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Ghislaine Maxwell‘s legal team has stumbled upon ‘critical new information’ that will impact both her criminal sex trafficking case and her civil defamation case, as they continue to fight to keep potentially explosive documents under seal, according to court papers filed on Monday night.

The former British socialite’s lawyers did not go into detail about what they may have discovered in the court filing – only disclosing they learned of the information last Friday and that it was subject to a court protective order.

Last month, New York judge Loretta Preska ordered a trove of documents unsealed pertaining to a defamation suit brought against Maxwell by Jeffrey Epstein‘s ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts Giuffre in 2015.

There will be more documents unsealed in the coming weeks as nonparties and parties named in the papers are given due process to object to the unsealing.

The 58-year-old had fought tooth and nail to keep the recent documents under seal, especially her deposition and that of a Jane Doe’s. In a flurry of last-minute filings, she managed to keep the bombshell depositions secret for a bit longer.

Now, she’s attempting to delay the unsealing process of other unreleased documents, requesting they be put on pause for at least another three weeks.

Ghislaine Maxwell's legal team has stumbled upon 'critical new information' that will impact both her criminal sex trafficking case and her civil defamation case, as they continue to fight to keep potentially explosive documents under seal, according to court papers filed on Monday night

Ghislaine Maxwell's legal team has stumbled upon 'critical new information' that will impact both her criminal sex trafficking case and her civil defamation case, as they continue to fight to keep potentially explosive documents under seal, according to court papers filed on Monday night

Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team has stumbled upon ‘critical new information’ that will impact both her criminal sex trafficking case and her civil defamation case, as they continue to fight to keep potentially explosive documents under seal, according to court papers filed on Monday night 

The former British socialite's lawyers did not go into detail about what they may have discovered in the court filing - only disclosing they learned of the information last Friday and that it was subject to a court protective order

The former British socialite's lawyers did not go into detail about what they may have discovered in the court filing - only disclosing they learned of the information last Friday and that it was subject to a court protective order

The former British socialite’s lawyers did not go into detail about what they may have discovered in the court filing – only disclosing they learned of the information last Friday and that it was subject to a court protective order

Maxwell’s request came before her team complained about conditions inside the ‘hell-hole’ Brooklyn jail where she is being kept ahead of her trial next summer.

She was recently taken off suicide watch, but is being subjected to multiple searches each day and is under constant watch of the guards, her lawyers said in a separate filing on Monday night.

The searches and surveillance should be stopped, her lawyers said, while requesting that she be taken out of solitary confinement and placed in with other prisoners.

Last month, New York judge Loretta Preska ordered a trove of documents unsealed pertaining to a defamation suit brought against Maxwell by Jeffrey Epstein's 'sex slave' Virginia Roberts Giuffre (pictured)

Last month, New York judge Loretta Preska ordered a trove of documents unsealed pertaining to a defamation suit brought against Maxwell by Jeffrey Epstein's 'sex slave' Virginia Roberts Giuffre (pictured)

Last month, New York judge Loretta Preska ordered a trove of documents unsealed pertaining to a defamation suit brought against Maxwell by Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts Giuffre (pictured)

Her legal team say she is only being subjected to the ‘onerous’ conditions because her former boyfriend Epstein died while awaiting trial, in what was ruled a suicide.

They argue she ‘has never been suicidal and was never diagnosed as exhibiting risk factors for suicide,’ but is still woken up every few hours during the night and forced to wear special clothing.

She has also been forced to undergo body scans, lawyer Chris Everdell wrote in a letter to the judge and is observed even while calling her attorneys.

‘Ms. Maxwell is being treated worse than other similarly situated pretrial detainees, which significantly impacts her ability to prepare a defense,’ he said.

His letter asks that Maxwell ‘be released to the general population and be granted the privileges given to other pretrial detainees’.

Everdell also requested for her to be given more computer time in order to review the reams of documents relating to her case.

Further, his team asked that she be given the names of three anonymous women who are accusing her of grooming and abusing them.

‘Maxwell cannot prepare for or receive a fair trial without this information,’ her lawyers argued.

Jeffrey Epstein was initially charged with sex trafficking in Florida in 2006, before being hit with a 53-page FBI indictment the following year. 

