Legendary English actress Joan Collins headed to Dubai Opera

Joan Collins
Updated 06 November 2017
0

Legendary English actress Joan Collins headed to Dubai Opera

JEDDAH: Actress, philanthropist and best-selling author, Joan Collins will grace the Dubai Opera stage in her new show on Dec. 12.
“An Evening with Dame Joan Collins” will see Collins reveal some of the exciting stories and secrets from her long career. The show puts Collins center stage and gives audiences the opportunity to have an intimate chat with the legendary actress. The show takes its lead from the audiences’ questions and allows Collins to explore her career, the roles and the men of her life. The production also features never before seen footage from her career.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II honored the Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominee with an O.B.E. in 1997, making her an Officer of the British Empire.
Collins has appeared in more than 65 feature films and dozens of television series, including the role of Alexis Carrington on Dynasty, one of the most highly watched television dramas of all time. Her novels and memoirs have sold over 50 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 30 languages.
She is recognized around the world as a fashion maven of timeless beauty, and is a regular diarist for The Spectator and a contributor to The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Times and Harper’s Bazaar.
On stage, Collins has performed on Broadway, the West End, and in national tours in the UK and North America. On the humanitarian front, Joan Collins is devoted to the well-being of women, children and families, and regularly lends her support and celebrity to causes that include finding a cure for breast cancer and empowering children with learning disabilities.
Collins received a damehood for her services to charity in the 2015 New Year’s Honors List.
Tickets for “An Evening with Joan Collins” are priced at 295 dirhams ($80) and are available on Dubai Opera’s website.


US surgeon, girlfriend charged with rape, ‘hundreds’ of victims possible

This combination of photos created on September 18, 2018 shows Grant William Robicheaux (L) and Cerissa Laura Riley (R) in mug shots photos released by the Orange County District Attorney's Office, California. (AFP)
Updated 19 September 2018
0

US surgeon, girlfriend charged with rape, ‘hundreds’ of victims possible

  • Robicheaux and Riley are believed to have worked in tandem at restaurants and bars to identify their victims and make them feel comfortable
  • “Your conscious decisions to party with these defendants... does not give them a pass to rape, assault or have sex with you once you’re past the point of consent”

LOS ANGELES: An orthopedic surgeon in California who once appeared on a dating reality show and his girlfriend have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, in a case prosecutors suspect might involve hundreds of other victims.
Authorities told AFP on Tuesday they had received dozens of leads in the probe, just hours after a press conference held to try to encourage other women to come forward.
“I am being told by investigators that their phones have been very active this afternoon,” said Michelle Van Der Linden, a spokeswoman for Orange County prosecutors.
“People are calling with additional information and we will be busy tracking down all the additional leads.”
The surgeon, 38-year-old Grant William Robicheaux, and his 31-year-old girlfriend, Cerissa Laura Riley, were charged on September 11 with rape as well as drug and weapons-related offenses in connection with two alleged assaults.
But investigators found hundreds of videos on Robicheaux’s phone after he was arrested, showing women “in various states of undress, consciousness and being assaulted,” Van Der Linden said. “We’re still going through those videos.”
Robicheaux — who once appeared on the Bravo television show “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male” — and Riley are due to be arraigned on October 25.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told reporters that Robicheaux and Riley are believed to have worked in tandem at restaurants and bars to identify their victims and make them feel comfortable.
“We believe the defendants used their good looks and charm to lower the inhibitions of their potential prey,” Rackauckas said.
“We’ve all heard of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Well, a wolf can wear scrubs or doctor’s clothing. Or a wolf can be a beautiful woman.”
The pair apparently used ecstasy, date rape drugs and cocaine to incapacitate their victims before assaulting them at Robicheaux’s home in Newport Beach, he said.
Authorities say Robicheaux and Riley traveled to various festivals since 2015, including Burning Man in Nevada, as well as landmarks in Arizona, where they may have preyed on other women.
Attorneys for Robicheaux and Riley issued a joint statement on Tuesday, denying the charges.
“They have been aware of these accusations for a number of months, and each of them will formally deny the truth of these allegations at their first opportunity in court,” said Robicheaux’s lawyer, Philip Cohen, and Riley’s lawyer, Scott Borthwick.
“Dr. Robicheaux and Ms Riley believe that such allegations do a disservice to, and dangerously undermine, the true victims of sexual assault, and they are eager to have the proper spotlight shed on this case in a public trial,” they added.
“It must be noted that none of the allegations in this matter relate to or concern Dr. Robicheaux’s medical practice or patients in any way.”
If convicted, Robicheaux faces up to 40 years in prison. Riley could face 30 years behind bars.
Rackauckas said potential victims of the pair should not be ashamed to come forward.
“Your conscious decisions to party with these defendants... does not give them a pass to rape, assault or have sex with you once you’re past the point of consent,” he said.