Macklemore Car Crash, Drunk Driver Blood Alcohol Twice the Legal Limit


Macklemore Car Crash

Other Driver Absolutely Bombed

… According to Cops

10/12/2017 12:50 AM PDT


The guy who collided head-on with Macklemore had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit … TMZ has learned. 

Jake Pitcher’s BAC was .19% according to police docs — and that was nearly 2 hours after the accident! Pitcher was charged last week in Washington with DUI.

As we’ve reported … Pitcher was driving a pick-up truck on a winding road in July when he swerved across the lane and smashed into the rapper’s Maybach. Incredibly, no one was seriously hurt in Macklemore’s car. Pitcher suffered face and head injuries.

Mack recently opened up about the experience, saying he thought he was going to die.


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Harvey Weinstein’s Fall From Grace: A Timeline of the Disgraced Producer’s Crash and Burn


Harvey Weinstein‘s tarnished reputation may never recover, but many argue it’s what he deserves now that whispers of alleged sexual misconduct have finally become screams.

A scandal involving the famed Hollywood producer has dominated the entertainment news cycle ever since The New York Times published an investigation into three decades’ worth of harassment and assault allegations by multiple women, including Ashley Judd. In the immediate aftermath, Weinstein issued an apology, announced his plans to sue The Times for an estimated $50 million and was subsequently terminated from The Weinstein Company. 

What followed was yet another bombshell exposé from Ronan Farrow and The New Yorker, in which three women claimed Weinstein raped them and dozens more recalled witness or having knowledge of his unwanted sexual advances. Weinstein “unequivocally denied” the allegations in a statement released by his rep.

The Miramax co-founder’s famous peers have spoken out against his character and condemned his actions, with A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie offering their own anecdotes of being “expected” to keep the alleged abuse a secret. 

So what else is there to know about Weinstein’s sudden descent from powerful Hollywood playmaker to scorned executive with an uncertain future ahead? E! News has plotted a timeline of the events that led to Weinstein’s possibly career-ending crash and burn, which still appears far from over. 

October 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PSTThe New York Times publishes “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades,” their findings the result of interviews with Weinstein’s current and former employees, and information found in emails, legal records and internal documents spanning 30 years. 

Judd and another unidentified woman disclose alleged incidents with Weinstein, and The Times claims he’s reached eight settlements with various woman. Rose McGowan, who later became a leading voice in the fight against Weinstein, is reported as one of the women who settled for $100,000.

October 5, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. PST: Weinstein releases the following statement in light of The New York Times story, announcing his departure from The Weinstein Company and hiring of Lisa Bloom as a “tutor.”

“I came of age in the ’60s and ’70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then,” Weinstein said. “I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office—or out of it. To anyone. I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed.”

He continued in part, “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go. That is my commitment.”

“My journey now will be to learn about myself and conquer my demons,” he said. “Over the last year I’ve asked Lisa Bloom to tutor me and she’s put together a team of people. I’ve brought on therapists and I plan to take a leave of absence from my company and to deal with this issue head on. I so respect all women and regret what happened. I hope that my actions will speak louder than words and that one day we will all be able to earn their trust and sit down together with Lisa to learn more.”

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“I am going to need a place to channel that anger so I’ve decided that I’m going to give the NRA my full attention,” his statement concluded. “I hope Wayne LaPierre will enjoy his retirement party. I’m going to do it at the same place I had my Bar Mitzvah. I’m making a movie about our President, perhaps we can make it a joint retirement party. One year ago, I began organizing a $5 million foundation to give scholarships to women directors at USC. While this might seem coincidental, it has been in the works for a year. It will be named after my mom and I won’t disappoint her.”

October 5, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. PST: The entertainment mogul gives two interviews to The New York Post and The Daily Mail. He explains why he’s suing The Times, citing an “inability to be honest with me and their reckless reporting.”

Weinstein also expresses interest in “supporting” Judd and says wife Georgina Chapman and the rest of his family is “standing by” him through the controversy. 

October 7, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. PST: Lisa Bloom resigns from advising Weinstein on gender and power dynamics. The attorney and self-proclaimed advocate for women’s rights does not offer a clear explanation, instead sharing, “My understanding is that Mr. Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement.”

October 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. PSTThe Wrap founder Sharon Waxman publishes a story in which she claims The New York Times previously scrapped a 2004 Weinstein-related investigation under “pressure,” which included phone calls from Matt Damon and Russell Croweto Waxman. 

October 8, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. PST: The Weinstein Company announces his termination from the organization as CEO effective immediately. 

October 10, 2017 at 10 a.m. PST: Both Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie give separate interviews to The New York Times, adding their names to a growing list of actresses who say they’re victims of Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct. 

Paltrow claims he touched the then 22-year-old rising star at his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel, while Jolie says she suffered a “bad experience” with Weinstein in the ’90s and vowed to never work with him again. 

October 10, 2017 at 10:45 a.m. PST: After a 10-month investigation by The New Yorker, more than 11 women come forward with stories of unwanted sexual advances or touching, three of which claim they were raped by Weinstein. One of those women is Italian film actress and director Asia Argento, who later says on Twitter, “You will know the truth. And the truth will set you free.”

