Twisted son who raped his own mother while high on drugs jailed for 17 years – The Sun

A SADISTIC son who savagely raped his own mum while high on meth has been caged for 17 years in Australia.

Slamming the twisted pervert as being the "utmost evil", the horrified judge told him: "It wasn't methylamphetamine that raped your mother… it was you."

Last November the man – who can't be named to protect his victim – arrived home drunk in Pilbara, 1,214km north of Perth in Western Australia.

He immediately launched a vicious attack on his mum, 56, striking her with a heavy-duty PVC pipe on her hip, reports news.com.au.

After she fell to the floor, and her hip was fractured, he dragged his injured mother by her hair and raped her three times in her bedroom, the District Court of WA heard.

The degenerate then left her screaming in agony on the floor, while he went to sleep in another room.

His victim somehow managed to crawl to a phone and phoned her daughter for help.

People under the influence of meth are prone to commit criminal offences.

The pervert's lawyer told the court his client could not remember the "pretty horrific offending".

The judge said it was the first time he had encountered a sexual assault case involving a rapist's own mother.

Rejecting the rapist’s defence that being a meth addict made him commit the heinous crime, the judge said he intended sending a message to similar offenders that they too would be severely punished in court.

He added: “People under [the drug's] influence are prone to commit criminal offences of a wide range of seriousness up to and including acts of the utmost evil, which is what I’m dealing with here.

“Of course it wasn’t methylamphetamine that raped your mother… it was you.”

Jailing the monster for 17 years, the judge said he recognised the jail term was “extraordinarily high” but the sentence reflected the exceedingly serious and violent sexual crime.

The rapist must serve 15 years before he is eligible for parole.

 

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Dickens was cruel to his wife and hated his mother writes A.N. WILSON

Charles Dickens the misogynist: He championed family values – yet the novelist was cruel to his wife, hated his mother, had an affair… and obsessively re-enacted the murder of prostitute Nancy in Oliver Twist, writes A.N. WILSON

Charles Dickens had breakfasted early before setting out on one of his secret weekly visits to his mistress, Nelly Ternan. 

Small, trim, punctiliously neat, the 58-year-old whiskery figure would have been instantly recognised in almost any of the great cities of the world.

The most famous novelist was also one of the most famous human beings alive.

The fact that Dickens – a leading champion of Victorian family values – did not wish the world to know he had a mistress necessitated a life of constant subterfuge and deception, which had been the pattern of his existence for the previous 13 years since he first met Nelly when she was just 18, and acting on the West End stage.

Dickens’s journey on the morning of June 8, 1870, from his home near Rochester in Kent to the house which he rented for Nelly in Peckham, South London, was made by train and cab. 

Once reunited with his mistress, he paid her £15 for housekeeping. Then he suddenly collapsed.

The fact that Dickens – a leading champion of Victorian family values – did not wish the world to know he had a mistress necessitated a life of constant subterfuge and deception, which had been the pattern of his existence for the previous 13 years since he first met Nelly when she was just 18, and acting on the West End stage. She is pictured above

It does not require too much imagination to realise what had brought on his seizure.

Dickens, the father of ten children – nine of them living – was a man with a keen sexual appetite who brought to his love life the same hyper-exuberant energy that he expended on all his other favourite activities: acting, travelling, journalism, writing, charity work, entertaining his literary friends and fatherhood.

Faced with a crisis, Nelly acted quickly. If Dickens were to die – and it looked as though he might – it would be catastrophic for his reputation if it emerged that he had suffered a fatal collapse in the arms of his lover.

Enlisting the help of a nearby church caretaker and a hackney cab driver, Nelly arranged for Dickens’s semi-conscious body to be lifted on to a horse-drawn carriage. Within minutes the vehicle was on its way to Kent with the lovers on board.

What happened after this is not quite clear. Accounts vary, but the next thing we know for certain is that the novelist was lying on the floor of his dining room at home, with his housekeeper and children at his side. 

Nelly had by this time departed, although two accounts state that she was present with his family when Dickens, who had never fully recovered consciousness, died at 6.10pm the following day, June 9.

