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Two More Women Come Forth About R. Kelly's Reported Sexual Abuse

Almost 10 years after the singer was acquitted, R. Kelly carried on as usual, but time might be up now. Two more women have come forth.

R. Kelly is under magnifying lenses once again. For over 20 years, the singer’s name has been accompanied by swarming and repeated sexual abuse allegations. His reputation precedes him. Almost 10 years after the singer was acquitted, he carried on as usual, but time might be up now since two more women have come forth.

Time's Up, an anti-sexual harassment initiative, requested further and thorough investigations into Kelly’s myriad sexual assault allegations, The Root reports. Last July, Buzzfeed introduced an alleged sex cult, led by Kelly, to the public for the first time. At the time, the recurring theme was Kelly seemingly luring girls who were most vulnerable, specifically in the area of career aspirations. The girls all wanted to be singers. Mothers called Kelly a “puppet master.”

Friday (May 4), Buzzfeed published interviews with Michelle, the mother of a “brainwashed” cult member, and Lizzette Martinez, a woman who said she’s been involved with Kelly in what became an abusive relationship since the late 90s.

The last name of Michelle, a Chicago mother of three, was omitted by Buzzfeed News for the sake of her’s and her daughter’s privacy. Her daughter, who’s being called N., is 27 now but has been involved with Kelly since she was 17, Illinois’ age of consent. Michelle told reporters that her daughter was her “best friend” but when she calls, Kelly answers telling her that N. is busy or doesn’t want to talk.

According to Michelle, Kelly has prevented N. from coming home. She’s called the police to Kelly’s mansion in the past but she was told that nothing could be found. The report is similar to those brought to light last year. Reports have repeatedly included the singer’s abuse of dreams and the power of his wealth.

Sources and parents told Buzzfeed that Kelly dictates the order of the day for the young women in his cult. Many have used the word “brainwash” to describe his controlling tactics. She hasn’t spoken to her daughter in three months but she says that the last thing N. told her was “Don’t ever give up on me.”

In the case of Lizzette Martinez, she willingly entered a relationship with Kelly in 1995, when she was 17 years old. Now, in her 40s, Martinez recalled that Kelly took her virginity even though she was underage. She said that Kelly “[beat] her on five separate occasions and pressured her to engage in sexual acts against her will.” According to Martinez, the relationship ended in 1999.

Martinez herself aspired to be a singer. She sang in a female R&B trio before she met Kelly at Aventura Mall in 1995. His bodyguard allegedly passed Kelly’s number to her on a balled up piece of paper. Her story is reportedly a tale similar to the ones told by other women, Buzzfeed wrote.

Their relationship started only a year after Kelly’s marriage to singer Aaliyah who was then 15. At an awkward dinner, Martinez’s best friend, Michelle Powery, asked whether he’d married her at which time he replied, “You can’t believe everything you read,” Buzzfeed reports.

Like others, Martinez said that Kelly took advantage of her desires to make it as a singer.

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“I’m officially dedicating my life to suicide prevention and mental illness! Ya’ll not alone Waka Flocka Flame is with ya’ll now,” he tweeted.

Waka’s younger brother, Coades “Kayo Redd” Scott, died by suicide in 2013. In a follow-up tweet, Waka revealed that he’s slowly learning to accept his brother’s passing.

“You have no idea how it feel[s] to wanna [take] your own life man…my little brother took his own life man…and I deal with this fact every birthday because his birthday [is] the day after mines [sic] June 1st. This year I’m officially accepting the fact that he’s in a better place.”

The 33-year-old recording artist, whose other brother was killed in 2000, opened up about losing his younger brother in a 2017 episode of The Therapist, where he revealed that Kao tried to get in contact with him prior to committing suicide.

“Before my little brother died, I ain’t pick up the phone and I seen him call. I was like, ‘f**k lemme call Kayo back, as soon as this s**t lover.’ And I called him back, no answer.”

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2 Chainz’s Atlanta Restaurant Shut Down Over Social Distancing Violations

Less than a month after reopening, 2 Chainz’s Escobar Restaurant & Tapas has been temporarily shut down for violating the state’s social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Department of Public Health and Safety cited the eatery on Sunday (May 24), after receiving complaints about the number of customers inside the restaurant and bar. Georgia guidelines limits occupancy to 10 patrons per 300 square feet.

“When I entered the establishment, the entire facility was full of patrons, shoulder to shoulder, and was unable to enter safely,” a DPS officer wrote in an incident reports according to Atlanta’s WSB-TV. The DPS officer also observed the “same violations” that caused DPS to issue an initial warning to the facility.

The manager on duty had security clear out the room but State Police ordered Escobar to close on Monday (May 25) after the violations were not fixed. Various videos posted to Escobar’s Instagram Story prove that the venue was indeed packed with customers.

In April, Georgia’s governor announced that restaurants, hair salons, and other businesses could reopen for in-person service despite the state's rising cases of COVID-19. Escobar, which had been serving takeout orders only, faced backlash after revealing plans to reopen for dine-in service following the governor’s announcement. The restaurant decided to remain closed for a little while longer and fed several of Atlanta’s homeless before fully reopening in early May.

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After trending online for the entire Memorial Day Weekend, Doja Cat publicly addressed allegations of racism and engaging in white supremacist chat rooms on Tiny Chat.

On Sunday (May 24), the “Say So” rapper posted a lengthy Instagram statement in response to numerous tweets exposing her alleged online activity, including saying “n**ger” in a predominately white video chat room and recording a song named after a racial slur.

“I’ve used public chat rooms to socialize since I was a child. I shouldn’t have been on some of those chat room sites, but I personally have never been involved in any racist conversations,” Doja explained in the statement. “I’m sorry to everyone that I offended.”

“I’m a black woman,” she added. “Half of my family is black from South Africa and I’m very prude of where I came from.”


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A day later, Doja took to Instagram Live to further explain herself and deny allegations of self-hate, fetishizing white men, and race play.

Later in the video, Doja denied rumors that she recorded the song, “Dindu Nothin,” to make fun of police brutality. According to Doja, the song was an attempt at reclaiming the little-known slur, though she did admit that the song was a terrible idea.

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