THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor's defense lawyers on Monday opposed a request by prosecutors at his war crimes trial to call supermodel Naomi Campbell as a witness, branding the move "a publicity stunt. Prosecutors earlier this month filed a motion seeking to have Campbell subpoenaed to testify about claims Taylor gave her "blood diamonds" at a reception in South Africa in 1997. But Taylor's lawyers said the evidence was "tangential to the real issues" against Taylor and said prosecutors were trying to introduce it too late in the trial - 15 months after they closed their case. "For the prosecution to present such inferential evidence at this advanced stage, as part of an obvious publicity stunt, would bring the administration of justice into serious disrepute," Taylor's British lawyer Courtenay Griffiths wrote to judges. According to the prosecution motion seeking a subpoena, Campbell told prosecutors through her lawyer she does not want to get involved in the case and is concerned for her safety. Prosecutors want Campbell to testify about Taylor's alleged gift of diamonds along with actress Mia Farrow and another witness, Carole White, who were both at the same reception in South Africa. In a written statement to the court, Farrow said Campbell told her that two or three men woke her up and "presented her with a large diamond which they said was from Charles Taylor." White says she heard Taylor say he was going to give Campbell diamonds and saw them being delivered. Prosecutors say Campbell's testimony would provide "direct evidence of the accused's possession of rough diamonds from a witness unrelated to the Liberian or Sierra Leone conflicts." Taylor, once one of West Africa's most powerful men, is charged with 11 counts of murder, torture, rape, sexual slavery and the use of child soldiers and terrorism in his role backing rebels in Sierra Leone's 1991-2002 civil war. An estimated 500,000 people were the victims of killings, systematic mutilation or other atrocities in that war, with some of the worst crimes committed by child soldiers who were drugged to desensitize them. It is unclear when judges will rule on the prosecution request.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Julien's Auctions is proud to present property from the estate of Anna Nicole Smith featuring, fine and decorative art, furniture and memorabilia. Among the wide variety of offerings are decorative bronzes acquired during her marriage to wealthy oil magnate J. Howard Marshall, furniture seen by a large television audience on her E! Channel series, “The Anna Nicole Smith Show”, and costumes and memorabilia collected during her career as a Playboy model, actress and successful spokeswoman for Guess Jeans and Trimspa. Included are items related to her screen idol Marilyn Monroe, with an extensive collection of memorabilia, including handbags, photographs and other collectibles. This auction will showcase Smith's flair for fashion, fun, fine art and collectibles.
Lot 717 of 777: ANNA NICOLE SMITH SHOWGIRL STYLE ENSEMBLE Estimate: $300.00 - $500.00 Starting: $150.00 Description: Anna Nicole Smith pink showgirl-style costume with matching headpiece. Worn by Smith to a 2004 Halloween party at the Playboy Mansion. Comprised of an open-sided leotard ornamented with silver, sequin and rhinestone appliques, trimmed with and trailing an ostrich feather train. Accompanied by pink gloves with ostrich feather trim.
Lot 668 of 777: ANNA NICOLE SMITH FOX FUR COAT Estimate: $1,500.00 - $2,000.00 Starting: $750.00
Description: Marked "Sorbara for Neiman Marcus." NOTE: A gift to Anna Nicole Smith from her husband J. Howard Marshall. Length, 52 inches; Shoulder, 24 inches; Arm, 27 inches
Lot 719 of 777: ANNA NICOLE SMITH PRIDE PARADE DRESS Estimate: $500.00 - $700.00 Starting: $250.00 Description: Silver faux alligator skin dress with open sides worn by Anna Nicole Smith at the 2005 Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade.
Julian's Hollywood Legends Auction
Lot 674 of 777: ANNA NICOLE SMITH "TRIMSPA BABY" SHIRT Estimate: $200.00 - $400.00 Starting Bid: $100.00 Description: Anna Nicole Smith's off-the-shoulder leopard print shirt worn in Smith's first national TrimSpa "Paparazzi" commercial where the phrase "TrimSpa Baby!" originated.
Julian's Hollywood Legends Auction
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Next September Christie's will auction the late Isabella Blow's pretty extraordinary wardrobe. Blow, a stylist, is credited with discovering Alexander McQueen when she bought his entire Saint Martins College of Art and Design graduation collection for 5,000 pounds. What followed was a rocky friendship --Blow was on one hand considered McQueen's muse; on the other, she felt abandoned and overlooked as his star rose. After a long struggle with depression and multiple suicide attempts, she took her own life in 2007. McQueen died by suicide on February 11th, 2010. The New York Times reports that the Christie's collection will include over 90 McQueen outfits, shoes from Manolo Blahnik, and 50 Philip Treacy hats, the accessory for which Miss Blow was most famous. -The Huffington Post
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
It’s nothing that a graduate of the school of hard knocks shouldn’t be able to handle, but Jay-Z has seen several of his major investments flounder during the recession, even as much of his $1 billion empire stays strong. The rapper lost $50 million on hotel developments in Manhattan, the Las Vegas branch of his 40/40 Club was closed in late 2008 and a Chicago franchise was aborted, and he walked away from a $2 million investment to develop the Aqueduct Racetrack in New York. The award-winning Broadway musical Fela! has yet to turn a profit, and the New Jersey Nets, which he has a 1.5 percent stake in, have performed poorly. However, Jay-Z’s business remains strong in core music and apparel retail sales, which will likely bring in 10 figures this year. His Rocawear brand is a big seller this spring, in part because the rapper insisted on smaller logos and less baggy pants. Experts say the hip-hop mogul is talented enough to market anything. -DBeast
Miss Michigan, who made history Sunday night as the first Arab-American to win the Miss USA beauty pageant, won a pole dancing contest in 2007 hosted by local Detroit radio morning show Mojo in the Morning.In a series of photos posted on the radio show's Web site, Fakih is seen provocatively working her way up and down a stripper pole while wearing a blue tank top, bottom-grazing red shorts and a pair of high heels. Another photo shows her wearing a bra stuffed with dollar bills. "It would be foolish to consider anyone other than Rima to represent the USA," radio host Mojo said. "The photos taken from our Web site are no more provocative than those on the Miss USA Web site." -Daily News