LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An lawyer for R. Kelly on Friday known as a brand new documentary collection in regards to the R&B singer a “for-profit hit piece,” and mentioned accusations of abuse by way of the Grammy-winning musician have been a “whole fabrication.”
FILE PHOTO: Singer R. Kelly arrives on the 41st American Song Awards in Los Angeles, California November 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Document Picture
The six-hour documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which aired previous this month on U.S. cable channel Lifetime, contains allegations from more than one ladies who accuse Kelly of sexual misconduct, occasionally with minors.
Kelly, 52, the Chicago singer and file manufacturer highest recognized for his hit tune “I Consider I Can Fly,” has in recent times again and again denied accusations of abuse, together with the ones made within the new documentary.
Steve Greenberg, an lawyer for Kelly, mentioned in an interview on Friday that there used to be no proof to give a boost to the accusations contained within the documentary, calling it a “for-profit hit piece filled with falsities, filled with errors.”
The Lifetime collection featured interviews with a number of ladies making on-camera allegations of sexual, psychological and bodily abuse by way of Kelly, in addition to interviews with a few of his former managers and manufacturers.
Reuters used to be not able independently to ensure the accusations. In 2008, the singer used to be attempted and acquitted on kid pornography fees in Chicago.
“There’s ladies announcing issues, which is in fact their prerogative, however there is not any proof that any of it came about,” Greenberg mentioned of the documentary.
“Their display used to be a whole fabrication and fraud,” he added. “We’re pulling in combination the proof to end up that.”
Lifetime is a part of A&E Networks, which is a three way partnership between Hearst Communications and Walt Disney Co.
“The ladies’s tales talk for themselves,” mentioned Kannie Yu LaPack, a spokeswoman for Lifetime.
The collection has been successful for the community, which mentioned the documentary’s Jan. three premiere attracted 1.nine million audience and the community’s largest target market in two years amongst adults 25 to 54 and different age teams.
After the documentary aired, singer Girl Gaga vowed to take away a duet she recorded with Kelly from streaming services and products and not collaborate with him once more.
Greenberg mentioned the singer and “A Megastar is Born” actress used to be “doing what she thinks is politically right kind.”
Reporting by way of Lisa Richwine; Further reporting by way of Dan Whitcomb; Modifying by way of Invoice Tarrant and Daniel Wallis