Rare Interview

Woody Allen slams 'foolish' stars who've condemned him for alleged abuse

CBS has released a previously unseen interview with Woody Allen in which he again denies Dylan Farrow's claims he molested her when she was a child. The director also addresses Hollywood's public response to the allegations, deeming actors who have expressed regrets about working with him "well-meaning, but foolish."

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Though it was just released Sunday, March 28 (via Paramount Plus), the sit-down shows Allen, 85, speaking to Lee Cowan for "CBS Sunday Morning" last July. As multiple outlets have noted, the footage was shot before the release of HBO's "Allen v. Farrow" docu-series, so claims made in that film are not referenced.

What does get discussed are allegations made by the daughter of Allen's ex, Mia Farrow, who was 7 when she said Allen molested her. The allegations became public during Allen and Farrow's high-profile split in 1992, according to People. The longtime couple broke up after Mia discovered Allen was romantically involved with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, who Allen would eventually marry. (He was in his late 50s at the time, while Previn was either a freshman in college or a senior in high school.)

Allen has long denied Dylan's sexual abuse claims, which led to an investigation, but not to any charges, for the director.

"Nothing that I ever did with Dylan in my life could be misconstrued as that," Allen says in the CBS interview when asked about Dylan's allegations. He goes on to suggest, as he's done previously, that Mia coached Dylan to view interactions she had with him as inappropriate and sexual in nature.

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"Why would a guy who's 57 years old … I never was accused of anything in my life," Allen says at one point in the segment. "I'm suddenly going to drive up in the middle of a contentious custody fight at Mia's country home (with) a 7-year-old girl?" he asks. "It just – on the surface, I didn't think it required any investigation, even.

"It's so preposterous, and yet the smear has remained. And they still prefer to cling to if not the notion that I molested Dylan, the possibility that I molested her. Nothing that I ever did with Dylan in my life could be misconstrued as that," Allen says.

Allen says he thinks Dylan has come to believe she was molested.

"I believe she thinks it. She was a good kid. I do not believe that she's making it up. I don't believe she's lying. I believe she believes that," he tells the CBS reporter.

In "Allen v. Farrow," Dylan described undergoing "grueling" evaluations as investigators sought to determine whether she was telling the truth in claiming Allen molested her. She said being interviewed so extensively and repeatedly over the course of three months made her worry she "was lying" because she had to defend herself so often.

Asked in the 2020 CBS interview about actors who have distanced themselves or said publicly they would not work with him again because of Dylan's claims, Allen says, "I think they're foolish. They're well-meaning, but they're foolish. All they're doing is persecuting a perfectly innocent person, and they're enabling this lie."

He issued a similar response to the question last spring, when he told The Guardian, "The actors have no idea of the facts and they latch on to some self-serving, public, safe position. … That's how actors and actresses are, and [denouncing me] became the fashionable thing to do, like everybody suddenly eating kale."

The 2020 CBS interview coincided with the release of Allen's memoir last summer. Addressing why CBS News held onto the footage for so long, producers said in a statement, via Variety: "The interview, which occurred last summer during an active news cycle, is being presented now given the renewed interest in the controversy surrounding the filmmaker."

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The interview was packaged for Paramount Plus alongside a 2018 interview with Dylan Farrow about her side of the story.

Allen's rep, Letty Aronson, told Variety early Sunday that Allen's team was not told the 2020 interview would be paired with Dylan's 2018 interview and streamed.

"It's completely dishonest and scandalous. I hope future people will consider this before trusting the show," Aronson said.

After the "Allen v. Farrow" docuseries premiered last month on HBO, Allen and Previn slammed the project as a "hatchet job riddled with falsehoods," and Allen again "categorically" denied Dylan's accusations. They also said, through their spokesperson, that the filmmakers gave them only "a matter of days to respond" to claims made in the film, so they declined.

Court doc reveal...

Tristan Thompson allegedly urged mistress to get abortion

Tristan Thompson wanted a woman he allegedly got pregnant to have an abortion, court documents claim. 

On Dec. 3, DailyMail.com reported that a personal trainer named Maralee Nichols is expecting a child with the NBA player. The child is due on Dec. 3. 

