Ryan Adams: Star writes apology and says ‘I will never be off the hook’ after abuse allegations | Ents & Arts News


Ryan Adams has written an apology for “all the ways I have mistreated people throughout my life and career” and said he is working to be “a better man”.

The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter has been out of the spotlight for more than a year, after being accused of sexual misconduct and emotional abuse by several women in 2019.

One of the women who made allegations about the star was his ex-wife, singer and actress Mandy Moore, who claimed he was psychologically abusive during their marriage.

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Mandy Moore married Adams in 2009 but filed for divorce in 2015

Singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers and another female musician also made allegations about the star in a New York Times report published in February 2019.

At the time, Adams issued a statement admitting he was “not a perfect man” but disputed the accuracy of the reporting of the allegations, describing some as “outright false”.

Now, in an article written for the Daily Mail, the US star has apologised and said taking time out has made him realise he needs to change.

“There are no words to express how bad I feel about the ways I’ve mistreated people throughout my life and career,” the 45-year-old wrote.

“All I can say is that I’m sorry. It’s that simple. This period of isolation and reflection made me realise that I needed to make significant changes in my life.”

The singer said he realises that “any apology from me probably won’t be accepted by those I’ve hurt”.

He continued: “I get that and I also understand that there’s no going back.

“To a lot of people this will just seem like the same empty bull***t apology that I’ve always used when I was called out, and all I can say is, this time it is different.”

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Adams said that after realising the consequences of his actions he is working to “finally start to fix myself so I could be a better friend, a better partner, and a better man overall”.

The star said he is getting professional help to stay sober, but knows he will “never be off the hook” and is “fully accountable for my harmful behaviour”.

He also said he had been writing music during his time out of the spotlight, with most songs “about the lessons I’ve learned over the last few years”.

He concluded by saying: “I hope that the people I’ve hurt will heal. And I hope that they will find a way to forgive me.”

Adams launched his music career with the band Whiskeytown and made his solo debut in 2000 with the album Heartbreaker.

Also a songwriter and record producer, he has worked with some of the industry’s big names, including John Mayer, Willie Nelson and Norah Jones.



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Destroyers of U.S. Monuments Will Get at Least 10 Years in Prison



On Friday evening, President Donald Trump said the destroyers of American statues and monuments will receive a minimum of ten years in federal prison if convicted.

Speaking in front of Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota, Trump said his latest executive order ensures full prosecution under the law for rioters who are convicted of destroying, defacing, or tearing down the nation’s federally-protected monuments.

“That is why I am deploying federal law enforcement to protect the monuments, arrest the rioters, and prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law,” Trump said.

“Under the executive order signed last week pertaining to the Veteran’s Memorial and Recognition Act and other laws, people who damage or deface federal statues will get a minimum of ten years in prison,” Trump said.

Breitbart News is live-blogging Trump’s Mount Rushmore ceremony.

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U.S. new daily COVID-19 cases reach all-time high Thursday


Lines of cars wait at a coronavirus testing site outside of Hard Rock Stadium, Friday, June 26, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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UPDATED 9:50 AM PT — Friday, July 3, 2020

The U.S. reported its highest daily coronavirus case number to date on Thursday. The country reported over 55,220 new cases, breaking the record set the day prior by nearly 2,000 cases.

This was reportedly the sixth time in the past nine days the U.S. has set a new record.

The national upturn of cases came after states like Florida, Georgia and Texas experienced a large spike in cases as they began to reopen their economies. Some governors have reimposed precautions in an effort to limit more cases, including mandatory mask wearing and closing bars.

President Trump has said “there is a rise in coronavirus cases because our testing is so massive and so good.” In a tweet, the president touted the country’s virus testing, which he claimed was “far bigger and better than any other country.”

He went on to say “this is great news, but even better news is that death and the death rate is down.” The president added that “younger people get better much easier and faster.”

A stack of paperwork detailing positive COVID-19 test results sits in a box at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department offices in Toledo, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

As an extra precaution, the Trump administration has released new guidelines for air travel.

On Thursday, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Health and Human Services released a joint statement, which strongly encouraged Americans to wear facial coverings when traveling by plane.

