In Lifetime's new six-part docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, one of the troubled R&B singer's former backup singers claims to have witnessed his sexual encounters with underage girls - including Aaliyah.
Dream Hampton has revealed she and her team had a wish list of celebrities and former Kelly collaborators they wanted to chat to for the new Lifetime network three-parter, which debuts in America on Thursday night - but many of them weren't interested. Or more to the point, they could corroborate what the women said about Kelly.
According to CBS, Rodgers says she was in a relationship with Kelly when she was 19, for almost a year before she left him.
Kelly will hear from the "Step in the Name of Love" singer's ex-wife Andrea Kelly, ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones, brothers Carey, and Bruce Kelly and even industry giants like John Legend and Wendy Williams.
- John Legend (@johnlegend) January 4, 2019To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn't feel risky at all. "Great performer, but I won' support him in that way". Remember what I'm about to say next.
It includes interviews with a number of the women who were involved in the scandal, including the person who stole the videotape from Kelly's library and got it in the hands of a Chicago journalist.
The reason? "I believe these women and don't give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist". "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.
Aaliyah cut ties with Kelly after the accusations of illegal marriage; she died in a plane crash in 2002 shortly after filming a music video in the Bahamas, aged just 22. "I don't ever want to underestimate him", Hampton, a 48-year-old filmmaker from Detroit, said.
TMZ.com reported Thursday that the R&B star's attorney Brian Nix sent a letter to the cable network warning that a federal lawsuit would be filed if the series aired, claiming the documentary "is packed with lies". Check out the conclusion of the documentary tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
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