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Surviving R Kelly, the documentary series which sees multiple women make allegations of emotional, sexual and physical abuse against R&B artist R Kelly, will air in Australia tonight.
The six episode Lifetime series, which will air on Channel Nine and 9Now, sheds light on the allegations of abuse which have plagued the singer’s career since the early 1990s.
The first episode of the series which will air on Australian screens tonight mainly focuses on Kelly’s childhood as well as his rise to fame and his illegal marriage to then 15-year-old singer Aaliyah.
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In February, the 52-year-old pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted three teenage girls and a woman in alleged incidents dating back to 1998, just weeks after the shocking documentary series was first released in the US.
Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, could face up to seven years in prison for each of the 10 counts if convicted.
With Kelly vehemently denying the allegations, we decided to take a look back at the history of allegations against the singer.
Here’s everything you need to know before you watch Surviving R Kelly.
In 1994, at 27 years old, R Kelly married 15-year-old singer Aaliyah.
The illicit relationship was first exposed when Vibe magazine published a copy of a marriage certificate, which showed the pair had wed in Illinois on August 31 1994. The document stated that Aaliyah was 18 years old at the time, when she was in fact just 15.
Speaking on the documentary, R. Kelly’s former personal assistant, Demetrius Smith, claimed to be present for the ceremony: “I’m not proud of that. I had papers forged for them when Aaliyah was underage. It was just a quick little ceremony. She didn’t have on a white dress. He didn’t have on a tux. Just everyday wear. She looked worried and scared.”