Kathy Griffin Talks Government Pushback And #MeToo Movement After Severed Head Drama

Kathy Griffin is sharing details about the whole severed head saga.

Last year, Kathy Griffin dove into controversy after a picture of her holding a fake bloody head of Donald Trump appeared online. Kathy immediately apologized for the head, but later decided to take back her apology after the Trump administration came down on her. As a side effect of the controversy, Griffin also lost many gigs including hosting CNN's New Years Eve coverage. Griffin also infamously ended her close friendship with CNN reporter Anderson Cooper.

Now, Griffin is opening up about the situation now that it's mostly behind her.

Meeting Stephen Colbert for the first time, Kathy Griffin appeared on the Late Show and almost immediately started talking about the Trump picture.

Griffin shares that she was put under a two month federal investigation fro the crim of conspiracy to assassinate the president of the United States. On top of that, she was placed on the no fly list.

“I was in the middle of a 50-city tour, and within 12 hours I had not one single day of work ahead of me,” the comedian says. “And, by the way, to this day, I do not have one single day of paid work ahead of me. So I’ve been digging myself out of this rabbit hole for last year and a half.”

"And the next day I got a call from one of my attorneys that the Department of Justice – and a lot of people don’t know this part – were putting me under a two month federal investigation and considering charging me with the crime of – this is real – conspiracy to assassinate the president of the United States.”

She then added:

"So a lot of people thought you know I got a call from the Secret Service or got in fake Hollywood trouble. But, no, this is real-life trouble…I was on the no fly list for two months. So then they wanted me to go downtown to the police precinct and they wanted get video of what’s called the perp walk. And this was coming – I’m assuming – directly from the Oval Office and Jeff Sessions. That’s where your tax dollars went, everybody, investigating Kathy Griffin. Mr. Cooper said I was disgusting, and I lost about 75% of my friends that never came back. And it was hard.”

Griffin also made comments saying her situation would have gone different if it wasn't pre-Me Too. The female comedian states that other celebrities made real threats towards the president, but didn't have to deal with intense investigations. She states the fact that she's a woman had a part in it.

You can hear more on that by watching the video below.

Esquire Is Releasing An Expose On Bryan Singer!

Esquire Is Releasing An Expose On Bryan Singer!

An Open Secret Claims New Allegations Are Damaging!

#SIGH. I mean, at this point, who hasn’t heard of the many sexual assault allegations against dethroned X-Men film Director, Bryan Singer? Seriously, you have to be living under a rock if you haven’t heard of Singer’s infamous allegations which have extended for years. I mean, I literally know a gaggle of young gays who want nothing more than to attend a Singer pool party; which are allegedly equipped with tons of booze, drugs, sex, and risqué decisions. On the flip side, I know a handful of *older* gays who advise against attending any event where Hollywood’s gay mafia prowl. Regardless, even in the era of #MeToo, Singer has came out unscathed. Like, he did just sign a $10M deal to remake Red Sonja with Millennium Films…so, yeah- safe to say these glamorous pool parties probably won’t be stopping any time soon. One could say Singer survived the #MeToo movement, despite a vicious story from his once teenage ex-boyfriend. But, it appears the next Singer expose is promised to deliver some undiscovered details surrounding his many allegations.

According to LA Times, Singer is already denying the future allegations for an upcoming Esquire Magazine article which is about to be released about him. Singer took to Instagram to make a statement claiming the will-be article is fictional and irresponsible. Check out his post below:




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I find it a little odd that Singer – who has over 250K Instagram followers, garnered a measly 4K likes. Say what you want, but other posts he creates gets a lot more praise, and since he wants to bring up “today’s climate”, well-honey, the climate is much about the attention you get on social media. It doesn’t look like too many are openly supporting Singer – and less may be after this damaging article is released.

To add more juice to the story, the social media handlers behind the eye-opening film showcasing alleged Hollywood pedophiles (Singer included), An Open Secret, are claiming that they assisted the Esquire story since February 2018 and promise “very bad new stuff”. Okay, you guys have got me: I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for this article to come out. No word yet on the article’s release date, but man – this is a nail biter.



