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R. Kelly's lawyer is considering filing an appeal after the disgraced R&B star was found guilty of racketeering and related sex crimes in New York on Monday.

The "I Believe I Can Fly" singer faces decades behind bars after a jury found him guilty on all nine counts of recruiting women and underage children for sex.

Kelly's attorney tells CNN the defense team is disappointed by the verdict and is considering filing an appeal.

Deveraux Cannick accused federal prosecutors of cherry-picking evidence to suit their case against the singer.

"You didn't get to see what we saw in terms of the discovery," he said.

"You didn't get to see all the inconsistencies. We said in our summation that the government cherry-picked their version that they thought would support the continuation of the narrative."

Kelly, who has repeatedly denied the allegations against him, didn't react when the verdict was read out in court.


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However, his lawyer admitted the singer was shocked when the verdict was read out loud.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represented three of six alleged victims, called Kelly the "worst" sexual predator she has ever encountered.

"I have been practicing law for 47 years. During this time I have pursued many sexual predators who have committed crimes against women and children. Of all the predators that I have pursued, however, Mr. Kelly is the worst, for many reasons.

"First, he used the power of his celebrity to recruit vulnerable underage girls for the purpose of sexually abusing them. These were not May-October relationships, which is what his defense attorney wanted the jury to believe; these were crimes against children and some adults.

"Second, to use the power of his business enterprise and many of his inner circle employees to assist him and enable him in his plan and his scheme to lure his victims to him, isolate them, intimidate them, control them, indoctrinate them, punish them, shame them, and humiliate them.

"All of which made Mr. Kelly more powerful and more dangerous than many other sexual predators who operate without a network of financial and businesses to support and enable them."

None of Kelly's former employees have been charged.

Kelly is scheduled to be sentenced on May 4, 2022. He is also facing similar charges in Illinois and Minnesota.

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Federal authorities are investigating whether a former employee of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) leaked information about incarcerated singer R. Kelly to a blogger.

Kelly was arrested over 2 years ago in Chicago and extradited to New York to stand trial on racketeering and sex trafficking charges.

According to BOP records, the employee accessed R. Kelly's files on a computer server 153 times in 2019. The employee had no authority to read the records.

Prosecutors asked a judge for permission to subpoena the employee's computer after YouTube vlogger Tasha K reported information only a prison employee would know.

In the affidavit which was unsealed in federal court in Chicago August 18, the employee is identified only as "Officer A."

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Kelly is identified as "Inmate A... a nationally recognized celebrity whose criminal case has received media attention."

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney John Lausch, confirmed "Inmate A" is Kelly.

Details contained in the affidavit was first reported by the Chicago Tribune.

The employee accessed records pertaining to Kelly while he was an inmate at Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in 2019. The employee worked at the Thomson Correctional Center from May 2019 until December 2019 when she retired, according to the affidavit.

BOP records shows the officer in question used her BOP password to access Kelly's records between July 15, 2019 and Dec. 12, 2019 — even though the officer was not assigned to the MCC and was not authorized to access them.

In total, 60 BOP employees accessed Kelly's records from July 15, 2019, through Jan. 8, 2020, according to the affidavit. But the officer in question accessed the records 153 times.

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Tasha K, real name Latasha Kebe, 39, runs a popular Instagram blog and YouTube channel called UnwinewithTashaK. Her last known address is in Atlanta.

Tasha K reported information about Kelly known only to BOP employees, such as inmate calls, visitation logs, emails and funds, the affidavit said.

Tasha K's Instagram and YouTube channel were monitored by a federal agent after she published Kelly's visitation list and revealed a date of Dec. 5, 2019, at 8:07 a.m. in a Jan. 12, 2020 Instagram post.

The agent wrote that BOP records showed the employee accessed Kelly's records at that same time. Other BOP employees accessed the records at other times of the day, the agent wrote.

The employee also sent an email from her official BOP email address to a Gmail address on Nov. 13, 2019, and attached a 12-page document that contained Kelly's visitor records and money logs, according to the affidavit.

Tasha K reported some of the details in that email attachment in a Dec. 22, 2019 YouTube video, the agent wrote.

No charges have been filed against Tasha K.

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According to TMZ, a judge recently tossed Tasha's $3 million lawsuit against rapper Cardi B, in which she claimed the rapper assaulted her after she reported allegations about the star's minor daughter, Kulture.

Kelly faces federal racketeering charges in Brooklyn alleging he recruited women and girls for illegal sex and filmed child pornography.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He faces up to life in prison if found guilty on all counts.

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Bill Cosby is a free man after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacation his conviction on Wednesday, FOX43 reported.

Cosby is expected to walk out of a Pennsylvania state prison a free man, after the former comedian appealed his convivtion in December.

Cosby 83, was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison in 2018 following his conviction on sexual assault charges.

Cosby's parole petition was denied by the Pennsylvania Parole Board in May after he refused to participate in a therapy program for sexually violent predators.

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Cosby's spokesman Andrew Wyatt told NBC News that his client expected to be turned down.

Wyatt said the news that Cosby's parole was denied was "not a surprise to Mr. Cosby, his family, his friends and/or his legal team."

"Mr. Cosby has vehemently proclaimed his innocence and continues to deny all allegations made against him, as being false, without the sheer evidence of any proof," Wyatt said.

"Today, Mr. Cosby continues to remain hopeful that the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court will issue an opinion to vacate his conviction or warrant him a new trial."

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A new prison photo of legendary cocaine kingpin Big Meech surfaced online on Friday.

The photo shows Meech, center, wearing a tank top and shorts while surrounded by hard legs on the prison courtyard

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Although he looks buff and healthy in the photo, the Detroit News reported that Big Meech, 52, suffers from various ailments including hypertension and cardiac problems.

The Black Mafia Family leader, real name Demetrius Edward Flenory, and his brother Terry "Southwest T" Flenory began selling cocaine on the streets of Detroit during their high school years in the late 1980s.

The brothers expanded their drug operation and established cocaine distribution rings in numerous U.S. states.

A two-year federal investigation began after Meech and Terry began to feud over Meech's flashy lifestyle. Terry moved to California and establishing his own drug organization.

In November 2007, the brothers pleaded guilty to running a continuing criminal enterprise. They were sentenced to 30 years in prison each.

Terry was granted an early release in 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Meech was denied early release and is serving out his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon.

He is scheduled for release on May 5, 2032, around his 64th birthday.
 

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President Donald Trump has 12 days left in office before he departs Washington, DC for good.

It is customary for outgoing presidents to issue pardons for friends, non-violent inmates and VIPs who are convicted but awaiting sentencing.

According to Bloomberg.com, Trump is considering pardoning rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black before he leaves office.

Rapper Lil Yachty and Baltimore Ravens star Lamar Jackson have pleaded with Trump to pardon Kodak Black, 23, who is serving 46 months in prison on firearms charges.

Lil Wayne, who pleaded guilty to firearm possession in December, is awaiting sentencing later this month. He faces 10+ years in prison if Trump doesn't come through with a presidential pardon.

Wayne was detained at a Miami airport in December 2019, after agents found a loaded gun, cocaine and opioids in a Coach bag on Weezy's private jet.

Wayne shocked his fans by announcing he was endorsing Trump in the November 2020 election. The rapper paid the price for his political affiliation: in addition to losing followers and friends, Weezy lost his girlfriend, Denise Bidot.

Trump will announce his list of pardons on January 2019, after clearing his things out of the White House.

Trump's first round of 26 pardons in December included his friends Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner.

In addition to Kodak and Weezy, Trump may issue a pardon for himself -- just in case he faces charges after he leaves office. A sitting president can't be arrested or charged with a federal offense.

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Incarcerated rapper Kodak Black showed his appreciation and love for his attorney by gifting his "father figure" a brand new truck.

The "Zeze" rap star, real name Bill K. Kapri, is still serving time for federal weapons-related charges, but he won’t face additional time behind bars thanks to his father figure and legal representative, Bradford Cohen.

Kodak decided to treat Cohen to a belated Father's Day surprise, and sent him to his local Chevy dealership to pick up a special delivery - a 2020 Chevy Z71.
 

Kodak made sure the truck was fully paid for in advance, and he shared a snap of Cohen posing next to his new ride on Instagram.

In the accompanying caption, he revealed Cohen proved to be so much more to him than just an attorney, writing:

"Anyone Can Be A Daddy But Everyone Cant Be A Father Calling You My Lawyer Would B Disrespectful. God Put You In My Life & You've Been A Father Figure To Me. Happy Belated Fathers Day and Happy Belated Birthday Pops . I Love You."

Cohen responded to the heartwarming post by vowing to continue "going the extra mile" for Kodak and all of his clients, revealing he would be making a donation in the rapper's name to the criminal justice reform non-profit, The Innocence Project.

News of Kodak's generous gift comes two months after Cohen managed to convince Florida prosecutors to drop charges relating to the same 2019 incident the rapper is already serving a 46-month sentence for - falsifying information on federal forms to purchase three firearms in Miami.

