Lifetime introduced that they plan to air the Surviving R Kelly documentary as scheduled. “Lifetime has at all times been a model that champions ladies’s tales,” a rep instructed TMZ earlier right this moment.
Lifetime is ready to air their highly-anticipated Surviving R. Kelly documentary tonight (Jan. three). The documentary will function testimonies from a bunch of ladies who have been allegedly mentally, bodily, and sexually abused by R. Kelly all through his music profession.
Acording to a authorized letter obtained by TMZ, the singer’s authorized staff is reportedly threatening to sue Lifetime in the event that they don’t cancel the upcoming three-night collection.
R Kelly’s lawyer, Brian Nix, alleges that the documentary is crammed with false allegations, and that he believes the topics are defaming Kelly for “private acquire.”
It was additionally reported that R Kelly says he has “audio recordings that proves that Lifetime knew ‘among the women have been mendacity, however that the price range was too excessive to show again,'” in keeping with TMZ.
Aaliyah‘s mom, Diane Haughton, additionally spoke out in opposition to claims from one in every of R. Kelly’s former backup dancers who was featured within the doc, saying she witnessed the connection between her daughter and Kelly flip sexual whereas touring on tour collectively when the artist was simply 15 years outdated.
“The girl and so-called again up singer that describes seeing, assembly or ever respiration the identical air as my daughter, Aaliyah, is mendacity and is a liar,” Haughton mentioned to E! News. “My husband and I have been at all times on tour along with her and at interviews and each place she went all through her total profession. Whoever this girl is, I've by no means seen her earlier than anyplace on planet earth, till now.”
Surviving R. Kelly has already been lined in controversy for the reason that bomb menace on the personal New York City screening of the collection final month. Someone reportedly made an nameless name to NeueHouse New York the place it was being held and issued a bomb menace, inflicting NYPD to evacuate the constructing. It was later proved to be a non-credible menace.
In the docuseries, #MeToo motion founder Tarana Burke and others converse on the constructions that defend R Kelly from answering for his alleged actions. “This is a person who has constructed techniques round his abuse, which is one thing that you simply’ll see within the docuseries,” Hampton says.
According to Hampton, these techniques encompass the cultural significance of his work and profession, which she says prompted many well-known artists she approached to refuse to talk on digital camera:
“John Legend was the one one,” who participated, Hampton mentioned. “I requested Jay-Z, I requested Mary J. Blige, I requested Lil Kim, Erykah Badu, Dave Chappelle…” But all of them mentioned no. “I imply, most individuals simply don’t wish to contact it. I keep in mind Ahmir [“Questlove” Thompson] was like, ‘I'd do something for you however I can’t do that.’ It’s not as a result of they assist him, it’s as a result of it’s so messy and muddy. It’s that turning away that has allowed this to go on.”
But it’s not simply celebrities who've declined calling out Kelly; a few of his remaining followers are nonetheless unwilling to let go of him or his music, in keeping with Hampton.
“In the docuseries, [journalist and filmmaker] Nelson George talks about why it’s so troublesome for us to show away from somebody like R. Kelly as a result of we don’t essentially affiliate the songs with him, we affiliate them with issues in our life. So it’s not after we hear ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ we’re desirous about, him, we’re desirous about our niece’s eighth grade commencement, or hear ‘Step within the Name of Love,’ it’s our cousin’s wedding ceremony,” she mentioned.