Copenhagen, Jul 5 (AP/UNB) — A Swedish court has ordered U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky to spend two weeks in pre-trial detention while police investigate a fight in downtown Stockholm.
Prosecutor Fredrik Karlsson said Friday after the hearing at the Stockholm District Court that A$AP Rocky — the stage name of Rakim Mayers — was to be held on a lesser assault charge than he initially had demanded.
Defense lawyer Henrik Olsson Lilja said they would appeal the ruling.
The rapper was involved in the fight Sunday before appearing at a music festival in Sweden. It was not clear who else was involved in the incident. Videos published on social media, show a person being violently thrown onto the ground by A$AP Rocky. He and others punched and kicked the person on the ground.
Bangkok, Jul 5 (AP/UNB) — A South Korean actress has been charged in Thailand with catching endangered giant clams while participating in a reality TV show.
Actress Lee Yeol-eum cheered as she caught the three giant shellfish in a Thai national marine park in March on the survival TV show "The Law of the Jungle." Participants in the show then ate the clams. The episode aired on June 30.
Thai authorities say the actress has been charged with hunting the protected clams, scientifically known as tridacna gigas, and could face up to four years in prison and a fine of up to 40,000 baht ($1,200).
The show places South Korean celebrities into groups that are sent out to test their survival skills in remote locations.
The show's broadcaster has apologized for the incident.
Dhaka, June 5 (UNB) - Actor Hrithik Roshan has been booked on the charge of cheating along with three officials of a health and wellness start-up, for which he was a brand ambassador, following a complaint by its client alleging that “false promises” were made in the company advertisement regarding services of its fitness centre, reports The Indian Express.
The complainant, a city-based man, alleged that he was not given daily workout sessions at Cult.Fit fitness centre though he had paid the fee for “unlimited” classes, but the company claimed he had behaved “inappropriately and violently” with its staff and has “wrongly” dragged Hrithik into the issue.
Bengaluru-based CureFit operates its chain of fitness centres under the brand Cult.Fit.
The man lodged the complaint with police here on June 22 stating that in November 2018 he enrolled at the fitness centre/gym by paying Rs 17,490 as member for 10 month period for unlimited classes, but was “cheated by not getting workout sessions daily.”
“Most of the time the workout session is not available which is denying good health benefits causing mental depression,” he said.
Following the complaint, a case under IPC sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) was registered against the actor, being the firm’s brand ambassador and three senior officials of the company, Inspector S Laxmi Narayana said.
In a statement, Cult.Fit said it was cooperating with authorities “as per due process and evaluating remedial action”.
“The customer in question has behaved inappropriately and violently with our staff against whom we were constrained to take action.
“The current police complaint appears to have been hence filed subsequently against us falsely, while also mischievously dragging our celebrity brand ambassador, Hrithik Roshan, wrongly in it,” it said.
The statement said it is a responsible company conscious of the health and safety requirements of both customers as well as its staff.
London, Jul 4 (AP/UNB) — Christie's has gone forward with the auction of a 3,000-year-old stone sculpture of the famed boy pharaoh Tutankhamun despite protests from the Egyptian government.
The brown quartzite head depicting King Tut sold for more than 4.7 million pounds ($5.9 million) Thursday evening.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry had demanded that the auction house provide documents proving the statue's ownership and said Egypt holds rights to the piece based on its current and previous laws.
But Christie's defended the sale process. The auction house says it carried out "extensive due diligence" to verify the provenance of the statue and had "gone beyond what is required to assure legal title."
The King Tut represented in art and artifacts is one of the most prominent symbols of ancient Egypt's glory.
Providence, Jul 4 (AP/UNB) — A Titanic survivor's walking stick, with an electric light she used to signal for help from a lifeboat, is one of thousands of maritime items that will be up for auction in Rhode Island.
Guernsey's auction house is holding the auction at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport on July 19 and 20. Guernsey's President Arlan Ettinger described Ella White's cane as one of the most extraordinary items to have survived the sinking.
"It's a fabled object and Titanic enthusiasts have certainly heard of it," he said. "Most didn't know it has survived. The family didn't do anything to promote it, so it's a very exciting discovery."
The walking stick was consigned to Guernsey's by the Williams family in Milford, Connecticut.
Brad Williams said his grandmother was White's niece and cared for her affairs before she died in 1942 at the age of 85, then took possession of the walking stick. It was passed on to Williams' mother, then to him.
Williams, a 59-year-old cane collector, kept it in an umbrella stand with about 35 other canes. He said he wants it to go to a home where it will be better displayed, and use the proceeds for his children. It's obviously the most famous cane in the collection, he said.
"It's family history so I do I have trepidation about parting with it, but I also have to pay for college," said Williams, who runs a boat repair business in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
The pre-auction estimate is $300,000 to $500,000, though Ettinger said it's very hard to predict what it might fetch because it's such an unprecedented artifact. A violin played by the Titanic's bandleader as the ship sank sold at auction in 2013 for about $1.7 million.
On the night of April 14, 1912, the British liner RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic and began sinking. The ship went under two hours and 40 minutes later and more than 1,500 people died.
In Walter Lord's book about the Titanic and in investigative hearings after the sinking, it's documented that White appointed herself as a signalman for lifeboat 8, waving her walking stick about.
Guernsey's will have other Titanic items for sale, but the walking stick is clearly the most noteworthy item and the auction house has verified its authenticity, Ettinger said. It's a black enameled stick with an amber-colored bakelite and battery-illuminated crown. Williams said it still lights up.
"Things don't usually stay protected in this way. Objects get misplaced, lost, forgotten about, thrown out, traded," Ettinger said. "This most historic walking stick stayed in that family's hands and it will be sold for the first time in more than 100 years."
The 700-lot "A Century at Sea" auction also includes paintings by well-known marine artists, wooden boats, hand-crafted ship models and items from a wide array of other noteworthy ships, including the RMS Lusitania, the SS Normandie, SS Andrea Doria and SS United States. Gold, pearls and emeralds from two 1600s Spanish shipwrecks, recovered by treasure hunter Mel Fisher, will be auctioned too.
It's the first auction the New York-based auction house has held in Newport since 1988. The auction preview begins July 18 at the yacht restoration school, which prepares students for careers in technology and the marine trades.