French Montana Sued for Sexual Battery

French Montana is being accused of ual battery.

A woman alleges that she was drugged and raped at the rapper’s home. According to legal documents, obtained by The Blast, the victim, who refers to herself as Jane Doe, is also suing Montana’s employee, Mansour Bennouna, and Coke Boy Records for assault and battery, ual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring, supervision and retention and negligence.

In the suit, Doe alleges that the men “had a longstanding practice of inviting women to their recording sessions, or choosing women at bars, and inviting them back to the Hidden Hills house.” She claims they would supply the women with “excessive amounts” of alcohol and drugs, “with the purpose of engaging in ual acts with them, without any regard to whether or not they consented, or were able to consent.”

The woman says that on March 28, 2018, Bennouna “ually assaulted, ually harassed, and raped” her, the same day Montana “ually assaulted, ually harassed” her. Earlier in the day, Montana allegedly invited her to the studio before inviting her back to his home with Bennouna. While at his house, Doe was invited to take a shot of alcohol. She remembers blacking out and “several men coming in and out of the bedroom.” She believes French was among those who ually assaulted her.

Doe says she went to the hospital and had a rape kit administered, which showed the presence of semen. She also reported the alleged rape to the police.

She is now seeking damages for “extreme emotional distress, anxiety, flashbacks and depression.” She says that the alleged assault has put a hold on her career as a model and actress.

6ix9ine Denied Early Prison Release Due to Coronavirus

6ix9ine will have to wait until August before he steps outside prison walls.

A judge has denied the rapper’s request to be released from prison early due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tekashi’s lawyers had requested that he serve the remainder of his prison sentence at home, citing serious concerns for Tekashi’s health.

According to TMZ, the judge says the court lacks the legal authority to grant the request. However, he may still have a shot if he files his request with the Bureau of Prisons.

The judge also noted that if there had been a global pandemic and he was aware of Tekashi’s health history at the time of his sentencing, the court would have allowed the final four months to be served in home confinement.

Tekashi’s attorney, Lance Lazzaro, wrote a letter to the judge earlier this month saying he is in danger of catching coronavirus behind bars, which could become serious because of his asthma. He was reportedly diagnosed with bronchitis and sinusitis late last year and was hospitalized for treatment.

6ix9ine is currently expected to be released on Aug. 2 after serving a 24-month sentence.

Musicians Local 47 Opens Coronavirus Relief Fund Here's How to Apply

Los Angeles musician’s union AFM Local 47 is establishing a coronavirus relief fund.

The emergency relief fund will be available to members who have lost work due to the outbreak. The fund will also extend a limited number of grants to members who work under union contracts. Members who need assistance can submit an application for up to two service sets loss – for $75 per service set. The two service sets can be from the same employer or different employers.

AFM Local 47 says the coronavirus relief fund is vital for members who are facing hardships ‘right now.’

“While it is the Local’s wish to help all of our members who are in immediate need as a result of job cancellations from signatory employers, we must emphasize that the funds set aside for this purpose are limited,” union leaders said. “We, therefore, urge only musicians who are suffering hardship at this time to apply. If a grant will help you, please contact us.”

The global coronavirus pandemic has resulted in hundreds of concert and gig cancellations. On the larger side of things, both and were canceled this year. Artists like Mariah Carey, the Foo Fighters, and Elton John are postponing appearances and dates to later this year.

States like California, Washington, and Oregon have shut down restaurants and bars – impacting local musicians everywhere. These facilities can only be open for drive-thru service or takeout, meaning the local live music scene suffers.

Some artists are live streaming concerts for free as a way to engage fans during the outbreak. Several online virtual music festivals have sprung up to fill the void.

One example is The Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival that is happening online on Friday, March 20. Colorado musicians will take to their individual stages to play one-hour sets from 10 am to 10 pm. Grassroots concerts like this are happening all across the United States.

