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Kate Upton breaks her silence on alleged harassment by Paul Marciano

Her remarks, published online by Time magazine on Wednesday, follow a tweet she posted on January 31..

Her remarks, published online by Time magazine on Wednesday, follow a tweet she posted on January 31 that said, "It's disappointing that such an iconic women's brand @Guess is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director #metoo." Upton used the hashtag that's come to represent the anti-harassment movement that's swept the business world. Stocks for the clothing brand plummeted after her remarks on Twitter, where the model has nearly 2.4 million followers. Now, the 25-year-old is opening up about her experiences with Marciano. Upton claims that Marciano verbally harassed and touched her inappropriately starting when she was 18 years old. Marciano denied the accusations in a statement to Time, which CNN obtained, calling them "absolutely false.""I have never been alone with Kate Upton," Marciano said in the statement. "I have never touched her inappropriately. Nor would I ever refer to a Guess model in such a derogatory manner."Upton claims that on her first day of shooting her first ever Guess campaign in 2010, Marciano "forcibly" grabbed her breasts, saying he wanted to make "sure they're real."She says photographer Yu Tsai was in the room at the time of the incident, and he corroborated the claims to the magazine. "Despite doing everything I could physically do to avoid his touch throughout the meeting, he continued to touch me in a very dominating and aggressive way," Upton said. "Grabbing my thighs, my arms to pull me closer, my shoulders to pull me closer, my neck, my breasts, and smelling me."Upton went on to say she had two options: "Do everything I could to wiggle away and avoid his pursuit, or punch the CEO of Guess. So I decided to just wiggle away."Yu Tsai told CNN in a statement that he is "extremely moved by the strength and courage that it has taken Kate Upton to tell her story and for the countless brave women and men who have already come forward."Related: Guess stock plummets after Kate Upton accuses exec of harassmentUpton claims that Marciano's behavior continued for years, and that she would get fired from jobs when she denied his advances. She claims this happened on more than one occasion and recalls one instance in which she turned down Marciano's request to come to her hotel and woke up the following day to news she was fired because he said she had "gotten fat." CNN has reached out to Upton for comment. She told Time that Marciano's aggressive behavior continued even after she landed on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Upton said Guess Jeans offered her $400,000 in 2012 to be the face of another campaign, but she couldn't bring herself to work with Marciano again. In its official statement to CNN with Marciano's remarks, Guess did not elaborate on Upton's decision to turn down the offer. The supermodel says for years after Mariciano's harassment, she wanted to "quit modeling" and that she blamed herself for his behavior. But now she says she is "sick of being silenced." "Paul used his power to make me feel insecure and powerless, but I'm not going to let him intimidate me anymore," she said. "These men think they are untouchable, but times are changing."

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007 film must treat Bond girls properly, says Waller-Bridge

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those ele..

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those elements is set for a change in the latest adventure.

Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is working on the script for the 25th Bond film, is on a mission to make sure the movie will "treat women properly" – even if the spy does not.

Image: Cast members (l-r): Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch at the launch of the new Bond film

Ahead of the release of the as-yet-untitled film, Waller-Bridge told Deadline: "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.

"I think that's b*******. I think he's absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow.

"It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly.

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"He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."

Sean Connery and Mie Hama in You Only Live Twice, 1967
Image: The Bond films have been criticised for their sexism
Dr No turned Sean Connery into an international superstar
Image: Dr No featured the famous scene with Ursula Andress walking out of the sea in a white bikini

Waller-Bridge says she intends to ensure the female characters, including those played by Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas, feel "like real people ".

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She added: "I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Lea and Ana open them and go, 'I can't wait to do that'.

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Sir Elton hits out at Russia for ‘cruel’ Rocketman censorship

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic..

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic Rocketman.

The critically acclaimed film charts the British singer's rise to fame, and its scenes of kissing and sex between men, as well as drug use, contributed to it earning a 15 certificate in the UK.

But in a bid to play down the sexuality of Sir Elton, played by actor Taron Egerton, for a conservative Russian audience, an estimated five minutes of footage was reportedly removed ahead of its debut in Moscow.

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The Moscow Times quoted a Russian film critic who had seen the film at its world premiere in Cannes on 16 May as saying "all scenes with kissing, sex and oral sex between men have been cut", as well as a photo displayed during the end credits featuring Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish.

Sir Elton, 72, a prominent gay rights campaigner, released a joint statement with the makers of the film to accuse censors of being "cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people".

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"We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today," they said.

"That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended, is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people.

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Ben Affleck steps out to drop off kids as Robert Pattinson is announced as new Batman

Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)
Ben Affleck has been pictured ..

Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)

Ben Affleck has been pictured performing his parental duties in Los Angeles, as his official replacement in the Batman role is announced.

The 46-year-old actor was seen in the early hours on Friday (31 May) dropping off son Samuel, seven, and daughter Seraphina, 10, to school.

Affleck has three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner – Seraphina, Samuel and 13-year-old Violet.

On the same day the actor was pictured, it was announced Robert Pattinson will take over as Batman in a planned trilogy of movies with director Matt Reeves.

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Ben Affleck was on parent duties (Picture: Backgrid)

Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and 2017s Justice League, stepped down from the role in January earlier this year – after being originally down to direct and star in his own film.

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Speaking about his departure in March, Affleck stated how he was never happy with the script they were planning to use.

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Ben Affleck has a number of roles in the pipeline (Picture: Backgrid)
Brentwood, CA - Ben Affleck was on daddy duty this morning in Brentwood ahead of the weekend. Pictured: Ben Affleck, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck, Samuel Garner Affleck BACKGRID USA 31 MAY 2019 BYLINE MUST READ: Boaz / BACKGRID USA: +1 310 798 9111 / usasales@backgrid.com UK: +44 208 344 2007 / uksales@backgrid.com *UK Clients - Pictures Containing Children Please Pixelate Face Prior To Publication*
Ben Affleck with son Samuel and daughter Seraphina (Picture: Backgrid)

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