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R. Kelly’s Trial Postponed Again Until August Due To COVID-19

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R. Kelly’s future continues to hang in the balance now that a judge has postponed his trial again, citing delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

PageSix reports that the disgraced singer was scheduled to face trial in Brooklyn for charges of racketeering and sex trafficking in two months, but will now have to wait to appear in court. 

“We are scheduled for an April trial date but I suspect it’s not going to come as a surprise that that is not a date that is going to work given the current conditions,” Brooklyn federal Judge Ann Donnelly said during a hearing held by phone.  

For the trial to happen, a series of safety provisions are needed for the laundry list of logistics required to make it by the court date. First, people who travel to New York from out of state would need to take a test and quarantine.  

Jurors requiring public transportation to and from court risk exposure to the virus. Since they are also “ anonymous and partially sequestered,” keeping the jurors’ identities hidden would require court marshalls escorting them in and out of the courthouse each day. Presently, vaccinations are not prioritized for court staff, increasing the risk factors for exposure.   

As for R. Kelly, he’ll have to be moved to a Brooklyn lockup that’s currently battling a COVID-19 outbreak.  He’ll remain under federal custody in Chicago until his new trial date of Aug. 9, for now.

The R&Pee legend, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is juggling three other cases related to sex crimes.  

In Chicago, he’s accused of videotaping himself having sex with five underage girls between 1993 and 2002. He paid thousands of dollars to at least two of them to retrieve their copies of the tapes.  He’s also facing aggravated assault in Cook County, Illinois — which encompasses Chicago.

A federal court in Minneapolis has accused him of groping a 17-year-old girl in a hotel room after paying her to dance for him in the nude. 

The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer is desperate for freedom. In the Brooklyn case, he orchestrated a bribery attempt by hiring multiple associates to harass, intimidate, threaten or coerce witnesses to beat the charges. One co-conspirator pleaded guilty to bribery charges after working to silence a witness with $500,000 in hush money, a move authorized by Kelly while behind bars.   

On a separate occasion, the “Step In The Name Of Love” singer was violently attacked and nearly shanked by an inmate with “f— the feds” tattooed on his face.

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R. Kelly’s Associate Pleads Guilty To Offering Witness $500K in Hush Money

R. Kelly's Associate Pleads Guilty To Offering Witness $500K in Hush Money

Meanwhile, R. Kelly continues to face sexual criminal charges, one of his friends pleaded guilty to bribery.

According to Page Six, Richard Arline Jr. admitted to offering a witness $500,000 in exchange for their silence.

“Me and another person offered Jane Doe money for her to not go forward with her complaint or testimony against Robert Kelly. I knew what I did was wrong.”

An anonymous co-conspirator texted an accuser in R. Kelly’s racketeering and sex trafficking case in Brooklyn: “Rob is trying to get his cousin rich in contact with you because he wants to pay you for silence.”

Arline told the witness that R. Kelly greenlit the $500K payment, but what he didn’t know was the Feds were listening in on the conversation.

He’s facing up to 15 years.

Arline, R. Kelly’s former manager Donnell Russell, and Michael Wilson allegedly harassed, intimated, or illegally tried to influence other accusers ahead of his upcoming trial.

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R. Kelly’s Chicago Trial Postponed Due to COVID-19

R. Kelly's Trial Postponed Due to COVID-19

R. Kelly is sitting in jail awaiting his trial for child pornography and other charges. But due to COVID-19 related concerns, the trial was postponed until September.

The disgraced R&B singer pleaded not guilty to federal charges in Chicago which alleged that he filmed himself having sex with underaged girls and paid off potential witnesses during the 2008 trial.

Kelly is also facing racketeering charges in New York and his trial there begins in April.

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber said the new September date is subject to change.

R. Kelly has been trying to get out of jail since he was put in there in July 2019. A judge denied multiple requests for his release as Kelly argues that he’s on the high-risk spectrum of the COVID-19 pandemic, among other reasons.