They also asked travelers to socially distance themselves in airports. The administration noted that children under two years of age or individuals with certain health conditions are not required to wear masks.

This came after many airlines requested federal policies for wearing masks in airports and planes.

Master Sgt. Kayla Ware, with the Tennessee Air National Guard, administers a COVID-19 test to a driver at the Rutherford County Health Department Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci reiterated we cannot choose between saving lives and reopening the economy as the pandemic rages on. During a recent interview, he talked about the toll of COVID-19 cases in states that were the first to reopen and what should be done to move forward safely.

States like Arizona and Florida recently walked back reopening their economies to limit the spread of the virus as hospitalizations and positivity rates continued to surge.

According to the doctor, people see reopening as an all or nothing situation, which should not be the case.

“The best way, as a vehicle to opening the country in a safe way, is to prudently use public health measures,” stated Dr. Fauci. “So it’s not public health against opening, it’s the public health measures to help you to open.”

He reemphasized the importance of taking serious precautions when reopening the country and has said we’re all in this together.

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Euro zone business slump eased in June as lockdowns relaxed



FILE PHOTO: Passengers queue at the baggage drop-off as the Paris’ Orly Airport reopens following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, June 26, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

July 3, 2020

By Jonathan Cable

LONDON (Reuters) – The plunge in euro zone business activity caused by lockdowns imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus eased sharply last month as more businesses reopened and people ventured out, a survey showed on Friday.

Around 11 million people have been infected by the virus globally, but as the number of daily reported cases has fallen across much of Europe governments have loosened restrictions on people’s movement.

To support ravaged economies the European Central Bank expanded its pandemic-related bond purchases to a total of 1.35 trillion euros last month while governments have waded in with unprecedented levels of fiscal stimulus.

That may be paying dividends as IHS Markit’s final Composite Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), seen as a good gauge of economic health, bounced to 48.5 in June from May’s 31.9, better than a 47.5 preliminary reading and close to the 50-mark separating growth from contraction.

“The sharp increases in the euro zone PMIs in June suggest that activity is bouncing back quite quickly, but remains far lower than before the crisis,” said Jack Allen-Reynolds at Capital Economics.

A June Reuters poll predicted the economy contracted an unprecedented 12.5% last quarter but would grow 7.9% this quarter.

World shares inched towards a four-month high on Friday and industrial bellwether metal copper was set for its longest weekly winning streak in nearly three years, as recovering global data kept nagging coronavirus nerves at bay.

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Activity in the bloc’s dominant service industry also almost returned to growth last month. Its PMI soared to 48.3 from 30.5, comfortably ahead of the 47.3 flash reading.

However, demand still fell despite vendors cutting prices, and firms reduced headcount for a fourth straight month. The services employment index rose to 43.9 from 37.9, still one of the lowest readings in the survey’s 22-year history.

Unemployment in the bloc edged up in May, official data showed on Thursday.

“The employment index has not rebounded anywhere near as sharply as the output PMI, implying that the increase in activity in recent months is a long way from strong enough to provoke an increase in hiring,” Allen-Reynolds said.

“Instead, the PMI still points to steep declines in employment.”

That weak demand is holding up a more pronounced recovery in Germany’s services sector, which is slowly coming back to life after Europe’s largest economy lifted restrictions, earlier data showed.

French service sector activity returned to growth as its lockdown was further eased, boosting overall business activity, while in Britain — outside the currency union — an historic slump levelled off as some of the economy reopened.

Optimism about the year ahead returned. The euro zone composite future output index climbed back into positive territory, recording 56.9 versus May’s 46.8.

(Reporting by Jonathan Cable; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Catherine Evans)





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Sailing: Team New Zealand victim of ‘sinister attack,’ says Dalton



FILE PHOTO: Grant Dalton, managing director of Emirates Team New Zealand, smiles during the America’s Cup World Series regatta in Naples April 11, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo

July 3, 2020

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton said on Friday there had been a “deliberate” and “sinister” attempt to damage their reputation ahead of their America’s Cup defence and that they were working with the government to address the issues.

