Popular Hollywood actor Robert Knepper, who played T-Bag in the popular series, Prison Break has been accused of assaulting popular costume designer on a film set in 1991.
Bertram alleged that actor Knepper sexually assaulted her during the filming of the 1992 Allison Anders drama Gas Food Lodging.
The decision to begin telling her story predated the Weinstein allegations, Bertram tells The Hollywood Reporter in an article written by John Scott. She said she was spurred to face the past after the October 2016 release of the infamous Access Hollywood tapes, in which then-candidate Donald Trump discussed his tactics with women.
“I kind of buried it for a long time until Trump came out with his ‘Grab ’em by the pussy’ thing. When that happened, I started reeling,” she said, “People think that’s a joke, but that really happened to me.”
Bertram, who was 31 at the time of the alleged 1991 assault, said she was a newcomer to the industry when Anders hired her “out of the blue” to work on Gas Food Lodging. After a day of shooting at a truck stop near Deming, New Mexico, Bertram said she went to Knepper’s trailer to drop off some clothes for the actor. Her hands were full, she says, and she had to lean over to reach a rack on a far wall. That’s when she says Knepper “jumped up,” reached under her dress and grabbed her crotch “as hard as he could.”
The costumier said she dropped everything. Knepper, she says, shoved her against the wall, and said, “I’m going to fuck your brains out.” Bertram says she struggled free and managed to push him off, shouting “I’m working, I’m working!”
“I flew out of that trailer as fast as I could. I just kind of fell out the door, and landed in the dirt on my knees,” she said.
Bertram ran to a bathroom and locked the door. She says she reached under her dress and saw that the crotch of her tights had been ripped, and she was bleeding. Knepper, she claims, had gouged at her vulva during the assault and a piece of her flesh and some pubic hair had been torn out. “I just sat there and cried for a while. My dress was torn, I was dirty,” she recalled during an interview, “I just sat there and got myself together and went back to the wardrobe trailer.”
There, she told her then-assistant, Dominique DuBois, what had happened, an account DuBois corroborates. “I remember Susan came in and she was visibly shaking,” DuBois said, “She told me [Robert Knepper] had forced himself on her. She was very upset, very shaken. I do remember that.”
DuBois said she still feels bad that she didn’t do more in response. But both she and Bertram say they didn’t feel empowered to say much. “We didn’t have any protections back then,” said Bertram, “I was young, it was one of my first jobs in the industry, I was a long way from home.”
Knepper is best known for his roles in the Golden Globe-nominated Fox hit Prison Break, as well as 2007’s Hitman and 2008’s Transporter 3. He’s also nabbed recent roles in Homeland, the Jack Reacher movies and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. Allison Anders declined to comment for this story.
Bertram’s allegation is the latest in a wave of sexual assault and harassment cases that continues to rock Hollywood and the media world. The outpouring of stories of bad behaviour by powerful men began with the downfall of Harvey Weinstein, who now stands accused of some form of harassment by upwards of 90 women. Since then, actor Kevin Spacey and directors James Toback and Brett Ratner have also come under scrutiny as allegations mount.
“Even if I had said something, what were they going to do? Fire their lead actor?” says Bertram, who recently worked on the Warner Bros. horror feature Annabelle: Creation and horror comedy A Haunted House. “It would have been a fucking joke. That would have been true until really recently. A lot has changed in the last few weeks.”
After the story was published on Hollywood Reporter, Knepper released a statement addressing the allegation: “Over the past few weeks, my wife and I have discussed the pain women have experienced and the bravery they have shown in coming forward. I am shocked and devastated to be falsely accused of violence against a woman. That’s just not who I am. To those who have reached out today with words of support and encouragement, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )
Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew
Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.
Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.
Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.
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The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.
Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.
“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.
“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.
“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”
Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest
Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.
The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.
According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.
After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.
Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.
“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.
“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”
Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.
He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.
“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.
“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”
CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says
Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.
According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.
Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.
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