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Simone Biles among women to sue FBI for $1 billion



Four time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles is one of over 90 women suing the FBI for more than $US1 billion

Lawyers for the group, which also includes gold medalists Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, say the FBI failed to address allegations of sexual assault towards former U.S national team doctor Larry Nassar.

The FBI was aware of allegations against Nassar as far back as 2015 but failed to address them, leaving the doctor free to target victims for over a year.

The doctor is now serving life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to multiple charges of criminal sexual misconduct.

In May the U.S justice department said it would not pursue charges against the agents who failed to investigate Nassar.

Former national champion gymnast Maggie Nichols says “it is time for the FBI to be held accountable”.

The agency has declined to comment, and has six months to respond to the claims filed on Wednesday.

But FBI director Christopher Ray has previously labelled the agency’s mistakes as “inexcusable”.

“If the FBI had simply done its job, Nassar would have been stopped before he ever had the chance to abuse hundreds of girls, including me”.

Former univeristy of michigan gymnast samantha roy

Thirteen Nassar victims filed similar claims against the FBI earlier in the year.

In 2018 Michigan state university agreed to pay $US500 million to over 300 victims for failing to stop the predator.

Bryan Hoadley contributed to this post.

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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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Tom Hanks open to continuing career with A.I. help



Despite the crackdown on A.I., one famous actor has raised the prospect of his career continuing after his death by using the technology

‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Cast Away’ actor Tom Hanks says new tech could be used to recreate his image to appear in movies “from now until kingdom come”.

Hanks was asked about the legal ramifications of A.I. on a recent podcast with Adam Buxton.

He says talks are being held in the film industry about how to protect actors from the effects of the technology.

Hanks told the host: “I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but performances can go on and on and on and on.”

The award-winning actor acknowledged that tech developments could lead to an AI-generated version of himself appearing in films he may not not normally choose.

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