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John Legend Says He 'Doesn't Give A F**k' About Protecting Child Rapists After Praise For Appearing In 'Surviving R. Kelly'

The docuseries' executive producer said she asked other A-list celebrities to partake in the series but was refused.

Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter John Legend recently voiced his support for the new Lifetime mini-series Surviving R. Kelly which premiered on Thursday. 

The Independent reports the musician, who appears in the documentary, is the only high-profile celebrity featured among several women giving testimonies against Kelly.

Legend took to Twitter to share his thoughts about his role on the docuseries. In his first tweet reflecting on the premiere of the series, he thanked documentary's executive producer Dream Hampton for her work along with the survivors for speaking out. 

"We should all thank my friend @dreamhampton for her very necessary work to create #SurvivingRKelly. These survivors deserved to be lifted up and heard. I hope it gets them closer to some kind of justice," he wrote.

In an interview with Shadow and Act, Hampton said she asked several other celebrities including Jay-Z and Erykah Badu to share their thoughts on camera but none of them wanted to be involved.  

“John Legend was the only one," Hampton stated. “I asked Jay-Z, I asked Mary J. Blige, I asked Lil Kim, Erykah Badu, Dave Chappelle..."

“I mean, most people just don't want to touch it. 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," she continued. 

Legend went on to tweet he does not want praise for appearing in the series and felt it was an easy decision.

"To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn't feel risky at all. I believe these women and don't give a f**k about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision," he wrote in a second tweet. 

According to Rolling Stone, Legend voiced his support for the #MuteRKelly movement back in April. The initiative was spearheaded by advocacy group Time's Up in an open letter demanding the music industry its reevaluate ties to Kelly.

The "All of Me" singer ended his series of tweets with a thank you to A Long Walk Home, a non-profit organization which uses art to educate people about sexual and domestic violence. 

"Also I'm happy to support the work of people like my friends at @ALongWalkHome who have been speaking out on behalf of the survivors for a long time," he concluded.The final episode of Surviving R. Kelly will air on Saturday, January 5. 


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