Jameela Jamil: A man threatened me because I rejected his number

Actress Jameela Jamil has triggered a conversation involving hundreds of women after she described being sexually harassed in the street.

On Twitter, she spoke about how important it is to “teach children” about rejection after a man “threatened” her because she had refused to take his phone number.

Jamil wrote: “[I] was out at the shops with my friend. Man ogles me. Man then approaches me to give me his number.

“I explain I have a boyfriend but thank him for the offer. Man then threatens my career, saying I better remember that I rejected him. And then shouts at me that I’m low class…”

Jamil’s tweet, which has been liked more than 28,000 times, prompted other women to share their stories – as well as the steps they have had to take to feel safe.

One woman wrote: “I’ve been outside cleaning my car in the summer, for a man to drive past, park his car and thought he has the right to come over to start touching me up. Outside my own home. Because I was wearing shorts. I had to leave my car, run inside and lock the door. What’s wrong with them.”

Another said a man spat in her hair when she turned him down.

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Jamil, who currently stars in Netflix show The Good Place, has previously spoken out against body-shaming and photo editing.

In tweets to her 736,000 followers, she added: “I once said no thank you to man when I was 19 and didn’t have an excuse… and he punched me in the face. After that whether or not I have a boyfriend, I say I do. Being a woman is truly, constantly scary. It’s like existing on thin ice.”

The presenter added that she believed children need to be taught about rejected “so that we can change the way we see rejection as a society”.

A YouGov study in 2016 showed that almost two-thirds of women (64%) women have experienced sexual harassment in public. That figure rose to 85% when asked of women aged 18 to 24.

She also revealed that a man she once rejected punched her in the face, and that a man had masturbated on her leg when she was 13 years old.

'Epidemic of ugliness': Anderson calls for end to reality TV

Pamela Anderson has called for an end to reality television, saying it leaves people feeling “used, dirty, and with no feeling of accomplishment”.

The former Baywatch star lashed out at the popular format despite her past appearances on the reality TV series Big Brother, Dancing On Ice and US show Dancing With The Stars.

Writing on Twitter, the 51-year-old US actress branded reality TV an “epidemic of ugliness”.

She said: “Did I enjoy being on a reality show?

“Please no more reality shows or reality stars… even France is polluted with them – it’s an epidemic of ugliness, superficial competitions, desperate and exploitive – for the artist.”

She continued: “You are usually bullied into doing TV like this by agents fighting over commissions – you’re left without any great amount of joy or money – you feel used, dirty, and with no feeling of accomplishment.”

Anderson, who has two sons, added: “Unless of course – you attempt to find any meaning or redemption by donating all to charity. It’s how I forgave myself.”

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Her comments come after several former Love Island stars urged producers of the UK show to provide support to contestants who struggle with their new-found fame, following the deaths of former contestants Mike Thalassitis earlier this month and Sophie Gradon in June last year.

Both are believed to have taken their own lives after appearing on the ITV dating show.

ITV has promised to offer therapy, social media training, and financial management advice for all contestants of the show.

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Dubai denies plans for R Kelly concerts

Dubai’s government has denied R Kelly was due to perform in the kingdom and meet its royal family – after the singer asked a judge for permission to travel to the UAE.

Lawyers for the US performer – who faces sex abuse charges – told a court he had signed up for several shows in Dubai and he was due to meet the ruling al Maktoum family.

But in a rare statement, the kingdom’s government said: “Authorities in Dubai have not received any request for a performance by singer R Kelly nor are there any venues that have been booked.”

The statement added that the singer “has not been invited by the Dubai royal family for a performance”.

Image: Singer R Kelly appeared in court in Chicago on Friday

Kelly’s lawyer Steven Greenberg responded by saying Kelly had signed a contract with a “legitimate promoter” and any information in the court request “was from that contract”.

He added: “We did not say he was invited by the royal family, but the contract did provide that he would make himself available to meet with them.”

Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse for allegedly assaulting three underage girls and one adult woman.

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The 52-year-old denies the allegations, which follow the release of a documentary called Surviving R Kelly.

A condition of Kelly’s bail is that he does not travel outside Illinois without the court’s permission.

Robert Kelly (R Kelly) has been jailed in Chicago over unpaid child support payments.

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In a court filing earlier this week, Mr Greenberg said Kelly needed to raise money as “he has struggled of late to pay his child support and other child related expenses”.

“Before he was arrested Mr Kelly had signed a contract to perform between three to five shows in Dubai, UAE, in April 2019,” the court filing read.

“He requests permission to travel to Dubai for the shows. While there he is supposed to meet with the royal family.”

The filing did not elaborate on where Kelly was allegedly supposed to perform.

There was no immediately publicised event for which Kelly was known to be a performer.

Prodigy fans invited to line Keith Flint funeral procession

Fans of The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint have been invited to line his funeral procession in Essex next Friday.

Flint, 49, died earlier this month.

His funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church in Bocking on Friday 29 March.

In a statement on the band’s Twitter page, fans were told: “The church service will just be for family and close friends, but there will be speakers relaying the ceremony outside the church for everyone to hear.”

The account added that fans were “invited to line the procession route” so they could “pay their final respects & ‘raise the roof’ for Keef!”

There has been an outpouring of admiration for the star after he was found dead at his home in Essex.

Image: Flint performed on The Prodigy’s biggest hits

The Prodigy emerged from the underground rave scene of the early 1990s, hitting the top 10 with singles including Charly, Out Of Space, No Good (Start The Dance) and Poison from their first two albums, Experience and Music For The Jilted Generation.

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Flint, who was always instantly recognisable for his spiked hair and unique style, was initially a dancer with the band before moving to sing on Firestarter and Breathe – the singles from their third album, The Fat Of The Land, which propelled them into the mainstream.

Both the singles and the album topped the charts, achieving multi-platinum sales.

Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green becomes fashion victim

The fashion retailer set up by Liam Gallagher, the former Oasis frontman, is preparing to appoint administrators next week as it becomes the latest victim of a brutal retail environment.

Sky News has learnt that Pretty Green, the decade-old menswear business, has filed a notice of intention to appoint Moorfields Advisory to handle an insolvency process.

City sources said on Friday that the notice, which expires next week, had been put down in order to create a window for Pretty Green to secure new investment.

If a buyer is found for the upmarket fashion label, which trades from a dozen standalone stores across the UK, a deal would be implemented after administrators have been appointed.

Image: Liam Gallagher set up the label in 2009

Insiders added that there had been interest from potential bidders since Moorfields began running a process earlier this month under the codename Project Sky.

The corporate advisory firm, which oversaw Toys R Us UK’s insolvency last year, is understood to have told interested parties that Pretty Green’s business and assets would not be sold solvently.

That is likely to mean that Mr Gallagher’s shareholding in the company he set up in 2009 is worthless.

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Reports in 2017 suggested that Pretty Green had sold a £10m minority stake in the business to an investment firm called Rockpool Investments.

The former Chelsea and England footballer Joe Cole is also reported to have been a shareholder.

Pretty Green employs 180 people in the UK, and has built a strong wholesale business serving approximately 100 customers.

It also trades from about 40 in-store concessions.

The upmarket fashion label trades from a dozen standalone stores across the UK

Image: The upmarket fashion label trades from a dozen standalone stores across the UK

According to information sent to potential bidders, Pretty Green recorded turnover of £28m and £176,000 in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation in the year to 31 January.

It pointed out that these figures were based on draft management accounts.

The document is also understood to have forecast EBITDA of £2.2m for the year to January 2020.

It was unclear whether Mr Gallagher had any intention of trying to buy Pretty Green after administrators are appointed.

The company has been adversely affected by last year’s pre-pack administration of House of Fraser, where it operates a number of concessions.

