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R. Kelly’s Ex-Mentee Sparkle on His Guilty Verdict and the Cost of Speaking up 20 Years Ago

Stephanie “Sparkle” Edwards was the first woman to speak out against R. Kelly years ago after watching a sexually explicit video featuring the disgraced entertainer and her 14-year-old niece. Now, she’s going on the record to discuss her thoughts on his verdict and the years she’s spent exiled from the music industry.

Stephanie “Sparkle” Edwards, a former protégé of R. Kelly has shared her thoughts on the recent verdict of the disgraced entertainer. Edwards was the first woman to accuse Kelly publicly. 

On Monday, Kelly was found guilty of all crimes including sex trafficking and racketeering in his federal sex crimes trial. 

Sparkle also testified in Kelly’s 2008 trial in which he was found not guilty of child pornography charges. She appeared in Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary and shared her experiences again. In a detailed interview with The Cut, she discusses not only the verdict but how she was left with a troubled relationship with her family and more. 

On being estranged from her family and the entertainment industry:

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