Please do not let this be another Rachel Maddow “I have Trump’s taxes” hoax. That was literally the talk of the town and she didn’t have much of anything besides getting people to tune in to waste their time. I’m still upset about it and eye roll every time I see her.

I go back and forth on Singer's innocence often: I live in West Hollywood and know that not everyone can go to Harvard- or wants to take the time to work on their goals like the rest of us: They clout chase and want success immediately. Let’s face it, most of the time while laying on their backs. You cannot tell me you haven't met someone who has slept to get ahead. 

I personally know  people who will sleep with someone for a role as a background actor in a film. It’s such a warped reality that many people want to use their body to get ahead - and they are more than entitled to do so. But, you can’t go into something with an agenda, then get less than what you wanted, and then complain about it and hashtag #MeToo. Those are not victims, just less than smart people who didn't get their way. These stories of failed Hollywood would-be's, which seem to be more common in the Singer-related allegations, are the ones who are actually making it impossible for others to decipher where any alleged assault did happen. I’m neutral on who truly is the bad guy when it comes to Singer. Is it him or the ones who are trying to work their way up to the top, literally on him? After the release of Esquire’s article…it may be easier to come to a decision.

If you haven’t seen An Open Secret or simply want to indulge again, you can watch it for free on Vimeo here.

Writer’s Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Magazine Contributor and does not reflect the views of Instinct Magazine itself or our fellow writers.

Someone Bought BrettKavanaugh.com & Wait Until You See What's On There

Did you believe Ford of Kavanaugh? The usage of a lie detector and someone's lack of self-control aside, we are sure you have an opinion.

But if you want to know more about our newest Supreme Court Justice, do not go to  BrettKavanaugh.com looking for information.

CNN.com has stated that someone bought the domain and has turned it into a site dedicated to help survivors of sexual assault.
Is this a similar play on an internet address like whitehouse.com and whitehouse.gov?
Instead of a Kavanaugh bio or pearls of judicial wisdom, visitors to the site encounter a black-and-white photo of the Supreme Court building along with a simple message: "We Believe Survivors." Below are links to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, End Rape On Campus and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network -- all resources for survivors who are seeking assistance.  - cnn.com
So who decided to spend their money on this URL purchase?  Fix the Court, a nonpartisan judicial reform organization stepped up to the plate as their main goal is to fight for honesty and transparency on the US Supreme Court.
Pretty fast work, Fix the Court!  Well, actually it was fast work about three years ago when Kavanaugh's name was being tossed around as a possible nominee
    "In 2015, as the presidential races were going on, I decided to buy domains of possible candidates for the Supreme Court," Fix the Court Executive Director Gabe Roth told CNN. Fix the Court owns about two dozen domain names, including MerrickGarland.net and JudgeGorsuch.com.
    During Kavanaugh's ceremonial swearing-in at the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump apologized for "the terrible pain and suffering" he and his family were "forced to endure" during his confirmation process.
    Frustrated by Trump's comments, Roth decided to launch the site Tuesday as a way to put "a national focus on the issue of sexual assault." - cnn.com
    Roth hopes his website can help survivors while starting a conversation about making the Supreme Court confirmation process more transparent.
    What do you think of the website?  Good way to make people aware of such a travesty or is it liberals and democrats wasting money and not letting a loss go?

      h/t: CNN.com

      Following Decades of Accusations of Sexual Misconduct, Bryan Singer Lands High-Profile New Gig

      After years and years of rumors, lawsuits and accusations, and a recent high-profile firing, many believed Bryan Singer was done in Hollywood.

      It turns out, that’s probably not the case, not by a long shot.

      As reported by THR, the X-Men director is in talks with Millennium Films to secure a payday of $10 million+ for a “female-empowered” remake of Red Sonja.

      The previous film version of Red Sonja was a swords and sorcery picture starring Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It received terrible reviews, Nielsen got a Razzie for Worst New Star, and today it is mainly remembered, if at all, as an unintentional comedy.

