Three men have appeared in court charged with murder following the shooting of a "completely innocent" young tradesman in Melbourne's north earlier this year.
Homicide detectives, alongside heavily armed Special Operations Group officers, arrested the trio in raids at three homes in Greenvale, Meadow Heights and Roxburgh Park from 6.15am on Wednesday.
Arrest vision and images from Wednesday’s arrests.Credit:Victoria Police
The three men – Adam Tiba and Abdullah Hammoud, both 21, and 18-year-old Tahmid Rahman – appeared separately before Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon, each charged with murder.
Magistrate Peter Reardon, reading from a short summary, said police alleged the three men attended a home in Lalor and "discharged multiple rounds from a semi-automatic handgun into the property".
Adrian Pacione, 20, was visiting a friend in Ella Court on July 18 to support them after the death of a family member when a number of unknown men tried to force their way into the house just after 10.30pm.
Adrian Pacione and a CCTV image of a car thought to be linked to the shooting
Three other men who were inside the house at the time of the shooting were not injured.
The three accused men appeared before court via a video link and were remanded in custody.
Mr Rahman's lawyer told his client he planned to speak to his parents afterwards, while Mr Tiba's lawyer advised him not to say anything because the media were watching the hearing.
The three men were remanded to appear before court again on February 24.
Their arrests came a fortnight after police made a public appeal for information and released CCTV images of a car seen in the street after the shooting.
At the time, police said Mr Pacione was a "completely innocent" man who had been shot in the head as a result of a dispute he had no part in.
The high-powered rounds were of such force they travelled through a front room window, through an internal wall and into a rear room, where Mr Pacione was struck.
Others travelled further – out through the back of the home, into the backyard and through a neighbouring backyard before being lodged in the house behind.
Mr Pacione was not the intended target and was not involved in any fight, Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper has previously said.
Homicide squad arrest three men following the death of Adrian Pacione.Credit:Victoria Police
"He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now he’s dead because of an evil act," he said.
"Adrian was an honest and hard-working third-year apprentice in sheet metal fabrication who was still very young and had his whole life ahead of him. He was involved in local sports and gaming was his passion."
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
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At least 15 Portland police employees made more than $200,000 last fiscal year, largely due to overtime pay, according to a report on Sunday.
The fiscal year – from July 1, 2019, to the end of June 2020– didn't include overtime made by police during the past four months of daily protests and riots in the city, according to a wage database obtained by The Oregonian through a records request.
This June, however, there were more than four million in overtime pay, which was the single highest month recorded in recent memory. Portland also saw protests during the summer of 2019, which was another factor in the overtime pay, as well as an increase in shootings and lack of officers.
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Police use chemical irritants and crowd control munitions to disperse protesters during the 100th consecutive day of demonstrations in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. According to an officer, police responded with stronger tactics after a molotov cocktail was thrown.(AP Photo/Noah Berger)
“There’s a lot of people working a lot of hours because there’s just a lot of work to be done, and we’re limited on the number of cops we have,” said Sgt. Ken Duilio, who was the third highest-paid officer.
The attention toward police spending, as well as the call to fund or dismantle departments, grew this summer in wake of the death of George Floyd in law enforcement custody. Some groups argue that reallocating federal funding from police departments toward other local services could make communities safer, especially for minorities.
The figures show 728 bureau employees made more than $100,000 out of 1,272 people.
Outside of Capt. Mark Kruger, who retired in March and made $265,225 last fiscal year, the second, third and fourth highest-paid employees were all sergeants whose overtime earnings exceeded their base pay, the paper reported.
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Eight sergeants and two officers were in the top of 10 highest overtime earners, according to The Oregonian, Sergeants earned an average of $24,943 in overtime, followed by detectives, who averaged $20,369. Rank-and-file officers averaged $13,239 in overtime.
“The city’s elected officials have continued to ignore our staffing needs, resulting in the large amounts of overtime,” said Officer Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association. “That’s the cost of keeping our city safe.”
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Gross pay and overtime earnings for Portland police are expected to be higher than last year, according to the paper.
