'Surviving R. Kelly' Premiere Breaks Lifetime's Docuseries Ratings Records

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The revelations in Lifetime's shocking R. Kelly documentary are sending the Twitterverse into an uproar.

In the documentary, women portray R Kelly as manipulative, violent and focused on young girls, allegedly demanding they call him "daddy".

Ruiz says she will still enjoy Kelly's music, but will be more conscious about where her money goes.

The team behind Surviving R. Kelly held dozens of interviews filmed with members of the singer's inner circle.

The alleged abuse outlined in the first night of the documentary included an emotional interview with former backup singer Jovante Cunningham, who met R. Kelly at age 14 and claims she bore direct witness to a sexual encounter Kelly had with his one-time protégée Aaliyah Haughton.

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He added: 'We should all thank my friend [Dream Hampton] for her very necessary work to create #SurvivingRKelly.

"People I wanted to come on camera waaaay more than any celeb, but refused: Barry Weiss, former head of RCA/Jive, Ann Carli of Jive Records, BET Executives who greenlit his appearance on award shows, including Debra Lee and Stephen Hill, his biographer, David Ritz", hampton tweeted.

- John Legend (@johnlegend) January 4, 2019To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn't feel risky at all.

"Robert, him being my big brother, I brought that to him and told him what happened to me".

'I don't think he understands girls that are young how impressionable we are and how traumatic these experiences are'. "They're about different people during those times and different situations that were occurring with him".

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Speaking of which. Lifetime's ratings monster, "Surviving R. Kelly" has kicked up the conversation once again regarding the controversial singer and the many accusations of sexual abuse. "Whenever survivors are willing to come out and share their stories, it helps others survivors to know that they're not alone", said Megan Elbin, a front line advocate for the Family Justice Center.

One story that perfectly illustrates this was their wedding day - a surprise ceremony that Kelly threw for Lee, without her having any idea they were about to get hitched. At the time Kelly would have been 27 and Aaliyah would have been 15.

Kelly's lawyer Brian Nix threatened Lifetime with a lawsuit if the network aired the docuseries, which Nix said was "packed with lies", according to TMZ.

Surviving R. Kelly premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.

"But I didn't know that a bomb was coming", Sparkle said.

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