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The Netflix series House of Cards has announced it will suspend production following sexual assault allegations against actor Kevin Spacey.

Spacey, who stars in the political drama, has been accused of making sexual advances to a 14-year-old boy.

The show had already said it would end after this season, but now say they will permanently “suspend production”.

The Old Vic theatre in London where Spacey worked for 11 years say they are “deeply dismayed” by the allegations.

The 200-year-old theatre has set up a confidential complaints process for anyone connected to the Old Vic to come forward.

The Old Vic said in a statement: “We aim to foster a safe and supportive environment without prejudice, harassment or bullying of any sort, at any level.”

Special Emmy award for Spacey withdrawn

The decision to end House of Cards was announced in a joint statement by Netflix and Media Rights Capital (MRC), a production company that makes the series.

“MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on House of Cards season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.”

The announcement comes after Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp on Sunday accused Spacey of inappropriately touching him when he was 14 years old.

Spacey, who is also executive director of House of Cards, said he owed Rapp, now 46, a “sincere apology” for what he said would have been “deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour”.

Spacey also announced that he was now living “as a gay man”, but the Oscar-winning actor has been widely criticised for choosing this moment to come out.

Why are people angry about Kevin Spacey coming out?

On Monday, producers said the show would end after its sixth season, which they recently began filming at a studio near Baltimore.

A Netflix representative said the decision to end the series in 2018 had been made months ago.

According to Variety magazine, producers are considering a spin-off series.

House of Cards, which is based on a BBC programme, first debuted in 2013.

The first season garnered nine Emmy nominations, becoming the first online streaming series to win such mainstream accolades.

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A historic pier in East Sussex that was devastated by fire in 2010 has won a prestigious architecture award after a multi-million pound redevelopment.

Hastings Pier, which reopened in April 2016, beat five other buildings to the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Stirling Prize.

Now in its 22nd year, it is presented annually to the UK’s best new building.

Riba president Ben Derbyshire described the “stunning, flexible new pier” as “a masterpiece of regeneration”.

He also praised Hastings’ locals for finding 3,000 shareholders to buy £100 stakes in “the people’s pier”.

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The redevelopment took more than two years

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It cost £14.2m to restore the pier

Other buildings shortlisted for this year’s prize included the new City Campus at the City of Glasgow College and the Barrett’s Grove housing scheme in north London.

Originally built in 1872, Hastings Pier was judged Pier of the Year in April following its £14.2m restoration.

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The original pier closed in 2008 and was ravaged by fire in 2010

The redevelopment took more than two years and saw the pier’s former pavilion turned into a restaurant and bar.

The rebuilt pier was designed by dRMM Architects, a London-based firm named after founders Alex de Rijke, Philip Marsh and Sadie Morgan.

Accepting the prize, de Rijke praised the other nominees, saying: “You’ve all done fine buildings, but it seems that this year what really captured the imaginations was not doing one – in favour of making public space.”

‘Inspiration’

The Stirling Prize judges praised the company for going “above and beyond” in its “campaigning, galvanising and organising [of] local support”.

They also praised the timber-clad structure “for its remarkable use of sustainable materials” and said that councils “should take inspiration” from the project.

This year’s judges included BBC journalist Evan Davis and Peter St John of Caruso St John Architects.

The latter designed Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, winner of last year’s Riba Stirling Prize.

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Kate, Steven and Sophie did battle in the Bake Off final

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This year’s Great British Bake Off winner has been revealed on Channel 4 – 11 hours after judge Prue Leith accidentally let it slip on Twitter.

Sophie Faldo triumphed over Kate Lyon and Steven Carter-Bailey in the final after wowing the judges with her seven-layered, honey bee-themed entremet showstopper.

However the outcome had been spoiled for some fans when Prue earlier mistakenly tweeted: “Bravo Sophie”.

She apologised and explained that she had been confused by the time difference because she was in Bhutan.

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Sophie described her victory as “pretty mega” and “beyond anything I’d thought or dreamed of”.

