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Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna. Norton also is listed as director and writer. Willis, Willem Dafoe and Alec Baldwin are also in the cast. Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna.

“Motherless Brooklyn,” the film being shot in the Harlem building, 773 St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10031, that caught fire Thursday night, March 22, has been a passion project for Edward Norton, who spent nearly 20 years trying to get the film off the ground.

The film is an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s acclaimed 1999 novel about a detective with Tourette syndrome living in 1950s Brooklyn. In addition to playing the lead role, Norton also wrote the script and serves as producer and director — only his second time behind the camera after the 2000 comedy “Keeping the Faith.” Norton first began trying to adapt Lethem’s novel the year it was published and had announced the project as a go in 2014.

The film, which also stars Bobby Cannavale,  Cherry Jones, began shooting in New York City in February. It also touched down at two Long Island locations — Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage and, earlier this week, the Wantagh State Parkway near Jones Beach.

Norton went on to say in his Instagram message that media reports stating the fire “started on the set” of his movie are incorrect.

St. Nick’s Jazz Pub closed its doors in 2011, but Edward Norton chose to use the Harlem locale as a set for his upcoming movie Motherless Brooklyn.

“It appears to have started in the basement cellar of the building we were working in. We were filming in a bar and an apartment within the building and our crew noticed smoke rising up into where we were working,”

Many of you know that the crew of our film ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ experienced a dramatic and ultimately tragic event on Thursday night, in which a fire engulfed the building we were working in and an FDNY firefighter died fighting the blaze. Thanks to the many, many people who have written to us supportively. Our team’s formal statement on the event is here in the slideshow. It has been reported in some news outlets that the fire ‘started on the set’. This is incorrect. It appears to have started in the basement cellar of the building we were working in. We were filming in a bar and an apartment within the building and our crew noticed smoke rising up into where we were working. It has been reported that I was the one who smelled smoke and raised an alarm. This is incorrect. I was outside setting up a shot outside the building. Our fantastic 1st AD was the first to notice the smell of smoke before anyone even saw it and it was he and others on the crew who acted decisively and quickly to try to locate the source of the smoke, evacuate cast and crew, call the fire department and then rapidly move our equipment and vehicles away so that the FDNY had clear access. I cannot praise the professionalism of our crew highly enough. Had our team not noticed the situation and responded and alerted the fire department with the speed they did, I believe the residents of the building above would have perished. And though we described what we saw the FDNY do in our statement and articulated our feelings, it’s worth doubling down. I have never witnessed firsthand that kind of bravery. I’m in awe of that kind of selfless courage. It’s devastating to contemplate that one of the men we watched charging in there lost his life. Please send a prayer of thanks for the spirit and courage of Michael Davidson. Our team is committed to honoring him and assisting his family and, in due course, when we can determine with his family what form they’d like that to take, I’ll pass along any information I have about a verified way people can contribute.

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[March 6 2018 Elisabeth Shue in Death Wish, “really about family” ]

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Elisabeth Shue “Death Wish” (2018)

“I wanted to really make it about family, and stick to the central issue of what would you do if this happened to your family,” director Eli Roth said. “The movie for me really is about family and protecting your family and what do you do when you can’t get justice for your family?”
Death Wish (MGM), 2,847 theaters / $4.2m Fri (includes $650K previews)/$5.2M Sat/ $3.5M Sun/3-day: $$13,025,000 /Wk 1(+23% on Saturday)

Domestic Total as of Mar. 21, 2018: $31,104,759

Domestic Total as of Mar. 16, 2018: $27,533,685

Domestic Total as of Mar. 11, 2018: $23,856,431

Domestic Total as of Mar. 9, 2018: $19,012,301
Elisabeth Shue gets killed off early in the film. “I get shot in the head, they have special effects to stop your eyes and to stop your breathing,” she says of the film, which centers on a man avenging the brutal murder of his wife. Willis’s last official movie, “Extraction,” made $16,775 domestic so “Death Wish” can only go up from there.

Donald Trump cited the 1974 vigilante film ‘Death Wish’ to defend the Second Amendment at a Nashville rally, October 3, 2015. Trump encouraged the Nashville crowd to repeatedly chant “Death Wish!” before alerting them, “Today you can’t make that movie because it’s not politically correct.”

Death Wish given MGM’s TV deals is in the black after ancillaries.

