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hello and welcome to bbc news. i'm reged ahmad. the growing scandal around the hollywood producer harvey weinstein has intensified. the american actress rose mcgowan became the latest woman to make accusations of rape. she says she repeatedly told the boss of amazon studios, who worked with weinstein, what had happened but he'd done nothing about it. meanwhile, former us presidential candidate hillary clinton told the bbc that the accusations are appalling. mr weinstein denies the allegations. our north america correspondent nick bryant reports. harvey weinstein‘s star has plummeted, brought down by some of the biggest names in the movie industry. who have accused him of harassment and worse. actress rose mcgowan has said she was raped by the film producer in the growing scandal now affecting one of the world's biggest companies, amazon. in a series of tweets to the company's chief executive, mcgowan said: . the amazon head of studio in question, roy price,
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is facing an accusation from a female producer that he lewdly propositioned her in 2015. in a statement, amazon said: . in new york today, one of america's big banks, goldman sachs, said it was considering options for its stake in the weinstein company, whose headquarters is not far from wall street. on sunday, the company sacked its co—founder. the weinstein name has long been a hallmark of quality in the entertainment industry but in the past week, it has been trashed. creative partners are trying to pull out of projects with what is left of the weinstein company. it has been likened to a run on a bank. the oscar—winning director oliver stone initially said that weinstein should not be judged prematurely. if he broke the law, it will come out, there will be a trial, and i believe a man
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should not be condemned by a vigilante system. but later in a post on facebook, he said, "after looking at what has been reported in many publications "over the past couple of days, "i'm appalled and commend the courage of the women "who have stepped forward. "i'll therefore recuse myself from the guantanamo series as long as the weinstein company is involved." long—time politicalfriends are now distancing themselves form this —— from this big—dollar democrat fundraiser, too — hillary clinton here speaking with the bbc‘s andrew marr. it was just disgusting and the stories that have come out are heartbreaking, and i really commend the women who have been willing to step forward now and tell their stories but i think it's important that we notjust focus on him and whatever consequences flow from these stories about his behaviour but that we recognise this kind of behaviour cannot be tolerated anywhere. "the show must go on" is the motto of the entertainment industry.
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it was lights, camera, action at this movie premiere in new york last night but many women, like the british actress carey mulligan, hope this will be a watershed moment in what is still a male—dominated business. it starts with women having opportunities behind the camera and then in front of the camera and in the boardroom and it all comes down to money, so think it's about the industry catching up with the idea that you can put a woman in a female role and make a fortune. harvey weinstein has denied any allegations of non—consensual sex. he is now believed to be in a rehab clinic in arizona. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. president trump has threatened to end us participation in an international nuclear deal with iran, but has stopped short of pulling out immediately and instead handing the issue over to congress. all the other signatories have said they remain committed and iran has questioned whether the us president can act to change it alone.
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at least 36 people have died in the wildfires that continue to spread in northern california. the number makes it the deadliest fire in the state's history. more than 200 people remain missing in the winemaking region. the president of the european commission, jean—claude juncker, has insisted the uk must meet its financial commitments to the eu before brexit talks move on to future trade relations. mrjuncker stressed that he was not in a "revenge mood" but britain would, as he put it, "have to pay". downing street said britain would honour its commitments. stay with us here on bbc news. still to come — the angler who kissed his catch and swallowed it whole thanks the fisherman‘s friend who saved his life. since news of the harvey weinstein scandal broke a week ago, more people have been speaking out about the culture
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in the entertainment industry. a number of actors have said sexual harassment is rife and exploitation is the price for being part of the industry. from hollywood, laura bicker reports. the conversation on the red carpet of hollywood has changed. tough questions are being asked about the culture of this industry. and yet, some are still unwilling to come up with answers. this is what happened when i asked about harvey weinstein at this film premiere. in the aftermath of this, how does hollywood heal? yeah, we're going to pass on that one. you've been in this industry a long time. yeah, we're going to pass on that one. come on, this way. but thank you so much. the start of the picture, renee zellweger, worked with harvey weinstein. i'm told my microphone is not allowed near her. you guys need to — you guys need to move back, please. like, way back.
