People: Philippines Oscars end in uproar
Tuesday 28 June 1994
The mix-up threw the country's film community into uproar and Ms Gutierrez and others face the prospect of jail for fraud. Viveka Babajee, who represented Mauritius in last month's Miss Universe pageant in Manila, will be asked to explain why she did not name the real winner, Aiko Melendez. She faced deportation for being involved in the scandal and - to avoid this fate - fled the country.
The organisers of the Manila Film Festival who put on the event demanded that Ms Gutierrez give her Oscar back. The distraught actress at first refused, but under pressure, weeping and wailing, she eventually complied. The hoax was apparently masterminded by Miss Gutierrez's mother, who is also Miss Babajee's agent.
AS IF the fallen football hero O J Simpson were not in enough trouble, his name was further blackened by Time magazine. Time has apologised for featuring a darkened version of Simpson's mugshot on its cover, saying it did not intend to imply guilt.
The offending photograph was a police shot altered for artistic reasons, making Simpson's face look much darker. Critics complain that the picture played on racial fears and made Simpson look more sinister.
The magazine's editor, James R Gaines, took a whole page in the latest issue to apologise. 'I have looked at thousands of covers over the years. I have never been so wrong about how one would be received.' He intended no imputation of guilt, he said, 'but for at least some people, this cover picture was worth several thousand words'.
THE disgraced skating star Tonya Harding heads for Hollywood to play a waitress on the run from the Mafia in a movie called Breakaway. The film is produced and written by Sean Dash and Eric Gardner who are, like Harding, from the Oregon town of Beaver Creek. In the film, the Harding character accidentally receives money belonging to the mob.
It is not her first brush with the silver screen. Her life story is already subject of a film out next year.
A JAPANESE bullfighter calling himself 'The Kid from the Rising Sun' made his debut in a bullring near Seville at the weekend. Atsuhiro Shimoyama prepared for the rigours of his chosen profession by seeking inner strength from traditional Japanese meditation. But he also called upon reserves of emotion. 'I may look calm but inside I'm full of passion,' he said.
elephant appealThe first 23 lots in our charity auction have now gone. But there are 22 more still up for grabs
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comedy'Fresh Meat' star sees off stiff competition from Alan Carr, David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Lee Mack and Sarah Millican to win top prize
Mystery of Epping Forest 'big cat' is solved
North Korea: First Kim Jong-un orders execution of uncle - now it emerges that victim's wife was involved in decision to execute him
Australia incest case: Deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
Woman who miscarried in private prison 'made to clean up after herself,' court told
Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white
- 1 Italian court annuls prison sentence for elderly paedophile after 11-year-old victim tells investigators in Catanzaro that she loves him
- 2 Australia incest case: Deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- 3 Woman who miscarried in private prison 'made to clean up after herself,' court told
- 4 Physicists discover 'clearest evidence yet' that the Universe is a hologram
- 5 Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white
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