Now Meghan’s dad is begging the Queen for help
Meghan Markle's father directly appealed to Queen Elizabeth II on Monday to intercede and end his estrangement from his daughter, the wife of Prince Harry. When asked what message he had for the Queen, Thomas Markle said: ‘I would appreciate anything she can do and I would think that she would want to resolve the family problems. All families, royal or otherwise, are the same and they should all be together certainly around the holidays.’ Markle said that Meghan had not sent him a Christmas card but that he was hopeful that they could at some time build their relationship. - Reuters
Geoffrey Rush faces new sex abuse claims …
Geoffrey Rush on Monday faced fresh allegations of inappropriate behaviour by an actress. Australian actress Yael Stone, who stars in ‘Orange is the New Black’, told The New York Times that Rush had danced naked in front of her in their dressing room, when she starred opposite him in a theatre production in 2010 and 2011. She also says he used a mirror to watch her as she showered, and sent her erotic text messages. Rush said in a statement that Stone's allegations were ‘incorrect and in some instances have been taken completely out of context … However, I sincerely and deeply regret if I have caused her any distress.’ - AFP
… as top star denies she slept with Weinstein
Jennifer Lawrence has been forced to deny having a sexual relationship with disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein after the claims emerged in court documents. The star is referred to in a sexual assault lawsuit filed by an anonymous actress in Los Angeles. The claim alleges Weinstein pushed the woman to the ground and forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2013. According to the legal documents, Weinstein asked the claimant: ‘Do you even want to be an actress?’ before adding: ‘I slept with Jennifer Lawrence and look where she is, she has just won an Oscar.’ In response Lawrence released a statement denying that she had ever slept with Winstein. - The Sunday Telegraph
Road toll mounts after bloody weekend
The festive season road accident death toll is mounting across the country. Three people died instantly in an accident in the Eastern Cape on Monday morning, with more than a dozen injured. Eastern Cape traffic deputy director Charles Bramwell said the accident occurred between Cradock and Tarkastad at about 6am. A minibus was travelling from Cape Town to Mthatha when the driver lost control and the vehicle when down a small cliff. In Limpopo, three people - including two children - were killed when a Toyota Fortuner collided head-on with a minibus on the N1 southbound near the Mantsole Traffic Control Centre. Four people were killed following a collision involving two taxis on the R61 between Beaufort West in the Western Cape and Aberdeen in the Eastern Cape, according to Traffic SA. Two of the patients died in hospital.
R5k slap on wrist for drug-fraud doc
A Polokwane doctor who defrauded the government to stock up on morphine and HIV drugs has been sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment with the option of a R10,000 fine, of which half is suspended for five years. The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation said Dr Adenkule Ganiyu Adefila, 46, was convicted for fraud and forgery by the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court this month. He was arrested at a local clinic in Rethabile, near Polokwane in Limpopo, by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit in July 2016 after investigations revealed he had fraudulently used the department of health’s letterhead to buy morphine drugs at the chemist using another doctor’s stamped prescriptions. During his arrest, 35 bottles containing antiretroviral tablets, a stamp belonging to another doctor and implements belonging to the department of health were seized from his residence and presented as evidence during trial.
Body found in dam
The body of a man, believed to have been in his 40s, was found floating in a dam on an estate in Centurion, south of Pretoria, on Monday morning, paramedics said. “When ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after 11am, they found SAPS search and rescue as well as the SAPS divers on the scene. The SAPS divers were busy retrieving the body from the dam. “Once the body was recovered, paramedics found that they could do nothing for the man and he was declared dead at the scene,” said ER24 spokesperson Ineke van Huyssteen. “The exact circumstances surrounding the incident were not known to our paramedics,” she added.