Kevin O' Leary Hires Justin Bieber's Top Gun Criminal Attorney Over Boat Death – The Blast

The high-powered attorney also repped Naomi Campbell and Catherine Smith, who in 1986, admitted injecting John Belushi with the fatal injection of heroin and cocaine.

As we reported, O’Leary’s ski boat crashed into another vessel, killing two people.

O’Leary is facing questions about statements he made following the deadly crash where he claimed the other boat took off and had no navigation lights on.

The brother of one of the victims said following the crash, he hoped that whoever is found guilty will “do the time.”

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An Oculus cofounder was accused of sexually assaulting a woman while she was wearing a VR headset during a demo (FB)

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  • The Oculus cofounder Michael Antonov has been accused of reaching beneath a woman’s skirt during a private virtual-reality demo following an event at the 2016 Game Developers Conference.
  • Autumn Rose Taylor, now a marketing director in the VR industry, said Antonov invited her to a private demo while she was a college student where he inappropriately touched her underneath her skirt without her permission while she was wearing a VR headset.
  • Taylor said the incident had made her anxious to attend Oculus events; Antonov was Oculus’ chief software architect, but he left the Facebook-owned company earlier this year.
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One of Oculus‘ cofounders has been accused of sexual assault by a woman in the virtual-reality industry. Autumn Rose Taylor, the marketing director for Owlchemy Labs, said that Michael Antonov reached beneath her skirt and touched her inappropriately while she was wearing a VR headset during a private demo several years ago.

In a series of tweets this week about “an important person that I admired,” Taylor said a founder of a well-known VR hardware company invited her to a private demo at his apartment during the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco when she was a college student. She said the man put his hand under her skirt and touched her inappropriately while she was trying the demo.

Though Taylor left Michael Antonov’s name out of her initial thread, she named him as the subject of her tweets in a follow-up message several hours later.

In a separate statement to Business Insider, Taylor said she met Antonov at an industry after-party at the 2016 Game Developers Conference. She said it was her first major industry event and she was excited to meet one of Oculus’ cofounders — she had gotten her start in VR development using the Oculus Rift DK2. The consumer version of the Rift was scheduled for release weeks after GDC, and Taylor said Antonov offered to give her a private preview of the device.

“He offered to show me unreleased demos and games slated to launch with the Rift later that month,” Taylor said. “I didn’t think this was odd. Just the day prior, I tried a demo in the hotel room of someone I met at another VR mixer. It was a normal demo, nothing strange. Being new to the industry, I thought this was normal.”

Taylor said that after being touched by Antonov she tried to keep her physical distance from him while avoiding eye contact and giving few responses in conversation. Though Taylor said she initially felt too afraid to leave, she left and returned to her hotel room at the first opportunity.

“I felt uncomfortable and scared, but was afraid to refuse his advances — after all, he was a cofounder and executive for one of the biggest VR companies in the world,” Taylor said in her statement. “I was afraid of being blacklisted from the industry I had just joined and was so excited to be a part of. I was afraid of potentially severing a relationship between the VR company I worked for and Oculus. I was just… so afraid.”

Taylor told Business Insider that she was motivated to speak about her experience after seeing multiple women in the gaming industry share their encounters with sexually abusive men. At least three other men in the gaming industry were accused of sexual misconduct on Wednesday.

Business Insider reached out to Antonov through LinkedIn and Facebook Messenger for comment but did not hear back.

Read more: Senior leader at Facebook’s Oculus arrested and accused of soliciting sex from cop posing as underage girl

Antonov left Oculus and Facebook earlier this year, Facebook confirmed to Business Insider. He is one of Oculus’ original founders along with Palmer Luckey, Nate Mitchell, Brendan Iribe, and Andrew Scott Reisse. Oculus launched with a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 and was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $2.3 billion. Mitchell announced his departure from Facebook earlier this month, the last of the five cofounders to leave.

Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s vice president of augmented reality and virtual reality, replied to Taylor’s allegations on Twitter and said he had asked internally about how the allegations against Antonov had been handled in the past. Bosworth was named vice president of Facebook’s AR/VR and Oculus division last year and said he would take personal accountability for the company’s culture moving forward.

