Sexual abuse

Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor

Legendary singer Barbra Streisand apologized Saturday after appearing to defend the late Michael Jackson in the face of continued  sexual abuse allegations.

Her statement read:

I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims, because the words as printed do not reflect my true feelings. I didn’t mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way. Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives. I feel deep remorse and I hope James and Wade know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth.

Streisand caused backlash when an interview published in the The Times UK quoted her as saying that the boys were “thrilled” to be with Jackson.

His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has

You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard them say [Robson and Safechuk], they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.

Streisand also appeared to place most of the blame on the parents of the boys, suggesting that they either knew what was going on or should have known. (RELATED: Radio Stations Around The World Have Banned Michael Jackson)

Leaving Neverland” director Dan Reed was one of many who reacted strongly on social media, attacking the songstress for appearing to blame the victims rather than the alleged perpetrator.

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Lauryn Overhultz | Columnist

Disgraced singer R. Kelly plans to ask the court for permission to fly to Dubai for concerts he was previously scheduled to perform.

These performances would be the first set of performances since Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse, according to a report published Wednesday by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, plans to discuss the motion during Kelly’s scheduled court appearance Friday.

Kelly turned over his passport to the court when he posted his bail.

“[Kelly] needs to be able to work like anyone else who is free on bond, and the law needs to be adaptable,” Greenberg told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Multiple venues canceled their bookings with Kelly after the documentary detailing the sexual abuse allegations against him, “Surviving R. Kelly,” aired in January. However, Greenberg said Kelly is able to find venues abroad interested in hosting the disgraced singer. (RELATED: Parents Of R. Kelly’s Girlfriend Turn Over ‘Evidence’ To The Feds)

Greenberg noted, “The United States and the U.A.E. have great relations, and they are not going to jeopardize that relationship to harbor R. Kelly.”

Greenberg claims that despite the fact that Kelly used to have a passport, he has barely used it over the years: “He does not like to fly, but he will do what he has to do. He has bills to pay.”

Source: The Daily Caller

Lauryn Overhultz | Columnist

R. Kelly allegedly told live-in girlfriend Joycelyn Savage to lie to the police if they asked questions about their relationship, according to evidence from her parents.

The Savage family met with authorities last week and the family handed over digital evidence that they believe shows that Kelly allegedly brainwashed then used their daughter as a sex slave, according to a report published by TMZ Thursday.

Her parents claim that Kelly’s former assistant Cheryl Mack set up the meeting between Savage and Kelly that prompted her to immediately move in with Kelly without her parents’ knowledge. Savage was 19 years old at the time.

Her parents handed over emails, text messages and even audio recordings law enforcement told TMZ. The audio recordings allegedly reveal Kelly demanding Savage send him a text saying she was lying in case she ever turned on him. (RELATED: R. Kelly’s Girlfriends Claim Their Parents Are Using Them For Blackmail)

Savage’s parents have repeatedly claimed that their daughter has been held hostage in Kelly’s Trump Tower home.

Savage and Kelly’s other live-in girlfriend Azriel Clary sat down with Gayle King in an interview to deny the allegations that they were brainwashed and being held against their will.

“We both have our individual relationships with him, and we all are a family, all together,” Clary told King while Savage nodded in agreement.

Source: The Daily Caller

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