• Amber Heard had affairs, Johnny Depp's lawyers claim
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    Amber Heard had affairs, Johnny Depp's lawyers claim

    Amber Heard had "extramarital affairs" with Elon Musk, the Tesla founder, and the actor James Franco, lawyers for her ex-husband Johnny Depp claimed in court yesterday. Depp is awaiting a decision on whether his libel claim against The Sun over allegations he was violent towards Heard will go ahead next week. The 57-year-old actor is suing the tabloid's publisher, News Group Newspapers, and its executive editor Dan Wootton over an April 2018 article which referred to him as a "wife beater". The Sun's legal team made a last-ditch attempt to strike out Depp's claim yesterday, arguing that he had breached a court order by not handing over what were referred to as "Australia drugs texts" between Depp and his assistant, Nathan Holmes. David Sherborne, representing Depp, also asked for "all communications" between Heard and a contact saved in her phone as "Rocketman", who Depp claims is Elon Musk, and between her and actor James Franco. Mr Sherborne told the court that Heard had an affair with each of the two men while she was going out with or married to Depp. David Price QC, representing Heard, resisted the application for disclosure.

  • Apple could launch iPhone 12 without headphones or a charger, expert says
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    Apple could launch iPhone 12 without headphones or a charger, expert says

    Apple’s upcoming smartphone may not come with wired earbuds in the box – and could even launch without a power adapter.TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is known for making reliable predictions about Apple’s products, claims that the decision to not include wired headphones is so Apple can further push their AirPods wireless headphones.

  • Florence Pugh apologises for cultural appropriation after admitting wearing cornrows as a teenager
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    Florence Pugh apologises for cultural appropriation after admitting wearing cornrows as a teenager

    Florence Pugh has apologised for cultural appropriation after admitting she wore cornrows as a teenager. The 24-year-old actress, who is best known for her roles in Little Women and Midsommer, was responding to criticism that she wore cornrows when she was 18 and painted henna on her body. Responding to the comments in the wake of global Black Lives Matter protests, Pugh posted a statement via her Instagram on Friday to apologise for her actions. The actress said that she had disrespected other cultures as a teenager and that she hadn’t heard the term “cultural appropriation” until a friend at the time criticised the way she’d styled her hair. As a teenager, Pugh wore tight braids, which originate from African culture. “She began to explain to me what cultural appropriation was, the history and heartbreak over how when black girls do it they’re mocked and judged, but when white girls do it, it’s only then perceived as cool,” Pugh wrote to her 1.5million followers. She also explained that at the time, she was defensive about the issue, which she said she now recognises as an indicator of her own “white fragility”. In her statement she also revealed that one of her fans criticised her on Instagram for appropriating Rastafarian culture as a 17-year-old. “I was reminded of a photo when I was 17. I braided my hair and painted a beanie with the Jamaican flag colours and went to a friend’s house; proud of my Rastafarian creation. I then posted about it the next day with a caption that paraphrased the lyrics to Shaggy’s song ‘Bombastic’.” “At the time I honestly did not think that I was doing anything wrong,” she said. “Growing up as white and privileged allowed me to get that far and not know.” Her comments come at a time when businesses are being rebranded and historic monuments and statues are being reconsidered in light of their controversial links to the colonial past. Pugh also explained how she befriended a shop owner when she was eight-years-old who taught her how to apply henna. “There wasn’t a summer where I didn’t henna my hands, feet, my family’s hands and feet, my friends – I was obsessed,” she wrote. However she went on to write that in 2017, when henna and bindis “became a trend” she was annoyed that “a culture was being abused for profit”. “I thought because I was taught about [henna] differently, I was an exception,” she wrote. “And here’s the problem. I wasn’t actually being respectful in how I was using it. I wore this culture on my terms only, to parties, at dinner. I too was disrespecting the beauty of the religion that had been taught to me those years ago.” Pugh ended her statement with another apology: “I cannot dismiss the actions I bought into years ago, but I believe that we who were blind to such things must acknowledge them and recognise them as our faults, our ignorance and our white privilege and I apologise profusely that it took this long.”

  • Laurence Fox calls Harry Potter stars ‘spoiled millionaires’ for turning against JK Rowling in trans row
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    Laurence Fox calls Harry Potter stars ‘spoiled millionaires’ for turning against JK Rowling in trans row

    Laurence Fox has criticised stars of the Harry Potter franchise who turned against JK Rowling for her comments about transgender issues.Rowling, who has made anti-trans comments in the past, appeared to take issue with a headline about “people who menstruate” and later argued that discussion of gender identity invalidated biological sex.

