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R. Kelly Indicted On 10 Felony Counts Of Aggravated Sexual Abuse With Minors

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R. Kelly Indicted On 10 Felony Counts Of Aggravated Sexual Abuse With Minors
Updated with details from news conference: Rumors about R. Kelly and underage girls have swirled since the 1990s, and today the singer is facing a 10-count indictment of aggravated criminal sexual assault involving minors in Illinois.

Robert Kelly is in police custody, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said in a news conference today that the singer is expected to appear in count Saturday afternoon for a bond hearing.

The indictment comes after interest is the case was reignited by the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, which Lifetime aired in January, and a claim by Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti that he has uncovered a video showing Kelly involved in sex acts with a 14-year-old girl.

In response to press inquiries, attached is a stmt regarding our work on the R. Kelly matter since April, including the discovery of new critical video evidence establishing his guilt. We will continue
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Jussie Smollett Removed From Final ‘Empire’ Season 5 Episodes Following Arrest

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Jussie Smollett Removed From Final ‘Empire’ Season 5 Episodes Following Arrest
Jussie Smollett has been removed from the final Season 5 episodes of the Fox series “Empire” in the wake of his arrest Thursday morning.

“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us” said series executives Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer. “Jussie has been an important member of our ‘Empire’ family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”

Fox had previously issued multiple statements in support of Smollett,
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Jussie Smollett Returns To ‘Empire’ Set After Bail Hearing

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Jussie Smollett Returns To ‘Empire’ Set After Bail Hearing
Jussie Smollett, the Empire star who was arrested Thursday on a felony charge in the wake of allegedly planning a January attack on himself, went directly to the Fox series’ Chicago set after his bail hearing this afternoon, Deadline has confirmed.

Smollett was released on $100,000 bail and had his passport revoked during the court appearance. His defense lawyers insisted during the hearing that Smollett needed to get back to work on Empire, which was continuing production today.

What he will do there — today, or going forward — remains unclear. Smollett’s upcoming scenes on Empire were reduced or cut amid the investigation, so it’s not clear if he will get back in front of the camera anytime soon. Producer 20th Century Fox TV and Fox Entertainment issued a statement today saying “We understand the seriousness of this matter and we respect the legal process. We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.
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16 Netflix Original Films That Are Required Watching This March

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A new month is almost here, which means a whole new batch of Netflix original films will soon be available to stream. This month's offerings include a cartel thriller with an insanely stacked cast, a wild Mötley Crüe biopic that might just rival Bohemian Rhapsody, and the most expensive Malaysian film ever made, as well as films from France, Mexico, Spain, Japan, India, Malawi, and more. If you're looking for a good excuse (or 16 good excuses) to cancel all of your plans this March, read on to see all the movies you need to check out next month.

Related: 31 of the Best Movies on Netflix Right Now
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R. Kelly Has Been Indicted and Charged With Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

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R. Kelly Has Been Indicted and Charged With Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse
After nearly two decades of sexual abuse allegations, R. Kelly has been charged. According to the Chicago Tribune, on Feb. 22 the musician was officially indicted on multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse based on court records. "The four separate indictments charged Kelly with a combined 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse occurring between 1998 and 2010. Three of the indictments refer to minors who were aged 13 to 16 at the time of the alleged sexual misconduct," the site reported. The news was confirmed on Friday when Chicago's Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx addressed the media.

In January, Lifetime's documentary series Surviving R. Kelly exposed the horrific never-before-heard stories about the singer's alleged abuse, and it shed more light on the #MuteRKelly movement, started in 2017. Musicians like Lady Gaga, who worked with R. Kelly in the past, spoke out condemning his actions and boycotting his music.

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Meghan and Harry's New Home Has a Fascinating History

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When they're not packing their royal diaries with engagements or enjoying the final months of their first pregnancy, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are busy getting ready for another major change. Meghan and Harry are about to leave London and move into Frogmore Cottage near Windsor Castle. Their new home is a small part of the vast estate that spreads out from the ancient royal home, while the area of it known as Frogmore has centuries of royal connections, which is why it might surprise you to find out that Harry and Meghan will be the first of the younger generation of royals to settle down there.

The couple have already shown how much they love Frogmore by posing for their official engagement portraits there and then holding their evening reception at the grand, 17th century house, which dominates this part of the Windsor estate.

Frogmore House has a
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The Very Intense Way The Masked Singer Contestants Keep Their Identities a Secret

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The Very Intense Way The Masked Singer Contestants Keep Their Identities a Secret
All but three of the celebrities competing on The Masked Singer have been unveiled so far, which begs the question: how has the Fox reality show managed to keep the identities of the competitors a secret all this time? In an age of social media leaks, sneaky cell phone photos, and even audience members with big mouths, it's shocking that the network hasn't experienced a premature reveal yet.

