Aaliyah‘s mother is responding to
not so explosive allegations about the late R&B star in Lifetime’s highly anticipated “Surviving R. Kelly” docu-series.
In the docu-series, former backup singer Jovante Cunningham claims she saw R. Kelly, who was 27, having sex with an underaged Aaliyah (15) on their tour bus.
We were out on the road with Aaliyah. On a tour bus, there really aren’t many confined spaces. When you get on the bus there are bunks and so these bunks have little curtains you can pull at night if you don’t want anybody to see you sleeping.
So it just so happened we were all laying in our bunks and the curtains are open, everybody’s communicating, laughing. When the [room] door flew open on the bus. Robert was having sex with Aaliyah.
Things that an adult should not be doing with a child. I can’t stress to you how people are still suffering behind things that went on 20 years ago.
Aaliyah’s mother, Diane Haughton, released a statement categorically denying the allegations calling them “lies and fabrications.”
Mrs. Haughton claims she and her husband were always with Aaliyah when she was on tour, doing interviews, and every place she went throughout her career.
The statement reads:
The woman and so called back up singer in the forthcoming ‘Surviving…’ documentary that describes seeing, meeting or ever breathing the same air as my daughter, Aaliyah, is lying and is a liar.
My husband and I were always on tour with her and at interview and every place she went throughout her entire career.
Whoever this woman is, I have never seen her before anywhere on planet earth, until now.
These lies and fabrications cannot be tolerated and allowed to be spewed from the forked tongues of saboteurs of Aaliyah’s legacy.
My daughter on wanted to realize her dream of sharing her talent with the world, and give her all performing on stage, and in front of the camera for the fans she adored so much.
She realized that dream, thanks to those true fans who still love and support her legacy unconditionally to this day.
Shame on all those involved in this project who thought it kosher to drag Aaliyah’s name into a situation that has nothing to do with her today. Once again, this will not be tolerated.
See the original statement below.
As beautiful, talented and amazing as Aaliyah was – her legacy is partially tied to R. Kelly and I’m sure that is still very difficult for her family to deal with.
I also understand that it’s even more painful for Mrs. Haughton and her family to have things rehashed considering Aaliyah is no longer with us.
And as much as we try to protect our children, parents are incapable of being omnipresent. If so, there wouldn’t have been a marriage certificate.
“Surviving R. Kelly” premieres tonight on Lifetime. Will you be watching?