In SummaryAfter R. Kelly was found guilty in federal court, the singer’s godson spoke to BNC about his reaction to the charges.
R. Kelly’s godson DeAngelo Brister said the guilty verdict in the case was ‘some BS.’
Brister flew to New York from Chicago in August to support his godfather, who was on trial for racketeering and violating the Mann Act, which bans sex trafficking across state lines. He spoke with BNC correspondent Stephanie Bertini outside of the courtroom shortly after the verdict was announced.
Shock and surprise were the emotions Brister said he was feeling, saying he couldn’t believe the charges sought by the federal government. Brister also said he was shocked by the accusers, alleging their stories were “he said she said,” with holes.
The prosecution called dozens of witnesses, including accusers who testified that the singer had sexual relations with them when they were minors. Testimony also came from people who spoke about Kelly’s abuse of power, as the prosecution painted the picture of him as the leader of a criminal enterprise that supplied him with young girls to have sex with.
Brister and several other members of Kelly’s family have been in the courtroom during the proceedings. Fans of R. Kelly’s music also appeared outside of court. “The fans have been here from the beginning supporting him,” Brister said. “The fans are what keeps him going. They give him strength.”
When asked what he has to say to Kelly’s victims, Brister said he believes this is a plan by the government and Sony Music to push a narrative about the singer. “When he went to go ask for his billion dollars from the industry, then all of a sudden all these allegations came about,” he said. “If you Google search his name, you see all these bad things.”
Referencing Bill Cosby’s case, Brister said his family’s fight is not over and they will file an appeal. He also has a message to Kelly’s fans, telling them not to give up. “To the fans out there, stay prayerful. Stay believing because this is not over,” he said. “The fat lady [hasn’t] sung yet.”
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