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Guilty: R Kelly convicted on charges of Racketeering and Trafficking

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, Guilty: R Kelly convicted on charges of Racketeering and Trafficking, Frederick Nuetei

R&B superstar R Kelly has been convicted in a sex trafficking trial in the United States after decades of avoiding criminal responsibility for numerous allegations of misconduct with young women and children.

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A jury of seven men and five women on Monday found Kelly, 54, guilty of all nine counts, including racketeering, on their second day of deliberations.

Kelly wore a face mask below black-rimmed glasses and remained motionless with eyes downcast, as the verdict was read in federal court in Brooklyn.

Prosecutors alleged that the entourage of managers and aides who helped Kelly meet girls – and keep them obedient and quiet – amounted to a criminal enterprise. Two people have been charged with Kelly in a separate federal case pending in Chicago.

He faces the possibility of decades in prison for crimes, including violating the Mann Act, an anti-sex trafficking law that prohibits taking anyone across state lines “for any immoral purpose”. Sentencing is scheduled for May 4.

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One of Kelly’s lawyers, Deveraux Cannick, said he was disappointed and hoped to appeal. “I think I’m even more disappointed the government brought the case in the first place, given all the inconsistencies,” Cannick said.

Several accusers testified in lurid detail during the trial, alleging that Kelly subjected them to perverse and sadistic whims when they were underage.

For years, the public and news media seemed to be more amused than horrified by allegations of inappropriate relationships with minors, starting with Kelly’s illegal marriage to the R&B phenom Aaliyah in 1994 when she was just 15.

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His records and concert tickets kept selling. Other artists continued to record his songs, even after he was arrested in 2002 and accused of making a recording of himself sexually abusing and urinating on a 14-year-old girl.

Widespread public condemnation did not come until a widely watched docuseries called, Surviving R. Kelly, helped make his case a signifier of the #MeToo era. This gave voice to accusers who wondered if their stories were previously ignored because they were Black women.

“To the victims in this case, your voices were heard and justice was finally served,” said acting US Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis on Monday.

Gloria Allred, a lawyer for some of Kelly’s accusers, said outside the court that “Mr Kelly is the worst” of all the predators she has gone after – a list that includes Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein.

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At the trial, several of Kelly’s accusers testified without using their real names to protect their privacy. Jurors were shown homemade videos of Kelly engaging in sex acts that prosecutors said were not consensual. The defence labelled the accusers “groupies” and “stalkers”.

Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been jailed without bail since 2019. The New York case is only part of the legal peril facing the singer. He also has pleaded not guilty to sex-related charges in Illinois and Minnesota. Trial dates in those cases have yet to be set.

SOURCE: Aljazeera

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Kanye West’s new hairstyle has fans concerned about the rapper

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Popular American rapper, Kanye West, has now taken his style up a notch with a different and new haircut.

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A few hours ago today, October 18, 2021, Kanye, now known as Ye, shared the above picture on Instagram. He simply wrote in his caption, “¥”, while revealing his new hairdo. 

For the unversed, ¥ is a currency sign used for the Japanese yen and the Chinese yuan currencies when writing in Latin Scripts. 

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Yemi Alade angry as Ed Sheeran chooses Ghana jollof over Nigeria’s (video)

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The only unending war between Nigerians and Ghanaians is the battle for the best version of jollof rice.

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In a post shared by Yemi on Instagram, she recently met with British singer and songwriter, Ed Sheeran, and they got into a conversation about Jollof. Ed Sheeran who has been to Ghana revealed that he prefers their version even though he has not been to Nigeria and has no idea what Nigerian jollof tastes like. 

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Yemi Alade in her caption noted that the battle has not been won yet, most likely until Ed Sheeran visits Nigeria. “So @teddysphotos Started arguing about Ghanaian and Nigerian jollof (he hasn’t eaten Nigerian jollof yet oo ,the battle hasn’t been won).” 

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