As social media commenters continue to discuss ‘Surviving R. Kelly,’ the jaw-dropping Lifetime documentary that premiered this week to highlight the longstanding sexual abuse allegations that surround singer R. Kelly, the debate for who is to blame rages on.
From fingers pointed to the alleged victims’ parents to members of Kelly’s entourage and more, the conversation – which is also fueled by a segment of the program dedicated to the ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ star’s documented relationship with the late songstress Aaliyah when she was underage – recently took an interesting turn thanks to unearthed archived footage of another of her producers – Timbaland (born Timothy Mosley).
Mosley, who credits his contributions to the singer’s 1996 album, ‘One In a Million,’ as his breakthrough work, also revealed in a 2011 episode of E!’s “True Hollywood Story” that he fell in love with her shortly after their initial meeting. The problem? She was only 16…
“When I first met Aaliyah — it’s time for the world to hear this, I’m gonna give a little secret — I was in love with her,” Timbaland admits in the video seen above. He went on to explain that he never acted on those feelings. “I said, ‘She [is] just a baby, I’m old. I’m just gonna be her brother. Oh man, I was fightin’, I was fightin’ a lot — a big war. But I loved Aaliyah.’
Timbo eventually confessed he loved the young singer so much that he married a woman primarily because of her resemblance to the ‘4 Page Letter’ singer. Fast forward to 2019, due to the hot topic of sexual abuse and predatory behavior – undoubtedly pushed to the forefront thanks to the R. Kelly documentary – has fans examining the acts and statements of other high profile male figures.
Twitter pulled Timbaland’s card. See some of the reactions below: