‘A mistake and error’: Prince Andrew denies witnessing Epstein sex crimes

London: Prince Andrew on Saturday witnessing any sex crimes during the time he spent with US financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew has faced weeks of scrutiny over his friendship with Epstein, who took his own life in a Manhattan jail cell earlier this month while being held on sex-trafficking charges.

Andrew, who is the second son of Queen Elizabeth, issued a lengthy statement saying he wanted to "clarify the facts" around his relationship with Epstein.

"At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction," Andrew said.

British media including the Daily Mail have published a picture which they said showed Andrew waving goodbye to a woman from inside a Manhattan mansion owned by Epstein.

The Mail said the picture had been taken in 2010 – two years after Epstein pleaded guilty to a Florida state felony prostitution charge and registered as a sex offender.

US court papers have previously shown that Epstein had socialised with Andrew and other high-profile figures, including US President Donald Trump and former president Bill Clinton.

Andrew, 59, said it was a "mistake and error" to see Epstein in 2010 after he pleaded guilty to paying a teenage girl for sex.

He said that he first met Epstein in 1999, saw him once or twice a year and stayed in a number of his properties.

"His suicide has left many unanswered questions and I acknowledge and sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure," said Andrew, the Duke of York.

"What I thought I knew of him was evidently not the real person, given what we now know."

His statement on Saturday was issued just days after Buckingham Palace issued a statement in which Andrew rejected any suggestion that he had participated in any alleged sex crimes linked to Epstein.

Epstein first came under investigation in 2005 after police in Palm Beach, Florida, received reports he had sexually abused underage girls in his mansion there.

By 2007, Epstein was facing a potential federal indictment for sexually abusing dozens of girls between 1999 and 2007. Epstein struck a deal, however, to plead guilty in 2008 to the Florida state felony prostitution charge, and register as a sex offender.

Epstein, 66, was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty to federal charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of girls as young as 14.


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Born to shine: Nathalie Kelley’s unconventional path to fame

Nathalie Kelley’s road to stardom isn’t the traditional path of the many Aussies who have conquered Hollywood before her. Born in Peru, but raised in Sydney, there were no Home and Away or Neighbours roles to leapfrog off – in fact, no homegrown roles at all.

With her seductive South American looks, she scored her breakout role as Neela in 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift not long after arriving in Los Angeles. We caught up with Nat, recently appointed as an ambassador for luxury brand Bulgari, during a recent return to her home town.

“Australia is the place where I come home to get nourished.”Credit:Jesse-Leigh Elford

Do people in Hollywood realise that you are Australian?

I think I’ve flown under the radar as an Australian because my ethnicity is South American. I’ve always allowed my ethnicity to be kind of open as it allows me to be considered for a wider variety of roles. But I’m proud of growing up in Australia.

Would you live here again?

Australia is a wonderful place to grow up and to live, but you reach a certain place here in your career and you have the choice to stay and be comfortable or move overseas and expand. Either choice is fine. I’d love to move back and work on an Australian project.

You recently got married.

Yes, to a boy from Berowra [north of Sydney]! It’s such a good excuse to come home and reconnect with my Australian roots and all my friends and family here. Australia is the place where I come home to get nourished.

How would you describe your style?

My style has really evolved with the jobs that I’ve taken, and where I am in my life. Three or four years ago I was heavily into sustainable fashion and also comfort, as I was going on a lot of spiritual retreats and hiking. Now my life has expanded to include amazingly lavish parties, like premieres and Bulgari events, so my wardrobe has had to expand to include more red carpet-appropriate clothing.

How do spend your ideal Sunday?

Wake up early and have a tea ceremony – that’s my form of meditation. Then a hike to a secluded beach, possibly clothing optional, to spend the whole day drinking in the sun and enjoying the salt water before topping it off with a beautiful dinner with friends.

This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale August 25.

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Captain Sandy From 'Below Deck Med' Says Addiction Almost Ruined Her Life

When Below Deck Mediterranean viewers watch the show, they see a vibrant, uplifting captain at the helm. Captain Sandy Yawn has created a movement for women, girls, and anyone who has a dream to pursue.

Yawn always mentors young crew members and guides them into leadership roles in yachting. Which is why what she revealed to Showbiz Cheat Sheet is so surprising. Yawn has hinted previously that she wasn’t a good kid. She’s joked about being in jail and always in trouble.

But those comments come from a serious place and Yawn says she could have easily ended up dead as a result of her past behavior. She offered specifics about her struggles as a teenager and young adult and how she pulled herself out of despair and turned herself into the leader fans know and love today.

‘I was always a mess’

It’s hard to believe that Yawn was constantly in trouble, but she admits she was not in a good place when she was younger. “I was a mess,” she admits. “By the grace of God, I’m alive. No matter how much money you have, it’s not going to save your life if you are an addict or an alcoholic. And I was a major addict and alcoholic.”

She says she was always in jail for drinking and driving. “I always got bailed out,” she remarks. She’s not a convicted felon and never hurt another person. “But I could have killed someone. My life would be very different right now.”

Having those experiences is what fuels Yawn to reach out to kids and help. “And the only way I can help is to share my story,” she says. She recalls being in school and not being great at anything except socializing. “But I wasn’t popular and I was always a mess. And yeah, school was scary.”

She adds that she may have also been self-medicating because she was attracted to girls. Yawn was a teen in the 1980s when many gay people were still closeted. “It was social, it was intimidation through education,” she says. “Especially for a kid in a household that wasn’t very functional too.”

Her home life was tough

She says the only aspect of school she liked was getting away from home. Yawn says her mother was an alcoholic. “It was hard to watch,” she recalls. “My father left when we were eight years old. So we would spend the summers with my father and he was normal. He didn’t drink. He just couldn’t take it anymore and I didn’t blame him.”

Yawn says she just wanted to get out of her house when she was a teen, which she knows some kids experience too. But running from her problems at home meant she also fell into the wrong crowd of kids at school.

But she always excelled in math, which gave her hope. “I could understand algebra. It was formulas. My brain is a formula brain. I’m a logical thinker. For me that was logic.”

She wants her story to help others

Yawn wants kids, especially those who are struggling, to know they aren’t alone and that they can still turn it around and fulfill their dreams. “Maybe college isn’t their thing and maybe, like me, they are in the school of hard knocks,” she remarks. “It’s like a painful journey. And I want to help them.”

She wants to remind kids that feel left behind, “It doesn’t mean you have to stay behind. It just means you have to work a little harder to catch up. And then you’ll surpass people.”

But she understands how tough it is for kids to hear, especially when they are living in the present. “Kids don’t think about tomorrow, there is no tomorrow,” she says. “I didn’t.” She recalls how her father wouldn’t let her go to a party and how upset she was about it. “It was actually painful,” she says.

Yawn says the turning point in her life was getting sober. “I never really talked about my recovery,” she says. “I remember getting arrested for drinking and driving and was court-ordered to detox as a 17-year-old.” By the time Yawn turned 25, she’d had enough of meandering through life, seeing friends pursue careers, get married, and have children. That’s when she locked in her career in yachting and took the industry by storm.

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FIBA World Cup 2019: Patty Mills calls Aussies’ win over U.S. ‘a building block for us’

Australia beat the United States for the first time in history in Melbourne on Saturday, and Patty Mills hopes the Boomers can build something special from the landmark achievement.

Team USA won the first exhibition 102-86 at Marvel Stadium on Thursday, but the hosts responded with a 98-94 victory in front of 52,079 fans two days later.

Australia came from 10 points down in the second half, with Spurs guard Mills scoring 30 – including the last 10 for the Boomers – to lead the historic triumph.

“It’s a building block for us. We’ve been taking it step by step and understanding that this is process. But it’s good to get everyone back and get everyone on the floor,” said Mills in an on-court interview.

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Jamie Foxx Had ‘the Best Time’ Deejaying Post-Katie Holmes Split

Deejaying his worries away. Jamie Foxx is not letting his breakup with Katie Holmes stop him from living his best life, as he stepped out to perform a DJ set on Thursday, August 22.

A source revealed to Us Weekly exclusively that Foxx, 51, did a surprise performance celebrating the two-year anniversary of Poppy, a nightclub in West Hollywood. He sang “Happy Birthday” in honor of the venue and mixed in his hit song “Gold Digger.”

The insider noted that Foxx “was having the best time” at the event.

Us Weekly confirmed on Monday, August 19, that the Django Unchained star and Holmes, 40, called it quits after six years together. In March 2015, Us broke the news that the actors secretly struck up a romantic relationship two years prior.

A source told Us that Holmes was the one to end the duo’s long romance. “It has been many years of him stepping out with other women,” the insider noted to Us. “He’s disrespectful and their lives were different. His partying ways don’t fit with hers as she’s focused on raising her daughter and working.”

