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Britney ‘bursts into tears’ and celebrates ruling to end her father’s 13-year conservatorship


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Britney Spears reportedly ‘burst into tears’ on Wednesday after she learned that her father Jamie has been suspended as the conservator of her $60 million estate after 13 years. 

The pop star celebrated the news by sharing an Instagram post showing her flying a prop plane for the first time. In the post symbolic of her newfound freedom, Britney is recorded taking her first flying lesson. 

A second video captures the view as the small plane flies over a strip of green land cutting through blue waters which was followed by an unsteady photo of palm trees.

The post was captioned: ‘On cloud 9 right now !!!! First time flying a plane and first time in a prop plane !!! Geez I was scared !!! Pssss bringing the ship home, JL … Stay classy beautiful people !!!! New pics coming soon !!!!’ 

‘Britney burst into tears upon hearing the judge’s decision,’ an anonymous source told Page Six. ‘For the longest time, she had begun to think that she would never see the day that her father’s domineering control over every single aspect of her life would end, but it finally happened.’  

‘She’s in shock and at a loss for words but literally jumping for joy,’ the source added. ‘She hasn’t felt joy like this in 13 years.’

On Wednesday, a Los Angeles judge kicked Jamie off the conservatorship that’s been controlling Britney’s personal life and $60 million fortune for the past 13 years.  

A judge ruled Wednesday to suspend Britney’s father Jamie Spears as her conservator 

Spears' father Jamie Spears

Spears' mother Lynne

Britney, 39, was not in attendance at the hearing where a judge heard arguments for ending the conservatorship. Both of her parents Jamie and Lynn attended virtually via Zoom 

Britney shared a video on Instagram showing her flying a prop plane for the first time

The post comes after a judge suspended her father from serving as her conservator after 13 years

Britney shared a video on Instagram showing her flying a prop plane for the first time. The post comes after a judge suspended her father from serving as her conservator after 13 years 

It’s a huge victory for the 39-year-old singer in her long battle to regain control of her personal and financial affairs.

But full freedom won’t be immediate. While LA Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny ordered Jamie to step down today, she also appointed a temporary replacement conservator, accountant John Zabel.

Zabel – a Certified Public Accountant will take over Britney’s financial affairs until the court decides she’s ready to look after herself again and the conservatorship can be completely terminated – which could happen in just a few months.

In making her ruling, Judge Penny told the court, ‘I do believe that the suspension of James Spears is in the best instants of Ms. Spears.’

She added that pleadings by Britney’s legal team, ‘reflect a toxic environment that requires the suspension of Mr. Spears.’ 

Britney’s lawyer Mathew Rosengart, addressed her fans, the Britney Army, thanking them for their adamant support of the pop star. 

‘Today’s a great day. It’s a great day for Britney Spears and it’s a great day for justice. And there’s definitely something to celebrate. But it’s also a solemn day. Britney Spears has been faced with a decade-long nightmare orchestrated by her father and others,’ Rosengart during a news conferencing following Wednesday’s hearing.  

‘I’m so proud of her for her courage, her strength… and she’s so pleased and so thankful to all of you,’ he said addressing the public. 

‘I think the support of the Free Britney movement has been instrumental.’ 

Rosengart noted that while today’s ruling was a ‘substantial step toward (Britney’s) freedom’ there are still further allegations of Britney’s mistreatment that are being investigated by state and federal authorities.  

Outside the court in downtown LA today, dozens of #FreeBritney supporters – filmed by an army of TV cameramen and photographers – gathered, waving banners saying ‘Stop the abuse’, and chanting ‘Free Britney’ and ‘Jamie for jail’.

And the fans of the embattled stars also signed a giant pink card – bearing the single word ‘Love’ in white – for their idol.  

LA Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny (pictured) ordered Jamie to step down as Britney's conservator appointing accountant John Zabel as the temporary replacement conservator

LA Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny (pictured) ordered Jamie to step down as Britney’s conservator appointing accountant John Zabel as the temporary replacement conservator

Britney's lawyer Matthew Rosengart (pictured right) spoke in court on Wednesday telling the judge that Jamie 'cannot be in my client's life for one more day'

Britney’s lawyer Matthew Rosengart (pictured right) spoke in court on Wednesday telling the judge that Jamie ‘cannot be in my client’s life for one more day’

Rosengart (pictured right) addressed the Los Angeles court seeking a suspension of the conservatorship to allow the continuation of the probe into Jamie's time as Britney's conservator

Rosengart (pictured right) addressed the Los Angeles court seeking a suspension of the conservatorship to allow the continuation of the probe into Jamie’s time as Britney’s conservator

Free Britney fanatics were seen outside the courtroom with posters rooting for the the singer to finally be freed from the 13-year conservatorship

Free Britney fanatics were seen outside the courtroom with posters rooting for the the singer to finally be freed from the 13-year conservatorship

A fan holds up a Free Britney sign ahead of Wednesday's hearing  where a judge heard arguments for ending the conservatorship

A fan holds up a Free Britney sign ahead of Wednesday’s hearing  where a judge heard arguments for ending the conservatorship

Now, the pop icon can pursue her desperate quest to end the conservatorship altogether and live her life as she wants – including marrying and having another child – without her father’s approval.   

Britney was not in attendance at the hearing where a judge heard arguments for ending the conservatorship. Both of her parents Jamie and Lynn attended virtually via Zoom. 

Rosengart delivered a powerful testimony, telling the judge that Jamie ‘cannot be in my client’s life for one more day.’

Rosengart was seeking a suspension, rather than a termination of the conservatorship, to keep Jamie from receiving a settlement and to allow an investigation into his time as Britney’s conservator. 

The hearing came hours after Britney’s lawyer called her father ‘a reported alcoholic and gambling addict’ in new legal documents.

Jamie, 69, has always insisted that he has only been protecting his daughter while running the conservatorship that pays him a monthly salary of $16,000

Jamie, 69, has always insisted that he has only been protecting his daughter while running the conservatorship that pays him a monthly salary of $16,000

Jamie, 69, has always insisted that he has only been protecting his daughter and looking out for her interests while running the conservatorship that pays him a monthly salary of $16,000.

And in documents filed by his attorneys prior to today’s hearing, he’s taken the position that there’s no reason to replace him since there is no evidence he did a poor job……And if the conservatorship is soon to be dissolved, there is no point in replacing him with a caretaker conservator, namely Zabel.

Jamie blasted Zabel’s nomination, calling him a ‘layperson’ not qualified to supervise the finances of an internationally renowned entertainer like Britney.

He claimed Zabel had been swindled out of $1 million in a bogus real estate scam and asked, if he cannot protect his own money how is he going to look after Britney’s $60 million?

But Britney’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart – who nominated Zabel for the job – hit back in his own court filing, saying Zabel is a ‘nationally-recognized CPA (certified public accountant)…..in stark contrast to Mr. Spears, a reported alcoholic and gambling addict with zero financial background or experience in financial matters, who previously filed for bankruptcy and has a domestic violence restraining order currently in effect against him.’

Rosengart also weighed in on reports that the FBI has launched an investigation into claims in a New York Times documentary that Jamie hired a security firm to monitor and record Britney’s communications and spy on what went on in her bedroom, without her knowledge or consent.

Jamie has claimed that Britney knew about the surveillance at her home in California where both parties must consent to their conversation being recorded.

But Rosengart – who has accused Jamie of mismanaging Britney’s finances and profiting from the conservatorship – lashed out in a court filing Monday, saying, ‘Mr. Spears has crossed unfathomable lines,

‘While they are not evidence, the allegations warrant serious investigation, certainly by Ms. Spears as, among other things, California is a ‘two-party’ consent state.’

‘Placing a listening device in Britney’s bedroom would be particularly inexcusable and disgraceful, and corroborates so much of her compelling, poignant testimony.

‘These actions must be fully and aggressively investigated.’ 

The hearing came hours after Britney's lawyer Rosengart (pictured) called her father 'a reported alcoholic and gambling addict' in new legal documents

The hearing came hours after Britney’s lawyer Rosengart (pictured) called her father ‘a reported alcoholic and gambling addict’ in new legal documents

For more than a year, Britney has been calling for her father to be fired as her conservator and for an end to the conservatorship which she's called 'abusive'

For more than a year, Britney has been calling for her father to be fired as her conservator and for an end to the conservatorship which she’s called ‘abusive’

Fans hold signs that read 'Fry Jamie Fry' and 'I want my life back' outside of the courtroom

Fans hold signs that read ‘Fry Jamie Fry’ and ‘I want my life back’ outside of the courtroom 

A Free Britney supporter wears a hat and holds a flag Wednesday in front of the Stanley Mosk courthouse in Downtown Los Angeles

A Free Britney supporter wears a hat and holds a flag Wednesday in front of the Stanley Mosk courthouse in Downtown Los Angeles 

Rosengart followed up his court filing with a statement condemning the surveillance, saying, ‘Unauthorized recording or monitoring of Britney’s private communications…..represent an unconscionable and disgraceful violation of her privacy rights and a striking example of the deprivation of her civil liberties.’

The pop star has been under a conservatorship since she suffered a mental health breakdown in 2008. She's seen in this infamous 2007 photo attacking paparazzi with an umbrella

The pop star has been under a conservatorship since she suffered a mental health breakdown in 2008. She’s seen in this infamous 2007 photo attacking paparazzi with an umbrella 

Another hearing to address the request to terminate Britney’s conservatorship completely is scheduled for November 12. 

For more than a year, Britney has been calling for her father to be fired as her conservator and for an end to the conservatorship which she’s called ‘abusive.’

She has said that she’s ‘afraid ‘ of her dad and declared that she would not perform again until he was no longer in charge of the conservatorship he’s been overseeing since her much-publicized breakdown in 2008.

One of her most heart-wrenching revelations came during a tearful phone appearance at Judge Penny’s court last June when she said that she wanted to have a baby with her fiancé, personal trainer Sam Asghari, but the strict conservatorship wouldn’t allow her to remove her IUD birth control.

‘I feel ganged up on and bullied and alone,’ Britney told the court during that emotional statement. ‘I just want my life back.’

She also told the judge that she felt ‘enslaved’ by her dad, whom she, added, ‘should be in jail.’

Last year, at her father’s request, the conservatorship (the one dealing with Britney’s personal affairs, not the conservatorship controlling her finances) was temporarily transferred from Jamie to her long-time caregiver Jodi Montgomery.

While he blamed his stepping down on health issues, Jamie’s decision came amid accusations that he had gotten into an altercation with Britney’s then 14 year-old son Sean Preston, now 16.

