R. Kelly digital streams up 116 percent after controversial Lifetime series

R. Kelly and Lady Gaga performing together at the American Music Awards in 2013

R. Kelly and Lady Gaga performing together at the American Music Awards in 2013

Since it aired last week, Surviving R. Kelly - Dream Hampton's probing Lifetime docuseries into the artist's history of alleged abuse against women and girls - has given a megaphone to Kelly's victims and may have even roused a Georgia D.A.to open a new investigation into their claims.

Do What U Want reached Number 9 on the Official Singles Chart in 2013, and was the second single from Lady Gaga's Number 1 album ARTPOP.

The music video for the song was supposedly scrapped, according to TMZ, because of Gaga's fear that there would be blowback because of the accusations concerning Richardson and Kelly.

In an article with Teen Vogue, Assante McGee said she met R Kelly at a promo show in Atlanta in September 2013, then "reconnected" with him after a 2014 Valentine's Day show.

In the new statement, Gaga said she made the song and video "at a dark time in my life", following her own sexual assault, and called her thinking around its production "explicitly twisted".

"I wanted to know how Lady Gaga could be on "SNL" with him as someone who advocates for domestic abuse survivors and was, you know, had this ridiculous performance with him on 'SNL, '" Hampton said. Til it happens to you, you don't know how it feels.

Kelly's award winning career has been shadowed by sexual misconduct allegations for more than two decades. I share this not to make excuses for myself, but to explain.

In the police report, Timothy said Mason stated, "I'm gonna do harm to you and your family when I see you I'm gonna get you, I'm going to f***ing kill you."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀. Sharing pics from their performance, she wrote, "This is a reminder of women sticking together - and not letting a man take ownership of a great song/moment".

Earlier this week, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx pleaded with potential victims to come forward so she could investigate claims of criminal wrongdoing. She continued, "I'm sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner". I believe these women and don't give a f**k about protecting a serial child rapist.

In a statement via Twitter, Gaga affirmed her support for Kelly's accusers, and vowed to never work with the singer again.

While the Surviving R. Kelly documentary has been a huge issue on the timelines of Black women, it was largely absent from the timelines of non-Black women.

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