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R. Kelly's attorney filed a motion to block potential jurors who have seen the Lifetime docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly."

Kelly, 55, was convicted of trafficking women in New York, and sentenced to 30 years in prison in June.

The disgraced R&B singer has returned to his native Chicago, where he will stand trial for child sex trafficking and other federal offenses.

About 100 potential jurors filled out questionnaires last week, the Chicago Tribune reported. The questionnaires are the first steps to seat a jury pool in Kelly's upcoming federal trial.

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In her motion, Kelly's attorney Jennifer Bonjean said a number of potential jurors indicated they had watched "Surviving R. Kelly."

"Some potential jurors who have seen the documentary have indicated that they are still capable of being impartial. This representation is in a word – absurd," she wrote.

Jury selection in the case begins Monday, Aug. 15.

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Meanwhile, Kelly's former live-in girlfriend, Joycelyn Savage claims she is pregnant with his unborn child.
 
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She made the revelation in her 11-page pamphlet, strong>available on Amazon, titled "Love and Joy of Robert."

Joycelyn, 26, didn't explain how she managed to fall pregnant when Kelly has been incarcerated for three years and was never allowed conjugal visits.

Bonjean adamantly denied Joycelyn is carrying Kelly's child.

She told TMZ that Joycelyn is "certainly not pregnant with R. Kelly's child."

The attorney added that some "people are just insane."

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Robert Sylvester Kelly, aka R. Kelly, was sentenced to 30 years in prison in a New York courtroom on Friday.

The 55-year-old disgraced R&B singer was convicted in Brooklyn of heading a criminal enterprise that preyed on girls, women and men for his own sexual gratification.

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He will face similar charges in a separate trial in his native Chicago, Illinois.

Kelly was a successful Grammy award-winning platinum-selling artist who used his wealth and status to prey on vulnerable men and women, prosecutors say.

His sexual exploits earned him the vulgar nickname "The Pied Piper."

Kelly sold over 75 million records worldwide. His solo hit songs include "Bump n' Grind", "Your Body's Callin'", "You Remind Me of Something", "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)" and "I Believe I Can Fly."

He has worked with legends including Michael Jackson, Aaliyah, Janet Jackson and Quincy Jones, among others.

His attorneys submitted documents about the R&B singer's own childhood abuse, which they hoped would sway the judge to give Kelly a lighter sentence.

His attorneys had asked the judge to sentence Kelly to 10 years in prison with credit for time served.

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Chopper, from MTV's Making The Band, was extradited to Las Vegas to face charges of sex trafficking.

TMZ reports Chopper, real name Kevin Barnes, was arrested in Maryland and charged with running a prostitution ring. Barnes is accused of luring Instagram models and other vulnerable young woman from the social media platform.

Barnes was busted when he DM'd an undercover Nevada state police officer who was posing as a vulnerable young woman on Instagram.

TMZ reports the aspiring rapper tried to entice the undercover cop by telling her she could make money selling her assets as part of his stable of women.
 
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Police then searched his social media account and found several posts referencing prostitution.

The aspiring rapper earned a good living pimping young women on Instagram.

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IG photos show Barnes sitting on a private jet and showing off his seven homes, including one in Las Vegas, his fleet of cars and jewelry.

In a phone call with the undercover cop, Barnes allegedly said she would join his "team" and "stable" of hookers.

Barnes then began speaking aggressively to the cop and ordered her to meet him in Charlotte, N.C. to join his "stable."

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A New York jury found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on five of six counts of luring teenage girls to be sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein.

The jury deliberated for five days before returning a guilty verdict on Wednesday evening.

The verdict capped a monthlong trial, featuring sordid tales of the sexual exploitation of girls as young as 14. Four women testified that Maxwell personally abused them in the 1990s and early 2000s at Epstein's homes in Florida, New York and New Mexico.

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The prosecution paraded 24 witnesses in front of the jury to testify about Epstein's jet-setting lifestyle and life inside his many homes around the world.

It seemed that Epstein was on trial instead of Maxwell, who began dating Epstein after she moved to the United States from Britain in the 1990s.

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Maxwell, pictured with supermodel Naomi Campbell in 2002, quickly endeared herself to Epstein by luring and grooming high school age girls for the pleasure of Epstein and his wealthy friends, including Prince Andrew of England (pictured below).

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In 2020, the 60-year-old socialite was arrested by the federal government and charged with enticing minors and sex trafficking underage girls.

The defense argued that Maxwell was a victim of vindictive federal prosecutors who were deprived of their real target: Epstein. The multi-millionaire financier hanged himself in his NY jail cell while awaiting trial in 2019.

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According to the Associated Press, Maxwell faces prison terms ranging from five to 40 years on each count.

The US Virgin Islands Department of Justice announced on July 10, 2020 that Maxwell was also under investigation in the Caribbean territory.

Maxwell is a naturalized US citizen but retains citizenship of the UK and France.

If she is ever released from a U.S. prison she will be deported back to England.

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A Nevada woman and an ex-CNN producer have been charged with sexually abusing a child.

Heather Carriker, 48, and former CNN producer John Griffin are charged with child abuse, sexual assault against a child under 14 and lewdness with a minor under 14.

Carriker is accused of providing a child victim to Griffin who was indicted by a federal grand jury for alleged sex crimes with underage girls.

Henderson police in Nevada arrested Carriker in August 2020, according to 8NewsNow.

Prosecutor's say Carriker took $3,000 from Griffin in June 2020 to transport a 9-year-old girl from Nevada to Boston. Carriker and the girl were met at the airport by Griffin in his red Tesla and driven to his ski cabin in Ludlow, Vermont.

Once there, the child was directed to engage in unlawful sexual activity with both adults, according to federal prosecutors in the news release.

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Griffin worked with disgraced news anchor Chris Cuomo on CNN's "New Day" from the show's launch in 2013. CNN fired Griffin after he was indicted by a federal grand jury last week.

Cuomo was fired by CNN earlier this month for digging up dirt on women who accused his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment.

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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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R. Kelly's former 17-year-old live-in lover testified they had sex without using protection and he gave her a painful sexually transmitted disease.

Jane Doe number 5 testified during Kelly's ongoing sex trafficking trial at the Eastern District of New York courthouse in Brooklyn on Monday.

Taking the witness stand, Jane Doe number five, who allegedly dated the singer for five years, revealed she first met Kelly in 2015 at a show in Florida when she was 17.

She explained someone from his entourage handed her a piece of paper with his cell phone number written on it, and told her not to tell anyone about it. Kelly then offered her an audition to sing for him and she met up with the star days later, when he allegedly performed oral sex on her.

The unnamed accuser then told the court that Kelly's assistant booked plane tickets for her so she could visit the singer on his tour stops. She insisted the aide knew she was only 17.

Jane Doe claimed when she first had sex with Kelly, he didn't use protection or disclose his STD.

Kelly's physician of 25 years earlier testified that Kelly had genital herpes since 2007.

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Jane Doe said she moved in with the singer at his leased mansion in Atlanta, Georgia. There, he demanded she get permission from him or his assistant before leaving a bedroom and made her urinate in a cup.

Jane Doe testified she and Kelly had sex almost every day during the summer of 2015, and he videotaped their sessions.

She said she discovered she had contracted herpes from Kelly when she "couldn't physically even walk." Testifying through tears, she told the court, "I felt this man had purposely given me something he knew he had".

Jane Doe revealed she and Kelly received a letter of consent from her mother in September, 2015, allowing the 17-year-old to live with him and be home-schooled in Chicago, Illinois.

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She testified Kelly flew her to tour stops, and she became pregnant in 2017. She was pressured to have an abortion by the star's assistant.

She also claimed the singer told another live-in girlfriend he married late singer Aaliyah, when she was 15, so he could accompany her to get an abortion when she fell pregnant.

Her testimony follows several days of similar claims from other women.

In earlier testimony, Kelly's former assistant said he paid $500 to bribe a court worker to obtain a marriage license for 15-year-old singer Aaliyah to marry Kelly because he feared she was pregnant.

Kelly was arrested over 2 years ago in Chicago and extradited to New York to stand trial. He has pleaded not guilty to the sex trafficking charges. He faces up to life in prison if found guilty on all counts.

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Matt Gaetz reportedly asked the White House for a blanket presidential pardon ahead of a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations.

Gaetz is a Republican U.S. representative for Florida's 1st congressional district. The 38-year-old politician is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department for his relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

He reportedly paid for the girl to travel across state lines. The age of consent varies in many states.

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Gaetz reportedly asked former President Donald Trump to pardon him in advance of possible charges for misconduct and trafficking.

He proposed to his fiancee in December at Trump's Florida resort. He reportedly bragged that the former president insisted on hosting the wedding.

Gaetz's request was ultimately rejected, according to multiple reports.

