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R. Kelly arrested on federal sex crime charges out of Chicago, New York – NBC News

July 11th, 2019

R&B star R. Kelly was arrested in Chicago on Thursday night in a sweeping new federal sex-crime prosecution, officials said.

Robert Kelly, 52, was taken into custody by New York police detectives and investigators from the Department of Homeland Security, law enforcement sources said.

A senior law enforcement official told NBC News that separate federal indictments were filed against Kelly in Chicago and Brooklyn. The arrest was first reported by NBC New York.

Kelly was arrested when he stepped outside to walk a dog and smoke a cigarette, a law enforcement official said.

Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, told The Associated Press that Kelly was taken into custody about 7 p.m. Thursday.

He faces a 13-count indictment out of federal court in Chicago and five additional charges out of New York, according to court documents. The charges include racketeering, forced labor and sexually exploiting children.

Kelly engaged in “sexual activity with girls under 18 years old, engaging in and facilitating sexual activity without disclosing a sexually transmitted disease Kelly had contracted and producing child pornography,” according to the New York indictment.

Kelly is expected to appear in federal courtroom in Chicago on Friday afternoon.

A bail hearing for Kelly is expected to be held early next week, according to a statement Friday by the singer’s defense lawyer, Steve Greenberg.

Greenberg said the new federal charges stem from “decades-old” allegations that “he was acquitted of” previously. The attorney didn’t elaborate.

Kelly just wants to make “wonderful music and perform for his legions of fans that believe in him,” according to Greenberg.

Homeland Security’s investigations division and New York police declined to comment. Calls to the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, New York, weren’t immediately returned.

Darrell Johnson, a crisis manager for R. Kelly, tried to defend his client at a press conference in Atlanta — but his meeting with reporters was interrupted by parents of Jocelyn Savage, who claim their daughter has been brainwashed and held by the singer.

“I want to know where my daughter is?!” dad Timothy Savage screamed, as he was held back from approaching Johnson.

Johnson said Jocelyn Savage and other women connected to R. Kelly are with him on their own free will.

“These are grown women, I’m not in charge of them,” Johnson said. “I’m not a babysitter.”

In a video released in May 2018, Joycelyn Savage denied she was being held against her will.

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Kelly has been the subject of sexual abuse allegations for almost two decades, some of them alleging acts as far back as 1998. He has vigorously denied the allegations.

Kelly was charged in Illinois in February with aggravated sexual abuse involving four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred. He pleaded not guilty.

Then, in May, he was charged with 11 more counts of sexual assault and sex abuse, according to court documents.

Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kelly gained renewed interest following the release in January of a six-part Lifetime documentary series, “Surviving R. Kelly,” which detailed a number of women’s claims that they were sexually, physically and mentally abused. Kelly denied all of those accusations.

In 2008, a Cook County, Illinois, jury acquitted Kelly of child pornography charges stemming from a video that prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13. The young woman denied that it was her in the video and didn’t testify.

Alex Johnson and David K. Li contributed.

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After death of third horse in chuckwagon crash, Stampede defends safety measures – Calgary Herald

July 11th, 2019

Calgary Stampede officials say they remain confident in their safety protocols after a collision on Thursday led to the third horse death of this year’s chuckwagon races and a driver disqualified for the first time in the Stampede’s history.

One of driver Evan Salmond’s horses was killed in the crash and three others sustained minor injuries in an incident the Stampede is attributing to “driver error.” Driver Chad Harden was disqualified from racing for the rest of the 2019 Stampede and fined $10,000.

He must pay an additional $10,000 to cover the cost of Salmond’s horse.

Harden also faces a potential lifetime ban. He will not be invited to compete in the future but has the option of applying for reinstatement in any given year.

“With the death of the two horses on the previous nights of racing, this has been a difficult time for us and the greater chuckwagon community,” Calgary Stampede CEO Warren Connell said Friday morning.

“Seeing injuries despite the best and safest conditions possible is hard. Knowing an injury is avoidable is much harder.”

But Connell said the Stampede has a “zero-tolerance policy” for preventable accidents and injuries.

“I also want to say to the fans that were there (Thursday) night that I know it isn’t easy to see what you saw,” he said. “Please know we do everything possible to minimize the risk at all of our events.”

