Late singer Aaliyah’s former boyfriend Damon Dash spoke out about the headline-making Lifetime sequence Surviving R. Kelly and what he remembers his ex-girlfriend saying about R&B crooner R. Kelly after they have been collectively.
Speaking with Hip Hop Motivation in a video posted on Jan. 5, 2019, Damon Dash, who’s identified for co-founding Roc-A-Fella Records with rapper Jay-Z and producer Kareem “Biggs” Burke, opened up about his data of R. Kelly all through the years. To begin, Dash revealed that he’d seen a few of Surviving R. Kelly on TV — “as a lot as [he] might tolerate.”
He famous that, when watching one girl try to debate her experiences with R. Kelly, he recalled how Aaliyah used to behave. “I bear in mind Aaliyah attempting to speak about it and she or he could not. She simply would go away it at, ‘That dude was a nasty man,'” the 47-year-old mentioned. “And I did not actually wanna know what he did to the extent that I would really feel the necessity … to take care of it. Just ‘trigger that is what a person does. But it simply was a lot harm for her to revisit it. It was like, ‘I would not even wanna revisit it with out a skilled.’ Whatever received achieved was horrible.'”
Dash shared that, due to his relationship with Aaliyah, he wished no a part of making R. Kelly’s 2002 report, The Best of Both Worlds, leaving it to Jay-Z to work on (through Perez Hilton). “I used to be like ‘Bro, you understand homie violated and he violated my woman. He violated a buddy of yours,'” Dash said. Clearly sad together with his enterprise associate selecting to proceed a working relationship with Kelly, Dash mentioned that was the second he knew “Roc-A-Fella was defunct.”
“I knew, morally, we weren’t the identical,” he defined, including, “It was over. I could not f**okay with it. It was one thing that, to me, was similar to … to not say ‘unforgivable,’ however I could not perceive it.” He went on, “I believed, ‘Well, the folks aren’t gonna have that.’ But no person mentioned nothing.'”
Dash additional questioned why it took folks “so lengthy” to take heed to the entire tales on the market about R. Kelly when he’d identified about them for years.
Lifetime aired the docu-series Surviving R. Kelly over the course of three nights in January 2019, beginning on Thursday, Jan. 3. The program shared interviews with folks relating to their experiences with the controversial singer. Some even opened up about “new allegations about his sexual, psychological, and bodily abuse,” as Lifetime boasted on their web site.
Among these interviewed was well-liked singer John Legend, whom Dash applauded for publicly condemning Kelly. He later addressed his appearance on the docu-series on Twitter, telling followers, “To everybody telling me how brave I’m for showing within the doc, it did not really feel dangerous in any respect. I imagine these girls and do not give a f**okay about defending a serial little one rapist. Easy choice.”
Following Surviving R. Kelly‘s premiere, the “Ignition” artist has come underneath investigation for sexual abuse allegations in Georgia, as reported by Complex. Chicago prosecutors additionally reportedly instructed any alleged victims to return ahead and converse to police.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kelly’s lawyer in Chicago, Steve Greenberg, has denied the allegations towards his shopper, claiming that they are simply “one other spherical of tales” getting used to “fill actuality TV time.”
For readers who is probably not conscious of Aaliyah’s connection to R. Kelly — who, in 2017, was accused of working a intercourse cult — the 2 reportedly had a mentee-mentor relationship when she was a younger teenager and he was in his 20s. It’s been lengthy rumored that the celebs married when Aaliyah was simply 15 years outdated. According to Kelly’s former private assistant Demetrius Smith (through People), he’d helped get hold of falsified authorized paperwork for Aaliyah in order that she might wed.
Smith additionally claimed that the marriage had come after Kelly allegedly worrid that he’d gotten Aaliyah pregnant. “Robert mentioned, ‘Man we received Aaliyah in bother,'” Smith recalled. “That broke my coronary heart proper there as a result of I actually believed him when he mentioned that he wasn’t messing with Aaliyah … Once he instructed me that I used to be perplexed.”
Aaliyah later handed away in a tragic aircraft crash in 2001, when she was simply 22 years outdated.