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Jeffrey Epstein Netflix documentary: What is the faifth amendment right?

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Netflix dropped its controversial new documentary series Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich today (Wednesday, May 27). The four-part series explores the allegations against Epstein and hears testimony from his accusers. During the documentary, there is harrowing and graphic descriptions of the alleged abuse.

The programme starts off with Epstein being questioned in January 25, 2012 as part of a deposition in which he’s questioned under oath by a lawyer.

As part of his sworn evidence, he states he has holiday homes in New Mexico, Palm Beach, Paris and New York.

Epstein confirms he has been convicted of a crime, saying there are two counts – one for soliciting prostitution and the other procuring a minor for prostitution.

When asked whether he committed these acts, Epstein says: “I’m going to invoke my Fifth Amendment right.”

The interview continues and he’s asked more questions including how many times he’s solicited a minor for prostitution and where he’s solicited minors.


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Each time Epstein invokes his Fifth Amendment right and says “same answer” as he refuses to answer any questions.

A second lawyer is heard saying: “Let’s take a break. We’re going to go off the record.”

The lawyer asking Epstein the questions then asks: “So you are terminating the deposition at this time?”

The second lawyer says: “We are recessing the deposition.”

While this conversation is going on, Epstein can be seen removing his microphone and walking away from the desk.

What is the fifth amendment right?

The Fifth Amendment is one of the first 10 Amendments of the US constitution, which makes up the Bill of Rights.

The Bill of Rights outlines the rights and privileges enjoyed by American citizens in relation to the government.

Other civil liberties mentioned in the Bill of Rights include the freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, the right against cruel and unusual punishment.

The wording of the Fifth Amendment reads: “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

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By invoking this right, a person can stop themselves from self-incrimination either during an interrogation or voluntarily.

This also means a person would not be forced to testify against themselves.

The Fifth Amendment prevents double jeopardy, which means a person can’t be tried twice for the same crime.

Other stipulations of the Fifth Amendment are the due process of law, which means all levels of the American government must act within the law and in criminal cases has the right to a grand jury.


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An article from the Michigan Law Review from Yale University, has analysed the self-incrimination clause of the Fifth Amendment with the authors Akhil Reed Amar and Renee B. Lettow describing it as “an unsolved riddle of vast proportions”.

In the past, people have pled the Fifth both inside and outside the courtroom.

According to the Constitution Center, the Fifth Amendment Privilege can be used by any witness and the defendant in a criminal trial.

Additionally, the Fifth can be used by any witness in a civil trial, legislative hearing, grand jury, and any other government proceedings.

Essentially, the self-incrimination clause means a witness should not have to give responses which could be used against them in either present on future criminal cases.

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich is streaming on Netflix now

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A Look at Harry Styles' Special Bond With Stevie Nicks

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He was the de facto frontman of one of the most successful lad bands of all time, a group that came together serendipitously and had a great run before the gents went their separate ways.  She’s the frontwoman of one of the most successful and legendarily dramatic bands of all time, a group that’s been having a good run for the better part of 50 years. Both incredible singers and natural spotlight-commanders. Both known for their inimitable fashion choices.

So naturally, Harry Styles and Stevie Nicks found each other.

The 26-year-old from the English town of Redditch and the 72-year-old from Phoenix, Ariz., mutually admired the other’s talent from afar (perhaps one was more familiar with the other at first) and now they can call each other friend—from no matter how many miles away.

“It wouldn’t be an album release without this young lady. I have a feeling that you’re going to enjoy this as much as me,” Styles said as Nicks glided onto the stage for her surprise appearance at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, where Harry was performing a one-night-only show on behalf of his latest album, Fine Line. Naturally they brought the house down with their duet of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.”

Though we’re not so sure that Nicks is getting older, too.

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About nine months earlier, Styles had answered the call to induct Nicks into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist (Fleetwood Mac has been in since 1998), making her the first female artist to be inducted twice. The celebration included their duet on “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” Styles standing in for the late Tom Petty.