Based on early Friday, March 2 returns, Death Wish is projected to open in the $12 million-$13 million range from 2,847 theaters after earning $650,000 in previews.   The movie, cost a reported $30 million to produce after tax rebates and incentives.

[March 3 Elisabeth Shue stars in Splat Pack remake of Death Wish, March 2 ]

Releases March 2 (Friday)
Death Wish
Red Sparrow
Foxtrot (Limited)
Souvenir (Limited)
Submission (Limited)
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (Limited)

Death Wish is MGM’s first self-distributed title in a while, complete with roaring Lion logo and credits. eOne is handling Canada with this $30M production booked at 2,750 locations with Thursday previews at 7PM counting 2,000 locations.

Elisabeth Shue is cast opposite Bruce Willis in Death Wish{2018). In June 2017, it was announced Annapurna Pictures would distribute the film on behalf of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and release it on November 22, 2017. However, in October 2017, it was announced it was being delayed until March 2, 2018 “in order to evacuate the crowded Thanksgiving season”.

[June 27 2017 Was scheduled to open November 22 ]

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The Wife in Death Wish

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures distribution operation has set MGM’s “Death Wish” reboot for a Nov. 22 launch.   The new “Death Wish” stars Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Kimberly Elise, Mike Epps, and Elisabeth Shue. It will open against Disney-Pixar’s animated family comedy “Coco” and Broad Green’s comedy “Villa Capri,” starring Morgan Freeman and Rene Russo.

Hulu and Annapurna Pictures have an output-licensing agreement that grants Hulu pay-one window streaming rights following their theatrical release.

[January 13

Bruce Willis will play the role originated by the late Charles Bronson. He will star alongside Elisabeth Shue and Vincent D’Onofrio.
In Chicago,Eli “Hostel” Roth has directed the filming of some action sequences in the Loop and in the Pilsen neighborhood. Most of the picture is being shot in cost-effective and versatile Montreal. Originally released in 1974, the Michael Winner-directed picture relaunched then-53-year-old Charles Bronson’s career and drove the vigilante craze during the ’70s and ’80s. Death Wish spawned four sequels and a reboot has circled Hollywood since Sylvester Stallone expressed interest in the series back in 2006. The first major efforts, though, crystallized in 2012, when a script from Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski was optioned, with Joe Carnahan to direct. However, after several sets of directors, the MGM/Paramount remake’s future still remained questionable.

Now that Roth is attached, he’ll likely bring his own sensibilities to the reboot. Known for hyperstylized elements similar to those of pop-auteur Quentin Tarantino (a clear influence, citing his NYU student film, Restaurant Dogs), Roth brings his own bloody aesthetic – which got him named as a member of the modern horror influencers, known as the Splat Pack – to Death Wish. Beyond his gruesome methods, though, the filmmaker clearly has a deep appreciation for gritty, grindhouse-style films of the era.

[March 29 2012 House at the End of the Street: releasing after Hunger Games, natch ]

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Jennifer Lawrence & Elisabeth Shue

A mother [Elizabeth Shue[and daughter [Jennifer Lawrence] move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over. House at the End of the Street, which just released its first trailer. (Days after Hungers Games’ record-breaking opening weekend. Coincidence? We think not.)

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Polygamy Town

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Elissa Wall’s personal injury lawsuit has been playing out in 3rd District Court in Salt Lake City for a decade. In May, after Jeffs failed to respond to the lawsuit, a judge allowed for her to collect default damages, which were expected to be millions of dollars. Judge Keith Kelly waited until Monday to hold the hearing on damages to give Jeffs and his attorneys another chance to respond if they wanted to.

At Monday’s hearing, the table where Jeffs’ attorneys would have sat remained empty as no one from his side attended.

“He is ignoring the legal process,” Wall’s attorney, Alan Mortensen, said following Monday’s hearing.
She told the judge that through her personal contacts, she learned that child marriages briefly stopped after authorities raided the church’s YFZ Ranch in Texas in 2008, ultimately leading to Jeff’s conviction and life prison sentence for sexually assaulting two underage followers he took as brides.

But many women and children were sent deep “underground,” to exclusive compounds where a “whole other layer of very perverted teachings are being given.”

Based on Jeffs’ writings seized in Texas, underage marriages are still happening and there’s “nothing to suggest they will ever stop,” according to Wall.

Jeffs, she said, believes the younger the girl, the more pure she is.