      In December, Singer was fired from Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody for erratic, unprofessional behavior, and replaced with Dexter Fletcher. That same month, he was sued by a man who claims Singer raped him on a boat when he was a minor.

      Singer’s legal troubles and accusations of sexual misconduct go back decades, to at least the mid-1990s when the the filmmaker was taken to court for allegedly requiring underage boys to strip naked in a locker room scene on the set of Apt Pupil while their parents were removed.

      This isn’t the only recent case of a prominent Hollywood figure accused of sex crimes getting a second chance. In related news, long-“disgraced” filmmaker Roman Polanski just acquired a huge budget to make his next movie, J’Accuse. Also, last month Louis C.K. returned to standup comedy.

      What’s next? Harvey Weinstein winning a Best Picture Oscar at the 2020 Academy Awards? Kevin Spacey getting the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at the 2021 Golden Globes?

      What do you make of this? Does this news have you seeing red? Is the #MeToo movement already losing steam? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.



      h/t: THR

      Kevin Spacey Sued For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting a Masseur in Malibu in 2016

      Just a few days after his “good friend” [and also, maybe, an out-of-touch, 83-year-old film and theater actress] Judi Dench defended him in Spain, Kevin Spacey has been filed another lawsuit, for allegedly sexually assaulting a masseur at a Malibu home in 2016. This case is downright graphic. You’ve been warned.

      According to Deadline Hollywood, a lawsuit filed at Los Angeles Superior Court alleges the Billionaire Boys Club star forced a male massage therapist to “touch his scrotum, testicles and penis” before “pulling him in for an apparent attempted forced kiss.”

      “During these assaults, plaintiff repeatedly asked Spacey to allow him to leave, but Spacey blocked access to Spacey’s massage table and the door with his naked body,” 

      Spacey is being sued for sexual battery, gender violence, battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment.

      Following the assault, the alleged victim said to Spacey:

      “What are you doing? This is ridiculous. I am a professional. This is what I do for a living. I have a son”.

      The suit claims: “Spacey’s conduct was extreme and outrageous. Spacey acted with reckless disregard for plaintiff’s rights and feelings, and with deliberate indifference to the certainty that plaintiff would suffer emotional distress.

      “As a direct and proximate result of Spacey’s actions, plaintiff has suffered and continues to suffer severe mental anguish, emotional pain and distress, fear, humiliation, grief, embarrassment, nervousness, worry, anger, frustration, helplessness, nervousness , sadness, stress, mental and emotional distress, and anxiety.”

      The alleged victim says he reported the incident to police when it happened. So far, authorities have yet to confirm or deny this.

      Spacey is already being investigated in the U.S. and the U.K. for multiple alleged sexual assaults.

      To read more: Deadline Hollywood.

      Here is the graphic court document.

      Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Magazine contributor and does not reflect the views of Instinct Magazine itself or the fellow contributors.

      Dame Judi Dench Says Kevin Spacey Has Been Treated Unfairly

      Speaking at a press conference at the San Sebastien International Film Festival in Spain, Dame Judi Dench made a bold move by defending a certain persona non grata, actor Kevin Spacey.

      Dench co-starred with Spacey in 2001’s The Shipping News. The picture shot right after the death of Dench’s husband. She told reporters at San Sebastien that Spacey was “an inestimable comfort” on the shoot, and that “he never mentioned he knew I was in a bad way.”

      “He cheered me up and kept me going.”

      To refresh: last October, Rent and Star Trek Discovery star Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed that Spacey  made sexual advances when Rapp was a minor. This led to a swift, industry-wide fallout for the actor, who has now been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 30 men. He was replaced with Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World, and he was unceremoniously killed off for the final season of House of Cards.

      Dench told reporters in Spain that she’s 100% not on-board with Spacey’s removal from projects:

      “I can’t approve, in any way, of the fact that – whatever he has done – that you then start to cut him out of films.”

      She continues:

      "Are we to go back throughout history and anyone who has misbehaved in any way, or who has broken the law, or who has committed some kind of offense, are they always going to be cut out?

