Raquel Welch talks working with Robert Wagner, meeting Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra

When Raquel Welch was offered to play a grandmother who openly dates, loves her nightlife and gets caught by her granddaughters doing the “walk of shame,” the sultry screen siren didn’t hesitate to say yes.
Raquel Welch today.

Raquel Welch today. (Courtesy of Raquel Welch)

When Raquel Welch was offered the role of a grandmother who dates, loves the nightlife and gets caught by her granddaughters doing the “walk of shame,” the sultry screen siren didn’t hesitate to say yes.

The 77-year-old stars as Rosa on UP TV’s family-friendly sitcom “Date My Dad.” The show tells the story of Ricky Cooper, who completely dedicates his life to fatherhood after losing his beloved wife Isabella.

But three years later, his three daughters are willing to do anything to see their father fall in love and find happiness again. Barry Watson of “7th Heaven” fame plays the comical patriarch who gets some much-needed help from his live-in mother-in-law, played by Welch.

“The minute I got the script, I just thought it was great fun,” Welch told Fox News. “And I loved the idea. It’s comedy. I’m good at comedy, if I can say so myself. And it’s something I enjoy doing. It was a no-brainer for me.”

“… I could be a grandmother myself. My children are not cooperating,” she joked. “But I am a mother and I have seen my son go through a marriage that failed… I was very interested and it’s not a real stretch for me…. I’m enjoying the whole darn thing.”

Welch was thrilled to be paired up with fellow actor Robert Wagner, Watson’s real-life father-in-law. The 87-year-old guest starred in “Date My Dad” as Welch’s love interest. She was eager to reunite with her former co-star from the 1968 comedy “The Biggest Bundle of Them All.”

“There wasn’t a particular rapport [in the movie] except, of course, he’s Robert Wagner and what’s not to like?” she explained. “We had a really good time… It seemed like a perfect match in a sense… I had no objection. What possibly could I object to? We had a lot of fun. And people seem to enjoy our interaction. It’s all been very enjoyable, I have to say.”

Getting advice from my father in law/guest star on #DateMyDad @up_tv #RobertWagner #setlife

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Welch is no stranger to working alongside Hollywood’s most notable leading men. Back in 1964, she had the chance to work with her teenage crush in “Rousetabout” — Elvis Presley. However, Welch was surprised by the singer when she met him on set.

“I first saw him when I was 14 in a concert performance in San Diego, along with a whole bunch of screaming teenagers,” explained Welch. “He was pretty irresistible. I was just all a flutter as a young girl. But when I finally did meet him [on set], he just didn’t look the same. It looked like they cleaned him up.

“It was like white bread or something. It was not at all his kind of sassiness that he exhibited on stage. The way he wore his hair, the kind of clothes he wore, the way he moved. It was just all very polite now… What happened to the rebellious, sexy guy? I was so in love with him as a teenager.”

Welch would later see Presley again in Las Vegas where he underwent another transformation.

“He was now wearing a lot of studded jumpsuits,” recalled Welch. “That was not the Elvis I was crazy about. He still sounded like Elvis, but there was such a difference about it. He didn’t sound like he was 100 percent. It was more like he was doing it for all his fans. He enjoyed the adulation, obviously. But it didn’t seem to me like his involvement in the earlier part of his career was there. He didn’t have the passion anymore. He just performed a tremendous amount.”

Presley died in 1977 at age 42. Welch wondered if his non-stop performing schedule contributed to his early demise.

A post shared by Elvis Presley (@elvis) on May 16, 2017 at 12:45pm PDT

“They just had him on a treadmill all the time, repeating every wonderful thing that he did,” she said. “And you could tell it was not fun for him anymore. It was a sad, sad thing that happened to him… I just think he was a nice Southern boy.”

Meanwhile, one co-star who left Welch speechless was Frank Sinatra. They both appeared in 1968’s “Lady in Cement.” She particularly remembered seeing the singer on stage at Miami’s Fontainebleau Hotel.

“You could hear a pin drop when he was singing a ballad,” said Welch. “[When] Frank came out on the stage, he had everybody eating out of his hand at about 37 seconds… He was just flawless. He could break your heart, make you fall in love with him or make you think he was a scamp… You could picture a whole existence around [his lyrics]… That’s what I discovered about Frank.”

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Raquel Welch with Frank Sinatra. (Courtesy of Raquel Welch)

These days, Welch is happily savoring the success of her lasting career, which is why she probably won’t take any advice from her new character Rosa.

