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Kevin Spacey’s lawyer tells UK court his client denies sexual assault charges
A lawyer for Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey said he strenuously denies any criminality when he appeared in a UK court on Thursday to face sex offense allegations. Spacey is charged with five offences: four counts of sexual assault and another charge of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without their consent. Prosecutors say Spacey forced a man to perform oral sex.
Netflix Plans ‘Squid Game’ Reality Show With Big Cash Prize, No Fatal Consequences
Netflix Inc’s most-watched series is no longer just a fictional TV show after the streaming service greenlit “its biggest reality competition ever” called “Squid Game: The Challenge.” Unlike the series where the stakes are life or death, the worst possible fate in this 456-player competition will be leaving without the $4.56 million in prize money, which Netflix says is the biggest lump sum prize of the history of reality television.
The Stones are planning a new show in Amsterdam to compensate for the cancellation of COVID, other shows next week will continue
The Rolling Stones plan to return to Amsterdam on July 7 to make up for a concert that was canceled earlier this week after lead singer Mick Jagger tested positive for COVID-19, promoter Mojo said on Wednesday. In a tweet shared on Wednesday, the Stones said Mick Jagger was feeling much better. “All other dates next week should go ahead as planned,” the band added in a separate tweet.
K-pop pioneers BTS’ timeout leaves fans in tears and investors furious
K-pop pioneers BTS faced tears and sympathy from fans but anger from their management company’s shareholders on Wednesday, a day after the group, pleading exhaustion, announced a hiatus from musical activities of the group to pursue solo projects. Many in South Korea reacted with shock and dismay to Tuesday’s news which, with some of its seven members approaching military service age, also sparked speculation about the future of a group whose optimistic and youth empowerment messages have made them global stars. “I could relate to them as they shed tears and told us honestly how they felt,” fan Nini Lee told Reuters from a cafe in Seoul where she had gathered with other fans. . “Their voice gave me tremendous strength when I had hard times, and I am no longer afraid of such headwinds… Now I want to give them my voice of courage.”. Kim Young-sun, who runs the cafe, said she was sorry that as a fan she only wanted more from BTS at a time when they were struggling, wishing them a well-deserved break to recharge their batteries. batteries.
Actor Kevin Spacey ‘strongly’ denies UK sex charges, lawyer says
Kevin Spacey “strongly” denies the sex offense allegations, his lawyer said on Thursday as the Oscar-winning actor made his first appearance in a UK court to face charges dating back almost 20 years. Spacey is charged with five offenses in Britain – four counts of sexual assault by touching and a more serious charge of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. Prosecutors say Spacey forced a man to perform oral sex.
Cosby accuser seeks damages, camp says ‘game over’ in closing arguments
Legal arguments in a civil case against Bill Cosby ended on Wednesday with his attorney telling jurors they shouldn’t believe his accuser’s claim that the comedian sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. Cosby’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, said plaintiff Judy Huth “didn’t tell the truth about a number of important things” in her testimony that Cosby forced her to perform a sex act when she was 16 years old and that he was 37 years old. The actor and comedian deny the allegation.
Korean pop group BTS is taking a break to work on solo projects
BTS, the South Korean group behind the global K-pop craze, is taking a break as a group to work on solo projects, the singers announced on Tuesday. Group member RM, speaking at the annual FESTA dinner that celebrates the group’s founding, said he felt the need to explore his own work without the constant recording and performing required by BTS.
US rapper Lil Wayne has been refused entry to the UK to perform at the festival
US rapper Lil Wayne will no longer perform at a UK music festival this weekend after he was refused entry to the UK, organizers have announced. The five-time Grammy Award winner, who was sentenced to a year in prison in 2010 for possession of a firearm, was due to take the stage at the Strawberries & Creem festival on Saturday.
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne ‘on the road to recovery after surgery’
British rocker Ozzy Osbourne is “well and on the road to recovery” after undergoing surgery earlier this week, his wife has said. Sharon Osbourne in an Instagram post thanked fans for their support, after saying last week that the former Black Sabbath frontman was going to have “a very important operation” on Monday. She did not give details of the operation.
‘Lightyear’ star Chris Evans calls criticism of on-screen portrayal ‘idiots’
Walt Disney Co’s new Pixar animated film “Lightyear” features a gay couple, the company’s latest step to bring traditionally underrepresented groups to the big screen. Actor Chris Evans, who plays the title character in ‘Lightyear’, applauded the moves for reflecting all types of people and said those who react negatively should be ignored.
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