R. Kelly was briefly jailed in Chicago this week following his indictment on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Kelly, 52, pleaded not guilty to charges he abused four women between 1998 and 2010, three of whom were minors. One alleged victim asked for the singer’s autograph following his child pornography trial in 2008. They subsequently had a two-year sexual relationship, during which Kelly allegedly would slap and choke the woman, then a minor. She provided a semen-stained shirt to police that tested positive for Kelly’s DNA. Kelly initially failed to post $100,000 to make bail, with his attorney saying Kelly “doesn’t have any money.” Kelly was released when a friend posted the bail.
John Wayne’s unapologetically bigoted views resurfaced and went viral on social media last week. “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility,” the famously conservative actor told Playboy magazine in 1971, eight years before his death. “We can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks,” whom he called “irresponsible.” The star of dozens of Westerns, Wayne was asked whether he sympathized with the real-life plight of Native Americans. “Our so-called stealing of this country from them was just a matter of survival,” he said. “There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.”
Celebrity psychiatrist Keith Ablow faces malpractice lawsuits from three former patients claiming he pressured them into abusive sexual experiences, sometimes during treatment sessions. The lawsuits, two of which were filed last week, accuse the Massachusetts-based Ablow of pursuing a “master/slave” sexual relationship with three women he treated for acute depression. They say the author and former Fox News contributor beat them during sex and spoke of his “ownership” of them. Three women who worked for Ablow have backed the accusations and say they, too, were sexually harassed. Ablow “categorically” denies the accusations. ■