Amid allegations that R. Kelly is running an abusive “sex cult” with a harem of women, the R&B singer was spotted at his rumored girlfriend Halle Calhoun’s birthday party in Atlanta over the weekend.
Gossip On This has obtained exclusive photos and video footage from the party, which was held Saturday night (Oct. 14) at a private location in Dunwoody—a northern suburb of ATL.
In the video, R. Kelly can be seen performing for Halle and her friends, and at one point, he’s even dancing with her while singing his hit single “Ignition (Remix).” Kelly also serenades Calhoun with a special rendition of the “Happy Birthday” song while she’s admiring her money cake, which was likely a gift from the singer himself.
R. Kelly and Halle Calhoun, a model from South Carolina, have been seeing each other for a while now (at least a year). We first reported on their “relationship” around this time last year. At the time, we were told she was 19 years old, but since she’s now celebrating her 22nd birthday, she was apparently 20 years old (going on 21) when we first reported on her last August.
Singer and current Love & Hip Hop Hollywood star Bridget Kelly says the show ruined her relationship.
Viewers watched Bridget’s relationship with boyfriend James Shipp Jr. crumble as he dumped her on the show. The couple’s main storyline has centered around Bridget’s cheating on James with multiple men throughout their seven-year relationship. End the end, James just couldn’t forgive her.
However, in an exclusive interview with Bossip, Bridget revealed that James cheated on her right before their break-up. She says she didn’t want to talk about it on the show because she wanted to focus on repairing their relationship. Unfortunately, she was blindsided when James kicked her to the curb on camera.
“The unfaithfulness on his side came around right before our breakup. I didn’t want that to be broadcast because it looks petty, like I’m trying to justify my behavior. I wanted to work it out because I felt so guilty about my past transgressions that I wasn’t about to throw him under the bus on TV.”
Bridget quickly moved on with LHHH co-star Daniel “Booby” Gibson. The two went on a romantic boat trip and shared a kiss. However, Bridget says they are just friends and never had sex. In fact, Booby gave her some helpful advice on her relationship with James.
“He came to be somebody who gave me a lot of sound advice. I wouldn’t call him a distraction, but we established a friendship on the show, which especially at that time, was supportive.”
The season 4 finale of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood airs tonight (Oct. 16) on VH1, immediately followed by part 1 of the reunion.
The woman accusing Nelly of rape is refusing to testify against the rapper and has decided to drop her case.
In a letter first published by TMZ, the 21-year-old’s lawyer, Karen Koehler, says her client feels the system has failed her and does not believe she can fight a celebrity in court and win. Koehler also says the college student cannot handle the negative media and internet attention her accusation against Nelly has brought.
Koehler writes in part:
“Every step of the way since the time she called 911, she wishes she had not. Not because what happened didn’t occur exactly the way she described it. Not because she did not want the police to charge the celebrity with alleged rape.
“She wishes she had not called 911 because she believes the system is going to fail her.
“She wonders who is she to go by her small ‘unimportant’ self against a celebrity. Who will believe her. People are saying things already. She cannot handle this. She is about to break. She wants to close the door. She wants this to end. She just cannot bear it.”
On October 7, Koehler’s client called 911 and claimed Nelly raped her on his tour bus in Washington state following a concert. He was arrested the same day on suspicion of second degree rape. However, he was later released without bail and no charges filed against him.
Nelly denied all the allegations on Twitter and his lawyer said the accuser’s “allegation [was] devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness.”
Koehler writes in the two-page letter that her client “never wanted notoriety. She never wanted a dime from that man.” The college student, who claimed Nelly attempted to pay her off immediately after the alleged assault has also previously stated she was being bullied and intimidated by the rapper and his lawyer.
Shocking video footage showing a woman assaulting a man for the so-called “crime” of kneeling during the national anthem at a Lakers game has gone viral on social media.
