Update: Lifetime tells TMZ that they plan to air the documentary as scheduled. "Lifetime has all the time been a model that champions ladies’s tales," a rep provides.
Lifetime is slated to air their highly-anticipated Surviving R. Kelly documentary Thursday night time (Jan. three); it can characteristic testimonies from a bunch of ladies that allegedly encountered psychological, bodily, and sexual abuse by the hands of R. Kelly all through his music profession.
Now, in keeping with a authorized letter obtained by TMZ, the Chicago native's authorized staff is reportedly threatening to sue Lifetime in the event that they don't pull the plug on the upcoming three-night collection.
The 51-year-old's lawyer, Brian Nix, alleges that the documentary is crammed with false allegations, as he believes the themes are defaming Kelly for private achieve. Kelly additionally says he has "audio recordings that present Lifetime knew 'a few of the women are mendacity, however that the finances was too excessive to show again now,'" because the outlet experiences.
Aaliyah's mom, Diane Haughton, additionally spoke out in opposition to claims from one among R. Kelly's former backup dancers that mentioned she witnessed the connection between her daughter and Kelly flip sexual whereas touring on tour collectively when the "Are You That Somebody" artist was simply 15 years outdated.
"The girl and so-called again up singer that describes seeing, assembly or ever respiratory the identical air as my daughter, Aaliyah, is mendacity and is a liar," Haughton instructed E! News. "My husband and I have been all the time on tour along with her and at interviews and each place she went all through her complete profession. Whoever this girl is, I've by no means seen her earlier than anyplace on planet earth, till now."
Billboard has reached out to R. Kelly's lawyer for remark.