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Gal Gadot Gal Gadot Backlash forces Lebanese designer to take Gadot photo off Instagram

The fashion studio of the Lebanese designer Elie Saab deleted from Instagram a picture of Gal Gadot amid rebuke over its ties to the Israeli actress.

The image of Gadot, who starred in last year’s action thriller Wonder Woman, in a blue sash dress by Saab was accompanied by a description of the former Israel Defense Forces combat trainer as “flawless,” the BBC reported.

Gadot was wearing the dress to the National Board of Review awards in New York Thursday, Jan. 11, where she and director Patty Jenkins received the Spotlight Award for their work on “Wonder Woman.”

Saab’s Instagram post saw some people share their frustration that a former member of the Israeli army would be promoted by the designer. The deleting of Gadot’s picture has drawn a mixed reaction on social media.

Gov. Eric Greitens Gov. Eric Greitens “I love and respect Elie Saab, but is he really happy an Israeli actress wore a dress he designed?” asked Lebanese journalist Heba Bitar, on Twitter.

Another post, however, called the whole debacle “shameful.”

In 2017, Gadot’s superhero blockbuster was banned from cinemas in Lebanon, among several other Arab countries amid protests partly over her casting as the title character.

Missouri governor probed on ex-lover’s blackmail allegations

A St. Louis prosecutor will investigate allegations that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens threatened to blackmail a woman with whom he was having an affair.

Greitens, 43, a Republican, became the first Jewish governor of Missouri when he was elected in November 2016. He is a former Navy SEAL whose seven military awards include the Bronze Star.

Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner announced the probe a day after Greitens admitted to having an extramarital affair, but denied that he blackmailed the woman to keep it under wraps.

“The serious allegations against” Greitens “are very troubling,” Gardner said in a statement.

The affair, which happened in March 2015, before Greitens became governor, was first reported by St. Louis TV station KMOV.

The woman, who met Greitens when she cut his hair, said that Greitens took a photo of her in a compromising position to use if she ever came forward about the affair.

Greitens and his wife, Sheena, issued a statement, calling the affair a “deeply personal mistake,” which the couple dealt with “honestly and privately.” Greitens called the blackmail claims “outrageous” and “false.”

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