Black Twitter Lets R. Kelly Have It After 'Surviving R. Kelly'

Kelly would like you to call him.' My best friend was with me and she said, 'Liz this is your big break!

The first part of the documentary aired last night with commentary from Legend, condemning R. Kelly for the heinous acts he committed against young girls.

A screening of Surviving R. Kelly at a theatre in Madison Square Garden, New York was shut down after venue bosses received a credible gun threat and Kelly has threatened legal action against Lifetime bosses if the three-part TV special airs.

"I wouldn't hear from him for days, and he would come back and it was just sex and abuse", she recalled. "Robert was having sex with Aaliyah", says Cunningham, who claims she saw "things that an adult should not be doing with a child".

Radar readers know that R. Kelly was accused by three sets of parents in 2017 of holding six women against their will in an abusive "cult" throughout Chicago and Atlanta. It also featured more similar tales from colleagues, former employees and others including Kelly's ex-wife Andrea Kelly and his former girlfriend Kitti Jones.

Screengrabs of Surviving R. Kelly DocumentarySparkle is one of many who spoke about their relationship with R. Kelly in the Liftetime documentary "Surviving R. Kelly". "My reason for declining the R. Kelly [documentary] that I support 10000000 percent is I didn't wanna be in the "good times" portion of the doc, like stanning for his 'genius.' I was asked to talk about his genius", according to The Root.

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That same year, 1994, it was widely reported Kelly and Aaliyah had secretly married, though they both denied it.

Following the airing of the first two episodes on Thursday, Legend took to Twitter to expound on why he chose to participate. "My daughter only wanted to realize her dream of sharing her talent with the world, and give her all performing on stage, and in front of the camera for the fans she adored so much", the statement continued.

Bruce's insistence that R. Kelly's predatory behavior was simply a "preference" angered many viewers, who called him "sick".

The team behind Surviving R. Kelly held dozens of interviews filmed with members of the singer's inner circle.

"He told me he was recording an album, and I was like "okay, nice to meet you" and then he left", she says.

In the early '90s, Smith says that Kelly entered his hotel room completely naked and exposed his butt to him. After the two began a sexual relationship, Martinez claims she became pregnant with the singer's child when she was a senior in high school, and, shortly after she found out, suffered a miscarriage.

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