The Impact of Surviving R. Kelly Is Still Playing Out

lamag.com - 02-19

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Since the Lifetime series aired in January, the walls have kept closing in on the alleged child sex abuser. It’s been almost 20 years since Chicago music journalist Jim DeRogatis first published an article about sex abuse allegations against R&B superstar R. Kelly. In the intervening years, Kelly was charged with—and acquitted of—child pornography. His alleged penchant for urinating on underage girls became a punchline instead of a source of outrage. He was even invited to headline Pitchfork music festival in 2013, and hardly anyone (besides DeRogatis) batted an eyelash.