The documentary titled SurvivingRKelly premiered Thursday night on Iifetime encapsulates the disturbing decades of abusive behavior by the controversial singer. It features interviews with the survivals, associates,siblings, critics and performers.
The first two episodes focused on the early career of R.Kelly, followed by his sex tape in 2002.
It exposes the alleged physical abuse, non-consensual taping of sexual experience, over controlling,and many more.
In an interview for the SurvivalRKelly documentary, R. Kelly’s younger brother Carey Kelly narrated how both were molested by an older female relative.
Recall in his 2012 Soulacoaster autobiography.
“If he’s saying (he was abused), I don’t think he’s lying,” “Because it happened to me. It happened to me. I was molested by a family member, and it shook my world, because I didn’t understand it. I knew it wasn’t right, even though I was 6 years old at the time.”Carey said.
Carey recounted going to his older brother, Robert (aka R. Kelly), about the abuse when he was a child.
“Robert, him being my big brother, I brought that to him and told him what happened to me,” he said. “And when I told him, he didn’t really respond to it like I felt he should. When I told him, he said, ‘No, that didn’t happen.’ And I said, ‘Yes it did.’ And Robert said, ‘No it didn’t.’ And I left it alone. I really didn’t want to take it to my mom, because my brother was the test. And if he believed me, maybe I could’ve taken it to an adult.”
Also in the interview in SurvivingRKelly is former backup singer Jovante Cunningham claims R. Kelly had sex with an underage girl while others watched.
“The first time I witnessed a sexual act in the studio was during the recording of (Kelly’s song) ‘Slow Dance (Remix).’ He had one of my teenage friends in the booth with him, bent over. We were all right there. I will not say with whom, but I knew she was underage.” she said.
Demetrius Smith, Kelly’s former tour manager and personal assistant, describes Aaliyah as ‘worried, scared’ during alleged wedding
Kelly reportedly married singer Aaliyah on Aug. 31, 1994, using a falsified Cook County marriage certificate, that listed her age as 18. (She was, in fact, just 15 at the time.) Smith has come out previously with disturbing details about his time with the singer, shared more details about Kelly and Aaliyah’s wedding day.
“I’m not proud of that (day),” he said. “I had papers forged for them. Aaliyah was underage. We got the marriage license, we were at a hotel in Maywood, Illinois. It was just a quick little ceremony, nothing elaborate. Aaliyah didn’t have a white dress, Robert didn’t have on a tux, just everyday wear. Robert said ‘I do.’ Him and Aaliyah.”
“Aaliyah looked worried, scared,” he continued. “She was worried and scared. I wanted so much to grab Aaliyah and talk to her. She gave me a look like she wanted me to talk to her. … I knew that it had changed the course of everything.”
The marriage was annulled a short time later, with Kelly publicly maintaining that the wedding never happened.
“You Are Not Alone” was reportedly inspired by a teenager who miscarried R. Kelly’s child.
Lizzette Martinez says Kelly coerced her into a sexual relationship when she was underage. She said in the documentary that she became pregnant with Kelly’s child when she was a senior in high school, and miscarried shortly after she found out about the pregnancy.
Martinez claims Kelly told her that she was the inspiration for “You Are Not Alone,” which became a hit sung by Michael Jackson in 1995.
“He just said he had something really special he had been working on,” she said. “When he wrote it, he was thinking of me. So when he played it, he called the song ‘You Are Not Alone.’ ”Kelly said.
Andrea Lee says her wedding to R. Kelly was a “surprise wedding”
Lee was one of the Kelly’s backup dancers before she married the singer in 1996 when she was 22. Lee, narrates her husband’s controlling and abusive behavior in “Surviving R. Kelly,”
“My wedding was a surprise wedding. I did not know I was getting married,” she said. “We went to Colorado and I remember going into a hotel room and there was a violinist, there was a cello player, he had the cake, he had the food, he had everything. He went over the top.” Lee said.
“And it was like, ‘Robert, what if I wanted to do it in a church?’” she added. “‘What if I wanted to wear a wedding dress?’ I don’t think he even understood crossing that line from being generous to controlling.”
Kelly and Lee have three children together. Lee filed a restraining order against Kelly in 2005 after he allegedly assaulted her when she asked for a divorce. Their divorce was finalized in 2009.
The show is sure to spark plenty of conversation.
“Ten years ago I was part of an attempt to get R. Kelly’s music off the radio during his trial for child pornography. We were ridiculed and laughed at. Happy to see #SurvivingRKelly expose his long record of abuse and the ways we’ve been complicit in it.”
Ten years ago I was part of an attempt to get R. Kelly’s music off the radio during his trial for child pornography. We were ridiculed and laughed at. Happy to see #SurvivingRKelly expose his long record of abuse and the ways we’ve been complicit in it.
— jelani cobb (@jelani9) January 4, 2019
“Understanding of sexual abuse. Nobody treated this seriously. It was a collective shrug #SurvivingRKelly”
If you look back at the reporting during the R Kelly-Aaliyah marriage, it was a massive failure. Zero understanding of sexual abuse. Nobody treated this seriously. It was a collective shrug #SurvivingRKelly
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 4, 2019
“R. Kelly is a rapist. After tonight I hope everybody (who doesn’t already) calls him what he is. #SurvivingRKelly”
R. Kelly is a rapist. After tonight I hope everybody (who doesn't already) calls him what he is. #SurvivingRKelly
— Angela Davis (@TheKitchenista) January 4, 2019
“And the debate of the night is outside of R. Kelly being totally WRONG… are the “aware” adults to blame? ”
And the debate of the night is outside of R. Kelly being totally WRONG… are the “aware” adults to blame? https://t.co/Sh1r9H5cIw
— Ray Cunningham (@MissterRay) January 4, 2019
OKAY. I’m going to my Apple playlist to delete that nasty song “You Are Not Alone”. He really just ruined a great song with his rapist self and I hope they lock his trifling behind up real soon 😒 #SurvivingRKelly pic.twitter.com/dA0svfHNPr
— Truly Opininated 👑📣 (@Forever_Jones21) January 4, 2019
We will keep updating you with details from the series.