R. Kelly says prosecutors can’t claim he molested a teenage boy because jurors may be anti-LGBTQ

R. Kelly’s legal team are objecting to federal prosecutors’ plans to introduce evidence that he may have molested a 17-year-old boy and carried on a relationship with another older man.

Among several complaints, the 54-year-old R&B singer’s attorneys claim in filings obtained by TMZ that the new evidence shouldn’t be shown to jurors, as they may hold anti-LGBTQ biases.

In addition to fears that the Chicago jurors may be more likely to convict Kelly based on the allegations, his lawyers also say there simply isn’t enough time to prepare to defend against the allegations, which were introduced just weeks ahead of the scheduled start of his trial.

Prejudicial: Attorneys for R. Kelly, 54, claimed in court filings that prosecutors shouldn’t be allowed to introduce evidence that he may have molested a 17-year-old boy, as it could inflame anti-LGBTQ jurors, according to TMZ; Kelly is seen in Chicago in 2019

On Friday, July 23, federal prosecutors filed a motion to introduce evidence that Kelly (given name: Robert Sylvester Kelly) groomed and molested a 17-year-old boy in 2006.

He’s alleged to have met the boy at a McDonald’s location before inviting him to a party at his home in Chicago. 

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Although he was accompanied by his parents to the party, the singer allegedly told him to visit again by himself, which he allegedly did, at which point Kelly began a sexual relationship.

He’s also accused of grooming another teenage boy that the first boy introduced him to, though their relationship allegedly didn’t start until years later.

At the time, Kelly’s attorney Nicole Blank Becker told TMZ: ‘This is nothing more than a veiled effort to pile on to further shape the public’s perception in this case ignoring that Mr. Kelly is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.’

Short notice: Prosecutors want to share evidence that he molested one boy and groomed another, but Kelly’s attorneys say their isn’t enough time to prepare to fight the allegations; Kelly’s mugshot from February 2019

Now Becker and Kelly’s other attorney Thomas A. Farinella claim in their filing that the new evidence shouldn’t be introduced, as prosecutor’s only shared their plans about four weeks before the trial is set to start.

They say that wouldn’t give them adequate time to prepare a defense to the allegations.  

Kelly’s attorneys also wrote that the allegations and evidence could potentially turn some jurors against their client because of the alleged same-sex relationships — and they don’t have a way to weed out potential bigots at this late date.

The questionnaire that potential jurors will soon see has already been designed, and it’s intended to single out their potential biases and experiences, which help both prosecutors and defense attorneys take potential jurors out of the pool if they might be biased, either to convict Kelly or to let him off. 

Flying blind: They say in their filing that the jury questionnaire has already been finalized but doesn’t have questions asking how jurors would react to someone who may have been in a same-sex relationship; seen in June 2019 in Chicago

But the defense attorneys wrote that the questionnaire is ‘void of a single question about [potential jurors’] opinions or feelings on same-sex relationships.’

They’re worried potential jurors who would be more likely to convict someone who may have had a same-sex relationship could end up on the jury.

They say R. Kelly couldn’t get a fair trial if those people made it onto the jury and became convinced that he was gay or bisexual.

The attorneys told TMZ that plenty of people still discriminate against others due to their sexual orientation, so they should be quizzed on their beliefs on the jury questionnaire.

They’re arguing that none of the new evidence should be introduced at trial, which is set to start in mid-August. 

Prejudiced? They’re worried potential jurors who would be more likely to convict Kelly if they’re led to believe he may be gay or bisexual; seen in September 2019 in Chicago

Kelly was also accused of bribing a Cook County clerk in February 2019, the same month the county’s State Attorney’s Office charged him with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Prosecutors say a ‘crisis manager’ for the singer gave the clerk $2,500 and a ‘burner phone’ to get inside information on the legal issues.

The judge in the case recently allowed a nine-day delay on the start of the trial after Kelly replaced his legal team.

The I Believe I Can Fly singer is accused of recruiting women and underage girls for sex, allegedly selecting his victims at concerts, though he denies ever having abused anyone.  

Bad timing: Kelly was also accused of bribing a Cook County clerk in February 2019, the same month the county’s State Attorney’s Office charged him with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse; seen in 2013 in LA

He is also facing state charges in Minnesota, Illinois and New York, but his federal trial is scheduled first, despite multiple Covid-19 delays.

Shortly before he was charged, the docuseries Surviving R. Kelly debuted. It featured multiple women who claimed they had been abused by him.  

They also alleged that he and his entourage deprived them of food and took away their cellphones so that they couldn’t call for help.

The women also allegedly had their sleep schedules controlled, and they were forced to have sex with each other at the singer’s behest.  

If convicted, Kelly could stay behind bars for the rest of his life.

Denial: He’s accused of recruiting adult women and underage girls for sex, though he denies ever abusing anyone; seen in 2006 in London

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Gordon Ramsay’s wife Tana looks incredible in her wedding dress, ‘25 years and 5 pregnancies later’

Tana’s dress was a classic choice too (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock/Instagram/tanaramsay)

Gordon Ramsay’s wife Tana has shared a clip of herself in her 25-year-old wedding dress and she still looks every inch the stunning bride.

