There are disturbing six hours of television that are currently in the US for quite a stir. In the documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly", broadcast on the channel Lifetime, reports from several women about their experiences with the R'n'B singer. Including his Ex-wife Andrea, who was married for thirteen years with Kelly, and three children with him. The women tell of physical and emotional ill-treatment, humiliating sexual acts.
Almost all of them were Teenagers, as they got to know Kelly, and many still minors. Often the singer had promised the girl a career in show business, you have to isolate and strict rules. The women report that you should call Kelly a "Daddy", not with other people to speak were allowed to, and ask permission if you wanted to use eat or use the toilet. Kelly himself denies all the allegations and wants to take action against the makers of the documentary legally.
John Legend wanted to participate as the only Prominent
In Germany, the series of 18. to 20. To see may on the A & E. In addition to the women affected, and also the MeToo-founder Tarana Burke and singer John Legend arrive there. The producer Dream Hampton told me that she has asked many celebrities, the documentary thrive – Legend was the only one who agreed.
the allegations against R. Kelly are known for a long time. Already in 1994 married the then 27-Year-old the 15-year-old singer Aaliyah in a secret ceremony in Chicago. The marriage was later declared invalid. Since then, Kelly has been sued again and again by young women, with whom he settled out of court. 2002 arrest for child pornography, after a Video emerged showing the singer allegedly having Sex with a 14-Year-old. Six years later, he was acquitted, because Kelly and the affected girls said they were not the persons on the Video. Have been harmed by the allegations of Kelly's career never. In 1998, it reached with the hit "I Believe I Can Fly" is their peak, four years after the illegal marriage was with Aaliyah to the Public. In 2002, R. Kelly was even at the opening of the Olympic winter games in Salt Lake City, while prosecutors in Chicago on charges of child pornography prepared.
The Parallels to Weinstein are the obvious
In the case of many direct Parallels with Harvey Weinstein, of the year-long payments of high sums of money to women in order to silence a Team that supports the systematic abuse, until the whole of the music or film industry, ignored the accusations. However, the documentation also makes all the difference to Weinstein. Include wine stone victims even prominent women, R. Kelly's Victims are young women and girls of color, who often come from poor backgrounds. A discriminated against minority, without the platform, which is often denied credibility. One of the judges in Kelly's court procedure in front of the camera, he didn't believe the women on the witness stand, because he liked how they looked and talked. The last part of the series bears the title of "Black Girls Matter".More about
MeToo-debate Spotify deletes music by R. Kelly from playlists
With the mini-series, and in the course of the MeToo and Time's Up-the movements of Kelly's victims are finally heard. Prosecutors in several States want to record investigations, Stars such as Lady Gaga and Chance the Rapper no longer apologize for their collaboration with Kelly, the streaming services have to apply to his music. Also, the pressure on Kelly's Label, RCA, to divest itself of the singer grows. The time seems to be for R. Kelly. It has lasted for more than 20 years.