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Sophie’s recipe for success

After 10 weeks, the contest all came down to the showstoppers after the first two rounds of the final were pretty close.

The entremet – a fiendish multi-layered creation using at least five elements – was “the most unforgiving showstopper in Bake Off history”, we were told.

Sophie’s was titled “ode to the honey bee” and was described as “amazing” by Prue, who complimented her choice of flavours.

“Lemon and lavender has got to be THE new taste”, she declared.

Before that, Sophie had been sandwiched between Steven and Kate when the signature and technical rounds were judged.

In the signature, her 12 small loaves were passable enough – even if Paul reckoned her ciabatta looked more like naan bread. And in the technical, she came second with her ginger biscuits.

The only thing that fell totally flat – literally – was the yoga pose she attempted on the kitchen floor.

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No icing on the cake for Kate

Kate impressed in the signature and showstopper but the fact she didn’t have time to finish icing her biscuits in the technical might have cost her the title.

However it did save her from having to cartwheel naked through the tent, as she promised Noel she would if she won.

Her mini loaves were the most impressive in the first round, with her coconut kala chana tasting “divine”, according to Paul, who said he might copy her filling.

And her striking white chocolate, yuzu and lychee entremet showstopper was “a little stroke of genius”, according to Prue.

“I’d eat that all day,” Paul drooled.

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Steven has bad timing again

After looking like he might run away with the contest early in the series, Steven’s final was as uneven as a badly-baked Battenberg.

In the signature, his roasted garlic and fontina loaves tasted “disappointing”, Prue said, and Paul said they looked awful. His spelt and rye bread was also underproved.

Steven looked like he had turned things around with the ginger biscuits in the technical, which were iced and shaped more impressively than his rivals’.

But his yin and yang showstopper, featuring 14 elements, proved too testing. He tried to stay calm, taking time out to do deep breathing and have his brow mopped by Sandi Toksvig.

But it wasn’t enough to get him back on track. The way the layers bled into each other “upset” Paul, who added: “This all comes down to timing – as I’ve said before.”

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Netflix has pulled the plug on House of Cards, a day after its lead actor Kevin Spacey was accused of sexually harassing a teenage boy.

The media streaming company said it was “deeply troubled” by the allegation, made by the actor Anthony Rapp.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Rapp alleged Spacey tried to seduce him when he was 14, after a party in 1986.

Spacey said he was “beyond horrified” to hear the story but did not remember the encounter.

Kevin Spacey said he owed Anthony Rapp a “sincere apology” for what he said would have been “deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour”.

Spacey also announced that he was now living “as a gay man” but the Oscar winning actor has been widely criticised for choosing this moment to come out.

Gay rights activists have said linking his sexuality to an apology over allegations of sexual harassment was harmful to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community.

In House of Cards, Kevin Spacey plays the ruthless American politician Frank Underwood. The drama has been widely acclaimed and filming is currently on the sixth series.

While Netflix has said it will be the last, several reports have suggested that the producers had decided to end the series well before the allegation emerged.

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Kate, Steven and Sophie will do battle in the Bake Off final

This year’s Great British Bake Off reaches its climax later, with three bakers left to do battle for the prize.

Whoever wins, perhaps the biggest winners will be Channel 4 and the new line-up of presenters and judges, who have won over doubters after the show’s move from BBC One.

So far, around nine million people have tuned in to each episode – down on BBC One’s figures, but great by Channel 4 standards.

If the final attracts more than 10 million, it will be the most-watched show on Channel 4 since 1995.

Here’s a closer look at the last bakers standing:

Steven Carter-Bailey

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The marketing professional looked like he would run away with the contest in the early weeks, but his spectacular creations have been peppered with some conspicuous slip-ups. Which side of Steven will we see in the final?

Highlight: His intricate biscuit chessboard in week two helped earn him the star baker title for the second week out of two. He also went on to gain the accolade once more during the series. It was almost too good – leading some people to suspect he had secret professional baking experience.

Biggest disaster: His meringue hot-air balloon failed to hit the heights in the semi-final – the layers of coloured meringue cracked under the weight and the chocolate basket melted. “Just looking at that, I would think it was a tree,” Prue said. “A psychedelic tree,” Noel chipped in.

Sophie Faldo

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An ever-calm former Royal Artillery officer and trainee stuntwoman, Sophie’s been the most consistent performer – star baker twice and never really in danger of being booted out of the tent. Probably the favourite to win.

Highlight: The flawless raspberry, yuzu and white chocolate buche trifle terrine in pudding week earned rave reviews and a star baker title. Paul remarked: “If you walked into a Michelin-starred restaurant and had that, you wouldn’t argue.”

Biggest disaster: The closest she’s come to disaster was probably with her Jaffa millionaire shortbreads in caramel week, when she ran out of time and some of her creations collapsed. “They look hideous,” Paul chided, before offering consolation: “But they taste amazing.”

Kate Lyon

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The health and safety inspector from Merseyside – a blacksmith, furniture restorer and yoga enthusiast in her spare time – has had a rollercoaster ride, narrowly surviving on a few occasions while pulling off some triumphs on others. She must be the outsider to win.

Highlight: Her sticky toffee apple caramel cake in week four, topped with its explosion of coloured spun sugar fireworks, was a work of art. And it tasted good – Prue even asked her for the recipe, saying: “I have got to know how to make that cake.”

Biggest disaster: “I’ve just chopped the end of my finger off… on the fan” the 29-year-old exclaimed in Italian week. After being treated by medics, she was able to continue but things didn’t get much better – her pizza dough fell apart as she put it in the oven. She wanted to put it in the bin instead of on the table to be judged – and probably should have done, given how unimpressed Paul was by the still-raw dough.

The Great British Bake Off final is at 20:00 GMT on Tuesday.

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Mihaela took these photographs in Kathmandu in Nepal (left) and Reykjavik, Iceland

“Go to Google Images right now,” says photographer Mihaela Noroc, “and search ‘beautiful women’.”

I do as she tells me. Millions of results come back.

“What do you see?” she asks. “Very sexualised images, right?”

Yes. Many of the women in the top pictures are wearing high heels and revealing clothes, and most fit into the same physical mould – young, slim, blonde, perfect skin.

“So beauty all the time is like that,” Mihaela says. “Objectifying women, treating them in a very sexualised way, which is unfortunate.

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L-R: Portraits taken in Germany, Italy and France

“Women are not like that. We have our stories, our struggles, our power, but we just need to be represented, because young women, they see only images like this every day, so they need to have more confidence that they can look the way they look and be considered beautiful.

“But,” she adds, “Google is us, because we are all influencing these images.”

Mihaela has just released her first photography book, Atlas of Beauty, which features 500 of her own portraits of women.

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Pushkar, India: “I was happy to see women have joined public forces all over the world”

The Romanian photographer’s definition of beauty, however, appears to be that there is no definition. The women are a variety of ages, professions and backgrounds.

“People are interested in my pictures because they portray people around us, everyday people around the street,” Mihaela explains.

“Usually when we talk about beauty and women, we have this very high, unachievable way of portraying them.

“So my pictures are very natural and simple. And this is, weirdly, a surprise. Because usually we are not seen like that.”

Each of the book’s 500 portraits has a caption with information about where it was taken, and, in many cases, the subject.

The locations are varied, to put it mildly. They include Nepal, Tibet, Ethiopia, Italy, North Korea, Germany, Mexico, India, Afghanistan, the UK, the US, and the Amazon rainforest.

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Mihaela took these photographs in Colombia (left) and Milan, Italy

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Captain Berenice Torres is a helicopter pilot for the Mexican Federal Police

Some locations, however, proved more problematic than others.

“I approach women I want to photograph on the street. I explain what my project is about. Sometimes I get yes as an answer, sometimes I get no, that really depends on the country I’m in,” she explains.

“When you go to a more conservative society, a woman is going to have a lot of pressure from society to be a certain way, and her day-to-day life is carefully watched by somebody else.