Kevin Federline – Britney’s ex and the father of Sean and his brother Jayden James, 15 – made a police report and took out a restraining order against his former father-in-law after the incident in which, reportedly, a ‘very angry’ Jamie broke down the door of a room Sean had locked himself in and ‘shook’ the frightened teen.

Britney announced she and Asghari are engaged posting this photo to Instagram

Britney announced she and Asghari are engaged posting this photo to Instagram

Now, the pop icon can pursue her desperate quest to end the conservatorship altogether and live her life as she wants - including marrying and having another child - without her father’s approval

Now, the pop icon can pursue her desperate quest to end the conservatorship altogether and live her life as she wants – including marrying and having another child – without her father’s approval 

Sam Asghari, Britney's fiancé, posted this picture to his Instagram story celebrating the pop star's win in court today

Asghari also posted a photo showing him handing a pink to rose to Britney who has her engagement ring on full display

Sam Asghari, Britney’s fiancé, posted these photos to his Instagram story celebrating the pop star’s win in court today 

Britney's fiancé shared a black and white photo on his Instagram story and feed giving a shout out to her fan base, Britney Army. He captioned one of the post: 'The power of the lioness!!!!! #freebritney'

Britney’s fiancé shared a black and white photo on his Instagram story and feed giving a shout out to her fan base, Britney Army. He captioned one of the post: ‘The power of the lioness!!!!! #freebritney’

Britney is pictured on stage in London in August 2018, during the Piece of Me tour

Britney is pictured on stage in London in August 2018, during the Piece of Me tour

Britney was said to be furious over what happened and worried that the incident could jeopardize the joint custody agreement she has with Federline that already gives him a much larger percentage of time with the boys than she has.

The Spears family have been torn apart by fights over the pop singer’s career and fortune. Last year, she began the legal process to remove him from handling her personal affairs and in June testified in court, but her request was denied.

But the family resentment exploded this summer when Britney addressed a court and pleaded to end the arrangement, claiming that she had been taken advantage of by her entire family. 

Jamie argued in court in early August that he should not be removed but days later filed a petition for the conservatorship to come to an end.  

Rosengart, said at the time it was ‘a vindication for Britney’.

‘We are pleased that Mr. Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed,’ he said. ‘It is vindication for Britney.’   

Meanwhile Britney’s former best friend Sean Phillips has said the pop star is itching to return to performing after refusing to appear on stage until the conservatorship was ended. 

‘She’s a performer at heart’, he said. ‘She’s a genius at performing, she’s so good at what she does, she does it so effortlessly and I know that’s what she loves to do.

‘But I do believe that she’s doing the right thing, she needs to have control over her own career and I would do the same thing if I was her with that talent. So I would hold out until I knew I had complete control of it.’ 

Philips said he thought Spears’ had coped well with ‘strange… external influences’ and added he was ‘proud of her for what she’s doing now and trying to take control of what’s going on.

‘I hope Britney gets control of her life, she gets confidence in controlling her career and her family. Somehow, even if it’s down the road, that’s what I hope happens.’ 

TIMELINE OF BRITNEY’S COMPLEX CONSERVATORSHIP AND HOW IT BEGAN

Britney with her father, brother and mother in 2006. Her parents separated

Britney with her father, brother and mother in 2006. Her parents separated 

2002: Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears divorce. 

Britney breaks up with Justin Timberlake around the same time.

2004: Britney marries Kevin Federline.

2005: Britney and Kevin welcome their first child, Sean Preston Federline. 

2006: Jayden James Federline, Britney and Kevin’s second child, is born. 

2007: Britney, struggling through a custody battle and split with Kevin, shaves her head and attacks a paparazzo’s car.

2008: Jamie Spears files for conservatorship of Britney, claiming she is not legally well enough to make her own decisions. 

Britney in 2008 for a custody hearing as part of her split with Kevin Federline

Jamie Spears in court in 2008 getting the conservatorship

Britney in 2008 for a custody hearing as part of her split with Kevin Federline. Jamie Spears in court in 2008 getting the conservatorship

2009-2019: QUIET CONSERVATORSHIP YEARS

The conservatorship – which had been temporary – is extended  every year. 

In court papers, Jamie’s attorneys describe how she is making more money. 

JANUARY 2019: THE ARRANGEMENT STARTS TO CRUMBLE

Britney in 2019, in the grips of the conservatorship, in Las Vegas at her residency

Britney in 2019, in the grips of the conservatorship, in Las Vegas at her residency

Britney announces an ‘indefinite’ work hiatus and cancels her lucrative Las Vegas residency.

Jamie files paperwork asking for the conservatorship to be extended beyond California, to apply in Hawaii, Louisiana and Florida as well.  

He steps down as her primary conservator after allegations he abused one of her sons but is still listed as one of those in charge. 

EARLY 2020: Britney, Jamie and Jamie-Lynne are in Louisiana together for two weeks.  

The #FreeBritney movement is picking up. 

Jamie’s attorneys claim everyone is happy together and enjoying spending time together in quarantine.  

NOVEMBER 2020: Britney’s attorneys claim in papers that she is afraid of her father and asks for Bessemer Trust to be put in charge. 

Her fans start speculating over her cryptic Instagram posts and videos that she wants a way out.  

DECEMBER 2020: The conservatorship is extended until September 2021.

FEBRUARY 5, 2021: Framing Britney Spears debuts on Hulu.

The conservatorship that Britney was put under is ordinarily used in situations where older, perhaps senile people, can no longer look after their own affairs. 

Fans are concerned for her well-being and have demanded that she be released from the control of her father, Jamie

Fans are concerned for her well-being and have demanded that she be released from the control of her father, Jamie

It gives control over to an appointed conservator for the best interest of the recipient but in most cases, the recipient is not healthy enough to make their own money, unlike Britney who makes millions. Under the rules of the probate conservatorship, Jamie now has equal control over her estate to a third party and an attorney, Andrew Wallet. 

Wallet derives a salary of $426,000 a year from Britney’s estate. 

He, Jamie and the third party who was brought on recently can make deals on her behalf and restrict her visitors.

JUNE 23, 2021 – BRITNEY SPEAKS OUT IN COURT  

Britney and her boyfriend Sam Asghari

Britney and her boyfriend Sam Asghari

In an emotional testimony, Britney told the court that she had suffered psychologically for years as a result of the conservatorship which she said was so restrictive, she wasn’t allowed to remove her IUD birth control. 

JUNE 30, 2021 – JUDGE DENIES BRITNEY’S REQUEST TO REMOVE JAMIE 

Judge Brenda Penny, responding to Britney’s November 2020 request, refuses to remove Jamie from the agreement. 

She doesn’t say why but she does invite her attorney to file paperwork to end it, which he doesn’t. 

JULY 1, 2021 – BESSEMER TRUST RESIGNS AFTER BEING PUT IN CHARGE WITH JAMIE

A day after the judge’s ruling, Bessemer Trust, which had been brought on, resigned, saying they were never aware that Britney wanted to end the conservatorship. 

In a court filing, the company’s attorneys said: ‘We heard her and respect her wishes.’ 

JULY 5, 2021 – BRITNEY’S LONG-TIME MANAGER RESIGNS

Larry Rudolph wrote a letter to Jamie and the conservatorship to say he was no longer needed since Britney wanted to retire. 

He said he hadn’t spoken to her for two years but had been told by others that she wanted to step down. 

JULY 6, 2021 – BRITNEY’S ATTORNEY STEPS DOWN 

Sam Ingham, the attorney appointed to represent Britney in 2008, steps down after failing to file paperwork to terminate the conservatorship, despite her pleas. 

JULY 14, 2021 -BRITNEY WINS RIGHT TO CHOOSE HER OWN LAWYER

A Los Angeles court granted Britney the right to choose a lawyer to help her end her conservatorship, after she told a judge the current situation was ‘allowing my dad to ruin my life.’ She chose former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart as her new attorney. 

JULY 23, 2021 – BRITNEY FLASHES HER BOOBS ON INSTAGRAM

Singer’s semi-nude post was hailed by fans including Paris Hilton as evidence of her determination to become a ‘free woman’.

JULY 27, 2021 – LYNNE SPEARS AGREES TO TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF HER DAUGHTER

The singer’s mother’s attack on Jamie gives her a powerful new ally in her bid to be freed.

AUGUST 12, 2021 – JAMIE SPEARS AGREES TO STEP DOWN AS CONSERVATOR

Jamie’s lawyers filed court documents saying that he will step down, and provide an orderly transition to another conservator.

He said that he was doing so because he felt a public argument with his daughter was not in her best interests. 

SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 – JAMIE SPEARS FILES TO END THE CONSERVATORSHIP

Jamie states that his daughter ‘is entitled to have this Court now seriously consider whether this conservatorship is no longer required.’ 

The filing went on to say that Britney Spears’ circumstances have changed ‘to such an extent that grounds for establishment of a conservatorship may no longer exist.’ 

SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 – JAMIE SUSPENDED FROM CONSERVATORSHIP 

LA Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny ruled to suspend Jamie as the conservator of Britney’s estate. 

Accountant John Zabel has been named as the temporary replacement conservator. 

Britney Spears’ lawyer BLASTS father Jamie Spears as a ‘reported alcoholic and gambling addict’ in battle over her conservatorship  

Britney Spears’ lawyer Mathew Rosengart called her father Jamie Spears a ‘reported alcoholic and gambling addict’ in legal documents, as they fight over who should take over the singer’s conservatorship. 

Jamie, 68, filed legal documents trying to challenge the person Rosengart has chosen to replace him to oversee Britney’s estate – according to TMZ – CPA John Zabel who has an ‘impeccable record of serving in positions of trust.’

Despite Zabel also being described as a ‘highly-esteemed, nationally-recognized, and an award-winning CPA,’ Britney’s father has been trying to challenge the appointment. 

However, Rosengart has hit back at Jamie’s concerns, saying he has ‘zero financial background or experience in financial matters, who previously filed for bankruptcy and has a Domestic Violence Restraining Order currently in effect against him.’

Hitting back: Britney Spears' lawyer Mathew Rosengart BLASTS father Jamie Spears as a 'reported alcoholic and gambling addict' in battle over her conservatorship (Pic, 2019)

Hitting back: Britney Spears’ lawyer Mathew Rosengart BLASTS father Jamie Spears as a ‘reported alcoholic and gambling addict’ in battle over her conservatorship (Pic, 2019) 

Rosengart goes further in his response, saying Jamie is ‘incompetent’ and complains about his ‘abuse of his daughter (which evidently goes back to her childhood), and the dissipation of Estate assets.’

Attack: Jamie Spears is questioning who should take over Britney (Pictured, 2012)

Attack: Jamie Spears is questioning who should take over Britney (Pictured, 2012)

The legal documents filed by Rosengart are also said to mention the recent allegations that Jamie engineered secret recordings in Britney’s bedroom. 

Meanwhile TMZ also reported Tuesday that renowned psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy was approached by Britney’s team to see if she was being over-medicated. 

Sophy claimed that there was a concern Britney was being ‘excessively pumped full of drugs’ to the point where she was ‘not able to clearly speak for herself.’ 

However, Sophy said he declined the opportunity to evaluate her.

Meanwhile, on Monday it was reported that Britney’s father Jamie could be investigated by the FBI after it was claimed that he hired a security company to monitor his daughter’s communications  – including what went on in her bedroom – without her knowledge or consent.

Deadline reported that the FBI are looking into whether the law was broken, with Jamie insisting his daughter knew of the surveillance arrangements. 

Mathew Rosengart, Britney Spears's lawyer, said the allegations of monitoring her communications were deeply disturbing

Mathew Rosengart, Britney Spears’s lawyer, said the allegations of monitoring her communications were deeply disturbing

Under Californian law, both parties must consent to a conversation being recorded.

They have triggered a furious response from Britney’s lawyers who say the allegations are further evidence as to why her conservatorship should be urgently ended. 

‘Mr. Spears has crossed unfathomable lines,’ said the singer’s lawyer in a court filing on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s hearing on the conservatorship.

‘While they are not evidence, the allegations warrant serious investigation, certainly by Ms. Spears as, among other things, California is a ‘two-party’ consent state.’

His furious remarks were a reference to a New York Times documentary released on Hulu on Friday detailing the surveillance claims. 

Alex Vlasov, a former employee of Black Box Security, told The New York Times in a new documentary that the 39-year-old’s phone calls and messages were secretly recorded as part of her 13-year conservatorship, overseen by her father. 

Rosengart further told the paper that the allegations made by Vlasov warranted urgent inquiry.

He said it was yet further evidence of the mistreatment of the singer, who on June 23 told the court she was forced to have birth control implants; was forbidden from driving her car; and had no say in her most basic life decisions. 

‘Placing a listening device in Britney’s bedroom would be particularly inexcusable and disgraceful, and corroborates so much of her compelling, poignant testimony.

‘These actions must be fully and aggressively investigated.’

He said in Monday’s court documents that he intends to depose the 69-year-old, and that if he plead the Fifth Amendment it would be damning. 

It is unclear whether the court which managed the conservatorship had approved the recordings.

Britney has not commented on the specific allegations that she was secretly recorded, but in an Instagram post on Monday said that the documentary, Controlling Britney Spears, had many factual errors.

‘I watched a little bit of the last documentary and I hate to inform you but a lot of what you heard is not true!!!’ she said.

 



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Alex Murdaugh’s ‘hitman’ boasted that cops ‘wouldn’t find anything’ at his South Carolina home


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Curtis ‘Eddie’ Smith boasted to friends that cops ‘wouldn’t find anything’ when they searched his home and appeared untroubled despite being told he was a suspect in the shooting of Alex Murdaugh, DailyMail.com can reveal. 

Smith, 61, was arrested Tuesday and charged on multiple counts including conspiracy and assisted suicide for his role in the shooting after Murdaugh, 53, claimed to having staged the attack in a bid to secure a $10million life insurance windfall for his surviving son Richard Alexander ‘Buster,’ Murdaugh Jr, 25.

But, while neighbors expressed shock at this latest twist in the spiraling Murdaugh saga, one long-time acquaintance told DailyMail.com that Smith had been talking of his potential involvement in the crime when out in Walterboro last week.

According to Henry Vandermark, who has known the man he described as ‘straight-dealing’ and ‘friendly,’ for more than a decade, Smith was blasé when he told him that cops had visited his Walterboro home last week and informed him that he was a suspect in the bizarre roadside shooting. 

Murdaugh shooting suspect Curtis Edward Smith, 61, is seen at his bond hearing Thursday morning at Hampton County Detention Center where his bail was set at $55,000

Smith appeared disheveled and disoriented in a beige prison jumpsuit as the judge broke down each of his charges

Smith appeared disheveled and disoriented in a beige prison jumpsuit as the judge broke down each of his charges

Alex's son Paul and wife Maggie (together center) were shot dead on June 7. Now police say that Alex Murdaugh (far right) orchestrated a separate shooting to kill himself with the help of a hitman, as part of plot for his other son Buster (far left) to collect a $10million life insurance payout

Alex’s son Paul and wife Maggie (together center) were shot dead on June 7. Now police say that Alex Murdaugh (far right) orchestrated a separate shooting to kill himself with the help of a hitman, as part of plot for his other son Buster (far left) to collect a $10million life insurance payout 

He said: ‘He told me, ‘the police have been round and told me I’m a suspect [in the Alex Murdaugh shooting] and wanted to search my house.’ 

‘I said, ‘Go ahead, you won’t find anything.’

Smith, 61, was arrested and charged on Tuesday on multiple counts including assisted suicide and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud in connection with Alex Murdaugh's shooting

Smith, 61, was arrested and charged on Tuesday on multiple counts including assisted suicide and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud in connection with Alex Murdaugh’s shooting 

According to Vandermark, Smith didn’t seem at all worried or concerned about the development. He said: ‘It didn’t seem to bother him at all.’

Despite Smith’s admission, Vandermark said that he ‘couldn’t believe it’ when he saw that his long-time acquaintance had been arrested Tuesday.

In fact, investigators had been closing in on the man whom Murdaugh hired to shoot him while attorneys for Murdaugh were still publicly peddling the tale of a random roadside ambush even offering more ‘facts’ given by their client in a bid to shore up his story.

Smith appeared disheveled and disoriented when he appeared for his bond hearing at Hampton County Detention Center, at 9am Thursday.

The judge broke down each of Smith’s charges and set bail accordingly: on the charge of pointing a firearm at a person bond was set at $5,000; on the insurance and misrepresentation $10,000; on conspiracy, $5,000; on assisting a person committing suicide, $15,000 and on assault and battery bond was $20,000.

Smith rocked to and fro in his seat throughout the hearing and as he made to leave muttered: 'This is bogus. It's all bogus'

Smith rocked to and fro in his seat throughout the hearing and as he made to leave muttered: ‘This is bogus. It’s all bogus’

Murdaugh was changing the tire on his car on this rural road in Hampton County when someone shot him from a passing car on September 4, according to his attorney

Murdaugh was changing the tire on his car on this rural road in Hampton County when someone shot him from a passing car on September 4, according to his attorney

Smith signed his paperwork and said that he expected his bail bondsman to pay the $55,000 later this morning.

He had rocked to and fro in his seat throughout the hearing and as he made to leave muttered: ‘This is bogus. It’s all bogus.’

Asked by the judge if he had anything else to say he remained silent.

Murdaugh is said to have called 911 from the side of Old Salkehatchie Road shortly after 1pm on Saturday, September 4.

By the time law enforcement arrived, he was already being transported to hospital in Savannah suffering from what South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has consistently described as a ‘superficial’ gunshot wound to the head.

Attorneys for Murdaugh have insisted that his injuries were far more serious, with lawyer Jim Griffin claiming that his client had ‘an entry and exit wound…fractured skull and minor brain bleed.’

Multiple casings were found on the scene near the Mercedes SUV being driven by Murdaugh that day and once owned by his wife, Maggie.

According to neighbors, Smith, from Walterboro, seemed unbothered after learning he was a suspect in the case when cops visited his home last week. Pictured: Curtis Edward Smith's home

According to neighbors, Smith, from Walterboro, seemed unbothered after learning he was a suspect in the case when cops visited his home last week. Pictured: Curtis Edward Smith’s home

Henry Vandermark, a friend of Smith, told DailyMail.com that the suspected hitman was blasé about the development and told cops 'Go ahead, you won't find anything'

Henry Vandermark, a friend of Smith, told DailyMail.com that the suspected hitman was blasé about the development and told cops ‘Go ahead, you won’t find anything’

Neighbors recalled seeing members of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were 'crawling all over' Smith's property last week

Neighbors recalled seeing members of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were ‘crawling all over’ Smith’s property last week

Last week Griffin stated that Murdaugh had told him that somebody in a blue truck had passed by and turned back as he tried to fix a flat tire by the side of the road.

On circling back, Murdaugh stated, the person rolled down their window and asked if he was having car trouble before opening fire.

Griffin also claimed that Murdaugh had worked with a SLED sketch artist to provide a sketch of the suspect, whom he did not admit to knowing, but the image was never released because investigators were not satisfied with it.

On Wednesday neighbors near Smith’s home in Walterboro, South Carolina told DailyMail.com that as Griffin made his claims members of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were ‘crawling all over the place.’

One who asked not to be named recalled: ‘There were cars all round there and members of SLED crawling all over the place last week.’

In fact, SLED executed multiple search warrants on Smith’s home on September 7, just three days after Murdaugh reported the roadside shooting. 

And one day after Murdaugh, who has been accused of embezzling millions from his family law firm, issued a public statement in which he admitted to opioid addiction and said he was entering rehab.

One of Smith’s neighbors said: ‘It’s a total shock to wake up to a text saying, ‘Have you heard about your neighbor…?’ and then to learn this.

Smith was arrested Tuesday on charges of assisted suicide, assault and battery, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud

Smith was arrested Tuesday on charges of assisted suicide, assault and battery, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud

The SLED executed multiple search warrants on Smith's home on September 7, just three days after Murdaugh reported the roadside shooting, Pictured: SLED's arrest warrant against Smith

The SLED executed multiple search warrants on Smith’s home on September 7, just three days after Murdaugh reported the roadside shooting, Pictured: SLED’s arrest warrant against Smith

Murdaugh is seen with his wife and son Paul, who were shot dead at the family hunting lodge on June 7. It was later revealed the elder Murdaugh faced investigation over misallocated funds

Murdaugh is seen with his wife and son Paul, who were shot dead at the family hunting lodge on June 7. It was later revealed the elder Murdaugh faced investigation over misallocated funds

General view of the Moselle Hunting Lodge where Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were gunned down June 7. Their bodies were discovered by Murdaugh by the dog kennels

General view of the Moselle Hunting Lodge where Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were gunned down June 7. Their bodies were discovered by Murdaugh by the dog kennels

‘I had no idea he was into drugs and that sort of thing. I know he took something for his back which bothered him a long time, but I’d never have imagined he’d be involved in anything like this.’

