John Legend Calls R. Kelly a ‘Serial Child Rapist’ over Lifetime Documentary

John Legend made headline this week after called fellow singer R. Kelly a “Serial Child Rapist” after a shocking documentary featuring some of R. Kelly’s alleged sexual abuse victims aired on Jan. 3.

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All things started after Lifetime Channel release a new documentary Surviving R. Kelly with shocking 6-part docuseries features wide-ranging interviews with R. Kelly’s family members, former friends and colleagues, but most notably, women who claim that for decades the hit-making singer and producer used his power and influence to sexually and physically abuse women and young girls.


“To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all. I believe these women and don’t give a f**k about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision,” he wrote on Twitter

In 2002 Kelly was indicted after a video surfaced allegedly showing a man engaged in sex acts with a woman who some witnesses testified was 14 at the time of the recording.

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“A lot of people saw that tape, it was circulating in the streets,” says Legend, in the documentary. Both R. Kelly and the woman denied that the video was of them, and R. Kelly was never charged with assault. In 2008, R. Kelly was found not guilty on 21 counts of child pornography.


A report from BuzzFeed News released in July 2017 alleged that R. Kelly has kept at least six women in his Chicago and Georgia properties who allegedly fulfill his desires and are punished if they break any of his “rules.” These allegations have never led to formal charges.

“R. Kelly has brought so much pain to so many people,” Legend, 40, says during an interview for the documentary. Legend has openly supported women’s right’s organization Time’s Up and the #MuteRKelly boycott.