R. Kelly’s latest accuser claims he not only held her against her will, but he also plied her with drugs and alcohol … and left her with an STD. The woman claims she was 19 when she met Kelly in Dallas last June. According to her attorney … she…
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Kelly Clarkson is not one to stir up controversy.
She’s not one to engage in any feuds or get herself involved in really any scandals at all.
But the singer has felt the need to speak out against an accusation no one could have seen coming.
On last night’s edition of The Voice, an aspiring artist named Molly Stevens was shown the door… and she wasn’t happy about it.
The contestant, who is openly gay, wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post that she was upset by a comparison Clarkson made during the battle rounds.
For those who missed the episode, Kelly said Stevens reminded her of the Indigo Girls and Melissa Etheridge, which Stevens referred to as a “labeling trap” and “small minded.”
This is what she wrote in its entirety:
While I’m extremely honored to be in that category of talent, I do believe that comment did us all a disservice and only threw us into a labeling trap
It felt small minded to me and exactly what I feel we need to bring attention to the world. I am a singer-songwriter who happens to be gay.
And so it @melissa_etheridge and @indigogirlsmusic… But it’s a common stereotype that happens too often. People put us in boxes.
How about for today I am just Molly Stevens and you be you too.
As you can see above, Stevens also thanked her preacher for giving her the courage to make this statement.
But it’s not a statement Clarkson believes she deserves.
“Wow. This really bums me out,” the original American Idol Tweeted upon being informed of Stevens’ critique.
She continued, in her own strong defense:
“I need everyone to hear me and hear ALL OF THE WORDS I SAY.
“I compared Molly to Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin (a name that was left out conveniently), and the Indigo Girls purely because of the rasp in her voice and that she’s an amazing storyteller.”
We tend to believe Kelly.
She’s never shown any hints of homophobia or of any kind of “small-minded” thinking.
She’s always seemed incredibly open and laid back and accepting, never really changing at all through the years, even as her fame sky-rocketed to very impressive levels.
Before this issue was brought up, the only thing Clarkson had ever gotten into trouble for was admitting she sometimes spanks her kids.
And even the reaction to that remark seemed a tad overblown.
What do you think of this so-called scandal?
Is it even a scandal?
Did Clarkson misspeak?
Or did Stevens just react in a bitter manner that she later thought better of upon deleting her comment and this really isn’t a story at all?
Sound off now!
When we learn new things about how R. Kelly allegedly keeps women in a sex cult and trains them as “pets,” the new information is never pleasant.
This time, it’s no exception.
One of R. Kelly’s exes has come forward to reveal that, by his own admission, the singer allegedly began “training” at least one woman when she was as young as 14.
R. Kelly is infamous for his long history of reports of sexual misconduct, interest in minors, and the reports that he keeps women in a “sex cult.”
At this point, the fact that he ever makes music is sort of an afterthought
Multiple women have come forward with horror stories about how R. Kelly allegedly grooms and abuses women, sometimes beginning when they are minors.
He offers them money to quit their old lives, using his charisma and fame to seduce them into wanting a life with him.
From there, things get a lot scarier.
R. Kelly reportedly uses physical violence and other abuses, such a the use of starvation as a punishment and cutting off any access to the outside world.
The idea of this happening to adults is a nightmare. But one of the women who has now escaped from R. Kelly’s world says that he begins this treatment on some “pets” when they are still children.
In a new BBC3 documentary, one of R. Kelly’s exes who has bravely come forward with her horrifying story describes how his alleged grooming begins when girls are very young.
The woman, Kitti Jones, describes when she realized this.
“I saw that she was dressed like me, that she was saying the things I’d say, and her mannerisms were like mine.”
She says that there was much more to it than R. Kelly just having a type.
“That’s when it clicked in my head that he had been grooming me to become one of his pets. He calls them his pets.”
Kitti says that R. Kelly had this woman “crawl on the floor towards me and perform oral sex on me, and he said, ‘This is my f–king pet, I trained her.’”
She says that he eventually bragged to her that he had “trained” this girl since she was just 14.
The shocking accusations about R. Kelly surfaced in 2017, but have so far come from adult women — and from their concerned families.
Abusers and cult leaders alike know that it’s important to isolate their victims from their families as much as possible and to encourage total dependence upon them.
That’s one of many factors, in addition to gradual grooming, that helps them maintain control.
That is precisely what R. Kelly is accused of doing. Unfortunately, sometimes law enforcement feels that their hands are tied when victims are adults, because they are likely to tell police that they’re there of their own free will.
