The Doctor is in … for a ghost story on the BBC.
Former “Doctor Who” star Peter Capaldi (who played the 12th iteration of the famous time traveler) is set to star in “Martin’s Close,” from “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock” writer Mark Gatiss.
“Martin’s Close” is an adaptation of the M.R. James story, which follows the 1684 murder trial of John Martin. He has been accused of killing a young girl named Ann Clark, with whom he had a one-sided romance. During the trial, Martin seemingly acts in a guilty manner when confronted with a possible apparition of the girl.
In the end, Martin is found guilty of the crime, despite his attempt to have the case dismissed on a legal technicality, and is sentenced to death.
Capaldi will play barrister Dolben, with Wilf Scolding (“Game of Thrones”) as John Martin.
The 30-minute drama follows “The Dead Room,” Gatiss’ Christmas project last year.
“After the delightful success of last year’s ‘The Dead Room,’ it’s a fantastic privilege to continue the tradition of the Christmas Ghost story on BBC Four – and what better than one of my favourite stories by the master of them all, M.R. James?” Gatiss said.
It’s been a year since Lara Jean Covey’s love letters were unwittingly sent out — and Lana Condor’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before throwback video on the movie’s anniversary is an emotional roller coaster. The film, based on Jenny Han’s book series of the same name, debuted on Netflix on Aug. 17, 2018 and has since cemented Condor and onscreen beau Noah Centineo’s names in the rom-com lexicon. On the heels of the film’s one year anniversary, Condor took to Instagram on Aug. 19 with a video from the night of To All the Boys’ official premiere. In it, Condor reacts to the precise moment the film debuted on Netflix.
“The night that changed my life,” Condor captioned the emotional video. “It’s been exactly 1 yr and 2 days since To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before premiered on Netflix. And this little girl had no idea how much life would change. And I’m forever beyond grateful to you all, you made my dreams come true. This was the exact moment it went live on Netflix. I feel nervous posting this, but we’ve all been on a journey together and I want to share this moment with you all xx.”
In the clip, Condor whispers to the camera a minute before the film’s midnight debut, “Oh my God. I’m so scared.” From there, it’s an emotional roller coaster as she bursts into tears and watches the first few seconds of the film in disbelief. “It’s out… the letters are like, actually out,” she says at one point.
Directed by Susan Johnson, To All the Boys follows high school student Lara Jean (Condor) as she deals with the fallout of her secret love letters being sent out to their recipients. She and crush Peter Kavinsky (Centineo) then fall in love after they form a fake relationship. The sequel, titled To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, will debut on Netflix on Feb. 12, 2020, and will introduce some trouble for the lovebirds with the introduction of John Ambrose McClaren (Jordan Fisher), one of the recipients of Lara Jean’s love letters. The third and final movie of the series, To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean, has already begun production at Netflix.
Shortly after the announcement of the sequel’s premiere date, Centineo took to social media with a sweet goodbye message that appears to indicate that the trilogy has officially finished filming. In the Aug. 17 tweet, Centineo said goodbye to his fictional counterpart. “Tonight was my last night as Peter Kavinsky. I hope you all love these last installments as much as we do. Forever grateful for the opportunity to be yours,” he wrote. “Thank you Lana, thank you Michael, Thank you Matt, Thank you Netflix, grateful to every person who told this story with us.”
Then, to give fans all the more Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky feels, Condor responded to Centineo’s tweet with a heartfelt reply. She tweeted on Aug. 17, “You’ll always be my Peter K. & I’ll always be your Lara Jean, that I can promise you.”
Woah, woah, woah. This is getting too emotional. To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You will debut on Netflix on Feb. 12, 2020, so fans needn’t say goodbye to Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky just yet.
TRAGIC Archie Bruce's family have flown to the south of France after he was found dead in his hotel room at the age of 20.
The rugby league scrum-half had made his debut for Batley Bulldogs against Toulouse in a 46-0 defeat for the Championship side just the night before.
