One week after the release of Lifetime’s scathing “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary and the Pied Piper’s attorney is attempting to do some serious damage control.
Shortly after the premiere of the new docu-series, R. Kelly’s attorney Steven Greenberg spoke to ABC News and addressed the shocking abuse allegations being brought against the Grammy award-winning singer.
“We know what happened, and we know those things didn’t happen,” Greenberg said in a pre-taped interview that aired on Friday’s episode of Good Morning America. “The man was not operating a harem, or a sex cult, or holding people hostage or anything like that.”
When asked about reports that Kelly is planning to take legal action against the documentary, Greenberg said “hopefully he’ll sue Lifetime” for defamation.
“People shouldn’t be able to do this to someone,” he added.
The documentary highlights interviews and intimate conversations with accusers who came forward with allegations of sexual, mental and physical abuse against the “Happy People” singer. The series also addressed claims of R. Kelly being a sexual predator and pedophile.
When asked if Kelly denies having a sexual relationship with someone under the legal age of consent, Greenberg replied,
“Yes, he absolutely does.”
However, Greenberg did confirm that Kelly was married to the late singer Aaliyah Haughton when she was just 15.
“My understanding is that she did not claim to be 15,” he said. “And, in order to get married, she had to lie about her age.”
Greenberg alleged Kelly had “no idea” she was under the age of consent. The attorney also addressed claims that Kelly is holding a woman named Jocelyn Savage “against her will right now.”
“No one ever complained about anything until some producer came and found that,” Greenberg said.
When GMA journalist Linsey Davis brought up the police reports that were filed by the Savage family over claims Kelly’s former and current managers allegedly threatened them, Greenberg shut down the allegations.
“So, Mr. Savage—and I hate to diss used car salesmen—but is a used car salesman who first made allegations. And when he first made allegations, he had his younger daughter present a video blasting R. Kelly saying she’s going to be a rap star,” he said. “He’s in this for his own personal gain.”
Greenberg also addressed Lady Gaga after she recently took to Twitter to post a statement in support of Kelly’ victims and also pulled their 2013 song “Do What U Want” from all streaming platforms.
“Now, there were rumors about Mr. Kelly back then,” he said. “What has changed between then and now? I’ll tell you what’s changed between then and now. She says, ‘If I don’t disclaim my association with him, it might hurt my chance to get an Oscar.’ That’s exactly what it is.”
Lady Gaga has joined with John Legend, Chance The Rapper, Neyo, Tank, and many other celebrities who have spoken out against R. Kelly and joined the #MuteRKelly movement following the release of the documentary. His own estranged daughter, Buku Abi, recently opened up on social media, where she called her father a “monster” and apologized to the alleged victims.
An investigation has reportedly been launched into R. Kelly and the allegations made in the docuseries against him. The “Ignition” singer continues to deny all allegations of abuse or misconduct.
Looks like Kellz is gearing up to fight back, but is it too late for that? Take a look at the tweet below for more on this story.
#SurvivingRKelly: R. Kelly on the defense, as the singer’s lawyer responds to the Lifetime docuseries: https://t.co/T8ti5vOkgD pic.twitter.com/xkhoZh3Bwj
— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 11, 2019