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In brief: Sex case settled for $850,000

Australia's largest sexual harassment claim has been settled out of court for a fraction of the original demand of $AUD37m (€26m).

Upmarket department store company David Jones announced it had agreed to pay $AUD850,000 (€600,000) to former publicist Kristy Fraser-Kirk to drop her case against former chief executive Mark McInnes, who resigned in June.

Teen's mum sues chat show host

A WOMAN whose 15-year-old daughter appeared on a talk show featuring teenage sex addicts is suing the TV host for $3m (€2.1m).

In a lawsuit filed in Georgia, US, Beverly McClendon says her daughter appeared on 'The Tyra Banks Show' without permission and suffered damages because it "was undoubtedly watched by sexual deviants, perverts and paedophiles".

Banksy makes his mark on top hotel

WORLD-famous graffiti artist Banksy has tagged a hotel. The artist, whose identity remains a secret, painted an image of a young boy drawing a robot on the Grosvenor Hotel, in Torquay, Devon.

Banksy did not verbally confirm the mural is one of his, but has placed a photograph of it on his website at www.banksy.co.uk

X Factor mentors blamed for exits

X FACTOR mentors Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh have been criticised by the latest acts to be booted off the show.

Musician Storm Lee accused his mentor Walsh of pressurising him into dyeing his hair pink so his image was "a little bit more flamboyant". And double-act Diva Fever said they had concerns about Cowell's choice of song -- Duck Sauce's current hit 'Barbra Streisand'.

Milkybar kids have grown up

THE Milkybar Kid is strong and tough. . . and a 23-year-old model with aspirations to become the next Miss Great Britain.

Stefanie Jones, from Doncaster, UK, is one of four new Milkybar "Kids", in the new ad and the leggy blonde is a far cry from the old character -- a bespectacled youth in a cowboy hat.

Israel's lotto draw . . . on the double

FOR the second time in a month, Israel's national lottery produced the same winning combination: 13, 14, 26, 32, 33 and 36.

Saturday's results were identical to those of September 21, but lottery chief Saul Sutnik, called the outcome a "rare probability".

Irish Independent