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. good morning. breaking this morning, facing the music. r. kelly turns himself in after authorities charge him with multiple counts of sexually abusing underage victims, this after decades of rumors about police conduct. we're live with the latest. danger from above, the storm system leaving misery in its wake. snow in arizona, california and even las vegas. in the south, heavy flooding and today a possibility of dead tornadoes. dylan is tracking it all. drama in d.c. robert mueller will wait a little longer before delivering his russia report to the
attorney general. that means it won't up stage the president's north korea summit next week. the president's former fixer getting set to testify in front of congress while the president threatens to use his veto pen over that border wall. all that plus personal foul super bowl winning patriots owner robert kraft arrested for soliciting prostitution as florida thrts s authorities break up what they call a sex trafficking ring. will kraft be punished by the nfl. and "empire" producers announce they are cutting jussie smollett from the season's final two episodes in the wake of his arrest for claiming eflgshe was the victim of a hate crime. and meghan fresh off her baby shower, she arrives in africa with prince harry for a royal outing despite being weeks away from giving birth and we're traveling traveling with her today,
saturday february 23 2019. >> from nbc news this is "today" with sheinelle jones, peter alexander and dillylan dreyer live from studio 1a. >> thank you for joining us on this saturday morning. she was celebrating her baby shower here innin now and now off to morocco. a stuff game. >> i think she enjoyed her time here in new york city. she certainly felt the love. >> the travel is incredible. i remember being exhausted when i was that pregnant. >> we'll have much more on meghan markle in a bit. but right now our top story. k. kelly waking up in police custody after turning positionhimself into face multiple counts offing a gra straighted criminal sexual an abuse. he will face a judge later today. kathy park is here with the overnight developments.
>> after years of allegations, the grammy award winner is back in the spotlight and facing serious claims. a jury acquitted kelly of child pornography charges in 2008 but now he is headed for another legal battle. r&b singer r. kelly facing the music and possible prigs onson time. >> robert kelly was in-diltsed before a cook county grand jury on ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuseinvolving four victims. >> reporter: authorities say at least three were minors and the crimes happened between 199820 and 2010. victims were revealed only by their initials. h.w. h.w.r.l. l.c. and j.p. j.p. told dateline back in january that she was 167 years old when kelly sexually an abused her. >> i didn't agree to have sex
with him. or perform or be locked in a room. >> michael avenatti represents several clients who are prepared to testify against kelly. he says he turned over a video to authorities that reportedly shows kelly engaging in illegal sex acts with a 14-year-old girl. >> both the victim and mr. kelly refer to the victim's age. >> two decades of sexual misconduct accusations have followed the singer. he was acquitted of all child pornography charges in 2008. but a recent lifetime docu-series put the spotlight back on his past. >> he preferred the younger ones what you it was either to manipulate. >> shortly after it aired, a chicago prosecutor made a plea for any victims to come forward. >> we cannot seek justice without you. >> kelly has consistently denied any wrongdoing. his lawyer defended his client friday saying the victims are
lying. >> every one of the women in that documentary had a song that they were now going to release, a brooke they were now going to release, a deal they were nothing caogoing to do. everybody is trying to profit off 6of r. kelly. >> and now are more med lines for headlines for his legal trouble. and the federal government might be getting involvedlines headlines for his legal trouble. and the federal government might be getting involved as well. two sources say homeland security investigators are looking into kelly's possible connection with sex trafficking allegations. the department of homeland security has not yet commented. >> all right, kaths any kathy park thank you very much. >> katie fang oigis a prosecutor. >> ten counts prosecutors say there are four victims. these allegations date back 30 years. but based on what we know of the
evidence. >> how challenging of a case is this? >> typically it is a he said/she said case.of a case is this? >> typically it is a he said/she said case. which can be difficult to prove. but based upon the fact that at a minimum there exists a video of an alleged sex act between r. kellyanne one of the vehicle and one of the the victims,ing it corroborating evidence and that is what you want. you usually don't get that you usually get their testimony as the victim against that of the defendant good he even at all speaks if he even testifies in court. so the existence of at least one video, of aavenatti says perhaps there is another video. >> and there are a lot of people wondering that there were videos before. but this one you can clearly see
his face. is that the difference this time especially if you have more videos? >> yeah, and kind ever of disturbing that that is the way we judge the case is the quality of a video of alleged sex ablgts sacts with minors. but the 2008 acquittal, he rolled the dice and went to trial and he was acquitted, there is the suggestion that the video was really not that good and the victim refused to testify obviously hurt the prosecution's case. from what what we understand we didn't have that situation here. we have four victims, the range from 199 to 2010. and they were 13 to 16 years of age. so that is why we have the felony counts. >> and of course this is after the docu-series where several of the women say that they were sexually abused by r. kelly and he says they are all lying. but after that decrease could
you seardock could you sear requireku seercould you sear series the prosecutor said we need you to tell your 120er story. >> and we know that the defense is already pushing back. he basically went on the attack he took the gloves off and said they are all lying, but he also noted the existence of that docu-series stating that they are all looking for the gravy train. and that is the quintessential play book defense in a criminal sexual abuse case. you go after their credibility, you try to suggest to the jury that theic have tims are lying because they want either fame or fortune and you use that to your advantage. but if i were the criminal defense attorney i wouldn't be talking so much right now because i haven't seen the evidence. the criminal defense attorney has said he hasn't seen the video that directly allegedly inchmplicates r. kelly.
