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Jerry Harris, one of the stars of Netflix's "Cheer" is under investigation by the FBI for allegedly soliciting sex from minors.

FBI agents executed a search warrant at Harris' Naperville, Illinois home on Sept. 14, USA Today reported.

The criminal investigation is based on allegations from twin brothers who described a pattern of harassment by Harris, 22.

In interviews with USA Today, the boys say Harris solicited nude photos from them. The harassment started when they were 13 and Harris was 19.

The boys met Harris at cheerleading competitions and the harassment continued for more than a year.

Harris is accused of asking one of the brothers to perform an inappropriate act in 2019 at two Varsity cheerleading competitions.

The allegations were reported to police by Varsity Brands, a private company that handles uniform sales to major competitions and dominates the cheerleading industry.

"As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future," wrote Varsity's Chief Legal Officer Burton Brillhart in letters to police in Florida and Texas.

Two screenshots were included in the letter, with one Snapchat screenshot message that read: "Would you ever want to ****."

Another screenshot of a series of text messages starting on May 3, 2019: "Hey btw I found a place for us to do stuff it's actually pretty good haha".

Harris has not been charged with any crimes. The federal investigation is ongoing.

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Jeremy Tardy, who appeared in the first 3 seasons of Netflix's hit series "Dear White People," has exited the show amid allegations of racial discrimination.

Tardy, 29, announced he was leaving the show on Twitter.com on Friday. "Unfortunately I will not be joining Netflix's Dear White People for its fourth and final season due to my experience with Lionsgate and their practices of racial discrimination," Tardy wrote in a series of several tweets.

Tardy claims Lionsgate negotiated raises with his white co-stars, but ignored his counter offer for a raise.

"After being offered to return for several episodes my team was notified that our counter offer would not be considered and that the initial offer was the 'best and final.'"

Tardy said he and other actors "banded together" in late August to reject their offers from Lionsgate. He said Lionsgate negotiated higher offers with white actors which led to them taking the deals before everyone else had received a "fair and suitable negotiation."

"We were all aware of the notorious pay disparities between people of color and our white colleagues on Netflix and Lionsgate shows; so this made it blatantly obvious."

He continued: "These companies have recently released statements and even donations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. I am calling out their shameful practices of discrimination and racial inequality with regard to how they have historically undervalued and lowballed people of color."

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Girlfriends cast members recall the comedy series, which began reruns on Netflix on Sept. 11 -- 20 years to the day the series premiered on UPN.

New and existing fans all over the world are excited to watch "Girlfriends" and its strong Black and biracial women, Tracee Ellis Ross (Joan Clayton) and Jill Marie Jones (Toni Childs), Golden Brooks (Maya Wilkes) and Persia White (Lynn Searcy).

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The ladies recall memories of the series and their experiences.

"It was really special to see a story about four Black women, all whose stories were about mostly each other and not about the man they were pursuing," Ross, now the star of ABC's "Black-ish," tells USA TODAY. "And at the core of the show was about the relationship between these women, and how to be a friend."

Brooks said emotions varied as the cast tackled the show's serious issues: colorism, mental health, AIDS, interracial dating, celibacy, infidelity, and being biracial.

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"It seemed very novel," said Brooks (2nd from right), "In actuality, we as women of color, we do these things every day. We have varied emotions. … And I just think that it was beautiful to see Mara sort of unfold and introduce that to pop culture because you hadn't seen it" before.

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Girlfriends series creator Mara Brock Akil this week signed a new developmental deal with Netflix, according to USA Today.

Akil, who is experiencing her own personal drama at home, didn't respond to USA Today's requests for comment.
 

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Controversial French film Cuties has spawned more backlash against streaming giant Netflix, with critics alleging it over-sexualizes children.

The film tells the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese girl in Paris who joins a "free-spirited dance clique" to escape family dysfunction.

Despite the outrage, the movie earned praise when it debuted at January's Sundance Film Festival in Utah for how it addressed the hypersexualization of young girls.

Netflix previously apologized for a promo poster of the child stars posing in their dancing outfits. After the film premiered on Netflix on 9 September, the backlash continued as the hashtag "#CancelNetflix" was the top trending topic on Twitter in the U.S. the following day.

