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A 26-year-old man has been found guilty of stalking Harry Styles. The Lights Up singer said Pablo Tarazaga-Orero camped outside of his home for several months.

Styles revealed that he felt scared and uncomfortable inside his own home. He reported Pablo’s “erratic and frightening behaviour” to the police, however, Pablo continued to cause distress.

Harry said the Spanish national posted letters and money through his letterbox, followed him to the pub and while he was out jogging.

The Sweet Creature singer appeared in court on Monday and gave evidence to the court.

He said, “Pablo was sleeping outside of my residence; I first became aware of him in March. I thought it was sad that someone so young was sleeping rough at a bus stop when it was cold."

On March 10, Styles offered the homeless man money for food or a hotel but he denied. The following day, the singer gave him sandwiches, salads and two muffins and decided to stop speaking to Pablo.

Harry told the court, “He asked me if I wanted to go to a restaurant to eat. I told him I was on my way to work. I found it a little odd. His facial expression made me feel a little uneasy. It was like a smirk.

"Until that point, I never felt unsafe or uneasy in my own home,” the singer stressed.

Pablo continued to stalk the singer, despite Harry’s best effort to cut off contact.

“I never really encountered this kind of behaviour before. I've employed a night guard. I continue to lock my bedroom door at night."

Pablo stressed that he wasn’t stalking the singer, but just wanted the money he originally offered him.

“I don't have any interest in him. I don't have any feelings for him. I'm not in love with him,” he said.

Pablo Tarazaga-Orero will be sentenced on October 21.



“The young lads went overboard but this is what young lads do on occasion. They have suffered far too much.”

This was a comment written by Billy Keane, in the comment section of The Irish Independent, in the wake of the Ballyragget scandal.

In case you need a bit of refreshing on the Ballyragget case, a scandal erupted in the small Kilkenny village after some photos of the intermediate hurling team celebrating a club victory went viral.

There were strippers involved, and claims that one of them, Fifi, was paid for performing a sex act on a player.

But of course, instead of being thoroughly investigated for their viral (literally thousands of people saw the pictures and videos) misconduct, the men (not boys, not “young lads”, but grown-ass men) were given nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

This culture of ‘boys will boys’ and ‘it’s just a bit of craic’ is a cover for a much deeper misogyny that has reared its ugly head in Ireland recently. We’ve had enough, it’s time for Ireland’s #TimesUp moment.

If the trial of four rugby players, including Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, has shown us anything it’s that ‘lad culture’ is strong in sport- and that sport will stop at nothing to protect its own.

Let me preface this by saying that I have absolutely nothing against rugby or the GAA. Sport is a fantastic way of bringing families, communities and entire countries together. It is a treasured social outlet for many men and women. Professional and dedicated sportspeople deserve our highest respect, but that does not mean that they are above the law, despite their acquittal of all charges clearly stating otherwise. 

Male GAA and rugby stars command the same amount of notoriety and power, as film stars and Hollywood hotshots do in the United States. We’re a small nation, so to make it big, most of our actors and musicians head for the bright lights of the States or London. But one thing we refuse to export are sportspeople.

In rugby, our national team have taken on Goliaths like England, France and the All Blacks, and we’ve won. This is an immense source of Irish pride, and it’s hard not to feel something when our team is given the Six Nations or places in the World Cup.

Those men (and women, the ladies team deserve far more recognition than they get) are representing us, they are Ireland on the pitch.

So, what happens when one of our stars is accused of rape? The “lads only club” kicks in.

Lad culture and rugby are synonymous. Don’t believe me? Ross O’Carroll-Kelly created an entire series about it.

According to a report published by the National Union of Students in the UK, Lad Culture in universities is damaging and sexist. Lad Culture can be defined as a version of masculinity that promotes pack mentality, excessive drinking, multiple sexual partners and overtly homophobic, sexist and aggressive language in the form of “banter”.

While the study focuses on Lad Culture in universities, it does note the connection between sports and ‘laddisms’.

“‘Lad Culture’ was thought to be particularly influential in the social side of university life,” states the report.

“Extracurricular activities and sports in particular were singled out as key sites, and it was reported that sexism in such environments could spill over into sexual harassment and humiliation.”

