Breakfast Briefing, 10.6.2017: Cam Newton apologizes for sexist joke

The Carolina Panthers quarterback said he was sorry for insulting a Charlotte Observer reporter on Wednesday in a video posted to social media. Plus: Harvey Weinstein gives his first interview after harassment allegations surface.

Newton apologizes for sexist joke. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton posted an emotional apology on social media on Thursday night, hours after Dannon dropped him as the spokesman for its Oikos yogurt brand. After he was asked a question by a female reporter at a Wednesday press conference, Newton said, "It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes."

Weinstein gives NY Post first post-allegations interview. Embattled Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein threatened The New York Times with a lawsuit in his first interview after the newspaper published a story on Thursday detailing years of sexual harassment allegations against him. Weinstein told the New York Post, "The next time I see [top NYT editor] Dean Baquet, it will be across a courtroom." Weinstein has also retained the lawyer who helped Hulk Hogan bring down Gawker. Ketchum said Thursday it is looking into the allegations, which surfaced a week after the firm announced a partnership with The Weinstein Company.

Company behind Fearless Girl settles discrimination claim. State Street, the company behind the statue of a girl standing up to Wall Street’s famous Charging Bull, has settled allegations it discriminated against hundreds of women executives, according to Bloomberg. The bank hasn’t admitted wrongdoing, but it will pay $5 million to 300 female execs.

The latest on Facebook’s Russia ad crisis. The company removed references to Russian activity from a report it issued in April about foreign influence on its platform during the 2016 presidential election, according to The Wall Street Journal. The social network pulled the information from the report after its legal and policy teams voiced concerns, according to the report. More: Stoking Islamophobia and secession in Texas -- from an office in Russia, via CNN.

Don’t do this over the weekend....A Miami Beach man was arrested after he allegedly created a parody Twitter account purporting to be from Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department. Ernesto Orsetti was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer, which is a third-degree felony, according to the Miami New Times.

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