Disturbing details of R. Kelly and Aaliyah's marriage have Twitter completely disgusted

Kylie Mar
Host & Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Despite R. Kelly‘s threatening to sue Lifetime, the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly premiered Thursday night, with details shining a disturbing new light on his alleged physical abuse, sexual relations with teenage girls and infamous marriage to Aaliyah.

Kelly’s former backup singer Jovante Cunningham discussed meeting Aaliyah when she was just 12. “We taught her her street thing, we gave her her vibe,” Cunningham said. “She went from wearing fitted clothes to the baggy jeans with the half shirts, with the baseball caps. We taught her how to be an artist in the sense of having a stage presence. We would sneak Aaliyah out of the hotel.”

Cunningham went on to reveal that one night when they were on the road with Aaliyah, then 15, “the door flew open on the bus — Robert was having sex with Aaliyah.” Through tears, she said, “I feel protective of Aaliyah right now, which is why I can’t get my mouth to say … he destroyed a lot of people.”

Kelly’s former tour manager and assistant, Demetrius Smith, said Kelly came to him first when he was worried that he had impregnated Aaliyah. Smith also acknowledged that he was in the room when the two secretly married and that he had forged the paperwork stating that Aaliyah was 18 when in fact she was only 15.

I was so disappointed in him, ’cause I really believed him when he said … he wasn’t doing and messing with Aaliyah,” said Smith, who admitted that he’s “not proud” of forging the documentation. “Aaliyah looked worried. Scared. Worried and scared. I wanted so much to grab Aaliyah and talk to her. … She gave me a look like she wanted me to talk to her. That’s why I feel like I failed them, both of them. I knew that it had changed the course of everything.”

The jaw-dropping revelations set Twitter ablaze and had Aaliyah’s mother, Diane Haughton, slamming Cunningham’s claims:

Journalist Jemele Hill posted this tweet: 

Meanwhile, music producer Bryan-Michael Cox shared his dismay:

Other reactions on Twitter ranged from outraged to disheartened.

The Surviving R. Kelly three-night event began Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.

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