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Sotheby’s sends India head on leave pending probe into #MeToo claims

MUMBAI: Auction house Sotheby’s has sent its top India executive on a leave of absence pending a probe into anonymous allegations of sexual misconduct. Gaurav Bhatia, the managing director of Sotheby’s India, has agreed to take leave of absence as a formal inquiry is underway into anonymous allegations on social media, Sotheby’s said in a statement, just days ahead of its first auction in the country. “Harassment of any type has no place at Sotheby’s and we will thoroughly investigate these allegations with Gaurav’s full…

Preity Zinta apologises for #MeToo comments

MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Preity Zinta apologised on Tuesday over comments she made about India's #MeToo movement that sparked a furore on social media. Zinta was accused of belittling victims after saying she wished she had faced sexual harassment. "My reason for saying 'I wish something like this would have happened to me' in the film industry with a smile was because I would have reacted and slapped the person," she said. Zinta said she was a "huge supporter of the movement" and claimed that her comments, given…

‘Good men do bad things’: Cheryl Strayed on healing, truth and #MeToo

HONG KONG: Bestselling author Cheryl Strayed, whose memoir "Wild" was turned into an Oscar-nominated film about her recovery from trauma, says listening more is key to healing wounds between men and women in the age of #MeToo. Published in 2012, "Wild" -- which recounted Strayed's gruelling 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in America at the age of 26 -- was a smash hit that prompted Oprah Winfrey to resurrect her book club. Two years later, the film starring Reese Witherspoon catapulted the US author to…

French actress Deneuve to auction off personal YSL collection

French screen legend Catherine Deneuve announced Monday she was set to auction off her personal clothing collection designed by her friend Yves Saint Laurent, the late fashion icon. Deneuve, who has just turned 75, said she was selling her country home in northern France where she kept a wardrobe full of Saint Laurent items and had decided to offload some of the clothes too "not without some sadness". "These are the designs of such a talented man who designed only to make women more beautiful," Deneuve said in a…

Indian government seeks to tighten rules against sexual harassment

NEW DELHI: Four of India's cabinet ministers will suggest steps to address sexual harassment at work, the government said on Wednesday, after a growing #MeToo movement sparked accusations against more than a dozen men and forced a minister to resign. The two men and two women will review existing provisions on women’s safety and recommend further measures, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement. Women’s groups say a requirement under current harassment laws that accusations have be made to a workplace…

Geoffrey Rush tells court he was ‘numb’ after misconduct allegation published

SYDNEY: Australian actor Geoffrey Rush said on Monday he was distraught when he read newspaper articles accusing him of inappropriate conduct, as a court began a hearing into his lawsuit against the publisher. In the first such case in Australia of the #MeToo era, Rush is suing News’s Corporation’s Australian arm over a series of articles saying he was the subject of a complaint to the Sydney Theatre Company in relation to its 2015 production of King Lear. Under the headline “KING LEER,” and in later articles, Sydney’s…

Hadn’t intended to bring up harassment issue in public again: Tanushree Dutta

MUMBAI: The Bollywood actress who helped trigger the #MeToo movement in India challenging sexual harassment and abuse sees it as part of her religious education after an experience 10 years ago she said effectively ended her career. “I feel God used me to start something which had to happen,” Tanushree Dutta told Reuters. “All these women had this buried deep in their hearts out of shame.” Dutta, who said she was inspired by Christianity, Buddhism, yoga and the #MeToo movement in the United States, said last month that…

India #MeToo claims halt production of Bollywood blockbuster

NEW DELHI: India's growing #MeToo storm halted production of a Bollywood blockbuster Friday, with the film's lead calling for harassment claims against its director and his co-star to be "stringently" investigated.   Star Akshay Kumar said he had requested that the making of "Housefull 4" be stopped following allegations against director Sajid Khan and one of the film's actors, Nana Patekar. Accusations that Patekar behaved inappropriately on a film set 10 years ago sparked India's #MeToo movement, which has since…

Melania on #MeToo: she supports women, but ‘hard evidence’ needed

WASHINGTON: US First Lady Melania Trump has spoken out about the #MeToo movement, saying she supports women who have come forward with claims of sexual misconduct, but wants them to offer "hard evidence." The comments from the 48-year-old Trump came in a wide-ranging interview given to ABC News last week in Kenya, during her four-nation solo trip to Africa. "I support the women and they need to be heard. We need to support them. And also men, not just women," Trump said in excerpts of the interview released Wednesday…