The six-part documentary Surviving R. Kelly will air on Lifetime starting tonight.
We already know that one of Kelly's background singers, Jovante Cunningham, will say this in the series:
"We were out on the road with Aaliyah," says Cunningham. "On a tour bus, there really aren’t many confined spaces. When you get on the bus there are bunks and so these bunks have little curtains you can pull at night if you don’t want anybody to see you sleeping. So it just so happened we were all laying in our bunks and the curtains are open, everybody’s communicating, laughing. When the door flew open on the bus. Robert was having sex with Aaliyah."
At the time, Kelly was 27 and Aaliyah was 15.
Aaliyah's mother Diane Haughton is now pushing back on Cunningham's claim.
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"The woman and so-called backup singer in the forthcoming Surviving ... documentary that describes seeing, meeting or ever breathing the same air as my daughter, Aaliyah, is lying and is a liar," Haugton says.
We do know that R Kelly and Aaliyah were illegally married in 1995, with the 15-year-old Aaliyah listed as being 18. Aaliyah parents were said to have had the marriage annulled and Aaliyah would die in a plane crash six years later.
20 years ago, Vibe prints marriage certificate of Aaliyah & R. Kelly, states she is 18 yrs old. She was 15. He was 28 pic.twitter.com/AbIBbknfIS— Steven James (@TheLaunchMag) January 2, 2015