That link will inevitably prompt speculation that Mike Ashley, Sports Direct’s chief executive, will table a bid for the label.

In the past fortnight, he has expressed an interest in buying LK Bennett, which appointed administrators earlier this month, as well as continuing his quest to force his way into the boardroom at Debenhams.

Mr Ashley has become the most acquisitive figure on the British high street, snapping up a series of brands including Evans Cycles and Sofa.com in recent months.

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley

Image: Mike Ashley has become the most acquisitive figure on the British high street

In a statement earlier this month, Moorfields Advisory said: “Pretty Green is not immune to the challenges facing the UK high street as customers migrate from purchasing in store to online.

“The growing overall demand for the brand, coupled with a strong online customer base, position the company well to navigate these changes and we are therefore considering all options‎.”

The firm declined to comment further on Friday on Pretty Green’s filing of a notice of intention to appoint it as administrator.

Pretty Green could not be reached for comment.

East 17's Brian Harvey arrested over 'malicious communications'

The former East 17 singer Brian Harvey has been arrested over allegations he sent “malicious communications”.

Scotland Yard said they had been called to a house in Walthamstow, east London after reports that a man was threatening to harm himself.

He did not suffer any injuries.

Police said they had performed a welfare check on a man in his 40s, and then arrested him. Following a physical examination where he was deemed fit, he was taken into police custody.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “Following a mental health assessment at hospital, the man has been taken into police custody where he remains.”

Image: Brian Harvey is best known for being a member of East 17

In a now deleted video, Harvey live-streamed his arrest and showed police arriving at his property, asking him if they could go inside and talk to him.

Harvey is known for being part of the 90’s pop group East 17, later E-17, who achieved Christmas number one in 1994 with Stay Another Day.

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Paul McCartney school book, marked by teacher, goes on sale

An English literature exercise book that Sir Paul McCartney used as a teenager is going up for auction.

McCartney used the book during his time at the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys, where Mr Alan Durband taught him English in 1959 to 1960.

A family, who have asked to remain anonymous, have owned the book “for as long as they can remember”.

The book contains 22 pages of essays that McCartney wrote on novels such as Thomas Hardy’s The Return Of The Native and John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

One of the school books Sir Paul McCartney used as a teenager - featuring a doodle of a man smoking and a teacher's critical comments - is going up for auction.

Image: One of the school books Sir Paul McCartney used as a teenager – featuring a doodle of a man smoking and a teacher’s critical comments – is going up for auction

It features a doodle of a man smoking on the back cover.

“I’d answer the question first before challenging its truth,” Mr Durband tells the soon-to-be-Beatle on page three of the book. He wrote notes in the margins for the teenager.

Sir Paul, 17 or 18 at the time, was achieving marks from B- to B++ for his work.

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The five essays in the book, marked by Mr Durband, are expected to fetch £10,000 next week.

A George Harrison cassette, containing previously unheard tracks written and recorded in 1978, will also be on sale at Omega Auctions in Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside. This is estimated to fetch £3,000.

A Beatles poster which was sold in a garage sale in the US last year for $7 (£5.30), is expected to sell for £12,000.

The buyer bought it for his son, a Beatles fan, not knowing how much it was worth.

A pair of gold-rimmed glasses, without the lenses, worn by John Lennon, will also feature in the auction.

Lennon gave the glasses to designer Barry Finch, his friend, in 1967.

The auction will take place at 11am on Tuesday.

Lupita Nyong'o accessed her 'dark side' in new film Us

Lupita Nyong’o says working on Us – Jordan Peele’s hotly anticipated follow up to Get Out – allowed her to access her “dark side”.

The Oscar-winning actress plays a dual role in the film, along with the rest of the lead cast.

In it, an all-American family are terrorised by jumpsuit wearing doppelgangers (“The Tethered”), wielding oversized golden scissors.

