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Can there be anything worse than sitting across the table from a man who sees you as a piece of meat, or another potential notch on his bedpost? No there can’t, says Jan Leeming. ‘Yuck!’ she says with the most glorious diction.

She was there to film the Real Life Marigold On Tour series, the BBC TV show which sends older celebrities off to exotic climes to explore how foreign pensioners ‘do’ retirement.

In Argentina Jan, 77, discovered that older men eat slabs of near-raw steak, dance a lot of tango — and source potential partners for a bit of ‘no strings’ horizontal tango, too. And she was having none of it. ‘At that stage I became the English prude, made my excuses and left,’ she says.

Jan Leeming was in Argentina to film the Real Life Marigold On Tour series and revealed how she went on a disastrous date

Now she’s rather regretting that she allowed herself to be talked into going on the date at all. It was dancer Wayne Sleep — another Marigold traveller — who egged her on, she says.

She’d met her suitor at an art class and Wayne was saying ‘go on, go on’. So she went.

But she was most certainly not up for what was on the menu: ‘To me, sex and love go together. You may think you’re in love and an affair may not last that long, but sex has no meaning if there isn’t love and affection.’

She knows this sounds quite prudish. ‘And I am not a prude. How can I be, for goodness sake? I’ve been married five times! Believe me, I’ve had a very, very healthy sex life before.’ Nor is that book closed for good, it seems, although she has a rather curious way of putting it: ‘What I can say about it now is that there’s still fire in the grate. It may burn lower, but it’s still there. I’m just not willing to leap into bed with anyone.’

Who would have thought Mrs BBC Jan Leeming would end up talking so expansively about sex, dating and the single 70-something.

When she agrees to this interview, based on what we have seen of her in Marigold On Tour, she shrieks at the idea that she’s going to be once again painted as poor Jan Leeming, who can’t find husband number six.

Jan can shriek quite terrifyingly. She didn’t acquire the nickname Screaming Leeming (said to have been bestowed on her by BBC colleagues back in 1987 when three intruders mugged her and she ran screaming into the newsroom) for nothing.

It was reinforced some years later when, in 2006, she entered the I’m A Celebrity jungle and screeched a lot during the copious trials she had to do. That year was mostly remembered for Myleene Klass’s white bikini, but Jan’s incessant whingeing didn’t go unnoticed.

Jan said: 'I say I’m like Elizabeth Taylor but without the diamonds'

Today, she’s frustrated at how the edit of the Marigold programme has depicted her. She takes no prisoners when she is cross.

‘I am sick and tired of being this poor patsy who seems to be desperate for a man. I am not desperate. I have never needed a man to keep me,’ she objects.

‘In fact, it’s the other way round. I’m a great romantic and, unfortunately, I have sometimes gone for men who have been womanisers.

‘It does make me cross, because if I’d been born, say, three decades later, it wouldn’t be an issue. I wouldn’t have got married at all, possibly — I’d just have lived with these men. But I come from a different era. I’m old-fashioned; I’m old-fashioned about everything.’

Which is why she finds the dating in your 70s business so baffling.

The biggest drawback when you are Jan Leeming, though, is the ‘blasted internet’. The first thing Google throws up is the ‘five-times-married’ fact. ‘There was one, a retired professor, who seemed quite promising. I’d used a pseudonym in the ad, but, of course, I had to tell him. And that was that.

‘He said: “Oh, I think it’s too soon after my wife’s death.” He’d obviously read Wikipedia and thought: “Oh God, married that many times. She must be an absolute hag.” ’

And those few older men she has dated, she found ‘boring’.

What about young men? She’s been propositioned by a few, and sighs deeply. ‘When I was internet dating (she dabbled, briefly), there were a few who made approaches. They probably thought: “Older woman — she’ll be grateful.” I turned them down and said: “I’m old enough to be your granny.” ’

Ultimately, her internet dating was a disaster, mostly because she got rumbled by the Press for knocking a few years off her age in her ad. ‘Women lie about their age, but you know what? Men lie, too.’

Then again, Jan isn’t happy being single. There’s a terribly poignant moment in Marigold On Tour where she says she misses having someone’s hand to hold. It will chime with every woman of a certain age who has loved and lost.

‘When I take my dog for a walk and I see couples — particularly older couples — holding hands, I feel very envious,’ she says. ‘It’s the companionship and the sharing that I miss.

‘I don’t think I could be married again. I wouldn’t want to do the 24/7. But I would like someone to go to the theatre with. To love, really, and someone who would love me back.’

Your heart goes out to her. But only so far. Somewhere in the middle of our discussion about what rotters men are — well, her men anyway — she drops the bombshell that she has been on dates with some potential gems. What has she done? Sent them packing, of course.

‘It’s a horrible thing to say, but one or two of the men I’ve gone out for lunch or a coffee with have been — I don’t know how to say this — so adoring that I didn’t feel we could have a strong relationship.’

Eh? You turned them down because they were too nice? Yet more shudders. ‘Maybe I do have a penchant for the bad boys,’ she concedes. ‘I do go for adventurous types, and look where it has got me.

‘I just need an equal. I wouldn’t want any man to adore me. I would see that as a weakness. It would be lovely to be loved, but I don’t want someone to love me . . . ridiculously. I would make mincemeat of them.’

She runs through what went wrong in each of those five marriages, which seems to boil down to the fact that she has made some rubbish decisions about men.

She makes the chronology easier because she erases husband number one (BBC sound engineer John Staple, whom she wed when she was 19) completely. ‘I don’t count that marriage. It was a terrible mistake.

‘I can say it now because my father is gone, but I only married him because I was unhappy at home and I wanted to get away from my father and stepmother,’ she admits.

‘I was young, naïve. He was twice my age. I mean the marriage lasted six months. As far as I’m concerned, it didn’t happen.’

Husband number two was estate agent Jeremy Gilchrist, whom she married in 1972 (it also lasted a matter of months), followed by Patrick Lunt, father of her only child, Jonathan. That marriage lasted for six years, from 1980.

Then came Eric Steenson, a former Red Arrows manager, to whom she was married for seven years.

These three, she loved, she says. She reckons that despite being married five times, she hasn’t loved five times.

Husband number 5? Oh Lordy. Disaster. ‘Rebound! The worst of the lot,’ she tuts, furious with herself. She wed teacher Chris Russell in 1997, uprooted her life to move from Buckinghamshire to Kent, but they divorced in 2001. That one left her near penniless, she says.

‘I paid off his overdraft, his loan, his negative equity, then put a great big lump sum down on the cottage we bought, and when he left me I had to fight for my very existence, because I had nothing,’ she explains.

‘I was left high and dry financially. It was tough, and I am just about back in a position now where I am getting by.

‘I don’t have a mortgage, but I have a very small house. People see what women and men earn on television these days and they make an assumption that if you are on TV you must be rich. That is certainly not true.’

Jan can be oddly entertaining on her love history. ‘I do pick ’em,’ she says. ‘I say I’m like Elizabeth Taylor but without the diamonds.

‘It makes my sister mad. People say to her: “Ooh, married five times — your sister must have done well from her marriages.” Well, it’s the opposite. I got no houses. I bought the houses and they all moved in with me. I was the mug.’

There was another doomed relationship. Between marriages one and two she lived in Australia (she was the first female newsreader there) and fell madly in love and got engaged to a Swede, Havo. But her fiance was killed in a car crash on his way to visit her. Could he perhaps have been The One?

‘No, I suspect he would have been a womaniser, too,’ she says. ‘There was another girl I found out about . . .’

Jan can seem rather self-important, pompous even, but it’s hardly surprising she is peeved that people now see her as a reality star rather than a BBC legend.

Is she miffed that the TV presenters of today enjoy riches and fame her generation did not? She started as a BBC secretary and moved her way front of house.

