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NIH: Cancer Researcher Committed Misconduct, Revises Paper

An investigation by the National Institutes of Health has led to the retraction of a 2016 paper in PLOS Biology for manipulation of the data in the article. But the journal has republished a revised version of the paper — minus the bad data — on which the researcher found to have committed the misconduct remains the first author.

The original article, “Exosomes Mediate LTB4 Release during Neutrophil Chemotaxis,” came from the laboratory of Carole Parent, who was a cancer researcher at the NIH at the time it was published and is now at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. It has been cited 93 times, according to Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science.

According to the notice:

After this article [
] was published, the corresponding author noted concerns about some of the reported results. In response, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted an investigation and concluded that there was evidence of data fabrication and/or falsification in Figs 2 and 3.


Compared to the primary data, Figs 2A, 2B, 2C, 2G and 3H report images in which dots representing 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO) immunogold signal were added and removed in a manner that supported the article’s hypothesis.

Immunogold quantification data in Fig 2F do not provide a true representation of the experimental results.

Cell organelle membranes and/or subcellular vesicles were selectively added and removed in Fig 2G.

In Fig 2A and 2D, two images obtained from the same experimental sample are reported as representing different experimental results.

The scale bars in Figs 2H, 3D, 3H are not correct, and the quantitative measurement data shown in the graph in Fig 3D do not accurately represent vesicle sizes as per the raw data. The corresponding author confirmed that the scale bars were reported incorrectly in the indicated panels: they should have read 800 nm in panel 2Hii, 400 nm in panel 2Hiii, and 100 nm in Fig 3D.

In the raw image data for Fig 3H, only one exosome in a field of >30 was associated with CD63 immunogold labelling. As such, the figure legend description of this as “representative” of the overall results is not accurate. The corresponding author agreed with this but commented that the claim about the presence of CD63 on exosomes was supported by other results reported in Fig 3C, Fig 3F, and Fig 5A.

In addition, the NIH advised that questions were raised about the 5-LO blot in Fig 1C, and that per their assessment of the primary records, this issue was not fully resolved and the blot published in [
] is unreliable. The corresponding author commented that Fig 1C reports the correct findings and provided PLOS evidence from a replicate experiment that lends support for the results.

The notice adds that the NIH found that the first author of the article, Ritankar Majumdar — listed here as a former member of Parent’s lab — was responsible for the misconduct and that neither Parent nor a third co-author, Aidin Tavakoli Tameh, was involved in the deception:

All authors agree with this retraction. The first author, while agreeing with retraction, disputes the NIH’s finding of misconduct.

The corresponding author apologizes for the issues with the article and stands by the validity and reliability of the article’s major findings. A corrected version of this article with the problematic electron microscopy data removed and new data presented for Fig 1C and Fig 3D (now 2D) has been peer reviewed by PLOS Biology and is being published [
] coincident with this retraction.

Parent, the corresponding author, did not respond to a request for comment. We could not find contact information for Majumdar. Parent, the corresponding author, told us:

I cannot comment on this matter because HHS ORI has yet to finalize its investigation and report. My interest has always been in advancing the science and protecting the research record.

David Knutson, the senior manager for communications at PLOS, told us:

While the NIH concluded that there was evidence of misconduct, they also informed PLOS that they had reviewed the available primary data for this paper that could be identified and did not find any issues other than those discussed in the retraction notice. After internal deliberations, we concluded that results for which the NIH did not identify concerns could be considered for publication in a new article if primary data were provided to support the results. The 2021 article did not rely on any of the problematic data and was fully peer-reviewed for PLOS Biology; the reviewers were made aware of the history, assessed the work, and supported its re-publication.

Per the
PLOS Authorship policy
, “Everyone listed as an author should meet our criteria for authorship. Everyone who meets our criteria for authorship must be listed as an author.” We abide by ICMJE authorship criteria, which focus on contributions to the reported research and the manuscript, final approval of the article, and agreement to be accountable for the work. PLOS Biology requires all authors to confirm that they agree to the author list and contributions provided by the corresponding author. We follow up and take editorial actions as appropriate when concerns are raised, as we did with the 2016 article, but in accordance with COPE guidance PLOS does not adjudicate on issues pertaining to authorship. In this case, the 2016 article was retracted due to data reporting issues attributed to the first author, but the stated contributions provided for the 2021 article (see
) – for which no data concerns were raised – support inclusion of Dr. Majumdar in the author list. We have not received any concerns about the author list or declared contributions for the 2021 publication, and the misconduct concerns about the 2016 article did not pertain to data reported in the 2021 article.

