Ryan Phillippe sued by ex-girlfriend for assault

Actor Ryan Phillippe is denying allegations by his ex-girlfriend that he physically assaulted her and threw her down a flight of stairs at his home earlier this year.

Elsie Hewitt, a 21-year-old model, filed a lawsuit against the “Crash” actor, 43, in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, asking for no less than $ 1 million in damages for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Los Angeles officials investigated the matter, but no charges were filed.

Today, Phillippe slammed the allegations on Twitter, suggesting they were a “ploy for monetary gain.”

“I am saddened and disgusted by the false allegations being circulated about me,” the actor wrote. “At the time these allegations were initially made, I fully cooperated with law enforcement and a thorough investigation was conducted.”

He went on to say that as a man “raised by women” he was “sickened” that his name was being mentioned in the same article as domestic violence.

“This is wrong,” he said. “This is not who I am. Every one of my accuser’s allegations are false.”

In the lawsuit, obtained by ABC News, the actor’s ex claimed that he got violent after they had an argument at a party on July 3 and he left early to return home.

When Hewitt later showed up at Phillippe’s house to collect some of her things in the early morning hours of July 4, she claimed in the lawsuit that he was high on drugs and alcohol and that he attacked her — grabbing her so tightly that he left bruises on her arm — before throwing her down a flight of stairs.

The documents then said that after she got up, he allegedly “struck her, cornered her, kicked her, and aggressively pushed her to the ground.”

A rep for Phillippe called the claims false.

“As a staunch advocate for the health, well-being and equality of women, Ryan is completely devastated that these false allegations have been made and circulated,” his rep said in a statement. “Domestic violence is an incredibly serious issue and fabricated and proven false claims should not be used to unjustly slander the falsely accused. The claims are false.”

In the documents, Hewitt said she went to the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following the alleged altercation. The suit said she was diagnosed with “chest wall pain, abrasions at multiple sites, and severe bruising.” Hewitt also filed a police report, according to the lawsuit.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to ABC News earlier today that it took a report on July 4, listing Phillippe as a suspect. As is common practice, an emergency protective order was immediately issued to the victim. But there is no indication that the actor was arrested.

The case was then submitted by the LAPD to the Los Angeles City Attorney.

The city attorney’s office told ABC News that it held a hearing at the office, at which both parties were present and advised on the law and how to avoid similar incidents in the future. No charges were filed, and the office said it will take no further action.

Hewitt’s attorney did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Meanwhile, the Guess model posted on Instagram Monday that she has been facing “some tribulations.”

Phillippe and Hewitt met in April at the Coachella music festival. Phillippe has two children with his ex-wife Reese Witherspoon and a daughter with his ex-girlfriend Alexis Knapp.

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'Dancing' star on her journey back from paralysis

For Victoria Arlen, “Dancing With the Stars” is more than just another reality competition show, it’s a reminder of what she’s overcome in her young life.

The 22-year-old Paralympian swimmer and ESPN personality blogged for People magazine right before the Season 25 premiere on Monday night. She said that after she was diagnosed with two rare autoimmune conditions at age 11, her parents used “Dancing” to inspire her through her serious health struggles.

Her diagnosis more than a decade ago, she said, included transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. The two conditions, according to the Mayo and Cleveland clinics, affect the spinal cord and brain and can cause “paralysis, sensory problems” and even trigger coma.

Arlen said the conditions left her in a vegetative state for almost four years.

“When I was 10 years old, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ premiered, and I told my mom, ‘I’m going to be on that show one day,'” she wrote for People. “We, of course, had no idea that just a year later, even surviving would seem almost impossible.”

While she was sick in the following years, Arlen said “DWTS” was “a motivating factor to start my recovery.” But she never could have imagined one day being on the show and dancing with past champion Val Chmerkovskiy.

After her dual diagnosis, Arlen’s body began to shut down and in a video aired during last night’s premiere, she explained what it felt like.

“The lights when out,” Arlen said. “I was trapped inside my body, unable to move, talk and function … I had to prepare for the possibility of dying.”

But four years later, Arlen began to regain control of her body. In 2012, she had built up her strength as she continued her comeback — enough to win gold medals at the London Paralympic games. Even with this turnaround, she said she knew there was more to accomplish, including learning to walk again and even dance.

“When the opportunity came about to do the show, I thought about little Victoria and all the things that I’ve overcome, and I just thought this would be a really cool opportunity to show people that anything is possible,” she continued in her blog post for People.

