Rapper Future said Lifetime Network boosted singer R. Kelly's clout by airing a six-part documentary that analyzed sexual abuse allegations against him. The six-hour series which aired over three nights featured multiple women sharing their experiences with the 52-year-old singer.
The women - who are above the age of consent - allege that Kelly lured them into his sex cult, allegedly holding them captive at his home in Georgia and at his recording studio near his native Chicago, Illinois.
Rapper Future said the docu-series only boosted Kelly's career.
"We giving it too much attention, you know what I'm saying?" Future told Power 106. "When you give things too much attention, they blow up. That's why he gon' blow up. That's why his music gonna do what it did 'cause y'all keep talkin' about it. Stop talking about it, it'll go away."
Future then insisted the whole situation should have been handled differently, and not with alleged victims airing their issues with Kelly on air.
"I don't know what it is, there's just too many people talking about it," he said. "I think behind the scenes there's supposed to be things done, how they supposed to be done. Stop giving it negative attention."
Kelly's music sales have gone through the roof. Fans packed a nightclub where he hosted his birthday celebration at Lounge V75 in Chicago this week. Some women in the crowd allegedly begged Kelly to take them hostage.
Police barged into the club after receiving a report that Kelly was wanted on a warrant. But they cleared the singer once they confirmed there were no warrants out for his arrest.
Prosecutors in Georgia and Illinois have since launched separate criminal investigations into his alleged behavior, following the airing of the Lifetime documentary.
Chicago police are investigating allegations that Kelly held females hostage at a recording studio. The studio is in the process of evicting the embattled singer. Witnesses observed mattresses and clothing piled on the ground an alleyway adjacent to the studio.
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