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Meghan Markle ‘wants to bail out on her terms,’ says Prince Charles biographer: It’s ‘spiteful fury’

Prince Charles’ biographer Tom Bower had some stern words for the Duchess of Sussex.

The writer, who appeared on “Good Morning Britain” on Monday, slammed Meghan Markle after the former American actress and her husband Prince Harry announced on their official website there is no ‘jurisdiction by The Monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word ‘Royal’ overseas.”

A spokesman for the couple announced on Friday they will refrain from using the word “royal” or “Sussex Royal” brand in any capacity going forward, People magazine reported.

Bower, 73, insisted the message on the couple’s page came directly from the former “Suits” star.

JESSICA MULRONEY DENIES REGISTERING CHARITY WEBSITE FOR MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY

MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY SAY THE QUEEN DOESN’T OWN THE WORD ‘ROYAL’

“The statement was really spiteful fury from Meghan — What Meghan wants Meghan gets,” he fired on the morning show, as reported by U.K.’s Daily Mail.

“It was rude to the queen,” he continued. “What is spiteful is, she married into the royal family not that long ago and she bailed out. But she wants to bail out on her terms. What is most important for this country is to protect the reputation of the royal family. What you’ve really got is this couple being led by Meghan [who] wants to commercialize the royal family.”

Journalist Afua Adom questioned Bower, asking how he could possibly know Harry, 35, is being “led by Meghan,” 38.

“It’s the truth,” responded Bower. “She has a whole life, a whole career of commercial exploitation of herself. She has absolutely no status apart from being attached to the royal family.”

Adom, along with host Susanna Reid, pointed out that before Markle married Harry in 2018, she had her own successful career in Hollywood, took part in charity work and ran a lifestyle blog called The Tig.

MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY REVEAL DETAILS OF ROYAL TRANSITION

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Meghan Markle was a star in USA Network’s legal drama “Suits” before she married Britain’s Prince Harry. (USA)

PRINCE HARRY, MEGHAN MARKLE WON’T USE ‘SUSSEX ROYAL’ AFTER STEPPING BACK AS SENIOR MEMBERS OF ROYAL FAMILY

But Bower wasn’t fazed by Markle’s accomplishments before she became a duchess.

“If she wasn’t married into the royal family she couldn’t have set up a charity, she couldn’t start marketing Meghan’s footwear and all the rest of it.”

Bower also claimed the couple “reluctantly” decided not to use the Sussex Royal branding.

“They’re trying to make money out of the royal family,” he alleged.

When asked why the media’s coverage of the couple has taken a negative turn, Bower said, “Because of the hypocrisy.”

MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY ‘EAGER’ TO USE ‘SUSSEX ROYAL’ BRAND, BUT THE QUEEN ‘HAD OTHER PLANS’: SOURCE

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Queen Elizabeth II (left) has reportedly banned the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from banking on the “Sussex Royal” brand. (Getty)

MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY WILL END THEIR ROYAL DUTIES BY THE END OF MARCH

“At the beginning, she threw herself in it,” he said. “She started campaigning for the environment and then she took all these private jets. When she didn’t tell the truth about Archie’s birth. When she tried to deliberately confuse people about the time of the birth… If they do anything to damage the 93-year-old sovereign of this wonderful country, they have got to start questioning themselves. It’s a selfish, victim-like approach to the world.”

On Jan. 8, Markle and Harry announced that they would take “a step back” as senior members of the royal family and instead work independently, splitting their time between the United Kingdon and North America.

The couple said their decision came “after many months of reflection and internal discussions.”

“We have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” the couple shared on Instagram. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.

MEGHAN MARKLE ‘RUNNING THE SHOW,’ TAKING ‘RESPONSIBILITY FROM HARRY’ FOLLOWING STAFF FIRING, EXPERT CLAIMS

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry greet the press as they debut Baby Sussex. The couple met reporters at Windsor Castle, where they also met with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. (Getty)

PRINCE HARRY ‘DOESN’T REGRET’ MEGXIT, IS ‘HAPPIER’ IN CANADA: REPORT

“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honor our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages,” they continued. “This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”

The couple added they will continue to work with the reigning monarch, Harry’s father Prince Charles, as well as older brother Prince William.

“We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”

They will keep their royal titles.

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Wales jury in ‘barbaric medieval-style’ crossbow killing returns guilty verdict

A North Wales jury returned a guilty verdict Monday in what police said was the “barbaric medieval-style execution” of an elderly man shot and killed last year with a crossbow.

Gerald Corrigan, 74, suffered horrendous injuries after being shot at his home in April.

Terence Whall, 38, a sports therapist, was convicted of ambushing Corrigan from a close distance while armed with a powerful crossbow.

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Mugshot for Terence Whall, 39. Photo right shows Gerald Corrigan, 74. (North Wales Police )

“Terence Whall believed he had planned and committed the perfect murder,” Detective Chief Inspector Brian Kearney said. “There was no forensic evidence, no direct eyewitness evidence to the shooting and in fact no one saw him going to and from the scene.”

CROSSBOW SHOOTING VICTIM IN WALES DIES IN HOSPITAL

Police initially suspected Corrigan had been shot accidentally in the dead of night by a lamper, a rogue hunter.

