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No-Bail Arrest Warrant for R. Kelly Issued After He’s Charged With 10 Counts of Criminal Sexual Abuse Involving Underage Girls

R. Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Cook County Friday morning (Feb. 22), court records show.

Records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times reveal that most of the counts the embattled R&B singer was charged with involved girls who were between the ages of 13 and 16 at the time the alleged sexual abuse occurred, which prosecutors say was between 1998 and 2010.

These new charges against Robert Kelly come one week after it was revealed that a new videotape emerged that allegedly shows Kelly engaging in multiple sex acts with a 14-year-old girl.

Earlier today, TMZ reported that a Chicago grand jury listened to testimony from two women who accused R. Kelly of having sex with minors. One of the women also reportedly turned over physical evidence.

Sources familiar with the hearing tell TMZ … one alleged victim testified she was underage when she had sex with the singer in Illinois between 2008 and 2010. We’re told she provided prosecutors with physical evidence to back her allegations. We do not know the nature of that evidence.

Our sources say the second woman told the grand jury she had knowledge of sexual encounters between R. Kelly and underage girls, and also corroborated details revealed in “Surviving R. Kelly.”

We’re told as many as a dozen accusers have come forward and testified before the grand jury since it convened.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a judge approved a no-bail arrest warrant for R. Kelly after the charges were announced.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx went through the charges in a brief news conference Friday and noted that Kelly could be arrested at any moment and was expected to appear at a bond hearing Saturday.

Each count brought against the singer-songwriter is a Class 2 felony, which can be punished by at least three to seven years in prison or probation.

Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, said Friday afternoon before the press conference that he hadn’t been notified that his client had been charged. Greenberg has said in the past that Kelly denies any wrongdoing.

Kelly has dealt with allegations of sex crimes for two decades. Friday’s indictment marks the first time he’s been charged with a sex crime since he was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008.

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T.I.’s Sister Precious Harris Dies at 66 Years Old

T.I.’s sister, Precious Harris, has died, according to a social media post from her daughter. She was 66 years old.

Precious passed away Friday (Feb. 22), a little over a week after she was involved in a serious car accident in Atlanta.

According to sources, Precious ran into a pole, which triggered an asthma attack. She’d been hospitalized in the ICU since the crash.

Precious’ daughter Kamaya Harris wrote on Instagram:

“From my bestfriend on earth to My beautiful angel in heaven… mama girl you know ima miss you… I love you so much. I’m so heartbroken but the way you looked so @ peace this past week has confirmed that you are resting… no more asthma attacks… damn but baby I am going to miss you.”

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T.I. and his wife Tiny shut down production of their TV show Friends & Family Hustle last Wednesday (Feb. 13) after finding out Precious was involved in a car crash earlier that morning.

Sources close to the Harris family said Precious, who regularly appeared on the family’s VH1 show, had been on life support since the accident and was never responsive.

T.I. and Tiny are said to be “devastated,” as they were both incredibly close to Precious. The rapper shared a message on Instagram, saying: “We Love You Dearly Baby Girl…”

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Jussie Smollett Released on $100K Bail, Actor Told Police He Has an Untreated Drug Addiction

Jussie Smollett was released from the custody of Chicago police Thursday afternoon (Feb. 21) after posting $100,000 bail.

The Empire star looked pathetic as he did the walk of shame from Cook County jail and was swarmed by the media before leaving in a black SUV.

According to TMZ, during his arrest, Smollett told police he has a drug problem that’s never been treated, which could become relevant later in the case because cops said Jussie bought ecstasy from Abel Olundairo.

“IF he were convicted, a drug issue could be a mitigating factor that gets his sentenced reduced,” TMZ reported.

Smollett turned himself in to Chicago police early Thursday morning after he was indicted on a felony charge of disorderly conduct for filing a police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs at him and looped a rope around his neck.

It was later revealed that the actor staged the attack because he was unhappy with his Empire salary.

He faces up to three years in jail if convicted.

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Jussie Smollett Texted Nigerian Brothers “Might Need Your Help on the Low” Before Staging Attack

Prosecutors have released not-so-shocking new details in the Jussie Smollett case following his arrest for lying to police.

