The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to 'immediately expel' Harvey Weinstein

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted on Saturday to oust Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul who has faced dozens of accusations in recent days of sexual harassment and rape.

The Academy’s board of governors met Saturday and voted “well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him,” a statement said.

“We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over,” the statement said.

“What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.”

The academy’s board is comprised of 54 members, including major Hollywood names such as Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kathleen Kennedy.

Weinstein has denied that the alleged encounters were nonconsensual, but has apologized for causing “a lot of pain” to colleagues.

The allegations came to light in several bombshell reports from The New York Times and the New Yorker, which documented multiple women’s experiences with Weinstein going back decades. Dozens of women have now stepped forward in news outlets or on social media to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct to varying degrees.

Most of the alleged encounters detail “business meetings” that occurred in Weinstein’s hotel suites that turned into scenes of sexual harassment or assault. These accusations stretch back as far as the 1980s and include a variety of film industry figures, including actresses, assistants, and other employees.

After the stories broke, Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein Company, which he co-founded. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts also suspended Weinstein’s membership, releasing a statement on Wednesday that called his alleged behavior “completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA’s values.”

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Police seek clues in killing of top criminal lawyer | News … – Kathimerini

Police investigating the killing of prominent lawyer Michalis Zafeiropoulos in his Athens office on Thursday night are seeking to determine whether the crime had been premeditated, Kathimerini understands. 

Investigators have determined that two men entered the building on Asclepiou Street at around 7 p.m. had had an appointment with Zafeiropoulos.

According to the latter’s associate, the two men were aged between 30 and 40 and spoke good Greek but with a foreign accent that suggested they might be Albanian.

Initially the four men had a conversation in the lobby before the pair were led to Zafeiropoulos’s office. Once they were alone with him, one of them shot him in the chest at close range, killing him instantly.

As Zafeiropoulos’s office has no surveillance cameras, police are focusing on footage from the cameras of shops in the area in their bid to identify the killers.

The police investigation was focusing on recent cases undertaken by the 52-year-old criminal lawyer as investigators believe one of these may have provoked the perpetrators.

Among the cases handled by Zafeiropoulos are the defense of a suspect in the Energa-Hellas Power embezzlement affair (which has been linked to an attempted contract killing), the defense of the publisher of Parapolitika in a case against Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, the defense of arms dealer Thomas Liakounakos as well as theft and drug cases.  

However, investigators are also considering possible links with suspected members of a cannabis racket that Zafeiropoulos had been set to defend on Monday. The racket’s activities were uncovered in September last year and linked to a large ring of Albanian cannabis smugglers which was broken two months later.

Legal professionals on Friday expressed their respect for Zafeiropoulos, a well-known criminal lawyer and the son of former New Democracy MP Epaminondas Zafeiropoulos. 

The president of the Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court, Nikos Sakellariou, called for a minute’s silence at the beginning of the court’s plenary session in the morning, expressing “deep sorrow” at the lawyer’s death.

The Athens Bar Association also held a minute’s silence, while several cases that had been planned for Friday were postponed after the association called a week-long strike, starting on Thursday night. 

As the investigation into the murder intensified on Friday, the leader of main opposition New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his concern at “a prevailing climate of total lawlessness, even in central Athens.”

In a dig at the government, Mitsotakis referred to the “unjustifiable tolerance that some display toward violence and lawlessness.”

“Citizens feel less and less safe,” he said, adding that such a situation “should not be tolerated in a state that abides by the rule of law.”

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Las Vegas sheriff chokes up recalling stories of heroism during concert massacre

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Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department choked up at a news conference on Friday as he described instances of heroism from his officers earlier this month during the mass shooting that left 58 dead and hundreds more injured.

One of those officers was Brady Cook, who had been working his second shift on the job, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, when the shooting occurred. Cook suffered four separate gunshot wounds to his shoulder, bicep, chest, and back, Lombardo said. Lombardo and undersheriff Kevin McMahill visited Cook and other injured officers on Thursday to check on their conditions.

“The reason why I bring this up is he asked me if he could go back to work today,” Lombardo said.

Lombardo also said he believes the police response that night saved lives by directing the gunman’s attention away from the concertgoers once officers began arriving in their vehicles.

