The mysterious appearance
of raunchy videotapes that allegedly show R. Kelly having sex with juveniles
has lead to a criminal investigation of the R&B superstar by Chicago police.
This tape, combined with a growing number of lawsuits from an attorney representing
the girls allegedy on the tape , threaten Kelly's career.
This VH1 News Special examines the charges against Kelly, laying out
the allegations based on the accusations filed in the lawsuits to on-camera
interviews with people familiar with the singer’s travails. While R Kelly
has denied our request for a one-on-one interview, this episode has excerpts
of his one hour talk with BET. We've also interview lawyers from both
sides and perhaps talk with one of the girls involved who was allegedly
molested to try and gauge about the legitimacy of the charges. We also
focus on the videotapes, investigating whether or not they’re forgeries
and surmising how they became public in the first place. Finally, we captured
reactions to the news from fans in his hometown of Chicago and from music
industry observers in general, exploring whether his career is irrevocably
tainted by the allegations.