Friday, May 23, 2008

Famous to Infamous: The RKelly Sex Tape Is Played in Court

Is it me or am I not the only person who is already growing weary of this saga known as the RKelly sex tape trial? In what is only the start of the second week of these legal proceedings, the prosecutors and defense attorneys delivered opening statements and shortly after showed the controversial 27-minute homemade pornography video known as “People’s Exhibit 1” to the packed courtroom. Can this trial get any more over the top?

I remember like it was only yesterday hearing the news in 2002 that the Chicago Sun-Times Newspaper had received an anonymous video tape of sex acts between a man who appeared to be RKelly and a girl who appeared to be an underage minor. After reading that they had turned the tape over to police authorities, I never gave it a second thought. A few months later talk of the tape emerged again and RKelly was arrested, posted bail and went on with his life of making music and making money and making concert appearances. I thought it was over because I hardly heard anything else.

By some strange occurrence the video surfaced on the streets of Chicago and on the internet and as a result the urban communities across America went buck wild viewing it and buying copies for their own archives and maybe even for nostalgic bragging rights. It was treated as a big joke pretty much and although I had several opportunities to view the video, I opted not to for various reasons. Why would anyone view stolen homemade porn when there are so much commercial porn DVDs available starring people who want to be viewed? There’s something about seeing private citizens or stars having sex that is not cool at all and seems like peeping in windows to me.

Flash forward to six years later and RKelly is on trial for his alleged participation in the video although he maintains that the star of that production is not him. The alleged co-star or leading lady, now a 23 year old woman, maintains that she is not the person depicted in the video either. Somehow we, the people are to believe that this whole ordeal which is dominating the news across the world is a ruse—an unfortunate set of circumstances and a simple case of mistaken identity.

That would be alright, however now his entire life and character are being heavily scrutinized under these allegations. RKelly is accused on fourteen felony counts of pornography and the deck is stacked against him as surprise witnesses—other young ladies, who claim to have been underage victims of his sexual prowess, are coming forward out of the woodwork to testify that he took liberty with them as well.
Stay tuned folks I have a feeling that this trial will surpass the O J Simpson and Michael Jackson trials in twists and turns.

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