Connect with us

Latest News

T.J. Miller, former ‘Silicon Valley’ star, arrested over alleged fake bomb threat

Published

on

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

This was no joke.

Comedian and former “Silicon Valley” star T.J. Miller appeared in federal court Tuesday for allegedly calling in a fake bomb threat involving an Amtrak train traveling out of Washington.

The 36-year-old actor, who was arrested Monday night at LaGuardia Airport in New York, faces charges of intentionally providing false information to authorities for claiming there was an explosive device on a train passing through New York’s Penn Station and Connecticut on March 18, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Miller faces up to five years in prison if found guilty. A judge in New Haven, Connecticut, allowed him released on $100,000 bond.

Federal prosecutors said Miller called 911 to report a female passenger who “has a bomb in her bag,” and described the woman with brown hair and a scarf. When Amtrak investigators were alerted, the train was in Connecticut and forced to stop at a station in Westport.

A bomb squad conducted a search of the train, but found no evidence of an explosive.

 T.J. Miller performs during the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. Christopher Polk / Getty Images for The Critics’ Choice Awards file

Investigators traced the initial call to Miller, who got off the train in New York City. He allegedly told officials that the woman had red hair and a red scarf, and was holding a “black bag carry on suitcase with a handle,” according to the complaint.

Miller said the woman appearing to want to get off the train without the suitcase, according to prosecutors.

The actor was slurring his words, but said he had only one glass of red wine and responded “no” when asked if he had a mental illness, prosecutors added.

“This is the first time I’ve ever made a call like this before,” Miller told investigators, according to the complaint. “I am worried for everyone on that train. Someone has to check that lady out.”

But investigators determined that Miller was on a different train than the one first stopped. After speaking with an attendant on that train, they were told he appeared drunk when he boarded in Washington and consumed multiple drinks. He was ordered off in New York because he was intoxicated, prosecutors said.

They added that Miller got into hostile exchanges with a woman sitting in a different row in his First Class car.

That woman was later interviewed and found not to have explosives — and Miller’s actions were motivated by his “grudge” against her, prosecutors said.

An attorney for Miller could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

Miller made headlines late last year after allegations resurfaced about him sexually assaulting a woman when he was in college. He strongly denied the accusation.

He left HBO’s “Silicon Valley” last year after four seasons for what were described at the time as creative differences with the show’s producers.

Miller currently co-stars in the Stephen Spielberg sci-fi film, “Ready Player One.” He made no mention of the arrest Tuesday on social media, instead tweeting about an upcoming comedy show in Philadelphia.

Source link

Latest News

Russian ‘Fancy Bear’ unit hit with sanctions by UK over cyber attack on German parliament | Politics News

Published

on

Britain has imposed travel bans and asset freezes on a Russian unit over a cyber attack on Germany’s parliament.

The sanctions, part of European Union action, will be enforced on two Russian GRU officers and a hacking unit – judged to be part of the GRU – known as APT28 or Fancy Bear.

Germany has found Russia responsible for the 2015 hack of its parliament, the Bundestag, which was said to have caused the theft of more than 16 gigabytes of data, including MPs’ confidential emails.

The Foreign Office announced the sanctions would come into force immediately

“The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with Germany and our European partners to hold Russia to account for cyber attacks designed to undermine Western democracies,” said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

“This criminal behaviour brings the Russian government into further disrepute.”

Britain is continuing to coordinate with the EU’s sanctions regime during the Brexit transition period, after which the UK will have its own regime.

UK security chiefs have previously judged APT28 to be part of the GRU, the Russian military intelligence services.

The group have also been blamed for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers during the 2016 US election campaign, as well as the hacking of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s database in the same year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on fire emergency response in Ryazan Region, via teleconference call, at Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, on October 8, 2020. (Photo by Alexei Druzhinin / Sputnik / AFP) (Photo by ALEXEI DRUZHININ/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images)
Image:
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the influence of the US, Britain and France was waning

The action against the unit over the Bundestag attack came as Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed Germany and China are now heading for superpower status while the influence of America, along with that of Britain and France, wanes.

Addressing a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club via video link, Mr Putin was reported to have said the era when the US and Russia decided the world’s most important questions was in the past.

If the US was not prepared to discuss global problems with Moscow, Russia stood ready to have that discussion with other nations, the Russian president was said to have added.

Source link

Continue Reading

Latest News

Gulf Livestock 1 sunken ship: Pope Francis gives money to families of crew missing at sea | World News

Published

on

Pope Francis has gifted money to the families of the crew members who were on board a ship that sank off the Japanese coast last month, 40 of whom are still missing.

The Gulf Livestock 1 was carrying 43 men and 6,000 cattle when it capsized on 2 September in the East China Sea after suffering an engine failure during Typhoon Maysak.

Families of the crew, which included 39 Filipinos, two Australians and two New Zealanders, have raised over £93,000 for an international search effort which recently found a potential life raft and life ring from the ship.

Pope Francis
Image:
Pope Francis has donated financial support to the families

In a statement, the Vatican confirmed it will provide financial aid to “be given personally to the families of the missing persons and the two survivors, along with a small personal gift from Pope Francis, to express his closeness and solidarity”.

