In the documentary, women portray R. Kelly as manipulative, violent and focused on young girls, allegedly demanding they call him 'daddy'.
"I asked Jay-Z, I asked Mary J. Blige, I asked Lil Kim, Erykah Badu, Dave Chappelle..." In light of the same, social media showered John Legend with praises last night as he is one of the very few celebrities who has agreed to appear on the documentary.
Legend, 40, posted on Twitter: "To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn't feel risky at all".
"'I Believe I Can Fly' is a powerful song and it inspired a lot of people", Legend noted. This is why fans and the family of the late R&B singer Aaliyah are furious with the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries.
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However, he added: "R. Kelly has brought so much pain to so many people". She gave me a look like she wanted me to talk to her. "I'm thinking 'damn I don't wanna be the one guy I always am in documentaries fawning over someone I detest.' So make ZERO mistake on my positioning". And when I told him, he didn't really respond to it like I felt he should. At the time, Vibe magazine uncovered a marriage certificate that showed Kelly and Aaliyah had secretly married in IL, on August 31, 1994, when she was 15; the certificate falsely stated that she was 18.
John, who had previously worked with R Kelly, said his involvement wasn't a hard decision for him to make, despite others refusing to comment on the issue.
On Saturday, the series will conclude with the final two hours of the documentary starting at 9 p.m. Follow our Def Pen for our live tweeting and recap during tonight's edition of Surviving R. Kelly.
'He stole my life from me being abused like this, ' she says in the documentary directed by filmmaker Dream Hampton.
Back in the early '90s, Aaliyah Haughton - just 12 years old at the time - was introduced to R. Kelly by her uncle Barry Hankerson.
Kelly has threatened legal action against Lifetime bosses and claims he is in possession of two recordings which prove they were aware that some of the girls on film are lying about their experiences with the R&B star "but that the budget was too high" to erase their involvement.