Netflix and Ava DuVernay sued by police interrogation firm

The company behind a controversial police interrogation technique filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against Netflix and director Ava DuVernay, claiming that it was defamed in DuVernay’s miniseries on the Central Park jogger case.

John E. Reid and Associates developed the Reid Technique in the late 1940s, and it has continued to offer training materials and courses to law enforcement since then. According to the company, it is the most widely used interrogation method by police agencies worldwide. But critics have alleged that its approach can result in false confessions.

The technique is mentioned in the fourth episode of “When They See Us,” the dramatized series on the Central Park Five case released by Netflix in May. A character confronts NYPD detective Michael Sheehan with allegations that he coerced a confession out of the five original defendants, who were later exonerated.

“You squeezed statements out of them after 42 hours of questioning and coercing, without food, bathroom breaks, withholding parental supervision,” the character states. “The Reid Technique has been universally rejected.”

Sheehan replies: “I don’t even know what the f—ing Reid Technique is, OK? I know what I was taught. I know what I was asked to do and I did it.”

The lawsuit claims that this dialogue mischaracterizes the Reid Technique, which it says does not involve coercion and also alleges that it is false to assert that the technique has been “universally rejected.”

“Defendants intended to incite an audience reaction against Reid for what occurred in the Central Park Jogger Case and for the coercive interrogation tactics that continue to be used today,” the suit states. “Defendants published the statements in ‘When They See Us’ in an effort to cause a condemnation of the Reid Technique.”

The suit alleges that the series has damaged the company’s reputation, and seeks actual and punitive damages. The suit also seeks an injunction barring Netflix from distributing the series in its current form, and a disgorgement of Netflix’s profits from the show.

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Hoarder evicted from her bungalow will live in van so she can care for her cats

A retired beauty therapist who was evicted from her bungalow said she will live in a van so she can continue to care for her three cats.

Susan Ralphs, 70, lost her home after firefighters discovered "the worst hoarding they have ever seen" in the property.

An eviction order was granted by Caernarfon Crown Court in North Wales after housing association Adra took the woman to court over the condition of her house.

Following a two-day trial, the judge ruled that Ms Ralphs was to be evicted from the property and said she could not appeal against the decision.

The 70-year-old, who describes herself as "a bit of a hoarder", said she has lived at the property for four years.

She claimed her hoarding problem started as she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and had what she describes as a "tough upbringing".

"Mostly it's because I moved here from a place that had five bedrooms, so I have lots of bags of clothes, bedding and curtains, but I am very hygienic," she told North Wales Live .

Ms Ralphs, of Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales, briefly barricaded her home before letting in the bailiffs.

Three police officers also turned up and the locks were changed.

The woman said: “I’m staying positive mentally. Though fragile I’m not going to be angry or bitter.

“I’m getting in touch with my MP Liz Saville Roberts for some advice.

“I don’t want to be re-housed, just to regain the home I’ve enjoyed for the last four years with my three lovely cats.

“I’m 70, a retired professional and I’d like some respect for my dignity and sanity. I had a sleepless night hoping for a last minute change of mind.”

Before being evicted she declared: ”I feel like a donkey dragged 400 miles through the Sahara then being kicked and punched instead of being able to reach the oasis for water. I’m so happy here with my cats and their feline friends. My neighbours are animal lovers, too.

“I’m a quiet and submissive spinster just getting over a run of bad luck. I don’t smoke, drink or take drugs – but the system has walked out on me. No one is helping me.”

One bystander said: “It’s all very sad.”

MP Liz Saville Roberts said: “I will do everything I can to help her. No one wants to see a 70-year-old in the street.

"What she needs is some intensive support and to be able to keep her possessions.”

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90 Day Fiance casting a new spinoff — Here’s what we know

The 90 Day Fiance franchise has been incredibly successful. So much so, that Sharp Entertainment is casting for another spinoff, this one is tentatively being called 90 Day Fiance: College Edition.

Multiple sites are now putting out casting calls, looking for college student couples who are in love. The catch is that they want one half of the couple to be American and the other half to be from somewhere else.

In their search for college couples, Casting Depot writes, “Are you in love with another student who is on a student visa? We are casting students (college/university/graduate students) who are currently in a relationship, in which one partner in the relationship is an international student (studying in the US on a student visa).”

There was also a reported casting call listed with Backstage for the upcoming 90 Day Fiance spinoff. However, that page seems to have disappeared along with any references to this casting call being for the TLC hit after news of the possible new show started making the rounds.

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Jeremy Renner’s ex-wife claims he threatened to murder her and fired gun in home

Jeremy Renner's ex-wife Sonni Pacheco has claimed he fired a gun in their home, stuck it in his mouth and threatened to kill her in new court documents.

It's been reported in the US that the 48-year-old A-lister is alleged to have been taking cocaine and on alcohol when he talked about killing his former flame.

In the documents, Sonni has claimed the alleged altercation ended with her ex-husband putting a gun in his own mouth and threatening to kill himself.

But the actor has said the mother of his child's story is "dramatised" and claims she has a "specific goal in mind".

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The legal documents obtained by American publication TMZ are filled with bombshell claims from a night in November last year where Sonni alleged her husband was on cocaine and booze.

Sonni claimed Jeremy, who plays Hawkeye in Avengers, was at a club, high on cocaine and booze when he spoke about killing her.

She alleged that Jeremy told someone he "could not deal with her anymore", and he "just wanted her gone".

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The new documents go on to show claims that on that night Jeremy put a gun in his mouth, threatened to kill himself and fired the gun into the ceiling while his six-year-old daughter Ava was asleep upstairs.

The pair had agreed on joint custody of Ava but now Sonni is asking the judge for sole custody of their daughter and for her exes visits to be monitored.

Amongst the claims, Sonni alleged that Jeremy has a history of verbal, emotional and substance abuse.

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The mother also made accusations that he had been under the influence a "number of times" while in the physical custody of Ava.

In the court documents, it also details how Jeremy once "left cocaine on a bathroom counter where Ava could have reached it".

Sonni alleges that the nanny once overhead her former beau saying he was going to her house to kill her and then kill himself because "it was better that Ava had no parents than to have Sonni as a mother".

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A representative for Jeremy told TMZ: "The well-being of his daughter Ava has always been and continues to be the primary focus for Jeremy. This is a matter for the court to decide.

"It's important to note the dramatisations made in Sonni's declaration are a one-sided account made with a specific goal in mind."

Daily Star Online has contacted Jeremy's spokesman for comment.

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Sheridan Smith sparks more rumours she’s pregnant with cryptic ‘Daddy’ video

Sheridan Smith has fuelled more pregnancy speculation in another social media post.

The Gavin and Stacey actress shared a picture with her 298,000 followers on Instagram this morning.

The post was of two VIP passes, which related to the new show she's starring in alongside West End legend Alfie Boe.

The 38-year-old captioned the snap: "About to set sail for 4 days, wish me luck with my morning sickness."

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The blonde bombshell also shared a video to her Instagram story, which prompted further speculation.

She couldn't help but refer to fiancé Jamie Horn as "Daddy Cool" in the clip, sparking more speculation that she's expecting her first child.

The actress reportedly met Jamie, 28, on mobile dating app Tinder and they now live together in Kent.

In the video showing fans her room on the boat, a chucking Sheridan said: "Daddy Cool"

"We're in our little cabin. There he is."

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Sheridan shot to fame playing a variety of characters on sitcoms such as The Royal Family, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and Benidorm.

The BAFTA award winner has performed in several West End musicals such as Little Shop of Horrors, Legally Blonde, Funny Girl and most recently Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamboat.

Sheridan recently shot down claims she "lashed out at child actors" during the show's after-party.

She slammed the accusations on her Instagram, saying: "I try not to rise to the tabloid bulls*** but they've gone a step too far this time.

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"The story today is completely untrue, the kids in the show were thinly reason I stayed the whole run.

"I love every single one of them and the kids and their parents became family.

"Also I never, ever went to a single party as I am in recovery so this is all fabricated, vicious, cruel lies yet again.

"All my love Sheridan."

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Sheridan is taking part in Stages 2019, bringing iconic West End hits to the high seas alongside the likes of Alife Boe and Collabro.

The four-night cruise sets sail from Southampton and stops off at Dublin for one day before returning to the port of origin.

Her social media posts come after Sheridan said she was thinking of starting a family with her partner Jamie.

She recently said the kids she worked with on the production of Joseph left her feeling broody, the Mail reported.

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Matt Lauer lavished praise on Ronan Farrow for Harvey Weinstein exposé: book

Then-NBC star Matt Lauer sent Ronan Farrow a congratulatory message lavishing praise on the writer’s Weinstein exposé — right before his own sex-assault scandal exploded, according to the journalist’s new tome.

In Farrow’s book “Catch and Kill,” due out Tuesday, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist wrote that Lauer applauded his bombshell report in the New Yorker magazine in October 2017 detailing Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry.

“Ronan, it’s Matt Lauer. Let me be the 567th person to say congratulations on the amazing piece!” the anchor texted Farrow, according to the book.

Lauer was fired a month later amid allegations he raped a female coworker. He has denied the accusations.

Farrow’s book reveals new details about the alleged assault involving Lauer. He recounts NBC staffer Brooke Nevils‘ disturbing claims that Lauer raped her while the two were in Sochi, Russia, to help cover the 2014 Olympics for the network.

Nevils, whose identity was publicly revealed in the new book for the first time, told Farrow that Lauer invited her back to his hotel room, then anally raped her despite her repeated protestations.

Lauer has since called the incident “consensual.

“There was absolutely nothing aggressive about that encounter,” Lauer said in statement. “Brooke did not do or say anything to object.”

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Camila Mendes Goes Pretty in Blue for Day of Press in NYC

Camila Mendes is slaying the streets of New York City!

The 25-year-old Riverdale actress rocked a blue dress with neon green heels as she arrived at the Good Morning America studios on Monday morning (October 14) in NYC.

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During her interview on GMA, Camila opened up about why she decided to team up with Secret for their new deodorant campaign.

“I loved partnering with them because you want to always do campaigns you feel like you resonate with,” Camila shared. You know what I mean so you can actually genuinely be like the face of something or endorse it and I’ve always been a big essential oils fan so this lines up perfectly.”

Camila then went on to explain that she really wanted to work with the brand after they donated half a million dollars to the United States Women’s soccer team to bridge the pay gap.

“I’ve always been a user of Secret but then I also wanted to do a little like research about the brand and I saw that like they donated $500,000 to the U.S. Women’s soccer team to kind of like to bridge that pay gap,” Camila continued. “I thought that was really cool and I think it’s cool when brands take responsibility and like take action on like important topics.”

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'The Purge' TV show producers tease a very 'different' season 2

Whether on the big or small screen, tales set in the Purge universe have essentially always taken place during a single night of legalized crime. Not so, though, for the stories related in season 2 of The Purge TV show, which premieres Oct. 15 on USA Network.

“This season is a different part of the Purge world than we’ve ever seen before,” says executive producer James Roland. “For the first time, we’re going to see what the world is like in between Purges and how the holiday of violence has repercussions that trickle down throughout the rest of the year.”

Season 2 stars Derek Luke as a character named Marcus Moore and Paola Nuñez as Esme Carmona, who works for the ruling party, the New Founding Fathers of America.

“Marcus is at home on Purge night hunkering down and staying safe,” says Roland’s fellow EP, Krystal Houghton Ziv. “Somebody breaks in and tries to kill him. So, the rest of the year he’s trying to figure out, ‘Who was that trying to kill me? And how can I stop them before they try to do it again next year?’ And then we have Esme, who is our NFAA representative —v she works in the surveillance center and she’s our way into that world. She’s a true believer when she starts out the season, she really thinks the Purge is keeping crime low the rest of the year, but then she gets wind of this conspiracy and she starts to realize that the people she’s put her trust in are not what they seem.”

The second season of the show also stars Max Martini as the heist-planning Ryan Grant and Joel Allen as a fraternity member named Ben.

“Ryan and his heist team are pulling off bank robberies every Purge night,” says Ziv. “This is another thing the fans have always been asking about: ‘Why is it always murder? I would go out and get money!’ So, we’re like, Yes, this guy is doing what you would do. But of course nothing goes exactly to plan, and so the rest of the year he’s trying to keep his team safe and get the score of all scores, so they’ll be able to leave the country. And last we have Ben, who is our frat guy-college student, who is out on a fraternity scavenger hunt, but gets caught up in a really bad situation, and is almost killed, and has to defend himself, and then he is unable to let that experience go the rest of the year. It starts infecting him more and more and he’s our representative of how violence begets violence in the Purge universe.”

And how would Roland and Ziv themselves spend Purge night?

“I would Purge the Purgers,” says Roland. “I’d be like a violent Robin Hood.”

“Not me,” says Ziv. “My husband has dual citizenship, so maybe we could escape to another country. Or the woods. You always see people being violent in the cities. I’m like, maybe in a rural area I could have a little doomsday bunker, or something, and hunker down.”