In his tribute to “the magical gypsy godmother who occupies the in-between,” he said, “If you’re lucky enough to know her, she’s always there for you. She knows what you need: advice, a little wisdom, a blouse, a shawl—she’s got you covered. Her songs make you ache, feel on top of the world, make you want to dance, and usually all three at the same time. She’s responsible for more running mascara—including my own—than all the bad dates in history combined. That is true Stevie.”

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Styles also said, “She is both an adjective, and a verb—to quote my father, ‘That was very Stevie Nicks!’ or to quote my mother, ‘I Stevie Nicks’ed that s–t so hard.’ Mick Fleetwood calls her the ‘fearless leader.’ She is ‘Mama Lion’ to her friends. She is the family member that you can always count on. I hope she knows what she means to us, what she means to yet another generation of artists who look to her for inspiration and trailblazing courage. That is true Stevie.”

Nicks may have accidentally referred to One Direction as ‘NSYNC backstage while talking to reporters, but if she thinks Styles fronted ‘NSYNC, that’s her prerogative. She didn’t really join his orbit until he left his own group, after which she quickly saw what was so special about the lad who was always an aspiring solo artist but enjoyed a heady stop in Boybandville along the way. 

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As he noted at the Forum about it not being an album release without her, Nicks also helped him christen his self-titled solo debut in 2017.

That May, almost exactly three years ago, they performed together for the first time at the Troubador in West Hollywood, site of countless history-making musical moments over the years, and Styles happily announced to the crowd that he was “losing my s–t in a cool way.”

They started with his “Two Ghosts,” then sang “Landslide,” and concluded with Nicks’ “Leather and Lace,” Styles seamlessly covering Don Henley‘s half of the lyrics. As she sang, he bowed down accordingly, calling her “the queen of everything.”

“I’m pretty sure that this was going to be up there with one of the best nights of my life,” Styles said.

Naturally, Styles was also among the artists who performed at the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year concert honoring Fleetwood Mac, joining the band on a rendition of “The Chain.” And by 2019, Nicks wasn’t just at the parties, she was being consulted on the product, too.

“I met Stevie Nicks last night at the Fleetwood Mac concert in Philly and she reasserted that she had heard the entirety of Fine Line and said it was incredible and that we aren’t ready!!!” Trey Taylor, an editor at The Face, tweeted in November ahead of the album’s release.


Really this all started with your average fan-meets-girl situation, with Styles—whose parents had Fleetwood Mac in regular rotation on the record player—presenting Nicks with a carrot cake after a Fleetwood Mac concert on her birthday in 2015 (though obviously if he weren’t already famous he wouldn’t have had a chance to get anywhere near her with that dessert).

“Piped her name onto it. She loved it. Glad she liked carrot cake,” he recalled to Rolling Stone in 2017. (A little digging shows that carrot appears to be Nicks’ birthday cake flavor of choice since at least the 1970s.)

Incidentally, a vinyl copy of her Nicks’ 1989 album The Other Side of the Mirror was one of the items that was visibly in use in Harry’s London flat when a Rolling Stone interviewer came calling last year.

But the admiration doesn’t just run one way, with Nicks figuring that he’s instantaneously viral moments with Styles are good for her cred with these younger generations (perish the thought, Queen Nicks is about as authentically true to herself as it gets). Rather, she sees a bit of herself in Styles, the gorgeous twenty-something who’s establishing himself as a singer-songwriter while on that endlessly strange trip called Fame.

“He’s Mick [Fleetwood]’s and my love child,” Nicks quipped to Rolling Stone early in 2019. “When Harry came into our lives, I said, ‘Oh my God, this is the son I never had.’ So I adopted him.”

Figuratively speaking, of course. 

“I love Harry, and I’m so happy Harry made a rock & roll record—he could have made a pop record and that would have been the easy way for him,” the “Silver Springs” singer continued. “But I guess he decided he wanted to be born in 1948, too—he made a record that was more like 1975.”

Apparently she and Fleetwood share custody, because Nicks also shared with the Daily Mail in 2017 that Styles’ friendship with the Fleetwood Mac drummer also goes way back.

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“When we did the last Fleetwood Mac show, on my birthday, it was the nicest birthday I’d had in 10 years. Harry Styles brought back a cake. Mick has kind of adopted him,” she said. “There are just women in Mick’s family and Harry is that tall, lanky musical son he always wanted, so they keep in touch.”