The official version of events would always be that England’s greatest novelist had died peacefully at home, surrounded by his children, busy working on his next book until the very end. Indeed, there are some scholars who still believe that this is what happened, and that the visit to Peckham never took place.

And yet the mystery remains.

Was his demise brought on by a frenzy of passion with the woman who had been his muse for so long? Or was the story no more than scandalous Victorian tittle-tattle?

As the 150th anniversary of his death approaches next month, the precise details of the last few hours of Dickens’s life remain uncertain. It is just one of many riddles surrounding this extraordinarily complex man.

Nowhere were these complications and contradictions more evident than in his attitude to women.

From the extreme cruelty that he showed to his long-suffering wife Catherine to his penchant for the company of very young and biddable women, his need to control and manipulate members of the opposite sex was a defining feature of his life. 

Verbal abuse, an obsession with tidiness and even with what women wore were all aspects of his complex personality. His need for control eventually took its ultimate expression in one of his most bizarre interests: hypnotism. 

Of all the women in his life, Dickens seems to have reserved his most bitter hatred for his mother, Elizabeth. As a child, Charles had led an idyllic life, much of it in rural Kent.

But when he was 12 years old disaster struck. His father John was sent to the debtors’ jail, the Marshalsea in South London – later the setting for the novelist’s masterpiece Little Dorrit – over a series of unpaid bills, taking his wife and several of his children with him.

To help support the family, Charles was removed from school and sent to work at Warren’s Blacking Factory near Charing Cross Station, sticking labels on jars of shoe polish and living on his own in lodgings. It was a traumatic experience that scarred him for ever, but also inspired some of his finest writing.

John’s incarceration lasted only three months, but the damage had been done. Charles returned to school, but from that point onward blamed his mother – particularly for her apparent rejection of him – and later poured all his anger and loathing into the hideous, neglectful mother figures that inhabit his novels.

By the end of their honeymoon, Catherine (above) had realised that although she would share his bed and, if he felt like it, his leisure, for the most part she would be on her own while he gave himself up to frantic activity

‘I never afterwards forgot. I shall never forget. I never can forget,’ he told his friend and biographer John Forster. Dickens’s mother had been incapable of giving him the love he craved, although she had shown great kindness to her other children. By the time she died in 1863, Dickens had not seen her for many months.

His quest to fill the emotional gap occupied his late teens and early 20s. He finally found what he was looking for in the blonde, pretty 19-year-old Catherine Hogarth, daughter of his boss at The Morning Chronicle newspaper in Fleet Street, where he worked as a reporter.

The courtship was swift and intense, and the couple were married in April 1836 at St Luke’s, Chelsea. Already, however, the idea of fame had Dickens in its grip.

By the end of their honeymoon, Catherine had realised that although she would share his bed and, if he felt like it, his leisure, for the most part she would be on her own while he gave himself up to frantic activity. It was to prove a recipe for misery.

Intriguing – and illuminating – details of the marriage survive. Dickens apparently felt unable to trust his wife to do the family’s shopping properly, frequently accompanying her to the butcher, fruiterer or fishmonger.

January 1857 found him writing to his friend William Wills, a colleague on Household Words magazine which Dickens edited, saying: ‘I am going to Newgate Market with Mrs Dickens after breakfast to shew [sic] her where to buy fowls’. 

This could be interpreted as affectionately companionable – or simply over-controlling.

For Dickens, neatness was an obsession. His daughter Mamie wrote after his death: ‘He made a point of visiting every room in the house once each morning and if a chair was out of its place, or a blind not quite straight, or a crumb left on the floor, woe betide the offender!’

But despite such quirks and eccentricities, several accounts suggest that for some of their marriage the couple enjoyed happy times, travelling to the United States, Italy and France together.

That said, by the time Catherine was in her forties – and petulant, red-faced and with bad teeth – cracks in the marriage were starting to show. Dickens began to punish her as he had felt the need to punish his mother.

