Sparkle Clears Air After R. Kelly TrialSat, Sep 20, 2008
"I was like, because I do care I have to show up. I have to basically finish what I started, which was basically just to tell the truth" says the singer who worked with Kelly in the late 90s.
She later came under fire for testifying that her niece was involved in the alleged child pornography tape. Amazingly, Sparkle received the most flack from the parents of the girl.
"I think they felt like I wasn't going to testify [in the R.Kelly trial], and I don't really know what gave them that idea, but I believe they felt like I wasn't going to show up. And the thing is, I even thought about that because I'm just like, you know what? If my sister and them don't give a f**k, excuse my language, why should I ? But then I was like, because I do care I have to show up."
Even though Sparkle allegedly told the truth on the stand, Kelly was acquitted of all charges in July of 2008, following roughly seven years of delays.
While Sparkle no longer has ties with R. Kelly, the R&B singer says her niece's father is still working for the singer. "You can find his name on a lot of credits on previous albums. But yes, they're all still around him."
According to her interview with S2S's Jamie Foster Brown, Sparkle has moved on with her life.
After rapping up a gig with Toni Braxton in Las Vegas this year, Sparkle has committed to finishing a new album entitled "Split Decision." Due sometime next year, "Split Decision" follows Sparkle's 2000 release "Told You So" and her 1998 self titled debut.
Sparkle's feature story and interview can be found in October's issue of Sister 2 Sister where she explains why she chose to testify against the man she said she still deeply cares for, and the man who was responsible for ushering her to stardom.
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