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Trump rails against ‘prosecutorial misconduct’ during Florida rally

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Sarasota Fairgrounds in Florida.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Sarasota Fairgrounds in Florida. | Jason Behnken/AP Photo

SARASOTA, Fla. — Donald Trump took his revenge tour to his new home-state of Florida Saturday night but had a fresh target: the indictments against the Trump Organization.

Trump held his rally — the second since he left office — as the state and nation continue to mourn a South Florida condo collapse that left at least 20 dead and more than 100 still unaccounted for. It also comes two days after prosecutors unsealed indictments alleging Trump Organization and its chief financial officer did not pay $ 1.7 million in taxes tied to company fringe benefits.

Trump tore into the indictments in front of thousands of cheering fans at a fairgrounds in Sarasota, casting the allegations as a politically-motivated prosecution against him, his family and business.

“You didn’t pay taxes on the car, or company apartment…or education for your grandchildren,” Trump said of the allegations facing the Trump Organization and its longtime CFO Allen Weisselberg. “They indict people for that, but murder and selling massive amount of the worst drugs in the world that kill people left and right, and that’s alright?”

Those in attendance, who spent much of the night getting soaked by heavy rains, brushed off the charges against the Trump Organization.

“It’s all fake news, you know that,” said Duane Schwingle, a Chiefland, Fla., resident who was at the rally dressed as Uncle Sam costume. “Trump is our president, and none of that is legitimate. It’s a witch hunt.”

For days, the nation has been focused on rescue effort at the building disaster in Surfside, Fla., which was acknowledged by a brief moment of silence hours before Trump took the stage. That tragedy kept one of Trump’s top allies in the state — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — from the Saturday night rally as he focused on the ongoing crisis in Miami. DeSantis, who is becoming increasingly popular with the conservative base across the country, is eyeing a 2024 bid for the White House. That could put him on a collision course with the former president, who has openly signaled he’s considering another run for president.

DeSantis has a reputation as one of the nation’s most pro-Trump governors, and has made huge inroads with Trump’s political base as he builds his profile and fundraises across the country. Yet Trump’s rally offers a striking contrast between the two men: DeSantis sat out the political rally amid the Surfside crisis while Trump went ahead with his event.

Trump spoke for more than 90 minutes to a packed house at the fairgrounds in Sarasota, a reliably Republican area of the state that is Trump’s political home turf. During the rally, Trump gave a shout-out to Joe Gruters, a Florida state senator and Republican Party of Florida Chairman who, as local party chairman here, picked Trump as the ‘Statesman of the Year’ long before he ran for president. Others who spoke before Trump included Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who is under federal investigation in an ongoing sex-crimes investigation, and the former president’s son, Donald Trump, Jr.

Trump spent about 10 minutes railing against the New York prosecution against his company, simultaneously downplaying the severity of the charges and painting it as part of an ongoing witch hunt.

“I’ve been targeted since I came down the elevator,” he told the crowd. He later added: “It’s really called prosecutorial misconduct. It’s a terrible, terrible thing.”

Florida is a friendly state for the former president, and Trump declared himself a resident of the state in 2019. He won Florida by more than three-points in 2020 and many of his biggest supporters call Florida home. And he thanked the crowd who attended his Saturday night event, one of several rallies that he’s billed as a way for the president to seek revenge on the congressional Republicans who voted for his second impeachment

“Together we will take back the House, we will take back the Senate, and we will take back America,” Trump said.

Trump focused much of his speech on a slate of conservative issues that energized his political base, replaying for the raucous audience the greatest hits they have not heard since he left the White House in January, including securing the border, praising his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and attacking “socialist” Democrats.

“The radical left is bringing a nightmare of mayhem and lawlessness to every state and community in this country,” Trump said.

Though Trump lost to President Joe Biden by more than 7 million votes, he has continued to spread baseless claims about the 2020 election being stolen, including recently promoting an election audit in Arizona’s most populous county.

Some in the party are concerned about the long term impact of partisan election audits, but the positioning has energized Trump’s most ardent supporters and convinced some of them that the former president could be reinstated.

One man who attended the rally dressed in a suit and tie similar to Trump’s said he thinks the audit in Arizona will reveal that Democrats “cheated.”

“They all cheated,” said the man, who only identified himself as “Donald J. Trump.” “They are fake news, they put these fake ballots out…they have dead people voting.”

While he spoke, the people around him all cheered.

Author: Matt Dixon
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James Franco settles for $2.2M in school sex misconduct suit

Two ex-students at Franco’s now-defunct acting and film school, Studio 4, first brought the suit in 2019.

LOS ANGELES — James Franco and his co-defendants agreed to pay $ 2.2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging he intimidated students at an acting and film school he founded into gratuitous and exploitative sexual situations, court filings made public Wednesday showed.