If the deal hadn't been reached, Kodak could have faced an additional 15 years in prison. Instead, the 23-year-old rapper will complete a 500-hour drug treatment course.

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Bill Cosby's wife Camille is looking forward to her husband coming home while getting a chance to appeal his sexual assault conviction.

The disgraced comedian was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison in 2018 after he was found guilty of drugging and raping Temple University staff member Andrea Constand in 2004.

The star has repeatedly tried and failed to have the conviction overturned, arguing he did not receive a fair trial.

On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to review two aspects of the case against Cosby.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will also examine whether a prosecutor told Cosby he will not face criminal charges in Constand's case after she accepted a financial settlement from the actor.

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Camille is feeling optimistic that he will be released home while his case is under appeal.

She told ABC News Prime: "There are possibilities now. Finally, there is a court ... that has said, 'Wait a minute. There are some problems here. They can be considered for appeal.'"

She added: "I am very, very pleased... but now I'm looking at something that is possible. Possible for vindication. That is the goal."

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The 82-year-old comedian has been incarcerated for almost two years, but producer Camille said she has not visited her husband in prison.

"I do not want to see my husband in that kind of environment, and he doesn't want me to see him in that kind of environment either."

Camille insisted she and her husband communicate every day by phone.

Cosby's representative revealed the actor was "extremely thankful" to the court judges for granting him an opportunity to fight the case, reported Variety magazine.

"As we have all stated, the false conviction of Bill Cosby is so much bigger than him - it's about the destruction of ALL Black people and people of color in America," the spokesperson added.

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Bill Cosby won the right to appeal his 2018 sexual assault conviction on the grounds that the comedian didn't receive a fair trial.

It isn't clear if Cosby will be freed on bond while his case is on appeal.

The 82-year-old is currently serving a 3 to 10-year sentence after a jury found him guilty of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand during a second trial in 2004. The jury in the first case deadlocked.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will review whether prosecutors were allowed to call five additional female accusers to testify against Cosby. And whether evidence was introduced that Cosby gave women quaaludes in the past.

According to Page Six, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will also examine whether a prosecutor told Cosby he would never face criminal charges in Constand's case after she accepted a large settlement payment from him.

Cosby's previous request to be released from prison due to the coronavirus pandemic was denied.

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Joe Exotic's life partner says the "Tiger King" star is in a prison isolation during the coronavirus outbreak.

Joe, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is best known for running an illegal zoo. He is the subject of a Netflix series about his life as an exotic animal trainer.

In an interview with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM radio, Dillan Passage said Joe, who was sentenced to 22 years for murder, was transferred to another prison and placed in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Passage said he spoke to Joe about three times a day on the phone before he was transferred to another prison.

"We speak like three to five times every day," Dillan told Andy, "but since he's been moved to this new facility they are putting him on like, COVID-19 isolation because of the previous jail he was at, there were cases."

When asked if he was "still in love" with Joe, Passage said: "I do love Joe, you know, he's been there for me during my darkest times. I'm not just gonna dip out and abandon him when he needs me most."

According to The Blast, Passage revealed he met Joe on the ghey male hookup app Grindr and that he was addicted to prescription medications at the time but he is now sober.

Passage confirmed Joe made all of his 'husbands' pierce their nipples.

He said he never witnessed any animal abuse at the zoo.
 

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Cardi B wasn't seriously planning to start a campaign to free incarcerated Tiger King star Joe Exotic.

Joe is the subject of the Netflix series, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. The show follows the exploits of Joe, an eccentric tiger breeder, who ran a popular illegal zoo in Oklahoma.

While fans have taken to social media to rave about the show, rapper Cardi B took to Twitter to express her love and support for Joe after authorities sentenced him to time in prison for plotting to kill an animal rights activist and other wildlife violations.

"Bout to star [sic] a gofundme account for Joe .He shall be free," she wrote.

As the "Bodak Yellow" hitmaker's comments went viral online, she returned to the site to set the record straight, insisting, "Omg... I was just playing".

"I do love him tho and he deff needed better representation .oooooooooooooooooo here Kitty Kitty [sic]," she said.

Cardi's clarification comes after TMZ published a story revealing she wouldn't be allowed to start a campaign on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe, because the organization doesn't allow campaigns for convicted criminals.

GoFundMe pulled an account with Cardi's name attached to it and refunded the $100 it raised. TMZ added the account was not related to Cardi.

A representative from GoFundMe clarified the campaign was removed as money cannot be raised to fund the defense of inmates convicted of violent crimes.
 

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