Criminal injustice? R. Kelly & Other Celebrities in Court.

Criminal injustice and R. Kelly?

Among the big news stories this week, one’s got crim injustice” written all over it in my humble opinion.

Criminal Injustice

R&B singer R. Kelly turned himself in to the Chicago police last night  after being indicted. He did so to answer charges of  10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse against four victims, three of them minors. Criminal sex abuse is the term for the what’s also been called statutory rape.

Robert S. Kelly, a native of Chicago, is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player. His first marriage was to  a 15 year old whom he met when she was just 12.

Today, Cook County Judge John Lyke set bail at $1 million for Kelly after calling the allegations “disturbing.”  Sources recently reported that Kelly’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $1 million dollars as of 2018, sliping from $150 million. He is currently signed to RCA Records.

I’m not sure whether his passport was revoked at today’s hearing. It’s probably not important since people can sneak out of the US just as easily as they can sneak in. I’m currently writing about the Unicorn Killer in Philly who had rich friends pay his ridiculously low bail of $40,000 in 1979. He skipped to Canada and then Ireland just before his trial was to start in early 1981.

You decide whether justice was done regarding bail and this music titan. There are allegations of racism that justice has been delayed for the young women pressing charges.**

 

 

 

 

 

Other Celebrities in Court

So how do celebs fare compared to you and me?

From the O.J. Simpson murder trial to Bill Cosby’s recent conviction, here’s a Newsday look at some of the more famous celebrities involved in court cases from 1993 through the year before last .

Lindsay Lohan — Actor

Lindsay Lohan's history of drug and alcohol abuse
Photo Credit: Getty Images / David McNew

Lindsay Lohan’s history of drug and alcohol abuse has landed her in court on a number of occasions. She’s been sentenced to jail time and community service times for a variety of reasons, including driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, skipping court dates and failing to attend court-ordered weekly alcohol education classes. Here, she attends a probation revocation hearing at the at a Beverly Hills, Calif., courthouse on July 6, 2010.

Bill Cosby — Comic

By late 2015, Bill Cosby had been accused
Photo Credit: AP Photo / Matt Rourke

By late 2015, Bill Cosby had been accused by more than 50 women of rape, drug- facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. In June 2017 he appeared in court in Montgomery, Pennsylvania, after being arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2005. The case ended in a mistrial but resulted in a conviction when retried. Cosby’s currently serving time in prison.

Martha Stewart — Model, Entrepreneur

In 2004, Martha Stewart was convicted on charges
Photo Credit: Getty Images / David Handschuh

In 2004, Martha Stewart was convicted on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements after lying about a stock sale. She served five months in federal prison and was under house arrest for the offense. Above, she is shown in December 2011, in court again during a legal battle between Macy’s and J.C. Penney over whether they could both carry Martha Stewart-branded goods in their stores.

 Justin Bieber — Singer

Justin Bieber was arrested on charges of driving
Photo Credit: AP Photo / The Miami Herald, Walter Michot, Pool

Justin Bieber was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest in 2014 in Miami after he was stopped while drag-racing. He was released on a plea agreement that involved taking an anger management course and making a $50,000 charitable donation, in addition to paying court-ordered fines.

Paula Poundstone — Comic

Comedian Paula Poundstone was arrested in June 2001
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jason Kirk

Comedian Paula Poundstone was arrested in June 2001 for alleged lewd acts and child abuse involving her three adopted and two foster children. Here, she appears in court in Santa Monica, Calif., on December 5, 2001 where Judge Bernard J. Kamins ruled that she had served her time for a no-contest plea to child abuse and infliction of injury on a child.

Winona Ryder — Actor

In 2001, Winona Ryder was observed three times
Photo Credit: AP Photo / Lee Celano

In 2001, Winona Ryder was observed three times by security officers at stores in New York City and Beverly Hills, Calif., and videotaped twice in suspected shoplifting incidents before ultimately being arrested at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. She appeared on trial in 2002 for theft and vandalism and was sentenced to probation and 480 hours of community service and ordered to pay fines.

Robert Downey Jr. — Actor

Robert Downey Jr.'s struggles with heroin and cocaine
Photo Credit: AP Photo / Nick Ut

Robert Downey Jr.’s struggles with heroin and cocaine addiction landed him in court, and jail, a number of times. Here, in December 1997, he listens to Municipal Judge Lawrence Mira in a Malibu, Calif., courtroom before being sentenced to six months in jail for violating parole on a prior drug conviction.

Michael Vick — Football Player

NFL quarterback Michael Vick appeared in a federal
Photo Credit: AP

NFL quarterback Michael Vick appeared in a federal court in Richmond, Va., in August 2007, where he pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting charge and received a 3-year prison sentence and a $2,500 fine. He was released on good behavior in June 2009.

 O.J. Simpson — Actor, Football Player

Former NFL star and actor O.J. Simpson was
Photo Credit: AP

Former NFL star and actor O.J. Simpson was charged with the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her companion, Ron Goldman, in 1994. The trial lasted 11 months, from November 1994 to October 1995, when Simpson was found not guilty of murder on both counts. He was later arrested again for the robbery of a Las Vegas sports memorabilia shop in 2007, sentenced to prison in 2008 and granted parole in 2017.

  Michael Jackson — Singer

Michael Jackson, who died in 2009, departs the
Photo Credit: AP Photo / Aaron Lambert

Michael Jackson, who died in 2009, departs the Santa Barbara County Superior Court on March 9, 2005 in Santa Maria, Calif., where he was on trial for child molestation. Jackson was later acquitted of all charges in June 2005.

Woody Allen — Comic, Director

Actor and director Woody Allen leaves State Supreme
Photo Credit: AP Photo / Joe Tabacca

Actor and director Woody Allen leaves State Supreme Court in New York on March 26, 1993, after his former lover, actress Mia Farrow testified in her custody case with Allen. Farrow accused Allen of molesting their 7-year-old daughter.

Phil Spector — Music Mogul

Music producer Phil Spector, charged with fatally shooting
Photo Credit: AP Photo / Damian Dovarganes

Music producer Phil Spector, charged with fatally shooting actress Lana Clarkson, appears for a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Sept. 26, 2005. Spector stayed out of the Hollywood spotlight for years until Clarkson’s death. Spector and his lawyers claimed the actress shot herself. Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in state prison in 2009.

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** Chicago reporter Jim DeRogatis published a lengthy Buzzfeed investigation  July 2017 claiming R. Kelly was manipulating and abusing young women. He alleged that many were being “held against [their] will in R. Kelly’s ‘cult.’” (Since the report, many women have come forward with their own stories of sexual abuse and coercion, in some cases while underage.)  A 3-part documentary called Surviving R. Kelly aired on Lifetime last month.
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