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it worries hollywood's newest recruits, warming up ahead of their big scene. some of those starting in their career fear exploitation has become the price they have to pay for being part of the industry. ifeel like music and movies is all about who you know and what you're willing to do. just listen to what goes through the mind of this young actress before an audition. before you even step into the room, "am i the right look? are they going to like me because of this? i don't have that. but what if they ask me to do that? i can't do that. ok, maybe i shouldn't go." it sounds crazy, but that is literally the conversation that goes on in your head. does it not depress you? yeah, it's terrible! it's horrible! ijust — i feel like that's the way it is and there's nothing i can do about it. the organisation women in film has set up a hotline to allow victims to report abuse and, potentially, take their cases to court. you know, the idea in hollywood
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which has become so customary, that if you're uncomfortable in a situation — let's say you're a woman, and you speak up and say "this situation‘s uncomfortable," you're basically asked to leave. you're normally given money. and then you sign some kind of a nda or confidentiality agreement ora quick claim. what i get angry about is the system that lets them believe that they deserve to be treated this way. this systemic sexism in show business may come as no surprise to people here. but there is a hope it may act as some kind of tipping point, that the industry can now reform from within. that'll mean more women taking up powerful positions behind the scenes. that may be the only way that this casting couch culture will change. hollywood is being forced to look at itself from a new angle and it might not like what it sees. laura bicker, bbc news, los angeles. maria giesejoins me live from connecticut.
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she's a feature film director who has campaigned widely for gender parity in hollywood. maria, if it going to take more women taking a powerful positions behind the scenes to taint for change this? you know, i think the whole ethos, the whole way that hollywood functions, its business structure, actually, is what needs to be called into question. because its functions are based on reciprocity, i will give you this and you give me that. you know, and for most women, unless they are very powerful, what have they got to give? and then, if you want to speak out about sexual harassment or sexual discrimination, just as the woman before was saying, you get blacklisted. and you can't work in
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that industry anymore. so the problem is that it's an employment problem is that it's an employment problem and yes, we need to get more women into the industry, i think if we could figure out some way to create gender parity behind the scenes and on the screen, these kinds of sexual harassment wouldn't be happening so often. but if it is a culture issue, then is that enough to get women in powerful positions? you might still have this issue that you describe of the property, there are still other forms of exploitation that can happen. well, i think the really important thing to recognise here is that the fact that it to recognise here is that the fact thatitis to recognise here is that the fact that it is happening is frustrating and it's significant. i'm getting an echo here for some reason. because hollywood is the propaganda machine for one of the most powerful nations in the world. and it helps form of
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cultural narrative. and to our civilisation. and the people who are making the media content that comes out of hollywood are people like harvey weinstein and harvey weinstein isn'tjust, you know, he isn't the only one. it is right in this industry. they are all harvey weinstein. before there are a lot of fear from weinstein. before there are a lot of fearfrom movie weinstein. before there are a lot of fear from movie stars about speaking out. is this a watershed moment? did you think things will change from now on? i think this is a watershed moment. i am very excited because, well, first of all i counted up harvey weinstein‘s movies over the course of the past 35 years and he made 294 movies and 285 of them were directed by men, only nine were directed by men, only nine were directed by men, only nine were directed by women. so when we, if we look at the sexual harassment problem, actually, as an employment
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problem, actually, as an employment problem, and, you know, women have a ha rd problem, and, you know, women have a hard time getting jobs, they have to trade favours to getjobs, you know, then we can see that we need some kind of serious federal oversight and the problem in hollywood is fundamentally that it is like the wild west. it is almost completely unregulated. and equal employment opportunity laws are not, they are not enforced by a federal government. so what we need to do is to look for the inside the industry to look for the inside the industry to solve their own problem, we need to solve their own problem, we need to figure out how we can create legislation that will solve this problem come up some, you know, you know, are much more powerful oversight body that will make sure that women are getting, enjoying equal opportunity laws and that they are getting hired at parity, is what should be happening, and then these