TV vet Noel Fitzpatrick: How malpractice row over bionic tortoise drove me to the brink
TV vet Noel Fitzpatrick reveals today how he fell into a deep depression after being accused of malpractice over his treatment of a tortoise.
The star of Channel 4’s series The Supervet fitted three bionic limbs to a Hermann’s tortoise called Hermes to replace those chewed off by rats during hibernation.
After discussing euthanasia with the owner, he performed surgery, believing Hermes could live another 50 years and because it was done with his ‘best interests in our hearts’.
The star of Channel 4’s series The Supervet fitted three bionic limbs to a Hermann’s tortoise called Hermes to replace those chewed off by rats during hibernation
But a few months later, at the end of 2018, after Hermes died at home of a seemingly unrelated condition, four vets lodged an official complaint.
As the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons investigated, the 52-year-old faced losing his career and was left ‘crying behind closed doors while putting on a smile to face the world’.
In an extract from his new book, How Animals Saved My Life: Being The Supervet, in today’s You magazine, he says: ‘The complainants maintained I had put self-promotion above my commitment to the health and welfare of my patient and requested a full disciplinary hearing.
As the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons investigated, the 52-year-old faced losing his career and was left ‘crying behind closed doors while putting on a smile to face the world’
‘Depending on the outcome, I could face a suspension or even be struck off, meaning I would no longer be allowed to practice veterinary medicine, which had been the central purpose of my life for as long as I could remember.
As the investigation process began, I sank into a big cloud of depression. And in spite of seeking professional help, it wouldn’t budge.’
The change came when he broke his neck in a fall. Immobile in hospital, he realised his brush with death prevented him using work to escape his problems any more.
He adds: ‘I wondered if some giant hand of fate had pushed me down the stairs to force me to deal with the growing horde of emotional demons in my head.
‘I was trapped inside my own body for the first time in my life, unable to move, unable to escape the thoughts that crashed around in my head, which normally would have been sublimated into simply working harder.’
When the malpractice investigation concluded in January this year, it found that although euthanasia should have been recommended as the best option, there had been no serious professional misconduct.
With the case closed, he could concentrate on recovering, which meant wearing a neck brace and moving as little as possible for months.
Around this time, his girlfriend Michaela found Ricochet – a five-month-old kitten with ‘a bent front leg, cross-eyes, an ear infection and quirky personality’.
‘He needed someone who would love him as he was,’ the vet says.
‘It was love at first sight. In retrospect, it almost feels as though Ricochet was sent to save me – and when he found me, I needed rescuing very badly.’
He says Ricochet and his border terrier Keira stayed by his side during his recovery and lockdown, adding: ‘The all-consuming love I felt when I gave Keira or Ricochet a cuddle kept me from going out of my mind. I felt the unbridled joy of that unconditional love every day, and still do.’
Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick: ‘I was a whisker away from death’
By Jane Wharton for the Mail on Sunday
TV’s celebrated Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick had spent almost 30 years caring for animals. Then a series of terrible events threatened to rob him of the career he loves – and even his life…
Two years ago, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, the orthopaedic-neuro veterinary surgeon, was flying high. His ground-breaking surgery and practice, Fitzpatrick Referrals, was the subject of Channel 4’s The Supervet. He’d just finished a sellout UK tour, sharing with audiences what it was like to be The Supervet, and thought he’d found his true purpose.
And then, as he reveals in this exclusive extract from his new book, everything he had ever believed in came crashing down.
I have internalised all kinds of pain in my life, some of which I can now talk about but some of which remains buried in the recesses of time. Many of us pretend to be able to ‘deal with stuff’ – we carry on with a semblance of sanity in our lives, so no one would ever guess our trauma. But for most of us, somewhere inside, the demons lurk.
Earlier this year I was at an all-time low. I’d lost all self-respect. I was crying behind closed doors while putting on a smile to face the world, or just being quiet, insular and uncommunicative with my work colleagues. Some days it would be OK and I’d be happy enough going about my work with consultations and surgery; on other occasions, it was like I had woken up under a blanket of despair that would cloud my vision all day.
