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Chris Tarrant guilty of drink-driving

Radio host and TV presenter Chris Tarrant has been banned from driving after pleading guilty to drink-driving. The 71-year-old was over the legal limit while driving his Mercedes on 16 December in Bucklebury, Berkshire. He had 50 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes. The Who Wants to be a Millionaire host was disqualified from driving for 12 months by Reading magistrates and fined £6,000. Outside court, Tarrant, of Osgoods Gully, Bucklebury, said he was “very sorry” and thought his punishment was fair….

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Justin Timberlake 'stumbled through' nipplegate

Pop star Justin Timberlake says he has “made peace” with Janet Jackson, 14 years after his role in her infamous “wardrobe malfunction”. In case you’ve forgotten, Timberlake ripped a panel off Jackson’s bodice during the 2004 Super Bowl, revealing her right breast to 14m TV viewers. Although both artists apologised, it was Jackson who got fined and blacklisted by US radio and MTV. “I stumbled through it,” Timberlake told Zane Lowe about the aftermath. “To be quite honest, I had my wires crossed. “It’s just something that you have to…

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Carey Mulligan: No strong film roles for women

Carey Mulligan has hit out at what she says is a lack of leading film roles for women. The 32-year-old star of Suffragette and The Great Gatsby said she’s “fed up” of playing wives or girlfriends. The Oscar-nominated actress is due to appear in a new BBC television series called Collateral. Criticising the movie world she said opting for the small screen gave her the chance to play a “fully rounded, flawed, interesting person”. “I think for the most of female actresses I know it’s just about going where the…

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The tragedy that inspired Zombie – The Cranberries' biggest hit

“This song’s our cry against man’s inhumanity to man; and man’s inhumanity to child.” – Dolores O’Riordan. After The Cranberries’ debut album, people thought they had the band sussed out. The Limerick band were part of the Celtic rock tradition, their shimmering, sorrowful ballads brought to life by Dolores O’Riordan’s bell-clear vocals. Zombie shattered that illusion. A seething condemnation of the IRA, it was backed by pummelling, distorted guitars while O’Riordan’s lilt was contorted into a primal howl: “What’s in your head Zombie? Zomb-ie-ey, ay-ey, ay-ey, aooowwwww.“ Her pain was…

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BBC star Emily Maitlis' harasser sentenced

A former friend of Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, who harassed the BBC journalist for more than 20 years, has been jailed. Edward Vines, 47, inflicted “psychological torture” on the BBC star by repeatedly breaching a restraining order, a court heard. Vines was in prison for a previous breach when he committed one of the new offences. He was given a 45-month sentence at Oxford Crown Court. Ms Maitlis first met Vines, of Clarkes Row, Oxford, when they were students at Cambridge University. He was first convicted of harassment in 2002….

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Steven Seagal denies Bond girl assault

Actor and producer Steven Seagal has denied an allegation of sexual assault at a film rehearsal in Sofia 2002, made against him by Bond girl Rachel Grant. Mr Seagal’s lawyers also deny another allegation by the actress that he attempted to indecently expose himself. The British actress later lost her job on the film, Out For A Kill. Ms Grant, speaking exclusively to the BBC, said: “I want to share what happened to me, so people will hear it and others might come forward.” These claims follow other allegations made…

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