Cuba Gooding Jr Denies Groping Two Women

Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. departs his court arraignment in New York on October 15, 2019, where new charges are to be unsealed on his sexual assault case. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

 

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr pleaded not guilty Tuesday to groping two women as prosecutors revealed that a dozen others had accused the Oscar winner of sexual misconduct.

The “Jerry Maguire” star was arraigned before a judge in New York to hear an indictment against him that added new forcible touching and sexual abuse charges to a previous allegation.

Gooding was due to go on trial last week over accusations he grabbed a woman’s breast without her consent in a Manhattan bar on a night out in June.

But it was postponed after prosecutors said they planned to file new charges.

That indictment was unsealed at a state criminal court on Tuesday, showing that Gooding is also accused of pinching a women’s buttocks in a New York nightclub in October 2018.

He has been charged with four counts related to the two allegations.

The indictment also detailed accusations by 12 other women.

Those incidents stretch from 2001 to 2018 and all include allegations that he touched the victims at restaurants, bars and hotels without their consent.

The alleged incidents took place in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and Dallas.

None of the women has been identified. The judge will decide whether to allow them to testify at the trial.

Gooding was released without bail. No trial date has been set and the next hearing is on December 13.

Gooding won an Academy Award in 1997 for his performance as a football player in “Jerry Maguire.”

He recently played OJ Simpson in “The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.”

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#SexForGrades: UNILAG Shuts Down ‘Cold Room’ Where Lecturers Allegedly Assault Students

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The University of Lagos has shut-down the ‘Cold Room’, where lecturers allegedly sexually assault students.

The development was announced on Monday in a statement by the Principal Assistant Registrar (Communication Unit) of the university, Taiwo Oloyede.

“Management at its emergency meeting of October 7, 2019 suspended Dr. Igbeneghu from work immediately and barred him from the University academic areas while the suspension subsists unless invited by a Panel constituted by the University to investigate the matter,” the statement read in part.

“In addition to this, the University Management has ordered the shutdown of the Staff Club “Cold Room” mentioned in the documentary for further investigation. The so-called “Cold Room” is a Functions Room that may have been abused because this is a deviation from the purpose for which it was created (meetings, seminars, events, etc.).”

The ‘Cold Room’ was mentioned by a lecturer of the school, Boniface Igbeneghu, in a documentary filmed discretely by the BBC.

In the documentary, Igbeneghu described the room as a place where lecturers meet to “touch students’ breast” at the staff club of the university.

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According to him, “nothing good comes free” and the ‘cold room’ experience is the price some female students have to pay to have good grades.

Meanwhile, just hours after the release of the documentary, the school’s Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Wale Babalakin, announced the suspension of Mr Igbeneghu over allegations of sexual assault disclosed in the documentary.

He also noted that the university council will investigate the matter as it does not condone such behaviour.

In the same vein, Igbeneghu has been suspended by the Foursquare Church where he is a part-time pastor.

 

See the full statement by the university below:

UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS SUSPENDS DR BONIFACE IGBENEGHU,

BARS HIM FROM UNILAG AND SHUTS DOWN THE STAFF CLUB “COLD ROOM”

The University of Lagos Management today suspended Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies, Faculty of Arts who was caught in a sting operation by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) titled “Sex for Grades”. The trending video chronicled cases of sexual harassment of female students by some lecturers in some West African Universities including University of Lagos.

Management at its emergency meeting of October 7, 2019 suspended Dr. Igbeneghu from work immediately and barred him from the University academic areas while the suspension subsists unless invited by a Panel constituted by the University to investigate the matter.

In addition to this, the University Management has ordered the shutdown of the Staff Club “Cold Room” mentioned in the documentary for further investigation. The so-called “Cold Room” is a Functions Room that may have been abused because this is a deviation from the purpose for which it was created (meetings, seminars, events, etc.).

The University assures members of the public that any other lecturer mentioned in the full version of the operation which is to be aired later today, will also be suspended to ensure a proper investigation is carried out.