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sexual harassment problem won't happen. maria giese, feature film director who has sought gender parity in hollywood, thank you. firefighters in northern california are facing dry and windy conditions for yet another day as they try to contain more than 17 blazes ripping through the region. at least 36 people have died and hundreds more are still missing, making these the most lethal wildfires in the state's history. our correspondent richard lister has the latest. for five days, these fires have choked california, displacing 90,000 people and destroying more than 5000 buildings. it is binny in an area almost the size of new york city. as some areas are open after being deemed safe, other parts of this region are being told to get ready to get out quickly. there is some sort of process being made, some of
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the biggest fires are showing signs of being contained, thanks to the effo rts of being contained, thanks to the efforts of more than 8000 firefighters drafted in to help. some have come from as far as australia to offer expertise. but with the weekend upon them, these firefighters are bracing themselves, the weather forecast suggests more high wind putt are on the way. making better progress today, in the hopes of which told the guys get the brits on the ground, do the hard work today so by this afternoon or this evening when the wind comes up hopefully we will be in a better position. in areas where the fire has already been and gone, police are also having to deal with looters seeking to capitalise on block after block of empty homes. i've been out in some of these terrible areas where people are at the point without putting signs on their doors saying there is nothing here, please don't loot. so if anyone thinks they are going to get away with it, i
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think my law enforcement partners will agree with me it isn't going to happen in sonoma county. the smoky aircan be smelt happen in sonoma county. the smoky air can be smelt as far as 100 miles away. in nearby san francisco, air quality has been measured as the poorest on record, worse than beijing. the strongest theory as to what may have caused this fire points to fallen powerlines. the state's pala companies as decades of drought in california meant a weak tree may have collapsed into its equipment but said it was important to wait for a full investigation before drawing any conclusions. people here are playing for the best but are braced for the worst. this is already the deadliest wildfire in the state's history and it isn't over yet. dave lee, the state's history and it isn't overyet. dave lee, bbc the state's history and it isn't over yet. dave lee, bbc news, california. you're watching bbc news. the headlines this hour: rose mcgowan is the latest actress to claim she was raped by the hollywood producer harvey weinstein. president trump has set out a new, confrontational strategy on iran and has refused to continue certifying
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the international nuclear deal. the chancellor, philip hammond, says he regrets his poor choice of words after describing the eu brexit negotiators as "the enemy" and "the opponents" in an interview. speaking in washington, where he's attending a meeting of the international monetary fund, mr hammond rejected accusations that he is talking down the economy by saying the brexit process has created uncertainty. he told the bbc he was committed to delivering a deal that worked for britain. 0ur economics editor kamal ahmed reports. a man under pressure. challenged on brexit, challenged on the performance of the economy, and briefings there is a split with number ten. but today, an upbeat tone from the chancellor, philip hammond calling allegations he's just too gloomy "bizarre" and "absurd". i asked him first about lord lawson's claim of sabotage. well, lord lawson is entitled to his view on this and many other subjects and isn't afraid to express it. but i think he's wrong.
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what i'm doing here in washington is talking britain up. what is the brexit process effect on the uk economy at the moment? we always knew that the process of negotiation was going to create some uncertainty, and that's undoubtedly true. if you talk to businesses, they would like us to get it done quickly. they are not getting that, are they? the prime minister, at florence, a few weeks ago, made a very bold and clear proposal to the european union. she's made that offer and it's for the european union now to respond. he called the eu the opponents "the enemy", later taking to twitter to apologise for a poor choice of words. in europe, the talk is still of the divorce bill, the rights of citizens and ireland. if you are sitting in a bar and if you are ordering 28 beers, and then suddenly some of your colleagues is leaving, it isn't 0k.
