LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) With Lifetime’s new R. Kelly docu-series now airing, participants and non-participants are defending their decisions, with John Legend saying he is content with his involvement even if Kelly is a “serial child rapist.”
The Lifetime series, “Surviving R. Kelly,” delves into the good and bad of the R&B superstar, with several big names – including Lady Gaga, Dave Chappelle, Erykah Badu and Mary J. Blige – opting to stay away from the project, according to executive producer Dream Hampton.
Legend did join in, though, and said he wasn’t afraid of the potential fallout.
“To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all,” Legend tweeted.”I believe these women and don’t give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.”
To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all. I believe these women and don’t give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 4, 2019
Questlove was equally effusive, saying in a now-deleted tweet that he “always thought Kels was trash” and declined participating in the docuseries even though he supported it “10000000 percent” because he feared he would be added to the “good times” portion of the documentary, talking about R. Kelly’s “genius.”
“I do not nor have I EVER stanned for him,” Questlove said.
The six-hour documentary also include Kelly backup dancer Jovante Cunningham claiming she walked in on him having sex with underaged Aaliyah before he married her at age 15, an accusation that was vehemently denied by Aaliyah’s mother.