R. Kelly Found Guilty On 9 Counts In Federal Sex Crimes Case, Faces Life In Prison

R. Kelly was found guilty on all counts in the federal sex crimes trial that has been going on over the last month.

The jury in R. Kelly’s case has been deliberating since Friday (September 24). It continued into Monday afternoon, after which a guilty verdict was found on all nine counts, including being found guilty for racketeering, sex crimes, human trafficking, obstruction of justice, and kidnapping.

R. Kelly‘s defense called five witnesses, but the R&B legend did not take the stand to defend his name against the accusations. On the other hand, the prosecution called a number of people, including alleged victims like Joycelyn Savage, who testified to living in his home as one of his girlfriends. This sexual relationship began when she was only 17 years old.

Savage, who had previously appeared on a CBS interview with Gayle King to defend R. Kelly, became a star witness for the state. She recanted her story and said she was being manipulated by Kelly in the interview.

Gerald Griggs, the attorney representing Savage, said the conviction was welcomed.

“The conviction today spoke volumes in accountability when it comes to people hearing black women and believing their stories.”

Kelly’s sentencing is set for May 4, 2022, and he’s facing a minimum of 10 years to life imprisonment. His legal problems are far from over as he is still facing another federal trial in Chicago and state trials in Illinois and Minnesota for the same counts.

The singer has been behind bars since 2019 after being arrested in Chicago for multiple federal sex crimes in Chicago and New York.

During the present trial, the court summoned a number of employees and associates who previously worked for Kelly to testify. He was accused of soliciting, grooming, and sexually abusing women, girls, and boys.

However, witnesses who appeared on his behalf staunchly defended the “I Believe I can Fly” singer, saying they have never seen or have evidence of him abusing anyone. Some described his behavior with his girlfriends as “chivalrous.”

However, several prosecution witnesses refuted the testimony by defense witnesses. They even noted that the singer was able to source victims not only by his own effort but also from a small group of people who worked for him like his managers, bodyguards, and assistants who would find or identify his victims, even grooming them for sex with the singer or even going as far as intimidating witnesses or committing other crimes to cover the singer.

The victims were often recruited at concerts, malls, and even fast-food joints. The 53-year-old singer has, however, remained quiet despite the ongoing trial.

R. Kelly is now facing a minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and up to life. His attorneys indicated that they will appeal the conviction.

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Rihanna Show Fans Love Gave Away Cash While On Date With A$AP Rocky In Harlem

Rihanna and her boyfriend, A$AP Rocky, were spotted on a late-night date on Friday (September 17) at about 3 AM. The couple was bombarded by fans on their way inside El Puerto Seafood and Fish Market in Harlem, and Rihanna is being hailed “a real one” for showing her fans love despite trying to get something to eat.

The Fenty Beauty billionaire showed her fans some love, signing autographs, hugging, and even giving one man a $20 bill before entering the eatery with a chilled A$AP Rocky by her side.

The couple seemed quite happy wearing not only huge smiles but matching leather pants. Rihanna, a fashion mogul, was rocking a white tank top underneath a black leather jacket with a fuzzy black bucket hat topping her braids.

Accessorizing the cool look was a pair of black sunglasses, a long gold medallion, and a pearl necklace. Meanwhile, her 32-year-old rapper boyfriend complimented her with a black hooded sweatshirt with reflectors on the elbows. While the dinner inside remains a private affair, the couple seemed to have enjoyed their time together, exiting the restaurant in a good mood.

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On their way to their black SUV, the couple posed for pictures with excited fans. Videos of the encounter emerged on social media on Saturday and social media users did not hold back on commending the artistes for showing love to fans.

“They give people LIFE when they show love like that,” one person said, while another applauded, “I like stuff like this they don’t let the fame get to them and actually appreciate the fans unlike most artists and famous people.”

Dating rumors surrounding Rihanna and A$AP Rocky started back in January 2020, shortly after Rihanna and her former boyfriend Hassan Jameel broke up.

While the two artistes were friends for some time and even appeared on the red carpet at the British Fashion Awards together as just that, their relationship was confirmed in November, when they had a public date night with friends at West Village spot Beatrice Inn.

Since then, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have been spotted on numerous dates and outings, and during the holidays last year, A$AP joined the “Umbrella” singer in her native home in Barbados.

Earlier this year, A$AP told GQ that he believes Rihanna is “the love of my life” and declared her as “the one.”

And just this week, the couple made their debut appearance on the red carpet of the 2021 Met Gala.

Asap rocky and Rihanna in harlem last night September 17 #rihanna #asaprocky #badgalriri #asapmob #rihannanavy #robynfenty #RakimMayers #247papstv #247papsofficial #Harlem pic.twitter.com/E0FyKZ1cp7

— Asaprih (@asaprihdaily) September 17, 2021

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Lil Wayne Admits Drake Makes Him Want To Redo His Verses

Lil Wayne admits Drake is perhaps the only rapper who makes him want to redo his verses.

As Weezy celebrates the 10th anniversary of his 9th studio album “Tha Carters IV,” the rap icon has given fans a chance to interact with him, inviting them to ask their deepest questions about the classic project.

During his “Ask Wayne” Twitter session, Lil Wayne revealed that he has been inspired by Drake on multiple occasions, resulting in him adjusting his verse after receiving Drake’s, in an ‘iron sharpening iron’ situation.

The disclosure came in response to a fan who asked, “You do a lotta features on and off of your albums. Do you ever get a verse from someone that’s so hot, u go back and adjust yours? If so can u name a few people?”

The 38-year-old did not hesitate with his response, naming his protege.

“The answer is the same person every time and that person is Drake. Everything Drake sent back, I always have to go back and [redo],” he said.

The “How To Love” rapper explained that this is because Drake always introduces a unique, interesting idea that he believes he could capitalize on.

“It’s always because he says something in there that make me be like, ‘Oh, I could make more of the song and capitalize more of the song off of something that he just said and that I didn’t say.’”

“So yes I have changed my verse a billion times because of Drake and that’s always the person,” he added.

#askwayne #ThaCarterIV #CLB https://t.co/2z8BpoEjJH pic.twitter.com/s6DoyUyPT1

— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) September 1, 2021

I Ain’t Shit Without y’all!!! Gotta get bak to in this booth!! New musik bomin soon ??

— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) September 1, 2021

Drake and Lil Wayne have been friends for over a decade, and Drake had previously hailed Wayne for basically raising him in the entertainment scene.

A budding Drake spread his wings in the music industry back in 2009 when he was signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Label.

Both artistes have since been great inspirations to each other, and they have become lifelong friends. With Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” set to be released on Friday (September 3), hopes are even higher that Lil Wayne could be pitching in on the album after he used the hashtag #CLB in his tweet.

In the meantime, Lil Wayne is also busy working on his upcoming projects, “ColleGrove 2″ with 2 Chainz,” “I Am Not A Human Being III,” and another album with Rich The Kid.

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