Early this morning, BuzzFeed Information launched a particularly damning, not completely stunning bombshell of a narrative from Chicago-based music author Jim DeRogatis detailing what his sources describe as a “cult” of younger ladies, principally of their late teenagers, who’re allegedly being systematically groomed for abusive sexual relationships with R&B singer R. Kelly. The story claims to have verified the ladies’s identities, with data on the state of affairs coming from their mother and father and different members of the family in addition to former members of the group.
DeRogatis takes steps to hide the ladies’s identities, however a narrative like that is nonetheless a authorized minefield for DeRogatis and BuzzFeed, particularly for the reason that alleged victims are over the age of consent and say they’re not being held towards their will. And Kelly has already lawyered up, releasing a terse assertion denying the whole lot by his legal professional, Linda Mensch. Launched to Selection, the assertion reads:
Mr. Robert Kelly is each alarmed and disturbed on the current revelations attributed to him. Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and can work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his title.
In different phrases, lawsuits are greater than probably forthcoming. (Kelly, as you could recall, beat baby pornography prices associated to an notorious tape allegedly displaying him urinating on an underage lady in 2008, after a six-and-a-half 12 months authorized battle.) DeRogatis additionally says press convention with the mother and father who served as sources for the story might be held quickly in Atlanta.
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