Questlove explains why he didn't appear in R. Kelly doc


Would his alleged crimes have been punished?

"Also on the series premiere, Kelly's former tour manager and assistant, Demetrius Smith, not only revealed that he was the first person Kelly came to anxious that he got Aaliyah pregnant, but he was in the room when the two secretly got married and was the one who forged the paperwork stating that Aaliyah was 18-years-old, when, in reality, she was only 15 at the time". Numerous early allegations appeared in his hometown newspaper, The Chicago Sun-Times, but they were met with vehement backlash. Not because they stand with Kelly per say, but because they just didn't want to touch it. "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". "R. Kelly is someone that we, my generation, should have dealt with a long time ago", Hampton said. 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.

The series focuses heavily on Kelly's scandals, abuse accusations and child pornography charges over the years, and numerous women featured in the documentary highlight the abuse they claim to have endured at the hands of the R&B singer.

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"You have people who have fantasies about different things", Bruce said when asked about the allegations that R. Kelly sexually abused minors.

R Kelly and Sparkle released a song together in 1998 entitled Be Careful, while the pair were romantically involved as a couple.

Kelly, of course, has consistently denied the allegations against him. However, victims like Lisa Van Allen believe that Andrea was literally in the house when she had sex with Kelly. Kelly's defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. argued that the man in the video was not his client, and that somebody could have easily tampered with the tape to superimpose his head on another man's body. The docu-series recounts how fans, especially young girls, attended his 2008 child pornography case and rallied around him. However, in 1994 it was widely reported the two secretly got married.

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The allegations are subject to criminal prosecution in several USA states including IL, where R. Kelly lived as a resident of Chicago.

In Surviving R. Kelly, women are emerging from the shadows and uniting their voices to share their stories. (More than one has attempted suicide.) The piece immediately goes viral. The documentary also did well with slightly younger viewers.

Several women have allegedly accused Kelly of sexual assault a few years ago.

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