“[But] I’m not really trying to date with any real seriousness,” said Welch. “You know, I go out occasionally but you know, it’s not a campaign that I’m on. I’m busy a lot and I like to work. I guess I’m in love with my life in general.

“It’s been a lot of fun. It’s been demanding, to a point. A lot of men don’t like that anyhow. They don’t like their lady to have other things that take precedent sometimes. They don’t particularly like that. That’s what women everywhere don’t want to hear, but unfortunately it does happen to be true. I’m kind of a realist.”

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Raquel Welch working alongside Dean Martin in the 1968 film “Bandolero!”. (Courtesy of Raquel Welch)

While UP TV hasn’t announced a Season 2 date for “Date My Dad” quite yet, fans and curious viewers alike can stream the series online. Welch is yearning to meet up with her cast mates and see what new adventures Rosa will take her on.

“If we can just be blessed with a continuation of this show, I think it would be wonderful,” said Welch.

Since release, O.J. Simpson a man about town in Las Vegas

Since being released from a Nevada prison earlier this month, it seems that O.J. Simpson has been enjoying life on the outside.
Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson appears via video for a parole hearing in Lovelock, Nev., July 20, 2017.

Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson appears via video for a parole hearing in Lovelock, Nev., July 20, 2017. (Reno Gazette-Journal via Associated Press)

Since being released from a Nevada prison earlier this month, it seems that O.J. Simpson has been enjoying life on the outside.

Simpson has moved into a friend’s home at Red Rock Country Club in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

He’s even been spotted driving a white SUV, the report said.

Next time you see #OJSimpson in Las Vegas, don’t ask about his golf game https://t.co/JZkcQ3F9FG via @reviewjournal

— ronkantowski (@ronkantowski) October 26, 2017

On Wednesday, Simpson stopped by the Las Vegas home of Boyz II Men singer Wanya Morris, where a commercial for a laser hair remover was being filmed, TMZ reported.

There the Juice posed for photos with a couple of models, the report said.

O.J. Simpson Takes a Picture With 2 Hot Women!!! https://t.co/207yRYrDkW

— TMZ (@TMZ) October 25, 2017

The 70-year-old former NFL star was paroled Oct. 1 from Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center after serving nine years for kidnapping and robbery in connection with an armed robbery of sports memorabilia in 2007.

Simpson still plans to ultimately relocate to Florida, a friend told the Naples Daily News last week.

Until then, Nevadans are likely to continue seeing O.J. at local restaurants and shopping centers.

“He’s in here all the time,” a receptionist at Grape Street Cafe and Wine Bar told the Review-Journal. “A lot of people like to take pictures of him.”

“Why do you suppose that is?” a reporter asked.

“He’s O.J.”

Dolly Parton details horrible childhood injury on ‘Dr. Oz’

If it weren’t for cornmeal, kerosene and her momma, Dolly Parton may have lost her toes a long time ago.
In this Jan. 29, 2017, file photo, Dolly Parton presents the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles. Five people have been charged in Tennessee with conspiring to defraud the My People Fund of Dolly Parton's Dollywood Foundation, set up to help people affected by wildfires last year.

In this Jan. 29, 2017, file photo, Dolly Parton presents the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles. Five people have been charged in Tennessee with conspiring to defraud the My People Fund of Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation, set up to help people affected by wildfires last year. (AP)

If it weren’t for cornmeal, kerosene and her momma, Dolly Parton may have lost her toes a long time ago.

“I had jumped across the fence onto a broken mason jar and cut three of my toes, just my little toes on my right foot, almost off, and they were just kind of hanging there,” she told Dr. Mehmet Oz in an episode of the “Dr. Oz Show” airing Thursday.

Recalling the gory details to a grimacing Oz, Parton — was 6 or 7 years old at the time — says her “momma” came to the rescue with some household items, while her dad and brothers held her down.

“Momma, she put cornmeal; now, you’re a doctor, you might know,” the 71-year-old said to Oz, “I think the cornmeal was to absorb the blood. They put kerosene on it for antiseptic and momma took her sewing needles … and she literally had to sew my toes back on.”

And the DIY surgery was a success, as the country music icon has strutted in heels ever since.

“They work and they healed and I’m still walking on them,” she said of her toes.