Maxwell's request came before her team complained about conditions inside the 'hell-hole' Brooklyn jail where she is being kept ahead of her trial next summer. Her legal team say she is only being subjected to the 'onerous' conditions because Epstein died while awaiting trial, in what was ruled a suicide

Maxwell's request came before her team complained about conditions inside the 'hell-hole' Brooklyn jail where she is being kept ahead of her trial next summer. Her legal team say she is only being subjected to the 'onerous' conditions because Epstein died while awaiting trial, in what was ruled a suicide

Maxwell’s request came before her team complained about conditions inside the ‘hell-hole’ Brooklyn jail where she is being kept ahead of her trial next summer. Her legal team say she is only being subjected to the ‘onerous’ conditions because Epstein died while awaiting trial, in what was ruled a suicide

She was recently taken off suicide watch, but is being subjected to multiple searches each day and is under constant watch of the guards, her lawyers said in a separate filing on Monday night. Pictured: Brooklyn's MDC where Maxwell is being held

She was recently taken off suicide watch, but is being subjected to multiple searches each day and is under constant watch of the guards, her lawyers said in a separate filing on Monday night. Pictured: Brooklyn's MDC where Maxwell is being held

She was recently taken off suicide watch, but is being subjected to multiple searches each day and is under constant watch of the guards, her lawyers said in a separate filing on Monday night. Pictured: Brooklyn’s MDC where Maxwell is being held 

In 2008, he was offered a controversial plea deal that saw him sentenced to 18 months in prison for soliciting underage prostitutes.

He was then rearrested in July 2019, charged with sex trafficking and moved to a maximum security jail in Manhattan.

On August 10 he was found unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck and later died in what was officially ruled a suicide.

Epstein had been on suicide watch but was taken off just days before his death, on the condition that he be placed with a cellmate and constantly monitored.

But the day before his body was found his cellmate was moved out and not replaced, and guards failed to carry out checks on him.

Maxwell, who is accused of acting as Epstein’s ‘madam’ by finding young women for him to abuse and then ‘training’ them to comply with his desires, was arrested on July 2 at a mansion she owned in New Hampshire.

The socialite – who once mixed with celebrities, presidents and royalty at high-class parties – was moved on July 6 to Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, once described by a judge as ‘like a third-world country’

Guards at the jail, which is different to the one where Jeffrey Epstein died last year, have been jailed for raping female prisoners, while the jail also lost power for an entire week during winter last year – leaving inmates locked in freezing, dark cells.

In total Maxwell is facing six counts – four relating to child sex trafficking, and two of perjury for lying under oath about the trafficking during a previous lawsuit.

If convicted on all charges, she is facing up to 35 years behind bars.

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Dean Jones revealed the ‘biggest regret of his life’ before his death at an Indian hotel aged 59 

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Late cricket icon Dean Jones spoke of his deep regret at falling out with a fellow Australian star before his sudden death in a hotel lobby at the age of 59 last week.

Jones, 59, died from a massive heart attack he suffered at a hotel in Mumbai, India on Thursday – where he was based as a cricket commentator for broadcaster Star Sports.

Tributes have flowed for the cricket great since his death – including an outpouring of support for his wife Jane, two daughters Augusta and Phoebe and his 11-year-old son.

Jones said prior to his death he and Merv Hughes – who both played for the national side in the 1980s and 1990s – had once been extremely close friends before falling out over selection issues.

Jones is pictured with wife Jane (left) and their two daughters, Augusta (right) and Phoebe (second from the left)

Jones is pictured with wife Jane (left) and their two daughters, Augusta (right) and Phoebe (second from the left)

Jones is pictured with wife Jane (left) and their two daughters, Augusta (right) and Phoebe (second from the left) 

‘It’s the biggest regret of my life,’ Jones told Fox Sports’ Cricket Legends in 2016.

‘We were closer than brothers. The game isn’t just about winning all the time. We went to war together.’ 

Jones explained the feud between the pair started when he would not choose Hughes – who was recovering from a hamstring injury – to play against Tasmania for Victoria in a state game.

‘In hindsight if I had the chance again I’d play him,’ Jones said.

