Popularity and integrity may not always go hand in hand. Classic case in point? R. Kelly. He’s one of the top-selling recording artists and has numerous hits to his credit. He has written songs for himself and others including Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga, but there may be a side to him that may have gone unnoticed for a long time.
The airing of Lifetime’s six-part documentary on – Surviving R.Kelly started on January 4 in the US in the form of hour-long episodes. It now seems like the Chicago R&B singer will have a lot to deal with in the near future.
The documentary featured interviews with critics along with testimonials of women who have been abused, including his ex-wife Andrea Lee. Also featured in the series is none other than Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement.
Such a serious documentary is bound to have major ramifications and the singer is now reportedly being criminally investigated in Georgia, US. The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has apparently begun investigation given the nature of allegations made in the documentary. If sources are to be believed, interviewees are being contacted for the same. Even those who have lived in the singer’s former home are being contacted.
Lifetime’s documentary has definitely caused a stir and the ones who have no idea about what it is about would know from the synopsis posted on the official website of Lifetime.
This is what it says – “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 paedophilia. Despite damning evidence and multiple witnesses, to date, none of these accusations has seemingly affected him.”
Each episode has been impactful; and Dream Hampton, executive producer of the series has revealed that the 2008 child pornography trial of the singer will be revealed in the third and fourth episodes with the sex tape at its center. The latter episodes however will delve into recent allegations and shed light on those who were trying to rescue their daughters from the influence of the singer.
According to The New York Times, Hampton had this to say.
I wish that he would experience a kind of social death, and that people who still vociferously declare him innocent — or their favorite artist, or worthy of having his work separated from who he is — that they are denied that.Producer of ‘Surviving R.Kelly’
Tough Times Ahead
The pressure is huge for the singer to handle things, what with protests carried out right outside his Chicago studio. The #MeToo and #MuteRKelly movements are stronger than ever and call upon streaming services to drop his music and also urge promoters to not book him for future concerts.
With old allegations pertaining to sex acts with underage girls resurfacing and new ones getting added to his apparently long list of misdeeds, Kelly surely has a lot on his plate. The singer is absent from the social media scene for a while now following the documentary, and has apparently claimed that he didn’t even know half of the people who came out and spoke against him, considering the series as a ‘vendetta’. According to sources, Kelly will sue all those involved with the series even though he has not seen it.