LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An legal professional for R. Kelly on Friday referred to as a brand new documentary sequence in regards to the R&B singer a “for-profit hit piece,” and stated accusations of abuse via the Grammy-winning musician have been a “whole fabrication.”
FILE PHOTO: Singer R. Kelly arrives on the 41st American Track Awards in Los Angeles, California November 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Record Photograph
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, infrequently with minors.
Kelly, 52, the Chicago singer and document manufacturer highest recognized for his hit music “I Consider I Can Fly,” has in recent times many times denied accusations of abuse, together with the ones made within the new documentary.
Steve Greenberg, an legal professional for Kelly, stated in an interview on Friday that there was once no proof to make stronger the accusations contained within the documentary, calling it a “for-profit hit piece filled with falsities, filled with errors.”
The Lifetime sequence featured interviews with a number of ladies making on-camera allegations of sexual, psychological and bodily abuse via Kelly, in addition to interviews with a few of his former managers and manufacturers.
Reuters was once not able independently to ensure the accusations. In 2008, the singer was once 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 took place,” Greenberg stated of the documentary.
“Their display was once an entire fabrication and fraud,” he added. “We’re pulling in combination the proof to turn out 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,” stated Kannie Yu LaPack, a spokeswoman for Lifetime.
The sequence has been a success for the community, which stated 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 stated the singer and “A Megastar is Born” actress was once “doing what she thinks is politically right kind.”
Reporting via Lisa Richwine; Further reporting via Dan Whitcomb; Modifying via Invoice Tarrant and Daniel Wallis