But it won’t come easy, she admitted.

“It’s been a reality check that my muscles are still really affected by my spinal cord injury, but it’s also been super empowering to see how much I’m capable of,” Arlen wrote. “This is literally the hardest thing I’ve ever embarked on —- and I’ve embarked on really challenging things! But it’s like climbing a mountain, you don’t stop halfway through and say, ‘Man, this is hard.’ You just keep climbing.”

During last night’s premiere, Arlen and her partner scored a 19, putting them near the top of the leaderboard.

“Today my life has limitless possibilities,” she added in the video for the premiere. “Today, I can say I’ve realized another dream; being a contestant on ‘Dancing With the Stars.'”

Season 25 of “Dancing With the Stars” continues next Monday and Tuesday on ABC.

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Former reality star slammed for private jet evacuation during Hurricane Irma

A former reality star defended her decision to escape Hurricane Irma by private jet after she was slammed on social media for posting a picture of her and her family posing in front of the plane.

Lisa Hochstein, one of the stars of the short-lived “Real Housewives of Miami” shared the photo on Instagram over the weekend as her family was leaving Florida.

In the photo, she and her husband, plastic surgeon Leonard Hochstein, and their 2-year-old son Logan are seen smiling in front of the plane with their two dogs.

The photo drew jeers from a number of commenters, including Hochstein’s former co-star Joanna Krupa.

“All those A——- posting and showing off w their private jets in Miami, why don’t u offer help families and animals that can’t get out?” Krupa wrote on Twitter. “Otherwise stop posting and showing off when people and animals are being left behind during this catastrophic hurricane. Idiots!”

In response to the criticism, Hochstein updated the caption on her Instagram post, explaining the family’s decision to charter a plane.

“EVERYONE IS POSTING ON SM about how they escaped! This happens to be mine and I don’t need to apologize or hide to ANYONE ABOUT HOW WE DO SO,” Hochstein said, adding that other passengers were on the flight.

“We also did not have paper work for our dogs to fly commercial as every vet was closed and every flight was booked and there is no way in hell we would leave them behind,” she continued. “Fortunately we were able to get a plane to take them with us.”

Hochstein explained that the family made a last-minute decision to evacuate.

“We weren’t originally going to leave partly because of the dogs and a few other things….and waited until the last minute when we realized that this thing wasn’t slowing down which definitely made it difficult to get out,” she said. “We did not want to risk it with our little angel Logan.”

She also defended their decision to let friends stay at their home while they evacuated.

“And YES we let some friends stay at our home because it’s a little safer then theirs! They will be fine!!!” she wrote. “Material things can be replaced lives cannot. #staysafe.”

Some commenters agreed with Hochstein’s actions.

“Who cares how your family got out of Miami as long as you got out? Keep doing what you do, don’t listen to the noise. Logan is lucky to have such wonderful parents,” one person wrote.

“Thank you for treating your animals like part of the family,” another wrote.

Hurricane Irma has been blamed for at least 12 deaths in the U.S.

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'Hand in Hand' telethon raises more than $44 million for hurricane survivors

A-list celebrities came out in droves on Monday night to take part in the “Hand in Hand” hurricane relief benefit, which raised more than $ 44 million for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

During the telethon, Stephen Colbert announced that Apple was donating $ 5 million and Jimmy Fallon added that Albertsons Cos. and Merck each gave $ 1 million.

NBA star Chris Paul also said that the NBA Players Association, which donated $ 500,000, would match any professional basketball player’s donation up to $ 20,000.

Throughout the hour-long benefit, which was broadcast on four networks, including ABC, celebrities stressed the importance of unity. However, the current politic climate was referenced at several points. In video addresses, Drake admitted that that news cycle recently has been “extremely overwhelming,” while Beyonce noted that, “it’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country.”

“Just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take take precious life, do massive damage, and forever change lives, leaving behind contaminated water, flooded hospitals, schools, and nursing homes and countless families are now homeless,” she continued. “Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor. It doesn’t matter if you’re from [Houston neighborhoods] Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together.”

Beyonce, a Houston native, also touched on climate change, pointing out other natural disasters that have taken place around the world in the past few weeks, including flooding in India and an earthquake in Mexico. Wonder also discussed the issue, and had harsh words for climate change deniers.

“Anyone who believes that there is no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent,” he said.

