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R. Kelly’s Declared Concerts In Dubai Denied By UAE Officials



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The cash-strapped and disgraced R&B singer, R. Kelly asked a judge to allow him to fly to Dubai to perform in a series of concerts that he was booked in citing that he cannot schedule a job in the state of Illinois where he is currently staying. But the government of Dubai denied that these concerts exist.

In a motion filed by Kelly to a Chicago court last Wednesday, he requested the judge to allow him to travel to the Middle East to perform several concerts, citing his struggle to get a booking in the United States following his arrest in February.

According to the court document, R. Kelly is set to do three to five concerts in the Arab Gulf country, but there was no venue specified in his request. Kelly claims that he struggled to pay child support, legal fees, and other bills. Kelly blamed the cancellation of Illinois concerts, a contract with a record company, and streaming services removing his songs.

The request follows his bond condition in his sexual abuse case; Kelly is required to stay in Illinois unless he secures out-of-state travel from a court. This condition, as claimed by Kelly, has hurt his finances because he can’t find bookings. Furthermore, as part of the bond, the talented singer is ordered to surrender his passport and was prohibited from making contact with anyone below 18-years-old.

However, in a rare statement made by Dubai’s government, there was never any plans for a series of concerts of R. Kelly in Dubai; let alone a plan to meet the royal family.

“Authorities in Dubai have not received any request for a performance by singer R. Kelly nor are there any venues that have been booked,” Dubai’s government said in a statement. His lawyer reportedly also said that Kelly was scheduled to meet with the Dubai royal family, although they have denied the claims, stating that he “has not been invited by the Dubai royal family for a performance.”

In the court motion filed this past week, Kelly said that he “signed a contract to perform between 3-5 shows in Dubai, UAE, in April 2019.” The venues for the said concerts were never disclosed in the said motion, and interestingly, the United States does not have an extradition treaty with the United Arab Emirates and it is very convenient for Kelly to go to Dubai now that he is facing ten counts of sexual abuse charges. However, the recent court filing from Kelly claimed that the UAE would not want to harm their relations with the U.S. by harboring R. Kelly in Dubai.

“Mr. Kelly had a signed contract with a legitimate promoter, and any information that was included in the motion to travel was from that contract,” Greenberg told reporters in response to Dubai’s government’s statement. “We did not say he was invited by the royal family, but the contract did provide that he would make himself available to meet with them.”

Michael Avenatt, the lawyer representing most of the women involved in the R. Kelly case said that the courts should not allow Kelly’s abroad travel. He posted on his social media accounts that Kelly’s attorney has previously said that there were no concerts scheduled for Kelly and that he “doesn’t even like to fly.” If the courts would allow him to go to Dubai, said Avenatti, it will be a “travesty” because he will never return.

“Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, previously told the court at the bail hearing a month ago that there were no concerts scheduled and that “Kelly doesn’t even like to fly.” It will be a travesty if this motion is granted – he will never return,” Avenatti wrote on Twitter.

R. Kelly is charged by four women with ten counts of sexual abuse against three underage girls and one woman. Both of the women opposing the use of a camera in the courtroom during the trial were underage during the time that the sexual abuse was supposedly committed.

Last week, he filed a motion to see the video surveillance evidence that the prosecution said would send the singer in jail together with his request to be allowed to fly to Dubai.

New evidence has surfaced against R. Kelly including a video where he was caught during the act of the abuse and a t-shirt submitted by one of the victims containing Kelly’s DNA. Foxx alleges that the singer also spat on his victims during the attacks. Kelly’s legal team requested to see the aforementioned videotapes so that they can review it and prepare a defense. /apr

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This Is Why Zayn Malik Tweeted ‘Leave Gigi Hadid Alone’ On Twitter



Zayn Malik, Gigi Hadid

The former One Direction member has only one loud message to ex-girlfriend’s haters, and it says:

“My Tweet was not about @GigiHadid so leave her the f–k alone,” “She is the most amazing woman I’ve ever known.”

The couple has been on and off again for quite a while now, and avid fans are getting confused about what is the real score between the two celebrities. After rumors speculated back in November that the two were going out apart from each other, fans wonder whether the couple’s relationship is getting healthier or not.

The couple is no stranger to issues like breakups. In January, the two announced they officially broke up together after confessing that Zayn has significant personal issues that need to be fixed first, while Hadid told the public that they aren’t compatible. After the pronouncement, fans are seeing tweets on Zayn’s end professing his love for Hadid even though they called it “quits.” And Gigi was also spotted leaving the singer’s apartment at one point after the breakup.

So what is going on between the two?

What is certain for now is that the supermodel is living the single life these days, so that leads to speculation that she is dating every single guy she is seen out with. Rumor has it that her new found love is her good friend Samuel Krost after the two were spotted hanging out together recently. That intensifies the speculation with tabloids’ headlines indicating that the two were dating, especially when they were getting very close days after they initially were seen together.

