Extinction Rebellion: Climate activists glue themselves to London Fashion Week venue

Activists from the Extinction Rebellion campaign group have glued themselves to the entrance of a key London Fashion Week venue.

They were protesting against the fashion industry’s impact on climate change.

Samantha Smithson used to be a fashion designer and stylist but joined Extinction Rebellion because she decided her job and the companies she worked with were toxic for the planet.

She told Sky News: “We have to disrupt business as usual in order to get people’s attention.

“We’ve proved that disruption does work and so we will continue to do that until everyone – all industries, not just the fashion industry – gets on board and starts acting accordingly to the climate and ecological emergency we are in.”

Whatever you think about Extinction Rebellion’s tactics, its fashion-focused members are right about their target industry.

It is responsible for around 10% of global carbon emissions.

It produces almost 20% of global waste water, and often uses chemicals that are bad for the environment.

And as consumers, we don’t help either – it has been estimated that around 85% of all clothes are thrown away rather than donated, recycled or reused.

But young consumers are increasingly driving a shift in thinking.

Michael Kobori, the head of sustainability at denim maker Levi Strauss and Co, told Sky News that Generation Z (born after 1995) are going to become a target consumer, and that meeting their demands isn’t just the right thing to do but simply good business.

He said: “They are activists, they care about the future of the world, they care about the environment.

“These consumers not only want sustainable products … but what we see is that they are starting to be willing to pay a premium for those sustainable products.”

But there is resistance to change too.

Some of the world’s most famous brands send their textiles to Fabscrap recycling centre in Brooklyn, but half of them want to remain anonymous.

Fabscrap executive director Jessica Schreiber said: “In some cases I think brands really see the marketing potential right now and want to put a lot of resources behind (sustainability), and in some cases while it may be happening internally, it’s not something they want to talk about publicly.

“In some cases I’ve had a brand say ‘sustainability is not part of our image’.”

Sara Kozlowski, an executive at the Council of Fashion Designers of America, is pushing her industry to do more.

She told Sky News that the council is working on a set of binding sustainability standards for its members that could be introduced in the coming year.

She said: “I do think there’s been a key acceleration of awareness and consciousness in our community.

“But are we working fast enough? I think we have to work faster. Absolutely.”

Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman jailed over college admissions scandal

Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman has been jailed for 14 days for paying to have her daughter’s exam answers corrected.

She was also given a $30,000 (£24,000) fine, 250 hours of community service and a year of supervised release.

Huffman is the first parent to be sentenced among 34 charged in a sweeping college admissions scandal in the US.

The actress was sentenced in Boston’s federal court on Friday after pleading guilty to a single count of conspiracy and fraud in May.

Huffman admitted to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 (£12,000) to have an invigilator correct her daughter Sofia’s SAT exam answers in 2017.

Prosecutors had recommended a month in prison and a $20,000 (£16,000) fine for the actress.

Huffman’s lawyers said she should get a year of probation, 250 hours of community service and a $20,000 fine.

The American actress said before sentencing: “I am deeply ashamed of what I have done.

“I have inflicted more damage than I could ever imagine.”

The star said her daughter was unaware of the arrangement.

Huffman was pictured holding hands with her actor husband William H Macy as the couple entered the courthouse earlier.

Macy, who appeared in films including Fargo and Boogie Nights, has not been charged as part of the college admissions scandal.

Huffman and the Full House actress Lori Loughlin are among dozens of parents accused of bribing coaches and insiders at testing centres to help get their children into some of the elite universities in the country, including Stanford and Yale.

Fifteen parents have pleaded guilty while 19 are fighting the charges.

Authorities have called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the US Justice Department, with the parents accused of paying an estimated $25m (£19m) in bribes.

Liam Gallagher gets petty after Kaiser Chiefs pick a fight

Liam Gallagher has added a new name to the list of people he has petty feuds with on Twitter, calling Kaiser Chiefs keyboardist Nick “Peanut” Baines “p***flaps”.

