December 4th, 2013
10:52 AM ET

No Smoke For a Minute After Walker Crash

The fire that engulfed the Porsche carrying actor Paul Walker apparently did not erupt until a minute after the car clipped a light pole Saturday, CNN's Casey Wian reports.

That conclusion is based on security camera video obtained by CNN that shows black smoke starting to rise from the crash scene 60 seconds after it shows the light pole and a tree falling.

Could Walker and the other occupant in the car have made it out in those 60 seconds? That's hard to tell. The two may have died on impact when the car struck the light pole.

The answer might be clearer when the coroner's office releases its preliminary findings of the autopsies of the remains of two men - presumed to be Walker and friend Roger Rodas, a coroner's officer said.

The autopsies were completed Tuesday, Los Angeles County Coroner Lt. Fred Corral said. But investigators have placed a "security hold" on it for now. The coroner will not even disclose if the identities have been confirmed using dental X-rays. Officially, the dead are only identified as case numbers.

Corral did not give a reason for the secrecy, which can be requested by law enforcement agencies during an investigation. It is often done in cases involving criminal probes, but there has been no indication this is anything more than a traffic accident investigation.

The autopsies should be able to confirm whether Rodas, as witnesses reported, was behind the wheel with Walker in the passenger seat.

Video obtained by CNN Tuesday from a security camera posted on a building on the opposite side of the street from the crash does not show the Porsche Carerra GT crashing along a business park street in Valencia, California, Saturday afternoon. It does show the light pole and tree falling. Smoke is faintly visible above the scene 60 seconds later, followed by a heavy plume of black smoke after two minutes.

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December 2nd, 2013
07:57 AM ET

Speed a Factor in Walker Crash

Actor Paul Walker, who shot to fame as star of the high-octane street racing franchise "Fast & Furious," died in a fiery car crash in Southern California on Saturday. He was 40.

Walker was in the passenger seat of a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, driven by a racing team partner, that slammed into a light pole and burst into flames in an office park in the community of Valencia in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Hollywood, CNN's Nischelle Turner reports.

Walker's publicist Ame van Iden confirmed his death Saturday. The driver, identified by CNN affiliate KCAL-TV as Roger Rodus, also died.

"Thank you all for your condolences and prayers while we mourn the loss of our loved ones," read a message posted on the Facebook page for Always Forever, the high-performance car shop owned by Rodus.

Los Angeles Coroner Investigator Dana Bee told CNN on Sunday it would likely take 48 hours to officially identify the remains taken from the twisted wreckage. The families are gathering dental records for use in the identification, which is necessary because of the condition of the bodies, Bee said.

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November 14th, 2013
10:03 AM ET

Woman Accused of Stalking Alec Baldwin Gets Jail Time for Contempt, Then Testifies

A Canadian woman on trial for allegedly stalking Alec Baldwin described a romantic date with the actor that she says ended with sex and a promise of lifelong omelets.

Genevieve Sabourin, 41, finally had her chance to testify Wednesday in her trial after hearing Baldwin deny under oath Tuesday that he was ever romantic or sexual with her.

Sabourin's impatience earned her a contempt of court citation and 30-day jail term Wednesday morning as she repeatedly interrupted another witness, saying at times "I want to testify."

Sabourin was warned by the judge repeatedly during the first day of testimony Tuesday about her outbursts as she listened to a teary Baldwin deny having had a romance with his alleged stalker.

Sabourin, an aspiring actress, heckled, "You're lying!"

Her outbursts in the New York City courtroom continued Tuesday as the doorman from Baldwin's apartment building testified about Sabourin's April 8, 2012, attempt to visit the actor there.

The actor's wife, Hilaria Baldwin, who was then engaged to him, told the doorman that Sabourin was a stalker and that she would call police, he testified. Sabourin called Hilaria a prostitute and another derogatory term before leaving the building, the doorman said.

She says she's not a stalker, but an ex-girlfriend of the "30 Rock" television star.

Sabourin began her testimony Wednesday afternoon, detailing what she said were long personal phone conversations with Baldwin.

Then she talked about February 18, 2011.

