R. Kelly Charged with 10 Counts Sexual Abuse … Singer Will Surrender

TMZ.com R. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts by the Cook County State’s Attorney. Prosecutors hit him with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse Friday morning. TMZ has learned 9 of the 10 counts involve alleged victims ranging in age from 13 to 16 years old. One of them is the subject of 4 […]

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Jussie Smollett’s ‘Empire’ role cut from season’s final episodes, creators say

FOXNEWS.com Jussie Smollett‘s character has been removed from the final two episodes of the upcoming season of Fox’s “Empire,” the show’s creators said Friday. “The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our EMPIRE family for the past five years and […]

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Jussie Smollett’s bond set at $100,000, judge calls charges ‘despicable’ (Prosecutor Discusses Smollett Case After Judge Sets Bond) LIVE

Prosecutors say Jussie Smollett paid two men, including a close friend who worked alongside him on the Fox drama “Empire,” to help him stage a fake attack he later framed as a racist and homophobic hate crime. The actor’s bond was set at $100,000 at a court hearing Thursday afternoon, during which Cook County Circuit […]

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Prada’s Diversity Council Wants To Avoid Blackface Backlash

Forbes.com Today Italian fashion house Prada is pulling out all the stops with a new diversity council to pre-empt any blackface backlash. They’ve brought in sculptor Theaster Gates and filmmaker Ava DuVernay, both are tasked to “elevate voices of color” and advise the company as it invests in diverse talent development,” according to Prada. With […]

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R. Kelly 2008 Acquittal Result of Threats, Payoffs … Says Michael Avenatti

Tmz.com 2/18/19 R. Kelly was acquitted in his child porn case because of witness intimidation, evidence tampering, physical threats and payments to witnesses … so claims attorney Michael Avenatti. Avenatti does not get specific as to why he believes the various misdeeds were allegedly committed during the 2008 trial. Kelly’s current lawyer, who was not […]

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21 Savage Bailed On Gig … After Complaining About a Gun

TMz.com 2/17/19 21 Savage skipped out on a paid gig at a club after voicing complaints about the opening act and demanding he be allowed to carry his gun … this according to the promoter who booked him. The promoter, Karen Smith, tells TMZ … she booked 21 Savage for a fee of $17,000 to play […]

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HBO’s Michael Jackson Documentary Deserves Our Attention (Column)

HBO.com HBO’s two-part documentary “Leaving Neverland” — which has been making news since its first public viewing at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year — is a remarkably effective, methodically built case alleging that the late Michael Jackson was a systematic predator and rapist of young children. And its airing on HBO on March 3 and 4, despite […]

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T.I. Responds to Gucci Blackface Sweater – “Apology Not Accepted”

VLADTV.com Update 02/08/2019: T.I. responded to Gucci’s apology for their wool balaclava sweater that looked like blackface on the white model on their website. The Atlanta rapper made it clear he would no longer be shopping at Gucci after spending seven figures at the store yearly. He wrote on Instagram, “@gucci As a 7 figure/yr customer […]

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Police say Jussie Smollett orchestrated his attack because he was ‘dissatisfied with his salary’

Washington Post Today Chicago police say actor Jussie Smollett concocted the story of a brutal hate crime because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” on the Fox drama “Empire.” At a press briefing Thursday morning, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett, who was arrested Thursday after turning himself in, paid two men $3,500 to […]

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