Another told DailyMail.com that Smith was known by all as ‘Fast Eddie’ and was often seen driving around his large corner property on a golf buggy or hosting cookouts.

One visibly upset family member, who asked not to be named but confirmed that she was a relative, would say only that Smith’s arrest ‘was a massive shock.’

Fighting back tears she described Smith as ‘a sweet guy, a real sweet guy.’

Another neighbor said that, for the most part, Smith kept to himself and took pride in the vegetable garden he had planted at the back of his property.

Multiple cars, including a Mercedes convertible, and four jet skis were parked up by the spacious clapboard property that Smith once shared with his late mother, Emaline Murdaugh Smith.

Smith and Murdaugh are distant relatives though the men are understood to have first met when Murdaugh represented Smith in a minor traffic offense in 2013.

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Alex and Maggie Murdaugh

Earlier this week Alex Murdaugh’s lawyer, Dick Harpootlian (left), said he knows who killed the South Carolina legal scion’s wife and son earlier this year though he does expect his client to be arrested for embezzling funds from a law firm to fuel an addiction to painkillers. Murdaugh is seen right with his late wife, Maggie

Murdaugh only changed his story on Monday when he was visited by his attorneys Dick Harpootlian and Griffin at an out of state rehab center.

According to Harpootlian, it was the first time either of them had spoken to their client when he was not high on opioids, that he knew that what he had done was wrong and that he was in a ‘dark, dark place’ when he hatched the bizarre plot.

Murdaugh gave a statement to SLED admitting to the scheme, September 13. 

According to Harpootlian he did not want to distract detectives investigating the murders of Maggie and Paul with the staged incident.

TIMELINE OF MURDAUGH FAMILY MURDERS, DEATHS, LAWSUITS AND ARRESTS

Cops investigating the double murder have also reopened the case into a 2015 hit-and-run of teen Stephen Smith (above)

Cops investigating the double murder have also reopened the case into a 2015 hit-and-run of teen Stephen Smith 

Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Sattlerfield dies

Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Sattlerfield dies

Mallory Beach, 19, died in February 2019

Mallory Beach, 19, died in February 2019 

2015: Teenager Stephen Smith dies

Smith was found on the side of the road. 

Police officially rule his death a hit-and-run but he had suffered blunt force trauma to the head 

His mother has since shared her belief that she thinks he was killed in a hate-crime because he was gay 

Case notes obtained by DailyMail.com revealed Paul’s older brother Buster was named multiple times in the investigation. 

Police wanted to know more about his relationship with Stephen 

Stephen’s mother said he had been having a ‘fling’. 

In a deposition years later, one of Paul’s friends said the family had ‘covered’ other killings up. 

He mentioned Smith’s death.  

2018: Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Satterfield dies

Gloria died after ‘falling’ down the stairs in the family house

The family gave her family $500.000 in a wrongful death settlement but it’s unclear why her death was ruled to be their fault. 

Alex Murdaugh was listed as the defendant in the lawsuit. 

Satterfield was only 57 when she died. 

She left behind a husband and children. 

Her death was also mentioned in the deposition by Paul Murdaugh’s friend.  

2019: Mallory Beach dies being thrown from boat driven by Paul Murdaugh

Paul was charged afterwards because he’d been drinking and was behaving ‘belligerently’ that night. 

He had been released on bond.  

Other kids were on the boat but were unharmed.

One testified that they were scared to speak about the Murdaugh family because they knew how to ‘cover things up’. 

That boy named Stephen Smith and the housekeeper, and claimed Paul pushed her 

June 7 2021: Paul and Maggie are murdered 

The mom and son were found shot dead at the family home in Hampton, South Carolina. 

Alex Murdaugh says he found them  at the home. 

The medical examiner said the pair had been dead for an hour at most when he discovered them.  

Paul, 22

Margaret, 52

Alex’s son Paul, 22, (left) and wife Maggie, 52, (right) were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds on June 7 at the family hunting lodge 

Alex's father Randolph Murdaugh III died 'peacefully' at home three days after Maggie and Paul were found shot dead

Alex’s father Randolph Murdaugh III died ‘peacefully’ at home three days after Maggie and Paul were found shot dead 

June 10 2021:  Alex’s 81-year-old father Randolph Murdaugh III dies ‘naturally’ and ‘peacefully’ at home

September 3: Alex resigns from his law firm amid claims he misused funds

The firm has hired a forensic investigator to go through the accounts 

September 4: Alex calls 911 claiming he’s been shot in the head in a drive-by. 

He only had ‘surface’ wounds and was also able to call his brother

September 6: Alex releases a statement confirming his resignation from the firm and announcing he has entered rehab 

Says ‘I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated these murders.’ 

 



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Fitness fanatic father, 56, beat son more than 100 times with wooden spoon, court hears


Rachid Khadla, 56, from Windsor, Berkshire, denies 3 counts of child cruelty and two counts of assault occasioning real bodily harm

A conditioning fanatic father, who made his daughter signal ‘contract’ promising under no circumstances to get excess fat, also beat son extra than 100 instances with wooden spoon before making an attempt to strangle him, a court has listened to.

Rachid Khadla, 56, from Windsor, Berkshire, stood in the dock with his head bowed as his youngest son Hicham Khadla advised horrific tales about his upbringing.

The aspiring police officer, now 18, informed the jury that his father experienced condemned him as ‘weak’ and stated he was strike with a kitchen area utensil much more than 100 periods as a boy or girl – commencing when he was just seven years previous. 

Hicham discussed to the jury that he had been ‘hit his entire life’ but he experienced only told his best close friends and instructors at school when he assumed he was going to die immediately after his father strangled him. 

It comes after Khadla’s daughter Amira, now 23, informed Looking through Crown Court how her ‘controlling’ father made the decision what she could put on, who she could see, who she could communicate to and what she could observe on tv.  

She statements he also created her indicator a life-prolonged ‘contract’ promising to in no way get extra fat and alleges that he weighed her day-to-day.

Rachid Khadla denies 3 counts of boy or girl cruelty and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Hicham Khadla, now 18, told the jury that his father had condemned him as 'weak' and said he was hit with a kitchen utensil more than 100 times as a child

It comes after Khadla's daughter Amira, now 23, told how her father decided what she could wear, who she could see and what she could watch on television

Hicham Khadla, now 18, (remaining) advised the jury that his father strike him with a kitchen area utensil more than 100 instances as a little one. It will come following Khadla’s daughter Amira, now 23, (correct) claimed her father made the decision what she could dress in and what she could check out on television

Hicham, then a pupil at Windsor Boys University, told the court: ‘One time he strike me with a spaghetti spoon. The spikes of the spoon clipped my ear and it started out bleeding. 

‘When I was pretty young, amongst 5 a long time and 7 decades, if I was awake enjoying with toys and I ought to not have been, he would come in my bed room and carry the spoon.’

Hicham explained to the jury that he had been ‘hit his complete life’ but he experienced only told his very best buddies and lecturers at university when he imagined he was likely to die after his father strangled him.

‘I felt like I was dying, I felt my spouse and children experienced a threat to their existence,’ he said.

Explaining the remaining attack on October 16 2019, Hicham said: ‘My father was sitting down having a meal, I experienced to Hoover before it got dim so I could see the dirt. He informed me to go more quickly, I was not likely quick.

‘He put down his foodstuff tray and followed me. He hit me in the chest, pushed me onto my sister’s mattress and started off strangling me – he experienced in no way strangled me ahead of. There was a hand mark and scratches.

‘I could not breathe by any means, I assumed I was dying and I attempted to cease him. Just after about 5 seconds it stopped, he pushed me back up to my feet, struck me a number of a lot more instances and then I carried on with the chores. I was very worried and traumatised.’

Khadla is facing charges of child cruelty and assault over his treatment of his now-adult daughter Amira and sons Hicham and Karim. Pictured (left to right): Hicham, Amira, their mother Sarah and Karim

Khadla is dealing with charges of child cruelty and assault over his remedy of his now-adult daughter Amira and sons Hicham and Karim. Pictured (still left to appropriate): Hicham, Amira, their mother Sarah and Karim

The subsequent working day, Hicham requested to fulfill his finest close friends, Tyler Cahill and Oliver Howles, in the university canteen in which the schoolboy undid his top rated button and confirmed the purple strangulation marks about his neck.

The trio went straight to their head of sixth type and unveiled information of the attack. 

Afterwards that night Hicham’s father was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Taking to the witness box, Mr Cahill recalled the only time he experienced fulfilled Hicham’s father. 

He said: ‘We were receiving food and we observed Hicham’s father biking again from the leisure centre.

‘Hicham was panicked, he was visibly shaking and attempted to hide at the rear of a wall. At the time he understood it was inescapable his father experienced witnessed him, he was scrambling for one thing to say, he was fearful.

‘Hicham was really anxious about going residence that day. He was incredibly worried about what would occur. We did not know the entire motive why,’ the 18-year-old told the jury at Reading Crown Courtroom.

Hicham (left) explained to the jury that he had been 'hit his whole life' and Amira (right) claims her father made her sign a life-long 'contract' promising to never get fat

Hicham (still left) stated to the jury that he experienced been ‘hit his total life’ and Amira (proper) claims her father created her indication a lifetime-long ‘contract’ promising to by no means get body fat

Mr Howles mentioned from the witness box: ‘Hicham managed to make up a lie, he stated we had to say we had been going to an instructional occasion in Eton. The up coming working day he advised us his father was angry at him for being out and he desired proof that he was actually going to an party.

‘We produced a bogus e mail and despatched it to his mom who confirmed his father ‘the proof’ that we had long gone to the academic function.’

During cross-examination, the courtroom heard of the defendant’s ‘angry outbursts.’  

The teen told the jury: ‘We were being acquiring Moroccan meals but I was taking in it mistaken. I was eating it with a spoon and he wanted me to consume with my arms. He advised me to “take in it adequately”.

‘He grabbed me out of my chair and I stumbled and flew backwards to the kitchen cupboard. I was terrified and anxious.

‘He known as me “sluggish”, he knocked my self esteem in aspiring to be a police officer, he identified as me weak. He obtained indignant so quickly, I always froze.

‘One time he hit me in excess of the head with a hairbrush due to the fact I was styling my hair, I was not permitted to do that.’

Yesterday, Khadla's daughter Amira told Reading Crown Court (pictured) about her 'controlling' father

Yesterday, Khadla’s daughter Amira instructed Reading Crown Court (pictured) about her ‘controlling’ father 

Defending Khadla from the allegations of strangling, Philip Rowlands claimed that the schoolboy had been determined to show up at his major sister’s graduation but when his father described there were being only two tickets, the schoolboy was irritated and turned aggressive.

