R. Kelly’s brothers have named the elderly neighbor they say abused the singer from the age of eight in part two of a harrowing docu-series about his alleged sexual abuse.
The two men say a man called ‘Mr Henry’ in his 60s would expose himself to them, buy them food and once took R.Kelly, real name Robert Kelly, upstairs and ‘tried some inappropriate stuff with him’.
In Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning Kelly’s oldest brother, Bruce, who is in prison, says their mom called cops, before Mr Henry was beaten up by local neighborhood men.
They say he then bailed himself out of jail before bribing their mom with $5,000 to keep her quiet and drop the charges.
Carey Kelly, the singer’s younger brother, says Mr Henry was ‘the neighborhood uncle’, adding: ‘Everybody loved him and looked up to him.’
‘We thought he was a cool old man, a nice man’, Carey added.
The brothers say there was ‘someone else too’ who abused all three of them.
Kelly’s oldest brother, Bruce, pictured, says their mom called cops, before Mr Henry was beaten up by local neighborhood men. They say he then bailed himself out of jail before bribing their mom with $5,000 to keep her quiet and drop the charges
Carey Kelly, R. Kelly’s younger brother, pictured, said the singer tried to convince him to take the fall for his child porn tape in 2002 and offered him $50,000 to do it. Carey is among those interviewed in the new series, Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning
Though allegations of sexual abuse against minors followed R&B superstar R. Kelly for years, it was a six-part series aired by Lifetime last January featuring testimonials by alleged survivors that sparked new attention from authorities.
A year later, Lifetime is readying a follow-up series, ” Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning, ” with one major difference: this time, R. Kelly will be behind bars when it airs.
Carey also revealed the singer offered him $50,000 to take the blame for a 2002 bootleg child porn tape which he went to court over.
Carey said he offered him a car, a record deal and $50,000 to say it was him having sex with an underage girl in the 27-minute tape.
R. Kelly in 2008 when he was put on trial on child porn charges. He was acquitted because the jury could not agree on the girl in the video being underage
It was filmed in 2002 and was sold on the street then but Kelly did not go to trial over it in 2008. Carey revealed in the docu-series how his brother begged him to take the blame.
‘He was asking me, “You need to say that was you.” Commit a crime pretty much to say that was me on the tape with a minor.
‘Perjure myself in a court of law and risk jail time for some stuff that didn’t have anything to do with me.
‘He was saying, “Man I’ll buy you a car, I’ll buy you a record deal, I’ll give you $50,000.”
‘I said, “Let me tell you something man. You ain’t got enough money for me to say that’s me. Because it ain’t worth me selling my soul.”‘
Jimmy Maynes was working for Jive Records when the tape emerged in 2002.
He reveals in the docu-series how later, when Kelly and him were alone in Chicago while working on a record, Kelly convinced him that he had a twin brother who was the one in the video.
In an interview with DailyMail.com on Thursday, ahead of the first part of the release, Maynes said he believed him because he wanted to.
He also revealed how he and other executives at Jive Records were hauled into a conference room to watch the video but says they did not know the girl in it was underage.
At the time Kelly was a world-famous star and perceived family man with a new wife and children.
Maynes said his priority was protecting his career. He did not know until later that the girl in the video was underage, he said.
‘At that time, we were thinking, “He’s an artist. This is horrible. He has a wife and kids.”
‘He wouldn’t have been the first artist to have relations outside of his marriage. It was a sex tape scandal, not a child porn scandal,’ he said.
Maynes was instructed to go out and buy as many copies of the tape he could find to try to get them off the street. Err
He said the girl was not obviously underage and that she looked ‘experienced’ and ‘like she knew what she was doing.’
The video shows Kelly having sex with her and then urinating on her. He was acquitted in 2008 because jurors could not decide on the age and identity of the girl in the footage.
Only later did Maynes say he started to become suspicious of Kelly’s behavior.
Music manager Jimmy Maynes said Kelly convinced him he had a twin who was the man in the video and not him. Maynes believed him because he was so convincing, he said. He went on to the street and bought up bootleg copies of the tape in 2002 to try to protect Kelly’s career
He had gone to Chicago to work with him and said there were often ‘young girls’ at the studio until 2am, which he thought was inappropriate.
