▪ Ben Affleck is embroiled in his own sexual harassment scandal after trying to distance himself from his old friend and mentor Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced Hollywood producer. Shortly after the Good Will Hunting star tweeted that he was “saddened and angry” and blogger Annamarie Tendler asked for her own apology from Affleck, saying he “grabbed my ass at a Golden Globes party in 2014.” TV writer Jen Statsky tweeted that she was “also at this party, and multiple friends had this same exact experience.” Additional video footage also resurfaced of Affleck forcing a Canadian interviewer onto his lap and making comments about her breasts. Affleck hasn’t commented on the latest accusations.
▪ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s wife, Jane, has been caught using an anonymous Twitter account to defend her husband in the controversy over some players’ national anthem protests. In the past few months, an @forargument handle with no profile picture has confronted several reporters who have criticized Goodell for his handling of the issue. “Please do better reporting,” @ forargument tweeted to one reporter; “Try harder to be fair and accurate,” to another. When The Wall Street Journal tracked the posts to Jane Goodell, she came clean. “It was a REALLY silly thing to do,” she said, “and done out of frustration—and love.”
▪ Joni Mitchell has gone public about her agonizing struggle with Morgellons disease, an unexplai ned skin disorder in which sufferers experience persistent sores and crawling sensations under their skin. In a new biography by David Yaffe, the reclusive Mitchellsease that some doctors believe is a mental rather than a physical illness. ■