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When a federal jury found R. Kelly guilty on nine charges related to racketeering and sex trafficking in September, it brought some measure of legal closure to his long trail of abuse. Accusations of the singer’s sexual misconduct began surfacing nearly three decades ago: Over the course of his career, Kelly married a 15-year-old Aaliyah, faced and was acquitted on child-pornography charges, and, calling himself the Pied Piper of R&B, cultivated an artistic persona that positioned sex as a matter of his eccentric genius.

At Kelly’s sentencing hearing in a Brooklyn courtroom on Wednesday, Judge Ann Marie Donnelly, in announcing her decision, reflected on the scale of his abuses: “These crimes were calculated and carefully planned for almost 25 years.” She sentenced the singer, who worked at the highest rungs of pop and R&B, to 30 years in prison.

Kelly’s trial lasted six weeks and included testimony from over 40 witnesses. Prosecutors described the singer as the leader of a criminal enterprise made up of his entourage and employees who leveraged his celebrity in service of recruiting his scores of underage victims. Prosecutors had requested a sentence of at least 25 years, while Kelly’s attorneys asked for 10 or fewer. Kelly is 55 years old.

Wednesday’s hearing expanded on the horrors delineated during his trial last year, and added to them a level of detail about the enduring impact of Kelly’s abuse. A woman testifying under the name Addie, who said Kelly sexually assaulted her in 1994, said in her victim statement in the courtroom that she has suffered “within my heart from emotional breakdowns and thoughts of suicide and self-sabotage.”

Lizzette Martinez, who said she met Kelly when she was 17 years old in 1995, said that a “lifetime of depression and PTSD” began with his sexual assaults. She recalled how his friends and entourage looked on as she became his “sex slave” for years.

Turning to Kelly, she said, “Robert, you destroyed so many people’s lives.”

“I feel like I should refresh your memory,” said another woman, identified as Jane Doe No. 2, as she addressed Kelly. The woman met Kelly when he was 31 and she was 19. She recounted how Kelly forced her to perform oral sex on him in a car filled with his 30-something friends.

“Do you remember that?” she said in a firm voice.

As Kelly whispered with his lawyers, the woman paused her own statement: “I’m sorry, I didn’t want to interrupt his conversation.”

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Outside of such interactions with his counsel, Kelly didn’t visibly move or react during the victim statements or as Donnelly read his sentence.

While Kelly’s trial was the first high-profile case of the #MeToo era in which most of the victims were Black, race was rarely mentioned in the court proceedings. Kelly amassed success and acclaim across the landscape of American pop music, and more specifically in the Black traditions of R&B and gospel. As Kitti Jones, who has said that Kelly abused her during their relationship between 2011 and 2013, spoke on Wednesday, she pointed to the time that passed before Kelly’s crimes caught up to him.

“Knowing his fanbase looked like many of his victims,” Jones said, “he knew the public would never believe them.”

The only words Kelly had for the courtroom, just before his sentence was delivered, were: “Yes, your honor, that’s my wish.” He was confirming his lawyer Jennifer Bonjean’s remark that he didn’t wish to address the judge or his victims, citing his other pending cases. (Kelly also faces sex crimes charges in Minnesota at the state level and federal charges in Illinois, all of which he has denied.) As in Kelly’s sentencing submission to the court, Bonjean said on Wednesday that mitigating factors for Kelly’s sentence should include his own history of childhood abuse.

“He accepts that he is a flawed individual,” she said. “He does sit here with regrets.”

Donnelly, in explaining her sentencing decision, said she took Kelly’s experience of abuse into account, but only up to a point: “Even if it is a form of an explanation, it is certainly not an excuse.” She wondered how it all could’ve happened in plain sight.

“I don’t know why these people turned a blind eye,” Donnelly said, referring to the members of Kelly’s enterprise. “Maybe it just became normal to these people.”

The sentence she decided on is about as long as the record of Kelly’s abuse. For decades, he operated with near-total impunity as his career flourished. A woman using the pseudonym Angela on Wednesday spoke to how the truths of Kelly’s life and his work had finally begun to converge: “Your self-proclaimed alter ego of the Pied Piper could not exist without the living, breathing Robert Sylvester Kelly.”

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Rosie O’Donnell regrets making fun of Anne Heche for a previous TV interview the actress did many years ago.

The comedian said she “felt bad” for the jokes she cracked about Heche, who at the time spoke about her apparent relationships with aliens with renowned US journalist Barbara Walters  

However, with Heche now fighting for her life in a coma after suffering severe burns after crashing her car in LA, O’Donnell said her past comments were out of line. 

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Rosie O’Donnell ‘feels bad’ for mocking Anne Heche’s previous TV interview. (TikTok)

“I can’t stop thinking about this Anne Heche accident and how horrifying the whole thing is and feeling bad that I made fun of her when she was talking to Barbara Walters about having a relationship with space aliens,” O’Donnell said in a TikTok video

“I wonder if she’s OK. I think it’s a miracle that she didn’t kill anyone … and I hope she survives. But wow, what a tragic tale. That car was on fire for a long time, they say.”

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The interview in question was the one Heche gave ABC program 20/20, during which she told Walters she created a persona named Celestia to help her cope after she was allegedly sexually molested by her father when she was younger.

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“I’m not crazy. But it’s a crazy life. I was raised in a crazy family and it took 31 years to get the crazy out of me,” Heche told the journalist at the time.

