On Monday morning, R. Kelly released a ridiculous 19-minute-long song titled “I Admit.” An attempt at redemption as the public continues to admonish the R&B singer for years-long allegations of sexual assault against girls and women, the track finds Kelly admitting to a number of different topics while speaking out against his detractors — including investigative journalist Jim DeRogatis.
“To Jim DeRogatis or whatever your name is / You’ve been trying to destroy me for 25 whole years / Writing the same stories over and over and over again / Off my name you done went and made yourself a career,” Kelly sings in regards to the journalist that broke the story about the artist’s alleged sexual abuse.
Now, DeRogatis has responded.
“I’ve accomplished a lot in my life besides this R. Kelly story, but I continue to get calls from sources six or seven times a week, as I have for 18 years, saying ‘R. Kelly has hurt me or my daughter’ — allegedly,” DeRogatis said to Variety. “You’re not a journalist or a human being if you get those calls and do not do your job.”
“Has it made me rich? (Laughs) I have not gotten rich from reporting on R. Kelly,” the journalist continued. “I’ve had a marriage ruined, I’ve had many sleepless nights and I have an ulcer — which sounds self-serving and I don’t mean to, because what I’ve endured over 18 years is nothing compared to the stories I’ve heard from young women who had relationships with him that left them devastated, destroyed their families and their lives to the point of attempting suicide — those are in public court documents, and on-the-record interviews. And his wife of nine years just came out a few weeks ago and said she was abused by him.”
“We are talking about dozens of young women telling the same story about a man who has sold 65 million records and been in the world spotlight for three decades,” DeRogatis said. “It is such a big story, and I think people have never wanted to believe it. We are in this Trump-ian moment where the bigger the sin and the more public it is, the harder people seem to believe it.”
DeRogatis isn’t the only one who has responded unfavorably to Kelly’s new track. Questlove, DeRay Mckesson, and Jemele Hill have spoken out against the song.
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