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Rosario Dawson Speaks Out After Anti-Trans Assault Lawsuit Dropped

Rosario Dawson is speaking out.

The 42-year-old actress spoke out on Thursday (May 27) following a dismissal of the case of Dedrek Finley versus Rosario Dawson.

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Back in October of 2019, Dedrek, a trans man and longtime family friend of Rosario‘s who also worked for them in Los Angeles doing household repairs, filed a lawsuit alleging mistreatment and discrimination including physical assault and anti-trans insults.

The case began to lose steam last fall, when the court granted Dedrek’s voluntary request to withdraw all but two of his claims. The lawyer representing him also withdrew from the case.

According to the Los Angeles Superior Court, a judge threw out those final remaining claims after he did not respond to repeated court requests for documentation, answers to questions, and an independent medical examination to reinforce his claims of mental and physical harm.

“My family is pleased that this baseless suit is over. While the vast majority of the false claims had been voluntarily withdrawn last year-including every single false claim of discrimination-the court has now terminated the remainder of the case allowing us all to move forward,” Rosario said in a statement.

“That these false claims came from someone we’ve known as chosen family for decades and who we were trying so hard to help out, as we have many times in the past, was very heartbreaking. Nevertheless, we have great empathy for him and have only ever wished him well.”

Rosario made an appearance at this high-profile political event earlier in the year.

Joey King, Nick Jonas & Lily Collins Star in Apple's 'Calls' - Check Out the Trailer!

The trailer for Calls is here!

Joey King, Nick Jonas and Lily Collins star in the Apple TV+ upcoming series.

The superstar-filled cast also includes Nicholas Braun, Clancy Brown, Rosario Dawson, Mark Duplass, Karen Gillan, Judy Greer, Paul Walter Hauser, Danny Huston, Riley Keough, Stephen Lang, Jaeden Martell, Paola Nuñez, Pedro Pascal, Edi Patterson, Aubrey Plaza, Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Jennifer Tilly.

Calls is described as a groundbreaking, immersive television experience based on the buzzy French series of the same name, masterfully using audio and minimal abstract visuals to tell nine bone-chilling, short-form stories.

The series is directed by Fede Álvarez, and each episode follows a darkly dramatic mystery that unfolds through a series of seemingly average, unconnected phone conversations that quickly become surreal as the characters lives are thrown into growing disarray.

Calls Season 1 will premiere on March 19 on AppleTV+ – check out the trailer right now!

Joey King also has something very exciting coming up – and it involves her sister!


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'Young Rock' Adds Rosario Dawson & Randall Park In Key Roles For Dwayne Johnson's NBC Series

Young Rock has added to it’s big cast for the first season.

The television series, which tells Dwayne Johnson‘s origin story as he makes a run for President, has recruited Rosario Dawson and Randall Park to help him land the Oval Office job.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Randall will play himself.

Dwayne‘s run for President happens in 2032, and it imagines that Randall has transitioned to journalism and is given all-access coverage to Dwayne‘s presidential campaign.

He’ll be featured interviewing Dwayne throughout the season and letting audiences (and voters) better get to know the possible future commander-in-chief.

READ MORE: Meet The Full Cast of “Young Rock”

Rosario is set to play General Monica Jackson, who is “a resilient leader, confident and steadfast in her decisions. Representative of her decorated years of service, General Jackson is an unrivaled force whose respected ethics and values are introduced as a very integral key to Dwayne Johnson’s presidential campaign.”

If you didn’t know, Rosario is dating this politician.

Check out the newest trailer for the show below!

Cory Booker Brings Rosario Dawson to 2021 Presidential Inauguration!

United States Senator Cory Booker brought his girlfriend, actress Rosario Dawson, to the 2021 Presidential Inauguration! Members of the senate and congress are invited to the event, but this year, it was more scaled down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The couple sat and watched President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris get sworn in at West Side of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday (January 20) during the Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C.

If you don’t know, the Senator and Rosario made a big step in their relationship a few months ago. Find out how long Rosario and Senator Booker have actually been dating!

Senator Booker actually ran for president in 2020 but ended up dropping out of the race.

Check out the full photo of the couple at the 2021 inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris…

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Rosario Dawson Says Fans Were The Biggest Reason She Was Cast in 'The Mandalorian'

Rosario Dawson has to thank her fans for helping in her getting the role of Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian.

In her interview with Vanity Fair, the 41-year-old actress shared that the role came to her after the show’s crew noticed them campaigning for her to play the character on the Disney+ series.

“It first came from fans online,” she shared. “Someone tweeted me and fancast me. I retweeted back and I was like, ‘Absolutely, yes please’ and ‘#AhsokaLives.’ And apparently that got the attention of someone who has been doing the Star Wars press for years.”

Rosario added that it was then “forwarded it to Dave Filoni. That kind of started a whole thing. I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, did I just get fancast in something?’ And then nothing happened.”

While it took a while for producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni to call her up, the casting became clear once Rosario and Dave met face to face.

“When I met Rosario, I just knew she was right for Ahsoka,” he said in the same interview. “Yes there was the tweet, and her interest in the part, yes she has been in action movies and is a huge fan of sci-fi and fantasy stories, yes, she knew Hayden Christensen and pictures of them together look like Anakin and Ahsoka. But in the end, when I met her and we talked, I just knew.”

Rosario made her debut as the fan favorite character, who was first introduced in Clone Wars and Rebels, in the recent episode.

In the episode, Ahsoka revealed something very important about Baby Yoda, aka, The Child. See what it was here…

Rosario Dawson Responds to Allegations That She's Transphobic After That Lawsuit

The Mandalorian‘s Rosario Dawson was sued in 2019 for allegedly discriminating against a transgender man and now, she’s speaking out about the allegations that she has anti-trans bias.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Rosario was asked, “The claim accused you and other family members of anti-trans bias, and you’ve called the lawsuit false and baseless. But what do you say to those Star Wars fans who hear this and believe the worst—that you are transphobic?”

Rosario responded, “Well, firstly, I just want to say I understand that, and why people were concerned, and are concerned. I would be too if I heard some of those claims. But I mean, as we’re seeing right now in these past months, and just recently, actually, the truth is coming out.”

She continued, “Every single claim of discrimination has been dismissed by the person who made them, and as you’ve said, the fact that this is coming from someone I’ve known since I was a teenager, the better part of my life, and who my family was trying to help as we have many times in the past, it really just makes me sad. But I still have a great empathy for him.”

The lawsuit filed by Dedrek Finley, according to TMZ, states that Rosario and her family allegedly used the wrong pronouns after he came out. Dedrek also claims that things once got physical between him and Rosario‘s mother.

Vanity Fair continued questioning Rosario about these incidents, adding, “Court records show 18 of the 20 claims were withdrawn voluntarily without a settlement, and his lawyer left the case. Two counts remain alleging a physical altercation, and a judge will rule on whether that can move forward next month. There are people that would say, “Well, this is just another example of a wealthy, famous person overpowering the system.” So what would you say to those people who are unconvinced, both about this case and about what you actually believe about trans people?”

She added, “The reason that all of the discrimination claims were dropped is because they didn’t happen. I was raised in a very inclusive and loving way, and that’s how I’ve lived my entire life. I’ve always used my voice to fight for, lift up, and empower the LGBTQA community, and use my platform to channel trans voices, in fiction and nonfiction work that I’ve produced and directed. So I feel the record is really clear.”

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Rosario Dawson Congratulates Boyfriend Cory Booker On His Senate Re-Election

Rosario Dawson shared a sweet congratulatory message on social media for her politician boyfriend, Cory Booker.

Cory was re-elected to the New Jersey state Senate, beating Republican Rikin Mehta with 60% of the vote.

“So proud of and grateful for you my love. I got to vote for you here in New Jersey and am so glad that you overwhelmingly and rightfully won your seat again,” Rosario wrote to Cory on her Instagram.

She adds, “To know your leadership will continue to guide us with love, brilliance, patience, grace and effectiveness is the kind of representation and hope we need. We saw record turnout and need to keep building so that we can win both houses and make real change! #EyeOnThePrize #MIDTERMS #2022IsAroundTheCorner.”

Last night, Cory thanked his supporters in another message on his feed: “New Jersey, I’m once again humbled by the faith you’ve placed in me. Thank you for standing with me and allowing me the honor of representing our great state in Washington…Our work is far from finished.”

Rosario even replied to him, writing, “Congratulations my love. I’m so grateful for your leadership and your team. We need you.”

Cory and Rosario just recently moved in together during quarantine and he opened up about their living situation.