World’s tallest residential building has 112th floor penthouse

Thrill-seekers (and billionaires) will get the chance to live in the world’s tallest residential building from next year.

Those who are scared of heights should look away now – Central Park Tower on so-called Billionaire’s Row in New York City’s Manhattan district has 112 floors and reaches 1,550 feet (472 metres).

It will overtake the world’s current tallest residential building, 432 Park Avenue, which is 0.6 miles (97 metres) away, by 152.5ft (46.5 metres).

With views of Central Park and landmarks like the Chrysler Building and the George Washington Bridge, owners of the 179 flats will literally be able to reach for the sky.

However, the prices are also sky high, with a five-bedroom penthouse costing $63 million (£50.5m) and a two-bedroom flat on the 33rd floor going for $6.9m (£5.5m).

The developer, Extell, had to purchase 6,000 sq ft (560 sqm) of “air rights” from surrounding buildings for the $3 billion (£2.4bn) block on West 57th Street.

Some New Yorkers have complained the skinny tower, flanked by two other tall buildings under construction, on the southern edge of Central Park is casting shadows on the park, but Extell President Gary Barnett dismissed the concerns.

Speaking at a topping off ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the tower reaching its full height, he said they had done shadow studies.

He said: “It’s just a question of, you know, occasionally somebody might be sitting somewhere in the park and there’ll be a shadow for, I don’t know, 20 or 30 minutes.”

There are taller buildings which have flats in them, but Central Park Tower will be the world’s tallest mostly residential (at least 85 per cent) development.

The first seven storeys of the building will be a Nordstrom department store.

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Afghan president sees his chance after collapse of U.S.-Taliban talks

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had no more than 20 minutes to study a draft accord between the United States and the Taliban on pulling thousands of U.S. troops out of his country, but upcoming elections could put him back at the heart of talks to end decades of war.

What he read in the draft outlining the now collapsed deal left Ghani and his officials – who were shut out of the talks by the Taliban refusal to negotiate with what they considered an illegitimate “puppet” regime – badly shaken and resentful, said a senior Kabul official close to the Afghan leader.

“Doesn’t this look like surrender to the Taliban?” Ghani asked Zalmay Khalilzad, the veteran Afghan-born diplomat who led negotiations for Washington, at a meeting the two held immediately afterwards, according to the source who was present.

The Islamist militant group that ruled Afghanistan for five years has killed thousands of Afghan soldiers and civilians since it was toppled by U.S.-led forces in 2001, and the attacks have continued throughout its negotiations with Washington.

In response to Ghani’s doubts, the Afghan official said Khalilzad replied: “This is the best deal we will ever have”.

The U.S. State Department declined to comment on the meeting. Khalilzad was unavailable for comment.

It was not the Afghan government’s misgivings that sank the deal – U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly canceled secret talks with the Taliban at his Camp David retreat that were planned for Sept. 8 and has since said the talks are “dead”.

But for the Afghan government, that may be an opportunity get back in the game and shape the future direction of the peace process.

A presidential election, which the Taliban and even many Western officials had wanted to cancel to focus on sealing the peace accord, is now expected to go ahead on Sept. 28. Ghani is favorite to win, leaving him well-placed to claim a popular mandate to set the terms of any new agreement with the Taliban.

“Now, the management of the peace process, its planning and implementation is the sole duty of the government of Afghanistan,” Ghani told an election rally last week. “I will implement that.”

The Taliban has vowed to violently disrupt the election and on Tuesday killed nearly 50 people in twin suicide bombings, one targeting a Ghani election rally.


Afghan officials say the view in Kabul was that the U.S. deal offered too many concessions to the Taliban while getting nothing in return, and left the Afghan government, supposedly America’s ally, swinging in the wind.

The disagreement illustrates the deep split that developed between the United States and the government over any peace deal and underlines how hard it has been for them to present a united front in dealing with Taliban negotiators.

The deal’s collapse has also damaged the credibility of Khalilzad, say Afghan officials and Western diplomats in Kabul who have been following the talks closely. His future is now in doubt and it is still unclear whether talks can be revived.

The State Department declined to respond to requests for comment on Reuters’ questions concerning the future of the talks and the criticisms of the draft deal.

The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan has said the Taliban “overplayed their hand” in the negotiations and that the pace of U.S. military operations was likely to pick up.

Trump’s decision to fire his hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton has added a further complication, and some in Washington fear the election will make it harder for talks to be revived before next year’s U.S. presidential election.

