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Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn call HBO Docuseries a ‘shoddy hit’

Shortly after the premiere of the first episode of “Allen v. Farrow, ”an HBO documentary series that re-examines Dylan Farrow’s sexual abuse allegations against filmmaker Woody Allen, his adoptive father, a spokesperson for Mr. Allen released a statement Sunday night criticizing the series, calling it of “poor quality hit”.

Letty Aronson, Mr Allen’s sister, sent the statement – attributed to a spokesperson – shortly after the first episode aired, on behalf of Mr Allen and Soon-Yi Previn, the filmmaker’s wife and Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter. In 1992, Ms Farrow, Mr Allen’s longtime girlfriend, learned of Mr Allen’s relationship with Ms Previn while Ms Previn was a freshman at university. This relationship is also scrutinized in the four-part docu-series.

Neither Mr. Allen nor Ms. Previn participated in the series, but it does include audio clips from Mr. Allen’s recent memoir, “Apropos of Nothing.”

“These documentary filmmakers had no interest in the truth,” the statement said. “Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their enablers to put together a hatchet job riddled with lies.

On Monday, the publisher of Mr. Allen’s memoir Skyhorse raised another objection to the series: that the filmmakers had used clips from the audiobook without permission. In a statement, Skyhorse president and editor Tony Lyons said the “unauthorized” use of the audio in the first episode was “a clear and willful violation of existing legal precedent.”

Mr Lyons said in the statement that the filmmakers had not applied for permission to use the clips and that the publisher learned late last week that the episodes “extensively” use the audiobook. The publisher’s attorney informed HBO on Friday that “if the use of the audiobook was pretty much what we heard it would be copyright infringement,” he said.

The brief was originally scheduled to be published last year by Grand Central Publishing, a brand of Hachette Book Group, until dozens of Hachette employees staged a walkout in protest and the publisher gave up. About two weeks later, his book was published by Arcade Publishing, a brand of independent publisher Skyhorse.

Responding to the publisher’s objections, an HBO spokeswoman provided a statement from the filmmakers, saying, “The creators of ‘Allen v. Farrow ‘legally used limited audio clips of Woody Allen’s memoir in the series under the fair dealing doctrine. The doctrine was invoked to allow artists and journalists – including documentary filmmakers – to use limited amounts of copyrighted works for certain purposes, including using the material to illustrate an argument or to serve as a subject for criticism.

Episode 1 includes in-depth interviews with Mia Farrow and Dylan Farrow, who accused Mr. Allen of sexual assault when he was 7. It also included interviews with family and friends who said that even before August 4, 1992 – the day Dylan Farrow says Mr. Allen assaulted her – they had witnessed Mr. Allen towards his daughter whom they considered inappropriate.

Mr Allen has long denied the abuse allegations, arguing that Mia Farrow trained Dylan to make the allegations after learning of his relationship with Ms Previn.

In Sunday’s statement, Mr. Allen continued to deny the allegations.

“As has been known for decades, these allegations are categorically false,” the statement said. “Several agencies investigated them at the time and found that whatever Dylan Farrow may have been led to believe, no abuse had ever taken place.”

In later episodes, the series raises questions about one of those investigations, in particular: a report released by the Yale Child Sexual Abuse Clinic, at Yale-New Haven Hospital, which revealed that Dylan had not been assaulted by anyone after questioning the child. nine times in a seven month period. According to the series, all interview notes from those sessions were destroyed when the final report was released.

Attorneys in Connecticut, where Dylan Farrow says Mr. Allen sexually assaulted her, refused to prosecute Mr. Allen in 1993. The state attorney said he did so to spare Dylan the trauma from a trial but believed she had been assaulted.

The statement said Mr. Allen and Ms. Previn had been approached about the documentary less than two months ago and had “only had a few days” to respond. He also said that it was “sadly not surprising” that HBO is airing the series, given a production deal with Ronan Farrow, Dylan Farrow’s brother, who has spoken on behalf of his sister, y included in the series. (Mr. Farrow, an investigative reporter who has talked a lot about sexual misconduct, has made a deal with HBO to create special investigative material, though he’s not on the production team of ” Allen v. Farrow. ”)

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Silentó, the rapper behind the 2015 viral hit, is charged with murder

Rapper Silentó, whose hit ‘Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae)’ was a viral phenomenon in 2015, was arrested and charged with the shooting death of his cousin outside of Atlanta last month, reported authorities.