>> and what penalties does it carry if it goes all the way here. >> >> each of the counts three to seven years in prison possibly probation, but you can getten come secretary get con sek kucretary could you sentencing. >> all right. thank you. let's turn to the severe weather threat. >> a large portion of the country could see flash flooding more snow and everyone the possibility of tornadoes. but it was snowfall out west that caught a lot of residents off guard. a wicked storm leaving its mark on the west coast. sin city looking more like a winter wonder land. some parts of las vegas saw up to an inch and a half of snow closing schools as residents witnessed its first measure only snowfall in more than a decade. in normally sunny southern california, snowplows hit the roads in san diego and highways
around los angeles were forced to close. the unusual wintry weather left some celebrating and others scratching their heads. in arizona, police officers in tucson investigated the suspicious white powdery substance. >> it is frozen water. they call it snow. >> reporter: while further north the in flagstaff, more than three feet of snow fell in just one day shattering a century old record. in the southeast, heavy rains are reeking havoc. officials in alabama warning residents that roads and blinlgt ss roads and bridges may become impasseableimpassable. and firefighters in tennessee focused on search and rescue sefrts s 70ss s efforts after a mudslide. so i want to focus first on the rain because is this an area totally saturated. you can see heavy rain continues to fall.
same goes for northern mississippi where they have already picked up about 10 inches of rain. so we have 25 million people under the flash flood watches. and this will be an area that not only do we have to worry about the torrential downpours leading to flooding but we also have the severe threat especially in this dark e.est red here. damaging winds and tornadoes are a possibility with this storm system. so as we go through the day, we will see these storms fire up through the afternoon, through this evening. this will move across the east coast as we go in to tonight and saturday. and then this will produce some really heavy rain up and down the east coast before exiting as we xwhoe ingo late in the afternoon on sunday. but again the flooding rain will be the biggest concern because the ground is saturated and we could easily see administermore flash flooding and rivers and streams overflowing. we could see another 3 to 344
inches of rainfall. also this morning testimonyit will be longer until robert mueller releases his final report to the attorney general. it will not be given to the justice department while the president holds a high stakes summit with north korea's leader. this as president trump says he is ready to veto any legislation that tries to stop his national emergency declaration eefrover his border wall. we have it all covered. we start with jeffgeoff bennett. >> reporter: the waiting game continues this morning. a justice department official now says that special counsel robert mueller's report is not expected to be delivered to the attorney general as early as next week as was widely reported. house democrats though are demanding made that whenever the report does drop on the a.g.'s desk that he must make it
public. judgment day delayed. as the senior justice department official tells nbc news rmtu sews robert mueller is not expected to deliver his report next week. the doj coming any san of president trump's upcoming second summit with rim.any san of president trump's upcoming second summit with rim. kim jung-un. mr. trump on friday said he hasn't spoken with his new attorney general about the reports's report's release. >> there was no collusion, no ob strurks obstruction, there was no anything. no phone calls, no nothing. we have a -- i won because i was a better candidate than she was and it had nothing to do with russia. >> reporter: lawmakers are gearing up for a fight. on friday six top democrats sent attorney general bill barr a letter emphasizing their
expectation that he will publicly release the report mueller submits to him. under the special counsel rules, barr isn't obligated to do so. but the democrats say withholding evidence uncovered by the special counsel could be means for a coverup. as the washington waiting game goes on at least a little longer attention turns to mr. trump's former long time lawyer and fixer michael cohen who is set to testify publicly on capitol hill next week. the stage is set for a high ith the "new york times" first reporting friday that cohen told prosecutors about possible irregular business dealings within the trump family business. according to the "times," it is an indication that prosecutors are interested in matters at the trump organization that go beyond its role in the illegal hush payments made to women before the 2016 election who claim to have had affairs with mr. trump. cohen pleaded guilty to