This ‘banter’, while explicitly sexual and violent is usually dismissed as “just a bit of craic”. Speaking out about it or challenging offensive sexual speak leaves us to open to being called “dry”, “hysterical”, or even worse, “one of those man-hating feminists”.

Women, and men, uncomfortable with these laddisms are left to suffer in silence- or even become compliant and join in on the ‘banter’.

The ‘banter’ flying about the Whatsapp group the morning after the aforementioned alleged rape further proves this.

The morning after the acts took place, one of the rugby players posted a selfie of himself with three female party-goers, captioned “Love Belfast sluts.” 


A friend replied, “Boys, did you lads spit roast lasses? Legends!! … why are we all such legends?” to which the man responded: “I know. It’s ridiculous.” 

The conversation continued on a similar vein, with one message asking if the women were “Brassers”- Belfast slang for prostitutes.

“Two days after the alleged rape, at 11.28am,” writes The Irish Independent. “Mr McIlroy sent a message to a friend stating: ‘Pumped a bird with Jacko on Monday. Roasted her. Then another on Tuesday night.’”

To be honest, they sound more like they were describing a chicken dinner, than actual sex. 

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Rape jokes and other such lad culture tripe serve to dehumanise women, completely disregarding any kind of consent. She is no longer a woman, sister, daughter, friend. She is a “bird” waiting to be “pumped” and “roasted”.

The fact that that defence lawyer called these texts a "titillating sideshow", only proves the power of misogynistic power of "banter" over a woman's right to speak her truth. 

This is not just ‘banter’ between team mates, it’s symptomatic of a wider disregard for consent. In the words of Stuart Olding, “I didn't force myself on her. I presume she wanted it to happen. She didn't have to stay, she could have left.”

Okay, let’s break this one down.

They’re rugby players, it’s literally their job to be as physically strong as possible. By his own admission, Olding had consumed “eight cans of Carlsberg beer, four pints of Guinness, two gins, five vodka and lemonades and three shots of tequila and sambuca.” Combine an athletics physical strength with that amount of alcohol and even what might not seem to be any force for them could literally crush a normal person.

Now to, “I presume she wanted it to happen.”

No. Just, no.

He “presumed” she wanted to have sex with him, because why wouldn't she? They’ve constantly been told that they’re brilliant since they were tackling a teddy in their cribs. In Ireland, the recognition that sports receive is the equivalent to a Hollywood A-lister. Why wouldn't any woman want you? It goes with the territory. Wrong.

Couple this egotism with the laddist ignoring consensual conversations, any regard for the woman’s wishes in this situation has been ignored.

As the old saying goes, “If you assume, you make an ‘ass’ of ‘u’ and ‘me’.”

And apparently, none of this was enough to actually convict any of them. All four have walked free. 

It’s not funny, it’s not banter. It’s the last bastion of overt and accepted misogyny of our so-called “equal” society.

Like I said before, sport is not the only area where “lad culture” flourishes.

Sport doesn't have to be like this. In fact, the team bond and their visibility make them an excellent place for open conversation, debate and education. Just look at soccer's 'Give Respect, Get Respect' Campaign. Yeah, it didn't solve racism but at least it CALLED IT OUT.  

Take a look at the Times Up movement in the States, it’s only once we start an open and inclusive conversation can this be fixed. Dragging the problem kicking and screaming into the spotlight instead of writing it off as just another grey area.

The days of hushing sexual assault and harassment under the carpet embroidered “boys will be boys” are over. Let’s take what happened in Belfast as a beginning, a beginning of a brighter, healthier, more inclusive era for Ireland’s sports teams.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to talk about consent, not just women. It starts with a simple replacing of “It’s just a bit of craic” with “Lads, cut it out.” It starts with saying "I believe her". 

Just because they've walked away, doesn't mean that women are going to be silenced.  We owe it to her to speak up. We owe it to ourselves, our sisters, friends, co-workers to call time on this bullshit perception that men can get away with saying and doing whatever they want. 

We owe it to our daughters, to be able to tell them that we're the reason that they can go out and feel safe. 

