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The Latest: Women say parents lying about Kelly, want money



CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local):

8:20 p.m.

Two women who live with R. Kelly in Chicago say their parents are trying to get money from the R&B singer so they have been lying about Kelly holding them against their will.

Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, in an interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, defend their relationship with Kelly and deny reports that they have been brainwashed.

The 23-year-old Savage tells King: “Our parents are basically out here just to get money and scam.”

Clary, who is 21, breaks into tears during the interview and King asks her why she’s crying.

Clary says she’s “crying because you guys don’t know the truth.” She says what’s being said is “lies for money.”

Both women’s parents say they never received any money from Kelly and have never asked him for money. Clary’s parents say they “never ‘sold’ our daughter to him or anyone else.”

Kelly was charged last month with sexually abusing three girls and a woman dating back to 1998.

CBS says interviews with Savage and Clary will air Thursday.


4 p.m.

A Cook County Sheriff’s Office official says singer R. Kelly won’t be released from jail until he pays $161,000 in back child support he owes.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says Kelly was taken into custodyWednesday during a hearing over the child support and that his next hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.

Kelly’s publicist, Darryll Johnson, says Kelly came to the hearing prepared to pay $50,000 to $60,000, but the judge wanted the whole amount. He says Kelly didn’t have the whole amount because he hasn’t been able to work.

Kelly was charged last month with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four women, including three who were underage at the time the abuse is alleged to have occurred. He spent a weekend in jail before someone posted his $100,000 bail, and his defense attorney said at the time that Kelly’s finances were “a mess.”

Kelly has denied any wrongdoing and says his accusers are lying.

-The spelling of Darryll Johnson’s first name has been corrected. It had been misspelled “Darrell.”


3:45 p.m.

Authorities say R&B singer R. Kelly was taken into custody during a hearing in Chicago over unpaid child support.

Kelly left the courtroom with his lawyers on Wednesday through a different door than he had entered. His hands weren’t cuffed.

Cook County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says Kelly was taken into custody and will be transferred to the county jail. She says she doesn’t know the reason he was taken into custody, including whether it had to do with unpaid child support he owes.

Kelly was charged last month with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse pertaining to four women years ago, including three who were underage at the time.

The singer has denied wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty.


2:40 p.m.

A 23-year-old woman described by R. Kelly as one of his girlfriends has told her family that she is “happy” with the embattled R&B artist.

Joycelyn Savage said Wednesday during a phone call with her parents that she has told them a “million, million times” that she’s “OK” where she is and that they “need to stop.”

The call took place after her parents, Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage, held a news conference in Georgia during which they said they hadn’t spoken to their daughter in two years and alleged that Kelly was holding her against her will.

The call was on speaker-phone at the office of the couple’s lawyer, Gerald Griggs, and was captured on cellphone video and posted on Twitter.

Kelly is charged with having sexually abused four other women years ago, including three who were underage at the time. He has pleaded not guilty and has denied any wrongdoing.

2 p.m.

R. Kelly has arrived at a child support hearing in Chicago.

The R&B singer who is out on bail in a criminal case accusing him of sexually abusing four women years ago, including three who were underage at the time, didn’t appear to say anything as he walked past a throng of reporters into the courtroom on Wednesday.

David France, manager for Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly, told the Chicago Sun-Times that the singer hadn’t made a child support payment that was due by late Tuesday.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty to the 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse that he faces. “CBS This Morning” broadcast part of an interview with Kelly earlier Wednesday in which he said the allegations against him are all lies.


10:30 a.m.

A lawyer for a Georgia couple who say their daughter is being held against her will by R. Kelly lashed out after a television interview with the R&B singer.

Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage say it’s been two years since they heard from their daughter, 23-year-old Joycelyn Savage. They say Kelly won’t let her contact them, which Kelly denied in his interview with “CBS This Morning.”

The couple’s attorney, Gerald Griggs, bristled at Kelly’s assertions that the Savages offered up their daughter to him and were in it for the money. Griggs said Wednesday that “at no point did this family sell their daughter to anyone or provide their daughter for anything for money.”

