David E. Kelley Would Support an ‘Ally McBeal’ Reboot, but With a Female Showrunner

When “Ally McBeal” premiered in the late ’90s, many critics applauded the legal drama for its portrayal of a flawed, complex woman in a central role. The show also sparked a national conversation when Time magazine infamously put Calista Flockhart’s face on its cover next to Susan B. Anthony, Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, asking, “Is feminism dead?”

Despite the controversial opinions regarding the show’s handling of female representation, critics still write about the show being far ahead of its time.

More than 20 years after “Ally McBeal” premiered, television is now showcasing some of the best roles for women, as female characters have progressed immensely to avoid tired tropes and stereotypes.

So, in this age of endless reboots, could “Ally McBeal” make a comeback?

David E. Kelley — the creator of “Ally McBeal” and some of TV’s most successful shows from “Boston Legal” to “Chicago Hope” to “Picket Fences” and now HBO’s “Big Little Lies” — has no plans to bring “Ally McBeal” back to TV, but he reveals he’s not opposed to a reboot.

But there’s a catch: Kelley says he’d want any rebooted version of “Ally McBeal” to be run by a female creator.

“I think ‘Ally McBeal,’ in the wake of Me Too and Time’s Up, would only have more relevance,” Kelley told Variety at the Season 2 premiere of “Big Little Lies” Wednesday night in New York City. “I would not be opposed to that being done again, but in somebody else’s hands because I did that one, and I think if it were going to be rebooted, it should be started up by somebody else, and preferably a woman.”

Airing from 1997 to 2002, well before the Me Too movement hit Hollywood, “Ally McBeal” covered sexual harassment, sexism and workplace discrimination cases. The show won the Emmy for outstanding comedy series, and also the Golden Globe two years in a row.

Aside from “Ally McBeal,” Kelley says he thinks “Boston Legal” would be an interesting show to exist in today’s political landscape while Trump is in office.

“‘Boston Legal,’ in this current world in Washington, I think would be especially ripe,” Kelley says. “So I have missed that show, but I haven’t been compelled to want to go back and re-do it.”

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Chicago police told not to 'investigate' Jussie Smollett weeks before charges dropped, documents reveal

Chicago Police Department release Jussie Smollett documents

Retired judge wants special prosecutor assigned; Aishah Hasnie reports.

Weeks before charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett were dropped, the Chicago Police Department was reportedly told by Cook County prosecutors to end the criminal investigation into allegations Smollett orchestrated a hate crime hoax, newly released documents show.

The directive was among the more than 400 pages of case reports, arrest files and supplementary files pertaining to the Smollett criminal investigation made public Thursday after a March ruling by Cook County Judge Steven Watkins.

Among the redacted reports, were notes from two detectives who said the Cook County State's Attorney's Office informed them on Feb. 28 — just one week after Smollett turned himself in – they could “no longer investigate the crime.”

Chief Criminal Bureau Chief Risa Lanier told investigators “she felt the case would be settled with Smollett paying the City of Chicago $10,000 in restitution” and performing community service, according to the notes.

‘Empire’ to end after Season 6 with ‘no plans’ to bring Jussie Smollett back

Along with announcing the final run of its hit drama ‘Empire’ Fox Entertainment’s chief executive said there are still no plans to bring back Jussie Smollett’s character.

But a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department told Fox News on Friday the department was “not aware” of this conversation before the charges against Smollett were dropped during a surprising March 26 hearing.

“Detectives were not aware that the case was going to be handled in the manner that it was," Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. "If you go on to read the report, the detective writes that the case will be closed through arrest and prosecution.”


Though county cases involving nonviolent offenders with no prior criminal history have been typically settled through mediation or some type of deferred prosecution, police reportedly expected Smollett to be held to a more exacting standard.

Smollett made national headlines in January when he filed a police report alleging two masked men berated and attacked him, put a rope around his neck and poured bleach on him. Smollett, who is black and openly gay, claimed the men made racist and homophobic comments and yelled “This is MAGA country," a pointed reference to President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.

After an intense investigation, police said Smollett staged the entire episode, with the help of two brothers whom he paid to take part in the hoax assault, in an elaborate effort to drum up publicity for his middling career. Smollett has denied the accusations.

The documents released Thursday were made public after a judge agreed with news organizations' calls for greater transparency, given the controversial nature of the case.

Fox News’ Ellison Barber, Mariah Haas, and Matt Finn contributed to this report.

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The most successful America’s Next Top Model contestants ever

In May of 2003, America’s Next Top Model premiered on the now-defunct UPN network. When UPN merged with the WB in 2006, the series was its first program to air on the new CW and went on to become one of the most popular reality competitions on television. In 2015, the CW announced ANTM would be ending its 22-season run, with CW president Mark Pedowitz saying, “America’s Next Top Model was a successful franchise for two networks, first at UPN and then The CW, and it became not just a ratings hit, but a global pop culture phenomenon.”

