Tag: sexual abuse

Slavery, But Make It a Bodice-Ripper: Ancestry.com to Pull Offensive, Ahistorical Ad

Screenshot: Twitter (Ancestry.com) The DNA testing company Ancestry.com says it’s pulling an ad depicting a mixed-race couple during antebellum slavery after a furious—and well-deserved—backlash accusing the company of romanticizing and whitewashing the reality of interracial sexual relationships during that period. The ad, called “Inseparable” (Funny how hard it is to be separated when the circumstances […]

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Dallas Mavericks Star Kristaps Porzingis Accused of Beating, Raping Black Woman

Photo: Christian Petersen (Getty Images) After missing his entire season NBA season due to injury and requesting a mid-season trade to the Dallas Mavericks, forward Kristaps Porzingis had hopes of getting his career back on track in his new surroundings. But with serious rape allegations now surfacing from his playing days in New York, the […]

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‘If I Die Tomorrow, I Know I Told the Truth’: Another R. Kelly Accuser Goes Public With Her Story

Image: CBS This Morning “I’m not ashamed of my past anymore. I’m not ashamed of what naysayers say,” said Lanita Carter, previously identified only as “L.C.” in the current open indictment against R. Kelly. In an emotional interview that aired Thursday on CBS This Morning, she broke her silence and a previous non-disclosure agreement to […]

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R. Kelly Had Dubai Plans, but Dubai Government Officials Never Got the Memo 

Singer R. Kelly (C) arrives for his court date at the Leighton Courthouse on March 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. R. Kelly appeared before a judge to request permission to travel to Dubai to perform in several concerts.Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo (Getty Images) Robert “R.” Kelly wanted to go to Dubai to meet the royal family […]

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After Leaving Neverland, Louis Vuitton and Virgil Abloh Pull Michael Jackson-Related Designs from Fall Collection

A model walks during the Louis Vuitton Menswear Fall/Winter 2019-2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 17, 2019 in Paris, France. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain (Getty Images) It is a tribute turned troubling reference for the team at Louis Vuitton menswear—and arguably one that was always bound to be problematic. When Virgil […]

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From ‘Suicide Pacts’ to R. Kelly Tats, Disturbing New Stories from His Girlfriends Arise  

R. Kelly performs in concert at Barclays Center on September 25, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.Photo: Mike Pont (Getty Images) To be labeled Robert “R.” Kelly’s “girlfriend” is to be tangled in a highly disturbing web, it seems. Following Kelly’s first interview since his arrest on multiple counts of aggravated sexual […]

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R. Kelly Believes He Can Cry. Twitter Believes He Can Lie

R. Kelly on CBS This MorningScreenshot: CBS This Morning (YouTube) In his first interview since being arrested on 10 counts of aggravated sexual assault (with three of the four alleged victims being underaged at the time), R. Kelly sat down with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King in a highly-charged interview which aired early Wednesday morning. […]

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Oprah Knows She’s ‘Gonna Get’ Backlash for After Neverland Special, Says ‘It’s Bigger Than Any One Person’

(L-R): Dan Reed, Wade Robson, James Safechuck, and Oprah Winfrey appear on After Neverland.Screenshot: OWN (YouTube) Immediately following the second half of HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary was a much-anticipated interview between Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jackson’s accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, as well as the film’s director Dan Reed. The special aired on Monday […]

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Leaving Neverland: Reconciling With the ‘Man in the Mirror’

Michael Jackson performs during the Halftime show in Super Bowl XXVII on January 31, 1993 in Pasadena, California. Photo: George Rose (Getty Images) Trigger Warning: Please be advised, the documentary described in this article contains extremely graphic descriptions of child sexual abuse. I had never seen anyone dance the way he did. My two younger […]

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#ThemToo: Michael Avenatti Says R. Kelly’s Employees and Managers May Also Face ‘Criminal Liability’

R&B singer R. Kelly (R) and his attorney Steve Greenberg leave Cook County jail after Kelly posted $100 thousand bond on February 25, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Kelly was being held after turning himself in to face ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse.Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) It was the top of the year 2019, […]

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‘His Victims Deserve Justice’: John Legend Continues to Speak Out Against R. Kelly

While many of past collaborators remain silent on what appears to be the reckoning of decades’ worth of allegations against R. Kelly, John Legend, who declined an opportunity to work with the singer-songwriter, is maintaining his stance. On Tuesday, he spoke with NBC News’ TODAY about the new charges of sex abuse Kelly is facing, […]

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R. Kelly Posts Bail, Heads to McDonald’s Where He Allegedly Used to Scout Teenage Girls

Image: R&B singer R. Kelly leaves the Cook County jail after posting $100 thousand bond on February 25, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Kelly was being held after turning himself in to face ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse. ((Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)) As a dog returns to its vomit, so an alleged rapist repeats […]

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R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty to All 10 Counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault 

R&B singer R. Kelly arrives at the 1st District-Central police station on February 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced today that Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of four victims, at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. Photo: Scott Olson (Getty […]

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‘He Was a Sexual Predator’ Says Director of New Michael Jackson Doc

Michael Jackson with Wade Robson. Photo via HBO “Porn and candy,” James Safechuck says with a sigh in the upcoming HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, recounting one of the countless sexual encounters he claims to have shared with Michael Jackson as a child. The four-hour film recounts his story as well as that of Wade Robson, […]

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Salim Akil Requests Dismissal for Domestic Violence and Copyright Infringement Case 

Director and showrunner Salim Akil speaks during a screening and Q&A for ‘Black Lightning’ on Day 3 of the SCAD aTVfest 2018 on February 3, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images for SCAD aTVfest 2018) When news arose of Amber Dixon Brenner’s sexual abuse and copyright infringement allegations, Salim Akil called the accusations […]

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Atlanta Police Investigate Facebook Livestream of Alleged Sexual Assault in Atlanta Nightclub

iStock Police in Atlanta say they have identified and contacted a man seen in a video showing an alleged sexual assault at a local nightclub early Sunday morning. The video—a Facebook livestream—was shared from inside Opera nightclub and was intended to show a young woman’s birthday celebration. Instead, people who watched the video saw her being […]

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R. Kelly Accused of Sexually Abusing a Former Epic Records Intern When She Was 16

Tracy Sampson says R. Kelly sexually abused her when she was a teen. Screenshot: Dateline (NBC News) In an episode of NBC’s Dateline scheduled to air Friday night, a woman who worked as an intern for Epic Records when she was teen says R. Kelly sexually abused her. Tracy Sampson, now 36, told Dateline that […]

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#MuteRKelly: NYC Rally Planned to Pressure RCA to Drop ‘The Pied Piper of R&B’

Demonstrators gather near the studio of singer R. Kelly to call for a boycott of his music after allegations of sexual abuse against young girls were raised on the highly-rated Lifetime mini-series ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ on January 09, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Prosecutors in Illinois and Georgia have opened investigations into allegations made against the […]

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#MuteRKelly: NYC Rally Planned to Pressure RCA to Drop ‘The Pied Piper of R&B’ [Updated]

Demonstrators gather near the studio of singer R. Kelly to call for a boycott of his music after allegations of sexual abuse against young girls were raised on the highly-rated Lifetime mini-series ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ on January 09, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Prosecutors in Illinois and Georgia have opened investigations into allegations made against the […]

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