Using the male sex hormone to fight breast cancer



The University of Adelaide researchers have found new evidence to show the positive role androgens can play in fighting oestrogen receptor-driven cancers, which account for about 75 to 80 per cent of cases.Professor Wayne Tilley, one of the lead researchers, said the benefits of androgens, commonly thought of as male sex hormones, in treating breast cancer have been long suspected but new technology has now provided the proof.“Using newer models we have been able to show quite emphatically that activation of androgen pathway is a very effective inhibitor of oestrogen receptor-driven breast cancer … it’s really been in the last eight years we’ve had the models and technology to generate the definitive evidence,” he said.“I think there will be a lot of excitement about this in the medical community around the world, particularly across the US and in Europe, where the preliminary data has been extremely well received.”In normal breast development, oestrogen – the dominant hormone in females – stimulates and androgen inhibits growth at puberty and throughout adult life but abnormal oestrogen activity is responsible for the majority of breast cancers.The established approach has been to target and remove oestrogen but the treatment isn’t always successful and for many has terrible side effects.“The problem is the oestrogen-targeted therapies don’t only block the flow of oestrogen in the breast tumour but throughout the rest of the body as well (so) a woman becomes effectively post menopausal,” Prof Tilley said.“This can have a number of side effects such as joint pain and other issues … (some women) will even go off their therapy because the side effects are so great.“What we are (saying) is if you can add in sufficient androgen to activate the androgen receptor to a level where it can stop the action of the oestrogen receptor, you get an effective form of therapy without actually having to remove the oestrogen.” Breast Cancer Group head Theresa Hickey, also a lead researcher, said the new evidence was “compelling”.“This work has immediate implications for women with metastatic oestrogen receptor positive breast cancer, including those resistant to current forms of endocrine therapy,’’ Associate Professor Hickey said.Young Adelaide mum Chloe Marshall, 33, wishes the treatment, the focus of a major clinical trial planned in the US in the next few months, was now available. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2017 and relapsed last year, when she was 25 weeks pregnant with her second child.“(Finding out I carried the BRACA gene) I underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy followed by two years of hormone suppressive treatment,” she said.“The hormone suppressive treatment that I experienced was one of the hardest parts ofhaving cancer … the impact it has on your mind, life and body is incredibly challenging.”Her second child will be induced in a fortnight (at 35 weeks gestation) to allow her to start a new round of treatment.“I should be looking forward to welcoming my new baby … not dealing with cancer again,” she said.Findings of the international study, conducted in collaboration with the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, is published today in peer-reviewed medical journal Nature Medicine.

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Eighteen years and six premiers later, calls for an inquiry into child sex abuse in Tasmania have been answered


Almost 20 years have passed and six premiers have held office in Tasmania since the Greens first called for a commission of inquiry into child sexual abuse in the state.

In November, Premier Peter Gutwein, under increasing pressure as allegations relating to three departments came to light, announced a commission of inquiry to investigate Tasmanian government agencies’ responses to allegations of child sexual abuse.

“Things have gotten to the point where the Government can no longer duck and weave,” said Angela Sdrinis, a lawyer who specialises in child sexual abuse.

“We’ve known for a long time, certainly through my work, that there have been some very serious systemic issues in terms of how the Tasmanian Government has dealt with issues of child sexual abuse.”

The national Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse did not look specifically at Tasmanian government institutions.

A 2004 Tasmanian ombudsman’s inquiry heard from people with stories of abuse dating back to the 1950s.

The allegations that have recently come to light have led to multiple state service employees being stood down, pending investigations.

The royal commission

Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate on the first day of the Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission’s public hearing in 2013.(AAP: Jeremy Piper)

While the pressure in Tasmania came to a head last year, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which delivered its final report in 2017, was a major turning point in Australia.

Social welfare historian, Australian Catholic University Emeritus Professor Shurlee Swain, said it did away with focusing on “bad apples”, a tactic that had been used to shut down previous investigations.

“It’s the only way to bring about change because if you think it’s just the individual bad apple, you’re never going to know who the bad apple is until the behaviour starts to manifest,” Professor Swain said.

“If you look at what is it in this situation, in the institutional situation that creates the environment in which the bad apple, if indeed it is a bad apple, can thrive, then you can identify features that enabled the behaviour to be hidden in the past.”

The royal commission also recommended a raft of legislative changes, which have been adopted by the Tasmanian Government, including removing the time limit for survivors to take civil legal action.