A few weeks after that interview, she joined him onstage at the Troubador.

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“She is more than a role model—she’s a beacon to all of us,” he concluded. “Whenever you hear her voice, life gets a little bit better. When she sings, the world is hers, and it is yours. She is everything you’ve ever wanted in a lady, in a lover, in a friend.”

And it turned out that Nick’s first listen to Fine Line ahead of its release was only the beginning. In March, Nicks posted a letter to her fans, offering support and a personal update amid the sudden situation most of the world found itself in following advisories to shelter in place to get a grip on the COVID-19 pandemic. She noted that she was “listening to music (mostly Harry Styles’ Fine Line) and being inspired by him to write some new songs and poetry. Way to go H—it is your Rumours.”

A mutual admiration society such as theirs knows no bounds.

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Tears of joy from boy, 9, as he eats first McDonald's since lockdown

Now THAT’S a Happy Meal! Moment nine-year-old boy weeps with joy as he tucks into his first McDonald’s after months of lockdown in Singapore

  • Adam Bin Mohammad Irwan was overcome with emotion after seeing the meal
  • Mum Wati shared the video on Facebook, it has been viewed over 73,000 times
  • At one point Adam affectionately brings the chicken nugget up to his cheek 

This is the heartwarming moment a nine-year-old autistic boy broke down in tears after his mother brought him his first McDonald’s since the start of lockdown.

Mum Wati filmed herself showing her son Adam Bin Mohammad Irwan, 9, the McDonald’s takeout on May 18.

The fast food giant reopened on May 10 in Singapore after weeks of closure.

The video begins with Wati sat in her car. ‘Hello guys. I’m [getting] McDonald’s. It’s a surprise!’ she said.

She brings the food into the house and leads Adam into the kitchen where the food is spread out on the table.   

At the outset Adam thinks his mum is playing a prank.  

‘I thought you wanted to scare me,’ he said, before giving his mum a hug, who is quick to reassure him.   

At one point Adam affectionately brings the chicken nugget up to his cheek

‘I didn’t want to scare you! I wanted to surprised you. Look, what is it?’ she said

‘McDonald’s,’ he said.

Adam is then filmed eating some chicken nuggets. At one point he puts one of the nuggets up to his face as if to hug it.

Mum Wati shared the video on Facebook. She added that McNuggets with fries and ice cream was Adam’s favourite meal

He is heard thanking his mother through tears, delighted to see his favourite meal and overcome by the situation.

Mum Wati shared the video on Facebook, where it has been viewed over 73,000 times, much to the delight of users.  

She added that McNuggets with fries and ice cream was Adam’s favourite meal.

She also said that her son has sensory sensitivity and mild autism that caused his ‘overreaction.’   

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Ozark: How did Helen Pierce die? Stunt co-ordinator on death scene

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Ozark is a popular crime drama series on Netflix which follows the Byrde family, who flee to the Ozarks as a result of a failed money-laundering operation. They face trouble from the Navarro drug cartel, for which Helen Pierce (played by Janet McTeer) is the lawyer. Stunt co-ordinator Hiro Koda has spoken exclusively to about how her seemingly simple death scene was really executed.

How did Helen Pierce die?

Season three of Ozark landed on Netflix earlier this year and fans were shocked to see some exciting twists.

Helen Pierce was known for causing a lot of torment throughout the latest series, and she ended up being tortured by Navarro’s (Felix Solis) men.

They suspected her family might have known of her involvement in their plan, but she manages to avoid further punishment.

Helen was appearing to be the dark horse as she planned to take over Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy’s (Laura Linney) business and have them killed.

But she saw her demise in a brutal way after travelling to Mexico with the Byrde’s for a Christening.


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She ended up being shot dead while with Wendy and Marty, who were meeting Navarro, and fans were left in shock.

Hiro Koda said the scene may have looked like a simple death, but it actually took a lot of precision to get it exactly right.

He said: “No CGI was used in Ozark apart from some gunfire when the actors were standing close together.

“When Helen was killed at the end, that was a very challenging sequence to do. It turned out perfectly and looked amazing but we had to work out her placement.

