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you are live in the "cnn newsroom." i'm jim acosta in washington. and we begin in texas where a deadly concert tragedy is now a criminal investigation. fans who were at the astroworld music festival in houston tell cnn this was not a concert, this was a fight for survival. eight people were killed and dozens injured after many in the crowd rushed the stage. but police are also looking into reports that someone with a needle was injecting someone with unsuspecting people with drugs including a security guard who was pricked in the neck and needed to be revived by narcan. the chaos started before the concert even began according to the video. some people were trampling one another and pushing past security just to get into the venue. you can see people right there on the video falling to the ground. this was before it even ended with those tragic consequences.
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i want to get to cnn's rosa flores who was in houston for us with the latest. rosa, what else are we learning? >> reporter: well, the latest on the investigation is that police say that they were planning to scour through video looking for evidence of criminal wrongdoing. as you said, this is a crowd stampede/crowd compression incident that has turned into a criminal investigation. this after a security officer reported that he felt a prick on his neck. he went unconscious, he was treated with narcan and then revived. now investigators are interviewing witnesses to get to the bottom of it. >> it was a death trap, basically. >> reporter: more witnesses are coming forward to share their experiences at houston's astroworld friday night, where eight people died and hundreds more were injured. >> i picked some kids up and the eyes rolled to the back of his head. so i checked his pulse and i knew he was dead. and i checked people around me. i decided to leave him there,
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there was nothing i could do. >> reporter: another concertgoer say the mood noticeably shifted right before travis scott took the stage. >> as the time was winding down, people became more rowdy and more antsy and just more standoffish is the vibe that i got. >> reporter: police also say that a security guard was pricked in the neck with a needle, prompting more questions about what was happening in the crowd. >> he went unconscious. they administered narcan. he was revived, and the medical staff did notice a prick that was similar to a prick that you would get if somebody's trying to inject. >> reporter: but scott maintains he had no idea about the severity of what was happening in the crowd as he continued his set, telling fans in an instagram video saturday night that he is devastated by what happened. >> any time i can make out anything that's going on, i stop the show and help them get the
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help they need. >> reporter: it isn't first time crowd control issues have come up for scott who sells out concerts across the globe and is phone for his high-energy shows. in this 2019 netflix documentary, a member of travis' team tells security guards about the anticipated rowdy fans ahead of one of his shows. >> the pressure becomes very great up against the barricade. you will see a lot of crowd surfers in general. but also you see a lot of kids that are trying to get out and get to safety because they can't breathe, it's so compact. >> reporter: in the past scott has faced legal trouble for egging on fans at his shows. in 2018 scott pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in arkansas, according to the northwest arkansas democrat gazette after police say he encouraged people to rush the stage at one of his shows. two other misdemeanor charges including inciting a riot were
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dismissed. he pleaded guilty after encouraging fans to rush the stage at chicago's lollapolooza festival. he was sentenced to a year of court supervision. in houston, a criminal investigation is now underway according to police who are urging concertgoers to contact them if they have information to share. the medical examiner's office also seeking help identifying this man, one of the victims in this tragedy. hearts are heavy here in houston as we start to learn the names and the stories of the individuals who have died. eight people died total between the ages of 14 and 27. here are some of their names. 21-year-old franco patino, 27-year-old danis. 16-year-old brianna rodriguez. and john hilgert, we don't know his age, but we know that he was a ninth grader at a high school here. jim? >> just, just so sad. all right, rosa flores, thanks
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so much for that report. with me now are two people who attended the concert. i first want to show our viewers a video that you filmed during the chaos. let's take a look. [ screaming ] [ yelling ] breathe. breathe. ♪ >> dana, that must've been terrifying. can you tell us what this was like being in there? >> um, it was just terrifying is the only word i have to describe i it. everyone around us was just trying to take each individual breath. there was just no air left for anyone to breathe. we were too closely compact.