Gallagher had been set for an appearance at Fall In Love Festival in Romania earlier this month but cancelled over safety fears.

The former Oasis star tweeted that he was pulling out of his performance because he was told the stage wasn’t safe, prompting Kaiser Chiefs to tweet: “If we found out a stage wasn’t safe, we’d tell the other bands on there too, right? ‘Safety comes first as always’ – for everyone. We must’ve broken it by putting on a rock n roll show 30mins before you.”

Gallagher responded in his usual combative style, writing: “This 1s for P***FLAP out of the KAISER CHEIFS all that money you spend on props ie your daft looking head I’d spend on getting yourself a decent tour manager who spots these kind of things otherwise you and your band will be going for a early bath LG x.”

A little while later he tweeted again to add: “Ps it’s naff c**** like you that give Leeds a bad name as you were LG x.”

Gallagher, 46, who is preparing for the release of his second solo album Why Me? Why Not, has a long history of pop music hostilities.

Resident Evil stuntwoman sues producers after losing arm in motorbike scene

A stuntwoman who lost her arm in a motorbike accident and spent 17 days in a coma while filming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is suing the film’s producers.

Olivia Jackson says she was misled over the insurance cover for her injuries and claims it has only paid out $33,000 (£26,000).

The 38-year-old suffered terrible injuries when she collided with a camera on a mechanical crane that was being driven at her as she rode towards it.

Her lawsuit, filed in California, claims there were “last minute” changes to the stunt in September 2015 that meant the camera was lifted a moment later on the final run.

It says the camera smashed into her forearm with a combined speed of 71mph, “obliterating the bone” as well as “tearing her cheek flesh back leaving her teeth exposed”.

Her left arm had to be amputated and other injuries included brain swelling, punctured lungs, dozens of broken bones and a severed vital neck artery

The lawsuit says Ms Jackson’s spine has become “twisted and deformed” because of the effect of all her injuries.

It claims the $33,000 insurance money she has received does not even cover one of the potential 10 surgeries she needs.

Ms Jackson said she also later found out there was no liability coverage for her claim.

She is suing producers Paul Anderson and Jeremy Bolt, who she claims abandoned her and have not fulfilled an offer to pay all her medical bills.

Bolt Pictures and Tannhauser Gate are also listed on the lawsuit for breach of contract and misrepresentation.

Ms Jackson, who is married to British stuntman David Grant and lives in Buckinghamshire, said this week: “I miss my old face. I miss my old body. I miss my old life. It really hurts that I have to live with the aftermath of other people’s mistakes.

“I wish I had realised that there would be wholly inadequate protection for me before I ever took the role.”

Adele files for divorce from husband Simon Konecki

Adele has filed for divorce from her husband Simon Konecki, according to legal documents filed in the US.
The singer, 31, announced in April that she and Konecki, a charity entrepreneur, were separating after three years of marriage.

Court documents lodged in Los Angeles on Thursday revealed that Adele has now filed for divorce.
Adele and Konecki began dating in 2011 and had a son, Angelo, in 2012.
Confirming the couple’s split in April, Adele’s representative said they were “committed to raising their son together lovingly”.

The pair tied the knot in a private 2016 ceremony, with Adele publicly addressing the wedding for the first time during an acceptance speech at the 2017 Grammys.
In her speech, she said: “Grammys, I appreciate it. The Academy, I love you. My manager, my husband and my son, you’re the only reason I do it.”
Tottenham-born Adele released her debut album, 19, in 2008, which contained hit songs Chasing Pavements and Hometown Glory and reached number one in the UK.
Her eagerly anticipated follow-up, 21, brought even more success in 2011 thanks to the singles Someone Like You, Rolling In The Deep and Rumour Has It.
The record topped the charts in 30 countries, including the US and UK, and cemented Adele’s status as one of the world’s best-loved artists.
She released her most recent album 25 in 2015, which contained the single Hello and proved to be another critical and commercial success.
Recent reports suggest Adele is recording new music after she was pictured entering a recording studio in New York City in March.
Konecki, 45, reportedly left his job at Lehman Brothers in 2005 and founded the ethical water company Life Water.
In a 2012 interview with Management Today, Konecki said he had been “doing well and earning a lot of money” as an investment banker but “got sick of that greedy and corrupted world”.

