A statement from Lepera provided to CBC News says that, "Mr. Haggis denies these anonymous claims in whole." In the statement, Lepera goes on to say that the new accusers have not made their concerns known directly to Haggis.
CATE Blanchett has taken a stand against sexual harassment by launching a new campaign, but she’s been accused of hypocrisy over her relationship with alleged abuser Woody Allen.
Blanchett is one of 300 prominent women in the entertainment industry who founded Time’s Up, an initiative to fight sexual harassment across the US and a legal defence fund to help less fortunate women.
Farrow replied overnight to a tweet by the New York Times describing Blanchett as a “vocal campaigner against sexual harassment”.
“Can one be a ‘vocal campaigner against sexual harassment’ and a vocal supporter of Woody Allen? Seems a tad oxymoronic.”
The Australian icon won the 2014 Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
Farrow, 32, has long maintained her father sexually assaulted her on countless occasions when she was a child.
In a 2014 New York Times article describing one incident, she wrote that Allen, who was in a de-facto relationship with Dylan’s mum Mia Farrow, led her to a “dim, closet-like attic” in their home and asked her to lay on her stomach and play with a toy train before assaulting her.
“He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies,” she wrote.
“For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn’t like,” she alleged.
“I didn’t like how often he would take me away from my mum, siblings and friends to be alone with him. I didn’t like it when he would stick his thumb in my mouth. I didn’t like it when I had to get in bed with him under the sheets when he was in his underwear. I didn’t like it when he would place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out.”
The Midnight In Paris director was investigated but never charged, and has consistently denied the allegations. He countered that Mia brainwashed daughter Dylan to get back at him during their messy breakup.
When asked about the letter, which was published a month before she won the Oscar for starring in Blue Jasmine, Blanchett responded:
“It’s obviously been a long and painful situation for the family, and I hope they find some resolution and peace.”
Farrow also slammed Blake Lively in a tweet overnight.
When Lively, who is also one of the founding members of Time’s Up, tweeted she was “honoured” to be part of the movement, Farrow replied:
“You worked with my abuser, @blakelively. Am I a woman who matters too?”
There are fears a string of high-profile paedophiles could walk free from prison after the 'black cab rapist' John Worboys was released after just nine years.
Worboys, Britain’s worst serial sex offender, was jailed in 2009 for drugging and sexually assaulting 12 passengers.
Now, among those who may be eligible for release from an 'indefinite sentence for public protection' (IPP) is Vanessa George, part of one of the 'most sickening paedophile rings this country has ever seen' who abused children in her care at a nursery in Plymouth.
Other notorious inmates who are eligible include Wayne Fox, who left his girlfriend in a coma after savagely beating her beyond recognition, and Mohammed Liaqat, the mastermind behind a child grooming gang in Derby.
The controversial sentencing policy brought was in by Tony Blair's government.
Worboys, 60, has been linked to more than 100 rapes or sexual assaults in the back of his black cab during his reign of terror from July 2007 and February 2008.
Liaqat will be eligible for parole next year was handed an IPP with a minimum sentence of eight year sentence back in 2011.
Fox could be free as early as 2019 after he was given a eight years minimum back in 2011, while George was refused parole last year but could apply after serving seven years of her IPP.
The decision to release Worboys has been heavily criticised, and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has also come under fire for using just 14 complainants in is trial despite more than 100 women coming forward.
It has been said many of the statements did not pass the 'evidential threshold', but the Sunday Times claims at least 26 of the women picked Worboys out as their attacker.
Worboys was also given an IPP, which was banned six years ago by European courts on the basis of human rights. It was designed to keep prisoners indefinitely unless they proved they were fit for release.
More than 1,800 have been released over the past 18 months, but Worboys was among the first serious offenders to be considered for release.
HIGH-PROFILE PAEDOPHILES WHO COULD BE RELEASED FROM JAIL
Britain's worst female paedophile Vanessa George, 45, who worked at Little Teds nursery in Plymouth, Devon until her arrest in 2009, described herself to a lover as a 'paedo whore mum' and the scale and depravity of her crimes shocked the nation.
She was arrested and jailed for sexually assaulting babies and children aged around two, photographing the abuse, and sending the images to Colin Blanchard, the 'Facebook friend' to whom she sent thousands of messages and photographs.
She admitted taking up to eight pictures a day while on duty in an attempt to get him to propose to her.
There were fears she would walk free after serving her minimum sentence of seven years in December 2016, but she was turned down for parole. The panel decided the mother-of-two was still a danger and will not be considered for release again until 2019.
In January 2011, Mohammed Liaqat and his co-defendant Abid Saddique were told they would serve a minimum of 11 years and eight years respectively before they could be considered for release.
Liaqat and Saddique were the ringleaders of a gang who brought a ‘reign of terror’ to Derby's streets, targeting and grooming young girls for horrific sexual abuse.
They ran a nine-strong gang which cruised around Derby in a BMW or a Range Rover – which Saddique referred to as the ‘Rape Rover’ – looking for vulnerable young girls.
They were then offered rides in the car to ‘link and chill’ with the men, plied with vodka stored under the seats and taken to parks, hotel rooms or houses, where they were sometimes offered cocaine before being pressured into sex.
When girls refused their advances they were threatened with hammers or thrown out of cars.
Unemployed Liaqat, of Sinfin, Derby, was convicted of rape, aiding and abetting rape, being involved with child pornography, two sexual assaults, four counts of sexual activity with a child, and affray.
Liaqat was handed an IPP sentence with a minimum of eight years in 2011 for a string of offences including rape and sexual assault. He will be eligible for parole next year.
Bareknuckle fighter Wayne Fox battered his beauty student girlfriend so badly that medics couldn't tell what sex she was.
Fox was handed an IPP of a minimum eight years in 2011.
His ex partner Tirion Lewis was left in a coma for a month and spent 18 months trying to recover from the brutal attack by 6ft 2in Fox.
Tirion was kidnapped by paranoid schizophrenic Fox as she sat in a car listening to music with her best friend Miriam Lewis.
The boxer smashed his bare fist through the window before driving terrified Tirion and her friend Miriam to forestry for the brutal attack.
He punched her 'time after time' until she sunk into a coma in the motiveless attack in woodland in west Wales.
None of these people should ever get out of jail. Letting them out to meet some arbitrary target is just insanity. Women and children will pay a high price for this stupidity.
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