Germany launches first-ever trial over Syrian regime's crimes against humanity

For the first time over the course of the decadelong Syrian civil war, former Bashar Assad regime officers are going on trial in Germany for crimes against humanity, paving the way… .

2020-04-23 08:51:00

Assad regime torturer to go on trial in Germany for crimes against Syrians

When Anwar al-Bunni crossed paths with fellow Syrian Anwar Raslan in a DIY store in Germany five years ago, he recognized him as the man who had thrown him in jail a decade earlier… .

2020-04-20 07:48:00

Istanbul trial pits church against Italian royal heirs

St. Anthony of Padua, the largest Roman Catholic church in Istanbul, is nowadays entangled in a legal battle over its ownership. Descendants of Italian royalty seek the property ri… .

2020-02-28 13:27:00

Harvey Weinstein Charged With Rape, Sexual Assault In LA As NY Trial Begins

Harvey Weinstein has been charged with two more cases of sexual assault in Los Angeles as he attended court to testify for his New York charges. Weinstein appeared today at a New York City courthouse for his trial on several rape and sexual assault charged. Accusers Rose McGowan, Rosanna Arquette, Dominique Huett, and more were present outside court. Weinstein maintains a plea of not guilty and insists that any sexual interaction he had with these women was consensual.

In 2017, The New York Times and New Yorker reported on women coming forward about being raped and/or sexually assaulted by Hollywood producer Weinstein. Since then, nearly 100 have come forward accusing Weinstein of sexual abuse, helping to spark the #MeToo movement. Hundreds of entertainers and civilians took to Twitter to share their sexual assault stories using the hashtag #MeToo. The movement shifted the way that sexual misconduct is handled in Hollywood and lead some accused of misconduct to be blacklisted and held accountable for their actions.

Related: Ozark’s Julia Garner In Talks For Movie About Harvey Weinstein’s Assistant

According to EW, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced that Weinstein was charged with two separate acts of sexual abuse within two days of each other. On Feb. 18, 2013 Weinstein allegedly forced his way into a woman’s hotel room and raped her. The following evening he sexually assaulted a woman in a Beverly Hills hotel suite. He faces charges of forcible rape for each, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint. If he is proved guilty in L.A., he could face up to 28 years in prison.

Weinstein has yet to comment on the allegations. Two of his lawyers, Donna Rotunno and Damon Cheronis, have added that they are aware of the L.A. charges and the L.A. situation is out of their hands. L.A.P.D. Chief Michel Moore stated men have been assaulting women knowing they could hide behind the safety of their positions of power for too long. According to a 2018 survey, 94 percent of women in Hollywood have experienced sexual misconduct. When releasing the statement, Lacey also spoke on the importance of Weinstein being held accountable for using his status to take advantage of these women and praised the women for coming forward. He said:

“We believe the evidence will show that the defendant used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and then commit violent crimes against them. I want to commend the victims who have come forward and bravely recounted what happened to them. It is my hope that all victims of sexual violence find strength and healing as they move forward.”

Weinstein will hopefully be held accountable for his actions. Right now, it’s his word against 8o women, and those are just the women that came forward in New York, Los Angeles. It is despicable that his reign of terror was able to last throughout his 30-year career. The women who have come forward were courageous to do so during a time when men in Hollywood weren’t being held accountable for their actions and women were forced to accept that it’s just how the business works.

The one positive to come from the Weinstein accusations is that it has shifted the way sexual assault cases are handled. During the Bill Cosby case, the women were initially doubted by many or victim-blamed. This time around, with the rise of the #MeToo movement, many sided with the women immediately. Many other entertainment executives, producers and directors were exposed as assaulters and removed from their positions.

Next: Harvey Weinstein & Accusers Reach $44 Million Settlement

Source: EW

2020-01-06 02:01:13

Natalie Hunter

Hannibal Season 2 Episode 3: The Trial Of Will Graham Begins

Hannibal season 2 episode 3 saw Will on trial for Hannibal’s crimes – which is understandably stressful. TV reboots of hit movies can be hit or miss affairs, with recent years yielding new takes on Lethal Weapon, Scream, and Heathers. Hannibal is one of the best examples, taking a franchise that suffered from several mediocre entries – including critically slammed 2007 prequel Hannibal Rising – and reinventing it for a new audience.

Hannibal focused on the title killer’s relationship with FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), with Hannibal acting as therapist to Will but also secretly being the killer behind many of the murders he investigating. Mads Mikkelsen’s (Casino Royale) chilly, restrained take on Hannibal Lecter was the total opposite of Anthony Hopkins’ fun but hammy performance, while the show practically turned gore into an art form. The series became an addiction for fans – dubbed Fannibals – but despite the praise heaped upon it, Hannibal came to an end after three seasons in 2015. Rumors persist of a Hannibal season 4, though it has yet to come together.

