Ellen DeGeneres revealed she's a victim of sexual assault ... and hopes her story helps other victims who are afraid to come forward. The famed talk show host opened up on season 2 of David Letterman's Netflix show, 'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction' ... about her mother, Betty DeGeneres, marrying a "very bad man" who took advantage of Ellen when she a teenager. She claims her stepfather waited until her mom was out of town and told her he needed to feel her breasts because he'd found a lump in her mom's breast and needed to check hers. Ellen says she was 15 or 16 when it happened, and she's still angry at herself because she was too weak to stand up to him. She says ... "It's a really horrible, horrible story and the only reason I'm actually going to go into detail about it is because I want other girls to not ever let someone do that." Ellen adds ... "We [women] just don't feel like we're worthy, or we're scared to have a voice, and we're scared to say no ... That's the only reason I think it's important to talk about it because there's so many young girls and it doesn't matter how old you are." She says she's angered when victims do come forward and aren't believed, because women don't just make stuff up . . . but feels it's time for women to have a voice and have power. (TMZ)

Josh Duhamel's mystery woman is actress Rebekah Graf. Josh Duhamel is off the market again. Paparazzi spotted the "Safe Haven" actor with a mystery woman over the holiday weekend, and Page Six can confirm she is actress Rebekah Graf. On Monday night, Duhamel, 46, and Graf, 36, enjoyed a date night at Nobu in Malibu, and while the pair did not display PDA, their social media shows that they may be pretty serious. Graf reposted a collage that features one picture of her affectionately kissing Duhamel on the cheek during a trip to the Dominican Republic. It is unclear how long the couple has been dating. Duhamel has not made his new relationship Instagram official, but the pair do follow each other. In December, the actor, who shares 5-year-old son Axl with ex-wife Fergie, said he wants to have more kids in the future. He and Fergie split in 2017 after 13 years together, including eight years of marriage. "It's more about finding someone young enough to have kids," he said on Dax Sherpard's "Armchair Expert" podcast. "It's not as if I'm out there trying to just f -- k anything. That's not who I am. I'm trying to find a girl that I can be with and have a family with." It does not appear that Graf has any children of her own, but in June 2018 she posted a photo of her nephew with the caption, "Reminder that the most beautiful things in this world are simple and pure." According to IMDB, the actress was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and has a budding acting career. Her resume includes playing Heather Locklear in the Netflix movie about Motley Crue, "The Dirt." (PageSix)

Catt Sadler says leaving E! has paid off financially, emotionally. Catt Sadler is claiming victory. Eighteen months after she quit "E! News" because her male counterpart was getting paid nearly twice her salary, Sadler tells Page Six that she's now on course to earn what she felt she should have been getting paid. Sadler -- who's now weaving together a raft of her own projects with freelance work -- says that the terrifying decision to leave the network in December 2017 after 12 years has paid off both emotionally and financially. "I took a leap of faith truly based on the principle of right from wrong and, of course, having to know -- and by the way, it took a lot of soul searching -- my worth," Sadler told us. "I had to bet on myself. Can I go out and do other work and build and create .?.?. and continue to pay my bills and make what I should be making?" Sadler is now developing a TV show for TNT, has a Web site and a YouTube channel, does one-off hosting gigs like the recent livestream of the Vanity Fair Oscar party red carpet, and books public speaking work, among other projects. When we asked if -- after more than a year of trying to build her own business -- she thinks she's going to be able to reach the figure that she decided she's worth, she said, "Unequivocally, yes. Like, yes. And I feel that that's almost been a reward in and of itself. Because we could be having a conversation a year and a half [after she left the network] and I'd had to move and I couldn't pay my car payment. It could have gone the other direction, and let's just say it hasn't at all. I'm comfortable and I'm grateful, and I'm right on track financially with where I should be." The veteran host is about to launch her podcast "Naked With Catt Sadler" on June 6, and she tells Page Six exclusively that in the first six episodes, she'll be interviewing Olivia Munn, journalist Lisa Ling, podcaster Sazan Hendrix, country star Jana Kramer, hair stylist Justine Marjan and We Wore What's Danielle Bernstein. She's also taping an episode with Jennifer Lawrence. (PageSix)