 

[October 14 2011 No charges in wife’s flight from Warren Jeffs community ]

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Warren Jeffs compound Holdale 2013

 

Warren Jeffs community, Hildale, Utah

Warren Jeffs community, Hildale, Utah

Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap said he was not sure if criminal charges will be filed in the case.

“It all depends upon what she wants to do. She’s an adult and we have to respect her choices. Right now we don’t know what she will say or do that could possibly lead to charges,” Belnap said, adding that Utah officials were not sure how many of Jeffs’ wives were in Utah or the area.

Jeffs, 55, has at least 78 plural wives, according to court documents. In August, he was convicted in Texas of sexually assaulting two of those wives when they were ages 12 and 15. According to evidence prosecutors presented at trial, Jeffs “trained” his wives to be comfortable naked and participate in group sex. He frequently moved them to “lands of refuge” like the group’s Yearning for Zion Ranch in Texas or to “houses of hiding” scattered throughout the West.

Very few, if any, of the women he has taken as wives are known to have left the community.

CREVE COEUR • Anheuser-Busch heir William K. “Billy” Busch faces an assault charge stemming from his intervention in an altercation between his son and a fellow sixth-grader at a basketball practice. The incident took place Nov. 16 at the gym at Chaminade College Preparatory School, Creve Coeur police said March 23. William K ‘Billy’ Busch, 58, is the great-grandson of a testator of Anheuser-Busch beer fortune.

 

[August 9 2011“Billy” Busch opening a brewery ]

William K. “Billy” Busch, 51, said he is close to opening William K. Busch Brewing Co., a brewery that will initially focus on American-style pale lagers, similar to Budweiser and Bud Light.

The goal is to have two lagers available in the St. Louis market by November, with broader, regional distribution after that.
Although he never worked at his family’s A-B brewery, Busch did perform maintenance tasks on Grant’s Farm as a young man. Later, he and two of his brothers, Adolphus Busch IV and Andy Busch, were part owners of Silver Eagle, a large, Texas-based A-B distributor. Each brother sold his stake in the company for an undisclosed amount in 1991.

Billy Busch is not bound by a noncompete agreement with A-B InBev since he wasn’t working for the local brewery when InBev took over.

Busch has mostly remained out of the limelight in recent years, following a high-profile custody battle that reached the Missouri Supreme Court in 1989. He is a competitive polo player who hosts charity matches at the farm he owns in Defiance with his wife, Christi.
Billy, BUD’s founder’s great grandson, is not to be confused with his nephew, Augustus Busch IV, the founder’s great great grandson.

United States Special Counsel Robert Mueller is Special Counsel to Investigate Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election and Related Matters

John Bolton:
Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice (1985–1989);
His Justice Department position as an assistant attorney general required him to advance Reagan administration positions, including[40] opposition to financial reparations to Japanese-Americans held in World War II–era internment camps;[41] the insistence of Reagan’s executive privilege during William Rehnquist’s chief justice confirmation hearings, when Congress asked for memos written by Rehnquist as a Nixon Justice Department official;[42] shepherding the judicial nomination process for Antonin Scalia;[40] and the framing of a bill to control illegal immigration as an essential drug war measure.[40] He was also involved in the Iran–Contra affair.
Since 1988 Mr. Bolton has been Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division at the Department of Justice. Prior to this, he was Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice, 1985 – 1988. He was a partner with Covington & Burling, 1983 – 1985, and executive director of the Committee on Resolutions for the Republican National Committee, 1983 – 1984. He was Assistant Administrator for Program and Policy Coordination, 1982 – 1983, and General Counsel, 1981 – 1982, at the Agency for International Development.

 

[March 21 2012 John Edwards and Rielle Hunter and Paula Broadwell ]

 

John Edwards was certain that he was having a heart attack, so he called Rielle Hunter, it is said. .She rushed over from her place in Charlotte. On being released from N.C. Memorial Hospital, Edwards returned to the Chapel Hill, N.C., estate he once shared with his late wife Elizabeth.
He now lives there with his two youngest kids, Emma Claire, 14, and Jack, 12. He and Rielle are not living together,
Paula Broadwell, Gen. David Petraeus’s “other woman,” lives just about 1.6 miles away from the home of Rielle Hunter. Both women reside in the Dilworth section of Charlotte, N.C.

[September 15, 2012]

“I don’t want to talk about our relationship,” she says, sweetly but firmly.

