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He's the ex boyfriend of Olivia Newton-John who is suspected of faking his own death after he didn't return from a fishing trip in June 2005.

And now a team of investigators are claiming they have tracked down Patrick McDermott and he is alive and well in Mexico, according to reports from New Idea. 

A photograph recovered from a Mexican campsite last month by US media agency Coleman-Rayner is said to show a shirtless Patrick lounging alongside a woman.

 

The man in the image bares a striking resemblance to the American cameraman, who owed thousands of dollars in backdated child support payments for son Chance at the time of his disappearance.

Top private investigator Charlie Parker supports the theory, saying he believes the undated photograph most likely shows Olivia's former partner of nine years.

'The widow's peak is exact. The eyes are very similar and the ears extend down on the head the same distance. I believe it is him,' he told New Idea, adding that it is a '90 per cent match'. 

 

Patrick would be 60-years-old - roughly the same age the man in the photograph appears to be. 

He was declared dead in 2008, despite not one of 22 passengers on board fishing boat Freedom seeing him go overboard in San Pedro, California. 

Private detective Philip Klein - who was hired by Dateline in 2009 to track Patrick down - said it was 'concluded beyond reasonable doubt' that Patrick is alive. 

 

 

West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has won a defamation case against an Australian publisher over articles that said he exposed himself to a female massage therapist.

The claims by Fairfax Media were not true, a jury in Sydney ruled on Monday.

Massage therapist Leanne Russell had told the hearing that Gayle exposed himself to her in Sydney in 2015.

However, Gayle successfully argued the incident did not happen. It is unclear how much he will seek in damages.

"I am a good man. I am not guilty," Gayle told reporters outside Sydney's King Street court complex.

"I am glad the public actually get a chance to read into things and they can hear what actually transpired."

Fairfax Media said it would investigate whether to appeal, claiming that the jury had been "misled in a way that prejudiced Fairfax".

"It will cost the company a lot of money unless we can reverse it on appeal," said Peter Bartlett, a solicitor acting for the company.

 

 

During the six-day trial, Ms Russell said that Gayle had partially exposed himself to her in a dressing room, leaving her "very upset".

She contacted Fairfax Media after being angered when Gayle told a journalist "don't blush, baby" in a television interview, the jury heard.

Fellow cricketer Dwayne Smith, who was also in the dressing room, supported Gayle's version of events.

Gayle's legal team argued that Fairfax journalists wanted to "destroy" the cricketer.

The jury ruled the company was motivated by malice when the articles were published in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Canberra Times.

The court will consider damages on Tuesday.

Gayle, 38, is among the world's highest-profile cricketers and in August became the first player to reach 10,000 Twenty20 runs.

Professional golf star Tiger Woods was sentenced to 12 months of probation on Friday after pleading guilty to reckless driving in connection with his arrest on May 29, when Florida police found him unconscious behind the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz.

 

Woods will be required to take a diversion program, pay a $250 fine and court costs, perform 20 hours of community service, attend DUI school, and attend a workshop where victims of impaired drivers discuss how their lives were damaged by impaired driving.

 

He will also be asked to take regular drug tests. 

 

Woods was arrested on May 29 in Jupiter, Florida on charges of DUI, reckless driving, and improper stopping. Toxicology reporters released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office showed Woods had several pain killers, anxiety calmer Xanax, a sleeping pill, and the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, in his system.

 

 

Fats Domino, the amiable rock 'n' roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of the Crescent City, has died. 

He was 89.

Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, coroner's office, said Domino died of natural causes early Tuesday.

His daughter said he was surrounded by family and friends and died peacefully the previous day.

There was no autopsy. His body was released to a funeral home. 

In appearance, he was no Elvis Presley. He stood 5-feet-5 and weighed more than 200 pounds, with a wide, boyish smile and a haircut as flat as an album cover. But Domino sold more than 110 million records, with hits including 'Blueberry Hill,' ''Ain't It a Shame' - in which he sang the lyrics as 'ain't that a shame' - and other standards of rock 'n' roll.

He was one of the first 10 honorees named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Rolling Stone Record Guide likened him to Benjamin Franklin, the beloved old man of a revolutionary movement.

His dynamic performance style and warm vocals drew crowds for five decades. One of his show-stopping stunts was playing the piano while standing, throwing his body against it with the beat of the music and bumping the grand piano across the stage.

Domino's 1956 version of 'Blueberry Hill' was selected for the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry of historic sound recordings worthy of preservation. The preservation board noted that Domino insisted on performing the song despite his producer's doubts, adding that Domino's 'New Orleans roots are evident in the Creole inflected cadences that add richness and depth to the performance.'

Domino became a global star but stayed true to his hometown, where his fate was initially unknown after Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005. 

It turned out that he and his family were rescued by boat from his home, where he lost three pianos and dozens of gold and platinum records, along with other memorabilia.

Many wondered if he would ever return to the stage. Scheduled to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2006, he simply tipped his hat to thousands of cheering fans.

But in May 2007, he was back, performing at Tipitina's music club in New Orleans. Fans cheered - and some cried - as Domino played 'I'm Walkin',' ''Ain't It a Shame,' ''Shake, Rattle and Roll,' ''Blueberry Hill' and a host of other hits.

That performance was a highlight during several rough years. After losing their home and almost all their belongings to the floods, his wife of more than 50 years, Rosemary, died in April 2008.

Domino moved to the New Orleans suburb of Harvey after the storm but would often visit his publishing house, an extension of his old home in the Lower 9th Ward, inspiring many with his determination to stay in the city he loved.

'Fats embodies everything good about New Orleans,' his friend David Lind said in a 2008 interview. 'He's warm, fun-loving, spiritual, creative and humble. You don't get more New Orleans than that.'

The son of a violin player, Antoine Domino Jr. was born on Feb. 26, 1928, to a family that grew to include nine children. As a youth, he taught himself popular piano styles - ragtime, blues and boogie-woogie - after his cousin left an old upright in the house. Fats Waller and Albert Ammons were early influences.

He quit school at age 14, and worked days in a factory while playing and singing in local juke joints at night. In 1949, Domino was playing at the Hideaway Club for $3 a week when he was signed by Imperial record company.

He recorded his first song, 'The Fat Man,' in the back of a tiny French Quarter recording studio.

'They call me the Fat Man, because I weigh 200 pounds,' he sang. 'All the girls, they love me, 'cause I know my way around.'

In 1955, he broke into the white pop charts with 'Ain't it a Shame,' covered blandly by Pat Boone as 'Ain't That a Shame' and rocked out decades later by Cheap Trick. Domino enjoyed a parade of successes through the early 1960s, including 'Be My Guest' and 'I'm Ready.' Another hit, 'I'm Walkin,'' became the debut single for Ricky Nelson.

Domino appeared in the rock 'n' roll film 'The Girl Can't Help It' and was among the first black performers to be featured in popular music shows, starring with Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers. He also helped bridge rock 'n' roll and other styles - even country/western, recording Hank Williams' 'Jambalaya' and Bobby Charles' 'Walkin' to New Orleans.'

Like many of his peers, Domino's popularity tapered off in the 1960s as British and psychedelic rock held sway.

Domino told Ebony magazine that he stopped recording because companies wanted him to update his style.

'I refused to change,' he said. 'I had to stick to my own style that I've always used or it just wouldn't be me.'

Antoine and Rosemary Domino raised eight children in the same ramshackle neighborhood where he grew up, but they did it in style - in a white mansion, trimmed in pink, yellow and lavender. The front double doors opened into an atrium with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and ivory dominos set in a white marble floor.

In 1988, all of New Orleans seemed to be talking about him after he reportedly paid in cash for two Cadillacs and a $130,000 Rolls-Royce. When the salesman asked if he wanted to call his bank about financing, Domino smiled and said, 'I am the bank.'

In 1998, he became the first purely rock 'n' roll musician to be awarded the National Medal for the Arts. But he cited his age and didn't make the trip to the White House to get the medal from President Clinton.

