Celebrity publicist Max Clifford bragged of bedding movie beauty Julie Christie, London's Old Bailey court has been told. The public relations guru, whose previous clients have included Frank Sinatra and Muhammad Ali, is on trial on sex abuse charges amid allegations he molested seven young females aged between 14 and 19 over an 18-year period from 1966.
One of the alleged victims has been giving evidence to the court this week (beg10Mar14) and on Thursday (13Mar14), she told the jury Clifford had boasted of sleeping with Don't Look Now actress Christie.
The woman, who alleges she was aged 15 when Clifford abused her, said he promised her she could be "the next Jodie Foster" before forcing her to perform a sex act.
According to Courtnewsuk.co.uk, the woman told the court, "He asked me which actors I liked. I said I liked Julie Christie and had just seen her in Doctor Zhivago. I thought she was beautiful. He said he was the same age as her and mentioned her on several occasions. I remember he was saying he had spoken to Julie Christie on this particular occasion and this had happened to her as well. Presumably the abuse what he was doing to me as well."
Clifford, of Surrey, England, denies 11 charges of indecent assault between 1966 and 1984.
The trial continues.
A lawyer representing the photographer Justin Bieber is accused of assaulting in Miami, Florida has filed a court motion demanding the singer return to the city for another round of deposition questions. The Baby hitmaker sat for a four-and-a-half hour meeting last week (ends07Mar14) relating to a lawsuit snapper Jeffrey Binion filed against the 20 year old and his bodyguard Hugh Hesney following an alleged run-in last summer (13).
The plaintiff is seeking unspecified damages amid claims he was choked by Hesney and ordered to delete his images after Bieber took issue to being photographed outside a recording studio.
Video footage of the deposition recently surfaced online, showing the troubled pop star behaving badly as he is asked questions about his life and career. He is even reported to have stormed out of the hearing after refusing to discuss topics relating to his on/off girlfriend Selena Gomez, telling attorney Mark DiCowden, "Do not ask me about her (Gomez) again."
His lack of co-operation has prompted DiCowden to file a motion accusing Bieber's lawyers of wrongly preventing him from continuing his line of questioning. He is asking a judge to force the singer to return to Miami within the next 30 days to continue his testimony as Gomez had been present during other altercations between Bieber and the paparazzi.
The request was filed in court on the same day another Miami judge ordered Bieber to stand trial for his DUI charge on 5 May (14). The singer has pleaded not guilty to the count, in addition to charges of resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired licence, all resulting from an arrest in January (14).
It's the middle of the week, and your brain has all but lost its functional juices. You need an intellectual jump — a compelling lesson in history, science, or art, but without entailing that troublesome task of reading. What you need is a documentary. This week, our Netflix Hand-Picked Flix recommendation for Docu-Wednesdays is Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
Prepare to feel inadequate. Jiro is the world's foremost sushi chef, and at the age of 85, he is nothing short of a workhorse. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is an intimate display of the virtue of effort. The film showcases decades of study and trial and error all go into an exacting knowledge of how to make the best sushi in the world. while it might look like a madman obsessing over minutiae, the beauty of the doc is witnessing just how completely Jiro puts every single grain of his being into mastering his chosen profession, and how refined simplicity can give way to deep complexity.
It's both inspiring and a bit depressing, knowing you could never possibly put forth that kind of unadulterated effort into any pursuit. It's utterly fascinating to peak inside of Jiro's worldview and take a tour through his daily life and dedicated philosophy. This one should not be missed... it might even convince you to do your own cooking a little more often.
You can watch the movie on Netflix, and check back tomorrow for our Throwback Thursday recommendation.
Justin Bieber will stand trial for driving under the influence (DUI) in May (14), two months after he was initially due to face the charges. The pop superstar was arrested with R&B artist Khalil Amir Sharieff in January (14) and busted on suspicion of DUI, resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired licence following allegations of drag racing in Miami, Florida.
The 3 March (14) start date for his trial had to be postponed last month (Feb14) to allow the case judge to review hours of CCTV footage of Bieber in custody to determine if its release would violate his privacy.
Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield ruled in the defendant's favour last week (04Mar14) and ordered prosecutors to black out images of the Baby singer's genitals in the footage, which featured the 20 year old struggling to complete a sobriety test, arguing with cops and submitting to a urine test, before allowing them to go public.
The case returned to court on Tuesday (11Mar14), when both prosecutor Daniel Diaz-Balart and Bieber's lawyer Roy Black insisted that no plea deal had been offered to the star, despite reports suggesting otherwise.
The singer, who extended his weekend (08-09Mar14) stay in Austin, Texas and did not attend the Miami hearing, faces a day in court on 5 May (14). He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
Meanwhile, Sharieff will face a separate trial for a DUI charge on 7 April (14). He has also denied the allegations.
The DUI charge isn't Bieber's only ongoing legal woe - he is also facing an allegation of summary assault in Toronto, Canada, where he stands accused of hitting a limo driver during a night out in December (13).
A brief routine hearing into that case was held in Toronto on Monday (10Mar14), when Bieber's attorney, Brian Greenspan, appeared on his client's behalf, determined to fight the claims.
After the court date, Greenspan told reporters, "What is clear is that we have independent witnesses who indicate he was not engaged in any wrongdoing."
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius vomited in court on Monday (10Mar14) when details of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's fatal gunshot wounds were read to a judge. The gold medal-winner, who is on trial accused of murdering the South African model, was repeatedly sick into a bucket as he sat in the dock and heard the gruesome evidence.
