New development in the Alec Baldwin Rust case.
According to a US prosecutor, actor Alec Baldwin may have fired the shot that killed Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins without actually pulling the gun's trigger.
The new development aligns with Baldwin’s claims in his TV interview with ABC News that he never pulled the gun’s trigger, unlike what some reports have suggested.
“The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” he said. “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never.”
As Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told Vanity Fair: “You can pull the hammer back without actually pulling the trigger and without actually locking it. So you pull it back partway, it doesn’t lock, and then if you let it go, the firing pin can hit the primer of the bullet.”
The revelation comes as news spread that Halyna Hutchins’ family have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Baldwin. At least three other lawsuits have already been filed over the shooting. The new lawsuit is expected to reach trial within approximately one to two years.
To get up to speed on the whole case, you can read this article below:
NSW woman who faked her partner’s suicide sentenced to prison.
This post deals with violence and suicide, and could be triggering for some readers.
Natasha Darcy, who faked her partner’s suicide to inherit his NSW property, was found guilty of the “stupid, clumsy and ugly” murder.
On Monday, she was sentenced to a maximum of 40 years in prison. Mathew Dunbar, 42, was found dead in his bed on his property in the Northern Tablelands town of Walcha in the early hours of August 2, 2017. His distraught partner Darcy told police - and still maintains - that he killed himself.
Natasha Beth Darcy, dubbed The Widow of Walcha, has been sentenced for the “stupid, clumsy and ugly” murder of her partner. https://t.co/mCkFe7ejJa— news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) February 21, 2022
According to the judge and jury, Darcy undertook a months-long campaign to kill Dunbar. She convinced Dunbar to change his will so she would inherit his $3.4 million property and left a “false trail” belying his mental ill-health, and had already made two other attempts on his life. The night of his death, she blended a cocktail of drugs into his drink and as Dunbar lay in bed heavily sedated, Darcy suffocated him using gas she’d made him collect and pay for hours earlier.
“As time passed ... emotional abuse and sneaky physical attacks escalated into a more focused and foolproof method to achieve the outcome she desired. The offender was callous, relentless and heartless in her pursuit to get rid of Mathew,” the judge said.
She also noted Darcy’s previous criminal history, which has included a jail time for hitting her previous husband on the head with a hammer as he slept. Days later she sedated the now ex-husband and burnt down their house for insurance money as he slept inside.
The earliest Darcy can be released on parole is November 2047.
If this post brings up any issues for you, or if you just feel like you need to speak to someone, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. It doesn’t matter where you live, they will take your call and, if need be, refer you to a service closer to home.
You can also call safe steps 24/7 Family Violence Response Line on 1800 015 188 or visit www.safesteps.org.au for further information.
The Zoë Kravitz effect remade Channing Tatum.
Hi everyone! Isabella here to get you up to speed on what's in the news this afternoon.
There's something different about Channing Tatum. The reaction to his latest photoshoot and interview are making fans see him in a whole new light and it's hard not to put it down to the Zoë Kravitz Effect. But why is this behaviour from Zoë Kravitz viewed as romantic and when Kanye West did it, it came across as problematic?
Plus, Kendall Jenner's Tequila brand is being sued by a rival company and now her older sister Kim Kardashian has been pulled into the legal mess.
And Chrissy Teigen has posted a powerful statement to her Instagram account, sharing how painful it is to be constantly asked if she's pregnant when she's "just the opposite". In a world where celebrity pregnancy announcements and stories of motherhood are looking particularly glossy, Chrissy's words cut through in a different way.
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The pop culture stories you missed.
Good morning everyone!
Obviously, the news today is dominated by the Queen's COVID-19 diagnosis, which Gem has already given you a rundown on below.
I've also put together a full explainer, which I hope will answer some of the questions you may have (like what the contingency plan is if - God forbid - her symptoms worsen): Mild symptoms and a contingency plan: Everything we know about the Queen's COVID-19 diagnosis.
Okay. From literal royalty to... pop royalty? Reality TV royalty? Up-and-coming talk show royalty?
I'm talking about Kelly Clarkson, the first ever American Idol winner and gifter of this century's greatest ever 'scream at the top of your lungs' songs ('Since U Been Gone' is UNMATCHED in the power pop ballad stakes, okay).
Recently, Kelly has decided she wants to be known as 'Kelly Brianne', using her middle name. She told court during her divorce proceedings that "my new name more fully reflects who I am".
I find this really interesting, because she is so well-known as Clarkson - and her talk show is even called The Kelly Clarkson Show.
A hearing regarding her petition is scheduled for March 28, so I'm sure we'll hear more about her choice around then, but in the meantime, you can read our fascinating deep dive about Kelly's life and career here: Kelly Clarkson is one of the world’s biggest pop stars. Now, she's changing her name.
The Queen has COVID, and all the news you need to know this morning.
Welcome to a new week, friends.