Survivors with civil claims have turned to interstate lawyers with expertise in child sexual abuse matters.

“Pressure from outside lawyers probably has made at least some difference in terms of saying we need to hold the government to account and there appears to be a culture sometimes in Tasmania of not holding the government to account,” Odin Lawyers director Sebastian Buscemi said.

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Sebastian Buscemi says no-one really understands the extent of child sexual abuse in Tasmanian government institutions.(ABC News: Luke Bowden)

Secrecy more of a problem in Tasmania: lawyer

Ms Sdrinis, whose Melbourne firm opened an office in Hobart in 2018, said that while she had encountered secrecy and cover-ups in other jurisdictions, it seemed to be more of a problem in Tasmania.

“The evidence is that the Tasmanian Government denies right to information requests at a much greater level than other Australian jurisdictions,” she said.

“The fallback position always seems to be deny, deny, deny, and then if pressed provide some information.”

Responding to criticism late last year about the Government’s record on Right to Information requests, Mr Gutwein said the Government “will take whatever steps we need to ensure we can provide a full, frank, open and transparent government that is accountable to the Tasmanian people”.

People Protecting Children president Allison Ritchie said the commission of inquiry was a chance to overcome the secrecy that has existed around institutional abuse for too long.

“There’s a feeling in the community that governments and other authorities just don’t want to get to the bottom of these things,” she said.

“We need to see that that’s not the case, that it’s a no holds barred inquiry that it will go where it needs to to get to the bottom of what’s gone on in this state.”

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Allison Ritchie says the commission of inquiry must take a “no holds barred” approach.(ABC News: Luke Bowden)

‘No-one really understands why that was happening’

The commission of inquiry will be the first formal investigation of Tasmanian government institutions’ responses to child sexual abuse allegations.

Education Department documents associated with a civil court case show two teachers who were the subject of numerous complaints, and who were later convicted of child sexual abuse, were moved from school to school.

“No-one’s gotten to the bottom of it, no one really understands why that was happening, who was behind it and how high up it went,” Mr Buscemi said.

‘We have missed 20 years’

Peg Putt was Tasmanian Greens leader and Nick McKim, now a Senator, the justice spokesman when the Greens tried in 2003 and again in 2004 to establish a commission of inquiry into child sexual abuse.

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Peg Putt says Tasmania has “missed 20 years” in which it could have tackled the problem of child sexual abuse.(ABC News: Scott Ross)

The then Bacon Labor government, which had established a more limited ombudsman’s inquiry into abuse in state care, opposed the inquiry.

One Liberal — Peter Gutwein — crossed the floor to vote with the Greens in 2003. The Liberals supported the Greens’ 2004 attempt.

“There’s been some sort of development in society where we now begin to recognise that if we don’t uncover this and track it right down to the last little bit, then we’re not going to deal with it, it’s not going to go away, and we have shirked our responsibility to people in society who need our help the most.”

When he announced the commission of inquiry, Mr Gutwein said the current Government was taking decisive action in response to allegations of child sexual abuse.

“I have great faith that our current processes and practices ensure higher safeguards and swifter action than was historically the case,” he said.

“Over a number of years significant systems have been implemented to protect our children and young people.”

Mr Gutwein has released the draft terms of reference for the inquiry and the commission is expected to begin its work early this year.

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Canberra man charged with online child sex offences after drive of child abuse material seized in raid


A 56-year-old man has been arrested and charged by ACT Policing with a number of online child sex offences.

Police carried out a search at a residence in Kambah, in Canberra’s south, yesterday as part of an ACT Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team investigation.

During the search, “an expansion drive containing video and image files depicting child abuse material” was allegedly discovered.

Police also alleged one of the videos depicted the man himself, “engaging in a sex act while viewing ‘live’ child abuse material”.

Police seized the drive, and it will undergo further digital forensic analysis.

The man was arrested and charged with one count of using a carriage service to engage in sexual activity with a child under 16 years of age, and two counts of possession of child abuse material.

He will appear before the ACT Magistrates Court today.

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Sarah Jessica Parker confirms Sex and the City reboot but fans have questions


“And just like that… the story continues.” Sex and The City is officially returning to our TV screens according to star Sarah Jessica Parker, and now fans are speculating over what will happen with Samantha.

Ever since Sex and the City ended in 2004, we haven’t quite been the same.

I mean, sure there have been series like Outlanderand our new Netflix obsession, Bridgerton, but nothing quite compares to our original foursome of sexy ladies getting up to mischief in NYC.