While The Masked Singer hasn't gone to the lengths Game of Thrones has quite yet - self-destructing scripts are a bit much, no? - the singing competition is still on high alert, and has a set of rules to make sure the stars who perform on stage under those outlandish costumes stay anonymous.

"We take no chances and assume everyone is a spy," host Nick Cannon said in a recently released video detailing the show's "costume and security protocol." He goes on
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Before He Was a Backstreet Boy, Kevin Richardson Met His Wife at the Happiest Place on Earth

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Quite a few of the Backstreet Boys met their wives through the group, but Kevin Richardson actually met his before he was a boy-bander. Before rising to fame with Bsb, the singer met his wife Kristin when he was still working at Disney World in 1993; Kevin played Aladdin, while Kristin was Belle from Beauty and the Beast. After almost seven years of dating, the couple announced their engagement on MTV in February 2000 and married in June 2000 in Kentucky.

Since then, the couple has expanded their family and have two sons: Mason, who was born in July 2007, and Maxwell, who was born in July 2013. While they have given us plenty glimpses of their love over the years, they also share some adorable family photos on social media. See some of their best moments ahead!

Related: The 5 Lucky Ladies Who Married the Backstreet Boys
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Ice Cube, LL Cool J Get Billion Dollar Backing In Quest to Buy Sports TV Stations

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Ice Cube, LL Cool J Get Billion Dollar Backing In Quest to Buy Sports TV Stations
Ice Cube and LL Cool J just got major reinforcements in the pursuit of sports TV supremacy -- we're told they just secured several Billion dollar commitments in their push to buy a group of regional sports channels.  As we previously reported, the rap legends are part of a powerful group -- including the BIG3 and billionaire Alex and Ani jewelry founder Carolyn Rafaelian-- looking to bid on a block of 22 regional sports channels, including the Yes Network.
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Loved Vice? Check Out Christian Bale's Other Movies on Netflix

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Loved Vice? Check Out Christian Bale's Other Movies on Netflix
After his gripping performance in this year's Academy Award-nominated movie Vice, we almost forgot that Christian Bale not only looks nothing like Dick Cheney but also has quite the acting résumé. Actually, sometimes we even have a tough time remembering that he's British.

While we wait to see whether or not Bale will get the chance to make another startling acceptance speech, we have been checking out the actor's other notable films. Thankfully, Netflix makes it easy with several enticing options.
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The Reason Susan Kelechi Watson Didn't Use a Stunt Double For Beth's Dancing Scenes

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The Reason Susan Kelechi Watson Didn't Use a Stunt Double For Beth's Dancing Scenes
When This Is Us revealed that Beth runs a dance studio in the flash forward, we were all left scratching our heads, but now things are finally starting to make sense. In the Beth-centric episode, "Our Little Island Girl," we learn more about the fan-favorite character's backstory and how she actually wanted to be a professional ballerina when she was younger. Though she eventually gives up those dreams to go to college (where she meets and falls in love with Randall), it seems like she's going back to her roots to become a dance instructor.

In the final scene from the episode, we see Beth reconnect with her old self in a beautiful way as she dances in a studio. As she loses herself in the moves, we couldn't help but wonder if that was really Susan Kelechi Watson dancing. Well, it turns out the actress has a lot in common with her character.
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The Oscars Are Coming - Make Sure You Print Out Your Own Ballot For the Big Night!

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The Oscars will sweep into Hollywood on Feb. 24, and you have a bit of planning to do before it happens.

Not only do you need to dust off your fake Oscar and take your red carpet-worthy gown for its annual dry cleaning, but you also need to prepare an acceptance speech for when you reign supreme at your Oscars party for guessing the most correct winners of the evening. While we sadly don't have any fake trophies or award season gowns on hand, we can help you out with the latter part of your night.

After you've taken a thorough look at all the nominated movies that are in the running this year and make your picks on our Oscar ballot, we have another very important accessory for the glitzy night: your own printable ballot. Handy, huh? Just click here to download one - and make sure you print out enough for your friends!
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This Is Us Finally Gives Us a Clue About Where Randall Went to College and How He Met Beth

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This Is Us Finally Gives Us a Clue About Where Randall Went to College and How He Met Beth
This Is Us is delving deeper into Beth's past this season, and as a result, we're learning more about the beginnings of her love story with Randall. While we know they met in college, where exactly the two went to school has been a bit fuzzy - until now. In the episode "Our Little Island Girl," we learn that Beth gave up her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina to go to college. As Mrs. Clarke (played by Phylicia Rashad) drops a young Beth off for a freshman college mixer, she actually ends up bumping into Randall in the process.

While Randall initially had his sights set on Howard University, a historically black university in Washington DC, it seems like he may have decided to go somewhere closer to home after his father's death. In the scene between teenage Beth and Randall in episode 13, you can just make out a
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5 Great Horror Books That Have Already Been Released in 2019

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Is there anything better than the sort of nail-biting, spine-tingling book that keeps you reading all night and still thinking about the story long after you finish? You may think there's nothing scarier than a classic horror flick, but believe it or not, an excellent horror novel can be even more terrifying. If you can't get enough of suspicious neighbors, missing children, and unreliable narrators, then read on to see the books we've deemed the best horror books of the year so far. Be warned: you're definitely in for a good scare (as well as some sleepless nights).

