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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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Why Iceland's Christmas Witch Is Much Cooler (and Scarier) Than Krampus

Those who prefer the darker side of the holiday season have had it pretty good lately, thanks to the fast-growing popularity of Krampus. Once a mythological character on the fringes of Christmas lore, the horned and hoofed Germanic monster has gone mainstream in the U.S. There are Krampus Parades taking over the streets of major cities, an influx of merchandise bearing his long-tongued creepiness, and a horror-comedy film about him starring Adam Scott and Toni Collette. While Krampus may be king of holiday scares, his fans may be overlooking an…

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Witch hunt or harassment allegation? Test your knowledge

Many years ago I did my initiation on a full moon and began practising – pause for orchestral burst – witchcraft in the English tradition. In all honestly, it was mostly a meditation practice coupled with a keen interest in the life of my plants – so no, I can’t curse your ex for you (and please, don’t call me a “Wiccan”). Let’s ignore the part where I accidentally stepped on a snail at the time,  and instead focus on the fact that the above makes me uniquely qualified to hoot with derision…

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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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FBI nominee Christopher Wray says Russia probe not witch hunt

Donald Trump’s pick to lead the FBI has rejected the president’s depiction of a probe into alleged Russian meddling of the US election as a witch hunt. “I do not consider Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt,” Christopher Wray said about the former FBI director who is leading the special investigation. Mr Wray also told a Senate hearing he would quit if the president asked him to do anything illegal. The last FBI director, James Comey, was fired by the US president on 9 May. The US president…

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