“We had to work out how much debris and blood would come out on top of Wendy and Marty, and seeing her fall – there were no stunt doubles. It’s about precise timings.”

Her death scene in episode 10 of the third season lasted a matter of seconds, and it sees Navarro welcoming Helen and the Byrdes outside a church.

He thanks them for coming, before one of his men points a gun to her head from outside the frame, and shoots her in the head.

She falls to the ground, leaving Wendy and Marty covered in her blood, before Navarro walks up and embraces them both.

Fans were reeling at the jaw-dropping moment as they had always considered Helen to be the untouchable character.

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Viewers have been watching the death scene on YouTube and they continue to feel shocked when they see Helen drop dead.

One fan said: “Am I the only one who replayed this part about five times because they couldn’t believe what just happened.”

Another fan said: “That gun shot came out of nowhere, it rarely happens to me that a gun shot in a scene scared the hell out of me like this.”

As Koda said, Helen took on the scene herself and she was tasked with dropping to the ground in a way which looked as if her body was lifeless.

She would have landed on some sort of crash mat, with a separate sound indicating she had hit the ground.


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Stunt doubles have been used elsewhere throughout the series, and Koda mentioned, in particular, the shootout in the chapel in episode 10.

He said: “That was all stunt people in the room, there were 25 people and they had 10 seconds to kill each other. I have a core team of stunt doubles I work with and I continue to use them.”

Koda is an American stuntman who is talented at martial arts and motocross, and he was introduced to the stunt industry in 1986.

He is known for his work on Power Rangers and has been nominated for a number of stunt awards, having worked on more than 100 films and TV shows.

He said the whole cast and crew in Ozark had been great fun to work with, and he praised Jason Bateman for his direction.

Ozark is available to watch on Netflix now.

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Calvin Harris says his heart had to be restarted in 2014

Calvin Harris got candid Wednesday about a health scare he endured six years ago.

The 36-year-old Scottish DJ responded to a fan on Twitter who wrote complimented his energy during sets in 2014. “He went off at EDC that summer,” the user wrote alongside a video from Harris’ performance.

Harris replied, “Interesting year for me 2014, started with me knocking myself off number 1 in the UK and ended with my heart getting restarted in the ER…this sort of stuff happened in between.” Harris did not elaborate further on the post.

In the fall of 2014, Harris withdrew from the MTV European Music Awards. Following the announcement, the BBC reported that the DJ had tweeted, “No EMAs for me this weekend. Got some heart problems. Heading home to see if it can be fixed x.”

Later that year, Harris was diagnosed with an arrhythmia. According to the Mayo Clinic, an arrhythmia occurs “when the electrical impulses that coordinate your heartbeats don’t work properly, causing your heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly.”

In 2018, Harris spoke about the lifestyle changes he had made following his diagnosis, revealing on social media that he had quit drinking.

“Aye things are a bit less fun but haven’t had an arrhythmia since 2014,” Harris posted, per The Sun.

He also tweeted at the time, “The last thing I want to do is down 2 bottles of jack daniels a night, live on greggs pasties and sleep on an absolutely stinking bus all year, scream down a mic for 55 minutes and pretend to play a keyboard 5x a week those days are behind me son.”

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Lynn Shelton dead: GLOW director, 54, dies due to blood disorder

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Lynn Shelton has died unexpectedly due to a previously unidentified blood disorder. Her partner confirmed the director’s death at 54 in a heartbreaking statement yesterday.

On May 16, Lynn’s partner Marc Maron told Indie Wire: “I have some awful news. Lynn passed away last night.”

“She collapsed yesterday morning after having been ill for a week. There was a previously unknown, underlying condition.”

Confirming the film and TV star’s death was not related to the coronavirus, he went on to say: “It was not COVID-19.”

“The doctors could not save her. They tried. Hard.”

Devastated Marc, 56, told the publication that he was in complete shock at the news.

“I loved her very much as I know many of you did as well. It’s devastating. I am leveled, heartbroken and in complete shock and don’t really know how to move forward in this moment,” he said.

“She was a beautiful, kind, loving, charismatic artist. Her spirit was pure joy.

