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  1. The 37-year-old socialite has opened about the moment she found out it was online, claiming she "wanted to die". In an upcoming documentary "The American Meme," the hotel heiress will talk for the first time about THAT video. Called 1 night in Paris, the video was made me with her former boyfriend Rick Salomon, and was meant to be private. But on June 15, 2004 her life changed forever when the tape ended up on a porn site. In "The American Meme," which will be shown at Tribeca Film Festival in New York, Paris will talk candidly about how the release of the video affected her. According to The Hollywood Reporter, during the film the star says: "It was like being raped. It felt like I’ve lost part of my soul and been talked about in such cruel and mean ways." "I literally wanted to die at some points. I was like, 'I just don’t want to live.'" She continued: "Because I thought everything was taken away from me. I didn’t want to be known as that. I would never be who I could have been." Paris has always claimed she has never "made a dime," from video, but ex-Rick is said to have "made millions." The video was leaked around about the same time as she was launching her career as a reality star on The Simple Life, which ran from 2003 to 2007, alongside Nicole Richie. After her TV career, she tried her hand at music with her self-titled debut album Paris in 2006. She also tried acting appearing in numerous films including "Zoolander," "House of Wax" and "The Bling Ring." In another clip from the documentary she says: "I'm constantly travelling; 250 days a year I'm on a plane, in a different country. So it gets really lonely sometimes." She added: "'I love my fans just as much as they love me.I feel closer with them than I do most people that I know. They're really like my family." Paris Hilton with fiance, "Leftovers" actor, Chris Zylka. (Reuters) The hotel heiress, who is worth $70 million, said: "I don't really trust people. I've just grown accustomed to being f---ed over." "There's not a day that goes by that I'm not either texting or FaceTiming or emailing with my Little Hiltons [fans]. I can truly be myself around them. I know they're not judging me, they're not trying to use me. They just genuinely love me." But it's not all bad, Paris is set to marry hunky Chris Zylka. She revealed she and her husband-to-be are likely to marry THREE times in various global locations.
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    BROKAW FIGHTS BACK ACCUSER SPEAKS

    n Friday morning, the cast of NBC’s Today show found themselves in what must have felt like an unwanted moment of déjà vu. The previous night, my former Vanity Fair colleague Sarah Ellison published an investigation in The Washington Post that detailed sexual misconduct allegations against NBC legend Tom Brokaw, as well as new allegations involving the inappropriate sexual behavior that had toppled former Today co-host Matt Lauer last fall. Today had already been through this. On November 29, hours after NBC News chairman Andy Lackhad fired Lauer for sexual misconduct, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb—who has since replacedLauer in the 7 A.M. anchor chair—took to the air to break the news to viewers in a highly emotional and unscripted moment of television. Guthrie and Kotb appeared visibly shaken, almost tearful. “We are devastated,” Guthrie said. Five months later, as the hosts segued into the Brokaw and Lauer allegations during Friday’s show, passing the mic to NBC senior national correspondent Kate Snow, the vibe was much more steeled. Snow’s four-and-a-half-minute segment was pure hard news, and it didn’t pull any punches. “Another former NBC anchor, Ann Curry,” Snow reported, “is also speaking out, along with others, criticizing the NBC News division for what they say is an atmosphere that enabled sexual misconduct, and made it difficult to report.” For NBC News, the Post exposé re-ignited a P.R. crisis that executives had hoped was already behind them. But it’s not as though NBC News brass didn’t see this coming. In media circles, gossips have been whispering about the Post investigation for weeks. Talk of the impending feature had likewise trickled down to 30 Rock’s rank and file. They knew it was going to be a “biggie,” as one insider told me, but “of the people I was talking to, nobody predicted it was Brokaw.” In Ellison’s article, Brokaw was accused by former NBC News correspondent Linda Vester of unwanted advances on two occasions in the 1990s, “including a forcible attempt to kiss her.” Vester also went on the record describing the alleged incidents in a video interview published by Variety. In one of the incidents, she claims, Brokaw pressured his way into her hotel room late one night and tried to kiss her against her wishes. A call to a number that was provided to me as Brokaw’s cell phone went unanswered. But he gave the following statement to the Post: “I met with Linda Vester on two occasions, both at her request, 23 years ago, because she wanted advice with respect to her career at NBC. The meetings were brief, cordial, and appropriate, and despite Linda’s allegations, I made no romantic overtures towards her, at that time or any other.” After the story ran, Brokaw sent a lengthy denial to friends and colleagues in which he seeks to discredit Vester, three people familiar with the note told me. One person who has seen the note recalled it beginning, “I write this letter at 4 A.M., the dawn of my new existence as an accused sexual predator.” These sources said it reads “more like an op-ed,” as one put it, and that Brokaw rebuts Vester’s allegations detail by detail. Brokaw also questions Vester’s