Here are five myths the R. Kelly docuseries debunked:
- He simply “likes” younger women. The documentary showed Kelly’s sex partners weren’t women – they were girls. His alleged sex tape victim was 12 when they first met. Other victims say they met him at ages 15, 16 and 17.
- He only had sex with girls who wanted it. The documentary featured multiple accounts of women and girls who said Kelly emotionally and physically abused them, including his wife. He would allegedly hit them for talking back, starve them as punishment and made them sign false confessions.
- People were unaware of what was really happening. The documentary featured former employees and security guards, who described how they saw girls trafficked, held and abused. It was their job to keep them in line.
- The girls should have just walked away. In one story, a young woman says Kelly’s staff dropped her in a remote part of Chicago and threatened her life after she demanded that they return her sister. The documentary also showed a mother trying to get her daughter Nikka to come home, and how scared she was to leave. Using psychologists and therapists, the documentary explained how abuse can manipulates victims into thinking they can’t leave.
- The girls were just “fast.” Many girls were aspiring singers looking for a shot. Kelly promised them advice and parents let them have access, hoping they would become stars. Years later, they aren’t stars and many of their parents still haven’t seen them.