John Legend is continuing to draw attention to the allegations against R Kelly while a majority of his contemporaries in the music industry remain silent.
On Monday night, Legend was quick to respond to an individual who attacked Legend by claiming the EGOT-winning superstar was quick to bash Kelly but never spoke up when allegations first arose about Harvey Weinstein.
‘I took a photo with and worked with Harvey on several occasions before his abuse was known to me and the rest of the world. Since his being exposed, his company and career have rightfully been destroyed and he’s been indicted. Sounds like something that should happen to R Kelly,’ responded Legend.
Then, in a reference to the photo that critic posted of Legend and porntop.online wife Chrissy Teigen with Weinstein, the singer added: ‘If y’all wanna cape for R and discount all these women’s stories, just say it. Don’t bring up some old pics of me and somebody else.’
Legend was the lone male artist to appear on the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R Kelly and, despite the claims made by the individual attacking him on Twitter, was also one of the first major Hollywood stars to publicly denounce Weinstein.
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On Monday night, Legend was quick to respond to an individual who attacked Legend by claiming the EGOT-winning superstar was quick to bash Kelly but never spoke up when allegations first arose about Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein is pictured with John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen at the Annual Weinstein Sundance Bowl Football Party During The Sundance Film Festival 2016 on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah
Legend was the lone male artist to appear on the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R Kelly. He tweeted the above on Monday
Legend’s support for the women accusing Kelly comes at a time when others in the industry have gone silent.
That earned him a great deal of praise on social media as well when the series premiere on Thursday,
He responded to that by writing: ‘We should all thank my friend @dreamhampton (filmmaker Dream Hampton who directed the docuseries) for her very necessary work to create #SurvivingRKelly. These survivors deserved to be lifted up and heard. I hope it gets them closer to some kind of justice.’
Legend then noted: ‘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*** about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.’
Hampton meanwhile took aim at Lady Gaga in an interview on The Karen Hunter Show on Sirius XM on Monday.
R. Kelly performs during The Buffet Tour at Allstate Arena on May 7, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois
The producer said that while Gaga’s refusal to participate in the program was not a huge disappointment, she did still have some questions for the singer.
‘I wanted to know how Lady Gaga could be on SNL with him as someone who advocates for domestic abuse survivors and was, you know, had this ridiculous performance with him on SNL,’ explained Hampton.
Gaga, who was on the red carpet for the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, has still not commented on the allegations being made about Kelly.
Gaga not only worked with Kelly, but defended the singer during a 2013 press conference in Japan when asked why she collaborated with the embattled artist after his child pronography trial.
‘R Kelly and I have sometimes, very untrue things written about us, so in a way this was a bond between us,’ said Gaga of their work together on the single ‘Do What U Want.’
Reps for Gaga have not responded to requests for comment from DailyMail.com.
Gaga, who was on the red carpet for the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday (pictured), has still not commented on the allegations being made about Kelly
Others, like Chance the Rapper, have made it clear that they are ashamed to have recorded with Kelly.
The Grammy-winning rapper, who also hails from Chicago, addressed his collaborations with Kelly in 2015 after comments he made were used on the series to suggest he supported the accused rapist.
‘The quote was taken out of context, but the truth is any of us who ever ignored the R. Kelly stories, or ever believed he was being set up/attacked by the system (as black men often are) we’re doing so at the detriment of black women and girls,’ wrote Chance.
‘I apologize to all of his survivors for working with him and for taking this long to speak out.’
Allegation: There was a Facebook post on Monday announcing that tapes featuring one accusers engaged in sexual activity had been posted online (Kelly with the accuser above)
Meanwhile, Kelly and his camp reportedly created a page and website to discredit the women who appeared in the recent Lifeti
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Stephanie Edwards, better known as Sparkle, first introduced Kelly to the young victim — who was also her niece.
She reveals how over time she went from surprised to concerned and eventually disgusted at the relationship between the singer and the young teen.
That is why she decided to speak out against the singer and testify during his trial when others remained silent.
She even turned down an offer in the high-six figures to film herself calling a truce with Kelly, saying she cannot be bought.
At the trial, which took place in 2008, Sparkle testified under oath that the video, filmed in 2000, showed Kelly and her niece.
Allen very bravely did the same during the proceedings, which kicked off with jurors watching the tape in its entirety.
In the end, Kelly was acquitted by a jury of his peers.
And after dodging jail time Kelly’s next move was to bed a 14-year-old high school freshman who had been camping outside the courthouse to see the singer.
She too shared her story on the third and fourth episodes of the docuseries on Friday.
Brainwashed:Allen (above at 17) believed that she was Kelly’s girlfriend at the age of 17 due to the fact that she spent all her time with him and they were havcing a sexual relationship.
Hitting back: It was Stephanie Edwards, better known as Sparkle (above) , who first introduced Kelly to the young victim — who was also her niece
New victim: He then began having a relationship with a girl, 14, he met outside the courthouse during the trial
The series premiered Thursday on Lifetime and shed new light on charges against the artist, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly.
The team behind Surviving R. Kelly held dozens of interviews filmed with members of the singer’s inner circle.
In the documentary, backup singers detailed sexual relations between R. Kelly and three girls under the age of 16, including 15-year-old star Aaliyah, who died in 2001 in a plane crash.
Kelly is indicted in a Florida courtroom in 2002
The allegations are subject to criminal prosecution in several US states including Illinois, where R. Kelly lived as a resident of Chicago.
Aaliyah’s mother Diane Haughton called the allegations ‘fabrications’ and accused the witnesses of being «saboteurs of Aaliyah’s legacy.»
In the documentary, women portray R. Kelly as manipulative, violent and focused on young girls, allegedly demanding they call him ‘daddy.’
Lizzette Martinez, who met the artist at age 17 as he was approaching his thirties, says she was a victim of ‘mental and physical abuse’ during their relationship, which lasted several years.
‘He stole my life from me being abused like this,’ she says in the documentary directed by Hampton.
‘I don’t think he understands girls that are young how impressionable we are and how traumatic these experiences are.’
She then adds: ‘They change you forever.’
Few celebrities participated in the documentary, despite the willingness of many to record with the artist in the wake of his child pornography trial.
John Legend is the rare exception, stepping up whereas others like Jay Z and Lady Gaga declined to participate.
He addressed the praise he received from many on social media Thursday by tweeting: ‘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 fuck about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.’