Most of the Batley players arrived back in England last night after delaying their return but coach Matt Diskin is staying in France to be with Bruce's family.
Batley director John Miller said: "The first concern, obviously, was for Archie's family.
"The second concern was to get the rest of the players back to their family and friends.
"One or two stayed on with the chairman, who is due to come back, but Matt is staying on to be with Archie's family.
"We don't know any more. All I know is that at 1am he was the happiest kid on the planet and a few hours later he's no longer with us."
Bruce was signed from local amateur club Dewsbury Moor in West Yorkshire and was found dead just hours after coming off the bench for the Bulldogs.
An investigation into the cause of his death is being launched.
'HE WAS HAPPIEST KID ON THE PLANET'
A JustGiving page set up by the RFL Benevolent Fund in his memory has already raised more than £3,600 of a £5,000 goal.
The page vows to "leave a lasting legacy in Archie's name and benefit charities and causes he and his family support".
England international Alex Walmsley was among the first to pay tribute to Bruce.
He said: "Incredibly sad news to wake up to, my condolences go out to his family, friends and team-mates at both Batley and Dewsbury Moor. RIP Archie."
Former Leeds Rhino and Great Britain ace Keith Senior wrote: "Never nice to hear news like this especially at such a young age. Condolences to all his family and friends."
A statement released by Batley club chairman Kevin Nicholas yesterday said: "Batley Bulldogs are greatly saddened to announce the passing of their player Archie Bruce (20) who was found in his hotel bedroom early this morning having made his debut against Toulouse the previous evening.
"Archie's immediate family have been informed.
"Batley Bulldogs, the RFL and RFL Benevolent Fund will be supporting the family while enquiries by the French authorities continue, with the club squad delaying their return to the UK.
"The Bruce family have requested privacy during this most difficult of times."
When Darius Boyd said Friday night's clash between the Broncos and South Sydney at Suncorp Stadium wasn't about Wayne Bennett, he was right – up to a point.
It's not about Bennett's long and decorated history with the Broncos. He remains part of the DNA at Red Hill but has returned as the opposition coach on more than one occasion. This time, in fact, it will be as the head of a third rival club.
Wayne Bennett has to light a fire under his South Sydney side in a hurry.Credit:AAP
And it's not about the manner in which he departed the scene late last year, which in rugby league terms is now ancient history. He's unlikely to be high-fiving the board members on the way out of the ground, but the legendary coach has more pressing matters on his mind than old grievances.
"We have a great relationship but footy's footy and you want to get the win, he'll want to get the win and then afterwards you can speak about it and whatever," Boyd said on Monday.
"It's like when you play your mates when they're playing on the field instead of a coach. You have a bit of cameraderie, you have a bit of a chat, you might give each other a bit of a spray but it's all a game and a bit of fun at the end of it."
What it is about is Bennett's ability to find a way to restore some lustre to a South Sydney side that was purring like a supercar in the first half of the season but has barely managed to back out of the garage over recent months.
The slide has been alarming. If it's not terminal just yet, than Bennett might need a priest on speed dial if they lose on Friday night. Finishing outside of the top four has been the equivalent of having Last Rites administered in the NRL era.
After a start that saw them win 10 from 11 games and position themselves as one of the early favourites for another premiership, the Rabbitohs have managed to win just three of their next 11. Two of those were against the Dragons and the Cowboys, who sit near the bottom of the ladder.
But it was the weekend defeat at the hands of the Bulldogs that had Souths fans tearing out their hair. It was a fixture that gave the Rabbits every chance of picking up a vital two points just weeks out from the finals. Instead, they failed to cross the line once and fell out of the top four.
Bennett would have more time to spend trying to work out what has gone so wrong if he didn't have so many injury concerns on his hands. Centre Braidon Burns (hamstring) only just returned but now looks done for the season, while Sam Burgess (quad) looks highly questionable after he aggravated an old injury against the Bulldogs.
It means Souths will once again be without two of their more damaging players, although the Broncos have issues of their own with Tevita Pangai Jnr trying to have a grade two dangerous contact charge downgraded, while halfback Jake Turpin has also been suspended.