‘He was at the end of his career, he was fighting those demons and you’re a different person when you’re asking, “what do I do next?”‘

Jones said his relationship with fellow Victoria and Australia cricketing star Merv Hughes (pictured) deteriorated over state team selection issues

Jones said his relationship with fellow Victoria and Australia cricketing star Merv Hughes (pictured) deteriorated over state team selection issues

Jones said his relationship with fellow Victoria and Australia cricketing star Merv Hughes (pictured) deteriorated over state team selection issues

Jones’ relationship with Cricket Victoria also deteriorated in the years following his retirement – with the legend returning his life membership in January while angered at being spurned for a coaching job at the Melbourne Stars.

‘Never had a reunion from the Shield wins or other trophy wins. Nothing! Not even a newsletter mention,’ he said in a complaint about the sporting body, according to the Herald Sun.

Friends and supporters have meanwhile rallied around Jones’ heartbroken ex-mistress and young son as the pair grieve his shock death. 

Koby Dean Hamilton, 11, is Jones’ son to Kerri-Anne Hamilton – the cricket legend’s well-documented former mistress.

A ‘heartbroken’ Ms Hamilton has posted moving tributes on social media and shared photos of Koby with his father.

She was back on Instagram on Monday morning to thank well-wishers for the many messages and gifts she and Koby have been inundated with as they mourn their tragic loss.

Friends and supporters have meanwhile rallied around Jones' heartbroken ex-mistress and young son Koby (pictured with Jones)

Friends and supporters have meanwhile rallied around Jones' heartbroken ex-mistress and young son Koby (pictured with Jones)

Friends and supporters have meanwhile rallied around Jones’ heartbroken ex-mistress and young son Koby (pictured with Jones)

The show of support comes after Ms Hamilton was cruelly targeted by online trolls on her Twitter account on Thursday night, where she was called an ‘irresponsible woman’ and a ‘DNA thief’.

‘Overwhelmed, thanks to all who have reached out. Your messages of support, flowers, cupcakes, chocolates, wine, spinach & ginger Panadol, PS4 vouchers and beer drop offs have not gone unnoticed,’ Ms Hamilton captioned a photo of some of the many floral tributes received.

‘I am very lucky to have wonderful people around me. Koby and I feel loved and supported.’

A day earlier, Ms Hamilton shared a heartwarming throwback photo of Koby spending some quality time with his father.

Another shows the budding sports star reading a book on cricket tips from his famous dad.

‘If you know my son you’ve probably heard him say, “do you know my dad is Dean Jones?” Proud is an understatement! He adores him and will no doubt live his life with a bat and ball his hand,’ Ms Hamilton wrote on Sunday.

She also shared a heartbreaking photo of Koby kissing a golf ball with Deano 324 written on it.

‘When I open my eyes will I see you again? #ripdad,’ the photo was captioned. 

Kerri-Anne Hamilton has shared a sweet throwback photo of her son enjoying time with his dad

Kerri-Anne Hamilton has shared a sweet throwback photo of her son enjoying time with his dad

Kerri-Anne Hamilton has shared a sweet throwback photo of her son enjoying time with his dad

Kerri-Anne Hamilton has also shared photos of her and Jones together in happier times

Kerri-Anne Hamilton has also shared photos of her and Jones together in happier times

Kerri-Anne Hamilton has also shared photos of her and Jones together in happier times

Ms Hamilton also shared photos of the pair during their affair which lasted more than a decade.

‘After 22 years the sparklers have gone out. Every time I saw him I had fire in my belly! His love for me, my love for him will never die. I adore you! I am heartbroken,’ she wrote.

Ms Hamilton said Koby knew Jones ‘loved him’.’

Ms Hamilton met the former cricketer when she was working at a golf day in the late 1990s and the pair began an affair.

The married father-of-two would regularly travel from Melbourne to Sydney to see her and the couple enjoyed overseas holidays together.

But in early 2009, Ms Hamilton fell pregnant and by mid-2010 the affair had become public.

'His love for me, my love for him will never die. I adore you! I am heartbroken,' Kerri-Anne (pictured with Jones) wrote.

'His love for me, my love for him will never die. I adore you! I am heartbroken,' Kerri-Anne (pictured with Jones) wrote.

‘His love for me, my love for him will never die. I adore you! I am heartbroken,’ Kerri-Anne (pictured with Jones) wrote.

Jones, 59, died of a ‘massive’ heart attack at the Trident Hotel in Mumbai on Thursday, leaving the cricket world in shock and mourning the loss of one of the game’s legends.

