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A Los Angeles court has found comedian Bill Cosby guilty of sexually assaulting Judy Huth in 1975, and ordered him to pay $500,000 to the victim.

The jury found that Cosby intentionally caused harmful sexual contact with Hoth, who was under 18, and that his behavior was motivated by an abnormal or abnormal sexual interest in a minor.

The decision ends one of the last remaining legal cases against Cosby, 84, who has been accused by more than 50 women of sexual assault over five decades.

Hoth testified to the court that she and her friend met Cosby in a park, and that the actor later took her and her friend to the Playboy mansion. She testified that Cosby, who was 37 at the time, assaulted her and forced her to perform a sexual act without her consent, an allegation the actor denied.

Huth, who first sued Cosby in 2014, said the incident occurred in 1974 when she was 15, but later concluded that she was wrong about the year and that it happened in 1975.

Cosby, who did not appear personally at the trial, denied the claim. In a video affidavit presented to the jury, Cosby said he did not remember Hoth but said the incident could not have occurred because he would not have had sexual contact at the time with someone who was under 18.

Huth’s attorney thanked the jury for her verdict and praised her client for her “courage and sacrifice to win this case.”

The trial took place nearly a year after the actor was released from prison in Pennsylvania, when his conviction for drugging and sexual assault of another woman was overturned.

The state’s Supreme Court overturned Cosby’s conviction on technical grounds last year and he was released after just two years in prison, dealing a heavy blow to his accusers, at the time.

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Johnny Depp to direct his first film in 25 years with Al Pacino co-producing

Actor Johnny Depp will go behind the camera again after 25 years to direct Modigliani, about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani.

Based on a play, the movie will also see Depp co-produce alongside actor Al Pacino and seasoned producer Barry Navidi.

“The saga of Mr. Modigliani’s life is one that I’m incredibly honoured, and truly humbled, to bring to the screen,” said Depp, 59, to entertainment portal The Hollywood Reporter. “It was a life of great hardship, but eventual triumph; a universally human story all viewers can identify with.”

While best known as an actor in movies such as the Pirates Of The Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts franchises, Depp is also a seasoned producer with 10 films under his belt.

In a statement emailed to The Hollywood Reporter, Pacino said he and Depp had been involved in this project for a number of years and it will start principal photography in spring 2023.

In his directorial debut in 1997, Depp directed both himself and Marlon Brando in The Brave. In the critically panned film, Depp plays a Native American man who is paid a large sum of money to star in a snuff film directed by Brando’s character.

Besides the upcoming Modigliani biopic, Depp is also playing King Louis XV in French movie Jeanne Du Barry, which started shooting in late July.

It will be Depp’s first feature in three years after the conclusion of his high-profile defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard, 36, in June, which he won.

 

SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES

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The Flash star Ezra Miller breaks silence on recent troubles, seeks mental health treatment

The Flash star Ezra Miller has made headlines in recent years for troubling behavior. According to a statement given by a representative to entertainment portal Variety, the 29-year-old actor is finally seeking treatment for “complex mental health issues”.

Miller, who is non-binary and uses “they” and “them” as pronouns, also apologized for behavior which has led to a series of legal issues as well as assault and abuse allegations.

“Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment,” said the actor.

“I want to apologize to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior. I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life.”

Last week, Miller was charged with felony burglary in Vermont for allegedly stealing bottles of alcohol from a home.

This latest incident follows a pattern of disturbing behavior dating back to at least 2020, when the star allegedly choked a woman in Iceland. No charges were filed.

The embattled actor was arrested twice in Hawaii this year for assault and harassment and is also facing allegations of abuse and grooming of minors.

Miller, who appears in the Fantastic Beasts franchise (2016 to present), headlines the upcoming The Flash movie, out in 2023.

Variety said he movie studio supported Miller’s decision to seek professional help, according to an insider source.

 

SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES

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Jackson Wang says he learnt a lot about Singapore as he bids farewell after whirlwind visit

K-pop idol Jackson Wang bid a fond farewell to Singapore on Sunday (Aug 14) as he left after his whirlwind visit here.

In multiple social media posts on Instagram and Twitter over the weekend, he thanked Singapore for a good time, saying it was “too amazing to leave”, before departing for Los Angeles.

The Got7 singer, who arrived to hordes of fans at the airport on Aug 2, had been busy on his trip, such as shooting a series of travel vlogs as part of a collaboration with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). The vlogs will be released around the end of the year on STB’s social media channels.

The 28-year-old also hosted a party at nightclub Marquee, which saw snaking queues at the door, and opened a pop-up concept store for his streetwear line at Voco Orchard.

He was spotted all over the island in places such as Chinatown, Marina Bay Sands and Pasir Ris and raved about his experiences here which included eating bak kut teh and drinking kopi. He also visited Kusu Island and St John’s Island, and posted a snippet of himself out at sea.

In his Twitter post, he wrote: “I always wanted to experience local local local lifestyle. I learnt a lot and love it.”

 

SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES

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