British folk star Roy Harper is facing charges after he was accused of sexually abusing a young girl more than four decades ago. The 72-year-old musician, who has previously collaborated with Pink Floyd, is facing nine charges relating to alleged offences which are said to have taken place between 1975 and 1977.
A spokesperson for West Mercia Police says, "The summons relates to two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, three counts of indecent assault on a girl under 14 and four counts of gross indecency with a girl under 14. The charges are in connection with offences alleged to have taken place in Herefordshire between 1975 and 1977 and relate to one victim."
Harper has been summoned to appear at Hereford Magistrates' Court in England on Monday (18Nov13). He was not arrested in connection with the alleged offences, but agreed to be voluntarily interviewed by police earlier this year (13).
Emma Thompson has written a handbook about sex and emotion to guide her daughter through life after experiencing a horrific ordeal as a child in which she was allegedly molested by an elderly man. The British actress has revealed she was targeted by an elderly magician at a birthday party when she was just eight years old, alleging he made a shocking sexual advance towards her.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "My parents brought him to the house for my party... He was an old man with grey hair. And he took me behind a door and said, 'Would you like a sweetie (sic)?'
"I said, 'Oh yes please,' but I had a funny feeling. He gave me the sweet and said, 'Will you give me a kiss?' And I said yes. So I went up to kiss him on the cheek and he planted his mouth on mine, stuck his tongue im my mouth and wiggled it about. I thought it was my fault, children always think it's their fault."
Thompson insists the experience encouraged her to write a handbook for her 13-year-old daughter Gaia to highlight the current sexual pressures youngsters face, which she believes have become much worse through social media.
She adds, "There are so many more pressures. The sort of sexual questions being put to young kids is horrifying to me, but that's what's out there, boys and girls watching pornography, boys showing girls hardcore porn on their iPhones.
"I'm in a constant state of anxiety but I know these kids have to negotiate these thickets by themselves. We can only help by listening, being aware, by not turning away and by not saying, 'Oh, that's all so disgusting I can't even think about it.'
"So I wrote my daughter a handbook about where emotions are felt in the body, about sexual feelings and the connection between sex and emotions. And I drew pictures and said, 'You know, you can sometimes feel things in your loins you don't feel in your heart, and you need to look at that. If you listen to what's going on in your emotional language, you will be able to keep the sexual activities safe.'"
Jennifer Love Hewitt's fiance has been cleared over an alleged altercation with a photographer in September (13). Actor Brian Hallisay was allegedly involved in a tussle with a paparazzo in Los Angeles, but the L.A. County City Attorney has now decided against prosecuting him.
The decision was made due to a lack of evidence, reports TMZ.com.
The snapper filed a battery report after the alleged run-in outside a restaurant in Brentwood.
Hallisay proposed to the Ghost Whisperer star in June (13) and the pair, which met on the set of The Client List, is expecting its first child together.
Simon Cowell's pregnant girlfriend has finalised her divorce and agreed to keep her seven-year-old son with her ex away from the music mogul. Socialite Lauren Silverman's husband of 10 years, Andrew, filed for divorce in New York in July (13), shortly after news leaked that she was carrying Cowell's baby.
The former couple managed to avoid a nasty court battle by reaching a mutual settlement in August (13), with Lauren receiving just over $2 million (£1.34 million) as per the terms of a pre-nuptial agreement.
Andrew Silverman had initially cited adultery for the split, but changed his reasoning to state that the marriage had "broken down irretrievably".
They agreed to share joint custody of their only child, Adam, with his mum receiving $3,000 (£2,000) a month in child support. The divorce was recently signed off by Manhattan State Supreme Court Justice Ellen Gesmer.
However, the stipulations for custody have been made very clear - Cowell must stay away from Adam until January, 2015, or risk having to pay a $50,000 (£33,330) penalty, and the boy cannot call anyone other than his biological parents mother or father, reports TMZ.com.
Andrew has also agreed not to talk trash about The X Factor boss to Adam or allow anyone else around the kid to make cutting remarks about Cowell.
Lauren is due to give birth to Cowell's baby son in February (14).
