R. KELLY INTERVIEW
CHICAGO (AP) – “Not true.” That’s how R. Kelly describes the sexual abuse charges he faces in Chicago. The R&B star sat for an interview with CBS News – in which he denied charges that he sexually abused four females, including three underage girls. An agitated Kelly challenged interviewer Gayle King when she noted there have long been rumors about his having sex with underage girls. The singer insisted, “whether they’re old rumors, new rumors, future rumors, not true.” Asked if he had held women against their will, the singer replied, “That’s stupid!” Parts of the interview aired last night with more to come on today’s and tomorrow’s editions of “CBS This Morning.”
MICHAEL JACKSON – LEGACY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Will Michael Jackson’s legacy be tarnished by persistent allegations that he sexually abused boys? It’s a question that was asked during his career, after his death – and again now, with the release of the documentary, “Leaving Neverland.” The two-part series features detailed accounts from two men who say Jackson groomed them for sex and molested them when they were young. One thing that has changed since Jackson’s death a decade ago: the climate in which such allegations are being made. Since the (hash)MeToo movement began, accusations against famous people have been taken more seriously than ever before. So far, there has been no evidence of major damage to Jackson’s music or his estate, which has made an estimated $2 billion since his death in 2009.
3 MONTREAL RADIO STATIONS STOP PLAYING MICHAEL JACKSON MUSIC
MONTREAL (AP) – (hash)MuteMichaelJackson? It’s happening already, at least at three major radio stations in Montreal. The Canadian stations have stopped playing the late pop icon’s songs after renewed child molestation allegations were detailed in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.” The stations say the music boycott began Monday, the day after the first part of the documentary aired.
KYLIE JENNER – BILLIONAIRE
NEW YORK (AP) – Kylie Jenner has made financial history. Forbes magazine says she’s now the youngest to become a self-made billionaire. Jenner reached the milestone at age 21. By comparison, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was an old “geezer” of 23 when he reached the billion-dollar mark. Forbes says most of Jenner’s money comes from her cosmetics company and was boosted by cash she’s already pulled out of her profitable business. Jenner tells Forbes the milestone is a “nice pat on the back.”
HELLO KITTY – MOVIE DEALS
NEW YORK (AP) – Hello Kitty doesn’t have a mouth. But she does have a movie deal. New Line Cinema says it has scored the film rights to the animated cat from the Japanese company that owns them. And now that it has those rights, New Line will get cranking on a movie script. The rights include those for other characters in the Hello Kitty series, such as Gudetama, My Melody and Little Twin Stars. It will be the first time the 45-year-old feline will be featured in a movie.
TRIBECA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MOVIES
NEW YORK (AP) – A documentary about Chelsea Manning and a movie about students at Parkland High who became gun-control advocates after their school was shot up are among the projects to be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. Organizers announced this year’s picks yesterday in New York. Of the 103 movies to be shown at the festival, 40 percent are directed by women. A festival official says the diversity in this year’s lineup shows a dedication to getting fresh voices into the movie industry.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – No one knew it at the time. But T-Pain, Gladys Knight and Donny Osmond helped Fox come close to a ratings win last week. The singers – clad in outrageous costumes – helped give “The Masked Singer” a second-place finish in the Nielsen rankings, losing out only to the CBS drama “NCIS.” T-Pain was the fuzzy monster who was revealed as the winner of The Masked Singer competition. Knight was the bee – and Osmond, the peacock.
“JEOPARDY!” TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
UNDATED (AP) – He holds the record for winnings on “Jeopardy!” And now, Brad Rutter has led his team to victory in the “All-Star Games” competition. Rutter’s big Daily Double bet put his team in position for a runaway win, trouncing a team led by another Jeopardy titan, Ken Jennings. The winners got to divvy up $1 million, while the runners-up shared $300,000. Longtime quizmaster Alex Trebek hosted.
JESSICA MENDOZA HIRED AS OPS ADVISER FOR NEW YORK METS
NEW YORK (AP) – From the broadcast booth to the front office. That’s the deal with ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza. She was named a baseball operations adviser for the New York Mets – and will get to keep her on-air job. Mendoza will be involved in player evaluation and building the team’s roster – as well as technological advancement and player health and performance. Mendoza becomes the latest in a growing number of TV commentators who also work for major league baseball teams.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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