Damaging winger Corey Oates failed to finish training after limping off with a leg injury, meaning neither side looks likely to enter a contest of huge boasting their best seventeen.
A win would just about assure the Broncos of a finals appearance as they stage a stirring late-season fightback after a 1-6 start to the season. And defeat could well sink Souths' top four aspirations, something that seemed impossible to fathom before the Origin break.
The run home for South Sydney doesn't make for light reading, either. After an away game to Suncorp Stadium, they are away to the Warriors at Mr Smart Stadium, before meeting arch-rivals the Roosters in the final round.
That could well be the kind of high-profile tune-up that gets them back in some sort of form before the finals begin the following week. But it could yet turn into a nightmare if the cardinal and myrtle can't locate a semblance of form over the coming fortnight.
THE FAMILY of missing Lucas Dobson say they are "going through hell" as the search for him stretches into its second day, but distraught family and friends insist they are "keeping strong."
The six-year-old plunged into the River Stour after he slipped stepping from a jetty to boat in Sandwich, Kent yesterday.
The little boy's dad and pals dived in to try to save him but he was swept away by the strong current at 1.20pm on Saturday, August 17.
His devastated aunt Maciee Stanford told Kent Online: "Our Lucas was on the jetty and tried to step from there on to the boat but he fell in between the jetty and the boat.
"As soon as he fell the three adults jumped in after (him) but the current was too strong, he had already gone in the short amount of time he could not be found."
She said Lucas, who lives in Deal, could swim but the family feared the Warden House Primary School pupil would have been too scared to do anything.
Speaking on the morning of the second day of the search, a spokesman for Kent Fire and Rescue service said: "Emergency services have been working together to co-ordinate a search that takes in land, the river banks and along and in the water of the River Stour near Sandwich."The co-ordinated search by the emergency services, partner agencies and charities has involved specialist and experienced search and rescue teams.
"There has also been a large number of local people helping to do their bit in trying to find him.
'LOVELY LITTLE LAD'
Lucas' family and friends say they are distraught, as officials say it is "unlikely" little Lucas will be found alive at this point, but "would like to have a positive outcome."
Supt Amanda Tillotson added: "I would like to find Lucas, we are getting increasingly concerned with the amount of time that is going on now.
"But it is really important that we continue to search for Lucas and continue to do that for the family, and my heart goes out to them, it really does."
Terry Walton, 37, a friend of Nathan Dobson told Sun Online: "Lucas was always round at his whenever I went there. He is a lovely little lad.
“Nathan was really in a bad way yesterday I think. I wasn’t even allowed to see him.
“The family are going through hell. They really are.”
Josh Phillips, 18, is a friend of Lucas' aunt, Maciee, and joined the search party for the missing boy yesterday.
He told Sun Online: “I was with the family yesterday. They’re just worried and are keeping strong.
“I saw Lucas at Kirsty’s house just last week. He’s a funny, bubbly boy.
“I hope he gets found. There’s always hope.”
'LOVE, SUPPORT AND PRAYERS'
Taking to Facebook, Maciee Stanford thanked well-wishers on behalf of Lucas' parents.
She wrote: "A massive thank you to everyone that helped to look for Lucas today.
"I’m so overwhelmed with all the love support and prayers we have got.
"We will not give up looking until we find our little man."
Maciee added that Lucas mother in particular is "going through a very tough time," and requested that family and friends seeking updates should avoid messaging his devastated mum.
"I know you all mean well and you want to check up on Kirsty," she wrote.
"But please for the time being if you have any questions or need to be updated message me rather than my sister Kirsty as we are all going through a very hard time and although people are meaning well messaging Kirsty is not helping her at the moment so please any questions message me."
The search was last night postponed, with authorities resuming the hunt this morning.
Anyone who wishes to report any details regarding the incident should call Kent Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
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Before you tuck in, according to an Italian chef, there's a right way to eat pizza and we've been doing it all wrong. But are you doing it right?
