Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly by Jim DeRogatis
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Book/Novel Author: Jim DeRogatis
Book/Novel Title: Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly
The essential account of R. Kellys actions and their consequences, a reckoning two decades in the making
In November 2000, Chicago journalist and music critic Jim DeRogatis received an anonymous fax that alleged R. Kelly had a problem with young girls. Weeks later, DeRogatis broke the shocking story, publishing allegations that the R&B superstar and local hero had groomed girls, sexually abused them, and paid them off. DeRogatis thought his work would have an impact. Instead, Kellys 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 eighteen years, DeRogatis stayed on the story. He was the one who was given the disturbing videotape that led to Kellys 2008 child pornography trial, the one whose window was shot out, and the one whom women trusted to tell their storiesof a meeting with the superstar at a classroom, a mall, a concert, or a McDonalds that forever warped the course of their lives.
Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly is DeRogatiss masterpiece, a work of tenacious journalism and powerful cultural criticism. It tells the story of Kellys career, DeRogatiss investigations, and the world in which the two crossed paths, and brings the story up to the moment when things finally seem to have changed. Decades in the making, this is an outrageous, darkly riveting account of the life and actions of R. Kelly, and their horrible impact on dozens of girls, by the only person to tell it.