Griggs says the family has never asked for or received money from Kelly.

The 52-year-old singer was charged last month in Chicago with sexually abusing four females dating back to 1998, including three underage girls.


6:30 a.m.

An emotional R. Kelly says he’s being “assassinated” and denies sexually abusing women and controlling their lives.

“CBS This Morning” on Wednesday broadcast Kelly’s first interview since he was charged with sexually abusing four people, including three underage girls. Kelly says “all of them are lying.”

The R&B singer says he’s done “lots of things wrong” when it comes to women, but he says he’s apologized. He denies doing anything against their will.

The singer believes social media is to blame for creating the allegations against him.

At one point during the interview, Kelly stands up and rants, saying: “I have been buried alive, but I’m alive.” He says he needs someone to help him “not have a big heart.”

CBS says it interviewed Kelly for 80 minutes.

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Amy Poehler Wants To Know When Women Will Get To Be As Mediocre As Men



Amy Poehler wants women to be allowed to be as “messy” and “mediocre” as men. 

“Women are constantly criticized for being too emotional,” the comedian and actor told The Hollywood Reporter in a feature published Wednesday. “Can we be allowed to be as messy, as all over the place, as inconsistent and as mediocre as men? Do we have to always be patient, special, nurturing, adaptable?”

Poehler, whose directorial debut, “Wine Country,” hits Netflix next month, added that she is sick of women having to explain the bad behavior of men like fellow comedian Louis C.K., whom several women have accused of sexual misconduct.

“Women seem to be, unfortunately, the ones that have to have the answers,” she said. “Whether or not we want to be the ones with the answers.”

Head over to The Hollywood Reporter to read Poehler’s full interview. 

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article indicated “Wine Country” would be showing in theaters. It will debut on Netflix

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Fans Rally Around Progressive Christian Author Placed In Medically Induced Coma



Friends and fans of the popular progressive Christian author Rachel Held Evans are rallying around her family after receiving news that Evans has been placed in a medically induced coma. 

Last Sunday, the 37-year-old asked her substantial Twitter following for prayers, saying that she was in the hospital with the flu and a urinary tract infection. She said she was having a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics doctors had given her.

On Friday, her husband Dan Evans posted a statement to the writer’s website revealing that she was “exhibiting unexpected symptoms.” Doctors found that her brain was experiencing “constant seizures.” As they determine how to best treat her, they placed her in a medically induced coma. The writer was still in the ICU and in a coma on Tuesday, according to her husband.

Evans is a Christian writer from Dayton, Tennessee, who has authored several popular books about her journey away from conservative evangelical Christianity and towards a more progressive theology that is committed to feminism, inclusive of LGBTQ Christians, and accepting of doubt. Evans now attends an Episcopal church.

Before her health took a turn for the worse, Evans was eagerly tweeting about her plans to co-host a progressive Christian conference in October. The Denver conference is a gathering for people who have walked away from conservative religious traditions and may not feel like they currently have a spiritual home. 

As news of her illness spread, friends and fans shared reflections about the impact Evans has had on their lives. Some women wrote about how Evans inspired them to attend seminary. Others talked about how Evans’ honest writing about wrestling with doubt helped guide them through their own periods of deconstructing their childhood faiths. Fans also talked about how Evans’ progressive convictions helped them realize conservative evangelicals don’t have a monopoly on Christianity.

Becky Castle Miller
I’m seeing a stream of tweets from women saying, “I wouldn’t be preaching if not for @rachelheldevans. I wouldn’t be in seminary if not for her.” (I’m one of them) God, thank you for Rachel’s work in raising up your daughters to serve your church. Heal her now. #prayforRHE

10:45 PM – Apr 19, 2019
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Ms. Charlotte
I’m holding space for .@rachelheldevans and praying she has a full recovery. She was the first person to tell me it’s okay to leave the evangelical church and find healthier faith spaces. #PrayForRHE

12:49 AM – Apr 20, 2019
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Brittney Cooper
I have been deeply blessed by the ministry and writing of @rachelheldevans, particularly when I was in my 20s and early 30s struggling for a better spiritual path. I pray the Lord Our Healer fully restore Rachel, and I believe God can and will hear our prayers. Amen. #PrayforRHE

5:01 AM – Apr 20, 2019
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Hannah Evans
Rachel changed me through her writing, created a door where there was none, gave me language & imagination for a faith that wasn’t marked by my fear. & when she wrote Searching for Sunday, she led me back to church again. Thinking of her and holding her close today. #PrayForRHE

11:56 PM – Apr 19, 2019
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Brandi Miller
Been trying to process and pray for Rachel Held Evans today. 