“So she’s not going to accept being photographed very easily, maybe she’s going to need permission from the male part of her family.

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Sisters Abby and Angela were photographed in New York

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A guide at a military museum in Pyongyang, North Korea

“In other parts of the world they are extremely careful because there might be issues concerning their safety, like in Colombia. Because they had Pablo Escobar and the mafia for so many years.

“So they say ‘OK, so you’re going to take my picture but I’m probably going to be kidnapped after that because you’re part of the mafia and you’re not who you’re saying you are’.”

She adds: “If somebody were to start this project just with men, it would be much easier, because they don’t have to ask permission from their wives, sisters or mothers.”

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Left: Pokhara, Nepal. Right: “This is what shopping looks like for many people around the world,” Mihaela says of her portrait taken in Nampan, Myanmar

Mihaela says she occasionally puts pictures through Photoshop, but not for the reasons you might think.

“When you take a picture, it’s usually raw, and that means it’s very blank, like a painting, you don’t have the colours you had in the reality.

“So I try to make it as vibrant and colourful as it was in the original place. But I’m not making anyone skinnier or anything like that, never, because that’s very painful.

“Because I also suffered as a woman growing up from all kinds of difficulties, I wanted to be skinnier, look a certain way, and that was also related to the fake images I saw in day-to-day life.”

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Idomeni Refugee Camp, Greece: This woman and her daughters fled the war in Syria

It’s safe to say Mihaela’s photography book is quite different tonally to, say, Kim Kardashian’s 2015 book of selfies.

“These days, the bloggers, the famous people of our planet have set this unachievable and fake beauty standard, and it’s very difficult for us as women to relate to that,” she says.

“Kim Kardashian has 100 million followers on her Instagram page and I have 200,000, so imagine the difference – it’s astonishing. But slowly, slowly, I think the message of natural and simple beauty will be spread around the world.”

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L-R: Portraits taken at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Omo Valley in Ethiopia and Delphi, Greece

So what’s the best piece of advice Mihaela could give to anyone keen to get into photography? Buy a good quality camera? Learn about lenses and angles?

Not exactly.

“Buy good shoes,” she laughs, “because you’re going to walk and explore a lot.”

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Lisa was backpacking through Berlin when Mihaela met her


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James Toback said the stories were “nauseating and disgusting” and “pathetic lies”

Hollywood film-maker James Toback unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade about “lying” women who accused him of sexual harassment, it has been revealed.

The Oscar-nominated writer and director has been accused of unwanted advances and sexual acts by more than 200 women.

But before the vast majority of them went public, he spoke to Rolling Stone.

In the interview, published on Friday, he said he would “spit in” the face of anyone who suggested he behaved inappropriately towards actresses.

Many of the women who have come forward have claimed he approached them, saying he would like to cast them in his films, before making unwanted advances and engaging in sexual behaviour.

Speaking to Rolling Stone’s Hillel Aron on 17 October, he said claims that he offered people film parts and wanted anything in exchange were “nauseating and disgusting” and “pathetic lies”.

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James Toback said women were “ganging up” to accuse him

Asked whether he approached women before turning the conversation to sex, he replied: “I don’t want to get a pat on the back, but I’ve struggled seriously to make movies with very little money, that I write, that I direct, that mean my life to me.

“The idea that I would offer a part to anyone for any other reason than that he or she was gonna be the best of anyone I could find is so disgusting to me.”

He said anyone who claimed otherwise was “lying,” calling them offensive names we can’t publish.

He went on: “Anyone who says that, I just want to spit in his or her… face.”

He said he had never heard of one particular woman cited by the interviewer, saying she was telling “a total lie”. When given details of another woman’s account, he said the accusations were “too stupid” and “idiotic”.

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Explaining why a number of women were coming forward with similar stories, he said: “They hear each other. And they gang up.

“There was an article years and years ago with a bunch of anonymous people. People read things… it’s all, you know, me too, me too, me too, me too, me too.”

Five days after the Rolling Stone interview was conducted, the Los Angeles Times published a story in which 38 women accused him of acts including masturbating in front of them and rubbing himself up against them.