Noel and his patient odin the doberman in their neck braces – for both of them, their spinal injuries could have been fatal
It all started at the end of 2018. I’d received a thick white envelope with the letters RCVS [Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons] printed in bold blue ink. Four fellow veterinarians, none of whom I had ever met, had accused me of malpractice. They said I’d not acted in the best interests of an animal who, in their view, should have been euthanised.
Hermes, a Hermann tortoise, had had three of his legs eaten off by rats during hibernation. His lovely owner, Helen, a critical care nurse and one of the most compassionate people I have ever met, had rescued and looked after him. Helen and I had discussed the situation and whether euthanasia might be the most appropriate ethical choice many times. In the end, Helen opted for surgery to apply three bionic limbs. With Hermes’s best interests in all our hearts and minds, I was tasked with providing him with his new limbs, because I was the only person at that point who had the knowledge and experience to do so. It is complicated, because the case with Hermes was unprecedented and there were no rules for the application of bionic limbs to tortoises. Had he not died, very sadly, at home, two months after the surgery – of an unforeseen and seemingly unrelated condition – Hermes might have outlived me.
Noel today with his rescue cat ricochet and beloved border terrier Keira
The complainants maintained I had put self-promotion above my commitment to the health and welfare of my patient, and requested a full disciplinary hearing. Depending on the outcome, I could face a suspension or even be struck off, meaning I would no longer be allowed to practise veterinary medicine, which had been the central purpose of my life for as long as I could remember.
As the investigation process began, I sank into a black cloud of depression. And in spite of seeking professional help, it wouldn’t budge. My sleep was affected terribly. On one night earlier this year, I got up and shuffled from the bed to the bathroom in a state of almost sleepwalking as I had done a million times before. There is a steep flight of stairs right next to my bathroom and although I don’t remember the beginning of the fall, halfway down I partially woke as my ribs and then my arm crashed against the sharp step edges. As I collided with the wall, I heard a crack, which echoed through my ears, then the momentum sent me rolling up into a ball at the foot of the stairs. The moment I heard the crack, I knew exactly what it meant – I had broken my neck. I wasn’t paralysed, and for that I was immediately grateful, but I was in agony.
As I lay in hospital, my girlfriend Michaela sitting by my side, I wondered if some giant hand of fate had pushed me down the stairs to force me to deal with the growing horde of emotional demons in my head. I was trapped inside my own body for the very first time in my life, unable to move, unable to escape the thoughts that crashed around in my head, which normally would have been sublimated into simply working harder.
People run away from confronting their problems in all kinds of different ways. I chose workaholism. I sacrificed quite a lot of my personal life but got to save as many animals as possible along the way so it always somehow seemed like a price worth paying. However, it was still addictive-avoidant behaviour, and I realised that I hadn’t respected myself for quite some time.
I found out later that I’d been just a whisker from permanent incapacitation or death. Had I twisted my neck another four or five millimetres, I could have irreparably damaged my spinal cord and been tetraplegic, and apparently the mortality rate associated with uncontrolled falls like mine is alarmingly high. I was a lucky man; I just didn’t know it as I lay there caught between fear and anger.
My consultant neurosurgeon Matthew Crocker and I agreed that there was a reasonable chance I could avoid surgery if I was very cautious, rested and remained as immobile as possible. I went home, forced into self-confinement with my neck in a brace.
Luckily, earlier that month, Michaela had found a gorgeous five-month-old kitten with a bent front leg, an ear infection, cross eyes and a ‘quirky’ personality who needed a home with someone who would love him as he was and help him when he needed it. ‘They’re perfect souls for each other,’ she thought the first time she laid eyes on him, and she was right. It was love at first sight. In retrospect, it almost feels as though Ricochet was sent to save me – and when he found me, I needed rescuing very badly indeed.
Now Ricochet was on my lap purring, playing with the Velcro straps on my collar and telling me to stop complaining because, of course, he had been in a collar as well and had no sympathy for my plight – since having his balls cut off had been much worse than me breaking my neck!
