British singer Lily Allen details sexual assault by record industry executive in new memoir

British pop singer Lily Allen has revealed she was once sexually assaulted by a record industry executive, an instance of behaviour she says is "rife" in the music industry.

Allen said in an interview with Guardian Weekend magazine that, despite the groundswell of stories of sexual abuse coming out of Hollywood over the MeToo movement, music industry insiders are remaining largely silent about the issue.

In her memoir My Thoughts Exactly, to be released later this month, she describes the industry as a hierarchical world that trades in "a potent mix of sex, youth and availability".

She also describes how she was assaulted by a music executive after falling asleep in his hotel room bed while intoxicated at a party.

She alleges: "I woke up at 5am because I could feel someone next to me pressing their naked body against my back. I was naked, too. I could feel someone trying to put their penis inside my vagina and slapping my arse as if I were a stripper in a club."

"I moved away as quickly as possible and jumped out of the bed, full of alarm … I found my clothes quickly … and ran out of his room and into my own."

The 33-year-old said she blamed herself for the incident because she had been drinking. She also expressed frustration over her inability to confront the man, and continuing to work with him over fears of being labelled "hysterical" and a "difficult woman".

"I expected him not to take advantage of my weakness," she wrote in her memoir. "I felt betrayed. I felt shame. I felt anger. I felt confused."

She says she did not report the incident to police over fears she would not be believed but signed an affidavit the week after the attack recalling the events of the night.

Lily Allen. Source: Bang Showbiz



Most watched: Hundreds of metres of Greek coastline blanketed by spider webs

This story was first published on Saturday September 23. 

A recent increase in the mosquito population has resulted in perfect conditions for spiders to thrive and multiply. Source: Associated Press

It's not quite the World Wide Web - but the spiders of Aitoliko in Greece have made a good start.

Spurred into overdrive by an explosion in the populations of insects they eat, thousands of little spiders in the western Greek town have shrouded coastal trees, bushes and low vegetation in thick webs.

The sticky white lines extend for a few hundred meters along the shoreline of Aitoliko, built on an artificial island in a salt lagoon near Missolonghi, 250 kilometres west of Athens.

Experts told local media that the numbers of lake flies, a non-biting midge, have rocketed amid humid late summer conditions. Spiders, which fancy the flies, reproduced fast to take full advantage of the feast.

Residents say the extensive spider webs have another benefit: keeping down mosquitoes.


TODAY'S
TOP STORIES

Watch: First glimpse of Joaquin Phoenix turning into Joker for new film

Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures Joker movie starring Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the title role.

He will be appearing alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro in a film directed, produced and co-written by Oscar nominee Todd Phillips.

Phillips released sneak peak footage of Phoenix turning into Joker via an Instagram video today.

The thespian will hope to match the late Heath Ledger's iconic take on the villain in The Dark Knight.

The film is scheduled for release in the US on October 4, 2019.

Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in the upcoming Joker film.

TODAY'S
FEATURED STORIES

Meet Georgia Fowler, the host of Project Runway New Zealand, on the hunt for 'amazing talent'

Meet the host of Project Runway New Zealand, Georgia Fowler.

She puts her success so far down to hard work, she told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp.

"There have been a lot of jobs that have been like the "dream" - like the time I got French Vogue, with the biggest photographer you can shoot with, that was incredible.

"Getting the Victoria's Secret show - since I was a little girl I wanted to do that, I tried for years and years and years and trained my butt off for it and finally got it," she told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp."

Fowler was born in England, but has lived in New Zealand almost her whole life apart from when she is away in New York modelling.

She says being a television show host is "amazing".

"It's great just to be home, to be able to host a show like Project Runway is amazing.

"To actually be judging talent trying to find the new next designer is something I am passionate about and hopefully we can find some amazing talent, bring them up and show them to the world."

Project Runway New Zealand starts Monday 1 October at 7:30pm on TV2.

Sam Wallace spoke with Georgia, a Victoria’s Secret model. Source: Seven Sharp


The South Auckland teacher inspiring his students to follow their musical passion

For students of Auckland's Manurewa High School, the impact and influence of music teacher Tim Randle has left a lasting impression on hundreds, if not thousands of pupils.

Having been a teacher at the school for 15 years, Mr Randle has inspired his students to follow their musical passions, with his most recent group, named Mit Eldnar - Tim Randle spelled backwards - competing in the final of both the Smokefree Tangata Beats and Smokefree Rockquest competitions.

"I'm so proud, I'm the gushing father or uncle, I think it's pretty obvious heart-on-sleeve stuff from me," Mr Randle told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp.

Being at Manurewa High for so long, Mr Randle has seen a number of triumphs from his bands, although the long serving music teacher is quick to pass on any praise.

"I want to say lucky, but that's not the right word, we have wonderful kids. Ridiculous, phenomenal kids."

The feeling is certainly mutual.

"He's amazing, he doesn't get enough credit, so humble about helping all of us," student Makayla Eli says.

Mr Randle's influence has even rubbed off on his students, with Mit Eldnar frontman Sonatane Kaufusi deciding to follow in his teacher's footsteps.

However, Mr Randle says that everything he is, is all thanks to his students.

"If I am humble I probably get that off the kids." 

This weekend Tim Randle’s latest Manurewa High School group will compete at Tangata Beats and the Smokefreerockquest. Source: Seven Sharp