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Now THAT'S how you deal with an anti-masker

<p><span>Police officers have refused to listen to a rambling “sovereign citizen” after refusing to wear a face mask or provide his ID.</span><br /><br /><span>Rick Mejia, from Melbourne, filmed himself arguing with officers inside a 7-Eleven service station just before the 8 pm curfew came into effect onTuesday night.</span><br /><br /><span>After repeatedly ignoring orders and ranting about his rights, the video was abruptly cut short when a policeman grabbed his phone and placed him under arrest.</span><br /><br /><span>A policeman had zero patience for the man after he repeatedly ignored instructions and continued ranting about his rights. The clip was cut short after the cop nabbed his phone out of his hand and placed him under arrest.</span><br /><br /><span>He has consequently copped a $1,652 fine.</span><br /><br /><span>The dramatic footage was released on to social media after coronavirus conspiracy theorist Eve Black was dramatically arrested last Thursday while refusing to give police her details at a checkpoint.</span></p> <div id="fb-root"></div> <p><br /><span>The woman only a week earlier successfully gamed the system.</span><br /><br /><span>Mejia has posted bizarre conspiracy theories in the past, including one about 5G “genocide”.</span><br /><br /><span>Police asked the man why he wasn't wearing a face mask when he walked into the store with his brother, and he told police he had a “medical exemption”, but refused to explain further or provide evidence he was exempt.</span><br /><br /><span>“I don't need to provide it to you. I don't have to provide any ID either. I haven't committed a crime. I'm free to go,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>But the officers stopped him as he tried to walk away, diggin in further to figure out why he was not wearing a mask in public.</span><br /><br /><span>“We're asking you what is your medical exemption. You do have to provide that to me,” one officer said.</span><br /><br /><span>The policeman repeatedly asked him to provide his identification, but the man wouldn't budge.</span><br /><br /><span>Mejia went on to demand the officer hand over his orders in writing.</span><br /><br /><span>“Show me the law, piece of paperwork that shows exactly what you're trying to state,” the man continued.</span><br /><br /><span>“I told you I've got a medical exemption. We have both got asthma. We are free to go.”</span><br /><br /><span>Police then went on to demand him to show evidence he is an asthmatic, but he refuses.</span><br /><br /><span>Officers calmly told him refusing to obey their directions is against the law.</span><br /><br /><span>“You have committed a crime,” the officer said.</span><br /><br /><span>“One is you're not showing your identification and the second is you're not wearing a mask.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mejia continued to ramble about being a “sovereign citizen” but was cut short.”</span><br /><br /><span>“Stop talking over me. Be quiet. You want to be arrested? Put your phone away, you're under arrest,” the officer says as the video cut out.</span><br /><br /><span>Footage of the arrest was posted online alongside an image of the $1,652 penalty notice the man received for breaching COVID-19 health orders.</span></p>

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Paul McCartney opens up on why he sued The Beatles

<p>Paul McCartney has decided to clear up some "misconceptions" about The Beatles' infamous break-up in 1970 and shared why he decided to sue the band.</p> <p>“I suppose that when The Beatles broke up, perhaps there was a misconception that we all sort of hated each other,” McCartney, 78, told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/culture/article/paul-mccartney-interview" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>British GQ</em></a> in a new interview.</p> <p>“What I realise now is that, because it was a family, because it was a gang, families argue. And families have disputes.</p> <p>“And some people want to do this and some people want to do that.”</p> <p>At the time, the other three members wanted to make Allan Klein their manager, which McCartney disapproved of, calling Klein a "f***ing idiot".</p> <p>“The only way for me to save The Beatles and Apple – and to release <em>Get Back</em> by Peter Jackson and which allowed us to release <em>Anthology </em>and all these great remasters of all the great Beatles records – was to sue the band,” he explained.</p> <p>“If I hadn’t done that, it would have all belonged to Allen Klein. The only way I was given to get us out of that was to do what I did.</p> <p>“I said, ‘Well, I’ll sue Allen Klein,’ and I was told I couldn’t because he wasn’t party to it. ‘You’ve got to sue The Beatles’.”</p> <p>McCartney said it was horrible having to make the decision, but it needed to be done.</p> <p>“There was no way I was going to work that hard for all my life and see it all vanish in a puff of smoke. I also knew that, if I managed to save it, I would be saving it for them (the rest of The Beatles) too.”</p> <p>Despite Lennon, Harrison and Starr eventually turning on Klein, McCartney said that there was a time that he was the reason for the band's demise and that he almost blamed himself as well.</p> <p>“I knew that that was stupid and when we eventually got back together I knew it was silly, but I think it spawned a lot of people who thought that of me,” he continued.</p> <p>After the band split, McCartney decided to turn to alcohol.</p> <p>“I just took to booze. There wasn’t much time to have mental health issues, it was just, f**k it, it’s boozing or sleeping,” he said, adding that he was inspired by his first wife Linda to get himself out of his depression by telling himself, “OK, this is really bad and I’ve got to do something about it.”</p> <p>He added, “I think that’s how I got out of it, by persuading myself that it wasn’t a good idea to give in to my depression and my doubts.”</p>

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Quaden Bayles suing Miranda Devine

