Tag: R. Kelly

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.


R. Kelly Announces Tour Dates in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka

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R. Kelly, whose career is reeling from the longstanding sexual-misconduct allegations presented in Lifetime’s harrowing documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” has announced tour dates nearly as far as geographically possible from the United States: in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

No dates or venues were listed — simply that the tour is “coming soon” — but the promoter is a Melbourne, Australia-based entertainment company called Flamingo Dreamz (formerly known as Sin City) that in the past has promoted tours in the region by Ja Rule (whose career is also facing challenges connected to his executive-producer role in the disastrous 2017 Fyre Festival), Ciara, rapper Twista, DJ Erick Morillo and others.

R. Kelly Had a New Album Done Before Sony Dropped Him

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Earlier this month, Sony Records dropped R. Kelly amid backlash from the Lifetime ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ documentary…

Sony and R. Kelly have agreed to part ways, sources tell Billboard. The news comes on the heels of the Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly, which detailed allegations of sexual misconduct against the singer.

Fast Forward…

Kellz has a new album ready to go and is on the hunt for a label, according to anonymous sources who spoke to Billboard

It isn’t clear how R Kelly will release the album, but he has plenty of options, from going through an indie distributor or signing a deal with a new label to potentially uploading the project directly onto Spotify, though a rep said Spotify’s direct-upload feature is still in beta and available to only a small number of artists, which does not include Kelly. One source tells Billboard that Kelly’s team had been looking for a new distributor for months, before the Lifetime documentary came out. It’s possible the release won’t hit the market as soon as hoped, other sources say. (A lawyer for Kelly declined to comment on his music plans.)

The FBI Investigating R. Kelly

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The FBI is investigating whether or not R. Kelly transported a minor across state lines for illegal purposes…

From TMZ

R. Kelly allegedly arranged a coast-to-coast trip for Azriel Clary when she was underage, and the FBI is now looking into the trip to see if R. Kelly committed a federal crime … TMZ has learned.

Azriel, one of the women featured in “Surviving R. Kelly,” was flown from Palm Springs to Phoenix to Orlando on May 25, 2015. She flew US Airways, leaving Cali at 6:57 AM and eventually landing in Florida at 4:09 PM.

A source connected to Azriel’s family tells us the flights were arranged by a woman who was R. Kelly’s assistant at the time.

Here’s why it’s potentially a big deal. Azriel was only 17 at that time and that means R. Kelly could have violated the Mann Act — the federal act that makes it illegal to transport a minor across state lines for purposes of sex, debauchery or prostitution.

We’re told the FBI just learned about the flights within the last week. As we reported … the FBI has also been in touch with Joycelyn Savage’s father multiple times in the last 18 months — so it’s clear the feds are taking the R. Kelly allegations seriously.

R. Kelly sources tell us the singer believes he did nothing wrong because he claims this signed note from Azriel’s mom, Alice … gave Kelly’s assistant consent to care for Azriel.

The-Dream On R. Kelly, Rihanna’s New Music, Beyoncé Projects, Drake & Kanye Music + King Of R&B Talk On Hot 97

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The-Dream sat down with Ebro for a candid conversation on his new music, as well as other subjects around music and r&b.

At the 10:06 mark The singer spoke on his thoughts about R. Kelly, and the reaction following the airing of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly series. He also gave his take on the King of R&B talk.

Before leaving he gave some input on where Rihanna’s new album stands, Beyoncé seems to be working on a new project, and what kind of music Drake and Kanye West cooked up in Wyoming before their beef heated up! Oh he’s also re-releasing his first two projects Love Hate & Love vs. Money

As for Rihanna her album is “almost done.” Beyoncé  is also “doing something,” after talking to her team about some plans.

The Dream talks about Rihanna new music at the 24:45 mark.

The Dream talks about Beyonce doing something at the 25:10 mark.

Amanda Seales On HBO Special ‘I Be Knowin’ & Real Stories Behind Her Comedy

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Amanda Seales stopped by The Breakfast Club this morning to talk about her first stand up special, this would be the second time that HBO has a Black woman doing a comedy special, with the first one being Wanda Sykes back in 2009. Speaking on how she prepares for doing such a big special Seales said that she is better at improvising than writing down the jokes and memorizing them beforehand.

She also spoke about the success of social media and how it has caused people to think that everyone can enter a conversation that they don’t know anything about whether it be about racism, politics or something else!

With one of the most controversial topics still in the media being the singer R Kelly, Seales wanted to make it clear that he is off-limits for jokes now to comedians, because of the things he has been accused of doing.