Shortly after the split was announced, Foxx was rumored to have moved on with singer Sela Vave. The Oscar winner denied all speculation in an Instagram Live session on Wednesday, August 21.

At the time, Foxx noted that he “took her under our wing” as he previously had done with Ed Sheeran, Nick Cannon and Ne-Yo before they rose to stardom. He also stated that Vave is “as young as my daughter,” Corinne Foxx, who is 25.

A source told Us that Vave was not present for Foxx’s DJ set on Thursday. “It was a guys night,” the source continued. “Jamie was singing along to other songs, jumping on the mic emceeing and dancing around his table area.”

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8 Fresh Outfits to Wear During the Summer-to-Fall Transition

8 Fresh Outfits to Wear During the Summer-to-Fall Transition

Transitional dressing is one of those topics that’s spoken about in fashion, but not always decoded in full. Like, what exactly constitutes a “transitional outfit”? Should a look be centered around Summer essentials or heavier Fall pieces? Are there key components and formulas to know? Furthermore, how does one know when one has nailed a transitional outfit? Who approves these looks? Is there a between-season fairy godmother we can tap to confirm?!

In my opinion, the short answer is: there are no rules when it comes to transitional dressing! Anything goes! Do you! However, there are a few key styling tips that are helpful for every woman to master, from the jackets and sweaters that are best for layering over dresses to the types of boots that effortlessly extend the life of summery separates and textured extras that help make lightweight pieces feel Fall appropriate.

So, to prepare you for the in-between season, ahead, I’m breaking down eight transitional outfits that are A) perfect for Summer-to-Fall weather, B) fresh and fun, and C) inspired by some of my favorite fashion influencers. Exciting, yeah?! To make the deal even sweeter, I’ve shopped out each transitional outfit with similar styles that range from affordable finds to investment-worthy pieces. You’ve got this.

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Global disputes set to jolt G7 summit in French resort

BIARRITZ, France (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in France on Saturday for what promises to be a fraught meeting of major industrialized nations, with friction over trade, climate change and Iran likely to snarl the talks.

The three-day Group of Seven meeting in the Atlantic seaside resort of Biarritz takes place amid sharp differences over a clutch of global issues that risk further dividing a group of countries already struggling to speak with one voice.

Summit host French President Emmanuel Macron wants the heads of Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States to focus on the defense of democracy, gender equality, education and the environment and has invited Asian, African and Latin American leaders to join them for a global push on these issues.

However, in a bleak assessment of relations between once-united Western allies, European Council President Donald Tusk acknowledged it would be hard to find common ground, denouncing “senseless disputes” between G7 capitals.

“This is another G7 summit which will be a difficult test of unity and solidarity of the free world and its leaders,” he told reporters ahead of the Biarritz gathering.

“It is increasingly difficult, for all of us, to find common language and the world needs more of our cooperation, not less,” he said, adding: “This may be the last moment to restore our political community.”

A grim array of disputes and problems await the leaders, with a trade war between China and the United States deteriorating, European governments struggling to defuse tensions between Washington and Tehran, and global condemnation growing over illegal fires which are ravaging the Amazon.

Trump’s history of pugnacity at multilateral gatherings, which brought last year’s G7 summit to an acrimonious end, means there is scant hope for substantive agreements.

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Macron was exploring holding a joint news conference with Trump at the summit’s close, a French diplomatic source said, but has already decided that, to avoid another failure, there will be no final communique.

Trump’s fireworks at the Charlevoix summit in Canada last year prompted foreign policy analysts to dub the Group of Seven nations the G6+1.

U.S. officials said Trump would tout his policies of tax cuts and deregulation and press allies to follow his example to stave off problems with the global economy.

Hours before leaving for Biarritz, Trump reacted angrily to China’s move to impose retaliatory tariffs on more U.S. goods, even saying he was ordering U.S. companies to look at ways to close their operations in China.

Trump also took aim at France’s new tax on big tech companies, threatening to tax French wine “like they’ve never seen before”. Tusk warned that the European Union would respond in kind if Washington took aim at the digital tax.

China’s President Xi Jinping is not among the Asian leaders invited to the Biarritz summit.


Adding to the unpredictable dynamic between the G7 leaders are the new realities facing Brexit-bound Britain: dwindling influence in Europe and growing dependency on the United States.

New Prime Minister Boris Johnson will want to strike a balance between not alienating Britain’s European allies and not irritating Trump and possibly jeopardizing future trade ties. Johnson and Trump will hold bilateral talks on Sunday morning.

Even so, diplomats played down the likelihood of Trump and Johnson joining hands against the rest, citing Britain’s close foreign policy alignment with Europe on issues from Iran and trade to climate change.

“There won’t be a G5+2,” one senior G7 diplomat said.

Johnson said ahead of the summit that Britain would not retreat from its responsibilities on the world stage after Brexit, nor sacrifice its belief in the global order.

The remarks were a riposte to those who say leaving the European Union will diminish Britain’s influence on the global stage and force a pivot toward Trump’s unorthodox and often confrontational approach to diplomacy.

Anti-G7 demonstrators kicked off a colorful protest in Hendaye on the nearby French-Spanish border but were kept away from Biarritz by more than 13,000 police officers, backed by soldiers.

“The top capitalist leaders are here and we have to show them that the fight continues,” said Alain Missana, 48, an electrician wearing a yellow vest — symbol of anti-government demonstrations that have rattled France for months.

“It’s more money for the rich and nothing for the poor. We see the Amazonian forests burning and the arctic melting.”

EU leaders on Friday piled pressure on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

Macron said Bolsonaro had lied in playing down concerns about climate change at a G20 summit in Japan in June, and threatened to veto a trade pact between the European Union and the Mercosur bloc of South American countries.

A French diplomatic source said advisers to the G7 leaders were working on concrete initiatives to respond to the fires.

“Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest — the lungs which produce 20 percent of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire,” Macron tweeted in the run-up to the summit.

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'Bull': The Only Reason CBS Would Replace Michael Weatherly

CBS President Kahl is currently facing backlash following the network’s decision to renew Bull in the face of Eliza Dushku’s sexual harassment allegations against the show’s lead, Michael Weatherly. To make matters worse, the president recently defended the renewal on fiscal grounds. Placing money over morals, as many have since argued, President Kahl stated:

It’s a very popular show. More than 10 million people watch every week. Michael is loved by our audience, and even after these allegations came out, people continued to watch. It’s a popular show we want to keep on our air, and it’s a very good show as well.

Eliza Dushku chronicled the extent of her sexual harassment allegations in an essay for The Boston Globe. However, CBS continues to defended Weatherly following the $9.5 million settlement, often citing Weatherly’s “leadership training” as evidence of his (and the network’s) commitment to a healthy work environment.

Former Bull enthusiasts, boycotting the renewal, argue that the series should be canceled or Michael Weatherly should be replaced. Given CBS’s money-making motivations, it appears that CBS will only replace Michael Weatherly under specific circumstances.

This would likely lead to CBS replacing Michael Weatherly in ‘Bull’

CBS has made its stance clear; undermining the MeToo movement, the network remains fiscally focused at the cost of its reputation. Most would argue that the right, upstanding move should have been executed. However, based on Kahl’s statement, the show will go on, since people kept watching. People kept watching and, as a result, CBS arguably fueled the propagation of abuse of power in the industry. 

If you’re one of the many former Bull viewers who believe Michael Weatherly should face the consequences of his actions (and that leadership coaching does not suffice), there is only one way to force CBS to replace Weatherly: don’t watch season four.

CBS is focused on money; thus, if Bull’s ratings drop, the network may be forced to cancel the show or replace Michael Weatherly. Given the president’s commitment to the success of the network above all else, he will not keep Weatherly around if he believes the actor is bad for the network’s continued growth. If season four ratings see a drastic decline, it will be an obvious indication of fans’ dissatisfaction with the network’s choice to renew.

CBS has made clear that Michael Weatherly will not be replaced, and that the show will continue on as it has this fall. Season four may be a guarantee for Weatherly, but season five remains up in the air. 

A drastic decline in ratings will likely lead the network to make the decision many agree should have made earlier. However, instead of it being a righteous move, it will be a slimy one. Instead of standing up for what’s right, the network’s head honchos will be protecting their pockets. 

Bull can survive without Michael Weatherly; the show merely needs to find a TV actor with a decent reputation in the biz to catalyze a renewed excitement for the series. 

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World War 3: The West is ALREADY at war with Russia and China – warns John Pilger

Journalist and filmmaker John Pilger made the unnerving conclusions on RT Underground as the G7 conference, from which Russia was uninvited, begins in Biarritz. Mr Pilger explained: “What are these talks about excluding two of the most interesting developing or developed powers of the world: Russia and China? The truth is, what no one is talking about, is that there is a world war.

