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Former ‘RHOC’ star Alexis Bellino fires back at critics after shaming ‘maids’: ‘It was a joke’

Alexis Bellino has doubled down on her decision to admonish her housekeepers on social media for not thoroughly cleaning her living room, in spite of the intense vitriol she received.

“I can and will post whatever I want on my IG,” Bellino, 42, wrote in a lengthy Instagram post on Sunday. “My maids are well paid for and I love them. It was a joke.”

The “Real Housewives of Orange County” alum was taken to task on Friday after she shared an image to her Instagram account that showed pillow feathers, paper cutouts of ‘peace’ signs and a blue mechanical pencil on the floor by her leather sofa.

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“When your couch accidentally disconnects and you realize your maids aren’t doing deep cleaning. Found 2 socks too…  😂🤦🏼‍♀️🤔,” Bellino, 42, captioned the interior photo.

Bellino continued her diatribe on Sunday, urging her followers to “Get over yourselves, stop trolling, find happiness and please unfollow me ASAP as I’m not looking for your approval on my IG and I don’t need followers.”

FORMER ‘RHOC’ STAR ALEXIS BELLINO SLAMMED FOR CALLING OUT ‘MAIDS’ IN INSTAGRAM POST: ‘STOP BEING LAZY’

She maintained: “I will continue to be myself on my own social media platform. Life is good. Find the happiness and peace in my life and just know you will be blocked cuz I don’t have Instagram for your acceptance, not for any of your to spread hate. Thanks!!! Have a great day! Love and light!”

Seemingly unaware of, or perhaps unfazed by, the brewing backlash, Bellino added in an additional post that she was actively blocking those who didn’t like her way of criticizing her employees.

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Former “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Alexis Bellino in Las Vegas. (Courtesy of EBC)

“I’m actually enjoying blocking all of you haters,” she wrote in a separate post. “I’ve always left hateful comments up because I don’t really care what you think of me. But now that I have a son on IG I’m different. HATERS/TROLLS don’t matter.”

“I may end up with zero followers in the end, but guess what … I have strong kids who know y’all are just miserable folks. Social media is clearly becoming a huge trouble for young children,” Bellino added. “I will make this my life’s mission to stop all of you as I have kids coming into social media.”

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“And by the way … you were never invited to be my friend! Remember that YOU are following ME. Not vice versa. God bless you all. Find your true purpose in life. I promise you that God doesn’t want you hating on social media,” concluded the reality star.

Instagram users continued dragging Bellino on Monday, with one fan responding to her explanation for her actions.

“Have you at all reflected and thought about why people are calling you out instead of immediately getting defensive?” the user inquired to Bellino. “Maybe you should think about what your children see and hear when you’re referring to the people who take care of your home, clean up after you & your family and do the jobs that you won’t do.”

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The comment has received more than 138 likes and the user bonded with other commenters who took exception to Bellino’s overall use of the term “maids.”

“Maybe a good lesson for [your kids] would be to show them how an adult handles themself when they’re in the wrong,” continued the commenter. “And more importantly, how to treat other people, especially the ones that you view as a different class than you.”

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Toxic fog blamed for dangerously high mercury levels in mountain lions

A surprising culprit has been fingered for very high mercury levels found in mountain lions living near the California coast — marine fog.

According to research published this week in Scientific Reports, pumas living in the so-called “fog belt” of the Santa Cruz Mountains have three times the amount of mercury in their systems as those living outside of the fog zone.

The study, which was led by environmental toxicologist Peter Weiss-Penzias, collected and analyzed fur and whisker samples from 94 coastal mountain lions and 18 noncoastal lions. Scientists found that mercury concentrations in the coastal samples averaged about 1,500 parts per billion (ppb), compared to nearly 500 ppb in the noncoastal group. In addition, at least one lion had mercury levels known to be toxic to species like mink and otters, while two others had “sublethal” levels that reduce fertility and reproductive success.

“Lichen don’t have any roots so the presence of elevated methylmercury in lichen must come from the atmosphere,” said Weiss-Penzias in a statement. “Mercury becomes increasingly concentrated in organisms higher up the food chain.”

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Mountain Lions in the mountains of Montana, United States (Getty Images)

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The elevated mercury levels are an additional threat to the predator, which is already battling habitat loss and other risks from humans, according to researchers.