Last Wednesday (Oct. 4), during a preseason game for the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center, Haley Perea, a woman who has publicly used the n-word multiple times on social media, honed in on two men who chose to kneel instead of standing for the national anthem, and attacked one of them by throwing a drink on him.
Making matters even worse, her friend, Savannah Sugg, recorded the incident and shared the video on Twitter.
“This is for the national anthem you pieces of shit,” Becky #1 (Perea) can be heard saying before tossing a dark-colored beverage on the man. “Yeah! F**kers!” Becky #2 (Sugg) screams in the background.
Sugg captioned her tweet:
“Take a kneel for the land of the slaves.” Disrespect our flag and our country and that’s how we’ll react.
Becky #2’s tweet has since been deleted, as well as both of the women’s social media accounts, but that didn’t stop the footage and their names and photos from being shared all over the Internet.
These two lovely ladies by the names Haley Sugg and Savannah Perea thought it would be cute to assault these boys on camera. pic.twitter.com/wfWuoXeCdh
Haley Perea and Savannah Sugg—who, according to reports, are both Trump supporters (surprise, surprise!)—attend California Baptist University, a private Christian college in Riverside, California. Perea apparently works (or at least worked) at a raw juice bar called “Juice It Up,” and Sugg reportedly works at a restaurant/brewery in Riverside called “Heroes.”
“Hook a nigga up,” Perea said in one tweet. “We cute mah nigga,” she wrote in another tweet. “Too many niggas here,” she said in another. And in another post on Twitter, Perea talked about how she loves calling her roommate ‘nigga.’ “She freaks out every time [monkeyface] [crying laughing emoji],” she shared.
Some Twitter users have called for the two Beckys to be arrested for assault, as well as fired from their jobs and expelled from school, which one Twitterer noted was “notorious for turning a blind eye to racist behavior.”
Their names are Savannah Sugg and Haley Perea and they attend Cal Baptist—a college notorious for turning a blind eye to racist behavior.
On Sunday (Oct. 8), California Baptist’s Dean of Students Anthony Lammons promised to “investigate” and take “appropriate action” against Perea and Sugg.
“California Baptist University does not support or condone such behavior,” he said in a statement to The Tab. “Based on the video, the incident did not take place on our campus. Nonetheless, CBU takes such behavior very seriously; we will investigate, and take appropriate action.”
The school itself also released an official statement basically saying the same thing. See below:
“On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, an incident occurred at a pre-season NBA basketball game at the Ontario Citizens Business Bank Arena. While this was not an event affiliated with California Baptist University, two current CBU students were involved.
“On Thursday morning, October 5, 2017, CBU learned of this incident and initiated an investigation and plans to take appropriate action. CBU does not condone or support the behavior depicted in the recording of the incident.
“CBU takes this matter very seriously and is cooperating with law enforcement and arena management.”
According to their website, California Baptist University “believes each person has been created for a purpose” and they strive to “help students understand and engage this purpose by providing a Christ-centered educational experience that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities.”
So this should be an open-and-shut case right? Especially since Cal. Baptist’s mission is to help students “glorify God” and distinguish them[selves] in the workplace and in the world,” which probably doesn’t include throwing drinks on people for exercising their civil right to a peaceful protest.
A Patheos.com writer pointed out that the womens’ actions seems to violate an older version of CBU’s Student Handbook, which states that students are to obey all local and state laws and should “respect members of the campus community from diverse ethnic, cultural, or religious traditions and refrain from any act of discrimination or racism.”
Harassment and abuse and physical violence are also prohibited, per the handbook, which also has this nice little passage:
The University reserves the right to deal with behavior, regardless of the location, that is detrimental to the Student, community, University, and others.
The school also prohibits organizing or participating in dances on campus, and having premarital sex is grounds for expulsion, so surely assaulting someone should get you expelled too, right?
