It's been nearly 15 years since music journalist Jim DeRogatis of Chicago Sun-Times was anonymously delivered two videos that would change his life.
Those videos depicted R&B star R. Kelly engaging in sexual acts with underage girls.
Now the host of the syndicated public radio show and a professor at Columbia College, DeRogatis didn't just break the story that shocked the nation.
He did the only significant reporting on the accusations against Kelly, interviewing hundreds of people over the years, including dozens of women.
Women whose lives DeRogatis says were ruined by Kelly, who went unpunished.
This summer, leading up to Kelly's headlining performance at the Pitchfork Music Festival, DeRogatis posted a series of discussions about Kelly's career.
He published a live review of the singer's festival set that was an indictment of Pitchfork and its audience for essentially endorsing a man he calls "a monster."
In the two weeks since Kelly released his album Black Panties, the conversation about him and why he gets a pass from the media has been rekindled.
As part of an exhaustive interview with the Village Voice, DeRogatis gave access to every file and transcript he has collected in reporting this story.
DeRogatis speaks frankly when he opines that "the saddest fact I've learned is nobody matters less to our society than young black women. Nobody."