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K. Michelle Gets Dragged For Saying She’s ‘Hurt’ That She Can’t Work With Her Mentor R. Kelly Anymore

K. Michelle Gets Dragged For Saying She's 'Hurt' That She Can't Work With Her Mentor R. Kelly Anymore

K. Michelle published a series of controversial tweets that rubbed fans the wrong way because she admitted that she’s hurt that she’s no longer able to work with her mentor, R. Kelly.

“I swear if Rob was here so many of my musical questions would be answered. If you have a mentor u need to learn as much musically as possible, but I took so days of learning for granted never knowing this would happen to him,” she tweeted.

The Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta star added, “Once again I’m not defending single soul. Wrong is wrong but within separating the man from the music, musically I’ve trusted him my whole career and now it’s time to trust my own self.”

Michelle’s All Monsters Are Human dropped in January and was met with mixed reviews. It was released while the Pied Piper is imprisoned for sexual assault and misconduct.

She insisted that he had a “sickness” and many people took offense to that comment. “No regrets I say what I say. Ain’t my fault people didn’t pay attention in elementary school and can’t comprehend that im not defending anyone. I’m talking about MY STORY, MY LIFE. No soul alive will take my God given rights 2feel,” she wrote.

K. Michelle followed up with another tweet declaring,”Im not God I dont have a heaven or hell 2put ANYBODY in.U won’t sit at home from ur couch& judge me on how I heal from my struggles.” She also claims to have reached out to the victims who alleged Kelly sexually assaulted them.

“I’ve had conversations with some of the victims and offered my help but because I don’t POST it I don’t care? Wow. Y’all fav post themselves passing out gifts for clout everyday but that ain’t me! I NO LONGER HAVE SHIT TO PROVE ON AN APP!”

Do you think K. Michelle needed R. Kelly or the album would’ve flopped regardless?

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Woman Who Alleges R. Kelly Gave Her Herpes Requests Access to His Medical Records

Woman Who Alleges R. Kelly Gave Her Herpes Requests Access to His Medical Records

Faith Rodgers was one of the many alleged victims who spoke out about the sexual abuse she endured during her year-long relationship with R. Kelly.

She says the singer would lock her up whenever she didn’t satisfy him sexually and accuses him of giving her herpes.

Rodgers is firing off a lawsuit against the disgraced singer and in that suit she requested that he hands over “all documentation regarding your sexually transmitted infection status for the past five years.”

The court documents also suggest that Rodgers wants the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer’s financials, taxes, pay stubs, plane ticket receipts, hotel bills, phone records and medical records from January 2017 through January 2019.

“The discovery demands requested are in the normal course of a civil action and we will respond to the pleadings as required by law,” R. Kelly’s lawyer Thomas Farinella said.

Prosecutors argue that the disgraced singer knowingly transmitted the uncurable disease and a New York judge tossed his attempt to dismiss these charges.

“The defendant did not use a condom. Prior to the intercourse, the defendant learned from his health care provider that he had contracted herpes, an infectious venereal disease, and that he should inform his sexual partners of this diagnosis and use a condom to limit exposing his sexual partners to herpes,” prosecutors wrote when they charged Kelly.

The 53-year-old is currently sitting tight in prison as he awaits trial for sex crime charges connected to at least six women.

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R. Kelly New York Trial Date Set for April, Attorney Says Singer’s Mental Health is Impacted by Incareration

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The R. Kelly trial appears to soon get underway. Billboard reports the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York has set jury questionnaires to be distributed between March 15 and March 25, 2021, jury selection begins April 6 and the trial kicks off on April 7.

In the state of New York Kelly is facing racketeering, coercion of a minor, transportation of a minor, and coercion to engage in illegal sexual activity relating to six different victims in crimes that spans two decades.

Donnelly requests the jury is partially sequestered for the duration of the trial. “He is charged with leading a criminal enterprise that paid out large sums over the past two decades to bribe witnesses and cover up his misconduct, and he faces a significant prison term if convicted,” wrote Donnelly of the conditions.

Michael I. Leonard, attorney for Kelly, spoke to Billboard and called the precautions taken “bizarre” and “inappropriate.” Leonard would go on to detail Kelly’s incarceration has affected his mental health.