The jury was told that Whall damaged Corrigan’s TV satellite dish to lure him outside. Corrigan was shot as he fixed it.

Police were able to establish that Thall’s Land Rover was near Corrigan’s home the night of the shooting and the night before when he was scoping out the property, the Guardian reported.

MAN, 74, IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER SEEMINGLY UNPROVOKED CROSSBOW SHOOTING IN WALES

Prosecutors told the jury the exact motive wasn’t known but it was clear someone wanted Corrigan killed.

Corrigan’s girlfriend issued a statement after the verdict.

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“To that sad, twisted, broken soul who murdered him, I say if you have an ounce of humanity, any sense of decency, then you would tell us now why you have done this,” Megan Bailey, 64, said, according to the Guardian.

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‘Finally’: Ashley Judd and Other Weinstein Accusers Respond to Verdict

Harvey Weinstein was once lauded as one of Hollywood’s most dynamic film producers. Now, after a Manhattan jury convicted him of two felony sex crimes, he faces the prospect of years in prison.

While the New York case was narrowly focused — the criminal charges centered largely on just two women — its symbolism was sweeping. More than 90 women have accused Mr. Weinstein of sexual misconduct, and the allegations against him set off the global #MeToo movement.

Mr. Weinstein is the first high-profile man to be ousted from a position of power during the movement and then criminally prosecuted. (He has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.)

Moments after the jury announced its decision on Monday, The New York Times asked some of Mr. Weinstein’s accusers, other stakeholders in the #MeToo movement and legal experts to interpret the verdict’s meaning.

Their responses have been edited and condensed.


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This is what he has created for himself, prison, lack of remorse, lack of accountability.

Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd was the first actress to publicly accuse Mr. Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

The story of #MeToo, of what the movement is about, is that men no longer have tacit permission to use their power or prestige to sexually access girls’ and women’s bodies. Their power and position cannot be used in secret or in the open to exploit asymmetry of power. There will be consequences in the courtroom, in employment and in society.

This is the way it’s supposed to be. This is the way it’s supposed to be.

And I think that Harvey’s guilty verdict demonstrates how overwhelmingly guilty he was. A perpetrator has to be overwhelmingly guilty for justice to be served at this time.

I would love for Harvey to have a restorative justice process in which he could come emotionally to terms with his wrongs. The criminal justice system is a distant second to a more humane kind of process. This is what he has created for himself: prison, lack of remorse, lack of accountability. The man is going to prison for sex crimes.

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It was definitely the most stressful thing I’ve done in my life.

Dawn Dunning

Dawn Dunning is a former actress who served as one of several supporting witnesses at Mr. Weinstein’s trial, testifying about what prosecutors said was a pattern of predation by the producer.

It was very nerve-racking to testify. I knew I’d have to see him and talk about what happened to me.

I did it for all of us. I did it for the women who couldn’t testify. I couldn’t not do it.

My biggest fear was him being found not guilty. I’m very relieved. But he wasn’t found guilty on all of the counts, so I feel like it was a victory, but not a complete victory. This verdict made it real for people watching from afar that you will be held accountable for your actions. You can’t take advantage of people just because you have power and money.

Either way, regardless of the verdict, it didn’t change how hard it was to be face to face with him in the courtroom, and testifying in a room full of press. The cross-examination was really difficult.

It was definitely the most stressful thing I’ve done in my life.


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He will forever be guilty.

Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke is the activist who started the original #MeToo movement more than a decade ago.

Most of us will never see the inside of the courtroom, but these women got to take the stand, look him in the eye, and ‘You did this to me.’

He will forever be guilty. That’s a thing we have.


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Hinging the future of women’s rights on a criminal conviction is a little troubling to me.

Aya Gruber

Aya Gruber is a former defense lawyer and a law professor at the University of Colorado.

I have mixed reactions about the whole case. On the one hand, I am myself a sexual assault survivor and I believe that the #MeToo movement is good. On the other hand, as a former defense attorney, hinging the future of women’s rights on a criminal conviction is a little troubling to me.

The thought that one case could be representative of the entire world of victims and defendants is just wrong. But that’s what happened in this case. It became symbolic of not just the entire universe of sexual assault cases, but the entire women’s movement.

When we bend rules to favor prosecutors, it’s not always the Harvey Weinsteins. When you look at the majority of sex offenders, especially as we’re broadening the definition of what counts as a sex offense, a lot of them are juveniles. People who are figuring out their sexuality. A lot of them are people of color and from marginalized neighborhoods. And they’re going to be caught up in a system that is extremely harsh, and possibly branded for life.

What is the fallout from a #MeToo movement that insists on incarceration as part of its justice goals?

Harvey Weinstein needed to be held accountable. But sex offenders have a horrible time in jail. It is going to be terrible, state-imposed suffering and torture. I have a hard time feeling happy about that. If accountability can only come through decades in horrific conditions in jail, I don’t love that. Not for anyone.


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This moment we are in is an opportunity to disrupt the story of a typical survivor.

Fatima Goss Graves

Fatima Goss Graves is the president of the National Women’s Law Center.

