Carey Kelly says he’s not being disloyal to R. Kelly by alleging that his famous brother asked him to take the fall in his child-pornography case — the way Carey sees it, it’s actually the reverse. By suggesting it was him on the sex tape, Carey claims, his brother sold him out first.
“I was blamed for the video, and nobody’s saying anything about that because I’m a nobody,” Carey said. “No one says, ’Man, why did he say it’s his brother?’ His attorneys blamed me for the video. That’s the only reason I’m speaking out.”
Carey Kelly claims he saw R. Kelly’s defense attorney on the news saying that it could be Carey on the tape. Attorney Ed Genson has denied making such a statement, and Carey said his brother refuted the statement when he confronted R. about it.
“If I’m seeing it, then the camera’s playing tricks on me,” Carey said. “Unless this is ’The Twilight Zone.’ I can’t knock the people who didn’t see it, but a lot of people did. And I felt like my brother should have come out and told people, ’My attorney said this, and this is not true.’ ”
Whether it stemmed from a news report or not, the rumor spread that Kelly’s defense team was going to use his brother’s resemblance to create reasonable doubt. Then Carey found himself involved in the actual investigation, he said.
“They questioned me, and they followed me,” Carey said. “I moved three or four times, but that was dumb, me not thinking they, the police, can find me. It was like I had done something wrong, a crime, urinated on a girl, and they treated me like I had actually done it. It was humiliating, it was frustrating, and it was aggravating.”
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Carey said the worst part of it was how it affected his six kids, who started getting teased and beaten up at school. “My son, he used to love going to school,” Carey said. “Now it’s a job, since this is all he’s going to hear all day. It’s not fair for a kid to go through that, especially if I had nothing to do with it.”
Still, Carey had hopes his brother would set the record straight, so he said he gave him time to sort things out. And when he got a call from their other brother, Bruce, saying R. wanted to talk to him, Carey thought it was to apologize.
“Bruce said, ’Look, man, he just wants us to be brothers again,’ ” Carey said. “And there I go, like a fool, I go running. When I get there, I get stripped like I’ve walked in with a wire. ’Man, if you thought I was wired, why do you have me coming?’ And Robert put his head down and laughed because I know him better than he knows himself.”
But Carey said he wasn’t laughing when his older brother allegedly told him what he wanted: for him to give and sign a statement to his attorneys in front of a camera, saying it was him on the tape to deflect heat from the singer. In exchange, Carey claims Robert offered him $50,000, a record deal, and a house (see “R. Kelly’s Brother Accuses Singer Of More Abuses” ).
“I wasn’t willing to sell my soul for a house,” said Carey, who was homeless at the time. “I got a house, a car and a record deal, but I’m in jail? It don’t add up. He could have offered me $10 million, $20 million, $100 million, and I would never had done it because what am I going to explain to my kids? ’I’m in jail for what someone else did because it’s the ’hood and I got to be loyal’? I’m not stupid.”
There’s no way to corroborate Carey’s story — the two were alone, the conversation wasn’t recorded, and Carey admits he has a grudge against R. for supposedly thwarting his music career. An aspiring rapper himself, Carey recorded with his brother on “12 Play” and toured with him for six years, but he hasn’t met any success on his own. Some have suggested that Carey is coming forward now to further his own career, since he plans to release an album on the Internet as Killa Kel, but he claims that he just wants to set the record straight.
“People say, ’He’s doing this for a buck,’ ” Carey said. “Yeah, everybody needs money to survive, don’t get me wrong. But being accused in this videotape destroyed my life. That’s why I’m speaking out. Because it started destroying my life, started destroying my kids’ lives, when I wasn’t doing anything but minding my own business.
“I love my brother,” Carey continued. “I’m not trying to put him in a position where he can’t sell records or his fans hate him, but if that was another person, the trial would have been over. I don’t gain anything by making up a lie, by trying to hurt somebody or bring them down.”
In the meantime, prosecutors in Chicago’s state attorney’s office said they are in the process of trying to speak to Carey and determine the veracity of his claims. For his part, R. Kelly’s camp disputes the allegations.
“This is not the first time Carey has made ridiculous accusations against his brother,” R. Kelly spokesperson Allan Mayer said. “We’re not going to dignify them with a comment.”
R. Kelly’s child pornography case continues April 7.
For full coverage of the R. Kelly case, see The R. Kelly Reports.