Category Archives: Celebrities

R. Kelly Held Without Bond

(Chicago, IL-AP) — R-and-B singer R Kelly is staying behind bars. A federal judge ordered he be held without bond on sex crime charges.

This means Kelly will be taken from Chicago to New York to face a separate count of allegedly sexually abusing girls across the country. Kelly was arrested Thursday evening and faces a total of 18 charges in Chicago and New York.

Kelly’s attorney argue there’s no evidence he’s a risk to children, but prosecutors say the 52-year-old is an “extreme danger.”

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R. Kelly Due In Chicago Federal Court Today

(Chicago, IL-AP) – R. Kelly is expected to appear in a Chicago federal courtroom today. The singer is charged with federal sex crimes and racketeering in two separate indictments filed last week in Chicago and Brooklyn, New York.

The judge is expected to consider whether the R&B star should be freed from jail as he awaits trial. Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti represents three victims in the federal cases.

He claims Kelly paid two-million-dollars to keep the alleged victim and her family off the witness stand in the 2008 child pornography trial that ended with the singer’s acquittal.

Meghan Markle Finally Meets Beyonce At Lion King Premiere

(London) –– British royalty meets Hollywood royalty at the Lion King premiere in London. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were at the premiere last night, and mingled with Lion King star Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z.

Beyonce reportedly talked with the Duchess of Sussex about her new baby, Archie. Other celebrities at the premiere included Seth Rogen, Elton John, Taron Egerton and Vin Diesel. The new live-action version of The Lion King hits U.S. theaters this Thursday.

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Robert Downey Jr. Got A Blockbuster Payout For Endgame

(MSN) – Avengers: Endgame‘s success at the box office made for an even bigger payday for star Robert Downey Jr.

Downey, who made his 9th appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Endgame, has made $75 million now that the movie has found blockbuster success at the office, according to a new report from Forbes. The Iron Man actor had a salary of $20 million up front, while his 8% in back-end points once the movie hit theaters brought him an additional $55 million, per the outlet.

Avengers: Endgame shattered box office records, starting with its astronomical $1.2 billion opening weekend worldwide. It’s gone on to earn $2.7 billion at the box office, trailing just $14.6 million behind 2009’s Avatar for the highest grossing movie of all time.

Downey first joined the universe in 2008 with the first Iron Man film.

“The percent of budget cost have certainly skewed heavy, particularly on the Avengers movies, to cast now, whereas maybe in the early ones it was more visual effects or below the line,” Marvel president Kevin Feige told Forbes in 2017. “But that’s okay because [the actors] are the best effects.”

Downey, who has starred as Iron Man since the release of his 2008 film, also earned $5 million for 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for three days of work, according to The Hollywood Reporter earlier this year.

Downey Jr. isn’t the only star set to make some serious cash: THR also reports that Scarlett Johansson will be returning to her Black Widow character for a 2020 standalone film for which she is reportedly making around $20 million.

Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans were also able to renegotiate their Marvel contracts to place themselves within the earning range of $15 million to $20 million for Infinity War and Endgame, according to THR.

California Cannabis Company Partners With Rapper Jay Z

(San Jose, CA-AP) — Music mogul Jay Z is partnering with a California cannabis company. Caliva has been in business in San Jose for four years and announced this week that the famed rapper is taking on the role of the company’s chief brand strategist.

A Caliva spokesperson tells KRON 4 that it came as quite a surprise when Jay Z called and offered to work with them. In addition to being a billionaire rapper, Jay Z is known for his fight for social justice reform, particularly helping those jailed on drug charges get back into the workforce, including the legal weed business.

Autopsy To Be Performed On Disney Star

(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — Los Angeles County coroners plan to conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death of Cameron Boyce. The 20-year-old Disney Channel star died following a seizure in his sleep. A family spokesperson told ABC News the seizure was caused by an “ongoing medical condition.”

The L.A. native is best known for his role in the TV series “Jessie.” Boyce also appeared in the big screen features “Grown Ups 2,” “Mirrors” and the “Descendants” film franchise.

Former “Grown Ups” co-star Adam Sandler tweeted this morning that Boyce was “just the nicest, most talented and most decent kid around” who “cared so much about his family.”

Kevin Spacey Accuser Takes The 5th

(Nantucket, MA-AP) — The accuser in the Kevin Spacey sexual assault trial in Massachusetts is invoking the 5th Amendment. At a pretrial hearing in Nantucket today, attorneys for Spacey pressed 21-year-old William Little about his cellphone and why it’s missing.

Prosecutors believe there are text messages on the phone that bolster his accusations against Spacey, while the defense claims there are messages that help the actor. Last week, Little dropped his civil suit against Spacey.

Little accuses the actor of inappropriately touching him at a restaurant three years ago while he was working as a bus boy.

Chicago Police Release Jussie Smollett Investigation Footage

(Chicago, IL-AP) — Newly-released police body-cam footage of Jussie Smollett shows the actor with an alleged noose around his neck. Chicago police have released around 70 hours of video footage and hundreds of files from the investigation into Smollett’s alleged attack earlier this year.

Some of the video shows him with a white rope looped around his neck, which he said his alleged attackers had placed on him. He can also be heard telling officers he had bleach poured on him, and asking them not to film him. Smollett was indicted on multiple felony accounts for allegedly staging the attack, but the charges were later dropped.

A special prosecutor will now be investigating the handling of the case, which could result in new charges against the actor.

Cardi B Indicted In NYC Assault Case

(Queens, NY-AP) — Rapper Cardi B is being indicted in her assault case in New York City. Prosecutors had decided to present her case to a grand jury but it’s not clear what formal charges she faces with the case set to be unsealed next week.

In April the 26-year-old performer rejected a plea deal that would have kept her out of jail and reduced the charges in her case. S

he’s accused of attacking two female bartenders at a strip club in Queens last summer.

{WATCH} Video Could Support Cuba Gooding Jr.’s Not Guilty Plea

(New York, NY) – Cuba Gooding Jr. turned himself in to New York authorities Thursday after a woman claims he groped her breast in a Midtown Bar.

Gooding has maintained his innocence after the woman, who hasn’t been identified, claimed she was trying to help the actor by giving him some water after noticing he was intoxicated.

Gooding has maintained his innocence and he’s hoping this surveillance video will clear his name.  On the footage, you see Cuba sitting with a woman who has reportedly been identified as his girlfriend when the alleged victim approaches him with a glass of water.

She sits down next to the couple and Cuba reaches out and touches her leg.  His hand then appears to move close to her chest, she grabs it, he then grabs her hand and kisses it.  Through it all, the woman never leaves….not even when another man approaches them and starts to dance provocatively in front of her. Cuba appears to touch that man too, as the guy continues to dance in front of them.

As you can imagine, shortly after a crowd starts to form around the actor. The woman is still sitting with them until Cuba suddenly darts away from the group.  Then and only then does the woman leave the scene.

She later reported the incident to authorities.  Cuba is being charged with a misdemeanor and is scheduled to appear in court later this month.