R Kelly hits out at TV sex claims

Sunday Mail (UK) - - The Judge -

be­ganb as a one-offff Hog­manay spe­cial,l has h qui­etly gone about its busi­ness pick­ing up awards, ac­claim and fans.

The cur­rent se­ries, on BBC2 on Mon­day at 10pm, is the fourth.

He said: “It feels weird even say­ing it’s four se­ries al­ready be­cause these things just fly by. Most se­ries don’t have that longevity but this just seems to grow and de­velop. That’s the fun part.

“You lit­er­ally see the au­di­ence grow in front of your eyes. In the first se­ries peo­ple are get­ting into it and work­ing out what it is but by the fourth you have an es­tab­lished au­di­ence.

“To get a fourth se­ries is just a priv­i­lege and to work in that com­pany. Ev­ery day you are just watch­ing and lis­ten­ing and learn­ing.”

R& B star R Kelly de­nies all al al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct in­volv­ing women and un­der­age girls, gi his lawyer said yes­ter­day. ye

Steve Green­berg rere­ponded after a prose­cu­tor in Chicago urged po­ten­tial vic­tims to come for­ward after a doc­u­men­tary called Sur v iv ing R Kel ly was broad­cast on US TV.

The pro­gramme, on the Life­time chan­nel, re­vis­ited old al­le­ga­tions and made new claims.

Green­berg por­trayed Kelly, one of the top-sell­ing record­ing artists of all time, as a vic­tim of a hit piece.

He said: “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.”

He ac­cused those who made the show of telling women what to say and said Cook County State at­tor­ney Kim Foxx’s ac­tions “in­vite wrong­ful ac­cu­sa­tions”.

Sur­viv­ing R Kelly fol­lows the BBC’s R Kelly: Sex, Girls & Video­tapes, which was re­leased last year.

It al­leged that the singer, 52, was hold­ing women against their wi l l and run­ning a “sex cult”.

Ac­tivists on so­cial me­dia called for stream­ing ser­vices to drop Kelly’s mu­sic and pro­mot­ers not to book any more con­certs.

Ke l l y ’ s es­tranged daugh­ter Joann, whose stage name is Buku Abi, called him a “mon­ster” in a post on In­sta­gram but made no al­le­ga­tions.

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