Connect with us

Latest Stories

Security video reveals troubling details of R.Kelly’s jailhouse attack, attorneys say

Published

on

security video reveals troubling details of r kellys jailhouse attack attorneys say

R. Kelly’s attorneys say security video shows prison guards failed to stop the singer from being beaten by a fellow inmate inside Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center.  

According to a motion filed Friday, Kelly, 53, is suffering ‘significant physical and psychological injuries’ stemming from the August attack, which his lawyers claim  could have been ‘encouraged’ by staffers at the facility. 

Kelly is being held at the MCC as he awaits trial on several dozen counts of state and federal sexual misconduct charges in Illinois, Minnesota and New York. 

An incident report from the US Bureau of Prisons claims Kelly was ambushed by gang member Jeremiah Shane Farmer as he slept on the bottom bunk of his prison cell on August 26. 

On that day, Farmer managed to separate from prison guards and enter the Kelly’s cell, where he repeatedly stomped on the singer’s head. The star was only saved when security personnel deployed pepper-spray. 

But in their new motion, Kelly’s attorneys claim that jailhouse security video shows a more troubling version of events.  

R. Kelly's attorneys claim security video shows prison guards failed to stop the star from being beaten by fellow inmate, Jeremiah Shane Farmer, on August 26

R. Kelly's attorneys claim security video shows prison guards failed to stop the star from being beaten by fellow inmate, Jeremiah Shane Farmer, on August 26

Jeremiah Shane Farmer is pictured

Jeremiah Shane Farmer is pictured

R. Kelly’s attorneys claim security video shows prison guards failed to stop the star from being beaten by fellow inmate, Jeremiah Shane Farmer, on August 26 

They write that the footage shows Farmer  was able to ‘roam a great distance’ away from the guards and ‘no one at the MCC raised a finger to stop Mr. Farmer from attacking Mr. Kelly until after Mr. Farmer was well into beating.’ 

‘An unresolved issue remains as to whether MCC personnel encouraged, and then allowed, a beating of Mr. Kelly to take place,’ the attorneys added.  

‘That alone merits an evidentiary hearing.’

The filing comes less than a month after Kelly was denied bail, with officials saying he poses a flight risk and that his release could endanger the community.  

Last month, Kelly’s attorneys also requested that they be able to question Farmer under oath in the hopes that he may corroborate details that could help with the singer’s appeal.   

Kelly was attacked inside his jail cell at Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center (pictured) in August

Kelly was attacked inside his jail cell at Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center (pictured) in August

Kelly was attacked inside his jail cell at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center (pictured) in August 

Farmer, 39, is a Latin Kings gang member currently serving a life sentence at MCC Chicago for a racketeering conspiracy connected to a 1999 double homicide.

He was convicted in 2019 for the deaths of Marion Lowry, 74, and Harvey Siegers, 67.  

The two victims were beaten with a small sledgehammer inside their business, Calumet Auto Rebuilders, and found with severe blunt force trauma wounds to the head. 

Farmer – who has a ‘F**k the Feds’ tattoo on his face – last month claimed he was ‘forced’ to attack Kelly ‘in hopes of getting spotlight attention and world news notice to shed light on the government corruption,’ according to court documents obtained by The Chicago Tribune

Lawyers for R. Kelly (center) have argued that Metropolitan Correctional Center staff may have played a role in thee attack

Lawyers for R. Kelly (center) have argued that Metropolitan Correctional Center staff may have played a role in thee attack

Lawyers for R. Kelly (center) have argued that Metropolitan Correctional Center staff may have played a role in thee attack 

Attorneys indicated that Farmer’s questioning would include but not be limited to ‘the role that any MCC personnel played in that attack’.

‘It appears that MCC personnel simply followed Mr. Farmer, allowed him to carry out the attack, and then only intervened after Mr. Kelly had already sustained serious injuries,’ those court documents from last month stated.  

‘Mr. Kelly was the victim of an unprovoked attack while incarcerated at the MCC because of who he is,’ Kelly’s attorney Thomas Farinella said.

‘It’s clear the Bureau of Prisons cannot adequately accommodate the need to keep him safe.’ 

