Дата публикации: 2018-05-27 14:49
The star has suffered five defections from his core team in recent months. The first to leave was longtime musical accompanist DJ Phantom, who split in December. Asked why he left Kelly after years at his side, Phantom says, “I didn’t know then what I know now. He’s a shitbag.”
Jim DeRogatis, the Chicago Sun-Times reporter who covered the allegations against R. Kelly more thoroughly than anyone else, said in 7568 that he had interviewed close to two dozen women who claimed the famed R& B singer sexually abused them. Virtually all of the allegations are said to have occurred in or near Chicago, where Kelly is from, and involve claims Kelly repeatedly pursued minors for sex.
Kelly is the only artist that Spotify specifically acknowledged would fall under this new public policy, though others may also be affected. Later on Thursday, Billboard was able to confirm that controversial rapper XXXTentacion had also been removed from playlists , namely the highly influential RapCaviar.
He even included a live skit involving Jones &ndash one that would have been absurdist, raunchy humor under normal circumstances. In retrospect, the bit takes on a more sinister meaning. After Kelly brings Jones onstage, two men dressed in white lab coats make her sign a waiver and chain her arms inside a white cage. Kelly enters as a white sheet is over the cage, obscuring the couple. The cage begins rocking as the band 8767 s music intensifies, with Jones and Kelly eventually shown silhouetted. After Kelly simulates oral sex on Jones, the two re-emerge, and a mock-fatigued Jones is led offstage. 8775 8766 I 8767 ve never paraded around anybody before,'' 8776 Jones says Kelly told her before the tour started. 8775 8766 I 8767 m gonna make sure people see us together.'' 8776
Syndicated radio host Tom Joyner , a longtime Kelly supporter, has said he will no longer play the star’s music, but talk show host Wendy Williams has defended the singer. John Legend, Vince Staples, and Questlove have spoken out against Kelly in recent weeks, but many artists who’ve recorded with the singer, songwriter, and producer have remained silent. Reached for comment again this week, for example, Lady Gaga’s managers did not respond the sexual assault survivor advocate and “Til It Happens to You” singer dueted with Kelly on “Do What U Want,” the second single from her 7568 album Artpop .
And all of the women in Kelly’s inner circle are of legal age — the age of consent is 67 in Illinois and 66 in Georgia — despite Kelly’s history of allegations against him regarding his sexual conduct with women. He was last tried in 7558 in Illinois, where he was acquitted on 69 charges of making child pornography. The case, which took a record six and a half years to go to trial in Chicago, focused only on a single videotape that prosecutors alleged showed him having sex with a 69-year-old girl. (While he was a reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times, this reporter received the tape anonymously and turned it over to the police called by Kelly''s attorneys to testify, he took the Fifth Amendment rather than revealing sources.)
It has been eight years since their divorce but Andrea said she was speaking up now because, 8775 You have to love somebody enough to tell them, 8766 enough, 8767 and I don 8767 t believe that my ex-husband has enough people in his life to be real with him, to be honest with him who care about his healing, who care about the healing of these families and I feel like it 8767 s God 8767 s time. I was not strong enough. How can I be a voice for the voiceless when I don 8767 t even have my own? So, I had to wait until God said, 8766 Okay, daughter. It 8767 s time. 8776
8775 I wouldn 8767 t wish those memories on anybody, 8776 she says. 8775 I used to think about them and well up with tears, but now I 8767 m so angry about the things that I let him get away with. I feel some sense of responsibility with the girls in the house now. I feel guilty because I was quiet for that long. Now I feel like I have a purpose again because I can talk about this, get it behind me and not be ashamed. Now I 8767 m like, 8766 Bring it on. 8767 I don 8767 t fear him at all. 8776
A week and a half before the Time’s Up statement, an attorney for a 75-year-old Dallas woman who wishes to remain anonymous announced that he was pursuing civil and criminal complaints against the singer, who he says infected his client with herpes and served her alcohol while underage. “It reflects a pattern of behavior that Mr. Kelly has engaged in for many years,” lawyer S. Lee Merritt said at a press conference.
Jones says Kelly didn 8767 t outwardly express hard feelings when she left for good, as the two spoke occasionally and amicably following her departure. But Jones was suspicious of Kelly 8767 s motives. Was he genuinely OK with the breakup, or intentionally conciliatory for fear of Jones publicizing her accusations against the singer?