Would his alleged crimes have been punished?
But the highly anticipated and deeply sourced docuseries, "Surviving R. Kelly", which debuted Thursday night, all but confirmed the most disgusting suspicions about him and his apparent predilection for seducing and controlling girls and young women.
"I remember Ahmir ["Questlove" Thompson] was like, 'I would do anything for you but I can't do this.' It's not because they support him, it's because it's so messy and muddy", she said. "Google "Bill Cosby rape, '" Hannibal Buress told his audience back in 2014, in what may turn out to be the most consequential joke of all time".
Mr. Kelly's lawyer reportedly alleges that the documentary is filled with false allegations, and suggests the subjects are defaming his client for personal gain. His history is as known to much of his audience as some of his greatest hits-it's just been intermittently disregarded over the years.
Kelly's former backup singer, Jovante Cunningham, talked about meeting Aaliyah when she was just 12-years-old.
From the first to last half hour, Surviving R. Kelly also saw impressive double digit growth in Total Viewers (+18%), Women 18-49 (+19%), Women 25-54 (+16%) and Adults 18-49 (+13%). Kelly's music and career was declared more important than defending and protecting these black girls who were being or had been traumatized and had a part of their childhood destroyed. The report details how Kelly had leveraged his fame into having sex with girls as young as 15.
According to Van Allen's account, while filming the "I Wish" music video with Kelly, she spotted his bag of tapes.
Back in 2009, Pace brought Kelly another girl, her friend 17-year-old Dominique Gardner. Kelly was acquitted on nearly two dozen child pornography charges. And while the series was not implicitly suggesting any sort of connection between the two, fans got "Bill Cosby" trending as well, making their own association. They are now finally ready to share their full story and shed light on the secret life the public has never seen.
R. Kelly past wrongdoings just keep following him like a bad smell. Kelly and the alleged victims have denied the allegations.
Brainwashed:Allen (above at 17) believed that she was Kelly's girlfriend at the time due to the fact that she spent all her time with him and they were havcing a sexual relationship. (More than one has attempted suicide.) The piece immediately goes viral. He was also accused in 2017 of holding women hostage in a sex cult.
The program follows the sexual assault allegations against Kelly, including interviews with Kelly's ex-wife and his accusers. Other outlets like Vibe, tried to shine a light on the predatory accusations but it was hard to report when Kelly refused to give interviews. "I didn't take the money because I can't be bought", she said. The admission is widely considered unsatisfactory reprisal for the misery Kelly has caused.