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Schapelle Corby opens up about her life three years after she was released from a Bali prison

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Schapelle Corby has opened up about the horrifying moment she received a phone call threatening to send her back to jail three years after she returned to Australia. 

The convicted drug smuggler, 43, spoke out about the moment that left her ‘shaken up for days’ ahead of a television debut in reality show SAS Australia.   

Answering a phone call to her Brisbane home in July, Corby initially had no idea it was a scam.

She says the man on the other end claimed to be from the tax office and told her if she didn’t pay her outstanding taxes he would send someone to take her to local courthouse. 

‘For 15 minutes my heart was breaking. I couldn’t calm down. I was so, so scared,’ Corby told Stellar

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After being sentenced to 20 years in a Bali prison in 2005 for trying to smuggle 4.2kg of cannabis into the tourist hotspot in her boogie board bag, Corby (pictured) was released on parole in 2014 and eventually deported to Australia in 2017.

However, one slip up from the anonymous caller tipped off the former Gold Coast beauty therapy student to the hoax. 

The man told her if she didn’t pay the money she could go to jail for six years and that he was sure she wouldn’t want that because he had pulled up her file and could tell she was a law-abiding citizen with no criminal history. 

A shocked Corby bluntly told him of her past which put a swift end to the attempted scheme.  

Despite catching the conman out on his scam, Corby said call still left her rattled for days afterwards.

Pictured: Schapelle Corby shares a rare photo with boyfriend Ben Panangian

Pictured: Schapelle Corby shares a rare photo with boyfriend Ben Panangian

Pictured: Schapelle Corby shares a rare photo with boyfriend Ben Panangian 

Corby has shied away from media attention since returning to the country, moving in with her mother in Brisbane and making resin clocks which she sells online

Corby has shied away from media attention since returning to the country, moving in with her mother in Brisbane and making resin clocks which she sells online

Corby has shied away from media attention since returning to the country, moving in with her mother in Brisbane and making resin clocks which she sells online

Her reaction is just one reminder, she says, that even though she has led a quiet, comfortable life in her home country for the past three years, the nine years she spent in Bali’s infamous Kerobokan prison have left a lasting mark. 

This, she revealed, is the reason she decided to join Seven’s new reality show SAS Australia, which puts contestants through grueling physical and mental challenges. 

‘I knew I was strong physically, but I’ve suffered severe catatonic mental illness. There’s always this little thought in the back of my head that I could lose my mind again,’ Corby said. 

Having created her ‘safe bubble’ since returning to the country, Corby explained that she viewed competing on the show as the ultimate test of whether she was cured of her mental illness. 

That bubble includes her dog ‘Princess’ – the recipient of her motherly instincts. 

Corby explained that the years she spent in prison along with her Indonesian boyfriend, not likely to be granted an Australian visa because of a criminal history has resulted in no children – which does play on her mind. 

‘I don’t put too much emphasis on thinking about what I’ve lost. If it’s possible for me to have a child, OK, but I’m not going to dwell too much because there’s nothing I can change about that. But I could be still young enough.’ 

She has shied away from media attention since returning to the country, moving in with her mother in Brisbane and making resin clocks which she sells online – an admittedly symbolic hobby. 

She does have a small circle of girlfriends with whom she socialises, not to mention an Instagram following of more than 164,000 followers. 

Prison, she acknowledges however, has left her without the initiative to make plans along with a sense of agoraphobia – a residual effect from waiting out the days between meals and exercise breaks in her cell. 

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Indonesian Police into a Denpasar courtroom to hear the prosecutor's sentence demands on April 21, 2005

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Indonesian Police into a Denpasar courtroom to hear the prosecutor's sentence demands on April 21, 2005

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Indonesian Police into a Denpasar courtroom to hear the prosecutor’s sentence demands on April 21, 2005 

She also acknowledges she is lucky to have had a family who supported her, saying her sister Mercedes put her life on hold to tirelessly campaign for her release and that she doubts she would have survived without her. 

