Lawyer Alan Dershowitz: Epstein ‘thought he’d be better off dead’

Lawyer Alan Dershowitz is not buying the conspiracy theories about former client Jeffrey Epstien’s death.

Since the pedophile died in his cell last weekend, apparently having killed himself, people immediately began to weave elaborate theories suggesting that everyone from Bill Clinton to Prince Andrew had bumped him off.

But The Dersh — who repped Epstein in his 2005 trial where the billionaire was convicted of soliciting a minor for prostitution — exclusively told Page Six, “I’m not a conspiracy-theory person. I think it was just a suicide.”

He added, “I think he killed himself because he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life in prison. He did a cost-benefit analysis and thought he’d be better off dead.”

Dershowitz told us he believes the fault lies with the Bureau of Prisons.

“There should be a thorough investigation . . . He never should have been taken off of suicide watch,” he told us.

An official autopsy released Friday concluded that Epstein killed himself.

Dershowitz — who in the past has been regarded as a close associate of Epstein — has distanced himself from the convicted sex offender.

“I haven’t seen him in years,” he told us. “We never had a friendship. I have no personal feelings. He was a client and someone who I had academic contact with. We didn’t have a personal relationship.”

Two women have claimed they were “directed” by Epstein to have sex with the high-profile lawyer, which Dershowitz strongly denies.

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Parents share their children’s laughably poor attempts at hide and seek – The Sun

THESE children are on a hiding to nothing with their comical attempts to play hide and seek.

Parents have been posting pics online of their little cherubs’ efforts.

They include toddlers trying to take cover behind a curtain, under a throw and beneath sofa cushions.

Others hide under a sheepskin rug — and even inside a clear plastic box.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s final days at Metropolitan Correctional Center

Jeffrey Epstein’s final days: Pedophile spent up to 12 hours a day in visiting area with lawyers gorging on vending machine snacks to avoid cramped jail cell – and paid off other prisoners with commissary cash for protection

  • New details have emerged about Epstein’s final days at MCC New York
  • Paid lawyers to visit for up to 12 hours a day to escape cramped confines of cell
  • Emptied out the two vending machines in the visiting areas during long visits 
  • Paid off other inmates with money in commissary accounts to avoid attacks 
  • Sources describe the miserable conditions at the chronically understaffed jail
  • AG Bill Barr said officials uncovered ‘serious irregularities’ at the jail  
  • The 66-year-old Epstein’s death was officially ruled a suicide on Friday
  • But his attorneys are ‘not satisfied with the conclusions of the medical examiner’

New details have emerged about Jeffrey Epstein’s final days alive

New details have emerged about the way disgraced millionaire Jeffrey Epstein spent his final days, before his death behind bars last weekend at the age of 66. 

So dismal were the conditions of his cell on the 9 South wing of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York that he would spend up to 12 hours at a time meeting with attorneys, the New York Times reported. 

Epstein would routinely meet with his lawyers, all paid handsomely for their time, for so long that he appeared to grow bored and simply sat in silence.

To buy protection from the predations of other inmates, Epstein deposited money in the commissary accounts of at least three other inmates, the Times reported. 

The MCC commissary is stocked with such goodies as Snickers bars, Jolly Ranchers and Velveeta cheese, according to documents obtained by 

Inside the grim brick fortress of MCC New York, Epstein was so miserable in his cell that he paid rotating shifts of lawyers to visit him for 12 hours at a time in the visiting room

A sketch made by another inmate shows the layout of a cell in the 9 South wing, where Epstein was found dead in his cell on August 10

A commissary slip obtained by shows the items that were available for inmates at MCC NY. Epstein would pay off other inmates with money in their accounts to avoid attacks

During his long meetings with attorneys in a private room, Epstein and his entourage would routinely empty the two vending machines in the visiting area.

‘It was shift work, all designed by someone who had infinite resources to try and get as much comfort as possible,’ a lawyer who was often in the jail visiting clients told the Times.