The two men in the video, 21-year-old Matthew Brady (pictured above left) and 20-year-old Jiahn Talebi (above right), have since spoken out about the incident and told their sides of the story. They said that Perea and Sugg’s attack wasn’t the only instance of assault they experienced that night and police refused to do anything about it.
Matthew Brady, 20, and Jiahn Talebi, 21, said they attended the Lakers game Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Ontario and did not stand during the national anthem prior to the game.
“We’re joking around and talking. We don’t want to show respect for the national anthem. I sing out, ‘Home of the slave,’ because that’s what it should say,” Talebi said in a telephone interview Monday. He said a group of men sitting in front of them, in seats that actually belonged to Talebi and Brady, began quarreling with them.
Security intervened and made the group of men leave that section, Talebi said. The basketball game began, and things remained calm, until the end of the fourth quarter, said Talebi.
“We thought it was the end of everything, and then this girl comes down and throws her drink on us. It was a soda or something,” said Talebi. Brady received the brunt of it.
“I was on my phone texting someone. I’m just looking at my phone, I look up and my whole body’s wet,” Brady said in a telephone interview Monday. “My pants are drenched. My shirt’s drenched. I never even seen their face. I just seen them running upstairs.”
Talebi and Brady said they chased the two women after one threw her drink on them. Arena security, they said, did not intervene, but merely pointed toward the direction in which the two women fled — outside the arena. Once outside, the two men said they were accosted again, only this time by a middle-aged man who apparently was aware of what they had done.
The man approached Talebi, and when Brady came to his aid, the man reportedly grabbed Brady by the neck. “This guy just grabbed me by the neck and said, ‘You better have some respect for the (national) anthem, boy. You better have some respect, boy,’” Brady said. A red-jacketed security guard was standing within feet of Brady and his and Talebi’s alleged assailant, but did nothing, Brady said.
Several police officers responded and made Brady and Talebi sit on the curb while they talked to the man, before letting him go. They both said passersby approached officers and tried to tell them what had happened, but they were instructed to “mind their own business” and “keep moving along.”
Then, police instructed Brady and Talebi to leave or face arrest, they said. When Brady and Talebi tried getting the officers’ badge numbers, they were denied and threatened with arrest again.
“An officer said there was nothing he could do about it, and there was nothing we could do about it, and if we got attorneys or went to court, it wouldn’t work out for us,” Brady said.
Despite the officer’s suggestion, Brady and Talebi have lawyered up and are apparently preparing to file a civil lawsuit.
Brady and Talebi on Sunday retained the services of Victorville attorneys Sharon Brunner and Jim Terrell.
“They threatened our clients with ‘you leave or you will be arrested,’” Brunner said.
Terrell said the video posted on social media was an attempt to make the perpetrators of a criminal act out to be heroes.
“They videoed (sic) themselves throwing the beverage on an African American,” Terrell said. “We believe it’s a civil rights issue. It’s a First Amendment right for them (Brady and Talebi) to stand or sing as they like. It’s the obligation of the Citizens Business Bank Arena to provide security to everyone.”
Brunner said the potential defendants in the case are the two women, Citizens Business Bank Arena and the Ontario Police Department.
The controversy is part of an ongoing debate about whether NFL players should be fired, as Donald Trump has suggested, for refusing to stand during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Following the lead of former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, NFL and NBA players (and now citizens too) are trying to draw attention to widespread shootings of unarmed black people by police in the United States.
Despite how the Haley Pereas and Savannah Suggs of the world feel, the protest has NOTHING to do with “disrespecting” the flag, the military or the country.
It’s official: Lil Scrappy and Bambi Benson are, in fact, now husband and wife. Bambi reluctantly confirmed the news during a live talk show.
Bambi appeared on TV One’s Sister Circle on Thursday (Oct. 12) with hosts Syleena Johnson and Quad Webb-Lunceford. The interview kicked off with Johnson acknowledging the glitter makeup on Bambi’s chest. “Yes, this new trophy wife thing going on,” Bambi responded.
