Step one: cleanse the skin?
Embattled singer R. Kelly gave an interview to CBS’ Gayle King this week. It’s the first one he’s done since he was arrested and charged with “10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four women, three of whom were minors at the time,” according to The New York Times.
You can watch the whole interview.
It seems as if it’s taken a long time for the singer, 52, to face anything more than public outcry for these alleged crimes. In 2017, journalist Jim DeRogatis reported “parents [had] told police that R. Kelly is keeping women against their will in an abusive ‘cult’ that’s tearing families apart.”
More from DeRogatis’ work:
Three former members of Kelly’s inner circle — Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee — provided details supporting the parents’ worst fears. They said six women live in properties rented by Kelly in Chicago and the Atlanta suburbs, and he controls every aspect of their lives: dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records.
And in 1994, he married singer Aliyah when she was just 15.
Is this the end of R. Kelly’s career? We talk to Jim DeRogatis about it.
- Jim DeRogatis Co-host, Sound Opinions; music critic and blogger, WBEZ; @jimderogatis
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