“This contribution has been accompanied, since the very first days of the disaster, by spiritual, psychological and personalised support, offered to the Filipino families by a team of professionals, chaplains and religious sisters from the Stella Maris Centres of the nation,” the statement continued.

“The support, which in view of the COVID-19 restrictions has so far been implemented through the use of social media and a digital platform, will continue for several months.”

The full amount and duration of the support from the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is not clear.

Loved ones of the 40 crew members still lost at sea remain hopeful that there are more survivors after three Filipino men were pulled from a life raft in the days following the capsizing.

One of the men died.

The two who survived told an investigation into the sinking they saw the deployment of four life rafts before the ship sunk and that everyone was wearing a life jacket.

A possible sighting of a life jacket belonging to the GUlf Livestock 1 Ship which capzised near Japan on September 2. Pic: Facebook / used with permission of missing man Will Mainprize's sister Emily Hastings
Image:
A search crew sighted what could be a life raft canopy from the ship
A possible sighting of a life jacket belonging to the GUlf Livestock 1 Ship which capzised near Japan on September 2. Pic: Facebook / used with permission of missing man Will Mainprize's sister Emily Hastings
Image:
A life ring potentially belonging to the vessel was also found

On 10 October, images from crew and pilots found what appeared to be a canopy from the same life raft used on the Gulf Livestock 1 on the Japanese island of Kuchinoshima – about 160 miles from the ship’s last-known location.

On the same day, a life ring and blue boot were spotted 21 miles away on another island.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Three men have been rescued and two survived

The Viking life rafts from Gulf Livestock 1 carry enough rations to feed 20 people for 30 days.

But an Australian legal report recently concluded the prospect of more survivors remained possible while life rafts and jackets were still missing.

Missing Australian man Will Mainprize with his sister Emily Hastings. Pic: Supplied
Image:
Missing Australian man Will Mainprize with his sister Emily Hastings. Pic: Supplied

The sister of Australian stockman and missing crew member Will Mainprize recently described her brother as a “survivalist” who led rescue and adventure missions in his home country.

“He is just so kind and compassionate,” she told Sky News.

“This beautiful, young 27-year-old man. I’m 18 months older than him and we were like twins growing up. If you spend time with him you feel like a better person.”

Source link

Continue Reading

Latest News

Prince Andrew accuser was a ‘fantasist’ who spun ’tissue of lies’, Ghislaine Maxwell told lawyers | World News

Published

on

Ghislaine Maxwell told lawyers that Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre had spun a “tissue of lies” and was an “awful fantasist”, according to newly-released documents.

The comments by the ex-girlfriend of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein appear in a 2016 interview transcript released on Thursday by a US judge.

Ms Roberts Giuffre has accused the prince of having sex with her when she was underage – claims he has strongly denied – and says Epstein kept her as a “sex slave” with Maxwell‘s assistance.

Ghislaine Maxwell will never sell out Prince Andrew, a friend of hers has said
Image:
The transcript of Maxwell’s 2016 interview was released despite her opposition

In her deposition, the 58-year-old was questioned about an alleged encounter between the pair in London in 2001 after they are said to have gone out clubbing.

The name is redacted, but the circumstances match Ms Roberts Giuffre’s allegations about the prince.

“So did you ever introduce [redacted] to Virginia in London?” Maxwell is asked.

The former socialite – arrested in an FBI raid in July – said she had “no recollection” and also couldn’t recall if Ms Giuffre stayed at her London home, or even whether she travelled on the plane to London.

More from Ghislaine Maxwell

It’s been claimed a photo of Prince Andrew appearing to have his hand around Ms Roberts Giuffre’s body – and standing next to Ms Maxwell – was taken in the house during the March 2001 trip.

The prince has admitted he is the person in the picture but that he has no “recollection of meeting her” – and also suggested in his Newsnight interview last year that the image may have been edited.

He famously added that he couldn’t have been out clubbing on the night in question as he was in Pizza Express in Woking.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who as accused Prince Andrew of sexually assaulting her at Jeffrey Epstein's house, speaks out
Image:
Virginia Roberts Giuffre claims she had sex with the prince on several different occasions

Ms Maxwell also says in the 400-plus pages of transcript that she has no memory of claims she took 17-year-old Ms Giuffre out shopping ahead of the alleged night out at Tramp nightclub.

She also tells lawyers she “cannot recall, as I have said, no” – when asked if she saw “[redacted] go into a room with Virginia alone in your town home”.

Ms Maxwell also denied having three-way sex with Epstein and Ms Roberts Giuffre, and claimed she never saw any “inappropriate underage activities” or “Jeffrey having sex with a minor.”

The 58-year-old faces up to 35 years in jail over allegations she recruited teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse in the 1990s.

Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Jeffrey Epstein, and Ghislaine Maxwell pose together at the Mar-a-Lago club, Palm Beach, Florida, February 12, 2000
Image:
Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell with the Trumps in 2000

The new documents relate to a 2016 civil lawsuit brought by Ms Roberts Giuffre, who sued Ms Maxwell for defamation after she called her a liar. The case was eventually settled.

Ms Maxwell’s lawyers had argued that the documents should remain sealed in part to protect her right to a fair criminal trial, in which she has pleaded not guilty.

Prince Andrew has admitted his relationship with Epstein was badly judged, but in a statement last year “emphatically denied… any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts”.

Source link

Continue Reading

Trending