ANOTHER ALLEGED R. KELLY SEX TAPE SURFACES
NEW YORK (AP) — A man cleaning out VHS tapes from his home popped in what he thought was an R. Kelly concert video, only to find what he believes is a tape of R. Kelly sexually abusing girls. Gary Dennis says he doesn't know Kelly and doesn't know how he got the tape. He says because there's also a sports game on the tape, he thinks he may have gotten it from a friend. Dennis made the revelation at a news conference yesterday with attorney Gloria Allred, who represents several women who say they are Kelly's victims. Allred says the video appears to show a different incident than the ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse Kelly already is facing. Allred says Dennis' tape has been turned over to law enforcement. Kelly's attorney, Steve Greenberg, says he has not seen Dennis' video but he denies it's Kelly. Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents other alleged Kelly victims, says he has turned over to prosecutors two videos of Kelly abusing girls.
056183-w-425:52-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, Gary Dennis, who says he found an R. Kelly sex tape)-"Julie Walker, New York"-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)
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056190-a-180:00-(Gary Dennis, who says he found an R. Kelly sex tape, at news conference)-"thing like that"-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)
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056189-a-88:80-(Gary Dennis, who says he found an R. Kelly sex tape, at news conference)-"tape to them"-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)
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056188-a-48:96-(Gary Dennis, who says he found an R. Kelly sex tape, at news conference)-"African American girls"-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)
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056187-a-99:84-(Gary Dennis, who says he found an R. Kelly sex tape, at news conference)-"sickening and shameful"-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)
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056196-a-133:92-(Gloria Allred, attorney, at news conference)-"believing it yes"-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)
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056195-a-124:32-(Gloria Allred, attorney, at news conference)-"to do so"-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)
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056194-a-114:00-(Gloria Allred, attorney, at news conference)-"R Kelly documentary"-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)
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056191-a-179:04-(Gloria Allred, attorney, at news conference)-"he likes sports"-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)
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UNKNOWN PERSON PAYS R. KELLY'S CHILD SUPPORT
CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly is out of jail thanks to an anonymous benefactor. An official with the Cook County Sheriff in Illinois says someone who did not want to be publicly identified handed in a check for the full $161,000 in back child support that Kelly needed in order to be released from jail. The section of the bond slip where the person paying writes a name and relationship to the inmate was left blank. Upon his release Saturday, Kelly said, "I promise you, we're going to straighten all this stuff out." A judge ordered Kelly into custody last week after he was unable to pay the entire amount he owed. Kelly's lawyer, Steve Greenberg, says he does not know whether Kelly's $20,000 a month child support will be reduced, since Kelly is unable to work after aggravated sexual abuse charges were filed against him. Kelly was released from jail last weekend after a suburban Chicago business owner posted Kelly's $100,000 bail pending the sexual abuse charges.
056091-w-408:00-(Ben Thomas, AP correspondent Ben Thomas, with singer R. Kelly and his lawyer Steve Greenberg)-"I'm Ben Thomas"-The Latest: Anonymous person pays R. Kelly's child support (9 Mar 2019)
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056085-r-109:92-(Sound R. Kelly, singer, making brief statement to reporters as he walked out of a Chicago jail, after someone paid $161,000 that he owed in back child support.)-"this stuff out"-The Latest: R. Kelly speaks briefly after jail release (9 Mar 2019)
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056086-a-160:80-(Steve Greenberg, attorney for singer R. Kelly, speaking to reporters)-"on the evidence"-The Latest: R. Kelly speaks briefly after jail release (9 Mar 2019)
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MICHAEL JACKSON DOCUMENTARY AFFECTS "THE SIMPSONS," CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, MUSIC SALES
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's legacy is taking a hit since the documentary "Leaving Neverland" debuted on HBO last weekend. James L. Brooks, executive producer of "The Simpsons," tells The Wall Street Journal the show has removed the 1991 episode "Stark Raving Dad" that featured Jackson as a character who meets Homer Simpson in a mental institution. Brooks says fellow producers Matt Groening (GREE'-ning) and Al Jean agreed it felt like "the only choice to make." The episode will be removed from streaming services and future DVD sets. Meanwhile, Cirque du Soleil (sihrk doo soh-LAY') has not responded to an online petition calling for the end of its Las Vegas show "Michael Jackson: One." The petition has gotten several thousand signatures. As for Jackson's music, that's a mixed bag, according to Billboard magazine. It reports since the documentary, Jackson's sales and airplay dipped but streaming of his music is up. "Leaving Neverland" features two men who say Jackson molested them as boys.
JENNIFER LOPEZ ENGAGED TO BE A BRIDE FOR THE FOURTH TIME
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Looks like J-Lo is become J-Rod. Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez posted the same Instagram photo announcing their engagement over the weekend. The photo shows their hands with a massive emerald-cut diamond on hers. Lopez just put hearts with her photo, while Rodriguez titled his, "She said yes." They have been dating since early 2017. It will be Lopez's fourth marriage and Rodriguez's second. They have two children each from previous marriages.
