R. Kelly: Now We Know Why R. Kelly Allegedly Kept All Those Tapes

A former employee of R. Kelly told a grand jury there are more tapes of the R&B singer allegedly having inappropriate contact with minors, according to TMZ. The latest news doesn’t come as a surprise to some. However, one thing people do want to know is if R. Kelly did commit these crimes, why would he make these tapes? Here’s what R. Kelly’s employee had to say.

The charges R. Kelly is facing

R. Kelly | Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images
R. Kelly | Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

R. Kelly is facing a growing list of charges. He was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. During a press conference, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx says the charges are from events that allegedly took place between 1998 and 2010. Over the years, R. Kelly has claimed he is innocent of any wrongdoing. In addition, R. Kelly is facing 11 new counts of sexual assault and abuse.  

R. Kelly is trying to hold onto his music career

If you saw R. Kelly’s explosive interview with CBS’ Gayle King, then one thing you likely took away from the segment is that the singer is very concerned about his career. He spoke about the damage the allegations have had on his ability to make money and how he’s trying his best to earn a living. At one point, the singer reportedly tried to book tour dates overseas. He also reportedly charged $100 so people could hear him sing for just 28 seconds at a Chicago bar.  

Why R. Kelly allegedly kept all those tapes

R. Kelly | Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images
R. Kelly | Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

So, if R. Kelly did commit the crimes he is accused of, why would he keep the tapes of his alleged activities with underage girls? TMZ reports R. Kelly’s former employee says the singer allegedly held on to the tapes because he thought of the recordings as trophies. The publication goes on to say that sources told them the former employee had multiple tapes allegedly showing R. Kelly unlawfully interacting with minors.

Reporter Jim DeRogatis says every system in Chicago failed the women who said they were victims of R. Kelly

Surviving R. Kelly event | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Lifetime
Surviving R. Kelly event | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Lifetime

Journalist Jim DeRogatis helped bring the story of the allegations against R. Kelly to the public. In his new book, Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly, DeRogatis said he was aware of 48 women who were allegedly victims of R. Kelly for roughly 30 years. Here’s what he told Gayle King during an interview on CBS This Morning:

It sounds like hyperbole when I say this, Gayle, but if you go to Chicago on the south and west side and talk to two — if you talk to three black women, two will have stories. Not that they have been — but them or their sister or their aunt or their cousin or their mom has been at Kenwood Academy or the Evergreen Plaza shopping mall, or the rock n’ roll McDonald’s when Kelly was cruising.

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