Seal walks back accusation that Oprah knew of Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct, calls out 'hypocritical' Hollywood

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  • In a Facebook video on Thursday, singer Seal walked back his apparent accusation that Oprah knew of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct and was “part of the problem for decades.”
  • Seal said that an Instagram meme he reposted on Wednesday was “not an attack on Oprah,” but intended instead as a commentary on the “hypocritical” nature of Hollywood. 

 

Seal clarified his intentions in posting a meme on Instagram Wednesday that appeared to accuse Oprah of being aware of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct and “being part of the problem for decades.”

“What I reposted was not an attack on Oprah at all. She just happened to be photographed with the pig in the picture,” Seal said in a Facebook video on Thursday. “No, what I reposted was commentary on the hypocritical and double-standard nature and behavior of Hollywood.”

In the caption to his Instagram post on Wednesday, which featured pictures of Oprah with Weinstein, Seal wrote, “Oh I forgot, that’s right…..you’d heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young stary-eyed [sic] actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad. #SanctimoniousHollywood.” 

The 54-year-old singer went on to discuss in his Facebook video how Hollywood’s alleged abusers have not faced “real punishment.”

“For those of us who support the Me Too movement, not one of the women who have been sexually abused, not one of the women who have come forward has received any real justice whatsoever,” Seal said. “Losing your job because you either A) raped, B) sexually abused, or even sexually harassed a woman is not real punishment.”

Seal also called out Fox News commenter Stacey Dash, who retweeted an article about Seal’s Instagram post. 

Stacey Dash, keep my name out of your mouth,” he said. “Do not retweet or re-quote anything I said in order to reinforce your self-hating agenda.”

Watch his video below:

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Facebook paid damages to a teenager after a naked photo of her was shared on the site (FB)

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  • Facebook agreed to pay unspecified damages to a teenager whose naked photo was shared on the social network.
  • The case is believed to be the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

Facebook has paid damages to a teenager in Northern Ireland after a naked photograph of her taken when she was 14 was shared on the social network several times, The Telegraph reports.

The image was apparently obtained through blackmail, and reportedly shared on a “shame page” multiple times from November 2014 to January 2016. After the teenager sued for negligence, breach of the Britain’s Data Protection Act, and misuse of private information, Facebook reportedly tried to get the case dismissed, arguing it always took the image down once it was reported.

But it has since agreed to pay unspecified damages, as well as the teenager’s legal costs. The teenager cannot be named for legal reasons.

The case is believed to be the first of its kind anywhere in the world — and has the potential to open the door to further claims against Facebook and other social networks like it over how they police their platforms.

A spokesperson for Facebook did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

In November 2017, the social network tested a new approach to combatting revenge porn — asking users to actively upload their own intimate photos, so the company’s software learns what they look like and can automatically flag them if they’re shared on its platform.

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