▪ Malia Obama was captured on video this week kissing a British-born classmate during a tailgate party for the Harvard-Yale football game. The former first daughter’s new beau is reported to be Harvard sophomore Rory Farquharson, who attended the elite Rugby School in England. His father is the CEO of a London investment company. The viral video shows 19-year-old Obama smoking and smiling, before wrapping her arms around Farquharson. The video’s publication prompted other first daughters to jump to her defense, including Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump. “Malia Obama should be allowed the same privacy as her school aged peers,” Trump tweeted.
▪ Uma Thurman sent a warning to Harvey Weinstein and his “wicked conspirators” over Instagram this week, suggesting that she’s ready to share her own experiences with the disgraced movie mogul. “I said I was angry recently, and I have a few reasons, #metoo, in case you couldn’t tell by the look on my face,” Thurman posted underneath a photo of herself as the vengeful assassin in Kill Bill. Thurman has starred in seven productions with Miramax, the production studio founded by Weinstein, including the Kill Bill series and Pulp Fiction. Addressing Weinstein directly, Thurman
▪ Lena Dunham has apologized for defending a Girls writer accused of sexual assault. Girls actress Aurora Perrineau recently alleged that writer Murray Miller assaulted her at a party in 2012 when she was 17. Dunham initially posted a vigorous defense of Miller, co-signed by fellow Girls executive producer Jenni Konner. “While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story,” they said, “our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported.” After a fierce backlash, Dunham retreated. “I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement,” she said. “I am so sorry.” ■