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R. Kelly charged with bribery over illegal Aaliyah marriage

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Federal prosecutors in New York filed a new indictment Thursday against R. Kelly stemming from his illegal marriage to singer Aaliyah D. Haughton.

The new charge alleges R. Kelly, real name Robert Sylvester Kelly, bribed an Illinois government employee for a “fraudulent identification document” for someone identified only as “Jane Doe” on Aug. 30, 1994, according to the Associated Press. One day later R. Kelly, then 27, married his 15-year-old protégée in a secret ceremony at a Chicago hotel. A source confirms to the New York Times “Jane Doe” is Aaliyah and that the document acquired was a fake ID used to obtain a marriage license that listed her age as 18.

R. Kelly’s attorney Douglas Anton called the latest charge against his client “ridiculous and absurd” in a statement to the AP. The embattled R&B singer has already been charged with racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and sexual exploitation in New York. He pleaded not guilty.

The “Ignition” crooner faced scrutiny for years over his relationship with Aaliyah. In Lifetime’s docuseries Surviving R. Kelly his former personal assistant, Demetrius Smith, claimed to have attended the wedding and admitted to helping obtain false documents for Aaliyah. Their marriage was eventually annulled. Aaliyah, known for hits “Rock the Boat,” “Try Again” and “Are You That Somebody” died in a plane crash in 2001 at age 22.

Aaliyah attends the 2000 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Studios on June 3, 2000 in Culver City, Calif. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Aaliyah’s family has stayed relatively quiet throughout R. Kelly’s #MeToo reckoning. However in January, her mother released a statement in the wake of Surviving R. Kelly saying she was tired of her daughter’s name being “dragged through the mud with lies.”

R. Kelly’s Chicago attorney, Steven Greenberg, previously claimed his client had “no idea” Aaliyah was underage when they wed.

“He was married to her when she was 15. Elvis was married to Priscilla,” he said on Good Morning America. “Except that my understanding is that she did not claim to be 15 and, in order to get married, she had to lie about her age. [He had] no idea.”

R. Kelly faces criminal charges in multiple cities across the country over his alleged sexual abuse of minors. The 52-year-old has denied all pedophilia claims. He is currently being held without bond and is scheduled to stand trial in Chicago in April on child pornography and obstruction of justice charges. If convicted in all cases he faces life in prison.

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Unode50 opens second store In Puerto Rico

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Madrid-born jewelry brand Unode50 is expanding its footprint in North America with the opening of its second store in Puerto Rico. 

Unode50 opens second store In Puerto Rico. – Facebook: Unode50

The new location opened at Plaza Del Caribe in Ponce, joining 23 other stores within North America. 

The store houses a full assortment of the Spanish jewelry brand’s women’s and men’s jewelry and watch collections, including limited edition pieces. 

In store, a small gallery is in fact dedicated to artwork handcrafted by the Unode50 Design Team. The limited edition 50-piece collection uses materials such as oak and walnut combined with contrasting metals and leather detailing – reflective of the brands aesthetic. 

“We could not be happier about the opening of our newest location in Puerto Rico, which we believe will complement our location in San Juan very nicely,” said Jason McNary, CEO of the Americas for Unode50, in a news statement. 

“Plaza Del Caribe in Ponce is a great retail destination for fashion and style. Puerto Rico has really been a tremendous market for us and we’re confident this location will serve us well as we continue to grow our retail footprint within North America and beyond.”  

The jewelry brand, founded by designer Jose Azulay, celebrated its 20th anniversary at the end of 2016. 
 
The company currently operates locations across North America and over 100 stores in main cities around the world, including Berlin, Madrid, Miami and Milan. 

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‘Arrow’ star Stephen Amell suffers panic attack during podcast

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Actor Stephen Amell’s recent appearance on the Inside of You podcast went much differently than expected, when the Arrow star began to have a panic attack.

Amell had wrapped his eighth and final season on the CW superhero series, only a couple of weeks before, and he was open about how tired he felt. “I just feel like I’ve been trying to do things for people for the past eight years, and I just need a f***ing break,” Amell told Smallville star-turned-podcaster Michael Rosenbaum. “I wanna be a dad. I wanna be a husband. I don’t even really want to talk to my friends that much. I just need a break, and I cried about it twice today.”

The two spoke at length about Amell’s struggle to break with the show and counseling, which Rosenbaum has endorsed, as an option.

Amell explained that he’d just spent two weeks on the couch, unable to do anything more, and that he hadn’t been eating during that time.

Rosenbaum reminded Amell that he would eventually feel better. He continued to talk up counseling, and he even suggested a specific doctor.

However, Amell needed to end the conversation when he began to sweat. Then, he said he was going to be sick.

“I might have to cut this short, man. I’m not feeling well at all,” Amell said.

He refuses Rosenbaum’s offer of Tylenol and water.

“No, I think I just gotta go,” he said.

Amell said he wanted to walk, despite Rosenbaum’s offer to give him a ride. The actor needed fresh air, he said.

He returned to the show two weeks later in a much different mental place.

“I went home, I laid on the couch, I had an IV service come to the house, and they just pumped me full of fluid and vitamins,” one of which made Amell sleep, he explained in a portion of the show recorded two weeks after his panic attack took place.

When he listened back to the first part of the show, he said, he could tell that his breathing was labored. Looking back, he thinks he should have canceled that appearance. He was just too exhausted, mentally as well as physically. He wasn’t working out the way he would have liked because of an injury.

Since the publicly documented panic attack, Amell said he’s been tracking his sleep and using the Calm app. He hasn’t sought a regular therapist, but he’s been talking to people. He’s also back in the gym, but taking it easy, with the support of his wife.

Amell said he had been ready to move on from Arrow after the seventh season. He signed on for another because it would have been, as he put it, “fiscally irresponsible” not to. Then he ended up having a blast and loving the finished product.

As for the two-part podcast that resulted from Amell’s panic attack, Rosenbaum explained that he’d given the star the option of tossing the whole thing out or simply tacking on a message about how he’s doing well now.

“Yeah, I think you look at him, you think, ‘This is just the perfect human being, the perfect specimen,” Rosenbaum said.

However, everyone involved thought they should air the part of the show about Amell’s struggles.

Fans were emphatically supportive.

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Best Day Dresses on Amazon 2020

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Just because it’s Winter doesn’t mean you have to give up on wearing cute dresses. There are plenty of sleeved styles that will keep you warm while still looking stylish. If you want to look at one site with endless options, you need to start doing your shopping on Amazon. It has a massive selection of clothing at a variety of price points.

Instead of spending all of your money in different places, you can buy a few at one retailer. Plus, if you have Amazon Prime, you can get free two-day shipping. So quit putting off your Summer shopping, and stock up on our favorite dresses. It will be the smartest decision you make all season.



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