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Cesar movie awards ceremony overshadowed by sex abuse allegations, ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ sweeps prizes

Cesar movie awards ceremony overshadowed by sex abuse allegations, ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ sweeps prizes

France’s annual movie awards ceremony took a somber turn Friday with a standing ovation for actress Judith Godreche who spoke out against sexual violence in the film industry. Issued on: 24/02/2024 – 07:46 3 min Thriller “Anatomy of a Fall” dominated France’s premier cinematic honours with six trophies, including best film, giving it new momentum ahead of the Oscars, in which it has five nominations. But the evening’s winners and losers were eclipsed by the speech from Godreche, who took the stage to denounce the “level of impunity, denial and privilege” in the industry. Godreche, who has become a leading figure in France’s #MeToo movement, has accused directors Benoit Jacquot and Jacques Doillon of sexually assaulting her while she was a teenager. Both deny the allegations. “Why accept that this art that we love so much, this art that binds us together, is used as a cover for illicit trafficking of young girls?” she said. “You have to be wary of little girls. They touch the bottom of the pool, they bump into each other, …

U.S. Examined Allegations of Cartel Ties to Allies of Mexico’s President

U.S. Examined Allegations of Cartel Ties to Allies of Mexico’s President

American law enforcement officials spent years looking into allegations that allies of Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, met with and took millions of dollars from drug cartels after he took office, according to U.S. records and three people familiar with the matter. The inquiry, which has not been previously reported, uncovered information pointing to potential links between powerful cartel operatives and Mexican advisers and officials close to the president while he governed the country. But the United States never opened a formal investigation into Mr. López Obrador, and the officials involved ultimately shelved the inquiry. They concluded that the U.S. government had little appetite to pursue allegations against the leader of one of America’s top allies, said the three people familiar with the case, who were not authorized to speak publicly. Mr. López Obrador called the allegations “completely false,” responding to questions from The New York Times on Thursday. He said the news of the inquiry would not “in any way” affect Mexico’s relationship with the United States, but said he expected a response …

L.A. anti-Scientology protests bring arrests, attack allegations

L.A. anti-Scientology protests bring arrests, attack allegations

Until about a year ago, William Gude had no issues with the Church of Scientology. The self-proclaimed cop watcher and activist better known by his social media handle @FilmThePoliceLA did not understand why the L.A.-based religion started by L. Ron Hubbard got so much flak. That was until Gude tried to record video of police making an arrest outside one of Scientology’s buildings last year. Gude alleges he was harassed by Scientology security guards who told him he could not shoot video on the public sidewalk. Although the allegation pales in comparison with others against the church, it set Gude off. “I told them, ‘I’m going to end your religion,’” Gude said in an interview. Now, Gude and his gaggle of anti-Scientology protesters are brawling publicly with the organization. They’ve demonstrated outside its major facilities as well as those of businesses perceived to be cozy with Scientology. Sometimes a hundred or more people show up at the protests, Gude said. They say the church has tried to stop them — called the police on them …

Border Patrol’s second-highest official opts to retire amid sexual misconduct allegations

Border Patrol’s second-highest official opts to retire amid sexual misconduct allegations

The second-highest-ranking official in the U.S. Border Patrol has elected to retire amid allegations of sexual misconduct toward female Border Patrol employees, according to two sources familiar with his departure. Joel Martinez, who assumed the role of acting deputy chief in January, is under investigation by Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility after multiple female employees accused him of sexual misconduct stemming from his time working in the Laredo, Texas, border sector, the sources said. The sources familiar with Martinez’ exit said women allege that he made aggressive comments to them about his desire to have sex with them and that they felt threatened by him and pressured to have sex with him. Joel Martinez, acting deputy chief of U.S. Border Patrol.CBP The Washington Post was first to report that Martinez was suspended, but did not identify a reason. Asked about Martinez, a CBP spokesperson told NBC News, “We do not tolerate misconduct within our ranks.” “When we discover any alleged or potential misconduct, we immediately refer it for investigation and cooperate fully with …

Cummins Fined .6 Billion Over Allegations It Outfitted Dodge Rams With Software To Cheat Emissions

Cummins Fined $1.6 Billion Over Allegations It Outfitted Dodge Rams With Software To Cheat Emissions

Engine manufacturer Cummins is facing $1.6 billion in fines after allegations that “it outfitted hundreds of thousands of trucks with software to defeat pollution controls,” according to The Cooldown.  The DOJ took time off from prosecuting J6ers and President Trump to allege that Cummins’ actions were in violation of the Clean Air Act. The agency says that “about 1 million Ram pickups” were rigged to cheat emissions tests so they could look “cleaner than they actually are,” the report says.  The DOJ says that “630,000 model year 2013-2019 Ram engines and 330,000 model year 2019-2023 Ram engines” have been “secretly releasing” nitrogen oxide as a result.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency, nitrogen oxide can cause irritation to the human respiratory system, leading to asthma attacks and other respiratory issues that may require hospitalization. Additionally, this pollutant contributes to the formation of ozone smog and intense tropical downpours. Engine manufacturers such as Cummins shirk their responsibility to maintain breathable air by evading emissions tests. Even Merrick Garland made a statement about the action: “Violations of …

