Veteran British DJ Dave Lee Travis had a "propensity" to grope women and hoped his fame gave him "the perfect right" to abuse them, a court in London has heard. The former BBC Radio 1 stalwart, who was cleared of 12 indecent assault charges in February (14), is facing a retrial on three counts, and the hearing formally began on Friday (05Sept14).
The jury was told Lee Travis is facing two charges of indecent assault and one of sexual assault involving three different women between the 1980s and 2008.
One alleged victim claims she was groped when she was working on a theatre show with Lee Travis, another accuses him of groping her outside his dressing room before a chat show appearance, and a third is a journalist who says she was molested during an interview at the DJ's home in Buckinghamshire, England.
Prosecutor Miranda Moore, QC, told the jury at London's Southwark Crown Court, "We say that these incidents show that he has a propensity to lay his hands in a sexual manner on young women and that he is an opportunist... The defendant seemed to act as if he had the perfect right to grope."
Lee Travis denies all three charges.
The trial continues.
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Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles is convinced speculation that her marriage to Jay Z was on the rocks was created to boost ticket sales for their joint tour.
The couple was hit with split rumours during its On The Run trek, which began in June (14), and neither of the stars spoke publicly to defend their six-year marriage or deny the reports.
Beyonce's mother Tina blasted the speculation, insisting "everything's perfect", and now the former Destiny's Child star's dad and ex-manager Mathew has accused promoters of encouraging the rumours to drum up interest in the concerts. He tells Texas radio station 104.1 KRBE, "I know, because we've done this from experience. There's a tour going on, so you sometimes have to ignite that tour. It's called a Jedi mind trick. The Jedi mind trick fools you a lot at time."
Mathew Knowles also alludes to the infamous elevator bust-up between Jay Z and his sister-in-law Solange Knowles in May (14), adding, "All I know is the Jedi mind trick. Everyone's talking about it. Ticket sales went up. Solange's album sales went up 200 per cent!"
The On The Run Tour concludes in Paris, France in September (14).
Two Reading Festival attendees have been arrested in England on suspicion of raping a woman. A 31-year-old man and a 14-year-old teenager have been detained by police after the alleged victim reported the incident on Thursday (21Aug14), according to The Guardian.
Chief Inspector Dave Parker says, "There is currently a scene watch in place and I would like to reassure those attending the festival that crime levels remain low and crimes of this nature are very rare.
"Officers are patrolling the site to support on-site security and if anyone has any concerns, please feel free to approach our officers to discuss these."
There have been 21 crimes including five alleged drugs offences and 13 suspected thefts ahead of the festival, which will feature performances from Arctic Monkeys, Blink-182 and Paramore this weekend (22-24Aug14).
Liam or Harry? Niall or Zayn? We can't forget about Louis. Who do you choose?! Believe me, it is a TOUGH decision. Why should we have to choose between 5 beautiful men? They're all equally wonderful. And they have accents. It's not fair to choose. But if you have to, I can help. After seeing them in Philadelphia on their Where We Are tour (Thanks Sony!) I have ample evidence to support each guy.
Here are your reasons, starting from youngest to oldest:
Harry Styles (2/1/1994)
He’s not afraid of being goofy, like at all.
He will PROPOSE to you if you show up to the concert in a wedding dress.
His dancing is a strange mix of wiggling his legs while pointing his fingers.
*** On August 13th, 2014, he took his headband off and it was AMAZING***
He will stop in the middle of a performance to read a book.
He spends a great portion of the concert just waving at fans.
He enjoys spraying water like this:
This lip bite:
He will sing someone else’s verse in a song and mess it up adorably.
He’s silly enough to recreate popular vines.
Niall Horan (9/13/1993)
He’s the only Irish band member and he will never let you forget that.
He’s got the best hand gestures out of the entire band.
Even Zayn can’t keep up.
Niall is actually a fanboy(girl) at heart:
He looks great holding a puppy.
He plays the guitar, a lot.
And it’s REALLY hot.
It’s easily one of the hottest things you’ll ever witness.
Honestly, this is all you should need to become a Niall girl/guy.
Actually, I’m sorry. This is what you need:
BIGGEST PLUS: This is still true.
Liam Payne (8/29/1993)
Liam does what thousands (millions) of people want to do...smack 1D butts.
Liam gets really into singing the lyrics to every song.
Liam is the god of wearing jorts.
Who knew jorts were even in again? Liam did, that’s who.
His eyes crinkle when he laughs.
He also laughs a lot when he’s on stage.
Cause he’s having an awesome time, obviously.
Liam knows exactly how to get a crowd jumping.
He can dance AND sing like Michael Jackson.
He is comfortable with his body, because he is PERFECT the way he is.
