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Trump says criminal trial is having a ‘reverse effect’ as he campaigns outside NYC store

Former President Trump said the criminal trial is having a “reverse effect,” during a campaign visit Tuesday evening to an Upper Manhattan bodega, while vowing to “straighten out New York” by working with the Democrat mayor and governor if elected to another term in the White House. 

Trump visited an Upper Manhattan bodega Tuesday evening after spending hours in downtown New York City courtroom for the second day of his criminal trial stemming from charges brought against him by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. 

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The presumptive Republican presidential nominee pleaded not guilty to all charges brought by Bragg. 

But after sitting in a courtroom for more than eight hours of jury selection, Trump made a campaign stop at Sanaa Convenience Store in Upper Manhattan Tuesday evening. Trump was met by a large crowd chanting “Trump, Trump, Trump,” “Four more years,” and “We love Trump.” The crowd was singing the National Anthem. 

Trump blasted the trial and charges against him, saying it is “rigged,” “all politics,” and “coming out of the [Biden] White House.” 

“It makes me campaign locally, and that’s okay,” Trump said. “We’re doing better now than we’ve ever done, so I think it’s having a reverse effect.” 

“We’re going to come in – Number one, you have to stop crime and we’re going to let the police do their job. They have to be given back their authority. They have to be able to do their job,” Trump said. “And we’re going to come into New York. We’re making a big play for New York, other cities, too. But this city, I love this city.” 

Trump said New York has “gotten so bad in the last three years, four years.” 

“And we’re going to straighten New York out. So running for president, we’re putting a big hit in New York – we could win New York,” Trump said. 

Trump said that “half a million migrants were brought in to take over the parks, they took over your hotels, they take over everything.” 

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“They’ve destroyed so many people. The African-American community now is not getting jobs. Migrants are taking their jobs that are here illegally. Hispanics are not getting jobs. Migrants are taking the jobs,” Trump said. “If you look at the unemployment, the unemployment is good for migrants. Now, it went up 10%. All migrants. And they’re in our country now. They’re coming from prisons. I don’t know where you know, they come from mental institutions. They come from prisons. They come from places you don’t want to know about.” 

Trump, shifting back to his historic criminal trial, again said it is a “Biden trial.” 

“They want to keep me off the campaign trail,” Trump said. “But based on what I’m doing, I think there’s more press here than if I went out to some [other] location.” 

Trump, pointing to law enforcement, said “the police have to be able to do their job.” 

“The police in New York are great. They have to be able to do their job. They have to protect these people,” Trump said. 

As for crime in New York City, Trump declared: “It’s Alvin Bragg’s fault. Alvin Bragg does nothing. He goes after guys like Trump who did nothing wrong. Violent criminals, murderers? They know there are there are hundreds of murders all over the city. They know who they are. They don’t pick them up. They go after Trump.” 

He added: “The people of New York are not going to take it. That’s why they’re going to vote for Trump.” 

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The bodega Trump visited has become known as the “Jose Alba bodega” after the July 2022 incident. Bragg charged Alba with second degree murder. Alba, while working at the bodega, was attacked behind the counter by Austin Simon, who was seen on surveillance video first coming behind the cashier’s desk and attacking him. Despite claiming self-defense, Alba was sent to Riker’s Island prison and initially given $250,000 bail. 

Bragg’s office, at the time, faced widespread condemnation for bringing charges against Alba, as footage strongly suggested that Alba grabbed a knife and fatally stabbed his assailant only after he had been attacked first.

Among many other supporters, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton had publicly decried the initial charging decision, saying Alba acted in self-defense to thwart what appeared to be either an attempt on his own life or a robbery in progress. 

Bragg ultimately dropped the murder charge on July 19, 2022. 

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Trump’s visit came after he spent the second day in court for jury selection. Seven jurors had been selected. Court is expected to reconvene on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. 

Bragg charged Trump with 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and maintains that there was no crime and that there should be no trial. 

Dem city plans to defund police force by more than $8M to pay for illegal immigrants

A Democrat-controlled city announced $45 million in funding for programs to help deal with the skyrocketing number of migrant arrivals it is facing, resulting in over $8 million in budget cuts for the police department. 

Denver Mayor Mike Johnston announced last week a package of $45.9 million to fully fund programs for “newcomers” for 2024 and avoid worst-case scenarios projected by the city. That’s in addition to $44 million in spending already secured for the program through previous budget moves. 

Spending on migrants in the city skyrocketed last year from $2 million a month in August to $15 million in December. In January, migrant numbers peaked at around 5,000 in shelters but have since dropped to around 1,000, according to official figures.

