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R. Kelly

Robert Sylvester Kelly, professionally known as “R. Kelly”, singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actor and former semi-professional basketball player, and multiple Grammy winner. Kelly has been credited with redefining R&B and hip hop. He is known as "the King of R&B", "the King of Pop-Soul", and the "Pied Piper of R&B". "Ironically", he wrote Michael Jackson's song "You Are Not Alone". Kelly has sold over 75 million records worldwide. He is the most successful R&B male artist of the 1990s and one of the world's best-selling music artists … ever. Kelly is the 55th best-selling music artist in the United States, (over 32 million album sales) and was named by Billboard as the Top R&B/Hip Hop Artist between 1985-2010 and the most successful R&B artist in history.

For decades, Kelly has been the subject of very public allegations of sexual abuse of underage girls. In 2002, he was indicted on 13 counts of child pornography, but was acquitted of all charges in 2008. In January 2019, a Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” detailed allegations of sexual abuse by multiple women/ allegations Kelly denies. RCA Records only dropped Kelly after the airing of the docuseries. On February 22, 2019, Kelly was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. On July 11, 2019, Kelly was arrested on federal charges involving sex crimes and obstruction of justice. Kelly faces a total of 18 federal counts, including child pornography, kidnapping and forced labor. As a result, he is currently incarcerated at Metropolitan Correctional Center, Chicago.

In January 2020, Federal prosecutors revealed that witnesses have told them that Kelly wed then fifteen (15) year old singer, Aaliyah (now deceased), to keep her from testifying against him and avoid criminal charges. Kelly is alleged to have bribed a public official to falsify his underage bride's identification to establish her age as eighteen (18) at the time of their marriage. All predators have their protectors. Kelly has had more than his share. He made them rich, complicit and silent. Many of his fans have and continue to 'support' him ranking their love of his music and the idea of him above the health, safety and welfare of children.

We are not a society that protects children. We are a society of people that largely serves its own self interest. This is just one of many, many, many examples of open secrets publicly ignored to the detriment of children for the sake of ... "entertainment". _________________ *Wikipedia


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