This song and dance combination:
Zayn Malik (1/12/1993)
He can hit notes so high, you’ll feel it in your bones.
He is very pensive. You two could have deep discussions.
This is what he looks like with his hair slicked back and holding a (fake) guitar.
He has an adorable little giggle/smile.
Here is that hair & giggled combined:
I’m so sorry if you’re a Zayn girl now and just fainted.
He actually listens to choreography very well.
His entire face, really.
Louis Tomlinson (12/24/1992)
His arm tattoos could make a saint swear.
His hair is so long now that he’s perfected the hair flip.
He’s got an adorable little smirk.
Even he knows he has a nice butt.
Just look at those eyes when he sings:
He can teach us a new style of how to vogue.
Did you choose one? Maybe these options made it harder on you. If you still can't decide, just be like me and say you're equally dedicated to all five members. One Direction started the U.S. leg of their tour in East Rutherford, NJ on August 5th and will be making some Midnight Memories around the country until October 5th.
Share this with your friends on Facebook and Twitter and see who their favorite member of One Direction is!
A large 20 foot (six metre)-high mural of late British comedian Rik Mayall has been painted on the doors of the Harlow Playhouse in his native Essex, England. The portrait was created by local street artist Dave Nash, two months after the funnyman's death.
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine gave Saxon fans a treat at the Bloodstock Open Air festival in England on Sunday (10Aug14) when he joined the veteran rockers onstage for a rendition of their hit Denim & Leather.
Bosses of Britain's legendary Cavern Club, where The Beatles were discovered, are heading for a court showdown over the venue's name. Owners of the underground concert hall in Liverpool, England are at war with chiefs of the Hard Rock Cafe chain over its branch in Boston, Massachusetts, which uses the name 'Cavern Club' for its games room.
The trademark row has been ongoing for 20 years, and now the owners of the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where The Beatles were first spotted by Brian Epstein in the early 1960s, are asking a judge in Florida to throw out the Hard Rock bosses' claim to the name.
Cavern Club director Dave Jones says, "It is absurd for a billiards room in Boston to be passed off as having anything whatsoever to do with the history and heritage of music's most famous club in the world."
Owners of the Hard Rock Corporation have registered the U.S. rights to use the 'Cavern Club' name at any of its branches, but bosses of the Liverpool venue have filed a lawsuit in Orlando, Florida, where the company is based, asking for the trademark to be lifted.
Embattled British DJ Dave Lee Travis has been charged with indecent assault over allegations he attacked a woman during an appearance on a British TV show in the 1990s. The 68 year old is accused of assaulting a female over the age of 16 in 1995, and the alleged incident is said to have taken place while he was a guest on The Mrs Merton Show, which was fronted by comic Caroline Aherne from 1995 to 1998.
Travis, from Buckinghamshire, England, is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on 24 April (14).
The star's latest legal problem comes as he faces a retrial on charges of indecent and sexual assault. A jury was unable to reach a verdict on the two charges at a trial in February (14).
As he was participating in a Q&A after winning an award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Jared Leto was confronted by an angry woman. She wanted to know how he, as a non-transgender person, deserved to play the role of the transgender, HIV-positive Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club that earned Leto an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Instead of going on the offense, Leto engaged her in a thought-provoking conversation about acting and, when there wasn't enough time, invited the woman backstage to continue the dialogue. There's one word for that: cool.
Leto, who rose to prominence initially as a brooding teen idol on My So Called Life, has long marched to the beat of his own drum and in the process has become one of the coolest people in Hollywood. So dedicated was the actor to playing the transgender role in Dallas Buyers Club that he showed up the first day already dressed as a woman.
Instead of playing on his good looks, Leto seems only to take roles that interest him. When he's needed to, he's dropped to skin and bones to play Rayon or a heroin addict in Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, and has put on weight to play John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman in Chapter 27. Tired of the physical toll that the extremes of changing his body to fit a role have taken, Leto has decided to stop doing it. When you're cool, you don't let the past control the future.
Besides his acting prowess, Leto has managed to put together a critically acclaimed music career with his band Thirty Seconds to Mars, which also features his brother Shannon Leto. The band has sold millions of albums and toured around the world. When acting offers conflict with his music, Leto usually picks music... because he can.
Leto doesn't just restrict his efforts to acting and music, but spreads himself around by lending his time and talents to numerous charitable organizations. The actor has been an outspoken advocate for everything from gay marriage to stopping animal cruelty. Instead of just lending his name, he frequently shows up at events and participates. Because when you're cool, you don't fake involvement, you actually become involved.
There's a good chance that Leto will be taking home an Oscar at this year's awards ceremony after already scoring wins at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. It's also a pretty safe bet that his acceptance speech will be heartfelt and honest... and there's nothing cooler than that.