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R Kelly Found Guilty Of Sex Trafficking And Racketeering

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R. Kelly, the R&B superstar known for his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly,” was convicted Monday in a sex trafficking trial after decades of avoiding criminal responsibility for numerous allegations of misconduct with young women and children.

A jury of seven men and five women found Kelly guilty of racketeering on their second day of deliberations.

The charges were based on an argument that the entourage of managers and aides who helped the singer meet girls — and keep them obedient and quiet — amounted to a criminal enterprise.

Several accusers testified in lurid detail during the trial, alleging that Kelly subjected them to perverse and sadistic whims when they were underage.

For years, the public and news media seemed to be more amused than horrified by allegations of inappropriate relationships with minors, starting with Kelly’s illegal marriage to the R&B phenom Aaliyah in 1994 when she was just 15.

R Kelly Found Guilty Of Sex Trafficking And Racketeering

His records and concert tickets kept selling. Other artists continued to record his songs, even after he was arrested in 2002 and accused of making a recording of himself sexually abusing and urinating on a 14-year-old girl.

Widespread public condemnation didn’t come until a widely watched docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” helped make his case a signifier of the #MeToo era, and gave voice to alleged victims who wondered if their stories were previously ignored because they were Black women.

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At the trial, several of Kelly’s accusers testified without using their real names to protect their privacy and prevent possible harassment by the singer’s fans. Jurors were shown homemade videos of Kelly engaging in sex acts that prosecutors said were not consensual.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Cruz Melendez argued that Kelly was a serial abuser who “maintained control over these victims using every trick in the predator handbook.”

The defense labeled the accusers “groupies” and “stalkers.”

Defense attorney Deveraux Cannick questioned why the alleged victims stayed in relationships with Kelly if they thought they were being exploited.

“You made a choice,” Cannick told one woman who testified, adding, “You participated of your own will.”

Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been jailed without bail since in 2019. The trial was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and Kelly’s last-minute shakeup of his legal team.

When it finally started on Aug. 18, prosecutors painted the 54-year-old singer as a pampered man-child and control freak. His accusers said they were under orders to call him “Daddy,” expected to jump and kiss him anytime he walked into a room, and to cheer only for him when he played pickup basketball games in which they said he was a ball hog.

The accusers alleged that they also were ordered to sign nondisclosure forms and were subjected to threats and punishments such as violent spankings if they broke what one referred to as “Rob’s rules.” Some said they believed the videotapes he shot of them having sex would be used against them if they exposed what was happening.

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Among the other more troubling tableaus: Kelly keeping a gun by his side while he berated one of his accusers as a prelude to forcing her to give him MouthAction in a Los Angeles music studio; Kelly giving several alleged victims herpes without disclosing he had an STD; Kelly coercing a teen boy to join him for sex with a naked girl who emerged from underneath a boxing ring in his garage; and Kelly shooting a shaming video of one alleged victim showing her smearing feces on her face as punishment for breaking his rules.

Some of the most harrowing testimony came from a woman who said Kelly took advantage of her in 2003 when she was an unsuspecting radio station intern. She testified he whisked her to his Chicago recording studio, where she was kept locked up and was drugged before he sexually assaulted her while she was passed out.

When she realized she was trapped, “I was scared. I was ashamed. I was embarrassed,” she said.

She said one of R. Kelly’s employees warned her to keep her mouth shut about what had happened.

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Other testimony focused on Kelly’s relationship with Aaliyah. One of the final witnesses described seeing him sexually abusing her around 1993, when Aaliyah was only 13 or 14.

Jurors also heard testimony about a fraudulent marriage scheme hatched to protect Kelly after he feared he had impregnated Aaliyah. Witnesses said they were married in matching jogging suits using a license falsely listing her age as 18; he was 27 at the time.

Aaliyah, whose full name was Aaliyah Dana Haughton, worked with Kelly, who wrote and produced her 1994 debut album, “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number.” She died in a plane crash in 2001 at age 22.

In at least one instance, Kelly was accused of abusing a victim around the time he was under investigation in a child pornography case in Chicago. He was acquitted at trial in 2008.

For the Brooklyn trial, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly barred people not directly involved in the case from the courtroom in what she called a coronavirus precaution. Reporters and other spectators had to watch on a video feed from another room in the same building.

