Michelle Williams July 15 2011 nyc

Michelle Williams July 15 2011 nyc


“It really ranks strongly with me because the subject matter is so personal,” said Harvey Weinstein, who is distributing Sarah’s Key through his Weinstein Company. “This is a story that educates… but it’s a real thrilling movie, and one of the movie’s that I’m most proud.”
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injuries Dina Shacknai said she got from Jonah Shacknai's dog.

injuries Dina Shacknai said she got from Jonah Shacknai's dog.


Millionaire Jonah Shacknai and his ex-wife, Dina, involved police in marital spats at least three times before divorcing but said that those incidents were “not reflective of the totality” of their marriage.

A joint statement from the former couple, issued Monday, rebutted reports that episodes of domestic abuse were frequent throughout their relationship.
But based on reports from police in Paradise Valley, Ariz., the two apparently went through a very difficult divorce. The documents, dating back to 2007, contain claims of violence on both sides — though no charges were ever filed.

Rally for Ophelia

Rally for Ophelia


Calling on authorities to continue his prosecution, the women’s rights groups and other community leaders say they want the local district attorney ‘to do his job’ and let the alleged victim have her day in court.

‘There appears to be enough compelling physical evidence in support of the victim’s allegations for the District Attorney’s office to move forward with the pursuit of this case.

Nalepa found hanging over a balcony and cut  down to a courtyard

Nalepa found hanging over a balcony and cut down to a courtyard

The woman, Rebecca Nalepa, 32, was found nude, with a rope around her neck and her hands and feet bound at Shacknai’s home at the former Spreckels Mansion, 1043 Ocean Boulevard, Capt. Tim Curran of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department homicide unit said today at a briefing. Shacknai’s brother, Adam, told police he saw Nalepa hanging over a balcony and cut her down to a courtyard, Curran said. Nalepa was the girlfriend of Jonah Shacknai, the founder and chief executive officer of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp.

“This is a very bizarre death, no question about it,” Curran said.

Jonah Shacknai was apparently not in the house when Nalepa was found, Curran said. He had been spending considerable time at a San Diego hospital where his 6-year-old son was recovering from an apparently unrelated tumble down a staircase.
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A Rose for Ophelia

A Rose for Ophelia


Clues as to how Ophelia may have ended up looking for work at the Sofitel are in her application papers. The application asks how the applicant had learned of the hotel; the woman checked a box for “Agency.” In the “references” portion of the application, the woman put down a worker with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an agency that assists refugees with employment, among other things. When contacted about the accuser, IRC declined comment, citing policy not to talk about individual cases. The New York Post’s “scoop” on Dominique Strauss Kahn’s accuser is getting fishier, to the extent that’s possible. The paper appears to have had documentation challenging the reliability of its only source in a story alleging that the accuser had worked as a prostitute. here In civil cases, where the loser is liable for money damages, the standard is a “preponderance of the evidence” — essentially, that it was more likely than not that the defendant was responsible.

This distinction can be particularly appealing to a witness who, like Strauss-Kahn’s accuser, has credibility problems.
The hotel maid in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case filed a libel suit against The New York Post over a series of articles it published during the Fourth of July weekend claiming that she was a prostitute.
At a hearing to seek changes to his bail conditions, prosecutors said the credibility of the woman at the center of the case had been thrown into question. As a result, the court agreed to let Strauss-Kahn be freed and his bail and bond returned. He agreed to return to court as needed, including for a July 18 hearing.
“I understand that the circumstances of this case have changed substantially and I agree the risk that he would not be here has receded quite a bit. I release Mr. Strauss-Kahn at his own recognizance,” Justice Michael Obus told the court.
A clue: the unexplained retreat of lawyers Jeffrey Shapiro and Norman Siegel, originally chosen by the presumed victim, in favor of media-savvy Kenneth Thompson, whose angle on the case was that it pitted the rich and powerful against the poor without a voice. His client, he said, was “standing up for all women and children around the world who have been sexually assaulted or sexually abused.”
Strauss-Kahn smiled as he walked out of the court. He still faces felony charges of attempted rape and sexually assault. The head of the Manhattan district attorney’s Sex Crimes Unit for almost a decade stepped down on June 29 after unrelated concerns about a TV documentary.

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Michelle Williams July 2011

Michelle Williams July 2011


The Weinstein Co. has bought rights from French movie studio Gaumont. to Untouchable, releasing the film domestically in 2012, TWC is contemplating an English-language remake.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn exits Scalinatella restaurant on the Upper East Side

Dominique Strauss-Kahn exits Scalinatella restaurant on the Upper East Side


The former head of the International Monetary Fund celebrated the lifting of his bail conditions over rape allegations by enjoying a $600 meal with his wife at one of New York’s smartest restaurants. The case is People v. Strauss-Kahn, 2526/11, Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County (Manhattan).