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Liam Neeson says Hollywood experiencing 'bit of a witch hunt'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Ballymena-born actor Liam Neeson has said the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal has sparked “a bit of a witch hunt”. Since early October, some of the biggest names in arts and entertainment have been caught up in the scandal. Neeson, 65, was asked about the issue on RTE’s The Late Late Show. He said some people are “being suddenly accused of touching some girl’s knee or something and suddenly they’re being dropped from their programme”. Neeson said that he was “on the fence” about…

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Sigrid interview: 'Making pop is like a treasure hunt'

“Writing a good pop tune is difficult,” says Sigrid, the Norwegian pop star who’s just won the BBC’s Sound of 2018. “It’s a challenge, but it’s a good one – and when you find that one brilliant hook, it’s the best feeling.” The 21-year-old only started writing music four years ago, when her brother – who’s also a musician – invited her to play a show with him, on the condition she stopped playing Adele covers. “I guess he figured out I had something in me, and I just needed…

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100 Influential French Women Denounce #MeToo 'witch hunt'

A collective of 100 women have published a letter in the French publication Le Monde rejecting the so-called “Puritanism” of the anti-sexuial harassment movement Influential women, including actress Catherine Denevue, writer and curator Catherine Millet and actress Ingrid Caven, voiced their concern that men accused of sexual assault were being sent like “pigs” to the slaughter” without proper oversight. French actress Catherine Deneuve  Photo: AP “Rape is a crime,” the letter begins. “But insistent or clumsy flirting is not a crime, nor is chivalry a machismo aggression.” The group of actresses, writers, researchers and journalists have publicly…

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Sexual harassment claims are 'no witch hunt', says Harman

Labour MP Harriet Harman has told BBC News that the string of allegations of sexual abuse and harassment against MPs is not a witch hunt. She said: “There are a lot of men saying this has been blown out of all proportion, it’s a witch hunt. No, it’s not a witch hunt, it’s long overdue.” Her comments follow Friday’s suspensions of Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke and Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon resigned earlier this week. On Saturday morning, Sir Roger Gale, Conservative MP for North Thanet,…

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Trump rages on Twitter at Clinton and Russia inquiry 'witch hunt'

US President Donald Trump has launched a Twitter tirade about the “guilt” of Hillary Clinton and the opposition Democratic Party. His Sunday morning outburst came amid reports that the first arrest in the Russian collusion inquiry would be made this week, possibly as early as Monday. Mr Trump insisted allegations of collusion between his campaign and Russia were “phony” and a “witch hunt”. He said Republicans were united behind him, before urging: “DO SOMETHING!” Russia: The ‘cloud’ over the Trump White House Media reports say the first charges have been…

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