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“After more than a year of facing this crisis together, Denver finally has a sustainable plan for treating our newcomers with dignity while avoiding the worst cuts to city services,” Johnston said. 

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The mayor’s office says it will avoid layoffs or furloughs of employees, but there will still be cuts to find the extra $45.9 million in funding. The mayor’s office will see its budget cut by nearly 10%.

Denver’s police department, meanwhile, will have its budget cut by $8.4 million, about 1.9% of its budget. And about $5 million of that will come from restricting hiring for open positions, 9News reported. Police officers will still be hired by Denver International Airport, which will pay for the costs of a recruiting class.

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Elsewhere, the city’s fire department will have its budget cut by less than 1%, about $2.5 million, largely from not filling open positions.

Funded as part of the new spending will be a new “Denver Asylum Seekers Program.” It will apply to around 1,000 people in the shelter system and will connect them with housing assistance options for six months until they can get a work permit under their asylum claims. 

There will also be a “WorkReady” program, described as an “innovative pre-work authorization readiness program” by which migrants can be connected with training opportunities, including language instruction.

The city says it has helped more than 40,000 migrants in 16 months, the most per capita of any city in the country, at a cost of more than $68 million.

A spokesperson for Johnston rejected descriptions of the cuts as “defunding” the police and said there will be 167 new police recruits added to the force in 2024. The spokesperson also said the 1.9% cut is less than the average of 2.5% cuts to all city agencies and that the cuts will have no impact on public services and result in no officers being taken off the streets.

“The City of Denver’s adjustment to the Denver Police Department’s budget was carefully crafted with safety leaders and Mayor Johnston to ensure there would be no impact to the department’s public services. And no officers will be taken off the streets,” spokesperson Jordan Fuja said. 

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“To say that Denver is ‘defunding the police’ is a willful mischaracterization of the budget adjustments, which actually just delays the purchase of new furniture and shifts the funding source for one cadet class,” he said. “In fact, Mayor Johnston has invested millions to add 167 new police recruits to our force in 2024 and will continue to invest in public safety to ensure every Denverite is safe in their city.”

It’s the latest battle by liberal cities to deal with the flow of migrants that have surged into their communities, whether it be the migrants moving by themselves or being bussed in from Texas.

New York City last year proposed significant budget cuts, including to police, but later reversed them amid a growth in revenue. Chicago has also faced massive pressures on its budget over the number of migrants coming in.

US Air Force reveals stunning 8,200-year-old campsite on base

United States Air Force (USAF) service members recently discovered an ancient campsite that dates back over 8,000 years, according to officials.

The millennia-old ruins, which were found on Holloman Air Force Base, are believed to have been inhabited by the earliest settlers of New Mexico. USAF officials say that the 8,200-year-old campsite was discovered buried around two meters deep, according to a Mar. 21 press release.

The USAF explained that 49th Civil Engineer Squadron environmental flight members and geomorphologists – people who study how the Earth’s surface evolves – found the site back in March. The location has been named Gomolak Overlook and was found near the borders of the military base. 

In a statement, 49th CES cultural resource manager Matthew Cuba said that sands from the nearby White Sands National Park buried the site over the past thousands of years.

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“The formation of the white sand dunes inadvertently buried the site, with windblown silt protecting the delicate archaeological remains,” Cuba explained. 

“This site marks a pivotal moment in shedding light on the area’s history and its early inhabitants.”

The campsite contained the remains of a hearth, which even included charcoal stains – a testament to how much early settlers depended on fire.

“Found on the site were approximately 70 items, ranging from flake stones to a rare example of an early ground stone, providing valuable clues about past human activities,” said Cuba.

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“We also uncovered a series of hearths, or community campsites, with remnants of mesquite charcoal which is a tremendous find in and of itself.”

The artifacts found by searchers will be studied and preserved, officials say.

“Adhering to the National Historic Preservation Act, we will ensure that all necessary steps are taken to preserve the site’s integrity while facilitating the progress of the test track project,” 49th CES environmental chief Scott Dorton was quoted as saying. 

“The Department of Defense’s stewardship of vast tracts of land, including areas between White Sands National Park and Holloman, inadvertently protects numerous documented and undocumented archaeological resources,” he added. “As a result, some of the best-preserved archaeological records in the Tularosa Basin reside on DoD land.”

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The USAF says that the discovery “offers insights into early human adaptation and environmental changes.”

“As stewards of these resources, we must ensure their preservation and documentation for future generations and ensure that cultural resources are protected while also allowing for progress and development,” Cuba said.