“We were starting a life together. I really can’t believe what is happening. This is a horrendous, sad loss.”

According to the statement Lynn had been ill for a week prior to her death.

Lynn leaves behind her son, Milo, from her marriage to actor and comedian Kevin Seal which ended in 2019, and partner, Marc Maron.


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The writer and director worked on many hit TV shows including Netflix’s GLOW as well as episodes of Mad Men and The Morning Show.

Most recently she directed four episodes of Little Fires Everywhere, which was released on Hulu in March this year starring Reese Witherspoon.

The actress took to Twitter last night to express her sadness at the news and pay tribute to the filmmaker.

Alongside a picture of the pair, she wrote: “I’m so devastated to hear about Lynn Shelton’s passing yesterday.

“I’m in complete shock that this vibrant, talented, and soulful filmmaker is no longer with us. Lynn was so passionate about our show, Little Fires Everywhere.”

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The Last Kingdom cast: Who is Thea Sofie Loch Naess?

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The Last Kingdom is a popular historical drama series on Netflix and it is based on the novels called The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell. The series follows Uhtred of Bebbanburg (played by Alexander Dreymon), who was born a Saxon but was raised by Danes, and his allegiance is torn between the two sides. One of the characters from the previous series is Skade, played by Thea Sofie Loch Naess, and here is everything you need to know about the actress.

Who is Thea Sofie Loch Naess?

Thea Sofie Loch Naess is a Norwegian actress who was raised in Oslo, and she started acting when she was just eight years old.

She took on a lead role in the coming-of-age film titled One Night in Oslo back in 2014, and she was studying drama that same year.

Her roles fit into a similar theme, as she has played Thea in Dryads, Christina of Norway in The Last King, and finally the villain Skade in The Last Kingdom in 2018.

The young star, 23, only starred in the third series of The Last Kingdom, but she quickly became one of the most popular characters.

The actress is on Instagram and she has been sharing updates on life during quarantine, and she even paid tribute to the cast of The Last Kingdom on the release date of season four.

She posted a photo of herself dressed as Skade, saying: “Waving hello to all my friends in season 4 of @thelastkingdom. I think you should go ahead and watch because they are all amazing.”


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Fans were quick to respond to the post, telling her how much they will miss her character in the new series.

One fan said: “I’m already missing Skade, you can throw a curse my way and I’m good with it.”

Another fan said: “You were brilliant in it, is there not a witch to bring you back?”.

Skade was one of the main characters in season three and she also features in The Saxon Stories novels, and she was a major antagonist.

She had special powers as a Seer, and would seal terrible fates for her enemies, proving to be an evil character in the series.

Skade had the ability to manipulate even the most headstrong of men, including Uhtred, who ‘stole’ her from Bloodhair (Ola Rapace).

The relentless character is not afraid to inflict violence on those who get in her way, and she is a threat to others with her ability to see the future.

She predicted the impending death of King Alfred (David Dawson) and inflicted a curse on Uhtred, which causes his lover Gisela (Peri Baumeister) to die in childbirth.

Fans were disappointed to see her powerful character leave the series, as she was killed by Uhtred at the end of the third series in order to break the curse.

She suffered a terrible fate as Uhtred pretended to bathe with her in the river, acting like he was about to seduce her.

Instead, he put his hands around her neck and strangled her, drowning her in the river after he found out it was the only way to break the curse.

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The young star is still in love with her character even though she is no longer in the series, and regularly posts photos of herself in costume.

She was known for her bright blonde hair and her iconic facial tattoos, making her stand out from the other characters.

She called Skade her “alter ego” and posted a photo of herself in costume, with her hand covered in blood, as Skade was known to violently kill her enemies.

Fans were hoping the producers would find a way to incorporate her back into the series, whether it be through visions or flashbacks.

However, she is not mentioned and does not appear in any form in the fourth season, leaving viewers feeling disappointed.


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Introducing herself to the series back in 2018 she said in a Twitter video: “I am really excited and I hope you enjoy this season as much as I enjoyed shooting it.

“I’m really happy to be a part of this great show with all these great people.” Fans called her character “scary” but they were in awe of her power.

