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"The Facts of Life" star Mindy Cohn reveals breast cancer battle

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By Stephen Iervolino

Getty Images for Heifer International/Joe Scarnici(LOS ANGELES) — Actress Mindy Cohn revealed she had breast cancer, and that she kept her health battle private for the past five years, in a new interview with People magazine.

The Facts of Life star said she is currently in remission, but says she underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation during the course of her recovery.

“I called my agent and said I had to stop working for at least a year,” Cohn, 51, told People. “I just dropped off the face of the earth. I needed to be away and get better.”

Cohn said she recovered in part on the farm owned by her friends Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, who appear in the reality show The Fabulous Beekman Boys.

Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge were there for Cohn “during the worst times,” she said. “My recovery included feeding 113 goats, feeding chickens, shoveling poop, working in the garden … I felt myself growing stronger.”

Cohn also spoke candidly about learning to reach out to friends for help.

“I needed to be vulnerable … I had to learn that asking for help is not me being weak,” she told the magazine. “It was hard to go through it alone.”

Cohn’s Facts of Life costar, Kim Fields, stopped by Good Morning America Wednesday, revealing that Cohn reached out to her after being diagnosed.

“She’s an amazing source of everything — of life, of strength, of peace, of beauty …certainly laughter, still,” Fields told GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts, herself a breast cancer survivor.

She added, “It was a blessing and an honor at a minimum to be there in any way she allowed.”

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Amazon Studios President Roy Price resigns amid harassment allegation

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By Stephen Iervolino

Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival/Jerod Harris (LOS ANGELES) — Amazon Studios President Roy Price has resigned, ABC News has confirmed.

Price was put on leave last week, following an allegation of sexual harassment involving Isa Hackett, an executive producer on the network’s series The Man in the High Castle.

Hackett told The Hollywood Reporter last week that in 2015, Prince allegedly propositioned her in a cab on the way to an Amazon party, but she told him she has a wife and children.

She said that Price did not give up and that she later reported the incident to Amazon executives.

“We take seriously any questions about the conduct of our employees,” an Amazon spokesperson told THR. “We expect people to set high standards for themselves; we encourage people to raise any concerns and we make it a priority to investigate and address them. Accordingly, we looked closely at this specific concern and addressed it directly with those involved.”

After the incident, Hackett said she hasn’t seen Roy.

“I don’t feel afraid of him, but it’s difficult after you report something because you’re carrying this anxiety about how to interact with somebody if and when you do see them. You’re aware that other people may or may not know about it,” she said.

ABC News has reached out to Price’s attorney for comment but did not immediately hear back.

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Johnny Depp's legal battles now include a top Hollywood lawyer

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Johnny Depp, who is already embroiled in a legal battle with his former managers, is now accusing a hot shot Hollywood lawyer of ripping him off for nearly $35 million.

In a complaint filed on Tuesday, Depp claims that attorney Jacob A. Bloom — whose other clients include Ron Howard, Nicolas Cage and Jackie Chan — and his law firm, Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal & LaViolette, committed “professional malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment,” ultimately costing the the Pirates of the Caribbean star tens of millions of dollars, according to documents obtained by People magazine.

“Johnny Depp’s lawsuit filed today reflects his continued stand against systemic, self-serving Hollywood practices that he hopes this lawsuit will expose and end,” the actor’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, tells the entertainment magazine.

Depp reportedly hired Bloom and his firm to handle his legal affairs in 1999, but claims they “improperly and negligently collected over $30,000,000 in voidable contingent fees” from his variable income over the years without a legally binding contract under California law, the claim alleges.

The complaint further alleges that Bloom and his firm were in cahoots with business managers at The Management Group — who he’s also suing — took out a “hard money loan” with a “double digit interest rate.” from a lender with whom they also had a professional relationship with for Depp, and manipulated the terms of the loan for their own financial benefit, as well as TMG’s.

TMG, in turn, is seeking repayment of a $4.2 million loan to Depp, in addition to several hundred thousand dollars in unpaid fees. TMG commenced non-judicial foreclosure proceedings against one of Depp’s properties in 2016, which the company alleges caused Depp to concoct false allegations.

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Harvey Weinstein's brother Bob Weinstein accused of sexual harassment by TV showrunner

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By Stephen Iervolino

WireImage/Mathew Imaging(LOS ANGELES) – Bob Weinstein, who co-founded The Weinstein Company with brother Harvey Weinstein, has been accused of sexual harassment by a female executive producer of the TV series The Mist.

Amanda Segel, a showrunner for the Spike TV drama, made the allegations in a report published Tuesday by Variety.

Segel said Weinstein repeatedly made unwanted romantic overtures toward her, including asking her out to dinner.

“‘No’ should be enough,” Segel told Variety. “After ‘no,’ anybody who has asked you out should just move on. Bob kept referring to me that he wanted to have a friendship. He didn’t want a friendship. He wanted more than that. My hope is that ‘no’ is enough from now on.”

Through his attorney Bert Fields, Bob Weinstein has denied the claims.

Variety‘s story about Bob Weinstein is riddled with false and misleading assertions by Ms. Segel and we have the emails to prove it, but even if you believe what she says it contains not a hint of any inappropriate touching or even any request for such touching,” Fields said in a statement obtained by ABC News. “There is no way in the world that Bob Weinstein is guilty of sexual harassment, and even if you believed what this person asserts there is no way it would amount to that.”

Fields told ABC News that “not any fair-minded person could believe that Bob would do anything like this,” adding that Segel’s relationship with Bob Weinstein was always pleasant.

The Weinstein Company referred to Fields’ statement when asked by ABC News for comment.

In a statement to ABC News, Spike TV said, “We take all allegations of this nature very seriously, and are investigating.”

Segel’s attorney did not immediately responded to a request for comment.

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Jennifer Lawrence on sexual harassment in Hollywood: "Legal actions need to be put in place"

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Lawrence was one of the featured speakers at ELLE‘s Women in Hollywood event Monday night in Los Angeles, and naturally sexual harassment in Hollywood was a major topic of her speech.

According to ELLE, during the speech, Lawrence told a story of being asked to lose weight for a part after an actress before her had been fired for not losing weight fast enough. She also said a female producer “had me do a nude lineup with about five women who were much, much thinner than me.”

“And we all stood side-by-side with only paste-ons covering our privates. After that degrading and humiliating lineup, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet,” Lawrence said.

In her speech, Lawrence offered support for a proposal, made at the event Monday night by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, for a film industry commission to develop, “industry-wide protections against sexual harassment and abuse.”

But speaking to reporters before the event, Lawrence said an even stronger response was needed to the problem.

“It’s good that everybody’s talking about it. I’m thrilled,” she said, but added, “Legal actions need to be put in place to protect people on film sets and we just need to make a community of support where people feel like they can go and find support, find help and get the answers…without having to be on the cover of a magazine talking about it.”

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