CHICAGO — For the journalists who have dug the deepest on R. Kelly, these should be satisfying days.
Mr. Kelly, the R&B star behind megahits like “Ignition” and “I Believe I Can Fly,” is facing new consequences after decades of accusations of misconduct, including sex with underage girls and holding women in cultlike captivity. In the weeks since a wrenching and widely discussed new documentary aired on the cable channel Lifetime, Mr. Kelly has been dropped by his record label and is being scrutinized by law enforcement in at least two states.
But Jim DeRogatis, the Chicago music journalist who has been chronicling Mr. Kelly’s case for almost 20 years, and Dream Hampton, the filmmaker and critic who made the documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” are still being cautious about their safety. Mr. DeRogatis, who has had bullets shot through his windows before, asked that the location of his home not be revealed. Ms. Hampton keeps a guard posted outside her home all night.
“We have this hit on our hands that’s having all this real-world impact,” Ms. Hampton said in an interview. “But it’s also come with all the attendant stresses and security concerns.”
The gunman at Mr. DeRogatis’s home was never identified and no threatening behavior has ever been tied to Mr. Kelly directly. But the worries of Mr. DeRogatis and Ms. Hampton are a reminder of the high stakes that have surrounded the journalistic pursuit of Mr. Kelly since the accusations against him first emerged.
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After “Surviving R. Kelly” aired, one of the singer’s managers, Henry James Mason, was arrested in Georgia for “terroristic threats” against one of the families featured in the film. (Mr. Kelly, who was acquitted in 2008 of 14 counts of child pornography, has repeatedly denied having sex with minors or holding women against their will.)
For Mr. DeRogatis, the trail began in 2000, when an anonymous fax led him to a number of scoops for The Chicago Sun-Times — including the existence of a videotape that was said to show Mr. Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl. It has continued into the social-media era, with a series of investigative articles published by BuzzFeed News in 2017 that rekindled outrage and led to the Lifetime series.
Mr. DeRogatis veers from expletive-laden indignation to choked-back tears when describing the effects of Mr. Kelly’s alleged behavior with what he estimates to be at least 48 women. But he has a special frustration with the rest of the news media, which, he says, failed to follow The Sun-Times’s investigative lead, and for years made light of the charges or ignored them altogether.
“Where was everybody else?” Mr. DeRogatis shouted in an interview last week, his voice bouncing off the tile walls of his home. “I wanted everybody in the world to write about this” and stop Mr. Kelly, he added.
As The Sun-Times’s pop music critic, Mr. DeRogatis was an unlikely candidate to write such a complex investigative story.
“I’m a rock critic,” he said. “I’ve had to deal with the most complicated arrangements of off-the-record, on-the-record sourcing that any journalist will have to deal with.”
A forthcoming book by Mr. DeRogatis, “Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly,” to be published in the fall by Abrams Press, will tell the story of his reporting throughout the case, and delve into some of the topics that have consumed him as a critic, like the insidious power of celebrity media.
In the small and prickly world of music journalists, Mr. DeRogatis, 54, stands out as especially cantankerous and contrarian. In 1996, for example, he was fired by Rolling Stone after complaining publicly when his negative review of Hootie & the Blowfish was killed and replaced with a kinder one.
Yet like his hero, the critic Lester Bangs, Mr. DeRogatis also campaigns for his favorite artists with the zeal of a superfan. That comes through on “Sound Opinions,” the syndicated weekly radio show he hosts with Greg Kot of The Chicago Tribune. And in person, Mr. DeRogatis displays his personal hall of fame on his forearms, with mural-like tattoos picturing, among others, the Velvet Underground, Nirvana, Public Enemy and Bangs, who died in 1982.
For the dozens of women Mr. DeRogatis has interviewed, he said, their experience with Mr. Kelly is a perverse inversion of music’s transformative power.
“If rock ’n’ roll can save your life, is there a flip side?” he asked. “Can it be destroyed by music?”
When Mr. DeRogatis received that first fax on the day before Thanksgiving in 2000 — it said that Mr. Kelly had a “problem” with young girls, and was signed only “a friend” — he initially tossed it aside. But its specificity nagged at his reporter’s instincts. The note included the names of a victim, a lawyer and a sex crimes investigator at the Chicago Police Department.
“You’re not going to make up a weird Polish cop name,” he said. When he called that investigator, she said she couldn’t talk about the case and hung up.
A month after he received the fax, Mr. DeRogatis, working with The Sun-Times’s legal affairs reporter, Abdon Pallasch, published their first investigation. In the years that followed, the reporters documented an apparent pattern of predatory behavior, as well as confidential settlements to silence women and a music industry unwilling to let go of one of its rainmakers.
