Although it's been an open secret since R. Kelly married his 15-year-old protégé Aaliyah when he was 27 years old, most people never seemed to care that Kelly had a reputation as a sexual predator.
In 2017, a BuzzFeed News investigation exposed Kelly as an alleged cult leader who recruited young women and cut them off from their family and friends. Still, the tide did not turn. Many believe what should have been a #MeToo moment was quickly dismissed because Kelly's victims are black.
One woman would not give up. Dream Hampton created the documentary series Surviving Kelly in which the singer's victims spoke out about the sexual abuse they faced. Finally, authorities have begun to investigate the singer.
Kelly released a 19-minute song called "I Admit" in response to the seemingly dozens of accusations.
Here are some of the disgusting lyrics:
"I admit that she was over age / I admit that I was feelin' her and I admit that she was feelin' me / I admit that that's the shit that comes with being a celebrity / I ain't chasing these ladies, no / These ladies are chasing me, yeah / Now I'm only saying all this shit, ’cause how they tryna play me, yeah / I admit that this is no disrespect to the parents / But this is my advice to you ’cause I'm also a parent / Don't push your daughter in my face, and tell me that it's okay / ’Cause your agenda is to get paid, and get mad when it don't go your way.”
Watch a preview of the documentary that is changing everything for these brave women.