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Insider has obtained Jeffrey Epstein's address book from the 1990s. It connects him with a new network of billionaires and heavyweights.
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Edison’s electric pen was designed for printing documents. But it’s still used today for tattooing
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Protesters documented the carnival-like atmosphere within the building during the siege and one said officers were "very, very cool."
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Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate panel at San Diego Comic-Con showed Hall H some footage but didn’t release it online.

Instead, they’ve gifted us a shiny new look at the latest instalment of the cyborg-battling franchise in featurette form.

Linda Hamilton has returned to lead yet another fight for humanity as well as Anrold Schwarzenegger.

A new Terminator, played by Gabriel Luna, is on the scene with some fancy new powers hunting down a new character, played by Natalia Reyes, who is being protected by Mackenzie Davis’ human-machine hybrid.

The other big news out of the SDCC panel was, of course, the reveal of Edward Furlong returning to his John Connor role.

Check out the video below featuring some intense new footage.

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God of War, Nioh 2, and Red Dead Redemption are finally coming to PlayStation Now which is available on PS4, PS5 and PC.
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Dr Phoebe Patey Ferguson, Scottee, Asad Ullah. 

Every year, ‘World Obesity Day’ prompts a wave of articles on how to tackle the population’s “weight problem”. This year, though, the noise is even louder, as the World Health Organisation calls Covid-19 a “wake up call” for the public and politicians alike. 

But a group of 30 artists, activists and self-defined “fat influencers” are having none of it. 

While no one is denying that weight has been linked to an increased risk of severe Covid outcomes, the group – led by artist and political performer Scottee – wants to shut down the rhetoric of blame they say has been peddled by the British government. 

The government’s ad campaign on obesity reportedly cost £10 million. Meanwhile there’s been “mass unemployment, a record number of redundancies made and an underfunded NHS having to self-fund its survival after a decade of austerity,” says Scottee. “They set out to blame fat people who died of Covid for their own deaths, whilst we bury 130,000 citizens.”

Scotee, artist and artistic director of Scottee and Friends. 

The artists, influencers and activists will be making a stand, with a ‘day of disruption’ on social media, including photos, cabaret live streams, a ‘fat show-and-tell’ zoom party and more. 

The participants include vocalist and cabaret artist Fatt Butcher, theatre maker and writer Katie Greenal, culture journalist and The Fat Zine founder Gina Tonic, artist Toni Lewis and many more. 

Scottee believes weight has been used as a “smokescreen” to distract from the government’s handling of the pandemic, which he says has led to the UK having the highest death rate from Covid-19 of any country in the world. 

“I want to readdress some of the balance and demonstrate that not all fat people want to be fixed or cured, and importantly, not all of us are interested in what you think of our bodies or our choices,” Scottee tells HuffPost UK. 

“Fat people are often treated as stupid, organisations like the World Obesity Foundation and their followers talk about fat people as if we are completely unaware of what we eat, what food is and why we are fat – oh, babes, we know. Fortunately, many of us aren’t seeking to be fixed.”

Asad Ullah, a writer, performer and rom-com enthusiast, decided to take part in the project because the rhetoric on obesity this past year made him feel: “honestly? Shit.”

“Imagine going through a global doomsday scenario, living in isolation, and you see nationwide campaigns telling you you’re the problem, eat more apples and go for a walk,” he says. “That’s where your priorities lie? I’ve internalised a lot of that rhetoric, so it’s been a rough year physically and mentally.”

His aim with the content he posts during the 10-hour disruption is to be honest and reflect how he truly feels. 

“There’s been joy and uplifting in my own fat gang and I wanted to give some joy back to everyone,” he says. “I also wanted to talk about the internal dialogue and horrible things I say to myself – fatness isn’t ‘straight line, happy-go-lucky, #BoPo, dance to Lizzo and you’ll be fine’ kind of vibes.

“It’s messy, hypocritical, lonely – so I’ve been really honest about my feelings about myself and my body.”

To see more of the campaign, follow the hashtag #WorldObesityDayHack on social media. 

HuffPost UK contacted the government in relation to the comments made by Scottee and the activists. A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Every death from this virus is a tragedy and our sympathies are with everyone who has lost loved ones. We are doing everything possible to save lives from a virus that does not discriminate, however, there is clear evidence that shows being overweight brings increased risk of becoming ill with Covid-19.

“We know that losing weight can be challenging which is why we have put in place a world-leading obesity strategy and, as part of our ongoing commitment to support people in achieving and sustaining a healthier weight, yesterday we announced a £100 million cash boost. This will help drive new initiatives and approaches to improving the nation’s health in the coming months.”

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For marginalized groups, dark fictions are not imaginary. Yet many in the US pretend the things that happen in books can’t happen in their own backyards.
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The day when President Bill Pullman saved the entire world because he figures out aliens were scared of water, or something like that.

Here are just a few examples of what they're missing out on after telling the empire to bugger off.

