On Tuesday, a top executive from Ticketmaster’s parent company Live Nation Entertainment appeared at the U.S. Senate to argue they do not hold a ticket sale monopoly. The company has also denied breaking any antitrust laws.
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In written testimony submitted prior to Tuesday’s trial, Live Nation claimed that Ticketmaster’s Taylor Swift sale was targeted by software bots that illegally obtained tickets and snubbed eager fans. These bots were then able to flip and resell tickets bought in bulk for astronomical prices.
In November 2022, a chaotic presale for Swift’s 2023 Eras stadium tour left thousands of fans without admission. Though Ticketmaster required fans to register for the presale in an attempt to prevent cyberattacks, fans experienced site crashes and hours-long online queue times.
The company claimed that more than 3.5 million people registered for the presale. In a statement, Ticketmaster wrote it sold more than two million tickets and fielded 3.5 billion system requests, which is four times its previous peak.
As a result, Ticketmaster had to cancel the planned general ticket sale due to a lack of remaining inventory.
After the botched sale, Swift said it was “excruciating for me to just watch mistakes happen with no recourse.”
“We apologize to the fans, we apologize to Ms. Swift, we need to do better and we will do better,” Live Nation’s president and chief financial officer, Joe Berchtold, said during the hearing on Tuesday.
“In hindsight, there are several things we could have done better, including staggering the sales over a longer period of time and doing a better job setting fan expectations for getting tickets.”
Ticketmaster merged with Live Nation in 2010, reportedly resulting in control of more than 70 per cent of the primary ticketing and live event venues market.
Berchtold asked lawmakers to focus on creating legislation to do with ticket scalping and other fraudulent practices, like third-party listings for tickets that have yet to go on sale.
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Live Nation said in November that the reason it holds a dominant role in the marketplace is “the large gap that exists between the quality of the Ticketmaster system and the next best primary ticketing system.”
Jack Groetzinger, co-founder of ticket sales platform SeatGeek, said during the Senate hearing Tuesday that existing ticket sale methods are “antiquated and ripe for innovation.”
“As long as Live Nation remains both the dominant concert promoter and ticketer of major venues in the U.S., the industry will continue to lack competition and struggle,” he told lawmakers.
— With files from Reuters
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Bail set for ‘Dances With Wolves’ actor as police in Canada apply for more charges | Globalnews.ca
Information from the North Las Vegas Court website says if Nathan Chasing Horse can post bail, he could be released on house arrest and would be electronically monitored. He cannot have contact with the complainants or any minors.
Under Nevada law, Chasing Horse would have to pay 15 per cent of the bail — about $45,000.
The 46-year-old actor, who played young Sioux character Smiles a Lot in Kevin Costner’s 1990 Oscar-winning film, was formally charged Monday in North Las Vegas with counts including sex trafficking, sexual assault against a child younger than 16 and child abuse.
Court documents said he was the leader of a cult-like group called “The Circle.”
“Nathan Chasing Horse, by portraying himself as a ‘Holy Man’ or ‘Medicine Man’, has gained the trust of Indigenous families and their children,” an arrest report filed in the U.S. said. “Upon earning this trust, Nathan Chasing Horse used his position to lure vulnerable young girls, often giving them a sense of belonging, to commit sexual assault.”
‘Dances with Wolves’ actor facing multiple U.S. charges now accused of sexual assault in Keremeos
Chasing Horse is also facing a charge of sexual assault in British Columbia for allegations in the southern Interior village of Keremeos in September 2018.
The U.S. arrest report alleges the British Columbia woman was 13 years old when she met Chasing Horse while he was performing ceremonies in the province.
Her family sent her to stay with the actor because she was sick and soon she began travelling with him to ceremonies, the report said. She alleges he began to have sex with her when she was 17.
In 2018, after they ended the relationship, she alleges he sexually assaulted her while he was in Canada for a show put on by the Lower Similkameen Indian Band.
The woman reported it to authorities and RCMP contacted Las Vegas police, which prompted the investigation that led to his arrest.
Police in Alberta said they are also in the process of applying for two warrants for formal charges against Chasing Horse in that province.
Sgt. Nancy Farmer with the Tsuut’ina police, which serves the First Nation west of Calgary, said even more charges could be coming.
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“We have received several Crime Stoppers tips,” Farmer said Wednesday.
“We’ve spoken to several victims and several witnesses have come forward in relation to the actions of Mr. Chasing Horse.”
