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Woman testifies she was abused by R. Kelly in infamous sex tape, had sex “hundreds” of times when she was a minor



Content warning: This article discusses the alleged sexual abuse of a minor.

A woman has identified herself as the underage girl in the footage that formed the basis of R. Kelly‘s child pornography trial in the 2000s, telling a courtroom she was repeatedly sexually abused by the singer while she was a minor.

As the Chicago Tribune reports, the woman appeared in a Chicago federal court on Thursday (August 18) to give testimony in the disgraced R&B singer’s current trial, in which he is charged with 13 counts of production of child pornography, conspiracy to produce child pornography and conspiracy to obstruct justice. The singer has denied all accusations.

Identified only as Jane, the woman told the court that she was 14 years old when she first had sexual contact with Kelly – whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly – after meeting him approximately a year earlier. When she turned 15, the sex acts allegedly escalated to intercourse, and they had sex “hundreds” of times following that.

Jane, now 37 years old, told the court that sometimes those sexual interactions would include other underage girls, at Kelly’s request. Two of those women, a schoolmate of Jane’s identified with the pseudonym Pinky, and a woman whose pseudonym is Brittany, are also expected to testify in the trial along with two other unnamed accusers.

When Jane took the stand on Thursday, it was the first time she’d publicly testified that it was her in videos that show Kelly allegedly engaging in sex acts with an underage girl. These were reportedly filmed in the late 1990s, when Jane was 14-years-old. In one of the videos, Jane and Kelly are seen having oral sex in the living room of his home in Lakeview, she claimed, before Kelly urinates on her.

In a separate video from the same period, Kelly can be seen handing the girl money. When asked why this was, Jane replied: “Because if anyone saw the tape… he wanted it to appear like I was a prostitute.”

The footage first emerged in 2002, when it was anonymously mailed to reporter Jim DeRogatis, with the Chicago Sun-Times breaking the story. Kelly was charged with making child pornography that year, but Chicago police had begun investigating Jane and Kelly’s relationship two years earlier. At the time, she denied to police that her and Kelly had any inappropriate relationship.

In April of 2002, Jane again refused to testify against Kelly during the singer’s trial over charges relating to the video, lying to jurors and denying they had a sexual relationship, or that she was the girl in the videos. On Thursday, she said Kelly had coached her on what to say, allegedly emphasising “how strong and stern I had to be in denying our relationship and the sex tape”.

On Thursday, Jane testified that, prior to her taking the stand in 2002, Kelly had flown her and her parents out of the country so they were not accessible to investigators. She went on to say that upon their return, Kelly’s legal team pressured her to hand over evidence such as a necklace of hers that can be seen in the tape, which she did.

Jane said that while Kelly was awaiting trial, she moved into his mansion, where he allegedly became physically abusive – particularly when she tried to leave the residence. She ultimately moved out when she was approximately 23 or 24.

In 2008, Kelly was acquitted of all 14 counts by a Chicago jury, with Jane’s refusal to participate being a major contributing factor. “I was afraid to expose Robert. I also did not want that person to be me. I was ashamed,” she explained when asked why she lied under oath. Her cooperation with law enforcement in the current case comes in exchange for immunity from being prosecuted for perjury in relation to her earlier statements.

Thursday also saw retired Chicago police detective Daniel Everett, who first questioned Jane and her parents in 2000, called to the stand. He claimed that after seeing the sex tape footage, he recognised Jane from their previous conversations a year earlier.

Jane will return to the witness stand on Friday (August 19), when she will be cross-examined by Kelly’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean.

Kelly is one of three co-defendants in the current Chicago trial, along with his former business manager Derrel McDavid and Milton “June” Brown. It’s alleged the latter two men were involved with attempting to cover up Kelly’s years of alleged sexual abuse of underage girls. All three have pleaded not guilty.

Kelly’s trial in Chicago comes after he was sentenced to 30 years in prison in June, following his conviction by a federal jury in New York last year, on separate charges of sex trafficking and racketeering. He and his team are appealing the verdict of that case.

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Sam Ryder discusses fronting Texas hardcore band Close Your Eyes



Sam Ryder has told NME of his past fronting a Texan hardcore band called Close Your Eyes.

The pop star and UK Eurovision entrant is NME‘s Big Read cover star for Christmas 2022, and talked about his Number One album ‘There’s Nothing But Space, Man!’ as well as his journey to get there.

Ryder began playing in the band The Morning After as a teenager – he described their music as “Iron Maiden wannabe… not as good” – saying: “It was really fun. I have such fond memories of, like, thinking I was writing these songs that were going to change the world but [which] really weren’t.

“But that’s an important part of being in a band. I think when you’re that young, you’ve got to have that belief that you’re doing something good.”

After that, the singer linked up with Texas hardcore band Close Your Eyes as their frontman. He explained: “I was a singer, songwriter [and] really part of those guys. And it was a hardcore punk band, which was something totally new for me.”

