Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Portland nightclub in 2011. The unnamed woman told police she was taking a photo with the billionaire businessman at the Barrel Room when Cuban—who she said appeared very drunk—“thrust his hand down the back of [her] jeans” and touched her inappropriately, according to the local publication Willamette Week. When a detective told Cuban of the accusations, a police transcript says, he responded, “F--- me! I’m so f---ed.” Cuban, 59, denied the allegations then and now and reportedly passed a polygraph test at the time; Portland prosecutors declined to pursue the case, citing insufficient evidence. A nightclub employee has since come forward to claim that Cuban was asked to leave the venue on the night of the incident for being “gropey.” The NBA has opened its own review. The allegation comes a week after Sports Illustrated published reports of a “culture rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior” in the Mavericks’ front office.
Colin Firth’s wife, film producer Livia Giuggioli, has admitted having an affair with her supposed “stalker,” Italian journalist Marco Brancaccia. Giuggioli, 48, had accused Brancaccia, a childhood friend, of barraging her with “frightening” telephone calls and texts when she tried to cut him out of her life. But in a surprising twist, when an outraged Brancaccia stepped forward threatening to refute her claims, Giuggioli confessed to having an 11-month-long relationship with him during a trial separation from Firth in 2015. Shortly after Giuggioli broke off their affair and went back to Firth, Brancaccia emailed the actor, telling him all about their “passionate” affair. Firth reportedly replied: “You have made me suffer but I know you are suffering too.”
Actress Cynthia Nixon is mulling a Democratic primary challenge against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said the New York Daily News. The Sex and the City star is a vocal supporter of Cuomo’s rival, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and has been working with de Blasio consultants on a possible run focusing on public education. Nixon was “very encouraged” by reports that Cuomo had a “freak-out” over her possible candidacy.