What’s Current: R. Kelly associates charged with using arson and bribery to silence witness

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  • Federal prosecutors charge R. Kelly’s former manager Donnell Russell with calling in a shooting threat to a Manhattan screening of Surviving R. Kelly in 2018. The charges follow accusations that Russell and two others used arson and bribery to silence a woman who publicly accused the singer of sexual abuse.
  • Afghanistan’s government announces a new council to safeguard women’s rights amid fears that historic peace talks with the Taliban could undermine the gains of Afghan women.
  • The International Rescue Agency reports over 150,000 women and girls have been displaced following the August 4 explosion that devastated Beirut.
  • South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in pledges to highlight the plight of the country’s last surviving “comfort women” who were forced to work in Japanese brothels in World War II.
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.