Silentó, real name Ricky Hawk, was arrested on Monday, police in DeKalb County, Ga., Said in a statement. They said they identified Mr. Hawk, 23, as the suspect in the fatal Jan.21 shooting of Frederick Rooks, 34, in Decatur, Ga., About seven miles northeast of Atlanta.

Officers responded to a report of gunfire in a residential area in the Panthersville section of Decatur in the early hours of Jan.21, according to a police report. Officers arrived to find the victim, later identified as Mr. Rooks, on the street. He had been shot in the face and leg and was bleeding badly, according to the report.

When emergency medical personnel arrived, they pronounced him dead at the scene, according to the report.

Video footage obtained from doorbell cameras at several homes in the area captured at least one gunshot and showed cars fleeing the scene, according to the report.

Mr. Hawk has been charged with one count of murder. Police said in their statement that they were still working to establish the motive for the shooting.

It was not immediately clear whether Mr. Hawk had a lawyer. Its reservation agent did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

The video for “Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae)” has been viewed nearly 1.8 billion times on YouTube. The song became a sensation largely based on a pair of dance moves: the “whip,” taking a wide stance and forcefully pushing one arm in front of the body, and the “nae nae”, which involves shake from side to side with one hand in the air.

Celebrities like Justin Bieber, Stephen Curry and Matt Damon joined in the dance craze, and even Hillary Clinton gave it a go during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2015.

“Watch Me” reached number three on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Mr. Hawk’s debut album, “Fresh Outta High School,” was released in 2018, and he has since released a number of singles.

Mr. Hawk has been in trouble with the police in the past. In October 2020, he was arrested in DeKalb County for reckless driving and exceeding the speed limit, according to jail records. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that police caught him driving over 140 miles per hour on Interstate 85. In August 2020, he was arrested for domestic violence and assault in Los Angeles and the United States. Orange County, Calif., according to KABC-TV.

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TimesVideoMassachusetts winter storm hit hard A powerful winter storm swept through New England on Tuesday, after hitting much of the Northeast the day before. By Associated Press.

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The Los Angeles area is hit by a coronavirus outbreak over Christmas.

Los Angeles County, already in the throes of a devastating outbreak of coronavirus cases after Thanksgiving trips and gatherings, is hit by a peak in Christmas festivities.

The weekly average of new cases per day in the county, the largest in the United States, is at an all-time high, 16,193.

That’s about 12 times the weekly average for November 1, which was 1,347.

Even as the deluge of coronavirus cases overwhelmed hospitals in Los Angeles state and county in particular, some Angelenos have sought to celebrate the New Year with underground parties. Police dispersed more than a thousand people who attended a warehouse party, the Los Angeles Times reported.

More than 21,000 people were in hospital on New Years Day in California, according to a New York Times database, a 26% increase from two weeks earlier.

For weeks now, many intensive care units in the Southern California and San Joaquin Valley areas have been at or near capacity. At the end of last month, at a Los Angeles hospital, incoming patients were waiting in a tent outside – the lobby was used to treat patients, and gurneys were placed in the gift shop.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Monday that the state of the virus in California had made it “obvious” that stay-at-home orders for the southern and central areas of the state, which were due to expire, would remain in place.

“Things, unfortunately, will get worse before they get better,” he said, adding that care for non-Covid patients in emergency rooms was being slowed down as intensive care units struggled to manage the disease. assault triggered by the wave of coronavirus cases.

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Circus Acrobats Hit $ 52.5 Million Settlement in Fall 2014

When eight acrobats suspended above the ground at a performance in Rhode Island suddenly collapsed in May 2014, gasps and screams tore the crowd of spectators apart. In a YouTube video of the episode, one person can be heard asking, “Were they supposed to fall like this?”

They were not.