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that's not feasible. they have to pay. i met the new french finance minister, who said he wanted a good deal, but there was a need for patience. the progress is not enough to move to the next stage, but there has been some progress. and, you know, our will is not to have a hard brexit or a soft brexit. it is to get a fair brexit. philip hammond is here amongst some of the most powerful people in politics and economics, and a change of tone. he says he's not here to talk down britain, to worry about brexit, but to talk up the country's prospects. but he knows that brexit isn't the only problem that he's facing. next month, he'll have the budget, and the problem of the performance of the british economy. obviously, a downgrade of productivity forecast is disappointing. but it's only one of the moving parts. the 0br is an independent body. it will produce a comprehensive report on the economy and the fiscal
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position before the budget, and we will need to look at the whole picture. they are packing up at the imf tonight and mr hammond heads back to london to face his critics. he is optimistic, he says, but he knows his few days in america have been anything but smooth. kamal ahmed, bbc news, washington. a high courtjudge has ruled that the body of the moors murderer, ian brady, should be disposed of with no music and no ceremony. brady died five months ago at the age of 79. his remains are being kept at an undisclosed location. thejudge rejected brady's request for a piece of classical music to be played as his body was cremated because the inspiration for the work would offend the families of his victims. an iraqi teenager is to stand trial in march over the parsons green terror attack on the london underground last month, which left 30 injured. 18—year—old ahmed hassan mohammed ali from surrey appeared in court via video link from belmarsh prison
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on two counts of attempted murder and of using an explosive to endanger life. a bbc investigation has revealed a huge increase in the number of modern—day slavery offences being reported. but despite the rise, a freedom of information request has revealed only 6% of those cases, which can include people trafficking and forced labour have led to prosecutions. charlotte franks reports. across london, it is car washes, nail bars and construction sites, hotspots for modern day slavery. it is impossible to know how many people are being exploited at any one time, but it is a crime that is often in plain sight. unable to a debt, this person was trafficked from china and made to work on a construction site. translation: i was warned that i would have to obey the rules. i have ago would have to obey the rules. i have a go anywhere they want me to go. otherwise they would beat me up and
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break my arms and legs. they were very cruel, ijust break my arms and legs. they were very cruel, i just lost break my arms and legs. they were very cruel, ijust lost my will to live. he was at the mercy of his slave masters for months until he escaped. the construction industry is just escaped. the construction industry isjust one area escaped. the construction industry is just one area where modern day slavery occurs, but it is not alone. we have obtained figures which reveal a steady rise in the number of offences reported to the metropolitan police over the last five years. it is thought the rises because more people are now aware of the issue. in 2013, 21 cases were reported to the force across 32 boroughs. so far this year in 2017, it is 461 cases. but we can reveal that the number of prosecutions remains low, atjust 6%. the victims themselves sometimes find it hard to engage, they may come from a background where they don't trust authorities. it may be their immigration status is under scrutiny. but also, the statutory agencies and the police and the
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national agency need to look at this as serious crime and build their responses like they do to other serious crime. modern day slavery can be found in many industries across london. nail bars isjust one of them. a premises like this one is trying to raise awareness of the issue and educate their customers on what to look out for. we are trying to raise the awareness in the nail industry. staff at the london school of beauty and make—up are talking to their clients about the issue. as pa rt their clients about the issue. as part of a campaign by the antislavery charity arm seam. what we wa nted antislavery charity arm seam. what we wanted to do was actually to reach out to those and ethical nail bars where they are no issues and through those salons, the customers are coming to have their nails i will be spoken to and they will be able to talk about the issue of modern slavery in nail bars. the home office has been raiding premises on its modern—day slavery task force has had some success, but it wants businesses across london to do more. the high was rescued from
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his ordeal and now look forward to the future. the memory of what happened is still very raw. translation: when i think about what happened, i had nightmares. i hope other people in this situation will be brave and stand up for themselves. rather than hiding. charlotte franks, bbc london news. the taxi service uber has filed an appeal against a decision by transport for london not to renew its licence to operate in the capital. last month, tfl refused uber a new private hire licence, saying the company was not "fit and proper". the appeal process could take months during which time uber can continue to operate in london. shoppers have the weekend to spend their old round £1 coins before they are officially withdrawn, but banks and many shops will go on accepting them. it is estimated that up to 450 million of the old coins are still in the public‘s hands despite the new 12—sided coin entering circulation in march. now, for every fisherman there is a story of the one that got away. but this time, it's a tale
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of getting too close for comfort. a man was kissing a dover sole in celebration of the catch when the 6—inch fish wriggled out of his hand and jumped into his mouth. he stopped breathing before being saved by paramedics. chi chi izundu reports. thankfully, this fish is larger than the one sam ouilliam caught. at 14 centimetres, his friends had jokingly referred to his catch that night as a postage stamp. that's it, he is smiling, now. size didn't matter. sam still wanted to kiss his dover sole with pride. but the fish wasn't actually up for that kiss. the river free and jumped straight down sam's throat, completely blocking his airway. just a bit shaken up by it all, really. you just don't expect it to happen. i mean, people do things like this all the time. and you just don't expect it to happen to you. his friends noticed his panic and started to give him cpr. i turned my back, before
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i knew it, he was choking. he got halfway down the pier here, and collapsed. by that point, i was already on the phone to the emergency services. thankfully, paramedics were just finishing another job around the corner before they got the call. after 17 years of doing this job, i've never seen anything like it. i've never seen a foreign body quite as much — yeah, quite like that. with small forceps, it took six attempts to get the fish out, which came out whole. once they got sam's heart going again, he was rushed to hospital. but he's not the only fisherman that could be caught in this danger. apparently, there is a tradition amongst fishermen. when they get their catch, they give quick kiss before they throw it back in the sea. sams says that this whole incident has not actually put him off, and he will be here soon on this pier, with his friends, fishing, as soon as he gets the sign off from doctors. so, will sam be kissing his catch any time soon?