While he said he never saw Kelly have sex with any of them, he could not think of any other reason for them to be there.
Kelly told him that the girls were not there for him and that other artists working out of the studio must have sent for them.
The issue of the twin came up when the pair were stuck in a network of corridors in the studio.
‘He was saying, “I can’t believe everybody’s coming at me. Then his story was so believable that I was so convinced. ‘I said, “This explains it all.” Why would he lie? It’s never come up. And twins, it’s possible. I went to sleep that night feeling relieved, thinking we’ll get out of this. ‘I woke up the next day saying to myself, “Jimmy you know damn well he does not have a twin.” I did feel manipulated.
Music manager Jimmy Maynes
Kelly, he claimed, brought it up.
‘He assumed I knew [about the allegation that the girl was underage.] He said, “It’s not even me. It’s my twin,”‘ Maynes recalled.
‘He was saying, “I can’t believe everybody’s coming at me. Then his story was so believable that I was so convinced.
‘I said, “This explains it all.” Why would he lie? It’s never come up. And twins, it’s possible. I went to sleep that night feeling relieved, thinking we’ll get out of this.
‘I woke up the next day saying to myself, “Jimmy you know damn well he does not have a twin.” I did feel manipulated,’ Maynes said.
They finished out their working relationship but Maynes said Kelly stalled the process repeatedly by trying to pressure an unnamed female artist he was working with into sex.
Maynes was also working with the singer and she was 18 at the time but refused repeatedly to have sex with him and would not be left alone in the studio with him. Kelly would set times for recording sessions then show up hours later, he said.
The woman wishes to remain anonymous. It is unclear if their song was ever recorded.
Maynes returned from Chicago to L.A. once the project was finished and stopped working with Kelly.
He next heard from him last year, in the spring time, through a mutual friend.
Maynes said the friend relayed to him that Kelly wanted to hire him as his manager. He had become known for reviving the careers of 90s stars and Kelly wanted him to do the same for him.
The allegations against R. Kelly
CHICAGO, AUGUST 1994:
Kelly, then 27, wed Aaliyah Dana Haughton, then 15, at a suburban Chicago hotel. The singer had been his protege, and he wrote and produced her 1994 debut album, “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number.” The marriage was later annulled, and the two refused to confirm it happened. In 2001, Aaliyah died in a light aircraft crash in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas.
CHICAGO, DECEMBER 1996:
A Chicago woman, Tiffany Hawkins, sued Kelly and his recording and management companies alleging she suffered personal injuries and emotional harm because she had sex with the singer in 1991, when she was 15. The relationship ended in 1994 when she turned 18. The woman said she met Kelly while a freshman at Kenwood Academy, a high school Kelly attended but didn’t graduate from. She was seeking $10 million in damages, but the Chicago Sun-Times reported in December 2000 that she settled for $250,000. Over the next two years, Kelly settled three more cases out of court but denied wrongdoing.
CHICAGO, JUNE 2002:
Kelly was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography. The 33-year-old singer was accused based on a videotape allegedly showing him having sex with an underage girl. The Sun-Times reported the then-14-year-old girl was the daughter of an associate of the singer. Kelly was acquitted on all counts in June 2008.
CHICAGO, JUNE 2008:
Kelly goes on trial after a delay of five years and is acquitted on all counts after less than a full day of deliberations.
GEORGIA, JULY 2017:
BuzzFeed reported the singer lured women into “cult-like” relationships. The internet media outlet reported that Kelly was keeping women aged 18 to 31 in properties in Chicago and Georgia, where he abused and secluded them from their families. No charges resulted because the women were of legal age. When contacted by police, one of the women told authorities she was “fine” and didn’t want to be bothered. At the same time, Jerhonda Pace said she became sexually involved with Kelly when she was a 16-year-old fan.
