Once again, Lifetime is at the forefront of a controversy having to do with late R&B singer Aaliyah. Thankfully, this time it isn’t another attempt at a horrid biopic. Unfortunately, it does have to do with a horrid allegation made forth by a former backup singer for R. Kelly, the subject of the network’s three-part Surviving R. Kelly documentary scheduled to start airing tomorrow.
Tune in to the three-night event, #SurvivingRKelly starting tomorrow at 9/8c. pic.twitter.com/PSS1w1eI0k
— Lifetime (@lifetimetv) January 2, 2019
After Jovante Cunningham, the former employee of Kellz at hand, made the shocking claim to have witnessed seeing R. Kelly and Aaliyah doing “things that an adult should not be doing with a child” while on a tour bus in 1994, Baby Girl’s notoriously silent mom Diane Haughton released an official statement denying the claims and calling Cunningham “a liar.” According to Yahoo! News, Mrs. Haughton is stating that Cunningham is lying about “seeing, meeting or even breathing the same air as [Aaliyah],” continuing on by stating “My husband and I were always on tour with her and at interviews and every place she went throughout her entire career. Whoever this woman is, I have never seen her before anywhere on planet earth, until now.”
See the full statement below, which as of now has only been confirmed by fans of the late singer that died in 2001, but we can only hope that none of this tarnishes the legacy of a beloved music icon any further: