Dean Martin’s daughter says she will continue to sing ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ after song was pulled from Ohio station

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” might be getting an icy reception these days, but Dean Martin’s daughter told Fox News she’s not going to stop singing the classic in front of audiences. “’Baby It’s Cold Outside’ is a cute, flirtatious and romantic song written by Frank Loesser in 1944,” Deana Martin told Fox News. “It won … Continue reading “Dean Martin’s daughter says she will continue to sing ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ after song was pulled from Ohio station”

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” might be getting an icy reception these days, but Dean Martin’s daughter told Fox News she’s not going to stop singing the classic in front of audiences.

“’Baby It’s Cold Outside’ is a cute, flirtatious and romantic song written by Frank Loesser in 1944,” Deana Martin told Fox News.

“It won the Oscar for ‘Best Original Song’ in the 1949 film ‘Neptune’s Daughter.’ It’s been recorded by dozens of the world’s top recording artists for over 60 years, including my dad Dean Martin… This song is included in his very successful 1959 ‘Winter Romance’ album and I’m very proud that it has become an evergreen favorite that is played every holiday season.”

“I personally love performing ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ and will continue to do so,” added the fellow performer, 70. “Merry Christmas!”

Dean died at age 78 in 1995 from acute respiratory failure. And since then, Deana has never stopped sharing her father’s legacy on stage to new, curious listeners.

“I’m always thinking about dad, what he went through in his life and how the world has changed,” she previously told Fox News in 2017. “He was a sweet, generous man who would just get up and do his thing.”

The song sparked controversy during the holiday season when a radio station in Ohio pulled it from its lineup after a listener expressed concern over the holiday song’s lyrics.

According to Fox 8, WDOK Christmas 102.1 removed the tune after one listener called the radio station and suggested it’s not appropriate to play the 1940’s classic in 2018.

“It wasn’t really our decision,” WDOK host Desiray told the outlet. “It’s the decision of our listeners.

“People might say, ‘Oh, enough with that #MeToo,’ but if you really put that aside and listen to the lyrics, it’s not something I would want my daughter to be in that kind of situation,” she continued, explaining that the “tune might be catchy, but let’s maybe not promote that sort of an idea.”

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” has sparked debate over the years on whether or not its lyrics are problematic.

In the tune, a female sings: “I really can’t stay,” to which a man responds: “But baby, it’s cold outside.”

In another part of the song, the woman is heard singing lines like “Say what’s in this drink?”, “The answer is no” and “I’ve gotta get home.”

Other stations in the U.S. have reportedly been tasked with determining the song’s fate in their regions.

USA Today reported Wednesday radio stations in Northern California and Colorado have turned to polling their listeners in order to decide what to do.

Following the removal, San Francisco-based station 96.5 KOIT revealed on their website that they too had decided to do away with the song. But the decision sparked an outcry among their listeners to bring it back, they said.

“On Monday, December 3rd, 96.5 KOIT Program Director, Brian Figula, made the decision to remove ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ (from various artists) after receiving complaints from listeners, and the trending national story from Cleveland,” the station said. “After removing the song, we have received hundreds of comments on social media and via email demanding that ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ be placed back to the Christmas Playlist.”

The public’s response prompted them to create a poll to help determine the song’s future, the results of which would be announced Monday, the website said.

KOSI 101 in Denver found themselves in a similar situation, revealing in a news release Tuesday that they also surveyed their listeners about the song. Their online poll generated more than 15,000 responses and “showed overwhelmingly that KOSI 101.1 listeners were in favor of the holiday classic returning to the air,” KOSI 101 said.

Following reports about the Ohio station’s decision, the station said they received negative feedback from listeners about the tune. As a result, they “decided to rest the song” and launched the poll, the news release said.

“Respondents voted 95% in favor of us keeping the song as part of KOSI 101.1’s tradition of playing all of your holiday favorites,” KOSI 101.1 program director, Jim Lawson, said. “While we are sensitive to those who may be upset by some of the lyrics, the majority of our listeners have expressed their interpretation of the song to be non-offensive.”

Fox News' Mariah Haas and Elizabeth Zwirz contributed to this report.

Kevin Hart withdrawing as Oscars host sparks fiery reaction on social media

Late Thursday night, comedian Kevin Hart announced he was stepping down from hosting this year’s Academy Awards after years-old tweets he sent were deemed anti-gay.

The A-list star first responded to the controversy on Instagram late last night, urging people to “stop looking for reasons to be negative.”