The incident happened during the seventh heat, when Harden impeded the wagon of driver Danny Ringuette about halfway down the east straightaway after the second turn. That caused Ringuette’s wagon to collide with Salmond’s outfit on the inside rail of the racetrack.

The collision was reviewed by the chuckwagon safety commission, an independent body which was established by the Stampede to investigate incidents.

Commission chairman Mike Whittle said the review consisted of viewing videotape of the race, as well as interviewing Stampede judges and other drivers involved in the incident.

He said Harden was informed of the decision late Thursday night.

“We don’t think that Chad deliberately meant to do this,” said Whittle. “He provided us his thoughts last night. I won’t go into those thoughts … He is processing what we told him.”

He added that the commission has been preaching the importance of driver safety for years, but felt the message hasn’t always gotten through to competitors.

“Last night, the incident that occurred was a result of driver error and that’s what we determined,” said Whittle.

“We believe that this message will now get through, hopefully, that safety is absolutely paramount as we move forward.”

But despite the ban, he said Harden could race again at the Stampede. Disqualified drivers are eligible to apply by Sept. 1 in any given year for consideration to be reinstated.

That decision would be made by the Stampede itself. However, it’s unclear what that process could look like or what standards Harden would have to meet in order to qualify.

“Having never gone through this before, I think this is a learning process for us and we will just look at it as we go forward as it unfolds,” said Stampede spokeswoman Kristina Barnes.

In 2007, now-retired chuckwagon driver Kelly Sutherland was suspended for the final day of racing at the Stampede after his “aggressive” driving was blamed for a crash that seriously injured fellow driver Tyler Helmig and killed three of Gary Gorst’s horses.

Salmond’s three surviving horses “didn’t escape unscathed,” as one was scheduled for followup testing after the collision, according to Barnes, who added the injuries were “nothing too severe.”

She said Salmond and Ringuette would continue racing on the Stampede’s closing weekend.

A horse belonging to driver Obrey Motowylo was euthanized following an injury sustained during the second heat of Wednesday’s chuckwagon races.

The Stampede said the horse was assessed by a veterinarian, who determined a fractured left front radius left “no option for treatment.” The injury is considered “uncommon but not rare,” according to Barnes.

Another chuckwagon horse died of “a serious internal medical condition” in what’s considered a suspected heart attack after falling to the track during Monday’s races. Post-mortem results are still pending.

Unlike Thursday’s collision, Barnes called both of those deaths “unpredictable.” She said the death of Salmond’s horse could have been avoided.

As animal rights activists continue to call for an end to chuckwagon and rodeo events at the Stampede, Barnes said the Stampede shares concerns about animal welfare.

“While we have a difference in fundamental values, we do agree on something and that we don’t ever want to see an animal injured when it heads out onto our chuckwagon track,” she said.

“The Calgary Stampede believes in celebrating those animals and acknowledging as working animals. We’re confident every measure in place is there and we are continually looking to build on that and make things safer as we go forward.

“We know we’re in a very, very good place right now.”

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July 11th, 2019

R. Kelly Arrested on Federal Sex Trafficking Charges: Law Enforcement Officials – NBC New York

July 11th, 2019

What to Know

  • Singer R. Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, according to two law enforcement officials.

  • The 52-year-old was arrested by NYPD detectives and Homeland Security Investigation agents on sex trafficking charges, officials tell News 4

  • The R&B star has been the subject of different sexual abuse allegations for nearly two decades, with some alleged acts dating back to 1998

Singer R. Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, according to two law enforcement officials.

The 52-year-old was arrested by NYPD detectives and Homeland Security Investigation agents on sex trafficking charges, officials tell News 4, and it is expected he will be brought to New York.

Further details on the case are expected to be announced Friday.

Spokespeople from the NYPD and Homeland Security Investigations declined to comment on the arrest. Calls to the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn were not immediately returned.

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Attempts to contact a spokesman for R. Kelly were not immediately successful. Drea Kelly, the singer’s ex-wife, had no comment following the arrest, her rep said.

The R&B star, whose real name is Robert Kelly, has been the subject of different sexual abuse allegations for nearly two decades, with some of the alleged acts dating back to 1998.

Back in February, Kelly was charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred. He pleaded not guilty and was released from Chicago’s Cook County Jail after posting bail.

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A jury in 2008 acquitted Kelly of child pornography charges stemming from a video showing him having sex with a girl as young as 13, prosecutors claimed at the time. Kelly faced 15 years in prison for that charge, but the young woman in that claim denied it was her and did not testify.

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R. Kelly Arrested In Chicago On Federal Child Pornography, Obstruction Of Justice Charges – CBS Chicago

July 11th, 2019

CHICAGO (CBS) — R. Kelly was arrested in Chicago Thursday night on 13 new federal charges including child pornography and obstruction of justice.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the North District of Illinois confirmed the R&B singer has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 13 counts of child pornography, enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity and obstruction of justice.

Kelly’s publicist originally confirmed that the singer had been arrested on charges of sex trafficking as originally reported, but the U.S. Attorney’s Office said that was incorrect.

Kelly’s publicist said he will be holding a press conference with more information Friday morning.

The singer is in federal custody in Chicago.

The indictment was returned by the federal grand jury Thursday afternoon, and he was arrested around 7 p.m. No exact location of the arrest was provided.

Kelly’s attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday night.

Kelly was also charged with 11 counts of sexual assault in May. The charges are more serious than the ones that were leveled against him in February.

Kelly pleaded not guilty to these charges in a June court hearing.

The May charges follow earlier allegations the singer sexually assaulted four women, three of them minors. These latest charges in the case center on one of those victims, identified as JP.

According to the indictment, R. Kelly engaged in sex acts with JP in January 2010 “by the use of force or threat of force and … acted in such a manner as to threaten or endanger the life of JP.”

The charges include aggravated criminal sex assault, criminal sex assault and aggravated criminal sex abuse. The four aggravated criminal sex assault charges are class X felonies and carry prison terms of up to 30 years if he’s convicted.

Kelly was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in February. Prosecutors have said Kelly sexually abused four females, including three underage girls. Kelly allegedly had a witness make sex tapes of him having sex with one of the females, a 14-year-old girl.

Allegations of Kelly’s sexual abuse go back decades and have prompted a recent nationwide protest called #MuteRKelly to boycott his music, in the wake of a Lifetime documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” featuring interviews with the music artist’s alleged accusers.

In 2008, Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges connected to a videotape of him allegedly having sex with an underage girl. It took six years from the time Kelly was charged with the offense to the end of the trial. It took the jury less than a day to deliberate.

This is a developing story.

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R. Kelly arrested on federal sex crime charges, law enforcement says – NBC News

July 11th, 2019

R&B star R. Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, two law enforcement sources said Thursday night.

Robert Kelly, 52, was arrested by New York police detectives and investigators from the Department of Homeland Security, the sources said.

A senior law enforcement official told NBC News that separate federal indictments were filed against Kelly in Chicago and Brooklyn. The arrest was first reported by NBC New York.

Kelly was arrested when he stepped outside to walk a dog and smoke a cigarette, a law enforcement official said.

Joseph Fitzpatrick, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago, told the Associated Press that Kelly was taken into custody about 7 p.m. Thursday after a 13-count federal indictment was handed down in federal court for the Northern District of Illinois earlier in the day.

“The counts include child porn, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice,” he said.

Further details were expected to be announced Friday.

Kelly is expected to appear in federal court in Chicago first, but when that will happen was not clear early Friday.

A bail hearing for Kelly is expected to be held early next week, according to a statement Friday by the singer’s defense lawyer, Steve Greenberg.

Greenberg said the new federal charges stem from “decades old” allegations that “he was acquitted of” previously. The attorney didn’t elaborate.

Kelly “looks forward to his day in continue to making wonderful music and perform for his legions of fans that believe in him,” according to Greenberg.

Homeland Security’s investigations division and New York police declined to comment. Calls to the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, New York, weren’t immediately returned.

Darrell Johnson, a crisis manager for R. Kelly, said early Friday that Kelly was looking forward to his day in court.

