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R. Kelly's attorney denies abuse allegations in documentary
An attorney for R. Kelly on Friday called a new documentary series about the R&B singer a "for-profit hit piece," and said the latest accusations of abuse by the Grammy-winning musician were a "complete fabrication." The six-hour documentary "Surviving R. Kelly," which aired earlier this month on U.S. cable channel Lifetime, includes allegations from multiple women who accuse Kelly of sexual misconduct, sometimes with minors.
Anne-Marie, Dua Lipa and George Ezra among BRIT Awards nominees
Singers Anne-Marie, Dua Lipa, Jess Glynne and George Ezra are among the nominees for next month's BRIT Awards, Britain's annual pop music honors, in a list dominated by young talent. Anne-Marie is in the running for four prizes - British Female Solo Artist, Mastercard British Album of the Year for "Speak Your Mind", British Single and British Artist Video of the Year for "2002" at the British Record Industry Trust (BRIT) awards, to be held on Feb. 20 in London.
Jackson estate slams as 'pathetic' abuse claims in new documentary
Michael Jackson's estate on Thursday condemned on Thursday an upcoming documentary about alleged child sexual abuse by the late singer as another "outrageous and pathetic attempt" to cash in on his fame. The documentary "Leaving Neverland" will be screened at the Sundance independent film festival later this month and will be shown on cable channel HBO and Britain's Channel 4 television network this spring, festival organizers and HBO said.
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