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Real Housewives of New Jersey: Here are the cast members we miss the most

The Real Housewives of New Jersey has kept fans entertained for years, but the many cast changes on the show often leave fans missing their favorites.

Who we miss the most from the RHONJ includes former housewives as well as friends and family of the reality stars who appear on the show.  

Everything’s coming up Rosie 

Who doesn’t remember Teresa Giudice’s fun-loving cousin Rosie Pierri? Rosie’s sister, Kathy Wakile was a cast member of the show, and fans frequently got to see the sisters’ dysfunctional relationship with Teresa playout on screen.  

Rosie’s sexuality was also a topic discussed on the show. Rosie came out to her niece and nephew on RHONJ and also discussed her experiences when she came out to Kathy. 

Kathy and Richie Wakile  

Kathy Wakile and her husband Richie joined the show during the third season and provided plenty of comic relief on RHONJ. Richie was also the voice of reason when conflicts arose on the show, and he made the couple’s vacation episodes memorable.

Bravo did not renew Kathy’s full-time contract after Season 5, and she exited the show after appearing on seasons six and seven in a lesser role.  

Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea 

Twin firecrackers Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea joined The Real Housewives of New Jersey cast during Season 6. The twins quickly entered into intense drama after Nicole got into a fight with former RHONJ star Amber Marchese during a Halloween party on the fourth episode of Season 6.  

  • RHONJ ex-husband Joe Giudice wants to come visit the U.S. but doesn’t want to move back after…

Teresa Aprea suffered a rumor of Shakespearean proportions regarding her husband. Daughter of former Gambino mob boss John Gotti, Victoria Gotti, claimed on camera that Teresa Aprea’s husband, Rino, had sex with Teresa’s mother.  

Gotti made the claims while having drinks with Teresa Giudice, who quickly spread the rumor. The disgusting rumor led to a fiery season and a heated reunion show. The twins left the show after just one season. 

Kim DePaola 

Former Real Housewife of New Jersey guest star Kim DePaola caused a lot of drama on the show and was someone who fans of the show loved to hate. She was also once accused of being a madam on the show.  

Fans may remember it was Kim D who helped stir the pot during the Melissa Gorga strippergate saga.  

She also held the fashion show where Teresa Giudice chased Danielle Staub through a country club screaming, “I live in a five-million-dollar home now, b***h!” 

The Real Housewives of New Jersey is currently on hiatus 


  • Real Housewives of New Jersey: Here are the cast members we miss the most – 20th October 2020
  • Cynthia Bailey’s wedding wasn’t filmed for Real Housewives of Atlanta after all, Bravo worried about COVID-19 – 19th October 2020
  • Kim Kardashian says Kris Jenner fought with O.J. Simpson after Nicole Simpson’s murder  – 19th October 2020

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The winner of CMT’s first ever ‘Equal Play Award’ revealed

Country music powerhouse Jennifer Nettles has encouraged a lot of women in her industry, from Gabby Barrett, to Maren Morris, to Sheryl Crow. These are just some of the boldface names who will honor the Sugarland singer in a video before she is awarded the first ever “Equal Play Award” at Wednesday night’s CMT Awards (via Variety). The distinction recognizes Nettles’ advocacy for women in country music, namely her dedication to getting women’s music played equally on the radio. “There’s now two generations who have been trained to not hear women on country radio,” Nettles previously said, adding, “Somebody needs to make some noise.”

That person is Nettles, who donned a Christian Siriano pantsuit and cape at the 2019 CMA Awards emblazoned with a not-so-subtle message demanding that stations play women’s records more. According to The Boot, the singer and actress has long been outspoken on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community, sexual assault victims, and racial inequality causes.

What the award means to Jennifer Nettles

Leslie Fram, senior VP of music strategy for CMT further explained why the sometimes solo artist was chosen for this honor: “Jennifer Nettles is that rare artist who speaks her truth, calling out injustice wherever she sees it. Her commitment to equal female representation across the board in the music industry embodies the spirit of our equal play initiative and makes her the perfect recipient of the inaugural ‘CMT Equal Play Award.'”

For her part, Nettles shared her reaction to receiving this important nod, saying in a statement, “As a proud part of the beautiful legacy of women in country music, I am honored to be the first recipient. I look forward to celebrating the contributions of women, and all marginalized communities, within the country music format, and I am motivated in encouraging the non-artists, executives and investors in the industry, to do the same. There is much work still to be done.”

Meanwhile, this award is an extension of CMT and CMT Music TV networks committing to an equitable split of airplay for male and female recording artists moving forward.

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Trump is target of 97 percent of late-night TV hosts’ political jokes

Late-night TV hosts show clear bias in making President Trump the target of almost all of their political jokes — while Joe Biden escapes virtually unscathed, according to a new study.

In September, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon made Trump the punchline of 97% of their jokes about the candidates, with 455 about the president compared to just 14 about his Democratic rival.

The bias is even greater if you counted the 64 jokes that month that the pair made about Trump’s family or administration, according to the study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University.

“When Trump’s onstage, everyone else is blacked out,” said Robert Lichter, a communication professor at George Mason.

Mason has been studying late-night humor and politics since 1992, and says that while the hosts usually target Republicans more than Democrats, the difference has never been this stark.

Even four years ago, Trump had a fairer shake, getting poked fun of 78% of the time compared to Hillary Clinton’s 22%, the center said.

The bias is so pronounced, in fact, Biden will probably continue to get off free even if he wins the election, the professor said.

“I think they will find a way to keep making jokes about Trump, even after he leaves office,” Lichter said.

