R. Kelly's legal professional denies abuse allegations in documentary
(Reuters) – An legal professional for R. Kelly on Friday referred to as a brand new documentary collection in regards to the R&B singer a “for-profit hit piece,” and mentioned the most recent accusations of abuse by the Grammy-winning musician have been a “full fabrication.”
The six-hour documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which aired earlier this month on U.S. cable channel Lifetime, consists of allegations from a number of girls who accuse Kelly of sexual misconduct, generally with minors.
Kelly, 52, the Chicago singer and document producer greatest identified for his hit tune “I Imagine I Can Fly,” has for years denied accusations of abuse, together with these made within the new documentary.
Steve Greenberg, an legal professional for Kelly, mentioned in an interview on Friday that there was no proof to assist the accusations contained within the documentary, calling it a “for-profit hit piece filled with falsities, filled with errors.”
The Lifetime collection featured interviews with a number of girls making on-camera allegations of sexual, psychological and bodily abuse by Kelly, in addition to interviews with a few of his former managers and producers.
The most recent accusations echo comparable ones in opposition to the singer relationship again 25 years. After the documentary aired, Chicago‘s prime prosecutor referred to as on potential victims and witnesses to return ahead.
“We can’t search justice with out you,” Prepare dinner County State’s Lawyer Kim Foxx mentioned this week at a information convention.
In response to media reviews, prosecutors in Georgia have contacted an legal professional for an Atlanta-area couple who appeared within the documentary and accuse Kelly of brainwashing their daughter.
Reuters was unable independently to confirm the accusations within the documentary and couldn’t instantly attain prosecutors for remark. In 2008, the singer was tried and acquitted on little one pornography costs in Chicago.
“There’s girls saying issues, which is in fact their prerogative, however there is no such thing as a proof that any of it occurred,” Greenberg mentioned of the documentary.
Kannie Yu LaPack, a spokeswoman for Lifetime, mentioned: “The ladies’s tales converse for themselves.”
Lifetime is a part of A&E Networks, which is a three way partnership between Hearst Communications and Walt Disney Co . The collection has been a success for the community, which mentioned the documentary’s Jan. three premiere attracted 1.9 million viewers and the community’s largest viewers in two years amongst adults 25 to 54 and different age teams.
After the documentary aired, singer Woman Gaga vowed to take away a duet she recorded with Kelly from streaming providers and by no means collaborate with him once more.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Further reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Enhancing by Invoice Tarrant and Daniel Wallis)