But the cancellation wouldn’t last forever. In 2016, VH1 picked up the show, giving America’s Next Top Model a new life. Beyond the makeover drama, the runways, and the smizing, the show has launched the careers of plenty of models. But which former contestants have been the most successful? Here’s the definitive list of every model who’s gone on to find fame beyond the TV show.

Lisa D'Amato became an entrepreneur

Lisa D’Amato first competed on Cycle 5 of America’s Next Top Model. She was known at the time for being incredibly outspoken, as well as for her tendency to start drama with the other models. In 2011, she appeared on — and won — the All-Star Cycle. Since her time on the show, D’Amato has kept herself busy doing a pretty wide range of things, including appearing on several reality TV shows.

In 2010, she checked into Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, and, two years later, she starred in a reality show pilot called My Name Is Lisa. In 2016, D’Amato and her husband, Hollywood entrepreneur Adam Friedman, appeared on WEtv’s Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, and, in March 2019, Reality Blurred reported that she landed a deal on Shark Tank for her food storage bib Dare-U-Go!

But D’Amato’s true passion lies with music. In 2009, she released her debut album, La Puchinetta, which she followed up with Flippin’ the Bird. She said during her pilot, “My music is the true outlet for expressing who I am.”

Yaya DaCosta is embracing her roots

Yaya DaCosta may have been the runner-up on Cycle 3 of America’s Next Top Model, but her career following the show has been nothing short of incredible. Two years after her appearance on the series, she made her feature film debut in 2006’s Take the Lead. She’s had recurring roles on All My Children, Ugly Betty, and Chicago Med, along with starring roles in several feature films, including the lead in 2015’s Whitney. She told VH1 at the time, “I knew from very early on that I was an actor and it was a long process to accept that title with confidence.”

DaCosta has also been outspoken about representation in the industry. The Afro-Latina actress told The Grio in 2019, “It’s nice that people are actually realizing what Latin America actually looks like and that there’s diversity.” But she feels that just seeing different backgrounds on screen isn’t enough. “We need to have people in the rooms,” she said. “There have to be writers and producers and directors hiring, and insisting on that representation.”

Cassandra Jean Whitehead found a superhero husband

Cassandra Jean Whitehead competed on Cycle 5 of America’s Next Top Model, where she famously dropped out of the series after she received a hair makeover that was “the last straw in them completely trying to change who [she] was.” The haircut itself wasn’t actually bad, but it was enough to make her the first model to ever quit the show.

Whitehead went on to television work, where she had several small screen appearances, most notably on One Tree Hill, Mad Men, and Arrow. Where the former model really lucked out, though, is in love. In December 2012, she married Arrow star Stephen Amell in a private ceremony in the Caribbean. Then, when the pair came back to the States, Us Weekly reported they married a second time the following May in front of friends and family in New Orleans. The couple welcomed their first child that October, and they’ve been even more in love with each other every day since.

Danielle Evans became an author

Danielle “Dani” Evans was the winner of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 6, narrowly beating out Joanie Dodds. After the show, Evans went on to walk the runway for several big names in fashion, including Mychael Knight and Zang Toi. She’s been featured in ad campaigns for CoverGirl, Akademiks, and Sephora as well. 

In 2013, Evans became a published author, having written The Skinny on Getting In: An Inside Peek into the Fashion World for the Aspiring Model. The book acted as both a memoir for her own modeling experience as well as something of a how-to for others who were trying to break into the industry. In 2016, she told Sports Illustrated that her inspiration for writing the book came from the response she received after her ANTM win from fans curious about how to get into modeling. She gave the mag her best industry advice, saying, “I think confidence and knowing how to dress in this business is key.”

Eva Marcille became a Real Housewife

Eva Marcille started her modeling career by winning the third cycle of America’s Next Top Model (and taking the title over previously mentioned Yaya DaCosta). After the show, Marcille had a pretty fruitful career on TV, with roles in SmallvilleThe Young and the Restless, and House of Payne. Between 2013 and 2015, she appeared on the reality TV series Real Husbands of Hollywood, but it wasn’t until 2018 that she fully embraced the RHO lifestyle with The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

But the model and actress isn’t only interested in making a living on camera. In 2018, she launched her home design collection, which emphasizes fashionable pieces at an affordable price point. Marcille told People she had always wanted to be involved in interior design, saying, “My goal is to give women an oasis with warm patterns and comfortable fabrics, for an easy getaway from life. Enhancing your living space is therapeutic, and our prints make for a calming environment.”

Toccara Jones hasn't slowed down

Toccara Jones didn’t make it as far into her season of America’s Next Top Model as some of the others here, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t leave a lasting impression on the modeling world. After Cycle 3, Jones appeared on several TV series, including Are We There Yet?, In the Cut, and VH1’s reality show Celebrity Paranormal Project.

But the model, who had her fair share of ups and downs in an effort to prove herself as more than just “plus-sized,” has gone on to do just that. In 2008, she appeared in the “all black” issue of Vogue Italia. The issue was featured in The New York Times, where photographer Steven Meisel said of her, “I wanted to say something about weight, and I’m never allowed to do that.” He continued, “I met Toccara and thought, she’s beautiful. What’s the deal with her? She’s great and she’s sexy.” The following year, Jones appeared in BET’s Rip the Runway fashion show, and she’s since gone on to design her own intimate apparel line.

Nyle DiMarco is breaking stereotypes

Nyle DiMarco was the first deaf model to win America’s Next Top Model, taking the title of the show’s 22nd cycle. When he appeared on the series, he talked about how his deafness was actually an advantage, saying, “Being deaf has definitely been a strength to me in this competition, just because American sign language requires a lot of facial expression and using your body, and that’s what modeling requires also.” He had actually done some modeling and television work prior to being cast on ANTM, so it’s little surprise that he would find such a high degree of success afterwards.

In 2019, Out reported that DiMarco would have a role on the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Station 19 as a deaf firefighter. But DiMarco’s acting career is only a small portion what he’s been doing with his life since ANTM. On top of spearheading the Nyle DiMarco Foundation, which works to “improve the lives of every Deaf person in the world,” he’s also started a production company specifically focused on deaf filmmakers. He told L’Officiel in 2019, “I think Hollywood is finally listening and becoming more aware of the extreme lack of representation, but there is a lot of work still to do.”

Isis King is giving visibility to the trans community

Isis King only came in tenth during the 11th cycle on America’s Next Top Model (she competed again on the All-Stars Cycle), but she’s made a lasting impression on the modeling world. Although initially reluctant to audition for the show, King took a chance after doing background work the previous season. She told Jonny McGovern on Hey Qween, “I didn’t want to go on [Top Model] originally. I was like, I don’t know if they just trying to use me or what. But to hear that [praise] from some of the girls kind of solidified my feelings about going on Top Model.”

The time she spent on ANTM proved to be meaningful for both King and the larger LGBTQ community. The first-ever trans model to appear on the show has gone on to become a prominent voice for trans rights. At the time of this writing, she serves on the board of the Ali Forney Center, an organization dedicated to helping homeless LGBTQ youth. According to HuffPost, she’s the only member who’s actually gone through the system.

Leila Goldkuhl is a true top model

Leila Goldkuhl’s appearance on the 19th cycle of America’s Next Top Model had its ups and downs. After being eliminated during the fifth week, Goldkuhl wound up winning a second chance to be in the competition via a social media vote. Once back on the show, she nearly won the season, landing in third place. 

After the series, Goldkuhl went on to work in high fashion. In 2016, she made her runway debut at Givenchy’s spring show in New York. According to Vogue, Riccardo Tisci — then a creative director for Givenchy — liked her look so much that he planned to use her for the brand’s followup campaign. In 2017, Goldkuhl walked for a number of designers at Fashion Week, including Chanel, Nina Ricci, and Tom Ford. And by 2018, she was recognized as one of the 50 best models in the world. Pretty impressive.

Analeigh Tipton is a Hollywood hitter

Analeigh Tipton was one of America’s Next Top Models‘ earlier successes. When she placed third on the show’s 11th cycle, Tyra Banks told her, “Paulina thinks that you are a star actress that can get a lot of modeling campaigns. We think that that’s probably the direction that you should go.” Tipton certainly took the advice to heart. A few years after ANTM, she landed roles in Crazy, Stupid, Love and The Green Hornet. By 2014, she was cast as the lead in the series Manhattan Love Story, and she’s seen steady on-screen work ever since.

In 2019, Deadline reported that Tipton had signed with ICM Partners, a major agency in the entertainment industry. Of her newfound acting cred, Tipton told Brief Take, “I think that people still see me as the Crazy, Stupid, Love babysitter and it’s been interesting trying to showcase myself as a woman, because I tend to read young … It’s trying to find that balance of unique roles like this and hope that people will see them.”

Bre Scullark is using yoga to reach out to others

Even though Bre Scullark made it all the way to third place on Cycle 5 of America’s Next Top Model, she wound up being remembered more for her feud with that season’s winner, Nicole Linkletter, than for anything else. Luckily, Scullark would bounce back from “Granola Gate,” shifting from a modeling career to a life focused on balance and community — but it took some hard hits to get there.

In an interview with Office Magazine, Scullark recounted the period after ANTM ended, during which she went from making $200,000 on one particular day to being dropped by her agencies after a bad haircut (maybe Cassandra Jean Whitehead really did have a point). Hard drug use led to a stint in rehab, after which the model discovered yoga. Noticing a lack of yoga in urban areas, Scullark took it upon herself to set up her own “pay what you can” community classes. Eventually, she began teaching in prisons, a thing she said is more fulfilling than her previous work. “I feel healed and needed,” she told Office Magazine. “I always felt disposable modeling. There was no real need for me.”

Kim Stolz went all the way to Wall Street

Cycle 5 of America’s Next Top Model certainly saw its fair share of in-house drama. While Kim Stolz’s fight with Bre Scullark would become one of the season’s most memorable moments, Stolz definitely didn’t let it affect her for long (of course, she was eliminated immediately afterwards). She has the distinction of being the show’s first out lesbian finalist, not to mention one of its most outspoken ones. In a 2005 interview with Village Voice, she vented her frustration with the judges’ criticism to appear “more feminine” in her shoots. “At some point, I said, F-it, I’ll be myself, and to hell with what they think, because they’re being too confusing,” she said.

But more than that, Stolz has worked as a writer, an MTV reporter, and a Wall Street employee. In 2014, Bloomberg announced that the former model had been hired as a director for equity-derivative sales for Bank of America. And, according to her LinkedIn, Stolz later became the head of America’s prime brokerage sales for the company.

Fatima Siad transitioned into high fashion

Somali-born model Fatima Siad competed on Cycle 10 of America’s Next Top Model, coming in third place in the overall competition. Although she wasn’t one of the more well-liked contestants on the show at the time of her elimination, Siad said the fights between her and the other girls were “dramatized” for TV. “It was ridiculous,” she said in her final interview, but she also admitted to being “very blunt.”

In 2011, Siad accomplished an ANTM first by landing spots on runways for Dries Van Noten and Hermès, according to The Cut. The transition into high fashion came after a three-year period of commercial and print work. She later graced the pages of Nylon magazine and was included in Urban Decay’s fall/winter 2016 ad campaign. 

So, what’s her best advice for models? She told New York Magazine (via Daily Mail), “Now that I work as a professional model, I advise people to stay away from any television shows. It’s a waste of your time; it’s just entertainment. It’s not the fashion that we now know.”

Winnie Harlow shows how beautiful being different is

Winnie Harlow was actually discovered by Tyra Banks via Instagram prior to joining America’s Next Top Model. She was the first Canadian, as well as the first model with the skin condition vitiligo, to compete on the show. Initially eliminated in the fourth week, Harlow returned after she won the show’s comeback series and wound up making it to sixth place overall.

Harlow has been incredibly outspoken regarding living with vitiligo. In a 2019 interview on The Jonathan Ross Show (via Independent), Harlow took aim at news outlets that referred to her skin condition as something she was “suffering” from. “I feel like it’s not anyone else’s person position to tell me I am ‘suffering,'” she said. “I don’t feel like I am suffering. I am conquering, I am living, I am living my best life in the way that I can and thriving.”

Certainly, vitiligo has become an asset for the model, who’s done work for Moschino and Julien Macdonald, as well as walked the 2018 Victoria’s Secret runway.

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'James Bond 25' Writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge Wants the Franchise to Treat Women Better, Even If 007 Himself Does Not

Although James Bond 25 has stumbled a bit out of the gate, fans are interested to see what Fleabag and Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge has done with the script. The writer, who stole scenes in Solo: A Star Wars Story as Lando Calrissian’s droid companion L3-37, was brought in just before production started to polish the script and add a little bit of humor. But if you’re thinking the James Bond 25 rewrites will be changing 007 so that he’s suddenly not a womanizing secret agent, think again.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is only the second woman in the history of the James Bond franchise to be credited on a script. The only other one is Johanna Hardwood, who wrote on Dr. No in 1962 and From Russia With Love in 1963. That would explain why the franchise has always been so flippant with female characters, often time only using them as sex objects either used to seduce James Bond or used by James Bond to help him get the information he needs. But funnily enough, in this current social climate, Phoebe Waller-Bridge doesn’t think the character of James Bond need to treat women better. Instead, she says it’s the franchise that needs to give women better roles.

Speaking with Deadline, Waller-Bridge first wanted to clarify that she wasn’t brought in to overhaul the script that was originally written by longtime franchise scribes Robert Wade and Neal Purvis and rewritten by Scott Z. Burns. She wouldn’t even say that she’s writing the script as a whole:

“When I saw [Daniel Craig‘s] Bond for the first time, there was a wryness to his performance that I really loved,” she said. “So, I was really excited about writing dialogue for him. I mean, the script was there. It’s already there. I think it’s unfair to say that I’m writing the script.”

So Waller-Bridge is mostly punching up the script to enhance Daniel Craig’s take on James Bond, especially with regards to his dry humor. However, The Daily Mail has reported a rumor that the writer’s work on the film expands beyond polishing dialogue and adding comedy. Reportedly, she was brought in to help streamline a complicated plot. Apparently, the plot in question has to deal with genetic engineering, which can be a rather dense topic, especially for a franchise based around car chases, fights and other large scale action setpieces.

Waller-Bridge maintains that she’s merely adding definition to certain aspects of the screenplay, especially when it comes to the female characters played by Lea Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas. However, just because she’s helping to give women a more meaningful role in the James Bond franchise doesn’t mean 007 himself is suddenly going to change his womanizing ways. Waller-Bridge explained:

“There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not [the Bond franchise] is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women. I think that’s bollocks. I think he’s absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to this character.

I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Léa and Ana open them and go, ‘I can’t wait to do that.’ As an actress, I very rarely had that feeling early in my career. That brings me much pleasure, knowing that I’m giving that to an actress.”

That’s a smart approach to James Bond. There seems to be this misunderstanding among some viewers that a character with flaws and problematic behavior somehow condones those actions. But when done well, they can be representations of real people in society that help shine a light on issues. Waller-Bridge doesn’t seem aimed at making a statement by turning James Bond into a politically correct, feminist secret agent, but she will try to give women their due diligence in a franchise that has often mistreated them. And that’s a good start. Now we just have to wait for Daniel Craig to recover from his injury so production on the movie can continue.

The still-untitled James Bond 25 is slated to hit theaters on April 8, 2020.

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Hot Slut Of The Day!

Ceramic ballerina slippers!

Last month, BuzzFeed posted a list titled: If You’re A Woman Between The Ages Of 35-44, Then These 38 Things Will Be A Warm Nostalgia Hug. It could’ve also been titled: If You’re A Gay Man Between The Ages Of 35-44, Then These 38 Things Are Shit You Wanted As A Child But Your Closed-Minded Parents Wouldn’t Dare Get You Girls Stuff! One of the things on the list that truly transported me back to the 80s was a pair of exquisitely artistic ceramic ballerina shoes that three out of four girls had hanging in their bedroom at the time. True fact. It seems like in the 1980s, if you were a girl, your bedroom wall magically shit up a pair of ceramic ballerina shoes as soon as you turned 12.

My sister and I shared a bedroom up until I was around 7 when my mom had an extra bedroom illegally built in our garage and banished me there. (If only I knew it was illegal then. I could’ve narc’d on them, sending them to prison, and the entire house would’ve been mine!) So that’s when my sister did her room up as she wanted, and that’s when the classic ceramic ballerina slippers went up on her wall. They were right next to that iconic poster of some rat-chewed ballet slippers over piss yellow tights covered with moth-eaten leg warmers.

I have no idea what happened to my sister’s classic ceramic ballerina slippers. They were an important part of her bedroom for many years until she left for college, and I moved into that room and took over. I either kept them up, donated them to the Louvre (who obviously wanted all of the ceramic ballerina slipper wall art from the 80s and 90s), or I broke them years and years before by trying them on to play “White Nights.” Definitely the third.

Pic: Etsy

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Mother, 22, and boyfriend, 32, jailed for 15 years after abusing baby

Evil mother, 22, and her boyfriend, 32, are jailed for a total of 15 years after they left her 15-month-old daughter with a broken arm and pulled out the little girl’s toenail

  • Court heard how pair left youngster with a broken arm and two fractured fingers
  • the 15-month old had suffered injuries including a pulled out toenail
  • Madison Ricketts-Devereux, 22, and her partner Craig Sayers, 32, subjected the 15-month-old tot to horrific injuries in January 2017

Madison Ricketts-Devereux, 22, of Ledbury, jailed for six years

A couple who subjected a baby girl to horrific injuries, including pulling her toenail off, have been jailed for a total of 15 years.

A cruel couple who left a baby girl with multiple fractures and even pulled out the child’s toenail have been jailed for a total of 15 years.

Evil Madison Ricketts-Devereux, 22, and her partner Craig Sayers, 32, left the 15-month-old tot with a broken arm and fractured fingers after inflicting the injuries in January 2017.

A court heard the pair abused the young girl, the daughter of Ricketts-Devereux, at their home in Ledbury, Herefordshire.  

The child’s injuries came to the attention of authorities after she was taken to hospital by her mother because she was unable to raise her arm.

On examination, it was found she had suffered injuries including a pulled out toenail as well as several fractures.

Ricketts-Devereux and Sayers went on trial accused of causing grievous bodily harm and were found guilty following a trial at Hereford Crown Court.

On Wednesday Sayers, of Worcester, was jailed for for nine years while Ricketts-Devereux, of Ledbury,, was caged for six years.

Sentencing, Recorder Martin Jackson said: ‘Madison Ricketts-Devereux, you were the only person with the opportunity to cause the damage to the right arm.

‘Craig Sayers you went into the room and caused injuries to the left arm and toe. This was a vulnerable victim and there was an element of sustained assault.

Craig Sayers, 32, of Worcester, was jailed for for nine years. The pair subjected a 15-month-old tot to horrific injuries in January 2017

‘There are aggravating features as you were on bail at the time for another case of violence. You had breached trust as you had been trusted to settle the child.

‘The nature of the injuries is also an aggravating factor, as was the fact that the injuries were caused at her home.

‘I do not think that your previous good character is a mitigating factor. You were old enough to know better.

‘Madison Ricketts-Devereaux, your immaturity is a mitigating factor, however, you still caused injuries to your child.’

Christopher Millington, defending, said Sayers gone through his early life without offending and had been a man of ‘good character’ until he was 31-years-old.

He added: ‘The shame of this conviction weighs heavily on him.’

Mum-of-two, Ricketts-Devereux, was described as ‘immature, damaged and vulnerable.’

Mr Millington said: ‘She suffered some very serious experiences in her childhood and this brought about some very disturbed behaviour as a young teen.

‘This baby had not suffered any injuries before her relationship with Craig Sayers. What impact did their relationship have upon the mother?’

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'Little People, Big World': Tori Roloff Just Explained a Heartbreaking Realization She Had With Her Son, Jackson

The Roloffs are seriously loved amongst reality TV fans, as they’ve been starring on Little People, Big World for over 14 years. And while the focus is currently on Matt and Amy Roloff and the fate of Roloff Farms, we’re also getting plenty of tidbits on Zach Roloff’s life with his wife, Tori, and their son, Jackson.

Jackson is most definitely one of the cutest members of the family. At just 2 years old, he’s often seen running around on Zach and Tori’s property while they prepare for their second child to enter the world. Unfortunately, Tori had a sad realization with Jackson that she recently shared on Instagram. Here’s what she said.

Tori and Zach Roloff’s son, Jackson, has a form of dwarfism

Tori is of average height, but Zach has achondroplasia, which is a form of dwarfism that Amy Roloff also has, Heavy notes. While Jackson had a 50% chance of being born without dwarfism, he also inherited the achondroplasia gene. The gene is causing Jackson’s bones to grow abnormally, but those with achondroplasia typically live totally normal life spans — though he may experience some health issues later on. We know Zach has had surgeries to help him live with his condition, and recently on the show, he’s been having some worrying back pain that seems to also be related to his dwarfism.

Tori expressed her concerns while she was pregnant with baby Jackson, too. “It’s a big deal. It is scary. No parent wants to hear that their child is different, no matter what,” In Touch Weekly notes she said. But she still added that “whatever pops out, we’re going to love it,” and she’s truly been an excellent mother to Jackson since he was born.

Tori wrote about a recent incident that reminded her of Jackson’s differences

No one wants to be reminded of their child’s differences, and Tori noted on a recent Instagram post that she typically thinks of baby J as she would think of any other toddler. “I often forget that my son is any different than yours,” she wrote. “I forget that he has shorter legs, because he can get around and run just like any other 2 year old. I forget he has short arms, because he can still reach everything around the house (even the stuff we don’t want him to).”

Unfortunately, she had an incident at a small town festival that reminded her of Jackson’s differences. “He watched as kids (many younger than him) rode rides at a festival here in town and he wasn’t able to join. Jackson wanted so bad to ride the airplanes that went up and down but the height requirement wouldn’t allow him to (which I totally understand!),” she went on to explain. While Tori then added that the whole ordeal was more difficult for her than it was for Jackson, she added that it “was really the first time I was hit in the face with the fact my child is different.”

Tori then added that she’s so incredibly thankful that Zach and Jackson are both able to brush incidents like this off with ease. And her followers were quite supportive of her as well. “There WILL come a time, that little one is going to soar higher than you ever can even imagine, and he won’t need a plane ride for it, time is the key,” one of her followers commented.

Will Tori and Zach’s second child also have dwarfism?

Zach and Tori just announced ultra-exciting news — and that’s that Jackson is going to be a big brother. “Zachary and I are so excited to announce that Jackson is going to be a big brother! We are expecting a sweet baby girl this November!” Tori wrote on her Instagram. And her whole family couldn’t be happier for the growing family.

So, will their daughter also have a form of dwarfism like Jackson? Jackson had a 50% chance of inheriting achondroplasia, so their second child will have the same odds. Either way, it’s likely Tori doesn’t know just yet, as In Touch Weekly notes she found out about Jackson’s condition at 34 weeks. We’re sure we’ll find out whenever the happy couple knows and feels comfortable sharing.

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Britain's Got Talent's Amanda Holden has an enviable private life – but who's her hubby Chris Hughes and when did they get married?

AMANDA Holden is known for leading a luxury lifestyle thanks to being one of the biggest stars on TV.

After being a fixture on our screens for more than a quarter of a century, what do we really know about the Portsmouth-born beauty who once again is sitting on the judging panel of Britain's Got Talent (which reaches it's final THIS SUNDAY).

Who is Amanda Holden's husband? And what happened to her baby Theo?

The actress, who currently lives in Richmond-upon-Thames, London, is married to Chris Hughes and the couple have two children, Alexa, 12, and Hollie, six.

In February 2011, Amanda lost her baby son Theo when he was stillborn at seven months.

Prior to her marriage to record producer Chris, she was married to comedian Les Dennis.

The pair got hitched in 1995 and split temporarily after it was revealed she had been having an affair with Men Behaving Badly star Neil Morrissey.

They gave things another go before separating in 2002 and divorced the following year.

