John Legend, Meek Mill, Chance the Rapper denounce R. Kelly

As the revelations from Lifetime’s shocking R. Kelly documentary continue to pile up, many musicians — some of whom have worked with the singer in the past — are stepping forward to publicly denounce him...


As the revelations from Lifetime’s shocking R. Kelly documentary continue to pile up, many musicians — some of whom have worked with the singer in the past — are stepping forward to publicly denounce him.

“There is NO excuse,” wrote singer Ne-Yo, 39, who was an opening artist on Kelly’s 2007 tour before being dropped after a week.

“Music is important. It really is. But it’s not more important than protecting our children, protecting our little girls. PERIOD. #IHaveADaughter #TF!?? #MUTERKELLY,” he added alongside a picture of the words “MuteRKelly” against a black background.”

Rapper Meek Mill, 31, also added that after watching the documentary, “I’m not feeling R.”

“It’s so much filthy s— going on in this industry nobody will ever really speak on the wild s— because most of them could have docs like this or even worst done about them!” he added.

R&B singer Tank, 43, went on to share a lengthy post in which he admitted that while he, like many, had “been inspired” by Kelly, the documentary made him “sick to my stomach.”

“A lot of artists, song writers, producers, record execs, etc are very confused as to how to respond to what they’ve seen and heard,” he wrote. “We’ve all been inspired by this man. We’ve all been witnesses to his musical genius. We have shaped and molded talent we sign after his musical image. We’ve invested so much of ourselves into this man that it’s hard for us to let go. I no longer have that issue.”

“I whole heartedly [sic] apologize for not coming to this realization sooner,” he wrote, adding, “There has to be a line drawn. Enough has to be enough at some point. Who are we saying is worth protecting if we let this continue? I choose the lives of these young black girls!”

Surviving R. Kelly — which aired on Lifetime from Thursday, Jan. 3 to Saturday, Jan. 5 — features wide-ranging interviews with Kelly’s family members, former friends and colleagues, but most notably, women who claim that for decades the hit-making singer and producer used his power and influence to sexually and physically abuse women and young girls.

Representatives for Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, responded “no comment” to PEOPLE’s request for a response to the allegations made in Surviving R. Kelly and interviews with alleged victims in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

In 2002, Kelly, 51, was indicted after a video surfaced allegedly showing a man engaged in sex acts with a woman who some witnesses testified was 14 at the time of the recording.

Both Kelly and the woman denied that the video was of them, and Kelly was never charged with assault. In 2008, Kelly was found not guilty on 21 counts of child pornography.

Source: people.com



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