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If there’s one theme that’s relentlessly present in the newly released docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, it’s the tenacity with which R. Kelly genuinely believes he can manipulate the system, no matter the level of accusations against him.
There are numerous instances in the six-episode series where experts say he thinks he’s invincible—and he sure is living up to that reputation. On Monday, TMZ reported that Kelly is planning to launch a website, survivinglies.com, to “expose” his accusers.
His team tried to have a Facebook page for the website which, though initially available, has since been removed for posting an alleged conversation between Kelly and a young girl calling him “daddy,” according to TMZ.
“The Page violated our Community Standards and has been removed,” Facebook told TMZ. “We do not tolerate bullying or sharing other’s private contact information and take action on content that violates our policies as soon as we’re aware.”
The Facebook page reportedly linked to an audio clip on a YouTube account titled rkellynews where a woman, identified by Kelly’s page as the daughter of survivor Asante McGee claims McGee was “living the life” with Kelly, with access to “designer clothes,” “bags” and “thousands of dollars.”
The man in the audio is heard urging the woman to “go on national TV” or tell her mother to “quit lying.”
The identity of either of the people in the audio has not been independently verified. Kelly has told TMZ that he didn’t watch the docuseries and doesn’t know half of the people who spoke out about his abuse. The other half, he reportedly said, hate him for personal reasons.
“He’s going to sue everybody who had anything to do with this,” a source told TMZ. A petition to “ban” the Lifetime documentary was launched last week, and people were still signing it Monday evening. It’s so far received 1,618 of its intended 2,500 signatures.
Even though Facebook has removed the page, the YouTube link remains online.
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Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque