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Kelly Clarkson says she was unhappy when she was ‘really skinny’

Despite nearly incessant reports about her figure, Kelly Clarkson is just fine with her curves.

In a revealing interview with Attitude magazine, the singer and mother of two revealed that soon after her career reached new heights after the release of her sophomore album, she faced increased pressure from executives to be thin.

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“When I was really skinny, I wanted to kill myself,” Clarkson told the magazine. “I was miserable, liked inside and out, for four years of my life. But no one cared, because aesthetically you make sense.”

“It was a very dark time for me,” she said. “I thought the only way out was quitting. I, like, wrecked my knees and my feet because all I would do is put in headphones and run. I was at the gym all the time.”

A few years after “Breakaway,” Clarkson released “My December” in 2007. She fought with her label for creative control to be able to make the album she wanted. 

“I was around some really negative people, and I got out of it because I had a lot of great people there too. It was a case of turning around, facing them and walking toward the light.

“There’s a song on ‘My December’ called ‘Sober.’ There’s this line ‘Picked the weeds but kept the flowers,’ and I just live my life by that because you are who you surround yourself with.”

New York real estate developer buys Trump drawing at auction

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York real estate developer and former business partner of President Donald Trump has bought a sketch of the Empire State Building drawn by Trump for $16,000 at an auction.

Elie Hirschfeld, president of Hirschfeld Properties, purchased the 12-by-9-inch black marker depiction of the iconic New York City skyscraper at an auction in California and online last week. It was created by Trump for a charity auction in Florida during the time he opened his Mar-a-Lago estate as a private club in 1995.

Julien's Auctions says the piece signed by Trump went for less than $100 the first time it was sold.

In a statement Monday, Hirschfeld says he plans to hang it in his offices a couple of blocks from Trump Tower.

'Tyler Perry's Boo 2' scares away competition at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" opened in first place this weekend with $21.2 million from North American theaters, beating out spectacle and star-driven newcomers like "Geostorm," ''Only the Brave" and "The Snowman."

The disaster epic "Geostorm" flopped with $13.7 million against a reported $120 million production budget in its first weekend in theaters. The long-delayed pic starring Gerard Butler did not connect with critics or audiences.

The horror pic "Happy Death Day" took third place with $9.4 million in its second weekend in theaters, while "Blade Runner 2049" fell to No. 4 in its third week with $7.4 million.

The fact-based firefighter drama "Only the Brave" rounded out the top five with $6 million out of the gates, while the crime thriller adaptation "The Snowman" launched in eighth place with only $3.4 million.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:

1. "Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween," Lionsgate, $21,226,953, 2,388 locations, $8,889 average, $21,226,953, 1 week.

2. "Geostorm," Warner Bros., $13,707,376, 3,246 locations, $4,223 average, $13,707,376, 1 week.

3. "Happy Death Day," Universal, $9,363,415, 3,298 locations, $2,839 average, $40,672,780, 2 weeks.

4. "Blade Runner 2049," Warner Bros., $7,353,151, 3,203 locations, $2,296 average, $74,203,354, 3 weeks.

5. "Only The Brave," Sony, $6,002,665, 2,577 locations, $2,329 average, $6,002,665, 1 week.

6. "The Foreigner," STX Entertainment, $5,787,447, 2,515 locations, $2,301 average, $23,181,700, 2 weeks.

7. "It," Warner Bros., $3,451,663, 2,560 locations, $1,348 average, $320,186,279, 7 weeks.

8. "The Snowman," Universal, $3,372,565, 1,812 locations, $1,861 average, $3,372,565, 1 week.

9. "American Made," Universal, $3,131,650, 2,559 locations, $1,224 average, $45,473,385, 4 weeks.

10. "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," 20th Century Fox, $3,011,307, 2,318 locations, $1,299 average, $94,580,239, 5 weeks.

11. "The Mountain Between Us," 20th Century Fox, $2,773,757, 3,151 locations, $880 average, $25,552,642, 3 weeks.

12. "Same Kind of Different as Me," Pure Flix, $2,591,985, 1,362 locations, $1,903 average, $2,591,985, 1 week.

13. "The Lego Ninjago Movie," Warner Bros., $2,226,261, 2,102 locations, $1,059 average, $54,709,763, 5 weeks.

14. "Victoria and Abdul," Focus Features, $2,126,115, 1,060 locations, $2,006 average, $14,836,649, 5 weeks.

15. "My Little Pony: The Movie," Lionsgate, $2,027,064, 2,301 locations, $881 average, $18,556,663, 3 weeks.

16. "Marshall," Open Road, $1,482,383, 821 locations, $1,806 average, $5,434,374, 2 weeks.

17. "Golmaal Again," Reliance Big Entertainment PVT. Ltd., $1,013,893, 267 locations, $3,797 average, $1,013,893, 1 week.

18. "Secret Superstar," Zee Studios International, $764,152, 211 locations, $3,622 average, $764,152, 1 week.

19. "Mersal," AIM Distribution, $696,410, 143 locations, $4,870 average, $696,410, 1 week.

20. "The Florida Project," A24, $602,171, 112 locations, $5,377 average, $1,340,794, 3 weeks.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

What Hollywood’s men are saying about Harvey Weinstein amid sexual harassment allegations

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is accused of multiple sexual assaults and harassment incidents dating back to the 1980s, according to groundbreaking investigations from the New York Timesthe New Yorker and other outlets.

Related: Timeline of Weinstein allegations dating back decades

Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie, Lena Headey, Lisa Rose and Kate Beckinsale are among the many women who have come forward with allegations against Weinstein.

There are more than 50 accusations against the producer so far.

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Weinstein’s spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister said last week, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein.”

Here’s a running list of some of Hollywood’s biggest male stars and media moguls on Harvey Weinstein:

Janet Jackson fans not happy about Justin Timberlake Super Bowl Halftime show

When Justin Timberlake announced Sunday he would be performing at the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show, the first thought for many was: Will Janet Jackson join Timberlake during the performance?

Before the NFL or Timberlake could respond, livid fans took to social media to dispute the league’s decision to give the singer with a halftime spot and not Jackson.

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In 2004, the duo performed during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime, but as the two ended Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body,” a wardrobe malfunction revealed Jackson’s nipple for less than a second, spawning what now is referred to as the “Nipplegate” scandal.

The FCC nightmare led to the now-standard video delay during live events. Many argue Timberlake was not negatively affected by the scandal like Jackson was. Rolling Stone reported that the incident at the show, which was produced by MTV, led to a blacklisting of the artist by Viacom, MTV’s parent company, and CBS, the network the halftime show aired on. The blacklisting reportedly led to dismal record sales for Jackson’s “Damita Jo” LP and a dark cloud over the performance until this day.

Related: Justin Timberlake will headline Super Bowl LII halftime show

In light of the impactof the controversial moment, some fans found issue with the NFL inviting one-half of the duo back for a second shot at a drama-free performance. Such concerns were expressed on Twitter.

Some even sensed a racial undertone to the missing invitation for a Janet Jackson performance.

NFL officials cleared up the rumors Monday afternoon that Jackson is banned from performing. 

Related: Justin Timberlake will headline Super Bowl LII halftime show

“No ban, no,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told CNN. He declined comment on “any speculation regarding potential guests,” and he said there may be no guests. McCarthy went on to describer Timberlake as the “ultimate global superstar.”

Timberlake has not yet announced whether he plans to invite Jackson as a special guest. Jackson is currently traveling across the U.S. for her State of the World North American Tour.

Pharmacists cited for trying to see Prince's medical records

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three Indiana pharmacists have been reprimanded by state regulators for trying to access Prince's medical records within days of the music superstar's death last year.

The Indiana Board of Pharmacy issued letters of reprimand in the last three months and imposed penalties on the three after investigators with the state attorney general's office found they had tried separately to access Prince's medical records in April 2016 through a state database.

Prince died April 21, 2016, of an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.

All three pharmacists were found to have misused Indiana's online INSPECT database that pharmacists and physicians use to check controlled-substance prescription histories of patients.

Officials found that the pharmacists entered Prince's legal name and date of birth into the database within nine days of his death to try to access his confidential records, even though they had not previously treated the musician who was from Minneapolis and lived in a suburb of that city.

The board issued a final order on Oct. 12 for Indianapolis pharmacist Katrina A. Kalb for attempting to access Prince's medical records one day after his death. The panel did not fine her, but ordered her to complete 12 hours each of ethics education and community service.

