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July 13, 2019 / 4:53 pm | History:

On Saturday, Barry poured onto the Louisiana coast, flooding the highways, forcing people to climb the rooftops and dump heavy rains that could test the embankments and pumps that were reinforced after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005.

After briefly becoming a Category 1 hurricane, the system weakened into a tropical storm when it landed near the city of Intracoastal, about 160 miles (257 km) west of New Orleans, with its winds coming down 70 km (112 km), said the National Hurricane Center. .

In the late afternoon, the worst effects had been spared in New Orleans, receiving only light rain and gusts of wind. But officials have warned that Barry could still cause disastrous flooding across a large stretch of the Gulf coast and fall as much as 20 inches (50 cm) of rain through Sunday in a part of Louisiana that includes New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

"This is just the beginning," Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said. "It will take several days for our state."

The Coast Guard has saved a dozen people from the flooded areas of Terrebonne Parish, south of New Orleans, some of them from rooftops, a spokeswoman said. People included a 77-year-old man who asked for help because he had about 4 feet of water in his home.

None of the main banks on the Mississippi River has failed or been breached, Edwards said. But a bank in the Terrebonne Parish was overlooked by water, officials said. And the video showed that the water has passed a second embankment in the Plaquemines Parish, where the fingers of earth extend into the Gulf of Mexico.

Almost all commercial activities in Morgan City, some 85 miles west of New Orleans, have been closed except for Meche's Donuts Shop. Owner Todd Hoffpauir did a good job despite the pounding winds and throbbing rain.

While making the donuts, Hoffpauir said he heard an explosion and a tear and later saw that the wind had come off the roof layers in an adjacent apartment complex.

In some places, residents continued to build defenses. On the edge of the city of Jean Lafitte, just outside New Orleans, volunteers helped several city employees to stretch a 600-foot stretch of the two-lane highway. The road was already lined with one-ton sandbags and 30-pound bags were used to reinforce them.

"I'm here for my family, trying to save their things," volunteer Vinnie Tortorich said. "My cousin's house is already underneath."

In Lafayette, Willie Allen and his 11-year-old nephew, Gavin Coleman, shoveled sand into 20 green bags, joining a group of over 20 people who did the same thing during a break in the rain. Wearing a mud-striped shirt and shorts, Allen loaded the bags on the back of his pickup.

"Everyone is getting ready," he said. "Our biggest concern is the flood".

Many companies were closed or closed early in Baton Rouge, and the winds were strong enough to smash big trucks. Whitecaps were visible on the Mississippi.

Oil and gas operators have evacuated hundreds of platforms and facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. Nearly 70% of Gulf oil production and 56% of gas production were deactivated on Saturday, according to the US Office for Safety and Environmental Application, which collects the numbers of industry reports.

Barry developed as a disorder in the Gulf that stunned New Orleans during the Wednesday morning race with a sudden deluge that invaded streets, homes and businesses. For several days, officials prepared for further flooding. But beginning on Saturday night, the city saw only intermittent rains and gusts of wind, with occasional flashes of sun.

Elsewhere, more than 120,000 customers in Louisiana and nearly 6000 other customers in Mississippi and Alabama were without energy on Saturday, according to

During a storm update through Facebook Live, the director of the National Hurricane Center Ken Graham pointed to a computer screen that shows a huge mess of dispersed water in the air. "It's just an incredible amount of moisture," he said. "That's off the chart."

Barry was moving so slowly that the rain should have continued throughout the weekend. Forecasts showed the storm on a path to Chicago that would have swollen the Mississippi River basin with water that would eventually return to the south.

For a few hours, the storm had sustained high winds of 75 mph (120 km / h), just above the 120 km / h (120 km / h) threshold to be a hurricane. Barry is expected to continue to weaken and become a tropical depression on Sunday.

The downpours have also lashed the shores of Alabama and Mississippi. Parts of Dauphin Island, a barrier island in Alabama, have been flooded by both rain and rising water from the Gulf, said Mayor Jeff Collier, who was driving into a Humvee to detect the damage. He said the wind damage was minimal.

The floods have closed some roads in the low-lying areas of Mobile County in Alabama, and heavy rains have contributed to the accidents, said John Kilcullen, director of plans and operations for the mobile emergency management agency.

The governors declared the emergencies in Louisiana and Mississippi, and the authorities closed the cataracts and raised water barriers around New Orleans. It was the first time since Katrina that all the cataracts in the New Orleans area had been sealed.