What defense attorneys do is create a narrative that only one type of person could experience sexual violence, and that there is only one type of response. They discount behaviors that are actually really typical in an effort to blame victims. This moment we are in is an opportunity to disrupt the story of a typical survivor, and to disrupt the story of a typical response.

When I think about the last two years, we’ve seen important examples of individual accountability. I have great hope that individuals in this case have a measure of justice around them. But the last two years have been bigger than one individual. They’ve been about systems changing, creating new norms and laws that will propel us further in the future. I’m hopeful about the future.


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It looks like they were fairly careful on what they decided.

Isabelle Kirshner

Isabelle Kirshner is a former Manhattan prosecutor turned criminal defense lawyer who has represented men accused of sexual assault.

This wasn’t “Believe all women,” and certainly not “Believe everything women are saying.”

Had they believed all women, and what all the women said, he would have been convicted on all charges. It looks like they were fairly careful on what they decided.


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The conviction of Harvey Weinstein is a stunning victory for every single woman who refused to remain silent any longer.

Jane Manning

Jane Manning is a former Queens prosecutor who is director of the Women’s Equal Justice Project.

It’s a historic day. A predator who was once untouchable has finally been held accountable. All of the women who spoke out about Harvey Weinstein are heroes: the ones who received a guilty verdict, and the many who didn’t.

Annabella Sciorra’s case stretches farther back in time than the others; perhaps that was a challenge for the jury. But there’s no doubt in my mind that her testimony mattered. It helped establish a pattern; it supported the accounts of Miriam Haleyi and Jessica Mann. She deserves admiration and gratitude for her courage; all the prosecution witnesses do.

The conviction of Harvey Weinstein is a stunning victory for every single woman who refused to remain silent any longer.


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Every day that I live and enjoy my life is a victory over Harvey.

Rowena Chiu

Rowena Chiu is a former assistant at Miramax, the production company founded by Harvey Weinstein and his brother, Bob. She accused Mr. Weinstein of assaulting her on the job in 1998.

I had said in an interview a few days ago, that this isn’t just a story of one man. Even in the light of a conviction, it isn’t just one person. Obviously it is a really important victory for the #MeToo movement. But the #MeToo movement is much, much bigger than what happens to Harvey. This is certainly a moment of great encouragement and a milestone for me personally and the movement as a whole.

In some ways, I feel that the life I’ve built today, every day that I live and enjoy my life is a victory over Harvey. That is much more meaningful than going for a legal victory. Because we all know the legal system is flawed.

Many of us are doing incredible work that stems from surviving trauma. I think that is very much something I want to put out there. Many of us are doing these incredible things. The very fact that I’m with my kids in a sand pit, is a victory over Harvey, whether he ends up in jail or not.

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I felt some measure of justice had been done. He is now a convicted rapist.

Debra Katz

Debra Katz, a civil rights and employment lawyer, has represented several people who have spoken out about Mr. Weinstein.

There was a great deal of tension in the courtroom this morning, waiting for the jury. When we got to the first count of guilty, there was a feeling of extraordinary relief.

I felt some measure of justice had been done. He is now a convicted rapist. It was an extraordinary moment of social reckoning. It’s no longer OK to say that this was transactional, that these women knew exactly what they were getting. It’s no longer acceptable to blame women for the fact that they were targeted by a sexual predator. This was a true repudiation of the arguments that Donna Rotunno, his lawyer, made, that these women used Weinstein and that he was an unwitting victim.

When Rotunno exited the courthouse today, her response was extremely telling. She said Harvey Weinstein was completely shocked. For a man who has taken this kind of advantage and abused women for decades and taken this as his prerogative, I would say he is shocked.


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Hopefully this gives more women the strength to come forward.

Lucia Evans

Lucia Evans’s accusation of sexual assault against Mr. Weinstein was originally included, and then dropped, from the New York case.

I am so impressed by the women who participated in the criminal case up through the verdict. Witnessing firsthand many of the obstacles that stood in their way only deepens my appreciation of their courage. I truly wish I was given the opportunity to stand next to them, to see my case through to the end.

Hopefully this gives more women the strength to come forward.

It really took a village of women to do this.


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Supreme Court hears Atlantic Coast Pipeline case, Roberts warns of ‘impermeable barrier’ along Appalachian Trail

The Supreme Court began hearing arguments Monday on the case that will determine the fate of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline – a 600-mile natural gas project would begin in West Virginia and stretch through Virginia and North Carolina.

A December ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the U.S. Forest Service was not authorized to grant an $8 billion pipeline permit to Dominion Energy Inc., allowing for the natural gas project to cross the Appalachian Trail, West Virginia Public Radio reported.

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Chief Justice John Roberts appeared to back the permit in oral arguments in Washington Monday, claiming a ruling in favor of environmental groups would create an “impermeable barrier” along the 2,200-mile-long historic hiking route, Bloomberg reported. The Appalachian Trail, which extends down the East Coast from Maine to Georgia, is on federal land and is a unit of the National Park Service.

Construction on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, developed by Dominion with Duke Energy Corp., was scheduled to begin in mid-2020 and finish by the end of 2021. It was to transport 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day from the Marcellus shale basin in West Virginia to customers in North Carolina and Virginia.

Backed by the Trump administration,  Dominion Energy and Duke Energy asked the high court to overturn a lower court that threw out a permit for the pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. Lawyers for Dominion and U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued in legal briefs that the U.S. Forest Service has jurisdiction over land in the George Washington National Forest, where a 0.1-mile segment of the pipeline would cross about 700 feet beneath the Appalachian Trail.

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Signs that mark the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Deerfield, Va. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to wade into a long-running battle between developers of the 605-mile natural gas pipeline and environmental groups who oppose the pipeline crossing the storied Appalachian Trail. On Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, the high court will hear arguments on a critical permit needed by developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

But the Sierra Club and other environmental groups claim that because the Appalachian Trail is considered a unit of the National Park System, no federal agency can grant a right-of-way for the pipeline. Only Congress can approve such a crossing, they argue.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey spearheaded a group of 18 state attorney generals who appealed the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in U.S. Forest Service v. Cowpasture River Preservation Association, urging the Supreme Court to hear the case, West Virginia Public Radio reported.

“We think that the 4th Circuit clearly erred,” Morrisey, said in a recent press conference. “You cannot set up literally an impenetrable federal barrier to economic development, not only under our constitution or a law, but under the statutes, the Mineral Leasing Act.”

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Jan. 8, 2019: Protesters hold signs as they turn their backs on a meeting of the Virginia State Air Quality Control Board in Richmond, Va. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to wade into a long-running battle between developers of a 605-mile natural gas pipeline and environmental groups who oppose the pipeline crossing the storied Appalachian Trail. On Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, the high court will hear arguments on a critical permit needed by developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Under the 1920 U.S. Mineral Leasing Act, the Forest Service has no jurisdiction over “lands in the National Park System.”

On Monday, U.S. government lawyers argued the Appalachian Trail route is separate from the land it crosses, warning a ruling in favor of the environmental groups could bear “unintended consequences.” The environmental groups countered, saying the pipeline project could be authorized on private of state land – but not on federal parkland, KYTX reported.

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The Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision on the case in upcoming months, KYTX reported. If the decision sides with environmental groups, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline may be rerouted not to cross over the Appalachian Trail.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Harvey Weinstein Is Found Guilty of Sex Crimes in #MeToo Watershed

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Harvey Weinstein, the powerhouse film producer whose downfall over sexual misconduct ignited a global movement, was found guilty of two felony sex crimes after a trial in which six women testified that he had sexually assaulted them.

The jury found Mr. Weinstein guilty of rape and criminal sexual act but acquitted him of three other counts, including the two most serious charges against him — that he is a sexual predator.

Mr. Weinstein sat motionless and displayed little emotion as the verdict was read. “But, I’m innocent,” the producer repeated three times to his lawyers. Minutes later, he appeared stunned as he was handcuffed and led out of court, limping between two court officers on his way to jail to await sentencing. He faces a possible sentence of between five and 29 years.

Complaints about Mr. Weinstein, an Oscar-winning producer of films including “Shakespeare in Love,” had opened the floodgates in late 2017, as hundreds of thousands of women aired their own stories of harassment. Mr. Weinstein quickly became a symbol not just of the casting couch culture in Hollywood, but of the abuse women had endured for hundreds of years.

And for many, the trial was a watershed moment for the #MeToo movement and a crucial test in the effort to hold influential men accountable for sexual harassment in the workplace.

The criminal charges brought in Manhattan against Mr. Weinstein, 67, rested narrowly on the complaints of two women: Miriam Haley, a production assistant who said he had forced oral sex on her in 2006, and Jessica Mann, a former actress who alleged he had raped her at a hotel in 2013.

Jurors also had to consider the testimony of the actress Annabella Sciorra, who said Mr. Weinstein had raped her in the early 1990s, in deciding whether he was a sexual predator. Three other women were allowed give their accounts of alleged assaults to establish a pattern of behavior, but Mr. Weinstein was not charged in those incidents.

But the jury found him not guilty on two counts of predatory sexual assault, suggesting they had doubts about Ms. Sciorra’s allegation.

After the jury foreman delivered the verdict, Justice James M. Burke thanked the jurors for their “care and concentration” before they left the courtroom. As they filed out, Juror No. 6 stared at Mr. Weinstein. Justice Burke immediately sent Mr. Weinstein to jail to await sentencing on March 11, denying his request to be sent home for medical reasons.

The case, heard in State Supreme Court, was an unusually risky one for Manhattan prosecutors, who had little or no physical or forensic evidence to support the women’s allegations. The trial turned into a battle over the women’s credibility.

Donna Rotunno, the lead defense lawyer, tried to put the #MeToo movement on trial, arguing that public outrage over Mr. Weinstein’s behavior had stripped him of a career and branded him as a rapist without due process. He was, she said, “a target of a cause and of a movement.”

Prosecutors portrayed Mr. Weinstein as a calculated predator who kept his victims close after his attacks to control them, using his power over their futures in the film industry to silence them.

“The power imbalance he deviously exploited was not just physical, it was also professional and profoundly psychological,” one of the prosecutors, Meghan Hast, said in her opening statement.

But defense lawyers said the women had sex with Mr. Weinstein willingly to further their careers. Only years later, they said, after he had been accused of sexual harassment in The New York Times and The New Yorker, did the women say their encounters with him were not consensual.

The defense presented evidence that Ms. Haley and Ms. Mann not only had friendly communications with Mr. Weinstein after the alleged attacks, but also had consensual sex with him.

But after deliberating for five days the jury of seven men and five women determined that Mr. Weinstein had broken the law.

The verdict was a victory for the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., whose legacy turned on the outcome of the case. He had come under heavy political pressure to bring charges against Mr. Weinstein after he had declined to prosecute him in 2015, after allegations the producer had groped an Italian model during a business meeting.

That decision came back to haunt Mr. Vance in late 2017 when dozens of women came forward to accuse Mr. Weinstein of sexual misconduct; some of the allegations dated back decades. Once considered an ally by feminists, Mr. Vance became the target of protests, even as jurors began to hear testimony against Mr. Weinstein last month.

With his legacy as district attorney and his political future in the balance, Mr. Vance sat in on the trial most days. After the verdict, he said in the hallway outside the courtroom that the women who had testified against Mr. Weinstein had “changed the course of history in the fight against sexual violence.”

“Harvey Weinstein is a vicious sexual predator” who has “used his power to trick, assault and humiliate his victims,” Mr. Vance said. “To the survivors of Harvey Weinstein, I owe, and we all owe, an immense debt to you.”

From the start, much about the story of Mr. Weinstein’s mistreatment of women had been outsize, from the number of women who accused him — at least 90 — to the range of the alleged misconduct: everything from lewd propositions and unwanted touching to forced oral sex and rape.

But the authorities in New York faced hurdles in putting together a case, law enforcement officials said. Many of the alleged crimes happened outside the state. Others were too old to prosecute under the statute of limitations. Some of the women were not willing to testify.

The criminal case Mr. Vance’s office brought in May 2018 was challenging for prosecutors to prove, in part because two of the three accusers had continued to see Mr. Weinstein after the alleged assaults.

Then, charges related to the third woman were thrown out because, prosecutors said, the lead detective on the case had withheld evidence from them that could have been used to discredit the woman’s account.

To bolster the weakened case, prosecutors won permission last summer from Justice James M. Burke, the judge overseeing the trial, to include a rape allegation from Ms. Sciorra, the actress known for her work on “The Sopranos.”

Though the incident had happened too long ago to be the basis of a separate rape charge, prosecutors sought to use it to support charges of predatory sexual assault, which carry a penalty of life in prison. Those charges require the state to prove that Mr. Weinstein committed a serious sex crime against at least two women.

Ms Sciorra, 59, testified Mr. Weinstein had pushed his way into her apartment in the early 1990s, after he gave her a ride home from a dinner party, and violently raped her even as she kicked and punched him.

The actress Rosie Perez backed up her testimony, recounting how Ms. Sciorra had told her at the time, “I think I was raped,” and had later identified Mr. Weinstein as her attacker.

Justice Burke also allowed prosecutors to call three women — Tarale Wulff, Dawn Dunning and Lauren Young — who said Mr. Weinstein lured them into private meetings, either at hotels or at his apartment, under the pretense of discussing job opportunities, then sexually assaulted them. At the time, they were aspiring actresses trying to get film parts.

One of those incidents happened in Los Angeles, and two were barred by New York State’s statute of limitations. Still, the judge allowed the women, who had all been working as waitresses or models, to testify to establish a pattern of abuse — the legal strategy led to a conviction in the sexual assault trial of the comedian Bill Cosby in Pennsylvania.

The defense called friends of Ms. Mann’s and Ms. Sciorra’s, who said the women had never described their experiences with Mr. Weinstein as rape. Ms. Sciorra, the defense suggested during cross-examination, had misremembered what happened, noting that she could not recall the date of the assault, nor explain how Mr. Weinstein got past a doorman and to her apartment.

Defense lawyers also introduced scores of friendly and sometimes flirtatious emails showing that Ms. Mann and Ms. Haley maintained relationships with Mr. Weinstein for years after the alleged attacks.

In one message to a friend, for instance, Ms. Mann described Mr. Weinstein as “a pseudo father” who had given her “all the validation” she needed. In another, she bragged about performing oral sex on a “super rich producer” who could ruin careers.

Ms. Mann, 34, acknowledged under three days of grueling questioning that her romantic relationship with Mr. Weinstein was “complicated and different.” At one point, she became inconsolable when it came out in court she had been sexually abused when she was young. She said that she last had sex with Mr. Weinstein in 2016, after he asked her to console him because his mother had died.

“It does not change the fact that he raped me,” she said.

Ms. Haley, 42, who changed her legal name from Mimi Haleyi, said that Mr. Weinstein asked her for a massage at their first professional meeting, but that she rejected his advances at subsequent meetings. He eventually helped get her a job as a production assistant on the television show “Project Runway,” she said.

Then, on July 11, 2006, Ms. Haley accepted an invitation to visit Mr. Weinstein at his apartment in Lower Manhattan. She said he pushed her onto a bed, even as she protested, held her down and forced oral sex on her. “I’m being raped,” she recalled thinking.

