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a hollywood mogul harvey weinstein appears in court in new york, charged with rape and sexual abuse. he pays a million dollars in cash as bail and is made to wear an electronic tag. his lawyer says he denies the charges. mr weinstein did not invent the casting couch in hollywood and to the extent that there is bad behaviour in that industry, that is not what this is about. bad behaviour is not on trial in this case. and these are the first criminal charges against mr weinstein but he is already facing a raft of civil lawsuits. also tonight... the modesty of a 96—year—old d—day veteran who fought off a hammer attack and was left for dead. i blame myself, because i was special services. i think i should really have known how to deal with this. it's on , it's off — and now it could be back on again as president trump says he may yet meet the leader of north korea. the lucky ones in kiev — but almost a thousand liverpool fans are unable to get there for the champion's league
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final after flights are cancelled. coming up on bbc news, chris froome launches a stunning attack to seize the lead at the giro d'italia, with just two stages remaining, ending simon yates‘ hopes of victory. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the disgraced hollywood film producer, harvey weinstein, has been charged with rape and sexual abuse, after appearing in court in new york. once one of the most powerful men in america, he paid a million dollars — in cash — as bail and agreed to wear an electronic tag. the charges relate to two women, but dozens have made allegations against him since hollywood was shaken by claims of sexual misconduct last year. mr weinstein‘s lawyer said bad
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behaviour was not on trial , that mr weinstein denies the criminal charges and that he will mount a vigorous defence. our correspondent nick bryant has more. new york city can often feel like a giant movie set but this was the criminal justice system giant movie set but this was the criminaljustice system being put into action for real and as harvey weinstein arrived to be charge, i managed to confront him. this must be very humiliating. this must be very humiliating for you. he walked into the police station with three large books under his arm, one about broadway musicals but what mattered today with the charges read to him, accusing him of two counts of rape and one count of criminal sexual act for incidents involving two separate women. inside the police station he was arrested, fingerprinted and formally booked and about an hour later he was brought out by two
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detectives wearing handcuffs and what looked like a wry smile. hardly weinstein is now being taken to a criminal court and this is a day his accusers longed to see. his demeanour had noticeably changed by the time he was led into court. the movie mogul who once loved parading on the red carpet is forced to take a perp walk. then in a short arraignment hearing, prosecutors outlined their case. the defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually. outside the courthouse, his lawyer claimed his client was innocent. mr wine stain will enter a plea of not guilty. we intend to move plea of not guilty. we intend to iti ove very plea of not guilty. we intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges —— hardly weinstein. we believe they are constitutionally flawed, we believe they are not
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factually supported by the evidence and we believe that at the end of the process, mrweinstein and we believe that at the end of the process, mr weinstein will be exonerated. dozens of women have accused mr weinstein of inappropriate behaviour, not just accused mr weinstein of inappropriate behaviour, notjust in america. lisa rose worked with him in the uk, she was afraid to go up against him. there was that fear inside me that someone would come back at me for speaking out and the fa ct back at me for speaking out and the fact they spoke out initially, there was a fear that the world would change and he would be powerful again and you would be in trouble. the fact that if he gets put away andi the fact that if he gets put away and i hope he does, he will not be able to get back at people who spoke out against him is a good thing. as news of his arrest and charges came out, the reaction on social media was swift and damning, from some of those who accused him of wrongdoing and those who worked hard to see him in court today. harvey weinstein not only used to dominate and industry, he dominated almost every room but to watch him today was to see his power drain away. harvey weinstein
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has been released on a $1 million cash bail but he has had to forfeit his passport, he has got this electronic tagging device to track his movements and his movements are restricted to new york and connecticut. his legal team is saying he will plead not guilty which means this will go to a trial and the big question is, how many women will be allowed to testify? the two women that the charges relate to or the dozens of women who have accused him of sexual assault? thank you. a burglar who attacked a world war two veteran with a claw hammer and left him for dead, has been sentenced to 20 years. joseph isaacs was found guilty of attempted murder after the attack in taunton last november. 96 year old jim booth was left with fractures to the skull, and cuts to his head, hands and arms — but insists he has not been left terribly ‘het up' by the attack. jon kay reports. when you've been recognised for outstanding bravery at d—day, when you've been praised by prime ministers and have even danced with a duchess, it seems nothing phases you.
