Since the Surviving R. Kelly series premiered on Lifetime earlier this month, documenting the multitude of sexual abuse allegations against R. Kelly, many of those who knew or worked with the musician have spoken out in support of his accusers and against his alleged actions. Among them were John Legend, who never worked with R. Kelly but was one of only a few artists who agreed to appear in the docuseries; Keke Palmer, a former "student" of R. Kelly, who wrote on Instagram earlier this week that she was standing by her "sisters"; and R. Kelly's own daughter, Buku Abi, who wrote on her Instagram Story on Thursday that "the same monster you all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house."
R. Kelly has denied all accusations, but is currently under investigation in Georgia, and a prosecutor in Illinois is reportedly gathering evidence to explore the possibility of opening a formal investigation.
Though many of them declined to appear in Surviving R. Kelly, in recent days, several of R. Kelly's past collaborators have come forward to apologize for working with him, including Lady Gaga, Chance the Rapper, and several more. Here, in reverse chronological order, are those apologies.
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#TBT After much self reflection and meditation, I have to be one of the first to admit that in my past I’ve DEFINITELY turned a blind eye to a lot of darkness in this industry. Let’s stop beating around the bush and call it what it is. This entire industry was established and built by evil and predatorily spirits and male chauvinistic behavior. And since the recent media outrage pertaining to @RKELLY I have realized that the REAL issue at hand is the ultimate lack of care and disrespect for our QUEENS. For far too long we have treated women like second class citizens, when in actuality they are the source, our core, and the Superior beings. But our insecurities, Egos, and lack of love has tried to prove otherwise. Therefore we have SEVERAL cases where we allow entertainers, executives, and every day individuals abuse and mistreat our life bearers and beautiful equals. It is no secret how men have misused their power to manipulate young emerging pop stars to seasoned hollywood actresses and everyone in between. I have personally witnessed it and will no longer be silent about it. It’s not dry snitching, it’s a paradigm shift. I’m not judging ANY man for his past or his private actions because I too am a guilty sinner of the blatant disrespect even in some of the statements in the song above. But From Individuals like Les Moonves, Harvey Weinstein, Steven Tyler, R. Kelly, Elvis and others, I must say we have to deal with this sickness head on. The real leaders and Bosses must step up and be MEN! And I will be one of the first to say on behalf of all men, I am Sorry. Please consider an advocate, ally and student that needs guidance in an industry that was designed to take advantage of women. Let’s change it ALL immediately. And call it all to the table for our ignorance, wrong doings and disrespect. I apologize my Queens.
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We are deeply horrified by the stories of abuse surrounding R. Kelly.
We regret that we were not both more informed and more discerning when we worked with him previously. We fully support all victims of sexual abuse, and it's our hope that there will be a path to justice.
— Phoenix (@wearephoenix) January 10, 2019
I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault: pic.twitter.com/67sz4WpV3i
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) January 10, 2019
Common: In an interview with TMZ on Tuesday, Common apologized for the role he'd played in helping to brush aside the allegations against his fellow Chicago native. "We failed as a community because we knew that these things were happening, and instead of trying to be like, 'Yo. Let's go and try to resolve this situation and free these young ladies and stop this thing that's going on,' we were just like, 'Man, we rocking to the music,'" he said. "I'm guilty of that, too, myself, because I didn't stop and be like, 'Yo,' and speak against this. R. Kelly's from my hometown. At the end of the day, he's a human being. He has his issues and we see that, but I can't condone that and I shouldn't be allowing that to happen. We failed our community as black people," he said, adding that he wouldn't "even get into" the ways the justice system had failed the black community.
Tank: On Sunday, the R&B star, who appeared on a 2015 Chris Brown track with R. Kelly, wrote on Instagram that while he and others in the music industry have "invested so much of ourselves into this man that it's hard for us to let go," he "no longer [has] that issue." He went on to write that, inspired by his desire to protect his three daughters, "I whole heartedly apologize for not coming to this realization sooner. I CANOT separate the music from the monster!"
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I lot of artists, song writers, producers, record execs, etc are very confused as to how to respond to what they’ve seen and heard. We’ve all been inspired by this man. We’ve all been witnesses to his musical genius. We have shaped and molded talent we sign after his musical image. We’ve invested so much of ourselves into this man that it’s hard for us to let go. I no longer have that issue. I whole heartedly apologize for not coming to this realization sooner. I CANOT separate the music from the monster! My 3 black daughters won’t let me. What hurts even more are the facilitators around him. His team, his record company, the promoters, the radio stations! There has to be a line drawn. Enough has to be enough at some point. Who are we saying is worth protecting if we let this continue? I choose the lives of these young black girls! I’m sick to my stomach! Let me also say this! There are more men guilty of these crimes! Lets make sure none of them slip through the cracks every again! You are no king because kings don’t treat queens like this! #RnBMoney #TheGeneral
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— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) January 6, 2019
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