“These mercury levels might compound the impacts of trying to make it in an environment like the Santa Cruz Mountains, where there is already so much human influence, but we don’t really know,” said senior author Chris Wilmers, a professor of environmental studies and the director of the Puma Project. “Levels will be higher 100 years from now, when the Earth’s mercury budget is higher because of all the coal we’re pumping into the atmosphere.”

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In a press release accompanying the study, scientists note that high levels of methylmercury can cause neurological damage, including memory loss and reduced motor coordination.

“We need to protect the top predators in the environment,” explained Weiss-Penzias. “They’re keystone species. They perform ecosystem services. When you change one thing, it has cascading effects through the system.”

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Gregg Jarrett: ‘Poor Lisa’ Page. She wants to go from villain to victim — and Trump is to blame (naturally)

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Editor’s note: This column is adapted from Gregg Jarrett’s latest book “Witch Hunt.” 

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page is not a victim, except insofar as she victimized herself by her own actions.

Page does, however, fit a pattern of what psychologists call “disengagement.” It’s what guilty people often do. They convince themselves that they are victims, not villains, by redefining their aberrant behavior. They attempt to persuade others that their conduct was innocuous or moral. They minimize and rationalize reprehensible acts while distorting the truth. In the process, they cleverly shift the fault to others. Cynical trial lawyers have a phrase for it: “Blame the victim.”

Page recently performed this feat of mental gymnastics in a fawning interview with The Daily Beast. In her distorted view of the world, President Trump is the villain who has victimized poor Lisa. The reality is just the opposite.

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The ex-FBI lawyer carried on an extramarital affair with Peter Strzok, the fired head of counterintelligence at the FBI. Both individuals played pivotal roles in clearing Hillary Clinton of criminal charges for mishandling classified documents on her private and unsecured email server. The Page-Strzok duo was the antithesis of fair and impartial. Their text messages, uncovered by the inspector general at the Department of Justice, were replete with adoring compliments of the very woman they were supposed to be investigating.

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They lauded Clinton’s nomination and stated, “God, she’s an incredibly impressive woman” and “She just has to win now.” Four months before the FBI would even interview Clinton, Page predicted that she would become president. Of course, that would have been impossible if the FBI had recommended a criminal indictment. In another text, Page warned her paramour that any aggressive tactics in their investigation would backfire on the bureau once they absolved Clinton and she became president. The fix was in.

This was reinforced by a text that Strzok sent Page on March 3, 2016, when he wrote, “God, Hillary should win 100,000,000-0.” Pause for a moment to consider what that message meant. Two key FBI officials were prophesizing a Clinton presidency that could happen only if they first ensured that she would escape criminal charges. The process was corrupted.

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Once Clinton was absolved, Strzok and Page turned their attention to the political opponent who was the only remaining obstacle to her path to the White House: Donald Trump. The FBI launched an investigation on the unfounded accusation that Trump was “colluding” with Russia to win the presidential election. A week later, the two lovers exchanged a message that crystallized their intent to bring down Trump, whom they referred to as a “menace.”

Page: And maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace.

Strzok: Thanks. And of course I’ll try and approach it that way. I just know it will be tough at times. I can protect our country at many levels, not sure if that helps.

Two days later, Page became distressed at Trump’s rising status in the polls and precipitated another text exchange about the possibility that their favored candidate, Clinton, might lose her bid to become president:

Page: He’s not ever going to become president right? Right?!

Strzok: No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.

When confronted with dozens of other messages extolling Clinton and disparaging Trump, Strzok had the temerity to tell Congress, “I do not have bias.” He insisted, “Those text messages are not indicative of bias.” No one could read through the multitude of incendiary Strzok-Page messages without recognizing their strident political agenda and personal bias against the very man they were investigating.

In those texts, we see the mindset that led to the greatest mass delusion in American political history. Without any factual basis, without anything more than a perverted kind of wishful thinking, two people who should have known better believed that only a vast international criminal conspiracy could lead to President Trump’s election.

Consider the cryptic text of this Aug. 15, 2016 message to Page just two weeks after Strzok signed papers formally launching the probe:

Strzok: I want to believe the path you through out for consideration in Andy’s office that there’s no way he gets elected –but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40. 

Page later confirmed that the “insurance policy” was the FBI’s then-secret Russia “collusion” investigation of Trump. Under their plan, it would be quietly investigated by the bureau but held in abeyance unless and until the “unlikely” event occurred – the election of Trump. If he defied all expectations and prevailed on election day, the investigation would then be kicked into overdrive. The spurious allegation that Trump was a Russian asset would be pursued with vigor.

