R&B singer R. Kelly’s older brother, Bruce Kelly, appeared in the Lifetime docuseries about his well-known sibling, Surviving R. Kelly. But in contrast to different individuals interviewed for the present, Bruce gave his two cents about his brother from the confines of prison.
Bruce Kelly spoke concerning the “I Believe I Can Fly” crooner from Chicago’s Cook County jail, as reported by People journal. The 53-year-old is presently being held there on a $100,000 bond, after being arrested in March 2018. So, simply why is Bruce behind bars? Burglary … however that is not all.
He additionally faces a number of different expenses: “possession of a stolen car and possession of a managed substance,” in addition to “escape/violating digital monitoring.” Bruce is being held with out bond for each possession expenses.
While he is scheduled to look in courtroom for the housebreaking cost on Jan. 29, he’ll first head to courtroom for the possession expenses on Jan. 24.
These expenses aren’t the primary Bruce has ever confronted. As famous by Oxygen, courtroom docs point out that Bruce has beforehand been arrested for “felony trespass, theft, retail theft and and a handful of different burglaries.” Vibe provides that Bruce has additionally been taken into police custody for violating his probation.
According to Decider, who reported on a tweet with Bruce’s alleged illinois Department of Corrections inmate database profile, Bruce beforehand entered Vandalia Correctional Center on July 7, 2016.
In his interview for Surviving R. Kelly — which aired over the course of three days, from Jan. three to Jan. 5, — Bruce Kelly recalled earlier moments along with his well-known brother. “Rob was shy and really timid. If you stared at him in his face he would cry,” he informed Lifetime’s cameras (through Oxygen).
He additionally shared that, when the singer was youthful, he’d had bother studying and writing and had allegedly been bullied over it. Remembering as soon as discovering R. Kelly crying in the lavatory, Bruce acknowledged, “I stated, ‘Robert what’s fallacious with you, man?’ … He simply broke down and began crying once more, ‘I’m simply bored with all these children teasing me cuz I can not learn.'”
Bruce, nonetheless, additionally mentioned his brother’s alleged sexual relationships with minors, inciting the wrath of viewers on social media when he appeared to defend R. Kelly’s rumored trysts with underage women.
“You have individuals who have fantasies about various things,” Bruce stated throughout Surviving R. Kelly. “I like older ladies, go determine, you already know. But that is only a desire. Everyone has preferences. So what is the large deal? What is the large challenge with my brother?”
R. Kelly has, over time, been hit with allegations of committing sexual abuse in opposition to underage women. He was as soon as accused of creating a intercourse tape with a 14-year-old woman, allegedly urinating on her in the footage (through The Cut). However, he was acquitted largely as a result of each he and the alleged sufferer featured in the tape denied that they have been the individuals in the video.
Kelly has lengthy been rumored to have had a sexual relationship with late singer Aaliyah, whom he is thought to have married when she was simply 15 years previous (through People).
He’s additionally been accused of working a intercourse cult, as reported by BuzzFeed News in 2017.
“Yeah, f*** Bruce Kelly,” one particular person tweeted in response to Bruce’s feedback. “Preference is iced espresso over scorching espresso. Not teen women over ladies of age.”
One social media person posted, “Bruce Kelly known as his brother’s perversion a desire and I’m simply … right here considering we gotta throw the entire household away.”
Another tweet read, “Boy, Bruce Kelly, being a person who targets underage women is not a rattling ‘desire.’ That’s sexual predatory habits worthy of authorized penalties. Sex offender ish and will by no means be condoned.”
The publication Black Girl Nerds tweeted out, “I’ve to present kudos to @lifetimetv @dreamhampton and the remainder of the crew: Making the only real sympathizer communicate with full view of the prison cell and his prison jumpsuit was genius. It present the place all of the R Kelly sympathizers want to finish up.”
Since Surviving R. Kelly aired on TV, curiosity in the singer’s alleged crimes has been renewed. As famous by The Cut, Georgia authorities have launched an investigation in opposition to R. Kelly, with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office reportedly reaching out to ladies who shared their experiences with the artist on the docuseries. Two ladies have come ahead in Chicago about alleged abuse they suffered at R. Kelly’s fingers.
Many celebrities, including Lady Gaga, have publicly condemned R. Kelly, and R. Kelly’s estranged daughter, Buku Abi, has spoken out about her father, calling him a “monster” in an Instagram Story (through The Cut). She added, “I’m nicely conscious of who and what he is. I grew up in that home.”
R. Kelly has denied all allegations made in opposition to him through his legal professional, Steven Greenberg (through E! News).