      Are we going to extrude them from our history? I don’t know about the conditions of it, but nevertheless he is, and was, a most wonderful actor. And a good friend. I can’t imagine what he’s doing now.”

      Do you think Kevin Spacey deserves a second chance? Do you disagree with the Dame? Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments.

      h/t: Variety

      Terry Crews Posted The Apology Letter From The Man Who Sexually Assaulted Him

      It looks like justice is finally being served.

      Yesterday, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor tweeted out a screenshot of a letter he received from Adam Venit.

      Last year, Terry Crews filed a lawsuit against Venit for sexually assaulting him at a party and trying to blackmail him into being quiet about it. In addition, Crews shared the story on Twitter, so that he could act as a role model of sexual assault victims.

      Now, almost a year later, Crews has posted a letter of apology from Venit. While it seems Crews received the letter back in March, he is only now sharing the message because Venit recently resigned from his position at William Morris Endeavor.

      “It meant nothing without a resignation,” said Crews to Deadline.

      In the letter, Venit apologizes for his crime against Crews.

      “The intent of this letter is to start a dialogue in service of taking responsibility for the emotional challenge that this experience has caused you and your family," the letter reads. "I have dedicated myself to spiritual self-discovery in an effort to be the best person I can be for the rest of my life, and hopefully make difference to me, my family and everyone I know..."

      "I know that you didn't ask for any of this," Venit continues. "Again, I take full responsibility for us being here now, together in this situation. I am sorry for all of it... I have no right to expect your forgiveness, but I am asking for it nonetheless."

      Due to Venit’s recent resignation, Crews’ legal battle has come to a close.

      Classical Singer Says Two Of The Biggest Musical Talents In The World Raped Him

      In July, a baritone singer named Samuel Schultz wrote an essay about a past experience in which he was raped.

      “I have been terrified to talk about this publicly. … There was a legitimate danger of always destroying my career by reporting someone else’s assault against me. Because of this, I have lived with the fear of exclusion and being silenced.”

      At the time, Schultz chose not to identity the people who raped him, but he has now.

      According to Daily News, Schulz has identified world-famous countertenor David Daniels and conductor Scott Walters, who are married, as his rapists. In addition, he has filed a lawsuit against them.

      Schultz claims that in 2010, when he was a 23-year-old graduate student at Rice University, he was raped by the two.

      Specifically on May 14, 2010, Schultz was invited by the two to a corporate apartment after a Houston Grand Opera Performance. While there, he accepted a drink and says he only remembers taking a few sips before blacking out.

      As he wrote in the police complaint, he woke up the next day, “in a bed alone, completely naked. I was sore and I didn’t know why. I made my way to the bathroom to figure out why I hurt. I was bleeding from my rectum. I became numb. I was paralyzed with fear. What had happened? How could I escape? How would I get out? Where were my clothes? I tiptoed out of the bedroom to discover that David and Scott were not there. When they came back from eating somewhere, I think they asked if I had a good time. … I remember David saying, ‘Don’t worry about the BB thing, I’m totally negative.’ BB in this case meant bareback, otherwise known as raping me without a condom.”

      According to Daily News, Schultz was too fearful to report the incident until now because he heard that Daniels had made tenure at the University of Michigan and will be within reach of more aspiring singers.

      Meanwhile, the couple have both denied Schultz’s claims.

      “Other than I deny these allegations, I have nothing to say. They're completely false,” said Daniels. Though, Daniels took a leave of absence from his job at the University of Michigan after news hit of the accusation.

      As for Schultz, he says he will continue to fight and be vocal against his alleged aggressors while the police continue to investigate. So far, there have been no arrests.

      h/t: The Daily News

      Troye Sivan and #MeToo

      Troye Sivan is a Perth-raised pop musician known for his first album Blue Neigbourhood which reached the top 10 in Australia and the US. His social media following has reached 8.7 million followers on Instagram and Twitter and he has participated in film work as well in movies such as X-Men: Origins Wolverine and the upcoming Boy Erased. The 23-year-old is known for his music about gay experiences, having come out at the age of 18 via YouTube video, and unashamed representation in things such as his music videos. In a recent article for The Sydney Morning Herald, Sivan opened up about his new album, finding himself, and the #MeToo movement.

