Aaliyah’s mother has furiously responded to allegations that R Kelly was caught having sex with the late R&B singer on a tour bus.
A new Lifetime docu-series, Surviving R Kelly, premieres on Thursday and sees one of R Kelly’s former backing singers, Jovante Cunningham, reveal details of the alleged incident.
At the time, R Kelly would have been 27 and Aaliyah, aged 15.
Responding to the allegations in a statement, Aaliyah’s mother Diane Haughton, slammed the claims as ‘lies and fabrications’. She added that it ‘can not be tolerated and allowed to be spewed from the forked tongues of saboteurs of Aaliyah’s legacy’.
In her statement released to E! News, Diane continued: ‘The woman and so-called back-up singer that describes seeing, meeting or ever breathing the same air as my daughter, Aaliyah, is lying and is a liar.’
According to Diane, she and her husband, Michael Haughton, were ‘always on tour’ with the Try Again singer, suggesting that the sexual incident was unlikely to have happened.
Speaking positively of Aaliyah’s legacy, Diane continued: ‘My daughter only wanted to realise her dream of sharing her talent with the world, and give her all performing on stage and in front of the camera for the fans she adored so much.
‘She realised that dream, thanks to those true fans who still love and support her legacy unconditionally to this day. Shame on all those involved in this project who thought it kosher to drag Aaliyah’s name into a situation that has nothing to do with her today. Once again, this will not be tolerated.’
R Kelly was rumoured to have married Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash in 2001, after a marriage certificate emerged showing they may have married when she was 15-years-old.
While R Kelly often avoids discussing his relationship with Aaliyah, he previously told GQ that he ‘absolutely [did] not’ do anything wrong in that situation.
Surviving R Kelly features interviews with those from the singer’s inner circle, making claims that he has sexually, mentally and physically abused women.
However, TMZ reports that the I Believe I Can Fly singer’s lawyer has threatened to take legal action against Lifetime over the docu-series.
Surviving R Kelly premieres on Lifetime on 3 January.
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by – metro.co.uk