(The VH1 Blog knows very little about the law. So we’ve solicited Mark Muro, a founder of the California law firm Muro & Lampe, Inc., to keep a running tab on which side has the advantage in the R. Kelly child pornography trial. Check back daily for updates.)
The pied piper of R&B, R. Kelly, finally had his child pornography trial open in Chicago six years after he was initially indicted. His defense? A case of mistaken identity. “Robert Kelly is not on that tape,” Kelly’s attorney, Sam Adam Jr., told the jury. “I stand before you on May 20, 2008, to tell you [R. Kelly] is not on that tape.” Adam claims that a mole on Kelly’s back will prove the singer’s innocence. Adam also claims that the alleged victim (whom he referred to as a “wonderful person”) is not in the tape; but instead, a paid prostitute. The defense appears to involve a claim of two layers of mistaken identity.
The tape was played for the jury this afternoon over Adam’s objection. In light of the contention that the tape provides visual evidence that Kelly is not depicted in the tape, I’m confused as to the attempts to keep the tape out of evidence. Seeing as the video is widely known as “The R. Kelly Sex Tape,” the defense better hope that the jurors have been living under a rock for the last six years. I anticipate the making of yet another closing argument culminating in a rhyme ala O.J. Simpson’s lawyer. (“If the glove don’t fit you must acquit.”) Here’s a couple of suggestions: “With no mole on the back, the prosecution’s case must crack” or “No mole on the back, the case is whack.” — Mark Muro
Defense = -1
Prosecution = 0
Certified hottie Jessica Alba and Luckiest Man on Earth Cash Warren were married in a private, low-key ceremony on Monday morning, Alba’s publicist is confirming. According to People magazine, Alba and Warren went to the Beverly Hills courthouse where they applied for a marriage license, waited forty minutes for the paperwork to be processed, and were married with no other guests present. The bride wore blue. Alba is expected to give birth to the couple’s first child this summer.
Remember that whole scandal involving radio star Wendy Williams‘ talent booker and the sexual harassment suit she filed against Wendy’s husband Kevin Hunter? Well things have taken a turn for the nasty with the release of an alleged sex tape featuring Hunter. It leaked onto the web yesterday, and while the identities of the horndogs in the video have not been confirmed, Wendy supposedly had a serious meltdown about the mess yesterday. Maybe it’s because the sex video was sent out to gossip peeps from her personal email address! Sounds like someone hacked into her account to do some dirty work. It’s unclear if the tape’s leak is connected to the sexual harassment drama, but one thing’s for sure – things are getting ugly. [NecoleBitchie – NSFW!]
As we informed you a month ago, Queens-born rapper Nas opted to name his upcoming July 1st release N*gger, in a move that shocked the public and polarized the hip-hop community. Many, including his label head, Jay-Z and Al Sharpton, felt compelled to speak out on the title.
Now Nas himself is finally discussing his controversial choice, and possibly changing it. In an interview with MTV, Nas explained the title is still up in the air, given the amount of pressure he’s received from his record label. “Everybody is trying to stop the title….Record stores are gonna have a problem in this day and time selling a record with that title. Who knows what’s gonna turn out and be on that title? Who knows what that title will be?”
In yet another statement issued yesterday, however, Nas sounded even more pressured, and had a cryptic message to convey to his fans: “The people will always know what the real title of this album is and what to call it.”
The hard-partying gals of Rock of Love 1 and 2 are in major need of a manners lesson, and who better to tutor them in lady skills than metal mama Sharon Osbourne? VH1′s hit show is set to return this fall with 14 new pupils all vying to become the teacher’s pet. Osbourne will host and guide Bret’s ladies through their journey into the world of all things prim and proper. In the end, only one contestant will be left standing with $100,000 in her pocket. Saaphyri was last season’s most-improved – it’s anyone’s guess as to who will nab the prize this year, but we predict a lot of catfights along the way! Stay tuned to the VH1 Blog to get the inside scoop on the cast of Rock of Love Girls: Charm School.
In the meantime, click on the jump to look at Rock of Love 2 girls and let us know who needs schooling the most.
Below, Flav’s most recent one who got away opens up about chemistry vs. connection, staying as drama-free as possible, those nagging rumors about her and Terrell Owens and coping with reality-show loss.
Surely you remember Shay – the Flavorette formerly known as Buckeey who was the bad girl turned good on Charm School. Maybe these sexy pics will help jog your memory, eh? Shay’s rocking a string bikini – and not much else – in this month’s issue of Smooth, and dishes on her hero Kimora Lee Simmons and what her man’s gotta do to stick around. Want more? She’s working on some TV projects, can be heard on the radio in Atlanta, and has her own line of weaves comin’ out, natch. [via Bossip]
More Shay sexiness here.
David Archuleta can charm a crowd with sentiment, nostalgia, and a soaring coo. And don’t forget those cheeks. David Cook can wow a concert hall with high-flying bravado and moody rock posturing – plus he’s studly. Tonight is the night that each contestant needs to dominate. Which of the two do you think will be joining all the past winners of American Idol?
Who’s going all the way, the choirboy or the rocker? Throw around some opinions in “Comments.”
Let me be the first to say “NO THANK YOU” to the news that Katie Holmes and her master Tom Cruise will be moving to New York City so that Katie can star in the Broadway play All My Sons. Surely she’s convinced this will make her a “serious actress” – something Mad Money came so close to accomplishing, natch – but what the Cruises don’t really get is that their presence will make our fair city seriously suck. Our city is already packed with crazies stomping around in Burberry trenches and giant sunglasses. And spoiled toddlers? Yeah, we’ve got those too. Unless Tom can use his super powers to ensure that every NYC resident can easily get a cab at 5PM on a Wednesday, we’ve got no use for him here. Bah! [People]
That crazy-eyed socialite, Masha Markova, who accused Lindsay Lohan of taking her fur coat is now suing the actress, calling her “oppressive and malicious.” Ouch! We’re sure it was extremely emotionally traumatizing to be separated from her fancy coat for a few weeks, and her suit claims that as “has been injured by the defendant’s actions.” She is seeking money, of course, though no amount has been listed (Masha previously said she wanted $10,000). We’re gonna guess that LiLo is probably thrilled with the suit, as she can possibly turn it into a new career. Forget movies – this is a lot easier, and with the same amount of paparazzi attention!