was given the all clear, but my emotional health was still in so much danger.’

Cheryl – who shares one-year-old baby Bear with ex Liam Payne – also went on to open up about the painful details of Ashley’s cheating.

‘One girl said they drank rosé wine in a hotel bedroom together, and that Ashley smoked,’ she wrote.

‘He does like rosé wine, and at first I told myself she could have seen him drinking it in the bar rather than sharing a bottle with him in the bedroom.

‘The smoking, though? He’s a footballer and this wasn’t something he did in public. Hardly anybody knew he smoked.’

Adding that some of the revelations were ‘so painful to read I blocked it out totally’, she said: ‘I pushed the papers away, feeling sick at the smell of the newsprint, and then I actually vomited.’

The popstar claimed the breakdown of her marriage also led to her suffering an ‘emotional breakdown’ while she was filming as a judge on The X Factor.

Cheryl and Ashley started dating in 2004 and got married in 2006 in Hertfordshire, with their OK! magazine deal being worth a reported £1million.

The famous couple divorced in 2010 after Ashley’s affairs came to light.

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Peter Andre leaves wife Emily red-faced with VERY cheeky ‘sausage’ joke during Lorraine TV appearance

Yikes, Pete!

‘Tis the season for roast dinners and plenty of over-indulgences… ain’t that right, Peter Andre?!

Taking to the Lorraine studios with his wife Emily MacDonagh as his plus one yesterday, the couple revealed how they will be getting festive over the Christmas season.

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As the 45-year-old gave a cookery demonstration in the studio, he couldn’t resist a lil’ tongue in cheek comment about the sausage snacks he was preparing.

As Emily prepped the festive bites for the audience at home, the mother-of-two explained: ‘We are going to cut it into squares, basically they depend on the size of the sausage, so we are going for small sausages.’

Innocently, she then added: ‘If you have larger sausages you could cut the pastry larger.’

Seeing an unmissable opportunity, Pete then retorted: ‘You better start cutting them large, lets go.’

Flashing his wife of three years a mischievous grin, Emily then replied: ‘Stop looking at me from the corner of your eye.’

How cheeky!

It appears Pete has been embracing the festive season with open arms – recently sharing a defiant message against the speculation of his plans for the big day.

With much interest in whether or not Peter’s eldest tots, 13-year-old Junior and Princess, 11, will be joining their mother Katie Price for the festivities, Pete took to Twitter to dispel the false rumours.

Confirming the duo will be joining their 40-year-old mum, Pete posted: ‘Of Course the children (j and p) will be with their mum for Christmas. This was always the case. And so they should. She is their mum. Have a good day :))).’

Responding to the message, many fans were pleased to read Peter’s kind words for his ex-wife.

‘You shouldn’t have to explain yourself to anyone Pete. Have a lovely Christmas,’ one replied.

‘I love @KatiePrice & that’s such a nice tweet Peter even though what you both do is not our business. Happy Christmas to both families x #FamilyIsEverything,’ a second added.

A very merry Christmas to Pete and family!

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Katie Price supported by fans as she teases HUGE career news after turbulent year: ‘Onwards and upwards’

Are we about to see a new Katie?

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As the year draws to a close, Katie Price is probably hope 2019 is a lot less dramatic.

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Not only did she split from third husband Kieran Hayler, but the 40-year-old also checked herself into rehab and has recently been charged with drink driving after crashing her pink Range Rover.

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Oh, and then there was her near-miss with bankruptcy…

But it seems like things are looking up for Pricey as she’s now hinted at some exciting new work in the coming weeks.

Taking to Instagram last night, the mum-of-five shared a photo of a sign with reads ‘Talent meeting in progress’ along with the caption: ‘So excited for January woooo.’

And KP’s 1.9million followers couldn’t wait to comment, as one said: ‘Yassssss 🔥👑 no stopping the pricey ❤🙌🏼.’

‘Onwards and upwards! Can’t change the past but you have the power the change the future!,’ another encouraged.

While a third added: ‘Excited I am for ya Katie xx.’

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Unfortunately, just moments before Pricey was hit with some bad news as she received a parking ticket after visiting the hairdresser.

Photos obtained by MailOnline show the bright yellow envelope on the windscreen of the star’s vehicle as she emerged looking a little miffed. Oops.

Meanwhile, this comes after it was reported that the Loose Women star has already set herself a new year’s resolution and that’s to get along better with her former boyfriends and her children’s fathers.

