Dream Hampton, the producer, author, and filmmaker who helmed the series, said to reporters from the Detroit Free Press that it was challenging to get celebrities and others to come forward in relation to R. Kelly's case because of his status in the scene. "We would have welcomed someone who knew him and actively wanted to defend him". "But black women are exponentially [a] higher oppressed and violated group of people just in comparison to the whole world".
Non-for-profit advocacy organisation Color of Change tweeted the "strength of black women & girls is determined by how much suffering we can endure".
#MeToo founder Tarana Burke also appeared in the documentary, as well as talk show host Wendy Williams and R. Kelly's ex-wife Andrea Kelly. Following its broadcast, the rapper took to Twitter to claim the quote was taken out of context, but he regrets making the 2015 track Somewhere In Paradise with the 51-year-old R&B star and wanted to apologise to survivors for ignoring past accusations.
Kelly's former home is featured in the six-part Lifetime docuseries highlighting his alleged sexual misconduct with young girls. The documentary series features 50 interviews, including those with women who were allegedly sexually and physically abused by the singer.
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In an interview for Surviving R. Kelly, Chance admits that working with Kelly was a "mistake" in clip taken from a May 2018 interview with Cassius' Jamilah Lemieux.
"That makes John Legend even more of a hero for me", she added.
R. Kelly released a single on New Year's Day over Soundcloud.
Express.co.uk has contacted R Kelly's representatives for comment about the claims.
What Surviving R. Kelly does extremely well (and nonconfrontationally) is to demonstrate, through slow accumulation rather than gotcha questions, all of the compromises, selfish decisions, and apathy that went into protecting R. Kelly and perpetuating his crimes.
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