‘You attacked him, not the other way all around. You went to punch your father in the face and in its place struck him in the arm. You went to kick your father with your suitable foot,’ he alleged.

‘You were being so aggressive he experienced to restrain you, you fell backwards onto the bed. 

‘Your father grabbed your upper body to prevent you hitting him, you were being thrashing facet-to-aspect and at no stage did he at any time strangle you.

‘You a few have decided to convey to lies about your father. You have place your heads collectively to make up allegations about him. You required your father out of the household.’

The teen responded: ‘The only rationale I preferred him out of the dwelling was because he was a danger.’

Yesterday, Khadla’s daughter Amira informed the court about how her ‘controlling’ father resolved what she could don, who she could see, who she could communicate to and what she could watch on television.

The overall body-obsessed defendant – who was ‘very conscious’ of physical fitness and dieting – allegedly designed his daughter signal a doc looking through: ‘I, Amira Khadla, will never ever allow myself get extra fat. I will do lots of physical exercise to make absolutely sure I will under no circumstances get body fat, even until finally I die.’

She also reported Khadla strike her with a spoon on a regular basis, punched her arms and chest and even threw a chair at her aged just 9 – leaving a lump powering her ear.

Eldest son Karim – who severed ties with the complete relatives above the alleged cruelty he received as a baby – suggests Khadla punched him in the head so really hard that he fell over aged 15.  

Rachid Khadla denies 3 counts of kid cruelty and two counts of assault occasioning true bodily harm.



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P&O ferries’ owner slams government for ‘slow’ reaction to its demands for £150m taxpayer bailout


P&O ferries’ Dubai owner slams govt for ‘slow’ response to its calls for for £150m taxpayer bailout to help save ‘thousands’ of positions and defend ‘vital’ provide routes amid coronavirus lockdown

  • P&O owner has utilized for a £150million bailout from the British isles government 
  • Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem is but to listen to again and accused them of being ‘slow’ 
  • So considerably the enterprise have furloughed 1,400 workers and taken 7 ships out  
  • Very last year DP Globe, who possess P&O, manufactured substantial gains of more than £1bn 
  • Here’s how to help men and women impacted by Covid-19

The proprietor of P&O ferries has blasted the federal government for their ‘slow’ response to the disaster struggling with crucial provide routes throughout the coronavirus pandemic.   

P&O, a 180-yr-outdated corporation, have used for a bailout offered the tremendous effects of the coronavirus pandemic on trade and the agency account for 15 for every cent of superior imported and exported to and from Britain. 

In buy to steer clear of collapse, they want £257million and have questioned the governing administration for £150m in the direction of that determine. 

The head of Dubai-primarily based DP Globe who very own P&O ferries, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem (earlier mentioned), blasted the federal government for their ‘slow’ response to the firm’s need for £150million

P&O have already taken seven ships out of their line-up as they cut costs during the coronavirus crisis and they have also furloughed 1,400 members of staff

P&O have now taken seven ships out of their line-up as they reduce costs during the coronavirus disaster and they have also furloughed 1,400 users of staff 

If the company does go below, then 4,000 work opportunities would be misplaced. 

It stays to be observed no matter whether the Uk Treasury will grant the funds, specially soon after the hard line taken from Sir Richard Branson-owned Virgin Atlantic, who claim they could go less than with out £500m from the federal government. 

The head of Dubai-centered DP Planet, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, has not obtained a reaction to his software so considerably. 

He advised the BBC: ‘We have utilized to the United kingdom to help the business, so we can help save the employment of men and women. The governing administration have been gradual, but at the exact time as a corporation we need to have to be in a position to endure, so we have fundamentally taken seven of our ships out. 

‘So far we have furloughed 1,400 people to stay clear of the enterprise collapsing.’

‘P&O performs a very important purpose in the British isles and 1000’s of careers count on this enterprise. We have to be confident that when this is around we can bounce back and help save these positions.

Bin Sulayem is one of a number of company owners who have applied for a huge bailout

Bin Sulayem is one particular of a variety of enterprise owners who have applied for a big bailout 

‘We have used to the Uk federal government to aid the corporation to conserve the employment of these people. The govt has been sluggish. We will need to safeguard these work opportunities – a lot of people’s life depends on this corporation.’

The coronavirus disaster has witnessed P&O furlough 1,400 personnel and the governing administration will be masking 80 for each cent of their wages. 

A overall of 7 ships have been taken out of company as latest journey restrictions implies leisure travellers are not ready to e book. 

Last yr DP Environment, who own P&O, made staggering income of extra than £1bn and revenues have been earlier mentioned £6bn.    

Mr bin Sulayem defended P&O’s software financial enable irrespective of a dividend of £270m thanks to be paid out to DP Globe shareholders this 7 days: ‘DP Environment has under no circumstances taken a penny out of P&O. 

Mr bin Sulayem insisted all the money made from P&O was put back into the company rather than paid out to shareholders as a dividend

 Mr bin Sulayem insisted all the cash created from P&O was put back into the corporation somewhat than paid out out to shareholders as a dividend 

‘Any income we have made we have reinvested in new vessels. DP Entire world owns lots of enterprises close to the world. You are not able to just just take money out of them to place into a corporation in an additional location – it won’t make sense.’

The ferry business enterprise tends to make most of its cash from its cross-channel companies, which have viewed a collapse in passenger numbers considering the fact that the unparalleled lockdown in Britain and Europe.

A lot of ships on its busiest route among Dover and Calais have been deserted about the previous month.

P&O is continue to running providers but all motorists and foot passengers have to fill out a type to establish to the French authorities that their travel is ‘essential’.  

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How government ‘counted single gloves rather than pairs to claim boast of one billion items of PPE


A BBC documentary very last night claimed ministers counted every glove individually as an alternative of in pairs to boast of delivering a person billion bits of PPE to NHS staff frontline – as however a further minister experienced a shambolic spherical of interviews today.

The Panorama investigation mentioned Amount 10 experienced failed to procure plenty of protecting gear, these as masks, robes and visors.

It also accused ministers of counting 547million gloves separately, as an alternative of as 273.5million pairs, to fiddle PPE figures.

The one billion determine also provided merchandise which are not viewed as PPE, like thousands and thousands of cleaning merchandise, waste baggage, detergents and paper towels.

Superior Early morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan termed the PPE scandal unveiled by Panorama a ‘national disgrace’ and accused Safeguarding minister Victoria Atkins of laughing when he was interviewing her.

It comes as Matt Hancock was confronted this early morning by the son of a doctor who had warned the govt about a deficiency of PPE for NHS workers right before he died of coronavirus.

Intisar Chowdhury, the son of Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, accused the Wellbeing Secretary of ‘ignoring’ his father’s plea for more very important protecting gear.

Good Early morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan termed the PPE scandal unveiled by Panorama a ‘national disgrace’ and accused Safeguarding minister Victoria Atkins of laughing

Wellbeing SECRETARY IS CONFRONTED BY SON OF A Medical professional WHO DIED OF COVID-19

Intisar Chowdhury, the son of Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury (pictured), accused the Health Secretary of 'ignoring' his father's plea for more vital protective equipment

Intisar Chowdhury, the son of Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury (pictured), accused the Wellbeing Secretary of ‘ignoring’ his father’s plea for additional critical protective equipment

Matt Hancock was confronted this early morning by the son of a health practitioner who had warned the federal government about a deficiency of PPE for NHS workers right before he died of coronavirus.

Intisar Chowdhury, the son of Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, accused the Overall health Secretary of ‘ignoring’ his father’s plea for a lot more crucial protective tools.

Mr Chowdhury urged Mr Hancock to apologise and to ‘openly admit there have been mistakes in managing this virus’.

Mr Hancock insisted the government ‘took extremely, quite seriously what your father said’ and ministers have been ‘working round the clock’ to make certain frontline personnel have the proper package to keep them safe and sound.

Mr Hancock was appearing on an LBC Radio mobile phone-in and had begun to just take queries from associates of the public when Mr Chowdhury challenged him. 

Mr Chowdhury asked Mr Hancock: ‘When he was unwell he wrote an open letter to the Primary Minister desirable for more PPE for NHS frontline workers, it was a ask for that was ignored, two months later he handed absent and given that then above 100 NHS and social care staff have passed away from contracting the virus.

‘Do you regret not using my dad’s concerns, my 11-12 months-old sister dad’s concerns and my wife’s husband’s worries severely plenty of for my father that we’ve all missing?’

The Health Secretary replied: ‘Intisar, I am really sorry about your dad’s loss of life and I have found the reviews you’ve got manufactured and what you have stated in community and I assume it can be incredibly courageous of you to be talking out in general public.

‘We took very really critically what your father explained and we’ve been doing work close to the clock to ensure that there is certainly ample protecting machines and in the case of anyone who performs in the NHS or in social care and has died from coronavirus we search into it in every case to discover out the explanations where by they could have caught it and what classes we can learn.’ 

Morgan questioned Ms Atkins why the United kingdom had downgraded Covid-19 from HCID, which is the higher consequence infectious group.

The minister then appeared to smirk and mentioned: ‘I am not a scientist Piers.’

 He interjected: ‘Well you can snicker. I really don’t know why you all preserving laughing when I speak about this. It truly is not humorous is it? Seem you just laughed all over again.’

Ms Atkins mentioned: ‘Piers, no its not and I know you accused a different colleague of mine laughing and I was not laughing.’

Morgan shot again: ‘These are not trivial issues minister allow me reveal why. By each requirements HCID matches the monthly bill. It really is the major public health crisis this country has faced in 100 a long time.’

He then accused the minister of downgrading the virus so they failed to have a lawful obligation to give well being workers ‘the ideal amount of PPE kit.’ 

He extra that Ms Atkins appeared to know ‘nothing’ about why the selection was taken to downgrade Covid-19.

Ms Atkins responded that she was on the programme to chat about the domestic abuse monthly bill, and that the authorities is ‘following the scientific advice.’ 

She later appeared on BBC Breakfast and did not deny the statements on BBC Breakfast this early morning, and said she would not be ‘drawn into the detail of these figures’.

She advised BBC Breakfast that she experienced a box of gloves and they ended up not badged up as getting in pairs, even though mentioned she was ‘not going to be drawn into the detail of these figures’.

But Ms Atkins stated: ‘We have been really clear about figures through and we have obtained to continue to keep with transparency due to the fact that is how we preserve people’s have faith in.’

‘I’m really, incredibly sorry to hear of that report.’  