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Katie – who is mum to Harvey, 16, Junior, 13, Princess, 11, Jett, five, and Bunny, four – is reportedly telling pals that she is keen for a fresh start and is ‘tired of constantly fighting over every little thing’.

A source told The Sun that she wanted to stop with the ‘sniping’ and it’s better for the kids ‘if they get along.’

Could we be seeing a whole new Pricey next year?

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Pastor John Gray Defends Buying His Wife a $200,000 Lamborghini

John Gray, a South Carolina megachurch pastor, has been catching a lot of flack on social media for his decision to surprise his wife with a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus—one of the most expensive cars on the market.

Pastor John Gray—who heads Relentless Church in Greenville, S.C.—defended his actions in a lengthy Facebook Live video on Thursday (Dec. 13), saying that “not a nickel, not a penny” from his church went towards purchasing the gift, which was an eighth-anniversary present for his wife and fellow pastor, Aventer Gray. “May God take my life on this feed if I did,” he added.

Gray’s critics were worried about the “optics” of the gift, with many suggesting that it looks bad to have a Christian leader shelling out nearly a quarter of a million dollars on a luxury vehicle. But Gray shrugged off the critics, saying that he used his own money to make the big purchase. He said that he didn’t buy the gift as a pastor, he bought it “as a man” looking to make his wife of nearly a decade happy.

“I’m 45. I’m supposed to wait ’til I’m 70 to live my best life? My best life is seeing my wife happy. It’s not like I’m sitting up trying to do something for me. I want my wife to be happy and every man should be able to do whatever is in his ability to do,” he said.

Pastor Gray said that his “heart is pure” after presenting the luxury vehicle to his wife during a wedding vow renewal party on December 8th. He said the revenue from his book deal, his reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, his savings and “wise investments” allowed him to purchase the lambo for his wife—not church money.

Defending his right to buy nice things for his family, Gray said that as long as what he does is “honorable, ethical and not illegal,” it’s nobody else’s business how he chooses to express love for his wife.

“The stories that I hear, and I’ve tried to not listen to it, but one of them is, ‘Pastor buys his wife, you know, this expensive car,’” John Gray said in the video. “First of all, it wasn’t a pastor that bought the car. It was a husband that bought the car.”

“I’m a husband first. Don’t confuse what I do with who I am,” he added. “What I do is, I pastor God’s people. Who I am is a husband and a father, and I’ll do anything to honor them, and I won’t ask permission from anybody to do it.”

Gray also quoted Bible verses from the Book of Ephesians during his Facebook Live video to explain why he spent $200K on a Lamborghini for his wife. He talked about the importance of a “good marriage,” explaining that he had never seen a successful marriage when he was growing up. And he said that since he had never seen a happy marriage, he used to worry that he would never be able to be a good husband.

Gray mentioned men in his family who had abandoned their wives and families, leaving the women to raise their children alone. “I grew up with those stories,” he said. “I grew up seeing physical abuse, seeing domestic violence.” Gray also talked about witnessing men in his family abusing drugs and committing adultery. “I swore to God I’d never perpetuate that,” he said. “I swore I’d be more.”

Taking a verse from Ephesians, Gray talked about the importance of being a good husband. “Here’s the truth, husbands love your wives like Christ loves the Church,” he said. “Even giving himself a ransom. That means give everything. Sow everything. Give the best of everything. And that’s where I’m at.”

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Video footage of John Gray presenting his wife with the keys to the SUV during their vow renewal celebration earlier this month was widely viewed on social media. The Grays said that they didn’t post the video and that it was shared by someone else.

Still, the video sparked a ton of backlash online, with some people using it to suggest that Gray is a prosperity preacher, like Creflo Dollar, for instance. Prosperity theology is a religious belief among some Christians that suggests God wants all Christians to be prosperous and that material wealth is a sign of God’s favor.

Gray rejected the idea that he is a prosperity preacher in his Facebook Live video, saying instead that the gift was just him wanting to make his wife happy.

“My wife has pushed for my dreams and my vision. And she has toiled with a man who was still trying to find himself, and that carries a weight,” Pastor Gray said in Thursday’s video. “I wanted to honor her for how she has walked with me. I’ve covered her, she’s covered me.”