The telethon was also punctuated by stars including Kerry Washington, Sean “Diddy” Combs; Oprah Winfrey and Cher; and Justin Timberlake telling stories of those who were directly impacted by the hurricanes, as well as performances in locations around the country. In Nashville, Usher and Blake Shelton sang “Stand By Me,” while George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett sang “Texas” and “I Believe” from San Antonio. Other performances included Luis Fonsi and Tori Kelly singing “Hallelujah,” Brad Paisley, Demi Lovato, Darius Rucker, Cece Winans performing “With a Little Help from My Friends,” and Dave Matthews singing “Mercy.”

“This is what we can give people with our donations tonight. We can’t bring back what they lost, but we can help them know where to take the next step and provide some solid footing for them to place their next foot. A path to stability. To a place where they can rebuild,” Matthew McConaughey told viewers. “This is what they need and this is what we can give them.”

Also answering phones during the telethon: Justin Bieber, George Clooney, Julianne Moore, Bruce Willis, Sofia Vergara, Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, among others. Billy Crystal closed the telethon thanking everyone at all the call centers, and reminding people that the phone lines and donation centers will be open all night. He concluded, “This is what America is really all about.”

Comic Relief USA, the nonprofit behind Idol Gives Back, will manage the donations and distribute them to organizations including the Rebuild Texas Fund, Feeding Texas, Habitat for Humanity and United Way of Greater Houston.

Originally, the Hand in Hand telethon was meant to benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. It was later expanded to include those affected by Irma, which hit the southeast this weekend. It has been estimated that the storms caused between $ 150 billion and $ 290 billion in damage to Texas and Florida.

At least 70 people died during Hurricane Harvey, and 22 deaths have been reported in the U.S. from Hurricane Irma.

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Fall movie preview: 22 films you should see

A staggering 130 films will be released between now and Dec. 31. Let’s face it, many of them will not be worth your time or money. But there are some films you won’t want to miss.

Film critic Peter Travers, who is host of ABC News’ “Popcorn With Peter Travers,” shares his top fall picks.

“This is a horror movie. It’s hallucinatory. It’s as crazy as anything I’ve ever seen,” Travers said. “Prepare to be blown away when you see it.”

“The composers of ‘La La Land,’ Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, have written the music for this 19th century musical. But they’ve written songs that are all sounding like top 40 hits today,” Travers said. “Really risky. I’m so into this.”

“We’re all crazy about any ‘Star Wars’ movie. If you think you’re going to beat ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ at the box office, think again,” Travers said.

Travers said, “In addition to her, we have The Flash played by Ezra Miller and Aquaman played by Jason Momoa. So we have new people and they all sound like they’re having fun which nobody had during ‘Batman v Superman.’”

“Thor is just not fighting with Loki this time. He’s got his old buddies. But he’s also got the Hulk showing up,” Travers said, “and all of all people, Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett coming in as the Goddess of Death. So they’re just just throwing money at this stuff so you will see it and get a lot for your buck.”

“This is a movie that when it first came out people didn’t seem to know what it was,” said Travers, “but when people were streaming it, they became insane about it. Now Harrison Ford is back as Deckert and Ryan Gosling joins him in this movie. And we’ve come into the future. I’m fascinated. I really am.”

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This is a movie directed by Steven Spielberg. It stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. It’s set in the early 1970s when The Washington Post published the Pentagon Papers.

“This is a movie that I think is going to enter in all the awards consideration. Think about the timeliness of what the papers is about. Think about how that’s going to especially relate to liberal Hollywood that is so completely pushed against wall by the Trump administration,” Travers said.

Travers said this movie will “hit you on a really personal level.” He added, “When you see what these three actors do, you know that they’re going to be in the Oscar race.”

Travers calls this one “another relevant kind of satirical look at the world that we live in now.”

“[It’s] a movie written by the Coen brothers that George Clooney has decided to direct but not star in. And Matt Damon is in it as a suburban father who has to deal with home invasion,” said Travers. “And then Julianne Moore comes in as the aunt. And Oscar Isaac comes in as an insurance investigator. And we begin to see what kind of darkness is roiling under there. This is a big deal.”

“If [Meryl Streep and Daniel Day Lewis] each are nominated, and they each win, they break records. Meryl Streep would have her fourth Oscar, which ties with Katharine Hepburn. And Daniel Day Lewis would have his fourth Oscar, not even tying anybody, but just breaking the record because nobody has ever done this.”

