R. Kelly released from jail after paying child support

R. Kelly was being held after turning himself in to face ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse. (AFP)
Updated 10 March 2019
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R. Kelly released from jail after paying child support

  • The R&B superstar was taken into custody Wednesday after failing to come up with the $161,000
  • Kelly is due back in court later this month

CHICAGO: Singer R. Kelly was released from jail Saturday after paying child support following a previous detention on sex abuse charges.
The R&B superstar was taken into custody Wednesday after failing to come up with the $161,000 he owed in payments to his ex-wife and their three children.
“I promise you we’re going to straighten all this stuff out,” Kelly, 52, told journalists as he left prison.
It was the second time Kelly was freed from the Cook County jail in his hometown Chicago.
He also exited the prison on February 25 after taking several days to arrange payment of a $100,000 bail for a separate case that saw him accused of sexually abusing four women, including three teenagers.
Kelly is due back in court in both cases later this month.
The abuse in the criminal case is alleged to have occurred between May 1998 and January 2010.
The details of the case echoed previous accusations of sexual misconduct that have dogged the artist for the last two decades.
In 2002, he was criminally charged for allegedly filming himself having sex with a 14-year-old girl. He was tried in that case and acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008.
A 2017 BuzzFeed report later alleged he had kept women as virtual sex slaves at homes he owns in Chicago and Atlanta.
And in January, a six-part documentary called “Surviving R. Kelly” was released. It said he had engaged in sexual, mental and physical abuse of girls and women.


Taylor Swift releases new song, music video called ‘ME!’

Updated 26 April 2019
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Taylor Swift releases new song, music video called ‘ME!’

  • The pop star said the song features Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco
  • Swift has been teasing fans for weeks with clues about a new project

NEW YORK: Taylor Swift released a new single and music video called “ME!” on Friday that’s about “embracing your individuality and really celebrating it.”
In an interview with Robin Roberts on Thursday — during the 2019 NFL Draft on ABC — the pop star said the song features Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco.
“I think that with a pop song we have the ability to get melodies stuck in people’s heads and I just want it to be one that makes (people) feel better about themselves,” she said.
Swift has been teasing fans for weeks with clues about a new project. She surprised a few hundred fans Thursday when she visited a mural she commissioned in Nashville.
Swift thanked the artist who created the mural in an Instagram post on Thursday. She also thanked her fans for showing up, saying: “I’ve never been more proud of your FBI level detective skills.”
“The fans are amazing. I can’t believe how dedicated they are,” Swift told Roberts. “I can’t believe how much they care — so it makes it more fun more for me to create music, to create music videos.”
Swift’s last album was “reputation,” released in 2017.