Attorneys have attempted to convince federal judges that Kelly (center) was not a danger and should be released pending his trial date

Attorneys have attempted to convince federal judges that Kelly (center) was not a danger and should be released pending his trial date

Attorneys have attempted to convince federal judges that Kelly (center) was not a danger and should be released pending his trial date

Court records showed that Farmer has a history of mental illness. 

Prosecutors in 2017 suggested he undergo a psychiatric exam after Farmer, who is representing himself in appeals court, revealed he was ‘suffering from a variety of mental illnesses.’ He was later found fit to stand trial.

An indictment against Farmer claimed that between 1999 and 2001, Farmer ‘tattooed his own face with two teardrops, to commemorate having killed’ Siegers and Lowry. 

In 2019, Kelly (pictured) was indicted on charges related to sexual abuse in New York and Chicago

In 2019, Kelly (pictured) was indicted on charges related to sexual abuse in New York and Chicago

In 2019, Kelly (pictured) was indicted on charges related to sexual abuse in New York and Chicago 

In Chicago, he’s accused of bribing victims and witnesses to change their stories. 

Kelly and his co-defendants allegedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to retrieve child pornography tapes before they were seized by prosecutors.

In New York, prosecutors have charged him with racketeering conspiracy related to allegations he identified underage girls at concerts and groomed them for sexual abuse. 

In Chicago’s Cook County, he’s been charged with sexual abuse and sexual assault. Minnesota prosecutors hit Kelly with soliciting charges.   

He’s remained at the Metropolitan Correctional Center without bond ever since.    

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest Stories

Kim Kardashian and her birthday crew hit rock bottom, says Jan Moir

Published

on

By

kim kardashian and her birthday crew hit rock bottom says jan moir

For those lucky people cushioned by wealth, sequestered by acres, pampered by staff and soothed by circumstance, Covid-19 is merely a summer squall in their long winter of deep content.

The elites, the A-listers, the millionaires, the celebs? 

They are never knowingly undersupplied with lockdown loo rolls and bags of flour, nor do they have to choose, in a Welsh supermarket, between new shoes for the kiddies or a litre of vodka.

For someone like Kim Kardashian West, who is all of the above plus a famous bottom to boot, the onset of the current plague is nothing. A blip! 

JAN MOIR: For someone like Kim Kardashian West, who is all of the above plus a famous bottom to boot, the onset of the current plague is nothing. A blip!

JAN MOIR: For someone like Kim Kardashian West, who is all of the above plus a famous bottom to boot, the onset of the current plague is nothing. A blip!

JAN MOIR: For someone like Kim Kardashian West, who is all of the above plus a famous bottom to boot, the onset of the current plague is nothing. A blip!

Recent events suggest that Kimmy thinks a pandemic is something you take when you have a stress headache because Tiffany has run out of diamonds

Recent events suggest that Kimmy thinks a pandemic is something you take when you have a stress headache because Tiffany has run out of diamonds

Recent events suggest that Kimmy thinks a pandemic is something you take when you have a stress headache because Tiffany has run out of diamonds

Not even a dent in her bumper as she glides down the luxury highway from paradise to seven-star opulence and back again.

Girlfriend has got a beauty brand worth a billion dollars and an itch for glitz that simply must be scratched, no matter how many people are fighting for their lives on ventilators.

Does she even know what is going on out there in the real world? Recent events suggest not. 

Recent events suggest that Kimmy thinks a pandemic is something you take when you have a stress headache because Tiffany has run out of diamonds.

Oblivious to the suffering and sacrifices being made around the globe, the reality star and businesswoman shared pictures online with her 190 million followers of her 40th birthday celebrations.

‘This is 40!’ she posted, under photographs of herself paddling along a beach in a terrified bikini.

Kim K spent nearly a million dollars on chartering an 88-seat Boeing 777 to fly her dearest friends and family — including sisters Kourtney, Khloe and Kendall, brother Rob, husband Kanye West and mother Kris Jenner — to The Brando, a luxurious private island resort on an atoll in French Polynesia. 

Oblivious to the suffering and sacrifices being made around the globe, the reality star and businesswoman shared pictures online with her 190 million followers of her 40th birthday celebrations

Oblivious to the suffering and sacrifices being made around the globe, the reality star and businesswoman shared pictures online with her 190 million followers of her 40th birthday celebrations

 Oblivious to the suffering and sacrifices being made around the globe, the reality star and businesswoman shared pictures online with her 190 million followers of her 40th birthday celebrations

There followed the usual dreary round of sushi dinners, spa sessions and parties — it’s the lack of imagination that gets me. 