  • Avengers: Endgame deleted scene conveniently proves terrifying Thanos theory
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    Avengers: Endgame deleted scene conveniently proves terrifying Thanos theory

    A deleted scene from Avengers: Endgame might prove that a popular theory about the villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) has been true all along.The clip, which is available to view on streaming service Disney+, is an alternate version of a conversation between Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) featured in the film.

  • Louis Walsh: Video of X Factor judge groping Mel B on live television resurfaces
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    Louis Walsh: Video of X Factor judge groping Mel B on live television resurfaces

    A clip showing Louis Walsh touching Mel B inappropriately on live television has resurfaced online.The X Factor judges were appearing on ITV2 spin-off show The Xtra Factor in 2014 when Walsh decided to grab the former Spice Girls singer’s backside.

  • Netflix secret codes: How to access hidden films and TV shows on the streaming service
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    Netflix secret codes: How to access hidden films and TV shows on the streaming service

    You might think you’ve exhausted everything there is to watch on Netflix.The chances are, though, that there are probably a large quantity of films and TV shows you’ve never come across while searching through the streaming service’s extensive library.

  • Queen relaxes with a special horse ride in first public appearance since lockdown
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    Queen relaxes with a special horse ride in first public appearance since lockdown

    The Queen has been pictured horse riding in her first public appearance since lockdown began. Over the weekend she took Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old fell pony, for a ride in the 655-acre Windsor Home Park. Her Majesty wore a headscarf featuring jockeys’ silks. Horse racing, of which the Queen is known to be a huge fan, begins again today after being stopped during the coronavirus lockdown. She has been with the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, where she spent her 94th birthday on April 21 in lockdown and has continued official duties. The Queen delivered her VE Day anniversary message to Britain from Windsor Castle last month, reminding the country to “never give up, never despair”. She recently sent her best wishes to this year’s “unique” virtual Chelsea Flower Show, commenting that her grandmother Queen Mary would have been delighted to know that gardening had become a national pastime.

  • Thailand film industry banned from shooting fight and love scenes as coronavirus lockdown begins lifting
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    Thailand film industry banned from shooting fight and love scenes as coronavirus lockdown begins lifting

    Film production companies in Thailand have been given a strict set of instructions to avoid the spread of the coronavirus on set.As the country has relaxed its lockdown measures, the Thai film industry has resumed work while complying with social distancing measures.

  • Lisa Kudrow says people looked at her like she was a ‘monster’ for banning hugging at her mother’s funeral
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    Lisa Kudrow says people looked at her like she was a ‘monster’ for banning hugging at her mother’s funeral

    Lisa Kudrow has spoken about the difficulty of introducing social distancing rules at her mother’s funeral.The Friends star, whose mother died in February, said she requested that there be “no hugging” at the ceremony.

  • Lisa Kudrow defends Friends: ‘At the time it was very progressive’
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    Lisa Kudrow defends Friends: ‘At the time it was very progressive’

    Lisa Kudrow has defended Friends amid criticism that the show has aged badly.The actor starred as Phoebe Buffay in all 236 episodes of the beloved sitcom between 1994 and 2004.

  • Kirk Douglas death: Hollywood legend leaves ‘almost entire $61m fortune to charity’
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    Kirk Douglas death: Hollywood legend leaves ‘almost entire $61m fortune to charity’

    Kirk Douglas, who died earlier this month at the age of 103, reportedly left almost his entire $61m fortune to charity.On Sunday, The Mirror reported that the Hollywood legend left $50m of his fortune to be distributed by the Douglas Foundation, which the actor and his wife Anne founded in 1964 with the goal of “helping those who cannot help themselves”.

  • Trevor Noah says Hollywood wokeness won’t last after Parasite dominates Oscars
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    Trevor Noah says Hollywood wokeness won’t last after Parasite dominates Oscars

    Trevor Noah has said he's thrilled after Parasite made Oscars history by becoming the first foreign language film to win Best Picture.However, in the latest episode of The Daily Show, the late-night TV host admitted that he doubts Hollywood’s "wokeness" will last.

