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Johnny Depp’s exes Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder rubbish Amber Heard’s wife-beater allegation as ‘outrageous’

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Johnny Depp’s ex-partners Vanessa Paridis and Winona Ryder have come out in defense of the actor, stating that the domestic abuse allegations against him are “horrific, distressing, and outrageous.” Depp, 57, is currently involved in a legal battle with the publisher of The Sun, News Group Newspapers (NGN) and its executive editor, over an article that referred to him as a “wife-beater,” according to the BBC.

Published on the Sun’s website in April 2018 and titled, ‘Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?” the article referred to ex-wife Amber Heard’s claims that Depp had been abusive to her during their marriage. Paradis and Ryder were scheduled to give evidence in Depp’s favor via videolink during a hearing on the case at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Thursday, July 17, but were ultimately not called upon. 

Heard has accused Depp of being violent towards her (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

David Sherborne, Depp’s barrister, said the trial timetable had been revised and that there was no need to hear from them but did release their supportive statements to the media. Ryder, who was in a relationship with the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor for four years between 1989 and 1993, said she was “absolutely shocked, confused and upset” by the allegations against him. “I understand that it is very important that I speak from my own experience, as I obviously was not there during his marriage to Amber, but, from my experience, which was so wildly different, I was absolutely shocked, confused and upset when I heard the accusations against him,” she wrote.

“The idea that he is an incredibly violent person is the farthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved,” she continued. “I cannot wrap my head around these accusations. He was never, never violent towards me. He was never, never abusive at all towards me. He has never been violent or abusive towards anybody I have seen.”

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“I truly and honestly only know him as a really good man – an incredibly loving, extremely caring guy who was so very protective of me and the people that he loves, and I felt so very, very safe with him. I do not want to call anyone a liar but from my experience of Johnny, it is impossible to believe that such horrific allegations are true. I find it extremely upsetting, knowing him as I do.”

Actress, musician, and model Paradis said she had known Depp for more than 25 years, including the 14 years when they were partners and raised two children together, and said the actor was “a kind, attentive, generous and non-violent person and father.”

“On movie sets the actors, directors and entire crews adore him because he is humble and respectful to everyone, as well as being one of the best actors we’ve seen,” she wrote, adding that Heard’s allegations were “nothing like the true Johnny I have known, and from my personal experience of many years, I can say he was never violent or abusive to me.”

“I have seen that these outrageous statements have been really distressing, and also caused damage to his career because unfortunately people have gone on believing these false facts,” she added.

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Is Baby #4 On The Way For Kourtney Kardashian And Scott Disick?

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Kourtney and Scott are already parents to three children; sons Mason and Reign, and daughter Penelope.

Their oldest son Mason is getting ready to celebrate his 11th birthday in December, and their youngest child Reign will be turning six at the end of the year. As for Penelope, she celebrated her eighth birthday back in July.

Kourtney has spoken about how much she loves being a mom, and that was one of the reasons she decided to leave “KUWTK” to spend more time with her kids.

She’s also expressed a desire to have another child. Earlier this year, when she posted an Instagram photo of her in a bodysuit, this sparked rumors she was pregnant. When a follower asked is she was pregnant, Kourtney said she wished she was.

Kourtney’s desire for baby number four is something she’s discussed for a while, so has the time come for her to expand her family?

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‘The New Mutants’: Dani Moonstar may be behind all the scary happenings, but that does not make her a villain

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The first trailer for ‘The New Mutants’ is here and it focuses quite a bit on Dani Moonstar (Blu Hunt), who is one of the most popular mutant characters to appear in the ‘New Mutants’ comics.

However, while the trailer seems to imply that Dani and the other New Mutants are victims of some sort of evil conspiracy, things may not be as simple as they seem. 

Starring Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair / Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin / Magik, Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie / Cannonball, Henry Zaga as Roberto da Costa/Sunspot, and Blu Hunt (‘The Originals’) as Danielle Moonstar/Mirage, the movie will see the young mutants being brought to a hospital where they are psychologically monitored before things take a very dark turn.

