R. Kelly Faces Sex Abuse Charges as Federal Trial Opens In New York

If the trial brings some satisfaction to women who say they were victims of Kelly’s alleged depravity “there’s also a feeling of ‘too little too late,’” said Jim DeRogatis, a music writer and college professor who authored a book on Kelly called “Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly.”

“Thousands of people,” he said, “knew about his behavior for decades.”

The question is “why didn’t anyone notice?” writer Mikki Kendall said in the documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly.” “The answer is that we all noticed. No one cared because we were Black girls.”

Opening statements are slated for Wednesday before a jury made up of seven men and five women. The trial, coming

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