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

Vin Scully appears at World Series, calls in Fernando Valenzuela to help with first pitch

The cheers began even before Vin Scully stepped onto the field. One year removed from the broadcast booth, his job Wednesday night was to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the World Series.
Vin Scully helps throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Vin Scully helps throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

The cheers began even before Vin Scully stepped onto the field. One year removed from the broadcast booth, his job Wednesday night was to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the World Series.

Scully walked out with a microphone in his right hand and a baseball in his left. Fitting for the man who provided the soundtrack for Dodger games for 67 years, first in Brooklyn and then in Los Angeles.

“Somewhere up in heaven Duke Snider, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Gil Hodges are laughing their heads off,” Scully told the crowd. “Look at who’s throwing out the first ball at the World Series!”

CHILLS. Vin Scully throws out the first pitch with some help from Fernando Valenzuela. #ITFDBhttps://t.co/HhMcHShkGX

— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 26, 2017

Scully, who turns 90 next month, has always enjoyed a good yarn. As he took the mound he began spinning one, much to the delight of the big crowd.

First, there was no catcher to take his throw. Then Steve Yeager, a Dodger favorite for 14 years, came out of the dugout to take his place behind home plate.

“It must be terrifying for you to look out here and see me,” he told Yeager. “I must warn you. I worked all week playing catch with my wife and she said I had good stuff.”

With the crowd on its feet, Scully started his windup. Then he suddenly stopped.

Vin Scully and Fernando Valenzuela throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Vin Scully and Fernando Valenzuela throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of baseball’s World Series. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

“I think I hurt my rotator cuff. I can’t do it,” he said. “I apologize. I’m really saddened. But like all managers in this game, I’m going to go to the bullpen. I need a left-hander. Is there a left-hander down here?”

Turns out there was. His name was Fernando Valenzuela and he was the reason Fernandomania was all the rage in the 1980s.

Vinny being Vinny, he couldn’t let Valenzuela take the mound without talking about his career and delivering some stats.

“Can you imagine, one year he had eight shutouts, another year when he won 21 games, and he had 20 complete games,” Scully said. “I feel like I’m almost defiling the mound. I’m going to get out of the way. Fernando, see if you can get one over for me.”

The lefty who beat the Yankees in the 1981 World Series at the age of 20 delivered a strike to Yeager, and he and Scully walked off the mound to thunderous applause. Valenzuela still works for the team as a Spanish language broadcaster.

Scully began broadcasting Dodger games in 1950 in Brooklyn and moved with the team to Los Angeles in 1958. For decades his voice reverberated through Dodger stadium as fans listened to him on transistor radios.

Scully retired at the end of last season and resisted calls to do an inning or two of the World Series broadcast, saying it would not be his place.

On the mound Wednesday night it was his place, though, to give Dodger fans one last listen and one lasting memory.

Ellen DeGeneres gets slammed on Twitter over sexist tweet to Katy Perry

Comedian and daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is receiving some backlash from fans after a joke about Katy Perry was taken as sexist.
TV personality Ellen DeGeneres arrives at the 2015 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California January 7, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (PEOPLESCHOICE-ARRIVALS) - RTR4KHFZ

TV personality Ellen DeGeneres arrives at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California January 7, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (PEOPLESCHOICE-ARRIVALS) – RTR4KHFZ

Comedian and daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is receiving some backlash from fans after a joke about Katy Perry was taken as sexist.

The star courted outrage on Wednesday after dedicating a tweet to the “Roar” singer on her birthday.

“Happy birthday, @KatyPerry! It’s time to bring out the big balloons!” the star wrote over an image of her gawking, mouth agape, at Perry’s breasts.

Happy birthday, @KatyPerry! It’s time to bring out the big balloons! pic.twitter.com/w84DMphK3V

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 25, 2017

In the wake of the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal, of which DeGeneres was an outspoken critic, dedicating part of her show to sharing her thoughts on the “#MeToo” movement, many fans were quick to mention the idea that this tweet wouldn’t fly had a man posted it. Many began responding to the tweet with the hashtag “#doublestandard.” Others went as far as to compare her to Weinstein and call her a “pig.”

As The Wrap notes, actor Michael Rapaport caught wind of the tweet and voiced his displeasure to Ellen, arguing that “the world would stop” if a man had sent this tweet.

If a DUDE said this the World would stop https://t.co/I4rOKmIplI

— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) October 25, 2017

Imagine if Cam Newton or any other Man sent out this tweet & photo. pic.twitter.com/7fvRGg9lgZ

— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) October 25, 2017

Piers Morgan too speculated that, had a man tweeted something similar, Ellen would be leading the “cries of ‘SEXIST PIG!’”