The team said earlier this week “informants” had been spreading “highly defamatory and inaccurate” allegations about some of the practices of America’s Cup Events (ACE), a subsidiary of the team formed to organise and run the event.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), the government department in charge of the event, on Thursday halted any further funding to ACE pending the outcome of an investigation.

“There has been no misappropriation of public money, and we are working with MBIE to clear all allegations,” Dalton said in a statement on Friday.

“Peeling back all of the layers of what is going on here, it is a textbook case of ‘intentional reputational damage 101’. It is a deliberate, sinister, and highly orchestrated attack.

“All this at a time when every hour counts as we try to focus on delivering a great event and defending the America’s Cup.”

On Wednesday, the team said they had asked police to investigate an alleged email scam after transferring money to a fraudulent Hungarian bank account.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters in Auckland on Friday it was important the investigation was completed without any pre-judgements being made.

“We have allegations that have been made and they are being investigated, as you would expect them to be,” she said.

“Once we have those answers we can look through what has happened.”

The 36th America’s Cup will start in January with a regatta between four challengers from Italy, Britain and the United States. The winner then faces Team New Zealand for the America’s Cup next March.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Peter Rutherford)





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Prince Andrew ‘bewildered’ by claims he hasn’t offered to cooperate with Epstein investigation | UK News


Prince Andrew says he is “bewildered” by US justice officials’ claims that he has not offered to cooperate with their investigation into convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Lawyers for the Duke of York said they have “twice communicated” with the US Department of Justice in the past month, but “to date, we have had no response”.

It comes after Audrey Strauss, acting US attorney for the southern district of New York, said that she would “welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk with us”, during a news conference held after the arrest of Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell today.

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An image appearing to show Prince Andrew and a 17-year-old Virginia Roberts at Ghislaine Maxwell’s house in London in March 2001. Pic: Rex/Shutterstock

The Duke of York has previously claimed to have reached out to the DOJ three times after US officials said he has been consistently unwilling to cooperate.

Prince Andrew has known Maxwell, the British socialite and daughter of media tycoon Robert Maxwell, since her university days.

In his only television interview about his links to Epstein, she is mentioned over a dozen times.

It was Maxwell, Epstein’s girlfriend at the time, who introduced Prince Andrew to Epstein in 1999, and it was because of her that Epstein spent time at royal properties, including Windsor Castle and Sandringham.

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Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell on a pheasant shoot with Prince Andrew, Sandringham, Norfolk. Pic: Albanpix/Shutterstock
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Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell on a pheasant shoot with Prince Andrew at the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk in 2000. Pic: Albanpix/Shutterstock


In the interview with the BBC, the prince said: “Remember that it was his girlfriend that was the key element in this. He was the, as it were, plus one, to some extent in that aspect.”

Prince Andrew also talked about organising for her, not a birthday party, but “a straightforward shooting weekend” at Sandringham, to which Epstein was invited.

Maxwell is also one of the main figures mentioned in the allegations made against Prince Andrew by Virginia Giuffre Roberts, who claims she was introduced to and subsequently had sex with the prince when she was 17-years-old.

Mrs Giuffre Roberts claims she met the prince during a trip to London with Maxwell and Epstein in 2001, and that the meeting happened at Maxwell’s house.

She claims the photograph of her with Prince Andrew was taken at the house in Belgravia. Ghislaine can be seen in the back of the photograph.

Prince Andrew has strenuously denied the claims. In the interview, he said he had no recollection of meeting Mrs Giuffre Roberts.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre and her lawyer David Boies
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Virginia Roberts Giuffre claims Ghislaine Maxwell arranged for her to have sex with Prince Andrew at Maxwell’s London house

During his interview in November, Prince Andrew confirmed the last time he saw Maxwell was last spring or summer, “before July” he said

But he said they had not talked about Epstein, who at the time had been arrested and was facing charges of sex trafficking.

Epstein’s victims have claimed that Maxwell was complicit in his behaviour.

When Prince Andrew was asked if he thought she had questions to answer about her role, the Prince said: “If there are questions that Ghislaine has to answer, that’s her problem I’m afraid, I’m not in a position to be able to comment one way or the other.”

