A six-part documentary series on R. Kelly and the repeated allegations against him of sexual impropriety involving underage girls began airing on the Lifetime network last week.
In 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times was the first major media outlet to report on those allegations.
In 2002, a copy of the now-infamous sex tape was anonymously mailed to former Sun-Times reporter and music critic Jim DeRogatis.
The Sun-Times coverage eventually led to criminal charges against Kelly. He went to trial in 2008 — in which DeRogatis was called to testify — and was found not guilty.
Here is a timeline of the coverage:
• Dec. 21, 2000: R. Kelly accused of sex with teenage girls
• Dec. 22, 2000: Sun-Times’ R. Kelly report sparks anger
• Feb. 8, 2002: Chicago Police investigate R. Kelly in sex tape
• Feb. 9, 2002: R. Kelly denies underage sex charge
• Feb. 10, 2002: ‘I’m innocent,’ R. Kelly insists, calls sex video a fraud
• April 12, 2002: Calls for radio boycott amid CPD probe of R. Kelly sex tape
• May 31, 2008: Sun-Times reporter ordered to take stand in R. Kelly trial
• June 3, 2008: Shocking testimony from former lover at R. Kelly trial
• June 14, 2008: R. Kelly found not guilty on all 14 counts against him