Still, Edwards said he did not expect the Mississippi River to pour in on the banks, despite the already high water levels from spring rains and melting snow upstream. The barriers vary in height from about 20 feet to 25 feet (from 6 meters to 7.5 meters).

The authorities told at least 10,000 people in exposed and flat areas along the Gulf coast to leave, but no evacuations were made in New Orleans, where officials urged residents to "take refuge on the spot".

Despite the calm, New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell warned that the storm continued to pose a threat.

"The slowness has further pushed the timing of the expected impacts today, tonight and Sunday, which means that New Orleans residents are not out of this world with this system.

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Police in Virginia confirmed that human remains found in a waste incinerator earlier this month belong to a two-year-old who has disappeared.

The Hampton police said in a brief statement that the DNA analysis confirmed that the remains are those of Noah Tomlin.

Noah's mother, Julia Tomlin, was charged with three counts of juvenile murder involving three children, including Noah. He reported that Noah disappeared on June 24, causing a massive search.

When the remains were found, the Hampton police chief refused to say how the police believe they ended up there and who they think is responsible. Even the local prosecutor refused to discuss the case.

July 13, 2019 / 1:54 pm | History:

South Korea and Japan on Friday failed to immediately resolve their dispute over the Japanese export restrictions that could harm South Korean technology companies, as Seoul asked for an investigation by nations Unite or another international body.

Last week, Tokyo strengthened the approval process for photoresist and other sensitive materials shipments to South Korea, stating that they can only be exported to reliable business partners. The move, which could interest South Korea's semiconductor and display manufacturers used on TVs and smartphones, sparked a full-blown diplomatic dispute and further aggravated long-troubled reports of Korea's brutal Japanese colonial rule before Korea end of the second world war.

At their first meeting in Tokyo since the crisis broke out, Japanese officials told their South Korean counterparts that Tokyo saw weaknesses in Seoul's export controls. They said trade curbs were not retaliation for South Korean court sentences ordering Japanese companies to compensate old South Korean complainants for forced labor during World War II, according to an official from the Japanese Ministry of Affairs.

Lee Ho-hyeon, an official from the South Korean trade ministry, said Japanese officials have cited inadequate bilateral discussions as a reason why their government has tightened controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, but he did not clearly state whether Tokyo believes that Seoul could have illegally transferred sensitive materials to North Korea.

Lee said South Korean officials replied that Seoul has a stronger export control system than Tokyo.

Japanese officials also reiterated that they will not negotiate on the trade curbs and said, without specifying, that there have been "inappropriate" cases regarding Japanese exports to South Korea. When South Korean officials urged him, the The Japanese said the cases were not related to illegal shipments to a third country, but refused to provide details, said Lee.

He said South Korean officials protested that Japan is only providing "very abstract" reasons for its stricter export controls.

"The positions are still different (between the two sides)," said Lee. "We have not seen any willingness on the part of Japan to change its measures from this meeting."

The meeting started in a freezing atmosphere, with officials jumping handshakes and staring at each other across the table in silence for several minutes, and continued for almost six hours.

Kim You-geun, deputy director of South Korea's presidential national security bureau, said South Korea is fully implementing U.N. against North Korea on its nuclear weapons program. He demanded that Japan provide evidence for statements by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his conservative aides that there may have been illegal transfers of sensitive materials from South Korea to North Korea.

Kim said his government is proposing to Japan to accept a US or other body's investigation into both countries' export controls to end "useless arguments" and to clearly show whether the claims Japanese are true or not.

He said that South Korea has imposed strict export controls on weapons and sensitive materials that can be used for both civil and military purposes as signatories of important international agreements that regulate such transactions.

"If the result of the investigation reveals that our government has done something wrong, our government will apologize for this and will immediately apply measures to correct it," said Kim, reading a live TV statement.

"If the result shows that our government has done nothing wrong, the Japanese government should not only apologize, but also immediately withdraw export restrictions that have the characteristics of a (political) retaliation," he said.

South Korea plans to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization. Its trade minister said Tuesday that an "emergency check" of companies that process and export chemicals imported from Japan have not detected any signs of illegal transactions that would allow them to reach North Korea or any other country affected by the UN sanctions.

July 13, 2019 / 1:39 pm | History:

The friends and family of the reality show companion "Dog the Bounty Hunter", Beth Chapman, gathered in Colorado to remember her life.

The funeral services in Chapman, in Colorado's state of origin, were broadcast live on Saturday.

