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R. Kelly arrested for unpaid child support after interview denying sex charges



R. Kelly arrested for unpaid child support after interview denying sex charges

(Reuters) – R&B singer R. Kelly was arrested for a second time in recent weeks on Wednesday – this time for failure to pay child support – hours after lashing out in a television interview against charges that he had sexually assaulted teenage girls.

Grammy-winning R&B singer R. Kelly arrives for a child support hearing at a Cook County courthouse in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Kelly was taken into custody in Chicago for owing more than $161,000 in child support to his three children with ex-wife Andrea Kelly.

The singer must pay the full amount to get out of jail, Cook County Sheriff’s spokesman Sam Randall said, following a court hearing over a Wednesday deadline for the money to be paid.

Kelly’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Andrea Kelly was not at the hearing and her attorney declined to comment. Kelly’s next hearing in the child support case is on March 13 and his next court date on the sex abuse charges is March 22.

Kelly, 52, pleaded not guilty in February to charges that he sexually assaulted three teenage girls and a fourth woman. The charges were brought after seven women including his ex-wife, appeared on a Lifetime television documentary and accused him of emotional and sexual abuse.

He spent a weekend in jail on the sex charges before being released on $100,000 bail on Feb. 25.

Wednesday’s arrest came hours after CBS television aired parts of Kelly’s first interview since being charged, in which the singer tearfully and angrily rejected allegations that he had sex with underage girls.

“I have been assassinated. I have been buried alive,” added the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer.

At one point Kelly jumped to his feet and shouted to the camera, pounding his breast.

“I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my fucking life!” he said, before being calmed down by an aide. In a separate interview, two women who live with Kelly — Azriel Clary and Jocelyn Savage — rejected allegations that they are being controlled by the musician.

Asked about their relationship with Kelly, Azriel Clary, 21, sobbed in a CBS television interview due to be aired on Thursday.

“I’m crying because you guys don’t know the truth,” Clary said, according to an excerpt of the interview released on Wednesday.

“You guys are believing some fucking façade that our parents are saying. These are all fucking lies for money,” she added, as Savage rubbed her back to comfort her.

Savage and Clary are not believed to be among the four women Kelly has been charged with sexually assaulting.

In the interview broadcast on Wednesday, Kelly accused Savage’s parents of “selling” their daughter to him.

The parents of 23-year-old Savage said at a news conference on Wednesday they had not seen their daughter in person for two years.

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Clary’s parents in a statement on Wednesday denied ever getting money from Kelly.

“We never ‘sold’ our daughter to him or anyone else… All of the victims and parents cannot be lying,” Alice and Angelo Clary added.

Savage’s lawyer on Wednesday also disputed Kelly’s assertions that they had handed over or sold Jocelyn.

Reporting Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago and Jill Serjeant in Los Angeles; Additional reporting by Karen Pierog in Chicago; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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Lara Logan, formerly of CBS, sounds off on media’s treatment of Trump, other liberal bias




Lara Logan, formerly of CBS, sounds off on media's treatment of Trump, other liberal bias

Former CBS News journalist Lara Logan says the mainstream media is not allowing President Trump to be “normalized” as the nation’s leader and accused CNN, among others, of passing off opinions as fact in a Fox News interview set to air Sunday.

“I’ve never seen the press corps behave the way they do today,” Logan told host Mark Levin on “Life, Liberty & Levin. “So, it stands out to me because it’s a departure from what I’ve seen throughout the last three decades. There is something actually much more significant about what you’re seeing happen with the White House press corps.”


Logan added: “Why is [Trump] not allowed to change how the White House operates in terms of its communications and the rules of the White House press corps and how these things happen? He’s not allowed to be seen as an instrument of change. That’s a propaganda talking point of the progressive political movement. He’s not allowed to be normalized as a president. So whatever changes he makes have to be resisted by the Resistance.”

Last month, while appearing on a podcast hosted by former Navy SEAL Mike Ritland, Logan said that journalists were “mostly liberal” and pushing narratives. The comments that lead to a backlash against the former correspondent.

Logan said she was “cheering” when former ABC News “Nightline” anchor Ted Koppel told an audience earlier this month that President Trump was not mistaken that the “establishment press” was out to get him.

“I know I’m not the only journalist who’s watching in horror as opinion and pejorative language is passed off as fact,” Logan said.

The former “60 Minutes” reporter also criticized “CNN Tonight” host Don Lemon for not admitting he is an “opinion person” and called CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter “anti-Fox.”

“He’s not allowed to be normalized as a president. So whatever changes he makes have to be resisted by the Resistance.”