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probably, yes. just a little bigger, and not a sole. a mini heatwave is expected to bathe parts of the uk in temperatures reaching 24 degrees over the next few days. the well—above—average temperatures come hours after strong winds and heavy rain swept across northern parts of england. rain in cumbria forced the closure of a number of schools as villages were covered in surface water. let's get more detail on that now with chris fawkes. hi there. we're going to look at the satellite picture, first of all, because we have quite a typical autumnal setup, really. cool north—westerly winds across the atlantic meeting milder southerly winds, a weather front in between. what of course is not normal is this. hurricane ophelia, a category 2 hurricane, near the azores, with winds gusting to 120 miles an hour. they will be affecting our weather early next week. for the time being, we have warm winds wafting their way across the british isles, dragging out that
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warm air for the time of year. so, over the next days, we could see temperatures go as high as 24 degrees, if we get some sunny spells. these temperatures, by the way, are pretty good, actually, for late july. except it's not late july, its october. and those temperatures are really quite incredible for the time of year. now, it is a mild start to the day everywhere, with temperatures into double figures. we've got some rain around in northern ireland, into north—west england, and south—west scotland, as well, seeing that wet weather. look at these temperatures. 16 degrees, as we start the day. that's where temperatures should peak at this time of year. as we go through the day, this band of rain will slowly push its way northwards, whilst easing. the cloud over england and wales, while quite low at times across wales and south—west england, with some hill fog patches in the morning, but the cloud will tend to shrink as we go on through the afternoon, to allow some bright spells through. in the best of the sunshine, i think temperatures could get to 22, maybe 23 degrees celsius towards eastern england during saturday afternoon. overnight, rain turns heavierfor a time across northern ireland, but more especially in western scotland,
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where it will be a wet old night. another mild night, saturday night, these are the kind of minimum temperatures, 13, 14 degrees, something like that. now, for sunday, there is a better chance that we will see more in the way of cloud breaks across england and wales. you'll notice, though, the rain in northern scotland. when the rain sticks, it could do across western scotland, through the day, it will not feel especially warm. temperatures here into the teens. but when we see the sunshine coming out, we could see highs of 23 or 24 degrees celsius. so it will be a very warm day for late october indeed. beyond that, we have to look again at the azores. this is hurricane ophelia. this is be working in a north—eastward direction. probably got another 24 hours as a hurricane before it turns into a normal area of low pressure. please bear in mind that the track of this low pressure could change, but nevertheless, you will notice that we've got some very strong winds coming our way through monday and tuesday as well. firmly in the firing line is ireland. northern ireland and scotland could also be impacted. the winds may well be damaging. but bear in mind the track
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could change, so the strong winds could affect other areas of uk, as well. and that's your weather. this is bbc news. the headlines: the list of allegations about harvey weinstein continues to grow. rose mcgowan is the latest actor to claim she was raped by the hollywood producer. he denies the allegations. meanwhile, harvey weinstein‘s brother has denied reports that the film production company they co—founded could be closed or sold. president trump has set out a new, more confrontational approach to iran, condemning tehran as a fanatical regime. he said he wouldn't cancel the agreement immediately but instead was decertifying it. the move has prompted condemnation from the other international powers that signed it. the worst wildfires in california's history have left at least 36 people dead and hundreds missing. firefighters are facing dry and windy conditions for yet another day as they try to contain more than 17 blazes ripping through the region. coming up in ten minutes time,
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