Weinstein’s spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister, releases a statement: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. He will not be available for further comments, as he is taking the time to focus on his family, on getting counseling and rebuilding his life.”

Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman

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October 10, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. PST: The University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts rejects Weinstein’s $5 million endowment pledge for female filmmakers, E! News confirms. 

October 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. PST: Weinstein’s wife and Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman announces her decision to separate from him after 10 years together. In a statement to People Chapman says, “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.”

Keep checking back to E! News as more updates in the Weinstein case continue to become public. 


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Princess Diana Crash Documentary Sells to U.S., U.K., Europe


In today’s International Newswire, a documentary revealing new facts about the death of Princess Diana sells to the U.S. and multiple European territories; Sony acquires North American rights to Spanish black comedy “Abracadabra”; and Georgia, Palestine, Ukraine and Venezuela select their Oscar entries.

Banijay Rights has signed deals in the U.S., Europe and South Africa for “Diana’s Death: The Search for the Truth,” the one-hour special that, 20 years on from Princess Diana’s death in Paris, uncovers shocking new information about the accident.

The show was produced by Tony Comiti and directed by Manuel Laigre for M6 in France, where its recent broadcast attracted 3.5 million viewers. It uncovers evidence that the car in which she was in had been “badly damaged in a road crash, [and] was declared a write-off more than two years before the Alma Tunnel tragedy,” according to a statement.

The show has now been picked up by Reelz in the U.S., and A&E Networks for the U.K. and South Africa. In Italy it was acquired by pay-TV service Sky Italia and public broadcaster TV8. It has also been picked up in Spain by Atres for commercial free-TV broadcaster MEGA, and by AMC Networks Intl. Iberia for Odisea, in Israel by DBS, by TVN for Poland, and public broadcaster RTVS in Slovakia.

Sony to Release ‘Abracadabra’ in North America
Sony Pictures Intl. will release Pablo Berger’s spirited black comedy “Abracadabra” in North America this fall, after the film found success in its home territory, Spain. The movie, produced by Arcadia Motion Pictures, has garnered upbeat reviews in Spain — “stunning, hypnotizing,” trumpeted ABC — and €1.5 million ($1.8 million) box office to date off an Aug. 4 bow.

The move underscores Hollywood studios’ ever more energetic involvement in the international independent industry: Once the majors limited their involvement in Spanish movies to their distribution in Spain.

A fast-paced comedy, with lashes of gothic noir horror, which is sold internationally by Films Distribution, “Abracadabra” takes a swing at sexism as it pictures a Spanish macho man becoming possessed by an evil spirit. It follows up on Berger’s sleeper black-and-white silent movie-style hit “Blancanieves.” “Berger’s prior films were well-received in the U.S., and the U.S. industry is very interested to see this new work,” said Sony Intl.’s EVP Laine Kline.

So far, the biggest Spanish-language hits in the U.S. have been scored by Mexican directors, led by Eugenio Derbez. But Hollywood is eager to test the waters with other movies.

Oscars: Georgia, Palestine, Ukraine, Venezuela Select Entries
Georgia, Palestine, Ukraine and Venezuela have selected their entries in the foreign-language category of the Academy Awards.

Georgia chose Ana Urushadze’s debut “Scary Mother,” which won best feature film at the Sarajevo Film Festival. It follows a middle-aged housewife who must choose between her family and pursuing her passion, writing.

Palestine has entered Annemarie Jacir’s drama “Wajib,” which played in competition at the Locarno Film Festival. The film centers on a father and son in Nazareth who encapsulate the differences between Palestinians living in Israel and those living abroad.

Ukraine is sending Valentyn Vasyanovych’s “Black Level,” which tells the story of a 50-year-old wedding photographer, whose life falls apart as all that he loves disappears. The Fipresci jury named the film the best Ukrainian feature at the Odessa Intl. Film Festival.

Venezuela has picked boxing pic “El Inca.” Ironically the film is in legal limbo and has barely screened in its home country. The boxer’s family filed an injunction, which the filmmakers fought and won, but after a few days the family filed a counter appeal, and it was yanked from cinemas two months ago. It is about to close deals with distributors in Latin America, the U.S., and Europe.

Alicia Vikander to Present ‘Euphoria’ at the Zurich Festival
Having recently completed filming on “Tomb Raider,” Academy Award-winning actress Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”), one of continental Europe’s biggest recent breakout stars, will present Lisa Langseth’s “Euphoria” at the Zurich Film Festival, which runs Sept. 28 through Oct. 8. Vikander stars in the film opposite Eva Green as two estranged sisters. She also produced the film. As stars seem much more willing to travel, especially for films in which they have invested in any way, Zurich is carving out an identity as a festival which combines indie movies, some red carpet star power and a high-level financing conference. Speakers at this year’s 4th Zurich Summit, turning on film, technology and business, include independent producers John Lesher (“Birdman”), Christine Vachon (“Carol,” “Still Alice”) and Greg Shapiro (“Zero Dark Thirty”).