NEW YORK, MAY 2018:
Faith Rodgers filed a lawsuit in New York alleging Kelly sexually abused and demeaned her, locked her in rooms and vehicles for punishment and infected her with herpes. Rodgers said in the lawsuit that the abuse took place during a roughly yearlong relationship. Rodgers made the same allegations in a police report filed in April 2018 in Dallas that Kelly’s management team denied. Rodgers, then 20, said in a television interview that Kelly, 51, instructed her to call him “daddy” and told her his goal was to teach her how to have sex like a “mature woman.”
NEW YORK, JUNE 2018:
Andrea Kelly, R. Kelly’s ex-wife and mother of his three children, said in a television interview the singer abused her throughout their 13-year marriage and despair led her to consider suicide. During a later interview, she said their arguments often ended in violence, including an altercation in which she said he pulled her left arm behind her back and pushed his forearm against her neck. “I think the reason why I think I made it out is because I said, ‘Robert, you’re going to kill me. I can’t breathe,'” she said in an October 2018 interview on ABC’s “The View.” Andrea Kelly, who was married to the singer from 1996 to 2009, said she was speaking out to save lives and bring validity to other women’s stories of alleged abuse at the hands of the entertainer.
CHICAGO, JANUARY 2019:
Lifetime network begins airing the docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.” The series looked at the singer’s history, and allegations that he has sexually abused women and teenage girls. The series presented first-hand accounts of years of alleged abuse against young girls and women by Kelly. Several subjects noted the singer and his entourage purposefully targeted Kenwood Academy girls at a nearby McDonald’s. He has denied doing anything wrong, however there has been fallout, with reports his record label dropped him. The #MeToo and #MuteRKelly movements have demanded his music be dropped from streaming services and radio play.
CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 2019
Kelly is charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims , including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. Some of the alleged abuse went back at least as far as 1998, according to charging documents. An indictment unsealed Friday specifically referenced abuse that took place around Feb. 18, 2003.
CHICAGO, MAY 2019
Cook County prosecutors add 11 more sex-related counts involving one of the victims who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage.
CHICAGO-NEW YORK CITY, JULY 2019
Prosecutors in Illinois and New York charge Kelly in federal court, accusing him and members of his entourage of recruiting women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and paying them to cover up his crimes, including those at the center of his 2008 acquittal on child pornography charges.
Kelly is shown in court in September. He is awaiting trial on a range of sex abuse charges. Maynes thinks he is going to mentally unravel and turn into a ‘basket case’
He says he declined to work with him because he would not seek psychological help.
‘I think he was trying to associate himself with someone in a positive fashion. He was maybe thinking, “here’s a straight-shooting guy with some credibility.”
‘I didn’t feel he was ready to deal with the allegations head on. I asked, “Are we talking about getting help?” He was talking about playing the victim,” Maynes said.
Kelly went on to take part in a now infamous interview with Gayle King where he screamed and cried as he protested his innocence.
Maynes now believes he will become a ‘basket case’ because he has nowhere to express his creativity which, he said, occupies a large part of his character.
He compared Kelly’s downfall to that of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston and said there ought to be more psychological help for artists who are struggling.
‘We took from him too. The industry needs to catch up from a moral perspective. We take a lot from these artists. We make a lot of money from them.
‘The yes man mentality needs to change. Look at Tekashi 69, look at Whitney Houston,’ he said.
‘People look the other way. Someone could have said, “I’m stopping this right now,”‘ he said.
He added that many other secrets about celebrity behavior remain secret because of the culture of discretion which dictates working with stars in the music industry.
‘Everyone feels like this is a hands-off subject. Even now, they’re like “I’m not touching that,”‘ he said, in reference to the docu-series.
‘We work on a certain level of anonymity. It’s like working for the president. There are things that I know that the public will never know.
‘I’m just tired of the cornerstone of not saying anything,’ he said.
Kelly, 52, is currently in jail, scheduled to stand trial in Cook County in September, then in federal court in Chicago in April and again in federal court in New York the next month.
Kelly has denied all the allegations related to sexual assault with minors, but the #MuteRKelly movement has damaged his financial stability. He did himself few favors when he portrayed himself as a victim in a combative interview with Gayle King in which he pounded his chest and yelled into the camera.
Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning will air on January 2, 3 and 4.