R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty

Singer faces fifteen years

June 27, 2002 12:00 AM ET

R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to twenty-one counts of child pornography in a Chicago court yesterday.

The singer, whose real name is Robert Kelly, was indicted by a grand jury on June 5th. The charges stem from a videotape that authorities claim shows Kelly engaged in sex with an underage girl.

Kelly has denied he is the man on the tape, and his attorney, Edward Genson, has said that the other person on the tape was of age at the time the video was made.

Meanwhile, Kelly is free on $75,000 bond and has addressed the charges in a new song, "Heaven, I Need a Hug." The song, which is slated for Kelly's next album, Loveland, accuses fans of rushing to judgement in the case. "You smile in my face and tell me you love me/But then before you know the truth you're so quick to judge me," Kelly sings. The song premiered last week on Chicago radio station WGCI FM.

If convicted, Kelly could be sentenced to fifteen years in prison and fined $100,000 dollars.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

More Song Stories entries »