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Kevin Spacey appears in court via videolink accused of seven further sex offences

Kevin Spacey appears in court via videolink accused of seven further sex offences

Entertainment
Kevin Spacey has appeared in court remotely accused of sex offences against a new complainant.The actor, 63, who appeared via videolink at Westminster Magistrates' Court from the Middle East, spoke only to confirm his name, his date of birth and his London address during the brief hearing. He gave no indication of any pleas after being charged with sexually assaulting an alleged male victim in alleged incidents between 2001 and 2004.The latest seven charges against the Hollywood star include three of indecent assault, three of sexual assault and one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.They take the total number of charges faced by Spacey to 12. He was granted unconditional bail ahead of his next appearance at Southwark Crown Court on 13 January, when he i...
Police investigating Armie Hammer after Hollywood actor accused of rape

Police investigating Armie Hammer after Hollywood actor accused of rape

Entertainment
Police in Los Angeles have launched an investigation into an allegation of rape made against Hollywood actor Armie Hammer. The US star has denied any wrongdoing. The confirmation from detectives of an inquiry came moments after a 24-year-old woman appeared at a news conference and alleged she had been raped and assaulted by the actor in 2017.The woman, who lives in Europe and was identified only as "Effie", gave a graphic description of her interactions with Mr Hammer and told reporters: "I thought he was going to kill me." Image: Mr Hammer's lawyer dismissed the allegations as 'outrageous' Since January, a number of the actor's former partners have alleged he was physically and emotionally abusive. ...
Chancellor accused of ‘not levelling with people’ over budget plans

Chancellor accused of ‘not levelling with people’ over budget plans

Business
Rishi Sunak "isn't really levelling with people" about painful cuts that will be needed to repair the public finances, according to budget analysis by a respected economic think-tank.Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) director said "Santa Sunak… looks more like Scrooge Sunak" under plans for a squeeze totalling more than £50bn compared to the pre-pandemic outlook.That is the scale of spending cuts and tax rises over coming years compared to what the chancellor outlined in his first budget a year ago - implying a spending outlook that seems "implausibly low", Mr Johnson said."The chancellor isn't really levelling with people about the choices the government is making to repair the public finances," he added. ...
Dance label R&S Records accused of racial discrimination

Dance label R&S Records accused of racial discrimination

Entertainment
Getty ImagesThe head of influential dance label R&S Records discriminated against black and female artists, according to a former employee.Label founder Renaat Vandepapeliere dismissed the music of several BAME artists as "meaningless" and claimed the history of techno was "very white", said former talent scout Raj Chaudhuri.Chaudhuri is suing R&S for unfair dismissal, citing race discrimination.The label said there was "no truth" to his "spurious" and "damaging" claims."Mr Renaat Vandepapeliere is certainly not racist and everyone at R&S Records embraces equality," said R&S co-founder Sabine Maes, who is also Mr Vandepapeliere's wife, in a statement.The statement characterised Mr Chaudhuri as a "freelancer who became disgruntled", and accused him of trying to "blackmail" t...
Tech giants unite against company accused of WhatsApp hack

Tech giants unite against company accused of WhatsApp hack

Technology
Some of the biggest technology companies in the world, including Google and Microsoft, have joined Facebook's legal battle against the private spyware company NSO Group.It follows Facebook launching a legal challenge against the Israeli firm after confirming that an initially unnamed hacking group had developed a tool which could take control of victims' phones by calling them over WhatsApp. The companies now join Facebook's lawsuit, accusing NSO Group of developing "powerful and dangerous" tools that have enabled authoritarian governments to spy on more than 1,400 people around the world, as reported by Reuters. Image: Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was reportedly targeted using NSO tools At the time, WhatsApp said that it had dete...