In addition to the evil exposed by the decade-long actions of R. Kelly, one of the most profound elements of the documentary is the ways its caused some of us to address similar traumas and abuses in our own lives.
Actor Columbus Short, who spoke out about to condemn R. Kelly recently shared another bit of information on his Instagram page after he learned that R. Kelly was molested by his older sister, a story that Carey Kelly, R. Kelly’s brother, shared on the radio on “Unwine With Tasha K.”
In his car, Short recorded this video.
“It’s sad. It doesn’t justify anything that he’s done as an adult man but I was molested by my babysitter and she—she would make me do things that were really, really uncomfortable. I was scared to speak out. But I’m not scared anymore. And I think it’s time, in our community—the only way to kill it is to speak on it. And hey, I’m a talented man that was molested, I was touched and it’s affected me in ways that I can’t even explain. For all those out there that have—it’s okay to speak out. It’s a lot of us. I’m praying for R. Kelly.”
I wish he would have added that he’s praying for R. Kelly’s victims as well. But I guess this video was recorded and posted on the fly.