Ms Hamilton told Sydney Morning Herald she decided to speak out about her former lover’s death for her son Koby.

‘It’s an awful time for his wife and his other kids. I’m not trying to step out of line. I want to speak to you for Koby,’ she said.

‘I don’t want Koby to go to school and for kids to say, ”we didn’t see you”. How do we know you were his son. He deserves acknowledgement.’

In the wake of Jones’ passing, Koby told Ms Hamilton: ‘It’s OK, Mum. I know my dad loved me.’ 

Ms Hamilton said the father and son spoke as recently as two days before Jones’ death. 

Koby Dean Hamilton, 11, is Jones' son to Kerri-Anne Hamilton - the cricket star's well documented former mistress

Koby Dean Hamilton, 11, is Jones' son to Kerri-Anne Hamilton - the cricket star's well documented former mistress

Koby Dean Hamilton, 11, is Jones’ son to Kerri-Anne Hamilton – the cricket star’s well documented former mistress 

Alongside Koby, Jones leaves behind his daughter's Augusta (right) and Phoebe (second from left) - who he had with his wife Jane (left)

Alongside Koby, Jones leaves behind his daughter's Augusta (right) and Phoebe (second from left) - who he had with his wife Jane (left)

Alongside Koby, Jones leaves behind his daughter’s Augusta (right) and Phoebe (second from left) – who he had with his wife Jane (left)

The former batsman took his son on a FaceTime tour of the studio he was working at. 

Despite only meeting Koby after he was two years old, Ms Hamilton said Jones always checked to make sure the pair were okay.

He would video call his son daily and the duo would discuss all things sport. 

Ms Hamilton added Jones will always be her son’s hero. 

Ms Hamilton initially shared her tale on A Current Affair in 2010 and Jones confirmed the child was his.

‘Following an on-and-off relationship with a woman, a child was conceived and subsequently delivered,’ he said in a statement at the time.  

In early 2009 Ms Hamilton fell pregnant with Jones' child and by mid-2010 the story was out, with her sharing her tale to A Current Affair leading the former batsman to admit it was his

In early 2009 Ms Hamilton fell pregnant with Jones' child and by mid-2010 the story was out, with her sharing her tale to A Current Affair leading the former batsman to admit it was his

In early 2009 Ms Hamilton fell pregnant with Jones’ child and by mid-2010 the story was out, with her sharing her tale to A Current Affair leading the former batsman to admit it was his

Jones is seen batting during the 1987 World Cup match against India on October 9, 1987

Jones is seen batting during the 1987 World Cup match against India on October 9, 1987

Jones is seen batting during the 1987 World Cup match against India on October 9, 1987

After a preview for Ms Hamilton’s interview with A Current Affair in 2010 referenced a romance with a mystery ‘retired cricketer’, Jones came out to set the record straight.

‘I can confirm that I am the retired cricketer referred to in the A Current Affair preview last night (Friday),’ he said in a statement.

‘Following an on-and-off relationship with a women (sic), a child was conceived and subsequently delivered. I can also confirm I have supported the mother and child more generously than was agreed.

‘At no stage have I not met my obligations.

‘My immediate aim is to seek the forgiveness and understanding of family.’ 

News of Jones’ death at the Trident Hotel in Mumbai, India, late on Thursday night Australian time, has left the cricket world in shock.

Ms Hamilton (centre) was a model at the time she met Jones, before becoming an air hostess

Ms Hamilton (centre) was a model at the time she met Jones, before becoming an air hostess

Ms Hamilton (centre) was a model at the time she met Jones, before becoming an air hostess

Jones had been staying in the Mumbai hotel with Brian Lara (second from right), Graeme Swann, Scott Styris (right) and Brett Lee (second from left)

Jones had been staying in the Mumbai hotel with Brian Lara (second from right), Graeme Swann, Scott Styris (right) and Brett Lee (second from left)

Jones had been staying in the Mumbai hotel with Brian Lara (second from right), Graeme Swann, Scott Styris (right) and Brett Lee (second from left) 

The former flashy batsman and 1980s icon was in India commentating on the IPL T20 tournament alongside a host of other retired superstars of the game.

