Roman Polanski Accused Of Raping Another Woman — A German Actress When She Was Only 15

Such disturbing allegations…

According to The New York Times, former German actress Renate Langer is accusing director Roman Polanski of raping her when she was 15, making her the fourth woman to publicly accuse him of sexual assault.

The now-61-year-old says the alleged incident happened at a house in Gstaad in February 1972 after he had shown interest in casting her in a movie.

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A month later, the filmmaker apparently apologized, offered her a small part in his movie Che?, and allegedly raped her again at a house in Rome where she tried to defensively attack him with a bottle of wine and a bottle of perfume.

Langer filed a report with Swiss police, who are still trying to determine whether they could move forward with a criminal complaint. While Switzerland has eliminated its statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases, the law still limits prosecution on older incidents.

Renate did not previously report Polanski to authorities out of concern for her now-deceased parents. She said:

“My mother would have had a heart attack… I felt ashamed and embarrassed and lost and solo.”

The Rosemary’s Baby director’s lawyer Harland Braun reportedly declined to comment.

In 1978, Polanski fled the United States after pleading guilty to statutory rape against then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer. On Monday at the Zurich Film Festival, Polanski made a rare public comment about the 1970s case.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, he said:

“As far as what I did: It’s over. I pleaded guilty… I went to jail. I came back to the United States to do it, people forget about that, or don’t even know. I then was locked up here [in Zurich] after this festival. So in the sum, I did about four or five times more than what was promised to me.”

What a sad situation…

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Bruce Springsteen: Writing Anti-Trump Songs ‘Doesn’t Feel Necessary’

Bruce Springsteen said he was not interested in writing songs about President Donald Trump while discussing his next album in an interview with Variety.

The rocker said he planned to follow his Broadway residency with a new solo record, but noted, “It’s not topical at all – topical writing at the moment doesn’t hold a lot of interest to me. I really got out a lot of what I had to say in that vein on Wrecking Ball. I’m not driven to write any anti-Trump diatribe; that doesn’t feel necessary at the moment.”

Springsteen has been a fierce critic of Trump and previously skewered the president on “That’s What Makes Us Great,” a protest song he released with longtime collaborator Joe Grushecky in April. However, the rocker said he was wary of continuing to channel the current political climate into his music because of the constant coverage and criticism of Trump.

“I’m ambivalent about… sort of getting on a soapbox,” Springsteen said. “I still believe people fundamentally come to music to be entertained – yes, to address their daily concerns, and yes, also to address political topics, I believe music can do that well. But I still believe fundamentally it’s an affair of the heart. People want you to go deeper than politics, they want you to reach inside to their most personal selves and their deepest struggles with their daily lives and reach that place; that’s the place I’m always trying to reach.”

Springsteen added that he never wanted to be “a proselytizer for an ideological point of view,” even though he’s long been a prominent advocate for certain issues, both on record and off. He pointed to Woody Guthrie as an example of a musician who engaged with the political in his music, but focused on people first. “They weren’t hollow, they weren’t one-dimensional; they were these very full character pieces about the times,” Springsteen said. “I still aspire to that, really, and if it has political implications that’s fine and if it doesn’t that’s fine too.”

Springsteen kicks off his intimate Broadway residency tonight, October 3rd, at the Walter Kerr Theater. The rocker will perform five nights a week until February 3rd. Springsteen released his last album, High Hopes, in 2014.

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The Queer Community Is Celebrating Pride (And Halloween Time) With The #SpookyLGBT Hashtag!

Nothing spooky about this!

On Tuesday, gay Twitter posted cute selfies under the hashtag #SpookyLGBT, and it’s a great way of celebrating the queer community AND Halloween time!

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The social media phenomenon is similar to the #LGBTBabes hashtag in August, where thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals showed off their pride on the Internet!

While some wore costumes and others didn’t, we absolutely adore every single tweet!

See the best ones (below)!

Yahoo Triples Estimate of Breached Accounts to 3 Billion

A massive data breach at Yahoo in 2013 was far more extensive than previously disclosed, affecting all of its 3 billion user accounts, new parent company Verizon Communications Inc. said on Tuesday. All images and written content is property of the listed RSS FEED if you would like more on this story and images please click the listed feed. http://www.wsj.com/xml/rss/3_7014.xml

Michelle Obama Calls Barack Her ‘Best Friend’ In Sweet 25th Anniversary Message!

Just in case you missed it this morning, Michelle Obama reminded us once again what OTP means with a romantic post for her 25th wedding anniversary!

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Along with a throwback pic of their wedding, the former FLOTUS called Barack Obama her “best friend.”

Shut up, YOU’RE crying…

See the beautiful post she tweeted on Tuesday (below)!

Whole Fam Nuts: Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock’s Brother Goes On Rambling Rant About His Brother’s Mindstate [Video]

Eric Paddock, the brother of Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, spoke with CBS once again this afternoon in a bizarre, lengthy interview. He’s all over the place, bouncing from crying about his mother raising 4 bad kids alone to defending his brother’s suspiciously high spending, saying they’re wealthy people and “$100,000 isn’t really that much money.”

