Late singer Aaliyah’s mother, Diane Haughton, got here to her daughter’s protection on Jan. 2 after a former backup dancer claimed she had underage intercourse whereas on tour with a then 27-year-old R. Kelly in a brand new documentary.
Aaliyah‘s mother, Diane Haughton proved she’ll do no matter it takes to guard her late daughter’s legacy when she launched a robust assertion of denial in regards to the stunning claims that the singer had intercourse with musician R. Kelly, now 51, when she was 15 and he was 27. In a brand new Lifetime docu-series referred to as Surviving R. Kelly, which is in regards to the R&B artist’s darkish previous filled with alleged bodily and emotional abuse of assorted girls, former backup dancer, Jovante Cunningham, gave a gutsy interview during which she mentioned she noticed R.Kelly, whose full first title is Robert, and Aaliyah having intercourse along with her personal eyes whereas they had been on a tour bus collectively.
“We had been out on the highway with Aaliyah,” Jovante mentioned within the first episode of the docu-series. “On a tour bus, there actually aren’t many confined areas. If you get on the bus there are bunks and so these bunks have little curtains you’ll be able to pull at evening when you don’t need anyone to see you sleeping. [At one point] the door flew open on the bus. Robert was having intercourse with Aaliyah.” She went on to clarify it as doing “issues that an grownup shouldn’t be doing with a toddler.”
It didn’t take lengthy for Diane to talk out towards Jovante and name her a “liar”. “The lady and so-called again up singer that describes seeing, assembly or ever respiration the identical air as my daughter, Aaliyah, is mendacity and is a liar,” she mentioned in her assertion to E! Information. “My husband and I had been at all times on tour along with her and at interviews and each place she went all through her total profession. Whoever this girl is, I’ve by no means seen her earlier than wherever on planet earth, till now.” She continued by saying Jovante’s claims had been “lies and fabrications” and so they “can’t be tolerated and allowed to be spewed from the forked tongues of saboteurs of Aaliyah’s legacy.”
“My daughter solely wished to understand her dream of sharing her expertise with the world, and provides her all acting on stage and in entrance of the digital camera for the followers she adored a lot,” Diane went on within the assertion. “She realized that dream, due to these true followers who nonetheless love and assist her legacy unconditionally to this present day. Disgrace on all these concerned on this venture who thought it kosher to tug Aaliyah’s title right into a scenario that has nothing to do along with her as we speak. As soon as once more, this won’t be tolerated.”
Diane’s assertion comes earlier than the docu-series has even aired. The primary episode is about to premiere on Jan. three and up till now, solely clips and trailers have been launched, however that didn’t cease the doting mom from talking out. Up to now, Aaliyah and R. Kelly have confronted rumors about an alleged secret marriage between them when Aaliyah was simply 15-years-old so the brand new accusations from Jovante isn’t the primary time the general public is listening to about one thing romantic allegedly occurring between them.
Along with Jovante’s claims, R. Kelly’s former private assistant, Demetrius Smith, made his personal claims within the docu-series. He alleges that R. Kelly and Aaliyah did certainly get married when she was 15 and he was 27 and mentioned that he bought “papers solid for them when Aaliyah was underage.”
Aaliyah died in a airplane crash within the Bahamas on Aug. 25, 2001 on the age of 22.
R.Kelly’s rep informed Folks that they’ve “no remark” in regards to the claims in Surviving R. Kelly. We additionally reached out to R. Kelly’s rep however have but to obtain a response.