Mope no longer, my friends! We’re happy to confirm that after two films and many MANY reports that there will be a reboot, Sex and the City is finally returning to our TV screens!

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The girl gang is back… but it won’t be all of them. Image: HBO

Sex and the City is returning

Sarah Jessica Parker shared the news on social media, uploading a teaser clip of the new series.

“I couldn’t help but wonder… where are they now?” she captioned the short video of the bustling streets of New York along with the hashtag #SATCNextChapter.

We of course know she is referring to her character Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis), and Samantha Jones (Kim Catrall).

Sarah Jessica Parker has just confirmed Sex and the City is returning

The teaser video shows Carrie typing away her hints of the return. Image: HBO / Instagram

In the video, you can hear the beeping of taxis and the iconic typing on a keyboard with Carrie’s voice narrating her words written: “And just like that… the story continues.”

We’re not the only ones excited. After just one hour of posting, the @justlikethatmax Instagram page gained 19.6K followers, all obviously eager to find out more about the series and the premiere date on HBO Max.

“NO WAY!!!!! Are u f**** kidding? I’m not gonna survive!” one excited fan wrote on SJP’s post.

“Omg…..I think my pulse just stopped,” another added.

And others were practically climaxing over the news. “Oh yes, Oh YES!”

Sarah Jessica Parker has just confirmed Sex and the City is returning

The video shows iconic snaps of a bustling NYC. Image: HBO / Instagram 

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But what will happen with Samantha?

While the squeals from die-hard fans could be heard around the world, many were wondering what would happen with Samantha Jones’ character after years of reports claiming that star Kim Catrall was feuding with her castmates and claims she demanded more money to even consider being part of a reboot.

“How do you think they’re going to weave Samantha in the storyline if she’s not in it?” Emily asked Kidspot.

“Sad if it did happen, but I think they might say her cancer returns and she died,” Lou added.

Sarah Jessica Parker has just confirmed Sex and the City is returning

Many fans claim the show won’t be the same without Samantha. Image: HBO

Meanwhile, others were disappointed the show was going ahead without their favourite blonde.

“Isn’t Samantha like the best character?” Dani asked.

“She was my fave by far. Can’t imagine it would be even remotely good without her,” Claire added.

While Nina asked: “What’s the point?”

On a scale of 1-10… how excited are you?

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Top Russian Priest Explains Why Pre-Marital Sex Is Destroying Society (Fr. Dmitry Smirnov)

This article is republished from a new site about the Christian renaissance in Russia, called Russian Faith. Their introductory video is at end of this article.

Dmitry Smirnov is a very popular Russian priest, a dedicated activist in the Russian fight against abortion. He is an influential supporter of large families, homeschooling, and, simply put, traditional family values. He has a huge media presence, regularly appears on television, and has millions subscribers and fans in Russia and in other countries.

He is prized by many for his unapologetic refusal to sugarcoat anything. Here he answers a question he says he hears way too often from women who have failed to create families.

The Hard Truth about Women (Popular Priest Dmitry Smirnov)

Some ladies come to me saying “I am not married, what I should do?”

I`ll answer the question of why you are still not married. Because now men have become smarter than women. 

The female champion of the world in chess can play only at the level of sports professional.

Though even when she’s achieved that, she’s given the title of grandmaster, but that’s just out of respect.

The woman cannot take off the heavy weights like men, it’s unfortunate, but she just can`t. So a man is smart and he understands than there is no point in getting married.

Just one whistle – and twenty women will be here, please choose any! Five years of living together, and oh, well she started complaining, and he just finds another one.

Women have become so easy to get, so that they are now cheaper than the prostitutes.

Because any woman demands something for herself, while the prostitute doesn’t – One just gives her 100 USD and everything is fine, no strings attached.

But if women start fulfilling the 7th Commandment, all these problems will go away.

“Oh, so you love me? Great, please show me the passport. Oh, so you’re married? Well, Auf wiedesehen”.

In this case there will be no family betrayals and love triangles. The men will just line up, like they do in China. In China there are 100 million more men than women so a Chinese man is ready to marry any woman, seriously! And he feel honored.

Same here. If our women will go back to times before the II WW, when Hitler ordered that medical surveys be conducted on unmarried Russian women. They found out that all of them were virgins. He was told then that a people like that could never be defeated.

Now you can hardly find a virgin even in the 5th grade of school.

