Surviving R-Kelly; everything you need to know about the sex scandal

Lifetime TV decided to reopen the closed but not forgotten case of the singer R-Kelly A.K.A “Pied Piper” who has been accused several times from the 70’s down to present day of teen molestation.

Robert Sylvester Kelly was born on January 8, 1967 at Chicago Lying-in Hospital in Hyde Park, Chicago. Kelly is the third of four children. Kelly’s single mother, Joanne, was a singer. She raised her children Baptist. Kelly’s father was absent throughout his son’s life. Kelly’s family lived in the Ida B. Wells Homes public housing project in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood.Kelly’s high school music teacher Lena McLin described Kelly’s childhood home: “It was bare. One table, two chairs. There was no father there, I knew that, and they had very little.Kelly began singing in the church choir at age eight.

Kelly grew up in a house full of women, whom he said would act differently when his mother and grandparents were not home. At a young age Kelly was often sexually abused by a woman who was at least ten years older than himself. “I was too afraid and too ashamed,” Kelly wrote in his 2012 autobiography “Soulacoaster” about why he never told anyone.

ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 27: R. Kelly Performs during the Holiday Jam at Fox Theater on December 27, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
  1. Kelly got his breakthrough in 1989 when he, along with Marc McWilliams, Vincent Walker and Shawn Brooks, participated on the talent TV show Big Break, hosted by Natalie Cole. Kelly went on to win the $100,000 grand prize.

In 1996, Kelly married Andrea Lee, his former backup dancer and mother to his three children. In 1997, he built a house in Olympia Fields and moved in.

Andrea filed a restraining order against Kelly in September 2005 after a physical altercation; later filing for divorce in 2006.In January 2009, it was reported that Kelly’s divorce was finalized. In 2018 on the popular talk show “The View” Andrea Lee alleged that Kelly physically abused her during their marriage, including times he allegedly left her hogtied in bed and assaulted her in the back of his Hummer.

Lifetime TV With over 50 interviews including civil rights activist Tarana Burke, musicians John Legend and Sparkle, talk-show host and former DJ Wendy Williams, ex-wife Andrea Kelly, ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones, brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly, and many others, the true story of R. Kelly’s controversial past will be revealed beginning in 1970 through present day, shedding light on the R&B star whose history of alleged abuse of underage African American girls has, until recently, been largely ignored by mainstream media.

According to Vibe and the Chicago Sun-Times, 27-year-old Kelly and then 15-year-old singer protege Aaliyah were illegally married in a secret wedding ceremony on August 31, 1994 in Cook County conducted by Reverend Nathan J. Edmond from Chicago;Kelly’s tour manager, Demetrius Smith, said in 2018 that he facilitated the wedding by getting identification for Aaliyah representing her age as 18.Kelly had been introduced to Aaliyah by her uncle, Barry Hankerson, just three years prior when she was 12 years old.The marriage was annulled in February 1995 at the behest of Aaliyah’s family by a Michigan judge.Kelly and Aaliyah, however, both denied that the marriage occurred and even denied that their relationship had ever moved beyond friendship. Despite denials of marriage, in May 1997 Aaliyah filed a lawsuit in Cook County to have the marriage records expunged. This action occurred in the midst of a suit filed by Tiffany Hawkins, who was seeking to use the marriage documents in her case. Aaliyah stated in court documents that she was underage at the time of marriage and, under Illinois state law, could not legally enter into marriage without parental consent.

R-Kelly had been indicted in Chicago on 21 counts of Child Pornography after an unknown source leaked a video of the musician urinating on a minor after sexual relations, after a police search in the musician’s home 12 photos of the same minor in the video which had gone viral were found in a duffel bag as she appeared to be tying a white towel in the musicians room, later in March 2004 the charges were dropped due to lack of a search warranty.

As the story unfolds amidst fresh allegations of sexual abuse trailing embattled singer, R. Kelly, his brother, Carey Kelly, has revealed more shocking details about their childhood.
Speaking in an explosive interview on ‘Unwine with Tasha K’ which airs in the U.S., Carey revealed that their older sister, Theresa, raped them continually for six years.
This comes weeks after R. Kelly alleged that he was sexually abused by a family member while he was young and vowed not to name the person.

