Yesterday news broke about a 45-minute tape featuring R. Kelly allegedly having sex with a teenage girl.
The disturbing report followed decades of allegations made against the world-famous R&B singer, with multiple women coming out and accusing him of having sex with them when they were underage.
Robert ‘R’ Kelly, 52, has denied all allegations.
Every legal case brought against him has been settled outside of court, except for a 2008 trial over a sex tape with a minor where he was acquitted due to issues identifying him.
News of another sex tape comes in the wake of the groundbreaking documentary Surviving R. Kelly, which premiered in the US last month and will finally be brought to Australian viewers on Foxtel’s Crime + Investigation channel on Friday.
Several of Kelly’s accusers finally united their voices to share their horrifying stories of being trapped in a “sex cult” in the six-part series, which was watched by a record number of people in the US.
The first episode mainly profiles Kelly’s childhood, living in a housing project in Chicago with his mother, Joanne, and his three siblings.
Kelly has admitted in the past he was sexually abused by an older woman within the family from the age of seven.
The episode covers his rise to stardom, which happened almost overnight, and his obsession with younger girls, before he illegally married then 15-year-old singer Aaliyah.
Over the course of the docuseries it will delve into allegations he created an abusive “sex cult” with young women, who he allegedly kept isolated in different rooms at his rental properties.
His accusers have claimed they had to get permission from Kelly for everything from speaking to other people, to when they wanted to eat and even using the bathroom.
Many of the women, who say they were brainwashed, also claim he physically abused them if they broke these “rules”.
Kelly denied these claims and his lawyer Brian Nix has said he is threatening to sue Lifetime, the network that made the documentary.
Married couple Jonjelyn and Timothy Savage claim their daughter Jocelyn Savage, 23, is currently living with Kelly and has been since she was 19.
They say they haven’t seen their daughter since 2016, and have only spoken to her a handful of times.
But Jocelyn claimed to TMZ in 2017 she was not a hostage and that her parents were “over-reacting”.
The documentary’s original release in early January forced police in the US to re-open criminal investigations, and Kelly was dropped from his label, RCA Records.
Musicians he has collaborated with in the past, including Lady Gaga and Celine Dion, removed songs they made with him from streaming platforms.
Within two weeks of the show’s premiere Kelly also launched a Facebook page discrediting the accusers, which was removed by the social media giant for breaking its code of conduct.
The Australian premiere, which airs on Friday February 2 at 9.30pm on Crime + Investigation, comes after the news prosecutors were investigating a new sex tape, which CNN viewed and alleged showed Kelly having sex with a girl.
Despite a litany of legal suits and accusations, Kelly’s career hasn’t faded into oblivion as you’d expect.
If anything, he’s actually doing very well considering his age.
In 2017, Kelly performed an arena tour across the US, and last year he toured with singer Charlie Wilson. His music also appeared in the uber popular 2017 film Pitch Perfect 3.
Kelly was supposed to tour Australia this year but that has seemingly been put on ice.