Kanye West revealed that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder with the release of his 2018 album Ye. Kanye West is opening up about his bipolar diagnosis. On an upcoming episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, the rapper, 41, spoke to hot Letterman about his struggle with bipolar disorder and what it's like when he has an "episode," according to Entertainment Tonight. "When you're in this state, you're hyper-paranoid about everything," West reportedly said during the interview. "Everyone -- this is my experience, other people have different experiences -- everyone now is an actor. Everything's a conspiracy. You feel the government is putting chips in your head. You feel you're being recorded. You feel all these things." "You have this moment [where] you feel everyone wants to kill you. You pretty much don't trust anyone," he continued. West also described being handcuffed and separated from loved ones during treatment. "They have this moment where they put you -- they handcuff you, they drug you, they put you on the bed, and they separate you from everyone you know," West said, according to the outlet. "That's something that I am so happy that I experienced myself so I can start by changing that moment." "When you are in that state, you have to have someone you trust. It is cruel and primitive to do that," he added. "If you don't take medication every day to keep you at a certain state, you have a potential to ramp up and it can take you to a point where you can even end up in the hospital. And you start acting erratic, as TMZ would put it," West said, referencing the explosive interview he gave to TMZ in May 2018, in which he infamously suggested that slavery is "a choice." "When you ramp up, it expresses your personality more. You can become almost more adolescent in your expression," West continued, Entertainment Tonight reported. "This is my specific experience that I've had over the past two years, because I've only been diagnosed for two years now." At the end of the day, the rapper says he wants to help break the stigma around bipolar disorder. "It's a health issue that has a strong stigma on it and people are allowed to say anything about it and discriminate in any way," he said. "This is like a sprained brain, like having a sprained ankle. And if someone has a sprained ankle, you're not going to push on him more." "With us, once our brain gets to a point of spraining, people do everything to make it worse," he reportedly continued. "They do everything possible. They got us to that point and they do everything to make it worse." Following years of speculation from fans -- particularly after he was hospitalized for a "psychiatric emergency" in November 2016 just after canceling his Saint Pablo tour -- West seemingly confirmed that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder last summer with the release of his album Ye -- which bore the phrase "I Hate Being Bipolar. It's Awesome" on the cover. In April, West's wife Kim Kardashian West also confirmed his diagnosis in an interview with Vogue, saying the couple had place "with his mental health. "It is an emotional process, for sure," the 38-year-old reality mogul told Vogue. "Right now everything is really calm. But we can definitely feel episodes coming, and we know how to handle them." My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman premieres on Netflix on May 31. (People)

Iggy Azalea Is "a Ball of Negative Emotions" After Topless Photo Leak. Iggy Azalea has spoken. This week, the star noticeably deactivated her social media accounts, seemingly over leaked photos of the rapper. On Monday, the Grammy nominee issued a since-deleted statement on the leaked images, explaining they are outtakes from a 2016 GQ cover shoot. "A lot of high-profile women have shot covers for GQ with a strategically placed hand etc. covering their breasts etc. I always felt they were very beautiful covers, so I jumped at the opportunity," she explained online. "I hadn't seen other women's covers leak so I felt comfortable (on a closed set) to model for such a reputable magazine knowing only the images with my hands covering would be considered for print. I never consented to taking topless pictures for potential release, period. It was my understanding BEFORE shooting, GQ do not print topless pictures." Azalea continued, "There was no reason for anyone to have kept the outtakes from the shoot. I'm surprised and angry that they were not immediately deleted after the final images were selected." E! News has reached out to GQ for comment. As for how Azalea is doing following the leak, she wrote, "Today Im a ball of negative emotions." "I feel blindsided, embarrassed, violated, angry, sad and a million other things," she candidly described. "Not solely because I did not consent to this � but also because of the vile way people have reacted. A lot of the comments I see from men in particular taking things even further and sharing their thoughts and fantasies in regard to my body has honestly disturbed me. The outright wicked things people say is overwhelming & makes me feel like throwing up." As her message continued, she likened the situation to a nuclear bomb exploding. "If you've ever been humiliated before in front of family & those you care about maybe you can relate to what I'm going though [sic]. It's like a nuclear bomb that explodes and not only destroys you emotionally but leaves a path of destruction in your personal life, effecting [sic] your relationships & people who matter most too," she star said. Azalea noted she intends on finding out the origin of the leak and pressing criminal charges. "It's important to me that someone actually be held accountable for their actions & the way it impacts my life," she said. The rapper explained she does not feel there is anywhere she can retreat to and thinks it is best to keep her accounts deactivated considering the negative things she's seen written about herself. "Please be kinder to one another," the star encouraged as the statement concluded. (Eonline)

Ryan Phillippe explains his side of alleged domestic violence incident. Ryan Phillippe insisted that he did not assault his ex-girlfriend Elsie Hewitt in a recent deposition, telling lawyers that he only "attempted to pick her up like a baby." Phillippe, 44, was deposed by Hewitt's lawyers as part of her lawsuit against him for an alleged 2017 assault, in which she claimed that he "violently threw her down his staircase as hard he could" and then "picked [her] up like a doll and tossed her down the stairs," according to court documents obtained by The Blast. "You know, this was an impasse. Nothing was changing. And she was refusing to leave until she got into the bedroom," the actor stated in his deposition. "And at one point, I thought that I was going to try to remove her from the premises and set her outside and close the door. Because I didn't know what else to do." He continued, "And at that point, it hadn't occurred to me to call the cops. I'm a famous person. I didn't want to bring that kind of attention to me and my house. And so, I attempted to pick her up like a baby. Carrying. Like a child. With one arm under the back and one arm under the legs. And she was flailing. And I made it one step, and I fell back on my bottom, holding her. And that was it." Hewitt, 23, sued Phillippe for $1 million in September 2017 after the alleged incident in his home on July 3 of that year. He has denied her claims, saying that she is trying to extort him. Phillippe's rep didn't get back to us. (PageSix)

