When Michael Jackson stood trial in 2005, he used his website to rally fans to his support, with a pro-Jackson spin on each day's testimony.
But an uninformed reader looking at R. Kelly's website this week would be forgiven for not knowing he was in any trouble whatsoever. The trial is mentioned nowhere and the lead "news" item is a chance to watch Kelly's latest video, "Hair Braider."
There are, of course, plenty of bloggers happy to fill the vacuum Kelly has left...
Neal writes: "The fact that untold millions have viewed, downloaded or purchased bootlegs of the Kelly sex tape, speaks to the extent that so many of us are complicit in the crimes for which Kelly stands trial. Few who have forwarded links of the video, for example, seem to be aware that they might be trafficking in child pornography. "
One protester who has been making a noise about Kelly, Najee Ali, was on the front steps of the Cook County criminal courts Friday for the start of the trial. Here's his take.
One of the Kelly fans who Ali clashed with on the steps of the court, Jerhonda Johnson, has a myspace page in which she boasts she's Kelly's "wifey." Not yet, Jerhonda.
Of the bigger celebrity blogs, Perez Hilton keeps snarky tabs on the case here, while Gawker has an early summary here. Both sites are relying on mainstream media reports of the case, but people seem to enjoy the crude pictures Hilton draws, while the commenters on Gawker are renowned for their wit and sarcasm, though it may not be to everyone's taste.
If it's pro-Kelly stuff you're looking for, you'll have to look a little harder. You might head over to 12-play, where a lot of the star's biggest fans like to hang out. Be prepared to pay your dues, though...you have to make a minimum number of posts before you can read the more interesting threads, and they don't take kindly to reporters. I got kicked out, so if you make it in there, let me know what they're saying.
Finally, a lot of the reporters covering the trial have blogs. In this one WBEZ's Natalie Moore explains how we've used dull moments to cast a movie of the trial. I still say Sam Adam Jnr. should be played by Nathan Lane.
If you spot any good blogs you think we should feature, let us know in the comments.