Today, a shocking and detailed interview by the Village Voice’s Jessica Hopper with Jim DeRogatis, the journalist who’s covered the R. Kelly sex case for 15 years, uncovers so much more that went on with the R. Kelly investigation. The lenghthy article also includes court documents related to the 2002 child pornography charges brought up against Kelly, as well as DeRogatis’ original reporting on the crimes that were published in the Chicago Sun-Times in the early 2000’s. As a Chicago Sun-Times music critic, DeRogatis received a videotape in 2002, allegedly featuring R Kelly and a 14-year-old girl. He then turned the tape over to police,which led to the uncovering of Kelly’s sexual abuse of countless young girls.
Over the last 15 years, DeRogatis as spent an ample amount of time keeping track of the women (then girls) that R. Kelly was associated with. He has even went as far to lay out an outline of R. Kelly’s life that included the illicit marriage between Kelly and Aaliyah, as well as each time new information from victims appeared in the Sun-Times.
There is a disregard for your ongoing concern about this. “Let this go, Jim. Get over it, Jim. He was acquitted.” You have never dropped this, and your peers are pissed because it puts the rest of us over a barrel. I can speak to this, too. It’s often uncool to be the person who gives a shit.
“You’re jealous of R. Kelly, you’re trying to make your name off his career.”
Because you would love nothing more than to have to report and carry these stories of rape.
Rapes, plural. It is on record. Rapes in the dozen. So stop hedging your words and when you tell me what a brilliant ode to pussy Black Panties is, then realize that the next sentence should say: “This, from a man who has committed numerous rapes.” The guy was a monster! Just say it! We do have a justice system and he was acquitted. OK, fine. And these other women took the civil-lawsuit route. He was tried on very narrow grounds. He was tried on a 29-minute, 36-second videotape. He was tried on trading child pornography. He was not tried for rape. He was acquitted of making child pornography. He’s never been tried in court for rape, but look at the statistics. The numbers of rapes that happened, the numbers of rapes that were reported, the numbers of rapes that make it to court and then the conviction rate. I mean, it comes down to something minuscule. He’s never had his day in court as a rapist. It’s 15 years in the past now, but this record exists. You have to make a choice, as a listener, if music matters to you as more than mere entertainment. And you and I have spent our entire lives with that conviction. This is not just entertainment, this is our lifeblood. This matters.
Read the entire interview at Sound Of The City.