British actor Peter Wyngarde, 90, mourned

Peter Wyngarde
Updated 18 January 2018
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British actor Peter Wyngarde, 90, mourned

LONDON: Longtime British television and stage star Peter Wyngarde, best known for his role as the detective Jason King in the 1970s, has died. He was 90.
His manager Thomas Bowington said Thursday the actor died Monday in Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London after an illness that lasted several months.
“His mind was razor sharp until the end,” Bowington said.
“He entertained that whole hospital. He was funny until the end.”
The stylish Wyngarde and the characters he portrayed have been cited by the creators of the “Austin Powers” films as one of the inspirations for the fictional 1960s spy with a flair for flashy outfits and a taste for carousing.
Wyngarde was best known for his sleuthing role in the popular “Department S” television series but played numerous other parts, appearing in shows and movies including “The Avengers,” “The Saint,” “Flash Gordon” and others.
His manager said Wyngarde had not retired from performing and that plans for further stage work and personal appearances had been cut short by his death.
“He was a mentor on everything you can think of, from sports cars to how to make a good cup of tea and how to do a tie and shirt,” Bowington said.
Wyngarde’s father was a diplomat. The actor was born in France and educated in several countries before starting his career in Britain.


Ex-Hollywood executive Weinstein to surrender on sex assault charges

Updated 24 May 2018
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Ex-Hollywood executive Weinstein to surrender on sex assault charges

  • More than 70 women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax studio and The Weinstein Co. of sexual misconduct including rape.
  • The allegations have given rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment.

NEW YORK: Former Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to New York City police on charges of sexual misconduct on Friday, the New York Times reported, citing two unidentified law enforcement officials.
Benjamin Brafman, a lawyer for Weinstein, declined to comment on Thursday’s report.
More than 70 women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax studio and The Weinstein Co. of sexual misconduct including rape, allegations that gave rise to the #MeToo movement in which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, government and entertainment.
Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.