NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell just wants to be treated like men accused of sex crimes awaiting trial. The alleged Jeffrey Epstein madam argued in court papers Thursday that Bill Cosby, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Harvey Weinstein were all treated better than she has been as they fought sex abuse charges. “The truth is that wealthy men charged with similar or more serious offenses, many of whom have foreign ties, are routinely granted bail so that they can effectively prepare for trial,” Maxwell’s attorney David Oscar Markus wrote in papers filed with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. “Ms. Maxwel...
Prince Harry moved his wife and son to California to break a family cycle of "pain and suffering" after realizing his father Prince Charles "treated me the way he was treated," he said in an interview released Thursday.
The remarks comes in the wake of Harry and Meghan's explosive television interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which they raised allegations of racism in the royal family, and said Charles had cut them off financially.
Harry told "Armchair Expert" podcast host Dax Shephard that while he did not blame his father, he had resolved to avoid making the same mistakes with his own children.
"When it comes to parenting, if I've experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I'm going to make sure that I break that cycle," said Harry.
"There's a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway. And as parents we should be doing the most we can to try and say, "You know what? That happened to me, I'm going to make sure that doesn't happen to you," he added.
Harry said that once he began thinking about his father's own upbringing, he came to realize that the Prince of Wales had not had it easy, being brought up as a royal.
"So that means that he's treated me the way that he was treated. Which means, 'how can I change that for my own kids?' And well, here I am," the prince told Shephard.
"I've now moved my whole family to the US."
The allegations made in Harry and Meghan's earlier interview with Winfrey in March have plunged the monarchy into its biggest crisis since the death of William and Harry's mother, Princess Diana, in 1997.
Harry and Winfrey will collaborate again for mental health documentary series "The Me You Can't See" premiering May 21 on Apple TV+.
Promoting that forthcoming series, Harry told Shepherd he had realized that he did not want his royal duties in his early 20s, in part because of "what it did to my mom."
"The three major times I felt completely helpless -- one when I was a kid in the back of the car with my mom being chased by paparazzi, two was in Afghanistan in an Apache helicopter, and then the third one was with my wife," he said.
Harry and Meghan now live in Montecito, around an hour north of Los Angeles, and are expecting a daughter.
On Thursday, POLITICO's Melanie Zanona reported that Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the frontrunner to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as chair of the House Republican Conference, has a challenger for the position.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), a prominent member of the House Freedom Caucus, reportedly plans to run for chair of the conference, and will be formally nominated by Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) on Friday. Roy will run as an alternative for House conservatives who have been critical of Stefanik's voting record, which is relatively less conservative than Cheney's even though Stefanik has expressed firmer loyalty to former President Donald Trump.
NEWS: Rep. Chip Roy will run for House GOP conference chair, and Rep. Ken Buck will be the one to formally nominate him tmrw, I’m told.— Melanie Zanona (@Melanie Zanona) 1620936939.0
Roy, however, does have one major obstacle to challenging Stefanik: Trump, who has endorsed her and made clear in a new blog post that he isn't open to another challenger. "Can't imagine Republican House Members would go with Chip Roy — he has not done a great job, and will probably be successfully primaried in his own district," he wrote. "I support Elise, by far, over Chip!"
Hundreds of demonstrators rallied Thursday in front of New York's prestigious Metropolitan Opera to protest a lockout of stagehands, part of a lengthy labor dispute over proposed wage cuts.
Workers including electricians, technicians and craftspeople were joined by musicians, actors, union representatives and local politicians over the lockout dating back to December 2020, when contract negotiations collapsed.
"We are the Met!" people chanted at the rally, which punctuates months of tensions threatening the globally renowned institution's fall season.
The Met employs more than 3,000 staffers, the largest performing arts organization in the United States. The pandemic forced its stages dark in March 2020, when it furloughed all of its union members.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees says the Met and its general manager Peter Gelb have negotiated in bad faith, demanding 30 percent wage cuts that would remain in effect even after live performances recommence.
Met management disputes that its proposed cuts will be that deep or long-lasting for the average employee, but insists reducing salaries is necessary to sustain the house's future.
Workers -- who operate one of the most technologically advanced stages in the world -- accuse management of using the pandemic as leverage to force what they call unfair contract stipulations, and to union-bust by outsourcing work during the lockout.
"It's an exploitation of a health crisis that has decimated our industries and caused our country tremendous grief," said Matthew Loeb, the international president of the IATSE.
The labor rally comes days before the opera will perform in front of a live audience for the first time in 430 days, with two shows slated for Sunday.
"It's sad," said Carl Mulert of the local branch of United Scenic Artists.
"There are second- and third-generation people who work at the Metropolitan Opera; this is their home."
'Slap in our face'
This week, the Met reached a tentative agreement with the union whose representees include chorus members and soloists, the specific terms of which are not yet public. That ratification process is set to begin later this month.
The union for orchestra members, along with music staff and librarians, has accepted bridge payments but is still negotiating over the conditions of longer-term contracts.
All were out Thursday supporting the stagehands, who say the Met has sent production jobs overseas to Wales for two operas, and work for its fall opener to a non-union shop in Los Angeles.
"It's a slap in our face," said Peter Tudor, a 63-year-old electrician employed at the Met for 25 years.
The Met Opera told AFP in a statement it "has no desire to undermine" its unions, but "having lost more than $150 million in box revenues over the past 14 months, we are facing the worst economic crisis in the 137 year history of the Met and must reduce our costs in order to survive."
New York lawmakers have loosened live performance restrictions in recent weeks, and several top Broadway shows have announced their fall return.
The Met -- which drew criticism for livestreaming pay-per-view concerts during the pandemic featuring artists outside its orchestra -- is aiming to open September 27.
That reopening hinges in part on resolving its ongoing labor disputes -- and both sides accuse the other of stalling.
"We all want to get back to work," said Kathryn Bloss, a painter at the Met for three decades. "We have a very detailed sort of work that is our heart and soul.
"We are the Met... it is a family."
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