The defense elicited testimony from Ms. Haley that she continued to see Mr. Weinstein after the alleged attack, having consensual sex with him two weeks later at a hotel. She also told her friends about her friendship with him, pitched him ideas for projects, and accepted tickets to movie premieres and for a flight to London.

Mr. Weinstein’s lawyers also asked why none of the six women reported the incidents to the police.

Prosecutors told jurors that the women feared Mr. Weinstein would ruin their careers if they reported the encounters to law enforcement. Prosecutors also called an expert on the psychology of sexual assault victims, Dr. Barbara Ziv, who said victims often do not report such crimes to the authorities and sometimes maintain relationships with their attackers.

Ms. Rotunno had said the prosecutors invented a world where women have no free will and are not responsible for their own decisions, suggesting Mr. Weinstein’s accusers now regretted having had consensual sex with him at the time when they stood to benefit.

But Joan Illuzzi, the lead prosecutor, countered that it was Mr. Weinstein who had created a world in which women with less than him, and more to lose, had no choice but to subjected to his unwanted advances and abuse, until now.

“He was the master of his universe, and the witnesses here were merely ants that he could step on without consequences,” Ms. Illuzzi said. “The fact they wanted to get into his universe was all he needed to turn around and say — they don’t get to complain when they are stepped on, spit on, demoralized, and yes, raped and abused by the defendant.”

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Julian Assange Extradition Hearing Begins In London

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The extradition hearing for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange began Monday in London — the latest turn in the legal saga of perhaps the world’s most famous secret-spiller.

American officials want Assange, 48, brought to the U.S. to face charges. The U.S. government lawyer, James Lewis, argued that the case is not about journalism or First Amendment rights, but about computer hacking and publishing unredacted classified documents. “Reporting or journalism is not an excuse for criminal activities or a license to break ordinary criminal laws,” Lewis told the Woolwich Crown Court, according to The New York Times.

Assange has been indicted in the U.S. on 18 counts related to illegally obtaining, receiving and disclosing classified information in 2010. He is accused of conspiring with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, in a coordinated effort to compromise U.S. government computer networks, and obtain and publish classified documents related to national security.

“These are ordinary criminal charges and any person, journalist or source who hacks or attempts to gain unauthorized access to a secure system or aids and abets others to do so is guilty of computer misuse,” Lewis said.

Assange’s lawyers will try to make their case later this week that the charges are politically motivated and that their client simply acted as a journalist and publisher.

His lawyer Edward Fitzgerald told Reuters that the U.S. approach to the case changed when the Obama administration ended and Trump assumed the presidency.

“President Trump came into power with a new approach to freedom of speech and a new hostility to the press amounting effectively to declaring war on investigative journalists,” Fitzgerald told the news service. He said the indictment was brought “not on the basis of new revelations, but because it had become politically expedient and desirable.”

Outside the courthouse on Monday, protesters shouted for Assange’s release. The noise was such that inside the courtroom, Assange said he couldn’t hear properly. Over the weekend, figures including Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood participated in a rally in London’s Parliament Square against his extradition.

If convicted of all charges, Assange faces a maximum of 175 years in prison. But Lewis argued that Assange would more likely be sentenced to 48 to 63 months, The Washington Post reports.

Assange has been in London’s Belmarsh prison since his expulsion in April from the Ecuadoran Embassy where he had taken refuge for seven years. He had initially been sought for questioning by Sweden over rape and abuse allegations, but the inquiry was dropped in November, in part due to the long delay.

The British court will not rule on Assange’s guilt, but rather whether to grant the U.S. government’s request for his transfer so he can stand trial there.

The case against extradition may be difficult for Assange’s attorneys, given the historically close relationship between the U.S. and Britain.

“There is a very, very high degree of mutual trust and deference between two friendly nations,” Nick Vamos, a former head of extradition at Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service, told the Post. “So it takes an awful lot to persuade a U.K. court” that the U.S. system isn’t essentially fair, he says, “however much political intrigue is swirling around.”

The extradition case has the potential to drag on for months or years. After this week’s hearings, the proceedings will continue in May. The judge then is not expected to rule for several months, after which the losing side will likely appeal. The case could be appealed to higher courts and possibly to the European Court of Human Rights.

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Vanessa Bryant Tearfully Honors Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant At Memorial Ceremony

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Vanessa Bryant honored late husband and NBA legend Kobe Bryant and their daughter Gianna during a special memorial ceremony hosted by the Los Angeles Lakers and the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation on Monday.

She began her emotional eulogies for Gianna, aka Gigi, and Kobe by thanking everyone for being there, describing the “outpouring of love and support” as so “uplifting.”

“I’d like to talk about both Kobe and Gigi but I’ll start with my baby girl first,” Vanessa began before breaking down in tears.

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The 37-year-old mom described her daughter as “an amazingly sweet and gentle soul” who still kissed her goodnight and good morning. 

“She was one of my very best friends,” said Vanessa, who added that Gigi was known for her love of baking, making people smile and doing TikTok dances.

Gigi was “confident, but not in an arrogant way” and had been “looking forward to high school.”

“We will not be able to see Gianna go to high school,” said Vanessa through tears. “We didn’t get the chance to teach her how to drive a car. I won’t be able to tell her how gorgeous she looks on her wedding day.”

Vanessa added that Gianna “would’ve been an amazing mommy” and an incredible addition to the WNBA, a comment that earned cheers from the crowd.

“I cannot imagine life without her. … I miss you, all of you, every day. I love you,” she said before moving on to honor her “soulmate,” Kobe.

After acknowledging his career as a famous basketball player, she told the crowd that he was also her “sweet husband” and the father of their four daughters.

“He was the most amazing husband. Kobe loved me more than I could ever express or put into words. … He would do anything for me,” said Vanessa, before detailing how romantic he was.

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She said that he looked forward to Valentine’s Day and special anniversary trips, even making some of her favorite gifts by hand. She said that Kobe gave her the blue dress (as well as the notebook) that Rachel McAdams wore in the 2004 film “The Notebook” because McAdams’ character wore the dress in a scene when she came back to her love, Noah.

Vanessa shared some of the things that Kobe wanted to do ― renew their vows, see his daughter Natalia take over his company and travel the world together. She called him the “MVP of girl dads.”

“He never left the toilet seat up. He always told the girls how beautiful and smart they are. He taught them how to be brave,” she said.

Vanessa noted that Kobe would “worry about me if I wasn’t in my seat at the start of each game” because “family came first to him.”

“He isn’t going to be here to drop Bianka or Capri at pre-K or kindergarten. … He isn’t going to be able to walk our girls down the aisle. … But I want my daughters to know the amazing person he was,” she said, before adding that both Kobe and Gigi “were so full of joy and adventure.”

“God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other. He had to bring them home to have them together. Babe, you take care of our Gigi. … We love you,” she concluded. 

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Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, last month along with seven other people: John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli; Sarah and Payton Chester; Christina Mauser; and Ara Zobayan.

Monday’s memorial was held at the Staples Center, which is aptly known as “the house that Kobe built,” and there didn’t seem to be a single empty seat. Feb. 24, 2020, was selected as the date for the memorial because it represents both Kobe and Gianna’s basketball jersey numbers — 24 and 2 — as well as the 20 years Kobe spent both as a Laker and with Vanessa.

Earlier this month, a private funeral was held for Kobe and Gianna Bryant at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California.

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Canada Oil-Sands Plan Collapses Over Politics and Economics

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A major effort to expand development of Canada’s oil sands has collapsed shortly before a deadline for government approval, undone by investor concerns over oil’s future and the political fault lines between economic and environmental priorities.

Nine years in the planning, the project would have increased Canada’s oil production by roughly 5 percent. But it would have also slashed through 24,000 acres of boreal forest and released millions of tons of climate-warming carbon dioxide every year.

Some Canadian oil executives had predicted that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet would approve the project by a regulatory deadline this week, though with burdensome conditions. But in a letter released Sunday night, the Vancouver-based developer, Teck Resources, declared that “there is no constructive path forward.”

The unexpected withdrawal relieves Mr. Trudeau of a choice that was sure to anger environmentalists or energy interests, if not both.

Conservatives were quick to blame Mr. Trudeau for the loss of a project that they said would have created thousands of jobs and given an economic lift to the western province of Alberta, the hub of Canada’s energy industry, which has suffered from low oil prices over the last five years. They suggested that the government felt pressure from weeks of protests by Indigenous groups opposing a natural gas pipeline, even though some Indigenous groups supported the Alberta project, known as the Frontier mine.

“It is what happens when governments lack the courage to defend the interests of Canadians in the face of a militant minority,” Alberta’s premier, Jason Kenney, said in a statement.

The chief executive of Teck Resources, Don Lindsay, said in a letter to federal officials that global capital markets, investors and consumers were looking to governments to put “a framework in place that reconciles resource development and climate change, in order to produce the cleanest products” — something that he said “does not yet exist here.”

While environmental concerns were part of government and company calculations, there was no guarantee that the Frontier project would have gone forward even if it gained final regulatory approval. Mr. Lindsay had said the company needed a deep-pocketed partner to help pay for the project, and higher oil prices.

Canada supplies nearly six million barrels of oil a day, making it the world’s No. 4 producer and the biggest source of American imports. The oil sands contribute over 60 percent of that output and are vital to the west’s economy. Canadian output continues to grow because of investments made when global supplies were tighter.

The oil sands are a watery mixture of sand and clay soaked with a dense, viscous form of petroleum known as bitumen. But in addition to being a fossil fuel, bitumen is difficult to extract and energy-intensive to process.

And when Teck Resources proposed the Frontier project, the energy world was very different. The American shale-drilling frenzy was in its infancy, and the Keystone XL pipeline was seemingly going to deliver the oil-sands output to the American market.

Now the United States has an abundance of relatively cheap oil, prodigious deposits are being tapped in Brazil, Norway and Guyana, and the Keystone project is still awaiting completion. Delays in pipeline approvals have prompted the Alberta government to mandate production cutbacks over the last two years to drain a glut of oil in storage.

Kevin Birn, a vice president and oil-sands expert at the consultancy IHS Markit, estimated that for a project like Frontier to break even, the price of West Texas intermediate oil, the North American benchmark, would need to average $65 a barrel over a decade or more of operations. That is roughly $15 above the current price, and other analysts put the break-even figure at $80 to $85.

