Marist victims abused in court

Marist victims abused in court Jailed: William Wade, known as Brother Christopher, outside Sydney District Court before he was jailed on Friday for child sex offences.
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Evidence: Brother Christopher giving evidence at a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearing in Newcastle in September, 2016.

Intimidating: Brother Christopher as a headmaster at Hamilton in the 1970s.

TweetFacebook Child sex victims abused in court as senior Marist jailedBrother Christopher sentenced for offences against two boysA FEMALE supporter of one of the Marist Brothers’ most senior educators hissed“rottensods” to his two child sex victims as he was jailed on Friday for offences four decades ago.

The verbal abuse helps explain why child sex victims can take many years to report the crimes, said one of Brother William Wade’s victims, who was sexually abused at Hamilton Marist school in 1976 when he was 13 and Wade was the headmaster known as Brother Christopher.

“He’s been convicted but they still don’t believe he did it. These men have always had their believers. What hope would a kid have had back then if he’d said Brother Christopher did these things to me?” said the man.

Wade, 81, was sentenced to 18 months’ jail, with a minimum sentence of nine months, after he was found guilty in a judge-alone trial of three counts of indecently assaulting two boys at Hamilton Marist school, and Kogarah Marist school in 1980.

Sydney District Court Judge David Arnott accepted his victims’ evidence that Wade sexually abused them in his school offices after both boys turned to him for help when they were sick and in pain.

Wade sexually abused his first victim after the boy complained of feeling sick and was taken into the headmaster’s office by a female school administrative staff member, who left the boy in the office and shut the door.

Wade called the boy to him with the words: “Come and sit on my knee darling, and tell me all about it.”

Wade put his arm around the boy’s waist and his hand down his shorts where he fondled the boy’s genitals.

Judge Arnott accepted evidence that Wade committed a similar act at the Kogarah school four years later when a boy in severe pain with a twisted testicle was taken into the headmaster’s office and the door was shut.

Wade asked the boy if he could see his genitals and knelt in front of him.

“He said words to the effect of ‘This might help you’, and putthe boy’s penis in his mouth,” Judge Arnott said.

Hospital records showed the boy was admitted to St George Hospital later that day for treatment.

The two men separately reported the offences to police in July, 2015 and July, 2016, when Wade was charged.

One of his victims cried outside the court while talking about the impact of child sex offences on people’s lives, after the court heard he had still not told his mother of the sexual abuse.

“People don’t understand the damage it does to the victims. Even after all these years it still affects me. And it’s not just the victims themselves who are affected. For every victim there’s layers of other victims. The families. The suicides.”

The “Rotten sods” comment from one of Wade’s supporters was a shock, but not a surprise.

“What are these people thinking? That we made this up? That we went through all this, for what?”

Wade’s earliest release date is August 2, 2018. Judge Arnott said he was required to sentence him under the sentences that applied at the time of the offences.

Wade was an “opportunistic” offender who committed gross breaches of trust against his victims, and relied on his authority and position as a headmaster to silence the boys, the judge said.

The Sydney areas that boast the best auction success

Clearance rates are a statistic that vendors hold in high regard, perhaps increasingly so considering that Sydney experienced a quarterly price reduction of 1.9 per cent to $1.17 million during the three months leading up to September.
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September was a turning point for Sydney, when house prices produced the second-worst performance of Australia’s major cities for the quarter. It fell just behind the volatile Darwin market, which moved backwards by 3.6 per cent.

Moderating prices are likely to spark an element of nervousness among spring vendors who are mid-way through an auction campaign. However, once the statistics are drilled down, we see that the impact on Sydney regions has varied.

The number of houses sold at auction in Sydney declined 18 per cent in the September quarter compared with the June 2017 quarter. This fell across all regions apart from the Central Coast. The number of houses sold under the hammer during this period is still 6.4 per cent above the results from the September 2016 quarter.