If Samuel Krost doesn’t ring a bell, the guy is known for his role in Fyre Festival saga and currently stars in Netflix’s Fyre: the Greatest Party That Never Happened. Krost worked on the festival, still books the musical acts despite having no experience in talent booking. Samuel also used to date Selena Gomez, a good friend of Gigi as well.

Obviously, Gigi, Victoria’s Secret angel, was not too happy with the speculation that she is dating Samuel, which the model furiously explained her side of the story on Twitter saying, “if you outlets are going to continue writing bs headlines every time I’m seen with a friend of the male gender then there’s [gunna] be a lot of unneeded confusion.”

Meanwhile, it seems like Zayn, wherever in the world he was, saw those pictures of Gigi and Samuel and ranted on Twitter the same day. His tweets became too controversial that some fans assumed it was addressed for Gigi.

“How about you all go f—k yourselves with your irrelevant bullsh—t,” Zayn tweeted. Naturally, many presumed that the singer is talking about his ex-girlfriend.

Zayn Malik, a former One Direction band member who decided to leave the group and creates his solo album, defended himself and Gigi.

“My Tweet was not about @GigiHadid so leave her the f–k alone,” “She is the most amazing woman I’ve ever known.” He continues, “And she does nothing but love and support me when lord knows I don’t deserve it.’ The singer blasted Hadid’s haters even more by saying ‘If you know nothing shut your f—king mouth.”

The two started dating together on November 15, three months after Zayn’s break off his engagement to Little Mix’s Perrie Perrie Edwards, and Hadid’s split up Joe Jonas, US Weekly reported. Days after the news spread, the new couple was caught holding hands in their first significant moment of PDA.

The public supported the couple as it posted several cute photos together on Instagram, with Gigi spending holidays in Zayn’s hometown and officially introduced her to his family. It even melts the world when Gigi confessed to Instagram that “going home to Zayn’s arms is the sweetest thing life could offer.”

And despite Zayn’s affection towards the supermodel this year, he still doesn’t follow her on Instagram. He unfollowed her and Yolanda Hadid, Gigi’s mother, last March after the two took off from their relationship.

Fans know that the couple has a long history of an on and off kind of relationship, but they have always kept things cordial. Although avid supporters still think that the two will get back together, both “think that it’s best for the sake of their relationship right now.” For Zayn Malik, “This ain’t a place for feelings.”

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R. Kelly’s Lawyer Requested Court To Investigate Avenatti’s “Toxic” Involvement In The Sexual Abuse Case



Lawyer of R. Kelly accused Michael Avenatti of polluting the sex-abuse case.

The case faced by R&B singer, R. Kelly is one of the most talked about and probably the messiest case involving a celebrity in 2019. There are just so many events taking place surrounding the different people that are involved in the infamous case. On Monday, in the newest twist and turn of the case, Kelly’s lawyer accused the state attorney, who alleged that R. Kelly is sexually abusing underage girls, of succumbing to the pressure from lawyer Michael Avenatti, saying that the involvement of the latter has irreparably tainted the proceedings.

Steve Greenberg, the lawyer who represents Kelly in the case, made the accusation through a court filing and in comments after a Monday pretrial hearing in Chicago, noting that the recent charges against Avenatti in New York that accuse him of trying to extort from Nike, is “toxic” for the case.

In an interview outside the courtroom after the pretrial, Greenberg said that there had been a “rush to prosecute because of pressure – all polluted – by Michael Avenatti.” He said prosecutors “got in bed with Avenatti and Avenatti is toxic.”

Previously, Avenatti said that he played a central role in prompting DA Kim Foxx to press charges against the R&B star by providing the state attorney with a video showing that Kelly had sex with a 14-year-old girl.

On Monday, Avenatti replied to Greenberg through a tweet where he said that Greenberg was “trying to distract attention away from the clear guilt of his client by raising bogus arguments about me and Kim Foxx.”

Last month, the legal representatives of the women alleging Kelly with sexual abuse as well as prosecutors of the case said that they hold fresh and robust evidence against R. Kelly. According to Cook County Prosecutor Kimberly Foxx, the alleged abuses took place across twelve years from 1998 – 2010.

New evidence has surfaced against R. Kelly including a video where he was caught during the act of the abuse and a t-shirt submitted by one of the victims containing Kelly’s DNA. Foxx alleges that the singer also spat on his victims during the attacks.

Kelly’s legal team requested to see the video mentioned above so that they can review it and prepare a defense.

The tapes were handed to the prosecutors by Michael Avenatti, who represents some people who are connected in the R. Kelly case, including the alleged victims.

Greenberg’s seven-page court filing asks Cook County Judge Lawrence Judge to order preservation of all the communications between Avenatti and the state’s attorney’s office and calls for an investigation of how Avenatti bring charges against Kelly.

