The Case Against R. Kelly: Jim DeRogatis in Conversation

Chicago Humanities Festival

In November 2000, after receiving an anonymous fax alleging that singer R. Kelly had a “problem with young girls,” journalist Jim DeRogatis broke wide open the shocking story by publishing the allegations that the R&B superstar had groomed girls, sexually abused them, and paid them off. DeRogatis thought his investigative journalism would have an impact; instead Kelly’s career flourished. Now, close to twenty years later, the full story is finally told. Not only has DeRogatis never stopped pursuing this story—the New York Times called him “the reporter who never gave up”—but his reporting is ongoing, including in-depth interviews with a number of key figures who have never spoken publicly before. #MuteRKelly co-founders Kenyette Barnes and Oronike Odeleye and award-winning writer Kyra Kyles join DeRogatis in conversation.