By Debbie Emery - Radar Reporter
The finger of blame for the TODAY ratings crisis has been firmly pointed at Matt Lauer lately, but the morning anchor's big boss has now openly defended him and said he is not to blame for the recent numbers slump.
Executive producer Jim Bell went to bat for the long time host on Wednesday, when he admitted that: "We had to make some tough calls. We’re taking some shots. But that’s okay. We have the right team in place now. We’re just trying to move forward here," reported The Hollywood Reporter.
Panic Room star Jodie Foster has been accused of battery by a 17-year-old boy RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.
“Jodie Foster attacked my son at the parking lot at The Grove,” the father, who wishes to remain anonymous, told RadarOnline.com. “Jodie pushed and shoved him leaving scratches and bruises on his arm.”
According to a police report, the incident occurred on May 29 between 1:50pm and 2:00pm with a report of battery and bodily force. The description reads:
“Vict while at The Grove saw susp and began to take pics of susp with his camera then walked to the valet area of The Grove. Susp followed vict, poked him on his chest, grabbed vict by his left arm causing visible injury.”
The father of the alleged victim told RadarOnline.com exclusively: “My son was at The Grove with his girlfriend and they were going to see a movie. He saw Jodie Foster and is a big fan so went over and took a picture of her.
“She came after him, poked him in the chest and said, ‘Do you even have a mother you slime ball?’”
The family tells RadarOnline.com that their son was really confused and apologized profusely to the actress. “He didn’t mouth back at all and was scared of her,” the father said. “At one point Jodie’s son even came over to my son and apologized. Her kids were really embarrassed.
Foster is intensely private about her personal life, especially when it comes to questions about her sexuality. She has two biological sons, Charles, 11, and Christopher, 8, but has never revealed the identity of their fathers.
The family of the alleged victim later went to police who filled out an incident report. Police did not respond at the scene. Because of that the incident report can be a “he said, she said” type of document. Foster’s first name is spelled wrong and her age is incorrect on the document. That information would be supplied by the alleged victim.
But the alleged victim’s father not only insists his was victimized, he’s furious. “On top of it all, he’s a minor!” he told RadarOnline.com. “My wife is furious that while Jodie was trying to protect her children, she wasn’t there to protect her son.
“This left a really bad impression on my son about her. He used to be a big fan and now he has a bad taste in his mouth. He’s a good kid; kind of small for his age. There was no threat to Jodie.”