On Monday, a lawyer for injured acrobats said his clients reached a $ 52.5 million settlement with the owner and operator of the arena where the performance took place.

“It was an amount that everyone on our side thought was the right amount, it was a reasonable amount and it was the right amount, in our opinion,” attorney Zachary M. Mandell said in an interview. .

The eight performers, who were over 20 feet in the air, fell on top of a dancer who was on the ground below. All nine were rushed to hospital, according to a statement from Feld Entertainment, which owned the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus.

Mr Mandell said some of the injuries were “life-changing”. He declined to give more details about the injuries, but said the settlement money would help pay for his clients’ medical and home needs.

In 2016, the eight performers who fell filed a lawsuit in Rhode Island Superior Court against the arena’s owner, the Rhode Island Convention Center, and the company that runs it, SMG.

On Monday, Sean Brousseau, a lawyer who represents the two entities, declined to comment on the settlement.

On May 4, 2014, Ringling Brothers presented a series of shows inside the Dunkin ‘Donuts Center in Providence, RI About 4,000 people attended the 11 o’clock circus show, with thousands more expected to attend the other two shows at the circus later in the day.

At one point in the show, the lights dimmed as the acrobats gathered behind a giant curtain to prepare for the ‘hanging hair act’. Nine performers were hidden behind the curtain lit by colored lights: deep blue, then magenta.

When the curtain fell, he revealed the eight voltigeurs, who appeared to be hanging by their hair around a large circular cone hanging from the rigging. The acrobats were high in the air, but only for a moment.

The show’s announcer had just uttered the phrase “Suspended only by force from -” when the device holding the acrobats fell, according to a video in the episode.

“There are safety standards and safety features that were supposed to be in place for every event, whether it’s the circus, or whether you’re dealing with, you know, college basketball,” Mr. Mandell. “These weren’t used, they weren’t used for this performance, so that’s where our claims against the arena come from.”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor investigated and announced in November 2014 that it had fined Feld $ 7,000 – “the maximum fine permitted by law” – on Feld Entertainment. In a press release, OSHA said that “the carabiner used to support performers was not improperly loaded.”

In a detailed report on the episode, OSHA said there was “no redundancy in the system” in place for the “hanging hair act” so that when the device retaining the artists broke down, the “entire frame with the artists attached was falling to the floor.”

“There is no document available to indicate that the rig supporting multiple performers has ever been examined and checked by a professional engineer for structural suitability and performance,” the report said, calling it “a serious defect that led to the incident. “

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No charges against man who hit horse-drawn buggy, killing 3 children

No criminal charges will be laid against a man who slammed into the back of a horse-drawn buggy in Michigan in September 2019, killing three Amish children and injuring another, officials said this week.

The driver, Ronald Ramsey, was 83 years old at the time of the crash, according to a press release from the Eaton County District Attorney’s Office.

Three children were killed at the crash scene, about 20 miles west of Lansing, and a fourth child was hospitalized, according to the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office. The children were all siblings aged 6 to 13 and were on their way home from school unaccompanied by an adult, said Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich.

The decision not to charge Mr Ramsey, now 84, was not a conviction on criminal charges, the office said, but “based on Ramsey’s age, lack of criminal history and the current Covid-19 pandemic, it is unlikely that he would be incarcerated if convicted. ”

Mr Ramsey could have been charged with three counts of moving violation causing death, the office said. If convicted, he faces up to 24 months probation and up to 12 months in jail on each count.

Mr Ramsey lost his driving privileges after the crash, authorities said.

“After a full analysis of the case and the possible consequences, it was concluded that the formal indictment and conviction of Ramsey would likely accomplish no more than a paper conviction,” the office said, adding that the decision was made in consultation with the deceased’s family.

Collisions involving cars and horse-drawn carriages are not uncommon in Amish communities, which reject automobiles and other modern technology.

Michigan has seen a handful of buggy accidents this year. In August, five people were hospitalized after the buggy they were in ended up in Iosco County. Further south, in Quincy Township, two young boys were injured in a similar accident the previous month. And in May, a woman from Elkland Township was hospitalized after a distracted driver collided with a buggy she was riding in.