Annually, all Sydney regions experienced a boost to the volume of houses sold at auction, apart from the city and east, the inner west and the upper north shore.

The highest clearance rate was in the northern beaches and the city and east at 70 per cent. The northern beaches was one of only two regions to reach a higher clearance rate compared with the June 2017 quarter, rising marginally from 69 per cent.

The central coast also recorded an improved quarterly clearance rate, from 52 per cent in June to 53 per cent in September.

Relatively robust clearance rates were recorded in the lower north shore and the inner west, at 68 per cent and 67 per cent, respectively, although that was significantly lower than the 82 per cent and 86 per cent achieved last year.

The lower north shore had the highest median price at $2.4 million, based on properties auctioned throughout the September quarter.

If 70 per cent is the benchmark to determine a seller’s market, technically only two regions fall within this category: the city and east, and the northern beaches.

The upper north shore (63 per cent), the south (62 per cent), Canterbury Bankstown (59 per cent) and the West (57 per cent) recorded lower clearance rates compared with last year’s September quarter.

The south west had the second-lowest auction median price at $814,000, scraping by with a clearance rate of 50 per cent.

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Hunters Hill landmark of radio’s Sturge Harty on offer

In Hunters Hill, the 1874-built mansion of the late 2GB radio presenter Frank Sturge Harty and his wife Delphine, Wybalena House, is for sale for the first time in 35 years.
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The historic property was built for Hunters Hill mayor and steamboat proprietor Charles Jeanneret for his wife Julia Ann and their 11 children, and was one of more than a dozen such villas built by him on the peninsula.

The Hartys bought it from Sydney University in 1982 for $650,000, and it has returned to the market following the death of Delphine Harty two years ago, aged 105.

Darren Curtis and Martin Ross, of Christie’s International, have a price guide of $7 million to $7.5 million.

The listing replaces Wahroonga’s heritage home Red Hall on the high-end shelf after it was sold after three weeks on the market.

Rumour has it a buyer from China snapped up the home of the late transport and logistics industry boss John Strang, AO, and his widow Allison, for close to the $8 million high hopes.

Settlement will confirm the result given the tight lips of Christie’s Darren Curtis and Martin Ross. Related: Scott Sutton sells trophy home for $7.3m+Related: Watsons Bay semi sells for $14mRelated: Comedian Andy Lee sells in inner westGarden guru buys in Bowral

Jeanne Villani, one of the owners of the City Extra restaurants at Circular Quay, is joining the Southern Highlands set, paying $2,375,000 for the Victorian Gothic house Highdown in Bowral.

Records show the Hansel & Gretel-style residence in Notts Hill, next door to arts aficionado Justin Miller, was sold by lawyer Anna Lungershausen through Drew Lindsay, of his eponymous agency. The Hansel and Gretel-style residence known as Highdown in Bowral. Photo: Supplied

Villani is widely acclaimed among Sydney green thumbs for the extraordinary garden at her Bayview home, Waterfall Cottage, which is likely to hit the market soon.

Meanwhile, veteran media boss George Buschman and his wife Belinda have returned to the Southern Highlands, buying the Windemere property in Avoca through Drew Lindsay for $3 million.

It is a return home for the couple who have owned notable rural residences Patchdale and Highfield Park.

The tree-change comes as the couple pocket $5.9 million for their Vaucluse home through Belle’s James Nixon, less than two years after they bought it for $4.7 million. The Southern Highlands property of lawyer Anna Lungershausen sold for $2,375,000. Photo: SuppliedGlanworth reno plans lodged

Media tycoon Kerry Stokes is planning a makeover for his Darling Point waterfront trophy home Glanworth.

Plans lodged with Woollahra Council outline a Heather Buttrose Associates-renovation that includes a new study, lift, terrace and a pergola, all to the tune of $544,000. Media tycoon Kerry Stokes is planning to renovate his Darling Point property. Photo: Trevor Collens

The billionaire chairman of Seven West Media has owned the American antebellum-style home at the northern most tip of Darling Point since 1998, when it was sold by Singapore businessman Ho Whye Chung for $9.5 million.

Odds are Stokes is planning to spend more time at his Darling Point base now that son Ryan and his new wife Claire are set to move into their Federation house Rilworth, which they bought earlier this year for $16 million in time for Christmas. Halvorsen family selling up

The Wahoonga residence Skaugum, built by the boat-building mogul Harold Halvorsen in 1950, is for sale, ending 67 years of family ownership.

Named after the official residence of the Crown Prince of Norway – and having played host to Norway’s now King Harald in 1974 – the property features timber floors, architraves, skirting and staircase bannisters that were built in the Halvorsen boatsheds. Skaugum in Wahroonga goes to auction on December 7. Photo: Supplied

Following Harold Halvorsen’s death in 2000, at the age of 90, the property was inherited by son Harvey Halvorsen and his wife Nancy.

“Now we are moving to the United States, where we spend a lot of the year already,” Nancy Halvorsen says. “We feel it is time for another family to enjoy the estate and make new memories.”

Ray White Turramurra’sDavid Walker is asking $4.5 million ahead of the December 7 auction. The sale will mark the end of 67 years of family ownership. Photo: SuppliedEight figures for empty block

Accountant Anthony Calabro has sold his 1300 square metre patch of dirt in Vaucluse for $10.15 million.

The double block by Nielsen Park was bought by budding property developers and brothers-in-law Ben Krimotat and Elon Zizer amid talk they could build their own family compound on the site. Or something. Anthony Calabro has sold his Vaucluse block for $10.15 million. Photo: Supplied

Warren Ginsberg, of Ray White Double Bay, declined to reveal the exact price but records show the property last traded for $7 million in 2011 and late that year, just days before the family was scheduled to move in, the six-bedroom house burnt down. M&C Saatchi boss on the moveTom Dery is selling his Paddington terrace. Photo: Supplied

No sooner had M&C Saatchi’s Tom Dery stepped down from his role as worldwide chairman, remaining Australian chairman of the advertising giant, than he also listed his Paddington terrace.

The Victorian-era house, with separate guest cottage and a lap pool, last traded in 2009 for $3.8 million.

It returns to the market for $5 million with Jason Boon, of Richardson & Wrench Elizabeth Bay-Potts Point. Dery hopes to snag $5 million for the residence. Photo: Supplied

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Woman stole more than $1 million: police

Newcastle courthouse. A REDHEAD woman who stole more than $1 million from a waste management company over an eight-year period created three separate bank accounts to siphon offthe funds, according to court documents.
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Sonia Gai Ambler, 53, has pleaded guilty to stealing property as a clerk greater than $15,000 after a number of other fraud charges were withdrawn.

Ambler, who is represented by solicitor Mandy Hull, did not appear in Newcastle District Court on Thursday and the matter was adjourned to April when she will be sentenced.

Ambler was employed as an administration assistant for EMS Group Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of major environmental and waste management companyVeolia Environmental Services Australia Pty Ltd, between July 2001 and December 2014 according to court documents.

During her employment, Ambler worked from a warehouse, operated by EMS Group, in Aruma Place, Cardiff.But between June 2006 and when her employment was terminated at the end of 2014, Ambler stole more than $1 million from Veolia, court documents state.

Veloia managementdiscovered that payments totalling $1,181,875 that had been made to the vendors “Toronto Plumbing” and “Concut Pty Ltd” had actually been made to Ambler’s personal bank account.

The company conducted an internal investigation using a forensic accountant who identified that on 855 occasions Ambler had transferred funds into three separate ANZ bank accounts under the guise of payment to the vendors.

Lake Macquarie detectives say that the three accounts were opened and managed by Ambler with the sole purpose of defrauding the company.

After her termination from EMS Group Pty Ltd, Ambler was subject to civil action by Veolia in a bid to recoup the stolen funds, according to court documents.

