R. Kelly's daughter has broken her silence on the allegations against her father.
R. Kelly is facing sexual assault allegations. The rapper, who has been accused for a number of years of sexual misconduct against younger women, has publicly said that he will sue all of those involved in a recent documentary series about him. 'Surviving R. Kelly' aims to highlight the women who have been brave enough to speak out against the rapper.
Now, the singer's estranged daughter Joann Lee Kelly, also known as Buku Abi, has released quite a hefty statement about her father. The music performer said on her Instagram story "I just want you all to understand that devastated is an understatement for all that I feel currently.
"I do apologize if my silence to all that is happening comes off as careless. That is my last intention. I pray for all the families & women who have been affected by my father’s action. Trust, I have been deeply affected by all of this. It has been very difficult to process it all. Let alone gather all the right words to express everything I feel."
Abi is one of three children born of Kelly and Andrea Lee Kelly, and she says that she and her siblings haven't been in contact with their father in years. She said that they do not "condone, support [...] ANYTHING negative [Kelly] has done and or continues to do in his life."
She goes on to reference what it was like growing up with R. Kelly as a father. She continued, "The same monster you all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house.
"My choice to not speak on him and what he does is for my peace of mind. My emotional state. And for my healing. I have to do and move in a manner that is best for me. I pray anyone who reads this understands I put nothing but good intent behind each word."
You can read Buku Abi's full statement below.
R Kelly’s estranged daughter Buku Abi speaks out against her father, apologizes for taking so long long to say something. Calls him a monster and says that she, her mother and siblings don’t condone Kelly’s behavior pic.twitter.com/SlYh3unopN
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It's been far from a great week for R. Kelly so far. Lady Gaga said that she will be pulling her duet song 'Do What U Want (With My Body)' from streaming websites imminently; while band Phoenix have said they too are "deeply horrified" at the abuse stories. They previously worked with R. Kelly in 2013.
We are deeply horrified by the stories of abuse surrounding R. Kelly.
We regret that we were not both more informed and more discerning when we worked with him previously. We fully support all victims of sexual abuse, and it's our hope that there will be a path to justice.
— Phoenix (@wearephoenix) January 10, 2019
A case is currently being built against R. Kelly.