R&B Sensation R. Kelly Responds To ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Docuseries
By: Eboni Walker
‘Surviving R. Kelly’ is a documentary series that details the R&B singer’s career and lifestyle while highlighting serious allegations throughout the duration of his career. Accusers and people from his inner circle many years ago have come forward with old and new allegations about his “sexual, mental and physical abuse.” Those who were also close to the child pornography case in 2002 were also a part the docuseries.
While people across the nation can’t stop watching the six-part docuseries, sources close to R. Kelly says he hasn’t watched it at all.
According to TMZ, the source very close to R. Kelly says that he is “disgusted” by the series. He says that everyone speaking on him having sex with underage girls, physically abusing women, mind controlling them, and running a sex cult, has a “vendetta” against him. He claims that producers and people involved have all hated him throughout his entire music career.
The source informed TMZ that R. Kelly’s team gave him insight of all the people involved with the documentary and he claims to not know half of the people. He says that the other half are all people who “hate” him for “various personal and professional reasons.”
TMZ reported that R. Kelly says there were many people who knew him very well who wanted to go “on camera and defend him” but the producers of the show declined to have them speak.
R. Kelly is reportedly planning on suing “everybody who had anything to do with this.”
When the first two episodes aired on January 3rd, R. Kelly’s lawyer Brian Nix sent a legal document to Lifetime threatening to sue if they continued to air the documentary. Nix said that the series was filled with lies. He claims that they had two audio recordings that proved Lifetime knew “some of the girls are lying, but that the budget was too high to turn back now.”
Despite the lawsuit threats Lifetime announced the network wouls continue to air the series.
“Lifetime has always been a brand that champions women’s stories. The documentary will air as scheduled…”
R. Kelly was just deemed the King of R&B by fans and professional colleagues a week prior to the docuseries airing. But celebrities have come forward and expressed their concerns for the women who were harmed and have vowed to not support him anymore.
R&B singer Tank spoke out on Instagram toward the allegations being said about R. Kelly and says it is time to “mute” him.
“A lot of artists, songwriters, producers, record execs, etc. are very confused as to how to respond to what they’ve seen and heard. We’ve all been inspired by this man. We’ve all been witnesses to his musical genius. We have shaped and molded talent we sign after his musical image. We’ve invested so much of ourselves into this man that it’s hard for us to let go. I no longer have that issue. I wholeheartedly apologize for not coming to this realization sooner. I CANNOT separate the music from the monster! My 3 black daughters won’t let me. What hurts, even more, are the facilitators around him. His team, his record company, the promoters, the radio stations! There has to be a line drawn. Enough has to be enough at some point. Who are we saying is worth protecting if we let this continue? I choose the lives of these young black girls! I’m sick to my stomach! Let me also say this! There are more men guilty of these crimes! Let’s make sure none of them slip through the cracks every again! You are no king because kings don’t treat queens like this!”
Other celebrities have spoken out against the accusations such as Chance The Rapper, Omarion, Jada Pinkett-Smith, John Legend and Ne-Yo.
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