R. Kelly

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Prosecutors: Here's How R. Kelly Married Aaliyah, 15

Singer, others accused of bribing public official in Illinois to get fake ID for her

(Newser) - R. Kelly is facing a new federal charge tied to his marriage to the late singer Aaliyah, his teenage protege, who was just 15 at the time. Federal prosecutors in the eastern district of New York say Kelly, then 27, and others bribed a public official in Illinois to create... More »

R. Kelly Accuser: Here's What He Made Me Call Him

Joycelyn Savage tells her side of the story

(Newser) - Want to hear one of R. Kelly's alleged sex slaves tell her side of the story? You can, for a price. Joycelyn Savage is recounting her experiences with the jailed singer on the paid-content site Patreon , per TMZ . "I am risking my life for many others," she... More »

R. Kelly Had Unusual Reason for Skipping Court Hearing

Lawyer says singer was worried about infected toe

(Newser) - R. Kelly had an unusual reason for skipping a court hearing Wednesday—toe trouble. The singer's attorney, Steven Greenberg, told a judge at a federal courthouse in Chicago that Kelly had an infected toe and was worried that it would be stepped on during his journey to the court... More »

Lawyer Complains Only One Girlfriend Can Visit R. Kelly

He says singer is being held in 'stifling' conditions

(Newser) - R. Kelly's lawyers offered several reasons Monday why he should be released on bond, but the one grabbing the most attention involves his girlfriends. In a motion filed in federal court in New York, attorney Steven Greenberg complained that Kelly was being held in conditions so strict that only... More »

Latest Charges Against R. Kelly Come Out of Minnesota

Singer is charged with soliciting a minor for sex 18 years ago

(Newser) - R. Kelly is facing charges in another state: Minnesota's Hennepin County announced Monday that the singer is being charged with soliciting a minor for sex 18 years ago, the Star Tribune reports. Kelly, now 52, is accused of giving a girl under the age of 18 his number when... More »

Before His Hearing, R. Kelly Couldn't Be Found

The singer pleads not guilty in a New York federal court

(Newser) - Perhaps not a big surprise, but R. Kelly pleaded not guilty Friday on multiple charges and was denied bail. The singer appeared in a New York federal court on a five-count indictment involving alleged sex crimes, including sexual exploitation of underage girls, while two girlfriends attended "for moral support"... More »

R. Kelly's Crisis Manager Quits After Pedophile Comments

Within hours, he had decided to 'take some time off'

(Newser) - When your boss has been accused of pedophilia, and you're his crisis manager, it's maybe not a great idea to say that you'd never leave your own daughter alone with an accused pedophile—at least not as far as job stability is concerned. R. Kelly's crisis... More »

R. Kelly's Crisis Manager Had Interesting Answer During Latest Interview

'I would not leave my daughter with anyone who's accused of pedophilia,' says Darrell Johnson

(Newser) - You know it's not going well for you when your own crisis manager says something like this: In an interview with Gayle King on Monday, R. Kelly's crisis manager Darrell Johnson said he would "absolutely not" allow his daughter to be alone with an accused pedophile. Here'... More »

Judge Refuses to Let R. Kelly Out of Jail

Orders singer held without bond

(Newser) - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in a Chicago jail without bond on sex-related charges, saying that R&B singer had failed to convince the court that he would not commit new crimes if released. US District Judge Harry Leinenweber handed down the ruling after Kelly was... More »

New R. Kelly Charges Paint a Grim Picture

He faces decades in prison on federal charges of having sex with minors and making child porn

(Newser) - It's becoming difficult to keep track of all the charges against R. Kelly. Prior to his arrest Thursday night in Chicago, the singer already faced state charges . Now come the federal ones. On Friday, US prosecutors in Chicago and New York unveiled separate indictments of their own. Despite the... More »

Feds Arrest R. Kelly as He Walks His Dog

13 counts include child porn, enticement of a minor

(Newser) - R. Kelly has been arrested on sex charges in Chicago for the second time this year—this time by federal authorities. The R&B singer was walking his dog around 7pm Thursday when he was taken into custody, the Chicago Tribune reports. The 52-year-old was arrested in February on state... More »

He Had a New Scoop on R. Kelly. One Problem

Jim DeRogatis describes the long and winding path to BuzzFeed

(Newser) - When it comes to major scoops, Jim DeRogatis has had a few. The music critic famously received a fax in November 2000 that made a detailed but anonymous allegation: "Robert’s problem is young girls." Robert, in this case, was R. Kelly, and the story the Chicago Sun-Times... More »

R. Kelly Hit With Most Serious Charges Yet

Prosecutors hit singer with 11 new sex-related counts

(Newser) - Prosecutors charged R&B singer R. Kelly on Thursday with 11 new sex-related counts, including some that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, making them the most serious against him, the AP reports. Cook County prosecutors charged the Grammy award-winning singer with four counts of aggravated criminal... More »

In Sex-Abuse Case, R. Kelly Lawyer Says He Can't Read

The accused singer has a busy day in court

(Newser) - R. Kelly spent much of Wednesday in court, with his lawyer explaining to one judge that the singer didn't respond to a lawsuit brought by one of his sexual abuse accusers because he is illiterate, the AP reports. At the first of two hearings, Judge Moira Johnson vacated a... More »

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 »

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