Music boss Damon Sprint has spoken out about R Kelly’s relationship with then-underage singer Aaliyah in clips from the forthcoming documentary Surviving R Kelly Half II: The Reckoning.
The document govt and former supervisor of Jay-Z was interviewed for the follow-up to the 2019 documentary detailing sexual abuse allegations in opposition to R Kelly.
Sprint claims Aaliyah tried to distance herself from Kelly after their secret 1994 marriage, which befell when she was simply 15 and he was 27. Kelly was just lately charged with bribing an Illinois authorities official so as to receive a faux ID for Aaliyah, who was illegally married to Kelly for six months earlier than her dad and mom annulled the wedding.
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“If individuals would’ve protected Aaliyah, so many different women would not have gotten touched,” Sprint stated. “Aaliyah was, like, the sacrificial lamb for all that as a result of she didn’t deserve none of that. Good soul. Good woman. And [she] wasn’t even so resentful, like, ‘Let that man stay however simply hold him the f*** away from me.’ That’s all she needed. She was simply pleased to be away.”
Sprint was in a relationship with Aaliyah for a 12 months till she died in a 2001 airplane crash on the age of 22.
He blames the media and people who labored with Kelly for focussing on the controversial marriage and due to this fact failing to recognise Kelly’s abusive behaviour.
“I do know the entire story,” Sprint stated. “I do know it was the cover-up and all of that. However how did that cowl it up? It simply made the dialog, ‘Oh, he married a baby?’ That was a headline! That was a hearsay. That was one thing talked about prefer it was regular. It wasn’t like, ‘Ew, disgusting, you married a  12 months previous.’ It was like, ‘Oh, he married Aaliyah?'”
Kelly has entered not responsible pleas to greater than a dozen sex-crime fees filed in opposition to him since February 2019.