Every Horrific Revelation From The First Installment Of 'Surviving R. Kelly'

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25:  R. Kelly performs in concert at Barclays Center on September 25, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)

Every Horrific Revelation From The First Installment Of 'Surviving R. Kelly'

From his Michael Jackson collaboration to a 17-year-old girl who nearly died, the dark secrets are chilling.

Published January 4, 2019

The first installment of Lifetime's heartbreaking documentary Surviving R. Kelly aired last night (Jan. 3), and many are still in shock over all that was uncovered in the two-hour exposé. From the horrifying details about his marriage to Andrea Kelly to the unbelievable eyewitness reflections regarding the late Aaliyah, social media was set ablaze. In order to understand the monster R. Kelly is today, these first two episodes humanize Robert and uncover disturbing details from his childhood to lay the groundwork on the path to figuring out how the Pied Piper managed to build a successful career without ever being held accountable for his actions.

  1. R. Kelly and his brothers were molested as children.

    The sexual abuse began as early as age 6.

    This, in no way, excuses his actions. Remember that.

  2. "You Are Not Alone" was inspired by one of R. Kelly's teenage victims having a miscarriage

    He met Lizzette Martinez at a Florida mall at age 17. "I didn't know how to say no," she tearfully reflected. "I found out I was pregnant and a few days later, I miscarried. When he wrote it, he was thinking of me." Despite it being one of Michael Jackson's biggest hits, the pop legend was unaware of the song's origin. 

  3. After taking the virginity of then-17-year-old aspiring singer Lizette Martinez, he infected her with mono, which left her paralyzed in the ICU for 2 weeks

    Martinez tearfully shared that Kelly paid her mother $1,000 as hush money. She also said that the bout of illness came after a miscarriage that he prompted. Though their relationship ended in 1999, over the years Kelly would persistently coerce her into sexual acts against her will. She ultimately decided not to take legal action against him for the sake of her own sanity and mental wellness. 

  4. R. Kelly’s former tour manager/personal assistant Demetrius Smith forged his marriage certificate with Aaliyah

    And falsely listed the then-15-year-old Aaliyah’s age as 18, he admitted. The counterfeit marriage certificate, listed in Cook County, was originally published by Vibe, and followed-up with what Smith remembered as a small wedding at an Illinois hotel. “I’m not proud of that,” he shared on the series. “I had papers forged for them. Aaliyah was underage. We got the marriage license, we were at a hotel in Maywood, Illinois. It was just a quick little ceremony, nothing elaborate.” In one of the most shameful twists of his recollection, Smith confessed that “Aaliyah looked worried, scared” and that he “wanted so much to grab Aaliyah and talk to her.” Unfortunately, he never did, stamping himself as yet another person to have failed the beloved princess of R&B. 

  5. Isolation happened internally among staff and with his underaged victims

    "There was a rule being on tour with him. The dancers do not communicate with my background singers. My band don't communicate with my dancers. He really ran it like a dictatorship," Andrea Kelly reflected, prior to them being married. 

  6. R. Kelly kept several bedrooms in his music studio, which he used to entrap and sexually abuse young girls in-between song takes…

    As several of his former teenage victims recall, including Jerhonda Pace and Lisa Van Allen, Kelly would even force them to perform sexual acts on one another in these rooms as he filmed them. Enforcing his master manipulation tactics, he’d verbally strong-arm the women into such acts with pep talks where he’d tell them “if you love me, you’ll do these things for me.”

  7. Sparkle introduced her niece to Robert, and she is the girl from that utterly disgusting sex tape

    In spite of seeing, firsthand, how R. Kelly treated his wife Andrea, she still introduced her niece to him at age 12. Two years later, that child, who was placed in his care for professional purposes, found herself engulfed in one of the most heinous acts of this generation.

    According to Kelly's brothers, young girls were his preference. He recruited teenagers as young as 14 with the help of his entourage. 

  8. His marriage to Andrea Kelly was so controlled that he decided when, where and how he got married

    "I could see that she wanted her people there. She wanted her [parents] there," stated Bruce Kelly, his brother. Andrea recalls, "my wedding was a surprise wedding. I did not know I was getting married." The kind man who romanced her and enlisted her help with his reading deficiency quickly spiraled into a terrorizing stranger that almost drove her to suicide. 

    Tune in to the rest of Lifetime's three-night, six-part Surviving R. Kelly docu-series on Friday (January 4) and Saturday (January 5) at 9 p.m. EST. 

Written by Mya Abraham & Diamond Alexis

(Photo: Mike Pont/Getty Images)


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