And all the poor masked staff, who had to look on while these Gatsby-esque grotesques partied like all was well with the world.

The birthday girl cavorted in vintage gold designer outfits worth thousands of pounds, while all the She- Kardashians wore the kind of make-up that runs about a fathom deep and could withstand a meteor shower.

Halloween might be on hold this year, but at least we still have the Kardashians to entertain us, the Munsters of the Insta-age.

‘After two weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time,’ Kim posted. 

If she expected applause for such generosity and admiration for her extravagance, well, she was wrong

If she expected applause for such generosity and admiration for her extravagance, well, she was wrong

 If she expected applause for such generosity and admiration for her extravagance, well, she was wrong

If she expected applause for such generosity and admiration for her extravagance, well, she was wrong.

You could hear the raspberries being blown from here to Hawaii, the revels regarded rather sourly by those whose biggest adventure since lockdown has been a weekly trawl around the exotic fruits section of Marks & Spencer and a new hot water bottle.

Many claimed Ms Kardashian had been tone-deaf and insensitive to the pandemic — but be fair, there is a 15 per cent discount on the resort at the moment. How could she resist?

The holiday was outrageous by any standards but theirs — but I wonder if somewhere in the velvet shallows of Kim Kardashian’s mind, a tiny spark of awareness flared into life following the negative reaction?

‘Feeling so humble and blessed,’ she posted, suggesting she realised something was wrong and that a little bit of belated Mother Teresa-style abnegation wouldn’t go amiss. #soholy #whoopsie #buymylipstick.

You could hear the raspberries being blown from here to Hawaii, the revels regarded rather sourly by those whose biggest adventure since lockdown has been a weekly trawl around the exotic fruits section of Marks & Spencer and a new hot water bottle

You could hear the raspberries being blown from here to Hawaii, the revels regarded rather sourly by those whose biggest adventure since lockdown has been a weekly trawl around the exotic fruits section of Marks & Spencer and a new hot water bottle

You could hear the raspberries being blown from here to Hawaii, the revels regarded rather sourly by those whose biggest adventure since lockdown has been a weekly trawl around the exotic fruits section of Marks & Spencer and a new hot water bottle

One person who saw Kim's photos wrote: 'Disgusting. Would have been a more meaningful 40 if you took that money and helped families ruined by COVID. Your families selfishness never ceases to amaze me'

One person who saw Kim's photos wrote: 'Disgusting. Would have been a more meaningful 40 if you took that money and helped families ruined by COVID. Your families selfishness never ceases to amaze me'

One person who saw Kim’s photos wrote: ‘Disgusting. Would have been a more meaningful 40 if you took that money and helped families ruined by COVID. Your families selfishness never ceases to amaze me’

Still, one hopes that this clumsy display of selfish nonsense might clear the rosy fog of awe from the gaze of their fans. 

The Kardashians in general, and Kim in particular, have made millions marketing themselves to a young and impressionable audience who buy into their lifestyle and purchase their products.

Now we can see that beneath the glamour, decency and empathy towards their fellow human beings are in very short supply.

Ironically, Covid has a way of unmasking celebrities, revealing those who care and those who care only for themselves. 

The crust breaks and you look down into depths of ignorance, selfishness and entitlement that are frankly breathtaking.

From princeling to professional victim

Prince Harry has made another broadcast from his sofa. ‘Ignorance is no longer an excuse,’ he began, though it has served him perfectly well until this point.

Earnestly assessing his own bias on issues of race and class for GQ magazine, Harry said it had taken him many years to recognise his own unconscious prejudices. 

‘Having had the upbringing and the education I have, I had no idea what it was, I had no idea it existed.’

This piety is getting really tiresome. 

Prince Harry has made another broadcast from his sofa. 'Ignorance is no longer an excuse,' he began, though it has served him perfectly well until this point

Prince Harry has made another broadcast from his sofa. 'Ignorance is no longer an excuse,' he began, though it has served him perfectly well until this point

Prince Harry has made another broadcast from his sofa. ‘Ignorance is no longer an excuse,’ he began, though it has served him perfectly well until this point

For one would have thought that wearing a Nazi uniform to a fancy dress party and calling a colleague ‘P*ki’ — as he famously did — would have given the boy-princeling a wee pointer towards the flaws in his character. But no.