Although family visits are typically limited to 30 minutes at MCC, inmates have much greater freedom to meet with legal counsel.  

The vending machines in the visitors area have typical snacks such as chips, cookies and soda, said Dana Gottesfeld, who routinely visited her husband when he was incarcerated in the 9 South wing at MCC.

Gottesfeld told that visitors were free to bring money to purchase items from the vending machines – but that inmates had to consume the items in the visiting area and could not bring them back to their cells. 

Conditions were so miserable at MCC, said Gottesfeld, that she understood Epstein’s willingness to sit in silence with his attorneys for hours on end just to escape his cell.

‘It’s relentless — they’re in there for 23 to 24 hours a day, they don’t get communal time,’ she said. ‘This is just a horribly, horribly run jail.’

Her husband Marty Gottesfeld, who was convicted of one count of conspiracy to damage protected computers and one count of damaging protected computers, has a lawsuit pending against officials at MCC over conditions there.

A sketch of the 10 South wing, one floor above where Epstein was housed, shows the approximate layout. Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was housed on this wing

Security personnel and people are seen at the entrance of the MCC in a file photo

After Epstein was arrested on sex trafficking charges on July 6, he was transferred into federal custody at MCC.

It was a stark change for the opulent lifestyle he was accustomed to at his mansions in Manhattan and Palm Beach, private Caribbean island, and massive ranch in New Mexico.

Epstein’s final days unfold at MCC

On July 18, judge denied Epstein bail, judging him a high flight risk despite his offer to put up his Upper East Side mansion and private jet as collateral.

Five days later, on July 23, Epstein was found with neck injuries on the floor of the cell he shared with Nicholas Tartaglione, a former NYPD cop accused of quadruple murder.

Tartaglione shouted for help and claimed Epstein had attempted to kill himself — but Epstein, who quickly recovered, claimed that he’d been attacked by Tartaglione.

Tartaglione was later cleared of attacking Epstein by jail officials — and Dana Gottesfeld told that her husband had befriended the muscle-bound ex-cop behind bars and spoke fondly of him.

‘Nick is actually a decent, nice guy, believe it or not. While he has big muscles, and a big stature, his personality is much softer,’ she said, relaying her husband’s impressions. 

‘He ran a shelter for abused animals. Marty became doubtful that he even has the wherewithal to pull off what he was accused of in his criminal case.’

Nicholas Tartaglione, a former NYPD cop accused of quadruple murder, was Epstein’s cellmate when he was found injured on July 23. An inmate who knew Tartaglione said he is ‘a decent, nice guy’ who ran a shelter for abused animals

Following his July 23 injury, Epstein was placed on suicide watch and moved into a solitary cell under draconian conditions.

Naked except for a thick, quilted smock that cannot be fashioned into a noose, Epstein would have been in a cell where the lights were never turned off, and there were no bed sheets. 

Epstein would have met with a psychologist daily, according to BOP policies. 

Six days after his apparent suicide attempt, on July 29, Epstein was taken off suicide watch and returned to 9 South.

Jail officials’ decision to end the suicide watch so quickly has prompted criticism from mental health professionals – but current and former BOP officials say that it is not uncommon to end a suicide watch after just a few days.  

On August 1, three days after Epstein was taken off suicide watch, his attorney David Schoen visited him for roughly five hours.

At one point during the visit, Schoen told the Times that a female therapist stopped by the visitor’s room and asked him to step out briefly so she could speak privately with Epstein.

The therapist said the visit was part of the suicide protocol.

‘She stayed max five minutes,’ Schoen said, adding that Epstein ‘said he was fine with it.’ 

Schoen said that Epstein seemed excited to work with him on the case and confident in their legal strategy.

‘One thing I can say for sure is when I left him he was very, very upbeat,’ Schoen said.

A cell with bunk beds is seen at MCC, similar to the one that Epstein was housed in alone when he was found dead on August 10

In the following days, however, jail staff and lawyers say that Epstein became haggard and distraught.

