Prince sues ‘Forbes’
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world’s wealthiest businessmen has launched a libel action against Forbes magazine over claims it underestimated his fortune by US$9.6 billion. Alwaleed vowed to sever ties with Forbes in March when its coveted annual Rich List valued him at US$20 billion — placing him as the 26th-most wealthy billionaire on the planet. The prince said he was worth closer to US$30 billion and accused the respected US magazine of being “demonstrably biased” against Saudi Arabian firms. Now Alwaleed has taken his complaints to the High Court in London, filing a defamation claim against Forbes’ publisher, its editor Randall Lane and two of its journalists, according to court documents.
Swim-star actress passes
Esther Williams, a swimming champion who went on to become a star of Hollywood’s golden era in the 1940s and 1950s, died on Thursday at her home in Beverly Hills, her publicist said. Williams passed away peacefully in her sleep, the actress’ representative Harlan Boll said. She was 91. A teenage swim star whose Olympic aspirations were thwarted by World War II, Williams was famous for making glitzy aquatic-themed movies featuring swimming and escapism for war-weary audiences.
Chan leaves mark, again
Film star Jackie Chan (成龍) on Thursday became the first person to twice leave the imprints of his hands and feet in cement at Hollywood’s famed Chinese Theater. Chan, who has starred in about 150 films in a career spanning more than 40 years, first left imprints in the forecourt of the theater in 1997. However, over the years, as ownership of the theater changed hands, the cement slab featuring Chan’s prints was lost.
Police lift parliament siege
About 1,500 lawmakers, civil servants and foreign guests have been freed from the parliament building after police special forces broke a siege by protesters demanding action on a new ID law. Nearly 3,000 people formed a chain around the parliament on Thursday, trapping those attending an investment meeting. Protesters intended to prevent lawmakers from leaving until they passed new legislation but were persuaded to give in because of the foreigners trapped inside.