The jurors were unable to reach a verdict on the remaining five counts, which included a conspiracy charge and two charges related to donations from another wealthy donor, the late Fred Baron. The Justice Department filed notice with U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles in North Carolina on Wednesday that it was dropping the remaining charges.

TWC’s list of creditors includes Michelle Williams at her old Boerum Hill address:

WILLIAMS, MICHELLE

126 HOYT STREET

BROOKLYN, NY 11201

126 Hoyt

The filing reveals that the company owed more than $500 million to a list of creditors spanning 394 pages.   Weinstein Co.’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing had long been viewed in financial circles as the inevitable result of the sexual abuse allegations against its namesake founder, Harvey Weinstein.newyorkfilmfestivalscreeningnottherenfnqvuw-v8ex

 

[October 18 2008 Extradition for grandfather of Heath Ledger’s daughter, Matilda ]

 

 

 

LARRY Williams, the grandfather of late actor Heath Ledger’s daughter, Matilda,  has lost his bid to return to the US before an extradition hearing in Australia.

But there was a “big difference” between going there voluntarily and “consenting to surrender”, thus returning as an extradited person.

If he surrendered, he may languish in an Australian jail until US marshals arranged to take him back.

In asking for his bail to be varied so he could travel to the US, Mr Watson said “the Americans are happy for him to come back this way”.

But Ms O’Shane agreed with submissions made on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions that she did not have the power to allow an applicant “to travel beyond the reach of this jurisdiction”.

Preliminary arguments relating to the extradition hearing will be heard in the same court on December 4.  The father of actress Michelle Williams is wanted in the US for allegedly evading $1.9 million in taxes between 1999 and 2001.

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Spotted at the White House Hanukkah party: Jill Kelley.

 

trump-petraeus-600x400Former CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus is among those mentioned to succeed Gen. H.R. McMaster in his position as national security adviser to the president. John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

 

[January 30 Jill Kelley at Executive Mansion  ]

Friends in high places:Jill Kelley was at the inauguration January 20, and posted a photo of herself with billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4147900/Sorkin-Clooney-want-rights-David-Petraeus-story.html

[March 19 2016 Lawyers dump Jill Kelley ]

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Petraeus confirmed he has spoken with the Trump administration about being secretary of state [December12 2017]

Jill Kelley filed the Privacy Act lawsuit in 2013, charging that the FBI and Pentagon leaked personal information about her via Alan Raul of Chicago-based law firm Sidley Austin, Raul and other Sidley lawyers who  have asked U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to excuse them from the case.
The withdrawal request followed a proposal from the Kelleys’ side that the U.S. government pay $4.35 million to settle the suit reported arch 18. The feds apparently rejected the offer.

[March 4 2015 John Allen says the United States has not ruled out a no-fly zone or protected corridor in Syria ]

 a man with four stars on his collar leading U.S. forces in Afghanistan just one year ago

a man with four stars on his collar leading U.S. forces in Afghanistan just one year ago

The retired Marine general in charge of mobilizing an international coalition against the group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS) says that the United States has not ruled out a no-fly zone or protected corridor in Syria to safeguard the thousands of fighters it intends to train to help defeat the militant group.

“All those things are under consideration,” John Allen told an audience the evening of March 2 at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank. On 13 September 2014, The United States appointed General Allen as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
One would think a man with four stars on his collar leading U.S. forces in Afghanistan just one year ago would have no problem working with military leadership in the fight against militants of the so-called Islamic State at present.
One derides Allen as “a boy scout.” Another, noting his new role as a quasi-diplomat though he’s never been one, said “I don’t know how that’s going to work.”
For many of the military’s top leaders it seems, having a retired general like Allen outside of the military chain-of-command reporting to Obama is a sign of White House “micromanagement.” It also offers the possibility of conflicting messages between State and the Pentagon in the fight against ISIL. more below

[March 3]

 He also serves as a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at CUNY's Macaulay Honors College, and as a Judge Widney Professor at the Univ of Southern California

He also serves as a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, and as a Judge Widney Professor at the Univ of Southern California

“The criminal Information charges the defendant with one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1924,” Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi said in a statement. “The plea agreement and corresponding statement of facts, both signed by the defendant, indicate that he will plead guilty to the one-count criminal Information.” General David Petraeus is arguably the most consequential U.S. military leader since World War II.

