On Thursday, January 3rd, 2019, cable network Lifetime released a new docu-series titled "Surviving R Kelly. The three-part series showcase stories of women who claimed to have been abused sexually by the "Trapped in the closet" singer.
The rumors of R Kelly and his encounters with minors has gone on for decades; starting with his marriage to the late R&B singer Aaliyah Haughton, who died in a plane crash in 2001. In the jaw-dropping docuseries, it was revealed the duo forged documents and got married.
Aaliyah‘s mother came forward to slam allegations her daughter had sex with R. Kelly when she was 15 years old.
Diane Haughton released a statement on Twitter to address Aaliyah’s former backup singer’s claims that she witnessed the “Rock the Boat” songstress and Kelly having sex. Jovante Cunningham made the allegations in the new Lifetime docu-series, “Surviving R. Kelly.”
“The woman and so-called backup singer that describes seeing, meeting or ever breathing the same air as my daughter, Aaliyah, is lying and is a liar,” Haughton said in the statement. “My husband and I were always on tour with her and at interviews and every place she went throughout her entire career. Whoever this woman is, I have never seen her before anywhere on planet earth, until now.”
Haughton described Cunningham’s claims as “lies and fabrications that cannot be tolerated” and should be spewed from “the forked tongues” of her daughter’s “saboteurs.”
“My daughter only wanted to realize her dream of sharing her talent with the world and give her all performing on stage and in front of the camera for the fans she adored so much. She realized that dream, thanks to those true fans who still love and support her legacy unconditionally to this day,” Houghton’s statement continued. “Shame on all those involved in this project who thought it kosher to drag Aaliyah’s name into a situation that has nothing to do with her today. Once again, this will not be tolerated.”
Part 3 and 4 of the docuseries airs tonight on Lifetime at 7pm Cst. Check local listings.