He’s been speaking to the media A LOT since all of this popped off, which seems strange in itself. But in a situation where a family member turns out to be the perpetrator of the deadliest mass shooting in US history…we can’t truly gauge what the proper reaction should be, especially if they never saw it coming like they claim. SMH. PLEASE watch the full clip HERE if you have 30 spare minutes to confuse yourself with.

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Skier hits 117 mph in Jaguar-backed record attempt

Bell gets a ride on the back of the XF Sportbrake

Jaguar Land Rover is no stranger to crazy stunts, but the latest effort is undoubtedly its coolest. After a Land Rover Discovery pulled a Road Train through the Australian Outback, the team at Jaguar has set a new world record for towed speed on skis in the Arctic Circle.

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Look Up: Trading Introspection for Awe

Look Up

Looking to Jesus is the best and surest way to become more like him. It is, therefore, a serious mistake to think that we grow in the Christian life by focusing on our sins and struggles. A biblical approach to transformation is not fundamentally introspective and self-focused, but Christ-ospective and gospel-focused.

Many of us tend to be self-reflective to a fault. Self-examination is vital, but it can quickly lead to morbid introspection. Too often, we end up taking an approach to spiritual growth that turns us inward, reinforcing our natural self-absorption and exacerbating our problems.

Help and change will not come ultimately from looking inward. Self-discovery pales in comparison to the power of Christ-discovery.

Powerless Introspection

There’s an insightful sentence on introspection in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel, The Scarlet Letter. Arthur Dimmesdale is a pastor who secretly committed adultery. Rather than humbling himself in confession and turning to Christ for mercy and help, Dimmesdale tragically turns inward.

Persistent guilt, fasting, self-mutilation, and sorrow cannot heal him. The minister soon loses his mind, destroys his health, and ruins his soul through the torment of endless self-reflection. Hawthorne writes, “He thus typified the constant introspection wherewith he tortured, but could not purify, himself.”

There is a kind of introspection that will only torture and is powerless to purify us.

Better Than Self-Searching

This is why Charles Spurgeon warned against spending too much time looking inward. He noticed that hyper-introspection “breeds morbid emotions and creates despair.”

Spurgeon said that trying to make spiritual progress through excessive introspection is like a store owner who closes his shop because he is worried he is not selling enough. The store owner goes into the backroom and spends all his time taking inventory of things he hasn’t sold.

That’s an accurate picture of what we often do when we introspect. We try to escape anxiety by analyzing our soul to measure how much peace we are currently experiencing. We attempt to treat shame and feelings of worthlessness by turning inward to examine our self-worth. We battle persistent guilt by meditating on our many sins.

We fail to recognize that certain sins and struggles gain their power by fixing our attention entirely upon themselves.

There is a better way to grow in grace. Praise God, something better than self-help, self-searching, self-discovery, and self-actualization is here. Spurgeon gives wise and liberating counsel to overly-introspective souls when he says, “Forget yourself and think only of Christ.”

Where Grace Comes From

The puritan Thomas Hooker observed that one of Satan’s strategies for keeping us in sin is to lead us to dwell excessively on our sin. He says the devil’s lie is that the more we focus on our sin, the more we will be free from it. Satan keeps us in our sin by turning us inward, but the gospel frees us from sin by turning us outward.

John Newton says, “It is better for you and me to be admiring the compassion and fullness of grace that is in our Savior, than to dwell and pore too much upon our own poverty and vileness.” The Spirit’s goal in showing us our sin is to drive us to Christ and the sufficiency of his grace. It is not much use if we are experts in identifying sin, only to be novices in applying grace.

“Do not be always pouring down over the imperfections of your own heart, and dissecting your own besetting sins,” writes J.C. Ryle. “Look up. Look more to your risen Head in heaven, and try to realize more than you do that the Lord Jesus not only died for you, but that He also rose again, and that He is ever living at God’s right hand as your Priest, your Advocate, and your Almighty friend.”

Happy Souls, Holy Souls

In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he celebrates the transforming power of beholding the glory of Christ: “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Hebrews 12:1–3 says that we are to run the Christian race looking to Jesus and considering him. The essence of the Christian life is treasuring Jesus Christ: “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory” (1 Peter 1:8). And one day, when Christ appears, “we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).

The transformation has begun. Look up and be changed! No more endless dissection of besetting sins. Instead, behold the Lamb of God, who takes away your sin (John 1:29). Behold the one who has irrevocably united you to himself, the Son of God who loved you and gave himself for you (Galatians 2:20), and now lives forever to intercede for you (Romans 8:34).

Looking to Christ is not only a sight that brings rejoicing; it is also a sight that brings renewal. Seeing his glory not only makes our souls happy; it makes our souls holy. We are not changed by beholding self, but by beholding Christ our Savior.

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