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Gray said he came up with idea to buy his wife the Lamborghini Urus back in February when the couple saw a presentation about the new vehicle at a hotel. The vehicle, which premiered in December 2017, typically sells for $240K or more with options, and it’s one of the fastest SUVs in thew world, with the ability to go from zero to 60 in under 3.6 seconds.

“I saw my wife’s eyes light up,” he said, referring the moment she saw the SUV. “She said, ‘This would be a dream,’ and that’s all she had to say to me.” He said he spent the next 10 months planning how to purchase the SUV. “I’m a 45-year-old man, and I’ve worked my whole life,” he added. “I should be able to bless my wife.”

Aventer Gray came to her husband’s defense on social media, writing that when celebrities buy expensive gifts for their partners, it’s seen as “fun and cool,” but when pastors do it, “we are stealing.”

“I don’t see anyone screaming about how basketball players drive what they do while you paying $$$ to see them play in arenas and on fields,” Aventer Gray wrote last week in a since-deleted Instagram post. “We don’t live for people! We live for God!”

John Gray rose to fame as a former associate pastor at Houston’s Lakewood Church, the megachurch run by the popular American televangelist Joel Osteen.

Gray moved to Greenville, South Carolina to work at Relentless Church, a megachurch that was named Redemption Church (started by Apostle Ron Carpenter) and had five campuses and an active membership of 22,000 people when Gray took over in May.

Gray previously received backlash for being one of several black pastors who accepted an invitation to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House back in August. Gray has since said that while he initially thought the purpose of the meeting was to discuss prison reform, he now believes it was simply a photo opp for Trump.

On Sunday (Dec. 16), during a church worship service, Relentless Church members showed support for the Grays, giving Pastor Gray a round of applause when he mentioned the controversy over his wife’s new Lamborghini.

“I got one wife, I got one life, I got two kids, and while they’re alive, I’m going to do whatever I can to bless them,” he said in his Facebook Live video. “And I hope you do the same to your family.”

Earlier this month, Pastor Gray switched up the collection plate while blasting “pulpit pimps” during his sermon. He told his congregation that members in need should take cash from the offering plates instead of donating.

“For too long people have stood in a pulpit and told you to give, give, give,” he said. “Very rarely have I seen churches stop and said ‘leave the baskets out, let the people get what they need.’ We’ve got too many pulpit pimps who want to get fat off people but don’t want to meet the needs of the poor people.”

He added: “And Jesus said that’s who you supposed to be taking care of. We got widows, we got orphans, we’ve got single moms in here. We might not be able to do everything but we can do something. I wish we could do more but it’s the best we can do right now.”

“Are there any single mothers in here?” he asked. “You had an orange light in your gas tank when you pulled up, where are you? Come to the altar. Hurry. Single mothers. Are there any single fathers and you had less than a quarter tank of gas, where are you? Come to the altar, come to the altar.”

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Cardi B Says Her Breakup With Offset is NOT a Publicity Stunt: “I Don’t Need No F**kin Publicity B**ch”

As Cardi B and Offset’s breakup continues to dominate gossip headlines, Cardi B wants the world to know that her split with her husband is the real deal, Holyfield.

Over the weekend, Offset pulled off an elaborate stunt that saw him crashing Cardi B’s Rolling Loud performance and begging her to take him back in front of a screaming audience of thousands of fans. The rapper appeared on stage with a cart of roses spelling out the words “Take Me Back Cardi.”

WATCH: Offset Crashes Cardi B’s Rolling Loud Set to Beg Her to Take Him Back

“I just wanted to tell you I’m sorry, bruh, in person, in front of the world,” Offset said. “I love you. Whatever I got to do to show that, I’ll do it.”

Cardi looked mortified, and the entire moment was captured on video and quickly went viral on social media, where some folks suggested that the whole thing was a publicity stunt.

Making matters even worse, a video clip surfaced showing Offset being led to Cardi’s stage by the “Money” rapper’s publicist Patience Foster.

Which begs the question, if this moment was so sincere, why was Patientce a part of it? Well, according to Cardi herself, Patientce is more than just her public relations manager—she’s family to both Cardi and Offset.

“That’s my bitch. That’s my homie. That’s like my big sister,” Cardi said on Instagram Live. “She’s not like any other publicist. She’s my friend.”