That’s why we should raise our children in chastity, and all that which corrupts should be banished from our lives. Then men will be again knights, real gentlemen, they will die for women, they will again be romantic, will be ready to give blood to conquer women.

If women are participating in races for who jumps into the man’s bed first, then of of course, why should I get married? She’s already mine! Am I an idiot? That’s why in 6th century even the ancient Fathers used to say: “If a woman loses her shame, nobody will be saved”.

We must return to the norm. And the norm for an unmarried woman is to be a virgin. If the norm returns, all will be different. We won’t have 40 million single women, trying to juggle house and work, suffering, while the man is too cheap to even giver her thousand rubles for the child alimony.

We are the only country in the world where 80% of men are not paying the alimonies at all. 80%!!!

Why? Because they are clever and shameless. They have no conscience. Why?  They were raised by their mothers. Why did they raise them like this? Well, he was the only child. And since he’s an only child, naturally he’s an egoist. He was totally adored his mom, his grandmother, etc.

But if his mom had had 8 kids, he wouldn’t have been an egoist. Already from age 5 he would have been helping raise the younger brothers and sisters and teaching them everything he had learned up to that point.

That’s why from our small families there are so many problems.  What kind?  Universal ones. So if we don’t resolve this problem, we will disappear from the face of the earth. So we find ourselves not in a demographic “problem” but a demographic catastrophe. It’s very serious.

Any one who would like to argue with me on this, I’m at your service

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Porn as default sex educator heightens risk of abuse


It can be hard to tell what is consensual in pornography, and what isn’t. But even content made by freely consenting adults can contribute to significant harms.

Porn is made to sexually arouse its viewers and, from the industry’s perspective, it doesn’t matter how unrealistic, racist, rough or degrading it is, as long as it creates revenue. In fact, the industry is pretty open about the fact that the rougher stuff sells best. It’s not marginal; it’s mainstream.

As porn producers and young people have explained to me, people don’t really want to watch “softcore” porn. The most popular porn often depicts physical and verbal aggression, which is almost always directed towards women, and is usually met with either a neutral or positive response. Non-consensual behaviours are also common.

These representations are giving a distorted view of sex and of men and women, including a sort of eroticisation of violence against women. They suggest that aggression is desirable and pleasurable and that most women enjoy being treated this way.

Pornography is not just fantasy on a screen. It is shaping reality in unprecedented ways. For young people growing up online, porn has become a kind of default sex educator.

New Australian research released by Our Watch has found that almost half (48 per cent) of young men have seen pornography by the age of 13, and almost half of young women (48 per cent) have seen it by the age of 15. Young men are much more likely than young women to be regular consumers. Over half (56 per cent) of young men report accessing pornography at least weekly, and 17 per cent use it daily, compared with 15 per cent of young women who use it weekly and 1 per cent who use it daily.

On average, young men see pornography three years before their first sexual experience. For young women, the gap is two years. If you do the maths, that means most young men will see porn hundreds of times before they’ve had a chance to explore their sexuality with another human being. And there is growing evidence globally that porn is shaping their sexual imaginations, expectations and practices.

Sixty per cent of young men and 41 per cent of young women report actively using pornography as a source of information about sex in the last 12 months – even though most of them rightly acknowledge that porn is neither realistic, nor a good way to learn about sex. They’re right about that.

Porn’s most concerning influence is its relationship to violence. Consistent with other research from around the world, Our Watch found that regular consumers of pornography are more likely than other young people to hold attitudes that are known to drive violence against women, such as a belief in rigid gender roles or a view that men should be ‘in charge’. The study also found gendered differences in young people’s analyses of the aggression and degradation in porn. For example, young men were much less likely than young women to recognise and express concern about the violence against women that is so commonly depicted in pornography.

Violence against women is a global public health crisis – but porn suggests that violence against women is sexy. We can’t afford to ignore pornography’s contribution to gender-based violence.

It is way past time that porn sites and the other corporate interests that profit from the widespread publication of child abuse and eroticised violence against women were held to account. Governments need to step up and legislate to undermine the business model that has enabled and rewarded abuse at such a massive scale.

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But we’d be deluding ourselves if we thought that would fix it all. We need a multi-pronged approach to addressing porn’s harms that is both considered and courageous. It should include education among parents and in schools to support young people to think critically about the representations they see of sexuality – and of gender, power and aggression – in porn or any other media, and to help young people aspire to relationships and sexuality that are safe, equal, respectful and consenting.