<p>Quaden Bayles, the nine-year-old Murri boy who appeared in a video that went viral is suing News Corp and its high-profile columnist Miranda Devine for defamation.</p> <p>In February, Quaden’s mother, Yarraka Bayles, posted a video saying: “This is what bullying does,” after her son, who was born with dwarfism, was bullied at school.</p> <p>“I’ve just picked my son up from school, witnessed a bullying episode, rang the principal, and I want people to know, parents, educators, teachers, this is the effect that bullying has,” Yarraka says in the video.</p> <p>In the confronting video, Quaden says: “Give me a knife, I want to kill myself.”</p> <p>The footage went viral with most people showing sympathy for the child.</p> <p>Others not he other hand, accused him of faking his distress after a fundraiser raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.</p> <p>After anonymous trolls chose to attack him online, the young boy was supported by high profile people such as Hugh Jackman and was invited to lead Australia’s Indigenous All Stars rugby league on to the pitch for a match in Queensland.</p> <p>Devine retweeted the Twitter user @bubblebathgirl, who made claims that Quaden was an actor whose mother posted a fake sob story and collected $300,000 in donations.</p> <p>Devine said: “That’s really rotten if this was a scam. Hurts genuine bullying victims.”</p> <p>When the Twitter user @CoffeyJPC responded by saying: “It’s a crime if it is a scam. Child abuse. How could anyone parent do this?” Devine replied: “Yep. Exactly. On the case.”</p> <p>Paul Barry, host of ABC's<span> </span><em>Media Watch</em>, said Devine should have fact checked the post “as any proper journalist would do, she would know that it’s nonsense, and she should not be retweeting it and suggesting it might be true. Do you expect no standards from such a prominent columnist?”</p> <p>But Devine did not delete her tweet and said: “Typical of your sloppy research @therealpbarry. I never mentioned anything about age. Dishonest diversion.”</p> <p>The statement of claim says the tweet was defamatory because it carried the imputations that Quaden had “dishonestly acted out being distressed in a video to obtain money from donors” and that he had dishonestly pretended to be the victim of bullying, thereby hurting genuine victims of bullying”.</p> <p>It also implied that his mother had “posted online a video of her son knowing it falsely depicted him as being distressed, to get donations” and that she had “dishonestly coached her son to pretend to be distressed to get donations”, according to the documents lodged in the federal court on Monday.</p> <p>In March, News Corp lawyers refused to take responsibility for Devine’s Twitter account, saying it was “self-evidently a personal account and is published by Twitter”.</p>

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"Lucky escape" for Winston Churchill's great-granddaughter on Epstein's notorious island

<p>One of Princess Diana's younger bridesmaids detailed her "very lucky" escape after she was a guest on Jeffrey Epstein's island.</p> <p>Clementine Hambro took two flights on Epstein's jet, including one dubbed the Lolita Express.</p> <p>On both occasions, she had been at Epstein's luxury homes where he spent many years abusing young girls.</p> <p>She also was at Epstein's Island Little St James in the US Virgin Islands, which was dubbed by locals as Paedo Island.</p> <p>Miss Hambro, a great-granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill, said she has been "completely horrified" by the revelations about the financier’s conduct and her "heart breaks for all the survivors".</p> <p>The now-married mother of four said she did not suffer or witness any abuse, but added that she hopes the victims "get the justice they so deserve".</p> <p>She issued a statement after flight logs, which were released as part of court documents, revealed that she flew on the jets to Epstein's visits to his ranch in New Mexico as well as the island.</p> <p>She made the trips back in 1999, where she was a 23-year-old employee at Christie's auction house in New York.</p> <p>In a statement last night, Miss Hambro said: "The first flight was a work trip with female colleagues to look at Epstein’s new home in Santa Fe to discuss what art he was going to buy.</p> <p>"The second trip, to Little St James, was a personal invitation, which I thought would be fun to accept, but I didn’t know anyone there, didn’t really enjoy myself, and never went back. My heart breaks for all the survivors, now I know what happened on that island.</p> <p>"In the course of those two trips, I was not abused, nor did I see anyone abused, or anything untoward happen, with minors or otherwise. I have been completely horrified about the revelations of his conduct since then. I was clearly very lucky, my heart goes out to those who were abused by him, and I trust they get the justice they so deserve."</p> <p>She also apologised for being "young and naive".</p> <p>"I was young and naive, and could not conceive of what was to unfold."</p> <p>She only travelled on the jets when leaving his homes, according to the logs. It is not known how she arrived at the ranch and the island.</p>

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Anti-masker smashes policewoman's head into concrete during violent confrontation

