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John Legend speaks on appearing in R. Kelly documentary

SPEAKING UP: John Legend

JOHN LEGEND has insisted that it was "an easy decision" to appear in R. Kelly documentary Surviving R. Kelly.

The Greenlight hitmaker is the biggest celebrity name to speak on camera as part of the six-hour Lifetime docu-series, which tackles allegations of paedophilia and non-consensual sex levelled against the Ignition singer, who has consistently denied all allegations against him.

After producer Dream Hampton revealed in an interview that JAY-Z, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Questlove and Erykah Badu refused to appear on her show, social media users praised Legend for being the only A-lister to say yes, and he responded by insisting he didn't consider it a risky move.

"We should all thank my friend @dreamhampton for her very necessary work to create #SurvivingRKelly. These survivors deserved to be lifted up and heard. I hope it gets them closer to some kind of justice," he tweeted.

"To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn't feel risky at all. I believe these women and don't give a f**k about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision. Also I'm happy to support the work of people like my friends at (nonprofit organisation) @ALongWalkHome who have been speaking out on behalf of the survivors for a long time."

Since the first part of the documentary aired yesterday (Jan 3), R. Kelly has reportedly threatening to sue Lifetime bosses over it. The doc features testimonies from his accusers and members of his inner circle who have come forward for the first time with new allegations that Kelly has sexually, mentally and physically abused women.

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