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and then he started lifting the thing and all of a sudden, he pushed me backwards, right up the... for the first time, 96—year—old jim booth is describing the moment he was attacked in his somerset home. by a bogus builder wielding a claw hammer. he hit me six times on the head, as well as more on the arms, with the claw side. each time between it, shouting, money, money, money. somehow, jim booth managed to stagger out of his house into the lane to alert neighbours. even though he had a fractured skull, he was concussed and was covered in blood. to suffer that level of abuse with a hammer, most people would expect that to be fatal. but as i said, it showed jim's strength of character and resilience which helped him pull through. maybe it was his military training, butjim reckons he did not go down without a fight and took
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on his attacker. i punched, i hit him, that is right. and i couldn't. .. i think i probably defended myself. but i am saying, i blame myself, because i was special services, you know, and i think i should have really been able to deal with this, but i didn't. i was too old, obviously. two days later, joseph isaacs was arrested. i am not saying anything until i have seen my lawyer. thejury was told he had been traced after using the war veteran's stolen bank cards. our father was subjected to a brutal and cowardly attack, inside his home. our father has shown extraordinary courage and determination, as he has battled with the pain and the long—term effects of the injuries. jim hopes he will soon be cycling again and playing the church organ, like did before the attack. and as a veteran of the normandy landings, he is philosophical about what he has been through.
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worst things happen at sea, as they say. jon kay, bbc news, somerset. what a remarkable man. it's on, it's off — now it could be be back on again. president trump has indicated that the cancelled summit in singapore with the north korean leader kimjong un could take place after all. our north america editorjon sopel is in washington for us... hard to keep up. what's your reading of the situation? when i stood here yesterday, it was not going to happen because of north korea's anger and hostility. a lot can change. what seems to have happened is that koreans issued a consolatory statement last night saying more or less, any time, anyplace, anywhere, we will meet the president and we want this summer to go ahead. donald trump spoke in
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washington this morning, and then a little while ago, just as he was boarding a plane, he said, do you know what? in singapore it could still happen. thousands of journalists in washington... very sorry, journalists in washington... very sorry, we journalists in washington... very sorry, we had technical problems with the satellite feed there. ministers from australia and the netherlands say they are holding russia responsible for the shooting down of malaysia airlines flight, mh17, over eastern ukraine in 2014. the passenger plane was brought down by a surface to air missile, killing all 298 people on board. borisjohnson has backed demands for russia to be held accountable and called it an example of the kremlin‘s disregard for innocent life. a fifteen—year—old has been arrested on suspicion of murdering another boy of the same age in sheffield. the boy, who's not yet been named, died in hospital last night shortly after being stabbed in the lowedges area of the city. he is the second teenager to be fatally stabbed in sheffield this week. a report commissioned by the snp to make a fresh economic case for an independent scotland
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suggests immigrants could play a crucial role in the country's future prosperity. it also recommends that an independent scotland should keep the pound for at least ten years. sarah smith reports from the edinburgh craft beer festival. the price of a pint might not be the most important issue when choosing your country's future, but what currency you might use to buy a beer or anything else in an independent scotland is a big question that needs a clear answer before there is another vote. the idea is you can still pay for a scottish beer with british pounds, just like you do now. that's meant to reassure voters that their money won't change. but there is still the option of setting up a new scottish currency at some point in the future. i think in time, it's entirely credible and independent scotland will want to move to its own currency and that would be considered to be in the best interests of scotland and the people of scotland.