And if you want to tuck in anywhere then good news as Papa John's now delivers to parks, beaches, stadiums and more.
Looking for a cheap snack instead? Asda is selling pizza twists for £1, and they look delicious!
On Ax Men on History, one of the featured families are the Rygaard clan. Their company is a powerhouse in the logging industry, but the loss of Gabe Rygaard right in the middle of the prime of his life has left a mark on his father Craig and brother Jason, who now run the business.
Jason Rygaard was featured heavily on the latest episode called Whiteout in Season 10 of the popular nonfiction TV series.
While Gabriel Rygaard died in September of 2017 in a car accident, fans who tune in to the show are still wondering what happened to the popular cast member.
A father of three children, Rygaard was only 45 years old. He was described as a logger and former Clallam County commissioner candidate. His shocking death happened during a three-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 101 west of Port Angeles.
For the nine seasons he appeared on Ax Men, Gabe Rygaard’s popularity grew to the point that he ran as a Republican in the primary election as a representative in the general election. His death was a truly tragic event.
What happened to Gabe Rygaard?
The fan-favorite reality star died on September 16, 2017, after colliding with another vehicle. Reports say he was driving down Highway 101 in his hometown of Port Angeles when he lost control of his vehicle. An over-correction caused Gabe to head into oncoming traffic and he hit another car head-on. He was not wearing a seat belt and the injuries sustained during the car crash killed him quickly.
Deaths on Ax Men
Over the course of the seasons, the show has lost some men. Gabe Rygaard was the third Ax Men cast member to pass away.
In 2012, S&S Aqua Logging member, Jimmy Smith, died at the age of 56 from cancer. Then, in 2013, Bart Colantuono died in a helicopter crash. He was 53 years old.
What is Ax Men?
History Channel series Ax Men is back for a brand-new season after a near three year hiatus.
The docuseries films companies that make their living logging in the Pacific Northwest who are competing in a very competitive market, while battling weather and bad luck with mechanical issues.
After the shocking death of Gabe Rygaard, father Craig and brother Jason Rygaard of Rygaard Logging are still plugging away.
Western brands kowtowing to China: Luxury companies flock to apologise for listing Hong Kong as a separate country as a dozen celebrities cut ties with labels that ‘insulted’ Beijing
Nearly 10 foreign firms have been accused of violating China’s sovereignty
They have failed to list Hong Kong as Chinese territory on websites or T-shirts
Over 10 Chinese stars said they would stop working for ‘problematic’ brands
Brands involved include Coach, Versace, Calvin Klein, Givenchy and Samsung
International brands have been caught in the crossfire amid Hong Kong protests
People’s Daily warned firms don’t play by the rules would face ‘a tragic ending’
Nearly 10 western brands have apologised to their Chinese consumers for listing Hong Kong as a separate country in the past week.
Around a dozen Chinese celebrities said they were cutting ties with labels they represented after their ‘erroneous messages’ had – in media’s words – insulted China.
The protests in Hong Kong are leading western brands to carry out self-censorship to appease the lucrative market, with many of them vowing to immediately correct their mistakes and help safeguard China’s sovereignty.
Versace’s brand ambassador, actress Yang Mi (left), said she would stop collaborating with the Italian fashion house after it listed Hong Kong as a separate country on its T-shirts (right)
Supermodel Liu Wen (left, seen in 2017) said ‘the integrity of Chinese sovereignty and territory shall not be violated at any time’ after Coach failed to list Hong Kong under China (right)
Which brands have apologised to China over Hong Kong?
Hong Kong has become a particularly sensitive subject for Beijing with the financial hub plunged into months of pro-democracy protests, and international brands have been caught in the crossfire.
The companies that have been involved so far include:
The companies that have been involved so far include Italian labels Versace and Valentino, U.S. fashion brands Coach and Calvin Klein, French firm Givenchy, Austrian jewellery maker Swarovski, U.S. skincare company Fresh, South Korean electronics giant Samsung and Japanese sportswear brand Asics.