 

Uber Eats Waives Delivery Fees Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

Uber Eats is attempting to provide aid to local restaurants and citizens by waiving their delivery service fees in the United States and Canada amidst the coronavirus outbreak. With government ficials taking extreme precautions in the attempt to contain the highly-contagious virus, closing schools, limiting restaurant capacity, and closing all recreational businesses, some citizens are struggling to obtain a decent meal. Fortunately, delivery services like Uber Eats are stepping up to the plate and doing something thoughtful for the sake humanity. Uber Eats Waives Delivery Fees Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak Rick Kern/Getty s

The app-based food delivery platform released a formal statement email and an in-app notification for both their consumers and restaurant clientele that partially reads:

“We will also launch daily dedicated, targeted marketing campaigns — both in-app and email — to promote delivery from local restaurants, especially those that are new to the app,”

Uber Eats also revealed to their clientele that they would be able to pay their restaurant fees daily, instead the current weekly cycle. 

The company’s direct competitor, Seamless, emailed customers over the weekend to announce they’re suspending commission fees for independent restaurants to allow them to rebound from the business they’ve lost due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Since President Trump has declared the coronavirus a national emergency, small and independent businesses have taken a huge hit leaving business owners and entrepreneurs not only concerned about their health and well-being but wondering how they’re going to make ends meet if they are forced to close their businesses temporarily. The Head State has hinted at providing citizens with a stimulus package, but that is only a temporary fix to a much bigger problem. 

Hopefully, more major corporations and businesses continue to be as innovative as Uber Eats and Seamless to ease the distress the masses during such trying times. 

Trump Wants To Send Cash To Americans

A few weeks ago, we were not taking the coronavirus as seriously as we should have been and, now, things are escalating quickly. It feels as though we are heading toward a national lockdown, much like the current situation in Italy and Spain. Restaurants, bars, libraries, and event spaces across the country are being temporarily closed as social distancing becomes important to prevent the spread COVID-19. With small businesses taking a major hit as a direct result the virus, the United States government is shifting focus on how to ensure that people are able to stay afloat, and that begins with a stimulus package.

The latest update from the White House and President Trump pertains to a financial payout that is being considered to take immediate effect. A massive economic stimulus package is on the brink reality in Washington, which would entail direct cash payments to be sent to Americans. 

Trump Wants To Send Cash To Americans
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“We’re looking at sending checks to Americans immediately,” said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. “And I mean now, in the next two weeks.”

The White House is trying to push this into law as soon as possible, meaning that it could become a reality within the next couple weeks. The cash payment idea is part a larger $850 billion stimulus package proposed by Congress. As Trump stated earlier this week, the package is likely to include support for businesses, airlines, and more industries that have been directly affected by COVID-19.

Stay safe out there, guys.

R. Kelly Not Allowed To Meet With Lawyers Amid Coronavirus Crisis: Report

Even though he can’t go anywhere and is technically self-quarantining himself at the moment, R. Kelly is still feeling the effects this coronavirus pandemic. TMZ reports that the Chicago singer is unable to meet with his lawyers due to the Covid-19 outbreak. 

Kelly’s legal team apparently tried to see their client last Thursday at MCC Chicago where he’s currently behind bars, but they were blocked from entering by corrections personnel. Sources say his legal team wanted to talk with Kellz about his legal strategy, something they ten discuss. However, that all came to a halt this week as his lawyers were unable to gain access into the building. For what its worth, Kellz can still call his lawyers from inside the jail but that’s not nearly as effective as an in-person sit-down.

R. Kelly Not Allowed To Meet With Lawyers Amid Coronavirus Crisis: Report

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A rep for the Bureau Prisons in Illinois say jail staff is suspending visits for the next 30 days, but they’ll allow certain legal meet-ups on a case-by-case basis. The rep says they’re making their determinations with an eye toward avoiding unnecessarily exposing inmates and others. They say they recognize the importance allowing the inmates access to lawyers and will try to accommodate that to the greatest extent possible.

As for R. Kelly’s legal team, they are going to try and schedule a meeting with their client for the future, but nothing is set in stoned yet.

AFM President Ray Hair Calls on Congress to Financially Assist Gig Artists

Ray Hair, the international president of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), is calling on the U.S. government to provide relief funds to gig-economy artists.

In a statement, President Ray Hair acknowledged that emergency declarations across the United States and Canada have dramatically hindered the earning potential of artists and other entertainment-industry professionals. Moreover, while Hair didn’t deny the gravity of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic or dispute the steps taken to curb the infection’s spread, he did emphasize that the measures “have inflicted disastrous economic effects upon performers.”

