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Judge Denies Prince Andrew’s Motion to Dismiss Sexual Assault Lawsuit

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A federal judge in New York has said Virginia Giuffre’s civil case claiming Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her can continue, denying a motion for dismissal Andrew’s defense team argued Jan. 4 in court. Judge Lewis Kaplan of New York’s Southern District said Wednesday in his opinion that the language in a 2009 settlement between Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein was ambiguous about whether it released Andrew from legal action by Giuffre, and the case against Andrew could continue.

The settlement agreement said that Epstein and his lawyers, employees, and other close associates could not be sued by Giuffre, and neither could “any other person or entity who could have been included as a potential defendant.” The judge zeroed in on that language, deciding it could be interpreted in at least two different ways and noting that if the contract had been written more clearly, this debate could be resolved, but as it was written the phrase is “far from self evident.”

The judge also stated that Giuffre’s claims of battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress were legally sound based on her descriptions of forced sexual contact in the complaint against Andrew. He also ruled that the defense’s argument against the constitutionality of the Covid-driven deadline extension on the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue in New York was without merit. “With or without a global pandemic, New York’s modest two-year revival window was a reasonable measure for remedying injustice to victims without treading upon the State Constitution’s due process clause,” Kaplan said.

Andrew’s defense had also argued that Giuffre should be required to make more specific allegations before the case moves ahead. Kaplan denied this request, as well, noting that the law only entitles someone to more clarity when a claim is so vague or ambiguous that the defendant can’t prepare a response. “Ms. Giuffre’s complaint is neither ‘unintelligible’ nor ‘vague’ nor ‘ambiguous,’” he said, quoting the relevant case law. “It alleges discrete incidence of sexual abuse in particular circumstances at three identifiable locations. It identifies to whom it attributes that sexual abuse.” Andrew’s team will get more detail in discovery, he added, and denied all aspects of the defense’s motion for dismissal.

Giuffre’s 2021 lawsuit claims Epstein trafficked Giuffre to his longtime friend Andrew for sex when she was 17, and that she received “express or implied threats” from Epstein, Maxwell, and/or Andrew to perform sexual acts with the royal. 

Released to the public early this year, the 2009 settlement documented that Epstein had paid Giuffre $500,000 to dismiss her claim that he had sexually abused her when she was a teenager and had forced her to have sex with his powerful friends. It included no admission of guilt on Epstein’s part and bound Giuffre to confidentiality about the payment. It also released Epstein and some of his associates from further legal action by Giuffre.

Since the sex-trafficking conviction of Epstein’s former girlfriend and employee Ghislaine Maxwell — and since Epstein died by suicide in federal custody in 2019 — Giuffre’s case against Andrew has risen to public prominence as a next step toward justice for victims of the sex-trafficking ring led by Epstein. After it was revealed a juror may have withheld information about a history of sexual abuse during jury selection, Maxwell’s defense team has requested a new trial. Their motion is due on Jan. 19.

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How Emma Stone Reacted After Andrew Garfield Lied About His Spider-Man Return

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Andrew Garfield Says Emma Stone Is the “Greatest”

Andrew Garfield had Emma Stone‘s Spidey senses tingling.

The Amazing Spider-Man actor recently revealed that he lied to his former co-star about his appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

As fans may know by now, Garfield and Spider-Man alum Tobey Maguire teamed up with current Peter Parker Tom Holland in the 2021 film. However, leading up to the movie’s release, the stars were very tight-lipped about their surprise cameos. In fact, Garfield wouldn’t even tell Stone, who played Gwen Stacy in the Amazing Spider-Man films. 

“Emma kept on texting me,” Garfield, who dated Stone for four years, recalled on Josh Horowitz‘s Happy Sad Confused podcast. “She was like, ‘Are you in this new Spider-Man film?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.'”

“She was like, ‘Shut up, just tell me!'” Garfield continued, laughing as he told Horowitz he kept up the bit until the film’s release.

So, when the movie came out in December, how did Stone react to Garfield’s lie? As he told Horowitz, “She saw it and she was like, ‘You’re a jerk.'”

Though they’ve both moved on romantically, it seem as though Stone, 33, and Garfield, 38, are still friends following their breakup in 2015.

At the time, a source told E! News, “There is definitely still love for each other there. They remain close and are on good terms.”

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And that sentiment has continued over the years. In a 2016 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Garfield named Stone as the one actor or actress he’d have with him on a desert island. “She’s all right,” he told the outlet. “She can come.”

— Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz) January 17, 2022

That same year, in an interview with Vogue, Stone described Garfield as, “Someone I still love very much.”

And in late 2021, the Tick, Tick… Boom! actor couldn’t help but gush to Variety about his time on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man films, calling the experience “beautiful.”

Spider-Man: No Way Home is in theaters now.