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Playboy son of Equatorial Guinea's leader flaunts £38k-a-night holiday

Playboy son of Equatorial Guinea’s despot leader flaunts £38k-a-night holiday as his people live off £2 a day – a year after his fleet of 25 supercars was impounded and sold off

  • Teodorin Obiang, the vice-president of Equatorial Guinea, is staying at the private island of Voavah, Maldives 
  • The 50-year-old has since documented the luxury trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site on his Instagram  
  • But his country recently plunged into economic crisis due to coronavirus outbreak and drop in crude oil price

The playboy son of Equatorial Guinea’s despot leader has been flaunting his £38,000-a-night holiday while his people live off £2 a day – just one year after his fleet of 25 supercars was impounded and sold off. 

Teodorin Obiang, the vice-president of Equatorial Guinea, arrived at the private island of Voavah in the Maldives – a recognised UNESCO world heritage site – earlier this month.

The 50-year-old has since documented the luxury trip on Instagram to his 100,000 followers despite his country recently being plunged into economic crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic as well as the sudden drop in the price of crude oil – which provides about three quarters of state revenue.


Teodorin Obiang, the vice-president of Equatorial Guinea, arrived at the private island of Voavah in the Maldives – a recognised UNESCO world heritage site – earlier this month 

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Mr Obiang sailed across to the five-acre resort in the Baa Atoll, currently managed by the Four Seasons, on his 76-metre yacht Ebony Shine.

The $115million (£89m) vessel, which has a staff of 22, was identified in aerial shots of the island moored among the surrounding reef. 

But Mr Obaing was only recently reunited with the luxury yacht after it was seized at the request of Swiss courts who were investigating allegations of money laundering.

It was held for three years before the government of Equatorial Guinea paid $1.3millon (£1m) in fees and successfully argued it belonged to its Ministry of National Defence and that it was used for training people in the navy.   


The playboy son of Equatorial Guinea’s despot leader has been flaunting the £38,000-a-night holiday on the UNESCO private island

Mr Obiang sailed across to the five-acre resort in the Baa Atoll, (pictured) currently managed by the Four Seasons, on his 76-metre yacht Ebony Shine 


Mr Obiang has been spending much of his time jetting around the world to exotic beaches – despite being elected vice-president of Equatorial Guinea in 2016

The lavish trip comes as Equatorial Guinea, which is currently run by Mr Obiang’s father, is facing a double economic shock after being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic as well as a plunge in the price of crude oil.

The country, Africa’s only Spanish speaking nation, has become the continent’s number three oil producer but experts say the vast majority of the population has not benefited from the energy revenue boom.

The population currently stands at around 1.3 million with 76.8 per cent living in poverty, according to a study by the World Bank.   

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Mr Obaing appeared carefree during his trip despite his country recently being plunged into economic crisis due to the coronavirus crisis as well as the sudden drop in the price of crude oil – which provides about three quarters of state revenue

Mr Obaing was only recently reunited with the $115million (£89m) vessel (pictured) after it was seized at the request of Swiss courts who were investigating allegations of money laundering

Many of those are forced to survive on less than £2 per day and UNICEF found that more than half still lacks access to clean water.   

In 2019, the United Nations Development Programme ranked Equatorial Guinea 144 out of 189 countries in its Human Development Report, combining life expectancy, education and per-capita income data.   

The country’s current leader, Mr Obiang’s 78-year-old father, is the world’s longest-serving president.

He seized power in 1979 after overthrowing his uncle, Francisco Macías Nguema, who was later executed. 

Human RightsWatch, as well as other independent groups over the past 40 years, have documented his government’s repression of civil society and political opposition groups.

They have described him as one Africa’s most brutal dictators and claimed that the ‘dictatorship under President Obiang has used an oil boom to entrench and enrich itself further at the expense of the country’s people’. 

In the 1990s and early 2000s, the president and the members of his party repeatedly won re-election by lopsided margins in ballots that were fraught with charges of fraud. 

He has also not been shy about the family’s wealth after paying $55million (£42.5m) for a Boeing 737 jet complete with gold-plated lavatory fittings.  

In 2004, a plot relying on foreign mercenaries to replace President Obiang with exiled opposition leader Severo Moto was uncovered.

Teodorin Obiang, the vice-president of Equatorial Guinea, (pictured in a Jacuzzi) has been documenting his trip to the private island of Voavah in the Maldives – a recognised UNESCO world heritage site – on Instagram to his 100,000 followers


Mr Obiang, the playboy son of Equatorial Guinea’s despot leader, has been making the most of his time at the luxury resort with a group of friends – who he dined with at an underwater restaurant 

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History of Equatorial Guinea 

Equatorial Guinea is located on west coast of Africa consists of the mainland territory of Río Muni as well as five islands – Bioko, Corisco, Great Elobey, Little Elobey and Annobón.

It is formerly a colony of Spain before achieving independence in October 1968.

In 1995, Equatorial Guinea struck oil and has since become one of sub-Sahara’s biggest oil producers.

Rights organisations have described the two post-independence leaders as among the worst abusers of human rights in Africa.

The first president Francisco Macias Nguema, who reigned from 1968 until his overthrow in 1979 – prompted a third of the population to flee.

Mr Obiang Nguema then seized power and has since become Africa’s longest serving leader.

But he has been described by rights organisations as one Africa’s most brutal dictators.       

It has been reported that many in the country are forced to eke out a living on about £2 a day. 

By 2008, a court in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, sentenced British mercenary Simon Mann to 34 years in prison for his role in the affair.

But President Obiang pardoned him the following year.

The younger Mr Obiang was only 10 when his father seized power.

