John Legend has branded R Kelly a “serial child rapist” as the reason for taking part in the new docu-series Surviving R Kelly.
The film, which is being made by Lifetime, reached out to a number of well known names to take part but only Legend agreed. According to producer Dream Hampton, Mary J. Blige, Lil’ Kim, Dave Chappelle, Lady Gaga, and JAY-Z all passed on the chance to appear in the documentary. “I mean, most people just don’t want to touch it,” Hampton said.
As Kelly threatens legal action against the series, the first episode aired on Thursday and looks set to continue. One person who did not avoid the chance to take part was John Legend. Taking to social media, Legend explained how the decision was an easy one for him: “To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all,” he said.
“I believe these women and don’t give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.”
R Kelly himself even addressed controversial sexual misconduct allegations made against him on a bizarre new 19-minute song called ‘I Admit It’. Kelly first previewed the song on Instagram Live, saying: “I done made some mistake,” but then strongly denies sexual misconduct by adding: “How they gon’ say I don’t respect these women, when all I’ve done is represent (30 years)/ Take my career and turn it upside down, ’cause you mad I’ve got some girlfriends (girlfriends),” he sings.
Kelly’s music was also recently removed from playlists as part of a new public hate content and hateful conduct policy as fresh allegations claimed that the 51-year-old “knowingly and intentionally infected” a 19-year-old woman with an STD. On top of that, Far Out Magazine reported the claims laid out R Kelly groomed a 14-year-old girl to be his “fucking pet” and ordered her to crawl around and perform oral sex on him and others on request.
R Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly, the singer, choreographer, dancer and reality show star, has also opened up about the alleged abuse she has suffered at the hands of the R’n’B singer while appearing on the daytime TV show ‘Sister Circle’.
Married to Kelly from 1996 to 2009, Andrea bravely came forward to add weight to the vast number of claims laid against the singer. Speaking to host Syleena Johnson, Kelly discussed contemplating suicide as a means of escape. Continuing she said that she typed “domestic abuse” into her computer, which led her to an online questionnaire. “It was 17 questions, and they ask you, ‘Has your abuse ever done…?’ And of the 17, Robert had done 15 to me.”
Andrea Kelly then addressed her ex-husband directly, discussing his 2013 memoir Soulacoaster. “Robert, you don’t get to tell my story… You don’t get to tell people that we got divorced because I had a problem with being a stay-at-home mom,” they have two children together. “We got divorced because I was no longer going to sit and be violated. What he did to me was criminal.”
She went on to meet with the parents of Jocelyn Savage who claimed their daughter is being brainwashed by R Kelly in his “cult”. Andrea addressed them “I just want you to know that I stand in the gap for Jocelyn, and I understand it to a level that no police officer, no counsellor, no judge, nobody will understand,” she told them.