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Fox News Digital reached out to USAF for a statement, but did not immediately hear back.

Bill Maher scolds ‘Death to America’ chants: ‘We’ve passed the Rubicon’

“Real Time” host Bill Maher said it’s time to draw the line when it comes to chants of “Death to America” on American soil.

On Friday’s “Overtime” segment on YouTube, Maher addressed the protesters in Dearborn, Michigan, who shouted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” during an International Al-Quds Day rally earlier this month.

“Can I talk about American propaganda? Because there was a rally in Dearborn, Michigan, it’s a large Muslim population, [there were] chants of ‘Death to America.’ I feel like we’ve passed something here,” Maher said.

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“The left has gotten mad at me for many years for talking about Islam. I try not to do it too much because I know it makes them go crazy, and I’ve made my point. But it needs to be talked about now. When you start chanting ‘Death to America’ in America.”

In a conversation with guests Piers Morgan and British journalist Gillian Tett, Maher pointed to quotes from anti-Israel activist Takek Bazzi, who headlined the hour-long rally in front of the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn.

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In video shared by the Middle East Media Research Institute, Bazzi tells the crowd at the event that the “Death to America” chants were in honor of former Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini.

“Imam Khomeini, who declared International Al Quds Day, this is why he would say to pour all of your chants and all of your shots upon the head of America,” he told the crowd. 

“He’s the good guy now?” Maher said of the former Iranian leader.

“I’ve heard this before. Not coming from America but…now it’s coming from inside America? Sorry. Got to talk about this again,” Maher continued. 

Maher then highlighted a separate portion from Bazzi’s inflammatory speech, where Bazzi referred to the United States as “one of the rottenest countries that has ever existed on this Earth.

“It’s not just ‘genocide Joe’ that has to go,” Bazzi told the crowd, “it’s the entire sytem that has to go.”

“No, it doesn’t” a fed up Maher replied, prompting a loud applause from his audience. 

“This is America for crying out loud. And there are people who will see this and say, oh, he’s a conservative now. I have not changed. I have always liked America and thought death to what was bad.”

Maher posted the segment on X, formerly Twitter, with the caption,”We’ve passed the Rubicon with chants of ‘death to America’ on American soil.

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Bazzi’s rhetoric was condemned by the White House and by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud publicly denounced the chants, calling them “unacceptable and contrary to the heart” of Dearborn.

Katie Couric ripped for ‘cringeworthy’ condescension toward Trump supporters

Former NBC “Today” show host Katie Couric continued to receive backlash Tuesday after a diatribe against the purported ignorance of supporters of former President Trump that one critic compared to Hillary Clinton’s infamous 2016 “deplorables” remarks.

Couric told liberal comic Bill Maher on his “Club Random” podcast that “socioeconomic disparities” and “class resentment” along with “anti-intellectualism and -elitism” is driving the populist, anti-establishment bent of Trump’s supporters.

Couric suggested the United States’ economic transition from industrial to technological has caused jealousy as well as a “corroding, bitter, almost bile feeling.”

On “Outnumbered,” co-host Harris Faulkner compared Couric’s comments to those of Clinton, who told a New York City crowd while running against Trump in 2016 that half of such supporters of the Republican nominee can be categorized in a “basket of deplorables.”

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Clinton’s remark received criticism and has been credited as one of the turning points in the campaign that led to Trump’s upset victory.

“Not only are they out-of-touch, and look, Katie Couric used to be a great journalist …  I’m not really sure what lane she’s in now, but it sounded like what she wanted to say was ‘basket of deplorables,’” Faulkner said.

Fox News contributor Dr. Nicole Saphier said the sight of Maher and Couric sitting in armchairs discussing such a topic was “rather cringeworthy” and that in a way, even with her own doctorate degree and place on the socioeconomic spectrum described by Couric, she, too, was offended by the ex-“Today” anchor.

“I don’t even know what she’s talking about at this point, and so I can’t imagine what other people were feeling as well. And at the end of the day, yes, those who have higher socioeconomic stature, you know, they’re not feeling the effects of the White House right now and the economics that are going on, the crime in their streets, in their neighborhoods and the cost of things at the grocery store,” she said.

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“She’s talking down on all these people who are actually suffering, and she just seems so out-of-touch with the American people, which kind of is what’s been going on with the White House, the entire administration.”

Saphier quipped that Couric might want to seek White House employment.

“Outnumbered’s” “One Lucky Guy” on Tuesday, talk show host Ben Ferguson, echoed much of his co-panelists’ sentiments, saying it reminded him of media figures assessing the need for “deprogramming” of Trump voters.