<p>An anti-masker who refused to follow coronavirus rules allegedly bragged about abusing a policewoman by pulling out a clump of her hair and smashing her head into concrete.</p> <p>The 26-year-old female Victoria Police officer is at home recovering after suffering a concussion in an alleged attack.</p> <p>Premier Daniel Andrews said the incident was “fundamentally disgusting” and “shameful”.</p> <p>The officer and her partner approached the 38-year-old woman for not wearing a mask at around 5 pm on Monday at Frankston shopping centre.</p> <p>The shopper was asked for her name and was threatened with a $200 fine, according to police.</p> <p>She then responded by dragging the officer to the ground and smashing her head into the concrete multiple times, ripping out her hair in the process.</p> <p>"That's someone who thinks they're above the law," Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">This 26-year-old Constable returned to the station concussed and missing a clump of hair.<br />Because she asked someone to wear a mask.<br />She and many others are sacrificing their safety for our safety.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/protectourprotectors?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#protectourprotectors</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/springst?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#springst</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/tpav?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#tpav</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/covid19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#covid19</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/covid19aus?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#covid19aus</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19Vic?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19Vic</a> cases <a href="https://t.co/Bdjve1YJWR">pic.twitter.com/Bdjve1YJWR</a></p> — TPAV (@PoliceAssocVIC) <a href="https://twitter.com/PoliceAssocVIC/status/1290506806729441280?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 4, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>"They're not wearing a mask, they're approached and asked the reason why not and then to react like that is just completely over the top."</p> <p>Wayne Gatt, the Victorian Police Association secretary said the woman’s actions were “reprehensible” and “not human-like”.</p> <p>"The offender had a clump of our member's hair in her hands and said to our member 'what's it like to have your hair in my hands' or words to that effect," Mr Gatt told reporters in Melbourne on Tuesday.</p> <p>"Most in the community would hear those words and go ... hold your head in shame.</p> <p>"That's a horrible way to treat first responders on the frontline of a pandemic."</p> <p>The alleged offender was taken to a police station and charged with assaulting police, recklessly causing injury, two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, two counts of resisting an emergency worker on duty and refusing to state her name and address.</p> <p>She was also fined $200 for not wearing a mask and bailed due to no criminal history.</p> <p>The woman will face court at a later date.</p>

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Jim’s Mowing boss urges his mowers to break COVID ban

<p>One of the country’s most recognisable names in home services is taking on Victoria’s premier over Stage 4 lockdown restrictions.</p> <p>Daniel Andrews made an announcement on Monday, that under the newly implemented State of Disaster, many services will not be permitted to operate from Wednesday.</p> <p>Speaking to the media, Andrews said: “There will be no cleaners, there will be no mowing your lawns.</p> <p>But founder of Jim’s Group, Jim Penman, has urged franchisees to continue working.</p> <p>He claims the government’s own guidelines say building and grounds maintenance workers are permitted to operate when required.</p> <p>“I’ve had legal advice where there is clear written approval that trumps a verbal statement from a government Minister,” said Mr Penman.</p> <p>“Despite what the Premier says, the written guidelines (from the Department of Health and Human Services) are clear we can operate.</p> <p>“We do a lot of work for the NDIS, elderly people, gutter cleaning, picking up branches and leaves off paths which can be a significant health hazard. If they do it safely, it’s legal for them to work.”</p> <p>Under the new restrictions, Victorians who are caught breaking the law will be hit with a $4,957 fine.</p> <p>Penman says if franchisees are fined he will pay it - and challenge it with the state government.</p> <p>In a letter to his franchisees he wrote: “I urge you to continue working and will take personal responsibility for any problems that arise. In the very unlikely event that fines are imposed, Jim’s Group will challenge and (if necessary) pay them.”</p> <p>The Franchise Council of Australia says Penman is taking it too far.</p> <p>“Encouraging people to break the rules is absolutely irresponsible,” a Franchise Council spokesperson said.</p> <p>Andrews said the decision to enter a State of Disaster was not made lightly.</p> <p>“As heartbreaking as it is to close places of employment, that is what we have to do,” Andrews said.</p> <p>“Throughout all of this, we’ve tried to be as logical as possible to understand intricate and detailed supply chains and be aware of all the consequences of each decision we make.</p> <p>“All of this will be challenging and very difficult but it is what is necessary.”</p>

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Hidden cellar found at Maddie McCann suspect's house

<p>German police has reportedly discovered a hidden cellar at the former home of the suspect in the Madeleine McCann case.</p> <p>After digging for three days, using resources such as an excavator, ground penetrating radar, sniffer dogs and a drone, authorities were desperate for crucial evidence.</p> <p>The cellar was discovered as investigators dug a deep hole 15 meters wide in the garden of a secluded holiday chalet outside Hanover.</p> <p>Suspect Christian B, a German drifter, is thought to have lived in a camper van on the site in 2007, shortly after Madeleine vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal.</p> <p>One police theory is that the suspect took Madeleine with him as he drove back to Germany, a journey of more than 24 hours.</p> <p>The German prosecutors investigating Christian B’s alleged involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance have confirmed the search is part of the inquiry, but said nothing further.</p> <p>Thomas Dressler, who runs a water sports centre close to the riverside search site, said: "None of us really know the people that stay there.</p> <p>"Yesterday I saw they were doing the investigation and I thought about how young my daughter was at that time, oh God and so close. That gave me the fear and panic of a father.</p> <p>"I believe the police are looking for Maddie. It's gruesome and I find it chilling that it could happen and so close to us. But of course, I have never seen him myself."</p>

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COVID-19 conspiracy theorist dramatically arrested

