R. Kelly Begging Industry Friends to Donate Money to Help Him Pay for Michael Jackson’s Lawyer

R. Kelly is so hard up for cash that he’s reportedly begging his industry friends to donate money so that he can retain the services of defense attorney Tom Mesereau—the guy who successfully defended Michael Jackson in his child molestation case and also got Robert Blake acquitted of murdering his wife.

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According to TMZ, Kelly’s industry contacts have “expressed a desire to help” the disgraced singer afford his mounting legal fees, anonymously, of course. However, there’s a huge catch.

No one will agree to donate the funds until Kelly fires his current lawyer, Steve Greenberg, who has called this whole situation “a complete load of crap.”

But, even then, the donations still might not be enough to hire Mesereau because it will take a lot of work to defend Kelly, and the case could end up costing more than a million dollars.

Fans of Kelly have also reportedly inquired about how they can financially contribute.

R. Kelly has a mountain of charges against him for various sex crimes in multiple jurisdictions, including New York Federal, Illinois State, Illinois Federal, and Minnesota State. The singer could also be facing charges in Detroit in Atlanta.

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Shocking Video Shows Moment Lightning Strikes at PGA Tour Championship Injuring 6 People Including Child

Shocking video footage shows the exact moment lightning struck at the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta Saturday (Aug. 24) injuring six people including a child.

The terrifying moment happened around 4:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the East Lake golf club in the middle of the third round of the FedEx Cup Championship, which had been briefly suspended amid stormy skies.

The lightning strike can be seen in footage captured from afar, and you can clearly see the bolt touching the ground, causing a brief fire.

Watch below:

And here’s a slow-mo version:

No one was actually hit by the lightning itself, however, the strike sent a bunch of debris flying into the air that hit at least six people, one of whom was reportedly a child. Fortunately, no one suffered life-threatening injuries.

PGA Tour officials said in a statement: “EMT tended to those fans and two others immediately and transported them from the property via ambulance for further medical attention.”

The tournament has been called off for the day, and play will resume Sunday morning at 8 a.m.

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15-Year-Old Girl Escapes Uber Driver Who Planned to Take Her to His House & Rape Her

Police say a teenage girl narrowly escaped being kidnapped and sexually assaulted by her Uber driver, who is now facing a number of criminal charges for his actions.

Long Island authorities said 32-year-old Sean Williams allegedly abducted a 15-year-old girl who was a passenger in his car, WCBS reports.

Investigators said Williams was supposed to take the teen from Long Beach to Merrick on July 12th following a Sweet Sixteen party, but drove her to Brooklyn instead.

Williams was allegedly trying to convince the girl to come back to his house, where he planned to sexually assault her, police said.

“The family of a 15-year old girl relied on a car service to get their daughter home safely after she attended a Sweet Sixteen party, but the defendant allegedly kidnapped her and wanted to sexually assault her after giving her alcohol,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.

The victim reportedly convinced Williams she had to use the bathroom, and after she was able to get him to pull over, she ran into a McDonald’s and called 911.

Prosecutors said Williams followed her into the fast-food restaurant, but fled the scene before police got there.

“The girl was terrorized by the defendant’s alleged behavior and bravely took action to contact police and free herself,” Singas added.

Williams was charged with multiple crimes, including kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful imprisonment, and kidnapping as a sexually motivated felony.

Williams pleaded not guilty at an arraignment in Nassau County Court Tuesday (Aug. 20), court records show.

He remains free on $150,000 bail while awaiting trial. If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison.

Williams’ defense attorney, Steven Gaitment, said his client is “distraught” over the allegations and is “adamantly denying the charges.”

Uber released the following statement on Thursday (Aug. 22): “What has been reported is deeply alarming and the driver’s access to the app has been removed. We stand ready to cooperate with law enforcement.”

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Marvel Announces “Black Panther 2” Will Hit Theaters in May 2022

Marvel has finally announced the official release date for the highly anticipated Black Panther sequel!

