'Just so lovely' - Teary-eyed Toni Street explains how All Blacks Israel Dagg, Sir Graham Henry helped her through illness

Toni Street wiped away tears as she explained how All Blacks star Israel Dagg and former coach Sir Graham Henry offered their support to her when she was "in a really low space".

During a segment on The Hits Breakfast Show this morning, Street, along with fellow hosts Sam Wallace and Sarah Gandy were sharing stories of personal celebrity encounters that were positive and left a lasting impression. 

Toni Street revealed she is battling an auto immune disease which is making her feel ‘pretty lousy and puffy’. Source: Seven Sharp

The "nice allegations" started as a Twitter trend of sharing positive celebrity experiences in contrast to the sexual harassment claims circling and tainting Hollywood. 

When Street, also a host of TVNZ1's Seven Sharp, was "really sick" and "going through infusions", Dagg and Henry sent her messages of support. 

Toni Street sympathises with the mother of Alex Renton after her own past few months of dealing with the health system. Source: Seven Sharp

"Both of them offered up their holiday houses for me, and said if you just want to get away from it all and just go and have some time - and I remember reading them and just crying," she said.

"It actually makes me teary now," an emotional Street said.

"It was just so lovely. It makes such a difference. You actually don't know how what the one interaction is doing for the person's day."

In 2015, Street opened up about her diagnoses of Churg-Strauss syndrome. 



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

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Watch: Meet the breakout te reo music stars Maimoa Music as they drop hot new single

How many pop hits can you name that are sung entirely in Māori?

Moana and the Moahunters were the trailblazers, but more recently Maimoa Music had a breakout hit with their song Wairua.

It stayed on the charts for weeks and the video has over 5.9 million views.

Seven Sharp’s Tamati Rimene-Sproat found out what motivates the group to stay true to Te Reo Māori in the video above.

Maimoa Music were one of the breakout bands of 2017 with their song Wairua. Source: Seven Sharp

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Watch: Do you agree with older viewer that this Old El Paso advert is 'horrifying' and promotes violence?

An advert for Old El Paso tortillas has drawn criticism from an older viewer who labelled the Danny Trejo fronted commercial as "very disturbing" and "horrifying".

Trejo is known for portraying tough guy characters on film and screen, in the Old El Paso advert he pulls a tablecloth from a dinner table and says "amigos, it's time to ditch the dull dinners".

His demeanour has led to a complaint being put forward to the Advertising Standards Authority by a 70-year-old who wants the advert removed from air.

An advert featuring has been described as "menacing", "horrifying" and "very disturbing" in a complaint to the (ASA).

"It appears to me that had the man been home in a setting he may have been on drugs e.g. methamphetamine," the complaint says.

"It doesn't promote community standards for dining together; rather it suggests it could be a violent occasion to be avoided.

"It promotes violence, undue aggression, and menacing or horrifying elements likely to disturb and may encourage anti-social behaviour."

"As a 70-year-old I found it very disturbing."

After looking at the complaint the ASA ruled that the advert relies on humour and no one else in the commercial is concerned with the actions of Trejo's character.

The ASA concluded the ad was unlikely to support or encourage unacceptable violence or cause serious or widespread offence.

Therefore, the Chair ruled there were no grounds for the complaint to proceed. 


New play based on The Simpsons opens in Auckland

A new show has opened in Auckland, and it’s based on The Simpsons.

Called Mr Burns, the Silo Theatre play features some well-known Kiwi performers, such as Ana Scotney from The Breaker Upperers and Joel Tobeck whose list of work includes Sons of Anarchy and Shortland Street.

Written by Anne Washburn, the story begins with an untold apocalyptic event, and how the recollection of the famous Simpsons episode Cape Feare - where Sideshow Bob tries to kill Bart - helps bind those left alive.

The message is centred around the importance of storytelling and holding onto cultural traditions.

"Something can grow into something bigger, as stories get told and things get changed," said director and life-long The Simpsons fan Oliver Driver.

"What binds us together are stories, legend, myths and the beginning of them and how they can shift and change over time, and the necessity of stories for our survival," Scotney said.

The play has previously been done in the US, UK and Australia, but this is the first time it’s been performed for a New Zealand audience.

Tobeck, who hasn’t done any theatre work for 15 years, says the show is the full package.

"It has the drama, the music, the dance and the grandness of The Simpsons,” he said.

The show is on at Q Theatre in Rangatira until the end of the month.

Mr Burns is on at the Q Theatre in Rangatira and features some well-known Kiwi performers including Ana Scotney from The Breaker Upperers and Joel Tobeck from Sons of Anarchy. Source: 1 NEWS