R&B singer R. Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, is making headlines again after Lifetime decided to move forward with the release of Surviving R. Kelly, a three-part, six-hour docuseries about the sexual misconduct allegations against him.
The docuseries includes more than 50 interviews with people including civil rights activist Tarana Burke, singers John Legend and Sparkle, talk-show host Wendy Williams, ex-wife Andrea Kelly, ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones, and R. Kelly’s brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly. Here are some of the shocking allegations from the docuseries.
Phone calls were allegedly screened
Lisa Van Allen, one of the accusers featured in the Lifetime series, says R. Kelly kept her from freely communicating with friends and family. Van Allen said if she had a phone call, it would have to be screened by R. Kelly and his associates.
R. Kelly reportedly like to be called “daddy”
Van Allen also says Kelly had a thing for being called “daddy.” He initially only asked her to call him daddy during intimate acts, but then required her to address him that way at all times: “Pretty early on, he kind of introduced you to everything that he was into. It was instructed to call him daddy during sex. But it went from that to pretty much all the time. He’d be daddy,” said Van Allen.
R. Kelly is accused of isolating his female companions from their friends and family
R&B singer Sparkle says R. Kelly tried to keep her isolated and didn’t allow anyone to speak to her.
“Robert didn’t allow pretty much anyone to speak to me. I’m just walking around saying, ’Hey everybody! Hey!’ And I’m just like, ‘What’s going on? Why aren’t these people speaking back? Come to find out, they couldn’t speak to me. He wouldn’t let them. That’s not me, because I’m going to speak to anybody and everybody and whoever I want to speak to. So, when I learned that, I would go out of my way to speak to people, just to tick him off. Because I’m just like, look, you can’t tell me what I can and cannot do. I’m not that girl. I’m not that chick; you can’t stifle me.”
A backup dancer says she saw R. Kelly being intimate with Aaliyah when she was underage
Jovante Cunningham, Kelly’s former backup singer, says she saw R. Kelly being intimate with underage girls. Cunningham says one of the girls Kelly allegedly had sex with was R&B singer Aaliyah, who was reportedly 15 years old at the time.
By Damilola Faustino