“It was like a coordinated effort by the left to say, ‘Hey, we need to deprogram all these crazies.’ I love this type of rhetoric from them because it goes back to the simple issue, ‘It’s the economy, stupid,'” Ferguson said, quoting former Bill Clinton strategist James Carville’s winning message from the 1992 presidential sweeps.

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“If people are suffering and this is your response to that, that anyone that disagrees with you is somehow ignorant or stupid or dumb, then I think people are going to show up and vote to say, ‘No, I’m actually concerned about providing for my family.'”

Ferguson also noted the average American worker doesn’t have “Katie Couric money,” which according to recent reports is upwards of $110 million. 

Blue state Dem in hot water for racial slur sets new record in Senate primary

Rep. David Trone, D-Md., who was recently blasted for using a disparaging term for Black people during a House hearing, is officially the largest self-funded candidate of a Senate primary race in U.S. history.

Trone contributed $18.5 million of his own money to his Maryland Senate campaign, Fox News confirmed. And he brought in a total of over $40 million, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). No candidate running in a Senate primary has contributed this amount in recorded Senate primary history.

“David Trone has been crystal clear that he’s prepared to do whatever it takes to beat Larry Hogan in November and protect the Democratic Senate majority,” the Trone campaign said in a statement. “With national Republicans and right-wing donors flooding Maryland with contributions to Hogan, there has never been a more important time to take the fight directly to Mitch McConnell, Larry Hogan and Donald Trump. David Trone is the best candidate to do that.”

Trone recently uttered a racial slur while speaking on tax policy during a House Budget Committee hearing in March, later admitting to the remark, but saying he intended to use a different term.

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“So this Republican jigaboo that — it’s the tax rate that’s stopping business investment, it’s just completely faulty by people who have never run a business,” Trone said during the hearing. “They’ve never been there. They don’t have a clue what they’re talking about.”

Trone apologized for the comment, telling Fox News Digital, “I recognize that, as a White man, I have privilege. And as an elected official, I have a responsibility for the words I use — especially in the heat of the moment. Regardless of what I meant to say, I shouldn’t have used that language.”

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Following the controversial comment, Reps., Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y.; Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y.; Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio; and Jasmine Crockett, D-Texas, announced they would be endorsing Trone’s Democratic primary opponent in the Maryland race.

A spokesperson for Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md., the candidate leading the Maryland GOP Senate primary, told Fox News Digital “Hogan will continue to meet Marylanders where they are and may be outspent, but not be outworked in this campaign.”

“Following Gov. Hogan’s bus tour directly reaching voters in every region of the state, we are excited to host a grassroots family BBQ with hundreds of supporters with tickets starting at $50 and kids under 12 for free,” Blake Kernan, press secretary for Hogan’s Senate campaign, told Fox in a statement. 

“Gov. Hogan will continue to meet Marylanders where they are and may be outspent, but not be outworked in this campaign.”

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While Trone leads the Democratic primary race, he is likely to face Republican candidate Hogan on the general election ballot. Hogan, according to a recent Washington Post/University of Maryland poll released in March, is leading the race against Trone by double digits.

Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie contributed to this report.

Police confirm bodies found of missing Kansas moms who vanished while picking up kids

The two bodies that were recovered in rural Texas County in Oklahoma have been identified as the two missing Kansas moms who disappeared without a trace.

On Tuesday, the Office of the Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner (OSBI) announced that they had positively identified the two deceased persons from Texas County as 39-year-old Jilian Kelley and 27-year-old Veronica Butler.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones, along with everyone throughout their community,” the department said in a press release.

Butler and Kelley were last seen on March 30 heading to pick up children before their car was found abandoned near the Oklahoma-Kansas border, with foul play suspected, police said.

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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced on April 13 that Tad Bert Cullum, 43, Tifany Machel Adams, 54, Cole Earl Twombly, 50, and Cora Twombly, 44, were taken into custody. 

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All four of the suspects were booked into the Texas County Jail on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, OSBI said in a news release. 

Adams, one of the women arrested, is reportedly the grandmother of Veronica Butler’s children.

Court records revealed that Adams was involved in a custody dispute with Butler’s children. The children’s father is in a rehabilitation facility.

The document said the custody battle involving Butler began in February 2019 “with many hearings and court appearances” and in the weeks leading up to her death, “motions were filed requesting extended visitation for Butler.”

Records showed that Butler was allowed supervised visits with her children. 

Kelley was the court-ordered supervisor accompanying Butler to pick up her children on the morning of March 30 – the day the two moms disappeared. 