In their minds, Trump was a threat only if he became president. The chimera of “collusion” might then be used against him to undo his presidency and drive him from office. It was the FBI’s version of an “insurance policy” against the risk of Trump. When, indeed, it happened, Strzok wrote that his investigation of the new president could be used to impeach him.

Numerous other texts between Page and Strzok show a stunning hostility toward the man they were investigating. They called him “awful,” “loathsome,” a “disaster,” a “f***ing idiot,” an “enormous do*che,” and other disparaging names that were laced with incandescent profanity. Republican supporters were smugly branded as “retarded,” “the crazies,” and “ignorant hillbillies” who “SMELL.”

Their toxic rants underscored an abiding enmity toward Trump that poisoned any chance that the FBI’s investigation would be neutral, objective, and fair. Attorney General William Barr later agreed, stating that “it’s hard to read some of the texts and not feel that there was gross bias at work and they’re appalling…”

It was fatuous for either Page or Strzok to deny bias in the face of such graphic and overwhelming evidence to the contrary. In the conclusion of his five-hundred-page report issued in June of 2018, the inspector general stated that the Strzok-Page communications “are not only indicative of a biased state of mind but imply a willingness to take official action to impact a presidential candidate’s electoral process.” The proof was self-evident.

The totality of evidence and the disparate handling of the Clinton and Trump cases provides more than sufficient evidence that unconstrained bias drove Page, Strzok, and others at the FBI to treat Clinton with extraordinary deference but to target Trump with a vengeance. One outcome was predetermined; the other was preconceived.

The extramarital affair between Strzok and Page was a microcosm of the FBI dysfunction that was endemic in the upper echelons of the agency. As insipid as their pro-Clinton and anti-Trump text messages were, they illustrate how pervasive bias contaminated both the Clinton and Trump investigations. Strzok, Page, and others considered themselves above the law because they were the law.

They could do as they pleased, even violate rules and regulations that warned against such intimate personal relationships because it could make them susceptible or vulnerable to recruitment or blackmail by a foreign adversary.

When a top official at the FBI learned of the affair, he did nothing. Instead of removing Page and Strzok from the Trump case, they were promoted to Robert Mueller’s special counsel team.

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Yet, Lisa Page is determined to re-write history in order to play a starring role as “the victim.” At no time has she accepted a scintilla of personal responsibility for her actions. Instead, she seeks to portray Trump as the villain because he dared to speak publicly about her conspicuous bias against him.

Poor Lisa. Someone else is to blame. Cue the sad violins.

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Ex ‘AGT’ judge Howard Stern blames Simon Cowell for Gabrielle Union’s exit: ‘He sets it up that the men stay’

Howard Stern has offered his insight into the recent departures of Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough as judges on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

Speaking on his SiriusXM show on Monday, the radio powerhouse made no mistake about who he felt should take the heat for the kerfuffle, pointing to “AGT” creator-producer and judge Simon Cowell.

In describing how Cowell, 60, selects the judge’s panel, Stern, 65, claimed: “He sets it up that the men stay no matter how ugly [the men] are, no matter how old they are, no matter how fat they are, no matter how talentless they are.”

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He further alleged that Cowell “replaces the hot chicks with hotter chicks and younger chicks.”

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Gabrielle Union attends the “America’s Got Talent” Season 14 Finale Red Carpet in September. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)

“Howie’s [Mandel] doing a fine, serviceable job — why don’t they change him? And why don’t they change Simon? …” Stern inquired before stating it’s the “ultimate example of a boys’ club.”

A rep for Cowell did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Mandel is currently the longest-tenured judge on “AGT,” having joined the program in 2010. Stern served as a judge on the talent competition show for four seasons before exiting in 2015. Before the arrival of Union and Hough, “Spice Girls” singer Mel B and model Heidi Klum were on the judging panel from seasons eight through 13.

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News of Union’s departure, initially reported by Variety last week, alleged that Union was subject to various racially-motivated criticisms, including over her many hairstyle changes, which were perceived as “too black” for “AGT’s” core demographic. Union reportedly received that critique more than half a dozen times.

Union was also reportedly not a fan of a racially insensitive joke made by Jay Leno on set.