If a man made this joke, Ellen would lead the cries of ‘SEXIST PIG!’ https://t.co/lgXNX82Nk8

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 25, 2017

Previously, the star dedicated her opening monologue to denouncing the growing environment of sexual harassment in Hollywood with an impassioned speech.

“This is not a male thing or a female thing, it is not a Hollywood or political thing, this is a human thing and it happens in the workplace, it happens in families, it happens all over the world and we are all the same,” she said. “We all want the same thing, we want respect, love and kindness. And if I could have those three things and an iPhone X, I’d be happy.”

Disney Channel adding first LGBTQ storyline in ‘Andi Mack’ premiere

The Disney Channel is breaking new ground this season by way of its series “Andi Mack.” The teen-based show will be the first on the network to depict a character realizing and coming to terms with the fact that they are gay.
ANDI MACK - In "Andi Mack," a series about a 13 year-old girl and her friends each figuring out who they are, the teen characters model inclusion and respect for others. (Disney Channel/Fred Hayes)

ANDI MACK – In “Andi Mack,” a series about a 13 year-old girl and her friends each figuring out who they are, the teen characters model inclusion and respect for others. (Disney Channel/Fred Hayes) (© 2017 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.)

The Disney Channel is breaking new ground this season by way of its series “Andi Mack.” The teen-based show will be the first on the network to depict a character realizing and coming to terms with the fact that they are gay.

According to Entertainment Weekly, “Andi Mack” will begin its second season with 13-year-old Andi Mack’s best friend, Cyrus, grapple with the fact that he has feelings for Andi’s crush, Jonah. When he tells their mutual friend, Buffy, he’ll find the support of a friend he needs to help him come to terms with his sexuality and to tell his new girlfriend. The network reportedly hopes Buffy’s reaction will paint her as a role model for both kids and adults when it comes to the issue of coming out.

ANDI MACK - Disney Channel's "Andi Mack" stars Joshua Rush as Cyrus. (Disney Channel/Craig Sjodiin)

ANDI MACK – Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack” stars Joshua Rush as Cyrus. (Disney Channel/Craig Sjodiin) (© 2017 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.)

The storyline marks the first time the network has tackled LGBTQ issues in which a character discovers he or she is gay.

As Variety notes, advocacy groups such as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) have been praising the choice since they were allowed to screen the premiere in advance.

“With more and more young people coming out as LGBTQ, ‘Andi Mack’ is reflecting the lives and lived experience of so many LGBTQ youth around the country,” Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD told the outlet. “Television reflects the real life world and today that includes LGBTQ youth who deserve to see their lives depicted on their favorite shows. Disney has been a leader in LGBTQ inclusion and there are so many young people who will be excited to see Cyrus’ story unfold.”

Some fans on Twitter had a different reaction with parents saying they’ll no longer let their children watch the show.

“Come on Disney stop forcing homosexuality down kids throat,” one user wrote. “Kids want watch a kids show that’s all.”

Others that were more savvy to the show since Season 1 acknowledged that, given Cyrus character to date, the reveal that he’s gay is not necessarily surprising.

As The Wrap reports, Disney defended its position to depict a gay character in a statement to the site.

“‘Andi Mack’ is a story about tweens figuring out who they are. Terri Minsky, the cast and everyone involved in the show takes great care in ensuring that it’s appropriate for all audiences and sends a powerful message about inclusion and respect for humanity.”

No one from The Disney Channel immediately responded to Fox News’ request for comment.

Bill Cosby is reportedly going broke paying for multiple legal bills

Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby is looking to take a $30 million loan against his Upper East Side townhouse to pay for his mounting legal bills as he faces a retrial for sexual assault.
Bill Cosby is reportedly having trouble paying his mounting legal bills.

Bill Cosby is reportedly having trouble paying his mounting legal bills. (AP)

Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby is looking to take a $30 million loan against his Upper East Side townhouse to pay for his mounting legal bills as he faces a retrial for sexual assault.

Cosby, 80, is trying to take the $30 million hard money loan on his 12,000-square-foot mansion as he hires a new legal team to represent him, “Page Six TV” revealed Wednesday.

He bought the six-story townhouse in 1987 for $6.2 million and reportedly spent another $1.2 million renovating it. Neighbors include Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Cantor Fitzgerald CEO and chairman Howard Lutnick, and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who spent 13 months in jail after pleading guilty to soliciting prostitution from an underage girl in 2008.

