The six-part documentary series, created by filmmaker and critic dream hampton, was aired over three nights on Lifetime Network in early January. The documentary series features commentary from prominent figures close to the situation, like John Legend, R. Kelly's ex-wife and his accusers.
During the first episode, Smith remembered Kelly mentioning at some point, "Man we got Aaliyah in trouble". "And that's when it became real to me, 'Andrea, you're being abused.'" With the revelation being as clear as ever, Andrea Kelly left with the kids. "I don't know if that's because I'm from Chicago or 'cause he made great music or 'cause he is a black man".
"Her parents trust me, they trusted us", Smith told Lifetime. If he's not going to jail, then I hope his friends, family or the people who claim to love him can at least try to get him into some type of treatment program where his multiple problems can be sorted out before more women suffer in the future.
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Kelly recognised her talent and they started working together on her 1994 debut album, the rather controversially-named Age Ain't Nothing But A Number, which was recorded when was 14.
But after Saturday's last episode of the series, people who took to social media had one question: why did no one care about the girls? Known especially for his hit "I believe I can fly", the 51-year-old singer and producer was charged in 2002 with filming sex acts between him and a 14-year-old girl, but was ultimately acquitted in 2008.
After parting ways with Kelly, Aaliyah went on to enjoy chart success, but her fame was tragically cut short when she was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas, when she was just 22, in August 2001.
Renewed interest in R. Kelly's dealings with underage girls and young women started after a 2017 Buzzfeed article claimed R. Kelly was keeping a cult of young women.More news: Saudi women to get divorce notice by text
Jim DeRogatis has been reporting on R. Kelly since 2000.
"It was incredibly hard to get people who had collaborated with Kelly to come forward".
The Internet has expressed a collective revulsion with the allegations, with many suggesting that it's the lack of protection for black women that allowed an apparent child rapist to thrive for decades.More news: Resurfaced video shows Drake kissing young girl aged 17