Some of them marked Hong Kong as a separate entity on their products; others listed the semi-autonomous city apart from China on their websites.
In a strongly worded column, China’s state newspaper People’s Daily urged international companies to obey the Chinese law if they wish to do business in the country.
‘[If you] challenge the bottom line, you are not far away from a tragic ending,’ the paper warned.
The trend began on Sunday when Chinese actress Yang Mi said she would stop collaborating with Versace on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter.
Versace had been widely criticised on social media in China for identifying the Chinese-controlled territories of Hong Kong and Macau as countries in one T-shirt design.
In a statement issued by her studio, Ms Yang, 32, said she was ‘extremely infuriated’ by the matter.
‘The sovereignty and territorial integrity of my motherland are sacred and shall not be infringed upon,’ she said.
Ms Yang said she had been ‘extremely infuriated’ by Versace’s designs and decided to stop working for the brand. Donatella Versace, sister of the fashion house’s late founder Gianni, then wrote on Instagram: ‘Never have I wanted to disrespect China’s National Sovereignty’
“I am deeply sorry for the unfortunate recent error that was made by our Company and that is being currently discussed on various social media channels. Never have I wanted to disrespect China’s National Sovereignty and this is why I wanted to personally apologize for such inaccuracy and for any distress that it might have caused.” @donatella_versace
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Versace said on its Weibo account that it had made a mistake and as of July 24 had stopped selling and destroyed the T-shirts. ‘Versace reiterates that we love China deeply, and resolutely respect China’s territory and national sovereignty,’ the company said in a statement
The T-shirt, images of which were widely posted on Chinese social media, featured a list of ‘city-country’ pairs, including ‘New York-USA’ and ‘Beijing-China’. But it also described Hong Kong and Macau as ‘Hong Kong-Hong Kong and Macau-Macau’.
Versace said on its Weibo account that it had made a mistake and as of July 24 had stopped selling and destroyed the T-shirts.
‘Versace reiterates that we love China deeply, and resolutely respect China’s territory and national sovereignty,’ the company said in a statement.
Donatella Versace, sister of the fashion house’s late founder Gianni, issued a similar statement on her official Instagram account.
‘Never have I wanted to disrespect China’s National Sovereignty and this is why I wanted to personally apologize for such inaccuracy and for any distress that it might have caused,’ she said.
One day later, supermodel Liuwen said she was terminating her contract with Coach over the same reason.
Victoria’s Secret angel Liu Wen may have to face a colossal bill from fashion house Coach after announcing she was breaking off her contract with the U.S. company this week. The 31-year-old supermodel is seen at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show in 2017 (right) and 2018 (left)
Ms Liu (seen during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret’s show) wrote on her social media account: ‘Because I didn’t choose the brand cautiously, [this] has hurt all of you. I am apologising to everyone here! I love my motherland and resolutely safeguard the Chinese sovereignty’
Coach issued an apology, stressing that it ‘respects and supports China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity’. The company said it realised the significance of the matter ‘profoundly’
Chaos could cost Hong Kong, researchers warn
The protests could push Hong Kong into a recession, research firm Capital Economics said, and risked ‘an even worse outcome if a further escalation triggers capital flight’.
Hong Kong’s property market, one of the world’s most expensive, would be hit hard in that scenario, it added.
Financial Secretary Paul Chan unveiled a series of measures worth HK$19.1 billion ($2.44 billion) on Thursday to tackle economic headwinds, but he said it was not related to political pressure from the protests.
Business and citizens’ groups have posting full-page newspaper advertisements that denounce the violence and back Hong Kong’s government.
The Chinese Securities Association of Hong Kong said the city’s reputation would be seriously damaged if the unrest did not stop soon.
The head of Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment , Lui Che-woo, urged talks to restore harmony. The protests have affected the neighbouring Chinese territory of Macau, with some visitors avoiding the world’s biggest gambling hub amid transport disruptions and safety concerns.