On the day they received a videotape that appeared to show Mr. Kelly with a young woman — which they did not write about because they could not confirm the woman’s identity — a gunshot shattered Mr. DeRogatis’s vestibule window.
Their most explosive finding was a second videotape, dropped anonymously in Mr. DeRogatis’s home mailbox, which, over nearly 27 minutes, showed Mr. Kelly with what appeared to be a 14-year-old girl.
That second tape, which like the first was turned over to the police, led to Mr. Kelly’s indictment in 2002 on charges of child pornography. After a long-delayed trial, he was acquitted after the young woman believed to be on the tape refused to testify, although she had been identified by more than a dozen witnesses.
Framed on the wall in Mr. DeRogatis’s home office is the well-thumbed index card that he read 17 times on the witness stand at Mr. Kelly’s trial, declining to answer questions under the First and Fifth Amendments.
Ms. Hampton, the documentarian, credited Mr. DeRogatis for that dogged work, which first put on the record most of the women who were interviewed in “Surviving R. Kelly.”
“What Jim helped us to understand,” she said, “is that it was indeed a pattern, and that it is still happening.” Their respect is mutual. Praising the documentary’s visceral interview format, Mr. DeRogatis said, “What Dream Hampton did is introduce you to these women.”
Throughout their reporting for The Sun-Times, Mr. DeRogatis and Mr. Pallasch had little serious competition. “It was very hard to get the rest of the media to take this seriously,” said Mr. Pallasch, who is now a spokesman for Susana A. Mendoza, the Illinois comptroller.
One reason, which Mr. DeRogatis has frequently given, citing statements made by black cultural critics like Mark Anthony Neal, was that the victims were black women. Even as Mr. Kelly went on to collaborate with pop stars like Lady Gaga, the complaints of black activists and journalists were often ignored, said Akiba Solomon, the senior editorial director at Colorlines, a news site focused on race.
“Black women have had a steady drumbeat around R. Kelly, even when it wasn’t a huge story,” Ms. Solomon said. “But part of the reason why nobody has listened is about how black girls are devalued and the labor of black women journalists is devalued as well.”
After the trial, the news media largely moved on from the accusations against Mr. Kelly, and Mr. DeRogatis left The Sun-Times in 2010 to teach English at Columbia College Chicago. Yet he continued to hear from victims, and he remained one of the few voices that called for Mr. Kelly to be held accountable — by the music and media industries, if not by the law.
In late 2016, Mr. DeRogatis was contacted by a family saying that they had told the police that Mr. Kelly was keeping their daughter as part of a “cult” at one of his rental properties near Atlanta.
Mr. DeRogatis worked with three separate media outlets on the story, each of which progressed far along the editing process before dropping out. After the last outlet canceled, on a Wednesday afternoon in July 2017, Mr. DeRogatis contacted Shani O. Hilton, the vice president of news and programming at BuzzFeed News, who accepted the piece. It was edited, fact-checked and given a legal review in four days.
“He literally FedExed all of his boxes of evidence, his tapes, his transcriptions,” Ms. Hilton said.
That article, published the next Monday at nearly 5,000 words, and several others that followed spawned an activist hashtag, #MuteRKelly, that called for Mr. Kelly to be dropped by his label, RCA, and by streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.
His BuzzFeed stories also led to Kreativ, a television production company that has a deal with Bunim/Murray Productions — the reality-TV giant behind shows like “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” — to begin laying the groundwork for the documentary. Interviews with victims and family members who had been identified through Mr. DeRogatis’s reporting were lined up.
After selling the project to Lifetime, the producers approached Ms. Hampton, who said that at first, the Bunim/Murray association turned her off.
“They said they were approaching this very seriously and wanted to center these black girls,” Ms. Hampton said. “I took off my sunglasses and stopped eating my sushi and all of a sudden took this meeting very seriously.”
Ms. Hampton, 47, joined the project in February 2018, as showrunner and executive producer, and her involvement immediately gave it credibility. As a hip-hop journalist in the 1990s, she developed a reputation as both an insider and a cutting critic of the culture’s shortcomings. She developed close friendships with the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z, yet called out Dr. Dre and other rappers for violence against women.
In 2000, shortly before The Sun-Times published its first exposé, Ms. Hampton had written a glowing profile of Mr. Kelly for Vibe, spending long stretches in the studio, where, she says, she saw young women also present.
She has not written another magazine profile since, and said that she saw the Lifetime documentary as “a chance to redeem myself for not having opened Jeffrey Dahmer’s fridge.”