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As part of a paternity lawsuit against the Sacramento Kings player, Maralee's lawyer filed a legal request to submit text messages purportedly sent between her and Tristan. Those messages reveal that Tristan allegedly urged Maralee to get an abortion. TMZ reported that Tristan also offered her $75,000 to stay quiet about the pregnancy and child.

Court docs obtained by Page Six read, "It is also apparent from the context and substance of these communications that they are from Tristan to Maralee, which reflects that Tristan is addressing the parties' relationship, and even with respect to her pregnancy insisting that she get an abortion and threatening that she will get next to nothing with lesser support requirements in Texas."

Maralee, who moved from Houston to Los Angeles, is suing for child support. An alleged text message from Tristan, posted to TMZ, shows him telling Maralee he "won't be involved" in the child's life.

The lawsuit reveals that Maralee and Tristan had sex on his 30th birthday in March, when he and Khloe Kardashian were still dating. Those same documents included a declaration from Tristan in which he admitted to having sex with Maralee several times at a hotel after the pair attended a party together.

He maintained the hookup was a one-time thing, but she says the relationship lasted months. 

Page Six noted that he filed a request in July for her to take a paternity test. It's not believed that she has, but Tristan said he will pay child support if the baby is his. 

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This would be Tristan's third child, as he shares 4-year-old son Prince Thompson with ex Jordan Craig and 3-year-old daughter True with Khloe. 

Mea culpa

50 Cent apologizes after criticizing Madonna's Instagram pics

50 Cent is issuing a mea culpa to Madonna after seemingly mocking one of her Instagram posts. 

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Last week, Madge posted a series of provocative images, pictures that she claimed Instagram took down. 50 Cent saw the snaps and compared Madonna to the Wicked Witch of the East under a fallen house in "The Wizard of Oz."

Madonna didn't take too kindly to 50's words and ripped the rapper. 

"Here is 50 Cent pretending to be my friend. Now you have decided to talk smack about me!" she wrote alongside a red carpet picture with 50. "I guess your new career is getting attention by trying to humiliate others on social media. The least elevated choice you could make as an artist and an adult."

She added, "You are just jealous you won't look as good as me or have as much fun when you are my age."

Upon seeing this, 50 took to Twitter to apologize. 

"I must have hurt Madonna feelings, she went and dug up a old MTV photo from 03," he wrote. "Ok Im sorry i did not intend to hurt your feelings. I don't benefit from this in anyway i said what i thought when i saw the picture because of where i had seen it before i hope you accept my apology."

Madonna has not responded. 

Money matters

George Clooney once turned down $35 million for one day of work

George Clooney once turned down a life-changing amount of money for one day's work because the paycheck would come from a "questionable" country. 

The actor, 60, didn't say what country that was, but implied that his wife, Amal, a human rights attorney, dissuaded him from taking the job. 

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"I was offered $35 million for one day's work for an airline commercial, but I talked to Amal about it and we decided it's not worth it," he told The Guardian. "It was [associated with] a country that, although it's an ally, is questionable at times, and so I thought, 'Well, if it takes a minute's sleep away from me, it's not worth it.'"

George is reportedly worth $500 million, so he's certainly in a position to back away from a massive payday. Also, the two-time Oscar winner is said to rake in more than $30 million for his role as spokesman for Nespresso.

Proving that money isn't really a concern for George anymore, he further added that he's not acting as much as he used to because he wants to spend more time with his wife and children. Plus, he's very particular about his projects.

"In general, there just aren't that many great parts – and, look, I don't have to act. My wife and I had this conversation when I turned 60 this summer. I said, 'I can still bounce around pretty good, and we both love what we do. But we gotta make sure we don't book ourselves silly,'" he said. "So, part of it is just us making sure we live our lives."

Sober living

Demi Lovato ditches controversial 'California sober' lifestyle

Demi Lovato's lifestyle is changing.

The singer, who uses pronouns they/them, announced that they are no longer "California Sober." Instead, they are now legitimately sober. 

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On Dec. 2, the "Sorry Not Sorry" singer posted a message on Instagram, saying, "I no longer support my 'California sober' ways. Sober sober is the only way to be."

