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R. Kelly Trial Update: “He Knew I Was Underage” : Accuser Tells Court

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The trial of US R&B singer, R. Kelly started at a court in Brooklyn, New York on Wednesday, August 18, and details have started pouring in over what transpired during the hearing .

The ‘i believe I can fly’ hitmaker is accused of racketeering, sexual abuse and bribery; charges which he has repeatedly denied but could spend decades in jail if he is found guilty by the jury.

Some of the allegations made against the singer date back more than 20 years.

Kelly faces charges that he was the ringleader of a two-decade-long scheme where he recruited women and underage girls for sex.

Prosecutors described Mr Kelly as “a man who used lies, manipulation, threats and physical abuse to dominate his victims and to avoid accountability for years”.

“This case is about a predator,” Assistant US Attorney Maria Melendez said in her opening statement.

“This case is not about a celebrity who likes to party a lot.”

The first witness during the hearing, Jerhonda Johnson Pace, told the jury, R. Kelly knew she was underage (16) in 2009 when they had intercourse in Chicago, where the age of consent is 17, according to the New York Times.

Johnson Pace now 28, testified that she had initially told Kelly she was 19, but had revealed her real age on the day they had sex for the first time.

“I felt uncomfortable. I felt like it wasn’t right, that I should tell him my age.

“He asked me, ‘What is that supposed to mean?’ and told me to tell everyone I was 19 – and to act 21,” said Ms Pace, who admits she was a fan of the singer.

In her opening argument, Kelly’s lawyer Nicole Blank Becker claimed the alleged victims are aggrieved groupies, who originally consented to sex before later becoming “spiteful”.

Ms Becker portrayed her client as a victim of women, saying some enjoyed the “notoriety of being able to tell their friends that they were with a superstar”.

Kelly was wearing a grey suit, purple tie, and glasses as he sat silently, with his head down at times as the prosecution opened its case.

Continuing her prosecution, Ms Melendez said Mr Kelly’s celebrity status meant he “had his pick of young fans” and that he hoarded his victims “like objects” and used “every trick in the predator handbook”.

She also alleged he bribed victims by photographing and filming them having sex and then threatening to release the tapes.

The trial of Kelly was delayed several times by the pandemic.

Even if he is acquitted, Mr Kelly still faces sex-related charges in Illinois and Minnesota, where he has also pleaded not guilty.

He has been in jail for the last two years.

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Facebook Changes Company Name To Meta

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Facebook on Thursday announced that it has changed its company name to Meta.

The name change was announced at the Facebook Connect augmented and virtual reality conference. The new name reflects the company’s growing ambitions beyond social media. Facebook, now known as Meta, has adopted the new moniker, based on the sci-fi term metaverse, to describe its vision for working and playing in a virtual world.

“Today we are seen as a social media company, but in our DNA we are a company that builds technology to connect people, and the metaverse is the next frontier just like social networking was when we got started,” Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.

The company also said in announcing the new name that it will change its stock ticker from FB to MVRS, effective Dec. 1.

Meta’s stock price was up more than 3% on Thursday.

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Funny Face Should Apologize To His Ex-Wife, His Case Is Not Physical : Prophet Nana Appiah

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Founder of Prophetic Life Chapel Prophet Joseph Nana Appiah has advised comic actor Funny Face to render an apology to his ex-wife if he wants to come back to his normal self.

According to the prophet who was speaking on Onua TV’s Entertainment and lifestyle show Anigye Mmere with A J Pounds, what is happening to Funny Face is not normal but spiritual. He emphasized that Funny Face needs to apologize to his ex-wife in order to gain his sanity back.

“Funny Face case it’s simple, the first woman you marry has 70 percent power over you. Never joke with a woman you marry. She can be your God or your devil. She can either be your wife or be your knife, so to avoid whatever is happening to him in life, he should go and apologize to his former wife. If he apologizes, the dust will soon settle.

“Am talking about the policewoman. If the woman whole-heartedly says, ‘Yaw I’ve forgiven and forgotten what you did to me. Everything will work for him. Whatever is happening to him is not physical. Women are very powerful,” Prophet Nana Appiah concluded.

Funny Face is currently in a psychiatric hospital and has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This comes after the Accra high court came to directives for the ctor to be re-examined by the hospital after he was granted bail.

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Renowned Kumerica Sound Engineer & Musician Commits Suicide After Leaving Suicidal Note On Facebook

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In a sad report, a renowned Kumasi-based sound engineer identified as Yaw Geng has committed suicide.

This comes after he left a suicidal post on the popular social media platform, Facebook on October 16, 2021.

The sound engineer who is also a musician committed suicide with his post suggesting that he has lost hope in life and according to reports, he committed suicide by hanging himself.

The post he made on Facebook reads;

“Sometimes things don’t go as planned and there is nothing you could do aside giving up. We are only humans and we are not meant to be here forever. There is a question I’ve been asking myself a billion times ….why are some of us born into suffering and others with a silver spoon in their mouth…The world ain’t fair.”

People who knew him have reacted to his death and here are some of the reactions we gathered;

Wag Gengs – Oooooow family Yaw Geng is Dead ooooooooooooo😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭. He hanged himself ooow ow ow yaw waha me ooooo ow hmmm 😭😭😭

Robby Single – Oh bro so you were serious with this message, oh 😭😭😭. Giving up wasn’t the best choice, some people were born blind, dumb, epilepsy, etc. Yet still they are full of hope, why did you left me bro. 😭😭😭😭😭😭.

King Bobby – Bro we all been to hell life but we Understand the word Time,Even though it’s really tuff outchea,But living and life is precious no matter what,It’s about less than a year i have known you but your personality is one of the best.I admired your hustle,the hardworking and your talent a lot.its really sad we only have to send condolences bro.May God Be With You Where Ever You At Geng.B.I.P(Be In Peace)😭😭😭😭

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