The documentary had originally been planned for 60 or 90 minutes. But as the material mounted — it ultimately included interviews with 54 people, including accusers, family members and commentators — “we just kept greenlighting hours,” said Brie Miranda Bryant, the senior vice president of unscripted development and programming at Lifetime. It ran as six hourlong episodes, and has reached a total of 25.8 million viewers so far, according to Lifetime.
The film drew immediate notice for the powerful testimony of black women who said they had been targeted by Mr. Kelly, and led to protests outside the offices of RCA and its parent company, Sony Music Entertainment. The company soon parted ways with Mr. Kelly, scrubbing him from the RCA website, although neither RCA nor Sony has commented publicly.
For Ms. Hampton, the documentary fits into a career marked by activism. She is an executive producer on “It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It,” a prison documentary that will be shown next month on HBO, as well as on “Finding Justice,” a six-part documentary series about injustices in black communities, that will be shown on BET in March.
Mr. DeRogatis is now finishing his book, which he said would include new details about the case and some of the women he has interviewed over the years. But it may still not be complete. He recently began communicating with another woman, who so far is not ready to go on the record.
“My book is about R. Kelly by necessity,” he said. “But it’s really about the girls. It was always about the girls.”B:
港彩三中三论坛【请】【输】【入】【正】【文】。【苏】【婳】【和】【秦】【墨】【衍】【是】【那】【人】【给】【出】【了】【方】【案】。 【南】【烟】【叹】【口】【气】，【一】【脸】【我】【就】【知】【道】【是】【这】【样】【的】【表】【情】。 【南】【烟】【才】【给】【司】【机】【着】paid【马】【上】【就】【出】【去】【了】。 “【对】【了】，【那】【个】【女】【孩】【呢】？【还】【有】【那】【两】【个】【绑】【走】【我】【的】【人】？” 【嘴】【里】【嚼】【着】【米】【饭】，【南】【烟】【含】【糊】【不】【清】【的】【问】【道】，【昨】【天】【太】【晚】【她】【后】【来】【给】【牙】，【恶】【狠】【狠】【地】【小】【模】【样】，【还】【挺】【嫉】【恶】【如】【仇】【的】。 【南】【烟】【忘】【了】
【当】【爱】【回】【来】【的】【时】【候】，【这】【世】【界】【没】【有】【一】【处】【不】【是】【美】【丽】【的】，【满】【眼】【都】【是】【欢】【喜】，【满】【眼】【都】【是】【幸】【福】，【满】【眼】【都】【是】【快】【乐】。 “【就】【送】【你】【们】【到】【这】【里】【吧】，【婚】【礼】【的】【日】【子】【定】【下】【来】，【我】【会】【赶】【回】【去】【参】【见】【的】。” 【嶸】【煌】【站】【在】【小】【径】【上】，【看】【着】【一】【脸】【幸】【福】【的】【花】【筱】【笙】。 “【嗯】，【应】【该】【很】【快】【就】【会】【定】【下】【来】【了】，【到】【时】【候】【您】【一】【定】【要】【过】【来】，【还】【有】【你】，【阿】【斗】……” 【花】【筱】【笙】【牵】【着】【欣】
