Sex abuse claims against singer R Kelly revisited in new documentary

In Surviving R. Kelly, his former personal assistant, Demetrius Smith, claims to have attended the wedding and to having helped obtain false documents for underaged Aaliyah. When R. Kelly found out, he wrote to her that he was thinking of her, and told her he had written the song "You Are Not Alone" for Michael Jackson as a dedication to her.

And now, with the first night of "Surviving R. Kelly" airing on Lifetime, that conversation has come to dominate social media.

In December 2018, the NY screening of the series was evacuated, with individuals stating they received "a threatening phone call".

Surviving R. Kelly airs on Lifetime at 9 p.m. ET from Thursday, Jan. 3 to Saturday, Jan. 5.

Readers note: This recap may be triggering to those who have experienced sexual assault. When Christine Blasey Ford's testified against Brett Kavanaugh in September, there was a 147% increase of calls to their hotline. She met R.Kelly at the age of 14 in the 90's. Kelly apparently would keep the girls in separate rooms while he was working in the studio and forbade them to go out without him.

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

That was Lisa Van Allen, who was just 17 and believed that she was Kelly's girlfriend at the time due to the fact that she spent all her time with him and they were havcing a sexual relationship. Aaliyah was underage. We got the marriage license, we were at a hotel in Maywood, Illinois. The story gathered up all of Jim DeRogatis's efforts to bring various charges against Kelly, puts them in one stomach-churning package, and details how Kelly's actions have aversely affected some of his victims. "[Questlove] was like, 'I would do anything for you but I can't do this.' It's not because they support him, it's because it's so messy and muddy".

'I can't stress to you how people are still suffering behind things that went on 20 years ago'. "I knew it wasn't right, even though I was 6 years old at the time".

Was accused of running a "sex cult" at his home in Chicago.

As for Legend, Twitter showed him the love.

She spoke to CBS News about her relationship with R. Kelly, saying she filed the lawsuit against him in NY for "willfully, deliberately and maliciously" infecting her with herpes to warn other teenage girls who may come into contact with him.