ITEM: Steve Bing killed himself Monday by jumping from the 27th floor of his LA apartment amid a depression battle. A one-time Vegas high-roller and strip-club aficionado who was ‘dedicated in equal parts to philanthropy, politics and women’, Bing used his wealth to immerse himself in the glamour of Hollywood, producing films such as Get Carter, starring Sylvester Stallone, and Polar Express, with Tom Hanks. Also a movie writer and producer, Bing was thought to be worth $590m when he died.
ITEM: Jockey Liam Treadwell, who rode Mon Mome to a shock victory in the 2009 Grand National, has died aged 34. Trainer Alastair Ralph confirmed the tragic news on Tuesday, describing Treadwell’s death as ‘unbelievably sad’ and a ‘big shock’. It has not yet been revealed how Treadwell, who was born in Arundel, Sussex, died, but Ralph told The Sun: ‘We found him this morning, it’s all still very raw. It’s just terrible, he had suffered depression and it was on going for a couple of years.’
ITEM: A Hollywood producer and talent manager has been charged with multiple counts of rape, sexual assault and kidnap of four women in California, prosecutors said Monday. David Guillod, an executive producer on ‘Atomic Blonde’ and ‘Extraction,’ is the latest Hollywood mogul to be swept up in the #MeToo movement, which led to Harvey Weinstein’s 23-year jail sentence for rape and sexual assault in March. Guillod surrendered to police Monday morning in Santa Barbara, near Los Angeles, accompanied by his attorney, after a three-year investigation led to him being charged with the rape and sexual assault of four women.
There certainly seems to be a lot of depression and desperation among the successful these days, particularly those with ties to the Hellmouth.