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Clay Aiken: Jussie Smollett should be ‘made an example of’ if accusations against him are proven true
Clay Aiken did not mince words when it came to the current scandal surrounding “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.
Speaking to The Hill’s TV network, Hill.TV, the singer said Monday Smollett should “be made an example of” if he is eventually found guilty of staging a hate crime.
“I don’t want to rush to judgment — that said, if it bears out and the evidence shows that it’s proven in a court, that he did what the Chicago police are saying he’s done, I do hope that … we do make an example of him,” said Aiken, who was a finalist on the singing competition show “American Idol” in 2003.
Suburban Chicago woman posts R Kelly’s $1 million bail
A 47-year-old woman from suburban Chicago paid the entirety of R Kelly’s bail, allowing the embattled R&B singer to be freed from jail as he awaits his trial on sexual abuse charges.
According to The Chicago Tribune, the unidentified woman — described as “a friend” of Kelly’s — posted the bail — 10% of the $1 million bond set by a judge on Monday. Since his arrest on Friday, Kelly struggled to come up with the funds to cover his bail. His lawyer, Steve Greenberg, told the judge that the singer’s finances are a “mess” due to his ongoing legal issues.
After learning of Kelly’s financial plight, some of his female fans reportedly reached out to the county clerk offering to cover the cost of his bail.
Upon his release last night, a seemingly unfazed Kelly made a beeline to his favorite McDonald’s — a place where he previously found himself in trouble after picking up an underage girl on her prom night.
Kelly is due back in court on March 22nd. If convicted of the charges in Chicago, he faces between 40-70 years in prison.