A source exclusively told Page Six, “Cosby is looking for a $30 million hard money loan against the house. Which means Cosby must be desperate because the banks won’t give him money. Hard money loans have high interest rates and are usually repaid in a short time, such as a year.

“But the lenders aren’t keen to give Cosby the money because they don’t think he has enough equity. Also, the lenders believe if they foreclose on the house, that they may not sell it. Provenance and the history of a house is very important, and buyers would certainly be put off by the thought of what could have taken place in the house over the years, and that they’ll be sleeping in Cosby’s bedroom.”

Now, he has just hired famed Michael Jackson defense lawyer and frequent television legal expert Tom Mesereau. Cosby’s new defense team also includes ex-federal prosecutor Kathleen Bliss and Philadelphia’s Samuel W. Silver.

Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by more than 50 women. His first trial ended with a hung jury, and he now faces a retrial next spring.

Mesereau didn’t return calls and emails, and Silver and Bliss didn’t immediately get back to us.

Cosby’s rep called Page Six and said in a confusing statement, “Consider the source,” and then hung up.

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest tear up on air talking about her son with dyslexia

Kelly Ripa had a rare moment of vulnerability on Wednesday’s episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan” that ended with not only her in tears, but her co-host, Ryan Seacrest, as well.
89th Academy Awards - Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Actress Kelly Ripa. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni - HP1ED2Q1U8YLD

89th Academy Awards – Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals – Hollywood, California, U.S. – 26/02/17 – Actress Kelly Ripa. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni – HP1ED2Q1U8YLD

Kelly Ripa had a rare moment of vulnerability on Wednesday’s episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan” that ended with not only her in tears, but her co-host, Ryan Seacrest, as well.

On the October 25 broadcast, Ripa told a story about her youngest son, Joaquin, who started as a freshman in high school in September. The host got very choked up and emotional talking about his struggle with dyslexia and how she recently got some news that he’s on the winning end of that struggle.

“A lot of you that watch the show know he has dyslexia, so school has always been a very big challenge for us in our household,” she said. “So, I went to his new school for a parent-teacher conference… he’s getting straight A’s. And so I broke down crying in the middle of the parent-teacher conference.”

The star, who Us Weekly notes is a mom to Michael, 20, and Lola, 16, as well, joked that the teachers saw her crying and felt the need to reassure her that they just delivered good news.

“I had to wait three kids to hear these words.”

She went on to explain that her son received word of his grades before she did, but managed to keep them a secret from her so that she’d be surprised when the big moment came. However, when it did, he laughed uncomfortably while she cried tears of joy. While the 47-year-old host fought back her tears on set, Seacrest tried to share some inspiring words with her, but couldn’t handle seeing her cry.

TV personality Ryan Seacrest arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok - RTS8HWQ

TV personality Ryan Seacrest arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok – RTS8HWQ

“I see the way you handle career, and most importantly family… and it’s so impressive,” he said of Ripa and her husband, Mark Consuelos. “I am inspired by it, and anybody who knows you and watches you agrees. When my mom cries, it makes me cry, so when you cry, it makes me cry… It’s like a trigger.”

This isn’t the first time that Ripa has gushed publicly over her son’s academic achievements. In June, she posted a photo of her whole family celebrating Joaquin’s graduation from middle school. The family posed together surrounding the youngster in his green cap and gown. Later, they celebrated the big occasion with a star-studded party.

Now it seems that the family has something else to celebrate given Joaquin’s impressive performance in high school so far.

Woman claims Roman Polanski molested her at age 10; wants him kicked out of Academy

Marianne Barnard, a California artist, said Roman Polanski “sexually molested” her when she was 10 years old and created a petition to get the Polish director kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Polish director Roman Polanski has been accused by a fifth woman of sexual misconduct.

Polish director Roman Polanski has been accused by a fifth woman of sexual misconduct. (AP)

A California artist claimed Roman Polanski “sexually molested” her when she was 10 years old and has started a petition to get the Polish director booted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Marianne Barnard wrote in her Care 2 petition that the controversial director molested her after she was photographed by him at Will Rogers State Beach in Southern California. The artist claimed the director asked her to take off her bikini top then bottoms before he molested her.

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Barnard also claimed her mother, who was present at the photo shoot, arranged the ordeal. The artist believed her mother was paid to walk away from the incident so she could pay for a Ph.D.