Last month, Prince Andrew’s legal team released a statement denying allegations from law enforcement agencies in America that he was unwilling to talk to them regarding Epstein, saying he had offered to talk to them on three separate occasions.

They want to talk to the prince as a witness, not as a suspect.

The Duke of York’s legal representatives have said they are not commenting on this latest development regarding the arrest of Maxwell.



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John Bolton’s Tell-All Memoir Sells 780,000 Copies in First Week



John Bolton’s new tell-all book about the Trump administration has sold more than 780,000 copies in its first week, making Bolton the latest former Trump administration official to cash in on a book bashing the president.

Bolton’s book, The Room Where It Happened, is a negative take of the Trump administration during his 18 months as national security adviser. Bolton was reportedly paid a $2 million advance.

The Room Where It Happened fell short of former FBI Director James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty in first week sales but still ranks as one of the best-selling books of the Trump era, according to The Hill‘s Joe Concha.

Bolton’s memoir came unusually quickly after he left the administration in late 2019 in relation to other books by former officials. Trump has said he fired Bolton, while Bolton claims he resigned.

The White House attempted to block Bolton’s book from publishing after he failed to complete a national security review process for former officials, but a judge ruled that it was impossible since advance copies of the book had already been widely distributed.

The judge harshly criticized Bolton, however, saying that he “gambled with the national security of the United States” and exposed the U.S. to harm by not completing a review of his book for classified information.

Bolton could also face legal and financial consequences due to not completing the review.

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OAN/Gravis poll: President Trump leading Biden by 4% in Ariz.


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UPDATED 4:40 PM PT — Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The latest joint poll by OAN and Gravis Marketing revealed President Trump is more popular in the Grand Canyon State than some mainstream outlets would like to believe. According to the latest poll, which was conducted on June 27th, the president is leading Joe Biden by 4% in the state.

Those results stood in contrast with reporting by mainstream outlets like Real Clear Politics, which had the president trailing Biden by 6%. Even polls from some major conservative outlets like Fox News showed President Trump losing headway in the battleground state.

However, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has expressed “in all likelihood,” many outlets are “underreporting support for the president like we saw in 2016.” Conservatives have pointed to several hypothetical 2016 polls, which showed the president losing to Hillary Clinton in states he ended up going on to win in the last election.

Arizona is regarded as a traditionally Republican state. No Democrat presidential candidate has managed to pull off a win in the state since Bill Clinton in 1996.

Meanwhile, the latest OAN/Gravis poll revealed 52% of Americans either “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of President Trump’s job performance. 52% of respondents also said they trust the president more with the economy, opposed to 42% who answered Joe Biden.

The survey also polled Arizonans on how they feel about police. 78% said they support local police and believe police departments should be funded.

See more results from the poll here.

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Dollar’s dominance to slowly melt away over coming year: Reuters poll



FILE PHOTO: A trader shows U.S. dollar notes at a currency exchange booth in Peshawar, Pakistan December 3, 2018. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

July 2, 2020

By Rahul Karunakar

BENGALURU (Reuters) – The dollar’s dominance will slowly melt away over the coming year on weakening global demand and a sombre U.S. economic outlook, according to a Reuters poll of currency forecasters whose views depend on there being no second coronavirus shock.

Despite fears a surge in new COVID-19 cases would delay economies reopening and stymie a tentative recovery, world stocks have rallied – with the S&P 500 finishing higher in June, marking its biggest quarterly percentage gain since the height of the technology boom in 1998.

Caught between bets in favour of riskier investments, weak U.S. economic prospects as well as an easing in the thirst for dollars after the Federal Reserve flooded markets with liquidity, the greenback fell nearly 1.0% last month. It was its worst monthly performance since December. [ECILT/US]

While there was a dire prognosis from the top U.S. medicalexpert on the coronavirus’ spread, the June 25-July 1poll of over 70 analysts showed weak dollar projections as Fed Chair Jerome Powell on Monday reiterated the economic outlook for the world’s largest economy was uncertain.

“The dollar rises in two instances: when you see risk off or when there is a situation where the U.S. is leading the global recovery, and we don’t think that’s going to be the case anytime soon,” said Gavin Friend, senior FX strategist at NAB Group in London.