The 31-year-old supermodel said ‘the integrity of Chinese sovereignty and territory is sacred and shall not be violated at any time’.
She was appointed Coach’s China Ambassador less than three week ago.
Coach marked Beijing and Shanghai as Chinese cities but listed Hong Kong as a separate entity on some T-shirts in May last year.
Ms Liu wrote: ‘Because I didn’t choose the brand cautiously, [this] has hurt all of you. I am apologising to everyone here!
‘I love my motherland and resolutely safeguard the Chinese sovereignty.’
According to Chinese media, the supermodel may need to compensate Coach 160 million Yuan (£18 million) for breaking off the contract.
Coach said it immediately pulled the relevant designs off the shelves worldwide and carried out an overall inspection on all products to prevent the same mistakes from happening again.
‘Coach is dedicated to long-term development in China and respect the feelings of Chinese people. [We] sincerely accept the supervise and correction from customers,’ the brand added.
Actress Guan Xiaotong, singer Xu Weizhou and actor Ren Jialun have drawn the line from Coach as well. They had been engaged in commercial contracts with the brand.
Jackson Yee, 18, a hugely popular singer in boyband TFBoys, also pulled the plug on collaborating with Givenchy on Monday.
Then French brand expressed their regret instantly in a Weibo statement, saying ‘for any negligence and errors, we will surely correct immediately and learn a lesson from them’.
Jackson Yee (left), a hugely popular singer in boyband TFBoys, said he would terminate his contract with Givenchy on Monday over a listing about Hong Kong on the brand’s T-shirt (right)
Austrian jewellery company Swarovski lost the support of their brand ambassador, Chinese actress Jiang Shuying (pictured). Her agency said on Tuesday they ‘uphold the one China principle and believe that our national sovereignty and territory integrity cannot be violated’
Swarovski apologised on Tuesday for ‘hurting the feelings’ of Chinese people with its listings
On Tuesday, Austrian jewellery company Swarovski lost the support of their brand ambassador, 32-year-old Chinese actress Jiang Shuying.
Her agency said in a statement that they had sent a notice to Swarovski to terminate their cooperation as soon as possible.
We ‘uphold the one China principle and believe that our national sovereignty and territory integrity cannot be violated’, the agency said.
Swarovski apologised for ‘hurting the feelings’ of Chinese people after calling Hong Kong a separate country on its website.
A check on the brand’s website today showed Hong Kong was listed as ‘Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’ and China as ‘mainland China’.
Simultaneously, actor and singer Zhang Yixing, 27, broke off his contract with the world’s largest smartphone maker Samsung; while actress Lin Yun bid adieu to American underwear label Calvin Klein.
Both companies failed to list Hong Kong under China on their websites.
Actor and singer Zhang Yixing broke off his contract with the world’s largest smartphone maker Samsung. He is seen performing on the stage during a Samsung event in January, 2019
In a warning to other international firms, the Communist Party’s mouthpiece People’s Daily said in a column: ‘Doing business in China, [one] needs to obey the Chinese law, this is a matter of principle.
‘Faced with multinational corporations that don’t stick to the rule, we should not only condemn but also take some self-defence tools from our “tool box”.’
‘All of the companies that have damaged Chinese sovereignty should wake up. [If you] challenge the bottom line, you are not far away from a tragic ending,’ the paper warned.
Work grinds to a halt at Mohamed Hadid’s Bel Air mega mansion months after he was ordered to tear down illegal third floor and pool deck – while his neighbours push for it to be completely demolished
Work has come to standstill at the site of billionaire Mohamed Hadid’s sprawling Bel Air mansion in California
Hadid was ordered to tear down illegal third floor and huge pool deck of the half-built property by May 15
Disgruntled neighbours had watched in alarm as property grew bigger and bigger, with additional decks
A Superior Court Judge Karlan in March ordered 70-year-old to demolish parts of house in Bel Air
Despite setbacks, Hadid insisted he will finish the project after it is downsized and complies with the law
Work on billionaire Mohamid Hadid’s mansion has come to a standstill, months after a judge ordered him to tear down his illegal third floor and pool deck.
