Yesterday, People published the statement of R. Kelly’s former backup singer Jovante Cunningham who gave an “emotional interview” about Kelly’s sexual relationship with then-underaged Aaliyah.
“She truly was a beautiful young lady. We used to sneak Aaliyah out of the hotel room and take her all over the place,” said Cunningham who went on to describe their touring environment, that the tour bus had bunks covered only with curtains and one could easily pull back to reveal any private encounters.
“So, it just so happened we were all laying in our bunks and the curtains are open, everybody’s communicating, laughing,” Cunningham claimed. “When the [room] door flew open on the bus. Robert was having sex with Aaliyah.”
This is not the first time people would be speaking about the disgraced singer’s questionable relationship with Aaliyah, which is rape actually as she was underage at that time. It is also worthy to note that there was the reported marriage and the marriage license in which Aaliyah’s age was erroneously listed as 18 years old.
“Robert came to me, we were in Miami,” recounted R. Kelly’s former personal assistant Demetrius Smith. “Robert said, ‘Man we got Aaliyah in trouble.’” Meaning, the self-titled Pied Piper believed the young “Back & Forth” artist was pregnant. Smith said he was present at their wedding and admitted to obtaining false documents for Aaliyah, as she was under-aged at the time.
“Robert mentioned to me that ‘I think she’s pregnant’…That broke my heart right there because I really believed him when he said that he wasn’t messing with Aaliyah…Once he told me that I was at a loss for words,” Smith added.
Now, as Lifetime’s six-hour, three-part docuseries titled Surviving R Kelly gets nationwide attention, Aaliyah’s mother, Diane Haughton has released a statement in response to the allegations, calling Cunningham “a liar” and claims she and her husband were always present on tour with the young singer, noting she had never met Cunningham.
“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,” Haughton wrote. “Once again, this will not be tolerated.”
See her statement below:
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🚨⚠️URGENT MESSAGE ⚠️🚨 🕊Hi Team Aaliyah, it has come to our attention that Aaliyah's mother Diane Haughton has reached out to a fan as a call to action for the Special Ones (As she so lovingly calls us) with this direct quote in response to the Lifetime Surviving RKelly Documentary . . Please forward this message and quote to any media outlet, anyone and everyone you know via all your social media platforms, websites, blogs etc… It is urgent that we do this ASAP as the documentary is set to air on the 3rd of January . . Aaliyah isn't here to defend herself. We as a fanbase are, and we must defend her now! . We can't let "LIEtime" get away with this defamation of character on Aaliyah, her family, her estate, her foundation. We have the power in 2019 via social media to squash this story once and for all! Make it go viral! . ✊🏽Let’s do this! Anyone need the quote for reposting or media purposes DM ME- AFM /.\ 🙏✊🏽 . . . 📸Image & some wording in the body of this post reposted from @aaliyah_archives . #Aaliyah #aaliyahdanahaughton #aaliyahhaughton #TeamAaliyah #RKelly #lifetime #bet #foxnews #theshaderoom #lifetimetv #balleralert #thesource #thesourcemagazine #peoplemagazine #missyelliott #mediatakeout #wendywilliams #vh1 #mtv #pressrelease #urbanmedia #xxlmagazine #complexmag #complexmagazine #vibemagazine #vox #newsweek