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R. Kelly Discusses "I Admit" Song And Pleads Innocence In Full Gayle King Interview

The interview also discusses the lyrical content of his music, his children and more.

Earlier this week, R. Kelly took to a national platform to plead his case against 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse on four victims, three of who are underage. The 52-year-old appeared on CBS This Morning to tell his side to journalist Gayle King, at times becoming emotionally overwhelmed.

Michael Avenatti, an attorney who’s representing two of the reported victims, discussed a recent video that alleges Kelly had sex with an underage girl. “He refers to her as only being 14 years of age,” Avenatti said to CBS. “These videos are bombshell pieces of evidence and they are the final nails in the coffin for R. Kelly as it relates to his decades of abuse.”

Within the interview, which debuted in full on Friday evening (March 8), Kelly said he's steering clear of highlighting the headlines. “I’m not discussing nothing that is a rumor to me or anything,” he said. “My lawyers are handling all of that, but I guarantee you that I’m going to come out of this like I did before. And it’s not a bragging thing, it’s not an ego thing.”

King then asked Kelly about the allegations against him that were made public in Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary, such as starving and physical abusing some of the women featured in the program.

“You can start a rumor on a guy like me or a celebrity just like that,” he said. “Thirty years in the business, relationships didn’t work out, all you have to do is push a button on your phone and say ‘So and so did this to me,’ ‘R. Kelly did this to me,’ and if you get any traction from that, if you’re able to write a book from that, if you’re able to get a reality show, one girl, then any girl that I had a relationship in the past that just didn’t work out, she can come and say the same exact thing.”

King then asked Kelly to explain his reason for recording and releasing July 2018's "I Admit," a song where the singer addresses claims of sex cult, pedophilia, and domestic violence. “First of all, no offense, but a two-year-old could understand it,” Kelly started off.

“But for all the people over two, was that your way of confessing?” King questioned.

“That question makes no sense, no offense, but what I’m saying is this: ’I Admit’ was me expressing my feelings about the things I was going through," Kelly continued. "If you’re listening to it, you can hear exactly what I’m admitting.”

King then said she can see where people can interpret that song as a confession, to which Kelly said, “Well, that’s the problem now, everything I say people want to take it for what they want it to be. Because I’m so popular and who I am, people just love to take it and remix it and twist it.” The father-of-three is currently in jail on failure to pay over $161,000 in child support.

Watch the full interview here.

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Issa Rae Launches Her Own Record Label

Issa Rae has a lot of projects in the works, and she’s making room for another big venture. On Thursday (Oct. 18), the Insecure star announced the launch of her new record label, Raedio, along with introducing the world to TeaMarr, the imprint’s first artist.

“Beyond excited to present the first amazingly talented artist from my new label RAEDIO,” the Emmy winner captioned a clip of TeaMarrr’s music video where she makes a cameo.

 

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The record label is a partnership with Atlantic Records, according to Variety. Rae’s label will also be responsible for supervising the music on A Black Lady Sketch Show, which she executive produces.

“Music has always been an essential part of every project I do and working with emerging talent is a personal passion,” Rae said in a statement. “Raedio allows me to continue that work within the music industry and audio entertainment space. The Atlantic team are innovators in terms of shifting and shaping culture. I’m excited to join forces with them to discover new artists.”

Raedio is technically her first foray into the recording industry, but music has always been a “central character” in Insecure, Atlantic Chairman & COO Julie Greenwald noted.

“Issa Rae is a next-level, future-thinking creative force who’s been breaking down cultural barriers and conquering one field after another,” said Greenwald. “She’s made music a central character in her artistic evolution, and now she’s brought all that amazing passion, inspiration, and taste to the formation of Raedio. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Issa and her team on this exciting new venture, and TeaMarrr is the perfect artist to launch with.”

Wath TeaMarrr's  “Kinda Love” music video below.

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The Game Must Pay Accuser $7 Million After Losing Appeal In Sexual Assault Case

The Game is still ordered to pay a $7.1 million judgement after his attempt at a new trial in his sexual battery case was denied by an Illinois court on Thursday (Oct. 17). The Seventh Circuit Court upheld the lower court’s decision to deny the rapper’s attempt at having a trial continuance.

The 39-year-old rapper is accused of sexually assaulting Priscilla Rainey, a former contest on his VH1 reality dating show, She’s Got Game, during an “off-camera date” at a Chicago sports bar in May 2015. Rainey won her lawsuit in 2016.

U.S. Circuit Judge Diane Sykes called The Game’s behavior, “deeply reprehensible,” and outlined details of the sexual assault in a 19-page memo.

Rainey claims that the Grammy-nominated recording artist, whose birth name is Jayceon Taylor, was high on drugs during the incident where he “forcefully” reached inside her skirt and rubbed her private parts, and buttocks. Three days later, Rainey confronted The Game while they were on a tour bus “with other cast members, and a film crew caught the entire exchange on camera.” A “heated exchange ensued” between the two, and The Game threatened Rainey and told her to get off of the bus. She instead shared the details of the assault with the film crew.

Rainey sued for sexual battery in 2015. The Game responded by launching numerous public insults, and accusing her of suing because she was upset about being eliminated from the show.

Rainey won the lawsuit after The Game failed to show up to court during the trial, and his attempts to delay the proceedings were unsuccessful. The Game also lost a $20 million lawsuit that he filed against Viacom.

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A Tekashi 6ix9ine Documentary Series Is In The Works

Showtime is set to debut a new project about Tekashi 6ix9ine.  Supervillain, a three-part limited docuseries produced by Imagine Documentaries, Rolling Stone  and Lightbox, will explore the rise of the New York native.

“The bizarre and complicated rise of Tekashi 6six9ine is a story of our times,” said Vinnie Malhotra, EVP, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks. “Beyond becoming one of the most notorious hip hop artists of this generation, his story speaks volumes of the impact of social media and manufactured celebrity in our society. We’re excited to be partnering with such heavy hitters in the world of music and documentary to bring Supervillain to life.”

The series is inspired by the Rolling Stone article, Tekashi 6ix9ine: The Rise and Fall of a Hip Hop Supervillain, released earlier in the year.

“Tekashi 6ix9ine is one of the most enigmatic music artists of a generation,” said Gus Wenner, President and COO of Rolling Stone. “Rolling Stone is thrilled to work with Showtime and our other partners to bring the gripping story of Tekashi’s meteoric rise to stardom and infamy to viewers around the world.”

Supervillain isn't the only Tekashi-inspired project on the way. Snapchat is working on a doc about the 23-year-old recording artist, and 50 Cent is reportedly producing a biopic about him.

Tekashi, whose birth name is Daniel Hernandez, testified against former gang affiliates in federal court last month in exchange for a lowered prison sentence.  Though it’s unclear when he will be freed, the “FeFe” rapper -- who was facing up to life in prison -- recently signed a record deal worth a reported $10 million.

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