“It’s not a shooting war but it could easily become a world war.

“There is a war already on China.

“There has been a war of attrition against Russia for some years now.

“Breaking up the Russian Federation is an American objective.

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“Maintaining US supremacy in all areas of human affairs is what, particularly this regime in Washington, is committed to.

“It’s now reaching a head because they see a challenge in China.

“And, undoubtedly, it’s an economic challenge but it’s not a military challenge.

“This 19th century view of the world that permeates Washington and has returned to the UK has now created a war situation with China.

“Very few know that China has now changed its nuclear posture from low alert, that is separating the warheads from missiles, to high alert – that is putting them together, the same as the US.

“That’s something China didn’t do for many many years, but they’re clearly worried there now.”

A think tank has warned that China could win ‘World War 3’ before the US even has time to respond should conflict take place in the Indo-Pacific region.

The University of Sydney’s United States Study Centre has warned the US has lost its military presence in the Indian Ocean, the western and central Pacific Ocean, and the seas connecting the two in the general area of Indonesia, also known more commonly as the Indo-Pacific.

In a report called “Averting Crisis: American strategy, military spending and collective defence in the Indo-Pacific”, the document claims “America no longer enjoys military primacy in the Indo-Pacific and its capacity to uphold a favourable balance of power is increasingly uncertain”.

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The report warns that although Donald Trump’s military is still an amicable force in the waters, the “combined effect of ongoing wars in the Middle East, budget austerity, underinvestment in advanced military capabilities and the scale of America’s liberal order-building agenda has left the US armed forces ill-prepared for great power competition in the Indo-Pacific”.

The same report also warns that China would be able to use the US lack of reach to launch a colossal military attack against President Trump’s regional allies.

This would see China achieve victory before the US even has a chance to respond, NewsWeek reports.

The report said: “Having studied the American way of war — premised on power projection and all-domain military dominance — China has deployed a formidable array of precision missiles and other counter-intervention systems to undercut America’s military primacy.

“By making it difficult for US forces to operate within range of these weapons, Beijing could quickly use limited force to achieve a fait accompli victory — particularly around Taiwan, the Japanese archipelago or maritime Southeast Asia — before America can respond, sowing doubt about Washington’s security guarantees in the process.”

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Drizzle makes White Night crowd fizzle, displays still sizzle

Crowd numbers at the final night of White Night were dampened by rain – but those who braved the wet enjoyed an absorbing display of acts.

The weather gods had been kind for the first two nights of the event, but around 2mm of rain on Saturday night caused many to stay home.

Songcloud was one of the installations at White Night

Some acts were slightly delayed due to the inclement weather.

It meant the total crowd for the three nights was unlikely to surpass last year's 700,000, which event organisers hoped to top.

Organisers estimated 375,000 people attended over Thursday and Friday. They had hoped for Saturday's attendance to be significantly higher than previous nights.

Many CBD roads were closed to vehicles and AFL wasn't played in Melbourne on a Saturday for the first time this season, meaning revellers were free to roam the city.

While not the most engaging event of the night, around a hundred onlookers were impressed by the vivid images of Harry and Hermione beamed onto the Old Treasury Building as part of a Harry Potter installation.

In a stage buried deep underneath the spire of the Arts Centre – one of the few indoor locations of the festival – Superdrone featured artists playing drone music.

The show was an homage to music containing only one note, an ancient type of sound associated with music as varied as the didgeridoos of Australia's Indigenous peoples to the techno music of Detroit, USA.

One act involved a small orchestra – including a cello, clarinet, drums and organ – and a synthesiser playing electronic sounds. The group played a 30 minute-plus piece of ambient music that undulated throughout and culminated in a spine-tingling crescendo.

At some of the city's top diners, punters feasted on specially-made toasties, with each restaurant giving the staple its own spin.

At Grossi Florentino, $60 truffle and prosciutto toasties were on the menu, while at Elektra – George Calombaris' latest restaurant – moussaka toasties were in order.

Patrons enjoyed performances at the Spiritual Realm at Carlton Gardens, Physical Realm at Birrarung Marr, and the Sensory Realm at Treasury Gardens.

Kat Andrews, 27, said she enjoyed this year’s event more than previous instalments because the roads were less congested by foot-traffic.

“Having it over three nights spread it out nicely, I think,” she said.

“There were some pretty interesting acts like Superdrone tonight and the Heliosphere which I saw on Friday … all the different sections of the event were really well thought-out."

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