His hair and beard grew unkempt, and he took to sleeping on the floor of his cell, rather than the bed, sources said. 

On August 9, his last day alive, Epstein spent the majority of his day in the private visiting room with attorneys, as he did most days. 

As a high-profile inmate, he required extra guards to take him to and from the room – and also requested frequent bathroom breaks that required escorts, wearing staff thin.

Overnight, guards were supposed to check Epstein in his cell every 30 minutes – but the rounds stopped at around 3.30am. Prison officials say that the two guards on duty, both working long overtime hours, fell asleep.

A prison official told the Times that Epstein had one of the cells that has a view of the guards’ duty station from the small window in his door, and may have been able to see if they were in fact sleeping.

At 6.30am on August 10, Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell.

According to official autopsy results announced by the medical examiner on Friday, he died of a suicide by hanging, apparently using a bed sheet tied to the top of a set of bunk beds as a noose.

Epstein’s attorneys do not accept the findings of the autopsy. 

‘The defense team fully intends to conduct its own independent and complete investigation into the circumstances and cause of Mr. Epstein’s death,’ they said in a statement. ‘We are not satisfied with the conclusions of the medical examiner.’  

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Brilliant Bernard scores the winner as Marco Silva escapes scare against former club Watford – The Sun

MARCO SILVA’s Everton survived a scare against old club Watford to sneak a 1-0 victory courtesy of some Bernard Brazil-iance.

The Hornets are now winless in their last 14 visits to the blue half of Merseyside as they failed to sting the hosts despite dominating for long periods.

But the Toffees and their boss will not care one bit as they recorded a fifth-successive Prem home win.

Goodison was rocking with just ten minutes on the clock courtesy of some Samba magic from Bernard.

The 26-year-old was sent clear down the left by Lucas Digne’s wonderful diagonal ball out of defence.

The South American collected possession and cut in towards the edge of the area before shifting onto his right foot to rifle home low inside Ben Foster’s near post.

It was just reward for the Blues, who had looked pumped up from the off.

The Hornets, who dropped forward Andre Gray in favour of Roberto Pereyra after last week’s thumping against Brighton, were offering little in sting in attack with new signing Danny Welbeck left on the bench.

But they almost drew level from a corner as Jose Holebas whipped one to the back post and centre-half Craig Dawson rose highest to head towards the upright, with Everton stopper Jordan Pickford managing to get a fingertip to it.

Seconds later Dawson was involved in the thick of it again at the opposite end.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin attempted to turn the defender before falling to the ground to spark loud appeals for a penalty, but referee Lee Mason was having none of it.

Everton’s momentum was waning as the visitors took control and pressed for an equaliser before the break.

VAR was called into play after Gerard Deulofeu, Watford’s only real bright spark, and Yerry Mina tangled in the area as the Spaniard fell to the ground theatrically – correctly it showed there was no decision to make.

Etienne Capoue then forced Pickford into a save low to his left from long range but was fortunate not to receive his marching orders moments later.

Having earlier been booked for a foul on Richarlison, he then clattered into Bernard, but the lucky midfielder escaped a second yellow.

Richarlison should have punished his old employers for some slack defending and put the game to bed in the final stages of the half only to wastefully headed over from six yards when unmarked from a Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick.

Neither Silva or Javi Gracia shuffled their packs at the interval as it was Watford who continued to press for a leveller.

And ten minutes after the restart they carved open the home defence following great work from Capoue and Deulofeu to send captain Troy Deeney clear.

But Pickford raced out to meet the Hornets skipper and save day and Deeney’s shot cannoned off the England stopper’s face.

Richarlison, who had been fouled by Holebas, then squandered another opportunity to silence the Watford boo boys when heading over again from the resulting free-kick.

That was to be the last action for the £40m man as Theo Walcott entered the fray only for the away team to come close again as Pereyra headed high above the crossbar from close-range.

The Hornets were buzzing and smelling blood as Welbeck was thrown for the final 20 minutes in search of an equaliser.