The University is embarrassed and dissociates itself totally from this act(s) and any inappropriate behaviour of staff with female students and vice versa. The University has a well-articulated “Policy on Sexual Harassment, Sexual and Romantic Relationships”. A copy of the University Sexual Harassment Policy was distributed to all members of staff and can also be obtained on the University website: https://unilag.edu.ng/wp-content/uploads/SEXUAL-HARRASMENT-UNILAG-COMMUNICATION-UNITS.pdf

Various Committees over time have been set up to investigate reports received and those found guilty/culpable were sanctioned. To ensure our students are aware of the various opportunities for reporting any form of sexual harassment or misconduct towards them, the University organises an orientation programme for all new entrants sensitising them of the University’s zero-tolerance policy and acquainting them with the mechanisms for reporting.

The University Counselling Centre, Medical Centre and Division of Students’ Affairs amongst other organs have been well positioned to address complaints by students. These organs have cut off the bureaucracy limiting the effectiveness of the Policy, by the direct reporting system of these Centres to the Vice-Chancellor. The University encourages students who have evidence to come forward. They are assured of their anonymity and safety.

As a reputable Institution and one of the foremost Universities in Nigeria and sub-Sahara Africa, we are highly embarrassed by these allegations and we will do all that is necessary to ensure that this menace is checked in our institution.

The University of Lagos is committed to providing conducive and safe learning environment where future leaders are trained to take responsibilities for their action.

Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede

Principal Assistant Registrar (Communication Unit)

 

#SexForGrades: UNILAG Suspends Lecturer Captured In Secret Video

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Authorities of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) have suspended a lecturer, Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu, over allegations of sexual assault.

The school’s Pro-Chancellor, Dr. Wale Babalakin, confirmed the development to Channels Television on Monday.

He also noted that the university council will investigate the matter as it does not condone such behaviour.

The suspension comes just hours after the release of a documentary filmed discreetly by the BBC.

In the video, Igbeneghu was captured in a compromising manner with a reporter who had disguised as a 17-year-old, seeking admission.

He has also been suspended by the foursquare church where he is a part-time pastor.

See the full statement by the university below:

UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS SUSPENDS DR BONIFACE IGBENEGHU, BARS HIM FROM UNILAG AND SHUTS DOWN THE STAFF CLUB “COLD ROOM”

The University of Lagos Management today suspended Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies, Faculty of Arts who was caught in a sting operation by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) titled “Sex for Grades”. The trending video chronicled cases of sexual harassment of female students by some lecturers in some West African Universities including University of Lagos.

Management at its emergency meeting of October 7, 2019 suspended Dr. Igbeneghu from work immediately and barred him from the University academic areas while the suspension subsists unless invited by a Panel constituted by the University to investigate the matter.

In addition to this, the University Management has ordered the shutdown of the Staff Club “Cold Room” mentioned in the documentary for further investigation. The so-called “Cold Room” is a Functions Room that may have been abused because this is a deviation from the purpose for which it was created (meetings, seminars, events, etc.).

The University assures members of the public that any other lecturer mentioned in the full version of the operation which is to be aired later today, will also be suspended to ensure a proper investigation is carried out.

The University is embarrassed and dissociates itself totally from this act(s) and any inappropriate behaviour of staff with female students and vice versa. The University has a well-articulated “Policy on Sexual Harassment, Sexual and Romantic Relationships”. A copy of the University Sexual Harassment Policy was distributed to all members of staff and can also be obtained on the University website: https://unilag.edu.ng/wp-content/uploads/SEXUAL-HARRASMENT-UNILAG-COMMUNICATION-UNITS.pdf

Various Committees over time have been set up to investigate reports received and those found guilty/culpable were sanctioned. To ensure our students are aware of the various opportunities for reporting any form of sexual harassment or misconduct towards them, the University organises an orientation programme for all new entrants sensitising them of the University’s zero-tolerance policy and acquainting them with the mechanisms for reporting.