Related: Why Jodie Foster Didn’t Play Clarice In Hannibal

The first season finale of Hannibal had Will learning the truth of Hannibal’s crimes – and being framed for them. Season 2 finds Will coming to grips with everybody thinking he’s cracked and is a cannibalistic serial murderer, with Hannibal doing a thorough job of setting him up. His trial begins in Hannibal season 2 episode 3 “Hassun,” which opens with Will having a vision of his own execution until an orderly gets him ready to attend court. The prosecution lays out his “crimes,” complete with gruesome photos, while Hannibal almost seems to admire his own handiwork from the audience.

Hannibal season 2 episode 3 also finds Jack (Laurence Fishburne, The Matrix) being pressured to throw Will under the bus during his testimony to save the FBI’s reputation. While Jack believes Will is behind the killings, he places blames on himself for his constant pushing of Will during their investigations. The trial is interrupted when somebody sends a severed ear in the mail to Will, and its soon discovered a bailiff has been slain in the same way of Will’s “victims.” Hannibal isn’t behind this killing, meaning a mystery new killer is on the loose. Hannibal takes the evidence to Will in the hopes it will convince him the “real” killer is still out there and isn’t him; Will doesn’t buy it.

Hannibal season 2 episode 3 “Hassan” finds Will’s lawyer and Hannibal trying to swing from an insanity defense to convincing the judge the bailiff’s killer also murdered Will’s supposed victims. The judge refuses to allow this, and his body is later found in the courtroom, with a scale holding his brain and heart. The identity of the killer would soon be revealed in later episodes – and Hannibal would find himself in big trouble.

Next: Hannibal Season 2 Episode 5 Saw Hannibal At Another Killer’s Mercy

2020-01-06 01:01:29

Padraig Cotter

Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 Images Preview Jaime’s Trial

Jaime prepares to answer for his crimes in HBO’s official photos for Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2. After seven seasons and enough deaths to give Thanos’ Decimation a run for its money, the network’s ultra-popular A Song of Ice and Fire adaptation is down to its last pack of episodes. Game of Thrones‘ eighth and final season kicked off this week with a premiere that primarily took place in Winterfell, as most of the show’s remaining characters buckled down in preparation for the Night King’s arrival. However, the episode itself ended with someone else altogether making their way to the Stark family stronghold – Jaime Lannister.

In an intentional callback to the final scene in the Game of Thrones pilot, the season 8 premiere ended with Jaime getting off his horse at Winterfell… only to turn around and see Bran Stark (the boy he pushed out of a tower window, all those years ago) sitting in his wheelchair, waiting for the Kingslayer. This in turn set the stage for season 8 episode 2, which will begin with Jaime on trial as he reveals that his sister/lover Cersei’s troops won’t be helping the North in their battle to come against the Night King and his undead army. Needless to say, this news does nothing to lighten the general mood in Winterfell, as these stills illustrate.

Related: What Will HBO Do After Game of Thrones Ends?

HBO has unveiled fourteen images in total from Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2, ahead of its airing this weekend. You can check them all out in the space below (via Vanity Fair).

Among the characters pictured here are, of course, the main players like Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, Bran, Samwell Tarly, and Jaime. Also shown here are Gilly and her young son Sam, snuggled up with the older Sam (who got some rather devastating news about his family last episode), Daenery’s relentlessly loyal ally Jorah Mormont, the ever knowledgeable (if, currently, out of his element) Varys, and the survivalist Davos Seaworth. Meanwhile, youngster – and certified badass leader – Lyanna Mormont is all armored up and ready to battle the Night King’s army, and Grey Worm and Missandei are seemingly bidding one another farewell, ahead of the terrifying battle to come.

Still, as tense as everyone looks here, it’s nothing compared to what lies ahead for them in season 8 episode 3. It’s pretty clear that Game of Thrones is going to give us one more episode of build-up before the fight between the living and the dead gets fully underway, which is good because there’s some important table-setting that needs taking care of first (and not just the matter with Jaime, either). The season 8 premiere was uncharacteristically light on deaths for a Game of Thrones opener, and that will probably be the case again in episode 2. Rest assured, though, Death and his forces are coming after that.

NEXT: Game of Thrones Season 8: Returning Cast & Character Guide

Game of Thrones continues next Sunday, April 21 @9pm on HBO.

Source: Vanity Fair

2019-04-17 03:04:59

Sandy Schaefer