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R. Kelly continues ‘Trapped in the Closet’ saga

Rapper says fans are going to see themselves in latest cheating chronicle
/ Source: The Associated Press

By the time R. Kelly is done with his "Trapped in the Closet" saga, it may have more chapters than "Moby Dick."

Parts one through 12 of the dramatic, over-the-top cheating story were released on DVD this week. Kelly says he actually had 22 chapters completed — "and (it's) still going."

"Other characters are being introduced into the whole situation, and it's just this big whirlwind, a circle of just drama, of things that really do happen on the Earth," he told The Associated Press. "It's gonna flip people out because some people are going to see themselves in these chapters, and that's what keeps the excitement going — I think that's what keeps people going, 'I've got the get the next one!'"

It's not Kelly's only project: He's working on Michael Jackson's all-star charity record to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, which he called "unbelievable." He says his own hurricane relief album will be released in the next few months.

And Kelly also has recorded a song for the "Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now" project, a double-CD featuring Faith Hill, Norah Jones, B.B. King, Elton John and dozens of others, due to be released Nov. 22.

Kelly said his contribution, "Let Your Light Shine," is his attempt to bring attention to "those that are struggling all over the world, from Africa, to Asia, to Egypt to everywhere ... it's not about just New Orleans."

But he said it stresses overcoming personal woes — a subject the singer can certainly identify with. Kelly faces trial on three-year-old charges of child pornography stemming from allegations he videotaped sexual acts with a teenage girl. The singer has denied the allegations, and no trial date has been set.

"I'm going through my own struggle, my own hurricane in a way, we all do, and you're either gonna fold or you're going to stand, and I believe in standing," Kelly said. "I believe in overcoming, and if I can do it, I wanna be that light so people can see me and feel they can inspired and say, you know, R. Kelly can get through this, I can get through this, so we can actually go through this together."