arranging the payments in violation of campaign finance laws. he is due to start a three year prison term in may. >> and we're still waiting for the sentencing memo for paul man forth fort. what is the latest on that? >> we expected to's it overnight, but it was not publicly released. a judge ruled that manafort lied about his communications with a former business associate with alleged ties to russian intelligence named konstanin kilimnick. prosecutors say the relationship goes to the heart of what the special counsel's office is investigating. so the memo could fill in pieces of the puzzle. >> another dramatic day in washington. >> and as we mentioned, president trump isn't mincing words when it comes to the democrats' attempt to block his emergency declaration to pay for a border wall saying he will use
his veto powers if he has to.'donnell has more on that. >> reporter: president trump likes to use the unique powers that come with his office. and this time with a first ever veto in order to protect another of his controversial national emergency for his promised border wall. sitting behind the resolute desk, the president made clear he will block democrats' effort to stop his border wall national emergency. >> will i veto it? 100%. 100%. survives a veto. we have too many people that support border security. but i will veto it, yes. >> reporter: but the new threat is not deterring democrats. more than 220 members of congress signed on as co-sponsors for the resolution to terminate the national emergency.
nancy pelosi announced that the house will vote tuesday to send the president a message. >> this is not a path i would recommend he go down. i don't expect him to sign it, but i do expect us to send it. >> reporter: that builds pressure on republicans, including those concerned about this use of executive power. president trump said he expects republican lawmakers to stand with him. >> everybody knows we need border security, we need a wall. i think it is a very bad subject for the democrats. >> reporter: mr. trump offered his first public reaction to the arrest of a 49-year-old coast guard officer accused of plotting domestic terror attacks on democrats and media figures. >> i think it is a shame. it is a very sad thing when a thing like that happens. >> reporter: but claimed his own political rhetoric needs no adjust. >> no, i think my language is very nice. >> reporter: while hosting the chinese vice premiere here to
negotiate a trade agreement, the president looked ahead to next week's second summit with kim jung-un. >> we have had such a great relationship and china has helped us a lot with north korea and with kim jung-un since i got to office. >> reporter: and this morning kim jung-un is getting a head start on his way to the summit. vietnam will be treating the kim visit as an official state visit, the highest diplomatic designation. president trump will get on his way to the next summit on monday after hosting the nation's governors for the annual ball tomorrow night. >> and you and i will be traveling to vietnam. we'll see you at the airport. and dylan is back with the rest of the country's forecast. >> and this is a big storm system. focused on the rain. i want to point out that we will see snow on the northern side of this. the southwest after a snowy couple of days is finally drying out, lots of sunshine, temperatures in the 60s in southern california. winds will get pretty gusty as we go into tomorrow especially for areas like buffalo, so that
is something to keep an eye out we've had those chilly overnights but conditions remain dry rite now. we expect these cold 30s turning into 50s, maybe some low 60s. santadegrees. san jose at about 34 degrees. expecting for the most part a pretty clear weekend with the exception of an atmospheric river that may be developing in time for the work week. and that is your latest forecast. >> and still to come what is next for new england maits owner robert kraft is day after he was caught up in a major prostitution sting in florida sfloop. plus talk about too close for comfort. every time you watch that i feel for that guy. the hockey puck near miss caught on camera that and a lot more in our weekly down account load.
. we're back now with the "weekly download." >> are of course the headlines were dominated about the news surrounding jussie smollett but there were a lot of other stories we covered as well starting with startling revelations from the man who used to be in charge of the fbi. >> former acting fbi director andrew mccabe out with a new book highlighting the obstruction of justice investigation he launched against president trump. his first live interview. mccabe who has been slammed by the president says no one pushed back. >> i told congress what we had done. >> did anyone object? >> no one objected. >> a u.s. coast guard lieutenant was arrested on drug and weapons charges.
