Lifetime is slated to air their highly-anticipated Surviving R. Kelly documentary Thursday evening (Jan. three); it would function testimonies from a bunch of ladies that allegedly encountered psychological, bodily, and sexual abuse by the hands of R. Kelly all through his music profession.
Now, in accordance with a authorized letter obtained by TMZ, the Chicago native's authorized crew is reportedly threatening to sue Lifetime in the event that they don't pull the plug on the upcoming three-night collection.
The 51-year-old's lawyer, Brian Nix, alleges that the documentary is stuffed with false allegations, as he believes the topics are defaming Kelly for private acquire. Kelly additionally says he has "audio recordings that present Lifetime knew 'a few of the ladies are mendacity, however that the finances was too excessive to show again now,'" because the outlet experiences.
Aaliyah's mom, Diane Haughton, additionally spoke out towards claims from certainly one of R. Kelly's former backup dancers that stated she witnessed the connection between her daughter and Kelly flip sexual whereas touring on tour collectively when the "Are You That Somebody" artist was simply 15 years previous.
"The lady and so-called again up singer that describes seeing, assembly or ever respiratory the identical air as my daughter, Aaliyah, is mendacity and is a liar," Haughton told E! News. "My husband and I had been at all times on tour together with her and at interviews and each place she went all through her total profession. Whoever this lady is, I’ve by no means seen her earlier than anyplace on planet earth, till now."
Billboard has reached out to R. Kelly's lawyer for remark.