— Lara Logan

“I was wondering myself this morning … Is Don Lemon an opinion person? Like, I know Sean Hannity is [on the] right, he makes no secret of it. So does Tucker Carlson. So does Laura Ingram. But what about Don Lemon? Is he an opinion person?  Rachel Maddow, I know where she sits. So what about people like Don Lemon … There’s a lot of opinion in his show,” Logan told Levin.  “In fact it’s almost all opinion from beginning to end and Stelter, who is the media guy… appears to be the anti-Fox guy.”


Logan also told Levin that  America’s academic institutions and newsrooms lacked political diversity.

“It’s no secret that the vast majority of academic institutions in this country are liberal,” Logan said. “So what bothers me is that one political ideology dominates all of your academic, almost all, of your academic institutions. And that same political ideology dominates all of your newsrooms, almost all, of your newsrooms. I mean, let’s face it, until Fox News in television. Where did you go if you weren’t a liberally minded moderate, if you, like, if you wanted to hear an alternative point of view or a conservative point of view?”

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‘Knightfall’ star Tom Cullen recalls working alongside ‘Star Wars’ icon Mark Hamill, befriending Kit Harington




‘Knightfall’ star Tom Cullen recalls working alongside ‘Star Wars’ icon Mark Hamill, befriending Kit Harington

Tom Cullen admitted he was starstruck when his childhood idol, Mark Hamill, appeared on set for the first time.

The “Star Wars” icon and BAFTA-winning voice of The Joker, 67, is going from lightsaber to sword in Season 2 of History Channel’s drama series “Knightfall.” The actor plays Talus, a battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades, who survived captivity for 10 years and is tasked with training and new initiates to the Order.


Cullen of “Downton Abbey” and “Gunpowder” fame stars as headstrong Templar Knight Landry who will embark on a journey that explores the dark, brutal side of the 14th century.

Tom Cullen in History Channel's "Knightfall."

Tom Cullen in History Channel’s “Knightfall.”
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“My younger brother is on ‘Knightfall’ as well this season, and we grew up obsessed with ‘Star Wars,’” Cullen told Fox News. “So it was a real treat for us and everyone who got to work with him because I think that Mark is so interwoven into lots of childhoods. But the thing about Mark is as soon as he arrives on set, he is just the most humble and hardworking guy. He’s so much his character in the show that you kind of just forget who Mark is and you just see his amazing character. And it was a pleasure to work with him. He’s great in the show.”

The 33-year-old revealed that the Hollywood star was incredibly humble and easily approachable while filming the gritty show.

“It was so surprising,” gushed Cullen. “You always have so much fear when someone is that famous, that they might turn up and not be the nicest people, but he couldn’t be a lovelier man and he’s become a really good friend…. And there’s a lot of young actors on the show. Some of them, it’s their first… job. And he kind of just came in and took everyone under [his] wing and would tell stories. It was a really special experience.”


Mark Hamill in "Knightfall." — History Channel

Mark Hamill in “Knightfall.” — History Channel

Cullen has plenty of reasons to celebrate, other than the opportunity to work alongside Hamill on a show he stars in. “Knightfall” first premiered in December 2017, just a few months after Season 7 of HBO’s wildly popular fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” concluded on August 27 of that year. Several TV critics pointed out “Knightfall” was the ideal choice to fill the void.

But Cullen warns both shows are completely different and it wouldn’t be fair to compare one with the other.

“I mean, ‘Game of Thrones’ is amazing,” said Cullen. “I have many friends in it and I love watching it. So, it’s not a bad thing to be compared to ‘Game of Thrones,’ but we’re a different show, and there are lots of similarities, I guess. But we’re trying to do our own thing. I would say if you like ‘Game of Thrones,’ you should definitely tune in. And if you like ‘Vikings,’ which is also on History — it’s an amazing show as well. We’re kind of all sitting in that ballpark, but trying to cut out our own little corner in it.”

Cullen has a close connection to “Game of Thrones.” His good pal is Kit Harington, who famously plays Jon Snow. The two actors have known each other since drama school and, in 2017, co-starred in the historical miniseries “Gunpowder.” Cullen shared there’s one memory of his time attending the Central School of Speech and Drama in London alongside Harington, 32, that still sticks out to him.

Kit Harington stars as Jon Snow on the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones."

Kit Harington stars as Jon Snow on the HBO hit series “Game of Thrones.”

“I came from Wales, which is a really small country next to England,” he explained. “I grew up in rural Wales and so I was suddenly in London and it was very exciting. And I had a girlfriend, but we kind of broke up as soon as we got to London. I was absolutely heartbroken. Kit came over to my house and took me out. And I didn’t know him at all. We got very drunk and he looked after me. So that’s my first memory of Kit.”


But these days the pair have been keeping busy with their shows. And Cullen, in particular, had to embark on a no-nonsense training regimen that involved wearing a 50-pound costume for hours to get in shape and fight like a knight.