Former Australian bowler Brett Lee was in the hotel lobby with Jones at the time of his heart attack and desperately tried to save him with CPR and a defibrillator. 

Jones was rushed to hospital but couldn’t be saved.

The pair were in the city as part of Star India’s commentary team for the Indian Premier League, which is being played in the UAE because of coronavirus.  

Jones had been staying at the hotel with Styris, Lee, West Indies legend Brian Lara and former England spinner Graeme Swann. 

Alongside Koby, Jones leaves behind his daughter’s Augusta and Phoebe – who he had with his wife Jane.

Jones’ daughter Phoebe said her family is ‘broken’ in an Instagram post mourning the loss of her father. 

Jones' daughter Phoebe said her family is 'broken' in an Instagram post mourning the loss of her father

Jones' daughter Phoebe said her family is 'broken' in an Instagram post mourning the loss of her father

Jones’ daughter Phoebe said her family is ‘broken’ in an Instagram post mourning the loss of her father

The tribute post was accompanied by a happy snap from her childhood (pictured)

The tribute post was accompanied by a happy snap from her childhood (pictured)

The tribute post was accompanied by a happy snap from her childhood (pictured)

The tribute post was accompanied by a happy snap from her childhood. 

She is wearing Jones’ cricket cap and sitting on his shoulders grinning, as he looks up at her in awe.

‘Our family is eternally grateful to Brett Lee for doing everything he could,’ she said.

Phoebe thanked cricket fans across the world who put their bats out in honour of ‘Deano’.

‘We are overwhelmed with your outpouring of kind words, support and tributes,’ she said. 

‘His legacy will live on in every life he touched. 

‘I just keep staring at my phone waiting for him to call and tell me this is just a bad dream.’ 

Jones' daughter Augusta opened up about her heartbreak with a post on Instagram on Friday

Jones' daughter Augusta opened up about her heartbreak with a post on Instagram on Friday

Jones’ daughter Augusta opened up about her heartbreak with a post on Instagram on Friday

The world has been left rocked by the death of cricket legend Dean Jones. His daughter Augusta shared a heartfelt post asking: 'How will I do this without you?'

The world has been left rocked by the death of cricket legend Dean Jones. His daughter Augusta shared a heartfelt post asking: 'How will I do this without you?'

The world has been left rocked by the death of cricket legend Dean Jones. His daughter Augusta shared a heartfelt post asking: ‘How will I do this without you?’

Mourners have offered their condolences to the Jones family (pictured), following the shock death of the cricketing legend

Mourners have offered their condolences to the Jones family (pictured), following the shock death of the cricketing legend

Mourners have offered their condolences to the Jones family (pictured), following the shock death of the cricketing legend 

His other daughter, Augusta shared a series of pictures with her dad as a tribute.  

‘I cannot believe I am writing this. My heart is broken, My Dad. My Hero. The sweetest and most caring person you could ever meet,’ she wrote.

‘If only you could see now how many lives you touched. If only you could see now how loved you were.

‘You held my hand through the toughest times this year, how will I do this without you?

‘The heavens have opened their gates for another angel. Wait for me dad. Everything I do is for you. I love you Dad.’  

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Biden campaign ad attacks Trump’s reported $750 income tax payments

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Joe Biden has attacked Donald Trump‘s tax returns in a new campaign ad after the President reportedly paid just $750 in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017.

Documents show the President paid no income tax in 11 of the 18 years studied, according to a damning report by the New York Times.

The ad, shared on Twitter by the Biden campaign just hours after the bombshell story emerged, compares average income taxes for different jobs to highlight the minimal contribution made by Trump.

President Donald Trump paid extremely little in income taxes in recent years as heavy losses from his business enterprises offset hundreds of millions of dollars in income, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing tax-return data

President Donald Trump paid extremely little in income taxes in recent years as heavy losses from his business enterprises offset hundreds of millions of dollars in income, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing tax-return data

President Donald Trump paid extremely little in income taxes in recent years as heavy losses from his business enterprises offset hundreds of millions of dollars in income, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing tax-return data

Joe Biden has attacked Donald Trump's tax returns in a new campaign ad after the President reportedly paid just $750 in federal income tax by comparing the amount to other professions

Joe Biden has attacked Donald Trump's tax returns in a new campaign ad after the President reportedly paid just $750 in federal income tax by comparing the amount to other professions

Joe Biden has attacked Donald Trump’s tax returns in a new campaign ad after the President reportedly paid just $750 in federal income tax by comparing the amount to other professions

The video, which was retweeted by Biden’s official account, shows a number of faces with no narration and their tax contributions.