He seems keen to be seen to lightly flagellate himself for past ‘unconscious’ sins, while slyly blaming the British Establishment rather than himself.

It seems to have escaped Harry that there are millions of young men, with or without the benefit of his privileged background, who would never dream of doing or saying such awful things. 

But he is now a professional victim: a man-child who won’t take responsibility for his dubious choices and blames everyone else instead.

Tupperware is having a lockdown boom. Sales are rocketing as people cook from home and need something for the leftovers. 

I think my mother has some original Tupperware boxes from the 1960s. We should call them the Anton Du Bekes — slightly greying, but indestructible. 

What on earth did housewives use before Tupperware? 

Apparently, many used shower caps popped over bowls to keep food fresh — ugh! Next you’ll be telling me they strained yoghurt and jam through their tights! 

Tupperware is having a lockdown boom. Sales are rocketing as people cook from home and need something for the leftovers

Tupperware is having a lockdown boom. Sales are rocketing as people cook from home and need something for the leftovers

Tupperware is having a lockdown boom. Sales are rocketing as people cook from home and need something for the leftovers

Devastating news about Tracey Emin and her ‘bad cancer’. 

In a newspaper interview, she makes brave jokes — but admits that at one point thought she wouldn’t make it till Christmas.

The devoted party girl’s remorse about her lifestyle is particularly sad.

‘There are things I regret in my life that I can’t turn back on, I can’t change. I just wish I hadn’t spent so much time drinking and smoking. 

And partying — yeah, definitely. Really wish I could turn the clock back on that one,’ she said.

It makes some of her neon artworks even more haunting and piercing.

‘I whisper to my past, do I have another choice’ reads one she made in 2010. Another simply urges: Be Brave.

Devastating news about Tracey Emin and her 'bad cancer'. In a newspaper interview, she makes brave jokes — but admits that at one point thought she wouldn't make it till Christmas

Devastating news about Tracey Emin and her 'bad cancer'. In a newspaper interview, she makes brave jokes — but admits that at one point thought she wouldn't make it till Christmas

Devastating news about Tracey Emin and her ‘bad cancer’. In a newspaper interview, she makes brave jokes — but admits that at one point thought she wouldn’t make it till Christmas

I’m not falling for Lay Lady Babs 

Excuse me. Where is the actual proof that Bob Dylan wrote Lay Lady Lay about Barbra Streisand? He admired her, yes. 

He once sent her flowers, yes. There was even a note to her in his archives, but it hardly bristled with passion.

‘You are my favourite star,’ he wrote. ‘Your self-determination, wit, temperament and sense of justice have always appealed to me.’

Where is the actual proof that Bob Dylan wrote Lay Lady Lay about Barbra Streisand. Pictured: Streisand as Doris in The Owl and the Pussycat

Where is the actual proof that Bob Dylan wrote Lay Lady Lay about Barbra Streisand. Pictured: Streisand as Doris in The Owl and the Pussycat

Where is the actual proof that Bob Dylan wrote Lay Lady Lay about Barbra Streisand. Pictured: Streisand as Doris in The Owl and the Pussycat

Hmmm. Not exactly throbbing with loins aflame, is it? It sounds more like an homage to Officer Dibble on Top Cat than a declaration of sexual intent. 

Nothing in the note comes close to echoing the desire that smokes through Lay Lady Lay’s lyrics: ‘I long to see you in the morning light, I long to reach for you in the night.’

I prefer to believe Dylan was writing about all women, not just Miss Streisand. Although it is all in the ear of the beholder.

My friend, Joyce, thought it was about a charlady folding sheets. 

And for years I thought Neil Young’s The Needle And The Damage Done — about injecting heroin — was a lecture on taking care of your LPs. We were so innocent in Dundee!

Terrible modern conundrum for Bond star Naomie Harris, who was brought up by her single mother in a two-bedroom council flat in North London before securing a place at Cambridge.

Good for clever Naomie — who didn’t enjoy her time there — but where does that leave her in the snakes and ladders of contemporary wokeism? 

Should she play down her humble roots and talk up her posh education? 

Should she claim the usual victimhood of being female, while keeping the spotlight on her mixed Caribbean heritage? What is a girl to do? A mixture of it all, it seems.