The two sides first reached a deal to settle the class-action suit in February, but it took several months to resolve details, and the dollar amount was not previously disclosed.

Actresses and ex-students Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, who first filed the lawsuit in October 2019 that was joined by many others, alleged that at his now-defunct school, Studio 4, Franco pushed his students into performing in increasingly explicit sex scenes on camera in an “orgy type setting” that went far beyond those acceptable on Hollywood film sets.

The two sides also agreed to release a joint statement.

“While Defendants continue to deny the allegations in the Complaint, they acknowledge that Plaintiffs have raised important issues; and all parties strongly believe that now is a critical time to focus on addressing the mistreatment of women in Hollywood,” the statement said. “All agree on the need to make sure that no one in the entertainment industry — regardless of sex, race, religion, disability, ethnicity, background, gender or sexual orientation — faces discrimination, harassment or prejudice of any kind.”

It alleged that Franco “sought to create a pipeline of young women who were subjected to his personal and professional sexual exploitation in the name of education,” and that students were led to believe roles in Franco’s films would be available to those who went along.

Franco’s production company Rabbit Bandini and his partners including Vince Jolivette and Jay Davis were also named as defendants.

The settlement includes “non-economic” terms that have not been made public.

It has been submitted to a Los Angeles judge for approval.

Before filing the lawsuit, Tither-Kaplan aired her allegations of sexual misconduct against Franco along with other women in the Los Angeles Times after Franco won a Golden Globe Award for “The Disaster Artist” in early 2018, when the wave of the #MeToo movement was first sweeping across Hollywood.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they have been sexually abused, but often will if they come forward publicly.

Author: ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer
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Edouardo Jordan's Restaurant Staff Quits After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Most of the staff at two restaurants run by Edouardo Jordan, an acclaimed chef in Seattle who has been celebrated with some of the industry’s top awards, quit on Sunday after an investigation by The Seattle Times surfaced 15 allegations against him of sexual misconduct or unwanted touching.

The two restaurants, JuneBaby and Salare, were closed on Sunday after the staff departures, according to The Seattle Times. A representative of Mr. Jordan confirmed on Monday that nearly all of the employees at both restaurants had resigned.

Attempts to reach Mr. Jordan by phone and email on Monday were unsuccessful. The representative said in an email that Mr. Jordan was “taking a step back” and “in a deep state of remorse for the pain he has caused former coworkers and restaurant staff.”

The Times investigation included five women who said that Mr. Jordan had groped or given them unwanted kisses from 2012 and 2017, and 10 women who described sexual comments or unwanted touching as recently as 2019. Four of the women said he had groped them at work.

In an Instagram post after the article was published, Mr. Jordan denied “many of the reported allegations” but said “each woman who shared her experience working with me has a voice that deserves to be heard.”

“I hold myself accountable if my actions ever made anyone feel disrespected, devalued or uncomfortable,” he said.

After stints at some of the United States’ top restaurants, including French Laundry, Per Se and the Herbfarm, Mr. Jordan received extensive praise for his restaurants in Seattle. JuneBaby, focused on foods of the American South, was named 2018’s Best New Restaurant at the James Beard Foundation awards, making Mr. Jordan the first African-American to win the prize.

At the same awards ceremony, he won Best Chef in the Northwest for Salare.

A week before The Seattle Times investigation was published, Mr. Jordan announced that Salare would be closing and that his two other restaurants, JuneBaby and Lucinda Grain Bar, would be merging, citing the economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Mr. Jordan’s representative said that there were plans for JuneBaby to reopen at some point.

Author: Daniel Victor and Jacey Fortin
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State Bar investigating AG Ken Paxton for misconduct over election lawsuit to protect Trump

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton makes comments during a news conference in Dallas (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS (AP) — The Texas bar association is investigating whether state Attorney General Ken Paxton’s failed efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election based on bogus claims of fraud amounted to professional misconduct.

The State Bar of Texas initially declined to take up a Democratic Party activist’s complaint that Paxton’s petitioning of the U.S. Supreme Court to block Joe Biden’s victory was frivolous and unethical. But a tribunal that oversees grievances against lawyers overturned that decision late last month and ordered the bar to look into the accusations against the Republican official.

The investigation is yet another liability for the embattled attorney general, who is facing a years-old criminal case, a separate, newer FBI investigation, and a Republican primary opponent who is seeking to make electoral hay of the various controversies. It also makes Paxton one of the highest profile lawyers to face professional blowback over their roles in Donald Trump’s effort to delegitimize his defeat.

A spokesman for the attorney general’s office did not respond to requests for comment. Paxton’s defense lawyer, Philip Hilder, declined to comment.

