Newspaper headlines: Socialite accuses 'harassment case' businessman

The Daily Telegraph carries fresh claims of sexual harassment in the wake of its report about a "leading British businessman" who has obtained an injunction preventing the publication of his identity.

A woman described as a "well-known socialite" tells the paper how a man she suspects of being the executive put his hand up her skirt at an event they both attended in the late 1990s.

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Image caption The Telegraph revealed the story of the injunction on Wednesday

She describes him as a "scary" individual, who she said appeared to "revel" in his power over her.

"Gags to riches" is the headline on the front of the Sun which says MPs have expressed fury that the "multi-millionaire" was able to obtain an injunction, at a cost of £500,000 in legal fees.

The paper says the move prompted anger from politicians from all parties, with the Labour MP Jess Phillips questioning a legal system which allows the wealthy to "buy silence".

The i says Ms Phillips is threatening to unmask the businessman in the House of Commons. It reports that she will use her parliamentary privilege to name him, provided a victim gives her consent.

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The US papers reflect on the significance of the explosive packages which were sent to five addresses - including the offices of CNN and the homes of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

The New York Times says the individuals targeted were "some of the most vilified public figures in Democratic politics" and notes that President Trump himself has, in the past, given legitimacy to right-wing conspiracies directed towards them.

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The Washington Post says Republican leaders have "rushed to decry" the packages, which have prompted some politicians to reflect on the "corrosive" political atmosphere which has, until now, engulfed campaigning ahead of the mid-term elections.

The Post says President Trump's condemnation of the incidents has rung hollow with some. The president of CNN, it reports, has attacked the White House for showing a "complete lack of understanding about the seriousness of continued attacks on the media".

Outbreak of unity

Here, many of the papers describe the "overwhelming support" received by Theresa May when she spoke last night to the 1922 Committee - made up of backbench Tory MPs.

The Daily Mail said the prime minister was greeted with "loud cheers and banging of desks" before she made an emotional plea for them to back her to deliver Brexit.

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The New Statesman says after days of speculation that a coup was afoot there was instead "an outbreak of unity".

"Despite the dismal state of Brexit," it says, "a critical mass of Conservative MPs knows that displacing its leader will do nothing to change it."

Rental reforms call

The Times and the Daily Telegraph report on a study which suggests millions of people are taking blood pressure drugs, which have been linked to an increased risk of developing lung cancer.

The Telegraph says almost a million Britons were involved in the study, which found people who had taken Ace inhibitors for 10 years or more were up to 31% more likely to develop the disease. However, an expert says it would be premature to draw strong conclusions as the database used did not differentiate between heavy and light smokers.

The Guardian carries a report about the involvement of foreign investors in a tower block in Liverpool where more landlords were prosecuted than any other building in 2017.

The paper says 80% of Mill View in Toxteth is owned by investors from as far afield as Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

The MP Frank Field says the case highlights the need for reform in the sector, suggesting bad landlords should have their right to own and manage property withdrawn.


The Daily Mirror says Prince Harry is expected to demand an explanation over safety fears that led to his pregnant wife being bundled out of a crowded market in Fiji on Wednesday.

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A royal source tells the paper the Duchess of Sussex's visit was cut short because "much bigger crowds" turned out than anticipated, while witnesses are quoted saying she looked "flustered" and "afraid".

But a bodyguard, who worked with Princess Diana, tells the paper the security situation was "chaotic" and that "basic elements of personal protection were found to be wanting".

The Sun says the duchess spoke to an aide shortly before being whisked away. It sums up her hasty departure with the headline "A quick Meg-xit".