The leader of the anti-immigration UK Independence Party announced Monday he had ended his relationship after his girlfriend reportedly made racist remarks about Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle.
Henry Bolton said he ended his brief liaison with 25-year-old Jo Marney after the Mail on Sunday newspaper published what he described as "appalling and insulting" text messages she reportedly sent.
"I don't defend these comments whatsoever... As of last night the romantic side of our relationship is ended Scott Darling Womens Jersey
," he told ITV television.
Bolton, who took up the UKIP leadership in September, said Marney had been suspended from the party.
He is under pressure to resign over his liaison.
According to the Mail on Sunday, she wrote messages to a friend complaining that Markle -- an American actress of mixed race who is due to marry Harry in May -- would "taint our royal family" with her "seed".
"Next will be a Muslim PM (prime minister). And a black king," she was reported to have written.
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, Marney said her remarks were "deliberately exaggerated to make a point" and were taken out of context, but "I fully recognise the offence they have caused".
Bolton had already made headlines this month over his decision to end his marriage and start dating Marney.
He has resisted widespread calls to resign as UKIP's third elected leader since Nigel Farage stepped down in the wake of Britain's 2016 vote to leave the European Union.
The party has struggled to find a role since the Brexit referendum and has been beset by infighting.
by Huang Heng
LOS ANGELES, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Southern California-based social media company Snap Inc., which highly publicized IPO in March with value at 24 billion U.S. dollars, faced backfire from global social media users as CEO Evan Spiegel was accused of claiming that its product Brock McGinn Womens Jersey
, Snapchat, was an app "only for rich people."
Snapchat, which was labeled by business analysts as the strongest rival to Facebook, had to start damage control urgently, saying Spiegel never made such remarks and "these words were written by a disgruntled former employee Sebastian Aho Womens Jersey
," Inc reported Saturday.
The quote, which Snap called "ridiculous," came from a recently unredacted court complaint by Anthony Pompliano, who was hired away by Snap from Facebook then served as the company's growth lead for a few weeks in 2015.
Pompliano's lawsuit, filed in redacted form in Los Angeles Superior Court in January. Snap Inc. dropped its efforts to keep the unredacted complaint under seal and released it in a public filing last week.
In the complaint Justin Williams Womens Jersey
, Pompliano recounted an exchange he said he had with Spiegel in a September 2015 meeting about the app's international growth plans. He said he presented methods to address the issue, but Spiegel abruptly cut him off.
"This app is only for rich people," Spiegel said, according to Pompliano. "I don't want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain."
These words sparked outrages from all around world, especially in India. Hundreds of thousands users voiced their disapproval via social-media posts and one-star reviews in Google and Apple's app stores.
"Mr. CEO of Snapchat Jordan Staal Womens Jersey
, we may be poor but we have bigger hearts than you, "a user named Kp nalk said in a recent one-star review in Google Play store.
Another tweet posted by Shreyas Singh on April 15 said: "I am very poor so uninstalled #snapchat but thanks for entertaining for this many days. @evanspiegel @Snapchat don't mess with India."
"This is ridiculous," as statement released by Snap argued, saying that those words were written by "a disgruntled former employee."
"We are grateful for our Snapchat community in India and around the world," the statement said.
However Noah Hanifin Womens Jersey
, Snap would face huge challenge in this lawsuit more than PR works as Pompliano also claimed that he learned that the company had exaggerated its user data and that top executives were "completely misinformed" about key metrics.
According to report of Variety, in the lawsuit, Pompliano said that on his second day on the job he met with two data analysts, who confided to him that Snapchat had "an institutional aversion to looking at user data," and its efforts in that area were marked by "utter incompetence."
Pompliano said he found Snapchat's daily active users (DAUs) was much less than the company's boasted number Jeff Skinner Womens Jersey
, 100 million DAUs at the time, moreover, the user base increased only 1 to 4 percent per quarter, far less than the double-digit month-over-month growth that the company was claiming.
Pompliano also claimed that he was fired because Spiegel determined that he "presented a risk to Snapchat's IPO."
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Marvel action flick Ant-Man proved less can be more as it topped the North American box office tally in its debut over the weekend, industry data showed Monday.
The movie - about a thief-turned-hero who wears special armor that makes him tiny but super strong as he undertakes a mission to save the world - posted sales of $57.2 million, said box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
It unseated the animated comedy Minions, a prequel to the Despicable Me movies featuring three tiny mischievous creatures. This one came in second with $49.3 million, after racking up $115.7 million last weekend .