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>After going viral for publicly defying authorities at a COVID-19 checkpoint, conspiracy theorist Eve Black went out with a bang as she was dramatically arrested by police.</p> <p>In the initial video that was posted to her Facebook page called "SCAMdemic", Black can be seen reading lines from a piece of paper before being waved through.</p> <p>“Have I disturbed the peace today?”, “Have I committed a crime?” were lines from the paper and was waved through without answering the questions.</p> <p>"Oh my god, I feel so good," she said to the camera.</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F9News%2Fvideos%2F2880340798854849%2F&amp;show_text=false&amp;width=734&amp;height=411&amp;appId" width="734" height="411" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe> <p>After her initial success, the 28-year-old tried the same trick again in the suburb of Carlton in Melbourne, but was far less successful.</p> <p>"She was asked to provide her name and address which she refused to do. Police then directed her to produce her driver's licence and explain her reason for travel, which she also refused to comply with," Victoria Police said.</p> <p>"This led to police arresting her. During the arrest, police were forced to break the woman's car window as she refused to speak to them, wind down her window, or step out of the vehicle."</p> <p>She was arrested at 1:55 pm on Wednesday and charged with failing to hand over her driver's licence, not giving her name and address, breaching coronavirus public health orders as well as traffic offences.</p> <p>After the initial video went viral, Black was widely condemned and threatened with arrest from Victoria's assistant police commissioner.</p> <p>'Our members are out there all day and all night working incredibly hard to keep our community safe,' Assistant Commissioner Rick Nugent said on Friday.</p> <p>"This was a selfish and childish act... it was ridiculous, it was unnecessary. </p> <p>"If that woman lived in that area or had a good reason to be in that area, she would be allowed through.</p> <p>"If not, she's breaking the law."</p> <p>"I'm sure she'll be looking forward to a knock on the door from Victoria Police members," Police Minister Lisa Neville said. </p> <p>"Whether you are trying to get through a roadblock, trying to get away with not wearing a mask, whether you're trying to have a party, Victoria Police will be there."</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Facebook</em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Madeleine McCann case leads to German police digging in back garden

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>German police are currently investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal in 2007 and have searched a garden plot in the city of Hannover in connection with their probe. </p> <p>Julia Meyer, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office in Braunschweig, confirmed to local media that police investigators had been at the garden plot since Monday.</p> <p>Meyer said she could not give any further details on the procedure, adding only that police would “still need some more time to finish.”</p> <p>At the time of writing, it is not clear what police believe might be at the site they are searching. </p> <p>Sniffer dogs, a tent with observation technology, an excavator as well as a large team of police have been spotted at the scene.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837107/maddy-body.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3705bfcb53964e92964ac0e7e10e0e23" /></p> <p>It is understood that the investigation of the site will continue until Wednesday.</p> <p>Madeleine was three years old at the time of her 2007 disappearance from an apartment while her family vacationed in the town of Praia da Luz in Portugal.</p> <p>German authorities have since identified a 43-year-old German citizen as a suspect in the McCann case and are investigating him on suspicion of murder. </p> </div> </div> </div>

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Scott Morrison VS Daniel Andrews in aged care debacle around COVID-19

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been accused of messing up the response to Victoria's COVID-19 aged care outbreak after sending in junior nurses to fight the deadly virus.</p> <p>Victorian officials have warned of a "sh*tshow" in the sector after they were forced to break into medical cabinets in a Melbourne nursing home.</p> <p>A blame game has erupted between the Morrison Government and Andrews Government in Victoria over the coronavirus outbreak in the state's nursing homes as 769 aged care residents and workers have become infected with the coronavirus.</p> <p>Daniel Andrews, Victorian Premier, has expressed his frustration at the Morrison government as he noted that aged care was the Morrison Government's responsibility.</p> <p>“I’ve spoken with the Prime Minister. Ministers have been speaking. Officials have been speaking. It was a very long night, but this is a critical challenge,’’ he said.</p> <p>“The Commonwealth has asked for assistance. They’ve asked for certain things and that’s exactly what they will get.”</p> <p>Andrews has said that infection control is so poor in some private nursing homes that he wouldn't let his mother stay there.</p> <p>“I would not let my mum be in some of these places, I just wouldn’t,’’ he said.</p> <p>“I cannot stand here and tell you that I have confidence that staff and management across a number of private sector aged care facilities are able to provide the care that is appropriate to keep their residents safe.”</p> <p>The Prime Minister said that the situation is "very concerning" and has cut short a visit to Queensland to devote himself to the aged care crisis.</p> <p>“We have just over 80 facilities out of just over 430 in Victoria which have been affected. Not all severely, but some of those cases have been far more severe,’’ he said.</p> <p>Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed that the Victorian Public Health Unit instructed all staff at St Basil's to immediately self-isolate.</p> <p>“Seventy-nine of 115 residents have now been transferred,” Mr Hunt said.</p> <p>“Our role is to make sure that those remaining residents are safe, and the advice that I had as of late last night and early this morning is that the conditions are stable. The staffing is led by a very experienced nurse unit manager.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Michael Jackson’s daughter opens up about abuse allegations

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Paris Jackson has refuted claims that her father Michael Jackson assaulted children, in a never-before-seen interview.</p> <p>The late star’s daughter dismissed the abuse allegations as “lies”, and said her father is “innocent”.</p> <p>The interview, which took place in 2012 when Paris was 14, was posted online to the Jacksonology TV YouTube channel.</p> <p>Interviewed by Sonia Lowe, Paris said the allegations against her father about molesting children are “lies” and that her father is “innocent”.</p> <p>“He told us there were a lot of bad people out there, and he told us a little bit about the conspiracies.”</p> <p>“The older we got, the more we kind of figured things out”</p> <p>The model and singer added: “I will always defend him.”</p> <p>“A lot of people didn’t really understand him.</p> <p>"He's innocent.</p> “He’s just like, he’s innocent and a sweetheart”. <p>Paris Jackson reminisced fondly about her father, struggling to pick a highlight of her time with him.</p> <p>“A favourite memory of my dad, that is pretty hard? We had a lot. There would be a lot in Bahrain where we would hang out on the roof, or in Ireland just walking through the forest - which was fun,’” she said.</p> <p>The now 22-year-old said her father was happiest when he was not himself.</p> <p>“I would probably say he was happiest when he was in disguise.</p> <p>“Like, we went to Disneyland several times, we would be in disguise and he could be normal - there would be no one bothering him.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Elton John’s ex-wife demands millions over film and memoir

