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Michael Avenatti: New R. Kelly Tape Will Prove He Assaulted Underage Girl

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Prosecutors investigating R. Kelly are looking into a newly surfaced video featuring the R&B superstar, lawyer Michael Avenatti told CNN.

CNN has seen the VHS tape that appears to show Kelly having sex with a girl who refers to her body parts as 14 years old. Avenatti, who is representing a man he calls a whistleblower against Kelly, says he handed the tape to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago last weekend.
“My client knows the identity of the girl and R. Kelly. He identified the two of them on the videotape. He worked for and has known R. Kelly for decades and he met the girl on a number of occasions,” Avenatti said.
On Thursday, Avenatti tweeted out a statement describing the tape.
Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s attorney, told CNN he had not heard of the development.
“We are unaware of any new information involving Mr. Kelly,” he told CNN. “We have not been contacted by anyone. We have not been informed about any new information by anyone and we have not been contacted by law enforcement.”
Tandra R. Simonton, chief communications officer for the State’s Attorney’s Office said: “We cannot confirm or deny an investigation.”

The newly unearthed footage, which lasts 42 minutes and 45 seconds, is clear and explicit.There are two scenes on the video: one apparently in a living room and another in a bedroom. A naked man who appears to be R. Kelly is seen performing multiple sex acts with the girl. She is heard calling him “daddy” multiple times.It is impossible to know her age just from the video. They both refer to her “14-year-old p***y.” Six times the girl refers to her genitalia as 14 years old.At one point, the man asks the girl to urinate. After she does, he urinates on her.What is on the video mirrors some of the alleged acts for which Kelly was arrested for child pornography in 2002, when he was 35, and then acquitted six years later.


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Six Women Accuse AJ Calloway of Sexual Assault

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This week Warner Bros. announced AJ had been suspended while the allegations were investigated. Click Here if you missed that.

The number of women accusing “Extra’s” A.J. Calloway of sexual assault has risen from two to six different women. Several women have come forth in a recent Hollywood Reporter article to anonymously tell their stories of allegedly being attacked by the 44-year-old former “106th & Park” host.

‘Donkey Of The Day’ Gucci, Prada for trying to use Blackface as a fashion trend

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Over the weekend Gucci was forced to apologize after releasing a new sweater that looks like blackface.

Apology not accepted as celebrity activists call for a boycott…

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On Monday, February 11th Gucci, Prada and more are today’s Donkeys of the Day for trying to use Blackface as a fashion trend. T.I. has called for a boycott of these brands until they show respect.

AJ Calloway Suspended Pending Investigation

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Last month two women came forward claiming they had been sexually harassed by Extra co-host AJ Calloway. Click Here if you missed that.

Now AJ has been suspended pending an investigation…

From Variety
“Extra” host AJ Calloway has been suspended after multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, Variety has confirmed.
“Upon becoming aware of allegations of sexual misconduct against AJ Calloway, we began an internal review to determine whether there had been any misconduct by Mr. Calloway on ‘Extra’ and whether any employee of the show had been the victim of any such misconduct,” producer Warner Bros. Television said in a statement, referring to earlier allegations against Calloway. “To date, we have found nothing to suggest that Mr. Calloway has ever engaged in workplace misconduct.”
Warner Bros. added, “In light of additional allegations brought to our attention, we are expanding our ongoing inquiries, and Mr. Calloway has been suspended pending further review. We take such allegations very seriously and are committed to doing everything we can to ensure a safe and inclusive workplace for all of our employees.”

Kurtis Blow Reportedly Responds to Virginia Attorney General Blackface Apology

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Earlier this week, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring admitted to wearing blackface as an undergraduate college student in the 1980s. In a statement, he wrote, “In 1980, when I was a 19-year-old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow, and perform a song.” Herring continued, “It sounds ridiculous even now writing it. But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes—and because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and perspective of others—we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup.”

Fast Forward…

On “TMZ Live,” Kurtis Blow said, “It’s shocking. I was shocked, totally shocked. You know, being the elder spokesman, a father, a minister, a husband, I find it totally offensive and disrespectful, degrading. It’s ugly. You know, I’m praying for my man Mr. Herring right now.”

Also, Kurtis Blow told The Washington Times, “When you paint your face, that is the most egregious and disrespectful thing you can do considering what we’ve been through. It’s opening up some deep, historical scars.”

Watch below.

Liam Neeson clarifies controversial revenge remarks: ‘I’m not a racist’

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Liam Neeson appeared on “Good Morning America” Tuesday, to address an alarming interview in which he admitted to seeking to kill a black person to – in his mind – right the rape of his friend.

Speaking with anchor Robin Roberts, the “Cold Pursuit” actor revisited the situation he found himself in about 40 years ago, which he opened up to Britain’s The Independent about. 

“I had never felt this feeling before which was a primal urge to lash out,” Neeson said on “GMA” after learning of his friend’s assault, allegedly by a black man. 

“After that there were some nights I went out deliberately into black areas in the city looking to be set upon so that I could unleash physical violence,” he said. “And I did it for, I’d say, maybe four or five times until I caught myself on, and it really shocked me, this primal urge I had. It shocked me, and it hurt me. I did seek help.”

Neeson said he turned to a priest, two good friends and power walking to work through his issues. “I’m not racist,” he said. “This was nearly 40 years ago.

Neeson clarified that he asked his loved one about the rapist’s other attributes – besides race – and said that if she had been assaulted by a white man, he would’ve have the same reaction.

“If she has said an Irish, or a Scot, or a Brit, or a Lithuanian, I know I would’ve felt the same effect. I was trying to… stand up for my dear friend in this terrible medieval fashion.

“I’m a fairly intelligent guy, that’s why it kind of shocked me when I came down to Earth after having these horrible feelings,” he added. “Luckily no violence occurred – ever. Thanks be to God.” 

When asked if he actually would’ve gone through with his devious plans, Neeson answered “Yes” without hesitation.

“That was my feeling, that I did want to lash out, yes,” he added, “because my friend was brutally raped and I thought I was defending her honor.”

Neeson hopes his confession will get people “to open up.”

“We all pretend we’re kind of politically correct. I mean, in this country, it’s the same in my own country too, you sometimes just scratch the surface and you discover this racism and bigotry, and it’s there,” he told Roberts. 

In The Independent interview, which published online Monday, Neeson first shared he sought revenge after discovering someone close to him was raped.

“She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way,” Neeson said to the newspaper. “But my immediate reaction was… I asked, did she know who it was? No. ‘What color were they?’ She said it was a black person.

“I went up and down areas with a (nightstick), hoping I’d be approached by somebody – I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know?” he continued. “So that I could – kill him.”