‘I always say I mistimed everything,’ she admits. ‘The big money arrived just after me.

‘When I was there, I’d have earned more money being the PA to the CEO of a big firm, and I’d have had a private pension, and probably private medicine and possibly a company car.’

Instead, when she started as star newsreader, she was on £10,500, had to buy her own on-screen wardrobe and had no pension. When she left in 1987 she was on £23,000, with the men on much more, around the £40,000 mark, she guesses. Different times.

What does she make of the current pay equality issues at the BBC?

‘Well, feminists will hate me for saying this, but I just think they are all paid too much, and the men’s money should come down, not the other way round. I mean, the BBC is publicly funded.’

Did she ever protest, in her day? ‘Yes. On Pebble Mill (she was a presenter there) I was paid £6,000, and my co-presenter, Marion Foster, was on £6,700. We were sharing a one-bedroom flat — we’d do one week on the bed; one on the sofa.

‘Well, we discovered that the men were all on twice what we were on, with expenses on top.

‘I’ll never forget going to see our boss, as a united front of two, and he said: “Ladies, if you don’t like it, there is the door.” That was it. Unless you are sizzling hot bacon, there is always someone else who can do the job.’

She insists she doesn’t seethe at today’s crop of well-paid stars, however. ‘When I see Holly Willoughby, I think: “Jolly lucky girl,”’ she says.

‘In one week, she was on four different programmes! This happens a lot now. I mean, I like Fiona. She is extremely competent and I like her as a newsreader.

‘I can’t say that about them all. Some really irritate me. But nowadays if someone is popular they are given everything. Eventually, the public actually gets tired of seeing the same person on every show, and they sort of disappear. I just wish it was more evenly balanced.’

Jan would love to be on television more, but not on reality shows. She has grand ideas for documentaries, she says. Failing that, she could be an agony aunt, she reckons. ‘Let’s face it, I’ve made all the mistakes,’ she says. ‘A few times over, too.’

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February 16, 2019

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Lei Wang (right) is alleged to have performed hand stimulation and oral sex on the 77-year-old billionaire</p><p>When asked about Kraft, Trump took the same tack, saying: ‘He’s proclaimed his innocence totally.’</p><p>Kraft has described his nearly-two-decade relationship with Trump to the media on several occasions.</p><p>In 2016, the Patriots owner described how Trump 'went above and beyond to assist me through the most difficult time in my life' after the death of his wife Myra in 2011.</p><p>The following year, he told the New York Times: 'Loyalty is important to me, and he has been a wonderful friend.'</p><p>Kraft reportedly donated $1million to Trump's inauguration celebration and gave him an honorary Super Bowl ring after his team's win in 2017.</p><p>The Patriots owner praised Trump for 'working very hard to serve the best interests of this country' in an interview two days before his team beat the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl.</p><p>Asked if he's spoken to Trump recently or received any advice from him, Kraft told Fox &amp; Friends on February 2: 'I have a lot of people who give me advice, and he’s been very supportive.'</p><p>In 2017, Kraft did criticize Trump for the president’s comments about players kneeling during the national anthem, saying he was ‘deeply disappointed by the tone’.</p><p>Earlier on Wednesday, ESPN reported that Kraft is seeking to suppress video evidence that authorities assert support the solicitation of prostitution charges filed against him.</p><p>ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn said a motion filed Wednesday by Kraft’s attorneys is intended to make sure the video, which he said has been described as ‘graphic and damning,’ never is released.</p><p>Trump has defended other allies who have been accused of sexual misconduct, including Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (left) and former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly (right)</p><p>He added it is a ‘warning shot’ to prosecutors that Kraft’s team will challenge that police had probable cause even to collect the video as evidence.</p><p>That news comes after a source told CNN on Wednesday that Kraft will reject a conditional plea deal offered by Florida prosecutors to settle the case.</p><p>The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday afternoon that prosecutors offered to defer prosecution for Kraft and the two dozen other men arrested in the case, but any defendant who accepts the offer must admit that there is enough evidence to lead to a conviction at trial.</p><p>Additionally, any defendant who accepts the deal must complete an education course about prostitution, perform 100 hours of community service, be tested for sexually transmitted diseases and pay court costs, according to the Journal.</p><p>Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, told CNN the offer was standard for first-time offenders, and that none of the people charged had accepted as of Wednesday morning.</p><p>Kraft entered a not guilty plea after being charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution at a day spa in Jupiter, Florida.</p><p>The 77-year-old billionaire is alleged to have twice visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in January and received sex acts in exchange for money.</p><p>Jupiter police have said Kraft was caught on surveillance video on both occasions, Jan. 19 and Jan. 20.</p><p>Sources say the video shows women working as prostitutes who 'manipulated his genitals' and one woman allegedly performed oral sex on the 77-year-old billionaire. </p><p>Kraft is scheduled to be arraigned March 28 in Palm Beach County, Florida.</p><p>The charges came in a police sting that law enforcement said was aimed at stopping human trafficking through massage parlors in Florida. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. 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    1 March 21, 2019
  • 'Worm moon' rises over US for first time in 114 years and we'll have to wait until 2024 to see again

    'Worm moon' rises over US for first time in 114 years and we'll have to wait until 2024 to see again

    ght as the planet welcomed spring.</p><p>But it reached its full visual potential just before spring equinox. </p><p>The last supermoon of 2019 'super worm equinox moon' rises behind the Statue of Liberty in New York on March 20, 2019</p><p>A cross on top of the Holy Family Cathedral is silhouetted against the rising full moon Wednesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma</p><p>A full moon rises behind the Statue of Freedom atop the US Capitol in Washington DC on Tuesday evening</p><p>The first full moon this month coincided with the start of the new season for the first time since 1905. </p><p>The 'worm moon' gets its name from folklore tradition, occurring at a time when frost on the ground melts and earthworms begin to emerge. </p><p>It's the Native Americans' seasonal observation of spring.</p><p>The Worm Moon has also been referred to as the Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon or Sugar Moon.</p><p>The 'worm moon' gets its name from folklore tradition, occurring at a time when frost on the ground melts and earthworms begin to emerge. It is seen above Los Angeles on Wednesday</p><p>The Moon was at its fullest and brightest Wednesday at 9.43pm EST.</p><p>For many it was a once in a lifetime opportunity as the next worm moon isn't expected until 2044.</p><p>The term supermoon was first introduced by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 and specifically refers to a brighter than usual full moon.</p><p>In addition, full moons during northern hemisphere winters tend to be brighter because the Earth and the Moon are closer to the Sun and because the Moon sits higher in the sky. </p><p>The skyline of New York City is seen as the 'worm moon' rises over the Empire State Building, as seen from Hoboken in New Jersey on Wednesday</p><p>The rising moon passes behind the broadcast antenna on top of One World Trade Center Tuesday in New York City</p><p>The last supermoon of 2019 'super worm equinox moon' rises over an eagle figure in New Jersey on Tuesday</p><p>The full moon rises above One World Trade Center at sunset in New York City's iconic skyline on Tuesday</p><p>A supermoon takes place when the moon is full and its orbit at its perigee point is closest to Earth. The farthest point of the ellipse is called the apogee. </p><p>On Twitter, the official account NASA Moon announced in a post: 'Today’s full Moon is also… wait for it… a supermoon!</p><p>'The moon is close to its perigee, which is the closest point in its orbit to Earth. This means this full moon appears brighter and bigger than other full moons throughout the year.'  </p><p>February 19 saw the second lunar spectacle in a supermoon trilogy, when the Moon will be 221,734 miles from Earth.</p><p>The first supermoon was the 'Blood Wolf Super Moon' on January 21. </p><p>A super worm moon is seen through passing clouds over Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Wednesday</p><p>The worm moon rises on the first day of spring in New Orleans, Louisiana on Wednesday. It's the Native Americans' seasonal observation of spring</p><p>Border fencing is pictured on the US-Mexican border in Anapra, New Mexico, under a full moon on Tuesday</p><p>Theresa May says Brexit delay 'matter of great personal regret'</p><p>Channel 4 trailer shows group of Mum's making 'ethical' porn movie</p><p>Tayla Harris says she fears for her safety after comments on photo</p><p>Old English Bulldog Begbie adorably stages protest over shorter walk</p><p>Katie Yeomans discusses being called ‘sir’ after transition</p><p>May says she's not ready to delay Brexit any further than June</p><p>'Happy as a little pig': Factory worker celebrates lottery win</p><p>Dramatic moment black spotted snake attacks red-bellied black snake</p><p>Horrible moment trophy hunter shoots and kills sleeping lion</p><p>Juncker confirms the EU got May's Brexit delay letter</p><p>Man delivers expletive-laden anti-muslim tirade on Overground</p><p>British survivor of New Zealand mosque shooting describes massacre</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 March 21, 2019
  • Two people are fighting to keep details related to Jeffrey Epstein's sex crime from becoming public

    Two people are fighting to keep details related to Jeffrey Epstein's sex crime from becoming public

    eep details related to Jeffrey Epstein (pictured in an arrest photo from 2006) from ever becoming public, citing privacy concerns </p><p>Two anonymous individuals are fighting to keep details related to the Jeffrey Epstein sex crime scandal from ever becoming public, citing their own privacy concerns. </p><p>The details they want to remain private are contained in documents that were part of a lawsuit brought by alleged sex slave Virginia L. Giuffre (now Roberts) against Epstein-friend Ghislaine Maxwell, who Giuffre has accused of aiding Epstein, 66, in sex trafficking.</p><p>That lawsuit was settled in May of 2017, but now an appeals court has indicated it would make filings from the case with lurid details about Epstein's sex acts, and those of others, public, after the trial court judge refused to do so.</p><p>Maxwell and two others going only by 'John Doe' and 'J. Doe' argue that keeping the documents sealed, or at least covering up names and personal information of other people not named as a party in the lawsuit, is necessary to protect people 'whose privacy and reputations may be jeopardized,' according to court documents obtained by DailyMail.com.</p><p>Giuffre, however, argues the documents 'should be immediately unsealed,' stating that '[m]ost of the materials do nothing more than demonstrate her [Maxwell's] role as a lynchpin in an international sex trafficking organization.'</p><p>Giuffre is joined by three other parties in arguing for the release of the documents, including the Miami Herald.</p><p>The documents were filed in alleged sex slave Virginia Giuffre's lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell, a friend of Epstein's, which was settled in May of 2017. Virginia Giuffre (now Roberts) is pictured holding a photo of herself at age 16, when she says Palm Beach multimillionaire Epstein began abusing her sexually</p><p>Giuffre is pictured in 2011, three years after Epstein took a plea deal </p><p>Epstein had a Palm Beach, Florida, mansion and has been accused by alleged victims of bringing at least 40 underage girls for what turned into sexual encounters. </p><p>Authorities said he had female fixers who would look for suitable girls, some local and others recruited from Eastern Europe and other parts of the world.</p><p>Epstein took a controversial plea deal in 2008 which allowed him to avoid federal charges by pleading guilty to a lesser, single state charge of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution. </p><p>He served 13 months in custody, paid financial settlements to victims and registered as a sex offender. </p><p>Now, Giuffre is fighting to unseal documents which she said 'prove the truth' that she was sex trafficked by Epstein with the help of Maxwell. </p><p>Giuffre's attorney has said documents, which are part of a motion for summary judgment in her 2017 settled lawsuit against Epstein's alleged right-hand woman, are focused solely on Maxwell, and not on other individuals, so privacy concerns are not an issue.</p><p>A motion for summary judgment is a motion for the court to decide a case before a trial ever begins. It generally will include what one party considers to be the facts of the case, and the other party will have a chance to respond with his or her own version of the truth.</p><p>'The summary judgment filings focused solely on whether Ms. Maxwell was an essential co-conspirator in Epstein's international sex trafficking organization,' the filing read.</p><p>'It may be "embarrassing" for Ms. Maxwell to have the world know the scope of her involvement in the trafficking of underage girls intentionally for sexual purposes. But her involvement in a criminal enterprise does not remotely approach legitimate ground for sealing.' </p><p>Ghislaine Maxwell (left), and now two people referred to as 'John Doe' and 'J. Doe' are arguing the documents should remain under seal to protect the privacy of people who have not been implicated in Epstein's (right) alleged sex crimes publicly, up to this point</p><p>Giuffre argues that all personally identifying information of anyone besides Maxwell can be removed from the documents before they are made public.</p><p>According to Lewin, US District Court Judge Robert Sweet, who presided over the lawsuit, described the documents as including 'a range of allegations of sexual acts involving Plaintiff [Giuffre] and non-parties to this litigation, some famous, some not,' as well as 'the identities of non-parties who either allegedly engaged in sexual acts with Plaintiff or who allegedly facilitated such act[s].'