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The Atlantic compares R. Kelly outburst to Brett Kavanaugh’s, gets ridiculed

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A pop culture writer for “The Atlantic” was mocked after comparing the wild interview R. Kelly recently gave to CBS to the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

R. Kelly became enraged this week during a shocking interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, which was his first time he spoke publically about the charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse that were made in February. The singer offered an emotional denial and even erupted at King’s questions, which led to him screaming as angrily pacing the room.

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“The Atlantic” staff writer Spencer Kornhaber saw a parallel between the artist repeatedly accused of child molestation and Kavanaugh’s 2018 testimony, where he denied that he had sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford when they were teenagers.

Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“The closest comparison here might be to the #MeToo target now on the Supreme Court,” Kornhaber wrote when analyzing Kelly’s outburst. “The substance of what the two men have been accused of differs vastly, but their responses — and the cultural scripts they draw upon—rhyme. Brett Kavanaugh shouted about Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations as being unfair given the life he’s lived, while Kelly argued that his previous acquittal meant the present allegations were also ‘unfair.’”

Kornhaber then wrote that “boys-will-be-boys logic” applies to Kelly and Kavanaugh’s defenses.

“Most strikingly, the force and fury of the tactics used by both men make the same dare. For those inclined to believe the accused, passion in the face of prosecution could read as innocence. For those who aren’t, it might look like a predator’s brutality coming out,” he wrote.

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Gayle King and R. Kelly on "CBS This Morning"

Gayle King and R. Kelly on “CBS This Morning”
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“The absurdity of this comparison is hinted at even by Kornhaber himself when he notes that ‘the substance of what the two men have been accused of differs vastly.’ But this doesn’t prevent him from completely twisting and miscasting what happened to Kavanaugh, wielding the severe allegations against Kelly — which are well corroborated and already have led to his indictment — as a means of trying to smear the sitting justice,” National Review columnist Alexandra DeSanctis wrote in a scathing review of The Atlantic piece.

DeSanctis added that Kavanaugh‘s anger was not because of “boys-will-be-boys logic,” but instead “because none of the accusations against him ended up having any evidence behind them.”

The comparison also sparked plenty of criticism on social media and The Atlantic’s verified Twitter account was hit with an onslaught of negative feedback when it tweeted a link to the story.

The Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway took Kornhaber to task for comparing a Supreme Court Justice to someone such as Kelly.

“Our media lie, pushing false reports such as that Kavanaugh was the leader of a roving underage serial gang rape cartel. And even after their (frankly ridiculous) lies blow up they keep pushing them, as is disgustingly done here by The Atlantic,” Hemingway wrote.

“Wow! There’s tons of evidence for one committing repeated statutory rape and many allegations and for the other there’s no corroborated evidence and one allegation from 30 plus years ago of extremely inappropriate sexual behavior on one occasion! They are both the same,” comedian Yannis Pappas sarcastically wrote while others simply mocked The Atlantic as “garbage” and “predictable.”

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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Lori Loughlin’s Hallmark Channel co-stars say college admissions scandal put them in ‘tough spot’

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At least two cast members from the Hallmark Channel’s “When Calls the Heart” series have shared their appreciation for fans following Lori Loughlin’s firing from the show as a result of her alleged involvement in a nationwide college admissions scandal.

Paul Greene, who plays the character Carson Shepherd on the show, thanked fans via Twitter on Tuesday for their “amazing love and support through this tough spot.”

Andrea Brooks, too, shared a similar message, thanking fans for the “tremendous outpouring of love and support over the past week.”

“Hi #Hearties, I just wanted to take a moment to tell you that I appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love and support over the past week. Your kindness and dedication does not go unnoticed. I love being a part of this family. Thank you,” Brooks, who plays Faith Carter on the show, wrote on Instagram.

The show cut ties with Loughlin following news of her alleged involvement in an elite scheme that involved wealthy families allegedly paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to secure a place for their children at some of the nation’s most prestigious universities such as Yale, the University of Southern California (USC) and Georgetown, among others.

Loughlin, and husband and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, specifically, allegedly paid $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters — YouTube star Olivia Jade Giannulli and her older sister Isabella —designated as recruits for the USC crew team despite the fact that neither participated in the sport.

On Instagram last week, the Hallmark Channel assured fans it would not be canceling the show despite the fact Loughlin, who played Abigail Stanton, would not be returning.

The show’s producer Brian Bird also took to the photo-sharing platform to share a similar message, noting the show has “gone on a creative hiatus to do some retooling on the remaining Season 6 episodes.”

“Your love for When Calls the Heart is the courage we count on as we work through this challenging transition and your Hearties community will always be the most important legacy of this TV series. We love you!” he concluded.

Fox News’ Katherine Lam contributed to this report.

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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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