Speaking about the affair, Amanda said: "I stand by my statement that women don’t have affairs for sex. You are not happy in your marriage if you seek affirmation somewhere else.

“The thing that angers me is that, if I was a man, it [the bad image] would have all ended years ago.

"If I was Lenny Henry or Angus Deayton or any of the others, but it’s only ever me. I’m not like this slapper, I haven’t put it about. I was engaged twice. I was a relationship girl.”

What is Amanda Holden's net worth?

Amanda has amassed quite the fortune during her time in the spotlight.

The star has an estimated net worth of £6million.

This is largely down to her later career – including her appearances on Britain's Got Talent and her product endorsements.

Who is Amanda Holden? What is her background?

Amanda Holden, 48, was born in Portsmouth but spent a lot of her childhood living in the small town of Bishop’s Waltham, Hampshire.

Her love of drama started early and aged nine she joined Bishop's Waltham Little Theatre Company.

Amanda's first TV appearance was as a contestant on Blind Date in 1991.

Since then she has had a myriad of roles on TV, theatre and film.

In April 2018, Amanda was involved in an "age rage spat" with Simon Cowell after he accused her of actually being 50.

How did Amanda Holden become famous?

An acting career was always on the cards for Amanda after joining the Mountview Theatre School in Wood Green, London.

Despite this, her first TV appearance is probably not what you’d expect, as the 19-year-old appeared on an awkward episode of Cilla Black’s Blind Date in 1991.

Embarrassingly, Amanda wasn’t selected by the bachelor on the dating show and revealed her ideal man was Jack Nicholson.

While she didn't land herself a date, the experience did pave the way for her career on television.


What else has Amanda Holden starred in?

Amanda is best known for being a judge on Britain's Got Talent – which she started doing in 2006.

However, she has notched up quite a few shows in her 25 years on TV and stage.

Following a short-lived stint as knicker-selling Carmen in EastEnders in 1994, she went on to appear in Kiss Me Kate, Smack the Pony, Cutting It and Wild At Heart.

She also guest presents on This Morning and Lorraine and has fronted a number of documentaries including an episode of Channel 4's Dispatches about the treatment for stillbirth and miscarriages, as well as a factual series on ITV called Give a Pet A Home.

Multi-talented Amanda has also graced the West End Stage, performing in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2004.

She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical in the same year.

In 2016 she appeared in Stepping Out.

Amanda Holden was also one of 13 celebrities to appear on the 2017 series of Who Do You Think You Are.

Why did Amanda Holden and Phillip Schofield fall out?

In 2018 Amanda was embroiled in a TV feud with Phillip Schofield after she believed he got her axed from This Morning.

She was set to fill in for Holly Willoughby while she hosted I'm A Celebrity but the offer was withdrawn at the last minute.

A source said at the time: “Amanda was so excited when she learnt she had secured the role.

"She is ITV’s golden girl and has always been a firm favourite with This Morning.

“She’s an experienced co-host and has filled in on the sofa on many occasions, including alongside Phil.

“So she was shocked when she was taken out to lunch by ITV executives who told her that unfortunately, they couldn’t follow through with the offer.

"During the lunch they let slip they thought the decision had been heavily influenced by Phil and that he had thrown a spanner in the works.

“Their meeting was a few weeks before the news broke that Rochelle (Humes) would be covering for Holly and Amanda was understandably upset.

“Not only had she cleared her work calendar to fit in the dates but she couldn’t understand why Phil might not want her to be his co-host, as she thought they had a great personal and pro relationship.”

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Holly Willoughby's image ripped off to promote dangerous diet pills in online scam

HOLLY Willoughby's image has been used to promote dangerous diet pills in an online scam.

Fraudsters have been conning fans with made-up news articles claiming the 38-year-old is taking Purefit Keto to help her slim down – despite her having nothing to do with the fat-burning pills.

Sources close to the TV presenter have blasted the fraudulent posts, saying Holly would never endorse something like that.

It's upset her loyal fans who were tricked into believing she'd taken a controversial "skinny pill" to help achieve her goal weight.

The advert they'd seen suggested Holly's family had given an exclusive interview with BBC News about how they feared she was "losing weight too fast".

It added that she had turned to the "secret method" praised by celebrities because the so-called skinny pill burns fat quickly.

But in reality, the This Morning host had no idea her name was being linked to the product.

It's the second time in a month the star has been victim of the hoax.

Another post had a link to a website called Exercise Tips.

It was captioned: "Holly's decision has gone sensational. Her family and fans are worried now."

Some fans were able to see through the fake ad straight away – while others praised her new body.

One said: "I can only assume that this is not @BBCNews but yet another scam using @hollywills to reel in women desperate to lose weight.

"A magic pill such as this sounds too good to be true, which usually means it is! #ThursdayThoughts #dieting #keto."

Another asked: "@hollywills did you really use the keto pills or am I being fooled into thinking they work by some clever marketing?"

Someone else wondered: "@hollywills Have you really used Pure Keto Premium to lose weight? It’s just come up on my twitter."