Hair then urged Congress, in coordination with state and local governments, to bear in mind the economic plight of gig workers during the aid-distribution process. Last week, President Trump declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic, thereby freeing up somewhere in the ballpark of $50 billion for relief purposes. These funds are in addition to the $8.3 billion spending bill that Congress and the president previously agreed upon.

Ray Hair closed his statement with a reminder that members of government “should pay particular attention to those who work and perform in the entertainment industry” when disbursing relief, as they “are bearing the financial brunt of these shutdowns the most.”

Across the United States and Canada, limits on the size of public gatherings are making it increasingly difficult for artists to perform.

The State of California has that events involve no more than 250 people, as have .

Similar guidelines have emerged in other states and provinces as well; Ohio, for instance, has banned groups in excess of 100 members from assembling in public. Additionally, many cities and states have closed bars, restaurants, and other establishments wherein gig artists often perform.

Also worth noting is that and AEG Presents, two of today’s foremost concert promoters, have indefinitely postponed each of their upcoming shows — including AEG’s , which are now set to take place in October.

AFM, the largest musicians’ union in the world, boasts approximately 80,000 members in the U.S. and Canada. So far, preliminary conversations about the emergency-declaration funds have chiefly centered on COVID-19 testing, prevention, and medical care.

 

 

 

R. Kelly Gets New Charges

Things are not looking good for R. Kelly. The 53-year-old disgraced singer is currently behind bars as he awaits his numerous trials, but it has just been reported that new charges were thrown on top his existing battle, making things even tougher for him.

R. Kelly has been the subject several televised docu-series detailing his criminal activity over the years, including with minors and ual assault. He is facing a very long time in prison and, as if things weren’t bad enough for him and his legal defense, new charges have just been added to his record.

R. Kelly Gets New Charges
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Two alleged new victims are introduced in new legal documents that were obtained this week, with one woman claiming that she was underage when she had with R. Kelly. The indictment was filed with new charges present, including coercion a minor and transportation a minor across state lines. He is also facing new federal racketeering charges.

Kelly is now facing a total nine federal charges in New York and thirteen in Illinois. 

Do you think R. Kelly will manage to find a way out this predicament or will this end up being his downfall? My bet is on the latter.

R. Kelly Faces Charges of Spreading Sexually Transmittable Diseases

Battling on Multiple Fronts: R. Kelly’s New York lawyers refute STD-related charges as the rapper pleads not guilty in Chicago.

R. Kelly is now facing felony charges in New York, Minnesota, and his native Chicago. And though he’s long been jailed in Chicago, lawyers are working on his behalf in all three locations. Accordingly, two major developments, concerning the artist’s legal woes in New York and Chicago, have come to light.

First, New York prosecutors have charged Kelly under an old statute that makes it a crime to have ual intercourse while infected with an STD, and the embattled rapper’s lawyers are pushing back against the constitutionality of the law in question.

According to the mentioned statute—elements of a 1943 New York law designed to prevent homebound World War II soldiers from spreading venereal diseases—it’s illegal for those who are infected with STDs to have ual intercourse with others, particularly if they haven’t disclosed the information to their partners. The thinking behind the law was that armed forces veterans would undergo medical examinations (and receive any necessary treatment) before potentially spreading infections.

In addition to arguing that the law is unconstitutional, Kelly’s lawyers are targeting the corresponding charges as part of a larger effort to paint the prosecutors as overzealous and eager to put their client behind bars by any means necessary. Other components of the New York prosecutors’ case rely on the Mann Act, a 1909 law meant to prevent the trafficking of females, and Kelly’s lawyers have also taken issue with the century-old measure.

It’s worth noting that one of Kelly’s victims has accused him of failing to disclose his genital herpes infection; other charges could be brought against him based upon this claim.

Next, the 53-year-old appeared in a Chicago courtroom this morning and pled not guilty to 13 updated child ography and ual abuse crimes. Moreover, government officials have indicated that new charges yet are on the way, as another alleged victim has come forward and more evidence has surfaced.

