Thursday, 17 January, 2019

R. Kelly's attorney denies abuse allegations in documentary

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Stacy Diaz | 13 January, 2019, 15:13

His ex-wife Andrea Kelly, whom he divorced in 2009, accused him of domestic abuse last year and feared for her life during one attack during their 13-year marriage, which ended in 2009.

(The women said they were there willingly and police then left without incident.) Kelly will also be forced to submit on January 16 to an inspection of a warehouse he rents, and which city attorneys contend is being illegally used as a recording studio and living space.

"My understanding is that she did not claim to be 15", he said.

Officials found that Kelly's involvement in the Spring Break Jam meant that the event didn't meet the criteria established for third party interests who want to lease space from the state (in this case, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds where the event would have been held). His own daughter later called him "a monster" on social media.

"I've seen some of the interviews on it", Greenberg said.

Greenberg has also said that R. Kelly did not know the late singer Aaliyah was 15 when he married her.

Activists from the #TimesUp and #MuteRKelly movements have seized on the renewed attention to call for fans and music industry partners to cut ties with Kelly and some past collaborators are apologizing for having worked with him.

Since its release on 2January, a prosecutor has confirmed a number of people have contacted authorities and their claims would be followed up. He asserted that in the past women have "come on to" Kelly in the hopes that he could help them in their own performing careers, then became "disgruntled" when their own careers stalled and issued false allegations.

Several other women also came forward with graphically detailed accounts of their experiences with the artist while they were underage, which has led to multiple celebrities publicly denouncing Kelly.

The docuseries featured dozens of women, former employees and music celebrities all claiming that Kelly preyed on underage girls and sexually, physically and mentally abused them.