“When you’re innocent of charges — and Mr. Kelly has declared his innocence — in America, you know and I know, that you’re innocent until proven guilty,” Johnson said. “And he’s said many times that he’s innocent.”

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Kelly has been the subject of sexual abuse allegations for nearly two decades, some of them alleging acts as far back as 1998. He has vigorously denied the allegations.

Kelly was charged in Illinois in February with aggravated sexual abuse involving four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred. He pleaded not guilty.

Then, in May, he was charged with 11 more counts of sexual assault and sex abuse, according to court documents.

Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kelly gained renewed interest following the release in January of a six-part Lifetime documentary series, “Surviving R. Kelly,” which detailed a number of women’s claims that they were sexually, physically and mentally abused. Kelly denied all of those accusations.

In 2008, a Cook County, Illinois, jury acquitted Kelly of child pornography charges stemming from a video that prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13. The young woman denied that it was her in the video and didn’t testify.

Alex Johnson and David K. Li contributed.

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CannTrust puts hold on sale and shipment of all cannabis products pending review – CP24 Toronto’s Breaking News

July 11th, 2019

TORONTO – CannTrust Holdings Inc. says it has put a hold on product sales and shipments of all its cannabis products as a precaution while Health Canada reviews its Vaughan, Ont., manufacturing facility.

“CannTrust is working closely with the regulator through the review process and expects to provide further detail of the duration of the hold and other developments as they become available, the company said in a release late Thursday.

“At this time, the impact of these matters on CannTrust’s financial results are unknown until the regulatory review process is complete.”

The company said it has also established a special committee of its board of directors to do its own investigation.

CannTrust said Monday it had been notified by Health Canada that the regulator had discovered unlicensed cultivation at its Ontario greenhouse between October 2018 and March 2019, before the five rooms received the appropriate licences in April 2019.

It said as a result, Health Canada put on hold roughly 5,200 kilograms of CannTrust products from that facility, and the licensed producer put a voluntary hold on an additional 7,500 kilograms of pot products which were also linked.

CannTrust’s chief executive Peter Aceto has said that represented the “majority” of its inventory and warned of potential shortages ahead.

Earlier Thursday, Stenocare, CannTrust Holdings Inc.’s Danish partner, quarantined more medical pot products linked to illegal cultivation at the Canadian company’s greenhouse and warned of possible shortages in Denmark as a result.

Stenocare said contrary to the initial information it got from the licensed producer, it has now received documentation that shows that five batches of the Danish company’s inventory originated in growing rooms that did not have government approval.

“As a result of the new information, all products delivered from Stenocare relating to the batches in question will be put in quarantine, which means that they will be isolated and blocked from being sold until the Canadian health authorities, Health Canada and the Danish Medicines Agency have concluded in the matter,” the company said in a statement.

Stenocare, which caters to medical cannabis patients, added that “most, yet not all” of the CannTrust products in its inventory and that it has supplied to the Danish market since June 10 are linked to the unlicensed cannabis cultivation.

It was a reversal of Stenocare’s comments earlier this week when it said only one “very small” batch was connected to the unlicensed growing, which Health Canada continues to investigate.

CannTrust announced a joint venture with Stenocare that saw it receive a 25 per cent equity stake in the Danish company in March 2018 and made its first shipment of cannabis oil to Denmark in September 2018.

The company was not immediately available to comment on Thursday. Peter Aceto said on Monday that “mistakes” were made but CannTrust is working to get back into compliance with Health Canada and is conducting a thorough review to determine what transpired.

Stenocare said it was in close dialogue with the Danish Medicines Agency, which regulates medicinal products in the country, about the matter.

“The most likely consequences from this new situation is that there will be a temporary shortage of medical cannabis products to the Danish market,” the company said in a statement. “This will have negative financial consequences to Stenocare irrespective of the fact that CannTrust is contractually committed to deliver fully licensed and approved products.”

CannTrust’s shares closed down 1.94 per cent to $4.04 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday. That’s sharply down from its closing share price of $6.46 the previous Friday, before CannTrust disclosed Health Canada’s findings on Monday.

Stenocare’s wider quarantine comes one day after authorities in Alberta and Ontario pulled or put on hold CannTrust’s products until Health Canada completes its investigation.

