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Kenneka Jenkins Reportedly Seen On Camera Walking Into Freezer Where She Was Found

Kenneka Jenkins was reportedly seen on camera walk into the freezer were she was found dead at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chicago. 

There’s been much speculation regarding how and why 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins was found dead in a freezer inside Chicago's Crowne Plaza Hotel last weekend. Now, new details have surfaced showing the inebriated teen walking inside the freezer on camera, CBS News reports.

Chicago crisis responder/activist, Andrew Holmes, said on Thursday (Sep. 14) that he watched the hotel surveillance footage that shows Jenkins walking into the freezer voluntarily. She seemingly was trying to find an exit that led her back upstairs to the lobby and allegedly tried opening up different doors.

"We all wanted to know: Did anybody pull her down there? Did anybody force her down there? Was anybody on the other side in that room when she got down there? And the answer to that is no," Holmes said. "She walked into that unsecured area that should have been secured."

Still, Jenkins' family wasn’t pleased with the alleged discovery. Her mother, Teresa Martin, believes more could have been done to save her child. During a protest held for the deceased teen in Chicago, Martin reportedly told protesters not to racialize the issue because it could have been anyone’s child, according to The Chicago Tribune

"It could be your child," she said. "It could be a blue child, it could be a purple child. It doesn't matter. This is a peaceful march."

She also added that one of the activists didn't offer much help. "He came out of the blue and acting ... like he was a friend," Martin said. "But he calls me this morning and says, 'Oh the hotel is not making any money. I think you need to go online and stop the protest.'"

Authorities say they released the footage to Martin, and to the Cook County Medical Examiners Office. Autopsy and toxicology results are still in process. Additionally, the Crowne Plaza Hotel offered to pay for Jenkins' funeral.

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“Old Town Road” Music Video Director Tapped For ‘House Party’ Remake

“Old Town Road” director, Calmatic, is ready to make a name for himself on the silver screen. The music video director is set to make his feature film debut with the House Party remake which will be produced by Lebron James and his business partner Maverick Carter, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to helming the visual for Lil Nas X’s record-breaking single, Calmatic has directed music videos for Anderson .Paak, Khalid and Vince Staples. The South Central Los Angeles native is touted as a “filmmaker, historian and artist,” per his website. “Old Town Road” has so far become Calmatic's most popular music video credit garnering over 176 million views online.

The film’s script was penned by Atlanta writers, Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori. James’s and Carters’ SpringHill Entertainment will produce the project for New Line Cinema. House Party was originally released in 1990 and starred rap duo Kid ' n Play alongside Paul Anthony George, Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tischina Arnold, A.J. Johnson, John Witherspoon, and more. The hip-hop cult classic spawned the sequels House Party 2 in 1991, and House Party 3 in 1994.

The latest installment promises to offer a new take on a '90s classic. "This is definitely not a reboot. It's an entirely new look for a classic movie," James told The Hollywood Reporter last year. "Everyone I grew up with loved House Party. To partner with this creative team to bring a new House Party to a new generation is unbelievable."

 

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Woman Who Posted R. Kelly’s Bail Won’t Get Her Money Back, Judge Rules

The woman who put up $100,000 to get R. Kelly out of jail earlier this year, can forget about getting a refund. Valencia Love’s attorney filed a motion last week in an attempt to have the money returned, but Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood ruled against the request Tuesday (Sept. 17).

According to the Chicago-Sun Times, Love wants her money back since Kellz is currently being held on separate federal sex trafficking and child porn charges. Love said that she had no prior knowledge of the federal investigation against Kelly, the Sun-Times reports.

Flood reportedly determined that Love is not legally entitled to the money. However, Love could potentially get her bail money back at the end of Kelly’s trial in Cook County, although that could be years from now. Her attorney, John Collins, told the court that his client is “worried she’s in jeopardy of losing that money.” Collins also claimed that Love paid $50,000 of Kelly’s back child support, which she has denied.

The Chicago-area business owner claimed to be a “friend” of Kelly’s when she put up cash to have him released from jail in February following his arrest on multiple counts of aggravated sex abuse charges. After Kelly posted bail, Love’s identity and her businesses — which includes a daycare — were exposed. The reveal subjected Love, and her businesses, to a flood of negative comments online.

As if the nature of their relationship wasn’t confusing enough, Love is apparently interested in using the $100,000 to help pay his legal fees. While speaking to the Sun-Times, Love doubled down on her support for Kelly by noting that he has yet to be convicted.

“At no point have I ever supported a pedophile,” she said. “He has not been convicted yet. Why is it so bad that I did a favor for a friend?”

Love’s money wasn’t the only item on the agenda in court Tuesday. Kelly appeared at a short hearing where Flood denied prosecutors’ request to increase his bond to $1 million. Flood noted that Kelly is already being held without bond on federal charges and increasing his bond would be pointless.

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Tekashi 6ix9ine Testifies Against Former Crew During Trial

Tekashi 69 proved that he's not shy about testifying at the trial of his alleged gang associates. The “Fefe” rapper took the stand in a New York City federal courtroom Tuesday (Sept. 17), where he testified at the trial of Anthony Ellison and Alijermiah Mack, both of whom are accused of belonging to the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.

During his testimony as a witness for federal prosecutors, Tekashi reportedly outed Trippie Redd as a supposed member of the Five Nine Brims gang. When prompted, the Brooklyn native also identified Ellison in court and his former manager, Kifano Jordan. According to USA Today, he confirmed being a member of Nine Trey, and revealed that his role was to “be the financial support for the gang so they could buy guns and stuff.” He pointed to his career success as his compensation for bringing money into the street collective. “I got the street credibility. The videos, the music, the protection — all of the above,” Tekashi reportedly said.

“We participate in a lot of crimes. Robberies, assaults drugs,” he told prosecutors while speaking on the gang's alleged activities.

Ellison and Mack are described as high-ranking members of Nine Trey, but have denied allegations of rackateering and drug and gun charges. In July 2018, Tekashi was kidnapped, pistol whipped and robbed of cash and jewelry. Ellison is accused of kidnapping him after they had a falling out, but denies the allegation.

As Tekashi admitted in court Tuesday, he decided to cooperate with authorities a mere 24 hours after being arrested last year in connection with the case against Nine Trey gang members. Tekashi has since pleaded guilty to nearly a dozen counts, which include gun and drug charges.

Cutting a deal with prosecutors is expected to shave off a significant amount of the mandatory 47-year prison sentence that he would have faced without cooperation. He is scheduled to continue his testimony on Sept. 18.

Tekashi, whose birth name is Danny Hernandez, is no stranger to taking plea deals. The high school dropout and former deli employee, was previously charged with a felony count of using a child in a sexual performance in a separate case, but reached a plea agreement that resulted in him being sentenced to probation.

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