That was typical. Aside from rare appearances in New Orleans, he dodged the spotlight in his later years, refusing to appear in public or even to give interviews.

 

Emmy and Grammy-winning actor Robert Guillaume died Tuesday at age 89.

 

His representative, Laura Ackermann, said he died from complications of prostate cancer at the Los Angeles home he shared with his wife Donna Brown Guillaume.

 

He rose to fame playing a butler Benson DuBois on the ABC series Soap, a role he almost 

 

Among Guillaume’s achievements was playing Nathan Detroit in the first all-black version of Guys and Dolls, earning a Tony nomination in 1977. He became the first African-American to sing the title role of Phantom of the Opera, appearing with an all-white cast in Los Angeles.

 

While playing in Guys and Dolls, he was asked to test for the role of an acerbic butler of a governor’s mansion in Soap, a primetime TV sitcom that satirized soap operas.

 

“The minute I saw the script, I knew I had a live one,” he recalled in 2001. “Every role was written against type, especially Benson, who wasn’t subservient to anyone. To me, Benson was the revenge for all those stereotyped guys who looked like Benson in the ‘40s and ‘50s (movies) and had to keep their mouths shut.”

 

The character became so popular that ABC was persuaded to launch a spinoff, simply called Benson, which lasted from 1979 to 1986. The series made Guillaume wealthy and famous, but he regretted that Benson’s wit had to be toned down to make him more appealing as the lead star.

 

The career of Robert Guillaume almost ended in January 1999 at Walt Disney Studio. He was appearing in the TV series Sports Night as Isaac Jaffe, executive producer of a sports highlight show. Returning to his dressing room after a meal away from the studio, he suddenly collapsed.

 

“I fell on the floor, and I couldn’t get up,” he told an interviewer in 2001. “I kept floundering about on the floor and I didn’t know why I couldn’t do it. I didn’t know it was it was caused by my left side being weaker than the other.”

 

Fortunately, St. Joseph Hospital was directly across from the studio. The 71-year-old actor was taken there and treated for a stroke — the result of a blood clot that blocked circulation of blood to the brain. They are fatal in 15 percent of the cases.

 

Guillaume’s stroke was minor, causing relatively slight damage and little effect on his speech. After six weeks in the hospital, he underwent a therapy of walks and sessions in the gym. He returned to the second season of Sports Night and it was written into the script that Isaac Jaffee was recovering from a stroke. Because of slim ratings, the second season proved to be the last for the much-praised show.

 

Guillaume resumed his career and traveled as a new spokesman for the American Stroke Association. He also made an appearance for the American Heart Association.

 

“I’m a bastard, a Catholic, the son of a prostitute, and a product of the poorest slums of St. Louis.”

 

This was the opening of Guillaume: A Life, his 2002 autobiography in which he laid bare his troubled life. He was born fatherless on Nov. 30, 1927, in St. Louis, one of four children. His mother named him Robert Peter Williams; when he became a performer he adopted Guillaume, a French version of Williams, believing the change would give him distinction.

 

His early years were spent in a back-alley apartment without plumbing or electricity; an outhouse was shared with two dozen people. His alcoholic mother hated him because of his dark skin, and his grandmother rescued him, taught him to read and enrolled him in a Catholic school.

 

Seeking but denied his mother’s love and scorned by nuns and students because of his dark skin, the boy became a rebel, and that carried into his adult life. He was expelled from school and then the Army, though he was granted an honorable discharge. He fathered a daughter and abandoned the child and her mother. He did the same to his first wife and two sons and to another woman and a daughter.

 

He worked in a department store, the post office and as St. Louis’s first black streetcar motorman. Seeking something better, he enrolled at St. Louis University, excelling in philosophy and Shakespeare, and then at Washington University (St. Louis) where a music professor trained the young man’s superb tenor singing voice.

 

After serving as an apprentice at theaters in Aspen, Colo., and Cleveland, the newly named Guillaume toured with Broadway shows Finian’s Rainbow, Golden Boy, Porgy and Bess and Purlie, and began appearing on sitcoms such as The Jeffersons and Sanford and Son. Then came Soap and Benson. 