[January 10 Feds recommend arresting David Petraeus, no final decision]
Holder said during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “The determination has yet to be made. And we will just see how things play out before any final decision is made.”

Federal prosecutors are recommending felony charges against retired Gen. David Petraeus over classified information they say he provided to his biographer and mistress, Paula Broadwell

Author follows General through Afghanistan

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 He also serves as a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at CUNY's Macaulay Honors College, and as a Judge Widney Professor at the Univ of Southern California

He also serves as a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, and as a Judge Widney Professor at the Univ of Southern California

[September 26 2014 General David Petraeus advises on Iraq fight,  773 days until 2016 Presidential race, Iowa caucus  Feb.1,2016]

The U.S.-led fight against Islamic State will take years and will need ground forces to succeed, retired General David Petraeus said. Petraeus, 61, served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2011 to 2012 and is now chairman of KKR Global Institute, an investment management firm. Under General (Ret.) David Petraeus as Chairman and Vance Serchuk as Executive Director, KGI integrates the macroeconomic analyses of KKR’s Global Macro and Asset Allocation Team led by Henry McVey and the Public Policy & Public Affairs, stakeholder engagement, and environmental, social, and governance work of KKR’s Global Public Affairs Team led by Ken Mehlman. KKR Co-Chairman and Co-CEO Henry Kravis, KKR Co-Chairman and Co-CEO George Roberts. In 1987, Jerome Kohlberg, Jr. resigned from KKR over differences in strategy, and Henry Kravis and George Roberts assumed full leadership of the firm.

[Earlier buzz] Roger Ailes suggested that Petraeus run for President. .. General David Petraeus was seen as a real future presidential candidate until he was hidden at the CIA until the day after the election when it was leaked he was having an affair and unceremoniously fired.
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[September 16 Jill Kelley can go to trial against FBI and Defense Department]

Gen. John R. Allen, who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was in line to become supreme allied commander in Europe

Gen. John R. Allen, who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was in line to become supreme allied commander in Europe

U..S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied the Motion to Dismiss and Kelley can press her claim that the FBI and Defense Department violated her privacy when officials allegedly leaked information about her to the news media.According to court filings by Kelley’s attorneys, the government falsely told one news outlet the emails between Allen and Kelley were the equivalent of phone sex. The lawyers argued that given the prurient nature of the investigation and the “other woman” narrative propounded by the leakers, it was likely that Kelley’s treatment was motivated by sexual discrimination. The Pentagon’s inspector general exonerated Allen, who subsequently retired.

[January 6 Jill Kelley’s suit gains support]

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Mrs. Petraeus and Kelleys

Kelley was banned from the Tampa Air Force base and stripped of her honorary title as consul to South Korea.

“Just because you’re stalked by a mistress doesn’t mean you are one,” Kelley told the New York Times. “It’s not contagious.”

Kelley and her attorneys said the lawsuit touched on an array of issues: what the government can access, how it disseminates information about private citizens, whether it protects people who report crimes, what constitutes leaking and the laws governing public records.

“Here, the government did not adhere to its own standards for avoiding electronic intrusion into innocent citizens’ lives,” said Alan Charles Raul, an attorney for the Kelleys. “Instead, they turned around and blamed the victim.”

In a lawsuit that is half legal document and half news release, Kelley seeks damages and a formal apology from the government for revealing her identity after she reported to the FBI what she assumed was a crime: threatening emails sent by a woman with whom Petraeus, then director of the CIA, was having an affair. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is also an attempt by Kelley to tell her side of a story she says was distorted, leaving her family as collateral damage.

A spokesman for the FBI, Michael P. Kortan, declined to comment on specifics of the case, citing the continuing litigation. But the government has asked the court to toss the suit.

[September 25]
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration September 24 sought dismissal of a privacy lawsuit by Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, whose complaint to the FBI unwittingly led to Gen. David Petraeus’ ouster as CIA director.

If a federal judge eventually allows Kelley’s lawsuit to proceed, the case could delve into the roles played in the scandal by the FBI, the Pentagon and other parts of the administration.

Kelley had hosted military officials from MacDill Air Force Base — including Petraeus while he led Central Command — at her Bayshore Boulevard mansion.

The Justice Department said that Kelley has failed to present any facts suggesting that the FBI and the Pentagon flagrantly disregarded her privacy rights.

