Women who say they survived alleged abuse at the hands of singer and former basketball player R. Kelly will speak out in a new six-part documentary series coming to Lifetime Surviving R. Kelly. Known for hit songs such as “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Let Me Love You,” the women claim there is another side to the man born as Robert Sylvester Kelly and they are ready to share their stories with the world.
R. Kelly has dealt with sexual abuse allegations for decades, but now the allegations have grown. Many people are now saying that R. Kelly is running a sex cult and parents are coming forward to rescue their children from his grasp. R. Kelly denies the allegations against him.
It wasn’t long after R. Kelly found musical success that he was accused of an inappropriate relationship with the singer Aaliyah. When R. Kelly was 27-years-old, it was discovered he had married Aaliyah when she was only 15-years-old. When it was learned that Aaliyah was underage and had lied on the wedding application saying she was 18, the marriage was annulled.
You may hear parents who are accusing R. Kelly of holding their daughters against their will in the video interview below.
Though it appeared that Aaliyah was a one-time incident based on an omission of truth, there would be a succession of women who would file suit against the singer.
In 1996, a woman named Tiffany Hawkins sued R. Kelly for emotional distress and personal injuries. Though the suit occurred in 96, the suit was regarding incidents that took place in 1991. Hawkins alleged that Kelly began a sexual relationship with her when she was 15 and he was 24.
The case was settled in 1998 with Hawkins getting a financial payment.
Another suit occurred when Tracy Sampson an intern alleged R. Kelly began an inappropriate sexual relationship with her when she was 17-years-old. She also claimed that Kelly displayed abusive and controlling behavior with her.
Two women sued R. Kelly in 2002 for separate allegations. Patrice Jones alleged Kelly impregnated her as a minor and forced her to have an abortion.
Montina Woods accused R. Kelly of secretly filming them engaging in sexual relations. The tape was then uploaded to sites and distributed. Both women received financial settlements.
In the same year, R. Kelly was charged with 21 counts of child pornography. The case was eventually tossed out due to lack of evidence as forensic experts couldn’t determine the age of the girl in the video.
Kelly was again charged with 12 counts of child pornography. Again, the case was dropped.
Beginning in 2017 allegations that R. Kelly was running a sex cult surfaced. Some of the women who have come forward have done so by breaking NDA agreements.
Lifetime released a statement describing the context of Surviving R. Kelly.
“In the ground-breaking documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, women are emerging from the shadows and uniting their voices to share their stories. Celebrated as one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, R. Kelly’s genre-defining career and playboy lifestyle has been riddled with rumors of abuse, predatory behavior, and pedophilia. Despite damning evidence and multiple witnesses, to date, none of these accusations have seemingly affected him. For the first time ever, survivors and people from R. Kelly’s inner circle, are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental, and physical abuse. They are now finally ready to share their full story and shed light on the secret life the public has never seen.”Advertisement
Are you going to watch Surviving R. Kelly when it premieres on January 3, 2019, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime?