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Rapper YFN Lucci (left) made his first court appearance on Thursday, Jan. 14, where he was denied bond.

Lucci appeared via CCTV video from the jail. He wore a black face covering during the court proceeding.

Lucci's lawyer told the judge that his client had the charges read to him, which include felony murder, aggravated assault, participation in street gang activity, and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Authorities in Atlanta, Georgia, were hunting for Lucci to question him over his alleged involvement in the murder of 28-year-old James Adams (pictured right). Adams was a former member of Lucci's crew.

Lucci -- real name Rayshawn Bennett -- was identified as the driver of a white SUV seen by witnesses before the victim was shoved out of the moving vehicle.

His lawyer argued against the aggravated assault charges, saying "[Lucci's] proximity in a vehicle to someone with a gun is not what establishes aggravated assault."

However, the judge responded, saying Lucci -- being the driver of the SUV -- "allowed the occupants of the vehicle to actually get out of the vehicle, firing multiple rounds and driving off with those weapons."

The judge determined that the circumstances of his involvement warranted aggravated assault charges, and she denied bond for the rapper.

The 29-year-old father-of-2 turned himself in late Wednesday night, Jan. 13, after 2 weeks on the run.

Lucci was booked into the crowded Fulton County Jail on Thursday, just hours after dropping a music video for his new song "Rolled On" on his social media pages.

Two suspects, Ra'von Boyd, 23, and Leroy Pitts, 17, were also arrested following the shootout on December 10, which left another man wounded.

In a frantic 911 call that led to the felony murder warrant for Lucci arrest, a woman describes a man clinging to a moving SUV before he was shoved out of the SUV and left for dead in a roadway.

TMZ obtained audio of the 911 call a woman made in Atlanta last month when she saw a white SUV speeding by "with a man hanging out of the car." She says she eventually saw the man thrown out of the car onto the street.

The witness told the operator the victim appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and the man was "still trying to fight for his life."

She remained on the scene while waiting for the ambulance, standing near the victim -- and said he was "taking his last breath" and he died moments later.

The Atlanta Police Department offered a $5k award for information leading to Lucci's arrest and indictment.
 

 

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R. Kelly's ex-wife Drea Kelly isn't feeling nostalgic about her former life with the incarcerated singer.

In an interview with the NY Post's Page Six, the 46-year-old choreographer insists that while she was married to the singer, she was "never a wife".

The couple was married for 13 years before their bitter divorce in 2009. Drea, real name Andrea Kelly, later went public with bombshell allegations of domestic abuse in their failed marriage.

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Drea - who shares three children with her former husband - said that despite the "I Believe I Can Fly" star's wealth and fame, being married to him was a "lonely" experience.

"Money does not bring you happiness; it is a lonely place," she said. "I still say, 'I was married but I was never a wife,' and I don't want anyone (else to experience that) - especially the younger generation.

The lovelorn actress advised women not to chase a bag when looking for love -- because when he leaves he takes the bag with him.

"At the end of the day, what you need to understand is that when it's over, they will let you know his damn money is his damn money and they leave with their money."

Kelly remains behind bars in Chicago, Illinois, where he is facing multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor. He is also set to stand trial for racketeering and human sex trafficking in New York.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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Boxer Adrien Broner was jailed in Cleveland after a judge held him in contempt of court for flashing money on Instagram.com.

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Judge Nancy Margaret Russo noted that Broner failed to meet any of the deadlines she imposed for him to hand over evidence showing he was not able to pay the $800,000 judgment he owes the female victim in an assault case.

In December, the judge ordered Broner to pay $830,000 to a woman who filed a civil lawsuit against him after he allegedly assaulted her in a Cleveland nightclub in 2018.

During a hearing before Judge Russo on Oct. 5, Broner, 31, swore he was broke and only had $13 to his name.

But on Saturday, Broner posted a video on his Instagram feed that showed him flashing large amounts of cash, according to Cleveland.com.

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Zachary Ty Bryan, who played actor Tim Allen's eldest son on 1990s sitcom 'Home Improvement,' was arrested on assault charges.

Bryan, 39, was arrested in Oregon and charged with strangulation and assault following an argument with his 27-year-old girlfriend.

Officers responded to a domestic dispute call at an apartment in Eugene, Oregon on Friday night. They found Bryan sitting outside the apartment. His girlfriend was hiding at a neighboring apartment.

The girlfriend told police Bryan assaulted her, impeding her breathing, and took her phone away from her when she tried to call 911, police said.