We owe it to our sons, to teach them that real men respect women. 



After the devastating result of her court case last month, Kesha has filed an appeal to overturn the ruling on her contract.

The songstress pleaded for a temporary break from working with Dr Luke – who she claims raped her – but the judge ruled that she has to remain in her contract with Sony.


Yesterday, Kesha went to court in Manhattan with her lawyer to overturn the case, E! News has reported.

In the documents , Kesha's lawyer claims that forcing the singer to work with Dr Luke is akin to "slavery."

"First, the Court erred in basing its decision on its finding that Kesha could record without interference from Gottwald [Dr Luke]," the paperwork states.

"Although it recognised that "slavery was done away with a long time ago" and that 'you can't force someone to work in a situation in which they don't want to work,' the Court's ruling requiring Kesha to work for Gottwald's companies, purportedly without his involvement, does just that.

"As the Court itself recognised, 'It's slavery. You can't do that'."

But Dr Luke's lawyer has already responded saying that Kesha's allegations are "false."



Rebecca Ferguson has finally opened up about her latest trauma in which a woman that she had considered a friend was sent to prison for stealing from her.

The 28-year-old star broke down in court last month when she explained how Rachel Taylor had conned her out of more than €61,000.

In a new interview with the Mirror, the former X Factor star opened up about her struggles and how she is trying to put it all behind her.

“I finally got justice, but I’m still recovering from it all,” the former flame of Zayn Malik revealed.

“There was so much more to it, and only so much that gets said in court, and I think if people knew everything they would be quite surprised to hear how I got through it all.”

The mum-of-three admitted that she believes it was her faith in people and putting trust in them that allowed Ms Taylor to take such advantage of her.

“I’m one of those people who tries to look for the good in people, but I’ve learnt that, actually, no, some people fundamentally just are not nice.”

A court found the woman who had been posing as Rebecca’s accountant guilty of two counts of fraud and the 54-year-old was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Rebecca has had her fair share of ups and downs, with the recent court case and a series of unfortunate relationships.

But, while the Glitter and Gold singer is still single at the moment, she says she is the happiest she has been in years.

“I’m doing the new album which I’m really excited about, and I’m just in a really good place. I am the happiest I’ve been in years.” 


There are two things that Irish people love more than anyone or anything else in the world – tea and their mum’s cooking.

But just how far would you go to get a plate of your favourite dinner?

Well, this one Kerry-man ended up in court claiming that he was actually “bribed” with the offer of his mother’s bacon and cabbage dinner.

Donal Cosgrave from Co. Kerry explained to a court that he did not breach an order preventing him from entering his mother’s home as he ate the dinner she gave him on the porch and not inside the house.

The 50-year-old man said that the only reason he went to his mother’s house in Killarney was because she offered him a bacon and cabbage dinner if he cut the grass in her garden.

Mr Cosgrave told the court that this must amount to a bribe because nobody would be able to resist his mother’s cooking.

When the judge asked “was the bacon and cabbage to be given before or after the grass cutting?” Donal replied that it was “before”.

“You have to have a full stomach for hard work… I did not enter the house, I ate the bacon and cabbage on the back porch,” he revealed.

Donal was also apparently expecting the forensic team to show up as he brought the runners he had been wearing at the time to court so he could show that the grass from his mother’s garden was stuck to his footwear.

Mr Cosgrave also revealed that as well as the dinner, his mum gave him “some mustard, and a little bit of dessert.”

The judge has adjourned the case until the 21st of July but Donal has been ordered to stay completely away from his mum’s house, even if he is offered dinner. 



Has Justin Bieber not learned anything from his past brushes with the law?

Apparently not, if reports this weekend are anything to go by.

Word on the Internet is that the singer has been summoned by authorities to Argentina, to appear in court over a very serious claim relating to an attack on a photographer last year.

Diego Pesoa claims that Bieber sent his team of bodyguards to chase down and attack him outside a club in Buenos Aires. Bieber was on his South American tour at the time.

With Interpol now involved in the case, it’s looking pretty serious, and the authorities have been given permission to use all “necessary means” to get Bieber to court in Argentina within the next 60 days.

