Last Week recap. – 21.09 – 26.09


“When The Light Hits Me”
by Mo and Mary

Find out about Lindsay Lohan, Justin Bieber, Porche Design, Shania Twain, Joaquin Phoenix, David Letterman, Mel Gibson, Oksana Grigorieva, Mozilla Seabird, Portia de Rossi, Ellen DeGeneres, Miley Cyrus, Katherine Jackson, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Jennifer Aniston, Johnny Knoxville, Naomi Nelson, David Beckham, Irma Nici, Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue, Katy Perry.

David Letterman to Joaquin Phoenix: I want my million

Letterman asked him: “So what do you have to say for yourself?”

Phoenix replied: “Well, thank you for letting me come on the show last time.”

Last year, Joaquin Phoenix went to Dave Letterman bearded, spaced out and wearing sunglasses indoors.

“You know, I’ve always liked you … and then, a year-and-a-half ago, you come out and, honestly, it’s like you slipped and hit your head in the tub.”

“And I knew immediately when you sat down, something ain’t right, because if you’re really the way you appeared to be… you don’t go out,” said Dave Letterman tu Joaquin last night.

Watch Joaquin 2009 performance at Dave Letterman:


Casey Affleck, accused again of sexual harassment

On July 23, Amanda White, one of the producers of “I’m Still Here: The Lost Year Of Joaquin Phoenix”, sued Casey Affleck for sexual harassment and unpaid services, after she refused to spend one night with him in a hotel room.

However, Magdalena Gorka, who was also part of the team film, sued the actor on Friday, accusing him of harassment, failing to paid her work or credit her when the abuse forced her to leave the project. The requested damages rise to $2.25 million.

Affleck’s spokesman said that a declaration on new charges is to be released.

In White’s action case, Casey Affleck dismissed the accusations, threatening that he will also sue White demanding that this case be resolved through private arbitration (by an independent person who decides what are the rights and obligations incumbent upon each party. Arbitration is also faster and less expensive). Affleck’s lawyer, Marty Singer, said that Amanda White “continuously used different threats and outrageous demands in order to request compensation she was not legally entitled to receive.”.

On the other hand, according to information from the process intended by Magdalena Gorka, when they started production of the documentary “I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix” in mid-December in New York, she was the only woman on set. Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck, who is married with Phoenix’s sister, Summer, decided that team should stay in Joaquin’s apartment, instead of going to a hotel. Gorka claims that Phoenix said she can sleep in his room and he will sleep on the couch.

“During the middle of the night, (Gorka) awoke to find Affleck lying in the bed next to her,” the lawsuit alleges.

“Unbeknownst to (Gorka), Affleck had entered the bedroom while she was asleep and crawled into the bed. When she woke up, Affleck was curled up next to her in the bed wearing only his underwear and a t-shirt. He had his arm around her, was caressing her back, his face was within inches of hers and his breath reeked of alcohol.”

Gorka said she was shocked because she didn’t know how long Affleck had been there or where she had been touched. She says she immediately told him to get out of bed. “Affleck responded by asking ‘Why?,'” according to the lawsuit. “(Gorka) said, ‘Because you are married and because you are my boss.’ Affleck, undeterred, asked if (Gorka) ‘was sure.’ (Gorka) said she was sure and insisted that he leave the room. He left and slammed the door in anger.”

The woman also claims that she spoked with Affleck about the incident the next day and then took a plane to Los Angeles to consult with her agent before leaving the project. But not finding work, she returned several weeks later after Amanda White, meanwhile, engaged in the project as the producer, assurring her that she’ll be present at the shooting.

The indictment says the abuse continued, Gorka being insulted and verbally attacked by Affleck, after she refused his sexual advances in New York. She abandoned the project again, after which Affleck refused to honor their verbal understanding that she’ll be paid a $300 per-day fee and a deferred $700-a-day fee when the film sold to a distributor (Magnolia Pictures bought the film in July and plans to launch in autumn). Gorka says she also has been stripped of her “director of photography” credit.

Her lawyer, Brian Procel, said his client’s decision to sue him was not easy for her. “In her 16 years of working in the entertainment industry she has never accused anyone of sexual harassment,” Procel says. “Ms. Gorka knows there will be repercussions, and that she will be exposed to attacks mounted by Affleck’s high-paid publicists and ‘bulldog’ attorneys. She ultimately decided that the truth needs to come out. We look forward to our day in court.”

The Gorka complaint alleges causes of action for intentional infliction of emotional distress, constructive discharge in violation of public policy, breach of oral contract, negligent infliction of emotional distress, unjust enrichment and negligence.

Gorka is represented by Procel, Skip Miller and Mira Hashmall at Los Angeles firm Miller Barondess, which also represents White. Defendants are Affleck and Flemmy Prods.

Casey Affleck, sued for sexual harassment

The woman is accusing him of sexual harassment and unpaid services, after she refused to spend a night with him in a hotel room.

Amanda White, one of the documentary producers “I’m Still Here: The Lost Year Of Joaquin Phoenix”, filed the documents in Los Angeles Superior Court, on Friday. She accuses Casey Affleck of unappropiate behavior on the set and of “uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances in the workplace”.

White, who worked on the movie “Good Will Hunting” with Affleck and his brother, the actor and director Ben Affleck, said she reached a verbal agreement to invest $50,000 in the unconventional documentary production about Joaquin Phoenix (Affleck’s brother) to reinvent himself as a rap artist. But according to White, the offensive behavior allegedly began almost immediately.

“On one occasion, Affleck instructed a crew member to take off his pants in order to show (White) his penis, even after (White) objected,” the complaint alleges. “Affleck repeatedly referred to women as ‘cows;’ he discussed his sexual exploits and those of other celebrities that he allegedly witnessed; and asked (White), after learning her age, ‘Isn’t it about time you get pregnant?'”

The complaint also says White was prevented from going to her bedroom during shooting in Costa Rica because “Affleck and Phoenix locked themselves in her bedroom with two women,” the lawsuit says. “Affleck also attempted to manipulate [White] into staying in a hotel room with him, and when she resisted, he grabbed her in a hostile manner in an effort to intimidate her into complying.”

Affleck’s representative, who is married to Summer Phoenix, declined to comment on this issue.