“It is readily apparent to me that he adjusted his fire and directed it toward the police individuals,” Lombardo said. “So the responses of those individuals, I believe, saved lives.”

Another officer Lombardo named was Samuel Whitworth, who broke his leg while he was attempting to help concertgoers escape the shooting. He remained on the scene, regardless, to provide security for medical personnel still working, Lombardo said.

Lombardo also described a group of police officers who helped other first responders triage at least 50 gunshot victims, at one point even using their own equipment to control bleeding when they ran out of tourniquets.

The officers “calmly took care of the wounded and the dying” while they waited for ambulances, even placing people with more serious injuries on the backs of trucks to move them to hospitals more quickly, Lombardo said.

“Not all the victims made it out as the night wore on,” he said. “Those same officers were assigned to guard those deceased victims, not allowing any of them to be alone.”

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Criminal Minds Exclusive Clip Castrating Unsub – Today's News … – TV Guide

Do yourself a favor and don’t eat too soon before this week’s episode of Criminal Minds. It’s going to be a graphic one.

In TV Guide’s exclusive clip from the episode, “Blue Angel,” the BAU is evaluating their new case. The unsub has an extreme way of treating his victims. He tortures them, leaving giant gashes all over their body and then completely castrates them. As in he cuts off everything.

Yikes! Simmons (Daniel Henney) has an idea of where the unsub could have gotten his origins, but the team is definitely disturbed by how extreme their new target is willing to go to torture his victims. Is Simmons on the right track? Either way, this is definitely going to be one of those gruesome episodes, so buckle up.

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS

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Police seek clues in killing of top criminal lawyer – Kathimerini

Police investigating the killing of prominent lawyer Michalis Zafeiropoulos in his Athens office on Thursday night are seeking to determine whether the crime had been premeditated, Kathimerini understands. 

Investigators have determined that two men entered the building on Asclepiou Street at around 7 p.m. had had an appointment with Zafeiropoulos.

According to the latter’s associate, the two men were aged between 30 and 40 and spoke good Greek but with a foreign accent that suggested they might be Albanian.

Initially the four men had a conversation in the lobby before the pair were led to Zafeiropoulos’s office. Once they were alone with him, one of them shot him in the chest at close range, killing him instantly.

As Zafeiropoulos’s office has no surveillance cameras, police are focusing on footage from the cameras of shops in the area in their bid to identify the killers.

The police investigation was focusing on recent cases undertaken by the 52-year-old criminal lawyer as investigators believe one of these may have provoked the perpetrators.

Among the cases handled by Zafeiropoulos are the defense of a suspect in the Energa-Hellas Power embezzlement affair (which has been linked to an attempted contract killing), the defense of the publisher of Parapolitika in a case against Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, the defense of arms dealer Thomas Liakounakos as well as theft and drug cases.  

However, investigators are also considering possible links with suspected members of a cannabis racket that Zafeiropoulos had been set to defend on Monday. The racket’s activities were uncovered in September last year and linked to a large ring of Albanian cannabis smugglers which was broken two months later.

Legal professionals on Friday expressed their respect for Zafeiropoulos, a well-known criminal lawyer and the son of former New Democracy MP Epaminondas Zafeiropoulos. 

The president of the Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court, Nikos Sakellariou, called for a minute’s silence at the beginning of the court’s plenary session in the morning, expressing “deep sorrow” at the lawyer’s death.

The Athens Bar Association also held a minute’s silence, while several cases that had been planned for Friday were postponed after the association called a week-long strike, starting on Thursday night. 

As the investigation into the murder intensified on Friday, the leader of main opposition New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his concern at “a prevailing climate of total lawlessness, even in central Athens.”

In a dig at the government, Mitsotakis referred to the “unjustifiable tolerance that some display toward violence and lawlessness.”

“Citizens feel less and less safe,” he said, adding that such a situation “should not be tolerated in a state that abides by the rule of law.”

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'There is no conspiracy': Las Vegas sheriff clarifies 6-minute discrepancy in massacre timeline

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Las Vegas authorities on Friday clarified some of the much-disputed timeline surrounding the mass shooting on October 1, shutting down what they called conspiracy theories that have attempted to explain a supposed six-minute gap between the first reported gunshot fired at a security guard and the massacre of dozens of concertgoers.