U.S. arrest documents detailed how the Alberta police service received a complaint earlier this year from a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted as a 15-year-old and taken to the United States as one of Chasing Horse’s multiple wives.
The woman said she also met Chasing Horse when he came to her community to do ceremonies. Documents say Chasing Horse allegedly had sex with the teenager multiple times while she was still in Canada.
In 2009, she flew to the U.S. and, not long after when she was 17 years old, he gave her a ring.
“He said it was like a promise ring and I think that was his way of marrying me,” the woman said in the court documents.
That woman eventually returned to Canada because she could no longer take the physical and emotional abuse, the documents said.
The report alleges that Chasing Horse made his wives have sex with other men and take “phoenix tears,” a highly concentrated form of cannabis.
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The documents detail how Chasing Horse had all his wives get spider tattoos to represent Iktomi, a trickster spirit in Lakota culture, and a tattoo of his traditional name.
The women were taught to use firearms and, court documents allege, he told the wives about “suicide pills” they’d have to take if he were apprehended by police or died.
Police in the United States said they have identified at least six victims, including one who said she was offered to Chasing Horse as a “gift” when she was 15.
Chasing Horse had already been banned from Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana on the grounds of human trafficking in 2015. The same year, the Tsuut’ina band council passed a resolution banning him from all community events in the Alberta community.
Last week, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan, also banned Chasing Horse.
–with files from Colette Derworiz in Calgary and The Associated Press
© 2023 The Canadian Press
Netflix Canada begins its password-sharing crackdown. Here’s what to know – National | Globalnews.ca
The new features are aimed to give members “greater control over who can access their account,” Netflix said in a statement Wednesday.
“A Netflix account is intended for one household and members can choose from a range of plans with different features,” the company said. One of these features will allow members to set a primary location ensuring that anyone who lives in their household can use their Netflix account, they added.
There will also be another feature that will allow members the ability to manage who has access to their account from the company’s new Manage Access and Devices page.
Netflix said the new features will be rolled out more broadly in the coming months, starting Wednesday in Canada, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain.
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Christina Applegate hints at retiring from acting as she battles MS – National | Globalnews.ca
In a profile with the Los Angeles Times, Applegate said that the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards will be her “last awards show as an actor probably, so it’s kind of a big deal.”
Applegate is nominated for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series for her role as Jen Harding in the dark Netflix show Dead to Me.
MS is a degenerative disease that attacks the central nervous system. It can affect vision, memory, balance and mobility and common symptoms include muscle stiffness, vertigo and cognitive impairment. Currently, there is no cure, according to the MS Society of Canada.
Applegate told the LA Times that she plans to continue working on producing and developing, but acting on-set may be out of the question given her current condition.
“Right now, I couldn’t imagine getting up at 5 a.m. and spending 12 to 14 hours on a set; I don’t have that in me at this moment,” she said, though Applegate does plan on “doing a sh-t ton of voice-overs to make some cash to make sure that my daughter’s fed and we’re homed.”
Applegate previously revealed that she requires a cane to walk.
Applegate revealed her MS diagnosis in August 2021, while shooting Dead to Me’s third and final season. The show had to take a break from shooting after Applegate began to experience “leg pain and tremors,” leading to her diagnosis.
The actor insisted on returning to finish the season, even as the disease progressed, which proved to be a vulnerable experience.
“I was a wreck every day, but most of that wreck would take place in my trailer by myself,” Applegate said. “But there were times I’d break down on set and be like, ‘I can’t, we have to take a break, I need a half-hour,’ and everyone was so loving that it was OK.”
Applegate spoke about how meaningful it was to act alongside co-star and friend Linda Cardellini, who plays Judy Hale in the Netflix comedy, saying that sometimes the “set would disappear.”
“Everyone kind of disappeared, and it was the two of us as best friends, supporting each other, loving each other and saying goodbye to each other. I’d like to say there was skill involved, but really, Linda and I just disappeared.”
The final season of Dead to Me aired in November 2022, but Applegate said it took her “months” before she was able to watch it.
“At some point, I was able to distance myself from my own ego and realize what a beautiful piece of television it was. All the scenes I wasn’t in were so much fun to see and experience for the very first time,” she added.
Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world, with an estimated 90,000 Canadians living with the disease, according to the MS Society. About 12 Canadians are diagnosed with MS every day.
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