In a blunt admission she said she did not think she would see her 40th birthday during those dark days in prison where her mind would switch between fantasizing about escaping on a rope dropped by a helicopter and suicidal thoughts. 

The helicopter fantasy, it turns out, prevailed though not quite in the way she imagined. 

In one scene from SAS Australia the contestants, including Corby, are dropped from a helicopter into freezing water and told to swim to shore. 

One of a number of extreme stunts the contestants go through on the show with Corby saying her fellow participants were a highlight for her and that she hoped they will keep in touch. 

Former Biggest Loser trainer Shannon Ponton she mentions specifically as having selflessly helped during one moment where she was struggling to carry her military backpack while jogging up a hill. 

Other contestents include former Olympic swimmer James Magnussen along with Australian rugby player and former Bachelor star Nick Cummins. 

SAS Australia premieres on Monday night. 

Other contestents apart from Corby (pictured) include former Olympic swimmer James Magnussen along with Australian rugby player and former Bachelor star Nick Cummins. SAS Australia premieres on Monday night

Other contestents apart from Corby (pictured) include former Olympic swimmer James Magnussen along with Australian rugby player and former Bachelor star Nick Cummins. SAS Australia premieres on Monday night

Other contestents apart from Corby (pictured) include former Olympic swimmer James Magnussen along with Australian rugby player and former Bachelor star Nick Cummins. SAS Australia premieres on Monday night 

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Princess Mary stuns in slouchy plum pantsuit for two charity events in Denmark

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Crown Princess Mary turned heads in a chic pantsuit when she appeared at two separate functions this weekend. 

Denmark’s future queen, 48, unveiled a new postage stamp for the Christmas Seal Foundation to help raise money for children who have been bullied and suffer from mental health issues.

Mary was welcomed by a small group of children, with the annual event downsized to accommodate COVID-19 regulations.

The mother-of-four looked radiant in a new slouchy plum pantsuit, paired with a Cartier bracelet, Hugo Boss clutch and a face mask.

The Princess, who was born in Hobart, Tasmania, beamed as she took off her face mask to address the small crowd and unveil the stamp

The Princess, who was born in Hobart, Tasmania, beamed as she took off her face mask to address the small crowd and unveil the stamp

The Princess, who was born in Hobart, Tasmania, beamed as she took off her face mask to address the small crowd and unveil the stamp

The mother-of-four looked radiant in a new slouchy plum suit which appeared inspired by the 1970s, paired with a Cartier bracelet and Hugo Boss clutch

The mother-of-four looked radiant in a new slouchy plum suit which appeared inspired by the 1970s, paired with a Cartier bracelet and Hugo Boss clutch

The mother-of-four looked radiant in a new slouchy plum suit which appeared inspired by the 1970s, paired with a Cartier bracelet and Hugo Boss clutch

The designer of the suit, which she wore loosely with a thin waist belt, is yet to be identified.

Living up to her reputation for recycling designer pieces, the Australian icon paired the look with heels from one of her favourite Italian designers, Gianvito Rossi. 

The Princess, who was born in Hobart, Tasmania, beamed as she took off her COVID-19 face mask to address the small crowd and unveil the stamp. 

She explained this year’s stamp was inspired by the 100th anniversary of the  reunification of Denmark and Southern Jutland.

The Crown Princess is a patron of the Christmas Stamp Foundation, which aims to help about 1,000 children aged between seven and 14 every year as part of Danish yuletide festivities.

Later in the afternoon, Mary arrived in Copenhagen to present an award to companies known for their sustainability and approach to climate and corporate social responsibility.

The Crown Princess is a patron of the Christmas Stamp Foundation, which aims to help about 1,000 children aged between seven and 14 every year

The Crown Princess is a patron of the Christmas Stamp Foundation, which aims to help about 1,000 children aged between seven and 14 every year

The Crown Princess is a patron of the Christmas Stamp Foundation, which aims to help about 1,000 children aged between seven and 14 every year

The designer of the suit, which she wore loosely with a thin waist belt, is yet to be identified

The designer of the suit, which she wore loosely with a thin waist belt, is yet to be identified

The designer of the suit, which she wore loosely with a thin waist belt, is yet to be identified

The Princess has presented the award for the last seven years. 

She arrived at the event in the same outfit as earlier in the day, slipping into a grey coat while she made the trip. 

The purple two piece ensemble is yet to be claimed by a designer, and was paired with white and yellow diamonds and multiple bracelets. 

Two of the bracelets are from her collection and have been staple features in her wardrobe, from Dulong Fine Jewelry.

A third bracelet has been identified as Cartier.   

Since her wedding to Prince Frederik, 52, on May 14, 2004 at Copenhagen Cathedral, Mary has mastered diplomacy and regal decorum with unparalleled skill.

A true People’s Princess, she has worked tirelessly to to prove her commitment to charity, becoming a patron of more than 25 international organisations – all while raising her four children and appearing at a constant rotation of diplomatic events.

The purple two piece ensemble is yet to be claimed by a designer, and was paired with white and yellow diamonds and multiple bracelets

The purple two piece ensemble is yet to be claimed by a designer, and was paired with white and yellow diamonds and multiple bracelets

The purple two piece ensemble is yet to be claimed by a designer, and was paired with white and yellow diamonds and multiple bracelets

The purple two piece ensemble is yet to be claimed by a designer, and was paired with white and yellow diamonds and multiple bracelets

The purple two piece ensemble is yet to be claimed by a designer, and was paired with white and yellow diamonds and multiple bracelets

Together with Frederik, Mary shares Prince Christian, 15, Princess Isabella, 13, and nine-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.

Mary’s patronages include the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe and the United Nations Population Fund, where she supports their work to promote maternal health in more than 150 developing nations. 

In 2007, the Princess launched The Mary Foundation, a charity focused on stamping out domestic violence, bullying and loneliness.

Each year The Mary Foundation hands out 2,000 rucksacks for children living in temporary shelters with their mothers across Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

In November 2014, the Princess accepted the prestigious Bambi Charity Award in Berlin, which recognised her work against domestic violence.

A woman of many talents, Mary looks equally at home promoting Denmark on the world stage, visiting hospitals in Ethiopia, playing soccer in the rain with schoolchildren and participating in muddy military exercises.

In March 2019, the Princess was appointed Captain of the Danish Home Guard under the proud gaze of her mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe. 

She arrived at the event in the same outfit as earlier in the day, slipping into a grey coat while she made the trip.

She arrived at the event in the same outfit as earlier in the day, slipping into a grey coat while she made the trip.

She arrived at the event in the same outfit as earlier in the day, slipping into a grey coat while she made the trip.

She arrived at the event in the same outfit as earlier in the day, slipping into a grey coat while she made the trip.

She arrived at the second event in the same outfit as earlier in the day, slipping into a grey coat while she made the trip

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Pirate Life beer brewer enrages illegal downloaders by creating fake video pretending to be Tenet

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An Australian beer company enraged movie pirates by creating a fake video pretending to be Hollywood blockbuster Tenet in a marketing ploy. 

Thousands of law-breakers who tried to download the hit Christopher Nolan film, starring Robert Pattinson and Michael Caine, have accidentally downloaded an ad for Pirate Life beer.

Rather than opening with a dramatic shot of John David Washington in a boat, the spoof begins with a shot of an island which is interrupted by a skull and bones.

Thousands of international law-breakers who tried to pirate the hit Christopher Nolan film accidentally downloaded an ad for Pirate Life beer (pictured)

Thousands of international law-breakers who tried to pirate the hit Christopher Nolan film accidentally downloaded an ad for Pirate Life beer (pictured)

Thousands of international law-breakers who tried to pirate the hit Christopher Nolan film accidentally downloaded an ad for Pirate Life beer (pictured)

Green Matrix-style text appears to inform the viewer ‘this isn’t the film you wanted,’ with a sad face.