 

His period of greatest success was marred by tragedy when his 33-year-old son Jacques died of AIDS.

 

Guillaume’s first stable relationship came when he married TV producer Donna Brown in the mid-1980s and fathered a daughter, Rachel. At last he was able to shrug off the bitterness he had felt throughout his life.

 

“To assuage bitterness requires more than human effort,” he wrote at the end of his autobiography. “Relief comes from a source we cannot see but can only feel. I am content to call that source love.”

 

Josh Charles, who worked with him on Sports Night, wrote, "Robert Guillaume radiated such warmth, light, dignity, and above all, class. That smile and laugh touched us all. RIP to the best boss ever."

 

 

 

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has a Harvey Weinstein story, too. And she's sharing it in hopes of doing her part to end what she calls in a New York Times op-ed a "conspiracy of silence."

In her piece, Nyong'o recounts several encounters with Weinstein, whom she met while she was still a student at the Yale School of Drama. Two of their meetings bear resemblance to other accounts from the more than 40 women who have accused Weinstein of inappropriate behavior, ranging from sexual harassment to rape.

Through a spokeswoman, Weinstein has "unequivocally denied" all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Nyong'o writes of an incident that took place after she was invited to a screening of a film at Weinstein's house, where he said they were going to watch one of his competitor's films with his family.

Once at his house, Nyong'o alleges Weinstein led her into a bedroom and offered to give her a massage. She declined.

"I thought he was joking at first. He was not," she wrote. "For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe."

To get out of the situation, she offered to give him a massage instead.

"It would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times," she wrote.

When Weinstein informed her that he wanted to remove his pants, Nyong'o said it would make her "extremely uncomfortable." She headed for the door and left.

"I didn't quite know how to process the massage incident. I reasoned that it had been inappropriate and uncalled-for, but not overtly sexual," she wrote. "Though the incident with Harvey had made me uncomfortable, I was able to explain and justify it to myself, and shelve it as an awkward moment."

With her graduation on the horizon and her career possibly on the line, Nyong'o said she "didn't know how to proceed without jeopardizing my future. But I knew I would not be accepting any more visits to private spaces with Harvey Weinstein."

Her next encounter with Weinstein was in a group setting, free of the awkwardness she had experienced prior and it put her at ease enough to accept another invitation from Weinstein, Nyong'o writes.

They'd planned to have dinner after a screening, but there, she alleges, Weinstein laid out his expectations plainly.

"Before the starters arrived, he announced: 'Let's cut to the chase. I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal,'" she wrote. "I was stunned....He told me not to be so naïve. If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to do this sort of thing."

She declined and was quickly told she could leave. Before taking off, N'yongo writes, she asked Weinstein if they were "good."

She claims he said, "I don't know about your career, but you'll be fine."

"It felt like both a threat and a reassurance at the same time; of what, I couldn't be sure," she wrote.

Nyong'o said she saw Weinstein more than a year later, and he said he was "ashamed" of his prior actions.

"But I made a quiet promise to myself to never ever work with Harvey Weinstein," she wrote.

The actress said she wishes she had known "that there were women in the business I could have talked to."

"There is clearly power in numbers. I thank the women who have spoken up and given me the strength to revisit this unfortunate moment in my past," she wrote.

She added: "Though we may have endured powerlessness at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, by speaking up, speaking out and speaking together, we regain that power. And we hopefully ensure that this kind of rampant predatory behavior as an accepted feature of our industry dies here and now."

 

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey squashed any speculation of a potential 2020 presidential bid in a Wednesday interview on "CBS This Morning."

"There will be no running for office of any kind for me," Winfrey said after host Gayle King teased about narrowing her shortlist of vice presidential candidates.

"People ask it all the time," King said. "Even I am now starting to think the rules have changed about running for president."

The possibility of a Winfrey run heated up after Donald Trump broke the convention of only career politicians making serious bids for the White House.

