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Bill Cosby heckled during second Canadian show

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TORONTO: Comedian Bill Cosby, the subject of more than a dozen sex abuse allegations over the past three months, was heckled during a show on his Canadian tour on Thursday, with one audience member calling him a “rapist”, the Canadian Press reported.

The news agency said a man shouted “You are a rapist,” at a show in London, Ontario, before being removed by security, with some audience members telling the heckler to be quiet and later giving Cosby a round of applause.

It said Cosby told the audience to be quiet and patient as the man was taken away, then resumed his comedy routine.

“One outburst but over 2,600 loyal, patient and courageous fans enjoyed one of the most wonderful gifts that exist for human-kind. Laughter,” Cosby said in a statement afterward through his publicist.

“I thank you, the theater staff, the event organizers and the London, ON community for your continued honor and support. I’m far from finished,” he said.

Cosby, one of the biggest television stars of the 1980s, was scheduled to do three Canadian shows this week. His first in Kitchener, Ontario on Wednesday was not interrupted. But both shows had protesters outside the venues.

The comedian, best-known as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” has had two television projects shelved and several standup performances canceled since the allegations started last year.

Cosby, 77, has never been charged over any of the allegations, which have been dismissed by his lawyers and in some cases date back as far as the 1960s. He settled a 2005 civil suit that alleged sexual misconduct.

Cosby’s attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

 

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Kanhaiya is an aberration, nationalists don’t accept it: Rajiv Pratap Rudy

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Kolkata: Describing Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar as an “aberration”, union minister and BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Sunday said such an aberration will not be accepted at the cost of nationalism.

Interacting with media persons on the sidelines of a party event here, Rudy ridiculed the Left parties for using the media and universities to turn Kanhaiya Kumar — who was jailed on sedition charges but recently granted interim bail — into a “momentary hero”.

Using the media, universities and NGOs, the Leftists sided with anti-national sloganeers and managed to turn Kanhaiya into a hero for the time being, but the people of the country are aware of Leftists’ intentions, he said.

“Kanhaiya is an aberration and the nationalism and nationalists will not allow this aberration to be part of the country’s polity,” said Rudy.

Commenting on the demand for change in the sedition laws, Rudy said those who are clamouring intolerance were anti-nationals.

“Nationalism cannot be compromised at any cost and it cannot be brought to on par with the debate of intolerance. When people are talking of breaking the country, when people are raising slogans against the country, this debate of intolerance is nothing but anti-nationalism,” said the union Minister of state for skill development and parliamentary affairs.

“It is for the court to decide whether a change needs in the sedition laws, but there cannot be any compromise when your actions are seditious,” he said.

Addressing a seminar of the party’s state intellectual cell, Rudy said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the only political party in the country whose ideals are not personality-based.

“The chief character of almost all the parties, be it south India or the east, be it the Samajwadi Party or the Congress, their ideals are based on a certain personality, but the BJP’s soul is country, nationalism,” he said.

Enumerating the various developmental schemes undertaken by Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre, Rudy called upon the party’s intellectual cell to endeavour for bringing the BJP in power in West Bengal.

(IANS)

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One dead, two hurt on Scorsese film set

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Taipei:  One person died and two others were injured Thursday while preparing to film the movie “Silence”, the latest project of US filmmaker Martin Scorsese, in Taiwan, regional authorities reported.

According to the Taipei City Construction Management Office, the accident took place at the city’s Culture and Movie Centre when temporary wooden scaffolding fell on three Taiwanese workers.

The victims, between 40 and 50 years of age, were immediately transferred to a nearby hospital where one was declared dead on arrival after cardio-pulmonary resuscitation proved fruitless, a spokesperson from the construction office told the press.

Scorsese is in Taiwan to prepare for shooting scenes for the historical drama.

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Akshay-Twinkle Complete 14 Years Of Marriage

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Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna completed 14 years of marriage On January 17th.

The two tied the knot on January 17, 2001. Akshay posted a cutesy picture of him and Twinkle, giving it an adorable caption that read, “After 14 years of listening to the same old jokes of @mrsfunnybones I still wait to hear more ! #happyanniversary.” Twinkle is known as Mrs Funny Bones after the popular pen name under which writes her blogs for The Times of India. Here’s wishing the lovely couple a happy anniversary and many more years of togetherness.

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