Coffee may be the hot drink darling of America, but the stalwart tea is just as worthy - if not more.

There are no baristas, or men in white linen trousers plunging their hands into a bags of beans on their sun-soaked coffee plantations atop a mountain somewhere.

Tea is coffee's less-obnoxious cousin, and there's a pleasing symmetry in there somewhere.

Brown room temperature eggs (with optional poo)

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"When the minimum payment for my federal 8.5% interest rate loan is nearly $500, I will not accept that the issue lies with me," says Ashley Strahm.
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The iPhone 12 mini hasn’t been a success. The device hasn’t even been out six months and already there are reports that Apple is set to cut its successive model. But we may have been too rash: the iPhone 13 mini could actually be a thing. Okay, let’s get the bad news out the way. The source for this fact is Jon Prosser. If you’ve ever come across him, he’s an Apple leaker with… shall we say a mixed success rate? He declared that the new, entry-level iPad will ditch its current bezels. It didn’t. He confirmed the iPhone 12 Pro Max would…

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mark zuckerberg facebook ceo

  • Two former workers and one current staffer in Mark Zuckerberg's private family office accused his former personal security chief of racist and sexist conduct, including using the n-word, calling an employee a "ghetto hoodrat," and calling Black Lives Matter a "terrorist organization."
  • The accusations come from previously undisclosed sworn declarations made last year, in which the workers pledged to repeat their claims under oath if necessary.
  • In 2019, after two other former staffers raised almost identical complaints about Booth and threatened litigation, Zuckerberg hired an outside law firm to investigate the claims. 
  • At the time, Zuckerberg's spokesperson said the investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing and that the charges "could not be substantiated." Booth voluntarily left his job and the family office said in a statement that it was "grateful for his service."
  • Zuckerberg's spokesperson said that current employee has recanted her sworn declaration and that it contains inaccuracies. The law firm that drew it up responded that "current employees can sometimes be pressured to change their affidavits."

Mark Zuckerberg's former head of personal security was accused by colleagues of using the n-word, calling a Black employee a "ghetto hoodrat," and denigrating the Black Lives Matter movement, according to sworn declarations obtained by Business Insider.

The declarations, signed under penalty of perjury by two former workers in Zuckerberg's secretive family office and by one still employed there, offer shocking new details of allegations against Zuckerberg's former security chief Liam Booth and cast doubt on the Chan-Zuckerberg family's claims that an investigation found no evidence of racism or abuse during his tenure.

Booth was first accused of misconduct by two different former colleagues in 2019, including sexual harassment, racism, and homophobia. At the time, Zuckerberg's personal spokesperson Ben LaBolt said the family office had investigated the claims and found no wrongdoing by Booth, who departed his job after Business Insider first reported on the accusations. 

The new allegations contained in the declarations corroborate some of those earlier claims about Booth's conduct. All three begin with pledges that "the following facts are within my personal knowledge and if called as a witness, I could and would competently testify thereto, under oath."

In response to a Business Insider investigation into Zuckerberg's family office published in February 2020, LaBolt dismissed allegations of sexism, racism, and bullying within the Chan-Zuckerberg household as "a collection of unfounded rumors, exaggerations, and half-truths ... advanced by a small group of disgruntled former employees who are attempting to defame the family office."

But one of the workers who gave a statement that she "witnessed Mr. Booth engage in behavior I considered to be sexist, homophobic, and sexually harassing" remains a current employee of the family office, Business Insider has learned.

The family office continues to deny all allegations of misconduct. 

Zuckerberg's family office faces multiple misconduct allegations

Zuckerberg and Chan employ a sprawling family office, called West Street, to manage their household affairs — from hiring nannies for their two children to maintaining their lavish resort in Hawaii. It's run through Iconiq, a secretive financial-services firm that provides investment management and family office functions for the ultrawealthy.

Over the past few years, West Street has been rocked by worker allegations of misconduct by senior managers. In addition to the accusations concerning Booth, Hawaii property manager Shawn Smith was accused by a former coworker of physical assault, and security staffer Laura McClain and medical staffer Jaeson Rosa were both accused of harassment. The family office has denied all the allegations. 

The two former staffers who first leveled accusations against Booth hired civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom to represent them. The Bloom Firm prepared demand letters laying out their allegations in March 2019, and Business Insider obtained them and first published details from them in May 2019

The newly obtained declarations were also drawn up by the Bloom Firm, seemingly to support the two staffers' claims. One is signed by a former senior manager of executive protection, one is from a female former security staffer, and the third is from a current female administrative staffer. Business Insider is withholding their identities because they may  face retaliation for reporting sexual harassment, and have not gone public with their allegations. All three declarations were signed in September 2019. The former senior manager of executive protection's was signed by hand, while the other bear electronic signatures.

Business Insider was able to directly reach two of the signatories. One confirmed their declaration's authenticity, the other declined to comment, saying, "I don't know anything about any document."