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Pictured: (l-r) “America’s Got Talent” judges, Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, Simon Cowell (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

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During the filming of an interstitial segment, Leno joked about a painting that featured Simon Cowell surrounded by dogs. Leno joked that the dogs looked like something one could find “on the menu at a Korean restaurant” — much to the chagrin of “the very few Asian staffers” on the show. The comment was later edited out of the Aug. 6 episode.

Union allegedly urged producers to report the incident to NBC’s human resources department — however her pleas fell on deaf ears.

Though Union’s husband and former NBA superstar Dwyane Wade publicly supported her, Stern said he hoped Union would let Leno “live in peace.”

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“Let’s go on record as telling people that one million dogs are still eaten annually in South Korea, and if Gabrielle Union wants to effect positive change, maybe focus on the horrors of Korean dog farms and let the old irrelevant comic live in peace,” Stern said. “She wants Jay beaten in the streets. I think maybe Jay makes a point.”

In the wake of an NBC-issued statement to People magazine about Union’s exit, the “LA’s Finest” star responded to a tweet from a journalist that criticized the statement made by production company Fremantle, NBC and Cowell’s own production arm, Syco Entertainment and listed what a “solid apology” should consist of.

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“A solid apology comes in three parts. 1. Sincerely admit wrong doing [sic] directly to the offended party. 2. Be twice as loud correcting your mistake as you were making the mistake. 3. Lay out steps to correct your behavior in the future. Anything less is covering your own a–,” the tweet read — to which Union responded, “This! This! AND THIIISSSSSSS!!!!!!”

Production company Fremantle, NBC and Simon Cowell’s production company, Syco Entertainment, told People last Friday: “’America’s Got Talent’ has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show.”

“The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity,” the statement continued. “NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously.”

Fox News’ Andy Sahadeo contributed to this report.

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Newsweek demotes editor after firing reporter over botched Trump-Thanksgiving story: report

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An editor at Newsweek was reportedly demoted after the news outlet ran an inaccurate story about President Trump‘s Thanksgiving plans.

Last week, Newsweek published a report claiming Trump’s plans for the holiday included tweeting and golfing. However, on Thanksgiving Day Trump made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, his first as president. According to White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, only some White House officials knew about the trip, which was kept secret for security reasons.

On Saturday, it was reported that Jessica Kwong, the Newsweek political reporter who wrote the original story, was fired.

“The story has been corrected, and the journalist responsible has been terminated,” Newsweek told The Washington Examiner. “We will continue to review our processes and, if required, take further action.”

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On Monday, The Wrap and iMediaEthics reported that Newsweek had taken further action by demoting the editor in charge of the botched report.

“Newsweek investigated the failures that led to the publication of the inaccurate report that President Trump spent Thanksgiving tweeting and golfing rather than visiting troops in Afghanistan,” Newsweek told iMediaEthics. “The story has been corrected, the reporter responsible was terminated and the editor was demoted. We will continue to review our processes and, if required, take further action.”

Newsweek did not immediately respond to Fox News for comment. Kwong declined to comment.

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President Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., responded to the initial story by deriding Newsweek.

“Fake news gonna fake!” Trump Jr. tweeted. His father retweeted that post, asking: “I thought Newsweek was out of business?”

Fox News’s Sam Dorman contributed to this report. 

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Gutfeld on Joe Biden’s ‘No Malarkey’ tour

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has hit the road. He’s on a bus with the slogan “no malarkey” across its side.

I guess “Dagnabbit, where are my dang trousers?” was too long.

What a time-travel machine. The slogan conjures up a time when old men wore fedoras, smoked on trains, and worked through heart attacks.

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So is it meant to bring back images of the good old days, which for many weren’t so good?

I mean, the last time men used “malarkey” as an adjective, they were probably describing giving the right to vote to women.

But maybe adopting Biden’s most obvious flaw is the point.

Sure, he may remind you of someone’s granddad wandering the local hardware store.

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But is that so bad, especially when clips of these keep surfacing?

That was from two years go. There’s no idea what it meant. But that’s Joe. Every story feels like a dream retold by a preteen in pajamas. It’s a connection of words excitedly released in no particular order or any known language.

He’s still up in the polls, yet there’s a sense he’s heading straight into the path of an orange tornado.

So how does he turn this darn-tootin’ jalopy around?

Maybe he doesn’t have to figure it out.

The fact is, Biden really isn’t the party’s nominee. Impeachment is.

The hearings are their answer to Trump rallies. They’re the only thing giving Democrats hope, instead of desperation, that they might get Trump out of office, with or without gramps waving his cane at the kids on the lawn.