The young actress does not appear to have any projects in the pipeline at the moment, so fans will have to keep an eye out for her next big role.

She featured on the cover of Elle magazine in Norway back in January and fans were reminded of how much they adored her unique character.

One fan said on Instagram: “Still wish you were part of the show. You were the best new character, you played the hell out of that role.”

The Last Kingdom is available to watch on Netflix now.

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LAPD releases bodycam vid of homeless man being hit with arms behind back – The Sun

LAPD have released "disturbing" video footage of a bizarre attack on a trespassing suspect.

Shocking footage was circulated last week, showing LAPD officer Gabriel Hernandez raining punches onto Richard Castillo's head – the department have since released bodycam footage of the incident, with District Attorney Jackie Lacey describing it as "disturbing".

In the clip, captured on April 27, Mr Castillo and Officer Hernandez can be seen exchanging words after police ask him to move on.

It's reported Mr Castillo is homeless, and had set up a tent at a church.

Mr Castillo and the officer appear to argue, although it is clear Mr Castillo vacates the private property of Church of God of the Prophecy in East Los Angeles as he is asked to do so.

However, the situation seems to escalate once outside on the street and Castillo approaches the two officers.


Hernandez then instructs him to put his hands behind his back, as his partner warns Castillo she will tase him if he does not cooperate.

As Hernandez puts his hands on Mr Castillo the situation escalates.

The officer can be heard shouting: "You f****** grabbed my hand m***********, that's why I hit you," as he unleashes punch after punch to the top of Mr Castillo's head.

The man appears to bring his arms up from behind his back to shield his face, and doesn't appear to be fighting back.

The officer's partner then calls for back up and two more officers arrive to break up the altercation.

According to reports, both Hernandez and Castillo sustained injuries.

Officer Hernandez has been placed on home duty pending further investigation by an internal police body into the matter.

"Anytime you see someone with their hands behind their back and getting hit in the head like that multiple times, that is disturbing.


"As a human being, I look at that and say, 'How did this happen? What led up to this?' Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said Monday.

He continued: "But as the lead prosecutor in the DA's office, I know that I need to exercise judgment in what I say publicly, because I don't want this office disqualified or recused for prejudging the evidence. So I'm waiting to see all of what's out there."

And LAPD chief Michael Moore said: "I intend to… hold individuals accountable for behavior that is inconsistent with the high standards of this organization."

The police chief also dubbed the footage "disturbing," according to the Daily Mal.

Referencing last week's video, Chief Moore continued: "I, along with many of you, watched the third-party video that was released last week, and I have serious concerns.

"I don't believe that anything that is shown in this critical incident video will change that description by me or any others."

A representative for Officer Hernandez said: "The use of force is justified because the officer believed he was under attack from the suspect… even though you might think the suspect wasn't fighting back at that time, he wasn't complying either."

Mr Castillo was released from custody, but wasn't charged.

His lawyer said he is a "well liked and well known" in the area.

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Matt Damon confirms daughter had coronavirus as he isolates in Dublin suburb

Matt Damon’s eldest daughter contracted coronavirus while the actor was stranded in Dublin with the rest of his family. 

The Hollywood A-lister has been living in affluent Dublin suburb Dalkey since March, after lockdown meant that he couldn’t leave Ireland. 

Matt had been in Dublin working on the new Ridley Scott movie The Last Duel when coronavirus struck and made sure that he, wife Luciana Barroso and their other three children would be chilling in the Irish capital for a while. 

And the 49-year-old has revealed that daughter Alexia got coronavirus in New York City.

The 20-year-old – Matt’s wife Luciana’s daughter with ex-husband Arbello Barroso – did not accompany Matt, Luciana and her sisters Isabella, Gia and Stella to Ireland while the actor filmed as she was attending college in the States.

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Speaking to Graham O’Toole and Nathan O’Reilly on Spin 103.8’s Fully Charged, Matt said: ‘Our oldest daughter is in college, she’s in New York City. She had Covid really early on, along with her roommates and got through it fine.

‘But everybody’s ok. Obviously for Lucy’s mum and my mum, it’s scary for that generation.

‘I think we’ve all got the message now, everyone’s doing the isolation and social distancing and hand-washing and everything we can to mitigate this but it’s frightening, certainly for our parents.’