Joe Roth, one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood who's producing the upcoming "Maleficent," has filed for divorce ... TMZ has learned. Joe, whose credits include "Snow White and the Huntsman," "Oz the Great and Powerful," Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management," "Heavy Weights" and "The Forgotten," filed Friday and his wife, Irene, filed her response at the same time. Joe, the former Chairman of Walt Disney Studios, and Irene are both requesting joint custody of their 2 kids, a boy and a girl. There's a lot of money on the line. Joe is the majority owner of the Seattle Sounders major league soccer team along with billionaire Paul Allen. Based on the docs, it has all the signs the divorce has already been mediated. The address of the law firm is that of disso queen Laura Wasser, whose M.O. is to mediate and then file both a petition and response at the same time. According to the docs, the issue of spousal support has not been resolved, however, based on what appears to be a full mediation, it seems like the book is closed on all financial issues. Joe and Irene married in 2006. (TMZ)

Meek Mill will file a lawsuit this week against the Cosmopolitan hotel in Vegas for ordering him to leave the grounds and threatening him with arrest, and his lawyer vows to destroy the hotel for its actions. Meek's celeb lawyer, Joe Tacopina, tells TMZ, he will ask for "heavy monetary damages" for "lying and humiliating Meek," adding, "I'm going to take this place down because of what they did." Tacopina claims there's a list of black rappers who are persona non grata at a group of Vegas hotels. Cosmo denies it excludes anyone because of race, but Tacopina tells us he's already identified 2 other rappers -- Yo Gotti and BlocBoy JB -- who claim other Vegas hotels have denied them because they're black rappers. TMZ broke the story, Meek and his crew were going to see DJ Mustard Saturday at the Marquee Nightclub at the hotel but they were met by security as they pulled up and were ordered to leave, and if they got out of the car they'd be arrested for trespassing. The hotel tells TMZ, they do not discriminate against anyone . . . They wouldn't let Meek in because Marquee was at capacity and they had told him that before he left the hotel. There are problems with the hotel's story. First, you hear a security guard in the video say they denied him because of a prior incident. Meek seemed baffled and repeatedly asked for specifics, but the hotel guy wouldn't say. There's also this ... Meek asked if he could go inside the hotel to get something to eat, but he was still denied. Presumably, the restaurants were not at capacity. TMZ broke the story ... Tacopina fired off a letter to the Cosmo just after the incident demanding an apology and entrance to the club, but the hotel didn't respond. Tacopina says its now game on. Tacopina claims the Cosmo is scrambling now, coming up with 2 different versions of events, both of which he says are lies -- that Meek was involved in a prior incident, and he was denied because the club was at capacity. Tacopina says, "Show us one other incident where a white individual was denied hotel club access or access to the grounds because Marquee was full?" The lawsuit will allege racial discrimination under state and federal law as well as defamation. (TMZ)

Former Biggest Loser Contestant Daniel Wright Dead at 30. The Biggest Loser family has lost a beloved member. Daniel Wright, the contestant who competed on the seventh and eighth seasons of the weight loss competition show, has died, fellow contestants confirmed on social media. Wright was 30 years old. According to a GoFundMe page first published in December 2017, Wright had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia two months earlier and underwent chemotherapy and dozens of blood transfusions as part of his cancer treatment. In December 2018, the leukemia had relapsed. "Yesterday the world lost a bit of its light," former castmate Danny Cahill wrote on Facebook on Monday. "Daniel Wright and I met for the first time in May of 2009 on the beach in Malibu. 15 of us went to the beach that morning to begin our journey on season 8 of The Biggest Loser," Cahill recalled. "Our 16th contestant was driven up to the starting position of that first 1-mile race (which he won) and out popped Daniel. 'Hey guys!!!' He yelled as he jogged over to us. Little did I know the effect this man would have on my life." "Daniel's light has always been one of Grace, encouragement, wisdom, love and honor throughout the time I have known him. And I can honestly say that because of him I am a better man," Cahill's touching message continued. "He showed me (by example - not by telling me) how to care for others in a different way, and I thank God for being able to know this man for the 10 years I have known him. We could all learn a lesson from him how important it is to leave a mark of love on those we meet, to lay down differences and to see similarities, and to serve those around us in any way we can." (Eonline)


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