“In terms of his mental well-being, I think he’s suffering under these COVID conditions because they had an enormous outbreak previously,” Leonard says. “It’s not a good environment to be in.”

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Kanye West: White Media Took Down Bill Cosby, R. Kelly, Michael Jackson

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Kanye West continued his Twitter rant today after a tumultuous social media weekend, demanding an apology from J. Cole, Drake, and Kendrick and even comparing himself to famed slavery abolitionist Harriet Ross Tubman.

In today’s continuum, Ye insists that white media corporations set agendas to take down Black male celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby. The cultural icon also suggested that a Black-owned media company would and could never take down a white celebrity in the same fashion.

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Yeezy continued on in this morning’s rant about artists owning their masters, adding his daughter will “do nothing but put emojis up for the rest of her life” because he owns his masters and his children will inherit them.

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Kanye West: White Media Took Down Bill Cosby, R. Kelly, Michael Jackson

Screen Shot 2020 09 16 at 11.53.50 AM

Kanye West continued his Twitter rant today after a tumultuous social media weekend, demanding an apology from J. Cole, Drake, and Kendrick and even comparing himself to famed slavery abolitionist Harriet Ross Tubman.

In today’s continuum, Ye insists that white media corporations set agendas to take down Black male celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby. The cultural icon also suggested that a Black-owned media company would and could never take down a white celebrity in the same fashion.

Screen Shot 2020 09 16 at 11.45.17 AM

Yeezy continued on in this morning’s rant about artists owning their masters, adding his daughter will “do nothing but put emojis up for the rest of her life” because he owns his masters and his children will inherit them.

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R. Kelly Requests Release on Bail Following Jail Attack

R. Kelly Requests Release on Bail Following Jail Attack

R. Kelly was attacked by an inmate last week and believes he should be released on bail because of it.

The singer’s attorney, Michael I. Leonard, filed a motion stating that not only did correction officers fail to protect his client, but they encouraged the other inmate to attack him.

To back up his motion, Leonard provided a handwritten letter by the inmate who has been identified as Jeremiah Farmer, and confessed that the government made him attack the disgraced singer.

Farmer told mental health professionals at the facility about his plans and he was told to “go do it.”

Farmer says he was “forced to assault hip-hop R&B singer Robert Kelly #09627-035 in hopes of getting spotlight attention and world news notice to shed light on the government corruption.”

Another member of R. Kelly’s legal team, Douglas C. Anton, says the singer was not doing well after the attacked and suffered injuries.

Several requests were made for Kelly to be released but they’ve all been denied. Kelly’s team tried to use preparation for trial and the COVID-19 outbreak as arguments to get released.

Let’s see if his request will get approved this time.

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R. Kelly’s Attacker Is Latin Kings Gang Member Who Faced Trial for Double Murder

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Last month, disgraced R&B crooner R. Kelly made headlines after sustaining a beating at the hands of another inmate in the Chicago, Illinois Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC).

Initially, few details emerged about the assault Kelly sustained when the first reports about his beating became public. MCC officials confirmed that Kelly’s placement in protective custody was a procedural move, which is undertaken when high-profile inmates become involved in disputes and fear for their lives.

Now it’s being reported that Kelly’s assailant has been identified as 39-year-old Jeremiah Farmer, a member of the Latin Kings, a notoriously violent street gang. Last year, Farmer was convicted on racketeering charges, which was initially an indictment that outlined a horrific double-murder conspiracy prosecutors linked him to. The case evolved in 1999 after the bloodied bodies of two men were found dead inside their automobile business.

The Chicago Sun-Times newspaper reported that Farmer filed a six-page document with the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In the document, Farmer justified why he attacked Kelly.

“[I assaulted Kelly with the] hopes of getting spotlight attention and the world news’ notice to shed light on [corruption committed by the U.S. government],” he wrote in his filing.

Kelly is currently in federal custody at MCC awaiting trial on multiple crimes, including aggravated sexual assault and racketeering charges. However, the Grammy Award-winning musician has been serving time in a segregation unit after he was battered by another MCC inmate following a jailhouse altercation between the two men.

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