The family will return to Los Angeles where they will reunite with Alexia – but that all depends on when they can leave Ireland. 

Matt was first spotted in Dalkey around 13 March, and while the situation is almost too far-fetched for a romcom, he’s loving life in Dublin.

The star said: ‘It’s incredible. This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.

‘It feels a little like a fairytale here. Bono lives over there, Enya lives over there’ – before revealing that he was FaceTiming the U2 frontman while sharing a postcode.

As the world realised that the Oscar-winner was isolating in a Dublin suburb, journalists, including Graham and Nathan, tried to ask for his whereabouts in community Facebook groups, but residents refused to hand out any info to protect their ‘glorious gem’.

Matt said: ‘I laughed so hard when I heard this story. That’s when I realised how great this place was and how protective everybody was.’

One picture that did make it online saw the Good Will Hunting star down by the seafront carrying a plastic carrier bag from supermarket SuperValu – with people joking that Matt looked like he was holding a bag of cans for an almighty session.

However, the real answer was a bit more sedate.

The actor laughed: ‘That bag, we just had a the towels. I was with the kids, we were taking a dip there. We didn’t show up with beach bags, we were just improvising.

‘I’m sure there were cans in there originally, we just had to take them out to put the beach towels in.’

Luckily for the Damon family, they were accompanied to filming by a teacher to continue their kids’ schooling on location, with Matt saying he felt ‘guilty’ that ‘we’ve got what nobody else has which is live human beings teaching our kids’.

And while Matt still has eight weeks of filming on The Last Duel ahead and may face a few more months in Ireland, he is already worried about going back to the US, where there have been 1.4 million cases of coronavirus and 83,000 deaths. 

Calling Irish Taoiseach and doctor Leo Varadker a ‘bada*s’ for returning to work in a hospital one day a week, Matt said: ‘We were supposed to leave last week, but we’re staying until the end of the kids’ school year. It’s so peaceful and everybody’s handling it so well. We’re a bit worried about going home.

‘We don’t have adequate testing so there’s going to be another surge it looks like back home. There’s all these areas in America that it hadn’t really penetrated and now, y’know…’

The star may have even more of an insight into living in a pandemic, as the star of the 2011 film Contagion, which sees a virus ravage the world.

And Matt is not here for suggestions the coronavirus pandemic could not have been predicted.

He said: ‘Our screenwriter Scott Burns, I’ve talked to him a lot through this. 

‘Anybody who says you couldn’t predict this, look at Contagion. We made a movie 10 years ago just by talking to experts. It’s tragic.’

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The Chase: Paul Sinha breaks ITV show tradition after celebrity’s odd request

Bradley Walsh welcomed Donna Air, Amanda Lamb, Sarah Greene and Dan Snow onto The Chase: Celebrity Special this evening as they faced off against one of Britain’s best quizzers, Paul Sinha. While ITV viewers are traditionally used to seeing the Chasers take their seat at the table in an attempt to catch the contestants, Paul defied expectations thanks to bizarre request from Sarah.

Sarah was third up tonight to take on The Sinnerman tonight as Bradley welcomed her to the show.

Amanda had sailed through to the Final Chase as the first up but, sadly, Donna was caught by Paul.

The Chase contestant Sarah admitted she was nervous to take part in the quiz but confessed that Paul was the Chaser she wanted to take on the most.

However, just as Paul sat down for their head-to-head, Sarah had a bit of an odd request for him.


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Looking up the table at The Sinnerman, Sarah asked: “Can you do me a favour?”

As Bradley and Paul watched on with intrigue, Sarah continued: “Can you stand up for me, please?”

The Chaser obliged and Sarah went on to ask him to point his hand in the air then back down, reminiscent of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever.

Seeing the funny side of the request, Paul performed the routine for Sarah, prompting her to say: “I’ve always wanted to see him do that!”

She continued: “That’s why had I come out first, I’d have said that I was longing to have you as my Chaser.”

Paul saw the funny side of Sarah’s comments but couldn’t resist a cheeky swipe of his own.

He replied: “Well that’s not weird at all, is it Sarah?”


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