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Ulta Skincare Deals Starting at $11: Save 50% Mario Badescu and Peach & Lily Today Only

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ECOMM, Ulta Love Your Skin Event Day 16

We independently selected these deals and products because we love them, and we think you might like them at these prices. E! has affiliate relationships, so we may get a commission if you purchase something through our links. Items are sold by the retailer, not E!. Prices are accurate as of publish time.

If one of your 2022 goals is to take better care of your skin, this is the perfect time to switch up your skincare routine and actually stick to it thanks to Ulta. Ulta’s Love Your Skin Event is here, which means you can save 50% on highly effective, top-selling skincare products. Every day of the sale has different deals for you to shop, so if something strikes your interest, add it to your cart ASAP. 

You can get amazing products for 50% off, but there’s just one problem: these deals only last for 24 hours. If you see a product you’ve been dying to try or if you just want to stock up on your favorites, this is the best time to shop.

Today, you can get major deals (starting at $11) on products from Mario Badescu and Peach & Lily.

Mario Badescu Grab and Go Travel Set- 2 Items

Get clear, glowing skin with these must-have products from Mario Badescu. This set includes the iconic Drying Lotion, which is just what you need to clear up surface blemishes. Just dip a cotton swab into the bottle and dab directly onto your pimple. Bring this facial spray everywhere you go. It’s a multi-tasking item that boosts hydrates, sets makeup, and refreshes your skin. Another great reason to nab this on-the-go set is that it’s TSA-approved for travel.

Recently, Vanderpump Rules stars Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval recommended this spray. Their co-star Lala Kent told E! that she keeps this in her bag

An Ulta shopper said, “The drying lotion is the very best spot treatment for blemishes! It absolutely does magic overnight to make things disappear. Highly recommend!” A fan of the set shared, “I use this combo to combat my maskne from wearing a mask 40hrs per week at work. I spray my face with the toner periodically to freshen up from wearing my mask all day. The spot treatment is great at clearing the breakouts fast!”

Peach & Lily Glass Skin Water Gel Moisturizer

This is what you need to hydrate the skin and create a long-lasting, radiant glow. Bottom line: if you want the healthiest skin of your life, add this moisturizer to your routine.

Ulta shoppers love this one that many of them wrote paragraphs praising the moisturizer as a skin-saving, “holy grail” product. One declared, “I will never give this moisturizer up! I’ve been using it year round and it has taken my skin to the next delicious level. Don’t miss out on the goodness!”

Peach & Lily Super Reboot Resurfacing Mask

This miraculous mask instantly exfoliates, resurfaces, and re-texturizes your skin. This pro-level, wash-off mask unclogs pores in addition to addressing rough patches, bumps, and wrinkles. Add this into your routine and you will have a brighter, smoother complexion.

Many Ulta shoppers called this a “holy grail” product, praising this as “the best and most powerful mask with NO REDNESS.”

Another customer said, “I never leave comments but this is long overdue. I’m on my third jar and I will keep repurchasing. I would use once a week to prevent my skin to looking dull. Put it on at nightly and you’ll wake up glowing. This is the closest thing to a magic. Sunset and hyperpigmentation diminished in just one use. I have acne prone sensitive oily skin and this doesn’t make me break out. Just buy it, you won’t regret it!”

If you want the softest, clearest skin of your life, check out this miraculous face mask.

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Pete Davidson Reportedly Beefs Up Security Following Kanye’s “Eazy” Diss

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Kanye is in the news pretty much every day now due to his seemingly turbulent relationship with his soon to be ex-wife Kim Kardashian. Ye recently took shots at Kims new boyfriend, Pete Davidson, on his latest track with the game “Eazy.”

In the song, Kanye raps: “God saved me from that crash/Just so I could beat Pete Davidson’s ass.”

Julia Fox participated in “EAZY” it is in particular her that we hear saying “WHO?” after Kanye said “God saved me from the accident, just so I could beat Pete Davidson’s ass” ✅ pic.twitter.com/hK8YW4A6ul

— Donda Times (@dondatimes) January 15, 2022

It seems as if Pete Davidson isn’t taking Ye’s bars lightly. Apparently he has hired more security just in case Kanye wants to make good on his promise.

Actually, according to Rap Radar, friends of Pete Davidson said he’s not worried about Kanye, he’s worried about Kanye fans, and thats why he’s beefed up his security.

“Pete isn’t worried about Kanye, but he is concerned about the massive fanbase that Kanye has. His devoted followers listen to his songs and act upon them. That’s why Pete is now using security,” sources told Rap Radar.

Sources added that “Until recently Pete never had security with him when he was out and about, even when he was engaged to Ariana Grande. But dating Kim (Kardashian) is a totally different level of fame. Pete is now a superstar, which comes with a price. As much as he still wants to be low-key and hang with his friends, the reality of his situation has changed.”

“Pete isn’t taking any chances. Whenever he is out with Kim, they use her security. But now Pete needs his own security when he is out alone,” one of Pete’s friends said. “He is still Pete, but now Pete comes with a 6’1, 220 lbs security guard.”

Let’s just hope Ye keeps it on wax.

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