…and at ‘home’, his veterinary surgery in surrey
During my recovery throughout early March this year, I was regularly in touch with my friend Russell Brand. He was one of very few people with whom I had discussed my anxiety about the complaints regarding Hermes the tortoises’s treatment. He had been a good friend to me during this crisis. His cat Morrissey (or Mossy) had been diagnosed with chronic kidney failure by his primary care vet. After the surgery to save his life, Morrissey had initially rallied and improved, but now a few weeks later, in spite of our collective efforts with surgery and medication, he was slowly wasting away due to the chronic kidney failure that had not stabilised. We both knew there was no way we could allow Mossy to suffer.
For Russell, Mossy had been a witness and a confidant during all of his struggles [Russell has suffered drug, alcohol and sex addiction]. Mossy was the friend who had first come into his life when he had nothing, and stood by his side, or rather curled up on his knee, through it all. We both knew we could not let him down. We agreed that when the time was right, Russell would call me. I have intense respect for the cycle of life, but I was profoundly sad when the phone call came. We both knew that it was time to let him go.
With the blessing of my doctors, I could take the collar off for short periods. I drove to the practice to pick up some things and get ready to drive over to Russell’s house to facilitate poor Morrissey’s peaceful passage from this world. I looked at the stethoscope in my hands – which I’d used so many thousands of times to diagnose, to deliberate, to reassure, to face desolation and to deliver compassion – and thought how strange it is that this tool is used both to detect the beginning of life and to confirm death. I have put to sleep countless animals, but I have never done it without deference and respect for life and for the spirit of that animal.
But then the phone rang. Russell’s prayers had been answered and Morrissey had died naturally and peacefully. In many ways, through his companionship, Morrissey had saved Russell’s life as a recovering addict, and so it was almost as if, when Russell had made the decision to let him go, Morrissey had been able to stop fighting his inevitable fate and, as a final blessing for his daddy, saved him from the responsibility of taking his life.
When the time comes for me to lose Keira, my beloved border terrier, who is now 13, I honestly don’t know how I’m going to cope. During my confinement, first with my broken neck and then with lockdown, I’ve experienced waves of love for my little animal friends quite like never before. During that difficult time the all-consuming love I felt when I gave Keira or Ricochet a cuddle kept me from going out of my mind. I felt the unbridled joy of that unconditional love every day, and still do. I never want it to happen, but of course, when the time comes that Keira and Ricochet are no longer around, my love for them will never die.
My recovery was the first time I’d had an extended period away from the practice and it was wonderful to walk back through the doors in spring this year, immensely grateful that I could walk and that I was alive at all.
I loved and respected that place so very much. The practice wasn’t just a building: it was my home and that of the family I had chosen to bring with me on the journey. This place was my baby, and to a very large extent its cradle was my comfort and my protector, too.
My phone buzzed again with a message about an operation I was performing the following day – my first day back at work in six weeks. We were operating on emergencies only and my emergency was Odin, a beautiful doberman that I had already operated on twice for a spinal problem. He had been doing well but sadly had taken a turn for the worse again. The screws were loosening in one of his vertebrae to the point that a big hole had formed in the bone. He was on a knife-edge of collapse.
I’d never operated for a third time on a cervical spine in my entire career, and, ironically, it was in exactly the same region where I’d fractured my own neck. My neck brace was finally coming off the following morning, because Odin needed my help. This was an emergency and only I could try to fix it.
I was probably imagining things, but it seemed that the universe itself had conspired to offer me a chance for some peace and the self-respect of knowing I was doing my best. Tomorrow was another day.
I drove home to my own animal family, acutely aware that all of my physical and emotional pain would pass, as would my body someday – love would be all that remained – and that would be enough.
With friend Russell Brand in 2017, who noel confided in during his difficult time at work
Thankfully, Odin’s operation went on to be a complete success. The evening after the surgery, I went to see him in the wards and gave him a cuddle as I contemplated just how close we had both come to death and feeling very grateful for second chances.