‘But who needs free movies when you can get free beer!!.’

The ad goes on to tell the viewer that the brewer is handing out a free four-pack of South Coast Pale Ale as a ‘lockdown freebie’.

It then provides a link to the brewer’s website, along with an educational warning: ‘Piracy is not the answer, but Pirate Life is.’

Green Matrix-style text appears to inform the viewer 'this isn't the film you wanted ,' with a sad face

Green Matrix-style text appears to inform the viewer 'this isn't the film you wanted ,' with a sad face

Green Matrix-style text appears to inform the viewer ‘this isn’t the film you wanted ,’ with a sad face

'But who needs free movies when you can get free beer.' The ad goes on to tell the viewer that the brewer is handing out a free four-pack of South Coast Pale Ale as a 'lockdown freebie'

'But who needs free movies when you can get free beer.' The ad goes on to tell the viewer that the brewer is handing out a free four-pack of South Coast Pale Ale as a 'lockdown freebie'

‘But who needs free movies when you can get free beer.’ The ad goes on to tell the viewer that the brewer is handing out a free four-pack of South Coast Pale Ale as a ‘lockdown freebie’

An annoyed Reddit user who left their computer on all night to illegally download the film posted the ad on the platform.

‘I woke up to find this + 2 hours of nothing to inflate the file size. Thank you for this, I definitely want to buy your product now. I don’t even live in Australia.’

Hoards of irate users slammed the brewing company for deceiving internet pirates who were attempting to watch the film for free. 

‘This is honestly a d**k move, drives away even more potential customers,’ one angry user wrote. 

‘How drunk was the f**king marketing department for this to have been conceived?’ asked another. 

Thousands of law-breakers tried to download Tenet, the hit Christopher Nolan film starring Robert Pattinson and Michael Caine

Thousands of law-breakers tried to download Tenet, the hit Christopher Nolan film starring Robert Pattinson and Michael Caine

Thousands of law-breakers tried to download Tenet, the hit Christopher Nolan film starring Robert Pattinson and Michael Caine

Hoards of irate users slammed the brewing company for deceiving internet pirates who were attempting to watch the film for free (pictured: Pirate Life beer)

Hoards of irate users slammed the brewing company for deceiving internet pirates who were attempting to watch the film for free (pictured: Pirate Life beer)

Hoards of irate users slammed the brewing company for deceiving internet pirates who were attempting to watch the film for free (pictured: Pirate Life beer)

‘I downloaded it too. The file size said it was like 2.8GB but the torrent finished in like 30 seconds so I was suspicious… I was like ‘what the s**t is this?’ That’s a good way to get a rock through your window.’

But others came down on the users for trying to download a film while it was still in cinemas.

‘You wanted to download a movie that came out like a week ago and you’re surprised you got scammed…’ asked one user.

‘Did you expect the actual movie?’ someone else asked.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Pirate Life for comment.

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Eli Lilly ends antibody drug trial early after it failed to help patients recover

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Eli Lilly & Co has ended its clinical trial of an antibody drug early after it was shown to not help hospitalized coronavirus patients recover.  

The ACTIV-3 study of the antibody LY-CoV555 (also known as bamlanivimab) was paused on October 13 due to ‘potential safety concerns’ and out of an ‘abundance of caution.’   

However, company officials have not revealed what the safety concerns were, or how many hospitalized participants were affected, after a pause was recommended by an independent safety board. 

In this particular trial, the antibody was being tested in combination with remdesivir, which recently became the first drug granted full US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval as a COVID-19 treatment.

In a statement on Monday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which was sponsoring the trial, said the antibody treatment did not have any safety risk.

However, investigators found that there was no significant difference in outcomes between patients getting Lilly’s drug and those receiving a placebo. 

