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Week in Review

By Michael Smith

Below, for your browsing convenience, the categories are divided into Entertainment, Art, Sports, and Media. First, of general interest:

Federal Judge Blocks Newest Travel Ban

District of Hawaii judge Derrick Watson has converted the temporary restraining order he issued last week preventing Trump's new travel ban from being enforced into a preliminary injunction.


Trump Taps Paul Weiss Partner to Lead Federal Trade Commission

President Trump is expected to nominate Joseph Simons, an antitrust lawyer at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, to head the Federal Trade Commission, along with two new commissioners, Noah Phillips and Rohit Chopra.


Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Tested

On Wednesday, the parties in a lawsuit against President Trump alleging violations of the "emoluments clause" of the U.S. Constitution argued for and against the Department of Justice's (DOJ) motion to dismiss before U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan. The decision is expected in a month or two.


University of Florida Protesters Shout Down White Nationalist

When white nationalist Richard Spencer spoke at the University of Florida last week, protestors inside and outside the auditorium protested with signs and chants. There were isolated instances of violence, including one incident involving a gunman who fired at a bus stop but did not hit anyone.


Famous Actors Share Stories of Harassment

Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon, Lady Gaga, Rosario Dawson, Anna Paquin, and Evan Rachel Wood are among the stars in the entertainment industry speaking out against sexual harassment and assault, and sharing their own experiences.



Motion Picture Academy Expels Weinstein

On Saturday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to immediately expel Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein is only the second member to be permanently ousted. The first was a character actor expelled for leaking "screener" copies of films contending for the Oscars. Some are anticipating a call for additional expulsions based on similar issues.


Producers Guild, Television Academy Move to Expel Weinstein

The Producers Guild of America voted unanimously to terminate Harvey Weinstein's membership in the organization. Weinstein will have a chance to respond before a final decision is made on November 6th. The Television Academy also set a disciplinary hearing for November.



Weinstein Resigns from Board, Affiliates Distance Themselves

Harvey Weinstein resigned from the board of directors of the Weinstein Company in the face of mounting allegations of sexual assault and harassment. Toyota is considering withdrawing Lexus as a sponsor of Weinstein's "Project Runway," and Lifetime (which airs the show) removed Weinstein's executive producer credit and his company's logo from the show.


Weinstein Finds Investor

On Monday the Weinstein Company announced that private equity firm Colony Capital had agreed to provide a cash infusion to the ailing company. A board member also said that Colony was in negotiations to purchase the company.


Tatum Breaks Ties with Weinstein

Channing Tatum announced that he will no longer be working with the Weinstein Company to develop a film about a boy dealing with sexual abuse.


Harvard Takes Back Weinstein's Medal

In 2014, Harvard University honored Harvey Weinstein with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal for contributions to African American culture. Last week the school's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research decided to revoke the award.


Los Angeles Police Department Investigating Rape Claim Against Weinstein

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating allegations that Harvey Weinstein raped a woman in 2013 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.


Bob Weinstein Accused of Sexual Harassment

A former executive producer of the Spike TV series, "The Mist," accused Harvey Weinstein's brother, Bob Weinstein, of sexually harassing her. The Spike network is investigating those allegations, which Weinstein denies.


Amazon Studios Boss Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Roy Price, former head of Amazon Studios, has resigned. He was accused of harassing a producer and doing nothing after an actress told him she was assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. His resignation prompted discussions inside and outside the company about the lack of women in a position to dictate policy.



Canadian Comedy Festival Founder Resigns Amid Allegations of Abuse

Gilbert Rozon, founder of Canadian comedy festival "Just for Laughs," resigned after being accused of sexual harassment or abuse by nine women.


Young Comedians Navigate Censorship to Build Careers in Stand-Up

Stand-up comedy, long standard fare in the West, is just starting to bloom in more authoritarian countries like China and Singapore. Comedians are required to obtain permits, and submit their jokes to censors in advance, but many young comedians are--with the help of more lucrative corporate gigs--making a career out of comedy.


Sean Penn Claims That Netflix El Chapo Documentary Will Put Him in Danger

Netflix's documentary series, "The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story," centers around a meeting between actor Sean Penn and infamous drug dealer Joaquín Guzmán Loera, a/k/a "El Chapo". Penn, represented by Ted Boutros Jr., claims that the series misrepresents that Penn cooperated with the DOJ in El Chapo's capture, and therefore puts Penn in danger.


New York Bans Elephant Shows

On Thursday, Governor Cuomo signed a bill outlawing the use of elephants as entertainment (e.g., circuses and parades) in New York State. Mayor de Blasio signed a similar bill earlier this year.