“It’s super intense,” said Cullen. “… The Knights Templar themselves, they used to train about six, seven hours a day. And then the rest of the time they’d pray. That was their life. It was kind of a mix of warrior and monk. … But for us, the training was very much about being able to carry the heavy weight of the costume and to physically get through the difficult schedule. It’s every day for seven months in freezing cold weather and boiling hot weather. I broke my toes on the first two days.”

“I tend to work every day, nearly in every scene,” continued Cullen. “So the times that I have to learn the fight scenes are often on my lunch breaks or on weekends. Just snap times. And then you’re suddenly in battle with 100 people around you swinging swords. You just have to really dive in and go for it. It can be pretty scary. You do get some wacks because you don’t always remember the choreography. Sometimes it’s real. And that’s probably the hardest part, but it’s also the most fun as well.”

While “Knightfall” takes place hundreds of years ago, Cullen insisted the medieval period has plenty of lessons for audiences in 2019. And as the story unfolds, things will only become more shocking.


“I think the medieval period, in general, is a really fascinating period of time because I think that in many ways, that was the birth of our modern society,” said Cullen. “For example, the Knights Templar, who are the centerpiece of ‘Knightfall,’ they set up the first banking system and they became kind of the world’s first conglomerate, which is a bit of history that I didn’t know before the starting this show. And I think that we feel the history of that period still vibrating in the world that we live in today.”

“Knightfall” premieres March 25 at 10 p.m. on the History Channel.

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The five biggest ‘View’ bombshells we learned from ex-host Jenny McCarthy




The five biggest 'View' bombshells we learned from ex-host Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy‘s time on “The View” appeared to be anything but a walk in the park.

The former co-host, who appeared on the ABC daytime talk show from 2013 to 2014, opened up about her time to Ramin Setoodeh in his upcoming book, “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View.”

McCarthy, who is currently one of the judges on Fox’s “The Masked Singer” and has her own SiriusXM radio show, apparently was “miserable” every single day she went to work.


“It really was the most miserable I’ve been on a job in my 25 years of show business,” she admitted in an excerpt of the book published on Vulture.

Here are five bombshells we’ve learned:

1. McCarthy claims Walters once ‘blew up’ at her

McCarthy appeared on the show in 2007 to promote her own book, “Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism.” She says that the show’s co-creator, host, and executive producer Barbara Walters wanted to speak with her beforehand.

“I walked into her dressing room and she blew up at me,” McCarthy said. “She was screaming, ‘How dare you say this! That autism can be cured?’ My knees were shaking. I remember my whole body was shaking.”

“This lasted for about seven minutes,” she added. “Finally, someone pulled me out of the room. I went back to my dressing room, not knowing what the f— to do. One of my heroes just chewed me a new a—hole, and I’m going on live TV. I’m freaking the f— out.”


2. Walters allegedly told her she ‘had to change’ outfits 

Walters supposedly controlled what McCarthy wore on-air.

“We would all show up in the makeup room. Barbara would check out what I was wearing. If she didn’t agree with it, or it didn’t complement her outfit, I had to change. Mind you, she doesn’t look at anyone’s clothes but mine,” McCarthy claimed.

“She wanted to start dressing like me. There were times when she’d say ‘change’ and she’d make people run out and get that dress in her size. I was a human Barbie doll.”


3. There were apparently on-set feuds

Walters and “The View” co-host and moderator, Whoopi Goldberg, feuded all the time.

McCarthy claims the former “Today” anchor would ask Goldberg if she could moderate and the EGOT winner would shut her down.

“There was a war between Barbara and Whoopi about Barbara wanting to moderate. This is one of the reasons I decided not to ally with Whoopi. It broke my heart when Barbara would shuffle to Whoopi and say, ‘Can I moderate, please?’ And Whoopi would say no,” she recalled. “How can you do this to a woman who paved the way for so many female journalists?”

4. She was supposedly told to fix a bathroom problem 

There was once a problem happening in the backstage bathroom and Walters told the radio host to “do something” about “a tampon floating in the toilet.”

“I don’t know what to do. She’s standing in the hallway where the guests are, yelling at me about a tampon. I don’t know,” McCarthy said. “Maybe in her brain, she went, ‘I’m the youngest, newest person here, because obviously she has her period and left a tampon floating.’ This is Barbara Walters. I’m not going to yell at her. So finally, I said, ‘I’ll take care of it. I’ll take one for the team and I’ll flush it.’”


5. McCarthy was in tears at works 

They hired McCarthy to replace conservative TV personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

“They did try to change me. They wanted Elisabeth back and I wasn’t Elisabeth,” the “Two and a Half Men” actress insisted. “I would literally have meetings before the show of them trying to input opinions in me to go against Whoopi. I was going to work crying. I couldn’t be myself. My fans were telling me, ‘Where’s Jenny? They aren’t letting you be you.’”

Walters’ rep declined to comment when contacted by Fox News.

“Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View” will be released on April 2.

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