He denied the allegations, saying he had never met any of these women or, if he did, it “was for five minutes and have no recollection”. He added that it was “biologically impossible” for him to engage in such behaviour.

A day later, the LA Times said 200 more women had come forward.


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Actress Rose McGowan says she was offered $1m (£760,000) from Harvey Weinstein in exchange for her silence.

McGowan says she turned down the money the day before the New York Times ran an expose on the movie mogul.

She told the paper through her lawyer that someone close to Weinstein said she could have the money if she would sign a non-disclosure agreement.

McGowan is one of several women to accuse Weinstein of rape. He denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.

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The original expose story, published on 5 October, was followed by multiple allegations from dozens of women accusing the Hollywood producer of sexual harassment and assault.

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Weinstein, through a spokeswoman, says he “unequivocally denies allegations of non-consensual sex.”

The New York Times’s original story alleged that McGowan had reached a $100,000 (£76,000) settlement with Weinstein following an incident in a hotel room during the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.

She later accused Weinstein on Twitter of raping her before confirming her allegations to the The Hollywood Reporter.

In this weekend’s New York Times story, McGowan says she learned over the summer that her original $100,000 settlement did not include a confidentiality clause.

It was in late September this year that the $1m offer allegedly came from the Weinstein camp and she spent several days considering it before turning down the deal the day before the New York Times story broke.

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“I had all these people I’m paying telling me to take it so that I could fund my art,” McGowan told the newspaper.

She then said she went back and asked for $6m (£4.5m) but later told her lawyer to pull the offer.

“I figured I could probably have gotten him up to three (million dollars),” she said.

“But I was like – ew, gross, you’re disgusting, I don’t want your money, that would make me feel disgusting.”

Allegations from 1970s

Meanwhile, the New York Times has also reported that allegations dating from the 1970s have surfaced for the first time.

Weinstein was a concert promoter in Buffalo, New York, before moving into the film industry. It was at this time that Hope Exiner d’Amore worked for his company for a few weeks and told the paper he raped her in a hotel.

“I told him no,” she said. “I kept pushing him away. He just wouldn’t listen. He just forced himself on me.”

In another account from the late-70s, actress Cynthia Burr said he tried to kiss her in an elevator before forcing her to perform oral sex on him in a hallway.

“It was just him and me alone,” she said. “I was fearful I didn’t have the wherewithal to get away.”

His spokesperson has said “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied”.

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Kevin Spacey at the European premiere of Baby Driver in London earlier this year

If Kevin Spacey had come out as gay a year ago, the reactions would’ve been very different to those seen on Monday.

For starters, he almost certainly would have been congratulated – a Hollywood A-lister publicly coming out in a world where being gay is considered by many to damage ticket sales.

But the House of Cards actor only came out in the wake of accusations that he made a sexual advance towards a male child actor in 1986.

Anthony Rapp, who was 14 at the time, told BuzzFeed that Spacey invited him to a party and seemed drunk when the alleged incident happened.

The actor apologised in a statement posted on Twitter, writing: “This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life… I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose to now live as a gay man.”

But he’s since been criticised for choosing this moment to come out – and some have accused him of using his sexuality as a shield to deflect the negative publicity the allegations have sparked.

“He doesn’t get a pass just because he’s gay,” says Josh Rivers, the newly-appointed editor of Gay Times.

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Anthony Rapp says the alleged encounter with Kevin Spacey happened in the 1980s

“Alleged predatory behaviour is bad behaviour regardless of your sexuality.

“Kevin Spacey has chosen the incorrect moment to assert his sexuality, particularly in this situation where he’s being accused of something quite egregious.”

Linda Riley, publisher of Diva magazine and co-founder of the British LGBT Awards, says it was “disappointing” that the actor chose this moment to come out, adding: “I felt it was deflecting from the allegations.

“There’s been so many times he could’ve come out in the past and he hasn’t. That’s his choice but he should’ve used this time to own the apology, and so to make it about himself instead was disgusting, basically.”