Porn is a challenging issue, but we can and must do better than accept a world in which young people get their sex education from sites that profit from abuse.

Maree Crabbe is director of It’s Time We Talked, an Australian violence-prevention initiative that seeks to address pornography’s influence on young people. www.itstimewetalked.com

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Mitchell Pearce wedding: Text message scandal, Kristin Scott, Kings Cross nightclub, Australia Day, dog sex act, NRL news 2020


A teenage Mitchell Peace was tipped for big things when he debuted in the NRL in 2007 but off-field controversies have threatened his reputation as one of footy’s most skilful playmakers.

The son of rugby league royalty Wayne “Junior” Pearce, Mitchell quickly made his mark at the Roosters and in just his second year of first grade found himself playing halfback for the NSW Origin side.

Pearce’s talent has always been undeniable but his decision-making away from the paddock has, at times, left the Newcastle No. 7 open to criticism.

He’s in the headlines again after his wedding was called off at the last minute because his fiancee Kristin Scott reportedly found out about “flirty” text messages being exchanged between Pearce and a young female employee at the Knights.

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It’s just the latest in a long line of reasons Pearce’s footy hasn’t always done the talking.



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Text message scandal, Kristin Scott, Kings Cross nightclub, Australia Day, dog sex act, NRL news 2020


A teenage Mitchell Peace was tipped for big things when he debuted in the NRL in 2007 but off-field controversies have threatened his reputation as one of footy’s most skilful playmakers.

The son of rugby league royalty Wayne “Junior” Pearce, Mitchell quickly made his mark at the Roosters and in just his second year of first grade found himself playing halfback for the NSW Origin side.

Pearce’s talent has always been undeniable but his decision-making away from the paddock has, at times, left the Newcastle No. 7 open to criticism.

He’s in the headlines again after his wedding was called off at the last minute because his fiancee Kristin Scott reportedly found out about “flirty” text messages being exchanged between Pearce and a young female employee at the Knights.

It’s just the latest in a long line of reasons Pearce’s footy hasn’t always done the talking.

THE WOMAN IN THE YELLOW DRESS

Late nights in Sydney party district Kings Cross rarely end well for footballers — as Pearce discovered in 2014.

The then-Roosters star was arrested and issued with an infringement notice for failing to leave a licensed premises after being argumentative with police officers when they attended a nightclub to deal with complaints about a patron.

Pearce reportedly made advances to a female in the venue who, in the aftermath, became known as the “woman in the yellow dress”. She didn’t appreciate his approaches and alerted police inside the club.

CCTV captured the interaction and footage aired on Channel 9 also showed Pearce being escorted outside and led away in handcuffs.

He was banned from Kings Cross for 48 hours but faced no other charges or action from police, and the woman declined to take the matter any further.

Still, it was a black mark next to Pearce’s name and he was fined $20,000 and banned for one match by the Roosters.

AUSTRALIA DAY WITH A DOG

Pearce’s most infamous scandal came on Australia Day 2016 when he was filmed simulating a sex act with a dog in another person’s apartment.

Footage emerged of a drunken Pearce trying to kiss a female, who rejected his advances by saying she was a “lesbian”, then pretending to perform a lewd act with a dog.

“I’ll f*** that dog, I don’t give a f***, I don’t have a sexuality,” Pearce is heard saying in the video.

Pearce was slapped with an enormous $125,000 fine and suspended for eight games as the NRL came down hard on the misbehaving superstar.

The incident prompted Pearce to admit he had a problem with alcohol, and he flew to Thailand for a month-long stint in rehab to get his life back on track.

Last year the NRL admitted it “overcooked” the punishment it dished out to Pearce for the embarrassing scandal — which included the largest monetary penalty any player has ever received.

WEDDING CRASHER

The Daily Telegraph first reported Pearce’s wedding at Byron Bay had been called off after he was caught sending text messages to a young female employee at the Knights.

The publication later reported Pearce faces being dumped as Newcastle captain, with CEO Phil Gardner and coach Adam O’Brien disappointed at the 31-year-old’s behaviour.

“The club is crying out for better leadership. This doesn’t help us because the coach has worked hard to lift standards over the last 12 months,” a source told The Telegraph.

Pearce and Scott started dating in 2019 and earlier this year the footballer spoke glowingly about her influence in helping him settle down.

“I’m feeling very settled in my life. She’s a beautiful girl and I’m looking forward to sharing our future together,” he said.

When Pearce proposed in April, both gushed about their relationship on social media.