motivation, and says he tried to help her in her career, they told me, recalling Brokaw saying that when Roger Ailes was launching Fox News in 1996, he encouraged Vester to reach out to Ailes about a job (Vester did get a job at Fox News), and that he hasn’t spoken to her since. One of these sources told me that some people who have read the note came away believing Brokaw “100 percent.” (“My client stands by the allegations, which speak for themselves,” said Vester’s attorney, Ari Wilkenfeld.) As this story was going to press, The Hollywood Reporter published the full contents of the letter. (The note does, in fact, begin, “It is 4 A.M. on the first day of my new life as an accused predator in the universe of American journalism. I was ambushed and then perp walked across the pages of The Washington Postand Variety as an avatar of male misogyny, taken to the guillotine and stripped of any honor and achievement I had earned in more than a half century of journalism and citizenship.”) Brokaw, now 78, was one of several heavyweight journalists who became the face of TV news in the 1980s and 1990s. He was an anchor on Today and NBC Nightly News, but since 2004 has faded further into the background as a special correspondent, as well as a contributor on sister network MSNBC. He was in the field as recently as April 4, covering the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Memphis, sources noted. But Brokaw is no longer part of day-to-day coverage, which is perhaps why the scuttlebutt on Friday was hardly as feverish as it was when Lauer, the Today show’s main attraction for two decades, was defenestrated. Nonetheless, Brokaw is a beloved and well-respected figure at NBC, a resident elder statesman struggling with cancer in recent years; many of his colleagues are feeling sad about the whole situation. Some insiders also told me that the reactions break down along age lines, as has been the case with other alleged #MeToo transgressions. There are older employees who know Brokaw well and aren’t shocked by workplace behavior that was common in less progressive eras, even if they do not condone such behavior. “They have a context that is by no means forgiving or accepting of bad behavior,” one source said, “but they just have a different view than the woke generation.” As for Lauer, the Post story also included on-the-record comments from Curry, who had an acrimonious falling out with Lauer involving her ouster from Today in 2012, in which she said she approached two members of NBC management after a female NBC female employee told her Lauer had sexually harassed her in a physical way. “A woman approached me and asked me tearfully if I could help her,” Curry told the Post. “She was afraid of losing her job . . . I believed her.” Lauer responded in a statement to the Post,“I fully acknowledge that I acted inappropriately as a husband, father, and principal at NBC. However I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive, or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false.” As of mid-Friday afternoon, NBC employees were still waiting for some sort of internal communication on the matter. (NBC’s P.R. reps likewise didn’t yet have any comment when I reached them.) “People are more interested,” said one of my sources, “in what the official reaction of the company will be.”
  3. A British woman was sentenced to jail Friday for neglecting her mother who was found “dead on a sofa sitting in a pool of diarrhea,” police said. Emma-Jane Kurtz, 41, of Oxfordshire, was found guilty by the Oxford Crown Court of willful neglect. Judge Peter Ross said Kurtz “would serve at least half of her two-and-a-half-year sentence in prison,” the BBC reported. A picture of the couch Cecily Kurtz was found dead on July 2, 2014. (Thames Valley Police ) Kurtz’s mother, Cecily Kurtz, 79, was discovered by police on July 2, 2014, at their family home, the Thames Valley Police said. Officers found the elderly woman dead on her sofa “covered in her own excrement and had numerous urine burns to her body.” "Her underwear which had once been white was by now a deep mahogany brown. Her trousers came apart when the paramedics sought to pull Cecily Kurtz onto the floor,” Judge Peter Ross said Friday. “Cecily was found dead on a sofa sitting in a pool of diarrhea in the most appalling and filthy state,” Senior Crown Prosecutor Kirsty Allman said. “She had been neglected for years in the most horrifically squalid conditions, she weighed 39 kg [85 pounds] was emaciated and her long hair was matted. She was covered in her own excrement and had numerous urine burns to her body.” Following the horrific death, an investigation was launched after medical crews were concerned about the conditions of Kurtz’s home and if she was neglected. Investigators determined the elderly woman was on the sofa “slumped over with her chin on her knees for five days.” Emma-Jane Kurtz told officers she checked on her mother three or four times a day. According to her LinkedIn, Kurtz is an associate solicitor. "There had been many opportunities over months and years to help her and remove her from that situation,” Detective Constable Francesca Griffin said. The investigation also found the elderly woman “suffered from mental illness” and “hadn’t been seen by others for a period of 10 years before her death.” Judge Ross said he “recognized” Emma-Jane Kurtz “had mild autism and was undergoing therapy” but believed she could display empathy. Allman called the case “one of the most shocking and sickening cases of neglect I have come across.”
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    "Is this racist? You be the Judge." - HOLY CRAP!

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