Chapman died last month at the age of 51 in Hawaii, where he lived with his family. He had fought against cancer for about two years.

Chapman and her husband Duane "Dog" Chapman starred on the A & E show until it was canceled in 2012. The show followed the couple as they captured the people who avoided the arrest warrants.

Later they starred in "Dog & Beth: On the Hunt" by Country Music Television.

Chapman was born Alice Elizabeth Smith in Denver. He married Duane Chapman, the world's most self-proclaimed bounty hunter, in 2006.

13 July 2019 / 12:13 pm | History:

BISBEE, Ariz. – The darkest and most violent chapter in the history of Bisbee has been a secret for decades in the old copper city of Arizona, 11 kilometers north of the US-Mexico border.

But few residents knew the details of how about 1,200 miners, most of them immigrants, were violently torn from their homes a century ago by a private police and loaded onto wagons for their deportation to a desolate area of ​​New Mexico.

The filming of "Bisbee & # 39; 17", a documentary about what happened on 12 July 1917, was a history lesson for the residents recruited to play historical figures in the production filmed exactly 100 years after he married documentary and performance collective. It is, in turn, a Western story, a music and a ghost story.

The film mixes the past and present of the city, the residents dressed in period clothing but moving through the current Bisbee. Strikes recently replaced with antique guns stand in a classroom complete with overhead projector and modern luminous figures. "Enjoy the AC while you have it!" a man standing in front of a modern bus tells the residents dressed as miners as they travel to the rail cars for their deportation.

After debuting last year at the Sundance Film Festival, "Bisbee & # 39; 17" will be broadcast nationally for the first time on Monday night on the documentary series PBS POV. In Arizona, it will be shown at 21:00

It is the sixth film by director Robert Greene, filmmaker-in-chief for the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri. A previous film "Kate Plays Christine" won a jury prize for writing at Sundance 2016. "Owning The Weather", his first documentary, was screened at the COP15 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

Greene said he learned about the town of Bisbee about 15 years ago when he first visited southeastern Arizona to help his future mother-in-law settle an old hut.

"I completely fell in love with the city," Greene said of the strange community of old hippies, immigrants, motorcycle mechanics and descendants of miners and corporate executives. The city today leans on the political left and has an active cultural scene that includes live theater. It features Victorian-style houses built on hilly terrain, along with other architectural gems. The open hole on the edge of Bisbee, which was once the Lavender Pit copper mine, is a constant reminder of the area's mining history.

Greene said he started thinking of ways to make a film about the deportation of Bisbee shortly after learning about it. As the 100th anniversary approached two years ago, he said, "we knew the time had come".

The documentary tells how the leaders of the Phelps Dodge copper mining operation feared a strike by the miners who sympathized with the "Wobblies", members of the world's radical industrial workers.

The United States had just entered World War I and company officials feared that miners of foreign origin would try to obstruct the war effort.

Working with the mine bosses, the local sheriff has hastily delegated about 2,000 strikes to gather around 1,200 miners, mostly immigrants from Mexico and from Eastern Europe. They were guided by a pistol aimed at the baseball field in the nearby Warren community, locked up in rail cars and shipped to Hermanas, New Mexico.

13 July 2019 / 11.14 | History:

Vice President Mike Pence visited two detention facilities on the Texas border, including a border patrol station where hundreds of men were crowded in stuffy cages without cradles.

Some of the men said they were hungry and stayed there for 40 days or more.

"Look, this is tough stuff," Pence admitted at a later press conference.

"I knew we would see an overcrowded system," he added. "He is overwhelmed and that is why Congress must act."

Pence's office said the tour was part of an effort to show that the Trump administration provides adequate care to migrants. But the scene witnessed by the vice president is sure to raise new criticisms about the conditions migrants encounter in US government facilities.

Caged migrants were in an area of ​​the McAllen border patrol station. When the detainees saw the reporters arrive, many started shouting, saying they had been there for 40 days or more and were hungry and wanted to brush their teeth. The agents who guarded the cages wore face masks. The print pool that covered the vice president was removed within 90 seconds.

The conditions were described by a reporter from the Washington Post, who said that the fenced cages were so crowded that it was impossible for all men to lie on the concrete.

The scene resembled what a general inspector found in a ferocious report delivered last week based on trips to border police facilities near the Rio Grande, including the station visited by Pence. The report quoted a senior government official who called the situation a "time bomb".