"I am truly happy people … there is nothing that you can do to change that … NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all … with that being said. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me,” Hart wrote. “I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man I am becoming," Hart added. "You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE. I live to Love. …. Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive.”

Hart later told his Instagram followers that The Academy had given him an ultimatum to either apologize or he’d no longer be hosting. He remained defiant and said he “passed” on the apology since he had addressed his offensive tweets in the past and said he’s “moved on.”

However, Hart had a change of heart on Twitter and later in the evening offered an apology to the LGBTQ community.

“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's…. this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” Hart tweeted. “I'm sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”

Hart’s decision to step down as Oscars host drew a fiery reaction on Twitter with many expressing frustrations with the P.C. "mob" that went after Hart.

Critics continued to pile on Hart, calling him “homophobic.”

Fox News' Mariah Haas contributed to this report.

Michael Douglas opens up about sexual harassment claims: ‘I was extremely, extremely disappointed’

Michael Douglas is defending himself against sexual harassment allegations made earlier this year.

“I was extremely, extremely disappointed in The Hollywood Reporter, which has been having a crusade in this area,” the “Ant-Man” star told Tina Brown on her podcast “TBD with Tina Brown,” set to be released on Dec. 11.

“Now the way this generally works is somebody makes a charge and then [reporters], if they are responsible, reach out as they did to every person I worked with over 25 years and they did because everybody got back to me,” Douglas added. “And there was nobody that ever [corroborated] that accusation. So, I thought it was really a misuse of power.”

Douglas, 74, has been fending off the accusation since January of this year when journalist Susan Braudy claimed to The Hollywood Reporter that Douglas masturbated in front of her during a meeting in the late 1980s when she worked for his production company.

In response, Douglas told Deadline that the allegation was “a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever.”

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES 'DEVASTATED' BY SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS MADE AGAINST MICHAEL DOUGLAS

“My kids are really upset, [and they have] to go to school worrying this is going to be in some article about me, being a sexual harasser,” the actor said at the time.

“They’re scared and very uncomfortable…. I’m bewildered why, after 32 years, this is coming out, now.”

Late last month, Douglas’ wife of 18 years, Catherine Zeta-Jones, 49, admitted she was heartbroken when the sexual misconduct allegations were brought against her husband but noted that Douglas reassured her and their two children that the claims were false.

“There is no story here,” Zeta-Jones, a public supporter of the #MeToo movement told The Times of London last month.

“There was nothing to back it up at all,” she said. “For any accusation that comes out that isn’t backed up, that knocks the movement back 20 years.”

Fox News' Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.

CBS paid off ’60 Minutes’ creator’s alleged sex assault victim more than $5 million: probe

An internal investigation of CBS, according to a bombshell report Wednesday, has turned up more allegations of sexual assault from decades ago, as well as a payoff of more than $5 million to the alleged victim of a venerable journalist who died in 2009.

According to The New York Times, a former CBS employee said that “60 Minutes” executive producer Don Hewitt, who created the program in 1968 and produced it for 36 years, sexually assaulted her multiple times and destroyed her career. CBS has paid her for more than 20 years to keep her silent — including as recently as this year, the report said. The settlement, reached in the 1990s, has grown to more than $5 million.

CBS didn’t return Fox News’ email requests for comment.

The Times said that the show’s independence from CBS News disallowed checks and balances.

The show’s most recent boss was abruptly dismissed early this fall.

“The company’s decision had nothing to do with the false allegations printed in The New Yorker. Instead, they terminated my contract early because I sent a text message to one of our CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story,” Jeff Fager told Fox News in September. “My language was harsh and, despite the fact that all journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it.”

Fager added, “One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did.”

The report is to be presented to CBS’ board of directors before the company’s annual meeting next week, The Times said.

The investigation first began with CBS chief Les Moonves, and has reportedly turned up more evidence of his sexual misconduct, as well as lying and destruction of evidence, throwing into jeopardy his $120 million severance package.

Lawyers hired by the network allege in a draft report that the TV executive committed “multiple acts of serious nonconsensual sexual misconduct” before and after he came to CBS in 1995, according to The Times. He also deleted numerous text messages and was “evasive and untruthful at times” under questioning, the report says.

Among other things, investigators are said to have received reports about a network employee who was “on call” to perform oral sex on Moonves. Investigators also reportedly found that he received oral sex from at least four CBS employees “under circumstances that sound transactional and improper to the extent that there was no hint of any relationship, romance, or reciprocity.”

