R. Kelly Has Been Found Guilty Of Sexually Abusing And Urinating On A 14-Year-Old Girl In An Infamous Tape
Prosecutors had tried to show how the R&B singer, who was acquitted of producing child sex abuse images in 2008, escaped accountability for so long.
R. Kelly’s Attorney Suggested The Woman Who He Allegedly Sexually Assaulted And Urinated On In An Infamous Tape When She Was 14 Was Benefitting Greatly By Coming Forward Years Later
The woman, who was 14 when the R&B artist allegedly sexually assaulted her on videotape, denied she was seeking to benefit from agreeing to take the stand.
A Woman Said She Felt “Ashamed” By The Infamous Tape Of R. Kelly Allegedly Sexually Assaulting And Urinating On Her When She Was 14
The alleged victim, now 37, said the R&B singer groomed her for sexual abuse soon after he agreed to be her godfather.
R. Kelly's Attorney Ripped His Child Sex Abuse Case As Illegitimate And Blamed A “Mob Justice Climate” For His New Trial
Jurors heard opening statements Wednesday for a trial in which the R&B singer faces 13 counts, including producing and receiving child sexual abuse images and obstructing justice.
R. Kelly Could Finally Face Justice For The Tape Of Him Allegedly Sexually Abusing And Urinating On A 14-Year-Old Girl
Five alleged victims could be called to testify, including the girl in a graphic tape that became forever tied with Kelly’s public persona.
Prosecutors argued that if Kelly had the chance to abuse more young people, he would do so.
An R. Kelly Fan Was Arrested After Allegedly Threatening To "Storm" The Offices Of The Prosecutors In His Sex Trafficking Trial
Christopher Gunn made the threats in a video he posted to YouTube, prosecutors said.
"It ain't a mosh pit if ain't no injuries." —Travis Scott, "Stargazing"
An R. Kelly Associate Will Spend Eight Years In Prison For Setting A Car On Fire To Intimidate An Abuse Victim
Michael Williams, 38, set a car on fire outside the woman’s home before she was set to testify in Kelly’s racketeering trial.
"You don't tell me what to do and what to wear and where to go and how long to be in a room anymore."
R. Kelly Has Been Found Guilty Of Federal Crimes After 11 Sexual Abuse Victims Testified Against Him
Kelly’s abuse of young victims was an open secret for decades, and prosecutors said it amounted to a criminal “enterprise.”
R. Kelly’s Defense Mocked Alleged Victims And Compared The Singer To Martin Luther King Jr. During Closing Arguments
Prosecutors, meanwhile, said dozens of witnesses, DNA, travel records, text messages, handwritten letters, photos, Facebook screenshots, and audio and video recordings proved Kelly was guilty.
Some witnesses admitted they had a financial interest in Kelly’s acquittal, while others seemed to barely know him, and they all contradicted key facts.
A Former Cop Who Worked For R. Kelly Claimed He Never Saw The Singer With Young Girls — Then Acknowledged He Actually Did
Larry Hood, who left the Chicago Police Department after a forgery conviction, said he never saw Kelly abusing anyone — but he admitted to seeing him around Aaliyah and her “little friends” starting when she was 12 or 13.
When a teenage singer was said to be suing Kelly for sexual harassment, the R&B star allegedly threatened a staffer and told her to “pick a team.”
The woman also said Kelly threatened her into having sex with him on a regular basis while she was underage.
She Thought She Was There To Interview R. Kelly. Instead, She Was Allegedly Imprisoned, Drugged, And Raped.
The woman testified she feared coming forward after being told by the singer's associates, "Don’t fuck with Mr. Kelly."
"[I] just had to say something because to think we would stand beside that guy or write with him is just incredibly disgusting."
Nathan Edmond said he had agreed to never speak about the ceremony — until he was subpoenaed to testify on Kelly’s sex trafficking and racketeering trial.
The woman also said nude photos that Kelly had taken of her were released online after she went public with her allegations against the singer.
“I was in complete shock,” the woman told jurors as she recounted being taken to the singer’s dressing room for an autograph before he began sexually assaulting her. “I basically went blank.”
R. Kelly Allegedly Told A 17-Year-Old He Should Be Able To Have Sex With “Very Young Girls” Because He’s A “Genius”
“I’m a genius. We should be allowed to do whatever we want.”
R. Kelly Allegedly Made His Victims Write “Collateral” Letters As Blackmail. His Defense Tried To Use One As Evidence He’s Innocent.