If talks are resumed, Ghani’s officials say Khalilzad’s format of holding separate negotiations with the Taliban as a preliminary step to later talks between Afghan participants in the conflict cannot be repeated.

Instead, the government will press for a sequence that would see a ceasefire followed by direct talks with the Taliban, leading to credible security guarantees. Only then would U.S. troops be withdrawn.

“The government needs to be on board if there is a deal in the future,” the Afghan official said.


Under the draft accord, some 5,000 American troops would be withdrawn in exchange for assurances that Afghanistan would not be used as a base for militant attacks against the United States and its allies. That would leave roughly 9,000 stationed there.

But the senior Afghan official said many of the details of what would happen once the withdrawal took place were unclear.

“There was no concrete discussion, nothing, no discussion at all,” the senior Afghan official said.

From Ghani’s point of view, Taliban assurances that they would not allow militant groups such as Al Qaeda to operate in Afghanistan were worthless, given the formal oaths of loyalty that bound them.

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri pledged allegiance to Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada in 2016.

At the same time, intelligence reports showed Taliban field commanders confident of victory and eager to fight on.

While Khalilzad spoke with clarity about plans to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops, the senior Afghan official said the fate of future “intra-Afghan” talks that would decide a final peace settlement with the Taliban was less clear.

“It was a major failure of the deal that Khalilzad could not convince the Taliban to enter into direct negotiation with the Afghan government,” the Afghan official said.

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Scherwey scores winner as Senators top Leafs

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Tristan Scherwey scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period to lift the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday in the pre-season opener for both teams.

Scherwey, a training-camp invitee who has spent the last 10 seasons playing for SC Bern in Switzerland, jumped on a loose puck on a Toronto power play and fired it past Kasimir Kaskisuo to give Ottawa a 2-1 lead at the 9:45 mark.

Max Lajoie also scored for the Senators, with an assist by Scherwey, in an otherwise uneventful first period. Anthony Duclair added a goal late in the third.

Kasperi Kapanen scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs to tie the game early in the third period. Mitch Marner, who had missed the opening of training camp while awaiting a contract extension, assisted on the play. Toronto signed Marner on Friday to a six-year, US $65.358 million deal.

The exhibition matchup marked the Maple Leafs’ return to St. John’s, a city that has historically hosted Toronto-affiliate teams.

Tight defence defined the larger part of the game.
Lajoie’s goal was the only shot that made it past goaltender Frederik Andersen in the first 40 minutes.
Anderson stopped 12-of-13 shots by the end of the second period before Kaskisuo allowed two goals on five shots in the third.
Ottawa goalie Anders Nilsson stopped all 13 shots he faced through the first two periods. Marcus Hogburg stopped 11-of-12 shots.
Kapanen, Marner and John Tavarres were among a handful of star players on the ice for Maple Leafs. Auston Matthews did not play in preparation for Wednesday’s game between the two teams in Ottawa.
Lajoie, Duclair and alternate captain Jean-Gabriel Pageau were among the regular Senators players.
The Maple Leafs played their home game to an enthusiastic, packed Mile One Centre in downtown St. John’s.
The city is host to the Leafs’ ECHL affiliate, the Newfoundland Growlers, which captured the league’s 2019 Kelly Cup in their inaugural season.
St. John’s was also home to the AHL’s Maple Leafs for 1991 to 2005 before the team relocated to Toronto as the Marlies.
Excitement over the Leafs’ return was palpable Tuesday afternoon, with a sea of blue and white jerseys flooding in to the city’s downtown.
Fans also came out in droves this past weekend for the team’s training camp in Paradise, N.L., about 20 minutes west of the provincial capital.
Retired sports broadcaster Bob Cole of St. John’s was in the crowd and received a round of applause.

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‘Indulge my craziness for a bit’: Alberta father speaks at sentencing for sexually assaulting daughters

An Alberta father made a lengthy, rambling speech in court Tuesday ahead of his sentencing for sexually assaulting his three daughters.

The Evansburg man, who cannot be identified in order to protect his victims, was arrested in 2016 and faced more than 40 charges. In February, he pleaded guilty to 10 charges.

In an agreed statement of facts, he admitted to repeatedly sexually assaulting the girls. On two occasions, he allowed men he met online to sexually assault his oldest daughter. He recorded one of the encounters on video.

