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R. Kelly Talks About His Own Childhood Sexual Abuse

Singer opens up, somewhat, in 'GQ' interview

(Newser) - For what may be the first time , R. Kelly agreed to a (mostly) no-holds-barred interview in which everything was on the table—his rumored marriage, at age 27, to 15-year-old Aaliyah; the accusations of child porn and sexual offenses against other underage girls; and his own sexual abuse as a... More »

Lady Gaga's Scrapped Video Was Really Questionable

Featured R. Kelly in a scenario that was essentially rape: source

(Newser) - The video for Lady Gaga's duet with R. Kelly, "Do What U Want," was melodramatically delayed and ultimately scrapped entirely—and a source tells Page Six that's probably for the best. "It was literally an ad for rape," the source says, explaining that it... More »

R. Kelly 'Was a Monster:' Reporter

Village Voice offers 'stomach-churning' look at allegations against R&B star

(Newser) - R. Kelly was acquitted over a sex tape that allegedly involved an underage girl—but he was never actually tried for rape, a crime he committed "in the dozen," says reporter Jim DeRogatis, who has been at the forefront of the story since it emerged. In the Village ... More »

27 Celebs' Real Names

Does Vincent Damon Furnier sound like a rocker's name?

(Newser) - Alice Cooper wasn't actually born with his female-sounding name; his parents dubbed him Vincent Damon Furnier. Radar lists the real names of 26 more stars:
  • Chuck Norris: Carlos Ray
  • Sting: Gordon Sumner
  • Kirk Douglas: Issur Danielovitch
  • Jodie Foster: Alicia Christian Foster
  • Hulk Hogan: Terry Jean Bollette
  • George Michael: Georgios
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12 Celebs Who Married Secretly

Rosie O'Donnell is just the latest

(Newser) - Not every celebrity requires a televised wedding extravaganza when they get hitched, as Rosie O'Donnell recently proved . (Adele denies that she's done the same , after one supposed wedding guest told the Mail she quietly married Simon Konecki, with whom she is having a baby .) OMG! rounds up... More »

R. Kelly Facing Foreclosure

R. Kelly hasn't paid mortgage since June 2010 on Chicago-area mansion

(Newser) - The latest American facing foreclosure: Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly. In a foreclosure lawsuit filed last month, JPMorgan Chase Bank states that Kelly hasn't made monthly mortgage payments since June of last year on his suburban Chicago mansion. The home's appraised value fell 26% in a year, to $3.... More »

'00s Biggest Celeb Scandals

Jon and Kate Gosselin haven't always dominated the headlines

(Newser) - You may have forgotten all about it, thanks to the neverending coverage of the Gosselin divorce or Tiger Woods’ mistresses, but there was a time—in the last 10 years—when Winona Ryder’s shoplifting was the story of the hour. The Frisky lists the top 10 celebrity scandals of... More »

9 Most Infamous Celeb Sex Tapes

Surprisingly, Paris doesn't quite make the top spot

(Newser) - The McSteamy nudie vid is just the latest in a long and illustrious line of celebrity sex tapes. E! lists some of the best-known:
  • Rob Lowe: Two of his videotaped trysts leaked in 1988—including one that involved a 16-year-old.
  • Paris Hilton: Her 2003 romp with Rick Salomon essentially made
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Fan Vid Salutes Palin With R.Kelly's 'Greatest'

(Newser) - Sarah Palin’s adoring masses, convinced that she is indeed the world’s greatest something (ex-governor? Twitter user? mom?), have created a YouTube tribute to her set to R. Kelly's “The World’s Greatest.” The video, which features "the music of a man renowned for on-camera golden... More »

The Worst Lyrics of All Time

'I feel real phoney when my name is Bill... or was that Phil' and more

(Newser) - Great music can inspire, but even the greats have thought up some atrocious lyrics. NME mines these gems:
  • "What else could I say? Everyone is gay." (Nirvana, All Apologies)
  • "I met a girl. She asked me my name. I told her what it was." 
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Celebs' Stupidest Moves of 2008

Atlanta Journal-Constitution lists the year's worst celeb incidents

(Newser) - Celebrities broke new ground with their moronic bungles this year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. And, let's face it, they're fun to watch:
  • Lil Jon: The rapper reacted to questions about his opening a winery: “I'm not like an expert, so don't ask me no questions. This is not some
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R. Kelly Swears Off Illegal Girls ... But 19? Heck, Yeah!

R&B star gives first interview since child porn acquittal

(Newser) - In his first interview since beating child pornography charges in June, R&B star R. Kelly said, “I don't like anyone illegal.” But when asked if he liked teenage girls, the AP reports Kelly, 40, told BET: “When you say teenage … how old are we talkin'... More »

R. Kelly Witness Was Threatened

Kelly staff told Allen she should die for testifying

(Newser) - The star witness in R. Kelly's child pornography trial said she was threatened for coming forward, AP reports. According to documents unsealed yesterday—a week after Kelly was acquitted—Lisa Van Allen claimed an employee told her she should have been killed for damaging the R&B star. Allen had... More »

Why R. Kelly Was Acquitted

Lack of testimony from alleged victim sowed doubt in jurors' minds

(Newser) - Jurors in the R. Kelly trial say it was the lack of testimony from the alleged victim—or  her parents—that swayed them towards acquittal, Time reports. One juror said he was sure it was Kelly in the sex tape at the heart of the case, but wasn't convinced of... More »

R. Kelly Not Guilty on All Counts

R&B star acquitted of child porn charges

(Newser) - Just over 6 years after he was originally indicted, singer R. Kelly was found not guilty today on all 14 child porn counts against him. The jury of three women and nine men deliberated for less than a day before acquitting the singer/songwriter after a 4-week trial, the Chicago Tribune ... More »

Deliberations Begin in R. Kelly Sex Tape Trial

Jurors get another look at the video during closing arguments

(Newser) - Both sides in the R. Kelly child porn case have presented their closing arguments, and the jury will resume deliberating the fate of the R&B singer tomorrow morning, the New York Post reports. Jurors today watched parts of the infamous tape that prosecutors say shows Kelly having sex with... More »

R. Kelly Case Obsesses Over Mole

Witnesses battle over mark seen in video

(Newser) - The R. Kelly jury was treated to a short course in video doctoring yesterday, as the rapper's defense team worked to discredit the tape prosecutors say shows him having sex with a very underage girl. The issue is the now-infamous R. Kelly mole the defense says isn't there in the... More »

Witness: I Had Threesomes With Kelly, Girl

Defense accuses her of extortion, theft, lying; prosecution rests

(Newser) - A key witness in R. Kelly's child porn trial told the court yesterday how the singer on three occasions videotaped himself having threesomes with her and a girl then believed to be 13, reports the Chicago Tribune. Lisa Van Allen, now 27, believes the sex tape at the heart of... More »

Eleventh-Hour Witness Holds Up R. Kelly Trial

But expect fireworks today as prosecution's big gun testifies

(Newser) - The R. Kelly trial will resume today, after the defense called a 24-hour halt so it could interview a surprise new witness. The defense said yesterday that someone called them, promising to undermine the prosecution’s key witness, who is expected to testify that she had a threesome with Kelly... More »

Witness IDs Kelly In Child Porn Tape

Singer's former assistant '110%' certain it's him

(Newser) - Witnesses in the R. Kelly child-porn case have identified the singer and a young teen girl in a sex tape, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. “I didn't want to think it was them,” said Kelly’s former assistant, but on a second viewing, she was “110%” certain. The... More »

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