<p><span>Sir Elton John's ex-wife, Renate Blauel, is seeking an estimate of £3m in damages after claiming the legendary singer broke the terms of their divorce deal.</span><br /><br /><span>The sound engineer was wed to Sir Elton for four years and is suing her ex-husband over passages in his memoir <em>Me</em>, and his film centering around his life, <em>Rocketman</em>.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Blauel says both of Elton’s works revealed details of the marriage, breaking an agreement they made when they divorced in 1988.</span><br /><br /><span>She says those disclosures triggered long-standing mental health problems.</span><br /><br /><span>However Sir Elton's defence has hit back, saying they acknowledge the existence of the divorce agreement that the pair both signed, but deny any breaches or causing "psychological harm".l</span><br /><br /><span>Sir Elton previously agreed to remove certain passages from his autobiography before it was published last year, according to papers filed at the High Court in London.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837071/elton-john.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/199363a06c5340bab7ca7a8d1d4dd930" /><br /><br /><span>In the final draft, Ms Blauel only appears on eight pages.</span><br /><br /><span>Sir Elton describes her in positive terms throughout the book, calling her "dignified", "decent" and "someone I couldn't fault in any way".</span><br /><br /><span>However, Ms Blauel says some of the remaining passages "seriously misrepresented the nature of their relationship".</span><br /><br /><span>Sir Elton claimed in his book that he did not enter their marriage with the intention of starting a family.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Blauel denies this saying they both "did attempt to have children during their relationship but were unable to do so".</span><br /><br /><span>A request to have this passage removed was rejected, according to court documents.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Blauel also claimed not to have been consulted about her appearance in Rocketman, although her character, played by Celinde Schoenmaker took up less than five minutes of screentime.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Blauel also said that she had felt “great anxiety” after the release of the movie resulted in a journalist attempting to “locate her in her local village.”</span><br /><br /><span>Her lawyer, Yisrael Hiller, told the BBC that Sir Elton had "ignored" his promise to keep the details of their marriage private.</span><br /><br /><span>"Renate is particularly upset by the film," he said.</span><br /><br /><span>"In her mind, the film seeks to portray their marriage as a sham, which she wholeheartedly disputes and considers a false and disrespectful portrayal of their time together.</span><br /><br /><span>"Renate wants the privacy that was promised to her - that is why she is seeking an injunction. Any claim for monetary relief is secondary, and would just cover damages and future expenses caused by Elton's breaches."</span><br /><br /><span>Elton and Miss Blauel met in 1983, after Sir Elton recorded his comeback album Two Low For Zero at London's Air Studios.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Blauel worked as an engineer.</span><br /><br /><span>The couple married the following year in Australia, and Ms Blauel told United Press International at the time: "He's the nicest guy I've ever met".</span><br /><br /><span>However, the pair divorced four years later.</span><br /><br /><span>Sir Elton, who had told Rolling Stone magazine in 1976 that he was bisexual, went on to admit to the publication that he was "quite comfortable being gay".</span><br /><br /><span>The star went on to marry filmmaker David Furnish in 2005, and the couple have two children.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Blauel has maintained a low profile since the divorce, however Sir Elton has previously spoken of his "huge guilt and regret" over the pain he caused her.</span></p>

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Suspected murderers' drove straight to McDonald's