On Tuesday, the man stood in front of the court wearing a black t-shirt, black pants and shackles around his ankles. He clutched dozens of pages filled with tightly typed rantings which he read from for nearly two-and-a-half hours.

He said he was “literally screaming on the inside ‘let me tell you the truth,’” during the court proceedings.

“The system seems like it was made to endorse a witch-hunt,” he said. Adding, “it really feels like a two-tier system that only caters to those that claim to be victims.”

He then asked Justice Vital Ouellette to “indulge my craziness for a bit.”

The father launched into a bizarre challenge to the media asking that they organize polygraph tests for himself and his family. He requested they publish the full results from said test. Media in attendance agreed that would not take place.

Targeting his family, the man in his 40s said he was embarrassed by them and their actions.

“This is not about hurting you, this is not about embarrassing you. This is about saving you, the ones I love,” he said of his speech filled with biblical verses.

At one point, six security guards watched on as the man, who has been in custody since 2016, spoke of suicidal thoughts.

“Sometimes I think if I die, all this pain will go away.”

For the most part, Justice Ouellette sat stone-faced during the diatribe. At one point he stopped the man from speaking to and about lawyers.

“You said you would be respectful, I’m not sure you have been,” said the judge noting how much time had been taken.

After a short break, the father wrapped up by defending his actions.

“I’m not claiming I never had sexual contact,” he said.

He said he and one of his daughters had taken vows and that, in the eyes of God, she was his wife. While he refused to apologize for what he did, he acknowledged his guilty plea.

“My actions are contrary to the laws, so therefore I accept the decision,” he ended by thanking the judge.

Court was adjourned until Thursday when sentencing is expected.

Crown prosecutors are asking for the man to serve 29 years in prison. Defence is arguing for between 16 and 18 years.

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Illegal immigrant involved in crash that killed Indianapolis Colts' Edwin Jackson gets additional prison time

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A Guatemalan national who was convicted of causing a crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver was slapped with an additional 42-month jail sentence Tuesday for reentering the U.S. after he had been previously deported.

Chief U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson ordered Manuel Orrego-Zavala to serve his sentence consecutive to his sentence of 16 years in state prison at the request of prosecutor William McCoskey, who said it would "send a strong message to the defendant and others similarly situated that we are a nation of laws and that there are real consequences that come from violating those laws."


Orrego-Zavala, 38, was in the U.S. illegally for the third time in February 2018 when he struck 26-year-old Jackson and his 54-year-old Uber driver, Jeffrey Monroe, who had pulled over and were standing on the shoulder of I-70 in Indianapolis. Orrego-Zavala was driving a pickup truck and had a blood-alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit. The two victims were stopped on the highway because Jackson said he wasn't feeling well and needed Monroe to pull over.

This file photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows Manuel Orrego-Savala, of Guatemala. Orrego-Savala, living illegally in the U.S., was convicted of drunk driving in a crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver. (Indiana State Police via AP, File)

Orrego-Zavala pled guilty to causing death while operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol in July 2018 and was given the maximum sentence of 16 years in prison. He had previously been convicted of two drug felonies in California and was deported in 2007. Authorities found him illegally in the U.S. again in May 2009 and deported him for a second time, according to court records.


"Mr. Orrego-Zavala re-entered the country illegally for the second time before he put the public safety of Indianapolis at risk and took the lives of two innocent men on February 4, 2018," U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said in a press release. "This prosecution represents our office’s commitment to charging aliens that illegally re-enter the country, especially if they are a risk to public safety or there is a criminal history present."

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From ‘The OA’ to ‘One Day at a Time’: How ‘Save Our Show’ Campaigns Affect Network Interest

Organized flash mobs and mounting billboards still may not save your favorite shows, as some fan campaigns are finding out. Following Netflix’s most recent decision to stand firm on its cancellation of “The OA,” the question remains, “what will save these shows?” When networks and streamers find that smaller favorites aren’t big cash cows, fans search for innovative ways to save them once they’re on the chopping block. In today’s digital world, social media seems to be the more instantaneous way to get shows back on the air. But it is certainly not a guarantee.

After “Timeless” fans caused a stir online following the show’s second cancellation with the #SaveTimeless campaign in 2018, the network opted to close the show with a two hour finale. It was a move producers Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke described as “the next best thing” since they were able to give the dedicated fans some closure.