“A bare allegation” that information was retrieved from government files is insufficient, the Justice Department saidThe FBI and the Pentagon have exempted several of their record systems from the Privacy Act. Kelley and her husband, Scott, also a plaintiff in the case, fail to say whether the leaked information was in a system subject to the Privacy Act, the government said.

TAMPA — Attorneys had gathered in a conference room to question the Tampa socialite who had unwittingly triggered the scandal that ended the career of CIA director David Petraeus.

Jill Kelley’s house is in foreclosure, and Kelley appeared at a June 26 deposition in the case.

But Kelley refused to be sworn in, a Regions Bank attorney said. Then she refused to testify, departing with her attorney.

“They’re actually leaving the room now and not even listening to me on the record,” said Regions attorney Peter Hargitai at the deposition, according to a transcript.

Kelley and her husband, Dr. Scott Kelley, have refused to testify in the foreclosure case on their posh Bayshore Boulevard home. The couple say a Regions lawyer is threatening to question them about the Petraeus scandal and then release a transcript to the media.

Jill Kelley said in court papers that Hargitai told her, “This deposition is going to be all over the news.” The lawyer denied making any threats.

“Plaintiff appears determined to try this matter in the media,” a motion by the Kelleys’ attorney said.

The couple have demanded that opposing counsel agree to keep any transcript of their testimony sealed, providing no copies to the media or any third party.

Hargitai has refused, though he told the court he has no intention of giving it to the media. But if the deposition is filed in court, it would become available to anyone who wants a copy.

“A deposition is a public record,” Hargitai told the Tampa Bay Times in a brief interview.

The attorney said a Hillsborough Circuit Court judge is soon expected to file an order compelling the Kelleys to sit down for a deposition by Sept. 15. Neither the Kelleys nor their attorney, Benjamin Hillard, returned messages seeking comment.

An order has not yet been issued, according to the online docket of the case. The next court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Kelley inadvertently ended Petraeus’ career as CIA director.

A $2.1 million foreclosure case involving an office building formerly owned by Tampa socialite Jill Kelley and her husband, Scott, was settled Monday, according to the judge overseeing it.

The case had been scheduled to go to trial Aug. 12 before Hillsborough Circuit Judge Christopher Sabella. Settlement terms were not disclosed, which is typical in civil cases, and attorneys for the parties could not be reached for comment.

A pretrial hearing had been scheduled Monday, but the Kelleys and attorneys did not appear as settlement talks concluded.

The Kelleys bought the property using their corporation, Kelley Land Holdings. Jill Kelley is currently listed as the corporation’s managing partner.

The bank said the fair market value of the property is about $1.4 million. Once that is applied to the loan, the Kelleys owed the bank more than $700,000 with interest adding $109 per day, according to a September 2011 court filing. The balance due currently was not immediately clear Monday.

That figure also did not include attorney fees.

[September 12]

Retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, former CIA director under President Barack Obama, called strongly Saturday for Congress to back the White House on Syria, declaring that military action against the regime is “necessary” to deter “Iran, North Korea and other would-be aggressors.”

Jill Kelley Complaint v. FBI et al

Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite entangled in the scandal that toppled former CIA director David Petraeus.

The Justice Department has asked for a 30-day extension, until Sept. 4, to respond to her lawsuit against the government for violating her family’s privacy, rifling through her e-mails and leaking confidential information about her.

And Kelley is fine with the extension, says her lawyer, Alan Raul.

[May 20]

Petraeus will serve in a consultant's role

Petraeus will serve in a consultant’s role

Retired army general David Petraeus will take a new job with investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. KKR did not detail terms of its agreement with Petraeus, but a spokeswoman said he will serve in a consultant’s role
[November 27 2012]

Former Prime Minister of South Korea Han Duk Soo

Former Prime Minister of South Korea Han Duk Soo

The state Department of Motor Vehicles has been informed by the U.S. Department of State that Jill Kelley no longer qualifies for an honorary consul license plate, according to a spokesman.

“We received word from the U.S. Department of State that her status” as an honorary consul for South Korea “has been terminated,”

The South Korean official who made it possible for Jill Kelley to be appointed honorary consul was Han Duk-soo, currently head of the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) and South Korean ambassador to the United States until February.