He was booked into the Lane County Jail after 1 a.m. Saturday.

On Oct. 1, Bryan announced his separation from his wife of 13 years, Carly Matros, whom he met in high school.

"Almost Fourteen years as best friends, soulmates, partners and then parents. It has been an incredible journey, but together, we've decided to turn the page and move on from our marriage," he wrote in an Instagram post.

Bryan and Matros share four children - twin daughters Taylor Simone Bryan and Gemma Rae Bryan, born in 2014, and Jordana Nicole Bryan, born in 2016.

On March 18, 2019, they welcomed a son, Pierce Alexander Bryan.

It isn't clear if Bryan's 27-year-old girlfriend caused the breakup of his marriage.
 

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"Cheer" coach Monica Aldama broke her silence on the arrest of Jerry Harris on charges of child p0ornography. 21-year-old Harris was accused of sexually harassing twin boys, Charlie and Sam.

He was also sued for $1 million by the brothers who retained separate lawyers.

Harris was arrested this week and charged with one count of producing child pornography, according to Page Six.

He also admitted to receiving explicit photos and videos from at least 10-15 other minors, according to a complaint filed by the US Attorney’s Office in Chicago.

Aldama, who coached Harris on the Netflix cheerleading docuseries "Cheer," said, "My heart is shattered into a million pieces. I am devastated by this shocking, unexpected news."

She added, "Our children must be protected from abuse and exploitation, and I'm praying hard for the victims and everyone affected."

Aldama also asked that fans respect her privacy as her family "mourns during this heartbreaking time."

If convicted, Harris faces a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and maximum of 30 years.

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Jerry Harris, star of Netflix's cheerleading docuseries "Cheer," was arrested Thursday and charged with production of child p0rnography three days after FBI agents removed bags of evidence from his Naperville, Illinois home.

The 21-year-old male cheerleader was the subject of a federal investigation after the mom of 14-year-old twin boys, Charlie and Sam, found sexually explicit texts and alerted Varsity Brands, who, in turn, notified police.

The twins are suing Harris over sexual exploitation harassment that began when they were just 13. The brothers filed separate lawsuits against Harris this week, accusing the flamboyant star of harassing them at cheer competitions.

It was reported on Monday that the flamboyant cheerleader was under investigation amid allegations he "solicited sexually explicit photos and sex from a minor".

The criminal complaint alleges Harris requested nude photos from the boys.

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In one Snapchat exchange, Harris asked one of the twins, "Would you ever want to****." The boy interpreted the message as a sex act.

In another message, one of the boys sent Harris a photo of himself and Harris allegedly responded: "Do it naked and take a video."

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In court documents, the siblings, who are Caucasian, alleged they befriended Harris, who is Black, during a cheer competition in 2018, and were "star struck" by him.

Following steamy text messages from Harris requesting nude photos from the boys, they met up with Harris in "secluded locations at various competitions".

After their mother found out about the sexually explicit messages, she reported him to cheerleading organization Varsity Brands, who contacted police.

Harris, who was 19 at the time of the incidents, worked for Varsity at a cheer camp last year.

"As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future," wrote Varsity's Chief Legal Officer Burton Brillhart in letters to police in Florida and Texas.

Since Cheer premiered in January, Harris has covered the Oscars red carpet for Ellen DeGeneres, signed endorsement deals with Schmidt's deodorant, Panera Bread and American Eagle and racked up over a million followers on Instagram.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden held a chat with Harris weeks before investigators raided Harris's home.

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Harris was part of Biden's plan to help "win back the internet."

"If the same percentage of young blacks turned out and registered to vote as the average voter, you'd increase voting by several million people, you could change the outcome of elections," Biden told Harris.

During a recent episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast "The Big Ticket," Harris, who was referred to as a "gay icon," said his late mom was watching over him.

"I feel like she's very, very happy and excited for everything that's been going on, and she's really loving it," said Harris, whose mother died of lung cancer when he was 16. "I know she's telling me to always stay humble, because she doesn't want to see me get a big head."

Harris met his cheerleading inspiration, Gabrielle Union, last month.
 

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Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor was arrested in Corsica for attempted sexual assault and indecent exposure.

The 32-year-old UFC star was detained on Saturday, just one day after he tweeted that USADA officials had drug tested him.