After taking the stage Friday (Aug. 24) at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and film director Ryan Coogler announced that Black Panther 2 will debut in theaters on May 6th, 2022.

Details about the plot haven’t been revealed, however, Kevin and Ryan said they already have a title and villain planned.

“We’re really hard at work on it trying to give you something special,” Ryan said after joining Kevin on stage. “We’re gonna take our time … we want it to be right.”

Black Panther, released in February 2018, won three Oscars for best original score, production design and costume design.

According to Box Office Mojo, the film has grossed over $700 million domestically and more than $1.3 billion worldwide.

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Mugshot Madness: Kodak Black Protégé Jackboy Arrested After Trying to Swallow Weed During Traffic Stop

Florida rapper and Kodak Black associate Jackboy was arrested in Pompano Beach earlier this week after police say they saw him eating marijuana in a desperate attempt to hide evidence during a traffic stop.

TMZ reports:

Jackboy was arrested Thursday in Pompano Beach … and police say, after they pulled him over for driving around with tinted windows, his BMW sedan reeked of reefer and an officer noticed him chewing something strange.

According to the police report … cops ordered Jackboy out of his whip, and told him to open his mouth, revealing what turned out to be chronic!

After spitting out the saliva-covered sativa, Jackboy was booked for possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence.

Jackboy only had a little bit of tree on him, but Florida ain’t California or Colorado … the Sunshine State still takes weed very seriously.

Jackboy is a 21-year-old aspiring rapper who is signed to Kodak Black’s Sniper Gang label.

Coincidentally, Jackboy’s arrest happened the same day Kodak pled guilty in the federal gun case that landed him behind bars a few months ago.

Kodak’s sentencing is scheduled for November 13th, and according to the agreement in his plea deal, prosecutors say they’ll push for a lighter sentence due to him being cooperative throughout the case.

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Young Newlyweds Die in Car Crash Just Minutes After Their Wedding

What started out as a day of happiness ended in tragedy after a young Texas couple died in a car crash just minutes after leaving their wedding ceremony.

19-year-old Harley Joe Morgan and his 20-year-old bride Rhiannon Boudreaux Morgan were killed instantly when their car collided with a pickup truck as they were leaving a courthouse and merging onto a highway, KFDM reports.

The groom’s mother and sister were driving behind the newlyweds and witnessed the deadly collision.

“They had just gotten married,” said Kennia Lashawna Morgan, the groom’s mother. “They haven’t even been married for five minutes.”

Harley and Rhiannon were high school sweethearts and got married Friday afternoon (Aug. 23) in the courtroom of Orange County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Joy Dubose-Simonton. They planned to have a Christmas wedding on December 20th for their family and friends.

“Those two babies,” Kennia Morgan said. “The only thing that they wanted was to get married and start their life. The two of them had so many dreams.”

Morgan said the memory of watching her son and daughter-and-law die just moments after getting married will stick with her for the rest of her life.

“I watched my baby die,” she said. “I’m still wearing my son’s blood because I was trying my best to rip him and her out of the car.”

“I witnessed my own worst nightmare,” she continued. “That’s an image that will haunt me the rest of my life. I won’t forget it. It will never go away. I will see that truck hit my baby and kill my baby every night of my life, the rest of the time that I’m on earth.”

The Justice of the Peace who married the couple just minutes earlier went to the scene of the death, KFDM reported. The driver of the pickup truck wasn’t injured.

The Orange Texas Police Department said they were investigating the crash.

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Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” Remix Featuring DaBaby Has Twitter Divided

Two of 2019’s biggest hip-hop breakout stars, Lizzo and DaBaby, have officially joined forces on the official “Truth Hurts” remix.

As we reported earlier this week, Lizzo teased the collab on Instagram, suggesting DaBaby had something good up his sleeve with the caption: “Why u come fa me like that lmaoooooo.”

