The mother of late R&B star and actress Aaliyah has spoken out against stories shared about her daughter in Surviving R. Kelly, a new Lifetime mini-series exploring accusations of sexual abuse surrounding musician R. Kelly.
According to E! News, Jovante Cunningham, who worked as a backup dancer for R. Kelly, claims she saw Aaliyah and Kelly having sex on a tour bus when the deceased singer was just 15-years-old.
"It just so happened we were all laying in our bunks and the curtains are open, everybody’s communicating, laughing," Cunningham says, according to Complex. "When the door [to Kelly's room] flew open on the bus. Robert was having sex with Aaliyah."
Specifically, the dancer says she saw Kelly engaged in “things that an adult should not be doing with a child."
Diane Haughton, Aaliyah's mom, told E! Cunningham is making things up.
“The woman and so-called backup singer that describes seeing, meeting or ever breathing the same air as my daughter, Aaliyah, is lying and is a liar," said Haughton in a statement. "My husband and I were always on tour with her and at interviews and every place she went throughout her entire career. Whoever this woman is, I have never seen her before anywhere on planet earth, until now.”
Haughton also said allegations of an improper relationship between Kelly and her daughter "can not be tolerated and allowed to be spewed from the forked tongues of saboteurs of Aaliyah's legacy."
As Blavity has reported, Kelly currently faces a number of abuse allegations, including claims of domestic abuse from his former wife and reports of forcing women into sexual slavery. A now 34-year-old woman alleged last year Kelly worked to groom her into his "sex pet" when she was 14. In 2018, Kelly's brother accused the singer of molesting their 14-year-old cousin.
Kelly has denied all of these allegations in statements, and in a song called "I Admit."
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