Demolition work was ordered by LA Superior Court Judge Karlan in March on the third floor of the Hadid’s 30,000sq property, and was completed by the deadline set on May 15.
Exclusive images obtained by DailyMail.com in June showed that court-demolition work had begun on the illegal third floor.
The father of supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid was also told to get rid of the building’s giant pool deck which had been built without a permit, by September 15.
Aerial images from the property in ritzy Bel Air, California taken on August 14 shows that work has largely come to a standstill. A single crane can be seen in operation on the sprawling pool deck.
Exclusive images obtained by DailyMail.com in June showed that court-demolition work had begun on the illegal third floor.
The mansion of Gigi and Bella Hadid’s father appears unchanged, months after he was ordered to tear parts of it down (construction site pictured August 14, 2019)
Aerial images from the property in ritzy Bel Air, California taken on August 14 show the building appears largely unchanged. A crane can be seen in operation on the sprawling pool deck (construction site pictured August 14, 2019)
Demolition work was ordered by a judge in March on the third floor of the billionaire Mohamed Hadid’s 30,000sq property, dubbed the ‘Starship Enterprise’ by disgruntled neighbours
Of the judge’s demolition deadlines, Hadid had previously told DailyMail.com: ‘Weather permitting, I think we will be able to complete the work by the dates the judge ordered. We want to do the demolition work properly and safely. We are trying to minimize the impact of the demolition on the local community.’
Hadid had in an earlier interview vowed to ‘finish, not demolish’ the partially-built mega-mansion, saying he had applied to LA city planners for new permits that would allow him to downsize and complete the house so that it complies with building regulations.
‘Once we get those permits, I want to finish the house,’ he told DailyMail.com in January.
‘On or before February 1, I plan to demolish part of the third story of the house.
Hadid is the father of supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid
Billionaire Mohamed Hadid – father of supermodels Gigi and Bella – has been accused ‘faking’ court-ordered community service at a church. He denies the claim ‘vehemently’
‘We will demolish what we need to and make it safe for the neighbors – but I will finish the house.’
Hadid plans to replace the current sprawling, and illegal, pool deck with a smaller deck and pool.
‘I have applied for a building permit for a new pool deck and once that is approved, and the existing pool deck is demolished, I will start construction of the new pool deck and complete the house.’
The saga of how Hadid set out to build one of the biggest and most expensive luxury homes in LA has been full of controversy since he bought the hilltop plot in 2011 for $1.9 million.
Exclusive photos obtained by DailyMail.com in June showed that the court ordered demolition work had begun on an illegal third floor of the property. LA Superior Court Judge Karlan ruled last March that the house’s illegal third story, including roof, walls and stairs leading to it, had to be torn down by May 15 this year
Neighbors have been fighting for years for the demolition of the property because of all the alleged unapproved construction
After demolishing the original house, Hadid began work on his monster project
He knocked down the ranch-style house that was already there and started building his monster mansion.
Neighbors watched with increasing alarm as the massive house grew bigger and bigger, adding a 70-seat movie theater, plus two huge decks included on the property.
But Hadid – hoping to sell the giant mansion for $100 million plus – continued to build, despite orders from Los Angeles City to stop, and in December 2015, in an almost-unprecedented move, the city decided to prosecute him criminally.
Hadid pleaded no contest to three criminal charges involving illegal construction and in July 2017 he was sentenced to a 180-day jail sentence if he doesn’t reduce the size of the house and bring it into compliance with city building codes – or demolish it – within the three years of probation the judge also imposed.
In addition, he was fined $3,000, ordered to pay $14,191 in fees to LA city, and serve 200 hours of community service.
One of the most explosive accusations is that when Hadid was ordered to do 200 hours of community service as part of his punishment for illegal construction on his controversial house, he had his security guard serve the community service for him in his place.
In court documents obtained by DailyMail.com, Hadid faced accusations of ‘faking’ the court-ordered community service he was supposed to serve.