The three-night docuseries Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning premiered on Lifetime on Jan. 2, 2020. The docuseries chronicles the intercourse abuse allegations in opposition to R&B musician Robert Sylvester Kelly, or R. Kelly, most of which contain minors. R. Kelly has present pending costs, however he and his authorized staff have denied all and any allegations in opposition to him.
On Night 1 of the five-episode collection, R. Kelly’s brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly spoke out about their alleged childhood abuse. Kelly’s purported “first victim” (or no less than the primary to come back ahead publicly), Tiffany Hawkins, was additionally interviewed.
Tiffany and her authorized staff sued Kelly in 1996 and wound up with a $250,000 settlement. But now, she’s talking out about her accusations in opposition to Kelly—specifically, that he allegedly sexually assaulted her beginning in 1991, when she was simply 15 years outdated.
Hawkins mentioned she met Kelly in Chicago’s Hyde Park
As a toddler, Hawkins was a proficient singer who longed to make a profession as a musician. After assembly Kelly in Hyde Park when she was a younger teenager, he requested her to come back again to his residence for an audition. She claimed she introduced associates alongside and that Kelly had intercourse with them that first day.
This association didn’t change, Hawkins alleged, as she acquired to know R. Kelly extra and he started to assist her with a possible music profession. Hawkins shockingly claimed Kelly even finally known as her his “cable girl,” as she introduced her 14-16-year-old associates round for him to sleep with.
Hawkins’ lawyer, Ian Alexander, mentioned Kelly even pressured Hawkins to look at his sexual acts with others. “He would have sex with multiple friends,” Alexander mentioned, “And she wanted to do whatever she needed to do to be with him. And so, when he insisted on having sex with her, she did.” It was, he mentioned, “an evolution of pedophilia.”
A couple of months alongside, Hawkins mentioned Kelly’s consideration turned to her. “We went from this more brother-sister type relationship to more of a sexual type relationship. And it was weird for me,” she mentioned on the docuseries.
“It was never something that I wanted to do because I was not sexually attracted to Robert,” mentioned Hawkins. But her longing to sing professionally and her teenage naiveté overwhelmed her. “I was not in love with Robert…It was what I knew I had to do in order to satisfy him and keep myself around.”
The aspiring singer grew to become shut with Aaliyah
As their sexual relationship continued, Hawkins grew to become shut with Aaliyah, who would finally marry Kelly in an invalid authorized association. “We became really fast friends,” mentioned Hawkins.
She started to sing background vocals for Aaliyah’s album. Kelly produced “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number” earlier than marrying Aaliyah when she was simply 15.
On Surviving R. Kelly Part II, Hawkins mentioned she was surprisingly relieved about Kelly’s relationship with Aaliyah. “When I found out that Robert and Aaliyah got married, I didn’t care,” she mentioned. “If someone else was having sex with him, that was great, ‘cause that meant I didn’t have to.”
Hawkins claims Kelly made her cover her being pregnant together with his child
According to Hawkins, her relationship with Kelly ended abruptly when she grew to become pregnant together with his baby. “I wound up going home…because I was pregnant,” she mentioned.
And when she instructed R. Kelly concerning the being pregnant, Hawkins mentioned, he was lower than supportive. “I called Robert. He was getting ready to go on stage. And he told me, ‘You and me both better know that that’s not my baby,” she mentioned on the docuseries.
Afterward, he stopped taking her calls. Hawkins mentioned she was so devastated by the alleged abuse that she tried suicide weeks later.