Kelly had in 2018, released a 19-minute song titled I Admit where he addressed the allegations levelled against him. Or more to the point, they could corroborate what the women said about Kelly.
Reeactions have poured in as well from celebrities who felt Lifetime was doing the right thing by shedding light on a dark past that has been shrouded in mystery up until this time. According to a tweet from Chris J. Scruggs, who posted a screenshot of Bruce's profile on the Illinois Department of Corrections inmate database, R. Kelly's older brother was admitted to the Vandalia Correctional Center on July 7, 2016, and first became eligible for parole in December 2017.
The alleged abuse outlined in the first night of the documentary included an emotional interview with former backup singer Jovante Cunningham, who met R. Kelly at age 14 and claims she bore direct witness to a sexual encounter Kelly had with his one-time protégée Aaliyah Haughton.
"We should all thank my friend @dreamhampton for her very necessary work to create #SurvivingRKelly", he tweeted.
John Legend was the biggest name who agreed to speak on camera, making him a hero to Hampton, along with the courageous women who came forward to talk about their alleged experiences with Kelly.
"I wouldn't hear from him for days, and he would come back and it was just sex and abuse", she recalled. "I just think it was total wrong what he did", said Ruiz.
"Here's this person that I thought was the world, and then he walked up and gave me a hug, and I was kind of frozen", Martinez says.
The reason? "I believe these women and don't give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist".
Surviving R. Kelly continues Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime. "You don't get to tell people that we got divorced because I had a problem with being a stay-at-home mom", they have two children together. You know, no different than putting a loaded gun in a kid's hand - he gonna grow up being a shooter, probably.
Keep reading to find out the top five takeaways we learned watching the "Surviving R. Kelly".
Ruiz did not watch part one of the documentary but, says she's well aware of the allegations against Kelly.
Ahead of the show's premiere, Kelly's lawyer, Brian Nix, sent a legal warning to Lifetime threatening to sue the network if they didn't pull the docuseries, TMZ reports. "The documentary will air as scheduled".