Several celebrities from the musicians proteges the likes of 6lack, Keke Palmer and those who were known to have close relations with the musician ;Jada Smith Pinkett, Matthew Knowles, John legend, Chrissy Teigen, Omarion and more have given their concerns and support towards the #MuteR-Kelly movement through their social media pages here’s a rundown of some public address made by these celebrities .

Matthew Knowles
Beyonce’s father, Matthew Knowles in a chat with Metro about why Destiny’s Child did not work with R. Kelly in the ’90s said,
“I was there, and my former wife Tina was there. The thing with R Kelly was, he liked to record late at night, around midnight. And what was different with his studio was that one room had a recording suite, and next door was a club, with 40 or 50 people dancing. R. Kelly was managed by Sony, by someone I won’t name, and at that time, they would almost force you to record with [their] artists. And R. Kelly wasn’t cheap — it was $75,000, plus travel costs, so we’re talking $100,000 for a song. I personally rejected the song, because I didn’t think it was a good song. Not just because of [his] reputation — this was around 1998, we had just begun to hear some of those things.”
On whether Kelly’s rumors played a role in his future decisions, Knowles said, “certainly, it was both of those things.”
“The girls were 15, 16. When they went to the bathroom, Tina would go with them. They did not leave our eyes.”

Keke Palmer
25-year-old Keke Palmer is one of the many young stars who has worked Kelly at a younger age and she spoke out against him early Wednesday morning on Instagram, writing,

“Just finished Surviving R. Kelly and I have spent the last hour crying. As a student of R. Kelly’s for the time I was and having been around his light and understanding the obstacles he overcame as a child to actually be birthed into the musical genius he is today… All to put others through the same darkness he was running from is the most disheartening thing to accept. Many people experience hardships and do not allow themselves to find freedom through their passion enough to shine a light. R. Kelly received that grace from God. God blessed him to vindicate his childhood shortcomings and yet still he has slapped God in the face by his actions towards these women. I am hurt and saddened because he could have been a blessing to these women but instead he repeatedly took advantage and that I can not accept. I will stand by my sisters because that’s simply what’s right and what I hope discontinues this behavior in anyone. We have to be good to each other, not all of us accept the light but those of us that do must be responsible!!!! We can not take advantage of each other or accept when someone else does.”

Chrissy Teigen

Supermodel and the famous wife of John Legend, Teigen who appeared in “Surviving R. Kelly,” also hopped aboard the #MuteRKelly movement on Twitter. She tweeted,

“I just finished it as well. Proud of John but so in awe of the strength and courage of the women involved, who survived and told their stories. I wish I could be as eloquent as John but – fuck R Kelly. #MuteRKelly”


The rapper posted a lengthy thread of comments on Sunday night saying he felt “compelled to voice my position” on Kelly since the performer has written songs for B2K. He called out everyone who bore witness “to the unthinkable and yet have remained silent” and saying “those responsible must be held accountable.” While B2K will continue to play songs written by Kelly on their already-announced tour, Omarion promised to retire them from his set-list for good after.

As an artist & a champion of the arts, I am moved to share my position on #SurvivingRKelly which I haven’t seen but felt compelled to voice my position on this very serious issue since #rkelly has written songs for #B2K.

— OMARION (@Omarion) January 7, 2019

It’s important first to ACKNOWLEDGE that this has been an ugly truth in our industry for years and as opposed to dismissing it’s existence | its time to discuss it. EVERYONE has to be RESPONSIBLE. Many have bared witness to the unthinkable and yet have remained silent.

— OMARION (@Omarion) January 7, 2019

Those responsible must be held accountable. #rkelly was both a victim & a predator & accordingly must be held accountable but also get professional help. His artistic genius inspired us all. His music is being muted by the darkness of his actions. The dark always comes to light.

Jada Pinkett Smith

The Hollywood actress who is married to Will Smith expressed her confusion about reports that R. Kelly’s music witnessed a spike after the airing of the docuseries. asking her followers to explain why this was happening. She wrote,

“I really don’t want to believe it’s because black girls don’t matter enough, or is that the reason?”

According to TMZ R-Kelly plans to take legal actions against the creators of the series and close sources to Kelly says he plans to launch a website called “Surviving”

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