It arrives as a shocking poll by the Royal Faculty of Medical professionals yesterday identified that a quarter of medical practitioners are obtaining to re-use protecting package intended to be worn just once.

The college’s chief said the study revealed a ‘terrible point out of affairs’ and – in a further blow to the Federal government – an investigation found that officials unsuccessful to obtain ample gowns when setting up an emergency stockpile in 2009. 

Ministers are also accused of disregarding a warning final June that they would have to have to acquire more.

The protecting apparel should be worn only as soon as since washing them at temperatures high more than enough to kill coronavirus weakens their success.

The BBC Panorama investigation, which was screened previous evening and is offered on iPlayer, uncovered the Govt failed to stockpile sufficient robes, visors and swabs essential for tests. 

Ministers evidently then ignored a warning very last summer months from specialists on the New and Rising Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group that they need to get additional gowns.

A shocking poll by the Royal College or university of Physicians identified that a quarter of medical practitioners are getting to re-use protective package intended to be worn just the moment (file photograph)

The failure to provide enough PPE to hospitals and care homes has been one of the biggest issues in the pandemic

The failure to present enough PPE to hospitals and care households has been 1 of the biggest problems in the pandemic

Well being pro states government acted ‘too little far too late’ on PPE provision

Showing on Fantastic Early morning Britain this morning to focus on the startling revelations from Panorama’s programme previous night time, Professor John Ashton slammed the govt for its inaction.

He explained: ‘The tale has grow to be clearer at this position we know the govt acted much too very little also late at every stage and even right before this whole detail started at the close of January we weren’t well prepared. 

‘We know that back again in 2009 with the swine flu we did really very well truly, Dame Deidre Hines report showed that.

‘So between 2009 and today we have enable it go, and the organizing paperwork have not been stored up to day, the stockpiles obviously haven’t been kept as they ought to have been

‘And then there was this procedure sigma in 2016, the report has never viewed the light-weight of working day, and the conclusions have never been acted on so we had been in bad condition even before.

In my check out the Key Minister unsuccessful to chair cobra at the starting of February when he would have been in a placement to see where we have been and get started on catching up with the PPE and the testing which we have suffered from at any time because.’

 

The shortages are influencing treatment houses as properly. James Bullion, of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Providers, told the BBC’s Earth at Just one: ‘It’s been promised for some months and not arrived.’

Chris Hopson of NHS Companies, which represents clinic trusts, explained: ‘It will be critical – when the time comes for a general public inquiry – to analyze why the pandemic stockpile was not configured for an epidemic like the just one we confront now.’  

A Royal College’s survey – completed by 2,129 members – also highlighted fears that protecting tools was badly fitting. 

Just about a 3rd – 31 for every cent – stated they had not had their facemasks ‘fit tested’ to make certain they delivered greatest defense.

Just 69 per cent reported they were generally able to obtain the critical long-sleeved gowns. The determine for goggles was even reduced at 50 for every cent.

In general 27 for every cent stated they could not get the products they desired, which was up from 22 for each cent when the faculty carried out the same study a few weeks in the past.   

Some 27 per cent of health professionals were being re-working with their personalized protective gear or experienced completed so.

Its president, Professor Andrew Goddard, explained: ‘Many private protective gear things are intended for solitary use and need to only be re-used in extreme conditions.

‘That so lots of folks are obtaining to re-use PPE demonstrates how determined the shortages are.

‘This is a really terrible state of affairs. As a bare minimum we be expecting our wellness service to supply the tools we have to have to protect ourselves and our people.’  

The number of new cases continued to rise in the latest data, but the rate has slowed significantly

The variety of new instances continued to rise in the most up-to-date details, but the level has slowed noticeably



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Twitter says an ‘outage’ caused Donald Trump’s whistle blower tweet to temporarily disappear


Twitter claims an outage brought on a tweet from President Donald Trump together with the alleged identify of the anonymous whistleblower to disappear.   

Just right before midnight on Friday, Trump retweeted a message from Twitter consumer @Surfermom77, an account that claims to be a female named Sophia who life in California.

The tweet bundled the identify of the CIA intelligence officer who first submitted a criticism about suspicious contacts with Ukraine.    

By Saturday early morning, the post seemed to have disappeared from quite a few users’ feeds, suggesting Trump experienced deleted it, however it could continue to be uncovered in other means, together with on a internet site that logs every single presidential tweet.

Nevertheless, the retweet then reappeared on Saturday evening. 

Twitter instructed The Involved Press that an outage with a person of its techniques brought about tweets on some accounts, which include Trump’s, to be obvious to some but not many others.  

Twitter claims an ‘outage’ brought about a tweet from President Donald Trump allegedly naming the whistlerblower to disappear. Pictured: Trump answers queries from reporters after earning a video clip call to the troops stationed throughout the world at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Seaside Florida, on Xmas Eve

The tweet was sent out by Friday night, but was deleted by Saturday morning.  CNN reporter Manu Raju tweeted about Trump's tweets over weekend

The tweet was sent out by Friday evening, but was deleted by Saturday morning.  CNN reporter Manu Raju tweeted about Trump’s tweets more than weekend 

The outage means that Trump (pictured, Christmas Eve) and/or his advisers did not delete the tweet.

The whistleblower's identity has been speculated on throughout pro-Trump media outlets

The outage indicates that Trump (still left) and/or his advisers did not delete the tweet..The whistleblower’s id has been speculated on during professional-Trump media retailers

The whistleblower filed a grievance in August about just one of Trump’s phone discussions with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and other dealings with the Japanese European country. 

The criticism prompted Property Democrats to start a probe that ended with Trump’s impeachment previously this thirty day period. The subject now heads to the Senate, the place the Republican vast majority is expected to acquit the president.

The central points from the whistleblower’s grievance had been confirmed through the House impeachment hearings by a string of diplomats and other job officers, many of whom testified in community. 

The White Home also released a transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone phone with Zelenskiy, in which he asks for support investigating previous Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.    

Speculation about the whistleblower’s identification has been circulating in conservative media and on social media for months.

US whistleblower guidelines exist to shield the identification and occupations of people today who bring forward accusations of wrongdoing by government officers. 

DailyMail.com will not be releasing the alleged title of the whistleblower.  

Trump insists he did nothing completely wrong in his dealings with Ukraine and has asserted that the whistleblower built up the grievance, irrespective of its corroboration by other officers. 

He also argues that he has a appropriate to face his accuser and has referred to as on the whistleblower to stage ahead. 

Trump insists he did nothing wrong in his dealings with Ukraine and has asserted that the whistleblower made up the complaint, despite its corroboration by other officials.

Trump insists he did absolutely nothing erroneous in his dealings with Ukraine and has asserted that the whistleblower made up the criticism, regardless of its corroboration by other officials. Pictured:  Trump speaks throughout a Retain The united states Wonderful Rally at Kellogg Arena in Fight Creek, Michigan, this thirty day period

Trump retweeted this tweet from Talking Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, which the youth activist has sent out before, and Politifact has labeled 'mostly false,' saying there's 'no evidence' that President Obama asked Ukraine to investigate Paul Manafort

Trump retweeted this tweet from Talking Position United states founder Charlie Kirk, which the youth activist has sent out right before, and Politifact has labeled ‘mostly phony,’ saying there is ‘no evidence’ that President Obama asked Ukraine to investigate Paul Manafort 

For months, an array of appropriate-wing personalities, amateur professional-Trump online sleuths and some conservative information outlets have revealed what they declare to be particulars about the whistleblower, like title and occupation record. 

The president himself has also been inching nearer to outing the personal. Last 7 days, Trump shared a tweet linking to a Washington Examiner short article that provided the alleged title.

Surfermom77, the Twitter manage on the post Trump retweeted, describes herself as a ‘100% Trump Supporter’ and California resident. 

The account experienced just about 79,000 followers as of Saturday afternoon. Some of its preceding posts have denounced Islam and sharply criticized former President Barack Obama and other Democrats.

Surfermom77 has displayed some hallmarks of a Twitter bot, an automatic account. A new profile picture on the account, for instance, is a stock photograph of a lady in company apparel that is out there for use on the net.

That picture was removed Saturday and changed with an picture of Trump.

A deeper seem at Surfermom77’s account demonstrates the consumer earlier employed two other inventory images as profile pictures, together with one of a product wearing an orange hat applied by a hat retailer.

Surfermom77 has also tweeted considerably additional than typical customers, more than 170,000 moments considering that the account was activated in 2013. 

Surfermom77 has posted, on regular, 72 tweets a day, according to Nir Hauser, chief technological innovation officer at VineSight, a technological know-how agency that tracks online misinformation.

‘That’s not a little something most human beings are executing,’ Hauser claimed.

President Trump has come under fire for posting a tweet which links to an article naming the alleged whistleblower who kickstarted the current impeachment inquiry

President Trump has appear below fireplace for posting a tweet which backlinks to an short article naming the alleged whistleblower who kickstarted the present impeachment inquiry

Even though several bots only repost benign information like cat shots, other folks have been made use of to distribute disinformation or polarizing statements, as Russian bots did in the guide up to the 2016 election.

In previous years, Surfermom77 has described herself as a trainer, historian, documentary creator and model. Makes an attempt to arrive at the human being behind the account by phone on Saturday ended up unsuccessful. An electronic mail deal with could not be identified.

Facebook has a coverage banning posts that name the alleged whistleblower. But Twitter, which will not have these a rule, has not taken out the tweet from Supermom77 or tweets from some others who have named the alleged whistleblower.

‘The Tweet you referenced is not a violation of the Twitter Principles,’ the corporation wrote in a assertion emailed to The Associated Push.

Some information about the whistleblower that have been released online by Trump´s supporters have been inaccurate or misrepresented.   

For illustration, a picture shared commonly on social media very last thirty day period was circulated by Facebook, Reddit and Twitter end users who wrongly claimed it confirmed the whistleblower with Obama´s staffers outside the White Residence as Trump moved in.

The specific in the photograph in fact was R David Edelman, a former special assistant to Obama on financial and tech plan. 

Edelman debunked the claim on his Twitter account and advised the AP he gained threats on line as a consequence of the wrong claims

This is not the first time Trump has tweeted about the whistleblower.       

Before on Friday, he retweeted a conspiracy theory about Ukraine on the heels of putting up a tweet that inbound links to an report naming the alleged whistleblower, who kickstarted the Ukraine-similar impeachment inquiry.  

The tweet was from Charlie Kirk, the founder of the correct-wing team Chatting Place United states.

