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Prosecutors want Mexican megachurch leader held without bail

Jul. 16, 2019 1:18 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a judge to hold the leader of a Mexican megachurch without bail on charges of child rape and human trafficking. Naasón Joaquín García, leader of La Luz del Mundo, is currently held on $50 million bail — believed to be the highest ever in Los...

Avenatti: R. Kelly paid $2M to silence girl he assaulted

Jul. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that R&B singer R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case off the witness stand during a 2008 trial that ended with his acquittal on all charges. "R. Kelly bought his acquittal," Avenatti said at a news...

Women urge jail until trial for Epstein as judge weighs bail

Jul. 15, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Jeffrey Epstein accusers urged a judge Monday to keep the wealthy financier behind bars until he goes on trial on federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls. The women stood just feet from where Epstein was seated in his blue jail outfit as they asked a federal judge to...

Suspended NJ deputy facing federal charges in teen sex case

Jul. 15, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A suspended New Jersey sheriff's deputy accused of having sex with a 17-year-old Pennsylvania girl and posting the video online is now facing federal charges. NJ.com reports that 33-year-old Joshua Padilla of Eatontown was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pennsylvania on charges of...

Prosecutors fear Epstein may influence witness, urge no bail

Jul. 12, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors urged a judge Friday to keep financier Jeffrey Epstein behind bars until trial on sex trafficking charges involving underage girls, labeling him a "serial sexual predator" and saying he might try to influence witnesses after sending $350,000 recently to two individuals,...

Feds bring new sex-crime charges against singer R. Kelly

Jul. 12, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly and his entourage recruited girls and women to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and covered up the crimes by paying off and threatening victims and witnesses, federal prosecutors alleged Friday in indictments that could keep the Grammy winner behind bars for...

The Latest: Prosecution: Epstein could influence witness

Jul. 12, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on developments in the sex trafficking case against financier Jeffrey Epstein (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Federal prosecutors seeking to have financier Jeffrey Epstein imprisoned until trial say they're concerned he might try to derail the trial by influencing potential...

A look at allegations over the years against singer R. Kelly

Jul. 12, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B star R. Kelly has been dogged for years by allegations that he sexually abused women and underage girls. He and his attorneys have repeatedly denied allegations of sexual misconduct. Here is a look at some of the accusations against him: CHICAGO, AUGUST 1994: Kelly, then 27, wed...

Federal prosecutors hit R. Kelly with new criminal charges

Jul. 12, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

Federal prosecutors in Chicago and New York hit R. Kelly with a pair of indictments that could lock up him for decades. The R&B singer was already facing sexual-assault charges brought by Illinois prosecutors when he was arrested while walking his dog. Here are some questions and answers about the latest...

The Latest: Gloria Allred pleased R. Kelly may face justice

Jul. 12, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sex crimes case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 4 p.m. Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred says she is pleased that federal authorities have charged singer R. Kelly in Chicago and New York with sex crimes, and she says "justice, which is long overdue for his...