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Exclusively - John Legend Defends His Decision to Appear in R. Kelly Docuseries

John Legend appeared in Lifetime's much-hyped docuseries Surviving R. Kelly , which aired on Thursday night. Legend took to social media late Thursday to comment on his appearance after the first two episodes aired.
"To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn't feel risky at all. I believe these women and don't give a f*** about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision."



He continued:
"Also I'm happy to support the work of people like my friends at @ALongWalkHome who have been speaking out on behalf of the survivors for a long time."
Legend also thanked the series director and producer dream hampton on Twitter, writing:
"We should all thank my friend @dreamhampton for her very necessary work to create #SurvivingRKelly. These survivors deserved to be lifted up and heard. I hope it gets them closer to some kind of justice."
Legend was the only bold name celebrity who agreed to appear in the docuseries.
"It was incredibly difficult to get people who had collaborated (artistically) with Kelly to come forward," hampton told the Detroit Free Press . "We asked Lady Gaga. We asked Erykah Badu. We asked Celine Dion. We asked Jay-Z. We asked Dave Chappelle -- people who have been critical of him. That makes John Legend even more of a hero for me."
The six-part docuseries focused on the testimonies of multiple women who claim the R&B singer/songwriter molested and abused them over the years.
The 51-year-old singer was accused of molesting several young women -- one as young as 14 -- over the past 2 decades. Kelly was acquitted of 21 charges of child pornography in a highly emotional trial in his native Chicago in 2008.
Since then he has faced more accusations -- including allegations that he kept a harem of young women hostage in 2 mansions in the suburban Atlanta area. But no charges were filed against him.
John Legend
@johnlegend
To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn't feel risky at all. I believe these women and don't give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.
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John Legend
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We should all thank my friend @dreamhampton for her very necessary work to create
#SurvivingRKelly .  These survivors deserved to be lifted up and heard. I hope it gets them closer to some kind of justice.
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