With his newest Black Panties album currently in stores, many onlookers and music lovers have admitted to feeling uncomfortable with supporting R. Kelly sexually explicit compilation, considering his history with being accused of sexual abuse.
One week after the “Pied-Piper’s” album dropped, a new piece from The Villiage Voice surfaced, giving us all another look, but above all a reminder of what went down during his trial, that allegedly involved underaged girls, which reportedly included his goddaughter.
Peep a few excerpts from The Villiage’s interview with Chicago Sun-Times’ Jim DeRogatis, the journalist who broke the story 15 years ago. Inside, he recalls the testimonies and case details of the R&B singer’s multiple cases:
There was a young woman that he picked up on the evening of her prom [...] The relationship lasted a year and a half or two years. Impregnated her, paid for her abortion, had his goons drive her. None of which she wanted. She sued him. The saddest fact I’ve learned is: Nobody matters less to our society than young black women.
They have any complaint about the way they are treated: they are “bitches, hos, and gold diggers, plain and simple. Kelly never misbehaved with a single white girl who sued him or that we know of. Mark Anthony Neal, the African-American scholar, makes this point : one white girl in Winnetka and the story would have been different.
[There was] one young woman, who had been 14 or 15 when R. Kelly began a relationship with her, detailed in great length, in her affidavits, a sexual relationship that began at Kenwood Academy: He would go back in the early years of his success and go to Lina McLin’s gospel choir class.
She’s a legend in Chicago, gospel royalty. He would go to her sophomore class and hook up with girls afterward and have sex with them. Sometimes buy them a pair of sneakers. Sometimes just letting them hang out in his presence in the recording studio.
She detailed the sexual relationship that she was scarred by. It lasted about one and a half to two years, and then he dumped her and she slit her wrists, tried to kill herself…
Other girls were involved. She recruited other girls. He picked up other girls and made them all have sex together. A level of specificity that was pretty disgusting.
“…the videotapes — and not just one videotape, numerous videotapes. And not Tommy Lee/Pam Anderson, Kardashian fun video. You watch the video for which he was indicted and there is the disembodied look of the rape victim. He orders her to call him Daddy. He urinates in her mouth and instructs her at great length on how to position herself to receive his “gift.” It’s a rape that you’re watching. So we’re not talking about rock-star misbehavior, which men or women can do. We’re talking about predatory behavior. Their lives were ruined. Read the lawsuits!”
If you’re listening to “I want to marry you, p*ssy,” and not realising that he said that to Aaliyah, who was 14, and making an album he named Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number – I had Aaliyah’s mother cry on my shoulder and say her daughter’s life was ruined, Aaliyah’s life was never the same after that. That’s not an experience you’ve had. I’m not expecting you to feel the same way I do. But you can look at this body of evidence. You, meaning everybody who cares!
During his V103 interview with Atlanta’s very own Big Tigger, R. Kelly responded to the accusations and shared how he’s weathering “storm” like this:
I feel like I got the football, man. I’m running towards the touchdown. Stopping and looking back, [you're going to] mess around and get tackled. And I also want my fans and everybody to know out there, that I really appreciate everyone’s support from the very beginning of my career. But as you know when you get on top of anything, it’s very windy up there. it’s not just about getting on top, but holding your balance once you get there. So you have to be spiritually, a climber. So I feel good about Black Panties.
You can read the complete interview and full accusations over on The Villiage Voice. Now tell us: