Journalist Jim DeRogatis is probably not the first name you think of when you think of the music industry. But as the journalist who covers R. Kelly's alleged crimes, DeRogatis has long been waging what feels like a one-man crusade against a predatory musician and the industry that inexplicably shields him. DeRogatis' dogged commitment to exposing the truth about R. Kelly is noteworthy.
Jim DeRogatis' roots in music journalism extend back to his high school years. When he was a senior at a Jersey City Catholic school, he secured an interview with music critic Lester Bangs. The interview would be Bangs' last; he OD'd two weeks later. But the experience was a seminal one for DeRogatis, who went on to graduate from NYU and work at some of the biggest music publications in the world. He's never been afraid to tell the truth, and he's never been hesitant to give his opinion — both of which have made him the perfect person to try and hold R. Kelly and the music industry bigwigs that protect him — responsible.
Keep reading for some fascinating facts about Jim DeRogatis and the R. Kelly case.
R. Kelly Calls Out DeRogatis In His 19-Minute Track 'I Admit'
He Was A Witness In R. Kelly's 2008 Explicit Underage Content Trial
He Received The Tape From An Anonymous Source
He Was Shot At For His R. Kelly Exposé
He Broke The Story About R. Kelly's Alleged Cult
He's Still Reporting On R. Kelly