More recently, “One Day at a Time” found a new home at Pop TV after being canceled by Netflix, partially thanks to the public response sparked by executive producers Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce.

“As a television executive you look at a lot of different aspects to picking up a show,” Pop TV president Brad Schwartz tells Variety. “Being a small network, a big thing for us is being able to put shows on the air that is someone’s favorite show. What social media showed us was that there was a very loud and proud group of people who loved this show.”

“One Day at a Time” continuing on a cable network marks the first time a canceled show from a streaming service has been picked up by a linear channel.

But it’s not just about cyber-screaming one’s love for a show on Twitter and Instagram accounts. How campaigns make use of social media to target those who put their money behind a show plays an important role in the success or failure of the movement. Applying pressure to advertisers had an effect on the lifespan of the NBC show “Community,” for example. The NBC show seemed to be circling the drain after season three when it was halted to make room for “30 Rock’s” return. However, it was miraculously renewed for two more seasons until its eventual cable cancellation in 2015. After fans mounted a diligent campaign, Yahoo! Screen picked up the show for a sixth season before it finally ended its run in 2018.

“Community” fans used their social media accounts not only in attempts to trend #sixseasonsandamovie, but also to send messages to the program’s advertisers to make them aware of the show’s enthusiastic fanbase.

“We did it because that has to do with money, and maybe that would make a difference,” says Communicon founder Gillian Morshedi. But, she admits, “it’s so hard to quantify [what methods worked] because maybe it’s the networks or studios or streaming sites that feel like they can capitalize more off of the fervor that fans feel.”

Back in 2009,“Chuck” fans hit the streets to focus on network advertisers such as Subway by taking over local franchises, buying sandwiches and leaving comment cards that mentioned the show once they were done. For “The OA” fans, campaigning toward advertisers isn’t an option: there are no advertisers on Netflix. Instead, revenue comes from subscriptions, and viewership numbers are not made public, making it impossible to correlate how noise on social platforms translates to new binges. Therefore, even if a show is picked up by a streamer, there is no guarantee it will have a long life.

“Designated Survivor” was saved by Netflix after ABC canceled the show in 2018, but the streamer promptly canceled it again in July of this year, a little more than a year after picking up the Kiefer Sutherland-led drama and after dropping only one new season. The same happened to “Lucifer,” which was canceled by Fox in 2018 and picked up by Netflix a month later, dropping a new season by the end of the year. In June of this year, Netflix announced it was ordering another season of “Lucifer” — but that upcoming fifth season overall would be its final one.

“I think the reason Yahoo! Screen built their streaming service on ‘Community’ was because it had such an enthusiastic fan base and especially because it was a streaming service just trying to start out,” Morshedi says. “For the existing streamers like Hulu or Netflix or Amazon Prime, and the existing networks and studios, it’s hard to know what’s going to matter.”

When Pop picked up “One Day at a Time,” there was no expectation that the show’s Latinx family would expand the diversity of the CBS-owned network’s audience, since according to Schwartz, Pop “well over-indexed with Latinx audiences and Black audiences. So we knew that those audiences were people we already reached.” Although Netflix’s viewership numbers for the show are unknown to any streamer or network outside of the original owner, Pop seems optimistic about the show’s ability to generally broaden viewership by comparing Nielson ratings directionally to with its other successful programming like “Schitt’s Creek.”

“It’s better to be a smaller network’s No. 1 show than a bigger network’s No. 8 show,” Schwartz says. “We’re working with fantastic people: Gloria and Mike, who showrun the show, and Norman Lear, who’s an icon in the history of television. We really don’t know what the future is, but we’re really passionate about it. We love it.”

However, fans of “The OA” and even “Shadowhunters” aren’t as lucky. Freeform granted producers of “Shadowhunters” the opportunity to wrap up their storyline in a two-hour movie, but a portion of the audience of the show still wants more and is dedicated to using hashtags including #SaveShadowhunters to try to get noticed by other networks. Fans of that show also organized a $25,000 donation to the Trevor Project in the show’s name and flew a banner directly over Netflix’s headquarters.

When it comes to “The OA,” which was canceled after a second season that ended on a cliffhanger, Netflix has already said no to a follow-up movie. Additionally, since Netflix is the producer for the series, there’s no chance of another Pop and “One Day at a Time” rescue story.

But, with the current trend of revivals such as “Veronica Mars” and the more recently announced “Lizzie McGuire” and “Saved by the Bell,” super-fans may need to just wait a few years for their favorite show’s triumphant return.