R. Kelly’s attorneys used the letters to argue the woman was not a victim of abuse, but she said she was coerced into exactly what to write.
R. Kelly Told His Victims They Were Worthless To Isolate And Control Them, A Woman Who Lived With Him Said
The woman, identified in court only as Jane, previously testified that Kelly subjected her to years of sexual and physical abuse, including forcing her to get an abortion.
A Woman Who Moved In With R. Kelly When She Was 17 Said He Forced Her To Do Humiliation Porn And Get An Abortion
The woman testified Monday in Kelly’s federal racketeering and sex trafficking trial. This story contains graphic descriptions of alleged abuse.
Delivering testimony on the second day of the singer’s trial, Jerhonda Pace spoke of the six months in 2010 during which, at 16 years old, she had a sexual relationship with Kelly.
“This case is about a predator,” prosecutors told the jury on the first day of the trial against the singer.
The disgraced R&B singer heads back into the courtroom on Wednesday on the most sweeping and serious charges he has yet faced.
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"The men charged today allegedly have shown that there is no line they will not cross to help Kelly avoid the consequences of his alleged crimes — even if it means re-victimizing his accusers."
They married on Aug. 31, 1994, when Aaliyah was just 15.
A Woman Who Lived With R. Kelly Claims She Wasn’t Behind Social Media Accounts Describing Her As His Victim
Joycelyn Savage is denying that she was responsible for posts on Patreon and Instagram describing her as one of Kelly’s victims. Instagram said the account was hacked.
Police and prosecutors love to use claims of "sex trafficking" to crack down on innocent sex workers. For once, though, they seem to be getting it right.
The R&B singer pleaded not guilty in Chicago federal court.
The R&B singer is accused of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to recover sex tapes and conceal his behavior.
The new charges were filed by a grand jury and involve a woman who was under the age of 18 at the time of the alleged abuse.
I spent almost 20 years reporting on R. Kelly, and nine months trying to find an outlet to publish the story of the “sex cult” that would — finally — get the world’s attention. (An excerpt from Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly.)
The new charges were filed by a grand jury in Illinois and involve a woman who was under the age of 18 at the time of the alleged abuse.
Ethiopian women are using Instagram to encourage their community to confront an issue usually greeted with silence.
A Pennsylvania Man Says He Found A Tape Of R. Kelly Allegedly Abusing Underage Girls And Gave It To Law Enforcement
Attorney Gloria Allred is representing Gary Dennis, who found the tape. Authorities in New York declined to comment.
"I promise you, we're gonna straighten all this stuff out, that's all I can say right now," he said in a brief statement to reporters.
From R. Kelly to Michael Jackson, men accused of preying on children often use idealized versions of fatherhood to maintain their innocence and hide their abuse.
The Two Women Living With R. Kelly Said They Love Him And Accused Their Parents Of Blackmailing The Singer
Azriel Clary and Jocelyn Savage defended R. Kelly in an interview with Gayle King and said their parents were liars who were trying to "scam" the singer.
The R&B singer was ordered held until he comes up with the full amount to pay his ex-wife.
Kelly exploded in the interview, saying, "I’m fighting for my fucking life.”
R. Kelly Said “I’m Fighting For My Fucking Life” In His First TV Interview Since Being Charged With Sexual Abuse
“Quit playin’. I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me,” he told CBS This Morning.
In telling the gut-wrenching stories of two boys who survived Jackson’s alleged abuse, the HBO documentary digs deep into the most painful contradictions of a cultural icon.
An Illinois court heard new details of the aggravated criminal sexual assault charges against R. Kelly during a bond hearing on Saturday.
The R&B singer was arrested a day after two women came forward with new allegations of sexual misconduct.
The women, now 39 and 40, held a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred to announce their allegations.
Documentaries that rethink decades-old scandals, like Amazon’s Lorena, are becoming routine. But when will we start extending public empathy in real time?
The tape was sent to Chicago prosecutors by lawyer Michael Avenatti.
Amid renewed attention on the R&B singer and his sexual misconduct allegations, many radio workers are opting to #MuteRKelly. “You have to feel some type of culpability or feel complicit in some way,” said one DJ, “especially if you work in radio.”
“His art is literally interconnected to the actual heinous acts that he is performing.”
R. Kelly's Former Manager Surrendered To Authorities After Allegedly Threatening Joycelyn Savage's Family
James Mason allegedly threatened to harm the family of Joycelyn Savage, one of the women featured in the Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly, after her father tried to contact her.
