Update: Lifetime tells TMZ that they plan to air the documentary as scheduled. “Lifetime has at all times been a model that champions ladies’s tales,” a rep provides.
Lifetime is slated to air their highly-anticipated Surviving R. Kelly documentary Thursday night time (Jan. three); it’s going to function testimonies from a gaggle ladies that allegedly encountered psychological, bodily, and sexual abuse by the hands R. Kelly all through his music profession.
Now, in response to a authorized letter obtained by TMZ, the Chicago native’s authorized crew is reportedly threatening to sue Lifetime in the event that they don’t pull the plug on the upcoming three-night sequence.
The 51-year-old’s lawyer, Brian Nix, alleges that the documentary is stuffed with false allegations, as he believes the topics are defaming Kelly for private achieve. Kelly additionally says he has “audio recordings that present Lifetime knew ‘some the women are mendacity, however that the price range was too excessive to show again now,'” because the outlet experiences.
Aaliyah’s mom, Diane Haughton, additionally spoke out in opposition to claims from one R. Kelly’s former backup dancers that stated she witnessed the connection between her daughter and Kelly flip sexual whereas touring on tour collectively when the “Are You That Somebody” artist was simply 15 years previous.
“The girl and so-called again up singer that describes seeing, assembly or ever respiration the identical air as my daughter, Aaliyah, is mendacity and is a liar,” Haughton instructed E! News. “My husband and I had been at all times on tour along with her and at interviews and each place she went all through her complete profession. Whoever this girl is, I’ve by no means seen her earlier than anyplace on planet earth, till now.”
In a current interview with Detroit Free Press, producer dream hampton shared that John Legend can be the one superstar to take part within the documentary. “When it involves celebrities, It was extremely tough to get individuals who had collaborated (artistically) with Kelly to come back ahead. We requested Lady Gaga. We requested Erykah Badu. We requested Celine Dion. We requested Jay-Z. We requested Dave Chappelle,” he defined. “(They’re) individuals who have been essential him. That makes John Legend much more a hero for me.”