John Legend isn’t here for your praise. The “All of Me” singer, who appears in Lifetime’s Surviving R Kelly docuseries, put the rapper on blast after he allegedly received positive feedback for his work on the project.
“To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all,” John tweeted on Thursday, Jan. 3. “I believe these women and don’t give a f—k about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.”
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
Just minutes earlier, 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.”
Dream claimed she had reached out to figures such as Lady Gaga, JAY-Z, Erykah Badu, and Dave Chapelle, all of whom worked artistically with Kelly in the past, but said that “most people just don’t want to touch it.”
She recalled when Questlove, in particular, declined to interview. “I remember [Questlove] was like, ‘I would do anything for you but I can’t do this.’ It’s not because they support him, it’s because it’s so messy and muddy. It’s that turning away that has allowed this to go on.”
Questlove later responded to the news in a since-deleted tweet. “I always thought Kels was trash,” he wrote. “My reason for declining the RKelly docu that I support 10000000 percent is I didn’t wanna be in the ‘good times’ portion of the doc, like stanning for his ‘genius.’ I was asked to talk about his genius. I do not nor have I EVER stanned for him.”
The 51-year-old’s sexual misconduct allegations span 25 years, from his alleged “cult” to his relationship with a then 15-year-old Aaliyah.
“R. Kelly has brought so much pain to so many people,” John said in an interview. “Time’s up for R. Kelly.”
R. Kelly’s rep told In Touch they had “no comment” about the allegations exposed in Surviving R. Kelly.
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