Taking to Instagram during the midst of a major house sort, the 46-year-old took a moment to try on her wedding dress and shared it with her followers.

Twirling around on a thick, cosy white rug, wearing the ivory A-line satin gown, Tana commented: ‘Clearing out our home and unearthed my wedding dress – 25 years and 5 pregnancies later and happy to say it still fits #mamasstillgotit.’

Laughing for the camera, Tana, who looked sensational, tagged her husband in her post.

The 54-year-old chef took no time to reply, simply writing: ‘Omfg @tanaramsay 🔥’

The pair married in 1996 and share children Megan, 23, twins Holly and Jack, 21, 19-year-old Matilda and two-year-old Oscar.

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Oscar was born after Tana had a miscarriage in 2016 when she was five months along. She and Gordon named their late son Rocky.

The cookery book author’s comments were flooded with admiration, as fans complimented her on how ‘stunningly beautiful’ she looked, as well as the ‘classic dress’.

Many suggested she should wear the dress again if her and the Hell’s Kitchen star ever renewed their vows, with one fan tagging Gordon in response to his comment with: ‘Time for a vow renewal Chef.’

In response to the quarter of a century that had passed since Tana last wore it, one follower wrote: ‘And not looking a day older! 😍’

Tana and Gordon have been married since 1996 (Picture: Vianney Le Caer/Shutterstock)

Another commented, ‘You look amazing’, before joking: ‘You must have a fabulous metabolism having a chef for a husband making all those delicious meals!’

Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden applauded Tana’s try-on session with a clapping hands and heart emojis.

In early July, Gordon offered to pay for a couple’s wedding on a beach in Cornwall after his TV crew accidentally ‘gatecrashed’ their ceremony while filming for new show Future Food Stars.

Charlie Willis, 35, and his new wife Laura, 29, received a letter of apology from Gordon’s television production company Studio Ramsay, offering to pay the £1,300 their ceremony and meal for six on the private beach cost them as a goodwill gesture.

A producer for the company wrote: ‘I am mortified that we affected your special day.’

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Privately-owned venue Lusty Glaze told Metro.co.uk: ‘The wedding party in question had not booked the whole beach at Lusty Glaze, they had opted for an entry level package so they hadn’t taken the necessary steps to secure exclusive use of the beach.

‘In what were very unusual circumstances, there was also a production crew filming at Lusty Glaze, however the production company has reimbursed the cost of venue hire to the couple as a goodwill gesture.’

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Rochelle and Marvin Humes marriage renewal plans teased ahead of 10 year anniversary

Marvin and Rochelle Humes will celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary in 2022
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Now plans have been revealed about how the couple hope to recreate the magic of their 2012 marriage with a re-run next year when they celebrate their 10 year anniversary.

The Sun on Sunday reports the duo: “will renew their vows next year with a lavish ceremony to mark a decade of wedded bliss.”

Rochelle and Marvin tied-the-knot at Blenheim Palace – and have reportedly set their sights on renewing their vows there as well.

Reports state the couple are planning to recreate their 2012 wedding day – which was hosted at Blenheim Palace
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The Sun went on to state the celebration was inspired after the couple returned to the scene of their nuptials while celebrating their anniversary last month, writing: “plans to book the stately home for the renewal in 2022 after the former JLS singer surprised Rochelle with the trip.”

Meanwhile, Rochelle herself shared details of the plans via Instagram over the past week.

She wrote: “We’ve decided next year we are doing it all again… Ten-year wedding.”

Marvin and Rochelle married after two years of dating and living together
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She also shared a snap of musician friend Joseph Ross and added the caption: “Our incredibly talented @josephrossmd played this for us nine years ago. I hope you’re warming up for next year.”

The couple have since started a family of their own after they wed in 2012 – with eldest daughter, Alaia-Mai, arriving in 2013, second daughter Valentina born in 2017, and baby boy Blake arriving in October last year.

Marvin recently opened up to the Mirror about his expanding family.

He said:”[Blake’s] amazing, sleeping and eating well. People say after a third child it’s naturally more crazy, but he fitted into our life. My daughters have a lot of energy and absolutely love him. They really mother him.”

And he also hinted at his and Rochelle’s plans to celebrate their wedding anniversary next year – with all the family involved.

Asked if there were plans afoot for their 10th anniversary, Marvin said: “Definitely. We want another wedding, a vow renewal, so we’re making plans.”

The couple have three children – daughters Alaia-Mai and Valentina, and baby son Blake

He added: “It would be great for the kids to be there. We want a big party.”

Marvin also revealed his excitement over his plans to hit the road again with his fellow JLS bandmates – as the boys are going on tour in October.

He gushed: “We had a little taste last February when we announced the tour. It was strange being back in JLS mode, but lovely to be with the boys and see the fans again.”