But the former talk show host is no stranger to the political arena, often addressing political issues on her eponymous show. And she was an early supporter of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, giving the then-senator a boost in his primary fight against Hillary Clinton.

Her announcement might be a disappointment to some who saw Winfrey as the perfect counter to Trump's approach of campaigning and playing politics.

New York Post columnist John Podhoretz wrote last month that Winfrey was the "Democrats' best hope for 2020."

"If you need to set a thief to catch a thief, you need a star — a grand, outsized, fearless star whom Trump can neither intimidate nor outshine — to catch a star," he wrote.

 

Malcolm-Jamal Warner is well aware that when some fans look at him -- despite his many years in the business -- they still see the son of a lawyer and a doctor who craved an original Gordon Gartrell shirt.

It's been a long time since Warner portrayed Theodore Huxtable, the only son on "The Cosby Show" and the role that made him famous.

The actor is currently sinking his teeth into a more complicated character, starring opposite Kyra Sedgwick on the new ABC series "Ten Days in the Valley."

Sedgwick plays Jane Sadler, a writer and producer for a police drama who finds herself embroiled in a mystery of her own when her young daughter goes missing.

Warner stars as Matt, the show's head writer and Jane's right-hand man.

He told CNN he initially read for a different character but felt drawn to Matt.

"I really like the different layers that there are to Matt," Warner said. "I'd normally be cast as the nice guy, and it's kind of cool playing someone who is a little more layered."

Layers such as Matt being desperate to escape Jane's shadow and have his own show.

With more than 30 years in Hollywood, Warner said he immediately understood the relationship between the two characters.

"I know the dynamic of when you are 'the man sitting next to the man,'" he said chuckling. "Matt definitely knows he's qualified to run his own show and because he's working so closely with Jane and is doing so much of the work, there's that feeling of being under appreciated."

That feeling only heightens the drama, he said.

"People who feel under appreciated sometimes make desperate moves," Warner added ominously.

The actor said he has major respect for TV writers who have to keep the creativity flowing episode after episode.

With so much good content out right now, network TV has been forced to push the envelope with new shows, he said.

So what character would Warner create for himself if he was actually a series writer?

"I would love to play just an all out bad guy who has fun being malicious," he said. "It would be totally unexpected and that's what would make it exciting. Plus, bad guys don't see themselves as bad guys so you could have fun with that."

Warner said his costar Sedgwick has a "Tom Hanks" quality in that "you can't find anyone to say a bad word about her."

"That's the great thing when you work as part of a collaborative atmosphere, whether it be as part of a band or in the cast of a TV show," he said. "All it takes is one person to bring their A-game and everyone else rises."

Beyond acting, Warner's other passion is music.

But that's taken a bit of a backseat, he said, since he's a new father with an infant daughter.

"Being a new parent, I have a lot of new material for the music," he said. "It's really awesome and right now. My daughter's four months so I don't have to tell her 'no.'"

For now, Warner's having a ball playing Matt and drawing viewers into the whodunit of "Ten Days in the Valley."

"It's too bad ABC already had a show called 'Secrets and Lies,'" Warner said. "Because everyone on this show has a secret and some kind of lie they are telling."

Channing Tatum has halted the development of a film about sexual abuse, which he had been making with Harvey Weinstein's company.

Mr Weinstein "unequivocally denies" allegations of sexual assault, harassment and rape.

The Oscar-winning producer was fired as chairman of The Weinstein Company last week, when the allegations emerged.

"The brave women who had the courage to speak their truth about [Mr] Weinstein are true heroes to us," said Tatum.

"They are lifting the heavy bricks to build the equitable world we all deserve to live in.

"Our lone project in development with The Weinstein Company (TWC) - Matthew Quick's brilliant book, Forgive Me Leonard Peacock - is a story about a boy whose life was torn asunder by sexual abuse.

"While we will no longer develop it or anything else that is property of TWC, we are reminded of its powerful message of healing in the wake of tragedy.

"This is a giant opportunity for real positive change that we proudly commit ourselves to.

