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Stars speak out after R. Kelly docu-series airs on TV

SPEAKING OUT: Chance the Rapper and Jada Pinkett-Smith

LIFETIME’S SURVIVING R. Kelly documentary, has brought to light the singer's alleged sexual, mental and physical abuse that has gone unacknowledged for years - and now stars who have both worked with the disgraced singer and were fans of his work, have spoken out against him.

The six-part documentary series features numerous women who have been victims of R.Kelly’s alleged abuse, including his ex-wife Andrea Kelly. During the docu-series, which aired last week, celebrities including Tank, Kerry Washington and Jada Pinkett-Smith have called for the claims to no longer be ignored.

Singer Tank, took to Instagram where he wrote: “A lot of artists, song writers, producers, record execs, etc are very confused as to how to respond to what they’ve seen and heard. We’ve all been inspired by this man. We’ve all been witnesses to his musical genius. We have shaped and molded talent we sign after his musical image. We’ve invested so much of ourselves into this man that it’s hard for us to let go. I no longer have that issue. I whole heartedly apologise for not coming to this realization sooner. I CANNOT separate the music from the monster! My 3 black daughters won’t let me.”

Jada Pinkett-Smith posted a video on Instagram, discussing the docu-series and why streams for Kelly’s music increased after it aired. She said: “How is it that R Kelly's music sales have spiked (substantially) since the release of the docuseries Surviving R Kelly? I need some help in understanding. What am I missing???”

Meanwhile, an interview clip of Chance the Rapper saying it was a "mistake" to work with the I Believe I Can Fly hitmaker has resurfaced. Following its broadcast, the rapper took to Twitter to claim the quote was taken out of context, but he regrets making the 2015 track Somewhere In Paradise with the 51-year-old R&B star and wanted to apologise to survivors for ignoring past accusations.

"(T)he truth is any of us who ever ignored the R Kelly stories, or ever believed he was being setup/attacked by the system (as black men often are) were doing so at the detriment of black women and girls," he wrote. "I apologise to all of his survivors for working with him and for taking this long to speak out."

The clip of Chance, 25, was cut from a filmed interview with journalist Jamilah Lemieux - the full version of which has been obtained by Rolling Stone magazine.

"We're programmed to really be hypersensitive to black male oppression," he told Lemieux. "But black women are exponentially (a) higher oppressed and violated group of people just in comparison to the whole world. Maybe I didn't care because I didn't value the accusers' stories because they were black women."

The No Problem hitmaker went on to admit he'd "made a mistake" and that he was happy people were now listening to black women making allegations of abuse.

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