</p><p>Sweet said about the case, 'This defamation action from its inception in September 2015 to its settlement in May 2017 has been bitterly contested and difficult to administer because of the truth or falsity of the allegations concerning the intimate, sexual, and private conduct of the parties and of third persons, some prominent, some private.'</p><p>Lewin is now arguing that to make the documents public as a whole 'will almost certainly disclose... allegations that may be the product of false statements or, perhaps, simply mistake, confusion, or failing memories of events alleged to have occurred over a decade and half ago.'</p><p>Campbell said her client, J. Doe, is 'objecting to public disclosure of specific content pertaining to Doe to protect compelling personal privacy interests.' </p><p>The filing was initially kept private by Judge Sweet with the understanding that they would become public at the time of trial, according to Giuffre's attorney.</p><p>But there never was, and never will be a trial, because the lawsuit settled in May of 2017. </p><p>Harvard law professor and former Epstein lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who is now a prominent Trump defender, along with filmmaker and far-right social media personality Mike Cernovich, and the Miami Herald, each asked the judge to unseal the filings.</p><p>Dershowitz said he wanted the records made public to discredit allegations made by two women that he had sex with them at Epstein’s direction, which Dershowitz has denied.</p><p>Cernovich argued for the release because he said the continued secrecy has undermined efforts to expose sexual trafficking by the wealthiest Americans.</p><p>The Miami Herald asked the judge to make all records pertaining to the case public for inclusion in reporting on Epstein, which was published without the documents last year.</p><p>After Judge Sweet denied all three requests, a panel of three judges on New York's US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard arguments in favor of unlocking whatever secrets were contained within the files. </p><p>Giuffre has stated that redacting information like names, social security numbers and the like of third parties would not be difficult and so it should not be an argument against releasing the documents. </p><p>'Ms. Giuffre wants the summary judgment materials unsealed to demonstrate that she was sexually trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell to their powerful friends, both in this country and overseas,' Giuffre's filing reads.</p><p>'Indeed, Ms. Giuffre continues to suffer prejudice from every day that Ms. Maxwell succeeds in delaying that disclosure.'</p><p>Meanwhile, in a separate lawsuit brought by alleged victims of Epstein, US District Judge Kenneth Marra ruled in February that federal prosecutors in Florida violated the rights of victims by secretly reaching a non-prosecution agreement with Epstein related to the accusations that he sexually abusing dozens of underage girls. </p><p>The plea deal that Jeffrey Epstein agreed to back in 2008 saved the accused child rapist from having to register as a sex offender in 31 of 50 states. </p><p>That victim's age means that Epstein did not have to register as a sex offender in states like New Mexico, where he owns a 7,600-acre property called Zorro Ranch, and allows him to be classified as a low risk offender in the US Virgin Islands, which is currently his primary residence. </p><p>Marra said in a 33-page decision that victims of Epstein should have been consulted under federal law about the deal. Marra stopped short of invalidating the non-prosecution agreement but asked prosecutors and victims' lawyers to recommend how to move forward.</p><p>'While the government spent untold hours negotiating the terms and implications of the (agreement) with Epstein's attorneys, scant information was shared with victims,' Marra wrote. 'Instead, the victims were told to be '"patient" while the investigation proceeded.'</p><p>The law, Marra added, 'lends itself to only one interpretation; namely, that victims should be notified of significant events resulting in resolution of their case without a trial.'</p><p>'They were cutting a plea deal. It wasn’t a prosecution,' said attorney Spencer Kuvin, who represented the 14-year-old girl who alerted police. </p><p>He then revealed that he and his client believed they had been the victim referenced in the plea deal.</p><p>'It’s unbelievably upsetting,' said Kuvin. 'The rug has been swiped out from under the one girl who was brave enough to come forward and break this thing.' </p><p>Epstein reached the deal in 2008 with then-Miami US Attorney Alexander Acosta's office to end the federal probe that could have landed him in prison for life. Epstein instead pleaded guilty to lesser state charges, spent 13 months in prison, registered as a sex offender and paid financial settlements to alleged victims.</p><p>Meanwhile, in a separate lawsuit brought by victims of Epstein, US District Judge Kenneth Marra ruled in February that federal prosecutors in Florida violated the rights of victims by secretly reaching a non-prosecution agreement with Epstein related to the accusations that he sexually abusing dozens of underage girls. Epstein reached the deal in 2008 with then-Miami US Attorney Alexander Acosta's office to end the federal probe that could have landed him in prison for life. Epstein instead pleaded guilty to lesser state charges, spent 13 months in prison, paid financial settlements to victims and is a registered sex offender. Acosta (right), is now President Donald Trump's (left) labor secretary</p><p>Acosta, now President Donald Trump's labor secretary, has defended the deal as appropriate given what prosecutors knew and could prove at the time, especially with many victims allegedly reluctant to testify. Marra said in his ruling he was not passing judgment on whether the deal should have been struck, only that victims' rights were violated.</p><p>Bradley Edwards, attorney for two of the alleged victims who brought the lawsuit, said the decision should mean the non-prosecution agreement is thrown out - possibly exposing Epstein to federal charges once again. The agreement also granted immunity to anyone who assisted Epstein in finding the underage girls or concealing the abuse. </p><p>'Rather than work to correct the injustices done to the victims, the government spent 10 years defending its own improper conduct,' Edwards said in an email.</p><p>'It is time for the government to work with the victims, and not against them, to hold everyone who committed these crimes accountable.' </p><p>The Miami US attorney's office declined comment at the time of the ruling on February 21. The Justice Department, however, recently opened a separate investigation into the handling of the Epstein case to determine whether prosecutors committed professional misconduct. </p><p>'Jeffrey Epstein is a monster and his victims deserve justice,' Sasse said. 'I'm relieved that the court agrees that it was wrong to hide this child rapist's pathetically soft deal from his victims, in violation of federal law. The fact that it's taken this long to get this far is heartbreaking and infuriating.'</p><p>Earlier in February, the Labor Department run by Acosta issued a statement saying the secretary welcomes the Justice Department probe.</p><p>Before the scandal initially broke in the late 2000s, Epstein was friends with Trump and had visited his Mar-a-Lago resort. Trump at the time told interviewers that Epstein was 'a great guy.' Epstein (left) and Trump (right) are pictured at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida in 1997</p><p>Records also show former President Bill Clinton flew on Epstein's jet more than two dozen times on various philanthropic trips. Neither Trump nor Clinton have been implicated in any wrongdoing. Clinton is pictured delivering a speech in Washington DC on September 13, 2000</p><p>'For more than a decade, this prosecution has been reviewed in great detail by newspaper articles, television reports, books, and congressional testimony,' the statement said, adding that 'the actions taken were in accordance with department practices, procedures, and the law.' </p><p>Marra ordered on March 13 that the US Justice Department and the victims' attorneys decide by May 10 how they want to proceed with the case. </p><p>Marra had initially set a March 8 deadline but agreed to move it back after federal prosecutors in Atlanta took over the case. </p><p>Before the scandal initially broke in the late 2000s, Epstein was friends with Trump and had visited his Mar-a-Lago resort. Trump at the time told interviewers that Epstein was 'a great guy.' </p><p>Records also show former President Bill Clinton flew on Epstein's jet more than two dozen times on various philanthropic trips. Neither Trump nor Clinton have been implicated in any wrongdoing. </p><p>Earlier in February, the Labor Department run by Acosta (pictured) issued a statement saying the secretary welcomes the Justice Department probe into the Epstein plea deal</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 March 21, 2019
  • Adorable cat being eaten alive by ants after a brown snake bite makes miracle recovery

