Entertainment and Sports Industry

Friday May 09, 2008
Chicago, Illinois

“I Believe I Can Fly” Indicted on 21 Counts of Child Porn

Triple Grammy Winner, Robert Kelly, Charged With Promotion of Child Porn

After six years of repeated delays, R n B singer, Robert Kelly is scheduled to go trial on 21 counts of the promotion of child sexploitation involving the production and internet promotion of his sexual activity with a thirteen year old girl. Defense attorneys have been denied another appeal based upon the now 23 year old victim’s recanted testimony that she was the young girl portrayed in the online video. Her aunt, who sings under the name Sparkle, states otherwise. Kelly, now 41, has (of course) pleaded Not Guilty to the charges. He faces 15 years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutiors state the video was made in Chicago between January 1, 1998, and November 1, 2000, when the victim was 13. In the video, Kelly is seen handing the girl money for her actions and is then heard off camera issuing behavioral directives to her.

The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and The Associated Press International have challenged a secrecy motion to obtain access to sealed court records and transcripts. Thus far their motion has been denied, citing the recording reputation of Robert Kelly, singer of the hit song “I Believe I Can Fly”, for which he won three Grammys in 1996.

On June 13, 2008, a judge found Kelly Not Guilty on all counts.

March 31, 2011, Provo, Utah

Keith Brown, father of classical group The 5 Browns

Keith S. Brown, 55, the father of the renowned piano group The 5 Browns pleaded guilty in February to three felony counts of sodomy and sexual abuse of a child. Fourth District Judge David Mortensen sentenced Brown to 10 years to life on the count of sodomy and 15 years to life on the remaining two counts. The sentences will run concurrently. Under the plea agreement, Keith Brown will have to serve a minimum of ten years before being considered for parole.

The 5 Browns. Pressed charges against sexually abusive father.

The charges were brought against Brown by his children after learning their father intended to begin working with other young musicians. Fearing for the safety of other children, the group came forward and reported their years of sexual abuse. Desirae, 32, Deondra, 30, Melody, 26, and two sons comprise The 5 Browns whose albums have topped the classical music charts. They have appeared on “60 Minutes”, “Oprah”, and other international television programs. His children severed their professional relationship with their father in 2008. After deciding to press charges against him in order to protect other children, the group severed all contact with their father.

Three days after charges were filed, the car Keith Brown was driving plunged 300 feet over a cliff in Salt Lake City’s Little Cottonwood Canyon. Brown and the mother of his children, Lisa Brown, 54, were hospitalized after the Valentine’s Day crash in which both were lucky to have survived. God had other plans for this suicidal child rapist Mormon. He wanted the world to know.

This is not the first such incident among the Mormon entertainment industry, nor in the entertainment industry as a whole. Identical charges were brought by members of The Jackson Five for the sexual abuse of young Michael, Janet, and LaToya. The Osmond Family has been bedeviled with one tragedy after another with the focale point of the pain being Marie Osmond.

Michael and La Toya Jackson

The rest of Michael Jackson’s life and his death are a perfect testiment to the long term effects of childhood sexual abuse and the consequences of not prosecuting, and of the end results of associates and “friends” turning a blind eye to the pain and degradation of these children.

Donny and Marie Osmond

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