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Gaetz alleged he was extorted by a New York Times reporter before the newspaper published the article about his relationship.

He denied asking Trump for a preemptive presidential pardon, according to POLITICO.

"The recent false allegations against me are not something I've ever discussed with Trump, pardons or otherwise," he told POLITICO.

Trump issued dozens of pardons in his final days as president. Pardons went to his former advisor Steve Bannon and rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black.

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T.I. and Tameka "Tiny" Harris's former friend, Sabrina Peterson is bringing the heat.

After accusing the rap mogul of putting a gun to her head, the Glam University owner now suggests that T.I. and the former Xscape singer drugged and seduced underage girls.

Dozens of women have contacted Sabrina on social media with wild accusations that they were drugged and forced to have sexual relations with T.I., Tiny and even their bodyguards and homies in hotel rooms.

Last week T.I. officially denied the claims on Instagram: "What we not going to do is open up the door to my bedroom," he said in a video post.

"Whatever we ever have done, has been done with consensual adults who into what we into and like what we like. If we want something, we know exactly where to go get it. We've never forced anybody, we've never drugged anybody against their will, we've never held anybody against their will. We've never made anybody do anything. We never sexually trafficked anything."

But Sabrina is not backing down.

In an Instagram stories post, Sabrina wrote:

"I could stay quiet until it was proven that underaged girls are involved. You stay quiet & I'm going to be a voice for mine."
 

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This post is a reminder that Tom and Rita Hanks are dual citizens of America and Greece. This may not mean much to you, but it is significant to them.

Salacious rumors about Tom Hanks have been making the rounds for years. Your auntie won't repeat such rumors because we live in a very litigious society.

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The Hanks are among the bold name stars who accepted free trips on Jeffrey Epstein's infamous "Lolita express" to his pedo island.

Other names on the flight logs include Beyonce and Jay-Z Carter, Will Smith, Pharrell Williams, former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, and more.

The Hollywood power couple are among A- and B-list stars and political figures scrambling to get out of dodge - or at least out of the reach of the feds - before Ghislaine Maxwell's dirty secrets become public fodder for the tabloids next week.

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Attorneys for Epstein's former madam pleaded with a Manhattan judge to delay the release of previously sealed documents filed in a 2015 lawsuit against Maxwell by a woman who says she was defiled as a minor.

The case was settled out of court to protect the people named in the documents.

U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska ruled last week that the public was legally entitled to view the evidence against Maxwell.

The documents allegedly contain the names of red-faced Hollywood celebrities, CEOs and politicians who don't want their alleged predilections for children publicized.

There are reports that "Maxwell has tapes of two prominent U.S. politicians having sex with minors".

Citing "great concerns" about Maxwell's ability to get a fair trial if the documents and tapes go public, Maxwell's lawyer, Laura Menninger, asked the court to delay releasing the documents for two weeks to file an appeal of the court's ruling.

The judge gave Menninger one week to file an appeal.

The corporate-owned news media in America will do the best they can to protect their liberal icons. But there are websites and blogs on the Internet that have nothing to lose by publishing the names.

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Jeffrey Epstein's former madam Ghislaine Maxwell is appealing a judge's order to release previously sealed court documents to the public.

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The court documents include previously sealed court papers and other damning evidence from a civil lawsuit filed against Maxwell in 2015. The civil lawsuit was settled out of court three years ago.

U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska ruled Thursday that the public was legally entitled to view the evidence against Maxwell contained in the lawsuit.

Maxwell's lawyers had previously argued to keep the files under seal.

"The subject matter of these [documents] is extremely personal, confidential, and subject to considerable abuse by the media," said Maxwell's attorney, Jeffrey Pagliuca.

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The news comes amid reports that "Maxwell has tapes of two prominent U.S. politicians having sex with minors".

Citing "great concerns" about Maxwell's ability to get a fair trial if the documents and tapes go public, Maxwell's lawyer, Laura Menninger, asked the court to delay releasing the documents for two weeks to file an appeal of the court's ruling.

The judge gave Menninger one week to file an appeal.

"We are in a vastly different position," now that Maxwell has been criminally charged, "and certainly have great concerns about our client's ability to seek and receive an impartial and fair trial and jury, given the intense media scrutiny around anything that is unsealed." said Menninger.

According to ABC News, the lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre against Maxwell contain the names of "famous people" who socialized, trailed or worked with Epstein.

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Ghislaine Maxwell collected a trove of sex tapes over the years that she plans to use in her defense of federal child sex trafficking charges.