So strained were the couple’s relations that Dickens’s ex-publisher Frederick Evans and colleague William Wills refused to go to his home. This, said Evans, was because they ‘could not stand his cruelty to his wife’. When asked by a friend what he meant, Evans explained: ‘Swearing at her in the presence of guests, children and servants – swearing often and fiercely. He is downright ferocious.’

According to the Victorian essayist Harriet Martineau: ‘Dickens had terrified and depressed [Catherine] into a dull condition’.

While Dickens himself became ever more energetic, Catherine sank into ‘indescribable lassitude’.

The final separation, when it came, was callous and brutal.

In the summer of 1857, Dickens wrote a letter to his wife’s maid Anne Cornelius. 

‘My dear Anne,’ he said, ‘I want some little changes made in the arrangement of my dressing room and the bathroom. And as I would rather not have them talked about by comparative strangers, I shall be much obliged to you, my old friend, if you will see them completed.

‘I wish to make the bathroom my washing room also. It will be therefore necessary to carry into the bathroom, to remain there, the two washing-stands from my dressing-room. Then to get rid altogether of the chest of drawers in the dressing-room, I want the recess of the doorway between the dressing-room and Mrs Dickens’s room fitted with plain white deal shelves, and closed in with a plain light deal door, painted white. The sooner it is done, the better.’

Without consulting his wife, Dickens was literally building a barrier between them.

It is especially chilling that he asserts his friendship with the maid in his pincer movement to force everyone in the household – servants as well as children – on to his side in the domestic warfare that he was planning.

By May 1858, Dickens had decided that it was impossible for him and Catherine to continue together in the same house.

In a letter to his Christian philanthropist friend Angela Burdett-Coutts he wrote: ‘I believe my marriage has been for years and years as miserable a one as ever was made. I believe that no two people were ever created, with such an impossibility of interest, sympathy, confidence, sentiment, tender union of any kind between them, as there is between my wife and me.’

He concluded his letter accusing Catherine of ‘the most miserable weaknesses and jealousies… Her mind has, at times, been certainly confused besides.’

Such language – of the sort which would make Catherine doubt her own sanity – suggests we are in the territory of the 1940 psychological thriller Gaslight.

It was at this point, according to their daughter Katey, that Dickens turned into a ‘madman’. An example of his turbulent state of mind was, she said, his decision to place in several national newspapers an announcement of his marriage break-up, referring to the ‘peculiarity of her [Catherine’s] character’.

In later years, Katey suggested that whoever her father had married, it would have been a disaster. ‘He did not understand women,’ she said. ‘This [episode] brought out all that was worst – all that was weakest in him. He did not care a damn what happened to any of us.’

In Dickens’s mind, Catherine had taken the place of the mother he could never forgive.

The only escape was to find a nymph dream, a girl-woman of the kind who flitted ceaselessly across the pages of his novels, and who had always so appealed to him – somebody who could never turn out to be his abusive mother in disguise.

Nelly Ternan, young, malleable and beautiful, was that person. The years of their relationship were to prove his most productive and successful. And yet as so often with Dickens, those startling contrasts and contradictions were at play.

Ever a campaigner for social justice and champion of the underdog, he had proposed and helped set up in 1847 a refuge for ‘fallen women’, many of them prostitutes. His idea was that, after the women had been rescued, they would be enabled to travel to Australia to begin a new life.

Despite the other heavy demands on his time, Dickens had thrown himself into the project with gusto. It was he who talked to the builders about alterations to the property he chose in West London. It was he who went shopping for the furniture, the bookcases and the books.

It was he who bought the linen, the carpets and curtains; it was even he who chose the women’s clothes. 

‘I have made them as cheerful in appearance as they reasonably could be – at the same time very neat and modest,’ he wrote. The distinction between a desire to control and a desire to benefit the young women involved is a fine one.

Ever a campaigner for social justice and champion of the underdog, he had proposed and helped set up in 1847 a refuge for ‘fallen women’, many of them prostitutes

Even more than his novels, his home for fallen women would be a world of which he could take total charge. It proved hugely successful, establishing a number of women in happy marriages and giving them exactly the fresh start he had envisaged.

Here, once again, is the paradox of Charles Dickens: half good cop, half bad.

