John Legend has taken to Twitter to address his appearance on Lifetime's new Surviving R. Kelly documentary series, stating that he does not consider himself fearless for taking part in the show, which chronicles the sexual assault and pedophilia allegations made against R. Kelly.
Though not all of the women interviewed for the documentary were underage when they first met Kelly, many of them say they (or their daughters/nieces) suffered sexual abuse at his hands.
NY: A six-hour documentary series airing this weekend has brought American R&B star R. Kelly back into the spotlight, revisiting accusations of criminal misconduct including having sex with several minors. However, the show also may have further emboldened Kelly's adamant legion of devoted fans who amazingly still refused to be swayed despite firsthand accounts from people closest to the singer who provided sick and salacious details about everything we've already heard about, and then some.
'I don't think he understands girls that are young how impressionable we are and how traumatic these experiences are'. At the time Kelly would have been 27 and Aaliyah would have been 15. I was like, 'What are you doing?' He walked over to the mirror, leaned over, and said, 'You want some of this? "Robert was having sex with Aaliyah", continued Cunningham, who added, "I feel protective of Aaliyah right now, which is why I can't get my mouth to say... he destroyed a lot of people". That [hampton] quote makes it look like I'm protecting him.
"My husband and I were always on tour with [Aaliyah] and at interviews and every place she went throughout her entire career", she wrote. "Aaliyah looked anxious. Scared".
The six-part, three-night special aims to expose Kelly's longstanding pattern of mental, physical and sexual abuse of young girls and women throughout his almost 30-year career.
It was R. Kelly's second marriage. Kelly was later found not guilty on 21 counts of child pornography in 2008. Kelly and his lawyer strongly denied the claims at the time. "Once again, this will not be tolerated".
John Legend is one of just two famous performers who agreed to appear on camera for Lifetime's "Surviving R. Kelly", and the executive producer of the docuseries has revealed a long list of celebrities who allegedly turned down the opportunity.
"I mean, most people just don't want to touch it..."