“My forever. Best moment of my life,” Pearce wrote on Instagram.

Scott added: “Life has just fallen into place. I cannot wait to be your wife.”

But this latest scandal has put their future together in jeopardy.

FOOTBALL JOURNEY

Pearce was routinely mocked for much of his career for failing to deliver his state the Origin shield, winning just five of his first 18 games for NSW.

He returned to be part of the Blues’ victorious 2019 campaign but Newcastle supporters are now waiting for the veteran of nearly 300 NRL games to take the club to the next level.

Pearce left the Roosters after a decade on sour terms when the tri-colours dumped him and recruited Cooper Cronk to play halfback and although the Knights have endured a lean run during their recent rebuilding phase, patience is running thin.

Pearce is captain and on a deal worth $1 million a season, but will need to take a major pay cut to re-sign with the club. With the likes of Kalyn Ponga, David Klemmer, Jacob Saifiti and Bradman Best in the squad, big things are expected sooner rather than later from the Knights.

However, the most recent headlines surrounding Pearce might make fans nervous their halfback isn’t the man to lead them to the promised land — a first premiership since 2001.



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Kushner pardon revives ‘loathsome’ tale of tax evasion, sex – Long Island Business News


Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called it “one of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes” he ever prosecuted as U.S. attorney.

After Charles Kushner discovered his brother-in-law was cooperating with federal authorities, the wealthy real estate executive and father of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared, hatched a scheme for revenge and intimidation.

Kushner hired a prostitute to lure his brother-in-law, then arranged to have the encounter in a New Jersey motel room recorded with a hidden camera and the recording sent to his own sister, the man’s wife. 

The scheme didn’t work. Kushner later pleaded guilty to tax evasion and making illegal campaign donations in a case tailor-made for tabloid headlines.

On Wednesday Trump pardoned Kushner as part of a late-hour clemency spree during the final days of his presidency that has included a slew of campaign aides and allies, among them four of the six Trump associates convicted in the Mueller investigation. He has granted clemency to nearly 50 people in the last week.

The White House in its announcement cited Kushner’s charitable work since he completed his sentence in 2006 as the reason he deserved clemency.

“This record of reform and charity overshadows Mr. Kushner’s conviction and 2 year sentence for preparing false tax returns, witness retaliation, and making false statements” to the Federal Election Commission, the White House said, adding that Kushner’s case had been championed by Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, and others.

Not mentioned: Kushner’s relationship to Jared Kushner, the senior Trump adviser who is married to Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, and who, inspired by his father’s time in prison, pushed Trump to back criminal justice reform legislation and has been an integral part of the administration’s clemency efforts.

Christie did not respond to a request for comment on Trump’s decision to pardon a man he’d sent to prison. But Christie, who headed Trump’s transition and has informally advised the president for years, has made clear that he believes the senior Kushner deserved it.

“Mr. Kushner pled guilty. He admitted the crimes,” Christie told PBS last year as he promoted a book that blamed the younger Kushner for his firing from Trump’s transition team. “And so what am I supposed to do as a prosecutor? I mean, if a guy hires a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, and videotapes it, and then sends the videotape to his sister to attempt to intimidate her from testifying before a grand jury, do I really need any more justification than that?”

He added: “I mean it’s one of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes that I prosecuted when I was U.S. attorney. And I was U.S. attorney in New Jersey.”

Kushner eventually pleaded guilty to 18 counts including tax evasion and witness tampering. He was sentenced in 2005 to two years in prison — the most he could receive under a plea deal, but less than Christie had sought.

Kushner also agreed to pay $508,900 to the FEC for violating contribution regulations by failing to obtain an OK from partners to whom more than $500,000 in contributions were credited.

He has since resumed his career in real estate, including purchasing the famed Watchtower complex along the Brooklyn Bridge, the former headquarters for the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The younger Kushner has talked openly about how deeply his father’s imprisonment impacted his life. He was in his early 20s and a law and business school student in the mid-2000s when his father was sentenced and suddenly found himself having to run the family’s businesses while shuttling back and forth on weekends to see his father in Alabama.

“When you’re on the other side of the system, you feel so helpless,” Jared Kushner said in 2018. “I felt like, I was on this side of the system, so how can I try to do whatever I can do to try to be helpful to the people who are going through it” and deserve a second chance.

But Charles Kushner told The New York Times in 2018 that he wasn’t interested in clemency, saying he “would prefer not to have a pardon” because it would garner publicity.





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