But the England international, playing his first game since November after recovering from a broken ankle, failed to celebrate his debut with a goal.

Although Watford did have one final opportunity as a loose ball fell to Abdoulaye Doucoure in the area, but the midfielder pulled his effort way off target as his side remain pointless.

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Marnie Simpson shows off baby bump as she films scenes for Geordie Shore OGs with boyfriend Casey Johnson

PREGNANT Marnie Simpson cradled her blossoming baby bump as she filmed reality show Geordie OGs with her boyfriend Casey Johnson.

The 27-year-old, who is expecting a boy, was glowing as she slipped into a black mini dress with white floral print while shooting the new series.

The MTV star carried a black Louis Vuitton tote and donned a pair of black flip flops as she was spotted crossing the road alongside her beau, 24.

Later, Marnie was pictured with her mother Sharra Kyle, who complemented her in a knitted black midi dress.

Her appearance comes days after viewers watched as she sobbed during her first baby scan on Geordie OGs.

The mum-to-be allowed the cameras into the doctor's room as she saw her unborn child for the first time during the debut episode of the new MTV series.

Marnie, who expressed how nervous she was before the scan, took her mum and boyfriend Casey with her.

However, it seemed all her worries were washed away when the sonographer showed her the baby on-screen.

Looking to her loved ones for comfort, she explained: "It feels really emotional. I can actually see it. Oh my god, I can't believe that's my baby in there."

She continued to describe her emotions in the voice-over, saying: "Looking at the scan I just feel so overwhelmed. It actually took my breath away.

"I can't believe that I'm going to be responsible for this little baby, it's just crazy. I can't believe that I'm going to be a mother."

Dad-to-be Casey also got emotional as he witnessed the special moment.

He said: "Seeing the baby for the first time I am just speechless. I cannot believe that I am looking at my child inside Marnie, it's just the weirdest thing ever."

And Marnie's mum explained: "I think I've waited for this moment for so long, to be a grandmother, and then seeing the scan – it's so exciting!"

The sonographer continued to reassure the expectant parents their baby was healthy, as she could see plenty of movement and a good heartbeat.

Casey said: "You're always thinking in the back of your head, 'is this going to be ok'- but to hear the doctor say that everything is fine has made my day."

As the appointment finished, Marnie revealed: "This has been one of the most amazing moments of my life, to see my child and know that it's healthy.

"I just can't believe how far I've come since Geordie Shore – it feels like a lifetime ago."

Marnie is currently seven months pregnant with her first child with boyfriend of two years, Casey, 24.

They announced the news in April this year, as the Geordie star shared a photo of the couple kissing beside the Eiffel Tower.

One month later, in May, they threw a lavish baby shower and announced they were expecting a boy.

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Tlaib’s grandmother: ‘May God ruin Trump’

BEIT UR AL-FAUQA, West Bank, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Sitting under an olive tree in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Muftia Tlaib scoffs at the attention she has recently received from the president of the United States.

“May God ruin him,” she says.

Tlaib is the grandmother of U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, at the center of an affair that has drawn Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu together against U.S. Democrats.

On Thursday, bowing to pressure from Trump, Israel barred a visit by Rashida Tlaib and fellow Democrat Ilhan Omar that it had initially said it would allow.

The next day, Israel said it would let Tlaib visit her family in the West Bank on humanitarian grounds – but Tlaib rejected the offer, saying that Israel had imposed restrictions meant to humiliate her..

On Friday night, Trump tweeted:

“Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete setup. The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now!”

Ninety-year-old Muftia Tlaib, sitting in her garden in the village of Beit Ur Al-Fauqa, was not impressed. “Trump tells me I should be happy Rashida is not coming,” she said. “May God ruin him.”

Her son, Rashida’s uncle Bassam Tlaib, said the women had not seen each other since 2006:

“She was going to slaughter a sheep when Rashida arrived and prepare her favorite food, stuffed vine leave.