  • K-pop star Seungri indicted on prostitution and gambling charges
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    K-pop star Seungri indicted on prostitution and gambling charges

    Former K-Pop idol Seungri has been indicted on charges including organising prostitution and habitual gambling, a year after he was first accused in a sexual abuse scandal that sent shockwaves through South Korea‘s booming entertainment industry.The 29-year-old, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, quit the group Big Bang after the allegations emerged in 2019. In a statement at the time he said: “It would be better for me to retire from the entertainment business at this point.”

  • Lunar New Year 2020: Five things you may not know about the Spring Festival
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    Lunar New Year 2020: Five things you may not know about the Spring Festival

    China celebrates its Lunar New Year on Saturday, marking the start of a 15-day Spring Festival.The occasion is also observed in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines as well as in Chinese communities across the world, not least in London’s West End, the biggest gathering of revellers outside of Asia.

  • ‘There was no other option’: Prince Harry explains decision to quit royal duties in emotional speech
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    ‘There was no other option’: Prince Harry explains decision to quit royal duties in emotional speech

    Prince Harry has said there was “no other option” than to stand down from royal duties, in a speech referring to the “powerful force” of the media.The Duke of Sussex, at a private dinner for the Sentebale charity on Sunday night, explained why he and his wife Meghan Markle had made the decision.

  • Chinese New Year 2020: Rats, luck and why you should avoid medicine, laundry and crying children
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    Chinese New Year 2020: Rats, luck and why you should avoid medicine, laundry and crying children

    Chinese New Year is fast approaching – and with it comes a host of superstitions that will apparently dictate how the next 12 months will play out for each of us.

  • Gillian Anderson says it would “be the end” of her relationship with playwright partner if they lived together
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    Gillian Anderson says it would “be the end” of her relationship with playwright partner if they lived together

    Gillian Anderson has said that it would “be the end” of her relationship with her playwright partner if they lived together, as their separate homes means she is free from doing his household chores.

  • Surviving R Kelly: Aaliyah was like a ‘sacrificial lamb’ in abuse ‘cover-up’, says music boss Damon Dash
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    Surviving R Kelly: Aaliyah was like a ‘sacrificial lamb’ in abuse ‘cover-up’, says music boss Damon Dash

    Music boss Damon Dash has spoken out about R Kelly’s relationship with then-underage singer Aaliyah in clips from the forthcoming documentary Surviving R Kelly Part II: The Reckoning.The record executive and former manager of Jay-Z was interviewed for the follow-up to the 2019 documentary detailing sexual abuse allegations against R Kelly.

  • Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You tops charts for first time since release
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    Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You tops charts for first time since release

    Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has finally risen to the top of the charts, 25 years after its release.Billboard announced on Monday that the holiday hit had officially become number one on its Hot 100 chart.

  • Ellie Goulding intervenes in bizarre crash after lorry pushes car sideways down major road ‘without noticing’
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    Ellie Goulding intervenes in bizarre crash after lorry pushes car sideways down major road ‘without noticing’

    An investigation has been launched after a Royal Mail lorry was caught on camera pushing a car sideways along the A40 at high speed – with the vehicle only coming to a stop once it was flagged down by other drivers including singer songwriter Ellie Goulding.The vehicle had been driving eastbound in the direction of the nearby Princess Royal Distribution Centre in Ealing, west London at around 10am when it collided with the Golf GTI.

  • Benedict Cumberbatch says access to drama world must be 'opened up' to actors from all backgrounds
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    Benedict Cumberbatch says access to drama world must be 'opened up' to actors from all backgrounds

    Benedict Cumberbatch has warned that the drama industry must remove the barriers preventing students from less affluent backgrounds from getting a foot in the door..

  • Strictly Come Dancing: Dev Griffin 'absolutely gutted' after shock exit
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    Strictly Come Dancing: Dev Griffin 'absolutely gutted' after shock exit

    Dev Griffin said he was sad his Strictly ride had to end so soon, after his shock elimination from the competition.

  • Napping twice a week could be key to a healthy heart, scientists find
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    Napping twice a week could be key to a healthy heart, scientists find

    Napping once or twice a week could be the secret to a healthy heart, scientists have found.

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    Teenager left blind and deaf by decade-long diet of sausages, crisps and processed food

    A teenager has been left blind and deaf after living off a diet of chips, crisps and sausages.The youngster’s family, from Bristol, realised something was seriously wrong when he began to lose his hearing at the age of 14.