R Kelly's estranged daughter speaks out against him, calls him a 'monster' and says she is 'well aware of who and what he is'
R. Kelly has been accused of sexual abuse by several women which have been captured in Lifetime's docu-series 'Surviving R.Kelly'
R. Kelly's daughter Buku Abi has chosen to speak out and break her silence about the singer-songwriter who has been accused of sexual assault and abuse by several women. Abi whose real name is actually Joann Lee Kelly decided to respond to the allegations made given the release of Lifetime's docu-series, 'Surviving R. Kelly'.
She took to Instagram to share a lengthy post which read, "Buku here. I just want to say a few things. Before I start I just want it to be known that I am speaking from the heart, nothing I say is to hurt ANY party reading or affected by this. To the people that I feel I should be speaking up against everything that is going on right now, I just want you all to understand that devastated is an understatement for all that I feel currently. I do apologize for my silence to all this happening comes off as careless. That is my last intention."
Joann further explained that she and Kelly have no relationship and said, "Anyone who know me personally or has been following me through out the years knows that I do not have a relationship with my father. Nor do I speak on him or his behalf. I also am not fond of deal thing with my personal issues or personal life experience through social media but, I feel things are starting to get out of hand."
"Going through all I have gone through in my life, I would never want anyone to feel the pain I have felt. Reminders of how terrible my father is, and how we should be speaking against him. Rude comments about my family, fabricating me, my siblings & my mother’s 'part'," she continued. She further added how she only had a relationship with her father while they were living with her mother, R.Kelly's ex Andrea Lee.
Joann revealed, "The same monster you all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house." She concluded her post by saying how tough the past year has been with all the rumors and allegations. "This past year has been really difficult, all the love and support you all continue to show is why we keep going," she continued.
Currently, R. Kelly is still maintaining his innocence and his lawyer Steve Greenberg pushed back against the women who had accused him and also called out the #MeToo movement in an interview he gave. Greenberg shared with CBS News, "It's a bunch of disgruntled people looking for their 15 minutes of TMZ fame. I believe that all of these women did exactly what they wanted to do. Because now there's some hashtag, that's not going to change."