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this is "nightline." tonight, disgraced movie producer harvey weinstein planning to turn himself in to the nypd. what charges may he be facing? plus, brought to their feet. after the nfl rule change requiring players to stand for the national anthem, strong reaction from star players. >> the bottom line is more important than making positive change. >> and politicians. >> of course they had a right to do it. but was it the right thing to do? i don't think so. >> president trump applauding the decision. and -- >> i'm the youngest one doing it. >> meet social media sensation lil tay, a 9-year-old spilling cash, cursing, driving a car. what's she like behind the scenes? >> she doesn't curse in real
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life? >> not at all. not at all. >> who's behind this? and how much is too much for a child to handle? but first the "nightline 5." >> what if the vacuum head was reborn? shark has added a rotating soft brush, so while deep cleaning carpets you can grab large particles, pull in piles, and directly engage floors. duo cleaning invented by shark. start your summer with big savings for the whole family. plus get $10 off with coupon. get your coupon on the jcpenney app. jcpenney, style and value for all. >> number one in just 60 seconds. our 3 contestants are all at the big ikea table. contestant #1, impressive knife skills. but contestant #2 fights back by using fresh parsley. make room for the judge! what's your dream? at ikea, we help you live it. make the dream yours.
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our 3 contestants are all at the big ikea table. contestant #1, impressive knife skills. but contestant #2 fights back by using fresh parsley. make room for the judge! what's your dream? at ikea, we help you live it. make the dream yours. good evening. a major development tonight in the "me too" saga.
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disgraced hollywood mogul harvey weinstein expected to surrender to face criminal charges in new york tomorrow. they stem from allegations from actresses lucia evanss and paz dela wear that. evans says in 2004 harvey weinstein forced her to perform a sex act, and the other says weinstein raped her in 2010, two of the roughly 80 women who have accused harvey weinstein of rape, sexual assault, or hamilton. rose mcgowan reacting tonight saying she is shocked weinstein will face charges. harvey weinstein has said all along he did not have nonconsensual sex with anyone. we'll have the latest development osgood morning america tomorrow. for now the controversial rule change on the national anthem dividing not just sports fans tonight. here's abc's ryan smith. >> you don't want to admit we might have a problem in this country? >> the president of the united states inserted himself into this culture debate. >> the nfl is heating up. >> reporter: strong reaction to
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yesterday's decision by the national football league. >> we made modifications to our anthem policy. >> reporter: stating that players and personnel who in past seasons took a knee to protest racial injustice and police brutality must now stand and show respect for the flag and anthem. >> clearly our objective as a league and all 32 clubs, which was unanimous, is that we want people to be respectful at the national anthem. >> reporter: the president making his support for the decision clear today on "fox and friends." >> you have to stand proudly for the national anthem. or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. maybe you shouldn't be in the country. >> reporter: the new policy gives the league the right to fine clubs for violations. but the policy does give those who wish to protest a choice. if you don't want to stand, stay in the locker room or a nearby area until the song is over. seattle seahawk doug baldwin says the new policy reflects a disconnect between the league and many of its players. >> i wasn't surprised because of the lack of empathy and the lack of understanding.
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but again, disappointed that there wasn't more progress, that we haven't come further than we have. >> reporter: former new jersey governor chris christie, lifelong dallas cowboys fan -- >> i think it's a perfectly acceptable sign of protest. but a perfectly disrespectful way to treat the american flag and the national anthem. on national television. >> reporter: the nfl players association issued a statement saying, in part, the nfl chose to not consult the union in the development of this new policy. our union will review the new policy and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement. >> i don't think the policy is good because they wanted to make the anthem no longer be an ongoing talking point throughout the season. and what they've done is just left themselves open for this to continue to be in the news cycle. >> reporter: the national anthem issue has become an american flash point in the country's ongoing reckoning with racial injustice. the movement began nearly two years ago when san francisco
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49er quarterback colin kaepernick first sat on the bench during a preseason game to protest racial injustice and police brutality in america. in solidarity, over 200 other nfl players, coaches, and even owners, have followed suit, taking a knee or sitting for the anthem, became kind of a political rorschach test, seen as either an act of nonviolent protest -- >> we back them 100%, they're my family, my brothers. >> reporter: or a sign of disrespect. >> a lot of these players today are young, naive, stupid. >> you should stand for the national anthem. >> reporter: president trump fanning the flames of that divided view. >> wouldn't you love to see one of these nfl owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, get that [ bleep ] off the field right now, out, he's fired. >> there ain't no dividing us, you know what i'm saying? i guess we're all [ bleep ]. >> reporter: christie says the president isn't to blame for the anthem controversy. >> colin kaepernick politicized it. he's the one who decided to bring a political public policy issue onto the football field.
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>> reporter: nfl owners have struggled with how to balance supporting their players while honoring fans who may feel differently about the protests. christie's friend and cowboys owner jerry jones is opposed to kneeling but worked out a solution for one game. >> you might remember he nknelt in solidarity with his players before the national anthem, but then during the national anthem, he, the coaches, and the players were all standing and showing the appropriate respect for the flag. >> reporter: other players have also had to do some soul searching on the issue. former nfl long snapper nate y boyer famously wrote an open letter to kaepernick against his protest in 2016, saying he was angry at first, but willing to listen. >> i'm not a black man in america. so i don't know what that feels like. and i never will. >> reporter: the two talked and came to a compromise. >> he was asking me, what can i do that you think would be more respectful? because i'm not going to stand, i'm not going to stand until i see changes. i suggested kneeling because you can often see an image of a war
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fighter taking a knee in front of a fallen brother's grave to pay respects. >> reporter: as a former green beret, boyer says he views standing for the anthem as an act of patriotism but recognizing protesting is an american right too. >> i don't always agree but i ultimately fought for it. >> reporter: baldwin says he thinks the decision is ultimately about the almighty dollar. >> we're in a call tap lepitali system and the bottom line is more important than making positive change. >> reporter: evidence, he says, leaving players out of the discussion on the new policy. the nfl had an opportunity to kind of mend fences, to bridge the gap between the nfl players and the nfl itself. and it really missed out on that. >> reporter: and, he says, the president is also missing out on the conversation. >> come learn about what it's like to grow up in america as an african-american male. to experience the things that we experience. and really just not say
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anything, just shut and up listen. because that's really what empathy is about. >> reporter: just yesterday, a reminder that being a pro athlete isn't an inoculation from the everyday dangers black men in america face. >> taser, taser, taser! >> arrgh! >> reporter: with the release of this body cam video of milwaukee bucks player sterling brown being tased by milwaukee police. in an exclusive interview with robin roberts airing tomorrow on "good morning america," brown speaks out about the incident. >> at first the police were saying that you were resisting, that you were being combative i think is the word they used. the video proves otherwise. >> exactly. everybody thought that you know, from -- from the beginning, you know. thought i was combative, thought i was being aggressive. but, i mean -- i get mad every time i watch it, you know. because i was defenseless, pretty much. i can't do nothing. and they still did what they did. the video shows no justice at what really happened. it's body cam, it's close, you
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can hear me screaming and tough, it's tough every time i watch it. >> the irony, the same day the nfl comes out with this incoherent new national anthem policy we see this video emerge. the injection that position of it, this is the reason nfl players took a knee. >> reporter: kaepernick is a free agent, yet to receive a contract offer to play and has filed a grievance against nfl saying owners have colluded to keep him from signing with nfl teams. >> there's such momentum against him that i really don't see him ever getting a job again in the nfl. >> reporter: last month kaepernick received amnesty international's ambassador of conscience award for his activism. >> it is the people's unbroken love for themselves that motivates me even when faced with dehumanizing norms of a system that can lead to the loss of one's life over simply being black. >> reporter: baldwin says the movement has been worth it. >> as frustrating as the process
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has been, i think that there is progress that has been made and progress that will be made. we have a long ways to go, so i am hopeful and optimistic in that regard. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm ryan smith in new york. up next, the little social media star saying all the wrong words. is somebody putting them in her mouth? ( ♪ ) it's the details that make the difference. only botox® cosmetic is fda approved to temporarily make frown lines, crow's feet and forehead lines look better. it's a quick 10 minute treatment given by a doctor to reduce those lines. ask your doctor about botox® cosmetic by name. the effects of botox® cosmetic, may spread hours to weeks after injection, causing serious symptoms. alert your doctor right away as difficulty swallowing, speaking, breathing, eye problems, or muscle weakness can be a sign of a life-threatening condition.
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the attention of millions with profanity-laced rants mimicking rap and hip-hop culture, flaunting her supposed wealth and blasting her haters. of course the spotlight comes with a lot of heat. and many are wondering does exposing a child to the internet like this cross a line? >> vanilla ice cream -- >> reporter: taylor may look like your average elementary schooler. but most 9-year-olds don't pull stunts like this. for her 2 million followers on instagram, she's known as her foul-mouthed, trash-talking alter ego lil tay. her schtick? a mashup of outrageous antics and over-the-top mimicking of gangster rappers. >> all y'all broke-ass haters -- >> reporter: pretending to do drugs. using the "b" word, the "n"
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word, bragging about being filthy rich. >> y'all don't have that view and be holding your mama's rein. >> who is lil tay? >> i'm only 9 years old but i'm maurer than these haters and i'm working hard to make all my money. >> y'all already know what it is, lil tay on hollywood boulevard -- >> reporter: this pint-sized social media star raising giant questions about the potential of exploittation of children in the waters of social media. >> they say like someone's forcing me to do this, but this is just who i am. this is my personality. >> reporter: we sat down with lil tay and mom angie six weeks after they moved from canada to hollywood to pursue what they say is lil tay's dream of fame. >> so many parents when i show this, they're like, where are the parents? what is the mother thinking? >> i'm a proud mom. i'm a great parent. and also my daughter has accomplished so much by herself.
