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R. Kelly addresses 'sex cult' allegations, rumors in 19-minute song 'I Admit It'

R. Kelly is using music to respond to rumors about his life.

In a 19-minute song called “I Admit It,” the R&B singer, who has been rumored for decades to engage in predatory behavior toward young, underage women, hits back at reports that he runs a sex cult, according to Vibe.

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“What’s the definition of a cult?/ What’s the definition of a sex slave? / Go to the dictionary, look it up / Let me know I’ll be here waiting,” lyrics say, according to Vibe. “Say I’m abusing these women. What the (expletive)? That’s some absurd (expletive). They brainwashed, really? Kidnapped, really? Can’t eat, really? Real talk that (expletive) sounds silly.”

Related: R. Kelly accused of abusing women, running cult

More directly, Kelly responds to journalist Jim DeRogatis, who wrote the BuzzFeed News story that brought the sex cult allegations against the singer to national attention. DeRogatis, who is based in Kelly’s hometown of Chicago, has worked on stories about allegations against Kelly on and off since 2000.

“To Jim DeRogatis, whatever your name is / You been tryna destroy me for 25 whole years  / Writin’ the same stories over and over again

“Off my name, you done went and made yourself a career / But guess what? I pray for you and family, and all my other enemies.”

Related: R. Kelly ‘unequivocally denies’ claims he’s holding women against their will in ‘cult’ 

Kelly also addresses being sexually abused as a child and proclaims his innocence regarding sexual predator allegations.

“I admit I (expletive) with all the ladies, that’s both older and young ladies,” he sings. “But tell me how they call it pedophile because that (expletive) is crazy.”

“Now I don't know what else to say except, I'm so falsely accused,” he says later in the song.

Kelly once again admits he can’t read or write, something he has spoken about over the years. He also says he is dyslexic.

“I admit I can’t spell for (expletive) I admit that all I hear is hits / I admit that I couldn’t read the teleprompter when the Grammy’s asked me to present.”

Kelly also addresses his shows being canceled following the sex cult reports, addresses #MuteRKelly and Spotify and claims he was told to make settlements to protect his career, but does not appear to address abuse claims made by his ex-wife, Andrea Kelly.

Lyrics to “I Admit It” can be found at Genius.com. Audio of the song is on SoundCloud

CNN analyst Josh Campbell writing book on FBI

CNN analyst and former government agent Josh Campbell is working on a book about the FBI and its battles during the Trump era.

Algonquin Books announced Monday that "Crossfire Hurricane: Inside the War On the FBI" will be published in the fall 2019. The book will examine the bureau's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and its tensions amid ongoing criticism from President Donald Trump and his supporters.

Campbell was with the FBI for 12 years and served as a special assistant to Director James Comey, who was fired by Trump in May 2017. Campbell joined CNN early this year after resigning from the FBI.

Campbell said in a statement that the criminal justice system was in the "crosshairs of elected leaders" and called his book an "impassioned defense."

'Dukes of Hazzard' star pleads guilty in touching case

A former star of "The Dukes of Hazzard" television show has pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching two women in the cast of a musical in Massachusetts in which he starred.

Prosecutors say 66-year-old Tom Wopat was sentenced Friday to a year of probation after pleading guilty to two counts of annoying and accosting a person of the opposite sex.

The New York City resident was charged last August with touching two female cast members while rehearsing for "42nd Street" at Waltham's Reagle Music Theatre.

He also received a continuation without a finding for one year after admitting to sufficient facts on the charge of cocaine possession. The drugs were found on his person during his arrest.

Wopat played Luke Duke on the popular 1980s television show.

David Bowie’s first demo found in bread basket, auction set for September

A bread basket held a secret of rock ‘n’ roll history -- the first demo track recorded by then unknown David Jones. No not that Davy Jones of Monkees fame, but the singer who would become David Bowie.

A demo of “I Never Dreamed”, recorded by a then 16-year-old saxophonist, was found in an old bread basket, The Guardian reported.

Bowie was part of his first band, The Konrads, which made the recording. Bowie left the band citing artistic differences, The Guardian reported.

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The tape was found by band member David Hadfield. Hadfield was the band’s drummer and manager. He was moving when he found the recording in a bread basket that had been owned by Hadfield’s grandfather. 

He also found booking forms, photographs, promotional sketches, letters and bills. The treasure trove was found in a loft above a garage, The Guardian reported.

The tape, which is described by the auctioneer as , “completely unique and of great historical interest, being the earliest studio recording of a fledgling musician who would go on to super stardom,” will go on the auction block in September, NME reported

The never-before-released recording is expected to bring in at least $13,000 at an auction.

A new box set will be released later this year. “Loving the Alien” will contain eight albums that date from 1983 to 1988 and will also include previously unreleased content. It is scheduled for release on Oct. 12.

Bowie died on Jan. 10, 2016, surrounded by his family after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Lawmaker who used racial slurs, dropped pants on Sacha Baron Cohen show urged to resign

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston demanded that state Rep. Jason Spencer resign after he yelled racial slurs and exposed himself in an episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series that aired late Sunday.

Spencer dropped his pants and repeatedly used the N-word in the episode of “Who Is America?” Spencer had earlier threatened legal action to prevent the network from airing footage of him.

In a statement shortly after the episode aired, Ralston said Spencer’s actions and language in the video are “reprehensible.” 

“Rep. Spencer has disgraced himself and should resign immediately,” Ralston said. “Georgia is better than this.”