authorities say he was 34r09ing a plotting a bringing attack. >> he was a self identified white nationalist who called for focused violence and dreamed of ways to. >> caller: almostkill almost every last person on earth. a scare for the best college basketball player in the country.person on earth. a scare for the best college basketball player in the country. zion williamson injured his and the stunned crowd including barack obama looked on in shock. >> nike says we are working to identify the issue. skiing champion lindsey vonn sat down with hoda in per first live interview since retiring. >> unfortunate willly my body gave out, but my passion for skiing will always remain. i can't wait to go skiing with
my kids one day. >> is that in the near future? >> i mean i'm 34 so, you know, we're thinking about it. >> some of the most astonishing moments caught on camera bystanders rescued a woman from a brurning car after she was hit by another driver. she was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. and a nevada highway patrolman narrowly dodged a suspected drunk driver. and another close calm a sports analyst narrowly missing a flying hockey puck to the face. and finally, sully. late president george h.w. bush's service dog is off on a new mission. >> we're comforted to know he will soon bring the same service and joy to many helping wounded soldiers and hospital patients on their road to recovery. >> his new home walter reed medical center. >> sully, we miss you terribly, we thank you for your service
and your devotion to our gampy. and yes, mission complete. >> that was a beautiful moment when the kids were here. >> they just ran out and just loved up on him. >> and i can't stop thinking about that hockey puck. if you wearing a helmet from now on. he didn't even flinch. >> he had no idea it was coming by. >> that could have caused some damage. >> and i wonder if it did to the camera. still to come, breaking down the oscars. will we see some big sur pricesprises tomorrow night. and meghan markle is ready for her next big trip. where the mom to be and prince harry are headed next. and just call him honest babe. we'll tell you why this statue is making people swoon these days. >> but first these messages.
here's a look at the golden gate bridge. i'm kira klapper, vianey arana has a look at the forecast. >> we're in the 30s almost everywhere. san jose 37 degrees. mountain view 33. hayward 38. santa rosa 30 degrees. we don't have a cloud in sight which means clear skies, cold nights. look at stormranger now. we have it up and scanning not scanning a whole lot. this will be a very calm saturday. but we do have it up and scanning because we are tracking and monitoring changes. more incoming weather is expected. as far as the day thymetime highs, we'll be topping out in the 50s. normal high is 63. we're below seasonable for today. i'll go over the timeline for this new storm we're tracking coming up. this morning the search continues for a woman buried in a cliff collapse at a san francisco beach. yesterday two women walking on the beach with a dog were suddenly buried in a mountain of
sand stone when the cliff collapsed just before 3:00. the san francisco fire department has launched a massive recovery effort working to dig out the woman's body from under sand and dirt. this is at fort funston. people on the beach were able to help dig out one ry buried up to her waist. emergency crews took her to the hospital with minor injuries. more than 50 firefighters raced to the beach with shovels. that frantic effort went on for three hours. jeff adachi has died of an apparent heart attack. the sudden death of the 59-year-old is sending shockwaves across the city and beyond. he was elected public defender back in 2002 and served in that role since. he spent more than 32 years as part of that office as the only public defender elected in the state. he was just sworn in for his fifth term. that was for the city of san
francisco. it is 5:58. coming up this morning on "today in the bay," a view from above. how you can get this look from the tallest building in san francisco for free starting today. we'll tell you about that and all your top stories and weather coming up at 7:00. we hope you join us. we'll send you back to the "today" show.
that is a good looking crowd. we're back on this saturday morning, february 23. everybody trying to stay warm. a cold february day here in new york. we'll go outside and say hello in a bit. >> let's give you a check of the headlines for in half hour starting with r. kelly waking up this morning behind bars. the grammy award winner turned himself in after being charged with multiple counts of aggravated sexual abuse. nearly all of his alleged nearly all of his alleged victims under age, the claims going back as far as 1998. two sources familiar with the case say the department of homeland security is also looking into whether kelly was involved with sex trafficking. the singer is set to face a judge later today.