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“Rashida sees her granny as a second mother, she has always supported her. Rashida says she owes her success to her grandmother.”

Tlaib did not outline what the conditions imposed on her visit were. Israeli media reported that she had agreed not to promote boycotts against Israel as part of her request to Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

Tlaib, like Omar, has voiced support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, which opposes the occupation and Israel’s policies toward Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. BDS backers can be denied entry to Israel by law.

The pair are the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress, and Detroit-born Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American congresswoman. Both are members of the Democratic party’s progressive wing and sharp critics of Trump and Israel.

The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

Israel has annexed East Jerusalem in a move not recognized internationally; maintains a blockade of Gaza, run by the Islamist Hamas movement; and controls most of the West Bank, where Palestinians have limited self-rule.

The prospects of resolving the conflict under the “two-state solution” that had guided peacemaking efforts for years have dimmed significantly since Trump took office, while Israeli settlements on land Palestinians seek for a state have expanded.

The Trump administration, which is particularly close to the Netanyahu government, has touted its own peace plan but details remain vague. It fueled Palestinian anger by recognizing disputed Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017.

Trump has for weeks been attacking Tlaib and Omar, along with lawmakers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts – all women of color known as the “Squad” – accusing them of hostility to Israel in a barrage condemned by critics as racist.

“Trump has told Rashida and Ilhan to go back to their home countries. What a contradiction, yesterday he asked them to leave and today he asks that they aren’t let in,” said Bassam Tlaib.

Still, the grandmother is hopeful: “My heart tells me that she will come.” (Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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Coronation Street spoilers: Yasmeen Nazir to die as Geoff Metcalfe’s motives turn deadly?

Yasmeen (played by Shelley King) has been unaware her partner Geoff (Ian Bartholomew) is controlling certain aspects of her life on Coronation Street, as well as being the sinister mastermind behind a recent robbery in the Nazir household.

The coercive control plot has been playing out for some months as Geoff has been subtly making Yasmeen more and more reliant on him.

Last night’s double-bill of the ITV soap saw Yasmeen left reeling as Geoff became emotionally aggressive towards her, stating she had been belittling him and saw him as a joke.

Although the pair are set to split in next week’s episodes, Yasmeen star Shelley, 63, has said the storyline is to play out on the cobbles over the next year, but could the plot conclude in a deadly twist?

What you will see will become brutal

Shelley King

Weatherfield isn’t the best place to live if you want a relaxing life and has been the centre of some rather untimely deaths in the past.

Long time viewers will remember Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) killed her ex Charlie Stubbs (Bill Ward) after she discovered he was being abusive towards Shelley Unwin (Sally Lindsay).

Anna Windass (Debbie Rush) also got her revenge on Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre) for manipulating her into having sex with him to get her family out of financial ruin.

During Pat’s finally reign of terror last year, Anna stabbed her abuser, brining the villain’s time on the cobbles to a deadly end.

Although it seems the villain has been killed in the past, could things take an alternate turn as Geoff control over Yasmeen unravels?

Next week, Geoff will spin Yasmeen a tale he is suffering from severe health problems as a result of their constant arguing leading the Speed Daal chef to feel overwhelmingly guilty.

However, if she discovers his lies further down the track and confronts Geoff about what he’s been doing to her, could Yasmeen’s time on the cobbles come to a deadly end?

The likes of fan favourites Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) and Kylie Platt (Paula Lane) have been killed off by villains of Weatherfield, so could Yasmeen meet the same fate?

Speaking on This Morning last month, soap star Shelley said: “What you will see will become brutal, not physically brutal but emotionally brutal – which is worse in a way.

“And it’s a long term [storyline] and that’s the good thing about it.

“It’ll go on for about a year in little bits,” Shelley continued.

Viewers will have to wait and see how Yasmeen’s ordeal plays out, but elsewhere in Weatherfield, Emma Brooker (Alexandra Mardell) is about to have her world turned upside down.