"As previously addressed, most of these allegations have been advanced by a small group of disgruntled former employees...who are attempting to defame the family office after the family office refused their demands for multi-million dollar payments following their separation of employment," LaBolt said.

"Our family office follows a strict code of conduct that requires appropriate behavior from all members of our teams.  It is our expectation that each of our employees adheres to this code of conduct. Any complaint made to our HR personnel is taken very seriously. We investigate each and every complaint, including, when appropriate, engaging outside counsel to conduct such investigations."

LaBolt said that the current administrative staffer now disputes some of the claims contained in the declaration bearing her name, and has signed a new sworn declaration that, he said, recants some of those statements —suggesting that the declaration prepared by the Bloom Firm doesn't accurately reflect her testimony. 

But LaBolt did not dispute that the staffer signed the Bloom Firm declaration, and refused to provide a copy of the new declaration without an agreement that it would be treated as off the record, which Business Insider declined. LaBolt would not make the staffer available for an interview.

In response, Lisa Bloom defended her firm's practices, and said that workers can be pressured to change their statements by employers.

"It is our practice in every case to keep careful records of all email communications leading up to sworn affidavits. All sworn affidavits, if any, were obtained after direct close consultation with witnesses, who then reviewed and signed them under oath," she said in a statement.

"It is our belief, after years of legal experience, that witnesses who are current employees can sometimes be pressured to change their affidavits."

'Black Lives Matter bullshit'

The declarations contain serious, previously unreported allegations against Booth, a former Secret Service agent whose since-deleted LinkedIn profile described him as serving on President Barack Obama's personal security detail.

The former senior manager of executive protection alleged that Booth told him Black Lives Matter movement was a "terrorist organisation," and described a female worker, who is African American, as a "ghetto bitch," a "hoodrat," and a "cunt."

The female security worker said that Booth "stated that he was 'tired of all the Black Lives Matter bullshit,'" and that he "often used the word 'n-----' to label African Americans."

Additionally, she alleged that Booth "once [called] Ms. Chan a bad driver while deliberately making his eyes narrower," and that he "balked against Priscilla Chan's goal that the workforce be more diverse and employ more people of color."

These statements line up with some of the allegations in the demand letters, which similarly alleged that Booth made racist remarks about Chan's driving ability, that he "bragged that he thwarted" her diversity hiring efforts, and that he called the Black Lives Matter movement "reverse racism."

All three of the workers claimed in the declarations to have heard Booth use homophobic language. The administrative staffer said Booth "made homophobic jokes" at the expense of a gay staffer, while the former senior manager of executive protection and the female security worker each said they heard him use the slur "fag."

The female administrative staffer's declaration also corroborates a claim made in one of the demand letters: That Booth slapped the crotch and groped the buttocks of a gay staffer at a July 2018 event.

The female administrative staffer said in her declaration she was present at the event, and that she "did observe Mr. Booth place his hands on [that staffer's] buttocks that night ... [He] told me that the nonconsensual touching made him uncomfortable." She also alleged that Booth sexually harassed her that evening, wrapping his arm around her waist and sexually propositioning her. 

She wrote that she complained to West Street's managing director Brian Mosteller and HR director Monica Moorhouse about Booth's behavior, but that to her knowledge no investigation was launched.

LaBolt said that she now denies seeing Booth harass the other worker. 

"The new allegations have been largely refuted by the individual in question. This individual has recently signed a sworn statement making clear that in drafting the previous declaration attributed to her, the Bloom Firm mischaracterized what she told them and included inaccurate statements and exaggerated claims drafted by their attorneys, including that she witnessed any inappropriate touching, which she expressly denies," he said in a statement.

Zuckerberg's spokesperson has repeatedly denied all wrongdoing

After the demand letters first became public, West Street flatly denied the allegations.

In July 2019, LaBolt said in a statement that Zuckerberg had engaged the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olsen to investigate the claims, and that they "could not be substantiated" after "numerous interviews with Mr. Booth's colleagues as well as a review of other relevant documents and information." The statement also said that the family office had conducted its own internal investigation, which likewise found no evidence of wrongdoing. Nonetheless, the statement said, Booth was leaving to minimise "distractions."

It added: "The family office is grateful for his service and wishes Mr. Booth the best in his future endeavors."

It's unclear if any of the three workers who signed the declarations were interviewed by the family office or MTO in the course of their investigations. The female administrative staffer's declaration claimed that she raised concerns about Booth to human resources.

The former senior manager of executive protection left in August 2019, meaning he was still employed by West Street when LaBolt said in July 2019 that its investigations found no evidence to support the first two staffers' claims. The female security staffer left in July 2018. 

LaBolt declined to comment on whether any of the three were interviewed as part of the investigations, or what they said if so, citing "employee confidentiality."