<p><span>Three people have been arrested in connection with the deaths of three friends who set out to go on a fishing trip.</span><br /><br /><span>Authorities confirm they have arrested Tony "TJ" Wiggins, 26, has been arrested on suspicion of shooting and killing the three men near a lake in the central Florida community of Frostproof on Friday night, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.</span><br /><br /><span>Wiggins' girlfriend, Mary Whittemore, 27, and his brother, William "Robert" Wiggins, 21, have also been charged with accessory after the fact of a capital felony.</span><br /><br /><span>The trio were arrested just five days after they allegedly killed three mates, Damion Tillman, 23, Keven Springfield, 30, and Brandon Rollins, 27.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837057/murder-trio-alleged-au-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b54b11269c88432fa539056c2027153a" /></p> <p><em>Brandon Rollins</em><br /><br /><span>Mr Rollins called his father before his death, begging for “help”.</span><br /><br /><span>The three friends were planning to fish on Friday night, but a truck carrying the suspects followed them.</span><br /><br /><span>Judd says TJ Wiggins eventually got out and shot them in a rural area of Frostproof, east of Tampa.</span><br /><br /><span>"When we found these people ... massacred ... we thought, my goodness, what could have happened there. Now we know," Judd told reporters Wednesday.</span><br /><span>Details about whether the three suspects had attorneys weren't immediately available.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837056/murder-trio-alleged-au-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d13516aaec3941b0a1159a8d6a37c931" /><br /><br /><span>Surveillance video showed Damion Tillman purchasing items at Dollar General, and a clerk told investigators that Tillman said he was going fishing.</span><br /><br /><span>After questioning all three suspects, Robert Wiggins eventually admitted to investigators that he had seen Tillman at the Dollar General store Friday night while standing in line with his brother, the sheriff's office said.</span><br /><br /><span>Robert Wiggins went on to tell investigators that while driving a truck with TJ and Whittemore, his older brother directed him to turn onto a particular road instead of going home.</span><br /><br /><span>Then two trucks carrying the three eventual victims passed by, and TJ Wiggins told his brother to "make a U-turn and follow the trucks," the sheriff's office said.</span><br /><br /><span>The sheriffs office said "Robert stayed in the truck with Whittemore, while TJ got out and confronted" one of the men.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837058/murder-trio-alleged-au-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/901feef8bfb54ef4a1dfd14f93d2d75d" /></p> <p><em>Mr Rollins called his father before his death, begging for “help”.</em><br /><br /><span>He allegedly punched him and accused him of stealing his truck.</span><br /><br /><span>"Robert told detectives he watched as TJ shot all three victims. TJ then asked Robert to help him put (one of the victims) into the back of one of the trucks," the sheriff's office said.</span><br /><br /><span>Judd says he they are still uncertain about the details or veracity of TJ Wiggins' claim surrounding the stolen truck.</span><br /><br /><span>"The only information we have is TJ is allegedly mad over some kind of truck deal that happened some period of time ago. We've not had an opportunity to ... dig into that," the sheriff said.</span><br /><br /><span>Oddly enough, the suspects allegedly drove to McDonald’s right after the killings and ordered 10 double cheeseburgers and two chicken sandwiches.</span><br /><br /><span>The next morning, Robert took his truck to a car wash and cleaned it, according to the sheriff's office.</span><br /><br /><span>TJ Wiggins is being held on charges of first-degree murder; tampering with evidence; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, the sheriff's office said.</span><br /><br /><span>All three suspects are scheduled to have their first appearance in court at 1 p.m. on Thursday.</span></p>

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British couple win legal battle to name child Lucifer

<p>A British couple has finally been allowed to name their child Lucifer.</p> <p>Dan and Mandy Sheldon went to register the baby name last week after the council office opened after lockdown, but they lodged an official complaint after a run-in with the lady at the registers desk.</p> <p>“We were really excited to go and get him registered but the woman looked at us in utter disgust," he explained to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12187899/parents-officially-name-son-lucifer/" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>The Sun</em></a>.</p> <p>“She told us he would never be able to get a job, and that teachers wouldn’t want to teach him.</p> <p>“I tried to explain that we are not religious people, and Lucifer in Greek means ‘light-bringer’ and ‘morning’ but she wouldn’t listen.</p> <p>“She even told us that it was illegal to name a child that in New Zealand and that maybe we could name him something else but refer to him as Lucifer at home.”</p> <p>After they were told that, the parents were then told to leave the room as she checked if she was allowed to register the boy with the name of the devil. </p> <p>Dan added: “We were gobsmacked with her behaviour.</p> <p>“Eventually she did it, but it was through gritted teeth.</p> <p>“Honestly, we just thought it was a nice name . . . a unique one. We didn’t expect to get so much grief about it.”</p> <p>Derbyshire County Council said: “We apologise if they were offended but it is the job of our registrars to advise in these matters as sometimes people are not aware of certain meanings or associations around certain names.”</p>

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Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp “pushed Kate Moss down the stairs”

<p><span>Amber Heard claims she was forced to intervene after Johnny Depp attempted to throw her sister Whitney Henriques down a flight of stairs, saying she remembered a “rumour” of the same thing happening to Kate Moss.</span></p> <p><span>Telling London’s High Court on Tuesday, the 34-year-old admitted to hitting Depp but justified her actions by saying it was in defence of her sister.</span></p> <p><span>“I did strike Johnny that day in defence of my sister, he was about to push her down the stairs,” she told the court about the alleged incident in March 2015.</span></p> <p><span>“The moment before that happened, I remembered information I had heard (that) he pushed a former girlfriend – I believe it was Kate Moss – down the stairs,” she said.</span></p> <p><span>“I had heard this rumour from two people and it was fresh in my mind.</span></p> <p><span>“In a flash I reacted in defence of her.”</span></p> <p><span>“For years, Johnny’s punched (me) and for years I had never even hit him. I never so much as landed a blow and I will never forget this incident … it was the first time after all these years (I hit him back),” she said.</span></p> <p><span>Eleanor Laws, QC, acting for Johnny Depp, said “you just added that bit in about Kate Moss. You’ve changed your story.”</span></p> <p><span>Heard denied it, saying “that’s always what it has been.”</span></p> <p><span>“This is the first time you’ve mentioned it, do you agree?” Laws pressed, to which Heard replied “I don’t know.”</span></p> <p><span>Kate Moss and Johnny Depp dated in the ‘90s when she was 20 and he was 31. Depp has denied hitting her while they were together.</span></p> <p><span>The court was also shown vision of Heard speaking at a hearing in the US on 13 August 2016 which she described stepping in to protect her sister and that she feared for her sister’s life.</span></p> <p><span>Depp has strenuously denied domestic violence against Heard.</span></p>

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Sydney grandmother furious after precious ring goes missing in jewellery store