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everyone was too pushed up against each other. there was just nowhere to go and no air to breathe. >> and i understand that you were crowdsurfed to a medic area. is that right? >> yes. i just started screaming, help, help, please help me, i can't breathe. and finally some people around me told me they were going to pick me up. and they just started saying "crowdsurf her to the medics." i got crowdsurfed to the front. and a medic picked me up and put me on the ground and that was it. no one asked me if i was okay. they just moved on to the next person who needed help. there wasn't enough time to pay attention to each person. >> tell us what happened when you were there by yourself. that's just so awful. >> yeah. so, i had a panic attack when she was lifted away. and i kept telling people around
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me screaming that i need to stay with her, but no one around me was listening. and the pressure and everyone around me was questioning me and i couldn't breathe at all. and eventually i actually ended up vomiting in the crowd. and no one around me helped at all. and i ended up screaming very loud. and one person next to me ended up helping lift me up and get me to security. and three people ended uplifting me up. and i grabbed security's arm. it took a little while, but eventually they pulled me out, and i just fell back on my back. and same situation, they barely asked me if i was okay. but i got up and i started looking for her and staying with her. we started looking for each other right away. we were screaming each on the -- other's names. it was absolute chaos. >> it sounds like it. we're hearing these reports that a security guard was pricked in the neck, and they're
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investiga investigating reports that people might've been injected in the neck with a needle. did any of you hear anything about this while you were at the show? >> not at all. everyone just couldn't breathe because of how closely compacted and how, like, tight we were together. we didn't know anything about the needles until the following day. >> it was just suffocation. >> how did it get to the point where you guys were being crushed and you couldn't breathe? >> every person who was at the festival was at the one stage, and there wasn't enough room for everyone who was there. so, when it got closer to the time of the festival, everyone wanted to be close, and when you're at the front of the stage wherever you are, there's nowhere else to go except for into the person in front of you. >> you told us that you've been to other travis scott concerts.
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is that right? but you say this one felt different? >> i'm 18 years old now, and i went to my first travis scott concert when i was 13. and their concerts, they're wild, but i have never experienced anything like this. i've been to at least ten travis scott concerts or music festivals, and something was seriously wrong with this one. i don't know what was different, but i really have never experienced chaos and terror in a crowd like this. >> and we have seen videos of medics stuck in the crowd and not being able to move. can you describe as someone who was in that crowd what that felt like, just struggling to get help? >> yeah. um, actually before we got pushed forward, we were standing by one of the cameramen on the left side, and someone passed out behind us before even travis got on stage, before anything
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started. they passed out and we tried calling a medic. and i even had to turn on the flash on my phone and wave it around, and everyone around me was screaming "medic" and trying to get them through. but we were so compact. there was not any room for anyone to get through. no medic showed up right away from what i know. maybe they got the person out. i even remember before it starting people were already walking out because they knew how compact it was. one girl had asthma, and some person was trying to get her out because she couldn't breathe at all. that was before travis even got on stage. >> and we have video of people rushing into the event, almost stampeding each other at the beginning of this, before even the music started, while it was still day out -- daylight out. and it's just -- did you all see this? did you see this unfolding when it was happening? and did you get the sense that it was out of control from the very get go? >> when we first entered, it was
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actually very orderly at our entrance. we didn't see any of the initial stampede running through the entrances. they checked our wristbands. they checked our bags. everyone was going through the lines properly and an orderly fashion. so we all thought, oh, they upped security this year, it's really going to be safe, and we were totally incorrect, it was the complete opposite, and it was the most unsafe event. >> well, we're glad both of you are okay. but just what an awful situation. thanks so much for sharing your story with us. we appreciate it. >> thank you so much. >> you take care. up next, the trial for three men accused in the murder of ahmaud arbery resumes tomorrow as the judge in the case is already saying there appears to be intentional discrimination in the jury selection. benjamin crump, the lead attorney for arbery's father, he joins me next. you're live in the "cnn