The University Counselling Centre, Medical Centre and Division of Students’ Affairs amongst other organs have been well positioned to address complaints by students. These organs have cut off the bureaucracy limiting the effectiveness of the Policy, by the direct reporting system of these Centres to the Vice-Chancellor. The University encourages students who have evidence to come forward. They are assured of their anonymity and safety.

As a reputable Institution and one of the foremost Universities in Nigeria and sub-Sahara Africa, we are highly embarrassed by these allegations and we will do all that is necessary to ensure that this menace is checked in our institution.

The University of Lagos is committed to providing conducive and safe learning environment where future leaders are trained to take responsibilities for their action.

Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede

Principal Assistant Registrar (Communication Unit)

Harvey Weinstein To Be Informed Of New Accusations Against Him

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 26, 2019 disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein returns to the State Supreme Court in New York, after a break in a pre-trial hearing over sexual assault charges.  Johannes EISELE / AFP

 

Fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, indicted over two sexual assault allegations, is to be informed of new allegations against him Monday that could delay his trial and complicate his defense.

New York prosecutors announced on Thursday that they had filed a new indictment against the 67-year-old former producer. The original accusations against him were a catalyst for America’s #MeToo movement.

The document is expected to be made public in a state court on Monday, two weeks before jury selection for his trial is scheduled to start on September 9.

According to US media the new indictment will include testimony from actress Annabella Sciorra, known for her star turn in the hit television series “The Sopranos.”

Sciorra helped trigger the #MeToo movement in October 2017 when she told The New Yorker magazine that Weinstein raped her at her home in Manhattan in 1993.

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Weinstein has always insisted his sexual relationships were consensual and is again expected to enter a not guilty plea on Monday.

Once one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, Weinstein has been accused of harassment and assault by more than 80 women, including stars such as Angelina Jolie and Ashley Judd.

But the “Pulp Fiction” producer only faces charges involving two women — one who alleges he raped her in 2013, the other who claims he forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006.

Sciorra reportedly approached prosecutors too late for her allegations to be included in the original indictment, The New York Times reported, citing a letter written by the prosecutor in charge of the case.

The judge denied a prosecution request that Sciorra be allowed to give evidence at Weinstein’s trial because she had not testified before a grand jury as is procedure under US law.

Prosecutors hope the new indictment will allow her to testify. The number of accusers appearing in court can influence the verdict, as seen in the 2018 conviction of Bill Cosby.

Weinstein’s lawyers have denounced the new indictment as a “desperate” last-minute move and are expected to ask for the indictment to be dismissed.

Bennett Gershman, a law professor at Pace University and a former prosecutor, said the judge will likely reject their request.

They will at most be given “more time to prepare the trial,” he told AFP, meaning a delay to the start of the trial.

Weinstein’s attorneys have also asked for the trial to be moved, arguing that intense coverage in New York’s tabloids has meant he won’t get a fair trial.

A decision will also likely come Monday but the request is expected to be rejected.

AFP

Rugby Players Jailed 15 Years For Gang Rape

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A Kenyan court has sentenced two rugby players to 15 years in prison for the gang rape of a female singer at a birthday party last year.

The international rugby sevens players Frank Wanyama, 24, and Alex Olaba, 23, were earlier this month found guilty of the rape in a case which highlighted what some activists refer to as a tradition of “rape culture” in rugby.

Milimani High Court Martha Mutuku handed down the sentences of 15 years imprisonment on Friday, saying “a deterrent sentence is necessary.”

The trial was held in-camera, so details of the evidence provided were not made public.

Mutuku declined a request from the defence lawyers that their clients be allowed to avoid jail time due to their youth and the fact that they had shown remorse.

Wanyama and Olaba, who were both university students when the rape took place, play for the Nairobi Harlequins club and have played for the national sevens team in global tournaments.

Wanyama captained Kenya’s second sevens team to win the Victoria Sevens tournament in Zimbabwe in March last year, while Olaba has played as a winger for both the sevens and 15-aside national teams.

Both were suspended from playing when their trial began.