As if he were not busy enough, in the late 1830s, Dickens had become fascinated with the new fad of mesmerism. 

A relatively new concept in Britain, it was the brainchild of the German doctor Anton Mesmer, who proposed that a trance-like state induced by an expert practitioner could be used to cure all manner of ailments.

Dickens was enthralled, befriending mesmerism’s leading specialist in London, John Elliotson, a professor of medicine. From Elliotson and others Dickens learned how to perform the movements of mesmerism. On a trip to Boston in the US during happier times with his wife in 1842, he tried it out on her in front of two witnesses.

Within six minutes of passing his hands around her head, Catherine became hysterical. She then fell fast asleep. A somewhat startled Dickens found, however, that he could wake her easily by moving his thumbs over her eyebrows, and by blowing gently on her face.

It had been a shock, but soon he was regularly hypnotising Catherine and other family members and friends. He even tried out his powers on a Frenchwoman called Madame de la Rue he met in Italy who was looking for a cure for tics and hallucinations.

Although it is not entirely clear whether he slept with her, Dickens’s intimacy with her caused Catherine enormous distress. Indeed, she was so disturbed by the amount of time Dickens was spending in Mme de la Rue’s bedroom at all hours of the day and night in the cause of mesmerism that he had to take his wife away for a few days to calm what he claimed was her ‘unreasonable behaviour’.

A sexual element of control was undoubtedly strong in all this, with contemporary accounts suggesting that Dickens found it most exciting to perform his mesmeric tricks on women.

It was not be the last time that his overwhelming desire for control would be played out in a public and highly dramatic fashion.

For, in 1858, Dickens had begun touring Britain with one-man performances of his most famous novels. It was these shows that brought him global stardom and increased his already considerable wealth.

His favourite portrayal was that of the brutal death of the prostitute Nancy at the hands of her lover, Bill Sikes, from his novel Oliver Twist. In 1863, he confessed that, privately, he had performed an imaginary re-enactment of Nancy’s killing ‘but I have got something so horrible out of it that I am afraid to try it in public’.

His manager George Dolby was fiercely against the plan to include the murder scene in public as it was inappropriate for a show meant to appeal to all ages, and because of its likely effect on Dickens’ health.

Dickens’ family were equally opposed. His son Charley later told how he was working in the library at the family home when he heard the sound of violence taking place outside in the garden. It sounded as if a tramp was beating his wife.

As the noise continued – alternately brutal shouts and female screaming – Charley decided to intervene, only to find his father outside on the lawn murdering an imaginary Nancy with ferocious gestures.

When Dickens asked his son what he thought, Charley replied: ‘It is the best thing I’ve ever seen. But don’t do it.’

But Dickens had made up his mind. He went ahead and performed 28 renditions of Nancy’s murder. It became an obsession with him.

He told his friend William Wills that his performance had a transformative physical effect upon him. ‘My ordinary pulse is 72 and it runs up under this effort to 112,’ he wrote. ‘Besides which, it takes me ten or twelve minutes to get my mind back at all: I being in the meantime like the man who lost the fight.’

After the scene was finished, there would be total silence in the hall. Dickens then went backstage, often walking with difficulty, and would be forced to lie on a sofa for some minutes before he once more became capable of speech. He would recover and ‘after a glass of champagne would go on the platform again for the final reading’.

It is almost as if Dickens had released a genie from the bottle of whose sexually violent existence he had been scarcely aware. Indeed, he liked to joke about his ‘murderous instincts’ and his re-enactment of the killing. ‘I have a vague sensation,’ he said, ‘of being “wanted” as I walk about the streets.’

The inevitable happened at Chester in April 1869 when Dickens had a minor stroke on stage. A doctor was summoned, and ordered that the tour be cancelled forthwith.

But Dickens’ obsession with the scene refused to leave him. Months after the shows had ended, and shortly before his death a year later, he was discovered performing the slaying of Nancy once again in the privacy of his own garden.