A timeline provided by authorities on Monday had indicated that the security guard, Jesus Campos, had been shot through the door of gunman Stephen Paddock’s Mandalay Bay suite at 9:59 p.m. that evening. This prompted confusion, as authorities had also said Paddock opened fire on the concertgoers at 10:05 p.m., at which point the hotel notified police of gunshots. Officers then arrived at Paddock’s suite at roughly 10:17 p.m., officials had said.

That timeline would have left a six-minute period between the first shot being fired at Campos and police being summoned. But on Friday, Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said that while the information “wasn’t inaccurate” when it was provided, some of the “circumstances associated with it” had been inaccurate.

Instead, Lombardo said, Campos was not shot at 9:59. He said Campos was more likely shot closer to 10:05 — mere moments before Paddock opened fire on the crowd through the windows of his 32nd-floor suite. Lombardo said the 9:59 time stamp remains significant, however, because that was the time entered into a security log indicating when Campos had attempted to gain entry to the 32nd floor of the hotel to respond to an open-door alarm.

When Campos first attempted to enter the 32nd floor, he found a barricaded entry, forcing him to ascend to a higher floor and approach the 32nd floor from a different entry point, Lombardo said.

Campos then went to the doorway he had been dispatched to originally and was shot by Paddock, Lombardo said. Campos relayed news of the shooting via his radio and cellphone, Lombardo said.

MGM Resorts, the parent company of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, also spoke out on Thursday to deny the timeline police had given on Monday.

“The 9:59 p.m. PDT time was derived from a Mandalay Bay report manually created after the fact without the benefit of information we now have,” the company said in a statement. “We are now confident that the time stated in this report is not accurate.” 

Lombardo also assailed accusations that law enforcement officials were either covering up details of the shooting, or had been mistaken due to ineptitude.

“In the public space, the word ‘incompetence’ has been brought forward, and I am absolutely offended with that characterization,” he said, adding that investigators have compiled a daunting amount of information in an effort to understand what happened.

Lombardo said the information being analyzed includes security logs, interviews with Campos, body camera footage, hotel camera footage, dispatches from the LVMPD and the Los Angeles Police Department, and interviews from witnesses.

“Imagine bringing all of that together to provide a picture,” he said. “There is no conspiracy between the FBI, LVMPD, and the MGM. Nobody is attempting to hide anything.”

Lombardo also said that the fuel tanks that were struck by Paddock’s gunfire had been “fired upon with intent.” He added that experts in fuel storage are advising Las Vegas officials on safety protocols “out of an abundance of caution,” but there is a low probability that the gunfire could have ignited the aviation fuel.

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'Criminal Minds' Recap: What Kind of Killer Uses Old School … – BuddyTV (blog)

In this episode of Criminal Minds, titled “Blue Angel,” the BAU faces off against a killer who is attacking successful businessmen in Detroit. They’re led to an escort agency called Blue Angel International Social Club, but they find out that all may not be as it seems. As they hunt down this killer, more bodies continue to drop, and ultimately the team must rescue two victims before it’s too late.

Torture Tapes

It’s night, a car pulls up in a wooded area and stops. A hooded figure gets out of the car and breaks the chain to a creepy shed. Inside the shed, there is a bunch of torture equipment, cassette tapes, men’s ties, and more. The figure goes back out to the car, revealing a man tied up inside the trunk.

Cut to Matt Simmons waking up in bed. His wife gets ready for work nearby. She’s happy to share a bed with her husband after ten years of marriage; the two share an intimate moment. At the BAU office, Garcia, Luke, and Reid exit the elevator talking about ideas for Reid’s new seminar. Prentiss interrupts, the Detroit Police Department needs the BAU’s help.

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Detroit PD has found a victim hanging naked from a meat hook. They believe it is connected to another earlier murder, but can’t find any specific connections between the two victims themselves. Both victims had been emasculated and there was no blood found at the scene. Simmons suggests the team look into the mafia in Detroit since the display of the victims looks like cartel killings.

