Sophie Monk slams Kerr family
Sophie Monk has blasted Australian model Miranda Kerr’s family for speaking out about their absent daughter in a television program.
During her 2DayFM breakfast show on Wednesday, Monk said she was disgusted by the family’s decision to speak candidly to the ABC’s Family Confidential about not seeing the model or her son Flynn in over a year.
‘‘I find it disgusting,’’ Monk said.‘‘It’s not solving anything by offloading and putting her down.’’
In the half-hour program which aired on Tuesday night, Kerr’s mother Therese, father John and younger brother Matthew said they hoped Miranda would come back to Australia.
Her grandmother, Ann, said she missed Flynn and didn’t want the three-year-old to miss out on the Australian upbringing his mother had in Gunnedah.
‘‘It’s very nice where they are but it’s nothing like Australia, nothing,’’ she told the ABC.
Monk, who previously moved to the United States to further her career, said Kerr’s family should be supporting the New York-based model.
‘‘They’ve abandoned her,’’ she said.‘‘Why are they putting her down, their own family member?’’
In the show John Kerr revealed that it was actually British actor Orlando Bloom who told him over the phone that the couple were getting a divorce after three years of marriage, and not his daughter.
Emilia Clarke most desirable woman
British actress Emilia Clarke, who has amassed fans thanks to her role in Game Of Thrones, has been named the world’s most desirable woman.
Australia’s newest star in Hollywood Margot Robbie has also captured the hearts of many men around the globe following her sexy role in The Wolf of Wall Street.
In a global vote for the AskMen website, which saw more than a million votes cast, Clarke was voted the woman most desired by men, beating the likes of Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Moss. Robbie was voted at No.9.
The poll - now in its 13th year - asks readers to base their votes on sex appeal, character and talent to compile its Top 99 most desirable women of 2014 list.
Despite her own plentiful displays of flesh and racy performances, Miley Cyrus managed to make her debut on the list at No. 99.
AskMen publisher Mike Goldstein says Clarke’s win is attributed to the strength and character she portrays on screen, as well as the global popularity of Game Of Thrones.
Model Cara Delevingne was ranked No.13 and the Duchess of Cambridge was in 35th position.
2014 Most Desirable Woman Top 10
1. Emilia Clarke
2. Alison Brie
3. Emily Ratajkowski
4. Jennifer Lawrence
5. Emma Watson
6. Kate Upton
7. Kerry Washington
8. Amy Adams
9. Margot Robbie
10. Kate Moss
Quote of the day - Sharon Osbourne
‘‘He would have to go to hospital to get my foot out of his arse first ... It’s all about the music and if you make great music, I’ll accept anything. If you’re a great artist ... I’m not so judgmental, but when you do flossy, pop, disposable music, I don’t care ... If I seriously managed him I would put him in the studio until he came out with a great album, and then it gives you a licence to misbehave,’’ Sharon Osbourne makes a pitch for taking over Justin Bieber’s career.
Hugh Laurie the musician to tour Australia
Hugh Laurie will swap his acting chops for his skills as a blues musician when he tours Australia during April and May.
As a pianist and vocalist, the British actor and comedian teamed up with the Copper Bottom Band to release his debut album Let Them Talk in 2011 and a follow-up, Didn’t It Rain last year.
The star of the US medical drama House said in a witty statement that he’s excited to be coming to Australia.
‘‘The last time I was there was 1981, in a comedy show, and the world has changed a lot since then. I haven’t though. I’m exactly the same. It’s uncanny.
‘‘Obviously, I’ll be hoping to restore some national pride after the Ashes. If anyone throws anything at me, I’ll lob up an easy catch to the balcony.’’
Australian tour dates: April 19 - Palais Theatre, Melbourne; April 22 - Royal Theatre, Canberra; April 24 - Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide; April 26 - Concert Hall, Perth; May 2 - Brisbane Concert Hall; May 3 - Civic Theatre, Newcastle; and May 5 - State Theatre, Sydney.
Jackson fans awarded for emotional damage
Five Michael Jackson fans have won symbolic damages of one euro each after a French court agreed they had suffered ‘‘emotional damage’’ from the pop star’s death.
Played out in a court in the city of Orleans, the unusual case saw 34 fans suing Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray, who was jailed in 2011 over the singer’s death from an overdose, for the suffering they endured.
The court ruled on Tuesday that five of the plaintiffs - two from France, two from Switzerland and one from Belgium - had proven emotional suffering from Jackson’s death.
‘‘As far as I know this is the first time in the world that the notion of emotional damage in connection with a pop star has been recognised,’’ their lawyer, Emmanuel Ludot, told AFP.
He praised the plaintiffs for ‘‘going through with the process despite the sneers’’ it aroused.
He said they had proven their suffering ‘‘with the help of witness statements and medical certificates’’.
The case was brought by a group known as the Michael Jackson Community based near Orleans in central France.
Ludot said the damages were symbolic and the plaintiffs would not be seeking to claim the one euro each from Murray, who was released in October after serving two years of his four-year sentence.
But he said they hoped their status as recognised victims would help them gain access to Jackson’s gravesite in Los Angeles, which is closed to the public.
Law professor Philippe Brun of the Universite de Savoie said the decision was ‘‘unprecedented’’ and would be difficult to uphold on appeal.
‘‘If this ruling is appealed, I doubt it could withstand scrutiny because there is a contradiction between suffering emotional damage and the symbolic nature of the allocated sum,’’ he said.
Jackson died in 2009 aged 50 from an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol while under Murray’s care, as the King of Pop rehearsed in Los Angeles for a series of comeback concerts in London.