IN THE week before his fateful final trip to his mistress Nelly in Peckham, Dickens and his daughter Katey sat up until 3am talking. Relaxed after a pleasant dinner followed by brandy and cigars, he confided in her about his relationships, and his regrets.

‘He wished he had been a better father, a better man,’ she later recalled.

Many of those who knew him might well have agreed. A flawed genius, perhaps – but one whose writings a century and a half after his passing continue to enthral and delight.

© A. N. Wilson, 2020

The Mystery Of Charles Dickens is published by Atlantic on June 4, priced £17.99.

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Why Did Rick Ross Name His Record Label Maybach Music?

Rick Ross is not just a rapper, but he’s also the head of a big record label. He’s the founder of Maybach Music Group, a label which has launched the careers of celebrity rappers like Meek Mill and French Montana.

Like many things in hip hop, the name of his label has a lot of symbolism and meaning behind it. Maybach is a German luxury car brand that is well-known for making some really high-end, and expensive, cars. Unsurprisingly, that’s exactly the type of imagery that Rick Ross wants Maybach Music to convey.

A quick look at Rick Ross’ career

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Unlike many rappers, Ross’ rap career didn’t start that early. In fact, he worked as a corrections officer long before he started his music career. His career only took off when he released a single in 2006 called ‘Hustlin’.’ He was 30 years old by that time, which is significantly older than what many rappers are when they start out in the industry.

Despite his age, his career took off pretty quickly. He signed with Def Jam Records and he released two successful albums with them. Then, in 2009, he started Maybach Music Group, or MMG, and he started releasing his songs through MMG. Eventually, his deal with Def Jam ended, and he got other distributors to work with MMG. 

Through making successful albums, growing his record label, as well as working in other business ventures, Ross is now worth about $40 million. With this level of money, he’s been able to live a life that he once dreamed of. 

Why Rick Ross named his label Maybach Music

As Ross said to MTV, that’s why he named MMG after Maybach. Maybach, as a brand, is a high-end luxury brand that sells cars worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions of dollars. That type of luxury is, as Ross told MTV, something that he and others like him dreamed about. “That level of luxury is just inspiration for people who started, like myself, who just looked and fantasized,” he said to MTV.

Fans of Ross or any other artist signed to MMG will know that they will shout Maybach during live performances of their songs. Like Ross told MTV, they don’t do that to tell people to buy Maybach cars. Rather, it’s a way to link the high quality that’s found in Maybachs with the high-quality that’s found in MMG’s music. 

“When we say Maybach Music, it’s not about the car, it’s just about the level of quality and the time that we put into the sound and that was just a way to express it where people could really understand it,” Ross told MTV. That said, Ross was mourning the death of Maybach when he said those things to MTV. Maybach, since then, has been revived. 

The death and revival of Maybach

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In 2011, the high prices and the ridiculous luxury of Maybach cars led to its downfall. People were still feeling the pinch of the Great Recession, so even fewer people could afford to pay the $1 million asking price of certain Maybach models. And so, like any other car brand, the lack of sales led to Daimler, which owns Maybach, to shut down the brand. 

But, a few years later, Daimler decided to revive Maybach, this time with a new strategy. Maybach would still be a luxury brand, but it would work with Mercedes to make cars that people would actually buy. The most recent Maybach is the Mercedes-Maybach S-class, though Mercedes-Maybach is also making some SUVs, too. 

Like the Maybachs of old, these new Maybachs are still luxurious and expensive. For example, a Mercedes-Maybach S-class can start at about $200,000.

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Young man in his 20s shot dead near Sainsbury’s in North London as cops hunt gunman – The Sun

A YOUNG man in his 20s has been shot dead near a North London Sainsbury's.

Police were called to the scene in Wiltshire Gardens, Haringey, shortly before 8.30pm on Monday.



A man believed to have been in his 20s was found with gunshot wounds and pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers are working to identify his family and are appealing for anybody with any information to come forward.

No arrests have been made.

Cordons remain in place at the scene, where a full forensic examination has commenced.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information, are urged to call police on 101, reference 7506/may18.