“After it happened, I didn’t say anything to anyone. I wish that I had been brave enough to speak out, tell a friend, their parent or even a teacher,” the artist wrote. “Maybe if I had, the other girls wouldn’t have been molested by Polanski (a convicted statutory rapist) also. That’s a terrible heartache to carry.”

small consequence for him considering his crimes and great amount of harm he has caused #SilenceIsTheEnemy#MeToohttps://t.co/bZXtQuhs1Y

— Marianne Barnard (M) (@Marianne_M_B) October 20, 2017

Barnard asked online users to sign the petition to have Polanski’s board membership revoked from the Academy. More than 12,500 people have signed the petition as of early Saturday afternoon.

She said the petition was motivated by the Academy’s decision last week to expel disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein from the board following a string of sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against the movie mogul.

“It is a small consequence for him considering his crimes and the great amount of harm he has caused me and his other victims,” Barnard wrote.

Barnard listed the four other women who have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against the contentious director.

“We’ve stayed silent until now. We feared. But, we can no longer be silent and allow this man who sexually assaulted little girls to enjoy fame, recognition or an honored place in history,” Barnard wrote.

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Barnard is the latest woman to come forward with allegations against the Oscar-winning director. Earlier this month, Renate Langer, a German woman, said she was assaulted by Polanski when she was a teenager in 1972.

Samantha Geimer, subject of the HBO Documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired", arrives at its premiere in New York May 6, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES) - GM1E4570TEC01

Samantha Geimer saidh she was 13 years old when Roman Polanski drugged, raped and sodomized her. (Reuters)

In August, another woman, who identified herself only as Robin, said the director sexually victimized her in 1973 when she was 16.

Polanski, 84, served 42 days in prison before fleeing to France from the U.S. after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor in California. His victim, Samantha Geimer, was 13 at the time.

Geimer said Polanski drugged, raped and sodomized her at “Chinatown” actor Jack Nicholson’s Hollywood Hills home in 1977.

This summer, Geimer asked a Los Angeles judge to drop the 40 year old case against Polanski, who can only travel between France, Switzerland and Poland.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

‘Stranger Things’ actor drops agent accused of sexual assault; Disney star follows suit

“Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard and “Descendants” actor Cameron Boyce dropped their agent, who was accused of sexual assault.
"Stranger Things" star Finn Wolfhard (pictured second from right) fired his agent who was accused of sexual assault.

“Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard (pictured second from right) fired his agent who was accused of sexual assault. (Reuters)

“Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard dumped his agent Friday after he was accused of sexual assaulting young men more than a decade ago.

The 14-year-old Netflix star, who was represented by APA agent Tyler Grasham, cut ties with the agency after the allegations became public this week, the Los Angeles Times reported. Wolfhard also cut ties with the agency.

Grasham was fired from APA on Friday following the string of accusations against him.

“Tyler Grasham’s employment with APA has been terminated effective immediately,” Manfred Westphal, APA’s head of communications, told the Los Angeles Times.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN DISPUTES LUPITA NYONG’O’S SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS

Actor Cameron Boyce arrives at the premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in Hollywood, California December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian - TB3EBCF099S7G

Cameron Boyce also dumped Tyler Grasham following the accusations. (Reuters)

Cameron Boyce, 18, star of the Disney Channel movie “Descendants” also fired Grasham as his agent on Friday. It’s not clear if he cut ties with APA.

“In light of the allegations he (Boyce) felt it necessary to part ways with Tyler Grasham,” Boyce’s publicist told the Los Angeles Times.

In a Facebook post on Monday, actor-turned-filmmaker Blaise Godbe Lipman accused Grasham on Monday of giving him alcohol when he was a teenager and sexually assaulting. Lipman alleged the agent harassed him and spread rumors in an effort to tarnish his career.

“I was young and desperately wanted acceptance within my industry,” Lipman wrote. “His threats felt very real. Although my initial reaction yesterday and today was to not make this about me, there’s no better time.”

Following Lipman’s allegations, at least two other men spoke out about their experiences with Grasham. They claimed the agent came on to them and sexually harassed them, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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APA, which describes itself as “one of the largest diversified talent agencies in Los Angeles,” condemned the allegations against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein last week.

“We denounce this conduct in any form, and our sadness and support for the victims who have courageously come forward cannot be understated. We all must commit to eradicating such abhorrent behavior in our community,” the agency wrote in a statement.