R. Kelly Trial Forecaster: Prosecution Scores Points

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(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 prosecution wasted no time to fill the void left from an alleged victim who refuses to cooperate. This alleged victim, it’s important to note, is not just a minor character in the trial, but the woman who is alleged to have been in the sex tape with R. Kelly at approximately 14 years old. In an attempt to link both R. Kelly and the alleged victim to the sex tape, the prosecution called witnesses today to combat the defense claim of mistaken identities. The most important witness called was a former friend of the alleged victim, Simha Jamison. Jamison testified that she and the alleged victim were best friends from childhood, and that the two socialized with R. Kelly multiple times, including a visit to the home where the prosecution claims the sex tape was filmed.

After viewing the sex tape today, Simha Jamison identified R. Kelly as the man in the video. She also identified the alleged victim as the girl in the sex tape, recognizing not just her distinctive hair style (a mullet) but also her face. “I kind of know her like the back of my hand,” Jamison said. Jamison has not yet been cross-examined, but her testimony so far was probably strong enough to score some points for the prosecution with the jury. — Mark Muro, Attorney
[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Score:
Defense = -1
Prosecution = +2

Gossip Break: Ali Lohan Looks 40

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ali-lohan.jpgAerosmith’s Stephen Tyler is going to rehab.?? [TMZ]

Ali Lohan is looking dangerously older than her big sis.? [DListed]

Kristi Yamaguchi won Dancing With The Stars last night. Isn’t ice skating like, the same thing but without blades? Cheater!? [Seriously? OMG!]

Pete Doherty has never looked better (or more sober)!? [Jezebel]

That creepy dude who founded the Backstreet Boys is headed to jail for 25 years. Talk about a comeback.? [ICYDK]

Did Britney bang the pool boy at her Costa Rican resort?? [CelebSlam]

Free MP3 From Duffy!

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You might recognize our You Oughta Know artist Duffy from this week’s charts: the Welsh cutie with the soulful pipes released her debut Rockferry in the States and ended up in the number four spot! See — we’d never lead you astray. If you still haven’t heard her, we’re offering you a free MP3 of her song “Mercy,” which she recorded live at Royal Albert Hall in London. Check it out.

Pete & Ashlee’s Wedding Looks Lame

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Holy sh*t! The first picture from Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz’s wedding has been revealed and IT. IS. BORING. Sure they may have had 10,000 black roses and crystal chandeliers, but did they have to keep their weird, matching comb-over hipster hairdos? Honestly, Wentz’s dog looked the hottest. As for the pic of Jessica grinding her butt all over her ex Tony Romo?? We’ve seen it all before. That girl does desperation better than she does music. Work it!? [People]

No Booze Means Beyonce’s Having a Baby!

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Gasp! Beyonce “only drank water” at Kanye West‘s concert after-party here in NYC last week. B normally likes to nurse a glass or two of champagne while out on the town, but this time she swore off the booze. Well obviously, this is a sure sign that she MUST be knocked up. Other things that Beyonce did that night that surely prove she’s preggers?

  • touched her stomach
  • wore a slightly baggy shirt
  • held hands with her husband Jay-Z
  • went to the bathroom
  • ate dinner
  • laughed
  • applied lip gloss

OMG. It’s true. She MUST be pregnant – all signs point to yes! [NY Post]

R. Kelly Trial Forecaster: Defense Starts Off Whack

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(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

Score:
Defense = -1
Prosecution = 0

Nas Drops Controversial N Word Title

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nasAs 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.”

Lindsay Loves a Good Lawsuit

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lindsay-sue.jpgThat 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!

Gossip Break: Whit’s Nip Slip

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whitney-port.jpgWhitney Port popped her lady hills out while lunching at The Ivy. Link NSFW, obvs.?? [ONTD]

Shiloh Jolie-Pitt loves to shop with her pops.? [DListed]

Lilo looks good on Ugly Betty.? [Seriously? OMG!]

Kate Hudson rebounds from Owen Wilson with lady lover Lance Armstrong.? [I'm Not Obsessed]

Carrie Underwood‘s wig-like hair: hot or not? Real or not?? [ICYDK]

Britney Spears is rockin’ the bikini and ridin’ ATVs in Costa Rica. Keepin’ it real(ly trashy)!? [IDLYITW]

Diddy Hosts a Den of D Listers

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Diddy ruled the night this weekend out at the Connecticut casino/resort Foxwoods, where he helped to welcome the new, $700 million MGM Grand Casino with a celeb-studded bash. The only problem? The “celebs” were resident D-Listers like Top Models Jaslene and CarriDee, and our favorite lady of the night, Kim Kardashian. Peep the pics below to see who showed.