    Adorable cat being eaten alive by ants after a brown snake bite makes miracle recovery

    r being bitten by a deadly brown snake has made a miracle recovery. </p><p>Sadly there were two small kittens by her side that had already died. </p><p>The RSPCA has shared footage of the amazing recovery of a small moggie cat, Manasa, after she was found with a snake bite and being eaten alive by ants</p><p>Manansa the moggie had suffered a bite from a deadly brown snake and was on the verge of death when she was discovered in a garden north of Adelaide </p><p>Manasa was covered in ants and being eaten alive while suffering from the effects of a brown snake bite.  </p><p>'She was crying out in pain and fear, but completely unable to move,' an RSPCA statement read. </p><p>The resident who found Manasa immediately called the RSPCA and Rescue Officer Nalika raced to the scene and rushed the cat straight to their Lonsdale shelter for immediate surgery.</p><p>The surgery was able to stabalise Manasa but her condition worsened soon after.</p><p>'Our vets soon began to suspect she’d been bitten by a snake, prompting the premature birth of her poor babies,' the statement read. </p><p>'It was only once our vets gave Manasa a brown snake anti-venom that this 10-month-old kitty finally started to recover.'</p><p>The snake bite was how the cat got her name with the vets deciding to name her after the Hindi goddess of the snakes. </p><p>'A nod to the incredible circumstances she has suffered and survived,' the statement read.</p><p>'While Manasa is now almost completely healed and will soon become available for adoption, the bills associated with her care are hefty the statement read.</p><p>'It’s estimated the total cost of Manasa’s surgery, anti-venom and rehabilitation will be $2,200.'  </p><p>So far the page has raised $299 of the $2,200 total.  </p><p>After making her miracle recovery the RSPCA have set up a donation's page to help cover the costs of the anti-venom, surgery and rehabilitation</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 March 21, 2019
  • Best job ever? Market research company is paying $100 for drinkers to taste-test BEER 

    Best job ever? Market research company is paying $100 for drinkers to taste-test BEER 

    with a marketing research company offering to pay $100 for them to drink beer</p><p>The company is offering to pay for the men, located in Queensland's Townsville or Rockhampton, to take part in a two-hour focus group taste testing beer. </p><p>The beer being examined will be mid-strength and the company hopes to gain insights into beer packaging and preferences.</p><p>Men aged between 25 and 35 are being offered a dream job with a marketing research company offering to pay $100 for a beer taste-testing session</p><p>The two sessions, being run by Country Opinions on behalf of an undisclosed client, will be held this upcoming Tuesday.</p><p>Despite the tempting offer and the high-interest in the event, the company is refusing to reveal who their client is. </p><p>Georgina from Country Opinions said 'we don't know anything about the beer, we do it through an agent.' </p><p>The two sessions, being run by Country Opinions on behalf of an undisclosed client, will be held this upcoming Tuesday</p><p>The beer being examined will be mid-strength and the company hopes to gain insights into beer packaging and preferences</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 March 21, 2019

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