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So Biden may seem out of time, in more ways than one.

At least on tour, he’ll have plenty of jawbreakers to give the kids, even if they smell like mothballs.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on Dec. 2, 2019.

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Appeals court denies DOJ bid to resume federal executions

A federal appeals court in Washington has upheld a ruling blocking the Trump administration’s plan to resume federal executions after a 16-year hiatus.

The decision was handed down Monday by the D.C. Circuit. The Justice Department had asked the court to block the injunction put in place by a district court judge that stalled the executions of four convicted murderers, Reuters reported.

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Attorney General William Barr speaks with members of the press in Montana last month. (AP)

Attorney General William Barr said in July the federal government would resume capital punishment and scheduled the executions of five death-row inmates for December and January, ending an unofficial decade-long moratorium on federal executions.

Barr said the DOJ owed it to the victims’ families to carry out the law and would be willing to take the issue to the Supreme Court if necessary.

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A judge temporarily halted the executions after some of the chosen inmates challenged the new execution procedures. The inmates argued that the government was circumventing proper methods in order to wrongly execute inmates quickly.

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A federal execution has not taken place since 2003. In the last 16 years, a protracted legal battle has drawn out over the drugs used in lethal injections.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas and The Associated Press contributed to this report.  

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Jimmy Carter hospitalized due to urinary tract infection, spokeswoman says

Former President Jimmy Carter was hospitalized in Georgia this past weekend for treatment of a urinary tract infection, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Deanna Congileo, a spokeswoman for The Carter Center, said Carter was admitted to the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, about 10 miles east of Carter’s home in Plains.

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Former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga last month. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

“He is feeling better and looks forward to returning home soon,” a statement from The Carter Center read. “We will issue a statement when he is released for further rest and recovery at home.”

The 95-year-old Carter was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta last week after recovering from surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding from a fall.

A fall last spring required him to get hip replacement surgery. Then on Oct. 6, he hit his head in another fall and received 14 stitches, but still traveled to Nashville to help build a Habitat for Humanity home shortly thereafter. He fractured his pelvis in another fall later that month and was briefly hospitalized.

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The former president was diagnosed with melanoma in 2015, announcing that the cancer had spread to other parts of his body. After partial removal of his liver, treatment for brain lesions, radiation and immunotherapy, he said he was cancer-free.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Time’s Up’ group demands NBC to ‘stop protecting powerful men’ following Gabrielle Union report

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A prominent women’s advocacy group has slammed NBC for repeatedly “protecting powerful men” following a report about former “America’s Got Talent” judge Gabrielle Union and the complaints she raised while working on the series, which critics suggest led to her unjust firing.

Time’s Up, formulated by several Hollywood actresses following the downfall of film mogul Harvey Weinstein, applauded the actress for coming forward with her claims against  “AGT,” which included instances of racism.

“For too long, NBCUniversal has enabled toxic workplaces by protecting the careers of powerful men like [former ‘Today’ host] Matt Lauer at the expense of women who speak out and are silenced through non-disclosure agreements,” the advocacy group stated in a petition on Monday. “Now, Gabrielle Union was allegedly fired for speaking up about racist and inappropriate behavior she encountered working on NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Union reportedly endured and witnessed racially-insensitive comments and excessive criticism about her physical appearance, and it also appears she was punished for speaking out.”

“It’s time for NBC to stop protecting powerful men at the expense of its workers and address its toxic workplace culture, once and for all.”

NBC did not immediately respond to requests by Fox News for comment.

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The news of Union’s departure from “AGT” was initially broken by Variety. The report alleges that Union was subject to various racially-motivated criticisms. For example, her many hairstyle changes were perceived as “too black” for “AGT’s” core demographic — a critique Union reportedly received over half a dozen times.

Union was also reportedly not a fan of a racially insensitive joke made by Jay Leno on set.

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During the filming of an interstitial segment, Leno joked about a painting that featured Simon Cowell surrounded by dogs. Leno joked that the dogs looked like something one could find “on the menu at a Korean restaurant” — much to the chagrin of “the very few Asian staffers” on the show. The comment was later edited out of the Aug. 6 episode.

Union allegedly urged producers to report the incident to NBC’s human resources department — to no avail.

