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Dolly Parton’s sister slams singer for not speaking out on #MeToo movement in country music industry

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Dolly Parton's sister slams singer for not speaking out on #MeToo movement in country music industry

Dolly Parton is under fire from her own sister after seemingly dismissing concerns about the #MeToo movement and sexual harassment in the country music industry.

“I’m ashamed of my sister for keeping her mouth shut,” Stella Parton, 69, said on the CountryLine “Our Stories” podcast last week. “She can run it when it is about something else, but speak up about injustice, Dolly Parton. Speak up. And speak out. Defend women, and don’t just do it in a little song. Speak up.”

“This is the first time I’ve really publicly called my sister out. But it’s high time that some of these older women speak up and speak out,” she added. “They’ve all gone through all kinds of abuse in this industry so: speak up!”

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Stella also called out Dolly’s pal Jane Fonda, as well as Meryl Streep, for allegedly keeping quiet about sexual misconduct in Hollywood.

“In the same way that Jane Fonda and people who have been in Hollywood all these years and never said a word, like Meryl Streep was all big buddies with Harvey Weinstein until he got busted,” she said. “And then she kinda came around to say, ‘well, you know, that’s terrible’ … well, why didn’t you speak up when it came down? You knew it? All these women just didn’t speak up because they’re afraid they’re gonna mess with their fanbase. I think women would be more apt to respect you if you would speak up.”

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Dolly Parton (left) and Stella Parton attend the Los Angeles Premiere Of Warner Bros. Television's "Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors" held at the Egyptian Theatre on December 2, 2015.

Dolly Parton (left) and Stella Parton attend the Los Angeles Premiere Of Warner Bros. Television’s “Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors” held at the Egyptian Theatre on December 2, 2015.
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Stella added, “That’s why I was so happy to have people in our government like Michelle Obama, who has always been such an inspiration to the younger generation of women. I believe we finally have a chance here. We have an open window. Don’t let it be closed by keeping your mouth shut.”

A rep for Dolly Parton did not return Fox News’ request for comment.

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Last month, Dolly, 73, said she’d experienced sexual harassment in the country music business, but that it wasn’t anything too serious to her because she’d been raised with six brothers. (She and Stella are two of 12 children.) She quipped, “I think people now see that we’re here, and women are very important, and they need us, just as we need the men. But if someone was getting real aggressive with me, I’d scream or throw something at them. But, of course, I’ve been hit on – I’ve probably hit on some people myself!”

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Stella has been vocal about the issue of sexual harassment and misconduct within the country music community, especially after Dolly’s longtime publicist, Nashville powerhouse rep Kirt Webster, was accused of drugging and assaulting singer and former client Austin Rick. Webster has denied the allegations.

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“It’s a good ol’ boys town and it’s always been a good ol’ boys town,” Stella fumed to Fox News in February 2018. “They hide behind their religion, all of them, a bunch of Southern Baptist hypocrites … [These types of allegations] need to be talked about and people need to stop being silent on this issue.”

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Jessica Simpson’s baby bags are packed

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Jessica Simpson is primed and ready to give birth!

A source speaking with ET has noted that Simpson’s “hospital bags are packed” amid the singer’s tumultuous pregnancy.

The famous singer is currently expecting her third child, Birdie, with former football player Eric Johnson.

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Simpson recently uploaded an Instagram pic of her baby bump, letting her followers know that she is ready to pop. The picture, which features the pregnant Simpson with an artsy background, was simply captioned “Jess-tation.”

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According to ET, a source for Johnson told the site that “Jessica is definitely uncomfortable.” The source continued, stating, “This has been a tough pregnancy but she knows it will all be worth it when she’s holding that little baby. Her hospital bags are packed. Everyone is trying to be patient, but the family is so excited and counting the minutes until the baby is here.”

Throughout this pregnancy, Simpson has experienced a multitude of health issues, including swollen feet and bronchitis. Simpson has been hospitalized for bronchitis four times throughout her pregnancy — noting how “crazy painful” it was to cough so much during pregnancy.

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Simpson also recently made headlines for breaking a toilet seat during her pregnancy. She made light of the situation by posting an Instagram photo captioned, “Warning..Don’t lean back on the toilet when pregnant.”

The couple currently are parents to Maxwell, 6, and Ace, 5.

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Cory Booker calls girlfriend Rosario Dawson a ‘wonderful,’ ‘incredible human being’

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Cory Booker couldn’t contain his love for girlfriend Rosario Dawson.

The New Jersey senator, 49, stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday to chat about his 2020 presidential run and the conversation shifted to the new woman in his life and their budding relationship.

“She was visiting me in D.C., and then she left to the airport, and she got ambushed at the airport,” he said of Dawson who confirmed their relationship status to TMZ when cameras caught up to her.

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“She was wonderful and she’s just an incredible human being,” he added of the actress.

Booker is also aware that balancing in a relationship while campaigning will be a challenging task. “As our relationship grows it’s difficult, but she is such a deeply soulful person,” he revealed. “[She] has taught me a lot of lessons about love already. That sometimes, you show the greatest strength when you make yourself vulnerable.”

“She really has this nurturing spirit that’s made me more courageous, not just in the love that I project and want to see in our country, but I think even in our own personal relationships to love more fearlessly,” he continued. “So, I’m very, very blessed to be with somebody that makes me a better person.”

DeGeneres even joked about officiating their potential White House wedding and said it would be like America’s version of a royal wedding.

Dawson said of Booker last week, “I am just grateful to be with someone that I respect and love and admire so much” and she’s really enjoying the time they get to spend with each other.

The couple first made headlines in January when they were reportedly spotted seeing a Broadway show together.

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Katie Couric revealed she once went on a date with Cory Booker

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Katie Couric revealed a surprising bit of information about her dating life while on “The Wendy Williams Show” this week.

The 62-year-old confessed she once went on a date with 2020 presidential hopeful Cory Booker.

“I had a blind date with Cory Booker once,” she said Wednesday. “Wow, this just in! We went to a Giants football game.” Williams then prodded further and asked if they kissed to which Couric sadly admitted no.

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“He was really nice though,” the former “Today” show added. “This is a long time ago. He’s an incredible person.”

Couric also offered her opinion on the New Jersey Senator’s current girlfriend, actress Rosario Dawson.

“I really like Cory and I really like Rosario Dawson, I’m happy for them,” she said. “Look how beautiful she is. She’s also very politically active, she’s spoken out about gender equality, she cares deeply about stopping domestic violence. She’s a really cool woman.”

Couric even though that Dawson would make a great first lady if Booker were to go all the way.

Booker confirmed his relationship status to Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday while making an appearance on her show. “As our relationship grows, it’s difficult, but she is such a deeply soulful person,” he said.

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“[She] has taught me a lot of lessons about love already. Sometimes, you show the greatest strength when you make yourself vulnerable. She really has this nurturing spirit that has made me more courageous not just in the love that I project and want to see in our country, but I think in our own personal relationships to love more fearlessly,” Booker added.

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