It says elementary school teachers paid $7,239, firefighters paid $5,283, nurses paid $10,216 and construction managers paid $16,447 in income tax in 2019.

It then cuts to Trump and his reported $750 federal income tax contribution.

The video is the first official comment from the Biden campaign on the story which broke on Sunday night.

It claimed the President was able to minimize his tax bill by reporting heavy losses across his business empire, including at his golf courses.   

The ad shows the typical income tax paid in 2019 by a registered nurse, nearly $10,000 more than Trump's reported contribution

The ad shows the typical income tax paid in 2019 by a registered nurse, nearly $10,000 more than Trump's reported contribution

The ad shows the typical income tax paid in 2019 by a registered nurse, nearly $10,000 more than Trump’s reported contribution

Documents seen by the New York Times show the President paid no income tax in 11 of the 18 years studied

Documents seen by the New York Times show the President paid no income tax in 11 of the 18 years studied

Documents seen by the New York Times show the President paid no income tax in 11 of the 18 years studied

The video is the first official comment from the Biden campaign on the story which broke on Sunday night

The video is the first official comment from the Biden campaign on the story which broke on Sunday night

The video is the first official comment from the Biden campaign on the story which broke on Sunday night

That’s despite receiving $427.4 million through 2018 from his reality television program and other endorsement deals. The president could also face mounting financial pressure in the years ahead. The tax records show he’s carrying a total of $421 million in loans and debt that are primarily due within four years. 

Responding to the report Sunday evening Trump told reporters: ‘It’s totally fake news. Made up. Totally fake news.’ The president, who campaigned for office as a billionaire real estate mogul and successful businessman, said he has paid taxes, though he gave no specifics. 

The Times reported Trump claimed $47.4 million in losses in 2018, despite claiming income of at least $434.9 million in a financial disclosure that year. The Times emphasized the documents reveal only what Trump told the government about his businesses, and did not disclose his true wealth.

The New York Times had laready obtained copies of Donald Trump's tax returns from 1995. Pictured are published pages of those returns

The New York Times had laready obtained copies of Donald Trump's tax returns from 1995. Pictured are published pages of those returns

The New York Times had laready obtained copies of Donald Trump’s tax returns from 1995. Pictured are published pages of those returns

Trump has previously blasted the long-running quest for his financial records as a ‘continuation of the most disgusting witch hunt in the history of our country’. The businessman is the only modern president who has refused to release his tax returns. Before he was elected, he had promised to do so.  

Trump’s lawyer Alan Garten, said that ‘most, if not all, of the facts appear to be inaccurate’. He added: ‘Over the past decade, President Trump has paid tens of millions of dollars in personal taxes to the federal government, including paying millions in personal taxes since announcing his candidacy in 2015.’ 

The disclosure, which the Times said comes from tax return data it obtained extending over two decades, comes at a pivotal moment ahead of the first presidential debate Tuesday, and weeks before a divisive election.  

Responding to the report Sunday evening Trump told reporters: 'It's totally fake news'

Responding to the report Sunday evening Trump told reporters: 'It's totally fake news'

Responding to the report Sunday evening Trump told reporters: ‘It’s totally fake news’

Key findings from the report: 

  • Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017
  • He paid no income taxes in 10 of the last 15 years, despite receiving $427.4 million through 2018 from The Apprentice and other endorsements
  • Trump minimized his tax bill by reporting heavy losses across his businesses
  • He is also said to have filed expenses including $70,000 on styling his hair
  • A $95,464 payment to Ivanka’s favorite hair and makeup stylist was also listed  
  • The report also suggests ‘consulting fees’ to Ivanka helped lower the tax bill
  • It also says Trump is embroiled in a IRS audit over a $72.9 million tax refund 
  • The Miss Universe pageant is said to have generated $2.3 million for Trump 

The investigation, published Sunday, reveals tax deductions on expenses including $70,000 on styling Trump’s hair for The Apprentice.

Losses in the property businesses solely owned and managed by Trump appear to have offset income from his stake in The Apprentice and other entities with multiple owners. 