Terrible modern conundrum for Bond star Naomie Harris, who was brought up by her single mother in a two-bedroom council flat in North London before securing a place at Cambridge

Terrible modern conundrum for Bond star Naomie Harris, who was brought up by her single mother in a two-bedroom council flat in North London before securing a place at Cambridge

Terrible modern conundrum for Bond star Naomie Harris, who was brought up by her single mother in a two-bedroom council flat in North London before securing a place at Cambridge

Be quiet, please. For audio books are not for me. There are too many voices in my head already to add an author crunching through the pages of their latest opus. 

I prefer reading books at my own pace, lingering over some passages and speeding lickety-split over others when it gets a bit boring.

However, I’ll make an exception for actor Matthew McConaughey. He has written his autobiography, Green Lights, and an audio version is available. 

Be still my beating eardrum. ‘It is about how to be a good man, how to be more me,’ he narrates; the sexy rumble of his Texan accent irresistible.

He has kept a diary for 35 of his 50 years and has ‘no interest in sentimentality or advice’. He just wants to share insights with y’all.

‘I’ve earned a few scars getting through this rodeo of humanity,’ he drawls.

Read on, Matthew. I’m all yours . . . sorry, I mean I’m all ears.

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Continue Reading

Latest Stories

Meghan Markle’s High Court privacy hearing delayed at her request

Published

on

By

meghan markles high court privacy hearing delayed at her request

Meghan Markle’s high-stakes privacy case has been delayed until next October – despite concerns raised by her father that he might die before it takes place.

Thomas Markle revealed that he suffers from heart and lung problems and wants to get the case ‘over with as quickly as possible,’ because he ‘could die tomorrow.’

However, despite her father’s concerns, Meghan’s legal team today won a ten-month adjournment today at a secret hearing at London’s High Court with no further details made public. 

Meghan, 39, is suing Associated Newspapers, publishers of the Mail On Sunday and MailOnline for breach of privacy for publishing extracts of a letter she sent her father Thomas Markle after her royal wedding in 2018.

The case was originally scheduled to be heard next January and was set to last for ten days. 

Lawyers for the newspaper did not oppose the adjournment, citing it as a matter for the judge.

Meghan Markle's privacy case against Associated Newspapers, publishers of the Mail On Sunday and MailOnline has been delayed until October after a secret hearing at the High Court

Meghan Markle's privacy case against Associated Newspapers, publishers of the Mail On Sunday and MailOnline has been delayed until October after a secret hearing at the High Court

Meghan Markle’s privacy case against Associated Newspapers, publishers of the Mail On Sunday and MailOnline has been delayed until October after a secret hearing at the High Court

Meghan, 39, is suing for breach of privacy for publishing extracts of a letter she sent her 76-year-old father Thomas Markle (pictured) after her royal wedding in 2018

Meghan, 39, is suing for breach of privacy for publishing extracts of a letter she sent her 76-year-old father Thomas Markle (pictured) after her royal wedding in 2018

Meghan, 39, is suing for breach of privacy for publishing extracts of a letter she sent her 76-year-old father Thomas Markle (pictured) after her royal wedding in 2018

Mr Markle’s comments were revealed in a statement by Elizabeth Hartley, Group Legal Director of Associated Newspapers, which he has given permission for her to share.  

Mr Markle reveals: ‘This case is causing me anxiety and I want to get it over with as quickly as possible. I am 76 years old and as a result of my heart condition and surgery I am on blood thinners which have had an effect on my breathing.’

Mr Markle adds: ‘I am unable to walk far or up many stairs. I can’t take more than 30 or 40 steps without getting winded and needing to slow down until I have caught my breath. I have had a cold for 3 to 4 years which is connected to my heart and lung issues. I am clinically obese, and I have gained more weight during the past months because I have been unable to leave my house to take any exercise. I am pre-diabetic.’

Mr Markle was due to give evidence at the trial initially scheduled for next January in what would have been a ‘face off’ against Meghan, who is also expected to take to the stand.

Mr Markle also revealed that he has not returned to a local hospital near his home because he does not want to know if he has ‘cancer or another serious condition.’

He adds: ‘None of my male relatives have ever lived beyond 80 years of age. I am a realist and I could die tomorrow. The sooner this case takes place the better.’