The comment could have been a slip of the tongue, but after some prodding from the hosts, Bambi confirmed that she and Scrappy have been married for about a month.
“Listen, I can’t even hide it anymore. I’m married, I’m happy. We’re just trying to do this thing on our own… It’s been a month. We actually weren’t trying to hide it. It was just something we were doing just for us.”
We reported in late-September that the off-and-on Love & Hip Hop couple had secretly tied the knot. The newlyweds told family and close friends after the fact. However, Bambi told the Sister Circle hosts that both families were happy for the union and she and Scrappy are planning a wedding specifically for family and friends to attend.
NeNe Leakes has suffered the first professional setback since making a distasteful rape joke towards a female heckler at a comedy show and one of her Real Housewives costars played a pivotal role.
Kandi Burruss and her band Xscape announced Thursday (Oct. 12) that they have decided to drop NeNe from their reunion tour. It was only announced last week that NeNe would serve as the tour’s official host.
Xscape’s statement regarding their decision to part with NeNe reads in part:
“Like many, we were dismayed by the recent remarks made by our talented colleague and friend Nene Leakes. As a result, we have decided to no longer proceed with her participation on our tour…
“As strong supporters of all women, we know this decision is what is best. Our hearts go out to all female victims and we stand with you! This tour is for and about our fans and we want to provide an entertaining and enjoyable experience for every single person who attends.”
Tamara Tattles first speculated NeNe was off the tour last night when it was pointed out that the reality star’s name had been removed from all social media related to “The Great Xscape Tour.”
NeNe’s PR nightmare was sparked by an off-comment she made at comedy show over the weekend. “I ain’t even gonna tell you about the goddam Uber driver. I hope he rape yo’ ass tonight when he take you home, bitch,” she told a female heckler in the crowd.
She has since apologized for the horrible joke. “As a woman and someone who has survived abuse, I regret the worlds that I used,” she wrote, in part, in a statement. “I hope people accept my deepest and sincerest apologies.”
Only time will tell if NeNe will lose any more jobs and/or coins over the joke, including her coveted spot on E!’s Fashion Police.
“Star” Season 2 Episode 3 aired on Fox Wednesday night (Oct. 11).
While preparing for an upcoming TV appearance with recording artist Noah Brooks, the girls quickly learn that they will be singing backup instead of co-headlining the performance. Anxious for the girls’ next big move, Carlotta turns to the new A&R executive, Maurice, for help on a new deal. Meanwhile, Jahil tries his hand at producing music, Cotton struggles with starting her new job and Star comes face-to-face with an unexpected person from her past.
“Empire” Season 4 Episode 3 aired on Fox Wednesday night (Oct. 11).
When Cookie is denied a line of credit, she flashes back to her years in prison and compares her past struggles to her life now. Lucious continues to struggle with demons of his own and begs his family to tell him about the ways he’s wronged them, but they are reluctant to tell him the truth. Meanwhile, the NYPD is still on Andre’s case about the events that transpired in Vegas and one officer in particular catches his eye.
On Friday night (Oct. 6), many of the biggest names in hip-hop converged in Miami for the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, which aired Tuesday night (Oct. 10).
The show, hosted by DJ Khaled, featured performances from the aforementioned (feat. guest appearances from Plies, Rick Ross, T-Pain and Trick Daddy), as well as breakout star Cardi B (whose “Bodak Yellow” is currently the #1 song in the country), Migos, Yo Gotti, Playboi Carti and Hip-Hop legend Uncle Luke, who was joined by Trina, Trick Daddy and Rick Ross for a surprise tribute performance.
Watch all of the 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards performances below:
DJ Khaled – “I’m So Hood” (feat. Plies, Rick Ross, T-Pain and Trick Daddy)
Migos – “Too Hotty”
Playboi Carti – “Woke Up Like This” and “Magnolia”