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‘Stranger Things’ actor alleges harassment by movie producer

Grace Van Dien is changing her work priorities after she says she faced sexual harassment while filming a previous movie.

The 26-year-old actress, who plays Chrissy Cunningham on “Stranger Things,” said during a Twitch livestream Tuesday that she’s turned down four movies and is focusing on streaming after the experience.

The livestream is no longer available.

“The last few projects I’ve worked on, I didn’t have the best experience­s with some of the people I had to work for,” Van Dien said.

“One of the last movies I did, one of the producers asked me to … he hired a girl that he was sleeping with and then he had her ask me to have a threesome with them,” she said. “That’s my boss. I didn’t (do it) and I cried and I was so upset.”

She did not name the producer or the movie.

Kris Jenner takes center stage in Trainor’s ‘Mother’ music video

Is there a more iconic celebrity mom than Kris Jenner?

In Meghan Trainor’s new music video for “Mother,” released Friday, Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian-jenner family, takes center stage in a white gown with puff sleeves and platinum blonde hair.

The video bounces between Jenner, 67, and Trainor, 29, and arrives as Trainor is pregnant with her second child.

The pair of moms shared a clip from the video on Instagram in a joint post captioned “I AM YOUR MOTHER,” with a heart emoji.

Followers, including Jenner’s own daughters, shared their love for the collaborat­ion in the comments – Khloé Kardashian even made a callout to Trainor suggesting they become siblings.

Trainor’s son, Riley Sabara, is a bit too young to comment on Instagram at age 2. But, the toddler has been featured in videos to the tune of “Mother” on Trainor’s Instagram with the singer and his father, actor Daryl Sabara.

Ralph gives rousing speech at Essence’s pre-oscar luncheon

The ballroom at Los Angeles’ Fairmont Century Plaza hotel fell silent Thursday as Sheryl Lee Ralph took the stage to accept her award as one of Essence’s

Black Women in Hollywood honorees from her “Abbott Elementary” co-star and 2022 honoree Quinta Brunson.

“Folks been saying to me all afternoon, ‘Why so late?’ This is not late. This isn’t a moment late. This is right on time,” Ralph said to a captivated audience of her peers.

Ralph has been an icon in Hollywood for decades, but is just now getting her flowers. And though many seem to wonder why it’s taken the industry so long to notice Ralph’s talents, the actress clearly isn’t concerned with the timing.

The 66-year-old actress and singer has been taking awards season by storm, picking up an Emmy, Critics’ Choice Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role as kindergart­en teacher Barbara Howard in hit ABC sitcom “Abbott Elementary.”

“How fitting it is that I get to end this awards season with all of you,” Ralph said to the crowd of Black men and women and fellow honorees: “The Woman King” director Gina Princebyth­ewood, “Till” star Danielle Deadwyler, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” breakout star Dominique Thorne and Freeform and Onyx Collective president Tara Duncan.

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