As the backlash continues to mount against R. Kelly for his years of alleged sexual misconduct, his younger brother Carey Kelly is speaking out once again and confirming that his brother has a “problem.”
Carey Kelly is one of many people close to R. Kelly who were interviewed for Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary. The six-part series put a spotlight on the disturbing amount of sexual misconduct allegations that have been brought against Kelly throughout his decades-long career. He’s known by many for having been accused of making a sex tape with an underage girl in 2002 — he was acquitted on child pornography charges in 2008 — but he has been repeatedly accused of preying on young girls and women, in recent years especially.
Carey Kelly wouldn't go so far as to say, when asked, that his brother is a pedophile, but he did suggest to CBS Chicago on Wednesday that Kelly needs to “get help.”
“I mean, I can’t honestly say that for sure,” he said in regards to pedophilia claims. “I just know that he has a problem with control. I love my brother, but he do have a problem, and if anybody out there love him, they should want to see him get help.”
Carey did recall that his brother used to have him “get girls for him at concerts” — girls who, in his opinion, “looked underage.”
Buzzfeed’s 2017 Kelly exposé alleged that the disgraced singer had maintained something similar to a cult by brainwashing, isolating and abusing young girls and women with whom he'd entered into relationships with. Numerous women — including Faith Rodgers, who accused Kelly earlier this week of threatening her over the sex abuse lawsuit she filed against him last year — have come forward in recent years alleging to have been victimized by Kelly, and many of them told their stories during the Lifetime doc.
When asked to comment on the various allegations facing Kelly, Carey told CBS, “He married Aaliyah. It don’t get no truer than that.”
Though their marriage certificate listed her as 18 years old, Kelly actually married the late singer Aaliyah when she was 15 years old. It was quickly annulled. The short-lived union was a topic of discussion during the Lifetime documentary, with one of Kelly’s former backup dancers claiming that she once walked in on Kelly having sex with Aaliyah when the singer was a young teen. Another of Kelly’s associates recalled an alleged instance where Kelly seemed worried that he’d gotten Aaliyah pregnant.
Kelly’s lawyer recently suggested that Aaliyah may have lied about her age before the marriage, but then walked back on that statement, perhaps after having seen the video proof of Kelly acknowledging Aaliyah’s age that began making the rounds on social media this week.
Carey and Kelly have not had the best relationship in recent years. Carey said that he hasn’t seen his brother since he was acquitted in the child pornography case and the relationship between them turned sour, according to CBS Chicago.
“Once he beat that case, I called him. And I said, ‘Hey man, you know, God gave you another chance, you know. God gave you another chance,’” Carey said. “And his arrogance, and people not believing different things that he’s accused of said, ‘God didn’t give me another chance. I gave me another chance. My money gave me another chance.’ Those are the words that he said to me, and I looked at the phone like, ‘Are you serious?’”
“These allegations that you was accused of are very serious, and for you to escape through the loophole and still get another chance, that’s maybe a sign from God that you need to change your way of living, change your habits and change the things that you’re doing that’s causing people to bring cases up on you like that,” he said.
When asked if he believed that his brother has changed, Carey told CBS Chicago, “Not at all. He needs help. My brother needs psychological help. But like they say, the first step to recovery is admitting it. He won’t admit it.”
Carey told the outlet that he does not regret taking part in the documentary and speaking out about his brother, even though his children have been bullied in school and a rift has developed among his relatives because of the controversy surrounding Kelly and his decision to speak publicly on it.
“To see all these other women come forth and hear the allegations and different things, I felt bad that I didn’t speak earlier than what I did,” he said.
Kelly may be on his way to facing the music, in the legal sense. Authorities in Georgia have reportedly already launched a criminal investigation into the many accusations against him, and prosecutors in Chicago have called publicly for any alleged victims to come forward last week. Police also performed a wellness check at Kelly's home in Chicago last week to investigate a tip claiming that Kelly had been holding women against their will in his apartment. Authorities interviewed Kelly and two women but ultimately found no evidence of wrongdoing.
The 52-year-old singer has maintained his innocence over the years. Most recently, his lawyer Steve Greenberg issued a firm denial, stating that his client “never knowingly had sex with an underage woman, he never forced anyone to do anything, he never held anyone captive, he never abused anyone.”
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