Mipcom Hosts First-Ever 4K Drama Screening: NHK’s ‘Kurara’
Mipcom, the world’s biggest TV content market, will host its first-ever official screening of a 4K drama: “Kurara: The Dazzling Life of Hokusai’s Daughter.” The first of Mipcom’s Asian World Premiere TV Screenings, “Kurara” turns on Katsushika Hokusai, arguably Japan’s best-known artist, and his daughter, O-Ei, who may have drawn some of his work. Directed by Taku Koto, “Kurara” is produced by NHK Enterprises for the Japanese public broadcaster NHK, one of the world’s pacesetters in high-definition TV.


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M1 crash deaths: Lorry driver in custody after court appearance


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Two lorries and a minibus were involved in the crash

A lorry driver charged over a crash on the M1 motorway which killed eight people has been remanded in custody after appearing in court.

Two lorries and a minibus crashed near Newport Pagnell on Saturday.

Ryszard Masierak, 31, is charged with eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving and four of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

A second lorry driver charged in connection with the crash will appear in court next month.

Mr Masierak, a Polish national of Barnards Close, Evesham, Worcestershire, is also charged with eight counts of causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit.

The charge accuses him of giving a reading of 55mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit for driving is 35mg.

Mr Masierak will next appear at Aylesbury Crown Court on 26 September.

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Ryszard Masierak is charged with eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving

The crash happened on the southbound carriageway of the M1 near junction 14 at Newport Pagnell at 03:15 BST on Saturday.

The other lorry driver, David Wagstaff, 53, of Derwent Street, Stoke-on-Trent, has also been charged over the crash.

Mr Wagstaff is accused of eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 11 September.

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The crash happened on the southbound carriageway of the M1 at Newport Pagnell near Milton Keynes

Six men and two women died when the three vehicles collided shortly before 03:15 BST on the southbound carriageway of the motorway, between junctions 15 and 14.

A five-year-old girl, a man and a woman were left with life-threatening injuries and remain in hospital. Another person was admitted to hospital with less severe injuries.

The minibus driver and owner of Nottingham-based ABC Travels, who was killed in the crash, has been named as Cyriac Joseph.

He has been described in tributes as an “extraordinary father” and a “great leader” within the south Indian community in Nottingham.

Mr Joseph had been taking a group of people from India to London, from where they were due to start a tour of Europe.

Three other fatalities have been named as employees of IT company Wipro.

The firm said Karthikeyan Ramasubramaniyam Pugalur, Rishi Rajeev Kumar and Vivek Bhaskaran all died in the crash, while another employee, Mano Ranjan Panneerselvam, was critically injured.


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Lorry drivers charged over M1 fatal crash


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Eight minibus passengers died in the crash with two lorries on the southbound M1 at Newport Pagnell

Two lorry drivers have been charged over a crash on the M1 on Saturday which left eight people dead and four with serious injuries.

Six men and two women were killed when the minibus they were in collided with two lorries near Milton Keynes.

Ryszard Masierak, 31, and David Wagstaff, 51, have been charged with eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

They also face four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Mr Masierak, of Barnards Close, Evesham, Worcestershire, was charged with eight counts of causing death by careless driving while over the drink-drive limit.

He will appear at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Mr Wagstaff, of Derwent Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, is due before Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 11 September.


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Catastrophic UK highway crash kills at least 8 after two trucks collide with minibus


A crash involving two trucks and a minibus killed at least eight people and injured four others on a British highway Saturday.

The crash occurred on the M1 near Milton Keynes, a town in southern England. Police said the drivers of the two trucks were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. One of the men was also suspected of driving over the alcohol limit.

The vehicles involved in the crash were all traveling in the same direction. Those killed and injured were all believed to be in the minibus.


The four injured, including one child, were taken to the hospital and were believed to have serious or life-threatening injuries, according to The Sun.

Brett Smith, a witness of the crash, told The Sun he helped rescue a young girl confined in the minibus.

“A family has been destroyed. I held a little girl by her arms, trapped inside a vehicle, for a good hour or so with the emergency services and the fire service trying to help” Smith said.

“I’m walking home with a blanket that the ambulance service provided me to stay warm because the little girl has got my jacket to keep herself safe.”


Emergency services warned the crash could cause delays ahead of this weekend’s travels.

“Emergency services are continuing to work at the scene and road closures remain in place, Henry Parsons, the chief inspector from Thames Valley Police’s Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, stated. “We are aware there are a number of large scale events taking place this weekend and this closure is likely to have a significant impact on traffic disruption, so please allow extra time for your journey.”’

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Two die in light aircraft crash near Shaftesbury


Crashed plane near Compton Abbas Airfield

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The plane came down east of the airfield near Shaftesbury

Two people have died in a light aircraft crash near an airfield in Dorset.

The Tiger Moth came down east of Compton Abbas Airfield near Shaftesbury at 09.28 BST, police said.

The pilot, aged 64 from Blandford, and the passenger, aged 67, from Shaftesbury, were killed in the crash.

Dorset Police identified the plane as a Tiger Moth and the Air Accident Investigation Branch has sent a team to the area to start inquires.

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Compton Abbas Airfield on the border of Wiltshire and Dorset is about four miles south of the town of Shaftesbury


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