Kemi Badenoch Says Former Post Office Chair Allegations “Completely False”

Kemi Badenoch Says Former Post Office Chair Allegations “Completely False”

(Alamy) 3 min read3 hr Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch has said that claims made by the former former Post Office chairman Henry Staunton that he was asked to delay compensation to victims of the Horizon scandal are “completely false”. Badenoch made a statement to the House of Commons this afternoon, in which she addressed claims that were raised in an interview with Staunton in the Sunday Times over the weekend.  Staunton, who had been in the job for little more than a year, told the newspaper that when he was sacked, Badenoch had told him that “someone’s got to take the rap” for the Post Office Horizon scandal.  He had also claimed that a senior civil servant told him to stall on compensation payments to Horizon victims so the government could “limp into the election” with a lower financial liability. Badenoch told the Commons that “several serious allegations were made against the government’s my department and its officials” over the weekend and “these allegations are completely false.” Badenoch said that she had gone to “great pains” …

Protests take place across Pakistan amid election vote-rigging allegations | Pakistan

Protests take place across Pakistan amid election vote-rigging allegations | Pakistan

Police fired teargas to disperse supporters of Imran Khan as protests broke out across Pakistan amid allegations of widespread vote-rigging targeting the former prime minister’s political party and other nationalist groups in the general election. The results of the election, which took place on Thursday, gave a surprise first place to Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, which won the most seats despite facing a stringent crackdown by the country’s powerful military establishment. But with no clear majority winner, the country remained in a state of turmoil as several parties claimed they would be forming a government, and protests shut down swathes of the country. An unprecedented wave of popularity won PTI-affiliated candidates more than 90 parliamentary seats but it is not enough to form a majority government. Khan’s party claims that the real number of seats it won is more than 150 and has alleged systematic fraud in the counting and recording of the votes. It is challenging dozens of the results in the courts. PTI defied a months-long crackdown that hindered campaigning and forced …

Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Calls Allegations “Baseless” Ahead of Second Impeachment Vote Expected Tuesday

Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Calls Allegations “Baseless” Ahead of Second Impeachment Vote Expected Tuesday

Facing a second impeachment vote this week, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas denounced the GOP’s accusations against him and claimed that only Congress can fix what he described as a “crisis” on the U.S.-Mexico border. “They’re baseless allegations, and that’s why I’m not really distracted by them,” Mayorkas said in a Sunday interview with NBC’s Kristen Welker, who asked the Homeland Secretary about impeachment articles accusing him of “wilfully not following the laws” regulating immigration. House Republicans failed to muster enough votes to impeach Mayorkas last Tuesday, falling just a single vote short. (One of the three Republicans who voted against the measure, Wisconsin Representative Mike Gallagher, announced Saturday that he was not seeking re-election. His vote against impeachment had already earned him a primary challenger.) The 216-214 tally—which was later adjusted to a tie after Utah Representative Blake Moore changed his vote—was a stunning embarrassment for House Speaker Mike Johnson, who admitted that the vote’s failure “was a setback” but vowed to bring the articles to a vote again. This time around, Republicans …

French film director Jacques Doillon calls storm of #MeToo allegations ‘lies’

French film director Jacques Doillon calls storm of #MeToo allegations ‘lies’

French film director Jacques Doillon, swept up in a storm of #MeToo allegations by several actors including Judith Godreche, denounced on Friday the “lies” and “false accusations” against him.  Issued on: 09/02/2024 – 21:45Modified: 09/02/2024 – 21:47 1 min In a statement sent to AFP, he said he was at the disposal of the courts. “That Judith Godreche and other women through her have the heart to denounce a system, an era, a society, is courageous, commendable and necessary,” said the director. “But the justness of the cause does not authorise arbitrary denunciations, false accusations and lies.” Godreche, 51, claimed Doillon, 79, took advantage of her while directing her in one of his films when she was 15. He was 29 years older at the time. Doillon and the director Benoit Jacquot were targeted this week by a complaint from Godreche, which prompted French prosecutors to open an investigation.  “I am watching with attention this upheaval, not to say this revolution, initiated and carried by women, whose voices have been freeing up for several years …

‘They did nothing’: Dozens of NHS mental health inpatients make fresh rape and sexual assault allegations | UK News

‘They did nothing’: Dozens of NHS mental health inpatients make fresh rape and sexual assault allegations | UK News

Dozens of new allegations of abuse – including claims of multiple rapes of one patient and another with a mental disorder who fell pregnant after sex with a staff member – have emerged against NHS trusts following an investigation by Sky News and The Independent. The fresh cases came to light as NHS England says it doesn’t enforce “vital” government-backed guidelines around sexual safety on mental health inpatient wards. As part of a joint Patient 11 podcast investigation, Sky News and The Independent, last week revealed 20,000 new complaints of sexual abuse, harassment and rape, involving patients and staff, across more than 30 NHS England mental health trusts since 2019. Spreaker This content is provided by Spreaker, which may be using cookies and other technologies. To show you this content, we need your permission to use cookies. You can use the buttons below to amend your preferences to enable Spreaker cookies or to allow those cookies just once. You can change your settings at any time via the Privacy Options. Unfortunately we have been unable …