The unsub rematches a tape of the torture of the last victim. On the plane, the team thinks that the first victim is more likely than the second to have a mafia connection. Garcia jumps in and reveals high withdrawals from both of the men’s bank accounts.

In Detroit, Simmons, Reid, and Prentiss head to the police department where an officer Simmons knew when he was a rookie, is now a Captain. The police have a video of the second victim being tortured. The unsub castrates him and then lets him bleed to death. Two microcassette tapes (very old tech) were sent, one to each victim’s homes. Prentiss and Simmons talk to Mrs. Wyler (the wife of the second victim), who claims she doesn’t know about the bank records and leaves for the bathroom after being asked about them. Prentiss hypothesizes that both victims were using a high-end escort service and calls Garcia to confirm. 

The Blue Siren

Prentiss, Luke, Simmons, and J.J. discuss the qualities of the unsub: he’s confident, has expertise, and likely has had victims before. Garcia calls in revealing that she has found “Dasha” the escort talking to the two victims via a website called Blue Siren International Social Club. She was likely the last person to see the two men alive.

Meanwhile, the unsub has a new victim in the shed, he plays a tape of a man’s voice as he starts to torture the victim.

Luke and J.J. follow up on Blue Siren International and find that the location is a sorority house. One of the girls there says that “Dasha” is no longer a member of the club, while another is reluctant to talk. Eventually, they tell Luke and J.J. the name of “Dasha” is actually Kimberly Desmond.

Back at the station, Reid and the team look at the torture video and find that the unsub might be utilizing a cargo container. As they discuss, the police captain arrives to tell them a new victim has been found in a different location.

Prentiss and Simmons go to Kimberly’s house. She says she left Blue Siren to start her own site. Prentiss finds out that Phillip Sullivan is the name of the third victim; Kimberly knew him as well as the first two men. A third tape was also left.

The team postulates that the unsub could be related to Kimberly or a jealous lover. They decide to look into her family. At Kimberly’s house, Simmons is on guard duty. He talks to his wife and afterward, Kimberly tries to entice him into bed with her. J.J. and Luke talk to Kimberly’s mom, Janel. She says Kimberly’s father died of cancer when she was five years old, she has no siblings and no family in the area. They call Garcia for verification and she begins to look into the male members of the Desmond family.

At the police station, Reid finds an anomaly in the audio from the torture tapes. They clarify the sound and recognize it as an aircraft engine. Reid narrows down their search of airports to three local ones. Prentiss sends everyone out to divide and conquer. In the woods, the unsub pulls up in his car again and sees the FBI vehicles coming. He heads into the container, starts destroying everything, ultimately lighting the whole place on fire. 

The Truth About Kimberly Desmond

The team finds the torture location and the symbol of the mafia nearby. They think the unsub was a mafia enforcer, a sadist who started killing again after the mafia operation ended. Behind the container, they find the buried skull of a woman, who had been killed with a bullet to the back of the head. They believe this victim had to have been special to the unsub. Garcia calls the team and confirms that Kimberly has no male relatives on her dad’s side. What is weird, however, is that Kimberly has no birth certificate. And to make things even stranger, Kimberly’s mother, Janel, lied about her name on her marriage certificate. Rossi, Simmons, and Tara head to Janel’s house to talk to her, but find the door unlocked, signs of a struggle, and Janel missing. 

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At Kimberly’s house, she hears a noise and finds Agent Simmons gone, but a dying police officer on the floor. As she tries to call 911, she runs right into the unsub. Meanwhile, Garcia finds the female victim’s identity, a missing person named Cynthia, who turns out to be Kimberly’s real mother. Kimberly’s adopted mother Janel, was present at Kimberly’s birth and is really Kimberly’s father’s sister (Kimberly’s aunt). Kimberly’s father, Gabriel, the team learns, was just released from prison. They figure he went in search of his biological daughter and after learning about her escort services, started a form of “parental protection.” 

Kimberly wakes up in a strange house with Janel and then her father comes in. He’s holding them in their old home. The BAU team is afraid that Kimberly’s rejection of her father will unleash hell. Kimberly’s father tells her the truth about her past. He calls her a whore and says it’s his responsibility to take care of all the men who took advantage of his girl.