Baldwin picked her up at her hotel at 7:30 p.m. and the couple attended a Broadway play, she testified. Afterward, they shared an intimate dinner, eating off of each other's plate, she said. She drank chardonnay, while Baldwin had water.

They took a cab back to her hotel, where Baldwin suggested one last glass of water, she testified. The next several hours were spent in her hotel room where they made love and he made a promise, she said.

"I make the best omelets in the world and I'd be happy to make you omelets every morning for the rest of your life," she said he said.

Sabourin began crying at that point of her testimony, complaining how everyone finds their love, as companions, but that she now knows she made the wrong choice with Baldwin.

Baldwin left her hotel room the next morning, but later texted an e-mail address for her to use, she testified. She used it to maintain a relationship with romantic e-mails in which she said she gave "her heart and soul to him."

While they were apart, they engaged in phone sex, she testfied. Baldwin was very charming in the calls, she said. Some of the talk was about her moving to New York from Montreal to be closer to him, she said.

But then Baldwin started seeing his future wife, she said.

The incidents of alleged stalking were attempts at finding "closure," she said.

But Baldwin testified that she imagined the relationship, and she sent him numerous e-mails and voice mails along the way. CNN obtained copies of the e-mails.

"I am less than 10 minutes away from you tonight. Say 'I do' to me," one e-mail says.

In another e-mail, she said she was ready to get married.

"I need to start my new life with my new name ... in my new country, help my newly husband, you!"

In another e-mail, she admits defeat.

"I may have lost all the battles to win your heart over in the past two years, but I've learn (sic) so much," it says.

Wiping away tears, Baldwin said Sabourin's stalking has made him anxious and worried for his safety.

She showed up unannounced at his New York home on the day he proposed to his now-wife, the actor said.

Days later, she allegedly crashed an event the actor was hosting at New York City`s Lincoln Center.

Baldwin has admitted they had dinner once in 2010, but said that was it. They met through a mutual friend, he said.

Both Baldwin and Sabourin worked on the 2002 flop "The Adventures of Pluto Nash." Baldwin has also appeared in numerous other movies, including "Along Came Polly."

His past is checkered with various conflicts including an infamous berating of his then young daughter Ireland in 2007 as a "rude, thoughtless little pig," a run in with American Airlines over his playing Words with Friends on a flight, and various scuffles with paparazzi.

Unlike the actor, who didn't say a word about the case to reporters, Sabourin is basking in the media spotlight. She grinned widely as she shared her side of the story with a group of reporters.

"I'm not gonna take a reduced plea for a crime I have not committed," she said.

Sabourin has been arrested several times, including late last year for violating a court order by allegedly sending a series of tweets to Baldwin and his wife, CNN's Nischelle Turner reports.

She was released from jail after a judge rejected a prosecution request for bail.

If found guilty on the stalking charge, she faces up to a year in prison.

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November 13th, 2013
10:09 AM ET

Dolphins Owner Delays Meeting With Jonathan Martin

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will wait until an NFL investigator meets with Jonathan Martin before holding his own meeting, the team said Tuesday.

Ross had announced on Monday that he would fly to an undisclosed location on Wednesday to talk to the offensive lineman about why he left the NFL team last month.

Martin's sudden departure two weeks ago ignited a controversy over locker room hazing, perceived bullying and racial slurs among professional football players.

"We want to get to the bottom of it," Ross told reporters in Miami on Monday. "We want to get to hear what the real facts are. There's been so much said and done to date that I don't think anybody really knows what has happened, because nobody has really spoken with Jonathan Martin directly."

The league and Ted Wells, who was appointed to investigate the controversy, asked Ross and Dolphins' President Tom Garfinkel to wait "until they have the opportunity to meet with him," Garfinkel said in a statement to CNN on Tuesday.

Sports Analyst Greg Anthony and  Political Commentator Ana Navarro  weighed in on the Dolphins players  on "New Day" Wednesday.

Commenting on locker room culture, Anthony said,  "There used to be a time where what happened in the locker room stayed in the locker room. Now, that's forever changed."


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