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she would be a superstar. >> reporter: over several hours with us, lil tay slips in and out of character. surprisingly, she's quite soft-spoken. >> yeah, there's like a lot of tours and stuff, a lot of sightseeing -- >> reporter: her mom claims the straight-a student is now going to be home schooled. >> what are all the things you do? >> swimming, skating, piano, drawing class. >> 9 years old, i am only 9 years old. >> reporter: the dr. jekyll to her internet mr. hyde. alternating between an elaborate fantasy world that even she can't keep up with. >> harvard is this year. >> what city is harvard in? >> i kind of forgot. >> reporter: often revealing the reality, that she's just a little girl. she's gained social media celebrity status by pushing the envelope of what's provocative, even borderline offensive. >> this realm thrives on controversy. that's how a lot of these stars get to be known. >> do they love her or love to hate on her? >> a lot of haters. also a lot of fans of her.
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>> we love to make people laugh. >> reporter: rap mogul snoop dogg accusing her 16-year-old brother of coaching her, writing online, she needs to be in school learning how to be a little girl. all sparking #saveliltay. >> a lot of people are going to say this and that, we just keep going, it doesn't faze us. >> reporter: her manager insist cysts it's a sibling collaboration, an increasingly profitable one. how many sponsors does she have now? >> so far around four. >> reporter: a bona fide influencer. yet you have to be 13 to open an instagram or youtube account. we reached out to both sides. youtube responding in part, when we become aware that the channel is controlled by a child and not by a parent, we terminate the channel. instagram declined to comment. but lil tay's page now says it's controlled by her management team. you were listed as her manager until a couple of weeks ago. were you running the social media accounts? >> i use my own instagram.
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>> all the idea come from her, very mature. >> reporter: some say it's the mature subject matter that makes her brand of comedy entertaining. in this video that has since been taken down from her instagram page she pretends to be doing drugs. >> she is a wonderful child. she's a top student at school. >> this message is not high on the top student in school, this is, i'm a dropout, i'm a drug user. >> wait, but i'm not a drug user. everyone knows that. >> reporter: while she doesn't really do drugs in her videos, she really is driving this car. >> why grown-ass men hating on a 9-year-old? i don't got no license but i have this car, you don't even have a car -- >> i don't have a license but i still like drive these cars for fun. >> i'm the parent, always be with her, support her. >> so you were there when she was driving the rolls royce?
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>> yes. >> you understand that's illegal, right? >> we made it very secure. her safety and her happiness are the most important to me. >> what the [ bleep ] going on? >> reporter: some of her toughest criticism centers around her use the expletives and racist slang. >> cursing is something negative to me. it helps me get pumped up and like motivated to get things done throughout the day. >> these are words that most 9-year-olds are forbidden to use. >> but she never cursed in real life. >> i haven't even said one curse word yet. >> reporter: whether offensive or entertaining is up for debate, but what's indisputable is she's become a magnet for cyber bullying. some comments threatening violence. so many others too obscene to repeat on television. >> she doesn't read all these comments. because she's enjoying what she's doing. >> because she doesn't read them
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doesn't mean they don't exist. >> exist, but doesn't exist to her. >> a lot of people will defend these young people being thrust into the spotlight saying there's no difference between child actors and social media stars. but when you are an actor on set, you go, you play the role. these kids are being branded as these people. there's no separation. >> y'all are here hating on me -- >> you don't look very happy. >> i mean, that was before. like now i'm happier than before. >> when you're constantly barraged with comments that are negative, children do not have the capacity to just slough them off. and it can wreak havoc in her self-estee her self worth. >> reporter: as for her net worth, it's unclear how much money lil tay earns. >> i didn't shoot in anyone else's house. >> you didn't shoot in anyone else's house? >> no one has proof that i did. >> reporter: abc news contacted her mom's former employer at a vancouver real estate firm. he told us lil tay filmed using
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his car and some of his properties for sale, all without his per mix, a claim angie denies. >> i made a decision to resign. >> so then if you'd resigned your job, how do you support your family? financially? >> i don't want to reveal it in front of the public. >> how would you respond to critics who would sa, you're just going to profit off your daughter now? >> it's not true. >> no one's forcing me to do this. i decided to do this. >> reporter: but that fictional fortune in lil tay's videos appears to be turning into real cash, landing her first endorsement deal with tunes audio. >> my brand-new headphones, y'all can get your headphones too -- >> where did you buy that sweatshi sweatshirt? >> gucci. >> you went to the gucci store and said, here's my credit card? or my cash? >> yeah, my cash. >> reporter: price point on the sweatshirt, just shy of $1,400. >> i'm going to have my name on one of these stars one day. >> reporter: fame famous or
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