Pasadena, Feb 10 (AP/UNB) — A.J. Calloway, a host on the syndicated entertainment news show "Extra," was suspended Saturday as his parent company investigates sexual misconduct allegations.
The company said it had investigated prior accusations against Calloway and found no suggestion of workplace misconduct. But he was suspended after Warner Brothers became aware of additional allegations that will be published in an upcoming article in The Hollywood Reporter.
Calloway's lawyer, Lisa E. Davis, said her client vehemently denies ever assaulting anyone and looks forward to clearing his name.
Calloway has been with "Extra" since 2005.
He was arrested following a 2006 incident where a woman, Sil Lai Abrams, accused Calloway of assault. The charges were dismissed.
Another publication, the Daily Beast, reported last month about two misconduct allegations made by women who wanted to remain anonymous.
Neither of the January allegations concerned misconduct that took place on the job. Warner Bros. said in a statement Saturday that "to date, we have found nothing to suggest that Mr. Calloway has ever engaged in workplace misconduct."
But with additional allegations made, "we are expanding our ongoing inquiries," the company said. "We take such allegations very seriously and are committed to doing everything we can to ensure a safe and inclusive workplace for all of our employees."
Davis said that Calloway maintains that the allegations are unsubstantiated and false. "He vehemently denies that he ever assaulted anyone and looks forward to clearing his name," she said.
Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB) - A five-day Iranian film exhibition began in the city on Friday.
Iranian Cultural Centre, Dhaka and Bangladesh National Museum jointly organised the film screening at the Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium of the museum.
The show was organised on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the glorious victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran (National Day).
The inaugural session was held at the main auditorium of the National Museum at 3:30pm.
Mohammad Reza Nafar, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Bangladesh, and Touqir Ahmed, eminent actor and film director, were present at the programme as special guests.
A discussion programme titled '40 years of Islamic Revolution in Iran: Achievement and Potentials' was held as part of film exhibition.
State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Md Murad Hasan was present as the chief guest at the discussion where executive editor of amadersomoy.com Rashidul Islam presented the keynote speech.
Acting cultural counsellor of Iran Cultural Centre Dr Seyed Mahdi Hosseini delivered the welcome speech with National Museum secretary Abdul Mazid in the chair.
The inaugural programme was followed by the screening of the first film, ‘M for Mother’, directed by Rasoul Mollagholipour.
Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) - A five-day screening of Iranian films and photo exhibition will begin in the city on Friday.
Iranian Cultural Centre, Dhaka and Bangladesh National Museum will jointly organize the film screening at the Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium of the museum.
An inaugural session will be held at the main auditorium of the National Museum at 3.30 pm on the opening day.
Information Minister Hasan Mahmud is scheduled to be present as the chief guest.
Mohammad Reza Nafar, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Bangladesh and Touqir Ahmed, eminent actor and film director, will be present as special guests.
The inaugural programme will be followed by screening of the first film in the showcase, ‘M for Mother’, directed by Rasoul Mollagholipour.
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Los Angeles, Feb 7 (AP/UNB) — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts says it is suspending its nomination of director Bryan Singer amid accusations that he sexually assaulted minors.
Singer had been among those nominated for his work on the Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody," which he was fired from in late 2017. BAFTA says Wednesday that the organization considers the alleged behavior unacceptable and incompatible with its values and that Singer has been informed of the suspension.
The Atlantic magazine last month published an expose detailing the stories of four alleged victims who said they were seduced and molested by the Singer while underage. Singer has denied the allegations.
The film and others nominated for it will remain eligible for BAFTAs, which will be presented Sunday.