I’ve been following the legal travails of alleged rapist and former model Dean Kelly from afar and the closest analogy that I can find to describe Team Kelly is Dambala’s Honey Badger as Kelly’s iron willed parents continued their fight to free their boy from Parish Prison Friday via Fox 8 where he was remanded after his probation was revoked back in March.
Now the new story line per his Mom is that Dean is a social media addict and that he never threatened the multitude of women at Tulane that came forward with the harassment allegations against him and I’m assuming ostensibly never raped the 2 girls that are at the root of his larger legal problems. They are a very cyber savvy group as the astroturfing in comments to the T-P reporting and this TMZ report on Kelly’s rape arrest attests. On the other hand are a legion of pissed off Tulane students along with the alleged rape victims. Feelings on the subject are quite strong as witnessed by the Facebook page and blog dedicated to seeing Kelly incarcerated for a very long stretch of time. The conflict is tailor-made for the TeeVee news in particular and public interest sufficient for the T-P to devote an entire photo gallery to the courtroom theatrics in NOLA back in March.
Far more intriguing IMHO is the fact there is a major back story at play here that has thus far not surfaced anywhere in the media that in my mind explains Dean’s problems with sex as well as those of his notorious step brother Joe, who’s sexual exploits were well talked about in pre Katrina Bay St Louis. I’d submit those problems stem from their upbringing in the family business, which prior to Hurricane Katrina was owing the coast’s most notorious whore house in the Tivoli Hotel in Biloxi. IMHO that type of life experience just does not lend itself to fostering positive relationships with members of the fairer sex and I think it is born out by the wreckage left by step brother Joe in Bay St Louis and now the well documented problems Dean has forging constructive relationships with women. A lifetime of no consequences actually sometimes results in them as this recent case involving a politically connected yet still convicted rapist illustrates (link broken).
I’m not looking to cheerlead a lynch mob which appears not to need any help from a publicity standpoint, but I also do not think the Team Kelly theatrics help son Dean’s cause. Parish prison is no picnic folks and the Sheriff needs to insure all the inmates are kept safe, especially those in protective custody. That said, with the rape trial slated for next month I’m certain it will have all the elements that will insure it remains in the public eye until a verdict is rendered.