R. Kelly, the R&B singer accused of sexually abusing and manipulating a number of women and girls, is reportedly starting a website in an attempt to discredit the women whose testimonies were featured in new documentary series Surviving R. Kelly.
TMZ reports the musician, who allegedly groomed and had sex with 15-year-old singer Aaliyah, is countering the claims levelled in the series with a website called Surviving Lies.
A URL allegedly linked to the site leads to a vacant page. TMZ reports a Facebook page for the site was also established, but it appears to have been removed from the site. It is unclear if it was deleted by the social media platform.
The Facebook page reportedly included a link to a video which cast aspersions on allegations made by Asante McGee, who claimed Kelly imposed an oppressive set of rules during their relationship and forced her to participate in sex acts against her will.
Earlier, a source close to Kelly told the outlet he had not watched the documentary series, but intended to launch legal action against the accusers featured in the programme.
Surviving R. Kelly has thrust the litany of abuse allegations levelled against Kelly back into the spotlight, while outlining a culture in the entertainment industry which allegedly protected the singer from the repercussions of his actions.
John Legend, who appeared in the series, took to Twitter to express his disgust at Kelly, saying he doesn’t give “a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist.”
For the record, Kelly was acquitted in 2008 of making a sex tape with a then-underage girl. Last year, allegations surfaced that Kelly manipulated numerous women into abusive and controlling relationships.
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