Just two days ahead of the premiere of Lifetime’s controversial docuseries, ‘Surviving R. Kelly,’ it hit the press that one of the R&B king’s backup singers claims she saw him molest the young singer Aaliyah Haughton.
As we reported here, the vocalist – Jovante Cunningham – said Kelly “did things that an adult should not be doing with a child,” as she recounted witnessing him in bed with the then-underage Haughton.
When the story reached the desk of Diane Haughton, Aaliyah’s mother, she offered a fiery statement to defend her daughter’s honor. Claiming she’s fed up with Baby Girl’s name being “dragged through the mud with lies” as it relates to Kelly, Diane had some serious words for Cunningham. Read them below:
“The woman and so-called back up singer in the forthcoming ‘Surviving’ documentary that described seeing, meeting, or ever breathing the same air as my daughter, Aaliyah, is lying and is a liar,” Haughton’s statement, which began circulating the Internet on Jan. 2, reads. “My husband and I were always on tour with her and at interviews 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 tongue of saboteurs of Aaliyah’s legacy,” Haughton continues. “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.”