Controversial R&B performer R. Kelly is “the satan,” in keeping with one of many a number of ladies featured in a new Lifetime documentary collection aimed toward shining a light-weight on the singer’s alleged intercourse crimes.
Titled “Surviving R. Kelly,” the three-part doc options various Kelly’s feminine accusers recounting abuses they are saying have been carried out by the “I Imagine I Can Fly” singer, together with imprisoning ladies in a “intercourse cult” and committing sexual acts in opposition to underage women.
Lawsuits in opposition to Kelly have clogged the courtroom system for many years.
He’s been sued repeatedly over time by ladies claiming he had intercourse with them as teenagers, earlier than they have been legally capable of consent. Accusers embody former Chicago choir woman Tiffany Hawkins, who sued Kelly in 1996 for intercourse acts stated to have occurred when she was 15.
As well as, the doc seems at Kelly’s 2008 felony trial, in which he was charged with 14 counts of kid pornography after a home made video appeared to point out him partaking in intercourse acts with an underage woman. Kelly was acquitted by a jury when the id of the woman couldn’t be confirmed.
Kelly’s sexual historical past with minors dates again to no less than 1994, when the then-27-year-old married 15-year-old pop singer Aaliyah. The wedding was annulled in 1995, and, it was later found, the wedding certificates falsely lists Aaliyah’s age as 18 in order that she may legally wed. She died in a airplane crash in 2001.
To this point, Kelly has by no means been convicted of a intercourse crime, however because the trailer for “Surviving R. Kelly” proclaims, “There’s an actual story.”
“Disgrace on you!” voices chant in the trailer, whereas an accuser calls him “the puppet grasp.”
“Surviving R. Kelly” will characteristic greater than 50 interviews with accusers and high-profile insiders comparable to John Legend, Wendy Williams, Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly, and Sparkle, who testified in opposition to Kelly in his 2008 little one pornography trial.
The primary installment premieres on Lifetime Jan. 3.