For months it has been said that then 16-year-old teen singer, Chris Brown, was having sex with his 40 plus year old manager, who got him his record deal. Not much has been said by either party to refute the claims. Brown is now 18-years old.
Brown has risen to fame on a series of average sounding songs with his main appeal with audiences resting in exploiting his sexuality via raunchy dance routines.
Rumors have also traveled in the industry about singer Rihanna, who was signed to Def Jam records at age 17, by philandering 40-year-old rapper Jay-Z.
Rapper Jay-Z has a detailed history of misogyny, assault and financial fraud, having started his label Rockafella records on drug money.
Media reports surfaced of Jay-Z and Rihanna having candlelit suppers at Cipriani’s in New York (who is under criminal investigation by the way for liquor law/license violations) and separately spending hours alone together in a private room at the rapper’s 40/40 club, while his girlfriend was away.
Similar rumors also abound in the industry regarding another of Jay-Z’s former protégés he signed, Teairra Mari. She was 16-years-old at the time. After poor sales, she was let go from the label in 2006.
Reshonda Landfair (front right) is now in her 20’s and refused to testify at trial after being paid off
With the R. Kelly child pornography trial and accompanying claims the R&B singer was having sex with a 13-year-old girl, Reshonda Landfair, who he got a record deal for with the group, 4 The Cause, what is this disturbing trend of young teen stars engaging in underage sex for record deals.
…But Was Not Sure About The Identity Of The Victim They’ve Never Met
The jury in the R. Kelly child pornography case believed it was the R&B singer on the tape, engaging in sex with a female, the prosecution labeled a minor. They just weren’t sure of her age or identity and it destroyed the case.
The girl on the videotape, Reshonda Landfair, who is now in her twenties, should have been required to testify. The feedback sections of numerous sites indicate the female on the tape with R. Kelly looked very underage. Half her family testified to this in court as well. But without her there, the case was weakened. Many have said she was paid off by Kelly.
They should have expressed their doubts sooner, and maybe something could have been done in compelling the victim to appear.
For him to escape such serious charges on a technicality, especially one of this nature, is truly lamentable. It was reported, when police wanted to question Landfair, R. Kelly paid for her and her family to go on a 2 month long European vacation.
It has also been proven that he keeps paying off victims. He should not be able to buy his way out of criminal charges, especially in something so serious.
One thing I’m sure he is not happy about is all his sordid business came out in court, in great detail and subsequently onto the internet, making people much more aware of what he is really like. I hope teenage girls will take note and avoid him.
R Kelly jurors say they believe R&B star was on sex tape
Their not-guilty verdict was based on female’s identity
…Several members of the jury said they believed it was Kelly on the tape that was at the centre of the trial, however they were unsure of the identity of the female who appeared in the video.
“I thought it was R Kelly. on the tape, I just wasn’t 100 percent on the girl,” said juror #9.
“The key problem was the identity of the female. Her absence was a major lack,” said juror #23…
Lock Up Your Daughters A Pedophile Is On The Loose
R Kelly, a man that was illegally married to a 15-year-old singer through fraud when he was 28, and according to credible lawsuits he settled, several articles and witness testimony, is a full fledged pedophile, walked free from court today, after engaging in underage sex with young girls.
The jury acquitted him on 14 counts of child pornography. As I wrote a month ago, the only reason he remained free for 6 years, is due to his money, and that same wealth allowed him to get away with serious crimes and walk free once again.
R Kelly himself all but admitted he has a sick penchant for young girls:
“While police investigate this latest case of alleged child sex abuse, others want to know what if anything has been done about other allegations made throughout the years against Kelly, including another minor, a choir girl who attended Kenwood Academy.
A 1996 lawsuit alleged Kelly “engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with the plaintiff … including engaging in group sexual intercourse with the high school freshman and other minors.”
Defending himself after the case settled for $250,000 Kelly said: “I am not a perfect person.”
However, where the justice system failed, God won’t. You will see God’s punishment in your life for what you’ve done to those girls. You need to ask Him for forgiveness and mercy, because you will, “Reap what you sow.”
Several jurors said one weakness in the prosecution’s case was that neither the alleged victim nor her parents testified. One juror said he just was not sure the female was who prosecutors said she was or that she was a minor.
One of the jurors says the decisive issue was the identity of the alleged victim in the sex tape at the heart of the case. He says the jurors couldn’t be sure it was who prosecutors said it was — and therefore couldn’t be sure if she was underage.