>> On AJC.com: Georgia lawmaker duped by Sacha Baron Cohen: This is why Trump won

Although Spencer was defeated in the Republican primary in May, he remains a state legislator until newly elected lawmakers take office after the November election. 

Cohen, who played an Israeli military expert, persuaded Spencer to take part in what he was told was a counterterrorism video. Cohen gets him to yell racial epithets and shimmy his exposed rear-end toward purported attackers screaming “USA” and “America” by saying it will ward off terrorists.

In the show’s closing minutes, Spencer returns to the screen with a “message to the terrorists.” 

He then repeats a racial slur, this time threatening to cut off an attacker’s genitals. Then it shows him stabbing a knife into the groin area of a dummy clad in a black hijab and shoving another item in the dummy’s mouth. The segment ends with him reminding the audience he’s an elected official  and a Georgia peach logo.

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The New York Times called the segment the “most humiliating yet to air” on Cohen’s show, which last week featured several Republican lawmakers and gun rights supporters backing a fictitious program to teach kindergartners to use firearms.

Spencer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week that the show’s producers “took advantage of my fears that I would be attacked by someone” to convince him to appear on the program. 

“They exploited my state of mind for profit and notoriety,” said Spencer, who said he was denied the chance to have final approval over what will air. “This media company’s deceptive and fraudulent behavior is exactly why President Donald Trump was elected.”

Spencer has declined further comment and could not immediately be reached late Sunday about Ralston’s demand for his resignation. Showtime has denied that Cohen or the show’s producers acted improperly

Spencer was defeated by a Republican challenger after four terms representing a southeast Georgia district, where he grabbed headlines that enraged lawmakers from both parties.

He faced calls for resignation late last year after he warned a black former state legislator that she won’t be “met with torches but something a lot more definitive” if she continued to call for the removal of Confederate statues in South Georgia. 

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And Republican leaders roundly criticized his legislative proposal that would bar women from wearing burqas on public property, forcing him to withdraw the legislation.

This year, he shifted his focus toward a bill that would have allowed adult survivors of child sexual abuse more time to file lawsuits. The bill didn’t pass amid stiff opposition from the Boy Scouts and some other nonprofit organizations.

As word spread about the footage early Monday, other groups echoed Ralston’s demand for Spencer’s resignation. Among them was the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has long tangled with Spencer. 

Edward Ahmed Mitchell, the director of the group’s Georgia chapter, said “enough is enough.” 

“The ignorance and malice behind Islamophobia has led Mr. Spencer to not only pursue bad policy,” he said, “but engage in humiliating and hateful behavior unbecoming of anyone – especially a state legislator.”

Bus crash leaves more than 20 ballet students injured

A crash involving two buses in downtown Pittsburgh has left more than 20 ballet students injured.

Authorities say the crash happened around 6 p.m. Sunday when one bus rear-ended another bus. Many students have been hospitalized with minor injuries.

The buses were carrying students associated with a summer ballet program at Chatham University.

The students range in age from 12 to 21, and are from multiple states.

Activist to star as TV's first transgender superhero

A transgender activist who won a discrimination lawsuit after her school refused to let her use the girls' bathroom will be TV's first transgender superhero.

Nicole Maines will star in The CW/Warner Bros.' "Supergirl" as Nia Nal, aka Dreamer. Producers describe her character as a "soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others."

Maines gained national attention for her battle against her Orono, Maine school district over her right to use the girls' bathroom.

Maine's highest court ruled in 2014 that school officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they required her to use a staff restroom.

It was the first time a state high court concluded that a transgender person should use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

'Hamilton' creator announces arts fund for Puerto Rico

Lin-Manuel Miranda jumped up to a podium shortly after landing in Puerto Rico on Sunday to announce he has helped create a multimillion-dollar fund to boost the arts in the U.S. territory as it struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria.

The "Hamilton" playwright said he hopes the fund will grow to $15 million in upcoming years. He added that he will donate all funds from the Broadway hit when it is performed January in Puerto Rico.

"The goal wasn't just artistic satisfaction, but how can we leave Puerto Rico a little better than we found it," said Miranda, whose parents are from the island.

Hurricane Maria caused damage estimated at more than $100 billion when it hit in September. Cultural and artistic groups across Puerto Rico have been greatly affected, losing government and nonprofit support amid an 11-year-old recession.

The first five recipients of the fund include a dance school and a theater company.

"This will allow us to start dreaming again, to come up with new ideas, to visit more cities. This will allow us to breathe," Julio Morales, artistic co-director of the local theater company, Y No Habia Luz, told The Associated Press.

The seven-member company will receive $180,000. It had struggled to find funds and was forced to cancel all events for several months after the hurricane.

The nonprofit Flamboyan Foundation will manage the fund, which will award $1 million each to the Theater of the University of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Museum of Art. An award of $900,000 will go to an art education program and a dance school.

Among those visiting Puerto Rico for the announcement was Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller.

"Arts will be at the center of the rebuilding effort," he said, noting that he is excited about the show's upcoming run in Puerto Rico. "The point it to lift everybody up for those three weeks."

Hundreds of people in Puerto Rico recently auditioned for the historical musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton, and Miranda said he would like to bring the newest cast members on tour in the U.S. mainland.

Miranda said he has to prepare for Hamilton in Puerto Rico, adding with a laugh: "I still have to memorize my lines."

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