- Alec Baldwin got into a harsh Twitter exchange with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and his girlfriend, actress Asia Argento
- Argento and Bourdain slammed Baldwin for implying Rose McGowan 'delayd justice' by accepting a cash settlement with alleged rapist Harvey Weinstein
- Baldwin also acknowledged that he knew of 'rumors' that were talked about 'for decades' in Hollywood about Weinstein's alleged rape of McGowan
- ‘Hey @AlecBaldwin you're either a complete moron or providing cover for your pals and saving your own rep. Maybe all three,’ Argento tweeted on Saturday
- ‘If you paint every man with the same brush, you’re gonna run out of paint or men,’ Baldwin responded to Argento
- Bourdain came to his girlfriend’s defense, tweeting to Baldwin: ‘You are really too dumb to pour piss out of a boot’
- Baldwin fired back at Bourdain, tweeting: ‘You should stick to eating worms and keep your mouth shut’
- McGowan, who has led an unrelenting commentary on the Weinstein sexual assault scandal since it erupted last month, responded furiously to his remarks
- Announcing his Twitter hiatus, Baldwin said it was 'never his intention' to 'blame the victim' and said that his 'heart goes out' to anyone affected by harassment
Published: 00:53 EDT, 5 November 2017 | Updated: 00:53 EDT, 5 November 2017
Alec Baldwin vowed to take a hiatus from Twitter on Saturday – but not before he got into a harsh exchange with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and his girlfriend, actress Asia Argento, over the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
The actor, who appeared once again on Saturday Night Live's cold open to impersonate President Donald Trump amid the latest controversy, was criticized by Argento and Bourdain for implying that one of Weinstein’s alleged rape victims, Rose McGowan, was wrong to accept a financial settlement rather than press criminal charges because it 'delayed justice'.
Argento was one of the first women to come forward in an interview with The New Yorker magazine and accuse Weinstein of orally raping her.
Bourdain is the host of the popular CNN travel and food show Parts Unknown.
Alec Baldwin (seen left with wife Hilaria) vowed to take a hiatus from Twitter on Saturday – but not before he got into a harsh exchange with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and his girlfriend, actress Asia Argento (right), over the Harvey Weinstein scandal
Baldwin was criticized by Argento and Bourdain for implying that one of Weinstein’s alleged rape victims, Rose McGowan (seen above on October 27 in Detroit), was wrong to accept a financial settlement rather than press criminal charges because it 'delayed justice'
Baldwin has also been criticized for acknowledging that many in Hollywood had heard rumors for decades about Weinstein's alleged rape of McGowan. Baldwin and Weinstein are seen in this 2007 file photo
‘Hey @AlecBaldwin you're either a complete moron or providing cover for your pals and saving your own rep. Maybe all three,’ Argento tweeted on Saturday.
In an interview with PBS on Friday, Baldwin, 59, admitted hearing a 'rumor' McGowan had been raped by Weinstein but doing nothing about it along with the rest of Hollywood.
He said it was 'for' McGowan to prosecute it and later said it was an 'issue' that victims of sexual harassment were sometimes silenced by cash settlements because it thwarted the course of justice.
'You heard the rumor that he raped Rose McGowan. You heard that over and over. We have heard that for decades.
On Friday, Baldwin, 59, said it was down to McGowan to pursue her case against Weinstein and admitted he and others heard rumors about the mogul's alleged attack on her for 'decades' but nothing was done to address it
Rose McGowan responded to his interview furiously saying it was proof 'everyone knew' and 'no one cared' that she had been raped
'But what happened was that Rose McGowan took a payment of $100,000 and settled her case with him. And it was for Rose McGowan to prosecute that case,' he said.
McGowan, who has led an unrelenting commentary on the Weinstein sexual assault scandal since it erupted last month, responded furiously to his remarks.
'Told you everyone knew. No one cared. Men ran the show. Women toed the line. No more,' she said.
Announcing his Twitter hiatus, Baldwin said it was 'never his intention' to 'blame the victim' and said that his 'heart goes out' to anyone affected by sexual harassment.
Explaining why no one else spoke up, he said it was because it remained an unproven rumor and argued that 'everyone' in every type of industry gives colleagues and emoloyers 'the benefit of the doubt'.
After Argento’s tweet, Baldwin responded on the Twitter account he uses for his foundation.