Kevin Moran, the 71-year-old president of the Galveston Island Democrats, shared his complaint with The Associated Press along with letters from the State Bar of Texas and the Board of Disciplinary Appeals that confirm the investigation. He said Paxton’s efforts to dismiss other states’ election results was a wasteful embarrassment for which the attorney general should lose his law license.

“He wanted to disenfranchise the voters in four other states,” said Moran. “It’s just crazy.”

Texas’ top appeals lawyer, who would usually argue the state’s cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, notably did not join Paxton in bringing the election suit. The high court threw it out.

Paxton has less than a month to reply to Moran’s claim that the lawsuit to overturn the results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin was misleading and brought in bad faith, according to a June 3 letter from the bar. All four of the battleground states voted for Biden in November.

From there, bar staff will take up the case in a proceeding that resembles the grand jury stage of a criminal investigation. Bar investigators are empowered to question witnesses, hold hearings and issue subpoenas to determine whether a lawyer likely committed misconduct. That finding then launches a disciplinary process that could ultimately result in disbarment, suspension or a lesser punishments. A lawyer also could be found to have done nothing wrong.

The bar dismisses thousands of grievances each year and the Board of Disciplinary Appeals, 12 independent lawyers appointed by the Texas Supreme Court, overwhelmingly uphold those decisions. Reversals like that of Moran’s complaint happened less than 7% of the time last year, according to the bar’s annual report.

Claire Reynolds, a spokeswoman and lawyer for the bar, said state law prohibits the agency from commenting on complaints unless they result is public sanctions or a court action.

The bar’s investigation is confidential and likely to take months. But it draws renewed attention to Paxton’s divisive defense of Trump as he and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush vie for the former president’s endorsement in the Republican primary to run for attorney general in 2022.

On the Democratic side, Joe Jaworski, the former mayor of Galveston, has said he’ll run. Moran said Jaworski is a friend but that he played no role in the complaint against Paxton.

Paxton’s election challenge was filled with claims that failed to withstand basic scrutiny. A succession of other judges and state elections officials have refuted claims of widespread voter fraud, and Trump’s own Justice Department found no evidence of fraud that could have changed the election’s outcome.

Nonetheless, Paxton’s lawsuit won him political and financial support from Trump loyalists at a time when fresh allegations of criminal wrongdoing led many in the state GOP to keep their distance from the attorney general.

Last fall, eight of Paxton’s top deputies mounted an extraordinary revolt in which they accused him of abusing his office in the service of a wealthy donor. The FBI is investigating their claims.

Paxton has denied wrongdoing and separately pleaded not guilty in a state securities fraud case that’s languished since 2015. He has also used his office in ways that have benefited allies and other donors.

The new criminal allegations prompted an exodus of the top lawyers from Paxton’s office. But Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins was still serving as Texas’ top appellate lawyer at the time of the election lawsuit.

Although the solicitor general usually handles cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, it was a private Washington D.C.-based lawyer who brought election challenge with Paxton. Hawkins has since moved to private practice. A spokesman for his firm said “we can’t help you” with questions about why he didn’t handle the suit.

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Pct. 1 deputy accuses former partner of sexual misconduct during 'bachelor party' sting operation

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — Another female deputy stepped forward Wednesday, accusing fellow Harris County Precinct 1 deputies of sexual misconduct.

Deputy Jasmine Huff, who her attorneys say is currently out on maternity leave at the precinct, alleges she and other female deputies were handpicked for “undercover operations” with the precinct’s human trafficking unit under the guise of legitimate police work.

She says what began as an idea for “bachelor party” prostitution stings that deputies were told were meant to combat human trafficking turned into a “booze-fueled playground for sexual exploitation” in which the female deputies were subject to “disgusting abuse.”

Houston attorneys Brock and Cordt Akers of The Akers Firm PLLC and Bill Ogden of Farrar & Ball LLP amended a complaint filed last week against Constable Alan Rosen, Chief Chris Gore and Lt. Shane Rigdon to include Deputy Huff as an additional complainant.

Huff’s attorneys say she had to endure the practices of her former partner, Rigdon.

Huff and Rigdon were reportedly involved in a prostitution sting in which a potential target did not trust the pair, and therefore asked them to have sex, according to Huff’s attorneys.

“Lt. Shane Rigdon didn’t have it in his mind that this was an operation, he had it in his mind that this was a party,” said Cordt Akers at a press conference Wednesday.

Huff reportedly froze when the request was made. However, her attorneys allege Rigdon jumped at the opportunity.

Rigdon allegedly pulled Huff into his lap, pulled her dress up, exposing her, and moved her back and forth on his lap, Cordt said.