The malpractice accusation finally concluded in January this year. While the Preliminary Investigation Committee felt euthanasia for Hermes should have been recommended as the best option, it acknowledged there was no realistic possibility of proving that Noel had not communicated with other veterinary surgeons to ensure Hermes’s health and welfare. It did not consider that Noel’s conduct fell so far below the standard as to constitute serious professional misconduct. They closed the case.
This is an edited extract from How Animals Saved My Life: Being the Supervet by Noel Fitzpatrick, which will be published on 29 October by Trapeze, price £20. Order a copy for £10 until 1 November at whsmith.co.uk by entering code YOUNOEL at checkout. Book number: 9781409183792. terms and conditions: whsmith.co.uk/terms.
YouTube make-up artist who covered up two back-to-back pregnancies told cops she threw the newborn babies in the trash because her boyfriend didn’t want children, trial hears
Alyssa Dayvault, 31, is on trial in South Carolina this week on two counts of homicide by child abuse
She allegedly hid two pregnancies almost a year apart from her boyfriend
She then gave birth alone in her home and failed to seek medical attention for the babies
Dayvault claims a baby boy born in December 2018 went blue and a baby girl born in November 2017 had her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck
She disposed of both their bodies in the trash
The former make-up artist failed to show up to her trial this week and the judge issued a warrant for her arrest
Alyssa Dayvault, 31, is on trial this week for two counts of homicide by child abuse
A South Carolina mother is on trial for homicide through child abuse this week after allegedly placing two of her newborns in trash bags and throwing them away about a year apart.
Alyssa Dayvault, 31, is accused of hiding two pregnancies – one in 2017 and one in 2018 – from her boyfriend and family before giving birth in secret and disposing of the babies’ bodies.
Dayvault, who worked as a makeup artist, did not show up for her trial this week, causing the judge to issue a warrant for her arrest.
The case is moving forward at the Horry County courthouse with her lawyers putting on a defense, despite not having spoken to her last week.
Police were first called to investigate when Dayvault showed up at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in early December 2018 with heavy bleeding.
While under care at the hospital, Dayvault delivered a placenta and umbilical cord consistent with a full term pregnancy, but no child was delivered, a police warrant said.
When police arrived, Dayvault told investigators she had given birth to a baby boy a few days earlier in her Myrtle Beach home but she blacked out from the pain of delivering the child alone.
Dayvault is said to have failed to seek medical attention for two of her newborn babies, born almost a year apart, letting them die and then disposing of their bodies in trash bags
Police were first called to investigate when Dayvault showed up at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in early December 2018 with heavy bleeding and delivered a placenta and umbilical cord consistent with a full term pregnancy, but no child was delivered
She said that she gave birth to the baby boy here at her Myrtle Beach home
Dayvault claimed she woke up 15 minutes later and on finding the boy’s face blue, threw his body in a waste receptacle at her residence, according to the warrants.
She failed to seek medical attention or try to save the baby’s life.
Prosecutors on Wednesday played a recording of Dayvault’s interview with police at the hospital.
Dayvault is heard telling investigators in the recording she hid the 2018 pregnancy from both her longtime boyfriend and her mother.
She then details the birth and disposing of the body.
On December 11, 2018, North Myrtle beach police conducted a search warrant of Dayvault’s home, where they found the body of the baby boy.
She told officers she delivered the baby alone. And after passing out from the pain and discovering the unconscious baby, she put him in a trash bag and threw him away, the recording showed.
While being questioned, Dayvault also admitted it had happened before.
Between November 4 and November 23, 2017, she said, she also gave birth alone, this time to a girl, and threw her body away after the baby had her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck, the court heard. Again, she didn’t seek medical attention for the baby.
She hid the pregnancy that time too, and there were no complications so no one knew.
According to her medical records, Dayvault had been in the third trimester in November 2017 and the baby girl had shown a healthy heart tone.
Dayvault refused a plea deal in February and then failed to appear in court this week
The judge to issue a warrant for her arrest after she failed to turn up to her trial
Dayvault then allegedly disposed of the bodies in a trash bag outside the house
She did not go into details about that birth in the body camera video, which was shown Wednesday during the first day of testimony.
Dayvault first denied having a baby when she was questioned, but as investigators pressed her, she started crying in the video.
