Was accused of running a "sex cult" at his home in Chicago.
Kelly, which chronicles years of abuse and pedophilia claims against the R&B singer, broke ratings records for Lifetime when the first episode premiered on January 3.
A screening of Surviving R. Kelly at a theatre in Madison Square Garden, New York was shut down after venue bosses received a credible gun threat and Kelly has threatened legal action against Lifetime bosses if the three-part TV special airs. "I couldn't believe all the stuff that was going down".
"Robert, him being my big brother, I brought that to him and told him what happened to me".
Still, Kelly's former backup singer witnessed many harrowing acts during her time with the controversial performer - like the time she claims the singer started having sex with one of her teenage friends in the recording studio.
R.Kelly's manipulation and grooming of Aaliyah are also well-documented. (The name of her debut album, which producer Kelly apparently chose, was Age Ain't Nothing But a Number.) Despite numerous harshest revelations in Surviving R. Kelly, fans can hardly say they weren't warned.
She was one of the few victims to break free from Kelly on her own terms, and says in the episode that she started seeing the singer in a different light after he convinced her to have a threesome with another girl but did not reveal her actual age.
"Aaliyah [was] very tom-boyish, glasses, braces, no swag", Cunningham recalls of meeting 12-year-old Aaliyah, who was the niece of Kelly's then-manager. "We taught her her street thing, we gave her her vibe", Cunningham said. The report details how Kelly had leveraged his fame into having sex with girls as young as 15.
Following the airing of the first two episodes on Thursday, Legend took to Twitter to expound on why he chose to participate. So I took it, and I kept it on me, and when I got a chance to go back to my hotel room, I left it at my hotel room. "I knew it wasn't right even though I was six at the time". She realized that dream, thanks to those true fans who still love and support her legacy unconditionally to this day", she writes, concluding: "Shame on all those involved in this project who thought it kosher to drag Aaliyah's name into a situation that has nothing to do with her today.
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