Stone backs Kidman on new President Harris in court for latest trial
AS Australia’s unofficial Los Angeles ambassador, celebrity chef Curtis Stone has a message for anyone panicking about the new US President: give Donald Trump a chance. The laid-back expat Melbourne chef, now a household name in the States as a TV host and owner of two successful Los Angeles restaurants, echoed recent comments from fellow expat Nicole Kidman. She said people should accept the Trump presidency because he was democratically elected. “My granny always taught me you should never talk about religion and politics — and for the first time I probably understand why,” said Stone, who is not a Trump supporter. “We all have opinions on what Trump means, but we won’t really understand until it happens. Much as it is reported in the media, nothing here has changed yet in our day-to-day lives,” he said. “Yes, there are some really unsettled people. But in some ways I really like the fact that we are all talking about it, at least, because if you don’t talk about it then nothing can ever be fixed or changed.” Speaking at his new LA butchery and restaurant called Gwen, on Sunset Strip, Stone was busy last week hosting a stream of Aussie visitors in town for G’Day USA and Australia Day. Stone is one of the more prominent members of LA’s “gumnut mafia” after winning over American audiences with regular appearances on Oprah Winfrey’s longrunning TV talk show. He now co- ROLF Harris has appeared in court at his own trial for the first time, and a verdict is likely next week.
Harris, 86, has pleaded not guilty to six counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault against seven women and girls in London between 1971 and 2004.
For the first three weeks of his trial he has appeared via videolink from Stafford Prison in rural England, where he was hosts an American version of My Kitchen Rules.
“People were saying that the stock market would plummet once Donald Trump took office, yet it’s going through the roof right now,” he added.
“That certainly doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good thing, by the way, it could be a bad thing, but the analysis is tricky,” he said.
Stone said he worried for his two American-born children in a country struggling with deep divisions.
“I think it’s scary, I am not going to lie to you,” he said of the current climate.
In a sign of how ferociously any commentary on Mr Trump is debated, Kidman was slammed recently on social media and had to deny she endorsed the controversial new president. She said on the red carpet while promoting new movie Lion: “So I just say, he’s now elected, and we as a country need to support whoever is the president because that’s what the country’s based on.
“Whatever, however that happened, he’s there, and let’s go. For me, I’m very, very committed to women’s issues.”
She later said her comments were misconstrued. “I was trying to stress that I believe in democracy and the Constitution, it was that simple.” jailed after being convicted in 2014 of indecently assaulting four women and girls.
But with the new trial wrapping up much quicker than the six weeks that were scheduled, he has been moved closer, and is appearing in person in Southwark Crown Court.
The Australian-born entertainer continues to maintain he is innocent of the charges on which he was previously convicted.
The defence yesterday called or read statements from witnesses who had been at the same events where complainants allege Harris had touched them inappropriately.
The witnesses, including veteran English actor Rula Lenska, said they had no knowledge of anything untoward happening.
Curtis Stone inside his new LA butchery and restaurant, Gwen, and (below right) with another Aussie TV star, Larry Emdur, who dropped in on Australia Day . Pictures: GLEN McCURTAYNE
Mr Sayers asked the cop if he was certain the radar gun captured the speed of his vehicle and not an animal, when he appealed his fine.
A Newburyport District Court judge asked Mr Sayers: “You’re not contending the radar picked up the deer?”
Mr Sayers replied anything was possible, but the fine was upheld.
Deer have a top speed of about 48kmh. Rolf Harris