FIRST WITNESS CONTINUES TESTIMONY AT R. KELLY TRIAL
NEW YORK (AP) – One of the women accusing R. Kelly of abuse has testified he beat and choked her the last time they were together in 2010. Jerhonda Pace read from her diary in court in New York yesterday that Kelly told her, “It’s not going to be an open fist next time.” She also testified that Kelly sometimes demanded she wear pigtails and dress like a Girl Scout during sexual encounters. Pace had testified earlier she told Kelly she was 19 when she was only 16. On cross examination, Kelly lawyer Deveraux Cannick confronted Pace with a signed settlement in which she said she had never told Kelly she was a minor. Pace said it was in exchange for hush money.
BRITNEY SPEARS INVESTIGATED
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) – Britney Spears is under investigation for misdemeanor battery, but details of what happened are not available. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies to Spears’ home in southern California on Monday after a staff member said Spears hit her. No one was injured. According to Spears’ lawyer, Matthew Rosengart, the incident involved a cellphone, but he calls it “overblown sensational tabloid fodder” on a case that should have been closed immediately. Spears’ personal life is under scrutiny lately as she seeks to dissolve a 13-year conservatorship that has controlled her finances and activities.
BLUES TRAVELER GET IN BUS ACCIDENT
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) – Blues Traveler were in a bus accident Wednesday night on their way to a concert in Rochester, Minnesota, that left them trapped inside. They say in a statement the band and crew have been treated for minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved. Blues Traveler still plan to play the concert tonight.
NEIL YOUNG BOWS OUT OF FARM AID
UNDATED (AP) – Neil Young is dropping out of playing Farm Aid because he’s concerned about the surge in COVID-19 cases. Young writes on his website he “can’t shake the feeling that it might not be safe for everyone.” He says he stands with those who feel that it’s not safe to go to a concert, and he does not want people to see him playing and think it’s safe. Young says he respects the decision by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews to perform. The sold-out Farm Aid concert is set for Sept. 25 in Hartford, Connecticut.
ANDY SUMMERS WRITES STORIES, ALL ABOUT GUITAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Andy Summers of The Police has written a book of short stories where a guitar figures into every story. Summers says the guitar is a character in the stories in “Fretted and Moaning: Short Stories.” Summers says there’s little he does not know about guitars, and he’s played hundreds of concerts, but the stories are not necessarily about his own experiences. He says that may come into play sometimes, but some stories are “purely imaginative.” And lest you think this was Summers’ “pandemic project,” he says he finished before the lockdown started. “Fretted and Moaning: Short Stories” is out now.
ACMS MOVE ONLINE ONLY
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Next year, you will not be able to watch the Academy of Country Music Awards on any TV channel. It’s moving to streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. The show’s time and place will be announced later. The ACMs are the first major awards show to announce it will be streaming only.
ROLLING STONES RELEASE “TATTOO YOU” WITH NEW TRACKS
NEW YORK (AP) – Among the songs that will be included on the 40th anniversary version of the Rolling Stones album “Tattoo You” is a reggae version of “Start Me Up.” The remastered album will include nine previously unreleased tracks, including a version of Jimmy Reed’s “Shame, Shame, Shame” and a cover of “Drift Away” by Dobie Gray. The 40th anniversary of the album’s release is Tuesday, but the remastered version does not come out until Oct. 22.
ED SHEERAN ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Continuing with his trend of naming albums for mathematical symbols, Ed Sheeran’s next one will be “Equals.” Sheeran says he’s been through “love, loss, new life, grief and everything in between during the whole period of writing it.” He calls it “a coming-of-age record.” “Equals” comes out Oct. 29.
NELLY WILL HEADLINE “CMT CROSSROADS”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – For the first time, the headliner for “CMT Crossroads” will be a hip-hop act. Nelly will head up the special that will premiere Sept. 1 on CMT. It will include some of his country collaborators of the past, like Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Blanco Brown and BRELAND.
MICHAEL KEATON: “OK, I’LL BE IN THAT MOVIE”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Michael Keaton did not think of himself as an action star until people started referring to him as an action star. Keaton says his job is to play different guys and somebody gave him a job and he said, “OK, I’ll be in that movie.” In the new movie, “The Protege,” Keaton plays a killer who encounters another killer intent on revenge. Keaton’s advice for viewers: “Don’t overthink this one. Just have fun.” “The Protege” opens today.
‘TWILIGHT’ BACKER GETS 5 YEARS IN PRISON IN FRAUD CASE
NEW YORK (AP) – A tech entrepreneur who invested in the film studio that made the “Twilight” movies has been sentenced to five years in prison for a fraud conviction. Omar Amanat was sentenced Thursday in Manhattan federal court (by Judge Paul G. Gardephe). U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a release that Amanat defrauded investors of millions of dollars through years of lies and deceit. She said the fraud included manipulating stock prices and hiding investment losses through years of false account statements. The fraud stretched from 2010 to 2012. Before the sentence was announced, Amanat apologized to his fraud victims.