In April, five children died when their horse-drawn stroller overturned on a bridge in northeast Kentucky.

There have been accidents involving strollers in other states over the years. From 2007 to 2016, 23 people died in Pennsylvania in collisions involving horses and strollers, according to the state Department of Transportation, the York Daily Record reported.

In Ohio during the same period, there were 1,412 accidents involving a motor vehicle and a horse-drawn stroller, according to a study by the Ohio Department of Transportation. There were 25 dead and 208 seriously injured, according to the report.

In general, tracking accidents involving strollers can be difficult. Most states, including New York City, where the Amish population is growing, do not keep separate data on accidents involving strollers.

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Secret services hit again by coronavirus epidemic

WASHINGTON – The uniformed division of the Secret Service has suffered a coronavirus outbreak, according to four people briefed on the matter, the latest blow to a beleaguered agency that has faced challenges in performing its duties during the pandemic .

The outbreak is at least the fourth to strike the agency since the start of the pandemic, further hampering its staff as it continues to provide full protection to President Trump and prepares to increase the number of people quitting. ‘she is responsible for protecting because of the election of Joseph. R. Biden Jr.

At least 30 uniformed Secret Service officers have tested positive in recent weeks for the virus, and the agency has asked about 60 others to be quarantined, according to people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified to discuss personnel matters. At least a handful of officers have also tested positive or have been forced to self-isolate, two people said.

The Washington Post first reported the outbreak.

It is not known how the officers contracted the virus. Many have been to the events of the Trump or Biden campaign in the final weeks of the election, the people said. Several senior White House officials and Trump allies also contracted the virus after attending a White House election night.

A spokesperson said the Secret Service had maintained its duties during the election season and was taking precautions, including testing, contact tracing and isolating people as needed, to respond to Covid-19.

“The health and safety of our workforce is paramount,” said spokesperson Julia McMurray.

The uniformed division officers have different responsibilities from those famous Secret Service agents who guard presidents and their families. The officers protect physical locations like the White House and the Vice President’s home at the Washington Naval Observatory. They also filter crowds at public events. The division – which has 1,600 officers – has been widely criticized after fence jumpers violated White House grounds during former President Barack Obama’s second term.

Many officers and agents have privately expressed concerns in the final weeks of the presidential race about travel for campaign events across the country. They feared they could contract the virus during the events or while traveling, according to two people briefed on the matter.

The pandemic has been particularly trying for law enforcement officials whose officers come into direct contact with people to do their jobs. In the first months of the outbreak, one in six New York Police Department officers were ill or in quarantine.

The pandemic has created unique problems for the Secret Service as the nature of its work – particularly during a presidential campaign – requires the agency to deploy its agents across the country, including at events hosted by Mr. Trump where distancing social was rarely practiced and worn out. masks were not necessary.

In the most glaring example of the dangers officers faced, Mr. Trump held a rally in June in an indoor arena in Tulsa, Okla. One of Mr. Trump’s allies who attended the event, Herman Cain, died from the virus six weeks after joining him.

In August, at least 11 employees of the Secret Service training center in Maryland tested positive for the virus. The agency closed the facility earlier in the year to develop procedures to mitigate transmission of the coronavirus. But several trainees have reportedly contracted the virus during training exercises and at a nearby hotel where they did not practice social distancing.

Earlier this summer, two Secret Service members sent to provide security at the Tulsa rally tested positive. Around the same time, Vice President Mike Pence canceled a trip to Florida after members of his team exhibited symptoms of the virus.

The latest outbreak comes at a time when Secret Service resources are already exhausted. During a transition, the agency is expected to offer more protection to the president-elect and vice-president-elect and their families while continuing its usual duties of protecting the president and his family.

While hospitalized for the coronavirus in October, Mr. Trump asked an officer to lead him past a group of supporters outside the hospital. Medical experts said Mr. Trump was likely contagious at the time, and officers who were in a Chevy Suburban hermetically sealed with him could easily have been infected, even though they were covered in the same type of equipment. personal protection used by healthcare professionals.

Annie Karni contributed reporting.

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