R. KELLY - INVESTIGATIONS BEING IGNITED
UNDATED (AP) — “Please come forward.” That is the message a Chicago-area prosecutor is delivering to people who have evidence that R. Kelly is guilty of sexual misconduct. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx tells potential victims and witnesses “there’s nothing that can be done” unless people come forward. At a news conference this week, Foxx said bluntly, “we cannot seek justice without you.” There’s been increasing scrutiny of the singer’s dealings with women and girls on the heels of a documentary series that aired on Lifetime this month. The series — and the investigative follow-up — have sparked hope among some advocates that R. Kelly might be called to account for what his accusers say is a long history of abusing women and girls. For his part, R. Kelly, his attorneys and representatives have all denied any wrongdoing.
R. KELLY’S CAREER HAS SURVIVED, DESPITE ALLEGATIONS
UNDATED (AP) — It’s a question being asked that is similar to those asked when multiple allegations were raised against Bill Cosby, Les Moonves and other prominent men in the entertainment world: How can someone do the things they’re accused of — and still have a career? In the case of R. Kelly, his career has not only survived persistent allegations of wrongdoing — but has thrived. He broke into music in 1993 with sex-themed songs like “Bump N’ Grind” and “Your Body’s Callin.‘” Soon afterward, Kelly, who was 27 at the time, was reported to have married Aaliyah, who was just 15. Neither officially confirmed the marriage, though Aaliyah (ah-LEE’-ah) sued in court to wipe out all records of the marriage years later. All of those who have accused R. Kelly of misconduct are black — and critics have suggested his alleged abuse was ignored because of the victims’ race.
NEW YORK (AP) — The star of the upcoming “The Sopranos” prequel says a young Tony Soprano will be a part of the project. But don’t expect to hear a lot of other people opening up about the film. Alessandro Nivola let on about the younger version of Soprano in an interview with The Associated Press this week about “The Many Saints of Newark.” But he added he had “to be kind of discreet” about the matter — so producer David Chase “doesn’t kill” him. This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Sopranos, which chronicled the exploits of mob bosses like Tony Soprano, who was played by James Gandolfini, who died in 2013.
VERNA BLOOM - OBIT
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The actress who played the wife of the dean in the movie “Animal House” has died. Verna Bloom was 80 — and her family tells The Hollywood Reporter she died Wednesday in Bar Harbor, Maine of complications from dementia. In the 1978 John Landis film, Bloom played Marion Wormer, who flirted with and had a drunken romp with frat president “Otter” Stratton. Her other movie roles included playing Clint Eastwood’s lover in “High Plains Drifter” and portraying Mary in “The Last Temptation of Christ.”
GRAND OLE OPRY HOSTS TROY GENTRY TRIBUTE CONCERT
NASHVILLE (AP) — The country music world got together to pay tribute to the late Troy Gentry. His musical partner in Montgomery Gentry, Eddie Montgomery, says he was touched to see so many of his fellow musicians at the Wednesday event at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Among those who performed were Blake Shelton, Dierks (DURKS) Bentley, Jimmie Allen, Rascal Flatts, Jon Pardi, Chris Janson and Dustin Lynch. Proceeds from the event went to a cancer foundation named for Gentry, who died in a helicopter crash in New Jersey back in 2017.
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FIRED NEW YORK STATE WEATHERMAN GETS SUPPORT FROM MLK’S DAUGHTER
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. is giving some support to the Rochester, New York meteorologist who uttered a racial slur while saying her father’s name on the air. Bernice King tells TMZ there should be some punishment for WHEC’s Jeremy Kappell — but he shouldn’t have been fired. Kappell was on live when he referred to a local park as “Martin Luther Coon King Jr. Park.” He says he simply misspoke — and has apologized. The firing has sparked debate in Rochester and beyond. NBC weathercaster Al Roker has also come to Kappell’s defense. But the station, the city’s mayor and city officials have all said Kappell had to go.
SEATTLE TV STATION FIRES EDITOR OVER DOCTORED TRUMP VIDEO
SEATTLE (AP) — Fake video? A Seattle TV station says it has fired an editor after airing footage of President Donald Trump’s Oval Office address on immigration. The Seattle Times reports that Fox affiliate Q13 ran clips from the Tuesday speech that made Trump appear more orange-toned than usual. It also shows the president’s tongue seem to dangle out of his mouth after making a statement. The station’s news director said the video didn’t meet its editorial standards and apologized for the clip.
TIM TEBOW IS ENGAGED
MIAMI (AP) — He used to drop to a knee after his exploits on the football field. But this time when Tim Tebow got on one knee, it was to propose. The ex-Denver Broncos and University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is engaged. The Heisman Trophy winner announced his engagement to Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters on Instagram. She is a South Africa native — and the 2017 Miss Universe. In the post, Tebow shared images of himself on a knee and his newly-minted fiancee wearing his ring. Tebow, who’s 31, is a minor leaguer in the New York Mets organization. His fiancee is 23.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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