Of how he joined the band, Ryder went on: “I heard they needed a singer so I sent them a clip of me singing. In that scene, there are so many singers who are really great at screaming – you know, the hardcore punk vocals. I wasn’t necessarily great at that, but I was good at clean singing.”

He said he stood out as a candidate because “there weren’t as many strong clean singers on the scene. And I just thought, ‘I’ll deal with the screaming thing as and when it comes!’”

Discussing his stint on 2014’s Warped Tour with the band, Ryder told NME: “I was the only person on that tour who managed to shower every single day.

“The showers on that tour – they’re the grossest thing on earth, you don’t want to go near them,” he says. “So instead, I’d walk the perimeter of the stadium [we were playing at] and try to find a little faucet or a tap. I’d be rooting up the sprinkler system if I had to!”

This month (December 9), Ryder released his debut album, ‘There’s Nothing But Space, Man!’. Reviewing the album, NME wrote: “The odd well-intentioned platitude hardly spoils an album of killer choruses on which Ryder’s infectious likeability shines through at all times.

“Next time he might want to chuck in a few more curveballs, but for now, ‘There’s Nothing But Space, Man!’ sounds like the beginning of what could be a really stellar career.”

Ryder has also revealed the impact a surfing accident had on his life. The accident happened when the Eurovision runner-up was on holiday in Hawaii four years ago, and led him to re-evaluate his life, pushing him to put more effort into his music career.

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Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock shares update on progress of solo music



Little Mix‘s Leigh-Anne Pinnock has shared an update on the progress of her first music as a solo artist.

The girl group went on indefinite hiatus earlier this year after their tour in support of their most recent album ‘Confetti’. Pinnock has since been preparing to embark on a solo career and has been working with the producer Hit-Boy, who has previously worked with Beyonce and Rihanna.

Now, Pinnock has said in a newsletter that she will give fans “as much music as I can” when it’s ready. “I’ve been working really hard on music that’s coming together slowly but surely. I’m so happy with what we’ve made so far but I know there’s much more to do,” she wrote.

“I’ve been so lucky to work with some incredible songwriters, producers and creatives so far and I can’t wait for you to hear what we’ve made.”

She added: “I’ve got some exciting projects I can’t wait to share with you all, and of course, I’ll be giving you as much music as I can as soon as it’s ready.”

Pinnock has also taken a step into the acting world. She appeared in the Christmas rom-com Boxing Day last year, which was the first UK Christmas film to feature an all-Black cast.

Speaking to NME about how Little Mix bandmates Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards reacted to the news, Pinnock said: “They were so happy for me. They’re going to be at the premiere. Honestly, they’re just so proud.

“We’re very supportive of what we all do individually and we all just want each other to win, because then we all win. It’s lovely and it’s going to be amazing having them there next to me supporting me. It’s going to be a very emotional night.”

Pinnock’s bandmate Jade Thirlwall is also going solo, having signed a global deal with RCA earlier this year.

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The Strokes discuss “magical” experience working with Rick Rubin on new album



The Strokes have discussed the “magical” experience of working with Rick Rubin on their upcoming new album.

  • READ MORE: The Strokes’ world-changing ‘Is This It’ at 20: “They had a ‘last gang in town’ mentality”

The band recently completed a recording session with the legendary producer in the mountains of Costa Rica. “We rented this house up on the top of a mountain and set the band up outside,” Rubin explained while appearing on The Joe Rogan Experience.

“So they’re playing… It’s like they’re doing a concert for the ocean, on the top of a mountain,” he added. “It was incredible. And we did that every day, playing out in the [open], and they didn’t want to leave. It was, like, the best experience.”

Discussing the experience further in a new chat with Maxim, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. said: “I don’t think if I told you what it looked like and what it was, you’d fully understand the ‘magical-ness’ of where we were and how it was to record like that.

“It felt really touching that one of his favourite recording experiences was this one he just had right now.”

Of the band’s future, Hammond added: “I really think what excites me about wanting to play music and continue doing it is, I don’t think we’ve written our best songs yet. I really feel that in my gut.”

Rubin and The Strokes first joined forces in 2017, when they began working on ‘The New Abnormal’. The album was released in April of 2020 as their sixth full-length effort, supported by singles like ‘At The Door’, ‘Bad Decisions’, ‘Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus’ and ‘The Adults Are Talking’.

Elsewhere, the band recently announced plans to release a special vinyl box set featuring singles from their first three albums, B-sides and rarities.

‘The Singles – Volume 01’, which is released on February 24, 2023 via RCA Records/Legacy Recordings, features every 7 inch single from their 2001 debut ‘Is This It’, 2003 follow-up ‘Room On Fire’ and 2006’s ‘First Impressions of Earth’ as well as rare B-sides from the original single releases.

All ten singles will be pressed on black vinyl, with the artwork from each original release replicated in the package. It is available to pre-order here now.

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