Michael Banks, the agent in charge of the McAllen station, Pence, visited, said that the men held there could brush their teeth once a day. He said he received deodorant after a shower, but admitted that many of the men didn't shower for 10 or 20 days. He also said that the longest that every man was there was 32 days.

President Donald Trump said earlier that he had sent Pence to the border to dispel the news of the terrible conditions in the detention centers for migrants.

"They are crowded because we have a lot of people, but they are in good shape," Trump said. He complained of "bogus" reporting the conditions of the New York Times.

Previously, on his tour, Pence visited another detention facility with a series of large white tents where most of the inmates lay on nursery mats with thin tin-shaped blankets. Many of the families had to be released within 72 hours. Pence told reporters that every family he spoke to said he was well looked after.

13 July 2019 / 7:02 | History:

Residents of a city in Siberia do not need to fly to tropical locations for picturesque selfies taken from pristine turquoise waters. Thousands of Novosibirsk residents – ranging from inelegantly dressed women to newlyweds – have been busy instagrammating themselves near a bright blue lake dubbed "the Siberian Maldives".

The lake is blue, however, due to a chemical reaction between toxic waste elements from a local power plant. Environmentalists warn people that they do not come into contact with water.

"We can only compare it with photos from the Maldives," said Sergey Griva, a local who visited the lake, adding that he was never in the Maldives and could not find it on a map.

Dmitry Shakhov, a Russian environmentalist, warned that water in the lake can cause allergic reactions or even chemical burns if ingested or touched.

"This water is saturated with heavy metals (and) harmful substances," he said.

The Siberian Generating Company said on Friday it had deployed guards to keep offenders, but insists the lake presents no environmental hazard.

12 July 2019 / 21:00 | History:

Homeowners have got into the dirt and tourists trying to get out of the city have blocked the airport on Friday while tropical storm Barry has started rolling, threatening a soggy epic that could test how well New Orleans has strengthened the its flood protection in the 14 years since Hurricane Katrina.

With the storm expected to break out next Saturday at Morgan City as the first hurricane of the season, the authorities hurried to close the floodgates and raise the barriers around the New Orleans metropolitan area of ​​1.3 million people for fear of disastrous floods.

The storm was expected to inflict the most damage in Louisiana and parts of the Mississippi, with wind and rain hitting more than 3 million people.

About 3,000 National Guard troops, along with other rescue teams, have been deployed around Louisiana with boats, high-water vehicles and helicopters. Drinking water was aligned and utility crews with bucket trucks moved into position.

"It's happening … Your preparation window is shrinking," National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned. He added: "It is powerful, it is strengthening and water will be a big problem."

Friday night, residents received good news from meteorologists: the Mississippi River is expected to crest in New Orleans at about 17.1 feet (5.1 meters), not 19 feet (5.8 meters), as was previously expected. The banks that protect the city range from about 20 to 25 feet in height (6 to 7.5 meters).

While 10,000 people or more in exposed and flat areas along the Gulf coast have been told to leave, no evacuations have been made in New Orleans, where officials have instead urged residents to "take refuge" starting at 20:00.

"My concerns are just hoping that it won't be another Katrina," said Donald Wells, a restaurant chef in New Orleans.

Meteorologists have said that Barry's slow movement could drain 10 to 20 inches (25 to 50 centimeters) of rain through Sunday in an area of ​​Louisiana that includes New Orleans and Baton Rouge, as well as southwestern Mississippi, with pockets in Louisiana that get 25 inches (63 centimeters).

The main fronts of the storm flagellated the state with rain bands for most of the day and some coastal roads were already under water.

12 July 2019 / 10:21 | History:

Dozens of people against the consumption of dog meat, including the American actress Kim Basinger, met on Friday next in the National Assembly in Seoul on one of the three "days of dog meat" in South Korea.

About 20 others stopped nearby asking for the legalization of dog meat. There have been no reports of violence.

Under a traditional calendar, Friday is considered the first of the three hottest days in South Korea. Many South Koreans believe that eating dog meat or chicken soup in those days gives them the strength to beat the heat.

"They don't need your tears, they need your help," Basinger said of the dogs. "We must end this cruelty on this planet, we must help anything that suffers."

Protesters exposed signs saying "How many millions must die before dog meat ends?" They also put fake dog carcasses on a table.

About 30 feet away, farmers who bred dogs sold at restaurants brought steamed dog meat and ate it with kimchi.