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the trial for the three men accused in the murder of ahmaud arbery continues tomorrow, and it has already been incredibly emotional as part of the opening statement friday the lead prosecutor played video from the day arbery was shot and killed while he was out for a jog in brunswick, georgia. that was in february last year. she also outlined for the events of that day unfolded. >> all three of these defendants did everything they did based on assumptions, not on facts, not on evidence, on assumptions. and they made decisions in their driveways based on those assumptions that took a young man's life. and that is why we are here. how do you know this was an attack on mr. arbery? because greg mcmichael said it perfectly. mr. arbery was trapped like a
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rat. that's what he told the police. trapped like a rat. >> meantime, the defense argued their clients gregory mcmichael, travis mcmichael, and william bryan was fearful of break-ins and trying to protect their neighborhood. >> it's tragic that ahmaud arbery lost his life. but at that point travis mcmichael is acting in self-defense. he did not want to encounter ahmaud arbery physically. he was only trying to stop him for the police. >> the why it happened is what this case is about. this case turns on intent, belief, knowledge, reasons for those beliefs, whether they were true or not. were there good reasons to
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believe them? >> and looking on throughout all of it, a nearly all-white jury. 11 white jurors and one black juror. state prosecutors have accused defense attorneys of disproportionately striking black jurors, and the judge actually agreed. let's discuss with ben crump, the lead attorney for ahmaud arbery's father. ben, great to see you again. thanks so much for making time for us. we appreciate it. how concerned are you that the racial makeup of this jury will actually impact the verdict in this trial? what are your thoughts? >> well, jim, we are very concerned ahmad's mother and father are very concerned as well as everybody who you talk to in brunswick. this does not represent a jury of ahmaud arbery's peers. we are very afraid that they won't understand his life experiences, his background, his culture. we are concerned that they may
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identify more with the perspective of his killers. and so the family is very concerned, as are we all. >> and are you satisfied with what you heard from prosecutors in their opening argument? >> well, i think the video is such a clear and convincing piece of evidence that the prosecutors have something that most people never have when they go into trial, especially in a situation like this where race is such a huge dynamic. it is the elephant in the room despite anybody trying to say, well, it's not about race, race is the issue here because if this was three black men who chased down a young white man for jogging because they had a
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prejudice notion that he was going to commit a crime, there would be no question that they would all be convicted of murder, and they never would've been given 72 hours to sleep in their bed at night by the local prosecutors. but with all of that said, jim, it really is about the prosecutor has to remind them that ahmaud arbery was a human being. we keep discussing with the prosecutors and his parents that you got to tell him about who ahmad was. this was a good kid. he was only jogging for exercise. he wanted to be a carpenter like his uncles. and they help humanize him. they all try to humanize the killers but they haven't humanized the victim. >> in the defense that this shooting was in self-defense, what is your response to that? >> well, it's hard to claim self-defense. it is an assault on our
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intelligence. you chase this young man back and forth for almost two miles, and you are saying it was in self-defense? i think one of the lawyers for travis mcmichael said that, well, he was chasing ahmad because he was concerned about the safety of his 5-year-old son. jim acosta, if he's concerned about the safety of his 5-year-old son, he should stay home with his 5-year-old son and call 9-1-1. but it's asinine what they are trying to say to justifying killing this unarmed young man for jogging while black in 2020. >> it sounds like the defense is just throw everything up against the wall and see what sticks. but, ben, as graphic video of ahmad's final moments were played in court, his mother chose to stay and watch it. if our audience hasn't seen this, let's listen to what she
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had to say about that decision. >> i'm doing okay. many times over the last 18 months, i question what happened to ahmad in the last minutes of his life, i often avoided the video, but today i decided it was time to see the video. it's very heartbreaking, but i've got past that part. >> ahmad's father chose to leave the courtroom instead of watching that video. this is devastating. i assume it continues to be devastating for the family. how is the family doing, ben? >> it's very emotional for them, jim. and the video is so graphic showing his fingers blowing off, showing the hole in his back. it's just god awful really. and wanda his mother was very courageous to watch the video
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for the first time there in court. his father marcus just thought he saw the video already, he thought that he could not sit there and watch that video being so close to the killers of his youngest son. so he chose to leave the courtroom to be able to not lose grip of his emotions. because, to us, ahmad is a case, a hashtag to wanda and marcus, that was their baby boy. >> he's a human being, absolutely. no question. benjamin crump, thank you so much for your time. >> thank you, jim. up next, video obtained exclusively by cnn showing rudy giuliani under oath admitting he didn't have time to verify the election fraud claims he was repeating over and over again. we'll show you the tape, next.
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new video exclusively obtained by cnn shows former trump attorney rudy giuliani being challenged under oath about his election lie. giuliani is being sued by dominion voting systems for saying the 2020 election was rigged. and you're going to see a video from a deposition back in august. >> we had a report that the heads of dominion and smartmatic
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somewhere in the mid teens, you know, 20, 13, 14, whatever, went down to venezuela for a get-to-know meeting with maduro so they could demonstrate to maduro the kind of vote fixing they did for chavez. >> you say the heads of dominion and smartomatic? >> yes, that's what i was told. before the press conference i was told about it. sometimes i go and look myself online when stuff comes up. this time i didn't have the time to do it. it's not my job in a fast-moving case to go out and investigate every piece of evidence that is given to me. otherwise you're never going to write a story. you're never going to come to a conclusion. >> oh, boy. cnn's senior legal analyst and former federal prosecutor eleni goikos
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elie honig joins me now. is this case closed in this lawsuit? what are your thoughts? >> it really should be. dominion has to show two things here, first that rudy giuliani lied. there's no real question that he lied that crazy stuff you just heard him talking about trips to venezuela. the second thing is that rudy giuliani knew it was false or should have known. and when you admit that as a member of the bar you stood up at a microphone and didn't even bother to check, didn't have time for whatever reason. that's essentially admitting that you should have known. and every time i see rudy do something ridiculous like this, jim, makes me cringe because he's just become an embarrassment to himself, to the legal profession. it's really just a shame. >> yeah. it's a total catastrophe. in the meantime, the house select committee says former doj official jeffrey clark refused to answer their questions friday. here's some exclusive video on
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cnn walking there, he is a key figure in all this because lawmakers believe he was part of trump's attempt to get states to throw out already certified election results. how long can this process play out, do you think? >> yeah, jeffrey clark's another attorney who has not covered himself in glory. the question of how long is really now up to the january 6th committee and congress. jeffrey clark went in there and raised completely bogus exceptions. he refused to answer questions. he said executive privilege, even though donald trump has already said in writing i am not invoking executive trij. clark tried to claim attorney/client privilege. they don't represent the president, they represent the m american people. hold him in contempt, have the whole house hold him in contempt and send it over to the justice department where it will be up to merrick garland to decide whether to bring criminal charges. >> they were so sure of what
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they were doing at the time and they have absolute confidence in all their arguments. i don't understand why they wouldn't want to go up to congress and give us the evidence, show us the proof. let me turn to something else, the case of 18-year-old kyle rittenhouse. he's on trial for killing two people and wounding another during riots in kenosha, wisconsin, last year. the fbi released new aerial surveillance that shows the moments before kyle rittenhouse shot and killed one of the victims joseph rosenbaum. a witness testified that rosenbaum launched at rittenhouse as he was shot. >> we know rittenhouse is making a self-defense claim here. that video and other evidence makes clear that rosenbaum, the first person who rittenhouse killed, was chasing rittenhouse through that parking lot right before rittenhouse shot him. however, it's not okay to shoot someone in self-defense if they're just chasing you and
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throw a plastic bag at you. so he's going to have to show that he reasonably believed his life was in danger. watch for rittenhouse's lawyers to argue that fact of the jury to say because this man reached for his gun, that gave him reason to believe his life was in danger. that's why it's self-defense. this will be a question ultimately for the jury, whether that happened and whether it was reasonable by rittenhouse to respond with lethal force. >> elie honig, thanks for covering all that ground for us. we appreciate it. >> thanks, jim. coming up, a disturbing look at the crisis in afghanistan where cnn witnessed desperate families who say they're being forced to sell their young daughters. that's right. you heard that correct, in order to survive. that harrowing story is next. shop walmart's black friday deals for days. ♪ ♪
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desolate landscape, no a scrap of vegetation in sight, lies a makeshift camp for some of afghanistan's internally displaced. among its residents, a 9-year-old. her bright pink dress squeals of laughter and childhood games, a ruse to the horrors unfolding in this inhospitable environment. her family moved to this camp four years ago after her father lost his job. humanitarian aide earning $3 a day providing the basic staples to survive. but since the taliban takeover two and a half months ago, any money or assistance has dried up. and with eight mouths to feed, his father is now doing the unthinkable. >> translator: i have no work, no money, no food. i have to sell my daughter, he says. i have no other choice.