In the 1980s, the new leader’s son was enrolled in the Ecole des Roches in Normandy, northwest France, which prides itself on educating the offspring of leaders from all over the world.

His father appointed him as minister of forests in 1997 in his tropical homeland even before he had turned 30 years old.

Mr Obaing held the government post until 2012 and had been considered the ‘godfather’ of the lucrative timber industry before oil exports brought increasing wealth. 

In 2016, President Obiang – freshly elected with more than 90 percent of the vote – named his son vice president.

Last year, the younger Mr Obiang had his fleet of 25 supercars – including five Bentleys, seven Ferraris, three Lamborghinis and a Bugatti Veyron – impounded and sold off by the authorities in Switzerland.

The sale, held by auctioneer Bonhams, fetched £21.9million with the proceeds going to a charity to benefit the people of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea.

The standout lot in the auction was a white-and-cream Lamborghini Veneno roadster, one of only nine such versions produced, that has been driven only 325 kilometers (201 miles).

In 2018, Mr Obiang was also ensnared in legal trouble elsewhere when Brazilian officials said $16 million (£13million) in undeclared cash and luxury watches that were seized from a delegation he led may have been part of an effort to launder money embezzled from the country’s government. 

And a Parisian court in 2017 convicted the president’s son in absentia of embezzling tens of millions of euro from his government and laundering the proceeds in France.

The court handed down a three-year suspended jail sentence and a suspended €30million fine. 

Authorities also seized his assets in France valued at well over €100million – including a six-floor mansion in Paris, an antique clock and fine wines worth thousands of pounds a bottle.

The lavish trip comes as Equatorial Guinea (pictured), which is currently run by Mr Obiang’s father, is facing a double economic shock after being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic as well as a plunge in the price of crude oil

The population currently stands at around 1.3 million with 76.8 per cent living in poverty, according to a study by the World Bank, with many of those are forced to survive on less than £2 per day

In 2019, the United Nations Development Programme ranked Equatorial Guinea 144 out of 189 countries in its Human Development Report, combining life expectancy, education and per-capita income data

‘This verdict against Teodorin Obiang is further proof that rampant government corruption in Equatorial Guinea has robbed its people of their country’s oil wealth,’ Sarah Saadoun, business and human rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, said at the time.

Mr Obiang had tried to use his appointment as vice-president to argue in vain at the International Court of Justice in The Hague that he had diplomatic immunity and could not be prosecuted in France.

But nonetheless he was seemingly unfazed by the court’s verdict and 40-minutes later posted a video clip on social media showing him on a luxury motorbike in the capital Malabo.

Last year, the younger Mr Obiang had his fleet of 25 supercars – including five Bentleys, seven Ferraris, three Lamborghinis and a Bugatti Veyron – impounded and sold off by the authorities in Switzerland 

The standout lot in the auction was a white-and-cream Lamborghini Veneno roadster, one of only nine such versions produced, that has been driven only 325 kilometers (201 miles)

Admirers inspect a 2015 Koenigsegg One:1 model car during the auction preview in front of the Bonmont hotel in Cheserex. Its V8 engine helped produce a top speed of 248 mph, while its name, One:1 is derived from its horsepower-to-kilogram weight ratio

A 2015 two-door Ferrari F12tdf, which stands for Tour de France, was part of the auction. Even before the majority of the 799 models came off the assembly line, was among the cars seized

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Man not guilty of attempted sex attack after judge-only trial

A man has been found not guilty of trying to sexually assault a woman he dragged into a Melbourne laneway, following a judge-only trial.

Jackson Williams grabbed the woman from behind and dragged her into Brights Place, off Little Lonsdale Street, putting a hand over her mouth as he lay on top of her during the 37-second ordeal on October 28, 2018. The woman was walking to work when she was attacked at 6.26am.

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Williams got off the woman and ran away when off-duty New Zealand police officer Adrian Woodgate, who was on a holiday with his family, saw the struggle and called out as he ran towards the pair.

County Court judge Mandy Fox on Tuesday found Williams, 21, not guilty of intent to commit a sexual offence, but guilty of the alternative charge of common assault.

Judge Fox, who heard the evidence and delivered the verdict in a judge-only trial as jury trials were suspended due to the coronavirus, was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Williams intended to sexually assault the woman.

"It may be tempting to reason that because his body is on top of hers for a period
during the assault, with the front of his body against the front of her body, then there must be a sexual intention," the judge said in her reasons.

He dragged her into Brights Place, off Little Lonsdale Street, putting a hand over her mouth as he lay on top of her.Credit:

"However, a dispassionate viewing of the CCTV footage shows that he is using his weight to control the complainant, who might be smaller and weaker but is still resisting and screaming."

Williams' lawyer, Rosalind Avis, had submitted that prosecutors couldn't prove that the accused man intended to sexually assault the woman, and he made no attempt to kiss or grope her or pull off her clothing.

It was also possible Williams was trying to rob or assault the woman, Ms Avis said.

Prosecutor Stephanie Clancy had submitted Williams never made demands for money or property and that it "strained credulity" to suggest the attack was anything but sexually motivated.

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Judge Fox said there was clear evidence of an "intentional and violent attack", but was not persuaded by the prosecution case. She said she had no evidence of the man's intent and found it was possible he was trying to rob or assault the woman.

Williams had been to a nightclub in Essendon the previous night and then to a club in Melbourne and told police he couldn't remember grabbing the woman as he had been drunk.

The woman suffered back pain and a sore head afterwards.

"She was really frightened and scared, and said he was really strong and she was too weak to fight," Judge Fox said.

Williams is on bail and is due to appear for a pre-sentence hearing on November 12.