Yes, even if they’re being starved as punishment for some perceived slight.
However, the victimization and sexual exploitation of minors might be easier for law enforcement to address … but, like everything else that R. Kelly is accused of doing to these women, may be very difficult to prove after-the-fact.
But this is not in any way the first stomach-churning story that the world has heard about R. Kelly and underage girls.
R. Kelly illegally married Aaliyah in 1994, when she was only 15. He had met her when she was only 12.
Then, in 2002, a video surfaced that allegedly showed R. Kelly having sex with and then urinating upon an underage girl.
When his property was searched by authorities, they recovered multiple images of an underage girl on a camera that was stashed away.
In at least some of the images, R. Kelly was allegedly engaged in sex acts with this underage girl. It was reported that this young woman was the same who appeared in the video tape that had surfaced.
Ultimately, the charges were dropped, as it was determined that the search warrants had lacked probable cause, rendering all of the findings fruit of the poisonous tree in the eyes of the courts.
And, in the end, R. Kelly was found not guilty over charges from the original video.
Will any of these charges against R. Kelly be proven?
It’s hard to say. The more people who come forward, the better the chances are.
It’s worth noting that when the sex cult accusations first came out during the summer of 2017, this was months before the #MeToo movement.
Perhaps the positive cultural shift against victim-blaming has opened people’s eyes enough that sex monsters can be brought to justice.
But it’s hard to imagine how someone groomed to be a sex slave since she was just 14 years old could ever truly recover.
Call us crazy.
Say we’re going out on a major limb here, but we still feel a need to say it:
The Internet can be a very cruel place.
No, really. It’s true!
Just take the case of Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, for example.
The long-time couple were out and about on the beach over the weekend, having a swell time in the sun, snapping pictures and sharing them on social media.
At one point, Consuelos took a photo of his 47-year old wife in a two-piece bathing suit and wrote as a caption:
“Sultry Sundays with the sexy one are my fave,” he wrote.
Pretty sweet, right?
And, based on the snapshot itself right here, pretty accurate, right?
Looking damn fine, Kelly Ripa!
The pair’s Instagram affection continued from there, with Ripa and Consuelos posting beach shots together in their Instagram stories, simply adding “#daddy” and “Yep” as captions.
Considering the stars have been married since 1996 and have three kids, it’s refreshing to see that they remain so in love and so attracted to each other.
It’s refreshing to us, at least.
To others, apparently, it’s the basis for some serious body-shaming.
What follows is a sampling of actual comments left by actual social media users who really may need to get a life or find a hobby — or both!
She has the body of a 12-year-old boy. Guess ‘sexy’ is a matter of opinion. She is adorable, but …
Kelly’s gorgeous, but isn’t there a cutoff age where age appropriateness comes into play?
Just because you can rock a bikini, doesn’t mean you should. When you have teenagers whose friends can ogle pictures, then it’s creepy.
She has a guy’s figure.
Her body is nothing to be proud of.
We really wish we were making these critiques up.
But this is sort of stuff some people really take the time to think of and write online.
Nobody is immune to this sort of shaming, either, not even buff men such as Stephen Amell.
It makes us very sad to consider, but then we get all happy again when we remember how these strong women (and men!) often fight back against the loser trolls.
Take the following cases, for instance, and then go from being angry to being inspired.
Simply put: yo go, stars!
The Blind Auditions concluded on Tuesday night’s episode of The Voice, and let’s just say it was a night filled with some of the best performers of the season.
But who garnered the final places?
Let’s break down the five who advanced to the next stage of this long in the tooth competition series.
Genesis Diaz – “Praying”
Kesha is a vocal powerhouse, so anyone covering her songs is generally at an immediate disadvantage. However, this 19-year-old kicked her rendition off with solid footing.
Seriously, it was that good we could have mistaken her for Kesha if we had no idea what Kesha looked like. Adam Levine took a shine to her, and she joined his team.
Maybe Team Adam will have a winner, after all, you guys!
Sharane Calister – “Make It Rain”
This R&B singer burst on to the stage and immediately had chairs turning for her. She knew what she had to do to get through to the next stage, and boy, did she deliver.
Her high vocals were complemented by her big stage presence. She was confident, solid and an all-around enthralling performer. More like this, please!
Team Alicia will be good to Sharane, but song choice will be key for her from here on out.