Meghan's lawyers were today granted a ten-month delay until October next year at a private 'confidentiality ground' hearing held in secret 'to protect the confidentiality of some of the facts put in evidence'

Meghan's lawyers were today granted a ten-month delay until October next year at a private 'confidentiality ground' hearing held in secret 'to protect the confidentiality of some of the facts put in evidence'

Meghan’s lawyers were today granted a ten-month delay until October next year at a private ‘confidentiality ground’ hearing held in secret ‘to protect the confidentiality of some of the facts put in evidence’

However Meghan’s legal team won an adjournment today at a ‘confidential ground’ hearing.

On Wednesday a court order revealed by the Press Association said that part of Meghan’s applications today would be heard in private ‘in order to protect the confidentiality of some of the facts put in evidence’. No further details were given.

Mr Justice Warby today said he had considered the request and granted the delay until autumn next year – adding the ‘primary basis’ on which the adjournment was sought was ‘confidential’. 

He said: ‘The right decision in all the circumstances is to grant the application to adjourn. ‘That means that the trial date of January 11 2021 will be vacated and the trial will be refixed for a new date in the autumn.’ 

Meghan lost an application to have claims she co-operated with the authors of the royal biography Finding Freedom thrown out

Meghan lost an application to have claims she co-operated with the authors of the royal biography Finding Freedom thrown out

Meghan lost an application to have claims she co-operated with the authors of the royal biography Finding Freedom thrown out

The adjournment formed part of a flurry of legal moves by Meghan’s lawyers to alter the timetable of the case. 

They want a judge to determine her case without having a full trial at all, meaning she would not enter the witness box at the Royal Courts of Justice. 

The judge said he will hear the duchess’s summary judgement application to have her case heard without a full trial on January 12. 

Meghan lost an application to have claims she co-operated with the authors of the royal biography ‘Finding Freedom’ thrown out. 

Last month, she lost a bid to block the book from being relied on by the Mail on Sunday.

The newspaper’s lawyers argued that she co-operated with the authors, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, to set out a version of events that was favourable to her. The duchess denies collaborating with the authors.  

Lawyers for the newspaper have claimed at a previous pre-trial hearing that it was ‘difficult to see’ how Meghan could complain about extracts of the letter to her estranged father being published when she and Harry had helped with ‘Finding Freedom,’ which exposed their private thoughts and feelings. 

The duchess, who has missed the court’s deadline to serve an updated ‘reply’ to the newspaper’s defence, is also seeking to extend the deadline.

Omid Scobie

Omid Scobie

Carolyn Durand

Carolyn Durand

The newspaper’s lawyers accuse Meghan of feeding personal information to Omid Scobie (left) and Carolyn Durand (right), the writers of ‘Finding Freedom,’ to ‘set out her own version of events in a way that is favourable to her

A document submitted to the court by the newspaper’s lawyers reported that she had breached a court order for missing the October 21 deadline. She now has until November 13 to submit her re-amended reply. 

The lawyers said: ‘No or no good explanation has been given for this state of affairs.’

Meghan’s lawyers have asked the High Court for disclosure of evidence, such as emails and texts between her and her friends to be delayed until next August. 

Meghan's lawyers have launched a series of a flurry of moves to have the case delayed

Meghan's lawyers have launched a series of a flurry of moves to have the case delayed

Meghan’s lawyers have launched a series of a flurry of moves to have the case delayed 

Both sides in the case have a duty to disclose relevant documents such as messages and emails to the other side.

Meghan was originally given a deadline of 6 November to provide these. 

Central to the case is Meghan’s alleged role in authorising five of her best friends, described as her ‘inner circle’, to give an anonymous interview to US magazine People, in which the letter to her father was mentioned.

Meghan’s lawyers have categorically denied she knew they were giving the magazine the interview.

The newspaper argues she must have known, and wants any messages between Meghan and her friends to be disclosed to the court.

The newspaper also claims she authorised friends to brief the authors of the biography, and is seeking to see any relevant messages the duchess sent or received.

Lawyers for the newspaper said it was ‘difficult to see’ how Meghan could complain about extracts of her letter to her estranged father being published when she and Harry had helped with ‘Finding Freedom,’ which exposed their private thoughts and feelings.

At a preliminary hearing last month, Meghan’s lawyers declared she was prepared to step into the witness box for the trial. 