Her book, “Year of Biblical Womanhood” was the first even remotely progress book that I ever read. It helped me have a larger view of and love for scripture. Praying for her healing. #prayforRHE

9:39 AM – Apr 20, 2019
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Evans’ friends have started a GoFundMe page dedicated to helping her family pay for medical costs related to her treatment. The campaign has raised close to $70,000 in one day. They also started a prayer chain on Twitter, tweeting out prayers for the writer under the hashtag #PrayForRHE. The hashtag was trending nationally on Twitter on Friday, Religion News Service reported.

Matthew Vines

I love Rachel Held Evans so much. God, please bring her protection and healing. Please bring comfort and peace to her husband and their two precious little ones who need their mother. Please bring wisdom to her doctors and help her recover. This world needs her. #PrayforRHE

11:21 PM – Apr 19, 2019
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Kate Bowler

Gracious God, 
You give us the absurd dignity of prayer, to cry to the void and beg you to act. Please heal and be near to our friend @rachelheldevans that you comfort her dearest humans, and give wisdom to her medical team. And peace, peace, peace to all who love her #PrayforRHE

10:18 PM – Apr 19, 2019
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Reverend Jes Kast
It’s Easter Monday, God. Didn’t you get the message? My friend Rach is supposed to tweet us now and say she is better. We won’t stop praying and we know you are able, please – Jesus – hold her and strengthen her in body and soul. @rachelheldevans #PrayForRHE

7:51 PM – Apr 22, 2019
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Some pointed out that even those who were more skeptical or uncertain about the concept of prayer seemed moved by the call to pray for Evans.

Science Mike

I can think of few people who are such examples of what I imagine a healthy Christian would look like as @rachelheldevans. So, I’ve been on my knees in intercessory prayer that I’m not sure I believe in this morning. #PrayForRHE

10:09 PM – Apr 19, 2019
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Jamie Lee Finch
I don’t exactly know what praying is or isn’t anymore, but I know that @rachelheldevans is a gift. And I can feel that every cell in my body wants her well, so I’m actively agreeing with them. However you pray or however you don’t, let’s all #PrayForRHE.

12:26 AM – Apr 20, 2019 · Los Angeles, CA
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Lindsay Smith
This is the beauty and power of Rachel’s ministry; that a bunch of church misfits are gathering to pray for her because we love her so, even if we don’t consider ourselves pray-ers anymore. She abounds in grace and love and wisdom. Lord bring healing. Lord be near. #PrayForRHE

10:43 PM – Apr 19, 2019
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Ashley Baker
Perhaps the best example of @rachelheldevans impact on the world is the fact that a bunch of people who at one point held faith and Christian community at arms length are now here together praying for her. #prayforRHE

10:32 PM – Apr 19, 2019
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The calls to pray were echoed in conservative Christian circles ― including by some who have publicly disagreed with Evans’ theological convictions. 

Russell Moore

. @rachelheldevans and I are, as you know, theological opposites, and we’ve debated each other on all kinds of stuff over the years. 

She needs our prayers right now. 

Conservatives, progressives, centrists, everybody: let’s pray for RHE. …

8:13 PM – Apr 20, 2019
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Hi I’m Dan (Rachel’s husband) and this is where you can find accurate public updates about Rachel’s health. I will update this post as needed. Thank you to all of those that have showed support and…
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Rod Dreher

I’ve scrapped intensely with the progressive Christian writer Rachel Held Evans, but I’m grieved to hear that she is in the hospital in grave condition this Easter weekend. Please pray for her, and her family!