catholic leaders are gathering today part of a four day summit. to address sexual abuse claims against priests dating back decades. today a prominent nun blasted the church for what she claims is a culture of silence. pope francis is pushing for church leaders to be held more accountable. rescuers in san francisco are searching for the body of a woman who was trapped when a cliff collapsed. and buried her in a landslide. the woman and a friend were walking about halfway up when it gave way. much the friend and a dog survived. and nasa is remaining one of its buildings after katherine johnson, her story told in the film "hidden figures." the building fittingly is home to programs that support the space agency's highest profile missions. and also this morning, patriots owner robert kraft in
hot water charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting sex, caught up in a month's long sting in florida and police say there is video evidence of a crime. kerry sanders is in jupiter with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. robert kraft is not the only business titan caught up in this investigation, but he is of course the most high profile. this all began with a complaint to the health department about this massage parlor. this morning new england patriots owner robert kraft fresh off celebrating his team's sixth super bowl win is on the defense. >> he's being charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution. >> reporter: the billionaire is one of more than two dozen men accused of frequenting this massage parlor, a front authorities say for prostitution. investigators say kraft visited
twice. the month's long operation involved round the clock surveillance and hidden cameras inside. >> the video that we obtained shows the act that took place. >> reporter: kraft's wife of 48 years died of cancer in 2011. a spokesman for the 77-year-old seen here with his girlfriend says we calfriend says we cat ghoregoryically deny that mr. kraft engaged in any illegal activity. president trump who has dined with kraft at mar-a-lago weighed in on the charges. >> well, it is very sad. i was very surprised to see it. he has proclaimed his innocence totally but i'm very surprised to see it. >> reporter: the investigation part of a multiagency crackdown on suspected human trafficking of women from china to florida. >> our concern in this investigation centers around possibility of victims of human trafficking. if there are customers, then these types of businesses can flourish. >> reporter: if convicted on the
charges, robert kraft could face a $500 fine and 60 days in skral. the vehicle jail. the victims came from china and many thought that they were coming to the united states for legitimate jobs. paying in some cases up to $20,000. they landed in new york and then found themselves in florida speaking only chinese, they found no way out before sort of a surreal scene here last night as people came out finding out where this was located, lining up and taking pictures, sell if is onselfies, just an 234ushunusual kind of scene in the wake of the serious nature of what happened here or alleged to have happened here. >> could robert kraft face repercussions from the nfl? >> there is a morals clause. so he will have to face that.
and it is not just the solicitation charge that is so dramatic it is that that was coupled with according to the investigators supporting this human trafficking operation. girls who were coming from china or women coming from china who really had no idea that they were going to wind up in this pre-dick mgtkck pre-dickment. >> kerry, thank you. let's go cuss on thefocus on the snow. it is falling across denver and fargo as well. we'll continue with more snow through the day and winds will get very gusty, so we could see blowing snow that could lead to the possibility of blizzard conditions through nebraska and kansas up into iowa and southern minnesota. so this is the way that it will shape up through the day today. this area of low pressure is really going to intensify pretty rapidly, so that will help to reinforce the snowfall through this afternoon and into tonight.
with the gust difference windy winds travel will be very dangerous. not a ton, maybe 3 to 6 inches but when it is blowing it really does reduce the visibility. some higher amounts through northern wisconsin, southeastern minnesota. and here is a look at the wind they could gust up to 45 to 55 miles per hour. and governor lebuffalo could see gusts 675 to 75 another cold start throughout the bay area. 34 in napa. 31 in livermore. 31 there san jose. palo alto at 32. running a couple degrees chillier this morning. don't worry those temperatures will warm up. our stormranger right now not scanning much. we expect changes heading into the work week. willow glen temperatures in the
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feels they know except for maybe one name. the fight for an oscar usually follows certain rules. >> typically if you are not nominated for best director you won't win best picture. >> but this your'syear's nominees throw everything out. >> "roma" is a great example. >> whether this be the year we see a younger more diverse academy choose the winners? >> my personal favorite the is "black panther." i think it is the film that signals a shift and change in hollywood broadly speaking. >> it will be a surprise. >> and this is why we watch. >> compared to past years, there is actually a fair amount of suspense around best picture. >> god bless white america.
>> i want you. >> and vice, political history from a comedy director. how could anyone predict a winner? >> it is like predicting a presidential election. we know how that turned out last time. all the models and all the polling doesn't always work. there is always going to be a surprise. >> i didn't disappear. i went out for a couple hours. >> one sure bet seems to be glenn close nominated six times without a win. >> it is about time. >> yeah sure. >> she deserves it. >> but as we know from years past no one will know until they open the enloech. >> there is a sense that lady gaga's star has faded and that the depiction of freddie mercury could get best actor. but i don't know how you are going to fill out your oscar ballots, but mine is a mess.
