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Wednesday, June 05, 2002

the real r. kelly

R. Kelly indicted on child pornography charges: R&B star R. Kelly was indicted Wednesday on child pornography charges stemming from a videotape that officials say shows the Grammy winner having sex with an underage girl, a source in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office said. --- June 5, 2002 --- BY JIM DEROGATIS AND ABDON M. PALLASCH STAFF REPORTERS, Chicago Sun Times

Good grief.

Well, I hope that either he really did what he's accused of, or that it can be definitively proven that he didn't do what he's accused of doing. Anything other than a very definite result, and his career is destroyed. He's already being hammered, and nothing has yet been proven. (That said ... leaving this particular charge to the side, his history as noted in the article is truly amazing. And yet he purports to be a born-again Christian who doesn't believe in sex outside of marriage. Curious.)

Even with other people saying that the girl and Kelly stated, in pre-legal-charges days, that they'd had sex together, I'm surprised that the state brought this case. I can't imagine that they'll be able to get a verdict beyond a reasonable doubt when the victim and her parents are adamant that it simply didn't happen. The state's attorney can be as aggressive as they'd like; refusing to testify is not the same as testifying that something simply didn't happen. At this point, even if she changed her story, it wouldn't really help the prosecution's case; the defense merely has to point out that either she was lying when she said, through all these weeks, that it didn't happen, or she'd be lying later if she said that it did. Either way, she's marked as an unreliable witness, thus producing reasonable doubt.

The reaction from various people is really fascinating, and demonstrates the powers of the media and of perception. Different artists who were perfectly willing to do projects with him before are now unwilling to release the results of those projects. Ministers are denouncing him from the pulpit. Sales of his recordings have plummeted.

And still ... nothing is yet proven. He's only just been charged.

Apparently, "innocent until proven guilty" doesn't work for celebrities. (It doesn't work for anyone in these media-saturated days, actually -- if it ever did -- but that's our dirty little secret.)

The Real R. Kelly (Interlude) from TP-2.com

Damn all these motherfuckers are here
Can you believe this shit?
All these motherfuckers claimin' to be R. Kelly
What they don't know is I'm R. Kelly
Look at that motherfucker over there
He ain't even got a gold teeth
What the fuck is he tryna pull
I don't know
(I'm R. Kelly, I'm R. Kelly)
Okay now will the real R. Kelly please stand up
That's what I'm talkin' bout
Nigga you ain't no R. Kelly

Then, again, that's the question, isn't it? Is the real R. Kelly a man who says he's a born again Christian who doesn't believe in nonmarital sex (but nonetheless writes a LOT of songs about the subject) or is he a man who has a thing for sex with underage girls and taping it with and without their permission?

I suppose we may be about to find out.

Posted by iain at 03:27 PM in category

 

Comments

R. Kelly did not do that because he is better than that. And even if he did that young trick got what she deserved. She wanted it so he gave it to her and not to mention the fact that her parents probably even knew about it.

Posted by Dantaya at October 28, 2002 01:17 PM

R. Kelly did not do that because he is better than that. And even if he did that young trick got what she deserved. She wanted it so he gave it to her and not to mention the fact that her parents probably even knew about it.

Posted by Dantaya at October 28, 2002 01:17 PM

well i do not know exactly if r kelly did it or not but they do have a point there are a lot of people that look like r kelly and the person dantanya was wrong for calling the 14 year old girl a trick that 14 year old still has the mind of the child and she probably was very excited about being in the present of r kelly, they do get excited about celebrities, so she do not have the mind of an adult so you really cannot blame the child because she just a baby so i feel that comment was terrible, r kelly is one of my favorite artists, he's from the same city i'm from so i really like r kelly so i wish him luck

Posted by kiana at December 17, 2002 09:19 PM

I belive r.kelly i don't know how but i just belive him cause look at his face do it look like he's lying? if he said he didn't do it he didn't you can't push people to make them say what they don't want to say.

Posted by Kanesha at February 20, 2003 05:54 AM

i want be your memmber

Posted by TEPE at February 23, 2003 01:47 PM

my name is awet i think R-kelly is innocent.we can tell from his face.eventhouh every one makes a mistake,he wouldn't do such thing like that. we can realized from his song.i will continre to support through his music and,i will pray for him until his carges drop.i know God will help him.

Posted by awet asgedom at March 26, 2003 01:57 PM


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