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Stan Lee accused of groping his nurses

Comic book legend Stan Lee is the latest powerful man to be accused of sexual harassment. The Daily Mail reports that the several of the nurses who care for him at his Los Angeles home have accused the 95-year-old of groping and inappropriate comments. He says he’s a victim of a shakedown and denies the allegations. According to the Daily Mail sources, the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics has asked for oral sex and walked around naked. No lawsuits or police reports have been filed yet. A rep for the nursing company that supplies Lee with aides confirmed to the Daily Mail that several nurses have complained.

‘Top Chef’ casting producers to visit Detroit

Local chefs: Sharpen your knives and make sure those plates are in ship-shape, because casting producers for Bravo’s “Top Chef” competition show are coming to Metro Detroit. “We are coming into Detroit at the end of the month to scout the local food scene and find competitors for our season 16,” said casting producer Costa Nicolas in an e-mail to The Detroit News. “We are looking for chefs from all walks of life that have the skills and experience to win the series for Detroit.” Chefs interested in being considered for the show can send an e-mail to Nicolas at CostaCasts@gmail.com. Include your name, location, name of restaurant where you work, phone number and links to your social media. Also include some food photos that best represent your style, or a link to your Instagram account. There will be no open casting calls. “We will look at everyone’s submissions and are super excited to touch down in Detroit where we have heard the food scene is changing the way we eat,” said Nicolas. The filming location for season 16 is still under wraps, but filming will start in May. Season 15, set in Denver, is airing now on Bravo. The reality competition cooking show – hosted by Padma Lakshmi and featuring judge and celebrity chef Tom Colicchio – has made culinary stars out of many of its winners. In season 12 Dearborn native Mei Lin won the season, which also featured Mable Gray chef James Rigato.

Two more rape accusers file against Russell Simmons

The New York Police Department has two more reports from women who say music mogul and activist Russell Simmons raped them, bringing the accuser total to 14. TMZ reports Sherri Hines told police Simmons raped her in his office in 1983. She also told her story on Megyn Kelly’s show in December. The other woman is choosing to stay anonymous and said Simmons raped her on the couch in his Manhattan residence after a date in 1991 after she rejected his advances. Simmons, an advocate for animal rights and victims of the Flint Water Crisis, has denied all claims against him and has taken and passed a polygraph test, TMZ reports. The NYPD is reportedly investigating at least seven of the claims against Simmons.

Eminem to headline Bonnaroo

Eminem can add another headlining date to his festival schedule this year. In addition to heading up the Coachella and Boston Calling music festivals, the Detroit rapper will headline this year’s Bonnaroo fest in Manchester, Tennessee, June 7-10. The Killers, Muse, Future, Bassnectar, Sturgill Simpson, Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples and many more are also in the bill, including Petoskey-based rock band Michigan Rattlers.

Roseanne character in reboot to be a Trump fan

When the “Roseanne” sitcom returns to the air in March, creator and star Roseanne Barr says her character will be a supporter of President Donald Trump. “I’ve always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and of working-class people. And in fact it was working-class people who elected Trump,” she said this week. The show’s extended family is expected to represent a variety of beliefs and political ideologies. “People feel like they can’t disagree and still love each other and talk to each other. It’s a great thing to have a family divided by politics, but still filled with love,” said Sarah Gilbert, who plays Roseanne’s daughter, Darlene, on the show. “Roseanne” returns to the tube March 27 on ABC.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

mbaetens@detroitnews.com

Wednesday’s birthdays

Rod Stewart, 73

George Foreman, 69

Pat Benatar, 65

Jemaine Clement, 44

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