The official categorically denied that there was any inappropriate relationship between Han, a former Prime Minister and Jill Kelley. He said Kelley showed Han in their meetings a strong willingness to work for the improvement of U.S.-South Korean economic relations. He didn’t elaborate.
Han Duk-Soo was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) from 2007 until February 2008. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Korea International Trade Association.
Just before leaving the United States, he asked the South Korean consulate office in Atlanta to consider appointing Kelley honorary consul, citing her active role in organizing public events promoting an ambitious, hard-fought free trade agreement between Seoul and Washington and in arranging meetings between the ambassador and influential politicians and businessmen in Tampa.
[November 21]

[Nov 17]

Jill Kelley, “honorary ambassador” to the coalition in Tampa Florida

Talya Khawam and host

Talya Khawam and host

In emails with her ex-husband, Khawam wrote that Senator Kerry asked about the son and whether he would be coming to Martha’s Vineyard in the summer of 2012.

She also wrote that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island invited the son to a summer clambake in the state, and that the son “would greatly appreciate attending this family clambake.”

Included in the court file is what appears to be a handwritten note from Whitehouse, writing, “I am excited to hear that you, Natalie and (the son) may be coming to the family clambake. That would be terrific!”

The Whitehouse note was addressed to Gerald Harrington.

Harrington served as national vice chairman of finance for Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, according to a biography posted on the website of Harrington’s lobbying firm, Capitol City Group.

A spokeswoman for Kerry said Kerry was introduced to Khawam by Harrington, whom the spokeswoman described as Khawam’s boyfriend.

A spokesman for Whitehouse also said Whitehouse knew Khawam through her relationship with Harrington, whom Whitehouse has known since college. “Ms. Khawam attended the Senator’s clambake fundraiser this summer as Mr. Harrington’s guest, and he was glad to see them there,” the spokesman said.

[November 16]

Jill Kelly offered to broker a deal with the South Korean government for
Adam Victor, president and CEO of TransGas Development Systems, “that they were essentially doing a favor for General Petraeus, and that she had access solely because of her relationship with General Petraeus.”
Victor said he thought it made sense that Petraeus would want to put a trusted aide in charge of promoting free trade. When Kelley named her fee for brokering the deal, however, Victor balked. The coal gasification plants under discussion were worth $4 billion, said Victor — and Kelley wanted a two percent cut. “That’s an $80 million fee,” he said. “And I mean that is problematic . . . No broker gets $80 million. I mean that’s two whole orders of magnitude higher than what they would get.”

Victor said he “terminated the relationship” after Kelley asked for $80 million
[November 15]

it turns out the FBI agent who started the investigation sent topless photos of himself to Jill Kelley, the alleged other woman. The agent in question was apparently a friend of Kelley’s.
General John Allen has been in Afghanistan as the top American commander since July 2011, although before that he lived in Tampa as the deputy commander for Central Command, which oversees American military operations in the Middle East.

The defense official said that the Pentagon had received the 20,000 to 30,000 pages of documents from the F.B.I. and was currently reviewing them. Some of the e-mails may have prompted suspicions among FBI investigators because Allen sometimes used words such as “sweetheart” to refer to her, the senior official said.

An official said the coalition countries represented aty Central Command gave Kelley an appreciation certificate on which she was referred to as an “honorary ambassador” to the coalition, but she has no official status and is not employed by the U.S. government. Kelley, 37, hails from a Lebanese family that emigrated to Philadelphia in the mid-1970s.
Her parents, John and Marcelle Khawam, had businesses in the area, including a restaurant in Voorhees. The couple still live in Washington Crossing, Bucks County, according to public records, and Kelley’s older brother, David, is a lawyer in South Jersey. His office also lists lawyer Jill M Tribulas, in practice 11 years
Jill Khawam and her twin sister, Natalie, were the youngest of four children. Born in Lebanon, Jill is of Maronite Christian descent and speaks Arabic. Maronite Christians were allies of Israel in the Lebanese Civil War/Lebanon invasion.)
About a decade ago, both women moved to Tampa, where Jill’s husband, Scott Kelley, works as a surgeon.
Natalie Khawam, a lawyer and single mother, lives with them, according to a bankruptcy petition she filed earlier this year.
Just three months after they posed with David and Holly Petraeus, strands of Gasparilla beads hanging from their necks, the Kelleys were hit with a foreclosure lawsuit.
The suit, brought by Central Bank against Maronite Christians were allies of Israel in the Lebanese Civil War/Lebanon invasion.) Kelleys and Kelly Land Holdings, centered on a three-story office building at 300 E Madison St. in downtown Tampa. Court records show they owed the bank nearly $2.2 million, including attorney fees
Since the Kelleys have been in Tampa, records show, one or both have been subjects of lawsuits nine times — including an $11,000 judgment against them that originated in Pennsylvania.
Ongoing cases, the court records show, include an indebtedness case from Chase Bank; a foreclosure case from Regions Bank; and a credit card case from FIA Card Services.
The Kelleys have hired Abbe Lowell, a Washington lawyer who has represented clients such as former presidential candidate John Edwards and lobbyist Jack Abramoff. And the couple are employing crisis PR person Judy Smith, who has represented big names like Monica Lewinsky, Michael Vick and Kobe Bryant.