"The truth is out - let's finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture once and for all."

The project would have seen Tatum starring in the film and also directing for the first time, alongside Reid Carolin.

Meanwhile, Mr Weinstein's chauffeur Mickael Chemloul has told French TV channel BFMTV he had to drive around "tearful aspiring actresses for him".

"We were all afraid of him," he said.

"When he came back angry, he was unmanageable, agonising. He was suffocating."

Mr Chemloul, who worked for the producer in Cannes from 2008 to 2013, said: "I had the feeling of driving poor innocent people, innocent girls, to the jaws of the wolf, and I could not say to them, 'Be careful where you're heading - it's dangerous'.

"When they left Weinstein's place, there was sadness; they were melancholy.

"I didn't know what had happened, but I had to console them - offer them water, or a cigarette."

Robert Lindsay also added to the debate, saying his Hollywood film career was halted after a run-in with Mr Weinstein meant he was scrapped from a role in Shakespeare in Love.

Lindsay was working with Molly Ringwald in romantic comedy Strike it Rich and said on Simon Mayo's Radio 2 show he had a row with Weinstein over a title change for the film and says this incident halted his career.

Game of Thrones actress Lena Headley and Beautiful Girls star Lauren Holly have also come forward to say they were abused or harassed by Mr Weinstein.

And, on Wednesday, Harvard University said it would be stripping him of the Du Bois medal awarded to him in 2014 for his contributions to African-American culture.

Meanwhile, at an Elle event in Los Angeles, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence both shared stories of sexual abuse and harassment earlier in their careers at the hands of other producers and directors.

Mr Weinstein's two companies, Miramax and The Weinstein Company, have made some of the biggest films in Hollywood.

He has admitted his behaviour has "caused a lot of pain" but has described many of the allegations against him as "patently false".

His representative has said "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied" and there were "never any acts of retaliation" against women who turned him down.

 

Jennifer Lawrence has said she was made to stand in a nude line-up and told to lose weight by film producers at the start of her career.

Speaking at Elle's Women in Hollywood event, the 27-year-old said she felt she didn't have any power in the situation as an unknown actress.

She said she found that fame protected her from assault as her career went on.

"I will lend my voice to any boy, girl, man or woman who doesn't feel like they can protect themselves", she added.

The actress, who won an Oscar in 2013 for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, told the audience about auditioning for a film and being asked by a female producer to stand in a nude line-up.

She described the experience as "degrading and humiliating", as she was put next to girls she says were thinner than her.

"When I was much younger and starting out, I was told by producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks.

"One girl before me had already been fired for not losing the weight fast enough," she told an audience including Kristen Stewart, Margot Robbie and Ashley Greene.

"During this time a female producer had me do a nude line-up with about five women who were much, much, thinner than me. We all stood side by side with only tape on covering our privates."

Lawrence said the producer then told her she should "use the naked photos" of herself as "inspiration" for her diet.

She then went to complain to another producer about being called out over her weight.

"He said he didn't know why everyone thought I was so fat," Lawrence told the crowd, adding that he had commented that he thought she was attractive enough to sleep with.

The actress said she felt "trapped" by the experience and allowed the harassment to happen because she "didn't want to be a whistleblower" and thought it was what she had to do to further her career in Hollywood.

She told the audience: "In a dream world, everyone is treated with the exact same level of respect.

"But, until we reach that goal, I will lend my ear. I will lend my voice to any boy, girl, man, or woman who does not feel like they can protect themselves."

Lawrence's speech comes after the sexual harassment and assault accusations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, which has lead to a growing narrative on the mistreatment of women in the film industry and Hollywood in particular.

Lawrence worked with Weinstein on Silver Linings Playbook. She released a statement last week in response, which said: "This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting.

"I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations."

Lawrence said in her speech it was time for people in Hollywood to "stop normalising these horrific situations."

On Tuesday, Weinstein resigned from the board of directors of his eponymous film production company.

He has been accused of rape, sexual assault and harassment, but has "unequivocally denied" any allegations of non-consensual sex.

 

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