Dallas Caroline – “Always On My Mind”
On a night filled with solid performances, Dallas was out of place. The 17-year-old struggled during her Willie Nelson cover. Maybe it was nerves, but we’re sure there were better country singers out there.
A three-chair turn is rare, and it’s difficult to see what the coaches saw in her. It’s doubtful she will make it much further into the process.
Blake has his work cut out with this one.
Jackie Verna – “Peter Pan”
Jackie had a striking voice that could give anyone chills. Her performance was filled with set-pieces that will surely make it one of the most memorable auditions around.
There were a few shaky moments, but that could be attributed to nerves. She was a vocal delight, and just like that, Team Adam has two solid singers!
Amber Sauer – “Shape of You”
Amber made everyone aware she was a fan of Kelly from the get-go, so you can only imagine her surprise when she got Kelly to turn around for her.
The vocals were not fantastic, but there was something there that made her emerge as a likely contender to advance. The troubling thing is, Kelly has such a robust team that Amber could slip through the cracks.
Okay, so the Blind Auditions are over!
What did you think of them?
Sound off below.
The Voice continues Monday on NBC.
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Kelly Dodd finished her divorce from Michael Dodd, but responded with understandable outrage when Vicki Gunvalson appeared to be playing wingman for Michael and helping him hook up on a Vegas trip.
The upside to this whole messy situation is that we’ll get to see it all play out next season on The Real Housewives of Orange County. But here’s what we know:
There’s some great news in Kelly Dodd’s personal life that she’s been just bursting to share.
On February 23rd, the Real Housewife took to Twitter to make the happy announcement:
“My divorce is final today!! Over the moon happy!”
Divorces are among the most stressful experiences that a person can have — short of staying in a doomed, miserable marriage.
That’s not really a surprise, since we all saw Kelly Dodd’s marriage in shambles on The Real Housewives of Orange County last November.
Some divorces take years of court battles, so it’s wonderful news that Kelly Dodd got her divorce in such a short time.
However, Kelly’s (former?) friend, Vicki Gunvalson, has become the subject of Kelly’s ire over her ex’s hookup.
See, while in Vegas, apparently Vicki and her boyfriend, Steve Lodge, more or less set up Kelly’s ex, Michael, with a mutual friend.
Kelly was furious to see Vicki appear to give Michael aid and comfort. That’s pretty understandable.
RadarOnline has the scoop on this drama that is unfolding between Kelly Dodd and Vicki Gunvalson.
For starters, it sounds like Vicki is denying everything.
“Vicki has tried doing everything she can to back pedal on this one, and she insists that she did not purposely try to set Michael up with her and Steve’s mutual friend.”
So … it just happened?
“She told Kelly that the hookup happened organically while they were on vacation, and that she didn’t mean to hurt her at all.”
We wonder how Kelly took those assurances.
Just kidding — no need to wonder.
“Kelly obviously thinks that Vicki is full of s–t and so does the rest of the cast.”
That’s a bold claim.
“Vicki was supposed to be her friend, and now Kelly just thinks that she is nothing but a backstabbing b—h.”
There are clearly a lot of emotions at play, here.
“But Kelly is moving on from this and is not going to waste any more time worrying about her ex-husband — and ex-friend!”
Oh goodness. Will this be a new longstanding feud, or will they mend fences at the end of this storyline?
Unfortunately, it sounds like Vicki’s stubbornness might cost her a friendship.
“Vicki isn’t even trying to kiss Kelly’s a– at this point because she really believes that she did not do anything wrong.”
Even if you don’t think that you did anything wrong, sometimes it helps to apologize and take steps in that direction.
It sounds like Vicki’s loyalties are torn.
“Vicki honestly likes Michael, and she cannot change the fact that Michael and Steve are close friends now.”
A lot of people end up being friends with each other’s exes. It’s part of life. Most don’t vacation with them, but still.
And it looks like some are just blaming Steve.
“Kelly knows that the two are friends, so for her to try and put the blame on Vicki is just complete crap!”
It’s worth noting that RadarOnline reports that this drama will play out, on camera, on the next season of The Real Housewives of Orange County.
In other words, viewers and fans will get to see Kelly Dodd explode over this on camera.
Is Kelly Dodd right — did Vicki betray her (and the unwritten “girl code”) by enabling Michael Dodd to hook up?
Is Vicki Gunvalson right — is Kelly freaking out over something that was beyond Vicki’s control, with Vicki merely being polite to her boyfriend’s friend and an organic hookup taking place?
Perhaps, as the storyline plays out on television, we’ll all find out together.