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Posts Tagged ‘Dana Kennedy’

When Cannes Was the Playground of Moatessem Gadhafi

Sex slavery at the Cannes Film Festival is something we would have guessed would be restricted to the Grand Palais and other Croisette event screens. In the form of a documentary, short, tawdry “marché” title or marquee feature narrative sub-plot.

But sadly, this is something that some of the event’s richest attendees have helped abet in real life. From a Hollywood Reporter piece about the infamous illegal-solicitation activities of Elie Nahas on behalf of Muammar Gadhafi‘s late son Moatessem and other super-rich Middle Eastern attendees [bolding is ours]:

The women ran the gamut, from full-time escorts to models to beauty queens, and they serviced men in hotels, on yachts and in the palatial villas in the hills above Cannes, police said. Philippe Camps, a lawyer for a Paris-based anti-prostitution organization that was a civil plaintiff in the trial, tells THR that some of the women were brought to Cannes under false pretenses and coerced into prostitution.

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THR Reviews Tom Cruise-David Miscavige as a Bad ‘Bromance’

With Tony Ortega having (at least, temporarily) suspended his daily blog missives about the Church of Scientology, it’s up to other outlets to pick up the e-meter slack. This morning, that honor belongs to Hollywood Reporter contributor Dana Kennedy:

The headline is a reference to a quote from ex-Scientologist Marc Headley, who deems Tom Cruise’s relationship with embattled church leader David Miscagive to be “the most intense, expensive bromance in history.” Later on in the article, Headley’s wife Claire repeats some damaging claims that the “bromance” is built on a lie, and that behind Cruise’s back, Miscavige has repeatedly mocked the actor.

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Veteran AP Reporter Pyle Looks Back On 49-Year Career: “I’ve Been Very Lucky”

Veteran reporter Richard Pyle retired today after 49 years at the Associated Press. The Huffington Post‘s Dana Kennedy got an interview with Pyle, and helped him look back his almost 50-year career — spent at only one company.

Read the whole interview for the entire experience, but here are some of Pyle’s best insights:

“I’ve been very lucky. The second half of the 20th century was the golden age of journalism. The cutoff point was 9-11. Everything’s changed since then. It was the heyday. It was never that good before and it will never be that good again.”

On covering Vietnam:

“If you were a young guy like me, unmarried, you couldn’t let this story go by. I didn’t know if I could cut it but I had to be there. In the end, they had to drag me kicking and screaming out of that place. It was the greatest story I’ve ever had. It was at the most important and influential and life changing. Most of my best friends today, like George Esper, were with me in the Saigon bureau. We’re like brothers. The AP bureau in Saigon was the greatest news bureau that ever existed.”

On what will happen if he witnesses a big story post-retirement:

“I’ll call the AP and tell them what I see. I won’t call CBS or the New York Times! But I won’t be out chasing the ambulance. At some point you have to cut bait and that’s what I’m doing.”