Your stomachs will churn as you read the sexual assault accusations filed against R. Kelly.
Jim DeRogatis, the journalist who first informed the world about R. Kelly’s sex crime allegations and spent years reporting on the subject says the musicians get off too easy.
R. Kelly was pronounced not guilty in the trial accusing him of filming sex with a 13-year-old in 2008. However, the ridiculously high amount of allegations against R. Kelly has caused Jim to criticise media outlets like Pitchfork for letting the singer headline a music festival this summer and Jezebel for giving his album Black Panties a positive review.
Today, the Village Voice published an interview with Jim, who is now the host of radio show Sound Opinions, along with embedded court documents and reporting on the investigation.
Stated below are of the allegations against the I Believe I Can Fly singer, which according to Jim can be found in Cook County, III. records:
- Dozens of lawsuits allege stories of R. Kelly’s sexual assaults on young, African-American girls, according to Jim.
- In one, hundred of pages long, a girl claimed R. Kelly had a relationship with her as a sophomore in high school. He would allegedly pick her and other girls up at school and make them all have sex together. When he dumped her, her suit said, she attempted suicide by slitting her wrists.
- In one video, part of R. Kelly’s infamous child porn indictment, the R&B star reportedly ordered a girl to call him Daddy and urinated in her mouth. “You watch the video … and there is the disembodied look of the rape victim,” DeRogatis said.
- R. Kelly allegedly pressured one high school student to have an abortion. He even “had his goons drive her,” according to Jim.
- Jim also implied that R. Kelly may have paid off one of his alleged victims. When Jim wrote one of his stories, the girl, “fresh out of eighth grade,” and her family suddenly took a six-month vacation to France. “This was an aluminum-siding, lower-middle-class house on the South Side, with a station wagon which is 13 years old — you know what I mean? And now they’re in the south of France,” Jim said.
According to The New York times, more than six years were spent by prosecutors to try take R. Kelly to court and a jury cleared him of all 14 charges in just a couple of hours. R. Kelly’s lawyers convinced the jury they couldn’t determine the girl’s identity, even when more than a dozen witness for the prosecution had identified her.
Read the documents and more from Jim DeRogatis’ interview here.
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