A petition on Change.org was also launched, calling on Netflix customers to cancel their subscriptions over the flick on the streaming service "that exploits children and creates a disturbing vibe".

"From cuties to Big Mouth to other movies mocking religions and exploiting children Netflix is no longer the family friendly streaming service I once believed it to be," reads a message on the campaign, which currently has over 600,000 signatures.

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Barack and Michelle Obama, who signed a multimillion dollar production deal with Netflix, have remained silent amid the controversy.

The backlash prompted Netflix officials to issue a statement, insisting the film, "Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children.

"It's an award-winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up — and we'd encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie," they told Variety of the Maimouna Doucoure-directed flick.

But critics complained about the many close up shots of the young girls' body parts, and one scene where a girl exposed her breasts on camera.
 

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are in hot water with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Duke and Duchess neglected to tell Buckingham Palace about their $150 million Netflix deal to develop upcoming projects on the American streaming network.

Harry, 35, and Meghan, 39, recently purchased a $14 million Santa Barbara mansion. They signed a $150 million deal with Netflix to help pay their household expenses.

The Duke and Duchess, who have never produced a television show, will develop documentaries, films, scripted and kids' programming for Netflix.

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According to London's The Sun newspaper, a source said "Harry did not inform the Queen about the Netflix deal."

This is significant because Harry and Meghan are still relying on future King of England, Prince Charles, for their living expenses.

The couple has lived off Harry's father - and the kindness of others - ever since they quit royal life to become celebrities in America last year.

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So far, stardom has eluded them in America. A book about the Royal couple went directly into the sales bin at stores.

Palace officials plan to study the Netflix deal to determine whether Harry and Meghan will be cut off financially.

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The Queen is quite strict about Royals signing lucrative deals without her permission.

"Her view is simple, the Royals are not for sale and danger surrounds high profile roles outside of the institution itself," said the source.

The source added that Harry and Meghan knew any profit-making deals were "subject to discussion" by the palace.

The fact that they signed a deal without palace approval likely means they are affirming their independence from the Royal family.

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Angry parents accuse Netflix of normalizing pedophilia in its new movie, 'Cuties.'

Nearly 60,000 people signed a Change.org petition demanding Netflix "remove the new movie Cuties as it promotes pornography."

The French movie, which premieres Sept. 9, features preteen girls dressed provocatively and twerking in a "coming-of-age tale from Maïmouna Doucouré."

"Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew," the original promotion read. "Hoping to join them, she starts to explore her femininity, defying her family's traditions."

In response to the controversy, Netflix apologized on Thursday for the film's promotional photo that shows four preteen girls striking poses in revealing dance attire.

"We're deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties," Netflix said. "It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We've now updated the pictures and description."

Normally the French and Americans have different attitudes toward sex. The French tend to be less conservative when it comes to sex.

But Twitter users point out the stark differences in the movie posters.

One Twitter user wrote:

"Just compare the original French poster for the 'Cuties' film, and the image @netflix has chosen.

Anyone want to point out the difference?"

Netflix plans to premiere the movie in September despite the backlash on social media.
 

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Netflix has acquired 7 Black television sitcoms, and will begin airing the sitcoms beginning this weekend.

According to The Wrap, Netflix raided UPN Network's library and acquired the rights to popular Black sitcoms, Moesha, Sister, Sister, The Game, Girlfriends, The Parkers, Half & Half and One on One.

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Moesha, starring Countess Vaughn, left, and Brandy Norwood, will begin airing on Netflix this Saturday. The first three seasons of The Game, which ran for nine seasons total, will debut on August 15.

Popular '90s sitcom, Sister Sister, starring twins Tia and Tamera, will debut September 1. Girlfriends, which stars Tracee Ellis Ross, and ran for 9 seasons, will debut on Netflix on Sept. 11.

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Jenny Slate trended on social media this week after she announced she would no longer voice the character of Missy Foreman-Greenwald, a mixed-race girl on Netflix's animated comedy "Big Mouth."

Slate, 38, voiced Missy since the show first aired on Netflix in 2017. But the current state of racial tension in America caused Slate to rethink her role.

