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Judge in Italy ends detention for Haggis in sex abuse case

Jul. 04, 2022 15:02 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A judge in southern Italy on Monday ordered film director Paul Haggis released from detention at his hotel while prosecutors decide whether to pursue their investigation of whether he allegedly had sex with a woman without her consent over two days, his lawyer said. ...

Feds: R. Kelly remains on suicide watch 'for his own safety'

Jul. 03, 2022 14:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities are pushing back on R. Kelly's claims that he was placed on suicide watch as a form of punishment last week after a judge sentenced him to 30 years behind bars for using his fame to sexually abuse young girls. The U.S. Attorney's Office in...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 01, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Archbishop: Mortgaging Santa Fe cathedral was only option

Jul. 01, 2022 14:39 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Archbishop John C. Wester is speaking about the decision to mortgage an iconic Santa Fe cathedral to meet a settlement agreement tied to church sex abuse victims. The action was a last resort because “we pretty much sold everything we can, including my...

EXPLAINER: How will R. Kelly sentence impact other trials?

Jul. 01, 2022 05:59 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly could be in his 80s before the singer is free again, based on a 30-year prison term imposed this week by a New York federal judge for parlaying his fame to sexually abuse young fans, including some who were children. And if the 55-year-old loses at three...

R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in sex trafficking case

Jun. 29, 2022 18:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Disgraced R&B superstar R. Kelly was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for using his fame to sexually abuse young fans, including some who were just children, in a systematic scheme that went on for decades. Through tears and anger, several of Kelly's...

R. Kelly timeline: Shining star to convicted sex trafficker

Jun. 29, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

R. Kelly's musical accomplishments have been accompanied by a long history of allegations that he sexually abused women and children. Now the R&B singer has been sentenced to spend the next three decades behind bars. A jury found Kelly guilty in September of sex trafficking...

R. Kelly, who used music superstardom to subject young fans to systemic sexual abuse, sentenced to 30 years in prison

Jun. 29, 2022 15:09 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly, who used music superstardom to subject young fans to systemic sexual abuse, sentenced to 30 years in prison.

FBI opens sweeping probe of clergy sex abuse in New Orleans

Jun. 29, 2022 10:15 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The FBI has opened a widening investigation into sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in New Orleans going back decades, a rare federal foray into such cases looking specifically at whether priests took children across state lines to molest them, officials and others familiar...

Scandal-ridden Israeli icon, dies at 62

Jun. 29, 2022 03:04 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, a prominent member of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community who founded a volunteer paramedic service before his reputation came crashing down in a series of sexual abuse allegations, has died. Meshi-Zahav was hospitalized last year after...