R. Kelly's brother also denies being on the video. Lookalike Carey Kelly gives his brother moral support at the singer's most recent court date but tells reporters he fears R. Kelly's lawyers will try to pin the sex tape rap on him

By Gary Susman
September 20, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

At a status hearing Friday in a Chicago courtroom for the upcoming R. Kelly trial, Carey Kelly showed up to lend his famous brother moral support. But his support only goes so far: He told the Chicago Sun-Times that he fears the singer will use him as an alibi and say that Carey, not Robert, was the man on the notorious sex tape. ”The person on the tape is not me,” said Carey, a sometime backup singer for his brother.

Word that a possible defense strategy would be to link Carey Kelly to the video came a few weeks ago when prosecutors subpoenaed an episode of the syndicated ”Judge Mathis Show” on which Carey Kelly had appeared, apparently to evaluate his resemblance to his embattled brother. Defense lawyers have already asserted that the man in the sex video is not R. Kelly, and that the girl on the tape was of legal age. Police say she was 14, and that FBI forensics experts have verified that the man on the tape is R. Kelly. The R&B star has pleaded not guilty to 21 counts of child pornography.

Carey Kelly said he’d heard one of his brother’s lawyers say Carey might be the one on the video, though Ed Genson, Kelly’s primary attorney, denied having made such a statement. Still, Carey warned that he would not incriminate himself to save his brother. ”If need be, I am willing to take a lie detector test to prove that it is not me. I feel that my character is being damaged,” he told the Sun-Times. ”No dollar amount in the world would get me to do that. I’ve got kids. Not a dollar in the world could buy my soul.”

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