<p><span>A woman is demanding answers after she sent her prized engagement ring to one of Australia’s largest jewellers, only to discover it went missing.</span><br /><br /><span>Rosa Minichini says her husband Joe proposed on their first date – when she was 17 and he was 23.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair actually broke family tradition to get her engagement ring.</span><br /><br /><span>"So back in those days, the parents had to come along to choose the rings and I wasn't going to have that. So I said okay, when can you get time off work? We'll catch the ferry across to the city to Diamond Traders and we'll choose a ring, and that's what we did," Joe said.</span><br /><br /><span>Rosa explained that her ring was “a little cluster. Ten diamonds but one in the centre. And it just had little ones down, down the side of it but 18k gold."</span><br /><br /><span>After decades of sporting the gorgeous jewel around, a diamond fell out, and so Rosa took her engagement ring to Angus and Coote at their local shopping centre, Warringah Mall, on Sydney's northern beaches, to get it repaired.</span><br /><br /><span>"We got a call to go in and, you know, pick it up," Rosa said.</span><br /><br /><span>"As soon as he opened that bag, and it was missing, I just went into shock."</span><br /><br /><span>That shock was amplified because her wedding rings were the only jewellery she had left after the Minichini's were robbed seven years ago.</span><br /><br /><span>"They took everything of my parents', mine, my wife's, my children's necklaces, bracelets, watches, everything. Everything was gone, because everything was in the safe," Joe shared.</span><br /><br /><span>"You know, with the heartache of just having everything taken away, I just couldn't believe that this precious engagement ring would be taken away," Rosa explained.</span><br /><br /><span>Rosa said she was shown a photograph of the repaired ring, but what happened on the way back to the Angus and Coote store is a mystery.</span><br /><br /><span>"I can't see how it's so hard to find, because all diamond places, jewellers, they've got cameras. Surely, from one place to another, the camera can tell where it's gone," Joe admitted.</span><br /><br /><span>The ring cost $1100 back in 1980, when Joe earned $80 a week, petrol was 40 cents a litre, and a home in Sydney cost $50,000.</span><br /><br /><span>But the ring hasn't been valued since.</span><br /><br /><span>"I can't even put a price onto it because of the fact that the sentimental value to me, it's worth more than a million dollars," Rosa said.</span><br /><br /><span>Angus and Coote is one of Australia's largest jewellers with stores around the country.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836999/couple-ring.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/97b76785be114818a161d0690a366901" /><br /><br /><span>The company is yet to give an explanation as to where Rosa’s ring went missing, almost seven months later since it was first entrusted to them.</span><br /><br /><span>The jewellery store has offered to make a replica of the engagement ring.</span><br /><br /><span>Angus and Coote told <em>A Current Affair</em> "as this is a private matter we will not be making any public comment."</span><br /><br /><span>Rosa says that answer is just not good enough.</span><br /><br /><span>“It shouldn't go missing, you know, the thing is that you've got this in your hands. It should be really looked after.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836998/couple-ring-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/931cf7b7b37c4e139b79e1cfe96cd2d6" /><br /><br /><span>Andrew Gavrielatos from the NSW Fair Trading's customer service department has the following advice for customers.</span><br /><br /><span>"Everyone places a value on their items, and they do expect to be compensated for that,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>Certainly a consumer should expect to be put into that place before the item was handed over. Where there is a sentimental value, obviously that becomes a lot more difficult, because what is that value? It's much harder to determine.”</span><br /><br /><span>"When you do hand an item over make sure you have a photograph of the item, make sure you get a receipt, for the item you've handed over and tell the business it does have that sentimental value, to keep them focused on that."</span></p>

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Tragic stabbing victim's identity revealed

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>A mother is “clinging to life” after she was stabbed repeatedly by her son who was then shot by police.<span> </span><br /><br />Gabriel Messo, 31, attacked his 54-year-old mother Lilla at the John Coutts Reserve in Gladstone Park about 3.30 pm on Thursday.<br /><br />The man was shot dead by junior officers at the scene and the woman is now in critical condition at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.<span> </span><br /><br />The mother and son were named on Friday, however police only confirmed that they were known to each other, and not that they were mother and son.<span> </span><br /><br />It was confirmed on Friday that the state coroner Judge John Cain went to the site of the fatal shooting and is investigating the incident.<span> </span><br /><br />Police patrol arrived at the parkland on Katrina Drive following numerous reports of a man assaulting a woman.<span> </span><br /><br />The officers tried to stop the man but subsequently shot him when he refused to cease the attack.<span> </span><br /><br />Police were initially unable to identify the woman because of the extent of her injuries.<br /><br />The man did not have a criminal record but is known to police, who had recent contact with him.<br /><br />Police appealed to witnesses of what's believed to have been a stabbing attack.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"><span class="like-bar-component"></span> <div class="right-box-container"> <div class="post-editor-container"></div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Man arrested after eight alleged hit-and-runs