One juror who said he initially voted to convict said he remained convinced the man on the tape is Kelly. But he says his doubts grew during deliberations about the identity of the female.
“What we had wasn’t enough,” said the juror, who declined to give his name. Asked by reporters after the trial who the female in the sex tape was if not the alleged victim, Adam responded: “If you find that out, let us know.”
I know he wishes he’d had that mask on in that video
Singer R. Kelly’s lawyer contends he is not the man in a video having sex with a then 13-year-old girl, Reshonda Landfair. His defense lawyer arranged for a demonstration illustrating how you can paste a person’s head on another body.
While, with basic video tools, anyone can paste another person’s head onto another body, but the defense doing that proves nothing, as they key issue in that line of reasoning is, it would be detectable. Any video expert worth their salt would be able to tell the tape had been altered.
4 The Cause (Reshonda Landfair pictured to the far right)
The FBI and other experts have already decreed the video has not been altered. They have testified that it would take decades working 24/7 to accomplish such a thing, which would predate R. Kelly’s birth. Even then, the alterations to the video would show.
(Reshonda Landfair pictured center) look at how young she was when this was going on.
Switching the heads of subjects on a video tape is a clumsy technique that when properly inspected by an expert will reveal the digital trickery.
While, I’ve not seen the tape, but the evidence and witnesses provided compelling proof that R. Kelly has engaged in this very type of misconduct repeatedly with different underage girls. He cannot be allowed to continue doing this. Do not let money and fame sway you from rendering justice for deeds that are very sick.
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R&B Singer Faces A Barrage Of Damning Testimony
For years people have claimed, Reshonda Landfair, was the underage girl featured in R Kelly’s sex tape. She is now in her twenties and reportedly the daughter of his former guitarist, and niece of his ex protégé and one time girlfriend, singer Sparkle (Stephanie Edwards).
4 The Cause (Reshonda Landfair pictured closest to the camera)
Reshonda Landfair has also been a member of the R&B group “4 The Cause” since their musical debut in the 1990’s when the crime is said to have occurred.
R Kelly on his way to court
The FBI testified in the case last week that the sex tape was not altered. An independent video specialist also enhanced the footage to show a mole is present on the man in the tape, just like on singer R Kelly.
Lisa Van Allen
The most damning testimony came from, Lisa Van Allen, who was 17-years-old when she made a separate sex tape with R. Kelly and an underage, Reshonda Landfair.
R. Kelly Update: ‘He Likes Them When They Are Ripe and Young’ says former employee
8/30/2002 Everyone must know now that R. Kelly faces child pornography charges and a magazine is reporting that the 14 year old girl who allegedly appears having sex with him on a videotape is his own goddaughter, Reshonda Landfair, the daughter of one of his musicians.
Singer Sparkle, who formerly recorded with Kelly, says Landfair is her niece. She says “There have been too many girls to count. His whole M.O., he stated this to me not long ago, is he likes them when they are ripe and young because he can mold them into what he wants them to be and control their minds and make them do what women ‘should’ do. He needs to get some help. He needs to be stopped.”
According to the magazine, the tape that led to Kelly’s arrest was stolen from his gym bag four years ago in Chicago.
Story found here
Defense Lawyer Snaps At Witness – Judge Tells Them Both To Knock It Off
R. Kelly’s former protégé and girlfriend, Sparkle, testified against the singer in his child pornography trial in Chicago. She and his defense attorney had a verbal fight in the courtroom, when he painted her as a disgruntled former girlfriend and she sarcastically called the lawyer “sweetie.”
Dude was not happy about that and yelled at her. I think he took it a little too personally and needs to chill out. To yell at a woman over that and in a courtroom full of people looks bad.
Sparkle, real name Stephanie Edwards, also positively identified R. Kelly as the man on the tape engaging in illegal sex with her 13-year-old niece.
One of those relatives, singer Stephanie “Sparkle” Edwards, testified Thursday that she had introduced the alleged victim to Kelly, and that the girl called him her “Godfather.” Kelly helped Sparkle’s career early on, but the pair later parted ways.
Defense attorney Ed Genson suggested that she resented Kelly and wanted revenge for their split.
But insisting her family had been “thick as thieves” until this case ripped them apart, she again insisted it was her relative on the tape.
“I know my family!” she said.
Kelly witness, ‘Sparkle’ clashes with defense
Genson’s cross-examination of Edwards grew so fierce, the two ended up shouting at each other. Edwards sarcastically called the 66-year-old lawyer “Sweetie.”
“I am not your sweetie!” Genson bellowed.
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