R. Kelly

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R. Kelly Gives 28-Second Performance

Fans paid $100 for surprise Illinois gig

(Newser) - Fans who went to see R. Kelly at a surprise gig in Springfield, Ill., on Saturday night ended up paying roughly $3.50 per second of performance. The singer—who announced the appearance at the Dirty South lounge in an Instagram post hours earlier—sang one of his songs for... More »

R. Kelly's Hairstylist: Assault Started With Request for Massage

Lanita Carter speaks out publicly for first time

(Newser) - One of the four alleged victims of R. Kelly whose accusations led to his arrest in February is speaking out publicly for the first time. Lanita Carter tells CBS News in an interview that aired Thursday she was Kelly's hairstylist for more than a year with no issues, until... More »

Strange New R. Kelly Evidence Comes Out—if It's Real

The singer's lawyer says it's 'just open season on R. Kelly'

(Newser) - A man who said he was cleaning out an old videotape collection found what he thought was a recording of R&B singer R. Kelly in concert, but instead turned out to show a man who appeared to be Kelly sexually abusing girls, he and his attorney said Sunday. The... More »

SNL Guns for R. Kelly Interview

Say Devil has 'Nice horns. Gives good advice'

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live took the week off from dogging President Trump and went after R. Kelly's interview with Gayle King in its Cold Open, with Kenan Thompson and Leslie Jones playing Kelly and King. Thompson repeatedly asked to be referred to as "Victim"—which Jones immediately declined—... More »

R. Kelly Is Out

Someone makes the R&B singer's child support payment

(Newser) - R&B singer R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail on Saturday, shortly after someone paid $161,000 that he owed in back child support, the AP reports. Kelly was ordered taken into custody on Wednesday by a judge after he said that he did not have the entire... More »

R. Kelly's Old Attorney: I Made Him Get Shots

'Libido-killing shots,' explains Ed Genson

(Newser) - As anyone following the travails of R. Kelly knows, his new legal trouble is not his first serious brush with the law. In 2008, he was acquitted of child pornography charges over a video that allegedly showed him having sex with an underage girl. Now, Neil Steinberg of the Chicago ... More »

Gayle King: Here's 'What I Was Really Thinking'

She just wanted to finish the R. Kelly interview

(Newser) - "I was never worried he was going to hurt me. I was more worried that he was going to get up and leave," says journalist Gayle King following her interview with an explosive R. Kelly that aired Wednesday on CBS This Morning. King, who is also editor at... More »

R. Kelly Taken Back Into Custody

He'll be jailed until he pays $161K in back child support

(Newser) - R. Kelly was taken back into custody Wednesday after appearing at a child-support hearing, authorities said, hours after the broadcast of an interview in which the R&B star cried and ranted about being "assassinated" by allegations of sexual abuse. A spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff's Office... More »

R. Kelly Sobs, Says Parents Handed Their Girls to Him

'I'm fighting for my life,' he says in CBS This Morning interview

(Newser) - R. Kelly was tearful and angry in his first interview since pleading not guilty to sexual abuse charges . In a nearly 80-minute CBS This Morning interview that aired Wednesday, the singer told Gayle King that allegations he has been abusing women and girls for decades are untrue and "stupid,... More »

R. Kelly Makes Bail

Singer expected to be released by early evening

(Newser) - Authorities say R. Kelly has posted bail and will be released from a Chicago jail by early evening, the AP reports. He will be forbidden from having any contact with females younger than 18. Cook County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said Monday that Kelly posted his $100,000... More »

R. Kelly Enters His Plea

Singer appears in court to plead not guilty, has not made bail yet

(Newser) - R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse charges in court Monday in Chicago, the Sun-Times reports. The singer, 52, appeared in court but barely spoke; his lawyer entered the plea on his behalf. Kelly, who was wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, said his name when asked by the judge,... More »

R. Kelly Having a Hard Time Making Bail

Singer will be in jail until Monday or Tuesday, his lawyer says

(Newser) - R. Kelly might believe he can fly, but the singer won't be flying out from behind the bars of a jail cell until Monday or even Tuesday. His bond was set at $1 million Saturday after Kelly turned himself in Friday on charges of sexual abuse . His lawyer tells... More »

R. Kelly Is Put Behind Bars

The singer is jailed on a $1M bond

(Newser) - R. Kelly was ordered jailed on $1 million bond Saturday at his first court hearing since the R&B star was charged with sexually abusing four people, including three minors, in a case that seemed likely to produce another #MeToo trial involving a celebrity, the AP reports. The 52-year-old Grammy... More »

R. Kelly Turns Himself In

R&B star is now in police custody in Chicago

(Newser) - He was acquitted over a decade ago on child pornography accusations. Now, R. Kelly is about to face the music on a whole new set of charges , and he turned himself in Friday to begin that process. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the 52-year-old R&B star, real name Robert Kelly,... More »

R. Kelly Faces Serious Prison Time if Convicted

Singer accused of 10 counts of sexual abuse, and 3 alleged victims were minors

(Newser) - Years of accusations appear to have caught up with R. Kelly. Prosecutors in Illinois' Cook County charged the R&B star Friday with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, reports the Chicago Sun-Times . Here is what we know:
  • 3 minors: The counts involve four victims, three of whom were
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Women: We Went to R. Kelly Concert, Ended Up Victims

Latresa Scaff, Rochelle Washington say they were minors when he made sexual advances

(Newser) - Latresa Scaff and Rochelle Washington said "many people" knew the then-teens were with R. Kelly one night more than two decades ago. The women, who were about 16 and 15, had gone to an R. Kelly/LL Cool J concert in Baltimore in 1995 or 1996, and say that while... More »

Grand Jury Reportedly Convened in R. Kelly Case

Sources say it has to do with new allegations against singer

(Newser) - R. Kelly is still in hot water: Two sources tell CNN a grand jury has been convened in Cook County, Illinois, in connection with new allegations against the singer. Attorney Michael Avenatti announced last week that he had turned over to authorities a videotape that allegedly shows Kelly having sex... More »

Michael Avenatti Says He Has New Video Evidence Against R. Kelly

Lawyer says he has handed over tape showing singer having sex with underage girl

(Newser) - Attorney Michael Avenatti said Thursday he has given Chicago prosecutors new video evidence of R&B star R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl, the AP reports. Avenatti said the video isn't the same evidence used in Kelly's 2008 trial, when he was acquitted on child pornography... More »

What Allegations? R. Kelly Going on Tour

Singer announces he'll be performing in Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka

(Newser) - Sexual abuse allegations be darned: R. Kelly is not shying away from the limelight. Despite the fact that decades of sexual misconduct accusations against the singer have lately been the subject of lengthy exposés , a damning docuseries , legal action , a boycott , business problems , and even a call-out by his... More »

R. Kelly's Downfall Continues

Sony is reportedly dissolving its relationship with the singer

(Newser) - Sony Music is cutting ties with singer R. Kelly, who has been dogged by sexual abuse allegations for some two decades, a source tells Variety , adding that the company has no immediate plans to make an announcement. However, the magazine notes, Kelly was removed from the RCA Records (a subsidiary... More »

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