Emma learnt earlier this week the man who raised her wasn’t her biological father, with some past throwbacks and a little digging leading Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) to believe he is the Rovers barmaid’s father.

Next week’s scenes will see Steve seek to get answers about Emma’s real paternity, but actress Alexandra, 26, has spoke out about the prospect of her character being a McDonald.

“I just can’t believe it. The McDonalds are classic Corrie, aren’t they?” the actress told the Loose Women panel.

“So for me to get a taste of that… well it’s amazing!”

Coronation Street continues Monday at 7.30pm on ITV.

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Army and civilians clinch power-sharing deal in Sudan

A power-sharing agreement has been signed in Sudan between the ruling military council and the main opposition coalition.

Sudan has been hit by months of protests which have seen dozens of demonstrators killed.

The signing, at a ceremony in the capital Khartoum, sets up a joint military and civilian council to rule for a little over three years until elections can be held.

It was agreed that a military leader would head the 11-member council for the first 21 months, followed by a civilian leader for the next 18.

A cabinet appointed by the activists would also be established, and a legislative body is set to be assembled within three months.

The coalition that was behind the protests would have a majority in that body.

A statement on the Twitter account of the Sudanese Professionals Association, one of the groups that had been leading the protests, called for celebrations.

It said: “It was incumbent upon us all to unite in order to build a homeland as long as we dreamed of it.

“God has given us a country with countless good things, but we need hands that extend to benefit from them and direct them for the benefit of all.”

There were reports people were streaming into the capital in order to mark the event.

There were growing concerns the political crisis could ignite civil war and Ethiopia and the African Union jointly-led efforts to bring about a deal.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was among those who attended Saturday’s ceremony.

In April, the military overthrew the former dictator Omar al Bashir amid ongoing protests against his three-decade hold on power.

The protesters then stayed on the streets, calling for civil rule.

The agreement has been criticised by the Sudan Revolutionary Front, an alliance of the largest rebel groups in Darfur, where a conflict has left hundreds of thousands dead, according to the UN.

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ABC has chosen a bad time to resurrect the disgusting Les Norton

Q: In my teens, in the early '90s, I used to sneak a peek at my big brother's Australian Penthouse magazines. When I read the Les Norton stories I found the "lovable larrikin" frighteningly brutal, upsettingly misogynist and ignorantly intolerant of difference. When I saw the ABC was making a series from those stories I thought I'd reread them from an adult perspective, but still found them vile. The TV version has been toned down, but it still glorifies a toxic form of masculinity. Is the Australian national broadcaster a Sydneycentric boys club that favours this retrograde rubbish?

A: I had a similar experience. I was a Les Norton virgin when I saw the TV trailers, so I decided to find out more about this previously unmined seam of iconic Aussie Lit. I read Barrett's first collection, You Wouldn't Be Dead For Quids, and felt sickened. First, came graphic descriptions of extreme violence told with wry relish, including details such as the light gleaming from the white of exposed bone. There was the account of Les smashing a woman in the face because she annoyed him, and beating up a hippy. Beating up an annoying household of Kiwis was par for the course, but when he told the girl of the house he was going to rape her I was aghast. Luckily, he only kicked her. This gratuitous "arse kicking for fun and profit" was bad enough. Worse was the story about Les letting a brutalised Staffordshire bull terrier into the Greek neighbour's yard and watching over the fence as it literally tore a German shepherd to pieces. How gleefully Les described its fear and death agony. Incredibly, the story got worse.

Storytellers have always glorified and romanticised periods in history that were actually pretty terrible – the pirates of the Carribean, the Wild West and Al Capone's gangsters. In Australia, we have bushrangers and Melbourne's "Underbelly" gang wars.

Alexander Bertrand portrays Les Norton in the ABC series.

Les Norton operates in the deeply corrupt, pre-ICAC era of 20th century Sydney, when illegal casinos and brothels thrived, winked at by bent coppers and pollies. There is still some nostalgia for the era, before the lockout laws, when King's Cross was a "colourful" nest of vice, intoxication and violence. The stories appealed to those who missed a bit of biffo at the footy, down gallons of beer and grade women by their looks.

