Dhaka, Jul 3 (UNB)- A court here on Tuesday granted interim relief from arrest to Bollywood actor Aditya Pancholi till July 19 in connection with a case of rape filed against him by a 36-year-old woman, reports the Indian Express.
He had filed an anticipatory bail application in the Dindoshi sessions court.
Seeking pre-arrest bail for the actor, his lawyer Prashant Patil argued that the woman had lied in her complaint.
Her date of birth was different in her complaint and in her passport, and such discrepancies show “her intention to lie”, the lawyer said.
The woman waited for 15 years after the alleged crime, and filed the complaint only when Pancholi got a favourable order from a magistrate’s court in a defamation case he has filed against her, advocate Patil argued. The police opposed the plea for anticipatory bail.
“My client has been granted interim bail by the Hon’ble Sessions Court at Dindoshi till further orders. We submitted before the Hon’ble court that the complaint was filed after a delay of 15 years. Entire complaint is ex-facie false even to the knowledge of the prosecutrix. My client had initiated certain criminal complaints against the prosecutrix since May 2019 before police station, however no cognisance was taken by the police. Prima facie no case is made out against my client,” Pancholi’s lawyer Prashant Patil told indianexpress.com.
Judge HB Gaikwad adjourned the hearing to July 19 and granted Pancholi interim relief. ‘If he is arrested during this period, he must be released on an interim bail until further orders on executing a personal bond of Rs 30,000,’ the judge said.
The suburban Versova Police has registered a case against Pancholi under IPC sections 376 (rape), 323 (assault), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison) and 384 (extortion).
The woman has accused, among other things, that Pancholi extorted Rs 50 lakh from her after threatening to send her private photographs to her relatives and friends. Pancholi has claimed that he is being implicated in a false case.
New York, Jul 3 (AP/UNB) — Taylor Swift's feuds can captivate the public almost as much as her music, and her latest emotional salvo against one of music's top managers not only made headlines but got key players in the industry riled up, with the likes of Justin Bieber, Halsey and Demi Lovato publicly choosing sides as accusations and insults were posted furiously on social media.
But days after the storm, experts say Swift and Scooter Braun, who manages Bieber and Ariana Grande and now owns Swift's masters, will have to find a way to work together — both to preserve Swift's rich musical legacy but also make money and do good business.
"Whether anyone likes it or not, Scooter Braun just became one of Taylor Swift's most important business partners (and) these are people that need to work with each other now," said Bill Werde, former editorial director of Billboard and director of the Bandier program for recorded and entertainment industries at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
"(Scooter) wants her to continue to be the biggest star in the world for as long as possible because that's how he's going to get the best return on his investment," Werde continued. "I think that in the not too distant future you're going to see ... things get better. You know, you're going to see some olive branches."
On Sunday, Braun's Ithaca Holdings announced that it acquired Big Machine Label Group, the label led by Scott Borchetta and home to Swift's first six albums, including the Grammy winners for album of the year, 2008's "Fearless" and 2014's "1989." Swift said in November she signed with Universal Music Group instead of staying at Big Machine because she knew that re-signing with the label would only result in her not owning her future work.
Once the news broke, Swift penned a scathing Tumblr note, saying she was sad and grossed out that her music catalog now belongs to Braun.
"When I left my masters in Scott's hands, I made peace with the fact that eventually he would sell them. Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter," she said her post. "Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words 'Scooter Braun' escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to. He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn't want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever."
"When Taylor decided to make a deal for future records someplace else, she ... certainly knew that Big Machine would be sold probably sooner than later," said Larry Miller, the director of the music business program at New York University's Steinhardt school. "It's unfortunate that she feels the way that she does about the place that her catalog is now going to live."
But what seemed to first be about music ownership and artists' rights turned into dramatic theater, as Swift also wrote about her clashes with Kim Kardashian and West, and claimed she didn't know about the sale of her catalog until the news was announced Sunday. The social media showdown played out throughout the day, with Borchetta providing details of the text he says he sent to Swift about the deal the night before it was announced. He even shared screenshots of a contract between the two of them discussing a possible new deal that would also allow her to own all her masters.
Braun's wife and his clients including Lovato and Bieber showed him support, while Halsey, Todrick Hall, model-actress Cara Delevingne and music video director Joseph Khan were #TeamTaylor. Even country singer Kacey Musgraves jumped in the ring by liking the Instagram post by Braun's wife.
It marked another saga in the drama of Swift, who has had a number of public feuds, from former boyfriend Calvin Harris to Katy Perry (who made up with Swift and recently appeared in her latest video, "You Need to Calm Down").