Related: 14 Horror Movies Everyone Will Be Talking About in 2019
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How Princess Diana's Birthplace Carries On Her Good Work to This Day

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She wasn't born royal, but Diana, Princess of Wales, arrived in a rather regal setting. The princess came into the world in a home built by a future king on the grounds of one of the House of Windsor's most famous residences, and during her early years, the queen was one of her neighbors!

Diana was born at Park House on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. The sand-colored Victorian building, with its huge bay windows, is very close to Elizabeth II's home Sandringham House. Park House was built in the 1860s when the queen's great-grandfather, the future Edward VII, settled there, and Diana's birthplace was originally designed to house guests and staff who couldn't fit into the main residence.

In 1961, Park House was being leased by John, Viscount Althorp, and his wife, Frances, who had close links to the royal family. Frances, Viscountess Althorp, had been born at the house in 1936 as her own parents,
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R. Kelly Charged With 10 Counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

R. Kelly Charged With 10 Counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse
R. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Illinois' Cook County, E! News has learned. Documents show that there are four alleged victims, with nine of Kelly's counts involving alleged victims ranging in age from 13 to 16. In the state of Illinois, the charge of criminal sexual abuse is a class 2 felony, with each charge carrying a maximum of three to seven years in prison sentence. TMZ reported early Friday that two women had testified before a grand jury in Chicago, alleging that R. Kelly had sex with minors, with one of the women reportedly turning over physical evidence. According to the outlet, one of the alleged victims testified that she was underage when she had sex...
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Angelina Jolie and Her Kids Have a Night Out at a Museum - Omg, They're So Grown-Up

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Angelina Jolie and Her Kids Have a Night Out at a Museum - Omg, They're So Grown-Up
Angelina Jolie is very private when it comes to her family life, so the brood's latest appearance is definitely a treat! On Thursday night, the 43-year-old actress and humanitarian had a special night out at a museum with four of her six kids (whom she shares with ex-husband Brad Pitt), Maddox, 17, Pax, 15, Zahara, 14, and Shiloh, 12. Can you almost all of them are teenagers now?! How time flies! The family attended the opening of the Museum of Modern Art's Doc Fortnight and the premiere of artist Prune Nourry's Serendipity documentary. Angelina and her kids all color-coordinated their outfits in black and showed a united front as they wrapped their arms around each other while posing for photos. Unfortunately, 10-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne weren't in attendance.

Angelina and Brad are still in the process of "working through things regarding the kids and the divorce." The last time we saw
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Miley Cyrus Admits She Might Not Have Married Liam Hemsworth If It Wasn't For California Wildfires

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Miley Cyrus Admits She Might Not Have Married Liam Hemsworth If It Wasn't For California Wildfires
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth seem closer than ever since they got married in December, but their marriage didn't come without a few trials beforehand. Nearly a month before tying the knot, the couple's Malibu home was destroyed in the California wildfires. Though it was a heartbreaking loss, it actually ended up bringing them closer together. During a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart" singer admitted that they might not have even tied the knot if the fire didn't happen.

"I'm not sure without losing Malibu, we would've been ready to take this step or ever even gotten married, who can say?" Miley said. "But the timing felt right and I go with my heart. No one is promised the next day, or the next, so I try to be 'in the now' as much as possible." During the time of the wildfires, Miley and
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All the Dazzling Details We Have About The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3

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All the Dazzling Details We Have About The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3
Get ready for even more laughs, because The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will be back for another season. The Amazon original series was picked up for season three back in May 2018, and now we're finally getting a few details about what lies in store for Midge Maisel and her family. While an official release date hasn't been announced quite yet, filming is set to start very soon. Not to mention, the Maisel clan is heading to a new location for the upcoming season. Get all the details ahead!

Related: Once You've Watched All of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Check Out These 10 Shows
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Meghan Markle Is About to Shake Up the Royal Family - Again

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Meghan Markle Is About to Shake Up the Royal Family - Again
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child together, and the Duchess of Sussex recently revealed that we can expect the royal bundle of joy sometime in late April. Much is sure to be said about the queen's eighth great-grandchild, especially when you consider the fact that Meghan and Harry's little boy or girl will be making royal history.

When Meghan gives birth this Spring, her and Harry's child will be the first British-American baby born into the royal family. Though Meghan formally applied for British citizenship after her engagement to Harry in late 2017, it won't be approved before the baby comes - Meghan needs to live in the UK continuously for five years before she can apply for an "indefinite leave to remain." Renouncing citizenship from a country can be a pretty tricky process, and it's still unknown whether Meghan plans to keep her American status.

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