(AllHipHop News) R. Kelly played a big role in bringing Aaliyah to the masses. The R&B vocalist produced the teenager's debut studio album Age Ain't Nothing But A Number.
There were also reports that Kelly and Aaliyah secretly wed in 1994 when she was just 15 years old. An alleged marriage certificate incorrectly listed the singer as 18. Kelly was 27 at the time. The marriage was reportedly annulled.
Years later, Robert Kelly would be accused of pedophilia, physical abuse, and mental abuse on multiple occasions. The Lifetime network is now running a docu-series titled Surviving R. Kelly featuring alleged victims of the Grammy winner.
On one of the episodes, a former backup singer named Jovante Cunningham supposedly claims she saw Kelly and Aaliyah having sex on a tour bus back in the 1990s. Aaliyah's mother, Diane Haughton, released a statement blasting Cunningham.
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. 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. My daughter only 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.
Aaliyah Dana Haughton died from a plane crash in The Bahamas on August 25, 2001. She was 22 years old. Surviving R. Kelly is scheduled to premiere on January 3 at 9 pm ET on Lifetime.