"I think Taylor, who has led many discussions about what is good for artists in the music business, had an opportunity to lead another one here about control and ownership of your own songs as an artist. But I think she kind of muddled matters by combining this with what felt like a personal vendetta," Werde said. "Now we're all talking about which pop star took whose side."
Swift will release a new album called "Lover" on Aug. 23. Miller said he expects things to work out in the future regarding her catalog.
"About four years ago maybe there was a big Taylor Swift dust up around the launch of Apple Music, right? ... and I'm pretty sure they found a way to work together," Miller said, referencing Swift's 2015 public letter explaining why she was pulling her songs over Apple Music over payments to artists; Apple agreed with Swift's stance and they've worked together ever since.
"Big Machine under its new ownership with Ithaca Holdings, and Taylor and her team ... will find to do what's right for her and for her catalog."
New York, Jul 3 (AP/UNB) — Leonardo DiCaprio is joining with billionaire investors and philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth to create a new nonprofit environmental powerhouse charged with tackling climate change and the loss of biodiversity.
The new organization, Earth Alliance, "will work globally to protect ecosystems and wildlife, ensure climate justice, support renewable energy and secure indigenous rights to the benefit of all life on Earth," according to a statement.
Earth Alliance said Tuesday it will provide grants, educational opportunities and fund campaigns and films, as well as work with grassroots organizations and individuals in places most affected by biodiversity loss and climate change.
In the statement, DiCaprio called Earth Alliance a "new larger, nimble platform that shares resources and expertise while identifying the best programs to drive real change around the planet."
DiCaprio has long championed environmentalism, with his eco-focused Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation giving out $100 million in grants for everything from lion recovery and mangrove restoration to the defense of indigenous rights and better access to affordable solar energy. His foundation will be folded into Earth Alliance.
Brian Sheth, the co-founder and president of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, is the board chair of Global Wildlife Conservation and founded The Sheth Sangreal Foundation with his wife to support environmental and educational initiatives. The Sheth Sangreal Foundation will fund operational and administrative costs of Earth Alliance.
Powell Jobs, widow of former Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, is a philanthropist and entrepreneur and president of the Emerson Collective, a social impact organization.
Nashville, Jul 3 (AP/UNB) — Kacey Musgraves' career has been moving and changing fast over the last couple of years, leaving little time for reflection until she saw her life chronicled behind museum glass.
Musgraves is the subject of a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum that opens Tuesday and runs through June 2020. The exhibit follows the critically acclaimed "Golden Hour" in 2018 that earned Musgraves four Grammys this year including country album of the year and album of the year, beating fellow nominees Drake, Cardi B and Brandi Carlile.
"I think a lot of people that night were like, 'Who is this girl?'" Musgraves said. "Which is a funny conundrum to be winning album of the year, and to have people saying, 'Who are you?' But in a way, I kind of love that."
The exhibit called "Kacey Musgraves: All of the Colors" comes as the 30-year-old Texas singer has blossomed into a cross-genre star whose emotional and clever lyrics and inventive style, blending country with electronic, disco and spacey pop sounds has earned her plenty of new fans.
"Too often I can just speed onto the next thing without really soaking in what just happened," Musgraves told The Associated Press after seeing her memorabilia on display for the first time Monday evening. "It really did hit me in an emotional way and I didn't think it would."
The exhibit starts with photos of Musgraves as a child performer singing and yodeling classic Western songs and dressed in jeans and cowboy hats, through her early years in Nashville as a songwriter penning songs with Miranda Lambert and to her Grammy-winning major-label debut album in 2013, "Same Trailer, Different Park." Early in her career, Musgraves established herself as a unique artist willing to challenge radio programmers with songs like "Merry Go 'Round" — which won a Grammy award for best country song in 2014 — and "Follow Your Arrow," song of the year winner at the 2014 Country Music Association Awards.
Musgraves has also become one of modern country music's new style icons, mixing country and Western embellishments into her red carpet outfits, stage wear and music videos. The exhibit features a rhinestone studded dress designed by Enrique Urbina for the 2014 Grammys and a Western-inspired black pantsuit designed by Atelier Versace that she wore at the 2018 CMA Awards. The exhibit has her Moschino Barbie-inspired pink leather outfit complete with a blonde wig from the 2019 Met Gala that Jeremy Scott helped design.
"I didn't grow up with anything designer ever, not once. Nothing luxurious like that of any kind," Musgraves said. "There's also this other side of me that is like really enthralled with all of that."
Musgraves' stylist Erica Cloud said the singer's style is a mix of nostalgia and playfulness.
"Kacey's style is unique because she stays grounded in her roots & is classic but we add playful, elevated elements to keep it current," Cloud said in a statement. "She's nostalgia with a modern twist. She's relatable meets aspirational."