Time’s Up’s petition also referred to allegations that NBC shielded Lauer after he was accused of sexual assault. According to reporting from “Catch and Kill” author Ronan Farrow, NBC News killed his Weinstein story because the producer used his knowledge of claims against Lauer as leverage against the network.

Fox News’ Andy Sahadeo contributed to this report. 

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Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Roberts says she was ‘grossed out’ by royal, was forced ‘to keep him happy’

Virginia Roberts, who claimed she was trafficked by convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions nearly 20 years ago, isn’t holding back in a shocking new interview.

Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, sat down with BBC’s “Panorama” for an interview airing Monday evening in the U.K. During the interview, she responded to the prince’s denial of her allegations against him.

“This is not some sordid sex story,” said Roberts, as reported by People magazine on Monday. “This is a story of being trafficked. This is a story of abuse and this is a story of your guys’ royalty.”

According to Roberts, she was brought to London by Epstein in 2001, when she was introduced to Andrew, now 59. It was during that meeting when the trio, along with Epstein’s then-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, went to Tramp nightclub.

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Photo from 2001 that was included in court files released last week shows Prince Andrew with his arm around the waist of 17-year-old Virginia Giuffre who says Jeffrey Epstein paid her to have sex with the prince. Andrew has denied the charges. In the background is Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell. (U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals)

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“We went into the VIP section,” she alleged. “There was no waiting in the lines, obviously — you were with a prince. Andrew asked me what I wanted to drink, you know, and I said, ‘Oh, you know, something from the bar.’”

“He had something clear [to drink],” she continued. “I know mine was vodka, and then he asked me to dance. He is the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life. I mean it was horrible, and this guy was sweating all over me … it was raining basically everywhere. I was just so grossed out from it, but I knew I had to keep him happy because that’s what Jeffrey and Ghislaine would have expected from me.”

Roberts also insisted Maxwell gave her instructions after they left the club.

“In the car, Ghislaine tells me that I have to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey — and that just made me sick.”

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Roberts also claimed that she had sex with the royal at Maxwell’s London home later that evening.

She also slammed Andrew’s claim that a photograph of him and Roberts showing with his arms around her waist was doctored.

“The people on the inside are going to keep coming with these ridiculous excuses, like his arm was elongated or the photo was doctored,” she said. “I’m calling BS on this. He knows what happened. I know what happened. And there’s only one of us telling the truth, and I know that’s me.”

People shared that Buckingham Palace told the BBC that the Duke of York “unequivocally regrets his ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein and “deeply sympathizes with those affected who want some form of closure.”

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II attends the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in central London, on November 10, 2019.  (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

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The palace also stressed that “it is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”

In a previous interview with the BBC, Andrew claimed he had “no recollection of ever meeting” Roberts, “none whatsoever.”

“I have absolutely no memory of that photograph,” insisted Andrew. “I’m afraid to say that I don’t believe that photograph was taken in the way that has been suggested.”

That interview has been widely considered a public relations disaster for Andrew, who announced shortly after it aired that he would be stepping down from his royal duties.

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Prince Andrew (right) is dealing with harsh backlash from critics and media personalities over an interview about his relationship with now-deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the numerous sexual assault allegations against the British royal. (Getty)

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Last week, London’s Metropolitan Police disclosed that it had received a complaint in July 2015 accusing Epstein “and a British woman” — presumably Maxwell — of “nonrecent trafficking for sexual exploitation.”

Metropolitan Police Cmdr. Alex Murray said the department interviewed Roberts — who was not named in the statement — and consulted with prosecutors before concluding in November 2016 that it “was not the appropriate authority to conduct inquiries in these circumstances”.

“Following the legal advice, it was clear that any investigation into human trafficking would be largely focused on activities and relationships outside the UK [sic],” said Murray, who added that the Metropolitan Police revisited its decision after Epstein’s death this past August and “our position remains unchanged.”

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Prince Andrew, Duke of York leaves the headquarters of Crossrail at Canary Wharf on March 7, 2011, in London, England. Prince Andrew is under increasing pressure after a series of damaging revelations about him surfaced, including criticism over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, an American financier. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Epstein died Aug. 10 after being found unconscious in a Manhattan jail cell, where he was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges. His death has been ruled a suicide.

Murray also said that London police have not received a formal request for assistance from other law enforcement agencies investigating the case.

U.S. officials are still looking into the case, and a number of civil lawsuits against Epstein’s estate are in progress.

Roberts did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment in regards to her interview.

Fox News’ Nate Day and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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