"I'm obsessed with doing manicures. I'd be totally fine with that (being a manicurist), but my mum was like, 'Do me a favour, we've worked so hard for this (acting career), if you are going to be a manicurist, make sure that you own the salon and you're not working there'. But I would do a little salon because I love doing my friends' manicures." Child star Bailee Madison, 14, plans to launch her own beauty salon in the future.
Director Lee Daniels decided to 'come out' as gay when he was a teenager in an attempt to upset his abusive father. The filmmaker has spoken candidly about his troubled relationship with his police officer dad William, who was killed in the line of duty when Daniels was 15.
In a new interview with Out magazine, the 53 year old reveals the extent of the violence he suffered at the hands of his father, explaining he was regularly beaten for acting effeminately and was even dumped in a trash can when he was caught wearing a pair of his mother's high heels.
The director admits he told his family the truth about his sexuality to get back at his father.
He tells the publication, "When I came out it was because I loathed my dad so much - I couldn't understand how you could, with an extension cord, beat a 45-pound kid just because he's aware of his femininity."
However, Daniels insists the trauma he suffered as a child moulded his vivid imagination, likening himself to the abused teen in his acclaimed 2009 movie Precious.
He adds, "For me it really created a world where I understood Precious, where you learn the power of the imagination."
Pink Floyd star Roger Waters is recording his first new rock album in over two decades. The legendary bassist/singer is back in the studio, and has told Rolling Stone magazine that he has already finished a demo of a new record.
Waters also reveals it is turning out to be a concept album, describing the yet-to-be-titled record as a story about "an old man and a young child trying to figure out why they're killing the children."
Although the 70 year old released an opera album in 2005, this will mark his first rock project since 1992 record Amused to Death.
Dame Judi Dench's final turn as James Bond's boss M has helped movie mogul Harvey Weinstein win an appeal to lower the age rating for the actress' new film. The Brit brought her Skyfall character back from the dead for a skit aimed at winning over bosses at the Motion Picture Association of America's Classification and Ratings Administration Board, who had slapped a restrictive 'R' rating on her film Philomena.
The ruse has now paid off as executives at The Weinstein Co. have won their appeal to land a family-friendly PG-13 rating.
Producers argued that the film's two 'f' words did not warrant an 'R' rating.
The film's star Steve Coogan joined TWC executives at the appeals hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday (13Nov13).
A jubilant Weinstein says, "We owe this victory to Barbara Broccoli, producer of the James Bond series, Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes who because of their relationship with Judi Dench gave permission to spoof the ratings system using the M character.
"We know that went a long way into shedding light on the themes of the movie and the fact that the PG-13 rating was correct. We are glad the MPAA has a good sense of humour and, with the co-operation of Barbara and her team, it was proven once again no one does it better than James Bond. And my sincerest congratulations to Steve Coogan, who went to the MPAA and defended the case personally."
Coogan also wrote the screenplay for the film, about an Irish woman on a hunt for the son who was adopted as a child without her permission.
Pregnant actress Jennifer Love Hewitt has turned designer to create a maternity clothing line. The Ghost Whisperer star, who is expecting her first child with boyfriend Brian Hallisay, has teamed up with maternity retailer A Pea in a Pod to design 15 items for mothers-to-be.
She tells People, "I wanted to design pieces that other moms-to-be could easily wear from the first trimester, throughout their pregnancy and even after their baby is born. It's one less thing you have to think about or stress over while your preparing for or spending time with your new baby!"
The star admits she took inspiration from a very stylish new mother - Halle Berry, who welcomed a baby boy, her second child, with fiance Olivier Martinez last month (Oct13).
Love Hewitt explains, "She always looks chic and pulled together which proves that your pregnancy doesn't have to compromise your personal style."
Actor Emile Hirsch has broken his silence after becoming a father for the first time, branding the experience "incredible". The notoriously private star welcomed a son, Valor, last month (27Oct13) with an unnamed former lover.
He has remained tight-lipped about the arrival of the tot, but spoke briefly to E! news to describe his excitement.
Hirsch, 28, simply said, "(It's) incredible. Incredible."
When asked how it felt to hold his child for the first time, he added, "There's not really words for that kind of stuff."