August 1, 2019

Lawyer Alan Dershowitz is having an extremely normal week. Following a not-so-flattering profile in The New Yorker and renewed allegations of sexual assault, Dershowitz published an op-ed in The Jerusalem Post titled "Why I Will Continue to Defend Clients like Jeffrey Epstein."

In the Thursday op-ed, Dershowitz defends his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire financier recently charged with sex trafficking minors.

"I have become a target of efforts to destroy my reputation and career," Dershowitz wrote, before comparing his representation of Epstein, who is a registered sex offender, to "the biblical Abraham, who defended the sinners of Sodom; John Adams, who defended the British soldiers accused of the Boston Massacre; [and] Abraham Lincoln, who defended numerous controversial clients." Dershowitz justified his association with Epstein by saying that although Americans are guaranteed a defense, "many poor people are denied effective counsel" due to their financial circumstances.

Three days ago, The New Yorker ran a profile of the attorney, describing his alleged involvement in Epstein's numerous alleged assaults on underage girls, outlining instances of alleged domestic abuse between Dershowitz and his first wife, Sue Barlach, and detailing a 1997 op-ed written by Dershowitz, titled "Statutory Rape is an Outdated Concept," in which he called for a lower age of sexual consent, an opinion he continued to defend on Twitter this week. Soon after, the hashtag #CreepyDershowitz began trending worldwide.

Last week Dershowitz appeared on Fox News to deny allegations against him, and ended up telling host Laura Ingraham that he has a "perfect, perfect, sex life." Steven Orlofsky

March 22, 2018

In an interview Thursday with CNN's Anderson Cooper, former Playboy model Karen McDougal said she "spent a lot of time" with President Trump more than a decade ago, and she found him to be "very sweet" and "liked his charisma," but was "sad" when he offered her money after they had sex for the first time.

McDougal alleges she had an affair with Trump, knowing he was married to his third wife, Melania Trump. She "felt guilty about it," McDougal told Cooper, and is "sorry" for what happened. "I wouldn't want it done to me," she added. McDougal said she was in love with Trump and he "told me all the time he was in love with me," calling her "baby" and "beautiful Karen."

She said that after they had "been intimate" the first time, Trump "tried to pay me, and I actually didn't know how to take that." When he attempted to hand her money, "I don't even know how to describe the look on my face," McDougal said, and she cried the entire way back to her house. McDougal also said she got to know Trump's former bodyguard Keith Schiller well, as he would pick her up for meetings with Trump in Los Angeles and then take her home. She said she and Trump were intimate "many dozens of times," and she "didn't know he was intimate with other ladies. ... I thought I was the only one."

Earlier this week, McDougal filed a lawsuit against American Media Inc., the company that owns the National Enquirer. She sold her story about the alleged affair to the publication, but it never appeared in the tabloid. Catherine Garcia

April 13, 2016

Back in 2004, Ted Cruz's solicitor general office fought to defend a ruling in Texas that found selling sex toys was not protected by the Constitution. In his brief, Cruz's office defended the obscenity law by saying that "any alleged right associated with obscene devices" is not "deeply rooted in the nation's history and traditions."

Then came the real whammy. The brief went even further, asserting that, "There is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one's genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship." In other words, as Mother Jones explains, Cruz effectively argued that "the pursuit of such happiness had no constitutional standing."

Now at least one person is calling Cruz a hypocrite for holding such an opinion — his college roommate.

Oh yes.

Craig Mazin was Cruz's freshman roommate at Princeton University, and you might say he isn't too big of a fan of the Texas senator. As the Sun Times reports, Mazin has been nipping at Cruz's heels since he was elected to the Senate in 2012. This, however, might be Mazin's crowning reveal:

Well. Have a good rest of your day! Jeva Lange

October 1, 2015

Are you the kind of person who gets to your gate five hours before your flight and checks that you still have your passport every few minutes just in case you forgot it at home? Well, you've got nothing on the New York Jets, who will be playing in London and consequently are spending a total of 65 hours across the pond. In order to avoid certain catastrophe, the team spent 11 months preparing for the trip — at one point even acquiring 350 rolls of toilet paper to bring along with them — because apparently the kind in England is too thin, The New York Times reports. (USA Today adds that this amounts to about five rolls per person for a single weekend.)

In all, the Jets are taking 5,000 different items on board with them when they travel — because what if they don't have cereal or gauze or extension cords in the U.K.? Additionally, every second of the trip has been meticulously rehearsed and prepared for, because herding football players is apparently akin to herding cats:

[Jets' senior manager of operations Aaron] Degerness learned which gate the plane would pull into, which door the team would exit and where the jet bridge would deposit the group. He also learned that when the Jets flew home, their walkway would meander past duty-free shops, and that worries him, if only a little.

"It's hard to tell the guys: 'Don't stop. Just keep walking,'" Degerness said. "Those are the things that keep us up at night — that we get through security, someone stops at duty free, and we leave Ryan Fitzpatrick because we didn't know he wasn't there." [The New York Times]

The next time you fly, just be thankful it isn't with the Jets. Read about the entire logistical nightmare over at The New York Times. Jeva Lange

August 4, 2015

We now know much more about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's sex life than we ever wanted.

The scene unfolded in a New Hampshire restaurant, with the presidential hopeful blurting to a startled crowd, "I'm a Catholic, but I've used birth control, and not just the rhythm method, okay?"

"My church has a teaching against birth control. Does that make me an awful Catholic? Because I believe, and practiced, that function during part of my life? I don't think so," Christie said. "But ya know what? I'm only going to find out when it's my time to be judged." In the foreground, a listener puts his head in his hands, while another giggles nervously in the background.

Watch the uncomfortable moment for yourself below. Jeva Lange

July 14, 2015

Girls creator Lena Dunham is starting an email newsletter designed for women ages 18 through 34, although she suggests on Twitter that you ought to also sign up "your mom, your dad, your radical niece, [and] your silent cousin," if that counts as a target demographic. Lenny — as Dunham's newsletter is called — aims to be "your over sharing internet friend who will yell at you about your finances, help you choose a bathing suit, lamp, president... AND tell you what to do if you need an abortion." Great, bases covered!

The newsletter will be co-written with Girls producer Jenni Konner and edited by Jessica Grose, formerly of Slate and Jezebel. Lenny's motto proudly states that there's "no such thing as too much information," although oversharing has gotten Dunham into hot water before.

Dunham told The Cut that "We want [Lenny] to be an inclusive space. We're not making any assumptions about your identity. We're making the assumption that you're passionate and you care about other people's emotions and style and you just want to live a more connected life."

Dunham's newsletter launches this fall, and any eager beavers who want in can already sign up here. Jeva Lange

June 19, 2014

Because you're not tired of hearing about Kim Kardashian, the reality TV star and new Mrs. Kanye West is starring in her own video game, "Kim Kardashian Hollywood." The game involves navigating a celebrity character through Hollywood, jockeying for fortune and fame with Kardashian as the Virgil to your own Dantean pilgrim. You won't be able to embark "on your own celebrity adventure" with Kardashian until next week, but she posted this teaser on her Instagram account. --Peter Weber

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