Bill Cosby charged with sexual assault

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgRelated posts:Cosby’s wife forced to testify in defamation case over sexual-assault allegations ‘Finally, we’re all validated’: Bill Cosby’s alleged victims react to his arraignment UN peacekeepers routinely trade sex for goods UPDATE: US ‘affluenza’ teen arrested in Mexico NEW YORK — Comedian Bill Cosby has been charged with sexual assault in Pennsylvania over an incident that took place in 2004, a prosecutor said Wednesday — the first criminal charges filed against the actor after dozens of women claimed abuse.“Mr Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent assault. This is a felony,” Kevin Steele, assistant district attorney for the state’s Montgomery County, told reporters in Norristown, in the suburbs of Philadelphia.Cosby, 78, was to be arraigned later Wednesday. If found guilty, the veteran television star could face up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.More than 50 women have already publicly claimed abuse by the pioneering African-American comedian, who attained his greatest fame for his role as the lovable family doctor and pater familias in the hit 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show.”But his attorneys have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing by Cosby, who has gone from megastar to pariah in the face of the allegations, which span four decades. Earlier this month, he filed a defamation suit against seven of his accusers.The Pennsylvania criminal charge stems from allegations made by a former employee of Temple University in Philadelphia, who says the television legend assaulted her at his home in the suburb of Cheltenham in 2004.“On the evening in question, Mr Cosby urged her to take pills that he provided to her and to drink wine — the effect of which rendered her unable to move, (or to) respond to his advances, and he committed aggravated indecent assault upon her,” Steele said.Steele said the charge — which prosecutors later clarified is a felony of the second degree — stemmed from new evidence in the case that came to light in July, prompting the reopening of the investigation.“A prosecutor’s job is to follow the evidence wherever it leads and whenever it comes to light,” Steele said.“Today, after examination of all the evidence, we are able to seek justice on behalf of the victim,” he added, urging anyone with information about similar incidents with Cosby to come forward.In a statement, prosecutors accused Cosby of fondling the woman and penetrating her with his fingers.Statute of limitationsSteele did not name the victim, but the facts of the case correspond with allegations made by Andrea Constand. Constand’s lawyer, Dolores Troiani, confirmed to CNN that the charge was connected to her.In 2005, an initial investigation did not result in criminal charges against Cosby in Constand’s case.In a deposition Cosby gave as part of a civil suit filed by Constand, which was settled in 2006, the actor insisted all relations with Constand were consensual, and accused her of lying about the assault.“I think Andrea is a liar and I know she’s a liar because I was there. I was there,” Cosby said in the deposition, cited by The New York Times.Prosecutors said the release of court documents in July and the subsequent release of the deposition had in part led to the reopening of the case. Steele said the victim had said she was willing to cooperate with prosecutors.Statutes of limitations have prevented most of the women who have accused the comedian of sexual assault from taking legal action. In the Pennsylvania case, the statute of limitations was set to expire early next year.The accusations against Cosby have led television networks to back away from projects connected to him, and several universities have stripped him of honorary degrees. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


Carriers set to break Hawaii capacity record

Posted On Aug 17 2019 by

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Airlines are expected to set a third-quarter record this year for capacity into Hawaii as visitor numbers to the state continue to surge. According to data released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, between July and September, scheduled nonstop seats to the state are forecast to exceed the previous record set five years ago, local media in Honolulu reported.Reflecting an increase of 12.6 per cent over the same period in 2011, and a 2.6 per cent increase over the record setting three-month stretch in 2007, nearly 2.7 million seats are predicted to land in Hawaii during Q3. Among the carriers to have boosted capacity to the Aloha State this year are Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Allegiant Air, whose first flight from Las Vegas to Honolulu landed just days ago. Capacity from the US East Coast and US West Coast, Hawaii’s number one source market, is anticipated to rise by 25 per cent and 8.8 per cent respectively, while overall capacity from the States is predicted to rise by 10.4 per cent.Internationally, South Korea, China and Japan are expected to show gains of 55 per cent, 48 per cent and 15.4 per cent respectively, while seats from Australia and New Zealand are anticipated to grow by 29.4 per cent. International seat numbers are forecast to rise 18.1 per cent in total. Image Hawaiian Airlineslast_img read more


Go back to the enewsletter Cruise Passenger Mag

Posted On Aug 11 2019 by

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Cruise Passenger Magazine has named Scenic winner of the Best River Cruise Line category for 2015 for the fourth year running. The annual Reader’s Choice Awards accredit the best cruise operators within the travel industry as ranked in order of readers’ choice.Michelle Black, GM Sales and Marketing, commented: “It is such a huge honour to have won the Cruise Passenger Readers’ Choice Award for Best River Cruise Line for the fourth consecutive year. This is a fantastic achievement and we are so grateful to our loyal past guests for taking the time to vote for us year after year.“These awards really do mean so much to us as they are proof that we are delivering a world class luxury river cruise product that we can be proud of. 2015 has been a huge year for us in terms of river cruising with the launch of four new ships in three new destinations, including our expansion into South East Asia, and we can’t wait to welcome our guests on board and share these new destinations with them in 2016.”Scenic marks the award as the end of another successful year after winning Best Cruise Company and Best Tour Operator in Luxury Travel Magazine’s prestigious 2015 Gold List Awards in April. The annual awards accredit the best luxury travel operators and destinations as voted for by their readers.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more