"These lies and fabrications cannot be tolerated"
A new documentary series, Surviving R.Kelly, will air this weekend and aims to shine a light on the various allegations of sexual abuse that the star has previously faced.
One of the main issues to be explored in the show is his relationship to Aaliyah, after it was previously claimed that he married the tragic singer in 1994 when he was 27 and she was only 15.
Now, Aaliyah’s mother Dianne Houghton has moved to dispute a claim made by Jovante Cunningham, a former backup dancer for R. Kelly.
In the series, Cunningham claims that she saw Kelly “having sex” with Aaliyah in a tour bus.
But in a statement released to an Aaliyah fan account, Houghton says that Cunningham is a “liar” and denies ever knowing her.
She also claims that she and her husband were “always on tour” with the singer.
“These lies and fabrications cannot be tolerated and allowed to be spewed from the forked tongues of saboteurs of Aaliyah’s legacy. My daughter only wanted to realize her dream of sharing her talent with the world, and give her all performing on stage, and in from top the camera for the fans she adored so much,” she said.
“She realized that dream, thanks to those true fans who still love and support her legacy unconditionally to this day. Shame on all those involved in this project who thought it kosher to drag Aaliyah’s name into a situation that has nothing to do with her today. Once again, this will not be tolerated. Sincerely, Diane Haughton.”
The new documentary will arrive tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Questlove and Celine Dion were recently revealed to have turned down the opportunity to appear in the documentary, while John Legend did not.