Late singer Aaliyah‘s mom has come forward to clear the air. Diane Haughton has issued a statement following reports of an alleged back-up dancer claiming she watched a 15-year-old Aaliyah and R. Kelly have sex.
This week, Haughton put out the statement on social media and put an immediate end to the gossip.
ATT: 🚨#TeamAaliyah #Aaliyah ‘s Mom , Diane has made a statement in regards to the lies from the #Lifetime #RKelly documentary coming out. PLEASE RT to make this go viral! We can’t let @lifetimetv lie on @AaliyahHaughton this way! If you need the quote tweet me. Let’s do this! ✊ pic.twitter.com/0sOnGV0g6q
— Aaliyah For MAC (@AaliyahForMac) January 2, 2019
Important message from Diane Haughton !!! https://t.co/v4gNTSFaNk
— Aaliyah (@AaliyahHaughton) January 3, 2019
In a new six-part Lifetime documentary called “Surviving R. Kelly” set to premiere tonight, ex-back-up dancer Jovante Cunningham talks about Kelly and Aaliyah.
“We were out on the road with Aaliyah,” she says. “On a tour bus, there really aren’t many confined spaces. When you get on the bus there are bunks and so these bunks have little curtains you can pull at night if you don’t want anybody to see you sleeping. … So it just so happened we were all laying in our bunks and the curtains are open, everybody’s communicating, laughing. When the [room] door flew open on the bus. Robert [R. Kelly] was having sex with Aaliyah.” (Rolling Out)
Back in the mid-90’s, rumors surfaced about Kelly and Aaliyah secretly getting married.
That same year, 1994, it was widely reported Kelly and Aaliyah had secretly married, though they both denied it. A subsequently unearthed marriage certificate listed his 15-year-old protegee’s age as 18; her parents had it annulled the following year. Kelly went on to become her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her double platinum debut album, the uncomfortably titled Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. (Daily Mail)
The new documentary reportedly focuses on a slew of Kelly’s ex-pals and family members.
The shocking 6-part docu-series is built upon wide-ranging interviews with many of R. Kelly’s former friends, family members and colleagues, but most notably, women who claim that for decades the hit-making singer and producer used his power and influence to sexually and physically abuse women and young girls. (People)