The judge banned journalists from reporting the details of the evidence of Steenkamp's injuries, but witnesses inside the courtroom said the medical examiner's remarks were so graphic they made Pistorius repeatedly ill.
Court staff moved a microphone from the dock to lessen the sound of the track hero vomiting and retching, and the judge even took a break from the evidence to inquire about Pistorius' wellbeing.
Steenkamp was shot dead by Pistorius in the bathroom of his home in Pretoria, South Africa in February last year (13). The athlete denies one charge of murder and three firearms offences, insisting he mistook the model for a burglar.
Justin Bieber has been subpoenaed to testify in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit filed against him by his former housekeeper. Tatiana Voziouk began working as a maid at the Baby hitmaker's Calabasas, California mansion in August, 2012, but was let go unexpectedly last summer (13).
She filed suit over the matter last year (13) and Bieber has now been summoned to appear in court on Tuesday (11Mar14).
Voziouk's lawyer, Lawrence Ring, tells the New York Daily News, "My client was extremely diligent, loyal and hardworking, making sure that the house was running as efficiently as possible. No reason was given to my client for her termination."
The suit is Bieber's latest legal woe - he stormed out of a deposition relating to a photographer assault case in Miami, Florida on Thursday (07Mar14), while he is facing trial over DUI charges stemming from an arrest in Florida in January (14).
He is also under investigation for vandalism over a reported 'egging' attack on a Calabasas neighbour's home, and is facing another assault allegation from a chauffeur in Canada.
Frasier star Bebe Neuwirth is returning to the small screen in a new political thriller from Homeland writer Barbara Hall. The actress, who was a TV hit as Dr. Lilith Sternin in Cheers and its Frasier Crane spin-off, will play the chief of staff in Madam Secretary, a new pilot which features Tea Leoni as an embattled U.S. Secretary of State.
The project by Hall, who also created Joan of Arcadia, will mark Neuwirth's first major main cast role since Law & Order: Trial by Jury, which ran between 2005 and 2006.
Neuwirth has had more recent recurring roles in The Good Wife and Blue Bloods.
The pilot is slated to air on U.S. network CBS later this year (14).
Celebrity publicist Max Clifford used his closeness to some of the world's biggest stars to "bully" teenage girls into performing sex acts on him, a London court has heard. Clifford, whose most famous clients have included Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Muhammad Ali, and Simon Cowell, is accused of assaulting seven young females aged between 14 and 19.
It is alleged he seduced them by bragging of his closeness to celebrities before committing sex attacks on them during a string of incidents dating back to the mid-1960s.
One woman claims she was 14 years old when Clifford, then aged in his 20s, groped her in his car after telling her, "If you want to see the stars, this is what you have got to do."
The jury at London's Southwark Crown Court was told another alleged victim, who claims she was abused by Clifford at the age of 15 after meeting him during a trip to Spain, wrote him a letter 35 years after the attack, in which she stated, "You took pleasure in degrading me... You abused me, you hurt me, upset me, and you are a vile and horrible man."
It was also alleged Clifford flattered young women by claiming he could land them roles in a Bond movie or on U.S. TV, and would later phone them pretending to be Hollywood moguls such as producer Aaron Spelling or director Michael Winner.
Prosecutor Rosina Cottage, QC, told the jury Clifford treated his company offices as his "own sexual fiefdom" and said, "The defendant used his contact with famous people to bully and manipulate these young people into sexual acts with him... As the years went by, he got away with his behaviour, he must have thought he was untouchable and no doubt thought no one would complain and, if they did, they would not be believed...
"This evidence shows that the defendant would not care about age and the propriety of his behaviour. He had no fear of using the names of famous directors and producers who he may never even have met, let alone have any business dealings with."
Clifford, of Surrey, England, denies 11 charges of indecent assault between 1966 and 1984.
The trial continues.
A man convicted of causing the death of Usher's former stepson has been ordered to serve four years behind bars. Jeffrey Hubbard was accused of losing control of the jet ski which collided with and killed 11-year-old Kile Glover during a family vacation at Lake Lanier in Georgia on 6 July, 2012.
He was found guilty on charges of homicide with a vessel, reckless operation of a vessel, unlawful operation of a personal watercraft, boat traffic violation, and serious injury by vessel following a jury trial in Georgia last month (Feb14), and he was handed the prison term during sentencing on Wednesday (05Mar14).
Young Kile, whose mother is Usher's ex-wife Tameka Raymond, was left brain dead following the tragic accident and died on 21 July, 2012.
British actor Michael Le Vell has walked away from his role in U.K. soap opera Coronation Street to deal with "personal issues" after he admitted taking cocaine. The star, who has played mechanic Kevin Webster in the show for 30 years, hit headlines over the weekend (01-02Mar14) when U.K. newspaper Sunday Mirror published an interview in which he confessed to snorting the drug in the run up to his recent trial.
Le Vell admitted he was "ashamed" of his behaviour and insisted he was caught in a "moment of weakness" after he was wrongly accused of child sex charges.
He was cleared of the allegations last year (13) and returned to work on the soap, but Coronation Street executives have now confirmed Le Vell is taking a hiatus to focus on his personal problems.
A statement from ITV, the U.K. network behind the show, reads, "Coronation Street and Michael Le Vell have mutually agreed he will take a break from the programme while he seeks professional help for personal issues."