Grand jury seated in wake of new R. Kelly allegations, sources say

CNN.com Today  (CNN) – A grand jury has been convened in Cook County, Illinois, in connection with new allegations against singer R. Kelly, according to two sources close to the case. This comes on the heels of attorney Michael Avenatti announcing last week that he had handed over to the State’s Attorney’s office a videotape […]

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CNN has seen tape Avenatti says shows R. Kelly having sex with underage girl

CNN.com Today Prosecutors investigating R. Kelly are looking into a newly surfaced video featuring the R&B superstar, lawyer Michael Avenatti told CNN. CNN has seen the VHS tape that appears to show Kelly having sex with a girl who refers to her body parts as 14 years old. Avenatti, who is representing a man he […]

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R. Kelly’s Planned Tour Down Under Could Be Blocked by Australian Lawmaker

Billboard News Today R. Kelly is planning an international tour, but an Australian lawmaker wants the country to bar him from performing there. “See y’all soon” the post said, accompanied by a picture of Kelly and the declaration “The King of R&B.” No dates or venues were revealed. Kelly’s career has been stifled since a […]

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Content Under Pressure: What R. Kelly’s Split From Sony Means For the Music Industry

Billboard News Today Now that Sony has parted ways with R. Kelly, music executives are thinking about how to handle allegations against artists — and wondering what will happen next. On Jan. 18, when Sony cut ties with R. Kelly, Shaunna Thomas‘ first reaction was relief. Thomas, the 37-year-old co-founder of the women’s advocacy group […]

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Erykah Badu Clarifies Comments After Offering ‘Prayer’ for R. Kelly

Billboard News 1/21/19 Erykah Badu turned to Twitter to try reframe her comments after she appeared to defend R. Kelly during a concert in Chicago. While on stage at Aragon Ballroom on Saturday, Badu told her fans she was “puttin’ up a prayer right now” for R. Kelly, despite the waves of shocking accusations made […]

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Chicago Inspectors Find Code Violations at R. Kelly Studio

Billboard News 1/17/19 Chicago building inspectors have found code violations at R. Kelly’s recording studio, including evidence the industrial space was used as a residence. Building Department spokesman Gregg Cunningham says the agency will list the violations during a court hearing next week. He says the inspectors were looking at plumbing, electrical systems and carpentry. […]

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