“Any reasonable person would do exactly what Jasmine Huff did, and that’s freeze, mortified at the possibility that ‘this is going to be required of me as an undercover capacity,’ sanctioned by the county, ordered by her chief deputy,” Cordt said.

Huff says she was told she could never tell anyone about what happened during the sting.

“One would hope and pray and expect that after something like this happens on an operation, that after being forced to endure something like this, that you’d get an apology, that’d you’d get an ‘I’m sorry,'” Cordt said. “Instead, Jasmine got a command. She was told, ‘You can never tell anyone about this.'”

Despite the warning, Huff says she tried to report the incident to her supervisors and chief of staff, but was ignored.

Huff later claims she saw Rosen at an event and tried to talk to him about the incident. She alleges Rosen stuck his hand up when she spoke of the incident and said, “I don’t want to hear it. You have to go through your chain of command,” Cordt said.

Attorneys provided a photo at Wednesday’s press conference that depicted a group of alleged deputies laughing while playing with a sexual object during a sting operation. Attorneys say a female deputy can be seen in the corner of the photo with her head down.

“If that is the policy that Precinct 1 is enacting for these operations, then that policy needs to change now,” Cordt said while holding the photo.

Fellow deputy and accuser Jacquelyn Aluotto stood with Huff and issued a statement on behalf of herself and the other three women in the suit.

The statement read, in part:

“We are here, standing with Jasmine, and we support you and are proud of you. We are standing strong together and we are standing in solidarity. This is very scary, but we are doing this together… We saw the statement that Constable Rosen said, that we are doing this in an effort to impugn the hardworking men and women of Pct. 1. That’s simply not true. That is not what this case is about. Many of those hardworking men and women have reached out to us to show their support and solidarity, and let us know that they are proud of us and they think that we are brave… We have the message that we’ve always had, last week, and will continue to have. We will not be silent. This can never happen again. This never will happen again.”

Hours after the latest accuser went front and center, Constable Rosen stated his office isn’t immediately addressing the new allegations.

“As there is a legal matter pending and laws regarding privacy of personnel matters, we are not at liberty to discuss the facts of this case now, as much as we might want to do so. We believe our system of due process works and remain confident that justice and truth will prevail as facts, in this case, come to light in the proper forum,” said Rosen.

READ MORE: Harris Co. Pct. 1 female deputies accuse male bosses of molestation and trauma

Attorneys originally filed the federal lawsuit on May 24 against Precinct 1, alleging sexual misconduct by male superiors against female deputies.

In a press release sent to ABC13, attorneys said female deputies “were molested and traumatized by their intoxicated male commanding officers for their own sexual gratification during undercover law enforcement operations.” The lawsuit alleged that the female Precinct 1 deputies were chosen for “undercover operations” but they soon turned into a “booze-fueled playground for sexual exploitation.”

Aluotto, who has been deemed the whistleblower, became the voice for the other women who said they were victimized by the very agency they served.

“We want to send a message this can never happen again,” said Aluotto, who used to work in the Human Trafficking Unit at Precinct 1.

The plaintiffs’ attorneys said the unit, led by Gore, would have sting operations.

Attorneys said the stings turned into booze-filled parties where female deputies were encouraged to drink a lot to “loosen up.” From there, they were touched inappropriately.

“These brave women were ordered by their commanding officer that your job in my unit, in an undercover capacity, is to dress in scandalous clothes, to allow me to kiss you, to allow me to fondle you. Essentially, to be molested by their commanding officer,” said Cordt last week.

Aloutto got word of what was happening and said she reached out to Constable Rosen himself but said nothing changed.

“We expect our deputies to be able to go to work, especially with a complex crime like human trafficking, and to be able to do their job,” said Aloutto. “And to not be able to do their job, because you’re being exploited and oppressed at your workplace, can never happen again.”

Aluotto is nationally known as a human-trafficking advocate, who in 2020, received an award from the United Nations for her work. According to the lawsuit, Aluotto was hired by Constable Rosen’s office and “vigorously complained” about the harassment, sexual assault, retaliation and bullying in Precinct 1’s Human Trafficking Unit.

But when she called out the alleged misconduct and abuse, she was fired, court documents say. The lawsuit also accuses Rosen and Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg of knowing about the abuse but not taking any action.

In response, the Harris County District Attorney’s office said that when they receive such allegations, they connect the officer with appropriate investigative entities. Read their full statement below:

“Anytime we receive an allegation from an officer accusing a fellow officer of impropriety, we connect them with appropriate investigative entities. We are not the investigative agency for such allegations, be them administrative, civil or criminal. In this matter, our Sex Crimes Division quickly asked Constable Pct. 1 Internal Affairs to investigate whether there was evidence of a crime and Ms. Aluotto has represented she contacted the Texas Rangers. Nothing has been presented to prosecutors by either agency.”

