Dati paternity case unfolds
A court on Tuesday ordered a hotel and casino tycoon to take a paternity test to determine whether he is the father of former justice minister Rachida Dati’s daughter. Dati, 46, a glamorous protege of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, took a case against Dominique Desseigne to try to make him accept paternity in the latest case to cast light on the hitherto taboo sexual antics of France’s political elite. Desseigne, 68, the boss of the Lucien Barriere casino, hotel and restaurant group, has confirmed he had a fling with Dati, but has refused to take a paternity test that would establish if he is the father of three-year-old Zohra. The law stipulates that a court cannot force Desseigne to take the test, but can interpret a refusal as confirming he is the father and thus potentially liable to support the child financially. According to a report last month in Le Monde, the lawyer has argued that his client could not have been the father and to highlight the fact that Dati had seven other lovers around the time of the conception.
‘Stuntman’ given jail time
A man who climbed naked onto an equestrian statue in London’s government district, ripped off its sword and bit it has been sentenced to 12 weeks in jail. Dan Motrescu brought central London traffic to a standstill when he mounted the bronze statue of the 19th-century Duke of Cambridge on Nov. 23. Police cordoned off Whitehall, a street that is home to several government departments, as Motrescu climbed up and down the statue, at one point balancing himself on the duke’s head. It took several hours for officers to talk him down. Motrescu, a Ukrainian citizen with no fixed address, was convicted on Tuesday of possession of an offensive weapon, criminal damage and a public order offense.
Man chains self to embassy
A man behind a US$180 million lawsuit against the US embassy in the Dominican Republic chained himself to the building’s fence in protest on Tuesday, claiming that a botched DNA test led officials to wrongly deny his daughter US citizenship while also ruining his marriage. Miguel Familia, a naturalized US citizen from the Dominican Republic, alleged that a DNA test ordered by the embassy to prove the girl was his daughter came back negative and she was denied residency in 2005. After he received the test results, Familia divorced his wife and accused her of having an extramarital affair, said his lawyer, Carlos de la Rosa. For years his ex-wife continued to insist the girl was his daughter. That led Familia to seek two separate paternity tests earlier this year and both tested positive, de la Rosa said.
Inmates claim sauce abuse
The warden at a prison in the North Carolina where inmates said they were forced to rub hot sauce on their genitals has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation. Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Pamela Walker on Tuesday said that Sampson Correctional Institution administrator Lafayette Hall has been put on paid leave while the State Bureau of Investigation probes what happened at the Clinton facility. A second employee has also been reassigned. Six inmates allege correctional officers forced them to perform numerous humiliating acts, including gulping hot sauce and slathering it on themselves, resulting in painful blisters. The male inmates also reported being forced to simulate sex acts for the entertainment of guards, as well as to capture and kiss wild snakes while working on a road crew.