She adds: “I find this whole statement quite manipulative if I’m honest, he’s tried to acknowledge what he’s done, but used the fact he’s gay as subterfuge.”

But Benjamin Cohen, CEO of PinkNews, points out: “I don’t think Kevin Spacey could’ve done anything but come out [after the allegation was made].

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“But it’s unfortunate he ended up having to come out at the same time as responding to quite serious allegations of inappropriate conduct towards someone who was just 14 at the time.”

“Clearly there’s two stories now,” Cohen continues. “One is ‘Big star Kevin Spacey comes out’, and the other one is ‘Kevin Spacey accused of sexual misconduct in the 1980s”.

“And I think it’s unfortunate that the way he’s responded to that means the two issues are kind of conflated.”

Spacey’s statement, which was published late on Sunday evening, sparked a similar reaction on social media – and not just from the LGBT community.

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Rivers says: “I think the [LGBT] community is understandably upset that he’s managed to conflate these two things, it does seem like a deflection technique.

“There are already people who suggest that homosexuality and paedophilia are linked, and we know they’re not, but this statement doesn’t do anything to rubbish that.”

“Homophobes will use any excuse they’re given, so no it’s not helpful that he’s made it so easy for them to use this against us as a community to kind of reinforce these bigoted views that they have.”

Many have expressed their disappointment that the actor decided against coming out earlier in his career.

“I think it would’ve been a brilliant story,” Cohen says, “particularly because of his current big role in House of Cards.”

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“It would’ve been an interesting opportunity to have someone in a big mainstream US TV show coming out, it would’ve been a very positive thing to do, but obviously that wasn’t what happened.”

Riley thinks if Spacey had come out sooner “he would’ve been lauded”.

“It’s great for LGBT actors to be able to say they’re gay and have it be no big deal. More and more they’re coming out, every day. So I don’t think there would’ve been a huge backlash to his career, there are plenty of successful LGBT actors.”

Instead, Rivers says, he’s now facing a wave of criticism.

“We as a community have become acutely attuned to these types of manipulations and deflections, and we can’t stand for it,” he says.

Riley adds: “So many of us who are LGBT have sacrificed so much in our lives to come out, and it’s been quite a courageous thing to do, so coming out should be associated with an act of courage, not deflection.”


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The X Factor has scrapped the sing off, as it makes major changes to the show’s format.

The shake-up means voters at home will be in control of which contestants leave the show – not the judges.

In previous series, the two performers who got the fewest public votes would have to perform their song again to try to stay in the competition.

Now the contestant with the fewest numbers will leave immediately, which means an end to deadlock as well.

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In the past it was Saturday’s show that would see performances and public votes, while Sunday’s show was all about the sing off and eviction.

Now one contestant will leave each night, voted for by the viewers. The judges will be there to provide critiques, but won’t be able to vote.

The idea is to make sure the most popular acts with the public are the ones who make it through to the final stages of the competition.

Presenter Dermot O’Leary explained some of the changes to the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, including a new prize element.

Demot O'Leary and the X Factor judges

For the first time ever, The X Factor will reveal the winner of each live show. The winner of Saturday’s show and the winner of Sunday’s show will then battle it out in a sing off to win a “money can’t buy prize”.

He said: “It’s just a bit of fun on a Sunday, and whoever wins, wins a prize for that week. There are no other consequences though. Some of the prizes are fantastic.”

Nicole Scherzinger’s overs and Simon Cowell’s groups will perform on Saturday. She has Kevin Davy White, Tracy Leanne Jefford and Matt Linnen.

He has CutKelvins, Rak-Su and Sean and Conor Price.

Grace Davies

Sharon Osbourne’s girls and Louis Walsh’s boys will perform on Sunday. Sam Black, Lloyd Macey and Spencer Sutherland are representing Louis.

Grace Davies, Holly Tandy and Rai-Elle Williams are the girls’ finalists.

Some things haven’t changed though. There are still big live performances from artists.

This weekend will see Liam Payne and Stormzy take to the stage.

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