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Kyle MacLachlan on his new film ‘Capone’ and quarantine life

Long gone to wherever ruthless Chicago gangsters of the ’20s and ’30s go,
real-life killer Al Capone is living again in Vertical Entertainment’s “Capone.”

Kyle MacLachlan: “Tom Hardy plays him. It takes place after Capone’s near-decade of imprisonment. Authorities let him out for his final months. Suffering from dementia, he was at his Palm Island home in Florida with his wife Mae and son. Matt Dillon and Kathrine Narducci play family friends. My character was his doctor, who in this is named Karlock — and was also not such a good guy.

“We shot a couple of months in Louisiana. Pontchartrain. I definitely didn’t mind the extra 25 minutes it took me to cross the bridge, so — big surprise! — I preferred staying in New Orleans.

“A scene is when I come to visit, and his wife — who’s boss of the house and played by Linda Cardellini — says Al’s incontinent. From my doctor bag, I bring out adult diapers and have to convince this feared gangster to put them on.

“This doctor takes on two characters. In the beginning, he’s caring. But in the last months, his interest turns to learning where Capone hid all his millions, which until now nobody’s found.”

OK. Back to today. Kyle quarantining?

“Oh, please. I’m our head chef. I do lots of cooking. We’re in California, so then I get our son, Callum, off to Zoom school for his 9:45 a.m. class in New York. Next, I make breakfast for me — and lunch.”

Dog show Sunday, no ponies

Maybe if you’re over 12, you’ll remember gorgeous blonde Bo Derek, who starred in blockbusters like 1981’s “Tarzan, the Ape Man.” Now she’s giving four arfs to NBC’s “Beverly Hills Dog Show,” to air Sunday. It taped earlier, when chihuahuas still peed on red carpets.

Bo: “Celebrities tend to be dog crazy. Our world’s artificial, make believe, fantasy so there’s something about going home to our spoiled, adored pets, who live better than some humans.”

Co-host John O’Hurley: “Our dogs walk down a catwalk, which is so Beverly Hills. It’s not as stuffy as Westminster in the east.”

Really? Not as big either.

Pay attention

The film of the original Broadway “Hamilton” production, debuts on Disney’s streaming service July 3. Disney+ paid $75 mil for it … Thanks to Little Italy for distributing restaurant gift baskets … For three months, CBS’s “The Good Fight” and Broadway Stages — where “Blue Bloods,” “Madam Secretary” and “Orange Is the New Black”” filmed — donated their Wilson Rivas Craft Services to feeding seniors, plus their East New York warehouse to the Campaign Against Hunger.

Prez pardon

Five presidents came from NY: Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore and Donald. Chester Arthur, from foreign territory Vermont, became a New York lawyer and was sworn in at 123 Lexington Ave.’s brownstone. His successor, Grover Cleveland, came from Jersey. Nearby. If he’s reminded, nice Joe Biden’s from Scranton. Only one other’s from Pennsylvania. James Buchanan. And he was born in 1791.

This has nothing to do with nothing but, being a New York lover, just thought I’d mention it.

Benefit set

More than 245 LIRR employees and 2,400 MTA workers tested positive for the coronavirus. NYC Transit OK’d providing $500,000 death benefits to each family of a worker killed by the virus. Watch NY’s Hospital Workers Union demand similar benefits.

About her blind date: “I’m not implying he was boring. I’m only saying that his varicose veins kept him from being completely colorless.”

Only in New York, kids, only in New York.

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Jason Alexander Calls His 'Seinfeld' Costar Jerry Stiller 'the Kindest Man'

Seinfeld star and comedian Jerry Stiller had died at age 92. His son, actor Ben Stiller, announced his father’s passing on Twitter. 

“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” the Zoolander star wrote. “He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad.”

Stiller’s showbiz career began in the 1950s, when he and his wife Anne Meara were part of a popular comedy duo. But to today’s audiences, he is best known for his work on NBC’s hit “show about nothing, where he played George Costanza’s (Jason Alexander) volatile and eccentric father Frank Costanza. 

Jason Alexander remembers Jerry Stiller  

Seinfeld ended its run more than 20 years ago. But Alexander remained close with the man who played his onscreen father. 

“Such sad news that my beloved friend, Jerry Stiller, has passed,” the actor tweeted. “He was perhaps the kindest man I ever had the honor to work beside. He made me laugh when I was a child and every day I was with him. A great actor, a great man, a lovely friend. #RIPJerryStiller I Love you.”

“I adored this man,” he added in a follow-up tweet that was accompanied by a picture of the two performers together. 

Jerry Stiller initially turned down a role on ‘Seinfeld’ 

Stiller appeared in just over 25 of Seinfeld’s 180 episodes. George’s irascible father didn’t even make his first appearance until the show’s fourth season. But he became one the series’ most beloved and memorable characters with his cries of “Serenity now!” and invention of a new Christmas-adjacent holiday he dubbed Festivus.

But Stiller’s version of Frank almost never happened. The actor initially passed on the role when producers approached him about it, he explained in an interview. He wasn’t familiar with the show, he said, and was busy with another project.  

“They said they want you to play the father of George Costanza on Seinfeld, and I said, ‘Who’s Seinfeld?’” Stiller said. “They said it is a very funny show and it is on the air right now. And I said, ‘Well, I am in a Broadway show. I am about to rehearse. I pass. [They said] ‘What?!’ I pass. I don’t want to do it.” 

As a result, John Randolph was cast as Frank. He appeared in one episode, but things didn’t quite click. Seinfeld creator Larry David reached out again to Stiller, and this time, he convinced him to give the show a chance. 

Stiller said he has a ‘wonderful’ relationship with his ‘Seinfeld’ costars

When Stiller initially joined the Seinfeld cast, David asked him to play Frank as a more subdued character opposite his outspoken and loud wife Estelle (Estelle Harris). But the actor soon realized that approach wouldn’t work. When she screamed at him, he decided to yell right back. Everyone loved it. 

“Everybody starts laughing and David said, ‘Jerry, keep it that way,’ he recalled. “And that was the beginning of Frank Costanza. We established the character.”

“The relationship between myself and Estelle and Jason and Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, it all blew up in such a wonderful way … and that was one of the reasons I think that the show was successful,” he added. “We weren’t thinking about the next line. We were just listening to each other.”

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Benji Madden Shares His Love for Cameron Diaz on Her First Mother's Day

Benji Madden praised his wife, Cameron Diaz, as they celebrated their first Mother’s Day since welcoming daughter Raddix in January.

“It’s special day for us this year, Forever grateful to my wife for making me a Father, and taking such good care of us everyday,” the Good Charlotte guitarist, 41, wrote on Instagram on Sunday, May 10, calling the Bad Teacher star the “Best Mom and Wife and Friend.”

He explained that whether Diaz, 47, is “waking up extra early to take care of everyone (3 humans and a dozen animals) or doing all the research and reading to make sure we try our best to be good parents for our daughter, she’s a force of nature and I’m very grateful.”

“6 years together just get more meaningful and true love each day,” Madden continued. “What a blessing. For me, I think wise to remind ourselves everyday, when we have a rare special person like this in our life, not to be the foolish person who takes it for granted. Fact is, No matter what happens at work, or what the world thinks/says, Cherish the Mothers and you can’t lose. Everything else you’ll be able to figure out- Happy home is worth more than Gold🙏 Thank G-D for Moms.”

Diaz and Madden, who wed in 2015, revealed on January 3 that they’d welcomed their first child. “We are so happy, blessed and grateful to begin this new decade by announcing the birth of our daughter, Raddix Madden,” the pair wrote on Instagram. “She has completely captured our hearts and completed our family. While we are overjoyed to share this news, we also feel a strong instinct to protect our little one’s privacy. So we won’t be posting pictures or sharing any more details, other than the fact that she is really really cute!! Some would even say RAD.”

An insider told Us that month that the pair “went through so much” as they tried to start a family before welcoming Raddix via a surrogate. “Cameron feels like this baby is truly a miracle,” the source added.

The retired actress revealed in an Instagram Live in April that Madden is a doting dad and puts Raddix to bed every night.

