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Witness Says She, R. Kelly Had Threeway With Girl

A star prosecution witness grew emotional Monday as she alleged at R. Kelly's child pornography trial several three-way sexual encounters with the R&B superstar and the alleged victim, some of which she said were videotaped. Lisa Van Allen, the last witness before prosecutors rested their case, also told jurors in more than three hours of graphic and dramatic testimony that Kelly last year offered her $250,000 to recover a tape of one of the trysts. Defense attorneys accused her of trying to extort the singer. Kelly faces as many as 15 years in prison if convicted of child pornography on suspicion of videotaping himself having sex with a female prosecutors say was as young as 13. He has pleaded not guilty and both he and the alleged victim, now 23, deny being on the video, which is separate from those Van Allen testified to being on.
The state rested its case after Van Allen's testimony. Jurors will get today off before the defense begins its presentation on Wednesday. Grammer Has 'Mild' Heart Attack A spokesman for Kelsey Grammer says the "Frasier" star is recovering in a Hawaii hospital after a mild heart attack this weekend. Stan Rosenfield says Grammer is "resting comfortably" at a hospital after being stricken Saturday. Rosenfield says the actor will be released this week. Rosenfield says Grammer, 53, was paddle-boarding with his wife, Camille, when he experienced symptoms. Where Was Keith Richards? Grunge legend Kurt Cobain's ashes were allegedly stolen from widow Courtney Love's house. Suspecting a former friend as the culprit, Love went on to say she is devastated by this heinous crime. "I can't believe anyone would take Kurt's ashes from me," she told Britain's News of the World newspaper. "I find it disgusting and right now I'm suicidal. If I don't get them back I don't know what I'll do." The Nirvana frontman shocked the world when he committed suicide in 1994. His ashes were then scattered at a Buddhist Temple in New York and in the Wishkah River in Washington state. But Love kept some of the ashes and hid them away. "They were all I had left of him," Love said. "Who has their husband's ashes stolen?" Stern Wedding Set For Fall, Actress Says Beth Ostrosky says she and her fiance, shock jock Howard Stern, are planning a wedding in October. "We're just getting our best friends together and having a reception in the city," Ostrosky says. In the meantime, Ostrosky says, she plans to spend the summer in the Hamptons, "barbecuing and being with my fiance and my bulldog on the beach." Today's Birthdays Actor Tony Curtis is 83. Rock musician Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd) is 56. CNN host Anderson Cooper is 41. Sources: The Associated Press, New York Daily News CORRECTIONS It is the policy of The Tampa Tribune to correct all errors of fact. To report an error, call (813) 259-7600 or e-mail news@tampatrib.com
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