Kirk’s tweet go through: ‘This is your every day reminder that: Barack Obama questioned Ukraine to investigate his political rival’s marketing campaign supervisor. 3 Democrat senators asked Ukraine to look into Trump. And the DNC solicited Ukraine’s assist to dig up dust on Trump.’

‘And the media was silent about it,’ Kirk claimed. 

Kirk has despatched out equivalent tweets right before, with Politifact labeling it ‘mostly false’ as you can find ‘no evidence’ that Obama requested Ukraine to investigate Paul Manafort, Trump’s former marketing campaign chairman. 

President Trump retweeted a conspiracy theory that said President Obama (pictured) asked Ukraine to investigate Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort (pictured) is spending 7.5 years in jail

President Trump retweeted a conspiracy principle that said President Obama (still left) questioned Ukraine to investigate Paul Manafort (right) 

Trump was currently having warmth for retweeting a write-up from his reelection marketing campaign account that examine: ‘It’s rather straightforward. The CIA ‘whistleblower’ is not a actual whistleblower.’ 

The put up linked to an write-up from conservative outlet The Washington Examiner, which names the alleged CIA agent who 1st claimed the information of Trump’s now-infamous July 25 telephone phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 

Public aspects identified about whistleblower 

Whistleblower is male

Is a C.I.A. officer who was assigned to the White House  

At this time back working at CIA

Probable has extensive expertise of Ukrainian politics 

He is pushed to and from work by armed protection officers 

Trump denies any wrongdoing and says the phone was great.

Democrats have also steadfastly insisted on holding the whistleblower’s identify a solution in buy to secure him.  

In contrast, Trump has regularly pushed for the person’s identification to be exposed, claiming it will exhibit that they are a partisan operative determined by remaining-wing bias. 

The whistleblower has been described as a male CIA analyst who was in depth to the White Residence. 

The Washington Article reported he is driven to and from do the job by armed safety officers out of problem for his basic safety.

Meanwhile, Trump’s tweet will come in spite of the fact that various of his closest confidantes have tried out to dissuade him from pushing for the launch of the whistleblower’s identify. 

According to The Each day Beast, his daughter Ivanka Trump and White Residence Counsel Pat Cipollone, have warned Trump not to say or post the whistleblower’s identify.

Having said that, Trump has frequently identified as upon customers of the media to publish the whistleblower’s identify. 

Various months ago he told reporters: ‘You guys ought to launch the information. 

‘The whistleblower must be revealed mainly because the whistleblower gave phony stories. Some men and women would simply call it fraud. I would not go that much but, when I go through it intently, I likely would.’    



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Twin brothers, 32, are found dead together on an isolated country lane


My Significant Unwanted fat Gypsy Wedding ceremony star Paddy Doherty has led tributes to ‘unbelievable’ twin brothers who ended up identified useless in a woodland in an clear double suicide.

The 32-12 months-outdated guys have been named locally as Billy and Joe Smith and were found in a remote space close to a farm.

Police in Kent closed a lane in the Sevenoaks area immediately after the bodies have been uncovered in a tree just before midday yesterday.

The family members is considered to have beforehand expressed problem for the pair, who have been observed just days immediately after Christmas and their birthday on December 16.

Just days right before their suspected suicide, the pair had been filmed dancing and singing collectively. 

Mr Doherty, who co-starred in the preferred Channel 4 display with the twins, took to Fb and asked his followers to pray for their people.

The two brothers (pictured higher than) had previously appeared on My Big Extra fat Gypsy Wedding day

The scene on Dibden Lane near the A21 where the two brothers were found in Kent yesterday

The scene on Dibden Lane in the vicinity of the A21 where by the two brothers have been uncovered in Kent yesterday 

Co-star Paddy (pictured above) took to Facebook and asked his followers to pray for their families

Co-star Paddy (pictured above) took to Fb and requested his followers to pray for their family members

During their stint on the show the two brothers (above) talked about their lifestyle

For the duration of their stint on the present the two brothers (higher than) talked about their lifestyle 

He claimed: ‘They had been two great looking boys and it is a horrible tragedy. Pray for the boy’s loved ones, for his mom and father.

‘I’m extremely sorry for their troubles from the bottom of my coronary heart. May possibly god look right after them, could god have mercy on them, they are two angels, harmless, they had been unbelievable.’

Resources claimed it was a joint suicide, with Dibden Lane remaining closed and a law enforcement motor vehicle on the scene yesterday.

Pals and loved ones associates who realized the two brothers took to social media to shell out tribute to the gentlemen, with one professing ‘depression was rife’.

Billy’s associate Kristina Davey, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, described him as ‘perfect, pure and lovely’ in a heartbreaking tribute.

She said: ‘Hardest day of my daily life. RIP my ideal Bill, you had been so pure so pretty.

‘You created me the happiest female – did all the things for me, confirmed me adore I in no way experienced. You constantly see stuff like this but you just under no circumstances believe it will occur to you.

‘I are unable to consider I have to kind this alongside one another having difficulties to discuss by no means brain place a sentence collectively. I’m gonna make you so so very pleased my Invoice, my daily life, my angel.’ 

Many took to social media to pay tribute to the brothers (pictured above) after their bodies were found on Saturday

A lot of took to social media to fork out tribute to the brothers (pictured earlier mentioned) soon after their bodies have been uncovered on Saturday 

During their time on the show the twins were filmed on their way to Tenerife and had discussed getting married

Throughout their time on the demonstrate the twins had been filmed on their way to Tenerife and had discussed getting married

The Scene On Dibden Lane Near The A21 where the two brothers were found dead yesterday

The Scene On Dibden Lane Around The A21 the place the two brothers ended up observed dead yesterday

Billy lived in a ground floor flat in Weald, which was accessed through the black door in the right of this picture. He is understood to have moved in about 18 months ago

Billy lived in a ground flooring flat in Weald, which was accessed by way of the black doorway in the proper of this picture. He is comprehended to have moved in about 18 months back

Billy’s neighbour, who life in Weald, instructed the Sun the twin had moved in about 18 months in the past.

He extra: ‘I am just completely surprised. He was such a lovely dude. We received on well.

‘There ended up no indicators that nearly anything like this would transpire. While he did feel more reserved the very last thirty day period or so. I just place it down to the winter season climate.’

The twin brothers are pictured together, understood to be in Tenerife

The twin brothers are pictured with each other, understood to be in Tenerife

‘But they had that particular bond that twins have. They were being at any time so close. They lived for each and every other.’

A tribute page has because been set up for the adult males and has now been given almost 2,000 likes.

One particular person posted: ‘RIP invoice and Joe my God give you the very best mattress in heaven still don’t appear genuine 1-of-a-form rest in peace boys.’

One more mentioned: ‘I want is was a dream x they will be regrettably skipped by all that knew them x i hope the family members come across answers to there issues.’

One particular a person additional: ‘Two young boys arrived in to the entire world jointly and still left the earth to heaven alongside one another rest restricted angels.’

The brothers had starred in the 3rd series of hit Channel 4 demonstrate My Massive Excess fat Gypsy Wedding. They were 24-a long time-aged at the time and had been performing as gardeners.

Throughout a person episode they ended up vocal about their traveller life-style and reviewed their plans to get married.

The pair had worked as gardeners and were pictured above working during the show

The pair had labored as gardeners and were being pictured over working through the show  

The family is believed to have previously expressed concern for the 32-year-old pair, who were named locally following the discovery - just days after Christmas

The family is believed to have earlier expressed problem for the 32-12 months-outdated pair, who were being named locally next the discovery – just times following Christmas

Just one regional resident said the space was very well out of watch of passing cars or doggy walkers.

‘It’s horrific — and just just after Xmas. I come to feel desperately sorry for their cherished kinds.

‘I heard the police cars head down there earlier and then the cordons were in position.

The typical residence value in the leafy region comes in at all around £640,000.

In a assertion Kent Law enforcement claimed: ‘Kent Police was known as at 11.34am on Saturday 28 December 2019 just after the bodies of two adult males have been discovered in Dibden Lane, Sevenoaks.

‘Inquiries into the conditions surrounding the fatalities are ongoing but they are not at this time staying taken care of as suspicious.

‘The following of kin of equally adult males are knowledgeable and are staying stored current.’

It is considered an inquest will be carried out in the New 12 months.

If you have been afflicted by any of the concerns elevated in this report then you can connect with the Samaritans on 116 123, alternatively you can go to the site at by clicking below.



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George Michael’s sister Melanie Panayiotou ‘never recovered from the incredible pain of losing him’


George Michael’s troubled more youthful sister under no circumstances recovered from the ‘incredible pain’ of failing in her ten years-lengthy struggle to save him from an early loss of life.

Sources say Melanie Panayiotou, 55, whose system was uncovered on Christmas Working day particularly three decades soon after her older brother George died, had develop into a near recluse in her closing years and had piled on body weight.

Hinting at Ms Panayiotou’s torment in a tribute on Twitter, singer Shirlie Kemp yesterday explained her as ‘one of the kindest, most considerate of many others I had at any time met’.

When George afterwards began a nicely publicised battle with prescription drugs and liquor, Melanie Panayiotou devoted herself to protecting against him getting consumed by his demons. Resources say she was ‘heartbroken’ and in ‘desperate pain’ when she unsuccessful

Tributes were seen outside the former home of the music star after the death of his sister Melanie

Tributes ended up found outdoors the previous dwelling of the music star following the loss of life of his sister Melanie

She extra: ‘We the two shared a excellent love of flowers and several of the flowers in my images were being hers as she loved me photographing them. Her kindness to me and many others even when she was in ache herself was remarkable.

‘I pray she is now with her wonderful brother and her charming mom. Rest in peace expensive Mel.’ 

Mrs Kemp, who is married to actor and musician Martin Kemp and whose son Ronan was 1 of George’s godsons, met Ms Panayiotou when she was a backing singer with Wham! in the 1980s.

Individually, a family members source told the Sun: ‘People think she died from a damaged heart.

‘She had been living as a recluse and only seriously went out to the hairdressers and put up workplace and from time to time with her more mature sister Yioda.

‘She stayed indoors, experienced searching sent and not often still left the home.’

As perfectly as travelling the globe with George, the hairdresser became a normal on the London nightclub scene in the early 1990s. 