back to you. >> thank you. >> sounds like you've seen some of the movies, which is better than i can say. >> and it seems like everybody mass an opinion on who will win and that includes us. >> i'd have to phone a friend. >> here is a look at the top three categories and we'll see if our predictions are right. so first up best actress. here is a look at the nominees. >> as you periodheard glernnn close, i think that is what i'm going with. >> and i'm going with glenn close. it is time for her to win. >> and i also picked glenn close. >> i just wish she won for fatal attraction. like that was the movie that defined her career. >> phenomenal job with this role. so we all agree. next one, best actor here are
the nominees. >> and i say the bohemian rhapsody star. everybody said he was terrific. he sings, he does it all himself. >> i went with christian bale. i think miss transformation was incredible. >> as dick cheney yeah. >> and i watched for the first hour of it and i didn't even realize it was christian bale. i picked bradley cooper. i thought he was phenomenal as actor and director. i think he deserves it. and finally best picture, let's take a look at your nominees. this was a big category this year they were all really good. >> there are the next four. i see a lot of super reader
during the week and i've seen almost none of them, but i'm going with "roma." it is on netflix, so maybe the academy doesn't want to make that big move yet. but it is supposed to be beautiful, everyone said nice things about it. if not, i think "green book." >> and i'm going with blackkklansman. i feel like maybe we've talked to spike lee so much recently that i'm just rooting for him and this movie. >> and i picked "black panther" because i think it was a if a anonymous nam move phenomenal move swriie and everybody is talking about it. coming up, just back from her baby shower meghan markle is traveling internationally again. will this be her last trip before the new baby comes?
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up the duchess has been all over the place. and of course she was just here in manhattan for a few days her million dollar plus baby shower. and then just days after returning home to england rktsz she she is leaving again. >> kelly cobiella has more on where she is headed next. >> reporter: me began in aghan in morrow company, morocco arriving with prince harry for a busy round of fish engagements. >> takes hot bed now for youth engagement.fish engagements. >> takes hot bed now for youth engagement. >> reporter: meghan going full speed despite being heavy pregnant. she visited a cause to educate girls. >> for women and girls, this is vital. >> reporter: and on monday
cooking. another passion of meghan's. she helped create a cookbook to sven bit 9 surthe survivors of a fire in london. she's had a night at the museum and honored the military donned boxing gloves watched acting classes, helped working moms and held rescue dogs. and, oh, yes, that little trip to new york this week showered with flowers and baby clothes. 11 days, three continents 10,000 air miles. and showing no signs of closing down even as her due date quickly he approaches. for "today," kelly cobiella, nbc news. >> i was thinking how her life has changed since her early days in new york city. i saw one video there were a few people outside and now -- >> every he where. and then aimll the people showing up to these parties.
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there. thank you very much for joining us. i'm kira klapper. vianey arana has a look at our microclimate forecast. we've been talking about how cold it is outside. >> it is so cold. 30st right now. 32 in mountain view. 32 in santa cruz. 31 in livermore. 31 in napa. our temperatures are chilly. as far as 24-hour temperature change fairfield has about a nine degree difference. it's nine degrees cooler than yesterday at this hour. santa rosa is slightly warmer. stormranger is monitoring we don't have a lot going on today. we are tracking a couple of changes. that temperature trend will climb into the upper 40s by 10:00 a.m. we have a combination of sun and clouds. i'll have a complete update on a brewing storm coming up. >> uh there's always one
hiding. all right. thanks. this morning the search continues for a woman buried in a cliff collapse at a san francisco beach. yesterday two women walking on the beach with a dog were suddenly buried in a mountain of sandstone when the cliff collapsed just before 3:00. the san francisco fire department has launched a massive effort which became a recovery effort after three hours digging out the woman's body. witnesses on the beach helped to dig out the first woman who was trapped up to her waist. emergency crews took her to the hospital with minor injuries. her dog survived as well. >> the recovery effort will resume this morning. san francisco public defender jeff adachi has died of an apparent heart attack. the sudden death of the 59-year-old is sending shockwaves across the city and beyond.
he was elected public defender back in 2002 and served in that role since. adachi spent more than 32 years as part of that office in some capacity, as the only public defender elected in the state, he was just sworn in for his fist term. it is 6:29. coming up this morning on "today in the bay," a view from above. how you can get this look from the tallest building in san francisco for free starting today. seems like it will be nice and clear to do something like that. that and your top stories and weather coming up at 7:00. we hope you join us. we'll send you back to the "today" show.