She announced she was quitting the show in an open letter on Instagram post on Wednesday:

"At the start of the show, I reasoned with myself that it was permissible for me to play 'Missy' because her mom is Jewish and White — as am I. But 'Missy' is also Black, and Black characters on an animated show should be played by Black people."

In the open letter, Slate, who is Caucasian, said after some self-reflecting she realized her decision to accept the role of a mixed-race girl was "flawed" and "an example of white privilege."

She said continuing to voice the character was "engaging in an act of erasure of Black people."

Slate acknowledged that, while she "can't change the past," it was her duty to engage in "meaningful anti-racist action."

Slate concluded her open letter by vowing to be more "thoughtful about the messages in my work" and apologized to those she had hurt. am so very sorry. Black voices must be heard. Black Lives Matter," she added.

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Joe Exotic's life partner says the "Tiger King" star is in a prison isolation during the coronavirus outbreak.

Joe, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is best known for running an illegal zoo. He is the subject of a Netflix series about his life as an exotic animal trainer.

In an interview with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM radio, Dillan Passage said Joe, who was sentenced to 22 years for murder, was transferred to another prison and placed in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Passage said he spoke to Joe about three times a day on the phone before he was transferred to another prison.

"We speak like three to five times every day," Dillan told Andy, "but since he's been moved to this new facility they are putting him on like, COVID-19 isolation because of the previous jail he was at, there were cases."

When asked if he was "still in love" with Joe, Passage said: "I do love Joe, you know, he's been there for me during my darkest times. I'm not just gonna dip out and abandon him when he needs me most."

According to The Blast, Passage revealed he met Joe on the ghey male hookup app Grindr and that he was addicted to prescription medications at the time but he is now sober.

Passage confirmed Joe made all of his 'husbands' pierce their nipples.

He said he never witnessed any animal abuse at the zoo.
 

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It seems RuPaul is having no luck beyond his popular RuPaul's Drag Race show. Netflix just canceled RuPaul's 'AJ and the Queen' series, which was aimed at introducing children to the drag culture.

RuPaul announced the cancelation on Twitter.com on Friday. "End of the road for 'AJ and The Queen' @Netflix has decided to not extend our road trip across America. Thank you for all the love & support. We're so very proud of the work," he tweeted alongside a promotional image from the show.

AJ and the Queen starred RuPaul as drag queen Ruby Red who travels around the country in an RV with 11-year-old tomboy orphan AJ (played by actress Izzy Gaspersz).

RuPaul, real name RuPaul Andre Charles, created the show along with writer Michael Patrick King. Sadly, it didn’t click with audiences who are wary about the LGB and T communities targeting children.

The ten-episode series premiere in January to little fanfare and raised eyebrows.

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Love Is Blind cast member Carlton Morton threatened suicide after social media users refused to support him when he came out as bisexual.

Love is Blind is produced by power couple Nick and Vanessa Lachey. The show followed 20 couples who meet for the first time on a blind date. The couples speak to each other through walls before meeting face to face.

If they click, their engagement is fast tracked and they proceed to get married or abandon their partner at the alter.

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Contestants Carlton and Diamond Jack did not make it to the alter after he confessed that he was bisexual.

Diamond was upset that Carlton kept his secret lifestyle from her. According to theJasmineBrand.com, Carlton and Diamond forgave each other on the reunion special.

Carlton's confession didn’t bring him the attention and press coverage that he had hoped for. Oprah and Ellen Degeneres didn't call him to book interviews.

He went off the deep end when the Black LGBT and T media accused him of using the bisexual lifestyle for attention.

The overly emotional Carlton took to social media to complain that his "celebrity friends” abandoned him after he came out.

Feeling alone and depressed, he wrote a series of suicidal notes to manipulate his social media followers into expressing false sympathy for him.

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In a goodbye message on his Instagram story, Morton wrote:

"Today is one of those days where I don't want to be here. I feel extremely alone and unsupported. I've cried for help since Feb. 13. No one cares."

In another post, he wrote: "Goodbye everyone."

As a result of his Diva antics, the hashtag #BisexualMenExist trended on Twitter.com.
 

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Netflix has assembled an all-star legal team to fight Mo'Nique's discrimination lawsuit, insisting their low ball offer to the Oscar-winning star for her comedy special was "fair" market compensation for her talent level.

