EXCLUSIVE One of R. Kelly's alleged victims secretly testified against the singer in front of a federal grand jury that could indict him for tax evasion and sex trafficking. Sources close to the case tell TMZ ... Faith Rodgers recently testified for a grand jury convened by U.S. Attorneys in the Southern District of New York, and we're told more witnesses are expected to provide testimony against Kelly soon. No way to know what Faith told the panel -- federal grand jury proceedings are notoriously top secret -- but she's previously alleged Kelly gave her an STD and sued him last year for false imprisonment and sexual battery. Play video content TMZ.com Faith was also featured in the Lifetime docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly" ... and afterward she claimed Kelly posted private photos of her and sent a notarized letter threatening to reveal details of her sex life in retaliation for her talking publicly. As we've reported, there are 2 Kelly probes currently underway in … [Read more...] about R. Kelly Accuser Faith Rodgers Testified for Federal Grand Jury in NY Probe
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EXCLUSIVE A former employee of R. Kelly told a grand jury the singer regularly recorded tapes of his sexual encounters with underage girls and kept them as trophies ... and they're now believed to be in the hands of the feds. Sources directly connected to the case tell TMZ ... the ex-employee testified in front of a federal grand jury in the Northern District of Illinois Thursday, and claims to have been in possession of multiple tapes in which the singer engages in sex acts with minors. We're told the former employee told grand jurors R. Kelly paid a large sum of cash to the employee and in return, the employee handed a tape over to the singer. We're told somehow the tape in question ended up in the hands of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. Our sources say the ex-employee testified they gave the feds several other child sex tapes featuring Kelly. We're told the former employee said R. Kelly's crew knew full well Kelly had a penchant for having sex with underage girls, but … [Read more...] about R. Kelly’s Ex-Employee Tells Grand Jury There are More Child Sex Tapes
EXCLUSIVE R. Kelly's accusers are giving testimony to a federal grand jury ... alleging the disgraced singer went to great lengths to traffic underage girls for his sexual desires. Sources directly connected to the case tell TMZ ... numerous witnesses testified before the grand jury Wednesday, claiming Kelly's team secured travel at the singer's direction to move them across state lines for sexual purposes while they were underage. And, we're told, the grand jury is also hearing testimony that could lead to obstruction of justice indictments. One of the alleged victims testified Kelly's team paid off witnesses to NOT testify in the 2008 trial ... where Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges. One of the families supposedly paid off by Kelly was the family of the alleged victim in the 2008 trial ... his goddaughter. Prosecutors claimed the girl in a sex tape that was submitted into evidence was the goddaughter, but apparently, the jury wasn't convinced ... in no small part … [Read more...] about R. Kelly Accusers Testify Before Grand Jury About Sex Trafficking
Exclusive TMZ/Getty Composite The two women who have been living with R. Kelly have not been seen since the singer's most recent arrest, and the parents of Joycelyn Savage fear the women may have made a suicide pact. The women, who were living with the singer at Trump Tower Chicago are no longer there, after the feds raided his apartment Thursday night and sealed it off. The Savage family lawyer, Gerald Griggs, tells TMZ, he believes Joycelyn and Azriel Clary are with R. Kelly's people at an undisclosed location in Chicago. Griggs says the Savages are concerned the 2 women may see the handwriting on the wall for R. Kelly and have hatched a plan to kill themselves if it looks like he's not coming back. So far, Griggs says, attempts to locate the 2 women have proven futile. We're told if the parents can't find Joycelyn they are considering getting police involved by filing a missing person's report. Azriel's parents, however, say they know where the 2 girls are ... they're in the … [Read more...] about Parents of R. Kelly’s Alleged Sex Slave Fear Suicide Pact
Kannada actress Sruthi Hariharan has been making headlines on both professional and personal fronts. The actress who had stayed away from the limelight for a long time, returned to social media a few weeks ago, to announce that she was expecting her first child with husband Raam. Anybody who follows Sruthi's work closely knows that she is a big-time workaholic, who is constantly trying to enhance her skills as an actress. But, playing a new mother hasn't been easy for the Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu actress. She has stated that she has not really appreciated mothers and motherhood as much until she had a baby herself. In a conversation with TOI, Sruthi said, "My husband Raam and I, have had a baby girl. She was born on July 26. She's, of course, a bundle of joy and a lot of work. Up until now, I'd not really appreciated mothers and motherhood as much and was busy with my work and career. Now, I appreciate it a lot more." Recently, she also won the National Award for her film … [Read more...] about Sruthi Hariharan Hadn’t Really Appreciated Mothers & Motherhood As Much, Until Now!