In response to the new documents, he stood by his claims that the investigations found no evidence of wrongdoing: "The family office has previously addressed the allegations against Liam Booth by the Bloom Firm. Over the course of several weeks, both the family office's HR personnel and Munger, Tolles & Olson conducted separate investigations into these allegations. These investigations included numerous interviews with Mr. Booth's colleagues, as well as a review of other relevant documents and information. Following these thorough investigations, the serious allegations made against Mr. Booth by the Bloom Firm could not be substantiated. As stated at the time, Mr. Booth, who is fully aware that minimizing distractions is a key component to executing his duties as head of security, chose to move on from the family office to pursue other professional opportunities in July 2019."  

Other staffers also face accusations of harassment

The female security worker, who was a contract worker with a third-party company used by the family office, also claimed in her declaration to have been sexually harassed by a family office medical staffer in January 2018, and that, to her knowledge, management took no action after she complained about her treatment. 

She said in her statement that on a trip to one of Zuckerberg's properties in Montana, medic Jaeson Rosa made "sexual overtures towards me and [demanded] that I allow him to enter my room to use the shower." She said she reported it to Booth and McClain, as well as an unnamed "personal assistant" to Zuckerberg, but that "nothing was done," adding: "No investigation occurred. Mr. Rosa's behavior was not corrected."

She also claimed that McClain, who is gay, asked her in April 2018 if she was "wearing a bra at work," at the direction of Booth, which left her "disturbed and outraged."

Business Insider first reported on the allegations against Rosa in February 2020. At the time, spokesperson LaBolt said that the family office had no record of any complaint from her and that Booth and McClain couldn't recall receiving one, which he reiterated in a new statement. "Our HR personnel have no record of receiving any complaint from her. We understand that she voluntarily resigned from her position with the third party in 2018," he said. 

One of the earlier two staffers also accused McClain of misconduct in their demand letter, alleging McClain texted her asking her to "bend over in a certain way so that Ms. McClain could see her buttocks."

Rosa and McClain are both still employed by the family office.

Mark Zuckerberg has not directly commented on the allegations

Mark Zuckerberg has not commented publicly on the allegations against his employees, and his spokesperson declined to make him available to discuss them. A Facebook spokesperson similarly declined to comment, while law firm MTO and family office management firm Iconiq did not respond to requests for comment. 

Iconiq has been outspoken about workplace matters in other areas. In response to the ongoing protests against racism across the United States, the firm recently updated its website to include a statement of support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

"We will increase our efforts to unlock the power of diversity in the workplace and engage underrepresented minorities in business," it pledged. "Through ICONIQ Impact, our platform for collaborative philanthropy, we will further harness our network to help those who are neglected, mistreated, and oppressed."

Do you work at West Street, Iconiq, or another private family office? Contact Business Insider reporter Rob Price via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1 650-636-6268), encrypted email ([email protected]), standard email ([email protected]), Telegram/Wickr/WeChat (robaeprice), or Twitter DM (@robaeprice). We can keep sources anonymous. Use a non-work device to reach out. PR pitches by standard email only, please.

SEE ALSO: A drunken late-night assault allegation has roiled the secretive world of Mark Zuckerberg's private family office. Personal aides are speaking out about claims that household staff endured sexual harassment and racism from their colleagues.

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OnePlus takes the war on bezels very seriously.

Having valiantly whittled down the notch of last year’s OnePlus 6T to a single-lens nipple-nubbin, zealous OnePlus engineers have obliterated it completely in the newly launched OnePlus 7 Pro.

Announced this week, the company’s very first premium, no-holds-barred flagship is nothin’ but screen – top to bottom, left to right – with a gently curved glass display that seems to flow over the edge of the device, like a Samsung Galaxy.

The camera takes just half a second to deploy, which is quick enough that you won’t spot it when it pops up and back down when unlocking the phone with facial recognition.

The periscope-style camera is designed to be dust and water resistant (though the phone is still not officially rated for taking a plunge), and OnePlus says that the mechanism has been stress tested 300,000 times to ensure durability (that’s the equivalent of 150 times a day for five years).

Cleverly, if the phone’s accelerometer senses that the device has been dropped, the quick thinking selfie camera will retreat into the safety of the phone like a frightened tortoise before it hits the ground.

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HDFC Bank has tied up with technology firms to move to a cloud-based architecture
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Ford will implore America to keep up the fight, and it has some new tools to share that it hopes will help.
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You were young, slim, limber – not a care in the world.

You thought you could dance.

Flailing flabby limbs swinging from a corpulent, jiggling mass.

may offer a glimmer of hope for the toe-tapping, dad-dancing hordes past their prime.

The home of Silicon Valley's fifth Gray Area Festival, which kicked off yesterday and runs until Monday, aims to advance "culture and common good through the lens of art and technology."

Over the coming days, the fest will host a bunch of exhibitions and talks from hipsters and technologists alike, though one nightly "installation" in particular piqued the interest of these two left feet.

