28 Sep 2021

‘R.Kelly’s predatory behaviour was an open secret’, author Koa Beck says

The R&B star R.Kelly has been found guilty of running a decades-long scheme to recruit and traffick women and children for sex, after a jury in New York convicted him on all nine of the counts he faced.

His six-week trial heard shocking accounts of abuse and trauma going back more than a quarter of a century, as 11 of his accusers took the stand.

We spoke to the author Koa Beck, who’s the former editor-in chief of feminist news website Jezebel, and  began by asking why she thinks it’s taken decades for the accusations against R. Kelly to get to court.