"California sober" was a lifestyle that allowed for alcohol and marijuana use in moderation. Why Demi decided to change their ways isn't known. 

For a while, Demi often praised the "California sober" lifestyle, and wasn't shy about their marijuana use. They even released a song called "California Sober."

The lifestyle is not without its detractors or people who just roll their eyes at the gray area of sobriety. 

Back in July, "Vanderpump Rules" alum Lala Kent, who's been sober since 2018, called the stance "super offensive."

"You know, there are people out there who work their a** off to never take themselves out of reality and to never place themselves in an altered state," she said on the Behind The Velvet Rope podcast. "You know, they don't even, when they have a cold, take DayQuil or NyQuil. So to say that you're, like, 'California sober' or this type of sober is extremely offensive, I think."

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Demi's battle with substance abuse is well documented. In 2018, they survived a near-death overdose and went to rehab. 

In a March 2021, chat with CBS News, Demi said they "best identified" with "California sober." 

"I really don't feel comfortable explaining the parameters of my recovery to people, because I don't want anyone to look at my parameters of safety and think that's what works for them, because it might not," they said. "I am cautious to say that, just like I feel the complete abstinent method isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for everybody, I don't think that this journey of moderation is a one-size-fits-all solution for everybody."

Ink sisters

Dakota Johnson gave Olivia Coleman a tattoo with at-home kit

Olivia Colman has a permanent reminder of her "The Lost Daughter" co-star Dakota Johnson.

During a chat with Town & Country, Dakota spoke of the film's cast celebrating after a New York Film Festival screening in October. After a late night of revelry — "It was a lot of Talking Heads, the Cranberries," Dakota says — the cast went back to their hotel. 

It was then that Dakota pulled out a stick-and-poke tattoo kit and went to work on Olivia, giving the Oscar winner her first tattoo.

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"Maybe it was me being completely seduced by this gorgeous person and wanting her to think I was cool," Olivia says. "Or maybe it was my midlife crisis."

Dakota seems to have a somewhat different take, believing it had more to do with a post-vaccine mentality.

"The thing is, people are not behaving normally. If you go to a party, you… rage," she said, alluding to the fact that people were quarantined for so long due to the pandemic. 

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Unlike Olivia, Dakota is no stranger to getting inked. Earlier this year she told James Corden she practiced stick-and-poke tattooing on herself, adding that she's a "big fan" of permanent ink.

"I'm not a tattoo fiend. I mean, I have like 11 or 12. I don't know," she said. 

Among Dakota's tattoos is a dying sunflower to represent climate change, the word "tender" on her arm and an infinity design, which she got with boyfriend Chris Martin.

Canceled shows

Carlos Santana cancels shows after 'unscheduled heart procedure'

Carlos Santana has canceled all of his December concerts after undergoing an "unscheduled heart procedure."

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The music icon made the announcement on Twitter on Dec. 1, but he didn't go into specifics.

The 74-year-old said he wanted to give "some clarity with some specificity to what's going on with [his] physicality."

"Last Saturday, I had an incident where I asked my wife to take me to the hospital because I had this thing happening in my chest. So when we went there we found out we needed to take care of it," he said in a video. "I'm going to be taking time out for a little bit to make sure I replenish and I rest and I catch up with my health, so when I play for you I play the way I'm used to and I give you 150 percent. I wouldn't show up unless I can do that."

The Twitter announcement dubbed the medical situation as an "unscheduled heart procedure."

The "Smooth" hitmaker was set for a series of concerts in Las Vegas as part of his residency show at House of Blues. He will return to the residency in 2022.

Daddy's girl

Eminem's daughter proves she's one of his biggest fans

Hailie Jade Mathers is no fake fan. 

While sharing the results of her annual Spotify use, Eminem's daughter proved to the world that she's one of her father's biggest fans. 

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Toward the end of every calendar year, the audio streaming service sends it customers a snapshot of their usage and it highlights the artist that the user listened to most over the past year. On Dec. 1, the 25-year-old shared the results of her Spotify report, and her top artist was none other than her dad. 