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Living alone is positively associated with common mental disorders, regardless of age and sex, according to a study published May 1, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Louis Jacob from University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, and colleagues.

The proportion of people living alone has increased in recent years due to population aging, decreasing marriage rates and lowering fertility.

Previous studies have investigated the link between living alone and mental disorders but have generally been conducted in elderly populations and are not generalizable to younger adults.

In the new study, researchers used data on 20,500 individuals aged 16-64 living in England who participated in the 1993, 2000, or 2007 National Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys.

Whether a person had a common mental disorder (CMD) was assessed using the Clinical Interview Schedule-Revised (CIS-R), a questionnaire focusing on neurotic symptoms during the previous week.

In addition to the number of people living in a household, data was available on factors including weight and height, alcohol dependence, drug use, social support, and loneliness.

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Insider has obtained Jeffrey Epstein's address book from the 1990s. It connects him with a new network of billionaires and heavyweights.
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"When the minimum payment for my federal 8.5% interest rate loan is nearly $500, I will not accept that the issue lies with me," says Ashley Strahm.
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Edison’s electric pen was designed for printing documents. But it’s still used today for tattooing
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The iPhone 12 mini hasn’t been a success. The device hasn’t even been out six months and already there are reports that Apple is set to cut its successive model. But we may have been too rash: the iPhone 13 mini could actually be a thing. Okay, let’s get the bad news out the way. The source for this fact is Jon Prosser. If you’ve ever come across him, he’s an Apple leaker with… shall we say a mixed success rate? He declared that the new, entry-level iPad will ditch its current bezels. It didn’t. He confirmed the iPhone 12 Pro Max would…

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mark zuckerberg facebook ceo

  • Two former workers and one current staffer in Mark Zuckerberg's private family office accused his former personal security chief of racist and sexist conduct, including using the n-word, calling an employee a "ghetto hoodrat," and calling Black Lives Matter a "terrorist organization."
  • The accusations come from previously undisclosed sworn declarations made last year, in which the workers pledged to repeat their claims under oath if necessary.
  • In 2019, after two other former staffers raised almost identical complaints about Booth and threatened litigation, Zuckerberg hired an outside law firm to investigate the claims. 
  • At the time, Zuckerberg's spokesperson said the investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing and that the charges "could not be substantiated." Booth voluntarily left his job and the family office said in a statement that it was "grateful for his service."
  • Zuckerberg's spokesperson said that current employee has recanted her sworn declaration and that it contains inaccuracies. The law firm that drew it up responded that "current employees can sometimes be pressured to change their affidavits."

Mark Zuckerberg's former head of personal security was accused by colleagues of using the n-word, calling a Black employee a "ghetto hoodrat," and denigrating the Black Lives Matter movement, according to sworn declarations obtained by Business Insider.

The declarations, signed under penalty of perjury by two former workers in Zuckerberg's secretive family office and by one still employed there, offer shocking new details of allegations against Zuckerberg's former security chief Liam Booth and cast doubt on the Chan-Zuckerberg family's claims that an investigation found no evidence of racism or abuse during his tenure.

Booth was first accused of misconduct by two different former colleagues in 2019, including sexual harassment, racism, and homophobia. At the time, Zuckerberg's personal spokesperson Ben LaBolt said the family office had investigated the claims and found no wrongdoing by Booth, who departed his job after Business Insider first reported on the accusations. 

The new allegations contained in the declarations corroborate some of those earlier claims about Booth's conduct. All three begin with pledges that "the following facts are within my personal knowledge and if called as a witness, I could and would competently testify thereto, under oath."

In response to a Business Insider investigation into Zuckerberg's family office published in February 2020, LaBolt dismissed allegations of sexism, racism, and bullying within the Chan-Zuckerberg household as "a collection of unfounded rumors, exaggerations, and half-truths ... advanced by a small group of disgruntled former employees who are attempting to defame the family office."

But one of the workers who gave a statement that she "witnessed Mr. Booth engage in behavior I considered to be sexist, homophobic, and sexually harassing" remains a current employee of the family office, Business Insider has learned.

The family office continues to deny all allegations of misconduct. 

Zuckerberg's family office faces multiple misconduct allegations

Zuckerberg and Chan employ a sprawling family office, called West Street, to manage their household affairs — from hiring nannies for their two children to maintaining their lavish resort in Hawaii. It's run through Iconiq, a secretive financial-services firm that provides investment management and family office functions for the ultrawealthy.

Over the past few years, West Street has been rocked by worker allegations of misconduct by senior managers. In addition to the accusations concerning Booth, Hawaii property manager Shawn Smith was accused by a former coworker of physical assault, and security staffer Laura McClain and medical staffer Jaeson Rosa were both accused of harassment. The family office has denied all the allegations. 