【白】【雪】【音】【不】【及】【闪】【躲】，【但】【觉】【腕】【上】【一】【阵】【剧】【痛】，【已】【被】【十】【字】【金】【翎】【击】【中】。 【世】【上】【仅】【余】【最】【后】【一】【枚】【的】【冰】【莲】【雪】【精】【丸】【从】【她】【手】【中】【掉】【落】。 “【失】【礼】【了】。”【花】【语】【夕】【一】【声】【娇】【笑】，【十】【字】【金】【翎】【迅】【速】【卷】【住】【从】【半】【空】【下】【落】【的】【药】【丸】，【又】【迅】【速】【收】【回】【到】【雨】【幕】【里】。 【花】【语】【夕】【白】【衣】【赤】【足】，【仿】【佛】【脚】【不】【沾】【地】【般】【站】【在】【不】【远】【处】【的】【青】【石】【小】【径】【上】，【先】【确】【认】【了】【药】【丸】【的】【真】【伪】，【然】【后】【珍】【而】【重】【之】
【袁】【缜】【立】【刻】【停】【步】：“【内】【务】【府】【出】【事】【了】，【胡】【宗】【元】【带】【进】【宫】【的】【那】【批】【丝】【绸】，【有】【一】【半】【是】【货】【不】【对】【版】【的】【次】【品】！ “【刚】【拉】【进】【内】【务】【府】【开】【封】【验】【货】【掌】【管】【丝】【织】【的】【太】【监】【就】【看】【出】【来】【了】，【如】【今】【胡】【宗】【元】【及】【其】【带】【来】【的】【杭】【州】【织】【造】【局】【的】【人】【都】【傻】【眼】【了】，【方】【才】【内】【务】【府】【那】【边】【也】【把】【太】【师】【和】【户】【部】【尚】【书】【给】【请】【过】【去】【了】！【事】【情】【好】【像】【闹】【得】【很】【不】【小】！” 【李】【南】【风】【听】【完】【都】【惊】【呆】【了】！ 【胡】【宗】【元】港彩三中三论坛“【丁】【飞】！”【十】【分】【天】【真】【立】【刻】【朝】【着】【苏】【秦】【怒】【喊】【道】：“【赶】【快】【将】【丁】【飞】【给】【我】【放】【了】。” “【放】【了】？”【苏】【秦】【戏】【谑】【一】【笑】，【道】：“【好】，【我】【就】【还】【将】【这】【小】【子】【还】【你】。”【说】【完】，【苏】【秦】【一】【掌】【击】【中】【丁】【飞】，【一】【股】【巨】【力】【将】【丁】【飞】【击】【出】。 “【丁】【飞】！”【十】【分】【天】【真】【大】【吼】【一】【声】，【立】【刻】【接】【住】【将】【要】【落】【地】【的】【丁】【飞】。【可】【是】【丁】【飞】【冲】【击】【力】【实】【在】【是】【太】【大】【了】，【连】【带】【着】【十】【分】【天】【真】【都】【滚】【了】【好】【几】
【燕】【崇】【微】【微】【笑】【着】，“【嗯】”【了】【一】【声】。 【郑】【皇】【后】【此】【人】，【好】【像】【有】【一】【双】【格】【外】【通】【透】【的】【眼】【睛】，【能】【看】【穿】【许】【多】【事】【情】【一】【般】。 【庆】【幸】【的】【是】，【拥】【有】【这】【样】【一】【双】【眼】【睛】【的】【人】，【对】【他】【们】，【从】【来】【都】【是】【怀】【揣】【着】【善】【意】。 “【挺】【好】。”【郑】【皇】【后】【笑】【道】，【转】【头】【望】【向】【裴】【锦】【箬】【时】，【眼】【眸】【深】【处】【含】【着】【兴】【味】【的】【笑】【意】，“【锦】【箬】【是】【个】【有】【福】【气】【的】。” 【说】【着】，【又】【转】【头】【从】【袖】【间】【拿】【出】【一】【只】
【一】【个】【小】【时】【后】，【霍】【普】【离】【开】【了】【赛】【克】【的】【工】【坊】。 【这】【一】【次】【他】【与】【赛】【克】【缔】【结】【的】【契】【约】【内】【容】【与】【上】【一】【次】【大】【体】【一】【样】，【不】【同】【之】【处】【在】【于】【赛】【克】【承】【诺】【将】【完】【整】【的】【秘】【法】【给】【他】，【而】【他】【也】【受】【到】【契】【约】【限】【制】，【不】【得】【在】【奥】【术】【帝】【国】【境】【内】【发】【展】【任】【何】【提】【供】【信】【仰】【的】【组】【织】。 【当】【然】，【完】【整】【的】【秘】【法】【需】【要】【霍】【普】【和】【赛】【克】【一】【同】【前】【往】【荒】【芜】【大】【陆】【后】【才】【能】【获】【得】，【在】【此】【之】【前】，【他】【只】【能】【借】【用】【赛】【克】【给】【他】
“【海】【皇】，【你】【的】【护】【卫】【队】【怎】【么】【弃】【你】【而】【去】！”【张】【移】【山】【和】【杨】【梓】【见】【一】【切】【都】【是】【误】【会】，【他】【们】【又】【把】【摩】【托】【艇】【开】【回】【来】【故】【意】【调】【侃】【李】【轩】。 “【额】。。”【李】【轩】【也】【有】【点】【小】【尴】【尬】，【毕】【竟】【刚】【才】【对】【着】【海】【豚】【说】【了】【那】【么】【多】，【结】【果】【人】【家】【理】【都】【不】【他】，【转】【头】【就】【走】。 【对】【面】【杨】【梓】【的】【调】【侃】，【他】【强】【行】【辩】【解】【道】：“【什】【么】【叫】【弃】【我】【而】【去】？【它】【们】【这】【是】【回】【去】【守】【卫】【我】【的】【海】【皇】【宫】。” “