Angelina Jolie heads up summit to stop sexual violence

Posted: June 12, 2014

OPENING a four-day London summit to stop sexual violence in conflict zones, the "Maleficent" Angelina Jolie spoke with passion and conviction, recalling her meetings with rape victims who struggle with injustice and stigma long after their countries have emerged from conflict.

"We must send a message around the world that there is no disgrace in being a survivor of sexual violence, that the shame is on the aggressor," she said, to cheers from the audience. "We need to shatter that culture of impunity."

Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague are co-hosting the event, billed as the largest such gathering on the subject ever. Diplomats, officials and nonprofit representatives from more than 100 countries gathered to press for the rights of victims - both women and men alike.

Echoing Jolie's words, Hague called sexual violence "a moral issue for our generation."

"As was said with slavery in the 18th century, now we know the facts, we cannot turn aside," he said.

Not guilty, your honor

Joshua James Corbett, charged with stalking Sandra Bullock and breaking into her home, has pleaded not guilty.

Corbett made a brief appearance in an L.A. courtroom yesterday, two days after he was arrested after police say he broke into the Oscar-winning actress' home.

Sandra was at home about 6:30 a.m. Sunday when police say Corbett jumped the fence surrounding her house and broke in.

Corbett, 39, was also charged with felony possession of a machine gun, although prosecutors say he did not have the gun while on Sandra's property.

Superior Court Judge Renee Korn set Corbett's bail at $185,000 and ordered him to stay 200 yards away from the actress.

His attorney, Stephen Sitkoff, declined to comment.

* Los Angeles County prosecutors say that Tylor Scott, 19, and Naomi Charles, 21, of Arizona, pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing a Maserati, jewelry, purses and clothes from the home of Miley Cyrus.

A firearm allegation is included in the charges

They are due back in court June 18.

Scott is also charged with one count each of first-degree residential burglary and grand-theft firearm for an alleged May 15 burglary at a Woodland Hills home. The theft at Miley's home took place two weeks later.

TATTBITS

Correction (or change of mind):Jennifer Lopez said in an interview with the Associated Press that she is flying to Brazil tonight to sing tomorrow at the World Cup.

FIFA officials announced earlier this week that Jennifer wouldn't perform the official tune "We Are One" alongside Pitbull and Claudia Leitte, but she said yesterday that that announcement was premature.

* Wow, that didn't take long.

Barbara Walters said yesterday that she will interview the father of Elliot Rodger, the California man who killed six people and injured 13 others before turning a gun on himself last month. The interview with Peter Rodger will air as a prime-time special on ABC News in the next few weeks.

If Barbara is going to return to interview the parents of other such shooters, she's going to be busier than if she hosted "The View."

* Always eager to hook 'em as young as possible, Disney announced this week an animated TV movie and series based on "The Lion King" to premiere on one of the Disney channels in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

"The Lion Guard" will tell the stories of the children of Simba and Nala, and is aimed at toddlers and older.

* MTV.com reports that while performing in Milan, Italy, Miley Cyrus brought out a cardboard cutout of Selena Gomez wearing a poorly scrawled black bikini, and danced with it as she sang her angry jam, "FU."

Ah, high school.

* The Louisville, Ky., museum and cultural center that bears the name of hometown hero Muhammad Ali announced plans yesterday for a Sept. 20 benefit concert featuring Bruno Mars.

The concert will air via satellite in Congo as part of a weeklong music, sporting, economic and cultural festival in the African country called CONGO14.

A concert in the country's capital of Kinshasa will take place in the same stadium where Ali defeated George Foreman, completing Ali's quest to reclaim the heavyweight-boxing title stripped from him years earlier for refusing to be drafted during the Vietnam War.

"Forty years later, even though I now have a quieter rumble, I still have great passion for what the fight and its buildup meant to the world," Ali, 72, and battling Parkinson's disease, said in a news release yesterday.

* Prosecutors in New York say Stevie J (a/k/a Steven Jordan), a cast member on VH1's "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta," has been arrested in Atlanta and charged with failing to pay more than $1 million in child support.

If you owe $1 million in child support, you've either made a lot of money or you haven't paid child support in a very long time.

* The Los Angeles Times reports that the Kinks' Ray Davies has confirmed conversations with his younger brother, Dave, that could reunite the band after decades of sibling anger.

The brothers, who formed the band in 1963, have clashed for basically ever. Dave, who suffered a stroke in 2004 but has since recovered, once said: "I think Ray has been happy for only three years in his life. And those were the three years before I was born."

If the Davies brothers can pull it off, there might be hope for an Oasis reunion with the Gallagher brothers in 2035 or so.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


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