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Former Hollywood heavyweight investigated in UK



Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is set to face new charges for alleged indecent assault in the UK

The 70 year old American is currently serving a 23 year prison sentence in the United States following a string of sexual assault cases.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the UK announced that it had authorised Metropolitan Police to charge the Hollywood filmmaking heavyweight on two counts of indecent assault.

The alleged assaults took place in London in August 1996, but both counts against one woman who’s identity has not been publicly released.

The alleged victim would be aged in her 50s today.

The Crown Prosecution Service also put out in their statement

“That criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has the right to a fair trial.”

The Service stressed that media and commentary or information posted online should not prejudice any proceedings.

What happens next for Weinstein as a result of these latest British charges?

What happens next isn’t clear at this point.

Formal charges by Metropolitan Police would have to be laid before anything else can happen following this recommendation from the CPS.

Harvey Weinstein was convicted of a string of historic sexual assault charges in the USA – several years ago was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

He began his sentence in New York State in 2020, but he was extradited to California in 2021 to face charges of a different trial and is currently still awaiting that.

Whether he would be extradited to the UK to face a court here is unknown at this point.

The CPS also at pains to point out that its recommendation is not a finding of guilt or innocence.

Simply an independent, fair and objective assessment about whether it is appropriate for something to go to a criminal court in the UK.

The CPS Special Crimes division usually deals with serious criminal allegations – often against high profile individuals, or election offences.

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Hollywood set for transformation with new WGA contract



We know what our words are worth at Netflix on 9/20. Photo: J.W. Hendricks

A recently ratified Writers Guild of America (WGA) contract is poised to revolutionise the landscape of Hollywood.

This monumental agreement brings forth fundamental alterations in the way the entertainment industry operates. In a nutshell, the contract redefines compensation structures, solidifying fair pay for writers and creators across various platforms.

One notable change is the integration of more equitable profit-sharing mechanisms, guaranteeing writers a more significant slice of the proverbial pie. Additionally, the contract underscores the importance of proper crediting and recognition for writers, ensuring their vital contributions are acknowledged and duly compensated.

Artificial intelligence was of course another major point of discussion with agreements outlined below stating:

“We have established regulations for the use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) on MBA-covered projects in the following ways:

  • AI can’t write or rewrite literary material, and AI-generated material will not be considered source material under the MBA, meaning that AI-generated material can’t be used to undermine a writer’s credit or separated rights. 
  • A writer can choose to use AI when performing writing services, if the company consents and provided that the writer follows applicable company policies, but the company can’t require the writer to use AI software (e.g., ChatGPT) when performing writing services. 
  • The Company must disclose to the writer if any materials given to the writer have been generated by AI or incorporate AI-generated material.
  • The WGA reserves the right to assert that exploitation of writers’ material to train AI is prohibited by MBA or other law.”

The WGA contract also takes steps to address issues of diversity and inclusion within the industry, fostering an environment that welcomes voices from all backgrounds and experiences. This shift towards a more inclusive landscape is seen as a crucial step towards rectifying historical disparities within the entertainment realm.

See a summary of the entire campaign here

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Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood



Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media

Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?

Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.

These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.

They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.

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Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase



Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death

Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.

The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.

“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.

The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.

“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.

Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.

Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.

Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.

Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.

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