In fact, Spotify said she's in the top 3 percent of Eminem's listeners overall, according to her TikTok post.

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Outside of his song lyrics, Eminem is relatively private when it comes to Hailie. In a March 2020 appearance on the Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson podcast, the rapper briefly spoke about his daughter, who he shares with ex-wife Kimberly Mathers.

"She's doing good," Em said of Hailie. "She's made me proud for sure."

Hailie rarely speaks about her dad in public, too, but she did mention him in a 2018 interview with Daily Mail.

"We are very close," she said. 

Dark time

Colton Underwood took 'medication daily' hoping to suppress homosexuality

Colton Underwood struggled so much with his sexuality that he started abusing medications.

In his new Netflix docuseries, "Coming Out Colton," the former "The Bachelor" star says, "I was suppressing my sexuality so hard that I was taking medication daily to deal with depression and anxiety, and that made me a paranoid freak."

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His struggle became bad enough that he contemplated suicide. 

During a chat with a longtime friend, Colton recalled hitting "rock bottom" one night when he "took a lot of Xanax" in hopes that he would not "wake up the next morning."

"I didn't trust a whole lot of people, and I was trying to do anything and everything I could to protect a secret," he says on the Netflix series, which premieres on Dec. 5.

Colton's attempted suicide came after his breakup with Cassie Randolph in May 2020. A few months after the split, Cassie got a restraining order against Colton, accusing him of stalking and harassment. She also alleged that Colton put a tracking device on her car. She eventually dropped the restraining order after she and Colton reached a "private agreement," he said.

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Cassie met Colton in late 2018 on season 23 of "The Bachelor." The pair didn't get engaged after he gave her the final rose on the ABC show, though they briefly lived together. She even cared for him while he recovered from COVID-19 early last year.

After their split, though, Colton "started to spiral," he confesses on his new show. "I lost my mind, and I did some things, I said some things that I'm not proud of."

For her part, Cassie continues to be frustrated with her ex's public life. 

"Cassie really just wants to move past any drama having to do with Colton. She's being roped back into all this Colton mess because of the Netflix show," a source told Page Six. "There are a lot of bad memories associated with the end of their relationship and she wishes there was a way to completely separate herself from his narrative." 

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Colton is now dating political strategist Jordan C. Brown. 

Health update

Wendy Williams claims 'lots more Wendy stuff' is coming as she leaves 'wellness center'

Wendy Williams claims she's "doing fabulous" amid reports that her eponymous talk show is on verge of being canceled. 

While being surrounded by friends and family, the TV host was spotted leaving a "wellness center" in Miami on Dec. 1. In video posted by The Shade Room, a photographer asked Wendy if she's "sad" about her show getting "canceled." Although the cancelation of "The Wendy Williams Show" is mere rumor at this time, the 57-year-old remained silent.

While wearing a red Versace robe and walking barefoot to an awaiting SUV, Wendy was also asked how she's doing. Replying in third person, she said, "Wendy is doing fabulous." She then promised "lots more Wendy stuff."

Wendy hasn't been on the air in months. According to reports, Wendy was voluntarily admitted to a New York City hospital on Sept. 14 for a psychiatric evaluation. Around the same time, her team announced that the premiere date for her 13th season would be pushed back two weeks. Since then, a platoon of guests hosts have taken the reigns of the show, including Bill Bellamy, Leah Remini, Michael Rappaport, Fat Joe and Michelle Visage. 

Wendy is reportedly dealing with "ongoing health issues" as her chair is filled. She has yet to return for her 13th season.

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Meanwhile, there is growing chatter that "The Wendy Williams Show" could be on the chopping block as she continues to be MIA. Interestingly enough, RadarOnline reports that ratings are actually up without her there. 

"No one expected ratings to go up 32% without Wendy. The fill-in hosts were just supposed to keep the show's lights on until Wendy was well enough to return," a source told the online outfit. "It was assumed that without Wendy, the audience would not watch, but the has not been the case."

If the show is axed, Sherri Shepherd is reportedly the frontrunner to take over the chair permanently. Incidentally, Sherri is currently set to fill in the final weeks of the show before the holiday break.