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R. Kelly’s “Stomach Churning” Alleged Sexual Relationships With Underaged Black Girls Detailed


R. Kelly has a new album in stores called Black Panties, and it seems like good music has granted the R&B singer a pass for his past transgressions. Sure the Internet went in on the Pied Piper thanks to an ill-conceived #AskRKelly hashtag, but the details of the multiple settled lawsuits that accused him of having sexual relationships with teenaged girls have been glossed over by most music publications. 

Well the Village Voice spoke with the original reporter, Jim DeRogatis, that broke the story of Kelly’s alleged sexual affinity for young women, and he had no problem sharing the sordid details of what he learned covering the story. For example, there had been numerous lawsuits against R. Kelly that were essentially covered up, in plain sight.

Reports the Village Voice:

The next day at the Sun-Times, we got this anonymous fax — we didn’t know where it came from. It said: R. Kelly’s been under investigation for two years by the sex-crimes unit of the Chicago police. And I threw it on the corner of my desk. I thought: “player-hater.” Now, from the beginning, there were rumors that Kelly likes them young. And there’d been this Aaliyah thing — Vibe printed, without much commentary and no reporting, the marriage certificate. Kelly or someone had falsified her age as 18. There was that. So all this is floating in the air. This fax arrives and I think, “Oh, this is somebody playing with this.” But there was something that nagged at me as a reporter. There were specific names, specific dates, and those great, long Polish cop names. And you’re not going to make that crap up. So I went to the city desk and I asked, “What do we do with this?” They said Abdon Pallasch is the courts reporter, why don’t you two look into it and see if there’s anything there? And it turns out there had been lawsuits that had been filed that had never been reported.

When you cover the courts in Chicago or any city, you go twice a day and you go through the bin of cases that have been filed and every once in a while Michael Jordan’s been sued or someone went bankrupt and it’s this sexy story and you pull it out. These suits had been filed at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Ain’t no reporter working at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and they flew under the radar. So we had these lawsuits that were explosive and we didn’t understand why nobody had reported them.

DeRogatis described what was in the lawsuits as “stomach churning,” and that may be an understatement.

The 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.

A particular point that DeRogatis makes about why R. Kelly was able to essentially get away with all this strikes home.

 The saddest fact I’ve learned is: Nobody matters less to our society than young black women. Nobody. 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. 

Think about that the next time you play an R. Kelly song. Are you able to separate the allegations that continue to haunt R. Kelly from your enjoyment of his music? Let us know where you stand in the comments.

Read the full and eye-opening story over at the Village Voice.


Photo: Chicago Sun-Times

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  • chocolatecitycom

    Well, if you can imagine what a jury of R Kellys peers would look like…then Tom Cruz little Suri at 14 will remain safe.

  • MrsRivera

    R. Kelly is a disgusting man and people that listen to his music holds little value for black lives…

  • Coco

    I’m glad I’m not the only one still grossed out by the utter disregard for young girls just because he has ‘talent’… The greatest trick the devil pulled was convincing us he didn’t exist… Wolf in sheep clothing… Shall I go on?

  • SassyS

    I’ve heard first hand stories of his behavior and as much as I want to excuse him because I loved his songs…I can’t. I refuse to even listen to him anymore and his voice disgusts me. Children are where I draw the line. This coming from someone who played the “12 play” album exclusively on cassette in a Walkman player for at least a year straight. Don’t touch kids!

  • sixfourfella

    He is a piece of ish,,,I don’t understand why people still listen to him

  • Manreg

    Why is this 10plus year old news still getting airtime. You all are pathetic.

  • Sassan

    It is all funny and good that the haters all come out on board to hate on Kellz at a time when he is once again on top of his game. The fact is that R. Kelly was persecuted and sent on trial and was found NOT GUILTY in a court of law. It is also a fact that those who are successful have people after them for $$$ as seen by those who have with slander in the past thrown accusations against the man. And it is a fact that celebrities settle these suits outside of court to both avoid publicity as well as lawyer costs. If Kellz was guilty, he would have been in jail a long time ago. Keep hating on the man while he does his thing. We will continue to love and support Kellz all the way. Being the WORLD’S GREATEST does have people throwing stones at him where none are warranted.

    • The Dark Knight

      Yeah, you’re right. Neither he or Michael Jackson were sexual perverts , let you tell it.

      • LadyKultjah

        Michael Jackson was innocent. One of the boys recanted his story after his father committed suicide. The father (a dentist) made his son confess to something that didn’t happen. Look it up…google is your friend.

    • LadyKultjah

      My problem with all of these stories…they have proof and they settle for money? Why settle? Put his but in jail. Why would these parents (if they care so much about the child and the harm done) settle for money? That’s a slap in the face to the child when they’ve been taken advantage of and “presumably raped” because they are underage. As a parent, what are you saying to the victim/child? A parent and responsible adult shouldn’t uphold such behavior for money.

      • Silver65

        If they cared so much for their child, their 14/15 year old daughter wouldn’t be at the studio with a grown man without a parent. It’s call protecting your child… so why are you surprised they settled for money. They are parents, they are grown ppl who had a child.

    • No excuses

      That’s why he and others get away with it. People just like YOU!

    • Don’t believe the hype!

      Also, I truly believe several of these young girls lied about their own age to be with a big celebrity. That last case that got all the publicity, I believe her mom and other family members were in on it to set Kell’s up for money. They got what they wanted. Too many of these young girls, even today will sell their souls to the devil for money and to be in the presence of someone with so much money and fame. Then they want to cry rape and file suits. Why drop the suits and settle. Hate what this has done to him and what it did to Michael Jackson. No one believed till he was gone that Michael couldn’t hurt a fly. It just makes me sick. I further believe that Paul McCartney was the front runner behind the slander of Michael, because Michael had purchased the rights to the Bee Gees songs.

  • Blakchic

    “Nobody matters less to our society than young black women.Nobody”..just let that marinate, and hug your young black daughters. Its no wonder they settled and took whatever pay off they could get, I mean their destiny is to be whored out anyway, why not floss, its not like anyone will invest in them or encourage them to become doctors or anything right? What’s more shameful is that u losers talkn about why brin g this up or the girls were fast anyways are all likely black with daughters. Shame on you , hope u never see this personally, but u wouldn’t care if u did

  • Kanye West

    I’m going to need pictures of the girls before I pass judgement.