“I had a fantasy world that I escaped to. I called my other personality Celestia. I believed I was from that world. I believed I was from another planet. I think I was insane.”

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Anne Heche was driving her car in LA when she reportedly crashed it into a garage of an apartment complex. (Getty)

O’Donnell then mocked Heche during a charity benefit held at Carolines Comedy Club in New York the following year.

“What the hell kind of train wreck was that?” the comedian asked the crowd, before also poking fun of Heche’s sexuality and former relationship with Ellen DeGeneres

“She couldn’t just say, ‘I was a lesbian for two years, it didn’t work out for me?’”

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Heche is currently in critical condition as she fights for her life following a car crash over the weekend, leaving her with severe burns. A representative for the star has told Page Six the actress has since fallen unconscious and slipped into a coma.

“Shortly after the accident, Anne Heche became unconscious, slipping into a coma,” her spokesperson told the outlet. “She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention.”

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Queens supporting queens! Beyoncé expressed her deep appreciation for Madonna after the duo released their new single “Break My Soul (The Queens Remix)” on Friday.

Madonna, 63, took to her Instagram Story on Tuesday, August 8, to share a heartfelt note the “Halo” singer, 40, sent her along with a bouquet of flowers.

“Thank you, Queen. I’m so grateful for you,” the message read. “You have opened so many doors for so many women. You are a masterpiece genius. Thank you for allowing me to sing in your song and thank you for naming the remix!!!! Love always and forever, B.”

Madonna, for her part, subsequently thanked the former Destiny’s Child member for the gesture, captioning the picture, “❤️❤️thank you!! from one 👑 to another 👑. I love the Re-Mix! @beyonce ❤️❤️,” before sharing a second snap of the flowers, which included lilies and white roses.

Beyoncé’s latest remix — which is her fifth collaboration for the song — samples Madonna’s hit pop anthem “Vogue,” while paying tribute to legendary Black female artists, including Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross.

Following the release of Renaissance in July, the Texas native took to social media to thank her fans for their unfaltering loyalty.

“Thank you for your unwavering support,” she wrote via Instagram at the time. “Thank you for being patient. We are going to take out time and Enjoy the music. I will continue to give my all and do my best to bring you joy. I Love You Deep.”

While the record quickly earned both fan and critical acclaim, it has also garnered its fair share of controversy. One day prior to the album’s release, Kelis claimed that the “Formation” singer used a sample of her 2003 hit “Milkshake” without permission.

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“My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astounding,” the New York native said via Instagram at the time. “I heard about this the same way everyone else did. Nothing is ever as it seems, some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have everyone fooled.”

While Beyoncé has seemingly since removed the sample, the album, which is the “Crazy In Love” artist’s seventh studio release, once again came under fire when fans began to criticize the Dreamgirls star for using the word “spazz” in her song “Heated” — a slang term derived from the word “spastic” and considered to be derogatory toward people with spastic cerebral palsy.

The “Single Ladies” singer, however, quickly responded to the feedback, making the necessary changes. “The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced,” read an August 1 statement from the songwriter’s team. However, Monica Lewinsky also asked the Grammy Award winner to alter lyrics from her song “Partition,” which name drops the anti-bullying advocate, 49, referencing her affair with Bill Clinton.

“Uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition,” Lewinsky tweeted in August, in response to the news that “Heated” would eliminate the ablest slur.

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Following her romantic summer European tour with new girlfriend Ramona AgrumaRebel Wilson was seen heading out to the gym! The Bridesmaids actor, 42, appeared in photos in upscale Los Feliz, Los Angeles, rocking sleek black leggings and a matching sports bra as she headed to a local gym on Tuesday, August 9. Rebel also wore a black visor and finished off the look with bright pink sneakers and a pair of Airpods.

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Rebel Wilson heads to a gym in Los Feliz, Los Angeles on August 9, 2022. (SL, Terma / BACKGRID)

Rebel has been living it up since she announced her new relationship with Ramona via Instagram on June 9. They’ve been seen snuggling up in Paris, Italy, Iceland, and Turkey during the summer. Their activities during the whirlwind extended trip included yachting, helicopter rides, and a number of romantic dinners.

The glowing couple were photographed while attending an event on Monday, August 8, in a new pic posted for Rebel’s 11.3 million Instagram followers. “Night At The Malibu! Congrats @benstiller on your exquisite new show Severance!” Rebel captioned a pic with Ramona and Ben Stiller, cleverly nodding to his iconic Night at the Museum movies.

The Pitch Perfect actress’s public appearance with Ramona back at home reinforces their already-strong relationship. In fact, a source told us in July that the couple is only getting closer — and even considering starting a family together. “Rebel started her fertility journey on her own, that’s how much she has her heart set on becoming a mother, but she’s over the moon that she’s found a partner that wants the same thing,” a source close to the actress told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY last month. “Rebel is such a nurturing person, she loves taking care of people, everyone says what a great mum she’ll be.”

And a source told us in separate comments that they are “inseparable.” “Rebel and Ramona have been on several vacations together, but this is their first getaway since Rebel came out, so it is quite special for her,” a pal told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY in a July 6 report. “She knows that she has made the right decision and is overwhelmed by the love and support she has gotten from everyone. Rebel is deeply in love with Ramona, and she knows that she feels the same. Rebel does not see herself being with anyone else and she truly believes that she is her soul partner.”

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