Moonves was one of the highest-paid executives in the nation, making a total of nearly $140 million in the two years before he lost his job. In a move that appalled women’s activists and others, CBS said at the time of his departure that it set aside $120 million in severance for him. But the network warned he will lose the money if the board concludes it had cause to terminate him.

Fox News’ Brian Flood and Nicole Darrah and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

Logan Paul’s tiger cub YouTube video leads to charges against California man

A California man faces animal abuse charges in connection with the tiger cub that appeared in a YouTube video for controversial vlogger Logan Paul, authorities said Wednesday.

Nicholas Perkins, 32, was charged with illegal possession and mistreatment of a tiger and possession of anabolic steroids, Los Angeles City Attorney's Office said in a news release. He faces up to two years and 6 months in jail if convicted.

Perkins was arrested following Paul’s YouTube video posted in October 2017 and an anonymous tip to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife about seeing a model pose with the tiger cub on Instagram.

In the video, which received more than 8.2 million views as of Thursday, Paul brings his small dog to play with the car. They growl as each other as the three men watch in amusement at a home’s backyard. Paul later posted the video titled, “KONG MEETS A BABY TIGER!**Showdown**” with a disclaimer that stated it was “filmed in a closed environment with animal professionals.” It's unclear if one of the three men was Perkins.

"Tigers and other exotic animals are not pets," Los Angeles city attorney Mike Feuer said in a news release on Wednesday. "Keeping these potentially dangerous animals in a residential setting poses a serious safety risk for residents and animals alike.”

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Officials executed a search warrant on Perkins’ home in November 2017 and took the cub into custody. The car was then placed in a large rescue and sanctuary facility in Los Angeles and has since recovered from its injuries.

“During the search, there was extensive evidence of the animal’s poor living conditions and the presence of anabolic steroids. The defendant was allegedly feeding the tiger cub kitten milk replacement formula with a baby bottle,” Los Angeles City Attorney's Office said.

YOUTUBE STAR LOGAN PAUL'S RISE AND FALL FROM INTERNET FAME

Paul received a wave of criticism earlier this year after he posted a video which showed the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan.

In the controversial video titled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest,” which was taken down, Paul and his companions came across the body in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mount Fuji — a frequent site of suicides in the country.

Paul received major backlash for the video and prompted YouTube to temporarily suspend ads on his channel — a main source of the money he earns as a vlogger.

Fox News’ Madeline Farber contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Lena Dunham apologizes to woman who accused ‘Girls’ writer of rape: ‘I did something inexcusable’

Lena Dunham, creator of the HBO series "Girls," is apologizing to a woman who accused a writer on her show of rape.

Dunham, 32, published an essay Wednesday in The Hollywood Reporter addressed to “Passengers” actress Aurora Perrineau. In it, she apologizes for defending writer Murray Miller, saying she did “something inexcusable.”

Perrineau filed a police report alleging Miller sexually assaulted her after a night out in Los Angeles in 2012, The Wrap reported.

"I woke up in Murray’s bed naked," Perrineau said in a statement for a polygraph test she took in September, the site reported. "He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray."

LENA DUNHAM REVEALS SHE HAD SURGERY TO REMOVE HER LEFT OVARY: ‘IT GOT WORSE AND WORSE’

During their night out, Perrineau said she "repeatedly" told Miller she was 17.

Dunham came under fire for defending Miller after the claim became public. She and “Girls” co-showrunner Jenni Konner issued a joint statement to The Hollywood Reporter that they were confident the “accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year."

Dunham is now taking back her defense.

“There are few acts I could ever regret more in this life,” she wrote. “I didn't have the ‘insider information’ I claimed but rather blind faith in a story that kept slipping and changing and revealed itself to mean nothing at all. I wanted to feel my workplace and my world were safe, untouched by the outside world (a privilege in and of itself, the privilege of ignoring what hasn't hurt you) and I claimed that safety at cost to someone else, someone very special.”

LENA DUNHAM’S FEMINIST LENNY LETTER SHUTS DOWN

The “Girls” star wrote she thought about Perrineau “every day this year” and will “work to right that wrong.”

“Moving forward from trauma is never easy, but there are brave women doing it for us," Dunham said. "All we have to do is listen."

Miller has denied the allegations against him and said Perrineau was demanding money from him. He later retracted his claims last year.

Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

Egyptian actress facing obscenity trial over red carpet dress speaks out, doesn’t directly apologize

An Egyptian actress facing trial on public obscenity charges for wearing a revealing dress says she didn't mean to offend anyone, appealing to her detractors to believe in her good intentions.

In a weekend Facebook post, Rania Youssef said she may have misjudged how people would react to the dress she wore at the closing ceremony of this year's Cairo International Film Festival, which revealed the entirety of her legs through embroidered gauze.

In choosing that dress, she said, she had referred to fashion designers that may have been influenced by the tastes and standards at international film festivals.

"I want to repeat my commitment to the values and ethics we have been raised by in Egyptian society," said Youssef, without making an outright apology.

Images of Youssef at the event were widely shared on social media, prompting a group of lawyers to file a complaint to the chief prosecutor, who quickly referred the case to trial. Many complaints languish for months or longer before any action is taken, so the swift action betrays the urgency of the desire to appease those that took offense.

Youssef is due in court on Jan. 12.

The case is the latest instance of ostensibly secular authorities embracing religious conservatism in Muslim-majority Egypt, where the military in 2013 — then led by current President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi — overthrew a freely elected but divisive Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi.

Elected to office in 2014, el-Sissi has since overseen a crackdown that saw thousands of Islamists and many secular, pro-democracy activists imprisoned, and reversed gains won by a popular 2011 uprising that toppled the 29-year rule of autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

But while el-Sissi's government embraces an almost obsessive opposition to political Islam, it has shown a large degree of tolerance toward ultraconservative Muslims. The Salafis, as they are known, have for decades worked quietly toward the gradual, non-violent transformation of Egypt into a society that observes the purist rules of Islam's early 7th century days.

El-Sissi is known to be an observing Muslim who consistently invokes God in speeches but has regularly called on the country's top clerics to revise Islam's discourse in a bid to remove literature inspiring hatred or violence. In a TV interview before his election in June 2014, el-Sissi said: "I will be responsible for (the nation's) values, ethics, principles and religion."

Egypt's Actors Guild, meanwhile, said in a statement that it intended to investigate and discipline actors who wore "inappropriate" attire during the opening and closing ceremonies of the weeklong film festival, arguing that they clashed with "traditions, values and ethics of the society."

"Although we absolutely believe in personal freedom of artists, we appeal to everyone to shoulder their responsibilities toward the fans who appreciate their art and view them as role models," said the statement. "That should compel them to exercise a minimum level of commitment to society's public values."

Youssef's dress and news of her impending trial have dominated on social media over the weekend, made the front page Sunday of several newspapers and became the topic of several op-eds.

While some on social media invoked religion to denounce the actress' "immodesty," others criticized the judicial system for what they saw as bowing to conservatives, noting the lack of progress in redressing what they considered some of society's more pressing chronic ills, such as homelessness, corruption and sexual harassment of women.

"A nation is jolted by a revealing dress at a festival but is not enraged by a million children sleeping rough and scavenging in trash bins for food," tweeted columnist Khaled Montaser.

Emad Hussein, editor of the independent and respected daily Al-Shorouk, said Youssef had every right, in theory, to wear whatever dress she chose, but that her "grave mistake" was that it "looked more like a swimsuit."

"There is a law that prohibits offending the public but, more importantly, there are societal values that need to be respected," he wrote Sunday.

Tom Cruise reportedly had girlfriends auditioned by the Church of Scientology, former member claims

According to a former member of the Church of Scientology, the organization reportedly auditioned potential romantic partners for actor Tom Cruise in an effort to keep up appearances.

The Hollywood Reporter notes, Valerie Haney was a former member of Scientology’s inner elite Sea Org for 22 years before breaking from the church. She detailed her “escape” in the latest episode of “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” in which the former “Kevin Can Wait” star reveals secrets about Scientology.

Haney explained to The Underground Bunker, a blog that chronicles Scientology, that part of her job would be auditioning girlfriends for Cruise. It’s worth noting that rumors have circulated for years that the church played a hand in who the “Mission Impossible” star dated, alleging that his relationship with Katie Holmes was a product of this alleged auditioning.

"The Church of Scientology stated that the story is utterly false. Valerie Haney is outright lying and making up stories, as part of her employment for Leah Remini," a representative of the church told Fox News in a statement denying Haney's allegations. The spokesperson directed people to a video it produced questioning her legitimacy.

Representatives for Tom Cruise did not immediately respond for comment.