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Kailyn Lowry Reveals One Of Her Exes Demanded a Paternity Test

“I had tears running down my face because I was so humiliated.”

Kailyn Lowry said she was beyond “embarrassed” after one of her ex-boyfriends asked her to take a paternity test following the birth of their son.

The “Teen Mom 2” star opened up about the experience on a recent episode of her “Baby Mamas No Drama” podcast with Jo Rivera’s wife Vee. Lowry and Jo share son Isaac, she also shares son Lincoln with ex-husband Javi Marroquin and two sons, Lux and Creed, with Chris Lopez.

While she didn’t reveal which ex she was talking about, she confirmed it wasn’t Jo.

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“I know who I slept with, I never questioned any of my kids’ dads, not one of them,” she said. “I had to get a DNA test done and it was against my wishes. I knew who I slept with, I knew who the father was. But he didn’t’ believe it.”

Admitting she didn’t know what to expect when she got it done, she was shocked by the nurse’s line of questioning when she went in for the test.

“I go into the DNA place and she said, ‘Okay, so, you don’t know who the dad is?? She flat-out asked me,” said Lowry. “When I tell you the humiliation that I felt, because I knew who the dad was, I didn’t questioned that.”

“That was never a question in my mind,” she added. “Yes, I’m fully aware there are women who would lie. I know women who have lied. That wasn’t me. I’m not that type of person.”

She went on to ask, because of her status “in the public eye” as a reality TV star, “Why the f–k would I put myself in the position where I don’t know who the damn dad is?”

“Come on. I was embarrassed, I was like, ‘This is not okay,'” she added. “I had tears running down my face because I was so humiliated.”

Agreeing with one of her her followers who said DNA tests should become standard practice to lower the stigma around getting one, Lowry added, “Don’t humiliate me for no reason, I know who the dad is!”

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Ahead of the Season 10 premiere of “Teen Mom 2,” Lowry opened up about her relationships with two of her exes with TooFab. “I haven’t talked to Chris in awhile, so he hasn’t seen Creed in a while,” Lowry said at the time. “But, you know, there’s always room to improve that so hopefully it improves.”

“I definitely think Jo and I hit a breakthrough this season. which I’m pretty proud of,” she explained. “I think that there’s always been an underlying resentment, even during the good times with Jo.”

Viewers, meanwhile, have seen her struggle with Javi — and, on last week’s episode, even put him on blast for allegedly trying to hook up with her, despite being married. After the episode aired, Lowry took to Twitter to post a public apology to Javi’s wife, Lauren.

“I want to publicly apologize to Lauren in regards to tonight’s episode,” she tweeted. “She didn’t deserve the humiliation she was put through due to a situation between Javi & me. I’ve been in her shoes and I’ve felt that pain, however have never experienced that being exploited on tv.”

She added that she had already apologized in private, but felt the need to do it public, too.

“Teen Mom 2” airs Tuesdays on MTV.

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The transformation of Emma Watson from 9 to 30 years old

There is often a distinct turning point in the lives of celebrities, a moment in which they realize life will never be the same. For Emma Watson, it was being cast in the role of Hermione Granger in the first Harry Potter movie. She was plucked from obscurity as a nine-year-old girl with no acting experience and thrust into the spotlight. While some child stars go astray on the path of fame and fortune, Watson did it with grace — remaining as grounded and sharp as the character she portrays in the Harry Potter films.

Watson’s style evolution through the years has revealed one thing for certain: she loves fashion! Perhaps her early formative years in Paris contributed to the fashion sense that has made Watson a style icon? Thankfully, the Watson family moved her to Oxfordshire, England from Paris when she was five. Otherwise, the world might have been delivered a different Hermione Granger, and that would have been a travesty of epic proportions. 

Watson’s coming-of-age story is one of a serious, scholarly girl becoming a serious, scholarly woman who uses her fame for the greater good. Let’s look at her transformation from the tender age of nine to the fabulous age of thirty!

Emma Watson was just nine when she joined Hogwarts history

Emma Watson started winning early in life — at age seven — when she won the Daisy Pratt poetry competition for a recital of James Reeves’ The Sea. That was the extent of her pre-Potter dramatic experience. Two years later, in 1999, came the opportunity of a lifetime: an audition for the role of Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (a.k.a. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the U.K.), the highly-anticipated first film from the wildly-popular middle-grade Harry Potter book series written by J.K. Rowling. 

Watson was cast alongside Daniel Radcliffe, who had a couple acting credits prior to being cast as the title character, and Rupert Grint, a fellow newcomer who had only performed in school plays prior to winning the role of Ron Weasley.

Watson said Sorcerer’s Stone director Chris Columbus was immensely understanding of the children’s nervousness on set, telling Paste in 2009, “What I found so very helpful (and considerate) was that Chris Columbus … just turned the sound off on the set, and we dubbed our lines in later. That way, he could give us direct instructions on what to do, and where the special effects were to come in.” She continued, “Now that added a lot to his schedule, but it was so generous of him. Consequently, he got relaxed performances.”

The world officially met Emma Watson in 2001

At the very first Harry Potter movie premiere, Emma Watson looked like an excited girl on the verge of blossoming, both personally and professionally. Warner Bros. had publicly announced the stars of the highly-anticipated film in August 2000, and it opened in November 2001. Poised to be megastars if the movie was a success, Watson and her fresh-faced male costars were not only launched into the public eye as actors, they also had the extra pressure of portraying well-known, well-loved literary characters. 

Producer David Heyman said when the cast was announced, “These are tremendously talented British kids who will bring so much to the film. We have always been and continue to be devoted to remaining true and faithful to the book.”

