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John Legend Shares Why He Participated In The ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Documentary

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Since the premiere of Lifetime’s ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ documentary, we’ve seen a number of celebrities speak out against the singer-songwriter and Chicago native via social media and news outlets. Some have even made the conscious decision to remove their R. Kelly collaborations from streaming platforms. However, there were several celebrities who reportedly declined to appear in the Lifetime documentary for unknown reasons. One celebrity in particular, however, decided to make an appearance and lend his voice to the victims of abuse.

John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen appeared on Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen’ and revealed why he decided to speak out in the ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ docuseries after a caller requested to know what he thought of other celebrities declining to participate.

“I don’t want to cast any aspersions on people because everyone has their own reasons for not doing something,” he said. “I get asked to be on documentaries all the time. It’s not because I don’t agree with the premise of the documentary that I don’t do it, but there are all kinds of reasons you don’t do it.”

John revealed that he is friends with both the director of the ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ documentary and those who were a part of the Mute R. Kelly movement.

“The reason why I did it is, I’m friends with the director Dream Hampton,” Legend continued. “She’s awesome we worked together on ending mass incarceration and I respect her work. Another reason is that I have good friends that were a part of the Mute R. Kelly movement. They were literally marching on the streets and they work with rape victims in Chicago. I knew that as a celebrity that I could lend my voice to these people who have been hurt.”


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