What first seems to be a safe haven is revealed to be a murder house that forces the young mutants to face their worst fears until the day they break. Everything in the trailer seems to point to this being some sort of attack on the youngsters but Dani’s powers and the appearance of the Demon Bear in the trailer make things a lot more complicated. In the comics, Dani is a powerful mutant who once even became a Valkyrie but that’s not where her powers began.

Blu Hunt in The New Mutants (IMDb)

Back when she was introduced, Dani’s mutant ability was the power to create psychic illusions of people’s fears. This is quite literally what seems to be happening to the New Mutants.The trailer doesn’t reveal any details about Dani’s powers, which honestly seems quite suspicious. Does that mean Dani is the true villain? Perhaps, but that’s not the only possibility. 

The Demon Bear is a mysterious entity whose true origins in the comics are still unknown. It haunted Dani since childhood, appearing to her in visions and threatening to kill her.

At one point, it was believed that the Demon Bear might actually be a manifestation of Dani’s powers but it was eventually revealed that the monster is an independent entity that just so happens to have a special connection to the young mutant. Based on all the evidence, it seems quite likely that the majority of the horror elements we see in the trailer are projections that Dani is creating subconsciously.

It might even turn out that the Demon Bear is possessing Dani and making her create these terrifying illusions without her knowledge. Either way, the young heroes are going to have their work cut out for them subduing the mystical entity and possibly their friend as well.

‘The New Mutants’ is scheduled to arrive in theaters on April 3.

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James Corden could replace Ellen DeGeneres’s afternoon talk show slot amid toxic workplace scandal

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James Corden is being lined up to replace Ellen DeGeneres’s afternoon talk show given the toxic workplace accusations made by her employees. Ellen, 62, has been accused of propagating a toxic work culture and has been called for her alleged bullying behavior by her employees, past guests and also fellow celebrities. 

It has now been reported that 41-year-old James Corden who is the host of the late-night talk show the ‘Late Late Show’ in the USA is ready to supersede the coveted late afternoon slot amid rumors that Ellen will be quitting her show. Sources familiar with the show have said that the team is concerned that allegations of a toxic work environment could force Ellen to quit. 

As per insiders at NBC whose network airs Ellen’s show, James had been seen as ‘the long term successor’ to Ellen much before she was engulfed in controversy and scandal. It was just last week that Variety had revealed that Ellen and her show were being investigated amid allegations of racism, bullying and also sexual harassment off camera. 

James Corden attends the 2020 Breakthrough Prize Red Carpet at NASA Ames Research Center on November 03, 2019 in Mountain View, California (Getty Images) 

Allegations also claimed that talk show host Ellen had turned a blind eye to these incidents and had not done anything to intervene. A source spoke to The Sun and said, “This issue has fast-tracked everything and made everyone look at the future today. James Corden was being eyed for Ellen’s job in the long term before any of this came to light. Now, this shocking new development places a spotlight on the next step.”

“James and his team have been trailblazers in modern TV, taking the once considered graveyard chat show slot into a cutting edge format with huge online, social media and global recognition,” an insider added. “Replacing Ellen was always going to be a tough challenge, but he is a natural fit and easy transition. James would freshen up daytime and with a free hand would be allowed to build a new afternoon era,” the source continued. 

It is said that James is contracted to CBS which airs his Late Late Show until 2022. 

Last week’s reports had suggested that Ellen was ready to leave her show as accusations of her ‘mean’ behavior continued to stack up against her. A source from the show told Daily Mail, “She feels she can’t go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show.”

Ellen DeGeneres attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images) 

They shared that the “truth is that she knew what was going on.” Earlier this week, Ellen’s staff had called out Ellen for putting the blame at the executive producer’s feet. A staff member said, “Don’t think for a minute anything she has said in that apology means anything. She created and then enabled this toxic culture to go on for so long.”

Ellen had written an apology note to staff and said, “On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect.

“Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry.” 

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