They asked her why she threw the babies away and she said her boyfriend didn’t want children and she was scared how her mother would react.
Dayvault has two other older children.
‘I wasn’t thinking. I wasn’t. I was too scared,’ said Dayvault, barely understandable as she cried in the video.
Dayvault, pictured previously in custody, did not turn up for her trial this week
‘This isn’t a murder trial,’ prosecutor Josh Holford said in his opening statement Wednesday.
‘We don’t have enough evidence to prove the defendant intentionally killed her babies. We are not saying she intentionally suffocated her babies.’
Instead, Holford said, prosecutors would prove Dayvault showed ‘extreme indifference for human life’ because she sought no care from anyone for her newborns.
‘She didn’t drop that baby girl off at the fire station. She didn’t put the baby girl up for adoption. She didn’t ask her mother to take care of the baby girl. She simply threw this baby out with the trash,’ Holford said.
Public defender Sharde Crawford told jurors she doesn’t think prosecutors can show Dayvault didn’t care about the babies at all.
Crawford said there would be several unanswered questions when testimony was finished, including ‘what evidence has the state shown that will prove to you the cause of death?’
Court ended early Wednesday because the prosecution’s final witness was a doctor who was seeing patients and couldn’t get to court until Thursday.
The judge suggested the jury could get the case before the end of the day Thursday.
Dayvault faces up to life in prison if convicted.
She was out on bond and has not been to court this week, from jury selection Monday to the first day of testimony Wednesday.
Her lawyers planned a full defense even without her there.
Alyssa Dayvault, pictured, had two other older children before this
Dayvault worked as a make-up artist and posted her work online
If Dayvault is found guilty, the judge will seal her sentence until she is found and brought to court.
She rejected a plea deal in February in which she would plead guilty to one charge of homicide by child abuse and would serve a sentence of 30 to 35 years in prison.
Her boyfriend has spoken of his horror at learning about the deaths of the newborns when the cops first brought the allegations.
Chris Matechen told detectives they must have been wrong when they came to search the couple’s home.
It is not clear if he was the father of the children.
‘Unless you have video evidence, let me know,’ Matechen rold cops, according to WMBF. ‘And that’s when they told me they found the baby boy on our property in the garbage can.’
‘And the hardest part is thinking about that baby girl that no one knew of,’ he added.
‘I go over to Cherry Grove Commons every day and I drop a flower in front of the dumpster.’
BRAD Pitt is "fighting to get overnight visits with his kids for the holidays" during his nasty custody war with ex Angelina Jolie.
The former couple are set to appear before a judge in November to discuss custody of five of their six kids.
A source told Us Weekly: “The holiday visitation had been set before the custody trial."
The insider explained: "Brad will see the children on Christmas Day.
"He is hoping that he will be given increased custodial time with the kids which would result in having them overnight for the holidays this year.
"The decision will be made by the judge in November."
Brad, 56, and Angelina, 45, have been battling in court since the actress filed for divorce in September 2016.
They share children Maddox, 19, Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12.
Their custody battle is set to be one of the most expensive and drawn-out legal fights in Hollywood history as Brad called 21 witnesses to support his case.
An insider, who is close to both parties, exclusively told The Sun: "The kids have been shielded to a large extent, but they’re old enough to have a pretty strong sense of what’s going on and it breaks Brad’s heart to know they’ve been at the centre of this wretched battle for such a long time.
"Angelina is still the ultimate mama bear who insists she’ll walk through fire to protect them from anyone — even their own father — and she’s proud of the strength and maturity the kids have shown throughout this nightmare process.
"There’s been a hell of a lot of finger pointing and sniping from each of their respective camps for months now, ever since it became clear they weren’t going to be able to compromise face to face.
"Now the communication between Brad and Angie is virtually non-existent, and they’re both digging in harder than they’ve ever done before."
Both Brad and Angelina have spent months building their cases, which has cost them a small fortune in legal bills.
Brad has called in 21 witnesses and Angelina has only named seven, which includes herself and Brad.
As they fight over their five younger kids, it has already been decided that their oldest son, Maddox, can decide for himself when he wants to see his father.
