R. Kelly’s estranged daughter has spoken out about allegations against her father for the first time since an explosive documentary about the R&B singer aired on Lifetime.
Joann Kelly, who goes by Buku Abi, posted a long statement on her Instagram story Thursday: “I do apologize if my silence to all that is happening comes off as careless. That is my last intention. I pray for all the families & women who have been affected by my father’s actions. Trust, I have been deeply affected by all of this. However, it has been very difficult to process it all. Let alone gather all the right words to express everything I feel.”
She continued: “The same monster you all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house. My choice to not speak on him and what he does is for my peace of mind. My emotional state. And for MY healing.”
Andrea Lee, Joann Kelly’s mother, participated in the Lifetime docuseries, in which she claimed the singer was abusive during their marriage.
R. Kelly has been under a fresh round of scrutiny in the past week, following the airing of “Surviving R. Kelly,” which takes a sweeping look at allegations of sexual misconduct against the singer. Discussions sparked by the docuseries, one of the highest-rated programs for Lifetime in recent years, not only dominated social media but also prompted the Cook County district attorney to ask for witnesses or victims related to the claims to come forward.
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