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Manuscript thief arrested who probably also scammed Bervoets

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A man suspected of defrauding writers to obtain unpublished manuscripts was arrested in New York on Wednesday. The United States Department of Justice reports in a statement that it is 29-year-old Italian Filippo Bernardini. One of his alleged victims is the Dutch writer Hanna Bervoets. The man himself claims to be innocent.

The Italian was arrested at JFK airport on Wednesday and has been charged with fraud and identity theft. According to Justice, he would have “impersonated a publisher for years in order to fraudulently obtain hundreds of unpublished manuscripts”.

These include novels and other books by authors around the world, such as Margaret Atwood, Sally Rooney and actor Ethan Hawke. Among his victims, according to Justice, is also a winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Since 2016, the man has created at least 160 domain names and fake email addresses in order to persuade authors to send him unpublished manuscripts. In June last year, author Hanna Bervoets wrote in an article in de Volkskrant how she discovered that someone wanted to steal her manuscript. Bervoets, her publisher and other contacts received a Dutch e-mail from someone posing as her foreign agent. Since not everyone noticed that the email address differed from the official address, the scammer got hold of the manuscript.

According to his LinkedIn profile, the man would have worked for the British publisher Simon & Schuster in recent years. The American magazine Forbes writes that the publisher said in a statement that the allegations about the employee had been “approved and horrified”.

What Bernardini did with the stolen manuscripts remains unclear. None of the authors were ransom demanded and nothing has been published on the internet. “The thief has been caught,” Bervoets wrote on Instagram on Thursday. Her publisher, Mizzi van der Pluijm, tells de Volkskrant that she is “relieved” that a suspect has been arrested. She is convinced that Bernardini is very familiar with the working method in the publishing world because it is “very difficult to get hold of a manuscript”.

Bernardini appeared in court on Thursday, where he said he was innocent. After paying a bail of 300,000 dollars (265,000 euros) and surrendering his passport, Bernardini was allowed to leave the court. If found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

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Talk show HLF8 returns, presenter still unknown

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HLF8 will return to television after a summer break, but it is not yet known who will take on the presentation. A Talpa spokesperson informed the ANP on request. Permanent presenter Johnny de Mol stopped working at the SBS 6 talk show at the end of April due to accusations of misconduct against him.

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Anouk: ‘Two girls from my team also victims of The Voice’

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Anouk, former coach at The Voice of Holland, says she has had two girls in her team who have been victims of transgressive behaviour. According to her, the singer only found out about this when she went to investigate following the broadcast of Boos in which stories about sexual misconduct in the talent show came out.

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Viewing tip: polderrom bowl with Kraantje Pappie and Yolanthe gives confidence in love | Lifestyle

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The reviews of F*ck the Love from 2019 didn’t lie: the film, which attracted 100,000 visitors within a week, contained ‘painfully nasty jokes’. It did not stand in the way of a sequel to the movie with Bo Maerten, Yolanthe Cabau and Maurits Delchot about various love affairs.

In part two by the directing duo Appie Boudellah and Aram van de Rest, which can now not be seen in cinemas but on Netflix, hip-hop artist Kraantje Pappie makes his acting debut as rapper Beautiful Max, the new flame of Bo (Yolanthe Cabau). “I thought: let me set the bar sky-high right away,” he jokes.

“Beautiful Max makes somewhat vulgar, flat music for the clubs. A bit like the old Kraantje Pappie. But he turns out to have a sensitive side and that ties in with how I am now. I choose my words more carefully. While Beautiful Max is only talking about bitches has. Ha, I don’t think he even knows the word women.” The artist, who says he is an avid romantic-comedy viewer, calls the film ‘easily digestible matter’.

heavily pregnant

Actress and singer Anouk Maas experienced a different scoop. Like Monica, she walks around heavily pregnant. The belly she was wearing for the camera felt real. “I started walking differently and automatically protected my stomach with my hands. Once I was completely wrapped up when I still had to paint my toenails. There was no way I could reach it. Then Edwin Jonker did it for me.”

Jonker plays her lover Jack who has done ‘a Douwe Bob’. Because Cindy (Victoria Koblenko) is also pregnant by him. “I felt sorry for her. In such a situation there is so much that comes at you and then hormonally everything happens in your body. It seems unimaginable that another is pregnant with the same man, but it happens. And I can tell that story.”

Veteran Nienke Plas returns as the tastemaker Kiki. “She shits so much, unlike the rest of the girl group who think everything over and are so sensitive.” A role that is not too far from the YouTube star. “I am not easily cast as a wallflower, although that also seems fun.”

She enjoyed her alliterative lyrics, sometimes rewritten with her own hands. For example, Kiki calls out to Lisa (Bo Maerten) and Angela (Bettina Holwerda) during her bachelorette holiday in Ibiza: ‘The two prude poppies are having a good time while I’m lying here with my closed box’.” Plas explains that Kiki has to get used to her status as a betrothed woman. “The bed partners always rotated nicely, now she has to take into account at home.”

She has often filmed in Ibiza, it remains pleasant. „Although it was a challenge for the people of make-up and hair as soon as the heat and moisture in the air increased. Then it sounded: ‘Oh oh, Nienke is turning into a sheep again, quickly back in the air conditioning’.”

Of course, all characters get their share of drama to digest. But according to Nienke Plas, despite the title, the film brings faith in love. “It’s a rom-bowl, isn’t it? That has to end with a heart.”

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