In legal papers obtained by TMZ, the Precious star accused Netflix bosses of offering white comedienne Amy Schumer $11 million for an hour-long stand-up special, while offering Mo'Nique, who is Black, only $500,000 for a similar stand up comedy special.

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The 51-year-old comedienne and mother of three turned down the offer and called on fans to boycott Netflix.

She followed through on her promise to take legal action against the streaming giant by filing a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Responding to the lawsuit on Friday, a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement:

"We care deeply about inclusion, [equality], and diversity and take any accusations of discrimination very seriously. We believe our opening offer to Mo'Nique was fair - which is why we will be fighting this lawsuit."

The Precious star announced the lawsuit in a post on Instagram.com on Thursday.

"Hey My Loves — I can confirm that today I filed a pay discrimination lawsuit against Netflix. I had a choice to make: I could accept what I felt was pay discrimination or I could stand up for those who came before me and those who will come after me. I chose to stand up. I don't have any further comment this time, but I appreciate all of your support and love."

Mo'Nique also had beef with industry gurus Oprah, Tyler Perry and Lee Daniels for allegedly blackballing her after she declined to go on a promotional tour for a film project.

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Comedienne Mo'Nique has followed through on her promise to sue Netflix bosses, accusing them of discrimination and violating her rights to equal pay for equal services.

The Oscar-winning actress filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday, Nov. 14. In court papers obtained by TMZ, Mo'Nique, 51, is suing Netflix for reportedly offering comedienne Amy Schumer $11 million for an hour-long stand-up special, while only offering Mo'Nique $500,000 for a similar stand-up comedy special.

Mo'Nique declined the lowball offer and called on her social media followers to boycott the online streaming giant.

The Precious star announced the lawsuit in a post on Instagram.com on Thursday.

"Hey My Loves — I can confirm that today I filed a pay discrimination lawsuit against Netflix. I had a choice to make: I could accept what I felt was pay discrimination or I could stand up for those who came before me and those who will come after me. I chose to stand up. I don't have any further comment this time, but I appreciate all of your support and love."

Mo'Nique also had beef with industry gurus Oprah, Tyler Perry and Lee Daniels for allegedly blackballing her after she declined to go on a promotional tour for a film project.

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The successful Beverly Hills Cop movie franchise is getting another remake. Netflix has secured the rights to a fourth Beverly Hills Cop sequel starring Eddie Murphy as wisecracking, street-smart Detroit officer Axel Foley.

Netflix has picked up the rights in a one-time licensing deal with Paramount Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The first three Beverly Hills Cop films were released in 1984, 1987 and 1994, respectively. The movie franchise shot Murphy to international stardom and cemented his reputation for striking box office gold in the '80s and '90s.

Beverly Hills Cop earned $234 million, making it the highest-grossing film in 1984. The three films grossed $736 million worldwide.

In addition to winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture, Beverly Hills Cop also picked up an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1985.

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Netflix breathed new life into Murphy's stalled career with the movie Dolemite Is My Name, which garnered strong reviews.

Murphy, 58, has no plans to slow down. Next year he will host Saturday Night Live for the first time in over 3 decades before heading out on the road for a sold out comedy tour.

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Eddie Murphy plans to return to stand up comedy by going out on tour in 2020 after hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time in 35 years.

Murphy, 58, announced he will return to host Saturday Night Live on December 21, 2019. The long-running sketch comedy TV series helped launch his career in the 1980s.

According to Deadline.com, Murphy is rumored to be in talks with Netflix to film his stand up comedy for a series of standup specials.

Murphy's full length stand-up comedy films, Delirious (1983) and Raw (1987) documented his sold out arena tours in the 1980s.

After releasing Delirious to theaters, Murphy went on to star in hit movies including Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Coming to America (1988), Harlem Nights (1989), as well as voicing the donkey in the highly lucrative Shrek animation films.

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In the midst of his huge success as America's highest paid comedian, Murphy paused to father 5 children with his now ex-wife, Nicole Murphy.

Murphy was recently in Atlanta working on the Coming To America sequel with Arsenio Hall and SNL vet Leslie Jones.