“I just took a DNA test, and it told me I’m the realest pretty chocolate n***a out here with some good dick, no cap,” DaBaby raps after Lizzo’s intro.

“And I can have a b**ch from Harvard with a eight-year degree, I probably still would rather pull up with a hood b**ch.”

From there, the Billion Dollar Baby Entertainment CEO talks about how Lizzo’s friends talk trash about him but “still wanna f**k on me too,” and because he feels unappreciated, he wants to “get even,” however, he reconsiders once he realizes “she bigger, I prolly lose in a fight.”

He ends his verse saying he’s still gonna “talk [his] sh*t,” but because he’s “in love with her big fine ass,” he’s gonna “do what she like.”

While some Lizzo fans instantly fell in love with the remix, others decided they could’ve lived without DaBaby’s braggadocious bars.

Peep the reactions below:

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Georgia Mom Bragged About Her Kids on Instagram Before Killing Them, Then Herself in Murder-Suicide

A Georgia woman is accused of killing her children, then herself, in a suspected murder-suicide just one day after publicly praising them in a social media post.

Cobb County Police said the bodies of 58-year-old Marsha Edwards, her 20-year-old daughter Erin Edwards and 24-year-old son Christopher Edwards Jr. were found inside their suburban Atlanta home Wednesday while performing a welfare check on the family.

Christopher and Erin died of gunshot wounds, and Marsha died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

The day before the suspected murder-suicide, Marsha took to Instagram and gushed about visiting Chris in Miami and traveling to Italy with Erin.

“I’ve had the best summer, first with Chris in Miami, and Erin in Italy,” she wrote. “I could not ask for better children.”

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Erin Edwards was a student at Boston University and a former intern for NBC New York, and her brother, Chris Edwards, worked as the digital content manager for the City of Atlanta’s Executive Office of Entertainment.

Marsha Edwards, the ex-wife of prominent Atlanta surgeon and local civic leader Dr. Christopher Edwards, received a medical degree from Louisiana State University of Medicine in Shreveport and was the owner of MME Enterprises, LLC—a supplier of surgical and medical equipment, according to her LinkedIn page.

“Christopher Edwards learned Wednesday of the death of his former wife, Dr. Marsha Edwards, and his two adult children, Christopher Edwards, Jr. and Erin Edwards,” a spokesman for Dr. Edwards said in a statement.

“Dr. Edwards, his extended family and friends are in a state of grief and shock, and privacy of the family is paramount as arrangements are being made.”

The family’s neighbors are shocked about what happened.

“For something like this to happen and unfold, it’s unbelievable,” Talia Cartall told WSBTV. “We didn’t hear anything. There was no sign of violence or anything.”

Cartall said the apparent murder-suicide was especially shocking because, as far as she knew, there was no turmoil within the family.

“From our knowledge, no malice,” she said. “Between the children, nothing like that. They just seemed like a normal, happy, cool family. They were wonderful people, which makes it a lot harder to just understand what went wrong.”

Police haven’t released a motive for the killings and it wasn’t clear who made the welfare request that led to the discovery of the family’s bodies.

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First Death Linked to Vaping Reported in Illinois

An Illinois resident who was recently hospitalized with a “severe respiratory illness” after vaping has died, The Illinois Department of Health said in a news release Friday (Aug. 23).

The agency didn’t provide any other information about the patient, including their name or where they lived, however, Illinois Dept. of Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said the death is the first in the state that could be tied to vaping.

IDPH’s news release said the number of people who have experienced respiratory illness after vaping has doubled to 22 in the past week.

“Affected individuals have experienced respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Some also experienced vomiting and diarrhea,” the release said.

“The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be dangerous,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.

“We requested a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help us investigate these cases and they arrived in Illinois on Tuesday.”

The IDPH said they are also working with local health departments, as well as officials in other states and the FDA, to look into which types of e-cigarettes were used by those affected.

The CDC said in a news release on Wednesday (Aug. 21) that they were investigating at least 149 possible cases of severe lung illness related to e-cigarette use.

