Former Hollyweird starlet Vanessa Marquez, an actress best known for her role as a nurse on “ER,” was shot and killed by South Pasadena police on Thursday, authorities confirmed on Friday.
Officers were called to Marquez’s home in the 1100 block of Fremont Avenue by a landlord to check on her welfare. When the officers arrived around 12 p.m., she was suffering from seizures and appeared unable to take care of herself.
Officers called out paramedics and a mental health clinician, and continued to talk with her.
After about 90 minutes, Marquez, 49, armed herself with a BB gun and pointed it at the officers, causing them to open fire, said Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza, Fox News reports.
Mendoza told reporters that Marquez appeared to be going through “mental problems” and seemed to be “gravely disabled.”
She appeared in “Stand and Deliver” in 1998, and in 27 episodes of “ER” as nurse Wendy Goldman.
Last October, Marquez alleged that she was blacklisted from “ER” by co-star & Hollyweird icon George Clooney after complaining of racial discrimination and sexual harassment.
“Clooney helped blacklist me when I spoke up abt harassment on ER.’women who dont play the game lose career’I did,” she wrote on Twitter.
Clooney issued a statement at the time saying he had nothing to do with casting on the show.
“I had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted,” he said. “I take her at her word. I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show. I had nothing to do with casting. I was an actor and only an actor. If she was told I was involved in any decision about her career then she was lied to. The fact that I couldn’t affect her career is only surpassed by the fact that I wouldn’t.”
Marquez also wrote on social media that she was suffering from immune disorders, including celiac disease. She said several times that she was diagnosed as “terminal,” was suffering from chronic pain, and was “homebound.”
Marquez had alleged she was groped on the set of “ER” well before the #MeToo movement last fall. She claimed that when she complained to the producers, she was exiled.
“I was blacklisted and my career was over at 26,” she wrote on Facebook in January 2017. “Why are women afraid to speak up ‘at the time?’ Because everything they’ve ever worked for is RIPPED away from them. For being a goddamn victim and expecting protection.”
She also wrote extensively about her health problems and said she was entering “that Norma Desmond stage that some actors do. Watching their old stuff on tv.”
“A person only has so much strength and I’m afraid I’ve used all mine up,” she wrote. “Why couldn’t my dream have lasted for more than just those few years?”
Michael Moore’s new fakumentary about President Donald Trump called Fahrenheit 11/9, Variety reports. The film’s title refers to the date of Trump’s election and is also a play on Moore’s scathing 2004 film about George W. Bush and the Iraq War, Fahrenheit 9/11.
Moore worked on the film in secret for months and fantasizes that it will help puncture Trump’s seemingly impenetrable armor.
“No matter what you throw at him, it hasn’t worked,” Moore said. “No matter what is revealed, he remains standing. Facts, reality, brains cannot defeat him. Even when he commits a self-inflicted wound, he gets up the next morning and keeps going and tweeting. That all ends with this movie.”
For Fahrenheit 11/9, Moore has reunited with Fahrenheit 9/11 producers, Bob and disgraced Harvey Weinstein, who faces life in prison for multiple counts of sexual assault.
The birds of a feather shopped the film to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival. Moore and the Weinsteins scored a massive hit with Fahrenheit 9/11, which won the Palme D’or at Cannes and went on to become the highest-grossing documentary of all time.
Meanwhile, a potential legal battle is brewing between Michael Moore and Harvey and Bob Weinstein over Fahrenheit 11/9, the sequel Moore is making to his 2004 film, which became the biggest grossing documentary of all time.
Titled Fahrenheit 11/9 to commemorate the day Donald Trump pulled off a shocking victory to become U.S. president, the new film focuses on how it happened and all the chaos that followed in Trump’s first year in office. The Weinsteins have controls over the docu, and sources said they are right now blocking Moore and his WME reps from being able to set the film with a theatrical distributor or a premium broadcast outlet. For details on the looming legal battle, click here.
Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul was recently slapped with additional sex crime charges Monday tied to a new, third accuser that could send him to prison for life.
After the unnamed woman testified before a grand jury on Friday, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. got new indictments against the pervy producer for a forcible sexual act in 2006 — and with a third accuser establishing a pattern, was able to add two counts of predatory sexual assault, reports PageSix.
The top predatory sex act charges mean Weinstein faces life behind bars, according to the DA. He had been looking at up to 25 years on felony charges of rape and a criminal sex act, to which he’s pleaded not guilty.
“A Manhattan grand jury has now indicted Harvey Weinstein on some of the most serious sexual offenses that exist under New York’s Penal Law,” said Vance said in a statement.
The previous charges stemmed from allegations that he forced aspiring actress Lucia Evans to perform oral sex on him in 2004, and raped a second woman at a DoubleTree hotel in Manhattan in 2013.
Evans told the New Yorker that she was just a college student when she met Weinstein in a nightclub and he offered to introduce her to a casting executive.
They met alone at his Miramax office in Tribeca, where he told her she’d “be great in ‘Project Runway’” if she lost weight — then pulled out his penis and forced her onto it, she alleged in the magazine.
Weinstein is currently out on $1 million bail, and is wearing an ankle monitor top ensure he doesn’t leave the confines of New York and Connecticut.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
August 31st, 2018