So, as you may know, the first two parts of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly docu-series aired last night (Jan. 3), and….it was definitely a lot to unpack. The show talked about the origins of the R&B singer’s history of sexual abuse, from him being molested as a child by a family member, to him allegedly frequenting local high schools and malls for teenage girls. Out of the 50 interviews conducted for the show, ranging from family members to the victims themselves, you may have noticed that there was only one of Kelly’s musical equals that was interviewed: EGOT-winner John Legend.
In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, producer Dream Hampton mentioned that she reached out to several active musicians to take part, but only Legend answered the call.
It was incredibly difficult to get people who had collaborated (artistically) with Kelly to come forward. We asked Lady Gaga. We asked Erykah Badu. We asked Celine Dion. We asked Jay-Z. We asked Dave Chappelle,” he explained. “(They’re) people who have been critical of him. That makes John Legend even more of a hero for me.”
And judging by Legend’s tweet about the documentary, he had absolutely no problem participating to support the victims. And he was…ahem…frank about his opinion.
To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn't feel risky at all. I believe these women and don't give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 4, 2019
Parts 3 & 4 of Surviving R. Kelly airs tonight at 9pm EST on Lifetime, with parts 5 & 6 airing tomorrow at the same time.