Spin magazine’s May issue has a feature on R. Kelly (pg 87). In addition to explicitly explaining what goes on in the video, writer Jim DeRogatis basically says for fact that “the man in the tape is 35-year-old R&B superstar R. Kelly…” They report according to her aunt, the girl who has sex with Kelly on the tape turned 17 in September and was introduced to Kelly when she was 12. Sounds and TV commercials in the video suggest the video was taken in 1998 or 1999, making her 14 or 15 years old at the time. Chicago police have to date been unable to question the family or the girl because they’ve been on a “vacation” in Europe, reportedly being paid for by Kelly, since mid-December.
Spin quotes one high-profile record company exec telling them, “The music industry can forgive a lot of craziness and a lot of wild sh**. But the thing a lot of people can’t seem to get out of their minds is this time is the image of a grown man peeing on a little girl. I don’t care what anyone says – that doesn’t sound like fun and games to me. It sounds like a man with a problem.”