ABC13 reached out to the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s office last week, who shared the following statement:

“When we were made aware of a concern by a third party several months ago, I proactively instructed our Internal Affairs Division to conduct an investigation. We did this even though no one made a formal complaint. This is consistent with our ongoing commitment to protecting victims and our personnel. My sensitivity toward victims remains our highest priority. To this day, not one of these plaintiffs has ever made a formal complaint. Each employee interviewed was given the opportunity, in a safe environment, to express any concerns. Their own interview statements contradict many of the allegations in the lawsuit.

Upon conclusion of our internal investigation, our Administrative Disciplinary Committee found no violations of law or policy. When we began our proactive internal investigation, we immediately transferred leadership of the Human Trafficking Unit to another supervisor who still maintains oversight of that unit today.

Victim’s voices matter. I have a zero-tolerance stance against sexual assault and sexual harassment and would never allow a hostile work environment as alleged. This lawsuit is an effort to impugn the good reputation of the hard-working men and women of the Precinct One Constable’s Office. I believe our system of due process works and that justice and truth will prevail as facts, in this case, come to light. We will have no further comment today on this matter.”

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Noel Clarke liked tweet about ‘learning from your mistakes’

Author: Amanda Devlin
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NOEL Clarke liked a tweet about “learning from your mistakes” – days before being accused of sexual misconduct by 20 women.

The Viewpoint and Kidulthood actor was stripped of his Bafta last night after it was alleged he sexually harassed, groped and bullied women.

Noel Clarke was awarded a Bafta earlier this month - but it's been suspended amid a series of serious allegations


Noel Clarke was awarded a Bafta earlier this month – but it’s been suspended amid a series of serious allegationsCredit: Rex

Mr Clarke – who fiercely denies the claims – liked the tweet posted on April 1, which said: “Learn from your mistakes. That’s what they’re there for.”

The Guardian reports the allegations against the married actor relate to a period between 2004 and 2019.

He’s been accused of a range of acts, including sharing sexually explicit pictures and videos without consent.

The actor is currently appearing in ITV’s new drama series Viewpoint.


Credit: Twitter

The actor, who is currently appearing in ITV thriller Viewpoint, denies the allegations


The actor, who is currently appearing in ITV thriller Viewpoint, denies the allegationsCredit: © Tiger Aspect Productions 2021

Mr Clarke had been made aware of the allegations before he appeared onstage at the Royal Albert Hall to collect his Bafta for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema on April 10.

The awards committee had also been alerted 13 days before the ceremony – but said it was provided with “no evidence” that would allow it to investigate.

Numerous women are reported to have broken their silence after the ceremony. They allege Mr Clarke is a serial abuser and uses his power to prey on and harass female colleagues.

Last night the awards committee suspended Mr Clarke’s Bafta.

Mr Clarke is married to former make-up artist Iris


Mr Clarke is married to former make-up artist IrisCredit: Getty

He has appeared in a number of films and TV shows, including crime drama Screwed


He has appeared in a number of films and TV shows, including crime drama Screwed

He broke into movies following his highly-acclaimed appearance in Kidulthood


He broke into movies following his highly-acclaimed appearance in KidulthoodCredit: BBC

Mr Clarke said in a statement to the Guardian: “In a 20-year career, I have put inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of my work and never had a complaint made against me.

“If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologise.

“I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself against these false allegations.”

What films and TV series has Noel Clarke been in?

Noel Clarke is one of the UK’s best-known actors, although he’s also a screenwriter, director and comic book writer

He first rose to fame playing Mickey Smith in Dr Who between 2005 and 2010.

In 2006, he took on his break-out film role as Sam in Kidulthood. The movie was followed by 2008’s Adulthood and 2016’s Brotherhood, which he also wrote and directed.

He’s well-known for playing Aaron Bishop in Bulletproof, which he also writes and produces, and is currently starring in ITV drams Viewpoint.

Mr Clarke has starred in several films, including Centurion, Fast Girls, Star Trek: Into Darkness and SAS: Red Notice.

He’s the founder of Unstoppable Film and Television with friend and fellow actor Jason Maza.

He also holds a slew of awards for his performances, including the 2003 Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Performer and the 2009 Bafta Orange Rising Star award.

Through his lawyers, Clarke categorically denied every allegation that the publication put to him.

He allegedly accepts he once made inappropriate comments about one woman, for which he later apologised.

In a 29-page letter, his lawyers said he denies all of the other allegations.

