Diane Haughton, the mother of the late R&B singer Aaliyah, has one thing to say.
On Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, Haughton launched a press release by way of the Aaliyah for MAC Instagram account to hit again towards disturbing claims made about artist R. Kelly’s alleged relationship together with her daughter in the brand new Lifetime docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly.
“The lady and so-called again up singer within the forthcoming Surviving… documentary that describes seeing, assembly or ever respiration the identical air as my daughter, Aaliyah, is mendacity and a liar,” Haughton started her prolonged assertion. “My husband and I have been at all times on tour together with her and at interviews and each place she went all through her total profession. Whoever this lady is, I’ve by no means seen her earlier than wherever on planet earth, till now.”
She continued, “These lies and fabrications can’t be tolerated and allowed to be spewed from the forked tongues of saboteurs of Aaliyah’s legacy. My daughter solely needed to understand her dream of sharing her expertise with the world, and provides her all performing on stage, and in entrance of the digital camera for the followers she adored a lot.” She added, “She realized that dream because of these true followers who nonetheless love and help her legacy unconditionally to today.”
“Shame on all these concerned on this challenge who thought it kosher to pull Aaliyah’s identify right into a scenario that has nothing to do together with her right now,” Haughton concluded. “Once once more this won’t be tolerated.”
As Nicki Swift beforehand reported, the previous backup singer in query, Jovante Cunningham, claimed to have seen R. Kelly have interaction in a sexual act together with his reported mentee, Aaliyah, whereas on tour for her Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number album within the mid-’90s. At the time of the alleged incident, R. Kelly (actual identify is Robert Sylvester Kelly) would have been 27, whereas Aaliyah (full identify Aaliyah Dana Haughton) was simply 15 years previous.
“We have been out on the highway with Aaliyah,” Cunningham stated in episode one in all Surviving R. Kelly (by way of People journal). “On a tour bus, there actually aren’t many confined areas. When you get on the bus there are bunks and so these bunks have little curtains you’ll be able to pull at evening if you do not need anyone to see you sleeping.”
Cunningham went on to say, “So it simply so occurred we have been all laying in our bunks and the curtains are open, all people’s speaking, laughing … When the [room] door flew open on the bus. Robert was having intercourse with Aaliyah.” After describing what she allegedly witnessed as “issues that an grownup shouldn’t be doing with a toddler,” she stated, “I can not stress to you ways persons are nonetheless struggling behind issues that went on 20 years in the past.”
Readers are most probably already conscious that R. Kelly is not any stranger to disturbing allegations of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. As Nicki Swift beforehand reported, the self-proclaimed King of R&B, now 52, was most notably accused of controlling girls by working a intercourse cult in 2017. However, he later denied the claims. Additionally, whereas he and Aaliyah have been long-rumored to have tied the knot when she was 15, R. Kelly’s former private assistant, Demetrius Smith, claimed that his boss had additionally gotten Aaliyah pregnant in Surviving R. Kelly.
“That broke my coronary heart proper there as a result of I actually believed him when he stated that he wasn’t messing with Aaliyah,” Smith stated (by way of People). “Once he instructed me that I used to be perplexed.” He went on to confess, “I used to be within the room once they bought married. I’m not happy with that. I had papers solid for them when Aaliyah was underaged. It was only a fast little ceremony … She seemed nervous and scared.” The alleged marriage was reportedly annulled the next 12 months. According to Smith, “Her dad and mom had the final say.”
At the time of this writing, R. Kelly has but to publicly remark on these specific claims. However, he beforehand denied his alleged marriage with Aaliyah, who tragically died in a airplane crash in 2001 on the age of 22 (by way of People). While talking with GQ journal in 2016, R. Kelly claimed that he and Aaliyah have been simply “finest associates.” However, he famous that he “won’t ever have that dialog with anybody.”
Surviving R. Kelly featured interviews with numerous R. Kelly’s members of the family, associates, colleagues, and survivors of his alleged abuse. According to E! News, an investigation into the allegations made towards the singer was launched following the conclusion of the six-part docuseries on Saturday, Jan. 5.