by G. Brown
R. Kelly has more lives than Garfield the cat. The #MeToo Campaign has shattered careers of seasoned politicians on Capitol Hill to the most powerful and rich in the Hollywood Hills, but R&B singer R. Kelly has managed to slip through the nooses of sexual assault and rape that women keep tossing out to snare him.
The latest allegation may not be that simple for Kelly to dodge. The Guardian reports that the singer “has been accused of sexually abusing a girl since she was 14 years old. The allegation – the latest in a string of allegations of the sexual abuse of young women by Kelly – was made, referring to another woman, by former girlfriend Kitti Jones, in a BBC3 documentary,”
In that new documentary, “R Kelly: Sex, Girls and Videotapes“, the Guardian’s article says Jones admits “she was groomed by him, and forced to have sex with him and others at least 10 times in a “sex dungeon”. Jones continues saying, “I was introduced to one of the girls, that he told me he ‘trained’ since she was 14, those were his words. I saw that she was dressed like me, that she was saying the things I’d say and her mannerisms were like mine. That’s when it clicked in my head that he had been grooming me to become one of his pets. He calls them his pets.” The details of the Guardian’s story get much more disturbing with Jones saying Kelly told her he trains his ‘pets’ how to please him.
This ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones is reportedly a radio DJ who began dating Kelly in 2011. Others close to Kelly have also leaked details of Kelly’s “liking for young girls”(Huffington Post), but the singer’s preference has been common knowledge since the start of his career.
Back in 1994 right after Kelly released his solo album “12 Play”, the singer married another up and coming star Aaliyah. At the time Aaliyah was only 15 years old to Kelly’s 27 years. Aaliyah’s family had the marriage annulled.
A couple years later, Kelly’s reputation as a pedophile opened him up to a $10 million lawsuit when a singer named Tiffany Hawkins alleged that she was involved sexually with him when she was only 15 years old. Hawkins claimed Kelly “engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with (her), including but not limited to engaging in group sexual intercourse with (her) and other minors.“(Rolling Stone). Kelly counter sued Hawkins for spreading “false allegations” before the case was reportedly settled for $250k. By now, a pattern emerged and police in cities like Chicago began investigating Kelly, but failed to build a solid case due to a lack of witnesses willing to come forward. More allegations follow Kelly after a 2001 video that reportedly showed Kelly having sex with an underage girl. But again a solid case couldn’t be made because the girl or woman couldn’t be identified.
The same year, another lawsuit from a victim who said she was only 17 years when she “was coerced into receiving oral sex from a girl I did not want to have sex with,” on Kelly’s orders. Again, the case is settled out of court. More lawsuits follow in 2002, this time by a 16 year old who claims Kelly pushed her into aborting their baby and by a woman claiming Kelly recorded their sex sessions without her consent. Both end in settlements and nondisclosure agreements.
Kelly said at one point he was innocent and called all the charges “crap” as he is indicted on 21 charges of child pornography. In 2005, a women claiming she was one of the sex partners in the tape testified she was only 14 years old at the time. In spite of all that, Kelly was found not guilty in 2008 because the girl who said she was 14 at the time refused to testify in the trial.
Just last year, Kelly was accused by women of running some kind of sex cult at houses in Atlanta and Chicago where “six women” were brainwashed and being held as sex slaves. Kelly denied the allegations and all quieted down until these latest allegations. Even while he was on trial for child pornography, Kelly’s fan base has never disappeared. After three decades and nearly 60 million in album sales, Kelly is still booking concert halls and filling them up.
This documentary will be dismissed as many by the same old song of women claiming to be victims. But the timing of the doc’s release could lead to a different outcome. In this socio-political climate where celebs like Bill Cosby and Russell Simmons have seen their careers and lives crushed by sex scandals and assault charges, Kelly may finally run out of lives.