Instead of defending himself against the allegations, R.Kelly chose to just thank his loyal fans and promote his new album when asked about the recent interview that shed light on the many lawsuits filed against him.
“I want my fans and everybody to know out there that I appreciate everybody’s support from the very beginning of my career,” he told V-103 radio host Big Tigger.
Chicago Sun-Times reporter Jim DeRogatis, who is credited with first publicizing R.Kelly’s alleged abuse of teenage girls, recently spoke out against the R&B singer in the Village Voice.
Clearly perturbed by the continued support of someone accused of defiling young women, Jim skewered the artist and those who seemingly cheer him on, despite “stomach-churning” descriptions of his alleged sexual misconduct with minors.
Jim has done more research than most, noting the graphic details R.Kelly’s accusers included in their lawsuits. Also, he’s reportedly watched more than one sex tape of R.Kelly doing “pretty disgusting” things with teens.
Although Big Tigger asked the Black Panties artist about the allegations directly, R.Kelly pointed out that the accusations are years old, and he prefers not to dwell in the past.
“I feel like I got the football, man. I’m running towards the touchdown. Stopping and looking back…mess around and get tackled,” he said.
Though no new claims of child pornography or sexual assault have surfaced recently, Jim pointed out that many of R.Kelly’s alleged victims are still scarred by what he refers to as “rapes.”
“One young woman, who had been 14 or 15 when R.Kelly began a relationship with her, detailed in great length, in her affidavits, a sexual relationship…He would go to her sophomore class and hook up with the girls afterward and have sex with them. Sometimes buy them a pair of sneakers. Sometimes just letting them hang out in his presence in the recording studio. She detailed the sexual relationship that she was scarred by. It lasted about one and a half to two years, and then he dumped her and she slit her wrists, tried to kill herself,” Jim told the Village Voice.
While the interview and publicized legal documents are getting a lot of attention since Jim’s revealing interview, R.Kelly seemed unfazed by it all.
“As long as I got my fans screaming my name around the world and buying my records and supporting R.Kelly, everybody…that doesn’t agree with it, can listen to the last song on Black Panties,” he said, referring to the track, “Shut Up.”
Listen to R.Kelly’s interview below.