Update: The “Surviving Lies” Facebook page has been deleted.
Before the launch of the “Surviving Lies” website, a Facebook page of the same name was created. According to TMZ, Facebook has deleted the page, citing a violation of policy.
The page was shut down following the posting of alleged text messages between R. Kelly and a young woman, where she repeatedly called the singer, “daddy.” A spokesperson for Facebook told TMZ, “The Page violated our Community Standards and has been removed,” adding, “We do not tolerate bullying or sharing other’s private contact information and take action on content that violates our policies as soon as we’re aware.”
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R. Kelly plans to launch a “Surviving Lies” website to clear his name.
R. Kelly has reportedly responded to sexual abuse allegations in the new revealing Lifetime docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly. The controversial singer is gearing up to counter his accusers after multiple women shared allegations and experiences of sexual abuse in the series, according to a report in TMZ.
Sources close to Kelly reportedly told TMZ, the singer’s team is slated to launch a new website called survivinglies.com in an attempt to debunk his accusers’ stories of statutory rape, physical and mental abuse, psychological manipulation, coercion, and sex trafficking.
The singer is reportedly “disgusted” by the docu-series and views it as a “vendetta” against him by producers and others.
R. Kelly claims to not know half of the people who spoke out against him in the docu-series, and alleges that others who spoke in the series hate him for various personal and professional reasons. He also claims that there were people who wanted to go on camera to defend him but producers shut them out.
According to TMZ, sources close to the singer say, “He’s going to sue everybody who had anything to do with this.”
In an interview with SiriusXM’s “The Karen Hunter Show,” Surviving R. Kelly executive producer dream hampton shared some discoveries she made during filming. “I wish that he would have gotten help,” she told Karen Hunter.
“The things that I learned making this documentary that couldn’t make it in for legal reasons… A&E is a publicly traded company. They own Lifetime, Bunim/Murray is a production company that’s been in business as long as it has because they have a team of lawyers. So, there are so many things that I can’t talk about and will never talk about and quite frankly you don’t want to. It’s so dark and sad and traumatic.”
She continued, “I wish that he would have gotten help,” adding, “What could we have done if maybe had there been some public shaming or, or just holding his feet to the fire. Maybe he could’ve gotten help when he was 30, or you know, 29 when the Aaliyah stuff broke.”
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