Following his arrest on February 22nd, R. Kelly has entered a not guilty plea via his attorney. The singer is facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse with four victims.
R. Kelly spent this past weekend in a Chicago jail, donning an orange jumpsuit like the rest of the inmates in the facility. Saturday, Kelly’s bond was set at $1 million, where the singer would have to pay 10% for temporary freedom and adhere to the conditions of his release. Among those terms was a condition that Kelly refrains from contacting females younger than 18. Monday, February 25th, he went before a judge after failing to raise the $100,000 bail to secure his release.
At this hearing, Kelly’s case was assigned to Cook County Associate Judge Lawrence Flood. Judge Flood will preside over the trial where the next court date is March 22nd. While Kelly awaits his next court date, news of additional evidence is making the rounds. Attorney Michael Avenatti stated his team is providing prosecutors with a second video of Kelly assaulting a minor. Avenatti is currently representing one victim and one witness of Kelly’s crimes.
Of R. Kelly’s current accusers, three of the victims are minors and one is an adult. A bond proffer detailing the extent of Kelly’s offenses has been made public with the initial page citing an offense in 1998. The victim, aged 16 at the time, says Kelly approached her on her 16th birthday while she was celebrating at a restaurant. R. Kelly’s manager provided the victim with a business card that had Kelly’s personal number. Kelly convinced the victim to meet him at his Chicago studio where the first encounter took place. The victim was then told to collect an envelope from Kelly’s receptionist which contained a “large sum of money.” These encounters continues monthly from May ’98 to May ’99.
The second victim was abused from September 1998 until September 2001. Only 14 years old at the time, this victim has been identified as the niece of S.E., who is presumably Stephanie “Sparkle” Edwards. This information has been provided via a witness who claims he had conversations with R and his associates. In these talks, R. Kelly told the witness to retrieve the tapes containing evidence of Kelly assaulting the victim. The witness viewed the tapes before turning them over to Cook County State’s Attorney Office through his legal representation.
The third victim, 24, has provided DNA evidence that R. Kelly assaulted her February 18 2003. A former hairdresser who used to braid R. Kelly’s hair, the victim stated Kelly assaulted her after saying he “wanted his head massaged.” He motioned to his genitals and tried to force himself onto her. However, she resisted and Kelly ejaculated onto the victim and spit in her face several times. The shirt she was wearing was submitted for testing and returned as a match for R. Kelly’s DNA.
The fourth victim was abused between May 2009 and January 2010 at 16 years old. Having attended the criminal trial of R. Kelly in 2008, the victim eventually made contact with the singer at his Olympia Fields home. R. Kelly was aware the victim was underage. During their encounters he would slap, choke, and spit on the victim. The victim saved one of the shirts she was wearing during the attacks and submitted it to Olympia Fields Police Department for DNA testing. The shirt tested positive for R. Kelly’s semen.
According to the Associated Press, R. Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg expects the singer to post bail this evening. Greenberg is maintaining his clients innocence and that no one has shown his evidence that contradicts that. Although R. Kelly has an outstanding amount in unpaid child support to the tune of $170,000, his attorney does not believe that will interfere with Kelly’s ability to post bail since it is a civil dispute.
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled” and “karma’s a b***h” had social media conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father. However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Fantasia Reveals Gender of Baby On the Way!
On Tuesday singer-songwriter and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino took to social media to reveal that she is having a baby girl, her first child with husband Kendall Taylor.
In a series of Instagram stories, Fantasia showed pink fireworks being shot off during a gender reveal party, to her and her hubby’s excitement! She continued by sharing what her daughter-to-be’s name will be: Keziah London Taylor.
The news comes after the couple revealed they had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. During a November episode of her IG Live show “Taylor Talks,” she described continuously praying for a child with her husband. Fantasia, a deeply devout Christian, was obviously elated when she shared the news.
“God I Want To Thank You!” she said in an Instagram caption. “You Gave Us A Seed even when the Doctor said that one of my Tubes [was] Closed you said Different. @salute1st I Love You King and I can’t wait to see who He or She acts Like.”
We can see Fantasia and family are all super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their lives. All congratulations to her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Getting Divorced, Report Says
In a story published Tuesday evening, Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced, with the two already in settlement talks. The news comes after the couple spent the holiday season separately – Kanye at his ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Kim and the kids with her famous family in southern California.
A source close to Kardashian was quoted saying, “Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done.” Kardashian, 40, and West, 43, are said to be splitting because of marital problems directly related to Kanye’s very public mental health struggles.
For several years the rapper’s various antics have caused fans to worry. After coming out as a Trump supporter, West then announced his own 2020 presidential bid under a new political party: the Birthday Party. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he was seen rambling, debating individual audience members, and at times, crying. In various interviews, he has rambled on almost incoherently, and his tweetstorms are now infamous.
For her part, Kim has always supported her husband and has openly discussed the difficulties of their marriage. Back in June, she shared on social media, “Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand… People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual (has) to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
It appears she has finally reached her limit in the union with the unnamed source saying, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Separately, a source close to Kanye alleges the rapper is sick of his wife and her family, which might have some truth to it since he has tweeted some pretty nasty things about them in the past. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” he said in a now-deleted July tweet. Recently, he hasn’t been featured on his wife’s Instagram and has largely remained out of the public eye.
With the news yet to be confirmed, the “divorce is imminent” reports are just rumors for now. We’ll be following the news as more information comes out.