Time flies when you’re having fun. While ten years ago R. Kelly‘s alleged rape hit its cultural peak with a Chappelle show joke, Jim DeRogatis has reminded us that these allegations may have been settled, but are still possible to have happened. DeRogatis was the reporter that broke the original R. Kelly sex with a minor scandal for the Chicago Sun-Times in 2000, and has been speaking to press in light of R. Kelly’s new album, Black Panties.
“…I think in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, rock music, or pop culture people misbehaving and behaving badly sexually with young women, rare is the amount of evidence compiled against anyone apart from R. Kelly. Dozens of girls — not one, not two, dozens — with harrowing lawsuits. 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…
…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. 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. Mark Anthony Neal, the African-American scholar, makes this point: one white girl in Winnetka and the story would have been different.No, it was young black girls and all of them settled. They settled because they felt they could get no justice whatsoever. They didn’t have a chance.”
Overall, the piece is a must-read for anyone curious about R. Kelly’s past, for the publicly made assumption that he was accused of “just” peeing on an underage girl is incorrect. Read the full interview here.