good morning. facing the music. singer r. kelly waking up in police custody after turning himself into answer charges of sexually abusing underage victims. his arrest following documentary series. we're live with the latest. danger from above, a surprise snowfall out west catching people off guard and the threat looming large today for tens ss of millions with the south facing heavy flooding and even tornados. and off the show. "empire" actor jussie smollett won't be returning to the show for the rest of the season. producers announcing that they
will take smollett's character out of the final two episodes after his arrest for claiming to be the victim of a hate crime with rumors swirling about what happens next for his career. "today," saturday february 23 2019. good morning. welcome back to "today" on a saturday morning. we'll get outside coming up, but it is a busy saturday morning. >> got a lot of news to start with. we begin with singer r. kelly behind bars expected to go before a judge later today. kelly turned himself in overnight after he was arrested on multiple counts of sexual abuse of underage victims. we're joined now by kathy park. >> and r. kelly woke up in police custody this morning and he is back in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. he was acquitted of child pornography charges back in 2008, but hours from now he is headed for another legal battle.
r. kelly facing the music and possibly r. possible prison time as he turned himself in overnight. >> rob bhert kellert kelly was indicted on ten counts. report . >> at least three of the victims were minors and the crimes happened between 1998 and 2010. in the friday press conference victims were revealed only by their initials. h.w., r.l., l.c. and j.p. j.p. told dateline back in january that she was 16 years old when kelly sexually abused her. >> i didn't agree to have sex with him. or perform or be locked in a room. >> michael avenatti represents several clients who are prepared to testify against kelly. he says he turned over a video to authorities that reportedly
shows kelly engaging in illegal sex acts with a 14-year-old girl. >> both the victim and mr. kelly refer to the victim's age. >> two decades of sexual misconduct accusations have followed the singer. he was acquitted of all child pornography charges in 2008. but a recent lifetime docu-series put the spotlight back on his past. >> he preferred the younger ones because it was either to manipulate. >> shortly after it aired, a chicago prosecutor made a plea for any victims to come forward. >> we cannot seek justice without you. >> kelly has consistently denied any wrongdoing. his lawyer defended his client friday saying the victims are lying. >> every one of the women in that documentary had a song that they were now going to release, a book they were now going to release, a deal they were now going to do. everybody is trying to profit off of r. kelly.
>> and now more headlines for his legal trouble. the bond hearing is set for this afternoon and he faces up to 70 years in prison. let's turn to the drama unfolding in the nation's capital this morning over the anticipation of robert mueller's report into the russia investigation. a senior justice department official telling nbc news it won't be completed next week while the president is in vietnam for a high stakes meeting with north korea's leader. geoff bennett has more on that. >> reporter: good morning. the washington waiting game goes on a little while longer for the special counsel report. an official tells nbc news that robert mueller is not expected to deliver his report on the investigation into russia's interference not 16 election next week as was widely reported. president trump says he hasn't spoken with his new attorney general about the report oorks
re release but lawmakers are pressuring the a.g. to make it public once it lands on his desk. six top democrats sent a letter to barr saying withholding evidence could be means for a coverup. now, attention is also turning to mr. trump's former long time lawyer and fixer michael cohen who is scheduled to testify publicly on capitol hill next week. cohen has already implicated the president in an illegal hush money scheme to see you money. and the "times" is reporting that he told prosecutors about possible business dealings within the trump family business. so there are three days of high stakes hearings with cohen next week. and meantime president trump is putting democrats on alsaying that he will use his veto powers to stop any attempt to block his emergency declaration to get his border wall built.
kelly o'donnell has more on that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the president has his pen ready for his first ever veto. the president says he is prepared to use one power to protect another. he said that he put the odds at 100% that he would try to use this power to block democrats resolution intended to terminate the national emergency he declared at the southern border. speaker paelosi says that the house will vote on that resolution tuesday. this puts pressure on republicans who will have to take a stand about whether they think this is an roept use of the national emergency powerer with respect to building a border wall. and meanwhile the administration is also sending another 1 ask,000 active duty and national guard troops to the border. president trump is also preparing for a second summit with north korea. and officials between the u.s.