Prosecutors in allegations against R. Kelly after Lifetime aired the first season of Surviving R. Kelly in January of 2019. The six-part television documentary provided a platform for many of Kelly’s alleged victims to speak out against the abuse they claim that he inflicted upon them. The program’s second season was released earlier this year.

Significantly, R. Kelly has long been accused of ual crimes and misconduct. In 1994, when he was 27 years old, R. Kelly attempted to marry a 15-year-old Aaliyah, having lied about her age and forged legal documents beforehand. In 2002, R. Kelly was charged with child ography-related crimes — but a jury found him not guilty on 14 of 14 counts in 2008.

Owing to the charges that are in the making and Kelly’s cases in Minnesota and New York, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber has pushed Kelly’s Chicago trial date back, from April 27th to October 13th.

R. Kelly has denied the allegations made against him.

Blueface & Nick Cannon Have An Offbeat Rap Battle On "Wild ‘N Out"

Blueface appeared on episode 17  Wild ‘N Out that aired a few days agoand let’s just say his rap battle with Nick Cannon was, well, it lined up perfectly with the Los Angeles-bred rapper’s signature fbeat flow.

Blueface & Nick Cannon Have An Offbeat Rap Battle On "Wild 'N Out"
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Nick started things f with a few lighthearted threats, rapping, “Blueface, yeah, I’m going straight f top the dome / Red squad, once again it’s on / You don’t want to see my chrome, cause I’ll steal your car and make you Crip Walk home.” After those “award-worthy” set bars, the “Thotiana” emcee stopped DJ D Wrek from playing the beat, jokingly saying “you know I ain’t good with the beat” as a play on his now-infamous way somehow making hits without ever really being in-sync with the instrumental. “Nick nack patty wack, I gave your b*tch this bone,” he responded with, further adding, “I had her bust down when I touched down in her zone.” Neither one these dude are getting five mics anytime soon, but we’re just glad to see Blueface knew how to keep up with the comedic gesture  Wild ‘N Out overall.

Watch the full episode over on MTV, but peep the clip Blueface’s rap-f with Nick Cannon below his Instagram: 

Is Juelz Santana Dissing Cam’ron On New Mixtape?

Although neither Juelz Santana nor his wife Kimbella has confirmed that the rapper’s new song “In My Life” is about Cam’ron, it sure sounds like the majority bars are directed his way.

For years, the status the friendship between Juelz Santana and Cam’ron, two members The Diplomats, has been up in the air. It has been presumed that there is beef between them and, on the new mixtape released by Santana from behind bars, he appears to be airing out his frustrations with Killa Cam. 

Is Juelz Santana Dissing Cam'ron On New Mixtape?
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On the Foreigner-sampling “In My Life,” which is on the tracklist to #FREESANTANA, Juelz raps:

“I was the loyalest n***a you ever met/Now I wish I was a n***a you never met/This was supposed to be a forever thing/Now it’s just a whatever thing long as the cheddar’s clean/I repped us over everything/Never thought these were the ties I would have to consider severing.”

Later in the song, he continues:

“You ain’t building shit by yourself n***a/You just forgot that we all need help n***a/For worse or for better/But that just taught me that nothing is forever.”

Even if he’s not talking explicitly about Cam’ron here, it sounds like Juelz Santana has been through it all with somebody who he once wanted to build with, but that feeling is no longer mutual. Listen below.

R. Kelly’s Lawyer Slams State Law Prohibiting People With STD’s From Having Sex

R. Kelly‘s attorney is combatting against “unconstitutional” laws that make it illegal for people with ually transmitted diseases to have ual intercourse. According to PageSix, Steve Greenberg filed a motion to the Brooklyn federal court demanding for certain charges against Kelly to be dropped. Citing the state law which has been in place in 1943, Greenberg argued that it’s an invasion privacy that makes it “illegal to have private, consensual ual intercourse.”

