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Thandie Newton’s sexual abuse confession affected her bond with parents

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Los Angeles, March 24 : Actress Thandie Newton’s decision to go public with her sexual abuse story cost her relationship with her parents “for a decade”.

The 47-year-old actress became one of the faces of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements after revealing she had suffered abuse during an audition with a male director when she was just 18 years old, reports aceshowbiz.com.

“I’d been called back for a second audition. The director asked me to sit with my legs apart; the camera was positioned where it could see up my skirt,” she told Britain’s The Times newspaper of the incident.

She added: “He asked me to put my leg over the arm of the chair and think about the character I was supposed to be having the dialogue with and how it felt to be made love to by this person. He was a director. I was still very young and thought it must be normal.”

Years later, Newton discovered that the director, who she has never named, used the audition tape as entertainment during his late night dinner parties.

And while the majority of people praised the actress for coming forward with her experience in a bid to lift the lid on what happens on the casting couch, two people who were less than impressed were her parents — Nyasha and Nick.

“It was awful for them and it robbed me of my relationship with my parents for a decade,” she said.

Even though disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, one of the main power players outed as a sexual abuser, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison, Newton still doesn’t feel vindicated.

“He is just one person. This business preys on young people. I saw it everywhere,” she said.

“What I’m crying about now, it’s not about the sexual abuse I endured, it’s about the people who didn’t have the courage to protect me, who
didn’t listen to me. They are the people who need to be held to account. All those people around Weinstein … it’s the rape culture, the climate of silencing, that is what once destroyed me and what now fires me up.”

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Naomi Campbell won’t be the same after COVID-19 pandemic ends

She also acknowledged she has lost people in her life to the disease and knows others who have too.

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Los Angeles, April 8 : Supermodel Naomi Campbell says she will not be same anymore after the coronavirus pandemic ends.

On her online show “No Filter with Naomi”, Naomi spoke about how the ongoing health crisis has changed her attitude and perspective towards life, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

“There’s a lot of things I would not do the same. I want to simplify my life in many different ways.

“I don’t think it’s ever gonna go back the same, in terms of the hygiene. For me, never. But when we get this…I will call it a new reset because I really felt like the planet, Mother Nature, needed a break,” she said.

Naomi added: “I felt like a lot of gluttony and excess that this truly was just like, It’s too much.”

She also acknowledged she has lost people in her life to the disease and knows others who have too.

“I don’t love the circumstance of what people are going through, the deaths, the friends that I’ve lost, or the friends and families I know that lost loved ones, also…this is horrible. But the stillness I can see in the air,” Naomi said.

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Lockdown diaries: Billie Eilish enjoys being alone

Eilish thinks the gratitude at being set free after lockdown won’t last long.

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Los Angeles, April 7 : Grammy award-winning singer Billie Eilish says she is an “introverted loner”, and is happily spending a lot of time alone during the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The pop star said that she is being “introverted and lonerish” in self-isolation, reports mirror.co.uk.

“I’ve been really enjoying being alone. I feel like everybody on the internet has been on FaceTime all day long with their friends. I love my friends, I can’t wait to see them, I do miss them a lot, but at the same time… I’m good. I’m good being alone… I like being alone,” she added.

Eilish thinks the gratitude at being set free after lockdown won’t last long.

“As soon as we can see people again and go out, we’re going to be so happy and grateful. And in about three days, we’re all going to take it for granted again.That’s the way people work. It’s the way humans are made,” she said.

“You miss something so bad once you don’t have it… You never think about it when you have it,” she added.

The singer has fostered two pit bull puppies to accompany her during isolation. She told the Telekom Electronic Beats podcast that caring for Miss Mardy and Jim is a “full time job”.

“There’s such a misconception about them. They’re sweethearts, they cuddle,” she said.

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COVID-19 brought the best and worst out of TikTok

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New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) The popular and highly controversial short video-sharing platform TikTok has once again hogged the limelight even as India battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have read reports about how streetchildren used TikTok to beat the stress ever since the country went into a lockdown, then you could hardly miss findings about how misinformation aimed at discouraging Muslims from taking preventive measures against COVID-19 circulated on the platform.

The videos created on TikTok often find their ways to other social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook, reaching a wider audience.

And then came the hate messages targeting the Muslim community.Urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to spread hate mongering on social media, the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (Apex Confederation of Muslim Organisations) chief Navaid Hamid alleged that 30,000 “fake clips are in circulation on TikTok to spread disinformation that Muslims are spreading COVID-19 in the country” and that “these clips are creating tensions between communities across India”.

The government took note of the developments and even wrote a letter to some of these platforms, including TikTok, to take down videos that spread misinformation about the disease.

TikTok says it is doing its bit to fight the challenges posed by the novel coronavirus – from improving moderation efforts to removing thousands of videos that violated its rules.

“In the present context in particular, invalidated or misleading content poses an acute concern and is an area of focus for social media platforms. At TikTok, we have heightened our moderation efforts, and have been monitoring and systematically removing content from our platform that violates our Community Guidelines,” said a TikTok spokesperson.

“In India, we have removed thousands of videos that have contradicted legitimate advice about COVID-19 from credible authorities, as well as content that could cause imminent harm to public health and safety,” the spokesperson added.

In fact, such has been the popularity of TikTok that several law enforcement agencies — including Bengaluru City Police, Delhi Police, Uttarakhand Police, Kerala Police, Punjab Police and Maharashtra Police — have used the platform to raise awareness about how to fight COVID-19.

“Over the last few weeks, our platform has prioritised informative content and supported several government and law enforcement agencies, as well as non-profit organisations across India in disseminating information regarding responsible practices in an entertaining and responsible manner,” the TikTok spokesperson said.

Several global organisations including the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNDP are now using TikTok to share useful content and shed light on how to stay safe.

The short-video sharing platform owned by Beijing-based ByteDance last week said it donated 400,000 hazmat medical protective suits and 200,000 masks worth Rs 100 crore in order to help doctors and other medical professionals tackle the spread of COVID-19 in India.

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