Before his relationship with Angelina, Brad was married to Jennifer Aniston from 2000-2005.
The friendly exes recently reunited for a Fast Time At Ridgemont High charity table read.
Brad and Angelina met in 2004 while filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith, with many people speculating Brad cheated on Jen, 51.
It was recently revealed that the Friends alum is writing a memoir, which could potentially touch on the infamous love triangle.
SENATOR Mitt Romney slammed President Donald Trump on Tuesday over his “rabid attacks” – and says the world is “watching America with abject horror.”
Romney, a Republican who represents Utah in the Senate, released a scathing statement posted on Twitter about his “thoughts on the current state of our politics.”
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The politician wrote, who has been sparring with Trump since 2015, that he’s “stayed quiet with the approach of the election.”
"But I'm troubled by our politics, as it has moved away from spirited debate to a vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass that is unbecoming of any free nation – let alone the birthplace of modern democracy."
Romney said Trump "calls the Democratic vice presidential candidate ‘a monster;’ he repeatedly labels the speaker of the House ‘crazy;’ he calls for the Justice Department to put the prior president in jail; he attacks the governor of Michigan on the very day a plot is discovered to kidnap her.”
The former governor of Massachusetts said that Democrats “launch blistering attacks of their own – though their presidential nominee refuses to stoop as low as others.”
He went on to mention that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up a copy of Trump’s State of the Union address in 2019, that liberal commentator Keith Olbermann calls Trump a “terrorist” – and that “media on the left and right amplify all of it.”
"The rabid attacks kindle the conspiracy mongers and the haters who take the small and predictable step from intemperate word to dangerous action," Romney said.
"The world is watching America with abject horror; more consequentially, our children are watching.
“Many Americans are frightened for our country – so divided, so angry, so mean, so violent."
The senator said it’s “time to lower the heat. Leaders must tone it down.”
“Leaders from the top and leaders of all stripes: parents, bosses, reporters, columnists, professors, union chiefs, everyone.
“The consequence of the crescendo of anger leads to a very bad place,” Romney concluded. “No sane person can want that.”
Romney’s statement comes days after the FBI announced they thwarted a plot to kidnap Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer – which Whitmer blamed on Trump.
Romney was the Republican nominee for president in 2012 against former President Barack Obama.
When Trump was elected in 2016, he and Romney sat down for dinner together to discuss making Romney secretary of state – and soon afterward, Romney praised the then-president-elect.
It was later reported that Trump was “toying” with Romney over the position, after he said Trump lacked the temperament and judgment to be president, calling him “a phony, a fraud.”
Trump has called Romney a “pompous a**.”
In February of this year, Romney was the sole GOP senator to vote for Trump’s impeachment for abuse of presidential powers.
In March, Trump trolled Romney, describing him as a "terrible presidential candidate" and a "RINO,” or “Republican In Name Only.”
On Monday, Trump’s Democratic rival Joe Biden seemingly forgot Romney’s name while speaking to reporters.
"You may remember, I got in trouble when we were running against the senator who was a Mormon, the governor, OK? And I took him on," Biden said, without naming Romney.
The apparent gaffe prompted Trump to mock Biden, with just weeks to go until the 2020 election.
Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) refuses to give up any shred of hope that she can fight for further treatment options for her dying son Oliver in Coronation Street – but when she ends up seeking publicity for her case through the local press, one question about the reality of the tragic situation causes her to lose it.
With Leanne already having a go at Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) for apologising on her behalf when she lets rip at Oliver’s appointed guardian Wendy who has been assigned to their case for the final court hearing, another reminder of the bleakness of what is ahead leaves her reeling.
Suki, a journalist friend of Natasha’s, tells Nick and Leanne she’d like to help by telling their story in a bid to boost fundraising. Leanne talks candidly about Oliver’s condition but when Suki mentions his impending death, Leanne loses it.
Apologetic about the article in the Gazette, Natasha (Rachel Leskovac) tells Nick she’d like to make a donation of £20k to Oliver’s appeal.