“These stories are sickening,” Bosworth wrote. “I’m sorry it happened then and that you have to face the trauma again now. I took over our AR/VR and Oculus team in 2018. I do not accept this behavior. I’ve asked to understand how the situations were handled that have been brought up.”

SEE ALSO: Senior leader at Facebook’s Oculus arrested after police say he solicited sex from cop posing as underage girl

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'I am far from perfect': Alphabet's chief legal officer responds to report that he had a child with a Google employee and emotionally abused her, saying there are 'two sides' to the story (GOOG, GOOGL)

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Alphabet’s chief legal officer, David Drummond, gave a personal statement first reported by BuzzFeed News on Thursday in which he said he was “far from perfect,” but he declined to apologize for an extramarital relationship he had with a subordinate at Google.

Drummond, one of the highest-paid executives at Google’s parent company, acknowledged what he described as a “difficult break-up” 10 years ago but said he had a “very different view” of some of the claims made public Wednesday by Jennifer Blakely — a former paralegal on Drummond’s team.

In a remarkable blog post on Wednesday, Blakely said Drummond, then Google’s chief legal exec, fathered a son with her while he was married and then abandoned her and abused her emotionally.

“The abuse of power didn’t stop with being pushed out,” she wrote, referring to leaving her job at Google. “Afterwards I was pushed down, lest I got in the way of the behavior that had become even more oppressive and entitled.”

Google has refused to comment on the matter, which involves allegations about one of the highest-paid and most powerful executives at the company. “We don’t have a statement on this to share,” a Google representative told Business Insider in an email. “We’ve seen that Mr. Drummond has issued a personal statement, see here,” Google said.

The company, which has been rocked by allegations that it protects its male executives who have engaged in sexual misconduct, in some cases giving them huge payouts, declined to make Drummond available for an interview.

In November, roughly 20,000 Google employees staged a walkout to protest the company’s treatment of executives accused of misconduct and what the employees saw as a lack of accountability at a company whose founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, control a majority of the voting power.

Drummond’s statement Thursday, which was tweeted out in full by the BuzzFeed News reporter Ryan Mac, calls into questions some of the claims raised by Blakely’s recent account of their relationship.

“Her account raises many claims about us and other people, including our son and my former wife,” Drummond said in the statement. “As you would expect, there are two sides to all of the conversations and details Jennifer recounts, and I take a very different view about what happened. I have discussed these claims directly with Jennifer, and I addressed the details of our relationship with our employer at the time.”

‘I won’t be getting into a public back and forth about these personal matters’

According to Blakely’s account from Wednesday, Drummond had multiple relationships with other colleagues at Google, including a “personal assistant” who Blakely said moved into one of his homes.

Drummond took issue with the claim, insisting that besides Blakely, he had “never started a relationship” with anyone else at Google or Alphabet. “Any suggestion otherwise is simply untrue,” he said.

Still, the specific phrasing that Drummond — a lawyer by training — used in saying he never “started” a relationship with other Google staffers is likely to raise questions about his forthrightness on the matter.

“I know Jennifer feels wronged and understand that she wants to speak out about it,” Drummond said, “but I won’t be getting in a public back and forth about these personal matters.”

Drummond joined Google in 2002 as head of corporate development, two years before the company’s initial public offering. Over the following years he assumed increasing responsibility, overseeing the legal department and government relations, as Google grew into one of the world’s most valuable companies and restructured into Alphabet.

Here is Drummond’s full statement, as given to BuzzFeed:

It’s not a secret that Jennifer and I had a difficult break-up 10 years ago. I am far from perfect and I regret my part in that.

Her account raises many claims about us and other people, including our son and my former wife. As you would expect, there are two sides to all of the conversations and details Jennifer recounts, and I take a very different view about what happened. I have discussed these claims directly with Jennifer, and I addressed the details of our relationship with our employer at the time.

But I do want to address one claim that touches on professional matters. Other than Jennifer, I never started a relationship with anyone else who was working at Google or Alphabet. Any suggestion otherwise is simply untrue.

I know Jennifer feels wronged and understand that she wants to speak out about it. But I won’t be getting into a public back and forth about these personal matters.

David Drummond

SEE ALSO: Current and former Googlers are horrified by allegations that a top exec had a child with a fellow employee and then abandoned her

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Michael Cohen's lawyer vows to subpoena Trump in fight over legal bills – CNBC

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen departs after testifying behind closed doors before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 26, 2019.