But her new application, if successful, would mean Mr Justice Warby would decide the case without a trial.

34993562 8893125 image m 19 1603980524935

34993562 8893125 image m 19 1603980524935

Meghan and her estranged father Thomas, who is a witness for the newspaper, were due to face each other in the High Court in January, but this has been postponed until the autumn

He would make up his mind based on written evidence submissions and oral submissions from barristers, without the need for witnesses to take the witness stand.   

The newspaper’s lawyers say they do not oppose the adjournment on confidential grounds but rejected any delay to the disclosure of evidence as it could impact their preparations for the case.

The document said: ‘A stay would stop disclosure in its tracks.’ 

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Continue Reading

Latest Stories

Jeremy Corbyn fund hits £340k after his suspension from Labour party

Published

on

By

jeremy corbyn fund hits 340k after his suspension from labour party

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn poured around £10,000 into a ‘legal fund’ for the former Labour leader on Thursday as he was suspended from his party for downplaying a damning report into anti-Semitism. 

The donations were made to a Go Fund Me site set up in July by a supporter after Mr Corbyn faced legal action for criticising the party’s decision to apologise and pay damages to anti-Semitism.

On Thursday alone, around £10,000 was donated by supporters, bumping the total figure in the ‘fund’ to more than £345,000, even though the target remains £20,000.

Multiple donations are being made each minute, despite the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report on Thursday damning Labour’s handling of anti-Semitism complaints when Mr Corbyn was Labour leader.  

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn poured around £10,000 into a 'legal fund' for the former Labour leader on Thursday as he was suspended from his party for downplaying a damning report into anti-Semitism

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn poured around £10,000 into a 'legal fund' for the former Labour leader on Thursday as he was suspended from his party for downplaying a damning report into anti-Semitism

Multiple donations were being made every minute to the page

Multiple donations were being made every minute to the page

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn poured around £10,000 into a ‘legal fund’ for the former Labour leader on Thursday as he was suspended from his party for downplaying a damning report into anti-Semitism

Mr Corbyn (pictured on Thursday) was suspended from Labour after he sparked fury by saying in a statement released this morning the 'scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media'

Mr Corbyn (pictured on Thursday) was suspended from Labour after he sparked fury by saying in a statement released this morning the 'scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media'

Mr Corbyn (pictured on Thursday) was suspended from Labour after he sparked fury by saying in a statement released this morning the ‘scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media’

The landmark report found ‘significant failings in the way the Labour Party has handled anti-Semitism complaints over the last four years’. 

But Mr Corbyn sparked fury in a statement released this morning by saying the ‘scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media’.

His comments prompted current Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer to suspend him from the party this morning.   

Since then, thousands of donations ranging from £10 to £50 have been made to ‘Jeremy’s Legal Fund’ online. 

The fund was set up in July by Carole Morgan, from Ryde in South East England, to let the former Labour leader know his fans have ‘not forgotten him’. 

Less than 24 hours after being created, the £20,000 target was smashed and quickly rose to more than £200,000, putting Mr Corbyn under pressure to pay the money back.

His comments prompted Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer to suspend him from the party this morning

His comments prompted Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer to suspend him from the party this morning

His comments prompted Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer to suspend him from the party this morning

The figure currently stands at £347,028.  

The page was set up after seven former party staff members and journalist John Ware said they were taking legal action against the former opposition leader, after he attacked successor Sir Keir’s decision to settle a libel claim sparked by a BBC Panorama documentary.  

Mr Corbyn said at the time that the party’s decision to make a £500,000 pay-out was ‘disappointing’ and ‘a political decision’. 

Mr Corbyn went on to say that the legal advice the party received said it had a ‘strong case and the evidence in the leaked Labour report that is now the subject of an NEC inquiry led by Martin Forde QC strengthened concerns about the role played by some of those who took part in the programme.’ 

When asked if action would be taken arising from Mr Corbyn’s statement after the hearing, lawyer Mark Lewis, from Patron Law, who represented the Panorama whistleblowers and Mr Ware, said: ‘I can confirm that I have been instructed to pursue cases.’ 

