People react to "Surviving R. Kelly"

In one of the episodes, Cunningham detailed when she claims she saw Kelly, then 27, having sex with then-15-year old Aaliyah.

Shortly after the episode aired tweeps took to their timelines to vent at the lack of protection and support provided to R Kelly's alleged victims. However, he also seemed to inspire a lot of sexual abuse survivors to reach out for help.

Back in the early '90s, Aaliyah Haughton - just 12 years old at the time - was introduced to R. Kelly by her uncle Barry Hankerson.

On Saturday, the series will conclude with the final two hours of the documentary starting at 9 p.m. Follow our Def Pen for our live tweeting and recap during tonight's edition of Surviving R. Kelly. "The National Sexual Assault Hotline is here 24/7". When Christine Blasey Ford's testified against Brett Kavanaugh in September, there was a 147% increase of calls to their hotline. With over 743,000 total interactions across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, Surviving R. Kelly was Lifetime's largest social premiere for any series or movie in network history.

"My children have had to deal with kids telling them, 'Your daddy is the guy who peed on people, '" she says, "and it's ongoing".

Married 15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994 using a false birth certificate that claimed she was 18. "My husband and I were always on tour with her and at interviews and every place she went throughout her entire career". On the show's description page, Lifetime says, "This program falls under Lifetime's commitment to provide a platform to give women a voice where they have previously been unheard to bring awareness to the abuses and harassment of women".

"I was molested by a family member and that shook my world", Carey said in front of the cameras.

"I was like, "Look, you can't tell me what I can and can't do, I'm not that girl, I'm not that chick, you can't stifle me". After the two began a sexual relationship, Martinez claims she became pregnant with the singer's child when she was a senior in high school, and, shortly after she found out, suffered a miscarriage. But to hear the extent of it confirmed by his ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, was a strong, compelling moment Thursday night.

Surviving R Kelly, which premiered in the U.S. on Thursday, explores decades of sexual abuse allegations brought against the artist, all of which he denies.

In a statement to CNN at the time, Kelly's publicist, Trevian Kutti denied previous allegations.

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