12:25 AM – Apr 20, 2019
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Beth Moore

Let’s get this straight. We don’t have to change our stand to kneel & pray. Good Lord. Just pray, for crying out loud. RHE needs PRAYER! If we’re only going to pray for people we line up with doctrinally, we’re going to have the shortest quiet times in the history of the church.

5:02 PM – Apr 23, 2019
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Evans’ husband responded to the outpouring on Tuesday. “Thank you again to everyone who has donated their time and resources and offered their thoughts and prayers,” Dan Evans wrote. “Rachel would have a really beautiful way to say all of this.”

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The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week (April 13-19)



The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant ― and succinct ― wit. Each week, HuffPost Women rounds up hilarious musings of 280 characters or less. 

Scroll through this week’s great tweets from women below. Then visit our Funniest Tweets From Women page for past roundups.


I love giving people advice my therapist gave me in the past that I absolutely did not listen to myself

8:27 AM – Apr 15, 2019
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Brandy Jensen
not once in my life have i “brought something to the table”

12:30 AM – Apr 18, 2019 · Brooklyn, NY
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Malia Mills
Me: ☹️
Shania Twain: Lets go girls 
Me: 🤠

5:02 AM – Apr 8, 2019
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Elizabeth Hackett
People hoping to save Earth for the children have not yet met the children 100 feet behind me who are fucking furious their parents brought them on a hike.

8:09 PM – Apr 14, 2019
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about me:

8:14 AM – Apr 19, 2019
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Fossilized Tree Resin
Him: Keto has really helped me get my life on track.

Me: *eating Mac and cheese out of a bread bowl* I also am alive

3:19 AM – Apr 17, 2019
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I will like every picture of a baby on my timeline and that’s just the type of bitch I am

7:20 PM – Apr 14, 2019
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Annie Hatfield
Giving my description of the car that side-swiped me “It was black, which I like, but not a kind of car I’d buy.”

1:59 AM – Apr 15, 2019
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Me walking into one of those places that charges $24 for grilled cheese.

7:45 AM – Apr 15, 2019
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Gabriella Paiella

A new boxing place opened a few blocks from my apartment so I’m excited to try it for a week, make that my entire identity, and then never go again

9:19 PM – Apr 15, 2019
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Kelly Weill

hey welcome to dinner at any new york restaurant that describes itself as ‘new american’. it’s a burger with shoestring fries and it’s $32. dark in here!!

1:25 AM – Apr 14, 2019
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a teenage girl at a concert told me i was really pretty last night i have become a Cool Older Girl ™ and no one can touch me

3:49 AM – Apr 14, 2019
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hunter harris

yes the rumors are true — if i dont feel like a joke i made over text gets enough attention i WILL add a haha react. thanks – management

2:12 AM – Apr 17, 2019
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Abby Heugel
It doesn’t take much to make me happy. Six meals a day. Ten hours of sleep. A pair of yoga pants, complete solitude, and no social obligations whatsoever.

4:59 AM – Apr 18, 2019
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Eliza Skinner

Good news, online retailers! I feel bad and bored!

4:12 AM – Apr 19, 2019
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amber ruffin

***hears loud, shitty neighbors being loud again***
***gets mad***
***stomps downstairs***
***realizes they’re watching Beyonce documentary***
***sees them in a whole new light***
***becomes able to relate to them***
***likes them a little bit bit more***

4:22 AM – Apr 18, 2019
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Karen Chee
Um they sell these in packs of 10

3:16 AM – Apr 18, 2019
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Uma Bloo
It’s crazy that if it were 1950 I’d have a husband and a lobotomy already

10:26 PM – Apr 14, 2019
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Naomi Spungen
Insane thing about seeing someone driving without a shirt is that they know AT MINIMUM two locations where they’re comfortable without one

2:53 AM – Apr 17, 2019
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Walking Outside In Slippers
I’m never more optimistic than when I put fast food restaurant sauce packets in the fridge and think I’m going to use them at some point.

7:44 AM – Apr 16, 2019
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