Former 007 Pierce Brosnan says it’s time for a female Bond

Former 007 Pierce Brosnan has called for a woman to take on the role of James Bond.
The actor, who played the spy in four films between 1995 and 2002, said that the idea of having a woman play Bond would be “exciting” and “exhilarating”.

“I think we’ve watched the guys do it for the last 40 years, get out of the way, guys, and put a woman up there,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
Producers of the next film, No time To Die, will tease fans with the idea as actor Lashana Lynch is due to take the codename 007, with James Bond himself retired from MI6.
But Brosnan does not believe that the producers will allow Bond to become a female character anytime soon.
“I don’t think that’s going to happen with the Broccolis [producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson]. I don’t think that is going to happen under their watch.”
Brosnan also added that he believes Bond’s flirty nature will change and move with the times.
“Without question, yes… The #MeToo movement has been relevant and significant and well needed in our society, so they’ll have to address that,” he said.
He also said the role of Bond will never leave him: “James Bond has a certain significance and a deep pride. I will be asked about him until my dying days – it just goes with the territory. He’s a beloved character.
“I was honoured to play the role and I rejuvenated a franchise that had been dormant,” he added.

Meghan crowned UK’s top social climber by Tatler after reaching ‘pinnacle of greasy pole’

The Duchess of Sussex has been crowned the UK’s top social climber by Tatler magazine.

The high society publication said Meghan had reached the “pinnacle of the greasy pole”, describing her as a “tungsten toughie” who would “drag the royal family into the 21st century”.

She beat Commons Speaker John Bercow and model Jerry Hall to top Tatler’s list, which said Meghan had made an “A-list ascent”.

However, it is not quite a “rags-to-riches tale”, the publication said, pointing out that Meghan was “privately educated and her father won an Emmy for lighting direction”.

Nevertheless, it described her as a “Ralph & Russo-clad beacon of change (who) has found a role that suits her to perfection”.

Former Suits actress Meghan, who was raised in Los Angeles, married Prince Harry last year and gave birth to their son Archie in May.

Commenting on Mr Bercow, Tatler said he was “notoriously fond of taxis, perhaps because his dad drove one”, adding: “Now so great (if not so good), some wonder if he’ll ever relinquish his Commons Speakership.”

And Hall – the daughter of an alcoholic Texan trucker – had a relationship with Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry, four children with Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, and married media magnate Rupert Murdoch in March 2016.

Despite topping Tatler’s list, the Duchess of Sussex has endured a summer of difficult headlines over flights on private jets – something Sir Elton John took exception to.

Soap star ‘attacked’ by fellow actor at TV Choice Awards

An investigation is under way after a Hollyoaks star was reportedly attacked by a fellow soap actor at the TV Choice Awards.

ITV is looking into reports that Asan N’jie swore and threw punches at Jamie Lomas following the ceremony in Hilton Park Lane on Monday night.

Emmerdale’s N’jie, who was nominated for best newcomer, was apparently ejected from the event in Mayfair, London, by security.

An ITV spokesman said the channel would be talking to N’jie “in due course”.

She added: “We are extremely concerned to hear about an incident at last night’s TV Choice Awards involving one of Emmerdale’s cast.

“Obviously we will be investigating and talking to the actor concerned in due course.”

N’jie was nominated for the show’s storyline involving his character Ellis Chapman being stabbed, but lost out to EastEnders’ Kara-Leah Fernandes.

Lomas has been a soap regular for years, playing Warren Fox on Hollyoaks for more than a decade, and also appearing on EastEnders as Jake Stone. He was the runner-up in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2017.

