For some, it marks an inconvenient stain on a career that’s seen him hailed the King of R&B.
Alas, despite numerous efforts to drown out its noise with new material, R.Kelly will never be able to escape the allegations that have seen him branded a systematic predator by the general public.
Allegations, that detail the great lengths the entertainer reportedly went to lure and later abuse numerous underage girls, some of whom- rather horrifically- were in the eighth grade when the alleged abuse took place.
Now, after being faced with a damning article published by The Village Voice, the performer addressed the matter during an interview with Atlanta’s V-103.
A horrific story below…
Excerpts from ‘Voice’s recent interview with former Chicago Sun-Times Jim DeRogatis reads:
“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.”
“…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!”
“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.”
Then, when quizzed on the performer’s alleged ex-wife Aaliyah, he shared the following:
“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!”
Kelly’s response to the above?