Multiple women have come forward in a new six-hour Lifetime docuseries accusing R. Kelly of sexual, mental and physical abuse that allegedly took place throughout decades — and R. Kelly’s attorneys, as well as his late protégé Aaliyah’s family, are firing back at claims made in the series.
The shocking special, titled “Surviving R. Kelly,” features over 50 interviews detailing the R&B singer’s controversial past, beginning in 1970 through the present day. Some of those who have come forward include ex-wife Andrea Kelly, as well as brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly, among others.
People magazine recently reported that the premiere for “Surviving R. Kelly” was abruptly cut short in a New York City theater due to gun threats. A spokesperson for the New York City Police Department told the publication they received a call from NeueHouse management, explaining that someone had made threats to fire shots during the premiere.
When NYPD arrived, the film had already been stopped and attendees had exited the building.
A representative for Kelly, 51, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment in regards to the Lifetime show or the reported gun threats, but the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer’s lawyers slammed the docuseries as a whole in paperwork obtained by TMZ.
Brian Nix, Kelly’s lawyer, fired off a letter to Lifetime, alleging that “Surviving R. Kelly” was “packed with lies” and that the subjects lied about the singer to get famous. Kelly and his attorneys threatened to file a federal lawsuit Thursday if the show airs as scheduled.
What’s more, singer Aaliyah’s mother slammed allegations that Kelly had sex with her daughter on his tour bus when she was a minor — and that members of Kelly’s team helped him and Aaliyah to get a marriage license when she was just 15 years old.
“The woman and so-called back up singer that describes seeing, meeting or ever breathing the same air as my daughter, Aaliyah, is lying and is a liar,” Aaliyah’s mother, Diane Haughton, said in a statement on Twitter. “My husband and I were always on tour with her and at interviews and every place she went throughout her entire career. Whoever this woman is, I have never seen her before anywhere on planet earth, until now.”
“These lies and fabrications cannot be tolerated and allowed to be spewed from the forked tongues of saboteurs of Aaliyah’s legacy,” the statement continues. “My daughter only wanted to realize her dream of sharing her talent with the world, and give her all performing on stage and in front of the camera for the fans she adored so much. She realized that dream, thanks to those true fans who still love and support her legacy unconditionally to this day. Shame on all those involved in this project who thought it kosher to drag Aaliyah’s name into a situation that has nothing to do with her today. Once again, this will not be tolerated.”
Culled from Foxnews