It has been revealed that Bruce Springsteen was arrested in a national park in New Jersey in November last year on charges of driving under the influence.
A spokeswoman for the Gateway of National Recreational Area in Sandy Hook, NJ broke the news, also revealing that the rock star had been accused of reckless driving and consuming alcohol in an enclosed area, as well as driving under the influence. “Springsteen was cooperative throughout the process,” spokeswoman Brenda Ling told CNN.
Springsteen starred in a Jeep ad that debuted during Super Bowl weekend, an advert that portrayed a message of national unity. As details of Springsteen’s arrest were revealed, Jeep announced that they would be pulling the commercial, at least temporarily.
“It would be inappropriate for us to comment on the details of a matter we have only read about and we cannot substantiate,” a spokesperson for Jeep told CNN in a statement Wednesday. “But it’s also right that we pause our Big Game commercial until the actual facts can be established.”
Springsteen is expected to have his first hearing in the case “towards the end of February,” according to Matthew Riley, a spokesman for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. The 71-year-old Dancing in the Dark singer recently made a high-profile appearance at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, singing Land of Hope and Dreams in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Elsewhere in the world of entertainment, it was announced this week that this year’s Oscars will take place in physical form and will be broadcast from multiple locations, according to the Academy.
The biggest awards ceremony in entertainment has been held in the same place for the last 20 years, Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. This year, however, will see major changes due to the pandemic.
As yet it has not been announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences where the other locations will be, or whether there will be a host this year, unlike the previous two.
It said in a statement: “In this unique year that has asked so much of so many, the Academy is determined to present an Oscars like none other, while prioritizing the public health and safety of all those who will participate.
“To create the in-person show our global audience wants to see, while adapting to the requirements of the pandemic, the ceremony will broadcast live from multiple locations, including the landmark Dolby Theatre. We look forward to sharing more details soon.”
Film director and producer Joss Whedon, behind projects such as Justice League and Agents of SHIELD, is facing claims of creating ‘toxic and hostile work environments’ by an actress he used to work with.
Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase in the supernatural drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer, accused creator of the show Whedon of harassment and being responsible for ‘ongoing, passive-aggressive threats’ to fire her during her time on the show.
One of her allegations, outlined in a long social media post, is that he called her “fat” while she was four months pregnant, adding he asked if she was “going to keep it” during a meeting – apparently a reference to her character and religion.
“For nearly two decades, I have held my tongue and even made excuses for certain events that traumatize me to this day,” Carpenter wrote.
“Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working together on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. While he found his misconduct amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me and alienate me from my peers. The disturbing incidents triggered a chronic physical condition from which I still suffer. It is with a beating, heavy heart that I say I coped in isolation and at times, destructively.
“Last summer, when Ray Fisher publicly accused Joss of abusive and unprofessional behavior toward the cast and crew during reshoots on the Justice League set in 2017, it gutted me. Joss has a history of being casually cruel. He has created hostile and toxic work environments since his early career. I know because I experienced it first-hand. Repeatedly.
“Like his ongoing, passive-aggressive threats to fire me, which wreaks havoc on a young actor’s self-esteem. And callously calling me ‘fat’ to colleagues when I was four months pregnant, weighing 126 lbs. he was mean and biting, disparaging about others openly, and often played favorites, pitting people against one another to compete and vie for his attention and approval.
“He called me for a sit-down meeting to interrogate and berate me regarding a rosary tattoo I got to help me feel more spiritually grounded in an increasingly volatile work climate that affected me physically.”
Sarah Michelle Geller, who played the title role in the show, responded to the claims on her Instagram page, saying: “While I am proud to have my name associated with Buffy Summers, I don’t want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon.
“I am more focused on raising my family and surviving a pandemic currently, so I will not be making any further statements at this time.”