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Kevin Spacey to appear in UK court, charged with multiple sexual offences



Two-Time Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey will appear in a UK court later this week, charged with multiple sexual offences

Spacey was initially questioned by British police in 20-19 over claims he had assaulted several men, with the former “House of Cards” star running London’s Old Vic theatre between 2004 and 2015.

The nation’s Crown Prosecution Service officially authorised charges against Spacey last month.

Kevin Spacey faces five charges in total.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service, these include:

o   Two counts of sexual assault in London in 2005 against one man

o   One count of sexual assault in London in 2008 against second man

o   And one count of sexual assault in 2013 against a third man in Gloucestershire

o   He also faces one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent in London in 2008 – and that’s against the second man.

The police have also said that the two of the men are aged in their 30s now.

The other is aged in his 40s.

Police confirmed that he is in the country and have formally charged him.

The charges follow a review of evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police.

Some weeks ago – Spacey had said he would voluntarily return to the UK to face these charges.

Metropolitan police have confirmed he is now in the country.

Now that police have confirmed he is in the country and have forally charged him, what happens now?

In a statement to Good Morning America in May, Spacey says that he was disappointed that this is going ahead, he was confident he would prove his innocence.

He also reminded people in that GMA statement that he was innocent until proven otherwise

Kevin Spacey is due to appear in Westminster Magistrate’s Court at 10am on Thursday local time.

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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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