According to The Sun, it was Hollyoaks actor Malique Thompson-Dwyer who split the pair up.

Mya-Lecia Naylor: CBBC star, 16, died after hanging herself, inquest hears

CBBC star Mya-Lecia Naylor died by misadventure after hanging herself at her family home, a coroner has ruled.

Emergency services responded to reports of the 16-year-old in cardiac arrest in a marquee at her home in South Norwood on 7 April.

She was taken to Croydon University Hospital, but was pronounced dead a short while later.

Her father Martin told South London Coroner’s Court that his daughter “had not been her normal self” and had been “stressed about her [GCSE] exams”, which she was due to sit earlier this year.

She had recently discovered from her school that her grades were lower than expected.

Mr Naylor added: “She knew she needed to get on with her revision and she had plans scheduled out for her revision.”

The Millie Inbetween and Almost Never star had also been grounded and stopped from attending a party, and had spent the evening before her death watching a film with her family that included a suicide scene.

Mr Naylor said he believed his daughter did not mean to take her life, and that she had made a “silly mistake” while “making some sort of point”.

He said: “I genuinely believe she did not mean to do it. It was a silly spur of the moment thing. She clearly had plans for the future.”

Days before her death, the 16-year-old had talked in an interview with Tresa magazine about wanting to get back into posting weekly videos to her YouTube account after sitting her GCSEs.

She also expressed an interest into exploring more work on the radio.

“It’s really hard at the moment since I’ve got my GCSEs in about two months, but as soon as that’s over, I really want to get back into the habit of posting on YouTube weekly and really engaging that,” she told the magazine.

Back in April, CBBC released a statement saying the teenager was a “much loved part of the BBC Children’s family” and a “hugely talented actress, singer and dancer”.

Emily Atack, her co-star in Almost Never, said she was “shocked and sad” upon news of the teenager’s death, recalling the “beautiful and talented” actress that was a “complete joy to be around” on set.

Alice Webb, director of BBC Children’s which includes CBBC, said the team was “distraught and so terribly sad” to hear the news.

She added: “She has shone so brightly on our screens, both in Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, and it’s unthinkable that she won’t be part of our journey going forward.

“She was hugely popular with our audience, a very talented actress, dancer and singer, and a real role model for her young fans.”

Mya-Lecia landed her first acting job on television for one episode of Absolutely Fabulous when she was just two years old.

She also appeared in Cloud Atlas alongside Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in 2012.

Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org in the UK. In the US, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK.

Johnny Depp defends Dior advert accused of being racially insensitive

Johnny Depp has defended his latest advert for Sauvage cologne after the video was accused of being racially insensitive to Native Americans.

The Hollywood star said the Dior promotion was made with “great love and respect for indigenous people” – and he rejected claims it amounted to cultural appropriation.

Critics argued the name of the cologne can be translated to “savage” in French – a derogatory term used to describe indigenous Americans.

The clip – which was deleted hours after it was posted on social media last month – features a Native American man performing a dance, while the Pirates Of The Caribbean star plays a guitar and lights a fire in the US desert.

While promoting the £74 product, Depp – the long-time face of the brand – was seen playing a riff by musician Link Wray, who was part of the Native American Shawnee tribe.

The actor says there was “never any dishonourable intent” to cause offence, but added that work was now being done with those who were offended to find a resolution.

Depp told The Hollywood Reporter: “A teaser obviously is a very concentrated version of images and there were objections to the teaser of the small film.

“The film has never been seen. There was never – and how could there be or how would there be – any dishonourable [intent].

“The film was made with a great respect for the indigenous people not just of North America but all over the world.

“It’s a pity that people jumped the gun and made these objections. However, their objections are their objections.”

Depp later added that Native Americans “haven’t had the greatest amount of help out of the United States government” – and he vowed that an agreement will be reached so “everyone is happy”.