[November 10]

Author follows General through Afghanistan

Author follows General through Afghanistan

General David Petraeus is arguably the most consequential U.S. military leader since World War II. Broadwell’s excellent biography portrays him as a modern exemplar of the soldier-scholar-statesman and one who has exerted a profound influence on the American military establishment
Petraeus emerges from Broadwell’s book as an educated, committed, competitive, driven, and inspiring figure.
Foreign Affairs

“This is the best book yet on General David Petraeus, written by a remarkable former Army officer who spent months on the ground in Afghanistan herself. Paula Broadwell captures his basic tenets of counterinsurgency and basic approach to leadership-as well as Petraeus’s personal qualities and character-in a highly readable and pithy fashion. No one gives a truer picture of the war, or of the finest general of this era and one of the greatest in modern American history.”
(-Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow, the Brookings Institution )

“All In vividly demonstrates the influence General David Petraeus has had on a whole generation of military officers-showing by the force of his personal example what it means to be tough, loyal, committed, and smart. Paula Broadwell takes readers into the briefing rooms and onto the battlefields to better understand the lessons and sacrifices of America’s wars.”
(-Nathaniel Fick, New York Times bestselling author of One Bullet Away )

Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, who garnered public attention as Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D., N.J.) co-defendant on separate corruption charges, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for Medicare fraud, February 23 2018.

indicted on criminal corruption charges ]

Menendez and Melgen Indictment

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March 6 [Holder has signed off on criminal corruption charges against Sen. Bob Menendez.]

The Federal Bureau of Investigation raids the West Palm Beach, Florida office of Dr. Salomon Melgen on January 30, 2013. U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has indicated that Melgen is a friend and political supporter.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation raids the West Palm Beach, Florida office of Dr. Salomon Melgen on January 30, 2013. U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has indicated that Melgen is a friend and political supporter.

Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on prosecutors’ request to proceed with criminal corruption charges against Senator Bob Menendez. The government’s case centers on Menendez’s relationship with Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who the senator has called a friend and political supporter. Melgen and his family have been generous donors to the senator and various committees the senator is associated with.

In 2006, According to the New York Times, Kean was defeated for Senator in part because he “built a campaign around his portrayal of Mr. Menendez as a shady, self-dealing, machine-produced Hudson County boss who hangs out with criminals.” He has become one of the Obama administration’s most vocal Democratic opponents on two key foreign policy matters — President Obama’s decision to ease the trade embargo against Cuba and also his effort to engage direct negotiations with Iran over that country’s nuclear program.

Investigators have focused in part on plane trips Menendez took in 2010 to the Dominican Republic as a guest of Melgen. In 2013, after word of the federal investigation became public, Menendez paid back Melgen $58,000 for the 2010 plane trips calling his failure to properly disclose the flights an “oversight.” Menendez has denied any wrongdoing in his ties to Melgen. “As we have said before, we believe all of Senator’s actions have been appropriate and lawful and the facts will ultimately confirm that,” Menendez spokesperson Tricia Enright said in a statement Friday. “Any actions taken by Senator Menendez or his office have been to appropriately address public policy issues and not for any other reason.”
Menendez advocated on Melgen’s behalf with federal Medicare administrators who accused Melgen of overbilling the government’s healthcare program, according to court documents and people briefed on the probe. Melgen was among the top recipients of Medicare reimbursements in recent years, during a time when he was also a major Democratic donor. Melgen’s attorneys have denied any wrongdoing.

Prosecutors also are focusing on whether Menendez broke the law in advocating for Melgen’s business interest in a Dominican Republic government contract for a port screening equipment. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, at the time, considered donating port screening equipment to the Dominican Republic, which would have hurt the contract of Melgen-controlled company.