But until Sunday night, despite a regulatory review that cost it hundreds of millions of dollars, Teck Resources refused to give up. The company argued that its project, at a cost of 20.6 billion Canadian dollars ($15.5 billion), would create 7,000 construction and 2,500 operational jobs and eventually generate more than 70 billion Canadian dollars in local and national government revenue.

Andrew Leach, a professor of energy economics at the University of Alberta, said some might read the project’s demise as a fatal blow to oil-sands development, but he interpreted Teck Resources’ decision as a pragmatic one.

“Teck was clear that it does not want a situation where one project has to answer for all of Canada’s climate policies and climate commitments,” he said. Moreover, he added, “global investors are not prepared to help a company the size of Teck to build a multibillion-dollar project. The global market was not prepared to be part of the political football.”

No new oil-sands mine has opened since 2018, but more than a dozen proposals are awaiting regulatory approval or investment decisions. Mr. Leach said some of those were economically and environmentally more viable than the Frontier project.

But resistance to new pipelines and high production costs have steadily reduced investments in oil-sands fields. There has been an exodus of international oil companies, including ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell and Equinor of Norway.

At the same time, there are questions about the market outlook. While world demand is roughly 100 million barrels a day, a figure that increases by 1 percent every year, the International Energy Agency projects that growth will begin to slow considerably in 2025. The agency says demand could fall to 67 million barrels a day in 2040, especially if governments increase regulation and electric cars become commonplace.

Reduced demand would focus production on places where it is cheapest, like Saudi Arabia.

“Companies like Teck are realizing that global capital markets are changing rapidly,” said Simon Dyer, executive director of the Pembina Institute, a leading Canadian environmental research organization. “There was never an economic pathway for this project under global demand scenarios consistent with the Paris climate agreement.”

A federal-provincial panel that reviewed the project, he said, “didn’t properly assess the climate impacts.” The national parks agency also raised concerns about the possible effect on a national park downstream that is a UNESCO world heritage site.

The Alberta Energy Regulator wrote in July that “there will be significant adverse project and cumulative effects on certain environmental components and Indigenous communities.” Nevertheless, it approved the project after finding it in the public interest.

Two federal officials — Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan — issued a joint statement welcoming Teck’s decision. “A strong economy and clean environment must go hand in hand,” they said.

Ian Austen contributed reporting.

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Ronan Farrow praises Harvey Weinstein’s accusers for fighting ‘at great personal cost and risk’

Award-winning journalist Ronan Farrow, who helped launch the #MeToo movement with reporting on Harvey Weinstein, responded to the now-disgraced mogul being found guilty Monday on two sexual-assault related charges by praising the women who came forward.

“Today’s outcome in Harvey Weinstein’s New York trial is the result of the decisions of multiple women to come forward to journalists and to prosecutors at great personal cost and risk. Please keep those women in your thoughts today,” Farrow wrote on Twitter.

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Weinstein now faces as many as 25 years in prison and still faces additional charges.

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Ronan Farrow praised women who came forward against Harvey Weinstein.

Farrow was an NBC News employee when his reporting on Weinstein helped launch the #MeToo movement in 2017 — but it was not reported by the Peacock Network.

NBC has long claimed that Farrow’s reporting, as presented to it, was not fit to air. So Farrow took his work to The New Yorker, which is known for its rigorous fact-checking, where it was published and won the coveted Pulitzer Prize.

Farrow’s 2019 book, “Catch and Kill,” detailed theories on why NBC News passed on the bombshell story that featured 13 women who accused Weinstein of sexual assault.

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NBC has attempted to discredit Farrow and NBC News chairman Andy Lack even sent a letter to staffers, noting issues with his reporting. Lack and his top deputy, NBC News president Noah Oppenheim, have repeatedly downplayed Farrow’s reporting and one NBC executive reportedly said the award-winning reporter behaves like a terrorist – a comment that Farrow responded to on Fox News.

“We witnessed a shutdown of this story, yes, we had multiple named women in every draft of this story, an audio recording of Harvey Weinstein from a police sting operation admitting to not just one sexual assault, but a pattern of them,” Farrow told Fox News in October. “We were ordered to stand down [by NBC].”

Farrow told Fox News’ Shannon Bream that he was ordered by NBC executives to stop taking phone calls about the Weinstein story and to cancel an interview with a woman who claimed she was raped by the once-feared producer.

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Weinstein was found guilty of a criminal sex act for assaulting production assistant Mimi Haleyi at his apartment in 2006 and third-degree rape of a woman in 2013 by a Manhattan jury.

The jury found Weinstein not guilty on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault, which could have resulted in a life sentence. He was ordered to jail by the judge immediately after the conviction.

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The verdict followed weeks of often harrowing and excruciatingly graphic testimony from a string of accusers who told of rapes, forced oral sex, groping, masturbation, lewd propositions and that’s-Hollywood excuses from Weinstein about how the casting couch works.

Weinstein has maintained any sexual encounters were consensual. Sentencing was set for March 11.

NBC News did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the Weinstein verdict.

Fox News’ Sasha Savitsky, Marta Dhanis and Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.

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