Veteran BBC radio presenter Dave Lee Travis is facing a possible jail sentence after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a young woman backstage during a TV show recording. The 69 year old was convicted on Tuesday (23Sep14) of groping the researcher in a corridor at a TV studio in 1995 by placing his hands on her breasts for 10-15 seconds.
The DJ was cleared of a separate charge of indecent assault, and the jury at London's Southwark Crown Court was undecided on a third charge of sexual assault, which has now been dropped.
Travis, who had denied all three charges, showed no emotion as the majority verdicts were read. Judge Anthony Leonard, QC warned the presenter, a stalwart of the BBC's flagship Radio 1 during its 1970s and '80s heyday, that "all options" including a prison term will be open when he is sentenced.
Leaving court after the verdict, Travis said, "I'm not speaking to anybody right this moment."
The case was a retrial stemming from a separate hearing earlier this year (14) when the presenter was cleared of 12 sex attack charges dating back to the 1970s.
That jury failed to reach a verdict on one count of indecent assault and one of sexual assault, and a retrial was ordered. In the run-up to the new hearing, another alleged victim came forward, resulting in Travis' conviction on Tuesday.
Coldplay are launching an exhibition of artist Mila Furstova's artwork for their number one album Ghost Stories.
The British group, fronted by Chris Martin, is setting up the London-based show to raise money for children's charity Kids Company. The display will be open for three days in December this year (14) and all the work will be available for purchase, with prints on sale as well as original pieces.
A picture was posted on the group's Twitter.com page showing Martin signing one of the paintings. He says, "Sometimes a piece of art looks exactly like you think your song sounds. On Ghost Stories, Mila somehow managed this time and time again. Her etchings showed exactly what we were trying to say."
The news comes amid reports Kids Company, which provides support for disadvantaged children across Britain, is facing closure unless it is given a big funding boost from the British government.
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Actor/comedian Dan Aykroyd wants to expand his business empire by opening a blues club in London.
Aykroyd co-founded a chain of restaurants and clubs called House of Blues in 1992 and there are now 13 branches around the U.S., and he is hoping the 14th will be in the British capital.
The Blues Brothers star tells Britain's Evening Standard newspaper, "I would like to put a House of Blues here. I would like to find a good spot for our format. We need a 1,000-seat showroom, maybe 500 seats, and I would love to bring our Louisiana cuisine and we'd fit the rooms with our rural folk art collection."
Golf legend Greg Norman is recovering after a freak chainsaw accident on Saturday (13Sep14), which almost cost him his left hand. The two-time British Open champion admits he was "lucky" after hacking into his arm while trimming trees on his estate in Florida.
Norman just missed cutting through a main artery and tendon and managed to get to a nearby hospital in time to save his hand.
He posted a photo of himself with a bandaged left hand and arm to his Instagram account on Saturday and added the caption, "Working with a chainsaw ALWAYS be respectful of the unexpected. I was one lucky man today. Damaged, but not down & out. Still have left hand."
Norman tells Associated Press, "Thank God the blade wasn't running full speed or it would have taken my hand off. I handled everything as calmly as I could. There is no major damage. There is nerve damage, but no muscular damage. They fixed me up and here I am."
He posted another photo of himself posing with his hand and arm all bandaged up on Sunday (14Sep14) and thanked fans for their support, adding, "Thank u all for your concern & good wishes. All well the morning after the accident. Here I am at the scene of the crime... w/ (with) my new fashion statement!"
And in a brief chat with pal Matt Lauer on the Today show on Monday (15Sep14), the golfer revealed he had an eerie premonition before he packed up his chainsaw.
He said, "A feeling came over me that something bad is gonna happen... I'm not ignoring that feeling again."
Actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens' Broadway dreams have been realised - she has been cast as the lead in a new production of beloved musical Gigi.
The High School Musical star will play the title role in the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe production, which will be directed by Eric Schaeffer, the man behind Follies and Million Dollar Quartet. Gigi has previously been played onstage by Audrey Hepburn, and French actress Leslie Caron portrayed the character in Vincente Minnelli's Oscar-winning 1958 film.
British playwright and BAFTA-winning screenwriter Heidi Thomas will revamp the story for the new production, which will open at the Eisenhower Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. from 16 January to 12 February (15) before its big New York debut.
Hudgens, who played the role of Gigi in recent readings in New York, says, "I started performing in musicals from a young age, and it has always been my dream to be on Broadway. I cannot wait to get back on stage, singing and dancing these songs and living in Gigi's glamorous world." She adds, "I think it's (musical theatre) the true test. There are no second takes. You've got to bring everything you've got for the most critical of audiences. It's an honour, if anything. I'm over the moon."
