Mantenna - Friday, May 14

May 14, 2010

Charlotte Lewis accuses Roman Polanksi of sexual abuse, a German internet user gets fined for being hacked, and NBC kills Law & Order...Mantenna means never having to say you're sorry!

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Actress Alleges Roman Polanksi Sexually Abused Her

Film director Roman Polanksi famously fled the United States in 1978 after being found guilty of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old. Now a British actress is claiming she was sexually abused at 16 by the fugitive film director.  Charlotte Lewis, who starred in the Polanski film Pirates, held a press conference today and said, “He (Roman Polanski) sexually abused me in the worst possible way when I was 16 years old.”  She continued, “Mr. Polanski knew that I was only 16 years old when he met me and forced himself upon me in his apartment in Paris. He took advantage of me and I have lived with the effects of his behavior ever since it occurred. All I want is justice.”  The 42-year-old actress was represented by high profile lawyer Gloria Allred (she represents a slew of Tiger Woods’ mistresses) Allred believes if Lewis’ allegation “are accepted” then they should be taken into account when, and if, Polanski is ever brought to justice in the United States. Currently Polanski is under house arrest in Switzerland awaiting a decision on whether he will be extradited to the US to face sentencing. [Radar Online]

Jonathan Rhys Meyer Banned from United Airlines

British actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been banned from flying United Airlines after getting wasted. The actor was on an early morning flight from New York to Los Angeles and decided to get his early morning drink on. The Tudors star was reportedly seen “pounding drinks in the first class lounge” like there was no tomorrow. The 32-year-old was seen “becoming increasingly drunk and disorderly.” When Rhys Meyers attempted to board his plane he “was prohibited from flying due to "belligerent" and "disruptive" behavior that "was getting out of control." This is not the first time Rhys Meyers has been naughty in an airport. Last year he was detained in a French airport for assaulting an airport employee and in 2008 he was arrested in a Dublin airport for public drunkenness. Word of warning: Don’t drink and fly, buddy! [OK Magazine]

NBC Kills Law & Order

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NBC has canceled Law & Order and cast and crew were informed of the show's end yesterday. The upcoming season of Dick Wolf's show would have been its 21st, but it won’t get the chance to pass up Gunsmoke as the longest-running TV drama series in history now that it got the axe. "Never complain, never explain," Wolf said of the cancelation. Later, dudes. [NYT]

Trying to Relive Those High School Glory Days Sometimes Ends with Sexual Assault Charges

A 22-year-old Texas man has been charged with sexual assault after sleeping with his high school freshman girlfriend. In all fairness, the gentleman was posing as a varsity basketball star and enrolled in school, so it was basically just like that Drew Barrymore movie "Never Been Kissed" but with more below-the-belt action. It seems as though the young man may go to prison, but no official word has been given as to whether or not he will be participating in the school's pep rally next weekend. [ESPN]

German Internet User Fined for Being Hacked

A German citizen was sued for copyright infringement because copyrighted material was downloaded through his network while he was on vacation. Although the court did not find him guilty of copyright infringement, he was fined for not having password-protected his network: 'Private users are obligated to check whether their wireless connection is adequately secured to the danger of unauthorized third parties abusing it to commit copyright violation,' the court said. [MSNBC]

Study Finds Hackers Can Remotely Disable New Cars

A team of researchers at the University of Washington and the University of California San Diego have determined that, with physical access to your car's ECU, a hacker  could "adversarially control a wide range of automotive functions and completely ignore driver input -- including disabling the brakes, selectively braking individual wheels on demand, stopping the engine, and so on." The team was able to connect a computer to a car's ODB-II port, access that computer wirelessly, and then disable the brakes of the car while driving down the road in a separate vehicle. This just reinforces our preference of a '69 Boss 429 Mustang over a hackable, big-brother-is-watching-you On-Star enabled new cars like the new Camaro, if for no other reason than you're the only one driving it. [Yahoo]

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Thursday, May 13

Wednesday, May 12

Tuesday, May 11

Monday, May 10

Friday, May 7

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