George Michael's former home is pictured above. The cause of Ms Panayiotou’s death is unknown but police are not treating it as suspicious

George Michael’s former home is pictured previously mentioned. The trigger of Ms Panayiotou’s death is unknown but law enforcement are not managing it as suspicious

Tributes are pictured above at George Michael's house. Her body was found at her £6.2 million home in Hampstead, North London, previously owned by her brother

Tributes are pictured over at George Michael’s dwelling. Her body was observed at her £6.2 million property in Hampstead, North London, beforehand owned by her brother

Sources say Melanie Panayiotou, 55, whose body was found on Christmas Day exactly three years after her older brother George died, had become a near recluse in her final years and had piled on weight. The pair are pictured together above

Sources say Melanie Panayiotou, 55, whose system was located on Christmas Working day exactly a few a long time soon after her older brother George died, experienced turn into a around recluse in her remaining yrs and experienced piled on bodyweight. The pair are pictured with each other higher than

George Michael’s troubled younger sister (pictured earlier mentioned with the singer) hardly ever recovered from the ‘incredible pain’ of failing in her 10 years-extensive battle to help save him from an early dying

Like her brother, even so, she was devastated by the demise of their mother Lesley in 1997.

When George afterwards started a nicely publicised struggle with medicine and alcoholic beverages, she devoted herself to avoiding him getting eaten by his demons. 

Sources say she was ‘heartbroken’ and in ‘desperate pain’ when she failed. 

A relative previous night time informed The Mail on Sunday: ‘Mel experienced a heart of gold. She was exceptionally shut to George and his dying strike her tricky. She will be missed greatly.’

Friends say that as well as comforting their father, Jack, 83, she was distressed by the behaviour of George’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz, who had to be removed from the pop star’s £5 million home near Regent’s Park.

Friends say that as well as comforting their father, Jack, 83, she was distressed by the conduct of George’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz, who experienced to be taken off from the pop star’s £5 million home in close proximity to Regent’s Park.

Next George’s dying at his house in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, in 2016, Ms Panayiotou, who never ever married and experienced no little ones, shared the £98 million fortune still left in his will with more mature sister Yioda. 

Her system was uncovered at her £6.2 million property in Hampstead, North London, earlier owned by her brother.

Good friends say that as nicely as comforting their father, Jack, 83, she was distressed by the conduct of George’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz, who had to be eradicated from the pop star’s £5 million house near Regent’s Park. 

As lately as last thirty day period, he was threatening to sue George’s family members right after remaining excluded from his boyfriend’s will.

Hinting at Ms Panayiotou’s torment in a tribute on Twitter, singer Shirlie Kemp yesterday described her as ‘one of the kindest, most considerate of others I had ever met’

Hinting at Ms Panayiotou’s torment in a tribute on Twitter, singer Shirlie Kemp yesterday described her as ‘one of the kindest, most thoughtful of other folks I experienced ever met’

Two times in advance of her death, Ms Panayiotou wrote on George’s web site: ‘We will be swerving the lousy and experiencing the excellent as much as we can this coming year… We are, as common, keeping as beneficial as doable.’ 

The bring about of Ms Panayiotou’s death is unidentified but police are not managing it as suspicious.

George’s Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley tweeted: ‘Utterly tragic information of Mel Panayiotou’s passing. My views are with her sister and father at this desperately sad time.’

In a statement, the family’s law firm, John Reid, said: ‘We can confirm that pretty tragically Melanie has passed absent suddenly.

‘We would simply talk to that the family’s privacy be revered at this quite unhappy time.’

Flowers and tributes are pictured outside George Michael's house. Following George’s death at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, in 2016, Ms Panayiotou, who never married and had no children, shared the £98 million fortune left in his will with older sister Yioda

Bouquets and tributes are pictured outdoors George Michael’s property. Following George’s loss of life at his household in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, in 2016, Ms Panayiotou, who never ever married and experienced no young children, shared the £98 million fortune left in his will with older sister Yioda

George Michael’s sister Melanie Panayiotou ‘will be buried along with her brother’s unmarked grave’

George Michael’s sister Melanie Panayiotou will be buried along with her brother’s unmarked grave, it has been claimed nowadays.

Melanie, 59, who died on Christmas Working day particularly three several years soon after her brother, could be laid to relaxation at Highgate Cemetery in north London, where by the siblings’ mom is also buried.

A resource explained she will ‘definitely’ get a headstone, contrary to George as his spouse and children does not want it to turn into a mecca for supporters.

George Michael's sister Melanie Panayiotou will be buried alongside her mother's grave and her brother's unmarked plot

George Michael’s sister Melanie Panayiotou will be buried along with her mother’s grave and her brother’s unmarked plot

They explained to the Daily Star Sunday: ‘George however does not have a headstone a few decades right after his dying, and it’s heading to stay that way.

‘Now that they will also have to go to the household plot to mourn Melanie, they really do not want to be wading via admirers and their tributes just to pay out regard to the increasing amount of their tragic loved kinds.’

The spouse and children has already had to deal with overzealous fans crowding outside the house his household and leaving flowers and memorabilia, turning it into a shrine.

They have paid out for added safety at his grave and even feared grave robbers.



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Prime Minister launches task force to talk tough on trade with Brussels as Brexit D-Day looms 


Boris Johnson has signalled his perseverance to face down Brussels in 2020’s crunch article-Brexit talks

Boris Johnson has signalled his resolve to encounter down Brussels in 2020’s crunch put up-Brexit talks by location up a new Downing Street device to spearhead negotiations.

The institution of Taskforce Europe is at the leading of the ‘to do’ checklist becoming drafted by Mr Johnson from the beach locations of Mustique exactly where he is expending the New Yr as he prepares for Brexit up coming month and – he has promised – a trade deal with the EU by December.

Also large on Mr Johnson’s checklist are a Budget which could lead to a hike in Cash Gains Tax, a radical reorganisation of Whitehall departments and a mass Cabinet cull expected to lead to Michael Gove currently being supplied all round charge of world trade talks.

The new taskforce, which will be headed by the Key Minister’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost and is supposed to be operational by Brexit Day on January 31, comes as new EU Fee president Ursula von der Leyen questioned Mr Johnson’s timeframe for putting a deal by the finish of up coming year.

The establishment of Taskforce Europe is at the top of the 'to do' list being drafted by Mr Johnson from the beaches of Mustique (pictured) where he is spending the New Year

The establishment of Taskforce Europe is at the top rated of the ‘to do’ record staying drafted by Mr Johnson from the seashores of Mustique (pictured) in which he is investing the New Year

Ms von der Leyen set the fractious tone for the coming months by indicating this weekend that she was ‘very worried’ by Mr Johnson’s timeframe for trade talks and instructed that the Brexit ‘transition’ time period – which would see Britain locked inside the one industry and customs union – could be extended right until 2023.

‘We should really severely check with ourselves if all these negotiations are doable in these kinds of a shorter time,’ she said. ‘I assume it would be affordable to choose stock mid-year and, if vital, agree on an extension.’

A Government source claimed Mr Frost’s device, which will be based mostly in No 10, would be concentrated on hitting Mr Johnson’s conclusion-of- year deadline.

Also high on Mr Johnson's list are a Budget which could lead to a hike in Capital Gains Tax and a mass Cabinet cull expected to lead to Michael Gove (pictured) being given overall charge of global trade talks

Also significant on Mr Johnson’s listing are a Finances which could lead to a hike in Money Gains Tax and a mass Cupboard cull envisioned to lead to Michael Gove (pictured) staying given in general demand of world trade talks

‘In 2020, we will go forward to build a foreseeable future relationship and cost-free trade arrangement with the EU,’ the resource explained.

‘Following the Election, the Federal government has a distinct and renewed mandate to realize this. We want our new relationship to be based on an formidable free trade settlement and a near friendship among sovereign equals.’

And Govt resources put Ms von der Leyen’s reviews down to ‘tactics and bluster’, suggesting that any ‘genuinely held fears about timing’ ought to have been aired by the EU when Mr Johnson solid his new Brussels deal in the autumn. 

But talking to the French newspaper Les Echos, the EU main also prompted alarm amongst Eurosceptic Tory MPs by indicating that the British isles will have to continue to be aligned with EU trade criteria as portion of the new offer.

She explained: ‘If we want to reward from the prosperity of the solitary market place, to entry it without the need of obstacles or customs responsibilities, we have to all accept its typical rules and values. Usually, the two parties should concur on the barriers to be set in area.’

Meanwhile, Ministers panic Mr Johnson could sack up to a 3rd of his Cupboard in his submit-Brexit ‘St Valentine’s Day Massacre’ reshuffle. 

Flamboyant Lawyer Standard Geoffrey Cox and Organization Secretary Andrea Leadsom are tipped for the chop, though Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak and Stability Minister Brandon Lewis are most likely to be part of Mr Gove on the advertising list.

As reported in final week’s Mail on Sunday, Mr Johnson’s influential adviser Dominic Cummings is powering strategies to strip handle of prisons, probation and sentencing from the Justice Office, handing it instead to Dwelling Secretary Priti Patel – and at the very same time eradicating immigration from the Residence Business and placing it in a stand-by yourself section.

Flamboyant Attorney General Geoffrey Cox (pictured) and Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom are tipped for the chop

Flamboyant Lawyer Standard Geoffrey Cox (pictured) and Company Secretary Andrea Leadsom are tipped for the chop

This newspaper has also figured out that Mr Cummings is learning designs to redefine what Britain’s large £14 billion overseas aid price range can be used on. 

Underneath the UK’s lawfully binding dedication to devote .7 for each cent of the nation’s GDP to global charity, that shelling out is at present certain by stringent Abroad Growth Help definitions.

It is comprehended that a ‘new British typical of assist spending’ has been underneath thought that could see the spending plan shared additional greatly across Whitehall, including with the Ministry of Defence.

These a shift could even see some help shelling out rely toward Britain’s Nato commitment to dedicate two for every cent of GDP to defence.

A person Cupboard resource reported: ‘It’s our funds and it is up to us how we expend it.’

International assist and the role of DFID (the Department for Global Improvement) are established to be key sections of a assessment into Britain’s standing in the globe led by Professor John Bew.

Nonetheless, Downing Avenue has been warned that the full abolition of Dfid would spark a major backlash from officials and the charity sector.

Awareness is also turning to March’s Finances, with Treasury insiders warning that a slew of Election pledges manufactured by the Tories will have to be funded by tax modifications. However, the Tory manifesto prohibits rises in revenue tax, Nationwide Insurance policy and VAT.

Rather, is recognized a hike in Money Gains Tax has been mooted by Treasury officials. At the moment, the tax on the revenue from the sale of 2nd houses is set at 28 for each cent, with tax on the earnings on the sale of other funds assets set at 20 per cent.

The Mail on Sunday also understands that Entrepreneurs’ Reduction – which sees organization creators shell out only ten for each cent tax when they market their business – could be scrapped.

Last evening, a Treasury official dismissed the statements as speculation and warned that no last choices on the Price range had been designed.



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