John Legend on appearing in R. Kelly documentary: “I don’t give a fuck”

Legend was one of just two musicians to contribute to Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly.

January 04, 2019
John Legend on appearing in R. Kelly documentary: “I don’t give a fuck” John Legend attends Caruso's Palisades Village opening gala at Palisades Village on September 20, 2018 in Pacific Palisades, California.   Phillip Faraone/Getty

Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly began on Thursday night. The three-part documentary series investigates the multiple claims of sexual abuse made against Kelly, speaking to many of the women who have accused him of abusing them.

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Executive producer Dream Hampton stated that multiple musicians, including Kelly collaborators JAY-Z and Lady Gaga, declined invitations to contribute. In the first episode viewers saw just two musicians speaking to the documentary team: John Legend and R&B singer Stephanie “Sparkle” Edwards.

Legend responded to viewers' praise for his involvement via Twitter, calling Kelly out as a "serial child rapist" and saying it was an "easy decision" to speak to the cameras.


Hampton also claimed that Erykah Badu, Dave Chappelle, Questlove, Mary J. Blige, and Lil’ Kim turned down the invitations to speak to her.

Legend previously shared his support of the #MuteRKelly movement and Women of Color of Time’s Up's open calling on the music industry to cut ties with Kelly. “I stand with the women of #timesup #muterkelly,” he tweeted in April 2018.

Kelly denies all of the accusations made against him and has allegedly threatened Lifetime with a lawsuit over the documentary. The remaining two episodes of the series air on Decmber 4-5.

John Legend on appearing in R. Kelly documentary: “I don’t give a fuck”