This February 2019 has been a bad month for rich well connected men behaving badly.
The headliners have been the mega billionaire Jeffrey Epstein; the N.F.L. team owner, Robert Kraft and R&B singer/ superstar R. Kelly.
It looks like the lid is being raised on a 2008 sweetheart plea-deal agreement on behalf of the mega billionaire Jeffrey Epstein who had been trafficking for years in 100s of underage girls for sexual favors for himself and friends, which was negotiated by no less than the current Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, a former US Miami prosecutor and defense attorneys like Kenneth Starr and Alan Dershowitz.
The sweetheart deal included 13 months of jail time where a car picked up Mr. Epstein each day and then returned him back to the jail in the evening, but he did have to register as a sex offender. Eleven years later, on February 21, 2019 a federal court justice ruled that the Miami prosecutors broke the law by misleading and by deliberately not sharing the information about the ongoing status of the plea deal negotiations with the victims as required by the federal statute, Crime Victims’ Rights Act.
The judge stopped short of voiding the original plea agreement. Instead, he ordered the attorneys to work something out that was satisfactory to the victims within a 15 day period. There have been US Congressmen calling for the US Department of Justice to conduct an investigation as to how it came to be, that Mr. Epstein was granted such a great deal for heinous crimes that anyone else could never have dreamed of obtaining.
The question that I have is, were Mr. Epstein’s co-conspirators covered by this 2008 plea agreement?
Another rich dude who has been getting away for years with the sexual abuse of young girls is the famous R&B singer R. Kelly until the 22nd of February 2019, when he was arrested at a Chicago airport. In 2008, he underwent a court trial where he was charged with being in possession of child pornography, but the jury did NOT render a guilty verdict.
Those charges stemmed from a video, prosecutors alleged, showed Kelly having sex with a girl as young as 13 but it seems that the jurists acquitted R. Kelly because they could not clearly identify the parties involved on the tape.
This time in February 2019, there is a tape that clearly shows Mr. R Kelly in the starring role. This arrest follows numerous young victims who were not believed for well over a decade.
Here’s more information about the arrest of R Kelly on 2/22/19…
On February 22, 2019, AP published the following report, “The Latest: Chicago police: R. Kelly under arrest”
Excerpts (all times local):
Update as per AP on 2/23/19 at 1:10 p.m.
A judge has set R&B singer R. Kelly’s bond at $1 million.
Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. said during Saturday’s hearing in Chicago that the amount equals $250,000 for each of the four people he’s charged with sexually abusing.
“Chicago police say R&B star R. Kelly has been taken into custody in connection with multiple charges of aggravated sexual abuse.”
“Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted Friday night that Kelly was arrested at a precinct and will appear Saturday afternoon in court.”
“Kelly arrived at the police building about 8:15 p.m. Friday (2/22/19).”
“R&B star R. Kelly has arrived at a Chicago police station hours after authorities announced multiple charges of aggravated sexual abuse involving 4 victims, including at least 3 between the ages of 13 and 17.”
“The 52-year-old singer, whose real name is Robert Kelly, arrived at the precinct in a van about 8:15 p.m. Friday. If taken into custody, he is expected to be held overnight and appear Saturday in bond court.”
“Cook County State’s Attorney’s Kim Foxx announced 10 counts Friday against the Grammy winner. She said the abuse dated back as far as 1998 and spanned more than a decade.”
“Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008 and has consistently denied any sexual misconduct, but he has been dogged for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves.”
“R. Kelly’s attorney says the singer is “shell-shocked” by the aggravated sexual abuse indictment against him and plans to turn himself in to authorities Friday night.”
“Steve Greenberg told The Associated Press that his client is “extraordinarily disappointed and depressed” by the 10 counts Chicago prosecutors filed against him.”
“Attorney Michael Avenatti says a 14-year-old girl seen with R. Kelly on a video Avenatti turned over to prosecutors is among four victims in a newly released indictment charging the singer with aggravated sexual abuse.”
“Avenatti said at a Friday news conference in Chicago that the video shows two separate scenes on two separate days at Kelly’s residence at the time during the late 1990s. Avenatti says during the video both the victim and Kelly reference her age 10 times.”
“Avenatti says he represents six clients, including two victims, two parents and two people who he describes as “knowing R. Kelly and being within his inner circle for the better part of 25 years.”
“Attorney Michael Avenatti says he believes more than 10 people associated with R&B singer R. Kelly should be criminally charged as “enablers” to his alleged sexual abuse of underage girls.”
“(Attorney Michael) Avenatti spoke at a news conference in Chicago on the same day prosecutors announced 10 counts against the Grammy Award-winning singer. Avenatti said he represents six people in the case, whom he described as two victims, two parents and two “whistleblowers” who may have been members of Kelly’s inner circle.”
He says some of Kelly’s associates over the years should also be charged because they “looked the other way” when girls were assaulted “because they didn’t want to kill the golden goose.”
“R&B star R. Kelly is scheduled to appear in bond court Saturday in Chicago after he was charged with sexual abuse allegations spanning more than a decade.”
“If he is convicted on all 10 counts, a judge could decide that the sentences run one after the other — making it possible that he receives a sentence of up to 70 years behind bars.”
“Probation is also an option under statute.”
“Court documents charging R&B star R. Kelly with sexual abuse say the assaults occurred over a more than a decade time frame.”
“Charges filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago say the abuse dated as far back as 1998 and as recently as 2010. He’s accused of sexually abusing four different victims.”
“Kelly has faced allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse for decades and was acquitted in 2008 on child pornography charges.”
“The allegations were spotlighted again this year in a Lifetime documentary. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx later urged victims and witnesses to come forward.”
“Foxx is expected to discuss the latest charges at a Friday (2/22/19) news conference. Kelly faces 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.”
“A Chicago judge has authorized a no-bail arrest warrant for R. Kelly, after the R&B singer was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.”
“Judge Dennis Porter signed the order. No-bail arrest warrants don’t necessarily mean the defendant won’t eventually be offered bail.”
“The charges filed Friday list four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. The victims are listed only by initials in the document. They date back to at least 1998.”
Chicago prosecutors have charged R&B star R. Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, according to media reports citing court records.
Friday’s charges come after years of allegations directed at Kelly, accusing the now 52-year-old of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls. Through his lawyers, he has consistently denied them.
Kelly, whose legal name is Robert Kelly, is one of the top-selling recording artists of all time. He has won multiple Grammys, including for his hit-song, “I Believe I Can Fly.”
Attorney Michael Avenatti said last week that he recently gave Chicago prosecutors new video evidence of Kelly having sex with an underage girl.
Finally, there is the 77 year old owner Robert K. Kraft of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots who was charged on Friday (2/22/19) with two counts of soliciting sex as part of a wide-ranging investigation into prostitution and human trafficking in Florida. The police in Jupiter, Fla., used video surveillance that showed Kraft inside a massage parlor that, the police said, was used for selling sex. Yes, he is on tape doing whatever he was doing.
Personally, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t sign off on a plea agreement that would take at the most, 15 minutes for local prosecutors to craft.
The big question is, How will the N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has been in charge of meting out disciplinary measures since 2006 will deal with this misbehaving owner?