“He’s so good. He’s such an amazing father,” she told her friend Katherine Power. “I’m so lucky he’s my baby’s daddy. Like, he’s so incredible.”

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Spoilers: Paddy loses his temper & lashes out at baby Eve in Emmerdale tonight

Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) has been struggling to cope with anxiety in Emmerdale as of late, as he can’t shake the feeling that something terrible will happen in regards to the wellbeing of daughter Eve, but the stress of everything takes its toll during tonight’s instalment, and the vet loses his temper as a result.

Paddy has struggled to forgive himself since the incident in which he took Marlon (Mark Charnock) to the hospital, and ended up leaving Eve in the car.

Chas (Lucy Pargeter) was fuming with Paddy afterwards, but she managed to forgive him — having realised that he was worried about Marlon and therefore wasn’t thinking straight.

However, Paddy has been unable to come to terms with what happened, and in the months that have followed, he’s become incredibly anxious.

From constantly listening to the baby monitor, to double-checking Eve has all the necessary items when she’s going on outing with Chas — not to mention losing the rag with Bear (Joshua Richards) for leaving Eve alone for two seconds.

During the latest episode, he took Eve to the hospital when she wouldn’t stop crying — something which resulted in Bear informing Chas about Paddy’s anxiety.

Matters become much worse during tonight’s instalment, as an anxious and emotional Paddy loses his temper and shouts at baby Eve. However, he’s soon left mortified by his actions.

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Chas is understanding with him over the whole situation.

Will Paddy be able to get the help he needs?

Emmerdale continues Monday 4 May at 7pm on ITV.

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Trump threatened to SUE his campaign manager Brad Parscale after he told president to ditch daily coronavirus briefings – The Sun

PRESIDENT Donald Trump threatened to sue his campaign manager Brad Parscale after he told the president to ditch his daily coronavirus briefings.

Trump reportedly posed the threats to Parscale during a heated phone call on Friday.

CNN and The New York Times reported on Wednesday that during the conversation, the campaign manager and Republican National Committee Chair, Ronna Romney McDaniel, told the president to stop his daily press conferences.

The advisers also pointed to data showing that the briefings were hurting the president with critical swing-state voters.

However, the Times reported that Trump insisted that the data was wrong and blamed Parscale for the fact his polls were down.

The outlet also said that the president made a threat to sue Parscale and mentioned the money the campaign manager has made while working for him.

"I love you, too," Parscale replied, according to the Times.

It is not known how serious the president's threat was.

"He's p***ed because he knows he messed up in those briefings," one Republican close to the White House told CNN regarding Trump's outburst.

The outlet also reported that Trump complained to aides that his restricted travel has hurt his numbers and not the briefings.

Despite their argument, two sources told CNN that the president and his campaign manager made amends later on Friday night.

Parscale, who has been working from home in Florida, then flew to Washington on Tuesday to spend time in-person with his boss.

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Ben Affleck lifts his face mask for a cigarette after kissing girlfriend Ana De Armas through the protective gear – The Sun

BEN Affleck was spotted lifting his face mask to smoke a cigarette just days after kissing his girlfriend Ana de Arma through the protective gear.

The 47-year-old actor has been wearing the mask as he follows guidelines during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

However he lifted it so that he could smoke while running errands in Los Angeles.

The star was dressed casually for the outing, wearing a T-Shirt with burgundy sleeves, black pants, and carrying a large black holdall.

Earlier this month, Ben was seen packing on the PDA in spite of the masks while taking a stroll with new flame Ana.

Ben and Ana were first linked early last month after they were both spotted visiting the 31-year-old beauty's native Cuba.


A fan spotted Ben, who split from wife Jennifer Garner in 2018, and Ana enjoying themselves in a small town in Havana.

Ex Jen has been dating businessman John Miller since the break-up.

It was recently reported that she has banned her Ben from introducing their children to his new girlfriend.


A source told Us magazine: "Ben is understanding.

“[He] said he would work with Jennifer to prepare the kids for meeting [Ana].”

The two share daughters Violet, 14, and Seraphina, 11, and son Samuel, 8, together.

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