Back at the police station, Reid thinks that the last victim was placed in an area owned by the Mafia. Using that theory, he and Garcia find the location where Kimberly and Janel are being held. At that location, Janel confirms the truth to Kimberly, and when Kimberly tries to escape, Janel stabs her brother in the back. Kimberly manages to exit the house just as the FBI arrives. Simmons enters the house and finds Janel in the upstairs bedroom. He chases after Gabriel, who attacks him behind the house. Eventually, Simmons gets the better of Gabriel and he is arrested. Kimberly thanks Simmons. Back in DC, Simmons returns home to his sleeping wife and ecstatic four kids.

What did you think of this episode? Did you expect the unsub to be Kimberly’s father? What did you think of the glimpse into Matt Simmons’ personal life?

Let us know in the comments! Criminal Minds season 13 airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS. Want more news? Like our Criminal Minds Facebook page.

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Edmonton criminal lawyer suspended after domestic assault conviction – CBC.ca

The Law Society of Alberta has suspended an Edmonton criminal lawyer from practice for a year after he pleaded guilty earlier this month to domestic assault charges.

Ravi Prithipaul admits he repeatedly abused his wife Shannon Prithipaul for 17 years over the course of their marriage.

Shannon Prithipaul is an Edmonton criminal lawyer and the former president of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association. She told CBC News she is in the process of divorcing her husband and former law partner.

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Shannon Prithipaul told CBC News she is in the process of divorcing her husband. (CBC)

Ravi Prithipaul was committed to stand trial after a preliminary hearing held in July 2016.

The trial was scheduled to begin Oct. 2. Ravi Prithipaul entered guilty pleas on Oct. 3 and was sentenced Oct. 6.

A Crown prosecutor was brought in from Calgary to prosecute the case, which was heard in Edmonton by Calgary Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Glen Poelman.

Prithipaul will not spend any time in jail. He was given a $200 victim fine surcharge and one year of house arrest.

For the first six months, he must remain in his home around the clock. For the second half of his sentence, he’ll have an overnight curfew between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The court also ordered a 10-year firearm prohibition.

More to come.

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Meet Robert Mueller, the former FBI director and tenacious investigator now leading the Trump-Russia probe

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It’s been almost five months since Robert Mueller became the special counsel in the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Kremlin.

In Washington, Mueller has a reputation for being a tenacious investigator. Both Republicans and Democrats welcomed his appointment in May with bipartisan backing.

The increasing breadth of his investigation, however, has irked some Trump supporters.

Mueller’s colleagues, meanwhile, say he has proven his bipartisan bona fides over the years. After all, he served under both Republican and Democratic presidents as FBI director and as an attorney in the Department of Justice.

As the probe into Trump and his associates heats up, here’s a look at Mueller’s history:

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Born Robert Swan Mueller III in New York City in 1944, “Bob” grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, the elder brother to four younger sisters. Their father was an executive at DuPont. He captained the soccer, hockey, and lacrosse teams in high school.

Sources: FBI, St. Paul’s School

Mueller went to undergrad at Princeton University, got his Master’s in international relations from New York University, and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1973.

Source: FBI

When one of his friends died in the Vietnam War, Mueller was inspired to join the military. He had been previously pursuing a career in the medical field.

Source: Princeton Alumni Weekly

 

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'Criminal Minds': Shemar Moore To Reprise Derek Morgan Role – Deadline

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Derek Morgan is returning to the BAU.  S.W.A.T. star Shemar Moore is set for a guest spot on CBSCriminal Minds to reprise his role as Morgan. He’ll appear in the fifth episode which airs Wednesday, October 25 at 10 PM on CBS.

Moore was an original Criminal Minds cast member from 2005-2016. When we last saw Morgan, he had survived a harrowing kidnapping and was leaving the BAU to focus on life and family. In the Criminal Minds episode, Morgan returns to help Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) deal with a case that has affected her emotionally.

Criminal Minds stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez and Daniel Henney. Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Breen Frazier are executive producers for ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.

Moore, who stars as Daniel ‘Hondo’ Harrelson on CBS’ S.W.A.T., is repped by NCredible Entertainment.

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