Sienna Miller calls Hitchcock ‘sadistic’ over treatment of Tippi Hedren

Tippi Hedren et Alfred Hitchcock au Festival de Cannes lors de la présentation du film 'Les Oiseaux' le 10 mai 1965, France. (Photo by REPORTERS ASSOCIES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock at Festival de Cannes, 1965 (Credit: REPORTERS ASSOCIES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Sienna Miller has said that Alfred Hitchcock’s abusive on and off-set behaviour would have ushered in ‘an army’ of women speaking out about him had he been working today.

Miller played the actress Tippi Hedren in the 2012 movie The Girl, which dramatised the making of Hitchcock’s iconic thriller The Birds, with Toby Jones as Hitchcock.

It depicted the director as a tyrannical figure, obsessed and infatuated with the actress and later given to cruelty towards her, after she rebuffed his romantic advances.

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The abuse not only manifested itself in his direction, traumatising Hedren by filming gruelling scenes with real birds over days, but also by keeping the actress under contract.

After making movies like The Birds and Marnie with her, Hitchcock then prevented her from working for other directors.

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Speaking at an online Q&A at the Montclair Film Festival (via Indiewire), where her latest movie Wander Darkly is playing, she said: “That was a really, really traumatising, appalling experience for her. And not only how he treated her in the making of those films but in the aftermath.

“He kept her under contract. He wouldn’t release her to work with Godard and Truffaut, etc. who we were all trying to hire her, but just kept her for 10 years under this contract and watched her grow old, without making anything. It was very sadistic.

American actress Tippi Hedren on the set of The Birds, directed and produced by British Alfred Hitchcok. (Photo by Universal Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)American actress Tippi Hedren on the set of The Birds, directed and produced by British Alfred Hitchcok. (Photo by Universal Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actress Tippi Hedren on the set of The Birds, directed and produced by British Alfred Hitchcok. (Photo by Universal Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

“Thankfully I think the world has changed enough where if anybody even attempted that kind of abuse, there is an army of women that would come out and fight it.

“And I feel very fortunate to be working in these times, because I think that story is not uncommon of that era. You really belonged to the studio that you were assigned to and, essentially, to the director.”

Miller as Hedren in The Girl (Credit: HBO)Miller as Hedren in The Girl (Credit: HBO)
Miller as Hedren in The Girl (Credit: HBO)

Hedren revealed to biographer Patrick McGilligan in the book Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light that Hitchcock purposely ruined her career, after she signed an initial seven-year contract with him.

“I said I wanted to get out of my contract,” she explained.

“He said: ‘You can’t. You have your daughter to support, and your parents are getting older’. I said: ‘Nobody would want me to be in this situation, I want to get out’.

“ And he said: ‘I’ll ruin your career’. I said: ‘Do what you have to do’. And he did ruin my career. He kept me under contract, paid me to do nothing for close on two years.”

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Audio: Removing Cops From Behavioral Crisis Calls: ‘We Need To Change The Model’

In what will be among the largest and boldest urban police reform experiment in decades San Francisco is creating and preparing to deploy teams of professionals from the fire and health departments — not police — to respond to most calls for people in a psychiatric, behavioral or substance abuse crisis.

Instead of police, these types of crisis calls will mostly be handled by new unarmed mobile teams comprised of paramedics, mental health professionals and peer support counselors starting next month.

“It’s glaringly obvious we need to change the model,” says San Francisco Fire Dept. Capt. Simon Pang, who is leading the fire department’s effort to build these new street crisis response teams.

Removing police from most nonviolent psychiatric and behavioral crisis calls is no small shift: they can account for a quarter or more of all police calls for service. If you add in 911 calls for issues or complaints surrounding homelessness, the numbers shoot even higher, police data show.

Moreover, surveys show that nearly a quarter of fatal police encounters followed calls about “disruptive behavior” directly tied to a person’s mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder. Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics surveys show that 64% of those in jail and more than half of all prison inmates have a mental health problem, many of them undiagnosed.

“They’re (police) handling these calls the best they can,” Pang says, “but the fact remains that because of the traditional system, which is in place out of inertia, you have law enforcement officers responding to nonviolent, noncriminal calls for service for people whose needs are largely social, behavioral or mental. And that’s just not right,” he says. “The time is now to rethink the entire process so that we can get personnel who are better suited to help people” in those kinds of crises.

These mobile teams better suited will include a specially trained psychologist or social worker, a fire department paramedic and a peer support expert, ideally someone with lived experience in recovery from alcohol or drug abuse and perhaps homelessness.

San Francisco’s new, unarmed, non-police teams are scheduled, at first, to take over the police calls for code 800 – a broad, catch-all category the police describe as a “report of a mentally disturbed person.” The police here got nearly 17,000 of those code 800s last year, according to SFPD data, and nearly 22,000 overall from persons in mental or behavioral crisis. The vast majority of them were non-violent. Of those code 800 calls, the police data show, only 132 of them reported “a potential for violence or a weapon.”

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Organizers of the new teams in the city’s fire and health departments aim to expand the array of nonviolent police calls they take over, including some of the nearly 30,000 “check on well being” 911 calls the police receive annually. Details on which of those other police code calls the new teams will eventually respond to are still under discussion, officials involved say.

Married grandfather, 75, admits harassing six women with sexually explicit phone calls

A 75-year-old grandfather sexually harassed six young women with explicit and abusive phone calls during a nine-month campaign of harassment.

Michael Bunce, of Broadstairs, Kent, told one woman he wanted to tie her up and others he knew where they lived.

