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Among those interviewed are musicians Stephanie "Sparkle" Edwards - who compared R. Kelly to Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein - and John Legend.

Lifetime aired the first part of the six-episode expose on Thursday night which investigates long-standing allegations made against Kelly that he has sexually and physically abused women and teenage girls over a number of years, accusations he vehemently denies and has threatened legal action over.

Former backing singer Jovante Cunningham spoke out against R. Kelly in the documentary, claiming that she and several others witnessed him having sex with his 15-year-old protege Aaliyah on a tour bus in the 1990s. We asked Erykah Badu.

When he was asked if he believed R. Kelly was a pedophile, Bruce Kelly astonishingly said, "its a preference".

Kelly also allegedly had a sexual relationship with the late singer Aaliyah when she was only a teenager. Anxious and scared. I wanted so much to grab Aaliyah and talk to her. Jurors claimed they were certain that Kelly was the man on the tape, but uncertainty around the identity of the girl and her age made them doubt whether the video counted as child pornography. A spokesperson for RAINN - which provides survivors with emotional support, information, and resources on abuse - revealed that the hotline received a 27% increase in calls on Thursday night in comparison to the same day the week before.

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Kelly was indicted in 2002, but after the case finally went to trial in 2008, he was found not guilty of all charges. "She looked anxious and scared", Smith alleged.

R Kelly does not appear in the documentary, and has continued to deny the claims made against him, even releasing a 20 minute song past year called "I Admit" in which he addressed the allegations. Kelly's lawyer claims that the subjects are making false allegations in order to become famous, and says they have proof the network knows some of the women are lying. She added, "I can't stress to you how people are still suffering behind things that went on 20 years ago". I wanted so much to talk to her. 'Cause she looked at me, she gave me a look like she wanted me to talk to her.

Shame on all those involved in this project who thought it kosher to drag Aaliyah's name into a situation that has nothing to do with her today. "Once again, this will not be tolerated".

John Legend and Wendy Williams were the only celebrities to participate in the Surviving R. Kelly documentary on Lifetime.

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