The proceedings were finalised in the NSW Supreme Court in 2015, with Justice Rowan Drake finding in favour of Veolia and ordering Ambler repay $1,018,418.28, according to court documents.

However, according to Justice Media records, the matter was discontinued in August, 2015, and any “asset preservation orders” were dissolved.

Ambler was arrestedat her Redhead home in November 2016 and providedlittle explanation as to why she had stolen money over the years, other than to say she “was going through a bit of a nervous breakdown” and was living beyond her means.

Mystery as Maloney leaves camp hours before World Cup clash

Kangaroos star James Maloney has reportedly finalised a deal to move to the Penrith Panthers in a major player swap deal which will see Matt Moylan join Cronulla.
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Maloney has walked out of the Kangaroos’ World Cup camp just hours before their pool game against France in Canberra on Friday night.

Fairfax Media revealed last month the Panthers were keen to secure a swap deal with the Sharks with Maloney and Moylan to trade places.

The Panthers have lodged a three-year deal for Maloney to move to Penrith, which could be announced as early as Monday.

The contract will need to be cleared by the NRL, but it appears the speculation over Moylan’s future is all but over.

Moylan is set to link with the Sharks on a four-year deal. NRL南京夜网 is reporting the deal will be worth $3.6 million.

The Panthers are seeking clarification over a third-party agreement that is attached to Moylan’s current deal with them.

Maloney was supposed to be playing against France at Canberra Stadium on Friday but was granted leave from camp for personal reasons.

It left the Kangaroos scrambling to replace him, with Ben Hunt also granted leave from camp to get married this weekend.

Cameron Munster looms as the most likely man to replace in the halves alongside Michael Morgan, with Cooper Cronk being rested this week.

Dane Gagai has been called into the 19-man match day squad for Australia, leaving Valentine Holmes, Matt Gillett and Boyd Cordner on an extended bench.

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Australia’s next tennis star admits she only plays for money

Australian open 2017 ,Women’s Singles – Round 1 Destanee Aiava (AUS) playing against Mona Barthel (GER) on show court 2. 16th January 2017 Fairfax Media The Age news Picture by Joe Armao
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Australia’s next tennis star Destanee Aiava has echoed controversial men’s player Bernard Tomic and bluntly admitted she only plays the game for money.

Aiava burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old at the Brisbane International earlier this year when she became the first player born in the 2000s to win a WTA main draw match.

The teenager kicked-on to make her first Australian Open and after playing in all the grand slam qualifiers she has risen more than 300 places in the rankings to a career-best world No. 147.

Aiava has long been touted a rising star in the women’s game and while her form is red-hot, she said spending more than 30 weeks a year on the road takes its toll.

Aiava is the only provider for her family and said after three years living out of a suitcase the sport isn’t as fun anymore, admitting she only still plays for the money.

“I was one of those kids where our house was like a cabin, so I’m kind of used to that poor lifestyle and I just want that lavish lifestyle,” Aiava said.

“Money is the motivation, obviously everyone wants a better lifestyle for their future and money definitely helps that a lot.

“I can’t lie anymore, I’m done with that, honesty is the best policy. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel and I just want it, as soon as I have enough money I’ll stop playing.”

Aiava said there was no shame in being honest about her motives and wanting to support her Samoan-born parents.

“I’m turning 18 next year and I want to get my own apartment so I can move out, but my parents are separated and I want to buy both of them a house as well,” Aiava said.

“They’ve been a huge help on my career and I wouldn’t be here without them, so I want to give back to them as much as possible.

“I’m motivated to supply for my family because I’m kind of the only provider right now, so there is a lot of expectations there, but yeah that’s kind of why I’m still playing.”

The 17-year-old is playing at the Canberra International this week, the same courts Nick Kyrgios forged his early career on, and Aiava pointed to the Australian men’s No. 1 as the inspiration for her honesty.