Gigi was originally brought to life on the Broadway stage by Days of Our Lives actress Karin Wolfe in 1973, but that production only ran for 103 performances.
The original novel was turned into a 1951 play, starring Hepburn.
Actress Keira Knightley is planning to open an eclectic fashion store in London, according to a U.K. report. The Pirates of the Caribbean beauty has reportedly been hunting for the perfect property in the trendy Islington neighbourhood to launch her own quirky clothing shop and coffee shop.
A source tells The Sunday Mirror newspaper, "Keira is obviously at the top of her game in the acting world, but feels like the time is right to experiment with new things too...
"She's a huge fan of fashion, particularly anything vintage or alternative, so it's a perfect new opportunity. She's excited by the idea and is committed to making it work."
British singer Lily Allen embarked on a similar venture in 2010. She opened a vintage boutique called Lucy in Disguise with her sister Sarah, but it closed earlier this year (14). The online store is still in operation.
British pop star Leona Lewis has written an open letter to fans about her struggle with depression and her fears for the future after parting ways with her record label.
Earlier this year (14), the Bleeding Love singer, who won Britain's The X Factor in 2006, exited Simon Cowell's Syco management firm and Sony Records after seven years on the books. Lewis has now opened up about the massive career change, blaming the split on creative differences over her fifth studio album, and revealing she spent months battling dark thoughts.
In the handwritten note, which was uploaded to her Twitter.com page, Lewis states, "It has been quite the rollercoaster year. The emotions I have felt have been more powerful, in both a positive and negative way, than any other time... in my life. "At some points I felt extremely depressed and other times experiences amazing highs, but it got to the point where the downs were outweighing the ups... I worry too much... I worry about the future, work, how I look... animals, the environment... At times it seems absolutely overwhelming and I spiral to a dark place."
She goes on to reveal the split from her record label came about after she was asked to make an album that "would have not been true to myself", adding, "I cannot make music that does not speak to my soul, as scary as it seemed. I could no longer compromise myself."
Lewis also reveals meditation has helped her move on from her dark moods, and she is now feeling more positive about the future, concluding, "You either sink or swim. I chose to swim... Whatever the future may bring, I am ready."
Theatre producers in the U.K. are searching for a British actress to play Carole King as they plan to bring hit U.S. stage show Beautiful to the West End. Jessie Mueller won a Tony Award this year (14) for her portrayal of the music legend in the Broadway production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, and producers are hoping to replicate the show's success in the U.K.
A West End version of the production is slated to open in the British capital in February (15), and theatre bosses are scouring the country for a suitable young actress to take on the title role, according to Britain's Daily Mail.
The show opens at the Aldwych Theatre on 25 February (15).
Singer Demi Lovato took to the U.S. Capitol on Thursday (04Sep14) in the hope of urging members of Congress to pass legislation on mental health reform. The Skyscraper hitmaker, 22, visited Washington, D.C. to address an audience at the National Alliance on Mental Illness' convention.
Lovato, who has been open about her own struggle with bipolar disease, teamed up with former U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy to urge members of Congress to pass a comprehensive mental health bill.
During her speech, she said, "Those of us here today know that mental illness has no prejudice. It affects people of every race, age, gender, religion and economic status. It doesn’t discriminate between Republicans or Democrats, either.
"We've seen increased attention to our country's broken mental health system over the past few years, but we've seen very little action. Today our message is very clear: it's time for Congress to act for mental health by supporting the passage of a comprehensive mental health bill this year."
Lovato also took to Instagram.com to share photos of herself at the Capitol building, including a selfie with a bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
She added the caption, "Mean muggin (sic) with Winston Churchill... he agrees with me.. A MESSAGE TO CONGRESS: PASS COMPREHENSIVE MENTAL HEALTH REFORM LEGISLATION THIS YEAR!!!!"
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor insists she has known about allegations of a VIP paedophile ring at the heart of the British Establishment "for years". Investigators are probing claims of a huge child abuse conspiracy involving some British politicians and other public figures dating back to the 1960s.
It is alleged a dossier naming some of those involved was destroyed during a cover-up, and O'Connor - a veteran campaigner against child abuse - has now spoken out to insist the paedophile ring was an open secret in Westminster and those involved have been protected by a "hundred-year silence order" which buries the evidence.
She tells Q magazine, "(I've been) educating myself, offstage... (I've known about it) for years. Everyone knows about that... I didn't used to believe in Satan and now I f**king do."