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James Franco accused of 'abuse of power'

James Franco has been accused of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behaviour by five women, including students from his acting school, US media report. Four of the actor-director’s former students and an actress who said Franco was her mentor told the LA Times they were victims of “an abuse of power”. It comes after claims against Franco on social media following his best actor win at Sunday’s Golden Globe awards. The star said the earlier allegations made on Twitter were “not accurate”. On Sunday, Franco attended the Globes ceremony wearing a…

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Stockport woman accused of murder after garden body find

A woman has been charged with murder after police found a body buried in a Stockport garden. Barbara Coombes, 63, is also charged with preventing the lawful and decent burial of a body and fraud. Human remains, believed to be those of her father Kenneth Coombes, were found in a garden in Reddish, Stockport on Tuesday. Ms Coombes, of Matlock Road, Reddish, is due to appear before Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court later. Excavations being carried out in the garden have concluded but officers were still working at the crime…

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British Vogue editor Edward Enninful accused of 'whiteness' on February cover

Two issues into his editorship and British Vogue chief Edward Enninful has already raised eyebrows over his third cover. Promising to bring more diversity to the tome than his predecessor, Alexandra Shulman, Enninful, who is black, won praise for putting model and activist Adwoa Aboah on the cover of the December issue, his first in the editor’s chair.  But preview photos of the February issue, which goes on sale on Friday, have led to comments on social media that the magazine had already dropped the ball on diversity. Starring Nicole Kidman and…

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Russian doping: IOC accused of 'cowardice' over Rodchenkov

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been accused of “cowardice” for failing to help a former Russian anti-doping official turned whistleblower. Grigory Rodchenkov, whose revelations of state-sponsored cheating led to the country’s ban from the 2018 Winter Olympics, fled to the US two years ago and remains in hiding. But his lawyer – Jim Walden – has now accused Russia of “stepping up its retaliation” by secretly lobbying for his extradition. “If they succeeded, Dr Rodchenkov would face death and torture at their hands,” he warned. Walden said the IOC…

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Doctor accused in deaths of 5 patients from opioid overdoses

A Pennsylvania doctor who prescribed nearly 3 million doses of opioids during a recent 19-month period has been charged with causing the overdose deaths of five people, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The U.S. attorney’s office in Harrisburg said Dr. Raymond Kraynak, 60, of Mount Carmel, was indicted on five counts of drug delivery resulting in death, 12 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and two counts of using his doctor’s offices as “drug-involved premises.” Prosecutors said a state monitoring program identified Kraynak as having issued the most opioid…

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Russell Simmons accused of sexual assault by more women

More women have come forward to accuse music producer Russell Simmons of sexual assault and harassment. The New York Times has reported the stories of three women who have accused him of raping them between 1988-2014. And the Los Angeles Times has posted accounts from a further five women, including one allegation of rape. The Def Jam Records co-founder stepped down from his companies in November. He said he “vehemently denies all these allegations”. He added: “These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations…

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‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer accused of raping 17-year-old boy

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Bryan Singer was sued Thursday (Dec 7) for allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy on a yacht in Seattle in 2003. The alleged victim, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, accused the director of forcing him to perform oral sex. According to the suit, which was filed in state court in Seattle, the director then forcibly performed oral sex on Sanchez-Guzman […] Entertainment – Star2.com

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