“Nick was the first to admit that tennis isn’t as people think it is and I’m just just kind of sick of hearing people say ‘oh you must enjoy the travelling and you must really love the sport’ because it’s completely different to how you perceive it,” Aiava said.

“When you’re playing you have all this pressure and expectations on you from everyone and it’s tough, so I just want to put it out there that it’s not as rosy as it seems.”

Aiava then followed Kyrgios down another path and admitted tennis was not her favourite sport, instead pointing to another round ball game.

“I love watching basketball, I can’t play to save my life but since it’s a team sport and they’re surrounded by that team environment I find it really relaxing to watch,” Aiava said.

Aiava cruised past Slovenian Tamara Zidansek in Canberra to book her place in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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Flanagan eyeing off special win for Ruby

BIG NIGHT: Heddon Greta trainer Daniel Flanagan with Vic Peters Classic finalists Only Want Mum and Surfing Dyno. Picture: Simone De PeakTrainer Daniel Flanagan would bethrilled to have two runners in a group 1 final at any time.
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And itwould be a dream come true if Only Want Mum or Surfing Dyno wonthe Vic Peters Classic at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

But the Heddon Greta Hotel manageradmits it would be extra special if Only Want Mum was the one to salute.

Only Want Mum was named in memory of three-year-old Ruby-Rose Milton, who died in May 2015 froman aggressive childhood cancer known asneuroblastoma.

As a tribute to Ruby-Rose, Flanagan told her mother,Renae Macpherson, who worked as a waitress at Heddon Greta Hotel at the time, that he would name his next greyhound in her honour.

During her battle with cancer, Ruby-Rose would say to doctors and nurses coming to her aid that “I only want mum”.

Flanagan saidMacpherson, who has since moved interstate, was “over the moon” with the name and he had contacted her about Only Want Mum before its first start.

“When wewereat the funeral I said to her that we’re going to name the next dog after her,” Flanagan said.

“And she was the one that came along, so it’s good. She broke in OK but from the time she was born, she was named after her little girl.”

Ruby is the kennel name of Only Want Mum, which made the age-restriction $75,000-to-the-winner Vic Peters Classic final with a third from box six in first semi-final last Saturday night.

The dark brindle bitch, which has two wins from six starts, will jump from box five in the decider and was $21 with TAB Fixed Odds.

Surfing Dyno was second from box six in semi-final number two last week. The brindle dog drew box eight and was $41.

Flanagan expected Only Want Mum to run well in the semi-finals but was unsure how Surfing Dyno would perform.

“When they got the bad boxes, I just hoped for a bit of luck and they had a bit going their way, which is good,” he said.

He admitted to havinga soft spot for Only Want Mum but he also believed she was a genuine contender in the decider.

“Surfing Dyno is no star but he does OK,” he said.

“We just don’t know what he’s going to do from week to week, and he’s drawn out wide, which is probablynot ideal.

“Only Want Mumhas a massive motor and if she can get through and be left alone, I reckon she’s a big chance.”

Flanagan qualifiedExplosive Madame for the Vic Peters final two years ago and she finishedfifth from box one.

Shewas owned by theBord And Pillar Racing Syndicate, who also have interests in the two finalists this year.

“The guys who own the Explosive dogs, own Surfing Dyno and also half of Only Want Mum,” Flanagansaid.

“Dad and I own half of her as well.”

BekinStreet ($2.80),Shallay Pallay ($3.80) and Chasin Crackers ($3.40) were battling for Vic Peters Classicfavouritism on Friday.

Enjoying the charming heritage city of Ipswich

Rafter & Rose … tucked away in an Ipswich laneway and doing some great things for breakfast. I’d heard of Ipswich, of course.
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It was a mid-size city just south-west of Brisbane. Due to an efficient PR office, I also knew it had an international hotel trading under the Metro label. That was really all that I knew when I grabbed the opportunity to spend a few days there and in the surrounding countryside.

And I do mean ‘grabbed’, because I’ve come to realise that some of the most unlikely places can be gold mines for tourists willing to get a little off the standard pathways.