You’re probably wondering about those THC vape pens too now, right?

Via IDPH:

According to the CDC, in many cases, including Illinois, patients have acknowledged to health care personnel recent use of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing products.

However, no specific product has been identified in all cases, nor has any product been conclusively linked to illnesses. Even though cases appear similar, it is not clear if these cases have a common cause or if they are different diseases with similar symptoms.

Officials also warned those experiencing chest pain or difficulty breathing after using e-cigarettes or vaping to seek immediate medical attention.

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Nipsey Hussle’s Dying Friend Refused to Tell Police Who Shot Him: “F**k You, Son!”

A severely injured man who was shot on the street in Brooklyn hated police so much that he refused to identify his killer as he lay dying in the back of an ambulance.

28-year-old Arsenio Gravesande—a close friend of Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle (who himself died by gun violence in Crenshaw, Los Angeles back in March)—was shot in the hip in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City Tuesday night (Aug. 20).

Gravesande’s cousin, Bethany Samuels, said she heard the gunshots and ran to the scene, where she found Gravesande squirming on the sidewalk complaining about not being able to breathe.

“The ambulance came and I got in there with him,” Samuels told the New York Daily News. “He was moving around, he was grabbing everything, he didn’t want to stay stabilized. He didn’t want to stay down. He kept telling me, ‘Bethany I’m dead, I can’t breathe, I’m dead.’ I was telling him, ‘No you’re not dead.’”

Gravesande was conscious as he was being rushed to the hospital, but because the bullet apparently struck a major artery, he lost a lot of blood and died not long afterward.

While he was being loaded into the ambulance, police asked Gravesande who was responsible for the shooting, but he refused to give the cops any information, instead, using one of his last breaths to tell officers, “F**k you son!” according to law enforcement sources.

First responders didn’t initially believe Gravesande’s injury was life-threatening, and cops planned to talk to him again once he got the hospital.

“Sometimes, they cool down and talk to us,” a police source told the New York Post. “They have a change of heart and ID the shooter.”

But authorities never got that chance because Gravesande died during surgery.

His cousin speculated that he was lured into an ambush after receiving a phone call telling him to meet someone around the corner from his house.

The young father-of-two walked to the area with two of his friends, and gunshots rang out five minutes later.

“It probably was a setup,” Samuels said. “People just hate you for no reason. It’s crazy.”

Gravesand, who once appeared in a Nipsey Hussle music video, was reportedly a member of the G Stone Crips gang.

He was previously wounded in a 2012 shooting that killed his friend, boxer Trendon Franklin. He had 43 arrests on his record, including resisting arrest, the Post reported.

Samuels confirmed Gravesand’s affiliation with the Crips, telling the Daily News: “He was like the head of them, he controlled them here.”

She clarified, however, that her cousin wasn’t a violent gangbanger and actually did things to help the community.

“He barbecued and did giveaways to the kids,” Samuels said. “He was a good person and did good things for everybody out here. He tried to keep the streets clean. Some people are not in gangs for bad vibes. Some people are in gangs to give away to the community. He never killed nobody, he never hurt nobody. He wasn’t like that.”

Arsenio Gravesande was one of five people across New York City shot to death in a span of 24 hours on Tuesday.

From the NY Post:

The bloodletting began at around 12:30 a.m. in Springfield Gardens, Queens, when Angel Nixon, 18, was riddled with bullets to his head, torso and legs during what sources said was an argument over a loud party.

Later, at around 8:10 p.m., Gregory Haskins, 25, was found with a fatal gunshot wound to his chest on Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens.

And less than an hour after Gravesande was killed, two more men were gunned down in Coney Island. One victim, 38, caught a bullet in the head, while another, 27, was struck in the stomach in a scrap outside a home on West 19th Street, authorities said.

As of late Wednesday, police hadn’t made any arrests in the five shooting deaths, and a motive for Gravesande’s killing hadn’t yet been established.

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