According to the court documents, obtained by TMZ, Smollett sent a text to Abel and Ola Osundairo four days before the staged attack, then met with them to go over details.

Prosecutors also said Smollett “received” the now-infamous hate mail letter, which contained homophobic and racial epithets, on January 22nd at the Chicago studio where Empire is shot.

TMZ has the details below:

The letter contained an “unknown white powdery substance.” It would appear that was intended to make people think it was Anthrax or some other dangerous chemical … but prosecutors say it turned out to be crushed Ibuprofen.

Then on January 25, Jussie fires off the text to Abel Osundairo, saying … “Might need your help on the low. You around to meet up and talk face to face?” Cops say Abel and Jussie had been friends since the fall of 2017, and that Jussie sometimes scored ecstasy from him.

Later on the 25th, they did meet face to face outside Abel’s Chicago apartment and talked in Jussie’s car about staging the attack. Cops say this is when Ola was brought onboard.

The original plan, according to cops, was for Ola to place a rope around Jussie’s neck, pour gasoline on him and yell, “This is MAGA country.” At that point, they say Jussie gave them a $100 bill to go purchase necessary items for the “attack.”

On January 27, they meet again and drive around Chicago to scout locations. Cops say Smollett told them to leave their cell phones and pointed out the surveillance cam near Jussie’s residence that he believed would record the incident.

They made a late change from gasoline to bleach — although cops don’t say why — and Smollett also handed them the $3,500 check payable to Abel and backdated to Jan. 23. As we’ve reported, Jussie noted in the memo line that the check was for training.

On January 28, the brothers bought the materials and Abel deposited the check.

Now to the “attack” … at 12:49 AM, on January 29, cops say there was a 3-minute call between Smollett and Abel, and Jussie told him the “attack” would go down at exactly 2 AM.

As you know, the Osundairos boarded a flight for Nigeria later on the 29th — but police say Jussie spoke to Abel on Jan. 30. They say Jussie called him for 8 minutes and 48 seconds, while Abel was in Turkey.

And, there’s this … you’ll recall Smollett’s camp told TMZ the day of the attack, he believed his attackers were white. Cops say he also told them, “he could see that the area around this person’s eyes was white-skinned.”

Whew chile, this whole thing has turned into a HUGE mess!

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Donald Trump Slams Jussie Smollett on Twitter After Actor’s Arrest for Staged Attack: “What About MAGA?”

President Donald Trump weighed in on Jussie Smollett’s arrest Thursday, calling the actor out for making “racist and dangerous comments” and insulting “tens of millions of people.”

The Empire star turned himself in to Chicago police early Thursday morning to face a felony charge of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. During a press conference after his arrest, Chicago police said Smollett staged his attack because he was “dissatisfied” with his Empire salary.

Trump’s Twitter fingers went to work this morning after Smollett’s arrest. He wrote: “.@JussieSmollett – what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA”

In his initial report about the incident, Smollett claimed that his attackers yelled “MAGA,” a reference to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan. The actor also claimed his attackers poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck and yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him.

Trump was asked about the alleged attack on January 31st, two days after it happened, and said: “I can tell you that it’s horrible. It doesn’t get worse.”

Smollett has been attacking the president and his supporters for years. In one post from January 20th, he called Trump “and all his white cohorts” a “national disgrace.”

“And if you support them … so are you. Clowns,” he wrote along with a video showing far-left lawmaker Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaking.

The week before the attack, Smollett posted a video on Instagram showing the front of the Trump hotel in Chicago while Ice Cube’s “Arrest the President” song played in the background.

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In Smollett’s Good Morning America interview that aired the day before the men who police say helped the actor stage the attack were arrested and held for questioning, Smollett claimed that he was targeted because he’s critical of Trump.

“I come really, really hard against 45,” Smollett told Robin Roberts. “I come really really hard against his administration, and I don’t hold my tongue.”

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Wendy Williams’ Strange Disappearing Act Has Her Staff Freaked Out (Report)

One of New York’s most notorious shock jocks-turned-daytime-TV-hosts is on the brink of losing it all. Her signature tagline is “How YOU doin’?” and if the question were to be directed at her at the moment, the answer would be “NOT GOOD.”