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An 18th-Century Opera, Supercharged for Our Time

PARIS — The play that became Verdi’s “La Traviata” was, its composer wrote in 1853, “un soggetto dell’epoca”: a story of our times. He bristled when censors insisted that the setting of the opera, with its inflammatory tale of a high-end prostitute’s death from tuberculosis, be shifted from the present day to a less threatening “circa 1700.”

Verdi wanted the audience to recognize itself onstage. And his fear that the work’s immediacy would be drowned in crinolines has been justified by a thousand soft, safe costume-drama “Traviatas.”

The director Simon Stone seems, at first glance, to have avoided safety. His new “Traviata,” at the Paris Opera, ostentatiously reproduces the trappings of our Instagram-scrolling “epoca.”

But for all its contemporary flourishes, Mr. Stone’s staging is sadly staid — less vivid than many an old-fashioned, velvet-lined “Traviata.” No, the true story of our times currently playing in Paris is a rather less likely opera: Rameau’s “Les Indes Galantes,” a rarely performed work from the early 18th century that’s been swept clean and supercharged with fresh energy by Clément Cogitore, an artist and filmmaker making his debut as a stage director, and the choreographer Bintou Dembélé, a pioneer of French hip-hop dance.

A couple of years ago, Mr. Cogitore produced a short film for the Paris Opera that set a surging mass of krump dancers loose on a bit of music from “Les Indes Galantes,” one of the Baroque “opéra-ballets” that combine loosely plotted sung narrative and lavish dance sequences. The six-minute video was such a hit that the company offered him a production of the full work.

Despite boasting one of Rameau’s most sensual, colorful, vigorous scores, it is a piece that needs some help. In Enlightenment France, “indes” referred generically to the non-European world, and the story, such as it is, looks paternistically to then-exotic locales like Turkey, Persia and Peru for four unconnected lessons in love and virtue.

The libretto may not break the toxicity meter, but it is uncomfortably populated by stereotypes, with colonial order valorized as the peaceable solution to a world out of joint. Something must be done with a work whose final act is called “The Savages.”

For Mr. Cogitore and Ms. Dembélé, that something has been clearing out the piece, rendering the stage spare and lucid, and permeating it with street and club dance — not just krump but also flex, vogue, break, electro and more — to empower the work’s “others” to represent themselves on their own terms.

Performed in front of a largely white audience on Sunday afternoon, this was still a brand of exoticism. But Mr. Cogitore and Ms. Dembélé have shifted the work’s power dynamics substantially toward egalitarianism.

They’ve done that without stinting on the wonder-inducing spectacle that was the Baroque’s reason for being. A carousel turns; vitrines slowly levitate; cheerleaders wield sparkly pom-poms. An explosive bout of break dancing brings to life the eruption of a Peruvian volcano.

The dancing and music share a ferociously polished extravagance. As the soprano Sabine Devieilhe, who plays several roles, delivers a solemn prayer to the god of marriage, Calvin Hunt, a flex dancer and a member of Ms. Dembélé’s Compagnie Rualité, gives a stage-filling solo as sublimely floating as her singing. Leonardo García Alarcón leads his Cappella Mediterranea ensemble in a vibrant performance, propulsive and tinged with the fermenting tang of period instruments.

Baroque pieces are usually performed in the Paris Opera’s ornate, relatively intimate Palais Garnier, but this “Indes Galantes” both musically and theatrically fills the 2,700-seat Bastille opera house. And while “La Traviata,” like other standard-repertory works, would generally be performed at the Bastille, Mr. Stone’s staging felt faceless even in the cozy confines of the Garnier.

His Violetta is a social-media influencer; at the start of the opera, we see the fruits of her obsessive documentation of her beauty tips, her partying and even her illness, racking up thousands of likes in the process. It’s a clever idea and prepares us for the character’s eventual isolation, a loneliness familiar to those with a lot of followers and few real friends.

But the notion of Violetta as an internet addict is swiftly abandoned, and the production’s mood is never as focused or dangerous as it should be, with Mr. Stone continually missing the forest for the trees of tiny, needlessly realistic details. (Why a live cow?) The chorus sounded mushy on Saturday evening; the main singers (Zuzana Markova, Atalla Ayan and Ludovic Tézier, with Carlo Montanaro conducting) were bland.