It seems the film indeed lived up to the expectations of fans of the much-beloved characters in the book series, because Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was the highest-grossing film in the U.S. in 2001, per Box Office Mojo. Watson received glowing reviews, with one IGN critic raving, “From Hermione Granger’s perfect introduction to her final scene, Watson is better than I could’ve possibly imagined. She steals the show.”

Emma Watson went for some edgier looks in her early teens

A year after the release of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the third-highest grossing film in the U.S. in 2002, Emma Watson walked the red carpet with Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, at the 2003 Disney Channel Kids Awards in London — where the second Harry Potter flick won the award for best DVD.

She was 13 and showing some midriff. Low-rise jeans were a major trend in the early 2000s, and Watson was working that trend. She hadn’t become a style icon yet, but this look showed that she was already comfortable being a bit daring. Not to mention, hindsight is 20/20, and Marie Claire predicted low-rise jeans would be making a comeback in 2020! (However, the pandemic probably thwarted that … which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.)

Meanwhile, Watson and Felton would soon be hard at work on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which was released in 2004 and was the fourth-highest grossing film in the U.S. that year.

A teenage Emma Watson walked the red carpet with attitude

By 2004, it was clear that Emma Watson was stepping into her own. Joining Daniel Radcliffe at the U.K. Premiere of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban that May, a then-14-year-old Watson looked teenage-tastic with her funky, adorned updo. And that impish grin made it immensely clear the girl had personality — and that she was comfortable on a red carpet!

The following year, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire premiered, followed by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2007. Watson also had a major career milestone: a leading role outside of the Harry Potter series, starring in the BBC movie Ballet Shoes as Pauline Fossil. In 2008, she branched out further into voicing animated characters with the role of Princess Pea in The Tale of Despereaux.

Perhaps as precocious as her most famous onscreen counterpart, Watson developed a sense of style early. With cover shots on Teen Vogue in 2005 and Tatler magazine in 2007, she graced what would be the first two of countless career magazine covers.

Emma Watson seamlessly transitioned from teen starlet to glam grown-up

Emma Watson temporarily traded the red carpet for the catwalk when Christopher Baily chose her as the face of Burberry (via People) for its Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 collections. Here she is, at age 19, looking sophisticated with a wispy updo and mile-high heels, arriving at the Burberry Prorsum show in London in September 2009. She was seamlessly transitioning from teenage starlet to grown-a** woman.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released that same year, and Watson said filming it was frenetic. She told the Brazilian blog, Vira-Tempo (via Oxford Royale Academy), “My life was crazy. One minute I was on set, and the next minute I was doing an exam, or reading a textbook, or doing something, so I was a bit all over the place.” It seemed to have all worked out, as Watson enrolled at Brown University in the fall of 2009.

If that wasn’t enough, both Deathly Hallows films, the final two movies in the Harry Potter series, began shooting in 2009. But Watson had an escape plan for when she was feeling stressed. She told Paste (via Entertainment Weekly), “It sounds so geeky, but I really do like studying and reading, and if I’m not working on Harry Potter, then my greatest relaxation is to sit with a book. That’s how I escape stress — in literature … I think that all that reading is just about the only similarity I have with Hermione, if you ask me.”

Emma Watson went pixie perfect after her Harry Potter run

Emma Watson turned 20 and cut off her gorgeous locks for an even more beautiful (and refined) pixie! Her clothing was more tailored here, and she exuded sophistication. Basically, growing up looked great on her! And Watson told Vanity Fair that this pixie cut was “the sexiest I’ve ever felt.”

We know Watson loves fashion, but it doesn’t stop there — she cares about ethical fashion. As The Guardian reported, Watson began working as a Creative Advisor for People Tree, an organization supporting fair trade and organic fashion. The first collection from that collaboration was released in early 2010.

Also in 2010, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 scored a franchise record with its $24 million midnight opening in November. With the release of the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, scheduled for release in 2011, Watson realized she simply had too much on her plate. She posted on her blog, in part, “I’ve had so much to juggle that being a student AND fulfilling my other commitments has become a little impossible. I’ve decided to take a bit of time off to completely finish my work on Harry Potter … I will still be working towards my degree … it’s just going to take me a semester or two longer than I thought.”

Emma Watson: a wallflower she is not

And, just like that, the Harry Potter film series was over. With no more Potter on the horizon, Emma Watson was now able to make her own career decisions. This ballgown-meets-cigarette-pants Dior look might not have been one of her best choices, but it was couture, and she wore it with confidence to a special screening of what was a great choice: playing a starring role in the 2012 coming-of-age film, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

In 2013, Watson played Nicki in The Bling Ring, a movie about a real-life ring of thieves who stole jewelry and other valuables from Hollywood celebrities’ homes. The same year, she appeared in the comedy, This Is the End, with an all-star cast including James Franco, Jonah Hill, and Seth Rogen. On choosing to take on a comedic role, Watson told Movieline, “How could I miss out on the chance to work with some of the best comedians that there are basically in the world right now?”

Watson might have moved on from Harry Potter, but she realized the world likely never will. She previously told The Sydney Morning Herald, “I feel it will never be over … the books will always be loved and the films will come on every Christmas, and it’ll keep living on in kids’ imaginations and adults’ imaginations for many years to come.”

Emma Watson spread good will in her post-Potter career

Now an Ivy-League grad with a degree in English from Brown University, and a sleek, sophisticated look to match, Emma Watson has clearly maintained her brainiac connection to Hermione Granger. She decided to dedicate that intelligence, work ethic, and passion into furthering the greater good. Watson was named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador in 2014, and she helped kick off the U.N.’s “HeForShe” program to inspire men to join the fight for women’s rights.