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DeVaughn Nixon To Play His Dad Norm Nixon In HBO’s Showtime Lakers Pilot

EXCLUSIVE: In an art-imitates-life casting, DeVaughn Nixon (Prom, Marvel’s Runaways) has been tapped to play his dad, Norm Nixon, in HBO’s pilot about the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers.

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Written by Max Borenstein (Godzilla), the Untitled Showtime Lakers Project is based on Jeff Pearlman’s nonfiction book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.

Executive producer Adam McKay is directing the pilot, which chronicles the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Lakers, one of sports’ most revered and dominant dynasties — a team that defined its era, both on and off the court.

DeVaughn Nixon’s Norm Nixon is a debonair playboy who overcomes insurmountable odds to become the All-Star point guard of the Lakers. He expertly maneuvers the complexities of NBA stardom, until talented young rookie Magic Johnson (Quincy Isaiah) arrives in L.A.

Norm Nixon spent 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA. A two-time All-Star, he won two championships with the Lakers over Julius Erving and the Philadelphia 76ers at the onset of their Showtime era in the 1980s. During his NBA career, Nixon scored 12,065 points (averaging 15.7 points per game) and had 6,386 assists (8.3) in 768 games played. Although he had impressive statistics, he might be remembered most for faking a free throw at the end of a Lakers-San Antonio Spurs game on November 30, 1982, which caused a double lane violation. The referees erroneously ordered a jump ball, instead of requiring Nixon to re-shoot the free throw. The Lakers got the ball and Nixon made a field goal to tie the game, where they prevailed in overtime. The last three seconds of the game were later replayed in April 1983.

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Nixon joins previously announced cast members Jason Clarke (who plays Jerry West), John C. Reilly (Lakers owner Jerry Buss), Quincy Isaiah (Magic Johnson) and Solomon Hughes as )Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).

McKay is executive producing through the yet-to-be-named company he launched after parting ways with longtime producing partner Will Ferrell and dissolving their Gary Sanchez Prods. Joining McKay at his new company is former Gary Sanchez Prods. executive Kevin Messick, who will executive produce the Lakers pilot alongside McKay, Borenstein and Jason Shuman. Jim Hecht co-wrote the story and executive produces.

DeVaughn Nixon was born in 1983 during the height of the Showtime era, when his dad was playing for the NBA-champion Los Angeles Lakers. Nixon’s  acting credits include a lead role in Disney’s Prom and the Hulu series Marvel’s Runaways. An actor at an early age, he starred opposite Whitney Houston as her son in The Bodyguard and had a role in James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. He’s repped by SDB Partners, Elevate Entertainment and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis.

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Actress Who Recruited Women to Nxivm Sex Cult Says 'I Have a Lot of Guilt'

Sarah Edmondson 

An actress who spent years as a member of New York-based sex cult Nxivm has written a memoir on the experience and has opened up in several interviews about why she joined the group whose founder was recently convicted of sex trafficking.

Sarah Edmondson, 42, describes her 12 years in Nxivm in her new book, Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult that Bound My Life, which is available now. (The book was excerpted in an earlier edition of PEOPLE.)

The book opens with Edmondson, who recruited hundreds of new members, describing the moment she was held down while naked and branded with the initials of the group’s leader, Keith Rainere.

“The goal was to draw readers in right away, and I feel like if I started by explaining that I signed up for a few personal development seminars, it’s like, ‘What’s the big deal?,'” Edmondson tells Refinery29. “That’s really the nature of how cults get you — by starting slow, promising to help you realize your goals. If someone had said early on, ‘Hey, Sarah — can we brand you with our leader’s initials next to your crotch?,’ I would have said, ‘That’s f—— crazy.'”

Edmondson previously told PEOPLE that to get into a secret, select group within Nxivm — known as DOS — she was required to submit graphic nude photos of herself, along with videotaped confessions of her “darkest secrets,” that would be held as collateral to ensure loyalty.

Edmondson said that, as a young, aspiring actress looking for meaning in the world, she was attracted to Nxivm’s promise of self-awareness and growth. Before she knew it, she was indoctrinated.

“If you look at the branding ritual as an example, they convince you that you are triumphing over your own weakness,” she explains. “One of the things that can be helpful in terms of an explanation is to look at the ways in which cults are similar to abusive relationships. Nobody seeks out an abusive partner, but so many people stay in these relationships longer than they should — they make excuses, they ignore red flags, and they allow themselves to be emotionally manipulated.”