R. Kelly's Lawyer Slams State Law Prohibiting People With STD's From Having Sex
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“This statute is facially unconstitutional. It prohibits ual intercourse by anybody who has an STD. The definition is vast, ranging from HIV to yeast infections … It includes HPV and ‘scabbies,’” Greenberg wrote to the court. “The only requirement is that the individual knows that they have the venereal disease. In other words, it prohibits two consenting adults from having ual intercourse if either, or both, know that they have an infectious venereal disease… It does not require that the disease be passed on, nor does it allow the consenting adults to have ual intercourse if the venereal disease is disclosed beforehand. It does not permit the use a condom, or account for modern day suppression drugs.”

Kelly is accused by Faith Rodgers transmitting genital herpes to her without disclosing the fact that he had the STD. Kelly has denied that he has herpes but the prosecutors on the case have claimed that he’s carrying an “infectious venereal disease” from his medical records.

Kodak Black Shares Prison Mailing Address For Fans To Write

It looks like Kodak Black is asking fans to send him some reading material as he serves his 46-month prison sentence on federal weapon charges. The Florida rapper’s camp took to his Instagram page today and shared an updated mailing address for fans to send their letters to.

Attached with two previously seen pictures from inside the cell, Kodak said “strike at me” as he left his full address at Big Sandy penitentiary. Of course, you’ll notice Bill Kapri, aka his government name, listed, along with his identification number and prison name/ location. The words “Write Kodak” are displayed at the top the flyer as well. Check it out (below).

Kodak Black was sentenced back in November to 46 months in prison on federal weapons charges, though he faced up to 10 years. The 22-year-old rapper pleaded guilty to lying on a background form when he purchased multiple handguns in January and March last year. Kodak used a false Social Security number to purchase one set guns and lied about his previous criminal charges to purchase the second. As a result, he was looking at a possible 10 years behind bars, but was only given 46-months, which he’s still trying to appeal in the process. We’ll keep you posted on Kodak moving forward. #FreeKodak

Kodak Black Shares Prison Mailing Address For Fans To Write

It looks like Kodak Black is asking fans to send him some reading material as he serves his 46-month prison sentence on federal weapon charges. The Florida rapper’s camp took to his Instagram page today and shared an updated mailing address for fans to send their letters to.

Attached with two previously seen pictures from inside the cell, Kodak said “strike at me” as he left his full address at Big Sandy penitentiary. Of course, you’ll notice Bill Kapri, aka his government name, listed, along with his identification number and prison name/ location. The words “Write Kodak” are displayed at the top the flyer as well. Check it out (below).

Kodak Black was sentenced back in November to 46 months in prison on federal weapons charges, though he faced up to 10 years. The 22-year-old rapper pleaded guilty to lying on a background form when he purchased multiple handguns in January and March last year. Kodak used a false Social Security number to purchase one set guns and lied about his previous criminal charges to purchase the second. As a result, he was looking at a possible 10 years behind bars, but was only given 46-months, which he’s still trying to appeal in the process. We’ll keep you posted on Kodak moving forward. #FreeKodak

Clipse’s Ex-Manager Claims 95% Of Their Coke Raps Were Based On His Life

The Clipse were far from the first to rap about cocaine but the way that they took the niche genre and innovated it shifted the game for the better. Push is still rapping about cocaine nearly 20 years later but he’s faced a backlash from people who’ve claimed that he’s not really about that life while others have criticized the romanticized and largely exaggerated depiction his kingpin stature.

Clipse's Ex-Manager Claims 95% Of Their Coke Raps Were Based On His Life
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In a recent interview with Anthony “Geezy” Gonzalaz, former manager to the Clipse, there might be some validity behind the criticism towards their authenticity. Push, specifically, was able to take moments their real-life conversations and turn it into glorified bars gold. In fact, Geezy said roughly 95% the things No Malice and King Push rapped about surrounded a life that he did.

“They never had to ask me about no idea f what they have seen,” Gonzalez said. “But, I remember a couple times it was a rap back in the day and me and him were sitting there talking and I said to him, I made a statement, for every car I got add nine O’s. It was me just talking in general when I said that and he looked at me but he ain’t say nothing. Then I heard him say it in a rhyme, ‘For every car I got add nine O’s.’ When I heard it, I was like, man I said that to him. He was good when it came to that type stuff.”

This only adds more fuel to the claims made by Drake and No Malice that Pusha T isn’t actually living the stuff that he raps about. We’ll see if Push ends up responding to this clip.