Here, she’s pictured at the HeForShe VIP afterparty. U.N. Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told Vanity Fair on Watson’s selection for this role, “We needed a new messenger to break new ground for us. We didn’t want to just speak to the converted.” Watson’s speech was featured on fashion blogs and news sites around the world, causing, as Vanity Fair reports, “Men like Hugh Jackman, Jared Leto, Harry Styles, Russell Crowe, and Eddie Redmayne [to align] themselves with HeForShe.”

Watson also played Ila in Noah (as in Noah’s Ark) with Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Hopkins, which was released in 2014. And she starred in two thrillers released in 2015, Regression and Colonia. Oh, yeah: also in 2015, the day after she turned 25, Watson appeared on Time‘s list of 100 Most Influential People. Slacker.

Emma Watson won the Met Gala with her eco-friendly fashion

Now, THIS gown-and-pants ensemble was a WIN! Behold Emma Watson at the May 2016 “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology” Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, donning an environmentally-friendly Calvin Klein and Eco Age gown made almost entirely of recycled plastic bottles. 

Watson wrote about the gown in a Facebook post, “I am proud to say it is truly sustainable and represents a connection between myself and all the people in the supply chain who played a role in creating it. The body of the gown is crafted from three different fabrics, all woven from yarns made from recycled plastic bottles (!). Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet. Being able to repurpose this waste and incorporate it into my gown for the #MetGala proves the power that creativity, technology and fashion can have by working together.” 

She added, “Each and every part of this beautiful gown has been produced with sustainability in mind, even the components that you can’t see … It is my intention to repurpose elements of the gown for future use … Truly beautiful things should be worn again and again and again.”

Emma Watson proved she's always an environmentally-conscious beauty

At the Paris photocall for The Circle, a 27-year-old Emma Watson knocked it out of the park again with a stunning combination of casual and fabulous clothing that just … works. Between her love for sustainable fashion and her innate fashion sense, Watson rarely swings and misses anymore. Watson also appeared on the cover of the March 2017 issue of Elle, and the goal of the cover shoot was to showcase fashion brands that reduce their impact on people and the planet. Every brand featured addressed the social and environmental impact of the fashion industry and were either vintage or new, sustainable clothing assessed using Eco-Age’s GCC principles for Sustainable Excellence.

In addition to her lead role in The Circle that same year, she also starred in Beauty and the Beast, a performance for which she was nominated for several awards, including winning the MTV Movie and TV Award for best actress!

Meanwhile, Watson was making an effort to keep her private life private, which is challenging as a public figure. But on occasion, she opened up about her feelings. She told British Vogue in March 2017 that she realized after a breakup that she felt uncomfortable being single, saying, “I went on a silent retreat, because I really wanted to figure out how to be at home with myself.”

Emma Watson wore black in solidarity with Time's Up

Emma Watson was one of the many women who wore black to the 75th Annual Golden Globes in 2018 in solidarity with the Time’s Up movement. Many of the women attending also brought activists as their dates in an effort to highlight the work being done for gender and racial equality. Watson was accompanied by U.K. activist Marai Larasi, founder of Imkaan, an organization dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls of color. 

After revealing she has experienced her share of sexual harassment in the film industry, Watson told Variety on the red carpet, “What is amazing is that my experiences are not unique, the experiences of my friends are not unique, the experiences of my colleagues are not unique. This issue is so systemic, structural.” Watson added to E! at the time, “There’s something about in women in Hollywood speaking out. There is a wall of silence around violence against women and girls and every time somebody speaks out, it just creates a bit of a crack in that wall.”

Keep on keeping on, ladies!

Emma Watson is a little woman in stature alone

A long-loved coming-of-age tale, Little Women is a rare portrait of a group of young women navigating life’s joys and foils. Emma Watson is pictured here with several other members of the ensemble cast at the premiere of Little Women, the 2019 film adaptation of the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Never one to be pigeon-holed by fashion, this flowing, unstructured black gown with a fluffy décolletage gave Watson an ethereal-but-edgy vibe. 

On her bond with some of the other actresses, Watson told British Vogue: “What was really nice about working with Laura Dern and Meryl Streep was that the three of us knew each other way before we did Little Women. We met in activist spaces, so we had this allyship and solidarity as activists that had been part of a certain movement before we ever worked together.”

Watson also had some personal growth along with her professional advancement: she was no longer uncomfortable being alone! Admitting she had anxiety about the societal expectations surrounding age milestones like turning 30, Watson told the outlet, “I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel. I was like, ‘This is totally spiel.’ It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.”

Emma Watson is officially 'the queen of ethical dressing'

Here’s a photo of Emma Watson looking sharp and walking with a group of fellow members of the Advisory Committee for Equality Between Women and Men at the 2019 G7 Summit in Paris. Talk about style and substance. While the 2020 pandemic provided cause for a lack of public appearances (and, therefore, photos), that didn’t stop Vogue from naming Watson “The Queen of Ethical Dressing” in a retrospective pictorial the magazine posted in honor of her 30th birthday in April 2020. It also didn’t stop Watson from doing her part to make the world a better place.

That June, British Vogue reported that Watson had joined the Board of Kering, a conglomerate of luxury fashion brands. She was also busy promoting a fashion app, Good On You, that rates fashion brands based on their ethics and sustainability. Watson said, “There’s a bigger story to be told about the conditions in which our clothes are made, the resources that have been used and the impact they’ve had on communities.”

One thing is clear: while perhaps an introvert at heart, Watson is most definitely a team player — and we love her for it. Hermione would approve.

