R Kelly has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct and abusive treatment of women and underage girls, including those that there uncovered in the recent documentary Surviving R Kelly.
Lawyer Steve Greenberg refuted all claims against the singer, despite admitting neither he nor Kelly had actually watched the six-part series in its entirety.
He told The Associated Press: “The allegations aren’t true because he never knowingly had sex with an underage woman, he never forced anyone to do anything, he never held anyone captive, he never abused anyone.”
Surviving R Kelly documented the stories of survivors who say they experienced sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of Kelly since 1998.
Since its release on 2January, a prosecutor has confirmed a number of people have contacted authorities and their claims would be followed up. He also urged potential victims to come forward, while a judge ordered an inspection of Kelly’s Chicago music studio.
Despite admitting he did not know the details of the allegations made in Surviving R Kelly, Mr Greenberg denied all claims.
He was unable to confirm whether the singer had actually ever met or lived with the women featured in the documentary. However it was not necessary to clarify whether there was any truth to their claims as they didn’t go to the police or provide and physical evidence, he said.
The lawyer claimed women have “come on to” Kelly in the hopes of kick-starting their own careers, only to become “disgruntled” when their plans didn’t pan out as planned.
For more than two decades R Kelly has faced numerous accusations of sexual misconduct and abuse, and has continued to deny all claims.
He was previously been subjected to sexual impropriety allegations and, in 2008, stood trial on child pornography charges, of which he was acquitted.
Following the release of Surviving R Kelly – which revisited old allegations and brought new ones to light – the many prominent figures from the music industry have denounced the singer. Lady Gaga issued a statement apologising for recording with him in 2013.
His estranged daughter Joann Kelly, who goes by the name Buku Abi, also branded him a “monster”.
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