Edmondson told Refinery29 she joined Nxivm at perhaps the most vulnerable time in her life.

“I was really looking for a sense of purpose, a sense of community,” Edmondson said. “I guess you could say that made me vulnerable, but I think those are good things to want. More so than being naïve, I would say I was extremely idealistic, and that’s something Nxivm exploited.”

Raniere and Nxivm serve as the basis of a new Lifetime movie, Escaping the Nxivm Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter, which debuts September 21 at 8 p.m. EST.

Edmondson said that at first, Nxivm seemed like the answer to her problems.

“On the other hand, I really thought these seminars were a wonderful opportunity,” she said. “I have a lot of guilt about the people I brought in, but if there’s one thing I can hang my hat on, it’s that I never lied. I thought Keith Raniere was the greatest, wisest, most brilliant man on Earth. I had no idea what was going on with the women and everything that came out in the FBI’s investigation.”

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She believes Raniere knew exactly what he was doing with Nxivm, and that his intentions were always evil.

“I do think as time went on and he became more and more powerful, he also got more and more out of touch with reality,” she explained. “Like, ‘Oh, let’s brand people with my initials.’ I don’t know if that’s something he was planning from the beginning. People who knew him towards the end told me he was scared of getting old. And we now know that he has this erectile dysfunction problem, which came out at the trial. I think that maybe amped up [his need for power] towards the end.”

Edmonson’s memoir, Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult that Bound My Life, is available now.

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Ottawa police arrest three more in alleged sex assault at Confederation Park

OTTAWA – Police in Ottawa say they’ve arrested the three remaining suspects in an alleged robbery and sexual assault at a city park.

Police say a 23-year-old man and two 18-year-old women were arrested last week and charged with multiple offences.

The man is charged with robbery and sexual assault. One of the teens is charged with robbery and the other with robbery, assault and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

Two other suspects – men ages 24 and 27 – were arrested and charged shortly after the Aug. 27 incident at Confederation Park.

Police say a man in his late 20s was walking in the park when he was surrounded by a group of people and sexually assaulted.

They say the group also made off with the man’s backpack.

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Chelsea stars had flat for mistresses but Abbey Clancy was in charge following Peter Crouch cheating claims – The Sun

WELCOME to week two of The Secret Wag — the woman with the hottest gossip on the Premier League’s biggest superstars.

Her revelations have been the talk of football dressing rooms — and the Wags — since we unleashed her first column last Sunday. Today the Secret Wag brings further unmissable gossip. Her identity is strictly confidential.

'EVERYBODY knows that back in the day there were some players that didn’t play fair, should we say.

John Terry's cheating was probably the worst.

He was caught having an affair with French model Vanessa ­Perroncel – the ex long-term girlfriend of his England team-mate Wayne Bridge.

Ouch! There has always been a culture in football of cheating. I don’t know why, but let’s face it there is. And it stinks.

I’ve heard some pretty horrendous stories about the Chelsea players – both current and in the past.

There were a couple of Chelsea players who actually clubbed together for a flat near the training ground so they could keep their mistresses there. John terry wasn't one of them.

They had it in somebody else’s names so nobody – especially their wives – would find out about it. If they finished training early they would go round and see the girls for a quick bunk up.


Some of these women would even “service” a couple of the other players too. Vile. No glam nights out but sex on tap for the married players and a free home for the girls.

The cheating is still rife. It’s sad when children get involved.

But when there is an attractive woman in the equation many footballers will be led by one thing and one thing only, without really looking at the bigger picture.

There is one player at a club in the Midlands who has secretly fathered other CHILDREN with women and his wife hasn’t got a clue.

Some Wags get over the cheating, some don’t. Many make them pay.

Toni Terry forgave John for his cheating – it helped that he bought her a dressage horse to smooth things over.

Abbey Clancy forgave Peter Crouch too after claims he slept with a prostitute in Madrid. But she firmly wears the trousers in their relationship now.

She loves going on holiday and having a lovely time, a drink, partying . . . while he looks after the kids!

And Annie Kilner is making Kyle Walker pay too. Sometimes she pretends she’s still not with him and has “single mum” as her status on social media. She is winding him up – and he deserves it.

Sadly it doesn’t end well for others. We all thought Stacey Flounders was a bit thick for staying with Adam Johnson, now we just feel sorry for her.'

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