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even the most ardent supporters of that position recognise that there would require to be a period of preparation and transition. back in 2014, the uk government ruled out a currency union with an independent scotland. i could not, as chancellor, recommend that we could share the pound with an independent scotland. now the snp don't want a formal pact and said the uk cannot stop scotland simply using the pound. can't we use the pound anyway? of course we can use the pound. less than a few seconds ago he admitted we could use the pound anyway. so have they now solved their currency conundrum? i think what we've seen today is pretty muddled. we'll use another country's currency, without a central bank, without a formal link to them and then at some indeterminate point in the future, will shift to something else,
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but we're not telling you what that something else is. we're not telling you the steps in between. craft brewing is exactly the kind of growing industry and independent scotland would want to see thrive. it would be reassuring to know that an independent scotland would continue to use the pound, just because i feel like a change in currency would complicate transactions with the rest of the uk and the rest of the world. but there would always be the possibility of a new scottish currency round the corner. if we've got to worry about different currencies, different exchanges, another layer of bureaucracy and administration, it's just going to be more and more difficult. the snp are now suggesting a more cautious approach to independence and economics, but one that's reassuringly inexpensive, if you like. but possibly less inspiring as a result. sarah smith, bbc news, edinburgh. the relatives of 1a people who died in the grenfell tower fire have been speaking of of their loved ones on the fifth day of the public inquiry into the disaster. 72 people died in the fire last year. among the emotional testimonies was one from a nine—year—old girl who paid tribute to her cousin. tom symonds has the story of two of the families killed that day. it has become a symbol of society's
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failure but this week's commemorations have taken us inside a different grenfell tower, a place that families called home. this family lived on the 21st floor, one was a hospital porter and his wife. our sister—in—law was the anchor of herfamily. she our sister—in—law was the anchor of her family. she had our sister—in—law was the anchor of herfamily. she had a real presence within the community and she was loved by many. she was our family, oui’ loved by many. she was our family, our sister and she will always be remembered for her strength, her kindness and her love for others. we miss her dearly. it is a daunting prospect to be watched publicly grieving, but this nine—year—old
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girl was not going to be put off remembering herfriends. girl was not going to be put off remembering her friends. had he lived until adult hood, i think he would have liked to have been a comedian, although i do think he had some work to do on hisjokes. laughter. his brother and his sister all five of the family died. video has been an important part of the commemorations. this one remembered this family. a singer, a talented public speaker, it she read so many books that her and said her father could not afford to pay for all of them. her brother, the sportsman. he had a big heart and unique character and personality. it was so poignant. and the youngest, remembered by his good friends. in reception, we like to play football with each other and
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he was a really nice friend. to play football with each other and he was a really nice friendlj to play football with each other and he was a really nice friend. i keep oi'i he was a really nice friend. i keep on forgetting that they are gone. i think of them as if they are still here. their mother and father also died. when this video finished, the sounds of sobbing could be heard within the enquiry hall. but the chairman sees all of this as evidence of human cost of this tragedy. tom symons, bbc news, at the grenfell tower enquiry. our top story this evening: harvey weinstein appears in court in new york charged with rape and sexual abuse and is made to wear an electronic tag. and still to come — liverpool arrives in kiev for the champions league final — can they bring the trophy home for the first time in 13 years? coming up on sportsday on bbc news. england find wickets hard to come by as the hosts toil for little reward as pakistan lead on day two
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of the first test. a bbc investigation has found that british men are increasingly being targeted by sextortion gangs in africa. the criminals trick their victims into filming sexual activity online and then blackmail them. experts say that ivory coast in west africa has become a hotspot for the gangs. the number of cases reported to police in the uk has more than tripled in the last three years, as angus crawford reports. how scared were you at the time? iwas... frozen. meet adrian, once a victim of sextortion. now, warning others about the risk. very, very suspicious. we set up a fake facebook profile. out of the blue, we get a friend request. where are you from? she is very pretty. flirty. in her own words, naughty.