The two former staffers who first leveled accusations against Booth hired civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom to represent them. The Bloom Firm prepared demand letters laying out their allegations in March 2019, and Business Insider obtained them and first published details from them in May 2019

The newly obtained declarations were also drawn up by the Bloom Firm, seemingly to support the two staffers' claims. One is signed by a former senior manager of executive protection, one is from a female former security staffer, and the third is from a current female administrative staffer. Business Insider is withholding their identities because they may  face retaliation for reporting sexual harassment, and have not gone public with their allegations. All three declarations were signed in September 2019. The former senior manager of executive protection's was signed by hand, while the other bear electronic signatures.

Business Insider was able to directly reach two of the signatories. One confirmed their declaration's authenticity, the other declined to comment, saying, "I don't know anything about any document."

"As previously addressed, most of these allegations have been advanced by a small group of disgruntled former employees...who are attempting to defame the family office after the family office refused their demands for multi-million dollar payments following their separation of employment," LaBolt said.

"Our family office follows a strict code of conduct that requires appropriate behavior from all members of our teams.  It is our expectation that each of our employees adheres to this code of conduct. Any complaint made to our HR personnel is taken very seriously. We investigate each and every complaint, including, when appropriate, engaging outside counsel to conduct such investigations."

LaBolt said that the current administrative staffer now disputes some of the claims contained in the declaration bearing her name, and has signed a new sworn declaration that, he said, recants some of those statements —suggesting that the declaration prepared by the Bloom Firm doesn't accurately reflect her testimony. 

But LaBolt did not dispute that the staffer signed the Bloom Firm declaration, and refused to provide a copy of the new declaration without an agreement that it would be treated as off the record, which Business Insider declined. LaBolt would not make the staffer available for an interview.

In response, Lisa Bloom defended her firm's practices, and said that workers can be pressured to change their statements by employers.

"It is our practice in every case to keep careful records of all email communications leading up to sworn affidavits. All sworn affidavits, if any, were obtained after direct close consultation with witnesses, who then reviewed and signed them under oath," she said in a statement.

"It is our belief, after years of legal experience, that witnesses who are current employees can sometimes be pressured to change their affidavits."

'Black Lives Matter bullshit'

The declarations contain serious, previously unreported allegations against Booth, a former Secret Service agent whose since-deleted LinkedIn profile described him as serving on President Barack Obama's personal security detail.

The former senior manager of executive protection alleged that Booth told him Black Lives Matter movement was a "terrorist organisation," and described a female worker, who is African American, as a "ghetto bitch," a "hoodrat," and a "cunt."

The female security worker said that Booth "stated that he was 'tired of all the Black Lives Matter bullshit,'" and that he "often used the word 'n-----' to label African Americans."

Additionally, she alleged that Booth "once [called] Ms. Chan a bad driver while deliberately making his eyes narrower," and that he "balked against Priscilla Chan's goal that the workforce be more diverse and employ more people of color."

These statements line up with some of the allegations in the demand letters, which similarly alleged that Booth made racist remarks about Chan's driving ability, that he "bragged that he thwarted" her diversity hiring efforts, and that he called the Black Lives Matter movement "reverse racism."

All three of the workers claimed in the declarations to have heard Booth use homophobic language. The administrative staffer said Booth "made homophobic jokes" at the expense of a gay staffer, while the former senior manager of executive protection and the female security worker each said they heard him use the slur "fag."

The female administrative staffer's declaration also corroborates a claim made in one of the demand letters: That Booth slapped the crotch and groped the buttocks of a gay staffer at a July 2018 event.

The female administrative staffer said in her declaration she was present at the event, and that she "did observe Mr. Booth place his hands on [that staffer's] buttocks that night ... [He] told me that the nonconsensual touching made him uncomfortable." She also alleged that Booth sexually harassed her that evening, wrapping his arm around her waist and sexually propositioning her. 

She wrote that she complained to West Street's managing director Brian Mosteller and HR director Monica Moorhouse about Booth's behavior, but that to her knowledge no investigation was launched.

LaBolt said that she now denies seeing Booth harass the other worker. 

"The new allegations have been largely refuted by the individual in question. This individual has recently signed a sworn statement making clear that in drafting the previous declaration attributed to her, the Bloom Firm mischaracterized what she told them and included inaccurate statements and exaggerated claims drafted by their attorneys, including that she witnessed any inappropriate touching, which she expressly denies," he said in a statement.

Zuckerberg's spokesperson has repeatedly denied all wrongdoing

After the demand letters first became public, West Street flatly denied the allegations.

In July 2019, LaBolt said in a statement that Zuckerberg had engaged the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olsen to investigate the claims, and that they "could not be substantiated" after "numerous interviews with Mr. Booth's colleagues as well as a review of other relevant documents and information." The statement also said that the family office had conducted its own internal investigation, which likewise found no evidence of wrongdoing. Nonetheless, the statement said, Booth was leaving to minimise "distractions."

It added: "The family office is grateful for his service and wishes Mr. Booth the best in his future endeavors."

