The uproar against dethroned Chicago singer-songwriter R. Kelly has grown stronger day by day since the airing of Lifetime’s utterly shocking docu-series Surviving R. Kelly. The 52-year-old crooner has been called out and shunned by (most of) his fans, as well as fellow artists like Chance The Rapper, Lady Gaga and John Legend, who was featured in the film. Even his record label, RCA/Sony, has shelved new music until his criminal investigations and allegations have been settled.
Hours before the first installment of the documentary aired, Robert and his legal team reportedly issued a "cease-and-desist" to stop the expose from premiering. According to his lawyer, Brian Nix, they believed “some girls were lying, but the budget was too high” to halt production. Lifetime fired back about his rumored lawsuit and said, “[we] have always been a brand that champions women’s stories. The documentary will air as scheduled…”
TMZ reported that Robert labeled those celebrities pulling the plug on their joint ventures as “phonies,” only on a mission to save their own images. Also, the Pied Piper has reportedly been having “daily meetings” in an effort to unearth damaging information on Lifetime executives.
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