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this scam develops in minutes, live in front of our eyes. so you are really moments away from being scammed? yes, literally minutes away. the trap is set, she is keen to move from facebook to skype. she has suggested videocalling and she has said, i am going to show you naked and you also. but she is not real. just a pornographic video, operated by a scammer, waiting to film and record us, their next victim. of course, we cannot show you what would happen next. it might start with a girl, slowly undressing and all of that. anything to just basically get you to show your face and your private parts. is it threatening? the next message was definitely threatening. it was saying, you know what this is, i will show it to your friends and family. what did you have to do to stop them? give them money. money that more and more ends up here in the ivory coast in west africa. cash transfers are easy, there is high unemployment and even the poorest areas have access to the internet. the crime of sextortion began
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and was perfected in nigeria and in the philippines before it went global. now, ivory coast and particularly here in abidjan, it has become a hot spot of sextortion. many of the victims come from the uk. and here are the police files, a growing number being investigated by abidjan‘s cyber crime unit. on the screens, some of the videos used by the scammers. they told us they know of at least 120 recent british victims. we want to track down one of the scammers, but they are hidden in the slums, which are controlled by gangs and hunted by the police. we do eventually find one who will talk. translation: you have to do it without remorse. if you think about what you are doing, you would never do it. but you do real harm to the victims.
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translation: harm? well, afterwards you could sit down and say i am bad, but you cannot put things right. they are thousands of miles away, how are you going to say sorry? it is no one's fault. it is love. this is a growing crime with terrible consequences. some people actually take their own lives because of this. did that ever cross your mind? the truth of the matter was, at one point it kind of did. so, if you find yourself talking to a girl like this online, beware. angus crawford, bbc news. people in the irish republic are voting in a referendum about whether to change the country's abortion laws. voters will decide whether to repeal the eighth amendment of the irish constitution, which bans all terminations, except when the mother's life is in danger. the british economy grew
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by 0.1% in the first quarter of the year — according to the second estimate from the office for national statistics. it's the second estimate for the period which is unchanged from the first and represents the weakest growth since 2012. officials at the 0ns say that the bad weather had some impact on the economy, particularly in construction and retail, but its overall effect was limited. cycling, and britain's chris froome has had one of the best days of his career to power into the lead at this year's giro d'italia. the four—times tour de france champion went into today's stage in fourth place, well behind fellow briton simon yates. but a stunning mountain ride saw him pull ahead of all his rivals. he now leads the three—week race by a0 seconds with two stages to go. hundreds of liverpool football fans are struggling to get to tomorrow's champions league final against real madrid, after two flights to the ukrainian capital kiev were cancelled. the operator worldchoice sports had been unable to secure landing slots at the airport in time. natalie pirks is in kiev for us, this is a disaster for the fans? it's terrible. all liverpool fans
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are excited to watch their side go toe to toe with the team training behind me, real madrid. hundreds of those fans i have now been left shattered. kiev doesn't have the infrastructure to cope with the influx of fans and now last ditched attem pts influx of fans and now last ditched atte m pts to influx of fans and now last ditched attempts to get those flights into the air have failed. those fans who are here, no they are the lucky ones. it has been the soundtrack of liverpool's journey. a tale of burke all conquering charge to the final, but just having got all conquering charge to the final, butjust having got there is reason enough to sing. this wasjust about affordable. it is ridiculous having it here. lovely city, but come on. 0n the way back, i am going back to ankara, it the reds, that is all that matters. others haven't been as
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fortu nate, that matters. others haven't been as fortunate, flights have been counselled out of john fortunate, flights have been counselled out ofjohn lennon airport today, leaving hundreds stranded. got it from an emotional perspective, but disgusted from the perspective, but disgusted from the perspective at the way it has been handled. as a family, it meant so much to us. those fans are desperate to be here because they truly believe it is their moment. there is something about this cup run that their manager is saying they can do something special against real madrid. this club has it in its dna they can go for the big things. nobody expected us to be here, but we are here, because we liverpool. this team clearly has the magic you cannot explain. even in front of the press, they cut relaxed figures, but they stand on the shoulders of giants. 13 years ago today, steven