Nyong’o explains: “It’s really about befriending the darkness in all of us and being patient enough to coax it out to make use of it.

“I think in society we often just suppress that side, it’s unacceptable. We ignore it and that’s how it ends up growing an ugly head and becoming the destruction we see in the world.”

Image: Nyong’o revealed how she developed her character

She uses a pertinent contemporary example: “In order to have that smart phone, there are certain people who are compromised. Being aware of that duality in life is very much part of the human experience.”

Her co-star Winston Duke agrees the movie’s about those living the good life and those on the other side of the dream.

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Duke explains: “It’s a story of power and privilege and the people that you render invisible or speechless. The people who bear the burden of your actions and are aware of you, but you’re not aware of them because of your privilege.”

While there’s no explicit linking to Peele’s earlier films, the “Sunken Place” – the otherworld where victims become trapped in when their bodies are taken over in Get Out – “The Tethered” live in a similar psychological limbo world, but this time a brightly lit one set in a building full of rabbits.

But, Duke says Peele is raising another big issue – and this time it’s about the genre itself.

Duke elaborates: “One of the reasons I never was that attached to horror was that black people were the first casualties. They were always the first sacrifices to the genre to make it move forward. And now [Peele’s] saying ‘Could that be racism? Could that be the American Dream?'”

Image: Winston Duke believes racism can’t exist in a zombie apocalypse

Peele has gone out of his way to explain the film’s not about race, blaming the industry’s very lack of diversity for making it almost impossible for the audience to see past skin colour when an African-American family lead the action.

As in Get Out, the protagonists are black. But in this horror their skin colour is irrelevant.

Additionally, Peele has gone to great lengths to stress that despite comedy elements, the film is a horror, and has tweeted to say as much.

For Duke, who gets the lion’s share of the funny lines, it’s about the genre serving the story – with both comedy and horror allowing for taboos to be broken and providing a sense of release.

He explains: “In moments of extremes you really get to see what doesn’t serve you. The isms don’t work for you, the patriarchy doesn’t work for you when you need to be an ally just to survive.

“You can’t be racist in the zombie apocalypse.”

Us star Winston Duke, left, Nyong'o, and director Jordan Peele

Image: Us star Winston Duke, left, Nyong’o, and director Jordan Peele

While comedy was a keystone of Duke’s portrayal as affable dad Gabe, Nyong’o had precious little light relief to fall back on in her roles.

As Adelaide, a wife and mother-of-two, she is haunted by an experience from her childhood.

As her shadow self, Red, she is filled with murderous rage.

Nyong’o created a broken voice for Red which was based on the real-life vocal condition spasmodic dysphonia.

The disorder can be brought on by physical or emotional trauma.

She explains: “The vocal folds begin to spasm involuntarily creating this irregular flow of air, creating that kind of jagged speaking voice. I was inspired by that and then we built from there. The script had mentioned that she had not spoken for a long time, so I used creative license to do that.”

Lupita Nyong'o won an Oscar in 2014

Image: Lupita Nyong’o won an Oscar in 2014

Both actors agree working with Peele was “a joy”, with Nyong’o crediting the director with helping her “grow exponentially as an artist because of his directing”.

They clearly relished working with each other too, having gone to drama school together before working on the blockbuster Black Panther.

Nyong’o explains that for her Us “was a darker world”, but Duke sees a parallel with the Marvel Comic universe.

“They are both so big in so many way… Wakanda was a world, but also this was an entire world unto itself where we had to really create the rules around the doppelgangers, what happened and where they live. It was actually more similar than I ever expected.”

Us is in cinemas now.

Game Of Thrones star almost died from stroke after first series

Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has revealed she survived a potentially fatal stroke shortly after filming the first season of the hit TV show.

The British actress, who rose to fame playing Daenerys Targaryen in the fantasy TV series, has spoken for the first time about the life-threatening experience and having surgery to avoid a potential second.