The trouble is that the Les Norton model of the flag-draped "ocker" Aussie bloke is still with us. This is the type of Australian with whom Pauline Hanson identifies. A personality who revels in conflict  and looks for enemies onto whom they can unleash their righteous anger. You can see him in the nationalist white supremacists, the hater of hipsters and greenies, the inverted snob, the shock jock  listener, the blinkered, ignorant xenophobe and the bully.

The worst aspect of all this is that the stories are not even witty, clever, ironic, satirical or well plotted. Rather, they are plodding, predictable, repetitious and incredibly base.

Pauline Hanson.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

I am not overly squeamish. I have seen Tarantino movies, and I love well-written crime fiction. I do not believe in censorship. People have a right to write and read whatever they want, even when, in the audiobook version, the narrator and publisher explicitly distance themselves from the content and ideas expressed in the work they are presenting.

What does mystify me is that, from the wealth and variety of Australian literature available, the ABC would invest their limited resources into this project. Is it an attempt to dumb down the ABC in order to appeal to the lowest common denominator, or are there some in the organisation who are deliberately giving the finger to #metoo activists, the politically correct, and latte-sipping bleeding-heart lefties?

Yes, the TV series has been toned down a little and the stories were immensely popular. One Sydney lifesaving club even called one of their boats "Les Norton". The trouble is that other people, like me, will probably seek out the original stories, and I do not think that it is helpful to resurrect this disgusting character at this time.

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'The Bachelorette': Tyler C. is 'Apartment Hunting' In New York City After Several Gigi Hadid Dates

Bachelorette fan-favorite Tyler Cameron has been making headlines in recent weeks for his post-reality show dating life. As Bachelor Nation remembers fondly, Hannah Brown asked Cameron out for a drink as a “single girl” at the end of “After The Final Rose” for all of America to witness. He said he’d love to, of course, which caused Bachelorette fans to become hopeful that Brown would find a happy ending after all with her runner-up. 

Shortly after Brown’s proposition, Cameron was spotted leaving her place in Los Angeles with an overnight bag (looks like they opted to stay in instead of going out for those drinks). 

“Tyler got to Hannah’s place around 9 p.m. and they stayed in,” a source told E! News. “He spent the night with her and left this morning after 10 a.m. She walked him out to his car and they hugged and kissed. He had an overnight bag and they looked very happy together.” 

A couple days after that, Cameron was spotted out in New York City with supermodel Gigi Hadid. According to Us Weekly, the two were seen at Soho House together in Brooklyn.

Since then, the two have been seen together on a couple of different occasions, including bowling with friends.  

“Gigi and Tyler went on another date Monday night,” a source close to Hadid told ET. “The two went bowling and Gigi and Tyler were very flirty and kept laughing.”

Tyler Cameron is apartment-hunting in New York City

Amid spending more time with Hadid, Cameron took to his Instagram stories to announce that he’s “apartment hunting” in New York City. 

A source told People that Cameron already currently lives in the city. 

“Tyler lives in NYC now. He has his own place, but for their dates, they hang out at Gigi’s,” said the source. “He is very public about going in and out of her place — you can tell that he wants to be seen. He is enjoying the attention he gets for dating Gigi.”

The status of Tyler Cameron and Gigi Hadid’s relationship 

Though Cameron and Hadid have been spending a good amount of time together, a source told ET that their relationship is not exclusive. Both Cameron and Hadid recently got out of other relationships (Cameron with Brown and Hadid with Zayn Malik), so they’re taking their time.

“Although Gigi and Tyler are spending more and more time together, they are still casually dating,” said the source. 

“Gigi went through a breakup from a serious relationship and Tyler just got off a dating show,” the source added. “The two are enjoying building a friendship first, going on dates and having fun. Nothing more than that right now.”

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