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John Legend addresses involvement in ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ doc: “These survivors deserved to be lifted up and heard”

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John Legend is doubling down on his support of R. Kelly‘s alleged abuse victims. 

Following the airing of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary, in which Legend appears, the R&B crooner took to Twitter to expound on why he chose to participate in the series. 

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

Legend continued by recognizing the shocking expose’s producer Dream Hampton for her work. “We should all thank my friend @dreamhampton for her very necessary work to create #SurvivingRKelly,” he added. “These survivors deserved to be lifted up and heard. I hope it gets them closer to some kind of justice.”

In the wake of the premiere, Twitter also became a firestorm of reactions. While some devoted fans simply refused to be swayed, others were appalled by the salacious details of Kelly’s alleged illicit acts with under-aged women.   

The remaining episodes of Surviving R. Kelly are set to air tonight and Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

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