“You know who I think is going to be nominated for an Oscar this year, Adam Sandler,” Travers said. “He is incredible in this movie.”

“You watch him and root for him like you can’t believe,” Travers said of Chan. “It is a terrific, dramatic performance where so much of it is in the eyes. But also to see him in big action sequences again. So put that on your list too.”

“[It’s] set in the land of the dead and it has a Latino cast. It is looking at the world from a different perspective. So mark that down,” he said.

“He plays a mob lawyer figure,” Travers explained. “A lot of us figured Denzel was sort of cheated with that Oscar last year that he might have won for ‘Fences.’ It’s good to have him out there [and] directed by Dan Gilroy, the guy who got the best performance Jake Gyllenhaal has ever delivered in a movie called, ‘Nightcrawler.'”

“Blige plays a Mississippi Delta mother. I’m knocked out by what she did. It’s just incredible to see what she’s accomplished in that movie,” Travers said.

Travers said, “This particular performance that Gary Oldman is giving, nobody can disregard. He’s Gary Oldman for Pete’s sake! You’ve gotta pay attention to him.”

This one might surprise movie fans.

“You know what it’s about? Tom Edison and George Westinghouse fighting over who basically invented the light bulb and whether you should use AC or DC. Sounds like the dullest thing you could ever imagine in a movie. And instead, it’s fascinating,” Travers said.

“The Winslet performance you should expect to see nominated is in ‘Wonder Wheel,’” Travers said. “It’s set in the 1950s on Coney Island. And this is not a light comedy. This is in the ‘Blue Jasmine’ vogue of things. Kate Winslet only has one Oscar. Don’t we realize how really, really great she is?”

“Frances McDormand is in a movie with a title, it just goes on forever and ever. Nobody will know it except she plays the mother of a daughter who has been murdered. And she’s not getting any police action. So she decides to take three billboards, rent them and completely use them to criticize the police in action for that.”

“Jessica Chastain is always great. But now she’s in the first movie directed by Aaron Sorkin, where she’s playing a woman who is the poker champion of the world and runs these poker games that are happening.”

“It stars Armie Hammer. And it stars a new actor who I’m gonna go out on a limb and say this guy Timothée Chalamet, this is a performance that makes him the newcomer of the year. It just explodes. These are young guys who are in Italy at the time. And they fall in love. The director, he finds what Italy is. He finds what romance is. He finds wisdom in what is happening. It is explosively, ravishingly good. The acting is incredible. If one of these things you should put down [on your list] and say, ‘I’m going to see this,’ make it ‘Call Me By Your Name.'”

Be sure to watch Peter Travers’ full movie preview in the video above.

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'Frozen' actor thanks co-star for saving 'entire family' from Hurricane Irma

Josh Gad is publicly thanking his “Frozen” co-star Kristen Bell for taking his “entire family” out of the path of Hurricane Irma’s destruction.

The Category 4 storm, which is expected to make landfall on the west coast of Florida early Sunday, has led to massive evacuations, and many in the state are already feeling its effects.

Florida’s governor said 25,000 power outages were reported in Miami as of Saturday morning. FEMA added that residents should expect to be without power for days.

“So @kristenanniebell literally saved my parents and my entire family tonight from #hurricaneirma,” he began in a caption on Instagram. “When they were stranded in Florida, she got them a hotel room at her hotel in Orlando and saved them, my brothers, my sister-in-law and niece and nephew.”

Gad’s sentimental message was accompanied by a picture of Bell, who portrayed the fearless Anna in the Disney animated film, with the actor’s smiling parents.

He continued in the caption: “They don’t make them like this girl. Thank you [Kristen]. You are truly an angel sent from above.”

Bell, 37, said on social media that she “didn’t have the option to leave” so she decided to hunker down in Orlando, located in Central Florida.

On Friday, she posted a photo of herself on Instagram outside of a grocery store.

“Last run to the store for #irma hurricane holdover prep while bracing down in orlando,” she began in her lengthy caption. “We didn’t have the option to leave so here we are. Just doing our best and trying to stay positive but cautious, and trying to help those who need help prepping.”

Bell continued, “Every person i passed today was assisting someone else – #neighborshelpingneighbors – it was beautiful to see. Sad that a hurricane has to bring out the best in everyone – but happy that the community will be holding hands through this.”

“Im grateful to Gary and the team at [Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort] in epcot for helping us feel safe while we get through this together,” she concluded.

The Walt Disney Co. is the parent of ABC News.

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