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Filmmaker Paul Haggis found guilty of rape, must pay $7.5 million to his victim

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Sylvie Claire / November 11, 2022

Oscar-winning Canadian filmmaker Paul Haggis was found liable Thursday, Nov. 10, by a New York civil court for the rape of a publicist in 2013, to whom he will have to pay $7.5 million. The director of Crash (“Collision”) and screenwriter of Million Dollar Baby and Casino Royale, 69, was tried by a civil jury of the New York Supreme Court, after a liability trial that began on October 19. He has been accused since December 2017 by a publicist, Haleigh Breest, working in the film industry, of raping her in January 2013, when she was 26 years old.
 
In the wake, in the midst of the #MeToo wave of liberation of speech on sexual violence and sexism against women, the filmmaker had been targeted by accusations of sexual assault by three other women. But he appeared in New York only for the facts denounced by Haleigh Breest, which the filmmaker has always denied. He is not being criminally prosecuted for these rape charges. More recently, last June, Paul Haggis was arrested in the south of Italy, again under the suspicion of sexual assault against a young woman, facts that he still denied.
 
During the civil trial, the filmmaker’s lawyers suggested on Wednesday before the popular jury of the New York court that Haleigh Breest’s complaint had been teleguided by the Church of Scientology, with which Paul Haggis had broken away and which he has since criticized.
 
A thesis swept aside by the lawyers of the plaintiff. In her complaint, Haleigh Breest told that on the evening of January 31, 2013, after a film screening in Manhattan, the director had insisted that she come for a drink at his place, while she said she preferred to go out in a bar. Once in his apartment, Paul Haggis had made numerous advances before forcing her to perform oral sex on him and then raping her again. “I am grateful that I had the opportunity to go to court to seek justice and establish responsibility, and that the jury decided to follow the facts and believe me,” said the plaintiff Haleigh Breest in a statement.
 
Known for being one of the creators of the Walker Texas Ranger series, Paul Haggis won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for Crash (“Collision”). He was also the screenwriter of Million Dollar Baby, Memoirs of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima by Clint Eastwood, as well as episodes of the James Bond saga, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

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Bob Marley & The Wailers bassist Aston “Familyman” Barrett has died after a “long battle” with illness.

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Sylvie Claire / February 7, 2924

 

Reggae band The Wailers announced the death of bassist Aston “Familyman” Barrett on the social network Facebook, after a “long battle” with illness.
 
The 77-year-old Jamaican, bassist with Bob Marley & The Wailers, passed away on Saturday.Bob Marley & The Wailers bassist Aston “Familyman” Barrett has died after a “long battle” with illness.
 
Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Olivia Grande, said on X (ex-Twitter) that he had died at the University of Miami Hospital in Florida, the same city where Bob Marley died in 1981.
 
Born on November 22, 1946 in Kingston, Jamaica, Aston Barrett was “a pioneer, a mentor and above all a true family man”, write the Wailers on Facebook. His nickname “Familyman” came from the fact that he was said to have several dozen children.
 
“The world has lost not only an iconic musician and the backbone of the Wailers, but also a remarkable human being whose legacy is as immense as his talent,” the reggae group hailed on the social network. “Aston’s music brought joy to millions (of people) and his influence on reggae is beyond measure. He was a man of few words, but his lyrics were full of wisdom, kindness and love. His bass lines were not only the foundation of the Wailers’ music, but also the beat of a genre that touched hearts across the globe ».
  
The Wailers asked that their privacy and that of Familyman’s family be respected.
 
In 2006, Aston Barrett sued Island Records, claiming £60 million in unpaid royalties. However, he lost the case. He put an end to his musical career in 2019.

 

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Mademoiselle Luna dies at 48, Belgium mourns famous DJ

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Steph Deschamps / January 23, 2024

 

She passed away surrounded by family and friends on Sunday January 21, after a long and terrible battle with breast cancer. Delphine, aka “Mademoiselle Luna”, was 48 years old.
 
Diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2021, Mademoiselle Luna suffered a recurrence in the summer of 2023. Her cancer had spread to her lungs and bones.
 
Many people, particularly from the music world and the media, paid tribute to him.
 
The announcement of her death caused a wave of sadness in Belgium, where since Sunday, tributes have been pouring in on social networks to honor the woman, DJ and fighter she was.
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Actor Alec Musser, star of “All My Children” and seen in “Desperate Housewives”, has died aged 50

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Sylvie Claire / January 15, 2024

 

Alec Musser, known for his role in the series “All My Children”, has died of a serious Covid, aged 50. His fiancée paid tribute to him via social networks: “Rest in peace, my love. This is the worst day of my life, we were so happy. You were the best fiancé I could have dreamed of. I’ll never take my ring off. »
  
While the exact cause of his death is not yet known, Fox News reported, “Alec Musser was suffering from a severe case of Covid despite having been vaccinated 3 times.” An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.
 
Alec Musser also landed a role in season 3 of “Desperate Housewives”. He first came to public attention in 2005 in the reality show “I Wanna Be a Soap Star ».
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