Dog meat is neither legal nor explicitly prohibited in South Korea. Dog meat restaurants are a declining affair because younger people find dog meat a less attractive alternative for meals. Pets are growing in popularity, and a survey of last year indicated that about 80% of South Koreans had not eaten dog meat in the previous year.

Many people still oppose the ban on dog meat because they believe it surrenders to Western pressure. Some older people believe that dog meat increases sexual stamina.

12 July 2019 / 7:16 | History:


Labor secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday that he is resigning after a renewed examination of his management of a secret 2008 agreement with wealthy financier Jeffrey Esptein, accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

President Donald Trump, with Acosta by his side, made the announcement as he left the White House for a trip to Wisconsin and Ohio. The president said that Acosta was a "great" secretary of labor.

"I hate to see it happen," Trump said. He said he did not ask Acosta to leave the Cabinet.

Acosta said his resignation would be effective in seven days. Acosta said he didn't think it was right for his handling of Epstein's case to distract him from his job as a job secretary.

"My point here today is that we have an extraordinary economy and the focus must be on job creation in the economy," said Acosta.

Acosta was the United States attorney in Miami when he oversaw a 2008 non-prosecution agreement, Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein avoided federal charges, pleaded guilty to state charges and served 13 months in prison. Similar accusations recently filed against Epstein by federal prosecutors in New York conferred the role of Acosta in the 2008 deal under a new verification.

Major Democratic parliamentarians and presidential candidates had demanded that Acosta resign because he managed the agreement, that a federal judge violated federal law because Acosta did not notify Epstein's victims of the agreement. The Justice Department has investigated.

Trump had initially defended Acosta, but said he would look "very closely" at his management of the 2008 agreement.

The agreement was reviewed at the start of this year after the Miami Herald was reported.

Epstein, 66, reached an agreement to secretly end a federal sexual abuse investigation that involved at least 40 teenage girls who could have taken him behind bars for life. Si è invece dichiarato colpevole di accuse di stato, ha trascorso 13 mesi in carcere, ha pagato gli insediamenti alle vittime ed è un trasgressore sessuale registrato.

Acosta aveva tentato di cancellare il suo nome e ha tenuto una conferenza stampa – incoraggiata da Trump – per difendere le sue azioni. Con una confutazione dell'avvocato di oltre 50 minuti, Acosta ha affermato che il suo ufficio si era assicurato il miglior accordo possibile in quel momento e stava lavorando nell'interesse della vittima.

Acosta è un ex procuratore federale e capo dei diritti civili. Prima di entrare nell'amministrazione è stato decano della facoltà di giurisprudenza della Florida International University.


Trump dice che il segretario del lavoro Acosta si dimette; la mossa arriva dopo le critiche alla sua gestione del caso di Jeffrey Epstein.

12 luglio 2019 / 5:43 | Storia:

La prima spedizione di un sistema di difesa missilistica russo è arrivata in Turchia, ha detto il ministero della Difesa turco, spostando il paese più vicino a possibili sanzioni statunitensi e una nuova situazione di stallo con Washington.

Una dichiarazione del ministero della Difesa ha detto che "il primo gruppo di equipaggiamenti" dei sistemi di difesa aerea S-400 ha raggiunto la base aerea di Murted vicino alla capitale, Ankara. La consegna di parti del sistema continuerà nei prossimi giorni e le autorità decideranno "come sarà usato" una volta che il sistema sarà reso operativo, ha detto l'autorità turca per l'industria della difesa in una dichiarazione.

Gli Stati Uniti hanno fortemente esortato la Turchia, membro della NATO, a ritirarsi dall'accordo – che costerebbe oltre 2 miliardi di dollari – avvertendo il paese che dovrà affrontare sanzioni economiche nell'ambito dell'Atto contro-avversari attraverso le sanzioni dell'America contraente se procederà all'acquisto. Ha anche detto che la Turchia non sarà autorizzata a partecipare al programma per la produzione di caccia ad alta tecnologia F-35.

Sebbene il presidente degli Stati Uniti Donald Trump abbia espresso comprensione per la decisione della Turchia di acquistare il sistema russo durante un incontro con il presidente turco Recep Tayyip Erdogan a margine di un incontro del G-20 in Giappone, Washington ha ripetutamente affermato che il sistema russo è incompatibile con i sistemi NATO e è una minaccia per l'F-35.

Le sanzioni segnerebbero un nuovo minimo nelle relazioni già tese tra la Turchia e gli Stati Uniti. Lo scorso anno, gli Stati Uniti hanno imposto sanzioni alla Turchia per la detenzione di un pastore americano, scatenando una crisi valutaria turca.

L'accordo con la Russia – il primo accordo di questo tipo tra la Russia e un membro della NATO – ha anche sollevato la preoccupazione che la Turchia si stia avvicinando alla sfera di influenza di Mosca.

La Turchia ha rifiutato di piegarsi alle pressioni degli Stati Uniti, insistendo sul fatto che la scelta delle attrezzature di difesa da acquistare è una questione di sovranità nazionale.

"Abbiamo sempre detto riguardo agli S400 che si tratta di un accordo che è stato finalizzato e il processo continua a progredire", ha detto ai giornalisti il ​​ministro degli Esteri turco Mevlut Cavusoglu. "Non ci sono problemi e il processo continuerà in modo sano andando avanti".

In Russia, il portavoce del Cremlino Dmitry Peskov ha detto ai giornalisti: "Tutto sta andando rigorosamente nel rispetto degli accordi e dei contratti firmati". Non ha voluto commentare un calendario per la consegna, ma ha insistito sul fatto che entrambe le parti si sono impegnate a rispettare il contratto.

12 luglio 2019 / 5:30 | Storia:

Il cantante R. Kelly, già accusato di accuse di abusi sessuali portate dai pubblici ministeri dell'Illinois, è stato arrestato giovedì a Chicago per un'accusa di un gran giurì federale che elencava 13 capi di reato, tra cui crimini sessuali e ostruzione alla giustizia.

Il portavoce dell'ufficio del procuratore degli Stati Uniti, Joseph Fitzpatrick, ha detto che il cantante R & B è stato preso in custodia alle 7 di sera. ora locale ed era detenuto dalle autorità federali. Secondo il sito web del Federal Bureau of Prisons, Kelly si svolge presso il Metropolitan Correctional Center di Chicago.

È stato arrestato dopo che l'accusa è stata pronunciata giovedì scorso nella corte federale per il distretto settentrionale dell'Illinois.

"I conteggi includono pornografia infantile, allettamento di un minore e ostruzione della giustizia", ​​ha detto Fitzpatrick, aggiungendo che ulteriori dettagli saranno pubblicati venerdì.

L'arresto è stato la seconda volta quest'anno in cui Kelly è stata arrestata a Chicago per reati sessuali. Il 52enne vincitore del Grammy, il cui vero nome è Robert Kelly, è stato arrestato a febbraio su 10 capi dell'Illinois che hanno coinvolto quattro donne, tre delle quali erano minorenni quando si è verificato il presunto abuso. Si è dichiarato non colpevole di tali accuse ed è stato rilasciato su cauzione.

Poi, il 30 maggio, i procuratori della Contea di Cook hanno aggiunto altri 11 conteggi relativi al sesso che coinvolgono una delle donne che lo hanno accusato di abusare sessualmente di lei quando era minorenne.

Darrell Johnson, un pubblicista per Kelly, ha detto che ha pianificato di rilasciare una dichiarazione sugli ultimi sviluppi in una conferenza stampa di venerdì mattina ad Atlanta. Ha rifiutato di commentare prima di quel momento.

Gli avvocati di Kelly non sono stati immediatamente raggiungibili per un commento sulle accuse federali. Fitzpatrick ha detto che la data e l'ora di reclamo di Kelly non erano ancora state stabilite.

Kelly ha affrontato crescenti problemi legali quest'anno dopo che Lifetime ha trasmesso un documentario "Surviving R. Kelly", che ha rivisitato le accuse di abuso sessuale delle ragazze. La serie ha seguito la "R Kelly: Sex, Girls & Videotapes" della BBC, pubblicata nel 2018, che affermava che il cantante stava tenendo le donne contro la loro volontà e gestendo un "culto sessuale".

Poco dopo l'uscita del documentario Lifetime, l'avvocato della contea di Cook, Kim Foxx, ha dichiarato che il suo ufficio è stato sommerso da richieste in merito alle accuse nel documentario. Le indagini del suo ufficio hanno portato alle accuse a febbraio e ulteriori conteggi aggiunti a maggio.

Kelly evitò la prigione dopo che simili accuse furono fatte più di dieci anni fa. Una giuria nel 2008 gli ha assolto le accuse di pedopornografia che derivavano da una videocassetta, ottenuta dal Chicago Sun-Times, che avrebbe mostrato che Kelly faceva sesso con una minorenne.

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