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but she dreams of going to school and becoming to teacher and applies makeup, a favorite pasttime for little girls. but she knows she is preparing for what awaits her. >> translator: my father has told me because we don't have bread, rice, and flour. he has sold me to an old man. the white-bearded man who claims he's 55 years old comes to collect her. he's brought her for 200,000 afghanis, just over 2,000 u.s. dollars. covered up, she whimpers as her mother holds her. this is your bride, please take care of her, says her father. of course i will take care of her, replies the man. his large hands grab her small frame. she tries to pull away.
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as he carries her only bag of belongings, she again resists. digging her heels into the dirt, but it's futile. the fate of this small, helpless child has been sealed. child marriage is nothing new in poor rural parts of afghanistan. but human rights activists are reporting an increase in cases because of the economic and humanitarian crisis engulfing the country. >> these are devastating decisions that no patienrent sh ever have to make. and it speaks to what an extraordinary breakdown is happening in afghanistan right now. >> reporter: for months the u.n. has been warning of catastrophe as afghanistan descends into a brutal winter. billions of dollars were frozen after the taliban swept to power
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in august. banks are running out of money. wages haven't been paid for months while food prices soar. according to the u.n., more than half the population doesn't know where their next meal is coming from. and more than 3 million children under the age of 5 face acute malnutrition in the coming months. >> people of afghanistan need a life line. >> reporter: and while a billion dollars has been pledged by u.n. donors to help the afghan people, less than half those funds have been received as the international community holds off recognizing the taliban government. >> people of afghanistan will be dying of hunger in the next couple of months, and not just a few. this is just making people more and more vulnerable. we cannot accept that. >> reporter: sentiments shared by the taliban. >> translator: we are asking aid agencies to come back to afghanistan and help these poor people. otherwise a crisis will worsen. >> reporter: for this family,
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they are trying to sell two daughters, a 9-year-old and a 4-year-old for a thousand u.s. dollars each. >> translator: do you know why they're selling you, the journalist ask one child? because we are a poor family and don't have any food to eat, she says. are you scared, he asks. yes, i am. another family in a province borrowed money from their 70-year-old neighbor. now he's demanding it back but they have nothing to give, except their 10-year-old daughter. >> translator: my daughter doesn't want to go and is crying all the time. i am so ashamed, he says. >> reporter: terrified, she threatens to take her life. >> translator: if they push me to marry the old man, i will kill myself. i don't want to leave my parents. days later she discovers the sale has been finalized.
