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Billionaire Sun Hongbin, chairman of real-estate developer Sunac China Holdings Ltd., who in a filing in Hong Kong on Jan. 12 shifted most of his stake in the company to a South Dakota Trust Co. on Dec. 31. Longfor Group Holdings Ltd. Chairwoman Wu Yajun, one of China’s richest women, made a similar move in recent weeks, as did the wealthy magnates behind food distributors Dali Foods Group Co. and Zhou Hei Ya International Holdings Co.

All of the four Hong Kong-listed companies but Sunac cited succession planning as the purpose of the transfers. The ownership structures of all four tycoons involve entities in the British Virgin Islands.

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Source: Company filings complied by Bloomberg
[May 2018]“In the past seven years, South Dakota has seen a steady increase of Chinese visitors to our state,”James Hagen notes that the Department of Tourism is continuing to monitor the Chinese market for potential investment of marketing dollars since the Chinese are typically interested in South Dakota’s monuments, memorials, and Old West and Native American cultures.

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Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein accusing him of sexual harassment in violation of a California law barring such conduct by a person in a “business, service or professional relationship” with another has been dismissed.
In a footnote to his ruling on January 9, District Judge Philip Gutierrez said he was not determining whether Judd was sexually harassed by Weinstein “in the colloquial sense of the term”.
The California Legislature revised the law last year, specifically adding film directors and producers to the categories of people who can be liable under the measure. Judd refiled the harassment claim under the revised law, which took effect Jan. 1.

Gutierrez ruled January 9 2019 that the changes were so significant that they fundamentally modified the California law — making it, in effect, a new law. And because the Legislature didn’t specify that the modified law should be applied retroactively, Judd can’t use it to pursue her sexual harassment claim, he ruled.

[October 28 2017 “There’s no oral sex” Harvey Weinstein on Blue Valentine… ]
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Harvey Weinstein took a private jet from Van Nuys Airport bound for Arizona. He’s set to land in the city of Wickenburg near the highly respected Meadows rehab center.

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Winona Ryder at Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globe Party in Beverly Hills 01/08/2017 with Stranger Things cast

I have chosen to leave my husband.
Harvey Weinstein’s Wife Georgina Chapman Is Leaving Him: ‘My Heart Breaks for All the Women Who Have Suffered’

“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days” the board informed “Weinstein that his employment is terminated, effective immediately,” the company said in an email Sunday, October 8.

Harvey Weinstein won’t physically be a part of the awards race, not in 2017 and probably never again. But his fingerprints will be all over it. The push for “Wind River” will continue without Weinstein. And if the campaign seems more muted, the reason may less be Weinstein’s absence than the cash-flow problems that in recent years have made it impossible for TWC to carry out the kind of scorched-earth campaigns for which he was once known.

[October 6]

The Weinstein Company said it has retained an outside legal firm to conduct an independent investigation into the NYT allegations. TWC has retained John Kiernan of the firm of Debevoise & Plimpton “to undertake a thorough and independent investigation.” Kiernan will be assisted by his partners Matthew Fishbein, a former chief assistant U.S. attorney, and Helen Cantwell, a former federal prosecutor who also has worked for the New York County District Attorney’s sex crimes unit.
Weinstein and his brother Bob own 42% of the company,[or Harvey Weinstein owns 23% of TWC with Bob Weinstein owning the same and the board holding the remainder].; other investors include Goldman Sachs, French TV company TF1, and ad firm WPP Group. The Weinstein Company Inc. operates as a subsidiary of The Weinstein Company Holdings LLC. 345 Hudson Street. 13th Floor. New York, NY 10014.

Harvey Weinstein is facing calls to be stripped of his CBE over revelations he has sexually harassed female employees and movie stars for decades. Weinstein, 65, was named an honourary Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, by the Queen for his contribution to the British film industry in 2004. THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY (UK) LIMITED,  71 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4BE.   “The reported alleged behavior completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA’s values”.   France has started the process of stripping Harvey Weinstein of his Legion of Honour, France’s highest civilian distinction, after allegations of sexual harassment against the film producer, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said on Saturday, October 14.

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/10/harvey-weinstein-apology/542193/

The Weinstein Company had a “code of silence,” and that contracts included a “non-disparagement” clause that applied to the company itself and its leader. Additionally, “most of the women accepting payouts agreed to confidentiality clauses prohibiting them from speaking about the deals or the events that led to them.”

https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/10/ashley-judd-rose-mcgowan-harvey-weinstein-sexual-harassment

Harvey Weinstein Won’t Be Charged In Alleged Groping Incident – Update

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan/harvey-weinstein-lawyer-allegedly-donated-10g-manhattan-da-article-1.3544121

‘It won’t happen again.’

BURBANK, Calif., May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — ARCHSTONE PICTURES – Principal/Partner Michael Slifkin announced that the company has entered into an agreement with Ambra Battilana during the final days of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival to co-produce a film based on the events pertaining to her experiences with Silvio Berlusconi the former prime minister of Italy.