The medical examiner will determine the manner of death.

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Fox News Digital’s Stepheny Price contributed to this report.

Meghan Markle’s former aide breaks silence on bullying allegations

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s former aide has confirmed she was questioned during an investigation surrounding claims of bullying made against the Duchess of Sussex. 

During an interview with Australian newspaper The Herald Sun on Monday, Samantha Cohen — who was a Buckingham Palace staffer for nearly 20 years before leaving in 2019 — revealed she was one of 10 staff members questioned during the investigation. 

While she didn’t directly speak about the investigation, she revealed the Palace was unable to find a replacement aide for the Duke and Duchess due to the high staff turnover. 

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“I was only supposed to stay for six months but stayed for 18 — we couldn’t find a replacement for me and when we did, we took them on tour to Africa with Harry and Meghan to show them the ropes, but they left (quit) as well while in Africa,” she said.

A representative for Markle did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. 

Buckingham Palace launched the investigation in March 2021 after reports alleged that Markle had driven out two personal assistants and that staff had been “humiliated” on several occasions during her time living in Kensington Palace. 

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The claims were published by the Times of London days before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat down with Oprah Winfrey for their televised interview.

Markle’s lawyers denied the bullying allegations when they were made. At the time, a spokesperson for the duchess said that the claims were just the “latest attack on her character.”

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In June 2023, Buckingham Palace announced that it had investigated how the staff had handled allegations of bullying made against the former “Suits” star.

According to palace officials, the details of the independent review were not being released, to protect the confidentiality of those who took part. Following the review, officials said the palace’s human resources policy had been updated, but the palace declined to say what the changes were.

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Fox News Digital’s Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report. 

Why a Pennsylvania wedding band is suing country singer Jelly Roll

Jelly Roll is being sued by a Philadelphia-based band with the same name that claims the country star has infringed on its trademark and caused its business “irreparable harm.” 

The lawsuit, filed last week, claims the wedding and charitable band Jellyroll owns the trademark Jellyroll and has been using the name since 1980, four years before the 39-year-old singer was born. 

“The Plaintiff, professionally known as Jellyroll has been providing musical and vocal accompaniment for celebratory and charitable events first in the Delaware Valley and now throughout the Northeast part of the United States since at least 1980, including, among other notable events, two appearances at the White House for President George W. Bush and his family,” a lawsuit obtained by FOX Business says.

“Conversely, Defendant, who was not born until 1984 in Antioch, Tennessee, claims in published interviews that his mother referred to him as Jelly Roll as a small child.”

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The suit claims Jelly Roll’s name has caused confusion with who is playing what event in the northeast and that the country star’s fame has destroyed its Google presence. 

“Prior to the Defendant’s recent rise in notoriety, a search of the name of Jellyroll on most search engines, and particularly Google, returned references to the Plaintiff,” the lawsuit says. “Now, any such search on Google returns multiple references to Defendant, perhaps as many as 18-20 references before any reference to Plaintiff’s entertainment dance band known as Jellyroll® can be found.

“Defendant’s unapologetic continued infringing acts and conduct, unless enjoined by this Court, will continue to cause consumer confusion, mistake, and deception.”

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The band also says in the lawsuit that Jellyroll’s team had emailed the band to discuss a cease-and-desist letter sent by the band.

“Several conversations ensued and at one point Defendant’s counsel inquired as to whether Defendant really was in competition with Plaintiff,” the lawsuit claims.

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The lawsuit also claims Jelly Roll’s prison stint for felony robbery charges has harmed the band’s reputation by association. 

“Because of Defendant’s troubled past, which includes a felony conviction and imprisonment, such association as averred above has caused additional harm to Plaintiff among the public and trade,” the suit says. 

FOX Business has reached out to Jelly Roll for comment.

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Jelly Roll rose to prominence with his 2021 album, “Ballad of the Broken,” but had been creating music for years before he got recognition.

“I just always had faith that God had a bigger purpose for what I was trying to do,” Jelly Roll previously told Fox News Digital of his career struggles. 

The musician had a tumultuous upbringing and was imprisoned before he had the chance to graduate high school. He served time when he was 14 and welcomed his first child, daughter Bailee, while still behind bars.

Jelly Roll has since gotten his life on track and has full custody of Bailee and raises her with his wife, Bunnie Xo. Bunnie, a former sex worker, and Jelly Roll tied the knot in 2016.

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The singer dominated the 2024 CMT Music Awards April 7, taking home three trophies. 

Fox News Digital’s Janelle Ash and Larry Fink contributed to this report.