"Kelly" on track at Lifetime amid threats of legal action

Aaliyah at the at the 2000 Teen Choice Awards at the Barker hangar in Santa Monica CA on Sunday

But Hampton doesn't believe it's because they support him or his actions.

Surviving R Kelly also features accounts from ex-girlfriend Lisa Van Allen, Jovante Cunningham, ex-wife Andrea Kelly, and ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones.

Kelly, which chronicles years of abuse and pedophilia claims against the R&B singer, broke ratings records for Lifetime when the first episode premiered on January 3.

Surviving R Kelly continues Friday and Saturday on Lifetime.

"I wouldn't hear from him for days, and he would come back and it was just sex and abuse", she recalled.

Even before the infamous sex tape emerged in the early-2000's, during which R. Kelly is seen urinating on an alleged minor, the singer had openly carried out a romantic relationship with his protégée, Aaliyah, when she was just 15 and he was 27. In Surviving R. Kelly, his former personal assistant, Demetrius Smith, claims to have attended the wedding and to having helped obtain false documents for underaged Aaliyah.

It was Stephanie Edwards, better known as Sparkle, who first introduced Kelly to the young victim - who was also her niece.

'He stole my life from me being abused like this, ' she says in the documentary directed by filmmaker Dream Hampton.

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"Yes we Play R. Kelly, and we have listeners requesting R. Kelly on a regular basis, and have no complaints when we do play him, at least that I've received".

Despite all the rumors, Smith claims that he never saw anything sexual happen between Kelly and Aaliyah.

The team behind Surviving R. Kelly held dozens of interviews filmed with members of the singer's inner circle. In July, Kelly mentioned Legend on the song "I Admit", singing that he loved Legend, Steve Harvey and Tom Joyner.

"I admire them so much and have all the respect in the world for them", she added.

"Shame on all those involved in this project who thought it kosher to drag Aaliyah's name into a situation that has nothing to do with her today", she concluded.

"We were out on the road with Aaliyah". After the two began a sexual relationship, Martinez claims she became pregnant with the singer's child when she was a senior in high school, and, shortly after she found out, suffered a miscarriage.

In May, the online streaming platform Spotify removed the artist's music from its playlists and recommendations after the Time's Up movement for gender equality urged the music industry to dump him over persistent sex abuse allegations.

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