DOLLY PARTON, LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA MUSIC USED IN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS
UNDATED (AP) — Dolly Parton and Lin-Manuel Miranda have differing responses to their music being used in political campaigns. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren recently used Parton's song "9 to 5" to launch her presidential run, while California Senator Kamala Harris used Miranda's song "My Shot" from "Hamilton" at her presidential campaign kickoff rally. Parton's manager, Danny Nozell, tells The Associated Press Parton did not approve using "9 to 5" and generally does not approve requests of a political nature. He did not say whether Parton will file a formal complaint. Warren's campaign declined comment. Meanwhile, Miranda's publicist says he is "happy" about Harris using "My Shot."
CLUB OWNER SUES 21 SAVAGE FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT
ATLANTA (AP) — Like 21 Savage doesn't have enough on his plate with the possibility of deportment. He's now being sued for breach of contract over a 2016 club performance. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Sadaetirs Kent Smith is seeking $60,000 for breach of contract and $1 million for emotional distress after she hired him to perform at a club in Hinesville, Georgia, two and a half years ago. Smith says 21 Savage accepted a payment of $16,500 but sneaked out of the club after getting paid and damaged the club as he left. Prosecutors last week rejected her felony case against 21 Savage and she has refiled as a civil case. His lawyer, Dina LaPolt, says, "This is a civil matter and will be handled accordingly." U.S. Immigration authorities arrested 21 Savage last month, saying he overstayed his visa. He was jailed and released on a $100,000 bond.
BRETT ELDREDGE SEES THE WORLD WHEN HE ABANDONS SMARTPHONE
LONDON (AP) — While smartphones help people communicate with the world, Brett Eldredge found he was a better communicator when he got rid of his. Eldredge says for a few months, he carried a flip phone instead. He says because he wasn't always checking his phone, he spent more time looking around. That was the inspiration for songs like "Love Someone." Eldredge says the song is about realizing that sometimes the best kind of love is the kind you don't overthink.
056177-a-136:56-(Brett Eldredge, country singer, in AP interview)-"love is simple"-Brett Eldredge gives up smartphone and sees life (11 Mar 2019)
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056180-a-202:32-(Brett Eldredge, country singer, in AP interview)-"my next record"-Brett Eldredge gives up smartphone and sees life (11 Mar 2019)
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056178-a-203:28-(Brett Eldredge, country singer, in AP interview)-"I'm doing this"-Brett Eldredge gives up smartphone and sees life (11 Mar 2019)
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056179-a-129:12-(Brett Eldredge, country singer, in AP interview)-"it was profound"-Brett Eldredge gives up smartphone and sees life (11 Mar 2019)
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RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS WILL PLAY THE PYRAMIDS
UNDATED (AP) — Red Hot Chili Peppers are performing at the pyramids in Egypt, and you can watch it. The band will livestream their concert Friday from Giza on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. They say it's the first ever livestream of a concert from the pyramids. Flea says his body tingles with excitement when he approaches a new place and it's doing it now.
NEW YORK WILL PUT UP BILLIE HOLIDAY STATUE
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City plans to erect a statue of Billie Holiday as part of its efforts to honour more women with public monuments. The Holiday statue will be placed near Queens Borough Hall. Three other women will be honoured with statues: lighthouse keeper Katherine Walker, pediatrician Helen Rodriguez Trias and teacher and activist Elizabeth Jennings Graham. The statues will take about two to three years to build and put into place.
CAROLE BAYER SAGER WILL GET SONGWRITER AWARD
NEW YORK (AP) — The woman who wrote such hits as "That's What Friends Are For," ''Nobody Does It Better" and "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" will get the highest honour from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Carole Bayer Sager will receive the group's Johnny Mercer Award for her achievements in music at the hall of fame's induction ceremony on June 13 in New York. She was inducted in 1987.
COACHELLA PLOTS TRAIN SERVICE FOR NEXT YEAR
INDIO, Calif. (AP) — California transportation officials are trying to make it easier to get to Coachella by train. The Riverside County Transportation Commission says it has received funding for an $8.6 million temporary train platform in Indio, California, the site of Coachella. Concert-goers could board special Amtrak trains in downtown Los Angeles and travel about 130 miles to Indio, then take shuttles to the concert grounds. Coachella is notorious for its traffic jams getting into and out of the festival. The train service is scheduled to be ready by next year's festival.
FARRUKO PLEADS GUILTY TO NOT DECLARING CASH
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Farruko (fah-ROO'-koh) will be sentenced in June for failing to declare nearly $52,000 in cash in his luggage and shoes when he arrived in Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic last year. Farruko pleaded guilty on Thursday. He was detained last March after arriving by helicopter. He told reporters at the time he forgot to report the money. He was placed on house arrest with an ankle monitor.
MIKIS THEODORAKIS HOSPITALIZED
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — "Zorba the Greek" composer Mikis Theodorakis (MEE'-kihs thee-oh-dor-AH'-kihs) is recovering after having a pacemaker installed. A hospital statement says the 94-year-old composer had the operation on Friday in Athens, Greece. Besides "Zorba," he also wrote the score to "Serpico" and "Z."
by Margie Szaroleta