R. KELLY CASE COULD EXPAND: PROSECUTOR
CHICAGO (AP) – Prosecutors in Chicago say the number of people facing charges in the R. Kelly case could grow. Angel Krull says the current charging document that led to the R&B singer’s arrest a couple of weeks ago could be superseded by another indictment. And, Krull says, it could involve more charges – and more defendants – than the current indictment does. Krull didn’t offer any hints about any new targets of the investigation. Meanwhile, Kelly is being held without bond in Chicago on charges that include producing child pornography and coercing minors to engage in sex. He faces similar federal charges in New York. Kelly has pleaded not guilty. His co-defendants – ex-manager Derrel McDavid and former employee Milton Brown- have also pleaded not guilty. They’re charged with paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to retrieve pornographic videos in a bid to stave off criminal charges.
A$AP ROCKY: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP CRITICIZES SWEDEN
WASHINGTON (AP) – To hear President Donald Trump tell it, the Swedish government has let down the black community in the United States – by not freeing A$AP Rocky. Instead, Stockholm prosecutors have charged the rap star with assault over a fight last month. In a tweet yesterday, Trump declared himself “very disappointed” in Sweden’s prime minister. Trump personally lobbied for the rapper’s freedom – but later groused that the Swedish leader was “unable to act.” Last week, Trump acted on a request from Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian West to ask about getting A$AP Rocky free.
GEORGE TAKEI – U.S. DETENTION POLICIES NOW WORSE THAN WWII
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – George Takei says U.S. migrant detention policies against those arriving at the southern border are worse than what Japanese-Americans faced during the World War II internment. The “Star Trek” actor says he should know – because as a child, he was among those interned. He says the difference between then and now – is that he and his family were kept together in the camps. But Takei notes that some immigrant babies and children now are separated and moved far away from their parents. Takei says what is happening now is inhumane and is a “grotesque low.” Takei spoke yesterday at a TV critics’ meeting yesterday in Beverly Hills, California.
COSBY ACCUSER SPEAKS AFTER SETTLEMENT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – One of Bill Cosby’s most vocal accusers says she won’t stop criticizing the imprisoned comedian. And under terms of a settlement she has received from Cosby’s insurance carrier, Janice Dickinson won’t have to. The terms of the deal will let her keep speaking against Cosby, who she claims drugged and raped her in 1982. Terms of the financial settlement weren’t disclosed – but Dickinson’s attorney says it’s an “epic” amount. For her part, Dickinson says no amount of money can erase the experience and memory of an assault – and that Cosby doesn’t have “enough years left for him to pay for what he has done to so many, many women.”
JEFFREY EPSTEIN INJURED IN PRISON
NEW YORK (AP) – Authorities in New York are trying to figure out what happened to Jeffrey Epstein while he was in custody. The financier was found injured on the floor of his federal jail cell where he’s being held awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Epstein had bruising on his neck – and authorities are trying to determine whether the injuries were self-inflicted or from an assault. A judge has denied bail to Epstein, ruling that he poses a danger to the public. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of having sex with girls as young as 14. He’s pleaded not guilty.
REBOOT OF “WILL & GRACE” TO END
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The reboot of “Will & Grace” will be getting the boot. NBC says the renewed version of the sitcom will wrap up after its next season. No word on when next year’s final episode will air. Will & Grace was part of a wave of TV show revivals when it was reintroduced to the NBC schedule in 2017. It has completed two seasons – and its third will bring a wrap to its second incarnation. The show’s producers say they consulted with the cast as it decided to bring the revival to a close.
“OINB” – ADVOCACY
NEW YORK (AP) – Not only has “Orange Is the New Black” been good TV – it also wants to be a force for good in the world. The Netflix series says it has developed a fund that will support advocacy groups that seek criminal justice reform. The fund will also help women who have been imprisoned to have an easier transition once they are released – and will push for immigrants’ rights. Tonight’s episode of the series marks the premiere of the series’ seventh and final season.
EBONY – JET ARCHIVES GOING TO SMITHSONIAN
WASHINGTON (AP) – One of the largest and most comprehensive collections of photographs about African American life, history and culture will soon have a new home. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will be getting a good chunk of the Ebony/Jet photo archive. The package is being purchased through a number of foundations for $30 million – the amount needed to pay off secured creditors of Johnson Publishing, the company that put out the iconic magazines. The foundations, in turn, will donate the archives to the Smithsonian and other research institutions.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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