The alleged incident occurred in a bar on Sept. 10. "Following a complaint filed on September 10 denouncing acts that could be described as attempted sexual assault and sexual exhibition, Mr. Conor Anthony Mac Gregor was the subject of a hearing by the gendarmerie services," the prosecutor wrote in a statement sent to AFP.

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A rep for McGregor vigorously denied any allegations of misconduct in Corsica where the MMA star was on vacation with his family.

McGregor had been tweeting photos of himself while on his yacht in the Mediterranean Sea.

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McGregor is pictured with his girlfriend Dee Devlin and their children while on vacation in the South of France. The well-known Irish troublemaker strolled around the town shirtless, which is forbidden under French law.

On Sept. 11, he shared that officials from the USADA had arrived on his yacht to drug test him.

McGregor has had multiple run-ins with the law since winning the featherweight and lightweight championships.

He previously announced his retirement from MMA in March 2019, but he returned to the ring to fight three times in 2020.

McGregor again announced his retirement from the ring in June 2020.

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R. Kelly may file a federal lawsuit after a fellow inmate attacked him with a pen at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago last week.

Kelly's attorneys will appeal to the government to release Kelly on home detention after he was nearly killed by another inmate in an unprovoked attack.

The 53-year-old "Trapped in the Closet" singer has not seen his attorneys in person since March.

Kelly's lawyers argue that he has been unable to prepare for his upcoming trial for nearly six months, due to restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic that limits visitors to the jail.

Kelly's legal team may file a lawsuit citing the dangerous conditions at the jail after their client was attacked by a deranged inmate.

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The inmate, identified as Latin Kings gang member Jeremiah Farmer, allegedly attacked Kelly because he was upset over the lockdowns due to Kelly's fans protesting outside the jail.

In a handwritten letter to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, titled, "The Government Made Me Attack R. Kelly," Farmer said he was "forced" to beat the R&B crooner.

"Farmer, with nowhere else to turn for legal help, was forced to assault hip-hop R&B singer Robert Kelly in hopes of getting spotlight attention and world news notice to shed the light on the government corruption," Farmer wrote.

He continued: "Due to the most blatant government corruption in Farmer's case, and being in lockdown for R. Kelly protest, I physically beat Mr. Kelly in an attempt to shed media spotlight on Farmer's case to prove government corruption and helping Farmer's innocence to prevail."

The letter will likely be included in a lawsuit filed against the Federal Bureau of Prisons which runs the jail.

Kelly's attorneys will plead for his release before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday.

Kelly was indicted on federal charges of child p0rnography, trafficking, and aggravated sexual abuse. He was taken into federal custody in July 2019.

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Rapper Silentó was arrested for allegedly walking into a home wielding a hatchet while searching for his girlfriend.

The 22-year-old rapper, who is best known for his hit "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)", was arrested after he allegedly barged into a random home in the Los Angeles area carrying a hatchet, ABC 7 reports.

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Residents inside the home tackled Silentó, real name Richard Hawk, and restrained him on the floor.

A friend arrived at the home and told Hawk he was in the wrong house. The two men fled before police arrived, TMZ reports.

Hawk was arrested about a block away from the home and charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Hawk told police he was looking for his girlfriend.

The incident comes less than a day after Hawk was arrested in Santa Ana for a domestic disturbance call on MacArthur Boulevard, according to ABC 7.

His 2015 viral hit song "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" has garnered over 1.7 billion views on YouTube.
 

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R. Kelly was viciously attacked by another inmate who jumped the famed R&B singer in his Chicago jail cell, TMZ reports.

Federal law enforcement sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ the incident occurred inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.

Kelly, 53, was sitting on his bed when another inmate walked into his unlocked cell and started punching him.

TMZ sources say the younger inmate went on the attack because he was angry about the detention facility being placed on lock down due to Kelly protesters outside the jail.

The fight didn't last long, and it's unclear if another inmate or guards broke it up. Our sources say Kelly was examined by a doctor, who determined the singer was okay, no broken bones or serious injuries.

A spokesperson for the Federal Bureau Of Prisons tells TMZ, it cannot comment on an individual inmate's conditions of confinement or medical status due to privacy and safety reasons.

Kelly's attorney, Steven Greenberg declined to discuss the incident with the gossip tabloid, and said Kelly's been a model inmate.

The "I Believe I Can Fly" singer was arrested in 2019 and charged with multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of minors.

He turned himself in at the Cook County Jail, and the facility's 6,100 inmates was on lockdown whenever Kelly was on the move there.