R. Kelly denies all sexual misconduct allegations

R. Kelly's attorney says the R&B star never knowingly had sex with a minor, sexually abused any woman or held anyone against their will. Speaking with the Associated Press in Chicago on Friday, attorney Stephen Greenberg says the R&B star denies all allegations of sexual misconduct made by women in the Lifetime documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly."

Through his attorney Steve Greenberg, singer R. Kelly denied all allegations of sexual misconduct involving multiple women and underage girls in the last two and a half decades on Friday.

Kelly, 52, has faced numerous sexual assault allegations since 1994, when he reportedly married the late R&B singer Aaliyah — something that he denied even after having the marriage annulled. Aaliyah was only 15 years old at the time. He was 27. Greenberg has since confirmed the marriage.

A six-part Lifetime docuseries entitled Surviving R. Kelly, aired in January with the intent to expose the countless allegations of predatory tendencies and sexual misconduct levelled against the singer.

The show concluded on Jan. 5 and featured more than 50 interviews, including revealing quotes from former collaborators and victims of Kelly’s alleged sex crimes.

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R. Kelly performs in concert at Barclays Center on Sept. 25, 2015.

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Greenberg claimed that the women who came forward in Surviving R. Kelly lied about their accusations on the count that they never presented evidence to the authorities.

“The allegations aren’t true because he never knowingly had sex with an underage woman,” claimed the attorney in a statement to The Associated Press.

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“He never forced anyone to do anything, he never held anyone captive, he never abused anyone,” alleged Greenberg.

He then admitted he didn’t know the details about most of the allegations, claiming that many young women had “come on to” Kelly with hopes of kickstarting their own music careers.

R. Kelly (L) and Lady Gaga perform onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif.

R. Kelly (L) and Lady Gaga perform onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif.

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Greenberg further admitted that neither he nor Kelly had watched what he refers to as the “disgusting” exposé.

He harshly criticized the Dream Hampton-produced series, citing that, “Some producer went running around and solicited all these people, did a Jerry Springer-esque show and all this uproar.”

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In defence of his client, Greenberg heavily insinuated that many of the women who came forward to speak out against Kelly were not authentic and had never actually met the singer and were just trying to make money or imprison him.

He followed up by questioning why some of the alleged victims didn’t come forward anytime sooner, especially after the discovery of a sex tape that surfaced in 2002 of a man purpoted to be Kelly engaging in sexual activities with an underage girl.

The attorney claimed it was all a matter of timing, specifically after the #MuteRKelly campaign and the #MeToo movement.

Demonstrators gather near the studio of R. Kelly to call for a boycott of his music after allegations of sexual abuse against young girls were raised on the highly-rated Lifetime mini-series, 'Surviving R. Kelly' on Jan. 9, 2019, in Chicago, Ill.

Demonstrators gather near the studio of R. Kelly to call for a boycott of his music after allegations of sexual abuse against young girls were raised on the highly-rated Lifetime mini-series, 'Surviving R. Kelly' on Jan. 9, 2019, in Chicago, Ill.

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After reportedly threatening to file a lawsuit against Lifetime, Kelly attempted to launch a website discrediting the documentary accusers.

He successfully created a Facebook page, but it was taken down almost immediately. He has still not taken action against Hampton or Lifetime.

As of this writing, Kelly has not been charged or convicted of any of the recent allegations of sexual misconduct.

The authorities are still asking victims of Kelly’s alleged sex crimes to file complaints against the singer so they can investigate.

— With files from The Associated Press

adam.wallis@globalnews.ca

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