Thought he was anti-drugs?
The journalist who broke the story of the Len Brown and Bevan Chuang sex scandal has appeared in court on methamphetamine charges.
Stephen John Cook, 46, came before Manukau District Court this morning on charges of possessing the class A drug and a glass pipe used to smoke it.
Cook gained publicity last year when he teamed up with WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater to publish details of the mayor’s high-profile affair.
The alleged offending which brought him before the court today stemmed from an incident in Auckland on Saturday.
Court documents list Cook’s address in the North Waikato town of Te Kauwhata.
Cook also made headlines in 2008 when he was sacked by the Herald on Sunday while assistant editor at the paper.
Cook took his case to the Employment Relations Authority in a bid to get his job back but bosses said they had lost confidence and trust in him.
According to Hip-Hop Hangover, former child actor Symone told TMZ officials that she too had been drugged and raped by Cosby following the wrapping up of “The Cosby Show”. The site claims that there were even rumours about Cosby disallowing Symone from appearing in the last season of the show initially and later abruptly changing his mind.
According to a statement from her lawyer, “…we among so many others are tired of the media worshipping and praising a man that has a past so terrible that it is unbelievable. My client (Raven-Symone) is also ready to tell her side of the story. A side that was kept quiet because of threats from being blackballed. There was no monetary compensation that made my client keep quiet, but more so the respect for Mr. Cosby. Well that respect has come to an end. And what we thought was a mistake or anomaly has surfaced to become a lifestyle. We will be pursuing damages that are not going to be disclosed at this time.”
Prime Minister John Key says despite a Waitangi Tribunal finding that rangatira did not agree to give up their sovereignty when they signed the Treaty in 1840, the Crown is now the body responsible for governing New Zealand.
Mr Key told Northland’s Te Hiku Radio that he hopes the tribunal’s Te Paparahi o Te Raki report won’t slow progress towards a settlement, because the north needs the money for economic development.
He says iwi have a role, such as co-governance of the Waikato River and input into planning decisions.
Mr Key says while there is debate about the translation of words like kawanatanga, the government is there to govern for all people.
” When we talk about the treaty and sovereignty and all those matters, you take a step back and say well what was really happening. In my view New Zealand was one of the very few countries in the world that were settled peacefully. Maori probably acknowledge that settlers had a place to play and bought with them a lot of skills and a lot of capital ” he says.
John Key says the settlement process is necessary because the Crown failed to honour all its responsibilities under the treaty.