It's unclear if any of the three workers who signed the declarations were interviewed by the family office or MTO in the course of their investigations. The female administrative staffer's declaration claimed that she raised concerns about Booth to human resources.

The former senior manager of executive protection left in August 2019, meaning he was still employed by West Street when LaBolt said in July 2019 that its investigations found no evidence to support the first two staffers' claims. The female security staffer left in July 2018. 

LaBolt declined to comment on whether any of the three were interviewed as part of the investigations, or what they said if so, citing "employee confidentiality."

In response to the new documents, he stood by his claims that the investigations found no evidence of wrongdoing: "The family office has previously addressed the allegations against Liam Booth by the Bloom Firm. Over the course of several weeks, both the family office's HR personnel and Munger, Tolles & Olson conducted separate investigations into these allegations. These investigations included numerous interviews with Mr. Booth's colleagues, as well as a review of other relevant documents and information. Following these thorough investigations, the serious allegations made against Mr. Booth by the Bloom Firm could not be substantiated. As stated at the time, Mr. Booth, who is fully aware that minimizing distractions is a key component to executing his duties as head of security, chose to move on from the family office to pursue other professional opportunities in July 2019."  

Other staffers also face accusations of harassment

The female security worker, who was a contract worker with a third-party company used by the family office, also claimed in her declaration to have been sexually harassed by a family office medical staffer in January 2018, and that, to her knowledge, management took no action after she complained about her treatment. 

She said in her statement that on a trip to one of Zuckerberg's properties in Montana, medic Jaeson Rosa made "sexual overtures towards me and [demanded] that I allow him to enter my room to use the shower." She said she reported it to Booth and McClain, as well as an unnamed "personal assistant" to Zuckerberg, but that "nothing was done," adding: "No investigation occurred. Mr. Rosa's behavior was not corrected."

She also claimed that McClain, who is gay, asked her in April 2018 if she was "wearing a bra at work," at the direction of Booth, which left her "disturbed and outraged."

Business Insider first reported on the allegations against Rosa in February 2020. At the time, spokesperson LaBolt said that the family office had no record of any complaint from her and that Booth and McClain couldn't recall receiving one, which he reiterated in a new statement. "Our HR personnel have no record of receiving any complaint from her. We understand that she voluntarily resigned from her position with the third party in 2018," he said. 

One of the earlier two staffers also accused McClain of misconduct in their demand letter, alleging McClain texted her asking her to "bend over in a certain way so that Ms. McClain could see her buttocks."

Rosa and McClain are both still employed by the family office.

Mark Zuckerberg has not directly commented on the allegations

Mark Zuckerberg has not commented publicly on the allegations against his employees, and his spokesperson declined to make him available to discuss them. A Facebook spokesperson similarly declined to comment, while law firm MTO and family office management firm Iconiq did not respond to requests for comment. 

Iconiq has been outspoken about workplace matters in other areas. In response to the ongoing protests against racism across the United States, the firm recently updated its website to include a statement of support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

"We will increase our efforts to unlock the power of diversity in the workplace and engage underrepresented minorities in business," it pledged. "Through ICONIQ Impact, our platform for collaborative philanthropy, we will further harness our network to help those who are neglected, mistreated, and oppressed."

Do you work at West Street, Iconiq, or another private family office? Contact Business Insider reporter Rob Price via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1 650-636-6268), encrypted email ([email protected]), standard email ([email protected]), Telegram/Wickr/WeChat (robaeprice), or Twitter DM (@robaeprice). We can keep sources anonymous. Use a non-work device to reach out. PR pitches by standard email only, please.

SEE ALSO: A drunken late-night assault allegation has roiled the secretive world of Mark Zuckerberg's private family office. Personal aides are speaking out about claims that household staff endured sexual harassment and racism from their colleagues.

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Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate panel at San Diego Comic-Con showed Hall H some footage but didn’t release it online.

Instead, they’ve gifted us a shiny new look at the latest instalment of the cyborg-battling franchise in featurette form.

Linda Hamilton has returned to lead yet another fight for humanity as well as Anrold Schwarzenegger.

A new Terminator, played by Gabriel Luna, is on the scene with some fancy new powers hunting down a new character, played by Natalia Reyes, who is being protected by Mackenzie Davis’ human-machine hybrid.

The other big news out of the SDCC panel was, of course, the reveal of Edward Furlong returning to his John Connor role.

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OnePlus takes the war on bezels very seriously.

Having valiantly whittled down the notch of last year’s OnePlus 6T to a single-lens nipple-nubbin, zealous OnePlus engineers have obliterated it completely in the newly launched OnePlus 7 Pro.

Announced this week, the company’s very first premium, no-holds-barred flagship is nothin’ but screen – top to bottom, left to right – with a gently curved glass display that seems to flow over the edge of the device, like a Samsung Galaxy.

