Following the release of a documentary titled ‘Surviving R.Kelly’, John Legend, an American singer, has tagged the subject of the film as a “serial child rapist”.
‘Surviving R.Kelly’ highlights alleged sexual exploitation of young girls by R.Kelly, a famous R&B singer who has faced a number of pedophilia and sexual misconduct allegations but has never been found guilty.
The first of the six-part documentary was aired on Thursday.
Former friends and family members of the singer were interviewed and they all confirmed that R. Kelly did abuse women and young girls.
Legend, the only major musician to appear in the documentary, subsequently aired his views on why he chose to participate in the series.
Commenting on commendations over his appearance, Legend wrote on Twitter: “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 f**k about protecting a serial child rapist.”
Legend hailed the producer of the series, Dream Hampton, saying he hopes the documentary would get the victims closer to justice.
He wrote: “We should all thank my friend @dreamhampton for her very necessary work to create #SurvivingRKelly. These survivors deserved to be lifted up and heard. I hope it gets them closer to some kind of justice.”
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
Hampton, in an interview with Detroit Press, said it was hard to get Kelly’s associates to speak on the issue.
“It was incredibly difficult to get people who had collaborated (artistically) with Kelly to come forward,” Hampton said.
“We asked Lady Gaga. We asked Erykah Badu. We asked Celine Dion. We asked Jay-Z. We asked Dave Chappelle. People who have been critical of him. That makes John Legend even more of a hero for me.”
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