Noel Clarke suspended by Bafta after misconduct allegations

Derek Chauvin Verdict Brings a Rare Rebuke of Police Misconduct

“May it please the court. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, good morning. The video evidence, I think, will be very helpful and meaningful to you because you can see it for yourself without lawyer talk, lawyer spin, lawyer anything. You can see it for yourself.” “Please. Please. I can’t breathe. Please, man. Please somebody help me. Please. I’m about to die in this thing.” “Oh my God.” “What did he say?” “He said, I’m about to die. Oh my God.” “While watching the George Floyd trial, I noticed the differences and the importance of footage.” “This corner —” “When Stephon was murdered, we only had the officers’ footage. We only had their point of view.” “Hey, show your hands.” “You know, when my son was killed being on the platform, there was several bystanders that filmed. And had it not been for the cameras, we wouldn’t even be here today because they would have probably said it was justified.” “Bro, with your feet on his head, man. You knee on his neck.” “He’s pushing harder.” “Yeah.” “I cannot breathe.” “A little bit more. Right here.” “I don’t watch the footage of my dad’s incident because it’s torture.” “You see the officers giving a trove of blows to his body?” “Yes.” “To his arms, to his torso, to his legs.” “Here it is 30 years later, nothing has changed.” “Now who are you going to believe? The defendants or your own eyes?” “I am watching the George Floyd case with my best friend, Tiffany, at her home.” “Oh my gosh.” “Wow.” “And he’s still on his neck.” “Today was the first time I watched the entire video of George Floyd, and it definitely made me think about my dad begging for his life screaming.” “Check his pulse. Check his pulse.” “His daughter was the same age I was when my dad was beaten.” “My name is Lora Dene King. I’m the middle child of Rodney Glen King.” “The world saw the videotape.” “We thought the video showed excessive force and unnecessary force.” “With that videotape, if they had two eyes and they weren’t blind, you could see that it was excessive force.” “The defense tried to dilute the impact of the tape by dissecting it, frame by frame, in an effort to show that King was a threat to the officers.” “He kind of gave out like a bear-like yell, like a wounded animal. If he had grabbed my officer, it would have been a death grip. If he had grabbed the weapon, he would have had numerous targets.” “He didn’t grab anybody during these events, did he?” “No sir, he did not.” “He couldn’t walk. He had 50 broken bones. His skull was permanently fractured. He had permanent brain damage. My dad was never the same after that. You know, and everybody just considered him to be normal. I think if that happened to anybody, they wouldn’t be normal ever again.” “This doesn’t just affect the person it happened to. It also affects all those people who are out there watching it. They’re all affected forever.” “I was desperate to help.” “I was just kind of emotional, and I went to the African-American that was standing there on the curb. And I was just like, they’re not going to help them.” “Oh my God.” “This man, he witnessed another African-American man getting his life taken. The nine-year-old speaker on the trial.” “Good morning, [inaudible].” “Good morning.” “Which one is you?” “Just so happened to be walking down the street. She will never forget that for the rest of her life.” “You ultimately ended up posting your video to social media, right?” “Correct.” “And it went viral?” “Correct.” “It changed your life, right?” “The girl who filmed George Floyd, the fact that there was nothing she can do to save his life.” “It’s been nights, I stayed up apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more.” “That’s something that will haunt her like George Holliday, who captured my dad’s video.” “Without George Holliday, these four officers might not be on trial.” “He just wanted to test this new camera he had. Like, oh let me take — he stood there shaking, terrified. And he still suffers to this day because that was the right thing to do.” “What could he have done to deserve that?” “If I was to see George Floyd’s daughter today, I wish there was something I can say. But it’s not easy. It’s not easy at all. Because I’m sure she’s watched that videotape. And that’s something that carries in your mental every everyday, just like my dad’s video tape.” “For the jury, a difficult decision ahead, knowing that to acquit the four officers could ignite this city.” “Not guilty of —” Chanting: “No justice, no peace. No justice, no peace.” “And damage to the city of Los Angeles running into billions of dollars.” “That’s what I’m saying. The police, they don’t pay a cent for this trial. So my mother and I, we was watching the George Floyd’s trial. And it brought back so many memories of my son Oscar’s case. Oscar’s last picture in his cellphone was of the officer who shot him.” “My name is Wanda Johnson. I’m the mother of Oscar Grant.” “Grant was shot once in the back as he lay face down on the train station’s platform.” “He was unarmed.” “The 27-year-old officer has said he thought he had drawn his Taser gun —” “— but accidentally pulled out his handgun instead.” “And the incident was captured on cellphone video.” “Video speaks for themselves. And the jury will see that and make the correct decision.” “We knew that we would have a very hard time winning in the court systems because the judicial system was not made for everyone in the society.” “As the situation went on, the crowd began to grow and grow.” “Oh