The New York case is only part of the legal peril facing the singer. He also has pleaded not guilty to sex-related charges in Illinois and Minnesota. Trial dates in those cases have yet to be set.

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Nigerians react as BBNaija Cross’ SnapChat n*de video, flashes

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Big Brother Naija ‘Shine Ya Eye’ housemate, Ikechukwu Sunday aka Cross, has sparked reactions online after his n*de video goes viral on SnapChat.

The 30-year-old entrepreneur from Anambra was said to have mistakenly posted it on his snapchat.

The video showed him n@ked, his tattoos and manhood were on display, and it came with the writing ‘shower time’.

The video has been deleted

However, social media users have since been reacting to the viral video in different ways.

While unpopular opinion suggests the nude video was posted on purpose, others expressed their disappointment.

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Nigerians react as BBNaija Cross’ SnapChat n*de video, flashes

See some of the reactions below;

@World179: “Cross has crossed the line.”

@BUBU_CESC: “Cross once said don’t expect him to change himself now that he is well known. Guy said he used to do snap chats of almost everything he does, so why are we surprised now🤷🏾‍♀️”

@dengematics: “How can it be a mistake. Everyone just acting daft. Which mistake. Trust million will start running around searching for it.”

@mpulumma: “I’m not even his sister but I’m so furious Cross wtf was that #bbnaija.“

@Wavy_mogul: “Cross talk say no be only Maria go tren nah. Him too gas dey high table.”

@niftyfrex: “I think leaked nudes and videos is the new flame in Nigeria.”

@gudgaalriri: “Cross has been on SnapChat for years and has 100k followers but he never posted his nude until after BBN and people are saying he was sending it to someone; it’s either intentional or he was drunk. He could never be sending it to someone cos he is a SnapChat genius #BBNaija.”

@Hawau_Arewa: “Cross has crossed the line and he must carry his cross alone.”

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Sister Sizes: When The Wrong Bra Size Is The Right Size

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I was just trying to shop for some new brassieres and the vendor didn’t have my size. I was scrolling through when I stumbled on a fine red one. Sent it to her because I wanted it. She quickly reminded me it wasn’t my size. I found myself educating a bra seller on something that would help her business. grin

How many times have you seen a really beautiful bra, you want to buy it, you scroll down to the size list and boom, it is not your size. This keeps happening and it gets you wishing the wrong size could be the right size.

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Well, the wrong size could actually be the right size and there is a name for it…

SISTER SIZES

But before we go further, let’s understand how bra sizing works.

Your bra size compromises a letter and number.

For example: Mine is 38B. 38 is the BAND SIZE, that part of the bra that goes round you is 38inches.

B is the cup size. The part that cups the boobs.

The band size is directly proportional to the cup size. So if the cup is perfect but the band is tight and I decide to go for a 40B, I won’t get the same fit. The band would be fine, but the cup would be loose. What should I do? I go for the bigger sister size, 40A!!

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The rule of thumb is;
down one band size,
up one cup size

If you need the band to be tighter, it is okay to do the smaller sister size (i.e) the sister size with a smaller band. In my case, I can do a 36C, but not a 34E, except I would use a bra extender on the former.

Attached is an image to guide you. Follow them horizontally (in a lying, not standing position).

When next you wanna shop for a new bra, you don’t have to search helplessly for one size. I hope this helps.

Sister Sizes: When The Wrong Bra Size Is The Right Size

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How Police Arrested 27-Year-Old Man Molesting 3 Under Aged Boys

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A 27-man identified simply as Ekpeye has been arrested for allegedly s€xuall¥ molesting three male children aged 9, 11 and 12, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The incident happened happened at Sanitary Lane in Ekwulobia Street, Diobu Mile 3 area of Port Harcourt.

The Media Assistant to SA on SDGs to the Rivers State Governor, Allwell Ene, who confirmed the incident on Tuesday, October 26, said the suspect was caught allegedly kissing and smooching the three children.

How Police Arrested 27-Year-Old Man Molesting 3 Under Aged Boys

“He was also said to have asked the kids to rub his p*nis. He claims to be from Ahoada East in Rivers State,” Ene said.

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“He has been apprehended by residents at about 8:15pm on Tuesday night at sanitary lane between N0 4 and 6 Ekwulobia street Mile 3 diobu, Port Harcourt and handed over to the Azikiwe Police Divisional headquarters at Illabouchi, Mile 2 Diobu where he is being detained.”

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