Prosecutors in Massachusetts have dropped their case against a teenager who was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl at a Keith Urban concert in July (14). Local newspaper The Sun Chronicle reports the unnamed girl has agreed with the decision not to take the matter any further.
In Attleboro District Court on Thursday (25Sep14), prosecutors explained the case against Sean Murphy had been dropped following "extensive" conversations with the accuser, who told police at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield she had not consented to have sex at the concert.
Murphy's lawyers maintained the sexual encounter, which was recorded by onlookers on cellphones, was consensual.
Country star Keith Urban has broken his silence after his recent concert in Massachusetts resulted in dozens of hospitalised fans and an arrest for an alleged rape.
The You'll Think of Me hitmaker brought his Raise 'Em Up Tour to the Xfinity Center in Mansfield on Saturday (26Jul14), but the gig was marred when 46 fans were treated for "alcohol-related" illnesses. More than 20 were sent to local hospitals for further treatment, and an additional 50 revellers were arrested and taken into custody for unspecified reasons.
Also this week (begs28Jul14), an 18-year-old man was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl during the concert.
Now Urban has spoken out about the incidents, sending his sympathies to all those involved. He wrote on his website, "My team and I were horrified to learn of the events reported in Boston this past weekend and our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected. This type of behavior stands in stark contrast to the spirit of our shows."
Urban's tour continues throughout the U.S. until mid-September (14).
A Massachusetts man has been arrested after allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl at a Keith Urban concert over the weekend (26-27Jul14).
The You'll Think of Me hitmaker brought his Raise 'Em Up Tour to the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, and during the show, 18-year-old Sean Murphy allegedly sexually assaulted an unnamed girl on the lawn area of the venue, while fellow concert-goers looked on and took videos with their cell phones, according to The Sun Chronicle.
An off-duty police officer noticed the crowd gathering around the couple, and Murphy was taken into custody shortly after.
According to police, both Murphy and the girl were consuming alcohol during the concert. Murphy has pleaded not guilty the the charge of rape and claims the sex was consensual.
Urban's gig was also marred when emergency medics from five mutual aid communities were called in to treat a high number of revellers who had become ill, including 46 who were treated for "alcohol-related" illnesses, 22 of whom were sent to local hospitals for further treatment.
In addition, 50 concert-goers were arrested and taken into custody for unspecified reasons.
Dozens of concert-goers were hospitalised during Keith Urban's concert in Mansfield, Massachusetts on Saturday night (26Jul14). The You'll Think of Me hitmaker brought his Raise 'Em Up Tour to the Xfinity Center but the gig was marred when emergency medics from five mutual aid communities were called in to treat a high number of revellers who had become ill.
Local police and fire chiefs tell news station NECN that 46 people were treated for "alcohol-related" illnesses, and 22 of them were sent to local hospitals for further treatment.
In addition, 50 concertgoers were arrested and taken into custody for unspecified reasons.
In a joint statement, the local Police and Fire Department officials say, "We would like to commend all those working the concert from ushers, to security, to the Police, EMS, and Fire personnel who worked and the local hospitals for their professionalism and resilient efforts during this busy show."
Last month (Jun14), Swedish DJ Avicii's nearby Boston gig also descended into chaos as audience members fell ill, with around 50 people treated by paramedics on site and another 36 taken to nearby hospitals, pointing to dehydration or excessive alcohol and drug use as a probable cause.
At some point in the early years of the 21st century a bunch of Hollywood executives must have gotten together and decided that animated films should be made for all audiences. The goal was perhaps to make movies that are simultaneously accessible to the older and younger sets with colorful imagery that one expects from children’s films and two levels of humor: one that’s quite literal and harmless and another that’s somewhat subversive. The criteria has resulted in cross-generational hits like Wall-E and Madagascar and though it’s nice to be able to take my nephew to the movies and be as entertained by cartoon characters as he is I can’t help but wonder what happened to unabashedly innocent animated classics like A Goofy Movie and The Land Before Time?
Disney’s Winnie The Pooh is the answer to the Shrek’s and Hoodwinked!’s of the world: a short sweet simple and lighthearted tale of friendship that doesn’t need pop-culture references or snarky dialogue to put a smile on your face. Directors Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall found some fresh ways to deliver adorable animation while keeping the carefree spirit of A.A. Milne’s source material in tact. Their story isn’t the most original; the first part of the film finds Pooh Piglet Tigger and Owl searching for Eeyore’s tail (a common plot point in the books and past Pooh films) and hits all the predictable notes but the second half mixes things up a bit as the crew searches for a missing Christopher Robin whom they believe has been kidnapped by a forest creature known as the “Backson” (it’s really just the result of the illiterate Owl or is it?).
The beauty of hand-drawn animation all but forgotten until recently is what makes Winnie the Pooh so incredibly magnetic. There’s an inexplicable crispness to the colors and characters that CG just can’t duplicate. It’s a more personal practice for the filmmakers and should provide a refreshing experience for audiences who have become jaded with the pristine presentation of computerized imagery. The film is bookended by brief live-action shots from inside Robin’s room an interesting dynamic that plays up the simplicity of youth ties it to these beloved characters and brings you right back to memories of your own childhood.
With a just-over-an-hour run time Winnie the Pooh is short enough to hold the attention of children but won’t bore the parents who will love the film mainly for nostalgic musings. Still it’s the young’uns who will most enjoy this breezy bright and enchanting film that proves old-school characters can appeal to new moviegoers.