Not only has Mark Salling’s decision to end his own life tragically affected his family and friends, but it will also affect the victims in his child pornography case.
It is thought that as part of his plea deal, which saw him accept time behind bars and registering as a sex offender, he was also due to pay $50,000 (£32,000) to each victim as restitution.
But for that penalty to be imposed on Salling, the judge had to first sentence him, but he was found dead five weeks ahead of his sentence dade, meaning the plea deal was never completed.
It’s not all bad news for the victims though, as TMZ claim they could decide to sue Salling’s estate instead for damages.
The actor was first arrested in 2015 after a search warrant discovered thousands of images of child porn on his personal computer. He was then indicted on two counts of child pornography, including one count of possessing an image of a child under the age of 12.
Facing 20 years behind bars, he entered a plea deal that involved serving time and registering as a sex offender under supervised release for two decades following his prison sentence; he was facing four to seven years in prison for child porn possession.
In August last year it was reported Salling had cut his wrists, although his lawyer denied it at the time.
TMZ reported Mark was in the bedroom of his home on August 22 when he reportedly cut both of his wrists. He was said to have screamed for his roommate, who discovered him bleeding and called 911 where he was then taken to hospital before receiving a psychiatric evaluation, and ‘days later, was taken to a rehab facility for psychological issues’.
Salling’s lawyer, Michael J Proctor confirmed the actor’s death in a statement to Metro.co.uk. He said: ‘I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning.
‘Mark was a gentle and loving person, a person of great creativity, who was doing his best to atone for some serious mistakes and errors of judgment.
‘He is survived by his mother and father, and his brother. The Salling family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected.’
007 film must treat Bond girls properly, says Waller-Bridge
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Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those elements is set for a change in the latest adventure.
Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is working on the script for the 25th Bond film, is on a mission to make sure the movie will "treat women properly" – even if the spy does not.
Ahead of the release of the as-yet-untitled film, Waller-Bridge told Deadline: "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.
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Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic Rocketman.
The critically acclaimed film charts the British singer's rise to fame, and its scenes of kissing and sex between men, as well as drug use, contributed to it earning a 15 certificate in the UK.
But in a bid to play down the sexuality of Sir Elton, played by actor Taron Egerton, for a conservative Russian audience, an estimated five minutes of footage was reportedly removed ahead of its debut in Moscow.
The Moscow Times quoted a Russian film critic who had seen the film at its world premiere in Cannes on 16 May as saying "all scenes with kissing, sex and oral sex between men have been cut", as well as a photo displayed during the end credits featuring Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish.
Sir Elton, 72, a prominent gay rights campaigner, released a joint statement with the makers of the film to accuse censors of being "cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people".
"We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today," they said.
"That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended, is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people.
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The 46-year-old actor was seen in the early hours on Friday (31 May) dropping off son Samuel, seven, and daughter Seraphina, 10, to school.
Affleck has three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner – Seraphina, Samuel and 13-year-old Violet.
On the same day the actor was pictured, it was announced Robert Pattinson will take over as Batman in a planned trilogy of movies with director Matt Reeves.
Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and 2017s Justice League, stepped down from the role in January earlier this year – after being originally down to direct and star in his own film.
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