In case you missed it, over the weekend Grace Tame released an open letter on Twitter in response to media organisations publishing a photo of her from 2014 smoking a bong, which she says was done in an effort to "discredit her."
Tame reiterated that she has been consistently and "completely transparent about all the demons I've battled in the aftermath of child sexual abuse, drug addiction, self-harm, anorexia and PTSD, among others. You just clearly haven't been listening."
My colleague Isabella pulled together the letter, response and context for you here.
Now to this morning's biggest news headlines:
1. Queen Elizabeth tests positive for COVID-19.
Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms, Buckingham Palace says, adding that the 95-year-old monarch plans to carry on working.
The palace said the queen would continue with "light" duties at Windsor Castle over the coming week.
The Queen keeps calm and carries on. From Buckingham Palace 👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/khE5UlqNZ8— Cameron Walker (@CameronDLWalker) February 20, 2022
"She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines," the palace said in a statement on Sunday.
The queen has received three doses of a coronavirus vaccine.
Britain's longest-reigning monarch, she reached the milestone of 70 years on the throne on February 6, the anniversary of the death in 1952 of her father King George VI.
2. International tourists arrive Down Under.
International tourists have touched down at Sydney airport for the first time in almost two years after Australia closed its borders to combat the spread of COVID.
The first plane loads of vaccinated travellers came from the US, Japan and Canada early on Monday, in welcome news to hospitality and tourism operators.
About 50 international flights will land before the day is out.
The reopening marks a significant milestone for Australia's COVID-19 recovery plans, with past arrivals largely restricted to citizens, permanent residents and, more recently, international students.
G'day, tourists! The first flight to Sydney since Australia reopened its international border to travellers has just touched down ✈️ pic.twitter.com/6IzjTYyqEp— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) February 20, 2022
"We are going from COVID cautious to COVID confident when it comes to travel," Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared on Sunday.
Australian authorities have defended the prolonged border restrictions, which have been among the world's strictest, for helping stem the spread of the virus, leading to low death rates by global standards.
3. Australia won't send troops to Ukraine, says PM.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has indicated Australia won't send troops to Ukraine in the event of an invasion by Russia but will provide practical assistance to allies.
US President Joe Biden believes Russia's Vladimir Putin has made a decision to invade Ukraine and will do so within weeks or days.
Mr Morrison said an invasion is "regrettably inevitable", with intelligence showing Russian troops have not been withdrawn from the border.
Aerial surveillance around the Ukrainian border shows massive amounts of infrastructure, weaponry, and 130,000 Russian troops. https://t.co/00oHVTepoC— Mamamia (@Mamamia) February 18, 2022
Mr Morrison said Australia would stand by its like-minded allies and provide "support that is necessary".
"Australia has not been asked or nor would we be providing support through troops or anything of that nature," he said.
Russia has released footage it claims shows a withdrawal of its troops from the border but the US believes there has been a ramp-up to between 169,000 and 190,000 troops, from 100,000 at the end of January.
Late on Friday, Ukraine's military intelligence said Russian special forces had planted explosives at social infrastructure facilities in Donetsk, and urged residents to stay at home.
4. 'The Tinder Swindler' denies fraud.
The man at the centre of Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler, has denied he ever swindled money from his dates.
Speaking to Inside Edition, Simon Leviev says he isn't the man Cecilie Fjellhøy and Pernilla Sjoholm claim he is.
"I am not the 'Tinder Swindler. I was just a single guy that wanted to meet girls on Tinder," he told the media outlet.
In the documentary, Simon is shown to dupe not only Cecilie and Pernilla of thousands of dollars, but at least 15-20 other people.
The Netflix documentary shows him wooing his dates with private jets, fancy restaurants and luxurious overseas getaways. But it's revealed that each girl's lavish lifestyle is funded by another girl in Simon's con.
The full interview will go live in the US in a few hours.
5. And the Winter Olympics has wrapped up, with Australia winning 4 medals.
The Winter Olympics concluded in Beijing on Sunday, with Australia leaving with four medals - the most we've won at a Winter Games.
That includes gold by Jakara Anthony, which was the first medal by a female moguls skier, and the country's first sliding medal, with Jackie Narracott winning a shock silver in the skeleton.
The others came from Scotty James, silver in snowboard halfpipe and Tess Coady, at 21 Australia's youngest female winter medallist with bronze in slopestyle snowboard.
Australia finished 18th on the medal table, with New Zealand jumping two spots ahead of us with a second gold on the penultimate day of competition.
Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi! oi! oi!
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Beers, BBQs, babies: the tricks politicians use to win an election.
It's that time again. The time when the politicians go out into the community, shaking hands, kissing babies, flipping sausages and drinking beers - all in an effort to appear like 'one of us'.
In this episode, we look at the ways in which politicians attempt to endear themselves, and whether it's ever made a difference at the polling booth.
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