A retired US prisons officer is under a federal investigation for allegedly leaking a treasure trove of illegally-accessed information about disgra
A retired US prisons officer is under a federal investigation for allegedly leaking a treasure trove of illegally-accessed information about disgraced musician R. Kelly to a popular YouTube gossip vlogger.
The online personality, known as Tasha K, posted a number of videos in which she sips wine and shares salacious information to her thousands of followers, quoting verbatim from Kelly’s recorded phone calls, emails and visitor logs, according to a federal search warrant obtained by the Chicago Tribune.
The officer, named in the warrant as Officer A, is accused of illegally accessing Kelly’s private information while he was an inmate at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center and leaking it to 39 year-old Tasha K, whose real name is Latasha Kebe. She has not yet been charged with any crime.
Before diving into juicy details about Kelly’s life in one of her videos, Kebe says ‘Now, I told you I got the m***********g plug. This is all facts, no allegedly, all facts.’
A retired US prisons officer allegedly shared information from R. Kelly’s recorded phone calls, emails and visitor logs to YouTuber Tasha K (pictured above)
Tasha also shared further details of what she said was Kelly’s inability to read and write
The officer, who retired in December 2019, allegedly accessed R. Kelly’s records more than 150 times in a six-month period
In a series of widely-shared videos, Tasha K sips wine and reads private exchanges Kelly had while an inmate at the Metropolitan Correctional Center
The female officer, who retired in December 2019, allegedly accessed Kelly’s records more than 150 times in a six-month period before her departure and emailed herself a 12-page scan of his jail records.
The officer worked as a disciplinary hearing officer at a federal prison in Wisconsin, was not even assigned to the MCC and ‘had no official reason’ to be searching for Kelly’s information, as stated in the 24-page warrant obtained by the Tribune.
Some of the private information involves Kelly’s contentious relationships with two girlfriends – Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary – who were living in his high-rise apartment at a Trump Tower residence in Chicago at the time. Tasha K reveals in one video that Kelly allegedly had a friend bring $1,500 in cash to the apartment to help pay for his girlfriends’ bills.
The vlogger, who is known for sipping from a giant glass of wine while sharing her gossip, says, ‘Yeah there’s a phone tap somewhere and I’m not gonna tell you where it’s at. I have the plug. I’m not gonna tell you where I got the information from, but just listen to the damn information, OK?’
Some of the private information involves Kelly’s contentious relationships with two girlfriends – Joycelyn Savage (pictured left) and Azriel Clary
Tasha K reveals in one video that Kelly allegedly had a friend bring $1,500 in cash to the apartment to help pay for his girlfriends’ bills
In another video, posted on Dec. 22, 2019 and titled ‘R. Kelly RELEASED Emails PROVES he can’t read or write,’ she scrolls through her phone and reads email exchanges Kelly had with his girlfriends from prison before saying, ‘ . . . these are actual conversations between them I’m not gonna put it up here because this is considered like somebody’s private information or whatever but you know my word trust me.’
Tasha said she was sharing the emails to highlight Kelly’s alleged illiteracy.
The warden of Chicago’s MCC first reported to BOP internal affairs in November 2019 that Tasha K. ‘had revealed sensitive law enforcement information’ that would only be known to employees from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons who were responsible for regularly monitoring his behavior at the correctional facility, according to the warrant.
According to the Chicago Tribune, a review of Officer A’s logins to the Bureau of Prisons internal information system revealed that she illegally accessed Kelly’s records 153 times between the time Kelly first arrived at MCC in July 2019 and before her retirement in December 2019.
The officer also allegedly accessed and printed out Kelly’s visitor logs and payments made into and out of his commissary account, which showed who was sending Kelly money while he was in jail.
The 39-year-old Atlanta-based blogger, whose real name is Latasha Kebe, shares her videos as ‘exclusive’ peaks into the entanglements of R. Kelly. Some of her videos include interviews with key players, but others offer information not even shared in court.
Tasha K now has 966K subscribers on YouTube, where she posts on the account Unwinewithtashak.
In 2019, she became embroiled in a legal battle with Cardi B, who she sued for more than $3 million after the popstar allegedly responded to one of the blogger’s videos by telling gang members to ‘handle’ her, according to reporting from TMZ at the time.
Cardi B came out successful in their legal battle in July 2021 after a judge couldn’t find any evidence that Cardi B made actual threats.
R. Kelly, 54, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been on trial since Aug. 18 for running an alleged decade-long racketeering scheme targeting women and girls for sex, with help from employees and assistants. Many of the sex-related misconduct allegations were discussed in the 2019 Lifetime documentary ‘Surviving R. Kelly.’
The trial has so far featured a steady stream of accusers claiming Kelly began sexually degrading them when they were still in their teens. They said he used his stardom to lure them into an insular world where he watched their every move and doled out perverse punishments, spanking them and isolating them in hotel rooms if they broke a vow to never speak about him to anyone else.
Last Monday, Kelly’s first male accuser testified that he offered him help with his music career in exchange for sexual favors. The man, testifying under the pseudonym Louis, said he was 17 when Kelly first started making sexual advances at him.
Kelly, has pleaded not guilty, faces between 10 years and life in prison if convicted on all counts.