Cardi continued: “She has taken my husband and my sister as a client and she has helped us a lot. Yeah, sometimes she does a little bit more, you wanna know why? Because we are a family and she cares about my family. I’m not gonna let y’all drag her. I don’t give a f**k … I will never let y’all disrespect people this close to me.”

Cardi said she had no idea that Patientce and Offset were working in tandem for the viral stunt, and she’s in no way mad at Patientce because she knows she was just trying to do what she thought was best. “She was just trying to help a man that was telling her, ‘Yo, I love my wife. Please help me get my wife,’” Cardi said.

“I’m not gonna let y’all drag my bitch for that,” she added, threatening to delete her Instagram account and not drop her new music video for “Money” if her fans didn’t back off.

Cardi reiterated her sentiments in an Instagram Story post, writing: “Fan or not you talk about my publicist/friend you can eat a d**k period.”

Responding to a fan’s comment on Instagram, Cardi added: “She was there when I gave birth to my daughter and the only person I have kept [with] me since the beginning of my career cause everybody saw [me] as nothing but a piece of opportunity.

She continued: “You wanna know what’s sooo funny? The last publicist I had when I first got on TV told me if I don’t change the way I talk or act I won’t blow up because I wouldn’t appeal to big brands. [They] even [tried] to make me get a damn etiquette class. I found somebody who fit my personality and look how far we have [come]. You can’t be mad at somebody for trying to help somebody else.”

Foster responded to the note with her own caption: “For those of you who question where I stand with the people who MATTER!”

Cardi went on to say that she didn’t want people to criticize Offset for “f**king trying,” adding that she was also tired of people saying the rapper’s actions were a sign that he was trying to manipulate her.

“I’ve been married and y’all haven’t noticed that I be talking some sexual sh** and I be saying whatever I want and wanna know why? Because nobody can manipulate me to change who I am. Period. So stop with the sh**,” she said.

This comes after Cardi pleaded with fans to leave Offset alone.

SEE MORE: Cardi B Wants Fans to Leave Her “Baby Father” Offset Alone

“I don’t want people to keep doing f**k sh**, saying f**k sh**,” she said. “I just want things to die down. I just need time so we can see eye-to-eye. I can’t predict the future. I don’t know. But, the whole coming at my baby father bullsh**, that doesn’t make me feel any better, because at the end of the day, that’s family.

She added: “I’m not saying that I’m gonna get back together with him. I just don’t like that bashing online thing. I know how painful it is when you have millions of people bashing you every single day. I don’t like that, and it doesn’t make me feel any better. Period.”

Cardi also directly responded to claims that her breakup with Offset is a publicity stunt, saying that she doesn’t need the publicity.

She said in a profanity-laced rant on IG Live: “This year I was one of the most tweeted b**ches. This year I was one of the most searched b**ches even on f**king PornHub. Do you think I need f**king publicity hoe? F**k outta here. B**ch, I sell! F**k is you talking about? I don’t need no motherf**king publicity b**ch! Right now on my live there’s 101,000 viewers. You think I need f**king publicity, b**ch?”

She added: “Do you think I want n***as to be f**king talking sh** about my baby father? The n***a I conceived a kid with? No, so shut the f**k up. You think I wanna give these bum a** bitches clout. So what makes you think I wanna do this sh** for publicity?”

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Eliza Dushku Speaks Out About Bull Harassment in New Op-Ed

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Another upsetting chapter of the #MeToo Movement unfolded last week after the New York Times reported that CBS paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 million in a sexual harassment settlement. Dushku was cast on the CBS procedural Bull with a planned co-starring role to follow, but was fired after she complained about being sexually harassed by the show’s star Michael Weatherly.

Dushku declined to comment in the New York Times article citing her settlement, but is now telling her story to the Boston Globe in a new Op-Ed. She begins by laying out the facts, stating unequivocally:

The narrative propagated by CBS, actor Michael Weatherly, and writer-producer Glenn Gordon Caron is deceptive and in no way fits with how they treated me on the set of the television show “Bull’’ and retaliated against me for simply asking to do my job without relentless sexual harassment. This is not a “he-said/she-said” case. Weatherly’s behavior was captured on CBS’s own videotape recordings.

Dushku details a series of gross actions on the part of Weatherly, saying that the actor frequently commented on her looks, her beauty, and would make sexual innuendos towards her. She catalogs the various demeaning and embarrassing things Weatherly would say and do, including threatening to spank her and asking her for a threesome. Weatherly would also boast about his close friendship with disgraced CEO Les Moonves, both as a brag and as a power play. She details the clear pattern of bullying and harassment that quickly devolved into an untenable situation.

