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first_img by Ken Ritter, The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2018 7:18 pm PDT Last Updated May 1, 2018 at 3:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Nevada jury heard a schoolteacher’s account on Monday of falling and skinning her knee while stagehands urged her to run as she took part in a signature David Copperfield vanishing act at a Las Vegas show.The fall took place just months before a British tourist claims he was seriously injured while participating in the show — a mishap that led him to file a lawsuit that is now being tried in Las Vegas.“I turned the corner. The man at the corner says, ‘Don’t trip,’” Amy Lawrence of Kalamazoo, Michigan, testified in the case. “I immediately tripped.”The testimony by Lawrence came after Copperfield and the show’s executive producer, Chris Kenner, told jurors last week that they never knew of anyone being hurt during the more than 15 years the trick was performed in Las Vegas and other cities.Lawrence testified by videotape that the fall occurred a little more than a minute after she and 12 other people seemed to disappear from a curtained set onstage.She said she got right back up after the fall and hid her bleeding left knee behind her right leg when the people seemingly “reappeared” waving flashlights in the back of an MGM Grand theatre.“I didn’t even consider stopping and evaluating my injury,” she said.Lawrence said she remembered being told as she ran that group members had 48 seconds to get where they were going.Two apparent backstage staffers asked afterward if she was hurt, and Lawrence said at least one other person associated with the show talked with her after her fall in June 2013. But no one offered a bandage or asked her to fill out an accident report.“Nope,” she said in her taped deposition. “Not even a Band-Aid.”Five months later, Gavin Cox claims he fell and was badly injured while he and about 10 audience volunteers were hurried by stagehands off-stage, through indoor hallways and an outdoor alleyway so they could “reappear” for the show finale.Cox claims he fell after being hustled through an alleyway coated with a powdery residue near a trailer-sized trash bin.The United Kingdom citizen from Kent and his wife are suing for negligence and damages. He claims he has had more than $400,000 in medical expenses due to lasting brain and body injuries.The civil trial continues Tuesday. Illusionist David Copperfield is sworn in during court Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Las Vegas. Copperfield testified in a negligence lawsuit involving a British man who claims he was badly hurt when he fell while participating in a 2013 Las Vegas show. (AP Photo/John Locher) center_img Jury hears woman’s account of Copperfield show falllast_img read more


first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News The apology sparked a backlash of criticism and complaints, from both the media and from peers who oppose him politically. A page was set up, targeting Kashuv’s admittance into Harvard.On May 24, Kashuv received a letter from the Dean of Admissions at Harvard, alerting him to their awareness of the recent controversy and requesting he send a written explanation of his actions. Kyle Kashuv’s Harvard Admission Rescinded Over Racist Remarks From 2 Years Ago “I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I’ve become in the years since.”By Justin Morgan June 17, 2019 Updated: June 17, 2019 On June 3, Harvard officially withdrew Kyle Kashuv’s admission to the school on the grounds of “behavior that brings into question your honesty, maturity, or moral character.” Kashuv responded with a letter of apology explaining his actions, and also contacted the office of diversity at Harvard to profess his willingness and commitment to resolving the issue.Harvard later responded with the decision to rescind Kashuv’s admittance. Kyle Kashuv, a former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student speaks during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis, Indiana, on April 26, 2019. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) 5/ I responded to the letter with a full explanation, apology, and requested documents.— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019 Share 1/ THREAD: Harvard rescinded my acceptance.Three months after being admitted to Harvard Class of 2023, Harvard has decided to rescind my admission over texts and comments made nearly two years ago, months prior to the shooting.I have some thoughts. Here’s what happened.— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019 3/ After I issued this apology, speculative articles were written, my peers used the opportunity to attack me, and my life was once again reduced to a headline.It sent me into one of the darkest spirals of my life.— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019 11/ Throughout its history, Harvard’s faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots and antisemites. If Harvard is suggesting that growth isn’t possible and that our past defines our future, then Harvard is an inherently racist institution.But I don’t believe that.— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019center_img 7/ Harvard decided to rescind my admission with the following letter.— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019 Another read: “I believe that institutions and people can grow. I’ve said that repeatedly. In the end, this isn’t about me, it’s about whether we live in a society in which forgiveness is possible or mistakes brand you as irredeemable, as Harvard has decided for me.”Kashuv ended the thread by saying “I had given up huge scholarships in order to go to Harvard, and the deadline for accepting other college offers has ended. I’m exploring all options at the moment.” The decision came in response to the surfacing of racist comments Kashuv had made—via text and google doc—to friends and classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida when he was 16 years old, reported the Daily Wire.After the emergence of the comments and texts, Kashuv issued a public apology referring to his earlier remarks as “idiotic,” and attempted to make clear that he is a different person now compared to who he was when he made the comments two years ago. Kashuv recently posted a Twitter thread outlining his apology and the exchange with Harvard that followed.One of the tweets read: “Throughout its history, Harvard’s faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots, and antisemites. If Harvard is suggesting that growth isn’t possible and that our past defines our future, then Harvard is an inherently racist institution. But I don’t believe that.” 9/ After receiving Harvard’s letter revoking my acceptance, I responded by asking for the opportunity to have an in-person meeting to make my case face to face and work towards any possible path of reconciliation.Harvard responded by declining my meeting request.— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019 Kashuv, a survivor of the Parkland shooting—an incident that took place at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018, where former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, opened fire killing 17 students and staff members as well injuring 17 others—tried appealing Harvard’s decision, but to no avail. 13/ So what now? I’m figuring it out.I had given up huge scholarships in order to go to Harvard, and the deadline for accepting other college offers has ended.I’m exploring all options at the moment.— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019 Prior to his initial admittance into Harvard, Kashuv reportedly scored 1550 on his SATs, ranked second in his class, had a GPA of 5.345, and an unweighted GPA of 3.9. He is also said to have helped establish school safety measures to protect other high school students. Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more