Gary Glitter Arrested In BBC Sex Abuse Scandal
Disgraced former pop star Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, has become the first high-profile arrest in Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree investigation into sex abuse allegations against late BBC host Jimmy Savile. He was arrested at his London home and released on bail 10 hours later. It’s alleged that Gadd had sex with a schoolgirl in Savile’s BBC dressing room. He was deported from Cambodia in 2002 for suspected offenses and later logged jail time in Vietnam for child sex offenses. As the standards and practices of the corporation that allowed such abuse come under increasing fire, BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten penned an editorial for the Mail On Sunday newspaper dubbing Savile a “devious psychopath” and promising a full account of what happened, “wherever its conclusions lead”. The two independent inquiries into what Patten calls “the whole sordid mess” are not smokescreens, he insists. “The BBC must tell the truth and face up to the truth about itself, however terrible.” – Joe Utichi
French Film Prize Contenders Announced
The shortlist for France’s Prix Louis Delluc has been unveiled with 8 films vying for one of the country’s highest film honors. The movies nominated are Benoît Jacquot’s Berlin Film Festival opener Farewell, My Queen; Philippe Faucon’s La Désintégration about young Frenchmen turning to radical Islam; Lucas Belvaux’s moral tragedy 38 Witnesses; Leos Carax’s experimental Cannes competitor Holy Motors; Jacques Audiard’s London Film Festival winner Rust And Bone with Marion Cotillard; Noemie Lvovsky’s comedy Camille Redouble; Olivier Assayas’ Venice screenplay winner Après Mai and Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner Amour. Cannes Festival president Gilles Jacob presides over the jury for the Louis Delluc which was first awarded in 1937. Winners will be announced December 14.
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