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R. Kelly's Assistant Said Alleged Victims Only Came Forward Because They "Didn't Get the Limelight"

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Though rumors about R. Kelly's predatory behavior had been whispered about in Hollywood for years, the beginning of true vindication for his victims resulted after the release of Season 1 of Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly in 2019. 

Before the docuseries aired, it was believed that the singer and producer would recruit underage women and groom them under the pretense that he would make them stars. It was also purported that he married singer Aaliyah when she was just 15, and that he had a penchant for raping the women he hired. 

After Season 1 of the show came out in January of 2019, a conversation and subsequent movement began to put Kelly behind bars. He was arrested on counts of sexual assault in February and May.