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gerrard's team won their fifth champions league trophy in istanbul. it is about time they step out of their shadow. it is about this team and creating our own history. we have done fantastically well to get to this point, but we want to go one step further and remember for the right reasons and that is as winning the champions league. liverpool fans are playing their part to turn kiev read. now the team needs to leave its mark. it's set to be his last one, in the role ofjames bond. daniel craig has already confirmed he will play the british spy in the 25th film in the series, due for release late next year. but today we've found out 0scar—winner danny boyle will be directing. the film will reunite
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boyle with craig, with whom he worked on a short film made for the london olympics that also memorably featured the queen. production is set to begin in december at the uk's pinewood studios. the stage is set and from tonight the bbc‘s biggest weekend will host some of the biggest names in pop and classical music. ed sheeran, craig david and taylor swift will join in the four days of performance across the four nations. 0ur entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba reports. i give you your first act of the weekend... each event reflects the radio identity. here in belfast it is bbc six music. it is part of a strategy to underline the corporation's commitment to music. the bbc knows it's vital to keep appealing to people of all ages and backgrounds and music is one of the things that can do that. they thought with no glastonbury this
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year it seemed an ideal opportunity for them to showcase music from the biggest pop acts like taylor swift... to classical musicians like nigel kennedy... and to jazz acts likejamie nigel kennedy... and to jazz acts like jamie column. these enormous outdoor festivals remains a special place in my heart because you find yourself having to bring something different to the table than you normally do. trying to communicate with an audience that big. and also, you are not always playing to your audience, you are playing to people who are there to see a variety of acts, which means you have to work a little bit harder. his performance in perth at the radio 3 event was one of the highlights. while preparations are well under way at
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the final two venues, swansea and coventry, both hoping to continue the weekend's already considerable momentum. the manic street preachers entertaining the crowd, but the weekend has all the right ingredients, some of the biggest names, thousands of bands here and millions more watching potentially at home or on the move. but it won't be until the final act comes off the stage in coventry on monday whether it will be clear this has produced the kind of musical magic that will make it one of the musical events of 2018. time for a look at the weather, here's helen willets. 0ne one thing they don't need is an electrical storms near electrical equipment. small risk of a shower the coventry and swansea tomorrow.
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this is how it looked earlier in argyll and bute button—down bb had the rain and it has been a bleak day for parts of wales and northern england. we have a storm close to the wash at the moment, a strike of lightning not far from king the wash at the moment, a strike of lightning not farfrom king ‘s lynn. but the bust of the dry weather, even into the night is across northern ireland and scotland. a few showers but they should fade away and most of them coming back into the south later because the winds are lighter in the south, it will be murky first thing. not cold overnight, quite muggy in the south and it is that muggy air that will threaten more storms on saturday as well. one or two in the north, but hopefully fizzling out. most of the showers and thunderstorms will gather in the south as we go to the day and there could be some torrential downpours later. 26 degrees, so we torrential downpours later. 26 degrees, so we are torrential downpours later. 26 degrees, so we are still thinking it could be almost record—breaking this
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bank holiday weekend. but it is the storms that will be dampened the spirits. as they moved north tomorrow evening, potentially near swa nsea, tomorrow evening, potentially near swansea, and then into sunday towards coventry as well. not great news here and they looked torrential as we get into sunday and they will progress northwards overnight and into bank holiday monday. by that stage there is more risk of thundery rain across northern ireland and parts of scotland. but the saturday and sunday most of scotland and northern ireland were dry. if you are travelling, there could be localised flooding as a result of the storms, fiona. a reminder of our main story: harvey weinstein appears in court in new york charged with rape and sexual abuse — and is made to wear an electronic tag. that's all from the bbc news at six. 0n bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. in an charged with rape and two other sexual offences against women. mr weinstein did not invent the bad
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behaviour, and the extent that there isa behaviour, and the extent that there is a bad behaviour in that industry, thatis is a bad behaviour in that industry, that is not what this is about. bad behaviour is not on trial in this case. a 96—year—old d—day veteran speaks about surviving a hammer attack, as a man is jailed for 20 years for attempted murder. president trump suggests his summit with north korean leader kimjong—un could still go ahead next month, despite cancelling
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