Kelly has been removed from the "artists" section of the website of RCA Records, where he was featured as recently as last month.
Throughout the 2000s, America's most influential newspaper celebrated R. Kelly as a pop genius and downplayed the horrific reports coming out of Chicago.
An attorney for Faith Rodgers said they also plan to meet with New York police detectives regarding their investigation into potential victims.
The protest took place after Illinois officials denied a permit for a scheduled concert because of security concerns.
The R&B artist’s impact went beyond his own songs. What are we to do about the music from all the artists he influenced and wrote for?
On Instagram, Buku Abi said her silence over the years was a coping mechanism because she was suffering as a victim herself.
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"I stand behind these women 1000%," Gaga wrote. "The allegations against R Kelly [are] absolutely horrifying and indefensible."
"People want me to believe / there’s a difference when the result / is the same, same, same."
The attorney representing parents who told police their adult daughter is being held captive by Kelly confirmed to BuzzFeed News that prosecutors had reached out after the documentary series aired.
People have shared a photo of Legend and his wife posing in 2016 with Harvey Weinstein as evidence of his hypocrisy, but the singer is fighting back.
Chance The Rapper Said His Comments About Regretting Working With R. Kelly Were Taken Out Of Context
"I apologize to all of his survivors for working with him and for taking this long to speak out."
“It didn't feel risky at all," Legend said of his decision to appear in Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary.
"What happened tonight was awful, especially for the women who had bravely shared their painful stories," #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke said.
“All I know is I felt an arm around my neck and I was lifted up,” said the documentarian, Lyric Cabral, of her abrupt ejection from a club where R. Kelly was hosting an afterparty. “The next thing I know I’m facing outside.”
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The 19-minute song is titled “I Admit."
"We don’t aim to play judge and jury," Spotify said.
One former music industry insider said Daniel Ek appeared to be backtracking on the moral stand he took this month.
On Tuesday, the family met with police about alleged “terroristic threats” made by Kelly’s manager: “I’m gonna do harm to you and your family, when I see you I’m gonna get you, I’m going to fucking kill you.”
Faith Rodgers, 20, claimed the singer knowingly gave her herpes during their abusive yearlong relationship.
Accusé de violences sexuelles, le chanteur de R'n'B ne sera plus sélectionné par la plateforme. Le chanteur de Noir Désir, condamné en 2004 pour avoir tué Marie Trintignant, s'y trouve encore.
Spotify announced a similar policy earlier this week as the singer faces a boycott over allegations of sexual misconduct.
Rapper XXXTentacion's music has also been removed from all Spotify playlists.
The new allegations range from underage sexual abuse in the 1990s to holding a “brainwashed” woman in a “cult” today.
Women of color in the Hollywood-led Time's Up movement want to end R. Kelly's career because of the many allegations against him, using the campaign #MuteRKelly.
For Jerhonda Pace, who last summer accused musician R. Kelly of abusing her when she was a minor, watching #MeToo take down powerful men has been bittersweet. “What about R. Kelly’s victims? What about us? Nothing happened for us.”
Entire rooms were emptied and the contents sold, police told BuzzFeed News. Alfonso Walker turned himself into police on Monday after more than a week on the run.
"I’ve been going back and forth with how to speak about it and how to do right for those girls," the singer told Billboard.
Jerhonda Pace was just 15 when she met her musical idol, R. Kelly, outside his child pornography trial. The alleged underage sexual relationship with him that followed and subsequent payouts mirror decades of allegations against the star.
The Fulton County, Georgia, commission chairman cited new evidence uncovered by law enforcement.
County commissioners had hoped to block the show in light of recent allegations of physical and mental abuse.
After BuzzFeed News reported that parents told police Kelly has been holding several women against their will, we reached out to some of his former collaborators.
One Of R. Kelly's Alleged Captives Has Now Released Two Videos, But Won't Reveal Her Location Or Say She's Free To Leave
In the first video, there's an odd shadow on her.
Someone has to step up.
BuzzFeed News reported Monday that Kelly is accused of holding several women in his Georgia “guest house” or at his Chicago recording studio.
As the R&B legend tours the country this summer, parents have told police that R. Kelly is keeping women against their will in an abusive "cult" that's tearing families apart. Three former members of Kelly’s inner circle told BuzzFeed News similar stories.
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Little black girls are taught when and how to be silent before anyone ever tells us we have the right to say no.