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Former Backup Singer Defends Her Statement About R. Kelly And Aaliyah

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Former Backup Singer Defends Her Statement About R. Kelly And Aaliyah

Despite Aaliyah’s mother shutting down rumors of singer R. Kelly having sex with her daughter, Kelly’s former background singer says it happened.


On Thursday night, Lifetime premiered the highly talked about docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” which shed light on a lot of relationships the R&B singer had. One of those relationships included the late singer Aaliyah.

Related: Aaliyah’s Mother Denies R. Kelly Backup Singer’s Account of His Relationship With Aaliyah

In a new statement shared with People Magazine, Jovante Cunningham wrote,

“I loved Aaliyah and when people watch the documentary, they will see how much I cared for her and how much Robert’s actions deeply affected me and so many others.”

This statement came after Aaliyah’s mother Diane Haughton slammed the statement that Cunningham originally made in the film. Cunningham shared that she saw the late singer and Kelly in the back doing things that no man should be doing to an underage girl.

“It just so happened we were all laying in our bunks and the curtains are open, everybody’s communicating, laughing,” Cunningham says.

“When the [room] door flew open on the bus. Robert was having sex with Aaliyah.”

Related: Witness Claims She Allegedly Saw R. Kelly Have Sex with Aaliyah and Underage Girls

The rest of the docuseries will air on Friday and Saturday where we may get more information about his relationship with the late singer.

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