and north korea say that there is still disagreement over what the specific tirmserms of denuclearization should look like. kim is already on his way to the host city. president trump will headhanoi on monday. >> and we'll be joining him. thank you very much. now to the case against jussie smollett. the actor's character won't be appearing in the final two episodes of the season. molly hunter has more on that. >> chicago police say smollett who claimed that he was the victim of a racist attack actually orchestrated the whole thing and this morning while out on bail he has also been yanked from that show that made him a star. >> reporter: this morning jussie smollett is out of jail and out of a job. facing a felony charge for lying to police about a hate crime and
he won't be returning to the show. its executive producers released a statement saying we care about him deeply but adding we have decided to remove the role from the final two episodes of the season. after posting bail thursday, smollett headed to the set of "empire" where he reportedly apologized to the cast and crew and denied any wrongdoing. police say he staged the hoax paying $3500 to the brothers to attack him. all of it police say an elaborate pr stunt. >> jussie smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career. >> reporter: that career now in free fall with fox saying it is considering its options and tnt yanking the episode of their show drop the mic that features smollett. >> we gave him the benefit of the doubt but when we discovered the motive, it pissed everybody
off. >> reporter: they relied four dozen surveillance cameras over three weeks. the brothers were caught on camera buying supplies and they are not facing charges. police say they are now the star witness against smollett. but smollett's legal team slammed the investigation saying that the presumption of innocence trampled on at the expense of their client. now, smollett is still sticking to his story. if yikted, he could edconvicted, he could pay restitution and could be locked up for three years. and there is much more to get to this morning including super bowl winning patriots owner robert kraft facing two counts of soliciting sex. this is following a month's long investigation in florida with round the clock surveillances a ss as authorities break up what they call a sex trafficking ring. key face 60 days in jail and
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los angeles were forced to close. we saw some snow at the hollywood sign which is at about 1500 feet. and flagstaff actually picked up nearly 40 inches of snow just two days ago. so that storm is now moving east and combining with a stalled front that is now producing some of this warmer air that is alsoforces. so flooding is a huge threat especially through tennessee and northern mississippi. so we have flash flood watches in effect for 25 million people. we have the chance of severe storms ss as well. toshtss tornados are possible. we could see 3 to 4 inches of . we've got very cold 30s to start out this morning. pretty much for a lot to of the bay area. 31 degrees down in morgan hill. 37 in san jose. hayward, 38. concord, 37. we are expecting to see a combination of sun and clouds.
the 24-hour temperature change does show slightly colder temperatures in fairfield than at this hour yesterday. but our daytime highs will climb nicely to the 50s with clearing skies by the afternoon. and that is your latest forecast. >> thank you very much. coming up, a look inside this year's oscar's swag bags and why some of the gifts might not be able to be taken across state lines. but first, the shirtless statue of our 16th president that has everyone talking online. thanks for calling unitedhealthcare mrs. murphy. hi, i need help getting an appointment with my podiatrist. how's wednesday at 2? i can't. dog agility. thursday at 10? sorry. n ñ. tuesday at 11? nope. robot cage match. how about the 28th at 3? done. with unitedhealthcare medicare advantage plans, including the only plans with the aarp name there's so much to take advantage of. from scheduling appointments to finding specialists it's easier to get the care you need when you need it.
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we're back now with the statue that has social media swooning. >> this morning a lot of people are asking what is up with that abraham link concoln statue. >> we know that he was our 16th president. he gave the gettysburg address and issued the emancipation problemclamation proclamation. and he was kind of a hottie. a screen writer came across this stat schu and h. this stat schu and says he is a shirtless young stud like a swimsuit model. with more than 5 500,000 likes, and
writing honest abs and the gettysburg undressed. one person even joked that the bear i goayerear bare chested abe could be the next model. it was sculpted by an art student. hanson says he made lichb conncoln shirtless because it is better to show the body without any clothes. so 80 years later, it still lives in the los angeles federal building where it is giving mountmt. rushmore a run for its money. >> how is it that we haven't heard about this until now? >> the land of twitter. >> i think it is in a courthouse so not in a place where people are taking pictures. >> i challenge americans to find the grover cleveland statue right now. >> yes. all right. how about "pop start." >> and the oscars of course is
what we're all talking about. a night filled with glitz, glam and swag. those swag bags. and every year includes a luxurious getaway and serious skin care this year's items are creating a bit of a buzz shall we say. the bags will also be filled with cannabis infused items from beauty products to chocolate edibles and a membership to a pot friendly social club. and while weed is legal in california celebrities are being advised not to take the swag across state lines. and john krasinski made a big announcement friday saying it is time to go back. the film starring krasinski and his wife was a huge success grossing a whopping $340 million worldwide last year. and is up for an academy award tomorrow night for sound editing. krasinski is slated to direct the sequel that will be in theaters in may of 2020. andfinally, space jam two
finally has a release date. the movie which will star lebron james will be released in the summer of 2021. it is a followup to the 1996 movie which featured michael jordan and of course bugs bunny. in the sequel james will take on the role of small forward with bugs as point guard. filming set to take place in the nba offseason. one of the breastftof the best sound tracks ever with the original. >> big shoes to fill nobody pun intended i guess. >> that will be pretty big for lebron james. >> all right. thank you. we're back after this.
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