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'Surviving R. Kelly' Viewers Are Questioning Why Charlamagne Tha God Was Included In The Docuseries

The syndicated radio host has been accused of rape himself.

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The highly anticipated Lifetime series Surviving R. Kelly features many individuals who were once close to the R&B singer speaking about the allegations of rape, abuse and child molestation Kelly faces. While John Legend was lauded for his take on the situation, radio host Lenard McKelvey (aka Charlamagne Tha God) was derided online after appearing in the documentary. 

As Billboard reports, Charlamagne has been accused of rape himself, and viewers took to social media to ask why a man accused of such severe sexual misconduct was invited to speak about the allegations against Kelly.



Users resurfaced tweets The Breakfast Club host fired off around eight years ago joking about Kelly. In one tweet dated back to November 2010, the host wrote, "R. Kelly had the best celebrity sex tape of all time." In another, he tweeted, "R. Kelly looks 20 something. The fountain of youth can clearly be found within teenage vagina."



Other users referenced Charlamagne's on-camera discussions of consent and abuse. As Consequence of Sound notes, the host seemed to condone physical violence against women in an interview with DJ Vlad, and as The Daily Beast reports, when the host discussed his first sexual encounter with his wife on air, he said she told him when she looked at the it "in hindsight," he raped her.



Charlamagne was formally accused of rape in 2001 when a woman came forward with allegations that he sexually assaulted her when she was only 15 years old. He was 22 at the time of the attack and pleaded guilty to the delinquency of a minor. After submitting his guilty plea, Charlamagne was sentenced to three years probation.

Surviving R. Kelly executive producer dream hampton caught wind of the criticism and posted a response to her personal feed on Saturday. In her tweet, the former music critic said she was unaware of Charlamagne's past tweets, and she called the decision to interview him a " huge mistake."



When asked by viewers why she opted to profile him in the first place, she said Charlamagne had been one of R. Kelly's critics for some time. 



In her interview with Shadow & Act, hampton revealed she had trouble getting celebrities associated by Kelly to speak on camera, noting Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige and Dave Chappelle refused to participate in the series. 


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