The report also suggests ‘consulting fees’ were given to the president’s eldest daughter Ivanka, which appear to have helped lowered the family’s tax bill. 

KEY FINDINGS FROM THE REPORT ON TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS

TRUMP PAID JUST $750 IN TAXES IN BOTH 2016 and 2017.

The newspaper said Trump initially paid $95 million in taxes over the 18 years it studied. But he managed to recover most of that money by claiming — and receiving — a stunning $72.9 million federal tax refund. According to the Times, Trump also pocketed $21.2 million in state and local refunds, which are typically based on federal filings.

Trump’s outsize refund became the subject of a now-long-standing Internal Revenue Service audit of his finances. The audit was widely known. Trump has claimed it was the very reason why he cannot release his returns. But the Times report is the first to identify the issue that was mainly in dispute.

As a result of the refund, Trump paid an average $1.4 million in federal taxes from 2000 to 2017, the Times reported. By contrast, the average U.S. taxpayer in the top .001% of earners paid about $25 million annually over the same timeframe.

TRUMP HAS FINANCED AN EXTRAVAGANT LIFESTYLE WITH THE USE OF BUSINESS EXPENSES

From his homes, his aircraft — and $70,000 on hair styling during his television show “The Apprentice” — Trump has capitalized on cost incurred from his businesses to finance a luxurious lifestyle.

The Times noted that Trump’s homes, planes and golf courses are part of the Trump family business and, as such, Trump classified them as business expenses as well. Because companies can write off business expenses as deductions, all such expenses have helped reduce Trump’s tax liability.

MANY OF HIS BEST-KNOWN BUSINESSES ARE MONEY-LOSERS

The president has frequently pointed to his far-flung hotels, golf courses and resorts as evidence of his success as a developer and businessman. Yet these properties have been been draining money.

The Times reported that Trump has claimed $315 million in losses since 2000 on his golf courses, including the Trump National Doral near Miami, which Trump has portrayed as a crown jewel in his business empire. Likewise, his Trump International Hotel in Washington has lost $55 million, the Times reported.

FOREIGN VISITORS HAVE HELPED SUPPORT TRUMP’S PROPERTIES

Since Trump began his presidential run, lobbyists, foreign governments and politicians have lavished significant sums of money on his properties, a spending spree that raised questions about its propriety and legality.

The Times report illustrates just how much that spending has been: Since 2015, his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida has taken in $5 million more a year from a surge in membership. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association spent at least $397,602 in 2017 at Trump’s Washington hotel. Overseas projects have produced millions more for Trump — $3 million from the Philippines, $2.3 million from India and $1 million from Turkey.

TRUMP WILL FACE FINANCIAL PRESSURE AS DEBTS COME DUE

Trump seems sure to face heavy financial pressures from the enormous pile of debt he has absorbed. The Times said the president appears to be responsible for $421 million in loans, most of which will come due within four years. On top of that, a $100 million mortgage on Trump Tower in New York will come due in 2022.

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Victorians must now wear fitted face masks instead of bandannas, scarves, plastic face shields as masks have been deemed more effective at stopping droplet spread.

Premier Daniel Andrews made the announcement Sunday ahead of Monday’s Step Two lifting of coronavirus restrictions across Victoria.

It means that bandannas and scarves are no longer enough – Melburnians must also wear a face mask with them or instead of them.

YES: face shield with a mask underneath

YES: face shield with a mask underneath

NO: face shield with no mask

NO: face shield with no mask

Pictured left: A face shield can be worn with a mask for extra splatter protection. Right: A face shield without a mask is banned in Victoria as of Monday as it lets in too many aerosol particles

As far as transparent plastic face shields go, Victorians must also wear a face mask underneath.

‘Face shields don’t meet the test of covering your nose and your mouth,’ Mr Andrews said on Sunday. 

‘You can wear a face shield if you want to in terms of your eyes, but it would need to be accompanied by a mask and we would recommend a two-ply mask. A shield is akin to not wearing a face covering.’  

Victorians will risk a fine of $200 if they do not wear a face mask while out.

WHY THE RULE CHANGE?

Face shields were never meant to be used without also wearing a face mask.

Professor Raina MacIntyre, head of the Biosecurity Research Program at the Kirby Institute at the UNSW said they are not appropriate protection in the community.

