FROM Jim DeRogatis
Does R. Kelly admit to anything in his new 19-minute song? In the song “I Admit It,” R. Kelly addresses the sexual misconduct allegations against him. The allegations came from a bombshell story that journalist Jim DeRogatis published last year in Buzzfeed. DeRogatis interviewed parents and others who worked with Kelly. His story alleged that R. Kelly was running an abusive sex cult, keeping young women in apartments and away from their friends and family -- and that he controlled their food, clothing, and when they could shower.
Woman who was allegedly abused by R. Kelly speaks out Last month, journalist Jim DeRogatis wrote a story alleging singer R. Kelly was running an “ abusive cult .” It was based on interviews with the parents of women living or involved with R. Kelly. DeRogatis’ new story features another woman , who says she had a similar abusive sexual relationship with the singer beginning when she was underage. She eventually left R. Kelly and reached a cash settlement.
R. Kelly faces accusations of running a cult The R&B singer was last tried and acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008. Now there are revelations that Kelly lured several young women to live with him and apparently controlled their every move. They are all legally adults, so not much can be done by the authorities.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?