And the final scene’s embrace of sincerity — a parade of poignant photo posts of Violetta and her lover, Alfredo — was puzzling after Mr. Stone’s initially cleareyed portrayal of this classic courtesan as a slave to the attention economy. Had this Violetta insisted, for example, on live-streaming her death, it would have indicted our culture of relentless sharing as well as opera’s audience, ever hungry for female suffering. Instead, we got a retread of the same old tear-jerker.

But while I didn’t shed a drop for Mr. Stone’s Violetta, I found myself unexpectedly getting misty as “Les Indes Galantes” neared its end.

Despite its razzle-dazzle, this staging is by no means a benign vision. A giant mechanical claw reaches down from the flies at one point and retrieves from a pit in the stage the ruined wooden shell of a shipwrecked boat; the migrants it carried mill around, their future uncertain. The confrontation of Occident and “Indes,” conqueror and conquered, is throughout evoked in eerily slow-motion, stylized battles with armored, plastic-shield-wielding security forces. (There are also unsettling reminders that the marginalized are often recruited in their own policing.)

But for all the darkness they depict, Mr. Cogitore and Ms. Dembélé also revive the genuine joy the Enlightenment took in cultural encounter and discovery. The opera’s finale is a hard-won and fragile peace, but it is real peace nevertheless.

The climactic dance of “The Savages” remains, as it was in the 1730s, a thrilling presentation of what will be, for many in the audience, a foreign style, celebrated for its foreignness — here, an escalating, showstopping detonation of krump. But the sequence is now also an assertion of the fullness, the sufficiency, of the community performing it. These “others” don’t need the white gaze to exist; they meet that gaze, and go on dancing.

Zachary Woolfe has been the classical music editor since 2015. He was previously the opera critic of the New York Observer. @zwoolfe

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Megan Fox shares rare photo of her three kids – with son Noah wearing a pink wig for Halloween

ACTRESS Megan Fox shared rare family photos of herself with husband Brian Austin Green and their three kids in Disneyland yesterday.

The Transformers star, 33, happily posed with Noah, seven, Bodhi, five, and Journey, three, as they got into the Halloween spirit and dressed up for their visit to the "Happiest Place on Earth".

The New Girl actress posted a trio of images to the social media platform and joked about how difficult it can be to take a family snap.

She shared: "Halloween at @disneylandis always the most fun but can I get ONE family photo where everyone is looking at the camera and making a semi normal face??"

In the first shot, Megan, who was wearing Minnie Mouse ears, posed alongside her boys soaking up the theme park's atmosphere.

While in a second photo, Megan’s husband Brian, 46, joined them as they stood in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle for a family portrait.

The picture showed off the boys’ Halloween costumes perfectly with Journey dressed as a dragon, Noah wearing a witch's hat and pink wig while Bodhi donned a skeleton outfit.

The family snap comes after Megan told how her son is bullied at school for wearing dresses – but he "doesn't care".

Appearing on US chat show The Talk in September, she said son Noah was teased for wearing alternative clothing but wasn't fazed by it.

The Jennifer's Body actress proudly told the hosts including Sharon Osbourne: "He designs, he draws outfits. He's very talented, but he's still six.

"He's really into fashion. He's the one, like, sometimes, he'll dress himself and he likes to wear dresses, sometimes.

"And I send him to a really liberal, like, hippy school. But even there, here in California, he still has little boys going like, 'Boys don't wear dresses,' or 'Boys don't wear pink'."

The brunette bombshell admitted she was embracing his individuality and encouraging him to express himself.

She continued: "We're going through that now, where I'm trying to teach him to be confident no matter what anyone else says."

Megan told the panel her son had worn a dress to school just this week and faced a backlash.

"He came home and I was like, 'How was it? Did any of the friends at school have anything to say?'

"And he was like, 'Well, all the boys laughed when I came in,' but he's like, 'I don't care, I love dresses too much.'"

Husband Brian took to social media in 2017 to defend his family when the actress shared a photo of Noah wearing a dress from the Disney film Frozen.

He wrote: "My son, he's four. I've heard from some people that they don't agree with him wearing dresses.

"To them I say, I don't care. He's four and if he wants to wear it then he wears it. And it's dresses or goggles or slippers or whatever. It's his life, they're not my clothes.

"I feel like at 4 at 5, that's a time when he should be having fun. He's not harming anyone wearing a dress. So if he wants to wear a dress, good on him."

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