Surviving R Kelly documentary: Why has the singer been arrested? Plus how to watch the docuseries in the UK

Singer R. Kelly was arrested after handing himself in to police on Friday night after an arrest warrant was issued.

R. Kelly, real name Robert Kelly, was charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, at least three of them said to be under the age of 17 when the attacks supposedly took place.

Following an in-depth trial detailing the accounts of various victims, the judge set R. Kelly’s bail at $1m (£766,500).

One of R. Kelly’s lawyers, Brian Nix, told Rolling Stone magazine: “Rob is disappointed by the unsubstantiated allegations of behaviour that portrays him as a monster by people with a pecuniary motive.

"He believes that the scripted documentary by Lifetime has created collusion between and amongst female friends who have been converted to victims."

His arrest comes just weeks after the airing of the revealing documentary Surviving R. Kelly, in which female victims describe the abuse they suffered at the hands of the R&B star.

As we reflect on the six-part docuseries, which first aired in the US, here are some of the most shocking allegations made against R. Kelly:

How to watch Surviving R. Kelly in the UK

Surviving R. Kelly became available to watch in the UK on the Crime + Investigation channel on February 5, 2019.

The remainder of the docuseries will air on Tuesdays at 10 pm until March 12.

There is already an existing BBC Three documentary on R. Kelly called R Kelly: Sex, Girls and Videotapes, which is currently available on BBC iPlayer.

R. Kelly's daughter has spoken out about her father

R. Kelly's daughter Baku Abi has broken her silence following the documentary's broadcast.

In a lengthy Instagram story, 20-year-old Buku, real name Joann Kelly, said Kelly was a "monster" and a "terrible" father.

"It has been very difficult to process it all, let alone gather all the right words to express everything I feel," she wrote.

"The same monster you are all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house."

Baku, who hasn't seen or spoken to her father in years, thanked her 23,600 followers for their support during this turbulent time.

"This past year for my family has been very difficult, all the love and support you all continue to show is why we keep going," she signed off.

Baku's statement is the latest blow to Kelly, with dozens of celebrities speaking out against him following the documentary's broadcast.

Lady Gaga has apologised for her collaboration with the R&B singer on her 2013 track "Do What U Want," and said she will be removing it from streaming services.

"I stand behind these women 1000%, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously."

Actress and singer Keke Palmer, who was a former student of Kelly's, said of her ex-mentor: "God blessed him to vindicate his childhood shortcomings and yet still he has slapped God in the face by his actions towards these women.

"I am hurt and saddened because he could have been a blessing to these women but instead he repeatedly took advantage and that I cannot accept."

Here are some of the most shocking and powerful claims from Surviving R.Kelly:

John Legend was one of only two celebrities to speak out against R. Kelly

John Legend and Stephanie “Sparkle” Edwards were the only artists to agree to be interviewed for the show.

In his interview, Legend said: “R. Kelly has brought so much pain to so many people. Time’s up for R. Kelly.”

Speaking out: US singer John Legend (Gustavo Caballero/Getty)
Speaking out: US singer John Legend (Gustavo Caballero/Getty)

Defending his decision to go ahead with the docuseries, Legend tweeted: “I believe these women and don’t give a f*** about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.”

The show’s producer, Dream Hampton, had previously revealed that Lady Gaga, Erykah Badu, Celine Dion, Jay-Z and Dave Chapelle all declined to be interviewed.

“When it comes to celebrities, it was incredibly difficult to get people who had collaborated with Kelly to come forward,” she told Detroit Free Press.

“That makes John Legend even more of a hero for me.”

Former bandmate identifies the underage girl in R. Kelly's sex tape as her niece

Stephanie "Sparkle" Edwards, a former associate of Kelly, said the girl in the infamous sex tape was her niece, who she first introduced to Kelly when she was 12.

"On the tape, my niece has the same hairstyle she had when she turned 14. That was her, for sure. And that was him. Definitely," she said.

