In an interview with TMZ, Hughley said that people need to stop pretending that its something else and confront the problem as it is.
Amid the storm of allegations, hearings, social media debates and now finally an interview, people are coming to realize what all R. Kelly may have done to his victims. Moreover, the lifetime docu-series "Surviving R. Kelly" made it quite clear if the R&B artist had been able to carry out decades of sexual abuse and exploitation.
According to Vulture, the police are already investigating if Kelly’s manager, Don Russell, is still actively trying to threaten and intimidate people connected to his client’s alleged victims.
According to Huffington Post, R. Kelly cried during a tense interview with CBS’s Gayle King on Tuesday as he vehemently denied the numerous allegations he faces of sexual abuse and sex with minors.
The musician had been arrested in February on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, three of whom say they were minors at the time.
In a brief session with TMZ, D.L Hughley had shared what he felt about the allegations and the charges that 52-year-old Grammy winner, whose real name is Robert Kelly, faces.
Hughley said that says no one should be shocked by the Lifetime series, considering most people already knew about the allegations surrounding the R&B star. Hughley struggled with the idea of not listening to R. Kelly because although he likes Kelly's music, he can't look past the actions of a person he calls a "talented pedophile," reported TMZ.
He also added that he has a hard time saying he's never going to listen to R. Kelly's music again. He admits it's a "tough call." That said, he quickly adds he won't be buying any more of Kelly's work. Moreover, he also knows that the docuseries has created an inner struggle for some people who've loved Kelly's catalog of hits.
Meanwhile, Kelly, who was acquitted of child pornography in 2008, has consistently been denying the charges of any sexual misconduct. Best known for hits such as “I Believe I Can Fly,” Kelly was charged a week after Michael Avenatti, the attorney whose clients have included porn star Stormy Daniels, said he gave prosecutors new video evidence of the singer with an underage girl.
There was an uproar in the media when at a news conference earlier in February in Chicago, Avenatti said a 14-year-old girl seen with R. Kelly on the video was among four victims mentioned in the indictment.
He said the footage shows two separate scenes on two separate days at Kelly’s residence in the late 1990s. During the video, both the victim and Kelly refer to her age 10 times, he said.
According to the Associated Press, the new charges marked “a watershed moment,” Avenatti said, adding that he believes more than 10 other people associated with Kelly should be charged as “enablers” for helping with the assaults, transporting minors and covering up evidence.
Moreover, the video had emerged after a 10-month long investigation that was carried out by Avenatti’s office. He told the AP that the person who provided the VHS tape knew both Kelly and the female in the video.
The jury in 2008 acquitted Kelly of child pornography charges that arose from a graphic video that prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13. He and the young woman him denied they were in the 27-minute video, even though the picture quality was decent and witnesses testified it was them, and she did not take the stand. Kelly could have gotten 15 years in prison.
After he got arrested in February, he pleaded not guilty to 10 charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four women, three of whom were minors at the time. He had spent a weekend in jail.
Cook County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari confirmed on Monday night that R Kelly had raised the $100,000 bail, which was 10% of the $1m bond set by a judge over the weekend.
His court appearance and plea came weeks after the documentary series Surviving R Kelly aired. It contained allegations of abuse from many women including the star's former wife.
If convicted, he faces three to seven years in prison on each charge. And now, the singer has been taken into custody for failure to pay $161,000 in child support and was jailed Wednesday evening, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Office in Chicago.
According to court documents reviewed by CNN last month, Kelly owed more than $169,000 in unpaid child support to his ex-wife as of February 6.