Lyrics that she wrote with Lambert, Shane McAnally, Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian are interspersed between the awards and outfits, alongside a letter she wrote to one of her songwriting heroes, John Prine.
"I love that you can pretty much dress anyway you want, but if you strip it away and there are real songs there, that's what matters to me," Musgraves said.
Even though "Golden Hour" won album of the year at both the CMAs and the ACM Awards, country radio programmers haven't been spinning her songs much, though she's been getting more airtime on Americana and adult contemporary radio. Musgraves said she's not measuring her success by any one format.
"I am very grateful for radio kicking off my career and giving 'Merry Go Round' a chance when a lot of people said it wouldn't work," Musgraves said. "And beyond that, you know, all I can do is make the music that I love, put it out there. And the fans are amazing with spreading it, giving it wings."
She recently bought a house with husband and fellow singer Ruston Kelly, although she hasn't been home much. She traveled the world last year opening for Harry Styles, headlined her own European tour and will be on tour in the United States through September. And she's still writing out the next steps of her story after "Golden Hour."
"That's what I want to figure out," Musgraves said. "Like what's the next thing going to sound like?"
Dhaka, Jul 3 (AP/UNB) - Alexandra Wilkinson was only 2 months old when "The Golden Girls" ended its television run in 1992.
But she became a fan last year while taking a course called "Women and Aging: Lessons from the Golden Girls" at California State University, Long Beach. Now she streams episodes on Hulu. She owns a "Golden Girls" T-shirt. And when she graduated recently with a master's degree in gerontology, she decorated her cap with a picture of "Golden Girl" Sophia along with the sardonic Sicilian's trademark phrase, "Picture it."
"I was amazed at how this TV show from before I was born really related to so many topics I'm learning about right now," said Wilkinson, 27. "It doesn't even matter what they're talking about, whether it's a serious concept or not. Their personalities just have a way of bringing humor into everything."
The class, which finished its second year in May, is the latest example of the surprising pop culture longevity of Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia.
The Emmy-winning series revolved around four older women living together in Miami. It starred Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty and Betty White, who is the only living cast member at age 97 (White, through her agent, declined an interview request). The show aired on NBC from 1985-1992.
Just in the last few years, however, there's been a wave of merchandising, from a trivia game to Chia pets. Funko, known for its Pop dolls of sci-fi and fantasy characters, created "Golden Girls" figures, a limited-edition cereal and, most recently, PEZ dispensers. In 2015, a fan built an unofficial Lego set of the women in their home. Next February, a "Golden Girls" theme cruise will launch from — where else? — Miami.
Marsha Posner Williams, a co-producer on the series' first three seasons, said the creators simply set out to tell stories about an often-overlooked segment of the population.
"This was a way of showing that even though you might be of a certain age, you're not dead," Williams said. "You're full of life, full of laughter, full of sarcasm and it can be quite joyful."
Unlike the '80s fashions worn in the show, the dialogue still holds up, Williams said, resonating with many people, from the gay community to millennials.
"All the issues are so real that they talk about, even though it was 35 years ago," she said.
H. Alan Scott of Los Angeles has co-hosted a "Golden Girls" podcast for four years called "Out On the Lanai," a reference to the patio where the women would often talk. He also stages drag shows as Sadie Pines, a riff on the fictitious Shady Pines retirement home where Sophia used to live.
He calls the show "timeless in a lot of ways because they weren't necessarily topical in the jokes they did."
Maria Claver, a gerontology professor who created the CSU Long Beach class with colleague Long Wang in spring 2018, thinks nostalgia is one reason "The Golden Girls" endures. Many fans who watched when it originally aired are now in or facing their golden years. And the episodes have been helpful illustrations for her students.
"I think one of the strengths of using a show like 'Golden Girls' is that you can address sometimes uncomfortable or difficult topics with humor," Claver said. "I think that makes students comfortable to talk about things like sexuality among older women."
The weekly class touched on subjects like menopause, addiction, sexuality, dementia and caregiving. Claver and Wang would screen a relevant episode and then lead a discussion. There were guest speakers, including Williams.
As a super-fan, Claver also can't help but delight in turning students on to the show's entertainment value.
"It is a thrill to introduce it to some of the younger students and by the end of the semester, they're like 'Omigosh, I'm totally a Dorothy,'" Claver said.
Wilkinson, the recent grad, said she can laugh along even when she has no idea who a guest star like Burt Reynolds is.
"Of course there are references I don't quite understand. Like they'll mention a musician or they'll mention an actor I've never heard of," Wilkinson said. "But for some reason, the way they deliver it is hilarious."
Williams loves that "Golden Girls" keeps finding a new audience.
"We all do projects that we wish our names were not on," she said. "But, if you're lucky, you have one in your career that you're so fricking proud to be associated with."