r. kelly

  • R. Kelly trial: Singer's marriage to Aaliyah under new scrutiny as he's labeled a 'predator'

    R. Kelly is facing multiple charges, including the sexual exploitation of children, kidnapping and sex trafficking.

  • Aaliyah’s Estate Posts Update on Bringing Her Music to Streaming Services

    In observance of what would have been Aaliyah’s birthday on Saturday, her estate posted an update on its progress in the long-overdue process of bringing her music to streaming services. Much of the influential R&B singer’s catalog, who died in a plane crash in 2001 at the age of 22, has never appeared legally on […]

  • R. Kelly attacked by inmate in jail, lawyer confirms

    The 53-year-old R&B singer is awaiting trial on child pornography, obstruction of justice and racketeering charges.

  • R. Kelly's manager charged with phone threats to theater

    R. Kelly's manager has been arrested in California on charges that he threatened a shooting at a Manhattan theater two years ago, forcing an evacuation and the cancellation of the screening of a documentary addressing allegations that the singer had sexually abused women and girls. Donnell Russell, 45, of Chicago, was charged with conspiracy and with threatening physical harm by interstate communication. The charge comes on the heels of Russell being charged in Brooklyn federal court earlier this week with harassing a Kelly victim and her mother after the unidentified woman filed a lawsuit against Kelly.

  • R. Kelly's associates charged in scheme to threaten, intimidate and bribe alleged victims

    One of Kelly's accusers says a car was set on fire to scare her out of cooperating with the government.

  • Ludacris Name-Drops R. Kelly, Bill Cosby in New Song Premiered on Verzuz

    Saturday night’s Verzuz battle between Ludacris and Nelly had all the hallmarks of the Instagram Live collaborations, which have drawn hundreds of thousands of viewers during COVID-19 lockdown. There were hits and deep cuts from the two veteran rappers (both of whom recently celebrated the 20 th anniversaries of their debut albums), boasts and roasts, technical […]

  • R. Kelly’s Bid for Coronavirus Release Is Denied Again

    A federal judge on Tuesday again denied R. Kelly's bid for release, despite a worsening coronavirus outbreak at the Chicago jail where he is being held. U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly, who had denied Kelly's first request for release on April 7, ruled that he remains a flight risk. She also noted the possibility that […]

  • R. Kelly’s Bid for Coronavirus Release Is Denied

    A Brooklyn judge on Tuesday denied R. Kelly's request for release due to the coronavirus pandemic, finding that he is not among the inmates most endangered by the disease. Kelly is being held at the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he is awaiting trial on racketeering, sexual misconduct and other charges in three jurisdictions. On […]

  • R. Kelly Hit With Sexual-Misconduct Charges From Two New Accusers

    The Eastern District of New York on Friday filed a superseding indictment against R. Kelly, who already faces multiple charges in three states, that includes additional charges stemming from two accusers who have been newly added to the suit, according to Rolling Stone. The singer’s New York trial begins on July 7. In the indictment, […]

  • R. Kelly pleads not guilty; feds say new charges planned

    R&B singer R. Kelly on Thursday pleaded not guilty to an updated federal indictment that includes child pornography charges and allegations involving a new accuser, while prosecutors said more charges alleging yet another victim are upcoming. Kelly, 53, stood silently in orange prison garb with his hands behind his back as his attorney entered the plea on his behalf at the arraignment hearing in Chicago. More legal trouble is on the horizon for Kelly.

  • Mira Sorvino Rips “Predators” Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, R. Kelly At Women’s March LA

    Thousands of concerned women, men, celebrities and politicians crowded into downtown Los Angeles Saturday for the fourth annual Women's March. With musical performances and speeches to fill the day, attendees listened to one speaker after another demand change, and call on the nation's next president to make women's issues a priority. Among the speakers were […]

  • Aaliyah's ex-boyfriend Damon Dash says she was 'the sacrificial lamb' in R. Kelly 'cover-up'

    During the "Surviving R. Kelly Part II" premiere, Aaliyah's ex-boyfriend, Damon Dash, got candid about her marriage to R. Kelly.

  • Aaliyah's Ex-Boyfriend Damon Dash Says It's 'Disgusting' R. Kelly Would Marry a Child

    Aaliyah's Ex Damon Dash Says It's 'Disgusting' R. Kelly Would Marry a Child

  • R. Kelly's year of reckoning: 'He's never going to breathe fresh air again'

    Will the disgraced R&B singer finally be brought to justice in 2020? Reporter and 'Soulless' author Jim DeRogatis weighs in.

  • R. Kelly charged with bribing government employee to marry 15-year-old Aaliyah: Report

    R. Kelly hit with new bribery charge stemming from illegal marriage to Aaliyah.

  • R. Kelly’s Girlfriend Joycelyn Savage: He Kept Me ‘Locked Up Like Some Damn Animal’

    Shannon Stapleton/ReutersJoycelyn Savage, one of R. Kelly’s girlfriends, claimed on Sunday that her relationship with the disgraced singer became so “abusive” and “controlling,” he once choked her until she blacked out after she forgot to use the “two names I was forced to call him.” She also claimed that Kelly forced her to have abortions twice that took place at his compound so “news would not break out.”Savage, the 24-year-old who has been living with Kelly for the last four years, revealed in her second “chapter” on the paid membership platform Patreon that her relationship took a sinister turn soon after she moved into his home and was isolated from her friends and family. Kelly, who is currently incarcerated in a Chicago jail, is facing sex crime charges in two states. “I kept thinking to myself he just wants me to be safe, he wants the best for me he thinks someone is going to take me away from him,” Savage said on Sunday. “But it was me being delusional why would someone claim to love keep me locked up like some damn animal.”‘Screwed Up’: R. Kelly Accusers Slam AMI’s Secret Plan to Pay Him $1MIn her first Patreon post on Saturday, Savage said she met Kelly in 2015 at a concert, when she was 17. Soon after she dropped out of college and moved into Kelly's home, where she became a victim to his “controlling behavior,” which included “commands” to call him “Master” or “Daddy” and threats to ruin her music career prospects if she expressed her concerns about leaving.Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, Greenberg and Savage did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s requests for comment on Sunday. Greenberg responded to Savage’s claims in a statement to Variety on Saturday, stating it is “unfortunate” that the 24-year-old “seeks to make money by exploiting her long time, loving relationship with Robert.” “Obviously if she were to tell the truth no one would pay so she has, unfortunately, chosen to regurgitate the stories and lies told by others for her own personal profit,” Greenberg added. “We know the real facts, and it was not until the money ran out that she decided anything was wrong. Hopefully people will see it for the obvious profiteering it is.”In the post Sunday, 24-year-old said the one time she forgot to call Kelly by his preferred names and mistakingly called him babe. He “grabbed me and choked me until I blacked out,” she said.“I had bruises around my neck, and I was told by him to wear a turtle necks or a scarf to cover them up whenever he would take me out in public,” she said. “I was frightened to tell anyone about this because of what he may do next.”Savage said the continued abuse and isolation made her “slipped into a depression”—especially when she was forced to stay in her bedroom while Kelly “would bring different girls home that stayed just like me, and they were definitely younger than me.”“I couldn’t talk to any of them until it was my time I had to wait in my room until rob was ready for me or his assistant will come in get me,” she said. I was forced to come out of my room some days I didn’t feel like being Roberts cum rag or punching bag.”R. Kelly Charged After Alleged Video Evidence of Singer Assaulting Underage GirlIn another post on Sunday, Savage said Kelly would micro-manage every aspect of her day—including when she could take a shower and disallow her from basic feminine hygiene.“The only time he would care for me is when the media is making him seem bad and saying that I was kept for a hostage,” she said, noting the TMZ videos over the years of her defending Kelly were staged for damage control.Savage also discussed her sexual relationship with Kelly and how the singer would often pee on her and other girls despite their protests. In 2016, she said she heard rumors Kelly had contracted herpes and tried to use condoms to “protect” herself and prevent a “pregnant by this monster.”The 24-year-old said she ended up getting pregnant twice—once in 2016 and again two years later—but was forced both times to get an abortion at Kelly's compound. “I never had surgery done in my life so that was really shocking and a scary moment for me,” she said. “ He didn’t want me going to the hospital because the news would break out.”Kelly has denied any allegations of sexual misconduct in the past. He pleaded not guilty to several charges in Chicago including kidnapping and sexual exploration, along with a charge of aggregated sexual assault in New York. After a two-year hiatus from social media, Savage announced on Instagram this week that she would be posting “daily chapters” to reveal details “that was sweared [sic] not to see the day light—by DNA. I am risking my life for many others.” Her comments differ from her March CBS This Morning interview, where she defended Kelly about the numerous abuse accusations leveled against him.In her interview, Savage insisted allegations against her boyfriend were false and “our parents are basically out here just to get money and scam because they didn’t agree on what happened with music, or whatever it could be and they’re just very upset.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

  • R. Kelly Denied Bail on Sex-Trafficking Charges in New York, Pleads Not Guilty

    R. Kelly was denied bail during a status hearing in New York Wednesday afternoon in connection to the federal charges of racketeering and sex trafficking, despite a motion from his attorneys that says he is suffering from medical issues while in jail, according to News 5 in Chicago and the New York Daily News. Magistrate […]

  • R. Kelly's lawyer argues for release on bond as singer can only see one 'lady friend' at a time

    The R&B singer's lawyer also argues that R. Kelly isn't a flight risk.

  • R. Kelly: Arrest warrant issued after jailed singer misses court appearance

    Minnesota officials issued a warrant for R. Kelly's arrest Thursday, after he failed to appear in court.

  • R. Kelly talked about being 'so popular' in jail during recorded call, feds say

    Prosecutors are hitting back at Kelly's lawyer's claim the singer was subjected to "cruel and unusual punishment."