The National Institues of Health and Eli Lilly & Co announced they are ending clinical trial of a combination of an antibody, LY-CoV555, and remdesivir as a treatment for hospitalized coronavirus patients. Pictured:  Eli Lilly corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, April 2017

The National Institues of Health and Eli Lilly & Co announced they are ending clinical trial of a combination of an antibody, LY-CoV555, and remdesivir as a treatment for hospitalized coronavirus patients. Pictured:  Eli Lilly corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, April 2017

The National Institues of Health and Eli Lilly & Co announced they are ending clinical trial of a combination of an antibody, LY-CoV555, and remdesivir as a treatment for hospitalized coronavirus patients. Pictured:  Eli Lilly corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, April 2017

Investigators paused the trial on October 13 due to 'potential safety concerns' and out of an 'abundance of caution.' Pictured: A researcher at Eli Lilly tests possible COVID-19 antibodies in a laboratory in Indianapolis, May 2020

Investigators paused the trial on October 13 due to 'potential safety concerns' and out of an 'abundance of caution.' Pictured: A researcher at Eli Lilly tests possible COVID-19 antibodies in a laboratory in Indianapolis, May 2020

Investigators paused the trial on October 13 due to ‘potential safety concerns’ and out of an ‘abundance of caution.’ Pictured: A researcher at Eli Lilly tests possible COVID-19 antibodies in a laboratory in Indianapolis, May 2020

NIH officials say they found no safety concerns but that there was no difference between patients receiving the drug and those getting a placebo, Pictured: Eli Lilly researchers prepare cells to produce possible COVID-19 antibodies for testing in a laboratory, May 2020

NIH officials say they found no safety concerns but that there was no difference between patients receiving the drug and those getting a placebo, Pictured: Eli Lilly researchers prepare cells to produce possible COVID-19 antibodies for testing in a laboratory, May 2020

NIH officials say they found no safety concerns but that there was no difference between patients receiving the drug and those getting a placebo, Pictured: Eli Lilly researchers prepare cells to produce possible COVID-19 antibodies for testing in a laboratory, May 2020

‘The [Data and Safety Monitoring Board] reviewed data from the ACTIV-3 trial…and recommended no further participants be randomized to receive LY-CoV555,’ the NIH statement read.  

‘This recommendation was based on a low likelihood that the intervention would be of clinical value in this hospitalized patient population.’

Before the trial closed, 326 participants had been enrolled and they will continue to be followed for 90 days. 

Lilly told The Wall Street Journal that it will continue testing its antibody therapy in other studies, and does not expect the recent news to impact its success.

Additionally, the drugmaker is waiting to see if the FDA grants approval for the drug as a solo treatment for mild to moderately ill COVID-19 patients who are not hospitalized.  

Lilly did not immediately reply to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. 

The antibody was developed by Indianapolis-based Lilly and the Canadian company AbCellera Biologics. 

It recognizes the virus once a person is infected and attaches to the spike-shaped protein the virus uses to infect cells, preventing the pathogen from spreading throughout the body.  

Antibodies are proteins that the body makes when it is infected. They attach to the virus to kill it.   

The blood of COVID-19 survivors, known as convalescent plasma, is currently being tested as a treatment for patients because it contains these antibodies.

However, the types of antibodies a donor has, and their strength, can vary, which makes large-scale production unrealistic. 

Lilly says its antibody treatment was developed after it was identified from a blood sample taken from one of the first US patients who recovered from COVID-19.

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The drugs that Lilly and other companies are testing are concentrated versions of specific antibodies, which can be produced in mass doses.

They are being tested to treat newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients in hope of preventing serious disease or death, and to try to prevent infection in people at high risk of these outcomes such as nursing home residents and health workers.   

In an earnings call on Tuesday, the drug maker said its net income fell to $1.208 billion, or $1.33 a share, in the third quarter, down from $1.254 billion, or $1.37 a share, during the same time last year.  

According to Reuters, Lilly said it expects COVID-19 research and development this year to cost around $400 million, which led to shared dropping four percent before the opening bell. 

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