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John Leslie cleared of sexual assault charge

Former Blue Peter presenter John Leslie has been cleared of sexual assault charges.

The 55-year-old was cleared by a jury at Southwark Crown Court of grabbing a woman’s breasts at a Christmas party in 2008.

The verdict was delivered after 23 minutes of deliberation, with Leslie crying and nodding towards the jury.

Judge Deborah Taylor said: ‘Mr Stott, you for the second time leave this court without a stain on your character and I hope it will be the last time you have to attend.’

Leslie was hugged by his father, Les Scott, who has attended court every day for the past week, upon leaving the dock.

During the trial, his former co-star Anthea Turner defended him, giving evidence on his character.

Turner, 60, told the court: ‘I know John incredibly well and I am standing here today because I know John very well, and I would just like to mention, when he asked me to come I wanted to be here. This is very important.’ 

When asked about his behaviour around women she stated: ‘I am a woman, he was always respectful, incredibly respectful, with myself.’ 

The TV presenter said the team at Blue Peter were majority female and ‘everybody loved him’, adding that Leslie was ‘absolutely adored by every woman I knew that worked with him’.

This story is being updated.

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Queen Elizabeth shaves time off London Bridge hero’s prison sentence

The convicted murderer who fought off the London Bridge terrorist with a narwhal tusk will see an early prison release, thanks to Queen Elizabeth.

Her Majesty has granted Steven Gallant, 42, the royal prerogative of mercy, an order that reduced the murder sentence he was serving when he helped thwart the terror attack, the Evening Standard reported.

The order knocked 10 months off his 17-year sentence and will allow him to seek parole in June.

The Ministry of Justice said the Queen was advised to grant the pardon as a result of Gallant’s “exceptionally brave actions,” the Mirror reported.

Gallant has been serving time for the murder of firefighter Barrie Jackson, who was beaten to death outside a pub in 2005.

But Jackson’s family said they backed the Queen’s order due to Gallant’s heroic efforts during the fatal attack last November.

“I have mixed emotions, but what happened at London Bridge goes to show the reality that people can change,” Jackson’s son, Jack, told The Mirror.

Gallant was at a conference to rehabilitate prisoners when the fatal attack took place in the Fishmongers’ Hall next to London Bridge.

He was among a group that ran out to intervene when Usman Khan, a convicted terrorist on parole, launched a stabbing spree that killed two people.

Footage showed Gallant trying to subdue him with a narwal tusk from the wall of the historic building before cops shot Khan dead.

Gallant later said in a statement that he “didn’t hesitate” to pursue the deranged attacker.

“I could tell something was wrong and had to help,” he said. “I saw injured people. Khan was stood [sic] in the foyer with two large knives in his hands. He was a clear danger to all.”

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Emirati minister of tolerance accused of 'serious sexual assault'

Emirati minister of tolerance is accused of ‘serious sexual assault’ by the organiser of the Hay literary festival in Abu Dhabi who says Sheikh ‘assaulted her on Valentine’s Day’

  • Caitlin McNamara, 32, claims Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan assaulted her
  • She was in Abu Dhabi working on the launch of the Hay literary festival in the city
  • McNamara claims the Sheikh called her to a meeting at his home in February
  • It was there that she claims the Sheikh sexually assault her – which he denies

The Emirati minister of tolerance has been accused of ‘serious sexual assault’ by the organiser of the Hay literary festival in Abu Dhabi.

Caitlin McNamara says she was attacked by Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, 69, on Valentine’s Day earlier this year.

Ms McNamara, 32, who was in Abu Dhabi working on the launch of the festival in the city, has now been interviewed by Scotland Yard.

She has waived her right to anonymity and, in an interview with the Sunday Times, spoken publicly about the alleged assault.

The sheikh – who is a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family and likes to be known as the ‘Sheikh of Hearts’ – denies any wrongdoing, and said over the weekend that he was ‘surprised and saddened’ by the claims made by McNamara.

On Saturday, the directors of the Hay festival pledged never to return to the UAE while the Sheikh remains in his post as the minister of tolerance in the United Arab Emirates cabinet.

Nahyan has previously hosted both Boris Johnson when he was mayor of London and also former Prime Minister Tony Blair. 


Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, 69, (pictured) has been accused by a British woman – Caitlin McNamara (right), the organiser of the Hay literary festival in Abu Dhabi – of sexually assaulting her on Valentine’s Day

Nahyan previously hosted Boris Johnson in 2013 when the then mayor of London went to Abu Dhabi as part of a trade mission

Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan’s family is the fourth richest royal family in the world.

According to Business Insider, it controls a sovereign wealth fund with assets estimated to be worth £640bn, including Manchester City football team.

In 2013, Nahyan, who was educated in the UK and attended Oxford University, welcomed Boris Johnson to Abu Dhabi when he came to the country as part of a trade mission.

At the time, the sheikh was minister of culture and youth. In the same role, he also hosted Tony Blair when he attended the opening of the UAE’s global education and skills forum.

Nahyan also hosted Tony Blair when he attended the opening of the UAE’s global education and skills forum

He and Blair were previously photographed together at the Volvo Ocean Race in Abu Dhabi.

After he left office, Blair worked as a consultant for UAE’s sovereign wealth fund.

Ms McNamara had spent almost six months working at the Sheikh’s ministry after being hired by the Hay festival to organise its first event in the UAE.

On the morning of the alleged assault, which was Valentines Day, she told The Sunday Times that she received a phone call from the Sheikh inviting her to dinner, saying she had never spoken to him on the phone before then.