Writing in The New Yorker, the 32-year-old recalled getting a headache at a gym in north London in 2011 before collapsing in the toilets.

She said: “I reached the toilet, sank to my knees and proceeded to be violently, voluminously ill.

“Meanwhile, the pain – shooting, stabbing, constricting pain – was getting worse.

“At some level, I knew what was happening – my brain was damaged.”

Image: Emilia Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones

Clarke had suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage – a life-threatening type of stroke caused by bleeding in the brain.

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She was 24 years old at the time and successfully underwent a three-hour surgery. Despite surgeons managing to operate without opening up her skull, Clarke was unable to remember her name when she woke up.

She wrote: “My full name is Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke. But now I couldn’t remember it.

“Instead, nonsense words tumbled out of my mouth and I went into a blind panic. I’d never experienced fear like that – a sense of doom closing in.”

Clarke eventually recovered and was able to return to work – but before she left hospital, doctors warned her that she had a second, smaller aneurysm on the other side of her brain which would need to be monitored.

Two years on, after finishing season three of Game Of Thrones, a scan showed the growth had doubled in size and would have to be operated on.

That operation in 2013 failed, and she was rushed into another surgery which required surgeons to cut into her skull – some of which has been replaced with titanium. She wrote that she has been left with a scar “that curves from my scalp to my ear”.

Clarke’s decision to break her silence over her health problems comes as she launches her own charity, SameYou, aimed at supporting young people with brain injuries and helping them to access resources.

“I know from personal experience how important it is when recovering from brain injury to receive the best rehabilitation care,” she said on SameYou’s Instagram.

Rare Beatles album once owned by John Lennon to be auctioned

A Beatles album once owned by John Lennon – and believed to be one of the rarest in the band’s history – is up for auction.

The so-called “butcher” cover of Yesterday And Today caused controversy when it was released in the US back in 1966.

It shows the Fab Four smiling, dressed in white coats and covered in pieces of raw meat and decapitated baby dolls.

The cover, believed to be The Beatles’ protest against the Vietnam War, was subsequently withdrawn and replaced with more public-friendly artwork.

It is estimated that Lennon’s personal copy of the record will sell for £136,000 when it goes under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions annual event – Music Icons: The Beatles In Liverpool.

Lennon kept the record on the wall of his apartment in New York and later gave it to Beatles fan Dave Morrell, with the star writing: “To Dave, from John Lennon, Dec 7th 1971.”

He also scrawled a sketch on the back, showing a man holding a shovel with his dog in front of a setting sun.

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Image: John Lennon sketched a man holding a shovel with his dog

Mr Morrell later obtained autographs from Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, and the record is believed to be the only original that bears three Beatles signatures.

Gary Hein, a Beatles expert, said: “There is no Beatles album in the world that compares with this one in terms of both rarity and value.

“This important world-class pop culture piece would add significantly to any Beatles collector, art, pop culture or record collector’s collection.”

Other items being auctioned include a guitar strap from a 1956 Les Paul Junior guitar that was owned and signed by Lennon – and used at the One to One Sessions at Butterfly Studios in New York. That has a guide price of between £15,000 and £23,000.

Lennon’s detention record from his teachers at what was then known as Quarry Bank High School has an estimate of between £2,200 and £3,800.

A baseball signed by The Beatles during their final US concert in August 1966 has an estimate of between £60,000 and £75,000.

A baseball signed by The Beatles and given to Mike Murphy

Image: A baseball signed by The Beatles and given to Mike Murphy

Darren Julien, president and chief executive of Julien’s Auctions said: “Julien’s Auctions is honoured to have been a part of Beatlemania history with our record-breaking sales of some of the Fab Four’s most important and newly discovered memorabilia to come to auction.”

“Each year we look forward to setting the bar even higher by putting together another spectacular auction event that celebrates the brilliance and artistry of rock and roll’s greatest and most iconic band.”

The auction will take place online and live at The Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool on the 9 May.

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