SINGER R Kelly has been at the centre of sexual abuse allegations for two decades.
But a new six-part documentary called Surviving R Kelly shines a light on the R&B star’s accusations. Here’s everything you need to know.
Where can you watch Surviving R Kelly? Is it on Netflix?
The series, which aired on Lifetime in the US in January, was not broadcasted in the UK until February 5, 2019, on the Crime + Investigation channel.
Those interested can catch the episodes on Tuesdays at 10pm from then on.
Until then, you can find out more about the sexual misconduct allegations against R Kelly , known formally Robert Kelly, via the BBC Three documentary R Kelly: Sex, Girls and Videotapes available on BBC iPlayer.
The show is not on Netflix.
What is Surviving R Kelly about?
Surviving R Kelly has been airing on US network Lifetime and sparking deep debates about assault in Hollywood.
The documentary shines a spotlight on allegations of sexual and physical abuse against the R&B singer, which he has strenuously denied.
Made up of six episodes, it features interviews with several women who recount their experiences – all of which Kelly denies.
TMZ has reported the rapper did not watch the series which sources say he feels is simply part of a vendetta.
The series exposes claims that Kelly forced women to have sex with him when they were underage and held them prisoner[/caption]
What are the R Kelly ‘sex cult’ allegations?
R Kelly has faced previous allegations of sexual misconduct.
The performer was acquitted in 2008 on charges of making child pornography, despite a videotape of an alleged encounter with a 14-year-old girl being shown to prosecutors.
He has denied claims he is “holding young women against their will” in a one-man “sex cult”.
Parents have reportedly told BuzzFeed News that the star, real name Robert Kelly, is keeping six young women at his properties in Atlanta and Chicago.
It’s reported they’re only allowed to use mobile phones provided by Kelly, must call him “daddy,” and can only eat, sleep or wash when he lets them.
Kelly also films their sexual encounters, say the reports.
One young woman Joycelyn Savage has said she is safe and “in a happy place” after her family alleged she was being held by him at a secret location in Atlanta.
She insisted to TMZ that she was fine but refused to answer if she was free to come and go.
Joann (left), appearing with Drea (right) said she hasn’t had any contact from him in few years but that she still loves him[/caption]
Jerhonda Pace claims she had underage sex with R Kelly at the age of 16 and was “trained” to please him.
She alleges the singer would “physically harm her” and “lock her in a room for days” as punishment.
He was then accused of infecting Faith Rodgers, 19, with an STD on purpose.
She was reportedly in an eight-month relationship with him after meeting him at a gig in San Antonio, Texas and filed the lawsuit for “willfully, deliberately and maliciously” infecting her with herpes.
Kelly has firmly denied these allegations.
In light of the controversy Lady Gaga has vowed to remove a duet she recorded with R Kelly from streaming services and never collaborate with him again.
Her comments, in a lengthy Instagram post late on Wednesday, January 10, followed the television documentary.
R Kelly’s ex-wife Drea has claimed she was verbally, emotionally and sexually abused by the singer – as his daughter blasted him as “toxic” on GMB.
Drea, 44, and Joann, 21, admitted how difficult it has been hearing allegations against the singer as they know both sides of his personality, “R Kelly the persona and Robert the person”.
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The rapper has reportedly been removed from the RCA Label Group website, which is a flagship recording label of Sony Music Entertainment.
Variety, quoting an unidentified source, said Sony Music had decided to “dissolve its working relationship” with Kelly, but that no external announcement would be made.
His music is still available on digital retailers and streaming services.
Campaigners from the #MuteRKelly pressure group delivered a petition signed by some 217,000 people to Sony headquarters in New York City earlier this week asking the record company to drop the musician.
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