Word On The Curb: Fri, July 12 “Kelly Arrested on More Charges; Spinderella Suing; Ja Rule Cleared From Fyre Festival Fraud Claims” Salt-N-Pepa”

Kelly Arrested on More Charges

While out walking his dog yesterday, R. Kelly was surrounded by Chicago police and arrested on more than a dozen new federal sex crime charges including child pornography and obstruction of justice. R Kelly’s publicist said a news conference is planned for Friday morning to discuss the charges. Kelly’s attorneys have not commented on the latest round of charges. It is not immediately clear if any of these charges were related to the  previous sex-related felony charges that have been leveled against him.

Took long enough, but R. Kelly might just be going to PRISON.

Spinderella Suing Salt-N-Pepa

DJ Spinderella, the longtime DJ for Salt-N-Pepa for over 35 years, is suing them for unpaid royalties, trademark infringement, fraud, and breach of contract.

Spinderella claims they have always shorted her. It started when she was promised one-third of the royalties earned from their 1999 “Best Of” album, but never received it. Spin says she didn’t even know the record existed until she got an “unexpected” call from Pepa saying she and Salt would give her $125,000 for the album – money Spin says she never received.

The lawsuit states, the group made more than $600,000 in royalties over the last ten years, but she hasn’t seen a fraction of the same pay. Spin claims Salt and Pepa asked her to reduce her “agreed-upon” pay for the Las Vegas Residency Show that began last October. She ultimately accepted a deal under which she would defer 50% of her pay for the Vegas shows in return for a higher per-show fee for the group’s national reunion tour with New Kids On The Block, called “the Mix Tape Tour.” However, she says that on Jan. 4, just days after she accepted the deferred compensation agreement, she was fired from the group.

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Ja Rule Cleared From Fyre Festival Fraud Claims ⠀

A federal court on Wednesday dismissed a class-action lawsuit against Ja Rule that alleged he falsely promoted the Fyre Festival. He a founder of the 2017 event, which promised a luxury experience but turned out to be a disaster.

The suit was filed by festival attendees against both Ja Rule (whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins) and Fyre Festival Chief Marketing Officer Grant Margolin. But a judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that Ja Rule and Margolin didn’t know the event would be a disaster. Fyre Festival creator Billy McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison last year for wire fraud charges.

Earlier this year, Netflix and Hulu released competing documentaries about the debacle.

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BIRTHDAYS

  • Charlie Murphy  (1959 – 2017)
  • Bill Cosby is 82.

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