This isn’t the first time that Cruise has been in the crosshairs of Remini in recent weeks. As previously reported, the 48-year-old star told The Daily Beast that Cruise, one of the church’s highest-ranking members, was a part of some of the abuses going on within the Church. She also alleged that members even go as far as to pre-scout the actor’s walking routes to make sure he won’t be exposed to any anti-church materials.

Cruise, meantime, has come under fire before for his association with the controversial religion. In the 2015 documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” former members claimed they were asked to help “facilitate” the breakup between him and Nicole Kidman, who was not a Scientologist.

Fox News Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report.

Neil deGrasse Tyson addresses sexual misconduct allegations

Neil deGrasse Tyson addressed in a lengthy Facebook post on Saturday the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him by three women.

The astrophysicist and author tackled each of the allegations in the post titled, “On Being Accused,” where he offered his version of the events and denied the allegations. Tyson said many men who are accused of sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era are “presumed to be guilty by the court of public opinion.”

“I’ve recently been publically [sic] accused of sexual misconduct. These accusations have received a fair amount of press in the past forty-eight hours, unaccompanied by my reactions,” Tyson wrote Saturday. “In many cases, it’s not the media’s fault. I declined comment on the grounds that serious accusations should not be adjudicated in the press.”

“But clearly I cannot continue to stay silent. So below I offer my account of each accusation,” he added.

Last month, three women detailed to Patheos, a religion and spirituality website, Tyson’s alleged inappropriate sexual advances toward them. In a report published Thursday, Dr. Katelyn Allers, an associate professor at Bucknell University, recalled a 2009 meeting with Tyson, who she said felt her up while searching for Pluto on her tattoo.

“After we had taken the picture, he noticed my tattoo and kind of grabbed me to look at it, and was really obsessed about whether I had Pluto on this tattoo or not… and then he looked for Pluto, and followed the tattoo into my dress,” Allers told the site.

The 60-year-old said Saturday that he didn’t remember searching for Pluto as part of her tattoo, but admitted “it is surely something I would have done in that situation.” He disputed reports that he had “groped” Allers.

“I was reported to have ‘groped’ her by searching ‘up her dress,’ when this was simply a search under the covered part of her shoulder of the sleeveless dress,” he said. “I only just learned (nine years after) that she thought this behavior creepy.  That was never my intent and I’m deeply sorry to have made her feel that way. Had I been told of her discomfort in the moment, I would have offered this same apology eagerly, and on the spot.”

A second woman, Ashley Watson, told Patheos she was forced to quit her job as Tyson’s assistant after he made inappropriate sexual advances toward her. Watson claimed Tyson had “predatory tendencies” and once tried to convince her to have sex with him. Watson pointed to a time when Tyson invited her to his apartment to “unwind for a couple of hours” in 2018.

The former assistant said the meeting was uncomfortable and ended with an “awkward and incredibly intimate handshake.” She said she quit her job after “negative interactions” with her boss.

Tyson wrote in his Facebook post that he never touched Watson aside from the special handshake he had learned from a Native American elder on reservation land.

“I’ve never forgotten that handshake, and I save it in appreciation of people with whom I’ve developed new friendships,” he wrote, adding that he “apologized profusely” during his last meeting with Watson.

“I note that her final gesture to me was the offer of a hug, which I accepted as a parting friend,” he said.

The third woman, Tchiya Amet, accused Tyson of drugging and raping her when they were grad students at University of Texas in 1984. Amet, who previously went by Staci Hambric, told Patheos that the alleged sexual encounter caused her to drop out of the astronomy program and seek therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I woke up in his bed; I was naked… When he saw that I had woken up, he got on top of me and mounted me, and I passed out again,” Amet recalled.

Tyson said he had a brief relationship with an astro-graduate student that quickly fizzled. He added that they ran into each other a few years later when she was pregnant.

“More than thirty years later, as my visibility-level took another jump, I read a freshly posted blog accusing me of drugging and raping a woman I did not recognize by either photo or name,” Tyson wrote Saturday. “Turned out to be the same person who I dated briefly in graduate school. She had changed her name and lived an entire life, married with children, before this accusation.”

Tyson denied the drug and rape allegation and said it has been used “as a kind of solicitation-bait by at least one journalist to bring out of the woodwork anybody who had any encounter with me that left them uncomfortable.”

