John Legend calls R Kelly serial child rapist

R. Kelly performs during The Buffet Tour at Allstate Arena

R. Kelly performs during The Buffet Tour at Allstate Arena

Screengrabs of Surviving R. Kelly DocumentarySparkle is one of many who spoke about their relationship with R. Kelly in the Liftetime documentary "Surviving R. Kelly". Kelly's lawyer, Brian Nix, sent a letter to Lifetime alleging the documentary was filled with lies.

In Surviving R. Kelly, women are emerging from the shadows and uniting their voices to share their stories.

An open letter from the women of color in the anti-sexual-abuse organization calls on companies to boycott Kelly and for new investigations into his alleged sex crimes.

R&B singer R Kelly in 2016.

Kelly went on to become her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her double platinum debut album, the uncomfortably titled Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. They also suggested his likeness may have been computer-generated.

As reported in 2016, R. Kelly secretly constructed a "sex dungeon", a "heavily guarded" room where he allegedly lured underage girls to perform humiliating sex acts.

The marriage was annulled shortly afterward.

The second and third installments of the series are slated to air Friday and Saturday on Lifetime.

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John Legend is one of the few musicians who agreed to appear on the R Kelly documentary

New claims about R Kelly's sexual relationship with 15-year-old Aaliyah emerged from a new documentary called "Surviving R Kelly" recently - and John Legend has taken to Twitter to defend his decision to appear in the show. "That [dream hampton] quote makes it look like I'm protecting him", he wrote in another tweet.

"These lies and fabrications can not be tolerated and allowed to be spewed from the forked tongues of saboteurs of Aaliyah's legacy", the message continued. Kelly has denied all of the allegations brought forth about him and has never been convicted of any wrongdoing in relation to any of them.

"I actually ended up contacting Rob and told him I had taken the tape ..."

Legend appears in an upcoming episode. He is not FACE of sexual assault. These survivors deserved to be lifted up and heard.

Viewers also responded on social media, expressing outrage over the stories and concern about the complicity of witnesses.

"We're programmed to really be hypersensitive to black male oppression", he continued. Come to find out, they couldn't speak to me.

Color of Change, an online racial justice organization, released a statement in response to the series calling for Kelly to face consequences.

The Surviving R. Kelly three-night event began January 3 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime. The six-part documentary features Kelly's ex-wife Andrea Kelly, as well as Jerhonda Pace, Kitti Jones, Asante McGee, Lisa Van Allen, singer Sparkle and many more.

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