The video in question depicts Kelly having sex with an underage girl whilst urinating on her.

Edwards continued: "It f***ed me up, it really did. I should never have introduced her to him. I should have never introduced my family to him."

A former backup dancer says she once witnessed R. Kelly having sex with an underage Aaliyah

Claims: Singer and actress Aaliyah (Getty)
Claims: Singer and actress Aaliyah (Getty)

Jovante Cunningham, a former backup dancer of R.Kelly’s, claimed she witnessed him having sex with an underage Aaliyah on a tour bus full of people.

“We were all laying in our bunks and the curtains are open, everybody’s communicating, laughing, when the [room] door flew open on the bus. Robert was having sex with Aaliyah,” she said.

“Things that an adult should not be doing with a child.”

Aaliyah’s mother, Diane Haughton, slammed the claims being falsified.

On Twitter Ms Haughton wrote: “My husband and I were always on tour with [Aaliyah] and at interviews and every place she went throughout her entire career. Whoever this woman is [who is making the allegations], I have never seen her before anywhere on planet earth, until now.”

R. Kelly reportedly married a 'worried, scared' Aaliyah

On August 31 1994, R. Kelly reportedly married Aaliyah using a falsified marriage certificate when she was just 15.

Demetrius Smith, R. Kelly’s former tour manager, revealed on the show that he forged the papers for them.

He said: “Aaliyah was underage. We got the marriage license, we were at a hotel in Maywood, Illinois.

“It was just a quick little ceremony, nothing elaborate. Aaliyah didn’t have a white dress, Robert didn’t have on a tux, just everyday wear. Robert said ‘I do.’ Him and Aaliyah.”

He added: “Aaliyah looked worried, scared. She was worried and scared. I wanted so much to grab Aliyah and talk to her. She gave me a look like she wanted me to talk to her.

“I knew that it had changed the course of everything.”

Kelly always publicly insisted that the wedding never happened.

Andrea Lee says R.Kelly made her contemplate suicide

Accusations: R&B star R Kelly (Getty)
Accusations: R&B star R Kelly (Getty)

R. Kelly’s former wife, Andrea Lee, said she thought about ending her life after allegations about her ex-husband came to light.

She said: "I finally realised, it doesn't get better, it gets worse.

"I had small children, they were already dealing with their father in the news having a court case dealing with paedophilia and children. And I remember going out onto the balcony and climbing up on the ledge, like, ‘God, I can’t take another day, I can’t do this anymore.

"So I just prayed and asked God for a sign, and something said to get my laptop, and I went to the National Domestic Violence hotline. And there were 17 questions, and there were only two things on that list that Robert hadn’t done to me. And that’s when it became real to me, ‘Andrea, you’re being abused.”

R. Kelly forced the women who stayed with him to go to the bathroom in buckets

Campaigners from the group #MuteRKelly gather to call for a boycott of his music after allegations of sexual abuse against young girls were raised on the highly-rated Lifetime mini-series Surviving R. Kelly. (Getty )
Campaigners from the group #MuteRKelly gather to call for a boycott of his music after allegations of sexual abuse against young girls were raised on the highly-rated Lifetime mini-series Surviving R. Kelly. (Getty )

In 2017, Buzzfeed News published an article accusing R. Kelly of trapping six women in a sex "cult." These women allegedly approached R. Kelly for help with the music careers and he preceded to exploit them, controlling every aspect of their lives, dictating "what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records."

A’Iceis Clary, one of the women who was living with Kelly at the time, revealed the extremity of the situation she faced.

In the documentary, her parents recounted what their daughter told them.

"This came out months later, and A’Iceis was very upset, crying and distraught, talking about the incident at the studio," they said.

"She was going through the different rooms, looking for Azriel. She knocked on every one of the doors, and she said there were girls in the other rooms, but they couldn’t talk. And she noticed buckets in the corner of every room. And she said that it looked like they were using the buckets to use the bathroom.”