The lawyer justified the request for the inquiry citing the charges against Avenatti in New York and another separate case of wire fraud in California.

The court document says that “Avenatti has acted as a de facto prosecutor” in the Kelly case, apparently, “with the full cooperation” of Foxx. It also noted that Avenatti has also acted “as an agitator” for Foxx, “saying what she could not.”

“Given the allegations against him one must wonder what he has told those he has interacted with in these matters, and what is true and what is not […] Obviously, he has been using his accusations against the defendant to divert from his own misconduct. He drums up problems for others to deflect from his own,” Greenberg added.

R. Kelly, one of the world’s most famous R&B artist, pleads ‘not guilty’ to all ten counts of aggravated sexual assault that he is facing right now. The plea was entered to a Chicago Court on February 25, by Steve Greenberg. The lawyer also notified the court that the 52-year-old has already surrendered his passport. Furthermore, as part of the bond, the talented singer is ordered to surrender his passport and was prohibited from making contact with anyone below 18-years-old.

Only recently, UAE officials denounced R. Kelly’s claims that he has a scheduled concert in Dubai after the singer requested the court to allow him to travel abroad, citing his lack of financial resources brought upon by the case and the unrelated lawsuit filed by his ex-wife for not paying child support.

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Justin Bieber’s Prank on April Fool’s Day, Not Funny At All




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A lot of us are victims of April Fool’s Day, but some of us are also the masterminds of those pranks. It is either you are the victim or the person to blame for the joke; you are welcoming April Fool’s Day with a blast.

April Fool’s Day does not exempt celebrities in being a victim or giving a prank. Actually, they are one of the many who offers the best prank, especially in social media. One of them is Justin Bieber who posted in his Instagram account an ultrasound photo with no caption. This post of Justin Bieber made the social media people appalled and excited. But his wife, Hailey Baldwin commented on the photo, “Very funny…”

So is it not obvious that the post of his husband is just a prank? Hmmm… We never know as Justin Bieber posted another photo of his wife surrounded with medical staff holding her tummy with a caption “If you thought it was April Fools..”! So how do you think people will react to that?! Well, it seems like Justin Bieber caught us off guard with the second photo. But on his third post of another ultrasound photo, this time with an edited puppy on it and a caption “Wait omg is that a,,, APRIL FOOLS.” Oh, JB, you almost got us there!

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Wait omg is that a,,, APRIL FOOLS

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But it seems like not everyone finds his post funny as some netizens gave adverse reactions to his Instagram posts about pregnancy. Apparently, a couple of them posted tweets against Justin Beiber’s prank. One of the posts on Twitter says,

“Justin Bieber faked a pregnancy announcement… Why?! That is so inconsiderate. People struggle with loss and infertility every single day. Pregnancy announcements are not a joke. Give your damn head a shake…”

Another post says,

“Of course Justin Bieber will think a pregnancy announcement would be funny on April fools. Esp so when 1 in 7 women have had a miscarriage. Not to mention those suffering from infertility.”

With his April Fool’s joke, a lot of people, especially women reacted negatively as according to them, pregnancy or being a pregnant issue is not a joke. There are a lot of women are having a hard time to conceive, or if not, cannot conceive at all. And this kind of a joke for them is not funny. It breaks the heart of the women, even men.

This issue has already been raised before Justin Beiber made one. Using pregnancy as a prank on April Fool’s Day or on any occasion is not lovely. It only shows that the ones who are using pregnancy as their prank are insensitive to the feelings of others. A post on Twitter showed that 1 in 4 women miscarry. 1 in 8 couples experience infertility, and 1 in 160 pregnancies end in stillbirth.

But it is not only Justin Bieber who held criticism about his post. On Monday, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Brandi Glanville also posted on Instagram a prank about her being pregnant.

“5 weeks now third times a charm… and y’all thought all of my eggs were scrambled,”

But the Instagram post has long been deleted and has yet to be deleted in Twitter. After posting that joke, Brandi posted on Twitter stating, “I deleted my April fools joke on IG BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE TO F— SENSITIVE & I don’t feel like fighting today.”

Even before Justin Bieber and Brandi Glanville’s posts, another celebrity also posted about pregnancy joke last year like Arie Luyendyk Jr., and Lauren Burnham who found themselves posting a public apology after joking that they will be expecting a baby.
Well, this may serve as a lesson to everyone who is fond of fooling around during April Fool’s Day. We may think that it will be fun, but we cannot please everyone and avoid that we will hurt someone’s feelings because of our prank. But nevertheless, all is well that ends well, guys. April 1 is meant for a one day fun!

So what is your opinion on Justin Beiber’s prank this April Fool’s Day? Do you think of it as hilarious and amazing? Or you see it as insulting and hurtful? Let us know what you think and comment below. Happy April Fool’s Day!

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