Freshly Brewed Gossip for Thursday

December 14, 2017 - 6:45am Updated: December 15, 2017 - 10:30am

MORGAN SPURLOCK CONFESSES HE IS 'PART OF' THE SEXUAL ASSAULT ' PROBLEM': Hollywood director and producer Morgan Spurlock shared an open letter on Twitter Wednesday in which he admitted that he is "not some innocent bystander." He wrote that for a person who has built a career on finding the truth it's time he said that “I am part of the problem.” He continued, “Over my life, there have been many instances that parallel what we see everyday in the news. When I was in college, a girl who I hooked up with on a one night stand accused me of rape. Not outright. There were no charges or investigations, but she wrote about the instance in a short story writing class and called me by name. A female friend who was in the class told me about it afterwards. I was floored.” He also admitted to settling a sexual harassment claim on one of the sets he was in charge of. Finally, he admitted to being unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend he's ever had. Spurock says he is seeking help. (E! Online)

HARVEY WEINSTEIN RESPONDS TO SALMA HAYEK'S OP-ED: A spokesperson for Harvey Weinstein is responding to Salma Hayek's searing New York Times op-ed in which she accused him of forcing her to do a nude scene in Frida and threatened to "kill" her because she refused to comply with his sexual demands. "Mr. Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female costar and he was not there for the filming," said Weinstein's spokesperson in a statement. "However, that was part of the story, as Frida Kahlo was bisexual and the more significant sex scene in the movie was choreographed by Ms. Hayek with Geoffrey Rush." The statement also alleges that "All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired." (Page Six)

OPRAH TO RECEIVE CECIL B. DEMILLE AWARD AT GOLDEN GLOBES: Oprah Winfrey will be heading home with a Golden Globe on January 7th, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association says. The group is giving the annual Cecil B. DeMille award to Oprah for her "incredible impact on the world of entertainment." In addition to hosting her talk show for 25 years, owning a cable network and magazine, she has acted in several films, including The Color Purple and Selma. Barbra Streisand, Lucille Ball and Steven Spielberg have been among the past recipients. (Vulture)

ABC DROPS GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW AMID ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS: ABC is shelving the remaining episodes of the Great American Baking Show amid sexual misconduct allegations against Johnny Iuzzini, one of the show's judges. Eight women total have now accused the celebrity chef of harassment. ABC told Variety: "In light of allegations that recently came to our attention, ABC has ended its relationship with Johnny Iuzzini and will not be airing the remainder of The Great American Baking Show episodes. ABC takes matters such as those described in the allegations very seriously and has come to the conclusion that they violate our standards of conduct." (Variety)

PATTON OSWALT AND DAUGHTER INTRODUCE MEREDITH SALENGER TO FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE: Patton Oswalt and his daughter Alice decorated their first Christmas tree with Meredith Salenger on board. Salenger, 47, shared a series of shots of the trio on Instagram, confessing that it was a first for her. "My first ever very own Christmas Tree! Fun night in: trimming the tree and sending Christmas cards! Also something I've never done! #family," she wrote in the caption. Oswalt, 48, and Salenger, 47, married in November, a little over a year after his wife Michelle McNamara died unexpectedly in her sleep. (People)