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Soulless : the case against R. Kelly / Jim DeRogatis.

By: DeRogatis, Jim [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Abrams Press, [2019]Description: 306 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781419740077; 1419740075.Other title: Case against R. Kelly.Subject(s): Kelly, R., 1969- -- Relations with women | Sexually abused girls -- United States | Sexually abused teenagers -- United States | Child pornography | Sex crimes -- Investigation | Girls -- Crimes against | Music trade -- United States -- Social conditions | Kelly, R., 1969- | Child pornography | Relations with women | Sexually abused girls | Sexually abused teenagers | United StatesDDC classification: 362.76/4092 | B | 364.153
Contents:
Prologue: Robert's problem is young girls -- He gonna grow up being a shooter -- I promise you -- There are lots of people who know about this -- School ain't gonna make you a millionaire -- Numerous -- Trophies -- Go to your mailbox -- Victory by delay -- Recent unpleasantness -- The State of Illinois vs. Robert Sylvester Kelly -- The defense and the verdict -- "How old are we talking?" -- "It's just music" -- The cult -- Reckoning -- Afterword.
Summary: In November 2000 DeRogatis, a Chicago journalist and music critic, received an anonymous fax that alleged R. Kelly had a problem with 'young girls.' DeRogatis thought breaking the story would have an impact. Instead, Kelly's career flourished. After eighteen years of tenacious journalism, he tells the story of Kelly’s career, his own investigations, and brings the story up to the moment when things finally seem to have changed. The result is a darkly riveting account of the life and actions of R. Kelly, and their horrible impact on dozens of girls. -- adapted from jacket
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The essential account of R. Kelly's actions and their consequences, a reckoning two decades in the making.

In November 2000, after receiving an anonymous fax that alleged R. Kelly had a problem with "young girls," journalist Jim DeRogatis broke a shocking story wide open, publishing allegations that the R&B superstar had groomed girls, sexually abused them, and paid them off.
DeRogatis thought his work would have an impact; instead Kelly's career flourished. No one seemed to care: not the music industry, not the culture at large, not the parents of numerous other young girls. But for more than 18 years, DeRogatis stayed on the story--he was the one sent the disturbing videotape that led to Kelly's child pornography trial, he was the one whose window was shot out, he was the one who women trusted with their stories.
Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly is DeRogatis's masterpiece, a work of tenacious journalism and powerful writing. It is an outrageous, darkly riveting account of the life and actions of R. Kelly, and their horrible impact, by the only person to tell it.

Prologue: Robert's problem is young girls -- He gonna grow up being a shooter -- I promise you -- There are lots of people who know about this -- School ain't gonna make you a millionaire -- Numerous -- Trophies -- Go to your mailbox -- Victory by delay -- Recent unpleasantness -- The State of Illinois vs. Robert Sylvester Kelly -- The defense and the verdict -- "How old are we talking?" -- "It's just music" -- The cult -- Reckoning -- Afterword.

In November 2000 DeRogatis, a Chicago journalist and music critic, received an anonymous fax that alleged R. Kelly had a problem with 'young girls.' DeRogatis thought breaking the story would have an impact. Instead, Kelly's career flourished. After eighteen years of tenacious journalism, he tells the story of Kelly’s career, his own investigations, and brings the story up to the moment when things finally seem to have changed. The result is a darkly riveting account of the life and actions of R. Kelly, and their horrible impact on dozens of girls. -- adapted from jacket

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Prologue: Robert's Problem Is Young Girls (p. 1)
  • Part I
  • Chapter 1 He Gonna Grow Up Being a Shooter (p. 7)
  • Chapter 2 I Promise You (p. 31)
  • Chapter 3 There Are Lots of People Who Know About This (p. 41)
  • Chapter 4 School Ain't Gonna Make You a Millionaire (p. 53)
  • Chapter 5 Numerous (p. 80)
  • Chapter 6 Trophies (p. 100)
  • Part II
  • Chapter 7 Go to Your Mailbox (p. 111)
  • Chapter 8 Victory by Delay (p. 139)
  • Chapter 9 Recent Unpleasantness (p. 152)
  • Chapter 10 The State of Illinois v. Robert Sylvester Kelly (p. 168)
  • Chapter 11 The Defense and the Verdict (p. 192)
  • Part III
  • Chapter 12 "How Old Are We Talking?" (p. 211)
  • Chapter 13 "It's Just Music" (p. 225)
  • Chapter 14 The Cult (p. 238)
  • Chapter 15 Reckoning (p. 263)
  • Afterword (p. 297)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 303)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Publishers Weekly Review

Singer R. Kelly's alleged relationships with underage girls are examined in this exhaustive exposé by former Chicago Sun-Times journalist DeRogatis (Let It Blurt). DeRogatis spent nearly two decades interviewing Kelly's family members and former business associates, law enforcement officials, and many of the singer's alleged victims, and here he chronicles how Kelly, born into a poor, sexually dysfunctional family and virtually illiterate, rose to be one of his generation's most successful pop music stars. He also allegedly had a series of sexual encounters with minors. Without getting bogged down in minutiae, DeRogatis covers Kelly's annulled marriage to the young singer Aaliyah, an unsuccessful 2008 child pornography case against him, and the numerous allegations of Kelly holding several women against their will in cultlike fashion, paying them off with out-of-court settlements that required signing nondisclosure agreements. Throughout this riveting story, DeRogatis keeps a sympathetic focus on Kelly's accusers: "It must feel liberating for these women, after years of keeping their hurt feelings bottled up, to finally have the support of a sympathetic audience," he writes. In addition, he extends the blame for Kelly's misbehavior to "the employees of record labels, recording studios, radio stations, video outlets, magazines, websites, and newspapers." DeRogatis captivates in this expertly told narrative. (June)

Booklist Review

For DeRogatis, then a music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, it all started in November 2000 when he received an anonymous one-page, single-spaced letter that flatly stated, Robert's problem . . . is young girls, referring to music superstar R. Kelly. Initially, he didn't put too much credence in it (rumors had been surfacing for years). But then, along with Sun-Times legal affairs reporter Abdon Pallasch, he began to dig. The two journalists scoured police and court records, working 16-hour days and weekends while still covering their regular assignments. By doing so, they painstakingly and methodically made the case against Kelly. Four weeks or so after receiving the anonymous tip, their article appeared, only to be largely dismissed, ignored, or forgotten. Critics gave Kelly a free pass, while many others paid lip service to the charges against him, writes DeRogatis. Kelly was indicted in 2002 for child pornography, then acquitted in 2008. It would be almost two decades before the world would recognize the predator in its midst, and before real justice would be served. Finally, in February 2019, Kelly was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The indefatigable and fearless DeRogatis has written a brave and important book.--June Sawyers Copyright 2019 Booklist