Fox Entertainment and National Geographic, the networks that air Tyson’s shows “Cosmos” and "StarTalk," announced Friday they will be conducting a “thorough investigation” into the allegations, Deadline reported. Tyson was host of "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" on Fox in 2014 and a new edition of the series was to air on National Geographic next year.

Tyson said he fully supports the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Netflix’s ‘Baby’ comes under fire for glamorizing teenage prostitution

The National Center of Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is slamming Netflix’s new Italian drama “Baby” for promoting sex trafficking, Fox News has learned.

The series, which premiered Friday morning, tells the story of two teen girls from a wealthy part of Rome who are fed up with their families and classmates and are drawn to the city’s seedy underworld.

The six-part series has a TV-MA rating and stars Benedetta Porcaroli, Alice Pagani and Riccardo Mandolini.

Variety reported the show is loosely based on real events from 2014, the so-called “Baby Squillo” scandal, that involved two high school girls from Rome’s ritzy Parioli district selling sex in order to buy designer clothes and electronic gadgets. Five people, including the mothers and both young women, were arrested at the time.

Haley Halverson, vice president of advocacy and outreach for NCOSE, told Fox News she was outraged by the show’s premise, which she says glorifies sex trafficking.

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“The show, set in Italy, portrays a group of teenagers entering into prostitution as an ‘edgy coming-of-age’ story,” she explained. “The problem is that there is no such thing as an ‘underage prostitute’ — according to international, Italian and US federal law, anyone being bought and sold for sex under the age of 18 years old is by definition a sex trafficking victim.

“In the real-life Italian ‘scandal’ that ‘Baby’ is based on, the girls were 14 and 15 years old, being bought by older wealthy men, and the mother of one of the teenagers was arrested for helping pimp them out. This was sexual exploitation and manipulation of vulnerable minors, not the grounds for ‘edgy’ entertainment.”

Halverson added that back in January NCOSE started a petition joined by 55 survivors of sex trafficking asking Netflix to halt production. However, she claimed the streaming service ignored their plea, “deciding to prioritize profits over listening to survivors.”

“The director has claimed he was inspired to follow in the steps of the series ’13 Reasons Why’ with ‘Baby,’” said Halverson. “Of course, we all now know that ’13 Reasons Why’ was linked to increased risks of suicide in vulnerable youth and has been largely admonished by mental health experts and advocates. In the same way, we believe Netflix is sending socially irresponsible and dangerous messages with ‘Baby’ by normalizing buying minors for sex, and glamorizing minor sex trafficking, with a show intentionally crafted in isolation from survivors and subject matter experts.”

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Halverson said she still hopes Netflix would reconsider their decision to move forward with releasing “Baby.”

“We are calling on Netflix to pull the show from their platform and to institute new policies regarding the portrayal of sexual exploitation and violence in its shows to include consultations with a wide range of survivors and experts,” she said.

Netflix told Fox News it had no comment at this time regarding the accusation.

The Hollywood Reporter, which reviewed “Baby” on Wednesday, wrote that while teenage prostitution does come into play within the storyline, it never serves “as the clear focus or obsession of a story that badly wants to have it both ways.”

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The film industry news site also shared the show “almost never pervs on its attractive young cast, avoiding nudity completely and never showing anything that would be out of place on The CW.”  It stated that it’s unsure whether the Baby Squillo scandal or the darkness of prostitution rings will ultimately play a more central role within “Baby.”

“The bottom line — concerns that it sensationalizes underage prostitution are unfounded,” it added.

In response to the review, Halverson told Fox News that “attempts to normalize ‘underage prostitution’ are not about ‘sexual freedom’ for women (as The Hollywood Reporter article claims), but instead are about normalizing male sexual entitlement and the freedom for men to purchase underage girls for sex."

This isn’t the first time Netflix has come under fire over their programming. Earlier in November, some critics said they were shocked that the series “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” included an orgy scene in the seventh episode of the series with half-a-dozen scantily clad teens in the main character’s home. When the 16-year-old namesake character is hesitant to join in, she’s mocked for “killing the mood” and told to either “get in, or get out.”

"Desire" film poster. (Netflix)

In June of this year, Netflix was slammed for streaming the Argentinian film “Desire,” which depicted a scene that some viewer said contained child pornography. The opening scene depicts two young girls under the age of 10 playing with pillows. The scene then takes a sexual turn involving one of the girls.

The news site PJ Media said at the time it reported the film to the FBI and Department of Justice for child pornography. The FBI told Fox News, “Per DOJ policy, the FBI neither confirms nor denies the existence of an investigation.”