Friday May 09, 2008
- “I Believe I Can Fly” Indicted on 21 Counts of Child Porn
After six years of repeated delays, R n B singer, Robert Kelly is scheduled to go trial on 21 counts of the promotion of child sexploitation involving the production and internet promotion of his sexual activity with a thirteen year old girl. Defense attorneys have been denied another appeal based upon the now 23 year old victim’s recanted testimony that she was the young girl portrayed in the online video. Her aunt, who sings under the name Sparkle, states otherwise. Kelly, now 41, has (of course) pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. He faces 15 years in prison if convicted.
Prosecutiors state the video was made in Chicago between January 1, 1998, and November 1, 2000, when the victim was 13. In the video, Kelly is seen handing the girl money for her actions and is then heard off camera issuing behavioral directives to her.
The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and The Associated Press International have challenged a secrecy motion to obtain access to sealed court records and transcripts. Thus far their motion has been denied, citing the recording reputation of Robert Kelly, singer of the hit song “I Believe I Can Fly”, for which he won three Grammys in 1996.
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