The camera takes just half a second to deploy, which is quick enough that you won’t spot it when it pops up and back down when unlocking the phone with facial recognition.

The periscope-style camera is designed to be dust and water resistant (though the phone is still not officially rated for taking a plunge), and OnePlus says that the mechanism has been stress tested 300,000 times to ensure durability (that’s the equivalent of 150 times a day for five years).

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Dr Phoebe Patey Ferguson, Scottee, Asad Ullah. 

Every year, ‘World Obesity Day’ prompts a wave of articles on how to tackle the population’s “weight problem”. This year, though, the noise is even louder, as the World Health Organisation calls Covid-19 a “wake up call” for the public and politicians alike. 

But a group of 30 artists, activists and self-defined “fat influencers” are having none of it. 

While no one is denying that weight has been linked to an increased risk of severe Covid outcomes, the group – led by artist and political performer Scottee – wants to shut down the rhetoric of blame they say has been peddled by the British government. 

The government’s ad campaign on obesity reportedly cost £10 million. Meanwhile there’s been “mass unemployment, a record number of redundancies made and an underfunded NHS having to self-fund its survival after a decade of austerity,” says Scottee. “They set out to blame fat people who died of Covid for their own deaths, whilst we bury 130,000 citizens.”

Scotee, artist and artistic director of Scottee and Friends. 

The artists, influencers and activists will be making a stand, with a ‘day of disruption’ on social media, including photos, cabaret live streams, a ‘fat show-and-tell’ zoom party and more. 

The participants include vocalist and cabaret artist Fatt Butcher, theatre maker and writer Katie Greenal, culture journalist and The Fat Zine founder Gina Tonic, artist Toni Lewis and many more. 

Scottee believes weight has been used as a “smokescreen” to distract from the government’s handling of the pandemic, which he says has led to the UK having the highest death rate from Covid-19 of any country in the world. 

“I want to readdress some of the balance and demonstrate that not all fat people want to be fixed or cured, and importantly, not all of us are interested in what you think of our bodies or our choices,” Scottee tells HuffPost UK. 

“Fat people are often treated as stupid, organisations like the World Obesity Foundation and their followers talk about fat people as if we are completely unaware of what we eat, what food is and why we are fat – oh, babes, we know. Fortunately, many of us aren’t seeking to be fixed.”

Asad Ullah, a writer, performer and rom-com enthusiast, decided to take part in the project because the rhetoric on obesity this past year made him feel: “honestly? Shit.”

“Imagine going through a global doomsday scenario, living in isolation, and you see nationwide campaigns telling you you’re the problem, eat more apples and go for a walk,” he says. “That’s where your priorities lie? I’ve internalised a lot of that rhetoric, so it’s been a rough year physically and mentally.”

His aim with the content he posts during the 10-hour disruption is to be honest and reflect how he truly feels. 

“There’s been joy and uplifting in my own fat gang and I wanted to give some joy back to everyone,” he says. “I also wanted to talk about the internal dialogue and horrible things I say to myself – fatness isn’t ‘straight line, happy-go-lucky, #BoPo, dance to Lizzo and you’ll be fine’ kind of vibes.

“It’s messy, hypocritical, lonely – so I’ve been really honest about my feelings about myself and my body.”

To see more of the campaign, follow the hashtag #WorldObesityDayHack on social media. 

HuffPost UK contacted the government in relation to the comments made by Scottee and the activists. A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Every death from this virus is a tragedy and our sympathies are with everyone who has lost loved ones. We are doing everything possible to save lives from a virus that does not discriminate, however, there is clear evidence that shows being overweight brings increased risk of becoming ill with Covid-19.

“We know that losing weight can be challenging which is why we have put in place a world-leading obesity strategy and, as part of our ongoing commitment to support people in achieving and sustaining a healthier weight, yesterday we announced a £100 million cash boost. This will help drive new initiatives and approaches to improving the nation’s health in the coming months.”

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The day when President Bill Pullman saved the entire world because he figures out aliens were scared of water, or something like that.

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Coffee may be the hot drink darling of America, but the stalwart tea is just as worthy - if not more.

There are no baristas, or men in white linen trousers plunging their hands into a bags of beans on their sun-soaked coffee plantations atop a mountain somewhere.

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Living alone is positively associated with common mental disorders, regardless of age and sex, according to a study published May 1, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Louis Jacob from University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, and colleagues.

The proportion of people living alone has increased in recent years due to population aging, decreasing marriage rates and lowering fertility.

Previous studies have investigated the link between living alone and mental disorders but have generally been conducted in elderly populations and are not generalizable to younger adults.

In the new study, researchers used data on 20,500 individuals aged 16-64 living in England who participated in the 1993, 2000, or 2007 National Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys.

Whether a person had a common mental disorder (CMD) was assessed using the Clinical Interview Schedule-Revised (CIS-R), a questionnaire focusing on neurotic symptoms during the previous week.

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