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Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 3:21 PM
— Women’s advocacy group Ultraviolet wants Spotify to extend its artist ban beyond R. Kelly and XXXTentacion to other musicians who have been accused of sexual misconduct, including Chris Brown, Nelly, Eminem, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Don Henley, Steven Tyler and 6ix9ine.
“[These] two men are not the only abusers on your platform. We implore you to take a deeper look at the artists you promote,” the organization’s executive director Shaunna Thomas wrote in an open letter Monday to Spotify head Daniel Ek. “Every time a famous individual continues to be glorified despite allegations of abuse, we wrongly perpetuate silence by showing survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence that there will be no consequences for abuse,” the group wrote. “That has a cultural effect far beyond one individual artist.”
AJC: Women’s group wants Spotify to ban Chris Brown, Eminem, others https://t.co/A5TfbMrCAV— Atlanta News (@AtlantaNewsFeed) May 15, 2018
Last week, Spotify announced a new policy to curb content that “expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.”
The policy change went into effect following a #MuteRKelly social media movement sparked by the multiple allegations of sex abuse against the artist. Spotify no longer actively promotes the artist’s music, though the songs are still available on the service.
As of May 10, Kelly’s music was no longer be available on the site’s editorial or algorithmic playlists, including Discover Weekly, New Music Friday, RapCaviar and any of the platform’s popular genre- or mood-based playlists.
Apple Music and Pandora followed suit.
The Grammy-winning artist has been accused of many crimes over the years and allegedly “held women against their will in a cult” at his homes in two cities, including one in metro Atlanta. He has denied the accusations and is currently not facing any charges. In 2008, Kelly was acquitted on 14 charges of making child pornography.
In a statement to Billboard, Spotify said, "We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions—what we choose to program—to reflect our values. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator."
In response to the platform changes, Kelly’s team told BuzzFeed News that Spotify’s “actions are without merit” and are “based on false and unproven allegations.”
Some of the musicians listed by Ultraviolet have been accused of sexual harassment, sexual abuse or domestic violence, but not all of them have been charged with a crime.
The group, which was founded in 2012, applauded Spotify’s hate content and hateful conduct policy and hopes the open letter will urge other streaming platforms to follow Spotify’s lead.
I don’t want my steaming service to be an arbiter of morality. Give me a way to ban artists I find morally objectionable. Even allow me to opt into a morality filter. Don’t force it upon me. @Spotify— Charles J Franklin (@cjfranklin92) May 15, 2018
Go ahead and ban 50% of the artists on your service who are guilty of some bad behavior or ideas and see how long you stay in business. Already thinking of canceling subscription. It's a good intention, but it will not end well for your company.— liz moore (@eamoore007) May 15, 2018
OK so now they're looking to ban @chrisbrown from @Spotify playlists.Thing is, it's just playlists. A playlist.They're not banning singles/albums/features.So go ahead and ban them from the playlists but people are still gonna listen to the artists music.Playlist doesn't mean Jack— Jordan Pass (@IamJordanPass) May 15, 2018
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 7:13 PM
LOS ANGELES — Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams has reportedly checked herself into a mental health facility, TMZ reports.
Williams posted a letter to her fans on her Instagram page on Tuesday.
“I recently listened to the same advice I have given thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of professionals,” Williams posted.
Sources told TMZ that Williams is receiving treatment at a facility near Los Angeles.
Williams has been open about her struggles with depression, revealing her story in an interview on “The Talk” last year.
Williams recently reunited with Destiny’s Child members Beyonce and Kelly Rowland at Coachella in April.
Published: Sunday, December 24, 2017 @ 10:31 AM
PALM BEACH, Fla. — UPDATE, Dec. 25:
Luann de Lesseps, 52 and a star of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” will be released without bond from Palm Beach County Jail, a judge ruled Sunday.
De Lesseps slammed a door and kicked at least one police officer, said an assistant state’s attorney.
“I’m going to kill you all,” the state’s attorney said De Lesseps told people prior to her arrest.
De Lesseps, who has no prior offenses, will be allowed to go back to New York, Judge Ted Booras ruled.
Booras, acknowledging De Lesseps’ celebrity, said she should hire a criminal defense attorney from Palm Beach, Florida, instead of ignoring the charges.
“I don’t think it would be that hard to find you,” he said.
De Lesseps was advised by Booras not to incriminate herself and respond to him when he said she might have a drinking problem.
BREAKING: Luann de Lesseps was arrested by Palm Beach police on charges of battery on an officer, disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest with violence, crimes against a person. She was booked in jail at 1:25 a.m. this morning. #RHONY pic.twitter.com/cr7ea7KVW4— Housewives Fanatic (@HousewivesFan_) December 24, 2017
“Don’t say anything,” he told the reality star.
ORIGINAL STORY, Dec. 24:
The 52-year-old was arrested on charges of battery on an officer, disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest with violence and crimes against a person.
She was taken to Palm Beach County Jail at 1:25 a.m.
De Lesseps is a former wife of Count Alexandre de Lesseps and retained the French royal title after their 2009 divorce until her remarriage in 2016. She was married to Tom D’Agostino Jr. until earlier this year.
Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 4:03 PM
PALM BEACH, Fla.
“The Real Housewives of New York” star Luann de Lesseps is heading to rehab after after her arrest in Palm Beach, Florida, last weekend.
De Lesseps, 52, announced on Twitter Friday afternoon that’s she’s voluntarily checking into an alcohol treatment center.
In an apology, de Lesseps told her followers she was embarrassed by what occurred. Police said de Lesseps was drunk when she slammed a door in the face of an officer and told other officers she was going to kill them.
De Lesseps apologized a day after her arrest on her Twitter account and said it was her first time on the island since her wedding with Tom D’Agostino Jr. at The Brazilian Court Hotel last New Year’s Eve.
During her first appearance at Palm Beach County Jail on Sunday, Judge Ted Booras told de Lesseps to stop drinking because she might have a problem.
I want to offer my most sincere apologies to anyone that I might have offended with my behavior. This was my first time in Palm Beach since my wedding and being here brought up buried emotions. I am committed to a transformative and hopeful 2018— Luann de Lesseps (@CountessLuann) December 24, 2017
Published: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 5:54 PM
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia soap opera actor was convicted of child molestation nearly two years after the allegations first surfaced, according to Cherokee County court records.
A jury convicted Corey Seth Sligh of one count of child molestation and cleared him on another count last month, records showed. Sligh has not been sentenced, yet.
Sligh, a Canton resident, was first arrested in October 2016 after parents of the victim, who was under the age of 10, reported the molestation. According to a police report, the molestation took place between April and September of that year. The parents reported the incident Sept. 24, 2016.
Nearly a month after his arrest in that case, officials in Walton County, Florida, arrested Sligh on similar charges. He has yet to go to trial in that case.
Sligh allegedly touched another girl under 10 while she was vacationing with her family on Rosemary Beach in June and July of 2016, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News, which cited an arrest warrant. The girl also told authorities Sligh forced her to touch him inappropriately.
Authorities were notified of that incident in September 2016. Sligh was ordered to wear an ankle monitor following that arrest.
Sligh was an extra on the long-running CBS soap opera, “The Young and the Restless,” online entertainment site TMZ reported. Sligh also appeared in a short-lived TV series, “All About Lizzie,” according to his IMDb page.