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Who's "So Vain"? Singer Carly Simon reveals one mystery man

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NEW YORK Singer Carly Simon has revealed the mystery behind one of pop music’s enduring puzzles: the inspiration for her 1972 hit “You’re So Vain.”

Simon says the caustic song about a self-absorbed lover is actually based on a composite of three of the men in her life around that time, and one of them is actor Warren Beatty.

“I have confirmed that the second verse is Warren,” Simon told People magazine in an interview released on Wednesday pegged to her upcoming memoir, “Boys in the Trees.”

Simon, 70, says Beatty, the charismatic star of hit movies “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Shampoo,” is aware of his role in the song, although, she said, “Warren thinks the whole thing is about him!”

Simon, who had romances with singers Mick Jagger and Cat Stevens and actor Jack Nicholson as well as Beatty, is not naming other names, but in the past she has said the song was not about her then husband, singer-songwriter James Taylor.

The hit single, with the chorus “You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you,” reached the top of the charts in the United States, Canada, Australia and Ireland in 1972 and was Simon’s biggest hit.

Simon told People she was struck by the enduring interest in the song’s inspiration.

“Why do they want to know?” she said. “It’s so crazy!”

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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Trending in Manila: Who is the #APEChottie?

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MANILA While leaders of Pacific rim nations discussed trade and economy issues at a meeting in the Philippines this week, netizens of the host country had a debate of their own: who is the handsome ‘hottie’ of the summit?

A Twitter poll with the hashtag #APEChottie, one of the most trending on social media, pitted new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau against Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto for the most good-looking leader at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

“#APEC2015 has caused too much aggravation and it’s about time to look into the bright side of it #APEChottie”, said a post from one resident of Manila, which has been plagued by traffic gridlocks for days due to the ring of security thrown around the summit.

Trudeau, 43, and already famous on the Internet for a photograph of him shirtless and in a boxer’s pose, has a slight edge, local media said. But Pena Nieto, 49, gets a lot of attention because of his clean-cut looks and the shared history between Mexico and the Philippines, both former Spanish colonies.

Other leaders at APEC, including U.S. President Barack Obama, China’s Xi Jinping and Japan’s Shinzo Abe were not on the list. Nor was Philippine President Benigno Aquino, although he is still called the most eligible bachelor in the country.

(Writing by Raju Gopalakrishnan; Editing by John Chalmers and Sanjeev miglani)

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Former co-director of Kabbalah Centre accused of groping in California trial

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LOS ANGELES The former co-director of the Kabbalah Centre, a spiritual group whose brand of Jewish mysticism has drawn numerous celebrity adherents but also controversy, went on trial on Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by a follower who says he groped her.

Yehuda Berg, 43, son of the late rabbi who founded the organization, was called as the first witness in the trial, testifying he struggled with drug and alcohol addiction that led to his resignation from leadership in the group in 2014.

But he denied any sexual wrongdoing.

In a lawsuit filed last year in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jena Scaccetti accused Berg of inviting her to his mother’s apartment in 2012, plying her with alcohol and narcotic painkillers and making an unwanted sexual advance that included hugging her and fondling her leg.

“It was an attempt to get her drunk and render her unable to make an informed decision,” her lawyer, Alin Bonavida, said in opening statements to jurors on Tuesday.

According to the lawsuit, Berg, who is married, reacted to Scaccetti’s look of shock by threatening to kill her if she told anyone about his behaviour, and she left the apartment.

Berg’s attorney John Cline acknowledged that his client, believing Scaccetti might be attracted to him, had invited her to the apartment for a drink but denied that he forced himself on her.

“It turned out that Ms. Scaccetti had no interest at all in having sex with Mr. Berg,” Cline told jurors. “She told him, ‘no,’ and he stopped.”

The lawsuit seeks tens of millions of dollars in damages from Berg and the Kabbalah Centre for battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence.

The case marks the latest controversy faced over the years by the Kabbalah Centre, a non-profit founded in 1965 by Berg’s father, an ordained rabbi who espoused teachings rooted in metaphysical principles of Jewish belief.

The mystical leanings of the centre have attracted the likes of Madonna and Lindsay Lohan, seen with the red-string wrist bracelets many followers wear as a talisman. Berg himself officiated the 2005 wedding of actors Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore.

Critics in mainstream Judaism have accused the Kabbalah movement of corrupting the ancient, esoteric mystic traditions of Jewish faith by taking them out of context and repackaging them as a popular new-age form of superstition.

(Reporting by Diana Crandall, Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Steve Gorman and Tom Brown)

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