Graffiti Lawsuit Trial Begins

Over 20 artists sued developer Jerry Wolkoff for whitewashing murals on a building that had become a "mecca" for graffiti artists. The artists claimed that the works at 5Pointz, the name by which the building became known, were protected under the Visual Artists Rights Act, which protects artists' "moral rights" (e.g., attribution, or the right to prevent destruction of the work) independent of copyright or physical ownership. Wolkoff, who allowed graffiti artists to paint his buildings for decades before he whitewashed and then tore down 5Pointz, argued that the work was inherently transient, and the artists always knew he would eventually tear down the building. The jury trial began on Tuesday in Brooklyn.


Mosaic from Caligula's Pleasure Ship Returned to Italy

A 4x4 piece of mosaic flooring from one of the ceremonial ships built for Roman Emperor Caligula to host parties on Lake Nemi served as a coffee table in an antique dealer's Manhattan apartment for 45 years. The Manhattan District Attorney's Office seized the coffee table last month, and on Thursday returned it to the Italian government, having determined that it was taken from an Italian museum before World War II.


Dutch Museum's Director Steps Down Amid Controversy

Beatris Ruf, director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, resigned after news reports suggested the she may have serious conflicts of interest.


Performance Artist Charged in France

Pyotr Pavlensky, a Russian performance artist who was granted political asylum in France, was arrested and charged with property damage after he apparently (intentionally) started a fire in front of the Banque de France building in Paris.



Gymnast Accuses Team Doctor of Sexual Abuse

Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, 21, tweeted allegations that former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar abused her sexually for years, starting when she was 13 years old. Nassar was previously convicted of possession of child pornography, and sued by more than 125 women alleging abuse.



Hernandez Family Refiles CTE Lawsuit

The family of former new England Patriots tight end Aaron Henrandez filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts state court against the National Football League (NFL) and helmet maker Ridell. Hernandez, who committed suicide while in prison, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a result of repetitive brain trauma. The Hernandez family original filed suit in federal court, and had named the New England Patriots as a co-defendant.


Sports Official Calls Corruption Claims "Biggest Lie in the World of Sports"

Papa Massata Diack, who worked for years as a consultant for the I.A.A.F. (track and field's governing body), contends that he is innocent of the accusations of corruption that continue to pile up. Diack is accused of, among other things, covering up failed doping tests, helping to buy votes for the hosting of major sporting events, and funneling bribes. Diack claims that he is being persecuted because of his race, and that the allegations constitute "the biggest lie in the world of sports."


NFL Decides not to Crack Down on Kneeling

At a recent meeting of NFL team owners, players, and union leaders, the NFL announced that it will not crack down on players who kneel during the national anthem. Instead, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the NFL is committed to working with players to address the issues players are protesting.


Europeans Investigating Formula One Corruption

French and British financial corruption investigators are looking into whether the Federation Internationale de l'Autmobile (FIA) had a conflict of interest when it approved the sale of Formula One to American cable conglomerate Liberty Media. The FIA owns a 1% share in Formula One that it cannot sell until Formula One is sold.


Sandusky Denied New Trial

Former Penn State assistant football coach was denied a new jury trial on child abuse charges.


North Carolina Governor Settles Bathroom Law Lawsuit

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that he reached a settlement with transgender rights advocates who sued the state over laws preventing transgender people from using public restrooms. The proposed consent decree must be approved by the state's legislature before it is certified by a judge.


Brazil Charges Former Trump Hotel Partner

Arthur César de Menezes Soares Filho is charged with being part of a kickback scheme to help Brazil win its bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games. Soares, whom Brazilian prosecutors are trying to extradite from the United States, was a partner in the former Trump Hotel Rio de Janeiro.



Twitter to Toughen Anti-Harassment Rules

Twitter Inc. announced its intentention to impose tougher penalties for sexual harassment, bullying, and other misconduct on the social media platform. Among the new rules are immediate permanent suspension of original posters or sources of non-consensual nudity, which definition is expanded to include "upskirt imagery, creep shots and hidden camera content."


Bill O'Reilly Settled Sexual Harassment Claim for $32 Million

The New York Times reports that Fox News host Bill O'Reilly agreed to pay a network analyst $32 million to settle sexual harassment allegations. One month later, Fox renewed O'Reilly's contract for four years at $25 million per year.


Investigative Journalist Killed by Car Bomb in Malta

Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, was killed by a car bomb. She was an investigative journalist whose blog posts exposed corruption in the Maltese government, including Malta's prime minister. The Prime minister strongly condemned the killing and, on Saturday, Malta's government offered a reward of 1 million euros for information leading to the conviction of those responsible.




Google Serving Fake-News Ads on Fact-Checking Sites

Google has been placing ads on fact-checking sites, like PolitiFact and Snopes, that use false headlines to lead users to fake versions of websites for publications like Vogue and Us Weekly. These ads are served through Google's automated tools, and there is little the Snopes and PolitiFact can do to restrict the ads that appear on their sites.


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