Museum ousts poor family
The culture ministry has demanded an explanation from the Musee d’Orsay after a family visiting as guests of an anti-poverty group were asked to leave because fellow visitors complained that they smelled. ATD-Quart Monde, who had treated the hard-up couple and their 12-year-old child to a tour of the museum on Saturday, described the family’s ejection from the museum as blatant discrimination. “It shows what the poorest people have to put up with on a daily basis,” said Typhaine Cornacchiari, the group’s spokeswoman. “When poverty is written on your face, you do not get treated the same way. Women who stink of perfume don’t get asked to leave. No-one calls security when you see people pontificating in front of paintings.” According to Cornacchiari, the family were first asked to leave a room dedicated to the works of Van Gogh after being told “their smell was bothering other visitors.” The family moved to a less crowded space, but were shortly approached by four security guards who surrounded them and escorted them to the exit.
Dreadlocks stolen at club
A Zimbabwean man was recently robbed of his dreadlocks at a Johannesburg nightclub to feed a growing demand for human hair extensions, the Times reported on Tuesday. The paper said Mutsa Madonko had his long locks, which he had grown for 10 years, cut off while partying. Natural dreadlocks are sold as hair extensions for anything between 200 rand (US$22) and 2,500 rand depending on the length, the paper said. One hair stylist in downtown Johannesburg, John Wushe, told the paper that dreadlocks “are becoming very popular. On a busy day, we get 10 people [wanting] to extend their hair.”
Nude-hunting hacker caught
A man’s unusually complicated hunt for nudity on the Internet may land him in prison for more than 100 years after federal prosecutors say he hacked into hundreds of social media and e-mail accounts to coerce more than 350 women into showing him their naked bodies. Karen “Gary” Kazaryan, 27, of Glendale, was arrested on Tuesday after he was named in an indictment on Friday alleging 15 counts of computer intrusion and 15 counts of aggravated identity theft, Assistant Attorney Tracy Wilkison said. Prosecutors accuse Kazaryan of hacking into the women’s accounts and searching Facebook messages, e-mails and other files for nude or semi-nude pictures of them. He then posed as a friend, persuading them to strip while he watched via Skype, captured images of them, or both. When the women discovered that Kazaryan was posing as a friend, he often blackmailed them with the nude photographs he had fraudulently obtained to coerce more stripping, prosecutors said.
Actor arrested in bar fracas
Dazed and Confused actor Jason London has been arrested in Arizona and charged with assault and disorderly conduct over a bar room fracas in which he is accused of throwing punches and later defecating in a patrol car on his way to jail, a police report showed on Tuesday. The 40-year-old actor, who played the main character of Randall “Pink” Floyd in the 1993 coming-of-age film, responded on Twitter that he was attacked and injured and that the allegations against him were false. “I would never say or do the crap they are reporting,” he said in the message on Tuesday.