Last year after a series of allegations against rugby players, gender violence activist Nafula Wafula created a petition urging the Kenya Rugby Union to take measures to address accusations of sexual assault, including giving mandatory training to players.

“The rape culture that is ingrained in the sports industry must be dealt with accordingly,” she wrote in the petition which gathered just over 10,000 signatures.

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British Lawmaker Arraigned Over Sexual Assault

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A British MP from the governing Conservative Party was charged Monday after being accused of sexually assaulting two women.

Charlie Elphicke, 48, was charged with three counts of sexual assault, London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

He is accused of assaulting one woman in 2007 and a second woman twice in 2016.

The MP for Dover and Deal, on the southeast tip of England, is due to appear in court in central London on September 6.

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“Charlie Elphicke has said from the outset that he denies any wrongdoing,” said his lawyer Ellen Peart.

“He will defend himself vigorously and is confident that he will clear his name.”

Elphicke was suspended from the Conservatives in November 2017 after allegations against him were referred to police.

Prime Minister Theresa May controversially restored him to the Conservative ranks in December 2018, shortly before she faced a vote of no confidence.

The party said on Monday he had now been suspended from the Conservatives again, meaning the government’s majority in parliament’s lower House of Commons is now just two: 320 to 318.

The majority — formed by the Conservatives and their Democratic Unionist backers — has dwindled from 13 after the June 2017 general election.

The new suspension means Britain’s incoming prime minister — either former London mayor Boris Johnson or Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will take over from May on Wednesday — has even tighter leeway as they attempt to deliver Brexit.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on October 31.

Elphicke backed Britain remaining in the EU in the 2016 referendum.

A former tax lawyer, Elphicke was first elected to parliament in 2010 and was a government whip from 2015 to 2016, tasked with enforcing voting discipline among Conservative MPs.

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Sexual Assault Case Against Kevin Spacey On Shaky Ground

In this file photo taken on June 21, 2016, US actor Kevin Spacey arrives at a fashion show in Milan, Italy. Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

 

Kevin Spacey may avoid trial for sexual assault, as the case against him suffered a serious blow Monday when his accuser declined to testify due to fear of self-incrimination.

William Little accused the actor of groping him in a Massachusetts bar in July 2016. The actor, 59, was charged in January with indecent assault and battery.

The Massachusetts District Court judge for Nantucket, the posh island community where the alleged aggression took place, called on Little Monday to testify. Spacey was not present in the court.

But Little chose to plead the Fifth Amendment, which allows citizens not to testify so as not to incriminate themselves after it was revealed his cell phone — a key piece of evidence in the case — may have been compromised.

Little has said he took a smartphone video of the incident, which he says took place when he was an 18-year-old busboy in a Nantucket bar and restaurant.

The smartphone images, which Little said he shared with a then-girlfriend and a group of friends, allegedly show Spacey shoving his hand into the teen’s pants and fondling him.

But the phone — which the defense wanted to examine – has disappeared, as confirmed by Little and his parents, who were also called upon to testify Monday.

A police officer said he returned the phone to the family after extracting all the information but admitted he neglected to ask for a receipt upon return. The family said they never received the phone.

Interrogated at length about what he did with the phone and the messages on it, Little insisted that he had not deleted anything.

But when warned that manipulating the information on the phone could result in charges being brought against him, Little pled the fifth.

Little’s mother Heather Unruh, a television news anchor known in the Boston area, admitted she had deleted some potentially embarrassing photos before giving the phone to the police but said she had not erased anything related to the alleged assault.

Spacey’s lawyer Alan Jackson insinuated that text messages from Little — who was a fan of the actor — that implied his consent in the situation had been deleted.

“This entire case is completely compromised,” said Jackson.

“This case needs to be dismissed and it needs to be dismissed today.”

Although the judge did not make a decision, Spacey’s defense team added it would promptly request that the case be dropped.

The prosecution did not rule dropping the case, but asked the judge for a week to decide.

Spacey has insisted on his innocence in the matter. The charges carry a penalty of up to five years in prison.