Weatherly did all this. His conduct was unwelcome and directed at me. Watching the recordings in the settlement process, it is easy to see how uncomfortable, speechless, and frozen he made me feel. For Weatherly’s part, it looks like a deeply insecure power play, about a need to dominate and demean. In no way was it playful, nor was it joking with two willing participants. It was not “Cary Grant ad-libbed lines,” an incredulous Weatherly excuse which, even if true, asks us to believe that Hollywood behaviors from 70 years ago might be acceptable today. What is hardest to share is the way he made me feel for 10 to 12 hours per day for weeks. This was classic workplace harassment that became workplace bullying. I was made to feel dread nearly all the time I was in his presence. And this dread continues to come up whenever I think of him and that experience.

Dushku, who was fired after complaining about Weatherly’s behavior, earned the massive payout in mediation after CBS willingly showed video of Weatherly’s behavior on the set. In one of the more disturbing aspects of the case, CBS’s defense didn’t even consider Weatherly’s behavior wrong or offensive. They shared the tapes because they contained footage of Dushku cursing on set.

Clearly the network is completely unaware of what even constitutes sexual harassment, and thinks that an actress cursing on set is somehow indicative of her lack of professionalism. The network execs also decided that because Dushku had appeared in Maxim and posed in a swimsuit, she should have expected the harassment.

My talent representatives spoke to Caron about my firing months later. Caron defended Weatherly, explaining he had simply exhibited “frat” behavior and added, “What does [Eliza] expect, she was in Maxim.” On the subject of my legal rights, Caron said to my manager, “If Eliza wants to be out of the business by suing CBS, she can be out of the business.”

The boys’ club remains in full force at CBS. The bullying continued. In the settlement process, CBS used as defense a photo of me in a bathing suit, pulled from my own Instagram, as if this suggested I deserved or was not offended by the sexual harassment I experienced.

The article is worth reading in its entirety, and depicts CBS as a boys club with zero accountability. Given what we know now about Les Moonves, it’s no surprise that his misogynistic behavior trickled down throughout the network. What a gross legacy.

(via Boston Globe, image: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)

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The Final Trailer for Destroyer Shows the Brilliance of Nicole Kidman

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Destroyer is the kind of movie that comes once in a career, providing a character to an actor that brings a completely different look to someone we’ve known for years. That’s Erin Bell for Nicole Kidman. The final trailer for the film focuses on Erin’s dinner with her daughter, the two having a moment as Erin tells her that she has the option to be better than her mother.

Throughout the trailer, we can see Erin flashing between different points in her life, an aspect the film tackles beautifully by showing just how much she has changed after the effects of her past.

But what the trailer also shows is more of her relationship with Chris, a driving point for Erin’s character in the modern era of the film. Though brief, their relationship is something that continues to weigh on Erin, driving her to struggles in the future because she needs answers and some kind of comeuppance for all that happened to her and Chri

Split between her past as an undercover cop with Chris (Sebastian Stan) and her modern life as an LAPD detective, Destroyer is different than any movie we’ve really seen before.

Talking to the director, Karyn Kusama, it is clear that Erin’s character is one of the main reasons Karyn, along with screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi wanted to bring the story to life. She isn’t apologetic for who she is, and she doesn’t blame others for how her life has turned out. She just wants justice to come to those who led her down the path we find her on. There’s something so important about the way she’s portrayed, so raw in contrast to how we typically see women onscreen.

This trailer gives us a deeper look into the emotional side of the character, something we see very scarcely throughout the film because of the cards she’s been dealt. As she tells her daughter, she knows what it’s like to grow up angry, and even now, as an adult, there is a level of anger that drives her, fueling her actions. It makes her a character that, even when she’s doing things we can’t exactly root for, we still want to her to succeed.

Maybe it’s because, for so long, these kinds of complex characters were reserved for men, but seeing Erin struggle with her past, motherhood, and her current life situation is wonderful, and Nicole Kidman brings her to life in an incredible way. It isn’t that Erin is a role we’d typically see a man portray, but rather that she is just a complex character that is unapologetic about her rage and, for that, I have to highly recommend Destroyer.

Check back here on the Mary Sue for a full review of the movie closer to its release.

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