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R Kelly faces years in jail as he’s sentenced for racketeering and sex trafficking
multiple counts of racketeering, with the charges relating to bribery and forced labour, by a jury in September last year.Kelly, 55, was also found in violation of an anti-sex trafficking law known as the Mann Act.The singer, who denied all charges, was found guilty on all nine counts against him following a six-week trial in Brooklyn, New York.His conviction carries a minimum sentence of 10 years, but he may receive a sentence of up to life imprisonment for his crimes.Federal prosecutors have asked for a sentence ‘in excess of 25 years’ though the singer’s own lawyers have asked he receive under 10.Several victims of his abuses are expected to give victim impact statements to the court, and Kelly himself may even make statements, having declined to take the stand during the trial.The singer – real name Robert Sylvester Kelly – has been detained at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn since the verdict.As the US singer found fame after he performed on the talent TV show Big Break as part of the group MGM in 1989, but he left the group in 1993 to launch his solo career.Kelly’s debut solo album 12 Play was released in November of that year, which featured his first number one hit Bump N’ Grind.In 1998, he was nominated for several Grammy awards for his song I Believe I Can Fly, which won him best male R&B vocal performance, best R&B song and best song written for a motion picture, television or other visual media.The song became an inspirational anthem played at school graduations, weddings, advertisements and elsewhere, including the inauguration of former US president Barack Obama in 2008.Kelly went on to release a total of six studio albums and worked with famous faces in the music industry including Jay-Z,
The Obamas’ Higher Ground production company signs multi-year deal with Audible
Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground production company is heading to Amazon’s Audible platform.Following the end of a three-year deal with Spotify, the Obamas have reportedly inked an exclusive multi-year, first-look deal with the Amazon-owned platform.While firm details surrounding the Obamas’ new deal with Audible remain unclear at this time, comments from Michelle Obama hint at the possibility of their content with Audible being released on multiple streaming platforms.The Audible deal will see the Obamas “keep striving to tell compelling, provocative, and soulful stories — while doing everything we can to make sure they reach the folks who need to hear them,” Michelle Obama told The Hollywood Reporter.A Higher Ground spokesperson also told The Hollywood Reporter that the two companies “plan to make the Audible Originals available to the widest possible audience”.The newly signed deal with Audible comes after the Obamas’ three-year deal with streaming giant Spotify ended earlier this year. The Spotify deal saw them “develop, produce and appear” on select podcasts through their Higher Ground production company.The Obamas’ contributions to Spotify notably included the eight-part podcast series Renegades: Born In The USA with Bruce Springsteen.
Bear Grylls praises 'close' pal Prince William after hinting at collab with Meghan & Harry
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as he films the latest series of his programme, Running Wild.Speaking exclusively to, the explorer didn't hold back as he gushed over the royal family and his close pal Prince William for their conservation efforts.Bear said: "So I think all the royal family are incredible like that and super dialled in to the conservation stuff."Prince William and myself are very closely involved with a conservation society."And I know that something that is really close to Prince George's heart as well, he loves all of that," he added.Discussing the young prince, Bear went on: "So they are incredible at what they do for so much for conservation around the world."He already is a wildlife campaigner which is amazing to see."I also think he's living proof that adventure is a state of mind."It's about having life in your eye, having a big heart for other people and for our planet."And then a determination to actually do something about it," he explained.It comes as the explorer is filming the latest season of his Running Wild series.But Bear wasn't giving anything away when asked if he'd like to feature the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the next series of his adventure programme.Bear replied: "Well, you know, we're not announcing anything yet."We have probably our most amazing guests we've ever had on Running Wild coming up this year."We've got probably our biggest announcements for Running Wild.So yeah, nothing official to say yet," he added.He went on to address the prospect of environment campaigners Harry and Meghan appearing on the show, which has previously seen the likes of former US president Barack Obama take on the elements.Bear said: "That would be a great one and talk about stuff
Miranda Lambert shares heartbreak after tragic Texas school shooting
Miranda Lambert has expressed her deep sadness over the tragic events that took place in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday.MORE: Amy Schumer, Matthew McConaughey, and more react to Texas school shootingThe country music singer revealed she is heartbroken after learning that 19 children and two adults were killed by a lone gunman who opened fire at Robb Elementary School, where children aged seven to ten were being taught.WATCH: CBS Mornings' Tony Dokoupil shares emotional message from family of AR-15 inventorTaking to her Instagram Stories, Miranda shared a photo of an outline map of Texas, which featured the words, "Pray for Uvalde, Texas" written in the middle, alongside a drawing of a heart.Underneath the picture, Miranda added a broken heart emoji to portray her devastation over the horrific Texas shooting.MORE: Hoda Kotb hosts Today alone and delivers heartbreaking message about the Texas shootingMORE: Barack Obama says 'these tragedies must end' following Sandy Hook shooting An 18-year-old suspect entered the school with a handgun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, and high-capacity magazines, according to investigators. He was killed by law enforcement after his attack.Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the shooter, who he named as Salvador Ramos, abandoned a vehicle before entering the school to "horrifically, incomprehensibly" open fire.
David Muir close to tears as he reports on horrific Texas school shooting
MORE: Celebrities speak out on tragic Texas school shooting - from Kourtney Kardashian to Amy SchumerABC News were among the outlets to first break the news, with David Muir reporting on the horrific incident, understandably close to tears.The news clip was shared on Good Morning America's Instagram account, and viewers left a mass of heartbreaking responses to the tragedy.VIDEO: Does David Muir have a partner? All we know"Another breaking news story, another school, another town, more victims who did nothing for this to happen and nothing is being done to change it!!" one wrote, while another commented: "This is so heartbreaking." A third added: "When will it stop? Those poor parents."MORE: Barack Obama says 'these tragedies must end' following Sandy Hook shooting MORE: Kim Kardashian calls for gun control following Florida shootingOn Tuesday, 19 children and two adults were killed by a lone gunman. The 18-year-old suspect opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde where children aged seven to 10 were being taught.The teenage suspect had a handgun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and high-capacity magazines, according to investigators.David Muir had a heartbreaking job to do on Tuesday as he repoted on the Texas shootingHe was killed by law enforcement after his attack.