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another afghan child sold into a life of misery. anna coren, cnn. >> since this powerful piece first aired, anna coren says she has been inundated with offers of help from the young girls you just saw featured in that report. cnn reaching out to local aid organizations in afghanistan to see how we might channel these efforts. and we'll be right back. sharing smiles together is a gift. at aspen dental, it's easy to gift yourself the smile you deserve. new patients, get started with a comprehensive exam and full set of x-rays
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the october job reports showed a significant boost in the nation's economic recovery. so why are americans still feeling the pinch when paying for everyday goods? here's cnn's christine romans with this week's "before the bell" reports. >> reporter: hi, jim. job growth is back and wages are rising but you're also paying more for just about everything. this week we find out how quickly prices are rising. in september consumer prices stayed high matching a 13-year peak. the federal reserve is watching these numbers closely. last week the fed chair argued inflation is not the new normal but will take some time to go away. >> our base line expectation is that supply bottlenecks and shortages will persist well into next year, and elevated inflation as well, and that as the pandemic subsides, supply chain bottlenecks will abate and job growth will move back up. and as that happens inflation will decline from today's
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elevated >> as for job growth, that's surging. the use economy added back 531,000 jobs in october. august and september were also revised higher. inflation went down a tick to 70% and job growth picked up again in october. i'm christine romans. >> the series "diana" explores princess diana he divorce from prince charles and how freedom came with a price. >> one person, diana, took on the royal family. and now she needs to take a step back and figure it out. >> diana was even more isolated after her divorce. she hadn't just lost the royal family and her ex-husband but
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the whole backup, the palace machinery. the one saving grace, if you like, for her was, of course, william and harry. but when they were not around, she was quite alone. >> she would go back to the palace and there would be nobody there to welcome her home, to say, well done, or let me pour you a drink. >> she had lost her sense of trust and security. >> joining me now, cnn royal commentator kate williams. kate, this is fascinating, a fascinating chapter in her life. what changed for diana once her marriage was over? >> jim, everything changed, because with a royal family, you're in or you're out, and diana was out in the cold as we
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heard on the clip there. she was very isolated, lost the networks of power, lost the networks of support. to her that was liberating. it was terrifying, but now she could finally forge her identity outside the royal family and be known for herself. >> as an estranged member of the royal family, she was an activist. that was a big part of her life. how did she do that and what has she been able to accomplish? >> people do forget she was an activist. what she did for hiv and aids inside the royal family, outside she could really adopt causes that might have been seen as political and that of land mines, explosives left in countries after a war that were maiming people, killing her. she went out and talked about land mines. she walked through a field of land mines and that was watched all over the world because it
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was diana. not long after the treaty for land mines was signed, and after her death, her work was still being done. she really was a celebrity activist. >> i remember that very vividly. without her, i don't think that would have been accomplished. the media gave her a lot of publicity for those causes. but then some members of the media wanted access to everything, including her personal and dating life, and, of course, that led to just awful consequences. >> yes, that's sad, isn't it, because diana wanted the media attention and used it brilliantly for her campaign for her work. but then she was afraid to go anywhere. going to the gym, all of her friends, and it was really intruding into her personal life, as you say. she was front page news.
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a photo of her when she was going to the gym, headlines all over the world. it was ridiculous. what was particularly distressing for her was she couldn't have friends, and she, of course, couldn't have a dating life. her gentleman friend, khan, he was really scared of paparazzi intrusion, and in the end when she died, she was being chased by paparazzi photographers. so, really, the media was so obsessed with her, they couldn't leave her alone. >> that's for sure. before we go, just a quick update on the queen. what is the latest on the health of the queen after that mysterious hospital stay? >> yes, when we see the queen in the hospital, we always find it a surprise. the queen never kcancels. she goes to everything even though she's 95. it was a shock that she kacanced to go to the doctor in glasgow. she looks good.
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she's been driving around, smiling, looking in great health. it does seem as if that was just minor tests and now she's back doing everything and all systems go. >> all right, well, we hope that is the case for sure. all right, kate williams, thanks so much as always, and be sure to tune in. a brand new episode of "diana" airs right here at 9:00 on cnn. i'm jim acosta. i'll see you next week on cnn. pamela brown takes over after a quick break. good night, everybody. ♪ ♪ there are beautiful ideas that remain in the dark. but with our new multi-cloud experience, you have the flexibility you need
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