The late financier Jeffrey Epstein, who hanged himself in a Manhattan jail cell last year, reportedly rigged his townhouse with 50+ cameras. He kept surveillance tapes of everyone in his home and everything that went on.

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Sources say world leaders, former and current presidents, Fortune 500 CEOs, and celebrities are on the tapes.

The former socialite from Great Britain plans to use her copies of Epstein's pedophile tapes as an insurance policy against federal charges, a friend told London's Daily Mail.

Maxwell, who was arrested last week at her million-dollar hideaway in New Hampshire, was transferred to a Brooklyn detention center on Monday.

She is on suicide watch while awaiting trial on four counts of sex-trafficking minors and two counts of perjury for allegedly acting as Epstein's madam to procure children.

"The secret stash of sex tapes I believe Ghislaine has squirreled away could end up being her get-out-of-jail card if the authorities are willing to trade," the source said. "She has copies of everything Epstein had. They could implicate some twisted movers and shakers. If Ghislaine goes down, she’s going to take the whole damn lot of them with her."

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Jeffrey Epstein's longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested this morning and charged with child sex-trafficking.

Epstein's alleged madam and one-time girlfriend is accused of luring young girls and teenagers to Epstein's Manhattan home to engage in sex with the billionaire financier.

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Epstein and Maxwell were pals with the rich and famous, including England's Prince Andrew, former President Bill Clinton, and current President Donald Trump (pictured in 1997 with Maxwell).

Maxwell was ordered held without bail during a hearing in a New Hampshire federal court on Thursday.

She went into hiding in New Hampshire after Epstein, 66, took his own life in a Manhattan jail cell last year.

The British socialite waived her right to have a detention hearing in New Hampshire. She will be transported to Manhattan where she faces a six-count federal indictment on child sex trafficking charges.

Maxwell, 58, is accused of grooming underage girls and teenagers for sex with Epstein in his Upper East Side townhouse, New Mexico, Florida and London.

"The victims were as young as 14 years old when they were groomed and abused by Maxwell and Epstein, both of whom knew that certain victims were in fact under the age of 18,” the indictment reads, according to the NY Post.

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Rumors spread like wildfire last night that American media magnate Oprah Winfrey was arrested for her role in a sex trafficking ring that operated out of a South Florida mansion.

Late Tuesday night, Oprah's name began trending on Twitter.com. A conspiracy theory that sprouted on Facebook last week claimed federal agents raided Oprah's South Florida home, and that she had been arrested for sex trafficking.

The conspiracy theorists, devotees of QAnon, say an anonymous government official named 'Q' secretly unsealed documents and is sharing messages and symbols that serve as evidence of a hidden plot to overthrow President Trump, according to The Washington Post.

The QAnon devotees - all overzealous Trump supporters - believe that many elite politicians, millionaires, a few billionaires, and celebrities belong to an international cabal of pedophiles and will soon be arrested.

The rumormongers swear that Oprah had been named as one of the bigwigs in documents that were unsealed in the Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein sex abuse cases.

But Oprah, 66, denied everything after the rumors began trending last night.

"Just got a phone call that my name is trending. And being trolled for some awful FAKE thing. It's NOT TRUE. Haven't been raided, or arrested. Just sanitizing and self distancing with the rest of the world. Stay safe everybody. [prayer emoji]
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) March 18, 2020."

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In a viral Facebook post, the author claimed the coronavirus "is the biggest covert U.S. intelligence operation that the world has ever seen."

The author predicted that the disease would provide cover for the arrests of prominent individuals including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Oprah Winfrey, and actor Tom Hanks, who was recently released from a hospital along with his wife, Rita Wilson, after they both tested positive for the virus in Australia.

The QAnon conspiracy theories gained momentum after U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted user photos of yellow police tape surrounding Oprah's Mediterranean villa in Boca Raton, Florida on Sunday.

The images claimed feds were "excavating the property and digging up tunnels" that were supposedly used as an underground railroad for sex traffickers to ferry children to the mansions of millionaires in the wealthy enclave of Boca.

Oprah owns many fabulous properties around the world, but none of them are in Florida, according to The Post.

Director Ava DuVernay rushed to Oprah's defense on Twitter.

"Trolls + bots began this disgusting rumor. Mean-spirited minds kept it going. #Oprah has worked for decades on behalf of others. Given hundreds of millions to individuals + causes in need. Shared her own abuse as a child to help folks heal. Shame on all who participated in this."

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