American singer and producer R.Kelly is accused of having sex with girls under the age of 16 when he was an adult in a documentary that was broadcast in three parts and completed on Saturday night that could have him face criminal prosecutions.
Six hours long, this documentary, screened by the Lifetime television network in six episodes, sheds light on the accusations that have been made over the years for Robert Sylvester Kelly as his real name.
The 51-year-old singer and producer, creator of “I believe I can fly” was accused in 2002 of filming the sexual encounter he had with a 14-year-old girl, but was acquitted in 2008.
The team of Surviving R. Kelly took dozens of interviews with people who had contacts with the artist.
Former collaborator of R.Kelly describes that she witnessed sexual relations between her and three girls under the age of 16, including singer Aaliyah (who died in 2001), aged 15 at that time.
The acts attributed to him may lead to criminal prosecutions in many American states, particularly in Illinois, where the artist lives, from Chicago.
However, Aaliyah’s mother, Daian Hawthon, has denied these accusations, which she called “fantasy products”, accusing singer Giovanne Canningham of being a “lying lady,” according to a statement posted on her singer’s official account.
In the documentary, other women portray R. Kelly as a violent exploiter, associated with very young women, who claimed to call him “daddy” (daddy).
Lizette Martinez, who met him at the age of 17 while he was approaching the age of 30, confirms that he was a victim of psychological harassment and “physical violence” during their relationship, which lasted several years.
“As he abused me in this way, she stole my life,” she said in the documentary directed by Drum Hampton.