— Robert Kelly is threatening legal action against Lifetime if it airs documentary.
— List of Top celebrities who refused to participate in Surviving R. Kelly documentary series.
According to TMZ, Kelly’s lawyer Brian Nix is threatening to file a federal lawsuit against Lifetime if the network doesn’t backpedal on deciding to air the documentary special. We have a feeling it’s going to air as planned, despite the legal threats.
Kelly also claims he is in possession of two recordings proving Lifetime was aware that “some of the girls are lying, but that the budget was too high to turn back now.”
In an interview with Shadow & Act, executive producer Dream Hampton noted she was “at war with R. Kelly.” Hampton also touched on the difficulties concerning celebrity participation.
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“John Legend was the only one,” Hampton confirmed. “I asked Jay-Z, I asked Mary J. Blige, I asked Lil Kim, Erykah Badu, Dave Chappelle…” But, they all said no. “I mean, most people just don’t want to touch it. I remember Ahmir [“Questlove” Thompson] was like, ‘I would do anything for you but I can’t do this.’ It’s not because they support him, it’s because it’s so messy and muddy. It’s that turning away that has allowed this to go on.”
The consecutive three-night event of Surviving R. Kelly begins Thursday, Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.
— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) December 27, 2018
Questlove responded to Hampton’s quote via Twitter on Thursday evening noting, “I always thought Kels was trash. My reason for declining the R. Kelly [documentary] that I support 10000000 percent is I didn’t wanna be in the ‘good times’ portion of the doc, like stanning for his ‘genius.’ I was asked to talk about his genius.”
In a recent interview with Shadow and Act, hampton talked about the celebrities who didn’t want to get involved with the Lifetime docuseries, which begins on January 3.
dream hampton is doing the r. kelly doc and she said some celebs declined including questlove then this happened pic.twitter.com/0gKHzlUgbQ
— Dani (@danielleisback_) January 4, 2019