R. Kelly’s sole attorney has contacted the book’s author
* While the Chicago federal case against R. Kelly is ongoing, it has been revealed that a former senior prosecutor contacted the author of a book about Kelly’s sexual misconduct.
Assistant US Attorney Angel Krull allegedly used an email account and a fake name to communicate with the perpetrator, Jim DeRogatis.
DeRogatis is a former Chicago Sun-Times reporter and author of the book “Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly,” according to the petition filed by attorneys Beau Brindley and Vladim Glozman, per the Chicago Tribune. Krull allegedly used the pseudonym “Demetrius Slovenski” and the username “piedpiper312” to communicate with the author via a Gmail account created in April 2019.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the emails were revealed in a motion filed last week by an attorney for Kelly’s co-defendant, Derrel McDavid.
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The emails say DeRogatis sent Krull a copy of his book, and DeRogatis then followed up with an email asking “if the book was helpful,” the motion says. He also provided details of a conversation he had “with a prominent ‘enabler’ mentioned (in his book)” regarding Kelly’s criminal investigation.
DeRogatis told the Chicago Tribune that “he was the one seeking information from the DA — Assistant U.S. Attorney Angel Krull — and he was getting nowhere,” the publication wrote.
“Angel never gave me anything,” he said. “No federal prosecutor has ever done that.”
According to DeRogatis, when he initially reached out to Krull in 2019, she said she couldn’t speak to him, according to the report.
“I said, ‘It’s a really complicated story, it’s been 20 years, my book is coming out,'” DeRogatis told the Tribune.
“The amount of shenanigans I’ve had to deal with from sources, lawyers and others for over 20 years, was I surprised to have (received) a weird email? No “, DeRogatis said. “So I sent him the book and I said, ‘Here’s the book, I’d like to discuss. And a few weeks later, I said, ‘Has the book been useful? I’d love to chat. And I’ve never heard back. Nothing.”
Krull left the case in 2020 when she was transferred to another district from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, according to the report.
“Due to the extraordinary nature of these communications, Mr. McDavid asks the court to require further discovery of the circumstances of the conversation, how it came to light and its disclosure,” the motion states.