The situation is looking dire for R. Kelly and the disgraced singer’s brother is worried that he may hurt himself as a result.
Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse on Friday, and spent the weekend in jail before pleading not guilty and making bail on Monday. With Kelly reportedly facing up to 70 years if convicted, the 52-year-old singer’s younger brother Carey Kelly said he’s “concerned” about his brother possibly being suicidal.
“Robert is not built for jail,” Carey said Tuesday On according to ABC News' '"Good Morning America". “I’m concerned about others harming him as well, but the reason why I say Robert might harm himself is because he won’t want to face the gangbangers [and others].”
“Robert would be suicidal because he can’t do that for years,” he continued. “The easy way out would be for him to take his life.”
R. Kelly has been accused of sexual misconduct involving three underage girls and one adult woman, according to recently released court documents. Attorney Michael Avenatti gave Chicago prosecutors what he claims is a sex tape that shows Kelly sexually assaulting an underage girl, and handed over a second tape on Monday, less than two weeks after the first. He also suggested that there may be a third tape in existence, according to the Associated Press.
R. Kelly, who is due back in court on March 22, has routinely denied all allegations of sexual misconduct, with his lawyer Steven Greenberg recently commenting that Kelly “is a rock star. He doesn’t have to have nonconsensual sex.”
Carey Kelly said Tuesday that he would like to see his brother get help (a sentiment that he’s expressed before).
“They have evidence, they have facts, they have DNA. They’re not building a case based on what people are just saying,” Carey said. “I would like to see him get help. If he’s found guilty of these allegations and these charges, he has to deal with that.”
Carey also referred to his brother as being “sick” and “like the devil,” and compared him to a “person that’s on drugs.” He also referred to the sexual abuse that both he and his brother suffered as children, but said that being a victim of molestation does not justify his brother’s alleged actions.
“He mentioned that he got molested by a family member years later,” Carey said. “No, it’s not an excuse, and I’m an example of why it shouldn’t be an excuse, because I’ve been molested.”
Carey opened up about being molested as a child during Lifetime’s explosive “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary. He’d tried to tell Robert about the abuse (Carey was 7 and Robert 8 at the time), but was shut down, and he pointed to that experience as the chief reason why he never tried to tell an adult about what was being done to him.
“Robert, being my big brother — I brought that to him and told him what happened to me,” he said. “And when I told him what happened to me he didn’t really respond to it like I felt that he should. He said, ‘Naw, that didn’t happen to you.’ I said, ‘Yes it did.’ Robert said, ‘No it didn’t.’ Then I left it alone, I really knew not to take it to my mom. My brothers was the test. If they believed me then maybe I could have took it to an adult.”
Carey and Robert are estranged, with Carey having claimed that his famous brother tried to bribe him to take the fall for him during his 2008 child pornography case. The “Ignition” singer was ultimately acquitted of all charges.
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