Another fan looking for advice tweeted: "@hollywills hi love you and phill so much, just wondering if you have done the keto thing or are they just using your name (if they are tut tut) sorry to ask but I've tried everything else and cant lose weight xxx."

While other angry fans said: "How is this company getting away with advertising like this when it's all a con? Come on Facebook, do something."

Another added: "I actually think Holly may be the most beautiful girl inside and out, ever.

"Trust English rose."

Someone else moaned: "Too many of these 'Keto Pills' adverts. All a load of s****.All anyone needs is commitment to a healthy lifestyle, which includes a healthy diet and exercise.

"It's not hard. You just have to really want it instead of trying to cur corners."

Another fumed: "Disgusting. That is alll."And agree that FB should be removing c**p like this."

In the article, the scammers used fake quotes claiming Holly said: "When your life revolves around being on camera and on TV you always have to look good for the fans, the media, and for yourself.

"I knew dropping my weight was going to be tough, but I knew there had to be an easy solution.

"I did some research and stumbled upon Dr Christian talk about Purefit Keto on his show Embarrassing Bodies.

"I decided it couldn't hurt to try and what happened to me was unbelievable.

"I don't know what was more rewarding, my amazing weight transformation or seeing the look on my agents face last time we booked a live performance. His jaw literally dropped."

The advert also name dropped singer Adele, claiming she lost 33 lbs in a month with the pill.

Another post falsely claimed Susanna Reid was promoting the same Keto Diet product.

Advertisers added that the product "flushes out the junk in your body and increases your metabolism, without harming your immune system."

Another post seen by The Sun Online uses the quote: "My mother was truly worried, even though I kept telling her that this is actually good for me."

Next to the image of Holly with her mum, Linda, was a picture of Purefit Keto.

In March 2018, a website named Cutting Edge Salon claimed Holly had lost two and a half stone by using its weight loss supplements, Bio Slim Cleanse.

In another ad, someone claiming to be Holly boasted that she keeps in shape by using a drug called Lipovyn.

But in reality, Holly is notoriously private when it comes to talking about her weight.

She has got drastically thinner since giving birth to her third child Chester in 2014, but has always kept tight-lipped about how she reached her goal weight.

"It's a personal thing for me, and I think people get obsessive with it," Holly told The Sunday Times magazine recently.

She added: "Everybody knows what leads to a healthy lifestyle, but it's not up to me to give you a blow-by-blow account of what I've eaten that day. It's not helpful, and it's not what's important."

The Sun Online has approached Holly's reps for comment.

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Maleah Davis’ mom ‘knows what happened to her daughter’: ex-spokesman

The mom of a missing 4-year-old Texas girl “knows what happened to her daughter” — but hasn’t been truthful, the woman’s former spokesman has claimed, according to new reports.

Community activist Quanell X — once a vocal defender of Maleah Davis’ mom, Brittany Bowens — abruptly stopped representing her when he claimed he suddenly realized that she knows more than she lets on, local station KHOU 11 reported.

“I don’t think she knows where Maleah is, but I do believe she knows what happened,” he told the station.

Bowens allegedly told Quanell X she’d spoken with Derion Vence, Maleah’s stepfather, who is a suspect in the child’s disappearance, according to the report. During the conversation, she allegedly provided information so sensitive that the activist only shared it with prosecutors, he said.

“[She] said to me when we [were] riding in my car what she believed really happened to Maleah,” he claimed. “At that point, I knew what needed to be done. So I arranged to meet as quickly as I could with investigators at the highest level of this case and shared everything that we had learned and discovered.”

Two days into his job representing Bowens, he saw red flags — and relatives shared troubling details about Maleah’s care, the activist told the outlet.

“Ain’t no way in hell a parent with common sense would have handled this entire situation the way Brittany handled this entire situation,” he added.

Bowens often tears up in public appearances about her daughter’s case, but in private, “she was always calm, fluid and clear,” Quanell X claimed to the station.

Meanwhile, Vence’s mother testified during a Child Protective Services hearing Wednesday that she’s intentionally avoided asking her son about Maleah’s whereabouts, ABC 13 reported.

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She said she’d only spoken to Vence twice by phone since he was arrested May 11 on charges of tampering with a human corpse — after police said they found Maleah’s blood in his apartment.

During those calls, she never asked where the little girl was, she testified, according to the station.

She claimed her son’s defense attorney advised her not to bring it up — but that attorney, Tom Burton, told the outlet that is inaccurate.

Burton also requested that the judge remove him from the case Wednesday because the family has yet to pay him, according to the report.

Vence initially had claimed that he, Maleah and his 1-year-old son were all abducted by three Hispanic men during a violent carjacking in Houston on May 3.

Vence told cops he kept drifting in and out of consciousness during the dramatic ordeal — and when he finally came to his senses around 6 p.m. the next day, he found himself on the side of a highway with his toddler son.

But Maleah — who had brain surgery just last month — was nowhere to be found.

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