‘After six months there I was used to being summoned to meetings at all times of day,’ she told the newspaper. ‘And no one said no to Nahyan — he was like a god.’

From the car which was taking her to meet Nahyan, Ms McNamara texted Peter Florence, the head of the Hay Festival.

She described how she felt like she had been ‘called to the headmaster’s office for disrupting class,’ before joking that Florence should ‘send help’ if she did not return in 24 hours.

Despite the joky tone, Ms McNamara said she felt uncomfortable and so turned on her Whatsapp tracker, enabling others to follow her location.

Her disquiet grew when, instead of heading to the royal palace, she said the car that picked her up drove in the opposite direction and started going away from the city, with the driver not telling her where they were driving to.

McNamara said that she was taken across a bridge to a small island that she believes to be the exclusive Al Gurm resort, where many of the Emirati royals own properties, and then to the Sheikh’s house.

There, she was taken inside where she met the Sheikh, who she said was very friendly towards her, greeting her with a hug and producing a £3,500 watch with gold and diamonds.

They were also drinking wine, she said, which surprised her because it is prohibited in the country. 


Ms McNamara, pictured above in 2014, has waived her right to anonymity and, in an interview with the Sunday Times , spoken publicly about the alleged assault

Nahyan was also pictured with sports stars Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal after final of the Capitala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on January 3, 2009

After trying to keep the conversation professional, talking about a poet – which irritated the Sheikh – McNamara then claims that he started touching her.

‘It was creepy,’ she said. ‘He was on the sofa next to me and began touching my arm and feet and I was pulling away, then he got forceful… Suddenly, it clicked why I was there. I felt so naive.’

At that point, McNamara said her situation dawned on her, and she began thinking of ways she could escape from the home and the island without offending him by making him think she was rejecting him.

After she tried to find excuses to leave, McNamara said the Sheikh instead took her on a tour of the house, at one point ‘grabbing her face and kissing her’, and when inside a gold elevator, she claims he assaulted her again.

‘We got in a gold lift where he pushed me against the wall and began rubbing my breasts in a weird way like windscreen wipers,’ she claimed. 

From the car which was taking her to meet Nahyan, Ms McNamara texted Peter Florence, the head of the Hay Festival. She described how she felt like she had been ‘called to the headmaster’s office for disrupting class,’ before joking that Florence should ‘send help’ if she did not return in 24 hours

In text exchanges with Florence after the alleged incident, she told him that Nahyan had kissed her and that she needed to ‘get out of here’. Florence told her to ‘come home immediately’

‘He pulled up his kandora and was naked under, and got on top of me. I pulled my dress down but he put his hands up my dress and his fingers inside of me.’

Nahyan has denied the allegations.

Eventually, McNamara told The Times that she was able to get downstairs, out the door and into a car away from the island, and the following morning took a two-hour taxi to Dubai.

In text exchanges with Florence after the alleged incident, she told him that Nahyan had kissed her and that she needed to ‘get out of here’. Florence told her to ‘come home immediately.’ 

Nahyan with former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (left) and former US secretary of state James Baker (right) in 2013

In the days that followed the alleged assault, Ms McNamara claims that the Sheikh tried to call her multiple times and also texted her. Pictured: The alleged texts 

In the days that followed, she claims that the Sheikh tried to call her multiple times and also texted her.

The full statement from the chairman of the Hay Festival

In a statement, posted on Twitter on Sunday, Hay Festival Chair Caroline Michel, said: ‘What happened to our colleague and friend Caitlin McNamara in Abu Dhabi last February was an appalling violation and a hideous abuse of trust and position.

‘Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan made a mockery of his ministerial responsibilities and tragically undermined his government’s attempt to work with Hay Festival to promote free speech and female empowerment’.

‘We continue to support Caitlin in seeking legal redress for this attack and we urge our friends and partners in the UAE to reflect on the behaviour of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and send a clear signal to the world that such behaviour will not be tolerated. 

Hay Festival will not be returning to Abu Dhabi while he remains in position.’

One alleged text, which is visible in a screenshot, reads, ‘Good morning my dearest darling I all is going as plan have a wonderful day don’t stress yourself looking forward to see you soon miss you take care LoL.’

On February 25, the festival opened as planned, and on March 5, she flew back to London as the coronavirus pandemic started to gather pace. 

‘What he had done affected everything,’ she said, telling The Sunday Times that she has since split up with her long-term boyfriend, lost her job and feels she could never return to the UAE.

During lockdown, she reached out to Philippe Sands – renowned writer and human rights barrister – who put her in touch with Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, a leading voice on women’s rights.

‘For a man who is a leading minister of his nation to grossly violate a women who is there to organise a major cultural event is criminal,’ Kennedy told The Times.

‘The UAE should sack him immediately but I suspect that will not happen. His family owns the country.’

As soon as lockdown ended, McNamara contacted to the police, giving them a three hour interview at the Family Unit in Stratford, east London.

Following the interview, the police took her security concerns so seriously they fitted panic alarms in her flat.

The Sunday Times reached out to the Sheikh and his representatives for a response to the allegations but he did no directly respond, the newspaper reported.

It did receive a response from London libel lawyers Schillings with a statement.

‘Our client is surprised and saddened by this allegation, which arrives eight months after the alleged incident and via a national newspaper,’ it said. ‘The account is denied.’

Caroline Michel, chair of the Hay board, told the Sunday Times on Saturday night that the alleged assault was ‘an appalling violation and a hideous abuse of trust and position.’

On Saturday, the directors of the Hay festival pledged never to return to the UAE while the Sheikh remains in his post as the minister of tolerance in the United Arab Emirates cabinet

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