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

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

(Reuters) – R&B singer R. Kelly was arrested 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.

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.

The singer’s arrest on Wednesday came hours after CBS television aired parts of his 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.

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.

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

Savage’s mother Jonjelyn appealed directly to her daughter.

“We went from seeing you or talking to you daily or weekly to not seeing you in two years. So that is a clear indication to us … that something’s definitely wrong with the situation and we won’t stop until we have our answers,” she said at the news conference.

Reporting Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago and Jill Serjeant in Los Angeles; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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Emily Ratajkowski shows exposed rib cage in bikini snap

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Emily Ratajkowski is still posing in bikinis.

The brunette bombshell showed off another piece from her Inamorata Woman line on Instagram.

In a black and white snapshot, Ratajkowski, 27, wore a light colored string bikini top with matching high-cut bottoms as she posed on a chair, revealing her visible rib cage.

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She accessorized with small hoop earrings and had her brown hair swept into a messy updo.

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This post got much less hate than another recent black and white photo she posted to Instagram.

Last week, Ratajkowski posted a photo of her and plus-sized model pal Caitlin King’s rear ends to promote her swimwear and lingerie line.

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She was hit with a lot of flak for allegedly bodyshaming her friend.

Last month, Ratajkowski posed in lingerie and bikinis in a convenience store to promote her Inamorata brand.

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She’s previously expressed that her clothing choices are a feminist act, saying it was “important” to wear “a string bikini on the beach and at a protest.”

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Allison Mack is in ‘active plea negotiations’ to avoid trial for alleged involvement in NXIVM sex cult

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Allison Mack is in 'active plea negotiations' to avoid trial for alleged involvement in NXIVM sex cult

“Smallville” actress Allison Mack along with two other defendants swept up in the alleged sex trafficking conspiracy by the self-help group, that many call a cult, NXIVM may avoid their respective trials next month thanks to a plea deal.

It was revealed in court that Mack and the others are in “active plea negotiations” as a fourth defendant, NXIVM co-founder and alleged ringleader of the cult, Keith Raniere, appeared in court to plead not guilty to child pornography charges related to the case.

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Mack is best known for her long-running role on the superhero TV show about the early days of Clark Kent’s life. However, it was previously reported that she was heavily involved in the NXIVM organization. Mack allegedly got involved with the organization when she was unhappy with her acting career. She reportedly rose in the ranks to become a key player in its activities, which allegedly included branding its members and finding sex slaves for Raniere.

Mack is currently on pretrial house arrest at her parent’s home in Los Alamitos, Calif., on a $5 million bond. However, next month she’s expected to travel to New York to stand trial, unless she’s able to make a plea deal.

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Additionally, defense attorney Mark Geragos said that his client, Seagram liquor fortune heiress Clare Bronfman, will be asking for a separate trial on charges she bank-rolled the Albany-based group that has been compared to a cult. Bronfman and Mack have previously denied the charges.

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“We don’t need to be the collateral damage,” Geragos said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘The View’ host Meghan McCain says her late father would laugh that Trump is ‘so jealous of him’

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‘The View’ host Meghan McCain says her late father would laugh that Trump is ‘so jealous of him’

“The View” co-host Meghan McCain thinks her late father would be amused that President Trump keeps him in the news with on-going attacks via Twitter.

Trump has repeatedly tweeted about John McCain – who died in Aug. 2018 – in recent days, falsely claiming the iconic senator graduated “last in his class” at Annapolis and slamming his role in the Russia investigation.

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The president also responded recently to reports McCain and an associate had shared with the FBI and various media outlets the unverified dossier alleging that Moscow held compromising information on Trump – but the outspoken ABC News host thinks her dad would laugh it off.

“If I had told my dad, ‘Seven months after you’re dead, you’re going to be dominating the news and all over Twitter,’” Meghan McCain said on Wednesday. “He would think it was so hilarious that our president was so jealous of him that he was dominating the news cycle in death.”

“He would think it was so hilarious that our president was so jealous of him that he was dominating the news cycle in death.”

— Meghan McCain

“The View” co-host then advised viewers not to feel bad for her family despite the president mocking her father on a regular basis.

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“We are blessed. We are a family of privilege,” she said. “Feel bad for people out there who are being bullied that don’t have support.”

Meghan also thanked her “View” colleagues for the on-going support when it comes to defending her father. Co-host Joy Behar slammed Sen. Lindsey Graham on Monday for aligning with President Trump over his old friend, saying the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman needs to “find his testicularity.”

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Earlier this week, the same topic came up on “The View” and Meghan bashed the president for the Twitter attack on her father.

“He spends his weekend obsessing over great men because he knows it and I know it and all of you know it — he will never be a great man,” she said.

Meghan closed out the rebuke by adding: “I genuinely feel bad for his family. I can’t imagine having a father that does this on the weekends.”

Fox News’ Liam Quinn contributed to this report.

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