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Chicago journalist speaks out about R. Kelly allegations: they're 'stomach-churning'

Just days after the release of his latest album, R. Kelly’s checkered past is back in the spotlight thanks to a lengthy new interview in the Village Voice with Jim DeRogatis, the journalist who first broke the story of his alleged misdoings nearly fifteen years ago in the Chicago Sun-Times.

DeRogatis was the first to report the allegations that the R&B singer has raped and abused numerous underage girls. (Kelly was acquitted of any formal charges in a 2008 child-porn case.) In a new interview in the Village Voice, he recounts the events leading up to his revelation and laments that the “stomach-churning” evidence that he’s gathered against the singer has been largely forgotten (or ignored) by the media.

“I think in the history of rock & roll, rock-music or pop-culture people misbehaving and behaving badly sexually with young women, rare is the amount of evidence compiled against anyone apart from R. Kelly,” DeRogatis says.

You can read the full interview, as well fifteen years worth of gathered evidence and unsettling stories from DeRogatis himself, over at the Voice.

R. Kelly falls ill, cancels appearances

A spokesman for R. Kelly says the R&B singer is suffering complications from throat surgery and will miss promotional appearances for his new album and memoir. Kelly’s publicist said in a statement that the singer was on his way to New York on Wednesday morning when he became ill and returned to Chicago for medical treatment. Kelly had surgery last year to treat an abscess on his vocal cords.

Kelly’s new album, Write Me Back, came out Tuesday and his memoir, Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, releases Thursday.

The Grammy winner’s publicist says Kelly will have to cancel appearances on The Jimmy Fallon Show, NBC’s Today, and at a book party. Kelly’s spokesman says it’s unclear how long the singer will be sidelined.

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