Argento was one of the first women to come forward in an interview with The New Yorker magazine and accuse Weinstein of orally raping her
Bourdain is the host of the popular CNN travel and food show Parts Unknown
‘If you paint every man with the same brush, you’re gonna run out of paint or men,’ Baldwin responded to Argento.
Bourdain came to his girlfriend’s defense, tweeting to Baldwin: ‘You are really too dumb to pour piss out of a boot.’
Baldwin fired back at Bourdain, tweeting: ‘You should stick to eating worms and keep your mouth shut.’
Baldwin then blocked both Bourdain and Argento. He called the star chef ‘a self-seeking liar’.
Argento tweeted: ‘I’ve been blocked on Twitter by Alec Baldwin. I wear this medal with pride.’
Earlier on Saturday, when Baldwin announced he would refrain from tweeting in response to the backlash over his comments about McGowan and Weinstein, Argento tweeted: ‘So Alec Baldwin is taking a hiatus from Twitter to meditate about his words on Rose McGowan and gender equality. We won’t miss you bully boy.’
Baldwin addressed the scandal on Twitter on Saturday afternoon and signed off from social media
The ‘bully boy’ reference was from comments Baldwin made on Thursday when he acknowledged bullying and mistreating women.
Baldwin made the comments while receiving an award from The Paley Center for Media on Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Argento's claims were published last month in a New Yorker exposé which came within hours of a separate, equally shocking piece, by The New York Times which included allegations against Weinstein by Hollywood darlings Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.
In her comments to The New Yorker, Italian-born Argento, 42, told how Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her after luring her to an empty room at the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in the South of France in 1997.
Nearly two weeks after the New Yorker article, McGowan went public with her own rape allegations against Weinstein.
McGowan accepted $100,000 from Weinstein in 1997 after an alleged encounter in hotel room.
It was part of an agreement that the case would not be prosecuted further but was not an admission of guilt on Weinstein's part, according to The New York Times which viewed a legal document detailing the agreement.
After a handful of women aired claims that Weinstein had either harassed or raped them at the start of October, McGowan claimed on Twitter that she had been raped by 'HW'.
She did not use his name but said she told Amazon studio head Roy Price about the attack and said nothing was done to help her.
Amidst the controversy, Baldwin appeared on Saturday Night Live's cold open to reprise his portrayal of President Donald Trump. He is seen above alongside SNL cast member Alex Moffat, who is playing former campaign chairman Paul Manafort
Price has been fired by Amazon in light of separate claims he sexually harassed a lesbian TV producer.
On Saturday, McGowan's fans supported her criticism of Baldwin and his remarks.
'Finds a way to blame women. Not rapist,' said one.
'Leave it to Alec Baldwin to perpetuate the victim blaming. Now it's Rose McGowan's fault that Harvey Weinstein kept assaulting women.'
'The money is NOT the reason they don't speak out and Alec Baldwin is victim blaming,' another quipped.
Baldwin's fans defended him, saying his comments were not aimed at the victims and that he was offering a wider commentary on the mere existence of such cash settlements as those he described.
'Mr Baldwin is not blaming anyone. He's pointing out that women are cornered to accept these settlements,' said one.
Weinstein is hiding out in Arizona where he may be arrested any day and extradited to New York to face charges.
Bourdain and McGowan dined together in New York on Thursday. Bourdain and Argento have been vocal supporters of women who have come forward to accuse Weinstein and others of sexual misconduct
The NYPD announced this week that it believed it had credible and sufficient evidence to issue a warrant for his arrest.
He is also being investigated in London and Los Angeles over separate sexual assault and harassment claims.
The exposure of Weinstein by The New York Times and New Yorker last month has led to an avalanche of accusations against other men across Hollywood and in other industries.
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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms
The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.
The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.
All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.
It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.
British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.
The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.
The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.
It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.
“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.
“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”
The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.
It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.
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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official
Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.
The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.
Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.
Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.
“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.
“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.
Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”
However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.
Australia’s tight restrictions
The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.
Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.
A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.
Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.
Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.
Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.
Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.
The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.
While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.
Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.
In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.
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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection
The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.
Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.
Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.
It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.
The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.
Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”
“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.
“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”
Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.
Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.
For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.
Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.
A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.
Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane
Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane
At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.
When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.
Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.
While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.
But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.
And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.
And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.
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