The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Authority on Wednesday said it was placing the affected lots of CannTrust’s products on hold as a precautionary measure. The decision impacts online product available through AlbertaCannabis.org and AGLC distribution.

“It is at the discretion of privately licensed Alberta retailers to work in consultation with CannTrust and Health Canada to determine whether they will continue to sell existing inventory, should they have affected products,” said Heather Holmen, an AGLC spokeswoman, in an emailed statement.

Earlier Wednesday, the Ontario Cannabis Store said it had removed certain CannTrust Products from its online store and distribution to physical outlets.

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Injured bat handled by at least 1 in Manassas tests positive for rabies – WTOP

July 11th, 2019

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Did you touch an injured bat in Manassas on Saturday afternoon? If so, you’re at high risk for contracting rabies.

On Saturday, July 6 around 1:40 p.m., city animal control officers were called to Calico Jack’s at 9115 Center St. for a report of an injured bat. The bat later tested positive for rabies, the city said in a news release.

It’s believed one or more people physically handled the bat prior to law-enforcement arrival. Anyone who came in contact with the bat is at high-risk for contracting rabies and high-risk for serious health issues.

“Only individuals in physical contact with the animal are at risk and there are no health risks to the general public,” the news release said.

Anyone who came in contact with the bat is asked to immediately call the Prince William Health District at 703-792-7329 and Manassas Animal Control at 703-257-8102.

The city reminds people to never handle bats or other wild animals.

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Lil Wayne says he “might be” quitting co-headlining tour with blink-182 – Brooklyn Vegan

July 11th, 2019

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blink-182 and Lil Wayne began their-less-weird-than-it-seems joint co-headlining tour (where blink-182 are performing Enema of the State in full, like they did at Warped Tour) late in June, but after Thursday (7/11) night’s show, the two bands may be going their separate ways. As Exclaim points out, and you can watch video of below, Lil Wayne gave a short speech part of the way into his brief set at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA, where he suggested he might quit the tour. “Please forgive me,” he said, “but I am so not used to performing to a crowd and there’s not too many, you know, like still, that’s not my swag.”

“I’m not sure how long I’m going to be able to do this tour,” he continued, “but make some noise for blink-182 for including me anyway. This might be my last night though, let’s go.” He then reportedly walked off after performing four songs.

Many attendees took to social media to express their frustration at Lil Wayne’s shortened set; read some of their tweets below.

No official word about the status of the tour going forward has been released. Stay tuned for updates.

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YouTube Adds Enhanced Features To Goose Content Creator Monetization Efforts – Deadline

July 11th, 2019

Under fire from blockchain upstarts and big tech firms that are trying to chip away at its dominance among video influencers and other content creators, YouTube today has announced several enhancements to the ways its content creators can generate revenue.

The announcements came at the VidCon convention in Anaheim, Calif. The products include:

*** Super Stickers: Launching in the next few months, fans will be able to purchase animated stickers during live streams and premieres in order to demonstrate their love for creators and their content;

*** Enhanced Channel Memberships: YouTube already allows creators to set up subscriptions allowing users to gain access to special features. It’s now expanding that into levels, where creators can set up to five different price points for memberships, each level carrying different incentives. Fans can now opt to pay a $4.99 Channel Membership subscription for badges, emojis and access to exclusive live streams and extra videos.

*** Enhanced Merch Shelf Partners: YouTube already helps creators sell t-shirts, hats and other merchandise. Now, it has added more partners, including Crowdmade, DFTBA, Fanjoy, Represent and Rooster Teeth.

*** Learning Playlists:  A new feature that allows educational video creators to divide videos into chapters, spotlighting key concepts and allowing progress from beginners through advanced. YouTube has enlisted a limited number of partners for the new feature, including Khan Academy, TED-Ed, The Coding Train and Crash Course.

*** YouTube Giving – This fundraising tool is exiting beta and will launch in the next few months. Fans can click a donate button to send money to the nonprofit the content creator wants to spotlight.

YouTube also announced some changes to its copyright infringement tools. Copyright owners must now indicate the timestamp in the video using their content, while content creators can use an enhanced tool to more easily remove any infringing material.

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