my goodness, the same playbook that they used for what happened with Oscar, they used the same thing for George Floyd. Oh, there was a crowd of angry mob people.” “They were behind them. There were people across the street, people yelling.” “We don’t know if they were going to attack us. I thought about the young man testifying in George Floyd’s case.” “You grew angrier and angrier.” “Calling the police on the police.” “911, what’s the address of the emergency?” “How do you have somebody investigate those that they work with? Of course you’re going to find that they’re going to believe the people that they work with quicker than they will believe the citizens who are filing the complaint.” “Would you like to speak with those sergeants?” “Yeah, I’d like to. He was unresponsive. He wasn’t resisting arrest or any of this.” “OK, one second.” “Murderers, bro. Y’all are just murderers, bro.” “You know, when we was going to jury trial for Oscar, they would ask questions like, ‘Do you know anybody who went to jail? Do you know anybody who had an encounter with the police?’ And as soon as the person said that, they would strike them from being a juror, right? Having a jury that consists of different backgrounds, it could help with the decision-making of innocent or guilty.” “The 27-year-old officer —” “— pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.” “His trial had been moved to Los Angeles over concerns of racial tension and intense media scrutiny.” “Everybody, let’s just pray for one minute.” “Father God, we come to you and your son named Jesus Christ. Father, we ask the people that see this —” “Every time I come to my mom’s house, I’m reminded that my son was killed here.” “My name is Sequette Clark. I’m the mother of Stephon Clark.” “22-year-old Stephon Clark was fatally shot while running from police.” “Clark was see evading authorities after allegedly smashing a car window.” “He was shot eight times in his grandmother’s backyard.” “Police apparently thinking he was holding a gun, now say it was a cellphone.” “Out of fear for their own lives, they fired their service weapon.” “And following the incident, officers manually muted their body cameras at times.” “Move over this way.” “As we watched the George Floyd trial, I invited particular members of my family because you can’t address something in the community or the city or the nation until you address it at home with the family.” “When Mr. Floyd was in distress, Mr. Chauvin wouldn’t help him, didn’t help him.” “So that’s just how they left my boy out there. They handcuffed him after he was dead.” “Excessive force.” “Excessive force and lethal force after the fact of death. I felt saddened, heavy, drained. I felt as if I was a slave 400 years ago. Just hearing how he was dead, seeing how he was dead. And then to turn around and hear the defense’s attempt to bring up the fact that we should not focus on the —” “— 9 minutes and 29 seconds —” “— that it took to kill George Floyd. But we should focus on what went on ahead of that. Anything that does not deal directly with the murder of George Floyd is irrelevant in my opinion.” “He’s 6 to 6 and a half feet tall. You did not know that he had taken heroin. Mr. Floyd did use a counterfeit $ 20 bill to purchase a pack of cigarettes. Mr. Floyd put drugs in his mouth.” “Poppa’s already dead. George Floyd is already dead.” “That’s right. That’s right.” “So now you’re resurrecting him just to kill him all over again.” “Basically.” “Defame him in order to justify the wrongdoing of your officers, reminded me exactly of what the district attorney did to Stephon.” “The cellphone examination revealed a domestic violence incident that happened with the mother of his children. Texts and phone calls showing that he was seeking drugs and a photograph of his hand holding 10 Xanax pills.” “What was on his cellphone has zero to do with the actions of the police officers at the time of his homicide. I feel like it’s a bittersweet thing that’s happening watching the George Floyd trial. Because I’m optimistic that this is a piece of justice for the death of my son.” “We might not be here. They’re going to get him. They’re going to get him.” “Was a crime committed? The answer to that question is no. And as a result, we will not charge these officers with any criminal liability related to the shooting death or the use of force of Stephon Clark.” “April 14, 1991: King fights emotional and physical scars. So this is basically a photo album book of my dad’s newspaper articles since he’s been in the news. Years and years and years. You throw someone to the wolves and you expect them to be normal. You know, there’s no such thing as normal after that. And then, can you imagine how many Rodney Kings there is that never got videotaped? There’s plenty of them.” “I would have prayed and hoped that Oscar’s trial would have been televised because America has to really look in the mirror and say, ‘Are all people being treated equally?’” “There was excessive use of force against George Floyd —” “We’re not focused on the videotape, his toxicology, his heart condition. We’re focused on the fact that several people witnessed this man get murdered.” “You can see it with our own eyes. It’s crazy.” “People don’t realize what it does to your family. It’s bigger than just a trial and this officer. We never get to see them again. We never get to smell them again and kiss them again. Our lives are completely affected forever.”

Author John Eligon, Tim Arango, Shaila Dewan and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs
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