Allegations of sexual abuse against R. Kelly go back decades, but nobody cared because the hits kept coming.
“Bump N’ Grind” peaks at #1
Kelly marries then 15-year-old Aaliyah in an illegal ceremony.
“I Believe I Can Fly” peaks at #1.
“I’m Your Angel” with Celine Dion peaks at #1
Chicago Sun-Times becomes the first outlet to report on a series of lawsuits against R. Kelly alleging sex between him and underage girls. Kelly protects himself with five and six figure settlements compelling silence.
“Fiesta” featuring Jay-Z peaks at #6.
R. Kelly is charged with 21 counts of child pornography.
R. Kelly performs at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.
“Ignition” peaks at #2.
R. Kelly arrested on 12 additional counts of child pornography. Charges are later dropped on a technicality.
“Hotel” by Cassidy, featuring R. Kelly, peaks at #4.
R. Kelly acquitted on original child pornography charges.
“Do What U Want” by Lady Gaga, featuring R. Kelly, peaks at #13.
Buzzfeed publishes a report accusing R. Kelly of trapping women in a sex cult.
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