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Attorney For One Of R. Kelly's Reported Abuse Victims Says Singer Allegedly "Intimidated" Client

"We are here today to let Mr. Kelly know in no uncertain terms that he cannot and will not intimidate his alleged victims into keeping silent about their allegations."

On Monday (Jan. 14), attorney Gloria Allred steered a press conference concerning R. Kelly's alleged intimidation tactics against one of her clients, Faith Rodgers, who was featured in Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly docu-series. Rodgers, who met Kelly at 19, stated that the latter has "threatened with retaliation" since the program's airing, The Hollywood Reporter states.

Previously, Rodgers filed a lawsuit against Kelly after she reportedly contracted an STD from him that he allegedly had knowledge of. Rodgers also states she endured bouts of "mentally, sexually and verbally" abusive nature at the hands of the R&B singer.

"We are here today to let Mr. Kelly know in no uncertain terms that he cannot and will not intimidate his alleged victims into keeping silent about their allegations," Allred said. "We have evidence that Mr. Kelly has engaged in efforts to intimidate and retaliate against Faith Rodgers." The attorney, who represented a number of women in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial, believes the lawsuit against Kelly will make him hold himself accountable.

In an interview with Broadly, attorney Adam Sheppard, who was part of Kelly's defense team during his child pornography trial, said it'll be a long-fought period for prosecutors to finally find Kelly guilty of his reported crimes.

"The prosecution will have their hands full because there is a lack of a prompt outcry. There may be a lack of corroboration. Corroboration includes everything from witnesses who may have seen the incident to physical evidence such as DNA," Sheppard said. "Those are common facts in a sexual assault prosecution that prosecutors rely on [such as DNA] and apparently, given the age of the alleged offense, that won't be available to prosecutors in this case."

A criminal investigation in Georgia against Kelly is currently underway, a gesture that has now affected his label, RCA Records' promotion of his new music.

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Chicago Police Release Footage Of Jussie Smollett On Night Of Alleged Attack

On Monday (June 24), Chicago police released their case files and video from the night of Empire actor, Jussie Smollett's alleged attack.

According to ABC 7 Chicago, they released 70 hours of footage from their bodycam, parts of which showed Smollett with a rope tied multiple times around his neck, the night he alerted the authorities about the supposed attack.

In the video, Smollett explained that he was attacked by two individuals who put the noose over his head and drenched him in bleach. The 37-year-old's face is blurred out in the video because at the time of the recording he was still considered a victim under the Freedom of Information Act.

Smollett's manager, Frank Gatson, also appears in the video, saying that the actor does not want the incident to be "a big deal."

"He doesn't want this to be a big deal, you understand what I'm saying," Gatson tells the authorities in the video. "The thing that makes me emotional is they put this makeshift loop, what do you call that thing, a noose around his [expletive] neck. I'm sorry, you know. And that is what bothers me, the cut thing doesn't bother me at all. If that makes sense."

Later in the video, Gatson confirms that the police are recording them and moments after Smollett says that he doesn't want to be filmed. "Can we turn it off?" Gatson asks the police, who soon abide by his request.

In the video clips released by the authorities, footage of the alleged attackers, Abel and Abimola "Ola" Osundairo are also included. The Chicago police have visuals of the Osundairo brothers in a taxi en route to their supposed meet-up point with Smollett to initiate the attack, as well as clips of them being apprehended by the police at the airport.

Chicago police claim that these videos prove their case that Smollett staged the racist and homophobic hate crime.

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Louisiana Mayor Apologizes To Sam Cooke 56 Years After His Death

More than 50 years after Sam Cooke's death, a Louisiana mayor has issued an apology to the beloved singer after experiencing poor treatment at a Holiday Inn.

According to a CNN affiliate KSLA, In 1963, Cooke and his band made reservations at a Shreveport Holiday Inn, north of downtown. However, the entertainer was turned away because he's black.

During the city's annual "Let The Good Times Rool" festival, Mayor Adrian Perkins apologized to Cooke's daughter and presented her with a key to the city.

"We need to come to terms with our past so we can move forward in a positive way, so this is the beginning. Specifically, with this, it's a beginning of a new relationship with the Cooke family," Perkins said.

Cooke and the band members were in town to perform, but were arrested later that day after leaving the hotel lobby for "blowing their car horn loudly and interrupting other guests." They were held for five hours and released on a $102 bond, according to the 1963 Shreveport Journal.

David Washington, a close friend of the late singer, said the honking was due to a car malfunction and not a petty act of revenge from being denied the right to say. The incident at the Holiday Inn helped is believed to have spawned his most famous song, "A Change Is Gonna Come."

The following year in December 1964, Sam Cooke was shot and killed in a Los Angeles hotel. He was 33.

 

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Travis Scott Partners With Reese's Puffs Cereal

Squatted in front of a brown Range Rover posing next to two glass-encased boxes of the popular breakfast item, Travis Scott unveiled on his Instagram account a collaboration with General Mills and Reese's Puffs cereal.

Billboard reports the special edition Cactus Jacks cereal boxes designed by Scott show an action figure of the rapper holding a spoon with cacti in the background. The Houston native's spin on the design also includes hand drawn stars and lightning bolts. With an anticipated release date for June 24, the limited supply of the cereal has yet to drop on his online retail store for $50 a box.

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The 28-year-old took to his Twitter account (June 25) to give a sneak peek of his pop-up shop in Paris that will conclude the 2019 Paris Fashion Week. Fans will be able to buy this collectible and other Cactus Jack Reese's Puffs items at the event.

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Scott recently collaborated with Nike in May with his take on the Air Jordan 1's with unique style and color including a flipped Nike check. The kicks retail for $2,395 according to Flight Club.

Featured in Young Thug's latest single "The London" with J. Cole, Scott also debuted his track tentatively titled "Highest in the Room" at "Rolling Loud Music Festival."

La Flame, Kendrick Lamar, and Cole are reported to headline "Day N Vegas," a hip-hop music festival, in Las Vegas this November.

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