September 24, 2020

Newspaper headlines: Harvey Weinstein ‘locked up at last’

The Daily Telegraph
Harvey Weinstein dominates Tuesday’s front pages, after the disgraced Hollywood mogul was found guilty of sexual assault on Monday. The Daily Telegraph opted for a striking close-up of the producer, who was convicted in New York of third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act. Meanwhile, the paper’s lead says Britons returning from coronavirus-hit parts of Italy will be told to “self-isolate” by health officials.
The Guardian
The Guardian reports Weinstein faces up to 25 years in prison following the two convictions. The producer – who denied all charges – was cleared of the most serious count of predatory sexual assault.
“Guilty Weinstein is Locked Up at Last” is the Metro’s headline after the jury reached their verdict on Monday morning. At least 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct stretching back decades.
i newspaper
The i newspaper calls the verdict a vindication for the #MeToo movement against harassment, which inspired women to go public with misconduct allegations against powerful men.
Daily Mail
And the Daily Mail says Weinstein expected to be cleared of sex crimes, which its headline calls the “Arrogance of a Monster”. The newspaper leads on a murder investigation in Somerset. It reports that a woman was shot dead on the prime minister’s family estate on Saturday.
The Times
Elsewhere, there are further details on the coronavirus outbreak. The Times says a World Health Organization warning that the Covid-19 virus had “pandemic potential” has wiped £62bn off the value of the UK’s largest companies. It adds that the government is likely to advise anyone who has visited Italy in the past two weeks to stay at home if they have flu-like symptoms, as the country has the highest number of cases in Europe.
Financial Times
The Financial Times reports global markets fell sharply on Monday following a surge of coronavirus cases outside China. The broadsheet says UK stocks had their worst day in five years, with airlines and tour operators among the worst hit.
Daily Mirror
The Daily Mirror carries a claim by a source that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s security costs could increase to £20m per year, following their split from the Royal Family. A statement on the royal couple’s website previously said it was agreed that they “will continue to require effective security to protect them and their son”.
Daily Express
The Daily Express front page says Prime Minister Boris Johnson is aiming for a “clean break” from the EU in upcoming trade talks.
The Daily Star
Finally, the Daily Star reports Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder is feeling “magnificently sexy” after undergoing treatment for hair loss.

Most of Tuesday’s newspapers lead on Harvey Weinstein’s conviction for rape and sexual assault at his landmark trial in New York.

For the Guardian, the “fallen titan of Hollywood” – whose sexual abuse of aspiring young female actors sparked the #MeToo movement – has finally been brought to justice. The i also sees the verdict as vindication for #MeToo campaigners, who welcomed a “new era of justice”.

Metro speaks of the disgraced Hollywood producer being “locked up at last”. Under a headline: “Arrogance of a Monster”, the Daily Mail says Weinstein expected to be cleared – but is now facing up to 25 years in jail.

Weinstein still faces charges in Los Angeles of assaulting two women in 2013.

The Sun reckons that he is likely to die in jail after his trial in New York. It says he faces up to 29 years behind bars, despite continuing to insist he was innocent.

However, the Daily Mirror cautions that the disgraced Hollywood producer could serve as few as five years in prison.

The Financial Times observes that this was a difficult case for prosecutors: the vast majority of incidents that led to allegations against him had either taken place too long ago to be tried in court, while others fell outside New York’s jurisdiction; and some of Weinstein’s accusers had had a complex relationship with him.

Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at court on Monday

Elsewhere, the Daily Telegraph reports that British holidaymakers returning from parts of Italy hit by the coronavirus will be told to “self-isolate” for 14 days if they’re showing potential symptoms of the illness.

But the paper adds that health officials have also discussed whether to escalate these measures further by asking everyone who has visited the affected regions to stay at home for a fortnight; which it says could affect thousands of people.

The main story in the Sun is that the film star, Tom Cruise, is fleeing to Britain from the set of the new Mission: Impossible film in Venice – now deemed a high-risk area, it says.

According to the Guardian, contingency plans being drawn up by the UK government include closing schools in affected areas in the event of a surge in coronavirus cases.

Sources are quoted as saying that more drastic measures such as cutting off local populations – as has happened in some parts of northern Italy – would be considered only as a last resort.

‘Clean break’ Brexit

The Daily Express applauds Boris Johnson for demanding a “clean break” from the European Union at the end of this year.

It speaks of the prime minister laying down the law in upcoming trade talks – and refusing to accept any deal that compromises the UK’s political or economic independence.

The FT says business groups are continuing to push for a deal which keeps Britain as closely aligned with the EU as possible, to minimise barriers to trade.

But the Sun declares that Brussels still doesn’t get it: Downing Street has made it clear that its one “red line” is Britain having full control of its laws – and if that means no trade deal, “so be it”.

Meanwhile, the Times says Britain’s doctors are being told to “stop moaning and get a grip” by their leader.

In an interview with the paper, the chairwoman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Professor Carrie MacEwan, says ministers have now given the NHS a “substantial sum” of money and doctors must stop blaming the government for all its problems; they have a professional duty to make the health service’s 10-year plan work and can no longer “sit on their hands”, she says.

Professor MacEwan suggests that taking more responsibility would improve doctors’ morale as well as care, and warns that failing to do so could result in them being sidelined by the government.

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