‘In Switzerland, where hotel staff could choose a mask or a shield, only those wearing a shield got infected,’ she told Daily Mail Australia on Monday.

‘The virus is spread by respiratory aerosols, which are breathed directly in, unfiltered, when wearing a shield.’  

A man walks past an outdoor photography exhibition of healthcare workers in Melbourne last Tuesday. Face masks are now mandatory in Victoria - a plastic face shield is not enough

A man walks past an outdoor photography exhibition of healthcare workers in Melbourne last Tuesday. Face masks are now mandatory in Victoria - a plastic face shield is not enough

A man walks past an outdoor photography exhibition of healthcare workers in Melbourne last Tuesday. Face masks are now mandatory in Victoria – a plastic face shield is not enough  

Switzerland’s hotel coronavirus outbreak prompted the country’s health department to declare face shields ineffective in July. 

Deakin University epidemiologist Catherine Bennett said masks sit more closely to the face and stop the majority of particles leaving or entering someone’s mouth or nose.

This decreases the risk that the droplets and particles of other people will reach the mucosal lining in your nose and mouth as you breathe.

It also reduces the amount of your own droplets in the air where they might infect others.   

‘If there is too much gaping at the sides, the particles or the droplets can make their way around the edge of the covering,’ she told the Herald Sun.

‘As soon as you having gaping holes, it is not effective. It’s that marginal gain you get in terms of reduced risk of transmission.’ 

WHY DON’T FACE SHIELDS WORK?

Face shields are only for direct splatter protection, for example if someone coughs directly in your face, Professor MacIntyre said.

‘They will not block aerosols, which can be breathed in, unfiltered, through the gaps around the edges,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Shields are designed to be used as an adjunct to masks, not as an alternative.’

Bandannas such as this one worn by a man at Edithvale Woolworths, Melbourne, in August, are now banned unless you are also wearing a face mask underneath

Bandannas such as this one worn by a man at Edithvale Woolworths, Melbourne, in August, are now banned unless you are also wearing a face mask underneath

Bandannas such as this one worn by a man at Edithvale Woolworths, Melbourne, in August, are now banned unless you are also wearing a face mask underneath

Professor MacIntyre said surgical or cloth face masks are not designed to filter aerosols. Instead they are designed as a physical barrier.

‘However, three layers or more in a cloth or surgical mask can be a good filter, as long as the mask fits closely around the face without any gaps,’ she said.

‘This then forces air through the face piece, which acts as a filter.’

Professor MacIntyre and other scientists conducted a study which was published in the medical journal Thorax, showing how much difference extra mask layers can make.

The team found a single-layered cloth mask reduced droplet spread somewhat but was not as good as a double-layered cloth mask.

A three-ply surgical mask was better than both, the research showed.    

‘We did not test more than two layers, but generally, more layers are better,’ the researchers wrote in The Conversation in July. 

‘For example, a 12-layered cloth mask is about as protective as a surgical mask, and reduces infection risk by 67 per cent.’

IS ANYTHING 100 PER CENT EFFECTIVE?

Coronavirus infects a person when viral particles come into contact with the mucosal membranes (the wet parts) in the nose, eyes and mouth.

Droplets with the viral particles are sprayed out of the mouth and nose when an infected person talks, laughs, sings, shouts, breathes, coughs and sneezes. 

The heavier droplets fall to surfaces where they can be picked up on your hands and fingers – and when you touch your eyes, nose or mouth, the virus on your hands infects the mucosal membranes.

The smaller, lighter aerosolised particles hang in the air where you can breathe them in, causing infection.  

According to a WHO-commissioned study on the effect of physical distancing, masks and eye protection against covid-19, no barrier is 100 per cent effective. 

Professor MacIntyre said the study,  published in The Lancet, found even respirators only reduce the risk of infection by 95 per cent.

Face masks reduced the risk of infection by 67 per cent and physical distancing of one metre reduces the risk by 82 per cent, according to the study.

‘The bottom line is no intervention gives you 100 per cent protection, you have to use them in combination to reduce the risk,’ Professor MacIntyre told Dr Norman Swan on the ABC’s health report in June.

‘Until the time that we can vaccinate people, you really have to use these interventions in combination.’ 

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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