On Sept. 15, the board fined Selma, Indiana, pharmacist Kimberly M. Henson $1,000 and ordered her to complete 12 hours of ethics education. The board found that Henson had tried twice to access the musician's medical records.

The board gave Crown Point pharmacist Michael Eltzroth the same punishment and fine as Henson on Aug. 8 for a single attempt to access Prince's records.

Attorneys for Kalb and Henson did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment Monday. A recording at a phone number listed for Eltzroth said the mailbox was not in service.

The attorney general's office filed administrative complaints against the three in June and July, and the pharmacy board held its hearings after that.

Attorney general's office spokesman Bill McCleery said complaints against medical professionals typically take the office between six and 12 months to investigate.

Star chef Besh steps down amid sexual harassment allegations

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from management of the restaurant group that bears his name after a newspaper reported that 25 women who are current or former employees of the business said they were victims of sexual harassment by male co-workers and bosses.

New Orleans media outlets said Besh's departure from the business he co-owns was announced to employees Monday. "John has decided to step down from all aspects of operations and to provide his full focus on his family," Shannon White, the woman who is stepping in as CEO, said in an email to staff.

The allegations were published Saturday by NOLA.comThe Times Picayune after an eight-month investigation. Women interviewed said male bosses in the Besh Restaurant Group touched or verbally harassed them and, in a few cases, tried to leverage positions of authority for sex.

Besh acknowledged a sexual relationship with an employee, saying in a written statement to NOLA.comThe Times-Picayune that it was consensual, despite the woman's assertions in a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that she felt pressured.

The allegations came to light in a time when sexual harassment allegations have been made against other famous men, including Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the late Fox News executive Roger Ailes and comedian Bill Cosby.

Repercussions from the Besh story were being felt even before the allegations were published. Last month, Alon Shaya, a star chef who rose up through the Besh Group ranks, was dismissed as executive chef at Domenica, Pizza Domenica and his critically acclaimed namesake restaurant, Shaya.

Shaya had contacted NOLA.com in August regarding his concerns on how sexual harassment allegations were handled. "I do feel like I was fired for talking ... and for standing up," Shaya said in a follow-up interview Oct. 17. Current and former staff, meanwhile, said in the article and in social media that Shaya did not do enough to stop sexual harassment at the restaurants he ran.

On Sunday, Harrah's New Orleans Casino said it was severing ties with Besh and would rename its Besh Steak restaurant in the casino.

Nine women interviewed for the NOLA.com story agreed to the use of their names, including Madie Robison.

"After being immersed in the culture of the company, I realize my morals and values do not align with the daily practices," Robison wrote in a resignation email, sent to Besh, his business partner Octavio Mantilla and others.

In multiple interviews, Robison's complaints included persistent, sexualized comments from peers and supervisors. Robison claimed she also endured the uninvited touching of Mantilla for almost the entirety of her two years at the Besh Group.

Mantilla said he doesn't remember touching Robison. "I don't remember touching her at all, not on intention or anything," he said.

A Besh Group spokesman said none of the thousands of current or former employees has ever filed an internal complaint alleging sexual harassment in the company's 12 years of existence. Besh and Mantilla said during an Oct. 16 interview that in the past the company had lacked a human resources department to process such claims. The company has one now - its first ever director of human resources took the job Oct. 11, the spokesman told NOLA.com.

In his separate, written statement to NOLA.com, Besh said he was working to "rebuild my marriage" and publicly apologized to employees "who found my behavior as unacceptable as I do."

"I alone am entirely responsible for my moral failings," he added. "This is not the way the head of a company like ours should have acted, let alone a husband and father."

Raymond Landry, an attorney for the restaurant group, gave the news outlet a written statement as well, not mentioning specific allegations, but saying the company is implementing a better procedure for receiving and dealing with complaints.

"While we've had a complaint procedure in place that complies with all existing laws, we now recognize that, as a practical matter, we needed to do more than what the law requires and we have revamped our training, education and procedures accordingly," Landry's statement said.

