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R. Kelly jury selection focuses on 2019 documentary

Aug. 15, 2022 19:50 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jury selection in R. Kelly's federal trial on charges that he rigged his 2008 state child pornography trial began Monday with the judge and attorneys quickly focusing on whether would-be jurors watched a 2019 documentary about sex abuse allegations against the R&B singer. ...

R. Kelly timeline: Shining star to convicted sex trafficker

Aug. 15, 2022 17:33 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 faces a trial in his hometown of Chicago on charges accusing him of rigging his 2008 child pornography trial and of enticing minors for sex. ...

Police confirm man wounded in shooting at music festival

Aug. 15, 2022 15:26 PM EDT

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have confirmed that a man was wounded in a shooting during an annual 10-day music festival in eastern Pennsylvania over the weekend. Spectators scrambled for safety after a gunshot was reported just before Bethlehem's Musikfest entertainment was to...

Rock icon Melissa Etheridge announces solo off-Broadway show

Aug. 15, 2022 10:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rocker Melissa Etheridge has found a new stage: The Grammy- and Oscar-winner will unveil a solo show mixing her music and stories off-Broadway. “Melissa Etheridge: My Window – A Journey Through Life” will play 12 performances only starting Oct. 13 at the...

New this week: 'House of the Dragon,' Lakers doc and Lovato

Aug. 15, 2022 09:34 AM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — In the almost 25 years since Princess Diana died, there has never been any shortage of content...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 21-27

Aug. 15, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 21-27: Aug. 21: Guitarist James Burton (with Elvis Presley) is 83. Singer Jackie DeShannon is 81. Actor Patty McCormack (“The Ropers”) is 77. Singer Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams is 75. Actor Loretta Devine (“Boston Public”) is...

Top lawyers hired by those linked to Georgia election probe

Aug. 14, 2022 09:30 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In the state investigation spurred by then-President Donald Trump's call to Georgia’s top election official, people who have been called to testify — or who might be — about potential interference in the 2020 presidential contest are turning to high-profile lawyers. ...

Svika Pick, prolific Israeli singer-songwriter, dies at 72

Aug. 14, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Svika Pick, a pillar of Israel's music industry who gained international attention after his song won the Eurovision Song Contest, has died. He was 72. Pick, known as “the Maestro” in Israeli pop circles, was a singer, composer and prolific songwriter who...

R Kelly accuser to give key testimony on trial-fixing charge

Aug. 13, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago that starts Monday is in many ways a do-over of his 2008 state child pornography trial, at which jurors acquitted the singer on charges that he produced a video of himself when he was around 30 having sex with a girl no older than 14. ...

Britney Spears' ex convicted of trespassing in wedding raid

Aug. 13, 2022 01:38 AM EDT

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A man once briefly married to Britney Spears has been convicted of aggravated trespassing and battery at the pop star’s June wedding. Jason Alexander, 40, pleaded no contest to the two misdemeanor counts in a California court, prosecutors in Ventura County...