Surviving R. Kelly, which premiered Thursday on Lifetime as part of a three-night, six-hour event, has been making headlines for the disturbing portrait it paints of the controversial singer.
Both Kelly and the girl disputed that the video showed them, and although Kelly was charged with possession of child pornography relating to the 2002 video, a jury found him not guilty.
In an interview for Shadow and Act, hampton said Questlove was approached for the doc, but declined. “I remember Ahmir [“Questlove” Thompson] was like, ‘I would do anything for you but I can’t do this.’ It’s not because they support him, it’s because it’s so messy and muddy. It’s that turning away that has allowed this to go on,”
According to TMZ, Kelly’s lawyer Brian Nix has threatened to sue Lifetime network if it airs the documentary.
The first two parts of the special revealed R. Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, was molested as a child for years and detailed his rise to stardom. As the musician gained notoriety, several of his colleagues and former employees said he often visited his former high school, Kenwood High School in Chicago, as an adult and often had young girls at his studio and on his tour buses.
Representatives for R. 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 stands now.
— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) December 27, 2018
Twitter Reactions on #SurvivingRKelly
Am I the only one that cant bring himself to watch this Surviving R. Kelly documentary? It just makes me sick to my stomach.
— Ms. Kondo (@RaytedG) January 4, 2019
I’m still not okay watching this. Just trying to process it all. It’s a lot.
Grown women still carrying guilt for a sexual act they were pressured into by a predator some 20 years ago – So much pain. #SurvivingRKelly
— Shelby Ivey Christie (@bronze_bombSHEL) January 4, 2019
— Lola 💫 (@Say_It_Slow) January 4, 2019
— Gabe Smith (@citizengabe) January 4, 2019
I’m really disturbed by this documentary
— Jessincaseidontmakeithometonite (@JustdatGreat) January 4, 2019
I’m legit disgusted. #SurvivingRKelly
— Shaq (@ShaqMitchell) January 4, 2019
— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 30, 2018
Questlove responded to Hampton’s quote via Twitter on Thursday evening noting, “I always thought Kels was trash. My reason for declining the R. Kelly [documentary] that I support 10000000 percent is I didn’t wanna be in the ‘good times’ portion of the doc, like tanning for his ‘genius.’ I was asked to talk about his genius.”
On Dec. 4, a screening and public conversation about the series, including the alleged victims, was abruptly evacuated after the venue received two anonymous, threatening calls in which the caller claimed someone had a gun in the theatre.