However when Nick doesn’t share this offer with Leanne, she finds out in her own way and she is tunned to realise that Nick doesn’t think it’s worth it – is he giving up on Oliver?
Nick confides in Gail that he fears Leanne is fighting a losing battle but he can’t tell her as she would see it as a betrayal. Gail urges him to be honest with her.
But how will Leanne react to this? Viewers are aware that Oliver’s story will have a devastating outcome but Leanne refuses to give up the battle, unprepared to lose her son – and she thinks everyone else is just abandoning the cause.
BBC chiefs face backlash over use of licence fee cash to fund lewd and puerile podcasts which mock the PM’s covid illness, discuss sex acts and also ‘poo-related mishaps’
BBC chiefs were facing backlash over offensive shows aimed at young audiences
The podcasts on BBC Sounds app include graphic and explicit discussions
Tory MP Peter Bone pointed out over-75s were now paying for these podcasts
Those available include Wheel of Misfortune and Too Rude For Radio
BBC chiefs were facing a backlash last night for using licence fee payers’ money to fund lewd and puerile podcasts.
There were calls for the corporation’s new chairman to tackle the issue after the offensive shows aimed at young audiences on its BBC Sounds app came to light.
They include graphic discussions of people wetting themselves, details of explicit social media messages and crass conversations about the Prime Minister’s genitals.
Other podcasts, which are peppered with foul language and sexually explicit descriptions, cover seedy liaisons on public transport, lengthy discussions on specific sexual acts and an entire episode dedicated to defecation.
Much of the content is too offensive to describe.
Wheel of Misfortune is available on BBC Sounds and carries a warning, adding ‘you should listen anyway’. It features lengthy discussions about people wetting themselves, including the use of graphic sexual language
There were calls for the corporation’s new chairman to tackle the issue after the offensive shows aimed at young audiences on its BBC Sounds app came to light
Tory MP Peter Bone pointed out that over-75s, who have lost their free TV licences, were now paying for the podcasts. He added: ‘I’m sure the majority of young people would find what they are talking about quite offensive.’
Fellow Conservative Giles Watling, who sits on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, called BBC bosses ‘morally irresponsible’.
Information on the BBC’s website suggests the podcasts can cost between £1,000 and £8,000 an episode to make.
The BBC does not publish audience figures for podcasts, unlike for its radio shows, so there is no way of knowing how many listeners they are attracting. Those available on BBC Sounds include Wheel of Misfortune, in which comedians Alison Spittle and Fern Brady share ‘their funniest and most embarrassing stories’. One episode is dedicated to the topic of faeces and another to talking about ‘p**s’.
The programme carries a warning, but then adds ‘you should listen anyway’. It features lengthy discussions about people wetting themselves, including the use of graphic sexual language.
A separate episode is described on BBC Sounds as ‘Fern, Alison and Phil share their funniest poo-related mishaps’. The aptly named Too Rude For Radio – fronted by the ex-Radio 1Xtra host ‘Dotty’, real name Ashley Charles – featured a six-minute discussion about how much money a guest on the show would have to be paid to hold the Prime Minister’s genitals, and for how long. It also included demeaning references to the fact Boris Johnson had suffered from Covid-19.
Another episode discussed Theresa May in a sexual context and talked about sex on public transport.
Tory MP Peter Bone pointed out that over-75s, who have lost their free TV licences, were now paying for the podcasts
One series called Slide Into My Podcast included sexually explicit conversations among presenters about the ‘DMs’, or direct messages, they had received through social media. Podcast series Unexpected Fluids is dedicated to embarrassing stories about sex.
Mr Bone said: ‘The vast majority of British people will think this stuff is either rubbish or obscene. I hope the new chairman of the BBC will tackle this and review this wholly inappropriate output.
‘The over-75s are now having to pay for this sort of tosh.’
Mr Watling said the BBC was ‘trying anything and everything’ to chase younger audiences, adding: ‘I think they have lost the plot.’
A BBC spokesman said: ‘Creating audio content that’s relevant to young listeners is part of our public service remit and that rightly includes podcasts which discuss relationships and explore real-life issues.’