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February 26, 2019

R. KELLY FREED ON BAIL

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly is free for now, released from custody after posting $100,000 bail. That means the R&B star charged with sexual abuse will be able to stay out of jail while he awaits trial. The release came hours after the singer pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually abused four people dating back to 1998. Prosecutors in Chicago say three of the alleged victims were underage. R. Kelly’s lawyer had asked for lower bail, claiming his client didn’t have the kind of money people think he does. The bail was ultimately paid by a 47-year-old woman from a Chicago suburb. On the bond slip noting the payment, the woman identifies herself as “a friend” of Kelly — a detail that is being reported by the Chicago Tribune.

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054274-v-322:32-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“I’m Oscar Wells Gabriel”-R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail after posting $100,000 bail (26 Feb 2019)

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054275-c-222:00-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“friend of Kelly’s”-R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail after posting $100,000 bail (26 Feb 2019)

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054208-r-107:52-(Sound of reporters shouting questions as singer R. Kelly is released from jail)-“to your fans (crowd noise)”-The Latest: Official: R. Kelly posted bail, due for release (25 Feb 2019)

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054210-r-37:92-(Sound of spectator commenting about singer R. Kelly as he leaves jail)-“he is nasty (voices trail)”-The Latest: Official: R. Kelly posted bail, due for release (25 Feb 2019)

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054209-r-115:68-(Sound of security workers pushing back the media and spectators, as singer R. Kelly is led to a waiting vehicle.)-“want to say”-The Latest: Official: R. Kelly posted bail, due for release (25 Feb 2019)

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R. KELLY FEEDS ON MCDONALD’S

CHICAGO (AP) — Perhaps it doesn’t speak well of the food served in Chicago jails. Or it may be that after a few days in lockup, a person might just want some of his favorite fast foods. No matter the reason, right after R. Kelly was freed on bail, the singer and his entourage rolled up to a McDonald’s. Not just any old Mickey D’s either; it’s the company’s flagship store in Chicago. It used to be known as the Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s, because of its music theme and decor. The place has been redone and the music theme is gone — but it remains popular among tourists. As part of the terms of his release, R. Kelly is forbidden to have any contact with any females younger than 18.

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054276-c-192:00-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“a table inside”-R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail after posting $100,000 bail (26 Feb 2019)

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R. KELLY ACCUSERS CLAP BACK AT ATTORNEY FOR BRANDING THEM LIARS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some of those accusing R. Kelly of sexual crimes are irked at the singer’s attorney. The accusers say they don’t appreciate being called liars by Kelly’s rep. One of those women is Lizette Martinez; she was featured in the TV documentary “Surviving R. Kelly.” She says it’s “irresponsible” for Steve Greenberg to call his client’s accusers liars. She says the only person lying is Kelly — and that he has done so for more than 20 years. Martinez says R. Kelly began abusing her when she was 17 — and that he’s a “predator” who “must be held accountable.”

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054172-a-151:68-(Lizette Martinez, alleged victim of singer R. Kelly)-“far too long”-The Latest: Lawyer: Kelly’s fans are lashing out at victims (25 Feb 2019)

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054171-a-168:72-(Gloria Allred, attorney for several women accusing singer R. Kelly of sexual abuse)-“to law enforcement”-The Latest: Lawyer: Kelly’s fans are lashing out at victims (25 Feb 2019)

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JUSSIE SMOLLETT GETS PERMISSION TO TRAVEL TO MEET WITH ATTORNEYS

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett works in Chicago — but he won’t have to stay there while he waits for his criminal case to be resolved. The “Empire” actor has been given permission by a judge to travel to both New York and to Los Angeles to meet with his attorneys. Smollett was arrested last week after police blew holes in his story that he was attacked by two masked men who uttered racist and anti-gay slurs at him last month. He faces a felony count of making a false police report. He has been written out of the last two episodes of the popular Fox TV series — and the network says it’s weighing its options as it decides whether he will return to Empire next season. Meanwhile there will be no travel outside the U.S. for Smollett; he has surrendered his passport.

OSCARS - RATINGS

NEW YORK (AP) — Good news — and not-so-good news — for the Oscars. Sunday’s broadcast drew a larger audience than the show the year before, surpassing the 2018 total by 12 percent. That’s’ the good news. The other side of the viewership coin: last year’s Oscars audience was the lowest ever. And even with the 12-percent increase, this year’s show is the second-lowest since last year’s low-water mark was established. Despite all the hand-wringing over audience size, the Oscars still are usually the nation’s second-most-watched shows each year — usually trailing only the Super Bowl.

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054278-c-132:00-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“million in 2014”-Viewership for the Academy Awards hit just under 30 million, up 12 percent from last year’s record low (26 Feb 2019)

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ARIANA GRANDE - MANCHESTER

LONDON (AP) — Ariana Grande and the city of Manchester, England will forever be linked — because of the suicide blast that killed 22 people as fans left her concert nearly two years ago. The singer is returning to Manchester this summer — to be a headliner for the Manchester Pride Live event. It’s set for Aug. 25. Manchester authorities made Grande an honorary citizen of the because of her effort to help the city after the terrorist attack.

EMMA THOMPSON REFUSES TO WORK WITH EXEC

NEW YORK (AP) — In a letter to Skydance Media, Emma Thompson has outlined why she is withdrawing from the animated film “Luck” and why she refuses to work with the former Pixar executive John Lasseter. Thompson departed the project last month shortly after Skydance chief executive David Ellison hired Lasseter, the Pixar co-founder and former Walt Disney Co. animation chief. In her letter, Thompson questions why women at Skydance should trust someone who has made women at his companies “feel undervalued and disrespected for decades.” Lasseter last year was forced out at Disney after acknowledging “missteps” in his behavior with female employees.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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