Yes, I’m talking about Wendy Williams. Her talk show has been put on hiatus since December of last year when Wendy took a planned break as we all got ready for the new year.

But then Wendy didn’t return and instead cited vague health concerns as the issue. But ok, Wendy’s getting up there in age and she’s had some goofy injuries lately so that kind of made sense.

Wendy’s team lined up a rotating line-up of guest hosts to fill in for Wendy while she took the time she needed to recover, but now we’ve run through the guest hosts and it’s the end of February and there’s no sign of Wendy coming back soon.

Radar Online says Wendy has been ignoring her staff and it was announced that Wendy’s show will soon start showing re-runs.

So what’s eating Wendy? Word on the street is that it has to do with another bout of infidelity from her much-loathed husband Kevin Hunter.

Charlamagne tha God, Wendy’s former sidekick, took the opportunity to throw her husband, Kevin, under the bus as he was asked for his hot take on Wendy’s disappearing act, reports Madame Noire.

“I don’t f**k with Kevin. I think he’s a terrible human being,” said Charlamagne. “I will just tell you that I hope Wendy Williams wakes up before one day she doesn’t wake up.”

Welp. Sounds like Kevin might be putting his hands on Wendy. So maybe the recovery time is to allow some bruises to heal?

While I wouldn’t put it past Kevin to treat Wendy badly, I have a hard time believing Kevin would do anything to Wendy that would leave visible marks, but hey, if Tina Turner went through it silently, so could Wendy.

My opinion is that Wendy is bored, tired and done with her TV show and she’s just ready to cut her ties and move on. But that contract has her locked up for too damn long so she’s burnt out and mentally over it. In which case, ok….but why not just wrap up this one mo’ season and quit?

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Mugshot Madness: Jussie Smollett Arrested, Police Say Actor Faked Attack Because He Was Unhappy With “Empire” Salary

The look on his face says it all…

Jussie Smollett posed for this mugshot after he turned himself in to Chicago police Thursday morning.

The actor’s arrest came just hours after he was indicted on a felony charge of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report when he said was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck.

Smollett, who is black and gay, was booked early this morning (he turned himself in around 5 a.m. CT) and a bail hearing is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Police held a press conference Thursday morning at 9 a.m. to address the public regarding Smollett’s arrest.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson expressed outrage at Jussie Smollett for allegedly betraying the African American and LGBT communities for staging a “publicity stunt” to further his career.

Johnson said Smollett orchestrated the attack because “he was dissatisfied with his salary” on Empire. The superintendent also said Smollett’s wounds were most likely “self-inflicted.”

Johnson said the Chicago Police Department is in possession of a $3,500 check which Smollett paid the Osundairo brothers to carry out his plan.

“[Smollett] took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Johnson said. “I’m left hanging my head and asking why?”

Commander of Area Central Detectives Edward Wodnicki provided a timeline of events, noting that “this investigation started to spin in a completely new direction” after authorities interviewed brothers Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo and Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo, who were considered suspects at the time, but are now deemed as witnesses following a testimony to the Grand Jury.

As for that “MAGA” letter, Johnson said Jussie sent it to himself.

If Jussie Smollett is convicted of the felony charges brought against him, he could face up to three years in prison and could also be required to pay for the cost of the investigation.

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Jussie Smollett Indicted, Charged With One Felony Count of Disorderly Conduct for Filing False Police Report

Not too long after Chicago police announced that Jussie Smollett had been officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation for filing a false police report, the Empire actor was indicted by a Chicago grand jury and charged with a felony related to the ongoing investigation.

According to various news reports, the 36-year-old actor was hit with the indictment after grand jurors listened to testimonies and evaluated evidence.

Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that detectives would contact Smollett’s legal team “to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest.”

Law enforcement sources said the two Nigerian brothers who were arrested in connection with the alleged hate crime attack, told police that Smollett hired them to stage the January 29th assault that has dominated news headlines over the past few weeks.

As we previously reported, Ola and Abel Osundairo were captured on surveillance video footage purchasing a bunch of supplies before the incident, including ski masks, gloves, bandanas, sunglasses, and red hats.

