Women accusing R Kelly of sexual abuse were motivated by money to lie and were little more than star-struck fans, a lawyer for the R&B star argued during the closing argument of his trial in New York. In his closing argument to the federal court, Kelly's lawyer, Deveraux Cannick, portrayed the singer's accusers as former fans and jilted lovers, hoping to cash in on his fame with book contracts and media appearances - such as in the 2019 documentary Surviving R Kelly.
Boris Johnson has managed to avoid answering questions about the Royal Family as he sat down with a group of US senators in Washington. The PM said: "I get a free pass on that one, I have a total get out of jail free card as prime minister, I never say anything about the royal family." Later in the conversation Mr Johnson can be heard remarking that the Netflix show The Crown, which portrays several decades of royal drama, was "totally inaccurate".
Business leaders fear environmental protesters could next target major routes in and out of London after a judge granted an interim injuction to ban them only from the M25. Government lawyers are today looking at the options for wider-ranging powers that could see protesters locked up if they set foot on any strategic trunk road, not just the M25. One senior London business figure said: “There are ways of protesting and they should not involve jumping in front of traffic at 70mph on the motorway.”
LONDON (Reuters) -Supporters will be allowed to stand in selected English Premier League and Championship grounds from next year as part of a pilot programme, UK's Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) said on Wednesday. Safe standing is set to be trialled from Jan. 1 after the UK government instructed the SGSA to take the first steps in creating licensed standing areas at grounds. The introduction of designated standing areas would mean an end to the "all-seater stadium" law in the top two divisions brought in 25 years ago as a consequence of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.