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Britain’s Prince Andrew has “completely shut the door” on voluntarily cooperating with a U.S. investigation into the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, prosecutors in New York City said this week, despite publicly pledging in November to assist with any probe into the disgraced financier. The British royal has faced intense pressure to explain his relationship with Epstein—who died last August while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges—and allegations that he had sex with one of the financier’s young victims. Virginia Roberts Giuffre has alleged that she was forced to have sex with several influential men, including Andrew, while she was underage. Andrew, 60, denies the accusation. Geoffrey Berman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said his office was now “considering its options” on the royal.
Ben Affleck and his latest co-star, Ana de Armas, were spotted making out last week before boarding a private jet to Cuba, People reported. “They are definitely dating,” a source said. Affleck, 47, and de Armas, 31, play husband and wife in the upcoming thriller Deep Water, which recently wrapped filming. De Armas, who starred in last year’s Knives Out, is Cuban, and the two were overheard chatting flirtatiously as they explored Havana. Affleck opened up last month about his struggle to achieve sobriety after alcoholism cost him his marriage to Jennifer Garner in 2018.
Led Zeppelin did not steal the opening riff for its 1971 anthem “Stairway to Heaven,” a federal appeals court ruled this week. British rockers Jimmy Page and Robert Plant had been accused of ripping off the 1968 song “Taurus” by the U.S. band Spirit, with whom Zeppelin appeared on the same bill for several shows in the late ’60s. A jury found in 2016 that Led Zep didn’t infringe on the copyright of “Taurus”; a musicologist who testified on the band’s behalf said the elements the two songs had in common had appeared in music for more than 300 years. But in 2018, a three-judge panel ordered a new hearing after deciding the trial judge had made a series of errors. The 2016 ruling has now been reinstated. ■