<p>A Queensland man has been arrested after eight alleged hit-and-run incidents across a three-hour period in Sydney on Sunday.</p> <p>The 35-year-old man was caught driving a rented grey Holden Equinox SUV more than 45 kilometres per hour over the speed limit along the Central Coast at 8.20am and had his licence suspended on the spot.</p> <p>NSW Police allege that less than an hour later, the man struck a cyclist in Lindfield, leaving a 48-year-old man with abrasions to his hip and elbow. The SUV then allegedly hit another cyclist nearby, causing a 55-year-old man to suffer five fractured ribs and a fractured collarbone.</p> <p>Shortly after the driver allegedly blocked three lanes at the Eastern Distribution tunnel after ramming a car from behind and hit two other vehicles in Kensington.</p> <p>At 10am the SUV allegedly knocked off another cyclist in Matraville. The 36-year-old cyclist sustained cuts to his elbow and back. About half an hour later the SUV allegedly collided with more cars in Glebe and Epping.</p> <p>Police said the driver <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/carnage-across-the-city-queensland-man-arrested-after-eight-alleged-hit-and-runs-in-sydney-20200720-p55dkc.html" target="_blank">failed to stop at every incident</a>.</p> <p>The man was arrested in Penrith on Monday morning and taken to Nepean Hospital for blood and urine testing.</p> <p>Detectives will allege the incidents were <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts/sydney-rampage-police-hunt-rental-driver-after-multiple-hitandruns/news-story/66aedf88e87316e4bb18800ceaf9f9c2" target="_blank">intentional</a>, said North Shore Police Area Commander Superintendent Jenny Scholz.</p> <p>“From the interaction [police] had with him, they had some concerns in regards to his mental health,” she said.</p>

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Paedophile priest to walk free from jail

<p>Paedophile priest Vincent Ryan is set to walk free from jail on Tuesday after serving less than half of his 39-month sentence for the sexual abuse of two altar boys.</p> <p>The 82-year-old was granted parole last week after a judge found “the offender has demonstrated excellent prison performance” and “positive prospects of rehabilitation” upon his release from Sydney’s Long Bay Prison.</p> <p>He was sentenced in May 2019 after he was found guilty of sexually abusing two boys aged between 10 and 12 in 1974 and the early 1990s.</p> <p>He previously served 14 years in prison for the abuse of 34 other boys between 1973 and 1991.</p> <p>Scott Hallett, who came forward to the police in 1995 about Ryan’s sexual predation against him as a child, said he was “overcome with anger” after learning about the priest’s early release.</p> <p>“He is just an evil man, very calculating – I don’t think the guy even thinks he’s done anything wrong by pure fact that he is still able to be called a priest,” Hallett, 55, told the <em><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-20/paedophile-priest-vince-ryan-to-walk-free-from-long-bay-prison/12462760">ABC</a></em>.</p> <p>“I mean he has been convicted of that many crimes.</p> <p>“When you look at all the victims, plenty has changed for us – we don’t get to walk around like a normal person day to day and he’s just going to come out and think he’s done nothing wrong.”</p> <p>Newcastle Bishop Bill Wright told the outlet he had written twice to Pope Francis about Ryan’s criminal history, but did not comment on whether he had asked for Ryan to be stripped of his priesthood.</p> <p>As part of his parole conditions, Ryan must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet 24 hours a day and stay away from his victims and children.</p> <p>“Parole supervision includes face-to-face meetings and appointments with Community Corrections officers, verification checks, home visits and regular contact with NSW Police,” a Corrective Services spokeswoman said.</p>

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Sydney doctor deregistered for sexting patient

<p>A Sydney shrink has had his registration cancelled for at least three years after sending a series of suggestive text messages to a female patient.</p> <p>Dr Robert Hampshire, 71, was on Thursday found guilty of five breaches including unsatisfactory professional conduct by the Civil and Administrative Tribunal.</p> <p>The psychiatrist’s registration was cancelled after a patient submitted a complaint to the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC), accusing Dr Hampshire of making “a number of lewd and sexually-related comments” through phone calls and text messages in 2017.</p> <p>Dr Hampshire said because he had consumed alcohol and taken a sleeping pill, he could not recall the phone calls and texts on late April 14 and the early hours of April 15.</p> <p>He initially said he was <a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/take-it-off-patient-bombarded-with-latenight-texts-from-elderly-doctor-robert-hampshire-sydney-130201808.html" target="_blank">on a boat all day during the incidents</a>, but later admitted he spent the day at home with his former wife.</p> <p>“He found out he had not been on the boat later on when he spoke to the owner of the boat,” the tribunal found.</p> <p>The female patient, referred to as Patient A, received the inappropriate messages a week after seeing Dr Hampshire for an assessment following a dog attack.</p> <p>She dialled Dr Hampshire’s number accidentally and immediately hung up. Dr Hampshire then phoned and sent text and voicemail messages to the patient.</p> <p>In the phone conversations, Dr Hampshire told the patient she was a “beautiful girl” and asked if she was “naked” before repeatedly saying “take it off”.</p> <p>He also sent a text message saying: “Do. I know u feel now lying there. Me too. Call me x”.</p> <p>“Dr Hampshire’s conduct risked the health and safety of the public,” the tribunal found in its judgement.</p> <p>“Patient A said she considered his conduct disgusting and she felt violated. She described him as an opportunistic doctor who tried to take advantage of her.”</p> <p>He has been barred from applying for a registration review for three years.</p> <p>Dr Hampshire was previously deregistered in 1994 after he was found to be self-administering the painkiller pethidine.</p> <p>In 2013, he was ordered to pay $4950 to the NSW Medical Council after the HCCC accused him of <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/national/courts-law/stunning-downfall-of-society-shrink-robert-hampshire-after-alcohol-binge-lewd-phone-calls/news-story/8aa100c17e5b7278e8054ff4768cf1b1" target="_blank">professional misconduct</a>, practising without professional indemnity insurance and failing to meet strict conditions placed on his registration.</p>

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