Busy Philipps Says James Franco Physically Assaulted Her

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On the set of ‘Freaks and Geeks’

Busy Philipps says that James Franco attacked her on the set of Freaks and Geeks.

According to NBC News, in her new memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little, the actress detailed the frightening incident that took place when the two were filming a scene together. Explaining that she was instructed to lightly hit Franco in the chest for a scene, Philipps said that Franco responded by freaking out and shoving her. 

"He grabbed both my arms and screamed in my face, 'DON'T EVER TOUCH ME AGAIN!'" Philipps wrote. "And he threw me to the ground."

Calling him a "fucking bully," Philipps recalled that the incident left her "flat on my back" and knocked the wind out of her while Franco stormed away. And though he was forced by the director and producers to apologize to her the next day, Franco never ended up getting punished for the attack.

This isn't the first time Philipps has spoken about the incident. In 2016, she told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that she and Franco "really, really disliked each other," and talked about what happened.

"He felt like he wanted his character to be one way. He had had a discussion with the producers that he came from an abused family or something, and so he didn't want his girlfriend—I played his girlfriend—to ever physically hit him," she said. "I never knew this conversation existed, and in an improv, I smacked him on the thing."

Philipps' allegation comes less than a year after five women accused Franco of sexual misconduct. According to NBCFranco's representatives have yet to respond to Variety's request for comment.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.