The allegation of sexual misconduct against the two-time Oscar winner was one of more than a dozen to emerge since 2017 in the wake of the #MeToo movement – in both the United States and Britain — with devastating effect on his acting career.

He was dropped from the cast of the popular “House of Cards” series and from a leading role in director Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World,” Christopher Plummer was brought in as a last-second replacement.

Bill Cosby Appeals Sexual Assault Conviction

Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse on the first day of sentencing in his sexual assault trial on September 24, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Mark Makela/Getty Images/AFP

 

Comedian Bill Cosby, who is serving a three and a half year jail sentence, on Tuesday appealed a Pennsylvania court’s verdict that found him guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 15 years ago.

“This filing is an important step in ensuring that Mr Cosby receives a hearing from a fair and impartial court,” the actor’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, said.

“The Constitution guarantees that right to Mr Cosby – and to all Americans – and he looks forward to securing justice in the court of appeal,” he said in a statement.

The 81-year-old, who shattered racial barriers with his pioneering role as a dad and doctor on the hit television series “The Cosby Show,” (1984-1992), was found guilty in April 2018 of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, now 46, at his Philadelphia mansion.

It was the first trial and first guilty verdict for sexual assault since the advent of the #MeToo movement.

An earlier trial in June 2017 ended in a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

In September 2018, a Pennsylvania judge sentenced the actor to three and a half years in prison on three counts of aggravated indecent assault: penetration without Constand’s consent; penetration when she was unconscious and penetration after having been drugged. He was immediately incarcerated.

Although more than 60 women charged that they had been victims of sexual assault by Cosby, the famous comedian was tried criminally only for Constand’s assault, since the statute of limitations had expired in the other cases.

Cosby insists he was unjustly convicted.

“America will be great when it fulfills the last four words of the revered Pledge of Allegiance …. ‘and justice for all,'” Cosby’s wife Camille said in the statement.

A dozen women who say they were victims of Cosby have filed civil suits against the actor seeking compensation for damages.

Alleged Victim Of Spacey Sexual Assault Filmed Part Of Incident

This file photo taken on February 23, 2016 shows actor Kevin Spacey arriving for the season 4 premiere screening of the Netflix show “House of Cards” in Washington, DC. Nicholas Kamm / AFP

 

 

A young man who accused  Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him at a seaside restaurant near Boston in 2016 filmed part of the incident, according to court filings obtained by AFP.

The 59-year-old star of the “House of Cards” series, who has won two Oscars, is due to be formally charged on January 7 on the island of Nantucket with “indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 years of age.”

If found guilty, Spacey could face up to five years in jail.

The young man, identified as William Little and aged 18 at the time of the alleged assault in July 2016, told police he had sent messages, including a video, to his girlfriend via the Snapchat app from the “Club Car” restaurant in Nantucket, where he was working as a bus boy for the summer, according to the court filing.

He had remained in the bar after his shift had finished seeing Spacey, of whom he was a fan.

After meeting the actor and telling him he was 23 years old — the legal drinking age is 21 in Massachusetts — he started drinking first beer and then whiskey with Spacey.

Spacey then allegedly invited him back to his place, along with some other friends. The young man declined, suspecting the actor was trying to seduce him. But he stayed in the bar in the hopes of getting a picture with Spacey.

“Will only lingered around because he wanted a picture with Spacey, something for Instagram,” the filing said. “Spacey had told him, if you come back with me, I will take a picture with you.”

That was when Spacey began sexually molesting the young man, the filed charges said.

“Will tried to shift away with his body and move Spacey’s hands away with his hands but Spacey kept reaching down his pants,” it said.

“Will said his girlfriend did not believe him so that’s when he Snapchatted the video,” it said.

He then left the bar on the advice of a woman who reportedly saw “he was in distress.” He returned to work the next day and informed the owner of the bar of the incident, the court documents said.

The filing said that police had retrieved the footage and shown it to the young man, who confirmed it showed him and Spacey.