The Latest: Weinstein's former assistant details harassment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment in Hollywood (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

A former assistant to Harvey Weinstein is willingly breaking a non-disclosure agreement to speak out about the sexual harassment she says she was subjected to while working for the movie mogul at Miramax Films in the late '90s.

Zelda Perkins tells the Financial Times in an interview published Monday that she experienced regular sexual harassment from Weinstein, including him walking around naked in front of her, during her time as his assistant in London.

Perkins says she left the job after a female colleague who she declines to name claimed she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein in 1998. Lawyers at the time advised taking a settlement of £250,000 to be split between the two women and signing a confidentiality agreement which she was not allowed to keep a copy of.

She says she is speaking out in hopes of shedding light on the agreements that powerful figures use to keep sexual harassment victims quiet.

A message sent to Weinstein's representative, Sallie Hofmeister, was not immediately returned. Hofmeister has repeatedly denied Weinstein had any non-consensual sex.

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A fired Nickelodeon producer facing allegations of sexual harassment is expressing regret over his behavior.

Chris Savino, creator of the animated series "The Loud House," posted the apology on his Facebook page.

Savino wrote Monday that he's "deeply sorry" and ashamed that his words and actions unintentionally created an uncomfortable environment.

He says he's learned difficult but valuable lessons, adding that he respects the bravery of the women who have spoken out.

Savino has been accused of sexual harassment by up to 12 women, according to the website Cartoon Brew, which reports on animation industry news.

Last week, Nickelodeon said it took allegations of misconduct seriously and that Savino was no longer working with the children's TV channel.

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New York state's top prosecutor has launched a civil rights investigation into The Weinstein Co. following sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the probe Monday. His office says it issued a subpoena seeking all company records

The Democratic attorney general says his office wants to know whether any New York employees were subjected to pervasive harassment or discrimination at the company, which has an office in New York.

Weinstein was fired Oct. 8 by the company he co-founded after allegations of sexual assault and harassment spanning decades were exposed by The New York Times and The New Yorker.

More than three dozen women have publicly accused the entertainment mogul of abuse. Weinstein has denied allegations of nonconsensual sex.

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ABC News says Ashley Judd will sit down with anchor Diane Sawyer for her first television interview since the actress-activist went public with allegations against movie executive Harvey Weinstein.

The interview will air Thursday on ABC News platforms including "Good Morning America," ''World News Tonight with David Muir" and "Nightline."

Judd, an early accuser of the now-disgraced Weinstein, has described an incident two decades ago in which she said he invited her to his hotel room, greeted her wearing a bathrobe and asked if she would watch him shower.

In recent weeks, dozens of women have accused him of sexual assault and harassment.

Weinstein has also been fired from the production company he founded with his brother.

'Magnum P.I.' reboot in the works: reports

CBS is working on a reboot of its classic show “Magnum P.I.,” according to reports.

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The first eight seasons of the original series aired on CBS in the 1980s. The show starred Tom Selleck.

The series reboot “follows Thomas Magnum (Selleck’s former role), a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. With help from fellow vets Theodore ‘TC’ Calvin and Orville ‘Rick’ Wright, as well as that of disavowed former MI:6 agent Juliet Higgins, Magnum takes on the cases no one else will, helping those who have no one else to turn to,” Variety magazine reported.

The reboot has already been given a “pilot-production commitment” from the network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s unclear whether Selleck will return for the reboot, but as he is currently under contract with CBS for the hit show “Blue Bloods,” it’s plausible that he could appear on the new “Magnum P.I.”

The reboot comes after a recent attempt to revive the series flopped.

Last year, ABC attempted to develop a sequel series, titled “Magnum,” which would have followed Magnum’s daughter who returns to Hawaii to take over her father’s P.I. firm. However, the show did not move beyond the development stage.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

PEN Center USA to honor Janet Mock next week

NEW YORK (AP) — Author and activist Janet Mock is being honored by PEN Center USA, the West Coast branch of the literary and human rights organization.

Mock will receive an Award of Honor next week during the center's 27th annual Literary Awards Festival. The ceremony will be held Oct. 27 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the center told The Associated Press on Monday.

Mock is known for such books as "Redefining Realness" and "Surpassing Certainty," and for her advocacy for LGBTQ rights. The center next week also will honor five New York Times reporters for their breaking news coverage on sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and Bill O'Reilly.

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