If he’s a no-show for questioning, an international arrest order will be issued against him.

Bieber could very well be looking at a charge of causing minor injuries, and if convicted he could face up to one year in prison.

What happened to that sweet boy with the floppy hair? Get it together, Justin!



Lindsay Lohan has found herself at the centre of a real life courtroom drama.

The actress has been slapped with a restraining order preventing her and her brother, Michael, from working on their virtual closet app Vigme.

As we reported yesterday, the Mean Girls star and her brother had been accused of stealing tech developer Fima Potik’s app Spotted Friend, and were being sued for $60 million as a result.

Now, after the first stage of the court case, Lindsay and Michael have been temporarily ordered to cease launching, promoting or marketing their app.

According to Page Six, Potik is pleased with the case’s progress so far, with his lawyers saying: “This significant victory helps ensure that the Lohans will not profit from their illegal conduct at Spotted Friend’s expense.”

Lindsay and Michael were initially invited to collaborate on and help promote Spotted Friend, but after talks on their ownership share fell through, the pair went on to launch Vigme themselves.

Essentially an app that shows you what your favourite celebrities are wearing and how to purchase them, Vigme and Spotted Friend are uncannily similar products.

We'll keep you posted on the outcome of the case.



Actress Vinessa Shaw is being sued after allegedly hitting two pedestrians with her car.

The star, who is best known for her roles in Hocus Pocus and Ray Donovan, was reportedly driving through Hollywood when she struck two women, knocking them to the ground.

According to the court documents obtained by TMZ, Maridalia Chepi-Nolasco and Anastasia Gregorio Arce have brought charges against Shaw, claiming that they sustained “severe injuries” as a result of the incident.

The star’s response to the claim has not been revealed as of yet.

Shaw began her acting career with a role in the horror movie Home Sweet Home, but is perhaps most recognisable for playing the character Allison in the cult Halloween film Hocus Pocus, alongside Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker.

The actress appeared most recently on TV screens in the US crime drama series Ray Donovan, in which she played the role of Kate McPherson.



Another day, another drama for Lindsay Lohan.

The actress and her brother Michael are reportedly being sued by a tech developer, who claims they robbed his website idea to create their own app.

In the court documents obtained by TMZ, Fima Potik claims that the Lohans had initially agreed to work with him on ‘Spotted Friend’, an app which allows you to see and purchase the clothes your favourite celebrities are wearing.

However, after talks regarding ownership fell through, the siblings launched their own app, Vigme, which is uncannily similar to Potik’s original idea.

Potik is now suing the Lohans for a whopping $60 million for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and loyalty, and unfair competition.

Naturally, the Lohans are fighting the charges, and if their lawyer Ravi Batra is anything to go by, they are ready for the fight.

“I look forward to holding Fima’s feet to the legal fire and hope he is wearing fireproof clothing all the way to the appeals court,” said Batra.

It looks like it’s going to be an interesting case.



There is good news for Tulisa today after her drug case was thrown out of court earlier. 

Tulisa was arrested in June 2013 for allegedly organising a £820 cocaine deal. 

Judge Alistair McCreath told the court: "There are strong grounds for believing Mr. Mahmood told me lies." The judge continued to say the court case could not proceed as it was "tainted."

Judge McCreath also criticised the journalist's sting effort, saying he went beyond even what the police would do in a similar situation. He could no face perjury charges for his role in the scandal. 

We bet Tulisa is glad about this news! 



Nigella Lawson is the cover star of next month’s British Vogue and decided to wear hardly any make-up.

In what could be interpreted as an attempt to stop hiding behind her perfect ‘domestic goddess’ persona, the TV chef is photographed with just a little blush and a dab of mascara.

Vogue insiders have said the cover photo has only undergone a little photoshopping: “Miss Lawson received a little retouching as we do with all cover images. Oddly given that she is a woman in her fifties, less than some people decades younger.”


Given the troubles Nigella has experienced in the last year after rumours of domestic abuse and a court case that revealed she’d taken drugs, we have a lot of admiration for her honest photo shoot.

We find it difficult to leave the house without make-up, don’t mind appear without it on Vogue!