Spacey, who was forced out of public life by accusations of sexual misconduct in 2017, has not yet commented on the latest charges.

But this week he posted a video online of himself speaking about allegations of sexual abuse in the character of Frank Underwood, the scheming politician he played in House of Cards before the show dropped him.

Spacey’s lawyer did not respond immediately to an AFP request for comment.

Spacey was considered one of the finest actors of his generation but his career nosedived following allegations of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen men in the United States and Britain.

The first public report of alleged abuse by him came from actor Anthony Rapp, who claimed that Spacey sexually abused him when Rapp was 14, in 1986.

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Actor Kevin Spacey To Be Charged With Sexual Assault

This file photo taken on February 23, 2016 shows actor Kevin Spacey arriving for the season 4 premiere screening of the Netflix show “House of Cards” in Washington, DC. Nicholas Kamm / AFP

 

Oscar-winning US actor Kevin Spacey is facing a felony charge for alleged sexual assault of a teenager in a bar in 2016, US media reported Monday.

The Cape and Islands, Massachusetts, the district attorney said Spacey was due to be arraigned at Nantucket District Court on January 7 on a charge of indecent assault and battery, according to the Boston Globe.

Clerk Magistrate Ryan Kearney issued a criminal complaint for the charge “against Kevin S. Fowler, also known as Kevin Spacey,” at a hearing on December 20, the newspaper reported, citing DA Michael O’Keefe.

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Man Charged With Sex Crimes Involving 300 Boys

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Norwegian authorities have charged a man in his twenties, reportedly a football referee, with sexual offences involving some 300 teenage boys — the biggest such case in the country’s history, prosecutors said Tuesday.

“The case is a serious one, and it is the biggest case of sexual abuse in Norway to date,” state prosecutor Guro Hansson Bull said in a statement.

The charges include rape, according to Norwegian media reports.

The man allegedly targeted boys on the internet, where he adopted female personas in chat forums and convinced the victims to engage in sexual acts, which he filmed, with promises of erotic photos in return.

According to the prosecutor’s office, about 300 boys aged 13 to 16 were targeted since 2011, in Norway and other Nordic countries.

The man, identified in the media as a football referee, “admits the facts,” his lawyer Gunhild Laerum told broadcaster NRK, but has yet to respond to each individual charge.

The trial will be held in 2019.

Ex-England Footballer Gascoigne Charged With Sexual Assault

In this file photo taken on September 19, 2016 Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne leaves Dudley Magistartes Court in Dudley, central England. Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman on board a train, British Transport Police said on November 19, 2018. Gascoigne, 51, was charged with “one count of sexual assault by touching”,

 

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman on board a train, British Transport Police said on Monday.

The ex-Tottenham and Lazio player was charged with “one count of sexual assault by touching”, said a spokeswoman for the force.

The 51-year-old, who has struggled with alcoholism since he retired from top-flight football, was arrested at Durham station in northeast England on August 20.

He is due to appear in a magistrates’ court on December 11.

Gascoigne – known as “Gazza” – made his name with Newcastle before going on to play for Tottenham, Italian giants Lazio and several other teams including Glasgow Rangers.

The midfielder, widely regarded as one of the most talented players of his generation, was also a key member of the England side that reached the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy. He won 57 caps in total.

Gascoigne was one of the first big-name footballers to arrive in China when he made the shock decision to be a player-coach of second division Gansu Tianma in 2003 but he lasted just a handful of games.

In 2016, he was fined and ordered to pay compensation by a court after making a racist comment to a black security guard at his “An Evening with Gazza” show.

In an interview published on Tottenham’s website last year he said: “Sometimes when I look back and people say to me ‘do you regret anything in your career?’

“Perhaps I left Spurs too early. I loved it there. The players, the staff, everyone was class and the team spirit was phenomenal, absolute class. We had a great team.

“People talk about me being a bit of a joker, messing about, but we had about 15 in that squad.”

Last month Gascoigne’s nomination for a place in the Scottish Football Hall of Fame was withdrawn, with officials expressing concerns over the state of his health.