Kelly's trial-financing business plan?

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Author Earl Ofari Hutchinson, in a column at The Daily Voice, suspects R. Kelly has a financial backup plan in case of a conviction: "Here's a bet. Accused child pornographer and sexual panderer R. Kelly has three albums in the can ready for release. If Kelly is convicted of the multiple counts slapped against him in his Chicago trial, the albums will fly out the can fast and even faster off the store racks. Kelly's well documented penchant for underage teens, and his boasts and taunts in his songs, topped by the very real possibility that he had sex on the homemade, smutty videotape with a very underage teen, mean little to his legions of devoted fans."

His first claim may not be off the mark. Sun-Times pop music critic Jim DeRogatis has noted before that nearly every time the Kelly trial seemed about to start during the last five years, the incredibly prolific R&B star has released new music. Before jury selection began this month, radio picked up his now ubiquitous new single "Hair-Braider" (listen).

But the second claim is more slippery: Can we claim that people who buy his records are truly indifferent to Kelly's alleged crimes? Perhaps many are simply uninformed — or, more likely, maybe an artist's personal woes just don't trump good music (subjective, I know). Granted, the O.J. Simpson book didn't exactly fly off the shelves, but Michael Jackson's income only started dipping when his albums started sucking, not as an immediate result of his own child sex trial.

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R. Kelly should be in jail - period. Why in the world people are still buying his music is beyond me. He cares nothing for other human beings ... thus his music. So, thank your lucky stars it isn't YOUR daughter he's on trial for raping. Not only should he NOT stockpile his music - NO ONE should purchase his garbage...it just reinforces the fact that someone can get away with rape and still enjoy the same freedoms as the people who would never think of such a horrible act. I will NEVER experience the finacial success he has experienced and evidently takes for granted; however, I am proud of the fact that I am 53 years old, have worked since high school, and wouldn't trade his poor excuse of a life for all the money in the world.

He should have become a polygamists. Them people out there marrying and doing god knows what with multiple little girls and the court is ready to give them their kids BACK!

This country and justice system is a joke. Call this what it is. A lynching of R. Kelly.

people, please stop hating on Mista Kelly. i love his music no matter what u people say.

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