Dion and Kelly recorded the hit in 1998, which was featured on her album “These Are Special Times,” shown at left. The song reached #1 on the Billboard charts, where it stayed for six consecutive weeks, but it is now in the process of being pulled by Dion’s team.
The #MuteRKelly movement comes in the wake of Lifetime’s docuseries Surviving R.Kelly, which premiered Jan. 3 on the Lifetime Network.
The docuseries showcases stories of alleged victims, many of whom are minors, who claim to have been sexually, physically, and/or emotionally abused. Kelly is accused of pedophilia, statutory rape, running “sex cults” and abducting young women in the docuseries.
In the early 2000s the musical artist was charged with 21 counts of making a child pornography tape, which included sexual and oral intercourse with a minor. He was further charged with 12 other counts of making more child pornography, and was taken to court prior to these charges for allegations of statutory rape. All charges against him have been dropped or acquitted.
The premiere of the Lifetime docuseries has sparked debate, outrage, and public apologies from many different celebrities.
Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Cara Delevingne, Nick Cannon, John Legend, The Game, Omarion and many other performers have joined the list of artists supporting the alleged victims. Artists such as Lady Gaga and Nick Cannon have even issued public apologies for their career involvement with the accused artist.
Last week, Lady Gaga said she wants to pull her song “Do What U Want,” on which R. Kelly is featured, from all streaming platforms.
Due to the docuseries, R. Kelly is now under investigation in Atlanta and Chicago, thanks to the alleged victims who are speaking out. ~Emily Chavez