“The U.S. is playing fast and loose with the virus, and chronologically they’re behind the rest of the world.”

For a graphic on EUR / USD outlook:

https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/polling/yzdvxrqggvx/Euro.PNG

Currency speculators, who had built up trades against the dollar to the highest in two years during May, increased their out-of-favour dollar bets further last week, the latest positioning data showed.

About 80% of analysts, 53 of 66, said the likely path for the dollar over the next six months was to trade around current levels, alternating between slight gains and losses in a range. That suggests the greenback may be at a crucial crossroad as more currency strategists have turned bearish.

But more than 90%, or 63 of 68, said a second shock from the pandemic would push the dollar higher. Five said it would push the U.S. currency lower.

For a graphic on FX markets outlook:

https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/polling/gjnvwwjrdvw/FX%20market.PNG

Much will also depend on debt servicing and repayments by Asian, European and other international borrowers in U.S. dollars.

While an early shortage of dollars in March from the pandemic’s first shock pushed the Fed to open currency swap lines with major central banks, international funding strains have eased significantly since. In recent weeks, usage of the facility has reduced dramatically.

That trend is expected to continue over the next six months with major central banks’ usage of swap lines to “stay around current levels”, according to 32 of 46 analysts. While 13 predicted a sharp drop, only one respondent said use of them would “rise sharply”.

The dollar index <.DXY>, which measures the greenback’s strength against six other major currencies, has slipped over 5% since touching a more than three-year high in March.

When asked which currencies would perform better against the dollar by end-December, a touch over half of 49 respondents said major developed market ones, with the remaining almost split between commodity-linked and emerging market currencies.[EMRG/POLL]

“The dollar is so overvalued, and has been overvalued for a long time, it’s time now for it to come back down again, as we head towards the (U.S.) election,” added NAB’s Friend.

Over the last quarter, the euro has staged a 1.8% comeback after falling by a similar margin during the first three months of the year. For the month of June, the euro was up 1.2% against the dollar.

The single currency was now expected to gain about 2.5% to trade at $1.15 in a year from around $1.12 on Wednesday, slightly stronger than $1.14 predicted last month.

While those findings are similar to what analysts have been predicting for nearly two years, there was a clear shift in their outlook for the euro, with the range of forecasts showing higher highs and higher lows from last month.

“In comparison to even a month or two ago, the outlook in Europe has improved significantly,” said Lee Hardman, currency strategist at MUFG.

“I think that makes the euro look relatively more attractive and cheap against the likes of the dollar. We’re not arguing strongly for the euro to surge higher, we’re just saying, after the weakness we have seen in recent years, there is the potential for that weakness to start to reverse.”

(For other stories from the July Reuters foreign exchange poll:)

(Reporting by Rahul Karunakar; Additional reporting, analysis and polling by Hari Kishan and Sumanto Mondal; Editing by Ross Finley, William Maclean)





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Real Madrid launch women’s team after takeover approved



FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Women’s Primera Division – FC Barcelona vs CD Tacon – Estadi Johan Cruyff, Barcelona, Spain – September 7, 2019 Barcelona’s Jenifer Hermoso scores their ninth goal to complete her hat-trick. REUTERS/Albert Gea

July 1, 2020

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid have taken the final step towards officially launching their women’s team after the Spanish soccer federation approved a deal to merge with CD Tacon, the club said in a statement on Wednesday.

Real agreed to absorb Tacon last year after they were promoted to the top division of Spanish women’s soccer, a move that was approved by the club’s members at last year’s general assembly.

Tacon retained their name, badge and kit last season but played and trained at Real’s Valdebebas facilities.

They finished 10th in the 16-team division, which ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Real said the federation had received and approved the corresponding documents to finalise the deal to absorb Tacon and that the merger would become effective once the men’s season ends on July 19.

In addition to the senior team, the club will create a youth section comprising of Under-16 to Under-19 sides.

“Real Madrid are looking forward to this new challenge with a commitment to promoting women’s football and contributing to its development and growth in our society,” the statement added.

(Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Ed Osmond)





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