Monday, April 22, 2024

Double Shocks: R. Kelly Indicted in Chicago on 10 Sex Charges, Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged with Soliciting Prostitutes in Palm Beach


Two big shockers in the news right now:

Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, has been charged in Florida for two counts of solicitation and prostitution. I actually thought this was from the Onion when it popped up on my Twitter timeline. Kraft’s name came up in a sting in Palm Beach. Even wildly overpaid NFL chief Roger Goodell won’t be able to save Kraft if he’s found guilty. The prostitutes are connected to an international human  trafficking ring. Kraft, a billionaire with a strange personal life, paid between $49 and $79 for sex acts. His reps deny everything and Kraft hasn’t been arrested yet. According to the police, they have him and the prostitutes on video, performing sex acts. (I never ever want to see that.)

Then: R. Kelly, R&B star who escaped the law for decades, has been indicted in Chicago on 10 counts  of aggravated child sexual abuse.  Last night two more accusers turned up, claiming that Kelly raped them in the 1990s.

Kelly stood trial in 2008 and was acquitted in an earlier trial with different accusers. But a recent Lifetime documentary laid out all the cases against  him and sparked a new look into Kelly’s various alleged crimes.

Stay tuned as these two stories develop, separately…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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