I quickly learnt that it was a richly historic city, indeed Queensland’s oldest provincial city, and that it has some magnificent old architecture ranging from fine public buildings through to some gorgeous examples of grand homes built in the traditional Queenslander architectural style.

The Workshops Rail Museum … features some beautiful restoration work.

It’s also famous as a railway town, and the magnificently restored Workshops Rail Museumis obviously one of the city’s absolute must-sees, a place where some 3000 railway workers clocked on each day and now absolutely jam-packed with relics of a bygone era.

Highlights include beautifully restored locomotives and carriages, the state’s biggest model railway and regular tours of the workshops. There are also lots of hands-on activities to keep children amused for hours.

Certainly worth a visit is the Ipswich Antiques Centre which is housed in a heritage-listed former church hall. It’s made up of many individual retailers, and filled to the brim with furniture, books, records, clothing and assorted bric-a-brac.

Stephen Arnold … providing a great way to see Ipswich and surrounds.

One of the best ways to take in the beauty and historic nature of Ipswich is from the back of a Harley trike driven by Stephen Arnold, who operates asIpswich Trike Toursand provides a range of touring experiences of the city and surrounds, including winery tours, Lake Wivenhoe tours and trips to hinterland highlights such as Tambourine Mountain.

Fourthchild … a culinary highlight of our visit to Ipswich.

And there are plenty of dining options in Ipswich — the Pumpyard Bar and Brewery, with a substantial range beers and excellent pizza, and the rich, Germanic-style fare at Heisenberg Haus. If you’re going to have the signature pork knuckle, sharing is probably a good thing. They’re huge.

For us, the highlights came on the form of beautifully prepared and presented modern fare at Fourthchild and a delightful breakfast at Rafter & Rose, which is tucked away, Melbourne-style, in a tiny laneway.

Presentation at Fourthchild is sublime.

And, oh yes, the Metro Ipswich International Hotel,which is basically where I started this story of visiting a Queensland city that was largely an unknown quantity for this scribe.

It’s a fine property, one whose quality and standards you wouldn’t normally expect in a place such as Ipswich.

Metro Ipswich International Hotel single room … plenty of work and living space.

Its mid-city location is spot one, the room amenities, including the king-size bed, tick all the boxes, and the staff are prepared to bend over backwards to help (to the point of keeping the kitchen and restaurant, Harvest, open beyond normal hours after our flight from Sydney was delayed).

Metro Ipswich International Hotel king-double … combines style with utility.

And the slow-cooked duck and lamb shank papperdelle were both excellent.

For general information about Ipswich, visit 梧桐夜网discoveripswich南京夜网419论坛.It really does live up to its tagline —‘Queensland’s beautiful heritage city’.

John Rozentals was a guest of the Metro International Hotel and Discover Ipswich.

Jelena is probably, certainly, almost definitely, back on

Make a strained reference to Rebecca Black’s Fridayand be optimistic about Australia’s medal chances at the London Olympics, because it is 2011 once again. How else could we explain the pictures of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez that have been surfacing this week?
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The on-again, off-again early 2010s couple appear to have – possibly; nothing is confirmed beyond an Us Weekly “insider” saying it’s a thing – reignited their romance. after being spotted attending church, riding bikes and even watching the hockey together this week.

The original relationship:

Bieber and Gomez began dating in 2010 when Gomez was 18 and Bieber was just 16.

Two years later, the couple, dubbed “Jelena”, moved in together. As a Disney starlet (Gomez was best known for her role on the Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place at the time) and teen pop heartthrob, Gomez and Bieber were routinely followed by the paparazzi.

The pair’s relationship was notoriously turbulent and the speculation surrounding whether they were together at any given point made for incredible tabloid fodder. They ultimately separated in 2014, after breaking up multiple times during their three-year relationship.