He pleaded guilty to six charges of sending a communication of an indecent or offensive nature on Thursday at Margate Magistrates’ Court.

But Bunce, who said his wife of 58 years was now aware of his actions, claimed his behaviour was a direct result of medication he was taking to manage Parkinson’s disease.

One of his victims, a 24-year-old woman, said he made “graphic and abusive” calls. She said she lived in fear and felt helpless as he phoned her “relentlessly”.

He appeared at Margate Magistrate's Court on Thursday. (Google)He appeared at Margate Magistrate's Court on Thursday. (Google)

He appeared at Margate Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. (Google)

Last October, Bunce rang one young mother and asked to speak to her sister, before adding: “Are you horny like her?”

Over the next six weeks, he made sexually explicit and suggestive phone calls to the same woman, who asked to remain anonymous.

Speaking after Bunce pleaded guilty, she said: “He’d say, ‘Can you work out what I’m doing?’

“He asked to meet up for a drink and said he wanted to get a hotel room and that he’d pay me to make videos with him.

“He would ring every Wednesday and Thursday between 11am and 1pm and would always be on a withheld number. If I didn’t pick up, he’d ring relentlessly and he got nastier.”

But in November, Bunce forgot to withhold his number and she was able to pass his details onto police, who soon tracked him down to his home in Broadstairs, Kent.

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Bunce told the mother-of-two that he knew where she lived and on one occasion he suggested he saw her children leave her home moments before he rang.

As a result, she bought street-facing CCTV cameras and her family took it in turns to sleep on her sofa.

Even after Bunce was apprehended by detectives, the victim said he called her once more.

Bunce, who declined legal representation in court, added: “You don’t know how ashamed I am. I’m nearly 76. Nothing like this has ever happened before.

“I have the best respect for women. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a good man.”

Sentencing will take place in December at Margate Magistrates’ Court after a pre-sentence report has been made.

Bunce was released on unconditional bail ahead of his next court appearance.

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Amazon Has No Comment on Anti-Iran Clothing Brand After Calls For It to Be Removed

Amazon Prime’s website has a new clothing line for sale, and it’s stirring serious controversy. The brand, titled “Anti Iran Tees For All” resurfaced after a Twitter user shared a link to a tee-shirt on October 15.

a sign on the side of a building: Close-up of sign with logo on facade of the regional headquarters of ecommerce company Amazon in the Silicon Valley town of Sunnyvale, California, October 28, 2018.

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Close-up of sign with logo on facade of the regional headquarters of ecommerce company Amazon in the Silicon Valley town of Sunnyvale, California, October 28, 2018.

“Amazon must take this insulting add off its website,” they wrote, including a link to a black tee-shirt which read “F*** IRAN” across the chest.

Shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops and pullovers that also read “F*** IRAN” are available for purchase starting at $20 apiece.

Newsweek reached out to Amazon Prime for comment on Thursday regarding the brand, and the company responded that they had no comment.

Their Twitter updated called for folks to boycott Amazon until the product was removed. “Amazon has no shame,” one person wrote. “Very insulting, and infantile gesture on one of the most beautiful ancient countries,” another chimed in.

“This is outrageous. BOYCOTT @amazon till they take this Insulting Ad off its website. This is an insult to 80 Million People,” a third wrote.

“There are a lot of these on their site. It’s disgusting stuff. They should remove them all,” one person noted. Unfortunately, they’re not wrong. Another brand, named “Brand: Pro TRUMP 2020 Apparel” has shirts with the same message available for purchase as well.

“@amazon Selling a merchandise insulting to a nation is not acceptable,” someone tweeted in response. “I will #cancelprime subscription if you do not remove this item. And please do not come up with the Freedom of Expression excuse!!”

These calls for boycotting the retailer come a day after Amazon Prime’s annual sale event, Prime Day. The annual sale brings billions of dollars in, and as per CNBC, third-party sellers made $3.5 alone. The company has yet to disclose final Prime Day figures.

The description for the product reads: “Makes a great or shirt for men, women, or any American citizen who is anti Iran.”

“Great shirt or tee for Americans, conservatives, republicans, Trump supporters, pro Trump men and women, and active duty military service members and veterans,” it continues. “Will make a great shirt to wear when WWIII breaks out between the USA and Iran.”

Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski calls Bishop-elect William Byrne a ‘great gift’ to Springfield Diocese

Archbishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of St. Louis called the appointment of the Rev. William D. Byrne as the 10th bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield “a great gift to the diocese.”

“With this announcement, Pope Francis has given a great gift to my former diocese,” said Rozanski, who served for six years as Western Massachusetts’ ninth Catholic bishop until his Missouri appointment in June.

He called Byrne — a university chaplain, pastor for more than two decades in the Washington D.C. area, and YouTube personality for his videos with spiritual insights — “a communicator who is adept at using many platforms to spread the Word of Our Lord Jesus Christ, namely, those platforms which particularly engage our younger generations.”

Byrne’s 26 years of pastoral experience “will serve him well in supporting the faithful of Western Massachusetts,” the archbishop said.

Noting that Byrne graduated from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester means he is “not a stranger to Massachusetts,”

“In Western Massachusetts, Bishop-elect Byrne will find a loving people who are passionate about the Catholic faith and willing to support him in his ministry as they did for me over the last six years,” Rozanski said.

The 56-year-old Byrne, who has served since 2015 as pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac, Maryland, is set to be ordained as Springfield’s new bishop on Dec. 14 at St. Michael’s Cathedral.

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