Failure to pay $161,000 in child support has landed R. Kelly in jail. If convicted, the felony offense could see Kelly behind bars for up to 2 years.
Andrea Kelly, the ex-wife of R. Kelly, can claim a temporary victory as the disgraced singer has landed in jail for failure to pay child support. The dancer-choreographer married R. Kelly in 1996 in a ceremony she alleges she had no role in planning. Together they have three children: Jay, who is trans, Robert Jr., and Joann, now called Buku Abi.
$350K Left in His Account
Andrea’s battle for child support has been a long and arduous road, but R. Kelly says he can’t afford the expense. During his CBS interview with Gayle King, the singer said he only has $350,000 to his name. Unaware of how to handle his own finances, he claims “so many people have been stealin’ my money.” He added that there were so many authorized users on his account that he couldn’t keep up.
R. Kelly admitted that he has only recently gone to a bank alone. He said, “I went by myself for the first time to a Bank of America. Didn’t know what I was doing. Didn’t know what the hell was going on.” Taking place roughly one month ago, the singer said he was tired of not knowing the details of his publishing royalties. He was shocked to learn his balance was only $350K and asked the teller to help him open a new account.
Heckler yells “Free R. Kelly”
Following his arrest the singer’s current publicist, Darryll Johnson, spoke with reporters about what R. Kelly’s options were when he was interrupted by a heckler. Brushing past Johnson, the man walked through the interview stating “Free R. Kelly”. Johnson informed reporters that R. Kelly will remain in jail until he can pay the full $161,000 balance.
Gayle’s Sit Down with Azriel and Jocelyn
Early this morning, the CBS interview segment featuring Azriel Clary and Jocelyn Savage aired. Here are some key takeaways from their interaction with Gayle King:
- R. Kelly was asked if he wanted to keep Azriel and Jocelyn from being interviewed, but he declined.
- The singer was asked to leave the room so the women could be interviewed privately. He refused to leave the area entirely. He stood behind a wall just out of sight.
- When certain questions were asked, R. Kelly would cough loudly to remind Azriel and Jocelyn he was there and listening.
- Azriel was very testy toward Gayle. She snapped when asked about the relationship dynamic between her, Jocelyn, and R. Kelly.
- Azriel says R. Kelly was lied to by her family about her age. She says her parents told him she was 18. She also says her family encouraged her to engage in illicit sexual acts and take photos for future use to blackmail him.
- Jocelyn Savage, who was primarily silent during the interview, says her parents were after money as well. However, both The Clarys and The Savages denied allegations regarding any exchange of funds in press conferences Wednesday.When asked about being wanting to advance a singing career, Azriel shook her head yes while saying “That’s a lie”, which is a sign of deceptive body language. Azriel has a YouTube channel full of videos of her vocal practices. The channel also contains a link to her Facebook page, full of performance dates and photos.
- Gayle’s followup question was about Azriel’s suicide attempt, which was disclosed during the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries. Azriel says that it was due to her parents forcing her to sing as a career choice. However, CBS obtained medical records that show her suicide attempt was due to an abusive boyfriend where Azriel is on record saying music helped her cope.
The Savoy Media Group Presents Memphis Majic
THE WEAVING OF DANCE AND HISTORY ARE BOLDLY INTERTWINED IN A RELEVANT REFLECTION OF OUR TIMES IN THIS MASTERFUL DOCUMENTARY!
MEMPHIS MAJIC, by Emmy-nominated Director Eddie Bailey, takes a look at the City of Memphis through the lens of a 30-year old Memphis-born street dance called Jookin! Featuring street dance superstar, Lil Buck, MEMPHIS MAJIC seamlessly connects urban dance, Hip-Hop, politics, and history that reveals how one of America’s most important cities was built. Memphis Majic is a universal story that bridges the gap between generations and gets to the heart of the human spirit.
WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
“A MUST SEE documentary. Memphis Majic is fascinating…”Neil Rosen, CUNY TV
“Memphis Majic is a revelation!…”Warren Hudlin, Vice Chairman – Museum of Moving Image
Director Eddie Bailey is available for interviews:
Atlanta – January 10-12, 2020
Los Angeles – January 16-20, 2020
New York- January 27-31, February 1-15, 2020
Karol Sanchez, 16, Staged Kidnapping Says Law Enforcement
In a case that gripped New York City, a law enforcement source says Karol Sanchez, a 16 year-old girl, faked her own kidnapping with the help of four male accomplices.
Monday, December 16, Sanchez was seen on surveillance footage being dragged into a car by two unknown men after walking down a New York City street with her mother. NYPD reported the two were approached by a beige 4-door sedan out of which two men got out, dragged the girl into the vehicle, and pushed her mother down to the ground. Tuesday morning state police issued an Amber Alert for her disappearance citing a reasonable belief that she was in imminent danger, but Tuesday afternoon, Sanchez popped up at the crime scene and identified herself to nearby patrolmen.
Witnesses describe the teenager crossing the street to a cop car and then talking with police at the scene. The NYPD 40th Precinct tweeted on Tuesday “WE HAVE A VICTORY TODAY !! Karol has been found !!! Thank you to all who have worked very hard to track down the people involved in this case !!!”
WE HAVE A VICTORY TODAY !! Karol has been found !!! Thank you to all who have worked very hard to track down the people involved in this case !!! pic.twitter.com/TYD7IlU49N— NYPD 40th Precinct (@NYPD40Pct) December 17, 2019
Now, sources are saying Sanchez admitted to staging her own kidnapping in response to her family considering leaving the U.S. for Honduras, their native home. The girl apparently wanted to stay in America and became unhappy with her mother following this dispute.
Charges have not yet been filed and NYPD stresses that this investigation is ongoing.
Burna Boy Discuss Beyoncé, Grammys, Recording “Ye” and More on TIDAL’s Rap Radar
Today, Grammy nominated-rapper Burna Boy sits down with Elliott Wilson & Brian “B.Dot” Miller on TIDAL’s Rap Radar Podcast to discuss his international success. The African Giant singer delves into the interesting journey that led him to attain the only solo track on Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift production, being managed by his mom, afro-identity, and why he’s not planning a Grammy speech. Burna Boy also shares a special BTS glimpse – the “Ye” record that cast a global spotlight on him was written in 10 minutes at the club.
Fans can tune into the episode here: TIDAL.com/RapRadar
The “Rap Radar” podcast adds to TIDAL’s growing podcast network, which includes a variety of series hosted by some of the most trusted and influential names in music. From Fat Joe’s “Coca Vision” and Joey Bada$$’s “47 Minutes” – TIDAL is on the pulse of music culture.
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