                  Sivan joins a group of out artists such as Frank Ocean and Sam Smith who are not only open about their sexuality but make it a part of their music. Sivan’s recent single “Bloom” is a metaphor for his experiences as a bottom, which he clearly expressed in a now-deleted tweet. On his openness Sivan says:

      “I just had this unbelievable hunger and necessity to live my life openly. [I feared coming out would] change things. But in that moment I had to do my self the favour of getting out of the way.” -smh.com.au

      When asked if he has seen any of the consequences of being out in the mass media, he says that rather than face homophobia he has found a group of devoted fans more intimate than he could have imagine.

                  In the same interview, he discussed how his journey to become famous got him into the dirty side of Hollywood. As a child making YouTube videos, he says he was targeted by men for online sex- one man even identified himself as a manager in the music business. He says:

      “I was so naïve about everything and about the industry. I had no idea how to check if someone was legit or not. [He] promised the world to me and then as we got closet just completely inappropriately, you know, started… everything changed all of a sudden. It was super weird.” -smh.com.au

      He says the man took advantage of him over Skype. Afterwards, he told his parents and ceased contact until one day he ran into the same man on the streets of LA. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Sivan felt comfortable enough to share his experience and says that others have told similar stories about the same man. Now, Sivan finds himself at the height of a successful music career with his own manager and an album on the way. His bravery for speaking out is notable and will hopefully be an inspiration to speak out and hold people accountable.

      Troye Sivan’s album Bloom will be released August 31st, 2018 and he can be seen in this fall’s Boy Erased.

      h/t: smh.com.au, billboard.com


      If you are a victim of sexual assault and seeking help, call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) to be connected to a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

      50 Cent Mocks Terry Crew’s Sexual Assault!

      50 Cent Mocks Terry Crew’s Sexual Assault!

      Crews Speaks In Front Of US Senate Judiciary Committee 

      #GROAN! In October 2017, we reported Actor Terry Crews had made sexual assault allegations against Talent Agent, Adam Venit. Yesterday, the 49-year-old White Chicks star appeared before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee to speak of a Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights which is being proposed. Crews doesn’t go into too much detail of the assault, but allegedly, Venit grabbed Crews’ genitals and was “effectively telling he is in control.” Upon a question regarding retaliation from a Senator, Crews proclaims the Producers of The Expendables films wanted him to drop the sexual assault case in order for him to continue in the franchise. Crews refused and is no longer going to be in the series. Ironically, the alleged Producer who made this claim is going through his own sexual assault allegation case. Trust me, I tried snooping to see who was producing the film but came up short.

      Check out Crews’ emotional speech to the Senate below:

      Of course, we all applaud Crews for calling out Venit for sexual assault. One would be led to believe someone of Crews’ physical size, attitude, and stature would not be able to be sexually assaulted. One of the people who are taking Crews’ sexual assault as a joke is Rapper 50 Cent, who kind of appears to appreciate his gay fans, but has a sketchy past with homophobia. Cent took to Instagram, creating a meme of combined photographs of Crews: Flexing and holding a rose in his mouth. Cent captioned it with a quote from Crews: “I froze in fear” with a laughing emoji. Check out the now deleted-post below:

      Literally Cent is nothing but ignorant the majority of the time. He is insinuating that due to Crews’ size, he is unable to be sexually assaulted and should’ve gotten violent with the predator. Crew has stated in the past he didn’t want to get in a physical altercation with Venit because the headlines would be swapped: Large, African-American man attacks skinny Caucasian Agent.

      According to TMZ, Crews is well aware of Cent’s ignorant post but is not going to respond to him. Crews will continue being one of the most surprising faces of sexual assault in the #MeToo industry. He continues his battle to get justice.