The untitled feature film, a political drama, highlights the demise of one of the most powerful, wealthy and influential leaders in Italian History. The film will chronicle Berlusconi from the height of his power and political reach as the Billionaire Italian Prime Minister and owner of world renowned football club, A.C. Milan, to his dramatic and public fall from grace for corruption and sexual misconduct.

Production is scheduled for early 2017 with worldwide distribution to be handled exclusively by Archstone Distribution.

Archstone Pictures’ Michael Slifkin and Scott Martin will be producing the film along with Executive Producers Scott Weissman and Ambra Battilana.

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Harvey Weinstein NYPD Sting Audiotape: Mogul Aggressive As Model Says ‘No’ 10 Times here

Ambra Battilana Who Once Accused Harvey Weinstein of Groping Her in Bikini at a Beach in Miami 10/09/2017

harvey-weinstein-georgina-chapmanThe movie mogul, 65, and the fashion designer, 41, are together at a hotel in Los Angeles.

Of his wife, Marchesa fashion designer Georgina Chapman, Weinstein added, “She stands 100 percent behind me.”

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“Blue Valentine,” a dark romantic look at two young lovers in a crumbling marriage, was given an NC-17 rating because of a scene involving oral sex. “It’s just a credit to the persuasiveness of Derek Cianfrance’s directing skills. There’s no oral sex. Michelle Williams isn’t even naked. It looks like she is, but it’s just the angle of the shots.”
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[September 12 2019] S.Res.308 – A resolution calling on the Government of the Russian Federation to provide evidence or to release United States citizen Paul Whelan.

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On January 5, the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs affirmed that Makarenko had been arrested in the Saipan airport after landing there with his family. The influential entrepreneur collaborates closely with his apparent father-in-law Valery Fintisov, who himself has business ties with Russia’s Minister for Development in the Far East Viktor Ishayev.
https://www.postguam.com/news/cnmi/russian-indicted-in-florida-arrested-on-saipan/article_72cc9b42-0fd9-11e9-8a96-afb858a0827e.html

[December 5 2019]
The Russian foreign ministry said the United States detained Russian citizen Dmitry Makarenko on the Northern Mariana Islands on Dec. 29 and had moved him to Florida.
“… Makarenko, born in 1979, has arrived on Saipan Island with his wife, underage children and elderly parents. He was detained by FBI personnel at the airport right after his arrival,” the ministry said. The Russian ministry said in its statement Moscow diplomats had not been able to reach Makarenko in Florida and said Washington had yet to explain his detention.

US-officials-visit-accused-spy-Paul-Whelan-in-Russian-prisonOn December 28 2018 retired US Marine Paul Whelan ‘received an electronic carrier in the room with a list of all employees of one of the secret Russian departments,’ said Russians..

‘Five minutes after the transfer, FSB officers broke into the room and detained a suspect of espionage.

‘On examination, they found a flash card with secret information.’

We saw, for example, in 1986, there was a Russian KGB officer was arrested in New York for spying at the United Nations. Three days later, the Russians arrested a U.S. news and World Report journalist, Nicholas Daniloff — and they arrested him in much the same way.

One of his contacts came to him, handed him a package that was in an envelope. He immediately was arrested and it turns out in the envelope was classified material that they had clearly just pushed to him so they could arrest him to try to put pressure on the United States or swap for their guy who was in jail.
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/paul-whelan-s-arrest-in-russia-looks-like-a-classic-set-up-says-former-cia-spy-1.4966179

daniloff-nicholas-800x0-c-defaultOn September 2, 1986, Nicholas Daniloff was arrested in Moscow by the KGB and accused of espionage.The Reagan administration took the position that the Soviets had arrested Daniloff without cause, in retaliation for the arrest three days earlier of Gennadi Zakharov, an employee of the Soviet UN Mission.] The Soviets initially contended that Daniloff had confidential government documents on him when he was arrested.
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/04/682350045/how-the-curious-case-of-paul-whelan-is-unfolding-between-the-u-s-and-russia
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/01/08/i-was-traded-russian-spy-i-know-what-paul-whelan-is-going-through/?utm_term=.ace829015245

[ 2013 Artyom Kuznetsov and Pavel Karpov related property in U.S. to be seized?   ]

U.S. prosecutors said in a civil complaint filed in New York on September 10 they ask the court to seize luxury apartments and other property they say Russian companies used to launder proceeds from a $230 million tax fraud.

The scheme was uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in a Russian jail.

 

[ January 2 2012  Ellen Barkin Queries Early Morning Arrests   ]

Ellen Barkin near Joe's Pub in Greenwich Village on New Year's Eve 2012

Ellen Barkin near Joe’s Pub in Greenwich Village on New Year’s Eve 2012

Ellen Barkin, 57, was reportedly walking home from New Year’s Eve event at Joe’s Pub when she tweeted that police at West 13th Street and Sixth Avenue had thrown a young woman into a police van for no apparent reason. Earlier in the evening police had arrested dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters. here