The post-mortem:

In 2015, both Bieber and Gomez relaunched their music careers (Bieber after multiple arrests and stints in rehab, Gomez after a health scare which would later be revealed as the singer undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lupus), and gave weirdly similar promotional interviews which dissected their relationship.

Gomez went first, telling Britain’s Sunday Times in August that the media pressure on the relationship became too much.

“There’s such an emphasis on people being the perfect thing and then destroying them because it’s good press,” she said. “Throw in the fact that you’re a teenager???????? – it makes it more difficult.”

A month later, Bieber told Complex magazine the relationship was bound to “disappoint” because of how heavily invested he and Gomez were in making it work, despite being so young.

“We were so in love. Nothing else mattered. We were all about each other. But when it’s like that and you get your value from that, people will always disappoint you,” Bieber said.

The resurrection:

By the start of this year, both Bieber and Gomez had appeared to move on.

Meanwhile, this year Gomez has been dating Canadian singer The Weeknd (not a typo, also obviously not his real name, which is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye).

But, with news Selena Gomez and The Weeknd ended things this week, a number of sightings have created a sense that Jelena, after years of keeping their distance, may be back on. Here’s the evidence.

– On October 29, the pair were spotted having breakfast together before attending a church service at Hillsong in Los Angeles.

– On November 1, Gomez and Bieber went on a very performative bike ride around Los Angeles. But, to complicate our analysis, what did Gomez wear to said bike ride? A highlighter blue jacket that had previously been spotted on The Weeknd. But if you thought that was the end of the outerwear analysis you would be incorrect because, later that day, Gomez watched Bieber play hockey in Los Angeles. As the pair left, she was wearing his New Jersey Devils jersey.

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House of Cards staff accuse Spacey of sexual assault and harassment

A production assistant who worked on Netflix hit House of Cards has accused Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him during one of the show’s early seasons, while other staff members have described the star’s behaviour on set as “predatory”.
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The explosive claims were made to CNN by eight people who worked on the series on condition of anonymity because they feared the professional repercussions of speaking out, CNN reports.

Among the new accusations against Spacey, which included claims of “non-consensual touching” and “crude comments”, were allegations from a production assistant who said Spacey put his hands down the assistant’s pants after he had driven the actor from an offsite location to the show’s Baltimore set. Later that same day, Spacey cornered him in his trailer and “made inappropriate contact” with him, the assistant said.

“I was in a state of shock,” the assistant told CNN. “He was a man in a very powerful position on the show and I was someone very low on the totem pole and on the food chain there.”

The assistant says he told Spacey “I don’t think I’m ok with this”, at which point the actor became “visibly flustered” and fled the set for the remainder of the day.

He says the alleged incident happened months after he’d complained to his supervisor about Spacey’s behaviour. “The supervisor’s solution was never to let the production assistant be alone with Spacey when they were on set,” CNN reports.

“I have no doubt that this type of predatory behaviour was routine for him and that my experience was one of many and that Kevin had few if any qualms about exploiting his status and position,” the assistant told CNN.

“It was a toxic environment for young men who had to interact with him at all in the crew, cast, background actors.”

Another crew member told CNN that Spacey would routinely touch him, including massaging his shoulders from behind.

In a statement to CNN, Netflix said they had just been “made aware of one incident, five years ago, that we were informed was resolved swiftly”, and that they were “not aware of any other incidents involving Kevin Spacey on-set.”

They added: “We continue to collaborate with MRC [the show’s production company] and other production partners to maintain a safe and respectful working environment.”

The streaming giant suspended production on House of Cards earlier this week; they also announced its sixth season would be its last.

The accusations are the latest levelled at Spacey since Monday, when actor Anthony Rapp, 46, accused the star of making a “sexual advance” towards him when he was 14.

Since then, at least three men have accused Spacey of sexual harassment, ranging from the actor’s time in the New York theatre in the early ’80s to his stint as artistic director at London’s Old Vic from 2004 to 2015.

A representative for the actor said on Thursday that Spacey was “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment” in the wake of the allegations.

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