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The morning after the MTV Movie & TV Awards last week, actor Harold Perrineau tweeted a pointed question to the network and the show’s host: “Did you really hire Murray Miller as a writer after [he was] accused of raping a minor?”Perrineau, the star of “Lost” and “Claws,” had a very personal stake in the matter: One of his daughters was the minor in question. But prosecutors have declined to prosecute Miller, a writer whose credits include HBO’s “Girls,” and he has denied any wrongdoing.Miller’s situation raises questions about what should happen to Hollywood men publicly accused of serious crimes, but never convicted or charged: Should they be blacklisted forever? Or allowed to go back to work?But MTV’s hiring also raised questions from people inside the production who were blindsided by his involvement. Several show insiders said Miller didn’t work with other writers, and that they only learned of his participation after the event aired.Also Read: 'Central Park 5' No More - 'Exonerated 5' Receive Standing Ovation at 2019 BET Awards (Video)“I do not like that I share credits with him,” one writer for the show told TheWrap, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “I don’t like the idea that people might think that I actually worked with him. And I know for a fact that L.A. isn’t running low on comedy writers — there are a lot of people who never sexually assaulted anyone who would love to have that job. A lot of them are women.”Miller was hired by the show’s director and producer, Joel Gallen, who has known Miller for 20 years, a representative for Miller told TheWrap. The representative said Miller “wrote content independently from his own office.”“The DA dropped all charges,” Miller’s representative added.Miller’s accuser, whose name is being withheld by TheWrap, went to police in November 2017 and said he had raped her years earlier, when she was 17. Prosecutors declined to press charges in August 2018 after investigating the possibility of charging Miller with two crimes: rape, specifically with an unconscious victim, and statutory rape. Prosecutors said the three-year statute of limitations had expired on statutory rape and declined to prosecute on the other rape charge, citing “inconsistencies and the delay in reporting.”MTV did not respond to requests for comment on Monday. TheWrap also made several attempts to reach Gallen by phone, text and email.At one point, a man using Gallen’s phone called a reporter and asked for “Wendy” — no one named Wendy had called for Gallen — then hung up in the apparent belief that he had reached a wrong number before the reporter could ask his name. Gallen did not respond to follow-up requests for comment.Among those caught off guard by Miller’s involvement was the show’s host. “Zachary Levi had no involvement with the hiring process of the writers and was unaware of this,” a rep for the “Shazam!” star said.Also Read: Ava DuVernay Still Talks With Central Park Five 'Almost Every Day'Several writers on the show expressed their disappointment in the situation in a Twitter exchange in which Perrineau tried to ascertain who had hired Miller.One writer, Eliza Skinner, wrote: “Gross. Very unhappy to be associated with him at all. I’m sorry.”Another writer, Nick Wiger, added: “It was an unpleasant situation we were blindsided by.” He later told TheWrap he recalled Miller attending “a short kickoff meeting for the show,” but that he “didn’t realize who he was until after.”Wiger also told TheWrap in an interview that Miller was “kind of a phantom peripheral presence” and that he believed Miller was “only in direct email communication with the showrunner,” referring to Gallen.He said he wished the show hadn’t hired Miller: “There are so many other people who they could’ve hired instead,” Wiger said.The show’s head writer, Dave Ferguson, tweeted: “I wasn’t involved in the hiring, and on this show the producers have different people/rooms working on different aspects of the production independently.”Perrineau thanked them all, and said MTV had been aware of the situation beforehand. The Perrineau family declined to comment for this story.“Because I sat through my child’s DA victims interview, and heard the LAPD evidence, it’s my job to make sure we keep abusers from working. And to continue to seek justice for her that the statute of limitations took away,” Perrineau wrote.Also Read: NY Times Editor Says Paper 'Underplayed' E. Jean Carroll's Trump Attack AccusationsAnother writer, Mike Lawrence, told TheWrap: “I do not know how he was hired.”Miller’s case first gained widespread attention when his executive producers on “Girls,” Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, issued a statement in November 2017 saying they had “insider knowledge of Murray’s situation [that] makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year.”That led to swift blowback from critics who noted that Dunham had previously said all women who make accusations of misconduct should be believed. They accused her and Konner of a double standard because the accuser is African-American.Since then, Dunham has repeatedly apologized, saying she had no inside information. Konner has not issued a public apology.Read original story Inside the MTV Movie & TV Awards Clash Over a Joke Writer Once Accused of Rape (Exclusive) At TheWrap
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Comedians Roseanne Barr and Andrew Dice Clay announced Sunday that they will be going on tour together.Three months after Barr and Clay appeared together onstage in Las Vegas, Clay spoke with Fox News, saying that their tour — titled the “Mr. and Mrs. America Tour” — aims to strike back at what he sees as increasing political correctness against comedians. The tour will begin in September in Long Island and Atlantic City, with tickets going on sale June 29.“She’s a comic because she’s wacky. I’ve known her since we were kids,” Clay said.Also Read: Roseanne Barr Returns to Stand-Up Stage at Laugh Factory With Andrew Dice ClayBack in March, Barr took the stage as a surprise guest during Clay’s stand-up performance at the Tropicana Laugh Factory in Las Vegas, marking her first public performance since ABC cancelled “Roseanne” back in May 2018 over a racially-charged tweet she posted about former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. Barr also lost a potential gig at the Tropicana over the tweet, as well as her representation by ICM Partners.When asked about it, Clay says, “She’s a comic!’ We gotta stop policing comedians. This is America!”“I was given a little flak about this, a little bulls–t, when I pulled her onstage at the Laugh Factory in Vegas, but we’ve been friends for 30 years,” Clay said.Also Read: Roseanne Barr Says Anti-Semitism 'Played a Large Part' in Her Firing by ABC“She’s an original I’m an original and people should just stop reading Twitter. Calm down with your political conversations. Whoever is running the country, nobody else’s life changes. We still gotta go out there and make a living. Enjoy your family, enjoy your friends, bang your chicks and make your money.”Barr, meanwhile, went on her own series of standup shows last month and hasn’t backed off on making heated comments to the media. Two weeks before her reunion with Clay, Barr said in a YouTube interview that the women who accused Louis C.K. of sexual harassment wanted to trade sexual favors for money,“If you don’t run out the room, and go, ‘Excuse me, you don’t talk to me that way, you don’t do that to me, excuse me,’ and leave, but you stayed around because you’re like, ‘I thought maybe he was gonna give me a writing job,’ well you ain’t nothing but a ho.”Read original story Roseanne Barr and Andrew Dice Clay Announce Comedy Tour At TheWrap
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