On Thursday, Labour said they had suspended Mr Corbyn for his ‘failure to retract’ his statement which said the findings of the EHRC’s report were ‘dramatically overstated’ 

After he was suspended, Mr Corbyn blasted the decision a 'political intervention' which he said he would 'strongly contest'

After he was suspended, Mr Corbyn blasted the decision a 'political intervention' which he said he would 'strongly contest'

After he was suspended, Mr Corbyn blasted the decision a ‘political intervention’ which he said he would ‘strongly contest’

On Thursday, Labour said they had suspended Mr Corbyn for his ‘failure to retract’ his statement which said the findings of the EHRC’s report were ‘dramatically overstated’.

A spokesman said: ‘In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation. 

‘He has also had the whip removed from the Parliamentary Labour Party.’ 

In response, Mr Corbyn said in a statement on Twitter, ‘I will strongly contest the political intervention to suspend me. 

‘I’ve made absolutely clear those who deny there has been an antisemitism problem in the Labour Party are wrong. 

‘I will continue to support a zero tolerance policy towards all forms of racism.’

When he was earlier asked if he would quit the Labour party, he earlier told broadcasters, ‘Of course not. I am proud to be a member of the Labour Party, I joined the Labour party when I was 16, I’ve fought racism all my life, and I’ll fight racism for the rest of my life,’

Among the charges levelled at Labour by the EHRC were that out of 70 anti-Semitism complains analysed, 23 showed signs of ‘political interference’ by Mr Corbyn’s office and others. 

They also blasted ‘a lack of leadership within the Labour Party on these issues’, which it said was ‘hard to reconcile with its stated commitment to a zero-tolerance approach to anti-Semitism’. 

On Thursday, Labour said they had suspended Mr Corbyn for his 'failure to retract' his statement which said the findings of the EHRC's report were 'dramatically overstated'

On Thursday, Labour said they had suspended Mr Corbyn for his 'failure to retract' his statement which said the findings of the EHRC's report were 'dramatically overstated'

On Thursday, Labour said they had suspended Mr Corbyn for his ‘failure to retract’ his statement which said the findings of the EHRC’s report were ‘dramatically overstated’

Additionally they broke equalities law over two cases, including one which involved former London mayor Ken Livingstone ‘using antisemitic tropes and suggesting that complaints of anti-Semitism were fake or smears’ in 2016, before he quit the party.

Mr Corbyn was not directly censured by the report, which looked at the party as a whole.  

New leader Sir Keir Starmer had initially tried to sidestep the issue of whether he would take direct action against his predecessor in the wake of the report as he addressed reporters this morning. 

This was despite saying: ‘If – after all the pain, all the grief, and all the evidence in this report – there are still those who think there’s no problem with anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, that it’s all exaggerated, or a factional attack, then, frankly, you are part of the problem too. And you should be nowhere near the Labour Party either.’ 

Jewish Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge said of Mr Corbyn’s suspension: ‘This is the right decision following Corbyn’s shameful reaction to the EHRC report.

‘Labour is finally saying enough is enough, anti-Semitism can never be tolerated in our party. Now we can finally move on.’

The charges against Labour in damning 130-page report

  • Labour breached the Equality Act 2010 by committing ‘unlawful harassment’ in two of the complaints investigated.  They included ‘using antisemitic tropes and suggesting that complaints of antisemitism were fake or smears’.
  • One of the cases involved Ken Livingstone, who in 2016 defended MP Naz Shah over claims of anti-Semitism by claiming there was a smear campaign by ‘the Israel lobby’ to undermine and disrupt Mr Corbyn’s leadership. He later resigned from the Labour Party after being suspended.
  • A further 18 cases were ‘borderline’, involving local councillors, local election candidates and Constituency Labour Party (CLP) officials. 
  • Analysis of 70 anti-Semitism complaint files found 23 incidences of ‘political interference’ by Mr Corbyn’s office and others. This included ‘clear examples of interference at various stages throughout the complaint handling process, including in decisions on whether to investigate and whether to suspend’ party members. 
  • The party’s complaints process was ‘inconsistent, poor, and lacking in transparency’. 
  • In cases where a complaint of anti-Semitism was upheld, it was ‘difficult to draw conclusions on whether the sanctions applied were fair and consistent’. 
  • Recommendations made by the watchdog include commissioning an independent process to handle anti-Semitism complaints and acknowledging the effect political interference has had and implementing clear rules to stop it happening again. 
<!—->Advertisement

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2020 DiazHub.