Jay-Z, Gaga among stars who ‘turned down’ R Kelly documentary

Jay-Z, Gaga among stars who ‘turned down’ R Kelly documentary

Jay-Z and Lady Gaga are among the stars who allegedly declined to appear in a documentary about R Kelly, the series’ producer has said.

Surviving R Kelly, which premiered in the US on Thursday, explores decades of sexual abuse allegations brought against the artist, all of which he denies.

John Legend is one of the only musicians who agreed to be interviewed.

In December 2018, the New York screening of the series was evacuated.

It followed individuals stating they received “a threatening phone call”.

‘Messy and muddy’

The show’s producer Dream Hampton said it was “incredibly difficult” to get celebrities who had collaborated with Kelly to come forward.

“We asked Lady Gaga. We asked Erykah Badu. We asked Celine Dion. We asked Jay-Z. We asked Dave Chappelle. (They’re) people who have been critical of him,” she told the Detroit Free Press.

But Hampton doesn’t believe it’s because they support him or his actions.

“It’s because it’s so messy and muddy. It’s that turning away that has allowed this to go on,” she told Shadow and Act.

John Legend is one of the only major musicians involved in the docuseries made by Lifetime – he appears in the final episode which airs on Saturday.

“R Kelly has brought so much pain to so many people,” he said.

The All of Me singer has been praised for his participation, with Hampton calling him a “hero”, a title which he rejects.

“To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all,” he wrote.

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The series also includes the singer’s second ex-wife Andrea Kelly, who also made abuse allegations.

#MeToo founder Tarana Burke, R Kelly’s brothers and more than 50 other women also gave interviews in the documentary.
Hampton told the Detroit Free Press the women were “survivors” and praised them for their bravery.

“I admire them so much and have all the respect in the world for them,” she added.

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In July 2018, R Kelly released a 19-minute song called I Admit, which responded to multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

The track, posted on the R&B star’s SoundCloud page on Monday, admitted to infidelity but denied allegations of paedophilia and non-consensual sex.

The track came after a BBC Three investigation that sparked the #MuteRKelly campaign to limit his air-play.

The BBC has contacted representatives for Lady Gaga, Erykah Badu, Celine Dion, Jay-Z and Dave Chappelle for comment.

Jay-Z, Gaga among stars who ‘turned down’ R Kelly documentary

Source: bbc.com

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