Even though police had officially classified Jussie as a “victim” early on the investigation, law enforcement sources said that Chicago police doubted the Empire actor’s story from the beginning.

According to TMZ, investigators said they found it weird that Smollett kept the rope around his neck for nearly an hour after the “attack,” and on top of that, their suspicions rose when he led them to the scene of the “crime” and quickly pointed out a camera that he said captured the alleged incident. As it turns out, TMZ reported, the camera was pointed in the wrong direction.

Abel and Ola Osundairo reportedly told police that in the days prior to the incident, they drove with Jussie to scout out a location and even rehearsed the “attack.” Law enforcement officials believe Jussie scheduled the “attack” for January 29th because he knew the Osundairo brothers would be leaving for Nigeria that day.

As for the hate mail letter allegedly sent to Jussie at Fox Studios in Chicago, Ola and Abel said they had nothing to do with that, but admitted to seeing it in a photo on Jussie’s phone.

Meanwhile, the FBI is running tests to see if the postage stamp on the letter matches stamps police seized at the Osundairo brothers’ home and if the ripped out magazine pages found at their house matches the cut-out letters that were used.

According to Illinois law, filing a false police report is disorderly conduct and a class 4 felony that is punishable by a minimum of one to three years in prison.

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WATCH: Beyoncé & Jay-Z “Bow Down” to Meghan Markle While Accepting Brit Award for Best International Group

Beyoncé and Jay-Z were honored at the 2019 Brit Awards, taking home the award for Best International Group for their 2018 joint album Everything Is Love.

Though hip-hop’s royal couple weren’t in attendance at the ceremony in London to physically accept their trophy, the couple posed with the award and thanked the Brit awards for honoring them in a video message that was played during the show featuring a surprise nod to Meghan Markle.

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In their acceptance speech, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, collectively known as The Carters, recreated their “Apesh*t” music video, in which they pose in front of Leonardo da Vinci’s world-famous “Mona Lisa” painting. However, in place of Mona Lisa is a portrait of Meghan Markle looking regal wearing a sparking crown and pearl necklaces.

“Thank you so much to the Brit awards for this incredible honor,” Beyoncé said. “You guys have always been so supportive. Everything is love. Thank you.”

Jay-Z joked around, saying “You’re welcome” before the duo turned around to admire the portrait. The couple’s oldest daughter, 7-year-old Blue Ivy, can also be heard in the background screaming “why?!”

Beyoncé later shared a photo posing with the portrait on Instagram.

“Thank you to the Brits for the award for Best International Group,” she wrote. “I won this award back in 2002 with my besties, Kelly and Michelle. How lucky am I to have been in a group with my other best friend, the GOAT Hova.”

The pop megastar then explained why they were posing in front of a portrait of the Duchess of Sussex and congratulated her on her pregnancy.

“In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas,” Bey wrote. “Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.”

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Fans on Twitter were thrilled that Beyoncé and Jay-Z shouted out Meghan Markle, whose mother Doria Ragland is black, during the last few days of Black History Month.

The illustration, by artist Tim O’Brien, previously appeared on the cover of the alumnae magazine for Meghan’s sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, but the artist seemed surprise to see his work being used by Beyoncé and Jay-Z in their Brit Awards acceptance awards.

“Interesting to see my painting of Megan Markel behind @Beyonce and JZ for their Brit award,” he tweeted. “Congratulations to them both.”

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Jussie Smollett is Now a Suspect in Allegedly Staged Attack, Faces 3 Years in Prison for Filing False Police Report

Chicago police have announced that Jussie Smollett has been officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation for filing a false police report.

WATCH: Video Shows Brothers Linked to Jussie Smollett Attack Buying Ski Masks & Red Hat Allegedly Worn in Assault

Detectives are currently gathering evidence to present to a Cook County Grand Jury, according to a tweet from Chicago police.

Smollett faces up to three years in prison if he’s convicted of the felony charges.

TMZ reports that the Osundairo brothers are expected to testify as soon as today.

This development comes just moments after surveillance video footage was released showing brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo at a store buying a number of items for the allegedly staged attack, including ski masks, gloves, bandanas, sunglasses and red hats.

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