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Childhoods Ruined! Disney Animation Head John Lasseter Announces Leave Of Absence After Apparent Sexual Harassment Complaints!

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No! Not John Lasseter!

The director of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 is stepping down from his position as head of Disney Animation after what he calls "missteps."

Apparently Disney has handled all of this in-house as we hadn't even heard anything about it before he released a memo, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

Related: Charlie Rose FIRED From CBS Amid Explosive Sexual Harassment Allegations!

The claims are not clear, but the Pixar cofounder does give some clues, saying:

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Charlie Rose FIRED From CBS Amid Explosive Sexual Harassment Allegations!

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Byeee!

Charlie Rose has now been fired from CBS following yesterday's explosive report from The Washington Post in which eight women came forward with sexual harassment allegations against the veteran journalist.

Network president David Rhodes said on Tuesday that the termination "followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior."

Related: Jennifer Lawrence Bluntly Discusses Nude Photo Leak

Read the full statement (below):

So far, a replacement for Rose has not been announced. We'll keep you updated.

[Image via Ivan Nikolov/WENN.]

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Kim Kardashian's Choice To Fire Assistant Stephanie Shepherd Was Merely A Business Decision, Not A Personal One!

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There are no hard feelings between Kim Kardashian West and Stephanie Shepherd.

As we previously reported, the KUWTK star gave her longtime assistant the boot in September after she poorly transitioned from being an executive assistant to the Chief Operating Officer of Kim's brands. While Stephanie was eager for more professional opportunities, she sadly wasn't the right fit for the executive position.

Related: Kim Opens Up About Using A Surrogate

Thus, KKW was forced to fire Shepherd from her team. Now, although rumors claim Kim and Steph "aren't really speaking" following the firing, TMZ is reporting that the pair

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Kim Kardashian Fires Both Her Publicist AND Her Longtime Assistant — Eek!

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UPDATE 4:37 P.M. EST: Ina Treciokas confirmed to us that she is still working with Kim and the Kardashian family. The only recent change is a publicity firm has been added to handle KKW Beauty and Fragrance. Welp, that was a whole lot of nothing!


Cleaning house.

It appears Kim Kardashian West has dropped two key people from her professional circle.

According to Page Six, the KUWTK star has fired her publicist, Ina Treciokas, and has let go of her longtime assistant, Stephanie Shepherd. Uh oh.

Related: Kim Opens Up About Using A Surrogate

Apparently, KKW decided to find a new spin doctor as she's eager to work with someone with "more political" flack. Perhaps husband Kanye West was serious about running for president in 2020??

As for Shepherd, it's said that Stephanie and Kim "grew apart" prior to the firing. Supposedly, Stephanie did NOT take well to her new job responsibilities as COO of Kim's company, Kardashian West Brands. One insider dished to People:

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Justice League Leads The Box Office This Weekend, But Not Quite At The Level They'd Hoped

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What happened to Justice League this weekend?!

With high fanfare and expectations heading into the the weekend box office, one might have expected the DC Extended Universe's mashup to pull in a REALLY big opener, but it just wasn't in the cards for Justice League, which did just $96 million in the United States.

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The global box office totals cushioned the hard landing a little bit for the superhero flick, as it did $185.5 million overseas — giving it a cumulative $281.5 million global launch across all markets.

But domestically, this marked

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Russell Simmons Accused Of Working With Brett Ratner To Commit Alleged Violent Sexual Assault

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A bombshell new report out today in the Los Angeles Times accuses Russell Simmons of teaming up with his longtime friend Brett Ratner to engage in alleged sexual harassment and assault of multiple women.

The Times' report out today revealed that it wasn't just Ratner who was allegedly sexually assaulting and harassing women, as were the allegations we'd known about for some time now — but his friend, music mogul Simmons was also involved.

Video: Gal Gadot On Rumors She Refused To Play Wonder Woman Unless Ratner Was Fired

One woman, named Keri Claussen Khalighi, has come forward with a story that when she was 17 years old and working as a fashion model, she had dinner one night in 1991 with Simmons and Ratner after a casting call.

After dinner, the pair took Khalighi to Simmons' apartment to show her a music video they had been working on, but once they got there, Simmons and Ratner began getting extremely sexually aggressive — and, the model alleges, Simmons ripped off her clothes as Ratner watched.

Khalighi said (below):

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