R. Kelly silenced Aaliyah and her family with a non-disclosure agreement, after his marriage and subsequent annulment to the 15-year-old singer.
Lifetime’s “Surviving R. The new allegations were made in the final installments of Kelly”, which aired on January 2 and January 3. The documentaries focus on R. Kelly’s 2022 federal trial where the NDA was brought into court as evidence. . Jane Doe was #1 in the late Aaliyah trial.
“Surviving R. Kelly” uses Aaliyah’s story as R. Kelly. To spotlight Kelly as a victim, after the media and music industry scandalized her marriage to the now-convicted singer in the ’90s.
Aaliyah’s debut album in 1994 was titled “Age Ain’t But A Number” and was recorded when she was 14 years old. And. Kelly — who mentored Aaliyah and was first introduced to her by her uncle, music executive and manager Barry Hankerson — was a lead songwriter and producer on the album. Around the time of the album’s release, rumors swirled that 15-year-old Aaliyah and 27-year-old R. Kelly were in a relationship.
The couple secretly married in August 1994. Alia was 15 at the time, but the marriage certificate lied that she was 18. In February 1995, Alia’s parents called off the marriage.
In “Surviving R. Kelly” R. On-camera interviews with people from Kelly’s camp who were in the room when the pair expressed their regrets about the marriage. People close to R. Kelly and Aaliyah share new details about the legal agreement forged between R. Kelly and Aaliyah’s family.
Aaliyah’s family declined to comment in a statement to the producers of “Surviving R. Kelly,” which aired as part of the Lifetime docuseries.
And. Kelly’s childhood friend and her former security guard, Jem Pratt, appeared on “Surviving R Kelly” and claimed that Aaliyah’s father was outraged by the marriage and forced it to be annulled. Pratt complained that Alia’s family R. Kelly had a contractual arrangement that said they would not press charges against her after annulling her illegal marriage; Instead, r. Kelly sold the rights to her first three albums to Aaliyah’s family, giving them financial incentives.
“Her father didn’t want her anywhere near him,” Pratt said in the docuseries.
Various on-camera guests on “Surviving R. Kelly” described the wedding as R. Kelly as a way to avoid jail time for rape of a minor.
The final episodes of “Surviving R. Kelly” feature R. Devoting time to covering up for Kelly’s camp enablers, who turned a blind eye to his abuse for three decades, and helped the convicted musician arrange to see his victims, including booking flights for minor girls to cross state lines for private meetings. A prosecutor who appeared as a legal expert on the documents described R Kelly as “running a criminal enterprise”. “Everyone had a financial incentive to look the other way,” says another expert.
“He couldn’t do this on his own. It’s impossible…it’s clear that Din Din was active,” said R Kelly’s former security guard, Pratt. He later said, “It was not a one-man operation. Most of the people in that camp knew that many of these girls were young. They had to.”
The NDA was raised in R. Kelly’s New York trial in 2022, but did not receive widespread coverage. The use of NDAs in sexual harassment cases has become a hot-button issue, particularly in the workplace, highlighting the power imbalance with perpetrators or corporations silencing victims through forced legal documents.
And. Prior to Kelly’s trial, journalist Jim DeRogatis — the reporter who more than two decades ago in R. Kelly first broke the news of sexual assault — revealing the NDA that R. Kelly used against Aaliyah A few years ago, Derogatis spoke about the documents leaked to him, saying in an interview that R. The annulment and Aaliyah’s legal claims against Kelly are sealed
“It’s a harrowing document,” he said. “He and Kelly have a non-disclosure agreement, a commitment not to pursue further legal claims for physical abuse. So, it wasn’t just an underage sexual relationship, he hit her, allegedly, according to those court documents.
talking diversity Regarding the final installment of “Surviving R. Kelly,” executive producer Jesse Daniels said the production team was careful not to exploit Aaliyah in the documentary, and hoped to highlight the abuse she endured by R. Kelly as a teenager. “We’ve had a lot of conversations about how to tell Aaliyah’s story every time because we really want to be respectful of her legacy. But with what he’s been through, we can’t turn our backs,” said Daniels.