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The attorney for President Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen vowed Friday to subpoena the president and his associates as Cohen seeks to prove Trump’s company reneged on a promise to pay his legal bills.

Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, made that promise a day after a state judge in Manhattan agreed to allow the imprisoned Cohen to gather evidence to support a claim in a lawsuit that the Trump Organization as a result of a promise by the company’s general counsel owes him more than $1 million in legal fees he incurred from legal proceedings and criminal investigations.

But Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Joel Cohen said that the purported agreement, if it existed, would only apply to such probes “that were pending in July 2017, when the agreement allegedly was made.”

The judge said the Trump Organization would not be required to pay Michael Cohen’s criminal penalties and fines, which he incurred from investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

“It is not shocking that Mr. Trump welches on his legal commitments to pay what he owes. He has done that all his life and gotten away with it,” Davis said in a prepared statement.

“But, this time, Michael Cohen won’t relent,” Davis said. “He will now serve Mr. Trump and his associates with subpoenas for testimony. If Mr. Trump refuses to testify and thus violates the subpoena, Mr. Cohen should be entitled to receive a ‘default judgment’ against Mr. Trump for the full amount owed.”

“That means Mr. Cohen will have the right to attach and seize Mr. Trump’s assets to pay what Mr. Cohen is owed. And that is exactly what Mr. Cohen intends to do.”

Davis’ law firm and other firms that represented Cohen are owed almost $2 million by Cohen, according to his complaint against the Trump Organization.

Marc Mukasey, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, was dismissive of Davis’s statement.

“Read the judge’s opinion,” Mukasey told CNBC. “The bulk of Michael Cohen’s claims were rejected. No spin doctor can change that. We won this round. They lost. Period.”

Cohen, 53, is serving a three-year federal prison sentence for various crimes, which include campaign finance violations related to his admitted facilitation of nearly $300,000 in hush money payments to two women, porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claim to have had sexual affairs with Trump more than a decade ago.

Trump denies having sex with either woman.

Cohen also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about details of a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

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Police footage from 2005 reportedly shows Jeffrey Epstein's Palm Beach mansion littered with massage chairs and nude pictures of young women

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Police footage of Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion may offer some clues into the convicted sex offender’s lifestyle.

The video, which was shot during an October 20, 2005 police raid and recently obtained by Fox News, provides viewers with a walkthrough of the $12 million estate

Florida police opened up an investigation into Epstein based on a tip from a victim in 2005. Two years later, the financier worked out a deal with federal prosecutors, which held that he would register as a sex offender and serve 13 months in jail. This summer, Epstein was arrested on charges of sex trafficking of minors. He died by suicide on August 10.

Business Insider previously reported that the 2005 footage appears to show a picture of Epstein and his longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell posing in the White House, though the authenticity of the photo can’t be confirmed.

Read more: Jeffrey Epstein was accused of sex trafficking young girls on his mysterious private island. Over 40 years ago, a different millionaire escaped justice in a stunningly similar case.

The video also shows at least two massage tables in the residence. Epstein was accused of receiving sexual massages from underaged girls. The walls of the nine-bedroom abode appear to be decorated with explicit photos of young women and girls. According to the Daily Mail, police blurred out one graphic image of a girl around the age of six.

Also hanging on the wall was a picture of a baby and a skull, bearing quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson and “Star Trek.”

This isn’t the only one of Epstein’s properties to come under scrutiny. Locals called his private island in the US Virgin Islands “Orgy Island.” The convicted sex offender’s Manhattan mansion contained a painting that depicted former President Bill Clinton — a former associate of Epstein’s — wearing a blue dress. And police in New Mexico were investigating Epstein’s $18 million Zorro Ranch, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported earlier in August.

SEE ALSO: Epstein took business calls while receiving sexual massages from trafficked women, lawsuit claims

READ MORE: A look inside Jeffrey Epstein’s real-estate portfolio, from the Florida and NYC mansions where sex trafficking reportedly took place to the private island in the Caribbean that was raided by the FBI

SEE ALSO: Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Orgy Island’ is becoming a tourist attraction in the Caribbean — here’s what the curious visitors are able to see

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